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The beautiful Athanasia was killed at the hands of her own biological father, Claude de Alger Obelia, the cold-blooded emperor!

"It's just a silly bedtime story."

Until one woman wakes up to suddenly find she's become that unfortunate princess! She needs a plan to survive her doomed fate, and time is running out. Will she go with Plan A, live as quietly as possible without being noticed by the infamous emperor? Plan B, collect enough money to escape the palace? Or will she be stuck with plan C, sweet-talking her way into her father's good graces?!

Originally a web novel, Who Made Me A Princess, or alternatively known as Suddenly I Became A Princess, is a transmigration story where the heroine, a normal orphaned woman, becomes the tragic princess, Athanasia and work herself to change the story and prevent the unfortunate fate the princess suffered from the original story. The story is written by Plutus and the Manhwa is illustrated by illustrator Spoon.

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The Webnovel is completed and can be found at Kakaopage in Korean here and the Webtoon can be found at TappyToon in English here and Naver in Korean here with an alternate link to Kakao here and ridibooks here.


This Webtoon contains examples of:

  • Acquitted Too Late: In the original story, Claude has Athanasia executed when she's falsely suspected of poisoning Jennette. According to the book, he later learned the truth and wasn't particularly upset, though Jennette grieved for a time.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: The memory loss arc in the webtoon is a roller coaster of pain for Athanasia. Especially when compared to the original novel where Anastacius isn't involved and Duke Alpheus didn't try to take advantage of Athanasia's absence in a ploy of having Jennette win over Claude.
  • Adaptation Expansion: In-universe, the story that unfolds in the current Athanasia's universe actually expanded and elaborated on events from the original story that would explain how things led to the original Athanasia's demise. The webtoon also had a slight deviation from the main webnovel as it expands Anastacius' role in the story.
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  • Adapted Out: Due to the Pragmatic Adaptation of the webcomic, Athanasia never went to Arlanta to study more of magic on her own.
  • Alternate Universe: What our Athanasia's world has become. The final book of the webnovel involves our Athanasia being sent to the original "The Lovely Princess" universe to fix what went wrong.
  • Becoming the Mask: The current Athanasia started acting as a cheerful Daddy's Girl for her survival but eventually, she finds herself starting to see her father, the supposed Big Bad of the original Athanasia's tragic story, as her family and parent after going through a long, slow process of Defrosting Ice King. And that reason is why the current Athanasia is terribly hurt that her progress got back to square one because of Claude sacrificing his memories of her in his attempt to bring her back after suffering from a magic rampage that almost killed her. While he does get to recover the memories he had of his daughter, what follows after that is definitely not so pleasant for our Athanasia.
  • The Cameo: Cabel Erenst from the webnovel is a character and lead from the author, Plutus' older work, Beware Of The Brothers.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Lucas leaving to find the world tree near the end of season 1 is where things went to hell for many people involved until he returns shortly around Athanasia's 15th birthday.
  • Death by Childbirth: How Athanasia's mother died. Her death prompted Claude to erase any memories related to her, and he neglected Athanasia because of this.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Lucas is the strongest magician in the setting, is incredibly protective towards Athanasia and has been removing curses and healing her since childhood. So of course, he leaves right before Anthy is cursed and doesn't come back until well after things go to hell.
  • Doomed by Canon: Athanasia's fate in the original novel, and what the current Athanasia works so hard to prevent.
  • Downer Beginning: The first episode opens with the novel version of Anastasia begging her father to love her, and Claude coldly refusing. She's soon after executed.
  • Downer Ending: As the story continues, the implications grow that the original novel was in fact a horrific ending for all involve. Namely:
    • Lucas consumes Atty's spirit beast, leaving her incapable of using magic to defend herself.
    • Claude ends up executing the daughter of a woman he truly loved and feels nothing when he learns she hadn't done anything wrong.
    • Jeanette is a fundamentally cursed existence, unlikely to live long.
    • The touching romance of Jeanette and her step brother is undermined by hints that in the original novel he actually loved Athanasia instead.
    • While Jeanette's presence is soothing to Claude and helps him get to sleep it's also extremely bad for him in the long run, indicating that he'll also die in not too long.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The story ends with the current Athanasia and Claude finally affirming that they are both father and child, but they have to go through a whole lot of hell to get there.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: In-Universe, this is how "The Lovely Princess" seems to end at a glance. Yes, Claude and Jeanette are happy, but only after Claude had his real daughter executed for a crime she turns out to have not committed and feels no guilt over the matter. Later events make it clear that it is in fact not a happy ending at all and was likely not intended to be.
