Characters: Beauty and the Beast
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"She's so beautiful, and I'm...well, look at me!"
Voiced by: Robby Benson
- Adorkable: After the Beast's Character Development begins to take hold he becomes shy and awkward, especially around Belle.
- After Action Patchup: After he saves Belle from the wolves she patches him up; the first sign of his inner goodness.
- All There in the Manual: According to the DVD commentary with the directors and producers, Word of God realized they never gave him a name. A licensed CD-Rom trivia game, however, does claim his name to be Adam.
- Audience Surrogate: His anger and depression is how most people would react to the curse if it were them.
- Back from the Dead: Gaston's knife wound mortally wounded Beast at the end, but reversing the spell revived him as well as making him human again. It could also be Only Mostly Dead, with The Power of Love simply resolving the balance.
- Badass: Who else can handle a pack of hungry wolves and get away with only a scratch?
- Badass Adorable: After Character Development, he could break a man in half but is "too kind and gentle to fight back".
- Badass Baritone: As the Beast, his voice is deep and imposing. In his thoughts/singing voice and human form, his voice is more tenor.
- Badass Cape: At his height of feral nature he wore little more than a purple cape.
- Bad Boss: He zigzags between this trope and Benevolent Boss. As grumpy and demanding as he can be he still treats his servants well and in return they love him and remain fiercely loyal. Cogsworth is the only one that worries about Bad Boss like behavior.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Due to the size and shape of his legs and feet, he cannot wear shoes.
- Beast and Beauty: The other half of the Trope Codifier.
- Beast Man: He walks upright like a man and has the same basic shape as a man but he looks like a combination of other traits, for instance buffalo, gorilla and bear.
- Beautiful All Along: Averted. His human form wasn't good enough for Belle; she had to see into his eyes that he was the same person she fell in love with.
- Beauty to Beast: From a blond haired and blue eyed Pretty Boy to a chimera.
- Being Evil Sucks: One of the many pieces of his angst is that he really doesn't want to be a bad guy, but he's made some poor choices and is constantly tortured by them.
- Beneath the Mask: The Beast isn't as bad as he appears.
- Big Eater: As shown in a scene when he's eating and he gobbles up the food.
- Big "WHAT?!": He does this when Belle refuses to have dinner with him.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Thanks to Belle he's a seven foot tall chimera who won't hurt a fly.
- Byronic Hero: Beast wrestles with personal angst and a dark past. His inner goodness is at conflicts with a jerkass personality.
- Character Development: He's all about character development; in fact you can tell which mid-quel takes place when, based off how much of a jerk the Beast is at the time. There is even a song about his Character Development.
- Character Tics:
- Dark World: His castle under the enchantment is dark, gloomy, and the statues are demonic. The West Wing takes it Up to Eleven; the filmmakers described it as "a descent into his own personal hell." This is inverted after the enchantment breaks.
- Deadpan Snarker: He can get pretty snarky.Lumière: Voilà! You look so...so...
- Defrosting Ice Prince: The Beast's Character Development is moving from gloomy jerkass to loving nice guy.
- Despair Event Horizon: Creeps closer to this the longer the spell lasts. He doesn't fight back against Gaston because he's given up hope.
- Desperately Craves Affection: Underneath it all he really does, having been denied human contact for years. It even comes up in "Something There" where he's thrilled that Belle was able to touch his hands without apprehension.
- Disney Death: Possibly justified because he was under a magical spell and Belle reversed it.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Justified. See Barefoot Cartoon Animal above.
- Don't Look at Me!: He's ashamed of his beastly appearance because it's a manifestation of the reason he was cursed. He even slashed a picture of himself.
- Emerging from the Shadows: Belle asks Beast to step into the light, and she (and the audience) sees his face properly.
- Emotional Bruiser: Beast becomes this thanks to Belle.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: His name is never revealed in the movie.
- Eyes Never Lie: This is how Belle realizes the prince is really Beast; his eyes stay the same.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: The Beast is on the receiving end of this several times (being one of the few Disney characters to bleed). He's noticeably cut up and bloody after the fight with the wolves, takes Gaston's arrow to the shoulder, and has a large bleeding wound on his side after Gaston stabs him.
- Feet-First Introduction: The Beast remains in silhouette until the dungeon scene, when Belle asks him to come into the light. This trope then occurs (with a brief cutaway to Belle's face up close and horrified).
- Gentle Giant: In the film's second half thanks to Love Redeems.
