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The Madrigals

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The Family

  • Ambiguously Christian: Of the "Hispanic Catholic" variety, as their faith is never openly stated but strongly implied. We see a number of crucifixes in the Casita, Alma and Pedro were married in a church, Pepa and Felix were married by the local priest (who, judging by his garb appears to be a Catholic priest) Makes sense, since Latin America holds the largest number of Catholics in the world.
  • Animal Motifs: Butterflies. Encanto has butterfly-themed structures and at least three characters (Mirabel, Alma, and Pedro) have designs based off them on them. The fourth character is Bruno, as the hourglasses on his poncho are shaped like sideways butterflies.
  • Badass Family: With the exception of Mirabel, all of the family members have extraordinary magical powers. While Mirabel doesn't have any magical powers, she has proven to be an Action Survivor. Alma, Agustín, and Félix are also non-magical members, but they all of them are hard-working, diligent, brave people always willing to protect their family.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: A salient characteristic of the entire family, with Mirabel and Isabela having a really impressive pair, it helps draw attention to their eyes since perspective is a fundamental theme of the film. Both Pedro and Alma had these in their youth.
  • Blessed with Suck: At first, the gifts seem to be a blessing for the Madrigals. But as the film goes on, it becomes clear that the expectations from Alma and the town have turned these gifts into burdens. Luisa overworks herself to the point of exhaustion. Isabela is unable to experiment with her gift beyond the expectations of being a perfect beauty model so she can only create pretty flowers. Pepa's Weather Manipulation is tied to her emotions and her generally volatile nature means that her powers frequently cause problems, and we really never see them be useful. Bruno's power to see the future ends up causing more harm than good, because he tends to see bad things from the future that people can't do anything to change. However, in some cases, if Bruno concentrates enough, he can see good outcomes.
  • Brought Down to Normal: When the cracks in Casita start forming, the members slowly begin to lose their powers. They lose their powers when Casita crumbles entirely, but when they rebuild their home with help from their community, they gain back their powers.
  • Color Motif: The family as a whole has a rainbow theme, with the warm and cool colors split between the two branches. Pepa's side wears red, orange and yellow, and Julieta's wears blue and violet. Alma wears a violet-red dress, symbolizing that she is the original progenitor. Bruno wears a muted green poncho, symbolizing that he is the odd one out and Black Sheep of the family (green is right at the middle of the color spectrum). Pedro wears white. He is the only posthumous Madrigal, and his love remains in each family member through the magic of his sacrifice.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Deconstructed. Alma has instilled in her children and grandchildren the ideal of using their gifts to help their community, but this results in putting immense pressure on some of the members.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Played with. It seems the family starts out as supportive and unrestricted beyond Alma's desire to use their gifts to give back to the community but over time becomes dysfunctional as Alma's desire to preserve the miracle intensifies. The first marriages (Pepa/Felix) and (Julieta/Agustin) appear to have been unguided. As grandchildren enter the household, Alma continues to guide the family toward being of service to the community. When Mirabel fails to get a gift, Alma begins to quietly fear that they've failed to be worthy of the miracle and increases the pressure to give back. Bruno, at this point, is hiding behind the walls and working to repair the cracks that have started to appear. By the time Antonio gets his gift, Alma has become aware of the cracks in the Casita and becomes even more focused on keeping the miracle alive. She takes steps to arrange the marriage of Isabela and Mariano (regardless of Isabela's feelings) and becomes more critical of Mirabel's actions that she feels jeopardizes the miracle. Although Mirabel reconciles with Isabela and begins to strengthen the candle flame, Alma is so distraught and how changed Isabela has become that she openly accuses Mirabel and Bruno of hurting the family. Which becomes the final straw that causes the miracle to collapse.
  • Family Man: What distinguishes the Madrigal men, who are devoted not just to their wives and children, but also their siblings-in-law and their children, to the point that family scenes like preparing for Antonio's gift ceremony and Isabela's proposal dinner can make it difficult to distinguish between father and uncle. Bruno is one as well, toward his natal family, and Mariano is a prospective one.
  • Family Theme Naming:
    • The male family members' names end in -o (Pedro, Bruno, Camilo, Antonio) as is common for masculine Hispanic names, but the men who married into the family (Félix and Agustín) end in consonants, which marks them as outsiders.
    • Also commonly seen in Hispanic countries, the women in the family tend to have names that end in -a (Alma, Pepa, Julieta, Luisa, and Isabela). The odd ones out are Dolores (the only younger Madrigal without a sister) and Mirabel (the only younger Madrigal without a magical gift).
  • Fat and Skinny: Félix has this dynamic with his wife, Pepa, their son, Camilo, and his brothers-in-law, Agustín and Bruno. True to the trope, Félix is more down-to-earth and mellow, while Pepa, Camilo, Agustin, and Bruno are more dramatic and run into bad luck.
  • Flower Motifs: Though not as prominent as butterflies, many family members incorporate flowers into their attire. Aside from the obvious example in Isabela, Mirabel has plenty embroidered in her dress. Julieta has healing herbs and Pepa’s neckline resembles a sunflower. Agustin wears a flower on his lapel in honor of his oldest daughter. Dolores has flowers along the hem of her skirt. In their youth, Alma and Pedro wore white flowers in their clothes.
  • Foil: Various family members serve as foils to other family members.
    • Agustin and Félix, his brother-in-law. They both show how non-magical men appealed to the Madrigal women. Agustín is kind and well-intentioned but accident prone which led him to being soothed by Juileta as she treats him for his injuries quite often, whereas Félix is very good at soothing Pepa's moods before they get out of hand and greatly affects the weather.
