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->''"The evening star is shinin' bright.\\
So {{make a wish}}, and hold on tight.\\
There's magic in the air tonight,\\
And anythin' can happen..."''

The 49th animated feature of the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, as well as the first since 2004's ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' to be traditionally animated. It's inspired by the novel ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheFrogPrincess The Frog Princess]]'', Creator/EDBaker's take on the classic fable "Literature/TheFrogPrince," and written and directed by Disney staples John Musker and Ron Clements. It is also notable for introducing the first black and first American DisneyPrincess into the official line-up. [[note]]Not counting Disney/{{Pocahontas}}, who is "American" in the sense of "a native of North America" but not in the sense of "a citizen of the United States," which does not yet exist at the time the film takes place.[[/note]]

In 1920s New Orleans, 19-year old waitress Tiana struggles to earn money in order to [[AcceptableFeminineGoals get her own restaurant]] -- a dream she and her dad shared before he passed away. Things seem to be turning around when the handsome prince Naveen comes to town, prompting Tiana's [[SpoiledSweet rich friend Lottie]] to pay her lots of money if Tiana will cater at the party Lottie throws for Naveen. Unfortunately, Lottie is not the only one interested in the egocentrical prince, as an evil voodoo sorcerer named [[BigBad Dr. Facilier]] manages to trick him into a DealWithTheDevil and replaces the prince with his transformed manservant. Naveen is turned into a frog and requires a princess' kiss to lift the spell. Mistaking Tiana for a princess at Lottie's party, he asks her to kiss him. Tiana, disillusioned because her attempt at getting the restaurant failed, reluctantly agrees to kiss Naveen if he pays for her restaurant, but there's a twist -- since she's not a princess, the plan backfires and she's turned into a frog as well! As Tiana and Naveen have [[AllWorkVsAllPlay very different outlooks on life]], they have a hard time cooperating, but they're forced to bond together and embark on a journey through the lush bayou of Louisiana to find the mystical [[FairyGodmother Mama Odie]] who can lift their spell. While they are joined by [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Louis, an alligator jazz enthusiast, and a Cajun firefly named Ray]], Dr. Facilier is hot on their trail, intent on using Naveen's blood for further nefarious purposes.

For almost a decade, Disney had been firmly entrenched in the growing 3D/CGI movement (not counting DirectToVideo sequels); a Disney exec announced that ''Princess'' would be a long-overdue return to the animation tradition the company maintained for over fifty years. Randy Newman composed the songs for a film that harkens back to the age of Disney where music played as much a character as the actual cast members themselves. The film is also in large part a love letter to the city of [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]], a town even WaltDisney himself considered to be the most magical city in the world. The end result was a film that was well-received by both critics and audiences. Unfortunately, it was only a ''solid'' financial success (Disney was hoping for an ''overwhelming'' financial success), coming out in the same crowded holiday season as ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' and ''Film/SherlockHolmes''. To add insult to injury, the critically-panned ''[[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel]]'' beat it in the box office, as well; Disney's lukewarm response to this film's take resulted in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' getting a title change (originally ''Rapunzel'') and its marketing playing down the traditional fairy-tale aspects (which paid off handsomely, doubling up ''Frog'''s box office receipts; the studio is again taking the same approach with ''{{Frozen}}'', formerly ''The Snow Queen''). However, Tiana being an official DisneyPrincess solidified that the film would be a major money-earner through merchandise and the parks.

''The Princess and the Frog'' got three [[AcademyAward Oscar]] nominations (two for Best Song, the third for Best Animated Feature).

Before adding examples, note that tropes pertaining to the more sensitive political issues (gender and race) have been moved to [[Analysis/ThePrincessAndTheFrog the analysis page]].

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!!This film provides examples of:

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* AdaptationExpansion: Quite considerably, given how brief the original storyline is.
* AdiposeRex: Big Daddy's only king of the ''parade'', but he is also basically in charge of the town so he counts.
* {{Adorkable}}: Naveen provided the page quote just because of how adorably awkward he becomes [[spoiler:trying to propose to Tiana.]]
* AffablyEvil: Dr. Facilier may be trying to [[spoiler:capture all the souls of Louisiana for his evil friends on the other side]] but, as Prince Naveen admits, he is very charismatic.
** It's likely that almost no one in New Orleans knows the ''real'' Dr. Facilier, since someone can be seen taking a deal from him at the beginning of the movie. That said, on the outside he is very persuasive, attractive, and a good communicator, so it could be assumed he tricks people this way on a regular basis, to satisfy his evil shadow-friends.
** [[FauxAffablyEvil Which is the only reason his scheme gets off the ground at all.]]
* AFriendInNeed: The fireflies acting as guides.
* AllInTheManual: The cat's name is Marcel
* AllWorkVsAllPlay: Tiana is All Work, The Prince is All Play. It Gets Better.
* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler:Ray the firefly, after being stepped on.]]
* AlmostKiss: Naveen and Tiana, after their DanceOfRomance.
* AlwaysCheckBehindTheChair: This trope usually only applies to video games, but pay attention to the wallpaper behind Dr. Facilier's chair during his VillainSong, particularly when his shadow first passes over it. The pattern turns into [[spoiler:skulls and crossbones.]]
* AmericanAccents: Most of the accents sound more Dixie than Yat, though Tiana uses "y'all" as a singular noun, which is more of a Yat tendency.
** Ray has a Cajun accent. [[ShoutOut Who Dat!?]] His voice actor, JimCummings, actually lived in New Orleans before he began his voiceover career, where he worked constructing Mardi Gras floats alongside actual Cajuns. This explains how he was able to pull off the difficult accent.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: ''Naveen''.
* AmusingInjuries: The frog-meets-book RunningGag is powered by this.
* AnachronismStew: A mild example but Louis mentions that he wants to eat Bananas Foster even though the dish wasn't created until 1951. Another example is alcohol served even though Prohibition was at its height (though this can be justified by New Orleans' tendency to ignore legislation that gets in the way of having fun).
* AnAesop: A twofer:
** Having dreams and ambitions is all well and good, but work hard to achieve them and don't take any shortcuts that seem too good to be true.
** Work hard, but don't lose sight of other things that matter, like having fun with the people you love.
* AngelFaceDemonFace: Naveen again. He starts off the movie as a smarmy pretty boy. By the end of the movie, there is that subtle change to the artwork to indicate that he has grown from the experience into a better person than he started out.
* AnimalStereotypes: {{Averted}}. Louis, the alligator, is a GentleGiant. The inversion is more evident in Mama Odie's pet, Juju; a gentle, loving snake that takes care of a blind old lady who uses him as a pole and a bridge, among other things.
* AnimalTalk: Once Naveen and Tiana are turned into frogs, they are able to understand and communicate with other animals, first noted in a very brief encounter with Charlotte's dog, Stella. Interestingly, they can still talk to regular humans as well.
* AnimatedMusical
* AnticipatoryBreathSpray: Froggy Naveen does this with some perfume on the dresser as Tiana agrees to kiss him and break the curse.
* ArtEvolution: The digital-ink-and-paint process for the film was done using Toon Boom Harmony software, as opposed to the now-obsolete CAPS system used by Disney from 1990 to 2004.
* ArtisticLicense: While beignets do have powdered sugar on them they don't have honey. Probably done to make the food look more [[FoodPorn appetizing...]]
* ArtisticLicenseReligion: Actually a rare invoked example - Disney didn't want to use any ''actual'' symbols for fear of offending real life practitioners of Voudou (or summon any evil spirits.) They essentially give a bit of this since Dr. Facilier and Mama Odie appear to practice magic and call it "Voodoo", however give Facilier a little bit of credit - he says "I got voodoo, I got hoodoo, I got stuff I haven't even tried", implying he (and the writers) are well aware that "Voodoo" isn't just a catch-all-term for folk magic. There's a bit of GeniusBonus too - Facilier appears to be using easily-bribed spirits, not so much caring for actual voodoo rituals so much as aligning with what will give him more power.
* ArtShift: In "Almost There", the animation switches to an Art Deco style to denote Tiana's fantasy sequence.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: After Dr. Facilier [[spoiler:kills Ray the firefly by stepping on him, Ray becomes a star alongside his love Evangeline]] the evening star.
* AsideGlance: Ray glances at the fourth wall when Louis over-reacts to getting a thorn stuck in his foot.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption
* AwardBaitSong: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehmUs0ou1mc Never Knew I Needed]]" by Ne-Yo, in Ye Grande Olde Disney tradition. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51phaM062ww duet version]] with Cassandra Steen seems to be trying to push it further. Also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb9L7ChppJw duet version two]] with Italian singer Karima.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler:When Tiana and Naveen marry while in their previously incurable frog forms, they kiss and are transformed back into humans. Mama Odie reveals that when Tiana married Prince Naveen she became a ''princess'', and Naveen kissing her as a princess lifted the curse!]]
* BadSamaritan: Dr. Facilier.
* BareYourMidriff: Facilier, in a [[GenderInvertedTrope rare MALE example]].
* TheBarnum: Dr. Facilier, using his charisma to scam people and manipulate them to his own ends.
* BeautifulCondemnedBuilding: The abandoned sugar mill that Tiana - and her father before her - wants to convert into her restaurant.
* BeautyMark: Charlotte puts on a fake one when "Naveen" finally shows up to the party.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Naveen wished to be "free", and becoming a frog certainly feed him from his old responsibilities -- "You just wanna be free - hop from place to place!"
** Also, pay careful attention to when Dr. Facilier is doing the cards. "...and when I look into your future it's the green that I see..." Shortly after which Naveen was turned into a frog. His happy, instrument-playing rich-boy appearance on the card is also surrounded by what appears to be a lily pad...
* TheBechdelTest: Passes. The movie contains four prominent female characters (Tiana, Charlotte, Eudora, and Mama Odie), Tiana has at least one conversation with each of the other three, and her discussions with Eudora and Mama Odie are not specifically about men.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Naveen's butler, Lawrence. It's no wonder he [[spoiler:teams up with Facilier to impersonate the polymorphed Naveen and marry Charlotte [=LaBouff=], daughter of one of the richest men in New Orleans.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Tiana and Naveen. Though most of the sexual tension starts when the belligerence dies down.
* BerserkButton: Facilier's "friends" lose all patience with him [[spoiler:after he lets their talisman break.]]
** Fearing this fate, [[spoiler:threatening to break the talisman also works as this for Facilier. He loses his cool with this twice: first with Lawrence (but he recomposes himself), and then with Tiana (who succeeds in destroying the talisman)]]. He also [[spoiler:kills Ray for trying to break it.]]
* BewitchedAmphibians: The whole plot of the movie, since Naveen and Tiana are turned into frogs.
