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"Mama, I don't have time for dancing!"

A waitress and aspiring chef/restauranteur. She is a smart, hard working, and independent young woman, but works so hard that she often forgets important things such as love, fun, and family.

See also Disney Princess

Voiced by: Anika Noni Rose, Elizabeth Dampier (as a child)

  • '20s Bob Haircut: In the "Almost There" montage.
  • Action Girl: As a frog, she destroys Facilier's amulet and kicks the frog hunters' butts.
  • Adorkable: Very confident in most areas, but try to get her to dance and this trope applies.
  • All Work vs. All Play: All work vs Naveen's all play.
  • Almost Kiss: During "Ma Belle Evangeline" with Naveen.
  • Badass Princess: In the climax Tiana managed to free herself from Dr. Facilier and give the blow that defeats him.
    • Badass In Charge: Gets her dream to own her own restaurant and becoming more of a badass along the way.
  • Baleful Polymorph: She really doesn't like the idea of being a frog. At all.
  • Battle Couple: She and Naveen fight the redneck frog hunters together.
  • Bewitched Amphibians: The premise of the movie is, of course, based on The Frog Prince.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's certainly more savvy and sensible than Naveen and Charlotte.
  • Break the Cutie: Goes through a lot in the film. First, her dreams of getting her restaurant are crushed and then she is led to believe Naveen betrayed her, leading her to the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Brutal Honesty: Has no problem laying some hard truths on Naveen.
  • Butt Monkey: She can't seem to catch a break. She's knocked into a table, transformed into a frog, literally tongue-tied to Naveen and caught by frog hunters, among other things.
  • Career Versus Man: A play at this. She chooses not to have a career on her own (see Lonely at the Top) but instead to include Naveen in it as well, making it work so much better than before.
    Tiana: (to Naveen) My dream wouldn't be complete... without you in it.
  • Character Development: She loosens up, and focuses on what she needs.
  • Character Tics: Tiana squints one eye when she cringes.
  • Childhood Friends: With Charlotte; they listened to princess stories together.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Mama Odie tries to tell her to look at what she needs instead of what she wants during the "Dig A Little Deeper" song. Tiana, however, interprets it a little differently.
    Odie: Do you understand now, miss froggy?
    Tiana: Yes! I just need to dig a little deeper and work even harder to get my restaurant!
    Odie: *FacePalms*
  • Cool Crown: Wears a very beautiful silver one at Charlotte's party. And obtains an official golden one after becoming royalty.
  • Daddy's Girl: Facilier exploits this in The Final Temptation.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Hits it hard after she thinks Naveen betrayed her and became human without her.
  • Determinator: In her quest for getting her restaurant, she works day and night.
  • Disappeared Dad: He died in World War I.
  • Dish Dash: Her waitressing skills are impressive.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: A staunch believer of this; "I worked hard for everything I've got..."
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: This trope literally applies. By marrying Naveen and becoming a princess, their kiss turns them both back to humans.
  • Expy: Tiana is inspired by New Orleans Chef, Leah Chase.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: Perhaps the most on-the-nose example, since Tiana's one of the only Disney Princesses not from the "fairytale gown" era of fashion as we know it, but also one of the few who really got a decked out wedding dress in her movie.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Downplayed. She's a fantastic cook and while she's not a tomboy she's not interested in domestic pursuits or dancing
  • The Final Temptation: In the climax, Facilier offers her a vision of what her restaurant could be like, if she gave him back his talisman. He sweet-talks her, adds how everyone shunned her for working hard and how nobody believed in her, but in the end she doesn't fall for it.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She and Naveen start to get along after they fight the redneck frog hunters together.
  • Foil:
    • To Naveen: he is lazy and purposeless, but also relaxed, where she is dedicated, hard-working and wound a little too tightly.
    • To Charlotte: where Charlotte is rich and spoiled, Tiana is level-headed but poor.
    • To Dr. Facilier: they both want to be successful, but Facilier is motivated by greed and spite where Tiana is driven by hope and ambition. Also, Facilier depends heavily on others, while Tiana strives to be independent.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: When Naveen initially arrived, he tried to woo Tiana while she was cleaning tables, but she ignored him.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: With Naveen, as frogs. It's implied a little more time passed before their wedding as humans.
  • Girlish Pigtails: As a kid she wore these but switched to a ponytail as an adult.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Works herself to exhaustion in order to move up in the world and become a business owner.
  • Gorgeous Garment Generation: When she's finally transformed back into a human she's wearing a dress worthy of a Disney Princess.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Inverted. She refuses to take Facilier's offer of the easy, magical way out and in the end, even after she marries Naveen and he reconciles with his filthy-rich family, it's still her money, the coffee cans full of the cash she scraped together from her tips from three jobs, that gets her that building. All it takes is a stare from her new alligator best friend to get those bankers to accept the original offer. It's possible the extra money is only used to help fix the place up, but even then Tiana and Naveen do all the physical labor by themselves.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: With Naveen initially, she very much has this attitude.
