On Monday, the romantic realists over on Reddit launched a discussion that, in all likelihood, would have made the 10-year-old version of you cry: In the real world, they wondered, which Disney princesses would probably be divorced by now?
From Cinderella and her hasty whirlwind romance with Prince Charming (slow down, girl), to Aladdin and Jasmine's royal marriage (their courtship was based on lies!), scroll down for some of the most depressingly honest answers. When you're done, head to the comments and tell us which Disney couples you think would have had a less than happily-ever-after ending in the real world.
Ariel and Eric from "The Little Mermaid"
"Ariel likes Prince Eric for the way he looks. Prince Eric likes Ariel for her voice. Give it a year and she'll be sick of his face and he won't want to hear her voice." -MrsJohnnyButt
Cinderella and Prince Charming from "Cinderalla"
"I mean, really...a 3 minute dance and a glass slipper fitting?" -sexualsidekick
"They talk for, like, 10 minutes tops." -SamanthaParkington
Belle and the Beast from "Beauty And The Beast"
"Considering the hidden room with the broken cups, which most likely were enchanted servants once, I think their marriage won't necessarily end in divorce, [but] at some point he will freak out over something and destroy her like he did all those servants of his." -gmkeros
Aladdin and Jasmine from "Aladdin"
"Aladdin and Jasmine....a relationship built on lies and judgement." -sezrawr
More Disney couples that wouldn't have lasted in real-life:
The prince seemed cool with Snow White's seven-man entourage when they first got together, but we're guessing that, once they were married, all those big personalities constantly hanging around got old fast. The prince probably bails on Snow White, but hey, at least she has no shortage of potential roommates.
When we last saw him, the Beast had transformed into a Fabio look-a-like, gotten a handle on his temper and won Belle's heart. But considering that even we would get annoyed by the nightly dinner theater put on by the couple's pots, pans and china (who were also transformed back to humans, as readers pointed out -- but who's to say they're not still singing?), we're guessing the prince's beast-like temper was set off again, sending daddy's girl Belle running back to the inventor's cottage. This slide has been updated.
It's a bad sign when a woman feels she has to drastically change for her man the way Ariel did, swapping her fins for feet so she could win the heart of land-lubbing Eric. Because of that rocky start, we can't help but predict divorce for these two. We're just hoping Ariel gets the gadgets and gizmos a-plenty and whozits and whatzits galore in the divorce settlement.
When we left the French Quarter, frog prince Naveen had transformed back into a man and married Tiana, and the couple had also opened a restaurant together. But if the bickering spouses on Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" have taught us anything, it's that love and restauranteering simply don't mix. In fact, it's likely a recipe for divorce.
Aladdin may have showed Jasmine a whole new world, but if these two kids refuse to move out of the palace and continue to live on Jasmine's father's dime, it's bound to cause some money-related arguments -- and possibly divorce. After all, a 2009 study by Utah State University showed that finance-related tensions increase the risk of divorce.
Captain Li Shang and Mulan's relationship should survive, as long as the army leader doesn't start to get annoyed with Mulan's cross-dressing ways.
Our prediction for this royal couple? Divorce. Maybe Sleeping Beauty should've taken the time to actually date and get to know her future hubby before they wed, but she was too busy getting some shut eye.
John Smith overcame his prejudices and got along with Pocahontas' pet raccoon, Meeko, but could the slightly smarmy explorer really sustain a lasting relationship with the free-spirited princess? Maybe not. A study conducted by the University of Iowa in 2005 suggested that similarities in personality are more important than similarities in attitude, religion, and values in married couples, and that like-minded marrieds tend to have fewer conflicts.