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Top 5 Disney princesses that reign supreme

Disney has many princesses, some have better movies than others.
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Sleeping Beauty. Belle. Tiana. Merida. There are 13 characters in the Disney Princess lineup, but some may have more merits than others. (Photo illustration created by Wildcat Chronicle Staff using images by harryHermoine and serginion via Pixabay)

In 1937, Walt Disney released “Snow White”, the first-ever Disney “Princess Movie”. Now in 2024, there are officially 13 other princesses competing for popularity.

People are divided about their favorites. Some prefer princesses who can go with the flow. Some prefer a princess who fights for what she wants. But ultimately, only five top the list.

Which Disney princess matches your personality?

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#5 Cinderella

Cinderella frequently finds herself at the bottom of the princess lineup, earning the last place out of five. Despite her enduring popularity, her character is often criticized for its lack of complexity and agency. While her rags-to-riches story has captured the hearts of generations, her passive demeanor and reliance on external forces like a fairy godmother to solve her problems contribute to her overrated status.

In a landscape where princesses are increasingly celebrated for their independence, resilience, and agency, Cinderella’s outdated portrayal falls short of resonating with modern audiences. Her tale, while beloved, struggles to align with contemporary values that prioritize empowerment and self-reliance in female characters.

#4 Snow White

As the original princess, Snow White holds a significant place in the pantheon of fairy tale characters. However, her portrayal falls short of the best due to various reasons. Her susceptibility to manipulation, evident when she consumes the poisoned apple from her stepmother, underscores her as a less empowered character. Furthermore, Snow White’s passivity and reliance on others for rescue, coupled with her simplistic characterization, diminish her appeal compared to more dynamic princesses. Her story, which revolves around finding love and marriage with a prince, perpetuates traditional gender roles and lacks the depth and complexity that modern audiences seek in princess characters.

Despite her iconic status, Snow White’s outdated portrayal and limited agency relegated her to a lower position in the rankings of princesses. While she remains beloved by many, her character fails to resonate as strongly with contemporary audiences who prefer princesses with more agency, resilience, and independence. In the ever-evolving landscape of princess narratives, Snow White’s traditional storyline and passive role place her behind other, more empowered princesses who embody modern values and aspirations.

#3 Jasmine

Jasmine earns her place as the third-best princess for several compelling reasons. Firstly, she defies traditional princess tropes by actively challenging societal norms and expectations. She longs for freedom and refuses to accept a life confined to palace walls, instead seeking adventure and independence beyond her royal status. Jasmine’s strong-willed nature and determination to chart her own destiny resonate with audiences, positioning her as a role model for empowerment and self-determination.

Secondly, Jasmine exhibits a genuine compassion for her people and a desire to understand their struggles. Despite her privileged upbringing, she empathizes with the less fortunate and advocates for justice within her kingdom. Her willingness to listen to the concerns of others and use her privilege to enact positive change showcases her altruism and leadership qualities.

Overall, Jasmine’s combination of courage, empathy, and determination sets her apart as a formidable and admirable princess, earning her the prestigious ranking as the third-best among her royal counterparts.

#2 Tiana

Tiana emerges as the second-best princess due to her remarkable journey of perseverance, ambition, and resilience. Unlike many princesses who inherit their status, Tiana achieves her dreams through hard work and determination. Her unwavering dedication to her goals, specifically owning her own restaurant, embodies the spirit of the American Dream. Tiana’s story resonates deeply with audiences as she navigates obstacles such as societal barriers, financial struggles, and even a transformative curse, all while maintaining her integrity and focus.


Moreover, Tiana serves as an inspirational figure for young viewers, particularly girls from diverse backgrounds. As Disney’s first African-American princess, Tiana breaks new ground by showcasing a protagonist who triumphs through her intelligence, resourcefulness, and perseverance. Her portrayal challenges stereotypes and celebrates the power of ambition and resilience, making her a role model for audiences of all ages. Through her compelling narrative and enduring spirit, Tiana earns her place as the second-best princess, leaving a lasting legacy of empowerment and determination.

#1 Rapunzel

Rapunzel earns the title of the best princess for her captivating blend of innocence, courage, and indomitable spirit. Despite being confined to a tower for most of her life, Rapunzel maintains an optimistic outlook and an insatiable curiosity about the world beyond her window. Her boundless creativity, exemplified through her passion for art and her ability to turn her mundane surroundings into a vibrant sanctuary, showcases her resilience and adaptability. Rapunzel’s journey of self-discovery and empowerment resonates deeply with audiences as she navigates the challenges of forging her own identity and finding her place in the world.

Moreover, Rapunzel’s unwavering belief in the inherent goodness of others and her capacity for forgiveness sets her apart as a compassionate and empathetic princess. Despite facing betrayal and manipulation, she chooses to see the best in people and extends a hand of forgiveness, ultimately fostering positive change and redemption. Rapunzel’s transformative journey from a sheltered maiden to a courageous heroine, guided by her inner strength and unwavering optimism, solidifies her position as the perfect embodiment of what it means to be the best princess in the hearts of many.

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Alyssa Apostoli is a celloist of nine years, and an aspiring forensic scientist who plans on using her skills to potentially pursue a career as an investigator with the FBI one day. As a senior at WCCHS, Alyssa is known for her bubbly demeanor and energetic personality. Outside of school, Alyssa loves to draw and enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Shenzi and Teddy.
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  • Ms.AlmaralesApr 16, 2024 at 10:10 am

    I couldn’t agree more with Mr.Aiello!

  • Mr. AielloApr 16, 2024 at 9:16 am

    Uh… where’s Mulan?

    If all the princesses had to fight to the death, Mulan would be the clear frontrunner. She also singlehandedly saved her country, and arguably risked more than any other Disney princess in doing so. She also has a very progressive view of gender roles. Given that the film came out in 1998, she was far ahead of her time. The fact that she is not on this list is a travesty.

    Also, Jasmine has a pet tiger, which I feel should have been considered more heavily.