Merida, feminist princess
Princess Merida is the main character of the Disney/Pixar animated film Rebel (Brave in VO) released in June 2012. Merida is the daughter of the King of Scotland, but she is mostly an independent and somewhat tomboyish” young girl who has no desire to behave like a model princess. When her parents bring in the sons of the other Scottish clans to find her a husband, she decides to rebel and sets off a series of events that will put her entire family in jeopardy. And she is the only one who can prevent it all from ending badly. Merida is one of the rare Disney heroines for whom not only is romance not at the center of the story (like Mulan or Pocahontas) but it is the only one for whom it is even totally absent. The themes of this film will be above all the family and the will of a young girl to impose her will, to make her own choices and to define herself other than by the man she will marry. Physically she also stands out from the other princesses with her really wild hair and her very round face. She also has a relatively robust physique more human and in line with her activity: we see her shooting with a bow, riding a horse and climbing mountains!