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[[folder:The Royal Family]]
!!Princess Merida
''See Characters/DisneyPrincess''

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!!Queen Elinor
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Queen Elinor is fiercely dedicated to the well being of her family and kingdom. As the measured, diplomatic counterpoint to her more impulsive husband, Elinor carries the weight of the kingdom on her shoulders in order to maintain the fragile peace between the volatile clans. Elinor strives to instill in Merida the knowledge and manner of a royal, but her vision of her daughter’s future is at odds with Merida’s desire to forge her own path.

'''Voiced by:''' Creator/EmmaThompson
''' [[spoiler:As a bear]] Voiced by:''' [[spoiler:Frank Welker]]
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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Merida is 16 and Elinor doesn't look like she's aged a bit.
* ActionMom: [[spoiler:Becomes one in the climax where she (as a bear) battles Mor'du.]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Very much so [[spoiler:as a bear]] for stumbling and other awkardness.
* AlmightyMom: There is an all-out, weapons-drawn brawl in the courtyard and what does she do? Calmly walk across it, grab the chiefs [[EarAche by their ears]], and stare at her husband. All he can find to say is 'Yes, dear'.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: She is tall, beautiful, has very long dark hair and possess a composed and graceful attitude.
* {{Animorphism}}: [[spoiler:She gets turned into a bear.]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: [[spoiler:In the climax, she breaks a huge stone in half. How? By ''bashing it with a ten-foot-tall bear''. Said bear is trying to ''kill'' her at the time. Everyone knows a queen outranks a prince.]]
* BearyFriendly: [[spoiler:Grew into this after a while of being transformed into a bear.]]
* BearyFunny: [[spoiler:Much comedy is derived from her still acting like her queenly self in bear form.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Elinor is a perfect queen - polite, genteel, formal, a diplomat who abhors weapons and violence, always seeking to unite the clans and bring peace and prosperity to Scotland. [[MamaBear When you threaten her daughter...]]
* BigGood: Her grace and wisdom are what holds the kingdom together and [[TheFace is the one doing the talking]] for the royal family. She's worried that Merida will not be ready to step into her shoes.
* BrainyBrunette: She is the only one in her family to have brown hair and is the only one capable of running the country.
* BreakTheHaughty: She has similar pride issues as her daughter and changes in the same manner.
* BrownEyes: Is much more down to earth than her children and husband. [[spoiler:She keeps them even as a bear.]]
* CoolCrown: The focus on her crown is a plot point; she makes a point of wearing it after [[spoiler:turning into a bear]] and when she doesn't, Merida starts panicking.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: To contrast the rest of her family, both her eyes and hair are brown.
* DeathGlare: Is able to give a stare cold enough to halt an entire horde of vikings without saying a word.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Her CharacterDevelopment is to be warmer with her daughter. She's already plenty warm with her husband.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: She is just as important to the story as her daughter; they share the bulk of their screen time.
* FantasyForbiddingMother: Downplayed, but Elinor's constant focus upon propriety and adhering to all the rules and conduct of a princess, while refusing to encourage Merida's love of tomboyish things and particularly battle comes across as this. She does allow Merida her bow, but only reluctantly, and refuses to allow it on the table. She's only doing this to try and prepare her daughter for marriage to preserve peace among the clans, but it can't be denied that Elinor's own personality and interests suggests she is also molding her daughter to be just like her and do what she deems worthwhile (see her opinion of the various woods skills Merida has picked up). Ironically, her father actually encourages such pursuits (something which would break gender roles) and seems to enjoy her taking after him, but doesn't try and force her to follow his path.
* GoodParents: She falls into MyBelovedSmother territory with her daughter, but it's obvious that she and Fergus love their children and take good care of them. The flashbacks to when Merida was little are strong examples of this.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Her dark blue dress is a work of art.
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: She wore a purple dress when Merida was a toddler.
* HappilyMarried: To Fergus and this is the reason she can't understand Merida's resistance to arranged marriage. Kingdom's peace aside, her's turned out wonderfully.
* TheHighQueen: She has "the weight of the kingdom on her shoulders" and is obviously the more powerful of two.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Fergus; she could use his kilt as a tent.
* IAmAMonster: [[spoiler:She wrestles with this a few times after her ursine transformation.]]
* LettingHerHairDown: [[spoiler:At the very end of the movie, she stops keeping her hair in long twin tails and instead leaves most of it flowing loose. Also counts as an ExpositoryHairstyleChange since it signifies that she has loosen up and is opening herself up to seeing things for Merida's point of view.]]
* LongHairIsFeminine: Her hair is straighter and longer than her {{Tomboy}} daughter's.
* MamaBear: [[spoiler:She becomes a literal one in the climax after Mor'du threatens her daughter.]]
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: [[spoiler:The longer she stays in bear form, the more she gets overwhelmed by the bear's instincts.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: Merida doesn't like the fact that Elinor is "[[MeddlingParents in charge of every single day of her life]]." To be fair, Elinor only wanted what was best for her daughter and was only applying what she learned as a child.
* MyNaymeIs: Spelled as "Elinor", ''not'' as the more common version "Eleanor".
* TheNotLoveInterest: Very unusual for a parent of TheProtagonist. The parent-child relationship is one of the most widely praised parts of the movie even among critics who were disappointed.
* OnlySaneWoman: During the BallroomBlitz scene she is the only adult too keep her cool.
* ParentingTheHusband: She often has to do this with Fergus; she yanks his ear like she would a naughty child. Ironically enough, she's implied to be younger than him.
* ThePerfectionist: Until her CharacterDevelopment.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Though she admits that she was nervous at first which was news to Fergus if his reaction is any indication.
* ProperLady:
-->'''Elinor:''' A lady enjoys elegant pursuits/rises early/does not stuff her gob/does not place her weapons on the table.
* RapunzelHair: According to official technical trivia, her hair is about ''six and a half feet long'' unwrapped.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Her coronet; when she stops regarding it as requisite [[spoiler:It's a sign she's lossing herself to her bear-like mentality.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: In the opening meal scene she is receiving letters of many sorts, thus implying she is the one handling matters of state.
* RulingCouple: King Fergus and Queen Elinor are both involved in the welfare of the kingdom.
* ShoutOut: Her character design is remarkably similar to John Singer Sargent's [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lady_macbeth.jpg painting]] "Ellen Terry as [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} Lady Macbeth]]".
* SilkHidingSteel: Despite her disapproval of weapons and tomboyish activities, there is no lack of spirit in her personality or steel in her spine. Warriors would rather stop fighting and bow then continue brawling when she passes.
* SkunkStripe: Most likely a sign of her age than anything supernatural... maybe.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Instead of "Eleanor", it's "Elinor".
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Girly Girl to Merida's Tomboy.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:She goes from regally intimidating human woman to furious and super strong bear.]]
* TranquilFury: When Elinor breaks up the fight between the heads of the clans, she remains very, very calm (certainly calmer than everyone else in the room). When she talks to Merida after the archery competition, the fury is... less tranquil.
* TrueBlueFemininity: At the end of the movie, she wears a dark blue dress, which is a shade darker than her daughter's.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Hot Wife to Ferges's Ugly Guy. The couple are also the trope's image.
* UnflinchingWalk:
** Elinor walks very calmly through the massive fight scene going on in the throne room with the intent of putting a stop to it.
** She also does this when Merida crashes the archery contest, though she's much less calm. Also note that, while everyone else is clearly stunned by Merida's actions, Elinor is the ''only'' person in the scene who tries to stop her.
* TheUnintelligible: [[spoiler:As a bear she can't speak human.]]
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: She dislikes Merida's tomboyish and rebellious personality and wants her to be an elegant and feminine princess.
* WomenAreWiser: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. Although Elinor is obviously a better administrator than her husband, the central conflict of the story is she's too obstinate to see the world from her daughter's point of view. Fergus, on the other hand, may have understood that this was the real problem and was attempting to get Elinor to recognize that when he pretended to be Merida. In other words, she's wiser in some ways than her husband but not in others as is more likely in real life.
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!!King Fergus
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King Fergus is a heroic warrior with a knobby peg leg – the result of his much-regaled skirmish with the demon bear Mor’du. His vendetta against the beast who took his leg makes Fergus a ferocious and determined bear hunter. Protector of his kingdom and family, Fergus has a heart as big as his triplet sons are mischievous and boundless love for his wife, Queen Elinor. But his pride for his first-born daughter Merida is unmatched, and he has gifted her his great skill and passion for the sword and the bow.