- Get It Over With: This is the Beast's reaction to Gaston attempting to kill him, when he thinks Belle has left him forever.
- Get Out: The Beast to Belle after she ventures into the West Wing. He gives a much colder delivery to Gaston after defeating him and revealing him as the coward he truly is in the finale.
- Good Is Not Nice: Before his Character Development. The Beast isn't really a bad guy, but he wasn't a nice guy to begin with.
- Grand Staircase Entrance: The ballroom scene where he's dressed like a human for the first time since his transformation.
- The Grotesque: He considers himself to be this because he thinks his beast form is ugly. No one else does; if anything they think he's closer to The Dreaded.
- Grumpy Bear: An almost literal example. He has the looks and the sour disposition.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The Beast has this for at least half of the movie; him realizing it made Belle run away was the first step in him overcoming it.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Even as a beast he still cuts a dashing figure in his blue and gold suit.
- Heel-Face Turn: An antagonist in the first half but a co-protagonist in the second half.
- Hidden Depths:
- Yes, the Beast is a jerk; however he is also brave, cunning, and determined. The castle staff even state that he really isn't that bad once you get to know him, he's just angry and very, very depressed.
- He's also a little bit of a Closet Geek, greatly enjoying Shakespeare and classical music.
- Horned Humanoid: He walks upright, possess two arms and two legs, and he has horns.
- Horrifying Hero: Played with. By the time he becomes a heroic character he's not horrifying; birds land all over him. However, the villagers think he's scary because he was in a bad mood at the time.
- Hot-Blooded: Part of having a short temper.
- Hybrid Monster: The beast has the mane of a lion, the beard and head of a buffalo, the brows of a gorilla, the eyes of a human, the tusks of a wild boar, the body of a bear, and the hind legs and tail of a wolf.
- I Am a Monster: He thinks this of himself because of his curse. "Who could love a beast?"
- I Can't Believe A Girl Like You Would Notice Me!: Try as he might he has a very hard time believing someone like Belle (or anyone for that matter) could love him.Beast: It's no use, she's so beautiful and I'm... Well, look at me!
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He sets Belle free after they discover that her father Maurice is lost in the snowy forest and dying of hypothermia looking for her, even if it means that he had lost his best and only chance of breaking the curse.Beast: ...I let her go.
Cogsworth: (chuckles) Yes, yes. Splen- YOU WHAT!? How could you do that?!
Beast: I had to.
Cogsworth: Yes, but... why?
Beast: Because... I love her.
- Jerkass: At first. However...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His character development is all about him toning down his jerkassery and developing the heart of gold.
- Large and In Charge: He is a seven foot tall chimera and his servants are household objects.
- Large Ham: He has his moments every time he gets angry.
- Leitmotif: The very first notes of the prologue are heard several times as the Beast's theme, and take on a more majestic-sounding tone during his transformation back to the Prince.
- Lightning Bruiser: Despite his size, he's agile, fast and able to beat wolves.
- Lima Syndrome: Towards Belle. She was his prisoner initially, then they became friends and more some and then he released her upon realizing he was in love with her.
- Loud Gulp: Does one when Belle leads him out onto the dance floor.
- Love at First Punch: Belle is the first person after the enchantress who confronted Beast on his treatment of others.
- Love Redeems: The point of the curse is for him to become a better person through love.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: According to the director's commentary, the spell affected the Beast's mind as well as his body; the longer the spell lasts, the more feral he becomes. When Belle arrives, he has to re-learn how to read and eat with utensils, and if she had never come to the castle, he would've eventually stopped speaking, stopped wearing clothing altogether, and would've gone to live in the woods, becoming a beast both inside and out.
- No Badass to His Valet: Belle and the Beast's relationship develops into this at first. Out of a whole castle full of servants who alternately cringe in terror of his rages, and try to bring him up like he's still a child, Belle is the only one who talks to him like an equal.
- No Name Given: "The Master" or "The Beast". Word of God states that they forgot and never corrected it.
- One-Man Army: A wolf pack is no match, no matter how many there are.
- Pragmatic Hero: Moreso in the Christmas movie where he is forced to kill the villain personally.
- Prince Charmless: Beast was this before the curse and before Belle came into his life. It's the reason he was cursed in the first place.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Averting this trope is part of why he was cursed; he was a Royal Brat.
- Skyward Scream: "Roar" actually. He lashes out one after watching Belle go from the balcony.
