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  • Actor Existence Limbo: Grand Mum appears in "Forever Royal" but has no lines as her voice actress, Florence Henderson, had passed away in November 2016.
  • Adored by the Network: Strangely averted - the show is aired three times a day on the channel, but is the highest-rated show on the block, sometimes gaining ratings on par with primetime programming.
  • Billing Displacement: Sara Ramirez (the voice of Queen Miranda) is often listed before Ariel Winter in the end credits of each episode they take part in, even though Winter plays the title character. It also happens in the credits for "Sofia The Second," in which Miranda does not appear at all. It's somewhat subverted in later episodes.
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  • Blooper : The end credits for "The Birthday Wish" has Jennifer Hale being credited for voicing Cinderella, who she only voiced in the pilot movie, and doesn't appear in the episode. She does voice Colette the dressmaker, one of her regular characters, but is only credited under "additional voices" .
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Sofia is the most profitable out of Disney Junior's brands.
  • Cast the Expert: For the most part, the Non-Singing Voice trope is averted, as most of the featured actors (many of whom are children or were children at the start of the show, no less) have decent singing voices to match the showtune-style numbers that are sung in almost every episode.
    • The show often features actual Broadway talent as guest characters, including Lea Salonga (the singing voice for Jasmine and Mulan), Christian Borle (Slickwell), and Andrew Rannells (Morris, Skye).
  • Casting Gag: In the Japanese dub, Queen Miranda's voice actress (Mayuno Yasokawa) already voiced another woman named Miranda, at least in the TV adaptation of the manga.
  • The Cast Showoff: Subverted. Kate Higgins, the voice of Princess Aurora, is a singer, yet Aurora doesn't sing in the show. Katie Von Till, the voice of Snow White, is also a capable singer, but doesn't sing as Snow White either. According to Craig Gerber, he and the executives felt that it would be too formulaic to have all the princesses sing in their appearance.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: The Japanese dub use this at ridiculous extremes with the Disney Princesses, as a side-effect of Role Reprise:
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    • Belle is voiced by singer Eri Ito.
    • Merida is voiced by AKB48's Yuko Oshima.
    • Rapunzel is voiced by Idol Singer Shoko Nakagawa.
    • Tiana is voiced by singer Honoka Suzuki.
    • Snow White is probably is the most extreme case of all of them. Excluding the aforementioned Eri Ito, Snow White is voiced by actress Natsue Washizu, who did the second dubbed version of the film (excluding another one dubbed in the 50s) and her official one since 1980, almost three decades later at (at 2016) 68 years old, compared with the other reprising princesses.
    • In a non-Disney Princess example, Mia is voiced by singer Miki Fujimoto.
    • And in a non-Disney Princess and non-Japanese example, Shuriki in Elena And The Secret Of Avalor is voiced by Jane Fonda (like her dad in Once Upon a Time in the West, it's one of the few times she's played a villain).
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  • Creator's Favorite: Craig Gerber admits that Amber and Cedric are his favorite characters to write.
  • Crossdressing Voices: The show usually has boys voiced by boys and girls voiced by girls like Ariel Winter as Sofia and Zach Callison and Tyler Merna as James. However, the episode "Two Princesses And A Baby" has actress Julie Dolan voicing a baby James.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • This is subverted, but eventually played straight with the main girls. Ariel Winter, Darcy Rose Byrnes, Sabrina Carpenter, Isabella Acres, Diamond White, and so forth, started the series anywhere from 10-14, and as of season 4, are 15-19, yet their characters are still 10-12
    • This is averted with the main boys like James, Zandar, Desmond, and so forth. Due to puberty, they're always recast with younger actors closer to their characters' ages, such as James going from Zach Callison to Tyler Merna to Nicolas Cantu.
  • Dueling Works: In Japan (as part of the aforementioned below Disney Sunday block on TV Tokyo), its dub was pitted against the locally made Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger, as they are both in the 7:30 am timeslot (Albeit Zyuohger is on TV Asahi) during that time in 2016. Sofia wins this due to it having better ratings than the latter.