'''Voiced by:''' Creator/BillyConnolly
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* ActionDad: When his family is in danger his response is call his soldiers and draw his sword.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He is considered the protector of the kingdom.
* {{Badass}} His hobbies include hunting ''bears'', and several of his trophies can be seen around the castle.
* BadassBeard: He's a hairy king.
* BadassCape: Appears to be made of bearskin.
* BadassFamily: The patriarch of one.
* BeardOfBarbarism: Fergus sports a stereotypical beard for barbarians (he isn't one) and he [[BloodKnight loves to fight.]]
* BigEater: "Stuffing her gob" is a trait she inherited from him.
* BigFun: He forestalls a war by entertaining the kings; feasts and songs and a hunt in the castle...
* BigOlEyebrows: Fergus has thick, red eyebrows.
* BloodKnight: Fergus isn't a violent man by any means, but he does love a good fight, whether he's in it or not.
* BoisterousBruiser: A big hotblooded guy who is at home in parties with chiefs and fighting bears.
* BraveScot: He notes that Merida is the first to climb the Firefalls since the ancient kings.
* BumblingDad: He tries to be the Wise King but stumbles in speeches. On the other hand, he understand his children better than his wife does.
* CassandraTruth: He doesn't believe in magic. Nor does he believe Merida when she tries to explain that the bear in the castle is actually [[spoiler:his wife.]]
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: When the triplets tie his wooden leg to the massive dining table, he doesn't trip when he tries to walk away, but ''yanks the table on its side''.
* CoolHelmet: Instead of a CoolCrown because he's the Bear King.
* DeadpanSnarker: Shares quips with Merida about the suitors.
* DrunkenSong: Composer Patrick Doyle gave him one.
* {{Expy}}:
** He's essentially [[ASongOfIceAndFire Robert Baratheon]] as he would have turned out with a different wife.
** His obsession with hunting down a specific animal responsible for his loss of a leg brings to mind [[MobyDick Captain Ahab]].
* FieryRedhead: Another trait Merida inherited from him.
* TheGoodKing: His domain has enjoyed good times ever since he led the fight that kicked out the last set of invaders.
* GoodParents: He puts more effort into understanding his daughter than his wife does and because of this he has a better relationship with her.
* HandicappedBadass: Has a peg leg as a result of his battle with Mor'du and as seen in his sparring match after the prologue, it hasn't slowed him down at all.
* HappilyMarried: To Elinor. He was furious when he thought she was attacked by Mor'du.
* HeroesLoveDogs: Owns at least two Scottish deerhounds.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Elinor.
* LargeAndInCharge: He is both taller and broader than the three chiefs.
* LargeHam:
** When he does an impression of Merida for Elinor.
-->'''Fergus:''' Pretend I'm Merida. Speak to me. (deep breath; high-pitched voice) I don't want to get married! I want to stay single and let my hair flow in the wind as I ride through the glen, firing arrows into the sunset!
** He's fond of retelling his encounter with Mor'du at family meals, which the triplets seem to find boring. This is because they've heard it so many times, as suggested by the fact that one of the triplets starts lip-synching along with the telling.
* MadeOfIron: He was able to take a [[spoiler: blow from a beast like Mordu, and survive.]]
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Man And His Two Deerhounds]]: Fergus has a close relationship with his two unnamed deerhounds.
* ManChild: Fergus is a very easy-going father, but Elinor has to treat him just as she would one of the kids sometimes.
* MeaningfulName: "Fergus" is Gaelic for "strong man" which is fitting for a man his size and who has CharlesAtlasSuperpower.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous Or Legendary: according to the (largely debunked) ''Rerum Scoticarum Historia'', an account of Scottish kings by George Buchanan, the first king of Scotland was Fergus I.
* NiceGuy: All around a great man; husband, father, party goer, etc.
* PapaWolf: He is a loving husband and father who would fiercely protect his wife Elinor and their four children from any danger. However, this almost has some serious consequences when he goes [[spoiler:after a bear because he thinks the bear has killed Elinor]] and is now attacking their daughter, Merida. [[spoiler:The bear actually is Elinor, who has lost control of her bear form and has lapsed into wild behavior, but Fergus is mad with grief and refuses to listen to Merida's (admittedly crazy-sounding) explanation.]]
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: To Elinor, although she admits that at first she was nervous about her betrothal to him. They're ''very'' happy together now.
* QuirkyCurls Once again, a trait Merida inherited from him.
* RedBaron: King Fergus is also known as "The Bear King" for his legendary fight with Mor'du, as well as the aforementioned bear-hunting hobby.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He was explicitly chosen as their king after he led the other clans to victory against invading Vikings and whether it's evil monster bears or invading armies he takes care of it.
