Characters: The Princess and the Frog
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Born in New Orleans in an all-black neighborhood, she has had a talent for cooking since she was younger and aspires to own a restaurant. She meets the exiled Prince Naveen, turned into a frog by voodoo magic, who presumes a kiss from Tiana will break the spell upon him: but she too is turned into a frog, and together the two then try to get out of the bayou and back to New Orleans.
Voiced by: Anika Noni Rose
- Action Girl: As a frog, she destroys Facilier's amulet and kicks the frog hunter's butts. The most active of any character in the movie save perhaps the alligator.
- Almost Kiss: During "Ma Belle Evangeline" with Naveen.
- All Work vs. All Play: All work vs Naveen's all play. It's literally all work; she doesn't even sleep.
- 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.
- Battle Couple: She and Naveen fight the redneck frog hunters together.
- Bewitched Amphibians: The premise of the movie is 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.
- Brown Eyes: Showing her sensible, down-to-earth, and hardworking nature.
- Brutal Honesty:
- Has no problem laying some hard truths on Naveen.
- Winds up doing the same to Ray later on in the film, when she's devastated over thinking Naveen has betrayed her, and turned human to marry Charlotte while leaving her alone as a frog. Ray begins to tell him that he and Evangeline will make it right, prompting Tiana to angrily interrupt him and tell him Evangeline is nothing more than a star, not a firefly, and that he's being blind and foolish. Gets inverted when Ray thinks she's just lashing out from being brokenhearted, and he winds up as a star in the sky next to Evangeline after his death.
- 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: Tiana is initially dedicated to ignoring the possibility of romance (and everything else) in favor of her pursuing dream of opening her own restaurant. When push comes to shove, she concludes that sacrificing her newfound love for Naveen in order to achieve her goal alone wouldn't be worth it — but that doesn't mean she gives up on her goal, simply that she expands it to include him:Tiana: My dream wouldn't be complete... without you in it.
- Character Development: She loosens up and focuses on what other things she needs out of her life instead of just having a restaurant and doing right by her father's memory.
- Character Tics: Tiana squints one eye when she cringes.
- Childhood Friends: With Charlotte. The first scene in the movie is the two of them as children listening to a story.
- 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: Sigh. (Face Palm)
- Cool Crown: She dons four during her movie, and went on to become one of the few princesses to always wear one in merchandise.
- Daddy's Girl: Facilier tries to exploit this convincing her that working with him would fufill her father's dream It backfires on him when she realizes what her father would truly want.
- 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 herself to the bone.
- Dish Dash: Her waitressing skills are impressive.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: A staunch believer of this: "I've worked hard for everything I've got" from one song and "I'm almost there" in another.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: By marrying Naveen and becoming a princess, their kiss turns them both back to humans.
- 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 into it, adding 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 ditsy, rich and spoiled, Tiana is level-headed but poor and hard-working.
- 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: She wore them as a kid when she was more carefree.
- 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, a wedding dress appears.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted. While she suffers a few disappointments over the movie, ultimately she refuses to take Facilier's offer of the easy, magical way out. 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. The tongue wrapping thing gave the other impression.
- Heroic BSOD: Briefly after she loses her restaurant, she becomes stoic and stale.
- High Class Gloves: Her magical wedding dress comes with long gloves.
- I Can't Dance: She never has before but she learns pretty quickly, especially considering she is a frog at the time.
- "I Want" Song: "Almost There", though unlike many of 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 apparently inherited her passion for cooking from her father, who passed his skills onto her when she was little.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Anika Noni Rose bears more than a slight resemblance!
- Instant Expert: At being a frog.
- Lonely at the Top: In Facilier's vision, Tiana 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. And in the end, when she does realize her dream, she does it together with Naveen, averting this trope.
- Love Epiphany: During "Ma Belle Evangeline" with Naveen, but she immediately becomes awkward and distant and tries to repress it.
- 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 Girl: One of the most cheerful and level-headed characters in the movie.