  • Heroic BSOD: Briefly after she loses her restaurant, she becomes stoic and stale.
  • Hot Consort: An important plot point, as when she becomes a princess through marriage to Naveen, she's able to break the curse upon them both.
  • I Can't Dance: Her dance moves throughout the movie are noticeably awkward, even in the final scene.
  • "I Want" Song: "Almost There". It's been noted that, unlike the others, she wants something specific (a restaurant) and has already worked hard to get it by the time she bursts into song.
  • In-Series Nickname: Her best friend, Charlotte, calls her "Tia".
  • In the Blood: Tiana inherited her passion for cooking from her father, who passed his skills onto her when she was little.
  • Ink Suit Actress: Anika Noni Rose bears more than a slight resemblance!
  • Instant Expert: At being a frog.
  • Lonely at the Top: In Facilier's vision, she may have the restaurant she always wanted, but Naveen (nor anyone else she knows) isn't there to share it with her. Once Facilier shows her a memory of her father, she realizes he may not have realized his dream, but he was happy being with his family nonetheless. In the end, when she does realize her dream, she does it together with Naveen, averting this trope.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: During "Ma Belle Evangeline" with Naveen, but she immediately becomes awkward and distant and tries to repress it.
  • Modest Royalty: Post-royal marriage, she dresses in old work clothes and takes a hands-on approach to fixing the restaurant.
  • Nice Lady: One of the most cheerful and level-headed.
  • Not With Them For The Money: For Prince Naveen. For one thing, he was disinherited at the time and for a second her goal was running a resturant instead of being rich.
  • Official Couple: With Prince Naveen.
  • Only Sane Woman: She's the only female not swooning over Naveen.
  • One of the Boys: During his Digging Yourself Deeper moment, Naveen refers to her as "one of the guys", clearly offending her.
  • Opera Gloves: Along with the other two Disney Princesses who became a princess by marriage for the added elegance.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her father died during the First World War, leaving her desperately clinging to the dream they had together.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Has the most dresses out of all the princesses in their main movies, despite being out-pimped by her best friend.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: As a frog. See Action Girl.
  • Plucky Girl: Exhibit A is her impressive work ethic while remaining cheerful.
  • Poor Communication Kills: She has a habit of making erroneous assumptions (such as what Mama Odie meant with "dig a little deeper", or immediately deciding Naveen must have betrayed her when she saw his impostor marrying Charlotte).
  • Positive Discrimination: With all the controversy surrounding being the first black Disney Princess, and simply being a Disney Princess at that, Tiana was really pushed as a self-reliant and sufficient character. This ended up playing a role in her development throughout the movie, as Mama Odie's lesson is that she doesn't have to do everything herself.
  • The Power of Love: Without her realizing it, love between her and Naveen was the cure to her froggy curse all along.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "It's not slime! It's MUCUS!"
  • Pretty in Mink: During "Almost There" and Facilier's eerie visualization of this dream in the climax.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: The hairstyle she wears throughout the film (as a human, at least).
  • Rags to Royalty: Double Subverted. Tiana marries Naveen and officially becomes a princess by marriage but she doesn't get the royal treatment and instead opens up her own restaurant with Naveen. She's still implied to be fabulously wealthy at the end; she's just the same humble, hardworking woman she's always been.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Charlotte (more passionate) and Naveen's red (more fun-loving).
  • Self Made Woman: She is a business owner after the climax; the building was bought with her money and fixed up with her (and her husband's) labor.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit When she marries to Naveen.
  • Simple Yet Opulent: Her blue dress is simpler than Charlotte's big pink ones but still obviously high quality.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Argues with Naveen every step of the way to Mama Odie, except for that Dance of Romance....
  • Slapstick Knows no Gender: Much unlike all Disney Princesses before her (but very much like the ones after her) she is prone to suffering Amusing Injuries.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Her focus on work makes her a little awkward in some interactions, especially with Naveen.
  • The Southpaw: The voice actress specifically requested Tiana be left-handed, like herself.
  • Straight Woman: To Naveen and Louis.
  • Supreme Chef: She can create a dinner from scratch in mere seconds and improved Mama Odie's.. interesting looking gumbo.
  • Tomboy Princess: Her hands-on approach to creating her restaurant after her marriage showcases this.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Her favorite condiment is Tabasco Sauce.
  • True Blue Femininity: The dress she wears at Charlotte's party is ironic because at that point she was neither 'fair', 'gentle', or 'innocent'.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: The critical half to the lazy Naveen.
  • Well Done Daughter Girl: Her dad's approval was (and still is) very important to her.
  • Workaholic: Her Fatal Flaw, as she got close to running herself into the ground with little regard for friends or fun.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: She thinks that through dedication and hard work she can amount to everything, while this being a Disney movie, love is essential for achieving true success.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: She and Naveen have only a limited amount of time to get Charlotte to kiss Naveen and turn them back into humans.

