Disney / Sleeping Beauty

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"From this slumber, you shall wake, when True Love's Kiss, the spell shall break."

"In ageless sleep, she finds repose..."

Entry #16 of the Disney Animated Canon, Disney made the Fairy Tale "Sleeping Beauty" into a movie in 1959, based loosely on the Brothers Grimm's version, "Briar Rose", though the title comes from Perrault's "La Belle au bois dormant" ("The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood"). By a bit of contortion, they manage to come up with a reason for calling the heroine both Aurora and Briar Rose (the French and German versions of her name rendered into English).

Having already adapted two similar Fairy Tales, the biggest challenge story-wise was how to make the plot different without recycling too many elements. Walt wanted the story to be more streamlined, focusing on the central plot about the two lovers without the numerous side plots involving minor characters like dwarves or mice. Technically, the final film is rather streamlined with one major plot... because the animators had so much fun fleshing out the Three Good Fairies that the film completely unintentionally became a Perspective Flip about the efforts of three heroines to rescue the sleeping beauty and her prince from an evil fairy. If Walt's original plan had been followed, the fairies would have been Single Minded Triplets with no distinctive personalities (quite ironic, as it was Walt Disney himself who pushed for the dwarfs in Snow White to have distinct personalities).

This film features in the Kingdom Hearts series — Maleficent takes the role of the leader of the Disney Villains and serves as a primary antagonist in the first game, and Aurora appears as one of the Princesses of Heart. The fairies appear as a One-Scene Wonder in Kingdom Hearts II, and the prequel Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep introduces an entire world themed after the movie, with Prince Phillip serving as a party member during part of the game.

In 2014, Disney brought out Maleficent, a live-action Twice Told Tale version of this film.


The film contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Villainy: Yeah, sure, the Old Fairy was pretty evil in the original version, but she was pretty tame compared to Maleficent, who acts as the stand-in and takes a more active role in the plot.
  • Adult Fear: Aurora brings this out in her parents and foster parents.
    • When Maleficent announces the curse, the Queen immediately grabs Aurora in a protective gesture, feeble against Maleficent's exit and the doom that will arrive in sixteen years.
    • The narrator notes that Stefan and the queen watched sadly as their only child disappeared into the night with the three fairies, and didn't see Aurora again for sixteen years, only hoping that the ladies would keep her safe.
    • When the fairies realize they forgot the fireplace and left "Rose" alone long enough for Maleficent to hypnotize her, they ask, "Why did we leave her alone?!"
  • Alcohol Hic: The jester that gets badly drunk on wine and passes out under the table, hiccups the whole time.
  • All There in the Script: Maleficent's raven, Diablo, is never actually named in the movie.
  • Anachronism Stew:
    • During the forest scene and the finale, Aurora and Phillip dance the waltz. But the film takes place in the 14th century, and the waltz wasn't invented until the 18th century.
    • Aurora's princess dress follows the high fashion standards of The Fifties (which focused on shape and smoothness over loads of decoration), compared to rest of the outfits in the movie (although even those have varying degrees of Hollywood Costuming).
    • While fireworks did exist in the 14th century, it would be a couple more centuries before they became conventional for celebrations.
  • Argument of Contradictions: The fairies argue over the color of Aurora's dress. Flora wants pink, but Merryweather wants blue and they repeatedly use their magic to change the color.
  • The Artifact: Flora's idea to hide Aurora by turning her into a flower is a leftover from when the Three Good Fairies had powers specifically associated with their names. Flora was to have powers related to flowers and plants, Fauna had animal-associated powers, and Merryweather's powers were tied to the weather. This was cut for time.
  • Badass Normal: Prince Phillip.
  • Big Bad: Maleficent. Her angry whims are the reason Aurora must be hidden and the basis of the movie.
  • Bound and Gagged: Phillip is ambushed by Maleficent's goons.
