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The Disney Princess Franchise is comprised of
The Disney Princess Franchise is comprised of Official Princesses and a number of associated heroines. This page lists and classifies both official and unofficial princesses and heroines.
==Requirements to be a "Disney Princess"==
==Requirements to be a "Disney Princess"==
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The Disney Princess Franchise is comprised of twelve Official Princesses and a number of associated heroines. This page lists and classifies both official and unofficial princesses and heroines.
- 1 Requirements to be a "Disney Princess"
- 2 Official Princesses
- 3 Live-Action Princesses
- 4 Upcoming Live-Action Princesses
- 5 Unofficial Princesses
- 6 Other unofficial Princesses
- 7 Gallery
- 8 Trivia
- 9 See Also
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
- The character must be human, or human-like in the cases of Ariel and formally Tinker Bell.
- The character should not have been introduced into a sequel.
- The character should be born royal, married royal or has performed an act of heroism in cases of Mulan.
- The character's film should be a box office success that is neither underwhelming nor overwhelming, and/or have a cultural impact, like solely with the case of Aurora. This explains the absence of Eilonwy, Kida, Thumbelina, Anna and Elsa.
- Along with it, the character must have massive appeal and recognition towards viewers and audiences alike.
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, or comic books 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. Critics and parents reprimanded these princesses and think they just want to be "rescued from peril", though Aurora was only in danger as a baby and Cinderella was never in danger, instead not leaving her stepfamily because it was not possible as she had no money. 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.
Each of the following 12 women has been certified as an "Official Disney Princess." These princesses fall into the requirements listed above. Regardless of any actual title(s) possessed, each official Disney Princess is properly addressed (within the franchise) with the title of "Princess" preceding their name.
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. It is based on the French version. 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. It is Italian and involves her falling under a spell after getting a splinter, and the rest is too grim to put on here. Disney based theirs off the French version, which was based on the Italian 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 the main female protagonist is shared with Melody) and The Little Mermaid III, as well as The Little Mermaid Television Series, based off of the Danish fairytale by Hans Christian Anderson. Jodi Benson provides both the speaking and singing voices 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 a confirmed country in the movie (France) while most princesses have hints of their home countries. 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. Pocahontas one of the lesser-known Disney Princess because she wasn’t very popular.
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, based on the Brothers Grimm story Rapunzel. 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 both the speaking and singing voices for Rapunzel. She is one of the stronger-willed Princesses and her preferred weapon is a frying pan. As the only child of 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 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.
Moana is the main female protagonist of the Disney film of the same name. The daughter of Motunui's village chief, Moana was chosen by the Ocean to restore the Heart of Te Fiti and save her island from life-killing darkness. Due to an ancient law upheld by her father, Chief Tui, Moana is forbidden from ever going beyond the reef. She eventually finds the courage to do so, with the help of a powerful demigod named Maui and the guidance of her Gramma Tala. In restoring Te Fiti's lost heart, the world is freed of darkness, allowing Moana's people to voyage the seas as freely as they please.
The fourth Princess to come from the minds of John Musker and Ron Clements, Moana is one of the few Disney Princesses not to be based on a preexisting character. Rather, her story (save for Maui and his exploits) is almost wholly original. Furthermore, unlike her most recent predecessors, Moana was not inducted with a coronation event. Instead, she was slowly integrated into official Disney Princess merchandise such as books, social media posts and toylines following the release of her film, before being added to the franchise's official website as an official member in 2019. She is the first princess since Mulan, and the ninth princess overall to be officially inducted into the franchise without a coronation. However, she is the first princess to be lately inducted when the franchise was already in function. She is also the second princess, after Merida who doesn't have a love interest and the third CGI Princess after (Rapunzel and Merida).
Aurora was the first live-action princess and featured in the 2014 remake of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent (Film). In the film, she was cursed by an evil fairy called Maleficent and she was raised by the three fairies until she was 16 years old. On her 16th birthday, she met a young prince, called Prince Phillip, and she was also going to tell her 'aunties' that she was going to live in the Moors with Maleficent, as they developed a mother-daughter like a relationship. However, the fairies told her about the curse and that it was Maleficent who cursed her. She rode a horseback to the castle, where she was hypnotized to prick her finger and die. Prince Phillip attempted to wake her up with true-loves kiss but it did not work. Maleficent was devastated about what happened and she kissed Aurora on the head and this woke her. In the sequel, Maleficent 2, Phillip had proposed to Aurora and his parents wanted to have a meal with Aurora, Maleficent and Diaval. However, Phillip's mother wanted Maleficent dead so that she could kill all of the fairies at Aurora and Phillip's wedding but Maleficent was saved by other fairies like her, the Dark Fey. Maleficent and Aurora saved the day and Aurora and Phillip finally married and the Queen was turned into a goat.