- Spoiled Brat: Starts out as this. He doesn't appreciate a composition his pianist wrote for him as a gift and turns away an old woman during winter.
- Tame His Anger: "You must control your temper!"
- Tragic Monster: He never wanted to be a monster. The main plot is everyone trying to turn him back into human.
- Tsundere: According to Belle: "There's something sweet, and almost kind, though he was mean and he was coarse and unrefined!....But now he's dear and so...unsure...."
- Unscrupulous Hero: He starts as rude, violent and annoyingly abusive towards Belle. His rudeness starts to vanish once he rescued Belle from the wolves. From here on in he becomes more gentle.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Everything he wears initially is a pair of pants and a cape before start wearing a white shirt.
- Was Once a Man: Then a sorceress cursed him into beast form.
- What Have I Become?: This was the Beast's personality (with some Jerkass thrown in) at the beginning of the movie; he knows he's a beast and becoming more so but sees no way out.
- Wild Hair: The Beast has this in a mane form.
- Windows to the Soul: A variation. We get several shots of Beast's eyes and when he tears up the picture of his human face, his eyes are largely undamaged. After he turns back into a human, Belle doesn't care about that. She isn't convinced it's him until she looks into his eyes. The Beast's eyes were as carefully designed as the rest of his body, in order to give the impression that he was a man trapped in the body of a monster.
"As a specimen, yes I'm intimidating!"
Voiced by: Richard White
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Belle. It's not his looks she despises, she admits he's handsome, but also rude and conceited. His threatening to have her father committed unless she agreed to marry him didn't help matters.
- Abomination Accusation Attack: Gaston doesn't believe that the Beast even exists. When Belle proves him wrong, he changes his position to accusing him of eating children - never mind that the Beast has been around for a long time and the only person who had been missing was Belle herself! Or that the villagers believed Gaston over Belle even though Gaston was proven wrong immediately beforehand.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When he's at the Beast's mercy, he pitifully begs for the Beast to let him go.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Gaston tries the Scarpia Ultimatum version on Belle when her father is going to be committed to an insane asylum.
- Anti-Intellectualism: At first, he disapproves of the thought of a woman reading, and therefore thinking... but later, it seems he opposes the idea of anybody thinking, deeming it a "dangerous pastime" even for men. However, he himself seems to have some learning, as covered in Hidden Depths.
- Ax-Crazy: During the final showdown with the Beast. Although it's implied he was messed up to start with.
- Backstab Backfire: Gaston is spared by the Beast, and then stabs him in the back before falling off the ledge. However, production materials indicated that his actions were originally intended to be closer to Taking You with Me.
- Badass: For all his bluster, Gaston is a crack shot with a gun and capable of holding his own against a massive chimera for quite a while completely unaided.
- Badass Normal: While the Beast is definitely stronger than he is, Gaston still manages to match him pretty well during their battle.
- Badass Baritone: Overlaps with Evil Sounds Deep.
- Bad Boss: Gaston is a warped variation. Even though he is shown to be a high grade jerk in the village, and makes no effort to hide it going by his villain song, the villagers genuinely love him and don't follow him out of fear.
- Beneath the Mask: Gaston is not as harmless as he seems to be.
- Big Eater: He puts away five dozen eggs a day. At breakfast.
- Boisterous Bruiser: "No one fights like Gaston, douses lights like Gaston; in a wrestling match nobody bites like Gaston."
- Book Dumb: "How can you read this? There's no pictures!"
- Bullying a Dragon: In his arrogance he attacks the Beast mano a mano while viciously taunting him. He seems to be winning handily at first, but once the Beast decides to actually fight back, Gaston is hopelessly outclassed.
- Carpet of Virility"And every last inch of me's covered with hair!"
- Chick Magnet: Every woman in the village (except Belle) is head over heels for him.
- Covered in Mud: After Belle rejects Gaston's marriage proposal, Gaston falls over and lands in the pigs' mud hole.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Enough to rally a mob and storm the other guy's house with the intent to kill him.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He at first seems to be an arrogant, uneducated and unintellectual buffoon. The first hint that there's more to him than that comes as he skulks away from Belle's house after his unsuccessful proposal (complete with moody music to give us a clue). Then later on in the movie he turns out to be a manipulative, deceitful and cunning psychopath. However, he's still got some obvious stupidity, as no one with half a brain cell would challenge a seven-foot-tall chimera monster to fisticuffs over a woman who doesn't even remotely like him.
