You might think a “Disney Princess” is basically any leading woman in a Disney movie, especially if they're royalty. Yet, Disney doesn't hand the term “princess” to just anyone. Disney only has 13 official princesses on their list: Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Moana, and the newest addition, Raya.
Yes, Mulan isn't a princess, and there are some leading ladies that are princesses but not on the official list. It's all a bit confusing. The official requirements are that the character must be human or human-like, a main character in their film, and be royal or perform a heroic deed in Mulan's case. It helps if they have an adorable animal companion.
Even so, there are many strong characters who deserve to be Disney Princesses due to their one-of-a-kind stories and their heartbreaking pasts. Some of them fit the Disney Princess description perfectly, while others are princesses in their own ways. So, here are animated heroines that deserve the “princess” title just as much as the women on the list. Some of them technically are princesses, while others have all the qualities one should possess!
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