The United States of Auradon is a vast country filled with a number of characters, and the Isle of the Lost isn't lacking for personality and variety, either.
The Core Four
- Anti-Hero Team: The film makes no attempt to hide the fact the quartet has committed various shady acts, including theft, manipulation, roughhousing, cheating, forcing an unwilling pawn into a relationship etc. Mal and Jay are notably the biggest offenders.
- Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Evie is Beauty, being the most concerned with looks as well as the most concerned with her friend's wellbeing. Mal and Calos share the role of Brains, with Mal representing the tactician side of intelligence and Carlos representing the technical side. Jay is the Brawn of the team, being the most physical and impulsive member of the team.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble:
- Mal (choleric) shows the most leadership skills, has no problem being authoritative, and is notoriously detemined.
- Evie (phlegmatic) is Mal's lancer, being much more sensible, kindhearted, and passive.
- Jay (sanguine) is fun-loving, charming, and reckless.
- Carlos (melancholic) is the most nervous member of the group but arguably the most logial thinker.
- Gender-Equal Ensemble: The Core Four consists of two boys (Jay and Carlos) and two girls (Mal and Evie).
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Their parents are some of Disney's most famous villains who still have that reputation even after years imprisoned on the Isle. They, for the most part, are mischievous, small-time troublemakers and their time in Auradon shows they are easily capable of being friendly and good-natured. Ben's whole reason for personally picking them to bring to Auradon from the Isle is due to this trope, believing the children of the villains aren't born evil nor necessarily just like their parents and they don't automatically deserve the same punishments just for that.
- Family of Choice: Even before being brought over to Auradon, the Core Four were pretty close with each other, but after coming over and realizing how they were raised wasn't either caring or loving, they grew to see each other as family.
Lady Maleficent "Mal"
Portrayed by: Dove Cameron
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Despite having pale greenish eyes in live-action and artwork, several of her dolls depict her with hazel-brown eyes, while Wicked World depicts her with grey eyes.
- All There in the Manual: According to the prequel book, her name is Maleficent Junior but she goes by "Mal" because her mother doesn't consider her evil enough to deserve her whole name.
- The Atoner: In Descendants 3, Mal feels at fault for putting Auradon in danger every time she is near the Isle, from Uma escaping and Hades nearly escaping. However, her desire to atone became something of a Fatal Flaw in that it leads her to over-correct to make up for it in a grand gesture. It leads her to decide on closing the barrier to the Isle of the Lost permanently, simply because of her need to make up for her guilt. It takes a rather tragic turn in that her willingness to do anything to make things right, going as far as lying to her own friends, ends up hurting even those close to her, who call her out for being selfish.
- Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Brains, specifically the tactician aspect.
- Becoming the Mask: Mal put Ben under a love spell so that she could take Audrey's place as Ben's girlfriend, but after their first date, never did she think that she'd actually fell in love with him. This caused her a great deal of conflict.
- Black Magic: Her mother taught her the skill of dark arts, spells of which cause havoc.
- Born Unlucky: One way or another, someone has it out for Mal and tries to make her life miserable. From CJ framing Mal and leading everyone to be suspicious of her, her mother hiding her jewel leading Mal to feel left out, then Mal finding it only for the jewel to be cursed and causing her to look bad in front of everyone, Mal really has the worst luck.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gender inverted with her and Ben.
- Buffy Speak: Mal attempts this in one episode, thinking that's what Auradonian speak consists of.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday:
- Letting "a stampede of goblins loose in the slop hall" is something Mal considers "just a regular Tuesday" as stated in the prequel book.
- A very serious example of this happens in Descendants 3. Where Audrey confronts Mal for using the love potion on Ben. Mal by this point doesn't have any quarrel with Audrey, is rather dismissive about the accusation, and pretty much just tells Audrey that she has more important things to deal with and leaves without saying another word to Audrey for the rest of the day. It ends up being A Tragedy of Impulsiveness due to Mal being caught in the heat of the moment with her engagement to Ben, and had no idea how much Audrey was actually really hurting from all this until it was already too late.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin': In Wicked World Mal is usually discouraged from using her magic due to her spells being of trouble-making nature. Whenever she tries to use her spells to get something done, she runs into that Million-to-One Chance of miscasting them, which leads to people giving her a bad rep. Then in a strange twist of irony, Mal accidentally casts a spellnote that made everyone around her (except Carlos) act like dogs, she gets away with it after they're back to normal, and Carlos is the one who takes the fall.
- Color Contrast: Mal has purple outfits, contrasted by having a green-colored aura when she casts magic.
- Create Your Own Villain:
- Mal falling in love with Ben led to Audrey being deemed a failure by her grandmother for losing him, which mentally scarred Audrey, and drove her to take revenge on Mal and take over Auradon. Even Uma lampshades it.
- Speaking of Uma, she does this to her as well (with Ben's help... or lack thereof). The bullying bestowed on her by Mal in their childhood already served to plant seeds of hatred in her mind, but she never lost sight of what she always wanted: to free the children from the Isle. It's only when Mal left them behind and Ben just forgot about the integration (which was his idea to begin with) that Uma decided to take matters into her own hands as soon as the opportunity presented itself.
- Cute Witch: Being a magic user played by the quite pretty Dove Cameron makes this inevitable.
- Dating What Daddy Hates:
- Deadpan Snarker: Very much so, which is prominent in her reactions to Auradon life.
- Demonic Possession: In Season 2 of Wicked World, Freddie gives Mal a good luck charm which houses Mal's birthright jewel which is cursed by Maleficent, leading Mal's eyes to emit a Sickly Green Glow indicating she is either cursed or possessed. In the next episodes, the possession randomly takes effect, leading Mal to create mayhem on both hero and villain kids alike. It only gets worse from there... Once Mal realizes this, she knows the damage is done.
- Disappeared Dad: It was stated in the prequel book that Mal's father was a human and that Maleficent doesn't like talking about him.
- In Descendants 3, her father is revealed to be Hades, Greek god of the Underworld. He left Mal because he couldnt get along with Maleficent.
- Divine Parentage: Her father is Hades, a Greek god.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: In the prequel novel, Mal had a dream and saw a vision, described as being with some handsome boy at the edge of a beautiful lake. That dream turned out to be a prophecy of sorts, foretelling of her ending up with Ben in the film.
- Dude Magnet: While it wasn't Love at First Sight, Ben falls in love with her rather quickly, even after the love spell wears off despite her being Maleficent's daughter. Wicked World reveals that Yzma's son Zevon has a crush on her, and Harry Hook is attracted to her. Of course, Mal herself only loves Ben.
- Easily Forgiven: Ben doesn't hold it against her for the love potion, and no one minds that she stole Audrey's boyfriend with magic. When Mal isn't easily forgiven, the other person (Uma, Audrey) is always a villain.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Bertha. In the Latin American dub, it's Igna.
- Epic Fail: To sum it all up in Wicked World: Jay gives Mal a stolen lamp, two of her friends have complaints, Jordan comes out of nowhere to accuse her of theft, Mal tries to take the paint off of the lamp, Mal gives up and wishes she was home, teleporting her and three nearby friends away. Epic fail indeed.
- Establishing Character Moment: In the first scene, she spray paints her mother's sigil on the wall, showing that all she wanted to do was make art and make her mom proud.
- Evil Makeover: Inverted in Descendants 2, when her hair changes to a light blonde to lilac ombre as part of the "perfect, pretty princess" role she is filling as King Ben's girlfriend. Then played straight when she returns to the isle and has Dizzy give her one, now with straight magenta hair and bangs.
- Fantastic Racism: The victim of this in the prequel book via her mother blaming all of her shortcomings on being half human. She's actually half deity, so either Maleficent underestimates Hades' capabilities due to him not being able to use magic on the Isle or Descendants 3 disregards the prequel novel.
- Fish out of Water: Mal demonstrates she usually does not understand Auradonian culture, especially Auradonian expressions (which consists of Portmanteaus as shown in Wicked World).
- Girliness Upgrade: Enforced in the sequel when she becomes the stereotypical Princess Classic to become a more fit partner for Ben in the eyes of Auradon. She finds it suffocating and eventually goes back to the Isle of the Lost just so she can be herself again.
- Glowing Eyes: Her eyes glow a sickly green whenever she uses her strongest magic or when her bad side shows, whenever she has a stare-off with her mother, and in Season 2 of Wicked World whenever she is cursed by her birthright jewel.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her trademark color, even when she tries to adopt a lighter princess type yellow, Ben reveals he loves her for her, through his gift of stained glass, with her in a deep purple gown.
- Guilt Complex: In Descendants 3, Mal feels overwhelming guilt for endangering Auradon, because she knows somehow, she caused it. Mal particularly feels responsible for letting Uma loose during the events of the second film and being unable to catch her, almost causing Hades to escape, and later on feels responsible for indirectly turning Audrey evil. Unfortunately, Mal let her guilt cloud her judgment, even to the point of not telling her friends that she came up with the idea of closing the barrier, not realizing what the consequences of doing so are, and her lie ended up causing everyone close to her to abandon her for a time.
- Hammerspace: In the webisodes, Mal can whip out her spell book from seemingly nowhere when she needs it.
- HeelFace Turn: Along with Evie, Carlos, and Jay. Maleficent did not like this.
- The High Queen: Future High Queen, she will be the Queen of the Isle while her husband Ben will be King of Auradon, with the two Ruling over both together.
- Hime Cut: Her regular hairstyle in the sequel, and the color is more magenta than purple.
- Inept Mage: Somehow in Descendants: Wicked World, Mal has become increasingly incompetent with her magic. To be fair, Mal's usual magic are spells that have well-defined behavior and are well-documented in her spell book. Genie wishes, which are the ones she miscast the most, doesn't use such well-defined structure, instead requires the caster to be a master of Exact Words. She miscast the wishes because it is out of her comfort zone of magic spells.
- Interspecies Romance: Considering Mal's half-fairy and half-god, her romance with Ben counts as this.
- It's All My Fault: Deconstructed. Mal is a textbook case of how fine a line there is between this and It's All About Me, and how they can be equally destructive; in the third film, she constantly attempts to assuage her guilt and self-loathing with grand gestures, only for her "The Needs of the Many" attitude to be scorned as her self-gratification, and her efforts to assuage her guilt.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She used to be a Jerkass, acting spoiled and whatnot, but she gets better, leading to her HeelFace Turn.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Downplayed. Stealing Ben ultimately ruined Audrey's life due to the circumstances of her upbringing. In Descendants 3, Audrey strikes back at her while trying to takeover Auradon by force, and Mal is called out by her friends for lying. Except Mal still comes out on top. She and Ben apologize for ruining her life (which they both address is long overdue), but Mal is still going to marry Ben and become queen of Auradon, which is something that Audrey (and her grandmother) are going to have to accept.
- The Klutz: It's been stated in Carpet Jacked, that every time Mal uses magic, she ends up breaking a lot of stuff, or something bad happens.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In the first movie, she steals Ben from Audrey using a love spell. In the sequel, Uma steals Ben from her using a love spell, and Mal is briefly led to believe Ben genuinely chose Uma over her.
- The Leader: Is treated as the unofficial leader of the Villain Kids, mirroring her mother's status as head of the Isle.
- Love Redeems: She originally wanted to make Ben fall in love with her to get close to the wand, but over time she learned what love truly feels like for the first time.
- Morality Pet:
- Downplayed with Maleficent. Maleficent claims love is weakness and changes into her dragon form to attack and get the wand back from the Core Four, but when she gets into a magical stare-off with Mal, unlike the first time they do it onscreen, this time around Maleficent is the first to blink and her defeat causes her to shrink to a tiny lizard, matching the size of the love in her heart.
- Played straight with Hades, her father. Even though he abandoned her as baby and says it was for the best, which she calls him out on, despite initial resistance he comes through twice when she comes to him for help, even when its helping his enemies and doesnt benefit him in any way.
- Multicolored Hair: In Descendants 3, she gets blue highlights in her hair.
- Nice Girl: By the time of Descendants 3, after having matured, she is shown to be a loving and kind person, who wants to do everything she can to protect Auradon, even showing unconditional care and support towards Audrey despite all the bad things the latter said and did to her, and be a good Queen to her future subjects.
- Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: Her mother is a fairy while her father is the Greek god of the Underworld.
- "Not So Different" Remark: As Ben points out, Mal and Uma are not so different. They were both angry girls who had a plan to steal Fairy Godmother's magic wand to bring down the Isle's barrier.
- One True Love: Ben, nothing can stop her love for him, not even Audrey turning him into a feral beast, with no way to break the curse. In her eyes he still the handsome Prince Charming that removed the evil from her heart.
- Perky Goth: She likes dark colors and dark hobbies, but she, after accepting Ben's love, is a kind and cheerful person under it all.
- Purple Is Powerful: Mal's main color is purple, symbolizing power. True to being Maleficent's daughter, power is Maleficent's main motif, and Mal herself is among the most powerful characters.
- Rapid Aging: Suffers this briefly in 3 when Audrey uses Maleficent's staff to turn her into an old hag.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Jay's Red, being a calmer more level-headed Foil to his Blood Knight tendencies.
- Scaled Up: In Descendants 2, Mal transforms into a dragon to fend off Uma's giant cecaelia form, a power she'd had no idea she'd inherited from her mom. She does it again in Descendants 3 against an evil-turned-Audrey, who's been empowered by the Queen's crown and Maleficent's staff.
- Semi-Divine: Since her father is Hades, this at least makes her a demigod. Whatever Maleficent's status as a "dark fairy" means for Mal's divine ancestry isn't elaborated on.
- So Unfunny, It's Funny: Mal's Your Mom jokes come off as really corny but in the funniest way possible.
- Staring Down Cthulhu: She gets into a magical staring contest with her mother twice in the first movie. The first time is in her humanoid form and the girl loses. The second time is in her dragon form during the climax, but the girl wins and transforms her into a harmless lizard.
- Story-Breaker Power: Subtle, but in Descendants 1, and Descendants 2, she has a book of spells that can do pretty much anything. But, it's written around to keep tension.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She looks just like a younger version of Maleficent.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: Ben assumes Mal only used the love potion because she had a crush on him and was afraid of being rejected. Not wanting to admit she's planning to use him to steal Fairy Godmother's wand, she allows him to think he's right.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: In the sequel. Mal rebelled against her controlling mother for a chance to decide her own fate, but finds that her role as Ben's girlfriend is, if anything, more controlling. After months of abandoning her passions, being forced into the role of a princess, and having every part of her life decided for her, she starts to miss her life as a villain and eventually goes back to the Isle just to feel free again. It's all that she's had for a majority of her life, and whether or not she knows it, she's too attached to it to suddenly be willing to leave it all behind at a moment's notice.
