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->'''Moana:''' I'm not a "princess", I'm the daughter of a chief!\\
'''Maui:''' If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you're a princess.
-->-- ''{{Disney/Moana}}''

Disney Princess is a franchise incorporating select female heroines from the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, many of whom actually are princesses (by birth or marriage).

Disney officially applies this title to (in order of their film releases):

* Snow White from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''
* Cinderella from ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''
* Aurora from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''
* Ariel from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''
* Belle from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''
* Jasmine from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''
* Pocahontas from ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''
* Mulan from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''
* Tiana from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''
* Rapunzel from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''
* Merida from ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''

Disney has included others in the merchandise at times, such as Alice of ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' and Giselle of ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', but they have never officially been added to the roster. [[note]]In ''Enchanted'''s case, this is because Disney would have to pay Creator/AmyAdams royalties to use her image so they decided against it.[[/note]] Esmeralda of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' was an actual Princess until 2004. Anna and Elsa from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' were expected to be the 12th and 13th to join the line-up, but it appears (for now, anyway) that Disney plans on retaining the "Frozen" brand as a unique entity from the Disney Princess franchise. The same applies to ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', which follows most of the Disney princess conventions and was even advertised as such but has not been officially included in the line. This may change, however, as Anna, Elsa, and Moana are set to be included in the lineup alongside the others for an extended cameo in ''Disney/RalphBreaksTheInternetWreckItRalph2''. Princesses [[WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst Sofia]] and [[WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor Elena]] are also excluded, though characters from the Disney princess line regularly feature in the former.[[note]]And, of course, there are the various examples of Disney princesses not affiliated in any way with major merchandise, like [[Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire Kida]] and [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron Eilonwy]].[[/note]]

They ''were'' just a bunch of characters, but then people at Disney realized how popular they were with young girls (because of the PrincessPhase), and then made a [[{{Toys}} toy line]] of them [[FollowTheLeader in a manner like]] Franchise/{{Barbie}}. This includes not only dolls, but a whole variety of merchandise, as is usual with Disney. The line also makes role models out of the princesses, often {{Anvilicious}}ly teaching the values of honesty, kindness, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] [[GreenAesop recycling]] in their DirectToVideo shorts and films.

Beyond their respective films and the Disney Princess line, they appear in a wide variety of other Disney-created media:
* ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'': They make occasional guest appearances in this preschool-targeted series. Sofia costumes and accessories are also sold at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disneyland and Disney World.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': Snow White, Aurora, Cinderella, Belle, and Jasmine appear as "Princesses of Heart" alongside Alice of ''Alice in Wonderland'' and one of the original characters in this video game series. Ariel, Mulan, and Rapunzel also appear as [[GuestStarPartyMember party members]]. Moana is also only available as a [[CollectibleCardGame collectible character]] in [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsX one of the side games]].
* ''Disney Girls'': A chapter book series in which a handful of 9-year old girls in [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Orlando, Florida]] discover that they are AlternateUniverse counterparts of the princesses.
* ''Manga/KilalaPrincess'': A {{Shoujo}} manga in which the titular Kilala travels through the worlds of six princesses to save a seventh kingdom.
* ''Literature/ATaleOf'': A series of children's novels set in an AlternateContinuity for several of the fairy tale films, portrayed as existing in one setting of several adjoining kingdoms -- and, via a PerspectiveFlip that turns the stories over to the villainous/antagonistic characters, are distinctly DarkerAndEdgier.
* ''Disney/DisneyPrincessEnchantedTalesFollowYourDreams'': Two shorts based on Aurora and Jasmine. It was originally intended to be a series featuring various princesses, however poor sales kept it to one film alone.
* There are also several other video games built on this franchise, including:
** ''VideoGame/DisneyPrincess''
** ''VideoGame/DisneyPrincessEnchantedJourney''
** ''VideoGame/DisneyPrincessMagicalJewels''
** ''VideoGame/DisneyPrincessMyFairytaleAdventure''
** ''VideoGame/DisneyPrincessRoyalAdventure''
* ''VideoGame/DisneyInfinity'' also includes some of the princesses as figures: Jasmine, Mulan, Rapunzel, and Merida.

Compare ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'', ''Franchise/{{Frozen}}''.
