Team Avalor (Elena | Esteban) | Civilians | Outsiders | Villains
Character page for Princess Elena's living family and closest allies.
Note: Season 1 spoilers are unmarked! You Have Been Warned.
The Four Amigos
Crown Princess Elena Castillo Flores of Avalor
Elena's best friend, a practical, down-to-earth girl who serves on the Grand Council. Is described as an adventurer, and is not afraid to jump into action alongside Elena. Her father runs the docks.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: In "My Fair Naomi", thanks to taking too many pages from Esteban (and he himself was in this whole ordeal to prove Doña Paloma wrong), she became obsessed with having the best party, that she ended up becoming more smug. Even Gabe notes this isn't her.
- Audience Surrogate: Serves this role in most episodes. Naomi's reactions to the adventures Elena involves her in is something for the audience to relate to as they ease into the series. This role becomes even more prominent when the Framing Device of Secret of Avalor is Elena telling Naomi (and by extension, the audience) her backstory.
- Backstory: The episode "Captain Turner's Return" and "Finder's Leapers."
- Best Friend: To Elena, the first female friend to Elena her biological age since coming out of the amulet.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Naomi's quite friendly, but she's also feisty and tough, in addition to proving to be very helpful against the villains Elena has to face.
- The Bus Came Back: After leaving to travel the world in "The Last Laugh", Naomi returns to Avalor in "Giant Steps" after realizing that a life at sea wasnt all it was cracked up to be and that it was wrong for her to abandon her friends and her duties in favor of her own desires, especially when Avalor needed her more than ever.
- Early Installment Character Design Difference: It's not as noticeable as some cases but her character design has changed. Her face has gotten a little bit fuller, etc. Word of God confirmed that they changed it up to match her 2D design.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: As of "My Fair Naomi", her single strand of hair now simply hangs down instead of pinned back at her forehead.
- Girliness Upgrade: In "My Fair Naomi", Esteban tries to turn her into a proper lady to impress Doña Paloma at her Quinceñera. As a result she becomes snooty, a perfectionist, and picks out a fancy dress with ruffles which she previously rejected. Though she still wears it at the end Naomi goes back to her old self again.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Has short, blonde hair, and is one of Elena's allies.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: In "My Fair Naomi", while under Acquired Situational Narcissism thanks to Esteban, she picks out an overly fancy dress with ruffles that she had already rejected earlier when she wasn't taking cues from Esteban. Elena and Abuelita agree that it looks bad, but are too nice to say anything about it to Naomi.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Naomi's blue eyes match with her kind and heroic personality.
- It's Personal: Until she learned that the Sirenas have truly changed, she strongly distrusted them even after they helped defeat Shuriki because they were the reason she lost her grandfather, whom she never got to meet.
- "I Want" Song: "Something Special" from "Finders Leapers". She wants to be respected in her position as a member of the grand council.
- The Lancer: The sensible contrast to Elena's energetic.
- Like Brother and Sister: According to Gabe and Mateo to Naomi.
- Like Parent, Like Child:
- Naomi is a perfect blend of both her mother and father, with Scarlett's spunk and Daniel's down-to-earthness.
- Like what her mother did with her father in "Captain Turner Returns", Naomi spins around Gabe and catches him in her arms while they dance in "The Magic Within".
- The Not-Love Interest: What her role boils down to for Elena. They're always there for each other and Elena can especially count on her for support. No matter what, Naomi will always be the person Elena has to keep her company.
- Not So Different: The reveal that she dislikes the sirenas because they sank her grandfather's ship makes her this to Duke Cristobal.
- Penny Among Diamonds: A commoner that serves on the Royal Council and hangs around the palace with the princess. The reason for this choice is because she's The Heart.
- Pink Is Feminine: Her purplish-pink formal dress. Notably, her formal dress doesn't look right on her, both because it looks too feminine for a tomboy such as Naomi and too fancy for a sailor's daughter like Naomi.
- Plucky Girl: Energetic, witty, and determined.
- Put on a Bus: After a reminder of her dream from her old friend Veronica, and with the mountain of bureaucratic work that the Council's had to take on with Esteban's absence, Naomi decides to leave Avalor and travel the seas, promising Elena that she will return when she's done. However, this only lasts for about three episodes and shes back in Avalor as of "Giant Steps".
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She maintains a close and personal relationship with Elena.
- Shout-Out: Possibly, since she shares her last name with another famous Disney seafarer.
- Token White: Everyone else is Latino appearing, aside from a few characters. She's from Norberg, the EverRealm equivalent of colonial-era America.
- Tomboy: She is an adventurous and spunky girl who knows all about ships and dosen't mind getting gritty when the time calls for it.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Elena's girly-girl.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She wears a jewel necklace and doesn't mind wearing formal attire on special occasions.
Mateo de Alva
The new Royal Wizard and one of Elena's friends. His grandfather was the wizard who helped protect the royal family from being wiped out by Shuriki 41 years ago.
- Almighty Janitor: He's still an apprentice, but he's one of the most powerful wizards in the kingdom. By the end, he officially graduates to master wizard.
- Badass Bookworm: He's a self-taught wizard with a vast amount of knowledge in his trade, and while he's not the most athletic sort, he makes up for it with spells that boost his mobility. In a magical duel, he's nothing to sneeze at, being able to defeat a vastly more experienced wizard twice.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Most notably to Cedric, as Mateo fills the role of Sofia's wizard/sorcerer aide in the "Secret of Avalor" special. Both hail from families of respectable magic lineage, but while Cedric received formal schooling for his abilities, Mateo had no choice but to teach himself. And whereas Cedric was rather jaded and bitter from years of being told he could never live up to his predecessors, Mateo's main motivation is to become as great a wizard as his grandfather. Aside from their occupations, they share many traits in common, such as doting (if at times overbearing) mothers, grade school-age apprentices, and funnily enough, a subplot where they were both enamored with a villainess in disguise.
