Hey everybody! This is my first article in a while, so I figured I better start with the classic list. Hope you guys enjoy it!
Ok, let me just get this off my chest right away. I find Rapunzel somewhat annoying. *dodges flying piano* I apologize to her legions of fans but that is my opinion. Despite this, don’t think that I dislike her. I actually find her really relatable, and I greatly admire her bravery in chasing her dreams. I guess what keeps her so low on my list is that I find her sickeningly sweet. It gets to the point where I just don’t enjoy watching her while she’s onscreen and I find myself distracted by other aspects of the movie. She’s a fabulous character but the other princesses entertain me more, so she’s always been stuck at the bottom of my list. Poor Punzie, she deserves better from me.
12. Snow White
Oh Snow, how I wish I could put you higher. She’s such a wonderful girl but I just can’t bear to put anyone else lower. She does have a special place in my heart though, being the one who started it all. Without her, none of our beloved princesses would exist. I love her gentleness and naivety. In Rapunzel I find this trait annoying, but in Snow White I find it endearing. This is probably because it’s rounded out by her bossy side; she’s like a caring mother to the dwarves and it’s so sweet. The only criticism I can make about her is that she doesn’t chase her dream. She waits for it to come to her, and that’s what keeps her at the bottom of my list.
My feelings towards Jaz have always been incredibly conflicting. There are many things I absolutely love about her, including her sexy, sultry attitude that is so unique among the princesses; and of course no one can talk about Jasmine without mentioning her assertiveness and strong sense of morals. It’s wonderful to see her speak up against Jafar, a truly terrifying character, and declare herself an individual who isn’t to be toyed with. However, there is one aspect of her character that gets on my nerves. At the beginning of the movie she’s a riveting character who takes matters into her own hands and escapes from the stifling life she lives in the palace, but once she returns to her father and throughout the rest of the movie the most she ever does is stand around and voice her disapproval. It’s a very disappointing turn of character, and honestly by the end of the movie her complaints become tiresome to me. I just wish she did more.
Anna’s a sweetheart, she really is. She’s also one of the few princesses who can make me laugh out loud. Her clumsy awkwardness and unbridled enthusiasm make her a joy to watch onscreen, and she’s overall just nice. But that’s precisely the flaw with her character. She’s just… nice. There’s nothing I dislike about her, but there’s nothing that makes me love her either. She doesn’t have anything that makes her stand out, and looking back on her movie she really didn’t make much of an impression on me. So, sadly, she stays fairly low on my list. Sorry Anna, I like you, but I don’t love you.
Now we’re getting into the princesses I truly love. Cindy’s slowly been working her way up my list. There were many years when I really disliked her, and she spent that time at the very bottom of my list until Punzie stole that spot from her. Then I re-watched her movie and I realized she wasn’t so bad, so my opinion of her was neutral for a while. Lately though I’ve become incredibly fond of her. She’s so gentle and graceful, but has a bitter streak that adds depth to her character; and even though she’s the classic princess she isn’t perfect. At one point she criticizes Bruno for something that was actually Lucifer’s fault. I really love this about her, and I hope her elegance and kindness continue to move her higher on my list. I’d love to see her in my top 5 someday!
Oh, the horror! My once childhood favorite now no longer even in my top 5. Such a tragedy! Really though I do still love her, I’ve just grown to appreciate some of the other princesses more. My favorite thing about her is how passionate she is about everything. She’s an incredibly inspiring character, and honestly I think those who say she’s a bad role model don’t know what they’re talking about. That whole argument that she changed herself for a man? Complete hogwash in my opinion. She spent her entire life longing for adventure and dreaming of the human world, knowing that she didn’t belong in the ocean. The handsome prince was just the tipping point, the final nudge she needed to act on her desires. That was a daring move, chasing her almost impossible dream, but it paid off in the end. I will always love her for that.