- Official Couple: With Prince Naveen.
- Only Sane Woman:
- She's the only female not swooning over Naveen.
- Unlike Naveen, she realizes that making a deal with Facilier is immensely stupid. She also doesn't believe in wishing on stars (unlike Charlotte), and the fact that she does so at one point is a sign of how desperate she is, emotionally.
- One of the Boys: During his Digging Yourself Deeper moment, Naveen refers to her as "one of the guys", clearly offending her.
- 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 she can still kick ass. 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.
- 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, she wears a white fox fur boa as an acessory to her glamorous white dress (befitting an owner of an upper class diner).
- Prim and Proper Bun: The hairstyle she wears throughout the film (as a human, at least) because of her work ethic. No impractical fashion styles for her.
- 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: Her green dress doesn't cover much of the back.
- Simple Yet Opulent: Her blue dress is simpler than Charlotte's big pink ones but still obviously high quality.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Tiana doesn't fall for Naveen at first because of his lazy and immature attitude. Things start to change after he saves her from a couple of frog hunters. After that, she starts to genuinely like him for his funny, innovative, and truly kind nature.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: Much unlike almost all Disney Princesses before her (except Mulan), but very much like the ones after her she is prone to suffering Amusing Injuries.
- The Southpaw: The voice actress specifically requested Tiana be left-handed, like herself.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: In the chapter book continuation of the film, The Stolen Jewel, it is revealed both Tiana (and Naveen) hold the ability of communicating with animals, having kept that ability from their time as frogs.
- Straight Man: To Naveen and Louis.
- Supreme Chef: She can create a dinner from scratch in mere seconds and managed to improve Mama Odie's... interesting looking gumbo.
- Title Character: The "princess" in the movie's title refers to her.
- Tomboy Princess: Her hands-on approach to creating her restaurant after her royal marriage showcases this.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Her favorite condiment is Tabasco Sauce.
- True Blue Femininity: The dress she wears at Charlotte's party, the elegant princess gown that contrasts her working-girl yellow peasant dress.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: The critical half to the lazy Naveen.
- Workaholic: Perhaps her Fatal Flaw as she got close to running herself into the ground, but with little regard for friends or fun.
- 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.
"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
- Adorkable: Oh, yes. For his The Casanova front, Naveen's lack of experience in the real world and his growing devotion to Tiana are a CMOH of their own.
- All Work vs. All Play: All Play to Tiana's All Work. He's never had to work in his life.
- Almost Kiss: During "Ma Belle Evangeline" with Tiana.
- Ambiguously Brown: Let's keep it short and say that "ambiguous" is the right word.
- Amusing Injuries: "I am Prince Naveen!" *smack* "...Of Maldonia."
- Angel Face, Demon Face: He starts off the movie as a smarmy pretty boy. By the end of the movie, there is that subtle change to the artwork to indicate that he has grown from the experience into a better person than he started out.
- 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.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Tiana in the beginning. Though most of the sexual tension starts when the belligerence dies down.
- 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.
- Butt Monkey: Gets hurt a lot over the course of the movie. It's all done in the name of humor of course.
- 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: As shown when he tries to tell Tiana his feelings.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.
- 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 Guy: He's a carefree fun guy who helps Tiana loosen 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.
- Nice Hat: As a human, he wore a cream colored hat.
- 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: 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.
- 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; he's much more impulsive and outgoing about his passions than Tiana.
- 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.
- Secondary Character Title: Naveen is the "Frog".
- 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.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: In the chapter book continuation of the film, The Stolen Jewel, it is revealed both Naveen (and Tiana) hold the ability of communicating with animals, having kept that ability from their time as frogs.
- 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.
- Title Character: The "frog" in the movie's title refers to him.
- Took a Level in Idealism: By the end of the film, Naveen knows the value of hard work.
- 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)
- Beauty Mark: She puts on a false one with a pen in her debut scene.
