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Friday, March 31, 2017

Most Intelligent Disney Female Countdown Part 3/3

Some Disney females are prettier than others, some are braver than others, some are sweeter, some are sassier, etc etc. These little details are what make them different. I find it fun to rank them on different quality/trait scales because it makes me look deeper at these characters and I end up learning more about them and why they are the way that they are. (This is made obvious by my many countdown lists.) So this time, I thought I would look at potential IQs. I have gone through and analyzed the actions of each character in her movie along with any other information I could use to try and rank them as accurately as possible. Additionally, with each icon I tried to pick a moment that shows off the respective character's intellect (are lack thereof). So, who are the smartest Disney females of all? Here are my results:
11. Penny
The very first we see of Penny is a bittersweet moment. She is being held kidnapped by a malicious woman with alligators for pets. However, she is sneaking away and sending out a message in a bottle (as shown in the picture) which will ultimately lead to her rescue. This act was a definite sign of Penny's intelligence for coming up with this plan as well as seeing it through. In addition, what Penny chose to write in the note was smart as well. The note was made out to the orphanage that Penny had been staying at. This was smart, not only because they were the only ones who knew her, but it helped anyone looking for her to know where she went missing from. Her spelling wasn't too good but she was pretty young and writing such big words as "orphanage". When Rufus was explaining the concept of faith to Penny, she understood it pretty quickly and very accurately. This was a definite sign of her intelligence as this is an abstract concept. When Bianca and Bernard try to come up with an escape plan and Bianca mentions the alligators needing to be "locked up in a cage", Penny immediately thinks of the elevator as a cage. This was smart thinking. Additionally, Penny is the one who thinks of using the fireworks as a distraction to steal Medusa's swamp-mobile.

10. Cinderella
The fact that Cinderella was able to make tiny clothes for the mice shows off some of her intelligence, especially where her creativity is concerned. When Cinderella was told about Gus, she also showed her intelligence when she relied on Jaq to help him relax and talk him out of the cage as she knew Jaq would be more successful at this than she would be. Since Cinderella was close to Bruno, as it was the dog given to her by her father, it was smart of her to try and keep Bruno out of trouble and keep him from going after Lucifer. When it came to feeding the animals however, it was not very smart to feed the mice alongside the chickens as they had to fight over the food. When Lady Tremaine read the invitation of "every eligible maiden"to go the ball, it was very smart of Cinderella to realize that it included her and to stand up for her chance to go. She smartly pointed out to Lady Tremaine that it was a "royal command" so that she could not be denied. The fact that Cinderella knew how to make her own dress and understood fashion as well as she did, was a good sign of her intelligence and creativity as well. Although it's understandable that Cinderella was excited about her dress and going to the ball, it wasn't exactly the smartest move to point this out and ask them about it as she came down the stairs. This is because she must know that she's hated by her step-sisters and step-mother so showing them her happiness could only make them want to take that away from her. However, it doesn't mean Cinderella is unintelligent for making this "mistake" either. Although the point is supposed to be that Cinderella is so humble that she doesn't realize she's with the Prince, it doesn't really make sense. They were dancing all alone on the floor, had a curtain pulled to give them privacy and walked/dance around the royal courtyard. Thanks to all of these obvious signs, Cinderella should have been able to tell that she was with the Prince, even if she was lost in love at the time. She also should have given the Prince - or regular young man she thought she was with - her name so he could find her, even while running away. It was her chance at love and freedom. When Cinderella found out that the Prince was the man she had spent the night with, and that he was looking for her, it was also foolish for her to let herself be so taken away by the notion and not pay attention to her surroundings. There's no way she could have known that she'd be locked in the tower but she knew enough not to trust Lady Tremaine and her daughters, especially after what they had done to her just before the ball. She made it way too obvious that she was the girl with the Prince and she should have played it cool until the King's men showed up. That being said, when Cinderella realized that Jaq and Gus had the key to get her out but were trapped by Lucifer, it was incredibly intelligent for her to think of telling the birds to go and get Bruno (as shown in the picture). This was really smart because she was in a high-pressure and very stressful and frustrating situation yet she was able to think of this and using Bruno's (natural) hatred of Lucifer to help get herself out of the locked tower and onto her happily ever after, once and for all. It was also incredibly smart of her to bring the other slipper with her downstairs, as the ultimate proof that she was the girl that the Prince was looking for.

9. Tiana
The fact that Tiana showed so much ambition at such a young age was a definite sign of intelligence. She already had plans for her future and she already wanted to be a part of something bigger: "Bringing folks together from all walks of life." It's debatable whether Tiana knew what would result but either way it was very smart of Tiana to offer the advice to Charlotte of using food to get to the Prince. This was smart because it was good advice but also because it resulted in Charlotte paying Tiana for her food/cooking. When Tiana first encountered Naveen as a frog, it was smart of her to immediately ask who Charlotte was then dancing with. It was not smart that she let the frog-prince continue to mistake her for a "princess", as he kept calling her that multiple times before trying the kiss. This is why the frog-prince thought the kiss would work and Tiana should have known this - it would've saved her from turning into a frog herself! Even though it was very self-centered and somewhat cruel, it was also smart of Tiana to use her position in the tree as leverage to get Naveen to give her what she wanted when the alligators were coming after them in the swamp. When it came to dealing with the Frog Hunters, Tiana also showed some quick thinking and intelligence quite a couple of times as well. As Tiana got to know Naveen a little better, it was really smart of her to make Naveen do something for himself, specifically to mince the mushrooms (as shown in the picture). This was smart because it was teaching Naveen so many things in what seems like a really simple task. Despite her mother and father's advice along with Mama Odie's, it was very hard for Tiana to get in touch with her deeper needs of human companionship over the want for her restaurant. When Naveen set up a romantic night for him and Tiana, tried to wear a bow tie and was clumsy and nervous instead of conceited and arrogant, Tiana didn't seem to pick up on all of these signs. She and Naveen were really bonding and very comfortable together but she neglected the growing romance that was budding right before her very eyes. This was not a very smart move on her part as she was denying herself love. Also, when Tiana saw the human Naveen, it was not very smart of her to think this was the real Naveen. She knew a fake Naveen had danced with Charlotte before and there was no reason for her to think that frog-Naveen had already been transformed back to human again. However, when Tiana was tempted by Dr. Facilier to make her dreams come true in return for returning his medallion, it was very smart of her not to trust Dr. Facilier and to choose what she needed - love - instead. It was even smarter of Tiana to use her abilities as a frog to snatch the medallion from Dr. Facilier and crush it, defeating him in the process.

8. Jane
When a baby baboon steals Jane's book, it was not very smart of her to chase it through the jungle. It's understandable that she'd want her notes and drawings back but no one knew where she had gone and she was increasing her chances of getting lost or even dangerously hurt - which almost happened had Tarzan not intervened. When Jane saw the way Tarzan reacted to her human hand and heart, as well as the English language, she quickly realized that he was unfamiliar with humans and she responded appropriately. This was a sign of her intelligence. She also immediately realized that his group was the gorilla group as soon as she saw him interacting with them. When Jane was explaining about Tarzan to her father, she also showed her intelligence in her accuracy and analysis. Furthermore, she knew how to communicate to Tarzan so that she and her father could teach and understand him (as shown in the picture). It is heavily inferred that Jane takes after her father in terms of intelligence, especially when it comes to her curiosity and knowledge of the world. When Tarzan was teaching Jane how to speak ape, she seemed to be a quick learner as well, even though she wasn't taught too much.

7. Ting-Ting
The Princesses of China are betrothed to Princes that they have never met in order to keep peace between the 2 kingdoms. When Mulan says "Really? So you have no idea what they're like at all?" It was Ting-Ting who immediately picked up on Mulan's subliminal point and addressed this by saying "It's alright, Fa Mulan. It's our honor to serve the Emperor." This was a sign of Ting-Ting's intelligence as she was able to read between the lines and understand the point that Mulan was slowly getting at. It was also Ting-Ting who reminded Mei of their duty as betrothed Princesses when she spoke of her feelings for the soldier Yao. In addition, Ting-Ting was the only one of her sisters who decided to sit and read in her spare time (as shown in the picture) which is another sign of her intelligence. Furthermore, while Su was flirting with Chien-Po and Mei was flirting with Yao, Ting-Ting was the only one of the princesses who chose not to flirt as she was choosing to be mature and responsible, yet another sign of her intelligence. When the carriage that the princesses were riding in got loose, Ting-Ting smartly got both of her sisters out and given over to the soldiers very quickly, which saved her sisters. Her responsible actions and quick-thinking were signs of her intelligence in this situation. Even though Ting-Ting refused to laugh out loud at Ling's jokes, she understood every single one as none went over her head. After Shang caught the princesses and guards just after Mulan had, Ting-Ting was also the first to apologize to Mulan for what happened (later). When Mulan and the soldiers were fighting the bandits, it was smart of Ting-Ting and Su to help out by throwing rocks from their position above (as long as their aim was accurate).

6. Attina
Attina is very responsible and she easily puts herself in others' shoes. The ability to place oneself in someone else's positions and trying to see things from their point of view is a definite sign of intelligence. One of the first things we see from Attina (in Little Mermaid 3) is her trying to impart this lesson to Ariel, asking her to look at things from her father's point of view and what it's like to be responsible for an entire kingdom. When her father asks if Attina and her sisters have all been attending to their royal duties, she responds "Yes father, we've been working very diligently." This is not a very common adverb which shows that Attina has a wide vocabulary. In addition, the word means "in a way that shows care and conscientiousness in one's work or duties", which linguistically is also meant to signal just how intelligent Attina's character is. When everyone is questioning Ariel on where she was the night before past curfew and things get off-topic, Attina is the one to set things back on topic, another little sign of her intelligence as she's not as easily distracted. When Ariel twists the story about where she was, Attina confronts her (as shown in the picture) with evidence, forcing Ariel to come clean. This is again, yet another sign of her intelligence as she knows how to get the truth from Ariel and plays her cards right. After Ariel goes missing, Attina "looks everywhere" for Ariel but once she can't find her, she smartly goes to her father to fill him in on the situation, another sign of her intelligence as she knew when a problem was bigger than her and she needed assistance. Furthermore, it is noted in the special features that Attina loves to research the "history of the sea" and that her biggest pet peeve is "littering", showing that she cares about the big picture and long arch. These are also definite signs of intelligence.