    • Bruno and Camilo. Camilo has little screen time and is mostly used for comic relief. However, they do show a contrast between one family member who never feels his gift helps the family verses one who loves to show off his gift at every opportunity. While Camilo uses his gift to entertain others there's a strong sense that he enjoys the spotlight it brings him which feeds his ego, whereas Bruno is painfully aware of how his gift affects other's feelings even to be point of choosing self-exile rather that put Mirabel though the experiences he has had.
    • Bruno and Luisa. They both struggle with self-worth, but for opposing reasons. Luisa is incredibly proud of her strength but is burdened to exhaustion by the responsibility. When she feels herself grow weak, she fears that without her power she will be worthless. In contrast, Bruno feels worthless precisely because of his gift which never seems to ever make his family proud.
    • Bruno and Mirabel. They are both unfairly blamed for bad things happening when they don't keep up the "perfect, happy family" act. While Bruno hid himself away to make everyone happy, Mirabel keeps working to make sure the problems get addressed. Also, while Mirabel starts off the movie believing that she needs a magic gift, Bruno shows how one can do more harm than good. As a clue to their connection, green is Bruno's signature color, Mirabel wears green glasses, and no other family member wears green. They are also the youngest child of their parents but struggle with middle child syndrome.
    • Mirabel and Alma. Their rooms are opposite each other and they clash the most throughout the film. Their designs revolve around butterflies, but Alma dresses very soberly, Mirabel dresses festively. Alma wears deep violet-red and black, Mirabel wears blue and white. Mirabel also wears green glasses. The two are part of the Madrigal family and do not have any powers but are able to give speak directly Casita and command it. Alma holds authority over the family and directs through orders, Mirabel persuades the family to open up to her through compassion. They both want to save the magic but pursue this goal independently of one another. The conflict of the film is resolved when the two realize they must work together.
    • Mirabel and Antonio. Since Mirabel's gift ceremony failed, Antonio's gift ceremony demonstrates what happens when it succeeds, and we get to see Antonio receive all the support and attention that Mirabel was denied.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • The adults of the second generation. Pepa (choleric): a Fiery Redhead with quick temper and can be bossy but is also passionate and strong-willed. Félix (sanguine): The cheerful Big Fun of the family, always soothing Pepa's mood, dancing. Agustín (phlegmatic): The Nice Guy, humble, dorky, but prone to becoming nervous in a panic. Bruno (melancholic): Moody, pessimistic, shy, artistic, utterly selfless and devoted to others. Julieta (eclectic): the most balanced and reasonable member of the family, a Team Mom and Only Sane Woman, she prefers to support others quietly, but will speak up when it's right.
    • Pepa's family. Pepa (choleric), Félix (sanguine), Antonio (phlegmatic) a sweet, innocent boy eager to be helpful, but can become nervous when put on the spotlight. Dolores (melancholic) quiet and shy, with a hidden romantic side and equally strong sense of morality which makes her empathic to others. Camilo (eclectic) the chameleon of the family, he loves to experiment personas when he shapeshifts but in his own form is shy, insecure, and tender.
    • Julieta's family. Luisa (choleric) determined, strong willed, confident, a natural leader, though the excessive weight she takes upon her shoulders in silence makes her buckle. Mirabel (sanguine) friendly, loves to sing and dance, is supportive of others and puts on a brave smile in the face of hardship. Agustín (phlegmatic). Isabela (melancholic) the perfectionist, prone to dramatics and stealing the spotlight but also has a strong sense of morality and self-sacrifice. Julieta (eclectic).
  • Gold-Colored Superiority: While each Madrigal has a different signature color, their shared magical power manifests as a bright golden light, which is shared by the candle, the butterflies, and their doors.
  • Humble Hero: One of the defining traits of the family. Despite being basically a team of superheroes, they use their gifts to help the townsfolk without demanding payment or even thanks (Luisa treats all requests as her daily chores, Julieta feeds her healing arepas to anyone who lines up). Even the prouder family members like Isabela and Camilo never use their powers to boast or extol themselves. It's made explicit during the gift ceremony that every Madrigal vows to use their power to benefit others. It pays off handsomely. When the magic disappears and the Madrigals are left homeless and powerless, the entire town gladly gathers to rebuild their home every bit as grand as it was before.
  • Latino Is Brown: A conscious aversion. Unlike the Rivera family from the previous Disney-Pixar film set in Latin America, Coco, the Madrigals display a wide range of phenotypes, appropriate to Colombia, one of the most diverse populations in South America. This is especially apparent in the five adults of the second generation. The fair skinned and auburn haired Pepa represents European Latinos, Félix has the dark skin and tightly curled hair of Afro Latinos, Agustin's smooth hair and distinctively almond-shaped eyes are reminiscent of Asian Latinos, Julieta has the most South American indigenous features, and Bruno with his dark loose curls, dark green eyes and medium skin tone is Mestizo. Their children exhibit an even greater range of mixed ancestry.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine:
    • Isabela (Dark) and Mirabel (Light). Isabela is a world-class beauty, aloof, mysterious, a surrounded by aura of perfection. Mirabel is cute, friendly, quirky, the normal one of the family. Understanding their mutual differences becomes critical to resolving the conflict of the film.
    • Pepa (Dark) and Julieta (Light). Ironically Pepa has light hair and wears bright clothes, while Julieta has dark hair and wears cool tones. Nevertheless, Pepa dances tango, is assertive, unpredictable, and intimidating, her moods can manifest with storms and loose lightning bolts. Julieta is demure, patient, and sweet, she provides support and healing to her family.
