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A rebellious mermaid princess, she desired most to live above the sea and learn about humans, despite the wishes of her father, Triton the Sea King. After rescuing the human prince Eric and falling in love with him, she makes a deal with the sea witch Ursula to be turned into human. They bargain that she must receive the kiss of True Love by three days, or else belong to Ursula.

Voiced by: Jodi Benson

  • '80s Hair: Not the frizzy and curly kind, but her hair is certainly voluminous, and maintains its shape even when being underwater should weigh it down.
  • Action Girl: Excusing Mulan and Rapunzel, Ariel gets into the most action scenarios, especially in any extra material she appears in.
  • Action Mom: In the sequel, she becomes a mother to her and Eric's only child, Melody.
  • Adorkable: When she's human and on dry land for the first time. She takes in everything with an almost contagious amount of childish curiosity and wonderment. And who could forget the scene when she tried to comb her hair with a fork?
  • Almost Kiss: With Eric, which is interrupted by Flotsam and Jetsam so she doesn't fulfill her bargain.
  • Awesome McCool Name: One of the few meanings of "Ariel" in Hebrew is "lion of God".
  • The Baby Of The Bunch: Ariel is the youngest daughter of Triton's seven daughters.
  • Badass Princess: Probably the first badass Disney princess and was most certainly the first to save her prince. The TV series, sequel and her appearance in the Kingdom Hearts video game only solidified her badassery. Ariel was the only female party member in the first game (unless you count Tinkerbell, who was a summon), and knew powerful Fire/Ice/Lightning magic, among others.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Wears only a seashell bra for the first half of the movie.
  • Birds of a Feather: She wanted to escape her underwater life to live above ground. Eric wanted to escape his landlocked life to go out to sea.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Initially. No more in the sequel as she is a mother and an adult.
  • Break the Cutie: Triton, did you really have to destroy her collection of human possessions? It's a miracle she didn't disown her father for that!
  • Character Development: By the time of the sequel with her becoming a mother, Ariel is more mature and level-headed than she was in the first movie.
  • Character Tics: Ariel sighs so that it blows her bangs upward and bites her lip, the latter of which was taken from the animator's wife as a habit.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Seen this way by other merpeople due to her obsession with human things.
  • Collector of the Strange: She has a grotto full of human things, which are considered strange by merfolk standards.
  • Cool Crown: Wears a gold tiara as part of her wedding dress. She gets a few more crowns in the sequel, and of course in the merch.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: The entire plot of the sequel could have been avoided if Ariel had simply told Melody why she was forbidden to go in the sea. When Melody goes missing, Ariel even acknowledges that she blew it.
  • Cute Mute: Ariel when she loses her voice, which requires some of the best animation in the film in getting her to express herself without speaking.
  • Daddy's Girl: She butts heads with Triton a lot, but she is furious when Ursula transforms him into a polyp- even her last line in the movie is, "I love you, Daddy."
  • Deal with the Devil: How Ariel loses her voice to Ursula.
  • Determinator: You can see it in her eyes when she agrees to Ursula's impossible bargain.
  • Disney Death: Gets hit with this in Ariel's Beginning, though since this is a prequel, some may be more fooled by it than others.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: After getting her new feet, Ariel often prances about barefoot during her stay at the castle.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Well Ariel never saw a horse-drawn carriage before, so she didn't know how. A bit of Hilarity Ensues (it's not stated in the sequel if she learned since then).
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: Gets a big, poofy '80s version in her wedding with Eric, which helped characterize that specific look as a fairy tale wedding dress in the modern age (along with Cinderella).
  • Fatal Flaw: Her curiosity nearly led to Ursula ruling the sea.
  • Fiery Redhead: More rebellious than angry, and easier to see in the first half of the movie.
  • Fish out of Water: It's actually Ariel's dream, and although she doesn't exactly blend in, she's endearing enough that it doesn't bother the people she meets.
  • Former Teen Rebel: In the sequel, she scolds Melody for doing what she used to do as a teen. Granted, she did have good reason, but all she ever told Melody was to stay out of the ocean.
  • Generation Xerox: She's got it from her mother, Queen Athena, and her daughter Melody looks identical to her in all but color scheme.
  • Genki Girl: She frustrates her father with how energetic and adventurous she is.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: As per '80s norm, and probably no small part in why poofy sleeves are still considered princess-y (along with Snow White).
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her seashell bikini top, and her dress in the sequel.
  • Happily Married: To Eric in the sequel.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Much like her father, she decides that it's best for Melody's safety to keep Melody ignorant of her true origins and heritage. However, it is Melody's ignorance (and Ariel's unwillingness to be truthful when she finds the locket) that cause her to run away and go against her mother until Morgana reveals her true colors.
  • "I Want" Song: "Part Of Your World".
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Ariel has a very slim hourglass figure, both as a mermaid and a human.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Ariel's innocence is especially emphasized when she meets Ursula, who despite many signs decides to trust for a chance to be with Eric and be human.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: When she first becomes human, the only thing she's wearing is her Seashell Bra. Not having much knowledge of clothes, who knows how much longer she would have went naked without care if Scuttle hadn't given her that old sail.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Her closest friends are as listed: Flounder (fish), Sebastian (crab), and Scuttle (seagull).
  • Interspecies Romance: Ariel, a mermaid, falls in love and marries Eric, a human.
  • Like Parent Unlike Child: Ariel is one of seven daughters. The other six are blonde and brunette, and perfectly content being mermaids. Ariel is the only redhead, and the only one who finds any interest at all in the surface world. This drastic contrast causes severe friction between her and her father, Triton.
  • Love at First Sight: For Eric.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Inverted- during the climax of the movie, Ariel attacks Ursula when she transforms her father.
    • So far the only princess where we see that she's had children (although it's not outright denied that the other princesses become mothers). Ariel will do anything to keep Melody safe.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Implied that she is this to Eric; in the dinner scene, his housekeeper mentions that he rarely laughed before he met Ariel.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Ariel has six older sisters: Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella and Alana.
  • Meaningful Name: It's also the name of the air-spirit servant in The Tempest—appropriate for the mermaid who's bent on leaving the water and living an air-breathing existence.
  • Missing Mom: Athena, whose role is filled out in a prequel movie.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A gorgeous red-headed bikini-top wearing mermaid with a mesmerizing voice.
  • Mum Looks Like A Sister: In the sequel, despite having a twelve-year-old daughter, Ariel hasn't aged a day since being sixteen.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In "Return To The Sea," her decision of refusing to tell Melody why she is forbidden to enter the sea is what set the whole plot in motion. Ariel even acknowledges that she blew it.
  • Odd Name Out: If you notice, while she's in an Alliterative Family, her name is the only one that doesn't end with an "a."
  • Official Couple: With Prince Eric.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Although little is fleshed out about their culture in the first two movies (the series fixes this).
  • Parental Hypocrisy: She becomes a strict mother to Melody, just like how King Triton was to her. This may be justified, as both Triton and Ariel had good reasons to be protective.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Her pink dress and wedding dress in the first movie, and a few more in the sequel.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: The main plot point of the movie is Ariel becoming human.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Poor Communication Kills: In the sequel, her decision to keep Melody Locked Out of the Loop about her mermaid heritage is the catalyst for a significant chunk of the plot.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: The first human dress she's seen wearing, and her nightgown, are pink.
  • Rebellious Princess: Although it's never expressed whether she had any royal duties, she's probably the most rebellious of the princesses.
  • Red-Headed Heroine: Her red hair is so memorable it's quite often that any mermaid is depicted with red hair nowadays.
  • Redhead In Green: As a mermaid, Ariel has a green tail. In the sequel, one of her dresses was green. And her redesign dress is green too.
  • Rescue Romance: Although Eric gets the biggest moment with saving Ariel at the climax, the true Rescue Romance is actually Ariel saving Eric, which leads them both to falling in love. His obsession with the beautiful singer who saved him leads him to overlook Ariel as a love interest for the first day of knowing her.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Eric's Savvy Guy.
  • Seashell Bra: Most likely the Trope Codifier, but not the Trope Maker—the mermaids in Peter Pan had them first.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: To Arista. Ariel is carefree, naive, and impulsive, compared to her mature, serious older sister Arista.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Ariel fell in love with the humble, kind, shy and heroic Prince Eric.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: She turns into sea foam at the end of the fairy tale, and must work to gain a soul.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Justified. Ariel was born a mermaid and thus can easily talk to animals, especially sea creatures.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: In Ariel's Beginning, her mother Queen Athena looks exactly like Ariel with green eyes.
  • Title Character: The "little mermaid" refers to Ariel.
  • Tomboy Princess: Very feisty, active and adventurous, and can hold her own against a shark.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite her tomboyish traits, she's also very flirty and hopelessly romantic.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In a lot of works other than the movie, she does this, notably the animated series, the stage musical, and some of the Kingdom Hearts games.
  • True Blue Femininity: The dress she wore while on a date with Eric, as well as the sparkling gown she wears after her final transformation.
  • True Love's Kiss: Her actual given mission in her movie is to get "the kiss of true love".
  • Youngest Child Wins: Of the "the other ones are boring" variety. Ariel is the most unique in appearance, as well as the most praised in voice. She is the only one with whom the movie focuses on. The animated series and prequel does a bit to flesh out the other sisters.