!!This product line provides examples of:

* AdaptationalBadass: It's not uncommon nowadays to see a previous female character who never actively engaged in battle being portrayed as a full-blown ActionGirl, parody or otherwise. {{Cinderella}} seems to take the cake, as she's not only gotten a [[Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime sequel movie]] where she kicks ass, but she was ready to do it again in ''Disney/RalphBreaksTheInternetWreckItRalph2''.
* AdaptationDyeJob:
** Cinderella has a silver dress and strawberry-blonde hair in her film, but in the franchise she usually has a blue dress and golden blonde hair.
** Aurora's hair is lightened from a dusky blonde to also golden blonde. Her skin also tends to lighten up a bit in comparison.
** Snow White's skin has gone from white to pale beige and her hair now has blue highlights.
* AdvertisedExtra: Pocahontas and Mulan. They're both considered "official princesses", but they are left out of majority of the advertising. To lesser degrees than Pocahontas and Mulan, Jasmine and Tiana also get this treatment. Many have took notice how often these 4 particular princess usually get the crap end of the stick, and some have speculated it to be race related issue, as they are the only non-white princesses, and ironically some of the far more recent and recognizable ones. Despite that, they are less likely to be showcased. Also notable is that three out of four have considerably less finery than the other princesses - Jasmine has a BedlahBabe outfit, while Mulan and Pocahontas have simple dresses.
* ArtEvolution: When the franchise first debuted in early 2000, the princesses were simply shown in their unmodified dressed from the films. Later on, they started to make their dresses more elaborate, such as giving them more frills, mink trims, recoloring them all gold, being encrusted with jewelry, making them sparkle, and now, having them appear metallic. For TheNewTens, their looks were adapted for modernity, with all of the princesses from before 1995 getting an update on their look. It appears to be for the 3D animation seen in ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst''.
* ArtifactTitle: Disney's definition of "princess" is more "popular heroine" than a literal title. The line was created in 2000, and Mulan and Pocahontas were already inducted in. Other Disney heroines who lack princess status, like [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Esmeralda]], [[Disney/{{Hercules}} Megara]], [[Disney/PeterPan Wendy]], or {{Disney/Alice|InWonderland}}, are occasionally seen in merchandise, but were never a part of the official line-up, or only briefly considered in.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory:
** The redesign of Pocahontas outfit adds glittering jewels. It seems the only jewels on Pocahontas' redesign costume are turquoise, which was popular among Native Americans...in the Southwest. A Native from coastal Virginia would more likely wear shells than turquoise as decoration.
** Jasmine will find herself sometimes wearing a European style PimpedOutDress that would not have even existed around her time.
* TheBeautifulElite: All the princesses are attractive, and is often a major point of the movie. Especially justified with Aurora in that she was given a blessing to be gorgeous. Notably, their lives appear much more glamorous in the merchandise than their movies: only Ariel, Jasmine and Snow White lived as princesses during the beginning of their movies, the last two of whom take a stint at being a peasant.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The three original princesses, Aurora, Snow White, and Cinderella. Cinderella has been almost entirely marketed as a yellow blonde in the merchandise, but her official color was supposed to be "burnt orange", similar to strawberry blonde.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: Their most iconic dresses are still the base for many of their new outfits. Cause of a couple of issues when merchandising Ariel, Mulan and Pocahontas: Ariel's most iconic outfit is a bra, Mulan's most iconic outfit is a dress that represented a life she did not fit, and Pocahontas' dress is notably more practical and plain than the other ladies', although she is sometimes put in her European ballgown from her second movie.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience:
** Each Princess has their own color, and a 3-year old girl can spot them from across the Disney Store. Snow White is white (or the primary colors), Aurora is pink, Cinderella is blue, Ariel is sea green, Belle is yellow, Jasmine is aquamarine, Pocahontas is tan, Mulan varies between red or green and yellow, Tiana is green, Rapunzel is lavender, and Merida is royal blue or dark teal. Makes it real easy to tell which princess is currently your daughter's favorite.
** Before Tiana and Rapunzel came along and took green and purple for themselves, Ariel and Jasmine tended to switch off who was green and who was purple (Aurora was purple at times as well, to compromise for her dress alternating between pink and blue throughout her movie). If it was Jasmine's turn to be purple, she wore the shimmery outfit from the end of her movie.
* CoolCrown: Their tiaras come in many forms, although Aurora and Tiana are notable for having tiaras that are a part of their main look (Tiana wears three!).
