PTFeature_DisneyPrincessBendingElements
Walt Disney Studios | RKO Radio Pictures | Buena Vista Pictures Distribution | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

What Element Would the Disney Princesses Bend?

What would happen if the Disney princesses made their way into the 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' universe?
Author
Article Tags
Share
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on pinterest
The Latest
Tonic Topics
Join the Convo on Facebook!

What if the Disney Princesses were benders in the Avatar universe? That’s the kind of question that keeps me up at night. I had to think long and hard about some of these leading ladies since–no offense–some of them were a little bit bland in their original movies. Still, I managed to assign 16 princesses to the nation that best matches their personalities. Just so you know, I made some controversial choices.

Snow White: Air

Snow White from Snow White, Air Nomad symbol
Walt Disney Productions | RKO Radio Pictures | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

There have been many different iterations of Snow White since the Disney movie came out, but let’s think about the animated Snow White’s personality. From what I saw, she’s a peaceful person who is also pretty easy-going, except when she’s cleaning the dwarves’ house.

And while I’d love to say she’s a nonbender just because she bores me, I think she’s an air nomad. She’d take her training seriously. However, after mastering the element, she would live her life away from everyone and only use her bending when necessary.

See Also: From Snow White to Moana: The Evolution of Disney Princesses

Cinderella: Water

Cinderella from Cinderella, Water Tribe symbol
Walt Disney Productions | RKO Radio Pictures | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

Cinderella reminds me of Princess Yue (if Yue had a cruel family). She’s kind, compassionate, and patient. But she’s also strong like water. That’s why I think she’d be a powerful waterbender once she got away from her stepmother and stepsisters.

Speaking of her stepfamily, they’d probably be nonbenders that resent the fact that Cinderella can do stuff they can’t. After leaving them behind in the Northern Water Tribe, I think she’d travel down to the Southern Tribe and master her bending quickly.

Sleeping Beauty: Water

Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Water Tribe symbol
Walt Disney Productions | Buena Vista Distribution | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

I went back and forth between air and water for Aurora, but something drew me to say she’s a waterbender. She just seems flowy, but not in the way air flows. Aurora also seems patient and nurturing in the few minutes we see her awake in Sleeping Beauty.

If Aurora existed in the Avatar universe, she’d still be taken to live under Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather’s watchful eyes. They would teach her waterbending, and she would specialize in healing. After returning to her parents, she’d use her healing more often with injured animals.

Ariel: Fire

Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Fire Nation symbol
Walt Disney Studios | Silver Screen Partners IV | Buena Vista Pictures Distribution | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

Isn’t it ironic that the mermaid is actually a firebender? While it would be easy to say she’s a waterbender, she’s too impulsive and set on her dreams to be from a water tribe. I think that’s what makes her so interesting to me. I also think King Triton would be a firebender, too.

Ariel would master firebending much quicker than her six sisters. That would eventually lead to problems between her and her father because she’s got too much time on her hands. Once she’s on her own, she’d travel a lot before settling down in a town close to her family.

Belle: Earth

Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Earth Kingdom symbol
Walt Disney Studios | Silver Screen Partners IV | Buena Vista Pictures Distribution | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

I have seen others put Belle in every element, but I think she fits the Earth Kingdom best. Actually, she’d thrive in Republic City surrounded by all types of benders. That said, I do believe she has some fire traits, which leads me to think she’d be able to bend lava.

Before moving to Republic City, she’d live in a small town in the Earth Kingdom. There, she would train and master earthbending at a young age. Once she’d managed to save up enough money, she’d make her way to Republic City, where she’d run a library or bookshop.

See Also: 25 Fun Facts About Beauty and the Beast

Jasmine: Fire

Jasmine from Aladdin, Fire Nation symbol
Walt Disney Studios | Buena Vista Pictures Distribution | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

She might not have the red hair of the other firebenders on this list, but she’s a powerful firebending princess. She’s a bit impulsive and short-tempered. She also fights for what she wants, like most firebenders in Avatar. Not to mention, she also looks great in red.

Growing up, she’d be trained like all the other young firebenders, but she’d struggle with motivation after her mother’s death. She’d channel her anger into her fire before finding a balance between her emotions. She’d eventually learn to redirect lightning.

Pocahontas: Air

Pocahontas from Pocahontas, Air Nomad symbol
Walt Disney Studios | Buena Vista Pictures Distribution | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

Pocahontas is one of the best examples of an airbender that I’ve ever seen. She’s not one for fighting but will if there’s no other choice. Pocahontas was also looking for travel and freedom, much like what air is known to be. Even better, she uses her airbending to help others and be creative.

If she was in the Avatar universe, Pocahontas would spend all of her life after mastering airbending traveling the world. When she finally decided to settle down, she’d find a place in the Earth Kingdom and would just wander the wildlife around her.

Mulan: Earth

Mulan from Mulan, Earth Kingdom symbol
Walt Disney Studios | Buena Vista Pictures Distribution | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

Some might say Mulan is a firebender, but I have to beg to differ. She might have been impulsive in running off to war for her father, but she has so many common earthbender traits that outweigh it. In fact, if she went a little evil, she’d be Kuvira.

