Ranking the Disney Women

This is a quick follow up to my Official Disney Princess Rankings.  Here are all the Disney women ranked by simply how much I like them and a few words that come to my mind to describe them.

I added  Anita and Giselle from Enchanted who is partly animated but is not on the photo below.

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1. Belle- smart, thoughtful, compassionate and brave


2. Ariel- free spirit, not afraid to take risks, social butterfly, lots of friends, embraces new things, impetuous (changed that one guys!).  I got to pick Ariel for #2 because I was basically her till I was 17 so I just relate to the girl. I was headstrong and impetuous, stubborn, didn’t like to be told what to do, but I also was quick to make friends and got done what I set my mind to do.  Love that.



3. Nani- Yep, I know this is very high.  But I love Nani.  She is doing something so hard, raising her sister, and she keeps getting knocked down but doesn’t give up.  I feel for her and love her spirit and devotion to ohana.  She also surfs, dances and flirts- has a fun side.  But she has a temper too and gets frustrated. She’s as close to a perfectly well-rounded, developed female character as Disney has created.  She along with Giselle are  the only Disney female characters who mother children (maybe Wendy?).


4. Cinderella- hard working, loyal, good friend, strong, kind, optimistic

cinderella25.  Megura- Yep, bring on the comments.  I love her sass.  I love that she’s a little tough to figure out. She’s working with the enemy but a clear love interest, she’s funny, sarcastic but still a good perosn.

megura6. Tiana- hard working, goal setter, dedicated, loyal, soft spoken but bold, fun once she let’s her guard down

tiana7. Rapunzel- optimistic, naive but smart in her own way, inquisitive, fun-loving, see’s good in people, hopeful and quick with a frying pan

Rapunzel_and_pascal8.  Mulan- Brave, fearless, strong, still vulnerable, a fighter, loyal


9. Giselle- The only princesses who actually does some mothering of a little girl and does it well (Nani is the only other female I can think of).  Optimistic, positive, happy, loving, kind, funny, industrious, clever in her own way.

giselle10. Elsa- Brainwashed as a little girl to fear herself she realizes she is alright just as she is and is empowered.  Love that. Becomes strong and is always loving and trying to do the right thing.



11. Jane- Timid around animals at first but gets over it, Nonjudgmental, kind, good teacher, humble, loving

Jane-Porter-(Tarzan)12. Anita- you don’t get to know her that well but very pretty, affectionate to Perdy and the puppies, encouraging to Roger and his music, still nice to Cruella when she probably shouldn’t be.  Just seems like a cool lady.

Anita-101-Dalmatians-713. Merida- bold, impetuous, good with a bow and arrow, climbs mountains, free spirit, brave, confident, love her curly hair

Merida_web_small14. Jasmine- free spirit, independent, loving, not afraid to stick a tiger on an annoying suitor!, dreamer, spunky

jasmine15.  Esmeralda-  Faithful, hopeful, sexy, confident, kind, one of only a few Disney adults who prays (in song form of God Help the Outcast), loving to Quasimodo.

esmerelda16.  Anna- innocent, sweet, kind, believes in people, impetuous, brave, optimistic and loving.  Needs to think before she acts sometimes.


17. Snow White- optimistic, kind, positive, happy, whistles why she works

snow white18. Aurora- asleep a lot (is sleeping beauty after all) and a little too perfect because of her blessings, but great singer, beautiful, dancer, dreamer, loving

Auroraonmodel19.  Alice- love the movie but Alice is really just a conduit for all the craziness surrounding her.  I like her (I like all the girls to some degree or another) but don’t feel I really know her.

alice20. Pocahontas- loves nature, stands up to others, throws herself on John. But I don’t feel like she listens well and being older than Ariel she should take the counsel of those around her more seriously over strangers, resistant to change, and her choices do cause a death.


