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Voiced by: Paige O'Hara, Julie NathansonA young French peasant woman with a passion for reading, she is considered the odd one out in her small hamlet, but widely renowned for her great beauty, especially by the narcissistic hunter Gaston. Her father Maurice, while lost in a forest, trespasses upon the castle of a Beast who is a cursed prince. The Beast only releases him when she agrees to stay with him forever, which he hopes will eventually lead to her loving him and break the spell that made him a Beast. After a night of coming to terms with each other, they slowly bond and fall in love.
- All-Loving Heroine: In that she helps not only save Beast, but the whole castle.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Regarded as odd by the other townspeople for her love of reading and for being the daydreamer that she is; Belle herself has a hard time finding someone other than her father to befriend.
- Ascended Fangirl: Belle reads romantic adventure stories about far-off places and magic spells while wishing for adventure in the great wide somewhere.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Desired a genuine adventure and gets one that almost results in the death of her father.
- Beast and Beauty: One half of the Trope Codifier.
- Brainy Brunette: She's introduced reading a book, and Belle has long, brown hair, most often tied back in a low ponytail. Her reading is something that sets her apart from the other townsfolk, most notably the blonde Bimbettes.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: With Beast. She's the All-Loving Heroine that helps him become a better man (or man-beast) and the Beast is (or was) a Byronic Hero with a bad temper, but also is insecure about his beastliness.
- Character Development: More subtle than the Beast, but she does learn that there is more to the Beast than what's on the surface, and once she starts treating him as a person and not as a monster he starts to get much better.
- Character Tics: Belle tucks back a lock of hair that's always falling in her face◊.
- Cloudcuckoolander: How she is seen by the townsfolk, but it's mostly just an Informed Flaw."The girl is strange, no question, dazed and distracted, can't you tell? Never part of any crowd, cause her head's up on some cloud. No denying she's a funny girl, that Belle."
- Cool Loser: Despite being a beautiful, intelligent, kind, and likable woman, she is an outcast who has no friends and is considered "odd" by the villagers.
- Costume Porn: Her yellow ball gown for her Dance of Romance with the Beast, among other just slightly less fancy dresses.
- Cute Bookworm: The townspeople think she's odd for reading so much but not one of them denies her beauty.
- Daddy's Girl: In this case, encouraging his inventing streak. Also, the movie really begins with her selfless offer to the Beast to save him at the cost of herself.
- Damsel in Distress: She willingly gives herself to the Beast to allow for her father's release. Although she did attempt to escape, she ends up needing to be rescued from wolves by the Beast. Later, when she is captured and imprisoned by Gaston, Chip rescues her with her father's automatic wood-chopper machine.
- Deadpan Snarker: Around Gaston. This moment when he proposes.
- In the Broadway play, the role of Belle was originated by Susan Egan, who later played snark queen Meg in Disney's Hercules. Belle's snarking is most pronounced in "Me," the song Gaston sings while proposing.
- Denied Food as Punishment: "If she doesn't eat with me, then she doesn't eat at all!" There is very little effort put into enforcing that proclamation.
- Disney Princess: Advertising involving her showcases her golden ball gown, i.e., the princesses outfit she has in the movie.
- Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: Belle curtsies to Beast before they begin their dance◊. This is the first time she's given him a move indicating such respect.
- GASP!: Belle does a quick one and turns away when she first sees Beast.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny: Her gold ensemble in the famous ballroom scene.
- Grand Staircase Entrance: The famous ballroom scene.
- Happy Holidays Dress: The only princess who gets one during the course of a movie; appropriately Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.
- High Class Gloves: Her gold dress comes with matching long gloves to up the formalness.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With the Beast/Adam. She is dwarfed when in comparison with his beastly form and it still applies even after his return to being a human.
- "I Am" Song: More like a 'She Is' Song, since it's mostly sung by the townspeople.
- I'm Not Hungry: Belle refuses to eat dinner with the Beast (at first), with these exact words.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Belle's yellow ball gown appears like this is some shots (specifically close-ups during the West Wing Balcony scene).
- Informed Attractiveness: While certainly pretty, she's described as an unparalleled beauty in the movie, which also depicts almost every other woman as busty and very attractive, particularly the Three Bimbettes. Her design is taller and more slender, thus giving her a different kind of beauty than the other women. Also, she shines only because of her "pure" natural beauty because she doesn't play it up (until she starts dressing elegant while in the castle), in contrast to all of the young women appearing in the movie. Even the only other innocent girl in the town — the one with almost no speaking lines, asked in the song "Belle" how is her family — is more fashionably dressed than our heroines, while the rest - the Bimbettes, Babette, the woman teasing the baker — use a heavy dose of sex-appeal.
- In Harm's Way: Belle craves adventure, because her hometown is safe and happy and boring.
- It's All My Fault: Belle admits this twice. First, when she inadvertently gives Gaston the inspiration to lock her and her father in their cellar and lead a Torches and Pitchforks mob against the Beast, and the second when she felt like she caused the Beast's demise.
- "I Want" Song: "Belle (Reprise)".