* TheBigEasy: Swamps, steamboats, and gumbo for all!
* BigEater: Big Daddy [=LaBouff=] who celebrates being chosen King of Mardi Gras by ordering a positively mountainous quantity of beignets with an order to "keep 'em comin' 'til I pass out."
** Louis is implied to be this, since when he lists the food he'd like to eat at the moment, the list is ''huuuuge''.
* BiggerBad: The Friends on the Other Side. While it's Facilier's EvilPlan that drives the plot, they are the greater and more powerful evil in this setting.
* BigGood: Mama Odie
* BigGuy: Louis. Though he's a GentleGiant for most of the film, he gets to (briefly) throw his weight around [[spoiler:in the Mardi Gras parade, and when Tiana signs the mortgage papers.]]
* BigThinShortTrio: The frog hunters.
* BilingualBonus: See Dr. Facilier's MeaningfulName below.
* BlackBestFriend: {{Inverted}}, as Tiana is the black protagonist, and Charlotte is her white best friend.
* BlatantLies: As could be expected, Dr. Facilier specialized in these.
-->'''Dr. Facilier:''' That's an echo, gentlemen. Something we have here in Louisiana, a little parlour trick, don't worry.
* BloodMagic: Dr. Facilier gives [[spoiler:Lawrence]] a talisman that disguises him as Naveen, but it only works with Naveen's blood fueling it.
* BookEnds: The movie begins by showing the Evening Star, then fireflies flying down from the night sky onto New Orleans. The movie ends by showing fireflies flying up from New Orleans into the night sky, [[spoiler:encircling '''two''' Evening Stars]].
* BouquetToss: At the end. Of course [[spoiler:Charlotte]] catches it, [[PurpleProse with a fantastic leap that would make an Olympian cry.]]
* BrickJoke: [[spoiler:Ray's death]]. [[Disney/TheLionKing Guess where]] that joke started!
* BrilliantButLazy: Naveen. He's a polyglot, seems pretty decently educated about scientific facts (frog biology at the minimum), and can adapt impressively well to being a frog for a guy that has spent his life being waited on hand and foot.
%%* BreakUpMakeUpScenario
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Everyone has some understandable doubts about Mama Odie.
* ButtMonkey: Lawrence. Even when he gets what he wants, it still doesn't work out.
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* CaliforniaDoubling: At points in the film, the sounds of the bayou sound awfully like the The Australian Bush...
* CanNotSpitItOut: Naveen attempting to confess his love for Tiana [[spoiler:and propose to her]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because Naveen never expected to fall in love. Even coming to New Orleans to marry, he had only intended to marry for money, not for love. Plus, although he bragged about his romantic peccadilloes, he had never taken any of those dalliances seriously. And then there's the fact that if he does finally spit it out, [[spoiler:he'll break his deal to marry Charlotte and doom Tiana to a life without realizing her dream of owning a great restaurant.]]
* CareerVersusMan: Tiana doesn't choose one as much as she acknowledged that she wouldn't be happy without ''both'' of them. [[spoiler:Also, the man in this case is 100% supportive of her career even at his own expense and in the end, she gets both.]]
* CatchPhrase: Naveen exclaims "Achidanza" when surprised or impressed, [[{{Fictionary}} a Maldonian word meaning "cool"]] according to some of the Disney tie-in books. Fun fact: The word bears a striking resemblance to "accidenti", an Italian interjection that's used more or less in the same way.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Louis the 'gator does not want to eat frog-form Tiana and Naveen unlike his fellow alligators. His stated preferences are for New Orleans cuisine --human food. Meanwhile, despite being driven to eat bugs, Tiana and Naveen manage to keep their tongues away from Ray once Tiana cooks them all some swamp gumbo. Louis even lists frog legs as something he'd like to eat (not that Naveen and Tiana should really care, not being real frogs and all).
* TheCasanova and/or ChivalrousPervert: Naveen. Also the only man in the world to treat being [[BalefulPolymorph turned into a frog]] as the most minor of setbacks in his lady-macking abilities.
* ChainOfDeals: Dr. Facilier [[spoiler:turns Naveen into a frog so he can get Naveen's disgruntled valet Lawrence to disguise himself as Naveen to woo and marry Charlotte. Once Lawrence marries Charlotte, Facilier will kill Charlotte's father and take heirship of the [=LaBouff=] family, and promptly take control of New Orleans via the disguised Lawrence as well as take all the [=LaBouffs=]' wealth. And after all that, he'll promptly offer the souls of ''all'' the people of New Orleans to his "Friends on the Other Side".]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Naveen, starting when the frog hunters captured Tiana.
** Tiana develops too. She loosens up, and focuses on what she needs.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Facilier's Shadow's ability to manipulate objects in the real world, promptly countered by another one; Tiana, as a frog, has a sticky tongue.]]
* ChewToy: Lawrence.
-->''"On you, little man, I don't wanna waste much time\\
You've been pushed around all of your life -\\
You've been pushed round by your mother, and your sister, and your brother,\\
And [[YankTheDogsChain if you was married]] -- you'd be pushed around by your wife!"''
* CirclingMonologue: [[spoiler:Dr. Facilier does this to Tiana when trying to convince her to give him back the talisman that turned Naveen into a frog.]]
* CloudCuckooLander:
** Charlotte is a grown woman who is still in the PrincessPhase.
** Mama Odie. She falls asleep mid-conversation, kisses a snake repeatedly on the mouth, and changes topics almost mid-sentence. But she also moves the plot towards resolution better than anybody else in the movie.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Dr. Facilier wears a black Baron Samedi-esque outfit while Mama Odie wears white, which is the traditional color for voodoo garb. This also fits with the way they represent shadow and light respectively.\\
Purple, traditional hallmark of comic book villains, is part of the Doctor's costume and no one else, even though it's one of the standard Mardi Gras colors (Purple, Green and Gold).\\
The person who wrote the color script made a conscious decision to include the three Mardi Gras colors: Facilier has purple in all of his scenes (since, of the three colors, purple is the most "unnatural"), the scenes in the swamp with frog Tiana and Naveen are green, and Mama Odie's scenes are awash in gold.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** Tiana, after the "Dig A Little Deeper" sequence, in which Mama Odie explains that you have to find out what you NEED to do, not WANT to do, and she asks Tiana if she understands. Tiana's answer: "Yes! I need to dig deeper, and work even ''harder to get my restaurant!''" [[{{Facepalm}} Mama Odie's response is something the internet knows too well]].
** Louis makes the exact same mistake, though he also gets the point later. It's more understandable since the song wasn't directed at him.
** "I ''could'' use a little help." "Oh. I will play a little louder!"
* ConspicuousCG: Facilier's cards
* CoolOldLady: Mama Odie. ''"Not bad for a 197-year-old blind lady!"'' And she doesn't look a day over 190. She's likely based on Mam'zelle Marie Laveau, the New Orleans voodoo queen whose ''real life'' modern day followers believe to be either alive or a very active spirit.
** According to [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780521/trivia the movie's IMDB trivia page]], the character is based on famed New Orleans storyteller Coleen Salley, "even down to the voice".
* CoveredInKisses: Naveen, [[spoiler:courtesy of Charlotte, though it doesn't do any good after midnight.]]
* CreatorCameo: Directors Rob Clemens and John Musker appear on a Mardi Gras float tossing beads. Walt Disney himself appears at the parade, and in the ending watching the wedding procession and as a customer at Tiana's Palace. The directors also appear in Doctor Facilier's villain song. If you look at the {{Floating Mask}}s behind Naveen's chair, two are barely recognizable caricatures.
* CreativeClosingCredits
* CreepyDoll: [[spoiler:As Dr. Facilier is being dragged away by his "friends", some of them take the form of voodoo and rag dolls.]]
* CurseEscapeClause: Only a kiss from a ''princess'' will release Naveen from the frog curse. This comes with two twists. [[spoiler:First, Charlotte temporarily qualifies as a princess because her father was voted king of the Mardi Gras parade. Second, after Tiana and Naveen give up on turning human and just get married as frogs, Tiana qualifies on the technicality that she's married to a prince.]]
-->''[[WebVideo/BumReviews "What's up with all the loopholes!? Was this fairy tale written by a lawyer!?"]]''
* DaddysGirl: Both Tiana and Charlotte.
* [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer Dame Not Appearing In This Trailer]]: Charlotte [=LaBouff=], at first. She did make an appearance in the last trailer, causing some people to call shenanigans due to the movie featuring a "blonde princess" as well as a black one. See Never Trust a Trailer, below.
* DanceOfRomance: Naveen teaches Tiana how to dance after she teaches him how to to mince.
* DarkestHour: Naveen and Tiana figure that their curse is permanent, and have decided to stay together as frogs. Then they find Ray...
* DarkReprise: "Almost There" gets a short reprise after Tiana loses the restaurant.
** The creepy undermelody of "Friends on the Other Side" is reprised when the Shadows grab Naveen to take him back to Facilier.
*** And once more, with gusto, when the Friends decide Facilier has used up all their good will - a rare example of a villain's tune being used against him.
** Likewise, "Friends on the Other Side" revisits a line from "Down in New Orleans":
-->'''Down in New Orleans:''' ''Get everything you want/But lose what you had''\\
'''Friends on the Other Side:''' ''You got what you wanted/But you lost what you had!''
** The melody of "Almost There" also is reprised (albeit slower) when [[spoiler:Facilier begins his CirclingMonologue.]]
** Don't forget the somber reprise of "Evangeline" that's played during [[spoiler:Ray's funeral.]]
* DeadlyDodging: Their entire tactic for fighting the hunters. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome They win, too.]]
* DeadlyFireworksDisplay: [[spoiler:Dr. Facilier.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: The source of Dr. Facilier's powers. With the [[MoralEventHorizon souls of the entire city of New Orleans as an installment]]. [[spoiler:It doesn't work out so well.]]
** This is also Facilier's method of choice. It's apparent that he can't just kidnap the Prince by force, his magic will only work if he gets Naveen to make a deal with him first (although Naveen of course has no idea what he's really agreeing to).
* DeathByIrony: Dr. Facilier. [[spoiler:His "Friends" get so upset with him that, when his talisman breaks, they decide his soul is as good as any other, and ''drag him to the other side.'']]
* DeepFriedWhatever: All of the [[FoodPorn delicious]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beignet beignets]] that appear through the movie.
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Naveen, [[spoiler:when he tries to propose to Tiana.]]
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler:It is suggested that Tiana's dad died at some point between her childhood and teenage years, perhaps while fighting in [[WorldWarOne World War I]], since at one point we see a photo of him in a WWI-style uniform on Tiana's dresser. Not only is he wearing a uniform, but there's a Distinguished Service Cross on the frame. Since that's a step below the Medal of Honor, Tiana's dad probably died doing something significant.]]