* RulingCouple: King Fergus and Queen Elinor are both involved in the welfare of the kingdom.
* {{Tritagonist}}: After Merida and Elinor he's the most prominent character.
* TheWonka: The line "Not ''another'' hunt through the castle" implies that it might just be a regular occurrence, but his quirky nature doesn't stop him from being the king.
* UglyGuyHotWife: The Ugly Guy to Elinor's Hot Wife. The couple is also the trope's image.
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!!The Triplets
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Identical triplet princes Harris, Hubert and Hamish are adorable, redheaded, and always ready to stir up a bit of mischief, especially if sweets are at stake.
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* AlliterativeFamily: Harris, Hubert and Hamish.
* [[AlwaysIdenticalTwins Always Identical Triplets]]: Merida is the only one who can tell them apart.
* {{Animorphism}}: [[spoiler:Like their mother Queen Elinor, they are turned into bears.]]
* AnnoyingYoungerSiblings: Subverted. Although Merida calls them "wee devils", they get along just fine and do a lot to help her.
* BearyFunny: [[spoiler:As bear cubs.]]
* {{Big Eater}}s: They ''really'' love their sweets.
* [[BigBrotherWorship Big Sister Worship]]: The boys admire their big sister and the Disney Wikia site describes their relationship with Merida as "strong, loving, and trusting".
* ChekhovsGun: They love their desserts. The spell Merida receives from the witch comes in the form of a cake. Not hard to see where this is going.
* {{Cute Mute}}s: They're adorable little scamps who never speak.
* {{Fiery Redhead}}s: Like their father and sister.
* {{Flat Character}}s: They never evolve beyond pranking and eating. Even helping Merida was because she promised them her desserts for a year.
* HumanLadder: They're fond of this trope because it's useful for pranking.
* InnocentBlueEyes: There's nothing malicious in their pranks; only harmless mischief.
* {{Pint Sized Kid}}s: How old are they supposed to be, anyway?
* {{The Prankster}}s: The boys love to mess around the castle, Maudie,and even their own father.
* QuirkyCurls: Like their father and sister.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: [[spoiler:As bear cubs.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: They are crafty tricksters capable of distracting an entire castle.
* RuleOfThree: This is why they are triplets.
* SameSexTriplets: All boys.
* SiblingTeam: How else can they pull off a HumanLadder or their more complex pranks?
* SweetTooth: Most of their scenes involve stealing pastries.
* [[TricksterTwins Trickster Triplets]]: Among their antics, they steal cakes, cut off part of a sleeping guard's mustache, and tie their father's peg leg to a table so he flips it when he gets up.
* TheVoiceless: Besides some laughter, the three never speak.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Three Lords and Their Sons]]
!!The Lords
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The three lords of the kingdom; Dingwall, Macintosh and [=MacGuffin=]; are the unruly, overzealous leaders of their respective [[TheClan clans]]. Though once warring factions, they have been united under the sword of [[TheGoodKing King Fergus]] and held together by the diplomacy and political savvy of [[TheHighQueen Queen Elinor]]. The clans are summoned to Castle [=DunBroch=] to compete in the Highland Games, but the lords are soon outraged when Merida defies a sacred tradition. The clans fall back to their history of fervent feuding, which threatens the fragile peace of the entire kingdom.
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!!!Tropes that apply to all three of the lords.
* BigThinShortTrio: [=MacGuffin=], Macintosh and Dingwall, respectively.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: As goofy as all three of them act, it's apparent that when it comes to battle, they're all forces to be reckoned with.
* FireForgedFriends: They fought together in a pre-story invasion but it's not until the movie's end that they can develop from WithFriendsLikeThese status to VitriolicBestBuds.
* HairTriggerTemper: The lords are all quick to start fighting each other at the slightest insult. Their tendency to fall into outright battle is why Elinor is so horrified when Merida insults them.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: They're all prideful and highly competitive and responded to Merida's TakeAThirdOption with a declaration of war, but they are not without reason.
* MeaningfulName:
** Lord [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Dingwall]], but his official profile make him seem more like TheNapoleon.
** [=MacGuffin=] and Macintosh are most likely puns on the term MacGuffin (a plot device) and AppleMacintosh (Pixar's computer of choice).
* MedievalMorons: none too bright, prone to solving problems with violence, etc.
* NoNameGiven: While we know their last names, we never do learn their first names.
* OddNameOut: [=MacGuffin=], Macintosh and ... Dingwall? (Yes, that is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dingwall_(name) real Scottish name)]].
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: They are shown as being pretty battle-happy, especially against each other.
* RuleOfThree: Three suitor dads.