Mulan would definitely train in hand-to-hand combat with the Kyoshi Warriors as she trains in earthbending. After she mastered it, she would travel around the world and learn how to metalbend. In the end, I see her settling down in a remote location in a house she built herself.

See Also: Top 5 ’90s Disney Animated Films – How Many Have You Seen?

Tiana: Earth

Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, Earth Kingdom symbol
Walt Disney Studios | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

Tiana is grounded throughout her whole movie. While she has her dreams, she doesn’t have her head in the clouds thinking about them; she’s working toward them. She’s headstrong and stubborn, which makes her an earthbender through and through.

If Tiana was in the Avatar universe, she’d grow up in the Earth Kingdom, working on her bending and baking. She’d travel around and learn techniques from other nations before settling down in Ba Sing Se, where she opened her long-awaited dream bakery.

Rapunzel: Air

Rapunzel from Tangled, Air Nomad symbol
Walt Disney Studios | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

Air is the element of freedom, and it makes sense for the princess who dreamed of freedom her whole life would be an airbender. She also might have hit Flynn Rider in the head with a frying pan, but overall, she’s pretty much a pacifist like airbenders are known to be.

As Rapunzel grows up under Gothel’s watchful eye, she never learned airbending techniques from a master. But when Gothel goes on trips, she practices bending by trial and error. When she finally escapes Gothel, she finds a master and merges her technique with theirs.

Merida: Fire

Merida from Brave, Fire Nation symbol
Pixar Animation Studios | Walt Disney Studios | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

Merida’s hair is perfect for her since she’s a true firebender. She’s one of the most impulsive characters I’ve seen. And while she’s stubborn, it doesn’t outweigh her stereotypical firebender traits. Fire is the element of power, and Merida’s got just that.

She is more focused on her wants and needs, much like what we see from firebenders in The Last Airbender. When it counts, though, she tosses her pride away to save her family. That’s exactly what we see with Zuko when he joins Aang and his friends.

Moana: Earth

Moana from Moana, Earth Kingdom symbol
Walt Disney Studios | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

I know it would be easy and a little fitting to say Moana is a waterbender because of her connection to water, but she isn’t. Moana is an earthbender that just spends a lot of time near water. She is headstrong and won’t give up on her dreams, even if nobody supports her.

In addition to being headstrong and going for what she wants, she’s also set in her ways. She won’t let anyone push her around and will let them know what she thinks. Look at when Maui kept trying to ditch her in the ocean; she just kept coming back.

Moana would be a quick learner only because she doesn’t want to spend too much time away from what she really cares about. She’d also have some waterbender family, and I could see her resenting that she was born an earthbender.

See Also: Sorting Disney Princesses into Their Hogwarts Houses

Elsa: Water

Elsa from Frozen II, Water Tribe symbol
Walt Disney Studios | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

Elsa is definitely a waterbender, and it’s not just because of her ice powers. Though, that is a plus. She’s adaptable and a quick thinker, but she’s not really impulsive. The only times she ran away impulsively was to try to protect those she loved.

Elsa would live with Anna somewhere together, but she’d find herself drawn to the north over time. When learning to bend, she’d be slower than the rest her age, but once she becomes more comfortable with herself, she’s a powerful bender who specializes in ice.

Anna: Fire

Anna from Frozen II, Fire Nation symbol
Walt Disney Studios | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

It only makes sense that with the fan theories after Frozen that Anna would be a firebender. Before we get into why, I have to confess I almost thought she was a waterbender because of her arc in Frozen II, but then I rewatched some of her scenes in it.

She’s one of the most impulsive characters in Disney history. She gets engaged to Hans the same day she met him, ran into fire to save her ice-powered sister, and then woke the earth giants despite them being able to crush her. If anyone is a firebender, it’s Anna.

If Anna lived in the Avatar universe, she wouldn’t live directly in the Fire Nation. I feel like she and Elsa would live somewhere away from the typical nations. And to be honest, I think she and her sister would fit in more with Republic City from Legend of Korra.

Raya: Water

Raya from Raya and the Last Dragon, Water Tribe symbol
Walt Disney Studios | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

Despite being in a movie about a dragon, Raya is definitely more at home in a water tribe. She’s resourceful and good at both offensive and defensive fighting. She also adapts once her mind is clear, as we see at the end of the movie. (I still tear up thinking about her growth as a person.)

I’ve seen Raya compared to Korra from Legend of Korra. And while I don’t want to compare Avatar to Raya and the Last Dragon, I do see the resemblance. They have similar personalities: both are adaptable, think quickly on their feet, and willing to do what it takes to save their friends.

Princess Leia: Earth

General Leia Organa from Star Wars The Force Awakens, Earth Kingdom symbol
Walt Disney Studios | Lucasfilm Ltd. | Bad Robot Productions | Nickelodeon Animation Studios | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

I was torn between fire and earth for Leia, but she’s definitely more grounded than impulsive. Leia has more in common with Toph than anyone realizes. She’s got a little bit of a temper, and people underestimate her, but her heart is always in the right place.

Leia would teach herself bending techniques behind closed doors after watching other earthbenders learn from masters. She’d become one of the best earthbenders in her teenage or early twenties. I could also see Leia picking up metalbending quickly, too.