Characters: The Little Mermaid

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

Prince Eric is the deuteragonist of the The Little Mermaid.
  • 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.
  • Adaptational Badass In Distress: He is saved by Ariel like in the novel. For almost all of the film otherwise he is rescuing her or other people.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Prince (later King) of his kingdom and defeated Ursula.
  • Badass: This guy took down GIANT URSULA for God's sake! And he saved both his kingdom and Triton's from certain destruction! And let's not forget he freed Triton, Ariel and hundreds of merpeople from eternal damnation!
  • Badass in 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 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.
  • Car Fu: A ship example. How he defeats Ursula.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His piloting his ship through a hurricane in the first film.
  • Chick Magnet: Immediately wins the affections of Ariel and at least lots of compliments from Ursula. He obviously ends up with the former.
    • Further confirmed with Grimsby's line about Eric denying another proposal from a neighboring princess.
  • Demoted to Extra: He has a recurring role in the TV series, is a supporting character in the second film, and makes no appearance in the prequel. Justified in the former and latter since he has not yet met Ariel until the first film.
  • Determinator: To the same extent as Ariel.
  • Deuteragonist: In the first film, with Ariel being obviously The Protagonist.
  • Disappeared Dad/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.
  • 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 what she has done to Melody.
  • Ramming Always Works: During the final showdown, he commandeers one of the old shipwrecks that Ursula's whirlpool lifts from the ocean's bottom and uses the prow as a giant harpoon to skewer her.
  • Rescue Romance:
    • 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.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Ariel certainly thinks so.

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

Triton is the ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantica. He is a muscular merman, the widower of the late Queen Athena, and the father of Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella, Alana and Ariel. He is also the father-in-law of Prince Eric and the grandfather of Ariel and Eric's daughter Melody. As King of Atlantica, he has in his possession a powerful magical trident which appears to be made of gold. It emits a glowing light and a typical sound when in use. Furthermore, he has a crown and two armbands, which also appear to be made out of gold.
  • Fiery Redhead: Even after his hair turned grey, Triton still retains the "fiery" status.
  • The Good King: Shown a lot in the TV series that Triton is a kind, respectful, wise, and fair leader.
  • Good Parents: King Triton may have made a catastrophic mistakes by destroying Ariel's grotto and being overprotective, but he's shown to be a very loving, caring father towards Ariel and his daughters. Heck, he even attempted to sacrifice himself for Ariel to Ursula.
  • Green Eyes: Only in the prequel.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't really take much to piss him off.
  • Happily Married: He and Athena deeply loved each other, before her tragic death.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After his wife, Queen Athena, is killed by pirates. He does move on from his wife's death, but doesn't remarry.
  • Heroic Build: Just look at him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the first film, he swaps places with Ariel when Ursula's taken her prisoner as part of their contract.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Triton was in a loving marriage with the auburn (reddish-brown) Queen Athena.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: An interspecies example. With Sebastian.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Huge Guy to Athena's Tiny Girl.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Red" was Triton's childhood nickname.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, he has a temper and may overreact, but he's a softie underneath it all.
  • Leitmotif: Has a Fanfare.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • After he destroys Ariel's grotto in a fit of rage; the minute Ariel breaks down in tears, Triton has a visible look of guilt on his face before he leaves.
    • He gets one of these in the prequel too, when Ariel says that her mother "wouldn't have wanted this" - "this" being Atlantica empty of music and it being banned.
  • Not So Different: Like Eric, he is normally portrayed as a benevolent but easily distracted monarch and as loyal to his subjects as they are to him. Especially apparent in the television series.
  • Odd Name Out: His wife and daughters all have names that start with an "A." His name starts with a "T."
  • Overprotective Dad: This may actually be justified.
  • Papa Wolf: He's protective of all his daughters and his granddaughter, see Berserk Button.
  • Parents as People: Triton blatantly loves Ariel and his other children, and many episodes of the TV series show him raising them quite competently, but he has a very overprotective zeal and a temperament that, while not abusive, can be very harsh. It is almost always followed by heavy remorse after he cools down.

     Sebastian The Crab 
Voiced by: Samuel E. Wright

Horatio Thelonious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian Crab, or Sebastian, is a red Jamaican crab and a major character The Little Mermaid franchise. He is the "distinguished" court composer for King Triton, and is regularly tasked with watching over his daughter, Princess Ariel.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: One episode of the series has him wish to be bigger, problem? He doesn't stop growing until he's twice the size of a large vessel, and gets even worse when Ariel uses her wish for him to be "His old self" which makes him giant AND elderly.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Sebastian's part in the movie is a fleshed out version of this plot. The fact that his charge is 16 does not make things any easier.
  • Battle Butler: He has a few moments when he shows off his fighting skills, especially if the people he cares about are in danger.
  • Bound and Gagged: In the second film, when Melody unintentionally ties him in her dress bow. But when he finally breaks free...
  • Butt Monkey: Sometimes he suffers comic incidents. Played for Laughs.
  • Childhood Friends: He has known Ariel from her childhood to her adulthood.
  • The Comically Serious: Serious, somewhat grumpy personality, and often put into comic situations
  • Drama Queen: Shown all the time in the movies and TV series.
  • Fiery Redhead: Fiery red shelled.
  • Freudian Trio: The Superego to Ariel's Id and Flounder's Ego.
    • 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. In the television series, he may arguably share this role with Dudley the turtle.
  • Only Sane Man: Sure, he's a pessimist, but he's the voice of reason, especially when it comes to Ariel's actions.
  • Overly Long Name: According to his introduction before the royal court, it's Horatio Felonious Ignatius Crustaceous Sebastian.
  • Red-Headed Hero: More like red shelled hero.
  • Red Is Heroic: Sebastian is a red-shelled crab and one of the good guys.
  • Undying Loyalty: To both Triton and Ariel.

