Disney princesses: an attempt at a complete list

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

Bambi (1942)

faline Faline
Prince’s Wife
Disney Princess
bambis-mother Bambi’s Mother
Prince’s Wife
Disney Princess

Cinderella (1950)

cinderella Cinderella
Prince’s Wife
Disney Princess

Peter Pan (1953)

tiger-lily Tiger Lily
Chief’s Daughter
Disney Princess

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

sleeping-beauty Aurora
King’s Daughter; Prince’s Girlfriend; Prince’s Wife?
Disney Princess

Robin Hood (1973)

maid-marian Maid Marian
Wealthy; Prince(?)’s Girlfriend
Not a princess

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

nausicaa Nausicaä
King’s Daughter; Queen?
Disney(?) Princess
kushana Kushana
Royalty’s Daughter
Disney(?) Princess
lastelle Lastelle
Queen’s Daughter
Disney(?) Princess

The Black Cauldron (1985)

eilonwy Eilonwy
Queen’s Daughter; Prince(?)2‘s Girlfriend(?)
Disney Princess

Castle in the Sky (1986: Studio Ghibli)

sheeta Sheeta
Queen’s Daughter; Queen?
Disney(?) Princess

Oliver & Company (1988)

jenny Jenny
Not a princess

The Little Mermaid (1989)

ariel Ariel
King’s Daughter; Queen’s Daughter?3 Prince’s Wife
Disney Princess
ariels-sisters Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella, Alana
King’s Daughter; Queen’s Daughter?3 Queen?4
Disney Princesses

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

belle Belle
Prince’s Girlfriend; Prince’s Wife?5
Disney Princess?

Aladdin (1992)

jasmine Jasmine
Sultan’s Daughter; Prince’s Girlfriend?6 Sultan’s Girlfriend?7
Disney Princess

The Lion King (1994)

nala Nala
King’s Daughter8; Prince’s Girlfriend; King’s Girlfriend; King’s Wife
Disney Princess
kiara Kiara
King’s Daughter9
Disney Princess?

Pocahontas (1995)

pocahontas Pocahontas
Chief’s Daughter
Disney Princess

Princess Mononoke (1997: Studio Ghibli)

san San (also known as Princess Mononoke)
Wolf God’s Adopted Daughter
Disney(?) Princess
kaya Kaya
Prince’s Sister
Disney(?) Princess

A Bug’s Life (1998: Pixar)

dot Dot
Queen’s Daughter
Disney(?) Princess
atta Atta
Queen’s Daughter; Queen
Disney(?) Princess

Tarzan (1999)

jane Jane
Chief’s son’s Girlfriend; Chief’s Wife
Disney Princess?

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

kida Kida
King’s Daughter; Queen
Disney Princess

Tales from Earthsea (2006: Studio Ghibli)

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

Ponyo (2008: Studio Ghibli)

ponyo Ponyo
Queen’s Daughter
Disney(?) Princess

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

tiana Tiana
Prince’s Wife
Disney Princess
charlotte Charlotte
King’s Daughter10
Disney Princess

Tangled (2010)

rapunzel Rapunzel
King & Queen’s Daughter
Disney Princess

Brave (2012)

merida Merida
King & Queen’s Daughter
Disney Princess

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

vanellope-von-schweetz Vanellope von Schweetz
Disney Princess

Frozen (2013)

anna Anna
King & Queen’s Daughter; Queen?11
Disney Princess
elsa Elsa
King & Queen’s Daughter; Queen
Disney Princess

Moana (2016)

moana Moana
Chief’s Daughter
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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