!!Lord [=MacGuffin=]
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Strapping Lord [=MacGuffin=] is full of brawn and dignity. Though a man of few words, his deep voice resounds across the land demanding respect and contributing to his reputation as the most even-handed and reasonable lord in the kingdom. Even so, like his fellow lords, [=MacGuffin=] isn't opposed to a first-rate brawl or full-throated belly laugh.

'''Voiced by:''' Kevin [=McKidd=]
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* BadassBaritone: Has a deep voice and is a giant of a man, on top of being very badass.
* BeardOfBarbarism: It's very manly, prominent, and shows off his "don't mock me and I won't hurt you" vibe.
* BoisterousBruiser: Like the others, MacGuffin doesn't stop to show off his clan or himself.
* BraidsOfBarbarism: Pigtails, but there is nothing [[GirlishPigtails girlish]] about him.
* EyesAlwaysShut: 99% of the time he doesn't open his eyes.
* FacePalm: Does this after his son's arrow misses the bull's-eye.
* TheQuietOne: Has only a few lines.
* RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear: {{Justified|Trope}}. [[AllThereInTheManual He's the only person who understands]] [[IntelligibleUnintelligible his son's thick brogue]], so he has to translate for him.
* StoutStrength: He's a large man with impressive strength.

!!Lord Macintosh
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The wiry, indignant and off-kilter leader of his clan, Lord Macintosh is always a heartbeat away from hysterics. His savage smile and fierce appearance, body bedecked in blue war paint and chest pridefully puffed up, proclaim that he's ready for battle at any moment, though his bark may be worse than his bite.

'''Voiced by:''' Creator/CraigFerguson
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* BeardOfBarbarism / WildHair: Both together make him look more savage than the other two.
* BodyPaint: He's dressed for war.
* CarryABigStick: His weapon of choice.
* TribalFacePaint: As a possible ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''. He has matching BodyPaint on both arms, too, as does his son. By the way, blue tattoos were a tradition of the Picts, who were some the first people living in Scotland.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: How else could he show off his war paint?