- Most of the people of the Isle, meanwhile, are not thrilled to welcome her back, given that she left them to fend for themselves while she enjoyed Auradon. A lot of her own actions start to catch up to Mal in the sequel.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Evie's and Audrey's Girly Girl.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She just loves strawberries
- Weaksauce Weakness: In Talking Heads, it's shown some of Mal's spells can be cancelled by eating.
- Womanchild: In an episode of Wicked World, Mal jumps around in a puddle of mud. Audrey doesn't get it, even Evie doesn't get it.Evie: Liking mud's not a V.K. thing, it's a Mal thing.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair.
Portrayed by: Booboo Stewart
Son of Jafar.
- Ambiguously Bi: While he has a tendency to flirt with girls, Descendants 3 sees him grow closer to Gil, to the point that he dances with him at the end while everyone else is dancing with their love interests.
- The Artful Dodger: He steals everything.
- Badass Normal: No special powers, just his athleticism.
- Big Brother Instinct: Has this for Mal, Evie, and Carlos, often in the background. Can be seen especially in "It's Goin' Down", where Harry gets uncomfortably close to Mal and Jay moves to be right behind her.
- The Big Guy: Beauty, Brains, and Brawn? He's definitely the brawn.
- Blatant Lies: In Wicked World, it's clear he is quite shameless about it, but he admittedly does so not to hurt others' feelings:Jay: Nice hair.
Jay: Nope. But I'm trying to learn to be nice.
- Blood Knight: A relatively harmless version. He's the most physical player on the tourney field. When the coach tells him that a team is like a human body, Jay enthusiastically asks if he can be the fist.
- Brutal Honesty: He's gotten better at being honest, but he's a little too honest and he ends up hurting others' feelings.
- The Charmer: He's often seen wooing girls, usually with limited success.
- Chick Magnet: He enjoys flirting with girls.
- Establishing Character Moment: Jay always talks about acting on his own and 'there's no 'team' in I' - but the first thing we see of him is that he's part of a group that he's devoted to.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: More so than the other three, to the point of wearing a leather Letterman jacket.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Carlos. Jay and Carlos originally were shown fighting when they left the Isle of the Lost, but, during the Tourney game later in the movie, Jay insists to the coach that he put Carlos in the game with him and Jay encourages Carlos when he was nervous about getting in the game.Jay: Coach, he's been practicing and you said yourself a team was made up of a bunch of parts.
Carlos: Jay, I'm not that good.
Jay: Well, he's kinda like my brain.
- Irony: The son of Jafar has all the skills of Aladdin.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's quite abrasive and a petty thief, pranks others for his own amusement, but he's actually a good friend, as exemplified by him wanting Carlos as the brain of the team, acknowledging his friend's smartness.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He often dives into things without thinking too much.
- Le Parkour: Makes use of this technique throughout the film, most notably during "Rotten to the Core".
- Missing Mom: Outright states in the first book that he "doesn't have" a mother.
- Nice Guy: He mellows out into a much nicer person in 3.
- Out of Focus: As much as one can possibly be out of focus in shorts the span of 2 minutes or less, but so far, Jay has only been in a single Wicked World short in a bit role (once more, if such a thing is possible). He shares this Trope with Carlos. It's justified later on by the fact that during the last five or six episodes, they've been searching for everyone on account of their carpet getting stolen.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Mal's Blue.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Carlos's Sensitive Guy.
- Sticky Fingers: He starts the movie as a petty thief, both for his father's junk shop and himself. When he gets to Auradon, he suffers from kleptomaniac tendencies. Jay hasn't gotten better, as shown in Descendants: Wicked World, as it's implied he stole a lamp to troll Mal and the phone he gave Carlos. There is no way he could have had money for any of those.
- Took a Level in Kindness: At first he's rather cold to his friends and mostly focused on himself. He gets better, as shown by him wanting Carlos into the team and protecting Evie from Chad during Family Day.
- In Wicked World we see that he's changed the least from his villainous ways out of all the kids, delighting in the prospect of stealing and hitting people, but to his credit he's still trying, but all that is because it's just entertaining. Ben only grants him one exception, because what Carlos did to them in one episode wasn't very nice.
- Troll: This is what his role amounts to in Wicked World, constantly annoying people around him for his own amusement. First he steals Jordan's lamp, gives it to Mal (who gets blamed for it later), and then jokes about Audrey's hair. In another short, he annoys Ben by entertaining the idea of stealing and hitting people during spirit week.
Portrayed by: Sofia Carson
Daughter of the Evil Queen and close friend of Mal.
- Artistic License Chemistry: Baked cupcakes with every single element in the periodic table. How she even managed to survive the baking process is an enigma. Don't ask.
- Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Beauty, with a healthy dose of Brains as well.
- Brainless Beauty: Subverted, but Wicked World shows she can be quite careless to the point where she tasted one of her own cupcakes, and threw one out without letting Mal finish the spell.
- Cool Big Sis: A surrogate one to little Dizzy Tremaine. They bonded over their talent for fashion designing.
- Cool Crown: Many of her outfits include a jeweled tiara due to being descended from royalty.
- Dance Battler: During the fight scene in Descendants 2, she pulls off graceful dance-like movements as she fights her enemies and even steals a fur scarf.
- Ditzy Genius: Evie is a chemistry whiz, but according to Descendants: Wicked World, not all of her silliness is an act. Apparently, she took the statement "Baking is a form of chemistry" too literally.note In the third film, it is established that Evie is more emotionally involved, so reason doesn't really help her cope.
- Dude Magnet: She gets Doug's attention right away, with Chad seemingly following soon afterwards. Doug's infatuation was real, Chad was just stringing her along to do his homework.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Evie may have grown up with people who are evil, but even she finds Chad's behavior to be more despicable than anyone else she's ever met on the Isle.
- Everyone Has Standards: Played for laughs in Descendants 3. Celia wants to take Audrey's jewelry, believing it's fair game since Audrey turned evil. Evie shoots down the suggestion, because that's not what they came to do, and tells her she and her friends don't steal anymore, not even from villains.
- The Fashionista: Designs outfits, not just for herself but for her friends as well, in both the movie and Wicked World. Most notably Mal's dress for the coronation.
- Fashion Designer: In the sequel she's turned this into a business - Evie's 4 hearts - and is credited with designing the majority of the Cotillion outfits seen in the movie.
- Fille Fatale: Downplayed but she referred to herself as a heartbreaker during "Rotten to the Core".
- Girly Girl: How Sofia Carson describes Evie in most interviews. Also, Evie describes herself to Chad as good at sewing and cooking and cleaning. Tends to wear frilly skirts and dresses. In general, she is quite the fashionista.
- Give Geeks a Chance: She falls for the nerdy Doug after he saves her from getting expelled.
- Harmless Villain: She only delves in petty mischief and breaking hearts, nothing too serious.
- Heart Symbol: She always wears a jeweled heart with each of her outfits, whether it's on a type or necklace or other jewelry.
- Hidden Depths: As it turns out, she's good at chemistry. Given that her mother has a wide knowledge of magic philters...
- The Lancer: Oftentimes serving as Mal's right hand. Minor in The Heart.
- Lethal Chef: Evie is a lethal baker, not only because this was her first time making cupcakes, but because she put every chemical element in them, including sulfur. She claims to be good at cooking though.
- A nod to the last piece of food her mother made perhaps?
- Like Brother and Sister: In the novels, Evie comments that she wouldn't mind having Carlos as a little brother, and treats him as such.
- Literal-Minded: Evie takes certain statements literally, such as "baking is a form of chemistry", and the results are rather unpleasant.
- Love Makes You Dumb: More like love makes you gullible. Evie was obsessed with finding the perfect prince, but fails to see when she's being manipulated herself. The third film has her trying to wake Doug up despite already knowing all of Auradon was hit with a sleeping curse. Lampshaded when Uma asks if she's always this slow and Mal responds she's just emotionally involved.
- Loyal Phlebotinum: Her magic mirror only works for her or her mother.
- Nice Girl: Not at first, but she ultimately comes to fit this trope due to genuinely seeking to become kinder and more heroic, unlike her mother.
- Only Sane Woman: In Descendants 3, when Mal, Uma and their respective VK crews have to work together to stop Audrey's evil magic from destroying Auradon, she's the one who insists that everyone should try to get along.
- Perky Goth: Even perkier than Mal.
- Textile Work Is Feminine: The girly girl of the villain kids, and an accomplished seamstress. Evie learned to sew as part of her mother's training to be ideal wife material.
- Token Good Teammate: According to the "Set It Off" special, they say that Evie's the one who's most obsessed with living a fairy tale. She is also the least villainous of them all, although Carlos comes close. Her villain M.O. is mostly flirting with and charming boys and men.
- She and her mother are the least focused of the villains on Maleficent's overall evil plan; when the kids are leaving for Auradon, the Evil Queen tells Evie to marry a prince who has a castle with a mother-in-law suite. Also, while Mal is initially disgusted by how gorgeous everything is in Auradon, Evie is immediately taken with it.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Mal's Tomboy.
- True Blue Femininity: She is mainly defined by blue and is far more feminine than Mal.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Carlos De Vil
Portrayed by: Cameron Boyce
Son of Cruella De Vil.
- Abusive Parents: While this is true for all of the villain kids, Carlos has it the worst. Via the prequel book his mother is confirmed to prefer all of her possessions over him, has never gotten a room of his own and only has a mattress & the small area in the back of Cruella's closet to count as his own. While in addition he's served more as a servant his entire life than a son and before meeting him, Evie originally mistook Carlos's name for a dog's due to how often his mother has been heard yelling his name at all hours of the day.
- Bad Bedroom, Bad Life: According to The Isle Of The Lost, Cruella made him sleep on a mattress in the back of her closet, as just one example of how mistreated he was.
- Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Brains, specifically the technical aspect.
- Big Brother Instinct: He starts showing shades of this towards Mal in Descendants 2, when he insists that she talks to all four of them about her problems and not just Evie and again at the Cotillion when it seemed like Ben was breaking up with Mal for Uma.
- Birds of a Feather: With Jane; They are both the unassertive "younger sibling" figure in their circle of friends.
- Butt-Monkey: Often the punching bag to Jay's jokes.
- Catapult Nightmare: In the books, Carlos suffers from nightmares of his life on the Isle, often resulting in him yelling and waking the others before they can wake him up.
- Claustrophobia: Wicked World reveals Carlos is deathly claustrophobic. When he got shrunk and put in Jordan's lamp, he overreacted and panicked like he was running out of air. Of course, he's later reminded that he's shrunk to a size where Jordan's lamp would be roomy to him. All of this may have been a result of his childhood.
- The Dandy: Being raised by Cruella De Vil will do that to you.
- The Dog Bites Back: Humorously, in an episode where everyone but him acts like a dog (because Mal improvised a cheer), he gets back at Jay by taking photos of him behaving like a dog.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He is the most tech savvy of the group. This aspect is more evident in the Isle of the Lost novel (in which he, at one point, briefly disables the Wi-Fi block on the Isle), but it does make its way into the film as well, specifically when he manages to trick the museum security into thinking Jay almost touching the wand was a false alarm.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: In Wicked World when Jane's spell fails and causes him to fall and Jay to land on him, he exclaims "Dalmatians!", using it as an expletive.
- Harmless Villain: After "Rotten to the Core" he barely does anything that could actually be considered evil. He only falls short of Token Good Teammate because said song confirms him to have been "a low-life hood" involved in criminal behavior back on the Isle of the Lost.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jay. Jay and Carlos originally were shown fighting when they left the Isle of the Lost, but, during the Tourney game later in the movie, Jay insists to the coach that he put Carlos in the game with him and Jay encourages Carlos when he was nervous about getting in the game.Jay: Coach, he's been practicing and you said yourself a team was made up of a bunch of parts.
Carlos: Jay, I'm not that good.
Jay: Well, he's kinda like my brain.
- Carlos started out afraid of dogs, ended up adopting one, and a spell that would make everyone act like dogs doesn't affect him.
- Also, his mother essentially treats him like a dog, having him sleep on a mat on the floor and guard her closet full of furs.
- Lovable Coward: He's the Nervous Wreck of the group which is understandable as he was emotionally abused as a child by his mother.
- Misplaced Retribution: In one episode of Wicked World, Mal casts as spell that makes everyone acts like dogs, Carlos has a little fun. Guess who gets the blame for the whole thing? To be fair, Carlos did take advantage of the whole situation, so...
- Muggles Do It Better: Carlos and his technology beat the Magic Mirror into locating the museum where Fairy Godmother's wand is being displayed.
- Nice Guy: Out of all his friends, he's clearly the most pleasant VK.
- No-Sell: Somehow, a spell that turned everyone around Mal into dogs didn't affect Carlos. No explanation is given for this.
- Out of Focus: Although nearly every character in the short series will get A Day in the Limelight, he is out of focus as much as one can possibly be out of focus in shorts the span of 2 minutes or less, but so far, Carlos has only been in a single Wicked World short in a bit role (once more, if such a thing is possible). He shares this Trope with Jay. He does, however get one episode tailored for him.
- Portmanteau Couple Name: For her birthday, Carlos gives his girlfriend Jane a necklace that reads "Jarlos", and she loves it.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: With white added to the mix because this is Cruella's son we're talking about.
- Right-Hand Cat: Back on the Isle of the Lost he kept a pet black cat named Beelzebub, one of Lucifer's kittens.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Jay's Manly Man.
- Shorter Means Smarter: He's the shortest of the four villain kids and the tech genius of the group.
- The Smart Guy: Although Evie is smart too, Carlos is the main brain of the cast and picks up the intellectual slack.
- The Snack Is More Interesting: During "Rotten to the Core", he steals an apple from a background character and nonchalantly takes a bite out of it.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Somehow is capable of speaking dog; he justifies it by virtue of being Cruella's son.