  • Light Is Good: While they all have different signature colors, their power manifests as a bright, shining light. During their gift ceremony, they all vow to use their powers to benefit and help others.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: Downplayed, since no one is sacrificing their lives, but the Madrigals have come to think they are obliged to throw away any dreams or happiness that don't fit the image of a picture-perfect family. The film is about the family realizing how wrong this mindset is and embracing their imperfections.
  • Multigenerational Household: Three generations of the Madrigal family co-exist under one roof.
  • Mundane Utility: While we have no real assurance that their gifts have an intended purpose, Alma has cultivated a mindset that their gifts are to be used for the good of their community. Luisa's Super Strength is used for manual labor, Isabela's flowers decorate the town, Julieta's food helps the townsfolk with their general well-being, and so on.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Happens throughout given the heavy numerological motifs in the family. It should be noted that all the mean examples are downplayed since despite their faults, none of the characters are outright villainous and all of them can be quite caring.
    • Julieta's children: Mirabel is nice (she does her best to help despite having no gift), Isabela is mean (she has a haughtiness towards Mirabel), Luisa is in-between (she is a hard worker but can be brusque).
    • Pepa's children: Antonio is nice (sweet, innocent, friend to all living things), Camilo is mean (he loves to mock people with his shapeshifting), Dolores is in-between (she is good-hearted but a busybody).
  • Numerological Motif: Occurs all over the place, which is no surprise as this is a work of Magical Realism, with the most prominent being Rule of Three and 13 Is Unlucky.
    • Four Is Death: Four horsemen invaded Alma’s and Pedro’s hometown and murdered him.
    • Lucky Seven: The Gift ceremony is at 7 pm. Played with the seventh Madrigal Mirabel introduces since she introduces the in-laws, Félix and Agustin, sixth and seventh, at the same time. Their names can be found seventh in the family tree depending on whether one reads it left or right. Félix means lucky and has good luck, whereas Agustin is very unlucky and constantly gets injured. Mirabel sings the opening song to seven town children. Seven Madrigal children receive a gift and door before Mirabel breaks the streak. Half the family members have seven-letter names. Isabela's proposal dinner is also at 7 pm. Isabela and Dolores are both 21 years old (3x7).
    • The number five also manifests often: Each couple has three children (2+3). Children get their gift at age five. Mariano wants 5 children with Isabela. Bruno has been gone for 10 years (2x5), Mirabel is 15 (3x5) and the miracle and the triplets were born 50 years ago (10x5).
  • Personality Powers: According to the movie's creators, the family's gifts are a nod to many universally relatable family dynamics and are based on each individual's personality trait(s) or other characteristics.
    • Julieta is a caretaker by nature, and her power includes both making delicious food for others and healing their injuries.
    • Overly dramatic and emotionally volatile, Pepa's "gift" is influencing (and often drastically and instantaneously changing) the weather around her.
    • The way Isabela makes her surroundings blossom and specifically how precise and graceful her control over her gift is represents her status as a golden child striving for perfection. Notably, when she finally lets out her true feelings and lashes out in anger, she seemingly makes a spiky plant like a cactus for the first time in her life. From the following song, it's implied that Isabela has a genuine interest in botany and horticulture considering her vast knowledge of tropical and desert plants.
    • Luisa is the dependable child who strives to be a strong figure others can lean on; thus, she is literally very strong.
    • Dolores is a quiet and introverted person, so her hearing allows her to get information without actually talking to anyone. Perhaps because of this, she is a bit of a gossip.
    • According to his official description, Camilo "doesn't quite know who he is yet", which is portrayed with both him possessing an ability to shapeshift and how frequently he uses it to take the form of other people.
    • Antonio is quiet and not comfortable talking with most people, and rather talks to animals… thus gaining the ability to truly talk with them.
    • Bruno is the worrywart of the family, as described by the movie's creators, and thus can literally only see bad things in the future. However, Mirabel spurs him past despair to help him experience a more hopeful vision. This implies he would be able to see more good futures if he got a more positive outlook on the world.
  • The Power of Love: This is what the Madrigal family's powers come from — their love for one another.
  • Power Trio: The three sets of siblings and their powers each invoke a different trio.
    • The Triplets form a Freudian Trio. Pepa is the id (her powers are temperamental and change along with the slightest provocation, whether positive or negative), Julieta is the Ego (her powers are healing and bring the body back to its balanced status), Bruno is the superego (his powers are prophetic and deal with abstract information).
    • Julieta's daughters are Beauty, Brains, and Brawn. Isabela brightens Encanto with flowers (Beauty), Luisa using her strength to fix its problems (Brawn), and Mirabel — who did not receive a gift — must use her wits and deductive powers to gather clues and solve the mystery of the house (Brains).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Pepa is the red to Julieta's blue, and their respective family branches are respectively warm and cool colored. (Bruno is somewhere in the middle).
    • Camilo is the red to Dolores's blue. He's often laughing and playing pranks, she's always quiet and listening.
    • Zigzagged with Felix and Agustin who every bit the red and blue, respectively, though Felix is more mellow and down to earth, while Agustin tends to become nervous and naive.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: It's not surprising given the Madrigals are a traditional Roman Catholic South American family. Pedro, Bruno, Agustin, and Antonio are the names of saints whose stories resonate to some degree with their characters. Isabela and Dolores share a Marian theme with Mariano. Alma (soul), Mirabel (miraculous), Félix (blessed), and Camilo (altar-bearer) recall ancillary religious concepts. The Madrigals both received a miracle of divine origin and use it to serve the community.
