Characters / The Little Mermaid

The characters of Disney's The Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea and The Little Mermaid III: Ariel's Beginning.
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Titular Protagonist

    Ariel 
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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, falling in love with him and having her spirits obliterated during a violent fight with her father, she makes a deal with the sea witch Ursula to be turned into a 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. Still doesn't hesitate to get into a fight when necessary.
  • Adaptational 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.
  • 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?
  • Age Lift: In the original tale, the little mermaid was 15. In this adaptation, she's 16.
  • Almost Kiss: With Eric, which is interrupted by Flotsam and Jetsam so she doesn't fulfill her bargain.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: One of the few meanings of "Ariel" in Hebrew is "lion of God".
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Ariel is the youngest 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ariel is friendly, playful, and always willing to help, even to total strangers. But, if you make her mad? She might just attack you, or try to. Don't be fooled, she was ready and willing to physically attack Ursula, a bigger and (possibly) physically stronger woman who had the most powerful object in her hand.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Acts as a surrogate one for Flounder. Ariel is rather protective of him, and when in peril, she always puts his safety before her own, making sure he's always the first to make it out safe.
  • 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.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The redhead; Andrina and Arista are the Blondes; Adella, Aquata, Attina, and Alana are the Brunettes.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Initially and downplayed — while she would openly disagree with her father and rebel against at time in her youth, she also showed that she could be mature at times (mostly seen in the TV series). 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.
  • Deuteragonist: She becomes the second main focus in Return to the Sea, since her daughter, Melody, is the protagonist.
  • 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).
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the first movie, she's introduced forgetting to attend a royal concert that she's the star of because she's too busy excitedly exploring sunken ships looking for human trinkets. She also ignores Flounders' worry that there might be sharks around, and then effortlessly fends off (and saves Flounder from) said shark when it turns up looking for dinner.
  • 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. More specifically, Ariel is a kind, brave, fun-loving and open-minded individual, but she can also be stubborn and shortsighted. Throughout the film, she ignores Flounder and Sebastian's warnings and keeps putting herself into dangerous situations for the sake of discovery. This eventually catches up to her when she loses a bet she made with Ursula out of anger and hurt, and the sea witch nearly kills her and her friends and family. While Ariel wasn't wrong to want a human life or pursue it, she does learn the hard way that her actions have consequences that can affect more than just herself.
  • 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.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish (late for recitals, constantly breaks her father's rules, and impulsive) to her sisters' responsible (shows up for recitals on time, obey their father's rules, and generally more level-headed).
  • 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).
  • Girliness Upgrade: By Return to the Sea, she's come a long way from her curiosity/teen rebel phase from the first film, to the point where she's superseded by her own daughter in regards to the Tomboy Princess trope.
  • Good Parents: She may have made a mistake or two with Melody, but the way Melody grew up into a respectful and good-hearted young lady proves she and Eric raised their daughter right.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her seashell bikini top, and her dress in the sequel.
  • Happily Married: To Eric in the sequel; they prove to have an incredibly stable marriage whether there is or isn't danger.
  • Hidden Depths: Pre-Character Development, despite her usual naivety and impulsiveness, Ariel has shown on many occasions to be serious, careful, and very intelligent and intuitive.
  • 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 Just Want to Be Special: Inverted. The mermaid Ariel dreams of being human.
  • 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.
  • "I Want" Song: "Part Of Your World".
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Tends to leap before she looks and worry about fallout later, much to Flounder and Sebastian's consternation.
  • 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. When she first sees him on his boat she is immediately smitten. And when her father confronts her over Eric and how he is just as bad as every other human, Ariel impulsively yells she loves him, and this was roughly a few days after Ariel first saw Eric.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Inverted — during the climax of the movie, Ariel attacks Ursula when she transforms her father into a limbless worm.
    • 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 — Case in point, she uses Eric's sword to cut one of the sails to knock Morgana away from Melody when the sea witch was holding her daughter hostage.
  • 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: Her name is 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A gorgeous red-headed bikini-top wearing mermaid with a mesmerizing voice. Special mention when she first becomes human and the only thing she's wearing is her seashell bra.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: On how she and Flounder met. The TV series shows that they met when Ariel was still a child, while this film shows Ariel to have been older.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: In the sequel, despite having a twelve-year-old daughter, Ariel hasn't aged a day since being sixteen.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After witnessing her father sacrifice himself to save her, Ariel feels remorse for what her actions have done.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Ariel is referred to as "the little mermaid" in the original story.
  • Nice Girl: She's kind, brave, and sweet.
  • 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.
  • Parental Substitute: She acted as a surrogate mother to Spot, an orphaned killer whale.
  • 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 first movie is Ariel becoming human.
  • Plucky Girl: She's very brave and never gives up.
  • 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.
  • Protagonist Title: The "little mermaid" refers to her and the prequel's title is "Ariel's Beginning".
  • Rainbow Motif: With her sisters, they share the different colors of the rainbow. See her sister's section for more details.
  • Rebellious Princess: Although it's never expressed whether she had any royal duties, she's probably the most rebellious of the princesses.
  • 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: The spunky, rambunctious Energetic Girl to Eric's down-to-earth Savvy Guy.
  • Seashell Bra: Most likely the Trope Codifier, but not the Trope Maker—the mermaids in Peter Pan had them first.
  • She's Got Legs: Gets a nice set after becoming human.
  • 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 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.
  • Static Character: In the first movie, Ariel doesn't go through any significant character development. She just gets in over her head because of the terms of Ursula's deal (and Ursula trying to sabotage the deal on purpose so she can use Ariel as bait for Triton), and she ends up getting a happy ending regardless thanks to Eric intervening and killing Ursula. The sequel does give her some Character Development, though.
  • 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—the start of a Renaissance-era tradition involving the Disney Princesses.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite her tomboyish traits, she's also very flirty and hopelessly romantic.
  • 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.

