Anime and Manga Mobile Suit Gundam: Is his zaku three times as fast as a normal zaku? Fruits Basket , Yuki is called this by schoolmates who are ignorant of his traumatic past and problematic family relationships.
Princess Tutu 's overall aim in fixing Mytho's broken heart is to turn him back into this. In Candy Candy , there is the mysterious "Prince from the Hill", a handsome young man dressed in a kilt, who makes Candy smile again when she was sad, and then vanishes in the into thin air, leaving only pendant with a small bell as the only evidence of his existence.
Anthony From the same series also may count. In fact, the first time Candy meets Anthony, she thought that he was her "Prince from the Hill" since both had a similar appearence and personality. Given that he's from a rich, affluent family, it sort of fits. In Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun , the Drama Club often makes drama featuring characters of this type, usually cross cast by Kashima. Her participation in this kind of role earns her epithet , "the Prince of the School.
Gender inverted in that Fate is female, but then again, so is Nanoha. Nanoha's response is to blush heavily. The titular character aspires to be this, though she combines it part-and-parcel with Knight in Shining Armor. She in turn draws inspiration to be this from the enigmatic Prince Dios, who she barely remembers rescuing her from her sorrow after losing her parents. The Student Council sans Nanami also exhibit various Prince Charming subtropes, though they all fall short.
While it's not immediately obvious, Utena pokes a lot of holes applying this trope to real life. By the end, the show makes it clear that the Prince archetype should neither be sought nor emulated, as it's almost impossible to achieve and completely unsustainable even then.
Prince Dios was a Physical God with the power to revolutionize the world, and even he crumbled beneath the strain of embodying male perfection. He's a bit of a Magnificent Bastard and eventually becomes Mayor of Fabletown. The Queen of Fables thinks that Superman is Prince Charming and wants to either kill him or marry him. Given his nature , it's understandable that the delusional Queen would make this mistake. Loki suggests that Hulkling of the Young Avengers is really this, having been created by his boyfriend Wiccan's Reality Warper powers to subconsciously fulfill his fantasy of meeting and falling in love with this type of character.
He points out the improbability of a gay teenage boy meeting, and perfectly matching, a gay alien prince. Of course, this is coming from Loki , and both Hulkling and Wiccan were listed as part of the Avengers Fail-Safe Program, being descendants of prior members of The Avengers. Teammate Prodigy dismisses the whole matter as "existential nonsense". Snow White's prince is simply "The Prince", although she does refer to him as being charming.
Sleeping Beauty's prince is the only one given a real name, Prince Phillip. Later merchandise and such identifies "Prince Charming" specifically as Cinderella's prince, though in the film he's only ever referred to as "The Prince" or "The Noble Prince".
It should be noted that in Snow White and Cinderella the prince does little more than show up and be royal, while Phillip due to his extended screen time comes the closest to actually portraying this trope. Eric from The Little Mermaid is one of the last examples of this trope being played straight in Western media. Notably in light of the above, the Princes in subsequent Disney films play with the trope in various ways, and have even come to subvert it quite forcefully.
They may refuse their royal duties Simba , be jerks at first though they later improve Beast , Kuzco , start off as commoners who rise to the status of prince through marriage Aladdin , Flynn Rider , appear charming but turn out to be a womanizing Manchild Naveen , or even be the Big Bad Hans. Inverted in the Shrek sequels, as Prince Charming is vain, selfish, a sissy coward and in Shrek the Third, arguably evil. Somewhat twisted in Charming as the prince's "charm" is part of a curse.
The central plot revolves around him trying to get rid of his charm, only to get the real non-magical version in the process. Still, so long as the curse is in effect, no woman can love anyone other than him, so it's probably for the best.
He's good-natured, handsome, and heroic, but he's kind of thick. And it turns out he's not the right man for Giselle—but when he realizes this, he gallantly steps aside for her true prince. While Snow White and the Three Stooges almost squandered the leads, the prince had a greatly expanded role compared to the actual fairy tale. Played straight in Prince Charming a made-for-television film starring Sean Maguire is the story of a prince who gets turned into a frog because he dashingly rescues a damsel in distress who starts trying to reward him.
They are all braggarts and cowards, and eventually they help themselves to the royal treasure - while the three princesses, as well as the king himself, get married to commoners in the end. Mirror, Mirror is one of the very few modern movies based on fairy tales which play this trope almost completely straight with Andrew Alcott, a character with most of the usual Prince Charming traits.
Subverted in Snow White and the Huntsman as the prince has become an Action Survivor due to the queen's tyrannical rule. Cinderella's prince is an Exact Words version. Specifically he's The Charmer: He's a little more clumsy and Adorkable than Cinderella's prince though. Kit, the prince in Cinderella , is a rare example in a modern film played straight.
