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The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time 

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List Rules Greatest 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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Loki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
ladilling added Marvel Universe
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Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
Code Geass
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Beast is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
Tatsuma added Beauty and the Beast
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Sanji is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
One Piece
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Legolas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
Tatsuma added The Lord of the Rings Universe
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Aragorn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
Tom Islava added The Lord of the Rings
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Prince Eric is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
Tatsuma added Prince Eric The Little Mermaid
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Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
Tatsuma added Dragon Ball Z Universe
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Prince Phillip is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
Loni Lengel added Prince Phillip Sleeping Beauty
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Boromir is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
Tom Islava added The Lord of the Rings
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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
Tom Islava added Bambi Bambi
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Thorin Oakenshield is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
Tom Islava added Thorin Oakenshield The Hobbit
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Great Prince of the Fore... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
Tom Islava added Bambi
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Prince Pyrus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
Prince Pyrus
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Ling Yao is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
Tatsuma added Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
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Mystogan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
Tatsuma added Mystogan
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Tuxedo Mask is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
Ms.green added Tuxedo Mask Sailor Moon
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Flowey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time
Tom Islava added Flowey Undertale