  • Edited for Syndication: The Japanese dub of the show is part of a package show called Disney Sunday, which includes Sofia the First, a short Disney cartoon, and special end credits which show a preview of the next episode.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • An episode centering around Miranda re-opening her shoe shop was considered, but was shot down by executives, who believed that children wouldn't be interested in stories centered around the adults.
    • Craig Gerber had to get approval to use each Disney Princess. He stopped after he was denied permission to use a princess he really needed.
    • Furthermore, there was only a window of time to use Anna and/or Elsa before Frozen II was announced.
      • Pocahontas never appeared because the crew couldn't come up with a story for her that pleased both themselves and the executives.
    • At 1:03:30, Craig Gerber explains that the Wicked Nine storyline was cut short because the execs weren't keen on a serialized storyline.
  • Fake Brit:
    • Jess Harnell voices Cedric.
    • Russi Taylor and Jim Cummings voice Cedric's parents. The latter also voices Wormwood.
    • Jennifer Hale voices Violet the castle maid.
    • Rachael MacFarlane voices Cedric's sister, Cordelia.
    • Kari Wahlgren voices Wendell's mother.
    • Mick Wingert voices Sir Dax.
    • Jeff Bennett voices Merlin.
  • Fandom Nod: In the series finale, the song "On Such A Big Day" contains a reference to Tumblr user, crisp-sweet-pink-lady, who had wrote recaps for the episodes on Tumblr in the show's early life. The specific lyric is Sofia singing, "You know I love your crispy pink apple tarts and you know I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart."
  • The Merch: A number of plush toys have been made available, as well as a book version of the pilot film, with two different books that are adaptations of television stories available for pre-order. A special edition of the Once Upon a Princess book is available exclusively at Target stores. The toys include Sofia herself, her animal friends, an amulet necklace and a figurine set. Somewhat, surprisingly, the one thing that apparently isn't being banked on as a cash cow is the pilot film. It was given numerous airings on Disney Channel and the Disney Junior sub-network, and has been widely made freely available to view online, along with music videos of the songs from it.
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  • No Export for You: Merchandise with Sofia's updates outfit has so far only been released in Japan despite this being a US series, and probably will stay there as the show has ended everywhere else.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Mostly averted, but Lea Salonga subbed for Ming-Na Wen and Linda Larkin as the singing voices of Mulan and Jasmine (as in their debut movies and several other pieces of official Disney media). Tami Tappan was meant to stand in for Jennifer Hale as Cinderella, but in the end Mrs. Hale did her own singing.
    • Also a plot point in "The Silent Knight" - heroic Sir Bartleby is attracted to Great Aunt Tilly but never talks because he sounds like a squeakier version of Lois Griffin, so a plan is hatched for him to lipsync to another knight who sings like an angel. It doesn't work, but Tilly eventually considers him whizbang even with his real voice.
    • Clio and Hildegard are voiced by Harley Graham and Coco Grayson, while Jenna Lea Rosen does both of their singing.
    • Averted with Cinderella. Jennifer Hale reprises the role, though she does the singing rather than Tammi Tampin.
    • Aaron Daniel Jacob provided the singing voice of Prince Hugo, who was voiced by Colin Ford in "Just One of the Princes" and Grayson Hunter Goss in his later appearances.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • For the pilot movie and most of the first season, James was voiced by Zach Callison. By the beginning of season 2, however, he was replaced by Tyler Merna, due to Callison working on Cartoon Network's Steven Universe. By mid-season 3, Merna stepped down from the role due to going through puberty and was thus replaced by Nicolas Cantu, who kept the role of James for the remainder of the series.
    • Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald in the movie, is voiced by Ruth Connell in "The Secret Library."
    • In "The Buttercups," Buttercup troop leader Helen Hanshaw is voiced by Viola Davis; in "Buttercup Amber" she's voiced by Dawnn Lewis.
