Princess Showdown

Princess+Showdown

Sarah Fifield, staff writer

In the realm of Disney, princesses and princes rule the world with their majestic fairy tales. Unfortunately, not for long. Disney is cutting back: no more fairy tales. Princesses are going to the wayside. So, let’s take a glimpse back over the years and review the princesses, shall we? From the halls of Blue Valley Southwest, six princesses have reigned supreme.

Cinderella [servant]

In order to fully understand the life of servant/stepdaughter/peasant Cinderella, there is a single fact that one must know: she doesn’t choose to talk to trees, dwarfs or birds, oh no. Her choice of squeaky animal companionship is mice. “Unsanitary” is all I need to say on that subject. I do need to give her the credit she deserves, though, seeing as how she goes from peasant to princess, winning the prince and losing the apron.

What sets her apart: Most hardworking princess

Rapunzel [isolated]

Now we have the newest princess of the bunch, a ‘Tangled’ teenage girl who is locked in a tower for all eternity. That, my friends, is a very, very long time. Having been kidnapped as a baby, the beauty named Rapunzel is locked up and used for the powers her hair possesses. Yet, as any stir-crazy teenage girl would do, Rapunzel snuck out with the first cute guy to cross her path in order to get a taste of adventure. She can be considered the most naive of her fellow princesses, and she seems to be the most dependant. Isolation can do that to a girl. With little experience in the real world, Rapunzel would have fallen flat without the aid of Flynn Rider and his sneaky self.

What sets her apart: First princess with magical powers

Mulan [daring]

Acting as the most diverse of princesses is the Chinese warrior, Mulan. The most fearless of them all, Mulan places herself in the path of danger in order to protect her father. She also holds the role of the most manly princess, although by little choice. With her fighting skills and triumphant win, Mulan tops the chart as the most independent and kick-butt princess to date.

What sets her apart: Only princess to go to war

Ariel [fish out of water]

Feet versus fin, easy as pie. Well, at least it was for this fishy princess. Ariel, the daughter of merman King Triton, always dreamed of going ‘up where they walked’ in order to experience life with the lower appendages. Yet, in order to live out such a drastic dream, she had to give up something in return to the evil Ursula. After being stripped of her voice, Ariel is sent to live life as a land-dweller. She meets her prince and, for some unknown reason, decides to leave the fabulous life of marine creatures to walk amongst the humans.

What sets her apart: First non-human princess

Pocahontas [warrior]

Native American princess, Pocahontas, helplessly falls in love with the European John Smith, although she is betrothed to a fellow Native American. This ferocious princess is willing to fight for love, and sings about her struggles, as well as chat with a magical tree: shocking. Her passion and independence lead her to have to make an important decision: to stay or to go. Here’s a helpful hint, she stays!

What sets her apart: Only princess to not end up with a prince

Aurora [dumb]

Truth be told, if I was sat in front of a magical spinning wheel, I’d hope to have enough common sense to not stab my finger on a shiny and toxic needle. Although, I guess this is an understandable occurrence if said person is under a spell, much like Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty of princesses. Following in the footsteps of fellow beauties, Aurora is pricked by a spinning wheel needle on the eve of her birthday, tossing her into a deep sleep, only to be awoken by her true love’s kiss. New princess, same old plot.

What sets her apart: Only princess with more than one fairy