Disney princess movies may share some common elements, but the characters themselves are far from cookie-cutter reproductions, as each has a personality all her own. The princesses are not mere archetypes but are all different, and a great way to show this is by assigning each a Myers-Briggs® type, or MBTI®.
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There are a total of 16 MBTI® personality types, with each one detailing how an individual perceives and interacts with the world, as well as whether they are an introvert or an extrovert. These personality types can be used to reveal new aspects of a character or reinforce their signature traits.
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Updated on May 3, 2022 by Stacie Rook: Disney has a large number of lovable characters, but rarely are any as popular as the princesses. The MBTI® personality types of Disney princesses tell fans more not only about the characters themselves, but also about the kind of environment that they live in inside their stories, and how their attributes may have adapted to them.
Raya (Raya And The Last Dragon) – ESFJ
Raya and the Last Dragon’s titular protagonist is arguably the most heroic Disney princess, a status befitting of her personality type, ESFJ.
ESFJs are highly conscientious individuals who highly value their friends and family, and do their best to provide for them. Comprehensive and capable in their duties, ESFJs strive for harmony, making this the perfect type for Raya, whose movie sees her journeying to reunite the people of her homeland, making new and important connections along the way.
Megara (Hercules) – ISTP
Meg from Hercules isn’t necessarily the most famous, but she is beloved and also one of the most intriguing and complex. She begins as something of an antagonist since she secretly works for Hades, but she has lots of kindness within. Though Meg is cynical at times, she’s also intelligent and quick-thinking.
Her dry and witty sense of humor is often a trademark of the ISTP type. And while Meg doesn’t reveal her true emotions often or wear her heart on her sleeve, she is self-aware and knows who to trust, even if it takes her a while to truly let them in.
Esmeralda (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame) – ISFP
Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame is definitely an ISFP. Of all the Disney princesses, Esmeralda is one of the most fiercely independent. She marches to the beat of her own drum and defines her own philosophies about the world.
Her manner of thinking and confident demeanor actually make her an outcast, and she is driven to help those in need. Esmeralda is naturally drawn to others who are down on their luck or ostracized by society, which makes her connection with Quasimodo all the more understandable.
Kida (Atlantis: The Lost Empire) – ENTP
Kida made her appearance in a highly underrated Disney film, Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Like most ENTPs, her character is intuitive and intelligent. Her skills are varied, and she has knowledge about a range of different subjects.
Kida is a skilled linguist and has excellent leadership abilities. She’s also strong-willed and enjoys being able to do what she wants when she wants. Even so, she longs to have some kind of stability in her life, which can lead to inner conflict.
Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) – INFP
Aurora, otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty, sadly doesn’t get a lot of character development in her original animated film, as she’s asleep for the majority of it. One thing that’s made clear about her, though, is that she has a keen interest in exploration, which makes her an ideal INFP.
Not only does this curiosity motivate Aurora to traipse through the woods and chatter with the animals, but it also leads her to prick her finger, which sends her to sleep. She’s also very sweet and charming, which are also INFP traits.
Ariel (The Little Mermaid) – ENFP
The Little Mermaid herself, Ariel is the perfect example of an ENFP thanks to her overall enthusiasm and excitement for brand new ideas. One of her main personality traits is her zest for life, and she’s attracted to all things from the surface world.
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Ariel collects items from the human world and is generally a very adventurous person. She has big dreams and ambitions and is full of creativity, all of which are trademark traits of the ENFP personality type.
Moana (Moana) – ENFJ
From the outset of Moana, the titular heroine is a caring individual with a thirst for adventure. She’s torn between wanting to stay on her island and take care of her people as her father wishes, and the desire to follow her gut instinct, which tells her that the answers to her people’s problems lie just over the horizon.
Due to Moana’s empathy, intuition, and strong will, she’s a shining example of an ENFJ. This type is charismatic, warm, and altruistic. They are natural-born leaders who follow through with their plans.
