Characters / The Swan Princess

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The Main Protagonists

    Princess Odette 
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Played by: Michelle Nicastro (1-3), Liz Callaway (singing in 1), Laura Bailey (4-5), Summer Eguhi (singing in 4)

Odette is the deuteragonist of The Swan Princess movies. A beautiful and kind princess, she is captured by the evil wizard Rothbart who intends to marry her to make her kingdom his own. She spends most of the film under his spell, which causes her to transform into a swan by day and only return to her true form at night.
  • Action Girl: She tries, but it usually doesn't work out very well.
  • Animal Motifs: Swans, obviously.
  • Arranged Marriage: With Derek, courtesy of their parents. It eventually turns into a Perfectly Arranged Marriage.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The titular Swan Princess. She gets turned into a swan once per movie.
    • In the second film however, she asks to be turned into a swan, so she can reach Derek in time to save him from a trap.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Derek.
  • The Chosen One: A Royal Family Tale reveals her to be one.
  • Curse Escape Clause: Her curse can only be broken by a vow of everlasting love, which if made to another person will kill her.
  • Damsel in Distress: She gets captured by an antagonist in each of the three movies. Notably, however, while she does require saving, she had previously done everything she could to try and liberate herself or at least get Derek's attention to help free her. While she does need Derek to save her in the first film, it's somewhat justified since Rothbart's spell can only be broken either by him or be Derek making a vow of everlasting love to the whole world, so Derek is an integral part in breaking the spell. Odette even basically says if she could break the spell by herself, she would.
  • Defiant Captive
  • Disney Death: Twice. The first time she is killed by Rothbart's curse and the second time by Zelda's destroying Seeker.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: As a child, she constantly tried to get Derek to play with or spend time with her and often chased him and Bromley. Unfortunately for Odette, Derek seemed to view her as his Abhorrent Admirer. note 
    Derek: We've tried all summer, but we just can't lose her!
  • Everything's Better with Princesses
  • Expy: Has more than a passing similarity to Princess Aurora, (Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold and Purple Eyes, has a brown-haired Love Interest who has been betrothed to her since they were children, and is comatose in the climax while her Love Interest fights the Big Bad, who is in the form of some kind of creature when killed).
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: In the ending of the first film, she wears one of these for her wedding to Derek.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: It fits the traditional sweet and innocent princess.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: In the first film, though they look more purple in the sequels.
  • Ironic Echo: "So happy to be here..." She says this in a resigned voice right after she first meets Derek, clearly not meaning it. During her Love Epiphany, she says it again with sincerity.
  • Light Is Good: You mean to tell me the princess dressed in white turning into a white swan in golden "light water" and with golden hair is the heroine? Color me shocked! Used as a subtle plot-point - the villain masquerading as Odette opts for a form-fitting black-and-red dress instead. Derek doesn't pick up on this until too late..
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: As a young adult, although she had two Braids of Action as a child, emphasizing her childhood tomboyishness.
  • Mama Bear: Odette becomes fiercely protective over Alise.
  • Missing Mom: Odette's mother is never seen or mentioned.
  • One True Love: Is this for Derek. Their duet is called "Far Longer Than Forever" for a reason.
  • Princess Classic: Looks and acts mostly like a traditional storybook princess.
  • Purple Eyes: As a Shout-Out to Aurora. This also adds to her own beauty and her swan motif.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Odette isn't adverse to getting her hands dirty.
  • She Is All Grown Up: As a child Odette wasn't regarded as being especially attractive, but once she reaches adulthood Derek is blown away by how beautiful she's become.
    Derek:She started out as such an ugly duckling...And somehow suddenly became a swan.''
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Odette postponed her marriage with Derek until he could find other reasons to marry her besides her looks.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: During the opening song, she smashes Derek's treehouse when he and Bromley refuse to let her in, bringing it down on her head and giving all three of them Amusing Injuries.
  • Standard Female Grab Area: In the second film, Clavius (an old man and a Squishy Wizard who was nearly strangled to death by Uberta) easily subdues her by doing this.
  • Swans A-Swimming: Is turned into a swan in each film in the original trilogy.
  • Three-Month-Old Newborn: Has a head full of hair during the celebration for her birth, when William and Uberta get the idea to match her up with Derek.
  • Tomboy: As a child she could keep up with Derek and Bromley, though she got a Girliness Upgrade as a teen and adult.
  • Woman in White: Her most common attire is a white dress.
  • Youthful Freckles: Which vanished once she reached her teenaged years.