- Token Good Teammate: Even before the gang were at Auradon, Carlos was shown to be a wimpy, timid nerd and was totally more gentle and less deceitful compared to Mal, Jay and Evie. It was even lampshaded by Chad that Mal stole Audrey's boyfriend (and manipulated both Ben and Jane), Evie cheats on a chemistry question and Jay was super violent and Carlos was the only one not mentioned. It was clear that when Carlos is outside his friends, he's easily the most mild-mannered and didn't create any damage like his friends did because he spends his time getting over his fear of dogs and bonding with one and later stands up to his self-absorbed mother. He's even shown to be caring to people he just met (like Ben), as he was concerned when he assumed that Dude the dog was going to attack Ben. Which was odd; Villains don't usually care about people.
- Weak, but Skilled: As shown on the tourney field. He's fast and a quick thinker.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Starts out deathly afraid of dogs because of his mother's lies, but overcomes this fear through the course of the film.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: White with black roots.
- Youthful Freckles: It was stated in the prequel novel that Carlos was younger than his friends. Cameron Boyce is also a lot younger than the other three main actors.
Prince/ King Benjamin Florian
Portrayed by: Mitchell Hope
The son of Beast and Belle and the king of Auradon.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Gender-inverted. Audrey accuses him of being this, being critical of his "thing for bad girls". It may be because he has the same type as his mother. Both Mal and Beast were villainous seeming creatures with anger issues, high status, magic curses/glow, a protective boyfriend / girlfriend streak, hidden depths, and a potential for good.
- All-Loving Hero: Is kind to almost everyone he knows, seeks to give the Villain Kids a chance, and sympathizes with Uma even after being captured by her, and Audrey after she turns evil, sensing she was not well.
- Baleful Polymorph: Audrey turns him into a beast in the third movie, wanting to punish him for choosing Mal over her. Unlike his father, he's far more primal in this form, acting purely on instinct, and also Mal's love is unable to break his curse, as only after being doused by the waters of the enchanted lake by Jane, he regains his humanity and becomes more a human chimera, though Mal still finds her man to be quite dashing. It's only by Audrey's defeat is fully turned back into a man.
- Big Good: Ben is the overarching benevolent force of good and leader of the Heroes in the movie. He wants to prove that the villains' kids deserve a second chance.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gender inverted with him and Mal.
- Captain Obvious: King Obvious, as lampshaded by Freddie. Ben immediately points out how he fails to understand how he can be in a lamp, and concludes he must be really tiny.
- The Chains of Commanding: Being the future king weighed heavily on him. Ben had to deal with the reality that his proclamation has no bearing over emotion, with Audrey constantly reminding him that her mother was cursed by Maleficent, and Chad attempting to undermine him in every matter regarding the villain kids.
- Comically Missing the Point: When Mal relays her concern about Freddie, Ben states "Freddie? As in short for Fredrique?".
- Dating Catwoman: With Mal.
- Distressed Dude: He's magically immobilized by Maleficent in the first film, captured by Uma in the second, and turned into a beast and later turned to stone by Audrey in the third.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: In the prequel novel, Ben had a vision in his dreams, about being on the Isle of The Lost and encountering a girl with purple hair and green eyes. Ben dismissed the vision after that night, yet he happened to subconsciously know and hum "Once Upon a Dream" (that song had really important significance to Princess Aurora). Ben came to realize those two happenings were not coincidence, and realized that the dream was a prophetic vision. Fate eventually stepped in and brought Mal to him.
- Establishing Character Moment: Even before he is crowned king, he is focused on making the lives of the unfortunate better.
- Evil Makeover: Played literally in Descendants 2; after smuggling himself onto the Isle of the Lost to find Mal, the VKs dress Ben up in their edgy, studded fashions and instruct him on how to act like a villain to keep a low profile. Since it's Ben, it doesn't work as well as they hoped.
- Grey-and-Gray Morality: Ben humiliating Audrey in front of the whole school can be forgiven, due to being under the influence of Mal's love spell at the time. But the fact that he continued to date Mal without even apologizing or giving her proper closure in their relationship is ultimately what sends Audrey off the deep end in Descendants 3; true love or not.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: When Mal tries to subtly administer the love potion antidote (disguised as a baked treat) to Ben, he later responds to Mal's question by exclaiming he will give the anti-love potion a few minutes to take effect. Since Mal never said what the treat contained, this tips off Mal that Ben figured out all along she put him under a spell.
- Interspecies Romance: Considering Mal's half-fairy and half-god, her romance with him counts as this.
- Jerkass Realization: At the end of the third film, he understands he did Audrey wrong for dumping her without giving her a reason, and apologizes to her for it.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In the first movie, he chooses Mal over Audrey, seemingly without any consideration for Audrey's feelings. In the third movie, Audrey does the same thing to him as the Enchantress did to his father, and for having an inconsiderate heart to boot: turning him into a beast. It's also karmic in the moment too, as she didn't do it until Ben tried to get her to stop under the promise that he would "forgive her". Audrey is rather understandably infuriated with Ben's oblivious hypocrisy.
- The Leader: As Mal is for the Villain Kids, Ben is for Auradon itself.
- Little Bit Beastly: While Jane is able to bring him back from his beast form for the most part, he still has some facial hair and a pair of Cute Lil Fangs, and a bit of trigger-happy behavior until Audrey is defeated for good.
- Lovable Jock: Unlike Chad, he is nice to pretty much everyone.
- Meaningful Name: Similar to Mal's name coming from the Latin word for Bad, Ben's name may be inspired by the Latin "Bene," which means Good. Fitting for the most friendly and tolerant character in the franchise.
- Mighty Roar: However clean-cut, Ben cuts loose with one of these when he's genuinely aggressive or play-acting at being fierce. His father was the Beast for many years, after all.
- Nerves of Steel: Apparently, he can stand everyone's antics, most of the time.
- Nice Guy: He was willing to give the villain kids a chance to live in Auradon on the grounds that they do not deserve to be punished for their parents' sins.
- Official Couple: With Mal.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Blue to Audrey's Pink
- Prince Charming: A handsome, kind, thoughtful, polite young man, Ben is well on his way to becoming The Good King. Unlike Chad, he's the only one who truly lives up to this status. He is however, idealistic to a fault.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Ben pretty much hinged on the universe rewarding nobility and courage. Of special note is when he spent time with Mal, which revolved around the idea that Mal is a lost being who just needs good influences in her life, as opposed to the evil spawn of villains she and her friends are painted as. Of course, everyone heavily doubts his move to give the villain kids a chance, but Ben doesn't let that stop him.
Portrayed by: Sarah Jeffery
The daughter of Princess-now-Queen Aurora and Prince-now-King Phillip.
- Adaptational Heroism: She becomes a Lovable Alpha Bitch friend to Mal, such that she still has her other friends in the Wicked World series, which is meant to transpire after the original movie. In the actual film series, she left Auradon for a while after the first movie, still holds resentment toward Mal and the other Villain Kids when she returns, loses all her friends and many people's admiration of her, and pulls a FaceHeel Turn. Notably, Audrey in Wicked World lacks the tragic circumstances that would render her breakup with Ben, a traumatic experience that turned her into the villain we see in the third film. However, both Wicked World and Descendants 3 end with Audrey befriending Mal.
- Alpha Bitch: Justified in that she was only bitchy toward the villain kids when it seemed like they were unrepentant Jerkasses and stopped being so when she learns otherwise, nothing suggests she was ever the Alpha Bitch to the rest of the school. The fact that her inner circle consists of Jane and Lonnie who are both non-princesses, shows she's not that exclusive towards others. Wicked World makes her a Lovable Alpha Bitch.
- Amicable Exes: By the end of the third film, she seems to have made amends with both her ex-boyfriends, as she smiles when Ben apologizes to her and later dances with Chad.
- Anti-Villain: Is this in Descendants 3, due to Mal taking away what her mother and grandmother wanted her to have her whole life, which led to the latter making her feel like a failure due to this lost and damaging her self-esteem even further.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: Audrey was a heroic princess who did nice things for others, albeit self-centered enough that if they would benefit her in some way. After feeling abandoned by Ben and burned by her own grandmother's scorn, it was the final straw that turned her into the cold, tyrannical and vengeful Queen of Mean. This line from her Villain Song highlights it: "Being nice was my pastime, but I've been hurt for the last time".
- Big Bad: Of the third film, with her plans to take over Auradon and get revenge on Mal for stealing her life. She makes a HeelFace Turn near the end.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Wicked World, Audrey, along with her fellow AKs, pull off a daring rescue and join Mal and Evie the moment they found themselves cornered by Zevon's puppet minions.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Audrey is a brash, but dignified princess who likes to show off what great taste she has, and has a swagger to her stride...but she carries around an Inferiority Superiority Complex, and is terrified of not doing enough to live up to being the princess her mother is. Unfortunately, she's just very good at hiding it.
- Big "NO!": Utters one when Ben proposes to Mal and asks her to be his queen.
- Also from the third movie, when Mal casts a spell on her armor knights midway through the song Night Falls. It should be noted that this Big "NO!" is exclusive to the film, in the soundtrack she does an evil laugh instead.
- Blue Bird Of Happiness: Audrey's outfit inherits this motif from her mother in the third movie; having accents throughout her main ensemble such as her necklace, ring, bracelet, and shoes. It's likely done ironically, since in the majority of the film, deep down she's anything but happy. Her Evil Costume Switch splits her necklace into bluebird on one half and adds a black raven onto the other half. The two birds appear to be fighting over a black and blue heart; signifying Audrey's Start of Darkness. By her next appearance, the necklace is fully replaced with a black winged raven skull.
- Born Unlucky: It goes without saying that Audrey just suffers a lot of bad luck. In Wicked World, she is constantly prone to magic accidents, and in Descendants 3 she goes through a Trauma Conga Line that results in her FaceHeel Turn. Even Uma, after reading her diary agrees that Mal ruined her life.
- Breakout Villain: After being absent from the second installment, the third movie had Audrey come back and steal the show...as the villain. Descendants 3 was arguably her movie with Mal reacting to her evil plot and showcasing Audrey's tragic backstory. Audrey even turned a lot of heads with her Villain Song, which got a lot more hits than any other song featured in the third film. Even though she was the endgame villain, she's widely considered to be one of, if not the best villain of the franchise.
- Butt-Monkey: One way or another in Wicked World, Audrey constantly ends up victim to incidents involving clumsy magic, let alone misfortune.
- Canon Discontinuity: Her role in Descendants 3 ignores the Character Development she had in Wicked World, and she's given more of an Adaptational Angst Upgrade as background for what follows.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: As Wicked World shows, Audrey cannot even tell a simple Your Mom joke, and the attempt itself is rather laughable.
- The Cheerleader: Shown to be this at the Tourney Game.
- The Comically Serious: In Wicked World, Audrey is portrayed as being so serious-minded, especially when she's subject to the comedy-driven antics of Mal, Evie, and sometimes Jane.
- Cosmic Plaything: Things started going downhill for her the moment the VK's (specifically Mal) set foot in Auradon. For starters, Ben dumped her. For Mal. In front of the whole school. Without actually telling her personally. Forcing her to save face by latching on to Chad of all people. Then comes Descendants 3, where he proposes to Mal. In front of the whole school. Using a short reprisal of the same musical number that he used to dump Audrey with in the first movie. But this movie reveals that she was raised to rule Auradon by her parents and her grandmother, a task that relied on her getting married to Ben. And what does said grandmother do once that's out of the question? Chastise her for it. Despite the fact that she had no control over the situation. Oh, and she's basically lost all of her friends. It's no wonder she tried to takeover Auradon by force. And when even that failed, she was put into a comatose state, where it's implied that she nearly could've died if Hades hadn't used his ember to wake her up. Thankfully, things are likely going to get better for her from then on, as she and her grandmother accept the fact that she's not going to become queen of Auradon and make peace with Mal, and she finds a kindred spirit in Harry Hook.
- Creepy Crows: Once she's under the influence of Maleficent's staff, the Blue Bird Of Happiness accents of her outfit become pitch-black ravens as part of her Evil Costume Switch.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: Audrey's voice tends to get really whiny when she's upset.
- The Cynic: In contrast to Ben's optimism, Audrey tends to expect the worst to happen.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Ben breaking up with her and not apologizing to her for it was only the beginning of Audrey's bad luck and then seeing Ben propose to Mal, a reminder of her failure, pushes her to her FaceHeel Turn.
- Dark Is Evil: Her new dark hairstyle and outfit in the third film fits how evil she is. She reverts back to her pre FaceHeel Turn princess look after Mal defeats her.
- Deadpan Snarker: She definitely had her fair share of sick burns in the first movie, but it became more noticeable in Descendants 3, especially after her FaceHeel Turn.Ben: Did someone put a spell on you? Just tell me who and I'll-Audrey: You'll what, marry them?
- Descent into Darkness Song: "Queen of Mean" quickly goes from sorrow and heartbreak, to anger and revenge; and finishes with a Roaring Rampage of Revenge plot to takeover the world.
- Deuteragonist: Audrey gets the second most character focus in Wicked World after Mal, and she does even get her own Character Development arc along the way. Also this in the third film, which is essentially a "Mal and Audrey" story, which gives Audrey a character arc meant to contrast heavily with Mal's.
- Distaff Counterpart: Both her and Chad are the opposite of their respective kind mothers and were both resentful towards the Villain Kids when they first came to Auradon, but unlike him, she had actual understandable reasons for disliking them before, even though it is somewhat petty. Additionally, she's at least aware she is a little bit selfish and she does feel guilty whenever she does something wrong. Of course of the third film she is far worse than him, even if she is still understandable.
- Does Not Like Magic: Played With. Audrey's attitude towards magic is that it will just make others a cut above her, especially when Mal did other girls' hair. Ironically, what does she do when she feels others are getting more attention than she is? Have someone cast magic on her, which didn't end so well, reminding herself why she hates magic. In the third film, she doesn't care as much anymore and uses magic to further her Evil Plan.
- Easily Forgiven: On both sides of the coin. Mal and Ben forgive her even though she nearly destroyed Auradon, and after she feels remorse for her actions she forgives them as well despite them having deeply wronged her. Plus, Mal would've forgiven her anyways, because no matter what Audrey does to her, Mal considers her one of her own, as said in a discussion with Hades (who lampshades how as an Auradon resident it's unlikely she'd receive repercussions per the latter reason), and indeed she's never shown onscreen to endure any consequences. Also, Chad seems to be okay with her even though she locked him in a closet.
- Entitled Bitch: Blurbs about Audrey in the merchandise describe her as someone who is used to getting what she wants when she wants it, and she is now "Waking her inner beauty."