Atlantica Royalty and Associates

    King Triton 
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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.
  • 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. He may be old, but he can kick some serious ass!
  • Baleful Polymorph: Becomes one following his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Berserk Button: Anything that reminds him of the human world will set off his Hair-Trigger Temper. At least until the end of the first film, thanks to Eric.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Triton is a noble and reasonable king with a soft heart...just don't make him angry.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: A tough, short-tempered guy who has a soft side.
  • Big Good: For Alantica as he's the King and wielder of the trident.
  • Big "NO!": At the beginning of Ariel's Beginning when his wife gets crushed to death.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His gray eyebrows.
  • Character Development: Wheras Ariel is largely a Static Character, King Triton gets the lions share of development when he realizes being so hard on Ariel just ended up driving her away from him, and when Eric saves his daughters life from Ursula, it allows him to overcome his xenophobia of humans and realize that it's for the better that he lets Ariel stay with Eric. 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. It's quite justified, because Ariel hadn't seen him during the twelve year gap, and could not for Melody's protection.
  • Doting Grandparent: He has a notable soft spot for Melody and highly values her safety.
  • Expy:
  • Fantastic Racism: His insight of humans, and it blinded him to the fact that there are far worse threats than 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.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Triton never personally gets involved in most problems, usually sending Sebastian to take care of it. When he does get involved, things are that serious.
  • The Good King: Shown a lot in the TV series that Triton is a kind, respectful, wise, and fair leader. There was, however at least a period of time when he was something of a tyrant, all because he let his grief consume him.
  • 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, and it took him a while to accept humans as equals.
  • 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. He (a merman) and Sebastian (a crab) are each other's best friend, with the latter being the former's closest advisor.
  • 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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: By letting his vendetta towards humans get the better of him, he was arguably begging for the heartache of a missing child.
  • 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.
    • Almost says this trope verbatim when none of Triton's search parties can find any trace of Ariel.
    • 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 indirectly 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."
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When he realizes that destroying Ariel's grotto indirectly caused the latter to run away and make a deal with Ursula.
    • Triton has one of these moments in Return to the Sea when Melody steals his trident as part of her deal with Morgana.
    • He has another one in Ariel's Beginning when he realizes that Athena is about to get killed. At the end of the film, he's utterly shocked when Ariel is rendered unconscious.
  • Overprotective Dad: This may actually be justified. He doesn't want his daughters anywhere near humans (or anything that came from humans) because human pirates were the reason for his wife's death.
  • Papa Wolf: He's protective of all his daughters and 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.
  • Parental Substitute: His interactions with Urchin are reminiscent of a father and son.
  • Parents as People: Triton blatantly loves Ariel and his other daughters, 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.
  • Physical God: It's implied he is the Triton of Greek Mythology. (He looks like a merman, he's king of a race of people that look like him -merpeople - he wields a magical trident, and carries a conch shell at one point). If so, this would make him son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, and a minor deity in his own right.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Fitting, considering that it's implied Poseidon is his father.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Of the underwater kingdom of Atlantica.
    "I consider myself a reasonable merman. I set certain rules, and I expect those rules to be obeyed!"
  • Red Is Heroic: Loses his red hair over time, but still retains his heroic qualities.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's the King of Atlantica and has no problem taking on a foe who has either his kingdom or family.
  • Ruling Couple: Before her death, Triton ruled alongside Athena in Atlantica.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: He has never stopped loving Athena.
  • Super Strength: His build plus the fact that merpeople have more physical prowess than humans.
  • Take Me Instead: Willingly takes Ariel's place in the contract she signed with Ursula, taking her place as a polyp.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He finally gives up his grudge towards humans as he let Ariel marry Prince Eric.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His destruction of Ariel's Grotto all but ensured that Ursula would have Ariel make a Deal with the Devil and stage a plot to assume control of Atlantica.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: An older example. The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, initially depicts Triton as a devoted and loving father and husband. After his wife's death, he becomes extremely strict and a violent-tempered man, but eventually comes to terms with the incident. During the series though, we see what a free-spirited kid he used to be when he regressed.
  • Was Too Hard on Her: When Ariel disappears from the kingdom in the first film, he blames himself for causing her to run away. And he's not exactly wrong...
  • Weapon of Choice: Triton's main weapon, which is also an ancestral one, is his trident.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Takes extreme measures to prevent Ariel from interacting with the human world. Unfortunately, this helps convince her to strike a deal with Ursula.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He attempted to kill or seriously harm Usrula with a blast from his trident; he encased Morgana in a block of ice.
  • Youthful Freckles: In his youth.

    Queen Athena 
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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 
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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 — Attina - green; Alana - violet; Adella - teal; Aquata - brown; Arista - ice blue; Andrina - hazel.
  • Adaptation Deviation: In the original story, Ariel had five siblings. She was the sixth. The film however gives Triton seven daughters.
  • Adorkable: All of them to some extent in the prequel show their dorky, awkward side.
  • Alliterative Family: Their names all start (and end) with 'A'.
  • Ascended Extras: They get a major role in the TV Series and in the prequel Ariel's Beginning.
  • 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.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: In the original movie, Ariel's sisters had more-or-less the same face and no known personalities. Future adaptations, such as the tv show and the prequel Ariel's Beginning, give them more varying designs and more individualized personalities.
  • Everyone Can See It: Ariel's sisters quickly figured out that their baby sister was in love in the first film.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible (shows up for recitals on time, obey their father's rules, and generally more level-headed) to Ariel's foolish (late for recitals, constantly breaks her father's rules, and impulsive).
  • Hair Decorations: All of the sisters had these in the original.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: The prequel's beginning shows that all of them had the exact same hairstyles they had in their youth.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: All them like Ariel, especially in the prequel. Subverted with Adella in the TV series where she is more chubby.
  • Rainbow Motif: Arista - red; Attina - orange; Adella - yellow; Ariel - green; Aquata - blue; Andrina - purple; Alana - pink.
  • 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.

