Wow, ok. It's been five years (oh lordy) since I last wrote one of these, and with a new princess officially in the lineup I think it's high time I revisited my list. Let's do this.
Uuuuuuuuuuuuugh Rapunzellllllllllllllllllll I really wish I liked her more than I do. The funny thing is that I actually think she's a great character and she's also one of my most relatable DPs, but despite this she just doesn't do it for me. There are two primary reasons for this. Firstly, she is not a particularly believable character for me. Seriously, no one
would be that socially well-rounded after being locked in a tower with only an emotionally abusive pseudo-parent their entire life, but she reacts just fine despite going from near solitude to being surrounded by tons of people in the tavern and later in the town. Based on her background, she should be cripplingly insecure, not to mention overwhelmed by the huge influx sudden human contact. But no, she is perfectly happy and bubbly, only with a short sequence immediately after leaving the tower where she is unsure if she made the right decision. This ties in to the fact that she is edging into Mary-Sue territory, and I generally prefer flawed characters. Secondly, I don't like Mandy Moore's voice acting. Punzie's voice sounds incredibly modern to me, she even uses "like" as a placeholder, and it clashes with the setting and only serves to further the destruction of my suspension of disbelief that began with her characterization. Sorry for the long rant. Rapunzel annoys me because with just a few small changes to her character she would be sitting way higher on my list. With that being said, let's move on to what I actually do like about her character: I love her many hobbies and talents. Like seriously, she even knows some astronomy. That is awesome!! I of course love how artistic she is, and she is so so so brave to leave the tower of her own volition and defy Gothel to chase her dream. That took real guts, and I admire that. I like that she is allowed to be strong and brave but also feminine. And I love that she has badass healing powers. :3 Ah Rapunzel, you deserve better from me, but alas you have always been stuck at the bottom of my list.
11. Snow White
*sobs* I wish I could rank Snow higher. She's great. I adore her. Unfortunately, she suffers from some of the same issues as Rapunzel for me. I don't fully believe someone could be that positive and well-rounded after coming out of such an abusive situation, but it doesn't bother me as much with Snow because at least she wasn't forced to live in solitude. I can believe she found friends in some of the other palace staff who were kind to her and gave her hope, and that's the main reason she sits above Punz on my list (plus I enjoy Adriana Caselotti's voice acting significantly more than Mandy Moore's). The other main thing that keeps her low on my list is that we never see her actively pursue her dream. Instead, she sits and waits for her prince to come to her. I much prefer more active characters, and as a result Snow is relegated to the bottom of my list. However, I enjoy her unbridled positivity in the face of hardship, and I especially love how she marches into the dwarves cottage, takes charge, and bosses them around. Her bossy streak really rounds out her character for me, and I just adore it. I also have a soft spot in my heart for her since she was the one who started it all, and we wouldn't have any of these ladies without her.
Oh, Poca... She is definitely the princess I have the most conflicting feelings about. On the one hand, I adore her personality and she is one of my most relatable princesses. I love how she cares for nature, I love how she's so indecisive, I love her bravery, I love her regal and mysterious air which is rounded out by her wisdom and mischievousness. On the other hand, she is a historical and cultural sham and a cliche stereotype (noble savage, anyone?) that the majority of an entire culture finds offensive. If it weren't for this, she'd easily be in the top half of my list based purely on personality, but I can't ignore the facts, and as it is, it just feels wrong
to me to put her anywhere other than low on my list. Her character and film make me sooo uncomfortable, so she's sadly stuck way down here.
Jas is cool. I like her. I don't love her though. For me I think she just suffers from a lack of screen-time, and that's mainly what keeps her low on my list. She's sassy and sexy which is unique among the DPs and is therefore tons of fun. I love that she's bossy, knows what she wants, and isn't afraid to stand up for herself and let others know when they're out of line. Unfortunately, she just doesn't do
a whole lot because the story's not about her, it's about Aladdin. Honestly, I liked her more in the live action film when she had a concrete goal of becoming sultan. I think if Jas had been the main character of the film rather than Aladdin then I would like her a lot more.