- Letting Her Hair Down: Her hair is out of its ponytail during the wolf scene and the After-Action Patch-Up. After this, she is more open to and friendly with Beast.
- Living Emotional Crutch: When Belle was set free by the Beast, he lost all will to fight off the mob that came to murder him.
- Love Epiphany: "There's Something There" has a moment where she realizes she has feelings for Beast.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: A bungling inventor's beautiful daughter. Unusual for the trope, she's far more loyal to her father than anyone else but considering the other villagers, can you blame her?
- Meaningful Name: Her name is French for "Beautiful". It's even lampshaded in song!"Now it's no wonder that her name means beauty! Her looks have got no parallel!"
- Morality Pet: Belle's presence causes the Beast to undergo an enormous amount of Character Development.
- Nice Girl: She adores her father, she's friendly with the villagers despite what they think of her, and even Gaston doesn't get more than a Stealth Insult.
- Obliviously Beautiful: She's so preoccupied reading books she doesn't realize she's considered the most beautiful girl in town.
- Official Couple: With the Beast, as it's the premise of the fairy tale.
- Only Sane Woman: She's the only one in the village who doesn't worship Gaston and sees him as the arrogant idiot that he is. Ironically the townspeople think Belle is the village's resident strange person, for being a daydreamer and reading books.
- Pimped-Out Cape: Her winter outfit comes with a furred lined cape.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Several. Even the simple green and pink dresses she wears would have been made of expensive fabrics.
- Plucky Girl: Belle refuses repeatedly to submit to the Beast and only treats him better when he starts reforming.
- The Power of Love: Her love for Beast is what breaks the curse. This is why all the servants ship her with him.
- Pretty in Mink: Belle's hand-me-down clothes from the castle include some fine furs. In the first film she wears a wine-colored winter cape with white fur trim. In The Enchanted Christmas, she is also seen in a scarlet jacket with white fur trim, and later a matching cape and skirt for when she goes out into the woods.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Downplayed. While she is ultimately a princess she only wears the pink winter dress in one scene.
- The Protagonist: The story centers on Belle's growing romantic relationship with the Beast.
- Rescue Romance: Her relationship with Beast begins to develop after he rescues her from wolves.
- Rule of Symbolism: According to the DVD Commentary, her blue dress symbolizes how she doesn't fit in with the rest of the town.
- Scarpia Ultimatum: Confronted with one in the third act: "Marry Gaston or your father will be locked up in the nut house." She takes a third option.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: She was beautiful in her plain clothes, and the time spent in the castle shows her in various elegant dresses. The ballroom scene takes it Up to Eleven.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Belle reforms Beast first by standing up to him and then with more gentle affection. She's technically a captive with no authority the whole time, and yet she manages to turn the situation to her favor as much as it's possible.
- Simple, yet Opulent: Her green and pink dresses are less fancy than her golden ballgown but are still made of expensive fabrics.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She's completely disinterested in the obnoxious and cocky Gaston and hostile to Beast before he mellows. After he rescues her, reigns in his temper, and shows her the library, then she falls for him.
- Small Town Boredom: "There must be more than this provincial life."
- Spirited Young Lady: Despite her proper lady demeanor, she seeks a more exciting life than being Gaston's House Wife and is not intimidated by an angry chimera.
- Static Character: Belle is an oddly static character by the standards of Disney protagonists. At the beginning of the movie, she's a compassionate, selfless, intelligent, assertive, and perceptive woman. At the end of the movie, she's still all of those things; she only changes in her attitude toward the Beast, which requires no fundamental character shift on her part.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Averted in her relationship with Beast. At the beginning, when he mistreats her, she is quick to retort and very clearly uncowed by his behaviour. It is only when he starts treating her well and continues to do so for what appears to be quite a while that Belle begins to fall for him, and she only admits it after he frees her.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Towards Beast. Justified as 'love for a monstrous beast' was the cure.
- Take Me Instead: Belle says this to Beast when she wants to be in her father's place, and the Beast accepts her offer. Her captivity is her word of honor.
- Title Character: Belle is the "Beauty" part in the title.
- Tomboy: A mild example by modern standards, but more so by the standards of the film's setting. She's a literate, intelligent young woman in 18th century France, which makes her stand out among the villagers, especially given the traditional role of women during that time. She's also an outspoken feminist, a concept which wasn't really popular until the next century, and seeks to marry based on love rather than any sort of arrangement, standing up to resident misogynist Gaston, whose goal is to make her his lawfully-wedded wife, whenever they appear together in any scene. Oh, and she's the first Disney Princess to wear a ponytail.
- True Blue Femininity: Her plain dress, which according to the DVD Commentary, also symbolizes other aspects.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Maurice isn't exactly ugly, but he has a goofy character design; short and portly.
- Unflinching Walk: Belle in a comedic example, where she's able to thread her way through town on what appears to be a market day and effortlessly blocks falling water with a hanging sign as she passes under it, all the while reading a book.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Belle is most definitely a dreamer who dreams of a fairytale romance and adventure. She often lives her fantasies and dreams through reading novels.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Belle is instrumental in pulling the Beast out of his depression and self-loathing. Especially notable because she has to learn this about him the hard way first and initially brushes off the servants' insistence that he indeed isn't that bad once your get to know him.
