Everyone loves the Disney Princesses! They get all the adulation. All the limelight. But it’s time to give some a shoutout to the guys of Disney…the Disney Princes! They come in all sorts of personalizes – silly, shy, pompous, quiet – but they all have one thing in common – in the end they are heroes and loved by all!
Just like the Princesses, everyone has a favorite and so we are going to list the Princes in no particular order.
Snow White And The 7 Dwarves – Prince Ferdinand/Florian
Referred to as just “The Prince,” Prince Ferdinand (also known as Florian) is from Snow White and The Seven Dwarves. We are never told his name in the movie! He was the first ever Disney Prince, but he didn’t make much of an appearance in the film. The Prince appears in the beginning of the movie, singing with Snow White, and at the end of the movie where he rescues Snow White from her stepmother’s curse.
Cinderella – Prince Charming
Prince Charming is the prince from Cinderella. Is Charming his first or last name? Nobody really knows! Prince Charming’s father, The King, throws a royal ball in hopes that the Prince will find a woman to marry. Prince Charming at first is very opposed to marrying, but after meeting Cinderella at the ball he falls in love. You can find out more about Cinderella here.
Prince Charming is a very likeable person as he is relentless in finding Cinderella after she quickly leaves the ball without revealing her actual identity. He knows what he wants and won’t give up.
Did you know… The carousel in the Magic Kingdom’s official name is Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel? It used to be called Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel until 2010 when the attraction got renamed to better fit plans for Fantasyland.
Sleeping Beauty – Prince Philip
Prince Philip is Aurora’s love interest from Sleeping Beauty. It is rumored that Prince Philip was named after England’s Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip of Edinburgh. Prince Philip is the son of King Hubert and Queen Ingrith. His trusty horse is Samson. He is loyal and super dependable which makes Prince Philip a very likable and well respected Prince.
Prince Philip was captured by Maleficent and put into a dungeon on the Forbidden Mountain. The good fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather come to Prince Philips rescue. The give him the Sword of Truth and the Shield of Virtue – weapons of righteousness that will triumph over evil. Prince Philip uses these tools to eventually kill Maleficent who had turned herself into a dragon.
Prince Philip eventually wakes up Sleeping Beauty with true love’s kiss – which in turn also wakes up the rest of the castle who had been put into a magical slumber. Of course, Philip and Aurora end up living happily ever after!
The Princess And The Frog – Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen is the Prince of Maldonia. His parents are the King and Queen and he has a younger brother named Prince Ralphie. Prince Naveen has a valet named Lawrence.
Prince Naveen starts out as a spoiled, lazy, selfish prince whose only concern is living life to the fullest. Prince Naveen is cut out of his parents fortune which makes Naveen want to marry a wealthy woman named Charlotte La Bouff. Naveen makes a deal with an evil with doctor named Dr. Facilier, and in the process gets tricked and turned into a frog. The only way to turn back into a human is to kiss a princess.
Prince Naveen meets Tiana and mistakenly believes her to be a princess. After convincing her to kiss him, Tiana also turns into a frog. As time progresses, Naveen and Tiana fall in love. Prince Naveen realizes that true love is more important than money and turning back into a human. He decides he would rather be a frog with Tiana than a human without her. Tiana and Prince Naveen marry….and as they kiss they both turn back into humans! Tiana married a prince which made her a princess – and their kiss broke the spell!
Tangled – Flynn Rider
Flynn Rider is one of our favorites. Flynn was named Horace at birth, later named Eugene Fitzherbert, and of course is most well known as Flynn Rider. In the movie Tangled, Flynn admits that he was raised in an orphanage and does not give any indication that he is an actual royal prince. We later learn in Tangled: The Series that Flynn is actually the son of King Edmund, making Flynn the Prince of The Dark Kingdom.
Flynn Rider is a well known thief who ends up hiding in Rapunzel’s tower after stealing a crown. Rapunzel convinces Flynn to escort her to the kingdom in order to see the Festival of Lights. Flynn agrees, and the rest is fairy tale history!
Flynn’s character is reminiscent of the infamous Indiana Jones and Han Solo. Flynn is supposedly named after Erroll Flynn, a well known actor from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Many critics say that Flynn and Rapunzel’s characters in Tangled give this movie a romantic comedy feel that many of the other princess movies don’t have – making this movie reach a wider audience.
Beauty And The Beast – Prince Adam
The Beast from Beauty and the Beast. His real name is Prince Adam but we will just call him, The Beast. We know nothing about the Beast’s family.
When we first meet the Beast we find out that he was once a handsome prince who refused to give shelter and care to an old woman. The woman revealed herself to be an enchantress and put the Beast and all his servants under a spell. In order for the Beast and his servants to return to being humans, the beast needed to find someone to fall in love with him and kiss before the petal off the magic rose fell. Here we see the Beast despise his appearance and fall deep into anger and bitterness.
Belle’s father, Maurice, comes to the Beast’s home seeking refuge after losing his horse. The Beast refuses to offer mercy to Maurice and takes him as prisoner. Eventually Belle comes looking for her father, and the offers herself in exchange for Maurice. The Beast agrees, and Belle is now his prisoner.
