Top 10 Best Disney Princess Monologues



Top 10 Best Disney Princess Monologues

VOICE OVER: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: B Stevenson
These Disney princess monologues continue to inspire us. For this list, we'll be looking at the most epic instances of Disney movie heroines delivering speeches with few or no interruptions. Our countdown includes "Frozen II," "Aladdin," "Mulan," and more!

Top 10 Disney Princess Monologues

Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Disney Princess Monologues.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the most epic instances of Disney movie heroines delivering speeches with few or no interruptions. We’ll be including both live-action and animated films, and we’re counting both official and non-official princesses. Also, note that there will be SPOILERS ahead.

Which of these speeches is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

#10: Kida Argues With the King
“Atlantis: The Lost Empire” (2001)

This fantasy adventure flick follows linguist Milo Thatch as he joins an expedition to find the famed lost city. And, while they do manage to locate Atlantis, its people aren’t exactly thriving. So, in this scene, Princess Kida argues with her father, the King, after he dismisses the incoming group. Describing the rough reality that modern Atlanteans face, she makes a powerful case for collaborating with the visitors. Pressing the King to reconsider his isolation, she argues that they need a change of strategy to return their society to its former glory. She may not be an official Disney Princess, but Kida is clearly a force to be reckoned with.

#9: Jasmine Confronts Hakim
“Aladdin” (2019)

The animated “Aladdin” contains its own memorable speech from Jasmine. But, although we love that moment, we were glad to see the 2019 live-action version give the character even more room to express herself. In one scene after she sings the song “Speechless,” the Agrabah royal confronts the head of the palace guards about his complicity in Jafar’s rule. She reminds him of his history and his loyalty to the Sultan and ultimately manages to turn the soldier back against the wicked Grand vizier. Disney movies haven’t always given their princesses opportunities to speak their minds in such an epic way. More, please!

#8: Anna Comforts Elsa
“Frozen II” (2019)

Both “Frozen” films focus on the relationship between sisters Anna and Elsa in the kingdom of Arendelle. And, in the first movie, Anna delivers an emotional, memorable speech to her sibling about the latter’s guarded and secretive nature. But the pair’s most poignant exchange takes place in the 2019 sequel. As it turns out, Anna and Elsa’s parents died at sea while searching for answers about Elsa’s magical powers. So, when they both discover the shipwreck, Elsa blames herself, but Anna intervenes. The characters’ sisterly bond is the beating heart of the franchise, and it’s nowhere more visible than here.

#7: Cinderella Declares Her Love
“Cinderella” (2015)

We love Disney’s 1950 animated take on this classic tale, of course, but the live-action remake boasts the character’s best speech. To set the scene… Ella meets a handsome prince in the forest and, with the help of a fairy godmother, attends the all important ball in style. But then, our heroine’s wicked stepmother locks her away to prevent a reunion. Thankfully, Ella’s singing voice leads the royal party right to her, however. And, meeting the prince once again, she asks to be taken as she is, without the wealth and status of other suitors. It’s a touching and romantic moment, and it leads us right into the iconic glass slipper fitting. The scene doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, but it’s truly swoon-worthy.

#6: Pocahontas Saves John Smith
“Pocahontas” (1995)

Next, a mid-90s epic animation that loosely adapts the story of Matoaka, also known as Pocahontas, a Native American woman of the Powhatan people. In the movie, the titular character falls in love with colonist John Smith, whose party has recently arrived in Tsenacommacah. But, as her father, Chief Powhatan, rallies to defend his people’s lands, he plans to execute John. At the last moment, our protagonist steps in and begs for a truce. With Pocahontas putting her life on the line and making a desperate plea, it might be the film’s most dramatic moment.

#5: Esmeralda Stands Up to Frollo
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996)

Esmeralda isn’t the main character in this musical drama, but she’s still of critical importance. In 1482 Paris, we meet Quasimodo, a young man who has been kept in a cathedral by his guardian, Judge Claude Frollo. He attends a festival, but Frollo’s employees trigger a riot that results in the bell-ringer being publicly degraded. Thankfully, Esmeralda steps in, freeing the innocent man and decrying the corrupt minister’s treatment of him and of the community. It’s a moving moment for the empathy and dignity she extends towards Quasimodo. But it’s also an incredible show of bravery that establishes her vision of a diverse and just city.

#4: Someone Worthwhile
“Mulan” (1998)

“Mulan” is set in imperial China during the Han dynasty, as war brews. Fearing her elderly father’s conscription in the army, Fa Mulan passes herself off as a male soldier named Fa Ping. One of the movie’s most emotional moments finds Mulan assessing her motivations for her enlistment with her companion Mushu. The heroine speculates that her quest was actually a failed attempt to prove her self-worth. It’s hard to see her so discouraged, but the speech marks an important point in her journey. It perfectly sets up Mulan’s incredible triumph in the film’s final act.

#3: Rapunzel Confronts Gothel
“Tangled” (2010)

In a pivotal moment, Rapunzel lets down her hair — and turns the tables on her mother. Of course, Gothel isn’t really her parent, but rather her abductor. And to make matters worse, she’s been leeching eternal youth from the girl’s locks. When Rapunzel first experiences freedom from her guardian, her mixed emotions are hilarious to witness. But her best and most satisfying monologue finds her squaring up to her captor. Realizing her own identity as a long-lost princess, she stands up to Gothel and refuses to be a pawn in her plot. It’s not a totally uninterrupted speech since her opponent chimes in occasionally. But with Rapunzel breaking a toxic cycle of manipulation, the film has us cheering in our seats.

#2: Moana of Motunui
“Moana” (2016)

When the chief’s daughter, Moana, is chosen by the ocean itself to save her island from a blight, it raises some issues. But, against her father’s wishes, she sets sail to find the demigod Maui and have him restore the goddess Te Fiti’s heart. Moana’s public announcement of her plan is one of the film’s most rousing speeches — but there’s another that’s even more meaningful. On her deathbed, Moana’s grandmother instructs her what to say to Maui. The princess diligently practices her lines, and although she’s clearly nervous, her delivery is spot-on in the end. As some of the Motunui matriarch’s final words, the speech carries extra significance. And although wrangling Maui is easier said than done, we’re proud of Moana for standing her ground.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Morning Routine, “Cinderella” (1950)
The Princess Bemoans Her Life of Servitude — But No One Can Control Her Dreams

Jane Meets Tarzan, “Tarzan” (1999)
The Endlessly Entertaining Chatterbox Is Totally Lost Until She Encounters Tarzan

Weak Ankles, “Hercules” (1997)
Megara Has An Unusual Way of Flirting With Her Love Interest

Belle Takes Her Father's Place, “Beauty and the Beast” (1991)
Few Disney Monologues Are as Emotional as This Character’s Plea to the Beast

Finding a Home, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937)
The Princess Contemplates Where She Can Live — With an Audience of Forest Creatures

#1: Merida Breaks Tradition
“Brave” (2012)

Merida is the free-spirited princess of a Scottish clan. But she begins this film feeling pressured into a betrothal. And then, after some ill-advised help from a forest-dwelling witch, she transforms her mother into a bear. With limited time to reverse the spell, she returns to the castle, only to find the other clans at each other’s throats. And so, Merida intervenes with an epic speech. For one, it’s so satisfying to see her assert herself over the loud-mouthed political leaders. But the scene also marks a step forward in her relationship with the queen, who uniquely convinces her to lobby for a new way of doing things. This is history in the making.
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