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    Esmeralda Is The Most Underrated Disney Princess Of All Time (Yes, I Said Princess)

    This is not an opinion, it's a fact.

    1. Hi, so I'm here to discuss something I'm very passionate about: Esmeralda from Disney's adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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    2. Esmeralda is the most underrated Disney Princess (yes, PRINCESS) of all time.

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    You: Okay look, not to be a Nitpicky McGee here, but she is NOT TECHNICALLY A PRINCESS.

    Me, an intellectual: Fine, Nit-Picky McGee, then she's the QUEEN.

    3. First of all, let's discuss the fact that she's a powerful woman of color who takes absolutely zero shit from the men around her.

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    She's permanent #goals forever, fight me (but also, please don't).

    4. She's been dealt one of the worst hands in all of France, but she's not cruel, cold, or worn down. Instead, she's kind, warm, and confident.

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    She's technically homeless and broke, yet she STILL gives everything she can to her people.

    5. She's comfortable in her sexuality, and has complete agency over her body.

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    If that dance routine didn't have you feeling empowered AF, I don't understand you. THAT CORE STRENGTH, THOUGH.

    6. She is unafraid to stand up for what she knows is right.

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    Esmeralda: You mistreat this poor boy the same way you mistreat my people. You speak of "justice," yet you are cruel to those most in need of your help.

    7. For example, she's the only one who stands up for Quasi in his moment of need, without even knowing who he is.

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    Sure, Phoebus thought about it, but chose to follow orders instead. ESMERALDA ANSWERS TO NO ONE.

    8. She's got some pretty cool tricks up her sleeves.

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    Everyone called her a "witch," but it's only because she LITERALLY outsmarted them over and over again.

    9. She refuses to be trapped, no matter how pretty the cage.

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    She's given sanctuary and safety in the church, but captivity just isn't her thing. Her sense of self is INCREDIBLE.

    10. She sings the most genuine, heartfelt song ever.

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    Iconic.

    11. She is emotionally dynamic (ya know, like real women are).

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    Yes, she is badass and brave, but she also has moments of vulnerability, sadness, and fear, like any real-life woman.

    12. She saves both Quasi and Phoebus' butts not once, but TWICE.

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    She saves Quasi from being assaulted at the festival, Phoebus from drowning in a river, then BOTH of them at once from being hanged.

    13. And she knows how to stitch a man back together, both physically AND emotionally.

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    I love a multi-talented legend.

    14. She was thoroughly unimpressed by Phoebus when they first met.

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    Destroy. Him.

    15. She angers a tacky, old white man by just existing (specifically, existing as a woman he can't have), which is amazingly relevant still.

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    Women literally don't owe you shit. We never have and we never will, no matter how many incredibly creepy songs you sing to your fireplace.

    16. She stares death in the eyes, and literally spits in its face.

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    Frollo gives her the choice of being burned alive or...having sex with him?? Instead of "choosing" him, she spits in his gross, entitled face. You're doing AMAZING, sweetie.

    17. And, finally, she's a whole, complete person from the beginning, who just happens to also find love.

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    She's never looking for love at any point in the movie (not that there's anything wrong with desiring love), and when she DOES fall for Phoebus, it doesn't change her as a person.