A Disney Character Guide to Flirting

From princesses who end up with their princes, to a number of classic meet cutes, it’s no secret that Disney characters are pros when it comes to flirting. Here are some foolproof tips from your favorite characters:

1. Smile.

It’s a simple gesture, but let’s be real, when someone smiles directly at you, it feels pretty great. See the difference it makes on Beast:

Beast Smiling

  1. :-( = Unsure, judgemental, tense
  2. :-) = Inviting, warm, friendly

See the difference one smile makes?

2. Be playful.

It’s always good to show your crush that you can be lighthearted and fun. But make sure you don’t go too overboard with the jests, or else they might start to believe you actually don’t like them.

Vanellope gives Ralph a medal in Wreck-It Ralph

While their relationship is a platonic one, take note of Vanellope’s gift to Wreck-It Ralph. It’s got the right combination of sass and sincerity.  

3. Make eye contact.

As some person once said, eyes are the window to the soul. Plus, making direct eye contact is a way to show someone you’re interested and engaged in what they have to say.  

Pocahontas and John Smith looking at each other

Did you feel that? Yeah, we did too. Goosebumps.

4. Follow Sebastian’s advice.

On the subject of body language, there is one Disney character who seems to be the king of nonverbal communication. We’re talking about the renaissance crustacean, Sebastian. See instructions below:

Sebastian flirting in The Little Mermaid

  1. Bat your eyes, like this.
  2. Pucker your lips, like this.

5. Leave a lasting impression.

People are more likely to feel a connection with someone they know well, which is why a great way of flirting is simply hanging out with your crush. If you don’t know them super well, or if you’re uncomfortable with straight-up asking them to hang out, find random reasons to run into them. It’s a subtle way of saying, “I exist.”


6. Be brave.

Shang gives Mulan her father's helmet


Don’t be afraid to take the first step.

7. Wear bright colors.

According to science, bright or unique coloring is a way to stand out from the competition and attract a mate. According to The Lion King, bright colors are fun, and those who give off fun vibes are always the type others want to be around.

Simba dancing in The Lion King

8. Be yourself. 

Caught daydreaming while casually glancing at your crush from afar? Own it. 

Ariel embarrassed at her window in The Little Mermaid

  1. Eric is so dreamy.
  2. OMG, he sees me. Stay cool, Ariel.
  3. Yep, I AM gazing at you while you play with your dog in the moonlight.
  4. Okay, your move. Night!

9. Don’t insult the things they like.

First of all, people like different things, and that’s okay—in fact, it’s good; variety is the spice of life! Putting down something your crush likes is pretty much the opposite of flirting, which is wonderfully illustrated in the moment below:

Gaston is confused by Belle's book in Beauty and the Beast

Actually, this piece of flirting advice should be, “Don’t do anything Gaston would do.”

9. Entertain them.

Captivate your crush (and their attention) with a game:

Dory with a school of moonfish in Finding Nemo


9. Take a cue from Will Turner’s book.  

Hang out with people who are weirder than you, and look cooler by comparison. Self-explanatory.

Will Turner and Jack Sparrow in a canoe in Pirates of the Caribbean

10. Above all else, be yourself.

Flirting is fun, but if you have to disguise who you really are, it’s not worth it. Sure, your crush may seem flawless at the moment, but if they don’t accept you for who you truly are, they’re not for you. Just remember, there are plenty of other fish in the sea.


Do you have any flirting tips inspired by Disney characters? Tell us in the comments!

Posted 4 years Ago
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