Disney Princess is a media franchise owned by The Walt Disney Company, originally created by Disney
Consumer Products chairman Andy Mooney in the late 1990s and officially launched in 2000. The original eight princesses consisted of Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Mulan. The franchise spotlights a line-up of fictional female heroines who have appeared in Disney animated feature films. The franchise currently includes eighteen female protagonists from thirteen different Walt Disney Animation Studios films, one Pixar film, two Marvel Studios films and one 20th Century Fox movie as each of whom is either royal by birth, royal by marriage, or considered a "princess" due to her significant portrayal of heroism.
Most recently, the line-up has expanded to include Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida after the successes of their respective films. Vanellope, Anna, Elsa, Gamora, Moana, Anastasia, Shuri, Clara, Jan-Nin and Sadé are currently expected to join the line-up.
The Disney Princesses are featured in a wide variety of merchandise, appearing in anything from various sing-a-long movies, dolls and other toys to bed linens, clothing and toiletries (such as hairbrushes and toothpaste). The Princesses are also prominently featured at the Disney theme parks. Since 2013, with the exception of those created after the Disney Renaissance, the Princesses have been showcased in their enhanced and modified/redesigned outfits (excluding Ariel and Mulan), instead of the actual garments that they wear in their respective movies.
Requirements to be a "Disney Princess"
Each official Disney Princess must meet the following requirements:
•The character must have a primary role in a Disney/Pixar film or another division owned by Disney such as Marvel Studios or 20th Century Fox. (Live action characters only can be included if Disney has to pay royalties to the actresses' likeness or they don't have to at all.)
•The character must be human, or human-like in the cases of Ariel, Gamora and formerly, Tinkerbell.
•The character should not have been introduced into a sequel.
•The character should be born royal, married royal, or has peforrmed an act of heroism in the cases of Mulan, Moana and Gamora
•The overall critical and box office success of the film can be seen as the deciding factor as to whether or not a character can join the franchise. This explains the absence of Eilonwy, Kida and Thumbelina.
In the 2016 film Moana, Maui states that princesses have animal sidekicks. This has been evidently shown to be a common characteristic among the official members. But it is unknown if it is considered an official Disney Princess rule.
- Being a separate franchise also affects the status of a princess such as Tinkerbell when she enters the Disney Fairies franchise.
Facts pertaining to the original fairy tales upon which the films are based are irrelevant to the versions appearing in the franchise.
The Princesses themselves, despite appearing in separate films, have distinct similarities. Most Princesses have the common ability to communicate with animals (even if the animals do not actually talk back). They are also known for their inner and outer beauty, as well as having beautiful singing voices (the exception to this is Merida, who only sings a song with her mother when she is little). Each Princess (excluding Merida) also has a romance that is resolved by the end of the film; the male counterparts are known as Disney Princes. The Princesses can also be grouped depending on what era their films debuted. The "original" three (Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora), are quiet, classy, graceful and romantic daydreamers; they play more of a "damsel in distress" role and suffer from the actions caused by others. They hold an inner strength through compassion, love, kindness and (particularly with Snow White) a strong sense of resilience. During the Disney Renaissance Era, which started with The Little Mermaid in 1989 and ended in 2000, the heroines in Disney feature films became more active than reactive and included Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas and Mulan. These women were strong-willed, adventurous, feisty, cunning and determined. They were less interested in finding love and more interested in finding adventure and freedom. The Renaissance Princesses also existed in worlds that were more self-aware of the changing roles of women. For example, in The Little Mermaid, the villainess Ursula assures Ariel that she won't need her voice on land as men prefer silent women; Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, is told by Gaston that "it's not right for a woman to read." And Mulan, who joins an army under the guise of a man, must listen to her peers extol masculine traits, while describing an ideal wife who is pretty, obedient and a good cook. The latest Princesses were created within the past decade and are more modern. Tiana from The Princess and the Frog is a young woman who doesn't rely on magic and knows that it takes hard work to reach one's goals; Rapunzel from Tangled, however, is more idealistic and isn't afraid to go after what she wants.
Whether or not Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy, should join the line-up has been a subject of debate among fans since all of her films were live action as opposed to being animated. However, she does meet the majority of requirements that would enable her to do so, such as having a primary role in a Disney film (Marvel Studios is owned by Disney), her first film being both a critical and commercial success and is regarded as a "national hero" like Mulan is.
- Those who favor the inclusion claim that Gamora could represent modern social issues that young women often face today such as immigration, childhood abuse, and challenges relating to refugee migration. In addition, they also suggest that it would draw young women to show some interest in astronomy, military-related careers, music, and the comic book lore in general.
- Those who are against the inclusion claim that it would serve as being nothing more than just "poor commentary" towards Gamora and other female Marvel Cinematic Universe characters.
- Some fans who argue against Gamora's inclusion in the princess line-up suggest that the Disney should keep it's Marvel Cinematic Universe canon separate from the animated Disney canon.
- However, considering that Gamora is expected to appear in the upcoming Ralph Breaks the Internet, it's very likely that Disney may include her in the line up in the future.
Why Some Disney Females are not a "Disney Princess"
- Some female protagonists, even those that hold the "princess" title, may not be included in the official line-up for the following reasons:
- Nala from The Lion King she is not an official Disney Princess because she is not human which means it would look awkward seeing animals with princesses
- Elionwy from The Black Cauldron, she is not a Disney Princess because her commercial and critical failure and lackluster of her film. It grossed 21.4 million.
- Kida from Atlantis: The Lost Empire She is not officially a Disney Princess because her movie was a commercial failure despite it being successful in other countries, it only made 84 million in the United States and 102 million in other countries.
- Miss Piggy, Janice and, Charlene Sinclair are not considered Disney Princesses since they're all live-action puppets.
- 20th Century Fox characters Lois Griifth, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson, and Meg Griffith are not considered to be "Disney Princesses" since they are all animated television characters, which does not meet the criteria.
- Ice Age characters Ellie, Scrattee, Shelly, Mama Dino, Peaches, Granny Sloth, Shira, and Brooke are not considered to be "Disney Princesses" since they are all animal characters that were introduced in sequels, which do not meet criteria. Yes, Disney is now the parent owner of 20th Century Fox, but animal characters, whether they are live action, or animated, cannot join the line-up.
- Natasha Romanov, Wanda Maximoff, Mantis and Valkyrie are not included in the line-up because they were all first introduced in Marvel movie sequels.
- Pepper Potts, Peggy Carter, Sharon Carter, Frigga, Lady Sif, Jane Foster, Meredith Quill, Hope Van Dye, Grace Lang, The Ancient One, Nova Prime, Aleta Ogord, Okyoke, and Nakia are not included in the line-up because they were all introduced as either minor or secondary characters in their respective films.
- Nebula and Hela, Goddess of Death are not considered to be Disney Princesses, due to both women having to have originally been first introduced as antagonists.
- Characters from Disney comics such as Dickie Duck, Neptunia, Eurasia Toft and Agent Uma are not considered Disney Princesses since they're all foreign creations.
- None of the female protagonists from a Disney television series (e.g. Kim Possible, Star Butterfly from Star vs. the Forces of Evil) are considered Disney Princesses due to the "Disney Teleivision Animation division" not meeting the criteria.
- Esmeralda was an official Disney Princess in 2004, she was removed because she was not selling as good like the others in the franchise like the others where so Disney crossed her off the list for that reason.
- Jane Porter was originally considered as the newest Disney Princess in 1999, not long after the Disney Princess franchise started, she was ultimately removed likley because her dress color scheme was too similar to Belle's so she was removed for that reason so nobody would confuse her for Belle or confusing Belle for Jane Porter.
- Giselle at that point was really close to being an official Disney Princess, however, the plans to include Giselle in the lineup have quickly dropped because they realized they had to pay royalties to Amy Adams likeness every time she is included in merchandise. Giselle is 32 years old, so she would of been the oldest of the princesses if she was part of the Disney Princess Franchise, she would of also been the first Disney Princess not to be from Walt Disney Animation Canon. However, she could return to being included in the lineup if Disney chooses to pay the royalties to Amy Adam's likeness, which apparently could happen because of the upcoming hybrid film, Disenchanted.
- Tinkerbell has been removed from the franchise and replaced by Tiana from The Princess and The Frog because she is now the lead character of the Disney Fairies franchise.
- Gamora and Shuri will be able to join the line-up if Kevin Fiege, president and founder of Marvel Studios, approves the inclusion of both characters since their respective actresses have long since signed off on using their likeness in merchandise relating to their respective films. If included in the Disney Princess franchise, Gamora will be the oldest princess in the line up since she is 24 years old.
- Anna and Elsa's movie has the opposite problem compared to Elionwy, Thumbelina, Crysta and Kida. There movie grossed 1.2 billion at the box office which caused it's franchise to be so successful, many have theorized if they joined the lineup in the first place, they would of became so valuable and likely takes sales away from all of the other princesses, effectively overshadowing them, so they are currently being kept away from the other princesses until their sales die down in the Frozen franchise. So once they are no longer selling as good, they'll join the Disney Princess lineup along with Gamora and Moana.