- Costume Evolution: Gets a new wizard's robe with more green accents, along with a fancier tamborita, following the events of "Spirit of a Wizard."
- Court Mage: Becomes the Royal Wizard in "Spellbound". He's insecure and feels like he doesn't deserve it, but by the end he grows more confident.
- Disappeared Dad: His father is never brought up, and it's explicitly stated that Rafa raised Mateo by herself. According to Word of God, his father is not important to the story and thus will never be addressed.
- Hollywood Nerd: A socially awkward teen who's obsessed with magic, with the looks and singing chops of your average Disney Prince.
- Incompletely Trained: His grandfather was never around to teach him his art, so he's self-taught. Nonetheless, he still takes on an apprentice and he finds that experience is the best teacher.
- It Runs in the Family: He has magical abilities like his grandfather Alakazar and is a Royal Wizard like he was.
- The Klutz: He's a very capable sorcerer, but he can be quite clumsy in other fields, such as dancing or lassoing. He also has trouble doing tossing tricks with his tamborita early on, which he improves on as the show goes on.
- Literal Metaphor: In the first episode, he says he has a "few tricks up [his] sleeve" then pulls his tamborita from his literal sleeve. Naomi says he's been waiting all day for a chance to say that and he doesn't deny it.
- Magic Wand: Instead of a traditional wand, Mateo uses a tamborita.
- Meaningful Name:
- Maybe. In Hebrew, "Matteo" means "gift of God", referencing his gift at magic and being one of Elena's most trusted companions.
- "de Alva" means "from brightness" or "the exalted one".
- Nice Guy: Mateo is helpful, friendly, and kind-hearted.
- No-Sell: Mateo's magic cannot break hexes or affect enchantments.
- No Saving Throw: By the same token, Mateo can conjure a magic barrier that can defend against Fiero's magic, but somehow it doesn't work against Shuriki's.
- Perpetual Poverty: Even though Mateo is the Royal Wizard, its implied in Sweethearts Day that the Palace doesnt pay him enough or reimburse him for his supplies.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Elena, considering he was involved with her freedom from the amulet. They have a very strong bond, but it's clearly a friendship, not a romance. In "Party of a Lifetime", he's overjoyed to be called her best friend and gets very possessive over the title in a way reminiscent of a jealous boyfriend.
- Pretty Boy: In contrast to Gabe's Heroic Build, Mateo has softer facial features and a skinny physique, but his slenderness lends to his handsomeness.
- Red Is Heroic: Wears maroon wizard robes.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Zigzagged with Gabe. Mateo specializes in intellectual matters such as studying magic, history and ancient languages, his athletic skills aren't anything to write home about, and he's generally the more expressive and excitable of the two. However, Mateo's also marked by a deep personal drive to prove himself in magical matters (most notably in "The Scepter of Night"), which can put him in conflict with the group, especially the more by-the-book Gabe. This also makes him (at times) less sensitive to the feelings of others.
- Ship Tease:
- Mateo had a bit of this with Rita (who is really Carla in disguise), whom he developed some kind of crush on until the betrayal. After she has her HeelFace Turn, they have a little more of this.
- With Elena as well, their friendship notwithstanding. In "The Magic Within", when Elena needs something about love to summon her emotion magic, Mateo is about to happily suggest something before he's cut off by Flo.
- The Smart Guy: When it comes to magic and magical creatures.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "Spellbound", when he saves the court and wins his first Wizard Duel against Fiero. He takes it up a few notches in "Song of the Sirenas", once again facing off against Fiero. Three guesses who wins.
- Training the Gift of Magic: At first, he was still learning to be a wizard and hadn't mastered many spells yet. He later improves and even trains his own apprentice.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Mateo has a fear of riding horses or equinophobia.
Lieutenant/Captain Gabriel "Gabe" Núñez
A young royal guardsman assigned to bodyguard Elena. He often gets dragged into Elena's adventures.
- Audience Surrogate: Shares this role with Naomi. Being the new guy in the palace, his unfamiliarity with the types of adventures Elena gets involved in becomes something the audience can relate to.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: As shown in "The Princess Knight", Gabe can gauge the strengths and weaknesses of opponents in order to come up with strategies to defeat them.
- Backstory: The episode Olaball explains his motivations. He's the son of a baker and his father has never quite accepted him not succeeding him and becoming a guard.
- Badass in Distress: Has gotten captured while trying to protect the princesses in the first episode only.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saved Isabel and Princess Caterina in the episode Olaball. He climbed up a pole using nothing put a piece of rope and effectively got them both down to safety.
- The Big Guy: Even though he's not physically huge or intimidating, he's still the main fighter of the group.
- Blue Is Heroic: The Avaloran Royal Guard's uniform is blue with a few red accents.
- Bodyguard Crush: He has a huge crush on Elena since the first episode. Confirmed in the official guide and via Word of God.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Is overprotective of Elena even though she can usually handle herself.
- Butt-Monkey: At least in "Spellbound". Taken to hilarious levels in "Prince Too Charming", where almost the entire episode he is the Only Sane Man being walked all over, especially during the Prince's musical number.
- Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: Inverted between Gabe and Elena. Elena, to whom Gabe answers to, is a free-spirited and sometimes hotheaded ruler. Gabe, even though his rank is technically captain, acts very professional.
- Commanding Coolness: Even though his rank is lieutenant, the effect is still the same in that he is in charge of much of the Royal Guards. Now, he's Captain of The Guard, so this trope is played straighter.
- Consummate Professional: When Gabe's on duty, he's on duty. While on duty, even though he interacts with Elena as a friend and is allowed to, he will still refer to her by title anyways. In fact, he considers lack of teamwork very unprofessional. When he's not on duty, he's more sociable.
- Cool Horse: Has a horse that comes to a whistle in episode 10 and a personality of it's own.
