15 Disney couples ranked on relationship functionality

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12. Cinderella and Prince Charming

These two are probably the most famous Disney couple in history, behind Mickey and Minnie. But it’s real easy to see the problems in this relationship.

Let’s refresh: Cinderella, with the help of her Fairy Godmother, goes to Prince Charming’s ball, unrecognizable by her stepmother and stepsisters. Upon her arrival, she steals the Prince’s eye, and they dance the night away. But, just before midnight, she runs off, leaving her glass slipper behind.

That’s literally the full timeline of their relationship. There’s always the possibility of love at first sight, and Disney loves to use that. But even they need a bit more to go on.

As far as having things to go on, Prince Charming only has a shoe. Somehow, despite spending an entire evening with her, the Prince doesn’t remember enough details about Cinderella to rule out any dark-haired maidens in the kingdom.

Perhaps the counter-argument there is that he believes she was wearing a disguise. But that’s a little hard to believe, isn’t it?

Once he does find her, Prince Charming and Cinderella get married and live happily ever after. It’s the formulaic Disney story. In real life, Prince Charming probably wouldn’t have gone house to house. There would really be no good way to find her.

These two would be lower on the list, if it weren’t for their live-action counterparts. Ella and Kit (as the Prince is known in this one) have several meetings, and much more time to bond. Disney did their romance much more justice in that version.