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[[folder:Princess Merida]]
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/KellyMacdonald, Peigi Barker (as a toddler), Julie Fowlis (off-screen singing voice)

As the eldest child of King Fergus and Queen Elinor of [=DunBroch=], her life is weighted with responsibilities and expectations. When Merida blatantly defies an ancient tradition, the consequences of her actions prove disastrous for the kingdom--and especially when innocent bystanders end up affected. She races against time to make right the result of her reckless behavior and mend the bond torn by pride.

Merida is also Pixar's first entry into the ''Franchise/DisneyPrincess'' franchise.
* ActionDressRip: During the archery contest. Not the skirt, but the back, shoulders and sleeves by flexing, which is realistic given the action in question.
* ActionGirl: When confronted with Mor'du, a monster of a bear, she notches an arrow and fires. In the climax, she gets the better of the three chiefs and her father in close combat.
* ArcherArchetype: {{Averted|Trope}}. Although she's certainly skilled with a bow and arrow, she's less calm and composed and more of a FieryRedhead.
* ArtShift: As with Rapunzel, Merida was given a 2D [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/merida.jpg redesign]] in order to fit the Disney Princess franchise.
* BadassAdorable: How badass is Merida? Well, aside from using LoopholeAbuse to win the archery tournament for her own hand in marriage, climbing the Firefalls, facing Mor'du multiple times ''even when her arrows were having no effect'', and facing her own father in sword combat to protect her mother... she manages to sew a tapestry while galloping on horseback through a raging thunderstorm. She gets it from both parents.
* BadassBoast: "I'll be shooting for my own hand!"
* BadassFamily: Belongs to one.
* BadassPacifist: Like her mother, she stops the feuding clans from fighting by (with help from Elinor) giving an eloquent speech about letting their heirs choose what they want.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: She wanted to avoid marriage and is horrified at what happens when she finds a way. The three chiefs declare war on each other and her father because of it, and her mother is turned into a bear.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: Although she seems to favor the former, she's shown wielding the latter like a pro.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: A rare tomboy variant of this. Before CharacterDevelopment she comes off as a selfish, disrespectful, stubborn girl who insults her mother and refuses to admit her mistakes. She gets better over the course of the movie with Merida learning to be more mature and open minded, even regarding her relationship with her mother.
* BraveScot: She has the same valor as the ancient kings, and her father notes that drinking from the Fire Falls is a feat of the very brave.
* BreakTheHaughty: Her character development is letting go of her selfishness and growing up. So she irresponsibly made the wish of having her mother change, not expecting to take the first steps to grab her own destiny? Well, her dear mother and her brothers shall be transformed into bears, and Merida will have to fix up this big mess herself ''and'' learn that [[ComingOfAgeStory she must put some effort on being a better person, as well as able to forge her way in life]]!
* CassandraTruth: Her father doesn't believe in magic. Nor does he believe Merida when she tries to explain that the bear in the castle is actually [[spoiler:his wife.]]
* CelibateHeroine: She doesn't want to get married, and has no LoveInterest in the movie -- a first for a Disney Princess. Though Young [=MacGuffin=] ''did'' get her attention, and she does look stunned when she thinks a strapping [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]]-type is Dingwall's son.
* CharacterDevelopment: Merida goes from a selfish and stubborn child to a mature, level-headed young lady that now knows when to admit to her mistakes.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Drawing a bowstring is no mere effort. Hitting bullseye after bullseye with a bow isn't either. She can also tear a dress apart simply by flexing while wearing it, bend wrought-iron fireplace implements, and has enough strength to lock blades with her visibly brawny father when he was about to kill her ursified mother. [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Father, Like Daughter]], since King Fergus certainly didn't get his immense strength by just languishing either.
* CompressedHair: Merida wears a tight-fitting headdress as part of her royal attire, which must be a bother given the untamed mass of her hair.
* CoolBigSis: Her brothers only like their dad's story when ''she'' tells it. Especially notable for being the ''FIRST'' older sister in the entire princess franchise (Ariel's the youngest in her family, and it can be debatable whether or not Cinderella's step-siblings count -- all the other princess' are only children).
* DaddysGirl: Gets along much better with Fergus than with Elinor because she doesn't want to be a ProperLady. Merida and her mom become much closer by the end of the movie.
* DeadpanSnarker: Often -- a notable example is her exchanging quips with her father about the three suitors during the tournament.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Merida's main motivation is based on this trope. This is medieval Scotland, after all. Played with somewhat in that she's acknowledged what's coming, the issue came from that thought being shoved in her face ''all the time.''
-->'''Merida''': "...I'm just not ''ready''..."
* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler: She makes an incredibly vague spell request to a witch with an obvious bear obsession who initially refuses because of "too many unsatisfied customers".]]
* FatalFlaw: Her selfishness proves to be her biggest flaw, as her single-minded interest to fulfill her own dreams causes utter chaos in the kingdoms and cause her mother to [[spoiler:nearly become a bear permanently]].
* FieryRedhead: Headstrong, passionate, and with hair colored more like fire than the usual examples halfway down her back.
* GenreBlind: Appears to be completely ignorant of wish tropes beyond bare knowledge of the concept itself. She insists on getting the magic spell even though the Witch tries to talk her out of and ''explicitly says'' that she stopped doing it because it always goes badly.
* GirlinessUpgrade:
** Most dolls of Merida have her looking far more ladylike than she really is. The [[http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m0yl7zR3E41r1wmszo1_500.jpg Disney store model]] is closer to the original, but the [[http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzb1trgGZq1r1wmszo1_500.jpg Mattel collection]] barely resembles her. This even extends to the tie-in toy archery sets; while the Disney Store's are a rather accurate replica of her bow, the ones available at other stores are ''purple''.
** Her appearance in the Disney Princess line has people debating over whether or not Merida is girlier, whether that's bad, whether it's overdone, etc. Detractors include Brenda Chapman, the first person assigned to direct the film.
** The attempt to re-design Merida with a slimmer waist, more revealing neckline, larger eyes and a sparkly dress, apparently went contrary to the film's message, with the public criticizing the attempted makeover for allegedly disempowering Merida, sparking outrage from mothers and feminist groups who saw the new, re-designed Merida as "an overly sexualized pin-up version of her former self". Female empowerment website ''A Mighty Girl'' argued "by making her skinnier, sexier and more mature in appearance, you are sending a message to girls that the original... version of Merida is inferior; that for girls and women to have value... they must conform to a narrow definition of beauty." The petition received over 20,000 signatures in seven days, and Disney removed the re-designed version of Merida from their website, and decided to keep Merida's original design.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Although not as blatant as Elinor, the turquoise dress she's effectively forced into (by Elinor, naturally; see TrueBlueFemininity entry below) is the closest she gets. For most of the film her dresses of choice tend to be simpler but no less nice.
* TheHero: She is a Played With example; her personal conflict ''causes'' the usual "the kingdom is threatened by war" plotline that is used in this sort of setting. After realizing how majorly she screwed up, she matures into a truly heroic character and prevents the war she almost caused. She's also TheProtagonist.
* HeroicBSOD: She goes through a brief one when Elinor nearly damages her bow to the point that she pulls a ScrewThisImOuttaHere.
* HiddenDepths: The sequence where both Merida and her mother "talk to each other" shows that she's ''fully aware'' of the repercussions for her RebelliousPrincess attitude (namely that said action is an open invitation for a clan war), she's just genuinely unprepared emotionally for what she will eventually have to become and is at something of a loss for how she should go about it all.
* HorseArcher: Merida's contest of choice is archery because she is an ace with a bow and arrow. She can even hit a perfect bullseye while on horseback. She doesn't share the calmness and self-possession that usually comes with ArcherArchetype role, instead matching the untamed power of the horse.
* HotBlooded: She's more comfortable riding horseback and shooting at arrow targets then sitting at home and calmly discussing matters of state. It also comes back to haunt her big time, as she decides to make a rash, open stand against her mother and tradition in such a way as to anger the lords and threaten to start a war.
* IJustWantToBeFree: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. Merida's desire to be free from the destiny handed down to her causes her to make rash and potentially disastrous decisions.