Rose and Jas are right next to each other on my list for the same reason: lack of screen-time. Honestly the only reason Rose is higher than Jas is because I have more nostalgia for her. I owned her movie when I was a kid and I loved her, whereas I never saw Aladdin until I got to high school. I lie in the middle of the road in the "does Aurora have a personality" argument. I think she's got more personality than some people give her credit for, but not as much personality as some people maintain. What little we do see of her personality I both enjoy and relate to: she's dutiful, shy, likes to daydream, and wants more independence but seems reluctant to ask for it. Like Jas, I think if Rose hadn't fallen asleep halfway through the film and/or just generally been allowed to do
more, she would be way higher on my list.
*uncontrollable sobbing* She's not even in the top half of my list anymore. :((( I'm so sorry Ariel. I love you, I really do. I just can't bear to put anyone else lower. Ariel was my childhood favorite, and for that I will always love her. She's so enthusiastic and absolutely fearless in everything she does. I strongly connect with her desire to learn more about other cultures and ways of life. Her clumsy exploration of the human world is both hilarious and endearing. Also she's a GODDAMN MERMAID OML. Like, if I had the chance to exchange my voice for a fish tail would I do it? Heck yeah.
What keeps her lower than the rest of my faves is that I don't feel like she learned anything from her mistake, and she never apologized for the mess she made. I'm sorry, but the "I love you daddy" scene just doesn't cut it as an apology for me. This is a strike against her in my book, and is why I can't place her any higher on my list. I still love her though <3
Cindy is so lovely. I slept on her for so long and I'm forever grateful that I realized my misinterpretation of her character. I used to think she was a bland and boring doormat. Oh how naive... There's a reason why she's the iconic Disney Princess. I love that she stands up for herself in the small ways she can, I love her streak of bitterness that shows how she doesn't just take everything with a smile, I love her snide comments behind her stepfamily's backs, I love that she's not infallible (she mistakenly punishes Bruno for something that's Lucifer's fault), and most of all I love that she keeps her head up and continues to live her life with hope, kindness, and dignity. She is truly inspiring. It's no wonder the prince fell in love with her at first sight. I would have, too.
Make way for the badass. I don't know what I can say about Mulan that hasn't already been said a million times. She's brave, determined, devoted, loyal, and has some really amazing character growth. Her journey from an insecure and clumsy girl to a confident and capable young woman is beautiful to watch. She kicks butt, saves her whole goddamn country, and shows everyone that a woman has just as much value as a man. I particularly love how clever she is. Her ability to improvise and think on her feet is amazing and makes her my smartest princess. She deserves every ounce of appreciation she gets.
Oh man, it's so weird not having her in my top three anymore. Like, you don't understand, so weird
. She'd been in my top three from the moment I first saw her movie, and she'd never budged until now. Regardless, I still absolutely adore her. Two words can sum up why I love Fanpop's most hated princess: character development. Yes, she starts off the movie as a spoiled brat. By the end, I genuinely feel like she's become a responsible princess who understands the gravity of her position and the consequences of her actions. She's ready to put aside her personal desires and marry for the good of the clan, and although Elinor ultimately stops her from doing that, I think that if she hadn't then Merida would've gone through with the marriage in order to fix the mess she made. Then of course there's Merida's apology after sewing up the tapestry doesn't break the spell. It's at this point she really understands what she's done and she completely owns up to her mistake and puts all of the blame on herself. This scene is so moving to me and always brings tears to my eyes. Then at the end we see Merida and Elinor sewing a new tapestry together, something Merida never would have been interested in at the beginning of the film. It's this character growth that really makes me love her. I'm not denying that Merida's decision to change her mother was despicable, because it was, but by the end of the movie she understands what she's done and she'd never make the same choice again. In addition to all this, Merida's feisty and wild personality just brings a smile to my face. Gah, I just adore my Mer-bear. She's criminally underrated.