    Prince Naveen 

"The only thing I know, is that one minute I am a prince, charming and handsome, cutting-a-rug, and the next thing I know...I am tripping over these."

The prince of Maldonia. Naveen is a ne'er-do-well and playboy who has been cut off from his family's riches until he learns the value of responsibility.

Voiced by: Bruno Campos

  • The Anti-Nihilist: Surprisingly for a kids' film, Naveen expresses a worldview among these lines during the song "When We're Human".
    Naveen: Life is short, when you're done, you're done! We're on this earth to have some fun!
  • Aroused by Their Voice: One of the reasons why his voice actor was chosen was because the female staff at the Disney studio found his voice sexy.
  • Badass Bookworm: Heavily implied. See Hidden Depths
  • Baleful Polymorph: Unwillingly transformed but he has less of a problem with it than Tiana does. He doesn't mind the mucus.
  • Battle Couple: With Tiana, since they fight the redneck frog hunters together.
  • Break the Haughty: Cutting him off was supposed to do this to him, but the true kicker was the admission that he "didn't know how to do anything." Even turning into a frog didn't bother him unduly.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's a polyglot, decently educated in science (frog biology at the minimum), and can adapt impressively well to being a frog for a guy that has spent his life being waited on hand and foot. The real reason his parents disowned him was his laziness.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: After falling for Tiana he becomes awkward whenever he tries to say anything.
  • The Casanova: Introduced charming the locals and Faciler's song includes partying with ladies.
  • Catch Phrase: Naveen exclaims "Achidanza" when surprised or impressed, a Maldonian word meaning "cool" according to some of the Disney tie-in books.
  • Character Development: From lazy prince to wise prince.
  • Chick Magnet: Has a lot of girls swooning over him.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: For all his womanizing, he appears to respect women.
  • Cultured Badass: The "Cultured" part was first, the "Badass" part came later.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He comes up with the best snarky remarks.
  • Deal with the Devil: Shaking Faciler's hand was supposed to solve his money problems. Instead it got him turned into a frog.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper
    Naveen: "You have had quite an influence on me, which is amazing because I have dated thousands of women and- *Tiana looks annoyed* uh, no, like, two, three- er, just other woman! And anyway, listen, you could not be more different, you know, you are- you are practically, aheh, one of the guys! *Tiana looks affronted* Nonono, you are not a guy! Let me begin again. Uh-" *stumbles and falls to the floor along with the food* "I... am not myself tonight."
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Naveen explains the joke he made after he accidentally causes Lawrence to get his head stuck into a giant tuba.
    Naveen: It's perfect. You're finally getting into the music! Do you get my joke? Because your head is, it is in the tuba!
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Tiana after they fight the redneck frog hunters together.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: When Naveen initially arrived, he tried to woo Tiana while she was cleaning tables, but she ignored him. He fails to recognize her when they meet again at the party.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine.
  • Gold Digger: He only wants to marry Charlotte so he can become rich again.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Maldonia is Achidanza.
  • Handsome Lech: The reason Tiana couldn't stand him. "Chasing chamber maids in your......Ivory tower!"
  • The Hedonist: This is the reason his parents disowned him; "Your lifestyle's high" as Faciler put it.
  • Heroic Build: In human form which is one reason girls fall over him.
  • Hidden Depths: He displays resourcefulness, adaptability, scientific knowledge, and multilingual knowledge, plus a willingness to learn. To say nothing of his musical talents, which mainly enhanced his image as a himbo. Combine this with the fact that a lot of his behavior is used as a mask to hide deep insecurities about not knowing how to do anything for himself due to his parents spoiling him most of his life and then kicking him out and he almost goes straight into woobie territory.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: To both his valet and Dr. Facilier.