Elsa (Frozen) – INTJ
Princess Elsa of Frozen can be hard to read. She’s quiet and reserved, but beneath her regal exterior, she’s afraid of herself and her powers. As Elsa’s story plays out, she learns how to harness her abilities and mend her relationship with her sister.
Elsa may not be the most social creature, but when she’s with the people she loves, she lets her hair down. She’s the older sister, but she can be silly when she’s comfortable. To outsiders, Elsa is stoic, and it’s because of this that she fits the INTJ type.
Merida (Brave) – ESTP
As the title of her movie suggests, Merida is brave, but that’s not all she is. She’s headstrong and rebellious, determined to throw off the binds of tradition and cut her own path in life. Though Merida’s determination to be the master of her own fate lands her (and her mother, for that matter) in some hot water, she commits wholeheartedly to making things right again.
One of the best Disney princesses according to Ranker, Merida’s an energetic thrill-seeker who has a sense of humor even in the most serious of times, showing that she’s truly an ESTP.
Belle (Beauty & The Beast) – INFP
Compassionate, idealistic, and gentle, INFPs are sensitive souls, but when they feel threatened (for example, when a loved one is in jeopardy), they have no problem standing up for what they believe in.
All of these personality traits fit Beauty and the Beast’s Belle quite well. She’s an imaginative young woman who never quite fits in, with her nose always in a book and a tendency to romanticize things. Ultimately though, her adaptability and friendliness serve her well over the course of her story.
Jasmine (Aladdin) – ESFP
Much like Merida, Jasmine from Aladdin dislikes that her role as a princess leaves her with little agency. She’s opinionated and has no problem speaking her mind, but can also be very persuasive when she wants to be.
Fun-loving and spontaneous with a wonderful sense of humor, Jasmine fits right into the ESFP type. The Disney princess proves she’s a hero when she distracts Jafar for Aladdin, putting her keen insight to good use.
Tiana (The Princess And The Frog) – ESTJ
Tiana from The Princess and the Frog may seem like she’s all work and no play, but to the ESTJ, work is play. This is a type that loves to see a task through to completion and values hard work, which makes them a force to be reckoned with.
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Tiana is ambitious yet she’s also realistic. She has big plans to open up a restaurant of her own, but she doesn’t just daydream about it; she puts in the work. By waitressing at other restaurants, she gains experience, illustrating the ESTJ’s ability to create long-term and practical plans in order to achieve their ultimate goals.
Cinderella (Cinderella) – ISFJ
The ISFJ Myers-Briggs® type has a deep-rooted sense of responsibility, and this is what drives them. They feel duty-bound to take care of their loved ones and are always eager to do what is expected of them, whether it’s in terms of societal expectations or tradition.
Cinderella is a definite ISFJ. She does what is asked of her, preferring to focus on her duties and remain optimistic, but this by no means makes her a pushover. In fact, it’s this part of her personality that allows her to take time for herself whenever she can, sewing her own dress and conversing with her animal friends.
Rapunzel (Tangled) – ENFP
Rapunzel from Tangled is most certainly an ENFP. This type is warm, altruistic, and tremendously idealistic, which only adds to their charm. They’re also passionate, a trait that guides Rapunzel immensely in her artistic endeavors.
The ENFP is enthusiastic when it comes to achieving their own dreams and helping others achieve theirs, which Rapunzel does for many people. Imaginative and enviably creative, Rapunzel has a whole host of talents. ENFPs are people-oriented, but enjoy exploring their inner world, too, so they’re social butterflies who know how to entertain themselves when they’re alone.
Mulan (Mulan) – ISTP
When Mulan’s father was unable to join the army in the fight against the Hun, Mulan took his place in a truly ISTP move.
This type enjoys finding practical solutions to problems. Though they’re reserved and sometimes shy, these people are action-takers. They generally have no problems abiding by the norms, but they’re not afraid to break rules if it’s obvious that they’re not doing anyone any harm.
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