Each of the following 18 women has been certified as an "Official Disney Princess." Some were born into the title (e.g.
Aurora, Merida), some married the son of a king (e.g. Cinderella), some married a Reigning Prince (e.g. Belle), and some correspond to an equivalent title (e.g. Chieftain's Daughter and Sultan's Daughter). So far,
the three exceptions to these rules are Mulan, Gamora, and Moana; they are currently the only Official Disney Princesses who do not either come from royal bloodlines nor marry into royalty. Of the three, Moana is the only one who has no love interest.
Born into Royalty: Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine (as a Sultan's daughter), Anastasia, Rapunzel, Vanellope, Merida, Anna, Elsa, and Shuri. Pocahontas is considered to be of royal heritage, as she is the daughter of a chief and therefore considered Native American royalty by the English.
Royal by Act/s of Heroism: Mulan, Moana and Gamora are royal by neither birth nor marriage. However, Mulan is still included in the line-up as she meets other requirements and has performed a significant act of heroism. Meanwhile, Moana and Gamora are expected to join the line-up for the same reason.
Regardless of any actual title(s) possessed, each official Disney Princess is properly addressed (within the franchise) as "Princess ________".
Princess Snow White
Snow White, titular character of the 1937 Disney movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is a character based on the German fairy tale "Schneewittchen." Snow White has the honor of being the first Princess in the first Disney animated feature, paving the way for all subsequent princesses. Adriana Caselotti provides the voice/singing voice for Snow White. Her true love is the Prince, who is able to wake her from her eternal sleep with true love's kiss. At 14, she is the youngest of the official Disney Princesses.
Cinderella is the main protagonist of her eponymous film and two sequels and is the second Disney Princess. She is based on the European fairy tale of the same name, of which several variations exist. Ilene Woods provides the voice/singing voice for Cinderella (Original Disney version), Jennifer Hale provides the voice of Cinderella in the sequels, Tami Tappan provides Cinderella's singing voice in Cinderella III. Cinderella is the first Disney Princess to have siblings (albeit step-siblings) and is 19 years old. Cinderella is the first Disney Princess who is married into royalty (she marries Prince Charming).
Aurora is the titular protagonist of the film Sleeping Beauty, based on the classic fairy tale involving a beautiful princess, a sleeping enchantment, and a handsome prince. Aurora is sixteen years old. Mary Costa provides the voice/singing voice for Aurora. The original story is much darker than the Disney version. Aurora has the distinction of being both the Princess with the least amount of screen time and singing more of her lines than speaking them. Aurora has the purest pedigree of any Disney Princess, being the first and only child of a king (King Stefan) who also presumably marries Prince Phillip, the firstborn son and heir of a king (King Hubert).
Ariel is the female protagonist of the films The Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid II (although the title of main female protagonist is shared with Melody) and The Little Mermaid III, as well as The Little Mermaid Television Series. Jodi Benson provides the voice/singing voice of Ariel in all Disney animated appearances. Ariel is the first Disney Princess to have not been born human and is also the first Disney Princess confirmed to have children as she and Eric have a daughter, Melody, in the sequel. She is sixteen years old in the first film and is presumably in her late twenties in the sequel. Ariel's title of Princess comes from her father, King Triton, a title she shares with her six older sisters. She acquires the title of Princess Consort through her marriage to Prince Eric, though it is unclear whether he is a Prince Regnant (most likely), the son of a King, or both.
Belle is the fifth Disney princess and the main female protagonist of the film Beauty and the Beast and its two sequels. Paige O'Hara provides the voice/singing voice of Belle in all three films. Belle is the first Disney Princess to have an antagonist become her love interest. She is also the first person to have a confirmed country in the movie (France). Belle is seventeen years old and the second Disney Princess to be of common birth. When she marries Prince Adam (a Prince Regnant of his principality), she becomes a Princess Consort.
Jasmine is the main female protagonist of Aladdin, its two sequels, and the television series. Linda Larkin provides Jasmine's voice in all animated iterations of Aladdin, Lea Solanga provides the singing voice for Jasmine in the original Aladdin, Liz Callaway provides the singing voice for Jasmine in the sequels. Jasmine is the daughter (and only child) of the Sultan of Agrabah, the traditional title styled "Shahzadi Sultana" (Princess). When she marries Aladdin, a commoner (the son of the self-styled "King of Thieves" notwithstanding), he gains the title Prince Consort. Upon the death or abdication of her father in favor of Aladdin (as was stated to be the Sultan's wish), Aladdin would become the Sultan of Agrabah and Jasmine would acquire the title of Sultana. She is the first princess to not be the titular character in her film and is the first non-white and the first Middle Eastern/southwest Asian princess.
Pocahontas is the main protagonist of the film Pocahontas and its sequel, Pocahontas II, and is the first Disney Princess to have been based (loosely) on a real person, instead of a fairy tale. She is a Powhatan Native American, and she is the first Disney Princess to have two "princes" (John Smith and John Rolfe, though only the former is an official Disney Prince). Pocahontas is the second Princess (after Jasmine) to have her singing voice and speaking voice provided by two different voice actresses. Irene Bedard and Judy Kuhn provide the voice and singing voice of Pocahontas in both movies, respectively. Pocahontas was born as the only child of Chief Powhatan, thus giving her the title of Chieftain's Daughter. Though not royalty, she is accorded the respect of one (i.e. a princess) in the sequel and is officially regarded as a Disney Princess. Her eventual marriage to John Rolfe (a commoner) does not change her status or his.
Fa Mulan is the main protagonist in the Disney film Mulan and its sequel Mulan II. She is the first Disney Princess to be based on a legend and the second not to be based on a fairy tale (Pocahontas). Ming-Na Wen and Lea Salonga provide the voice and singing voice of Mulan in both films, respectively. Mulan is (to date) the only Disney Princess who does not hold the title of Princess in one form or another. However, she does earn the non-noble title of Imperial Consul. Her eventual marriage to General Li Shang (also non-noble) does not grant her any titles either. Mulan and Shang are the only non-royal Disney couple in the Disney Princess franchise.
Tiana is the main female protagonist in the film The Princess and the Frog. Tiana made history as the first African-American Disney Princess. Anika Noni Rose provides the voice/singing for Tiana. She is the third to be married into her title. Commoner-born, Tiana becomes Princess Consort upon her marriage to Prince Naveen, the eldest son and Heir Apparent of the King of Maldonia. She is the most modern of all princesses due to living in 1920s New Orleans and is the first American and first black princess.
Rapunzel is the main female protagonist in the film Tangled and the short film Tangled Ever After. Like Aurora, she has golden hair, was born into her title, and was removed from her parent's custody as a baby, only to be reunited in her teens. Mandy Moore provides the voice/singing voice for Rapunzel. She is strong-willed and her preferred weapon is a frying pan. As the only child of the King Frederic and Queen Arianna of Corona, she eventually marries Eugene "Flynn Rider" Fitzherbert, giving him the title of Prince Consort. Upon the death or abdication of her father, Rapunzel will become Queen Regnant of Corona, while her husband will remain Prince Consort.
Merida is the main protagonist of the Disney/Pixar film Brave, making her the first Pixar Princess. She is the first princess since Ariel to have red hair: she has long, curly, red hair and blue eyes. Kelly MacDonald and Julie Fowlis provide the voice and singing voice for Merida. Merida is a Princess by blood; firstborn of King Fergus of DunBroch. Her lack of a romantic interest (and lack of any sequels) makes it unlikely that she will rise to rule the kingdom as a Regnant Queen, considering the views of gender equality in the era.
Princesses and "Princesses" Outside of the Lineup
This category includes characters who meet the qualifications for Disney Princess and/or have been included in Disney Princess merchandise, but are not included in the official lineup. These characters stand above those denominated as "Heroines" because heroines do not have any chance of actually joining the franchise.
Unofficial Disney Princesses
Disney heroines and actual princesses that are not part of the official line-up but are princesses/heroines in their respective films. These characters have appeared in some official Disney Princess products or promotions. However, these characters may officially join the line-up in the future depending on public interest in them. They also are verified as Disney Heroines.
- Minnie Mouse
- Daisy Duck
- Dickie Duck
- Webby Wanderquack from DuckTales (2017)
- Miss Piggy
- Faline from Bambi.
- Alice from Alice in Wonderland.