* CostumePorn: All of the girls have themed dresses: holiday, flower, designer, gold, bejewelled, etc. The iconic costumery of the princesses is a very popular subject for fanartists to play with: you can find mod, hipster, school girl, historic, designer, and more versions of their dresses if you look.
* DamselInDistress: Most of the princesses were in distress in their movies at least once, most notably Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, and Snow White who were in mortal peril and whose rescue was the climax of their movies. Notable averted, however, with Mulan, Merida, and Tiana, who were all very active in their own movies and didn't usually need rescued from danger as bad as the others. Furthermore, Ariel, Jasmine and Rapunzel, qualify as [[DamselOutOfDistress damsels out of distress]] or {{Defiant Captive}}s.
* DetailHoggingCover: The artwork for their merchandise is way more detailed than in their movies.
* DisappearedDad:
** Snow White and Cinderella end up with just their stepmothers after their fathers die.
** Tiana lost her father in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Pocahontas, Rapunzel, and Ariel. Pocahontas and Rapunzel are almost always walking around without shoes, and while Ariel wears heels for most merchandise,in most story related materials (books,movies,etc) she is shown barefoot a lot more.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The girls dresses weren't nearly as elaborate originally.
** Esmeralda was a Princess until 2004.
* ErmineCapeEffect: In their movies, the princesses have modest dresses that they wear most of the time, but in the merchandising, the fancy gowns are the most prevalent.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Even when not all of them are, it's still better.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: The art features plenty of sparkles, often to [[ExaggeratedTrope unbelievable extents]], especially in their holiday attire.
* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry: They get plenty of jewelry to wear, at least in their merchandising art outfits.
* {{Expy}}: Cinderella, Ariel and Belle get rock-star-doll counterparts in the form of Ella, Ari and Gabrielle - the Pop Dreamers. They also had a music album. Around the same time, there was also the ''Disney Girls'' children's book series, which centered around girls who were basically otakin of six of the princesses.
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* FairytaleWeddingDress: Cinderella, Ariel, Tiana wore fancy wedding dresses in their movies, and the others have dresses for the toy lines and artwork. [[http://www.disneybridal.com/ And now you can buy one for your own wedding!]] Prior to Alfred Angelo designing those wedding gowns, Kirstie Kelly was in charge of "Disney Fairy Tale Weddings", and had four collections, each featuring lines inspired by Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White. Each collection featured bridal gowns, bridesmaids' dresses, flower girl dresses, and jewelry.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Every Disney princess has some kind of animal friend, or even a whole posse: Snow White and Aurora had various woodland animals (Snow White is usually pictured with songbirds, and Aurora with the owl); Cinderella had birds, mice and a dog; Ariel had a fish, seagull and crab; Belle has her horse; Jasmine had a pet ''[[PantheraAwesome tiger]]'' that drove away unwanted suitors; Pocahontas had a raccoon, a hummingbird, an army of technicolor leaves, and [[HeelFaceTurn later a pug]]; Mulan had her pet dog, a dragon, a cricket and her horse; Tiana had a firefly and a trumpet-playing alligator; Rapunzel had a chameleon and later a horse ally; Merida had her horse (and of course her mother and brothers as bears).
* GemEncrusted: The Jewel Princess set has jewels studding their dresses and [[PrettyInMink the fur on their capes]].
* GiftOfTheMagiPlot: In the Disney Princess comics, Disney/{{Aladdin}} trades his canteen for a telescope holder and Jasmine shows up to say she traded her telescope for a canteen holder.
-->'''Aladdin and Jasmine:''' ''[to each other]'' I wanted to get you a gift.\\
'''Jasmine:''' I guess great minds '''do''' think alike.\\
'''Merchant:''' They do this every week.
* GoingThroughTheMotions: Everyone on the Disney Princess website, until Disney removed the animation and simplified the games.
* GoldMakesEverythingShiny: One of their holiday dress sets, as well as a golden set. Mulan's redesign has put her originally in a golden dress.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Although the exact period is usually fuzzy.
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple:
** Rapunzel has her purple and lavender dress with pink touches.
** Jasmine has two: one she wears when her engagement with Ali is to be announced, and a slightly varied version seen in ''The Return of Jafar''.