21. Kida- I liked Atlantis but Kida is kind of a mystical character without much personality. She’s a clue to her culture and interesting on that level but that’s about it. Plus, she dresses very immodestly.  The other women in Atlantis are a lot more interesting IMO. And there is no chemistry between her and Milo

Kida_Dresses22.  Eilonwy- is a princess for no reason for the story, totally blank and boring, Can’t think of one thing she gives to the story aside from telling Taran how to escape the castle. She may be very nice and have commendable qualities but the movie gives us none of that.  (And I didn’t hate The Black Cauldron).  Plus, not a fan of her voice actor.  You could take her character out and the movie would be exactly the same.

eilonwyFeel free to share your lists or to comment on mine.  I really don’t detest any of them and can see value in them all.  Great characters by a great studio, Disney! Did I miss anyone? I figured Wendy, Penny, Jenny were more girls than women or adolescents.  If I included Elastigirl (which maybe I should?) she would be around #10).

Tomorrow we will do villains!!

14 thoughts on “Ranking the Disney Women

  1. Eilonwy at the bottom? Darn, lol!

    My favorite Disney female is Alice.

    If you consider Wendy, Jenny, and Penny to be girls, wouldn’t you also consider Eilonwy and Alice to be girls too?

    What about the animal female characters?

    1. Eilonwy and Alice seemed more like adolescents to me than little girls but I could be wrong about that.
      I went with just female humans for the list. Got to draw line somewhere

    2. I like Alice but to me she’s more of a neutral character and then what surrounds her is so strange. If she was off the wall too or a really strong personality it would be too much

  2. It’s pretty sad to see Eilonwy at the bottom of this list. Not that I disagree with the ordering or anything – because it’s a genuinely solid ranking, but because Eilonwy in the books is very different; she can be strong willed, sarcastic, outspoken, contentious and fiery when roused to anger. But she also cared deeply about the suffering of people, especially her friends. Her voice is described as youthful and melodic, but again that doesn’t carry through. They had her appearance down fairly okay in the film, but her personality is all but absent!

    1. That is sad. I didn’t hate the movie as much as some but her character was a total throw away.

  3. Though I can’t say anything because this is on personal opinion, I will say your reasonings for Pocahontas do not seem too fair. Pocahontas (though nothing like the actual historical figure she is supposed to represent) was only 18. Though she was careless, what 18 year old isn’t? 16 and stubborn is almost exactly the same as 18 and stubborn. Pocahontas also pursued something far greater than herself, peace between her people and those of the European travelers. I wouldn’t say she threw herself on John either, rather than became infatuated with a world she did not know. Also, her elders were wrong. They represented hate while she represented understanding and hope. She also wasnt as selfish as Ariel. She stayed with her people so she could help her tribe rather than sprouting legs and running off, only to seperate herself from the ones who loved her most. Though it is far from the truth, I think that her disney self was very wonderful.

    I know it’s opinion! And trust me. Ariel is my number 1! Absolute favorite disney movie and Princess of all time, but I even know her recklessness was that of a child. I think Pocahontas was much more mature. Her intentions were that more of Esmereldas, which i would compare her more to. Though you can interpret it however you like!

    Happy Disney! 🙂

    1. Thanks for sharing. You will have to read my Pocahontas review. I just thought she didn’t even listen to her friends and the dialogue between her and John Smith was so lame. She’s someone that is a paragon of virtue. She doesn’t care about money or any worldly concerns but is always focused on the higher things. That annoyed me and she feels very preachy to me. I do like the ending Savages number but I really don’t care for Pocahontas and the character for me wasn’t convincingly told.

      Glad we agree on Ariel. For me what people get wrong about her is she is uncomfortable in her body. She’s not just lusting after some man. She collected the human items long before meeting him. She knew she didn’t belong as a mermaid or in her world. This is why she is an icon in the LGBT community and I see why. She was selfish but she was also desperate. It’s like Sebastian said she could either make a deal with the Sea Witch or be miserable for the rest of her life.

    2. And I’d love to hear your feedback on other lists and other reviews on the site as you make many good points.

  4. Alice is my all-time favorite Disney heroine. She’s so charming and adorable, and Kathryn Beaumont portrayed her perfectly. Also, her bloomers are very cute, and I just love the way her dress poofs up like a parachute. I love the part where she flips over as she waves goodbye to Dinah. And “In a World of My Own” is a very beautiful song I could listen to all day.

    1. Cool pick. I recently rewatched Alice for my youtube channel and I liked even more this time around. She really is an underrated character

  5. Who is the one that is 3rd from the left in the original picture?
    Ive been searching for a while and cant seem to figure it out
    Id appreciate it if someone could help me, lol

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