- Tinker Bell and Wendy Darling from Peter Pan
- Shanti from The Jungle Book
- Maid Marian from Robin Hood
- Princesses Attina, Alana, Adella, Aquata, Arista, and Andrina from The Little Mermaid
- Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Megara from Hercules
- Jane Porter from Tarzan
- Empress Kida from Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
- Jessie from Toy Story 2
- Queen Atta from A Bug's Life
- Princess Dot from A Bug's Life
- Ting-Ting, Su, and Mei from Mulan II
- Kilala Reno from Kilala Princess
- Princess Melody from The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
- Jane Darling from Peter Pan II: Return to Neverland
- Giselle from Enchanted
- President Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-It Ralph
- Sofia from Sofia the First
- Princess Elena from Elena of Avalor
- Princess Leia from Star Wars
- Princess Eilonwy from The Black Cauldron
- Princess Shuri from Black Panther
- Mantis from Guardians of the Galaxy
- Nebula from Guardians of the Galaxy
- Nova Prime from Guardians of the Galaxy
- Black Widow/Natasha Romanov from The Avengers
- Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff from The Avengers
- Captian Marvel/Carol Danvers from Captian Marvel
- Pepper Potts-Stark/Rescue from The Avengers
- The Wasp/Hope Van Dye from Ant-Man
- Valkyrie from Thor: Ragnarok
- Dr. Jane Foster from Thor
- Padme Amidala Skywalker from Star Wars
- Rey from Star Wars
- Princess Anna & Queen Elsa from Frozen
- Chief Moana from Moana
- Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova from Anastasia
- Jan-Nin from Dragon Empire
- Princess Sadé from Sadé
- Princess Thumbelina from Thumbelina
- Crysta from Ferngully: The Last Rainforest
Products that included them
Other Disney characters have guest starred alongside the fourteen above princesses in various Disney Princess products.
- Disney Princess Dolls:
- Disney Store Classic Dolls: Tinker Bell and Esmeralda are included.
- Assorted Dolls: Alice, Wendy Darling, Tinker Bell, and Melody are included.
- Disney Princess Fashion Figures: Minnie Mouse and Tinker Bell are included.
- Princess Collection 2: Songs by Maid Marian, Nala, and Megara are included.
- Disney Princess Sing-Along Songs - Once Upon a Dream: Sing along segments by Minnie Mouse, Megara, and Ting-Ting, Su, and Mei are included.
- Disney Princess Sing-Along Songs Vol. 2 - Enchanted Tea Party: Sing along segments by Alice, Maid Marian, and Melody are included.
- Disney Princess Sing-Along Songs Vol. 3 - Perfectly Princess: Sing along segments by Alice and Melody are included.
- Disney Princess: "It's Not Just Make Believe" Music Video: Alice and Melody are included.
- Disney Princess Magazines: Alice, Esmeralda, and Jane Porter appeared in magazines, and in the case of Jane, they came to be presented as new princesses for the franchise.
- Once Upon a Princess: Volume 1: A storybook segment by Esmeralda is included.
- My Princess Collection (books collection): Alice, Dot, Jessie, and Kida are included.
- Disney Princess Puzzle: Minnie Mouse is included.
- Disney Princess: Journey to London: Megara and Esmeralda are included.
- Dream Big, Princess (commercial series): Elena is featured in occasional commercials alongside the official line-up.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: The TellTale Series: Mantis and Nebula appear. Nova Prime is briefly mentioned at the start of the first episode.
- Marvel Heroes Omega: Natasha, Wanda, Carol, Hope, Mantis, and Nebula all appear as playable characters.
SofiaSofia is the main protagonist of the movie Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess and the Disney Junior television series Sofia the First. Sofia is a little girl who came into royalty when her mother marries the King of Enchancia. She is voiced by Ariel Winter. Though she is affiliated with Disney Princess franchise in her own show, she is in no way planned to be in the official line-up. This is due to her being from a television show and for the fact that she is too young. Ariel's older sisters. They are the daughters of King Triton and Queen Athena, which makes them the princesses of Atlantica. Ariel's sisters appear only briefly in The Little Mermaid and its sequel, but they each have a more prominent role in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, as well as the TV series spin-off. They are not official Disney Princesses because they aren't major characters. The Black Cauldron. Based on Eilonwy from the novels "The Book of Three" and "The Black Cauldron" by Lloyd Alexander. The movie was Disney's first PG-rated movie. Despite being a princess in her own movie, she never became a part of the official Disney Princess franchise. The reasoning was due to the fact that the movie rating was PG and mainly due to the film's lack of success and copyright issues. Being twelve years old, she would have been the youngest Disney Princess had she been inducted into the franchise. Enchanted and a former princess of the Kingdom, Andalasia. Inspired by Disney's own princess franchise. She is both portrayed and voiced by Amy Adams. Though her film was a success and she was initially intended to join the line-up, plans were dropped quickly when the company had realized that they would have to pay royalties to Amy Adams for using her likeness. Additionally, it is her friend, Nancy, who ends up marrying the Prince. If she were to join, Giselle would have been the first official princess to star in a film that was not part of the Disney animation canon.
Megara (Meg) also more commonly referred to as Meg, is female tritagonist from Disney's Hercules. She is the love interest of Hercules and is voiced by Susan Egan. She was mainly inspired by the character of Megara from Greek mythology. During D23 Expo 2013, Meg was cited as a Disney Princess and Susan Egan was confirmed to be at the event, which led to rumors that she would be entered into the franchise. Unlike Esmerelda, Jane Porter and Tinker Bell who join the franchise and later removed, there hasn't been any evidence proved that she would join the lineup, she was more like a test princess, like Alice, however Disney didn't think she would fit for the franchise.The Little Mermaid II. She is the daughter of Ariel and Eric and is the first Princess to have only appeared in a Disney sequel. She is not an official Disney Princess because her film was not theatrically released and also being introduced into a sequel.
Nancy is a secondary character in the film Enchanted. Although she wasn't announced as a princess, she was the one who ended up
marrying Edward at the end of the film. She is not considered an official Disney Princess because due to being the secondary character in the film.
Ting-Ting, Su and Mei are the daughters of the Emperor in Mulan II. They are not official Princesses because they were introduced into a sequel.
Kilala is the main protagonist of the manga series Kilala Princess. Most likely she is not a princess because she is a manga character and has never been in a film.
Kneesaa is a female Ewok who served as the princess of the Bright Tree Village, a daughter of Chief Chirpa and Ra-Lee, and also a younger sister to Asha. She later became the Chieftainess of the Bright Tree Village and Wicket Wystri Warrick's wife. Being a Star Wars character disqualifies her from the roster.
Princess Leia is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. She is also a main protagonist in the original Star Wars trilogy and her position is less descriptive of her family status and more related to her being a figure of authority within the resistance against the Empire (and later she becomes part of the Republic), which disqualifies her from the roster.
Maid Marian is the main female protagonist in Robin Hood. She is the niece of King Richard, which means that she comes from a royal bloodline; however, she is not a princess because she is non-human and a fox.
Marianne is the female protagonist of Lucasfilm's Strange Magic. Despite being a princess, she is not a Disney Princess because she is a fairy and because of the negative critical reception and box office faillure of the aforementioned movie.
Nala is the main female protagonist in The Lion King and a secondary female protagonist in The Lion King II and The Lion King 1 1/2. She is Simba's love interest, and if she were a princess, she would have been the second princess to have children. However, she is not an official Disney Princess because she is a lion.
Future Disney Princesses
Anna' is the main protagonist of the Disney film Frozen and is the younger daughter of the King and Queen of Arendelle (a Norwegian kingdom). Kristen Bell provides the voice/singing voice for Anna. She has long, ginger hair with a white highlight (where Queen Elsa shot her with ice in the head) and blue eyes, and is a free-spirited, fearless, happy-go-lucky, reckless ball of energy who lives by trusting her own feelings. Presumably, she will eventually marry Kristoff and, as a result, grant him the title of Prince Consort. As the next-in-line for the Arendelle throne, she stands to eventually become Queen Regant in her own right after the death or abdication of her sister Queen Elsa. At this point, it is possible for her and Elsa to join the lineup along with Moana and Gamora since they are seen with the other 11 Disney Princesses in Ralph Breaks The Internet.
Elsa the Snow Queen is the deuteragonist of the 2013 animated feature Frozen and Anna's older sister. She is loosely based on Kai and The Snow Queen from the fairy tale "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen. She was the crown princess of Arendelle and was crowned Queen until her powers over ice were exposed, causing her to flee and become the feared Snow Queen. However, the bond between her and her sister warms her frozen heart, allowing her to use her magic for the greater good. Elsa will be the first official Disney Princess to have become a queen in her feature film. She will also be the second princess without a love interest, after Merida.
Moana is the main protagonist of the film of the same name. She is the daughter of Chief Tui and Sina of Moltunui. Although she meets the requirements for the official Disney Princess franchise, she hasn't had her live coronation yet, making her an unofficial Disney Princess at the moment.
Vanellope von Schweetz is the main female protagonist of Wreck-It-Ralph. She is the missing princess of the game Sugar Rush. It has been confirmed that she reunites with the Disney Princesses in Ralph Breaks the Internet, which would most likely mean that she could join the lineup.
[[Anastasia Romanov|Anastasia Romanov]]
Anastasia is a character that was created by 20th Century Fox. She is likely expected to join the lineup because Disney acquired fox in late 2017. The Disney-Fox merger has not been completed yet, but it'll be finalized by Summer 2019. This is about the legend of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, which claims that she, in fact, escaped the execution of her family. Its basic plot centers around an eighteen-year-old amnesiac orphan named Anya who, in hopes of finding some trace of her family, sides with con men who wish to take advantage of her likeness to the Grand Duchess; thus the film shares its plot with Fox's prior film from 1956, which, in turn, was based on the 1955 play by Marcelle Maurette.
