Of course, this genetic good fortune comes with social perks—so it is that our beautiful heroine is on the cheerleading squad of her local school and dating a jock. She also does her best to avoid the nerds and outcasts, though usually just because she can't afford to lose credibility in her peers' eyes rather than because she's a bully.
This is usually emphasized by making her best friend the Alpha Bitch. But then something happens. Her family loses its fortune , she turns out to be The Chosen One , gets covered in radioactive green goo that gives her superpowers , or whatever. For whatever reason, the very thing that makes her a hero also makes her an outcast. Now she sits on the outskirts of her school's peer groups with a rag-tag bunch of fellow "losers".
At first she regrets not being able to rejoin the jet set, but her drop in status opens her eyes to the goodness and decency of the people she once rejected. She becomes a better person, the geeks get a cool friend and all of them save the world and solve mysteries together.
Alternatively, the Fallen Princess can be a secondary character who's initially portrayed as the Alpha Bitch , but is revealed to be insecure or to have other sympathetic traits that make the audience like her , prior to her taking a leap down in the social strata.
This trope appears a lot in science fiction and fantasy shows, since their target audience is generally exactly the same kind of geek that the princess ends up hanging out with. Thus they can simultaneously fetishize the cheerleader image while assuaging their perceived audience by confirming their beliefs that all cheerleaders and people in the higher strata of the school system are stuck up snobs , with few exceptions. It also lionizes the viewer by showing the geeks to be more interesting and "cool" in their own way than the cliques.
Of course, the character doesn't have to be a cheerleader for it to work—just someone who's in a clique of attractive, desirable and deeply unpleasant people.
Also could work perfectly with actual princesses or just an upper-crust heroine. A low-life "peasant" or modern equivalent may fall in love with her.
But in a random wave of unsurprising angst, says this line, most of the time word-for-word: If a miracle doesn't interfere , he will then give up completely. Contrast Alpha Bitch , and King of the Homeless. Princess in Rags is a similar character, but while the Fallen Princess has her eyes opened by her loss of status and adapts to her situation, the Princess in Rags doesn't, remains arrogant and will keep fighting to regain what she lost until the bitter end, but without becoming wiser in the meantime.
She was formally Mineva L ao Zabi , and is the last of the Zabi line. She is member of the Peacecraft family along with her brother, and heir to the Sanc Kingdom. Started out as a Lonely Rich Kid and Rich Bitch , became a Yandere after losing everything, finished as this and a Bridge Bunny and then was killed off. Princess Marina Ismail from Gundam 00 becomes this in the second season, after being removed from power by the Federation.
To makes things worse Ali Al-Saachez burns her kingdom to the ground later on. Code Geass has a "from bad to worse" example with actual royals - Prince Lelouch and Princess Nunnally were already pretty looked down on in the royal family because their mother, Empress Marianne, was a commoner. After her assassination, they are completely abandoned and exiled to a country their father the Emperor is about to invade. They survive only due to the Ashford family, a noble family that lost their rank because of association with Empress Marianne: Reuben Ashford helps them fake their deaths and live as commoner students - until Lelouch gets the titular power and becomes the masked rebel leader everyone knows and loves.
Subverted in that they actually got more respect as students in the school than they did as royalty, as did Reuben's daughter Milly - she's the Student Council President and Lelouch is her Vice President.
A male version in Haou Airen. Hakuron was a Chinese nobleman, and he and his Missing Mom tried to escape from his abusive father. Upon being recaptured, Hakuron's mother urged kid Hakuron to leave her behind, and he had to do so. It went From Bad to Worse soon afterwards. Izumi Himuro from Princess Nine starts the series as an almost literal princess.
From a good rich family, going to a good all girls school where her mom is the chair of the board , championship tennis player, and childhood friends with the future star of the brother-school baseball team.
Quickly she finds out that her mother is forming a girls' baseball team to play in the boys' league , and is taking a LOT of interest in their prodigy pitcher as is her childhood friend. By the end of the story she's batting cleanup and driving the team to victory at all costs but isn't speaking with her mother and she's lost her "boyfriend".
As her American voice actress said, "Izumi has Yoruichi Shihouin from Bleach , who threw her life as the princess of one of the most noble Seiteirei clans when her best friend Kisuke Urahara was framed for treason and ran away to Earth. Shoukei began as a sheltered and snobby Royal Brat , then she lost everything when her Knight Templar parents were slain in a rebellion.
It took her a lot of time tand a brutal Break the Haughty process to grow out of her mentality and develop into a better person. The King of En, Shoryuu, was a male example, as a Japanese warlord who was in the losing side of a feudal war. He then was contacted by Enki, the kirin of En, and accepted to become the sovereign. Lamda Nom from Dangaioh turns out to be this, as she's the Sole Survivor of her royal family. Mamoru Takamura from Hajime no Ippo , disinherited by his rich family because of his violent behavior.
He finds solace in boxing and a sort-of adoptive family in the Kamogawa gym. Oriko Mikuni from Puella Magi Oriko Magica , who once was the most popular and rich girl in her social circle and her school until her father's dirty businesses were revealed and he commited suicide.