     Prince Eric 
Voiced by: Christopher Daniel Barnes (1st film), Rob Paulsen (2nd film)

Prince Eric is the deuteragonist of the The Little Mermaid.
  • Action Dad: In the sequel, when he becomes a father to his and Ariel's only child, Melody. Eric will still take on anything that threatens him or his family.
  • Action Hero: Becomes this in the climax of the first film.
  • Adaptational Badass: Downplayed. He is saved by Ariel like in the novel. For almost all of the film otherwise he is rescuing her or other people.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Prince (later King) of his kingdom and defeated Ursula.
  • Badass: This guy took down GIANT URSULA for God's sake! And he saved both his kingdom and Triton's from certain destruction! And let's not forget he freed Triton, Ariel and hundreds of merpeople from eternal damnation!
  • Badass In Charge: Became the King of his kingdom in the sequel.
  • Badass in Distress: The movie plays loyal to him being saved from drowning by the title mermaid like in the original story. Unlike the novel however, he met the tide with a fight, and also returns the favour to Ariel later.
  • Badass Normal: This guy does not give up. EVER. Sky-high Physical Goddess Sea Witches be damned, you do not mess with his girl.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: See his Good Is Not Soft and Papa Wolf sections below.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Big, dark eyebrows.
  • A Boy and His X: A Man And His Dog. His best friend is his lovable dog, Max.
  • Brainwashed: "Vanessa" does this to him in the first film.
  • Car Fu: A ship example. How he defeats Ursula.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His piloting his ship through a hurricane in the first film.
  • Chick Magnet: Immediately wins the affections of Ariel and at least lots of compliments from Ursula. He obviously ends up with the former. Further confirmed with Grimsby's line about Eric denying another proposal from a neighboring princess.
  • Demoted to Extra: He has a recurring role in the TV series, is a supporting character in the second film, and makes no appearance in the prequel. Justified in the former and latter since he has not yet met Ariel until the first film.
  • Determinator: To the same extent as Ariel.
  • Deuteragonist: In the first film, with Ariel being obviously The Protagonist.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father (along with his mother) never make an appearance.
  • Expy: Eric is based on "The Prince" in The Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
  • Forgotten First Meeting:
    • In the movie, he does meet Ariel after she saved him, but only remembers her voice.
    • In the TV series episode "Scuttle", Eric catches a brief glimpse at Ariel, but is convinced by Grimsby that it was just his imagination.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He helped free a dolphin from a net. Unbeknownst to him, his future wife, Ariel watched him save the dolphin. While she doesn't see his full face, Eric's selfless action was the catalyst that helped Ariel to believe that not all humans are evil. Then, there's his brotherly and close relationship with Max his sheep dog.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Eric is genuinely a Nice Guy to everyone, but that doesn't stop him from killing Ursula.
  • Good Parents: He may have made a mistake or two with Melody, but the movie proves he and Ariel raised her right.
  • Happily Married: To Ariel in the sequel.
  • Hello, Sailor!: An accomplished mariner. And not bad looking.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: His best friend is his dog, Max.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Falls in love and marries redhead Ariel.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • An interspecies example. With Max (sheep dog).
    • Implied to also be this with Grimsby.
  • I Will Find You: His intention to find Ariel after she was taken by Ursula.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Blue eyes, kind and heroic personality.
  • Interspecies Romance: Eric, a human, falls in love with and marries Ariel, a mermaid, though technically she's half-human.
  • Leitmotif: Has a short love motif heard at the beginnings of "Bedtime" and "Eric to the Rescue".
  • Love at First Note: While he does see Ariel for a couple of seconds, due to complications involved with being half-unconscious, he didn't remember what she looked like, which led to him falling in love with her voice.
  • Magical Flutist: Averted. Eric is shown to be an expert on the flute, but has no magical properties in his skills.
  • Marry for Love: In the first film, he tells Grimsby that the girl out there for him exists,but until then he won't marry someone because it's customary for him to do so.
  • Meaningful Name: "Eric" is Old Norse for "eternal ruler", alluding to his status as the Prince, later king, of his kingdom.
  • Missing Mom: His mother (along with his father) never make an appearance.
  • Modest Royalty: Except for formal occasions, he prefers very simple clothing.
  • Named by the Adaptation: He was only ever referred to as "the prince" in the original Hans Christian Andersen story.
  • Nice Guy: Romantic, selfless and very polite to Ariel.
  • Not Allowed To Grow Old: He still looks the same after Melody is born and even after she turns 12.
  • Papa Wolf: Towards Melody. He angrily asks Morgana (who now has the powerful trident in her hands) what she has done to Melody.
  • Ramming Always Works: During the final showdown, he commandeers one of the old shipwrecks that Ursula's whirlpool lifts from the ocean's bottom and uses the prow as a giant harpoon to skewer her.
  • Rescue Romance: His relationship with Ariel grew after they save each other.
    • Ariel saves Eric from drowning.
    • He, in turn, saves her (and the rest of the ocean) from Ursula at the end of the movie.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Prince Eric is a competent sailor.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Ariel.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Grimsby mentioned that Eric wasn't remotely romantically interested in any of the women picked to be his bride. Ariel is only woman he has shown an interest in.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Ariel certainly thinks so.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He kills Ursula and threatens Morgana; both moments in the defense of his (future) wife and daughter, respectively.