Gamora is a character Disney had created for it's live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe canon. Some fans believe that she might join the line up at some point
after the release of either Avengers 4 or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 despite her film, Guardians of the Galaxy, and it's sequels all being live action. However, she is also, one of the main protagonist of an animated series of the same name on Disney XD. She's loosely based off a character of the same name from Marvel's series of comic books. In Disney canon, Gamora, the reformed assassin step-daughter of the Mad Titian Thanos, began seeking her redemption when she was first hired to steal an orb when she finds herself in the middle of a quest to save Xandar from a sinister Kree Accuser. This eventually lead to her becoming friends with and joining the other members of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Whether Gamora should or shouldn't join the line-up has been the subject of debate among fans, due to her films all being live action even though there might be a chance that she may. If included, Gamora would be the first Disney Princess from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as be based off a character from a Marvel Comic. Her film would also be the first Disney Princess film to be originally based off a Marvel comic since Disney is the parent owner of Marvel. She would also be the oldest princess in the franchise for at the start of her first film, Gamora is 24-years-old. In addition, the inclusion of Gamora would make her and Peter Quill the second non-royal Disney couple to be part of the line-up. She is portrayed by Zoe Saldana.
[[ Shuri|Princess Shuri]]Shuri is the daughter of King T'Chaka and Queen Ramonda, and the sister of T'Challa. Shuri loves her brother deeply, and she helps him run Wakanda. She has genius-level intellect, being on the same intellectual level as Tony Stark, Hank Pym and Bruce Banner. Her vast scientific knowledge helps not only Wakanda as a whole but also T'Challa in his role as the superhero Black Panther. She also appears as a protagonist in the animated series Marvel's Avengers: Black Panther Quest. She is the first Disney princess to come from an African nation. She is also the second Disney Princess to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as be based off a character from the pages of a Marvel Comic.
Sade is the main protagonist in Disney's upcoming live-action film of the same name. She has warrior powers which protect herself and her people. However, despite being live action she will likley join the Disney Princess lineup in the further future.
Jan-Nin is the main protagonist of Dragon Empire. She's also considered to join the Disney Princess franchise along with Sade.
Possible Princesses to Return
Disney has officially announced that they are in production with it's upcoming sequel to Enchanted, "Disenchanted." There's been many rumors that Giselle could join the lineup, if there true then Disney will choose to pay the royalties to Amy Adams in order to have her as an official Disney Princess.
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- One of the unspoken rules of the franchise is that none of the Princesses ever make eye contact in any official merchandise, keeping their "mythologies" separate.
- Gamora and Shuri are the only Disney Princesses to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is a series of live-action Disney films that are all canonically connected to one another.
- Anna and Elsa are also the only princesses to make eye contact in each other as well since they are biologically sisters and also they originate in the same film.
- Going against the marketing strategy of the franchise, the princesses, along with Vanellope will interact with each other for the first time in [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_V0nVTF1NQ Wreck It Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2.
- The reasoning for including Elsa, Anna, and Moana in the film's variation of the lineup was due to the filmmakers recognizing the unofficial princesses as princess characters that have the strongest association with the franchise, as well as sharing the connection of being from Walt Disney Animation with Vanellope.
- At the 2018 New York Comic Con, Marvel Animation revealed that Gamora was a Disney Princess while discussing details about the second half of the third season of Guardians of the Galaxy: The Animated Series. The second half of the third season of this series will feature a storyline that is loosely based off the Brian Micheal-Bendis comic The Black Vortex.
- Alternatively, the Princesses may fall into three categories based on their eras:
- Walt Era (Golden Age/Classic Era) (1937-1966): Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora.
- Renaissance Era (1989-1999): Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Anastasia, and Mulan.
- Revival Era (2009-present): Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Vanellope, Anna, Elsa, Gamora, Moana, Shuri, Clara, Jan-Nin and Sadé.
- Despite Anastasia not being made by Disney, fans might as well consider her part of the Renaissance Era since her movie was made in 1997.
- Gamora can be regarded as being part of the Revival Era since her movie, though it's a live action film by Marvel Studios, was made in 2014.
- Roy E. Disney was against the creation of the Disney Princess franchise, as he said, "Cinderella and Snow White could never be seen together because their stories take place in different times and places."
- Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, and Belle are currently the only Princesses to not be voiced by the respective actresses from their original films.
- As of the upcoming Ralph Breaks the Internet, Avengers 4, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3, Gamora will have appeared in more films than any other princess in the line-up.
- Mulan, Gamora and Moana are the only princesses to be regarded as "national heroes" in Disney canon.
- Mulan is a national hero to the people of China.
- Gamora is considered to be a "national hero" to both the people of Xandar and the Nova Corps.
- Moana is considered to be a "national hero" to Montinui when restoring the heart of Te Fiti.
- Rapunzel was the first Disney Princess to have her film rated PG followed by Merida, Anna, Elsa and Moana.
- Gamora is the first and currently, the only Disney Princess to have her film be rated PG-13.
- Cinderella, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Anna, Elsa, and Moana are the only Princesses whose antagonists weren't killed in their feature films, although Jafar does die in The Return of Jafar.
- All of the Disney Princesses from non-European countries have male villains, while Belle and Anastasia are the only 2D Caucasian Princesses to have male villians (all others are female) and Rapunzel is the only CGI Princess to have a female villain (all others are male).
- Cinderella, Belle, Pocahontas, Mulan, Rapunzel, Anna and Elsa are the only Princesses who have antagonists that don't possess any supernatural ability.
- The Disney Princesses created after Mulan did not appear in House of Mouse, since the show ended in 2003.
- Only seven Disney Princesses have danced with their respective love interests: Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Tiana, Rapunzel and Gamora.
- The first eight Princesses were once represented as elements on a periodic table at a candy store at Downtown Disney in Orlando, FL.
- Snow White: S - sulfur
- Cinderella: C - carbon
- Aurora: Au - gold
- Ariel: Ai - fictional
- Belle: B - boron
- Jasmine: J - jodium, former name of iodine
- Pocahontas: P - phosphorous
- Mulan: Ml - fictional
- Jasmine was the first Disney Princess not to be originated from a European country.
- Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Gamora, and Shuri are the only princesses to have television series, However, Belle, is the only princess to have a live-action television series while others have animated television series.
- Gamora is the only princess to have her own video game series (Guardians of the Galaxy: The TellTale Series).
- Anna, Elsa, and Gamora are the only princesses to have animated Lego specials. Anna and Elsa's was Lego Frozen:The Northern Lights and Gamora's was Lego Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos Threat.
Aurora, Jasmine, Vanellope, Elsa and Shuri are the only princesses not to be protagonists in their featured films.
- Aurora is the only princess to be the false protagonist, which makes "Flora, Fauna and Merryweather" (The Three Good Fairies) as the true protagonists of Sleeping Beauty.
- Jasmine, Vanellope, Elsa and Shuri are the only Disney Princesses to be deutaragonists.
- There are currently no princesses who are tritagonists.
- Merida, Gamora, and Anastasia are the only princesses not to have their films being made by Disney directly. Merida is from Pixar, Gamora is from Marvel Studios and Anastasia is from 20th Century Fox.
- Merida, Vanellope, Gamora, and Shuri are the only princesses who's films are not musical.
- There are 12 caucasian princesses:
- Snow White, Rapunzel and Vanellope are German
- Cinderella, Aurora and Belle are French
- Ariel is Danish
- Merida is Scottish
- Anna and Elsa are Norwegian
- Anastasia and Clara are Russian
- However, There are 9 non-caucasian princesses:
- Jasmine is Arabian
- Pocahontas is Native American
- Mulan is Chinese
- Tiana is African-American
- Moana is Polynesian
- Gamora can be regarded as either Latina or biracial for she's portrayed by Zoe Saldana
- Jan-Nin is possibly Japanese
- Shuri is South African
- Sade is Nigerian
- Mulan, Tiana, and Anastasia are the only princesses to kill their main antagonists in their films, however, both Mulan and Gamora combined have actually killed more people than any other Disney character.
- Cinderella Tremaine, Anastasia Romanov, Fa Mulan, Vanellope Von Schweetz, Gamora Ben Titan-Quill, Moana Waikliki are the only Disney Princesses to have a known last name.
- All the Disney Princesses are the main characters of at least one book or short story.
- There were no Princesses created during the end of World War II and a while after (1942-1949), Disney's Dark Age (1967-1988) or even the Post-Renaissance (2000-2008) period.
- Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna and Elsa are the only Princesses to have a change of title in their film from their intended titles. Tiana's was originally The Frog Princess, Rapunzel's was simply called Rapunzel, and Merida's was The Bear and the Bow, and Anna and Elsa's were "The Snow Queen."
- Tiana was the first Disney Princess to have a public coronation at Disney Parks, who joined the lineup in March 2010, followed by Rapunzel who joined in October 2011, and Merida who entered the lineup on May 2013.