- Does Not Like Magic: It's evident during "Spellbound" that he's somewhat uncomfortable with magic. This often gets him Worfed since most of the show's villains have magical powers, and in "Captain Mateo" he even gets temporarily demoted over it. He finally covers for it by making Mateo his advisor.
- Dork Knight: His awkwardness doesn't take away from his competence.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Averted. Instead, Gabe simply acts very stoic, is brutally honest, and throws in one Schmuck Bait test for new recruits.
- Ensign Newbie: Gabe is the new guy, and he's made lieutenant and has ranking status in the Royal Guard. This is deconstructed in that being an officer fresh from the academy, an occupational hazard for him is that he gets captured, even though he puts a lot of effort into his position.
- Horrible Judge of Character: In "Spellbound," he let Fiero, an Obviously Evil Sorcerer, into the castle after being tricked, and never noticed anything strange about him. Naomi even lampshades how stupid that was of Gabe.
- Hunk: Has a muscular body, square-shaped jaw, and is a cutie.
- Hypocritical Humor: He doesn't believe that Mateo can be the royal wizard due to his age, but he himself is a member of the Royal Guard despite being around the same age; Elena even lampshades it.
- Instant Expert: Subverted; it takes him all day and night to learn to play olaball with Elena's help. However, by the next day and he's able to play his own way, he's shown to be great at it.
- It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Gabriel is pronounced like Gabrielle instead of "Gabe-real".
- "I Want" Song: "Captain of the Guard", about his lifelong dream to become, well, Captain of the Guard.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Shown to have several skills as he is a guard. Knows how to sail in "Prince Too Charming", tactics and strategy in "The Princess Knight", can ride a horse in "The Scepter of Light." His back story implies that he knows how to bake in "Olaball" even if he might not be great at it.
- Jerkass Ball: Subverted, In "Spellbound", Gabe treats Mateo with derision and scorn, doubting that he can cut it as a royal sorcerer, let alone defeat Fiero. He even initially blames Mateo over the whole ballroom being Taken for Granite, thinking that Mateo must have cast a spell wrong. Though he does finally admit he was wrong when Mateo saves the day. By the end he gives Mateo all of the credit for defeating Fiero.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gabe has been known to be somewhat mean at times (see Jerkass Ball) but proves himself to be a caring, reasonable person with a soft side.
- Lady and Knight: Subverted. He thinks he's going to have this relationship with Elena, but she is capable of protecting herself and has even saved him a few times.
- The Load: A downplayed example; While he is genuinely skilled and competent, he has yet to make a sizable contribution against the kind of enemies shown in the series so far. He is good at strategy and tactics and presumably other skills necessary to be a guard. If anything, he's a lot better with his brains than in the field.
- Loyal to the Position: At the end of the day, he won't let friendship get in the way of doing his duty, because if the grand council gives him a mandate, his hands are tied. And usually, he's very reluctant to go against the boss (i.e. Esteban).
- Manly Tears: Teared up at the idea that Naomi was leaving Avalor, but refused to say that he was crying.
- Master Swordsman: For a young officer, he's already a master at sword fighting and fencing. While fencing with Elena without holding back, he curb-stomps her.
- Meaningful Name:
- The Mentor: To Elena in "The Princess Knight".
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- The entire plot of "Spellbound" occurs because Gabe let Fiero into the castle, and didn't even notice anything strange about him.
- In "The Scepter of Light", just when Elena is on the verge of defeating Orizaba, Gabe inadvertently saves the moth fairy by moving a carriage in front of her to help with Isabel, in an attempt to "protect" Elena. This caused him to block the light from the Scepter long enough for her to regain her strength.
- Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: In "Coronation Day", he manages to restrain Ixlan off-screen after Vuli drives her to madness with his chaos touch.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Gabe almost never loses his composure, even in the worst of situations, and he's very professional.
- Penny Among Diamonds: While most of the Guard are from wealthy and high class families, he's the son of a baker. The Guard is egalitarian enough that he's still respected and it doesn't keep him from advancing, but some of the other guards still tease him over it.
- Rank Up: Gets promoted to Captain of the Royal Guard after his boss retires.
- Second Episode Introduction: He's introduced in "First Day of Rule".
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Zigzagged with Mateo. On the surface he's every bit the Manly Man as a soldier who acts with the dignity and dedication that people would normally expect from someone twice his age. However, he's more open with his emotions and generally the more empathetic of the two; examples include crying when Naomi was thought to be leaving, being open with his feelings toward his dad, feeling hurt when the other guards were bullying him, and being the first to chase after Isabel when her Navidad was ruined.
- Ship Tease:
- With Elena. At the beginning of the series, he tries to get close to her due to his Bodyguard Crush on her, its unknown if he still has it.
- In "Norberg Peace Prize", Princess Chloe is all over him but realizes he'd rather spend Family Day with Naomi. Chloe is okay with this.
- He dances with Naomi during Carnaval in "The Magic Within".
- One of the writers on the show confirmed that his moment with Naomi was just a friendship, nothing more.
- The Strategist: His rank of lieutenant, and eventual captain is not just for show. Gabe is one of the most skilled tacticians whose gift for strategy came in useful, especially in sword fighting and fencing. Perhaps this is partially why he got such a promotion at such a young age.
- Vocal Tag Team: Joins in with Elena for a carol at first before the entire city joins in.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Just wanted to make his dad proud of him when he joined the olaball team. All his dad cared about was baking and olaball.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: "The Gecko's Tale" reveals that he's afraid of geckos.
- Young and in Charge: While he does have a boss (who appears separately and has yet to interact with him), he's only eighteen with a ranking status among adult guards. Now he's the head of the Royal Guard.
- You Are in Command Now: His boss, Captain Sandoval of the Royal Guard, was retiring, so he was chosen to succeed him.