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: Although not as blatant as Elinor, the turquoise dress she's effectively forced into would be extremely lovely if not for how uncomfortable it makes Merida. The dress she wears at the end of the movie, which is barely seen, is both elegant ''and'' practical.
* InnocentBlueEyes: More along the "youthful" and "inexperienced" categories than really "innocent".
* InTheHood: Hides her head on a few occasions with the hood of her cape.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Immature and hot headed as she may be, Merida wasn't wrong on about her mother's controlling nature in her life.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She's stubborn, rebellious, sarcastic, and rather self-centered...but underneath it all, she has a kind and heroic heart.
* TheLadette: The biggest example among the Disney Princesses, if not the only one. She's loud, crude, unruly, HotBlooded, has only manly interests like archery, riding horses, or training with her father, and is completely lacking in good manners or elegance. It provides the contrast between her and Elinor who wants Merida to be a ProperLady.
* LikeParentLikeChild: Merida has traits from both of her parents:
** Merida clearly has inherited her mother's stubbornness and pride ([[IResembleThatRemark contrary to Elinor's opinion]]). In the end, it turns out there's [[SilkHidingSteel badassery in her mother too]].
** From her father, Merida is very much a chip off the old block when it comes to her love of fighting, weapons, and woods exploration, and her overall badassery.
* LikeParentUnlikeChild: Merida and Elinor differ in personality, hobbies, and temperaments. However, [[NotSoDifferent they do have a stubborn streak.]]
* LoveRedeems: A non-romantic example. The only way for Merida to [[spoiler: turn her mother back into a human was to "mend the bond" between them.]]
* MamaBear: {{Inverted|Trope}}. She protected her [[spoiler:bear-transformed mother from her father who ''thought'' the bear killed Elinor.]]
* MeaningfulName: Her name means "honorable" in Gaelic.
** In Hebrew, Merida means "to rebel".
* MessyHair: Normally her hair is loose and full instead of groomed like her mother's.
* ModestRoyalty: Merida wears a loose dress and never any jewels.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Her reaction when she realizes that her fate-changing spell has GoneHorriblyRight.
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: "I am Merida! Firstborn descendant of the Clan [=DunBroch=], and I'll be shooting for my ''own'' hand!"
* NeverMyFault: Eventually {{averted|Trope}}. For the majority of the film, Merida blames her mother, being given a BalefulPolymorph into a bear, on the witch who gave her her fate-changing spell, instead of acknowledging that she committed a huge mistake. [[CharacterDevelopment It's only at the end of the film after she believes she's lost her mother that she breaks down and says she's sorry]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The main conflict of the film is largely Merida's fault because she throws three bullseye into the betrothal tradition.
* OfCorsetHurts: At one point, Queen Elinor dresses Princess Merida up in a corset, and Merida complains that she can't breathe. What's really odd about all this is that the movie takes place in Medieval Scotland, and corsets shouldn't exist yet.
* OfficialCouple: Averted. Merida's the first Franchise/DisneyPrincess to not have a love interest.
* OutdoorsyGal: Horseback riding, cliff climbing, etc. Notable amongst the Disney Princess line in that she has the opportunity for a comfortable, indoors life but chooses against it. The only other example is Pocahontas, who naturally enjoys nature.
* OutnumberedSibling: One daughter versus three sons.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: One of the main reasons why she couldn't live up, in the eyes of some people, to her status of ActionGirl as shown in the trailers. Merida is a skilled archer and fighter, always hitting her target and capable of shooting straight even under stressful circumstances (like when ambushed by a bear). During the climax, she's able to block her father's sword with her own sword. And Fergus was trying to kill a bear with that strike, proving that she did inherit her father's strength. However, this is a Disney film. She's not allowed to skewer any opponent with her arrows a la ''Film/LordOfTheRings''. Therefore, her main opponent is a magical bear that can NoSell anything a normal human can throw at him, making her talents useless in that specific situation.
* PluckyGirl: Her mother transforming into a bear was a shock but quickly made a {{plan}} for keeping her safe and fixing the problem.
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: King Fergus and the Scottish lords on the verge of war when Princess Merida brings the four factions back together and declares that one should choose who he marries according to his heart. Her suitors agree, stating that their arranged marriage was their fathers' idea. Thus, the clan leaders agree that their sons must win Merida's heart before winning her hand.
* QuirkyCurls: Yet another contrast with her mother who has two smooth, perfect plaits.
* RapunzelHair: It goes down to her hips, even being incredibly curly. Likely it would be as long as her mother's if straightened out.
* RebelliousPrincess: Deconstructed; Merida's particular brand of rebellion instigates the beginnings of a clan war and nearly gets her mother killed. Contrast with Princess Jasmine, who shares the same attitude of "I don't want to be a princess if I have to have my life dictated", but whose actions (like attacking foreign princes) never have consequences beyond making her endearing.
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* ScrewDestiny: ZigZagged--Merida wants to change her fate, and while it has unexpected consequences, and it seems as if she's punished for it, the [[WillOTheWisp Will-o'-the-Wisps]] are leading her on a path to fight her destiny...meaning it might be her destiny to change her destiny.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When Elinor destroys her bow during their argument, Merida is forced to leave the castle to make a deal with the Witch.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: Well "Merida Is About to Shoot You". The first released image was of [[http://www.geekforcefive.com/images/uploads/pixar-brave_610.jpg Merida aiming a bow right at the camera.]] She does the same against a bear in the trailer.
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* SplittingTheArrow: Merida is a damned good shot in archery; hitting three bulls-eyes in a row and splitting the other guy's arrow on the third with so much force it breaks ''through'' the back of the target. She considers herself the winner of the contest for her hand.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Facial details look like her mother, except placed on a head shape more like her father's. She also has her father's wild red hair and bright blue eyes.
* TakeAThirdOption: She doesn't want to marry but she's intelligent enough to know that just cancelling the games will mortally offend the other clans ("We'll expect your declarations of war in the morning!"). Thus she decides to enter the games ''herself''. This winds up with the same result and she then has to talk the clans into not fighting each other.
* TeensAreShort: She's sixteen and is still shorter than her mother.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Tomboy to Elinor's GirlyGirl; the contrast is the conflict.
* TomboyPrincess: This is the root of the conflict with her mother; she hates the courtly education Elinor gives her and doesn't want to marry. She just wants to ride horses and practice archery.
* TookALevelInBadass: As a child, she could barely shoot a target when she was only a few feet away. Now, not only can she shoot an arrow and hit the target from a ''way'' longer distance, she can also do it while ''riding a horse''.
* TookALevelInKindness: By the end of the film, Merida has learn to appreciate and respect her mother.
* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: Merida's impatience and unwillingness to listen to Elinor's advice ends up causing her to have a witch use her fate-changing spell to transform Elinor into a bear.
* TrueBlueFemininity: Elinor tries to [[InvokedTrope invoke this trope]] by putting Merida in a more ladylike turquoise dress. The end of the movie sees both Elinor and Merida in a dress of a similar shade, indicating that they've accepted each other's differences and similarities.
* UnkemptBeauty: She doesn't need her mother's courtly help to be attractive.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: When Merida was younger, she was a very small, cute child and had a close relationship with both her mother and her father. As she has grown up, Merida is still very energetic and free spirited, but has a more strained relationship with her mother (though she still holds the same good relationship with her father) and is more rebellious.
* WarriorPrincess: One of Elinor's princess lessons to Merida is "A lady does not put her weapons on the table."
* WellDoneDaughterGirl: {{Implied}} when Merida returns home and tells her family of her adventure of climbing the Fire Falls. Notice that she asked her mother first about what she had done that day. She was visibly disappointed that her mother didn't hear of her accomplishments.
* WildHair: It's wild because she spends so much time on a horse.
* WomenPreferStrongMen: Heavily implied when she's introduced to her suitors. When she meets the Young [=MacGuffin=], the biggest, she doesn't look all that annoyed. Then, notice her "awe" reaction to Young Dingwall, who turned out not to be him. [[spoiler: There's also the fact that, originally, she was going to choose the ''very'' huge and muscular, Young [=MacGuffin=].]]
* YouthfulFreckles: For emphasis on the 'growing youth' aspect. She doesn't want to be a queen.