* DishDash: Tiana's waitressing skills include being able to catch and carry flying plates full of food stacked on every available extremity and her head.
** Naveen eventually picks this up too, [[spoiler:dancing around Tiana's restaurant with loaded trays]]
* DisneyAcidSequence: Played with; "Friends on the other Side" is actually depicting supernatural events that actually happen, but is still freaky as all get-out. Especially that one bit with Facilier's face.
** "Almost There" is a straight example, as it's an ArtShift into Tiana's fantasy of her restaurant.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Ray the firefly gets stepped on, and it looks like he's been killed. This being Disney, you might suspect it's just a Disney Death. And later, near the very end, it turns out that, yay, he's still alive! But then he dies ''for real''. Yes, Disney itself subverted the Disney Death.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Averted. Dr. Facilier doesn't fall like you'd think.]]
* DisneyPrincess: Tiana joined the line up.
* DisproportionateRetribution: As revenge for being publicly embarrassed by Naveen, Lawrence agrees to [[spoiler: turn Naveen into a frog and take his place, thus pretty much stealing his life]]
* DoesHeHaveABrother: Luckily for Charlotte, Naveen does have a brother. [[spoiler:He's 6.5 years old [[DirtyOldWoman but she'll wait]]!]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** Mama Odie's "Dig A Little Deeper" is modeled after a big Gospel number,
** Facilier's dark and sinister "Friends on the Other Side"
-->"If you relax, it will enable me to do, anything I please."
** From When We're Human:
-->"And I'd blow this horn so hard and strong like no one they've ever seen."
* DontExplainTheJoke:
-->"You're finally [[IncrediblyLamePun getting into the music]]! Do you get my joke? Because your head, well, [[CaptainObvious it's in a tuba.]]"
* DramaticDrop: Blink and you'll miss it. Naveen almost buried in gold coins during "Dig A Little Deeper" but then he turns and sees Tiana, and he drops the coin he was left holding after Mama Odie rescued him and pointed him at Tiana.
* DramaticSitDown: Tiana sees [[spoiler: fake]] Naveen ready to marry Charlotte. She runs into the French graveyard and sits down on a tombstone, completely depressed.
* DramaticNecklaceRemoval: [[spoiler:Lawrence rips the voodoo talisman from around his neck. Facilier ties it back on later, though, and Lawrence never tries it again.]]
* DueToTheDead: Tiana wants to honor her father's memory with the restaurant. [[spoiler:At the end, she and Naveen attend Ray's funeral.]]
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[[folder:E-H]]
* EccentricMentor: Mama Odie, who says and does more than a few odds things between teachings the protagonist to 'dig a little deeper' and find what will truly make them happy.
* EldritchAbomination: Amazingly for a Disney film, Dr. Facilier's Friends on The Other Side may count.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Light beats darkness. Ray's crowning moment is based on this.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: How do we know Facilier's not a nice man? It's not the outfit ''or'' the LivingShadow, but his first customer on-screen. Man suffers from male pattern baldness, so Facilier hits him with a magic powder that grows a full head of hair...followed by the rest of his body.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: This attitude is spoofed with Charlotte, but still played straight with the merchandise.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Take a good guess what some of the dresses do. The fireflies of the swamp and Evangeline the evening star as well.
** {{Invoked}} in one scene with Charlotte throwing sparkles over herself.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: Including Lulu the potato bug/squeezebox. Also, Naveen manages to make a fully functional frog-size ukulele out of a stick and a spider web. ''Twice''.
* [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Everything Sounds Sexier in Maldonian]]: Probably the trope responsible for Naveen's accent.
* EvilLaugh: Dr. Facilier, in grand ol' Disney tradition. His shadow has one, too!
* EvilIsNotAToy: [[spoiler:As Facilier finds out when his 'friends' turn on him.]]
* EvilPlan: Faciler's Chain of Deals outlined above. The general gist of it is to get filthy rich.
* EvilSorcerer: Dr. Facilier is apparently the 1920s [[TheBigEasy Big Easy]]'s version of an EvilSorcerer.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Again, Dr. Facilier (thanks to KeithDavid).
* ExactWords:
** Word to the wise; when the creepy voodoo man says he sees 'green' in your future, do not assume he means money. Similarly, Lawrence probably assumes Facilier is speaking figuratively when he says he'll make him "Exactly the man he always wanted to be").
** The CurseEscapeClause: In order to be freed, the affected victim has to "kiss a princess", [[spoiler: but technically, a "princess" can be anyone who is married to a prince...even if said marriage just happened and the prince in question is also the one affected by the curse.]]
* {{Expy}}:
** According to WordOfGod, Facilier's look was modeled on the voodoo god Baron Samedi: he's lean, he wears a top hat, his logo is a skull with a top hat, and at one point he sports a skull mask.
** The creator of the Proud Family was one of the animators for this; and it shows. Dr. Facilier not only looks like Baron Samedi, but he also looks like Oscar Proud. Mama Odie even looks like Suga Mama.
*** In an early version of the script, [[spoiler: Mama Odie actually was Facilier's mother]].
** This Dr. Facilier example is almost certainly a coincidence but is too similar to ignore. Let's see here, a tall skinny man, who wears a rather nice suit, has plenty of dark powers, has a group of minions or ''agents'' if you will that follow his orders, and if you look outside of his home during the scene where he says "And I've got friends on, the other side." you can actually find a circle with an X in it...[[TheSlenderManMythos Do I even]] ''[[TheSlenderManMythos have]]'' [[TheSlenderManMythos to say it?!]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath:
** [[spoiler:Dr. Facilier is ''dragged into voodoo-hell --'' screaming and struggling-- by his "Friends on the Other Side" when it's apparent his plan to pay off his "debt" to them is foiled for good. His gravestone, ''oy''. It's even worse if you look at how they animated his eyes during that scene. Most Disney villains meet their end with a little gasp and a look of surprise or a BigNo; as Facilier reacts to his talisman breaking with a LittleNo followed by a BigNo, you can see him realize clearly before his friends even show up that he is about to die horribly. Even to adults, it's incredibly unsettling to watch the man have a VillainousBreakdown and ''beg for his life'' as his "friends" kill him. Even Tiana is visibly horrified as she watches.]]
** Plus, [[spoiler:Ray being stepped on]]. Really not the kind of thing you expect in a Disney film, especially with it ultimately subverting the DisneyDeath trope.
* {{Fangirl}}s: The women who swoon over Prince Naveen.
* FashionDissonance: A couple outfits look like they raided the costumes from ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', though it should be noted that the [[PimpedOutDress pimped out clothes]] we see are costumes or magically generated. Tiana's blue princess dress actually belongs to Charlotte, who was both rich and completely obsessed with being a princess from time of childhood. Charlotte gives it to Tiana after Tiana's own simple, High Middle Ages maiden costume is ruined. The characters' street clothes are a bit more accurate for the time period.
* FatAndSkinny: Henry and Harvey Fenner.
* FatBastard:
** Averted with Louis. He's notably the chubbiest alligator in the film, and yet he's also one of the nicest characters in the film.
** Same for Big Daddy; he is a man who could throw his weight around physically, influentially, and monetarily, but he seems to just be sweet, jovial, and dotes upon his daughter.
** Played straight to an extent with Lawrence, Naveen's double-crossing butler
** Inverted with Doctor Facilier who is built like a stick.
*** Also played straight amongst the two obnoxious real-estate investors. The fatter of the two is also clearly the meaner of the two.
** Also, the Chef who mocks Tiana's dream of having her own restaurant.
* FatIdiot:
** Subverted with Louis. While he's shown to have a poor sense of direction (Something that Ray points out all alligators have), he is skilled in trumpet playing for an ''alligator'' who has never taken any formal music lessons.
** Played straight with the largest of the frog-trappers.
* TheFinalTemptation: [[spoiler:Facilier promising Tiana her dream come true if she gives him the talisman.]]
* FireForgedFriends: Tiana and Naveen finally start to get along after they fight the redneck frog hunters together.
* FlashbackCut: Louis when he remembers the ''last'' time he tried to play trumpet for humans. [[spoiler:Given an IronicEcho when he tries again, but luckily for him the band members are dressed as animals for Mardi Gras and [[ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself mistake him for a costumed trumpet player]], thus granting his dream.]]
* FlechetteStorm: "Two-Fingers", despite his [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin natural disadvantage]].
* {{Foil}}: Rich, spoiled, princess-wannabe, desperate-for-romance Charlotte in contrast to level-headed, workaholic Tiana who couldn't care less about marrying a prince. In a twist, Charlotte is not the AlphaBitch; she's Tiana's best friend, and [[SpoiledSweet likable in her own right]].
** Also, Prince Naveen and Facilier have racked up loads of debts and are running out of time to pay...
** Tiana and Naveen are both offered their greatest dreams by Facilier, for what seems to be a small price. Their responses are quite different...
* FoodPorn: Your mouth will be watering by the end of the breakfast-serving montage in the diner. It seems that ''everyone'', even the non-transformed animals that you would think wouldn't be accustomed to eating human food, is in love with the gumbo and beignets covered with honey and powdered sugar that Tiana makes. Tiana is indeed a SupremeChef.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The opening song gives us this verse:
-->''We got magic, good and bad''
-->''Make you happy or make you real sad''
-->''Get everything you want, lose what you had''
-->''Down here in New Orleans.''
** "You just wanna be free; hop from place to place. But freedom... takes green!" (As it turns out, he's not talking about money...)
*** Note that on the card ("And when I look into your future, it's the green that I see!"), the part of the background with the dollar bills all over it is in the the shape of a ''lily pad''.
** Also during that scene: when Facilier holds out his hands for Lawrence and Naveen to shake, sealing the deal? [[BeautyEqualsGoodness As if you needed any more of indication of the hero in this scenario]], just take a good look at who hesitates for a moment before going for the deal, and who gets the greedy look in his eyes and shakes ''first''. Looks like Naveen wasn't ''that'' much of a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter.
** The movie opens with Tiana and Lottie as children, apparently in the middle of playing dress-up; Lottie is dressed as a princess, but Tiana is the one wearing the crown.
* [[ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself For Mardi Gras I Am Going As Myself]]: Thanks to a musician [[YourCostumeNeedsWork complimenting him on his alligator costume]], Louis gets to play with a Jazz Band.
* FormFittingWardrobe: 1920s-style clothing generally did not accentuate the waist or bust like that.
* ForTheEvulz: Facilier curses some guy to grow hair all over his body pretty much just for his own amusement.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Tiana is choleric, Naveen is sanguine, Louis is melancholic, and Ray is phlegmatic.