- You Have to Believe Me: "He's kind, gentle, and would never do anything to hurt me." The villagers don't believe her.
Voiced by: Robby BensonA prince who is transformed into a beast by a beautiful enchantress as punishment for his arrogance. He has the head structure and horns of an American bison, the arms and body of a bear, the ears of a deer, the eyebrows of a gorilla, the jaws, teeth, and mane of a lion, the tusks of a wild boar and the legs and tail of a wolf.
"She's so beautiful, and I'm...well, look at me!"
- Adaptational Jerkass: In the original tale, the Beast was never a bad guy to begin with. In the Disney version, he starts out as an antagonist and outright Jerkass, and only becomes good after Character Development.
- Adorkable: After the Beast's Character Development begins to take hold he becomes shy and awkward, especially around Belle.
- After-Action Patch-Up: After he saves Belle from the wolves, she patches him up; his saving her is the first sign of his inner goodness and the patchup scene is the start of their friendship.
- 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, so unless we get a further Word of God decision later on his name it's the closest we've got.
- Paige O'Hara (The voice actress of Belle) confirmed the Beast's name as being Adam in Q&A Segment, as did Dan Stevens, his actor for the 2017 version.
- Numerous licensed toys used the name "Prince Adam" which could potentially lead to confusion with another character from a separate franchise... although as Mattel made those toys and they own that name, it was likely their decision to help keep the old trademark active- an unused trademark can actually expire very quickly, trademarks lack the long-term protection of copyrights. Now that Hasbro has the Disney license, the name is no longer used on packaging.
- Amazon Chaser: Downplayed. He gains an interest in her after she refused to submit to him as well as her intelligence, but it was Belle's kindness that made him fall for her.
- Anti-Villain: The Beast starts off as this. He acts malicious for the first part of the film, but he's not acting out of evil intentions as much as he's consumed by anger and despair at being trapped in the body of a beast while his chance to regain his humanity is slowly ticking away. The scene where he saves Belle from the wolves is the part that makes it clear to the audience that he's not a villain. Glen Keane, the lead animator of Beast, is quoted on this in The Disney Villain;"He probably wouldn't have minded killing Maurice. That was the extent where someone like the Beast, who had the potential to be good, could become a villain. The Beast was pitying himself, frustrated, so he felt justified in treating the father that way, and when he comes back, Belle is crying — his actions do cause people pain — and he starts to get a glimmer that he's not entirely comfortable with the role of a villain... He had incredible limitations — it's kind of like taking the villain and the hero and wrapping them up into one body."
- 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 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: Justified. 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. Although his human form is handsome, Belle had to see into his eyes to realise that he was the same person she fell in love with, proving that Belle understood the story's moral of 'True beauty is found within'.
- Beauty to Beast: From a auburn-haired and blue-eyed Pretty Boy to a chimera.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: After Belle nursed the wounds he sustained from the wolf attack, he is genuinely touched by her act of kindness and wants to do things to make her happy. This is the catalyst for his Character Development and the improvement of their relationship.
- 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.
- Berserk Button:
- As Belle soon finds out, one of the worst things you can do, and let him find out about, is going into the West Wing. And he has good reason to be especially angry about that — it's where he keeps his cursed rose, which lets him know how much time he has left to break his curse ("DO YOU REALIZE WHAT YOU COULD HAVE DONE?!"). It's especially significant as Belle runs away almost immediately after this incident, which causes a Heel Realization as he realizes how close he had just come to losing his best chance at breaking said curse.
- Hearing someone else intending to steal Belle from him.
- 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.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: With Belle. The Beast is (or was) a Byronic Hero with a bad temper, but also is insecure about his beastliness, and Belle is the All-Loving Heroine that helps him become a better man (or man-beast).
- 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 outer 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. Specifically, the Beast originally appeared to be irritable, temperamental, and stubborn, and came off as very mean and serious. He had a very bitter and negative, extremely cynical outlook, and was quick to become frustrated and give up when things did not work his way, showing a spoiled side to his personality. Once he begins to care for Belle after rescuing her from a pack of wolves, he becomes more agreeable and gentle. He even attempts to become civilized again for Belle's sake, relearning table manners and feeding birds.
- Character Tics:
- The Comically Serious: Sometimes, while still intimidating, he can be somewhat entertaining at the same times. This is shown during his interactions with his servants, the famous dinner request sequence, or the Blame Game with Belle after the wolves scene.
- Deadpan Snarker: He can get pretty snarky.Lumière: Voilà! You look so...so...
- Death Seeker: The commentary implied during the wolf attack scene that he was suicidal, or at least did not value his life too strongly, due to the hopelessness of ever breaking the curse. This was further supported in the Marvel Comics where Beast, after saving Belle and Chip after they were trapped in a very serious snowstorm, thanked Belle for saving his life, as her presence caused him to realize his own life was not "meaningless" after all.
- Defrosting Ice King: 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.