[[folder:Queen Elinor]]
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->'''Voiced by''': Creatoor/EmmaThompson

Queen Elinor is fiercely dedicated to the well-being of her family and kingdom. As the measured, diplomatic counterpoint to her more impulsive husband, Elinor carries the weight of the kingdom on her shoulders in order to maintain the fragile peace between the volatile clans. Elinor strives to instill in Merida the knowledge and manner of a royal, but her vision of her daughter’s future is at odds with Merida’s desire to forge her own path.
* ActionMom: [[spoiler:Becomes one in the climax where she (as a bear) battles Mor'du.]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Very much so [[spoiler:as a bear]] for stumbling and other awkwardness.
* AlmightyMom: There is an all-out, weapons-drawn brawl in the courtyard and what does she do? Calmly walk across it, grab the chiefs [[EarAche by their ears]], and stare at her husband. All he can find to say is 'Yes, dear'.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: She is tall, beautiful, has very long dark hair, and possesses a composed and graceful attitude.
* AnimalMotifs: [[spoiler:Bears. Which gets even more meaningful when she ''transforms'' into a bear. She's also a MamaBear in the climax.]]
* {{Animorphism}}: [[spoiler:She gets turned into a bear.]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: [[spoiler:In the climax, she breaks a huge stone in half. How? By ''bashing it with a ten-foot-tall bear''. Said bear is trying to ''kill'' her at the time. Everyone knows a queen outranks a prince.]]
* BadassPacifist: Elinor calmly walked through the BallroomBlitz the clans have started in the throne room. Fierce warriors all bow and step aside, and she drags the four clan leaders (her husband included) back by the ear.
* BearsAreBadNews: Mor'du learns this lesson the hard way [[spoiler: when Elinor as transformed into a bear fights him in combat, and he gets crushed by the monolith, releasing his spirit.]]
* BearyFriendly: [[spoiler:Grew into this after a while of being transformed into a bear.]]
* BearyFunny: [[spoiler:Much comedy is derived from her still acting like her queenly self in bear form.]]
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: She spends her life trying to make Merida her eventual successor and maintain the peace between the volatile clans. Unfortunately for her, it all works too well when Merida rebels.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Elinor is a perfect queen -- polite, genteel, formal, a diplomat who abhors weapons and violence, always seeking to unite the clans and bring peace and prosperity to Scotland. [[MamaBear When you threaten her daughter...]]
* BigGood: Her grace and wisdom are what holds the kingdom together and [[TheFace is the one doing the talking]] for the royal family. She's worried that Merida will not be ready to step into her shoes.
* BrainyBrunette: She is the only one in her family to have brown hair and is the only one capable of running the country.
* BreakTheHaughty: She has similar pride issues as her daughter and changes in the same manner.
* CharacterDevelopment: Elinor loses her perfectionist tendencies and becomes more open-minded.
* CharacterTics: As Fergus notes, she mumbles when something is troubling her.
* CoolCrown: The focus on her crown is a plot point; she makes a point of wearing it after [[spoiler:turning into a bear]] and when she doesn't, Merida starts panicking.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: To contrast the rest of her family, both her eyes and hair are brown.
* DeathGlare: Is able to give a stare cold enough to halt an entire horde of Vikings without saying a word.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Her CharacterDevelopment is to be warmer with her daughter. She's already plenty warm with her husband.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: She is just as important to the story as her daughter; they share the bulk of their screen time.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, Elinor wears her hair down without pigtails, gold ribbon, or her tiara, and a newly-acquired gray streak, symbolizing her character development.]]
* FantasyForbiddingMother: Downplayed, but Elinor's constant focus upon propriety and adhering to all the rules and conduct of a princess, while refusing to encourage Merida's love of tomboyish things and particularly battle comes across as this. She does allow Merida her bow, but only reluctantly, and refuses to allow it on the table. She's only doing this to try and prepare her daughter for marriage to preserve peace among the clans, but it can't be denied that Elinor's own personality and interests suggests she is also molding her daughter to be just like her and do what she deems worthwhile (see her opinion of the various woods skills Merida has picked up). Ironically, her father actually encourages such pursuits (something which would break gender roles) and seems to enjoy her taking after him, but doesn't try and force her to follow his path.
* FormerTeenRebel: [[WordOfStPaul Emma Thompson]] heavily implies that Elinor was a lot like Merida in her teen years.
* GoodParents: She falls into MyBelovedSmother territory with her daughter, but it's obvious that she and Fergus love their children and take good care of them. The flashbacks to when Merida was little are strong examples of this.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Her dark blue dress is a work of art, and her iconic green dress is just as lovely.
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: She wore a purple dress when Merida was a toddler.
* HappilyMarried: To Fergus and this is the reason she can't understand Merida's resistance to arranged marriage. Kingdom's peace aside, her's turned out wonderfully.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Elinor fell in love with [[FieryRedhead Fergus.]]
* HiddenDepths: Elinor is the strict, controlling, OnlySaneWoman of her family... But she also has a strong belief in magic.
* TheHighQueen: She has "the weight of the kingdom on her shoulders" and is obviously the more powerful of two.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Elinor isn't freakishly tiny, but she is thin, average-sized and married to a man so large that a small family could comfortably live inside him.
* IAmAMonster: [[spoiler:She wrestles with this a few times after her ursine transformation.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sure, she can go overboard in trying to get Merida to become her successor, but she ''deeply'' loves her.
* JewishMother: At times, considering the fact that she wants the best for her daughter Merida.
* LettingHerHairDown: [[spoiler:At the very end of the movie, she stops keeping her hair in long twin tails and instead leaves most of it flowing loose. Also counts as an ExpositoryHairstyleChange since it signifies that she has loosen up and is opening herself up to seeing things for Merida's point of view.]]
* LikeParentUnlikeChild: Merida and Elinor differ in personality, hobbies, and temperaments. However, [[LikeParentLikeChild they do have a stubborn streak.]]
* LongHairIsFeminine: Her hair is straighter and longer than her {{Tomboy}} daughter's.
* MamaBear: Pun completely intended. The filmmakers specifically went for a motherly animal for Elinor to turn into. The trope comes into full literal effect in the climax, [[spoiler:when Elinor rips out of her restraints, and kills a supernatural bear far bigger than her own bear form, in order to protect her daughter.]]
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: [[spoiler:The longer she stays in bear form, the more she gets overwhelmed by the bear's instincts.]]
* MumLooksLikeASister: Merida is 16 and Elinor doesn't look like she's aged a bit.
* MyBelovedSmother: Although she tries to be a good mother to Merida, the latter doesn't like the fact that Elinor is "[[MeddlingParents in charge of every single day of her life]]."
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Elinor says this (minus the "My God") after realizing that Merida's bow is damaged, given that she destroyed it but caused Merida to run away.
** And towards the end of the film, when she has unintentionally injured [[spoiler:Merida]] in her bear state and [[spoiler:runs off]].
* MyNaymeIs: Spelled as "Elinor", ''not'' as the more common version "Eleanor".
* TheNotLoveInterest: Very unusual for a parent of TheProtagonist. The parent-child relationship is one of the most widely praised parts of the movie even among critics who were disappointed.
* OnlySaneWoman: During the BallroomBlitz scene she is the only adult to keep her cool.
* OppositesAttract: Elinor is the graceful, proper queen while her husband Fergus is your typical boisterous FieryRedhead.
* ParentingTheHusband: She often has to do this with Fergus; she yanks his ear like she would a naughty child. Ironically enough, she's implied to be younger than him.
* ThePerfectionist: Until her CharacterDevelopment, she had to be the "perfect queen" and groom her daughter into one as well. After the movie, she loosens up a bit.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Her marriage to her husband was arranged, but they seem to genuinely love each other. Though she admits that she was nervous at first which was news to Fergus if his reaction is any indication.
* ProperLady:
-->'''Elinor''': A lady enjoys elegant pursuits/rises early/does not stuff her gob/does not place her weapons on the table.
* RapunzelHair: Queen Elinor's hair reaches down to the floor. According to official technical trivia, her hair is about ''six and a half feet long'' unwrapped.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Her coronet. When she stops regarding it as requisite, [[spoiler:it's a sign she's losing herself to her bear-like mentality.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: In the opening meal scene, she is receiving letters of many sorts, thus implying she is the one handling matters of state.
* RulingCouple: Fergus and Elinor are both involved in the welfare of the kingdom. However, Elinor is more politician than warrior, while Fergus is more warrior than politician.
* ShoutOut: Her character design is remarkably similar to John Singer Sargent's [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lady_macbeth.jpg painting]] "Ellen Terry as [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} Lady Macbeth]]".
* SilkHidingSteel: Despite her disapproval of weapons and tomboyish activities, there is no lack of spirit in her personality or steel in her spine. Warriors would rather stop fighting and bow then continue brawling when she passes.
* SkunkStripe: Most likely a sign of her age than anything supernatural... maybe.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Instead of "Eleanor", it's "Elinor".
* StrollingThroughTheChaos:
** Elinor walks very calmly through the massive fight scene going on in the throne room with the intent of putting a stop to it.
** She also does this when Merida crashes the archery contest, though she's much less calm. Also note that, while everyone else is clearly stunned by Merida's actions, Elinor is the ''only'' person in the scene who tries to stop her.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: She's strict and no-nonsense, but deeply loves her family.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Girly Girl to Merida's Tomboy; the contrast is the conflict.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:She goes from regally intimidating human woman to furious and super strong bear.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: [[spoiler:Elinor comes to accept Merida for who she is and stops trying to change her daughter.]]
* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: Elinor's unwillingness to listen to Merida causes the latter to run away and get a fate-changing spell from the witch.
* TragicMistake: Elinor unintentionally causes Merida to run away when she destroys her bow.
* TranquilFury: When Elinor breaks up the fight between the heads of the clans, she remains very, very calm (certainly calmer than everyone else in the room). When she talks to Merida after the archery competition, the fury is... less tranquil.
* TrueBlueFemininity: At the end of the movie, she wears a dark blue dress, which is a shade darker than her daughter's. It's still quite feminine and lady-like but shows that she's come to an understanding with her tomboy daughter.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Provides the page image with Fergus -- she has preserved her looks and her figure quite well for a greying mother of four (including triplets!). But he... remains strong and in excellent condition. Justified as theirs was an arranged marriage, but it seemed to [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage work out okay]] (and, considering how young Merida is expected to marry, it isn't impossible that Elinor is only in her thirties).
* TheUnintelligible: [[spoiler:As a bear, she can't speak human.]]
* UptightLovesWild: [[ThePerfectionist Elinor]] is the ultimate ProperLady and often verges as the OnlySaneWoman (of her family and the kingdom). And she's HappilyMarried with [[BruiserWithASoftCenter Fergus]], the BigFun king and a BoisterousBruiser warrior.
* WantedAGenderConformingChild: She dislikes Merida's tomboyish and rebellious personality and wants her to be an elegant and feminine princess.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Elinor pushes Merida to become her eventual successor and marry one of the suitors, objecting to her tomboyish personality. However, she does so not out of malice but out of love and wanting to keep the peace of the clans from failing.
* WomenAreWiser: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. Although Elinor is obviously a better administrator than her husband, the central conflict of the story is she's too obstinate to see the world from her daughter's point of view. Fergus, on the other hand, may have understood that this was the real problem and was attempting to get Elinor to recognize that when he pretended to be Merida. In other words, she's wiser in some ways than her husband but not in others, as is more likely in real life.

