Top 10 Favorite Disney Princesses

The Top Ten
1 Belle Belle is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 30th animated feature film Beauty and the Beast (1991) and in the live action remake Beauty and the Beast (2017). Belle is the intelligent and selfless young daughter of an inventor who does not conform to the normal ways of her small minded village.

I'm with all of you fans who like Belle big time because I relate to her just as I hate Gaston. But then again, I like nerds and hate jocks just as I hate her haters.

Belle is by far the best princess. She may be beautiful, but she doesn't spend her time maintaining her looks. She prefers reading. She doesn't fall in love with men because of their looks (cough cough, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella, etc.), but for their character. She's intelligent, kind, brave, and adventurous.

She's not satisfied with a humdrum life of low expectations. She dreams of more, of adventure, and of someone who loves and accepts her for who she is. Plus, she loves books above all things - above materialistic pursuits, appearances, and shallow parties and people. She encourages girls to love knowledge, to express compassion, and to not be obsessed with looks and societal standards.

Belle is the ideal woman for me personally. She is ultimately the only woman Disney has who holds herself up. She doesn't fawn over a guy just because he looks hot. Gaston is your typical everyday guy who would talk about his penis size, flirt with any attractive woman who comes his way, and still have women falling over him like Taylor Lautner. On the other hand, Beast is an animal whom Belle falls in love with over time and later defends because she is starting to fall for him. Belle has seen Beast at his worst and best, so she can confidently say that Beast is not perfect, but he's worth staying with. For God's sake, Beast has a castle and gave his library to Belle on their first date. Gaston just wanted sex and would have blown her off afterward.

2 Mulan Fa Mulan, a character inspired by an actual historic figure is a character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 36th animated feature film Mulan, as well as its sequel Mulan II.

Mulan is interesting, is how I would describe her. She's definitely brave, risking death for her family. She's also rather awkward as a bride, which is pretty much the only thing she's supposed to be. She is my favorite Disney princess because she is simply herself in a world where that's not important.

I think I like her because she doesn't break into song every five minutes, too. I guess I'm just not big on princesses. Dragons, on the other hand, are very cool. Still, Mulan is a great character, and I really like her.

Mulan shows independence, maturity, and bravery - everything a lot of the other princesses seem to be lacking. She is an amazing role model for young girls. By being the heroine, saving an entire country and the person she loves, yet putting her family before love, she sets a great example. She wasn't in danger in the first place, not directly at least, yet she goes to war instead of her father, putting herself in danger.

She exhibits intelligence and strong characteristics. The best princess shouldn't be judged on beauty or singing voice, but on how much of a role model they are. She shows young girls of today that it's good to be independent, instead of waiting around for true love and wanting to be beautiful.

3 Ariel Princess Ariel is a fictional character and the title character of Walt Disney Pictures' 28th animated film The Little Mermaid.

Of all the far-fetched, white-as-snow Disney princesses, Ariel, a mermaid, felt more human than all of them. We learn to experience the journey of a young mermaid who learns to love and is willing to give up everything just to experience that feeling firsthand. We see her make mistakes and watch as she takes responsibility for them. These mistakes and failures mold her into becoming a wonderful princess.

She will always be my favorite! It's not just that she's totally devoted to her man. It's that she believes in true love. Why wait for something that "might" happen again when there is someone right here who is everything you could want? I also love that her story is the first one where there is true love. She gets to know her prince and is able to fall in love with him on a whole other level.

I have a huge love for swimming, the sea, mermaids, and red hair - laugh out loud. She also played a role in helping to defeat her villain. If she hadn't stopped Ursula from blasting Eric, the movie would have been over. She took on a vengeful woman with the power to control the very thing she feared, fearlessly, in order to protect the ones she loved.

She won the love of her man without even having to speak to him. They truly connected in a beautiful way. In addition, she is the only Disney princess to have a daughter, Melody, and to be shown as a child and growing up outside of her original film. She had the best animated series and the most developed character. Her movies are the only sequels, besides the Aladdin ones, that I watch and enjoy watching. Her character was the original base for all the other independent princesses in future films.

4 Rapunzel Rapunzel is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Animation Studios' 50th animated feature film Tangled, and its short sequel Tangled Ever After. She is the tenth Disney Princess, the first Disney Princess to be CGI-animated, and the first Disney Princess to have freckles or green eyes.