Attina

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

Attina is the eldest daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena.
  • 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: Which is more prominent in the prequel and may be there to further distinguish herself from her sisters.
  • 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.
  • Retcon: Early material clearly had Aquata as the oldest and even had her worry about being the heir to the throne. The third movie states Attina is the oldest sister.
  • Team Mom: 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.

Alana

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

Alana is the second daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena.
  • The Fashionista: Book!Alana creates her own beauty products.
  • A Girl And Her X: A Girl and Her Sea Turtle.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Alana and Adrina both have purple tail fins and wear purple seashells.
  • Green Thumb: Book!Alana. Not in powers, but she takes care of the sea garden.
  • It's All About Me: Downplayed. Alana can be somewhat vain, it is not to the extent that she could play this trope straight.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Alana is a brunette with pale skin.
  • Retcon: In extension media released after the first film, Alana is the second youngest daughter of King Triton. In the prequel, she is the second oldest after Attina.

Aquata

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

Aquata is the third daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Implied. When she thought that Ariel was with a "bad boy" in the prequel, Aquata seemed excitedly happy for her sister.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: She looks delicate enough but doesn't like when her stuff gets borrowed without permission or when her sisters get threatened, and is more than capable of holding her own as the sportiest of the seven. She also, by her own admission, has a strong case of I Can't Dance - in her own words, "I look like a spastic piece of kelp!"
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Aquata has brown hair and brown eyes.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Aquata was quite irritated with Arista when she took her pink, stuffed seahorse named Mr. Fuzzyfinkle.
  • Meaningful Name: Aquata's name is Latin for "watery".
  • Hot-Blooded: Downplayed. Aquata can be aggressive, but only slightly.
  • Noodle Incident: Aquata and the sting ray incident.
  • Retcon: As mentioned, early material clearly hd Aquata as the heir to the throne while the third film places her as the third oldest. Due to Disney ignoring made-for-video sequels it's possible that she is still the oldest, however her age is never mentioned in newer material.

Arista

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

Arista is the fourth daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed. In the TV series, Arista had some jerkass moments towards Ariel, but showed her heart of gold side. The prequel has her as a ditzy, but nicer sister.
  • The Ditz: Arista has a more ditzy, absent-minded personality in the prequel.
  • Genki Girl: Arista is more excitable in the prequel.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Arista reveals in the TV series that she is jealous of the adventures that Ariel has.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Arista has blue eyes in the prequel to symbolize her friendliness and innocent (if ditzy) nature.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Arista in the TV series was prone to being an antagonistic jerk (especially to Ariel), but did show she had a good heart at the end of the day.
  • Noodle Incident: Arista and the "blowfish incident".
  • Sweet Tooth: Arista's favorite food is sea sponge swirl, which is a lot like cotton candy.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Arista has waist length hair that is tied in a ponytail.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Arista is the prejudice, girly Jerk with a Heart of Gold and Ariel is the open-minded, tomboyish Nice Girl in the TV series. Also, in the prequel — in this case Arista is the ditzy older sister who follows her father's rules while Ariel is the sensible (at times) younger sister who wants to change the rules.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Arista is the Girly Girl to Ariel's Tomboy.

Adella

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

Adella is the fifth daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena.
  • Drama Queen: Adella can be this to way when she finds out that he youngest sister (possibly) has a boyfriend before her.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: While she is only briefly seen, Adella is still quite chubby in the original version of the sequel. This seems to have been modified in a later edition, where she fits the same frame as her sisters. All other material minus the tv series (which has her even chubbier than in the film) has her slimmed down.
  • Gossipy Hens: Adella has a bit of one because she doesn't mind speculating or commenting on others' love lives.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Adella has waist length hair that is 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.

Andrina

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

Andrina is the sixth daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena.