Princess Isabel Castillo Flores
Elena's younger sister and a inventor. She was trapped in a painting with her grandparents until Elena came back and freed them.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Isabel is someone who's highly intelligent and capable of making great inventions. She's also a young girl who's cute as a button. The flashbacks in "Dia De Las Madres" showed that she's been this since she was a baby.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her sister calls her "Isa".
- Ambiguous Disorder: Based on her intelligence, her obsession with science, and her initial difficulties with making friends and socializing, its very possible that she has Aspergers Syndrome.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Averted. She and Elena have a great relationship, even when she's subject to Not Now, Kiddo moments.
- Art Evolution: She gets a slightly older animation model starting in season 3.
- Ascended Extra: Granted, she's already a main character, but she becomes more directly involved in Elena's adventures starting in season 3. Special mention goes to episodes like "Sister of Invention", "Team Isa", and "Heart of the Jaguar".
- The Baby of the Bunch: Of Team Avalor. Isabel is the youngest and most innocent of the group and some her spotlight episode features her trying to show the older members she's more mature and capable.
- Badass Adorable: She's a cute and spunky young girl, and is very capable of defending herself.
- Badass Normal: She may have no magic powers, but she can still hold her own thanks to her brain and heart.
- Big Sister Worship: Isabel greatly looks up to Elena.
- Blue Is Heroic: Isabel's usually wears a blue dress but is a kindhearted young woman whose firmly on the heroes' side.
- Brainy Brunette: She is a brown-haired pre-teen who can invent stuff beyond her age and is exceptionally bright in math, physics, and science.
- Character Development: Her arc in Season 3 involves her becoming more confident and leaderly. In "Sister of Invention", she devises a plan that saves Elena from falling into blue lava, and becomes part of her group as a result. In "Team Isa", she forms a group of friends of her own and manages to save Elena and her group of friends from Tito. In "Shooting Stars", she's the one who helps Elena with her anxiety emotions. In "Heart of the Jaguar", she is given a test by Quita Moz that greatly improves her courage. And finally, in "Coronation Day", she leads everyone else as Crown Princess into devising ideas to stop the Four Shades, gets Hetz electrocuted with his own lightning, and gets named the Royal Inventor by Elena during her coronation to become Queen.
- Child Prodigy: Her inventions are way too advanced for a preteen girl.
- Children Are Innocent: After Esteban's betrayal is revealed and he betrays them again, Isabel has conflicted feelings about it but decides not to bring it up to Elena when the latter believes that Unpersonning that person would be better for her emotion powers.
- The Cutie: Isabel embraces this role due to how she's cute, innocent, and very idealistic.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Downplayed, as Isabel does tend to have a good head on her shoulders but often does some rash actions to prove her maturity.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She invents a lot of things.
- Genki Girl: It's downplayed, but she does have a tendency to get excited when something goes well.
- Grade Skipper: Went to and graduated from college as a preteen.
- Ink-Suit Actor: She looks like Jenna Ortega dead-on, especially the hair.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Esteban, although it seems to be a bit like Promoted to Parent for him at times.
- Meaningful Name: Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil, was the heiress presumptive of the Empire of Brazil after her brothers died. She was also against slavery and emancipated the slaves in Brazil despite the unpopularity this brought to her, which led to her getting exiled to France.
- Morality Pet: While Esteban can be annoyed with Isabel's antics at times, she's also the one he's most consistently nice to. His voice actor even stated that while Esteban would betray anyone, he would never do such an act to Isabel.
- Nice Girl: While she can think of herself at times, she's nonetheless sweet and compassionate towards others, always willing to help those in need.
- Raised by Grandparents: Downplayed. Isabel's parents were involved in her childhood but they were killed 41 years prior to the series. Now, the parental roles in Isabel's life are shared between Elena, Esteban, and her grandparents.
- Rapunzel Hair: Like Elena, her hair reaches way past her waist.
- Really 700 Years Old: She is around her fifties, possibly her sixties since time is passing, having been stuck in a painting for 41 years.
- Ship Tease: She dances with Prince James near the end of "Coronation Day".
- Strong Family Resemblance: By "The Magic Within", her character model is updated to make her look like a younger version of Elena.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She is a young inventor who knows how to build and fix things and doesn't mind getting dirty while doing so. But she stills wear feminine clothing such as her signature blue dress and bow and gushes over anything cute.
- Took a Level in Badass: While she's not defenseless, as the show goes on, she's able to greatly defend herself in dangerous situations. This all culminates in "Coronation Day", where she leads Avalor in Elena's absence when she's trapped in the spirit world.
- Took a Level in Kindness: While she's always been a nice person, as she's gotten older, she's been more considerate of others and less prone to acting impulsive.
- True Blue Femininity: She wears a blue dress and a blue hair ribbon to match, showing she's an ally to her older sister.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Has a fear of either heights or falling. She wasn't exactly to be thrilled to be at the top of a tower with no way to get down on a windy day. She seems to have grown out of it by "Sugar Rush", where she's riding on a hydro-gondola she helped make.
- Wrench Wench: Elena gives her a journal to record her various inventions.
Francisco and Luisa Flores
Elena and Isabel's maternal grandparents, who were trapped in the magic painting along with Isabel until Elena came back. They are both members of the Grand Council that help Elena make decisions as ruler of Avalor.
Tropes that apply to both
- Adult Fear: They experienced the loss of both their daughters, but Lucia's loss was the hardest for them.
- Blue Boy Pink Girl: Francisco wears a nearly all blue uniform while Luisa wears a pink dress.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Luisa is a short, fat woman while Francisco is a tall, thin man.
- Easily Forgiven: After Esteban's betrayal is revealed, Francisco thinks it over and decides to forgive him after he explains why he did it, believing that Esteban has changed since then. On the other hand, when Luisa chips in saying that while her husband may be a kind and wise man, he is wrong to forgive him because what their grandson has done is unforgivable.