- Entitled to Have You: In a more platonic version at first. When Belle doesn't want to eat dinner with him, he yells at her to go ahead and STAAAARVE! A good part of his Character Development is about him dropping this really bad trait, which culminates with him willingly letting Belle go back home, which he does because he loves her.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": His name is never revealed in the movie.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When he's still selfish at the beginning of the film, he seems genuinely surprised that Belle would willingly sacrifice her own freedom to take her father's place as his prisoner.
- Eyes Never Lie: This is how Belle realizes the transformed prince really is Beast; his eyes were the only part of him not affected by the curse, so they remain the same when he turns back into a human.
- 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).
- Freudian Excuse: His hatred for Christmas in the sequel is because he was transformed into the Beast on that very day.
- 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: He dramatically roars this at Belle after she ventures into the West Wing. Later, he gives a much colder delivery to Gaston after defeating him and revealing him as the coward he truly is in the finale.
- 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.
- Heroic Second Wind: Having crossed the Despair Event Horizon as a result of Belle's departure, the Beast is perfectly willing to let Gaston kill him and makes no effort to resist. The sight of Belle, however, promptly spurs him back to life.
- 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: Zigzagged. 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 roaring in anguish over losing Belle at the time.
- Hot-Blooded: Part of having a short temper.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Belle. He dwarfs her due to his beastly form and it still applies even after his return to being a human.
- 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 Guy 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 Love You Because I Can't Control You: The Beast also starts to warm up to Belle after she refuses to obey and defer to him. Unlike with Gaston, who views her refusal to submit as a challenge to break her to his will, the Beast is inspired by her behavior to be a better person.
- Insecure Love Interest: He is certain that Belle would never love him because of his looks.
- 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, he was rude, selfish, bad-tempered, inhospitable, etc.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While treating the Beast's wounds after the wolf attack, Belle argues with him over who's to blame for his getting hurt. Beast says that Belle should have never entered the West Wing, and she retorts that he should control his temper... which is not exactly an excuse. True, it was partially Beast's fault that Belle ran away due to him screaming at her and not explaining himself better, but for all his bad temper, he did tell her to stay out of the West Wing, and had excellent reasons to forbid her from doing so. Her entering the room and almost touching the rose could have left Beast stuck with the curse forever, or worse, so he kind of had justification for his overblown reaction.
- 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 down numerous wolves.
- Lima Syndrome: Towards Belle. She was his prisoner initially, then they became friends and more, 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: Not literally, just verbally, but Belle is the first person after the Enchantress who confronts the Beast on his treatment of others.
- Love Redeems: The point of the curse is for him to become a better person through love.
- Meaningful Name: According to Fanon and Word of Saint Paul, his real, human name is Adam, which literally means "man" or "human."
- 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.
- Nobody Here but Us Statues: During the climatic fight with Gaston, Beast hides among a row of crouching gargoyle statues, letting Gaston walk past him before rising up.
- No Name Given: "The Master" or "The Beast". Word of God states that they forgot and never corrected it. While the 2017 version never says his name either, both Paige O'Hara (Belle's voice actress) and Dan Stevens (the Beast's actor in the live action version) finally both confirmed his name—as suspected for a while, it's Adam.
- One-Man Army: He proved to be stronger than a wolf pack (despite its surpassing numbers) as he was willing to risk his life to rescue Belle from one. He even easily stands his ground against Gaston after being inspired by Belle's return during the climax.
- 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. Even after he improves his attitude and manners, Belle notes that he's hardly Prince Charming, and is more of a shy, awkward dork.
- 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.
- Spell My Name with a "The": Sometimes he's called The Beast, sometimes he's just called Beast.
- 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. Later subverted as Belle finally reached out to his heart, effectively making him a more mature and gentle creature of nature.
- Tame His Anger: "You must control your temper!"
- Title Character: He is the "Beast" part in the title.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Belle's presence not only makes him nicer, but also happier.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Belle's presence not only makes him happier, but also nicer.
- Tragic Monster: He never wanted to be a monster. The main plot is everyone trying to turn him back into a 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 demanding towards Belle. His rudeness starts to vanish once he rescued Belle from the wolves, and from here on in he becomes more gentle.
- Uptown Guy: He (a prince) falls in love with Belle (a peasant).
- 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.
Residents of the Beast's Castle
Voiced by: Jerry OrbachThe kind-hearted but rebellious maître d'hôtel of the Beast's castle, who has been transformed into a candlestick. He has a habit of disobeying his master's strict rules, sometimes causing tension between them, but the Beast often turns to him for advice. He is depicted as flirtatious, as he is frequently seen with the Featherduster and immediately takes to Belle.
"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."
- Battle Butler: He's a servant of the Beast and does very well in the final battle.
- 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.
- Fat and Skinny: The skinny to Cogsworth's fat, as you see when they transform back into their human forms, though taking place in an era in which extra weight was most often an indicator of wealth, most of the dynamics of the trope in present day are reversed.
- Funny Foreigner: Yes, this takes place in France, but he and Babette are the only ones with French accents.
- Large Ham: Especially during "Be Our Guest."
- Light Is Good: The white and gold living candle whose very name relates to light is a good, jovial person. Shocking.
- Maurice Chevalier Accent: There's no best way to name his distinctive accent.