When Kyuubey found her, Oriko was about to fall into Death by Despair after being abandoned by literally everyone. Margot from Hana no Ko Lunlun is a beautiful girl from Blue Blood , but she and her father have lost pretty much all of their wealth and they're pressured by a rich Dirty Old Man who wants to force her into marriage. Luckily for her, Lunlun arrives to her life and decides to help her.
This is essentially the series metatrope of Revolutionary Girl Utena , with various characters, including Anthy, Kanae, Mrs. Ohtori and Akio of all people Angelise aka Ange starts the series as a princess and is then outed to everyone and herself as well as a Norma.
She's then arrested and shipped off to a hellhole of a prison where she's told her only value is in piloting mechas in highly dangerous battles against dragons. Her Creepy Child sister Sylvia, at the end of the series, becomes this when Ange refuses to take her in to the new world. Lulu Yurigasaki from Yuri Kuma Arashi. Her back story reveals her to have been a spoiled princess that became jealous of her little brother , leading to his accidental death.
After she met Ginko, she abandoned her kingdom to follow her across the Wall of Severance and tries to help her as atonement. She isn't stated to come from an rich family, nor is she an Alpha Bitch , but she was the only Senshi besides Usagi to have a completely happy childhood. She was athletic, talented, and well-liked by her peers. Upon becoming Sailor V, peers started shunning her because working as Sailor V left her too busy for a social life.
At the end of C: SV , she learned that her one true love was a Dark Kingdom member, and she had to kill him, knowing that though she was the soldier of love, she'd never get to fall in love, because her duty would always come before all, even her own personal happiness. Unlike Ami, Rei, or Makoto, who were all loners until they became each others' and Usagi's True Companions right after becoming Senshi, her status as a Senshi actually made her life worse, at least until she found companionship in her fellow Senshi, a year after becoming Sailor V.
Mio of The World God Only Knows becomes this after her Capture, accepting her more modest lifestyle and even taking a part-time job to help her family. Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics adapts several stories told by the Grimm Brothers, therefore it features fallen princesses.
After said team accidentally provoked a magical incident that turned everyone on the planet into children, she was banished from her kingdom, disowned and forced to live like a peasant until she and her friends decided to reform the team despite their Hero with Bad Publicity statuts.
While she's certainly got the beauty, talent and apparent social standing to qualify as a "princess", and she now only hangs out with a few close friends while struggling to make ends meet, her powers have nothing to do with her isolation and her friends aren't really geeks. Also she told Hughes to tell her brother to " go fuck himself. Anastasia , though she doesn't know she's one due to Trauma-Induced Amnesia. Cinderella was more of a noble girl than princess, but had lived a life of happy luxury before her father remarried and then died, the family wealth was squandered, and she was abused and forced to become a servant by her Wicked Stepmother.
Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was born a princess but, like Cinderella, was forced to do the chores, dress in rags, and never leave the castle by her Wicked Stepmother and local Witch, who hoped to ruin her good looks.
After nearly being murdered, she's forced to go through the scary forest and hide out in a cottage, where she takes over housework for the Dwarves. After the death of the Witch and being given a True Love's Kiss , she probably reclaimed her birthright with the help of the Prince and reinforced it by marrying said Prince.
A male example, Simba from The Lion King. Once a naive, curious cub, now a guilt-ridden lion who's lost faith in himself.
Fortunately he's encouraged by his father's ghost and getting hit with a stick , and pulls through. Film — Live-Action The movie Heathers revolves around the sole non-Heather member of a clique of girls named Heather, who, with the help of an attractive but weird loner, decides to get back at them for their bullying ways with pranks which, though initially innocent, quickly turn into a killing spree. A variation happens to Cady in Mean Girls where she's a Cool Loser to start the film off, then she becomes the Alpha Bitch and realises how much that life sucks before going back to her original self.
Also happens to Regina who discovers that the whole school actually hates her but then reforms, joining the field hockey team to work on her anger issues. The end implies that she is a bit nicer as well. Janis used to be popular, but her reputation was destroyed by a rumor and she now willingly embraces outsiderdom. Lilli in Snow White: A Tale of Terror.
She's forced to run away and try and live in the wild. Folk tales In " Adalmina's Pearl ", this is the main plot. Adalmiina's fall is very hard, too: According to Kabbalah mysticism, the Shekhinah "Presence" , a feminine divinity, was cast out when the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed and now wanders the world disconsolate.
Jewish fairytales involving exiled princesses may be seen as metaphors for this idea. The Brothers Grimm 's fairy tales have some of these: The main character from "King Thrushbeard" is a princess who is such an Alpha Bitch that she doesn't consider any of her suitors worthy of her hand. Eventually, her frustrated father forces her to marry a poor peddler. The protagonist from " The Six Swans " is a princess who must run away after her six brothers were turned into swans, trying to fulfill the huge tasks that will lead to her undoing the spell and attempting to put herself outta the reach of their Wicked Stepmother.
The brothers also count, as they're princes stripped from their human forms for years. In Catherine and Her Fate , Catherine, the beautiful only child of a rich merchant, choses to be happy in her old age rather than her youth. And then she finds that she can be very, very miserable and poor in her youth. In Japanese Mythology , a girl named Hachikatsugi-hime "the princess with a wooden bowl hat" runs away from her rich household after the death of her mother and the arrival of a Wicked Stepmother.
She ends up working as a maid for another rich family, then the son of her bosses falls for her