Characters: Disney Princess Honorary Princesses

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    Pocahontas 

Pocahontas

The daughter of the chief of the Powhatan tribe in Virginia, she's an adventurous and curious woman who is immediately intrigued by the white colonists, led by Governor Ratcliffe, who newly arrive in the New World—unlike the rest of her tribe, who fears them. She meets John Smith, one of the settlers who has made a life of adventuring and killing "savages", whom she teaches to accept people that are different than he. They eventually fall in love, but are torn apart by the distrust and violence their two people have for each other. She later becomes an emissary for her people and travels to England, where she falls in love with John Rolfe.
Voiced by: Irene Bedard (speaking), Judy Kuhn (singing)

  • And Zoidberg: Because of her being in Braids, Beads and Buckskins, she sort of has a hard time blending in well with the other princesses with their pimped out dresses. As such she is almost always the one who gets cut out of merchandise. The sequel does give her a reasonably pimped out dress when she first arrives in England.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: See character quote.
  • Arranged Marriage: With Kocoum. Kocoum asks for Pocahontas' hand and her father bethrothes her to him - she has no say in it.
  • Badass Pacifist: She never picks up a weapon or gets into a fight, but accomplishes a great deal without it.
  • Badass Princess: Pocahontas is the daughter of the chief, technically making her princess; she's also a Disney Princess.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Her long, silky hair is never so much as mussed in the couple of scrapes she finds herself in, and she always looks majestic and noble.
  • Blithe Spirit: To John Smith, whom she shows to treat nature with respect and learn to see the joy and beauty of the surroundings, which eventually she teaches all of the settlers and her tribe.
  • The Chief's Daughter: Follows most of the patterns, including her hand being offered in marriage to an important tribe member and her forgoing his affection for the white John Smith's, and eventually being found out for it. However, she's a bit of a variation in that she, instead of John, is the central protagonist.
  • Daddy's Girl: Pocahontas is very close to her father.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Her father would vastly prefer Kocuom, the skilled warrior, while she prefers John Smith, foreigner and "savage killer".
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Especially symbolic of her closeness to nature.
  • Dramatic Wind: With her army of leaves at the ready.
  • Dude Magnet: See the Hello, Nurse! section. Plus, she has had three men fall in love with her.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: She was the only one who could prevent the plot from going into a bloody massacre.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She's shown communing with several different types of animals, but her animal sidekicks are Flit the hummingbird, and Meeko the raccoon. Later Percy the pug is added.
  • A Girl And Her X: Pocahontas, by the end of the first movie, has 3 animal besties:
  • Go Through Me: Near the end, when Pocahontas shields John Smith from the attempted blows of her father's club:
    Pocahontas: If you kill him, you'll have to kill me too!
    Powatan: Daughter, stand back!!
    Pocahontas: I won't! I love him, Father.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Certainly John Smith's reaction when he first lays eyes on her.
  • Heroic Second Wind: After she finds her true path.
  • Indian Maiden: She spends the movie attempting to prevent war between her tribe and the european settlers. Her first scene (cannoeing) shows her to be athletic and she falls for the thrill seeking European John Smith. In the sequel, she goes over to Europe for diplomacy.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Her shamanic powers go unnoticed for most of the characters, but she actually accomplishes quite the feats with them; she talks to trees, summons up spirits, leaps over ravines through neigh levitating, survives crashing down in the water from a cliff, and learns English within three seconds.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Of Irene Bedard.
  • "I Want" Song: "Just Around The Riverbend".
  • Maligned Mixed Relationship: John and Pocahontas' relationship was not accepted because they were of different races who hated each other.
  • Meaningful Name: Pocahontas means "little mischief" or "the naughty one" in Powhatan language.
  • Missing Mom: DVD commentary states that the wind that travels around her is meant to be the spirit of her deceased mother.
  • Noble Savage: The second half of the movie is mostly teaching John Smith about how to be one with nature and appreciate the beauty of it.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: In comparison of the Disney Princesses, Pocahontas look more stylistically drawn.
  • Official Couple: With John Smith. The first movie and most merchandise and other Disney media portray her with John Smith, even though the sequel hooks her up with John Rolfe, her historical husband, whom she is never seen with in merchandising or in other media.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: She's very In Harmony with Nature.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: In the sequel, and as part of some Disney Princess merchandise.
  • The Power of Love: Utilizes it to stop a genocidal war.
  • Protagonist Title: The move is named after her.
  • Rapunzel Hair: One of her defining physical features.
  • Rebellious Princess: She laughs at her father's assumption that the river is steady.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Pocahontas is rebellious and carefree at heart.
  • She's Got Legs: Some very nice ones at that.
  • Spirited Young Lady: Pocahontas is courageous, opinionated and spirited.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With John Smith.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Definitely (alongside Aurora of Sleeping Beauty), the tallest of the Disney Princesses.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: According to her father, she takes after her mother.
  • Tempting Fate: "Should I choose the smoothest course?" She should not.
  • Tomboy Princess: She's athletic, scales mountains, climbs trees, jumps off cliffs, and steers her canoe into turbulent waters. After Merida, she's probably one of the most tomboyish Princesses.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Under the guidance of Grandmother Willow, she goes from whining about her problems and sitting around, to taking action and defying her well-intentioned but very authoritative father.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her deceased mother's necklace. Even more so after Kocoum destroys it while falling to his death.
  • Unexpected Successor: It's implied that she is taking Kocoum's place as her father's successor, especially in the closing scene.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: The only person in the entire movie, besides Grandmother Willow, to understand that war is not a plausible option, as it will leave both sides devastated and farther away from a peaceful resolve. Her father comes close to saying this trope word for word describing her. "My daughter speaks with wisdom beyond her years."
  • Younger than She Looks: Many fans indicate her age as 25 years old, enabling her romance with Smith (close to his thirties in this adaptation) furthermore. In actuality, the fact that she was still unmarried makes her 18 years old at best. Ironically, the real life figure she was based on was 11-12 years old at the time this story (allegedly) took place.