Cinderella was the second live-action Disney Princess. She featured in the 2015 movie, Cinderella (2015 film). The story of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella, whose merchant father remarries after the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drizella into the family home. But when Ella's father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother's dying words and to "have courage and be kind." She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella's hopes of once again encountering the charming "Kit". Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as her fairy godmother, disguised as a kindly beggar woman, steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella's life forever.
Belle is the third live-action Disney Princess to be introduced. She featured in the 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and the Beast (2017 film). A young bookworm and inventor named Belle is extremely bored with her village life and seeks excitement and adventure, contrary to the villagers who are very simple-minded and are quite happy where they are. They regard Belle as a very odd and "funny" girl. Belle lives with her father Maurice, a tinkerer and a music box maker. When Maurice goes on his travels, he nearly gets eaten by wolves and he seeks shelter in the Beast's castle and the Beast locks him away. The horse goes back to Belle and she knows that something is wrong and she goes looking for him. She sacrifices herself for her father. She asks for her to be locked away rather than her father and Maurice goes back to the village to get help but no one believes him. Meanwhile, Belle gets given her own bedroom and is stunned to see furniture move and talk. She and the Beast eventually get a strong relationship and fall in love. They dance in the ballroom and Belle sees that her father is in trouble as everyone has turned on him and is sending him to a mental asylum. The Beast lets her go and save her father, where Belle tells everyone that her father isn't lying and Gaston locks Belle in too and the village goes to attack the Beast. Belle manages to escape to save the Beast. Gaston shot the Beast several times before the bridge he is standing on collapses and he dies. Belle cries over the Beast's lifeless body and the enchantress that cursed the Beast sees that he has found love as she told him to in order for the curse to resolve. The Beast is transformed back into his human self, Prince Adam, and he and Belle eventually get married and live happily ever after.
Jasmine became the fourth live-action Disney Princess when she featured in the 2019 movie, Aladdin (2019 film). She resembles her animated self with a few major improvements, for example she got her own song, Speechless. Aladdin is a lovable street urchin who meets Princess Jasmine, the beautiful daughter of the sultan of Agrabah. While visiting her exotic palace, Aladdin stumbles upon a magic oil lamp that unleashes a powerful, wisecracking, larger-than-life genie. As Aladdin and the genie start to become friends, they must soon embark on a dangerous mission to stop the evil sorcerer Jafar from overthrowing young Jasmine's kingdom. Foiled and trapped by his own greed, Jafar's magic over Agrabah is undone. As for Jafar's Lamp, Genie sends it flying to the Cave of Wonders, where the bickering Jafar and Iago would be forced to remain, as prisoners, for many years. Aladdin apologizes to Jasmine and the Sultan for deceiving them and is just about to leave until Genie reminds him that he has one wish left to make himself a prince again or erase the law of a prince marrying a princess. However, Aladdin decides to use the last wish to set Genie free. Genie decides to spend his freedom seeing the world with Dalia, who he has fallen in love with, and have 2 children together. The Sultan has decided to pass his crown onto Jasmine, making her the Sultan of Agrabah. Meanwhile, Aladdin sneaks away unnoticed, still thinking he is not right for Jasmine. However, she catches up with him and the two embrace and later marries.
Mulan will be the fifth live-action Disney princess when her feature film, Mulan (2020 film), is released in theatres. However, her movie has been delayed because of the Coronavirus. It is unknown whether or not Mulan will get a theatrical release or if it will be released on Disney's streaming service, Disney+.
When The Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation...and a proud father.
Upcoming Live-Action Princesses
These are the upcoming live-action Disney Princesses. They will be added to the official list when the film is either in the middle of production, finished production or if the film is already released. Here is the list of upcoming princesses:
- Ariel - The Little Mermaid (2021)
- Rapunzel - Tangled (TBA)
- Snow White - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (TBA)
This category includes characters who meet the qualifications for Disney Princess and/or have been included in Disney Princess products and promotions but are not included in the official lineup. These characters may have official affiliations with the Disney Princesses and could join the line-up in the future depending on public interest in them. They also are verified as Disney Heroines.