    Sebastian The Crab 
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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.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Frequently in the first film.
  • 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.
  • Character Development: Sebastian has, perhaps, the most dynamic character growth in the original movie. Goes from a pompous, self-centered coward who just wants to write symphonies and convince Ariel to act like "all the normal fish" so he doesn't get in trouble with her father, to a brave and selfless hero who willingly risks his own life many times to ensure Ariel's happiness. (And keep in mind that Ariel is not his daughter like Triton, nor his love interest like Eric, nor even really his friend at first like Flounder and Scuttle. Ariel isn't even his favorite student, since her constant no-shows cause him no end of trouble. Yet, Sebastian still risks it all to help Ariel, all just to make a young lady happy.) He also learns to overcome his fear of humans, going from running scared of Chef Louis to confidently knocking the chef out with a loose beam at the end of the film.
  • Character Tics: His voice tends to get high when he's nervous and/or scared.
  • The Comically Serious: Serious, somewhat grumpy personality, and often put into comic situations.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Sebastian gets hit with this hard in the original movie. He's the only member of Ariel's inner circle who tries to discourage her interest in humans, and after she gains legs he's the only one who advocates using the short time she has to cancel her deal with Ursula instead of risking it all on a slim chance of victory. It's only after Sebastian agrees to go along with Ariel, Flounder, and Scuttle's (very dangerous) plan for her to woo the prince that he's portrayed sympathetically. (Though no less of a Butt Monkey.)
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Sebastian is originally tasked by King Triton to keep Princess Ariel out of trouble (and away from humans). As Sebastian becomes more aware of Ariel's feelings he becomes increasingly torn between keeping Ariel's secrets, and keeping Triton happy. He ultimately chooses Ariel.
  • Drama Queen: Shown all the time in the movies and TV series.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Has this reaction frequently, especially after becoming Ariel's Badly Battered Babysitter.
    Sebastian: (after narrowly avoiding being eaten) I hope you appreciate what I go through for you, young lady!
    Ariel: (absentmindedly pats his head and walks away)
  • Fiery Redhead: Fiery red shelled.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: When Ariel first becomes human, Sebastian resolves to tell her father about Ursula's deal so they can reverse it. This would conveniently free Sebastian from his job as Ariel's Badly Battered Babysitter, and possibly allow him to return to his old job as royal court composer. However, when he realizes just how miserable this would make Ariel, Sebastian decides to give up his "idol" (his king, his job) for the sake of his "friend" (Ariel).
  • 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".
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: An interspecies example. He (a crab) and Triton (a merman) are each other's best friend, with the former being the latter's closest advisor.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Ariel after she becomes human, since Ariel and Flounder are out of their element on land, and Scuttle doesn't know as much as he thinks he does. It's Sebastian's plans that help Ariel woo Eric, and later stall the wedding (and get Triton for good measure), that gives her a fighting chance against Ursula's treachery.
  • Inopportune Voice Cracking: As he nervously approaches King Triton, trying to maintain a calm, dignified appearance. But when he speaks, he lets out a squeaky "Yes?" before composing himself and speaking in his regular tone of voice.
  • Interspecies Friendship:
    • His closest friends are Triton and Ariel (merpeople), Flounder (fish), and even Scuttle (seagull).
    • Sebastian also develops a close bond to Melody (the first mer-human).
  • It's All About Me: Pre-Character Development.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When you get to really know Sebastian underneath his vain and temperamental nature, he's a really softie.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Has his moments in the original film. He doesn't exactly want to risk life and limb to help Ariel fit in among humans, but he helps her anyway because it's the right thing.
    Sebastian: (ruefully) What a soft shell I turned out to be.
  • The Lancer: To Ariel, after she becomes human. He's her complete opposite in terms of temperament and ideology, yet he's her most competent sidekick and works tirelessly to help her succeed.
  • The Leader:
    • Of Ariel's Non Human Sidekicks since he is usually the one directing and giving orders.
    • Also to the Catfish Club Band in the prequel.
  • Loose Lips: How Triton got to know about Ariel saving Eric, and her grotto filled with human treasures.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The horrified and guilt-ridden look on his face after Triton destroys Ariel's treasures, all because of his big mouth, says it all.
  • Nervous Wreck: Combined with Drama Queen, in the original movie. Trying to keep the less-than-discreet Ariel's new love for Prince Eric a secret, and then deal with the daunting odds against her coming out okay from Ursula's Deal with the Devil, are almost more than he can bear.
    Sebastian: (Gasps) My nerves are shot! This is a catastrophe! What would her father say? I'll tell you what her father'd say. He'd say he's gonna kill himself a CRAB, that's what her father'd say!
  • 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 Friend: He's Melody's constant companion throughout most of her life.
  • Only Sane Man: Sure, he's a pessimist, but he's also 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.
  • Properly Paranoid: Sebastian's belief that humans want to eat sea creatures like him is proven deadly accurate when he stumbles into a kitchen filled with cooking seafood, and where the fanatical chef becomes hell-bent on making Sebastian part of the menu.
  • Red Is Heroic: Sebastian is a red-shelled crab and one of the good guys.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Played with in regards to Ariel. In the face of danger Sebastian is very Red (dramatic, temperamental, and heatedly convinced everything is a catastrophe), while Ariel is very calm, cool, and confident that things will turn out. However, when it comes to planning Ariel is very reckless and impulsive, preferring to leap into action and worry about fallout later, while Sebastian is much more cautious and meticulous, preferring to look and plan ahead before leaping.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: While Sebastian becomes brave and selfless following Ariel's adventure, he retains some of his old Drama Queen and self-aggrandizing ways.
    Sebastian: Well, it's like I always say, Your Majesty. Children got to be free to lead their own lives.
    Triton: (Skeptical) You always say that?
  • Sarcastic Devotee: He often snarks and complains when following Ariel around, but he's devoted to her completely.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Ariel/Eric (though very reluctantly at first). He helps Scuttle and Flounder to get Eric to fall in love with Ariel.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Has this reaction a lot after following Ariel to land; mostly in response to Scuttle.
    Sebastian: Jeez, man! I'm surrounded by amateurs!
  • The Smart Guy: Of Ariel's friends, since Flounder is so young and Scuttle is so spacey.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: To follow King Triton's orders that Ariel stay away from the surface and humans, or to help Ariel attain her dream of becoming human? Sebastian ultimately chooses the latter.
  • Undying Loyalty: To both Triton and Ariel.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: His trauma and near-death experience in Louis' kitchen is played for laughs since he's just a crab.

    Herald, The Seahorse 
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Voiced by: Will Ryan

A royal announcer and a member of King Triton's court.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: For some reason Herald wasn't present in the prequel.
  • Regal Ruff: As a member of King Triton's court, he wears a purplish one.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had Herald been more explicit on why Triton needed to see Sebastian about Ariel, the crab wouldn't have thought it was because he knew about Prince Eric.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After informing King Triton that Ariel's whereabouts are still unknown, Herald disappears to continue to look for her and isn't seen again.