** Aurora sometimes wears a purple dress as a compromise between her pink and blue dresses.
** All the girls get a few in the various non-canonical outfits.
* HairDecorations: Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora as a peasant, and Jasmine all wear headbands. Cinderella, Ariel and Belle wear bows as commoners. Tiana, Aurora and Rapunzel wear tiaras as princesses. Mulan is given a beautiful comb from her father, which she leaves in place of his military draft when she goes to the army. Rapunzel has her hair decorated with flowers when it's braided, which is her main look at the parks. Pocahontas never has anything in her hair (except in the sequel), and Merida is the only princess who never has anything in her hair (because surely her hair is decoration enough).
* HappyHolidaysDress: The girls have several variations over the years. Belle is notable for being the only princess to wear a holiday dress in a movie (namely ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas'').
* HonoraryPrincess:
** In 2013, Mulan joined the franchise along with Disney/{{Pocahontas}} (sometimes considered as honorary too, being TheChiefsDaughter ), [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Tiana]], and [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Rapunzel]]. She is actually the daughter, and the wife, of military men, but still: Mulan was included in the franchise mainly so Asian little girls could have "their" Disney princess. [[spoiler: Mulan actually nearly married a prince in the sequel, and when she offered her hand, a counselor of the king said he should accept, as an heroin such as Mulan will be a better daughter in law than "simple princesses".]]
** In a meta example, [[Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire Kida]]. While she's not officially recognised as part of the franchise, she has shown up in a few Disney princess media like ''My Princess Collection''.
* HonoraryTrueCompanion: [[Disney/AliceInWonderland Alice]] is sometimes included in the line, and was featured in the Disney Princess magazines in the early 2000s.
* HotConsort: Cinderella, Belle and Tiana. It goes the other way too, as Disney/{{Aladdin}} and [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Flynn]] marry into royalty, making them the Hot Consorts.
* HotterAndSexier: In some stickers and pictures, they use the same pictures of the princesses due to the fact that they always copy and paste them onto merchandise, only there's a very noticeable cleavage line drawn onto their outfit. Rather jarring considering Snow White is rather flat-chested and her dress is pretty high cut, yet she still apparently has the boob-line.
* HourglassHottie: Most of them, particularly those made during TheNineties. The exceptions are Snow White (who is 14, and existed in a time when less curvy figures were fashionable), Merida, Mulan, and Rapunzel (who are wide in the hips, small in the bust and all part of the 3D styled princesses) and Pocahontas (who is the opposite of Rapunzel - wide in the bust and shoulders, small in the hips).
* IconicItem: Each of the princesses tend to be represented by a primary and secondary symbol of their movie:
** Snow White: Her apple more than anything else, along with her red bow appear quite frequently.
** Cinderella: The glass slipper is her primary symbol, and a pumpkin (usually just a pumpkin, not the carriage) next.
** Aurora: Her crown stands out the most (it's used at Belle's Cottage in Walt Disney World to [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9xz0ztqc81rw8azmo1_500.jpg symbolize]] that Belle's favorite book is the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty), with TheTragicRose being secondary (since it's more commonly used to represent Belle).
** Ariel: Seashells are used most often, but her symbols tend to be accouterments of sea-related things.
** Belle: The Beast's [[TheTragicRose rose]] is frequently use to represent her, and more rarely, the mirror.
** Jasmine: The Genie's lamp (being an overall representation of her movie) is used most often, but also frequently a jasmine flower (or even the small white song birds she frees).
** Pocahontas: Her mother's turquoise necklace gets used as often as an array of colorful leaves (Colors of the Wind and all).
** Mulan: She has the biggest predicament, as the one symbol really associated with her is reflections; not even mirrors, but just the phenomena itself (although some tangible objects could be used like her sword, medal, or lotus comb, none ever stuck to the public consciousness). She generally is just represented with something that looks Chinese.
** Tiana: The lilies from the swamps get used exclusively, including a lily pad and vines.
** Rapunzel: The sun symbol of Corona, as well as the colorful daisies and flowers that decorated her hair appear the most.
** Merida: Her bow represents her personally, but her mother as a bear is used frequently as well.
* IconicOutfit: Pretty much every Disney Princess has one of these, usually their princess dress. These outfits are so iconic that elements of them are often used in non-Disney fairy tales to make it instantly clear who the character is:
** Snow White: Nearly Snow White's whole outfit tends to get used as being iconic--yellow skirt, red-slashed blue sleeves, white collar, and red bow are used in pieces or even all together to represent her.
