We know from the answers here Is there an official list of Disney Princesses? that some princess dont make it onto the Official list. Which Princesses in Disney movies are NOT official Disney Princesses, and are there reasons why?

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    I would conjecture that the reasons will all boil down to "merchandising profit" if we look hard enough – KutuluMike Dec 29 '15 at 17:56
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    i only think there are maybe 5 ish princess's not on the list, also the frozen girls arnt on the good list and they are most profitable! – Himarm Dec 29 '15 at 17:57
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    TBH both questions are open-ended lists, but the pace is rather slow, so I think we'll be ok. And "merchandising profit" works both ways: excluded because there's no profit in including them, or excluded because there's more profit in keeping them separate. – KutuluMike Dec 29 '15 at 18:12
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    How about the selection of the princesses for Kingdom Hearts? – Thomas Dec 30 '15 at 8:56

The Disney Wikia maintains a pretty solid (and ongoing updated) answer to this very question.

The Official Disney Princess lineup doesn't include a number of bona-fide princesses who've appeared in animated feature films released by Walt Disney Studios;

  • Queen (formerly Princess) Anna and Queen (formerly Princess) Elsa from Frozen
  • Princess Nala from the Lion King and Princess Kiara from The Lion King II
  • Princesses Adella, Alana, Andrina, Aquata, Arista and Attina from The Little Mermaid and Princess Melody from The Little Mermaid II
  • President (formerly Princess) Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-it Ralph
  • Princess Kida Nedakh from Atlantis the Lost Empire
  • Princess Nancy from Enchanted
  • Princess Tiger Lily from Peter Pan
  • Princesses Sofia, Amber, Clio, Jun, Vivian and Hildegard from Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess, Princess Ivy from Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy and Princesses Oona and Cora from Sofia the First: The Floating Palace
  • Princesses Ting-Ting, Su and Mei from Mulan II
  • Princesses Atta and Dot from A Bug's Life
  • Princess Minnie Mouse of France from Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
  • Princess Eilonwy of Llyr from The Black Cauldron
  • Princess Dawn from Strange Magic

Several princesses have also appears in various live-action properties

  • Princesses Audrey, Evie and Anxelin from Descendants
  • Princess Chelina of Zaragoza from Cinderella (2015)
  • Princess Draupadi from Arjun: The Warrior Prince
  • Princess Ozma from Return to Oz
  • Princess Tamina from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Princess Dejah Thoris from John Carter
  • Princess Elspeth from Dragonslayer
  • Princesses May Belle of Terabithia from Bridge to Terabithia (note, self-appointed)
  • Princess Aida from Trenchcoat
  • Princess Milli Chakravarty from Khoobsurat
  • Princesses Katey and Sarah from A Kid in King Arthur's Court
  • Princess Rosalinda Flore from Princess Protection Programme
  • Princesses Mia Thermopolis and Palisades from The Princess Diaries and Princesses Hannah, Lorraine, Charlee, Alexandra, Aimee, Nicole, Nadia, Claudia, Nadege, Maui, Grace and Camille from The Princess Diaries II
  • Princess Winnifred from Once Upon a Mattress
  • Princess Leia of Alderaan from the Star Wars franchise

Notably, Esmeralda was removed from the official lineup in 2004. Other characters have failed to make the cut for a number of reasons, usually due to their films simply being too unpopular niche to justify their inclusion into the official pantheon.

It's also noteworthy that several of the "princesses" aren't actually princesses at all. Mulan is married to a General, Pocahontas is the daughter of an American-Indian tribal chief and Moana is the daughter of a Polynesian Tribal chieftain.

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    Note that certain Princesses didn't join immediately upon their movie's release - for example, Merida was added in 2013, but Brave came out in 2012 - so it's possible that some princesses from your list (I'm specifically thinking about Anna and possibly Elsa) could become official Disney Princesses in the future. – Adam V Dec 29 '15 at 19:12
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    The only thing you need to be a princess is to have a significant portrayal of heroism. – Jack B Nimble Dec 29 '15 at 19:19
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    @Praxis - I've excluded her for a reason. She's not a princess at the start of the film, nor is she one at the end. The telling line in the film is "Morgan: Are you a princess?. Giselle: Not yet". This clearly indicates that she won't be a real princess until she marries her prince (which doesn't happen). I've also excluded Megara for the same reason. She's the heroine but she ain't a Princess – Valorum Dec 29 '15 at 22:14
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    @Richard that's not likely. The Disney Princess is a franchise in and of itself. Because Anna and Elsa were so runaway successful, they've instead got their own franchise, Disney Frozen. It is unlikely they'll be added to the Disney Princess franchise unless their popularity drops by a substantial amount. It's much like Tinkerbell and Disney Fairies. – corsiKa Dec 29 '15 at 23:32
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    @Richard To put things into perspective, the entire Disney Princess franchise was born out of the idea that girls were showing up to Disney events wearing generic princess costumes, not Disney princess costumes. Enter Disney Princess to fill that void. The number 1 selling princess costume of all time is Elsa, and the number 2 is Anna. They don't need any support in terms of merchandising. – corsiKa Dec 29 '15 at 23:42

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