- Even Evil Can Be Loved: Even when evil, Ben still cares about her, and knew she wasn't well. Even Mal was concerned for her after seeing her evil, and she even wanted to save her life because she still cares about Audrey and still considers her a friend.
- Evil Costume Switch: After Maleficent's staff has control over Audrey, her pastel pink and blue color scheme is tainted with darker hues of magenta, purple, and blue (which coincidentally reflect the colors of Evie and Mal, the two feminine "evil" Villain Kids,) along with black accents throughout her outfit. Her Bluebird of Happiness jewelry also becomes Creepy Crows themed instead. As she continues to wield the sceptor and succumbs to its influence further, her outfit inherits more black pieces; such as a long black cape and a floor length black robe.
- Evil Feels Good: Under its control, Audrey loves the power that the staff grants her, and all the chaos she wracks upon Auradon. Even after being freed from its spell, a remorseful Audrey admits she wanted to hurt Mal and Ben, for the way they hurt her.
- Evil Makeover: Thanks to Maleficent's sceptor in the third movie. Evil Costume Switch? Check. Excessive Evil Eyeshadow? Check.
- Evil Is Hammy: When she turns evil, she goes as over-the-top as one would expect of a Disney villain, and it's just as entertaining.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Said almost verbatim by Mal to Audrey in regards to the latter wielding Maleficent's scepter, which makes her more evil and insane the more she uses it.
- Evil Is Petty:
- Makes it so that Ben will never love Mal... by turning Mal into an old hag.
- Later makes it so Mal can never love Ben... by turning him into a feral beast.
- Evil Is Sexy: Downplayed in the third movie after her Evil Costume Switch;(this is Disney Channel after all.) The lower part of Audrey's dress gets more seperated; changing the silhouette from a more modest princess dress to a She's Got Legs pantsuit with a small cape to frame them.
- Evil Me Scares Me: After Hades breaks the sleeping curse over her, she is horrified of the actions she performed against her friends, particularly Ben and Mal. More terrifying to her, a part of her genuinely wanted to hurt them for hurting her.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: She wears it after her FaceHeel Turn in Descendants 3.
- FaceHeel Turn: Pulls one in Descendants 3 out of hatred and jealousy toward Mal. She gets better near the end.Audrey: Now there's a devil on my shoulder where the angels used to be, and he's calling me the Queen of Mean.
- Genre Blind: Audrey thinking Jane, being the daughter of the most powerful magician in the land, could fix up her hair with no sweat in Wicked World. Audrey really shouldn't have attempted this after being caught in one or two magic-related incidents and right after Jane told her she really didn't know how.
- Girly Girl: She always wears pink dresses, is obsessed with looking good, and despises getting dirty and generally has other girlish habits.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Literally calls herself the "Queen of Mean". After her FaceHeel Turn, she seeks to become Auradon's evil queen.
- Gray-and-Grey Morality: Audrey's FaceHeel Turn is somewhat understandable when you consider that her boyfriend and future title as queen were stolen from her by the daughter of the evil fairy who tried to kill her parents, not to mention the fact that, after Ben proposed to Mal (in a reprise of the song he sang when he publicly dumped Audrey for Mal), Audrey's grandmother, who had wanted Audrey to marry Ben and become queen of Auradon her whole life, berated her for it even though Audrey had no control over Ben's decision and that her heart was already hurt due to Ben's proposal to Mal. If this wasn't enough, most of her friends (including Jane and Lonnie) had all pretty much ditched her for Mal and the VKs with Chad being the only person she's been hanging out with ever since she came back to Auradon Prep, and nobody at this event even attempts to comfort her despite how clearly emotionally scarred she is. You can't really blame her for wanting to be queen of Auradon by force.
- Green-Eyed Monster: In Descendants: Wicked World, Audrey is shown to be agitated that the VKs are getting a lot more attention than her, even when it's not always positive attention. This is still tame when compared to her film series counterpart, who turns evil out of jealousy (and pressure from her grandmother). The magic she uses is also literally green.
- Hate at First Sight: When they first interacted, the tones of their voices are steeped in discernible disdain—Audrey held Mal in the highest contempt because Maleficent cursed her mother, and Mal didn't like Audrey because Mal doesn't like princesses. This dynamic finally gets resolved in the third movie, after both girls realize the error of their ways.
- Hated by All: By the time of Descendants 3, it's clear that nobody in Auradon really missed Audrey while she was gone, and she was starting to get the feeling that people had already started to forget about her by the time she left anyways, likely because of her personality and that she only says bad things about Mal especially since she has taken Audrey's place as Ben's girlfriend. In fact, she wasn't given such a warm welcome from anyone at Jane's birthday party, not in the slightest.note
- Hero Antagonist: In the movie, Audrey is antagonistic to the villain kids on the mindset of "once a villain always a villain". At worst, she is self-absorbed, but she does nothing to compromise her heroic alignment, as she's more sympathetic because she fears that Mal and the others would turn out like their parents. Afterwards, Audrey lightens up and accepts them, even though she has to put up with Mal's antics. In the third film, she becomes a Villain Antagonist, period, until the conflict is resolved and she has a HeelFace Turn.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Inverted. While she never uses a sword herself, in the third film she magically brings suits of armor to life and has them attack Mal, Uma, and their friends with their swords, having made a FaceHeel Turn at that point. This somehow mirrors how her father used the Sword of Truth to defeat Maleficent.
- History Repeats: The way she walks towards Maleficent's scepter in the third film as it calls to her is similar to the way her mother Aurora walked towards the spinning wheel that caused her to fall under a deep sleep. Like Father, Like Son, we guess. Near the end of the film, she battles Mal in her dragon form, just like how her father Phillip battled Mal's mother Maleficent in her dragon form, armed with the Queen's crown and Maleficent's scepter just like how Phillip was armed with the Sword of Truth and the Shield of Virtue.
- If I Can't Have You : A non-lethal variation, after Ben tries to convince Audrey to give him the scepter, he says "he'll forgive her" almost as if he hasn't wronged her already, an enraged Audrey takes a play out of his father and mother's history, turning him into a Beast. However unlike his Dad, Audrey seems to also strip away his humanity, making him a feral creature, so that Mal couldn't love him, and also makes sure that love cannot break her curse.
- Irony: She spends a fair amount of her screen time in the third film delivering Laser-Guided Karma to other people (Mal, Ben, Chad, Celia), but doesn't receive any karma herself by virtue of being Easily Forgiven.
- It's All About Me: Audrey is a law-abiding citizen, and does care about people on perfectly normal days. However, she's so used to being sheltered in a sanitized bubble that she can only empathize with petty problems she's experienced, like wardrobe wounds, party troubles, being late, and having to put up with Mal's blunders. Any other misfortunes, even when she's just watching them happen, are a damper on her perfect life. Descendants 3 shows more of where this attitude comes from, and how dangerous it ultimately proved for everyone, Audrey included.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Pretty much every complaint she makes in Descendants 3 counts as this. Her stating Mal spelled Ben to destroy Auradon is just one example. While this was just a convenient excuse that was only true for Mal at the time it happened, but Mal making Ben humiliate her publicly and not apologizing to her for it was certainly a dick move on Mal's part. There's also the fact that Ben just left Audrey without breaking up with her properly. Even Uma agrees that Mal ruined her life, and Mal realizes this over time and doesn't even argue or deny it.
- Jerkass to One: She only seems to have a real problem with Mal throughout the first and third movies (for good reasons), treating other VK's with indifference at worst... when she's not attacking Mal and they just happen to be with her, that is.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold / Lovable Alpha Bitch:
- As stated in Adaptational Heroism above, in Wicked World, she may be self-absorbed, but Audrey does care about her friends and is strongly principled. The fact that she's incapable of doing anything remotely rotten very much enforces this. In the third film, she is on the verge of tears when apologizing to Mal and Ben for all she's done. We do see what a sweet person Audrey is deep down when she happily meets Harry Hook in person.
- In The Royal Wedding, which takes place after the third film, even though she has a Control Freak approach for her role as the wedding planner to Mal and Ben's wedding, Audrey comes across as extremely helpful and is very intent on making sure the occasion is perfect.
- Lemony Narrator: The way she recaps the previous two installments during "Audrey's Royal Return" is full of jokes and snark.
- Like Father, Like Son: Zig-Zagged.
- She's certainly similar to her parents in certain aspects, as shown in History Repeats above, and her being betrothed to Ben is similar to how Aurora and Phillip were betrothed to each other, but her personality is notably not similar to theirs:
- Aurora and Audrey may be beautiful and well-liked by those around themnote , but while Aurora is kind-hearted and nurturing, Audrey is self-centered and entitled and prone to behaving nasty and petty when she doesn't get her way. Ironically, Aurora (unintentionally) had a hand in Audrey's FaceHeel Turn as it was their family wanting Audrey to live out their own goals combined with Audrey's entitlement that has her choosing to be the villain instead.
- Both Phillip and Audrey are proactive individuals who oppose Maleficent and her daughter, Mal, respectively, but while Phillip does it to awaken his beloved, Audrey does it to become queen of Auradon.
- She's certainly similar to her parents in certain aspects, as shown in History Repeats above, and her being betrothed to Ben is similar to how Aurora and Phillip were betrothed to each other, but her personality is notably not similar to theirs:
- Meaningful Name: The name "Audrey" is Anglo-Saxon for "Noble Strength", which is fitting because she's a princess. But it becomes more ironic when we see she's not as strong as she presents herself, and is really a depressed, broken mess inside, due to pressure to be something she could not live up to.
- Mirror Character:
- Her resentment over Mal and Ben's relationship, as well as not being invited to Jane's birthday, mirrors Maleficent's resentment over not being invited to Aurora's christening. She even dresses similarity to Maleficent in the third film. Unlike Maleficent, however, Audrey is capable of seeing the error of her ways.
- She and Mal aren't so different, for that matter. Both were shaped to be what their parents (and grandparents, in Audrey's case) wanted them to be, and both found it very difficult to adapt to a total change in their life's direction. In Mal's case though, she always knew her life was unfortunate, while Audrey grew up thinking her life was perfect, but never realized she wasn't so lucky after all. They also both share wide selfish streaks, but are deep down good people who were lost and put in a dark place and repent of their wrong-doings. Mal even acknowledges this by the end when she's making her case about there being good and bad in everyone regardless of which side of the barrier they're on, using both Audrey and herself as the examples of "bad on the Auradon side".
- Of Uma. Both are Anti-Villains who have a desire for vengeance against Mal, whom they loathe for having a life that they wanted, both of them have an older female family member who is emotionally abusive towards them, and both have incredibly understandable reasons for being hurt and upset. Even Uma and Audrey themselves acknowledge their similarities to an extent, as Audrey says that Uma is "quite possibly the only person in the world who hates Mal more than I do", and Uma tells Mal "and dang, did you ruin Audrey's life!" after reading Audrey's diary without her permission.
- More Than Mind Control: In Descendants 3, she is possessed by the evil power of Maleficent's scepter which turns her evil and makes her do things she wouldn't normally do...however, this only happened because the scepter responded to her very real feelings of anger and vengeance, after she had broken in to steal and destroy Auradon's crown in order to spite Mal. As Audrey confessed when returned to normal, even if she wouldn't hurt anyone without the scepter's influence, she truly did want to.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She appears to be on the verge of tears when apologizing to Mal and Ben near the end of the third film, after having awoken begging someone to please tell her that her turn to evil was just a bad dream she'd had.
- Never Be Hurt Again: Invoked in "Queen of Mean":Being nice was my past timeBut I've been hurt for the last time
- Not So Similar: Most in Auradon would see Maleficent and Evil Audrey as interchangeable with the exception of Maleficent being more ruthless and genuinely evil. However, while Maleficent conquers solely for glory, power, and to spread terror, Audrey is motivated to become queen by force because her grandmother made her feel like a disappointment to her family when she failed to marry Ben.
- Obviously Evil: The identity of her parents certainly don't make her this, but her outfit in the third film, as well as her callous attitude as she commits acts of villainy, certainly do.
- Oh, Crap!: She struggles against Mal during their battle near the end of the third film, which is not helped by Uma, Harry, and Celia cheering for Mal, right before being defeated and knocked unconscious.
- Pet the Dog:
- Curtsies to Mal and gives Jay one dance, basically her way of saying "no hard feelings". However, this is simply to let them have a good opinion of her and "behave herself" as a princess, nothing more. Of course, Audrey does acknowledge that Mal did the right thing, and she'll at least give her that. She doesn't come to a real state of "no hard feelings" until the end of the third movie but it's upgraded to "The Atoner".
- Wicked World has a more genuine case of it, where she ultimately reveals that her obsession with setting up a perfect Jewel-bilee is because she'd grown to like the VKs and wanted them to have the best time possible at the event, as a gift to them from her, and this is also why Mal's apparent betrayal hurt her so badly.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Pink to Ben's Blue.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Audrey is a princess, and true to her motif, her main colors are pink and shades of blue. This doubles as a Mythology Gag, as these colors are associated with her mother Aurora. When she turns evil, her hair changes to a darker tone of pink, and even her magic aura is mostly pink.
- Properly Paranoid: She's quick to notice that Mal is trying to put the moves on Ben and becomes worried that she's up to no good. Of course, Mal quickly gets to work stealing Ben away from her and get closer to Fairy Godmother's wand to free the villains on the Isle. D3 shows us the consequences Mal's actions had on her personally.
- In the last 4-5 episodes of the first season of Wicked World, a string of bad luck happens in Auradon, and she suspects a VK to be responsible. Technically, she was right, but it wasn't Mal or Freddie.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: She becomes a villain by choice after her ex-boyfriend Ben proposes to Mal and asks her to be his queen instead of her.
- Put on a Bus: She is the only AK who doesn't appear in the sequel, but The Bus Came Back with a vengeance (literally and figuratively) in the third installment.
- Raised by Grandparents: As her grandmother is effectively the matriarch of her family, it appears Audrey was raised by her more than her own parents, which would explain how they have similar attitudes. Plus, she's the one who wanted Audrey to end up with Ben in the first place.
- Red Baron: Gives herself the epithet "Queen of Mean" in the third film after her FaceHeel Turn.
- Redemption Rejection: In Descendants 3, bordering on "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight, there is one point where Ben seems to be getting through to her, and she might just relinquish the scepter. But then he makes the stupid mistake of assuring her that "he'll forgive her", as though he hadn't wronged her first and required forgiveness from her, which sends Audrey right back off the deep end.