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

Flounder is a major character from The Little Mermaid franchise. He is Ariel's best friend and despite his name, he is not a flounder, he is a tropical fish.
  • Adorkable: A cowardly talking fish. He's cute and beautifully coloured in blue and yellow.
  • 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 
Voiced by: Buddy Hackett (1st and 2nd films), Maurice LaMarche (TV series), Chris Edgerly (Walt Disney Parks And Resorts)

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

     Max The Sheepdog 
Voiced by: Frank Welker

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

Voiced by: Tara Strong

Melody is the protagonist of The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. She is the daughter of Ariel and Prince Eric, and the princess of her father's kingdom.
  • Action Girl: In the climax when she briefly attacks Morgana with the trident.
  • Adorkable: Interacting with kids her age makes her really awkward. And cute boys? Melody can't even utter a sentence. Especially when she meets a cute merboy during her time in Atlantica.
  • All Loving Heroine: Melody is a Nice Girl and never meant to hurt anyone. Probably not even Morgana at the end.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: 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.
  • 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.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Ariel is a mermaid who's obsessed with the land and wants to become human, while her daughter, the main character of the sequel, is a human but is drawn to the ocean and wants to be a mermaid. They're not strikingly different in temperament, but their goals are complete opposites.
  • Deal with the Devil: When she trades Triton's trident to Morgana in the second movie in order to become a permanent mermaid.
  • Determinator: One of the strongest qualities she shares with both parents.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Runs in the family.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Both of her possible love interests had blonde hair.
  • Expy: Inherited alot of her personality, good looks, and even a similar plot from her mother, Ariel. She's also partially based on Kiara.
  • Freudian Trio: The Ego to Tip's Superego and Dash's Id.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Justified. She has a strong connection with the creatures of the sea because of her mother being born a mermaid.
    • The Disneystrology even stated that people born on Melody's birthday (January 14) "cherish animals and enjoy their companionship."
  • Friendless Background: Heavily implied. She's not shown to have any human friends because they think she's weird.
  • Generation Xerox: Melody has gained a lot of Ariel's looks (sans hair and eye color), personality, and Deal with the Devil scenario (with some minor differences). The major difference is their dreams (Ariel becoming a human, Melody wanting to be a mermaid).
  • A Girl And Her X: Melody has close friendships with animals.
    • A Girl And Her Crab: Sebastian, the cranky crab, was her only friend for 12 years.
    • A Girl And Her Dog: Doesn't have as much screen time with Max, but it is probably a close relationship because of her natural love for animals.
    • A Girl And Her Dolphin: Melody appears to have a friendship with the unnamed dolphin in her first scene as a teen.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The first hybrid in Disney. She is half human (father)-half mermaid (mother).
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Melody has a lot of low self-esteem issues.
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: Inverted. Her mother is nonhuman (mermaid) and her father is the human.
  • Implied Love Interest: Melody bumps into a young merboy from the back twice. There has been a few hints of romance between the two, but it is unknown if they are truly in love. Melody's facial expressions and body language even shows that she is not in love with the merboy.
  • 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 Parent Like Child: Melody has a sassy and headstrong personality who reflects upon the personality of her mother in her younger years, but her insecurity around others and socially-awkward tendencies stem from her father. While Sebastian states that Melody is "just like her mother" in The Little Mermaid II, many similarities exist between Melody and her father, Prince Eric. Her sense of adventure, curiosity and willingness to take risks exist in both Ariel and Prince Eric, but her mild shyness stems from a sheltered upbringing and her father's personality.
  • Little Miss Badass: See her Badass Adorable section.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: When meets a merboy that she likes a lot, she can't even say her own name.
  • Meaningful Name: "Melody" is Greek for "song", which alludes to her mother's love for singing, as well as her own love for it.
  • Modest Royalty: Judging from the mild reactions of the snooty kids, it wasn't uncommon to see the Princess of the Kingdom in her underwater.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After she gives Morgana the trident and realizes that Morgana was Evil All Along.
  • Nice Girl: One of the friendliest.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the sequel, when she gives the Trident to Morgana, when she had the choice to give it to Ariel. Had she given the trident to Ariel, then all of the problems would have been solved.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Being a princess, she has to wear some for formal events.
  • Platonic Life Partners: An interspecies example. With Tip and Dash.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Her ballroom dress is pink. Her mermaid tail is close to pink.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Even in the ponytail, her hair reaches down to her waist.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Long, black hair with a pale complexion.
  • Rebellious Princess: Disobeyed her parents' rule of not going out into the sea.
  • Royal Brat: Averted. Melody never uses her title as a princess for selfish or vain reasons.
  • The Runaway: Which sets the story in motion.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Downplayed. She's totally lovestruck by the cute, blonde merboy she meets in Atlantica; this detours her initial "mission" in the underwater city.
  • Socially Awkward Heroine: Melody will effortlessly sneak out of the castle and go swim in the seas, without any regard to her parents' wishes. But, talking to cute boys... That's a challenge.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Deconstructed. Melody has the ability to speak with marine life. Unfortunately, her powers alienate her peers, because they think she's a freak.
  • Spin Off Spring: As Ariel's daughter, the spotlight shifted to her for the direct-to-video sequel.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Melody is the perfect blend between both of her parents.
  • Teens Are Short: Downplayed. She's at the age where she'll get hit puberty and get taller.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy who loves to go out and swim to Ariel's Girly Girl who acts quite queenly in the sequel.
  • Tomboy Princess: She is into boyish things and is a princess.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite being tomboyish, she has a princess canopy bed and a girl-ish styled bedroom.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: A black, long ponytail.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: She gave Morgana the trident largely to spite Ariel for lying to her about her mermaid heritage her entire life. She realizes what a bad decision that was seconds later.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Implied in a subtle way in a few scenes.