- Did You Actually Believe?: Gaston implements this perfectly when facing off against Beast, sneering and mocking him:Gaston: Were you in love with her, Beast?! Did you honestly think she'd want you when she could have someone like me?!
- Dirty Coward: Gaston resorts to dirty fighting in his battle against the Beast, mocking Beast while he was too depressed to defend himself, then pleading for his life when he finds himself at Beast's mercy. Beast finally lets him go... only for Gaston to stab him In the Back.
- Disney Villain Death: He falls off the ramparts of Beast's castle.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Defied; Gaston is so angry at being rejected he refuses alcohol.
- Dumb Muscle: According to his tirade on books he's happy about this.
- Egomaniac Hunter: The lodge has a wall of trophies as a monument to his ego.
- Establishing Character Moment: In the span of thirty seconds from the beginning of his introduction, Gaston shows off being an egotistical macho hunter with eyes only for Belle and is determined to marry her, believing she'll fall for him without hesitation.
- Even the Guys Want Him: (Lefou: "You can ask any Tom, Dick, or Stanley / And they'll tell you whose team they'd prefer to be on!").
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He's unable to imagine why Belle would choose the Beast over him. To him, love is just a convenient bargaining chip — or a distraction, or a function of physical beauty.
- Evil Counterpart: To the Beast. He's physically handsome, high self-esteem, but he has no inner goodness.
- Evil Is Hammy: When he switches from annoying suitor to outright villain he becomes louder and more sinister.
- Evil Plan: Gaston's is surprisingly mild for this type of plan (if rather chauvinistic) to make the most beautiful girl in town (i.e. Belle) his Housewife by any means necessary. It becomes decidedly more malevolent as the story progresses, up to and including murder.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Out of all the baritone roles in the musical, his is easily the most pronounced. Although the Beast's voice is still deeper than his...
- Expy: He bears a resemblance to Brom Bones from Disney's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Both are rather respected men in their village who want the best girl in the village. (In their eyes at least). The resemblance ends there.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: He's the village hero because of his hunting and charisma but he's nothing but an egomaniac.
- Faux Affably Evil: Appears to be nothing more than a buffoonish jerk with good publicity, but is actually a cunning and dangerous psycho.
- The Fighting Narcissist: Gaston is an unusually manly example; he has a rather effeminate pose when he sings about his skills in decorating with the animals he hunted note
- Handsome Lech: Played with. He's very forward with Belle but ignores the Bimbette's
- Heteronormative Crusader: Spoofed - Gaston starts out as very heteronormative in many ways, including trying to reduce Belle to a traditional passive female gender role. When he finds out of about her relationship with the Beast, he takes refuge in something that looks like a cocktail of Those Wacky Nazis and Heteronormative Crusader mixed together in a shaker built from Fantastic Racism.
- Hidden Depths: He appears to be a dumb meathead and yet he easily managed to manipulate an entire town at the last minute. He also seems to know a bit of Shakespeare if the "sticking place" quote is of any indication, and has a large enough vocabulary to use words like "expectorating" correctly in a sentence.
- Hot Guys Are Bastards: Considered the most attractive man in the village, he's a narcissistic asshole.
- Hunk: He's tall, broad, muscled, hairy, square chin, etc.
- Hypocritical Humor: When Lefou insults Belle's father, Gaston laughs along with him. Then, after Belle reprimands them for insulting her father, Gaston tries to scold Lefou for insulting him, when he was doing the same thing moments earlier.Belle: I have to get home to help my father. Goodbye!Lefou: Hahaha! That crazy old loon? He needs all the help he can get!-Lefou and Gaston both laugh-Belle: Don't talk about my father that way!Gaston: Yeah, don't talk about her father that way!
- Icy Blue Eyes: They fit his ruthlessness.
- It's All About Me: From his perspective the whole world is about him; Belle is a trophy ("The most beautiful girl in town") and the Beast is evil because he stands between him and his prize.
- Jerkass: He's a sexist, controlling, egomaniac but he's not evil until Belle refuses him.
- Jerk Jock: Rural 18th century version.
- Lack of Empathy: He's unable to take another's perspective. Belle for instance, is clearly uninterested in him but he can't imagine this because he's too full of himself.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: ... but he's a villain.
- Large Ham: No one's presence is as large as Gaston's!
- Laughably Evil: No one makes you laugh like Gaston.
- Lust: Averted. He's not interested in Belle sexually but as a matter of pride. ("That makes her the best! And don't I deserve the best?") Even when he talks about having children it's clear he's not interested in the act of making them so much as having a bunch of mini-Gastons running around..
