|“||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. And when I say you are a coward, it is only because you are the slimiest weakling ever to walk the Earth!||„|
|~ Buttercup confronting Prince Humperdinck|
Princess Buttercup is the titular deuteragonist of The Princess Bride. She is the true love of the story's hero, Westley, who is also unhappily engaged to the story's villain, Prince Humperdinck.
She was portrayed by Robin Wright, who also plays General Antiope in Wonder Woman.
When Westley works on her family's farm, Buttercup refers to him only as "farm boy" and loves to order him around. Westley would reply, "As you wish." Over time, she realizes that when Westley says "As you wish" he is really saying "I love you," and realizes that she loves him, too.
When Westley goes away to find his fortune, his ship is attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts, and the story gets back to Buttercup that her love has been killed by the fearsome pirate. Devastated, Buttercup shuts herself away in her room, forgoing sleep and food. In the end, she decides that, while she may live on, she will never love again.
Five years later, Buttercup is forced to become betrothed to Prince Humperdinck. Although she does not love him and tells him so, Humperdinck pushes forward with the wedding, assuring her that, with time, she will come to love him.
While she does not like the idea of marrying the prince, she does still enjoy riding her horse. While out one day, she comes across three men claiming to be lost circus performers and, before she can do anything, is knocked unconscious. When she awakes, she realizes she's now on a boat in the middle of the sea, kidnapped by the men, who she learns are names Vizzini, Inigo Montoya, and Fezzik. Vizzini, the gang's leader, tells her he was hired to kill her and leave her body on the soil of Florin's neighbor, Guilder, in order to start a war. The other two men don't seem keen on following this plan and an argument breaks out. Buttercup uses this opportunity to jump out of the boat and into the water with creatures known as the shrieking eels.
Buttercup declares she would rather die rather than be married to Humperdinck, who feigns understanding and offers to send for Westley with his four fastest ships. He does no such thing, of course; the prince is the mastermind of the plan to kill her and start a war. He inadvertently reveals his treachery on the eve of their wedding night by saying that every ship in the armada is guarding her, which would not be possible if he had truly sent his four fastest ships for Westley. Buttercup declares her love for Westley and denounces Humperdinck as a coward. Enraged, Humperdinck kills Westley, but he is revived thanks to Inigo, Fezzik, and Miracle Max, the king's former Miracle Man.
Westley's rescue plan is delayed, however, giving Humperdinck time to forcibly marry Buttercup. Believing Westley dead, a devastated Buttercup goes to her bedchamber to commit suicide by plunging a dagger through her heart. A very much alive Westley stops her just in time, however. After Buttercup and Westley are re-united and defeat Humperdinck, they escape the castle with Inigo and Fezzik, and share the most romantic kiss in history.