See The Women Of ‘Games of Thrones’ and Their Disney Counterparts

There’s no denying Game of Thrones has a cast of badass women who are strong, exciting and live their lives with fierce conviction. However, if you contrast them with female Disney characters, the similarities are jaw dropping. From fearless fighting to manipulation and mental power play, it will be hard to look at these pairings as separate characters ever again.

Arya Stark and Merida
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones, Brave
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Gravitating toward independence, strength, and skill, Arya Stark has proven she is a young forced to be reckoned with. Fearless in nature, brave, and classically trained in sword play by way of her trusty blade Needle, Arya and Merida are one in the same. Her Disney counterpart doesn't believe in being a damsel in distress. She's mastered archery and carries the bravery and confidence needed to hold her own against evil. The pair serve as solid role models for young girls to follow their hearts, even if it means going against what is expected of them.
Daenerys Targaryen and Elsa
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones, Frozen
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Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains and Khaleesi of the Great Grass Seare, Daenerys Targaryen has leveraged her power to build a loyal following in an effort to take the Iron Throne. Like Elsa, she has a caring and compassionate heart with only the best intentions for the innocent. Whether it's Dany locking her dragons in a dungeon to protect her people from becoming a snack, or Elsa exiling herself to master her power of snow and ice without fear of hurting people, the two ultimately stand as strong, confident and courageous women.
Brienne Of Tarth and Mulan
Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones, Mulan
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Brave, bold and independent, both Brienne and Mulan dismiss the traditional role of a woman. Not allowing their fate to be determined by a man, these two characters have learned to hold their own among their male counterparts. With fierce loyalty, Brienne and Mulan follow through on commitments they've made without compromise. Brienne's unwavering promise to bring Sansa and Arya Stark home and Mulan's willingness to disguise herself as a man to fight for her people, crush gender stereotypes, while inspiring and empowering those around them.
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Sansa Stark and Belle
Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones, Beauty and the Beast
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Sansa Stark may have been introduced as a self involved and shallow character with emotional weakness, but quickly gained a thick skin after seeing her father beheaded, enduring the torment of living with the Lannisters, and being forced into an abusive marriage with Ramsay Bolton. The sacrifices she's made to survive mirrors that of Belle, whose choice to live at the Beast's castle to spare her father's freedom shattered their rose-colored glasses. Still holding onto a deep seeded belief that there is still good in people, their surface naive nature is merely a mask for calculating smarts to eventually lead them to a happy ending. 

Margaery Tyrell and Jasmine
Natalie Dormer, Game of Thrones, Aladdin
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Smart, sophisticated and beautiful, Margaery Tyrell's mission in life is to have a position of power that will enable her to live a secure life of luxury. Her looks and calculated behavior has gotten her everything she wants and she, like Jasmine, doesn't like taking "no" for an answer. While Jasmine isn't keen on arranged unions, she shares Margaery's desire for more than what surrounds her. Escaping palace walls in search of adventure and friends to call her own, she understands the power of her appearance and knows she can fall back on it to get what she wants.
Melisandre and Ursula
Carice van Houten, Game of Thrones, The Little Mermaid
To call these two wolves in sheep's clothing is an understatement. Melisandre and Ursula are easy shape shifters who have mastered the art of manipulation. Their black magic powers, time and again, have fooled the power hungry and self-absorbed into sacrificing their lives and morals for what seems like a bigger and better life. However, those who have fallen under the spell of these two and made irrevocable deals, face nothing but a soul sucking and tragic fate of misery and death.
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Cersei Lannister and Evil Queen Grimhilde
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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Living a life of privileged royalty, Cersei Lannister appears to have it all. However, her unwavering hate for younger brother Tyrion, whom she blames for the death of their mother, has her steadfast on the idea of destroying his existence. Evil Queen Grimhilde has similar feelings toward Snow White, who she sees as a threat both in beauty and power. While both queens plot to rid themselves of unwanted family members, they continually find themselves outsmarted by their targets and those who are willing to keep them safe.
Ygritte and Pocahontas
Rose Leslie, Game of Thrones, Pocahontas
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Aside from the fact that these to both have love for a man named Jon, Ygritte and Pocahontas were both born with a wild and free spirit. Unafraid, cunning, tough and confident, these two easily dismiss the judgement of others. Pocahontas means, "little mischief" or "the naughty one," which encapsulates the essence of these two and their bending of gender stereotypes. While they both stand strong with an undying loyalty for their tribes, each is capable of letting down their guard for those who have broken down their emotional barriers.
Olenna Tyrell and Grandmother Fa
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones, Mulan
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While both of these characters lean to the elderly side, they share a youthful spunk that casts aside silly power play and impulsive decisions made by the inexperienced sitting in power. They have the smarts, experience and common sense to share calculated advice to keep their livelihood and the ones they love protected and safe. Because of their age and status, both women appear to be unassuming, a valuable guise when plotting to kill someone as vile as King Joffery or overseeing Mulan's matchmaking.
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Shae and Snow White
Sibel Kekilli, Game of Thrones, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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Soft, delicate, and dependent on others to care for them, Shae and Snow White appear to be a bit spineless at first. Obedient to those with power, threatening situations drove both characters to seek refuge with dwarf men who fall hard and fast for their sweet and disarming nature. While Shae paid the ultimate price for turning on Tyrion, her desire for an easy and unobstructed life lives on through the fairytale Snow White ended up with.