[[folder:King Fergus]]
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/BillyConnolly

Fergus of [=DunBroch=] is a heroic warrior king with a knobby peg leg – the result of his much-regaled skirmish with the demon bear Mor’du. His vendetta against the beast who took his leg makes Fergus a ferocious and determined bear hunter. Protector of his kingdom and family, Fergus has a heart as big as his barrel chest and boundless love for his wife, Queen Elinor, and their triplet sons. But his pride for his first-born daughter Merida is unmatched, and he has gifted her his great skill and passion for the sword and the bow.
* ActionDad: When his family is in danger, his response is to call his soldiers and draw his sword.
* AdiposeRex: He is an overweight king.
* AnimalMotifs: Bears. He wears a cape made of bearskin and hunts them for sport.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He is considered the protector of the kingdom above the other clan chiefs.
* BadassBeard: He's a hairy king.
* BadassCape: Appears to be made of bearskin.
* BadassFamily: The patriarch of one.
* BadassInCharge: The king of his kingdom. His hobbies include hunting ''bears'', and several of his trophies can be seen around the castle.
* BeardOfBarbarism: Fergus sports a stereotypical beard for barbarians (he isn't one) and he [[BloodKnight loves to fight.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Fergus is a BigFun good king who also happened to have fought in war and with a cursed bear.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: A lovable oaf he can be, if his family is in danger he'll drop all silliness ''quick''.
* BigEater: "Stuffing her gob" is a trait Merida inherited from him.
* BigFun: He forestalls a war by entertaining the kings; feasts and songs and a hunt in the castle...
* BigOlEyebrows: Fergus has thick, red eyebrows which further his "bear king" image.
* BloodKnight: Fergus isn't a violent man by any means, but he does love a good fight, whether he's in it or not.
* BoisterousBruiser: A big hotblooded guy who is at home in parties with chiefs and fighting bears.
* ABoyAndHisX: A Man And His Two Deerhounds. Fergus has a close relationship with his two unnamed deerhounds.
* BraveScot: These are abound in this movie, but Fergus has a particular note for having the intestinal fortitude to ''punch Mor'du'' in the climax when no other weapon avails him (And of course being the sovereign of a kingdom of them).
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Fergus may be a BloodKnight, but he loves his family dearly (they are a HUGE soft spot for him).
* BumblingDad: He tries to be the Wise King but stumbles in speeches. On the other hand, he understands his children better than his wife does.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: A lifetime of being a warrior king has made him a very strong man.
** When the triplets tie his wooden leg to the massive dining table, he doesn't trip when he tries to walk away, but ''yanks the table on its side''.
** When the triplets stow away aboard one of the departing boats at the end, Fergus takes a rowboat to bring the little miscreants back. Every time he rows, the boat jerks forward because of the force he can exert.
* CoolHelmet: Instead of a CoolCrown because he's the Bear King.
* CrazyJealousGuy: {{Downplayed}}. He doesn't go "crazy", but he becomes extremely annoyed when the three Lords [[spoiler:stare at a naked Elinor, who's only clothed by the tapestry.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He's a borderline ManChild who also happens to be a skilled fighter who took on ''[[TheDreaded Mor'du]]''.
* DeadpanSnarker: Shares quips with Merida about the suitors.
* DrunkenSong: Composer Patrick Doyle gave him one.
* {{Expy}}:
** He's essentially a G-rated [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Robert Baratheon]] as he would have turned out with a different wife.
** His obsession with hunting down a specific animal responsible for his loss of a leg brings to mind [[Literature/MobyDick Captain Ahab]].
* FieryRedhead: Another trait Merida inherited from him is the hotbloodedness and red hair.
* GentleGiant: Downplayed. He loves to brawl, but he's an all around NiceGuy.
* TheGoodKing: His domain has enjoyed good times ever since he led the fight that kicked out the last set of invaders.
* GoodParents: He puts more effort into understanding his daughter than his wife does and because of this he has a better relationship with her.
* HandicappedBadass: Has a peg leg as a result of his battle with Mor'du and as seen in his sparring match after the prologue, it hasn't slowed him down at all.
* HappilyMarried: To Elinor. He was furious when he thought she was attacked by Mor'du.
* HeroesLoveDogs: Owns at least two Scottish deerhounds.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Elinor, who is a third his girth.
* LargeAndInCharge: He is both taller and broader than the three chiefs; even Lord [=MacGuffin=] is smaller than him.
* LargeHam:
** When he does an impression of Merida for Elinor.
-->'''Fergus''': Pretend I'm Merida. Speak to me. (deep breath; high-pitched voice) I don't want to get married! I want to stay single and let my hair flow in the wind as I ride through the glen, firing arrows into the sunset!
** He's fond of retelling his encounter with Mor'du at family meals, which the triplets seem to find boring. This is because they've heard it so many times, as suggested by the fact that one of the triplets starts lip-synching along with the telling.
* MadeOfIron: He was able to take a [[spoiler: blow from a beast like Mordu, and survive.]]
* ManChild: Fergus is a very easy-going father, but Elinor has to treat him just as she would one of the kids sometimes.
* MeaningfulName: "Fergus" is Gaelic for "strong man" which is fitting for a man his size and who has CharlesAtlasSuperpower.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous Or Legendary: according to the (largely debunked) ''Rerum Scoticarum Historia'', an account of Scottish kings by George Buchanan, the first king of Scotland was Fergus I.
* NiceGuy: All around a great man; husband, father, party goer, etc.
* OppositesAttract: Fergus is your typical boisterous FieryRedhead while his wife Elinor is the graceful, proper queen. Their dynamic is one reason why the kingdom stays together: he's the man-of-action and natural leader in wartime, she's the natural diplomat who can calm feuding factions in peacetime.
* OverprotectiveDad: When he sees the bear whom he mistakenly thinks killed Elinor (but is actually Queen Elinor magically changed into a bear), he panics and locks Merida in a room, for fear of losing her and Elinor.
* PapaWolf: He is a loving husband and father who would fiercely protect his wife and their four children from any danger. However, this almost has some serious consequences when he goes [[spoiler:after a bear because he thinks the bear has killed Elinor]] and is now attacking their daughter, Merida. [[spoiler:The bear actually is Elinor, who has lost control of her bear form and has lapsed into wild behavior, but Fergus is mad with grief and refuses to listen to Merida's (admittedly crazy-sounding) explanation.]]
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: To Elinor, although she admits that at first, she was nervous about her betrothal to him. They're ''very'' happy together now.
* QuirkyCurls Once again, a trait Merida inherited from him is the unruly hair.
* RedBaron: King Fergus is also known as "The Bear King" for his legendary fight with Mor'du, as well as the aforementioned bear-hunting hobby.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He was explicitly chosen as their king after he led the other clans to victory against invading Vikings and whether it's evil monster bears or invading armies he takes care of it.
* RulingCouple: King Fergus and Queen Elinor are both involved in the welfare of the kingdom.
* ThriftyScot: Downplayed; after Merida decides to celebrate the young lords being allowed to find love in their own time, Merida decides the King's private drink cellar should be opened up for a victory toast, and King Fergus decides to use the small cups.
* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: Fergus's grief against [[spoiler:seemingly losing Elinor]] causes him to launch a [[spoiler:bear hunt against Elinor in her bear form]].
* {{Tritagonist}}: After Merida and Elinor he's the most prominent character.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Provides the page image with Elinor -- She has preserved her looks and her figure quite well for a greying mother of four (including triplets!). But he... remains strong and in excellent condition. Justified as theirs was an arranged marriage, but it seemed to [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage work out okay]] (and, considering how young Merida is expected to marry, it isn't impossible that Elinor is only in her thirties).
* TheWonka: The line "Not ''another'' hunt through the castle" implies that it might just be a regular occurrence, but his quirky nature doesn't stop him from being the king.