  • Changeling Fantasy: Subverted. Aurora is horrified to discover she is the long lost princess and has to pack up and move to the castle with the King and Queen, and never see that cute guy in the forest again, and marry some total stranger; and on top of it all her aunts, her only family, aren't related to her at all and aren't even human!
  • Clever Crows/Creepy Crows: Maleficent's pet raven Diablo is revealed to be smarter than the rest of Maleficent's goons.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Maleficent's minions spend 16 years looking for a baby instead of a growing woman.
  • Cool Horse: Samson.
  • Dance of Romance: Aurora meets Phillip in the woods when he sneaks up behind her and joins in on her "I Want" Song.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Maleficent. She wants to know where Aurora so as to make sure her curse gets carried out, and she's anticipated Merryweather's addition of true love's kiss.note  The minute the spindle touches Aurora's hands, she then captures Phillip and plans to not release him until he's a hundred years old, having to kiss Aurora as an old man while she remains young. If You Can't Fight Fate, join 'em.
  • Dark Reprise: A variant. While the three fairies are putting everyone in the palace to sleep, the background chorus sings "Sleeping Beauty Song". Later, Maleficent recites essentially the same poetry to the Prince as he's chained in the dungeon. May also be a villainous Triumphant Reprise.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Both Aurora and Phillip qualify. The movie is named after Aurora, and they seem to be shaped up to be a major characters in the 2nd act, but the movie actually spends more time with the battle between the Fairies and Maleficent than the actual titular beauty and her prince. It was planned for her to be a protagonist, but the final film has the three fairies as the protagonists and basically do most of the stuff for both Aurora and Phillip.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Granted, Philip has help from Flora's magic, but he still takes down Maleficent in One-Winged Angel dragon form with one toss of his sword.
  • Disney Princess: Of them all, Aurora is the one with the least involvement in her own story.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Why the curse on the princess? Because Maleficent got snubbed an invite to the party.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Aurora goes barefoot while venturing out into the forest.
  • Dramatic Irony: Prince Phillip and Aurora meet each other in the forest and each assumes the other is a peasant. Both express drama over not being able to be with the other because of this, since they themselves are royalty. But the audience knows that they are both royalty and have been betrothed; not only can they be together, but they will be together.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Most famous example, along with Snow White. Justified, though, since Merryweather outright states that a kiss is the only way to break the spell. It sort of seems like Aurora and Prince Phillip met before as a way to act against this trope and to justify their love to a degree because the original fairy tale didn't.
  • Drunken Song: SKUMPS! When the kings wake up from the sleeping spell, King Stefan blames it on the wine. No "Frothy Mugs of Water" here!
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The villainess is too smart to be Hoist By Her Own Petard, so in an unusual twist for a Disney film, the hero has to actually confront her directly.
  • Edible Bludgeon: A brief scene played for laughs has an offended and mildly drunk King Hubert tries to attack his best friend King Stefan with a very large fish. However, since the fish isn't frozen, it goes all floppy in a few hits against a metal serving tray used as an improvised shield. The absurdity of the situation makes them engage in some tension-lifting laughter, and they make amends.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The fairies discuss this about Maleficent, how she doesn't understand kindness or love. This leads to Flora's Eureka Moment, where she says Maleficent wouldn't anticipate the three fairies raising Aurora as their own in the woods, without magic, all to protect her. It works; Maleficent fails to find Aurora until the young lady's sixteenth birthday.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Diablo looks shocked when Maleficent zaps her minions after they failed to find Aurora.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: Maleficent's domain, the Forbidden Mountain.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The Three Fairies try their darnedest to cover up their magic within the cottage and do cover up every nook and cranny... except the fireplace. This might be justified as Maleficent's curse in action. Doubles as Foreshadowing when Maleficent lures Aurora away through the fireplace.
  • The Fair Folk: Though often cited as a witch, Maleficent is actually a fairy.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Aurora's left eyebrow is raised as she follows the light up the stairs.
  • Fat and Skinny: Hubert and Stefan, respectively.
