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Top 30 Best Disney Princesses Of All Time
Shivam-Updated May 19, 2022
It is difficult to come across people who have managed to catch several Disney princesses on the screen and, yet, not been a fan of them.
Not only are they brave and smart but they are also giving, adventurous, and compassionate in equal measure. However, a new trend has been observed in the recent past.
Our scintillating Disney princesses have been portrayed as strong and independent young women. They do not fear speaking their minds or going against the norms in order to make a lasting impression on the minds of their viewers.
Needless to say, Disney would have seen a dearth of iconic characters had it not been for these princesses. In fact, princesses are the ones who have played a mammoth role in making Disney the powerhouse brand that it is today.
The respective personalities of these beloved characters have gone on to inspire a lot many young women to do better in their lives.
It is not surprising then to notice that these princesses have managed to capture the hearts of their fans courtesy of their magnanimous attitude.
Therefore, it would be safe to assert that the magical kingdoms derive a large chunk of their magic from the individuality of these characters.
So, we request our readers to take a seat and go through our compilation of the best Disney princesses of all time.
We have tried to take into account their respective unique talents and personalities. We expect that we have managed to do justice to the choices of our readers and as well as to the characters who have managed to make it to our list.
30. Jane Porter (Tarzan)
Although Jane Porter has not been termed a Disney Princess officially, one cannot help but think of her as one.
While she is the deuteragonist of the feature films Tarzan and Tarzan and Jane, she is also Tarzan's love interest.
Tarzan, on the other hand, may not technically be a prince but he certainly is the leader of the gorilla tribe.
Well, this inevitably has to mean something to Jane Porter, doesn't it? Jane Porter is incredible, to say the least.
She is a refined individual who has a knack for drawing and exploring. If she can afford to be dreamy at times, one even finds her to be very practical when she has to be.
She also shares a beautiful relationship with her loving father.
29. Tiger Lily (Peter Pan)
Tiger Lily is one of the most prominent supporting characters in the 1953 animated feature film titled Peter Pan. She is a young and beautiful lady.
She is the daughter of the Indian Chief and a loyal pal to Peter Pan. In fact, she even seems to have a crush on him.
Sadly Tiger Lilly is not a very meaty character in the movie. But it is, indeed, a proud and enthusiastic sketch to sit back and catch on the screen.
Tiger Lily cares deeply about her friends and is mostly seen speaking only when it is necessary.
28. Princess Sofia (Sofia the First)
Princess Sofia is the titular protagonist of the animated television series titled Sofia the First. She was pretty much a common girl until her mother ended up marrying the King of Enchancia.
This, naturally, made Sofia the princess. She starts to get into the shoes of a princess and live like one.
But soon Sofia realizes that while it is not difficult to learn the mannerisms of a princess, one can truly only be royalty from the heart.
Sofia is a kind-hearted individual who is loyal to her loved ones and well-wishers. Known for giving warm hugs, one can even find her keeping all the promises that she made to the people around her.
She believes that the people who break promises lack integrity and that it is something that only comes to haunt them later in their life.
27. Princess Atta (A Bug's Life)
Atta is the princess of the ant colony and the central female character of the 1998 animated feature film, titled A Bug's Life.
Princess Atta is the Crown Princess of the Ant Colony and the daughter of the Queen. Needless to say, she is the heir to the throne of Ant Island.
It would be safe to call Princess Atta a perfectionist. She wants everything in her colony to be organized and worries about every aspect of the colony.
However, as the screenplay proceeds, we see Princess Atta getting a bit relaxed courtesy of her mother's comfort and her blooming relationship with a character named Flik.
26. Princess Eilonwy of Llyr (The Black Cauldron)
Disney's first PG-rated animated feature is a dark fantasy drama that includes Princess Eilonwy of Llyr as the deuteragonist. She has been depicted to not only be brave and determined but also quite chirpy; so much so that she is often seen babbling about things.
Princess Eilonwy of Llyr, who happens to be Taran's love interest, can turn quite affectionate and strong-willed when she really has to.
Furthermore, she has also been shown to be a tad emotional and anxious, depending on what the circumstances are. That said, the princess has apparently been blessed with magical powers which she puts to use from time to time.
25. Princess Elena (Elena of Avalor)
The titular protagonist of the Disney Channel animated television series, titled Elena of Avalor, is the next character to feature on our list.
She aspired to learn how to rule while she was made the Crown Princess, readying herself to be the Queen when she came of age.
The eldest daughter of King Raul and Queen Lucia, Princess Elena has all the qualities of a good leader. Not only does she want the well-being of her friends and family but also her subjects.