- Good Parents: Both of them are very kind to their daughters and grandchildren. In particular, Luisa had been acting as a surrogate mother to many Avalorian children over the years, and lucky for them she's still around.
- Happily Married: They are both openly affectionate, loving, and thoughtful of each other.
- The Mentor: They both act as this to Elena while helping her grow into her role as leader.
- Outliving One's Offspring: They ended up outliving their daughter Lucia after she and Raul were killed by Shuriki, and Margarita, Esteban's mother.
- Parental Substitute: They raised Esteban as if he were their own son after his parents died.
Tropes that apply to "Abuelo" Francisco
- Big Eater: Francisco does love his food. In "Three Jaquins and a Princess", he finishes off a huge breakfast with a comment on how he needs to "eat light."
- Papa Wolf: Whatever bad experience his daughter faced (such as breaking her wrist in a fencing match and losing her life to Shuriki), Francisco will keep his granddaughters from experiencing the same.
- That Reminds Me of a Song: Francisco almost always has his guitar on him in case he needs to break out into a musical number.
- Running Gag: Francisco calling for his guitar, which suddenly appears from an arm off-screen or is handed one to him by a background character."Guitar!"
- Vigilante Man: In his youth, Francisco was part of a trio of vigilante noblemen known as "Los Tres". He quit after the other two died in an accident, but when their ghosts return for Dia de Los Muertos, they decide to go on one last mission.
Tropes that apply to "Abuela" Luisa
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: Luisa's reaction when Francisco decides to forgive Esteban for betraying them all to Shuriki. She acknowledges her husband is a kind and wise man, but states outright that he's wrong to forgive him, since Esteban's actions cost them their daughter and son-in-law.Luisa: You're a wise and thoughtful man, mi amor. But today... you are wrong.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Crosses into Mama Bear — As soon as Luisa learns that her daughter was deliberately injured in a fencing match, she is furious. Valentina's rudeness also gets to her.
- Not even her own grandson is safe from this, as she effectively disowns him once she learns that he took her love for granted by getting her daughter & son-in-law killed and being complicit to Shuriki's regime.
- Competition Freak: And how; Luisa would have kicked Gabe off of the olaball team if she had the chance.
- Cool Old Lady: Luisa may be old, but she's an active pro at olaball.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Luisa when it comes to olaball, not afraid to command around the others including her own granddaughter.
- Granny Classic: Luisa is a sweet and kind lady who was chosen for the Grand Council for her optimism.
- Mama Bear:
- Luisa is furious when she learns that Lucia was hurt on purpose by her fencing opponent, even though the incident happened several decades before she found out.Luisa: You should leave before I challenge you to a duel.
- She disowns Esteban after learning that he got Lucia and Raul killed, because even if he may be her grandson, she lost her daughter and son-in-law.
- Luisa is furious when she learns that Lucia was hurt on purpose by her fencing opponent, even though the incident happened several decades before she found out.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In "Dia de las Madres", upon realizing Esteban wasn't a part of the family portrait from her favorite Mother's Day, she becomes deeply remorseful, believing he was right about how their family treated him, and that she failed him as a Parental Substitute. Another past memory proves otherwise.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Luisa refuses to forgive Esteban for betraying his family and Avalor because he indirectly killed her daughter and son-in-law, and believes that it would be wrong to ever forgive him. As of "Dia de las Madres", this may be starting to change. If anything, despite what she said to him then, she doesn't love him any less. In "Coronation Day", she delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to him regarding how him usurping the throne will mean his people won't respect him or love him, but forgives him after Elena reveals that he was willing to sacrifice his life for hers.
- Was Too Hard on Him: Luisa may have condemned Esteban for his betrayal and being the cause of the loss of her daughter, but Esteban clearly took it as her not loving him anymore. This is far from the truth. In "Dia de Las Madres", Luisa does feel like she did come off as too harsh on him accounting for everything he went through before that fateful day, and makes it clear despite what he did and even if she can't forgive him for it, she doesn't love Esteban any less. It's rather telling that when the issue of whether Esteban should be forgiven is brought up again, Luisa doesn't take a side.
Chancellor Esteban Flores
The chief of Avalor's castle. Armando is in charge of the various servants who provide for the royal family, and also occasionally acts as Elena's secretary and majordomo.
- A Day in the Limelight: "All Kingdoms Fair" focuses on him trying to maintain the titular fair for Elena and Naomi while his overly critical brother is in town.
- Hidden Depths:
- Revealed to be a very talented baker in "Three Jaquins and a Princess."
- "Coronation Day" shows that he's really good at running puppet shows.
- Ironic Name: "Armando" means "army man", but he's not quite fit and he's not in the Royal Guard.
- Momma's Boy: He's very much dedicated to his mother, though she dotes on him a bit too much. Then in "Dia De Las Madres" when he's told it's mother's day, he panics because he forgot, and rushes to get gifts for her.
- Meaningful Name: "Armando" means "army man", befitting how he's in charge of the royal staff.
- Number Two: To Esteban.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Just as with Esteban, he was a good man just doing his job under Shuriki. Once Elena is freed from the amulet, he has no problem with helping her take the throne back.
An ancient Maruvian warrior.
- Aloof Ally: Has made a list of everything she finds wrong about Elena, and that's just one among numerous examples of her being this. She ultimately becomes increasingly accepting and protective of Elena and her other friends.
- Ambiguously Gay: Gets Ship Tease with Antonia at the end of "Coronation Day".
- Badass Boast:
- Blood Knight: While being made to relax by Naomi, she reveals that her "happy place" is on the battlefield, conquering everything in her path.
- Brutal Honesty: She indulges in this a lot.
- The Comically Serious:
- After being freed, the people she mistakens for Princess Elena (whom she was foretold about) are Naomi (a sailor), Carla (a criminal), and she even goes as far as to misgender Victor.