     King Triton 
Voiced by: Kenneth Mars (first two films and the series), Jim Cummings (third film)

Triton is the ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantica. He is a muscular merman, the widower of the late Queen Athena, and the father of Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella, Alana and Ariel. He is also the father-in-law of Prince Eric and the grandfather of Ariel and Eric's daughter Melody. As King of Atlantica, he has in his possession a powerful magical trident which appears to be made of gold. It emits a glowing light and a typical sound when in use. Furthermore, he has a crown and two armbands, which also appear to be made out of gold.
  • Action Dad: Triton isn't afraid to get his hands dirty if it's to protect Atlantica or his family.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: In the first and second movie, his eyes were blue, but in the third movie, his eyes were green.
  • Almost Kiss: In the prequel, he almost kisses his wife until he catches his daughters watching them.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Triton only gets angry at his daughters, especially Ariel, because he just wants them to be safe.
  • Ascended Extra: In the prequel.
  • Badass: He may be old, but he can kick some serious ass!
  • Badass Beard: Long white beard.
  • Badass Grandpa: In the sequel, to his only known grandchild Melody.
  • Badass In Charge: The King of Atlantica and is the biggest Badass there.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Becomes one following his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Berserk Button: Don't say anything about humans around him. By the end of the first movie, this is no longer a "button" for him thanks to Eric.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Triton is a noble and reasonable king with a soft heart...just don't make him angry.
  • Big Good: For Alantica as he's the King and wielder of the trident.
  • Big "NO!": When he sees his wife about to be crushed by the human pirate ship.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His gray eyebrows.
  • Character Development: By the time of the sequel, Triton has become accepting of humans. He's presented as still very wise, though incredibly toned down temper wise. However, his aggressive nature remains in times of crises.
  • Chick Magnet: As shown in the prequel when two women are seen flirting with him.
  • Cool Crown: Which emphasizes his authority and intimidation.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The death of his wife Athena. Before this happened, he was perfectly content to take periodic trips to the surface with his family.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the sequel, he only gets a handful of appearances.
  • Doting Grandparent: He has a notable soft spot for Melody and highly values her safety.
  • Expy:
  • Easily Forgiven: Destroying your children's belongings has the potential to either scar them for life or make them hate you with no chance of redemption. Yet Ariel just loves her father too much to go there despite it all, and all is forgiven by the end of the first movie.
  • Fantastic Racism: His insight of humans.
  • Fatal Flaw: His loyalty to his family caused him sign over his trident to Ursula to save Ariel and almost made him willingly give it to Morgana in order to ensure Melody's safety.
  • Fiery Redhead: Even after his hair turned grey, Triton still retains the "fiery" status.
  • The Good King: Shown a lot in the TV series that Triton is a kind, respectful, wise, and fair leader.
  • Good Parents: King Triton may have made a catastrophic mistakes by destroying Ariel's grotto and being overprotective, but he's shown to be a very loving, caring father towards Ariel and his daughters. Heck, he even attempted to sacrifice himself for Ariel to Ursula.
  • Green Eyes: Only in the prequel.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't really take much to piss him off.
  • Happily Married: He and Athena deeply loved each other, before her tragic death.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After his wife, Queen Athena, is killed by pirates. He does move on from his wife's death, but doesn't remarry.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Triton was in a loving marriage with the auburn (reddish-brown) Queen Athena.
  • Heroic Build: Just look at him. Even nearing old age, he still has a broad chest.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the first film, he swaps places with Ariel when Ursula's taken her prisoner as part of their contract.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: An interspecies example. With Sebastian.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Huge Guy to Athena's Tiny Girl.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Red" was Triton's childhood nickname.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, he has a temper and may overreact, but he's a softie underneath it all.
  • Leitmotif: Has a Fanfare.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • After he destroys Ariel's grotto in a fit of rage; the minute Ariel breaks down in tears, Triton has a visible look of guilt on his face before he leaves.
    • He gets one of these in the prequel too, when Ariel says that her mother "wouldn't have wanted this" - "this" being Atlantica empty of music and it being banned.
  • Noble Bigot: Pre-Character Development. Triton may have had an intense hatred for humans, he was also a good king, protective father, and he never used his powers to kill humans. Not even the ones indrectly responsible for his true love's death.
  • Not So Different: Like Eric, he is normally portrayed as a benevolent but easily distracted monarch and as loyal to his subjects as they are to him. Especially apparent in the television series.
  • Odd Name Out: His wife and daughters all have names that start with an "A." His name starts with a "T."
  • Overprotective Dad: This may actually be justified. He doesn't want his daughters anywhere near humans because human pirates were the reason for his wife's death.
  • Papa Wolf: He's protective of all his daughters and his granddaughter. He was all and ready to kill' the people who dare to harm either.
  • Parental Favoritism: Although never addressed in the animated media, Ariel is actually Triton's favorite daughter. The reason behind this being he sees show much in himself in her, personality-wise. Like him, she has red hair, and as seen in the third film, she has an almost uncanny resemblance to his late wife, Queen Athena.
  • Parents as People: Triton blatantly loves Ariel and his other children, and many episodes of the TV series show him raising them quite competently, but he has a very overprotective zeal and a temperament that, while not abusive, can be very harsh. It is almost always followed by heavy remorse after he cools down.

     Sebastian The Crab 
Voiced by: Samuel E. Wright

Horatio Thelonious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian Crab, or Sebastian, is a red Jamaican crab and a major character The Little Mermaid franchise. He is the "distinguished" court composer for King Triton, and is regularly tasked with watching over his daughter, Princess Ariel.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: One episode of the series has him wish to be bigger, problem? He doesn't stop growing until he's twice the size of a large vessel, and gets even worse when Ariel uses her wish for him to be "His old self" which makes him giant AND elderly.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Sebastian's part in the movie is a fleshed out version of this plot. The fact that his charge is 16 does not make things any easier.
  • Battle Butler: He has a few moments when he shows off his fighting skills, especially if the people he cares about are in danger.
  • Bound and Gagged: In the second film, when Melody unintentionally ties him in her dress bow. But when he finally breaks free...
  • Butt Monkey: Sometimes he suffers comic incidents. Played for Laughs.
  • Childhood Friends: He has known Ariel from her childhood to her adulthood.
  • The Comically Serious: Serious, somewhat grumpy personality, and often put into comic situations
  • Drama Queen: Shown all the time in the movies and TV series.
  • Fiery Redhead: Fiery red shelled.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • The Superego to Ariel's Id and Flounder's Ego.
    • The Superego to Scuttle's Id and Flounder's Ego.
  • Grumpy Bear: More like "Grumpy Crab".
  • Interspecies Friendship:
    • His closest friends are Triton and Ariel (merpeople), Flounder (fish), and even Scuttle (seagull).
    • Sebastian develops a close bond to Melody (the first mer-human).
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: An interspecies example. With Triton.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When you get to really know Sebastian underneath his vain and temperamental nature, he's a really softie underneath.
  • The Leader:
    • Of the Catfish Club Band.
    • Also within Ariel's Non Human Sidekicks he is usually the one directing and giving orders.
  • Loose Lips: How Triton got to know about Ariel saving Eric.
  • Number Two: He is King Triton's most trusted advisor and closest friend. In the television series, he may arguably share this role with Dudley the turtle.
  • Only Sane Man: Sure, he's a pessimist, but he's the voice of reason, especially when it comes to Ariel's actions.
  • Overly Long Name: According to his introduction before the royal court, it's Horatio Felonious Ignatius Crustaceous Sebastian.
  • Red-Headed Hero: More like red shelled hero.
  • Red Is Heroic: Sebastian is a red-shelled crab and one of the good guys.
  • Undying Loyalty: To both Triton and Ariel.