- In Disney canon, each Disney princess is often associated with an element of nature:
- Snow White-Darkness
- Snow White is the only Princess with naturally short hair, while Mulan cut hers and Eugene cut Rapunzel's hair.
- Rapunzel is also the only princess who's hair changed to a different color, she had blonde hair by the sun's magic, but is naturally a brunette by genetics.
- Gamora is the only princess to be a canon "alien", due to her green skin coloration.
- In the comics, Gamora possesses different physical characteristics such as green hair and yellow patch-like tattoos over her eyes.
- In the films, however, Gamora's physical characteristics consist of black hair with magenta highlight, with white scars on her face with yellow and purple eye markings.
- In the TellTale game, however, she was given purple hair with pink highlights along with green eyes and yellow eye markings as a nod to her current comic book design in the Earth-616 narrative.
- Merida is currently the only Disney Princess with curly hair.
- Ariel, Pocahontas, Rapunzel and Moana are the only Disney Princesses with side parted hair.
- Aurora, Belle, and Anastasia are the only Disney Princesses to have wavy hair.
- Anna and Elsa both are the only ones to be scene with braids.
- Hair and eye colors of the Disney Princesses:
- Snow White, Vanellope and Clara are the only Caucasian Disney Princesses to have black hair.
- All of the black haired princesses either have brown or hazel eyes.
- Snow White, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Vanellope, Gamora, Shuri, Moana, Clara, Jan-Nin and Sade all have black hair.
- Ariel and Merida have red hair.
- Belle and Rapunzel have brown hair
- Anna has ginger hair.
- Cinderella has strawberry-blonde hair.
- Aurora, and Elsa have blonde hair.
- Anastasia has auburn hair.
- Most of the blue-eyed Disney Princesses have red or reddish hair.
- Elsa is currently the only blue-eyed Disney Princess to have blonde hair which is the most very common genetic for blue eyed people.
- Snow White is the only caucasian Disney Princess to have brown eyes.
- Snow White, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Gamora, Moana, Shuri, Jan-Nin and Sade all have brown eyes.
- Cinderella, Ariel, Merida, Anna, Elsa, Anastasia and Clara all have blue eyes.
- Aurora has violet eyes.
- Belle and Vanellope have hazel eyes.
- Rapunzel has green eyes.
- Rapunzel is the first among the Disney Princesses to have green eyes, but she's also the second Disney Heroine after Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame to have green eyes.
- Aurora is the only true blonde Princess. Rapunzel's a blonde by way of the sun's magic, but is a natural brunette by genetics, while Cinderella is a strawberry-blonde and Elsa's is platinum blonde.
- Not counting Rapunzel, Belle is the only brunette and both are the only ones to have eye colors that are shades of green — Belle has hazel eyes and Rapunzel has green eyes.
- Snow White, Ariel and Belle were once considered to have blonde hair, but were later decided to have different colors of their hair, Snow White has black hair, Ariel has red hair, and Belle and brown hair.
- Snow White, Belle, Pocahontas,Tiana, and Gamora all have darker hair than their princes
- Tiana is the only Princess whose hair is never seen loose throughout her film.
- None of the traditionally animated Disney Princesses have freckles.
- Most of the Princesses have received their facial characteristics from their mothers:
- Snow White: Hair (Father), Eyes (Father), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Cinderella: Hair (Neither), Eyes (Father), Facial Structure (Mother & Father).
- Aurora: Hair (The Gift of Beauty), Eyes (The Gift of Beauty), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Ariel: Hair (Mother & Father), Eyes (Father), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Belle: Hair (Father), Eyes (Neither), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Jasmine: Hair (Mother), Eyes (Mother & Father), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Pocahontas: Hair (Mother & Father), Eyes (Mother & Father), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Mulan: Hair (Mother & Father), Eyes (Mother & Father), Facial Structure (Neither).
- Tiana: Hair (Mother & Father), Eyes (Mother & Father), Facial Structure (Mother & Father).
- Rapunzel: Hair (The sun's magic, but naturally Mother & Father), Eyes (Mother), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Merida: Hair (Father), Eyes (Father), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Anna and Elsa: Hair (Father), Eyes (Mother), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Gamora: Hair (Mother), Eyes (Mother), Facial Structure (Father).
- Moana: Hair (Mother), Eyes (Father), Facial Structure (Mother &Father)
- Mulan and Tiana are the only left-handed Disney Princesses.
- Pocahontas, Vanellope, Anna, Elsa, Gamora, Moana, Anastasia, Jan-Nin and Sade are the only princesses who haven't appeared in Sofia: The First so far.
- Pocahontas, Tiana, Merida, Gamora, Moana, Anastasia, Jan-Nin and Sade are currently the only princesses who have not yet appeared in The Kingdom Hearts series. In cases of Rapunzel, Vanellope, Anna and Elsa, Disney has announced that they will be appearing in Kingdom Hearts III which would be releasing in January 2019.
- Pocahontas, Mulan, Merida, Vanellope, Gamora, Moana and Anastasia are the only princesses not to be based off fairy tales (Snow White; Cinderella; Aurora from "Sleeping Beauty"; Ariel from "The Little Mermaid"; Belle from "Beauty and the Beast"; Jasmine from "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp"; Tiana from "The Frog Prince"; Rapunzel; and Anna and Elsa from "The Snow Queen").
- Pocahontas, Mulan and Anastasia are the only princesses to be based off real people.
- Merida and Moana are the only princesses to not be based on real life or literature.
- Vanellope is the only princess to be based off a video game.
- Gamora and Shuri are the only princesses to be based off Marvel comic books.
- Not counting Anastasia, Tiana is the only traditionally animated Disney Princess in the Revival Era.
- Cinderella, Aurora, Jasmine and Rapunzel are the only four Princesses to sing in a duet with their Princes.
- Lady Tremaine, Governor Ratcliffe, Prince Hans, Thanos, Ayesha, and Tomotoa are the only main villains in the Disney Princess films not to die.
- The Evil Queen falls off a cliff and is crushed by a boulder.
- Maleficent is stabbed by Prince Phillip with the Sword of Truth and falls off a cliff.
- Ursula is stabbed by Prince Eric with the bow of a sunken ship.
- Gaston falls to his death from the roof of the castle.
- Jafar is destroyed when Iago kicks his lamp into magma.
- Shan Yu is blown up by Cri-Kee and Mushu with a rocket on the fireworks tower.
- Doctor Facilier is dragged into hell by the voodoo demons after his talisman broke.
- Mother Gothel ages into dust when Eugene cuts Rapunzel's hair, and falls out the tower.
- Mor'du is crushed by a falling mehnir.
- Ronan the Accuser is killed by the Power Stone.
- Ego the Living Planet is turned into dust.
- Erik Killmonger was killed during his final battle against T'Challa.
Near Death Experiences
- The Huntsman almost killed Snow White, but due to his kindness, he spared her life.
- Maleficent placed a death curse upon Aurora, until Merryweather converted it into a deep sleep.
- Ariel almost drowned after she was turned into a human by Ursula's magic, and was later nearly blasted by a giant Ursula wielding the trident.
- Belle almost was killed by wolves, and later nearly drowned in a melted ice ground, until she was saved by the Beast both times.
- Jasmine nearly suffocated to death until she was saved by Aladdin.
- Pocahontas was almost killed by her father's staff when he attempted to execute John Smith because she stepped in the way to try to save him.
- Mulan fell off a cliff, but managed to get herself pulled to safety.
- Rapunzel almost drowned when she and Eugene were trapped in cave.
- Tiana was almost captured and eaten by Cajun swamp-men who thought she and Prince Naveen were actual frogs.
- Merida was almost eaten by Mor'du but was saved by Queen Elinor
- Anna nearly froze to death due to an overload of Elsa's ice powers.
- Anna is actually the only Princess to actually die but was revived by an Act of True Love.
- Gamora was "sacrificed" by her step-father for the Soul Stone, but it was later revealed that she was trapped inside it.
- Elsa was almost murdered by Hans.
- Moana almost drowned while she was exploring the sea, then was almost eaten by Tomotoa and was nearly killed by Te Ka, both times saved by Maui.
- Anastasia fell off a train and suffered amnesia.
- Gamora nearly suffocated and froze to death in the vacuum of space after Nebula destroyed the space ship she was piloting. She was later saved by Peter Quill when he gave her his mask in order to help her breathe.
In Disney canon, the princesses seem to have their very own animal companions that serve as their voices of reason in some way.
- Snow White has the forest animals
- Cinderella has the mice (Jacques, Gus, and Mary)
- Aurora has her own forest animal companions
- Ariel has Flounder, Scuttles, and Sabastian
- Belle has Felippe, her and her father's horse.
- Jasmine has Raja, her pet tiger as well as Abu and Iago.
- Pocahontas has Meeko, Flit, and Percy
- Anastasia has Pooka.
- Mulan has Cri-Kee, Mushu, and Khan.
- Tiana has Louis and Ray.