- Additionally, she makes a comment to Naomi about how a joke from Mateo to Elena is not funny.
- She has quite a few funny moments and scenes in "Elena's Day Off" when it comes to Naomi and Isabel as well.
- Competition Freak: She treats practically everything like a competition.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: In "Elena's Day Off", she gradually comes to appreciate Naomi and Isabel trying to get her and Elena to relax, introduces a Maruvian relaxing technique, and is willing to grant the same courtesy to Doña Paloma.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Since she doesn't understand what a Girl's Day is, nor that not everything is a competition, she has to be filled in.
- Informed Attribute: The synopsis for "The Lightning Warrior" states that she is a princess, but there is no indication she is one.
- Last of His Kind: She is the only living Maruvian left.
- Man of Kryptonite: Her Super Speed makes her one to Esteban of all people, allowing her to easily counter his Teleportation abilities.
- Mysterious Past: Her past prior to becoming Quita Moz's pupil and the Defender of Maruvians is unknown.
- Noodle Incident: She was sealed away in a temple on a remote island by dark magic. Quita Moz originally thought she vanished with the rest of the Maruvians, unaware of what truly happened to her until the events of the show.
- Not Quite Dead: Quita Moz believed she disappeared along with the other Maruvians, but receives a vision in "The Lightning Warrior" that revealed to him that she was in fact sealed away.
- Really 700 Years Old: Due to her sealing, she's over a thousand years old and hasn't died of old age.
- Samus Is a Girl: Victor is legitimately shocked to find out she's a woman.
- Sixth Ranger: Towards the end of "The Lightning Warrior", she joins Team Avalor.
- Smug Super: She tends to look down on others due to her strength, save for the princess wielding the Scepter of Light. In "Coronation Day", after having the powers and abilities of the members of Team Ash explained to her, she bluntly remarks that she isn't impressed.
- Sole Survivor: She is the last surviving Maruvian, the rest having vanished to the Spirit World.
- The Stoic: She hardly expresses her emotions, and very rarely smiles.
- True Beauty Is on the Inside: When she meets Naomi, Carla, and Victor and mistakes them for Princess Elena, she doesn't care about how they do not have the appropriate attire for princesses and introduces herself to them staunchly anyways (partially due to Naomi picking up Elena's Scepter). By contrast, when she does meet Elena, who has the proper attire and beauty of a princess, she is initially disappointed, as Elena is the one she so easily defeated.
- The Worf Effect: In "Coronation Day", she proves no match for the Shades of Awesome. Her attempt to charge Hetz is easily deflected, while her later attack on Vuli is even less successful; while she does land a hit to his stomach, he claims it "tickles", and another of her punches is easily caught by him. She is then turned against her allies by his chaos power (and to add insult to injury, Gabe manages to restrain her off-screen).Ixlan: Now these enemies are impressive!
Victor and Carla Delgado
The Royal Seamstress, who also becomes Avalor's first female Royal Guard.
- Action Girl: She's an exceptional fencer, having learned by watching her father practice fencing with his fellow guardsmen and then copying them. She's good enough to best Rocco (who has been trained his whole life by his family) and pirates in fencing combat.
- Ambiguously Gay: Gets Ship Tease with Ixlan at the end of "Coronation Day".
- Artistic Age: It's not known how old she is, but she seems to be around Elena's age. She's presumably at least 18 if she can join the Royal Guard.
- Chekhov's Gun: After Elena shows her a fencing move where you leap behind your opponent and strike them while they're caught by surprise (which she had learned from Gabe herself), Antonia uses this to defeat Rocco in fencing practice.
- Consummate Professional: Even more so than Gabe. Antonia is very professional around Elena and others above her, and if she has to disagree with Elena, she will With Due Respect. Elena tells her that it's okay to be more casual with her since they're friends.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father is referred to in the past tense, heavily implying that he's dead.
- Heroic BSoD: She becomes discouraged when Rocco tricks their teammates into leaving her behind during the labyrinth test, as she believes that neither her skill or perseverance will matter as long as she's not accepted by the others.
- Heroic Lineage: Her father Rodrigo was a member of the Royal Guard, which Gabe recognizes as noteworthy.
- Nice Girl: She shows the utmost respect to Elena, helps her teammates throughout the labyrinth test, and is happy to be a rolemodel to a bunch of young children including little girls.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the first and currently the only Avaloran Royal Guardswoman.
Migs, Luna, Skylar
Three Jaquins, magical flying creatures who befriend Elena and help her on her adventures. Migs is the sensible one, Luna is the sassy one, and Skylar is the fun-loving one.
- All There in the Manual: The Essential Guide and Word of God state that Skylar and Luna are cousins.
- Butt-Monkey: Migs. If something bad happens, it's usually he in the receiving end of it.
- Cool Big Bro: Skylar has a great relationship with his younger brother, Nico.
- Da Chief: Migs is made the new leader of the Avalor Guardians by the end of "Father-in-Chief".
- Freudian Trio: Skylar is the Id, Luna is the Ego, and Migs is the Superego.
- Furry Reminder: They snarl every now and then.
- Good Parents: Migs dotes on his children, worrying about them, getting them food, and even telling Elena that a national festival is less important than making sure his kids are happy.
- Happily Married: Migs has a mate named Dulce, and in Season 2, their three kids are born.
- Hidden Depths: Beneath that fun-loving personality, Skylar is aware of his royal duties, afraid of letting people down, and capable of standing up for himself when needed.
- Loyal Animal Companion: All of them to Elena, although Skylar is usually the one who accompanies her on adventures.
- Meaningful Name:
- Migs is presumably derived from "Miguel", which is the Spanish version of "Michael", like the archangel—and he is associated with the sun, to fill out the trio's celestial theme.
- Luna is Spanish for "the moon".
- Skylar contains "sky" in his name.