She holds her father in high regard and is evidently inspired by him.
24. Melody (The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea)
Melody is one of the main protagonists of The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. She happens to be the loving daughter of Ariel and Prince Eric.
She is a well-mannered princess who has an adventurous spirit and who carries the ambitious dream of living her life under the sea.
Melody is as inquisitive as her mother and as determined as her father. Having said that, there are times when she can even afford to come across as sassy, tomboyish, and socially anxious.
Her parents have wanted nothing more than for her to live her life ordinarily so that she can be kept away from harm.
23. Faline (Bambi)
Faline is the tritagonist of the 1942 feature film titled Bambi and the daughter of Ena. She is one of the most underappreciated characters to make it to our list.
Faline happens to be the titular character's love interest. This, quite naturally, makes her a princess. She is often seen to be giggly and giddy.
But she does get involved in awkward situations, including a confusing and tough love triangle. Her brown and orange fur make her come across as adorable.
The character is also seen making an appearance in Bambi II and, no sir, we are not complaining.
22. Maid Marian (Robin Hood)
Maid Marian, who happens to be the female deuteragonist of Disney's 1973 animated feature film titled Robin Hood, is a kind and loving woman who grew up in a castle.
She always carries a ladylike demeanor and is unquestionably in love with Robin Hood. Her love is put to test when she is separated from him but continues to love him just the same.
She and Robin Hood had known each other ever since they were very young. Needless to say, they fell head over heels in love as they grew older.
Having said that, the sweet Maid Marian is also really fond of kids, which reflects in her overall likable personality.
21. Princess Kiara (The Lion King II: Simba's Pride)
One of the central protagonists of the 1998 animated feature film titled The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Princess Kiara is Simba and Nala's daughter.
Needless to say, she is the future queen of the Pride Lands. When Kiara was a cub, she used to be wild, inquisitive, and overexcited about things.
She was frequently looking for new adventures like most human kids do. Even though she is curious, it is often her curiosity that ends up getting her in trouble.
Be that as it may, Princess Kiara also has a strong desire for self-sufficiency and freedom.
20. Giselle (Enchanted)
Giselle is the protagonist in the animated/live-action feature film titled Enchanted. She lives in the fantasy world of Andalasia. She resembles every mannerism and stereotype that any other Disney princess is known for.
She is fond of animals and is often seen dreaming about living a happy married life with her Prince Charming.
She has lived her life pretty much like a princess. She is not exactly familiar with emotions such as anger, disappointment, and frustration; emotions that are way too common on planet Earth.
So, when she finds her way to New York City, she is scared and confused about how things work on Earth.
19. Kidagakash Nedakh (Atlantis: The Lost Empire)
Kidagakash Nedakh is the daughter of the King of Atlantis. She was compelled to witness the destruction of the central city at a very young age.
Princess of the lost continent of Atlantis, Kidagakash Nedakh is shown to be losing memory of her culture. Atlantis: The Lost Empire shows how she firmly starts to believe that her people are also losing themselves.
Needless to say, she strengthens her resolve to examine the past and rediscover the lost glory of their beloved civilization.
That said, Kida, as she is lovingly called, is a linguist with terrific hunting and gathering skills.
18. Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Esmeralda is the deuteragonist of Disney's 1996 animated feature film titled The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She is someone who is also referred to as 'gypsy' by other characters in the storyline.
A young and beautiful Romani woman, Esmeralda is a compassionate individual who also happens to be equally outspoken in a world of miscreants.
Her kindness comes to the fore when she is seen trying to save a deformed bell-ringer named Quasimodo from his oppressor, Claude Frollo.
She does not care about the fact that her antics end up offending Claude Frollo.
17. Vanellope Von Schweetz (Wreck-It Ralph)
Vanellope Von Schweetz is a loquacious and enthusiastic kart-racer in the candy-coated game Sugar Rush. She is the deuteragonist in the computer-animated comedy feature film, titled Wreck-It Ralph.
Since she happens to be one of the best racers in the competition, she is seen referring to herself as the undisputed "princess" of Candy Land.
That being said, Vanellope Von Schweetz is often seen acting rather childlike throughout the film's runtime. While her humor is undeniably immature, she can even risk coming across as irritating to some.
Even though she is childish and naive, she has a clean heart and her bond with Ralph is perhaps the biggest reflection of that.
16. Nala (The Lion King)
If you are of the opinion that only humans can be princesses based on the hierarchy created by human societies, then you would probably have to work on your inflexible perspective.
