Fa Mulan | 'Mulan' | 1998

Royal by blood or marriage: Neither. While not a princess per se, her family is also under the protection of ancient spirits, and she ends up marrying army Gen. Capt. Li-Shing in the straight-to-DVD sequel "Mulan II."

Proof she's a princess: The Emperor and his subjects bow to her after she helps defeat the Huns. Disney also lists her as the eighth official Disney Princess.

Adorable sidekick: When Mulan's grandfather prays for the ancestors to send the Great Stone Dragon to aid Mulan, they inadvertently send Mushu, a pipsqueak dragon who causes more trouble than he prevents.

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