Small And Heartbreaking Details Fans Noticed About Disney Princesses

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Vote up the most heart-wrenching details.

From the early days of Snow White and Aurora to more contemporary additions like Tiana and Mulan, Disney princesses have captured our hearts with their stories of true love and good conquering evil. That doesn't mean they don't have some low points, however. If you look closely-- as many fans online have done-- Disney princesses endure some truly heartbreaking moments. For example, in Mulan, just after the eponymous heroine and her company finish singing the upbeat "A Girl Worth Fighting For," Mulan finds a children's toy in the remains of a scorched village-- a girl worth fighting for. In Aladdin, Princess Jasmine nearly has her hand chopped off by an angry vendor. The really dark part, however, is that his chopping block already has many sword marks on it. There are even some details that seem nice on the surface but are far from it when looking a little deeper. In Tangled, Mother Gothel gives Rapunzel a kiss on the head. It's not really meant for the girl, though, but rather her hair.

Check out this list of heartbreaking small details fans spotted about Disney princesses, and don't forget to vote up your favorites!

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    5,597 VOTES

    Tiana's Father Couldn't Receive A Medal Of Honor In 'Princess And The Frog'

    From Redditor  u/Joe_Smith_Actionwear:

    In Disney’s Princess and The Frog, Tiana’s dad received the DSC (Distinguished Service Cross)—the US Army’s second highest award for valor. During WWI African-American soldiers often did not receive America’s highest recognition for bravery—the Medal of Honor.

    5,597 votes
  • 2
    5,224 VOTES

    Rapunzel Reaches To Save Mother Gothel Despite Abuse In 'Tangled'

    From Redditor  u/schrodingers_cat42:

    In Tangled, there's a split second in which Rapunzel reaches out desperately to save Mother Gothel--even after she stabs Eugene! It's so fast you might miss it, but it shows the huge impact that long-term emotional abuse can have.

    5,224 votes
  • 3
    7,935 VOTES

    Elsa's Parents Constructed Her Prison Cell 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.


    7,935 votes
  • 4
    4,418 VOTES

    Rapunzel's Hair Gets A Kiss From Mother Gothel In 'Tangled'

    From Redditor  u/TheCutestOfBeans:

    In Disney’s Tangled, after Mother Gothel says “I love you most” to Rapunzel instead of kissing her forehead Mother Gothel kisses Rapunzel’s hair, which is her source of youth.

    4,418 votes
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    4,784 VOTES

    Mulan Finds "A Girl Worth Fighting For" In 'Mulan'

    From Redditor  u/Wil-Himbi:

    In Mulan, shortly after the song 'A Girl Worth Fighting For,' Mulan finds a girl really worth fighting for.

    4,784 votes
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    3,837 VOTES

    Jasmine Wouldn't Be The First Person To Lose A Hand In 'Aladdin'

    From Redditor  u/bwmamanamedsha:

    In Aladdin, 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.

    3,837 votes