- Rapunzel has Pascal and Maximus
- Merida has Angus, her horse.
- Anna and Elsa have Sven.
- Gamora has Rocket Raccoon, who is also a member of the Guardians team.
- Moana has Pua, and Hei Hei.
- Vanellope is the only princess who doesn't have an animal companion.
Of the 16 Disney Princesses who are part of the line-up, 13 of them have a canon partner.
- Snow White is married to Prince Florian
- Cinderella is married to Prince Charming
- Aurora is married to Prince Phillip
- Ariel is married to Prince Eric
- Belle is married to Prince Adam, also known as The Beast.
- Jasmine is married to Aladdin.
- Pocahontas was formally in a relationship with John Smith.
- Anastasia's love interest is Dimitri.
- Mulan is married to Captian Shang Li.
- Tiana is married to Naveen.
- Rapunzel is married to Flynn Rider, also known as Eugene Fitzherbert.
- Anna is in a relationship with Kristoff.
- Gamora is rumored to be either engaged or married to Peter Quill as of Avengers: Infinity War.
Merida, Vanellope, Elsa, and Moana are the only four princesses who do not have a canon partner.
Pocahontas and Anna are the only two princesses to have two love interests.
- Pocahontas was formally with John Smith then later was with John Rolfe. Despite this, she is often paired with John Smith in Disney Princess merchandise as Rolfe is not credited as her love interest because he was first introduced into a sequel.
- Anna formally had a romantic relationship with Hans then later fell in love with Kristoff while Hans betrayed her.
- Vanellope is 12, so she's technically the youngest of the Disney Princesses.
- Snow White is 14 which formally ranked her the youngest of the Disney Princesses.
- Jasmine is 15, although she turned 16 in Aladdin and The King of Thieves.
- Ariel, Aurora, Mulan, Merida, Shuri, and Moana are 16.
- Belle is 17.
- Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Anna and Anastasia are 18, although Anna turned 19 in Frozen Fever.
- Cinderella and Tiana are 19
- Elsa is 21 which formally ranked her the oldest of the Disney Princesses
- Gamora is 24 so she is technically the oldest Disney Princess in the lineup. As of Infinity War, she is now believed to be 28 years old.
- Snow White, Cinderella, Vanellope, Anna, Elsa, Gamora and Anastasia are orphaned Princesses.
- Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, and Pocahontas are the only ones who have only their fathers alive.
- Tiana and Shuri are the only princesses who only have their mothers alive and to have only their fathers die.
- Six of the fathers of Disney Princesses were widowers: the fathers of Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, and Pocahontas.
- However, Aurora, Mulan, Rapunzel, Merida, and Moana are the only ones to have both of their parents alive.
- Ariel, Merida, Anna and Anastasia are the only Princesses to have siblings―all the others are presumably only children.
- Cinderella's unique in that she's an only child, but she has two stepsisters through her father's marriage to Lady Tremaine.
- Jasmine, Mulan, and Rapunzel are the only Princesses to be seen with extended family: Jasmine with her cousin, Mulan with her grandmother, and Rapunzel with her aunt.
- Have Yondu Udonta, Peter Quill's step-father, survived the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, Gamora would have lived on the Milano/Benatar with her future father-in-law. However, she does share the ship with Peter Quill's paternal half-sister Mantis, who just happens to be her sister-in-law and a fellow member of the Guardians team.
- While it's unknown if Gamora ever had any biological siblings in Disney canon, she does have six step-siblings through her step-father Thanos-Step brothers Korath the Pursuer, Ebony Maw, Corvus Glaive, and Cull Obsidian and stepsisters Nebula and Proxima Midnight.
- Snow White and Gamora are the only princesses whose fathers are never shown in their feature films.
- Ariel is the only Disney Princess to become a mother. Other Princesses have had children in Once Upon a Time and Descendants, but neither of these are viewed as official Disney canon.
- Out of all the Princesses, Pocahontas is the only one not to have her mother seen in any human form, though her spirit manifests as leaves.
- Snow White's mother – rare stories have an image of her.
- Cinderella's mother – in art with Cinderella as a child. She was also featured in her daughter's live-action remake.
- Aurora's Queen mother – seen in the feature film, short features, and a few stories.
- Ariel's mother – seen in the Little Mermaid prequel.
- Belle's mother – seen in Once upon a Princess Vol. 2 and in a painting image that is featured in Maurice's Cottage at the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World. She was also featured in her daughter's live-action remake.
- Jasmine's mother – seen in Once upon a Princess Vol. 1.
- Mulan's mother – seen in the feature film and the sequel.
- Tiana's mother – seen in the feature film and short stories.
- Rapunzel's mother – seen in the feature film and short.
- Merida's mother – seen in the feature film
- Anna and Elsa's mother - seen in the feature film
- Gamora's mother-seen in Avengers: Infinity War and in Guardians of the Galaxy: The Animated Series
- Moana's mother - seen in the feature film
- Anastasia's mother - seen in the feature film
Inclusion in Japan and Other Countries
- In Japan, only ten of the dozen princesses are considered official, (Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Anna, Elsa, and Moana.) while the other members are officially excluded and rarely featured in merchandise or other material.
- Interestingly, Jasmine and Moana are the only non-caucasian princesses as of Japan's consideration of the lineup.
- However, in Russia, Anastasia is excluded and she has her own franchise used by the Fox name brand by the Disney Russian retailer. The same can be said for Gamora having her own franchise used by Marvel Studios in Russia.
- Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, and Vanellope were excluded most likely because of their commercial failures in Japan and also it has been explained that many Japanese people have the obsession with western culture such as people having fair skin, blonde hair, blue eyes, etc. Snow White and Jasmine have black hair and brown eyes but were decided to be kept since in the United States are two of the original Disney Princesses.
- Gamora is excluded in Japan because a lot of Japanese comic book fans regard her and Peter Quill more as members of the Avengers team despite only being members of the Guardians of the Galaxy team. However, this could be in part of the fact that she has teamed up with several members of the Avengers in both the comics and in the animated series. This can also be the reason why the Japanese Disney retailer only has Gamora paired with the film versions of the Avengers.
- Merida is excluded because she was animated by Pixar, not Disney and yes Disney owns Pixar, Japan may have felt it was too unnecessary to include princesses who are from other animation studios, despite whether or not they are owned by Disney. This is exactly the same reasoning for Anastasia, Gamora, and Shuri.
- Moana is included because, many Japanese people like Moana because of her act of heroism, etc. So they decided not to exclude Moana since she fits for the lineup.
- Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Merida, Anna, and Elsa are all included in the line up in China, due to both the commercial and critical successes of their respective films in China. They are represented at the Enchanted Storybook Castle through a series of portraits and live stage productions that take place on a daily basis. Moana is also considered "official" in China as well, but she is not represented at Shanghai Disneyland.
- Despite her film being live-action and have it not be directly made by Disney, Gamora is also included in China. This is because of the country's strong interest in comic book films and her own acts of heroism in the films. In addition, Guardians of the Galaxy and it's sequel were both critical and commercial successes in China.
- Vanellope is excluded in China, due to her age in her first film.
- Mulan is included in China, due to her film being a commercial success over there and it's cultural sensitivity to the nation. She is very well represented at Shanghai Disneyland.
Character Conflicts Involving Arguments and Conversations.
With the exceptions of Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Pocahontas, Tiana, Vanellope, Jan-Nin and Sade all the Disney Princesses had either uncomfortable adolescent conversations or arguments with their parental authority figures which led to turning points in their lives.
- Triton, whose argument with Ariel and eventual destruction of her collection drove her to Ursula and becoming human.
- Aurora learning about her princesshood and betrothal led her to falling under Maleficent's spell, which led her to the spinning wheel.
- Jasmine's conversation with the Sultan about getting married led her to run away.
- Mulan had an argument with her father causing her to take his place as a soldier.
- Rapunzel's belittling and orders not to leave the tower by Gothel leading her to leave the tower with Flynn and to her ensuing adventures.
- Merida and her mother's heated argument resulting in near tragedy.
- Anna and Elsa's argument leading to Elsa's accidental revelation of her powers, causing her to flee and accidentally "curse" Arendelle with an eternal winter.
- Moana and her father's argument and then her grandmother's passing lead her to leave her home on her own.
- Anastasia argues with Dimitri thought she was used to steal her grandmother's money, then the argument ended with her slapping Dimitri's face.
- Gamora argued with Thanos over Nebula and the Soul Stone, which eventually, lead to her "death" in Avengers: Infinity War.
- In the franchise: Cinderella, Aurora, and Belle wear ball gowns. Ariel wears a bouffant gown. Snow White and Merida wear their court dresses. Jasmine wears casual attire. Tiana is shown in her wedding gown. Rapunzel wears her peasant dress. Pocahontas and Mulan are seen in the ethnic clothing of their respective countries.
- Snow White, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, and Merida wear their iconic dresses for a long time in their film.
- Cinderella wore her light silvery-blue dress only at the ball.
- Aurora used the pink version of her dress during the dance with Phillip.