Rapunzel is the best princess, not because of her long hair or the popular story that preceded the movie, but because she is a smart and beautiful girl, both inside and out. She was intelligent enough to figure out that she was the lost princess. She was also kind to everyone she met, even when she was scared. Like all of us, she had a dream, and she fulfilled it. Along the way, she also found her first love.

Her personality is also a strong point. She wasn't bratty toward her "mother," but instead approached the situation logically. This also makes her the best princess. I think that, in one way or another, we can all relate to Rapunzel. It could be the hesitation to ask your mother a long-standing question, the desire to push your limits, finding your first love, or having a memorable birthday only for your mom to say she doesn't like your new partner. I think I've said enough, but just so you know, none of us will ever forget the girl who lived her dream.

5 Jasmine She is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Animation Studios' 31st animated feature film Aladdin (1992).

Jasmine is the best princess because she's clearly the most independent princess of them all. Snow White and Aurora married a prince just because the princes woke them up from a spell. Cinderella and Ariel decided to marry their princes just by looking at them. I mean, can't females choose who they want to marry instead of just staring at them or talking to them only once?

Princess Jasmine is the first person to show that you don't need to marry someone who is like you. You don't need to marry someone you wouldn't want to see in your life. Jasmine married Aladdin, who is a complete street rat. Just to even go out with someone who has most likely been arrested a few times would be crazy! Jasmine married Aladdin for love, and not for competition, which makes her a good role model for all young girls.

Jasmine is a charming character from Disney, crafted in a way that sets her apart from other characters who are not the focal point. She is quite distinct from the rest of the princesses, and one may not understand why, or may simply attribute it to personal taste. Remaining an enigma, Jasmine continues to captivate her target audience with her unique kindness. Disney certainly excelled in creating this character, who at times shows similarities to Snow White, both in appearance and in certain traits. However, Jasmine has a magnetic personality that adds another layer to her appeal.

The film also surprises the audience with its portrayal of a desert that is both expansive and rich, challenging the usual perception of deserts as barren and empty. This shift in scenery positively impacts the viewer's vision and perception. The rest of the story is flexible and can be interpreted in various ways, making it an intelligent film. It's worth multiple viewings to fully appreciate its depth.

Where Snow White embodies fairness and nature, Jasmine is associated with magicians and heroics. Although both are remarkable, Jasmine might capture more of the essence of spirit than most other Disney princesses. Moreover, Jasmine is not just a decorative figure. She plays an important role in her palace and holds a high level of authority over her lands. Overall, Disney has done excellent work with this character.

6 Cinderella Princess Cinderella is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 12th animated feature film Cinderella and its sequels Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.

Cinderella is iconic. Some may perceive her as weak or helpless, but she is, in fact, brave and strong. Imagine enduring years and years of physical and verbal abuse and continuing to maintain a positive outlook on life, an outlook in which you continue to dream of a better life. I don't think I could have maintained the same sort of self-control and internal beauty that Cinderella possessed throughout her life.

And speaking of beauty, she's gorgeous to boot. She is kind, sweet, and gentle, and even attempts to find the good in her evil stepmother and stepsisters, as well as the devious cat Lucifer. She greets her greedy, rude, and selfish stepsisters with a smile and a "good morning," even when they are so horrible to her. That takes strength and endurance.

On top of that, she's witty and funny. She is the type of person deserving of a fairy godmother, someone who can't escape her current circumstances on her own. It's as though her beauty and kindness radiated from her, because why else would the prince immediately single her out as his one true love? (Does anyone else wish that the prince had a name?) Anyway, Cinderella's beautiful name reflects the sweet, kind, gentle, and strong woman she is. She never gives up on her dreams and is rewarded with her wishes coming true.

7 Tiana Princess Tiana of Maldonia is a fictional main character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 49th animated feature film The Princess and the Frog.

I like Tiana because she is one of the only Disney princesses who worked hard to achieve what she wants. Tiana is also more down-to-earth and has experienced suffering, such as the death of her dad, but she uses that to motivate herself.

I also find Tiana to be one of the most mature. Despite her childlike belief in wishing on stars, she realizes that she has to work as well, since she has experienced how tough life can be. Finally, she isn't obsessed with the concept of love, and her dream is more realistic. She isn't reliant on anyone. She uses others for support but stands on her own two feet.

