Characters: The Little Mermaid

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     Ariel 

Ariel

Voiced by: Jodi Benson

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     Prince Eric 

Prince Eric

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

  • Absurdly Youthful Father: He still looks the same after Melody is born and even after she turns 12.
  • Action Hero: Becomes this in the climax of the first film.
  • Action Dad: In the sequel. Eric will still take on anything that threatens him or his family.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Prince (later King) of his kingdom and defeated Ursula.
  • Badass: This guy took down GIANT URSULA for God's sake! And he saved both his kingdom and Triton's from certain destruction! And let's not forget he freed Triton, Ariel and hundreds of merpeople from eternal damnation!
  • Badass In Charge: Became the King of his kingdom in the sequel.
  • Badass Normal: This guy does not give up. EVER. Sky-high Physical Goddess Sea Witches be damned, you do not mess with his girl.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: See Papa Wolf below.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Big, dark eyebrows.
  • A Boy and His X: A Man And His Dog. His best friend is his lovable dog, Max.
  • Brainwashed: "Vanessa" does this to him in the first film.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His piloting his ship through a hurricane in the first film.
  • Chick Magnet: Immediately wins the affections of Ariel and at least lots of compliments from Ursula. He obviously ends up with the former.
    • Further confirmed with Grimsby's line about Eric denying another proposal from a neighboring princess.
  • Demoted to Extra: He has a recurring role in the TV series, is a supporting character in the second film, and makes no appearance in the prequel.
  • Determinator: To the same extent as Ariel.
  • Deuteragonist: In the first film, with Ariel being obviously The Protagonist.
  • Disappeared Dad/Missing Mom: We don't get a visit from either of them in the first movie or sequel.
  • Expy: Eric is based on "The Prince" in The Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: He does meet Ariel after she saved him, but only remembers her voice.
    • In the TV series episode "Scuttle", Eric catches a brief glimpse at Ariel, but is convinced by Grimsby that it was just his imagination.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He helped free a dolphin from a net. Unbeknownst to him, his future wife, Ariel watched him save the dolphin. While she doesn't see his full face, Eric's selfless action was the catalyst that helped Ariel to believe that not all humans are evil.
    • Then, there's his brotherly and close relationship with Max his sheep dog.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Eric is genuinely a Nice Guy to everyone, but that doesn't stop him from killing Ursula.
  • Good Parents: He may have made a mistake or two with Melody, but the movie proves he and Ariel raised her right.
  • Happily Married: To Ariel in the sequel.
  • Hello, Sailor!: An accomplished mariner. And not bad looking.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: His best friend is his dog, Max.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Falls in love and marries redhead Ariel.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: An interspecies example. With Max (sheep dog).
    • Implied to also be this with Grimsby.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Blue eyes, kind and heroic personality.
  • Interspecies Romance: Eric, a human, falls in love with and marries Ariel, a mermaid.
  • 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/Single-Target Sexuality: While he does see Ariel for a couple of seconds, due to complications involved with being half-unconscious, he didn't remember what she looked like, which led to him falling in love with her voice.
  • Magical Flutist: Averted. Eric is shown to be an expert on the flute, but has no magical properties in his skills.
  • Marry for Love: In the first film.
  • 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, prefer very simple clothing.
  • Nice Guy: Romantic, selfless and very polite to Ariel.
  • Papa Wolf: Towards Melody. He angrily asks Morgana what she has done to Melody.
  • Ramming Always Works: During the final showdown, he commandeers one of the old shipwrecks that Ursula's whirlpool lifts from the ocean's bottom and uses the prow as a giant harpoon to skewer her.
  • Red Is Heroic: One of the heroes and sports a red cummerbund.
  • Rescue Romance: Ariel saves Eric from drowning.
    • He, in turn, saves her (and the rest of the ocean) from Ursula at the end of the movie.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Prince Eric is a competent sailor.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Ariel.
  • Ship Fu: How he defeats Ursula.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Ariel certainly thinks so.