  • Foreshadowing: A whole layer of it that would explain and lead to what caused the original Athanasia's doom.
    • The first example is Claude's subtle kindness to our Athanasia and the dreams she gets of Diana, hinting that Claude neglected but still spared Athanasia to start with because he was grieving Diana's death and forced himself to forget everything about her. The same applies to the original novel "The Lovely Princess" as well, the only difference being that the original Athanasia arrived in Claude's life too late to bring his memories of Diana back.
    • Lucas talks of how the story of Aethernitas felt like sham and how his favorite character is the Black magician. Lucas is later revealed to be the one and only Black Magician of the tower. Oh, and his talk of wanting to eat Blackie, the holy beast made of Athanasia's mana? The final book in the webnovel contains a side story which reveals that he did just that to replenish his mana in the original universe, leaving the original Athanasia incapable of performing magic.
    • Lucas called Jennette a "Chimera". This is a hint to Jennette's true origin as a child created with black magic and how she is actually Claude's niece instead of being his true daughter.
  • For Want of a Nail: The current Athanasia pulling strings and working to prevent her Doomed by Canon fate brought many subtle, but big changes that affected how her story ended:
    • Meeting a 5 year old Athanasia instead of a 9 year old one is what prompts Claude to finally and slowly accept her as his daughter and release the memory erasing magic he placed on himself to forget about Athanasia's birth mother.
    • Claude now genuinely caring for Athanasia drives a wrench in the plans Ijekiel's father had to control the throne. It also set up events that sent Athanasia's magic rampaging which almost killed her, prompting Claude to do what he could to save his daughter... at the cost of the attachment he had for her in the aftermath, and things went a little bit downhill for our Athanasia following that.
    • Jennette's aunt, Rosaria, is said to have died from an accident instead when she was still around during the original story, since Athanasia is officially recognized as the princess and Claude's daughter, so Jennette wasn't aware of the fact that she is actually Claude's niece until the Awful Truth is slapped in her face much later.
  • Fridge Horror: In-Universe: The ending to the original novel wasn't just bad for Athanasia, but for almost everyone involved thanks to the logical consequences of many established events. It's not until the midpoint where the reader realizes that the original novel was actually a Downer Ending in disguise.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Athanasia and her father don't really like Duke Alpheus at all, but he's still a loyal and dependable ally and even as he serves his own political interests and acts mildly slimy at all times. This is why it comes as such a shock to Atty when he appears after Claude is incapacitated seemingly serving Claude's 'dead' brother. However, this isn't due to his own will.
  • Hidden Depths: Another factor in the current Athanasia's world is revealing what goes on underneath the characters shown in the original novel, "The Lovely Princess", such as Athanasia learning that the cool and level-headed Ijekiel also has a soft and kind side to him.
  • High Fantasy: Magic exists in the fantastical and semi-medieval setting the story takes place in.
  • I Have No Daughter!: In the original "The Lovely Princess" novel, Claude states that he never saw Athanasia as his daughter.
  • Isekai: Part of the premise is that a modern world orphaned woman, Lee Jihye is reincarnated as the tragic princess Athanasia after she read the original novel, "The Lovely Princess" some time before she got reincarnated.
  • Metaphorically True: The current Athanasia has this problem because she only had the original story, "The Lovely Princess", as reference regarding how the characters around her will act. Even as she bonds with others and comes to see Claude as a father, she still has her guard up. Though this does help her to navigate her circumstances since she knows a little of what's going to happen.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Played With. Athanasia and Jennette are related to each other. But Jennette is actually Claude's niece, not his biological daughter through his ex-fiancee.
  • Offing the Offspring: Claude killed Athanasia in the original novel, "The Lovely Princess", and almost kills her as an infant as well.
  • Parental Neglect: Claude put Athanasia in the Ruby Palace as a baby to forget about her.
  • Parents as People: Claude's Parental Neglect on Athanasia is mostly because he is too grief-stricken by the death of Diana to actually care for her, and by the time Athanasia is 9 in the original story, he had all but forgotten about her due to his use of memory erasing magic to ease himself out of his grief. A part of him also partially blamed her for Diana dying from childbirth.
