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Voiced by: Paige O'Hara (1991–2010, 2018), Julie Nathanson (2010–present); Bénédicte Lécroat (European French dub); Ju Cassou (Brazilian Portuguese dub); Rinat Gabay (Hebrew dub)

A young French peasant woman with a passion for reading, she is considered the odd one out in her small hamlet, but widely renowned for her great beauty, especially by the narcissistic hunter Gaston. Her father Maurice, while lost in a forest, trespasses upon the castle of a Beast who is a cursed prince. The Beast only releases him when she agrees to stay with him forever, which he hopes will eventually lead to her loving him and break the spell that made him a Beast. After a night of coming to terms with each other, they slowly bond and fall in love.

She's also a member of the Disney Princess line.

  • All-Loving Heroine: In that she helps not only save the Beast but the whole castle.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She's regarded as an outsider by the other townspeople due to her daydreaming as well as her frequent love of reading; Belle herself has a hard time finding someone other than her father to befriend.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Tearfully admits her love to the Beast when he dies from Gaston's stabbing.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Belle reads romantic adventure stories about far-off places and magic spells while wishing for adventure in the great wide somewhere.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Had she married Gaston, Belle would have most likely ended up miserable given how Gaston talks about it. She certainly thinks so, saying "Madam Gaston, his little wife. No, sir. Not me!"
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beauty half of the equation and the Trope Codifier.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Desired a genuine adventure and gets one that almost results in the deaths of her father and later of someone she has begun to fall in love with.
  • Blessed with Suck: The worst part about being the prettiest girl in town is attracting the unwanted attention of an arrogant brute.
  • Blue Is Heroic: One of Belle's iconic outfits include her blue dress with a white apron and she's one of the two main heroes of the movie.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: While Belle is wrong to go to the West Wing after the Beast tells her not to, she is right that the Beast needs to control his temper. Even the servants say this.
    Beast: If you hadn't run away, this wouldn't have happened.
    Belle: Well, if you hadn't frightened me, I wouldn't have run away!
    Beast: Well, you shouldn't have been in the West Wing!
    Belle: Well, you should learn to control your temper!
  • Brainy Brunette: She's introduced reading a book, and Belle has long, brown hair, most often tied back in a low ponytail. Her reading is something that sets her apart from the other townsfolk, most notably the blonde Bimbettes.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: With Beast. She's the All-Loving Heroine that helps him become a better man (or man-beast) and the Beast is (or was) a Byronic Hero with a bad temper, but also is insecure about his beastliness.
  • Character Development: More subtle than the Beast, but she does learn that there is more to the Beast than what's on the surface, and once she starts treating him as a person and not as a monster he starts to get much better.
  • Character Tics: Belle tucks back a lock of hair that's always falling in her face.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: How she is seen by the townsfolk, who are known to be superstitious Lower Class Louts, although the fact that Belle talks to a group of sheep while she's incredibly enraptured in her book does sort of give off the impression that she's in her own little world.
    "The girl is strange, no question, dazed and distracted, can't you tell? Never part of any crowd, 'cause her head's up on some cloud. No denying she's a funny girl, that Belle."
  • Cool Loser: She is an intelligent and kind woman who is universally considered the most beautiful in the village and has the popular Gaston falling all over her. Despite that, she is pretty much outcast by most of her village due to her "oddness" (love of books) and has trouble making friends outside her eccentric father.
  • Costume Porn: Her yellow ball gown for her Dance of Romance with the Beast, among other just slightly less fancy dresses.
  • Cute Bookworm: The townspeople think she's odd for reading so much but not one of them denies her beauty.
  • Daddy's Girl: In this case, encouraging his inventing streak. Also, the movie really begins with her selfless offer to the Beast to save him at the cost of herself.
  • Damsel in Distress: She willingly gives herself to the Beast to allow for her father's release. Although she does attempt to escape, she ends up needing to be rescued from wolves by the Beast. Later, when she is captured and imprisoned by Gaston, Chip rescues her with her father's automatic wood-chopper machine.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Around Gaston. For example, there's this moment when he proposes.
    • In the Broadway play, the role of Belle was originated by Susan Egan, who later played snark queen Meg in Hercules. Belle's snarking is most pronounced in "Me", the song Gaston sings while proposing.
  • Death Glare: Gives an ice cold one to Gaston after she refuses his hand in marriage the second time around and after she tells him off as the real monster of the story.
  • Denied Food as Punishment: "If she doesn't eat with me, then she doesn't eat at all!" There is very little effort put into enforcing that proclamation.
  • Dude Magnet: She's widely considered to be the most beautiful in town, so this is kind of a given —
    • In the intro song, a number of men are shown to be ogling at her.
    • Gaston's determined to make Belle his wife.
    • The Beast falls deeply in love with her.
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: Belle curtsies to Beast before they begin their dance. This is the first time she's given him a move indicating such respect.
  • Extremely Protective Child: To her father Maurice. Maurice isn't a bad father by any means, but his absent-mindedness and slight Mad Scientist tendencies open him up to ridicule and persecution from the rest of the town anyway. She defends him from Gaston and Lefou's mockery, willingly takes his place as the Beast's prisoner, rides through a snowstorm to save him from freezing to death (which he was only in because he was trying to rescue her), and stands up to the mob led by Gaston who've come to take him to the insane asylum.
  • Fearless Fool:
    • In the first movie, Belle enters the West Wing even though the Beast explicitly tells her "It's forbidden!" and Cogsworth and Lumiere try to talk her out of going into the West Wing room. Belle is aware that her actions would incur the Beast's wrath and has seen said wrath firsthand, but she proceeds anyway. Sure enough, when she tries to touch the glowing enchanted rose, the Beast flies into a rage and destroys much of his chambers while screaming at Belle to get out. This rage terrifies Belle to the point where she runs away from the castle.
    • In Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Belle goes into the West Wing again to give the Beast a handmade Christmas-themed book even though she knows full well that the Beast hates Christmas and again tries to touch the glowing enchanted rose. It's implied that the Beast still forbids Belle from going in the West Wing given that she goes to deliver his gift in a stealthy manner and Chip has to warn her that the Beast is coming. This time, however, Belle isn't caught, and the Beast doesn't hold it against her when he sees her gift later on.
  • Gasp!: Belle does a quick one and turns away when she first sees Beast.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: By modern standards, she fits neither the tomboy nor girly girl archetype, but has an overall graceful and feminine demeanor, and loves romantic fairytales. She's also a Spirited Young Lady who reads a lot of books and makes attempts to get herself out of scrapes and create her own destiny as being something more than settling down and becoming a housewife. This makes her stand out among the villagers, especially given the traditional role of women during that time.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: Her gold ensemble in the famous ballroom scene.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She is pretty much compassion and kindness personified, but she has no problem standing up against the Beast's temper tantrums and pointing out when he is the wrong. She has even less patience with Gaston and his constant advances.
  • Grand Staircase Entrance: The famous ballroom scene.
  • Happy Holidays Dress: The only princess who gets one during the course of a movie; appropriately Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.
  • High-Class Gloves: Her gold dress comes with matching long gloves to up the formalness.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With the Beast/Adam. She is dwarfed when in comparison with his beastly form and it still applies even after his return to being a human.
  • Idiot Ball: While she's otherwise immensely sensible, when Belle discovers a glowing and clearly magical rose in an enchanted castle...she proceeds to take off the glass covering and attempt to touch it.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Downplayed. Belle is very pretty, but it's debatable whether or not she IS the most beautiful girl in her village, as Gaston insists. However, he also reveals that his criteria for beauty is himself, so what he probably means is her looks are the closest to his own black-hair-and-blue-eyes that he can find in town. Certainly there are no other unmarried girls visible in the film living in the town who have black or brown hair. The Bimbettes, for example, are blonde, and there are two others who look to be about the right age to be unmarried: the blonde woman talking to the man who gets hit with a rolling pin and the redhead girl who calls "good day" to the cart driver. However, A lady trying on hats during "Belle" also sings that "her looks have got no parallel," so Gaston is not the only one who thinks she's the most beautiful. Still, two isn't exactly the whole town.
  • "I Am" Song: More like a "She Is" Song, since it's mostly sung by the townspeople.
  • I'm Not Hungry: Belle refuses to eat dinner with the Beast (at first), with these exact words.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Belle's yellow ball gown appears like this is some shots (specifically close-ups during the West Wing Balcony scene).
  • In Harm's Way: Belle craves adventure because her hometown is safe and happy and boring.
  • It's All My Fault: Belle admits this twice. First, when she inadvertently gives Gaston the inspiration to lock her and her father in their cellar and lead a Torches and Pitchforks mob against the Beast, and the second when she feels like she caused the Beast's demise.
  • "I Want" Song: "Belle (Reprise)".
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Her hair is out of its ponytail during the wolf scene and the After-Action Patch-Up. After this, she is more open to and friendly with Beast.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: When Belle is set free by the Beast, he loses all will to fight off the mob that comes to murder him.
  • Love Epiphany: "Something There" has a moment where she realizes she has feelings for the Beast.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: A bungling inventor's beautiful daughter. Unusual for the trope, she's far more loyal to her father than anyone else, but considering the other villagers, can you blame her?
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "beautiful" in French and she's widely considered to be the most beautiful woman in town. It's even lampshaded in song!
    Now it's no wonder that her name means "beauty"! Her looks have got no parallel!
  • Morality Chain: Belle's presence causes the Beast to undergo an enormous amount of Character Development.
  • Nice Girl: She loves her father, she's friendly with the villagers despite what they think of her, and even Gaston doesn't get more than a Stealth Insult.
  • Not So Above It All: While she usually takes the villagers gossip in stride, she can't quite ignore it entirely, and as she admits to her father, she does feel lonely from time to time.
    Belle: Papa, do you think I'm odd?
    Maurice: My daughter odd? Where'd you get an idea like that?
    Belle: I don't know? It's just, people talk.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: She's so preoccupied reading books that she doesn't seem to realize that she's considered the most beautiful girl in town.
  • Official Couple: With the Beast, as it's the premise of the fairy tale.
  • Only Sane Woman: She's the only one in the village who doesn't worship Gaston and sees him as the arrogant idiot that he is. Ironically the townspeople think Belle is the village's resident strange person, for being a daydreamer and reading books.
  • Pimped-Out Cape: Her winter outfit comes with a furred lined cape.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Several. Even the simple green and pink dresses she wears would have been made of expensive fabrics.
  • Plucky Girl: Belle refuses repeatedly to submit to the Beast and only treats him better when he starts reforming.
  • The Power of Love: Her love for Beast is what breaks the curse. This is why all the servants ship her with him.
  • Pretty in Mink: Belle's hand-me-down clothes from the castle include some fine furs. In the first film, she wears a wine-colored winter cape with white fur trim. In The Enchanted Christmas, she is also seen in a scarlet jacket with white fur trim, and later a matching cape and skirt for when she goes out into the woods.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Downplayed. While she is ultimately a princess, she only wears the pink winter dress in one scene.
  • Protagonist Title: Belle is the "Beauty" part in the title. The story centers on Belle's growing romantic relationship with the Beast.
  • Rags to Royalty: Went from a small town girl living in a cottage to a princess living in a castle.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In Villeneuve's original version of the fairy tale, the heroine was the daughter of a king and a good fairy. A wicked fairy had tried to murder the heroine so she could marry her father and the heroine was put in the place of the merchant's deceased daughter to protect her. In the film the heroine Belle and the merchant, or in this case inventor, Maurice really do seem to be related.
  • Rescue Romance: Her relationship with Beast begins to develop after he rescues her from wolves.
  • Rule of Symbolism: According to the DVD commentary, her blue dress symbolizes how she doesn't fit in with the rest of the town.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: Confronted with one in the third act: "Marry Gaston or your father will be locked up in the nuthouse." She takes a third option.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She is already beautiful in her plain clothes, but the time spent in the castle shows her in various elegant dresses.
  • Shout-Out: Belle's running among the hills during "Belle Reprise" is also a nod to Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music".
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Belle reforms Beast first by standing up to him and then with more gentle affection. She's technically a captive with no authority the whole time, and yet she manages to turn the situation to her favor as much as it's possible.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Her green and pink dresses are less fancy than her golden ballgown but are still made of expensive fabrics.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: The Beast is the only person she has shown to have a romantic interest in.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She's completely disinterested in the obnoxious and cocky Gaston and hostile to the Beast before he mellows. After he rescues her, reigns in his temper, and shows her the library, then she falls for him.
  • Small Town Boredom: "There must be more than this provincial life."
  • Spirited Young Lady: Despite her proper lady demeanor, she seeks a more exciting life than being Gaston's House Wife and is not intimidated by an angry horned beast.
  • Supporting Protagonist: While most of the story is told through Belle's eyes, the main focus is the Beast's Character Development and redemption.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Towards Beast. Justified as "love for a monstrous beast" was the cure.
  • Take Me Instead: Belle says this to Beast when she wants to be in her father's place, and the Beast accepts her offer. Her captivity is her word of honor.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her plain dress, which according to the DVD commentary also symbolizes other aspects.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Downplayed—Maurice isn't ugly, but his looks are never commented on, while Belle is constantly noted as being beautiful.
  • Unflinching Walk: Belle has a comedic example, where she's able to thread her way through town on what appears to be a market day and effortlessly blocks falling water with a hanging sign as she passes under it, all the while reading a book.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Belle is most definitely a dreamer who dreams of a fairytale romance and adventure. She often lives her fantasies and dreams through reading novels.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Belle is instrumental in pulling the Beast out of his depression and self-loathing. Especially notable because she has to learn this about him the hard way first and initially brushes off the servants' insistence that he indeed isn't that bad once you get to know him.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: "He's kind, gentle, and would never do anything to hurt me." The villagers don't believe her.

