What Classic Disney Characters Would Look Like In Real Life
Even if you’ve long since outgrown Disney movies, the ones you grew up with will still hold a special place in your heart. We bet you could still recite the dialogue in Aladdin word-for-word and sing along with every hopeful stanza of Ariel’s epic numbers in The Little Mermaid.
These timeless classics live on in the hearts of children and grown-ups all over the world. But have you ever wondered what your favorite Disney characters would look like if you met them in real life? Well, you don’t have to wonder anymore! Talented artists like Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen have taken the time to create realistic portraits of all the Disney greats. From Ariel to Belle, Tarzan to Prince Eric, get set to see these Disney Princesses and Princes in a startling new light.
Princess Jasmine – Aladdin
Aladdin is one of our all-time favorite Disney films, and we would love to meet all the characters in real life (well, maybe not Jafar). Jasmine was a feisty princess who would not settle for anything other than the path she wanted to take in life. She refuses to marry just any old prince and ends up falling in love with her “street rat,” Aladdin.
Princess Jasmine was always stunning in her cartoon form, and we’re just as blown away by this realistic portrait. She does look a little like Kim Kardashian, but that iconic costume gives away the fact that it’s really Jasmine.
Moana – Moana
Moana is one of our favorite modern Disney characters. She’s yet another cartoon character we’d love to swap lives with, given her glorious island lifestyle. However, we’ll happily let her deal with all the curses, demigods, and dangerous adventures!
Moana is a loving girl who cares about her community enough to disobey her father, the chief, just so she can risk her life to save her village. In this realistic portrait, we can see Moana’s beautiful Polynesian traits. We would love to meet this brave and adventurous character in real life.
Queen Elsa – Frozen
Queen Elsa is another Disney character who grew up with something we’d all love to have – the power to control ice and snow. Of course, with such frosty powers, the Disney universe had evil queen status in store for Elsa. However, even an army of snow monsters wasn’t enough to tempt her away from her loving nature.
Did you know Frozen was originally going to be a basic fairytale story with Elsa as a basic villain and Anna as the wide-eyed, innocent heroine? However, as the team behind the film worked on developing it, a far more interesting, nuanced story emerged. We love its final form, and we also love this realistic portrait of icy Elsa!
Belle – Beauty and the Beast
Our favorite Disney bookworm, Belle, was the most beautiful princess to ever grace the animator’s table. Yet she didn’t really care about her looks. Belle lived in a fantasy world all her own, and she had no interest in conforming to societal expectations.
This portrait perfectly captures Belle’s Disney vibes while also giving us a glimpse of what she’d look like as a real young woman. She truly is a magical character. In fact, we might even dig into our DVD collection and rewatch Beauty and the Beast today!
Peter Pan – Peter Pan
Peter Pan is a magical story that was perfectly captured in Disney’s 1953 film. It’s wild to think that the animated movie is that old because, when you watch it, Peter Pan doesn’t feel dated at all. Just like the titular character, this story will never grow old.
Peter Pan gets to enjoy an eternal childhood in Neverland, hanging out with the other Lost Boys and fairy friends like Tinkerbell. While he does have pirates to contend with, that only adds to the fun for this mischievous lad. What do you think of his portrait from Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen?
Mulan from Mulan
Mulan is the 1998 Disney flag bearer, and in the film, she is portrayed as a free-spirited outcast who cannot follow the rules or traditions. But besides this, she has a warm, kind heart, and she wants nothing more than to uphold her family honor. Mulan inspires most of us who are tied to our traditions and thoughts.
The artist paid close attention to detail in this drawing. He was able to capture her beautiful, round face and her rosy cheeks. As a result, you can see she looks a little bit unfocused and naïve.
Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
We all know Snow White, the first Disney heroine. On top of that, she is the first princess in the Disney princess line-up, and her character helped shape the later heroines like Cinderella and Elsa. Since childhood, the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been a historical piece of cinema and storytelling.
Snow White is famous for her kindness and optimism, one of her greatest strengths. In this image, the artist did an excellent job of highlighting her flawless beauty from her glossy red as rose lips, black hair, and white as snow skin.
Eugene Fitzherbert / Flynn Rider from Tangled
Eugene Fitzherbert also known as Flynn Rider from Tangled is one of the toughest, never quitting, and enduring characters that Disney has ever created. Despite all that, he is also a trouble-making, notorious, and backstabbing thief. He has never experienced a change of mind or heart until falling in love with Rapunzel, the lost princess.
