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Definitive Proof That Prince Charming Isn't the Best Disney Prince for a Live-Action Movie

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Flynn Rider, Tangled, Prince Eric, Little Mermaid, Prince Phillip, Sleeping Beauty
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Disney is making a live-action movie based on Cinderella's Prince Charming, and while we're totally into a standalone film featuring a Disney prince, we wish they picked a different leading man. Why?

Glad you asked: because Prince Charming is not the best Disney prince. How do we know that? Well, obviously we ranked our favorite Disney princes based on eligibility and guess what? Prince Charming did not come out on top! 

Here is how our list was put together: We picked our top 14 favorite Disney men and ranked their attractiveness, personality and wealth status each on a scale from one to five. Then we added them all up for an overall score, the highest being 15. We also factored in bonus traits, i.e., Aladdin has a pet monkey and a flying carpet, which we think is awesome. So, even if their overall score is higher than another prince, we considered other aspects of their lives when we ranked them.

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And yes, some of these characters aren't actually princes, but we decided to include people without proper royal lineage, because they are male leads and love interests, and some of them even eventually become princes through marriage. So, just accept this pointless, but important Internet ranking, OK?

14. Emperor Kuzco, The Emperor's New Groove

Emperor Kuzco, The Emperor's New Groove Disney

Attractiveness: 1
Personality: 1; he's a total douche 
Wealth Status: 5
Overall Score: 7/15
Bonus Traits: Big into real estate, loves a good dance party 

13. Tarzan, Tarzan

Tarzan Disney

Attractiveness: 3
Personality: 1; let's be real, he's an ape-man. But he's a nice ape-man
Wealth Status: 0
Overall Score: 4/15
Bonus Traits: Adventurous. Perfect physique. Willing to change for the right woman

12. The Beast, Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast Walt Disney Pictures

Attractiveness: 0 (as the Beast, not in his human form)
Personality: 2; anger issues are very apparent 
Wealth Status: 4
Overall Score: 6/15
Bonus Traits: Magical household items that can walk and talk

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11. Kristoff, Frozen

Kristoff, Frozen Disney

Attractiveness: 2
Personality: 3, great sense of humor, but has a questionable relationship with his reindeer
Wealth Status: 1
Overall Score: 6/15
Bonus Traits: Rugged. Can definitely protect you in the great outdoors

10. Captain John Smith, Pocahontas

Captain John Smith, Pocahontas Disney

Attractiveness: 3
Personality: 3; outdoorsy and overall a pretty cool dude, but also kind of egotistical
Wealth Status: 2
Overall Score: 8/15
Bonus Traits: Brave and tough. Can do manly things like build entire settlements 

9. Captain Li Shang, Mulan

Captain Li Shang, Mulan Disney

Attractiveness: 4
Personality: 2; too serious and intense for our taste
Wealth Status: 2
Overall Score: 8/15
Bonus Traits: In top physical condition. Looks damn good in uniform

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8. Prince Henry/Prince Charming, Cinderella

Prince Henry, Prince Charming, Cinderella Disney

Attractiveness: 4
Personality: 1, snooooze
Wealth Status: 5
Overall Score: 10/15
Bonus Traits: Has a nice house. Willing to fall in love with anyone regardless of status

7. Prince Florian, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Prince Florian, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Disney

Attractiveness: 4
Personality: 2; he's a total romantic and super charming, but almost too charming? Also he scared the s--t out of Snow White when they first met, which was weird
Wealth Status: 5
Overall Score: 11/15
Bonus Traits: He can sing and is totally not ashamed to belt out a song for his beloved

6. Aladdin, Aladdin

Aladdin Disney

Attractiveness: 3
Personality: 4; he's spunky, but he's got a big ol' chip on his shoulder
Wealth Status: 0
Overall Score: 7/15
Bonus Traits: Magic carpet. Pet monkey. Hilarious Genie pal

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5. Prince Naveen, The Princess and the Frog

Prince Naveen, The Princess and the Frog Disney

Attractiveness: 5
Personality: 3; he's laid-back and charming, but: womanizer, woman-womanizer, you're a womanizer
Wealth Status: 2; he was cut off by his parents so he can't be swimming in riches, right?
Overall Score: 10/15
Bonus Traits: Man enough to be a frog

4. Hercules, Hercules

Hercules Disney

Attractiveness: 3
Personality: 2; kind of dopey, but sweet
Wealth Status: 5; he's the most famous hero for hire, so he's doing just fine
Overall Score: 10/15
Bonus Traits: His dad is the leader of the gods. Has an amazing body

3. Flynn Rider, Tangled

Flynn Rider, Tangled Disney

Attractiveness: 4
Personality: 5; funny, spontaneous, sweet…he's just the best
Wealth Status: 1
Overall Score: 10/15
Bonus Traits: Parkour! And great hair.

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2. Prince Phillip, Sleeping Beauty

Prince Phillip, Sleeping Beauty Disney

Attractiveness: 5
Personality: 4; they were childhood besties (sort of), so he's kind of like the sweet boy next door who got really hot later in life. Best of both worlds!
Wealth Status: 5
Overall Score: 14/15
Bonus Traits: He can sing and dance. Brave enough to take on a freaking dragon

1. Prince Eric, The Little Mermaid 

Prince Eric, The Little Mermaid Disney

Attractiveness: 5
Personality: 5; he falls for the quirky but beautiful mute girl, and he's more into the outdoors than just being a stuffy, rich fellow
Wealth Status: 5
Overall Score: 15/15
Bonus Traits: Big, fluffy dog companion. Dope house on the beach. Doesn't mind fighting giant sea witch to save girlfriend.

Hey, Prince Eric. Have Disney give you a call. You should be getting the standalone!

(Originally published Fri., Jul. 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM PDT)

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