King "Wart" ArthurFeatured in 1963's The Sword in the Stone
Voiced by: Richard Reitherman (Act 1), Robert Reitherman (Act 2), Rickie Sorenson (Act 3)
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Sort of.
- Baleful Polymorph: He spends a good third of the movie being transformed into various animals, in order to "teach him about life".
- Because Destiny Says So: Apparently the only reason he was able to pull the sword out of the stone. Which makes Merlin's constant lessons about life filling the entire movie oddly redundant.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To Kay.
- Children Are Innocent
- The Chosen One: But Merlin has a hard time figuring for what.
- Expy: Believe it or not, but J.K. Rowling once said that Harry Potter was an expy of him.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Part of the reason he was able to pull the sword from the stone was his pure and noble nature.
- Heroic BSOD: When he loses his chance to be Kay's squire.
- Kid Hero
- Muggle Foster Parents: He is being raised by a "muggle".
- My God, What Have I Done?: Once he's human, seeing the female squirrel's reaction.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: He had three different voice actors (the directors' sons), one of which was going through puberty at the time. The result is squeaky and inconsistent, as he goes from adorable Kid Hero to slightly angsty teenager back and forth.
- Rags to Royalty
- The Other Darrin: Wart has three voices in this film, two sound very similar to each other, seeing that they are brothers, while the third manages to make Wart sound like his voice is cracking.
"Sounds like someone's sick. How lovely! I do hope it's serious — something dreadful."
Voiced by: Martha Wentworth
- Berserk Button: Try pissing off Ector by coming up with (in his view) extremely far-fetched excuses for ducking out on your kitchen duties, or try to defend Merlin's behavior, and you'll send him flying off the handle so far that you'll be doing dishes for the entire castle.
- Butt Monkey
- Evil Redhead: Not really evil but he acts fairly antagonistic towards Arthur.
- Fat Bastard
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Muggle Foster Parents: To Wart/Arthur.
- Parental Favoritism: Ector's partiality to Kay is somewhat justified by the fact that Arthur/Wart is only his foster child. Though, while he could be nicer to Arthur, he's not an example of Abusive Parents either... more just strict and demanding, which seems to be his personality in general.
- What Have I Done: When he realizes that Wart is the new King of England