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 albeit with some assistance 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: Maleficent has him bound in chains and locked up after he comes looking for Aurora, then to him known as Briar-Rose.
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.
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.
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.
Dark Is Evil: She dresses in black and purple that look like flames.
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.
A case of Shown Their Work: 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 War: She usually had her minions do her dirty work, but if she wanted to, she could probably kill everyone herself.
Large Ham: She mixes both subtle and bombastic hamminess, often shifting between them suddenly.
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.
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 voiced by: Verna Felton
Fauna voiced by: Barbara Jo Allen
Merryweather voiced by: Barbara Luddy
All Up To You: The Three Good Fairies are arguably an inversion, as they are constantly the heroines who do the saving, despite being treated as if they were sidekicks.
Ascended Extra: An interpretation of how the fairies are in this work. In the original fairy tale, the good fairies just serve to "build up" the princess, while the bad fairy is a Diabolus ex Machina.
Big Entrance: A fanfare and an announcer declares "Their Most Exulted Excellencies, The Three Good Fairies!" as they arrive on a sunbeam with sparkles.
Brick Joke: The pink Flora and blue Merryweather, as they decide to use magic to prepare for Aurora's birthday party, have an arguement where they keep magically changing Aurora's dress from Flora's preferred pink to Merryweather's preferred blue and back again, a commotion that leads to the raven finding out where they live. When Aurora and Phillip dance in the courtyard after they marry, Flora and Merryweather (watching with Fauna from a balcony) are still waving their wands and changing Aurora's dress colors alternately from Flora's pink to Merryweather's blue. The dress is still changing color in the ending as the camera pans out of the moving storybook pictures of the prince and princess dancing.
Another example in an early scene, where Merryweather proposes turning Maleficent into a fat old hoptoad. The others chide her, reminding her that their magic can only bring joy and happiness. Merryweather snidely responds that it would make her happy. From this we're to take it for granted that the fairies can't use any offensive magic. Until one of the final scenes, where Merryweather turns the raven to stone, which she shouldn't have been able to do, except that she was quite satisfied with the result.
The Ditz: Fauna doesn't focus as much on the drama at hand as her sisters; she also doesn't comprehend, after 16 years living with and as a human, that eggshells probably won't taste good in cake. Or that the candles shouldn't go on the cake until after it's been baked.
The Fair Folk: While they're much nicer than Maleficent, they still have shades of this; when trying to come up with a way to save Aurora, they think it would be a great idea to turn her into a flower until they realize that Maleficent could just send a frost and kill her that way.
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.
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.
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.