Prince Charming, he’s not just a Disney character.
Not long ago I wrote a list of my 10 favorite “Prince Charmings” of YA literature, which was super fun. Writing it got me thinking, there are more Prince Charmings out there. What about my non-literary crushes?
Okay, really I was watching The 10th Kingdom and thinking about all of the film princes out there who are equally fantastic characters that I love just as much. So here is my list of all of the princes of film who capture my heart and probably yours.
And this time, they’re actually all princes.
MY 10 FAVORITE PRINCE CHARMING CHARACTERS
#1 Prince Hal (Henry V)
The Hollow Crown
Once upon a time, when I was a young English major I turned in a paper analyzing Shakespeare’s Henry IV. When I got the paper back there was a note scrawled across the top of it. “I think you have a small literary crush on Prince Hal, don’t worry we’ve all been there.” His assessment was mostly correct; I did have a small literary crush on Prince Hal which only grew when I saw the lovely Tom Hiddleston play him in The Hollow Crown.
I’ve said it before, I love a good scoundrel. Han Solo, Flynn Ryder, gosh they’re the best. What I love even more though is a reformed scoundrel. The “you were my new dream,” “Chewie, you have to take care of the princess,” scoundrel. If anyone is that kind of scoundrel it is Prince Hal/Henry V. For him it is a journey that the viewer gets to see, stretching across three films. He goes from a shiftless scoundrel to the noblest of kings to a perfect romantic hero. Anytime I’m feeling down and out, like romance doesn’t exist anymore, all I have to do is watch the proposal scene at the end of Henry V and butterflies start dancing around in my tummy and all becomes right with the world.
#2 Robin Hood
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
Prince of thieves indeed. Back in the ’90s, Robin Hood stole the hearts of thousands of young girls, some who did not even realize they had hearts to be stolen yet. I loved Robin Hood from the first moment that I saw Disney’s Robin Hood but he was not the only Robin Hood I gave my little heart to. Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood taught me everything I ever needed to know about romance, specifically that if someone really loves you they will overthrow tyranny for you. This Robin Hood is not the most dashing Prince Charming out there but he is one of the most charming. He carries his love for Marian through one war and into another. When asked if she is worth it, he answers “worth dying for.” If that did not make you melt you are made of stone.
Disney’s live-action Cinderella
How could I not include Cinderella’s prince? His name is literally Prince Charming “It’s Kit! It’s Kit!”
I’ve never been a huge fan of Cinderella but I adore this movie. It’s like a dream, especially the prince. Kit is exactly what a handsome prince should be. He’s charming, good, loves his people, and is resolute in his mission to find the one person he loves. Kit does not care that Cinderella is just a commoner and a servant, all he cares about is the fact that she is good and kind, and beautiful but beauty isn’t all that matters to him. Maybe he doesn’t fight any dragons to save her or wage war against tyranny for her but if that’s a real requirement for Prince Charming then we will all be waiting a while to find love.
The Lord of the Rings
I guess, according to the books, that Aragorn is a king but he does not have a kingdom yet and I believe that a king before becoming a king is always a prince, so he counts.
Unlike most charming princes, Aragorn is a rugged, rough and tumble, sort of hero. He’s dirty, he knows how to track and survive in the wild. Aragorn is a ranger first and Royalty second. That is why he is the perfect prince charming; he is a Prince Charming with a life of his own. Aragorn’s love for Arwen is not his only driving force. He has evil to defeat and a Hobbit to help. He isn’t shy about going into a fight or standing up for right. We all love him for it and cheer him on in the hope that he will find his way back to his one true love.
#5 Prince Wendell
The 10th Kingdom
Prince Wendell is not a romantic hero but he is a prince and he is especially charming as a golden retriever. He is also the grandson of Prince Charming and Snow White so, by default, he truly is Prince Charming or Prince Charming III.
He is one of my favorites because throughout his journey he learns what it means to be a true king. Prince Wendell starts out as a spoiled child but steadily becomes noble and gains a lot of wisdom.
For most of the film, we only know Prince Wendell from the sarcastic comments he makes to Tony and there is not much that is more attractive than wit and sarcasm.
#6 Prince Caspian
The Chronicles of Narnia
Prince Caspian is also not a romantic hero, no matter how much the director tried to pair him off with High Queen Susan.
However, he is a prince who is on a journey, facing a great evil. It is a fact that Prince Charming always faces a great evil. Caspian is heroic and good. He is a hero we love for that very fact. And let’s just face facts, Prince Caspian is so attractive.
#7 Prince Dastan
The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Another reformed scoundrel, I told you I love them. Prince Dastan is not really a scoundrel but he is one of those un-serious sorts of men who seem to only be out for themselves until it is time to show their real colors and we see how good they really are. Insouciance is a better word for him, rather than a scoundrel. Dastan has a certain insouciance that makes him so interesting to watch (insouciance: a casual lack of concern; indifference.).
The other reason I love him so is he reminds me a lot of Aladdin, my first crush.
Technically speaking Thor is a Disney prince, which I promised myself I would not write about… Oh well.
I know that hundreds of screaming fangirls love Loki, maybe you’re one of them, but before you make any snap judgments let me argue on Thor’s behalf.
Thor does not start out necessarily good. He’s kind of selfish and headstrong and definitely violent but he learns. Thor meets Jane and becomes a hero. He fails to lift the hammer and still steals the information Jane needs. He sacrifices himself to save a small town. Thor is even willing to sacrifice himself to save his evil brother. All of that is true prince charming behavior.
#9 Prince Charmont
Prince Charmont. Charm is literally in his name.
Okay, Prince Charmont is the film’s way of making fun of the whole Prince Charming trope and yet they manage to create one of the most charming princes of all time. He’s such a charmer that he has more fangirls in the kingdom than Tom Hiddleston has in real life, and that’s a lot. Fans whose love is so dire they chase and bludgeon an enormous talking snake for trying to hurt him. We also see him as sweet and kind to Ella, as valiant, and as someone who wants to be loved for just being himself. My heart is all twitterpated just thinking about it.
#10 Prince Alcott
Last but certainly not least.
Alcott was off seeking an adventure and found Snow White. It’s a perfectly sweet love story. In fact, it almost gave me a cavity. Despite being a prince he is delightfully awkward with Snow White and shoves other dance partners away so he can continue to dance with her.
Every time I watch Mirror Mirror I fall more in love with him just for the fact that he is who he is. I have no other reason.
The Runners Up (Really it was an honor just to be nominated):
Prince Henry – Ever After
Faramir – The Lord of the Rings
Jack – Jack the Giant Slayer
Loki – Thor movies
Prince Charming/David – Once Upon A Time
High King Peter – Chronicles of Narnia
Kili – The Hobbit
Fili – The Hobbit
Legolas – The Lord of the Rings
Prince Eddy – The Prince and Me
That’s them, all of the loves of my life. What Prince Charmings did I forget and who are your favorites?Pin this article to read later! And make sure to follow us on Pinterest.