This is because Nala, our next character on the list, is a true-blue royalty. Not only is she married to "The King" towards the end of the animated feature film but her journey resembles that of a typical Disney princess.
Nala is one of the most significant characters in The Lion King. She is the one who takes the onus on herself to make Simba aware of his responsibilities.
And, even though she is spectacularly gorgeous, Simba is moved not only by her charms but also by her undeniable intelligence and power of reasoning.
15. Megara (Hercules)
Megara, who is the female heroine of Hercules, is one of the wittiest characters to make it to our list.
However, calling her just witty would mean doing great injustice to her. This is because she is as sassy, brave, sarcastic, and flirty as she could possibly be.
One has to appreciate the fact that Megara was never taken for granted by Hercules. Even though she has been hurt quite often, she does not stop believing in the power of love.
Therefore, what makes her stand apart from the rest of the crowd is the fact that she takes a chance to love again.
Trusting someone with your love is arguably the most difficult thing to do in the world. Megara does not deter herself from treading that path again.
14. Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
Aurora is one of those princesses who have been put through a lot of hardships courtesy of her situation with Maleficent.
However, she tries her best to keep herself optimistic and sane even during difficult circumstances. She shares a lovely relationship with the fairies who infuse a lot of positive energy in her simply by being present.
Needless to say, it is the fairies who make her the happiest. Aurora does not come across as unbelievably dynamic or different from the other Disney princesses.
One simply cannot deny the fact that she is quite likable as an individual.
13. Pocahontas (Pocahontas)
Pocahontas is one Disney princess who has a lot of wisdom to impart to her viewers. In the animated musical historical drama of the same name, Pocahontas is seen trying her best to remind the viewers about the primacy of everything in the world.
Basically, the princess ends up enlightening a lot without trying to come across as preachy or needy. Even though the princesses are known to act rapidly, the case is not the same with Pocahontas.
She is known for her calm demeanor and is the right person to be around in situations of distress. Also, she has nothing but compassion in her heart for the world which makes her personality extremely likable.
Be that as it may, the feature film has been criticized for being factually inaccurate.
12. Elsa of Arendelle (Frozen and Frozen II)
Elsa, who is the firstborn daughter of King Agnarr and Queen Iduna, was born with the power of ice and snow.
This is precisely why she is also known as "Elsa the Snow Queen." When Elsa was a child, she somehow came to believe that the powers that she was blessed with were harmful.
So, in order to save her family and kingdom, she used to keep herself isolated. However, it is Anna's love that gives her a great amount of self-confidence and allows her to live lovingly among her people.
Like most of us today, Elsa puts up a regal and confident image of herself, but, in reality, she has a lot to be anxious about.
11. Anna of Arendelle (Frozen and Frozen II)
The second-born daughter of King Agnarr and Queen Iduna, Anna is a protagonist in the popular animated feature film, titled Frozen, and its sequel, Frozen II.
Even though she can come across as socially awkward, Anna wants nothing more than the well-being of her kingdom. She is optimistic and caring at heart and wants her relationship to get better with her estranged sister.
She is also known to have acted without thinking on more occasions than one; making her as daring as she is graceful.
Anna's biggest strength is her never-give-up attitude and fearlessness; both of which are essential for survival in today's world and age.
10. Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
The titular protagonist of Disney's first animated feature-length film, titled Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is one of the most likable princesses to feature on our list.
Often called the "Fairest One of All", Snow White is as kind as she is beautiful. She is nothing but compassionate towards the people she comes across and they can't help but admire her even more.
The ineffably sweet character is also very hardworking and dedicated as an individual. And, we all are aware of the fact that devotion towards the people and things that we adore is what is missing from this selfish and unkind world today.
Therefore, one can't help but thank Snow White for being the absolute original.
9. Cinderella (Cinderella)
Cinderella, who is the titular protagonist of the feature film of the same name, is hands down one of the most popular Disney princesses of all time.
This classic tale of rags to riches makes the viewers empathize with Cinderella's character. Besides, how often do we come across someone who is bullied by the members of their own family?
From being intimidated by her loved ones to becoming a Disney princess, Cinderella has quite a story to tell. Even though the character deserved to have a little more depth in the movie, glimpses of her kindness towards the others are broadcasted without fail.
She is kind to both the animals and humans alike, including the members of her family who have treated her rather poorly.
8. Merida (Brave)
Merida is someone who can not be turned into your conventional damsel in distress. She is too determined to be forced to do anything.
In fact, she is ready to not marry if that helps her find her footing in the perilous journey of life.
In more ways than one, Merida is an inspiration to a lot of young adults today. She inspires the younger generation to follow their hearts and not succumb to pressure put by anyone, even if they are their parents.
