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The Protagonists and Deuteragonists

    Princess Odette
Click here for her swan form 
Voiced by: Michelle Nicastro (1-3), Liz Callaway (singing in 1), Laura Bailey (4-5), Summer Eguhi (singing in 4)

Odette is the protagonist 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: Occasionally she takes a direct action role to assist her allies and confront villains such as saving Derek from quick sand or attempting to break down the stone cage trapping Alise.
  • Animal Motifs: Swans, obviously, and not just because she often turns into one. There's a prophecy too.
  • Anti-Magic: A Royal Family Tale states that she is this to the Forbidden Arts; just her presence causes the entity pain and her shadow undoes the changes it made to the Swan Princess prophecy.
  • Arranged Marriage: With Derek, courtesy of their parents, to unite their kingdoms. 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, she asks to be turned into a swan, so she can reach Derek in time to save him from a trap.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While Odette is a very sweet person, she is also very brave and courageous when faced with dangerous situations and is not afraid to speak her mind.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Averted. She and Derek couldn't stand each other when they were kids. It was only when they became adults that they fell in love.
  • The Chosen One: A Royal Family Tale reveals that her birth was foretold in a prophecy. She would usher in an "age of goodness" and banish evil with her presence.
  • 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 the first three movies. While she requires 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 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 says if she could break the spell by herself, she would.
  • Defiant Captive: In the first film we get this exchange, "Every night you ask me the same question and every night I give you the same answer, I'd rather die first."
  • Demoted to Extra: She and Derek in the sixth film spend most of their time helping their people, which gives their daughter the spotlight.
  • Disney Death: Twice. The first time she is killed by Rothbart's curse and the second time by Zelda's destroying Seeker. The first time she was Only Mostly Dead and the second time was a phoenix style resurrection. The latter was justified because the Forbidden Arts could not truly destroy her.
  • 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!
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: In the ending of the first film, she wears one of these for her wedding to Derek.
  • Girliness Upgrade: As a child she's a Tomboy Princess who could keep up with Derek and Bromley. She becomes more of a girly girl as a teen and adult, but stays badass as well.
  • Good Hurts Evil: Her innate goodness causes debilitating pain to the embodiment of the Forbidden Arts.
  • Good Parents: She is a loving, caring mother to Alise.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: It fits the traditional sweet and innocent princess.
  • Happily Married: She and Derek form a loving and strong marriage that can withstand the good and bad times.
  • Hidden Depths: Odette is very good at playing cards.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: In the first film, though they look more purple in the sequels befitting royalty.
  • 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: The princess dressed in white turning into a white swan in golden "light water" and with golden hair is also a beacon of kindness and benevolence. 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: She had two Braids of Action as a child, emphasizing her childhood tomboyishness, but fits the trope in the other stages of her life.
  • Mama Bear: Odette becomes fiercely protective over Alise. In the words of Scully "There's no strength like a mother's love".
  • Meaningful Name: "Odette" is of French and Old German origin, and its meaning is "wealth". Fitting for someone who's a princess.
  • Nice Girl: She is kind, gentle and sweet to everyone she loves and cares about.
  • One True Love: Her duet with Derek is called "Far Longer Than Forever" for a reason.
  • Princess Classic: Looks and acts mostly like a traditional storybook princess; kindness, true love, etc. but she has plenty of backbone.
  • 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; the second film shows her helping Derek with a fire and "A Royal Family Tale" assisting a lumberback who can't work due to injury.
  • 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-Target Sexuality: While she did not initially like Derek, he is the only man she showed a romantic interest in.
  • 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 grabbing her arm.
  • 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.
  • Title Character: "Swan Princess" refers to Odette.
  • Tomboy Princess: Odette is one as a little girl. When she's introduced to Prince Derek, she instantly puts up her fists; later she's seen fighting him with a wooden sword. She got a Girliness Upgrade as a teen and adult.
  • Youthful Freckles: She had freckles in her tomboy pre-teen stage. They vanished once she reached her teenaged years.