Most of us have probably felt the urge to quit, but not the famous and handsome Flynn Rider. His compelling personality is one of the greatest things we all admire, and we love seeing him drawn realistically.
Jane from Tarzan
Jane from Tarzan is a gorgeous, charismatic, and curious ethnologist who travels to Africa where she meets a handsome wild man, Tarzan, whom she eventually falls in love with. Based on her coming from a royal family in England, Jane seems to have a sense of standards. She is respectful and appreciates responsibility.
Jane from Tarzan is a young woman in her early 20s with fair skin, blue eyes, and long brown hair. Everything about her looks stunning, but we can’t help but admire her attractive aqua eyes in this rendering.
Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Evil Queen attempted to hold her position as the most attractive one of all, and that is why she set out on a quest to harm Snow White. This picture shows how beautiful and queenly she is, but there’s a hardness and a coldness to that stare.
Obsessed with being the most attractive one of all, the Evil Queen grew madly juelous of Snow White, the one whose excellence outperformed her own. She camouflaged herself as an elderly woman to entice Snow White into eating a poisoned apple. To learn whether the Evil Queen was successful in her dark quest, there’s nothing for it but to rewatch the Disney classic.
Tarzan – Tarzan
Tarzan was one of the most enjoyable Disney films, taking us deep into the jungle to meet the boy who grew up in the wild. Who wouldn’t want to grow up in a cartoon jungle, swinging from vines, hanging out with monkeys, and singing epic Disney songs?
One look at this realistic portrait, and you instantly know it’s Tarzan. Though he’s lost his cartoonish appearance, that long hair, innocent expression, and striking muscular form are emblematic of the vine-swinging character.
Tinker Bell from Peter Pan
Tinker Bell is a sassy fairy with a bell voice, a sharp tongue, and a fair companion to Peter Pan. She loved Peter jealousy and intensely. She despises any girl that claims to have affection for Peter.
It is amazing how the artist highlighted the beauty, curvy body shape, and the magical blue eyes of Tinker Bell.
Princess Anna from Frozen
Can you hear Princess Anna’s sweet, soothing voice through this portrait? And how realistic are her innocent-looking, attractive eyes? Princess Anna is just a beautiful, energetic character with unwavering optimism. Anna doesn’t like to be alone, and as a result, she’d do anything to ensure her family in Arendelle is safe.
In this portrait, the artist did an amazing job capturing her character while keeping her look realistic.
Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Esmeralda is a Romanian woman residing underneath the Paris catacombs known as the Court of Miracles. She works as an entertainer and a dancer on the streets during professional events. In most cases, she is accompanied by her goat Dali, who acts as her favorite pet.
Esmeralda has a cunning personality and a beautiful appearance with her long black hair, green eyes, and a strikingly erotic looks. Disney was truly determined to ensure that Esmeralda would remain one of our favorite characters.
Ursula from The Little Mermaid
The artist’s vision of Ursula is impeccable in every sense. Look at those fierce eyes and that devilish smile. This picture perfectly illustrates why the abhorrent ocean witch is viewed as probably the best antagonist ever. Ursula (otherwise known as the Sea Witch) is the principal enemy of Disney’s 1989 film, The Little Mermaid.
She is a wretched Cecaelia (half-woman, half-octopus) who strikes deals with poor merfolk with the guarantee of making their fantasies materialize. Ursula’s deals, however, are always intended to further her own pursuits at the expense of the sad souls she manipulates.
Hercules from Hercules
Hercules is one of the best god-like characters ever created by Disney. Hercules is the son of Zeus and Hera, and his God characteristics make him strong, wise, optimistic and determined. Even when he is outmatched physically and mentally, he stands firm on his ground to prove he is not afraid. His story is an ever-growing inspirational tale for that there are hero qualities within all of us.
Kudos to the artist. He was able to showcase Hercules’ softer side in this contemplative pose as despite his superhuman strength, Hercules was raised as a human with human flaws and emotions.
Pocahontas from Pocahontas
Pocahontas loves nature, and she spends most of her time exploring the land. However, after she fell in love with John Smith, she discovered her purpose in life, and in the animated film, it was up to her to bring peace to her people. In the film, she is portrayed as a free-spirited, noble young woman who is wise beyond her years.