Though there is a slight subversion in that he must learn how to be a competent ruler once his father dies and does end the story as a king. Maleficent features the aforementioned Prince Philip, but the main subversion is that his kiss doesn't wake Aurora up.
Nonetheless all other parts of the trope are played straight and the two are implied to end up together. Literature Played with in A Brother's Price: Prince Alannon was a dignified, quiet-spoken man, who was very handsome and liked to take regular baths.
However, his marriage to the protagonist's grandmothers came about not by him rescuing one of them, but by his being kidnapped by them. He eventually seems to have consented to marry them, which is not such a big surprise considering that the best he could have hoped for would have been an Arranged Marriage , anyway. And they did build him a bathhouse.
Given how soon it was written after the term originated, The Picture of Dorian Gray is likely one of the first subversions. Dorian is called this by extremely naive actress Sybil who he seduces and abandons, driving to suicide. Another lover also apparently called him this, and uses the nickname scornfully when he encounters her several years later as a prostitute.
Ella Enchanted exaggerates this. The prince's name is Charmont, which is sorta like Charming and borders on charmant, which is French for "charming" and comes from the Fairy Tale " The Blue Bird " where the hero was called Le Roi Charmant "the charming king". He prefers to be called Char, though.
John Moore 's Slay and Rescue has a professional hero who really is a prince named Charming, sent by his father's chancellor to rescue fair maidens all over the place the theory is that it keeps him too busy to try to take over the throne. Nonetheless, he's also basically decent. A Song of Ice and Fire: His brother Prince Tommen, however, is genuinely kind and sweet-tempered though he's only eight.
Sansa even says she would have preferred to have married Tommen. In Terry Pratchett 's Unseen Academicals , Glenda objects to Trev as Juliet's love because Juliet is special and all she needed was a prince — and she remembers her own fantasies.
Juliet and Trev do end up together, and Glenda ends up with a king to be. Justified in the contemporary book Dream Boy written by Ann Reit, which stars a charming, but immature teenager who learned it from his father. And oh boy is he a lover - right up until he meets Thayet, anyway, and she steals his heart and his ability to speak in all of ten seconds.
Played straight in The Royal Diaries Elisabeth: The Princess Bride where Emperor Franz Joseph I was able to win over Elisabeth because she considered him to be playful, considerate and charming. Jewel of Castilla where it takes less than two hours for Fernando, Prince of Aragon and King of Sicily, to steal the princess's heart with his humor, authority and imagination.
Interestingly zigzagged in Marie Antoinette: At first Antonia is repulsed at fat and ugly Louis Auguste but as time goes on, he reveals that he's shy, sweet and even becomes devoted to her. While she doesn't fall in love with him, Antonia does call him her friend. Prince Kai from Cinder.
The princes of four different fairy tales Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White get the short end of the stick when their stories are popularized because everyone remembers the princesses' names, but their names Fredrick, Gustav, Liam and Duncan respectively are lost and are just called "Charming", even though all four are radically different people.
They eventually team up and become a league of Princes Charming. In many ways, he is also a subversion of this trope, having great difficulty with forming meaningful relationships with women. Indeed, he is a serial womanizer with a colorful dating history. Joffrey intentionally puts on this act for Sansa. It lasts for about half an episode before his true colors are revealed. Prince Charming is a character in Sesame Street , using the same puppet as Guy Smiley and Don Music, who can be relied upon to totally mess up any fairy-tale he's involved in he's not a Prince Charmless , just incompetent and not very bright.
He also works as a dance instructor, under the name Prince Cha-Cha-Charming. Nate Archibald is all but explicitly based on this trope.
He is described as charming with extreme regularity, and has the tendency to fall passionately in love with various girls and deliver romantic speeches occasionally hilariously out of context while rescuing them from some emotional or social dragon.
He is in the books given the epithet "prince of the upper east side" and it is said that he can "snap his fingers and have any girl he wants. He sings "How can I repay—" but Buffy cuts him off with "Whatever" given that she's in her depressed period. Justified for Logan from Gilmore Girls who is his father's heir, charismatic, and quite a ladies man.
Played straight in the Veronica Mars episode "Ain't No Magic Mountain High Enough" where Logan meets Hannah who he says is "like the hot daughter of a king he marries off to get like Denmark or something.
While he's a bit mean to his servant Merlin sometimes, when it comes to his love interest Gwen - he's this trope incarnate. She says that he's so charming if that's the only way he can get someone. Of course she did steal from him.