- Manly Men Can Hunt: "I use antlers in all of my de-co-ra-ting!"
- Manipulative Bastard: While hardly an intellectual, he's savvy enough about the villagers' ignorance and prejudices to turn them against Belle's family and ultimately the Beast himself.
- Miles Gloriosus: Averted. According to what the other villagers say during his villain song, he's every bit the fighter and hunter he says he is. He only meets his match against a seven foot chimera that's built like a bear.
- Narcissist: Public rejection makes him so angry that not even alcohol can make him feel better. What works is a Crowd Song about how great he is.
- Not Good with Rejection: He bribed the asylum director to send Belle's dad to the nut house because she refused to marry him.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's first portrayed as a villainous goofy buffoon but not a serious threat. He then plans to lock Maurice in the asylum and leads a lynch mob to the Beast's castle. Besides this he also stabs the Beast in the back. If he (the Beast) wasn't under a spell he would have surely died.
- Plot Irrelevant Villain: He's the primary villain from Belle's point of view, but Beast's situation (the curse and everything) is entirely unrelated.
- Proud Beauty: The most desired man in his town, and an extreme narcissist.
- Rabble Rouser: After Belle reveals the Beast's existence, he flies into a jealous rage, and whips the town into a frenzy with a warning (in song, even) of how he'll come and devour their children, and calls on them to storm the Beast's castle and kill him.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: With a yellow lapel added, describes his hunting gear.
- Scarpia Ultimatum: Marry me or your father gets locked up in the nuthouse.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Lefou's Sensitive Guy.Case in point As his Villain Song says, "there's no man in town half as manly".
- Small Name, Big Ego: Averted. He's the biggest name in the village.
- Straw Misogynist: It's not right for a woman to read — soon she starts getting ideas... and thinking.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: His three blonde admirers describe him in song as "such a tall, dark, strong and handsome brute".
- Testosterone Poisoning: Part of the humor of Gaston is that he's an over-the-top exaggeration of manliness. This is highlighed in his Villain Song how proud (and admired) he is for having a 'thick neck' and how 'every last inch of last me's covered in hair!'
- Third-Person PersonGaston: No one says "no" to Gaston!
- Too Dumb to Live: See Ungrateful Bastard below.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: As his animator once put it: "He goes from a buffoon and a jerk to a murderer."
- Ungrateful Bastard: After Beast spared his life he stabs him in the back, causing him to fall to his death.
- Villain Song: "No... one's... ... slick as Gaston! No one's quick as Gaston! No one's neck's as incredibly thick as Gaston!"
- Villain with Good Publicity: He's a controlling and arrogant egomaniac, but he's so charismatic that the people love him enough that in his Villain Song his vices are spun into virtues: "In a wrestling match nobody bites like Gaston." They unhesitatingly rally behind him to storm the castle and kill the Beast.
- Villainous Crush: His pursuit of Belle drives half of the plot's conflict.
- Villainous Glutton: Gaston may not be fat, but he eats 5 dozen eggs for breakfast.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: In the second half of the film. Belle refuses to marry him? Use Maurice's rantings to declare him insane and blackmail her. She proves Maurice was telling the truth? Rally the town to kill the Beast now that you know Belle loves him.
- You Monster!: Belle tells this to Gaston.Gaston: Belle, if I didn't know any better, I'd say you had feelings for this monster.
Belle: He's no monster, Gaston. You are!
"My daughter? Odd?"
Voiced by: Rex Everhart
- Absent-Minded Professor: His house is a mess because he's too focused on his latest invention to clean it.
- Adorkable: Just look at that face after a hunk of wood clonks him when it's thrown from his chopping machine and say with a straight face you don't go, "Awww..!"
- All of the Other Reindeer: Both Belle and Maurice are seen as 'rather odd' by the rest of the villagers; her father because he's an absent-minded tinkerer and Belle because she reads and refuses to Stay in the Kitchen.
- Bumbling Dad: It's clear that Belle is the one taking care of him.
- Bungling Inventor: His inventions often misfire and he himself is clumsy.
- Butt Monkey: His inventions misfire, he gets lost in the woods, he gets captured by a beast, his daughter takes his place, his village tries to lock him up in the nuthouse; this guy gets a raw deal.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: The entire village believes him insane.
- Good Father: Despite being bumbling, he loves his daughter.