- Same Character, but Different: While presented as slightly spoiled rotten with some heart in the webisode series, the book version of Audrey is shown to be pampered but sweet instead and the movie version of Audrey is an envious, self-centered individual, but with a very tragic upbringing who eventually turns evil but nonetheless has some very valid reasons for being the way she is and regrets her actions in the end.
- Schedule Fanatic: Audrey gets rather irritated about being late to important events, even if it is only by several minutes. While typical for a princess to care about punctuality, her behavior is highly irregular.
- Slasher Smile: Becomes pretty much her default expression after she takes up the scepter, and it seems to get crazier over the course of the movie.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Underneath her bravado, she is a sad and broken girl from being a failure in the eyes of her family, specifically her grandmother.
- Stepford Smiler: She never really got over what happened to her in the first movie, but she forced herself to put on a smile. But by the time of Descendants 3, however, she looked clearly miserable seeing Mal and Ben together, with things only starting to get worse for her the moment Ben proposes to Mal.
- Super OCD: Audrey is obsessed with having order in her life, from being a perfectionist to being a Schedule Fanatic on important events, and she gets irritated when something out of the ordinary happens, or even when small changes occur.
- Surrounded by Idiots: In Wicked World, spending a lot of time with the VKs and getting caught into their antics and Dysfunction Junction has given Audrey nothing but exasperation in general, making her want to seriously reconsider all her life choices. After the whole ordeal with CJ, she concludes such dysfunctional issues are why she can never understand them, but she would "rather be with them" all the same. In Descendants 3, however, Audrey questions everybody on how they could be so excited on the fact that Mal's going to become future queen of Auradon instead of her.
- Sympathy for the Devil: In Descendants 3, Uma, an Anti-Villain like she is, has no idea who Audrey is other than that's who she's helping to stop. After reading Audrey's diary while searching her room, she flat-out tells Mal "Dang, did you ruin her life."
- Taken for Granite: After Ben offends her, she falls further off the deep end and starts turning people into stone.
- Tears of Remorse: After she's awakened from her deep sleep, Audrey tears up about how she really did turn evil and wanted to hurt Mal, Ben and everyone in Auradon, and now feels very guilt-ridden and heartbroken about it.
- That Was Not a Dream: After Hades wakes her up, she begs Mal and Ben to tell her that her FaceHeel Turn and everything that ensued was all just a bad dream, but Ben with a heavy heart can only say he wishes he could.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: During "Queen of Mean", she expresses disdain towards the fact that Mal stole her life from her and declares that if Auradon wants an evil queen (Mal), they'll get an evil queen: Audrey herself.
- This Is Your Brain on Evil: After losing so much and finally snapping, Princess Audrey steals the staff of Maleficent and becomes a villain, launching a reign of terror on Auradon as the self-proclaimed "queen of mean". During the final battle she is knocked unconscious, and when she wakes up, she is horrified by her actions, having been freed from the staff's corruption.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- In Wicked World episode "United We Stand", Audrey manages to hold her own in combat, being able to coordinate and execute an attack maneuver with her friends, and getting her hands dirty to punch and kick down Zevon's puppet army. This isn't something you'd normally expect from the daughter of Aurora.
- A dark example occurs in Descendants 3. In the first film, she was clearly scared of Mal's capabilities and was completely helpless when Maleficent attacked Auradon. In the third film, however, she manages to steal the Queen's crown and Maleficent's scepter, put the entire kingdom under a deep sleep, and fight Mal in her dragon form. Really, the only reason why she gets defeated is because Mal was armed with a god's ember, and even then Audrey manages to put up a fair fight against her.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She's a lot worse than she was in the original movie going into Descendants 3, and it only gets worse in the movie when she makes a FaceHeel Turn. It gets undone when she makes a HeelFace Turn.
- Tsundere: This is Audrey's general personality in Wicked World. She can be quite irritable and snarky, but once people really get to know her, and vice versa, she's quite sweet and personable.
- Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Downplayed, though only in the sense that Audrey is an Anti-Villain. While Audrey proves quite competent and dangerous in putting Auradon under a deep sleep and opposing the heroes, Chad does nearly nothing other than annoy her, leading to her imprisoning him in a closet.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Mal and Evie in Wicked World. Ironically, there is more vitriol between her and Evie than between her and Mal. With Mal, it's more because she just doesn't always get her, and vice-versa.
- Walking Spoiler: She is the Big Bad of Descendants 3, seeking revenge against Mal and all of Auradon. The advertising suggested her alongside Hades, Uma, and Celia as the main villainous force, but they were the ones emphasized while she was kept in shadow. In the end, it was all her.
- We ARE Struggling Together: In Season 2 of Wicked World Audrey is still hurt by Mal's perceived betrayal that she refuses to be pragmatic and cooperate with Mal against Zevon. As Evie suspects, Zevon invoked this and tried to turn them against each other, but Audrey can't see that either. Once she finds out the whole truth, she realizes she messed up big time and decides to make things right with Mal.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The more Audrey uses the scepter, the worse her mental state becomes as she descends deeper and deeper into the dark magic. She starts out doing relatively tame things like turning Mal into an old hag and casting a sleeping spell on people, but after Ben accidentally offends her, she starts turning people into stone. It eventually reaches the point where she's willing to take a child hostage and tries to brutally take Mal down in magical combat.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: It's understandable that she would be resentful towards Mal for stealing Ben and her future title from her, and for Ben leaving her without giving her as much as a reason, but not understandable that she would try to make all of Auradon pay for it and turn Mal into an old hag, although in that case an Artifact of Doom has something to do with it. The sheer amount of pressure put on her by her grandmother certainly doesn't help, and she makes a HeelFace Turn near the end of the third film.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dyes her hair blonde with pastel pink and blue streaks by 3. When she gets an Evil Makeover after seizing the queen's crown and Maleficent's scepter, her hair becomes two-tone deep pink and blue.
Prince Chad Charming
Portrayed by: Jedidiah Goodacre
The son of Cinderella and Prince Charming.
- Antagonistic Offspring: In a manner of speaking. Cinderella and Prince Charming are heroes, but Chad is "the biggest jerk in the land" if the magic mirror is to be believed. Thus proving in another way that children don't necessarily turn out like their parents.
- Being Evil Sucks: He very quickly comes to regret offering to be Audrey's evil minion in Descendants 3 to the point of being shell-shocked, and the treatment he receives seems to give him more empathy for the Villain Kids by the end.
- Butt-Monkey: His appearance in Descendants 3 is nothing more than him being a punching bag for Audrey, then she traps him in a closet for being too annoying.
- Chick Magnet: Well, he is good-looking, to say the least and Evie is immediately enamored by him when she first sees him.
- The Dandy: He's quite the self-absorbed narcissist. In the sequel he's stated to be one of the few boys who are getting an outfit made for the Cotillion by Evie, and a large ermine cape at that.
- Deliberately Bad Example: To dispel the idea that the Villain Kids are just as bad as their parents and the possibility that they have no chance at redemption, Chad is shown to be more disreputable than they, to the point where even Evie calls him out on it. Chad serves as this for Audrey as well, demonstrating that while Audrey may look like a straight-up Alpha Bitch, she's far more sympathetic in her actions. As of the third film however, she is much worse than he is.
- The Dragon: Served as this for Audrey in the third film before she imprisoned him.
- Gold Digger: He uses his romantic charms to convince Evie to do his homework, her intelligence basically being "gold" to him. In actuality, not only does he lack romantic attraction towards Evie, he has disdain for her because she's one of the Villain Kids.
- Harmless Villain: In the third film he throws in with evil-turned-Audrey. But, we see that for all his jerkassery and brattiness, he's really not very menacing, nor does he directly do anything that threatens the main characters. Plus, he's quite cowardly and easily intimidated.
- HeelFace Turn:
- It's not until near the end of Descendants 3 that Chad fully accepts the Villain Kids, partly because they helped him and partly because he experienced first-hand how much Being Evil Sucks.
- He had a different one in a Christmas short that seemed to be set in the Wicked World continuity despite a different animation style being used, where he ended up going too far even for him, sparking a tearful Heel Realization and reconciliation with his Villain Kid classmates.
- Hero Antagonist: Averted. He may be among the children of heroes, and does antagonize the villain kids to the point of finding excuses to seal their guilt, but the magic mirror confirms he is far from heroic.
- Hypocrite: Remember how he stood up for the honor code and turned in that Evie was cheating on her science work? Evie, the girl whom he manipulated into doing all his homework. To be fair, he doesn't really care about the honor code, he just wanted to look good in front of others.
- Inspector Javert: Chad has shades of this, believing "Once a villain always a villain". He's trying to find excuses to get the Villain Kids in trouble, and he ends up stealing Evie's magic mirror and uses it as evidence to invoke the honor code on Evie.
- Jerkass: He doesn't do a single good thing in the first movie. Doesn't mean he can do a single, competent evil deed in the third film either as he is shown to be completely useless as Audrey's lackey.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He calls Mal out as a Manipulative Bitch who stole a girl's boyfriend, and Jay as someone who enjoys hurting people. It's a pretty fair assessment, all things considered. But then he gets to Evie and well, see Hypocrite above.
- Jerk Jock: He's an arrogant, selfish prince who plays on the tourney team, yet strangely enough, he's friends with the nerdy Doug. He does, however think the villain kids are a bad influence on Doug.
- Karma Houdini: He gets no comeuppance for his jerkass behaviors and schemes until he tries to be a face-heel turned Audrey's lackey and ends up on their receiving end.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- Downplayed example: He tries to prevent Lonnie from being a member of the swordsmanship team. She ends up becoming his team captain.
- Willingly becomes Audrey's lackey in the third film, but eventually gets imprisoned by her in a closet.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Doug even lampshades it when considering his parents are Cinderella and Prince Charming, saying "Chad inherited the charm, but not a lot of their there".
- Manipulative Bastard: Sees that Evie is attracted to him and gets her to do his homework under the guise of being able to date later. When this falls through, he outs her for cheating and tries to get her expelled.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Apparently, being "The Biggest Jerk In The Land" is not enough to qualify him for being an evil flunky. He gives being Audrey's lackey a try, but he's thoroughly incompetent and dimwitted. Heck, Audrey and Chad bring into mind Maleficent and her Goons from Sleeping Beauty and her treatment of them.
- Odd Friendship: With Jane. They appear to be genuinely good friends, despite Jane's kind nature and his Jerkass attitude. This likely stems from Jane's mother being the fairy godmother of Chad's mother.
- Poisonous Friend: He is this towards Doug, constantly discouraging him from being around the Villain Kids because he thinks they're a bad influence.
- Prince Charmless: The School of Secrets series of webisodes makes this even more obvious than in the movie. He needed Evie to do his homework because the dozen odd girls he was stringing along to do his homework before have discovered each other.
- Put on a Bus: He and Doug are the only two AKs who don't appear in Wicked World at all.
- Spear Counterpart: Him and Audrey are shown to be very similar, except he doesn't have all the good qualities she has. As of the third film this is reversed with Audrey being much more evil and sinister.
- Stay in the Kitchen: He uses the rulebook to keep Lonnie from joining the swordsmanship team, saying only men can join.
- Token Evil Teammate: Downplayed, as he is not technically a villain, and what he does wouldn't be evil enough even by the villains' standards, but nonetheless he's the only child of the heroes who never shows that he is anything but a Royal Brat. Descendants 3 clearly shows him trying to entertain being a lackey, but it doesn't work out, proving not all jerks make the cut.
- Took a Level in Kindness:
- Initially downplayed; after they save the day, Chad bullies the villain kids less, though he gripes about how Jay was made captain of the swordsmanship team over him and tries to bar Lonnie from joining the team on the ground of being a girl. After a harrowing encounter with Audrey, who has performed a FaceHeel Turn, he then accepts Mal as the future queen of Auradon and the Isle's barrier coming down in the third film.
- His one heroic moment occurs in The Royal Wedding, which takes place after the third film, where he holds back Dude from chasing after lizard Maleficent to help save Ben and Mal's wedding.
- Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Downplayed, though only in the sense that Audrey is an Anti-Villain. While Audrey proves quite competent in putting Auradon under a deep sleep and opposing the heroes, Chad does nearly nothing other than annoy her, leading to her imprisoning him in a closet.
- Villains Out Shopping: Invoked. After Mal outdoes Audrey again and makes her mad, Chad suggests Audrey blow off steam by ordering things online or binge watching movies, which doesn't sound too unreasonable, but Audrey's hatred of Mal has consumed her too much for her to even take a break.
- You Talk Too Much!: What Audrey finds really annoying about him, so she strands him in the closet.
Portrayed by: Brenna D'Amico
The daughter of the Fairy Godmother.
- Adaptational Dye-Job: Wicked World has her having brown hair with magenta highlights.
- The Baby of the Bunch: For the AKs; She's the least mature emotional wise, all her clothes have a demure and innocent look, and her animated counterpart in Wicked World is distinctly shorter than the other girls.
- Birds of a Feather: With Carlos; They are both the unassertive "younger sibling" figure in their circle of friends.
- A Birthday, Not a Break: In Descendants 3, her birthday is ruined by Audrey's attempt to take over Auradon, and she never once gets a bite of her own birthday cake. However, she states that it's the longest birthday she ever had on the plus side.
- I Just Want to Be Beautiful: Her character arc in a nutshell. It culminates in her doing the unthinkable and stealing her mother's wand during Ben's coronation.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- A Lesson Learned Too Well: Early on in the film, Jane takes Mal's manipulations as advice to stop being a plain doormat. Instead of becoming a confident Nice Girl however, Jane almost became the Beta Bitch to Audrey's Alpha Bitch.
- Magic Misfire: In Descendants: Wicked World, Audrey orders her to use magic on her hair. Jane does it, and totally messes up Audrey's hair as a result. She did try to warn Audrey that trusting an amateur like herself to cast magic wasn't a good idea...
- Muggle Born of Mages: Even though she's the daughter of the Fairy Godmother, Jane shows no aptitude with magic... until Descendants: Wicked World, and she's quite incompetent. Her reaction to this? Go someplace and lie down. In the first film, she steals her mother's magic wand because she believes magic will make her beautiful.
- Nice Girl: She is genuinely a sweet and kind girl.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The Core Four have decided to not go through with the plan to steal the Fairy Godmother's wand and break the magical barrier on the Isle of the Lost... and then Jane takes the wand for herself and breaks the barrier by accident.