  • Rule of Three: This is most apparent in the town mural of the Madrigals. There are three generations, three mothers, and each mother has three children. Outside of time skips and flashbacks, the plot of the film occurs over three days.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Félix and Agustín provide an interesting take on this dynamic. At their core, they are both sensitive and affectionate family men, but Félix fits the mold of the manly man given his broad shoulder, chiseled jawline, and hairy chest. In contrast, Agustín is slender and has fine features. Félix dresses in the standard masculine guayabera, while Agustín wears a spiffy suit. In terms of mannerisms, Félix has more dynamic and boisterous mannerisms, whereas Agustín is dorky and gangly. Félix also has a more hands-on approach to parenting since he has to rein in Camilo's impertinence by picking him up or elbowing him, Agustín is gentler with his daughters. Hilariously, it's not Agustín but Félix who plays the Henpecked Husband.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang:
    • Pepa is loud, anxious, and prone to dramatics while her sister Julieta is more down to earth and mellow.
    • Luisa is masculine, tough but quick to apologize, is protective of Mirabel, and has a hidden sensitive side. Her sister Isabela is feminine, delicate but haughty, is at first hostile toward Mirabel, and has a hidden punk rocker-esque side.
    • Camilo is bombastic, his sister Dolores is quiet.
    • Camilo is extroverted, saucy, and a people-person while his brother Antonio is introverted, sweet, and an animal-lover.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: One of the defining traits among the Madrigal women. Their husbands, Pedro, Agustín, and Félix, are all devoted family men and Papa Wolves. In the end, Dolores joins in, since she fell in love with Mariano because he is a dutiful son who writes poetry.
  • Slave to PR: The gifts have turned the Madrigals into a major source of help for the surrounding village, so the family feels it's necessary to always look and act as amazing as the community believes they are. This contributes to Luisa putting on a brave face when she feels overwhelmed, Isabela hiding her true passions, and Bruno exiling himself.
  • Stepford Smiler: At its core, this is the single most pervasive symptom of the family’s dysfunction. Every Madrigal is affected by it since they are either a stepford smiler or are a close relation to one. This arises from the strict pressure of Alma’s perfectionism but she herself is also a victim the facade. In addition to Bruno, all the Madrigal women are stepford smilers. There’s no indication that Agustin, Felix, Camilo, or Antonio are stepford smilers but they do witness the daily stress their female relatives endure.
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • Pepa and Julieta look a lot like their mother Alma, with the latter more so.
    • Bruno greatly resembles his late father, Pedro.
    • Antonio looks like a tiny version of his father Félix.
    • Of her sisters, Mirabel resembles their mother, Julieta, the most.
    • Camilo gains most of his looks from Pepa.
    • Of her sisters, Luisa resembles their father, Agustín, the most.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: Some part of their clothing reflects what their power is as well as their personality.
    • Julieta heals people with food and has herbs and hearts on her dress. A mortar and pestle are embroidered on her blouse.
    • Although hardly visible, Agustín wears attributes that represent all three of his daughters: a flower for Isabela, one sock with weights for Luisa, and one sock with butterflies for Mirabel. It shows that he is devoted to his family and does not play favorites with his children… and he's rather dorky.
    • Isabela's dress is decorated in flowers, and she has power over plant life.
    • Luisa has Super Strength and her dress has weight designs at the bottom.
    • Pepa wears suns on her dress and her power is Weather Manipulation. Her neckline resembles a blooming sunflower, and she wears suns for earrings. If you look closely, her headband has small lightning designs on them.
    • Félix has columns stacked on parallel lines over his guayabera. It symbolizes his stability and the support he provides to the more temperamental Pepa.
    • There are sound-like waves on Dolores's dress, and she has the power of Super Hearing. Her earrings are shaped like hearts, and she is secretly in love.
    • Camilo's ruana has chameleons on it to reflect his shapeshifting powers and is very flouncy to represent his flair for drama.
    • Antonio's vest has animals on it, and he has the power to speak to animals.
    • Bruno's ruana has hourglass designs on it to symbolize his ability to see into the future. The hourglasses also resemble the butterflies which protect the family.
    • Alma has teardrop-shaped pearl earrings and teardrops around her neckline. She alone has carried in full the loss of her husband and home. Her skirt has abstracted gables and she is the head of the household. The teardrops also double as the flames of candles, which represent the magic of the family.
    • Mirabel has her dress decorated with a symbol for all the powers of her family members. To represent herself, she has her own face.
  • Tender Tomboyishness, Foul Femininity: Luisa and Isabela, respectively. Luisa is a muscular Amazonian Beauty who takes pride in her hard work, helps everyone to the point of exhaustion, and has a sensitive side, while Isabela, renowned in town for being perfect and beautiful, with the power of making Flowers of Femininity grow around her, is haughty and aloof, particularly towards Mirabel. Eventually downplayed on Isabela's side, however, in that after her Character Development, she feels freer to express her tomboyish streak by making different kinds of plants and has a notably better relationship with Mirabel.
  • Town Girls: Julieta's daughters. Beautiful, graceful, and very floral oldest sister Isabela is the Femme, spunky and awkward youngest sister Mirabel is the Neither, and tough, strong middle sister Luisa is the Butch. Fittingly, they also have distinct Voice Types; Isabela has the highest, Mirabel the middle, and Luisa the lowest.
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The Matriarch / Patriarch / Casita