    The Beast (Prince Adam)
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Voiced by: Robby Benson ; Emmanuel Jacomy (European French dub); Garcia Júnior (Brazilian Portugues dub); Yuval Zamir (Hebrew dub)

A prince who was transformed into a hideous beast by a beautiful enchantress as punishment for his pridefulness. He has the head structure and horns of an American bison, the arms and body of a bear, the ears of a cow, the eyebrows of a gorilla, the jaws, teeth, and mane of a lion, the tusks of a wild boar, and the legs and tail of a wolf.

  • Adaptational Heroism: While the Beast in the original tale was polite and kind, he still forced a father to give him his daughter for stealing a rose, or else he would have murdered him. The creator’s of the film likely realized that it would be incredibly creepy if the Beast started acting nice after doing something like this. With that in mind, turning the Beast into a troubled jerk at the beginning actually improves his character. It also helps that Belle is the one who offers to take her father’s place, making it her choice instead of his command.
    • In the original fairy tale, the Beast only lets Belle leave to see her father under the condition that she return in a day. This leads to him dying of heartbreak, and transforming after Belle returns. Here, the Beast just lets her go, with his only request being that she take his magic mirror so she won’t forget him. The change makes him come off as far more sympathetic, as it shows that he has let go of his Entitled to Have You attitude, which the original never does.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the original tale, the Beast was never a bad guy to begin with. He was transformed by an evil fairy through no fault of his own and is seen to be kind-hearted for the most part, and gentleman-like, with only an occasional tendency to be hot-tempered. In the Disney version, he starts out as an outright Jerkasswhile still human— who was transformed as punishment for his cruelty, is always angry (although not without remorse, as shown when he sees Belle crying in the tower and takes her to a nicer room), and only becomes good after Character Development.
  • Adaptational Sympathy: Being made more into a jerk aside, this version of the Beast and the transformation he suffered is played more tragically here. While it's true that he's an unpleasant, violently-hot tempered Jerkass until his character development, neither of his parents are present in his life, "Be Our Guest" indicates that he was cursed when he was eleven, and per the writer's own confirmation, his beastly state was causing him to lose both his mind and whatever humanity he had left in him, leaving him a very embittered soul whose behavior, though inexcusable, is more understandable than his literary counterpart.
  • After-Action Patch-Up: After he saves Belle from the wolves, she patches him up; his saving her is the first sign of his inner goodness and the patchup scene is the start of their friendship.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • According to the 2001 DVD commentary, Word of God realized they never gave him a name. However, a 1998 trivia PC game called The D Show claimed his name to be Adam, a sentiment echoed by Paige O'Hara (the voice actress of Belle) and Dan Stevens (his actor for the 2017 version), so unless we get a further Word of God decision later on his name, it's the closest we've got. invoked
    • Numerous licensed toys also used the name "Prince Adam" which could potentially lead to confusion with another character from a separate franchise... although as Mattel made those toys and they own that name, it was likely their decision to help keep the old trademark active- an unused trademark can actually expire very quickly since trademarks lack the long-term protection of copyrights. Now that Hasbro has the Disney license, the name is no longer used on packaging.
  • Amazon Chaser: Downplayed. He gains an interest in her after she refuses to submit to him as well as because of her intelligence, but it's Belle's kindness that makes him fall for her.
  • And I Must Scream: Word of God is that the Beast is losing his mind to the curse, and according to the novelization, it's just slow enough that he's aware of it. This is clearly seen in the musical when he screams at Belle for nearly touching the rose, ripping her sleeve in the process and sending her running out in fear, causing the Beast to scream out. invoked
    Beast: I'm sorry! I didn't mean to frighten you! I don't mean to hurt you! You don't understand! There is so little left of me. There's so little left...
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: When Cogsworth asks why he let Belle go, he silently and disappointedly explains it's because he loves her.
  • Anti-Hero: Started off as a mean jerk with anger management issues, but is very brave and protective to a certain extent.
  • Audience Surrogate: His anger and depression are how most people would react to the curse if it were them.
  • Back from the Dead: Gaston's knife wound mortally wounds Beast at the end, but reversing the spell revives him as well as making him human again. It could also be Only Mostly Dead, with The Power of Love simply resolving the balance.
  • Badass Adorable: After Character Development, he could break a man in half but is "too kind and gentle to fight back".
  • Badass Cape: At his height of feral nature, he wears little more than a red cape. Later on, they vary in color: blue (when he shows Belle the library), purple (during the bird-feeding scene/snowball fight), and once again red (during the climax).
  • Badass in Distress: Near the end of the movie, Beast leaves himself at the mercy of Gaston. Only Belle's arrival saves him from his suicidal tendencies and gives him a reason to live.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Justified. Because his legs are large and digitigrade, he cannot wear shoes. However, this is averted in his human form as he is last seen wearing boots.
  • Baritone of Strength: His deep, rumbling voice matches his physical power: in the forest fight he kills a wolf by throwing it against a tree, then in the final fight he does a Neck Lift on the large and burly Gaston.
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beast half of the equation and the Trope Codifier.
  • Beast Man: He walks upright like a man and has the same basic shape as a man, but his body is a combination of several kinds of animal: buffalo, gorilla, cow, bear, lion, and wolf.
  • Beautiful All Along: Averted. Although his human form is handsome, Belle has to look into his eyes to realise that he's the same person she fell in love with, proving that Belle understood the story's moral of "True beauty is found within".
  • Beauty to Beast: From an auburn-haired and blue-eyed Pretty Boy to a massive horned beast.
  • Beneath the Mask: The Beast isn't as bad as he appears, which the castle servants state quite a bit. The fact that Beast changes into a better person as time goes on proves them right.
  • Big Eater: As shown in a scene when he's eating and he gobbles up the food.
  • Big "WHAT?!": He does this when Belle refuses to have dinner with him.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: While the Beast is wrong to shout at Belle, his anger isn't entirely unjustified. The Beast does instruct Belle to not go to the West Wing, and she does so anyway. And he had good reasons for telling her to not do so, as her entering the room and almost touching the rose could have left Beast stuck with the curse forever, or worse.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: With Belle. The Beast is (or starts out as) a Byronic Hero with a bad temper, but also is insecure about his beastliness, and Belle is the All-Loving Heroine that helps him become a better man (or man-beast).
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Thanks to Belle, he's a seven foot tall horned beast who won't hurt a fly.
  • Character Development: He's all about character development; in fact, you can tell which midquel takes place when based off how much of a jerk the Beast is at the time. There is even a song about his Character Development. Specifically, the Beast originally appeared to be irritable, temperamental, and stubborn, and came off as very mean and serious. He had a very bitter and negative, extremely cynical outlook, and was quick to become frustrated and give up when things did not work his way, showing a spoiled side to his personality. Once he begins to care for Belle after rescuing her from a pack of wolves, he becomes more agreeable and gentle. He even attempts to become civilized again for Belle's sake, relearning table manners and feeding birds.
  • Character Tics:
  • The Comically Serious: Sometimes, while still intimidating, he can be somewhat entertaining at the same time. This is shown during his interactions with his servants, the famous dinner request sequence, or the Blame Game with Belle after the wolves scene.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He apparently lived in his castle by himself with only his servants but no mention of his parents. Then, he was turned into a hideous beast by a witch he insulted and was slowly losing his humanity.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He can get pretty snarky.
    Lumière: Voilà! You look so... so...
    Beast: ...Stupid.
  • Death Seeker: The commentary implies during the wolf attack scene that he's suicidal at the time, or at least does not value his life too strongly, due to the hopelessness of ever breaking the curse. This is further supported in the Marvel Comics where Beast, after saving Belle and Chip after they were trapped in a very serious snowstorm, thanks Belle for saving his life, as her presence caused him to realize his own life was not "meaningless" after all. During the climax, while believing that Belle will never return to him, he initially refuses to fight back against Gaston and is seemingly prepared to die by his hands.
  • Defrosting Ice King: The Beast's Character Development is moving from gloomy jerkass to loving nice guy.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Creeps closer to this the longer the spell lasts. He doesn't fight back against Gaston because he's given up hope at the time.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Underneath it all, he really does, having been denied human contact for years. It even comes up in "Something There" where he's thrilled that Belle was able to touch his hands without apprehension.
  • Deuteragonist: The second main character after Belle, but gets more character development than her.
  • Disney Death: Possibly justified because he was under a magical spell and Belle reversed it.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Justified. See Barefoot Cartoon Animal above. Subverted later as he is last seen wearing boots after being turned back into human. Doubly Subverted, however, in the Enchanted Christmas, as he is there shown to have been barefoot directly before his transformation.
  • Don't Look At Me: He's ashamed of his beastly appearance because it's a manifestation of the reason he was cursed. He even slashed a picture of himself.
  • Emerging from the Shadows: Belle asks Beast to step into the light, and she (and the audience) sees his face properly.
  • Endearingly Dorky: After the Beast's Character Development begins to take hold he becomes shy and awkward, especially around Belle. She responds positively to this and warms up to him, even summing the trope up in "Something There".
    Belle: There's something sweet, and almost kind ... but now he's dear, and so unsure.
  • Entitled to Have You: In a more platonic version at first, since he doesn't really have a romantic interest in her yet. When Belle doesn't want to eat dinner with him, he yells at her to go ahead and STAAAARVE! A good part of his Character Development is about him dropping this really bad trait, which culminates with him willingly letting Belle go back home because he loves her.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": His name is never revealed in the movie.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Invoked. His voice is noticeably deeper after he was cursed. This was because it exaggerated the “scary monster” transformation.
  • Expressive Ears: His ears fold back when he's irritated, angry or forlorn, and prick up when he gets an idea, for example.
  • Eyes Never Lie: This is how Belle realizes the transformed prince really is Beast; his eyes were the only part of him not affected by the curse, so they remain the same when he turns back into a human.
  • Face Death with Dignity: The Beast knows that letting Belle leave the castle to save her father means that his chances of breaking the spell on himself and the castle before it will remain forever are lower than ever, and that makes him fully content with dying. When Gaston approaches him and tries to kill him, the Beast doesn't fight back nor does any big attempts to protect himself, just waiting for Gaston to just end it all for him.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: The Beast is on the receiving end of this several times (being one of the few Disney characters to bleed). He's noticeably cut up and bloody after the fight with the wolves, takes Gaston's arrow to the shoulder, and has a large bleeding wound on his side after Gaston stabs him.
  • Fangs Are Evil: His fangs are more clearly and individually drawn when he’s supposed to look threatening.
  • Feet-First Introduction: The Beast remains in silhouette until the dungeon scene, when Belle asks him to come into the light. This trope then occurs (with a brief cutaway to Belle's face up close and horrified).
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: After Belle nurses the wounds he sustained from the wolf attack, he is genuinely touched by her act of kindness and wants to do things to make her happy. This is the catalyst for his Character Development and the improvement of their relationship.
  • "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Word of God states that years of the curse has slowly made his mind more bestial. By the start of the film, he’s growling, barely wearing any clothes, and walking on all fours. As Belle and he fall in love, he starts acting more like a human again. Later, when the Beast believes he’s never going to see Belle again and be a beast for the rest of his life, his heartbreak and despair deteriorate him into making animalistic roars, growls, and whimpers again.
  • Freudian Excuse: His hatred for Christmas in the sequel is because he was transformed into the Beast on that very day.
  • Gentle Giant: In the film's second half, the tall and broad horned beast is also a sweetheart thanks to Love Redeems.
  • Get It Over With: This is the Beast's reaction to Gaston attempting to kill him, when he thinks Belle has left him forever.
  • Get Out!: He dramatically roars this at Belle after she ventures into the West Wing. Later, he gives a much colder delivery to Gaston after defeating him and revealing him as the coward he truly is in the finale.
  • Grand Staircase Entrance: The ballroom scene where he's dressed like a human for the first time since his transformation.
  • The Grinch: In the midquel, he hates Christmas, since that was when he was cursed. He gets over it.
  • The Grotesque: He considers himself to be this because he thinks his beast form is ugly. No one else does; if anything, they think he's closer to The Dreaded.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: In the first half of the movie, the Beast goes from calm to extremely angry with minimal provocation; him realizing it made Belle run away is the first step in him overcoming it.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Even as a beast, he still cuts a dashing figure in his blue and gold suit.
  • Heel–Face Turn: An anti-villain in the first half but no more in the second half.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Having crossed the Despair Event Horizon as a result of Belle's departure, the Beast is perfectly willing to let Gaston kill him and makes no effort to resist. The sight of Belle, however, promptly spurs him back to life.
  • The Hermit: After being cursed, he just wanted to be left alone and live out the rest of his days in isolation. The "Be Our Guest" song reveals that he never even asked his servants for any more service. It's only until Belle arrived that he found a golden opportunity to regain his human form.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Yes, the Beast is a jerk; however, he is also brave, cunning, and determined. The castle staff even state that he really isn't that bad once you get to know him, he's just angry and very, very depressed.
    • He's also a little bit of a Closet Geek, greatly enjoying Shakespeare and classical music.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He has been nothing but a jerk to Belle while she has been there, and has basically given up to the curse when she flees. But, he appears just in time to protect her from the wolves attacking her.
  • Horned Humanoid: He walks upright, possess two arms and two legs, and he has horns.
  • Horrifying Hero: Zigzagged. By the time he becomes a heroic character, he's not horrifying; birds land all over him. However, the villagers think he's scary because they see him roaring in anguish over losing Belle.
  • Hot-Blooded: His short temper is part of his general poor impulse control and boiling emotions over his conditions.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Belle. He dwarfs her due to his beastly form and it still applies even after his return to being a human.
  • Hunk: His human form is a tall, athletic man with a rather chiselled face.
  • Hybrid Monster: The beast has the mane of a lion, the beard and head of a bison, the brows of a gorilla, the eyes of a human, the tusks of a wild boar, the body of a bear, and the hind legs and tail of a wolf.
  • I Am a Monster: He thinks this of himself because of his curse. "Who could love a beast?"
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Try as he might, he has a very hard time believing someone like Belle (or anyone for that matter) could love him.
    Beast: It's no use, she's so beautiful and I'm... well, look at me!
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: The Beast starts to warm up to Belle after she refuses to obey and defer to him. Unlike with Gaston, who views her refusal to submit as a challenge to break her to his will, the Beast is inspired by her behavior to be a better person.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: He has piercing blue eyes that show there's more to him than a hulking brute.
  • Insecure Love Interest: He is certain that Belle would never love him because of his looks.
  • It's All About Me: In the first and fourth short segments from Belle's Magical World, this aspect of the Beast's personality is brought to the forefront. He insists that his servants should simply leave the room if the wind blowing through the window is making them cold, telling Belle that he doesn't need to suit their needs because "it's my castle, and I make the rules". Later, the Beast keeps a bird locked up in a cage in the parlor and commands it to sing for his pleasure, seemingly expecting Belle to go along with his every whim and getting mad at the way she speaks to him when she tells him the bird needs to be free and will only sing when it's happy.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He sets Belle free after they discover that her father Maurice is lost in the snowy forest and dying of hypothermia looking for her, even if it means him losing his best and only chance of breaking the curse.
    Beast: ...I let her go.
    Cogsworth: [chuckles] Yes, yes. Splen- YOU WHAT!? How could you do that?!
    Beast: I had to.
    Cogsworth: Yes, but... why?
    Beast: Because... I love her.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While treating the Beast's wounds after the wolf attack, Belle fights with him over who's to blame for his getting hurt. Beast notes Belle should have never entered the West Wing, but she says he should control his temper. Despite not explaining himself better, he did tell her to stay out of the West Wing.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's introduced as a discourteous jerkass with a Hair-Trigger Temper. However, his character development is all about him toning down his jerkassery and developing the heart of gold. The castle staff even reassure Belle that the Beast is not that terrible of a guy once you get to know him. Eventually, Gaston mercilessly mocks him for being a Nice Guy as he's about to have the Beast slaughtered, and when he has an opportunity to drop Gaston to his demise, he realizes that he will end up like him and Belle would not want him to take a person's life and lets go of him safely out of mercy, giving Gaston a dirty advantage of stabbing him in the back before he slips to his death.
  • Karmic Transformation: The Prince refuses to give shelter to the disguised Enchantress because he is repulsed by her haggard appearance, so she transforms him into a hideous beast.
  • Lack of Empathy: When he brashly throws Maurice into an enchanted coach to take him back to the village without letting him say goodbye to Belle first, and goes up to his room to keep a bird locked in a cage demanding that it sing for him despite Belle telling him its injures should heal soon and so it just needs to be free, both pleas are met with the Beast dismissively telling them that it is no longer their concern. This trait is eventually, but ultimately defied thanks to Belle’s positive influence.
  • Large and in Charge: He is a seven-foot-tall horned beast and his servants are household objects.
  • Large Ham: He has his moments every time he gets angry.
  • Leitmotif: The very first notes of the prologue are heard several times as the Beast's theme, and take on a more majestic-sounding tone during his transformation back to the Prince.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Despite his size, he's agile, fast, and able to beat down numerous wolves.
  • Lima Syndrome: Towards Belle. She's his prisoner initially, then they become friends and more, and then he releases her upon realizing he's in love with her.
  • Literal Transformative Experience: He was a selfish, unsympathetic prince, so an Enchantress turned him into a hideous monster as a punishment. When he transforms himself into someone who can love and be loved, he turns back into a human to reflect this.
  • Longhaired Pretty Boy: Downplayed. He turns out to be a handsome hunk but his hair is long enough to be put into a ponytail.
  • Loud Gulp: Does one when Belle leads him out onto the dance floor.
  • Love at First Punch: Not literally, just verbally, but Belle is the first person after the Enchantress who confronts the Beast on his treatment of others.
  • Love Redeems: The point of the curse is for him to become a better person through love.
  • Mean Boss: He zigzags between this trope and Benevolent Boss. As grumpy and demanding as he can be, he still treats his servants well, and in return, they love him and remain fiercely loyal. Cogsworth is the only one that worries about Bad Boss-like behavior.
  • Meaningful Name: According to Fanon and Word of Saint Paul, his real, human name is Adam, which literally means "man" or "human." invoked It could also be an allusion of sorts to Frankenstein, given that story also refers to the monster as simply The Creature, but All There in the Manual dubs him "Adam" (Mary Shelley referred to Adam Frankenstein as such in letters).
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: According to the director's commentary, the spell affected the Beast's mind as well as his body; the longer the spell lasts, the more feral he becomes. When Belle arrives, he has to re-learn how to read and eat with utensils, and if she had never come to the castle, he would've eventually stopped speaking, stopped wearing clothing altogether, and would've gone to live in the woods, becoming a beast both inside and out.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: As stated above, he’s a hybrid of a wide assortment of animals. This gives him the appearance of looking like something that could exist in real life, while also being unlike anything ever seen before.
  • No Badass to His Valet: Belle and the Beast's relationship develops into this at first. Out of a whole castle full of servants who alternately cringe in terror of his rages, and try to bring him up like he's still a child, Belle is the only one who talks to him like an equal.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: During the climactic fight with Gaston, Beast hides among a row of crouching gargoyle statues, letting Gaston walk past him before rising up.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: After he spares Gaston, the egomaniac is thankless and decides to stab him out of spite. Fortunately, this causes Gaston to plummet to his death and The Power of Love restores the Beast.
  • No Name Given: "The Master" or "The Beast". Word of God states that the animators never bothered naming the prince. While the 2017 version never says his name either, both Paige O'Hara (Belle's voice actress) and Dan Stevens (the Beast's actor in the live-action version) finally confirmed his name — as suspected for a while, it's Adam. invoked
  • Obviously Evil: Deconstructed. The Beast certainly looks vicious enough to be a straight villain, and if this were most other Disney movies he would probably be exactly that, but since Beauty and the Beast sets out to deconstruct the Love at First Sight cliché, the Beast starts out as an asocial Anti-Villain before he meets Belle, due to shame at his curse. Belle's kindness slowly brings out his better qualities and inspires him to change his behaviour. Meanwhile, Gaston, who in most Disney movies would probably be The Hero, is the actual villain of the movie, while Monsieur D'Arque plays this trope straight but has a relatively small role.
  • One-Man Army: He proves to be stronger than a wolf pack (despite its surpassing numbers) when he risks his life to rescue Belle from it.
  • Painful Transformation: The midquel reveals he went through this. It has a Flashback to the night he was cursed and shows him roaring as his body twists and contorts.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Moreso in the Christmas movie where he is forced to kill the villain personally.
  • Prince Charmless: Beast was this before the curse and before Belle came into his life. It's the reason he was cursed in the first place. Even after he improves his attitude and manners, Belle notes that he's hardly Prince Charming, and is more of a shy, awkward dork.
  • Race Against the Clock: The Enchantress gave him a rose that served as a countdown to how long he had to break the curse. By the time Belle rolls around, the Rose has begun to wilt.
  • Rage Against the Reflection: The prologue shows him tearing up a portrait of himself as a human before covering his face due his shame over what he's become. Belle later finds that the West Wing is filled with broken mirrors, suggesting he doesn't want to look at his current form either.
  • Red Is Violent: Incidentally, before he begins to accustom to Belle's personality and show signs of kindness, all he wears on his upper body is a red cape; he also shows unchecked rage and aggression to everyone in his vicinity at this point. Later, his capes vary in color. Subverted, because he wears a red cape in the climactic battle, where his personality has changed for the better.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Averting this trope is part of why he was cursed; he was a Royal Brat who ignored Sacred Hospitality.
  • Skyward Scream: "Roar" actually. He lashes out one after watching Belle go from the balcony.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Sometimes he's called The Beast, sometimes he's just called Beast.
  • Spoiled Brat: Starts out as this. He doesn't appreciate a composition his pianist wrote for him as a gift and turns away an old woman during winter. It is later reversed as Belle finally reaches out to his heart, effectively making him a more mature and gentle creature of nature.
  • Tame His Anger: "You must control your temper!"
  • Title Character: He is the "Beast" part in the title.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Belle's presence not only makes him nicer, but also happier.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Belle's presence not only makes him happier, but also nicer.
  • Tragic Monster: He never wanted to be a monster. The main plot is everyone trying to turn him back into a human.
  • The Tragic Rose: He has an enchanted rose that whenever it wilts, it means the closer he is to remaining a beast.
  • Tsundere: According to Belle: "There's something sweet, and almost kind, but he was mean and he was coarse and unrefined! But now he's dear and so... unsure..."
  • The Unapologetic: In Belle's Magical World, the Beast refuses to apologize for letting in a strong wind that's making everyone else cold just so he can cool down, and he even feels that Belle is the one who should apologize for insulting him.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: He starts as rude, violent, and annoyingly demanding towards Belle. His rudeness starts to vanish once he rescues Belle from the wolves, and from there on in he becomes more gentle.
  • Uptown Guy: He (a prince) falls in love with Belle (a peasant).
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Everything he wears initially is a pair of pants and a cape before he starts wearing a white shirt.
  • Was Once a Man: Then a sorceress cursed him into beast form.
  • What Have I Become?: This is the Beast's personality (with some Jerkass thrown in) at the beginning of the movie; he knows he's a beast and becoming more so but sees no way out.
  • Wild Hair: The Beast has this in a mane form.
  • Villain Protagonist: Before his transformation into the Beast, he was known to be a selfish prince who ruled his kingdom with an iron fist, and afterwards he becomes a vicious monster who locks up Maurice for trespassing and later takes Belle prisoner in his place. After some Character Development, however, he eventually sheds the "villain" part.

