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The Greatest Fictional Princes of All Time

Updated March 26, 2020 4.1k votes 1.1k voters 24.2k 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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  • Legolas1
    451
    98

    Legolas

    The Lord of the Rings Universe
  • Lelouch Lamperouge2
    449
    129
  • Sanji3
    451
    134

    Sanji

    One Piece
  • Aragorn4
    244
    57

    Aragorn

    The Lord of the Rings
  • Loki5
    190
    95

    Loki

    Marvel Universe
  • Beast6
    171
    137

    Beast

    Beauty and the Beast
  • Boromir7
    89
    63

    Boromir

    The Lord of the Rings
  • Vegeta8
    147
    113

    Vegeta

    Dragon Ball Z Universe
  • Prince Phillip9
    64
    69

    Prince Phillip

    Sleeping Beauty
  • Prince Eric10
    104
    129

    Prince Eric

    The Little Mermaid
  • Thorin Oakenshield11
    75
    56

    Thorin Oakenshield

    The Hobbit
  • Bambi12
    72
    73

    Bambi

    Bambi
  • Prince Pyrus13
    49
    64

    Prince Pyrus

  • Ling Yao14
    14
    25

    Ling Yao

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • Great Prince of the Forest15
    55
    68
  • Tuxedo Mask16
    36
    59

    Tuxedo Mask

    Sailor Moon
  • Mystogan17
    8
    24

    Mystogan

  • Flowey18
    2
    32

    Flowey

    Undertale