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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let's Get Dangerous: He'd much rather be friendly and be part of the band, but when one of his True Companions is on the line, he will literally drop everything and be the big scary 'gator that his friends need him to be.
Non-Human Sidekick: For Tiana and Naveen who use him to scare the bank into keeping their word.
Reluctant Monster: An alligator that doesn't like the alligator lifestyle. In the original draft, he was a human who was transformed into a gator by a curse. He'll drop the "reluctant" part if his friends are in danger.
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.
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.
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!"
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!"
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.
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.
"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.