Anna is the Norwegian heroine female protagonist of the 53rd Disney Animated Film "Frozen." She was originally planned along with Elsa to join the Disney Princess lineup, but until there box office success they were successful enough to spawn their own franchise, despite not actually being part of the lineup, they're both considered official among fans since Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Elsa is the deuteragonist of Frozen. If they were officially part of the lineup, then Elsa would have been the first princess to become queen in her film and She Anna would also be the third and fourth princesses after Snow White and Cinderella, to be orphans. Same said with Anna, they both are current stars of the Frozen franchise, again despite not being part of the Disney Princess lineup, their franchise strongly affiliates with the princesses.
Sofia is the 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 the 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.
Princess Elena is the protagonist in her movie "Elena and the Secret of Avalor." She is also the third unofficial Disney Princess to have a coronation, after Elsa and Anna. The reason she doesn't qualify to be in the lineup because not only her movie wasn't in theaters, but also because she is from a television series.
Kidagakash "Kida" Nedakh is the deuteragonist of Atlantis: The Lost Empire and it's direct-to-video sequel, Milo's Return, is a princess and later a queen of Atlantis. Because of her film's box office failure, she hasn't been inducted into the official lineup. She would have been the eldest princess due to her age being 28 in human years and would have also been the first one to become a queen on-screen. She is also considered to be a "forgotten" character by the programmers of Epic Mickey, making a cameo appearance with her mask.
Attina, Alana, Adella, Aquata, Arista, and Andrina are 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.
Eilonwy (Eye-lon-wee) was first introduced as the main female protagonist in The Black Cauldron. Based on Eilonwy from the Welsh 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.
Giselle is the main protagonist of the movie 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.
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.
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.
Melody is the protagonist in 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.
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.
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.
Other unofficial Princesses
- Minnie Mouse
- Daisy Duck
- Miss Piggy
- Faline from Bambi
- Alice from Alice in Wonderland
- Tinker Bell and Wendy Darling from Peter Pan
- Shanti from The Jungle Book
- Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Jane Porter from Tarzan
- Jessie from Toy Story
- Queen Atta from A Bug's Life
- Princess Dot from A Bug's Life
- Ting-Ting, Su, and Mei from Mulan II
- 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
- Star Butterfly from Star vs. the Forces of Evil
- Princess Shuri from Black Panther
- Shuri from Black Panther
- Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas
Some female protagonists, even those that hold the "princess" title, may not be included in the official line-up for the following reasons:
- They are not human or humanlike. This includes Nala from The Lion King, or puppets such as Miss Piggy, Janice and, Charlene Sinclair.
- Their films were a critical or commercial failure. This includes Eilonwy from The Black Cauldron and Kida from Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
- Their films were so successful that it warranted a separate franchise.
- Tinker Bell has been removed from the franchise because of her lead role in the Disney Fairies franchise.
- Anna and Elsa were both originally planned to be part of the lineup until Frozen's success spawned its own franchise. However, they have official affiliations with the Disney Princesses and the Frozen franchise is considered one of the largest affiliations on par with the Disney Princess franchise.
- They are foreign creations, including characters from European Disney comics (eg. Dickie Duck, Neptunia, Eurasia Toft and Agent Uma)
- They are from a Disney television series (e.g. Kim Possible, Star Butterfly from Star vs. the Forces of Evil) thus they do not affiliate with the Disney Princess Franchise.
- Their inclusion introduced a problem for the other members of the line-up.
- Esmeralda was an official Disney Princess in 2004, she was removed because she wasn’t 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 likely 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.
- They are from a company Disney acquired. For instance, despite Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox, pre-purchase Fox characters are not recognized as Disney princesses. This also applies to Leia, Gamora, Shuri, and Carol at the moment.
- Giselle at that point was 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.
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.
To see more screenshots of the Disney Princesses, see List of Disney Princesses/Gallery.
- As of 2019, there are a total of twelve Princess films featuring nine Princesses (six by birth, three by marriage), one heroine and two that are daughters of a chief.
- 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. The Disney Princesses were designed to have all the Princesses unaware of each other's presence.
- 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."
- Going against the marketing strategy of the franchise, the Princesses, along with Vanellope, Anna, and Elsa, interact with each other for the first time in the Ralph Breaks the Internet. The rule violation is slimly avoided, however, given that the Princesses in the film are digital copies, thus not technically the real Princesses from their own universes. Despite this, the characteristics of the digital copies remain faithful to their original incarnations.
- The reasoning for including Anna and Elsa in the film's variation of the line-up 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.
- Cinderella and Belle both wear ball gowns.
- Aurora is the only princess to wear a typical princess gown.