    • Prince Xandar has gone through four voices(Maxim Knight, Karan Brar, Cade Sutton and Nathaniel Semsen.)
    • Prince Hugo is voiced by Colin Ford in "Just One Of The Princes" and by Grayson Hunter Goss in his future appearances.
    • Ruby was voiced by Fiona Bishop in the pilot film "Sofia The First: Once Upon A Princess", but is voiced by Diamond White in the series proper.
    • Belle from Beauty and the Beast is voiced by Paige O'Hara, but is voiced by Julie Nathanson in "The Amulet And The Anthem". Of course, this is also a reprise given that Julie inherited the role a few years prior.
    • In "Mom's The Word," Tracey Ullman voices Lucinda's mother Marla; on her next appearance in "Cauldronation Day" she's voiced by Laraine Newman (Ullman donned a Fake American accent for Marla).
    • Production example: Kelly Ward was the voice director for the pilot movie "Once Upon A Princess" before Sam Riegel took over as the main voice director for the series.
    • Nika Futterman voices Morgana in "Day Of The Sorcerers" rather than Catherine O'Hara.
    • Miss Nettle's appearance in "Ivy's True Colors" has her voiced by Anna Vocino rather than Megan Mullally.
  • Out of Order: Given that Elena and the Secret of Avalor is the beginning of Sofia's summer vacation yet follows two summer-themed episodes, "Camp Wilderwood" and "Royal Vacation", it could be assumed that Elena and the Secret of Avalor was originally meant to air prior to those episodes.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • The episode "The Bad Dragon" has the character Crispy torment Crackle and fooling Vivian into thinking she's bad. His voice actor is Mick Wingert, who usually plays characters who are much more heroic, or at least have some redeeming qualities, even in this series.
    • Clancy Brown voices the noble Constable Miles.
    • This trope comes into play with the episode "Sofia The Second", with Ariel Winter voicing the evil clone Sofia accidentally conjured up. The real Sofia is perfectly in type for her.
    • We have Jennifer Hale reprising Cinderella and voicing a few castle maids, characters who are much more reserved in personality in stark contrast to her action girl roles.
    • Megan Hilty voices Prisma, who is at first in line with her usual nice girl character types, but then her true villainous colors are revealed. This is especially noticeable given that she also voices Princess Charlotte, who is a nice girl despite being a Little insensitive.
  • Playing with Character Type: Tania Gunadi voices Miss Elodie who, will still a good person, is an adult and a reasonable authority figure. She usually voices young Genki girls with a bit of a rebellious streak, and/or shows tomboy tendencies.
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  • Reality Subtext: In "The Curse of Princess Ivy", Amber being a fan of Rapunzel may be a reference to how Tangled was the most recent Disney Princess entry at the time of the episode's release. Sofia being implied to be unfamiliar with Frozen may also be a nod to how Frozen was released during the show's lifetime.
  • Recast as a Regular: Megan Hilty played Princess Charlotte in Season 3's "Beauty Is The Beast" before being cast as Prisma, the main antagonist in the Mystic Isles story arc for Season 4. Likewise, Andrew Rannells, who voiced Morris in that episode, would voice Skye, Sofia's flying horse companion in the titular isles, another regular in season 4. There's also Fiona Bishop, who voiced Ruby in the pilot movie "Once Upon A Princess" , voicing Princess Zooey, and Buttercup twins Meg and Peg.
  • Referenced by...: In Ant-Man, Cassie has a Sofia the First bucket. A Sofia the First book can also be seen in Captain America: Civil War.
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  • Role Reprise: With the show's connections to various Disney projects, many of the actors who currently portray certain characters return to voicing them, including:
    • Jennifer Hale as Cinderella.
    • Barbara Dirickson, Russi Taylor, and Tress MacNeille as Flora, Fauna, and Merriwether.
    • Linda Larkin and Lea Salonga as Jasmine's speaking and singing voice respectively.
    • Julie Nathanson as Belle.
    • Jodi Benson as Ariel.