- Ariel wore the pink dress for dinner with Eric (Ariel's new sea green dress was designed for the redesign. She never actually wore the dress in the movie).
- Belle wore her golden yellow dress twice when she danced with her love interest.
- Mulan used her two iconic dresses only at the beginning of the movie.
- Tiana wore her green dress for her first wedding with Naveen.
- Gamora only wore her first iconic outfit in her first film and in the animated series.
- Gamora wore her current main outfit in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, and Avengers: Infinity War.
- She only wore her first iconic outfit in her first film and in the animated series.
- She is the only princess to wear a prison uniform in her first film.
- In addition, Gamoa only wore her black dress, which is implied to have been given to her by the Nova Corps as a gift for saving Xandar, at the very end of the first film. She has yet to be seen wearing it again.
- She is currently the only Disney Princess to have black as the main color scheme of her outfits.
- However, when she was dancing with Peter on Ego's planet, she was wearing a rose-gold leather shirt, making her the first Disney Princess to wear anything that was of a rose-gold coloration.
- Gamora only wears a body suit in the TellTale game as a nod to her comic book counterpart.
- Gamora is also the only Disney Princess to carry a sword around her in both promotions and in her films.
- Only eleven Princesses are actually seen wearing tiaras/royal crowns in their films (Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Elsa, Moana and Anastasia)
- Although every Princess has worn a hair accessory of some kind.
- Ariel, Jasmine and Moana are the only three Princesses to wear midriff-baring outfits (Ariel's case is her seashell bikini top, and Jasmine's and Moana's cases is are both iconic cropped off-shoulder tops).
- Nine Princesses wear outfits with their shoulders visible (Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Tiana, Merida, and Gamora).
- Interestingly, the three Disney Princesses that became royalty by marriage (Cinderella, Belle, and Tiana) all wore opera gloves and are the only Princesses to have done so.
- Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Mulan as Middle Eastern, Native American, and Chinese ethnicities respectively, wear clothing and underpinnings appropriate to their time and place.
- Cinderella, Ariel, Mulan, and Merida are shown in their undergarments at one point in their films.
- Although Mulan is regarded as a "warrior", she is only depicted with a sword in some of her designer doll models.
- Merida is often depicted carrying her bow and arrow around.
- Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, Mulan, Tiana, and Rapunzel are the only Princesses to be seen wearing a wedding dress in their films.
- Mulan and Tiana are the only Princesses to not wear the usual white wedding dress (Mulan's is red and Tiana's is green).
- Cinderella, Jasmine, and Mulan are the only Princesses that are seen wearing wedding dresses in their respective sequels.
- Tiana is the only Princess to have two wedding dresses.
- The Princesses' designs have changed over the years. Originally they simply wore their plain outfits, then, they were redesigned with a new pose, and a tiara. Notably, Aurora, Tiana, and Rapunzel's tiaras remain the same with the addition of more jewels. Later the crowns were modified to match the dresses with capes and jewels added. As time passed the gowns grew gaudier, recolored gold (Ariel was sometimes shown with a gold tail), and drawn with sparkles, metallic finishes, and now with more modernized fashions. During holidays, their dresses change into the holiday's theme.
- Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, and Jasmine are the only Princesses to be featured in the Golden Disney Princess franchise.
- All Princesses were featured in the Jeweled Disney Princess franchise, except for Pocahontas, Anastasia, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna, Elsa, Gamora, and Moana.
- Jasmine, Mulan, and Tiana are the only Princesses who sleep in two-piece separate pajama tops and pants. All others wear nightgowns to bed.
- All Princesses wore an accessory or outfit in the color blue or in a shade of bluish color.
- With the exception of Snow White, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Tiana, and Merida, princesses wear an outfit of the color pink.
- Aurora, and Elsa remain the tallest Disney Princesses.
- However, Vanellope remains the shortest of the Disney Princesses
- Snow White: 5'2"
- Cinderella: 5'5"
- Aurora and Elsa: 5'9"
- Ariel and Moana: 5'4"
- Belle: 5'5"
- Jasmine: 5'1"
- Pocahontas and Tiana: 5'8"
- Mulan, Anna and Anastasia: 5'6" (In real life Anastasia was 5'2)
- Rapunzel and Merida: 5'8"
- Gamora: 5'7" (In the comics, she was 6")
- Vanellope: Presumbly 3'5"
Each Princess have their own songs sung in their respectful films.
- Snow White: I'm Wishing, Whistle While You Work, Someday My Prince Will Come
- Cinderella: Sweet Nightingale, A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, So This is Love
- Aurora: I Wonder, Once Upon A Dream
- Ariel: Part of Your World + Reprise
- Belle: Little Town/I Want Much More Than This Provincial Life, Something There
- Jasmine: A Whole New World
- Pocahontas: Just Around The Riverbend, Colors of the Wind
- Anastastia: Journey to the Past, Once Upon A December
- Mulan: Reflection
- Tiana: Almost There + Reprise, Down in New Orleans (Reprise)
- Rapunzel: When Will My Life Begin + Reprise, I See The Light
- Merida: Touch the Sky
- Anna: For The First Time In Forever + Reprise
- Elsa: For The First Time in Forever + Reprise, Let it Go
- Moana: How Far I'll Go + Reprise, I Am Moana, Know Who You Are
Mulan, Elsa and Moana are the only Princesses to have pop versions of there songs and also to be sung by different artists.
Merida, Vanellope and Gamora are the only princesses that don't sing at all in their movies. Despite that, Merida's song Touch the Sky is considered her main song, however it is sung by a different actress but not herself.
Box Office results
All of the Disney Princess movies have been considered box office successes in the United States, however, some may have bombed in other countries: Black Panther is the highest grossing Disney Princess film while Sleeping Beauty is the lowest grossing film.
- Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs: 415 million
- Cinderella: 263.6 million
- Sleeping Beauty: 51.4 million
- The Little Mermaid: 211.3 million
- Beauty and the Beast: 425 million
- Aladdin: 504.1 million
- Pocahontas: 346.1 million
- Anastasia: 140 million
- Mulan: 304.3 million
- The Princess and the Frog: 267 million
- Tangled: 591 million
- Brave: 540 million
- Wreck it Ralph: 471.2 million
- Frozen: 1.2 billion
- Guardians of the Galaxy: 773.3 million
- Moana: 643.3 million
- Black Panther: 1.344 billion
Live Action Remakes
- Maleficent: 758.5 million
- Cinderella: 543.5 million
- Beauty and the Beast: 1.264 billion
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2: 863.8 million
- Avengers: Infinity War: 2.047 billion
- Ralph Breaks the Internet: TBA
- Frozen 2: TBA
- In their redesigns, they're made to look roughly the same age and height.
- Pocahontas is the only Disney Princess to have no glitter on her redesign since it is replaced by jewels.
- Due to controversy, Merida's redesign received a second version without sparkles. She is alternately shown in her version with glitter and without.
- Ariel and Mulan are the only Princesses to have their own dresses in their redesigns. The others wore redesigned versions of the iconic dresses from their respective films.
- Tiana, Rapunzel, and Merida are the only Princesses with the least redesign updates, having only sparkles on their gowns.
- In early promotions of the redesigns, Ariel's dress was pink instead of green and Mulan's dress was more reddish with sparkles. Snow White's sleeves were transparent. Cinderella was the only Princess with more than one photo of her in her redesign. Jasmine's top is ripped instead of the redesigned top. Aurora had a long sash on her hips instead of the triangular cutouts. Belle had sleeves that were covering her shoulders instead of revealing them.
Disney Princesses in Once Upon a Time
Some of the Disney Princesses have appeared in the ABC series Once Upon a Time, with the series centering on Emma Swan, the daughter of Snow White who has to break a curse. The ABC Studios is owned by Disney, and therefore they have rights to the Princesses. Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Mulan, Tiana, and Merida have all appeared on the show. The series has also featured two different versions of Cinderella and Rapunzel. Pocahontas, Moana, Elena, Anastasia, Shuri and Gamora are the only Princessces not to be featured in the series.
Six of the Princesses (Snow White, the Enchanted Forest Cinderella, Aurora, Belle, Mulan, and Merida) are all associated with Red Riding Hood in Storybrooke with their Storybrooke counterparts, respectively and ten (Snow White, the Magical Forest Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, the Enchanted Forest Rapunzel, Merida, Jasmine, Tiana, and the Magical Forest Rapunzel) are associated with the Evil Queen in Storybrooke, Hyperion Heights or in the flashbacks.