     King Triton 

King Triton

Voiced by: Kenneth Mars

     Sebastian The Crab 

Sebastian the Crab

Voiced by: Samuel E. Wright

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

     Flounder The Fish 

Flounder the Fish

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

  • Adorkable: A cowardly talking fish. He's cute and beautifully coloured in blue and yellow.
  • Childhood Friends: In the TV series with Ariel.
  • Cowardly Lion: When Ariel is in trouble, he comes through for her without hesitation.
  • Cowardly Sidekick: At the beginning of the first film.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shows shades of this in the sequel. Mostly towards Scuttle.
  • Freudian Excuse: Implied. In the prequel, Flounder was more adventurous and outgoing; a stark contrast to the first movie. It can be reasoned that he became more nervous and cautious when he befriended Ariel.
  • Freudian Trio: The Ego to Ariel's Id and Sebastian's Superego.
    • The Ego to Scuttle's Id and Sebastian's Superego.
  • Good Parents: Flounder is shown to be a good father to his kids in the sequel, despite not having that much screentime.
  • Informed Species: Flounder does not look anything like an actual flounder, though he might be named after the verb instead of the fish.
  • Interspecies Friendship: His best friend is Ariel (mermaid), as well as Sebastian (fish) and Scuttle (seagull).
  • Loose Lips: He accidentally blurts out that he and Ariel explored near the surface of the sea.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: How he and Ariel met the first time.
  • Nervous Wreck: What he becomes after his adventures with Ariel.
  • Nice Guy: A loyal friend to Ariel.

     Scuttle The Seagull 

Scuttle the Seagull

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

  • Plucky Comic Relief: As the resident Wacky Guy.
  • Punctuated Pounding/Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: From the first film, "The prince! Is marrying! The sea witch! In disguise!"
  • 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 plan falls apart.
    • This requires expansion: he's the first to find out that "Vanessa" is actually Ursula in disguise and warns Ariel about it, then rounds up all the birds and sea creatures he is friends with... and they all dive bomb Vanessa repeatedly as Dolphins, lobsters and seals bring shit down on her head; Scuttle squawks in her face and she strangles him. As he kicks back, Max bites her on the backside, making her scream and giving Scuttle just enough time to rip of Vanessa's necklace, eventually breaking her it.

     Max The Sheepdog 

Max the Sheepdog

Voiced by: Frank Welker

  • Animal Companion: To Eric.
  • Big Friendly Dog: He's Prince Eric's dog, and is fond of jumping around and licking Eric and Ariel's faces on various occasions.
  • Blinding Bangs: Has very long fur covering the face and eyes.
  • Butt Biter: Max gets to bite Ursula/Vanessa in the butt near the end of the first film.
  • Demoted to Extra: He has minor roles in the sequel and TV series. He makes no appearance in the prequel.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When he bites Ursula/Vanessa in the butt.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed: 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: Taken to the extreme in the first film.
  • Expy: His body type and the way he walks and runs bears a strong resemblance to The Colonel from 101 Dalmatians. Minus the talking and that Max has grey and white fur, while The Colonel has brown.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: An interspecies example. With Eric.
  • The Nose Knows: Which is how Max is able to recognize Ariel when she's human.
  • Shipper on Deck: Max is more happier with Eric and Ariel married.
  • They Have the Scent: From the first film, when he finds Ariel after she became human.

