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Played By: Amy Adams
- Action Survivor: While she Took a Level in Badass in the end, she's still not combat proficient enough to count as an Action Girl.
- All-Loving Heroine: Sees beauty and worth even in an old bum's toothless smile, the "vermin" of New York, and a statue of a large woman.
- Badass Princess: Compared to the start of the film, she definitely took a level by the end.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: The most moral character in the film.
- The Cast Show Off: Amy Adams was able to fully utilize her theatrical background during the movie.
- Chewing the Scenery: Being from the animated world of Andalasia, her actions and manner of speaking are always over the top.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Drank aquarium water, with fish still in it.
- The Cutie: Innocent and bubbly.
- Disney Princess: She is an Affectionate Parody of such.
- She would have had become one, were if not for the fact that having a live-action counterpart played by an actress, meaning including her in the official line-up would obligate Disney to pay Amy Adams for the rights to use her image in perpetuity (not to mention that character appearances of Giselle in Disneyland Parks should be done by an actress that looks a lot like Amy Adams).
- The Fashionista: She inherited Nancy's boutique.
- I Feel Angry: During her and Robert's argument. Strange, since she felt pretty much worse when the old homeless man stole her tiara.
- Fish out of Water: Her main conflict in the film.
- For Happiness: Her life philosophy.
- Friend to All Children: She has no problem interacting with kids as evidenced with her conversations with Morgan and the kids at her boutique.
- Friend to All Living Things: She has loads and loads of Non Human Sidekicks and cares for each and every one of them.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her dress during the ball.
- Honorary Princess: Giselle goes from being a peasant in the forest to be a stylist in New York, without marrying the Prince Charming in the end. This does not prevent Morgan from thinking she is a princess, notably because of her poofy Fairytale Wedding Dress. Granted, Giselle totally has the mind of a Princess Classic, including the power of summoning animals by singing.
- I Choose to Stay: In New York with Robert.
- The Ingenue: Has to be explained what divorce is, for one thing.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Is not at all bothered that Robert walks in right after she takes a shower, which in turn flusters him.
- Large Ham: Like all Andalasians. Robert's boss even lampshaded this when she was crying at their office, stating that she cries like she's on Oprah.
- Male Gaze: First she was in a Sexy Soaked Shirt. Second in a Modesty Towel, still wet after shower.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Believes in true love and happy endings which Robert's long given up on.
- Nice Girl: A sweetheart to everyone she meets.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her dress at the beginning. She was also wearing one as a fashion designer in her boutique.
- Refugee from TV Land/Trapped in Another World: The set-up for her arc in the film.
- Second Love: The third to Robert, with his wife being the first and Nancy being second.
- Sexy Soaked Shirt: It rained in her first night at NYC, and boy was it not noticeable.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Nancy's Tomboy. They don't interact too much, though.
- True Blue Femininity: The light blue dress that she wore during most of the film.
Played By: Patrick Dempsey
- Comically Missing the Point: During "That's How You Know", Giselle gets birds to deliver flowers to Nancy. Robert questions that the birds don't know where she lives instead of the idea that Giselle talks to birds.
- Damsel in Distress: Giselle being more of a psychological example for him, as he repeatedly finds himself "saving" her when she's completely out of her league.
- Also gender flipped, which the villain lampshades.
- The Cynic: His mentality runs on Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!.
- Deadpan Snarker: Almost all his lines are sarcastic up to the climax.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Comes with being The Cynic.
- The First Cut Is the Deepest: His wife abandoning him is what drove him to be a divorce lawyer.
- Hello, Attorney!: A divorce lawyer played by the good-looking Patrick Dempsey.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He's a cynical divorce lawyer who put aside any Romantic notions a long time ago. He is also a loving father and fundamentally honest—and when our princess falls into his life, he repeatedly can't bring himself to walk away from helping her.
- Mr. Fanservice: That scene where he's in a bath robe and we (and Giselle) can see the hairs on his manly chest...