- Ariel is the only princess to be seen in her mermaid tail or wearing a bouffant gown as a human.
- Pocahontas, Mulan, and Moana all wear their ethnic outfits.
- Moana is also the only princess to wear a skirt as part of her outfit.
- Jasmine and Mulan are the only ones to be scene wearing pants.
- Tiana is the only princess to wear a wedding gown (without the veil). She is also the only princess to wear a wedding gown that is not white (the color is green with her case); although she does have a separate white wedding gown, which was used in her second wedding.
- Rapunzel is the only princess to wear a peasant dress.
- Merida is unique among the Disney Princesses for not only being from a Pixar film, but also isn't from real-life or literature, doesn't have any onscreen singing moment in her film and doesn't have a love interest. However, it should be noted that Young MacGuffin was intended to be Merida's Prince during production, before it was ultimately decided she would remain single. She is also the second Princess to display an actual accent, the first being Tiana, while all other princesses had inaccurate accents: Snow White, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Elsa and Anna (American accents) and Cinderella and Aurora (Fake British accents done by American voice actresses).
- However, Mulan, Pocahontas and Moana don't have accents but their voice actresses have the correct nationalities (Chinese American, Native American and Polynesian respectively).
- In the two remakes of the movies, the Princesses (Cinderella, Belle) have all been played by British actresses, thus giving Belle a British accent, meanwhile Cinderella still has an inaccurate accent. Belle originally had an American accent, and got a British one when Emma Watson played her in the remake. The only remake exception currently is Jasmine in the Aladdin remake, where she was played by Naomi Scott, who is a Brit of Arabian descent.
- Aurora, Rapunzel, and Ariel's native countries are sometimes mistaken to be various other countries like England, Italy, and Spain. Aurora is usually mistaken because she has a British accent while their films are believed to be set in France, Germany, and Denmark respectively.
- Pocahontas is the first Disney Princess with two love interests with John Smith and John Rolfe. She is the only Disney Princess to not end up with her original prince however, and falls in love with John Rolfe (who she married in real life) in the sequel. Despite that, she's commonly marketed with John Smith.
- Each Princess is represented by one or more objects:
- Snow White – red apple
- Cinderella – glass slipper, pumpkin
- Aurora – golden tiara, spindle, spinning wheel, pink rose
- Ariel – dinglehopper, seashell, trident
- Belle – book, red rose, mirror
- Jasmine – the magic lamp, flying carpet
- Pocahontas – her mother's necklace, feather, compass
- Mulan – peach blossom, oil-paper umbrella, fan, sword
- Tiana – lily pad flower, gumbo pot
- Rapunzel – sun insignia, lantern, paintbrush, the golden flower
- Merida – bow/arrow, will o' the wisp, bear pendant
- Moana - Heart of Te Fiti, seashell, necklace, oar
- Except for Merida, each Princess has their own "I Want" song:
- Snow White – "I'm Wishing"
- Cinderella – "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes"
- Aurora – "I Wonder"
- Ariel – "Part of Your World"
- Belle – "Belle"
- Jasmine – "A Whole New World"
- Pocahontas – "Just Around the Riverbend"
- Mulan - "Reflection"
- Tiana – "Almost There"
- Rapunzel – "When Will My Life Begin?"
- Moana - "How Far I'll Go"
- Mulan and Tiana are the only Princesses to kill the main antagonist in their films. Mulan has actually killed more people than any other Walt Disney character, having buried an entire Hun army in a snow avalanche from which few escaped and survived.
- Moana is the only princess to redeem her primary antagonist: before transforming as Te Ka, Te Fiti was a source of goodness to the islands, until Maui stole her heart, which ultimately caused her to become a destructive entity. She is also the only princess so far to encounter two antagonists in one film, and the only one to encounter both a male and female antagonist in one film.
- All of the non-white princesses have male villains, while Belle is the only 2D white princess to have a male villain, all others are female (Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, and Ariel) while Rapunzel is the only CGI princess to have a female villain, all others are male (Merida and Moana).
- Meanwhile, as mentioned above Moana is the only one to have both a male and a female villain in one movie.
- In Japan, only seven of the dozen Princesses are considered as official (Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, and Rapunzel) with the excluded Princesses rarely featured in local merchandise and promotional material.
- 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 - phosphorus
- Mulan: Ml - fictional
- Rapunzel was the first princess in the franchise to be computer-animated, rather than traditionally hand-drawn. However, she (as well as the other computer-animated Princesses, Merida and Moana) has a hand-drawn redesigns when appearing with the other Princesses in merchandise or pictures.