!!Lord Dingwall
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Grumpy and quick-tempered, the scrappy Lord Dingwall doesn't let being height-challenged get in the way of solving his problems with fisticuffs. Never one to shy away from an old-fashioned fracas or high-spirited kerfuffle, he has no qualms taking on even the burliest adversary to assert his own position in the kingdom.

'''Voiced by:''' Creator/RobbieColtrane
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* BadassGrandpa: He appears to be the oldest of the three chiefs and yet he was still on the front lines of a war perhaps 15 years ago.
* FanDisservice: Three words... "Feast your eyes!"
* GrumpyOldMan: Downplayed. He's on the same level as the other chiefs but much older.
* MessyHair: Presumably for contrast because this isn't the case with the other two.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizen: The oldest of the chiefs and the smallest.
* TheNapoleon: "height-challenged."

!!The Lords' Sons
!!!!Tropes that apply to all three of the sons.
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* BigThinShortTrio: Like fathers, like sons.
* GenerationXerox: They all look exactly like young versions of their fathers. There are even several scenes where they are blocked the same way as their elders (While Wee Dingwall kisses Merida's hand on the docks Macintosh and Macguffin stand behind and kid around together. At the same time, their fathers do the same thing as Lord Dingwall hugs Fergus.)
* HopelessSuitor: All are competing for Merida's hand in marriage and are all undesirable in her eyes.
* NoNameGiven: Just like their fathers, their real first names are never revealed.
* RuleOfThree: Three fathers, three sons.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Each of the sons look like younger versions of their fathers.
* VagueAge: We're not sure exactly how old any of them are, just that they seem to be somewhere under 20 and above 12.

!!!Young [=MacGuffin=]
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Speaking an uncommon Scottish dialect that is incomprehensible to most, Young [=MacGuffin=] is a shy lad of large proportions. Being the center of attention is not his strong suit, but he will not hesitate to leap into a fight alongside his father and clan when the occasion arises.

'''Voiced by:''' Kevin [=McKidd=]
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* BraidsOfBarbarism: Just like his father.
%% * BruiserWithASoftCenter
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: During the BallroomBlitz, he wields a long bench to knock out several opponents at once.
* GentleGiant: Out of everyone during the brawl, he looked the most uncomfortable.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: A nice guy, although he's very physically strong.
* IntelligibleUnintelligible: He has such a thick Scottish brogue that nobody but his dad can tell what he's saying.
* LoveInterest: He was apparently meant to be Merida's (which shows, as his shyness got her attention), but that was scrapped.
* OffhandBackhand: By accident. Near the end of the movie, he gives Young Macintosh a friendly punch which knocks him off the dock they're standing on and into the water.
%% * PermaStubble
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Macintosh’s Manly Man.
* ShrinkingViolet: The shyest of the trio. His father has to cue him.
* StoutStrength:
-->'''Merida:''' I bet he wishes he were tossin' cabers!
* SubmissiveBadass: Clearly the shy one of the three suitors, he's capable of breaking a log in half with his hands and swinging a large wooden bench around.
* SuperStrength: He snaps an 8-inch thick log in half with his bare hands. JUST his hands, not even using leverage from his arms. With absolutely no effort.
* TheUnintelligible: He has a brogue accent so thick only his father can understand him.

!!!Young Macintosh
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As the first-born son of a lord, Young Macintosh knows he has it all; athletic physique, undeniable charm and long flowing locks that leave the lasses swooning in his wake. Vanity and legions of devotees can also be a distraction when it comes to bragging rights at the Highland Games.

'''Voiced by:''' Steven Cree
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* AgentPeacock: He always makes sure he's looking good when fighting.
* BigNo: His reaction to not hitting a perfect bull's-eye.
* BodyPaint: Like his father.
* TheCharmer: Has a band of fangirls squealing and swooning over him.
* {{Expy}}: Of ConanTheBarbarian. It's most explicit in the whirling sword-kata he performed in his introduction, which is a front-view version of the exact-same sword-kata that Schwarzenegger performed on the beach in the 1982 film.
* TheFightingNarcissist: Scoring any less than a bull's eye leads to a tantrum.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** The jerk part comes from his cockiness, the gold part comes out [[spoiler:when he's the first to wholeheartedly agree to Merida's plan to end the betrothal in favor of finding love.]]
** For all his cockiness, he doesn't seem to mind hanging out with the other two sons, one being TheUnintelligible ShrinkingViolet and the other TheFool.
** He seems very loyal to his father, too. When Lord Dingwall has his son attack Lord Macintosh, Young Macintosh ''punches'' Lord Dingwall in the face! Later when Merida flips his father during the climax, Young Macintosh runs to his side and helps him back to his feet.
* PecFlex: Does one when his father introduces him.
* PeekABangs: His hair covers one of his eyes. It's part of the PrettyBoy effect.
* PrettyBoy: He ''knows'' it and ''flaunts'' it.
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: In the archery contest, Young Macintosh goes [[DramaQueen absolutely hysterical]] with rage when his arrow hits right next to the bull's eye.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to MacGuffin's Sensitive Guy.
* TheSouthpaw: Young Macintosh happens to be left-handed.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Again, like his father because of the body paint.

