If I had to pick the #1 thing I miss about my childhood, it would be Disney movies. And if I had to pick my top 10 list of fictional guys I’ve fallen in love with, a very handsome portion goes to the Disney princes and heroes. There just simply isn’t enough credit out there being given to them in comparison to the princesses (of which I spent pretty much every Halloween dressing up as one so I guess that’s understandable). But if those princesses are the stuffs of little boy wet dreams, then their counterpart princes are definitely the stuffs of little girl romanticism.
So with that here are my five favorite Disney princes and heroes - the ones who shaped my image of the ideal man growing up and have made my expectations about love unrealistic:
Captain Shang - “Be a Man” is everyone’s favorite song for a reason. Because Captain Shang is THE MAN. He’s all chisely with a tiny waist, has a gorgey voice, and is a hot young general who can do all sorts of cool martial tricks.
John Smith - I’m such a sucker for the big muscle-y types I guess. But the great thing about Disney characters is how different they all are (while retaining classic Disney hero dreaminess of course). Captain Smith is the free spirit, strong but silent, protector of the weak, and sports an awe-worthy jawline.
The Beast - Is it just me who swoons every time the Beast turns back into the Prince at the end of Beauty and the Beast and looks at Belle with those big blue eyes to tell her “it’s still me!” Is it me who is totally and completely enamored with the idea of taming the wild and selfish beast into a loving and selfless gentleman? Is it really sad that I keep trying to do that with my men and keep failing?
Aladdin - He may not be the big muscley captain or general or prince, but Aladdin is by far the most interesting, spunky, intelligent, nimble, and charming of the batch. He’s someone who is endearing and absolutely adorable.
Prince Phillip - For some reason Phillip reminds me of the quintessential New England man - tall, lean, graceful, straight back, and can afford to wear turtlenecks to show off his long neck and beautiful cheekbones. I swoon over that kind of manly aesthetic just as much as I do over the rough and rugged kind.