Residents of the Beast's Castle

    In General 
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Considering they were once people, this isn't surprising. They were transformed into objects by the vengeful enchantress. They also pretend to be regular objects around strangers.
  • Canon Foreigner: They are not characters from the original fairy tale. At best, the Beast's servants were, in some versions of the original fairy tale, various unnamed, sometimes invisible servants employed by the Beast.
  • Forced Transformation: They all get transformed into inanimate objects by the same curse placed upon the Beast.
  • Good Is Not Soft: They are genuinely kind and unfailingly polite to Belle, but they won't hesitate to get their hands (or whatever is replacing them) dirty when an angry mob threatens the castle.
  • Meaningful Name: The servant’s names are related to the objects they’ve been turned into.
  • Morphic Resonance: Their cursed forms mostly resemble the features they had as humans.
  • Race Against the Clock: While most focus is put on the Beast, the Rose also serves as their countdown as to how long they have until being trapped as an Animate Inanimate Object forever.
  • Shipper on Deck: They hope Belle will fall in love with the Beast from the very moment they see her, and later do their best to accomplish that goal. Justified since that's the way to end their curse, so at least initially it's a case of Shipper with an Agenda. After the curse is lifted, all of them are happy when Belle and Beast are together.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: Initially, as they want Belle to fall in love with Beast to end their curse, but they come to genuinely support the couple.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards the Beast. Even when he's being a grumpy and demanding Mean Boss, they still love him and remain fiercely loyal.