** Cinderella: The big ballroom dress in blue (usually with short, attached sleeves) is almost always used to represent Cinderella.
** Aurora: The white neckline is the most iconic part of it after the crown, though a dress is often pink. More relevant is that fairy tale princesses often are similar to Aurora in appearance--long, curly blonde hair with violet eyes in pink is a very common way to represent a princess, and in particular, Japan tends to make Sleeping Beauty-inspired princesses [[http://blog.gearsonline.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/golion-01.jpg more overt]].
** Ariel: In her mermaid form it's her purple SeashellBra. In human form it's her pink dress (though the redesign gives her a flowing green one that matches her mermaid tail).
** Belle: Less common to see Beauty from the fairy tale look specifically like Belle (save perhaps brown hair), it's more common to see the Beast be quite inspired by the Disney version.
** Jasmine: A unique example, as the folk tale is rarely represented in the media, but when a BedlahBabe needs to make an appearance, you'll bet she'll be dressed to look like Jasmine.
** Pocahontas/Mulan: Since neither are represented in fairy tales, generally the only depiction ''is'' the Disney version.
** Tiana: The Frog Prince's princess is more and more often represented as a young black lady.
** Rapunzel: Rapunzel's RapunzelHair being blonde is a very common depiction of the princess anyway.
* IWantSong: In chronological order: "I'm Wishing"/"Someday My Prince Will Come", "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes", "I Wonder", "Part of Your World", "Belle (reprise)", "Just Around the Riverbend", "Reflection", "Almost There", "When Will My Life Begin?", "Touch the Sky" (although not sung by Merida). Unusually, it took Jasmine 15 years to get her own IWantSong. She didn't have one in the original ''Aladdin'' or in either of its sequels, but finally [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0fd35jBsVk&feature=related got one]] in her mini-movie on the ''Disney Princess Enchanted Tales'' DVD.
* KidHero: All the Disney Princesses are teenagers, the majority of whom are in the 16-18 age range (Snow White is 14, Cinderella and Tiana are 19). Generally the girls are this young in part because they're at that age in their fairy tales, and because girls relate better to them.
* LongHairIsFeminine: Applies to most of the Disney princesses to some measure, provided it was fashionable at the time the movie was made.
** Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas and Merida have long hair.
** Snow White, Cinderella, and Tiana have shoulder-length hair, though they are usually depicted as wearing their hair up.
** Mulan originally had long hair, but after [[ImportantHaircut cutting it]], she now has medium-length hair.
** Rapunzel was born with long hair that eventually grew up to be 70 feet long, but after Eugene cut it, Rapunzel's hair resembles a pixie cut.
* MagicalGirl: There is a {{Manga}} in that genre, ''Manga/KilalaPrincess'', featuring most of the princesses. No, they are not magical girls themselves. They are just helping the heroine, who is.
* MissingMom: Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, and Pocahontas don't have mothers, but their fathers are still around.
* ModularFranchise: No Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon work depicts these heroines together in any combination, but that's about the ''only'' place where they haven't been brought together. However, in pictures of the ladies all together, they are often shown staring off at various directions or looking straight ahead into the "camera": this was to acknowledge that they're not really "together" and existing in the same universe. The line has even extended to include Creator/{{Pixar}} heroine Merida.
* MsFanservice: Ariel and Jasmine perhaps have the most exaggerated figures and the most skin showing. Jasmine especially, as she is seen through the eyes of the male hero who is in love with her. Pocahontas as well, being dressed in the shortest skirt of the franchise and many camera angles in her movie highlight her beauty. Likewise, in her film, John Smith doesn't shoot her because he's so stunned by her beauty. Most recent princesses actually seem to try and avert this, since less focus is placed on their beauty and their clothes are less revealing.
* MultiNationalTeam: After decades of being comprised of [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy ambiguously European princesses]], TheNineties happened and we got in succession:
** [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast A French girl]]
** [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} An Arabic girl]]
** [[Disney/{{Pocahontas}} A Native American girl]]
** [[Disney/{{Mulan}} A Chinese girl]]
** [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog An American girl]]
** [[WesternAnimation/{{Brave}} And a Scottish girl]]
** That said, most of the princesses are from various real-world countries--it is [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy never explained which one]]. It can be presumed Snow White is from Germany, as the fairy tale it's based on is set there, as well as the inspiration for the clothing. Similarly, ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' is probably set in France, as the anthem of the French monarchy plays at Aurora's arrival, and the movie is based upon the French version of the fairy tale.
