Fan Fiction Friday: A Whole New World of Disney Princess Femslash

This week I was introduced to the whole new world of Disney Princess femslash by a member of my extended family who went berserk on Facebook because she found some Jasmine/Ariel fan fiction on her teenage daughter’s phone. I said to her, “Um, all Disney Princess stories are love stories. Are you saying there’s something wrong with Ariel loving Jasmine instead of Prince Eric?” And she said, “I didn’t think of it like that, I guess.” I commented back with Pusheen love and high-fived the fan fiction goddesses in the name of equality.

Then, I went looking for some Disney fic, and y’all, there’s some pretty dang cute stuff out there! Below are nine of the best fics I found.

Okay, fine. Eight of the best fics I found and one bonus fic that’s Disney Princess-adjacent. 


A Girl Worth Fighting For by hapakitsune

Pairing: Aurora/Mulan
Plot: Aurora finds herself at the same college as Mulan, and she also finds herself falling in love with her.
Length: 5,000 words

She’s lucky, really, that in an Anaheim U sweatshirt and her hair pulled back from her face, she could pass for any one of the sorority girls who habitually hang out on the bleachers in the vague hope that one of the football players will notice them. It isn’t that Aurora is embarrassed, per se – it’s more that she doesn’t want to answer any questions about what she’s doing down there.

Down on the field, Fa Mulan is stretching, looking tiny and fragile next to the great hulking body of Hercules, but Aurora knows full well that Mulan is stronger than she looks. It’s impossible to see the flex of wiry muscles and strength from up here, and that’s probably the best since Aurora isn’t sure she would be able to stay coherent if she had to watch that up close.


Whole New Worlds by cest_what

Pairing: Belle/Mulan
Plot: Oh, you know, just a couple of Disney Princesses in space.
Length: 1,300 words

“Wait, no, wait, don’t shoot!” Belle cried, hopping and untangling a cord from her foot as she followed the robot into the workshop. “Chip, it’s all right, she’s the ship’s security officer. She’s a friend.”

The robot whirred again, rescanning Mulan, but didn’t back down. “Friendship of intruder not proven,” it chirped.

Mulan slid her eyes to Belle, keeping her gun trained on the robot. “What will happen if I shoot it? Will it blow up?”

“No, but I do hope you won’t.” Belle fixed clear, earnest brown eyes on Mulan. “I’m trying to develop a companion-guardbot. I read about one in a story about – wait, that’s not important, is it. But I swear as soon as I’ve fixed this paranoia problem it’s going to be a darling.” She bit her lip. “If you drop your weapon I’m positive it will stand down.”


Bittersweet & Strange by paperclipbitch

Pairing: Belle/Mulan
Plot: Mulan helps Belle find her way back home.
Length: 4,700 words

Perhaps Belle was supposed to be contented with rescuing a magical castle and its prince from the evil enchantment over it, but it started to chafe, the gowns and the servants and the books in the library full of pictures of places she’d still never been; places she would still never go. The heroines of so many of those stories seemed contented to start homes, to stop exploring, to leave their pasts behind, but Belle was nineteen years old and had inadvertently become royalty and she still hadn’t managed to go more than a few miles from the village where she’d grown up.

The thought of going back is a relief and a curse.


To Brave the Frozen Heart by greenhairedfae

Pairing: Elsa/Merida
Plot: What if Merida didn’t to marry any of her suitors because none of them were women?
Length: 8,000 words

Merida was very bored until she noticed the queen of Arendelle. The queen was covered from head to toe and wearing a heavy cloak to boot. In the middle of summer no less! But she didn’t look sweaty she just looked extremely confined and sort of cute. Actually really cute. She just looked so small underneath all of her heavy clothing. Merida loved the way her chin was shaped and how her lip held still in spite of the nervousness that she was no doubt feeling about taking the throne to such a large and prosperous kingdom. She liked the gentle slope of her small shoulders and how still she held her chin up, proud and regal in spite of her short stature. She liked how the queen walked gently across the floor keeping her head level in a continuous sweep. She never understood what her mother wanted to see in her walk until now. A walk was just a walk, a way of traveling from place to place stretching out her legs. But when the little queen walked, she understood. When the little queen walked, she made her status irrefutable.