    Mulan 

Mulan

A flighty girl who is the daughter of a retired soldier, and the black sheep of her ancestors. When her father is enlisted for an oncoming war, she secretly takes his place in the field of battle under the command of young general Li Shang as they train in preparations against the Huns and warlord Shan Yu.

Voiced by: Ming-Na Wen (speaking), Lea Salonga (singing)

  • Action Girl: The first chronological example in the line (that occurs within her own movie), she's also the most action-y of the girls, having saved China. She also has the highest canonical on-screen kill count of any Disney character. She finishes off an army of fifty thousand Hun nomads with the help of a cannon and a mountain full of snow.
  • Adorkable: Easily the clumsiest of the princesses (including Rapunzel) at the start of her movie, as well as awkward and not entirely desirable. She's still the protagonist and sympathetic.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Averted on the anime part because this story takes place entirely in China before the Manchurian stuff (i.e. cheongsams). However, she does learn martial arts in the army.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: During the marching scene, a pair of nameless girls giggle in her direction.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: When the Emperor gifts her with his dragon pendant and Shan-Yu's sword.
  • Badass: Saves China through her martial prowess, as well as topping her platoon in fitness, agility and skill.
  • Badass Adorable: She does all her badass feats while remaining a darling girl.
  • Badass Princess: In her movie, no, but since she is part of the Disney Princess line-up...
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Such a friendly and family loyal girl and this is why she joined the army.
  • Bifauxnen: The other soldiers comment what a handsome young boy she makes, and much to Mulan's embarrassment receives some flirtatious looks from women.
  • Butt Monkey: Until she Took a Level in Badass, she is the butt of jokes and embarrasssment. She's humiliated in front of her family, bullied by the other soldiers (especially Ling and Yao, who later become two of her closest friends), and suffers a lot of slapstick and Amusing Injuries.
  • Character Development: Mulan becomes more assertive and confident as the movie progresses.
  • Character Tic: Plays with her hair after her early-movie humiliation.
  • Cool Sword: Her father's has a dragon face on the hilt. Interestingly enough, she never gets around to using it. Instead, she improvises with other weapons, such as Xanyu's cool sword.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Drops her father's teapot in her opening scene and later spills a cup of tea on the matchmaker, with predictable consequences.
  • Daddy's Girl: She initially joins the army because she loves her father and believes that he will die if he returns to the battlefield.
  • Determinator: Never throws in the towel, no matter how dire her circumstances get.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Zigzagged. Mulan has to prove herself numerous times to some of the characters before they'll respect her, such as Li-Shang. Chi Fu however, remains an Ungrateful Bastard towards her the entire time, even after she's saved his life repeatedly.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: She goes through a hell of a lot in the army, survives a brutal boot camp, is injured, and coming face to face with huns, she looks into the mirror and "sees someone worthwhile". Her dad says that someone has been there all along.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Mulan shows she is resourceful and clever by making a way for her dog to feed the chickens so she has time to get change. Also, she is shown resorting to cheating and shows a lack of grace, even before meeting the matchmaker, suggesting that a quiet married life will not properly fulfill her destiny.
  • Expy: Fa Mulan is based on actress, Gong Li and the Hua Mulan of Chinese legend.
  • Femininity Failure: She screws up the traditionally feminine "matchmaker" process. To be fair it was not completely her fault; the cricket shares partial responsibility.
  • Flower in Her Hair: The comb in her hair has a flower decoration.
  • Flower Motif: Her name means "wood flower," which is used by multiple characters and deliberately invoked in her Hair Decoration.
  • Folk Heroine: For China in Real Life. There's a ballad called 'Ode to Mulan' and a large number of regions say 'Mulan was born here'. She demonstrates a model of filial piety.
  • Friend to All Children: Proven during "Lesson Number One" in the sequel, and her defense of the little girl the other boys were picking on.
  • Guile Heroine: While she achieves a degree of martial skill, her greatest achievements are by her wits. For example, using the canon to trigger an avalanche and wipe out the entire army instead of Shan Yu.
  • Hair Decorations: The lotus comb that symbolizes her feminine roles, which she puts in place of the draft letter her father was given, and later returned to her when after she saves China with her sword and medal.
