Prince Phillip is one of the most progressive Disney male characters that were initially born into royalty even judging by the modern standards.
As the audience is introduced to his adult self it’s established distinctly and beforehand that he is not invested in leading a snobbish, pompous and obnoxious life style when it comes to his daily activities and would rather take a walk by himself and with his favourite horse than hang out and surround himself solely and strictly with people of his class/royal background for the sake of upholding his status. He is capable of...
Predictable as it is, this post is set out to debunk the misguided notion of Prince Eric being merely a handsome one dimensional character with no layers and agency who supposedly fell for Ariel strictly and solely due to her good looks. If those are the only defining qualities and prominent traits of Eric you’re able to perceive and have been led to believe his character construction is ultimately limited to them here is a list of reasons to why those assumptions are inherently flawed and inaccurate:
Let me start by establishing that his character is clearly structured in accordance with a prominent for newer Disney movies “Prince with flaws” trope, except that his flaws don’t cross the line into straight up ignorance, racism (as in case with John Smith), class prejudice (Naveen) or taking innocent people hostage even when they are old and severely ill therefore can die if involuntarily placed in a cold dungeon (Beast) hence why Flynn’s change of heart comes off as significantly more believable and organic considering the concise time dedicated to his character progression due to...