- Odd Name Out: Played with; initially Migs seems to be the only one without a name associated with the sky, until you consider the derivation mentioned under Meaningful Name. At which point Skylar becomes the odd name out, since his is then the only one without a Spanish origin.
- Really Royalty Reveal: As revealed in his Day in the Limelight, Skylar's the crown prince of the jaquins. This is presumably why he only allows Elena and Sofia to ride him.
- Sapient Steed: The trio often allow the heroes to ride on their backs whenever they need a flying ride or a boost of speed that traveling overland wouldn't give them. People didn't ride jaquins before the Secret of Avalor; it started because Skyler allows Sofia to ride on his back to help her out on her mission to save Elena.
- Sassy Black Woman: Luna acts like one.
- Stop Having Fun Guy: Migs is viewed this way by Skylar and the production notes even compare him to Frasier Crane. Amusingly, in "Flight of the Jaquins", the shoe is on the other...paw?...when being chosen as the cubs' trainer causes Skylar to have to be more responsible, so his little brother Nico views him this way in turn.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In contrast with Migs who rarely deviates from jaquin laws and Skylar who will follow them if reluctantly, Luna will happily defy them if she feels they're unfair.
- Talking Animal: Since they're magic and all.
- Troll: During Shuriki's reign, they often sung very loudly around her (knowing full well that she hates music) and stole her food whenever she ate outside as a form of rebellion.
- Skyler: [Shuriki] outlawed music.
Migs: Because she wanted everyone to forget the old Avalor.
Skyler: That's why we jaquins still sing; to remind everyone that the spirit of Avalor lives on.
Luna: And because it really bugs Shuriki.
- Vague Age: Apparently, they're all old enough to have known Elena since before Shuriki came, implying that jaquins age differently from humans.
- Vegetarian Carnivore: They're seen fighting over a bunch of coconuts in one episode. This could, however, be justified by their bird side making them omnivores instead of strict carnivores. Elena and The Secret of Avalor shows them stealing chicken, which means they do also eat meat.
Alacazar's and later Elena's spirit animal. He has the form of a wily fox. Normally a person can only see their spirit animal under special circumstances, but being trapped in the amulet seems to have left Elena with residue magic and now she can see Zuzo whenever she needs to.
- Advertised Extra: Despite being advertised as a main character, he's more of a recurring character.
- Ambiguously Gay: He's flamboyantly effeminate, has a high pitched slightly lispy voice, and has a few of the mannerisms.
- Brutal Honesty: Not always, but when he feels like a lesson really needs to leave a mark he will bluntly tell Elena how badly she messed up.
- Cowboy Cop: Even among spirit guides he's a bit of a maverick, letting Elena into the spirit world despite strict rules against it just to improve her confidence (and possibly to get Cacahuate out of his funk).
- Dimensional Traveler: Like all spirit guides, he can travel in and out of the spirit world and mortal world at will and take others with him.
- Fantastic Foxes: A magical talking trickster fox.
- Great Gazoo: Not as powerful as most examples, but definitely qualifies. He makes fun of his own status as a Spirit Advisor by giving Elena a stern warning that she needs to get downstairs right now or she'll be late for breakfast, uses his powers to zip around, dance with himself, and pull himself out of a hat, and appears in full skeleton costume during Día de los Muertos before rushing off to join a conga line in the spirit world.
- Magical Guide: Gives Elena advice when she's having problems. When she starts seeing ghosts, she immediately calls him for advice.
- Spirit Advisor: Only Elena can see him. If others want to see him, a wizard has to summon him.
- Summon Magic: Mateo has a specific ritual and circle for summoning him. Elena, whether due to her own magic or because he's her spirit guide (or possibly both), needs to only call his name a few times.
- Trickster Mentor: As befitting a fox. When Elena is too busy to listen to him, he lets things fall apart before swooping in to ask how things are going. And even then the advice is little more than asking her to question why the Noblins took the ships, leaving her to sort the problem out for herself.
A Carnaval parade float model of a alpacamundi, brought to life by Elena using her new powers from the Well of Crystals.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Flo does have some dog-like tendencies, even licking people to show her affection.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Flo is less than a year old, which makes her the youngest of the cast.
- Beware the Silly Ones: In "Spirit of a Wizard", she manages to take down a tamborita-armed Ash all on her own, deprive her of her weapon, and render her a mess by repeatedly jumping on her.
- Brutal Honesty: She indulges in this, particularly regarding Armando's terrible singing voice.
- Cool Pet: Flo is a Carnaval float model of an alpacamundi come to life and is now Elena's new pet.
- Genki Girl: She is full of energy and enthusiasm.
- Happily Adopted: It becomes clear that she's now a part of Elena's family.
- Innocently Insensitive: She certainly doesn't mean it, but she does tend to say some things that inadvertently push Elena's buttons, like bringing up Esteban and his treachery.
- Meaningful Name: After Elena recognizes her as Isa's float model, Flo decides that that'd be too long of a name and settles on being called "Flo".
- Moment Killer: She barges in on Esteban's trial and her obliviousness contrasts with the serious subject matter of the meeting.
- Parrot Pet Position: Flo will typically appear on Elenas shoulder.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: Downplayed. She is part of the family shot in the new Season 3 opening theme, but not the main group shot in the end.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Her appearance will make you gush over how cute she is.
- Seldom-Seen Species: She's an alpacamundi, a mix-and-match critter of the alpaca and the coatimundi. Coatis are related to racoons and are native only up to the southwestern United States.
- Undying Loyalty: To Elena. Without a second thought, she willingly jumped in after her when Ash pulled her into the portal to the dark side of the Spirit World.
An arrogant and athletic jaquin who was initially Chief Zephyr's chosen successor. He is the twin brother of Vestia.
- The Atoner: Part of why he and Vestia haven't been seen since "Not Without My Magic" was because they spent that time paying their dues to King Verago to be reinstated into the Avalor Clan, which they officially have earned by the time of "Coronation Day".
