Let’s face it. The ladies of Once Upon A Time aren’t the typical Disney princesses. They break curses, fight evil queens (and evil boys who are actually super old men), go on quests, fall in love, and rescue princes. In other words, they’re actual role models. That’s not to say that the classic princesses we know and love don’t have redeeming qualities for young women to look up to, but do they pull an Emma Swan and chase (bad) dudes on foot before kicking their butts? That’s what I thought. The women of Once Upon A Time are feminist characters; they have flaws and strengths and complications. For a show that is so fantastical, the female characters are real. So the question is: which OUAT woman are you? Let’s see then.
Obviously, Emma Swan is the general badass of the show. If you’re the elected leader of your friend group (in a way that’s totally deserved), then you’re Emma. Being Emma means looking out for the small circle of people you love and overcoming obstacles with strength, determination, and ripped biceps. Emma also struggles with the battle of good and evil within her; for Em, issues like using magic aren’t always black and white. She also has a hard time forgiving, but you would too if your parents sent you away in a tree stump to grow up an orphan.
Mary Margaret/Snow White
Mary Margaret is the compassionate heart of Once. She always looks out for those she loves, and the amount of people she loves is enormous. I would say if you have a pixie cut or are the one telling people to stop and think about their actions, you’re Snow White. Now, just because Snow wears super girlie pea coats and drinks hot chocolate with cinnamon on top, doesn’t mean that she lacks her own streak of strength. The girl lived in the woods for her teenage years, and she’s got a Katniss talent at the bow.
Okay, okay. I know what you’re thinking, but I’m not wholly convinced that Regina is evil. That’s part of why she’s so interesting. Sure, everyone hates her, and sure, she put a curse on the whole town. She did so because she wanted a new start. It’s really her insecurities that pushed her toward the bad decisions. I wish that no one was like Regina, but the good thing is that Regina represents hope. If you’re someone who has made some bad decisions (like Regina has), you can still turn things around. You don’t have to be the villain or the victim; you could even be the hero.
All right, so Mulan is pretty much Mulan in both film and television renditions. She’s a female warrior who isn’t going to let societal conventions stop her. You’re Mulan if you are athletic, strong, and a little prickly. You were also Sporty Spice. Mulan is often misunderstood, but she doesn’t let that stop her and you shouldn’t either.
Ruby/Little Red Riding Hood
Ruby marches to her own beat. She doesn’t care what other people think; she’s the rebel. We all want to be a bit more like her because her happiness and success are entirely independent of outside influence. She’s also struggling with something dark within herself (a theme in this show). Red isn’t just the little girl in a cloak; she’s also the wolf. If you’re the unruly loner of a group or if you’re also a werewolf, you’re Ruby.
First, no one ever calls her “Lacey.” I’m glad we got that out of the way. Belle is the person who always looks for the best in other people. When she sees it, she holds on with all her strength for that person to become fully good. I’m talking Rumplestiltskin (aka the “beast”) here. What’s the difference between Snow and Belle? Snow will fight (literally) for good. Belle believes love will lead the way. If you’re the kind dreamer or a pacifist, you’re probably Belle.
Ariel is new to Once, but she’s already one of my favorites. The television interpretation of our favorite mermaid is very similar to the animated version. Ariel is quirky, like combs her hair with a fork quirky. I’d hate to say ditz, but if you find yourself making silly mistakes that show off how much common sense you lack, you’re probably an Ariel. However, Ariel’s quirkiness doesn’t define her. She’s also desperate to go to a world beyond, to have a different life, and she takes dangerous missions to do so. Oh, and she has killer red hair.So, which Once Upon a Time gal is your spirit animal? Share with us in the comments!
Hilary Miller is currently an MFA student in Screenwriting at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. When not not watching, writing, or talking about movies and television shows, she can usually be found making crock-pot creations, laughing, talking too loud, running, devouring a good book, eating, racking up cellular bills chatting with her bomb family, sticking her toes in the sand, or wishing she were Hermione Granger, sometimes all at once. And while part of her heart is still in Indiana, the rest of it belongs to her puppy, Estelle Getty.