  • Faux Death: Maleficent intended Aurora to actually die upon pricking her finger on a spindle of a spinning wheel. Fortunately, Merryweather was about to bring her gift to Aurora when Maleficent interrupted, so Merryweather was able to amend it with this trope.
  • Feminist Fantasy: The Trope Codifier as far as Disney examples go. The villain Maleficent is a Lady of Black Magic and refers to herself as the Mistress of All Evil. She's notably stronger, more powerful and much smarter than the typical Disney villain. So effective is she that she's effectively won by the end of the second act. On the heroes' side, the three Good Fairies drive the plot. They hide the princess from Maleficent for years and create the counter spell to save her. When Prince Phillip is captured, the fairies are the ones that rescue him and provide him with the tools necessary to stop Maleficent. Unshaved Mouse noted how unusual even today it is for a film to feature three female protagonists who don't provide Fanservice, pass The Bechdel Test, and don't end up as someone's love interest.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Perfectly understandable, since Aurora was a newborn at the time. Phillip might remember the occasion, but he wouldn't recognize her.
  • Foreshadowing: When Flora turns Fauna and Merryweather into dotty old ladies, she turns Merryweather's clothes pink. Merryweather angrily magics them back blue.
  • Forgot About Her Powers: The fairies attempt to physically force down a wall/partition to get to an entranced Aurora before suddenly remembering they have wands and can magic it away.
  • For the Evulz: Why does Maleficent want to kill Aurora? Not being invited to a party is merely her "justification". To add to that, she doesn't kill her then and there. She declares her death to come within sixteen years, so her parents, and presumably Aurora, would live with the haunting dread of that unfortunate fate that will befall her.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Aurora. So much that her animal friends steal a cape, hat, and boots and form a scarecrow prince to cheer her up.
  • Girl in the Tower: The last third of the film.
  • Girl of My Dreams: If you take "Once Upon a Dream" at its word.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: In a strange twist, black is not strictly an evil color here. Sure, Maleficent wears it and has black horns and a black bird for a pet - but black is also a prominent color in Briar Rose's peasant garb (of course, this could be to more dramatically accentuate her blonde hair). If there is a color more or less consistently associated with evil here, it is chartreuse (yellowish-green).
  • Good Is Not Soft: Parodied with Merryweather, who deals in Brutal Honesty and constantly lunges at Maleficent. The fairies' magic can only be used for good and to bring joy, but Merryweather still manages to turn Maleficent's crow into stone. But when you consider it she ''did'' make someone happy by doing it, ''herself''.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: Save for Aurora's "new look" dress, this trope is there for most of the characters.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Averted; Maleficent is allowed to say "hell".
  • HAHAHA–No: Maleficent does this when she discovers that her minions have spent sixteen years looking for Aurora in "all the cradles" in the kingdom.
    Maleficent: Cradle? (speaks to Diablo sweetly) Did you hear that, my pet? All this time, they've been looking for a baby!
    (she laughs heartily, and her minions join in, until...)
    Maleficent: IDIOTS!
  • Hand Gagging: Flora shushes the other fairies this way. A goon also does this to Phillip for a second.
  • The Hedge of Thorns: Maleficent causes thorns to grow around Stefan's castle to stop Phillip.
  • Heroic Mime: Phillip is completely silent for the second half of the movie, which focuses on him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Averted. Notable in that this is a Disney movie, which are usually the kings of this trope. The fairies had to interfere in order to defeat Maleficent, because she is so powerful and clever that even at her most arrogant, she is brutally effective.
  • Hollywood Kiss: Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip at the end of the film when they're dancing in the clouds.
  • Hollywood Costuming: The movie is explicitly stated to take place in the 14th century, yet Aurora's dress has a neckline like dresses in the decade when the movie was made. Her mother's gown is more period accurate.
  • Horns of Villainy: Maleficent's headdress features a pair of large curved horns; whether or not they're just decorative or real isn't revealed, although Maleficent being an evil fairy makes them being real likely.
  • Horsing Around: The Prince's horse Samson, until the climactic scene, is very stubborn and has to be bribed by carrots to do his master's bidding, but bungles it and charges straight into a puddle.