    • Ming Na Wen and Lea Salonga as Mulan's speaking and singing voice.
    • Mandy Moore as Rapunzel.
    • Anika Noni Rose as Tiana.
    • Josh Gad as Olaf.
    • Jeff Bennett as Merlin.
    • Katie Von Til as Snow White.
    • From Disney Infinity, Ruth Connell as Merida.
  • Schedule Slip: The show has had a few hiatuses, a lot of which are thankfully short. The first was between November 18, 2012 and January 11, 2013. The second was between December 1, 2013 and February 14, 2014. The third was between August 15, 2014 and October 3. The fourth was between March 27, 2015 and July 1. The fifth was between December 4, 2015 and February 15, 2016. The sixth was between August 12, 2016 and October 7. The seventh was from November 20, 2016 to January 6, 2017. The eighth was from March 2, 2018 until May.
  • Screwed by the Network: The show fell into this during season 4. Its reruns were greatly reduced as it went on, it got pushed into rather peculiar premiere times, and eventually was taken off the schedule a few months after the series finale aired. It does fare better than most shows that fell victim to thus due to having enough foresight to plan a series finale and, again , being rerun as opposed to being taken off immediately.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Fiona Bishop voices Princess Zoey and Buttercup twins Meg and Peg.
    • Russi Taylor voices Cedric's mother and reprises her role as Fauna from Sleeping Beauty.
    • Jim Cummings voiced Goodwin, Professor Popov, and Wormwood.
  • Universe Bible: Craig Gerber has written one for Sofia the First.
    • Additionally, a map of the Ever Realm does exist, but for writing purposes only and is unlikely to be released to the public. Craig Gerber later clarified in his interview with the Podcast Princesses that this was mainly because his NDA may restrict him from doing so and he doesn't want to cause conflict (within Disney, the fandom, or both) over the the locations of Arendelle and Corona since it may not be consistent with other Disney media.
  • Voices in One Room: Subverted. According to Craig Gerber , the cast members usually record their parts separately. However, for many key scenes, the key actors for those scenes are often brought in to record together if schedules work out.
  • The Wiki Rule: Has a wiki here.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • It's almost painfully obvious that Elena and The Secret of Avalor is actually a Sofia the First special and that it was supposed to be the big debut of Princess Elena, some of her supporting cast, and Avalor itself. However, Disney decided to premiere Elena's series before the special had come out, so when it came time for them to air it in November 2016, it was repackaged as an Elena of Avalor special and a Framing Device of Elena recalling the story to Naomi was added at the beginning and end of the special. The introduction of characters that viewers might have already met and The Reveal about Elena being inside Sofia's amulet since the very start of Sofia's series didn't quite have the right impact as a result. The special's closing credits, which can be seen on the DVD release, even still have as an artifact the music and formatting of Sofia the First credits.
    • The show was originally pitched to Disney Channel itself in 2010 and not Disney Junior. When Disney wasn't interested in adding another cartoon to its' lineup, note  they asked them to retool it as a Disney Junior show. note 
    • The show was originally called "Little Princess" and focused on multiple girls becoming princesses, with the Disney Princesses as their mentors.
    • The show had two different artstyles before the final one was decided upon. The first one used a 2D-animated style and had had Whatnaught replaced by a chipmunk and Robin replaced by a deer and younger-looking versions of the other animals, while the second used very different CGI from the actual product that looked more cartoonish. Both prototypes also had Sofia's royal look being different, with a simpler flower pattern on her dress and the heart at the center of her tiara being bigger. The second version of the prototype designs appear in a teaser trailer attached to the 2012 DVDs and Blu-rays of Finding Nemo and Brave.
    • Word of God says that Pocahontas was supposed to be in an episode, but the writing team couldn't find a way to work her in.
    • A Sofia the First art book was pitched, but the publishers were not interested.
    • An episode where Miranda re-opens her shoe shop was planned, but the network believed that children wouldn't be interested in stories about the adults.
    • According to artist Whitney Pollett, Sofia was originally going to have a unicorn buddy, but that later evolved into Minimus, her pegasus friend.