    Alma 

Alma Madrigal

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"Our community is counting on us, La Familia Madrigal!"

Voiced by: María Cecilia Botero (speaking, English & Spanish) Olga Merediz (singing English), Yaneth Waldman (singing Spanish), Franca D'Amato (Italian), Monica Bielenstein (German), Mie Nakao (Japanese)

The matriarch of the Madrigals and Mirabel's grandmother.


  • Anger Born of Worry: Her treatment of Mirabel and Bruno (due to both supposedly being the catalysts of the vanishing magic) stems from her fears of losing her family like she lost her husband.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: When Bruno shows up to try to stand up for Mirabel, Alma's first instinct is to hug her only son in spite of the bad blood between them.
  • Body Motifs: Hands. Alma is often depicted holding the magic candle in her hands or else keeping her hands busy, whether it is with affectionate hand gestures to her children and grandchildren’s faces or with housework. She also makes commanding gestures with her hands. The moments of greatest pathos in her character arc have her holding hands with either Mirabel or Bruno. The motif is made more apparent by her attire, since her hands are often the only part of her body visible under her dark shawl. This all contributes to her position as the ultimate authority in the family, and also shows that she still wears her wedding ring 50 years after her husband's death.
  • Break the Haughty: Happens when Mirabel tells her she's the reason the magic is dying, resulting in Casita crumbling and Mirabel running away.
  • Broken Bird: What she became after her husband’s death. She was once a cheerful young woman full of life and hope. The loss of her husband plus the responsibility thrust upon her as the keeper of the miracle turned her into the hardened woman she is in the present. Once Mirabel understands all this, she is able to forgive and thank her grandmother.
  • Control Freak: Deconstructed. Alma's tight hold on her family to live a life of service to the community to show they are worthy of the miracle puts them all under pressure to meet this never-ending goal. "Under the Surface" is all about Luisa feeling this pressure.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In a single night, Alma lost her home and her husband. Then the miracle occurred which saved her from the nameless horsemen, but also separated her from her husband's body so she was never able to give it a proper burial. She then found herself as the guide and caretaker of the refugees from her village. We're never shown that she takes time to process her grief. Although she tries to be a firm, but loving matriarch to her family and the Encanto, it's clear that the trauma of that night has left her fearful of losing her home and her family so that when Mirabel doesn't get her gift, Alma is left anxious and troubled that the miracle which saved her all those years ago is fading.
  • Determinator: Clearly Mirabel gets it from her. For 50 years, Alma has worked nonstop to protect the encanto, protect her home, protect her family…in that order. The conflict of the film arises from the fact that although she and Mirabel want the same thing, they don’t work together towards it.
  • Doting Grandparent: Alma is a doting grandparent to Isabela, as she more often than anyone else calls Isabela perfect. Deconstructed since this has caused Isabela to feel a crushing amount of responsibility to keep her grandmother happy as well also disturb the balance of the household since Isabela’s sisters and cousins all live in the shadow of the perfect golden child.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Alma sees the miracle they were granted as something that she and her family must prove to be worthy of and never take for granted. Except a miracle isn't a reward, it's a blessing. When Mirabel doesn't receive a gift, Alma becomes more driven by fear than love and becomes more and more focused on proving themselves worthy. This desire leads to rampant emotional instability, exhaustion and frustration among the family which, in turn, causes the magic to fade and the Casita to crack. Over time, Alma lost sight of the true point of the miracle... to allow her and her family to be safe and become a happy, loving family.
  • Elemental Motifs: Fire. Alma is strongly associated with the everlasting flame of the candle, which she protects and cherishes. The flame design is embroidered in the dress and in her opening verse she identifies the family’s duty to keep the miracle burning. The one negative motif is the fire which singes the decoration Mirabel embroiders for her, which foreshadows her role as the physical antagonistic force in the film.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: One way that the movie shows how Alma changed over the years is with the difference in her hairstyles. In flashbacks to her younger self, she is warm and light-hearted and wears her hair in youthful twin braids, a style also seen on some other young female characters. In the present, she wears a more controlled, matronly style and is more reserved and focused on preserving the miracle.
  • Fatal Flaw: Fear. Alma causes the story's conflict with her unrelenting desire to show that she and her family are worthy of the miracle they received by giving back to the community. She does this because she's afraid the house will crumble, the family will be homeless again and Pedro's death will be in vain. Ironically, it is this fear that causes her to put too much pressure on the family and the resulting disharmony is what causes the magic to vanish.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Not currently, but she had pigtails back in her youth, where she was noticeably livelier and more cheerful.
  • Good All Along: The second half of the film heavily implies Alma's treatment of the family will cross the line and set her up as an antagonist. However, as Mirabel finds out after the house is destroyed, she is not cruel or selfish; rather, she is scared of losing her family blessing, which leads to her acting harsh in desperation. After her and Mirabel make amends and the house is restored, she begins treating the family much better.
  • Heel Realization: The climax of the movie sees Alma finding the true cause of the Madrigal family falling apart: her own paranoia. Her fear created pressure for each family member to be perfect, resulting in a lot of tension. Alma eventually comes to see it after Mirabel spells it out, to which Alma genuinely says she's sorry for.
  • Hope Bringer: Deconstructed. Alma became this for the exiles at the inception of Encanto, who gather all around her as she first lifts the candle. For fifty years, she has held a position of authority and inspired the town to prosper, but not without a cost. She hasn’t allowed herself to mourn her grief openly and her family is following in her footsteps. Her responsibility with the town even interferes with the family life, as the townsfolk demand to see her while Mirabel is still missing.
  • Iconic Item: She holds the candle in her magic door, the town mural, and during every gift ceremony. With the reveal that the magic candle was born out of her grief over Pedro's death, it symbolizes how she has carried a candle for him for 50 years, and the love the two have for each other and their descendants.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: She has aged by no means poorly, given she is active and implied to be around 70. Flashbacks show that she was a beautiful and slender woman full of life, not unlike renowned beauty Isabela.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Alma can be harsh, stubborn and insensitive towards her family especially Mirabel, but she does care about them all very deeply.
  • The Leader: She is the matriarch of the Madrigal family and is seen as the unofficial leader of the Encanto.