    Phillip: (irritably) No carrots.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Diablo the crow. He finds Aurora in one day and successfully sounds the alarm when the fairies bust Phillip out of Maleficent's prison.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: When the glowing green orb appears in Aurora's bedroom as she cries, the light makes her suddenly stiffen and look up. Her eyes are glazed, and she stands up very fluidly, following the orb single-mindedly. When the fairies call out to her to not touch anything, it momentarily breaks the spell, before Maleficent's voice lulls her back in, and she touches the spinning wheel's spindle.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Maleficent's final form in the movie.
  • Inter-Class Romance: It's set up to be this, but it turns out that the beautiful peasant girl Phillip sees in the forest is the princess to whom he's betrothed.
  • Irony: As Phillip says: "Now, Father, you're living in the past! This is the 14th century!"
  • "I Want" Song: "I Wonder", in which Aurora ponders why "each little bird has a someone to sing to" and hoping someone will bring a love song to her.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Narrowly averted for King Stefan and his Queen. The opening narration remarks that "For many years, they had longed for a child, and finally their wish was granted." It's part of why it was so devastating to them to have to surrender her to the fairies; she was the only child they were ever able to have.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Not once, but thrice, Merryweather tries to outright attack Maleficent, even when she's a dragon, and has to be held back by Flora.
  • Lethal Chef: Fauna when baking a cake, despite following the recipe to the tee. Her problem is that she is Literal-Minded about things like "fold in two eggs". Fortunately she's much more adept when cooking with magic, since all she has to do is tell the ingredients to "follow what it says here the book".
  • Letterbox: Three clips from this movie - Aurora singing in the forest, Phillip escaping Maleficent's dungeon, and Aurora and Phillip waltzing - became the first pieces of footage to air on TV in widescreen, when shown in the Walt Disney Presents episode "The Peter Tchaikovsky Story". However, they played trimmed to 1.82:1. Additionally, in 1997, Sleeping Beauty became one of the lucky few Disney movies to get a widescreen VHS. This presented the movie in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio used for 35mm engagements.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: The fairies when they rescue Phillip. Do not underestimate the power of turning deadly arrows into flowers and boiling oil into rainbows. Flora helps Phillip deliver the killing blow.
  • Little "No": Maleficent says this twice, first when she notices Diablo is permanently turned to stone and sees Phillip making his escape. She does it again when she notices that Phillip has cut through the thorns she made, thus triggering her Villainous Breakdown.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Subverted when Stefan orders all the spinning wheels in the kingdom burned, since Maleficent's curse forms a new spindle for Aurora on which to prick her finger. Lampshaded by the fairies as they watch the bonfires.
    • Discussed when Flora suggests turning Aurora into a flower, since a flower doesn't have fingers to prick. Merryweather points out that Maleficent would anticipate something like that and send a frost to kill the flower-Aurora.
  • Love at First Note: Technically they met as a baby and a little boy, but as far as either of them knew, this was their first meeting.
  • Love at First Sight: The prince and princess actually meet before the Dude, She's Like, in a Coma! True Love's Kiss in this version, but the only time they spend together is singing a song and dancing in a forest. (Technically, they "met" when they were young. Aurora was just a baby; Phillip wasn't older than 4 or 5, but they don't realize it until the end.) The lovers Hand Wave this by claiming they met "once upon a dream."
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The fairies in the castle when, after leaving Aurora alone for a few minutes to give her some time to cry, they hear Maleficent's voice and find "Rose" missing. "Why did we leave her alone?!" indeed.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Inverted. The princess is named Aurora (Latin for "dawn"), and then Flora gifts her with "hair of sunshine gold" to match her name.
    • Possibly unintentional, but Phillip means "friend of horses" in Greek. Consider his relationship with Samson.
    • Maleficent means "working or productive of harm or evil."
  • The Middle Ages: "After all, this is the 14th century."
  • Misplaced Retribution: Maleficent places a curse on the baby princess, who has done nothing, to punish her parents.