!!!Wee Dingwall
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Gangly, guileless and often lost in his own head, Wee Dingwall is the awkward son of Lord Dingwall. Though Wee Dingwall displays an eagerness that outweighs his inherited small size, his father will proudly employ his only son as an attack dog when the moment is right.

'''Voiced by:''' Callum O'Neill
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* AccidentalAimingSkills: Thanks to Fergus startling him at just the right time, he is the only suitor whose arrow hits a bull's-eye.
* TheBerserker: "Wee Dingwall? ''Attack!''" He's seen at one point gnawing his shield, which was a trait attributed to berserker warriors.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: He's usually clumsy doofus, but when a fight breaks out, he's ''vicious''.
* CasanovaWannabe: :Judging by his [[IKissYourHand farewell]] to [[spoiler:Merida at the end.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Wee Dingwall appears dim at best, but when the fights break out he's a fierce and almost psychotic fighter.
* DumbBlonde: The suitor with bleach blond hair is the one that's not all there.
* DumbassHasAPoint: For most of the movie he's undeniably the ditz, but near the end, his one line of dialogue is [[spoiler:[[CallingTheOldManOut telling his dad]] that the whole suitor thing was more his idea, and he just went along with it.]]
* TheFool: He is unquestionably the least competent of the suitors, but through sheer dumb luck he is the ''only'' one to hit a bull's-eye.
* IKissYourHand: [[spoiler:Merida]] is not impressed.
* ManBitesMan: Goes from doofus to attack dog on his father's word.
* TeensAreShort: Shorter than his [[TheNapoleon father]].
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[[folder:Others]]
!!Angus
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Black as night with ivory muzzle and fetlocks, Angus is Merida's powerful Shire and her most trusted confidant. Angus is Merida's escape from castle life into the deep forest and the Highlands beyond. Merida target shoots from her perch on his broad back and is able to coax him into one adventure after another. Angus can be balky, stubborn and faint-hearted at times, but is ultimately a devoted and faithful friend to Merida.
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* CoolHorse: He's a Shire.
* EmpathyPet: He is Merida's best friend and "her most trusted [[TheConfidant confidant]]".
* {{Expy}}: Built like [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Phillippe]] with [[Disney/{{Mulan}} Khan]]'s markings. Has personality traits of both, but mostly Phillippe.
* HorsingAround: He has a lot in common with the wild Merida.
* NonHumanSidekick: Merida's horse.
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!!Maudie
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A maid in the castle, she winds up frequently being the victim of the triplets' antics.