adventure in the great wide somewhere by anabel

Pairing: Belle/Rapunzel
Plot: “Four different universes in which Belle could have met Rapunzel, and one in which she did.”
Length: 3,000 words

It was nice, Belle had to admit. Comparative endocrinology might be less confusing than small sticky humans, but endocrinology had never hugged her or begged for a pair of pythons for Christmas (on second thought, perhaps introducing Rémy to Chip had been where she had made her initial error of judgement). Her work was her child, but borrowing other people’s for field trips and Honorary Aunt duties wasn’t a bad job, all things considered.

Neither was spending time with a cute zoo employee, come to think of it.

“So,” Belle said, “tell me about how chameleons change their colors.”


Love Worth Waiting For by BooklandReeve

Pairing: Elsa/Mulan
Plot: “Every child is born with the name of their true love in the palm of their hand, but the marks on the palm of Elsa’s hand are broken and meaningless, and it must be kept secret.”
Length: 15,000 words

Later, in the quiet of her ice fortress, Elsa will laugh at the realization that only a person with the luxury of a true love would be so foolish as to say it didn’t matter. If she had only said – if Anna had known what Elsa had done for the sake of her chance at true love – then she would not have agreed to marry Hans without even asking him to remove his glove, would not have accepted his blithe, too-quick, ‘Right, that’s my given name, but everyone calls me Hans,’ would not have labeled the first flush of attraction as a destiny born and written.

She will replay the look of shocked pity on Anna’s face at the sight of her meaningless palm over and over, perhaps for the rest of her life.


Whispers and Wishes by JE_Talveran

Pairing: Aurora/Maleficent
Plot: What if that leaked first draft of Maleficent was the real story?
Length: 50,000 words

“Come on,” Maleficent tugged carefully, maneuvered the girl from her spot on the moss and up into the tree. The branches are wide and secure, and within the very center formed a haven to rest one’s weary head upon. It is here that Maleficent guided Aurora, and it is here that she took watch nearby. With Diaval settled upon his roost, and the Princess quick to fall into the oblivion that sleep could bring, Maleficent found herself awake long after the moon had climbed high into the sky. The day repeated in her mind again and again, and her thoughts went further back, to a boy who had once given up something precious just to hold her hand.

Only when the first rays of dawn lanced gold and pink over the eastern sky did Maleficent finally succumb to sleep herself.


Magic in its Own Right by thelinksthatconnectus

Pairing: All the Princesses
Plot: An enormous collection of femslash drabbles!
Length: 20,000 words

It was a kiss to her cheek that really woke her up.

“Ugh?” Elsa sat up, rubbing the side of her cheek with two of her fingers.

“Elsa, it’s time to wake up!” Rapunzel beamed. “You need to get dressed so that we aren’t late for breakfast.”

Elsa nearly responded that the servants wouldn’t mind (not to mention that Anna and Kristoff were often late getting up as well), but instead remained quiet. Like in her dream, Rapunzel could not help but make her smile.

Elsa pulled herself out of bed. “And a good morning to you.”


Carmilla and the Disney Marathon by KittyKarnstein96

Pairing: Laura Hollis/Carmilla Karnstein
Plot: Laura makes Carmila watch all the Disney princess movies.
Length: 1,800 words

It was 3am when Laura finally fell asleep. After hours of arguing with Carmilla about almost every Disney movie she owned, Laura finally gave in and let her eyes close, her head resting on Carmilla’s chest as the vampire stroked her hair softly. Carmilla was exhausted, watching numerous animated films one after the other was definitely not her idea of a good time. After the 5th film she’d decided to ignore the cheesy singing and irritating characters. Figuring that making comments was irritating Laura she decided to actually watch the films, realising that she found a likeness with the villains over the heroes. Something that did not fail to anger Laura, Carmilla received many scrunched up faces and sharp nudges when she laughed at the villain’s antics instead of praising the heroes.


T/F: 80 percent of all queer women identify as Belles.


