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Characters: The Sword in the Stone

King "Wart" Arthur

Featured in 1963's The Sword in the Stone
Voiced by: Richard Reitherman (Act 1), Robert Reitherman (Act 2), Rickie Sorenson (Act 3)


  • Accidental Misnaming: Ector keeps referring to Merlin as "Marvin".
  • Absent-Minded Professor: The Disney’s version of Merlin is forgetful and clumsy. He’s constantly getting his beard caught in contraptions or twisted in knots.
  • Badass Beard: A long white beard.
  • Badass Grandpa: Wizard duel! Who needs a young body when the old mind can take any form it wants?
  • Berserk Button: Merlin does not like the martial aspect of English nobility.
  • Big Good: Merlin is a aversion because he's a hermit who only associates with his owl before Wart.
  • Cool Old Guy: Time traveling wiseman.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Merlin has some odds ideas and odd behavior and they are especially odd to someone like Wart, whose only known kitchen duty.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: Upon returning from a holiday in twentieth-century Bermuda.
  • Nice Hat: A tall and midnight blue wizard hat.
  • Omniscient Hero: This is an aspect directly related to the Seers example below.
  • Reality Warper: Thanks to his Functional Magic he can bend local reality to his whim. For example, a personal snow cloud, inside, in summer.
  • Seers: He can see the future, and indeed has seen almost all modern technologies and discoveries that mankind would make long after his time. Archimedes wishes he would be more prudent about mentioning future events, as he runs the risk of making Wart sound like a lunatic if he goes around parroting Merlin's predictions.
  • Sequential Symptom Syndrome: When Merlin describes the symptoms of malignalitaloptereosis to Mim.
  • Shipper on Deck: To Wart and the red girl squirrel, but mostly because he finds it amusing than heartwarming.
  • Spinning out of Here: Merlin spins as he arrives at places.
  • Wizard Classic: Robe, pointed hat, long white beard, talking pet, Absent-Minded Professor persona.

Madame Mim

"Sounds like someone's sick. How lovely! I do hope it's serious — something dreadful."
Voiced by: Martha Wentworth

  • Adaptational Heroism: Mad Madame Mim is a genuinely villainous character here who tries to kill Arthur because, as she makes no effort in hiding, she's evil. In the Disney comics that later feature her, she is more of a harmless witch or occasionally even a heroic one.
  • Affably Evil: Madame Mim is cheerful, amiable, and pretty friendly when Arthur blunders into her house, and while he can tell she's unpleasant, he doesn't even realize she's dangerous until she tells him she has to kill him which she says with about as much fanfare as someone saying it's suddenly started raining.
  • Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: Madame Mim certainly believes this, as illustrated in the below quote:
    Madame Mim: I suppose Merlin sees some good in you.
    Arthur: I suppose so...
    Madame Mim: Yes, and in my book, that's bad!
  • Berserk Button: Mim does not like sunshine.
  • Big Bad: The Marvelous Mad Madame Mim is a aversion because she has only one scene and is not involved with the other scenes.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She sings a whole song about how wonderful it is that she's proud to be mad and evil, and she takes "terrible" as a compliment (and finds it lovely when someone's sick—though she doesn't find it so lovely when she gets sick later...).
  • Combat Pragmatist: In the words of Archemedies, she only wants rules so she can break them.
  • The Dreaded: If Archimedes' reaction upon seeing her is of any indication, she doesn't have a particularly good reputation.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Merlin because she's an evil magic user.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Arthur doesn't realize she's dangerous until she tells him she has to kill him which she says with about as much fanfare as someone saying it's suddenly started raining.
  • For the Evulz: She doesn't even play a plot part, apart from being... well, a filler.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: In her beautiful form.
  • Laughably Evil: Madame Mim sings a Villain Song about herself complete with dancing and shapeshifting. Merlin is far more restrained.
  • Laser-Guided Karma / Irony: Her very first line has her hearing a cough and hoping whoever it was had something dreadful and serious. When we leave her, she's stuck in bed sick with something dreadful, but lucky for her not too serious.
  • The Mad Hatter: Self-admitted by the Mad Madame.
  • Nightmare Fetishist
    "I take delight in the gruesome and grim!"
  • Psychopathic Manchild: She often acts like a bratty little kid: showing off, acting immature and finally throwing a fit when she loses. This is especially noticeable with her propensity for "games."
  • Psychotic Smirk: Gives a very devious one when Arthur says Merlin's good magic is better than hers, coupled with Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive.
  • Reality Warper: Just like Merlin up there. Lampshaded by her Villain Song.
    With only a touch
    I have the power
    Zim zabberim zim
  • Scaled Up: Her final shapeshift in the Wizard Duel is a purple dragon.
  • Vain Sorceress: Mim defies this trope. She says she could be beautiful if she wanted to be, and in fact, does change herself into such a form as if it were a parlor trick. Then she admits that such a form is only skin deep and she's happy being ugly.
  • Villain Song: "The Marvelous Mad Madame Mim."
  • Wicked Witch: Madame Mim lives in a cottage in the woods brewing up trouble. When she hears coughing, she hopes that it's a serious illness.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Madame Mim's purple hair. Considering she's a witch and no else does, it could be an effect of her magic.


Sir Ector

  • Anti-Villain: He acts antagonistic to Wart but he's closer to "strict father" then "antagonist".
  • 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: Gets a Humiliation Conga in the kitchen scene.
  • Evil Redhead: Not really evil but he acts fairly antagonistic towards Arthur.
  • Fat Bastard: He's obese and has a bossy, unlikable attitude, athough he's not a bad guy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He shows worry and remorse at the beginning of the movie, when he is worried that Wart is dead. He's also quick to apologize to Arthur for the way he's treated him.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: To Wart/Future King 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.

Sir Kay

  • Anti-Villain: Similar to Ector.
  • Big Brother Bully: Often pushing Wart around and disrespecting him.
  • Butt Monkey: He's involved in a few slapstick, particularly in the kitchen scene, along with Ector.
  • Dumb Muscle: Kay is not very bright and has rather muscular appearance.
  • Epic Fail: Kay loses a jousting match to an immobile dummy.
  • Evil Redhead: Again, not really evil, just a jerky older brother.
  • Jerkass: Far more so than Ector. Until the very end, he acts arrogant, boorish and obnoxious.
  • Jerk Jock: The medieval version; a rude knight and jouster instead of a football player.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kay is implied to have at least a few gold flecks. At the end when his father demands he bow to Arthur, Kay does so sullenly at first... then after looking at him, does so sincerely.
  • Younger and Hipper: Inverted; in the book he was only two years older than Arthur, while in the movie he's an adult.

Girl Squirrel

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Mostly from Wart's POV since he's a human boy and she's a squirrel (though a very cute one).
  • Action Girl: When she saves Wart from the wolf.
  • Love at First Sight: For Wart, when the both of them were running up to each other.
  • Love Hurts: The scene where she tearfully watches Wart walk away is a real Tear Jerker.
  • Motor Mouth: As far as squirrel gibberish goes.
  • No Name Given: Only known as the "little girl squirrel", though some fans have nicknamed her Hazel or Gwen.
  • Nutty Squirrel: A cheerful, excitable female squirrel totally obsessed with Wart.
  • Stalker with a Crush: She keeps chasing and pestering Wart, even though Wart tries to keep her away from him.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Wart
  • The Unintelligible: She speaks in chittering noises. No one of them sounds like a word, except for a slightly decipherable "You're cute!" and "Oh no!".
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: A mild example. When she saw the wolf getting ready to eat Wart, she saved him by chewing on the wolf's leg, causing him to yelp.

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