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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.
Byronic Hero: Beast wrestles with personal angst and a dark past. His inner goodness is at conflicts with a jerkass personality.
Character Development: He's all about character development; in fact you can tell which mid-quel takes place when, based off how much of a jerk the Beast is at the time. There is even a song about his Character Development.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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?"
Lima Syndrome: Towards Belle. She was his prisoner initially, then they became friends and more some and then he released her upon realizing he was in love with her.
Loud Gulp: Does one when Belle leads him out onto the dance floor.
Love at First Punch: Belle is the first person after the enchantress who confronted Beast on his treatment of others.
Love Redeems: The point of the curse is for him to become a better person through love.
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". His name is actually Adam, but it's never stated in the movie and was only confirmed in the Broadway musical and CDROM.
One-Man Army: A wolf pack is no match, no matter how many there are.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Many of the male townsfolk had ponytails, especially those who were in Gaston's mob. In this case, it wouldn't be evidence at his narcissism.
Handsome Lech: Played with. He's very forward with Belle but ignores the Bimbette's
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.
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!
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..
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.
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.
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!'
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
"Ma chère mademoiselle. It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now, we invite to relax, let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents... your dinner."
Voiced by: Jerry Orbach
Battle Butler: He's a servant of the Beast and does very well in the final battle.
Berserk Button: Don't hurt Babette. You don't want to mess with a guy who can make fire shoot out of his hands.
Camp Straight: A lot of people assume he is gay, but the eccentricities can be written off by virtue of the French accent (plus, he's always flirting with the female feather duster).
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Cogsworth. Good friends who are very different and often butt heads. Their relationship is said to mirror that of the two animators who drew their characters.
"Enchanted? Ha-ha ha-ha! Who said anything about the castle being enchanted? Ha-ha-ha..." *turns to Lumière* "It was you, wasn't it!"
Voiced by: David Ogden Stiers
Ambiguously Gay: Cogsworth is involved in several questionable incidents, including an awkward moment with Maurice. Ever since David Ogden Stiers (the voice of Cogsworth) came out of the closet the effect has only amplified.
Butt Monkey: Regularly suffers comic incidents. This is especially evident in the Updated Re-release, where his entire role in the added musical number seems to consist of nothing but him being picked on.
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).
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!
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.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: 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.