Disney princesses: an attempt at a complete list

Disney princesses: an attempt at a complete list

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Last time we examined the "Disney princess" status of Belle from Beauty and the Beast. This time I attempt to give an exhaustive list of all Disney princesses together with a very short summary of their status.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Snow White
Queen's Daughter; Queen? Prince's Girlfriend; Prince's Wife?
Disney Princess

Bambi (1942)

Prince's Wife
Disney Princess
Bambi's Mother
Prince's Wife
Disney Princess

Cinderella (1950)

Prince's Wife
Disney Princess

Peter Pan (1953)

Tiger Lily
Chief's Daughter
Disney Princess

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

King's Daughter; Prince's Girlfriend; Prince's Wife?
Disney Princess

Robin Hood (1973)

Maid Marian
Wealthy; Prince(?)'s Girlfriend
Not a princess

Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind (1984: Studio Ghibli1)

King's Daughter; Queen?
Disney(?) Princess
Royalty's Daughter
Disney(?) Princess
Queen's Daughter
Disney(?) Princess

The Black Cauldron (1985)

Queen's Daughter; Prince(?)2's Girlfriend(?)
Disney Princess

Castle in the Sky (1986: Studio Ghibli)

Queen's Daughter; Queen?
Disney(?) Princess

Oliver & Company (1988)

Not a princess

The Little Mermaid (1989)

King's Daughter; Queen's Daughter?3 Prince's Wife
Disney Princess
Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella, Alana
King's Daughter; Queen's Daughter?3 Queen?4
Disney Princesses

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Prince's Girlfriend; Prince's Wife?5
Disney Princess?

Aladdin (1992)

Sultan's Daughter; Prince's Girlfriend?6 Sultan's Girlfriend?7
Disney Princess

The Lion King (1994)

King's Daughter8; Prince's Girlfriend; King's Girlfriend; King's Wife
Disney Princess
King's Daughter9
Disney Princess?

Pocahontas (1995)

Chief's Daughter
Disney Princess

Princess Mononoke (1997: Studio Ghibli)

San (also known as Princess Mononoke)
Wolf God's Adopted Daughter
Disney(?) Princess
Prince's Sister
Disney(?) Princess

A Bug's Life (1998: Pixar)

Queen's Daughter
Disney(?) Princess
Queen's Daughter; Queen
Disney(?) Princess

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

King's Daughter; Queen
Disney Princess

Tales from Earthsea (2006: Studio Ghibli)

Therru (true name Tehanu)
Prince's Girlfriend
Not a princess

Ponyo (2008: Studio Ghibli)

Queen's Daughter
Disney(?) Princess

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Prince's Wife
Disney Princess
King's Daughter10
Disney Princess

Tangled (2010)

King & Queen's Daughter
Disney Princess

Brave (2012)

King & Queen's Daughter
Disney Princess

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

Vanellope von Schweetz
Disney Princess

Frozen (2013)

King & Queen's Daughter; Queen?11
Disney Princess
King & Queen's Daughter; Queen
Disney Princess

Methodology - I started with Disney's own "50 animated features" list as present on the Tangled DVD. To this I added the list of Pixar and (somewhat more controversially) Studio Ghibli movies released under the Disney name.

1 Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind is technically not a Studio Ghibli film as the studio was not founded until after the film was released.
2 In The Black Cauldron, Taran is not yet aware that he is a prince.
3 In The Little Mermaid, Ursula briefly has a claim to being a queen. Her relationship to Triton is never made clear; if she is his ex-wife, Ariel and her sisters are potentially her daughters.
4 In The Little Mermaid, Triton is briefly incapacitated. His eldest daughter thus has a brief claim to being Queen.
5 In Beauty and the Beast, Belle's princess status hinges on whether she is married to the Beast.
6 In Aladdin, Aladdin spends a fair amount of time transformed into a prince, though it is not clear where his principality lies.
7 In Aladdin, Jafar is briefly Sultan and attempts to woo Jasmine, though there is no reciprocity in their relationship.
8 In The Lion King it is perhaps best not to inquire too closely into the precise nature of the familial relationships between members of the pride in question.
9 The Lion King ends with a shot of Simba and Nala's cub being presented, but it is not clear whether the cub is male or female; in sequels it is made clear that the cub is a girl and her name is Kiara.
10 Charlotte's father is King of Mardi Gras, so Charlotte is princess for only one day. Still, Once a Princess, Always a Princess.
11 When Elsa abandons Arendelle, there is a case to be made that Anna is de facto Queen. Anna herself would dispute this claim.

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  • Jasmine from Aladdin is the best.

  • My personal favorite shifts around but at the moment it's probably Kida from Atlantis (only Disney princess to deliver a knee to the groin on-screen) or if you include the books then Eilonwy from The Black Cauldron (she has some great one-liners in the books.)

  • Added Merida from Brave.

  • What about Hercule's girlfriend/wife, Megara? He's a Prince being the son of Zeus.

  • Megara: being a prince's girlfriend does not suffice, so I wouldn't consider Megara an official princess.

    Now that Star Wars is owned by Disney, I suppose I have to consider Princess Leia's claim to Disney Princess-hood.

  • Added Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-it Ralph.

  • why does everyone always forget about anastasia?

  • @aya the wonderful 1997 film Anastasia is not Disney, so Anastasia, while indisputably a princess, is not a Disney princess.


    Side note: one of the composers for Anastasia was Lynn Ahrens, who also composed many of the classic Schoolhouse Rock! songs.

  • Mulan? She is probably my favorite/second favorite apart from kida. Ellonwy is pretty cool aswell.

  • Mulan is quite the hero, but has no claim to royalty that I can see.

  • Anastasia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • You forgot Princess Nancy "Enchanted", Ariel's daughter Melody "Little Mermaid 2"(whatever it was called), and Charlotte from "The Princess and the Frog"; thought not royalty, she was princess of the mardi gras and it counted when Prince Naveen needed a princess to kiss.. Oh and since Disney owns Star Wars, you can include Princess Leia. x)

    Just curious, but why did you include several not-princesses?

  • Oh! And those three princesses from "Mulan 2"! Ting-ting, Su, and Mei.

  • I'm only counting release-to-theater animated films, which rules out many direct-to-video sequels.

    Enchanted is a gray area because it is part animation and part live-action.

    Charlotte from Princess and the Frog is a good catch.

  • Where the f is mulan?  She is the bomb

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