5. Kida
We may not realize it at first, but the first time we see Kida, she is disobeying the rules of her culture by allowing Milo and his group to live. However, Kida sees that her culture and society is dying and she sees the wide range of talents in Milo's group - especially Milo's talents - and knows that this rule of isolation isn't helping her or Atlantis. Kida's father points out that in the past, Kida would not have disobeyed the law but she points out that in the past, Atlantis was not in such turmoil. While she wants her kingdom to flourish again, she is not too vain to see when she needs help from the outside world. As she tells her father, "Our way of life is dying" and expresses her hopes that the outsiders' knowledge may help give the city new life. This is a great sign of her intelligence. Not only does Kida want to learn more so that she can save her kingdom, but she also seems to just have a general curiosity and thirst for knowledge as well. This is another sign of her intelligence. Although Kida relies on pattern to assume that Milo is a scholar, she is not limited to pattern. She tries to think outside of the box and immediately asks Milo a ton of questions as soon as she has the opportunity to do so. The first question that Kida gets an answer to, is the question of how Milo and his people found Atlantis. When Milo pulls out a book and says he could not have found Atlantis without the book, she is immediately interested and tries to start reading the book (as shown in the picture). Unfortunately, no one in Kida's culture knows how to read but she does not let this stop her, as she asks Milo to read the book for/to her. Next, Kida shows Milo a transportation device that she hasn't been able to figure out how to work. Despite not being able to read, Kida has gotten pretty far with the written instructions, even though she hasn't been able to get the machine started. This is not the strongest sign of her intelligence but nonetheless it is definitely a point towards her intelligence for getting as far as she has (as even Milo points out). For not having anyone to really practice her English with, Kida is pretty fluent and able to pick up on nuances pretty well. This is shown when she sums up and recites the new information about Milo's companions to him. Kida had gotten confused when Milo first started explaining everything, which was to be expected, but she really got the hang of it all pretty quickly which shows her high intelligence. It seems that Kida's intellectual curiosity has motivated her to explore her entire city, which is how she was able to take Milo to the underground mural. However, it could also be that the mural was not underground when Kida first discovered it. Either way, after over 8,000 years, Kida never forgot about this mural and clearly understood it's importance, hence why she asked Milo to translate it for her. This is yet another sign of her intelligence.

4. Moana
As a child, Moana is prone to the sea and is constantly trying to run away there. However, as she gets a little older, she starts to be more mature about her role in her tribe and takes that more seriously. This sign of maturity is also a sign of intelligence, as she can think beyond herself. When the roof of one of the huts has a constant leak, she smartly figures out the source, and is able to fix it properly. Showing her love for sailing but also a sign of her creativity, Moana makes a little sailboat in her drawings (at a young age) and out of the material usually used for the baskets. After Moana foolishly tries to venture into the ocean and hurts her foot, she decides it’s time to give up this pursuit and take her place as Chief. When her grandmother doesn’t try to discourage her from this and starts to act weirder than normal, she realizes there is more beneath the surface and inquires about it, another little sign of intelligence on her part. Even though Moana has never sailed before, she adapts to it quickly for a first-timer. When she discovers HeiHei on her sailboat and he won’t stop walking off into the ocean, it was smart of her to keep him in the box underneath. When Moana’s boat crashes even after asking for help, she immediately gets upset at the ocean, kicking it and yelling at it. This was not very smart and a very emotional, impulsive moment for Moana. When Moana first met Maui and he sang his “You’re welcome” song, she got so distracted by the song and dance that she didn’t realize he was in the middle of saying “’Cause I’m gonna need that boat. I’m sailing away, away” and stealing her boat from her, as well as trapping her in a cave. This wasn’t a complete lack of intelligence on her part, but it didn’t show a strong intelligence either. When she was looking for a way to escape the cave, her first instinct was to try to push the rock out of the way, which is not the most sensible plan. However, it was smart of her to use the ladder and statue to get herself out – albeit very dangerous too (though just staying in the cave was also dangerous). When Moana turned the little “You’re welcome” phrase back around on Maui, this was a definite sign of intelligence. When HeiHei ate the “Heart”, it was smart of Moana to ask for Maui’s help (even if he didn’t help as much as he could’ve). The way she managed to retrieve HeiHei and the “Heart”, as well as orchestrate her escape and return to the boat was very smart and impressive. When Moana is trying to talk Maui into helping her return the “Heart”, it was smart of Moana to appeal to Maui’s ego, although it was manipulative as well. Asking Maui to teach her how to sail was especially a sign of Moana’s intelligence. However, trying to argue that she wasn’t a princess – even though she was the Chief’s daughter and next-in-line for the throne – was very nonsensical, since she is obviously a princess. If she wants to argue that she’s not an average or common princess, that would make sense; but arguing that she’s not a princess at all is silly. When Moana accompanied Maui to the Realm of the Monsters, she showed her improvisation skills by being able to distract the crab, especially when she came up with the fake “Heart” idea (as shown in the picture) so she and Maui could escape, which was very smart. When Maui couldn’t get his magical hook to work quite like it used to, it was smart of Moana to think that the root of the problem lied beneath the surface – and the way she prodded the story out of him was a clever choice. It was also smart the way she got him to cheer up as well as helped him practice his shape-shifting. As Moana watched Maui take on Te Ka, it was smart of her to see the opening to get past the “lava monster”, however her execution of her idea wasn’t as clever. Once Moana found herself alone, it was smart of her to question the ocean on why it chose her. When Moana realized that Te Ka was actually Te Fiti, the way she went about restoring the “Heart” showed her wisdom and maturity. 

3. Pocahontas
The first time we see Pocahontas, she is standing at the top of a cliff while her best friend announces that her father and the other warriors are back from defeating another tribe in war. Instead of taking the sensible route down to the river though, Pocahontas decides to jump off the incredibly and dangerously high cliff. This was definitely not smart as she could have gotten very hurt. When confronted with the decision of whether or not to marry Kocoum, Pocahontas very smartly chooses to weigh her options. In addition, she is intelligent enough to objectively understand that each option has it's own benefits and consequences, not just assuming that the choice she wants is completely beneficial and the other completely consequential. Furthermore, she does not take this monumental life-changing decision lightly, as she goes to her Grandmother Willow seeking advice. The advice that Grandmother Willow gives Pocahontas, is to follow her heart which shows that Pocahontas is someone who goes with her head more when choosing for herself. Choosing logic over emotion is a great sign of intelligence, as well as knowing when to choose which one over the other and being able to adapt accordingly, which Pocahontas can do. Pocahontas' curiosity and open-mindedness of John Smith and his culture also show a great sign of Pocahontas' intelligence (as shown in the picture). Perhaps it was Disney magic or just Disney's way of shortening a very realistically long time frame, but either way Pocahontas' ability to pick up English so quickly and accurately is yet another sign of her intelligence. When John Smith was excited about sharing his culture with Pocahontas and her people, she overreacted a bit. It's smart of her to want to protect her land but she should be more open to hearing his ideas (just as he should be open to hearing hers as well). It was very smart of Pocahontas to take John Smith to meet Grandmother Willow so that she could give an informed opinion of him. It was also smart of Pocahontas to question her choices about continuing to see John Smith or not. After Kocoum's death, even though Nakoma immediately admitted to Pocahontas that she had sent Kocoum, it was smart of Pocahontas to accept some responsibility for his death (but not all responsibility). It was smart of Pocahontas because she understood the chain reactions that led from her choices. When Pocahontas finally saw the compass for the first time, she immediately and smartly recognized it as the spinning arrow from her dream. The way that Pocahontas put herself in between her father and John Smith and the advice/explanation she gave to her father showed much intelligence and maturity on Pocahontas' part. Her wisdom helped to stop the two sides from fighting. It was not very smart of Pocahontas to give up on love and a whole new world to explore at the end though - especially considering her intellectual curiosity and adaptability skills.

2. Rapunzel
Her intelligence undeniably sticks out as she is shown exhibiting quite a variety of intelligent skills throughout the film. She has a very eclectic and creative nature which are both signs of her intelligence. The way she was able to study the stars and figure out astronomy all because of her curiosity about why the lights are there, is one of her biggest signs of intelligence. She manages to keep Pascal hidden from Mother Gothel which is a little feat in itself as well. She seems to have a natural curiosity which is shown by her choice of hobbies when she's stuck in the tower as well as when she leaves the tower and enters the city for the first time. This is a major sign of intelligence. Even in her artwork you can see Rapunzel's intelligence. For example, on her bedroom ceiling, Rapunzel painted a mirror image of herself on the bed, which is pretty creative. When Rapunzel realizes that Mother Gothel isn't ever going to let her out of the home, she quickly improvises a plan to sneak out. While this is a risky move, it does show her intelligence as to how she pulled it off. When Eugene breaks into her house, she acts very quickly, imprisoning Eugene and then bribing him into getting what she wanted. The only inconsistency here is that she doesn't connect the dots she already has at this point. She knows the lanterns only appear on her birthday (as shown in the picture) and that Eugene said they were done every year for the princess, yet she doesn't even ask if the princess has the same birthday as her or anything. It was clearly only for the script that she didn't question more about this, as it would've changed the plot of the film. It's also a bit inconsistent that she never realized her "mother" was using her to stay young. But again, that would change the entire story. When she first entered the bar, she immediately realized that the bar did not seem safe, showing she wasn’t too na├»ve despite the fact that she had never met anyone like those in the bar. (Perhaps that was instinctual.) As unbelievable as every scene in which Rapunzel relies on her hair is, it does show her ingenuity to use it the way she does. She didn’t seem to pick up on Eugene’s criminal aspects in the beginning (despite "breaking" into her tower) but she definitely picked up on when he started having feelings for her. So for someone who has only ever been around 1 other person her entire life, her people skills aren't too bad. After all, she is being raised by a wolf in sheep's clothing! Her survival skills seem pretty good for someone locked in a small tower her whole life as well.

