Characters: The Princess and the Frog
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"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.
- Cannot Spit It Out: After falling for Tiana he becomes awkward whenever he tries to say anything.
- Butt Monkey: Gets hurt a lot over the course of the movie. It's all done in the name of humor of course.
- 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.
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)
"I've got friends on the other side..."
A voodoo witch doctor and the film's main antagonist.
- 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 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
A Cajun firefly who knows Mama Odie and is in love with the Evening Star, which he believes is another firefly named "Evangeline".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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: 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 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 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.
- 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
- Suddenly Voiced: The first sign that Tiana and Naveen can understand other animals is when Stella speaks to them.
James and Eudora
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. Williamson
- 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: Well, according to Ray anyway.
The Friends On The Other Side
- Bigger Bad: They're more powerful than Falcier, but they're not involved with his plan. It's like they're investors watching from the sidelines.
- 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.
- 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.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: What they are precisely is unclear. All we see are shadows or living masks.