Characters: Sleeping Beauty
Characters from Disney's Sleeping Beauty
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Arguably the first pro-active Disney Prince and certainly the mould from which later Disney male protagonists would draw from, Prince Phillip has been a fan-favorite since he first appeared on screen.
- Badass: Fighting off a demonic horde and then killing their boss who had changed into a powerful dragon note definitely counts.
- Badass Cape: Wears one when it's time to adventure—riding through the woods and fighting Maleficent, notably.
- Badass in Distress: He's held captive by Maleficent after being captured by her minions. After the Fairies find and rescue him, he gets to fight Maleficent in the climax.
- Badass Normal: Although he gets quite a few magical upgrades from the Fairies.
- Bound and Gagged: When he goes to visit Briar Rose at her cottage, he is instead ambushed by Maleficent's goons, who promptly tie up and gag him and take him away to be thrown into her dungeon.
- The Charmer: A friendly version. He is shown to be able to manipulate others to do things for him, such as when he goads his horse to find Aurora in the woods and when he is able to get King Hubert to agree to his desire to marry the peasant girl he met in the woods.
- Cool Horse: His horse Samson.
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Determinator: He doesn't falter in the face of boiling pitch, falling rocks, opening chasms, a forest of thorns, a volley of arrows, a legion of minions, and finally not even an all-powerful sorceress turned fire-breathing dragon stands in the way of him waking up his princess.
- Knight In Shining Armour: The climax of the movie is a battle with Prince Phillip up against Maleficent to save Princess Aurora.
- Marry for Love: Wants to marry for love as opposed to for station once he meets Briar Rose, as he tells his father King Hubert.
- Nice Hat: He gets a sprightly cap to wear when he's riding and it evidently looks princely enough that the animals think it will suit as their mock prince for Briar Rose.
- Non-Human Sidekick: His horse, Samson. Philip is also the first among the love interests in a Disney movie to have one of his own.
- Official Couple: With Princess Aurora.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: He didn't think so at first, when he met his incognito fiancee, but things worked out perfectly when she was the very person he was supposed to marry anyway.
- Prince Charming: From what the movie showed of him, he's certainly a nice guy.
- Red Is Heroic: His outfit, when fighting Maleficent, includes a red cape.
- Satellite Love Interest: He is a static non-character. He does try to get out of the mold, but fails as the fairies still end up as the more interesting ones. The fact that he actually has a first name still demonstrates that he has much more character development than the princes in Cinderella and Snow White.
- Tenor Boy
- True Love's Kiss: Intentionally done by all parties—Phillip was aware that his kiss would break the spell and Merryweather chose it as something powerful enough to change Maleficent's original curse.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Genderflipped. The handsome son of chubby and short King Hubert.
- Would Hit a Girl: Battles Maleficent in her dragon form in the climax.
"You poor simple fools, thinking you could defeat me, me, the mistress of all evil!"
The evil fairy responsible for the curse on Aurora, Maleficent is one of the most feared and famous of Disney villains. After being snubbed an invitation to the infant Aurora's birthday, she appears unannounced and curses the princess to die on her sixteenth birthday after pricking her finger on a spindle—she then does everything she can to make sure this happens.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Kind of; the evil fairy in the fairy tale is traditionally illustrated as being old and wrinkly, which Maleficent definitely isn't.
- Adaptational Badass: The evil fairy, a minor villain in the original story, is here adapted into one of the most powerful Disney villains ever.
- Ascended Extra: In the fairy tale, the unnamed evil fairy disappears after cursing the baby princess (although some suspect she was the mysterious old woman whom the princess meets later).
- Badass: Maleficent is widely considered to among the coolest villains Disney has ever produced, and indisputably one of the most formidable.
- Badass Boast: "Now shall you deal with me, o Prince, and all the powers of HELL!"
- Badass Long Robe: Although more like the old style of dress called a "houpelande", but still otherwise counts.
