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Categories of Disney Princesses

Classic - Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora

Renaissance - Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan

Revival - Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna, Elsa

Forgotten - Eilonwy, Kida, Nancy

Honorary - Esmeralda, Megara, Jane, Giselle, Vanellope

Notes and Reasoning:

- I included Mulan as a Reanissance princess because while she is not technically a princess in her movie, Disney has officially recognized her as a princess in their line-up. She also seems to be of a noble family and is honored by the Emperor, so while that doesn’t count as a princess title, she is a distinguised woman of honor.

- I included Elsa as a Revival Princess because she is planned to be coronated and added to the official princess line-up despite being a Queen. She was also a princess at one point, so has technically been a princess too, much like Kida.

- Honarary princesses are what I personally consider “almost princesses” where their love interest is a man with a certain amount of  power in their respected areas (Captain of the Gaurd, God, King of the Jungle), or in Vanellope’s case, is the one with power. While Giselle does not end up with a prince, he was at one point her love interest, and she is supposed to be the epitome of a Disney princess, so I had to include her.

- Forgotten Princesses are different from Honorary Princesses, in that they have actually held the title or status of a princess, but were never added to the official line.

- In Greek Mythology Megara is a princess, being the daughter of a King. Since that was not specified in the Disney movie I could not include her as a forgotten princess.

- I do not consider Vanellope a Forgotten Princess because she willingly gave up her princess title to become a president and is not a princess by the end of her movie. While she was a princess at one point like Kida and Elsa, she is very young and was a princess for only a very short time. There also never seemed to be any indication that she was ever attempted to be added or considered for the official line-up.

- Some people include Alice or Wendy as an honorary princess, but there isn’t really a reason besides the fact that they are the main female protagontist in their movie. They never hold a position of power in the worlds they visit or have a serious relationship with an someone in an official position of power there either, so I excluded them. 

- I did not include non-human princesses, such as Minnie, Daisy, Kiara, Faline, Dot, Atta, or Maid Marian. Tinkerbell is often considered an honorary princess too, but since she isn’t human, nor does she really hold much power, I excluded her as well.

- I did not include characters from sequels, video games,TV shows, or movies Disney had the rights to but did not create. Therefore Melody, Kiara, Sally, Ting-Ting, Su, Mei, Sofia and Amber are left off this list, and whatever original Kingdom Hearts character might be considered one.

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A Character Who Needs More Recognition: Princess Eilonwy

Princess Eilonwy appears in ‘The Black Cauldron’ (1985). Far from being just another stereotypical damsel-in-distress princess, who needs the hero to save her, she is hot-tempered, stubborn and resolute. She’s independent and as Taran learned, she is not just “some girl”. She’s the reason her, Taran and Fflewddur escaped from the Horned King’s dungeon. Although she is hot-tempered, she is sweet and caring as well. She’s all around a beautiful character who often gets left out and forgotten. Despite the character’s status as a princess in a Disney film, Princess Eilonwy is not considered part of the Disney Princess franchise most likely because of the film’s box-office failure. However if she does join the franchise she will be the youngest Disney princess, an honor which currently belongs to Snow White.