Other Residents of Atlantica

    Flounder The Fish 
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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.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shows a more witty attitude in the sequel. Mostly towards the idea of Scuttle helping.
  • 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 (crab) and Scuttle (seagull).
  • Loose Lips: He accidentally blurts out that he and Ariel explored near the surface of the sea.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: On how he and Ariel met. The TV series shows that they met when Ariel was still a child, while this film shows Ariel to have been older.
  • Nervous Wreck: Flounder scares easily and is prone to panicking under stressful situations, especially when he goes on adventures with Ariel.
  • Nice Guy: He is sweet and loyal.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Ariel/Eric. He even surprises Ariel with the statue of Eric that sunk after the storm and spends the rest of the movie trying to get Eric to kiss her.
  • Tagalong Kid: To Ariel in the first film.
    • Also 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 themselves in, he had the attitude of 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 or show any sign of fear in front of said villain.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Ariel. Despite being a Cowardly Lion and Nervous Wreck, Flounder will always come through for Ariel when needed, to the point where he's not only her closest friend, but her most loyal one.

    Alex 
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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.

    Catfish Club Band 
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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.

    Urchin 
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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.

    Pearl 
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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.

Residents of Prince Eric's Castle

    Prince Eric 
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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 in Charge: 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! He's also the prince of his kingdom and later became the King 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: Eric is one of the nicest characters in The Little Mermaid franchise...he also has threatened or outright killed those who harmed his loved ones.
  • Birds of a Feather: He wanted to escape his landlocked life to go out to sea. Ariel wanted to escape her underwater life to live above ground.
  • 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. His status as this trope is 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 for the first and third 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.
  • 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 way Melody grew up into a respectful and good-hearted young lady proves he and Ariel raised their daughter right.
  • Happily Married: To Ariel in the sequel; they prove to have an incredibly stable marriage whether there is or isn't danger.
  • 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 with and marries redhead Ariel.
  • Hidden Depths: This skilled mariner turns out to be an expert on the flute.
  • 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.
  • I Will Find You: His intention to find Ariel after she was taken by Ursula.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Heroic, brave, fun-loving, kind, selfless, polite, and down-to-earth.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Despite being a prince, Eric enjoys sailing the seas and doesn't hesistate to get into action if he needs to.
  • 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 while brandishing his sword.
  • 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: The down-to-earth Savvy Guy to Ariel's spunky, rambunctious Energetic Girl.
  • 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.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Zig zagged. While Eric is an important character in the franchise, he gets Demoted to Extra in the sequel, prequel, and the TV series — where the last one revealed that he was the one to show Ariel that not all humans are cruel beings when he rescued a trapped dolphin.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Ariel certainly thinks so.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender-flipped. He impales Ursula to save Ariel.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He kills Ursula and threatens Morgana; both moments in the defense of his (future) wife and daughter, respectively.

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

Grimsby is Eric's manservant and confidant.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Eric nicknames him "Grim".
  • British Stuffiness: Grimsby is a reserved man with a thick British accent.
  • The Confidant: To Eric. He offers the young Prince advice when it appears needed.
  • Cool Old Guy: Grimsby gave Eric good advice on not chasing after a fantasy girl and focus on the real one.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Some of his dialogue has a level of wit.
  • Demoted to Extra: He only has three scenes in the sequel.
  • Nice Guy: He may be no-nonsense and witty, but not to an extent he would be considered mean. In actuality, he's gentle, friendly, and helpful.
  • Parental Substitute: Implied in his interactions with Eric in the first film that show Grimsby acting as a sort of father figure.
  • Servile Snarker: He's technically a servant to Prince Eric, but isn't above sending some snark his way.
  • Shipper on Deck: As time goes on, Grimsby notices that Eric is falling for Ariel. He councils him to forget his dream girl (he wished to marry the one who saved him, not realizing it was Ariel), and to accept the real one he has.

    Carlotta 
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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.
  • Parental Substitute: Implied in some of her actions with Eric. Like Grimsby, she seems to take on a sort of surrogate mother role for Eric, worrying about his emotional well-being as well as his physical state. After Eric laughs at Ariel blowing soot in Grimsby's face, Carlotta notes that that's the first time she's seen Eric smile in weeks.
  • 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 
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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.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Just read some of these lyrics out-of-context and, ignoring for a moment that it's about fish, ask yourself if they don't sound a little... Hannibal Lecter-esque?
    Louis: With a cleaver I HACK them in two
    I PULL OUT what's inside
    And I serve it up fried...
  • 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.
  • Gratuitous French: Random French words are sprinkled among his sentences like garnish.
    Louis: Zut alors, I have missed one!
    Sacre bleu, what is this?
  • Hot-Blooded: Sebastian pinching his nose quickly gets him so angry he throws knives at the little crab, go after him with a cleaver, and then destroy the whole kitchen to catch him.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: After he chases Sebastian all over the kitchen in the first film.
  • Nice Hat: His chef hat.
  • Psycho for Hire: Downplayed. He is a professional chef, so it is his job to chop up, season, and cook little sea critters for dinner. That said, he seems to enjoy the "cut up" part of his job way more than he should...
    Louis: First you POUND the fish flat with a mallet
    Then you SLASH OFF their skin
    Give their belly a SLICE
    Then you rub some salt in
    'Cause it makes it taste nice
  • 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.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Le Poissons is played for laughs since he gleefully sings about how much he loves cutting off and chopping up and pulling out little fish parts, not people.

