The princesses of always: meet with us all the classic princesses of the children’s world. Find your favorite princess and read her story full of illusion and fantasy!
List of Classic Princesses
Ariel is the protagonist of The Little Mermaid (1989), a story based on a well-known fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid willing to give up her life at sea for true love. As with Sleeping Beauty, the original story has a much darker tone. Ariel is the first Disney princess not to be born human, and she is also the first Disney Princess to have children (as seen in the sequel). Just like Aurora, Ariel is sixteen years old in the first film, and is presumably in her late thirties in the sequel. The title of Princess comes from her father, King Triton, and she also acquires the title of princess through her marriage to Prince Eric. She is considered the most beautiful female character of all Disney Princesses.
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Aurora is the titular protagonist of the film Sleeping Beauty (1959), based on the classic fairy tale involving a beautiful princess, a sleeping enchantment, and a handsome prince. However the original story is much darker than the Disney version. Aurora has the distinction of being both the princess with the least amount of screen time and the one who sings more than she talks. At 16, Aurora has the purest pedigree of any Disney Princess, being the first and only daughter of King Stefan to marry King Hubert’s firstborn son.
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Belle is the fifth Disney princess and the main female protagonist of the film Beauty and the Beast (1991). Her film is based on a traditional French fairy tale, “La Belle et la Bête”. Belle is the first Disney princess to have been the antagonist of her love interest. She is also the first character to live in an official country (in this case France) in the film. At 17 years old, Belle is the second Disney Princess who does not carry the title of princess from birth, but acquires it after marrying Prince Adam.
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Princess Snow White
Snow White, the title character of the 1937 Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is a character based on a German fairy tale. Snow White has the honor of being the first princess in Disney’s first animated film, paving the way for all subsequent princesses. In the film, Snow White is a young, beautiful girl who lives with her vain and cruel stepmother, Queen Grimhilde. The stepmother fears that the princess will become more beautiful than she is and therefore decides to kill her. Snow White befriends the seven dwarfs during her stay in their cottage, but her true love is the prince, who is able to wake her from her eternal sleep with a kiss of true love. At 14, she is the youngest of the entire Disney Princess franchise.
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Cinderella (according to the film her real name, when in the official Disney tale this is a humiliating nickname given to her by her stepsisters) is the protagonist of the film Cinderella (1950), and Disney’s second princess. The story is based on a European fairy tale of the same name, of which there are several variations. The Disney version revolves around a young girl forced to work as a maid by her stepmother Mrs. Tremaine and stepsisters (Drizella and Anastasia). At 19, Cinderella is the first Disney princess to be married into royalty (she marries Prince Charming – whose name is never revealed). Cinderella is often considered the leader of the other princesses, or at least, their spokesperson, although it is unclear why.
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Jasmine is the main female protagonist of Aladdin (1992), based on the Middle Eastern (now Chinese) fairy tale of the same name. Jasmine is the only daughter of the Sultan of Agrabah who marries Aladdin, a commoner (and the son of the self-styled “King of Thieves”) who after marriage receives the title of prince. At 16, Jasmine is the first princess who is not the main character in her film, and she is also the first Disney Princess who is not of European descent.
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Merida, protagonist of the film Brave (Indomitable, 2012) was added to the official list on May 11, 2013 as princess number 11, and was the first Pixar character to receive this honor. At the beginning of the film Merida behaves like a spoiled teenager, but over the course of the movie she learns that her behavior was not ideal and that she must make amends for her mistakes. She is the only Disney Princess who does not sing in her movie.
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Fa Mulan is the main protagonist of the Disney Classic Mulan (1998). She is the first Disney Princess with a story based on a legend, and the second not based on a fairy tale (like Pocahontas). At 16 years old, Mulan is to date the only Disney princess not to hold the title of princess in one form or another.
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Pocahontas is the main protagonist of the film Pocahontas (1995), and is the first Disney Princess based (loosely) on a real person, rather than a fairy tale. Pocahontas is the second princess (after Jasmine) to have her singing and speaking voice provided by two different voice actresses. Pocahontas was born as the only daughter of Chief Powhatan, thus giving her the title of the chieftain’s daughter. Pocahontas is 18 years old.
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Rapunzel is the main protagonist of the movie Tangled (2010). Like Aurora, she has golden hair (with magical properties), was born a princess, and was removed from her parents’ custody as a baby, only to be reunited with them as a teenager. Now 18, Rapunzel is the only daughter of the Crown Kings, who eventually marries Eugene “Flynn Rider” Fitzherbert, giving him the title of prince.
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Tiana is the main protagonist of the movie Tiana and the Frog (2009). Tiana made history as the first African-American Disney Princess character. Compared to all the other princesses, her story takes place in a time period that is closer to our own day (New Orleans in the 1920s). At 19, Tiana becomes a princess after marrying Prince Naveen, the eldest son and heir to the king of Maldonia.
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