    Naveen: He was very charismatic!
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Near the end he makes a deal with Charolette to marry her in exchange for the money for the sugar factory for Tiana.
  • Impoverished Patrician: His parents are still wealthy but they disowned him, thus making him a poor prince.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Can shift into this sometimes. This was mostly shown with his treatment of Lawrence.
  • It Was with You All Along: The kiss of a princess breaks the curse, and technically, any woman he marries would become a princess.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Starts off as a womanizing jerk and then matures later in the film.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Towards Tiana; the first woman out of 'thousands' that he's serious about.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: At first no, but he grows into it.
  • Large Ham: Check out his Big Entrance; all that press and starting a banjo concert.
  • Love Epiphany: During "Ma Belle Evangeline" with Tiana.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Boy: Gender-inverted. He's a carefree fun guy who helps Tiana lossen up and enjoy life. Conversely, she helps him become serious.
  • Millionaire Playboy: The reason his parents cut him off.
  • Mock Millionaire: His parents cut him off because of his spending habits yet he still pretends to be well-off in order to marry a rich woman.
  • Modest Royalty: Initially no, but his parents cutting him off and his relationship with Tiana humbled him.
  • Mr. Fanservice: See Chick Magnet above.
  • Official Couple: With Tiana.
  • Pretty Freeloader: Best summed up in a line that was understandably cut from the film:
    Naveen: I do not take advantage of women... I only give them pleasure.
  • Prince Charming: Naveen is a deconstruction of this trope. He's certainly good-looking and charming (at least on the surface), but he's also completely irresponsible, lazy, and womanizing. He grows to become nicer later on in the movie, though.
  • Really Gets Around: He may have been exagerating when he said 'thousands' but it's safe to say he was very popular back home.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Tiana's blue; more passionate then ever and more implusive. (One of two)
  • Reformed Rakes: A former womanizer becoming a devoted husband.
  • Rich Bastard: Before he was turned into a frog and was subjected to Break the Haughty, he was a womanizing brat.
  • Royal Blood: "You come from two long lines of royalty...."
  • Royal Brat: Before his character development.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: At the very beginning, he's not at all shy about performing. It's taken further through his Character Development, as he's shown to be resourceful when turned into a frog and is also surprisingly quick to utilize the abilities his frog form grants. After the climax, he helps Tiana revonate the sugar factory and waits during the grand opening.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: He doesn't know how to take care of himself because others have always done that for him.
  • Shrinking Violet: When he falls for Tiana, he becomes shy and awkward.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Tiana. See her entry for details.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Adapts much faster to frog form than Tiana, despite his sheltered upbringing.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Post Character Development, he becomes a Royal who actually does something.
  • Talented Princess, Regular Guy: Gender Flipped; Prince Naveen speaks more than one language and can play jazz music while Tiana is the snarking commoner but she's quite talented herself.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Is a tall, black haired, and very handsome man.
  • Uptown Guy: For Tiana: Prince and Waitress.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Implied in a scene (when they are frogs and they are inside a tree) when you can hear Tiana hitting him, and you don't hear him strike back.

    Charlotte "Lottie" LaBouff 

"Oh, Tia, honey, did you see the way he danced with me? A marriage proposal can't be far behind. Thank you, Evening Star!"

A wealthy Southern débutante and Tiana's best friend since childhood.