     Flounder The Fish 
Voiced by: Jason Marin (1st film), Edan Gross & Bradley Pierce (TV series), Cam Clarke (2nd film), Parker Goris (3rd film)

Flounder is a major character from The Little Mermaid franchise. He is Ariel's best friend and despite his name, he is not a flounder, he is a tropical fish.
  • Adorkable: A cowardly talking fish. He's cute and beautifully coloured in blue and yellow.
  • Character Development: In the sequel, Flounder has grown more braver at dealing with potentially dangerous situations.
  • Childhood Friends: In the TV series with Ariel.
  • Cowardly Lion: When Ariel is in trouble, he comes through for her without hesitation.
  • Cowardly Sidekick: At the beginning of the first film.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shows shades of this in the sequel. Mostly towards Scuttle.
  • Freudian Excuse: Implied. In the prequel, Flounder was more adventurous and outgoing; a stark contrast to the first movie. It can be reasoned that he became more nervous and cautious when he befriended Ariel.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • The Ego to Ariel's Id and Sebastian's Superego.
    • The Ego to Scuttle's Id and Sebastian's Superego.
  • Good Parents: Flounder is shown to be a good father to his kids in the sequel, despite not having that much screentime.
  • Informed Species: Flounder does not look anything like an actual flounder, though he might be named after the verb instead of the fish.
  • Interspecies Friendship: His best friend is Ariel (mermaid), as well as Sebastian (fish) and Scuttle (seagull).
  • Loose Lips: He accidentally blurts out that he and Ariel explored near the surface of the sea.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: How he and Ariel met the first time.
  • Nervous Wreck: What he becomes after his adventures with Ariel.
  • Nice Guy: A loyal friend to Ariel.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: In the third movie, which is supposed to be a prequel to the first movie, he acts much more brave and extroverted for some unexplained reason.
  • Platonic Life Partners: An interspecies example. With Ariel.
  • Tagalong Kid: To the Catfish Club Band in the prequel.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While he would always help Ariel in whatever scary predicament she got themsleves in, he was more of a Cowardly Lion. Come the sequel, he doesn't once hesitate to go into a scary situation or take on the Big Bad.

     Scuttle The Seagull 
Voiced by: Buddy Hackett (1st and 2nd films), Maurice LaMarche (TV series), Chris Edgerly (Walt Disney Parks And Resorts)

Scuttle is a seagull and friend of Ariel, as well as a major supporting character. He appears in the film as an expert on human objects with whom Ariel consults about items she salvages, though his identifications consist of nonsense.
  • The Cameo: Makes a silent appearance in the prequel.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Biggest one in the film.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When he stalls the wedding to buy Ariel some time in the first film. He also destroys Ursula's amulet, granting Ariel back her voice and breaking Eric from her spell.
  • Demoted to Extra: He makes only two appearances in the TV series, and a brief cameo in the prequel.
  • Did You Get a New Haircut?: In the first film, when he meets up with Ariel after she became human.
  • Expy: Most of his mannerisms were based from Buddy Hackett.
  • Feather Fingers: Notable in that the fish characters avert the "fish can walk on their tailfins" subtrope until the "Under the Sea" number, where it looks awkward. Scuttle doesn't exactly avoid the Trope Namer either.
  • Freudian Trio: The Id to Flounder's Ego and Sebastian's Superego.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Scuttle bears a strong resemblance to his voice actor, the late Buddy Hackett.
  • Interspecies Friendship: His buds include Ariel (mermaid), Sebastian (crab), and Flounder (fish).
    • In the sequel, he also has a close friendship with Melody (the first mer-human).
  • The Klutz: Scuttle seems to have a habit of occasionally running into things while flying.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: His knowledge about human things is anything but accurate.
  • Leitmotif: His playful theme can be heard at the beginning of "Wedding Announcement" and was rewritten as "Beyond My Wildest Dreams" in the Broadway Show.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his eccentricities, he's a good friend to Ariel.

     Sir Grimsby 
Voiced by: Ben Wright (1st film), Kay E. Kuter (2nd film)

Grimsby is Eric's manservant and confidant.

Voiced by: Edie McClurg

Carlotta is the sweet and kind maid of Prince Eric; she's also one of his most loyal friends.
  • Berserk Button: Downplayed. She doesn't go berserk, but she shows great annoyance at Chef Louis' making a mess.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: A heft woman with a big heart.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Throws a bucket of water on Louis' head when he indirectly ruins Melody's birthday party.
  • Maid: Her main job at Eric's castle is a maid.
  • Nice Girl: Carlotta is kind, gentle, sweet, helpful, loyal, hardworking, lighthearted.
  • Ship Tease: Some with Chef Louis in the sequel. In the first movie there is the slight implication that they are married.
  • Tears of Joy: Gets emotional at Eric and Ariel' s wedding.
  • Tsundere: Type 2. The "tsun" part is mostly seen when Louis acts up.

     Chef Louis 
Voiced by: Rene Auberjonois

Chef Louis is a chef who is infamous for trying to cook Sebastian. He apparently loves his job, possibly to an almost unhealthy extent.
  • Anti-Villain: While Louis may not harbor any malice, we the viewers are aware he was preparing possibly SENTIENT sea life, this is especially apparent whenever he and Sebastian face off. Though in his case as mentioned below, it may be more just a matter of pride than to actually serve the little crab up on a platter.
  • Ax-Crazy: Although he's fine elsewhere, in the kitchen, Louis isn't exactly the most... balanced of individuals. He's just a little too disturbingly jovial when preparing his meals and his response to Sebastian trying to escape is to chop a table in half and destroy the entire kitchen.
  • Butt Monkey: He takes quite a bit of abuse, being an Ineffectual Sympathetic Anti-Villain at the wrong side of the board.
  • French Jerk: He has shades of this - including the obnoxious, nasal "french laugh": Hee hee hee, haw haw haw! He also sings about cutting up and serving fish for dinner, which seems almost sadistic from the point of view of Sebastian.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: After he chases Sebastian all over the kitchen in the first film.
  • Nice Hat: His chef hat.
  • Ship Tease: With Carlotta, especially in the sequel. In the first movie there is the slight implication they are married.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: to Sebastian, though, to Louis, it may be more a matter of pride than simply to serve the little crab as an entrée.

