While mothers rarely exist in
Disney films, fathers often do. Some are likable, and others aren’t.
I know I said I would rank the
Disney princess’s dads. However, I am not going to do all of them. Some don’t
have paternal figures in their movies, such as Snow White and Cinderella—they
have evil stepmothers. Anyway, the princess’s fathers I will rank will include
King Triton, Ariel’s father, Maurice, Belle’s dad, the sultan, Jasmine’s dad,
and Powhattan, Pocahontas’s father.
Note that these are only my personal
opinions with the ranking from least to most likable. Also, be warned that
there are spoilers below.
4: King Triton
I find King Triton to be one of
the least likable fathers in Disney films. He has a terrible prejudice toward
humans (even though he and the other merfolk are all half humans as well as
half fish), a very hot temper, especially with Ariel, and doesn’t seem to
suffer consequences for his actions, such as destroying the things in Ariel’s
grotto. That moment made him so evil, I hated him more than Ursula. No wonder
some YouTube video considered King Triton a good character who was actually a
If Atlantica had CPS, and they
penalized King Triton for the destruction of Ariel’s grotto as well as his
other major flaws, and took all his daughters away, including those (possibly)
over 18, I would have supported that. We all should be responsible with our
actions and if we can’t, we suffer consequences.
Destroying your child’s huge collection
out of anger is the equivalent to setting someone’s house on fire. Not only did
I find it disappointing that King Triton never apologized to Ariel for the
destruction of her stuff as well as either re-created it with his rake or
provided her new items, but also never paying the price for that. That doesn’t
include him trading places with Ariel to be Ursula’s polyp prisoner or when his
seahorse messenger told him that he couldn’t find Ariel, Flounder, or Sebastian.
On the bright side, King Triton
does advocate for Ariel when Ursula tries to hurt her after she went from being
a human back to a mermaid, and allows Ariel to become a person with legs again
to rejoin Eric. At least he changes his views on humans.
3: The Sultan
While not nearly as hot-tempered
as King Triton (if anything, the opposite), he neglects Jasmine’s access
outside the palace. The “Aladdin” live-action remake states that the sultan
forbids Jasmine to leave the palace because her mother was killed out there.
However, in the animated version, it’s only because she’s a princess. Couldn’t
he just require Jasmine to be escorted by bodyguards instead? That’s how it is
in real life for the royals, president and his family, as well as other highly
elite people. Secret service bodyguards are mandatory for them.
Another flaw is that he forces
Jasmine to get married by a certain year in her life (either her 15th
or 16th) within a few days from when she first appears in the
animated movie. And the guys who come to the palace and try to ask for her
blessing are all old enough to be her dad, except Aladdin when he is disguised
as Prince Ali. The sultan seemed to acknowledge him as the first young male to
come as a suiter for Jasmine.
Since Jasmine is a minor, this
whole situation is actually forced child marriage. I know it’s an ancient time
period and a female getting married at no younger than 18 would probably be the
equivalent of a woman getting married for the first time at age 50 today.
Still, there are dangers to forced child marriage. Having a minor forced into
marriage could be insensitive to those were forced to get married before the
age of consent. There are still countries where that happens.
While the sultan is drastically
more likable than King Triton, he still could do for some improvement (not
counting the end of “Aladdin”, when he changes the law and lets the princess
marry whomever she wants, even if he is not royal).
Powhattan allows Pocahontas the
freedom to explore and wander, except during dangerous times. While he doesn’t
have a temper and is usually patient with his daughter, he does have prejudice
toward the English settlers. Luckily, that changes.
Maurice is patient, sweet, and tolerates
all types of people, including those who don’t understand him and consider him
crazy. His relation to his daughter, Belle, is very heartwarming. Belle loves
her father enough that she is willing to take his place as the beast’s prisoner.
Out of all the fathers on this list, Maurice is the only one I feel sorry for.
The villagers think he is so insane, he and Belle are almost taken to an asylum.
So, there you have it.