[[folder:The Triplets]]

Identical triplet princes Harris, Hubert, and Hamish are adorable, redheaded, and always ready to stir up a bit of mischief, especially if sweets are at stake.
* AlliterativeFamily: Harris, Hubert, and Hamish.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: A triplet variant. Merida is the only one who can tell them apart.
* {{Animorphism}}: [[spoiler:Like their mother Queen Elinor, they are turned into bears.]]
* AnnoyingYoungerSiblings: Subverted. Although Merida calls them "wee devils", they get along just fine and do a lot to help her.
* BearyFriendly: When they eat the treats and change into adorable (and mischievous) bear cubs.
* BearyFunny: [[spoiler:As bear cubs their antics are funnier.]]
* BigEater: They ''really'' love their sweets.
* BigSisterWorship: The boys admire their big sister and the Disney Wikia site describes their relationship with Merida as "strong, loving, and trusting".
* BreakoutCharacter: The triplets stole the popularity ratings, despite their limited screen time.
* ChekhovsGun: They love their desserts. The spell Merida receives from the witch comes in the form of a cake. Not hard to see where this is going.
* CuteMute: They're adorable little scamps who never speak.
* FieryRedhead: Like their father and sister they are energetic wee devils.
* [[FlatCharacter Flat Characters]]: They never evolve beyond pranking and eating; the main reason they were helping Merida was because she promised them her desserts for a year.
* HumanLadder: They're fond of this trope because it's useful for pranking.
* InnocentBlueEyes: There's nothing malicious in their pranks; only harmless mischief.
* MeaningfulName: Hamish (who often plays pranks on Maudie and other castle staff members) is a Scottish variant of James, which is derived from Iakobos, the Greek form of Jacob, the "supplanter", with the Old Testament Jacob being a notable trickster to his dad and brother.
** Harris is derived from Harry, a variant of Henry, which means "home ruler", and the triplets are sons of the king who rules the kingdom.
** Hubert means "bright heart".
* MommasBoy: The triplets tend to listen to their mother more than their father.
* PintSizedKid: How old are they supposed to be, anyway?
* ThePrankster: The boys love to mess around the castle, Maudie, and even their own father.
* QuirkyCurls: Like their father and sister, the triple tricksters have unruly hair.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: [[spoiler:As bear cubs, they are more adorable.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: They are crafty tricksters capable of distracting an entire castle to forestall conflict.
* RuleOfThree: This is why they are triplets.
* SameSexTriplets: Triplets and all boys.
* SiblingTeam: How else can they pull off a HumanLadder or their more complex pranks?
* SweetTooth: Most of their scenes involve stealing pastries.
* TricksterTwins: A triplet variant. Among their antics, they steal cakes, cut off part of a sleeping guard's mustache, and tie their father's peg leg to a table so he flips it when he gets up.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: They are almost instantly able to recognise the bear as their mother, and even give their sister a look demanding an explanation.

!!The Three Lords and Their Sons

[[folder:The Lords in general]]

The three vassal lords to King Fergus; Lords Dingwall, Macintosh and [=MacGuffin=]; are the unruly, overzealous leaders of their respective [[TheClan clans]]. Though once warring factions, they have been united under the sword of [[TheGoodKing King Fergus]] and held together by the diplomacy and political savvy of [[TheHighQueen Queen Elinor]]. The clans are summoned to Castle [=DunBroch=] to compete in the Highland Games, but the lords are soon outraged when Merida defies a sacred tradition. The clans fall back to their history of fervent feuding, which threatens the fragile peace of the entire kingdom.
* BigThinShortTrio: [=MacGuffin=], Macintosh and Dingwall, respectively, to make each chief more distinct.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: As goofy as all three of them act, it's apparent that when it comes to battle, they're all forces to be reckoned with.
* FireForgedFriends: They fought together in a pre-story invasion but it's not until the movie's end that they can develop from WithFriendsLikeThese status to VitriolicBestBuds.
* HairTriggerTemper: The lords are all quick to start fighting each other at the slightest insult. Their tendency to fall into outright battle is why Elinor is so horrified when Merida insults them.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: They're all prideful and highly competitive and responded to Merida's TakeAThirdOption with a declaration of war, but they are not without reason.
* MeaningfulName:
** Lord [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Dingwall]], but his official profile make him seem more like TheNapoleon.
** [=MacGuffin=] and Macintosh are most likely puns on the term MacGuffin (a plot device) and UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh (Pixar's computer of choice).
* MedievalMorons: none too bright, prone to solving problems with violence, etc.
* NoNameGiven: While we know their last names, we never do learn their first names.
* OddNameOut: [=MacGuffin=], Macintosh and ... Dingwall? (Yes, that is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dingwall_(name) real Scottish name)]].
* RuleOfThree: Three suitor dads.
* ViolentGlaswegian: They start brawling amongst themselves at King Fergus's banquet for the right to determine which of their sons will make a proper suitor for Merida.

[[folder:Lord [=MacGuffin=]]]
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/KevinMcKidd

Strapping Lord [=MacGuffin=] is full of brawn and dignity. Though a man of few words, his deep voice resounds across the land demanding respect and contributing to his reputation as the most even-handed and reasonable lord in the kingdom. Even so, like his fellow lords, [=MacGuffin=] isn't opposed to a first-rate brawl or full-throated belly laugh.
* BadassBaritone: Has a deep voice and is a giant of a man, on top of being very badass.
* BeardOfBarbarism: It's very manly, prominent, and shows off his "don't mock me and I won't hurt you" vibe.
* BoisterousBruiser: Like the others, MacGuffin doesn't stop to show off his clan or himself.
* BraidsOfBarbarism: Pigtails, but there is nothing [[GirlishPigtails girlish]] about him.
* EyesAlwaysShut: 99% of the time he doesn't open his eyes.
* FacePalm: Does this after his son's arrow misses the bull's-eye.
* TheQuietOne: He has only a few lines.
* RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear: {{Justified|Trope}}. [[AllThereInTheManual He's the only person who understands]] [[IntelligibleUnintelligible his son's thick brogue]], so he has to translate for him.
* StoutStrength: He's a large man with impressive strength.

