It should come as no surprise by now that some of the most powerful characters on Game of Thrones are women. In fact, these badass babes have proven time and time again that they're not taking no for an answer, and have no qualms about clawing their way up to the top in a quest for power, blood, and the Seven Kingdoms.
Their ferocious ambition, thirst for revenge, and unstoppable loyalty has definitely ensured that many of these female characters are in the running, to say the least, in the game itself. Not only that, but we're pretty sure that if it came to an epic showdown between the bloodthirsty Game of Thrones heroines and cutesy Disney princesses... well, we all know who would win that throne.
Khaleesi has no need for Prince Charming to come and save her ass.
Daenerys has already got that taken care of; and it must be said that the Dothraki are decidedly nowhere near charming. But hey, the Mother of Dragons can hold her own amongst this raucous desert people – after all, the love, or should we say "moon of her life," and sun to her stars, the late, great, and hirsute Khal Drogo was one of them.
Oh, and Dany would have never eaten that poisoned apple.
One word: Dragons.
Instead of waiting around Disney princess-style for the prince to come slay the evil dragon, the dragons come to Khaleesi's rescue.
Also, Dany is pretty much fireproof. So there's that.
And I mean, can you even imagine a Disney princess riding a dragon? Better yet, let's go ahead and imagine a battle between Elsa versus Khaleesi. Two ice princesses, one with magical powers and the other with flame-breathing dragon babies?! Now that would be one for the books.
They do their own dirty work.
The Game of Thrones girls have no need to sit around idly brushing their long, tangled hair in some pesky tower their evil stepmother very inconveniently trapped them in. Instead, they get their own revenge. *cough* Arya Stark, anyone? *cough*
Honorary mentions: I will say that Margaery Tyrell vs. Belle, Arya vs. Mulan, Melisandre vs. Pocahontas, and Cersei versus Sleeping Beauty would all be girl fights of more than mythical proportions.
You don't ever wanna mess with the Sand Snakes.
The late Oberyn Martell's bastard daughters were out for blood last season, and what they went on the hunt for, you can bet your ass they found.
One thing is for sure, you definitely don't want to mess with these girls. The ballsy beauties earned their stripes, and their nickname, after their father's infamous "Red Viper" nickname – and after they poisoned Jaime's daughter Myrcella Lannister in a shocking twist in the Season 5 finale.
Or maybe not so shocking after all... I mean, it is GoT. Cinderella Princess Myrcella never even stood a chance.
They vie for power just as much as their male counterparts.
In an interview with Glamour, Emilia Clarke revealed, "I love that so many women watch the show. If you look at Game of Thrones on face value – blood, tits, dragons, swearwords – you’re like, 'Oh, this must be for guys.' But if you take that away, the story lines are fascinating depictions of the struggle for power. And women are in on that conversation!"
They're ready to change the game.
“Baratheon. Starks. Tyrell. They’re all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top, then that one’s on top, and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel,” Daenerys claims in one of the most memorable episodes of Season 5.
Some of our favorite female characters, like the Mother of Dragons, have a fierce and almost anarchistic thirst to make their escape from the ever-turning wheel and instead, turn it on its head.
Talk about a game-changer – the gender role reversal here is evident, especially in Daenerys' position as sole ruler and ultimately independent woman; and in actress Emilia Clarke's amazingly feminist response to the question of asymmetry between male and female nudity in the show. (Tits and dragons, indeed.)
Anyway, this is basically Khaleesi speak for "F*ck the system."
But she's not alone in giving the struggle for the Iron Throne a big fat middle finger: Margaery Tyrell and Cersei Lannister engage in their own vicious power struggle in King's Landing, with manipulative tactics the likes of which would send any Disney princess running.
They have to make difficult choices and sacrifices.
It's not like the Disney princesses don't take risks, but in the Game of Thrones it's a step past happily-ever-after and instead all about survival. For example, when it comes to Rapunzel and Sansa Stark, one gets saved from the tower... and the other jumps from it.
It's safe to say who's made the riskier choice here.
Let's not forget that Sansa jumped out of said tower to escape the rapey clutches of Ramsay Bolton, the monstrous power-hungry murderer she was essentially forced to marry because it's the only way she can find her way back to her beloved homeland.
The show has proven time and time again through its critically well-developed and multidimensional character arcs that there is certainly more than one way to take power – and to fight for your life in the process. We're more than a little excited to see how "Dark Sansa" comes into her own in the upcoming Season 6 – and will maintain that she would fully kick Rapunzel's butt if it came down to it.
Game of Thrones season six premieres on April 24th, 2016.