1. Mulan
The first time we see Mulan, she is "studying" for her "test" with the Match Maker. While it's not really smart of her to write on her arm as she can get caught, it's not exactly an unintelligent decision either. In order to get her chores done faster and with less effort, Mulan devises a plan to attach food and a bone to her dog to get him to feed the chickens for her. This was incredibly clever and showing off Mulan's ingenuity. When Mulan brought her father tea, it was smart of her to carry a spare cup as she ended up needing it. While Mulan was getting ready for her meeting with the Match Maker, she stopped along the way to get involved with what looked like a Checkers type kind of board game. This showed off Mulan's intelligence, particularly when it came to strategy, long-term thinking and big-picture seeing. Even though her grandmother meant well, it was foolish of Mulan to wear a cricket into her meeting. It was also foolish of her to depend on the writing on her arm and not pay attention to what she was saying more closely. Instead of trying to snatch the cup away from the Match Maker, Mulan should have just told her about the cricket in her tea. Even though Mulan meant well, it was very foolish of her to disrespect her father by interrupting his accepting of the call to go to war. It's understandable for her to be against it and not want her father to go but it was not smart of her to embarrass her father in public like that. Once Mulan had decided to impersonate a man to take her father's place, it was smart of her to practice out loud a bit before she showed up. When Yao tried to start a fight with Mulan, she showed off her intelligence in the way she was able to quickly duck and get away from the violence without getting hurt. It's understandable that Mulan wouldn't know how to be a man but thinking there was a "manly urge" to kill things was definitely foolish and extreme. It took Mulan a long time to think of a boy's name and it was not smart of her to think of one before she showed up at the camp. It took ambition and dedication for Mulan to catch onto the process along with everyone else but it also took some smarts as well. Since Mulan was pretending to be a male, she should not have gotten fully naked to shower since the other soldiers could show up at any time. Mulan really displayed her intelligence when the Huns attacked them in the mountains. The best example of this, is when she came up with the idea to shoot her cannon at the mountain to create an avalanche to stop the Huns (as shown in the picture). The ingenuity of this action saved many of the lives of her fellow soldiers. This was also shown when she used the arrow tied to the string to save herself and company while falling down the mountain. When Mulan was accused of treason, it was very smart of her to immediately explain her case as well as to do so as concisely as she did. She didn't waste her time and chose her words wisely. It was a very intelligent sign that Mulan was able to reflect on her choice to join the army and how it wasn't entirely for her father but also somewhat for herself. The ability to look deep inside herself and understand the reasoning behind her actions was a very smart move. When Mulan saw that a few of the Huns had survived, it was really smart of her to try and warn Shang and the other soldiers instead of just going home and allowing a sneak attack to happen. When Shang did not believe her, it was smart of Mulan to tell the other soldiers to keep their eyes open as she was giving them their best chance by alerting them. The following battle scene with the remaining Huns and Shan Yu displayed a ton of examples of Mulan's very high intelligence, especially her ingenuity and improvisation. When Shang and the soldiers were trying to break through the doors of the Emperor's palace to save the Emperor from Shan Yu, Mulan came up with a very smart alternative based on what she had learned in training. This saved them time and allowed them to reach the Emperor safely as well as reserve more of their energy. It also provided a disguise for the soldiers to trick the Huns and get the upper hand. Mulan was smart and used what she had around her, to her advantage. This was very resourceful and clever. In addition, it was very smart of Mulan to tell Chien-Po to save the Emperor and get him away from the battle with Shan Yu. When Shan Yu was going to go after the Emperor, Mulan cut the line so that he could not get to him. This saved the Emperor's life. The entire plan with Mushu to lure Shan Yu to the roof and shoot fireworks at him was a brilliant idea. It was also clever the way Mulan used her fan to steal Shan Yu's sword as well as use it to keep him pinned in place so that he was a still-target. It was thanks to Mulan's intelligence that she was able to be so successful in saving China.

So what did you think about the ranking? Any surprises? Feel free to share your reaction and comments below! ❤

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Most Intelligent Disney Female Countdown Part 2/3

Some Disney females are prettier than others, some are braver than others, some are sweeter, some are sassier, etc etc. These little details are what make them different. I find it fun to rank them on different quality/trait scales because it makes me look deeper at these characters and I end up learning more about them and why they are the way that they are. (This is made obvious by my many countdown lists.) So this time, I thought I would look at potential IQs. I have gone through and analyzed the actions of each character in her movie along with any other information I could use to try and rank them as accurately as possible. Additionally, with each icon I tried to pick a moment that shows off the respective character's intellect (are lack thereof). So, who are the smartest Disney females of all? Here are my results:

Part 1/3 Starts Here

22. Nakoma
As Pocahontas' best friend, Nakoma advises Pocahontas to ask her father about the meaning of her dream. This was smart of Nakoma as she understood and respected the knowledge that her elders have. When Nakoma is with Pocahontas in the cornfield, she smartly realizes that something is going on with Pocahontas that she isn't talking about, despite her objections (as shown in the picture). While it's smart of Nakoma to be worried about Pocahontas and not want her sneaking out to meet the new strangers, it was not smart of her to be so narrow-minded and see the situation in such a racially divided manner. While Nakoma had good intentions when she told Kocoum about Pocahontas running off, it was also very foolish and not smart of her to send Kocoum after Pocahontas, as shown when it resulted in his death. When Nakoma had realized that she made a mistake however, she did apologize to Pocahontas and immediately told her the truth. She also tried to make it up to Pocahontas by coming up with a clever way to let Pocahontas talk to John Smith. 

Honorary Mention: Anastasia Romanov
When Anya was a young girl, her castle was under siege by Rasputin and his men. As Anya was escaping with her grandmother, she chose to go back for her music box which was a very unintelligent move. This choice is really what separated Anya from her family and almost got her killed. Since Anya had lost her memory (at least for a while) it was smart of her to use her necklace - which said "Together in Paris" as a clue to finding her family (as shown in the picture). It was quite witty of Anya when she asked Dimitri if he really thought she was royalty, then he should stop bossing her around - even though he really was only trying to help. Since Anya needed Dimitri to help her, it was foolish of her to antagonize him as much as he did. When Anya and Vlad were sharing the bunkbeds on the ship, it was not very smart of Anya to take the bottom bunk and have Vlad take the top bunk. After learning that Dimitri had lied and been a con man, it was smart of Anya not to trust him anymore. However, when he spoke of being the young boy from the kitchen who helped them escape, it was not as smart of her to shut him out without listening - even though she was reasonably upset. The way Anya was able to save herself from falling off of the cliff was pretty smart. It was also somewhat smart of her to realize that Rasputin's power came from the talisman when she stepped on it, and that smashing it would defeat him.

21. Aurora
The first time we see Aurora, she is just finishing cleaning up and sees that her "aunts" are planning something. Even though they tell her it's nothing and send her out to "pick berries", Aurora smartly knew they were up to something, likely having to do with her birthday though she decided to play along for their sake (as shown in the picture). Aurora is not the only Disney princess to long for love and a soul mate. What sets Aurora apart however, is the fact that she "wonders" about the philosophy behind soul mates and how that works itself out, looking to the birds for an example. When the animals showed up with a cloak, hat and boots, it was foolish that Aurora never thought to question where they came from and whether or not the original owner was nearby. It also took Prince Phillip singing for her to realize that she was now dancing with someone who could touch her back, rather than her having to hold the clothes and help the animals along. This was not very smart as the animals never faked the human touch. Although Aurora originally said she'd "never" see Phillip again, it was very smart of her to immediately change her mind and set up a meeting with him. This was her one shot at love and she was smart not to let it pass her by, especially considering her aunts had kept her away from other people for so long. It was not smart that she never exchanged names with this man she danced in the forest, however, as it would have saved her a lot of heartbreak later. 

20. Eilonwy
When we first meet Eilonwy, she has just discovered Taran and immediately deducts that he is being held prisoner. While this might seem obvious, it would not be to someone who had no intelligence, therefore this is a point towards her intelligence (but not a big one). It was smart of Eilonwy to ask Taran if he was a Lord or a Warrior or someone who had skill in fighting that might be able to help her escape but it was not smart of her to immediately judge that he couldn't help her because he wasn't. As we learn later, Eilonwy doesn't like assumptions made about her just because she's a girl yet she does the same thing to Taran just because he's a farmer. To her credit though, she did immediately let him know that he was welcome to try and escape with her, which was a smart decision. When Eilonwy and Taran discover the burial chamber in the castle, she starts talking about the history of the king who had built the castle before the Horned King took over. Not only knowing this information but recognizing and recalling it was a sign of her intelligence. When Eilonwy and Taran watch the goblin Creeper loading a wagon into the next room and close the door behind him, Eilonwy smartly understands the urgency and timing of this moment and urges them to start moving "before they come back". The first time Eilonwy sees Taran using the magical sword, she immediately recognizes it as well. As they are trying to escape, Eilonwy calls on Taran to use the sword to get them out of a tough spot (as shown in the picture) and he listens, which ends up helping them escape the castle. This was quick and smart thinking in a tense situation, a good sign of intelligence. When Eilonwy was upset at Taran's bragging, she made logical points but emotionally lashed out on Fflewddur when he was just trying to mediate the situation and hadn't chosen sides. Her logic was smart but her reaction wasn't as smart. However, she was the first to correct the situation, being the bigger person which was a sign of her intelligence (and maturity). When Eilonwy first met Gurgi, it was not very smart of her to immediately trust him as much as she did but it was smart of her to consider what he was saying about finding Taran's pig. When Taran decided to trade his magical sword for the Black Cauldron, it was also smart of Eilonwy to be hesitant as she knew the magical sword worked but really didn't know much about the Black Cauldron.