If you think you have a strong and tough heart, only Pocahontas’s blink of her beautiful eyes is enough to make your heart soft as cotton. And wouldn’t you want to have such a beautiful, wise young woman beside you as a spouse or friend?
Rapunzel from Tangled
Rapunzel is a charming princess of Corona. She has beautiful, long blonde hair, greenish eyes, and a gorgeous smile. She is characterized by her kindness, loving heart, and her curiosity. Her character in the film leaves us with a dream of having a friend like her in our lives.
Is it not amazing how the artist was able to show almost all of Rapunzel’s impeccable qualities through this portrait? If she existed in reality, we would definitely want to be associated with her in all ways possible.
Hades from Hercules
If you don’t know who Hades from Hercules is, then you have been missing out on the comedic yet evil villain that Hades is. In the film, Hades is the ruler of the underworld, pain, and panic. He is also Hercules’s uncle and arch-nemesis, as well as Zeus’ brother.
No matter how old you are, it is impossible not to want someone in the real world who is as funny as Hades. But, of course, his evil and oppressive side is something less than desirable.
Captain Li Shang from Mulan
Captain Li Shang from Mulan is a mighty, no-nonsense, steadfast warrior who protects lives and does not bully anyone. He is always number one when it comes to extensive knowledge of training techniques. Despite all his success, he is shy and lacks social skills as he seems to have trouble telling Mulan his romantic feelings for her.
Let’s agree. The artist did an excellent job with this portrait, showing Li Shang’s dashing, muscular looks, strong physique, and determined personality. For this reason, the lucky Mulan couldn’t resist letting Li Shang off her mind even after following the Mantra of “my duty is to my heart.”
Cinderella from Cinderella
Cinderella is another charming character we’d love to live as. Despite her coming from a wealthy family, Cinderella is famous for her kindness and loving heart, unlike that of her cruel stepmother. For most of us, Cinderella is an inspiring story for when we are facing challenges and cruelty.
In this portrait, the artist did an impeccable job highlighting her personality and flawless beauty from her pink lips, blonde hair, and attractive blue eyes. You must agree that Cinderella has one of the most romantic love stories we all have dreamt of having.
John Smith from Pocahontas
In this portrait, he looks so real and handsome. I guess that is another reason why Pocahontas risked her life and disobeyed her father for John Smith. She also traveled to a new world to move on with John Smith and leave her tradition behind.
Don’t worry. Nobody will judge you if you develop a crush from this portrait. This gorgeous, realistic image appears as if the mighty John Smith is looking right into your soul.
Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty
Princess Aurora is the only daughter of queen Leah and King Stefan. She was cursed to die by the evil Maleficent who sought revenge from King Stefan who cut her wings while she was asleep.
Only a kiss of true love would break Aurora’s curse. Prince Phillip was the one to awake the princess, and that’s when we got to see this beautiful young woman as depicted here.
Kristoff from Frozen
Kristoff is a handsome hunk with blonde hair, attractive brown eyes, and a good body physique. A colony of trolls raised him, and if we judge him based on his personality, we can only say they raised him well.
In this portrait, the artist did a good job highlighting his personality and how he would look in real life. The portrait makes him look both friendly and a bit goofy which is exactly how this kind soul was portrayed in the film.
Megara from Hercules
Megara served as a minion of Hades, the God of the Underworld. Megara is a free-spirited, independent, and easy-going woman who can take care of herself. She had her heart broken by her boyfriend in the past, and she became cynical, snarky, and developed a low opinion of men.
We all have to agree that Hercules was truly a lucky hero. He gets almost all the good stuff for himself, including Megara, a beautiful young woman who would do anything for love, including selling her soul. Here Megara is depicted with her sultry yet sassy looks that truly make her a compelling character.
Prince Eric – The Little Mermaid
You have to be a pretty special guy to tempt a mermaid to give up her tail and voice to walk on dry land. We’re not sure we would have chased after this guy, but stranger things have been done in the name of love!
This portrait of Eric certainly is stunning, but would you really change your whole life for the guy? Did you know the original fairy tale that inspired The Little Mermaid was incredibly dark with a tragic ending?