- Mad Scientist: A benign version. Even the asylum keeper admits that he's harmless but his house is still home to strange noises and dangerous looking devices.
- Shipper on Deck: In the beginning, he didn't seem to mind Belle getting with Gaston and even suggested Belle spending time with him. Of course, that was the beginning of the movie.
- Too Dumb to Live: Watch closely the scene where Belle's father and his horse (Phillippe) arrive at a crossroads on their way to the fair. Phillipe clearly tries to pull Maurice towards the brighter, more cheerful path on the left, while Maurice adamantly chooses the foggy, eerily lit path on the right.
- You Have to Believe Me: About the Beast's existence. Unfortunately, it only further convinces the townspeople that he's mad.
"Gosh, it disturbs me to see ya, Gaston, lookin' so down in the dumps..."
Voiced by: Jesse Corti
- Ambiguously Bi: Is definitely attracted to the Three Bimbettes but also fawns over Gaston.
- Amusing Injuries: Regularly suffers some comedic slight.
- Bumbling Sidekick: A simpleton for Gaston.
- Butt Monkey: Gaston uses him as a punching bag ever so often.Trivia
- Evil Counterpart: To Maurice. Both take a lot of abuse and have Gonk-ish character designs. They also have an absent-minded encounter with Lumiere and get left out in the snow for an unknown period of time. Finally, Maurice is accused of being mad, while Lefou's name is French for "The Madman".
- Extreme Doormat: No matter how much Gaston treats him like crap, Lefou continues to take everything Gaston dishes to him, including getting assaulted by him.
- Gonk: He looks rather funky, at least in the movie. Averted in most stage productions, though.
- Iron Butt Monkey: A punching bag for Gaston he may be, but no matter what kind of abuse Gaston sends his way he's never worse for the wear. During the battle at the castle, Cogsworth pokes him in the butt with a large pair of scissors, and a couple scenes later he's right back to pillaging and plundering.
- Keet: A surprisingly malicious one but high energy nonetheless.
- Meaningful Name: "Lefou" is a phonetic pun on "the fool" (the actual translation from French to English is closer to The Madman, the Insane, or The Mad).
- Non-Standard Character Design: has a more stereotypically "cartoony" look than any of the other human characters.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: As seen when he goes after Lumiere, to the point where he looks somewhat more menacing at that moment than at any other point in the film.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Gaston's Manly Man; he notices just how hurt Gaston is and cheers him up with a Crowd Song that is surprisingly detailed and insightful.
- Sidekick: To Gaston. The introduction shows him fetching Gaston's kills and carrying his equipment.
- Sycophantic Servant: A lot of Disney villains have toadying, ass-kissing sidekicks, but Lefou might just take the cake. Who else starts off an entire musical number about how awesome their boss is?
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We never see how he reacted to Gaston's death.
- Yes-Man: If Gaston told him to jump off a cliff, he'd do it and say that 'no one gives orders like Gaston!'.
"Oh dear, now that didn't go very well, did it?"
Voiced by: Angela Lansbury
- Kindly Housekeeper: A warm and welcoming woman who is instantly ready to fix dinner for Belle when she says she's hungry. Interestingly, both her human and cursed form are 'portly' because she's the tea pitcher.
- Not Now, Kiddo: Doesn't believe Chip when he says there's a girl in the castle until Babette confirms it.
- Only Sane Woman: She's easily the most down-to-earth of the servants before Belle shows up.
- Team Mom: From her own son chip, to the Beast himself, she mothers everyone.
"Mama! There's a girl in the castle!"
Voiced by: Bradley Pierce (first film), Haley Joel Osment (second film), Gregory Grudt (Belle's Magical World), Nikita Hopkins (1 episode of House of Mouse)
- Children Are Innocent: Durring "There's Something There" he repeatedly asks "what's there?" but his mother says she'll tell him when he's older.
- Demoted to Extra: Has a reasonably sized role in the movie, including one memorable scene where he sets Belle and Maurice free from the cellar. In The Musical he's reduced to a few quick gags because his design is hard to emulate on stage.
- Do Wrong, Right: Normally, you would not allow a child - let alone a child who is an easily smashable cup! - to touch a very large, very powerful, very sharp log cutting machine. In this case, an exception can, will and is made.
- Disappeared Dad : His dad is not among the tea set or anywhere else.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Technically speaking from a plot perspective, Chip does a lot less in terms of helping with the wooing compared the other servants like Lumiere, but he has 1 essential scene where he saves Belle from being stuck in the cellar which saved the Beast.