19. Merida
While Merida is complaining about her life, it shows us her lack of intelligence. She thinks her brothers are allowed to get away without much responsibility because they are boys, completely ignoring their age difference and the fact that she was running around without much responsibility when she was their age. Merida is incredibly stubborn about growing up and shows a big lack of maturity, which is not a sign of intelligence. She also is not very interested in learning, as shown by her doodling when her mother is trying to teach her history and geography. Merida's dangerous free-time activities are not very smart since no one would know where to find her if she got hurt. The way Merida stole desserts and sneakily gave them to her younger brothers was pretty smart although giving her younger brothers extra sweets was not a smart idea. When Queen Elinor tries to teach Merida a lesson through the legend of the ancient kingdom, Merida does not pick up on the lesson of selfishness and it's consequences, thinking it's just a story. This was not smart of Merida at all. As Queen Elinor was explaining the rules of the tournament and only first-borns being allowed to compete, it was very smart of Merida to realize that she could use this as a loophole to enter the contest herself (as shown in the picture). Instead of lashing out and trying to use this to never have to face her responsibilities though, Merida should have used this to postpone the marriage until someone could beat her at shooting. This way she could have bought herself more solo time without completely offending the other clans. To tell her mother that she would rather die than be like her was also incredibly foolish of her, especially since she didn't even actually mean it. Upon meeting the Woodcarving Witch, it didn't take very long for Merida to figure out that she was a witch despite the fact that she was claiming to just be a woodcarver. That being said, it was foolish of Merida to trust the Witch after she said that she had "too many unsatisfied customers", even though she did trust the Wisps who had led her there. When the witch was talking about her last customer, it was very obvious that she was talking about Mor'du, had Merida been paying closer attention to her lessons previously. This was yet another warning that Merida missed about the spell not being what she was expecting. It was also foolish of Merida not to have any kind of back up plan in case the spell didn't work or at least not the way she planned it to. Even though Merida is upset that her mother is forcing her to move onto the next stage of her life before she feels she's ready, it was incredibly foolish of Merida to think that her mother didn't care about her and wasn't worried about her while she'd been gone. It was also foolish of Merida to leave the cake out in the open where she didn't know if anyone else would eat it. Once her mother had turned into a bear, Merida came up with a very smart plan to sneak her out of the castle so that her father would not accidentally kill her mother. At the Witch's cottage, it was foolish of Merida to panic the way she did and enter all of those magical vials into the cauldron as she didn't know what effect that might have. Even though Merida never had to rely on survivalist skills, it showed her intelligence and curiosity that she had learned about poisonous berries, clean water, fishing and outdoor cooking during all of her time hanging outdoors. When her mother started becoming more bear-like, it was smart of Merida to keep talking to her and calling her "Mom" to remind her of who she was. After following the Wisps to a ruined castle, Merida smartly recognized it from the story that her mother had told her about before. As she started to recognize other items in the ruins, she also finally made the connection between the Prince's story, her own and the Witch's spells. She smartly realized that Mor'du was the prince from the legend. When Merida has to get her mom back into the castle, she smartly comes up with a good plan to sneak her inside. As Merida was giving the distracting speech to all of the clans, it was very smart of her to remember what brought the clans together (positive stories of them helping each other) as well as admitting her own mistakes and taking responsibility for them. Merida's mother couldn't speak as a bear so she tried to use sign language to speak through Merida in parts of her speech. This only worked because Merida was smart enough to pick up on this sign language attempt so accurately. It was also smart of Merida to get everyone out of the room so she and her mother could get by. After Merida had been locked away, it was smart of her to send her little brothers to get her the key so she could go help her mother. When Merida was told that she had to "mend the bond broken by pride" it was kind of silly that she thought it meant the tapestry rather than an apology but it wasn't Merida's least intelligent moment either. It was smart of her to finally apologize to her mother verbally though.

18. Andrina
The first thing we hear out of Andrina's mouth is a sarcastic joke. When Alana complains that she needs her "beauty sleep", Andrina immediately responds "Tell me about it." This sense of humor and act of joking is a small sign of intelligence. When Ariel makes a couple of observations about her father, Andrina is the only one to say "well, she's got a point". This shows that she is observant and perceptive which are also signs of intelligence. (She's also smart enough not to agree with these points in front of her father, where he could get upset at her.) Andrina is pretty good with timing, it's what makes her as humorous as she is. She knows exactly when she has enough time to make a silly face (as shown in the picture), or when it's appropriate for her to joke and tease. These are also signs of her intelligence.

17. Alice
The first time we see Alice, she is ignoring her history lesson. She asks her older sister, "How can I possibly pay attention to a book with no pictures in it?" While creativity is a sign of intelligence, creating fantasy to not have to deal with reality is not a sign of intelligence. The need for amusement in order to learn is not a strong sign of intelligence. That being said, when it comes to the things that interest Alice, she is very curious and inquisitive, which is a strong sign of intelligence. It was not very smart of Alice to drink and eat randomly appearing drinks and food items without knowing the ingredients or source. That being said, Alice did take notice of this, even if she did decide to go against her better judgment. While it's good to be curious about things, Alice was completely led by her curiosity and often defied logic to satiate this curiosity. Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum tried to warn Alice about curiosity getting one into trouble by telling her the story of The Curious Oysters. Unfortunately, after listening to the story (as shown in the picture), Alice thought the moral to the story only applied if one was an oyster. This was just nonsense; clearly not a sign of intelligence. When Alice was searching the White Rabbit's house for his gloves, it was incredibly foolish of her to eat the cookies(?) she found. Not only did she already experience the crazy-growth from eating food in Wonderland, but she shouldn't be eating someone else's food without their permission. That being said, as this put Alice in a tough spot where she could have been burnt to death, she did use her smartness and quick thinking to try and eat a carrot, which did end up returning her to her normal size. When Alice first entered the area where the flowers lived, she very quickly picked up on the altered language here, displayed when she correctly names the "rocking horsefly". This was a sign of intelligence as she picked up on the change quickly after just one example (the bread'n'butterfly). When the flowers asked Alice what species she was, she incorrectly labeled herself as Genus: Humanus. This was a valiant attempt which shows some intelligence but the inaccuracy shows a small lack of intelligence as well. The human species is Genus: Homo and Species: Sapiens; Homo Sapiens. When Alice encounters the Caterpillar, he asks her "Who are you?" to which she responds that she doesn't know. This did not make sense. While Alice had changed sizes a few times by this point, she didn't change who she was. It seemed very odd that Alice would question who she was before she would question where she was. Yes, Alice did say she was having memory problems but one would think her surroundings would be just as - if not more - shocking than problems remembering things as she "used to". Additionally, Alice is told by the Caterpillar to keep her temper yet this seems to go right in one ear and out the other. When asked why Alice wants to be bigger, instead of saying that she wants to be returned to her normal/original/natural size, she says that "3" tall is such a wretched height" even though she can see that the Caterpillar is clearly around the same height as her. This was not a sign of intelligence on Alice's part but foolishness instead. When Alice tries to return to her normal size by taking a bite of each side of the mushroom, it was smart of her to think of just licking one side to control the ration. It was also smart of her to hold onto both pieces in case she needed them again later. (She should've made a conscious note of which side was going in which pocket though.) Although it's not terribly complicated, Alice also did pick up on the concept of the "unbirthday" very fast, which was a small sign of intelligence but a sign, nonetheless. When Alice left the Mad Hatter's and was trying to find her way through the woods, it was smart of her to use the logic of going back the way she came to get back home - even if it didn't actually work out that way. Also, when Alice's path disappeared before her eyes, she started to apply more logic, reason and patience to her situation which was a sign of intelligence as well. Since Alice was trying to get home, it wasn't the smartest move for her to stop and help the cards paint the roses but it was compassionate. In the Queen's court, Alice displayed her knowledge of the court process which was definitely a sign of her intelligence. It was definitely not smart of Alice to insult the Queen as she was in the middle of shrinking though. Even before she started shrinking, she should have just left when she had the chance to. This decision showed that she continued to neglect logical advice in favor of following her own whims instead.

16. Ariel
The first time we see Ariel, she is ditching her performance to sneak around a very dangerous sunken ship graveyard. This was not very smart as no one knew where she was and she knew that sharks could be around. It was somewhat smart the way she manipulated Flounder to come along in the short-term but it was not smart in the long-term. The reason why they were at the sunken ship, Ariel's curiosity, is a big sign of her intelligence though, as well as her knowledge of and relationship with Scuttle. It's smart of Ariel to seek information from someone that is familiar with land - even if Scuttle doesn't actually know what he's talking about. It was not incredibly smart of Ariel to trust going to the land and surfacing to talk to Scuttle though, since she had so much to learn about the dangers of land and being discovered as a mermaid etc. While it was nice that Ariel wanted to have some faith in the people, it was not smart of her to argue about them being barbarians with her father when she didn't even actually know any humans herself. Ariel's Treasure Cove shows how intellectually curious Ariel is, especially since her collection is so eclectic. The way Ariel wonders about what everything's function and purpose is, including wanting to ask humans questions, learning what they know and reading their books (as shown in the picture) shows a great sign of intelligence on Ariel's part. This is especially true when she asks about fire and why it burns - something she would have never seen or experienced for herself before being underwater. While Ariel's curiosity and ambition to satisfy this curiosity are signs of her intelligence, her impulsive and often careless actions are not very intelligent. Even though Ariel felt like she was in love, it was very foolish of her to go around singing the way she does and making it obvious. This was foolish because her feelings were for a human and she knew her father would not approve of this if he found out. It was also silly of Ariel to believe she was in love with someone that she had never even had a conversation with, even if she had a genuine crush on what she believed to be a genuinely good guy. When Flotsam and Jetsam first appeared to Ariel when she was upset and mentioned Ursula's name, Ariel smartly recognized her as the Sea Witch and told them to go away. However, she let that power of suggestion creep in and take control which was not smart at all, as deep down she knew Ursula was not to be trusted. When Ursula pulled out a contract for Ariel to sign and pressured her into signing it, Ariel should have realized this was "making a deal with the devil" and that was not a smart thing to do. When Ariel first got to meet Eric as a human, it was smart of her to try sign language to communicate with him since she couldn't speak, even if it didn't work out the way she wanted it to. Since Ariel had nothing to go on but Scuttle's word, it's understandable that she wanted to fit in and tried to use the fork as a brush and the pipe as a musical instrument. Once Eric and Grimsby were looking at her funny with the fork though, she should have not trusted Scuttle's word anymore and still tried the pipe. That being said, it doesn't make her unintelligent for trying. It was also foolish that Ariel still thought the fork was made for brushing hair even after this scene at the table. When Eric takes Ariel on a tour of his kingdom, her fascination with pretty much anything and everything was a good sign of her intelligence. It wasn't exactly the smartest idea to think she could get Eric to kiss her without talking as forcing a kiss on someone is not going to help them fall in love with you. This is especially because she had heard the way Eric was in love with her voice yet this was the one thing she had given up. That being said though, she wasn't too pushy about it and she did try to respect his choice and space as much as possible. It was smart of her to go after Eric the way she did once she realized that it was Ursula who was trying to take him away from her though, rather than just another woman.