- Bad Boss: To her minions (except for Diablo, see Even Evil Has Loved Ones). A very notable instance of this is when she electrocutes them with lightning after she learns that they spent sixteen years searching for a baby, not even being aware that Aurora would age.
- Big Bad: Her angry whims are the reason Aurora must be hidden and the basis of the movie.
- Big Entrance: Hell yes. Flames, ominous light, Villain Teleportation...
- Breakout Villain: Maleficent has become one of the go-to main villains for Disney whenever they do a serious crossover, such as in Kingdom Hearts and Fantasmic! She even got her own movie.
- Card-Carrying Villain: She, magnificently and scenery-chompingly enough, proclaims herself "Mistress of All Evil."
- Character Tics: Maleficent had a noticeable habit of lifting her hand up to her chest when speaking, a habit she shared with her voice actress, Eleanor Audley.
- Chekhov's Gun: Her dragon form appears as part of a blink-and-you'll-miss-it page decoration right before the scene where she zaps her minions, and well before she transforms.
- Cruel Mercy: She could have easily killed Prince Phillip when she had him prisoner; this is her reason for letting him live.
- Dark Action Girl: Easily the most powerful one in Disney canon thus far.
- Dark Is Evil: She dresses in black and purple that look like flames.
- Deadpan Snarker: Since her first appearance early in the film, she speaks half of her lines in a mocking, sarcastic tone. See also Sarcasm Mode below.
- Disproportionate Retribution: She curses the princess to die because she was not invited to the christening. She spends the next sixteen years obsessing over her revenge being enacted. Maleficent's behavior is quite fitting of an evil fairy, who is compelled to avenge all slights.
- The Dreaded: Everyone during the christening scene is clearly terrified of what Maleficent might do, and when she finally forces the king's hand and he finally orders his troops to seize her, all it takes for her to hold them at bay is to conjure some fire and bellow "Stand back, you fools!" Clearly, she's perfectly aware of how much she's feared.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Though Maleficent is cruel to her dim-witted subordinates, she appears to have a soft spot for her faithful winged companion Diablo and is never seen mistreating him. She also gasps in horror upon realising that Diablo has been permanently turned to stone by the fairies.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
Merryweather: What won't [Maleficent] expect? She knows everything.
Fauna: Oh, but she doesn't, dear. Maleficent doesn't know anything about love, or kindness, or the joy of helping others... You know, sometimes I don't think she's really very happy.
- Evil Counterpart: To the Three Good Fairies, obviously.
- Evil Eyebrows: Thin ones that create a purple eye shadow.
- Evil Gloating: During a particularly malicious scene in the second act, Maleficent taunts Phillip by telling him he may go free in a hundred years, when he is ancient and Aurora is still young and beautiful.
- Evil Is Hammy: Although she can be eerily subtle a lot of the time.
- Evil Is Petty: The basis of the film and the next sixteen years of her life are because she was given a relatively minor slight. Fauna also mentions that Maleficent sends frosts to kill Flora's flowers.
- Evil Laugh: Maleficent engages in this fairly often, but the crowning example has to be when she transforms into a dragon.
- Evil Overlord: She isn't known as "the Mistress of All Evil" for nothing.
- Evil Sorceress: What sort of magic she wreaks on a day-to-day basis is never seen, but she uses her magic to punish her minions, curse an infant to die, and try to kill her fiancee who wants to rescue her.
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: Maleficent's humble abode◊ (complete with dungeons and an army of goblin minions). How the castle came to be is unknown; based on its state of disrepair◊, it's either a long-abandoned castle Maleficent moved into to use as her base of operations, a castle Maleficent captured by force and never bothered fixing up, or (based on its location) a castle she constructed herself, with or without the help of her minions, and subsequently allowed to fall into decay.
- Since it's not clear where the mountain ends and the castle begins, it's possible that the castle's depths extend far deeper than the exterior would suggest (we already know it's got some impressive dungeons), which would make it double as an Elaborate Underground Base.
- Evil Wears Black: Her robe is black, lined with dark purple.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Maleficent, although it could be simply the shadow of her brow, since it doesn't appear on her eyelids.