    Prince Derek
Voiced 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.
  • Arranged Marriage: With Odette, courtesy of their parents, to unite their kingdoms. It eventually turns into a Perfectly Arranged Marriage.
  • Arrow Catch: Whether it's one arrow, or a whole clearing full of crossbow bolts all coming at him at once, he can catch them. "Practice! Practice! Practice!"
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Derek is an easygoing, good-hearted fellow. He's also an expert in swordsmanship and archery...and not afraid to use them when necessary.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Wields a longsword, but is a dead shot with a bow.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: While he and Odette mutually disliked each other during their childhood, she did make attempts to befriend him. However, the young Derek acted rude to any such attempts.
  • 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 about...and then...! I mean, right? I...I don't know how to say it!
  • Character Development: The first movie has him realize why he loves Odette so much and learn how to truly appreciate her.
  • 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: He and Odette in the sixth film spend most of their time helping their people, which gives their daughter the spotlight.
  • Deuteragonist The second main focus after Odette.
  • Good Parents: He is a loving, protective, and devoted father to Alise.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Derek's chin-length hairstyle has been the same since his youth.
  • Happily Married: He and Odette form a loving and strong marriage that can withstand the good and bad times.
  • 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 B.S.O.D.: After Odette's death in the third movie, he faces a breakdown.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: In English the meaning of the name "Derek" is either "Gifted ruler" or "People ruler". Fitting for a prince who goes out of his way to help the citizens of his kingdom.
  • 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 [[spoiler: realized that the swan he was trying to shoot a few moments ago was actually Odette.
  • Nice Guy: Derek grows into a polite, chivalrous, and selfless person.
  • 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: His duet with Odette is called "Far Longer Than Forever" for a reason.
  • Papa Wolf: Becomes fiercely protective over Alise. He didn't like the fact that his part in her rescue plan during A Royal Family Tale involved a fake sleep.
  • Prince Charming: He's a prince and he can be rather charming, but only once he becomes an adult and experiences a good deal of character development.
  • Prince Charmless: When he was younger, he started out as an arrogant Royal Brat.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Derek is very kind to his staff!
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When he realizes Rothbart tricked him.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Like his wife, Derek likes to help the citizens with whatever troubles befalls them.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: While he did not initially like Odette, she is the only woman he showed a romantic interest in.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Derek goes from the boy who acted like a rude brat to Odette to the man who would truly value her as a person.
  • 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.

Voiced by: Carly G. Fogelson (5), Jayden Isabel (current)

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.
  • Ascended Extra: Starts off as a deutergonist in her debut movie, A Royal Family Tale but becomes the new protagonist of the series in the future installments.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest main character is a child.
  • 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. Since she is unable to speak, she expresses herself in other ways, such as giving Odette and Derek a heart-shaped wreath.
  • Damsel in Distress: Gets kidnapped by the Forbidden Arts and Mangler the Scullion to lure Odette into a trap.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: In various screenshots in A Royal Family Tale, her eyes change from pale blue to teal to green to brown and vice versa due to animation errors. Come Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today, she officially has blue eyes.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change For most of A Royal Family Tale, Alise keeps her long hair. By the end, her hair is now cut with a braid across the top.
  • Happily Adopted: At the end of A Royal Family Tale Odette and Derek adopt her and she calls them "Mommy" and "Daddy" while hugging them.
  • 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. She certainly makes everyone in the castle happier now that there is child in the castle again.
  • Hidden Depths: She shows some skill at cooking.
  • "I Want" Song: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today is about her desire to explore the world and be more than just a bundle of "ribbons and curls" that knows a hundred different curtsies.
  • Meaningful Name: "Alise" is Spanish for "Of the nobility". She becomes a princess at the end.
  • Nice Girl: She's friendly, brave, and selfless.
  • 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 Royalty: She starts off a humble villager. She then becomes the adopted daughter of Odette and Derek, making her the princess of her home.
  • Rebellious Princess: Downplayed. As seen in her "I Want" Song, she knows she has responsibilities as a princess and is fully okay with fulfilling them but she wants to have some adventures first. It's kind of like the practice of a "gap year" in real life.
    Alise: I know who I am and I'll take my place......I'll be a princess tomorrow but a pirate today!
  • Spin Off Spring: As of Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today, Alise is the new protagonist of the series.
  • Tomboy Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today shows she'd rather be a Pirate Girl than a Proper Lady. She also finds being/playing at being a spy to really cool and prefers sliding down the bannisters of her castle's stairs rather then using the stairs themselves.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today reveals that Alise is more of a tomboy, but A Royal Family Tale showed her making a heart-shaped wreath and apparently being quite good at cooking.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She spends most of A Royal Family Tale being rescued. Come Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today, she does the rescuing herself.
  • 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.