15. Belle
The first time we see Belle, she is longing for more out of life. She doesn't want to devote her entire life just to this town and she wants to explore what the world has to offer. This curiosity is a sign of her intelligence, as well as her proclivity for reading in her spare time (as shown in the picture). (Although reading and walking at the same time is not a very smart idea.) When Gaston was insulting Belle and giving her a hard time, she behaved herself in an incredibly mature and even somewhat witty manner, both showing off her intelligence. The fact that she was not taken by Gaston's superficial positives and cared more about his substantially negative traits, showed that she was a good judge of character which is just another sign of her intelligence. When Belle asked her father if she was odd and questioned why she didn't fit in, this also showed her intelligence as she didn't take anything for granted and was smart and humble enough to reflect on herself and not just other people (which is much easier). Once Gaston had somewhat tried to force himself on Belle, it was very smart of her to use their physical positions by the door to essentially kick him out of the house and keep herself safe from his advances. The fact that Belle had standards for herself and didn't want to marry Gaston as she was so much smarter than him, was another sign of her intelligence as she understood her own worth and value (as well as Gaston's by contrast). When Phillippe showed up without Maurice and Belle could see that her father was in trouble, it was not very smart of her to just impulsively head out and try to save him. It would have been much smarter of Belle to try and get some townspeople to help her look for him; If the townspeople would not have helped her then at the very least, Belle should have made a plan and stocked up on some tools and equipment before venturing out into the dangerous forest to find her dad. Once Belle did find her father, he tried to warn her to leave but she wouldn't go and then the Beast showed up. Upon the Beast showing up, Belle offered to take her father's place herself, which was incredibly foolish. It would have been so much smarter if Belle had just left her father there, now that she knew exactly where he was and what she was up against, and came back with townspeople to save her father. It made no sense for her as a young woman with her entire life ahead of her to give that up for her father who was already older and had lived a fuller life with a wife and child. When the Beast let Belle out of the tower and into a nice bedroom, it was very foolish of her to create problems by refusing his request for her to join him at dinner. At this point, she offered her own captivity yet he was making it nicer for her. It's understandable that she was upset about never seeing her father again but this was the choice that she had made and she would've been smarter to make the best of it. This is especially true when he came to the door and tried to ask as nicely as he could. It was also foolish of Belle to sneak out of her room and walk about the castle after refusing the Beast and claiming she was going to stay in her room as this could only anger him and make things worse. Even more foolish was her decision to go and check out the forbidden West Wing. While her curiosity about the West Wing was a sign of intelligence, as well as the way she tricked Lumiere and Cogsworth to be out of her way, it was not a sign of intelligence for her to provoke the Beast so much, especially considering the fact that she had no idea what was inside there. Then when the Beast caught her in this forbidden section of the castle, she foolishly ran out into the forest where she almost got killed by the wolves. Since the Beast risked his life to save her from these wolves, it was smart of her to return him to the castle as she was seeing another side to his character at this point and realizing that he wasn't the monster she originally thought he was. It was also very smart of Belle to thank the Beast for saving her life and showing him some gratitude as it helped to change their entire dynamic for the positive. It was also smart of her to meet the Beast halfway, like at the dinner table, as it helped him to open up more and try himself to be a better person. When Belle saw through the Magic Mirror that her father was all alone out in the forest, it was not smart of her to again go out alone to try and save him. She should have asked the Beast to help her, especially after the way she was attacked by the wolves the last time she left the castle alone. When Maurice was going to be locked up because the townspeople didn't believe that the Beast really existed - and Gaston tried to use this to force Belle to marry him - it was smart of Belle to use the mirror to show that the Beast was real, even though it didn't work out the way she wanted it to. Since Belle really did start to fall in love with the Beast, it was very smart of her to try and warn/help him once Chip had freed her from Gaston's trap. This was smart because it let the Beast know that he was cared about and that he had something worth fighting and living for - her love.

14. Jasmine
The first time we are introduced to Jasmine, she - with the help of her tiger Rajah - has just harassed the Prince-suitor who tried to earn Jasmine's hand in marriage. We learn that she has done this to all of the princes who have sought her hand in marriage, as she has a bigoted opinion of all princes and considers them all bad people. This is incredibly foolish especially considering the hypocrisy that she doesn't like it when other people have bigoted opinions of her as a princess. She should show others the same respect that she wants to be shown. Additionally, she claims that she wants to marry for love yet every chance she gets to fall in love, she purposefully ruins it before it even has a chance of becoming love. Considering she wants to be in love, this is incredibly foolish of her. While it's completely understandable that Jasmine wouldn't want to live her entire life never leaving the palace and would want to see the city, it's not understandable or smart for her to sneak out the way she did. She should've asked her father to take her out to see the city together or have the guards take her so she'd be safe. She knew nothing about the city and it was foolish and dangerous for her to go out and explore it alone. It was also foolish of Jasmine to think she could just steal an apple from the marketplace, even if it was for charitable and compassionate reasons. That being said, when Aladdin stepped in and used his improvisation to save Jasmine from getting her arm cut off, Jasmine very smartly picked up on the lie and was able to play along brilliantly. The way she was able to quickly understand and join in was a great sign of Jasmine's intelligence, especially because it was in the moment. Going back to Aladdin's "home" immediately, and alone, was not a very smart idea though. When Aladdin claimed that Abu said "that's not fair" that Jasmine was being forced to marry, it was smart of her to immediately realize that Aladdin was lying and using Abu as a tool for expressing his own thoughts. Furthermore, when it was clear that Aladdin and Jasmine were caught by the guards with no way out, it was smart of Jasmine to choose this moment to reveal her true identity as the princess so she could try and save Aladdin, even though it didn't work out that way. While it's completely understandable that Jasmine doesn't like nor trust Jafar, it only makes it more foolish for her to lash out emotionally and tell him that once she becomes Queen, she will get rid of him. This only gave him a heads up and allowed him to try and find a way to stop that from happening, which is why she should have kept this idea to herself until she was in a position to actually follow through with it. When Jasmine saw "Prince Ali" talking with the Sultan and Jafar, it was incredibly foolish and short-sighted of her to again emotionally lash out on them all and claim that she's not a prize to be won, as though she'd rather just be given away rather than actually earned. If she was not a prize to be won then she would've just married the first suitor who was presented to her as she wouldn't have had as much value. The fact that she had as much liberty in her position to choose who to marry and make the right man earn her hand in marriage, rather than just be given away to the first man who claimed her, is something she should've been thankful for and embracing rather than foolishly rejecting. It was incredibly unintelligent of Jasmine to devalue herself this way and make everything so much harder than it needed to be. When Aladdin called her beautiful, it was foolish of Jasmine to yet again emotionally lash out on Aladdin and treat him like every other prince due to her own bigotry. It was even worse that she insulted him by telling him to kill himself. This was so unintelligent because it was confrontational and aggressive for no reason. (It would be equally unintelligent for a man to always try and get confrontational and aggressive for no reason.) That being said, it was smart of Jasmine to recognize Prince Ali as Aladdin and the way she manipulated Aladdin into giving up his identity was even smarter (as shown in the picture). Unfortunately, she had been told that he was beheaded before, so it was very unintelligent for her to not ask how he got away from the guards and why she had been told that he was killed when he was clearly still alive. It was also not smart of her to immediately believe he was a prince. She never asked what kingdom he was prince of or why he hadn't admitted his true identity in that situation to save himself and why she had to be the one to admit who she was with the guards. It was also a sign of a great lack of Jasmine's intelligence that she had never realized that Jafar had been hypnotizing the Sultan for so long with his stick. When Jasmine was enslaved by Jafar and Aladdin showed up to rescue her and the Sultan, Jasmine very smartly used her quick-thinking and improvisation skills to pretend that the Genie's spell to make her fall in love with Jafar had worked. Even though this was incredibly disgusting, inappropriate and didn't really work out the way she hoped it would, it was smart of her nonetheless.

13. Anna
The first time we see Anna, it's the middle of the night but she has a ton of energy and what's to play so she's waking up her older sister for company. Elsa just wants to sleep but Anna knows exactly what to say to Elsa to get her up, "Do you want to build a snowman?" This was very smart of Anna as she knew exactly what to say to get her older sister to do what she wanted. However, it was not smart of Anna to test Elsa's speed by hopping in the air, which was shown as she ended up getting hurt. It was smart of Anna to mention to Elsa that she wished it could be like this all of the time, as it was basically her way of asking Elsa without putting the pressure of straight-forwardly asking. It was also smart of Anna to ask why not when Elsa said no. When it comes to Hans, it was not smart of Anna to accept a proposal so soon as they had courting in her day. It's understandable that she would long for human companionship after being isolated for so long but she definitely should not have trusted Hans so quickly nor offer to let all 12 of his brothers move into the palace. While it was also understandable that Anna was so frustrated with Elsa, it was not smart of her to push their issues in front of everyone else. She should have waited to say those things in private. It was smart of Anna to take responsibility for pushing Elsa too far but it was not very smart of her to leave Hans in charge of her kingdom and set out to find Elsa all by her lonesome in the dangerous mountains. When Kristoff said he was coming from the North Mountain, it was smart of Anna to question him about what he saw. Then when Kristoff was kicked out without being able to purchase, it was even smarter of Anna to buy his supplies for him and use them as a proposal to get him to assist her up the mountain. It was kind of smart for Anna to light the baggage on fire and throw it at the wolves as it did get rid of them but it was pretty risky and impulsive as well. The way she saved Kristoff from falling down the mountain however, was completely smart. It was smart of Anna to want to wait to tell Olaf about Summer until he could take them to Elsa but it's not a smart idea to never tell him, and technically we don't know exactly where Anna stood on that. It was foolish of Anna to try and climb the mountain herself, without any equipment or experience. It was also foolish of Anna not to give Kristoff a more definite heads up before jumping down from the mountain that she was trying to climb. That being said, it was smart of Anna to tell Kristoff to wait at the door so she could try and talk to Elsa alone. While it was not smart of Anna to provoke the big Snowman that Elsa sent after her at all, it was incredibly smart and creative of Anna to use the pinned tree to hit it (as shown in the picture). While Anna was waiting for Kristoff's signal to go down the mountain, it was not smart of her to decide to just jump without the signal. It was also not too smart of her to cut the rope and allow them to fall nearly 200 ft. as they almost did. When Anna was told that Kristoff was coming back for her and Olaf mistook this for him not loving her, it was smart of Anna to realize that it was the opposite and to try and meet him halfway as she was in a race against time.

12. Alana
Alana is creative and conscientious. She makes her own beauty cream from "plankton extract and sea salt" which "rejuvenates the skin and it won't clog your pores" (as shown in the picture). These are signs of her intelligence as she thought outside of the box to create her own beauty mask and considered the long-term results. 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Most Intelligent Disney Female Countdown Part 1/3

Some Disney females are prettier than others, some are braver than others, some are sweeter, some are sassier, etc etc. These little details are what make them different. I find it fun to rank them on different quality/trait scales because it makes me look deeper at these characters and I end up learning more about them and why they are the way that they are. (This is made obvious by my many countdown lists.) So this time, I thought I would look at potential IQs. I have gone through and analyzed the actions of each character in her movie along with any other information I could use to try and rank them as accurately as possible. Additionally, with each icon, I tried to pick a moment that shows off the respective character's intellect (or lack thereof). So, who are the smartest Disney females of all? Here are my results:

40. Arista
Not surprising that she's last if you've seen The Little Mermaid 3. When you first see Arista, she has just been woken up by the governess but is still wearing the sleep mask that she inevitably went to bed in and upon waking up, says "But it's still dark out." Then the aid of the governess lifts the sleep mask off of her eyes and she realizes her mistake (as shown in the picture). This scene was meant to tell us how much intelligence she lacks. Later, Aquata asks Arista if she is using her sleep-mask (without her permission) and Arista responds "Nope". Then, Aquata replies that "It's got my initial on it" and Arista asks "It does?" as though she forgot that all of her sisters have a name that starts with "A". That being said, she is naturally talented when it comes to playing the horns.