- 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.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender-flipped. Don't hurt Babette. You don't want to mess with a guy who can make fire shoot out of his hands.
- 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.
Voiced by: David Ogden StiersThe castle butler and Lumière's best friend, who has been transformed into a clock. He is extremely loyal to the Beast so as to save himself and anyone else any trouble, often leading to friction between himself and Lumière.
"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!"
- 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.
- Fat and Skinny: The fat to Lumiere's skinny, as you see when they transform back into their human forms, though taking place in an era in which extra weight was most often an indicator of wealth, most of the dynamics of the trope in present day are reversed.
- 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.
Voiced by: Angela LansburyThe castle cook, turned into a teapot, who takes a motherly attitude toward Belle.
"Oh dear, now that didn't go very well, did it?"
- Beware the Nice Ones: There are things in the Beast's Castle that you should never piss off. Mrs Potts is one such thing.
- Good Parents: To Chip. Being a mother, she can be very gentle and nurturing, while also being stern and no-nonsense.
- 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.
- Morality Pet: To Beast. Though she fears his violent outbursts, Mrs. Potts' stern attitude also has a strong effect on the Beast, who appears to respect his head housekeeper the most out of all his servants—he has even been shown to occasionally snap out of his violent tantrums when she confronts him on his behavior.
- Nice Girl: Motherly, warm, charitable, polite, and helpful.
- 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.
- The Reliable One: Intelligent, level-headed, and self-righteous, Mrs. Potts is perhaps the most reliant member of the Beast's staff.
- Team Mom: From her own son Chip, to the Beast himself, she mothers everyone.
- Unnamed Parent: Her first name is never brought up.
- Women Are Wiser: Unlike Lumière and Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts lacks troublesome quirks, and acts as the voice of reason amongst her colleagues.
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)Mrs. Potts' son, who has been transformed into a teacup.
"Mama! There's a girl in the castle!"
- Children Are Innocent: During "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. During the making of the movie, however, this trope was inverted: he was originally a minor character with just a few lines, but the producers liked Bradley Pierce's voice so much that they expanded his part.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: Chip has a chip.
- Nice Guy: Loving, innocent, and charming.
- 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!"
Voiced by: Kimmy RobertsonA maid and Lumière's sweetheart, who has been turned into a feather duster.
"I've been burned by you before! Hehehe!"
- 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 for the most part, as she's a feather duster. Her human form◊, however is stunning. She looks somewhat like Belle crossed with the Bimbettes.
- Named by the Adaptation: Her name is never mentioned in the original animated film. "Babette" was first used in the stage version and later on House of Mouse, and she's been called by other names elsewhere (see "Sudden Name Change" below).
- Non-Standard Character Design: While nearly all of the other enchanted objects have some features that resemble their human selves, Babette and the other dusters stand out as looking more cartoonish than human — which only serves to make her design at the end more surprising.
- 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: She's had three different names over the years. The stage musical calls her Babette, the animated sequel Belle's Magical World calls her Fifi, and the live-action movie calls her Plumette and gives her a more birdlike design.
- 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.
Voiced by: Jo Anne WorleyThe castle's kindhearted lady-in-waiting, transformed into a talking wardrobe.
"The master's really not so bad once you get to know him. Why don't you give him a chance?"
- Ascended Extra: Like Babette, she's a much more prominent character in the stage musical, and is even given a bit of backstory (she was a famous opera singer whose career abruptly ended after the curse).
- Battle Cry: She sings a magnificent high note as she lands on a villager during the final battle.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's a genuine sweetheart, but in the heat of battle, she becomes a force to be reckoned with. Just ask the guy that she crushed during the climax...
- Brawn Hilda: In the musical, she dresses up as a Valkryie during the final battle and uses her booming singing voice as a weapon.
- Dragged into Drag: This is how she takes care of one of Gaston's goons. She traps him inside her drawers, and when she spits him back out, he's humiliatingly dressed in drag, makeup and all.
- Demoted to Extra: A meta example. She was originally intended to be a major supporting character (named Madame Armoire in early development), but her role was eventually transferred to Mrs. Potts.
- Named by the Adaptation: She's named Madame de la Grande Bouche (which more or less means "Lady Big Mouth" in French) in the Broadway musical. In the 2017 remake, she's named Madame de Garderobe.
- Promoted to Love Interest: She essentially becomes Cogsworth's love interest by the end of the stage musical.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She's never seen again after the climax, and we never get to see her in human form once the spell is broken. The musical averts this, and shows her reverting back into a human alongside the other servants.
Residents of the French Village
Voiced by: Richard WhiteA vain hunter who vies for Belle's hand in marriage and is determined not to let anyone else win her heart. Gaston is egotistical and the main antagonist.
"As a specimen, yes I'm intimidating!"
- 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 hurt 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.
- 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.
- Archer Archetype: Gaston is an interesting subversion: he is a musclebound, loud, uneducated bruiser, which doesn't correspond to the trope (cold, analytical, and physically weak). However, he is capable of great feats of strength, which is Truth in Television (you need to be quite strong if you want to pull the strings). Ironically, he has been shown using a blunderbuss while wearing a quiver full of arrows, and only uses a bow at the climax.