* FourthDateMarriage: The relationship Tiana and Naveen create is the typical speed for a Disney movie.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: [[spoiler:Dr. Facilier offers to give Tiana her hopes and dreams in return for his voodoo pendant. He makes the mistake of reminding her that her father never reached his dream... Because not only does she realize that her father was still a happy man, thanks to his family, but it reminded her that she always believed in ''working hard'' to reach her goals.]]
** It's a real idol, too.
* FrogsAndToads: [[CaptainObvious No duh]].
* {{Gainaxing}}: Charlotte, when she readjusts her dress.
* GenreSavvy: Tiana, Charlotte, and Naveen are all familiar with the fairy tale in question, with the girls willing to try kissing the frog to solve the problem. Also, Facilier knows enough about a DealWithTheDevil to be ''very'' worried about what will happen if he fails to please the shadow demons. The only one who could actually harm his friends (besides Mama Odie) was [[spoiler:Ray.]] Instead of gloating, he [[spoiler:takes care to kill him on screen.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Charlotte stuffing her neckline with napkins (we're supposed to believe it's to wipe off sweat since she's nervous, but...). Later, Charlotte pulling up her bust before going back to the party.
** This particular line from after Tiana and Naveen escape from gators into a tree trunk...
-->'''Naveen:''' Well, waitress, it looks like we're going to be here a while. We might as well get... ''comfortable''.
*** As if this wasn't blatant enough already, we hear Tiana slapping him afterwards.
** This little exchange with Mama Odie and Ray.
-->'''Mama Odie:''' How your grandma doin'?\\
'''Ray:''' She got into a little trouble for flashin' the neighbors again ''[Ray's butt lights up]''
** This jewel:
-->'''Naveen:''' You will enjoy, I guarantee. All women enjoy the ''kiss'' of Prince Naveen. Come! We pucker!\\
* puckers up, then his throat expands*\\
'''Naveen:''' That's new.... *suggestive grin*
** Any time Naveen makes a comment about being a frog, really, it's nearly always accompanied by a suggestive tone or grin.
-->'''Tiana:''' Just... one kiss?\\
'''Naveen:''' Just one.... *perverted/suggestive tone and grin* Unless you beg for more *licks lips*
** When Tiana and Naveen are tied together by their tongues and Louis comes to help by [[spoiler:tying their tongues around each others' bodies]]. According to Ray's reaction, it was entirely intentional.
* GirlishPigtails: Tiana as a child.
* GirlsNeedRoleModels: It's been stressed that Tiana doesn't need a prince and works to achieve her dreams. Anika Noni Rose pointed out how this is a stark contrast to any of the other Disney {{I Want Song}}s, in that she knows what she wants, she's "Almost There", and she's done it on her own. Her character is best summed up with her line:
-->I know exactly where I'm going
-->And gettin' closer and closer everyday!
* GoodWitchVersusBadWitch: Though they don't technically directly do battle, it's assumed that Mama Odie is aware of Facilier's dark doings with the shadow demons. At the very least, she knows his reputation enough to accurately surmise that the shadows that attacked Naveen just before she turned up belonged to Facilier.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Brave Ray, who survives being stepped on [[AlmostDeadGuy just long enough]] to see that Tiana and Naveen have declared their love for each other. This makes him smile to his tearful companions before he finally fades.]]
* GorgeousGarmentGeneration: [[spoiler: Tiana is married as a frog wearing a veil. After the kiss breaks the spell, she transforms into a back into a woman in a proper wedding dress.]]
* GrayRainOfDepression: [[spoiler:When Ray dies.]]
* GroinAttack: With a ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill shotgun]]''. Don't worry, he only takes ClothingDamage.
* [[spoiler: HappilyEverAfter: After dealing with the big bad, the heroine marries her love interest and fulfills her dream of opening a resturant.]]
* HandsOnApproach: When Tiana teaches Naveen how to mince vegetables.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks:
** You may ''think'' the movie's going to end with this, but Tiana [[spoiler:refuses to take Facilier's offer of the easy, magical way out. In the end, even after she marries Naveen, and he reconciles with his filthy-rich family, it's still ''her'' money, the coffee cans full of the cash she scraped together from her tips from three jobs, that gets her that building. All it takes is a stare from her new alligator best friend to get those bankers to accept the original offer. It's possible the extra money is only used to help fix the place up, but even then Tiana and Naveen do all the physical labor by themselves.]]
** Tiana's dad fits this trope because he worked just as hard as Tiana but never got the mill himself.
* HardWorkMontage: [[spoiler:Tiana and Naveen renovating the sugar mill.]]
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Tiana says this about Naveen. Ray assumed so because their (long froggy) tongues were tangled up all around them.
* HellGate: The giant mask Dr. Facilier summons during his VillainSong and later [[spoiler:he gets dragged through it by the Shadow Demons when Tiana breaks their talisman.]]
* HellishPupils: Inverted. The alligators attacking Naveen and Tiana have ordinary slitted pupils; Louis' pupils, however, are round dots, him being an exception to ReptilesAreAbhorrent.
* HenpeckedHusband: Lampshaded in Dr. Facilier's VillainSong.
--> '''Dr. Facilier:''' "You been pushed around by your mother, and your sister and your brother. And if you was married...You'd be pushed around by your wife."
* HereWeGoAgain: Ray [[MediumAwareness attempting to restart "Dig a Little Deeper"]] (but immediately averted).
* HesDeadJim: We see [[spoiler:Ray]] give his last words and close his eyes for the last time, but then the shot pulls back and we see his [[spoiler:firefly light]] flicker then finally fade out, removing any hope that this was a DisneyDeath.
* HiddenDepths:
** While deliciously suave, Facilier is more than a standard Disney villain. [[spoiler: Facilier seemed genuinely frustrated and bitter with his lot in life, (likely due to being black in 20's New Orleans). This is likely what sparked his original deal with his "Friends", and after that just [[DarkReprise dug a little deeper each time...]] This gets obvious when he is convincing Lawrence to follow his EvilPlan, saying how he (Lawrence) should be tired of being in poverty while the big shots only get richer and richer. The expression in his face pretty much tells that he wasn't speaking much about Lawrence as he was about himself. He was supposed to be a Creole, and hence an ethnic minority to boot. Free African Americans and Creoles of mixed ancestry would have been lumped in under Jim Crow laws after the Civil War. The ''[=LaBouff=]'' family were probably Creole too, but would have been considered "French" and white. Facilier also had economic motives as well as racial ones. New Orleans is run by a capitalist white patriarch, and by turning everyone into souls for his "Friends" to collect, he's equalizing everyone--no more class system. The undertones are clear because he teams up with Lawrence, who is obviously unhappy with his role as a servant and would like to move farther up the totem pole.]]
** Naveen also seems like a smarmy, cheesy "no-account, good for nothing" as Tiana calls him, but he displays resourcefulness, adaptability, scientific knowledge, and multilingual knowledge, plus a willingness to learn. To say nothing of his musical talents, which enhanced his image as a himbo. Combine this with the fact that a lot of his behavior is used as a mask to hide deep insecurities about literally not knowing how to do ''anything'' for himself due to his parents spoiling him most of his life and then kicking him out...
** Charlotte, [[spoiler:despite her lifelong dream, takes about a second to decide to kiss Naveen with no strings attached for Tiana's sake.]] She may be TheDitz, but she doesn't have to ''think'' before sacrificing for her friend. Not only that, but when [[spoiler:the kiss doesn't work, she seems genuinely upset and repeatedly tries to make it work.]]
*** After Tiana's accident at the party, Charlotte immediately leaves Prince Naveen on the dance floor to help Tiana clean up and change her dress. She also offers Tiana a ridiculous amount of money for beignets. This may just be Charlotte having no concept of the value of money, but it gives Tiana enough cash to buy her resturaunt. This is also a Character Establishing moment. It would not have been unthinkable at that point for her to have reamed out Tiana, and demanded more of her "man-catching beignets", but being a true friend, promptly took her leave, helped Tiana get herself cleaned up, and loaned her one of her dresses. She may be spoiled, and not exactly deep, but she knows what's truly important to her.
** Ray appears at first to be a stereotypical hillbilly-type. He turns out to be one of the most insightful, caring, and helpful people in the group. He's also competent, which goes a long way when the first two things he does are untying Naveen and Tiana (after Louis's well-meaning attempt made things much worse), and pointing out that [[NoSenseOfDirection Louis had been leading them in the wrong direction]]. The rest of his family (who also appear to be hillbilly-ish as well) are just as helpful for the brief amount of time they do show up, helping the group find the way to Mama Odie's home.
* HollywoodVoodoo: Disney did a better job than usual:
** Mentioning Hoodoo and giving themselves an [[AuthorsSavingThrow escape hatch]] in the next line--"I've got things I ain't even tried." Facilier isn't stuck on any one tradition; he'll work with anything and anyone that can give him power.
** It's a step in the right direction that Disney also made a 'good' Voodoo priestess [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience dressed in the traditional white]], since Voodoo is usually seen as only something evil in Hollywood Voodoo.
** Facilier makes use of Voodoo dolls, usually the only known object in Voodoo but the use of this object is only used in Louisiana Voodoo. So that is again a thumbs-up for Disney.
** They also intentionally tried to avoid using ''actual'' religious symbols because they didn't want to offend anyone who practiced Voudou in real life.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter:
** Naveen has no reservations about following a shady guy with a skull on his hat down a dark alley, and when the floating voodoo masks start singing and the shadows start moving things around, he's obliviously enjoying the show with a big goofy grin on his face. This is {{lampshaded}} when Tiana comments about Naveen "messing with the Shadow Man", for which he responds, "He was very charismatic!"
** Lawrence; when it comes to shaking hands and actually sealing the deal, Naveen is the one who looks doubtful and hesitates for a moment- whereas Lawrence digs right in, complete with a greedy look on his face.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Ray is a guide, a matchmaker, and the only one that can fight shadow things.
* HypocriticalHumor:
-->'''Naveen:''' (to Ray) Pardon me, but your accent... it is funny, no?

-->'''Charlotte:''' I thought wishing on stars was for babies... and ''crazy'' people! [''eyetwitch'']
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* [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe I Can't Believe Someone Like You Would Notice Me!]]: [[spoiler:Ray and Evangeline]]. He says it in "Ma Belle Evangeline" and it is proven true [[spoiler:after his death when he appears beside her in the sky as another star.]]
* [[ICantDance I Can't Dance]]: Tiana, but she learns pretty quickly, especially considering she is a frog at the time.
* ICantHearYou: Ray and Naveen on the Mardi Gras float.
-->'''Naveen:''' ''Ray! Get me out of this box!''\\
'''Ray:''' ''I can't hear you! I'mma get you outta this box!''
