Characters: The Swan Princess
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The Main Protagonists
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.
- 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.
- 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: What Derek realizes when he sees her as young adults.
- 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.
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.
- Prince Charming: He's a prince and he can be rather charming.
- 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?
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When he realizes Rothbart tricked him.
Other Good Guys
Played by: Dakin MatthewsKing 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.
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.
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.
- Big Damn Hero: At the end of the first film.
- Butt Monkey
- Childhood Friends: With Derek and Odette.
- Cowardly Lion: Despite his Lovable Coward nature, he pulls through during Derek's final battle with Rothbart.
- Cowardly Sidekick: To Derek.
- Heroic Wannabe: Lampshaded by Rogers many times.
- Lovable Coward: Despite his boasts, he has a distinct lack of "c-c-c-courage".
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.
Played by: Mark HarelikLord 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.
- Beta Couple: With Uberta.
- 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.
- Troll: Teases Bromley for no apparent reason, especially in the first movie.
Played by: Rosie MannBridget 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.
- Cool Old Lady
- Easily Forgiven: Odette doesn't seem to mind that Bridget almost killed her by helping Rothbart's scheme.
- Evil Old Folks
- Heel-Face Turn
- 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: She talks like this in the sequels.
- 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.
- Love Redeems
- 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
- Plucky Comic Relief
- 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: In the first movie. Post-Heel-Face Turn it's revealed she learned the Forbidden Arts from Rothbart.
- You No Take Candle
Played by: Carly G. FogelsonAlise 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- World of No Grandparents: Because she has no living relatives, Odette and Derek decide to adopt her themselves towards the end of the film.
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.
- 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.
- Badass Mustache: Has a handlebar moustache that grows into his sideburns.
- 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.
- Card-Carrying Villain: His Villain Song, "No More Mister Nice Guy", details how evil and petty he is.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: First Clavius, then William, then Zelda.
- 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: 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.
- Greater Scope Villain: Was the reason the antagonists of the sequels were after Odette.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Wants to marry Odette so that he can legally take over William's kingdom.
- 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.
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.
- Bad Boss: Towards his minion Knuckles.
- 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.
- Large Ham
- Magic Music: ZOW!!!
- No Nonsense Villain
- Reality Warper: Using the Forbidden Arts.
- 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.
- Take Over the World: Like his predecessor.
- Villain Song: You Gotta Love It.
- Wizard Beard: Has a long gray beard, and is a wizard.
Played by: Katja ZochThe 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.
- Black Magic: The Forbidden Arts.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Butter Face: From the back she's almost as shapely as Odette. Then she turns round...
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow
- Fireballs: Her Seekers.
- Forgot I Could Fly: Very much Tropes Are Not Bad here, as if she hadn't conveniently forgotten she could use Seekers until the climax, most of the cast would be dead. See below.
- Hero Killer: She kills Odette with her destroying Seeker in the climax.
- Never Mess with Granny
- Reality Warper: Using the Forbidden Arts.
- Story-Breaker Power: Destroying Seekers, essentially One-Hit Kill homing fireballs that never stop chasing you no matter how far you run. The only way to stop one is to break the caster's wand.
- Take Over the World: She even states in her Villain Song that the world is "her plaything, her yo-yo, her toy".
- Unholy Matrimony: With Rothbart before she was banished.
- The Vamp: Seduces Rodgers in order to gain access to Rothbart's notes.
- Villain Song: Ain't Nothing But Bad Days Ahead.
- Wicked Witch
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: In order to gain the heroes' trust she disguises Wizzer as a bat and has him "attack" her.
The Forbidden Arts
Played by: David LodgeThe main antagonist of The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale is a living embodiment of the Forbidden Arts.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: A Royal Family Tale reveals there to be a sentient, living embodiment of the Black Magic used by previous villains.
- Bad Boss: Constantly threatening his minion, Mangler.
- Bigger Bad: Was the supplier of Rothbart's powers, and those of Clavius and Zelda as well. And he did it all because he needs to kill Odette in order to exist.
- Black Magic: The living embodiment of it.
- Crystal Dragon Jesus: In a lot of ways, he functions as a stand in for the devil, being an evil immortal from The Underworld who tempts people to The Dark Side.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Expy: Looks like the Smoke Monster from Lost.
- 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.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His basic color scheme.
- The Sociopath
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
- Annoying Arrows: Shows up with an arrow through one wing, but when it's removed he instantly recovers.
- Catch Phrase: "No fear!"
- Deadpan Snarker: Towards Jean-Bob.
- A Dog Named Dog: A puffin name "Lt. Puffin".
- Feather Fingers
- I Owe You My Life: Towards Odette after she removes an arrow from his wing.
- Let Me at Him!: To Rothbart upon first seeing him.
- Playing Possum: Does this to delay Derek and get Odette to the lake in time.
- The Strategist: Comes up with the plans.
- Toothy Bird
Played by: Paul MasonsonAppearing 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.
- Conflicting Loyalty
- Conscience Makes You Go Back
- Deadpan Snarker
- Feather Fingers
- Good All Along: Surprise, surprise.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Minion with an F in Evil: Justified as he was forced into being Zelda's accomplice.
- Sixth Ranger
- Toothy Bird
- Voice Changeling: Can perfectly mimic any voice he's heard.
Number Nine the Cat
Played by: David LodgeAppearing 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.