- The Fair Folk: Played extremely straight — Maleficent is one of Disney canon's more powerful, subtle, and intelligent villains, so her reaction to slights and love of cruelty seem out of place to audiences more familiar with Tinkerbell.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: Merryweather informs us that Maleficent can "send a frost", she tries to strike Prince Philip with bolts of lightning when he escapes her castle, and she uses fire at various points during the movie (most prominently at the end of the movie when she Scales Up).
- For the Evulz: Maleficent could just kill Phillip and by doing so ensure that Aurora's curse could never be broken, but she decides to go the extra mile by taunting him with the knowledge of just who Aurora is and what's become of her, then keeping him locked up in her dungeon until he's a withered and decrepit old man - at which point he's free to pursue Aurora, whose body and mind are still sixteen years old.
- One of the short stories in the Disney Scary Storybook Collection has a resurrected Maleficent turn everyone in the kingdom to stone. However, she leaves Aurora as a human, in hopes that she will perish from loneliness.
- Green Eyes: More like completely green eyes with black pupils.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: green, purple and black.
- High Collar of Doom: Three altogether—one on her cloak and two as spiked collars on her headdress.
- Horned Humanoid: Although it's hard to tell if she has horns or merely wears them on her headdress.
- Hot Witch: Unlike the good fairies, who are all plump, cartoonish and matronly, Maleficent appears younger and is quite elegant and beautiful.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: She just turns into a dragon at the end. And yes, it is awesome.
- Kick the Dog: Not just her plan to let Phillip free only once he's grown so old that the artificially-young Aurora would no longer want him, but explaining as much to the imprisoned Phillip in exquisite detail, closing her monologue with a deeply sarcastic "'true love' conquers all" before laughing in his face.
- Lady of Black Magic: A very iconic one with her macabre and elegant design and powerful dark magic.
- Large Ham: She mixes both subtle and bombastic hamminess, often shifting between them suddenly.
- Lean and Mean: Compared to the more stout and kind fairies.
- Made of Evil: It's implied Maleficent is this, particularly by her death.
- Meaningful Name: Maleficent (adj) working or productive of harm or evil : baleful
- Mystical High Collar: Shaped like draconic frills.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: "Malefic" productive of evil; malign; doing harm; baneful. "-ent" (suffix) characterized in serving of.
- Nice Hat: Her headdress... assuming it is a headdress and not real horns.
- No Body Left Behind: When she dies, which has led to certain possibilities.
- Obviously Evil: Her creepy black cloak is cut as in the shape of flames, she has giant horns on her head, she lives in an Evil Tower of Ominousness, her name is Maleficent, and so on.
- One-Winged Angel: When she becomes a dragon. It's even that page's trope image, just because the moment is so iconic.
- Our Fairies Are Different: She's referred to as a 'witch' sometimes, but is actually an evil fairy.
- Person of Mass Destruction.
- Psychotic Smirk: It's a bit subtle, but can be seen a lot of the time.
- Purple Is Powerful: Her black robe is lined with purple, and she is certainly a powerful magic being.
- Red Baron: Her "Mistress of All Evil" title appears to be entirely self-proclaimed. But no one questions it, including the audience.
- Sarcasm Mode:
Maleficent: The years roll by, but a hundred years to a steadfast heart are but a day.
And now, the gates of a dungeon part, and our prince is free to go his way!
Off he rides, on his noble steed, a valiant figure, straight and tall!
To wake his love with "love's first kiss," and prove that "true love" conquers all!
- Scaled Up: Her status as one of the most memorable Disney villains is only helped by being the first one to manifest herself as a real, highly dangerous threat, in the form of a black dragon.
- Sickly Green Glow: Maleficent has green eyes and a green orb atop her staff. Her flames are also green. Her skin appears as if it's green in much of the film, and consequently is colored that way at the theme parks and in merchandise, but in reality it was meant to be an inhuman white and appeared green as an oversight in coloring.
- Slasher Smile: In her dragon form.