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37 Comments

  1. Looks like Mulan is the center of the Disney Princess chart
    FOUR for you, Fa Mulan! You go, Fa Mukan!

    • According to my research, Mulan is the Shane of Disney Princess headcanon for absolute sure.

  2. I think we can all agree that Elsa is a gay icon and so amazing for young women (I mean she’s just so gay! I never doubted it for a second from the first time I saw Frozen) and Elsa/Merida has become one of my favorite ships! They’re just a lovely study in contrasts. Fire and ice! Yes! Although I totally get Elsa/Mulan now. Thanks for those Heather!

  3. I’d say false. Put my money on 50% identifying with Belle & 50% Mulan.

    I’m totally a Belle… but I’d want to date Mulan!

  4. I think we all know where the Mulan/Aurora & Mulan/Belle shipping primarily came from.

  5. Mik

    ohhhhmygod what is this wonderful world you have opened for me

    • Mik

      in retrospect it would have been more clever for me to refer to it as “a whole new world” but hey you can’t win them all

      • You know, I was going to post some more Aladdin lyrics here, but I just realized “Magic Carpet Ride” is kinda naughty!

        • Mik

          Oh lord I didn’t even realize that ‘a whole new world’ was in the title of this post, my brain is absolutely fried.

          And that song is naughty as hell, my fondest middle school memory is riding around in the back of the school bus singing it at the top of my lungs, replacing the word ‘eyes’ with ‘thighs.’ If you haven’t tried that yet I sincerely recommend it.

  6. <3
    I guess I need to rewatch a couple of Disney movies before this because all I could picture were the OUAT character's when I read the headers.
    I so,so wish, no, I ache for them, (Disney,mostly) to finally make a princess/princess love story happen.
    Just imagine the princess on the white horse, the cheesy songs and sentient silverware all in a happy rainbow celebration.

  7. So disappointed that you used Ariel in the thumbnail but didn’t call out any Ariel fan fic.

    • I had a hard time finding Ariel fic where the author said it was okay to post any of the text somewhere else. Do you know of any? I’d love to add it!

      • Ah didn’t think about permissions. Don’t know of any, hadn’t though of Disney fanfic before, so I’ve got a #wholenewworld to explore.

    • I’m not sure you could write actual words better than that thumbnail, though, tells the whole story for me

      • That’s so very true that image has a ton of emotion in it.

    • And no Jasmine either! (Unless she’s in the mega drabble.)

      If they do a reboot of Aladdin the same way they did Maleficent I want a movie about a queer Jasmine who’d rather fight suitors for horses (see: Khutulun) and is only getting married to keep the family happy. But Aladdin gets where she’s coming from and they are super close.

      this is not anything i can relate to noooooo

  8. Hat

    I forgot how much of a massive nerd Belle was…and then I remembered why she was my favourite as a kid. I’m heading off down this fanfic rabbit hole, I wonder who Alice is shipped with…?

  9. Sarja

    Excellent! Almost There (A Disney Office AU) is another great one. It’s a fun exploration of Disney characters in cubicle-world, with really cute Jane/Mulan (and background, hilarious Aladdin/Shang).

    • …this is something I never knew I wanted. Thanks for the added rec!

  10. Where are the Pocahontas/Nakoma fics? That pairing is SO CLOSE to canon. SO CLOSE. I mean, they have a splash fight in the water, for goodness sakes!

    • Ava

      The first time I watched that movie as an adult the splash fight immediately made me go OMG THIS IS SO QUEER.

  11. Mulan was the reasoning for my sexual awakening, so I am definitely having some…feelings about all this. Yeah, LOADS of feelings…

  12. This makes me so happy. Of course, Mulan is at the center of a lot of these. She’s such a badass.

    Yes, I identify as a Belle/Mulan combo. Belle likes to read so much, she sings about it! That’s amazing!

  13. Yasssabella

    OHMYHNNNNGGGGG. I read y way through al of these. oh god. i need moar.

  14. Thank you for these. I have read a lot of fanfiction but didn’t realize these existed.

  15. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! MY SILLY FANFIC GOT INTO AUTOSTRADDLE! OMG. THANK YOU. YOU JUST MADE MY MONTH.

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