- Celebrity Resemblance: She's basically an animated Marilyn Monroe.
- Childhood Friends: With Tiana. See her entry for details.
- Daddy's Girl: A great relationship with Daddy LaBouff.
- Dumb Blonde: None too bright and easy to fool; when hiring Tiana, she hands her a wad of cash.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Look at her closet; she's a full-hearted believer.
- John Lasseter worked on this movie, and he continuously slips in references to Hayao Miyazaki. In Howls Moving Castle (and the book it was inspired by) there was a pretty, airheaded blonde who was a good friend to the female lead: her name was Lettie.
- Lottie is also partially inspired from Betty Boop.
- Fourth Date Marriage: Almost went through with this with Lawrence disguised as Naveen, whom she almost married after a couple of days of talking.
- Gainaxing: When she readjusts her dress.
- Genki Girl: In most of her scenes she's energetic and excited.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She may be 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.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tiana since childhood.
- Hidden Depths: You might think she's a standard Spoiled Brat... however, she turns out to be a lot more sweet.
- 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.
- In-Series Nickname: Her best friend, Tiana, calls her "Lottie".
- 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.
- Jail Bait Wait: She makes a joke about this during the climax while dancing with Naveen's brother.Charlotte: Who'd have thought the prince had a younger brother. How old did you say were again?
Naveen's brother: I'm six and a half.
Charlotte: *rolls eyes* Well, I waited this long!
- Kindhearted Simpleton: She may be a fool, but she's always kind and generous. The only one she bosses around is Big Daddy.
- 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 mother isn't in the story.
- 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 Girl: She's selfless and kind, willing to sacrifice her own happiness for Tiana's
- 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. Where Tiana is level-headed and serious, Charlotte is energetic and outgoing.
- 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.
- Shipper on Deck: Lottie willingly passes on her dream to marry a prince when she realizes how much the two love each other. Given how she's rather clueless for most of the movie, this is saying quite a lot.
- 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.
- She's the Proclaimed Princess of the Spoiled Sweet.
- 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.
"I've got friends on the other side..."A voodoo witch doctor and the film's main antagonist.
Voiced by: Keith David
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of the silky tones by Keith David, his voice actor.
- Badass Longcoat: A tuxedo jacket, complete with coattails.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pun not intended, either, as he carries around playing cards as well.
- Cynicism Catalyst: It is implied that he is poor and has been so for quite a while in one scene, and that his plan to take over New Orleans may very well be based on the whole rags-to-riches idea.Facilier: Fun fact about voodoo, Larry: can't conjure a thing for myself.
- 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.
- The Dragon: He's a strange case because he's also the Big Bad. He's the main villain that has to be defeated, but from the get-go the audience knows that he's working for his creditors, i.e. the Friends on the Other Side.
- Dragged Off to Hell: Or Dragged to the Other Side in any event. 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.
- Establishing Character Moment: While in a courtyard, Dr. Facilier spots Naveen walking through town for the very first time. He gives a lean, evil-looking smile to his sentient shadow, who gives a terrifying smile back. This guy means trouble.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: This is what in part brings him down. When trying to convince Tiana to take his deal, he brings up her father - showing James beat down from work and cooking for the neighborhood while dreaming of their restaurant. But while he sees it as James working himself to death for nothing and dying before he could get what he wanted, Tiana realize the truth: that it shows James was a man noble enough to sacrifice for the people he loved and kind enough to share his dreams with the world (both things Facilier are not). Which is exactly why Tiana rejects Facilier's offer.
- 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.
- His dancing and movement style was also based upon Cab Calloway and Michael Jackson.
- His lean, tan appearance, quick wit, and suave personality reminds more than a few Disney fans of Jafar.
- Baron Samedi, too, in design, voodoo practice, and somewhat in personality.
- The source of his powers - and the plot thread of "I really hope I can pay what I promised them" is a little reminiscent of Rasputin. He also has ghostly creatures under his command, and gets dragged away by his power source once our heroine destroys his favoured talisman.