     Melody 

Melody

Voiced by: Tara Strong

  • Action Girl: In the climax when she briefly attacks Morgana with the trident.
  • Adorkable: 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: This is how she felt at first.
  • Badass: Considering who's she is related to... it's not that big of a surprise.
  • Badass Adorable: When she goes to attack Morgana.
  • Badass Princess: Fulfills the latter in the climax.
  • Berserk Button: Implied. When she was being reprimanded by her mother for going out into the sea, disobeying her rules. Notice that Melody didn't say anything and just took it. But when Ariel calls the sea "dangerous", it's only then that Melody yells back.
  • Be Yourself: The lesson Melody learns at the end of the movie.
    Melody: I just wanted to be a better mermaid than a girl.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Something she inherited from her father.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's very smart and mature for her age.
  • Breakout Character: Fans may have not liked the sequel, but they absolutely loved Melody.
  • Break the Cutie: From her ruined birthday party to discovering that she indirectly stole from her grandfather.
  • 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.
  • A Girl And Her X: Melody has close friendships with animals.
    • A Girl And Her Crab: Sebastian, the cranky crab, was her only friend for 12 years.
    • A Girl And Her Dog: Doesn't have as much screen time with Max, but it is probably a close relationship because of her natural love for animals.
    • A Girl And Her Dolphin: Melody appears to have a friendship with the unnamed dolphin in her first scene as a teen.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The first hybrid in Disney. She is half human (father)-half mermaid (mother).
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Melody has a lot of low self-esteem issues.
  • Human Mom Nonhuman Dad: Inverted. Her mother is nonhuman (mermaid) and her father is the human.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Melody's blue eyes represent her naive and adventurous personality.
  • In-Series Nickname: By accident. When the cute merboy 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.
    • And Melody may have also became friends with the merteens she met in Atlantica.
  • Interspecies Romance: Melody, the first mer-human, falls for a merboy.
  • Kid Has a Point: Her reasons for running away are quite understandable, considering how she felt interacting with her peers.
  • Kid Heroine: Only 12-years-old and is the sequel's protagonist.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Melody's curious and tomboyish nature leads her to collect all sorts of items from the sea, a parallel to her mother at age 16.
  • Little Miss Badass: See her Badass Adorable section.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: When meets a merboy that she likes a lot, she can't even say her own name.
  • Meaningful Name: "Melody" is Greek for "song", which alludes to her mother's love for singing, as well as her own love for it.
  • Modest Royalty: Judging from the mild reactions of the snooty kids, it wasn't uncommon to see the Princess of the Kingdom in her underwater.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After she gives Morgana the trident and realizes that Morgana was Evil All Along.
  • Nice Girl: One of the friendliest.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the sequel, when she gives the Trident to Morgana, when she had the choice to give it to Ariel. Had she given the trident to Ariel, then all of the problems would have been solved.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Being a princess, she has to wear some for formal events.
  • Platonic Life Partners: An interspecies example. With Tip and Dash.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Her ballroom dress is pink. Her mermaid tail is close to pink.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Even in the ponytail, her hair reaches down to her waist.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Long, black hair with a pale complexion.
  • Rebellious Princess: Disobeyed her parents' rule of not going out into the sea.
  • Royal Brat: Averted. Melody never uses her title as a princess for selfish or vain reasons.
  • The Runaway: Which sets the story in motion.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Downplayed. She's totally lovestruck by the cute, blonde merboy she meets in Atlantica; this detours her initial "mission" in the underwater city.
  • Socially Awkward Heroine: Melody will effortlessly sneak out of the castle and go swim in the seas, without any regard to her parents' wishes. But, talking to cute boys... That's a challenge.
  • Spin Off Spring: As Ariel's daughter, the spotlight shifted to her for the direct-to-video sequel.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Melody is the perfect blend between both of her parents.
  • Teens Are Short: Downplayed. She's at the age where she'll get hit puberty and get taller.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy who loves to go out and swim to Ariel's Girly Girl who acts quite queenly in the sequel.
  • Tomboy Princess: She is into boyish things and is a princess.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: A black, long ponytail.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: She gave Morgana the trident largely to spite Ariel for lying to her about her mermaid heritage her entire life. She realizes what a bad decision that was seconds later.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Implied in a subtle way in a few scenes.

     Tip and Dash 

Tip and Dash

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

     Surfer 

"Surfer"

     Queen Athena 

Queen Athena

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

     Ariel's Sisters 

Ariel's Sisters

Attina Voiced by: Kari Wahlgren, Kath Soucie (TV series)
Aquata Voiced by: Caroline Vasicek (first film), Mona Marshall (TV series), Grey De Lisle (prequel)
Andrina Voiced by: Catherine Cavadini (TV series), Tara Strong (prequel)
Adella Voiced by: Sherry Lynn (TV series), Tara Strong (prequel)
Arista Voiced by: Kimmy Robertson (first film), Mary Kay Bergman (TV series), Grey De Lisle (prequel)
Alana Voiced by: Kimmy Robertson (TV series), Jennifer Hale (prequel)

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the first movie, all of Ariel's sisters had blue eyes like Ariel. Come the prequel and only a few have blue eyes.
  • Adorkable: All of them to some extent in the prequel.
  • Alliterative Family: Their names all start (and end) with 'A'.
  • Ascended Extras:: Of sorts, in the prequel.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Andrina and Arista are the Blondes and Adella, Aquata, Attina, and Alana are the Brunettes to Ariel's Redhead.
  • The Cameo: A few of them make an appearance in the sequel.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Arista reveals in the TV series that she is jealous of the adventures that Ariel has.
  • Hair Decorations: All of them have some form of this.
    • All of the sisters had these in the original.
  • Missing Mom: We didn't know what happened to their and Ariel's mom until the prequel.
  • 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.
  • We Can See It: Ariel's sisters quickly figured out that their baby sister was in love in the first film.
  • "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.

Aquata


Andrina


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

Attina


  • A Girl And Her X: Her Catfish, who she named Fin-Fin.
  • 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.
  • Green Eyes: Attina and Andrina, which is more prominent in the prequel.
  • Irony: Despite being the oldest and having the "job" to boss her younger sisters around, Attina finds herself being bossed around by them.
  • Meaningful Name: Attina is very close to her mother's name, Athena.
  • Only Sane Woman: Attina in the prequel given the fact she's the oldest and wants to keep her sister safe.
  • Well Done Daughter Gal: Her biggest fear is letting her father down.

