From Mia to Buttercup: 10 Great Fictional Princesses for National Princess Week

In honor of National Princess Week, we've rounded up our favorite fictional princesses and the fabulous women who played them. Get that tiara ready!
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6. Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona, Shrek

Princess Fiona

Do you remember the first time you saw Shrek? I sure do, and boy, was it an unexpected and hilarious surprise. Subverting the princess trope has become old hat in movies, television shows, and books at this point, but at the time Shrek came out (eleven years ago—gasp!), it wasn’t quite as common. It was therefore absolutely delightful to see Fiona, voiced by Cameron Diaz, karate-chopping her way through the world—and even more delightful to find that her true form was her ogre form, and that she was TOTALLY FINE WITH IT. Go Fiona!

7. Lucy Lawless as Xena, Xena: Warrior Princess



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8. Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Did you know that Wonder Woman is a princess? Because she is: She’s Diana, Princess of the Amazons. What’s more awesome than a superhero princess? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Wonder Woman wins!

9. Mandy Moore as Rapunzel, Tangled


Tangled was another one of those movies that I didn’t really get around to seeing until kind of after the fact; but when I finally did sit down and watch it, I was pleasantly surprised by it. Disney succeeded here where they didn’t quite with The Frog Princess in that they created a modern princess who was a heroine in her own right, rather than just a pawn in someone else’s game. Also, major points for the funny. Seriously. Who knew Mandy Moore could be such a comedienne?

10. Lily Collins and Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White

Bonus! Here, we’ve got two actresses playing very different versions of the same princess: Lily Collins and Kristen Stewart as Snow White in Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman. What do both of them have in common? Like Rapunzel, they’re not just damsels in distress; in fact, they’re the ones who do the rescuing. Looks like Tolkien was onto something with that whole shield maiden thing, no?

Happy National Princess Week, Bettys!

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.

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  1. You know who an epic princess is? Princess Serenity from the anime and manga Sailor Moon. As a princess, she died and then her mom sacrificed her life so Serenity could be reborn in another century to become the warrior and leader of the Sailor Scouts, Sailor Moon. And here’s WHY she’s awesome.

    First off, she was 14 when she first transformed as Sailor Moon. She was told that she’s the legendary Sailor Moon and was out here to fight a whole bunch of monsters, protect the Eartth AND find the moon princess while having absolutely NO memories of her previous life as the princess.

    Second, after she DID get her memories back, she had to fight to save the Earth after seeing all her friends – Sailor Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus – die to protect her and then continue on to fight the brainwashed and kidnapped love of her life – who she had just gotten back before he was taken from her and this has happened, like, four times in the entire anime and three in the manga – only to see him die after he finally got his memories back for good and then dying to protect her before actually dying herself in her mission to protect Earth. Luckily, she was brought back to live again but she also lost her memories again.

    Third, after having her memories given back to her to fight MORE monsters to save the earth and fight to get the love of her life’s memories back because his weren’t as easy to get back (anime only), she still fights with everything she has to protect the earth, no matter what is going on in her personal life and no matter how hurt and heartbroken she is.

    Fourth, in one of the anime movies, she dies AGAIN. And this time she knows that she is going to die for sure. Because she has to save the earth from an asteroid so she uses all her life force to move this asteroids trajectory to give her Silver Imperium Crystal – which is what allows her to transform – more power.

    Fifth, she was put in a sleep trance – kinda like Snow White, only with the apple – which, if she was taken out of REAL, REAL SOON then she would be asleep, like, forever. And all because people from the future wanted to rule and they couldn’t do that as long as she’s around. This was also during the time the love of her life broke up with her – it was to protect her but still – and she still managed to keep fighting – to keep the earth safe and to get the love of her life back (also anime only).

    So, in short, she is one of the most epic princesses ever because she has died or almost died to protect the earth while dealing with personal problems and all of this started when she was 14. So she also had to balance it with school, and normal teenage girl problems and keeping her identity as Sailor Moon and Princess Serenity a secret from anyone who wasn’t one of the Sailor Scouts or the love of her life – meaning her parents and younger brother and normal human best friend.

    She should be, like, at the top of this list.

  2. Oh, and, let’s not forget that her personality is a crybaby who cries whenever she gets hurt and that she really never wanted to BE Sailor Moon in the first place but she knew that the world needing protecting so she sucked it up and took the responsibility of being Sailor Moon, anyway.

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