[[folder:Lord Macintosh]]
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/CraigFerguson

The wiry, indignant and off-kilter leader of his clan, Lord Macintosh is always a heartbeat away from hysterics. His savage smile and fierce appearance, body bedecked in blue war paint and chest pridefully puffed up, proclaim that he's ready for battle at any moment, though his bark may be worse than his bite.
* BeardOfBarbarism: Both this and the WildHair together make him look more savage than the other two.
* BodyPaint: He's dressed for war.
* CarryABigStick: His weapon of choice is a spear.
* TribalFacePaint: As a possible ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''. He has matching BodyPaint on both arms, too, as does his son. By the way, blue tattoos were a tradition of the Picts, who were some the first people living in Scotland.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: How else could he show off his war paint?

[[folder:Lord Dingwall]]
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/RobbieColtrane

Grumpy and quick-tempered, the scrappy Lord Dingwall doesn't let being height-challenged get in the way of solving his problems with fisticuffs. Never one to shy away from an old-fashioned fracas or high-spirited kerfuffle, he has no qualms taking on even the burliest adversary to assert his own position in the kingdom.
* BadassGrandpa: He appears to be the oldest of the three chiefs and yet he was still on the front lines of a war perhaps 15 years ago.
* FanDisservice: Three words... "Feast yer eyes!" No one wants to see under his kilt.
* GoingCommando: And if the other two Lords' reaction is anything to go by, it's not a pretty sight.
* GrumpyOldMan: Downplayed. He's on the same level as the other chiefs but much older.
* MessyHair: Presumably for contrast because Messy Hair isn't the case with the other two.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizen: The oldest of the chiefs and the smallest.
* TheNapoleon: He's "height-challenged."

[[folder:The Lords' Sons in general]]
* BigThinShortTrio: Like fathers like sons, this is here to make each distinct.
* GenerationXerox: They all look exactly like young versions of their fathers. There are even several scenes where they are blocked the same way as their elders (While Wee Dingwall kisses Merida's hand on the docks Macintosh and Macguffin stand behind and kid around together. At the same time, their fathers do the same thing as Lord Dingwall hugs Fergus.)
* HopelessSuitor: All are competing for Merida's hand in marriage and are all undesirable in her eyes.
* NoNameGiven: Just like their fathers, their real first names are never revealed.
* TheQuietOne: All three of Merida's suitors are the quiet type, having only a handful of lines in the entire film. Their agreement with Merida's speech (which is only the second time Young [=McIntosh=] speaks and the first time Wee Dingwall does) would imply that they've been letting their dads do the talking for them because they're not overly enthusiastic about the arranged marriage either.
* RuleOfThree: Three fathers, three sons.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Each of the sons look like younger and beardless versions of their fathers.
* VagueAge: We're not sure exactly how old any of them are, just that they seem to be somewhere under 20 and above 12.

[[folder:Young [=MacGuffin=]]]
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/KevinMcKidd

Speaking an uncommon Scottish dialect that is incomprehensible to most, Young [=MacGuffin=] is a shy lad of large proportions. Being the center of attention is not his strong suit, but he will not hesitate to leap into a fight alongside his father and clan when the occasion arises.
* BraidsOfBarbarism: Just like his father, he has braided hair.
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: He's a gigantic bruiser who can break a hunk of wood with his bare hands and uses a bench as a weapon during a BallroomBlitz. He's also a very sensitive guy who only wants to impress his dad. [[spoiler: In the scene where it seems Elinor has lost her mind to the spell that turned her into a bear, [[ManlyTears he's visibly and earnestly weeping.]]]]
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: During the BallroomBlitz, he wields a long bench to knock out several opponents at once.
* EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped: When he talks, the subtitles read "Speaks in thick accent."
* GentleGiant: Out of everyone during the brawl, he looked the most uncomfortable.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: A nice guy with blonde hair.
* ImpliedLoveInterest: He was apparently meant to be Merida's LoveInterest (which shows, as his awkwardness got her attention), but that was scrapped.
* IntelligibleUnintelligible: He has such a thick Scottish brogue that nobody but his dad can tell what he's saying.
* LikeParentLikeSpouse: {{Implied|Trope}}. When Merida was presented with her potential husbands, she seemed quite interested in him the most. And he is a large and strong man, just like her father.
* NiceGuy: Despite his great size and greater strength, Young [=MacGuffin=] is a calm, gentle, friendly, and very shy lad.
* OffhandBackhand: By accident. Near the end of the movie, he gives Young Macintosh a friendly punch which knocks him off the dock they're standing on and into the water.
* PermaStubble: Shown to have blond stubble.
* ShrinkingViolet: Young [=MacGuffin's=] most prominent trait is his shyness. As seen in his EstablishingCharacterMoment, he looks uncomfortable being the center of attention during his introduction to Merida and looks to his father for a cue to snap a log in half.
* StoutStrength:
-->'''Merida''': I bet he wishes he were tossin' cabers!
* SubmissiveBadass: Clearly the shy one of the three suitors, he's capable of breaking a log in half with his hands and swinging a large wooden bench around.
* SuperStrength: He snaps an 8-inch thick log in half with his bare hands. JUST his hands, not even using leverage from his arms, with absolutely no effort.
* TheUnintelligible: He has a brogue so thick that ''even the other Scots can't understand him''. He's actually speaking a real dialect: Doric, spoken in the voice actor's native region of northeastern Scotland. He utters only a handful of understandable words throughout the entire film, and even those aren't enough to figure him out.

[[folder:Young Macintosh]]
->'''Voiced by''': Steven Cree

As the first-born son of a lord, Young Macintosh knows he has it all; athletic physique, undeniable charm and long flowing locks that leave the lasses swooning in his wake. Vanity and legions of devotees can also be a distraction when it comes to bragging rights at the Highland Games.
* TheAce: Of the three suitors, he's the only one who looks like the tales of his combat prowess might be true, and clearly the only one who knows the first thing about archery.
* AgentPeacock: He always makes sure he's looking good when fighting.
* BigNo: His reaction to not hitting a perfect bull's-eye.
* BodyPaint: Like his father, he's dressed for war.
* ChickMagnet: Has a band of fangirls squealing and swooning over him.
* {{Expy}}: Of Film/{{Conan the Barbarian|1982}}. It's most explicit in the whirling sword-kata he performed in his introduction, which is a front-view version of the exact same sword kata that Schwarzenegger performed on the beach in the 1982 film.
* TheFightingNarcissist: Scoring any less than a bull's eye leads to a tantrum.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** The jerk part comes from his cockiness, the gold part comes out [[spoiler:when he's the first to wholeheartedly agree to Merida's plan to end the betrothal in favor of finding love.]]
** For all his cockiness, he doesn't seem to mind hanging out with the other two sons, one being TheUnintelligible ShrinkingViolet and the other TheFool.
** He seems very loyal to his father, too. When Lord Dingwall has his son attack Lord Macintosh, Young Macintosh ''punches'' Lord Dingwall in the face! Later when Merida flips his father during the climax, Young Macintosh runs to his side and helps him back to his feet.
* PecFlex: Does one when his father introduces him.
* PeekABangs: His hair covers one of his eyes. It's part of the PrettyBoy effect.
* PrettyBoy: He ''knows'' it and ''flaunts'' it.
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: In the archery contest, Young Macintosh goes [[DramaQueen absolutely hysterical]] with rage when his arrow hits right next to the bull's eye.
* TheSouthpaw: Young Macintosh happens to be left-handed.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Again, like his father because of the body paint.