Over time, Belle works with the servants to soften the Beast’s personality and heart and the two end up making a connection. The friendship deepens, and there is a hint of love. The Beast has transformed from a ruthless, angry creature to a kind, caring friend. He no longer despises his appearance and we see him brush his hair and even get dressed up.
When Gaston comes to the castle with an angry mob to kill the Beast and take Belle for himself, the castle inhabitants fight back. In the battle. It is here that we see the full transformation of the Beast. Gaston tells the Beast that Belle will never love him, and the Beast grabs Gaston and holds him over the edge of a balcony. Gaston begs for mercy and the Beast grants it to him – Gaston is dropped on a rooftop and the Beast tells him to leave and never return.
The Beast leaves Gaston and climbs to meet Belle on a balcony. As they embrace, Gaston stabs the Beast in the back, causing him to flail his arms and knock Gaston off the castle. Belle pulls the Beast on to the balcony as he falls unconscious. Belle realizes she loves the Beast, kisses him as he is dying, and he transformed back into his human form.
The Little Mermaid – Prince Eric
Prince Eric from the Little Mermaid. This is one Prince that we like right from the get go! We are never told the name of Prince Eric’s kingdom – all we know is that it is seaside. We also don’t know much of anything about Eric’s family – it seems that his parents are no longer alive.
Eric’s manservant and ally is Grimsby. Chef Louis and Carlotta also work in Prince Eric’s castle. Eric’s sheepdog, Max, is usually with him.
Eric is an expert sailer and a fantastic swimmer. He is loved by his kingdom and they eagerly await his marriage to a princess. Eric is also able to play the flute.
We first meet Prince Eric as he is celebrating his birthday on a ship at sea. We find out that he is holding out for marriage until he meets “the one.” During a storm, Eric’s ship catches on fire and he is knocked unconscious into the sea. Ariel rescues him, sings for him, and Eric can’t get the voice out of his head.
After Ariel makes a deal with the sea with Ursala to become human for 3 days, Ariel and Eric finally officially meet. Eric instantly knows she is “the one,” but because Ariel has traded her voice for human legs she is unable to talk. Eric knows his true love is the woman who rescued him and sang for him so he no longer believes that Ariel is his true love.
Here is where Prince Eric’s true personality comes out! He is a true gentleman and treats Ariel with great kindness, patience and understanding. What a guy! While Ariel’s friends try to get Eric to kiss her, Eric slowly starts to fall in love with Ariel.
Eventually, Ursula turns herself into a woman and uses Ariel’s voice and her magic to hypnotize Prince Eric. Eric hears the voice of the woman who saved him from the shipwreck, and, in a trance, decides to marry the woman with the voice – the sea witch.
Scuttle, Flounder, Sebastian, and Max all work together to break the spell Ursula has cast on Eric. They succeed – Ariel gets her voice back and Ursula turns back into the sea creature she is. She creates a giant storm and separates Eric from Ariel. Eric jumps onto a shipwrecked boat that has come to the surface in the storm and jams the mast into Ursula, killing her and breaking the spells she has put on the merpeople.
Eric ends up exhausted on the shore. Meanwhile, King Triton turns Ariel into a human and Ariel and Prince Eric embrace. Ariel and Eric end up getting married, and Eric is accepted by King Triton and al the merpeople.
Aladdin – Aladdin
Aladdin is of course, from the movie Aladdin. Aladdin is a poor kid who lives in the streets in the kingdom of Agrabah. We know nothing about his family – we simply know he does not have one. Aladdin hangs out with his monkey named Abu.
He is Mr. Energy with tons of imagination and creativity attached to him. Aladdin is super likeable with kind of a boyish, devil-may-care personality that is fun to watch. He is optimistic, clevery, and witty. We also know that Aladdin looks out for those less fortunate than himself – we see him given an apple he stole for himself to some hungry children.
Aladdin and Jasmine first meet when Jasmine left the castle disguised as a normal citizen. The two spend time together, and eventually they are caught by a palace guard for stealing some fruit. Jasmine reveals herself to be the princess in order to save Aladdin. Jasmine’s plan fails and Aladdin is put in a dungeon where Abu rescues him. Aladdin is then met by Jafar who promises him freedom in exchange for retrieving the magic lamp from the Cave of Wonders.
Aladdin agrees, retrieves the lamp, and through a course of events ends up losing Jafar in some chaos while at the same time becoming the master of the genie of the lamp. The genie grants Aladdin 3 wishes, and Aladdin decides he wants to become a prince in order to be with Jasmine. Aladdin is transformed into Prince Ali. He promises the genie that with his 3rd wish he will se the genie free.
Prince Ali and Jasmine end up going on a magic carpet ride together. Jasmine recognizes Prince Ali and Jasmine and becomes upset that he has lied to her. Aladdin struggles with feeling inadequate to be with a princess and continues to make up stories rather than tell the truth. Aladdin claims that he is a prince that sometimes dresses as a commoner – and Jasmine believes him.