* ImageSong: "Life in the Swamp" for Ray and "I Was Born To Blow This Horn" for Louis from the Bayou Boogie CD, which is basically an ImageSong album for all the characters in the film.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: How does Tiana's dress stay up?
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Some of Charlotte's dresses fall under "trying too hard" to look like a princess.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: [[spoiler:Naveen reveals that while his family ''are'' Maldonian royalty and quite wealthy, they have cut him off and ''he'' is penniless. The reason Naveen came to New Orleans in the first place was to find and marry a girl from a rich family.]]
* InelegantBlubbering: Charlotte, for comedic effect.
* InexplicablyAwesome: Dr. Facilier and Mama Odie are both this, since they are both eccentric and have awesome Voodoo powers, but their backstories of how they got them are never explained. It's heavily implied that Facilier [[spoiler:sold his soul to his "Friends" on the Other Side and has been racking up a considerable debt with them by promising more souls in his place, all in exchange for more power. Whether the Friends are Loa or demons or {{Satan}} is never made explicit, however.]] Odie's case is almost definitely more benign, but goes unexplained and plays the trope fairly straight.
* InsistentTerminology: It's not slime. It's ''mucus''.
* InstantFanClub: The squealing girls who briefly follow Naveen around upon his arrival in New Orleans.
* InstantGravestone: [[spoiler: Dr. Facilier gets one after his "Friends" drag him off to the "Other Side".]]
* InstantLeechJustFallInWater: Naveen gets one on his elbow after landing in the swamp as a frog.
* InteractingWithShadow: Dr. Facilier, the aptly named Shadow Man, often interacts with his shadow.
* InterClassRomance: Naveen is rich (but cut off) and Tiana is poor.
* InTheBlood: Tiana inherited her passion for cooking from her father, who passed his skills on to her when she was little.
* IronicEcho: Done twice in quick succession; the former example...
-->'''Dr. Facilier:''' You're almost there...
** ...is significantly less dark than the latter.
--->'''Friends from the Other Side:''' ARE YOU READY?\\
'''Dr. Facilier:''' No! I'm not ready at all!
* IronicNickname: The Friends on the Other Side are most certainly ''not'' your friends. [[spoiler:That includes you, Facilier.]]
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne:
-->'''Tiana:''' Listen mister, this "stick in the mud" has had to work two jobs her whole life, while you've been sucking on a silver spoon, chasing chamber maids 'round your ivory tower.\\
'''Naveen:''' ...Actually, it was polished marble.
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans: Justified in that Naveen's visit instigates the plot, and it would make sense that he'd choose to travel there in time for the festivities. Also, the Mardi Gras king is a plot point.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: [[spoiler:Naveen always had the potential to make a princess to break him from his curse...after all, as a prince, any woman he marries qualifies as a princess. Of course, him being a HandsomeLech was about as big an obstacle for marriage as the whole frog curse.]]
* IWantGrandkids: Tiana isn't "almost there" until she pops one out, at least according to her mother.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy:
** [[spoiler:Right before Naveen proposes to Tiana, it occurs to him that she will never be able to afford her restaurant unless he keeps his promise to marry Charlotte and reward Tiana for helping him when he's rich again. He unselfishly abandons the sincere proposal and resigns himself to his fate.]]
** In a more platonic sense, [[spoiler:Charlotte. The one thing she's wanted more than anything else is to be a real princess, and because of the aforementioned marriage plan, she ''could'' get it, yet because Tiana's her best friend and it's Tiana that the real Naveen really loves, Charlotte doesn't even hesitate to go along with the kissing plan in an attempt to get them human, together, and happy.]]
* IWantSong: "When We're Human", "Ma Belle Evangeline", and "Almost There", although the latter is more of a "I've Just About Got It" song.
* JackassGenie: Naveen never actually made a wish. He went in to get his fortune told, but Facilier knew he was looking for money, i.e. 'The Green', and, when the deal was sealed by a shake of hands, Faciler promptly gave Naveen his OWN interpretation! Lawrence also did not get quite what he expected; Facilier told him he'd "be the man he always wanted to be", but he didn't realize that would mean literally becoming the Prince.
-->''"... I hope you're satisfied! But if you ain't, don't blame me! You can blame my friends on the other side! [[EvilLaugh Hahahaha]]!"''
** Then his "friends" chime in, just to twist the knife:
-->''"You got what you wanted! But you lost what you had!"''
* JailBaitWait: At the end of the movie [[spoiler:this is what Charlotte (possibly jokingly) plans to do with Naveen's 6-year old brother]]. (Considering she also [[spoiler:is the first to catch Tiana's thrown bouquet, it's very likely a joke.]]
* TheJeeves: [[spoiler:Though equipped with a British accent and clearly more level-headed than his master, Prince Naveen's pompous valet, Lawrence subverts this. It's made obvious from day one that he completely envies and resents the young prince.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: The two real estate broker brothers, revealed as such by both their choice of costume and how they treat Tiana. There was also Buford, the short order cook, in the beginning of the movie, who mocks her dream of opening a restaurant.
* JustSoStory: [[spoiler:Stars are indeed the ghosts of dead fireflies. Looks like [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon]] was right after all.]]
* JustTheWayYouAre:
** The lesson Louis learns is that he doesn't have to become human to fulfill his dreams.
** Tiana and Naveen declare their love for one another not caring anymore if they're humans or frogs.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:The Friends on the Other Side. Downplayed because Mama Odie wards them off to rescue Tiana and her friends but they are still around and still able to find a new Faciler.]]
* KickTheDog: Facilier is a bit prone to this, but the least subtle is when [[spoiler:he kills Ray]], dammit.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Poor ol' Ray]] was the first Disney protagonist since Mufasa to suffer this fate at the hands of a villain. [[spoiler:It's bittersweet since he [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence turned into a star after dying.]]]]
* LadykillerInLove: Naveen.
* ALadyOnEachArm: Naveen sings about this, specifically a brunette and a redhead.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Prince Naveen has one to match his cockiness.
* LargeHam:
** As the villain, Dr. Facilier is an ''exceptional'' ham, [[RunningGag in finest Disney tradition]].
** Naveen has these moments, especially early on. "All weemeen enjoy the kees...of Prince Naveen" anyone?
** Charlotte is a rare combination of female ''and'' heroic, and is impossibly hammy about it. She hams it up even when ''applying make up''.
* LeanAndMean: Dr. Facilier has only slightly more bulk than his cane.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Naveen and Tiana. Mentioned by name in a deleted scene.
* LivingShadow: Dr. Facilier has one that functions as his sidekick and an entire ''army'' of them "from the other side".
* LotusEaterMachine: Dr. Facilier attempts this on [[spoiler:Tiana in order to get the talisman back. It almost works.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: Averted. Tiana and Naveen encounter each other, briefly, early in the movie when they are both human. She is visibly unimpressed and he gives a "can't win them all" shrug.
* LoveEpiphany: During the Dance of Romance when Naveen sees the stars shining in Tiana's eyes.
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* MadEye: invoked. "I was starting to think that wishin' on stars was for babies! And - an' ''[[HypocriticalHumor crazy people.]]''"
* MagicAIsMagicA: Facilier explains to Lawrence that he can't use his voodoo magic on himself [[spoiler:and needs him to pull off their identity theft scheme.]] This is why Mama Odie is noticeably more powerful than Facilier (she uses her magic to help others, rather than herself, so she naturally has more of it), zapping the shadow creatures away effortlessly while Facilier has to rely on his friends on the other side to do most of the magic, [[spoiler: and when they turn on him, he's as powerless as any mortal man.]]
* MagicalIncantation: Mama Odie's is...different.
-->'''Mama Odie:''' Gumbo, gumbo, in the pot. We need a princess...[[CrowningMomentOfFunny whatcha got?]]
* MagicPants: Surprisingly averted; Tiana's dress visibly doesn't transform with her when she turns to a frog. Though, when she changes back, [[spoiler: the movie pulls [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid a King Triton]] by having her magically clad in lily pad clothing, and Naveen gets a lily pad-like suit upon turning human as well.]] It's a standard opportunity for a Disney PimpedOutDress. Like they would pass that up.
* MakeAWish: Like [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} some other Disney flicks]], it focuses on wishing on a star; unlike other Disney flicks, it explicitly states that you have to work hard to get what you want, too, and it's left [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane ambiguous]] as to whether wishing on a star really make wishes come true, or if it's just a coincidence. [[spoiler:Well, it is until the end; after Ray becomes a star, you get the impression Evangeline the wishing star is actually ''pretty'' powerful.]]
* MakeUpIsEvil: SpoiledSweet though Charlotte is, the moments at which she dons makeup clearly emphasize her silly and vain side.
* TheManBehindTheMan:
** It's clear that [[spoiler:the Friends on the Other Side]] are the ''real'' power behind Facilier.
** [[spoiler:Facilier himself clearly plans on being this once Lawrence marries Charlotte and takes over Big Daddy's role as head of the city's most influential family. Which would make it the spirits behind the man behind the man pretending to be another man...]]
* [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Manic Pixie Dream Boy]]: Naveen, although Tiana has more of an influence on him than traditional for this trope. He still manages to help her come out of her shell during their adventure.
* MarryForLove: A list
** Charlotte wants to do this for the romantic ideal
** Naveen doesn't want to do this; first because he's a ladykiller and a second because of [[spoiler: I Want My Beloved To Be Happy.]]
** Tiana didn't want to get married at all but this is the only reason she would.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: [[spoiler:Ray becoming the new star or not.]]
* MeaningfulName:
** Dr. Facilier's name is a play on the French word "''"facile''", for "easy", indicative of how he always offers "the easy way" out to his clients (or how he tries to take it for himself).
** "La Bouffe" in French means "The Grub" as in "food". Appropriate for the BigEater father...
** Ray also, to an extent, as in "ray of light", reflecting his optimistic attitude. And how he [[spoiler:attacks Dr. Facilier's friends.]]
** Also "Evangeline", since it's the name of a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem about a woman looking for her lost love. It's also the name of a parish in Louisiana. Specifically, "Evangeline" is meaningful in that the Longfellow poem is about an Acadian woman looking for her lost husband after they were separated in the expulsion of Acadians from their homeland that started in 1755. Some Acadians migrated to Louisiana after this and over time became known as Cajuns. Of course, Ray is a Cajun firefly, so the name of his true love is ethnically significant.
** The very-briefly-seen character Beau...a moth who functions as a bow-tie.
** Tiana is also an example; her name literally means princess, probably referring to [[spoiler:the fact that she was the princess that could break the spell all along.]]
* MeaningfulEcho: [[spoiler:"It's not slime. It's MUCUS!"]]
** Also, while Tiana's father didn't achieve his dream, he had something more important: "He had love."
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: "Prickle bushes got me! Gator down! Gator down!"