Some of the Princesses meet each other in Once Upon a Time: Snow White met the Enchanted Forest Cinderella, Aurora, Mulan, Belle, Ariel, the Enchanted Forest Rapunzel, Merida, Jasmine, the Magical Forest Cinderella, and Tiana. The Enchanted Forest Cinderella met Snow White and Aurora. The Magical Forest Cinderella met the Magical Forest Rapunzel, Tiana, and Snow White. Aurora met Mulan, Snow White, Belle, and the Enchanted Forest Cinderella. Ariel met Snow White, Belle, and Jasmine. Belle met Snow White, Mulan, Ariel, Aurora, the Enchanted Forest Rapunzel, Merida, and Jasmine. Jasmine met Snow White, Belle, and Ariel. Mulan met Aurora, Snow White, Belle, and Merida. Tiana met the Magical Forest Cinderella, the Magical Forest Rapunzel, and Snow White. The Enchanted Forest Rapunzel met Snow White and Belle. The Magical Forest Rapunzel met the Magical Forest Cinderella and Tiana. Merida met Snow White, Belle, and Mulan. Snow White, Belle, the Magical Forest Cinderella, the Magical Forest Rapunzel, and Tiana are main characters in at least one season. Aurora, Mulan, Ariel, Merida, and Jasmine are secondary, recurring characters while the Enchanted Forest Cinderella and the Enchanted Forest Rapunzel are small, rather unimportant characters in the series, who have appeared in just a couple of episodes.
Snow White and Belle are the only Princess to appear in all seven seasons. Snow White, the Enchanted Forest Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, and Merida are the only Princesses who appear in Storybrooke. Under the first Curse, the Princesses had different names in Storybrooke. Snow White was called Mary Margaret Blanchard (which remained her name), the Enchanted Forest Cinderella was known as Ashley Boyd and Belle was named Lacey. At her arrival from the Land of Untold Stories, Jasmine went by the name Shirin. Snow White, Aurora, Merida and Tiana are the only Princesses to become queens on the show. Snow White, the Enchanted Forest and Magical Forest Cinderellas, Aurora, Belle, and the Magical Forest Rapunzel are the only Princesses to become mothers on the show.
Merida is the only Princess to have her story in the show taking place after her respective film (Brave). Belle and both the Enchanted Forest Rapunzel and the Magical Forest Rapunzel are the only Princesses whom their Prince is a different character (Rumplestiltskin for Belle, the Enchanted Forest Rapunzel doesn't end up with a prince, but the latter nevertheless was saved from her tower by Prince Charming, the Magical Forest Rapunzel's husband is a peasant man named Marcus Tremaine). The Magical Forest Cinderella, Mulan, Tiana, and both the Enchanted Forest Rapunzel and the Magical Forest Rapunzel are the only Princesses who don't appear in Storybrooke. Mulan, and both the Enchanted Forest Rapunzel and the Magical Forest Rapunzel are also the only Princesses whom their respective Princes (Li Shang and Flynn Ryder) don't appear on the show. Mulan is the only Princess to not have her antagonist, Shan Yu, appear in the series. Both the Enchanted Forest Rapunzel and the Magical Forest Rapunzel are the only Princesses who are not associated with Emma Swan.
Pocahontas is the only Princess who did not appear on the show, nor did she appear in its spin-off. Alice, Wendy Darling, Tinker Bell, Maid Marian, and Megara are the only unofficial Princesses who appear on the show.
Ariel is the only Princess who never met with her villains, despite her villains appearing on the show. However, she knows Ursula by reputation. The Enchanted Forest Cinderella is the only Princess who appeared in the spin-off series, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
The Magical Forest Cinderella, Tiana, and the Magical Forest Rapunzel are the only Princesses associated with the Hyperion Heights neighborhood. Belle and the Magical Forest Rapunzel are the only Princesses to die (not including the Wish Realm Snow White who was killed by the Evil Queen). Since the Magical Forest Rapunzel is also Lady Tremaine, this makes Rapunzel the only Princess to play an antagonist.
From Princess to Queen
Only some of 18 Princesses will be crowned as Queen in the future, either a Queen Regnant, who is ruling by her own right, or a Queen Consort, who is the wife of a ruling King.
- Snow White: As the only daughter of the late King, she inherits the throne upon her stepmother's death, becoming Queen Regnant of the Kingdom. Her husband, the Prince, then stays as a prince, until he becomes King of his own land. It is possible that his father is the Sovereign Prince of a Principality (not a King), or that the Prince is not even the firstborn, and might never inherit the throne. If the prince is the heir to the throne and his father dies or abdicates, then Snow White and the prince will become co-rulers.
- Cinderella will only be Queen Consort following the death or abdication of Prince Charming's father, the King.
- Aurora: Upon the death of her father, King Stefan, Aurora will become Queen Regnant of her Kingdom and place Phillip as the Prince Consort, a similar position to modern day HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. Upon the death of King Hubert, Prince Phillip will become King of his Kingdom, while Aurora becomes his Queen Consort. When both King Stefan and King Hubert are dead, Aurora will become Co-Queen, and Phillip will become Co-King, jointly ruling the two realms. Their heir will inherit both crowns upon their deaths, creating a personal union. If Phillip dies before Aurora, then Aurora stays Queen Regnant of her own realm, and will also be Queen Dowager (widow of a king). If her heir is not yet of age, a Queen Regent (acting Queen until the heir's age of majority/coronation). If she chooses to abdicate upon her heir's coronation, the heir will become the King/Queen of a personal union and Aurora will then be a Queen Mother (mother to the reigning Monarch). A personal union is a union of two or more realms that shared the same monarch, like modern day Commonwealth.
- Ariel is the Princess Consort of Eric's Sovereign Principality in her movie's sequel, and since she is seventh in line to the Throne of Atlantica and now lives on land (and will be placed lower in line of succession if her sisters have children of their own), she won't be Queen Regnant of Atlantica.
- Belle will not be Queen since the Beast is only a Sovereign Prince of his Principality, not of a Kingdom.
- Jasmine will only be considered as the Sultan's wife as Aladdin will rise to the Sultan's throne due to the Arabic traditions of male leaders.
- Pocahontas' father, Powhatan, is elected as chief, not crowned through inheritance, and Pocahontas cannot be elected chief due to tribal traditions of male leaders.
- Anastasia will not become queen, due to royal titles being affected by the death of her family.
- Mulan will not become queen at all since she has no royal ties.
- Tiana won't be Queen Consort since Naveen is cut off from the Maldonian line of succession by his parents.
- Rapunzel will be Queen of Corona when her parents die/abdicate, and Eugene will be her Consort
- Merida either will be or not be Queen of DunBroch, since she has brothers, in which usually younger brothers surpass their older sisters in line of successions, but it depends on DunBroch's law.
- Vanellope became President of Sugar Rush.
- Anna will become Queen of Arendelle if Elsa dies or abdicates without an heir of her own to succeed her. If she is married to Kristoff at the time, he takes the title of Lord Consort. If Elsa has children of her own, Anna will be placed lower in Arendelle's line of succession.
- Elsa is Queen of Arendelle after the death of her parents.
- Gamora will not become queen due to her love interest, Peter Quill's royal title as "Prince of Spartax" from the comics being disregarded from Disney canon. If Gamora marries, or, is already married to Peter Quill, she will only be known as a captain's wife for Quill himself is the captain of their ship. Historically, a captain's wife was only able to seek a career that involved running a merchant's vessel was through either marrying a captain or being a captain's daughter. In addition, the only way a captain's wife was able to learn the art of navigation was either through a girl's finishing school, her father, her husband or through one of their fellow shipmates. However, there are a number of historical accounts that describe how captains enabled their wives to assist them through navigation and running the overall ship by taking on a parental role among the crew. If this is the case with Gamora in Disney canon, then, this would make her the first Disney Princess to be known as a captain's wife. It's also unknown if Gamora was ever a royal before meeting Thanos, but there are fan theories that suggest that her biological father may have been a Nova Prime of her homeworld.
- Moana becomes the new chief of her people after saving her island and restores wayfinding.
- Shuri is now believed to be the new Black Panther of Wakanda as of Avengers: Infinity War since T"Challa died during Thanos' snap.
Only nine of the eighteen princesses have appeared as playable characters in the game series. These Princesses are Jasmine, Mulan, Gamora, Rapunzel, Merida, Vanellope, Anna, Elsa and Moana.
Disney Emoji Blitz
Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Gamora, Jasmine, Mulan, Rapunzel, Pocahontas, Tiana, Merida, Anna, Elsa and Moana are all playable characters in Disney Emoji Blitz.
- However, Anastasia, Jan-Nin and Sade are the only princesses not to appear in that game.
M.U.G.E.N is a fighting match game, however this was not created by Disney even though there are Disney characters in that game. Ariel, Jasmine, Merida, Anna and Elsa are currently the only five Disney Princesses to be playable characters which was why this reference was put here.
- Megara and Tinker Bell are also playable, but they are not viewed as official members of the Disney Princesses.
Live Action Remakes
Cinderella, Aurora and Belle are currently the only princesses to have live action remakes of their animated movies.
- Maleificent (2014)
- Cinderella (2015)
- Beauty and the Beast (2017)
- Aladdin (2019)
- Mulan (2020)
- The Little Mermaid (TBA)
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (TBA)
- Anastasia (TBA)
These are the current princesses who have not yet had official confirmation of live action remakes of their animated films: Pocahontas, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna, Elsa, Moana and Jan-Nin.
- Gamora is currently the only princess who was first introduced in a live-action Disney film, via, Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).