  • Man of the City: A female example. Alma and her magic helped the local village grow from nothing. She and her family use their magical gifts to keep the community safe and prosperous in the decades that follow (sometimes at the cost of their happiness) and are beloved by the townspeople in return.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Alma means "nurturing," and recalls the phrase Alma Mater, befitting her role as the original progenitor of the family.
    • Alma means "soul", which in classical mythology is symbolized with butterfly wings. Butterflies are the animal totem of the Madrigal family. Along with Mirabel, Félix, and Camilo, this fits the religious theme naming of the family.
    • The name Alma recalls the Catholic concept of the Anima Sola (lonely soul). When Mirabel and Alma reconcile, she explicitly recognizes that Alma bore the sorrow of the loss of her home and her husband alone for fifty years.
  • The Mourning After: She never truly got over Pedro's death, and instead directs all her grief into ensuring that his death was not in vain. Unfortunately, this resulted in a huge amount of pressure that drove Bruno away and caused noticeable damage to Pepa, Isabela, Luisa, Dolores, and Mirabel.
  • My Beloved Smother: Alma's desire for the family to prove itself worthy of the miracle exerts pressure on Pepa, Isabela, Luisa, Dolores, and Mirabel to prioritize others before their own dreams and well-being.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After realizing the emotional toll her family members had to face in her pursuit of being worthy of the miracle, Alma comes to regret her actions and finally acknowledges that she was so afraid to lose the miracle that she lost sight of who the miracle was for. In "All Of You", she apologizes to her daughters for holding on too tight on them — only doing so because she was afraid to lose them just like she lost Pedro.
  • Never My Fault: Played with. It is very clear that Alma takes the responsibility of being granted a miracle very seriously and constantly guides her children and grandchildren to give back to the community to prove they are worthy of that miracle. Unfortunately, she has become so focused on this goal that she's grown unaware of the toll it is taking on her family. It takes Mirabel's Calling the Old Woman Out and a collapse of the miracle to get Alma to actually look around at how her family has been affected. At the river, Alma acknowledges her part in her family's dysfunction, apologizes, and works to do better.
  • No Sympathy: When her daughter Pepa is in a bad mood, Alma's method of dealing with it is to tell her to calm down so she won't make rain and thunder everywhere. Given that she seems to have been doing it for Pepa's entire life, it surely hasn't helped her anxiety levels.
    Alma: Pepa, calm down!
    Pepa: (with a heavy snow cloud hovering above her head) I'm doing my best! You're lucky it's not a hurricane!!
  • Parental Favoritism: As the head of the household, Alma runs the show, and her judgments have a profound effect on the dynamics of the family. She favors golden child Isabela out of all grandchildren and this places a lot of pressure on her while at the same time makes the other grandchildren feel inadequate living in Isabela’s shadow. After failing to receive a gift, Mirabel quietly becomes The Unfavorite to Alma. She also has a complicated relationship with Bruno who never felt able to make her proud. While there’s no clear favoritism between her daughters, she does prefer Félix to Agustín as far as sons-in-law go.
  • Proper Lady: Deconstructed. She has an air of dignity about her in her later years, with her perfectly coiffed hair and buttoned up dress, and her concern with preserving the miracle comes from a fear of loss for her family and community, but it backfires and leads to the family forgetting that those things are supposed to help them, rather than the other way around.
  • Shadow Archetype: Alma is this for both her daughters, as the fiercely loving mothers of three children. The difference is that Pepa and Julieta were able to enjoy marriage and parenthood with good men, whereas Alma lost her husband far too soon and had to raise her children alone. In her daughters, Alma sees the life she could have had.
  • Shipper on Deck: Unlike Julieta's courting with Agustín, Alma has always been on board with Félix marrying Pepa.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: Deconstructed. Alma is deeply invested in the engagement of Isabela and Mariano, and while she extols for being a fine and handsome young man, she prioritizes how the union will benefit and strengthen the encanto and produce a new generation, and we do not see her ask Isabela whether she wants to marry Mariano. To her credit, when the two discuss the proposal, Isabela does not raise any objections and instead agrees with everything Alma says, but this is because Alma has that tight of a control on the family. The climactic fight between Mirabel and Alma arises precisely because Alma refuses to listen to Mirabel’s pleas that Isabela is unhappy.
  • Stepford Smiler: She’s not the smiliest person, but Alma has been a stepford smiler for fifty years. She has kept a brave and serene face for the town since its inception and with every gift ceremony she has given her children and grandchildren a sanitized version of the origin of the miracle which calls Pedro’s death a "loss" and the murderous horsemen "dangers." In private, Alma has carried the grief of her husband’s death and their exile completely alone. It is not until she shares the full story with Mirabel that her granddaughter can finally understand and forgive her grandmother.
  • Struggling Single Mother: Subverted. Her husband's death at the hands of the nameless horsemen left her widowed with three infants. When this happened, the Casita was miraculously bestowed upon her, and her children were given magical gifts, allowing the family to thrive.
  • Team Dad: In addition to her obvious role as the matriarch of the Madrigal family, Alma also plays the role of team dad consciously fulfilling the place of her dead husband, Pedro. She is the ultimate figure of authority in the household and sits at the head of the table, her sons-in-law defer to her, and she spearheads the gift ceremonies and puts each gift to good use. It's telling that for Isabela's proposal, she appears to be in charge of the proceedings, instead of Isabela's actual father.
  • Team Mom: She is this for her children, her grandchildren, her sons-in-laws, and the entire town of Encanto, who all turn to her in moments of uncertainty and communal anxiety.
  • Tragic Keepsake: She carries a locket with a picture of her late husband on her person at all times, and the weathering on the metal shows this is not a recent acquisition. The magic candle counts as well, since it is heavily implied to be the unity candle from her and Pedro’s wedding ceremony.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The cracks in the foundation are because of her unintentionally putting so much pressure on her family.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Mirabel not receiving a gift at her ceremony, Alma began to shun and treat her granddaughter coldly.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: As head of the Madrigals, Alma is the highest authority in the community. Although it appears she commands her family with unflappable grace, she has been bottling up feelings of grief for decades.
  • Younger Than They Look: It's a blink and you'll miss it moment, but when she tells Mirabel the story of her past in full, she shows the effect Pedro's death had on her. She immediately removed the braids of her youth, and donned a dark shawl of mourning, which she wears the rest of her life. It has the effect of making her look like a mature woman, ten years older.