Jafar ends up throwing Aladdin into the ocean in order to prevent Jasmine and Aladdin from marrying each other. The genie rescues Aladdin – but Jafar’s bird Iago steals the lamp and Jafar becomes the master of the genie.
Chaos ensues, and Aladdin’s cleverness tricks Jafar into using his third wish to become an all-powerful genie. Jafar makes the wish – and gets sucked into a lamp with Iago. With Jafar gone, Aladdin has the option to use his third wish to have Jasmine fall in love with him as Prince Ali. However, Aladdin decides he doesn’t want to pretend to be anyone else anymore. Aladdin stays true to his word to the genie and uses his third wish to set the genie free.
Jasmine loves Aladdin for who she is, and her father, the Sultan, changes the law for them to marry and live happily ever after.
Mulan – Li Shang
Captain Li Shang is Mulan’s love interest. He is the son of General General Li. Captain Li aspires to follow in his father’s footsteps and lead “China’s greatest troops.” He is very strong and skilled in bojutsu.
Shang is appointed an army captain by his father early in the movie. He is put in charge of a rag tag group of men – and included in this group is Mulan, disguised as a man going by the name Ping. Mulan’s struggled with the training, prompting Shang to send her home. However, the next day, Mulan accomplished a difficult feat and was allowed to stay.
Shang is ordered to move his unit to the Tung Shao Pass to help reinforce the Imperial Army. On the way, he comes across a village destroyed by the Hun army. It is there he learns of the death of his father. Shang realizes that his unit is the last defense between the Imperial City and the Hun Army.
Shang meets the Hun army after their location is accidentally given away. Shang realizes they are outnumbered and prepares for his final battle. Fortunately, Mulan – still disguised as Ping – sets off an avalanche and stops the Huns. Shang is caught in the avalanche but saved by Mulan.
Mulan’s true identity is discovered while getting treated for battle wounds. The punishment for for a woman being in the army is death, however Shang saves Mulan. Because Mulan saved his life, he owes her a debt of gratitude. Shang then leaves to lead the army to the Imperial City.
Shang and his troops are honored for defeating the Huns, but they are missing Mulan. Soon, Mulan shows up to let them know that the Huns are actually still alive. Shang has difficulty trusting Mulan at this point, as he is frustrated that she deceived him about her true identity. A battle between the Huns and the Shang’s army ensue – and ends with a victory for Mulan, Shang, and the Imperial Army.
We see Shang’s change of heart towards Mulan as he is one of the first to bow to her after the Emperor honors her as the hero of China. As Mulan prepares to go home, Shang struggles with telling her how he feels about her. Mulan leaves, and after receiving advice from Emperor, Shang goes to Mulan’s home. It is there that the two finally connect and Shang join’s Mulan’s family for dinner.
Pocahontas – John Smith
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John Smith from Pocahontas. Not really a Prince but we needed to put him in the list because of his prominent “Disney Male” role. John Smith is an English explorer in 1607 and his character is loosely based off the actual historical figure.
John Smith is an explorer, adventurer, and solider. He is apparently legendary as we are told there are “amazing stories about him.” His protege is Thomas. He is the captain of a ship headed to the New World.
John and the settlers begin working on a colony named Jamestown, Virgina. John is tasked with scouting, and it is here that he meets Pocahontas. They interact for some time, until Pocahontas hears drums and runs off.
A few days later John meets up with Pocahontas again. This is when he tells her that they are looking for gold. She assures him that there is no gold in the land. When John lets Pocahontas know he has no plans of returning to England, Pocahontas decides to introduce him to Grandmother Willow. Grandmother Willow scares away Ben and Lon who have gone in search of John.
When John returns to the camp he lets Governor Ratcliffe know that “an Indian” has told him that there is no gold in the land. John tries to persuade Ratcliffe that there are advantage to working with the Indians, and shows him an ear of corn. Ratcliffe refuses, and informs the settlers that anyone who does not kill an Indian on site will be tried for treason and hanged.
Later that night, John sneaks out of camp and tells Pocahontas that his people will be attacking her people. She says that her people, also, are preparing for war. Unbeknownst to John, he was followed by Thomas. Pocahontas tells John that the only way to stop this upcoming war is for him to go speak to her father, Chief Powhatan. After conversation and persuasion by Grandmother Willow, John and Pocahontas share a kiss. At this moment, John is attacked by Kocoum, who had followed Pocahontas. Kocooum is killed by Thomas in an attempt to save John.
John is then captured by Pocahontas’ people and Thomas informs the settlers of the capture. War is about to ensue the next morning as John is brought to the edge of a cliff. Powhaton is about to execute John when Pocahontas declares her love for him and convinces the people to not go to battle. As everyone lowers their weapons, Ratcliffe attempts to shoot Powhaton, and John jumps in front of him and takes the bullet.
Pocahontas has a different ending than the other princess movies as John and Pocahontas do not end up together. John needs to return to England for medical care, and the two depart.
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