    Max The Sheepdog 
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Voiced by: Frank Welker

Max is Prince Eric's loyal Old English Sheepdog.
  • Animal Companion: Max the Sheepdog follows Eric almost anywhere.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Melody 
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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 marginalized, because of her "weird" behavior.
  • Badass Adorable: Melody is a beautiful, adorkable child who, in the climax, goes to attack Morgana.
  • Badass Princess: The princess of her kingdom, a skilled swimmer, and inherited her mother's mermaid abilities.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Melody wished to become a mermaid. She got more than she bargained for.
  • 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. She has a similar reaction later when Ariel says that she did everything to protect her, which quickly makes her give the trident to Morgana.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Like her parents and grandfather, Melody is usually polite person. But, if you make her angry? All bets are off.
  • Be Yourself: The lesson Melody learns at the end of the movie.
    Melody: I just wanted to be a better mermaid than a girl.
    Ariel: Oh no sweetie, it doesn't matter if you have fins or feet. We love you for who you are on the inside, our very brave little girl.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Something she inherited from her father where his thick, black eyebrows.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's very smart and mature for her age.
  • Break the Cutie: From her ruined birthday party to discovering that she indirectly stole from her grandfather.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: Twice to Ariel — First, Melody yells at her mother for saying the ocean even though she's never been in it. Second, when Ariel (now in mermaid form) tries to persuade Melody to give her the trident, Melody calls her out for lying to her about Atlantica and trying to keep Melody from the sea despite being aware of how much her daughter loved it.
  • 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.
  • 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 Dog: Doesn't have as much screen time with Max, but it is probably a close relationship given 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.
  • Hair Decorations: Melody wears a variety of these throughout the movie.
    • As a baby, she wears a pink/white bow.
    • During her 12th birthday party, she dons a pink ponytail.
    • Throughout most of the story she wears a blue ponytail.
    • At the end, she's wearing a white ponytail.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The first hybrid in Disney. She is half human (father)-half mermaid (mother).
  • Has a Type: Implied. The only two possible love interests Melody has are both blondes.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Melody has a lot of low self-esteem issues.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: One of Melody's biggest personal flaws. She is completely naive enough to trust in the Obviously Evil Sea Witch Morgana and do her bidding. And only after she gives Morgana the trident, does she realize her horrible mistake.
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: Inverted. Her mother is nonhuman (mermaid) and her father is the human.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: In direct contrast to her mother, Melody dreams of being a mermaid.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Melody's blue eyes represent her naive and adventurous personality.
  • In-Series Nickname: By accident. When Alex asked for her name, she was too lovestruck to answer completely and said, "Mel-Mel".
  • 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.
    • As the only Mer-Human any friends Melody has qualify as this.
  • Interspecies Romance: Melody, the first mer-human, apparently has a crush on Alex, a merboy, and really any romance she would have would qualify.
  • 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: She had inherited some of her mother's superhuman traits, namely speed and strength, the latter of which is demonstrated by her scaling an ice wall with little problems late into the film. She also inherited superhuman endurance, as evidenced by her not being crushed into oblivion when forcibly changed back into a human by Morgana despite the depth she was at.
  • 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 underwear.
  • 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!: She probably should have given Triton's trident to Ariel when the latter confronted Morgana. However, her actions in giving the trident to Morgana ends up dooming Atlantica. "You've got no one to blame but yourself," indeed.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When Melody realizes that Morgan tricked her into giving her Triton's trident to spite Ariel for lying about her heritage.
    • She has another one when she is about to be transformed back into a human after Morgana traps her.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Being a princess, she has to wear some for formal events.
  • 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 cause her to be marginalized as 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. Most noticeable is her hair (the same color as her father's). She inherited her mother's eyes, nose, and facial structure. Eric also gave her his skin tone, smile, and thick eyebrows.
  • Take a Third Option: At the end of the film, King Triton offers Melody a choice to either live with him and Atlantica as a mermaid, or stay human and live with her family. She chooses neither: instead using his trident to dissolve the castle's seawall so both humans and merfolk can live together.
  • 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.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: A black, long ponytail.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Melody: (to Ariel) I just wanted to be a better mermaid than a girl.

Allies

    Scuttle The Seagull 
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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)note . 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. He claims that a fork is a thing for styling hair, a (smoking) pipe is a musical instrument, and also uses a telescope backwards. This gets lampshaded later on in the film when he's trying to warn Sebastian about something. Sebastian is understandably skeptical, and Scuttle shouts "Have I ever been wrong? I mean, when it's important?"
  • 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.
  • No Indoor Voice: His default volume seems to be screaming.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: As the resident Wacky Guy.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: From the first film, "The prince! Is marrying! The sea witch! In disguise!"
  • Shipper on Deck: For Ariel/Eric. He helps Sebastian and Flounder to get Eric to fall in love with Ariel.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: About knowledge of human life.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: "You've got an aesthetically pleasing configuration of hair that humans go nuts over."
  • Spanner in the Works: In the first film, he is the entire reason Ursula's Evil Plan falls apart. Not only is he the one who catches Ursula gloating within her "Vanessa" disguise and warns Ariel she has been duped, he rounds up an army of sea life to stall the wedding and personally destroys her amulet to free Eric and enable his Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Toothy Bird: Scuttle is depicted with teeth.

    Stormy The Seahorse 
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Stormy is an ornery seahorse stallion.

    Spot, The Baby Orca 
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Voiced by: Frank Welker

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

    Simon the Sea Monster 
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Voiced by: Brian Cummings

Simon is a sea dragon from The Little Mermaid series that Ariel and Flounder befriend.
  • Adorkable: Cements this trope with his huge size, kind heart, and desire to have friends.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: For whatever reason, Simon was imprisoned in a cave and spent an unknown amount of time writing letters in a bottle to look for a friend.
  • 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.