Click here to see his true form. 
"Ma chère mademoiselle. It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now, we invite to relax, let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents... your dinner."
Voiced by: Jerry Orbach (1991-2005); Jeff Bennett (2005-present)
Dubbed by: Daniel Beretta (first and third movie), Jean Claude Donda (second film) (European French); Ivon Curi (Brazilian Portuguese dub); Eli Gorenstein (Hebrew)

The kind-hearted but rebellious maître d'hôtel of the Beast's castle, who has been transformed into a candelabra. He has a habit of disobeying his master's strict rules, sometimes causing tension between them, but the Beast often turns to him for advice. He is depicted as flirtatious, as he is frequently seen with the Featherduster and immediately takes to Belle.

He also has a few words to say on this page.

  • Ambiguously Bi: Lumiere is very much into his feather duster girlfriend and they’re even shown Holding Hands at the end of the movie. Yet he was also happy to kiss Cogsworth after they chased off the villagers.
  • Battle Butler: He's a servant of the Beast and does very well in the final battle.
  • Camp Straight: A lot of people assume he is gay, but the eccentricities can be written off by virtue of the French accent (plus, he's always flirting with the female feather duster).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lumiere does have his moments especially around Cogsworth:
    Cynically to Cogsworth after the latter accidentally let's slip to Belle what is above the stairs to the West Wing "Nice going"
  • Fat and Skinny: The skinny to Cogsworth's fat, as you see when they transform back into their human forms, though taking place in an era in which extra weight was most often an indicator of wealth, most of the dynamics of the trope in present-day are reversed.
  • Funny Foreigner: Yes, this takes place in France, but he and Babette/Fifi are the only ones with French accents.
  • Guttural Growler: He has a pretty coarse voice, not all too far from what Maurice Chevalier sounded like.
  • Large Ham: He has a large and flamboyant and especially during "Be Our Guest." which is an elaborate song and dance routine.
  • Light Is Good: The white and gold living candle whose very name relates to light is a good, jovial person. Shocking.
  • Maurice Chevalier Accent: There's no best way to name his distinctive accent.
  • Meaningful Name: "Lumière" is French for "light", referring to the light he provides.
  • Morphic Resonance:
    • He’s very skinny, like a candle.
    • The bottom of his pants and sleeves have the same design as his candle base.
    • His tuff of hair at the end is reminiscent of the blob of candle wax he had.
    • His bottom lip protrudes like it did when he was a candle.
  • Nice Guy: He welcomes Maurice in and Belle too. He's an affable guy.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Performing his voice, Jerry Orbach did an absolute dead ringer impersonation of Maurice Chevalier.
  • Official Couple: Although he flirts with many (such as Angelique in Enchanted Christmas), he's basically solid with Babette/Fifi.
  • Playing with Fire: Because he's a magic candlestick, he can shoot fire from his 'hands' and the top of his head.
  • Really Gets Around: It's implied in the stage version. He and Babette love making each other jealous. Simone, Michelle, Veronique... It's Played for Laughs.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Cogsworth's Blue; he's brighter and more passionate.
  • Servile Snarker: Downplayed. He’s snarky to his fellow servants (especially Cogsworth), but at the beginning of the movie, he talks to the Beast with kid gloves, more so then the rest of the servants do. Ironically, despite that, he gets this line:
    Beast: You come out or I'll—! I'll...I'll break down the door!
    Lumière: Master, I could be wrong, but that may not be the best way to win the girl's affection.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: He spends a lot of time flirting with Babette/Fifi.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender-flipped. Don't hurt Babette/Fifi. You don't want to mess with a guy who can make fire shoot out of his hands.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Cogsworth. Good friends who are very different and often butt heads. Their relationship is said to mirror that of the two animators who drew their characters.

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Voiced by: David Ogden Stiers; Georges Berthomieu (European French dub); Isaac Schneider (Brazilian Portuguese dub); Dov Raizer (Hebrew)

The castle majordomo (head butler of the household) who has been transformed into a mantel clock. He is extremely loyal to the Beast so as to save himself and anyone else any trouble, often leading to friction between himself and Lumière, his off/on friend.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Cogsworth is involved in several questionable incidents, including an awkward moment with Maurice. Ever since David Ogden Stiers (the voice of Cogsworth) came out of the closet, the effect has only amplified.
  • Big Damn Heroes: During the castle’s siege, Cogsworth slides down the banister with a pair of scissors and stabs LeFou in the rear when he had his torch pointed at Lumière.
  • British Stuffiness: Invoked: he speaks with an English accent and is generally very uptight and stuffy.
  • Butt-Monkey: Regularly suffers comic incidents. This is especially evident in the remake, where his entire role in the added musical number seems to consist of nothing but him being picked on.
  • The Chew Toy: The harm he suffers is often for comical effect.
  • Clocks of Control: More of a downplayed, benevolent example than most. He is the Beast's head butler (majordomo of the household in this case) who was turned into a mantel clock as part of the Forced Transformation curse on the castle. While by no means a bad person, he tends to be pompous and uptight, although as the movie goes on, he shows more of a Not So Above It All side.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a Butt-Monkey only just below LeFou and Maurice in terms of slapstick, but gets his own badass moment against LeFou when the latter tries to melt Lumière. He's also second-in-command of the castle to The Beast himself. You don't obtain that sort of position by being completely incompetent.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Because he's a blue oni, his remarks are often dry and sarcastic.
  • Dub Name Change: He is named "Big Ben" in the French dub.
  • Fat and Skinny: The fat to Lumière's skinny, as you see when they transform back into their human forms, though taking place in an era in which extra weight was most often an indicator of wealth, most of the dynamics of the trope in present-day are reversed.
  • Implausible Deniability: Whenever he wants to avoid something that has been brought up, he pretends he doesn’t know what they’re talking about.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He comes off as a bozo when he tells the others to stop being nice to Maurice when he stumbles in, and to kick him back out into the cold blizzard. However, as all the others seemed to have forgotten, being stuck in a cold blizzard is much better than the alternative: pissing off The Beast.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's snooty, cranky, and a little disrespectful, but he's really just as good-natured as Lumière and he can also be very helpful.
  • Meaningful Name: His name relates to cogs, which are machinery found in a clock.
  • Morphic Resonance:
    • Since his clock hands represented a mustache, he, of course, has a real mustache as a human.
    • His hair is the same design as what he had on the top of his head when he was a clock.
    • He has a napkin on his chest, like the bit of decoration he had below his face when he was a clock.
  • Not So Above It All: Cogsworth can be a real tight-ass (somewhat justified, considering the above points), but once he loosens up, he can act goofier than even Lumière. He shows shades of this right at the end of Be Our Guest, and during the castle invasion he goes completely nuts (and is clearly enjoying it).
  • Official Couple: He's in a relationship with the wardrobe in the stage version.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Lumière's Red; more focused on rules and structure and significantly less hammy.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Lumière. Good friends who are very different and often butt heads. Their relationship is said to mirror that of the two animators who drew their characters.

    Mrs. Potts
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"Oh, cheer up child. It’ll all turn out alright in the end."
Voiced by: Angela Lansbury; Lily Baron (European French dub); Mirian Peracchi (Brazilian Portuguese dub); Rachel Atas (Hebrew dub)

The castle cook, turned into a teapot, who takes a motherly attitude toward Belle.

  • Absurdly Elderly Mother: Mrs. Potts appears to be fairly elderly, yet her son Chip is an elementary-aged kid.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: There are things in the Beast's Castle other than the Beast himself that you should never piss off, and the kindly and maternal Mrs. Potts is one such thing.
  • Explosive Breeder: Despite Chip being her only child given much attention, it's shown in one scene where she's tucking Chip in for bed into the cupboard that he has a large number of brothers and sisters sired by her also turned into cups. In a Comic-Book Adaptation, Chip is stated to be Mrs. Potts' twelfth child.
  • Good Parents: To Chip. Being a mother, she can be very gentle and nurturing, while also being stern and no-nonsense.
  • Kindly Housekeeper: A warm and welcoming woman who is instantly ready to fix dinner for Belle when she says she's hungry. Interestingly, both her human and cursed form are 'portly' because she's the tea pitcher.
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name refers to the pot she turns into.
  • Morality Chain: To Beast. Though she fears his violent outbursts, Mrs. Potts' stern attitude also has a strong effect on the Beast, who appears to respect his head housekeeper the most out of all his servants—he has even been shown to occasionally snap out of his violent tantrums when she confronts him on his behavior.
  • Morphic Resonance: Her hat is the same as her teapot lid.
  • Nice Girl: Motherly, warm, charitable, courteous, and supportive.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Doesn't believe Chip when he says there's a girl in the castle until Babette confirms it.
  • Only Sane Woman: She's easily the most down-to-earth of the servants before Belle shows up.
  • The Reliable One: Intelligent, level-headed, and self-righteous, Mrs. Potts is perhaps the most reliant member of the Beast's staff.
  • Team Mom: From her own son Chip, to Belle, to the Beast himself, she mothers everyone.
  • Unnamed Parent: Her first name is never brought up.
  • Women Are Wiser: Unlike Lumière and Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts lacks troublesome quirks, and acts as the voice of reason amongst her colleagues.

    Chip Potts
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"Mama! There's a girl in the castle!"
Voiced by: Bradley Pierce (first film), Haley Joel Osment (second film), Gregory Grudt (Belle's Magical World), Nikita Hopkins (1 episode of House of Mouse); Clarence Le Prévost (first film), Julien Bouanich (sequels) (European French dub); Priscila Ribeiro (Brazilian Portuguese dub); Rona Danieli (Hebrew dub)

Mrs. Potts' son, who has been transformed into a teacup.

  • Childish Tooth Gap: Seen with a slight space between his front teeth whenever he grins.
  • Children Are Innocent: During "There's Something There" he repeatedly asks "what's there?", but his mother says she'll tell him when he's older.
  • Demoted to Extra: Has a reasonably-sized role in the movie, including one memorable scene where he sets Belle and Maurice free from the cellar. In The Musical he's reduced to a few quick gags because his design is hard to emulate on stage. During the making of the movie, however, this trope was inverted: he was originally a minor character with just a few lines, but the producers liked Bradley Pierce's voice so much that they expanded his part.
  • Disappeared Dad: No mention is ever made of his father or who that might be.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Normally, you would not allow a child—let alone a child who is an easily smashable cup!—to touch a very large, very powerful, very sharp log-cutting machine. In this case, an exception can, will, and is made.
  • Meaningful Name: Chip has a chip.
  • Nice Guy: Loving, innocent, and charming.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Technically speaking from a plot perspective, Chip does a lot less in terms of helping with the wooing compared to the other servants like Lumière, but he has one essential scene where he saves Belle and Maurice from being stuck in the cellar which ultimately lets her return to the castle and save the Beast.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: "Mama, there's a girl in the castle!"

Click here to see her true form. 
"I've been burned by you before!"
Voiced by: Kimmy Robertson; Josiane Pinson (European French dub); Cristina Cavalinhos (European Portuguese dub); Limor Shapira (Hebrew dub)

A maid and Lumière's girlfriend, who has been turned into a feather duster.

  • Advertised Extra: Many covers feature her, a character with three and a half minutes of screen time, next to the main characters.
  • Ascended Extra: In the stage musical, she becomes almost as prominent as Lumière and Cogsworth.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In "Belle's Magical World", Fifi gets angry when she wrongfully assumes Lumiere was planning a date with Belle and goes to sabotage it. Unknown to her, he was actually getting Belle's help to set up a date with Fifi herself, making her get an Oh, Crap! realization.
  • French Maid: She's a maid of the castle, complete with the outfit, and her cursed form is a feather duster.
  • Funny Foreigner: Yes, this takes place in France, but she and Lumière are the only ones with French accents.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Averted for the most part, as she's a feather duster. Her human form, however, is stunning. She looks somewhat like Belle crossed with the Bimbettes.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Her name is never mentioned in the original animated film. "Babette" was first used in the stage version and later on House of Mouse, and she's been called by other names elsewhere (see "Sudden Name Change" below).
  • Non-Standard Character Design: While nearly all of the other enchanted objects have some features that resemble their human selves, Babette and the other dusters stand out as looking more cartoonish than human — which only serves to make her design at the end more surprising.
  • Official Couple: While she flirts with other men, she's basically solid with Lumière.
  • Really Gets Around: It's implied in the stage version. Both she and Lumière love making each other jealous. Maurice, Jacques, Pierre... It's Played for Laughs.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: She likes flirting with Lumière.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Occasionally invokes this with Lumière in the stage musical. She seems to do it to mess with him more than anything.
  • Sudden Name Change: She's had three different names over the years. The stage musical calls her Babette, the animated sequel Belle's Magical World calls her Fifi, and the live-action movie calls her Plumette and gives her a more birdlike design.
  • The Tease: Teasing her boyfriend is her favorite hobby.
  • Tsundere: Type B in the stage version. She likes to pretend to get pissed off at him just to mess with him, and immediately gets flirty and lovey-dovey within seconds. It's Played for Laughs.

    The Wardrobe
"The master's really not so bad once you get to know him. Why don't you give him a chance?"
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Voiced by: Jo Anne Worley; Claude Chantal (European French dub); Ruti Holtsman (Hebrew dub)

The castle's kindhearted lady-in-waiting, transformed into a talking wardrobe.