- Attempted Rape: A thinly veiled G-rated depiction: during his wedding proposal, Gaston attempts to force himself onto Belle at the front door in an attempt to get her consent to marry him. Fortunately for Belle, she managed to open the door to throw him out in retaliation for good.
- Ax-Crazy: During the final showdown with the Beast, he's lost all composure to homicidal rage.
- 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 Normal: While the Beast is definitely stronger than he is, Gaston still manages to match him pretty well during their battle.
- 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.
- Beauty Is Bad: Considered the most attractive man in the village, he's a narcissistic asshole.
- Beneath the Mask: Gaston is not as harmless as he seems to be.
- Berserk Button: Not getting what he wants (as in Belle's constantly rejecting him) makes him more frustrated as it keeps happening. Belle's You Monster! statement that pretty much solidifies her hate for him is what ultimately makes him snap.
- 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!" Which makes him even dumber, as the book was clearly shown to have at least one illustration.
- Broken Ace: He's handsome, strong, a skilled hunter, has women falling at his feet, and is adored by everyone... except the only girl he actually wants. (Even Maurice likes him at first.) He just can't get over the fact that Belle isn't interested in him, and due to his pride and obsession, he gradually becomes more psychopathic over the course of the movie, especially in the final battle with the Beast. It doesn't end well for him.
- 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. All things considered, he manages to put up a pretty decent fight, but he should really have known better than to taunt the eight-foot tall chimeric monster.
- Canon Foreigner: Gaston was not a character from the original fairy tale. The main antagonists were Belle's two evil older sisters (probably Adapted Out because they thought it was too similar to Cinderella).
- Carpet of Virility: Something he lampshades in his Villain Song."And every last inch of me's covered with hair!"
- Character Development: Gaston goes through a darker version; he starts out as an oafish buffoon, becomes kind of an ass, and then finally turns into an all-out, terrifying villain.
- Chick Magnet: Every woman in the village (except Belle) is head over heels for him.
- Cold Sniper: For all his bluster, Gaston is a crack shot with a gun.
- Covered in Mud: After Belle rejects Gaston's marriage proposal, Gaston falls over and lands in the pigs' mud hole.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: When he learns that Belle is in love with the Beast and not Gaston, he becomes blind with jealousy that he rallies up the town to kill the Beast so that he can have Belle all to himself.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He at first seems to be an arrogant, uneducated, and non-intellectual 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. In reality however, he is actually a subversion: Gaston may be Book Dumb, but he is cunning and can be pretty good at manipulation when he really wants to. After all, he is the best hunter in the village and being a good hunter requires a great deal of smarts to track down your prey, predict its actions etc. He does do some really stupid things, but it seems to be less because of him being dumb in general and more due to his massive ego overshadowing his common sense.
- Egomaniac Hunter: The lodge has a wall of trophies as a monument to his ego.
- Entitled to Have You: Gaston seems to expect Belle to just fall into his arms because... well, he's Gaston. When she finally makes it clear that no, she's really not into him, he... doesn't take it well. The other girls in town have no problems with falling into his arms should the opportunity present itself, because... well, he's Gaston, so it's a double insult to him."That makes her the best! And don't I deserve the best!?"
- 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 and has 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...
- He is primarily based on Avenant, the suitor character from the Jean Cocteau film of the same name.
- He bears a resemblance to Brom Bones from Disney's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Both are brawny, handsome, and rather respected men in their village who compete with the male protagonist for the hands of the most beautiful girl in the village. However, the resemblance ends here: while Brom's meanest act is telling a ghost story to scare his romantic rival, Gaston is rotten to the bone.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: He's the village hero because of his hunting skill 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
- Hidden Depths: He appears to be a dumb meathead,mand 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.
- Hopeless Suitor: Deconstructed. Even without meeting the Beast, Gaston still wouldn't have had a chance with Belle because of his negative personality. And even after she makes it very clear she doesn't like him, he refuses to respect her wishes and attempts any other means to get her to marry him.
- 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.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: While Gaston says that the reason he fell for Belle is that she's the most beautiful girl in town, Belle also happens to be the only girl in town not taken in by him and her constant rejection of him clearly wounds his ego and only makes him even more determined to have her at any cost.
- 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. This is further emphasized with his declaration to the Beast that, "Belle is mine!" Those three words reveal his motive for storming the castle was, of course, not to protect the village, but to Murder the Hypotenuse.
- Jerkass: He's a sexist, controlling egomaniac, but he's not evil until Belle refuses him.
- Jerk Jock: Rural 18th century version.
- Karmic Death: Just when Beast spares him his life, Gaston literally stabs him in the back right when Beast has it turned. Gaston, of course, pays with his life when he loses his balance and falls off the roof to his death.
- 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: Invoked, as he is viewed by the villagers as a hero ... but he's actually a villain.
- Large Ham: No one's presence is as large as Gaston's!
- Laughably Evil: No one makes you laugh like Gaston.
- 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.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: In the climax, he tries to kill the Beast for being the object of Belle's affections.
