10 of the Best Screen Princesses

Spanish Infanta Blackadder

“I do love a Royal Wedding”, says Baldrick in Blackadder, and it seems that most people I know are suckers for pomp and pageantry, too. Sure, I flicked over to see the dress, smiled at the misty-eyed “I dos”, and then turned back to the more interesting world of on-screen princesses – those from our favourite films and television shows. I didn’t think too hard about the rankings, and I’m sure I’ve left off a few, but here are the fair ladies of fiction that spring immediately to mind when I think of princesses.

10. Princess Vespa – Spaceballs

Probably the silliest film ever made. This Druish princess doesn’t like being shot through the hair.

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9. Princess Buttercup – The Princess Bride

Separated from her true love, Westley, and married off to the evil Prince Humperdinck, Buttercup is full of quiet resolve.

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8. Belle – Beauty & The Beast

She may be a commoner’s daughter, but Belle can hold her own with the grumpy (and somewhat hairy) prince.

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7. Princess Mia – The Princess Diaries

An ordinary American teenager discovers she is heir to a foreign throne, and undergoes a transformation much akin to Pretty Woman without the prostitutes, corporate sharks, or other unsanitary shenanigans

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6. Princess Fiona – Shrek

The unconvential princess sends up classic Disney princesses

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5. The Spanish Infanta – Blackadder

The Black Adder (of the first series) is hotly pursued by the amorous Spanish royal

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4. Xena: Warrior Princess

Wonderfully cheap and cheesy Saturday morning TV, Xena started off as an evil enemy of Hercules, but eventually became the heroic leader we know and love
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3. Eowyn – LOTR: Return of the King

Arwen might have the fancy dresses, but Eowyn kicks so much ass

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2. Wonder Woman

Everyone’s favourite Princess of the Amazons bears quite a resemblance to the erstwhile Kate Middleton. Has Will’s new missus been moonlighting?

Kate Middleton Wonder Woman

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1. Princess Leia – Star Wars

Dubious sibling interactions aside, Leia had it all: intelligence, practical good sense, self-confidence in spades, and of course that unselfconscious beauty. None of that flouncy Barbie bulls*** – this is the kind of princess that little girls want to be when they grow up

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One comment on “10 of the Best Screen Princesses

  1. That was an /excellent/ episode of Blackadder.

    And you’re right about Eowyn, she’s one of the best characters in the entire series. A cave troll nearly takes out the entire fellowship but when Eowyn is confronted by the top Nazgûl she just stomps over and grinds him in to the mud.

    If I ever have a daughter, and she’s invited to one of these frilly princess parties, I hope she attends dressed as Nausicaa 😀

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