- Badass Boast: As he puts it, "Can't lose with Cruz!"
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He comes across as an approachable, charming and friendly guy, but he's actually devious, ruthless and traitorous.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Flatout claims that he's evil, though Vestia claims that she's his Evil Twin (he then insists he's "eviler").
- Cool Big Bro: Initially comes off as this to the younger jaquins until his true colors show.
- Delinquents: He and Vestia are essentially the equivalent of this.
- The Dog Bites Back: In "Snow Place Like Home". After being called "beast" by Victor one too many times, he and Vestia knock Victor and Carla off their backs and abandon them to possibly freeze to death. Also qualifies as Disproportionate Retribution, which is in keeping with Cruz' established character.
- Entitled Bastard: The idea that he has to earn respect as a leader by respecting his peoples' traditions goes completely over his head, as he thinks he deserves respect simply because he's Cruz and he's awesome.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His sister Vestia is the only one he remotely cares about other than himself, shown at the end of "Song of the Sirenas" when he insists Victor unfreeze her after Mateo turns her into an ice statue, and later in "Not Without My Magic" where he follows her lead on everything.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He doesn't want his homeland destroyed, and fights to save it from being burned down in "Not Without My Magic".
- The Exile: He's no longer welcome in Vallestrella, but it doesn't prevent him from opening the gateway. He and Vestia are later accepted back in "Not Without My Magic".
- HeelFace Turn: In "Not Without My Magic", more from wanting to avoid consequences than real goodness, plus in his case he's mainly just following Vestia's lead. On the other hand, he was at least willing to be honest about his and Vestia's half-baked attempts to be accepted back. In the finale, he and Vestia are shown proudly defending Avalor and theyve even reconciled with Victor and Carla.
- Inadequate Inheritor: He's supposed to be Zephyr's successor, but he's arrogant, refuses to even consider lessons learned by past jaquin leaders, and contemptuous of Zephyr himself. It's no wonder that Zephyr eventually decides Cruz will no longer be his successor. He seems to realize over time this isn't what he wants, and he's okay with it.
- It's All About Me: His motivations are sheer narcissism - he believes that he's the best and that he's owed everything on this basis alone. But, Vallestrella still holds a special place for him, and he will still fight for his home.
- Knight of Cerebus: Along with Shuriki and Fiero, he's one of the most ruthless villains the series has to offer.
- Meaningful Name:
- In Spanish and Portuguese, "Cruz" means "cross", as in the Christian cross and things crossing each other. It turns out that he's a traitor to his people.
- His name sounds like the English word, "cruise", which fits with the jaquins being named for fast-flying words.
- Slasher Smile: He gives a few of them when showing his true colors.
- The Sociopath: He possesses no shred of conscience or empathy, and hides it beneath a cool, likable front.
- Stupid Evil: Cruz isn't one for deep thinking, with his sister Vestia serving as the brains between them. He even lampshades it in "Not Without My Magic" when Vestia tries to blame her backfired plan on him.Cruz: Come on, everybody knows I'm not that smart.
- Took a Level in Kindness: By "Coronation Day" Cruz is not upset that he's not chief of the Avalor Clan, but is proud to serve on the Clan again.
- Villain Decay: He goes from being fairly cunning and devious in his first appearance, to being relegated to a beast of burden by Shuriki and Victor, and then portrayed as far more dumb and clueless, before finally having a HeelFace Turn along with his sister, and also displaying less and less of his sociopathic tendencies. Some of this, however, is likely due to him being more of an antagonist by circumstance (if he'd been made head of the guardians by Zephyr he likely would have had nothing against Elena or Avalor) rather than a true villain, with the rest coming about due to either Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal, Hidden Depths, or Even Evil Has Standards. I.e., while he is selfish and has far too much pride, he was still raised with Vallestrella's values, sees it as his home, does not wish it true harm, etc.
Cruz's twin sister.
- Big Brother Instinct: After getting arrested, Cruz threatens them, saying that just they wait until his sister hears about this. Sometime later, she breaks him out of prison.
- Card-Carrying Villain: She flatout claims that she's evil.
- Delinquents: She and Cruz are essentially the equivalent of this.
- The Dreaded: Cruz implies that she's a force to be feared. It turns out he means that he and his sister are an Action Duo, although "Not Without My Magic" later shows that she's the brains of the operation.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She's legitimately horrified when her plan in "Not Without My Magic" backfires and threatens to destroy her homeland.
- Evil Twin: Claims to be this to Cruz, which he protests by claiming he's "eviler", though really they're about the same amount.
- The Ghost: Cruz mentions that you do not want to mess with his sister after the other jaquins arrest him at the end of "Shapeshifters". She appears in person later in the season.
- HeelFace Turn: In "Not Without My Magic", more from wanting to avoid consequences than real goodness, though Vestia is regretful of her latest evil plan. Plus, Vestia feels living on the run was no longer practical. She and Cruz are last shown helping defend Avalor from Ash, showing they truly have changed.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: In "Not Without My Magic", the twins are tired of being fugitives, so Vestia suggests that they turn themselves in and beg for forgiveness. But when the two eavesdrop on Quita Moz talking about an evil spirit stored in his cave, Vestia cranks it up to setting the spirit loose so that she and Cruz can also look like heroes.
- Meaningful Name: "Bestia" is Spanish for "beast".
- Morality Pet: To Cruz, oddly enough. She is the only other person Cruz cares about besides himself, and he follows her lead on everything whether it be for evil or for good.
- Noodle Incident: Sometime offscreen after the events of "Shapeshifters", she broke Cruz out of prison and went into hiding with him thanks to Troyo.
- Taken for Granite: She's turned into an ice statue by Mateo in "Song of the Sirenas", and Cruz wants Victor to unfreeze her.