'''Voiced by:''' Sally Kinghorn and Eilidh Fraser
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* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: She's the victim of the CarryingACake trope, and suffers a FunbagAirbag with a bear cub.
* ButtMonkey: She is the butt of pastry jokes and the triplet's pranking.
* CarryingACake: More like plate of pastries, which are perpetually being stolen by the triplets.
* GagBoobs: They're big and used for a gag involving a key and the triplets.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Aside being a maid, pretty much her entire character revolves around her bosom in one way or another.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The Tiny Girl to [[spoiler:the Dingwall Hunk's Huge Guy.]]
* NeverBareheaded: Always wears a head dress.
* OppositesAttract: Who would have thought that [[spoiler:Maudie the maid]] and [[spoiler:the {{Hunk}} of Clan Dingwall]] would become an item? He likely noticed [[BuxomIsBetter a couple things]].
* OverlyLongScream: Her dialogue could be reduced to several long screams split between scenes.
* ScreamingWoman: Her only line that does not consist of screaming is the word 'bear' which turns into a scream.
* SexualKarma / ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler:After being the ButtMonkey for the whole movie, she's certainly earned the right to hook up with the Dingwall Hunk at the end.]]
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: She stashes the key to where [[spoiler:Merida is being held]] in her bosom. This does not stop the triplets.
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!!Mor'du/[[spoiler:The Legendary Prince]]
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Mor'du is the antagonist of ''Brave'', hence the original title of ''The Bear and the Bow''. A feral and dangerous presence, this black bear fought King Fergus when Merida was a wee lass, and he chomped his leg off and won, something that Fergus has vowed to seek revenge for ever since. He stands 15 feet tall, his face is scarred with one dead, red eye, his black fur is coarse and disheveled, and he is covered in arrows and bruises, trophies of those humans who attempted to kill him. He puts Merida in danger more than once during the course of the movie.
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* AndIMustScream: It's heavily implied that [[spoiler:the Prince was suffering this, since he was grateful to Merida for freeing him.]]
* AnimalNemesis: For Fergus, and Merida later on. As noted under BearsAreBadNews he has a history with Fergus that involves loss of limbs.
* AnnoyingArrows: Arrows might as well be spitwads for the harm they do him. He doesn't notice when Merida sticks one in his collar bone.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The prince wished for "the strength of ten men" which [[spoiler: turned him into a bear and caused him to ''kill everyone in the throne room'', and his brothers were among the victims.]]
* BearsAreBadNews: Described by Pixar as "MobyDick on land."
* BigBad: Averted. He has nothing to do with the [[spoiler:betrothal or the spell Merida made to get out of it. He's just a dangerous antagonist.]] Despite this, he is still the villain of the movie.
* BilingualBonus[=/=]MeaningfulName: The name of the [[BearsAreBadNews demon bear]] Mor'du is a combination of the words "Mór" and "dubh" (pronounced the same way), the Scots-Gaelic words for "large" and "black". Makes sense when you realise that that bear literally meant 'brown' in Old English.
* BreakTheHaughty: What his [[spoiler:KarmicTransformation did to him; a proud prince became a monster that could only beg for release.]]
* CombatPragmatist: [[spoiler:As a human, he lured his brothers with a false promise of peace, then killed them in his newly gained bear form.]]
* DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler:Dying is what allows him to cross over and find peace.]]
* TheDreaded: He's become the local boogyman. Everyone is afarid of bears because of him by proxy.
* EvilIsBigger: "It stands 12 feet tall!"
* EvilPrince: He was [[spoiler:the eldest of the four princes in the story told by Elinor early in the film and caused the kingdom to fall to war.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: In ''The Legend of Mor'du'', he completed it after [[spoiler: deciding to kill his brothers.]]
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler:He wanted the strength of ten men. The Witch gave him this ''by turning him into a bear''.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: "His face scarred with [[EyeScream one dead eye]]!"
* HeroKiller: "His hide littered with the weapons of fallen warriors!"
* ICannotSelfTerminate: It is implied that he's a [[spoiler:DeathSeeker and sought out warriors that could kill him.]]
* KarmicTransformation: The legend implies he [[spoiler:wasn't the best person, so his transformation could be considered karmic retribution. If the spell is the same one Merida used, it's clear the spell is a karmic response to the pride/ego of the requester - only upon "mending the bond broken by pride" can the spell be reversed. Since Mor'du killed his brothers, mending the bond wasn't possible for him, so his curse stuck.]]
* KilledOffForReal: He is [[spoiler:crushed under a stone pillar at the end of the film. We see his spirit leave his bear body and disappear]].
* LargeAndInCharge: He tried to invoke this trope [[spoiler:back when he was a prince. Compared to his brothers, he was simply enormous. The trope certainly applied to him as leader of his armies.]]
* MadeOfIron: Arrows just distract him [[spoiler:and it takes being crushed by a huge rock to put him down for good.]]
* MeaningfulName[=/=]NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The fact the words for "large and black" in Gaelic sound and look so similar to the word for "death" in Latin and the Romance languages is...quite the significant coincidence. (Mordred, anyone?)
* NeverTrustATrailer: That image above you is a lie. Mor'du looks far more terrifying in the movie.
* NighInvulnerability: Just refer to all the Annoying Arrows sticking out of his back.
* ObviouslyEvil: When we see him next to [[spoiler:his three brothers in Elinor's story, it's fairly obvious he's going to be trouble.]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:He's the Prince of a kingdom that collapsed so long ago Merida's kingdom believes it only existed in legend.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: This is part of why he's thought to be a monster.
* ShadowArchetype: He was a [[spoiler:prince who tried to change his fate and ended up destroying a kingdom due to his inability to see past his own pride, much as Merida nearly did.]]
* SquashedFlat: In a rare non-comedic example of this trope, [[spoiler:this is what happens to him in the climax.]]
* StealthHiBye: He does this in the beginning of the film, as well as near the end. Considering his size, its pretty shocking how he somehow managed to walk right up to young Merida in broad daylight in a fairly open field.
* SuicideByCop: Heavily implied. Since [[spoiler:the Prince's spirit turns into a Wisp, and the Wisps lead Merida around the forest, it is implied that the Wisps were his spirit and that he was trying to be killed so he could be put out of his misery]].
* SuperPersistentPredator: While Merida does get away from him a few times, he just happens to conveniently find her near the end. And in the last battle he seems way too focused on her anytime he wasn't being beaten or pelted in the face by someone else.
* TimeAbyss: How old he is isn't revealed, but it IS revealed he was [[spoiler:the prince of a kingdom so old that its name isn't even remembered and is believed to only be a legend.]]
* TragicMonster: It's implied he [[spoiler: felt remorse for killing his family and destroying his kingdom.]]
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Other than him there are no villains in this story; the conflict is a parent-child one.
* WalkingSpoiler: Anything beyond 'monster bear' is a spoiler.
* WasOnceAMan: Until [[spoiler:the Witch's spell turned him into a bear.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: While becoming [[spoiler:a bear as a consequence of his pride and the witch's spell is pretty tragic in and of itself, he was stuck in the form of this monstrous, hunted being for several centuries because he couldn't find reconciliation with his family. It's only through his death that he seems to regain some part of his humanity back.]]
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!!The Witch
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A Witch (also referred to as a Wise Woman, and while you're here she ''personally'' prefers the title "Woodcarver") who Merida seeks out when she wishes to change her fate. She seems a little batty -- alright, way more than a little -- but there's no denying she's got magical chops. And though she considers carving wood to be her true calling, she'll still whip up a spell for a customer... at the right price.