    Pedro 

Pedro Madrigal

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The deceased patriarch of the Madrigal family and Mirabel's grandfather.


  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: He loved his wife and children and was willing to die to let them escape.
  • Disappeared Dad: His children and grandchildren never got to know him. The twist is that they also did not get to know the details of his death because Alma's grief was too great, and this contributed to a lack of understanding of her desire to be worthy of the miracle they were granted.
  • Endearingly Dorky: When Alma reveals she is expecting triplets he pretends to faint in a goofy over-the-top way, but Alma is thoroughly amused and smitten. He passed this on to Bruno.
  • Face Death with Dignity: The screenplay reveals that Pedro approaches the horsemen to plead for the lives of his family and the other refugees. He clearly realizes the danger and after kissing his wife and children, he walks serenely toward the horseman with his hands up.
  • Kill the Cutie: He’s a tad older than most examples, but he was also handsome and sweet man cut down in the bloom of youth, a man who wanted nothing more than to love his wife and raise his newborn children.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Alma. They were deeply in love, and she misses him dearly; she hasn't even remarried in all the time Pedro has been gone.
  • Nice Guy: While Pedro doesn't get any dialogue and only shows up in flashbacks, it's clear he was a kind, loving, dedicated Family Man.
  • Papa Wolf: Downplayed. Pedro attempted to plead with the bandits to spare his family.
  • Posthumous Character: He's already long deceased, only appearing in flashbacks.
  • The Power of Love: He loved Alma and the triplets so greatly that his death and Alma's grief birthed the magic that repelled the bandits threatening them and transformed the candle.
  • Pretty Boy: A slender man with thick dark hair, large eyes, high cheekbones and an easy smile. Some of his charm lives on in Bruno and Camilo.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: He has large, dreamy dark eyes, especially so when he kisses his wife and children goodbye. He passed this trait on to his only son.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Pedro is only mentioned and physically seen in flashbacks a couple of times, but his death and Alma's grief caused the family to be blessed with magic.
  • Tareme Eyes: He has dreamy, dark eyes that (in contrast to his bride’s) noticeably droop downwards. He passed these on to his daughter, Julieta.
  • The Voiceless: Pedro is the only Madrigal member who doesn't speak.
  • White Shirt of Death: In contrast to the rest of his family who has a Rainbow Motif, Pedro wears a white shirt in his portrait and when he dies. He is the only posthumous Madrigal.

    Casita 

Casita

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The Madrigals' family home, which is alive thanks to the same miracle that grants their gifts.