[[folder:Wee Dingwall]]
->'''Voiced by''': Callum O'Neill

Gangly, guileless and often lost in his own head, Wee Dingwall is the awkward son of Lord Dingwall. Though Wee Dingwall displays an eagerness that outweighs his inherited small size, his father will proudly employ his only son as an attack dog when the moment is right.
* AccidentalAimingSkills: Thanks to Fergus startling him at just the right time, he is the only suitor whose arrow hits a bull's-eye.
* TheBerserker: "Wee Dingwall? ''Attack!''" He's seen at one point gnawing his shield, which was a trait attributed to berserker warriors.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: He's usually clumsy doofus, but when a fight breaks out, he's ''vicious''.
* CasanovaWannabe: Judging by his [[IKissYourHand farewell]] to [[spoiler:Merida at the end.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Wee Dingwall appears dim at best, but when the fights break out he's a fierce and almost psychotic fighter.
* DumbassHasAPoint: For most of the movie he's undeniably the ditz, but near the end, his one line of dialogue is [[spoiler:[[CallingTheOldManOut telling his dad]] that the whole suitor thing was more his idea, and he just went along with it.]]
* DumbBlond: The suitor with bleach blond hair is the one that's not all there.
* TheFool: He is unquestionably the least competent of the suitors, but through sheer dumb luck he is the ''only'' one to hit a bull's-eye.
* IKissYourHand: [[spoiler:Merida]] is not impressed with his hand kissing.
* ManBitesMan: Goes from doofus to attack dog on his father's word.
* TeensAreShort: Shorter than his [[TheNapoleon father]].



Black as night with ivory muzzle and fetlocks, Angus is Merida's powerful Shire and her most trusted confidant. Angus is Merida's escape from castle life into the deep forest and the Highlands beyond. Merida target shoots from her perch on his broad back and is able to coax him into one adventure after another. Angus can be balky, stubborn and faint-hearted at times, but is ultimately a devoted and faithful friend to Merida.
* CoolHorse: He's a Shire.
* EmpathyPet: He is Merida's best friend and "her most trusted [[TheConfidant confidant]]".
* {{Expy}}: Built like [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Phillippe]] with [[Disney/{{Mulan}} Khan]]'s markings. Has personality traits of both, but mostly Phillippe.
* GentleGiant: He's a massive Shire stallion, but certainly sweet-natured.
* GlamourFailure: The supernatural quality of the circle of stones is obvious to Angus. He dares not enter, circling around to rejoin Merida when she leaves it.
* HorsingAround: He has a lot in common with the wild Merida.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: To Merida. Unless it comes to anything supernatural.
* NonHumanSidekick: Merida's horse.

->'''Voiced by''': Sally Kinghorn and Eilidh Fraser

A maid in the castle, she winds up frequently being the victim of the triplets' antics.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: She's the victim of the CarryingACake trope, and suffers a FunbagAirbag with a bear cub.
* ButtMonkey: She is the butt of pastry jokes and the triplet's pranking.
* CarryingACake: More like plate of pastries, which are perpetually being stolen by the triplets.
* GagBoobs: They're big and used for a gag involving a key and the triplets.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The Tiny Girl to [[spoiler:the Dingwall Hunk's Huge Guy.]]
* NeverBareheaded: Always wears a headdress.
* OppositesAttract: Who would have thought that [[spoiler:Maudie the maid]] and [[spoiler:the {{Hunk}} of Clan Dingwall]] would become an item? He likely noticed [[BuxomIsBetter a couple things]].
* OverlyLongScream: Her dialogue could be reduced to several long screams split between scenes.
* ScreamingWoman: She only gets a couple of speaking lines... but screams aplenty.
* SexualKarma: [[spoiler:After being the ButtMonkey for the whole movie, she's certainly earned the right to hook up with the Dingwall Hunk at the end.]] Also counts as ThrowTheDogABone.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: She stashes the key to where [[spoiler:Merida is being held]] in her bosom. This does not stop the triplets.


Mor'du is the antagonist of ''Brave'', hence the original title of ''The Bear and the Bow''. A feral and dangerous presence, this black bear fought King Fergus when Merida was a wee lass, and he chomped his leg off and won, something that Fergus has vowed to seek revenge for ever since. He stands 15 feet tall, his face is scarred with one dead, red eye, his black fur is coarse and disheveled, and he is covered in arrows and bruises, trophies of those humans who attempted to kill him. He puts Merida in danger more than once during the course of the movie.
* AndIMustScream: It's heavily implied that [[spoiler:the Prince was suffering this, since he was grateful to Merida for freeing him.]]
* AnimalNemesis: For Fergus, and Merida later on. As noted under BearsAreBadNews he has a history with Fergus that involves loss of limbs.
* AnnoyingArrows: Arrows might as well be spitwads for the harm they do him. He doesn't notice when Merida sticks one in his collar bone.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The prince wished for "the strength of ten men" which [[spoiler: turned him into a bear and caused him to ''kill everyone in the throne room'', and his brothers were among the victims.]]
* BearsAreBadNews: Described by Pixar as "Literature/MobyDick on land."
* BigBad: Averted. He has nothing to do with the [[spoiler:betrothal or the spell Merida made to get out of it. He's just a dangerous antagonist.]] Despite this, he is still the villain of the movie.
* BilingualBonus: The name of the [[BearsAreBadNews demon bear]] Mor'du is a combination of the words "Mór" and "dubh" (pronounced the same way), the Scots-Gaelic words for "large" and "black". Makes sense when you realize that that bear literally meant 'brown' in Old English.
** "Mordu" may possibly be derived from the Latin "mordere" (to bite), and also means "bitten" in French, which makes sense when you consider that King Fergus's left leg was bitten off.
* BreakTheHaughty: What his [[spoiler:KarmicTransformation did to him; a proud prince became a monster that could only beg for release.]]
* CombatPragmatist: [[spoiler:As a human, he lured his brothers with a false promise of peace, then killed them in his newly gained bear form.]]
* DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler:Dying is what allows him to cross over and find peace.]]
* TheDreaded: He's become the local boogeyman. Everyone is afraid of bears because of him by proxy.
* EvilIsBigger: "It stands 12 feet tall!"
* EvilCounterpart: To Merida and -- more obviously -- to Elinor.
** In Merida's case, [[spoiler:both clash with their families because of pride, but go in two different directions. While Merida wanted to be free and frequently clashes with her family, she cares for them and showed no hesitation to try and break the spell when she accidentally cursed them. Mor'du, on the other hand, only wanted to rule the kingdom because of himself being heir to the throne, and instead of realizing his mistake and breaking the spell he inflicted on himself, he allowed his pride to get the better of him and murdered his family without remorse.]]
** In Elinor's case, [[spoiler:both are cursed bears. In total contrast to Mor'du, she loves her family.]]
* EvilPrince: He was [[spoiler:the eldest of the four princes in the story told by Elinor early in the film and caused the kingdom to fall to war.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: In ''The Legend of Mor'du'', he completed it after [[spoiler: deciding to kill his brothers.]]
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler:He wanted the strength of ten men. The Witch gave him this ''by turning him into a bear''.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: "His face scarred with [[EyeScream one dead eye]]!"
* HeroKiller: "His hide littered with the weapons of fallen warriors!"
* ICannotSelfTerminate: It is implied that he's a [[spoiler:DeathSeeker and sought out warriors that could kill him.]]
* IHatePastMe: Implied. Noticed the sculpture representing [[spoiler:him and his brothers in the ruins of his castle?]] The part [[spoiler:representing his three brothers is still relatively intact, while the part representing him has been covered by slashes he made with his claws.]]
* KarmicTransformation: The legend implies he [[spoiler: wasn't the best person, so his transformation could be considered karmic retribution. If the spell is the same one Merida used, it's clear the spell is a karmic response to the pride/ego of the requester -- only upon "mending the bond broken by pride" can the spell be reversed. Since Mor'du killed his brothers, mending the bond wasn't possible for him, so his curse stuck.]]
* KilledOffForReal: He is [[spoiler:crushed under a stone pillar at the end of the film. We see his spirit leave his bear body and disappear]].
* LargeAndInCharge: He tried to invoke this trope [[spoiler:back when he was a prince. Compared to his brothers, he was simply enormous. The trope certainly applied to him as leader of his armies.]]
* MadeOfIron: Arrows just distract him [[spoiler:and it takes being crushed by a huge rock to put him down for good.]]
* MeaningfulName: The fact the words for "large and black" in Gaelic sound and look so [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast similar to the word for "death" in Latin]] and the Romance languages is...quite the significant coincidence.
* ObviouslyEvil: When we see him next to [[spoiler:his three brothers in Elinor's story, it's fairly obvious he's going to be trouble.]]
* PlotIrrelevantVillain: The plot of the film concerns Merida reconciling with her mother and undoing the curse she accidentally brought about. Mor'du is only [[PlotParallel tangentially related to any of this]] -- he's just a bigass [[spoiler:warlord turned]] bear who wants to eat everyone because he's a bear.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:He's the Prince of a kingdom that collapsed so long ago Merida's kingdom believes it only existed in legend.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The red eyes are part of why he's thought to be a monster.
* ShadowArchetype: He was a [[spoiler:prince who tried to change his fate and ended up destroying a kingdom due to his inability to see past his own pride, much as Merida nearly did.]]
* SquashedFlat: [[spoiler:This is what happens to him in the climax. Elinor dropped a stone pillar on him.]]
* StealthHiBye: He does this in the beginning of the film, as well as near the end. Considering his size, it's pretty shocking how he somehow managed to walk right up to young Merida in broad daylight in a fairly open field.
* SuicideByCop: Heavily implied. Since [[spoiler:the Prince's spirit turns into a Wisp, and the Wisps lead Merida around the forest, it is implied that the Wisps were his spirit and that he was trying to be killed so he could be put out of his misery]].
* SuperPersistentPredator: While Merida does get away from him a few times, he just happens to conveniently find her near the end. In the last battle he seems way too focused on her anytime he wasn't being beaten or pelted in the face by someone else.
* TimeAbyss: How old he is isn't revealed, but it IS revealed he was [[spoiler:the prince of a kingdom so old that its name isn't even remembered and is believed to only be a legend.]]
* TragicMonster: It's implied that, [[spoiler:after spending years or even centuries trapped in his bear form, he eventually felt remorse for killing his family and destroying his kingdom because of his pride.]]
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Other than him there are no villains in this story; the conflict is a parent-child one.
* WalkingSpoiler: Anything beyond 'monster bear' is a spoiler.
* WasOnceAMan: Until [[spoiler:the Witch's spell turned him into a bear.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: While becoming [[spoiler:a bear as a consequence of his pride and the witch's spell is pretty tragic in and of itself, he was stuck in the form of this monstrous, hunted being for several centuries because he couldn't find reconciliation with his family. It's only through his death that he seems to regain some part of his humanity back.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: Mor'du has no problem attacking either Elinor and/or Merida.
* WouldHurtAChild: He makes his first appearance by nearly attacking a six-year-old Merida and Elinor.