     Max The Sheepdog 
Voiced by: Frank Welker

Max is Prince Eric's loyal Old English Sheepdog.
  • Animal Companion: To Eric.
  • Big Friendly Dog: He's Prince Eric's dog, and is fond of jumping around and licking Eric and Ariel's faces on various occasions.
  • Blinding Bangs: Has very long fur covering the face and eyes.
  • Butt Biter: Max bites Ursula/Vanessa in the butt to save Scuttle in the first film's climax.
  • Demoted to Extra: He has minor roles in the sequel and TV series. He makes no appearance in the prequel.
  • The Dog Bites Back: "Vanessa" kicks him in the face for growling at her. Less than a minute later when Scuttle's menagerie crashes the wedding, he bites her in the butt, allowing the seagull to pull the shell necklace off her and unraveling her disguise.
  • Empathy Pet: Upon Prince Eric's cluelessness over whether or not the now mute Ariel is the one he's been looking for, his dog Max rolls his eyes and blows hair out of his own face in annoyance, which Ariel mimics.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: During the wedding, he snarls angrily at "Vanessa" as she walks down the aisle with Eric. He also assists Scuttle in exposing her plan.
  • Expy: His body type and the way he walks and runs bears a strong resemblance to The Colonel from 101 Dalmatians. Minus the talking and that Max has grey and white fur, while The Colonel has brown.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: An interspecies example. With Eric.
  • The Nose Knows: Which is how Max is able to recognize Ariel when she's human.
  • Shipper on Deck: Max is more happier with Eric and Ariel married.
  • They Have the Scent: From the first film, when he finds Ariel after she became human.

Voiced by: Tara Strong

Melody is the protagonist of The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. She is the daughter of Ariel and Prince Eric, and the princess of her father's kingdom.
  • Action Girl: In the climax when she briefly attacks Morgana with the trident.
  • Adorkable: Interacting with kids her age makes her really awkward. And cute boys? Melody can't even utter a sentence. Especially when she meets a cute merboy during her time in Atlantica.
  • All Loving Heroine: Melody is a Nice Girl and never meant to hurt anyone. Probably not even Morgana at the end.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: A rare example where someone of high status is ostracized. Melody is often talked about by the other kids because of her "weird" behavior.
  • Badass: Considering who's she is related to... it's not that big of a surprise.
  • Badass Adorable: When she goes to attack Morgana.
  • Badass Princess: Fulfills the latter in the climax.
  • Berserk Button: Implied. When she was being reprimanded by her mother for going out into the sea, disobeying her rules. Notice that Melody didn't say anything and just took it. But when Ariel calls the sea "dangerous", it's only then that Melody yells back.
  • Be Yourself: The lesson Melody learns at the end of the movie.
    Melody: I just wanted to be a better mermaid than a girl.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Something she inherited from her father.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's very smart and mature for her age.
  • Breakout Character: Fans may have not liked the sequel, but they absolutely loved Melody.
  • Break the Cutie: From her ruined birthday party to discovering that she indirectly stole from her grandfather.
  • Celibate Heroine: She has shown no interest in romance. Even the young merboy she bumps into from her back twice she shows no interest in (as her face says so and even her actions as well). She'd rather spend time with her parents instead.
  • Child of Two Worlds: Zig zagged. While Melody is half-mermaid and half-human ('Never been seen, never before!'/'A child is born of sea and shore!') and ultimately brings the human and mermaid communities together at the end of the film, the reason Ariel cut ties with Atlantica was because she thought keeping Melody ignorant of her mermaid heritage was the only way to save her from Morgana.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Ariel is a mermaid who's obsessed with the land and wants to become human, while her daughter, the main character of the sequel, is a human but is drawn to the ocean and wants to be a mermaid. They're not strikingly different in temperament, but their goals are complete opposites.
  • Deal with the Devil: When she trades Triton's trident to Morgana in the second movie in order to become a permanent mermaid.
  • Determinator: One of the strongest qualities she shares with both parents.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Runs in the family.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Both of her possible love interests had blonde hair.
  • Expy: Inherited alot of her personality, good looks, and even a similar plot from her mother, Ariel. She's also partially based on Kiara.
  • Freudian Trio: The Ego to Tip's Superego and Dash's Id.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Justified. She has a strong connection with the creatures of the sea because of her mother being born a mermaid. The Disneystrology even stated that people born on Melody's birthday (January 14) "cherish animals and enjoy their companionship."
  • Friendless Background: Heavily implied. She's not shown to have any human friends because they think she's weird.
  • Generation Xerox: Melody has gained a lot of Ariel's looks (sans hair and eye color), personality, and Deal with the Devil scenario (with some minor differences). The major difference is their dreams (Ariel becoming a human, Melody wanting to be a mermaid).
  • A Girl And Her X: Melody has close friendships with animals.
    • A Girl And Her Crab: Sebastian, the cranky crab, was her only friend for 12 years.
    • A Girl And Her Dog: Doesn't have as much screen time with Max, but it is probably a close relationship because of her natural love for animals.
    • A Girl And Her Dolphin: Melody appears to have a friendship with the unnamed dolphin in her first scene as a teen.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The first hybrid in Disney. She is half human (father)-half mermaid (mother).
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Melody has a lot of low self-esteem issues.
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: Inverted. Her mother is nonhuman (mermaid) and her father is the human.
  • Implied Love Interest: Melody bumps into a young merboy from the back twice. There has been a few hints of romance between the two, but it is unknown if they are truly in love. Melody's facial expressions and body language even shows that she is not in love with the merboy.
  • In-Series Nickname: By accident. When the cute merboy asked for her name, she was too lovestruck to answer completely and said, "Mel-Mel".
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Melody's blue eyes represent her naive and adventurous personality.
  • Interspecies Friendship:
    • Her closest friends include Sebastian (crab), Scuttle (seagull), Tip (penguin), Dash (walrus), and Flounder (fish).
    • She may have possibly became friends with the snooty, human kids.
    • Melody may have also became friends with the merteens she met in Atlantica.
  • Interspecies Romance: Melody, the first mer-human, falls for a merboy.
  • Kid Has a Point: Her reasons for running away are quite understandable, considering how she felt interacting with her peers.
  • Kid Heroine: Only 12-years-old and is the sequel's protagonist.
  • Like Parent Like Child: Melody has a sassy and headstrong personality who reflects upon the personality of her mother in her younger years, but her insecurity around others and socially-awkward tendencies stem from her father. While Sebastian states that Melody is "just like her mother" in The Little Mermaid II, many similarities exist between Melody and her father, Prince Eric. Her sense of adventure, curiosity and willingness to take risks exist in both Ariel and Prince Eric, but her mild shyness stems from a sheltered upbringing and her father's personality.
  • Little Miss Badass: See her Badass Adorable section.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: When meets a merboy that she likes a lot, she can't even say her own name.
  • Meaningful Name: "Melody" is Greek for "song", which alludes to her mother's love for singing, as well as her own love for it.
  • Modest Royalty: Judging from the mild reactions of the snooty kids, it wasn't uncommon to see the Princess of the Kingdom in her underwater.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After she gives Morgana the trident and realizes that Morgana was Evil All Along.
  • Nice Girl: One of the friendliest.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the sequel, when she gives the Trident to Morgana, when she had the choice to give it to Ariel. Had she given the trident to Ariel, then all of the problems would have been solved.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Being a princess, she has to wear some for formal events.
  • Platonic Life Partners: An interspecies example. With Tip and Dash.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Her ballroom dress is pink. Her mermaid tail is close to pink.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Even in the ponytail, her hair reaches down to her waist.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Long, black hair with a pale complexion.
  • Rebellious Princess: Disobeyed her parents' rule of not going out into the sea.
  • Royal Brat: Averted. Melody never uses her title as a princess for selfish or vain reasons.
  • The Runaway: Which sets the story in motion.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Downplayed. She's totally lovestruck by the cute, blonde merboy she meets in Atlantica; this detours her initial "mission" in the underwater city.
  • Socially Awkward Heroine: Melody will effortlessly sneak out of the castle and go swim in the seas, without any regard to her parents' wishes. But, talking to cute boys... That's a challenge.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Deconstructed. Melody has the ability to speak with marine life. Unfortunately, her powers alienate her peers, because they think she's a freak.
  • Spin Off Spring: As Ariel's daughter, the spotlight shifted to her for the direct-to-video sequel.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Melody is the perfect blend between both of her parents.
  • Teens Are Short: Downplayed. She's at the age where she'll get hit puberty and get taller.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy who loves to go out and swim to Ariel's Girly Girl who acts quite queenly in the sequel.
  • Tomboy Princess: She is into boyish things and is a princess.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite being tomboyish, she has a princess canopy bed and a girl-ish styled bedroom.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: A black, long ponytail.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: She gave Morgana the trident largely to spite Ariel for lying to her about her mermaid heritage her entire life. She realizes what a bad decision that was seconds later.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Implied in a subtle way in a few scenes.

