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The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time

Updated March 26, 2020 4.3k votes 1.2k voters 25.3k views18 items

List RulesGreatest princes from theater, literature, film, and television. Fictional princes only, no real people.

On this list you’ll find all of the best fictional princes, from animated animals (Simba, The Lion King) to soap opera favorites (Richard Winslow, “Guiding Light”). They’re sometimes kind, sometimes cruel, but they never cease to intrigue and entertain fans – and for that, they’ve each earned a spot on this list of the greatest fictional princes of all time.

What makes a fictional prince great? Fictional princes, after all, are fairly common in both written and visual mediums. Perhaps one characteristic of an amazing fictional prince is complexity, such as that found in Hamlet and his inner struggles. Although Hamlet’s story does not end well, it would be hard to debate that he isn’t memorable and enjoyable as a character, and his depth is a large part of what makes him interesting.

Another attribute of the best fictional princes might be kindness, such as that evidenced by Legolas from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. Or, at the opposite end of the spectrum, cruelty and arrogance – just think of Prince Joffrey Baratheon from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and the hit TV show, "Game of Thrones."

The princes on this list have both good qualities and bad, but they’re all fan favorites, the best fictional princes from every fictional medium. Whether they’re loved for their selfless acts or their brutish ones, fans can’t get enough of these literary princes. Because of this, they’re all proudly included on this list of the greatest fictional princes. Cast your votes for the best fictional princes below.

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  • 1
    457
    109

    Legolas

    The Lord of the Rings Universe
  • 2
    429
    141
  • 3
    261
    63

    Aragorn

    The Lord of the Rings
  • 4
    421
    151

    Sanji

    One Piece
  • 5
    214
    98

    Loki

    Marvel Universe
  • 6
    169
    146

    Beast

    Beauty and the Beast
  • 7
    98
    75

    Boromir

    The Lord of the Rings
  • 8
    143
    117

    Vegeta

    Dragon Ball Z Universe
  • 9
    90
    64

    Thorin Oakenshield

    The Hobbit
  • 10
    103
    132

    Prince Eric

    The Little Mermaid
  • 11
    62
    78

    Prince Phillip

    Sleeping Beauty
  • 12
    74
    76

    Bambi

    Bambi
  • 13
    45
    73

    Prince Pyrus

  • 14
    15
    38

    Ling Yao

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • 15
    54
    74
  • 16
    39
    67

    Tuxedo Mask

    Sailor Moon
  • 17
    10
    35

    Mystogan

  • 18
    2
    43

    Flowey

    Undertale