* AMinorKidroduction: The movie begins by showing Tiana and Charlotte as children being read the source material of the movie by Tiana's mother.
* MissingMom: Charlotte has a father who dotes on her shamelessly, but we never see her mother and it's never mentioned why she's not around.
* MistakenIdentity: The reason Tiana's kiss doesn't solve Naveen's frog curse problem. She isn't really a princess when she kisses him; Naveen just assumed she was because of her outfit. She points out it was a MasqueradeBall.
* TheMockbuster: Ironically titled ''The Frog Prince''.
* MockMillionaire: Prince Naveen really ''is'' rich and influential, but has been cut off by his family. He still pretends to be well-off in order to try and marry a rich woman.
* ModestRoyalty: Except for special occasions, Naveen dresses no more fancily than any other man [[spoiler:and Tiana sticks to modest dresses even after marrying him.]]
* MoodWhiplash:
** The beginning of the film seems light-hearted, relaxed and friendly but by the end it's clearly sentimental.
** Another example occurs during/after the "Ma Belle Evangeline" sequence. We have a beautiful, slow, romantic song while our two protagonists dance together...and then [[spoiler:Naveen gets snatched away by the shadow demons and is dragged away screaming while the others try to save him.]]
** A short example just before the [=BLAM=], combined with a great use of a {{beat}} and a scene cut.
-->'''Louis:''' It didn't end well.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: '''Dr.''' Facilier is a '''witch''' [[StealthPun doctor]].
* MorallyBankruptBanker: Two of them; see {{jerkass}}.
* MrFanservice:
** Naveen and totally on purpose! According to the commentary, they were down to three options for Naveen's voice so they ''gathered together female members of the crew and asked them to pick the most attractive voice.''
** Facilier. Voiced by KeithDavid.
* MultiArmedMultitasking: The guy in the octopus costume.
* MyCard: Facilier to Naveen.
* MyInstinctsAreShowing: While Naveen attempts to satisfy his Frog Form's taste for insects when he gets hungry, Tiana tries to resist her own tongue rebels against her.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Louis is obviously named after Louis Armstrong, and this is even {{Lampshaded}} when he mentions him first and foremost among the people he wants to surpass in the world of trumpet playing. Also consider that that they live in Louisiana, named for King Louis XIV. The comparison goes as far as the animation itself. See [[http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a242/MizuJakkaru/Miscellaneous/LouisFrogComparison.png this image]] for comparison.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Facilier is more commonly known as "the Shadow Man".
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Weirdly narrative example: it's obvious to the ''viewer'' that Tiana gets her dreams through her own hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance, but every character who knows about Tiana's father attributes her success to his influence. At least one reference to Tiana's father being the source of her hard-working nature is made in every song she participates in, and in the end, she has to realize that [[spoiler:her father wasn't ''just'' a hard worker, he was a family man too]] in order to learn her personal lesson.
* NeverRecycleABuilding: Tiana's father sets his sights on an abandoned mill as the place to set up the restaurant he dreams of starting. Not only was the mill empty for some time before he announces this, it remains empty for another ten years or so, while Tiana grows up and saves the money so she can buy the mill for the same purpose after her father dies. One of the things that kicks off the plot is that as soon as she tells the men selling the mill that she's able to afford it, she's informed that someone else just happened to outbid her on it. Given the warehouse's long-abandoned state and that the sellers are jerks, {{fanon}} has taken to the notion that Tiana was simply lied to about the competition.
* NeverSayDie:
** Averted. Tiana's mother mentions that Tiana's father died before he could see his dream of owning a restaurant come true. In other words, [[RunningGag perfect Disney Tradition]].
* NeverTrustAHairTonic: Some hair-voodoo worked by Dr. Facilier initially grants a man a full head of hair, but it quickly spreads to the rest of his body.
* NeverTrustATrailer:
** [[spoiler:Never Trust A Title: Tiana not actually being a princess is a major part of the plot. On the other hand, she becomes one, and Charlotte is theoretically a princess.]]
** In the third trailer, a line was added in with Mama Odie telling Tiana that "all that matters is what's under the skin". Not only does this line never appear in the movie, but it is in no way related to the moral that either Tiana learns or that Mama Odie is attempting to teach.
*** In the same trailer, it emphasizes that it's "the kind of magic that can only happen when you wish upon a star". "Wishing upon a star" is 100% ''contradictory'' to the moral of the story, which is that while wishing (determination) takes you part of the way, you still have to work for what you want.
** Overall, Disney did an excellent job making this movie look like something it ''isn't'' in the [=TV=] spots, putting emphasis on butt jokes, fart jokes, and Louis and Ray at their goofiest.
* NiceHat: Dr. Facilier sports a ''very'' nice hat indeed.
* NiceToTheWaiter: In a very literal example, Charlotte and Big Daddy La Bouff. They're a bit oblivious to Tiana's problems and come across as [[IdleRich airheaded socialites]] sometimes, but their kind treatment of servants and workers shows that their hearts are in the right place.
* NightmareFetishist: Not only is Naveen easily duped into following Facilier, once he's inside the Voodoo Emporium, witnessing some magic that goes well beyond the scope of a normal tarot reading and the ostensibly decorative masks starting to sing with Facilier he seems to really get into it and ''really enjoy'' being around the strange, magical things. In fact, he doesn't show any signs of fear until he's bound up in the chair, being turned into a frog.
* NobilityMarriesMoney: Prince Naveen comes to New Orleans to marry little rich girl [[SpoiledSweet Lottie]] because his parents cut him off.
* NoExceptYes:
-->'''Mr. La Bouff:''' All right now, princess, you're gettin' that dress, but that's it. No more Mr. Pushover. Now who wants a puppy?
* NoMoreForMe: The man dressed as the octopus at Charlotte's party, pouring out eight glasses of champagne at once after seeing [[ItMakesSenseInContext a disembodied giraffe's head getting chased by a dog in a mermaid costume.]]
* NonHumanSidekick: Mama Odie's pet snake Juju.
** and in [[RunningGag Disney tradition]], Tiana and Naveen get Louis and Ray.
* NonindicativeName: [[spoiler:Tiana only becomes a princess by the last minute of the film, and she is, by occupation, a waitress whenever she's in the company of Naveen in frog form. One could say the title refers to ''how'' she becomes a princess.]]
* NoSelfBuffs: The Shadow Man's magic won't work on himself. He even gives us the page quote:
-->'''Faciler:''' Fun fact about voodoo, Larry... can't conjure a thing for myself!
* NoSenseOfDirection: Louis was distracted by the geography...a-and the topography, and the choreography!
* NoSympathy: Averted - Charlotte shows real concern when Tiana accidentally falls into a table full of "man-catching" beignets, taking Tiana upstairs to fix her makeup and change out of her messy costume. Charlotte doesn't even expect Tiana to make more beignets to replace what she ruined. All of this is on top of the fact that she had been busy chatting up the prince when it happened and left him without a second thought; SpoiledSweet indeed!
* NotSoDifferent: Implied through {{Subtext}} when Facilier persuades Lawrence to be his accomplice.
-->'''Facilier:''' Aren't you tired of living on the margins, while all those fat cats in their fancy cars don't give you so much as a sideways glance?
** His voice must be heard to really appreciate the undercurrent of rage as he says this.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: When Tiana and Naveen accidentally get their frog tongues tangled up around them while trying to catch food, Ray assumes they got carried away doing something else.
* TheNounAndTheNoun: Princess and the Frog
* ObviouslyEvil: Tall, freakishly thin, likes skulls and crossbones, ''has a shadow that moves independently of the one casting it''...
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Dr. Facilier, when his "friends" show up to demand payment... after their talisman gets broken. The way they surround him makes it ''very'' clear what the price they demand is, and it isn't long before they get it.]] You just ''know'' you're in trouble when your VillainSong gets a DarkReprise. Just take a look at [[spoiler:Facilier's]] face at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zby1aPIl3Qs&feature=related the 24-second mark]]. [[spoiler:Even though he was going to offer the city as a buffet to his "friends", you still feel pity for what's about to happen.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Dr. Facilier's name is only said once (by himself) in the movie. The other characters refer to him as "The Shadow Man". Tiana even calls him it to his face once.
* OperaGloves: Tiana wears them whenever she's dressed as a princess. They add to the elegance.
* OrphanedPunchline: [[spoiler:Ray delivers this when they're eating swamp gumbo.]]
* PaleFemalesDarkMales: Despite Tiana having a darker skin tone than Naveen, her frog form is lighter than Naveen's.
* ParentalBonus: So much so, yet another Classic Disney Tradition!
-->'''Mama Odie:''' It's good to see you again, Ray. How's your grandma?\\
'''Ray:''' Oh, she's fine. Got in a little trouble for [[IncrediblyLamePun flashing]] the neighbors again!
* PicturePerfectPresentation: The "Down in New Orleans" number introducing the main characters has several, newspaper photographs turning from black and white to color and coming to life.
* PimpedOutDress: Tiana's magic lily pad dress, as well as the hundreds of pink monstrosities [[TheOprahWinfreyShow Tiana's mother]] makes for Charlotte.
* PrayerPose: It's the standard "wishing on a star" pose. Both Tiana and Charlotte do it, while repeating "Please, please, ''please''!"
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: "It's not slime... it's MUCUS!"
* PrettyInMink: A few of Charlotte's princess dresses have a bit of fur trim, and she wears a dark pink boa when telling Tiana about the Prince's arrival. Tiana herself imagines herself in a white fox wrap with her white dress during her IWantSong. The temptation dream at the end gives her the same dress and wrap.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Invoked and averted. Charlotte wants to be a princess, so she favors pink, due to this trope. [[spoiler: Tiana favors green and blue when she becomes an actual princess.]]
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Tiana and Naveen as frogs against the frog hunters. Also Ray the firefly against Dr. Facilier's shadow demons [[spoiler:at least until Dr. Facilier intervenes and kills Ray by stepping on him.]]
* ThePowerOfBlood: See BloodMagic.
* PrettyFreeloader: Best summed up in a line that was understandably cut from the film:
-->'''Naveen:''' I do not take advantage of women... I only give them pleasure.
* ProductPlacement: Both in the animation[[note]]Tabasco's distinctive diamond label is clearly shown[[/note]], and given a line but [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that we are talking about Louisiana hot sauce for gumbo. Besides it's such a household name that a lot of people don't realize it's a brand in the first place.
-->'''Tiana:''' Hit it hard with two shots of Tabasco, and it's the bee's knees!
* ProperlyParanoid: [[spoiler:Facilier knows damn well what happens if you make a DealWithTheDevil you can't keep. [[BerserkButton He loses it]] when Lawrence threatens to destroy the talisman.]] When [[spoiler:Tiana ''does'' destroy the talisman]], we get to see that Facilier had some damn good reasons to be so protective of it.