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

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

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

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

     Ariel's Sisters 

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


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


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

  • Big Eater: Andrina's favorite food is everything.
  • Brown Eyes: Aquata and Andrina, which shows their more cautious habits.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Andrina appears the most sarcastic of her sisters as shown in the third movie.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Alana and Adrina both have purple tail fins and wear purple seashells.
  • Green Eyes: Attina and Andrina, which is more prominent in the prequel.
  • Grumpy Bear: Andrina shows shades of this in the prequel.
  • Not a Morning Person: Andrina didn't like to wake up early, as see in the prequel.
  • Only Sane 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.


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

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


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


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

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


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

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

Voiced by: Danny Cooksey

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

Voiced by: Cree Summer

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

     Stormy The Seahorse 

Stormy is an ornery seahorse stallion.

     Spot, The Baby Orca 
Voiced by: Frank Welker

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

     Herald, The Seahorse 
Voiced by: Will Ryan

     Simon the Sea Monster 

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

Voiced by: Justin Schulte

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

The Bad Guys

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

Ursula is the main antagonist of The Little Mermaid and its 1992-94 spin-off television series in the saga.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the fairy tale, the sea witch was a neutral character who, in addition to warning the mermaid of the transformation's consequences, didn't go back on her deal with the mermaid until asked to, and never interfered directly.
  • Always Someone Better: To her sister, Morgana.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Ursula was kicked out of Atlantica because she attacked King Triton and tried to seize the throne. Then, when Ariel came too close to getting that first kiss that would undo Ursula's plans, she sabotages that by transforming into Vanessa and using Ariel's voice to hypnotize the prince, just so Ariel would remain her slave. Then, even after promising Triton to release Ariel in exchange for his magical trident, she tries and fails to kill Ariel. To top it all off, she goes on a rampage and tries to kill everyone because of how badly her plans have been mucked up.
  • Animals Hate 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 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.
  • Organic Bra: Ursula's scales extend up to her bustline, though are missing from part of her back, giving the impression of a backless dress without actually wearing one.
  • Palette Swap: Vanessa's appearance is basically Ariel with the hair and eye colors changed.

     Flotsam and Jetsam 
Voiced by: Paddi Edwards

Flotsam and Jetsam were the moray eel minions of the sea witch Ursula. They appear as the secondary antagonists in the film The Little Mermaid and the prequel television series.
  • Animal Eye Spy: They serve as this to Ursula.
  • 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 

Voiced by: Pat Carroll

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

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

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

     Cloak and Dagger 
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker

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

     Marina del Ray 
Voiced by: Sally Field

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

     Benjamin, The Manatee 
Voiced by: Jeff Bennett

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

     The Evil Manta 
Voiced by: Tim Curry

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

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

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


     Two Alligators 

     Little Evil 
Voiced by: N/A

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

     Howling Hairfish 

     Brain Sponge 
Voiced by: N/A

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

     Sea Serpent 

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

King Cornelius

Queen Aemelia

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

Princess Celia

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

Other Characters

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

Grimsby is Eric's manservant and confidant.

Voiced by: Edie McClurg

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

     Chef Louis 
Voiced by: Rene Auberjonois

Chef Louis is a chef who is infamous for trying to cook Sebastian. He apparently loves his job, possibly to an almost unhealthy extent.
  • 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.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: After he chases Sebastian all over the kitchen in the first film.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s):

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