- You Have to Believe Me: "Mama, there's a girl in the castle!"
"Ma chère mademoiselle. It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now, we invite to relax, let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents... your dinner."
Voiced by: Jerry Orbach
- Battle Butler: He's a servant of the Beast and does very well in the final battle.
- Berserk Button: Don't hurt Babette. You don't want to mess with a guy who can make fire shoot out of his hands.
- Camp Straight: A lot of people assume he is gay, but the eccentricities can be written off by virtue of the French accent (plus, he's always flirting with the female feather duster).
- Deadpan Snarker: He's a Servile Snarker.Beast: I'll break down the door!
Lumière: Master, I could be wrong, but that may not be the best way to win the girl's affection.
- Funny Foreigner: Yes, this takes place in France but he and Babette are the only ones with French accents.
- Large Ham: Lumiere is this during "Be Our Guest."
- Nice Guy: He welcomes Maurice in and Belle too. He's an affable guy.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Performing his voice, Jerry Orbach did an absolute dead ringer impersonation of Maurice Chevalier.
- Official Couple: With Babette.
- Playing with Fire: Because he's a magic candle stick, he can shoot fire from his 'hands' and the top of his head.
- Really Gets Around: Implied in the stage version. He and Babette love making each other jealous. Simone, Michelle, Veronique... Played for Laughs.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Cogsworth's Blue; he's brighter and more passionate.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: He spends a lot of time flirting with Babette.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Cogsworth. Good friends who are very different and often butt heads. Their relationship is said to mirror that of the two animators who drew their characters.
"Enchanted? Ha-ha ha-ha! Who said anything about the castle being enchanted? Ha-ha-ha..." *turns to Lumière* "It was you, wasn't it!"
Voiced by: David Ogden Stiers
- Ambiguously Gay: Cogsworth is involved in several questionable incidents, including an awkward moment with Maurice. Ever since David Ogden Stiers (the voice of Cogsworth) came out of the closet the effect has only amplified.
- Butt Monkey: Regularly suffers comic incidents. This is especially evident in the Updated Re-release, where his entire role in the added musical number seems to consist of nothing but him being picked on.
- The Chew Toy: The harm is often for comical effect.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a Butt Monkey only just below Lefou and Maurice in terms of slapstick, but gets his own badass moment against Lefou when the latter tries to melt Lumière.
- He's also second-in-command of the castle, only second to The Beast himself. You don't obtain that sort of position by being completely incompetent.
- Deadpan Snarker: Because he's a blue oni, his remarks are often dry and sarcastic.
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic
- Jerkass Has a Point: He comes off as a dick when he tells the others to stop being nice to Maurice when he stumbles in, and to kick him back out into the cold blizzard. However, as all the others seemed to have forgotten, being stuck in a cold blizzard is much better than the alternative: pissing off The Beast.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's pompous, grumpy and a bit rude, but he's really just as good-natured as Lumière and he can also be very helpful.
- Not So Above It All: Cogsworth can be a real tight-ass (somewhat justified, considering the above points), but once he loosens up, he can act goofier than even Lumiere. He shows shades of this right at the end of Be Our Guest, and during the castle invasion he goes completely nuts (and is clearly enjoying it).
- Official Couple: With the wardrobe in the stage version.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Lumiere's Red; more focused on rules and structure and significantly less hammy.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Lumière. Good friends who are very different and often butt heads. Their relationship is said to mirror that of the two animators who drew their characters.
"I've been burned by you before! Hehehe!"
Voiced by: Kimmy Robertson
- Ascended Extra: In the stage musical, she becomes almost as prominent as Lumière and Cogsworth.
- French Maid: She's a maid of the castle complete with the outfit and her cursed form is a feather duster.
- Funny Foreigner: Yes, this takes place in France but she and Lumière are the only ones with French accents.
- Ms. Fanservice: Averted as she's a feather duster, but her human form looks somewhat like Belle crossed with the Bimbettes.
- Official Couple: With Lumiere.
- Really Gets Around: Implied in the stage version. Both she and Lumière love making each other jealous. Maurice, Jacques, Pierre... Played for Laughs.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: She likes flirting with Lumière.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Occasionally invokes this with Lumière in the stage musical. She seems to do it to mess with him more than anything.
- Sudden Name Change: Is her name Fifi or Babette?
- The Tease: Teasing her boyfriend is her favorite hobby.