  • Missing Mom: Phillip's mother is never seen or mentioned, and presumably is dead prior to the movie. Averted by Aurora, who is one of the few Disney protagonists whose parents are both alive for the entire film.
  • Modest Royalty: Speaking objectively, Aurora's gown is one of the most understated of all the Disney dresses. It's quite simple compared to the gowns of the courtiers (and her mother), as well.
  • Moment Killer: Aurora tells her animal friends that she met a prince, but their informal date got cut short when she woke up and realized it was All Just a Dream.
  • Morality Pet: Of all her servants, Maleficent treats Diablo rather kindly, and is visibly upset by his Taken for Granite demise. Justified as he is a Hypercompetent Sidekick.
  • Mum Looks Like A Sister: 16-year-old Aurora looks like her mother's slightly shorter, slightly finer-featured twin.
  • Mythology Gag: A dark one, where Maleficent plans to imprison Prince Phillip for 100 years before setting the elderly prince free. In the original tale, the Princess and her kingdom were asleep for 100 years until a prince found the kingdom.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
  • Natural Spotlight: On Aurora before she is woken up.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The fairies stopped up every nook and cranny except for the fireplace when they perform magic for the first time in years. Then Flora and Merryweather get into a magical dispute over the color of Aurora's dress. Guess how Maleficent discovers the whereabouts of Aurora. Missing the fireplace is how Maleficent manages to get a hold of Aurora a second time, too: by enchanting it to open up into a stairwell and hypnotizing her into pricking her finger.
    • Merryweather's impulsiveness worsens the situation on more than one occasion. As well as the aforementioned 'argument' with Flora over the dress's colour (though this is also equally Flora's fault), she outright tells Maleficent that she wasn't wanted at the christening, possibly leading to the curse. She also tries to attack Maleficent when she insults Prince Phillip and has to be pulled back by Flora (which alerts Diablo the raven to their presence). She also (quite bluntly) tells Maleficent that she wasn't wanted at the christening, which set Maleficent off.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Maleficent is the one who tells Phillip that not only is Aurora the same peasant girl he fell in love with, but exactly where she is.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted.
    • "Now Sword of Truth, fly swift and sure, that evil DIE and good endure!"
    • "She (Aurora) shall prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and DIE!"
  • No Body Left Behind: Dragon!Maleficent falls down a cliff. When the sword is shown again, it is stabbing only a cloak.
  • No Name Given: Aurora's mother. Her father is King Stefan, but her mother is only ever referred to as "the Queen". (Disney fans generally call her Leah, after a name given to her in one of the children's books written about the movie.)
    • Not only is the character never given a name in the film, but the Disney archives for some reason have absolutely no record of the name of the actress who provided the Queen's voice! It's currently guessed that Verna Felton, the voice of Flora, provided the Queen's voice as well.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Prince Phillip has a horse named Samson, Maleficent has her raven familiar Diablo, and Aurora has various miscellaneous woodland creatures. Also, Maleficent's goons; it's never clarified exactly what they are, but they're definitely not human.
  • No Ontological Inertia: zigzagged; Maleficent's death causes the thorns she summoned earlier to disappear, but does not undo the curse put on Aurora; Phillip still has to kiss her.
  • No Song for the Wicked: Maleficent's Villain Song may have been cut, but she still gets to (prematurely) gloat over her victory in a creepy, low-key Villain Poem.
  • Obviously Evil: Maleficent. Just look at all the evil tropes with which she's associated (Evil Eyebrows, Evil Tower of Ominousness, High Collar of Doom, Lean and Mean, etc.). Her very name has "mal" (evil) in it.
  • Oh Crap!:
    • Phillip's horse has this reaction (with whinnying accompaniment) at one point during the battle with Maleficent (before the fairies bail him out).
    • Phillip looks horrified after Maleficent's One-Winged Angel transformation.
    • Phillip (again) when the door of the cottage closes and Maleficent's goons jump him.
  • One-Winged Angel: Maleficent's dragon form, the current page image.