  • Ascended Extra: Like Babette, she's a much more prominent character in the stage musical, and is even given a bit of backstory (she was a famous opera singer whose career abruptly ended after the curse).
  • Battle Cry: She sings a magnificent high note as she lands on a villager during the final battle.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's a genuine sweetheart, but in the heat of battle, she becomes a force to be reckoned with. Just ask the guy that she crushed during the climax...
  • Brawn Hilda: In the musical, she dresses up as a Valkryie during the final battle and uses her booming singing voice as a weapon.
  • Dragged into Drag: She traps one of Gaston's goons inside her drawers, and when she spits him back out, he's humiliatingly dressed in drag, makeup and all.
  • Demoted to Extra: A meta example. She was originally intended to be a major supporting character (named Madame Armoire in early development), but her role was eventually transferred to Mrs. Potts.
  • Named by the Adaptation: She's named Madame de la Grande Bouche (which more or less means "Lady Big Mouth" in French) in the Broadway musical. In the 2017 remake, she's named Madame de Garderobe.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: She essentially becomes Cogsworth's love interest by the end of the stage musical.

    Maestro Forte
”Trust me... humanity is entirely overrated.”
His true form
Voiced by: Tim Curry; Richard Darbois (European French dub)

The former organist, lord, and composer, transformed (fittingly enough) into a pipe organ. Forte resides in the West Wing inside a room neighboring the Beast's.

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: He's rendered in 3D in a 2D movie, clashing with the rest of the characters and making him feel more alien.
  • Achilles' Heel: The keyboard. After the Beast rips it off the floor, he loses all his music-making abilities. And since it appeared to be keeping him balanced in the first place, once that's removed, there's nothing to stop him from crashing onto the ground, face-first.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Beast clearly isn't happy about having to kill Forte, though it was a necessary act. He clearly considers Forte to have once been a good friend. Forte's death scene ends with Beast standing before the collapsed organ pipes, uttering a forlorn "Forte..."
  • Big Bad: The main villain of The Enchanted Christmas.
  • Big Bad Friend: He was the Beast's closest confidant before their falling out in The Enchanted Christmas.
  • Big "NO!": Screams this as he is falling to his death.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: As an organ, he has empty, pitch-black, hollow sockets for eyes.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Though The Enchanted Christmas is a midquel, he's very much the opposite of Gaston. Gaston is a normal human who is more associated with Belle, Forte was a normal human who is more associated with the Beast. Gaston is well-liked by the village but hated by Belle, Forte is not well-liked by the rest of the castle yet the Beast still regarded him as a friend until the climax. Gaston wanted Belle as his wife, Forte wants to keep the Beast from falling in love so that he can continue manipulating him and maintain his transformation.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Unlike the other palace servants who wished to be human again, Forte preferred his organ form. His transformation as a pipe organ gives him a strength he could only dream to possess as a human and made him Beast's closest confidant. That said, he's not too keen about the fact he's BOLTED TO THE WALL!!
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's very cynical and contemptuous to everybody but mostly to Fife. He also has a dry wit and a rather droll sense of humor.
  • Death by Falling Over: The Beast picks up his keyboard and throws it at him, causing him to topple forwards.
  • Dreadful Musician: It is averted until he decides to destroy the castle via his playing.
  • The Eeyore: He is disgusted by the Beast wanting to compose a happy song for Belle, saying "happiness is so depressing."
  • Evil Is Bigger: Being transformed into a pipe organ, he is absolutely enormous.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Due to being played by Tim Curry, a lively and evil performance comes with the territory.
  • Evil Laugh: Lets out multiple frightening ones as he destroys the castle with his music.
  • Evil Plan: Keep Belle and Beast from falling in love with each other so he can stay cursed forever.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Beast lifts up and smashes Forte's keyboard, causing him to unchain himself from the wall, lose his additional pipes one by one, topple over and die. In a nutshell, Forte dies because of mutilation.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He acts very gentlemanly to Belle when they first meet face-to-face but drops the act after resolving to bring the castle down.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He is jealous of the increasing amounts of attention the Beast is giving to Belle and tries to convince him she doesn't really care for him.
  • Happiness in Slavery: He lacks any and all autonomy that the other palace servants have and the only thing in his life that gives him any joy is to serenade the man responsible for his cursed state, yet he values his new self-worth so much that he does everything he can to keep the curse from being lifted, even if that means collapsing the castle on top of them and killing that man in the process.
  • "The Hero Sucks" Song: "Don't Fall in Love", which he sings to the Beast after he discovers Belle has left the castle grounds in search of a Christmas tree and resolves to bring her back. Doubles as an Anti-Love Song.
  • "Just So" Story: He is the composer of the Christmas song "Deck the Halls" in the films' continuity.
  • Make Some Noise: You think just because being stuck in a spot would make him easy to avoid, right? Wrong. He is not only good at playing music, but he can weaponize it. He can create a variety of sounds from light melodies that can allow him to telepathically manipulate the environment around him, to heavy bases that can literally cause the very castle around him to tremor.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • He keeps Fife in line with the promise of writing a solo for him if he carries out his wishes. He doesn't keep it.
    • He also makes use of Half Truths in an attempt to convince the Beast that Belle is not worth his time; for example, after breaking the news of Belle planning Christmas, the Beast correctly speculates that she has no idea how he feels about Christmas, but Forte tells him she does know and just doesn't care.
    • He also tells Belle, struggling to find a good Christmas tree, about the huge tree in the Black Forest that could serve as the perfect tree for the celebration, to goad her to leave the castle, though this case is less about getting her in trouble with the Beast and more about getting her to leave and then ensuring she doesn't come back.
  • Meaningful Name: "Forte" is Italian for "loud", and is used in music terminology to indicate such. As a carryover from the first film, everyone has either this or a Punny Name.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: In some ways, Forte seems like an Evil Counterpart to Johann Sebastian Bach; both lived in the 18th century, and like Bach during his lifetime, Forte seems to be better remembered as an organist (or more specifically, as an organ) than as a composer.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Aside from the climax, he operates exclusively through Fife, due to being bolted to the wall.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He is a 3D character in a 2D film.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: A literal example, since he's a living organ and the Big Bad.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: The plot of Enchanted Christmas still could have worked without Forte. He only sows discord into the Beast (reminding him of his vendetta against Christmas included) and the one major thing that he does is instruct Belle to find a Christmas tree in the Black Forest, with the intention of having Fife prevent them from returning. Other than that, he has little influence and interaction on or with the other characters at all.
  • Precision F-Strike: "Don't Fall in Love" includes the line, "it's hell when someone's always there!"
  • Put Them All Out of My Misery: What he resolves to do after it becomes clear the Beast will not turn his back on Belle for him, pounding out deafening notes in an effort to make the castle collapse on itself.
    Forte: Don't you see, Fife? They can't fall in love... if they're dead!
  • Remember the New Guy?: The most jarring example because he's established as being very close to the Beast, yet he's never mentioned in the first movie.
  • Shipping Torpedo: Wants to keep Belle and the Beast from falling in love so that he can maintain his form.
  • Smug Snake: His human form even looks reptilian.
  • Suddenly Shouting: Does this a few times, most notable when he points out that he's BOLTED TO THE WALL!!
  • Villainous Breakdown: Forte goes absolutely berserk at the climax because he thinks that he's no longer important. He proceeds to play his ear-splitting music recklessly in an attempt to bring the whole castle down and crush Belle and the Beast.
    Forte: So, Beast gets girl and it's a happy ending for everyone. Enchantment lifted... and Forte fades into the background; no longer important, no longer needed... I THINK NOT!
  • Villain Song: Forte has "Don't Fall In Love" which alludes to his hidden agenda of making sure the curse is never broken and describes how he is the anti-thesis of the other servants.
  • Yandere: In a non-romantic sense towards the Beast because he tries to sabotage his relationship with Belle.

    Maestro Fife
”Maybe if [Belle] falls in love with [the Beast,] the spell will be broken and we’ll be human again!”
His true form
Voiced by: Paul Reubens; Eric Metayer (European French dub)

A musician of the castle, transformed into a recorder, and a former sidekick and reporter of Forte.

  • All for Nothing: Forte reveals to Maestro Fife that he never intended to give him the solo for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 15 which he promised him, as they were all just blank sheets.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Starts out a minion for Forte, but eventually starts rooting for the heroes.
  • Meaningful Name: A fife is a small flute, referring to his transformation.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: His kindhearted nature interferes with what Forte wants him to do.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Fife is guilt-stricken and horrified when Belle nearly drowns because of his scaring Phillipe.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his naughty antics, Fife has a great-hearted personality.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Another character who never appeared before and after the events of winter.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Acts as a sycophant to Forte before his Heel–Face Turn so he can get that solo he was promised.

"Ha! Christmas? I refuse to hope for it anymore."
Click here to see her true form. 
Voiced by: Bernadette Peters; Nadja N'Guyen (European French dub)

The castle's decorator, transformed into a Christmas angel ornament.

  • '20s Bob Haircut: Her usual hairstyle, both in human and cursed forms.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially cynical and stubborn, but eventually admits Belle was right and sings the reprise of "As Long As There's Christmas."
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: In her cursed form, she wears a sparkly vest.
  • Haughty "Hmph": She does this while watching everyone else decorate for Christmas in what she feels is an amateur fashion.
  • It's All About Me: She has a mild case of this.
    Lumière: And you said it was impossible.
    Angelique: Ah-ah-ah, I said it was impossible without me.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is Angelique and she is a Christmas angel.
  • Morphic Resonance: Though all the transformed castle staff retain some features of their original forms, she is the strongest example of this, having become a humanoid object.
  • Not So Above It All: Angelique when it comes to decorating the castle.
  • Old Flame: It's hinted that Lumière and Angelique may have previously been lovers. When they are reunited, he immediately starts flirting with her.
    Lumière: Ah, Angelique, mon amour, your eyes are still so lovely after all these years.
    Angelique: Lumière, please! You'll tarnish the halo.
  • Pride: She can be quite snooty about her abilities as a decorator.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Never mentioned in the first movie. Then again, she and her fellow decorations were stuffed in a chest for goodness knows how long.
  • Sour Supporter: She doubts very highly that the Beast will ever allow Christmas in the castle again, but ends up going along with Belle's plans grudgingly.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her dress is blue, both human and cursed.

Voiced by: Jeff Bennett; André Valmy (European French dub)

The head of the castle's boiler room crew, transformed into a hatchet.

  • Ambiguously Jewish: Occasionally says things like "Oy, gevalt!" and "And a Happy Chanukah!"
  • Chekhov's Gunman: After being introduced as a borderline background character, he comes in real handy after Belle's venture in the Black Forest goes south.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Never mentioned in the first movie.

Residents of the French Village

"My daughter? Odd? Where would you get an idea like that?"
Voiced by: Rex Everhart; Georges Aubert (European French dub); Avraham Mor (Hebrew dub)

Belle's inventor father. The citizens call him crazy, but his loyal daughter believes he will be famous one day.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: His house is a mess because he's too focused on his latest invention to clean it.
  • Adaptational Job Change: In the original story, Beauty's father was a merchant. This movie makes him an inventor.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Both Belle and Maurice are seen as 'rather odd' by the rest of the villagers; her father because he's an absent-minded tinkerer and Belle because she reads and refuses to Stay in the Kitchen.
  • Bumbling Dad: It's clear that Belle is the one taking care of him.
  • Bungling Inventor: His inventions often misfire and he himself is clumsy.
  • Butt-Monkey: His inventions misfire, he gets lost in the woods, he gets captured by a beast, his daughter takes his place, his village tries to lock him up in the nuthouse; this guy gets a raw deal.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's so goofy he seems almost naïve, and some of the villagers already think he's crazy at the beginning of the movie. In the end, the entire village believes him insane, after Gaston has exaggerated Maurice's strangeness to them to the point they think he's dangerous.
  • Good Parents: Despite being bumbling, he loves his daughter.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He initially thinks that Gaston is a nice enough guy, and suggests that Belle date him based on his good looks. He also thinks the Beast is pure evil... but given the horrible way the Beast treated him before his Heel–Face Turn, this particular opinion is entirely understandable.
  • Idiot Ball: Watch closely the scene where Belle's father and his horse (Phillippe) arrive at a crossroads on their way to the fair. Phillipe clearly tries to pull Maurice towards the brighter, more cheerful path on the left, while Maurice adamantly chooses the foggy, eerily lit path on the right because "it's a shortcut".
  • Mad Scientist: A benign version. Even the asylum keeper admits that he's harmless, but his house is still home to strange noises and dangerous-looking devices.
  • Mistaken for Insane: While Belle is generally simply seen as "odd" by the villagers, Maurice is often thought of as insane. This increases when he tells the villagers that his daughter was locked up by a monstrous beast, which is actually true. Gaston exploits it by threatening to throw Maurice into an asylum unless Belle agrees to marry him.
  • Nice Guy: Cheerful, kind, caring, loving, fatherly, and lion-hearted.
  • No Time to Explain: When Belle comes across Maurice imprisoned in the castle, he says this while he’s begging her to leave.
  • Papa Wolf: While a blizzard prevents him from getting there, Maurice was ready to enter the Beast's castle again to rescue his daughter.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In Villeneuve's original version of the fairy tale, the heroine was the daughter of a king and a good fairy. A wicked fairy had tried to murder the heroine so she could marry her father and the heroine put in the place of the merchant's deceased daughter to protect her. In the film the heroine Belle and the merchant, or in this case inventor, Maurice really do seem to be related.
  • Shipper on Deck: In the beginning, he didn't seem to mind Belle getting with Gaston and even suggested Belle spending time with him. Of course, that was the beginning of the movie.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: About the Beast's existence. Unfortunately, it only further convinces the townspeople that he's mad. Even after Belle proves to them he was right all along, they still think he's mad.

