15 of Disney’s most underrated characters

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12. Megara (Hercules)

It’s clear from the moment that Megara is introduced in Hercules that’s she not the typical Disney damsel. She even comes right out and says it: “I’m a damsel. I’m in distress. I can handle this. Have a nice day!”

Sure, she may start out that way. Meg did sell her soul to Hades in order to save the guy she was dating, only to be dumped shortly after. To be fair, having the heart and courage to give up her soul for someone is admirable.

But she learned her lesson and toughened up. In yet another golden remark to Hercules, she chides, “I tie my own sandals and everything.” Meg doesn’t need to be saved, and she doesn’t want to be saved.

Let’s address the awkward part. Yes, she is working for Hades the entire time and leads Hercules into more than one life or death situation. They aren’t her most shining moments.

But in her case, the good outweighs the misguided. Even when Hades technically owns her, she rebels in subtle ways that drive him crazy. Obviously, Meg also has one of the most popular (and still relatable) songs in the Disney catalog.

Voiced by Susan Egan, Meg hit the perfect balance of snide self-protection and vulnerability.

In the end, she gets exactly what she deserves: a guy who truly loves her and is willing to do exactly what she did and give up everything. Megara isn’t technically a Disney princess, but she is the better half of a demigod so … close enough.