Jafar from Aladdin
Needless to say, the artist effectively captivated the dark side of Jafar in this picture. We can see the evilness of the heartless villain here. As Royal Vizier of Agrabah, he was introduced as the Sultan’s trusted and faithful guide. In truth, the imperious Jafar held deep contempt for the Sultan.
He committed his life to finding the fabled lamp that contains an almighty genie. Jafar was a grandiose figure who desired nothing but power, which he would use to take over the throne, and after that, the world.
Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty
This is an astonishing portrait of an evil fairy that utilizes malevolent wizardry in retribution for not being welcomed to the christening of Princess Aurora. Who would’ve thought they’d select Angelina Jolie to play such a dark and evil character? Maleficent gives off an impression of being especially derisive of Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, her kindhearted opponents.
With her dark schemes, wild emotions, and a limitless stockpile of magical powers at her disposal, Maleficent is quite possibly the most dangerous of the Disney villains.
Prince Adam from Beauty and the Beast
As the animated film starts, Prince Adam appears cruel, selfish, and with no love in his heart. Because of his awful character, he was cursed by an enchantress as a punishment. However, after falling in love with Belle, he changed his ways and became a gentle, caring, and loving person. We all love the Beast by the end of the film.
His charming and stunning looks may seem intimidating, but we learn that there is a kind heart deep down. Most men would be grateful that he does not exist in real life after seeing this portrait.
Tiana from The Princess and The Frog
In this portrait we see Tiana from The Princess and The Frog, looking fabulous with her attractive eyes, full eyelashes, and long dark hair.
Tiana is a self-starter who believes that her hard work can make her wildest dreams come true as she desires to open a successful restaurant of her own. This portrait captures Tiana’s positive spirit and perseverance through that big, confident smile of hers.
Thomas from Pocahontas
Thomas is John Smith’s sidekick, fellow soldier, and best friend in Pocahontas. Besides that, he is a handsome, cheerful, respectful, and caring companion.
From this remarkable work, we can quickly capture the innocent and caring side of Thomas. We all agree that we would want to have a friend like him.
Captain Hook from Peter Pan
Captain Hook never looked so real. This picture shows the wrathful, merciless, and insatiable side of the bloodthirsty commander of the Jolly Roger. While he is a commendable rival for Peter Pan, Hook is bound to fail. Peter Pan’s capacity to fly gives him the upper hand (literally), and Hook will always be at the mercy of the blundering inadequacy of his first mate, Mr. Smee.
His shenanigans with the crocodile are considered by many people to be the most interesting scenes made by Disney. Indeed, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston say as much in their book, The Disney Villain.
Aladdin from Aladdin
Aladdin is famously known as Prince Ali Ababwa, and he is the main flag bearer of the film Aladdin franchise. In the film, he was portrayed as coming from a poor upbringing, and he used to scrap food and run from guards with his monkey sidekick, Abu. But despite his upbringing, he is an optimistic, fun-loving, hard-working, and handsome character.
Honestly, we all admire how Aladdin struggled to change his life from nothing to something. It would be fascinating to see him in real life, pretending to be Prince Ali Ababwa.
Nakoma from Pocahontas
Nakoma from Pocahontas is one of the simplest characters; all she wanted was to be Pocahontas’ best friend. She is free-spirited and optimistic, yet tries to be responsible and serious. In some cases, she acts as the voice of Pocahontas. However, at some point, she gets a warning when she tries to stop Pocahontas from going to see her love interest, John Smith.
Nakoma is not just a beautiful and simple girl. She is also an adoring person who wants the best for her friend. We all wish to have a true friend like Nakoma who cares about us and wishes the best for us.
Lady Tremaine from Cinderella
Known as Cinderella’s wicked stepmom, Lady Tremaine is barbarous, eager for power, and manipulative. This portrait is nothing short of precision, showing Lady Tremaine’s evil nature and disdain for Cinderella. As the heartless stepmother, Lady Tremaine doesn’t go after her stepdaughter directly, nor does she use violence. Instead, her actions are far more insidious.
Lady Tremaine tries to rebuff and attack Cinderella mentally, propelled by her envy of the girl’s lovely nature which stands in stark contrast to the personalities of her own troublesome girls, Anastasia and Drizella. We’re sure Cinderella fans will still adore this stunning pic of the cold-hearted villain.