     Tip and Dash 
Voiced by: Max Casella (Tip) and Stephan Furst (Dash)

Tip and Dash are the two main supporting characters from The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. Tip, a penguin, and Dash, a walrus, are two best friends who dream of becoming heroes.

     Queen Athena 
Voiced by: Lorelei Hill Butters (speaking) and Andrea Robinson (singing)

Queen Athena was the wife of King Triton, and the mother of Ariel and her six older sisters. She was the Queen of Atlantica, and beloved by her family and subjects. Unfortunately, she died as a result of a run-in with a big pirate ship when Ariel was very young. A statue of her dancing with Triton is present in his courtyard.

     Ariel's Sisters 

Ariel's six older sisters.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the first movie, all of Ariel's sisters had blue eyes like Ariel. Come the prequel and only a few have blue eyes.
  • Adorkable: All of them to some extent in the prequel.
  • Alliterative Family: Their names all start (and end) with 'A'.
  • Ascended Extras:: Of sorts, in the prequel.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Andrina and Arista are the Blondes and Adella, Aquata, Attina, and Alana are the Brunettes to Ariel's Redhead.
  • The Cameo: A few of them make an appearance in the sequel.
  • Everyone Can See It: Ariel's sisters quickly figured out that their baby sister was in love in the first film.
  • Hair Decorations: All of the sisters had these in the original.
  • Missing Mom: We didn't know what happened to their and Ariel's mom until the prequel.
  • Seashell Bra: All six of them wear this, in the movie that codified this for mermaids.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Each one has a favorite delicacy they enjoy.
    • Attina- Kelp wrap.
    • Alana- Low-salt coral blossom stew.
    • Adella- Sea cucumber sandwiches.
    • Aquata- Sea daisy stir-fry.
    • Arista- Sea sponge swirl (which is a lot like cotton candy).
    • Adrina- Everything.
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode: The Disney wikia site states their biggest fears.
    • Attina- Letting her father down.
    • Alana- Having scaly skin.
    • Adella- She will never be kissed.
    • Aquata- Dancing in public.
    • Arista- Forgetting a rehearsal.
    • Adrina- Merpeople who can't take a joke.


Voiced by: Caroline Vasicek (first film), Mona Marshall (TV series), Grey DeLisle (prequel)


Voiced by: Catherine Cavadini (TV series), Tara Strong (prequel)

  • Big Eater: Andrina's favorite food is everything.
  • Brown Eyes: Aquata and Andrina, which shows their more cautious habits.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Andrina appears the most sarcastic of her sisters as shown in the third movie.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Alana and Adrina both have purple tail fins and wear purple seashells.
  • Green Eyes: Attina and Andrina, which is more prominent in the prequel.
  • Grumpy Bear: Andrina shows shades of this in the prequel.
  • Not a Morning Person: Andrina didn't like to wake up early, as see in the prequel.
  • Only Sane Woman: Andrina comes to a close second to Attina, given how she agreed with Attina that going to the underground club was a bad idea, at first.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Book!Andrina.


Voiced by: Kari Wahlgren, Kath Soucie (TV series)

  • Big Sister Instinct: Attina to Ariel in the third movie. It's implied that she may be the eldest, but she may also be the most mature of the group.
  • Brainy Brunette: Attina has shown to be the most rational and mature of her sisters in the prequel.
  • Cute Bookworm: Book!Attina loves to read.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Attina is shown to be the Responsible Sibling (following their father's rules) to Ariel's Foolish Sibling (who breaks her father's rules) in the prequel.
  • A Girl And Her X: Her Catfish, who she named Fin-Fin.
  • Green Eyes: Attina and Andrina, which is more prominent in the prequel.
  • Irony: Despite being the oldest and having the "job" to boss her younger sisters around, Attina finds herself being bossed around by them.
  • Meaningful Name: Attina is very close to her mother's name, Athena.
  • Only Sane Woman: Attina in the prequel given the fact she's the oldest and wants to keep her sister safe.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Her biggest fear is letting her father down.


Voiced by: Kimmy Robertson (first film), Mary Kay Bergman (TV series), Grey DeLisle (prequel)


Voiced by: Sherry Lynn (TV series), Tara Strong (prequel)

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Zigzagged. In the first movie she and her sister have the same figure, but in the tv series she becomes more, more chubby. However in the sequel and, especially, in the prequel movie she return to have a slim figure.
  • Drama Queen: Adella can be this to way when she finds out that he youngest sister (possibly) has a boyfriend before her.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Adella and Arista, both tied in a ponytail.
  • Really Gets Around: Book!Adella has had many boyfriends.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: The reason Adella is so obsess over guys? She wants to find the perfect one.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: In the prequel, Adella was shown to like a cute merboy, Stevie.