How is Tia not higher up here? I get that she wasn't much of a hit at the box office or anything, but she totally deserves to be in the top 5, let alone the top 10!

Not only is she the first African-American princess, but she's also hardworking, loyal, and kind. Plus, she helped change Naveen for the better and improved the lives of everyone around her.

She also undergoes change herself, learning to let loose sometimes and have a laugh once in a while. She is not only determined to achieve her dream but also no-nonsense. Unlike her friend, she wasn't eager to kiss a frog, which I find hilarious and unique.

Tiana is by far one of my favorite princesses, and she deserves a lot more than this!

8 Pocahontas Pocahontas is a title character in Disney's 33rd animated feature film Pocahontas, and its direct-to-video sequel Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World.

As an Indigenous person, I viewed Pocahontas as a positive racial and cultural representation of Native Americans in mainstream media, which is unfortunately lacking in the media industries and representations. Throughout my childhood, many of the scenes displaying traditional practices and ceremonial conduct instigated a curiosity to understand and be educated about my own culture. Despite being historically inaccurate, the film surprisingly presented many Indigenous mentalities, philosophies, and morals of protection of our Mother Earth and maintaining healthy and equal human relationships with those around us. I know it might sound cheesy, but it's just pride in my race and, more importantly, my culture, which individualizes Indigenous peoples more so than their ethnicity. As a child, now a teen, I was glad that Pocahontas was a media representation of Indigenous peoples that wasn't some white person playing dress-up like an Indian and talking really slowly.

Other factors that contribute to my adoration of Pocahontas include her moral strengths, belief in equality, compassion, and wise understanding, as well as her acceptance and willingness to educate others on her perception of the world. Racial representation aside, Pocahontas is an amazing role model and a strong woman with goals aimed at achieving overall happiness and a positive life experience. Her happily ever after didn't involve assimilating herself and leaving her homeland to be with John Smith in Virginia (despite what Pocahontas II might suggest, but let's forget that ever happened). I enjoy Pocahontas's warrior spirit, similar to Mulan, whom I also admire. While Mulan fought in a war, Pocahontas ended a budding conflict rooted in racism and human misunderstanding. This demonstrates an important trait of a strong, passionate fighter: the ability to stop disputes and choose not to partake in violence. Disney often carries the theme of actively pursuing your dream, yet Pocahontas knew to give... more

9 Snow White Snow White is a fictional character from Disney's first ever film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves . She is Disney's first ever Disney Princess and is the only Disney Princess to have her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame .

Frankly, my favorite princess is actually Cinderella, but Snow White is so disgustingly underrated. People call her stupid, weak, or say she has no personality, but she is far from it. Snow White is sweet, optimistic, and always tries to make the best of everything and see the good in everyone.

She is also very selfless, apologizing to the animals after crying and cleaning the cottage, which she thought belonged to children. She is always trying to cheer others up. Plus, she is bossy and spunky, which I love. She knows she has the dwarfs wrapped around her little finger - just look at the scene where she tells the dwarfs to wash - and has a playful sense of humor. She's always teasing Grumpy.

Sure, she's a bit naive, but nobody is perfect, and she was sheltered her whole life.

She's literally 14 in the movie. Her stepmother reduced her to a maid, she lost her father, and she's still the sweetest, loveliest person ever. Also, that beautiful voice. She's kind, generous, and grateful. She develops a lovely friendship with the dwarfs.

About being naive, come on! She was raised in the palace, away from strangers, and was literally brought up the way princesses are: raised to be kind, gentle, and trusting. How can you blame her? I honestly find her quite courageous. Her own stepmother asked for her to be killed, she nearly was killed, and she escaped into a forest all on her own. She survived all that and tried to start again, hiding from the evil queen, too.

All while never forgetting who she is, and being kind, sweet, and pure as ever. Give her a break. She's horribly underrated! I think she's absolutely wonderful, and the purest person ever. There's good reason why she'll always be the icon she is.