"And don't I deserve the best?"
Voiced by: Richard White; François Le Roux (European French dub); Yigal Sade (speaking), Yoel Eckhart (singing) (Hebrew dub)

"As a specimen, yes, I'm intimidating!"

A conceited, athletic hunter who vies for Belle's hand in marriage and is determined not to let anyone else win her heart.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Downplayed. It's not his looks that Belle despises — she admits he's handsome, but also rude and conceited. She at least chose to act civil, but found his actions more annoying than anything. His threatening to have her father committed unless she agrees to marry him ended up making her hate him, playing this straight.
  • Abomination Accusation Attack: Gaston initially doesn't believe that the Beast even exists. When Belle proves him wrong, he changes his position to accusing him of eating children — never mind that the Beast has been around for a long time and the only person who had been missing was Belle herself! The villagers believe Gaston over Belle even though Gaston was proven wrong immediately beforehand.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: No one begs for his life like Gaston! Despite his goading the Beast to fight him, once the Beast gains his Heroic Second Wind and holds Gaston over the castle rooftop Gaston pathetically begs The Beast to not hurt him saying he'll do anything The Beast wants.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Gaston tries the Scarpia Ultimatum version on Belle when her father is going to be committed to an insane asylum.
  • Anti-Intellectualism: At first, he disapproves of the thought of a woman reading, and therefore thinking... but later, it seems he opposes the idea of anybody thinking, agreeing with LeFou deeming it a "dangerous pastime" even for men. However, he himself seems to have some learning, as covered in Hidden Depths.
  • Archer Archetype: Gaston is an interesting subversion: he is a musclebound, loud, uneducated bruiser, which doesn't correspond to the trope (cold, analytical, and physically weak). However, he is capable of great feats of strength, which is Truth in Television (you need to be quite strong if you want to pull the strings). Ironically, he has been shown using a blunderbuss while wearing a quiver full of arrows, and only uses a bow at the climax.
  • Attempted Rape: A thinly veiled G-rated depiction: during his wedding proposal, Gaston attempts to force a kiss onto Belle at the front door in an attempt to get her consent to marry him. Fortunately for Belle, she manages to open the door to throw him out for good in retaliation.
  • Ax-Crazy: During the final showdown with the Beast, he's lost all composure to homicidal rage.
  • Backstab Backfire: Gaston is spared by the Beast, and then stabs him in the back before falling off the ledge. Production materials indicate that his actions were originally intended to be much closer to Taking You with Me. Because if he couldn't have Belle, then nobody could.
  • Badass Normal: While the Beast is definitely stronger than he is, Gaston still manages to match him pretty well during their battle.
  • Bad Boss: Gaston is a warped variation. Even though he is shown to be a high-grade jerk in the village, and makes no effort to hide it going by his Villain Song, the villagers genuinely love him and don't follow him out of fear. This is part of the movie's message about not relying too much on outward appearances; Gaston's an oafish thug, but he's a handsome oafish thug, and the villagers end up focusing so much on the former that they miss the latter.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Considered the most attractive man in the village, and he's a narcissistic asshole.
  • Beneath the Mask: Gaston is not as harmless as he seems to be.
  • Big Bad Slippage: He's one of the few Disney villains who doesn't start off as a villain, but rather becomes a villain during the film. He starts out as a rude, narcissistic buffoon, but seemingly harmless. It's when Belle rejects him that Gaston begins to do truly villainous things.
  • Big Eater: He puts away five dozen eggs a day at breakfast alone. He was no slouch in that department when he was a lad, eating four dozen.
  • Big Jerk on Campus: He’s basically a non-school version of this. He’s incredibly handsome, good at hunting, which is basically the olden village equivalent of football, and everybody in the village except Belle pretty much worships the ground he walks on. But underneath those muscled and that chiseled face, he’s a Manipulative and Entitled Bastard who is willing to murder to get what what he wants.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: "No one fights like Gaston, douses lights like Gaston; in a wrestling match nobody bites like Gaston."
  • Book Dumb: "How can you read this? There's no pictures!" Which makes him even dumber, as the book was clearly shown to have at least one illustration earlier.
  • Break the Haughty: Gaston is so concerned with projecting an image of himself as being "the best" and is so used to having everything go his way that, when Belle causes him to trip and fall into the mud, humiliating him in front of the entire village, Gaston becomes absolutely livid, to the point where nothing, not even beer, can make him feel better. He only gets worse from there.
  • Broken Ace: He's handsome, strong, a skilled hunter, has women falling at his feet, and is adored by everyone... except the only girl he actually wants. He just can't get over the fact that Belle isn't interested in him, and due to his pride and obsession, he gradually becomes more psychopathic over the course of the movie, especially in the final battle with the Beast. It doesn't end well for him.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In his conceitedness, he attacks the Beast mano a mano while viciously taunting him. He seems to be winning handily at first, but once the Beast decides to actually fight back, Gaston is hopelessly outclassed. All things considered, he manages to put up a pretty decent fight, but he should really have known better than to taunt the eight-foot tall chimeric monster.
    Gaston: What's the matter, Beast? Too "kind and gentle" to fight back?
  • Canon Foreigner: Gaston is not in the original fairy tale. The main antagonists are Belle's two evil older sisters (probably Adapted Out because the writers thought it was too similar to Cinderella).
  • Carpet of Virility: Something he lampshades in his Villain Song.
    And every last inch of me's covered with hair!
  • Character Development: Gaston goes through a darker version; he starts out as an oafish buffoon, becomes kind of an ass, and then finally turns into an all-out, terrifying villain.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Is able to lift a bench with three women on it singlehanded, and rip off huge pieces of castle architecture with no effort.
  • Chick Magnet: Every woman in the village (except Belle) is head over heels for him.
  • Classic Villain: He represents Pride and Lust, with elements of Wrath and Envy mixed in.
  • Cold Sniper: For all his bluster, Gaston is a crack shot with a gun or a bow.
  • Covered in Mud: After Belle rejects Gaston's marriage proposal, Gaston falls over and lands in the pigs' mud hole. The fact that this happened in front of a crowd makes it all the more humiliating.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: When he learns that Belle is in love with the Beast and not Gaston, he becomes so blind with jealousy that he rallies up the town to kill the Beast so that he can have Belle all to himself.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He at first seems to be an arrogant, uneducated buffoon who is a skilled and competent hunter. However, after he skulks away from Belle's house after his unsuccessful proposal, we see that he is also manipulative, deceitful, and cunning.
  • Curb-Stomp Cushion: Once the Beast snaps out of his Heroic BSoD and actually starts to fight back, Gaston is clearly on the losing end of the fight. However, he still manages to put up a decent fight for several minutes.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Gaston deconstructs the typical Disney male hero seen in most films up to that point. Gaston is handsome, physically well-built, and very popular in his hometown. All these traits would normally belong to a character serving as the hero. However, because Gaston has all these traits, he has an ego larger than the town and believes he deserves Belle, even when she doesn't like him. Basically; Gaston looks like he'd be the stereotypical Disney hero, but his personality is nothing like one.
  • Did You Actually Believe...?: Gaston implements this perfectly when facing off against Beast, sneering and mocking him.
    Gaston: Were you in love with her, Beast?! Did you honestly think she'd want you when she could have someone like me?!
  • Didn't Think This Through: When Gaston decides to rally the villagers to kill the Beast at the film's climax, it's pretty obvious that his motivation is to Murder the Hypotenuse. It apparently does not occur to him that murdering someone's Love Interest is not a good way to win their heart. Then again, Gaston is too narcissistic to accept that Belle can love anyone other than himself.
  • Dirty Coward: Gaston resorts to dirty fighting in his battle against the Beast, mocking Beast while he's too depressed to defend himself, then pleading for his life when he finds himself at Beast's mercy. Beast finally lets him go... only for Gaston to stab him In the Back. Given that Gaston is a deconstruction of the typical Disney hero, this trope fits him all too well.
  • Disney Villain Death: He falls off the ramparts of Beast's castle after a Backstab Backfire and down into the ravine below. In fact, his fall is currently the page image.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Defied; Gaston is so angry at being rejected by Belle he refuses alcohol.
    LeFou: [after Gaston throws two beers into a fireplace] More beer?
    Gaston: What for? Nothing helps.
  • Dumb Muscle: According to his tirade on books, he's happy about this. In reality, however, he is cunning and can be pretty good at manipulation when he really wants to. After all, he is the best hunter in the village and being a good hunter requires a lot of smarts to track down your prey, predict its actions, etc. He does do some really stupid things, but it seems to be less because of him being dumb in general and more due to his massive ego overshadowing his common sense.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: The lodge has a wall of trophies as a monument to his ego.
  • Entitled to Have You: Gaston seems to expect Belle to just fall into his arms because... well, he's Gaston. When she finally makes it clear that no, she's really not into him, he... doesn't take it well. The other girls in town have no problems with falling into his arms should the opportunity present itself, because... well, he's Gaston, so it's a double insult to him.
    Gaston: That makes her the best! And don't I deserve the best!?
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the span of thirty seconds from the beginning of his introduction, Gaston shows off being an egotistical macho hunter with eyes only for Belle and how he's determined to marry her, believing she'll fall for him without hesitation.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Beast. They start out very similar to each other. Both are indifferent to the pain they cause to others, aren't afraid to use violence to get what they want, and both want to use Belle for their own selfish reasons (the Beast to break his curse and Gaston to be his baby-factory/housekeeper/trophy-wife). Arguably the strongest similarity they have is how they see self-worth (as befitting the tale). For both men at the beginning, it's exterior; the Beast is cursed to look like a monster so he thinks he's a monster, whereas Gaston wants Belle because "here in town, there's only she who is as beautiful as me". However, the Beast learns to see Belle as the kind, intelligent, courageous, and independent woman she is, changes his behavior, and proves his own self-worth by letting her go to help her father, which helps him earn her love, breaking his curse. Gaston, on the other hand, refuses to change as he still clings to his opinions of self-worth. Also, the Beast is proven to be more courageous, as he's willing to risk his life to protect Belle from danger, while Gaston is proven to be cowardly, as he has no qualms using cheap shots to get what he wants for himself.
  • Evil Is Hammy: When he switches from annoying suitor to outright villain, he becomes louder and more sinister.
  • Evil Plan: Gaston's is surprisingly mild for this type of plan (if rather chauvinistic): to make the most beautiful girl in town (i.e. Belle) his Housewife by any means necessary. It becomes decidedly more malevolent as the story progresses, up to and including murder.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Out of all the baritone roles in the musical, his is easily the most pronounced. Although the Beast's voice is still the most powerful than his...
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: He's the village hero because of his hunting skill and charisma, but he's nothing but an egomaniac.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: Gaston is an unusually manly example; he has a rather effeminate pose when he sings about his skills in decorating with the animals he hunted. note 
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He wants to marry Belle specifically because she is the most beautiful girl in town, and won't stop at anything to do it. But what really snaps him is when he discovers that she actually likes a literal monster over him.
  • Hates Reading: As part of his Establishing Character Moment, Gaston plucks the book Belle's reading from her hands, flips through it while holding it sideways, then dumps it in the mud because there's no pictures and tells her to Stay in the Kitchen.
  • He-Man Woman Hater:
    It's not right for a woman to read — soon she starts getting ideas and thinking.
  • A Hero to His Hometown: A dark and deconstructed example. Gaston is shown to be beloved and admired by the townspeople but for superficial reasons — his looks, hunting prowess, strength, and similar feelings for certain things (i.e., how strange it is Belle to be interested in reading). As such, he's able to manipulate them into siding with him into doing heinous actions.
  • Hidden Depths: He appears to be a dumb meathead, and yet he easily manages to manipulate an entire town at the last minute. He also seems to know a bit of Shakespeare if the "sticking place" quote is of any indication, and has a large enough vocabulary to use words like "expectorating" correctly in a sentence. One gets the impression that Gaston has a good deal of natural intelligence, but he just happens to place no value in books and learning.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Deconstructed. Even without meeting the Beast, Gaston still wouldn't have had a chance with Belle because of his negative personality. Even after she makes it very clear she doesn't like him, he refuses to respect her wishes and attempts any other means to get her to marry him.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: He's a sexist, conceited bastard who spirals into a villain once Belle rejects him, driving him to such lengths as blackmail and murder. When he discovers Belle's feelings for the Beast and calls him a monster, Belle tells Gaston to his face that he's the only monster of the two.
  • Hunk: He's tall, broad, muscled, hairy, has a square chin, etc.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When LeFou insults Belle's father, Gaston laughs along with him. Then, after Belle reprimands them for insulting her father, Gaston tries to scold LeFou for insulting him, when he was doing the same thing moments earlier.
    Belle: I have to get home to help my father. Goodbye!
    LeFou: Hahaha! That crazy old loon? He needs all the help he can get!
    [LeFou and Gaston both laugh]
    Belle: Don't talk about my father that way!
    Gaston: Yeah, don't talk about her father that way!
  • "I Am Great!" Song: His Villain Song has himself and everyone in town singing about just how great he is.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: They fit his ruthlessness.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: While Gaston says that the reason he fell for Belle is that she's the most beautiful girl in town, Belle also happens to be the only girl in town not taken in by him and her constant rejection of him clearly wounds his ego and only makes him even more determined to have her at any cost.