Voiced by: Grant Durazzo

A young boy that Alise befriends in Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today.
  • Action Survivor: Managed to survive on an island of human-eating monsters just by using his quick wit.
  • Brainy Brunette: He has black hair and has shown to very smart for his age.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His father had an accident that made it unable for him to work and thus the family was becoming poor. His parents were decided to send him to an orphanage so he could be better taken care of. Lucas overheard and ran away as a result. Then, he ended up on an island of human-eating monsters.
  • Deuteragonist: The second main focus in Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today and Royally Undercover after Alise.
  • Humble Hero: It is indeed hard to make the kid accept credit for the heroic stuff he does.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: In his opinion, he is nothing more than a tulip farmer.
  • Implied Love Interest: To Alise. They become one another's best friend during their time together in Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today, have a similar dynamic to Alise's parents in the latter couple's adulthood, and both of the kids would do anything to help the other.
  • Le Parkour: He can move through trees as if he were a flying squirrel like Brodie and is also capable in urban environments.
  • Nice Guy: Lucas is a friendly person in general.
  • Rags to Riches: Downplayed. In Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today, he ran away from home because his parents considered sending him to an orphanage because they wanted to ensure he be properly cared for. Royally Undercover shows that while his family aren't rich, they are a lot better off.
  • The Runaway: He ran away from home when his parents contemplated putting him an orphanage to be taken care of properly.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Lucas gets most of his physical features from his mother.

Other Good Guys

    King William
Voiced by: Dakin Matthews

King William was Odette's loving father. He's murdered by Rothbart early in the first film.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has thick, bushy, greyish eyebrows.
  • Character Death: Mauled by Rothbart's Great Animal guise.
  • The Good King: He's certainly a benevolent monarch given the mercy he showed Rothbart (though that wasn't such as good idea).
  • Good Parents: 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).
  • Reluctant Warrior: According to Odette, he didn't like to talk about war but he was apparently good at it. Another king in Royally Undercover recalls a time when Willaim saved his life during battle.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: William refused to kill Rothbart or imprison him despite the latter vowing revenge (and actually was pretty serious about it) and the narrator alludes to this trope by saying "many feared the king too kind''."

    Queen Uberta
Voiced 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.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Her habit of arranging beauty pageants disguised as balls and faking her own death to press how much she wants grandchildren regularly embarrasses her only son.
  • Cool Old Lady: Alise introduces her to Lucas as such, "That's my grandmother, Queen Uberta. She's intense but awesome."
  • Deadpan Snarker: She light on the "deadpan" in most circumstances but always snappy and sarcastic with her barbs.
  • Defiant Captive: Clavius finds this out the hard way when she commandeers his servant to fix up her cell and then tells him off for complaining about it.
  • Doting Grandparent: When she meets Alise, a young girl that Derek and Odette adopted, Uberta waste no time in buying Alise everything she may like: From a dollhouse to a pet dog and cat to a "Prince Leopold" doll.
  • Genki Girl: Despite being in her late 40's to 50's she has the energy of a teenager.
  • Hartman Hips: Is pretty shapely.
  • The High Queen: She has been reigning on her own for presumably a long time and has the authority to enact whatever hairbrained scheme she desires.
  • I Want Grandkids: Reaching to absurd levels — her first appearance in A Royal Family Tale has Uberta telling Derek and Odette that she's dying in order to convince them to have a child before her "death".
  • Large Ham: She has no sense of subtlety. Her fake-death plan was quickly given away by it.
  • Mama Bear: Was ready and willing to fight the Big Bad of Royally Undercover because he kidnapped Alise.
  • Motor Mouth: As Clavius, sadly for him, finds out, once she starts talking it's impossible to stop her.
  • My Beloved Smother: Becomes a grandmother version of this to Alise in Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today — giving her grandchild daily lessons about how to be a princess for the whole summer.
  • Opposed Mentors: She and Rogers constantly butt heads over how to raise Alise — she wants to spoil her granddaughter while teaching her how to be a Proper Lady, while Rogers wants to enrich Alise's mind with lessons and adventures.
  • Pity the Kidnapper: She just won't stop talking, and Clavius can't handle her.
  • Younger Than They Look: Had gray hair while in her late 20's/early 30's.

Voiced 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.
  • Big Damn Hero: At the end of the first film, he provides the arrow that Derek needs to defeat the Great Animal.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is the butt of every joke and regularly makes a fool of himself.
  • Childhood Friends: With Derek and Odette; joining in on the "this is my idea" with them.
  • Cowardly Lion: Despite his Lovable Coward nature, he pulls through during Derek's final battle with Rothbart.
  • Cowardly Sidekick: He can be relied on to assist and follow Derek until things get dangerous.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Lampshaded by Rogers many times by poking his bubble of hot air boasting.
  • The Klutz: Bromley has an unfortunate habit of accidentally causing other people problems with his own clumsiness.
  • Lovable Coward: Despite his boasts, he has a distinct lack of "c-c-c-courage".