    Tip and Dash 
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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.
Tropes applying to both

Tropes applying to Tip

Tropes applying to Dash
  • Fat Best Friend: Dash, the giant walrus, is this Tip.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Implied with Dash. He is a walrus who lives with a colony of penguins. His walrus family has not been seen or heard of.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Dash has these which hint at his adventurous nature.
  • Nice Guy: Dash is more sweet, patient, and polite than his friend and partner Tip.
  • Sidekick: Dash is the "sidekick" in his "dynamic duo" with Tip.
  • Warm-Hearted Walrus: Dash is a kindhearted walrus.

Antagonists

First Film Antagonists

    Ursula 
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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. During the TV Series, she tried to defeat Triton in the Sargasso Sea with her Octopid army.
  • 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, but that was before.
  • Big Bad: Of both the first film and the TV Series, and one of Disney's more notable examples.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Her human alias, "Vanessa".
  • Brainwashed: "Vanessa" does this to Eric.
  • Blatant Lies: Her entire Villain Song "Poor Unfortunate Souls," where she swears up and down she's not evil anymore and only uses her magic only to help those in need. She does admit that "once or twice, someone couldn't pay the price," and she had to "rake 'em across the coals"... right in front of a huge garden full of the "poor unfortunate souls" she made deals with.
  • The Caligula: In the stage version, Ursula was Triton's sister and co-ruler. To put it bluntly, she wasn't much saner back then.
  • 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.
  • The Conqueror: During the TV Series, it's shown that sometime after her banishment she led her people, the Octopids in a battle against the merpeople in a bid to conquer Atlantica, empowering one of her commanders with a trident more powerful than Triton's, but that failed. Ursula attempted to conquer Atlantica again by giving her Octopid army eight Dark Tridents, but that failed again.
  • 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.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Dark is Evil aside, if her near-constant Psychotic Smirks, Slasher Smiles, and Evil Laughs don't tip you off, we don't know what will.
  • 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 Is Hammy: "YOU POOR, UNFORTUNATE SOOOOOOUUULLLLLLLL!!!!!"
  • Evil Laugh: Ursula does one about every five minutes.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has a deep voice, courtesy of Pat Carroll.
  • 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.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: What she inflicts on the poor unfortunate souls who fail to meet the nigh-impossible terms of her contracts; turning them into miserable little polyps doomed to forever writhe helplessly in her personal garden. Thankfully, they're all set free after she's killed at the end of the film.
  • 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.
  • The Hedonist: The stage version makes a case for her being this, most notably with her song "I Want the Good Times Back".
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In the climax, when Eric stabs her with the bow of the ship.
  • Impossible Task: In true Fairy Tale Wicked Witch fashion (though, ironically, not the witch she's based on), Ursula deliberately makes the terms of her deals with mortals nearly impossible to fulfill, because she wants her clients to fail and turn into polyps. (She's duly surprised and enraged when Ariel almost succeeds anyway.)
  • 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 — she kicked Max with her shoe when the dog growled at her.
  • 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.
  • Moving The Goal Posts: She gives Ariel three days to woo and kiss the prince. When she sees that Ariel might actually succeed, she turns herself into a beautiful young maiden and uses Ariel's own voice to hypnotize the prince into falling in love with her so Ariel won't have a chance at success.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Ursula throwing a monkey wrench into her deal with Ariel to usurp power is ultimately a catalyst for Eric killing her for trying to kill Ariel, which convinces Triton to overcome his hatred of humans and let Ariel stay with Eric and depart with him and the rest of his kingdom on good terms.
  • 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.
  • Power Makes Your Voice Deep: Her already deep voice goes downright demonic after the trident powers her up and turns her into a giant. This is most noticeable in the Latin American spanish dub.
  • Purple Eyes: As Vanessa.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: While we never see them together, she's shown to be much more calm and collected than Morgana, suggesting that they may have had this dynamic.
  • Sanity Slippage: She becomes more and more deranged as her plan achieves more success. By the time she's got the trident in her hands and transforms into a giant monster, the little sanity she had is completely gone.
  • Sea Monster: Wonder why she's The Dreaded?
  • Shout-Out: The climactic battle against her is heavily inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: As Vanessa sea animals crash her wedding with a slapstick routine played mostly for laughs. Particularly notable since this only happens to her in her generically pretty, feminine form.
  • Slasher Smile: Ursula does this quite a bit during the final battle. Vanessa, Ursula's disguise, has this when gloating about her inevitable victory (specifically, when she throws her hairpin at a mirror with enough force to knock the mirror back upon impact).
    • Also near the conclusion of "Poor Unfortunate Souls," as she goads Ariel into signing, gets the cauldron boiling, and demands Ariel to "SIIIING." The Psychotic Smirk that accompanies her triumphantly clasping Ariel's voice probably should have tipped the little mermaid off to her true nature before Ursula started interfering with her own deal a few days later.
  • Solitary Sorceress: She was banished from the Kingdom of Atlantica, but still gives magical help to "poor unfortunate souls"... with a hook in it.
  • Sore Loser: Her reaction to seeing Ariel nearly succeed in getting Eric to kiss her in the three day time limit (despite the odds) is to have Flotsam and Jetsam flip the boat over before their lips could meet, and Brain Wash Eric into thinking he's in love with a disguised Ursula so Ariel can't meet the terms of their deal fairly.
  • Stage Whisper: "Flotsam, Jetsam, now I've got her, boys."
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: As soon as she gets her hands on Triton's crown and trident, she wastes no time abusing her power.
    Ursula: NOW I AM THE RULER OF ALL THE OCEAN!! THE WAVES OBEY MY EVERY WHIM. THE SEA AND ALL ITS SPOILS BOW TO MY POWER!!!
  • Unscaled Merfolk: Being half octopus, or more accurately, and Octopid.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Near the end.
  • Villainous Glutton: She even eats shrimps while they're alive.
  • Villain Song: "Poor Unfortunate Souls".
  • Wicked Witch: Also a Witch with a Capital B.
    "I admit that in the past I've been a nasty, /They weren't kidding when they called me, well, a witch''..."
  • X-Ray Sparks: During her death scene.