Voiced by: Kimmy Robertson (TV series), Jennifer Hale (prequel)

     Catfish Club Band 
Ray-Ray Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson
Cheeks Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson
Ink Spot Voiced by: Rob Paulsen
Shellbow Voiced by: Jim Cummings

The Catfish Club Band are a quartet house band in the Catfish Club, the underground music club in Atlantica that exists in opposition to King Triton's ban on music in the prequel. Their bandleader and vocalist is Sebastian, who also plays maracas. Other members are Ray-Ray, a sky-blue manta ray who plays the bass; Cheeks, a green blowfish who plays the saxophone; Ink Spot, a violet octopus who plays the piano; Shelbow, a teal sea turtle who plays the drums.

Voiced by: Danny Cooksey

Urchin is a supporting character from The Little Mermaid animated series; he's a young merboy who becomes one of Ariel's best friends.

Voiced by: Cree Summer

Pearl is a young mermaid featured on The Little Mermaid television series as well as the Marvel Comics serial.
  • Ascended Extra: She had three major roles in the Marvel Comics, two being in The Little Mermaid serial, and the last being in Disney Comic Hits!
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Takes advantage of her parents' trust counts her as one.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her thrill-seeking actions often lead to Ariel, as well as herself, getting in trouble.
  • The Leader: In Issue 3 of the Marvel comics, Pearl was the leader of a club known as the Daredevilfish Club that involves doing some risky dares to allow joining up.
  • Life of the Party: She loves parties.

     Stormy The Seahorse 

Stormy is an ornery seahorse stallion.

     Spot, The Baby Orca 
Voiced by: Frank Welker

Spot is a killer whale calf whom Ariel adopted and secretly raised in the palace.

     Herald, The Seahorse 
Voiced by: Will Ryan

     Simon the Sea Monster 

  • Adorkable: Cements this trope with his huge size, kind heart, and desire to have friends.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: The reason he was sending bottles is because he wanted someone to answer and come save him.
  • Nice Guy: He's a really sweet guy.

Voiced by: Justin Schulte

Alex is one of the three merteens Melody met while in Atlantica. She and him quickly developed an interest in each other.

The Bad Guys

Voiced by: Pat Carroll (and Jodi Benson while in disguise)

Ursula is the main antagonist of The Little Mermaid and its 1992-94 spin-off television series in the saga.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the fairy tale, the sea witch was a neutral character who, in addition to warning the mermaid of the transformation's consequences, didn't go back on her deal with the mermaid until asked to, and never interfered directly.
  • Always Someone Better: To her sister, Morgana.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Ursula was kicked out of Atlantica because she attacked King Triton and tried to seize the throne. Then, when Ariel came too close to getting that first kiss that would undo Ursula's plans, she sabotages that by transforming into Vanessa and using Ariel's voice to hypnotize the prince, just so Ariel would remain her slave. Then, even after promising Triton to release Ariel in exchange for his magical trident, she tries and fails to kill Ariel. To top it all off, she goes on a rampage and tries to kill everyone because of how badly her plans have been mucked up.
  • Animals Hate Him: When she's disguised as Vanessa, the animals crash the wedding by attacking her.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the climax of the first film.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: How Eric finishes her off.
  • Ax-Crazy: Just check out some of her facial expressions.
  • Benevolent Boss: An unusual example for a Disney film; she loves Flotsam and Jetsam. Subverted in the TV series, though.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT do anything to harm her "poor little poopsies" Flotsam and Jetsam. She will grow into a giant octopus woman and hunt you down.
  • Big Bad: Of the first film, and one of Disney's more notable examples.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Her human alias, "Vanessa".
  • Brainwashed: "Vanessa" does this to Eric.
  • Composite Character: Of two characters from the original fairytale, the sea witch and (in her "Vanessa" form) the woman that the prince mistakes for his savior and marries instead of the mermaid.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: She takes the one thing that would make Eric fall in love with Ariel (her voice), gives her a three day time limit to get him to fall for her, makes sure that the best opportunity for them to kiss is ruined, and shapeshifts into a temptress using Ariel's voice to make Eric fall for her instead.
  • Dark Is Evil: What with her Faustian overtones. A notable contrast to the original story's version of the character, who was an example of Dark Is Not Evil, even warning the mermaid of the deal's consequences.
  • Deal with the Devil: Her profession when she brings Ariel around, as the devil of course. Those "poor unfortunate souls" you see in her lair can attest to her track record.
  • Drama Queen: Ursula has her moments. For example in her introduction she is lamenting that she's "wasting away" since her banishment, when she's anything but.
  • The Dreaded: Almost every creature of the sea is terrified of Ursula.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely seemed to care for her eel henchmen. When they're accidentally killed by the trident, she's so horrified that she goes into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: She's a notable aversion of this trope though.
  • Evil Eyebrows: Let's face it, every Disney villain fits this trope.
  • Evil Laugh: Ursula does one about every five minutes.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has a deep voice.
  • Expy:
    • Inspired from the "sea Witch" of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.
    • Ursula is based off of Divine (an American drag queen), Norma Desmond (Sunset Boulevard), and Madame Medusa.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: When Eric stabs her with the ship's bowline. Strangely enough, her death looks very similar to that of Jafar's.
  • Fat Bitch: In contrast to her sister in the sequel who is Lean and Mean.
  • Faux Affably Evil: It's easy to forget that Ursula's crazy as they come.
  • Glamour Failure: When "Vanessa" looks in the mirror, her true identity is revealed.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In the climax, when Eric stabs her with the bow of the ship.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Subversion; Ursula was actually based on the drag queen Divine, who was originally supposed to voice her, but died before he could even record the voice, so the role went to Pat Carroll instead. Ironically, in the Latin American Spanish dub, she was voiced by an actual drag queen.
  • Kaiju: Grows into the size of one at the final battle
  • Kick the Dog: A literal example in her human form.
  • Leitmotif: "Poor Unfortunate Souls"
  • Make My Monster Grow: In the climax.
  • Mama Bear: Ursula did not take kindly to Flotsam and Jetsam getting blasted by the trident.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Most female Disney villains (and male ones too, in fact) have one of these, but few are more rich and booming than Ursula's.
  • Oh Crap!: "Vanessa" does one when she sees the whole flock of birds flying towards her. Ursula has one in her giant form when, as she's about to kill Ariel, she turns aside a bit only to see Eric charging at her in the ship and impaling her.
  • One-Winged Angel: Grows into a giant enemy monster version of herself at the film's climax using the trident's magic.
  • Organic Bra: Ursula's scales extend up to her bustline, though are missing from part of her back, giving the impression of a backless dress without actually wearing one.
  • Palette Swap: Vanessa's appearance is basically Ariel with the hair and eye colors changed.