Voiced by: Jennifer Cody, Breanna Brooks (as a child)

  • Genki Woman: See Large Ham and Woman Child below.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She may come off as a Dumb Blonde with oodles of cash and a father who'll give her absolutely anything she wants, but her heart is definitely in the right place — after Tiana's outfit got soaked, Charlotte gave her one of her own dresses to wear instead. At the end, she wholeheartedly agrees to kiss frog!Naveen so he and Tiana can return to human form, even if it means Naveen will be with Tiana rather than her.
  • Hidden Depths: You'll think she's a standard Spoiled Brat...however, she turns out to be a lot more sweet.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Her original deal with Naveen was to marry him and pay for the sugar factory, but after seeing how happy Naveen and Tiana are together, she decides to help them without reward.
  • In-Series Nickname: Her best friend, Tiana, calls her "Lottie".
  • Inelegant Blubbering: When she thinks Prince Naveen won't attend her party, she breaks down in unattractive tears that cause her make-up to run.
  • Jail Bait Wait: Naveen's brother is six, and also a prince, although she could have been joking about waiting for him.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Despite being spoiled and a Dumb Blonde, her heart is in the right place.
  • Large Ham: For her princess mode, she brings her own sparkles to create that enchanted atmosphere.
  • Meal Ticket: Naveen and Lawrence only intend to marry her because of her money.
  • Missing Mom: Her mom never shows up.
  • Ms. Fanservice: We always see Lottie wearing dresses that show her shape.
  • Naïve Everygirl: She's extremely romantic and naive and has the personality of a fairy tale heroine.
  • Nice Woman: See Spoiled Sweet below.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: She has a closet full of them; Tianna's mom was hired to make them for her.
  • Princess Phase: Charlotte is firmly in this stage when we see her and Tiana as young girls in the opening—her room filled to the brim with pink frilly dresses, tiaras, and fairytale accessories while she moons over a fairytale read by Tiana's mother. Flash forward fifteen or so years... and nothing's changed.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: All her outfits (except one) are in pink (although pink for a girl's color wasn't that common before World War II).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Tiana's blue. (One of two) See her entry.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: She is Tiana's foil in this regard — extremely rich, but little work ethic.
  • Settle for Sibling: After she gives up on Naveen so he can be with Tiana, she (at least jokingly) toys with the idea of marrying Naveen's brother instead. He's six and a half.
  • Sleep Mask: Showing her high "class".
  • Southern Belle: She has the accent and dress style.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Aside from a couple rude moments from frustration, she's otherwise very nice. There is a reason that she's the image on the page.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: She has wanted to fall in love with a prince and become a princess since she was a little girl.
  • Woman Child: The princess fantasies look odd on someone her age.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: When she cries after the prince didn't show up, but she cleared it up in seconds.

    Doctor Facilier 

"I've got friends on the other side..."

A voodoo witch doctor and the film's main antagonist.