[[folder:The Witch]]
->'''Voiced by''': Julie Walters

A Witch (also referred to as a Wise Woman, and while you're here she ''personally'' prefers the title "Woodcarver") whom Merida seeks out when she wishes to change her fate. She seems a little batty -- alright, way more than a little -- but there's no denying she's got magical chops. Though she considers carving wood to be her true calling, she'll still whip up a spell for a customer... at the right price.
* ABoyAndHisX: In this case, A Witch And Her Crow. The Witch's unnamed crow appears to be her only friend.
* AnimalMotifs: She seems to be very fond of bears, carving them in wood all the time [[spoiler:or turning people into bears.]]
* CoolOldLady: Old, batty, very nice.
* CrazyPrepared: "If you're that red-haired lass, vial three."
* CripplingOverSpecialization: Two examples
** She can do a lot with wood carvings but only bears.
** When it comes to magic, if you want [[spoiler:to transform yourself or somebody into a bear]] she's your huckleberry. If you want to do literally anything else with magic, well...
* {{Druid}}: An old [[AnimalMotifs bear-themed]] magic user in Celtic Scotland.
* EccentricMentor: The word "eccentric" was the first thing revealed about her character.
* TheFairFolk: Her indifferent yet ultimately non-malicious literal-mindedness implies this of her true heritage, not to mention [[spoiler: her age -- she's been around for ''centuries!'']]
* ForInconveniencePressOne: The witch's cauldron message.
-->''Welcome to Crafty Carvers! As you can see, I am currently completely out of stock! If you would like to inquire about portraits or wedding cake toppers, pour in the first vial. If you would like this message in Gaelic, pour in the second vial. If you're that red-headed lass from the other day, pour in the third vial...''
* GreaterScopeVillain: An unintentional, absent-minded example. [[spoiler: Her magic makes her the most powerful person in this story and she has the potential to be dangerous but she's not involved with the movie's core conflict.]]
* {{Greed}}: She outright refuses to do Merida any spell because she doesn't want to cause any trouble, but does it when offered a valuable pendant by Merida. If you look closely the design on it features three bears intertwined with each other. Given the Witch's fixation on bears, is it any wonder she wasn't going to pass up that little treasure?
* HermitGuru: Lives in a cottage in the woods, quite far from civilization.
* ImplausibleDeniability: Her claims that she's a woodcarver, not a witch... as she leaves the broom she's sweeping with to sweep the floor by itself.
* KnifeNut: She has a dozen of them and they can levitate to threaten people.
* LargeHam: The Witch insists on using NightmareFace and an ominous deep voice for her message cauldron.
* LiteralGenie: Why Elinor gets turned [[spoiler:into a bear. Merida wanted her mother to get off her back, but what she ''said'' was "[[{{Animorphism}} change my mother]]". It approaches JerkassGenie territory with the fallen prince -- he asks for the strength of ten men, and gets turned into [[{{Animorphism}} Mor'du]].]]
* LiteralMinded: "I want to change my mother." Yes indeed, she can do that.
* MadArtist: Bear statues, bear toys, bear paintings. She's...Not all there.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizen: She's only a head taller than the just-out-of-infancy toddlers.
* NoNameGiven: "Witch" is all.
* NonMaliciousMonster:
** Ultimately, she's not intentionally malevolent at all, just LiteralMinded, indifferent, and a bit forgetful. Heck, she doesn't even want to [[spoiler:do witchcraft for Merida because of "too many unsatisfied customers" and only caves in when she's offered a very valuable trinket.]]
** Also, as revealed in "The Legend of Mordu", [[spoiler: she saw "a wounded soul behind his bluster, so she agreed to his wish for the strength of ten men, but with a choice. Either he used it to fulfill his desire, or amend his bond with the brothers. [[ForegoneConclusion He chose the former]].]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Hard to believe, but it's implied in the film, and confirmed in supplementary material, that [[spoiler: she's the one who sold Mor'du the spell that turned him into a bear, and that happened so long ago the kingdom he ruled is only known in legend. She was already an old woman -- or in the shape of an old woman -- then.]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: She's the one who changed [[spoiler:the prince to what is now Mor'du long ago.]]
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: She's made it onto [[http://pixartimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Brave-Japanese-Poster-2.jpg this poster]], but that's it. It doesn't help that she only appears for two short sequences. Disney later edited a parody TV spot that features her prominently.
* SolitarySorceress: Lives by herself (apart from her [[CleverCrows sapient crow familiar]]) in a cottage in the woods.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Fitting as she's a witch.
* WickedWitch: AvertedTrope. She's not evil and sees herself as an entrepreneur. As such, she rarely offers her services as a witch and instead makes a living selling wooden figurines of bears.

[[folder:The Crow]]
->'''Voiced by''': Steve Purcell

The talking crow who hangs around in the Witch's cottage.
* AmbiguouslyGay: His assessment of the ancient prince? "Easy on the eyes. Tight pants."
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Naturally, as a witch's familiar.
* AnachronismStew: Like the Witch, he has a futuristic viewpoint of things. To say nothing of his American accent.
* ButtMonkey: The Witch tosses and knocks him around with impunity.
* CreepyCrows: Fairly eerie when he's not talking.
* DeadpanSnarker: Occasionally, especially when heckling the Witch's story in her short film.
* {{Familiar}}: The uplifted animal companion and assistant to a magic user. Check.
* NoNameGiven: He's just "the Crow".
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: A crow rather than a parrot, but his personality fits.
* TalkingAnimal: The only one in the film, presumably through magical means.
* UnexplainedAccent: The only character in the film not to sound Scottish. He speaks in an American accent of all things.