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Some characters in Disney movies are labelled as Princesses. Is there an official list of these Princesses? Rules to qualify, requirements that must be met?

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    @Wikis while Sofia the First might be a princess, she is not part of the official product line of Disney Princesses. Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 17:20
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    There's also the Rejected Princesses site, if you want an alternative view.
    – Joe L.
    Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 17:29
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    @DVK of course disney princesses are on topic!!!!
    – Himarm
    Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 18:01
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    Please, Lord. Never allow my 3 year old daughter to see this question. Ever. Thanks.
    – Ellesedil
    Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 18:30
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    Don't forget Leia. And Lilandra, princess of the Shi'ar! Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 19:34

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Disney Princess is a group created by Andy Mooney to market Disney products to girls.

Soon after joining Disney, Mooney attended his first "Disney On Ice" show. While waiting in line, he found himself surrounded by young girls dressed as princesses. "They weren't even Disney products. They were generic princess products," he mused. Soon after realizing the demand, the Disney Princess line was formed. - Disney Wiki

How they were chosen:

The franchise currently comprises eleven female protagonists from ten different Walt Disney Animation Studios films and one Pixar film who are either royal by birth, royal by marriage, or considered a "princess" due to their significant portrayal of heroism in their film.

The characters were not chosen specifically for their royal titles, but rather for how well they fit into what Disney executives deemed "the Princess mythology". Mulan is an example of this concept; she has no familial ties to royalty, but is still included in the character list. Tinker Bell was once included under the same principle before it was decided that she was not suited for the "mythology". - Disney Wiki

Significant portrayal of heroism is good enough to earn the title of princess.

Who is included:

The original Disney Princess line-up featured Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas and Mulan. It later expanded to include Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida after the successes of their respective films. Princess Moana, the star of Disney's upcoming feature Moana, of 2016, is expected to join the line-up. - Disney Wiki

Apparently Princess Anna and Queen Elsa (Frozen) aren't good enough for this list.

Princess Claim to Royalty:

  • Snow White - birth
  • Cinderella - marriage
  • Aurora - birth
  • Ariel - birth
  • Belle - marriage
  • Jasmine - birth
  • Pocahontas - birth+
  • Mulan - significant portrayal of heroism
  • Tiana - marriage
  • Rapunzel - birth
  • Merida - birth

+Indian Princess

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    They need to be the main and leading character in the movie that is not a sequel; and its speculated that they need to show significant growth/achievement (this is where 'significant portrayal of heroism in their film' comes from) . Elsa is not the main character of Frozen and Anna experiences no character development in the movie.
    – Lan
    Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 17:13
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    Ariel seems to be missing from the claim list...
    – DaG
    Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 17:45
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    @Lan or... Frozen makes more money in merchandise than the rest of the Disney Princess line combined so they're in no hurry to lump them together? :)
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 17:54
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    @Lan Jasmine wasn't the main character in Aladdin (though she was a strong supporting character)
    – Izkata
    Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 18:27
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    Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan belongs in there. Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 21:40
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Jack covers nicely that Yes, of course there is an official list. This is Disney after all, one of the most successful companies in recent history if not all time.

I would like to add that there is more to the "How" the Princess are selected...

First you need to meet all three of these criteria:

  1. Primary Role in an animated Disney movie.
  2. Human
  3. Not primarily star in sequel (i.e. not introduced)

Next you need to meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Born Royal
  2. Marry Royal
  3. Perform an act of heroism (aka the Mulan Rule)

Now of course there are many who meet these requirements but did not make the cut to be a "Disney Princess". That is be because the final, unwritten criteria is box office success.

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  • This doesn't explain why Princess Anna has been excluded... She meets all the criteria in spades
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 11, 2017 at 17:19
  • @Valorum I did not realize that was part of the question here?
    – Skooba
    Commented Jan 11, 2017 at 18:44
  • But the answer, and I think was pointed out on the other question... "Disney Frozen" is its own franchise now, independent of the "Disney Princess" line, much like Tinkerbell is now the "Disney Fairies" line.
    – Skooba
    Commented Jan 11, 2017 at 18:44
  • If you make a blanket statement, it probably helps to explain why certain edge cases don't fit. If x = y then z (unless x = a).
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 11, 2017 at 18:46
  • Like, The Black Cauldron wasn't abig hit, so no Eilonwy. (Also, I'm not sure if that was a licensed work, which might limit things).
    – RDFozz
    Commented Jan 7, 2019 at 21:10

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