Prince Charming from Cinderella
Prince Charming’s looks in this portrait, exceeds our expectations. He looks handsome and one you could dance with all night long. He also appears smart, not only physically in this portrait, but also in the film. Prince Charming is famous for his romantic commitment towards Cinderella.
From this portrait it is undeniably apparent that he is truly charming and a person you would love to be associated with. It’s no wonder why every girl in town was trying to claim that the glass slipper was theirs.
Merida from Brave
Honestly, most of us did not think that the Scottish princess and the daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor would look so beautiful in real life.
In this portrait, she is perfectly portrayed as a brave, free-spirited, beautiful young girl similar to what we see in the film. What do you think about this portrait?
Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty
Here comes the one who will sweep girls off their feet before he says even a single word—Prince Philips from Sleeping Beauty. Prince Phillip has a muscular, slim physique, brown hair, lighter, attractive brown eyes, and on top of that, he seems to have a sense and taste for fashion. He is famous for being brave, persuasive, and heroic, but also seems to be easy-going.
This incredible drawing of Prince Phillip is worth staring at. Nobody will blame you for nearly popping your eyes out of your head after seeing him appear so realistically.
Ariel – The Little Mermaid
The ocean-going princess from Disney’s classic The Little Mermaid is a stubborn, rebellious, outspoken mermaid who isn’t afraid to chase her dreams. Ariel was an inspiration to our younger selves as she always swam into action with a plan (even if her plans didn’t always work out well).
In this beautiful portrait, you can see what Ariel might look like if she was a real mermaid princess who posed for Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen. What do you think? We would love to meet her in real life!
Mother Gothel from Tangled
This is an ideal picture of Rapunzel’s mother-turned-enemy. Her expressive eyes and deceptive smile capture the nature of the character perfectly. Mother Gothel is a mischievous hag who held youth for many years through the recuperating properties of an enchanted flower.
When the flower’s forces were moved to the hair of Rapunzel, Gothel seized the princess and locked her in a secret tower. To know what happened next, we suggest watching Tangled from start to finish.
Prince Naveen from The Princess and The Frog
If you have watched The Princess And The Frog, do you remember the awkward moment when Prince Naveen as a frog says, “I am Prince Naveen,” as his pick-up line and gets smashed by a book? Oh, how that scene makes us laugh.
Prince Naveen cannot help himself from bragging to everyone that he is the most charming and handsome man to exist. But with this portrait, perhaps he had every right to feel this way. We definitely wish he existed in real life.
Ursula’s Alter Ego Vanessa from The Little Mermaid
Look at this portrait. It is easy to understand why Ursula could easily brainwash Prince Eric into loving “Vanessa” instead of Ariel.
With a slender, attractive young look like this, we must congratulate the artist for being spot-on in depicting Ursula’s alter ego here. Most girls are rejoicing that she doesn’t exist in real life because her iconic beauty definitely has brainwashing abilities.
Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians
You realize an expert in his craft has made remarkable work when he can catch the evilness of the fashion-fixated heiress known as the Devil Woman. The artist included many intricate details, such as her yellow-colored teeth from smoking. It truly is stunning work!
Cruella De Vil is the principal villain of Disney’s 1961 101 Dalmatians. Obsessed with eccentric fashion, she wishes to utilize the skins of 99 Dalmatian pups to make a spotted fur coat. Viewed as a “witch” and “demon lady,” Cruella’s fascination with fur pushes her to dangerous heights of wickedness.
Kocoum from Pocahontas
What can we say? The artist perfectly captured Kocoum’s signature serious look. Kocoum is Chief Powhatan’s most powerful warrior, and he battled fearlessly in the conflict against the Massawomecks. The handsome Native American warrior rarely smiles, hence the serious image.
Kocoum became Powhatan’s assistant following his bravery in battle. He appears to genuinely love Pocahontas. However, when he sees that she cherishes John Smith, he is devoured by desire and assaults John, even hurting Pocahontas.
Alice from Alice In Wonderland
We don’t know anyone who doesn’t adore Alice in Wonderland. Here is a picture that will transform your memory of her. The artist did an amazing job, perfectly capturing the charm and innocence of the famous Disney character.
This classic look shows Alice’s characteristic blonde locks decorated with a dark lace bow. You can also see her huge blue eyes, long lashes, fair complexion, and of course, the iconic blue dress. Though we can’t see them in the painting, we know she’s also wearing those white stockings and Mary Jane shoes.