- 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 an arrogant 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 the Beast's situation (the curse and everything) is entirely unrelated to him. From a plot standpoint alone, his only purpose is to cause the Beast's Disney Death in the end, leading to Belle's spell-breaking confession of love.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Gaston is shamelessly misogynistic towards Belle to go in hand with his overinflated ego, frowning upon the idea of a woman reading or thinking independently and seeing the goal of marrying Belle as nothing more than a prize to be won.
- Pride: This is why he's interested in Belle, rather than out of any romantic or sexual desire. ("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 really interested in the act of making them so much as having a bunch of mini-Gastons running around, which would further serve as proof of him being "the best".
- Proud Beauty: The most desired man in his town, and an extreme narcissist.
- Primary-Color Champion: Invoked and inverted. He wears a red shirt with yellow lapels, later dons a blue cape, and he is regarded as a hero by the town even though he is the villain of the film.
- Psychopathic Manchild: His role in the film basically amounts to him throwing a very violent temper tantrum when he doesn't get his way.
- 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".
- Shadow Archetype: To Beast. They start out very similar to each other. Both are indifferent to the pain they cause to others, aren't afraid to use violence to get what they want, and both want to use Belle for their own selfish reasons (the Beast to break his curse and Gaston to be his baby-factory/housekeeper/trophy-wife). Arguably the strongest similarity they have is how they see self-worth (as befitting the tale). For both men at the beginning, it's exterior; the Beast is cursed to look like a monster so he thinks he's a monster, whereas Gaston wants Belle because "here in town, there's only she who is as beautiful as me". However, the Beast learns to see Belle as the kind, intelligent, courageous and independent woman she is, changes his behavior and proves his own self-worth by letting her go to help her father, which helps him earn her love to break his curse. Gaston, on the other hand, refuses to change as he still clings to his opinions of self-worth. Also, the Beast is proven to be more courageous, as he was willing to risk his life to protect Belle from danger, while Gaston is proven to be cowardly, as he has no qualms using cheap shots to get what he wants for himself.
- Single-Target Sexuality: He could have (almost) any woman he wants. Heck, he could have a four-way with the Bimbettes if he really wanted to, and yet he only has eyes for Belle.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Subverted. He has a very big ego and someone with his personality and characteristics would easily fall into this trope in most situations. However, he's considered the village hero in-universe, subverting the "small name" part.
- Smelly Feet: If Belle's reaction when he kicks off his boots is any indication.
- The Sociopath: Though dumber than most, Gaston is arrogant, prideful, violent, and indifferent to the feelings of everyone that isn't him.
- Start of Darkness: He's one of the few Disney villains who doesn't start as a villain, but rather becomes one during the film. He starts out as a rude, narcissistic buffoon, but seemingly harmless. It's when Belle rejects him that Gaston begins to do truly villainous things.
- Stalker With a Crush: Yes, he loves himself more than he'll ever love Belle, but pursuing a girl who hates you, threatening to chuck her father in the asylum, and murdering your rival surely counts. He loves himself so much that it is either incomprehensible or maddening to him that she does not, or just an intolerable affront to his towering ego. "BELLE IS MINE!!"
- 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 highlighted in his Villain Song how proud (and admired) he is for having a "thick neck" and how "every last inch of me's covered in hair!"
- Too Dumb to Live: See Ungrateful Bastard below. In such a situation, anyone with a speck of intelligence or sense of self-preservation would not have taken that option.
- 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 literally stabs him in the back, causing himself 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.
- Villains Want Mercy: When the Beast is dangling him off the roof, Gaston breaks down and begs the Beast to let him go; the Beast does so, ordering him to Get Out, which leads to Gaston suffering a Backstab Backfire.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He seem to be under the impression that he's the hero in a Damsel in Distress scenario later on. He isn't completely wrong, since she was initially imprisoned by The Beast, but he's still motivated by his lust for Belle and his gargantuan ego.
- 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.
- Yandere: A male example. Enough to rally a mob and storm the other guy's house with the intent to kill him.Gaston: I will have Belle for my wife. Make no mistake about that!
- 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!
Voiced by: Rex EverhartBelle's inventor father. The citizens call him crazy, but his loyal daughter believes he will be famous one day.
"My daughter? Odd?"
- Absent-Minded Professor: His house is a mess because he's too focused on his latest invention to clean it.
- Adorkable: Many just look at his face after a hunk of wood clonks him when it's thrown from his chopping machine and 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 Parents: Despite being bumbling, he loves his daughter.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He initially thinks that Gaston is a nice enough guy, and suggests that Belle date him based on his good looks. He also thinks the Beast is pure evil... but given the horrible way the Beast treated him, this particular opinion is entirely understandable.
- Idiot Ball: 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.
- 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.
- Nice Guy: Cheerful, kind, caring, loving, fatherly, and brave.
- Papa Wolf: While a blizzard prevents him from getting there, Maurice was prepared to enter the Beast's castle again to save his daughter.
- 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.
- You Have to Believe Me: About the Beast's existence. Unfortunately, it only further convinces the townspeople that he's mad. Even after Belle proves to them he was right all along, they still think he's mad.
Voiced by: Jesse CortiGaston's often abused yet loyal sidekick.