  • One-Woman Wail: The infamous Aaauroooraaa calling during Maleficent's evil spell on Aurora.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Flora, Fauna, Merryweather and (especially) Maleficent.
  • Papa Wolf: The minute Maleficent casts the curse, Stefan orders his guards to seize her. Though they're as helpless as he is to stop Maleficent from leaving, he still does all that he can to protect his daughter, from burning all the kingdom's spindles to agreeing with the fairies to send Aurora into hiding.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Aurora and Phillip do come to really like each other despite the engagement.
  • Pink Product Ploy: In some countries, the 2014 Blu-Ray re-release of Sleeping Beauty has a cover showing Aurora in her peasant dress. However, the American cover shows her in pink and sparkles.
  • Power Trio:
    • Superego - Flora
    • Ego - Fauna
    • Id - Merryweather
  • Precision F-Strike: "Now shall you deal with me, O prince, and all the powers of Hell!" How much of a precision strike was this? The next time anyone said that word in a Disney animated production was thirty five years later... In the weekday afternoon slot, in the pilot episode of Gargoyles.
  • Princess Classic: Flora and Fauna's gifts were even related to this trope. Merryweather's might have been as well, had she not been interrupted; we never learn what her gift would have been.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Played with. Aurora never chooses her own gown, but Flora and Merryweather fight over what color it should be.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Much of the soundtrack of the movie is the music to Tchaikovsky's ballet of Sleeping Beauty. The song "Once Upon a Dream" was adding lyrics to the Waltz.
    • An unedited excerpt of Tchaikovsky's actual waltz (which varies considerably in the second half from "Once Upon a Dream") can be heard just before Fauna says "I just love happy endings."
  • Purple Eyes: Aurora has violet eyes, which are meant to symbolize rare beauty along with her sunshine golden hair and rose red lips that were given to her by the gift of beauty. She's the only Disney Princess with an abnormal eye color.
  • Remaster: In 1997, this became Disney's second movie to undergo a digital restoration, the first being Snow White. Another restoration, performed in preparation for the 2008 Blu-Ray debut and DVD rerelease, went back to the original camera negatives, making the picture appear 16% wider than in the movie's theatrical premiere.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The prince, although the fairies do most of the work.
  • Running Gag: Flora and Merryweather's bickering over Aurora's dress being pink or blue, which happens in all three acts of the movie.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Both Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora are static non-characters. Phillip does try to get out of the mold, but fails as the fairies still end up as the more interesting ones. The fact that he actually has a first name still demonstrates that he has much more character development than the princes in Cinderella and Snow White.
  • Scaled Up: Maleficent turns into a dragon.
  • Scenery Porn: It was made in the Super Technirama 70 widescreen process, and the filmmakers were up to the challenge of filling the space, and so had the backgrounds painted in exquisite detail by artist Eyvind Earle. This trope and Everything's Better with Princesses are likely the reasons it was the first cel-animated Disney title to get a Blu-Ray Disc release.
  • Shipper on Deck: The forest animals really want Aurora and Phillip to be together.
  • Sickly Green Glow: Maleficent has green eyes and a green orb atop her staff. Her flames are also green. In the 1997 restoration and a few other incarnations, her skin is green, although a very pale green—mostly due to coloring errors, since her skin was supposed to be white.
  • Simple Yet Opulent: Most of the dresses in this movie, even Aurora's dress, lack enough trimmings to qualify as a Pimped-Out Dress, but that doesn't mean they aren't extremely fancy regardless.
  • Slasher Smile: Maleficent has a sharp-toothed one in her dragon form.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: Maleficent, who's either an Evil Sorceress or one of The Fair Folk. She seems to rule over a dark land adjacent to the human kingdoms from her ominous castle, populated only by her monstrous and incredibly dumb minions.
  • Spell Blade: How the fairies give Prince Phillip the Sword of Truth and Shield of Virtue to fight Maleficent. They even add an extra incantation before the final blow.