  • I Reject Your Reality: He refuses to believe any of Belle's words. He even lampshades this when she says that Belle is as "crazy as the old man".
  • Improvised Weapon: He tears off a spiky, conveniently club-shaped chunk of architecture to wield against the Beast during their fight.
  • Insufferable Imbecile: Belle describes Gaston as being "Boorish, Brainless...", and she's quite on the money, with Gaston being illiterate and airheaded while also being arrogant, sexist, and rude.
  • It's All About Me: From his perspective, the whole world is about him; Belle is a trophy ("The most beautiful girl in town") and the Beast is evil because he stands between him and his prize. This is further emphasized with his declaration to the Beast that, "Belle is mine!" Those three words reveal his motive for storming the castle was, of course, not to protect the village, but to Murder the Hypotenuse.
    Gaston: Belle, it's about time you got your head out of those books and paid attention to more important things... like me.
  • Jerk Jock: Rural 18th century version; biting in wrestling matches and overturning chess boards when he loses.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He's a sexist, rude, controlling egomaniac, but he's not outright evil until Belle refuses him; he threatens to send Belle's father off to the insane asylum if she doesn't marry him. Also, when Maurice begs for help in rescuing Belle, he tells him that he'll help him out...literally. Then two of Gaston's cronies pick up Maurice and help him out by throwing him through the door.
  • Karmic Death: Just when Beast spares him his life, Gaston literally stabs him in the back right when Beast has it turned. Gaston, of course, pays with his life when he loses his balance and falls off the roof to his death.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Once it's revealed how far he's willing to go to marry Belle. When his plan of institutionalizing Maurice is revealed, you'll find out that he's not only an egotistical dickhead, but an outright evil monster. Heck, while the battle between the servants and the townsfolk is Played for Laughs and has funny, upbeat background music, a minor scene that has Gaston trying to search for the Beast has the background music temporarily switch to a much more menacing tone.
  • Lack of Empathy: He's unable to take another's perspective. Belle, for instance, is clearly uninterested in him, but he can't imagine this because he's too full of himself and is more concerned with having her as a trophy wife to complete his image. He also has no problem trying to manipulate her by threatening to have her father locked away in a loony bin, and frequently abuses LeFou without a care of how hurt he is.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Invoked, as he is viewed by the villagers as a hero... but he's actually a villain.
  • Large Ham: No one's presence is as large as Gaston's!
  • Laughably Evil: A vain, self-obsessed, Book Dumb suitor with Testosterone Poisoning and a funny Crowd Song about how supposedly awesome he is. No one makes you laugh like Gaston. Until he pursues the Beast, that is.
  • Loved by All: Rare villain example. Everyone in the village worships the ground Gaston walks on and views him as their hero, despite his Jerkass attitude; LeFou even states in his Villain Song that everyone in town admires him and wants to be him. Belle is the only one in the village who doesn't worship him, seeing him for who and what he really is. Even Maurice likes him at first.
  • Love Makes You Evil: It's more of an obsessive love than true love, but after Belle opens the door he has her pinned against and sends him flying headfirst into a large mud puddle, a furious and humiliated Gaston starts doing truly awful things in the name of making Belle his wife, which includes rallying a mob and storming the other guy's house with the intent to kill him after realizing that Belle prefers this "monster" over him and even feels that Gaston is the real monster.
    Gaston: I will have Belle for my wife. Make no mistake about that!
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "No one [x] like Gaston!" This gets exaggerated in House of Mouse.
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: "I use antlers in all of my de-co-ra-ting!"
  • Manipulative Bastard: While hardly an intellectual, he's savvy enough about the villagers' ignorance and prejudices to turn them against Belle's family and ultimately the Beast himself.
  • Meaningful Name: "Gaston" sounds similar to "gascon", an old French word for a swaggering braggart or bully, and his last name "LeGume" is derived from "legume," befitting his "pea-brained" nature around women.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He's viewed as “the greatest hunter in the whole world” by the villagers. They have a song about how manly and terrifying he is to his enemies. Up against the Beast, he becomes a snivelling, grovelling wreck the moment the fight isn’t going in his favor.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: In the climax, he tries to kill the Beast for being the object of Belle's affections.
  • Narcissist: Gaston feels that he "deserves" Belle's hand in marriage because she is the most beautiful girl in town and this makes her the best, and even organizes a wedding ceremony outside her cottage before proposing thinking that she would approve of becoming his wife. He feels genuinely depressed and embarassed after Belle rebuffs him in front of the entire village, to the point where he can't even fall back on alcohol to feel better — what does work is a Crowd Song about how great he is — and also has a huge mental breakdown when Belle says that he is the real monster rather than Beast. He never stops to think that maybe Belle rebuffed him for reasons related to his own behavior, and instead believes that he can selfishly demand Belle's approval, in return for not throwing Maurice into the local asylum.
  • Never My Fault: Absolutely refuses to believe Belle's rejection of him is justified by his boorish attitude and doesn't choose to recognize how to properly earn her interest or better himself. Instead, he takes the underhanded route of putting her father in an asylum unless she gave in to his demands. Even after her You Monster! outburst, he sees her as having gone crazy.
  • Not Good with Rejection: He bribes the asylum director to send Belle's dad to the nuthouse because she refused to marry him.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Once he finds out about the Beast and Belle's feelings for him, he immediately rallies the villagers to storm the Beast's castle and kill him, painting him as a threat who needs to be taken down. Of course, it's very clear that his true motives are just to Murder the Hypotenuse.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's first portrayed as an arrogant buffoon but not a serious threat. He then plans to lock Maurice in the asylum and leads a lynch mob to the Beast's castle. Besides this, he also stabs the Beast in the back. If the Beast wasn't under a spell, he would have surely died.
  • Oh, Crap!: He gets three during his Battle in the Rain against the Beast:
    • When the Beast is on the edge of the roof refusing to fight. Gaston grabs part of the castle and brandishes it like a club about to go for the kill. Then Belle announces her arrival and unsuccessfully pleads Gaston not to kill him. Beast is suddenly filled with the will to live, grabs the club and towers over Gaston, surprising him and making him realize Beast won't be an easy kill for him.
    • When Gaston yells "It's over, Beast, Belle is mine!", the Beast completely overpowers him, grabs him by the throat and holds him over the edge of the roof from the top of the castle.
    • Right after stabbing the Beast, Gaston's Slasher Smile immediately fades once he starts losing his balance, making him realize he's about to fall off the roof (having been previously spared that fate). Sure enough, he can only scream in terror as he plummets to this death.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He orders the villagers on his side storming the Beast's castle, "Take whatever booty you can find, but remember, THE BEAST IS MINE!"
  • Parody Sue: Everyone (except Belle) worships the ground he walks on and he's regarded as the local hero, with even an entire Crowd Song about how "amazing" he is, but the story makes it clear since the beginning that he's nothing but a buffoonish egomaniac. His The Ace reputation is Played for Laughs and his song even mentions that he wins spitting contests.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: He's the primary villain from Belle's point of view, but the Beast's situation (the curse and everything) is entirely unrelated to him. From a plot standpoint alone, his only purpose is to cause the Beast's Disney Death in the end, leading to Belle's spell-breaking confession of love.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Gaston is shamelessly misogynistic towards Belle to go in hand with his overinflated ego, frowning upon the idea of a woman reading or thinking independently and seeing the goal of marrying Belle as nothing more than a prize to be won.
  • Pride: This is why he's interested in Belle, rather than out of any romantic or sexual desire. ("That makes her the best! And don't I deserve the best?") Even when he talks about having children it's clear he's not really interested in the act of making them so much as having a bunch of mini-Gastons running around, which would further serve as proof of him being "the best". This is also his Fatal Flaw as he insists on killing Beast instead of retreating when he had the chance, getting himself killed in the process.
  • Proud Beauty: The most desired man in his town, and an extreme narcissist.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Invoked and inverted. He wears a red shirt with yellow lapels, later dons a blue cape, and he is regarded as a hero by the town even though he is the villain of the film.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: His role in the film basically amounts to him throwing a very violent temper tantrum when he doesn't get his way.
  • Punny Name: His last name, LeGume is a pun on his "pea-brained" or "bean-brained" attitudes towards women.
  • Rabble Rouser: After Belle reveals the Beast's existence, he flies into a jealous rage, and whips the town into a frenzy with a warning (in song, even) of how the Beast will come and devour their children, and calls on them to storm the Beast's castle and kill him.
  • A Real Man Is a Killer: Implied. Gaston is an avid hunter and cruelly taunts the Beast for not fighting back against him.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: He hunts animals and eats 60 eggs on a daily basis.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: He's first introduced hunting birds with his musket near the densely populated town square, which is certainly very dangerous.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: With a yellow lapel added, describes his hunting gear.
  • Red Hot Masculinity: The exaggeratedly manly Gaston wears a deep red costume in contrast to the earth tones of the rest of the village and Belle's True Blue Femininity dress.
  • Sanity Slippage: While Gaston was very clearly a jerk from the start, the more Belle rejects him, the more he loses his grasp on reality. When Belle rejects his marriage proposal (and after a pep talk from LeFou), he goes from an entitled but sane narcissist to scheming to throw her father into the nuthouse. When Belle calls him a monster, he completely unravels into a kill crazy mad man.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: "Marry me or your father gets locked up in the nuthouse."
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: He screams like the opposite of a paragon of manliness as he falls to his doom.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to LeFou's Sensitive Guy.Case in point...  As his Villain Song says, "there's no man in town half as manly".
  • Single-Target Sexuality: He could have (almost) any woman he wants. Heck, he could have a four-way with the Bimbettes if he really wanted to, and yet he only has eyes for Belle.
  • Sore Loser: To say that Gaston doesn't take losing or not getting what he wants well would be a big understatement, becoming more and more devious and ruthless in his attempts to get Belle to marry him and intending to kill the Beast for having won Belle's love in his stead. During his song he also literally sends a table flying after getting checkmated by a customer during a chess game.
  • Spoiled Brat: Gaston is an interesting example of this because he was inadvertently spoiled by the villagers of the town, who venerated him for his hunting skills and beauty. These compliments inflated his ego by the tenfolds and it reached a point where he can't comprehend why Belle would keep rejecting his advances.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He loves himself more than he'll ever love Belle, but pursuing a girl who hates you, threatening to chuck her father in the asylum, and murdering your rival surely counts. He loves himself so much that it is either incomprehensible or maddening to him that she does not, or just an intolerable affront to his towering ego. "BELLE IS MINE!!"
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: His three blonde admirers describe him in song as "such a tall, dark, strong and handsome brute".
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Part of the humor of Gaston is that he's an over-the-top exaggeration of manliness. This is highlighted in his Villain Song, with how proud (and admired) he is for having a "thick neck" and how "every last inch of me's covered in hair!"
  • Too Dumb to Live: See Ungrateful Bastard below. In such a situation, anyone with a speck of intelligence or sense of self-preservation would not have taken that option.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: As his animator once put it: "He goes from a buffoon and a jerk to a murderer."
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Eggs. He eats 60 on a daily basis.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After Beast spares his life, he literally stabs him in the back, causing himself to fall to his death.
  • Villain Song: "No... one's... slick as Gaston! No one's quick as Gaston! No one's neck's as incredibly thick as Gaston!"
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He's a controlling and arrogant egomaniac, but he's so charismatic that the people love him enough that in his Villain Song his vices are spun into virtues: "In a wrestling match nobody bites like Gaston." They unhesitatingly rally behind him to storm the castle and kill the Beast.
  • Villainous Crush: His pursuit of Belle drives half of the plot's conflict.
  • Villainous Glutton: Gaston may not be fat, but he eats 5 dozen eggs for breakfast. He's very muscular, which is how he is able to eat so much without getting fat.
  • Villains Want Mercy: When the Beast is dangling him off the roof, Gaston breaks down and begs the Beast to let him go; the Beast does so, ordering him to Get Out!, which leads to Gaston suffering a Backstab Backfire.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He seems to be under the impression that he's the hero in a Damsel in Distress scenario later on. He isn't completely wrong, since she was initially imprisoned by the Beast, but he's still motivated by his lust for Belle and his gargantuan ego.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: In the second half of the film. When Belle refuses to marry him, he attempts to use Maurice's rantings to declare him insane and blackmail her. But when she proves that Maurice was telling the truth, Gaston furiously rallies the town to kill the Beast after seeing that Belle loves him.
  • Yandere: He’s extremely determined to marry Belle; enough to either threaten to locked up her father to an asylum or rally a mob and storm The Beast’s castle with the intent to kill him. The musical takes it up a notch with him giving Belle a Forceful Kiss, but when she slaps him away, he almost punches her.
    Gaston: I’ll have Belle for my wife! Make no mistake about that!
  • You Monster!: Belle tells this to Gaston.
    Gaston: Belle, if I didn't know any better, I'd say you had feelings for this monster.
    Belle: He's no monster, Gaston. You are!

