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A series of Battle Rapping videos by Whitney Avalon, originally featuring Disney Princesses, though it since expanded to other female characters. Has had a slew of celebrity cameos, including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Yvonne Strahovski, and Jim O Heir.

Videos found here.

Tropes in Princess Rap Battles

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Most of the princesses are portrayed as much ruder and more aggressive than their canon counterparts.
  • Artifact Title: Originally pitted Princesses against each other, mostly from Disney (Elsa vs. Snow White, Cinderella vs. Belle), but also from other franchises. However one entry has Hermione Granger squaring off against Katniss Everdeen, neither of whom could be considered princesses by any stretch of the imagination. The videos returned to Disney Princesses by pitting Rapunzel (Eliza Dushku) & Flynn (Tom Lenk) from Tangled against Anna (Whitney) and Kristoff (James Maslow) from Frozen but then also created Dorothy Vs. Alice, who again are in no way princesses.
    • Also suggested in the "Freya vs Ravenna" battle, where no one seems to care that the Huntsman's name is in the title of The Huntsman: Winter's War.
  • Art Shift: At the end of Daenerys' and Maleficent's battle, Maleficent pulls them both into a cartoon world.
  • Battle Rapping: Obviously. Although in "Mrs. Claus vs. Mary Poppins", Whitney also uses her strong soprano singing voice, as shown in her non-rap videos.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Snow White invokes this.
  • Blow You Away: Mary Poppins ends her battle against Santa and Mrs Claus by sending them flying into the sky.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Galadriel ends her battle with Leia by bringing up... that unfortunate incident.
    Galadriel: You can kiss my ass - pretend it's your brother!
  • Canon Welding: Dorothy Vs. Alice. Both sides make references to the books but the Oz side is based much more on the MGM film than the book and the Wonderland side has elements of the Disney animated film and an entirely original look for the Mad Hatter.
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  • Creator Cameo: Whitney Avalon appears in every battle.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: your mileage may vary, but while many of the opponents are pretty evenly matched, most agree that Elsa and Belle completely trounced Snow and Cindy, respectively, and that Katniss lost by an embarrassingly large margin to Hermione.
  • Dirty Old Man and Dirty Old Woman: Santa and Mrs Claus. You rarely see the Clauses portrayed as so filthy.
  • invokedFanon Dis Continuity: "Galadriel vs Leia":
    Leia: We're on movie number seven, while you're still on your sixth.
    Galadriel: Yes, but unlike you, we don't pretend that three don't exist.
  • Funny Background Event: Watch the backup dancers. They're usually good for a reaction or two. Special mention goes to Nathan Graham Smith as Diaval in "Maleficent vs. Daenerys".
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: This is the reaction of the Sorting Hat after Katniss and Hermione kiss.
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  • Hypocritical Humor: Mary Poppins mocks Santa Claus for being a fictional character.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: In "Freya vs Ravenna," the Huntsman claims that Freya can't solve all her problems by raising ice walls. Freya promptly raises an ice wall between herself and the Huntsman.
  • Just for Pun: All the time.
  • No Fourth Wall: Characters take digs at each others' fictional backgrounds and universes. For example, Hermione says that Katniss' world "isn't immersive" and Leia counts the number of movies her universe has ("We're on movie number seven while you're still on your sixth"). Cinderella flat-out gives a history lesson in lyric form about how "my movie saved the studio when Walt was out of money," and Belle retorts by pointing out that her movie won two Oscars.
  • No-Sell:
    • In "Daenerys vs Maleficent", Maleficent turns into a dragon and breathes fire on Daenerys. Daenerys is unaffected.
      Daenerys: I'm the mother of dragons / you can't burn me!
    • In "Galadriel vs Leia", Galadriel tries to intimidate Leia with her green-fire, all-shall-love-me-and-despair thing. Leia just fires a warning shot with a blaster, making Galadriel snap back to normal.
      • Later, in the same battle, Leia attempts to use a Jedi Mind Trick to convince Galadriel to give up, but Galadriel just shrugs it off and continues dissing her.
  • invokedOfficial Fan-Submitted Content: Deliberately invoked. Some of the videos have montages of YouTube comments requesting the battle just shown at the end, on top of the announcer asking who the fans would like to see next.
  • Mythology Gag: Cinderella accuses Belle's backing dancers of looking as though they cut off their toes. This is a reference to the original story where the stepsisters cut their own toes off in an attempt to fit into the glass slipper and win the prince. Something which is obviously dropped from all more child-friendly retellings of the story, including the Disney one.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Belle (red) vs Cinderella (blue)
    • Maleficent (red) vs Daenerys (blue)
    • Leia (red) vs Galadriel (blue)
    • Mrs. Claus (red) vs Mary Poppins (blue)
    • Katniss (red) vs Hermione (blue)
  • Sequel Hook: At the end of "Dorothy vs. Alice", the Wicked Witch of the West is seen consulting her crystal ball and deciding to go to Wonderland and hold her own rap battle. The next in the series is "The Wicked Witch vs. The Queen of Hearts".
  • Shout-Out: After Mary Poppins accuses Santa Claus of not being real, he shoots back, "I'm real and I'm spectacular," mirroring a famous remark Teri Hatcher's character made about her boobs on Seinfeld.
  • Race Lift: In "Dorothy vs. Alice", Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are Asian.
  • Take That!: To be expected in a rap battle. Nothing is off-limits; Leia takes a dig at Galadriel because "most of your runtime is spent on the credits"; Mary Poppins tells Mrs. Claus "you aren't even real!" See No Fourth Wall for more examples (as the Take That! is usually breaking it).
    • For an example not targeted at another rapper, Dorothy tells Alice "I would ruin your whole world, but that's been done by Tim Burton."
  • The Smurfette Principle: Utterly averted, this web series is very female centric.
  • The Stinger: Sometimes there's a short scene after the announcer asks for the verdict of who won the battle. Notable ones include Katniss and Hermione apologizing to each other and kissing, and Cinderella shoving Belle out of the frame.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Daenerys to Maleficent, "What's your obsession with fingers and pricks? Forget spinning wheels, you should conjure some dicks."

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