     Flotsam and Jetsam 
Voiced by: Paddi Edwards

Flotsam and Jetsam were the moray eel minions of the sea witch Ursula. They appear as the secondary antagonists in the film The Little Mermaid and the prequel television series.
  • Animal Eye Spy: They serve as this to Ursula.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Averted. Unlike many Disney henchmen, they are not comedic at all. In fact, they prove to be as successful manipulating Ariel as Ursula is.
  • Co-Dragons: Both serve Ursula faithfully.
  • Creepy Twins: True, they may or may not be twins, (One eel looks pretty much like another) but the scene where they talk Ariel into going with them to see Ursula is pretty creepy.
  • Evil Minions: Ursula's personal attack dogs.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: They end up getting blasted to smithereens from a misfire from the trident.
  • Leitmotif: If you listen carefully, they have a sub-theme inside of Ursula's own leitmotif.
  • Slippery as an Eel: Flotsam and Jetsam are a prime example of this trope.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: They are Ursula's pets

     Glut, The Shark 

Voiced by: Pat Carroll

Morgana is the main antagonist in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.
  • And I Must Scream: Her fate at the end of the movie.
  • Avenging the Villain: Which is why she attempted to have baby Melody swallowed by Undertow, because her parents killed Ursula.
  • Beauty Mark: On the right side and under her lips.
  • Big Bad: Of the sequel.
  • Break Them by Talking: She tries this to Melody after the latter gives her King Triton's trident.
  • Driven by Envy: Implied. She wanted to steal the trident not only for ultimate power, but also to prove she was better than her sister.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted. In her first scene, she appeared generally upset about what happened to her sister. Then, it was revealed it was just a façade and she actually loathed her sister (due to being The Unfavorite).
    Morgana: STOP CRITICIZING ME! That's all my mother ever did was criticize me! It was always "Ursula" this or "Ursula" that! Or "Morgana, why can't you be more like your sister, URSULA?!" (throws a starfish at a picture of Ursula)
  • Evil Counterpart: To Melody. Both have self-esteem problems, Mommy Issues making them into "well done daughter" girls, and are expy of the previous protagonist (Ariel to Melody) and antagonist (Ursula to Morgana). However, Melody is a caring and kind person, while Morgana is heartless and vindictive.
  • Foil: To Ursula. In regards to body types, Ursula was obese while Morgana is quite skinny and almost skeletal. Morgana was The Unfavorite to their mother who doted on Ursula. Ursula was completely full of herself and had loyal henchmen who served her quite well, while Morgana is frequently bickering with Undertow and suffers from a major inferiority complex. Her magic is also not as strong as Ursula's. Ursula came across as more businesslike and ultimately pressured Ariel into signing her contract, while Morgana was more informal and managed to convince Melody she was truly sympathetic to her plight. Ursula indirectly used Ariel to get Triton's crown and trident, Morgana managed to trick Melody into stealing it for her.
  • Freudian Excuse: When she gets the trident:
    Morgana (to the sky): SEE THAT MA?! WHO'S YOUR FAVORITE NOW?!
  • An Ice Person: Doesn't use ice to attack, but she lives by a glacier and creates an icy throne. She's also imprisoned in ice.
  • Inept Mage: None of her own magic works correctly; she has to use Ursula's magic and the Trident to be a real threat.
  • Lean and Mean: In contrast to her sister's Fat Bitch.
  • Manipulative Bitch: To Melody.
  • Organic Bra: Her scales cover herself up in a similar fashion to Ursula's.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Ursula.
  • The Unfavorite:
    Morgana That's all my mother ever did was criticize me! It was always 'Ursula this' or 'Ursula that' or 'Morgana, why can't you be more like your sister URSULA!?!'
  • Would Hurt a Child: She was willing to have Melody swallowed as an infant. Also, she didn't hesitate to hurt Melody at the almost-end of the movie.
  • You Killed My Father: Subverted. Her first scene has her enraged over the good guys killing her sister. The next scene with her has her reveal she doesn't really care for Ursula.

     Undertow, The Tiger Shark 
Click here for his original appearance 
Voiced by: Clancy Brown

Undertow is the secondary antagonist of The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. He is Morgana's gigantic tiger shark who loves intimidating others with his size.

     Cloak and Dagger 
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker

Cloak and Dagger are the tertiary antagonists in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. They are dark manta rays and Morgana's pets and minions.
  • Expy: To Flotsam and Jetsam from the first film.

     Marina del Ray 
Voiced by: Sally Field

Marina Del Rey is the main antagonist in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning. Marina is the governess of Ariel and her sisters.
  • Ambition Is Evil: A rather unusual case in that she has no interest in replacing the figurehead, just being the attaché.
  • Ax-Crazy: See Woman Child below.
  • Big Bad: Of the prequel.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Implied to sympathise with Ariel and her sisters on Triton's harsh measures. This doesn't prevent her from exploiting Ariel's musical desires, though.
  • A Girl And Her X: A Woman and Her Eels. Just look at her page picture!

     Benjamin, The Manatee 
Voiced by: Jeff Bennett

Benjamin is Marina Del Ray's sidekick, but he is much nicer than Marina.
  • Anti-Villain: Quite possibly one of the least villainous antagonists Disney ever conceived, as all he does is follow Marina around like the cute manatee he is.
  • Morality Chain: He even keeps the key to the Marina's dangerous pet eels, just in case she goes crazy.
  • Nice Guy: Benjamin is kind, merciful, and sweet.
  • Only Friend: He is Marina's constant companion.

     The Evil Manta 
Voiced by: Tim Curry

The Evil Manta, or just Manta, is a major antagonist who appears in the television series of The Little Mermaid franchise. Although it is unknown how old he is, he is believed to be ageless. He has the form of a giant black and purple manta ray, giving a foul presence to wherever he dwells.
  • Badass Cape: His manta wings double as an effective one.
  • Big Bad: He's set up as the main villain of the series, at least until Ursula eventually shows up.
  • The Corrupter: His first plot involves turning all the denizens of Atlantica against one another.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely seems to love and care about his son, Little Evil. He just really wishes Evil would act, well, more evil.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Implied to be heading in this direction in the last episode of the TV series after Ariel saves him from getting his brain drained.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Almost gets his own brain sucked out by his pet brain sponge.

     Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp 
Voiced by: Joe Alaskey (Lobster Mobster); David Lander (Da Shrimp)

Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp are recurring antagonists from The Little Mermaid television series. They are bumbling con-artists and constantly antagonize Ariel and her friends. They are modeled after 1920s gangster stereotypes.
  • Brooklyn Rage: If Mobster's accent is anything to go by.
  • Expy: They are modeled after 1920s gangster stereotypes.
  • The Mafia: Well, as close as you're gonna get to the mob on a children's show produced by Disney,


     Two Alligators 

     Little Evil 
Voiced by: N/A

Little Evil is a minor character in the television series The Little Mermaid. He is the son of Evil Manta, who is a recurring villain in the series.

     Howling Hairfish 

     Brain Sponge 
Voiced by: N/A

Brain Sponge is the pet of The Evil Manta from The Little Mermaid TV series.

     Sea Serpent 

    The Morays 
A race of moray-merpeople who appeared in the comic book story "Serpent Teen." They are led by King Cornelius, Queen Aemelia, and Princess Celia.

King Cornelius

Queen Aemelia

  • Only Sane Woman: She's the only one in her family who wants to release Ariel.

Princess Celia

  • Evil Counterpart: Celia represents Ariel at her worst. She's hostile and rude to her parents, self-centered and cruel, and persists in getting whatever she wants.
  • Royal Brat: She's rude and controlling to both her parents.
  • Shock and Awe: She can electrify anything with her tail.

Alternative Title(s):

The Little Mermaid II Return To The Sea, The Little Mermaid III