- Tsundere: Type B in the stage version. She likes to pretend to get pissed off at him for little other purpose than to mess with him, and immediately gets flirty and lovey-dovey within seconds. Played for Laughs.
The Three Bimbettes
Look there he goes
Isn't he dreamy?
Oh, he's so cute!
Isn't he dreamy?
Oh, he's so cute!
Voiced by: Kath Soucie, Mary Kay Bergman
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Head over heels for the local jerkass, Gaston.
- All There in the Manual: Their real names are Claudette (with the red dress), Laurette (with the amber dress) and Paulette (with the green dress).
- Brainless Beauties: To contrast Belle the bookworm, they're dumb as a post.
- Bouquet Toss: In the coloring book for the movie, it was shown that the sisters were invited to the wedding of Belle and the Prince, and they started fighting over who of them was going to catch Belle's bouquet.
- Color-Coded Characters: The only difference between them is the color of their dresses and their hairstyles (and if you watch closely, right at the end of "Gaston (Reprise)", their bangs are briefly all the same).
- The Dividual: The three of them are, for all intents and purposes, a single entity.
- Dumb Blondes: They are all three blondes to contrast the Brainy Brunette.
- Fangirls: Gaston's; see page quote.
- Gainaxing: Their dresses are clearly not doing anything to support their breasts. This can get very obvious sometimes.
- Meaningful Name: Their name is derived from the term "bimbo".
- Ms. Fanservice: Beautiful, fashionably dressed and adoring triplets. Yes.
- No Name Given: None of them have individual given names.
- Panty Shot: When Gaston lifts them over his head and then drops them on Le Fou, their dresses flip up revealing lacy white bloomers.
- Rapunzel Hair: Very long and very well groomed.
- Same-Sex Triplets: If one of them was a guy, then either he'd fawn over Gaston as well or he'd need his own identity. This is simpler.
- Satellite Characters: They spend their screentime fawning over Gaston, and aren't seen separately from him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Although they accompany Gaston in the first half of the film, they're completely absent when the villagers join Gaston in storming the Beast's castle. Averted with the musical, where they're shown in the mob.
"Oh, that is despicable! *Evil Laugh* I love it!"
Voiced by: Tony Jay
- Arson, Murder, and Admiration: His opinion on Gaston's Evil Plan. He ends up taking the trope one step further by subscribing to said Evil Plan.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Ask him what he thinks of Gaston's Evil Plan.Monsieur D'Arque: Oh, that's despicable. I love it!
- Evil Feels Good: Joining Gaston's plan for the heck of it.
- Evil Laugh: Chuckles darkly before saying how much he loves Gaston's Evil Plan.
- Evil Old Folks: He's a gaunt and rail thing.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Surprising for such an old person; to enhance the evilness.
- For the Evulz: Never mind that what Gaston's got up his sleeve is despicable, or maybe it's because it's despicable, but whatever the case, he loves it!
- Karma Houdini: Despite aiding Gaston's Evil Plan, he faces no punishment. However, this is mainly because he simply disappears during "Kill The Beast".
- Lean and Mean: A rail thin asshole.
- Manipulative Bastard: When Belle stands up for her father, D'Arque steps back with his hands outstretched and his face contorted in fear, making it look like Belle's threatening him. He then switches to a snide grin when he sees the villagers all adequately turned against her.
- Meaningful Name: His name sounds like "Dark".
- Obviously Evil: He looks like the Crypt Keeper.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He doesn't show up for the mob song, and nothing is known about what happened to him afterwards.
"You have been deceived by your own cold heart. A curse upon your house and all within it. Until you have found one to love you as you are, you shall remain forever a beast."
Voiced by: Kath Soucie (in Enchanted Christmas, at least)
- Aesop Collateral Damage: You kinda have to wonder why the Beast's servants have to be cursed as well as the Beast himself. It's implied in some sources that she cursed the servants as well for spoiling the Prince in such a manner that led to his Jerkass attitude. Though this still doesn't excuse her doing so.
- Karma Houdini: Despite being the one responsible for the curse and everything, she is never called out for it. No one, not even the evil Forte, seems to bear her any ill will. What was up with that?
- No Name Given: Just called "The Enchantress."
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only shown in the beginning of the movie (and a flashback in Enchanted Christmas) and made no appearance since, and yet cursing the Beast is what sets the plot in motion.
- Suddenly Voiced: In Enchanted Christmas, hence the folder quote.