- Several of the Disney Princesses are animated by the same person. Marc Davis animated Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora, Glen Keane animated Ariel, Pocahontas, and Rapunzel, and Mark Henn animated Belle, Jasmine, Mulan, and Tiana.
- Tiana, Rapunzel, and Merida 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.
- The first six Princesses have home releases in the form of "Disney Vault" limited time only editions.
- There are seven White Princesses: Snow White and Rapunzel (German); Cinderella, Aurora, and Belle (French); Ariel (Danish); and Merida (Scottish);. The eight non-white Disney Princesses are Jasmine (Arabian), Pocahontas (Native American), Mulan (Chinese), Tiana (African American), Moana (Polynesian), Raya (Malaysian/Filipino), and Sade (Nigerian)
- Clara from The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is the only unofficial Princess to have a nationality change (Russian to British), while all the other characters in the movie were changed to (Nutcracker is a black Brit, Sugar Plum Fairy is French, and were both Russian in the original ballet). Ariel is going to be black in the upcoming remake, and Tiana was German in her original story.
- Tiana is the first Disney Princess to have a public coronation as all of the Princesses up to Mulan were already in the line-up when the franchise first launched in the early 2000s.
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the only film in the franchise which won an honorary Oscar. Brave won an Oscar as Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas won two Oscars (Best Soundtrack, Best Original Song). Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Moana were just nominated for an award.
- Merida and Mulan are the only Princesses to wield a real weapon in her merchandising form. Rapunzel's frying pan is also shown in merchandise but doesn't count as a 'real' weapon.
- Cinderella, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, and Moana are shown as children in their original films. Ariel is shown as a child in her prequel movie, The Little Mermaid III: Ariel's Beginning.
- Ariel is the only Disney Princess who isn't born a human, but she eventually becomes a human.
- Ariel is also the first Disney Princess to have a child.
- Out of the twelve Princesses in the line-up, only five are actually seen getting married on screen: Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, Tiana, and Rapunzel. Jasmine got married in the sequel Aladdin and the King of Thieves, and Rapunzel got married in the short Tangled Ever After. Mulan almost gets married in the sequel [[[Mulan II]] to a prince of a neighboring kingdom for political reasons, but Mushu interferes and stops the marriage.
- Cinderella, Aurora, Belle, and Jasmine are so far the only Princesses to have a live-action reimagining of their original films, though Aurora's film was reimagined to focus on Maleficent's point of view. Mulan and Ariel are confirmed to have a live-action remake of their respective movies in progress.
- 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.
- Out of all twelve Princesses, Snow White and Cinderella are the only orphaned Princesses, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, and Pocahontas are the only ones who have only their fathers alive, and Tiana is the only one who has only her mother alive and the first to have only her father die.
- Although most of the Princesses have been a damsel in distress, Ariel is the first Disney Princess to be in a heroine role — saving Eric from drowning.
- Fa Mulan is the only Disney Princess to have a known last name. Moana's proposed surname, Waikliki, was present in an early draft but her film's screenwriter stated it may no longer apply.
- Aurora and Mulan are the only Disney Princesses to go by aliases (Aurora as "Briar Rose" and Mulan as "Ping"). Although in Aurora's case, she thought Briar Rose was her real name until she was informed of her true identity.
- There are two Celtic Princesses that exist: Merida (Scottish) and Eilonwy (Welsh).
Hair and Eye Colors of the Princesses
- Snow White is the only caucasian princess to have black hair and brown eyes.
- Aurora is the only princess with an abnormal eye color while Rapunzel is the only one to be seen with abnormal hair color.
- Cinderella and Belle are the only ones to be depicted in different dress colors from their films to promotional items. Cinderella's was changed from silver to blue, while Belle's was changed from gold to yellow. Meanwhile, Cinderella also had her hair depicted with yellow blonde hair and while Belle is often depicted with brown eyes.
- All of the blue-eyed princesses have red or reddish hair, however, Elsa is the only one who has blonde hair instead of red or reddish hair, if you count her as a Disney Princess.
- Hair Colors:
- Snow White, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Moana (Black Hair)
- Ariel and Merida (Red Hair)
- Cinderella (Strawberry Blonde Hair)
- Belle and Rapunzel (Brown Hair)
- Aurora (True Blonde Hair)
- Snow White, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana and Moana (Brown Eyes)
- Cinderella, Ariel and Merida (Blue Eyes)
- Aurora (Violet Eyes)
- Belle (Hazel Eyes)
- Rapunzel (Green Eyes)