Arista


Adella


  • Drama Queen: Adella can be this to way when she finds out that he youngest sister (possibly) has a boyfriend before her.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Adella and Arista, both tied in a ponytail.
  • Really Gets Around: Book!Adella has had many boyfriends.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: In the prequel, Adella was shown to like a cute merboy, Stevie.

Alana


     Catfish Club Band 

The Catfish Club Band introduced in the prequel.

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

     Urchin 

Urchin

Voiced by: Danny Cooksey

     Pearl 

Pearl

Voiced by: Cree Summer

     Stormy The Seahorse 

Stormy the Seahorse

     Spot, The Baby Orca 

Spot the Baby Orca

Voiced by: Frank Welker

     Herald, The Seahorse 

Herald the Seahorse

     Sea Monster 

Sea Monster

    Alex 

Alex

The Bad Guys

     Ursula 

Ursula

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

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the fairy tale, the sea witch was a neutral character who, in addition to warning the mermaid of the transformation's consequences, didn't go back on her deal with the mermaid until asked to, and never interfered directly.
  • Always Someone Better: To her sister, Morgana.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Ursula was kicked out of Atlantica because she attacked King Triton and tried to seize the throne. Then, when Ariel came too close to getting that first kiss that would undo Ursula's plans, she sabotages that by transforming into Vanessa and using Ariel's voice to hypnotize the prince, just so Ariel would remain her slave. Then, even after promising Triton to release Ariel in exchange for his magical trident, she tries and fails to kill Ariel. To top it all off, she goes on a rampage and tries to kill everyone because of how badly her plans have been mucked up.
  • Animals Hate Her: When she's disguised as Vanessa, the animals crash the wedding by attacking her.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the climax of the first film.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: How Eric finishes her off.
  • Ax-Crazy: Just check out some of her facial expressions.
  • Benevolent Boss: An unusual example for a Disney film; she loves Flotsam and Jetsam. Subverted in the TV series, though.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT do anything to harm her "poor little poopsies" Flotsam and Jetsam. She will grow into a giant octopus woman and hunt you down.
  • Big Bad: Of the first film, and one of Disney's more notable examples.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Her human alias, "Vanessa".
  • Brainwashed: "Vanessa" does this to Eric.
  • Composite Character: Of two characters from the original fairytale, the sea witch and (in her "Vanessa" form) the woman that the prince mistakes for his savior and marries instead of the mermaid.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: She takes the one thing that would make Eric fall in love with Ariel (her voice), gives her a three day time limit to get him to fall for her, makes sure that the best opportunity for them to kiss is ruined, and shapeshifts into a temptress using Ariel's voice to make Eric fall for her instead.
  • Deal with the Devil: Her profession when she brings Ariel around, as the devil of course. Those "poor unfortunate souls" you see in her lair can attest to her track record.
  • Drama Queen: Ursula has her moments. For example in her introduction she is lamenting that she's "wasting away" since her banishment, when she's anything but.
  • The Dreaded: Almost every creature of the sea is terrified of Ursula.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely seemed to care for her eel henchmen. When they're accidentally killed by the trident, she's so horrified that she goes into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: She's a notable aversion of this trope though.
  • Evil Eyebrows: Let's face it, every Disney villain fits this trope.
  • Evil Is Hammy: "YOU POOR, UNFORTUNATE SOOOOOOUUULLLLLLLL!!!!!"
  • Evil Laugh: Ursula does one about every five minutes.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has a deep voice.
  • Expy: Inspired from the "sea Witch" of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.
    • Ursula is also 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.
  • 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.
  • Gonky Femme: She is fat, ugly and mannish, it doesn't stop her of acting so feminine charming, wearing make up and swinging her hips as diva.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In the climax, when Eric stabs her with the bow of the ship.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Subversion; Ursula was actually based on the drag queen Divine, who was originally supposed to voice her, but died before he could even record the voice, so the role went to Pat Carroll instead.
    • Ironically, in the Latin American Spanish dub, she was voiced by an actual drag queen.
  • Kaiju: Grows into the size of one at the final battle
  • Kick the Dog: A literal example in her human form.
  • Leitmotif: "Poor Unfortunate Souls"
  • Make Myself Grow: In the climax.
  • Mama Bear: Ursula did not take kindly to Flotsam and Jetsam getting blasted by the trident.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Most female Disney villains (and male ones too, in fact) have one of these, but few are more rich and booming than Ursula's.
  • Oh, Crap: "Vanessa" does one when she sees the whole flock of birds flying towards her. Ursula has one in her giant form when, as she's about to kill Ariel, she turns aside a bit only to see Eric charging at her in the ship and impaling her.
  • One-Winged Angel: Grows into a giant enemy monster version of herself at the film's climax using the trident's magic.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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).
  • Stage Whisper: "Flotsam, Jetsam, now I've got her, boys."
  • Unscaled Merfolk: Being half octopus.
  • 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 