* NeutralFemale: Despite being stereotyped as "sitting around waiting to be rescued", this trope is actually averted. Never has a Franchise/DisneyPrincess stood and watched while the man fought; at worst, they're incapacitated by magic or attempting to fight as best as they can. It isn't ideal, but at least they're not just standing there shrieking.
* NoNameGiven: Snow White, Cinderella and Belle's respective beaus in their respective movies. However...
** Beast was given the name Adam in a CD-ROM game made by Disney.
** Cinderella's prince, [[AllThereInTheScript according to Disney press material]], [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep is actually named "Prince Charming"]].
** Snow White's prince is sometimes referred to as "Ferdinand", but this is actually a misinterpretation from fandom, who mistook Shirley Temple referring to various Disney characters like Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs, and Ferdinand--''[[WesternAnimation/FerdinandTheBull the Bull]]'', not the Prince. "Frederick" and "Florian" are names given to the prince, allegedly. Amusingly, the Prince has other names that have been used to reference him (depending on who you talk to), and ''every single one'' of them start with the letter "F". Even on ''[[Series/OnceUponATime Once]]'', where he's Abigail's prince (as Snow is with Ella's Prince Charming).[[note]]Some people have referred to him as Prince Fabian and Prince Francis before.[[/note]] Amusingly enough, the closest thing to a canon name for him is "Prince Buckethead", a SelfDeprecation in an [[WhatCouldHaveBeen earlier screenplay]] of his first meeting with Snow White.
* NonHumanSidekick: Pretty much a prerequisite -- see FriendToAllLivingThings above.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: When a princess officially becomes a Disney Princess, they get a glitzy makeover so they can all share a unified art style. However, after fan backlash on Merida getting the "princess treatment," despite being an awkward ActionGirl, they ceased using her Disney Princess design. On the roster on the official website, she uses art from her movie which is not only a different art style, but is 3D when the others (even Rapunzel) are 2D. We still feature her briefly used Disney Princess art at the top around here, though.
* OfficialCosplayGear: So many outfits that young girls can wear. It was seeing girls, at a "Disney on ice" show, trying to dress as the princesses, but having no official outfits to wear, that inspired a Disney exec to start this line. Now official dresses of all sizes are available in many department stores.
* ParentalAbandonment: Every princess lost at least one parent, except for Aurora (who didn't even know her parents until her 16th birthday, as she was being protected from a curse), Rapunzel, and Merida. Mulan has both parents alive and well (with her grandmother for added measure), and her plot is trying to prevent losing her father.
* ParentService: The merch tends to make all the girls a bit more curvy than in the films. There's some of it in the films. Notably Ariel is effectively nude when she turns into a human, Jasmine gets dressed up in [[GoGoEnslavement a sexy slave outfit by Jafar]], Pocahontas gets a long shot where she's climbing up a rock and her behind is in the center of the camera, and Mulan takes a naked dip in the river.
* PeriodPiece: All the Disney Princess movies take place at some point in the past, often (but not always) in a vaguely pre-industrial world.
** Snow White: Sometime in TheMiddleAges.
** Cinderella: In the middle of the nineteenth century.
** Aurora: "After all, this is the fourteenth century."
** Ariel: Sometime during WoodenShipsAndIronMen.
** Belle: Eighteenth-century France.
** Jasmine: ArabianNightsDays. Although one DVD edition in the audio commentary said it was 15th century Iran.
** Pocahontas: "In 1607, we sailed the open sea".
** Mulan: Her movie is a huge AnachronismStew which randomly mixes together elements from different Chinese dynasties.
** Tiana: TheRoaringTwenties, specifically 1926, according to an onscreen newspaper.
** Rapunzel: Extremely vague. The fashions seem to point towards UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance, but this is contradicted by a reference to Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart.
** Merida: Medieval Scotland.
* PimpedOutCape: Many of their outfit variations include fancy regal capes, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cinderella_jewel_dress_7305.jpg especially the holiday ones]].
* PimpedOutDress: While their main fancy dresses are pimped out (just more by fancy lines and fabrics more than decorations), the merchandise pimps out their dresses even further.