- Oblivious to Love: One of the subplots in the sequel is Carlos's repeated failed attempts to ask Jane to Cotillion. When he finally manages to spit it out, she thinks he's talking about going to the dance as part of a larger group. It's not until his third try, in which he uses the phrase "be my date", that she gets it.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Acts uncharacteristically condescending to Mal at Family Day due to pressure to fit in, prompting Mal to undo the spell on her hair.
- Plain Jane: Her initial appearance early on in the movie, prompting Mal to give her a magical makeover, only to have Mal undo the spell when Jane acts condescendingly to Mal at Family Day.
- Portmanteau Couple Name: For her birthday, Carlos gives her a necklace that reads "Jarlos", and she loves it.
- Shrinking Violet: Fits the trope to a T. Post movie, she is still shy and quieter than her girlfriends, but slowly growing more outgoing.
- Symbol Motif Clothing: Not a symbol exactly, but Jane's clothes always have bows on them. The outfit she wears for the Neon Lights Ball has a bow on her Purely Aesthetic Glasses, and the "Jarlos" necklace that Carlos gives her for her birthday has a tiny bow on it, too.
- True Blue Femininity: Jane is a gentle and soft-spoken girl whose wardrobe palette is mostly soft blues and periwinkle.
- Wardrobe Wound: When Lonnie rips her skirt to Show Some Leg, Jane attempts the same, only to immediately regret it, knowing her mom won't be happy with that.
Portrayed by: Dianne Doan
The daughter of Fa Mulan and Li Shang.
- '20s Bob Haircut: Sports one in her first appearance. It's quickly discarded after Mal casts the better hair spell on her.
- Action Girl: In Descendants 2 she decides to accompany the VKs to the Isle and proves to be this, at one point disarming her opponent, handing him her sword, and then beating him unarmed. Her mother is Mulan, after all.
- Ascended Extra: In the first movie her main purpose was to be part of the kitchen scene and discover that the VKs had terrible home lives. In the sequel she gets a much larger role, working to join the fencing team and later forces her way into helping the VKs rescue Ben from Uma on the Isle.
- Audience Surrogate: Lonnie is by far the most "normal" of any character, hero or villain, such that she's practically a blank slate as far as characterization goes. However, Lonnie takes the outside observer view, such that she is very curious about the villain kids and their lifestyles. Being an outsider like the audience, the questions she asks the kids are representative of what the audience would ask. This comes across strongly in the kitchen scene, when she discovers they don't have true family moments, her tearing up more or less sums up the audience's reaction to such a revelation. She eventually grows out of this role in Wicked World, and the role shifts to Freddie.
- Badass Normal: She has no superpowers, but is capable of holding her own against a fencing team and a pirate team. Of course, given who raised her...
- Culture Equals Costume: As the daughter of Chinese Mulan, all of Lonnie's clothes have a distinctly oriental element.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: When fighting on the Isle of the Lost, she disarms a pirate, give him her sword (which leaves her unarmed), and then downs him with a single kick to the face.
- Gender-Blender Name: Goes by "Lonnie", which is traditionally a man's name. Of course, as the daughter of Mulan, this is quite appropriate.
- The Generic Girl: Apart from being established as Mulan's daughter, there isn't anything outstanding about Lonnie or her personality in the first film, making her by far the most normal compared to everyone else throughout the movie. All she ever does is ask for a new hairstyle and reacts to the situations involving the main characters. Subverted in Descendants 2, when she proves she takes after her Mom by aspiring to join the boys' swordsmanship team and kicking ass on the VK's second foray to the Isle.
- Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She's most commonly seen in pink, mostly wears skirts or dresses in the daytime and clearly likes getting her hair done, but she's a proficient swordswoman and insists on joining in the fight with Jay and Carlos.
- Informed Attribute: Promotional materials claim she's interested in hip-hop dancing, but this aspect of her character is barely featured in the film. This does show up in her A Day in the Limelight episode 11 of Wicked World where she performs a Hip-hop dance routine for Jordan's web show.
- Loophole Abuse: How Jay gets her on the boys' swordsmanship team. The rules clearly state that the team must consist of "a captain and eight men" ... so Jay hands over his own position as Team Captain to her.
- Master Swordswoman: She's the best fencer in the school and the only one who can match Jay.
- Nice Girl: Like Ben, Lonnie extends a friendly hand to the VKs, and never gives them a hard time because of their heritage.
- Not So Above It All: If she is the one posting the hidden webcam videos in "School of Secrets" - she started doing it to reveal everyone else's dirty little secrets and bad traits, but she ended up revealing a side of herself she didn't like when she started pranking people and realized she had a bad side as well. In the final two episodes of the first season of Wicked World, she tries to be funny by implementing stock music and sound effects seen in mystery films, but no one appreciates that.
- Pair the Spares: Ends up paired with Chad during the final dance number, due to Audrey choosing to dance with Jay instead.
- The Peeping Tom: Non-sexual version, of course. In the "School of Secrets" web series, it's all but confirmed that she's the one posting the hidden webcam videos.
- Perpetual Smiler: She is seen smiling almost all the time.
- Put on a Bus: She's the only AK who does not appear in Descendants 3, though she does appear in archive footage.
Portrayed by: Zachary Gibson
The son of Dopey.
- The B Grade: His biggest fear is this, getting an A-.
- Dating Catwoman: Played With. He's dating Evie who happens to be the Evil Queen's daughter.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Evie, at first. He obviously has a crush on her from the start and even helps her out when Chad turned her in for cheating and continues to want to be friends with her even when the rest of the school turns on the villain kids.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Doug is clearly human-sized, so he's doubtlessly half-dwarf, half-human.
- Hidden Depths: He is shown to play a little acoustic guitar in 3.
- Like Father, Like Son: Like Dopey, he's awkward...
- Like Father, Unlike Son: But unlike Dopey, he's (mostly) human and The Smart Guy.
- His remarks in Descendants 2 suggest this trope also applies to Happy's son. "Kind of a dark streak."
- Nice Guy: In contrast to Chad, Doug supports Evie and helps her instead of taking advantage of her.
- Put on a Bus: He and Chad are the only two AKs who don't appear in Wicked World at all.
- Satellite Love Interest: He doesn't really seem to have much of a role outside of being Evie's boyfriend.
Voiced by: Bobby Moynihan
The canine mascot of Auradon Prep who becomes Carlos' sidekick.
- Animal Gender-Bender: The dog that portrays him is actually a female named Paisley.
- Canine Companion: Becomes this to Carlos and is seen alongside him most of the time.
- Cannot Tell a Lie: Given that he consumed a truth Gummy, Dude can only tell the truth.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He, and his lack of ability to listen when ordered to "stay", comes in handy when he arrives in the nick of time when Mal needs to persuade Uma that the fake Magic Wand is real and she pretends to cast a talking spell on him.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: In D2, he is left at Auradon Prep while Uma attacks the royal Cotillion. In D3, he (as well as the the Core Four [save for Mal], Gil, and Ben) are all turned to stone by Audrey until Mal defeats her.
- Suddenly Speaking: Originally a regular dog who says nothing but barking, he gains the ability to speak verbally when he takes a snack of Mal's truth gummy which was originally meant for Carlos.
- Talking Animal: Becomes this in 2 after snacking on a truth gummy made by Mal.
Played by: Judith Maxie
Aurora's mother and Audrey's grandmother.
- Ascended Extra: She only appeared at the beginning of Sleeping Beauty at the celebration of Aurora's birth, as well as the ending.
- Irony: Like her family's enemy Maleficent, she too instilled her own personal goals for her (grand)daughter Audrey to fulfill, using and pressuring her to marry Ben (more so into his family) so her family could gain higher social status. When Ben proposes to Mal instead, just like when Maleficent reacted angrily to Mal not following through with her scheme, minus the dragon part Queen Leah scorns Audrey the same way for failing to fulfill their family's plans.note
- Jerkass Has a Point: In the third film, she states that they don't have a choice whether to accept the Villain Kids or not.
- OOC Is Serious Business: After Audrey is in a dead-like state after her confrontation with Mal, the queen doesn't make any snide remarks nor blame Mal nor get into a fit of anger for what happened to Audrey, all of which would've been very appropriate responses. Instead, she sits by her granddaughter's side, forlorn and withdrawn, hoping against all odds that she doesn't lose her granddaughter the same way she almost lost Aurora. After Hades awakens Audrey, she has a Jerkass Realization and apologizes to Mal.
- Racist Grandma: She doesn't trust the Villain Kids and makes it clear she blames Mal for Maleficent causing her and Stefan to miss out on Aurora's childhood. After Mal's father Hades causes her to not lose her granddaughter the same way she almost lost Aurora, it becomes the inverse as she apologizes to Mal for everything. She also supports Mal's decision to take down the Isle's barrier.
Queen Belle and King Beast
Played by: Keegan Connor Tracy (Belle), Dan Payne (Beast)
The current rulers of Auradon and the parents of Prince Ben.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Beast is continuously referred to as "Beast", even though he probably has a normal name. He's usually referred to by his title, however. For the most part, anyone who does refer to him as "Beast" does so as an insult.
Played by: Melanie Paxson
The headmistress of Auradon Prep and the mother of Jane.
- Adaptational Badass: Allegedly, she's said to be powerful enough to rival Maleficent.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Though she is hesitant and cautious about having the Core Four VKs in Auradon Prep, she nonetheless goes about teaching and treating them without judgment and doesnt automatically try to force or shame them into being "good". She even arranges a video call for them to contact their parents for Auradon's Family Daynote despite having to directly deal with some of Auradon's worst enemies (and having no idea what VKs/Villains relationships would be like).
Isle of the Lost
Played by: Kristin Chenoweth (Maleficent), Maz Jobrani (Jafar), Wendy Raquel Robinson (Cruella), Kathy Najimy (Evil Queen)
The parents of the main Villain Kids.
- Abusive Parent: As shown in the cookie scene in the first film, none of the parents have ever shown much affection to the kids. More apparent in the book, where all of the VK's parents are abusive in their own ways:
- Jafar uses Jay to stock the shelves of his store, with no regard to what would happen to Jay if he ever were caught.
- Evil Queen values Evie solely for her beauty, which she sees as an extension of her former self, and trains her to be a perfect housewife and marry a prince to become a queen - while reminding her to get a mother-in-law suite at whatever castle she ends up in.
- Maleficent uses Mal to grab more power for herself on and off the island, and Mal's scared to death of disappointing her.
- Cruella is perhaps the most straightforward example, as she forces Carlos to sleep on a mattress in her dressing room, and uses him as her personal servant. She has brainwashed him to be afraid of dogs so that he will never leave her. Mal outright refers to Carlos as her slave, and he is absolutely terrified of her.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Maleficent was mostly cold, intimidating, and at times calmly stoic in her original film. Here she's much more of a Large Ham, courtesy of being played by known Broadway actress Kristin Chenoweth.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Cruella spends much of her time on screen with her son, Carlos, stroking his hair while he uncomfortably tolerates her or pushes her hand away.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Don't let Maleficent's portrayal in this film fool you. We see at various points during the franchise that anything Maleficent owned is likely to be a cursed object.
- Pet the Dog: While Evie will likely never know about it, Evil Queen is proud hearing her daughter's name as the designer of Mal's dress on TV, especially since fashion designer doesn't fall under the "dutiful housewife" description. When Maleficent tries to dismiss it as unimportant compared to her daughter following her [Maleficent's] plan (or so she believes), Evil Queen is quick to call Maleficent bitter.
- Punch-Clock Villain / Retired Monster: While Maleficent is completely focused on her plan for their kids to steal Fairy Godmother's wand to bring down the barrier so the villains can wreak havoc and revenge again, Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella are pretty passive about it and hardly involve themselves. When the barrier is briefly down, Maleficent ditches them to travel to Auradon; we don't see the other three until briefly before the "Set It Off" music number, but none of them seem angry or curious as to what happened after Maleficent left them. They do however still hold grudges against their original enemies.
- Also, while their parenting style is still self-centered, Jafar and Evil Queen's goals for their kids don't involve personal revenge or necessarily seeking to hurt others. Jafar needs Jay to steal treasure pieces either for their own riches or to sell in his shop, while EQ wants Evie to be a good housewife to a handsome prince (with a castle with a mother-in-law wing for her)note . The times we see them onscreen show they can be very doting to their kids (compared to Maleficent and Cruella's parenting), though Jay and Evie do indicatenote their parents could still be cold and terrifying at times.
- Race Lift: Cruella is played by African-American actress Wendy Raquel Robinson.
Characters introduced in Wicked World
Played by: Ursula Taherian
The daughter of the Genie.
- Ambiguously Human: She looks 100% human since she doesn't have blue skin, but since she's Genie's daughter, it's not clear if she's full genie, or half-genie, due to being able to live inside a lamp.
- Cooking Show: Apparently runs one from her lamp, which the gang interrupts thanks to Mal's second wish. Oddly, she puts on a Southern Belle accent while hosting.
- Culture Equals Costume: Subverted; Jordan's Jewel-bilee dress is heavily influenced by the Indian Sari, but her parents' story takes place in the Middle East.
- Deadpan Snarker: Even though she's one of the good kids, she's snarky enough to give Mal and even Audrey a run for their money, leading to no small friction with them.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Jordan starts showing more respect for Mal despite the bad first impression Jordan got when she first appeared.
- Heroic Bystander: Jordan made a brave attempt to stand up to Zevon, who had just made himself more powerful compared to her and the other AKs in the room. She gets levitated and pinned to a column, but it was still an impressive effort.
- It's All About Me: While not a prominent trait of hers, Jordan can be rather self-centered, such as wanting a school dance themed around her.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though she can sometimes be a bit rude, she cares about her friends, including the Villain Kids.
- Multicolored Hair: She has black hair with purple highlights.
- No Social Skills: Downplayed, she can get along more or less fine with the other heroes, but it's shown she tends to not get very informed about the VK community, and often prefers spending time alone in her lamp than in open spaces with other humans.
Played by: China Anne McClain, Lauryn McClain (post Neon Lights Ball arc)
The daughter of Dr. Facilier. Ends up in Auradon thanks to some miscast wishes from Mal.
- Alliterative Name: Assuming she uses her father's last name, this applies.
- Ambiguously Evil: Freddie may have joined everyone at Auradon for now, but she's also very creepy, shifty, and definitely has a hidden agenda which went awry because her partner betrayed her by forgoing their "partnership of equals".