- Sorcerous Overlord: Her castle, the appearance of the landscape around it, and her army of mooks suggests that Maleficent uses her dark powers to maintain rule over a wide expanse of territory.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Her plan goes nowhere because her minions don't understand that Aurora would have aged over the years, causing them to search exclusively for a baby for over a decade (although it's clear they had never visited the cottage prior).
- Taking You with Me: Implied; shortly after Phillip plunges a sword into her chest, she lunges at him with her mouth open wide, implying that she intended to devour him before her death.
Flora, Fauna and Merryweather
Flora, Fauna and Merryweather
Three good fairies who are also present at Aurora's birthday celebration. The three of them, following Maleficent's birthday curse, take it upon themselves to hide the princess from the evil fairy by raising her as their own.
Voiced by: Verna Felton (Flora,) Barbara Jo Allen (Fauna,) Barbara Luddy (Merryweather)
Aurora's father, a friend of king Hubert, and the king of the kingdom. Ever since his daughter is taken away to protect her until her sixteenth birthday he worries over her constantly.
- Fat and Skinny: Skinny to Hubert's fat.
- Papa Wolf: Most of the scenes he's in he tries to protect his daughter fiercely—first by ordering his guards to seize Maleficent, then by burning all the spinning wheels in the kingdom, and finally by getting outraged (and declaring war) that Hubert wants Aurora to marry as soon as she's found out who she is.
Prince Phillip's father and a good friend of King Stefan, who is looking forward to his son's marriage to his friend's daughter.
- Adipose Rex: He's a good deal heavier than Stefan.
- Big Eater: Shown particularly when King Stefan is worrying about Aurora's return and he's eating everything he can.
- Expy: He greatly resembles the king from Cinderella, and shares his voice actor, who does the same voice for both of them. Both kings also wish to marry off their sons because they want grandchildren.
- Fat and Skinny: With Stefan.
- I Want Grandkids: So much so that he already had a castle built for Phillip and Aurora so they could get busy the same night she arrived.
Aurora's mother, the queen of the kingdom and King Stefan's wife.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Like Aurora, the Queen is gracious and kind and has hair the color of sunshine.
- No Name Given: She is only ever referred to as "the Queen". In some periphery material she is given various names, and the fandom took a shine to Leah.
Diablo and Maleficent's Goons
Diablo and Maleficent's Goons
The servants of Maleficent, Diablo being her pet raven and the goons being an assortment of little monsters that do her bidding.
- All There in the Manual: Diablo is not named anywhere in the movie.
- Creepy Crows: Diablo is a raven.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The Goons may not even smart enough to understand babies grow up, but they can ambush and capture Prince Phillip. And later prove to a legitimate threat in blocking Phillip's path.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: The raven is remarkably suspicious and aware, and is the key to Maleficent's plan succeeding. He is sure not to let the minor, suspicious sound he hears go and investigates, sounding the alarm to stop Phillip.
- Dark Is Evil: Diablo is a black raven.
- The Dragon: Even though Diablo is never shown to be able to talk, he directs the minions on their plan of attack and personally attempts to warn Maleficent that Phillip is escaping.
- Maleficent even tells Diablo to quiet her mooks before realizing he's been turned to stone.
- The Horde: The Goons.
- Morality Pet: While Maleficent is a Bad Boss to the Goons, she appears to have a soft spot for Diablo and is never seen mistreating him. She's also quite horrified and saddened when he's Taken for Granite.
- Non-Human Sidekick: A raven and several Mix-and-Match Critters.
- Our Goblins Are Different: The Goons are arguably goblin-like. Some have pig-like snouts and beaks.
- Psychotic Smirk: Diablo shows one when he realizes he just found Aurora.
- Smug Snake: Diablo, though more competent than most examples.
- Taken for Granite: Diablo, courtesy of Merryweather.
- Too Dumb to Live: The Goons apparently don't understand that babies grow up, especially after sixteen years of not figuring this out.
- Undying Loyalty: Diablo to Maleficent.