39. Drizella
Drizella's intelligence level doesn't seem to be too impressive. She does seem to be the first to acknowledge that she and her sister are eligible to go to the ball but that could be disputed. When she is singing and her sister starts to play the flute discordantly, she reacts with violence by snatching the flute and hitting her sister with it. This is a very clear sign of a lack of intelligence as she rushed to judgment and punishment without really thinking. In addition, she and her sister stick their tongues out at each other, despite the fact that they are not children. This is another sign that both of them are lacking in intelligence. After Cinderella asserts herself as an eligible maiden and seems to get her stepmother to agree to her going to the ball, the two sisters complain. Lady Tremaine explains that she said "If Cinderella finishes her chores then she can go" and Drizella seems to catch on to the trick here quicker than her sister (as shown in the picture). When Cinderella gets stuck in a daydream as Anastasia and Drizella are piling clothes and chores onto her, Drizella is the first one to insult her and call her "stupid" for no reason. The rush to juvenile name-calling is a definite lack of intelligence and may also be a Freudian slip of her own insecurities about her own intellectual level (or lack thereof). When trying on the glass slipper, Drizella also calls the poor aid a "stupid little idiot", again showing her own ignorance and short-comings.

38. Anastasia Tremaine
The way that Anastasia Tremaine is so overly dependent on her mother and needs her to explain most things for her, makes it pretty safe to say that Anastasia is not very sharp. All that she seems to know how to do, is to blame everyone else for her problems and physically lash out (as shown in the picture). Those are both signs of a lack of intelligence. Even though she likes to tease and make fun of Cinderella, she's never really witty about it, though she tries. When her sister is singing, she either purposefully plays the flute in a discordant manner or just loses her concentration. If it's the latter, that's a huge sign of lack of intelligence. If it's the former, that's still not a very smart move as she gains nothing from it and even gets hit for it. In addition, she and her sister stick their tongues out at each other, despite the fact that they are not children. This is another sign of both of their lacking in intelligence. When Cinderella gets stuck in a daydream as Anastasia and Drizella are piling clothes and chores onto her, Anastasia seems to be the first to notice her, showing she is somewhat observant.

37. Charlotte
Charlotte only seems to have one goal in life, to be a princess, but she certainly does what she can to reach it. Initially, it's a smart idea to pay Tiana to make her some "man-catching beignets" (as shown in the picture) except that long-term it would hurt her if the prince actually expected her to "make" some more (and Tiana wasn't around to keep up the ruse). This short-term thinking is a sign of her lack of intelligence. When she is at the ball, waiting for the prince to arrive, she uses a ton of tissues to wipe her sweat but then leaves them sticking to the sweat of her body until she throws a tantrum and throws them off, along with her tiara. This is not a sign of intelligence. The fact that Charlotte legitimately believed that wishing on a star was able to make her dream come true was also a sign of her lack of intelligence. Unlike Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora and others before her who wished through their dreams and personal goals, Charlotte actually wished on a sun that exploded millions of years ago. She fell for the intrigue and mystery that comes with an ignorance of the universe because she was not smart enough or curious enough to look into such things. As time is running out on the clock, Charlotte takes a long time to "absorb" the information given to her by frog-version of Naveen and then proceeds to put on lipstick to kiss the frog. This was another sign of her lack of intelligence as she chose to waste so much time during a time-sensitive situation. When she was too late to kiss Naveen and proceeded to kiss him like 6 more times in a row, it was another sign of her lack of intelligence as the kiss clearly would've worked the first time or not at all. (It was dependent on a time line, not amount or types of kisses.) Lastly, the idea that she could wait for a 6 1/2 year old boy to grow up and marry to become a princess was either an incredibly tasteless joke (that would be labeled as pedophilia if the genders were reversed) or an incredibly unintelligent idea. Either way, Charlotte is definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed.

Honorary Mention: Thumbelina
Sweet, kind and terribly gullible is Thumbelina's character. She seems to be too trusting in other people, as well as too reliant on them. After she escapes from being kidnapped, she has to find her way home. She is smart enough to ask for help from others since she's not too independently resourceful. Aside from that, she doesn't really show too many signs of intellect. The one sign of intellect that she does show however. is curiosity as she wants to know why she's so small and if there could be other people like her in the world (as shown in the picture). When Cornelius takes her dancing around, it was incredibly foolish of her to blow a kiss to the toad. This is proven true when he kidnaps her as a result, later.

36. Megara
When we first see Megara, she is being assaulted and harassed by the river guardian, Nessus. It is clear that Nessus is trying to take advantage of Meg and quite frankly, Meg's efforts to resist him are getting her nowhere. Hercules shows up to rescue her, but her first words to him are, "Keep moving, junior." This is completely idiotic. Yes, she was sent by Hades to recruit Nessus but that doesn't mean that Nessus was under any obligation not to hurt her. Furthermore, Hades has no love for Megara and no reason to keep her protected. If Nessus had killed Meg, Hades would've just recruited someone else to take her place. If Nessus had harmed Meg, as he was intending to, Meg would've been forced to just accept this and keep working for him. While many Disney females have found themselves in unfortunate and dangerous situations, Meg was the first and only to completely refuse any help, despite the fact that she desperately needed help. Even though Meg says "I can handle this", she clearly can't. It should have been clear to Meg by this point that her "recruiting" was having no effect. This introduction to Meg and her nonsensical choices was done for a reason, to show that Meg makes poor, impulsive decisions without thinking - hence why she got stuck working for Hades in the first place. It also shows that Meg has no trust for any man just because of what one man did to her. This over-generalization and extremist reaction shows a great lack of intelligence and this decision only hurts her by putting her in situations that she doesn't need to - and shouldn't - be in. Meg witnesses Hercules defeat Nessus, showing that he is clearly stronger and smarter, yet she decides to antagonize him a bit, rather than thanking him for saving her life. Meg was incredibly lucky that Hercules was such a stand-up guy and responded the way he did, because her reaction to him was not a smart decision. She already couldn't defend herself from Nessus yet here she was disrespecting the man who defeated Nessus. When Hercules asks about how Meg got herself into the situation she was in, she spews her anti-male, extremist and sexist ideology. Another sign of a lack of intelligence. (Misogyny and misandry are equally stupid.) Furthermore, she is so wrapped up in her own world that she doesn't even think to get to know Hercules and why he's out being a hero. She doesn't even entertain the idea that someone could help free her from Hades' control. When Hercules asks Meg if she needs a ride, she calls Pegasus a "pinto" - which means "a horse having irregular patches of two colors, typically black and white" - even though Pegasus is clearly not a pinto and Meg isn't blind. That's another sign of her lack of intelligence as she says things that are totally inaccurate. It seems that Meg uses banter, insults and sarcasm etc. as a defense mechanism to mask her lack of intelligence. It's also possible that Meg's bitterness is just getting in the way of whatever intelligence she does have. Since Meg doesn't care about anyone but herself anymore, she also blames her failure to recruit Nessus on Hercules, even though she knows full and well that Hades' only reaction would be to want to destroy him. Seeing as how she sends Hades after the guy who rescued her, this is either a sign of her lack of intelligence or a lack of compassion for anyone else. Since Meg claims to see right through Hercules' routine, even though he wasn't pretending to be something he wasn't at all, I'd say it shows a lack of her intelligence. Meg thinks that because Hercules is a male, he must be bad and deserve whatever bad things that might happen to him. This is not smart thinking at all. When Hades freaks out and admits that Hercules is the only person who can stop his evil plan, Meg still never seems to pick up on the fact that Hercules would make a stronger ally for her than an enemy. This also shows her lack of intelligence, as a smarter woman would have tried to help Hercules defeat Hades rather than help Hades defeat Hercules. That being said, Meg is an excellent liar and actress as she really does sell the notion that she is an innocent, worried woman who trusts Hercules to save the poor children "caught in a rock slide". So that counts as a point towards her intelligence to pull it off, even if it is dishonorable and manipulative. After Meg starts to lighten up towards Hercules and even care about him, she impulsively antagonizes Hades, which leads to him calling on her to be more involved in destroying Hercules. Meg just doesn't seem like she has any smarts when it comes to reading people, despite her claims of "seeing right through" Hercules when she first met him. After all, she is stuck under Hades' control because she gave her soul for a man who was dying and then after her sacrifice for him, he ran off with another woman. Firstly, she clearly did not pick a good man to give her soul for, showing her lacking in judge of character. Secondly, of all people, she trusted Hades to save her man and relationship. She should've realized that the God of the Underworld would never do something for her (or anyone) out of selfless gain. Thirdly, how did she even expect to stay with her man after selling her soul to Hades to save his life to begin with? It was probably Hades who sent the other woman to tempt Meg's man away from her, so that she would be forced to immediately start working for Hades. That entire situation shows multiple signs of a lack of intelligence on her part. Later, however, when Hercules is ambushed by a ton of women, Meg is able to hide and get private access to Hercules. One of the first things that he says to her is that he "missed" her, right after he rejected tons of women who were throwing themselves at him. Despite this, Meg still chooses to help Hades manipulate this honest, honorable, good-guy who can defeat Hades rather than try to side with him. When it comes to assessing people and their motives, Meg really seems to have no intelligence. One thing that Meg seems to know how to do, is manipulate men's weakness for seduction (as shown in the picture). She tries to manipulate Hercules by making it seem as though she is seducing him but it turns out that Hercules is stronger than that. When Hercules opens up to her and says he wanted to be "exactly" like everyone else, Meg immediately labels all people as "petty and dishonest", insisting that all people really are that way. This is another sign of her lack of intelligence. She knows that she was not petty and dishonest when she gave up her soul for her man, even if it didn't work out for her. The idea that she was the only person in the entire world who wasn't petty and dishonest is ludicrous. Meg chooses to be bitter and chooses to let the wrong people in her life, while pushing out the best people. It's possible that Meg could be smarter, except that she lets her emotions cloud her judgement. Even when she realizes that she is in love with Hercules, she still doesn't go to him for help against Hades or ever try to explain her situation to him. Instead, she blows up at Hades' and antagonizes him, revealing Hercules' weakness to him and subsequently helping Hades use herself against Hercules. This was another sign of Meg's lack of intelligence. A sign towards Meg's intelligence, however, is shown when she rescues Pegasus and seeks the help of Phil, acknowledging that he is the only one who can help Hercules now. She finally looked past her own bitterness towards men, even a man (Phil) who wasn't always polite towards her, to look at the bigger picture. When Meg was hurt and Hercules regained his strength, she immediately recognized this as Hades' contract breaking. This was another point for her intelligence, rather than against it.