Voiced 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.
  • Nice Hat: A purple hat with a light purple feather.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Has a deep, rich singing voice in contrast to his somewhat nasally speaking voice.

    Lord Rogers
Voiced by: Mark Harelik (1), Joseph Medrano (2-5)

Lord Rogers is Uberta's court musician as well as her and her son's councilor and confidant. A rather haughty fellow, he doesn't suffer fools easily, especially Bromley.
  • Beta Couple: With Uberta. At least until the end of the fifth film when they realize they're Better as Friends.
  • Deadpan Snarker: An endless fountain of sarcasm.
    Rogers: 'What else is there?' You should write a book: 'How To Offend Women In 5 Syllables Or Less.'
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Uberta's court musician.
  • The Gadfly: Teases Bromley for fun, especially in the first movie and most of all about his lack of "c-c-c-courage".
  • Manchild: Lord Rogers is middle-aged, but there are times he doesn't act his age, especially in later installments.
  • Opposed Mentors: He and Uberta constantly butt heads over how to raise Alise — he wants to enrich Alise's mind with lessons and adventures, while Uberta wants to spoil her granddaughter while teaching her how to be a Proper Lady.
  • Second Love: To Uberta, since her husband was long dead and they are now a Beta Couple. Due to Status Quo Is God, they're back to bickering with each other as usual, so it doesn't pan out.

Click here for her post redemption look 
Voiced by: Rosie Mann

Bridget is Rothbart's former assistant who turned good after her master was killed.
  • Easily Forgiven: Odette doesn't seem to mind that Bridget almost killed her by helping Rothbart's scheme and instead allows Bridget to carry her bridal train.
  • Evil Old Folks: She's older than Rothbart and looks like a Wicked Witch. After her Heel–Face Turn, she looks more like someone's doting grandmother.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She joined Odette's employment after helping Rothbart keep her imprisoned.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: She goes from minion in the first film to supporting character on the side of good in the first two sequels to minion again in the Christmas special - she even tells Rothbart she missed working with him and actively helps him try to take down Derek and Odette, leading up to her return to the side of good when she helps Derek capture Rothbart.
  • Hulk Speak: Her prime of speaking is primitive. For example, when warning Odette about the possible permanent nature of the swan change in the second movie, "Odette be swan for long time".
  • Kavorka Man: A rare female example. Chamberlain isn't the most handsome guy around, but he's still leagues above Bridget. Nevertheless, he flirts right back with her in the end.
  • Love at First Sight: With Chamberlain. Yes, faster than the main couple.
  • Love Redeems: Her crush on Chamberlain is implied to be a factor in her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: She never really does anything evil other than tricking Derek into confessing to her.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Shoots one at Odette when impersonating her.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: She's not evil, she just works for Rothbart.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Even as a villain she provided gags and comical moments.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Both when disguised as Odette and post-Heel–Face Turn.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Could only make vague grunting noises in the original but upgrades to Hulk Speak in the sequels. Maybe Odette and Derek tutored her?
  • Wicked Witch: It's a complex example. In the first movie she was wicked but did not demonstrate magic. Post-Heel–Face Turn it's revealed she learned the Forbidden Arts from Rothbart. As such, she is the only living practitioner of the Forbidden Arts.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: For some reason after her Heel–Face Turn, her hair is colored purple.
  • You No Take Candle: "Ready or no, here I coming."