Voiced by: Keith David

  • Bad Samaritan: His business is based on helping others and his card says 'dreams made real', but no one is better off for his help.
  • Bare Your Midriff: A rare male example of this trope. As the picture on the right shows, his shirt doesn't cover his midriff.
  • The Barnum: A showman and a conartist is he.
  • Big Bad: He's the main villain and it is his Evil Plan that drives the plot.
  • But Not Too Black: His skin is lighter than that of Tiana, her family, Mama Odie or even Naveen. Word of God says he was supposed to be of Creole descent.
  • Dragged to the Other Side: When his amulet is destroyed he loses the means by which he can pay back his debt, and as such his soul is claimed by the Loa as payment and he is dragged, screaming, into their world. Contrary to what some believe, however, this is not 'being dragged into Hell' as the Loa are not demons, nor do they have any relation to the Christian concept of Hell.
  • Casting a Shadow: His main power, with help from evil voodoo spirits.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He is a literal example of the trope. It has a skull on it.
  • Deal with the Devil: He is notable for being on both sides of the deal simultaneously; he has a deal with the Friends On The Other Side for his powers, and then he makes deals with muggles.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Mama Odie. He dressed in black (instead of white), he's insightful but uses it to manipulate instead of teach, and offers to 'help' when he's only helping himself.
  • Evil Laugh: During his villain song.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Selfish and sinister voodoo sorcerer.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: This comes naturally to any villain voiced by Keith David.
  • Evil Plan: The visible one is using Lawrence as a pawn to marry Charlotte and get her father's money and 'own this town'. The one beneath that is to use this money/power to provide his 'friends' with the souls of others so they won't take his.
  • Expy: His dancing and movement style was also based upon Cab Calloway and Michael Jackson
  • Famous Last Words: "I promise I'll pay you all back! I promise!"
  • Faux Affably Evil: Naveen says he's 'very charismatic' at the beginning, but Facilier explodes when Lawrence gives Naveen the opportunity to escape.
  • Hidden Depths: All his 'evil' is motivated by a hatred toward the rich and especially toward those who were born rich and do nothing, like Naveen.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: How he first contacted his 'friends' or got that moving shadow is unknown.
  • Ironic Death: After his amulet (on loan from his "friends") is shattered, he asks for more time to pay off his debt, after which they drag him off to their world. He got what he wanted, but he lost what he had.
  • Jackass Genie: He'll make an offer that sounds like what his customers want, when it's the farthest thing from it. He's skilled at saying literally what he'll do but make it sound like slang and metaphor.
  • Kick the Dog: There was a guy in the intro song that wanted a cure for his male-pattern baldness. Facilier's cure made him grow hair everywhere, and likely knew this would happen. It has nothing to do with his Evil Plan; just a quick buck. Also an Establishing Character Moment for Facilier - this is the first time the audience sees him and it pretty much describes him perfectly.
  • Large Ham: This guy knows his showmanship. Naveen fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Even in private moments he likes talking dramatically and gesturing with his cane.
  • Lean and Mean: Even Tiana, who works herself to the bone, is not as lean the villain.
  • Living Shadow: His can push his chair in and grab things for him. He later gets several more, but they turn on him when he can't repay his debt.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He finds his mark's motivation and uses it to make money.
  • Master of Illusion: When confronting Tiana, he creates a vision of her dream restaurant to sway her to his side.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • 'Facilier' as in 'to facilitate' or 'assist'.
    • 'Facile' as in 'having a superficial or simplistic approach' — on the surface he seems like he's offering quick and effective solutions, but in practice...
    • facile, the French for easy - since he offers the easy path out of problems.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: It's unknown what he's a 'doctor' of. A witch doctor, perhaps?
  • Mr. Fanservice: He is based on Baron Samedi, whose domain includes sexuality...
  • My Card: "Tarot, potions, charms: Dreams made real." It has a skull on it.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The residents of New Orleans refer to him as "The Shadow Man".
  • Nice Hat: A top hat. With a skull on it!
  • Nightmare Face: When seen through the green mist his "friends" conjure during his Villain Song, it looks like a technicolor skull.
  • No Self Buffs: When Larry asks him why he doesn't use the amulet himself, he puts it around his neck to show Larry that it will not work on him.
    Doctor Facilier: Fun fact about Voodoo, Larry... can't conjure a thing for myself.
  • Obviously Evil: His card has a skull on it. It's baffling that Naveen trusted this guy, but, to quote: "He was very charismatic!"
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The Bayou only knows him as 'The Shadow Man'.
  • Properly Paranoid: He doesn't like relying on his 'friends' because he knows they only want his soul.
  • Purple Eyes: He claims to be royalty and certainly wants to be king of New Orleans.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: His shadow turns into a snake multiple times.
  • Royal Blood: He says he has it on his mother's side.
  • Scary Black Man: Averted. Dr. Facilier's menace does not come from him being physically imposing... but don't think, even for a minute, that he isn't menacing.
  • Shout-Out: His name, voodoo powers and lust for power are reminiscent of Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier.
  • Smug Snake: He's so sure of himself and his plans and this makes his villainous breakdown all the more effective because he is reduced to speed talking and begging.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: He is a voodoo sorcerer, after all.
  • The Shadow Knows: Would you trust a man whose shadow turns into a rattlesnake occasionally?
  • Villain Song: "Friends on the Other Side".
  • Villainous Breakdown: If you were about to be killed by voodoo monsters, you would be freaking out, too.
  • Villainous Friendship: Dr. Facilier and his shadow act quite friendly with each other, although how much it counts depends on if the shadow is sentient or not.
  • White Mask of Doom: He peels the skull off his hat and transfers it to his face when he changes Naveen and retrieves the amulet of his blood.