- Audience Surrogate: She takes this role in Wicked World, wherein she is the oddball of the bunch. Freddie usually has to have things explained to her, such as life in Auradon Prep and the types of people she will be meeting.
- Big Eater: She pigs out at a food table upon arriving in Auradon.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Casually shrunk one student's head as a throwaway gag in one episode.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She's a thief, a crook, but when she finds out her partner CJ Hook betrayed their little arrangement by treating her like a minion, she's outraged.
- Friendly Enemy: Even though she's a thief who pulls scams and has caused Mal trouble several times in the past, she still considers Mal a friend. Mal of course, returns the sentiment, despite being creeped out, and it helps that before going to Auradon, Mal was a small-time opportunistic thief, not unlike Freddie herself.
- Gender-Blender Name: Ben posits that it's short for "Frederique", but we never get confirmation of this. As she goes by "Freddie", she plays this straight.
- Girlish Pigtails: Subverted; Freddie is more tomboyish than the traditional definition of girly.
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "This X just got interesting."
- Manipulative Bastard: How she convinces Ben to let her stay in Auradon once she's there, claiming she wants to change too but clearly having another agenda alongside her enigmatic partner. Mal and Audrey are not fooled in the least but despite their protests, they have no choice but to put up with her. However, she herself was manipulated in the process too, because she was trying to fulfill a bargain CJ Hook made with her. This is why Mal is wary of her. Freddie can render a person weak-minded, and charm them into giving her what she wants.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Freddie helped her partner-in-crime, CJ Hook go to Auradon and do garden-variety villain acts, but when it became clear to Freddie that CJ treated her as her minion instead of an equal, Freddie decided to break off their partnership.
- The Mole: Was responsible for harboring her partner CJ into Auradon. However, Freddie quits after she realized how she was treated.
- Multicolored Hair: Her black hair is full of white streaks.
- Nice Hat: A small theatrical top hat in all outfits but her genie one.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She gives Mal a good luck charm from her father's shop as a compensation for Mal not finding her family jewel. She doesn't realize, however, that the necklace contains the jewel, which is cursed to bring out Mal's evil side.
- Nightmare Fetishist: As to be expected from someone whose father is into voodoo and spirits, and she shrinks people's heads. This is part of the reason why Mal finds her untrustworthy.
- Sassy Black Woman: Not as bad as other examples, but she does sometimes take the level-headed approach with some snark.
- Sticky Fingers: Tries to encourage Audrey to steal something from her shop, and later grabs a ton of food from the school's buffet.
Calista Jane "CJ" Hook
Played by: Myrna Velasco
Daughter of Captain Hook. Freddie's partner who was seen hanging around her store, and is shown to have been transported to Auradon with her. Freddie wants to keep her a secret for some reason.
- Ambiguous Situation: Her appearance in the last episode of Season 2 is rather dubious as she crashed the Jewel-bilee, only to let the Villain and Auradon Kids have their big number. She doesn't even try to cause trouble like anyone would expect and as a result, the AKs don't bother with her presence. Quite possibly, she's decided to take a break from being evil and just wants to entertain herself. Alternatively, she's no longer considered a serious threat due to both of her agendas failing, and since she hasn't stood in the way of the AKs and VKs, there doesn't seem to be a reason to stop her or exclude her.
- Apple of Discord: She's practically a living one, as her little actions led to a chain reaction of suspicion until everyone is at odds with each other, tearing them piece by piece.
- The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest in the Hook family, after Harriet and Harry.
- The Bus Came Back: In Season 2 as Zevon's new partner in his latest scheme.
- Card-Carrying Villain: CJ utterly revels in evil and piracy. She even makes a speech about it.
- The Chessmaster: She practically played the Villain and Hero Kids like puppets on strings. CJ had Freddie trick Mal into smuggling her into Auradon, caused a string of bad luck for everyone, which made everyone suspect the Villain Kids, then kidnapped Ben causing everyone to briefly turn on each other. In many ways, CJ proved to be a lot more cunning than Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay combined.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: CJ has honey-blond hair and slightly but noticeably tanned skin. Given her pirate lineage, CJ's skin may simply be sun-kissed.
- Foil: Like Mal and Freddie, CJ wants to step out of her parent's shadow. Unlike them, she does it by blazing her own villainous career instead of adopting goodness.
- I Just Want to Be Free: More than the average Isle kid. CJ's greatest dream is to sail around the world, unburdened by anything.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is her father Captain James Hook's first initials.
- Moment Killer: CJ crashes the Jewel-bilee while Audrey was giving a heartfelt apology to Mal, but it's subverted when she says "On with the show!". Despite this interruption, the AKs and VKs turn a blind eye to her and go on with their ceremony, trusting that she is no longer a threat to them...for the time being.
- Only Known by Initials: Only in Cruz's novels is her full name revealed to be Calista Jane Hook.
- Pet the Dog: In a Bait-and-Switch moment, CJ crashes the Jewel-bilee, but instead of trying to ruin everyone's night, she encourages them to get their performance on. It seems she doesn't have a reason to be a threat to the Descendants, for now.
- Talk Like a Pirate: It's normally an understated accent, until she starts dipping into buccaneer lingo.
- The Unseen: Starts out this way during Freddie's introduction.
Daughter of Rapunzel and Eugene.
Played by: Jennifer Veal
Daughter of Alice in Wonderland.
- Constantly Curious: Like her mother. Asks if she can touch Freddie's shrunken head even though she's disgusted by it.
- Innocently Insensitive / Brutal Honesty:
- Like a lot of the Auradon kids towards the newcomers, she immediately starts asking Freddie questions like "Can you sprout horns?" when she meets her.
- In "Carpet Jacked", she spends several minutes insulting Mal, though at least this time, she reveals she's mis-stepping, and yet misused the phrase "no offense" almost as a Verbal Tic.
- Like Father, Like Son: She has the same curious personality as her mother.
- Multicolored Hair: She has blonde hair with blue highlights.
- Naïve Everygirl: Yup. She's ridiculously naive even when things are obvious.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She looks so much like her mother.
Played by: Bradley Steven Perry
Son of Yzma who has been tailing Mal ever since she came to the Isle of The Lost to find her missing family gem.
- Ax-Crazy: Every bit as crazy as his mother.
- Big Bad: Of Season 2 in Wicked World where he plots to assemble the Dismantled MacGuffin to take over Auradon.
- Delusions of Eloquence: "Allow me to introductory myself," anyone?
- High Collar of Doom: On his trench coat, styled after his mother's iconic enormous cape collars.
- Mad Scientist: Stole various chemicals to create potions that would allow him to teleport, and reach through walls.
- Mysterious Watcher: Much like CJ, he's another VK hiding in the shadows and tailing Mal and having sneaked on the mainland. Unlike CJ however, his appearances are glaringly obvious, with an entire plot building up to his reveal, whereas CJ gets a wham reveal.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Zevon will usually let out a "Ba-Bam" or "Ka-Pow" while he throws potions for emphasis.
- Skunk Stripe: One of his forelocks is colored blue-green.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Zevon thinks highly of himself as everyone's worst nightmare as Yzma's son, but out of all the VK's he's the most obscure, everybody just reacted in annoyance and disgust when he appears and Carlos pretty much doubted his claims of power.
- Stalker with a Crush: Zevon makes it clear he has a thing for Mal, and it's part of why he tailed her to Auradon. Additionally, Mal's rejection of him is the reason for his retribution against her.
- Villain Team-Up: His partner is none other than CJ Hook, who caused the Descendants trouble in the previous season.
Characters introduced in Descendants 2
Portrayed by: China Anne McClain
The daughter of Ursula.
- Anti-Villain: Her Evil Plan is to destroy the Isle's barrier and free the Villain Kids, a desire that is quite understandable. She's rewarded for it in Descendants 3.
- Arch-Enemy: Well, considering she used to be Mal's close childhood friend, literally grew up with her, and knows Mal's interests better than nearly anyone, it's natural that Uma would be this for Mal.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Just like her mother, in the climax, Uma turns into a giant human/octopus hybrid and gains control of the water. She can't use this on land.
- Benevolent Boss: Constant yelling and threats aside, Uma genuinely cares about and respects her pirate crew. In fact, when Ben offers her the chance to go to Auradon, she turns down the offer since it would mean leaving her crew trapped in the Isle. That's how much she cares about them.
- Berserk Button: Although it's a delayed boom, never bring up her childhood nickname, Shrimpy.
- Big Bad: Of Descendants 2. She has taken over Mal's old turf on the Isle, and plots to break the magical barrier and set all the Villain Kids free.
- Combat Tentacles: She can turn into a giant cecaelia and use her tentacles in a fight.
- Disappointed in You: When it comes to her anger towards Mal, she's pretty loud and clear, both figuratively and literally, in showing it. So in Descendants 3, when Mal admits to the two VK crews, on their way to becoming Fire-Forged Friends, that it was her idea to permanently close the barrier between the Isle and Auradon, Uma instead just somberly replies how she knew itnote was all too good to be true and merely walks off. Even when Mal later attempts to apologize and get her to stay, Uma doesnt say much before leaving again but still never raises her voice, makes a threat, or puts up a fight.
- Dreadlock Warrior: Technically a box braided warrior, but still applies as she's an excellent sword fighter.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Shrimpy", given to her by Mal when they were little.
- Enfant Terrible: She and Mal used to be this as young children, they were constantly running around the Isle causing mischief and chaos.
- Et Tu, Brute?: She still holds a grudge against Mal for humiliating her while they were young and friends, all the way up to the present day.
- Evil Former Friend: Well, Uma was always evil (or at least as evil as any of the VKs), but after her frenemy Mal betrayed her and left for Auradon and climbed to the top of the country's food chain in a month, Uma swore revenge.
- Evil Plan: To break the barrier of the Isle of the Lost.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She goes from the Isle's laughing stock and a total loser to the feared, powerful leader of a ruthless pirate crew and Mal's most personal opponent.
- HeelFace Turn: Pulls one in the third film after becoming Fire-Forged Friends with Mal. She takes delight in Mal willingly taking down the Isle's barrier to free the Villain Kids.
- Iconic Sequel Character: She's one of the most iconic and noteworthy characters in the franchise, and yet she doesn't appear in the first film at all.
- I Have Your Wife: Uma kidnaps Ben in Descendants 2 in order to get Mal to agree to give her Fairy Godmother's wand in exchange for him.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Mal's bullying did more damage to Uma's self-esteem than she is willing to let on. A larger fraction of her goal of making her mark as a powerful villain is so the world will see her as more than "Shrimpy."
- It's All About Me: Considering that her villain song is all about demanding her crew to sing her name, it's safe to say that this applies. That being said, she uses more inclusive language ("No one's gonna stop US", "The world will be OURS") than the Core Four did in their introduction song, "Rotten to the Core", and she's shown she cares greatly about her crew members as the film progresses.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Earlier in the movie, when watching Mal being interviewed, she expresses irritation that Mal forgot about the dire living situation of the other isle kids and when a captured Ben offers to aid in her desire to free the children of the Isle she expresses disinterest in what she views as faux concern. Considering the fact that no real change is set in motion until after the climax, when Evie mentions making a list of worthy rescues it's hard to find her anger unjustifiable.
- Karmic Jackpot: Seeking to destroy the Isle's barrier to free the Villain Kids imprisoned there and helping Mal and her friends save Auradon from Audrey ultimately pays off when Mal takes down the Isle's barrier and creates a bridge from the Isle to Auradon, which allows Uma to come to Auradon, much to her delight.
- The Leader: Like how Mal is this for the Villain Kids and Ben is this for Auradon, Uma's the captain of her own pirate crew on the Isle of the Lost with Harry Hook as her first mate. Ben offering her to come to Auradon was due to seeing how much of a natural leader she is and that she'd be a strong proponent for making further changes for the Isle kids.
- Like Father, Like Son: As Ursula did before her, Uma enchants a young man of royalty into falling in love with her. And also like her mother, Uma has the ability to turn into a giant cecaelia, cast spells, and control water.
- Making a Splash: She has the power to manipulate water, though she never does this outside of the sea, where she's at her most powerful.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is the feminine form of "number one" in Portuguese.
- Mirror Character: Audrey. Both are Anti-Villains who have a desire for vengeance against Mal, whom they loathe for having a life that they wanted, both of them have an older female family member who is emotionally abusive towards them, and both have incredibly understandable reasons for being hurt and upset. Even Uma and Audrey themselves acknowledge their similarities to an extent, as Audrey says that Uma is "quite possibly the only person in the world who hates Mal more than I do", and Uma tells Mal "and dang, did you ruin Audrey's life!" after reading Audrey's diary without her permission.
- Morality Chain: With significantly more emphasis on "chain" than "morality." Since Uma is the only person Harry listens to, she's the one who curbs his more violent urges.
- Multicolored Hair: Sea blue with black and white.
- Nice Hat: A tricorn decorated with barnacles and other sea life.
- Nothing Personal: In Descendants 3, when Uma finally shows up, Mal could only guess that Uma had been waiting for that moment to take revenge since their last encounter. Uma is rather surprised, and tells her she didn't wait and show up just for petty revenge this time around (or so she claims).
- Not So Above It All: Uma usually means business when dealing with Mal, but in Descendants 3, she can't resist rubbing it in Mal's face in the way she explains what Fairy Cottage is:Uma: She hangs out in Fairy Cottage, you know where Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather hid her mom from your mom...
Mal: [irritated] Yes, ha ha ha I get it. The irony is not lost on me.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Uma appears fully human, but her Mom's a sea witch, and if the cameo is any indication, Ursula still has her tentacles. At the climax of Descendants 2, Uma jumps into the sea and transforms into a cecaelia, implying that it may have something to do with the magic in her mother's seashell necklace working in Auradon.
- Pirate: Uma dresses and operates like one, despite being the daughter of a sea witch.
- Redemption Rejection:
- During the time Ben is captured on the ship, he talks with Uma and ends up giving her a heartfelt apology, which she rebuffs in favor of getting to Auradon her way.
- Happens again during the Cotillion - Mal, empathetic to Uma's anger and feelings of abandonment, offers her the chance to give up on revenge and turn Good. Uma, likely not trusting Mal's sudden and unprecedented goodwill, responds by turning into a giant cecaelia monster and trying to attack the people on the Cotillion ship with her tentacles. It's not until Ben talks to her that Uma decides to peacefully go back to the Isle of the Lost, but the last scene implies that she's not done with her evil plans yet.