  • Heartbroken Badass: First in the sense of just how much she's let her family down when her Sweet Polly Oliver disguise fails, and then in the sequel after Shang's Heroic Sacrifice leaves her thinking he's dead. For awhile.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: She has a puppy named Little Brother for a pet.
  • Humble Heroine:: When she's offered the honorable position as a member of the emperor's council, Mulan refuses and says that she just wants to go home.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: "I did it to save my father! It was the only way!"
  • Idiot Ball: A minor one, but the matchmaker probably wouldn't have been set on fire if Mulan hadn't fanned her butt while it was still smoldering from landing on hot coals.
  • Important Haircut: Cuts off half of her hair to tie into a topknot to disguise herself as a soldier.
  • In Name Only: The only Disney Princess to not actually be a princess.
  • Journey to Find Oneself: Happens along the way, but she initially leaves to save her father.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: In the climactic battle, she ditches the armor in favor of more traditionally feminine Chinese attire due to disguising herself as a concubine, and then defeats Shan-Yu and saves China.
  • Maybe Ever After: With Shang, at the end of the first movie. They're Happily Married by the end of the sequel.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Gets two nude scenes, one of which is, for a Disney film, surprisingly extensive—-tying her with Ariel as the most Stripperific Disney princess.
  • Nice Girl: She is loyal to her family and friendly to the other soldiers. Bonding through gruffness didn't work for her.
  • Official Couple: With Li Shang.
  • One Woman Army: Single-handedly wiped out an entire army with some quick thinking and a well-aimed rocket. As The Nostalgia Chick put it:
    Chick: Mulan. The only Disney Princess with a body count. In the thousands.
  • Opposites Attract: The rule-breaking, free-spirit Mulan fell in love with the rule-abiding, no-nonsense Shang.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her matchmaker dress, in contrast to the more subdued green-ish dress that she prefers later.
  • Protagonist Title: Mulan.
  • Sarashi: And yes, it's relevant.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: For reason for going to war.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Not that she wasn't good-looking before, but she looks really nice in her matchmaker ceremony dress. On an unkinder note, the matchmaker says that looking like a bride is the only attribute she has.
  • Shipper on Deck: Mulan immediately shouted with joy when she discovered that the princesses truly loved Ling, Yao, and Chien-Po.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Notably most of it happens while she's disguised as a man.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Mulan makes a successful move on a xiangqi (aka Chinese chess) board belonging to two old men during the Matchmaker scene after contemplating for only a moment.
  • Stealth Pun: As a soldier she goes by the name "Ping," which in Mandarin Chinese means "peace."
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Probably the most famous example, Mulan impersonates a son to her father to take his place in the war.
  • Technical Pacifist: Very technical, since she's a soldier who kills people on purpose. Still, with the Big Bad right in front of her, Mulan uses the sword she's holding for every purpose but the one it was built for.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Surprisingly averted for a Disney hero. In fact, Mulan currently holds the highest kill count out of any single Disney character.
    Nostalgia Chick: Mulan. The only Disney Princess with a headcount... in the thousands.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Justified; it is in boot camp.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to the princesses' Girly Girls in the sequel because she's still a soldier.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She tries to be an ideal bride to bring her family honor and the sequel shows that she wears dresses when she's not working or training.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Her disappointment as being a poor bride intensifies her decision to impersonate a son. Later, once she's saved China, her father says:
    Fa Zao: The greatest gift and honor is having you for a daughter.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Played with. She tries to be a completely straight version in the beginning, which only ends in disaster, but she does have more traits of it than at first glance. While she's not as ladylike as the traditional YN, she fits the "core of steel" and "devotion to her family" parts perfectly - after all, the reason why she went to war as a Bifauxnen was not to get glory or escape her family situation, but to save her aging father from sure death as a conscript.
  • Younger Than They Look: Most people would think she's at least eighteen, probably in her early twenties.. Nope, she's sixteen.