The Villains

Voiced 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.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Wants to marry Odette so that he can legally take over William's kingdom.
  • Bald of Evil: He's bald, but he sports a wicked pair of sideburns that merge with his moustache.
  • Badass Cape: He wears a hooded Black Cloak appropriate for a mighty and cruel sorcerer.
  • Badass Mustache: Has a handlebar moustache that grows into his sideburns.
  • Bad Boss: He betrayed Clavius AND Zelda for sole control of the Forbidden Arts. Neither of them have forgiven him for this.
  • Bat Out of Hell: His Great Animal form, which is a giant green fruit bat with eagle legs.
  • Big Bad: He's the main villain of the first movie, being responsible for Odette's father's death, her abduction, and her predicament
  • Black Magic: The Forbidden Arts, which give him the power to create, change, or destroy anything.
  • Came Back Strong: In the fourth installment, Rothbart came Back from the Dead, and anything that used to work on him now doesn't.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "No More Mister Nice Guy" is basically him bragging about how evil he is and how much he's looking forward to cutting loose.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: The list of people he stabbed in the back are first Clavius, then William, then Zelda. That's everyone he's ever worked with except Bridget.
  • Disney Villain Death: Gets shot in the heart with an arrow and falls into the lake.
  • Evil Redhead: Has red hair and is evil, natch.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He is a master at the Forbidden Arts.
  • The Exile: Was exiled by King William for plotting a coup.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He is polite, even apologetic at times, but unequivocally evil and loving it.
  • Giant Flyer: As the Great Animal, he is a wolf-headed wyvern-like monster.
  • Master of Illusion: Using the Forbidden Arts he has the Power to Change everything around him be it with illusions or the real deal.
  • Nice Hat: Dons a crown for much of the first movie, likely as a sign of how truly power-hungry he is.
  • 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: His "final boss fight" form is a giant bat which means it is okay for The Hero to kill him with an arrow to the heart.
  • 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. That is the Power to Change.
  • 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.
  • Villainous Legacy: He is the reason the antagonists of the sequels were after Odette; his magic orb and his magic notes.
  • Villain Song: His Villain Song, "No More Mister Nice Guy", details how evil and petty he is.
  • 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 himself 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. Once he had the Forbidden Arts in his possession he cut them both off.

Voiced 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.
  • Bad Boss: His minion Knuckles gets nothing but criticism.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a stereotypical wizard beard.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Rothbart before he was betrayed.
  • Black Magic: The Forbidden Arts, again.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He looks the part more than Rothbart.
  • Greed: His motivation, as outlined in his Villain Song, is acquiring things for its own sake.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His final attempt to steal the Forbidden Arts from Derek results in him getting trapped in his own fortress and leaving the enchanted orb to slam into the ground, which was enough to cause the mountain to erupt, taking him with it.
  • Large Ham: He's introduced by loudly resenting a dead partner while throwing daggers at a Dart Board Of Hate. After he gets the Forbidden Arts, he signs a rock song with a magic guitar.
  • Reality Warper: Using the Forbidden Arts. "The power to create is mine, and the power to change, oh joy! The power to re-arrange your life and the power to destroy!"
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: His voice during "You Gotta Love It" is a rockstar's growl. The rest of the time he is noticeably nasally. This is probably due to the change in voice actor.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Refuses to believe Derek can possibly outwit him, and is hellbent on proving himself greater than Rothbart.
  • Take Over the World: Like his predecessor, he wants to rule.
  • Villain Song: You Gotta Love It describes how quickly he becomes Drunk with Power and all the evil things he's going to use it for.
  • Wizard Beard: Has a long gray beard, and is a wizard.

Voiced 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
Voiced by: David Lodge

The main antagonist of The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale is a living embodiment of the Forbidden Arts.
  • Good Hurts Evil: He can't get anywhere near Odette, due to her status as The Chosen One without crying out in pain. Her birth alone was enough to make him retreat back to the cave he first emerged from.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Was the supplier of Rothbart's powers, and those of Clavius and Zelda as well, all because he needs to kill Odette in order to exist. However, until the fifth movie "A Royal Family Tale" it was in the background influencing the main antagonist. Problem was, he could not kill Odette himself, so he needed others to do it for him.
  • Made of Evil: The living embodiment of Black Magic.
  • Overarching Villain: Every film involving the Forbidden Arts is part of a grander storyline, involving his endgame to bring doom to the world. Every villain he involves, Rothbart, Clavius, Zelda, and Mangler were all Unwitting Pawns to his grander scheme.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His basic color scheme is fitting considering that his Made of Evil.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: While all the other bad guys have had their quirks, the Forbidden Arts does not, being completely serious and scary throughout the entire movie.

Animal Sidekicks

Voiced by: John Cleese (1), David Zippel (singing in 1), Donald Sage Mackay (2-3), Clayton James (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.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Discussed, as he believes himself to be a prince transformed into a frog, and tries to get Odette to kiss him so he can be human. When she finally does, nothing happens.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Tries every trick in the book to get Odette to kiss him.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He's absolutely convinced he's actually a handsome prince, and goes to great lengths to prove it. When the kiss he long sought from Odette doesn't change him, he remains in constant denial of the truth. That said, it's not unfair to assume he's simply deluded.
  • The Cynic: Jean-Bob is irritable and pessimistic at the best of times.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jean-Bob is almost never without a witty remark or complaint.
  • The Drag-Along: He often has to be dragged kicking and screaming into assisting with the others' plans.
  • French Jerk: He speaks with a pronounced French accent, and is irritable, rude, and sarcastic.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he grumps and complains, he's not bad.
  • The Lancer: Often accompanies Odette into danger, complaining the whole way.
  • Lovable Coward: Tries to veto every plan the others come up with, but when it comes down to it he does his part.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's terrified of the alligators living in Rothbart's moat.