- Everybody Calls Him Barkeep: In the movie we only learn of his name from himself and only once; everyone else calls him "The Shadow Man".
- 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. His plan, too. See the Evil Plan entry up above.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His bound living shadow that he's been making use of the entire movie to help him with his schemes, gets grabbed by his 'friends' who, due being physically bound to Facilier, allow them to pull him into their world.
- Inexplicably Awesome: How he first contacted his 'friends', got that moving shadow, and how he pulled off his Villain Song theatrics 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 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.
- Noodle People: He has this design, in contrast to all the other human characters, who are more realistically proportioned.
- 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.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: He is really good at thinking of plans on the spot, as shown when he thinks of a plan to force Tiana into giving back his amulet in less than three seconds. It almost works, too.
"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
- Big Eater: When Tiana tells him about the restaurant be begins listing off various dishes he wishes to try, and if Naveen didn't interrupt him, he would have kept going.
- Big Fun
- The Big Guy: In a group of fireflies and frogs, he's the most imposing.
- Carnivore Confusion: Despite being an alligator, he doesn't seem to like eating frogs.
- Gentle Giant: For being so big and strong he's a Nice Guy.
- Fat Idiot: He's big and none too bright, and he gets lost easily.
- Large Ham
- 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.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He doesn't like hunting and eating frogs; he'd rather play the trumpet.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Louis Armstrong, and lampshaded when he mentions Louis Armstrong at one point.
- Nice Guy: Unlike his fellows alligators, he's friendly and dreams of being a great musician. He also bonds immediately with Tiana and Naveen, especially with the latter.
- No Sense of Direction: As Ray says, "Never take directions from a gator."
- 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.
- Shipper on Deck: For Tiana/Naveen.
- Static Character: He's the only main character who goes through no notable changes and makes no major sacrifices.
- Worth noting is, Louis realizes in the same vein as Tiana and Naveen that what he wants - to become human in order to play jazz music - doesn't necessarily correlate to what he needs. Unlike the other two, however, he sticks with this to the end, in that he eventually gets to join a band and play at Tiana's restaurant even while still being an alligator.
- Talking Animal: Averted. He can't talk to humans.
- You Need a Breath Mint: According to Ray.
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
- Almost Dead Guy: after being stepped on.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: When he dies, a star next to Evangeline shines into existence. This makes him "The Second Star to the Right."
- Beware the Nice Ones: Just ask the Friends from the Other Side that he zapped.
- Bloodless Carnage: After the Shadow Man steps on him, with an audible crunch, he's still pretty much whole, and even manages to deliver a Final Speech before he passes on.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: He is stepped on by Dr. Facilier, complete with audible squish.
- 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.
- Love Informant: Naveen intends to confess his feelings for Tiana and propose, but gets cold feet due to a combination of I Want My Beloved to Be Happy and Poor Communication Kills. Ray has to fill her in instead.
- Meaningful Name: Name is Ray, and he gives off light.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest guys in the movie.
- 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.
- Ragin' Cajun: Most of the time this Cajun firefly is pretty laid-back and goofy, but he gives the Friends on the Other Side a hard time in the third act.
- 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.
- Spanner in the Works: In the third act, where Tiana is too distraught over Naveen apparently marrying Charlotte (actually Lawrence in disguise), Naveen trapped in a box and Louis too busy playing music at the parade, Ray is the one that starts Facilier's downfall by freeing the prince.
- Tragic Dream: He wishes to be with his beloved Evangeline: too bad she's a star. Subverted when after his death he got reunited with her
- You Shall Not Pass: Keeps the shadows from advancing to Naveen's location. It almost works, but he gets swatted by one and squished by Faciller's foot.
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
- Barefoot Sage: The wise old voodoo priestess of the Buyou doesn't wear shoes, and is shown to be connected to all the animals that live there. She's also quite quirky.
