The Princess Bride
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew Up… incredibly pretty. She might have grown up on a humble farm, but Buttercup's always been ridiculously beautiful. And now that she's older, she's officially become the fairest woman in the world.

Living... unhappily. Sure, Buttercup might be beloved by hundreds, and yes, she's about to marry Prince Humperdinck, but it's not like she loves him. No, Buttercup's true love is far, far away. And almost certainly dead.

Profession…farm girl-turned-princess. It wasn't an easy change, either. Since Humperdinck can't marry a peasant, Buttercup had to take three years of classes before she could officially be the Princess of Hammersmith. Not that she really wants the title, anyways; she'd much rather just have her Westley back. Westley was her farm boy back home, and the two fell in love. He hit the high seas to make his fortune to be worthy of her hand in marriage, but his ship was captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts – who infamously leaves no prisoners.

Interests… pining. There's not much else for a girl to do, when her true love was killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts... or was he? 

Relationship Status… complicated. Buttercup still loves Westley, yes, but he's been gone from Florin for five years. Surely if he was alive, he'd have come back by now? And then there’s the whole engaged-to-Prince Humperdinck thing. It’s enough to make a girl wonder whether love is even worth it.

Challenge… getting out of her marriage. Buttercup might not know where Westley is, but she does know one thing: she does not want to marry Prince Humperdinck. In addition to the terrible name, he's got a terrible personality to match.  And wherever Westley might be, Buttercup knows he won't approve of her marrying such a creep. As she defiantly tells the Prince, "You can't hurt me. Westley and I are joined by the bonds of love. And you cannot track that, not with a thousand bloodhounds, and you cannot break it, not with a thousand swords."

Personality… romantic and passionate, if a bit passive. It's not Buttercup's fault, really. She's been raised to let other people save her, so it's hard to fault her for declaring, "We'll never succeed. We may as well die here," at a moment's notice. But while she might not be able to fence or even swim very well, Buttercup is stronger than she thinks – she just has to realize it.


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