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

A kind old tortoise 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: For instance, when Jean-Bob explained his plan to pole vault over Rothbart's moat to fetch flowers for Odette, he wryly asked Jean-Bob, who was seconds away from flinging himself, "how do you plan on getting back?"
  • Graceful in Their Element: Moves like a tortoise on land, in the water he lives up to his name.
  • Ironic Nickname: A slowly pondering turtle called "Speed".
  • Meaningful Name: He may be slow on land, but he's a Lightning Bruiser in the water...
  • Somewhere, a Herpetologist Is Crying: Despite the comedic irony of him being slow on land but lighting-fast in the water, tortoises are very poor swimmers in real life. There are turtle species that are equally capable on land and in the water, but Speed is not one of them.
  • Turtle Power: Tortoise power makes him speedy in the water and very durable.

    Lt. Puffin
Voiced by: Steve Vinovich (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.
  • Playing Possum: "Play dead" is one of his plans; he does this to delay Derek and get Odette to the lake in time.
  • The Strategist: Comes up with the plans.

Voiced 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.
  • Brother Chuck: He's either this or the CGI sequels simply take the attitude that he doesn't exist and the 2nd and 3rd movies never happened. One could argue he simply went back to his home, which is what he wanted to do all along, and that's why he is absent.
  • Conscience Makes You Go Back: Initially he bails on the final battle but then he turns up later to distract Zelda with Rothbart's voice.
  • Forced into Evil: On one hand, he doesn't want to work for Zelda but on the other hand she can force him to return to her with seekers.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He is firmly a good guy by the end of the third movie.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: He's a pitiful villain because he was forced into being Zelda's accomplice.
  • Sixth Ranger: A late addition to Odette's team of animal sidekicks.

    Number Nine the Cat
Voiced 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: After the Christmas Special, he is not seen again until Royally Undercover. It turns out that he moved to another kingdom, which would explain his absence.
  • Cats Have Nine Lives: He's on his last by the time the Christmas Special begins.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Spends the entire Christmas Special snarking at ghost-Rothbart.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He's a black cat who lost some of his lives for crossing his own path.
  • 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.

Voiced by: Joseph Medrano
In the flesh
Incorporeal is still alive.

First appearing in A Royal Family Tale, Scully is a scullion. At some point, he broke away from the rest and lived as a hermit.
  • Back from the Dead: He flies around talking to people in Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today as a ghost. For all and intents and purposes, he considers himself still alive.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: He makes a Heroic Sacrifice to defeat the living embodiment of the Forbidden Arts (or at least banish from the living world) to save the reigning princess and her ward.
  • Famed In-Story: Any visitors to the palace will see his statue.
  • The Hermit: He lives by himself in the wood, mixing up potions and studying a magical artifact.
  • Master Poisoner: He has a full known of poisons, both how to make them and cure them.
  • The Medic: Healing potions and other curatives are among his knowledge.
  • Spirit Advisor: He spends much of Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today advising Alise even though he died in the previous movie.
  • Stout Strength: He's certainly pudgy but he also manhandled the scrawny Mangler.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Alise is surprised to see him in Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today, considering that he died some time ago. His response is "obviously not".
  • Walking Spoiler: As the series moves on, it becomes hard to speak of him without mentioning that he died in A Royal Family Tale and hangs around as a ghost.


Appearing in The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale, Mangler is the leader of the Scullions, a tribe of squirrels that does the bidding of the Forbidden Arts.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a patch of white fur along his jaw and upper lip that resembles a beard.
  • Disney Villain Death: Is sent over the edge of a cliff by Scully.
  • The Dragon: As leader of the Scullions, Mangler is relied upon by the Forbidden Arts when the situation demands it.
  • Evil Old Folks: Is the most elderly of the Scullions and his age makes him look scraggly.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Speaks in a low, hoarse voice.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Addresses the Scullions on behalf of the Forbidden Arts.
  • The Quisling: Mangler took this role in order to be spared by the Forbidden Arts and his Evil Plan. Just like all the other villains before him, the Forbidden Arts makes it clear he's another pawn in the scheme.