- 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 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: What 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 dispensing wisdom.
- 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!"
- Nice Girl: Mama Odie is a kind, motherly (or grandmotherly), and wise figure in the movie.
- 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.
- Solitary Sorceress: Lives by herself out in the bayou. The "solitary" aspect is played with in that she has plenty of company in animal familiars.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Can freely converse with Frog!Tiana, Frog!Naveen, Ray the firefly, and Louis the alligator.
- 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 inverted. 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.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He manages to ruin the plan due to his concern for Navies gasping for air when imprisoned in a glass jar.
- 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.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Being pushed around by Naveen is the primary reason why he doesn't hesitate for a moment to accept Dr. Facilier's deal and do a Face-Heel Turn.
- 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
- Adipose Rex: He's overweight and one of the most powerful individuals in New Orleans on account of his sugar plantation.
- Big Eater: He frequently orders large quantities of pastries from Tiana.
- Big Fun: A tall and fat guy with a jovial attitude and apparently very popular in New Orleans.
- Doting Parent: He's the one that spoiled Charlotte.
- Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit: A positive example as he is polite, affable and perfectly happy at the prospect of his daughter marrying a man with dark skin.
- Good Parents: Though more through luck than skill - he spoils Charlotte dreadfully, but it seems to have worked out for the best.
- Meaningful Name: "La Bouffe" in French means "The Grub" as in "food". Appropriate for a Big Eater...
- Uncle Pennybags: He is a doting parent and hosts excellent parties, not to mention he's an excellent tipper.
Stella the Basset Hound
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
Voiced by: Terrence Howard (James), Oprah Winfrey (Eudora)
- Disappeared Dad: James died (or went missing in action) during World War I.
- Good Parents: James taught Tiana how to cook and how good cooking "brings people together" while Eudora is supportive of Tiana's dream of opening a resturant.
- I Want Grandkids: Eudora says so. She's eager for Tiana to get married.
- Supreme Chef: James taught Tiana everything she knows.
- Tastes Like Friendship: James points out how good cooking brings people together.
- Textile Work Is Feminine: Eudora is a seamstress.
King and Queen of Maldonia
- 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.
Voiced by: Seth R. WilliamsonNaveen's younger brother.
- Jail Bait Wait: An exasperated Charlotte makes a joke about this.Charlotte: Who'd have thought the prince had a younger brother. How old did you say were again?
Naveen's brother: I'm six and a half.
Charlotte: *rolls eyes* Well, I waited this long!
- No Name Given: Probably because he only 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.
- Shrinking Violet: According to Ray anyway, it's why she's so quiet.
The Friends On The Other Side
- Deal with the Devil: They grant power to humans in exchange for that human's soul. Defaulting on this debt is a very bad thing.
- Eldritch Abomination: All of them are merciless creatures from another world that does not obey the physical laws governing this one.
- Greater Scope Villain: They're more powerful than Facilier, but they're not involved with his plan. It's like they're investors watching from the sidelines.
- Non-Indicative Name: They are certainly NOT your friends. This name is likely similar to the treatment of the Fair Folk. It's a polite name because you don't want to offend them.
- Weakened by the Light: Mama Odie can zap them with her staff to make them go away. Ray's firefly illumination is weaker and lacks Odie's supernatural power, but even he can hurt them.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: What they are precisely is unclear. All we see are shadows or living masks.
The Fenner Brothers
- Voiced by: Corey Burton and Jerry Kernion
- Compressed Vice: In order to distract from the fact that the Fenners aren't strictly speaking at fault for any of this, the movie has one of the brothers drops a dismissive and subtly racist line. It hopes the audience ire will last long enough to distract them from the fact that Tiana forcefully threatens them to renege on the arrangement with the other bidder at the end of the movie.
- Fat and Skinny: Each brother is one or the other.
- Jerkass: Unscrupulous, snooty, snobbish, cruel, sexist, selfish, uncaring, racist, prejudice.