    • Craig would've revealed the fate of Roland's first wife and Sofia's father on Twitter if this couldn't be done in the show.
    • At least two episodes didn't make the cut, "Elf Side Story" and "How To Train Your Unicorn".
    • Some of Cedric's possible exclamations included "Cleopatra's cucumbers!", "Plato's peanuts!", and "Dante's donuts!".
    • According to Craig Gerber, Sofia would have had a chance of getting a Disney Infinity figure if the franchise hadn't met its premature end.
    Craig Gerber: [Asked if Sofia and Elena could appear in Disney Infinity] They would have had a shot if Disney Infinity [Disney Interactive Studios] didn't just close up shop. Too bad.
    • John Pomeroy posted 2 pictures on Instagram. For the one that's about Tale Of The Noble Knight , the dragons were meant to have more comic like, zany designs. For The Mystic Isles , Skye was originally named Sylvan, who was originally unable to use his wings until much later in the episode.
    • The fairy godmothers from Sleeping Beauty were not part of the original pitch for the show.
    • Storyboards from Eugene Salandra showed that Cedric would've appeared in "Holiday In Enchancia" , but his scenes were cut for time. Jess Harnell is still in the episode, but as a different character.
    • John Pomeroy's instagram showed how Prisma had different designs. She had a more obviously evil design, such as more unkempt, jagged hair and a less sleek design.
    • Another initial design for Skye showed that he would've had longer hair and fluffier wings.
  • Word of God: The creator of the show often answers questions of the fans on his Twitter.
    • Miranda's maiden name is Cordova.
    • Sofia's biological father is a sailor named Birk Balthazar, and he will never be on the show. It was later stated in-show that he was lost at sea. Gerber would also confirm in an interview with the show's wikia that yes, this does mean that Birk is dead.
    • Sofia resembles her father, Birk, but their personalities, not so much.
    • King Roland's first wife was named Lorelei.
    • The Ever Realm, being a separate dimension in its own timeline, is not tied to the real world's timeframe. It takes place much later than we think (just as the events of Peter Pan takes place in the 1900's, with Return To Neverland taking place during World War II, for comparison), and Tiana did not necessarily come from the future. So it could mean that the Ever Realm takes place at the same time as our present day.
    • As to whether or not Prisma could be redeemed after the Series Finale, Word of God thinks she has a chance, although isn't sure how it would be done.
    • Miranda's brother is named Rodrigo.
    • It's possible that some of the Royal Prep students we've never met are descended from the original Disney Princesses.
    • Craig Gerber is of the opinion that any fictional Disney kingdoms take place in the Ever Realm. He also suggests that stories that don't explicitly state they take place in a real-life location (such as Beauty and the Beastnote , also citing the Fridge Logic of why no one has made a big deal of the Prince turning into a beast if he's supposed to be the Prince of France) may be among these kingdoms. Craig Gerber has also later stated that the map of the Ever Realm contains locations of the kingdoms of Disney Princesses (though admittedly, the map has not been cleared by Disney itself, mostly for continuity reasons).
    • As shown in the case of Mulan, the Amulet doesn't just summon people of royal heritage or who are royal by marriage. Gerber states that they just have to be royal in spirit.
    • When Sofia and Vor were inside the amulet in the Grand Finale, despite walking around, Craig Gerber confirmed they weren't technically walking because they were magical spirits. This explains why Elena had trouble walking after being freed from the amulet.
  • Write What You Know: Craig Gerber made the Enchancian Royal Family a blended family because his parents divorced when he was eight; his father remarried another woman and had another son, while his mother, for a few years, dated and lived with a boyfriend who had a daughter of his own from a previous relationship. Having a family that was not “together” made Gerber feel uncomfortable during his childhood because he didn't know any other kids who had blended families growing up and didn’t realize such families were common until he was older. Part of the reason why he agreed to create Sofia the First was to give young kids from blended families stories and characters they could relate to.
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