10 Aurora Aurora is a fictional character from the popular Disney Film, Sleeping Beauty and the 2015 Live Action Release, Maleficent. She is commonly known as Sleeping Beauty and is one of the group Disney Princesses. She is a unique Disney Princess as in her film, Sleeping Beauty, she has a total of 18 minutes of screen time and 18 lines (excluding the song she sings, Once Upon a Dream), unlike the other Disney... read more

Princess Aurora is an iconically beautiful princess with her long, wavy hair. Many teens spend a lot of time getting dressed, including some princesses like Jasmine who aren't as fortunate as Belle. However, Aurora doesn't. Judging by the way her fairy aunts organized her birthday party, it's clear that they aren't very adept in human affairs. This means that Princess Aurora, also known as Briar Rose, has many responsibilities. Although she falls in love at first sight, one has to wonder what you would do if you met the person you had dreamed of every night. Additionally, while Maleficent did trick and enchant her, she only did so because she truly loves Philip. So, don't blame her. She is the true princess.

Aurora has been my favorite forever! She is kind, sweet, respectable, and also loyal to her aunts. Has anyone else noticed that she wanted her aunts to stop treating her like a child, but was too polite to say anything about it? Not only that, but I think she's absolutely beautiful, with a wonderful singing voice. You can tell she's a wonderful person. People keep saying she will be beloved by all who know her in the beginning. Not to mention, the fairies were in tears when they had to give her up.

I also love Philip. They are such a cute couple. He would die to save her. True love without a doubt, both ways. The entire movie is just so magical and romantic. It holds a special place in my heart. Basically, Aurora is a wonderful girl and I think she deserves more love.

The Contenders
11 Merida Princess Merida is a fictional character from Pixar's first ever Disney Princess film, Brave. She is a talented archer who wishes that she were not destined to become the Elegant Queen of Dun Broch. She is forced into a marriage betrothal by her mother, with whom she has a very negative relationship. Merida is known as the first Disney Princess to be against the typical standards set for Princesses... read more

Now, people, listen carefully. Most of these little girls absolutely love Merida, but now it's up to the older people to decide. Every stinking princess out there is either spoiled, bullied by their mother or stepmother, or just living an average life. The only princesses I care for are Merida, Mulan, Pocahontas, and Tiana.

Tiana is the only princess who actually works to achieve her dream. Mulan risked her life for her dad. Pocahontas stopped a war between two different cultures, or groups with different cultures. And Merida has awesome hair - and so does Rapunzel. But Merida also works hard for her dream.

Everyone out there just likes a princess because they're pretty or can sing. Merida isn't necessarily pretty or a singer. Actually, she never sang, but she's really pretty in my opinion. So forget that. If you think Merida is a brat, you're wrong. Merida just doesn't like being told how to live her life.

Sure, she's not in as bad a living situation as the others, but what if you were being told to become your mom and were being turned into someone else and not yourself? She was picky at times, but that shows how determined she can really be. She actually fights for herself and doesn't have a boy do it for her. Oh, and she's like Belle (forgot to say Belle is awesome). She didn't care about the man - or men - trying to win her heart.

Merida fought to change her destiny and didn't even have a sidekick, except for that awesome hair. I want it so badly. Plus, boys are disgusting, and she's the first princess to end up independent! Go Merida!

12 Moana Moana is the protagonist of Disney's 2016 animated feature film of the same name. Born on the island village of Motunui, Moana is the daughter of Chief Tui and Sina, with an inherited love for the seas and voyaging. When her island becomes endangered, Moana is chosen by the ocean to journey across the sea to save both her people and the world.

Moana is not only beautiful but also genuinely interesting, despite some of the typical Disney clich├ęs for which the company is known. She has good intentions and a deep love for her home and family. She's not afraid to get her hands dirty and is extremely determined in her quest to discover what lies beyond her reef.

But it's not just about external exploration. She's also on a journey to understand herself better - to discover what she truly likes and who she is as a person. From her design to her home, and from her personality to her determination, Moana gets my vote for the best Disney princess. I even think she's better than Elsa and Tiana, which says a lot because I love those two as well.

Moana has a great personality: she is always determined. She cares deeply for her family and loves them with all her heart. Unlike many other Disney princesses, her dream is unique: all she wants to do is sail.

The ocean is her friend, and she has the humility to acknowledge when she's wrong. She's incredibly brave, willing to risk her own life to save her family, friends, and everyone on her island, as well as the animals. No other princess would do that, believe me! Moana deserves this spot.