Flotsam and Jetsam

Voiced by: Paddi Edwards

  • 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.
  • Evil Minions: Ursula's personal attack dogs.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: They end up getting blasted to smithereens from a misfire from the trident.
  • Leitmotif: If you listen carefully, they have a sub-theme inside of Ursula's own leitmotif.

     Glut, The Shark 

Glut the Shark

     Morgana 

Morgana

Voiced by: Pat Carroll

  • And I Must Scream: Her fate at the end of the movie.
  • 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.
  • Avenging the Villain: Which is why she attempted to have baby Melody swallowed by Undertow, because her parents killed Ursula.
  • Beauty Mark: On the right side and under her lips.
  • Big Bad: Of the sequel.
  • Break Them by Talking: She tries this to Melody after the latter gives her King Triton's trident.
  • Driven by Envy: Implied. She wanted to steal the trident not only for ultimate power, but also to prove she was better than her sister.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted. In her first scene, she appeared generally upset about what happened to her sister. Then, it was revealed it was just a façade and she actually loathed her sister.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mommy Issues: So much so when she gets the trident:
    Morgana (to the sky): SEE THAT MA?! WHO'S YOUR FAVORITE NOW?!
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Ursula.
  • The Unfavorite
    Morgana That's all my mother ever did was criticize me! It was always 'Ursula this' or 'Ursula that' or 'Morgana, why can't you be more like your sister URSULA!?!'
  • Would Hurt a Child: She was willing to have Melody swallowed as an infant. Also, she didn't hesitate to hurt Melody at the almost-end of the movie.

     Undertow, The Tiger Shark 

Undertow the Tiger Shark

Voiced by: Clancy Brown

     Cloak and Dagger 

Cloak and Dagger

  • Expy: To Flotsam and Jetsam from the first film.

     Marina del Ray 

Marina del Ray

  • Ambition Is Evil: A rather unusual case in that she has no interest in replacing the figurehead, just being the attaché.
  • Ax-Crazy: See Woman Child below.
  • Big Bad: Of the prequel.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Implied to sympathise with Ariel and her sisters on Triton's harsh measures. This doesn't prevent her from exploiting Ariel's musical desires, though.

     Benjamin, The Manatee 

Benjamin the Manatee

  • 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.

     The Evil Manta 

The Evil Manta

Voiced by: Tim Curry

  • Badass Cape: His manta wings double as an effective one.
  • Big Bad: He's set up as the main villain of the series, at least until Ursula eventually shows up.
  • The Corrupter: His first plot involves turning all the denizens of Atlantica against one another.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely seems to love and care about his son, Little Evil. He just really wishes Evil would act, well, more evil.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Implied to be heading in this direction in the last episode of the TV series after Ariel saves him from getting his brain drained.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Almost gets his own brain sucked out by his pet brain sponge.

     Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp 

Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp

  • Brooklyn Rage: If Mobster's accent is anything to go by.
  • The Mafia: Well, as close as you're gonna get to the mob on a children's show produced by Disney,

     Octopins 

Octopins

     Two Alligators 

Two Alligators

     Little Evil 

Little Evil

     Howling Hairfish 

Howling Hairfish

     Brain Sponge 

Brain Sponge

     Sea Serpent 

Sea Serpent

Other Characters

     Sir Grimsby 

Sir Grimsby

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

     Carlotta 

Carlotta

Voiced by: Edie McClurg

  • 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.
  • Ship Tease: Some with Chef Louis in the sequel.
  • 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 

Chef Louis

Voiced by: Rene Auberjonois

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Butt Monkey: He takes quite a bit of abuse, being an Ineffectual Sympathetic Anti-Villain at the wrong side of the board.
  • French Jerk: He has shades of this - including the obnoxious, nasal "french laugh": Hee hee hee, haw haw haw! He also sings about cutting up and serving fish for dinner, which seems almost sadistic from the point of view of Sebastian.

     The Priest 

Priest


Alternative Title(s):

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