* ProphecyTwist: You need a princess to break the curse. [[spoiler: [[RulesLawyer It never said that she had to be born one]]...]]
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* RantInducingSlight: Lawrence calling Dr. Facilier a charlatan turns the first few lyrics of his VillainSong into this.
-->'''Dr. Facilier:''' Don't you disrespect me little man! / Don't you derogate or deride!
* RealityEnsues: Invoked when Tiana, shortly after a fight with Naveen, lashes out at Ray when he talks about his Evangeline.
-->'''Tiana:''' Evangeline is a ''star'', Ray. A big ball of hot air millions and millions of miles away.
* ReallyGetsAround: ''Strongly'' implied for Naveen. Tiana calls him a "philanderer" (!) Naveen even says at one point that he has dated ''thousands'' of women. Unfortunately, it's when he's trying to [[spoiler:propose to Tiana.]]
* [[spoiler:ReallyDeadMontage]]: [[spoiler:Ray gets a funeral fit for a firefly king.]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: More like "Real Life Sets the Entire Project Into Motion", the reason Disney made this movie in the first place was so that they could put a princess in the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland, the part of the park which didn't have one at the time.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: ''Subverted'' with Juju the snake who is nice
* RefrainFromAssuming: Without looking at the soundtrack listing, it's easy to assume that "Gonna Take You There" is actually called "Going Down the Bayou".
* ReluctantMonster[=/=]MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Tiana and Naveen befriend Louis, a friendly alligator who only wants to play jazz on his trumpet alongside humans and ''not'' eat frogs like other swamp alligators.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: The film is clearly an attempt to make a film with the style and quality of writing and music of the mid 90's Disney. They even brought back writers and producers from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' and other such films.
* RhymingWithItself: The song ''When We're Human'' rhymes "right" (as in "my right arm") with "right" (as in "correct").
* RichBitch: Charlotte is a refreshing subversion. Though she had a privileged and spoiled upbringing, she's actually a nice person. See SpoiledSweet below.
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: Subverted. Naveen is pretty resourceful for a guy who's been turned into a frog. But the ''idea'' behind the trope is why his parents cut him off from the family fortune. Charlotte plays it straighter. Two big fistfulls of money is what a catering job costs, right?
* RoadTripRomance: The traditional gender role are reversed, with Tiana having the experience and skills to guide on the journey, while the Naveen more or less tags along. The end result is the same. Disney used this plot again in [[Disney/{{Tangled}} their following animated feature.]]
* TheRoaringTwenties:
** According to the newspaper Big Daddy reads during "Down in New Orleans", it's 1926. The date is left ambiguous: the front of his newspaper says "Friday, April 25, 1926" (actually a Sunday), the back says "Friday, July 16, 1926", and ''none'' of the real events the headlines are referring to (including Mardi Gras) actually took place on either of those dates.
** Early on in the film, when Young Tiana and her mother board the trolley, a man is seen in one of the front seats reading a newspaper with the headline "[[UsefulNotes/WoodrowWilson Wilson Elected]]". It was Wilson's second term in office; he won the U.S. Presidential Election of 1916, dating the prologue as exactly ten years before.
** Worth noting- Mardi Gras can NEVER take place in April. It can only occur between early February and early March. This is because Mardi Gras is Fat Tuesday; the day to run through all your excess before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. (Lent being the extended period of time prior to Easter Sunday). For a Mardi Gras to take place in April is to have an Easter in June (or maybe even July).
* RunningGag:
** "Allow me to introduce myself! I am Prince Naveen!" ''[freaked out girl slams a book on him and from crumpled lips, he finishes]'' "...of Maldonia."
** The many many {{Shout Out}}s seem to be this due to just how numerous and ''obvious'' they are to people who can recognize them.
* ScaryBlackMan: Averted. Dr. Facilier's menace does not come from him being ''physically'' imposing...but don't think, even for a minute, that he ''isn't'' menacing.
* SceneryPorn: From the town to the bayou, yep, it's New Orleans in all its natural glory.
* TheScottishTrope: The animators clearly did some research on Vodou imagery, but refused to use [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veve actual symbols]] for Dr. Facilier's InstantRunes, and instead used fake ones that kept the style.
* SealedWithAKiss: [[spoiler: Tiana and Naveen go out to the balconey of the new resturant and kiss. Cue credits.]]
* SeldomSeenSpecies: The spoonbills at Mama Odie's place.
* SeniorSleepCycle: Mama Odie falls asleep in the middle of talking with Naveen and Tiana.
* SettingOffSong: "Gonna Take You There."
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Played with, and PlayedForLaughs. It looks like Big Daddy is going to give Little Charlotte a stern talking to because she's so spoiled, but then he produces [[spoiler:a puppy out of nowhere!]]
* ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing: Tiana emerges from her now-empty princess dress after kissing Naveen turns her into a frog.
* ShelteredAristocrat: Prince Naveen, who admits to Tiana that he was rather terrified when [[spoiler:his parents cut him off financially]] because he never actually learned to ''do'' anything besides being a RichIdiotWithNoDayJob.
* ShipperOnDeck: Ray for Tiana and Naveen. [[spoiler:Eventually Louis and Ray have become Team [[PortmanteauCoupleName Tianaveen]]. Mama Odie doesn't take long to join in. Charlotte wanted to marry a prince for more than half of her life, and even she thought Naveen should marry Tiana. It's easier to list by the end of the movie who ''isn't'' [[EveryoneCanSeeIt shipping those two]].]]
* ShoutOut:
** Charlotte's dance scene with 'Naveen' closely resembles the dances Disney/{{Cinderella}} and Disney/SleepingBeauty had with their Prince Charmings. The reason for these dances being duplicated in previous films was to save time and money but this time it's deliberate.
** [[spoiler:When Ray goes up to be a star with Evangeline,]] it brings to mind the song in ''PeterPan'', "The Second Star To The Right".
** In the Mardi Gras scene, we get a [[http://findingmickey.squarespace.com/picture/pfrog-kingtritonfloat.jpg?pictureId=8105168&asGalleryImage=true brief shot]] of [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid King Triton]] on a parade float.
** One of the party guests is also dressed as a mermaid with a suspicious resemblance to Ariel. Her attempt to kiss someone dressed as a pirate is interrupted by the chase scene.
** When explaining the abilities of Mama Odie to Naveen and Tiana, Louis grabs a hanging cobweb or something, thrusts his face through it, and pulls it out on either side of his head like hair while grimacing. This makes him look strikingly similar to the marvelous mad Madam Mim from TheSwordInTheStone when she turns her face into a pig's. See [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/985d5f06e6c2cebe7cd02c379eca6c37/tumblr_mla0yzkAMd1s4zjvuo1_500.jpg here.]]
** Charlotte's father calls his dog to action by [[AStreetcarNamedDesire loudly bellowing, "HEY, STELLAAAAAAA!"]]
** The guy dressed in an octopus costume who pours out his drink(s) when seeing the commotion being caused by two frogs is very reminiscent of TheAristocats, where a guy pours out his wine after seeing a mouse chase a bunch of cats (when really the mouse was trying to catch up with them.)
** The goofy frog hunters were pretty obviously a ShoutOut to Tex Avery's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_and_Junior George and Junior]] cartoons - the big one's even called Junior!
** The subplot involving Ray lusting after "Evangeline", and [[spoiler: being transformed into a star after his death]], seems to be an intentional reference to Timon's theory in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' about stars being fireflies trapped in the night sky. Tiana's comment, about "Evangeline" being "a big ball of hot air, a million miles from here", echoes Puumba's comment about the stars being "balls of gas burning billions of miles away".
* ShownTheirWork:
** Disney chief John Lasseter, the Pixar head whose brainchild it was to bring back 2D animation, insisted on setting the film in New Orleans. When he found out Disney Renaissance directors Clements and Musker had never been to TheBigEasy, he paid them to visit the post-Katrina city three times. Their research strongly influenced the plot as well as the look: Tiana's character was based on a person they met who dreamed of opening a restaurant.
** Clements and Musker researched voodoo for the movie. However, they insisted on [[TheScottishTrope not using actual voodoo symbols, only fake ones]] for fear of conjuring spirits (or angering actual voodoo practitioners).
** The music (by New Orleans native RandyNewman) is also extremely location-specific and culture-specific.
* ShrinkingViolet: Ray thinks Evangeline is one of these and that is why she keeps her distance.
* ShrunkenHead: Dr. Facilier states "I'm a royal too on my mother's side" during his Villain Song, and shows a woman's crowned, shrunken head to the prince he sings the song to.
* SimpletonVoice: Although Darnell (the big frog hunter) talks like this, his vocabulary is surprisingly more expansive than that of his father and brother, with the use of words such as "insolence" and "suspicious".
* SimpleYetOpulent: Tiana's blue dress.
* SissyVillain: The creepiness of Charlotte being seduced by a guy in disguise is downplayed by making Lawrence as Naveen extremely effeminate.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Played with. None of the female characters run into any slapstick, least of all Tiana... as a human. When she's a frog, all bets are off and ''everything'' is PlayedForLaughs - in fact, within her first few minutes as a frog involves a madcap, slapstick rich chase sequence.
* SlasherSmile: Facilier has one towards the end of his VillainSong when he sings "I hope you're satisfied".
* SleepMask: Charlotte uses one.
* SmarterThanYouLook:
** Raymond, who from his appearance and mannerisms looks like he's missing a few brain cells, but is one of the more competent characters in the film.
** Mama Odie seems completely senile at first, but she's very wise and clever - she just went a little strange from all the voodoo.
* SmugSnake: Dr. Facilier is charismatic because he is so sure of himself.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The film is ostensibly aimed at girls, and has a female lead character, but otherwise it has a 1:3 female-to-male ratio -- female lead, male {{LoveInterest}} and co-lead, two male (animal) supporting characters. Then one woman in a supporting role (a mentor). Although it does also feature Tiana's mother and her supportive friend, Charlotte.
* SoulJar: Dr. Facilier's amulet, though not granting him immortality, still fits since he sold his own soul to the Friends on the Other Side for the source of his powers. [[spoiler:You break it, you bought it!]]. [[note]]This is a legitimate Voodoo fetish. A skilled bokor (witch for hire) can trap souls in a ouanga (spirit talisman) to fuel his own magic. However, he can only hold onto the spirits for so long, because all souls belong to Bondye (the one true God) and have to go back to him. It's still considered dark magic because you're interfering with them going to the afterlife.[[/note]]
* SouthernBelle: Charlotte's southern accent and high class mark her as such.
* TheSouthpaw: Tiana is meant to be left-handed, as a ShoutOut to her voice actress, Anika Noni Rose. (Close viewing, however, reveals that she's more ambidextrous than anything else).