  • Parody Sue: Jennette, at first, is introduced as a sweet girl with good qualities and lovable in the original book, "The Lovely Princess". In the current, and expanded, version of the world, it's revealed Jennette has been using subtle black magic without her knowing it; this caused people to like her and to single out others, the original Athanasia being a victim of it. She's also been raised as a very sheltered Naïve Everygirl, which makes her susceptible to being an Unwitting Pawn. And since she was born through usage of black magic, she also eventually brought bad luck towards the people she wanted to be a family to, namely Claude and Athanasia, before she suffered from that bad luck herself.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The webcomic, in a sense. While it is still faithful to the novel, the story itself has slight but major differences compared to the novel's storyline. Such as making Anastacius an Ascended Extra veering into Big Bad and more drama is involved in Claude's memory loss in season two. The changes were later explained via word of mouth from Korean readers that the original webnovel was once charged with Plagiarism, leading to the changes the Webtoon took from the original webnovel.
  • Reality Ensues: Discussed and played straight in Season 3 of the webtoon. Lucas asked why Athanasia didn't try asking Lucas to help deal with Anastacius and the nobles. However, as Lucas's method of dealing with them involved murdering them, Athanasia points out that such method would cause a heavy political issue and paint the royal family in a bad light.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: For all his ruthlessness, many of the citizens at least agreed that Claude makes a far more effective ruler than his predecessors.
  • Rewatch Bonus: The Foreshadowing in place such as Claude using black magic on himself in his grief and the circumstances of Jennette's birth makes re-reading the series, be it the webtoon or webnovel, much more layered and can explain how those factors ended up causing the Novel Athanasia to be Doomed by Canon.
  • Second Love: Claude might have tried to forget Diana by erasing his memories of her, but it was only due to the fact that he loves Diana so much that he was overcome with so much grief after her death. Not much is known about Diana and Claude's history, but he first saw Diana in Siodonna. She was a dancer at that time and managed to catch Claude's attention. The only thing revealed in the story is that Diana is the one who made Claude love again after Penelope's betrayal and her death is the reason why Claude became so neglectful of Athanasia.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The final book in the webnovel has a story where our Athanasia is sent to the original timeline of "The Lovely Princess" to fix the timeline, and only then can she return home.
  • Shared Universe: "Who Made Me A Princess" is part of the same shared universe as Plutus' previous work, Beware Of The Brothers which takes place in Arlanta. One notable fact is that it shares the same timeline as the reincarnated Athanasia's story as it's mentioned that Athanasia marries at the age of 26, something that isn't possible if it happened in the original timeline where Athanasia is killed.
  • Ship Tease: The current Athanasia has some of these with the magician Lucas and Ijekiel, who is the hero from the original story. In the webnovel, she also managed to attract the attention of the original universe Lucas and Izekiel in the final arc.
  • Show Within a Show: "The Lovely Princess" novel is this and becomes the basis for why our protagonist gets reincarnated as Athanasia.
  • Table Space: In the webtoon, Anthy and Claude's relationship is perfectly described by the space in the table they sit at. When Anthy first meets Claude, the dining table is large with a huge separation. After they become closer, Anthy has tea with Claude in the flower garden at a small intimate setting. After Claude looses his memory, Anthy is seen sitting at the tea table by herself with Claude conspicuously missing.
  • Tell Me About My Mother: Athanasia becomes curious about her mother, but is too afraid to bring her up.
  • Thicker Than Water: The whole premise of the story is the transmigrated Athanasia finding her father caring for her more than she thought he would and Athanasia seeing the supposedly cold ruler as her father. It's a bit complicatedExplanation .
  • Unwitting Pawn: The completed Webnovel reveals that Jennette, the heroine of the original story is this as she was raised as sheltered as possible and made her susceptible towards manipulations by others, including and not limited to, Ijekiel's father.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Athanasia in the novel only wanted to be loved by her father.
    ”What will it take for you to love me?”
  • Wizards Live Longer: Powerful magicians have longer lifespans than normal people, which Atty assumes is the reason for her father still looking so young. Since she seems to be roughly in the same ballpark as him ability wise, this presumably also applies to her and Lucas is thousands of years old and seemingly able to control his appearance at will.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Athanasia's goal is to prevent her life from playing out the way it does in the original story, since in the original story Athanasia is wrongfully executed. She does quickly knock the story off its course, but some things seem to happen inevitably anyway. In the webtoon, when Athanasia sees Jennette visiting with Claude in a scene she remembers from The Lovely Princess, she wonders if Claude losing his memories and hating her again as a result was just the original story reasserting itself.
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