While it hasn't been confirmed, various clues have pointed to Moana eventually joining the Disney Princess lineup. This process only involved 20+ users, which I think is a good thing, we'll save the BIG survey for after Moana's official coronation. That's why I didn't ask for comments or use fancy pics. Since the pool of users is so small, I wouldn't say these results are absolute and concrete. This is just a small preview of where Moana as well as the other princesses stand.
12. Merida-178 points
To the surprise of literally no one, Merida is dead last. Often criticized by DP fans and praised by DP critics for being the "anti-princess", it makes sense that most DP fans don't like her and some even feel like she doesn't belong in the lineup. The few fans who do like Merida adore her rough and tumble personality and how hard she works at fixing her own mistakes. However, most people can't look past how she commits such a cruel heinous action (poisoning her mother) and they just find her selfish and all round irritating. By the way, NO ONE listed her as their favorite or even second favorite princess.
11. Tiana-156 points
From here on out, the gaps between placements are considerably smaller but it was still pretty clear who would end up in this spot, Tiana. Everyone admires or at least respects her diligence and dedication but too many people find her unrelatable, fairly unlikable and almost too realistic for a fantasy film. Tiana has a few vocal supporters on Fanpop but very few have her as their #1, only one in this particular badge of users.
10. Moana-150 points
Things aren't looking too good for our potential future addition. No one has her first on their list but the only person who has her last on their list is me. People think she's cool and adventurous and love how she takes a leadership role among her tribe but other people, including myself, just find her to be an unoriginal and forgettable character. Perhaps once she officially joins the lineup Moana's popularity will improve on Fanpop.
9. Pocahontas-148 points
Its feels almost symbolic that Pocahontas and Moana, both the films and the characters, were consistently neck and neck as I was adding up the results. Funnily enough, unlike Moana, Pocahontas is low or last on a quite a few people's list but she's first on a lot of lists as well. She definitely has her fans, those who love her balance between playfulness and maturity and how she teaches many valuable lessons like respect for people and the earth but others find her preachy and rather dull.
8. Aurora-145 points
Little by little, Aurora is doing better on these lists but I wonder if this has less to do with her own popularity and more to do with the unpopularity of other princesses, namely Merida and to a lesser extent Tiana. However, she has quite a fanbase, but only one user has her as #1. Those who love Aurora enjoy her dreamy and romantic personality, but others think she's a bland character with little to no personality.
7. Snow White-144 points
Like Aurora, I think she has the disdain Disney fans have for the revival era to thank for ranking relatively high. A lot of people think she's an iconic character with amazing optimism and she's surprisingly more proactive and independent than some may have initially thought. But others find her unrelatable, outdated, gullible and of course, her voice is still a nuisance for some. She's wasn't anyone's #1 either.
6. Belle-139 points
This is probably the most shocking ranking on this list. Back in the day, Belle was often Fanpop's #1 favorite princess. I do believe there are a few users who put less popular princesses high out of pity and more popular princesses low out of spite, and Belle is the one most affected. Anyway, some people think she's too perfect, snobby and not as smart or brave as Disney markets her but many find her endearingly quirky, kind and self assured.
5. Jasmine-136 points
Jasmine rarely does amazing on these lists but she's never done bad either, she has always had the most balance of criticism and praise on Fanpop. Case in point only one user has her at #1 but no one has her last or second to last, so being closer to the middle suits her. People find her to be an abrasive spoiled princess who doesn't put her money where her mouth is. Other people love that she's outspoken, cunning and at least tries to shape her own destiny.
4. Rapunzel-134 points
The only revival princess who isn't at the bottom of the list. Shocking? Not really. Anyway, Rapunzel has quite a few detractors who find her annoying, almost too perfect and cookie cutter but she has even more fans who love her bubbly personality and how she overcomes deep psychological abuse. There probably is a bit of nostalgia bias against the newer princesses, but it seems Punz is pretty much immune to it.
3. Ariel-125 points
She definitely has her haters, critics and quite a few who put her last on their list but her popularity is still pretty strong. Ariel's such a famously polarizing character that I don't think I need to highlight what people like and dislike about her but I will anyway. Her critics don't like her selfishness, recklessness and naivety and her fans love her energy, curiosity and tenacity. Say what you want but it's never a dull moment when discussing Ariel.
2. Cinderella-95 points
Outside of Fanpop, Cinderella's reputation has slowly but surely improved, thanks in part to her fans as well as influential voices like Nostalgia Critic and Screenprism speaking up in her defense. Inside Fanpop, she's always fared pretty well on these lists and now she's only gotten better. While some find her boring and too passive, many more find her to be a strong, relatable, inspirational and all around likable character.
1. Mulan-88 points
She is #1 yet again, and since she's my personal favorite, I have to say I'm quite pleased. Her popularity has grown since the earlier days on Fanpop and while she has gained a vocal detractor here and there, the love for Mulan still endures. In this particular group of users, NO ONE had her lower than #8, meaning she's completely absent from anybody's bottom four. Almost everyone loves her bravery, her cunning, her relatability and her inspirational story. Fanpop's #1 Disney Princess, Mulan.
Now again, I don't think these results are 100% accurate to Fanpop's opinion and they should be taken with a grain of salt. With a bigger pool of participants the rankings would probably be slightly different, particularly for Belle. But overall, I don't think it's too far off. Anyway, Movie List coming soon, see ya later.
A clue of what's to come? We'll see