    Prince Derek 
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Played by: Howard Mcgillan (1), Douglas Sills (2), Kenneth Cope (singing in 2), Brian Nissen (3), Yuri Lowenthal (4-5), Michelangelo (singing in 4)

Derek is one of The Swan Princess movies' deuteragonists. A brave and daring prince, he is deeply in love with Odette and devotes himself to rescuing her when she's captured by the evil Rothbart.
  • Arrow Catch: Whether it's one arrow, or a whole clearing full of crossbow bolts all coming at him at once.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Wields a longsword, but is a dead shot with a bow.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: A particularly severe case, probably due to him being Oblivious to Love for so long.
    Rogers: Surely you must see something other than Odette's beauty!
    Derek: Of course I do, Rogers! She's like...you know...how about...and then...! I mean, right? I...I don't know how to say it!
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: How does he gain Improbable Aiming Skills and Super Reflexes? "Day after day, all the prince every does, is practice, practice, practice."
  • Chekhov's Skill: "Catch and Fire", a game where Brom shoots an arrow at him, and Derek catches it and fires it back, is used to defeat Rothbart.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Odette. Their parents arranged for them to be married at a very young age, but it wasn't until they were adults that things clicked.
  • He Is All Grown Up: What Odette realizes when she sees him as a young adult. Though she seemed to focus more on what his eyes and expression were telling her.
  • Heroic BSOD: After Odette's death in the third movie.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Can snipe at two birds at a great distance, fire multiple arrows simultaneously, and slice an apple clean in two with one arrow.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he sees Odette dying from his Mistaken Declaration of Love to Bridget. Also, while neither he nor Odette said anything about it, Derek's expression indicates he was thinking this when he realized that the swan he was trying to shoot a few moments ago was actually Odette.
  • Oblivious to Love: While the case could be made that Odette had feelings for Derek before they were adults, due to her constant attempts to spend time with him, Derek is 100% blind as a bat to his own feelings for his entire life, up until meeting Odette again in the ballroom. He even comments, "'Til now, I never knew..." during his Love Epiphany.
  • One True Love: Is this for Odette. Their duet is called "Far Longer Than Forever" for a reason.
  • Papa Wolf: Becomes fiercely protective over Alise.
  • Prince Charming: He's a prince and he can be rather charming.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Derek is very kind to his staff!
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When he realizes Rothbart tricked him.
  • Satellite Love Interest: He initially only admires Odette for her physical beauty. He grows out of it after her abduction.
    Derek: I...uh...what else is there?
  • Warrior Prince: Is a very good fighter who practices every day and is not afraid to leap into battle in the first film and its sequels.

Other Good Guys

    King William 
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Played by: Dakin Matthews

King William was Odette's loving father. He cared a great deal for his daughter, enough to call off an arranged marriage years in the making because she wasn't happy with her potential husband (then, anyway). He's murdered by Rothbart early in the first film.

    Queen Uberta 
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Played by: Sandy Duncan (1) Cristy Landers (2-3), Jennifer Miller (4-5)

Queen Uberta is Derek's loving but extremely ditzy mother. It was her, along with King William, who arranged Derek and Odette's marriage in order to unite their kingdoms.

    Bromley 
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Played by: Joel McKinnon Miller (1), Wes Brewer (singing in 1), Owen Miller (2-3), Joey Lotsko (4-5)

Bromley is Derek's childhood friend. Though not the bravest or the most competent, he comes through for his prince when it truly matters.

    Chamberlain 
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Played by: James Arrington, Davis Gaines (singing)

Chamberlain is a servant working in Uberta's employ. He serves as chamberlain (obviously) as well as Master of Ceremonies when Uberta throws one of her pageant balls.

    Lord Rogers 
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Played by: Mark Harelik

Lord Rogers is Uberta's court musician as well as her and her son's councillor and confidant. A rather haughty fellow, he doesn't suffer fools easily, especially Bromley.

    Bridget 
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Played by: Rosie Mann

Bridget is Rothbart's former assistant who turned good after her master was killed. She has the hots for the Chamberlain, not that he seems to mind.

    Alise 
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Played by: Carly G. Fogelson

Alise is an orphaned girl that Odette and Derek adopt in The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale after her father is killed by the Forbidden Arts.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest main character.
  • Cute Mute: For most of A Royal Family Tale she's unable or unwilling to speak because she was traumatized by the death of her father. There's even a song dedicated to trying to make her talk.
  • Damsel in Distress: Gets kidnapped by the Forbidden Arts and Mangler the Scullion to lure Odette into a trap.
  • Happily Adopted: At the end of A Royal Family Tale Odette and Derek adopt her.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Her father is accidentally killed by the Forbidden Arts, leaving her in the care of Odette and Derek until they can track down her relatives to take care of her.
  • Meaningful Name: "Alise" is Spanish for "Of the nobility". She becomes a princess at the end.
  • Not So Different: Like Odette, she lost her father due to the evil of the Forbidden Arts. At the end of the movie she even becomes a princess, too.
  • Rags to Riches: She starts off a humble villager. She then becomes the adopted daughter of Odette and Derek, making her a princess.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Derek gives a line to his mother implying this.
    Derek: It'll take a lot to outsmart her.
  • World of No Grandparents: Because she has no living relatives, Odette and Derek decide to adopt her themselves towards the end of the film.