"Gosh, it disturbs me to see you, Gaston, looking so down in the dumps..."
Voiced by: Jesse Corti; Jean-Claude Corbel (European French dub); Alon Ofir (Hebrew)

Gaston's often-abused yet loyal lackey.

  • Ambiguously Bi: Is definitely attracted to the Three Bimbettes, but also fawns over Gaston.
  • Amusing Injuries: Regularly suffers some comedic slight.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: While LeFou was never a good person, he becomes outright sadistic after being forced by Gaston to stand out in the cold until Belle and Maurice get back.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: An amateur for Gaston.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gaston uses him as a punching bag every so often.Trivia  Word of God is that they intentionally took every opportunity to hit him somehow. invoked
  • Canon Foreigner: Like Gaston, he has no equivalents in most pre-Disney versions of the story.
  • The Dragon: Gaston's right-hand man who helps him with his plans.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Maurice. Both take a lot of abuse and are a source for comedic relief. They also have an absent-minded encounter with Lumière and get left out in the snow for an unknown period of time. Finally, Maurice is accused of being mad, while LeFou's name is French for "The Madman".
    • Also to Cogsworth. Both are short, fat men who take a lot of abuse whose main functions are to enforce the will of their masters, be it in the castle or in the village. The main difference is that Lefou is an Extreme Doormat and Large Ham while Cogsworth is a Servile Snarker who is much more uptight.
  • Extreme Doormat: No matter how much Gaston is discourteous to him, LeFou continues to take everything Gaston dishes to him, including getting assaulted by him.
  • Gonk: He looks rather funky, at least in the movie, with his Gag Nose and gap-toothed mouth making him look a lot more "cartoony" than any of the other human characters. Averted in most stage productions though, where he merely has to be visibly smaller than Gaston.
  • Goofy Buckteeth: This buffoonish, incompetent lackey has two big buckteeth.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: A punching bag for Gaston he may be, but no matter what kind of abuse Gaston sends his way, he's never worse for the wear. During the battle at the castle, Cogsworth pokes him in the butt with a large pair of scissors, and a couple of scenes later he's right back to pillaging and plundering.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As indulgent as it is, the Crowd Song he starts is correct in that being rejected by Belle really wasn't the end of the world, or even a reputation killer for Gaston.
  • Keet: A surprisingly malicious one, but high energy nonetheless.
  • Meaningful Name: "LeFou" is a phonetic pun on "the fool" (the actual translation from French to English is closer to The Madman, The Insane, or The Mad).
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: As seen when he goes after Lumière, to the point where he looks somewhat more menacing at that moment than at any other point in the film.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Gaston's Manly Man; he notices just how hurt Gaston is and cheers him up with a Crowd Song that is surprisingly detailed and insightful.
  • Servile Snarker: While usually a Sycophantic Servant, he has moments of this, most notably during the meeting with Monsieur D'Arque. Him being seemingly drunk at the time might have something to do with it.
    Gaston: It's like this. I've got my heart set on marrying Belle. But she needs a little... persuasion.
    LeFou [laughs]: Turned him down flat.
  • Sidekick: To Gaston. The introduction shows him fetching Gaston's kills and carrying his equipment.
  • Slasher Smile: He sports one while melting Lumière with a torch.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Downplayed. He's a gap-toothed comic relief with a big fleshy nose, and he is stupid, but even he realizes Gaston has no chance with Belle and tries to hint at him a few times to try and settle for someone else.
  • Sycophantic Servant: A lot of Disney villains have toadying, ass-kissing sidekicks, but LeFou might just take the cake. No-one starts an entire musical number about how awesome their boss is like LeFou!
  • Undying Loyalty: While far from being a sympathetic character, he's a true friend to Gaston.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Only toward the end of the film, when Gaston ceases to be Played for Laughs and becomes dead-set on murdering the prince, while LeFou is always a complete joke.
  • Villainous Friendship: He does seem genuinely concerned with Gaston's welfare and spends a whole song cheering him up.
  • Yes-Man: If Gaston told him to jump off a cliff, he'd do it and say that 'no one gives orders like Gaston!'.

    Monsieur D'Arque
"Oh, that is despicable! Hehehe... I love it!"
Voiced by: Tony Jay; Henry Djanik (European French dub); Ariel Furman (Hebrew)

Monsieur D'Arque is the owner of the local madhouse or Asylum for Loons.

    The Three Bimbettes
Left to right: Claudette, Laurette, Paulette
Voiced by: Kath Soucie, Mary Kay Bergman

"Look there he goes
Isn't he dreamy?
Monsieur Gaston,
Oh, he's so cute!"

Identical triplet girls from the village who constantly fawn over Gaston.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Head over heels for the local jerkass, Gaston.
  • All the Other Reindeer: Even though there are three of them, Paulette the triplet wearing the green dress is treated differently than her sisters. For example, before Gaston proposes to Belle, the yellow dressed triplet whispers to the red-dressed triplet, implying she knows Gaston is marrying Belle and Paulette has to eavesdrop. And during the song Gaston, she sits slightly further apart from her sisters when he drops their bench on Le Fou. And the red and yellow triplets seem to be closer to each other than to Paulette, making her a slight outsider. For example, while the former voice their agreement that Belle is crazy, Paulette seems to only continue on fawning over Gaston.
  • All There in the Manual: Their real names are Claudette (with the red dress), Laurette (with the amber dress), and Paulette (with the green dress).
  • Ascended Extra: They join in on Gaston's Angry Mob in the Broadway show, as opposed to simply disappearing from the story by that point in the movie.
  • Brainless Beauties: To contrast Belle the bookworm, they're dumb as a post.
  • Bouquet Toss: In the coloring book for the movie, it was shown that the sisters were invited to the wedding of Belle and the Prince, and they started fighting over who of them was going to catch Belle's bouquet.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The only difference between them is the color of their dresses and their hairstyles.
  • The Dividual: For all intents and purposes, they're the same person in three different bodies.
  • Dumb Blondes: All three are this to contrast Belle, who is a Brainy Brunette.
  • Fangirls: Gaston's, as seen in their song when Gaston passes by. "Beat still, my heart; I must be dreaming..."
  • Flat Characters: Their main contribution to the movie is to highlight how loved Gaston is by the villagers, save the one woman he actually wants to be his wife, and have little to no personality beyond that.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: The triplets are very top and bottom-heavy with unnaturally narrow waists.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: They all do this during Gaston's attempted wedding to Belle. Complete with exaggerated animation too. If one pays close attention, Claudette and Laurette even have snot dripping down.
  • Meaningful Name: Their name is derived from the term "bimbo".
  • Ms. Fanservice: Beautiful, fashionably dressed and adoring triplets.
  • No Name Given: None of them has individual given names in the movie. See All There in the Manual above.
  • Rhyme Theme Naming: They are individually named Claudette, Laurette and Paulette.
  • Same-Sex Triplets: The Bimbettes are identical triplets whose only role is to fawn over Gaston and are practically interchangeable.
  • Satellite Character: They spend their screentime fawning over Gaston, and aren't seen separately from him.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Rhyme Theme Naming, and they're triplets, Claudette, Laurette and Paulette.

    Gaston's Buddies

Four of Gaston's Stooges. Unlike the villagers, the Four Stooges are aware of Gaston's schemes and are eager to assist him in any way.

  • The Brute: All of them are a bunch of bullies that eagerly do some physical work on behalf of Gaston.
  • Butt-Monkey: Much less than LeFou, but they ended up as punching bags for Gaston in the song. They also endure some pretty humiliating defeats in the climax: first, Dick gets his face smashed by drawers, Walter gets dressed like a lady and screamed, and Tom gets his ass burned by Lumiere, who successfully rescues Fifi.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Tom (the short one) plucks feathers from Fifi, chuckling perversely, which prompts Lumière to give the fat Stooge 3rd degree burns to his ass while saving her.
  • Dragged into Drag: The old Stooge winds up inside the wardrobe and comes out wearing a hula skirt, high heels, a tube top, long gloves and an orange wig that resembles Marge Simpson's wig.
  • For the Evulz: While the rest of the mob wants to kill the Beast out of fear, they earnestly join up with Gaston because they felt like it.
  • Giant Mook: Stanley is very large in both height and physique.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Despite Tom getting 3rd-degree burns from Lumière, he's back up again in five seconds, helping LeFou chase down Footstool.
  • Jerkass: They were quick to mock Maurice when he mentions the Beast has locked up Belle, and promptly threw Maurice out into the snow, calling him "Crazy Old Maurice" afterward.
  • No Name Given: To the oldest of Gaston's buddies. The other three were named Stanley (the biggest stooge), Dick (the blond, thin stooge), and Tom (the shortest, fat stooge) once during the "Gaston" song.
  • Redhead In Green: Stanley is an Evil Redhead who wears a striped green shirt and similarly colored coat.
  • Satellite Character: They mostly hang around with Gaston, but they also hung around with LeFou.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: They're the ones who call Maurice "Crazy Old Maurice". This gives Gaston an idea...
  • Teeth Flying: Dick gets several of his teeth knocked out by two drawers on either side of his head.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Gaston, even after he beats them up, they are happy to do anything Gaston wants.
  • Villain Song: All of them participated in Gaston's ego-stroking villain song, whether as singers or as punching bags. They were also present in the Mob Song, acting as mob leaders.

Other Characters

    The Enchantress
Voiced by: Kath Soucie (Enchanted Christmas); Barbara Tissier (European French dub)

"You have been deceived by your own cold heart. A curse upon your house and all within it. Until you have found one to love you as you are, you shall remain forever a beast."

The Enchantress is an off-screen, minor character, but she is responsible for the events in the story, as it is revealed in the prologue that it is she who curses the Prince to become the Beast.

  • Adaptational Heroism: She turns the prince into a beast for not letting her in when she was in a form of an ugly person as a test of character, while the original version is an evil fairy, who tried to seduce the prince, was rejected, and transformed him into a beast out of spite.
  • Aesop Collateral Damage: You have to wonder why the Beast's servants have to be cursed as well as the Beast himself. It's implied in some sources that she cursed the servants as well for spoiling the Prince in such a manner that led to his Jerkass attitude. In the stage show, Lumière and Cogsworth have a scene discussing exactly this. Lumière points out that they raised the Beast and made him the way he is, and thus have their own part in the curse to bear.
  • Ascended Extra: Of a sort. She was only depicted in the prologue's stained-glass windows in the original film, but her visit to the Beast's castle and placing the curse on it is shown via flashback in The Enchanted Christmas.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Just called "The Enchantress."
  • Named by the Adaptation: In the live-action version, she is named "Agathe", while in the A Tale of... series, she is named "Circe". The latter doubles as a Meaningful Name, as Circe was also the name of another enchantress from Greek Mythology who also turned humans into beasts.
  • Sacred Hospitality: She takes this trope very seriously; stranger or not, only a scoundrel would deny temporary shelter to an old person during winter.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She’s only shown at the beginning of the movie (and a flashback in Enchanted Christmas) and isn’t even mentioned otherwise, and yet cursing the Beast is what sets the plot in motion.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In Enchanted Christmas, hence the folder quote.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She saw no problem in cursing someone who was at least a teenager with a double dose of Body Horror and And I Must Scream. Not to mention Chip.

Voiced by: Hal Smith
The horse of Belle and Maurice. He becomes imprisoned with Belle at the castle.
  • Animal Reaction Shot: He was less than pleased with Maurice’s navigation.
  • Adapted Out: He isn’t in the stage play. Instead of him notifying Belle about her father’s disappearance, Belle learns he’s missing when LeFou has Maurice’s scarf.
  • Cool Horse: He's an astute, sturdy horse.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is the French version of Philip, which means “friends to horses.”
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: He was Adapted Out of the play due to difficulties having a horse on stage would present.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He notifies Belle about her father’s disappearance, and leads her to the castle. Without him, Belle and Beast might have never met.

Alternative Title(s): Beauty And The Beast The Enchanted Christmas