    Flotsam and Jetsam 
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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.
  • 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.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: If one is willing to see Ursula as their "mother" (she certainly acts like it), they adore Ursula as much as she adores them.
  • Evil Minions: Ursula's personal attack dogs.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: They end up getting blasted to smithereens from a misfire from the trident.
  • Irony: In real life, moray eels like to eat octopi.
  • 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
  • Undying Loyalty: Their loyalty to Ursula is absolute and they carry out her wicked wishes with gusto.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Averted. Unlike many Disney henchmen, they are not comedic at all. In fact, they prove to be as successful manipulating Ariel as Ursula is.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: They have these, most of the time at least - sometimes one or both of their eyes are ordinary white, as can be seen in the picture above.

    Glut, The Shark 
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An antagonistic shark that tries to kill both Ariel and Flounder.

Second Film Antagonists

    Morgana 
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Voiced by: Pat Carroll

Morgana is the main antagonist in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.
  • Agony of the Feet: Err...tentacle in this case. At the climax, Melody pricks Morgana in the tentacle with the trident! Cue Morgana holding her tentacle in pain.
  • And I Must Scream: Her fate at the end of the movie, courtesy of King Triton.
  • 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: The main antagonist of the sequel.
  • Big "NO!": When Melody gives the trident back to her grandfather.
  • Break Them by Talking: She tries this to Melody after the latter gives her King Triton's trident.
  • The Dreaded: Morgana terrifies everyone (especially Sebastian) when she first shows up.
    Sebastian: (panicked) URSULA'S CRAZY SISTER!
  • Driven by Envy: Implied. She wanted to steal the trident not only for ultimate power, but also to prove she was a better conqueror 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).
  • 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 who is able to repair her relationship with her mother while Morgana is heartless and vindictive who was never able to get the reconciliation she needed.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: She gets trapped into a block of ice and falls into the oceans below.
  • 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. Morgana is able to effortlessly manipulate Melody into stealing the trident by giving her the answers she needed while making Ariel look like the bad guy.
  • Noodle People: Again, contrasting with Ursula's fatness.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Melody successfully hands over the trident back to Triton, and then when she is going to be trapped into a block of ice for eternity.
  • Organic Bra: Her scales cover herself up in a similar fashion to Ursula's.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: In contrast to the more calm and collected Ursula, Morgana is essentially a middle-aged Emo Teen.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: While we never see them together, she's shown to be much more erratic and emotional than Ursula, suggesting that they may have had this dynamic.
  • Remember the New Guy: A rare case wherein it's kind of justified, seeing as it's implied that Morgana's hatred of her sister was mutual, thus giving an explanation as to why Ursula never mentioned her.
  • 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!?!'
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • When Ariel tries to convince Melody to give her the trident, Morgana manipulates into not. And when Ariel tries to explain that the sea witch is lying, Morgana replies that Ariel was the one lying to Melody all her life. True, Morgana was lying to Melody about certain details and was only trying to get the trident, but she's not wrong about Ariel's lies, however well-intentioned.
    • After Melody impulsively gives Morgana the trident, she reveals her true colors. And when Melody, angrily states that Morgana tricked her, the witch replied that Melody only has herself to blame. While Morgana did trick Melody, she wasn't wrong about Melody only having herself to blame since she did have a chance to give Ariel the trident and only gave it to Morgana out of spite and anger towards her mother.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: The main reason Morgana hated Ursula is because their mother always praised her sister while criticizing her.
  • 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 
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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.
  • Butt Monkey: Being magically shrunk and then many failures at having him return to his original size.
  • The Dragon: To Morgana. Of her three minions, Undertow is her main muscle and the one who will call her out on her plans.
  • Jerkass: Cruel, mean, and bullying.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: A small shark (thanks to the Trident's effects) who constantly argues with Morgana.
  • Threatening Shark: A tiger shark who loves intimidating others with his size.
  • Villain Has a Point: Undertow is right that Morgana can't keep blaming Ursula for her own failures.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He wanted to eat baby Melody at the beginning of the sequel.

    Cloak and Dagger 
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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.
  • Meaningful Name: Cloak wears a cloak, and Dagger holds a dagger.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Like the minions they are based off of, Cloak and Dagger always work together.
  • The Voiceless: They never breathe a word.

Third Film Antagonists

    Marina del Ray 
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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.

    Benjamin, The Manatee 
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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.

TV Series Antagonists

    The Evil Manta 
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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.

    Little Evil 
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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.
  • Character Development: Little Evil eventually learns to be true to himself and not be the brat his father wants him to be.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Early on, Little Evil expressed a desire to be like his evil father. After encountering Ariel, however, Little Evil ultimately proved to be good at heart with a natural sense of curiosity.
  • Hidden Depths: He develops a love of art and a desire to attend school with other Atlanticans.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: His motivation for befriending Ariel.
  • Morality Pet: To Evil Manta. Despite his evil ways, he appears to be a good father to his son.

    Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp 
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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.
  • Jerkass: Both are mean and cruel.
  • The Mafia: They are modeled after 1920s gangster stereotypes.
  • Nice Hat: Both wear coral styled hats.

    Howling Hairfish 
Voiced by: N/A

Howling Hairfish are monstrous fish that when a normal fish becomes cursed in The Little Mermaid TV series. A school of silver fish will turn a Howling Hairfish back into a normal fish. The only Howling Hairfish that speaks is Flounder who turned into a Howling Hairfish.

Comic Book Antagonists

    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

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