'''Voiced by:''' Julie Walters
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* BiggerBad: An unintentional, absent-minded example. [[spoiler: Her magic makes her the most powerful person in this story and she has the potential to be dangerous but she's not involved with the movie's core conflict.]]
* CoolOldLady: Old, batty, very nice.
* CrazyPrepared: "If you're that red-haired lass, vial three."
* CreepyCrows: The Witch has a talking one that hangs around in her cottage.
* CripplingOverSpecialization: Two examples
** She can do a lot with wood carvings but only bears.
** When it comes to magic, if you want [[spoiler:to turn yourself or somebody into a bear]] she's the one you want to see.
* {{Druid}}: A old magic user in Scottland.
* EccentricMentor: The word "eccentric" was the first thing revealed about her character.
* TheFairFolk: Her indifferent yet ultimately non-malicious literal-mindedness implies this of her true heritage, not to mention [[spoiler: her age -- she's been around for ''centuries!'']]
* ForInconveniencePressOne: The witch's cauldron message.
-->''Welcome to Crafty Carvers! As you can see, I am currently completely out of stock! If you would like to inquire about portraits or wedding cake toppers, pour in the first vial. If you would like this message in Gaelic, pour in the second vial. If you're that red-headed lass from the other day, pour in the third vial...''
* {{Greed}}: She outright refuses to do Merida any spell because she doesn't want to cause any trouble, but does it when offered a valuable pendant by Merida. If you look closely the design on it features three bears intertwined with each other. Given the Witch's fixation on bears, is it any wonder she wasn't going to pass up that little treasure?
* HermitGuru: Lives in a cottage in the woods, quite far from civilization.
* ImplausibleDeniability: Her claims that she's a woodcarver, not a witch... as she leaves the broom she's sweeping with to sweep the floor by itself.
* KarmaHoudini: Depending on how you interpret her character, she is arguably the first and ''only'' [[spoiler: Pixar "villain" to get off [[IncrediblyLamePun Scott Free]] for her actions if you judge her by human standards.]]
* KnifeNut: She has a dozen of them and they can levitate to threaten people.
* LargeHam: The Witch insists on using NightmareFace and ominous deep voice for her message cauldron.
* LiteralGenie: Why Elinor gets turned [[spoiler:into a bear. Merida wanted her mother to get off her back, but what she ''said'' was "[[{{Animorphism}} change my mother]]". Approaches JerkassGenie territory with the fallen prince - he asks for the strength of ten men, and gets turned into [[{{Animorphism}} Mor'du]].]]
* LiteralMinded: "I want to change my mother." Yes indeed, she can do that.
* MadArtist: Bear statues, bear toys, bear paintings. She's...Not all there.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizen: She's only a head taller than the just-out-of-infancy toddlers.
* NoNameGiven: "Witch" is all.
* NonMaliciousMonster: Ultimately, she's not intentionally malevolent at all, just LiteralMinded, indifferent, and a bit forgetful. Heck, she doesn't even want to [[spoiler:do witchcraft for Merida because of "too many unsatisfied customers" and only caves in when she's offered a very valuable trinket.]]
** Also, as revealed in "The Legend of Mordu", [[spoiler: she saw "a wounded soul behind his bluster, so she agreed to his wish for the strength of ten men, but with a choice. Either he used it to fulfill his desire, or amend his bond with the brothers. [[ForegoneConclusion He chose the former]].]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Hard to believe, but it's implied in the film, and confirmed in supplementary material, that [[spoiler: she's the one who sold Mor'du the spell that turned him into a bear, and that happened so long ago the kingdom he ruled is only known in legend. And she was still an old woman -- or in the shape of an old woman -- then.]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: She's the one who changed [[spoiler:the prince to what is now Mor'du long ago.]]
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: She's made it onto [[http://pixartimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Brave-Japanese-Poster-2.jpg this poster]], but that's it. It doesn't help that she only appears for two short sequences. Disney later edited a parody TV spot that features her prominently.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Fitting as she's a witch.
* WickedWitch: AvertedTrope. She's not evil and sees herself as an entrepreneur. As such, she rarely offers her services as a witch and instead makes a living selling wooden figurines of bears.
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Witch And Her Crow]]: The Witch's unnamed crow appears to be her only friend.
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