"Gosh, it disturbs me to see ya, Gaston, lookin' so down in the dumps..."
- 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 every so often.Trivia
- The Dragon: Gaston's right-hand man who helps him with his plans.
- 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.
- Jerkass Has a Point: As indulgent as it is, the Crowd Song he starts is correct in that being rejected by Belle really wasn't the end of the world, or even a reputation killer for Gaston.
- 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-Dubbed Grunts: Subverted with Jesse Corti, who provides Lefou's voice in the English and Latin-American Spanish versions. While Corti voiced all of Lefou's dialogue in the Latin-American Spanish dub, his grunts and screams are left undubbed.
- 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?
- Undying Loyalty: While far from being a sympathetic character, he's a true friend to Gaston.
- 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!'.
The Three Bimbettes
Voiced by: Kath Soucie, Mary Kay BergmanA trio of village maidens who constantly fawn over Gaston.
Look there he goes
Isn't he dreamy?
Oh, he's so cute!
Isn't he dreamy?
Oh, he's so cute!
- 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: All three are this to contrast Belle, who is a Brainy Brunette.
- Fangirls: Gaston's.
- 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.
- No Name Given: None of them have individual given names in the movie. See All There in the Manual above.
- 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.
Gaston's closest friends. Unlike the villagers, they are aware of Gaston's schemes, and are eager to assist him in any way.
- An Axe to Grind: Two of them were seen wielding axes in the climax, with one of them attacking the wardrobe.
- The Brute: All of them are a bunch of bullies that eagerly do some physical work on behalf of Gaston.
- Butt-Monkey: Much less than Lefou, but they ended up as punching bags for Gaston in the song. They also endure some pretty humiliating defeats in the climax.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Tom (the short one) plucks Babette's feathers from Fifi the featherduster, chuckling perversely, which prompts Lumiere to give the guy 3rd degree burns to his ass while saving her.
- Fingerless Gloves: Tom has a pair.
- For the Evulz: While the rest of the mob wants to kill the Beast out of fear, they earnestly join up with Gaston because they felt like it.
- Giant Mook: Stanley is very large in both height and physique.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Despite Tom getting 3rd degree burns from Lumiere, he's back up again in five seconds, helping Lefou chase down Footstool.
- Jerkass: They were quick to mock Maurice when he mentions the Beast has locked up Belle, and promptly threw Maurice out into the snow, calling him "Crazy Old Maurice" afterward.
- No Name Given: To the oldest of Gaston's buddies. The other three were named Tom (the shortest one), Dick (the blond, thin one), and Stanley (the biggest one) once during the Gaston Song.
- Satellite Character: They mostly hang around with Gaston, but they also hung around with Lefou.
- Small Role, Big Impact: They're the ones who call Maurice "Crazy Old Maurice". This gives Gaston an idea...
- Teeth Flying: Dick gets several of his teeth knocked out by two drawers on either side of his head.
- Undying Loyalty: To Gaston, even after he beats them up, they are happy to do anything Gaston wants.
- Villain Song: All of them participated in Gaston's ego stroking villain song, whether as singers or as punching bags. They were also present in the Mob Song, acting as mob leaders.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: The old man winds up inside the wardrobe and comes out wearing a hula skirt, high heels, a tube top, long gloves and an orange wig that resembles Marge Simpson's wig.
- Ascended Extra: While still a side villain, he's given a considerable amount of stage time in the Broadway musical, and even has his own Villain Song alongside Gaston and LeFou, in the form of "Maison de Lunes".
- 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.
- Bald of Evil: The hair's thinning on the top of his head and he's willfully compliant in Gaston's 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.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Really, he's mainly going along with Gaston's scheme because he was paid off with a sack of gold coins. Even if he really did think Maurice was crazy, the point of asylums back then was to lock up dangerous lunatics, and as he said, "Maurice is harmless."
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Just to highlight the fact that he's Obviously Evil.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate after Belle confirms the Beast's existence is unknown. He doesn't show up for the mob song, and nothing is known about what happened to him afterwards. Most likely, he went back to the asylum; since Maurice was proven sane, there's no reason for him to stay around.
- Villain Song: "Maison de Lunes" in the musical, which essentially depicts him teaming up with Gaston to incarcerate Maurice.
Voiced by: Kath Soucie (Enchanted Christmas)The Enchantress is an off-screen, minor character, but she is responsible for the events in the story, as it is revealed in the prologue that it is she who curses the Prince to become the Beast.
"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."
- 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.
- In the stage show, Lumiere and Cogsworth have a scene discussing exactly this. Lumiere points out that they raised the Beast and made him the way he is, and thus have their own part in the curse to bear.
- The Fair Folk: Given her predilection for Disproportionate Retribution, shapeshifting, curses, and Blue and Orange Morality, she gives off this vibe. Who else curses an 11-year-old into beast form over stranger danger?
- 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.
- Would Hurt a Child: If the lines that the rose would bloom until the Beast turns 21 and Lumiere's statement about the ten years since the servants had been idle are taken at face value, the Enchantress had no problem with cursing an 11-year-old with a double dose of Body Horror and And I Must Scream. Not to mention Chip.