The Villains

    Rothbart 
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Played by: Jack Palance (1), Lex de Avezedo (singing voice), Sean Wright (3-4)

Rothbart is the main villain of the first film. A ruthless and greedy sorcerer, he uses his mastery of the Forbidden Arts to kill King William and kidnap Odette in order to force her to marry him.
  • Master of Illusion: Using the Forbidden Arts.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Odette's curse and death are undone when he dies.
  • Older Than They Look: About 20 years pass between his banishment and his revenge, yet he doesn't look a single day older.
  • One-Winged Angel: Can transform into the Great Animal, a monster resembling a cross between a wolf and a wyvern.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Refuses to conquer William's land by force because he would have to deal with the La Résistance and other villains trying to steal it from him.
    "Once you steal something, you spend your whole life fighting to keep it."
  • Reality Warper: Using the Forbidden Arts, he can transform anything into something else.
  • The Starscream: Was once William's servant before plotting to overthrow him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Averted. Despite threatening to "BOIL OVER!!!", he never truly loses composure and is quick to calm himself.
  • Villain Song: No More Mister Nice Guy.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can transform into the Great Animal at will.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: As noted above in Pragmatic Villainy, Rothbart was trying to take over William's kingdom by getting Odette to marry him and thereby legally make him king. Odette noted that he had enough power to take it over if he wanted, but Rothbart had already tried that before William banished him.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Rothbart did this a lot to anyone he worked with - Clauvius and Zelda, respectively.

    Clavius 
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Played by: Jake Williamson, Michael Lanning (singing voice)

The main antagonist of The Swan Princess II: Escape from Castle Mountain. Clavius and Rothbart, who was his former friend and partner in crime, conquered the Forbidden Arts together. However, Rothbart took all the power for himself and drove Clavius underground. Years later Clavius returned, intending to use the Arts to carry on where Rothbart failed and conquer the world.

    Zelda 
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Played by: Katja Zoch

The main antagonist of the The Swan Princess III: The Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure, Zelda is an evil sorceress and Rothbart's former partner in both senses of the word. After he ditched her to try and force Odette to marry him instead, she struck out on her own and tried to use the Forbidden Arts to take over the world.

    The Forbidden Arts 
Played by: David Lodge

The main antagonist of The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale is a living embodiment of the Forbidden Arts.

Animal Sidekicks

    Jean-Bob 
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Played by: John Cleese (1), David Zippel (singing in 1), Donald Sage Mackay (2-3), Clayton James Mackay (4-5)

A French frog who claims to really be a prince. Sarcastic and a bit of a coward, Jean-Bob usually needs to be prodded into doing the right thing by his friends. Nevertheless, in the end he usually manages to be brave. Just don't expect it before the end.

    Lorenzo "Speed" Trudgealong 
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Played by: Steven Wright (1), Jonathan Hadary (singing in 1)Doug Stone (2-4)

A kind old turtle who, along with Jean-Bob, became friends with Odette when she was first brought to Rothbart's castle. Calm and dependable, Speed may not be much use on land but put him in water and he can take on a pair of alligators without breaking a sweat.

    Lt. Puffin 
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Played by: Steve Zinovich (1-3), Gardner Jaas (4-5)

A puffin with an apparent military background. Lt. Puffin is the last to join the first film's animal trio and aids them to repay a debt of honor after Odette saved him by pulling an arrow from his wing.

    Whizzer 
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Played by: Paul Masonson

Appearing first in The Swan Princess III: The Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure, Whizzer is Zelda's unwilling minion. As a yaki-bird, he can perfectly mimic any voice. Something Zelda uses to her advantage in her evil schemes.

    Number Nine the Cat 
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Played by: David Lodge

Appearing the the 2012 Christmas Special, Number Nine is a cat that works as Rothbart's minion in exchange for extra lives.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Spends the entire Christmas Special snarking at ghost-Rothbart.
  • Remember the New Guy: The Christmas movie seems to imply that he was one of Rothbart's minions from the first movie even though he'd never been seen before.
  • Right-Hand Cat: He's Rothbart's reluctant minion in the Christmas Special, but comments seem to imply that he was once this to Rothbart before the events of the first movie.
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