Merida is an accomplished individual and a hero herself. Therefore, she is never really in need of anyone to come to her aid.
More than she has ever needed a prince, there is a possibility that a lot many princes out there would be needing a self-sufficient icon like her.
7. Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)
Tiana from the American animated musical fantasy romantic comedy, titled The Princess and the Frog, is arguably one of the most underrated princesses of all time.
Even though Tiana's character is incredibly relatable, it has not exactly been much talked about, thus far. Her character sketch is the perfect example to showcase how hard the common man works in order to ensure that all his dreams are realized.
The fact that her role is so relatable also makes it equally likable. Needless to say, it is easy then to ignore the fact that Tiana remains a frog for a large part of the feature film.
However, her will to work hard does not wane while she is a frog. It would, therefore, not be an exaggeration to call her one of the most inspiring princesses to make it to our list.
6. Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
Ariel from The Little Mermaid is as adventurous as they come. Her longing for adventures is aided by the fact that he is quite headstrong as an individual.
This makes her even more determined to pursue her adventures. Even though Ariel is an admired personality, she needs to take her safety into account from time to time.
We say so because she has been seen finding herself in trouble rather frequently. Since The Little Mermaid has a massive fan following across the globe, it is not surprising to see Ariel share a large chunk of it.
It is amazing to catch her journey of self-discovery on the screen for that is precisely what gives The Little Mermaid a timeless vibe.
5. Mulan (Mulan)
Any list can risk coming across as tedious if it does not carry a character or two that have set their eyes on breaking the rules; especially if they are regressive in nature.
Therefore, it is time we make way for Mulan on our list. What makes her an extraordinary character to watch is the fact that she defies all stereotypes and cracks all conceptions of war when she ends up taking her father's place in it.
Needless to say, she is the role model that young adults should look up to when it comes to Disney princesses.
She does her best to convey a significant message that women can do everything as efficiently as men can. The endearing Mulan's determined attitude and her will to prove her enemies wrong ends up making her a legendary warrior.
Her growth in the film is a highlight to catch.
4. Jasmine (Aladdin)
Jasmine has to be one of the best and most popular Disney princesses in the production company's history. What helps her stand apart from the crowd is the fact that, unlike most people today, she is never afraid to speak her mind.
In fact, she is audacious enough to refuse her position as a princess in her palace. She did so believing that the position of authority perhaps did not go with her down-to-earth persona.
Even though Jasmine is a princess who is born into an affluent lifestyle, she refuses to live her life surrounded by wealth and profanity.
All she wishes is to live a normal and secure life. In the process, she ends up motivating her viewers to stand up for what they believe is right, even if it means that they are standing alone.
3. Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
Another inspiring character to make it to our list is Belle from the animated feature film, titled Beauty and the Beast.
Belle may be living a confined life in her village but she has her vivid imagination to stick to whenever she wishes to.
Often, she is seen fantasizing about leaving her simple and small village for a far more adventurous and fascinating lifestyle.
Her imagination is a testament to the fact that she is one of the most intelligent Disney princesses to make it to our list.
To be honest, it is her sharpness that distinguishes her from the others. In addition, the fact that Belle seems to care very little about what people think of her makes her truly ahead of her time.
People are so narrow-minded in her town that they consider her to be unusual and awkward when they find her reading a book.
Be that as it may, it does not stop Belle from doing what she wants.
2. Moana (Moana)
Moana is yet another princess to make it to our list who does not need a man or a prince to save the day for her.
She strays from the usual in the sense that she is incredibly strong, independent, and strong-willed as an individual. The American 3D computer-animated musical adventure film of the same title covers Moana's journey of self-discovery.
Not only that but the feature film also demonstrates how she is always there for her friends and family. Needless to mention, her voyage throughout the screenplay of the movie traces her personal development, all while giving viewers a decent amount of enlightenment to take home.
Furthermore, Moana is also shown fighting creatures and learning new skills to save her beloved Island.
1. Rapunzel (Tangled)
Rapunzel, who has been trapped in a tower ever since she was abducted as a baby, also has her desires.
While she is not afraid to get adventurous, it is important that her adventures take her to places where she truly wants to be.
The fact that she has been trapped for the better part of her young life does not make her any less strong-willed or determined.
Rapunzel is one of the most charming princesses to make it to our list. Her vibe is so positive that one feels that they would love to be in her company.
Better still, she tries to see the best qualities in everyone. In addition to all this, she does not really consider herself to be royalty; perhaps why she is so down-to-earth and humble to everyone.
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