Oh Aurora, everything about her is just beautiful. Beautiful personality, beautiful animation, beautiful hair… I could go on but I wouldn’t want to bore you. A lot of people say she has no personality, but I disagree. She may not get much screen time, but we do learn a bit about her in those 18 minutes. She’s shy, awkward, a dreamer, incredibly duty-bound, and afraid to ask for independence. I relate to many of these traits, and so I’ve always loved her. She’s also one of the princesses I grew up with, so I hold a lot of nostalgia for her. All of these keep her firmly rooted in the middle of my list.
I had a lot of difficulty placing Mulan in this list. Looking back on it I’m not sure why. I love her insecurities; I think they really make her character. Not to mention she’s kick-ass. I mean, she shows all of China that you shouldn’t judge someone’s abilities by their gender. Huzzah for feminism! Her bravery is something to look up to, and her intelligence is probably the highest of all the princesses. But seeing as she’s Fanpop’s number 1 princess right now, I think you probably already know how awesome she is, so let’s move on to… the elite Top Five!
Wow, big jump for Poca! Rather like that leap from the cliff she took in her movie, only this time she jumped up, not down. This is the first time she’s ever been this high on my list, and honestly I’m really liking it. I relate to her more than almost any other princess, which is what initially got me thinking about her, and her passion for the natural world really strikes a chord with me. I guess I’ve always loved her personality; it was just the historical inaccuracies that kept her so low on my list. But I’ve decided to put those aside for now and simply focus on her as a character rather than a historical figure. Her independence, desire for peace, and sense of duty are incredibly inspiring to me. I wish I could be more like her.
Ever since I first watched her movie I’ve always wanted to give Elsa a big hug and tell her that everything will be ok. She’s so scared and distant, but at the same time so elegant and holds so much love within her, I just adore how layered her personality is. She tries so hard for so long, I think she really deserves the love and acceptance she finally receives at the end of her movie. She also has this sexy streak, not really in her attitude but more in the way she carries herself, that adds even more dimension to her character. As the oldest Disney Princess I think this is very appropriate, and it adds a little variety to the lineup. She’s a great new addition to the princesses, and I’m hoping she’ll stay in my top 5 for a while.
Of all the princesses, Merida is the one I enjoy watching onscreen the most. Her feistiness is infectious, and everything about her just makes me smile. I love how defiant and impulsive she is, even if this does lead her to turn her mother into a bear, and her character development is the best of all the princesses in my opinion. The tearful scene where she apologizes, admits her mistakes, and expresses her love for her mother is to me the most moving scene Disney has ever done. I love her so much, and she’s been in my top 3 since the first time I saw her movie. I doubt she’ll be moving anytime soon.
Tia and Mer both vie for second place, and my opinion changes from day to day. Right now Tiana holds this spot because I just watched her movie. Her work ethic is such a breath of fresh air from the other princesses, and I think her character development is second best after Merida’s. To me her dream is the most beautiful and realistic of all the princesses, and her intense desire for it is wondrous not only because she’s so driven but because you can tell it really means something to her. It’s a way for her to remember her father, and perhaps the most grand profession of love in any of the princess movies. Like Merida, Tiana has been in my top 3 ever since her movie came out, and she even spent a short stint in the coveted number 1 spot. But right now that privilege goes to…
Beautiful Belle. There are so many wonderful things I can say about her. I’ll try to keep it as short as possible. Her thirst for adventure, love of books and fairy tales, and desire for companionship make her the princess I relate to the most. Her bravery, compassion, intelligence, and ability to see deeper than the surface make her my biggest role model. Probably what keeps her at number 1, however, is that I associate her with my best friend. Her favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast, and even though we now live in different states and don’t see each other nearly as often as we used to, when I think of Belle I think of her, and it helps me to bridge the distance. So Belle means a lot to me in more ways than one. Elegant, timeless, and an incredible character, she’s been my favorite for years and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Well, those are my opinions on the princesses. Tell me what you think in the comments! I'd love to hear what things people agree and disagree with!