  • Spit Take: King Hubert does one when King Stefan points out that the wedding to Phillip may come as quite a shock to Aurora.
  • Spot of Tea: The Three Fairies have one as they make their plans.
  • Stating the Simple Solution:
    • Stefan's first large decree after Maleficent curses his daughter is to burn all the kingdom's spinning wheels, invoking Loophole Abuse. It doesn't work since when the curse activates, Maleficent simply creates a new one out of thin air.
    • Fauna over A Spot Of Tea suggests reasoning with Maleficent since she cast the curse out of feeling slighted, and that Maleficent "can't be all bad". Flora and Merryweather shoot that plan down since Maleficent won't listen to reason and she is definitely all bad.
  • Storybook Opening: The last true princess one till Enchanted came out.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Aurora bears a strong resemblance to her mother.
  • Supernatural Aid: The fairies give Prince Phillip the Sword of Truth and Shield of Virtue to fight Maleficent. They even add an extra incantation before the final blow.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: It is Maleficent's much smarter raven who finds Aurora, rather than her obviously idiotic mooks. They spend sixteen years looking "in every cradle" — for a princess they imagine to still be an infant. They didn't appear to have even searched the forest, despite claiming to have done so.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Fauna expresses that Maleficent can't be all that bad, and that she must not be very happy.
  • Taken for Granite: Merryweather turns the raven into a conveniently placed gargoyle.
  • This Cannot Be!: A note-perfect example, complete with a Villainous Breakdown and subsequent One-Winged Angel transformation, with a touch of Precision F-Strike thrown in, when Maleficent sees Prince Phillip managing to break through the thorns surrounding the castle she made and almost make it to Princess Aurora.
    Maleficent: No! It cannot be! (teleports over and cuts him) Now you shall deal with me, O Prince... AND ALL THE POWERS OF HELL!!!
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: One of the most iconic instances of the trope when Flora enchants it to kill Maleficent. Justified by the spell Flora cast on it to fly straight and hit exactly where it counted.
  • To the Pain: This is pretty much Maleficent's whole schtick. She's probably powerful enough to have glassed the whole kingdom when they didn't invite her to that christening, but she decided to curse the infant princess to die sixteen years later purely in order to inflict a long drawn-out torture on the king and queen. Maleficent's most evil moment in the film is when she explains to a captured Prince Phillip exactly how she's going to ensure that he doesn't get a happy ending. Killing him outright would've been kinder.
  • True Blue Femininity: Aurora's gown is blue for most of the movie, including the kissing scene, as this trope was more popular than Princesses Prefer Pink at the time.
  • True Love's Kiss: This appears in many Disney movies, but this particular kiss is the Trope Namer.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Maleficent had no idea that Aurora's three fairy godmothers would be able to bring her downfall, hence why she only did Evil Gloating about their precious princess while heading off to capture Phillip.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Maleficent is considered one of the most (if not the most) dangerous villains in all of Disney Animated Canon. Her lackeys however didn't even understand that babies grow up—even after sixteen years they were looking for a baby.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Maleficent breaks down further and further as she sees Prince Phillip escaping to the castle and tries at every turn to stop him. What little sanity remaining during this scene is completely spent when she sees that he had cut through the thorns she had made to stop him and she cries, "It cannot be!"
  • The Weird Sisters: The three good fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather attend princess Aurora's baptismal celebration to confer blessings on Aurora, and later take Aurora in their care in order to protect her from Maleficent's curse.
  • Wham Shot:
    • Maleficent revealing the comatose "precious princess" to the fairies.
    Maleficent: You poor, simple fools, thinking you could defeat me. ME, the Mistress of all evil! Well, here's your precious princess!
    • Maleficent standing in the shadows of the cottage as her minions ambush Phillip.
  • White Stallion: Prince Phillip races in to rescue the princess on his white horse.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Fauna.
    Fauna: Perhaps if we reason with her...
    Flora: Reason?!
    Merryweather: With Maleficent?!
    Fauna: Well, she can't be all bad.
    Flora: Oh, yes, she can!

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