35. Aquata
Aquata asks Arista if she is using her sleep-mask (without her permission) and Arista responds "Nope". Then, Aquata replies (as shown in the picture) that "It's got my initial on it" as though she forgot that all of her sisters have a name that starts with "A", which Attina points out to her. This shows that she's definitely not the smartest in her group of sisters, though she's not the least smartest either.

34. Lilo
The first time we see Lilo, she is running late to her hula class because she is swimming in the ocean... after delivering a peanut butter sandwich to a fish. Giving a fish a peanut butter sandwich is completely nonsensical. Additionally, considering she was front and center in the dance and that she got the stage all wet from the water she brought in from swimming, this was definitely not a smart move. It was also silly because she thought feeding a fish tuna would be an abomination, not knowing that many fish eat other fish. Worst of all, Lilo believed that this one fish, Pudge, controlled the weather. This was definitely not smart at all. It wasn't a good idea for Lilo to go home instead of waiting for Nani to pick her up as she had been asked to do, but it was foolish for Lilo to nail her front door closed and lock Nani out just because she had a bad day. This was especially true knowing that the social worker was on his way, seeing as how Lilo didn't want to be separated from her sister and put in the care of strangers instead. That being said, it's understandable that Lilo would have such behavioral problems considering the way her older sister is raising her. When Lilo was being told what to say by Nani to the social worker, she started to say some crazy things like that her sister punished her sometimes 5x a day with bricks in a pillowcase. To make up a story that violent and abusive - if it made up as it is implied to be - is really foolish unless Lilo was trying to get her sister put in jail. When Nani took Lilo to the pet store, it was very foolish of Lilo to ask for something like a "lobster". Even though it is foolish in the long-term, it did show Lilo's intelligence the way she knew how to manipulate her sister to control situations even though she was the child. This was not a good thing for Lilo but it did show her intelligence, nonetheless. Elvis Presley was Lilo's role model but choosing his traits of dancing, playing guitar and romance to make Stitch a model citizen was not a smart idea. A dog doesn't need to be doing any of those things and especially not trying to force a romance with a human. The smartest thing that Lilo did the entire film might have been when she called Cobra Bubbles when the aliens were attacking Stitch (as shown in the picture) - even though it didn't work out the way she was hoping it would.

33. Nani
The first time we see Nani, she is trying to pick up Lilo from dance class but she's not there. Nani runs home thinking this is where Lilo has gone. While it was smart to think that Lilo went home, it was not smart of Nani to go running home and kicking that car, calling the driver a "Stupidhead" for something that wasn't even his fault and she didn't even get hurt. this was especially not smart as the driver turned out to be a worker from social services sent to assess her situation with Lilo. (Plus, name-calling is a sign of poor intelligence as well.) Later when Nani made another unintelligent decision when she tried to excuse her behavior by saying if she had known who the driver was, she would not have behaved that way. Even though it's totally understandable that Nani would be so upset that Lilo locked her out of the house, it was incredibly foolish for Nani to talk to Lilo and threaten her the way she did. This response showed that Nani was not suitable to be taking care of Lilo as a parent, especially on her own. The fact that Lilo had drawn a picture of herself like a victim all alone in a corner and posted it on the fridge showed that she needed more companionship than Nani was able to give her and it was a foolish decision to leave Lilo on her own as much as she did to begin with. Leaving the stove and leaving the house all day while Lilo was in the house was also a really unintelligent decision. Clearly Nani was putting way too much on her own plate and this was endangering herself and Lilo as well. Additionally, telling Lilo what to say to the social worker was very foolish and showed that Nani could not trust the job she was doing to raise Lilo. When Lilo was hiding from Nani, however, Nani showed some intelligence the way she outsmarted Lilo and got her to come out of her hiding place, as well as "capturing" her (as shown in the picture). The entire little fight that Nani and Lilo have after the social worker really shows that this lifestyle is taking a huge, negative toll on them both. As Lilo said, Nani makes a better sister - at this point in her life - than a mother. That being said, when Nani saw how lonely Lilo was, it was smart of her to take her to go get a dog aka man's best friend.It wasn't the perfect solution but it was definitely a smart decision. It was also smart of Nani to let Lilo feel like she was paying for her own dog when she asked to. Even though Nani probably thought she was being responsible, it wasn't very smart of her to reject David the way she did, especially since she liked him and he was so good with Lilo. He even rescued Stitch for Lilo at one point later as well as found Nani a job opening when she needed it. When Nani got fired from her job because of Stitch, it was very foolish of her to insult the place as it only hurt her chances of getting a new job. It was not smart the way Nani was constantly letting Lilo manipulate her and control the situation as the child. Seeing as how Stitch was so different, it was smart of Nani to check a dog book and research more about him. It was even a smart guess when Nani thought it could have been a koala. After all of the times that Nani left Lilo on her own to work, it was silly of Nani not to leave Lilo to apply for work. This was not a sign of Nani's intelligence as she wasn't good at deciding when she should bring Lilo and when to leave her in another's care or on her own, if she's going to anyways. When Lilo was taken away by the alien, it was very smart of Nani to go to Stitch and demand answers from him, realizing that Lilo had been right this whole time about Stitch being able to talk.

32. Adella
The first line out of Adella's mouth is "I was dreaming about a boy". This pretty much sums up her entire character. She is so obsessed with boys and romance that it's all she ever seems to think about or talk about it. She seems to know how to get a boy's attention (as shown in the picture) but it also seems to be the only thing she knows how to do. That being said, for as boy-crazy as she is, she doesn't seem to get into too much trouble so she must have some wits about her.

31. Su
We never really get to see how intelligent or unintelligent Su is, as she is usually very quiet and/or agreeable most of the time. (Although those are not great signs of intelligence.) The one area that we do get to see Su displaying any knowledge, is when it comes to food. She seems to be an expert on food and which foods go best with which spices etc (as shown in the picture). Also, when Mulan and the soldiers were fighting the bandits, it was smart of Ting-Ting and Su to help out by throwing rocks from their position above (as long as their aim was accurate). 

30. Elsa
When Elsa is just a young girl, she is told that her magic is both beautiful and dangerous and that she must learn to control it. Unfortunately, her parent's idea of controlling it was suppressing it and that's not really controlling it. While Elsa cannot be blamed for listening to her parents (especially while they were alive), it isn't very smart that she kept trying something that didn't work - concealing it (as shown in the picture). At some point Elsa had to start realizing that concealing it wasn't really working and that she needed to control it. After all, it was Anna who lost her memories, not Elsa. Since Elsa was afraid of touching anyone, it was smart the way she passed the Duke's dancing offer onto Anna, even though it wasn't very nice or respectful to Anna's desires. It was smart of Elsa to say no to Anna's request to get married to Hans but it was not smart of Elsa to refuse to hear him out as it caused the situation to escalate unnecessarily. When Elsa ran away and realized that her powers could help her escape, she adapted to the powers pretty quickly which showed her intelligence, at least for the part of the escape as well as building her own ice palace. Once Elsa saw the beauty that her powers could create, it was silly of her to still not realize that she should learn how to control her powers - especially after Anna offered to try and help her. The accident that kept Elsa living in fear occurred when they were both just small children but they were young adults now and she owed it to herself and everyone else to learn how to finally control her powers. It was also dangerous of her to use her powers to create something like the huge Snowman attack Anna as it could have killed her - which would defeat the purpose of Elsa isolating herself to save Anna to begin with. At some point, Elsa should have realized that when she tried too hard to conceal, it would often cause her powers to lash out. When she was embracing them however, she was in control. When Elsa saw that Anna's act of love for Elsa thawed her frozen heart, it was smart that Elsa finally understood that love could thaw all of the ice she had created around the kingdom. It was also smart of her to create the little personal cloud over Olaf so that he could live outside of snow/Winter.