- Only Sane Man: Since The Heroine is a Refugee from TV Land, along with half the cast.
- Properly Paranoid: He's rightly suspicious of the fact that people keep trying to give Giselle free stuff. These "people" are actually Nathaniel, who tries to slip Giselle poison apple in some form or another from the moment he's first able to get to her in New York.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Edward's Red. Their attires in the ball are Color-Coded for Your Convenience.
- Second Love: To Giselle, the first being Edward.
- Two First Names: His last name is "Phillip". Commonly used as a given name.
Played By: James Marsden
- Authority Equals Ass Kicking: See Royals Who Actually Do Something and Warrior Prince.
- Badass Adorable: Despite being a Warrior Prince and a true Determinator, he is still pretty Adorkable.
- Badass Cape: His outfit has one.
- Calling the Old Woman Out: Confronting his (step)mother when he learns the truth about her.
- Celebrity Paradox: While he is at Times Square, there are posters of Superman Returns and Hairspray in the background. James Marsden was part of both films. Additionally, there are posters of RENT and Wicked, musicals which famously starred Idina Menzel (Nancy).
- Chewing the Scenery: Being from the animated world of Andalasia, his actions and manner of speaking are always over the top.
- Determinator: He never stopped looking for Giselle while in New York.
- Disposable Fiancée: He's played by James Marsden, so what did you expect?
- Fish out of Water
- Foreshadowing: The Celebrity Paradox above pretty much gave away who'll end up with whom.
- Glass Cannon: Brave as he is, it takes him a long time to recover once he is hit.
- Glory Seeker
- Graceful Loser: He took Giselle leaving him for Robert with class.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Let Robert kiss Giselle without any signs of jealousy and is even happy for them once they get together.
- Large Ham: Likeall Andalasians. In fact, he's the largest ham of them all.
- Last Minute Hookup/Pair the Spares: With Nancy.
- Le Parkour: He has no trouble leaping in the most unusual of places.
- Love at First Note: Fell in love with Giselle after hearing her sing.
- Prince Charming: He's a parody of it - in that he's got an Awesome Ego and is a bit dim-witted. But still charming nonetheless.
- Proud Beauty: There's no bigger fan of his beauty than him.
- Red Is Heroic: Wears a dominantly crimson attire.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Robert's Blue. Their attires in the ball are Color-Coded for Your Convenience.
- Refugee from TV Land
- Romantic False Lead: For Giselle.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: As out-of-it as he is, he is still pretty brave to dive through a Portal Pool to a strange land, fight a "metal monster" (read: an MTA city bus) with a sword, and search Manhattan to look for Giselle.
- Second Love: To Nancy, the first being Robert.
- Warrior Prince: He is a brave prince and formidable fighter.
Played By: Idina Menzel
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Downplayed, if not subverted. She is never aloof to the other characters sans Giselle.
- Celebrity Paradox: While Edward is at Times Square, there are posters of RENT and Wicked, musicals which famously starred her actress, Idina Menzel. Additionally, there are also posters of Superman Returns and Hairspray in the background, both of which starred James Marsden (Edward).
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She is seen slightly pissed upon seeing Giselle at the ball and acts quite possessive of Robert in that her request to cut in almost sounds like a demand.
- Closet Geek: Sort of. She shows that she does have a fondness for fairy tale stuff.
- Disposable Fiancée: Well Robert hasn't even gotten round to proposing when the story starts.
- The Fashionista: She's a fashion designer and owns a boutique.
- Foreshadowing: The Celebrity Paradox above pretty much gave away who'll end up with who.
- The High Queen: The novelisation reveals that she became Queen of Anadalasia after marrying Edward.
- I Choose to Stay: In Andalasia with Edward.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Though she wasn't as classy as Edward.
- Last Minute Hookup/Pair the Spares: With Edward.
- Romantic False Lead: For Robert.
- Second Love: To Robert after his first wife. Later, her and Edward to each other.
- Speaking Like Totally Teen: Her first lines are saying to Morgan - "Hey, girlfriend. Ready to kick it?"