* PinkProductPloy: The background color of their products is almost always pink.
* PrettyInMink: Many of their holiday dresses have fur trim. One set was their dresses all trimmed with white fur and them carrying white fur muffs.
* PrincessClassic: Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora. The other princesses, when in their ballgowns, sometimes get placed over here. Rapunzel is a more modern version, with a bit more energy and verve, but still embodies all of the traits associated with them.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Surprisingly doesn't appear as much as you might expect. Although Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, Rapunzel and Aurora have pink costumes - they don't wear them for very long and their iconic gowns are different colors. Aurora is usually advertised in her pink dress, possibly to break up the monotony of blue outfits. This trope may also be the reason Mulan gets advertised wearing her pink dress from the beginning of the movie.
* ProperLady: The three classic princesses Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora are all well-mannered and humble, quite different from the later princesses.
* PublicServiceAnnouncement: Cinderella has one reminding parents that children less than 4'9" (145 cm) tall need a booster seat when riding in a car (after all, she ''is'' the only one whose originating fairy tale specifically states that she goes for a ride in a wheeled vehicle). Ariel and Aurora promote ocean protection and forest fire prevention, respectively. Belle and her friends head a campaign for healthy eating and exercise.
* PurityPersonified: While Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, and Rapunzel are usually depicted as being the most innocent, the other princesses at times count.
* RapunzelHair: Due to LongHairIsFeminine, a few of the princesses.
** Rapunzel is the most literal example, since her movie is an adaptation of the TropeNamer. Her hair is roughly seventy feet long, justified by being magic.
** Jasmine mostly keeps hers tied up, but when it's let down in one scene, it nearly reaches her knees.
** Merida's hair is quite long but as it's quite curly, one can imagine it'd be even longer if it's straight. Her mother's hair reaches down to the floor.[[note]]Human hair can grow to such lengths depending on the person's genes. So in this case Merida gets her long hair from her mother.[[/note]]
** Ariel's goes to just about waist length when she's human.
** Pocahontas's is quite long, though the length is hard to determine, since it's constantly being blown in a DramaticWind. She apparently had several animators working on just her hair.
* RebelliousPrincess: Ariel, Jasmine, Mulan, and especially Merida. Pocahontas downplays it, as she resists an ArrangedMarriage and goes against her father's wishes.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: They are often shown wearing their tiaras, and sometimes royal capes (the latter especially with their holiday dresses).
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Par for the course for a Disney Princess animal sidekick.
* RoyalBlood: Notably, Snow White is of royal blood, but it isn't of any importance to the story.
* RuleOfGlamorous: Many of their outfits are designed to look pretty over anything else, even when beyond what real life could do, such as Ariel wearing fancy clothes underwater.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: The lack of character of the Snow White's Prince and Prince Charming (and occasionally Prince Phillip and Prince Eric) is subject to much mocking by fans. The princes with the most development--Aladdin, Beast and Naveen--also are in the title of the movie, or otherwise the title doesn't mention a character at all, in the case of Flynn. Cinderella's prince got a lot more likable and charismatic in the sequels, particularly in ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime''.[[note]]Part of why Snow White's and Cinderella's princes are so bland is that the animators had difficulty animating realistic men, in contrast to women, animals, and cartoony men like the Seven Dwarfs, who were all animated with a more emotive, exaggerated fluidity rather than strict realism. They were originally written to have large roles, but lack of satisfaction with the animation and time constraints let to it being dropped. They didn't get the hang of it until Prince Philip, but "Animating the Prince" was considered a joke well into the Aladdin days.[[/note]]
** Eric got some decent character development eventually, but not until the Broadway musical since most ''Little Mermaid'' spin-offs take place before Ariel meets him.
* SimpleYetOpulent: Their main princess dresses are mostly on the low end of "pimped out", if even that. Belle's and Tiana's dresses are the exceptions.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Even though some of the princes are undeveloped, all of them are good men--or at least, in the case of Naveen, the Beast and Flynn, become so at the end of their movies.
* SlidingScaleOfBeauty: This is Disney so none of the princesses ever fall below World Class Beauty standards, though one or two repeatedly get mentioned as being the most beautiful both within their respective universes and sometimes even in RealLife. This is usually visually represented by having the female lead [[NonStandardCharacterDesign drawn differently]] in comparison to other female characters. The best example would be that of [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle and the Bimbettes]]. Merida is perhaps the only princess whose physical attractiveness is never mentioned or implied in her movie, although is apparent from her appearance.
* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty: Oh, so very shiny.
* SpearCounterpart: The short-lived Disney Heroes franchise, whose lineup consisted of Disney/{{Aladdin}}, [[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone King Arthur]], Disney/{{Hercules}}, Disney/PeterPan, Disney/RobinHood and Disney/{{Tarzan}}, was meant to be the boy-centric equivalent of the Princess franchise. It was discontinued quickly after very poor sales.
* SpoiledSweet: All those born in royalty to begin with. And all of them, [[HappilyEverAfter after the end]].
* SpotlightStealingSquad: While Snow White was the very first princess to be created by Disney, the lead princess in this franchise is Cinderella, Disney's second princess. As a result, she gets more attention than Snow White and has more merchandise made than her. Case in point: whenever Snow White gets re-released on home video, there's very few pieces of tie-in merchandise released (with the 2001 release only getting a [[UsefulNotes/{{McDonalds}} Happy Meal]] and the 2017 release only getting a set of collector's dolls), while whenever Cinderella gets re-released, tons of tie-in merchandise is made. Tellingly, Cinderella has two sequels while Snow White has none.
* TheThemeParkVersion:
** The merchandise and sequels as compared to the original films. This hits the first three princesses especially hard, because while the later ones are remembered for a few stock traits, any semblance of a personality from the earliest princesses is replaced with generic "sweetness". Can you imagine the plastic heroine of ''Disney/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue'' going after a cat with a broom?
** In ''Disney/BellesMagicalWorld'', the Beast's castle looks like a bland fairy tale castle whereas it looked gothic and elegant in the original film. They manage this even when showing the same rooms which appeared in the original film.
** Conversely, ''Disney/PocahontasII'' transforms the [[SceneryPorn lush, gorgeous]] [[GhibliHills fantasy Virginia]] of the first movie into a bland forest landscape with bleak colors.
** In 2013, the princesses are expected to appear in the Disney Parks in their [[http://emilysdisneythoughts.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/554512_10151273014302620_1182212377_n.jpg new redesigns.]]
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Ariel and Jasmine in their animated series, Cinderella and her prince in ''A Twist in Time'', and Rapunzel and Mulan over the course of their actual movies.
** The princesses as a whole became more action oriented in the 90s, with the exception of Belle (not that she's not proactive; she's just not as much of an ActionGirl as the others).
* TropeOverdosed: At least where {{The Beautiful|Tropes}} and PrincessTropes are concerned, to the point where about half the page images includes at least one Disney Princess.
* TrueBlueFemininity: The most common color for the princesses to wear in their films. Only Pocahontas and Rapunzel don't have any dresses that are wholly or prominently blue. Even Pocahontas still has her mother's blue necklace.
* TutuFancy: The "Ballerina Princess" set has tutu variations of the princess dresses, which would be practical if not for the loose tiaras included.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: There are apparently a lot of variations that can be made based on their gowns.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: What do we have as the bad guys? [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen An evil queen]]/WickedStepmother, another (non-royal) Wicked Stepmother, an evil draconic fairy, an octopus sea witch, an EgomaniacHunter/bully, an EvilChancellor-turned-EvilSorcerer, an evil British governor, a ruthless Hun leader, a witch doctor that can manipulate shadows, an abusive old woman who poses as the parent of her kidnappee, and a hideously deformed [[BearsAreBadNews demon bear]].
* VirtualPaperDoll: A few games and on [[http://princess.disney.com/dress-up their main site]] now. Some of the dresses they wear are heavy on the ArtisticLicense, as they make absolutely no sense for the time period or area that they live in. Mulan's many European ball gowns for one.
* VoiceTypes: In the musical films, the princesses are likely to be sung by sopranos. Snow White's original actress actually had opera training, and Aurora's original voice actress was chosen specifically because she could easily sing high-register notes.
* {{Xenafication}}:
** Cinderella becomes an ActionGirl in ''A Twist In Time'', infiltrating the palace, trying to steal back the Fairy Godmother's wand and escaping from a demonic pumpkin carriage to crash her own wedding.
** Belle in the [[Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017 live action remake]] too. She's already trying to escape the castle on her first night and has a more direct role in the climax.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Almost every princess is under eighteen.