* TheSpeechless: Juju, even though all the other animals can talk.
* SpoiledSweet: Charlotte, Tiana's best friend since the two of them were small children. She's shallow and spoiled but still willing to [[spoiler:give up her dream of marrying Prince Naveen to give Tiana her chance at true love]]. Heck, she's the ''freaking trope picture!''
* [[spoiler:StandardHeroReward]]: {{Gender Flip}}ped.
* {{Squee}}:
** Ray lets out one of these when he begins to gush about Evangeline.
** Also Charlotte, when she's telling Tiana about Price Naveen coming to the costume ball.
** Louis pulls the biggest squee-face an alligator can when [[spoiler:he sees that Ray has become a star.]]
* StarsAreSouls: [[spoiler: Ray and it's extra fitting because he claimed a star he calls Evangeline is his true love, which he is next too when he becomes a star]]
* StealthPun:
** The firefly's name is ''Ray'' which would be an IncrediblyLamePun except for the fact that he's the most hopeful and bright-spirited character in the cast, and he [[spoiler:embodies the name even more after going on to his reward as a star beside the evening star.]]
** Dr. Facilier's name is a pun on "Easy" which references TheBigEasy, but also ...one who makes things easy. Lawrence takes him up on that offer, and finds to his dismay that taking the easy way is not the same as the right way. The core [[AnAesop Aesop]] of the movie is "Work hard to EarnYourHappyEnding, because wishing can only take you so far. The villain of the movie is a magician who relies on his friends' magic to accomplish his goals. What better name for the villain than Dr. "Person Who Makes Things Easier"? Especially since he promotes this attitude to others. The title "Doctor" is descended from a medieval title denoting a license to teach. Dr. Facilier doesn't just take the easy way, he tries to teach everyone else to take it too.
** Tiana's name is one letter away from Tiara. [[MeaningfulName Hmm...]] Her name also literally means "Princess".
** The realtors shared the joint costume of a donkey. The ye olden term for donkey is 'Jack ass', as seen in [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} the second film the studio made]]. [[{{Jerkass}} Guess how they treat our heroine. Go ahead, guess]]. Bonus points because the one in the head tried to break the news to her gently while the hind one interrupted and put it bluntly.
** Louis is a jazz playing alligator. "Gator" was a slang term for a jazzman in the 20s. To be more specific, Louis is a ''trumpet'' playing Gator: a multi-layer reference to LouisArmstrong. These are ''far'' from the only similarities the two share.
** A throwaway line at the masquerade party was Big Daddy calling one of the party goers "senator". Said party goer was in a devil costume.
* SuggestedBy: The film in relation to the source novel.
* SupernaturalIsPurple: Purple is used repeatedly to represent Facilier, because of the Mardi Gras colors, it's the most "unnatural." Mama Odie, however, is associated with gold.
* SuperPersistentPredator: The Blue Heron that our heroes run into in the swamp. When the first strike fails, it tries several more times, then flies after them and tries to grab them with its ''[[RefugeinAudacity feet]]''. Yes, indeed,
** Never mind the alligators that set up an all-night vigil for a couple of ''frogs''. Naveen seemed to have this incredible talent for cheesing off the local fauna without saying a word!
* SupremeChef: Tiana's character arc is driven by having the skills to be a world class chef but not the money to open a restaurant.
* SurprisinglyHappyEnding: It looks like Tiana and Naveen will be stuck as frogs, only to discover that [[spoiler:them marrying makes Tiana a princess, thus giving her kiss the power to turn them back.]]
* SurvivalMantra: Just before she kisses Naveen, Tiana keeps telling herself "Okay, Tiana, you can do this, you can do this, its just a little kiss, a little kiss..."
* SweetAndSourGrapes: [[spoiler: Tianna and Naveen give up on finding a cure and decide to live their lives as frogs. They marry, kiss, and turn human.]]
%%* SynchronizedSwarming: The fireflies.
* TalkingAnimal: The transformed Prince Naveen and Tiana. As frogs, they can understand other animals. It's a little inconsistent, though, as regular people can also understand Louis.
** Louis is a bit unclear, people react to him but he never actually SPEAKS to other humans.
* TarotMotifs: When Doctor Facilier reads Naveen and Lawrence's fortunes. [[spoiler:We clearly see TheFool, Three of Pentacles, and the Tower in Naveen's hand, while Lawrence is almost a replica of Ten of Wands]]. And it's not overdone, and [[ShownTheirWork it works!]] Although the [[AncientEgypt Eye of Horus]] on the back of the cards is a bit confusing. You'd think it'd be a bit too late for Facilier to try to get protection from evil.
* TemptingFate: An entire ''musical number'' of it early on- "I've climbed a mountain, I've crossed a river, and I'm almost there!" You may wanna check your map again, Tiana.
* ThrowItIn: In-universe: the rest of the band playing at the MasqueradeBall assumes the drummer is starting in with some jazzy improv, and follow suit. The drummer was actually trying to strike a frog with his drumsticks.
* ThroughHisStomach: Tiana reminds Charlotte of this, and Charlotte orders her food for the ball.
* ToothyBird: Naveen still has his teeth even when he is a frog. Ray the firefly also has teeth, albeit wonky ones. The animator for Naveen said they based his design off of [[RealityIsUnrealistic African species of frogs that have teeth.]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil:
** One of the last few online behind-the-scenes featurettes uploaded before the film's release gave away [[spoiler:Dr. Facilier being dragged away by his Friends on the Other Side to his death.]]
** There's also at least one trailer showing that [[spoiler:Frog!Tiana, not Human!Tiana, smashes the talisman.]]
** Two scenes might be more suspenseful and/or made great reveals if 1.[[spoiler:they didn't show Louis in any trailer, with the contrast with the vicious frog-eating alligators introduced beforehand]] and 2.[[spoiler:they didn't show the ''wedding scene where they turn back into humans!!'']]. Though the latter might be justified, since Disney films are somewhat predictable.
* TrickDialogue: Ray overhears Naveen practicing a proposal to Tiana, but believes he's trying to move in on Evangeline.
** Also, when Naveen translates Ray's endearments to Evangeline for Tiana.
* {{Troperiffic}}: Just look at this page's RunningGag.
* TrueBlueFemininity: Tiana is given a blue dress by Charlotte. This convinces Naveen that she might be a princess to break his curse.
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* TheUnfought: [[spoiler:The "Friends On the Other Side". Arguably justified in that, once they got what they wanted (Facilier's soul), they had no more reason to harass the heroes.]]
* {{Unfunny}}: Tiana, occasionally. Her status as such is actually something of a plot point - in the end it's not because she doesn't have a sense of humor or fun, it's because she's filed away that sort of thing in order to focus on her ambitions.
* TheUnintelligible: Two-Fingers, one of the frog-hunting rednecks, speaks with mumbles and grunts. Darnell and Pa have no trouble understanding him, though. In some scenes, he's only speaking very quietly rather than unintelligibly.
* UnusualEuphemism: When Naveen crashes the Mardi Gras wedding, Charlotte exclaims, "Cheese and crackers!"
** could be GettingCrapPastTheRadar, as it sounds a little like she's saying 'Jesus Christ!'
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Facilier, after the talisman is destroyed. Seeing as his Friends On The Other Side are [[YouHaveFailedMe about to kill him in a terrifying manner]], it's very understandable.]]
* VillainousFriendship: Dr. Facilier and his shadow act quite friendly with each other, although how much it counts depends on if the shadow actually is sentient or not.
* VillainSong: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6yw2SmG674 Friends on the Other Side]]". KeithDavid should get bonus points for making this song ''define'' CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
* VisualPun: The realtor who makes a remark about Tiana's "background" was in the back-side of the horse-suit. That's right, he's the horse's ass.
** Or they could be a donkey, making them a Jackass.
* VoicesAreMental: Averted, though in an odd way. [[spoiler:When Lawrence is impersonating Prince Naveen, his voice is noticeably higher than his normal one. This makes sense, as Lawrence speaks with a very different accent from Naveen.]]
* WartsAndAll: Naveen to Lawrence. Boy, does he regret it. [[spoiler:Amusingly, Naveen asks Tiana if she loves him, "warts and all", making it more literal than figurative "warts and all"]]
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Tiana and Naveen. Early in the film, they both think that they're better than the other. [[spoiler:Naveen believes himself to be superior to Tiana because he is a debonair and optimistic prince, while she is a pessimistic & cranky waitress. At the same time, Tiana thinks that she's above Naveen because he's a lazy, good for nothing philanderer, while she has tirelessly worked hard for the things she wants in life. Hence, the throwing of insults begins.]]
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Pardon the [[IncrediblyLamePun pun]], but [[spoiler:Facilier's "friends" from the other side promptly take his soul once he defaults on his loan.]]
* WithThisRing: [[spoiler:Naveen, on realizing he's fallen in love with Tiana, fashions a ring for her out of champagne cork wire and a Mardi Gras bead.]]
%%* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Cat?]]
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: Rare example of midnight being correctly signaled by the ''start'' of the clock's strokes rather than the end.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Voodoo witch doctor Dr. Facilier.
* WhosLaughingNow: Lawrence eagerly accepts Facilier's plan as it lets him get back at Naveen for "years of humiliation."
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes:
** Ever since his bad... ''experience'' on a river boat, Louis freaks out whenever he sees a gun.
** Tiana is afraid of frogs, making it very awkward that she has to kiss one and then ''be'' one.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Naveen thinks Tiana's crown means she's a princess.
** Charlotte believes that she is in a DisneyPrincess movie, and that all she needs to be happy is to just wait around for her prince to come to her. She's almost right, but she's off on two counts - she's not the main character, and it's a modern DisneyPrincess movie.
* YouCanTalk: Tiana's reaction to Naveen, after she stops trying to kill him with her book.
* YouGoGirl: The plot of the movie outside the BalefulPolymorph conflict.
* YouHaveFailedMe: [[spoiler:An explanation for Dr. Facilier's final fate. With the talisman broken, the plan he'd sold his "Friends on the other side" on, promising them the wayward souls of New Orleans, was now impossible. He tried to tell them it was a "minor setback (to a major operation)" and they were... [[FateWorseThanDeath unimpressed]].]]
* YouNeedABreathMint: Ray complains of Louis' breath while the latter is trying to revive him from having nearly drowned.
-->'''Ray:''' ''I'm fine. But your breath done near killed me to death.''
* YouShallNotPass: Ray bravely pulls this on the shadow demons. [[spoiler:[[FromBadToWorse He fails, though only against an opponent he cannot easily melt with a burst of light]].]]
* YourMakeupIsRunning: Charlotte in the beginning and the end; it ruins the 'princess' effect.
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