- Subverted in the third film, where she finally makes a HeelFace Turn.
- Sassy Black Woman: Played with. She has a flair for the dramatic but her sassiness is a more realistic example that contrasts with her cold anger.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: She dolls herself up for the Royal Cotillion quite splendidly.
- She's Got Legs: She knows it, too. Her outfit shows off her legs, and as she mentions in What's My Name, "I see your eyes on me, boys..."
- Socketed Equipment: As shown in Descendants 3, Uma can equip Hades' ember into her shell necklace to enhance its power, and her shell necklace allows her to bypass the limitation that only Hades and anyone of his blood can use it.
- Token Evil Teammate: At least at first amongst the two VK crews teaming up in Descendants 3. She makes it clear that she doesn't care about the good of Auradon, let alone have so much as an incentive to even help Mal, and all she sees from joining Mal's group is one less Auradonian to take revenge on before her eventual takeover of Auradon. It doesnt last too long though.
- Trailers Always Lie: Trailers for Descendants 3 imply that she'll return as a (if not the) Big Bad with a plan for revenge against Mal, but while she still wanted revenge against Mal and was going to take Hades' ember for herself in the movie proper, her first scene ended with her forming an Enemy Mine with Mal and her friends to defeat Audrey.
- Unscaled Merfolk: Uma transforms into a giant cecaelia, a half-octopus creature like her mother Ursula, at the climax of Descendants 2.
- Villain Song: What's My Name?, an anthem to her superiority and her plans to Take Over the World.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She wants to bring down the barrier to set free all the kids trapped on the Isle... but also go on to take over the world. Mal ends up saving her the trouble at the end of the third movie, and Uma counts this as a win.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: With some hints of white and sea-foam green.
Portrayed by: Thomas Doherty
The son of Captain Hook.
- Anything That Moves: Downplayed, given that it's a Disney Channel franchise, but he's all but confirmed as bisexual, and flirts with just about everybody.
- Ax-Crazy: Besides generally acting like a loon, Harry really wants to skewer someone on his hook.
- The Dragon: The first mate to Uma's captain and, surprisingly, proud to be at her beck and call.
- Dual Wielding: Harry typically dual wields a sword with his hook.
- Establishing Character Moment: When Harry first appears, hes unabashedly rude towards everybody while entering Ursula's.
- Guyliner: He occasionally wears some very pirate-y kohl.
- HeelFace Turn: In the third film, after becoming Fire-Forged Friends with Mal and the others to defeat Audrey. He seems to take interest in Audrey after she reforms too.
- Hooks and Crooks: Given who his father is? No duh. Unlike Hook Sr.'s case, it's not physically joined to him. Emotionally, he's attached enough to the thing to dive after it when it's tossed overboard.
- Implied Love Interest: Harry and Uma have been tight ever since they were little, but his single minded loyalty, awestruck and sometimes playful flirting in the books all strongly hint that Harry's got a lot more than friendship on his mind. While some of her interactions with him in the movie can be seen as flirtatious, the jury's out on whether or not Uma shares the feeling. Though, it's implied he went for Audrey in the end instead. His feelings for her are pretty much confirmed when Harry blatantly goes in for a full lip kiss with Uma. She swats him away for it.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Much of Harry's personality is trying to rile others up by getting in their faces and (at best) making them uncomfortable or (at worst) taunting them. He's also overall pretty boastful and boisterous in his words and actions. So in Descendants 3, when Mal admits to the two VK crews, on their way to becoming Fire-Forged Friends, that it was her idea to permanently close the barrier between the Isle and Auradon, Harry gets in Ben's face... only to rhetorically ask in a somber tone if they're going to be thrown back on the Isle again.
- Outnumbered Sibling: Downplayed. According to the books, Harry is the middle child between his two sisters, Harriet and CJ.
- Shout-Out: Harry greatly resembles the incarnation of Captain Hook from Once Upon a Time.
- Troll: Getting under people's skin is Harry's favorite pastime. He seems to have two ways to do it: violent threats or acting in a friendly-bordering-on-flirty manner to creep them out. Even when delivering Uma's message to the VKs, Harry can't help but rile Jay up by insinuating he's lost his touch, then yipping like a dog to spook Carlos.
- Undying Loyalty: Harry is devoted and true to Uma. He never goes rogue, no matter how much he may want to, and won't tolerate the slightest insult against her.
- Violent Glaswegian: Harry is practically chomping at the bit to skewer people with his hook and sports a Scottish accent.
Portrayed by: Dylan Playfair
The son of Gaston.
- Ambiguously Gay: Kissed Harry in a deleted scene and seems to have something going on with Jay by the end of the third movie.
- Dumb Muscle: Uma did hire Gil for his strength, but despite being labeled as dim, he can show some Simple-Minded Wisdom.
- Hunk: Gil embodies all the values of his father, Gaston, by being handsome and strong.
- Kick the Dog: In Descendants 3, he and Harry stole the Four's bikes and crashed them just to stick it to them.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: While he is simple minded, unlike his father he's not a jerkass, doesn't care about revenge, or even prone to anger, even towards his enemies. Even he's somewhat creeped out by his father's hunting trophies.
- Mythology Gag: Gil is introduced in Descendants 2 pigging out on hardboiled eggs, no doubt a nod to his father's boast about eating five dozen eggs a day.
- This Means Warpaint: Wears black and orange markings on his face during the dockyard battle scenes.
- Token Good Teammate: Not that Uma or Harry are inherently "evil" but unlike them he doesn't seem to care much about getting revenge or being mean. When he gets a chance to visit Auradon in Descendants 3, he gets genuinely excited over small things like fresh fruit and puppies, doesn't troll or antagonize the other VKs at any point, and is the first to follow up with Evie's failed "icebreaker" attempt to make friends with Jay and the others (and it works). At most, he's a petty crook.
- Dylan Playfair himself describes Gil's relationship with others as being like a golden retriever who just likes being with people.
Portrayed by: Anna Cathcart
The daughter of Drizella, the niece of Anastasia, the step-niece of Cinderella, and the granddaughter of Lady Tremaine.
- Cool Big Sis: Downplayed, but she is shown to act as a surrogate one to Squeaky and Squirmy similar to how Evie acts like this towards her.
- Cuddle Bug: Her first instinct when Evie shows up is to pounce on the older girl in a tight hug.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: She's adorable and loves to Squee!, but her shouts are extremely loud and she's often told by her grandmother to shut up.
- Demonic Possession: In Under the Sea, Uma apparently possesses her by using her magic necklace to do so, causing Dizzy to speak to Mal through Uma's voice. Subverted when it turns out to be All Just a Dream.
- Demoted to Extra: While the second film had her as a Small Role, Big Impact for Evie and the VKs and later one of the stinger scenes, the third film has her absent from all the plot scenes by having her babysit Squeaky and Squirmy while the Core Four and Celia go back to the Isle and then falling under Audrey's sleeping spell.
- The Fashionista: Dizzy's an aspiring one. Her hobby is crafting jewelry out of bits and bobs she finds around her family's salon.
- Foil: To Chad Charming, ironically her step-cousin. Dizzy is a Nice Girl, whereas Chad is a selfish Jerkass who makes Evie do all his homework, a girl Dizzy sees as an older sister figure. Additionally, both fit the Like Father, Unlike Son trope, but for entirely different reasons.
- Genki Girl: For a VK, Dizzy is one bubbly little sweetheart.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Dizzy doesn't show any traits associated with the Tremaine family. In fact, being a downtrodden, but optimistic and kind dreamer who works like a maid makes her a dead ringer for Cinderella, her step-aunt.
- Morality Pet:
- Raised by Grandparents: She appears to be raised mostly, if not exclusively, by her grandmother Lady Tremaine.
- Token Good Teammate: For potentially the entire Isle, as she's much nicer than any of the VKs we've seen and is ecstatic to go to Auradon at the end.
Characters introduced in Descendants 3
Portrayed by: Cheyenne Jackson
The former ruler of the Underworld and Mal's father.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Hercules depicts Hades as a creepy-looking character with grey skin, a large pointed chin, sharp teeth, and yellow eyes. This Hades looks like a human punk rocker, albeit with tall, fiery blue hair. It also helps that he is played by none other than Cheyenne Jackson.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: He's practically a saint compared to his animated counterpart, who was slimy, scheming, and prone to violently angry outbursts. In fact, Hades of Greek Mythology was fairly tame. He's also shown to have genuine love for his daughter Mal, even if they don't get along at first.
- Adaptational Personality Change: This version forgoes James Woods' "fast-talking car salesman" personality in favor of a younger and edgier rockstar vibe. He does, however, retain his snarky tendencies.
- Advertised Extra: Hades was heavily featured in a lot of promotional material for the film, but in the actual film, he disappears after the first act, and remains absent until the end.
- Ambiguous Situation: The way he is played makes it possible that him giving Mal his ember was part of a ploy to eventually get into Auradon and wreak havoc - but when the time came for it, he abandoned this plan in favor of finally doing good by his daughter. The Royal Wedding reinforces this, as Hades outright confirms that he is still evil at heart but draws the line at doing anything that would betray and hurt his daughter.
- Disappeared Dad: Abandoned Mal after she was born. He claims he left because her mother was too much to handle and that it made Mal a stronger person, but his tone hints that deep down he wasn't happy he missed out. Celia reveals to Mal that he asks about her [Mal] a lot.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His daughter Mal, enough that deep down he's not happy he abandoned her and twice helps her out when she asks, even when it's for his enemies and there's no form of benefit for him in any way.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When he's called to help heal Audrey, he points out the hypocrisy in automatically forgiving her and dismissing it as just an error in judgment, while villains get locked up on the Isle for doing much less. None of the heroes deny it and Beast notably looks ashamed. Granted, Hades doesn't understand the more emotional or sentimental aspect of it, but still, that doesn't make him wrong...Hades: Since when do heroes care about villains? [She's] one of your own? Right. When you guys try to destroy the world, it's an error in judgement. But when it's one of us, lock 'em up and throw away the key. Right, Beast?
- Large Ham: Boy is he! His Villain Song/Quarreling Song with Mal, "Do What You Gotta Do", is his time to shine.
- Minor Major Character: Despite his surprising lack of screentime, his involvement in the plot of Descendants 3 is crucial.
- Mythology Gag: It turns out that he and Maleficent were an item in the past, and this led to the latter conceiving Mal. In the animated series House of Mouse, an entire episode was dedicated to Hades trying to go out with Maleficent (and eventually succeeding).
- "Not So Different" Remark: To Mal, as he points out in "Do What You Gotta Do" — they both engaged in selfish and/or morally-questionable actions under the excuse that they're doing what's best for everyone (Hades by abandoning Mal as a kid, Mal by planning to permanently close the Isle's barrier, though Mal doesn't tell him that).Hades and Mal: (to each other) I did what I had to do! No, you only did what's best for you!
- Overprotective Dad: Gives an implied threat to Ben at the end of the third movie, warning him not to let any hurt befall Mal.
- Parents as People: In The Royal Wedding, he at least tries to be present for Mal and Ben's wedding for his daughter's sake, but people being afraid of him, being bitten by Dude, and his flames going out of control prevent that and force him to leave. Thankfully, he is brought back in time for the occasion.
- Retired Monster: He is still an unrepentant villain, but no longer interested in causing much widespread destruction these days.
- The Stoic: The times he isnt being a Large Ham, Hades isn't much of the sentimental or emotional type.
- Trailers Always Lie: It seemed like Hades would be the Big Bad of the movie, judging from all the promotional material based around him. Instead, the Big Bad is Audrey, and Hades has a rather small amount of screentime.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is a vibrant, fiery blue.
Portrayed by: Jadah Marie
The daughter of Dr. Facilier as well as Freddie's sister.
- All There in the Manual: In Escape from the Isle of the Lost, she possesses voodoo magic (which extends to umbrakinesis and mediumship) and she does have a relationship with her sister. In the movie, she only ever shows off her skills in thievery and card tricks and her sister is never even mentioned.
- Audience Surrogate: Celia is the only VK with a fresh set of eyes to tag with the main characters for a majority of the film. Much like the audience, she is very unfamiliar with the setting and is thrust into a life of excitement and adventure, something viewers would typically fantasize about.
- Cowardly Lion: In spite of acting fearful when Audrey brings suits of armor to life to attack the Villain Kids, she aids Carlos when he loses his sword by giving him a shield. The same thing happens when she acts fearful after being captured by Audrey, cheering for dragon Mal when she fights Audrey.
- Fortune Teller: Since she is Facilier's daughter, she knows how to read your future. But she requires a not so inexpensive fee every time you want your fortune read.
- Harmless Villain: She's not any more evil than a Con Artist. The only bad things she does frequently is overcharge people whenever she reads their fortunes, and she's known to hustle people. Her father did give her the mantra to always "get her cut", after all.
- Laser-Guided Karma: While she is presented as a Nice Girl for most of the film, she does have one evil moment: after Mal reveals that she lied and that the Isle's barrier will be closed forever, Celia insults and calls her out and throws Hades' ember into the water. Granted, it's justified considering that she will never see her father again, but it's more brazen than Evie and Uma's reactions. Literally the next thing that happens to Celia is that Audrey captures her and that she must rely on Mal to save her.
- Nice Girl: Like Dizzy, who she's close friends with, she's very sweet despite growing up on the Isle, and is thrilled to be going to Auradon Prep. It may also have to do with her having a close, genuinely loving relationship with her father, unlike all the other VKs.
- Sixth Ranger: More like eighth as she joins the other VKs in journeying to Auradon to stop Audrey's evil magic.
- Trailers Always Lie: Much of the promos around her hyped her up as one of the possible Big Bad villains with a secret plan at play, but she turned out to be a Nice Girl and ally throughout the whole film, even though she can be an occasional thief. However, a promotional trailer had her give a very grim, but accurate warning about what would happen in the film, showing the audience that a great evil from within Auradon will wreak havoc on the main characters.
Squeaky and Squirmy
Portrayed by: Christian Convery (Squeaky), Luke Roessler (Squirmy)
Smee's twin sons.
- Flat Character: See Living Prop.
- Living Prop: They serve no real purpose in the film other than to round out the four kids who are going to Auradon in the beginning.
- The Quiet One: They don't speak as much.
- Those Two Guys: The two of them are twins and are never seen outside of each other's sight.
- Unfortunate Names