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"There must be more than this provincial life!"

Voiced by: Paige O'Hara, Julie Nathanson

See also Disney Princess

  • Character Tics: Belle tucks back a lock of hair that's always falling in her face.
  • Costume Porn: Her yellow ball gown for her Dance of Romance with the Beast, among other just slightly less fancy dresses.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Matching brown hair and eyes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    I just don't deserve you!
  • 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.
  • "I Am" Song: More like a 'She Is' Song, since it's mostly sung by the townspeople.
  • "I Want" Song: "Belle (Reprise)".
  • 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 causes her father and herself to be locked in an asylum, and the second when she felt like she caused the Beast's demise.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Her hair is out of its ponytail during the wolf scene and the After-Action Patchup. After this, she is more open to and friendly with Beast.
  • 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".
  • Missing Mom: No mention is made of her mother.
  • 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.
  • Opera Gloves: Her gold dress comes with matching long gloves to up the formalness.
  • 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 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. They seem to like putting her in furs.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Downplayed. While she is ultimately a princess she only wears the pink winter dress in one scene.
  • Proper Lady: Certainly looks like this with a modest, caring, respectable demeanour, and a perfect curtsy. In nature though she's definitely a Spirited Young Lady.
  • 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.
  • 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 is strong willed, and won't put up with Beast's tantrums. She breaks her word to stay, but when Beast rescues her from a pack of wolves, she still snaps back at Beast when he tries to shout her down. Later, her gentle side helps bring out Beast's.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, literature or novels.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Belle is instrumental in pulling the Beast out of his depression and self-loathing.
  • You Have to Believe Me: "He's kind, gentle, and would never do anything to hurt me." The villagers don't believe her.

"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 her 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.
  • 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/Guttural Growler: As the Beast, his voice is deep and imposing.
  • Badass Cape: At his height of feral nature he wore little more than a purple cape.
  • Bad Boss: Downplayed, 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.
  • Character Tics:
    • Face Palm: Of the depressed type.
    • Hand Behind Head: Several times he rubs or pulls at the back of his head and neck when frustrated, embarrassed, or guilty.
  • 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
    Beast: ...Stupid.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hunk: His human form.
  • Hybrid Monster/Mix-and-Match Critter: 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!
  • JerkassJerk with a Heart of Gold: His character development in a nutshell.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • Sanity Slippage: More like Humanity Slippage. 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.
  • Secondary Character Title: He's "The Beast" in the movie's title.
  • 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.

"And don't I deserve the best?"
"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.
  • 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: He's a hunter who shoots endless amounts of guns and weapons.
  • Badass Normal: While he fought the beast much better when the beast was holding back, Gaston still managed to hold up surprisingly well after the Beast cut loose, if only for a short while.
  • 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 nice as he seems to be.
  • Big Bad: He's the primary villain. It's an interesting case because he's 100% this trope from Belle's point of view, but Beast's situation (the curse and everything) is entirely unrelated.
  • Big Eater: He puts away five dozen eggs a day. At breakfast.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed. He makes no secret of his asshole nature but he's still treated like a sheep.
  • 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 to make the most beautiful girl in town I.E. Belle, his Housewife.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite/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.
  • 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 talk, or rather lyric, 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.
  • Sanity Slippage: Towards the final confrontation.
  • 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.
  • 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 Person
    Gaston: 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: On Belle.
  • Villainous Glutton: Gaston may not be fat, but he eats 5 dozen eggs for breakfast.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Arguably; he seems to think he's the hero, that Belle's a Damsel in Distress, that the Beast is a mindless hulking monster...
  • 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: To Belle and like any good yandere he opts for Murder the Hypotenuse.
  • 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.
  • 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 actually 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.

"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.
    • Heck, Lefou even means "the daft," "the crazy", "the demented" or "the fool".
    • Iron Butt Monkey: 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.
  • 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: In the movie, although most stage productions avert this.
  • 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.
  • 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!'.

     Mrs. Potts 
"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 a 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 amoung the tea set or anywhere else.
  • 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

  • Ambiguously Gay: A lot of people assume this about Lumiere, but the eccentricities can be written off by virtue of the French accent (plus, he's always flirting with the female feather duster).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Badass Mustache: The clock hands on his face look like one.
  • 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.
  • 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 completly 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?
Monsieur Gaston,
Oh, he's so cute!

Voiced by: Kath Soucie, Mary Kay Bergman

     Monsieur D'Arque 
"Oh, that is despicable! *Evil Laugh* I love it!"

Voiced by: Tony Jay

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