"Louis would give anything to play jazz with the big boys!"

A friendly, neurotic, trumpet-playing alligator whose dream is to become human so he can join a jazz band.

Voiced by: Michael-Leon Wooley


A Cajun firefly who knows Mama Odie and is in love with the Evening Star, which he believes is another firefly named "Evangeline".

Voiced by: Jim Cummings

  • Go Out with a Smile: He's happy when his light goes out. Did he know about the ascension?
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Acts like this when he accuses Prince Naveen of being in love with Evangeline.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He wipes out the shadows to buy time for Tiana. Then Facilier wipes him out.
  • He's Dead, Jim: Declared so after Faciler steps on him.
  • Hidden Depths: Ray appears at first to be a stereotypical hillbilly-type, but he turns out to be one of the most insightful, caring, and helpful people in the group. He's also competent, which goes a long way when the first two things he does are untying Naveen and Tiana (after Louis's well-meaning attempt made things much worse), and pointing out that Louis had been leading them in the wrong direction.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: He gives great directions, has a great singing voice, and has the power to zap shadow demons.
  • Killed Off for Real: Poor ol' Ray was the first Disney protagonist since Mufasa to suffer this fate at the hands of a villain. It's bittersweet since he turned into a star after dying.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Averted. When helping Naveen and Tiana, both of them are frogs.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Watch him zap the shadows with his tail light! Sure, he's exploiting a Weaksauce Weakness, but it's still impressive.
  • Shipper on Deck: While he is officially singing "Ma Belle Evangeline" to his star love, he spends the song setting the mood for Naveen and Tiana to have a moment.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He looks like a stereotypical hillbilly but he's both smart and insightful.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Keeps the shadows from advancing to Naveen's location.

    Mama Odie 

A blind voodoo priestess. Tiana and Naveen search for her in hopes that she can help them turn back to humans.

Voiced by: Jenifer Lewis

  • Big Good: She is known as queen of the Bayou and is the most powerful vodoo practioner on the heroic side.
  • Cool Old Lady: She's the page image; a witty old mentor figure that zaps demons.
  • Cool Shades: Justified, she's blind. Her eyes are apparently kept in a jar, and move to follow Tiana and Naveen.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She doesn't wear shoes. Justified, since she is blind and possibly needs them bare.
  • Dope Slap:
    Mama Odie: (to Tiana and Naveen) Now, y'all figure out what you need?
    Tiana: It's just like you said, Mama Odie. We need to be human.
    Mama Odie: HA! Y'all ain't got the sense you was born with! Y'all want to be human, but you're blind to what you need.
    Naveen: But we want what we need. It's all the same thing, yes?
    Mama Odie: (smacks Naveen over the head with her staff) It's the same thing, NO!
  • Dynamic Entry: She makes her first appearance rescuing Tiana and friends from the Friends On The Other Side.
  • Eccentric Mentor: She likes playing pranks and being mystic while dispending wisdom.
  • Expy: Suga Momma?! That you?
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Her style of dress is white, gold, and makes her look like a wise old sage.
  • Good Counterpart: To Dr. Facilier. The key difference is that Dr. Facilier offers his clients the easy way out (i.e. supposedly giving them what they want for free), then gives them exactly what they asked for, while Mama Odie teaches her clients to understand what they need instead of what they want (she is aware that simply giving them what they want will not solve their problems). Some further elements emphasize this relationship between them:
    • Facilier is a stick-thin, wiry man. Mama is a portly woman.
    • Facilier wears black, Mama Odie wears white.
    • Facilier is affiliated with darkness, Mama Odie uses light magic.
    • They are both associated with snakes - Mama has a cute and helpful snake pet while Facilier's shadow occasionally takes a sinister rattlesnake's shape.
    • Facilier's so-called "friends" are all dead spirits and demons, while Mama Odie has actual friends in living animals.
    • Facilier holds his business in the middle of the city, where the weak-willed can easily run into him. Odie's shack is in the middle of the darkest part of the bayou, where only the worthy can find her.
  • Handicapped Badass: After zapping the shadows she says, "Not too bad for a two hundred year old blind woman!"
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Like Faciler, her past and powers are not touched on.
  • Light 'em Up: Her staff can blast light rays. It is used as a weapon against the Friends On The Other Side.
  • Light is Good: The polar opposite of Facilier, she wears gold and white, fends off the Friends On The Other Side with blasts of light from her staff, and ends her musical number with a sunshine-filled sky. "Blue skies and sunshine, guaranteed!"
  • Really 700 Years Old: She is two-hundred years old and spry for her age.
  • Senior Sleep Cycle: She can sometimes fall asleep rather unexpectedly.
  • Trickster Mentor: She was fully aware that the spell would break if Naveen and Tiana married as frogs, then kissed - since that would make Tiana a princess. But she prefers to let the protagonists find that out on their own.
  • Woman in White: She wears a white dress to emphasize her nature as a mistress of light magic and Good Counterpart to Facilier.


