Disney Princesses have come a long way since the passivity of Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora. They are gradually becoming more assertive and self-directed, chasing a man (Ariel), reading books (Belle), saving their country (Mulan), mediating international relations (Pocahontas), building a business (Tiana), and even not marrying a man they just met (Anna). But contemporary non-Disney artists are taking them way beyond those things. In these mashups, Disney Princesses can be badasses.
1. Kill Team Princesses
These women are no damsels in distress! Artist Johnni Kok made some Disney Princesses into dangerous characters called Kill Team Princesses. These aren't drawn to be children's role models; this is fantasy art! See all six princesses in the series, (Ariel, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Belle, and Rapunzel) and check out Kok’s other women warriors at his DeviantART gallery.
2. World of Warcraft
Spanish artist Libertad Delgado Rodríguez (DeviantART member LiberLibelula) put the princesses into the game World of Warcraft in the series Disney Meets Warcraft. Shown here is Mulan as an Orc wearing the armor of Pandaria. Also see Snow White as a Dwarf from Forjaz, Esmerelda as a Blood Elf, the Draenei Cinderella, and more.
4. Marvel Heroes
Garcia more recently melded two sisters with two brothers: Marvel’s Thor and Loki and Frozen’s Elsa and Anna, titled Thunder and Frost. Like she says, “It just made sense.” Of course it does, but the rest of us didn’t think of it, and certainly can’t draw them as well. Check out her Hawkeye Merida, too!
Christopher Stoll (DeviantART member ThinkingMakesItSo) did an entire series of Disney Princesses playing the roles of The Avengers. Pocahontas was the obvious choice for Captain America. You’ll get a laugh out of Snow White as The Hulk, and a surprise to see what Disney character plays the token female Avenger, Black Widow.
DeviantART member Sadyna created a series of illustrations called Warrior Princesses in which they become armed and highly skilled in the various methods of warfare. They still retain a feminine air, which only masks how dangerous they can be! Shown is Fantasy Guardian, Aurora of Sleeping Beauty fame in full armor, ready to lead the way into war. Others hail from various fantasy worlds, such as Cinderella as an android and Snow White as an archer.
7. Fitness Workouts
Activate Apparel offers a series of t-shirts showing Disney Princesses running, exercising and lifting weights. We saw Mulan in military training, and you know Ariel swims every day, but it’s a little jarring to see Cinderella and Bella working out!
8. Gender Swapped
If we are going to toughen up Disney Princesses, why not go all the way and illustrate them as men? That’s exactly what artist Sakimi Chan did! They aren’t all princesses -there are just as many Disney villains in the series. Shown here is Cruella De Vil as a guy, which even inspired a cosplayer. See ten such characters here and more at Chan’s Tumblr blog (warning:auto play music) and DeviantART gallery.
9. Zombie Fighters
DeviantART member Kasami-Sensei reimagines Disney Princesses (as well as other Disney characters, and those of Pixar and Dreamworks, too) as characters in the world of the TV show The Walking Dead. The series is called The Walking Disney. Snow White, Aurora, and Cinderella were apparently cheerleaders before the zombie apocalypse, but they’ve become experienced defenders.
Merida looks a little worse for wear, but that’s to be expected. At least she’s upgraded her medieval bow and arrow to a modern compound bow!
10. Game of Thrones
There are enough characters in the TV series Game of Thrones to accommodate all the Disney Princesses and other female Disney characters without having to gender swap any of them. Sam Tsui (DeviantART member DjeDjehuti) cast them all remarkably well in The Wonderful World of Westeros. You can see individual portraits of each in the gallery. Giving Mulan’s dragon Mushu to Elsa as Daenerys Targaryen is perfect.
For more Disney Princess mashups, see 20 Artistic Takes on Disney Princesses.