Characters: The Swan Princess

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Princess Odette

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Prince Derek

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



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


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


Played by: Katja Zoch

The Forbidden Arts

Played by: David Lodge

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

Lorenzo "Speed" Trotalong

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

Lt. Puffin

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


Played by: Paul Masonson

Number Nine the Cat

Played by: David Lodge
  • 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.


King William

Played by: Dakin Matthews

Queen Uberta

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


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


Lord Rogers



  • 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.