Out of all the Disney Princesses, I think Tiana deserved her happy ending the most. She worked so hard
to get where she was, and her dream was such a beautiful and grand tribute to her relationship with her father. I love that she refuses to be beaten down by others and I love her realistic and no-nonsense attitude. Out of all the princesses I think she's the best role model. Yes, fairy tale endings can happen, but you have to create them for yourself. I don't see the mean streak in her that others claim is there. Yes, she looks down on Naveen and his lifestyle, but honestly he deserves it in my opinion. He has no interest in contributing to society and only wants to mooch off of others so he can continue to party his nights away. Since Tia's someone who's always been forced to claw her way through life in order to get anywhere, I can see how that would rub her the wrong way. And then, to top it all off, she learns that this "no-count, philandering, lazy bump on a log" wants to marry her lifelong best friend
. Does he want to marry her for love? Nope! He wants to marry her so he can leech off of her father's fortune and continue to spend his life partying. Yeah, I can absolutely understand why she looks down on Naveen so much, and I think the only
reason she's ok with the marriage is because she knows Lottie wants to marry a prince so she can be a princess. Tia never ever looks down on Lottie's or her other friends' lifestyles, and she is always supportive of Lottie's dream even if it's a bit outlandish for her taste. I love her so much. She's a gem.
Yep, when talking about Punzie I said I wasn't a fan of Mary-Sues, and yet I will be the first to admit that Moana is the Mary-est of Sues. Despite this, I adore her. The main reasons why I think she's an exception to my rule is that she's so driven (I looove characters who go after what they want), she has the classic hero's journey (love me a good old fashioned hero's journey), and because I'm a sucker for anything to do with the ocean. Seriously, a sea-faring princess is so cool to me, I just can't get over it. Another thing I love about her is that she wants to go on an adventure, but she also loves her home and values what she has there. This is fairly unique among the princesses, and I think it's awesome and relatable. I also love that her story has nothing at all to do with romance or marriage. It's such a breath of fresh air from all the other DPs. Because she's such a Mary-Sue, I wouldn't be surprised if she slips down my list a bit later (I have trouble imagining Mer-bear out of my top three forever), but for now she is sitting comfortably at number two.
Forever and always my favorite. I relate to Belle like crazy, and she also reminds me of my best friend. She and I connected over our love of Beauty and the Beast, and because of that I will always associate Belle with her. Back to Belle herself though: as a bookworm, I of course relate to Belle's love of reading. I too enjoy escaping into a story to explore other worlds and meet wonderful characters. I also connect to Belle's desire for adventure, but I understand why she didn't go in search of it. Her loyalty and devotion to her father kept her in her provincial town, even though she felt uncomfortable and ostracized there. Then, she goes on to give up her freedom and dreams for her father, an incredible act of bravery and self-sacrifice on her part. She had no idea what the Beast would do to her while she was his captive, but she put her father before herself anyway. Belle also knows her self-worth and won't let anyone talk down to her. I love her snarky comebacks to Gaston, and I think it's awesome how she never gives the Beast the time of day until he first shows her he's capable of change. On top of all this wonderful stuff, Belle comes off as a well-rounded character to me. She is far from perfect. She impulsively (and stupidly) sneaks into the West Wing even though it was expressly forbidden. Like seriously, I admire her curiosity but what did she think was going to happen? The same is true when she shows the beast to the angry mob. She didn't think things through and as a result sent the whole town marching off to kill the Beast. Afterwards, though, she does everything in her power to fix her mistake, and I love her for it. A lot of people are bothered by Belle's snobby streak, and while I certainly don't think it's commendable, I like that it rounds out her character. The entire town thinks she and her father are strange and have no interest in trying to understand or listen to them, so like Tia looking down on Naveen, I can understand why Belle looks down on the townspeople. (Plus, I used to be a snob as well, so I can relate to this side of her. I like to think I've gotten better in recent years though haha.) One particularly unique thing I love about Belle's story is she's the only DP who spends a significant amount of time getting to know her prince before she falls in love with him. The film begins in fall, continues in to winter, and finishes up in spring, so she spent at least three months with the Beast. This makes her love for him grow much more naturally and believably than any of the other princesses, which I really really like. Plus, I love that they connect over their feelings of being ostracized from society. ...This is getting long so I should probably wrap it up, but suffice it to say that I love love love Belle. She's been my favorite for years, and I don't see that changing any time in the near future. <3
Thank you for sticking with me through this monster of a DP list! I hope you enjoyed it and I'd love to chat about your thoughts and opinions in the comments. :)