Mama Odie's pet snake and her loyal assistant.

  • Animorphism: Mama Odie changes him into a dog, a pig, a cow and a goat during one verse of "Dig A Little Deeper".
  • Beleaguered Assistant: It's not easy working for Odie when you have to be her walking stick and demonstration of her shapeshifting magic.
  • Butt Monkey: "Dig A Little Deeper" has him swiftly changed into many different creatures.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Supposedly, he's been with Odie for a long time.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Thoroughly averted. He might be the cutest snake ever put to paper.
  • The Voiceless: Although he seems to possess the same level of sapience as Mama Odie's spoonbills, he does not talk.


Prince Naveen's valet, whom Dr. Facilier recruits as a partner in his Evil Plan by transforming him to look like Naveen using a blood charm.

Voiced by: Peter Bartlett

  • Beleaguered Assistant: He carries all of Naveen's luggage but receives no gratitude.
  • Butt Monkey: "You've been pushed around all your life....your mother and your sister and your brother."
  • Dirty Coward: Doesn't like the voodoo and would have backed out if Faciler didn't threaten him.
  • Evil Brit: His accent says Brit and his compliance with the Evil Plan is the evil.
  • Fat Bastard: For all that he works for Naveen, he has a well fed belly.
  • Gold Digger: He tries to marry Charlotte as Naveen because of her money.
  • The Jeeves: Naveen's servant.
  • Revenge: His motivation for teaming up with Facilier.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He likely doesn't even know that Facilier's endgame is to sacrifice a good part of the city to voodoo demons.

    Eli "Big Daddy" LaBouff 

A wealthy Southern sugar mill owner and Charlotte's father.

Voiced by: John Goodman

    Stella the Basset Hound 

Charlotte's dog.

Voiced by: Kelly Hoover, Frank Welker (dog vocal effects)

  • Suddenly Voiced: The first sign that Tiana and Naveen can understand other animals is when Stella speaks to them.

    James and Eudora 

Tiana's parents.

Voiced by: Terrence Howard (James), Oprah Winfrey (Eudora)

    King and Queen of Maldonia 

Naveen's parents

  • Good Parents: Zigzagged. They're at least partially responsible for Naveen turning into a lazy flirt but they recognize that they made a mistake and want him to grow into a mature and self-sufficent adult. Their solution is shipping him to another country with no one but a valet so he can marry a Meal Ticket. Then they appear at his wedding to Tianna and are happy to see him marry a commoner he's in love with.
  • No Name Given: Probably because they don't appear until the end.

    Naveen's brother 
Voiced by: Seth R. Williamson

  • Jail Bait Wait: An exasperated Charlotte makes a joke about this; hopefully it is a joke.
  • No Name Given: Probably because he appears for a quick gag.


  • Companion Cube: Unless this is an Interspecies Romance, Ray is romancing a ball of flaming gas.
  • Expy: The Wishing Star from Pinocchio. Similarly, Ray becomes the Second Star To The Right from Peter Pan once he dies and becomes a star along side her.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Evangeline is the name of a parish in Louisiana.
    • "Evangeline" is from a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem. In this poem an Acadian woman looking for her lost husband after they were separated in the ethnic cleansing of Acadians from their homeland that started in 1755. Some Acadians migrated to Louisiana after this and over time became known as Cajuns. Ray is a Cajun firefly, so the name of his true love is ethnically significant.

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