While many Disney films have had a cult following for decades, that’s not to say their movies go without flaws. Disney has been criticized for many reasons in the past, including their adherence to some very traditional gender roles. The typical plot of an animated Disney movie tends to involve a princess who is in danger, a prince who saves her, a marriage, and a happily ever after for the couple. Disney has started to change this pattern in recent years, however, and has even released a few films that don’t follow this formula at all. Follow along as we rank all the Disney heroines and Princesses who didn’t need to be saved:
20. Princess Aurora, Sleeping Beauty
Of all the Disney heroines, the least independent has to be Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty because she’s not the main savior in her own story. Rather, the entire premise of the film surrounds the idea of her getting saved by true love’s kiss, which is totally out of her own control. Since she spends the bulk of the film asleep, Princess Aurora is the epitome of a damsel in distress needing to be saved.