Dark Details Fans Noticed About Disney Princesses

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Disney Princesses are known for their enduring spirits, fierce wills, and charming personalities. They are elegant and poised. Even in the face of great evil, they persevere with pure hearts and help from those who love them. If you look a little closer, though, it's not all magical triumphs and kisses of true love. Fans online have noticed some pretty dark details about our favorite Disney royals. For example, in The Little Mermaid, Ariel has a portrait of Mary Magdalene holding a skull, which symbolizes the Biblical character's strife and turmoil. In Aladdin, Jasmine nearly gets her hand chopped off by a local vendor. The sword marks on his table make it clear that many people haven't been as lucky as the Princess. There are even details that, while funny, are still pretty gnarly when you think about it. In Ralph Breaks the Internet, Cinderella breaks her glass slipper to use as a shiv. Would she really stab someone with a shard of glass?!

Check out this list of dark details fans noticed about Disney Princesses, and don't forget to vote up your favorites!


  • 1
    47 VOTES

    Esmeralda's 'Death' Literally Darkens The Mood In 'Hunchback Of Notre Dame'

    From Redditor u/MarkLevins:

    In Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), when Esmerelda is presumed dead and Quasimodo is heartbroken, the colors are darker and give off a sadder mood. However when Judge Frollo opens the door and is about to stab Quasi, the colors become more red symbolizing danger.

    47 votes
  • 2
    60 VOTES

    Elsa's Prison Was Made Just For Her In 'Frozen'

    From Redditor u/_BindersFullOfWomen:

    The type of chains Elsa has on were obviously made for her. However, Hans could not have made them because no idea that covering Elsa's hands stopped her powers and also didn't resources at the time to make them. The only people who could have known this were her parents. Elsa's parents made a cell specifically for their daughter in case she got out of control.

    60 votes
  • 3
    47 VOTES

    Cinderella Gets Locked In A Shadow Cage In 'Cinderella'

    From Redditor u/grasshopper_jo:

    In Cinderella (1950), when Cinderella enters her Stepmother’s room, the shadows make it look like she is in a cage.

    47 votes
  • 4
    54 VOTES

    Love Is A Locked Door For Anna In 'Frozen'

    From Redditor u/mariochristo:

    In Frozen, Hans and Anna (in song) say 'love is an open door.' Later, Hans closes and locks a heavy door (leaving Anna to die) after telling her he does not love her.

    54 votes
  • 5
    53 VOTES

    Jasmine Losing A Hand Is No Bluff In 'Aladdin'

    From Redditor u/bwmamanamedsha:

    In Aladdin (1992), when Farouk catches Jasmine stealing and grabs her hand, you can see cuts in the wood of his stand, showing how many hands he has cut off before.

    53 votes
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    56 VOTES

    Esmeralda Dresses Like The Whore Of Babylon In 'Hunchback Of Notre Dame'

    From Redditor u/Tokyono:

    In The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Esmerelda’s purple and red costume references the Whore of Babylon from the Bible. From Revelations 17: 'And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls.'

    56 votes