29. Snow White
While she's not exactly seen as lacking intelligence, it's just obvious that she's not abundant in it either. Whatever intelligence she does have, seems to be overshadowed by her innocence (naivety), inexperience and/or kindness. When the prince first shows himself to Snow, she does immediately run away which is pretty smart considering she doesn't know him at all and he just "trespassed" over the wall onto the property. Luckily, he had no malicious intent, unlike the woman Snow was actually living with. It's debatable why Snow White never picked up on how much the Evil Queen hated her despite living with her. She was forced to be a servant yet she knew very well that she was indeed a princess. When the Huntsman could not bring himself to kill Snow White for the Queen, Snow was pretty confused at the situation. The Huntsman had to explain to her that the Queen was evil and jealous of Snow White, which Snow White still had trouble believing as she asked the Huntsman "But who?" was after her. Did she really know anyone else? So this was a point against her intelligence, rather than for it. Upon making friends with the forest animals, one of the first things that Snow asked was whether or not they knew of a place she could go and be safe. This was a smart move on her part. It might seem like it wasn't the smartest move for Snow to just enter the Dwarfs' house but it wasn't as unintelligent as one might think either. The animals had clearly led her there after she asked for a safe place to go and she did investigate it a bit before letting herself in. She used deductive reasoning to conclude that with all of the furniture being so small and little, and the inside unkempt, that the house must belong to children. Even though she turned out to be wrong, it doesn't make her any less smart. This was a very smart and logical process that Snow went through and it showed that she did have some intelligence. Cleaning up the house while she was already inside was a semi-smart idea. It was definitely pushy and prejudicial but again, it did make sense. On one hand, people can't live in such a mess and it would only help whoever was living there. On the other hand, if the place was vacant then it was still good for the house to get cleaned. It's just healthier and more functional, whether it was the most polite or correct choice is another discussion. The way that Snow was able to quickly delegate the chores to the animals was pretty smart as well, though I don't think it was very smart to let animals do some cleaning - but hey, it's Disney magic! Falling asleep in the dwarfs' bed was not a smart idea but it was obvious Snow had tired herself out from all of the running away from death in the woods and then cleaning an entire house. When Snow White finally did meet the dwarfs, she showed off more signs of her intelligence. She was able to correctly guess which name belonged to each dwarf (as shown in the picture) - until Happy beat her to the punch and named himself and Dopey but she did guess everyone else. While it was naive of Snow to think that the Queen could never find her, especially after being told of her black magic, it was smart of Snow to immediately offer to earn her keep - by cleaning, sewing and cooking - with the dwarfs to stay. When Snow asked the dwarfs to wash up before summer, this was somewhat smart as well as it goes back to hygiene and long-term health. She also smartly knew that they were lying when they said they had washed up, as she had correctly analyzed their types of personalities. Before Doc and the other dwarfs go to work, he specifically warns her to be wary of strangers and that the Evil Queen has witchcraft on her side so Snow should be extra careful. Bashful and Sleepy - in their own way - try to warn Snow White as well. Even Grumpy warns Snow White and says "I'm warning you, don't let nobody or nothing in the house!" Despite all of these multiple warnings, Snow White still falls for the Evil Queen's disguise as the old lady later. While Snow White is smartly making Grumpy's favorite pie - to help him be less Grumpy and more accepting towards her - she does something very unintelligent and doesn't pick up on all of the warning signs when the Evil Queen shows up in disguise. Firstly, the old lady asks if Snow is all alone but Snow never asks why does she want to know if she's alone before anything else? Secondly, she asks if the "little men" are gone but Snow doesn't ask how does she know that little men live there? Thirdly, the sweet little forest animals start attacking her right after offering her an apple but again Snow never seems to ask why the forest animals would want to attack her. Finally, after getting attacked, the old woman suddenly claims this apple is now a "magic wishing apple" yet why didn't she say that before? That being said, it should also be said that the ugly, old woman was a brilliant disguise when you take in context that the Evil Queen is known for her vanity. Even still though, there were way too many signs for Snow White to blame it all on innocence and naivety. Snow White was so much more logical before that, it's as though she stopped thinking for herself as soon as the old woman showed up.

28. Anita
The first time we get to see Anita at length, she is choosing to read a book in the park (as shown in the picture). The selection of this activity is a definite sign of her intelligence. The next time we see Anita, she is doing some paperwork and writing - though we do not know what exactly she's writing about. This is another [small] sign of her intelligence though, as vague as it is. It is not smart of Anita to keep friends with the company of Cruella De Vil, especially considering how obviously evil she has and how rude she is to Anita and Roger. When Cruella was getting too close to Pongo and it looked as though Pongo might bite Cruella, it was smart of Anita to shift the attention to Cruella's new coat to avoid that situation. As obsessed as Cruella was with fur and the puppies, it seemed a bit odd that Anita was never truly suspicious of Cruella's motives. When Anita and Roger refused to give Cruella the new puppies, Cruella promised to "get even" and make them "sorry" yet Anita didn't seem to suspect Cruella of actually doing anything. Even after the puppies went missing, she still didn't seem to share Roger's accusations of Cruella being involved. Surely Anita blamed the 2 men who came into her house and physically stole the puppies but Anita didn't ask how they knew she had puppies in her home, why they chose their home nor why the only thing they stole were the puppies - which Cruella wanted. Anita even defended Cruella's character to Roger, claiming that she wasn't a thief. Granted the Scotland Yard had cleared Cruella's name but it was still pretty silly that Anita didn't at all suspect Cruella considering all of the circumstantial evidence that pointed straight to her.

27. Mei
Even though it went against her duties and promises, it was smart of Mei to use the "free stretch time" as a way to get to know Yao more. Since she liked Yao, it was also smart of her not to make fun of him for making a couple of verbal mistakes and being kind to him instead. Since Mulan had went against her family's wishes to "follow her heart", it was very smart of Mei to ask her for advice on how she was able to discern when it was right to follow through with her duty and when it was right to follow her heart (as shown in the picture). 

26. Tinkerbell
When Tinkerbell first started helping Peter Pan look for his shadow, she got trapped in the drawer that the Shadow had been kept in. We immediately got to see Tink's improvisation and ingenuity skills and she tried different ways to get the drawer open from inside (as shown in the picture). This was a sign of Tinkerbell's intelligence as she not only tried different methods but finally did succeed in freeing herself. When Tinkerbell was told to lead Wendy and her brothers to the Lost Boys, Tinkerbell came up with a smart but very malicious plan. She flew as fast as she could ahead of Wendy- knowing she couldn't keep up - and told the Lost Boys that Pan gave directions to shoot down the "Wendy Bird". She knew the Lost Boys wouldn't know the difference and were loyal to Pan and trusted Tink as getting orders from him. Though it was mean and evil, it was a sign of Tink's intelligence nonetheless. If Peter hadn't intervened, her plan would've worked. When Pan inquired about Tink's plan, she responded with unashamed confidence and no remorse whatsoever. This was not very smart as she knew Peter liked Wendy enough not to want her killed and would only "punish" her for this action. The least she could've done was try and argue her case but she didn't. This isn't a huge point against her intelligence but more just a point worth considering. It never seemed to even cross her mind that a negative consequence could have resulted from the totality of her actions. Tinkerbell let her jealousy and emotions control her which was very unintelligent, and exactly what Captain Hook relies on later to trick her into giving up Peter Pan's secret hideout spot. Tinkerbell should never have trusted Captain Hook to not hurt Peter Pan, especially when she knew they were each other's prime enemy. When Tinkerbell finally realized just how much danger Peter Pan was really in, she used her smartness to get free from entrapment again. 

25. Tiger Lily
When we are first introduced to Tiger Lily, she is being held prisoner by Captain Hook. Even though she never says anything throughout her entire time on screen - except to yell for help just before she almost drowns, her actions do tell us a few things about her. For example, Captain Hook offers her a deal to give up Pan's secret hiding place and he will cut her loose. Essentially, Captain Hook also tells her she will die if she doesn't talk (as shown in the picture). The reason why it was smart of Tiger Lily not to speak is that Captain Hook was not worth trusting. She would have been giving up Peter Pan and his Lost Boys for nothing. We know this as later in the film, Captain Hook does pull one over on Tinkerbell, who technically should have been even less trusting of Captain Hook than Tiger Lily. This judge of character on Tiger Lily's part shows her intelligence. 

24. Wendy
While Wendy may be an expert on Peter Pan and Neverland, that doesn't necessarily translate to intelligence. When Wendy first sees that her father's shirt has a treasure map on it, she asks what her father has done, as though he would have done such a thing to his own shirt. This was quite silly as she would've known what a Neverland treasure map would have looked like and should have known her father would never have done that to his own shirt. This was not an intelligent observation on Wendy's part. In addition, Wendy is getting older but very resistant to growing up. This sign of immaturity does not bode well for her intelligence level, even though her creative story-telling does. The fact that Wendy held onto Peter Pan's shadow to lure Peter Pan back was a very smart move on Wendy's part. Even though Wendy was finally meeting Peter Pan for the first time, she didn't seem as intellectually curious as one might expect. Instead of asking a ton of questions about Neverland or why Pan was there (though she did get to this later), she went on ranting about how she got a hold of his shadow and giving so many details that didn't actually say much (as shown in the picture). Once she realized she was talking too much however, she did start to ask some reasonable questions. It was weird that Wendy started laughing when Pan said that Tink called her a "big ugly girl" until she realized that it was an insult. This was a bit slow of Wendy and not too smart. When it was time to go to Neverland, Wendy did smartly ask how they were to get there as it seemed obvious that Peter just flew in. When Wendy was first introduced to the Lost Boys, Peter Pan introduced her as a "mother" and Wendy went right along with this. This was not really a smart move as Wendy wasn't thinking at all about the long-term consequences of introducing herself as a "mother" to this group of orphaned, Lost Boys. Considering Wendy is supposed to be an expert on Peter Pan and Neverland, it is quite surprising that she didn't know about Tinkerbell (though she knew she was a Pixie) and that she didn't know how mean the mermaids were going to be to her. She definitely should have known about Tink since she seemed to be Pan's sidekick or #2 in charge (so to speak) though it's debatable whether or not she should've known how crazy jealous the mermaids were. When the mermaids were attacking Wendy, it was smart of her to grab the shell and threaten to use it as a weapon in her defense, this was good, quick-thinking on her part and it did get them to stop. Later, after saving Tiger Lily, the Indian Chief delivers "an oration in sign language". It was smart of Wendy to ask her brother - whom she knew had more knowledge of [Native American] Indians than her - what was going on. This curiosity in another culture and what was going on was a sign of her intelligence. Even though it was her jealousy of Tiger Lily that brought her there, it was smart of Wendy to realize that this kind of fun time shouldn't last forever, and that growing up was an essential next stage of life. 

23. Shanti
We don't get to see too much of Shanti in her original film, aside from luring Mowgli into the village (as shown in the picture). However, in the sequel, we get to see a little more of her character. It was smart of Shanti to be afraid of the jungle and not want the kids playing outside of the village where so many unknown predators could take advantage of them. Even though Mowgli was mad that she called attention to the adults, it was the right move and a smart one at that. She protected the children of the village. When Mowgli was grounded for the night without dinner, it was also smart of Shanti to bring him food in an effort to apologize to him and get the chance to explain herself. When Shanti thought that Mowgli had been kidnapped by Baloo, it was not very smart of her to try and pursue them herself. Shanti knew she could not defeat a bear and the smartest thing would've been to wait until the adults finished getting rid of Shere Khan and then sent them to go and rescue Mowgli - especially since it was nighttime. In addition, calling out Mowgli's name while wandering the jungle was also not a smart idea as it brought unwanted attention to herself. Once Shanti realized that Ranjan was also searching the jungle for Mowgli, it was smart of her to want to get him back to the village seeing as how he was so young. It wasn't smart of her to give into him and continue looking for Mowgli together. After Shanti finally found Mowgli, Baloo confessed that Mowgli had asked him to scare Shanti. This caused Shanti to run away without letting Mowgli explain. This was not a smart move on Shanti's part as Mowgli had just done that to her earlier and she didn't like it. Also, Shanti did not know her way home and Mowgli and Baloo could have helped get her and Ranjan back to the village if she had asked. It was not smart of Shanti to put her feelings and emotions before her and Ranjan's safety, again. That being said, it was smart of her to help Baloo distract Shere Khan the way she did so that he couldn't find Mowgli.

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