Aurora doesn’t do much, but she does have one enviable quality. This princess can sleep through anything and looks great while doing it.
Snow White herself isn’t the most dynamic protagonist, but she makes a likable foil with the wicked Queen and the seven dwarfs.
Rebellious, ambitious, defiant, and fearless, Ariel was, as many of the greatest protagonists are, both relatable and aspirational.
Jasmine could’ve been a spoiled snob, and she was initially written that way. Instead she is both sweet and fiery - a woman who isn’t afraid to call out a man’s BS.
Mulan has no time for princess business. She’s the first Disney princess to ditch the dress for a suit of armour, to wield a sword and take down a villain with her own hands.
From an aesthetic perspective, Cinderella's dress is glamorous, and the character’s message, explicated in the 2015 remake — “have courage and be kind” — is simple yet powerful.
One of the only Disney Princess films based on true events, Pocahontas added years to its heroine and made her fall in love with her would-be assimilator. Disney is known for creating magic, not being realistic, folks. But, hey, how adorable is Meeko?
Belle is an intelligent, forthright, headstrong woman who, unlike earlier Disney princesses, has no interest in waiting for a man or adventure to come to her.
Moana is as fierce as any of the princesses from the Disney Renaissance, and then some; her character arc ends with her in a place of larger power than she could have dreamed. She’s not a damsel in distress, either!
There are a lot of princesses in this post. But there’s only one true queen!