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Giselle's Girly Girl. Downplayed a bit, though, in that she's quite game for the ball and doesn't appear uncomfortable in a dress.
Played By: Timothy Spall
- Anti-Villain: He's not a bad sort—he's just a bit of a sap for the Queen.
- The Dragon: To Narissa.
- Easily Forgiven: Once he turns on Narissa, no one brings up what he did in her service.
- Fish out of Water: Averted. He adjusted really fast in the real world.
- Heel–Face Turn: Once he realizes Narissa's been treating him like dirt, he gives the heroes the information they need against her.
- I Choose to Stay: In New York to be a writer.
- Large Ham: Like all Andalasians.
- Love Makes You Evil: His relationship with Narissa motivates his desire to please her...which means trying to kill off Giselle.
- Mistaken for Gay:Artie: Let me guess. You are looking for a beautiful girl, too?Nathaniel: No. I am looking for a prince, actually.Artie: Right.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Narissa verbally abuses him once too many times.
- Older Sidekick: To Edward.
- Redemption Earns Life: He becomes a successful writer after his Heel–Face Turn.
- Refugee from TV Land: Like the other Andalasians.
- The Rival: To Pip.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: His appearance and role in the film come as a surprise for viewers.
- Wig, Dress, Accent: How he blends in to the New York environment.
Played By: Jeff Bennett and Kevin Lima
- Badass Normal: Rescued Prince Edward, defeated a troll and Narissa by himself, even though he's just a rodent.
- Butt Monkey: A lot of things happened to him throughout the movie.
- The Last Straw: A Running Gag with him. He doesn't care for the implications about the pounds he's put on...
- Hot-Blooded: Understandable given the situations he's put through in the film.
- The Leader: Of Giselle's Non Human Sidekicks.
- Non-Human Sidekick: The main one to Giselle.
Played By: Rachel Covey
- Friend to All Living Things: She doesn't mind the the animals coming in the apartment one little bit.
- Missing Mom: She abandoned her and her father.
- Nice Girl: Sweet and giving.
- Ping-Pong Naïveté: She makes the quite adult remark about how all boys are after one thing...and then she notes she has no clue what that even means.
- Tagalong Kid: Mainly hangs around her father and Giselle for the most part.
- Two First Names: Her last name is "Phillip".
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Zig-Zagged.
Played By: Susan Sarandon
- And Starring: In the CBB.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She cares for absolutely no one but herself.
- Authority Equals Ass Kicking: God Save Us from the Queen! because she is a very powerful Evil Sorceress!
- Big Bad: She is the main antagonist of the film.
- Chewing the Scenery: Being from the animated world of Andalasia, her actions and manner of speaking are always over the top.
- Composite Character: She is a Captain Ersatz of Queen Grimhilde, Yzma and Malificent.
- Dark is Evil: Her heart is as black as her clothes and hair.
- Disney Villain Death: Tumbles down off a tower in pure Disney fashion.
- Evil Sorceress: Potions, portals, shape-shifting...
- Famous Last Words: "Speciosus Formosus--"
- Fish out of Water: Well, pretty much averted. But we don't see her interacting enough with our world to judge...
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Queen? Check. Evil? Check. Tyrannical? Lords it over whomever she can.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: Susan Sarandon, you're still quite a looker.
- Greed: Pretty much her essence.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: As she is falling to her death, she says her incantation only to hit a spire mid-sentence.
- Large Ham: Like all Andalasians. Being the Big Bad, she also counts as Evil Is Hammy.
- Name's the Same: well, almost the same, as another Disney villain.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Her Leitmotif.
- One-Winged Angel/Scaled Up: Dragon-mode!
- Purple is Powerful: While mostly black, her wardrobe has purple accents. Played straight in the Final Battle when she turns into a purple dragon.
- Refugee from TV Land: She seems to take it quite well, though.
- Unknown Rival: Tries killing Giselle, believing she's trying to take the crown, despite never meeting personally until the climax.