  • Ambiguous Gender: Given Casita is a house, the gender of its consciousness or whether it has one at all is never revealed. The noun is grammatically feminine in the original Spanish.
  • Benevolent Architecture: Quite literally. Casita can freely rearrange its common areas and is generally happy to help, for example turning a hall into a treadmill for Luisa's morning workout. It also uses the last of its energy as it's falling apart to make sure every Madrigal makes it out alive, including shielding Mirabel from falling debris.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Each gifted member of the Madrigals receives a room that matches their powers, which is much bigger than the space should allow.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Inverted. Casita dies while forming a protective cradle around Mirabel. The candle does die in Mirabel’s hands.
  • Disney Death: When the magic breaks in the climax, Casita rapidly collapses and appears to die with it. It returns to life when the house is rebuilt, and the magic restored.
  • Empathic Environment: Casita's condition is tied to the Madrigals. It cracks and breaks to reflect their troubles and collapses entirely when their issues boil to the surface.
  • Friend to All Children: It enjoys entertaining visiting children with its trick stairs, and among the Madrigal family it interacts the most with younger inhabitants. It's especially close to Mirabel, and very tender with Antonio when he gets stage fright during his ceremony. While it won't tolerate Camilo's impertinence, it literally tears itself apart to cushion his fall.
  • Hub Level: A rare non video game example. The magic rooms can only be accessed from inside Casita. The rooms which make an appearance are even much larger than Casita itself but depend on it to exist. Furthermore, there’s no indication that the rooms can be accessed to and from each other.
  • Ironic Name: A casita is a term for a small house, even though this Casita is big and spacious with rooms that are Bigger on the Inside.
  • Pocket Dimension: Implied to be the nature of Casita’s magic rooms, which aren’t just Bigger on the Inside, they are also discrete entities that follow their own laws and respond to the will of their respective owners, but still depend on Casita to subsist. Casita can’t interfere inside the rooms, and Bruno’s room has fallen into disrepair following his absence. When the magic breaks for good, Antonio’s animal friends flee his room in a panic.
  • Sapient House: Casita has a mind of its own and understands what people say to it, though it has to get a bit creative to respond. So did the design team, as the writers kept thinking up new ways for Casita to express itself.
  • Silent Snarker: While Casita lacks a mouth to speak with, it can move its parts and fixtures to communicate. At Mirabel's comment that the house won't decorate itself, the flags in the room sag with disapproval. Co-producer/writer Jared Bush says that Casita itself is "opinionated and flawed like a family. It's a house that plays favorites, a house that messes with people."
  • Super Empowering: While not exactly the source of the Madrigals' gifts, Casita plays a vital part in the ceremony that grants them. Each family member's power is received upon touching their door for the first time.note 
  • Surprise Slide Staircase: Casita has dominion over these and uses them to prevent children from approaching Antonio’s door before the gift ceremony. These become relevant at the climax of the film since Casita uses them to break Mirabel’s fall.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Madrigals. When the magic breaks for good, the house immediately spits out the entire family and seals itself shut to keep them away from the collapsing structure. Its last act is to create a shield around Mirabel to save her life.

Julieta's family tree branch

    Julieta and Agustín 

Julieta Madrigal

Agustín Madrigal

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Julieta: Corazon, remember.
Agustín: Yeah, remember...
Julieta: You have nothing to prove.
Agustín: Nothing to prove!

Julieta voiced by: Angie Cepeda (English, Spanish & Italian), Carolina Vera (German), Yumi Touma (Japanese)
Agustín voiced by: Wilmer Valderrama (English), Diego Ruiz (Spanish), Nanni Baldini (Italian), Viktor Neumann (German), Tomokazu Seki (Japanese)

Mirabel's parents. Julieta's gift lets her heal others with the food she cooks.


Tropes that apply to both

  • Blue Is Heroic: Their signature color, and they are devoted members of the family and pillars of the community.
  • Cuddle Bug: They are both very tender and affectionate. Agustín celebrates the reunion of the triplets by embracing all three at the same time, which is impressive given he is horribly bee-stung at the time. Julieta’s love is also as warm and comforting as her food.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: It's confirmed that thanks to Agustín being so accident-prone, he was in constant need of Julieta's gift which caused them to interact so often they fell in love.
  • Good Parents: Julieta assures Mirabel that, gift or no gift, she's as special as anyone in the family; Mirabel even parrots these words when confronted by the children asking if she was sad, she didn't get a gift. Agustín does his best to commiserate with Mirabel's plight as a fellow normal human. They are also willing to stand up to Alma for her mistreatment of Mirabel.
  • Happily Married: Both have a stable, loving marriage.
  • Nice Guy: And girl. Both are patient, pleasant, and attentive to their daughters. Julieta is clearly saddened that her brother lost his way and misses him.
  • Women Are Wiser: Emphasis on wiser since Agustín isn’t stupid, but Julieta is the more reasonable and sensible of the two. When the two try to comfort Mirabel before Antonio’s gift ceremony the two give her the same advice and Agustín quickly changes his expression from satisfied to concerned after catching sight of his wife who can read the situation better.

Tropes that apply to Julieta

"I healed your hand... with my love for my daughter."

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: Downplayed. But hilariously it’s she and not dorky dad Agustín who embarrasses Mirabel with her kisses and compliments about her "cool glasses."
  • Big Sister Instinct: Julieta never stopped loving Bruno and greatly lamented that he lost his way. The moment she sees him return to the family; she rushes to embrace him.
  • Body Motifs: Hands. Julieta shares this motif with her mother, since they both share the role of Team Mom in the household, though Julieta does it less problematically. Julieta is often depicted holding her mortar and pestle and grinding healing herbs or else holding a plate of food. More importantly, it’s implied that for her food’s healing powers to take effect she must physically hand the food to her patients. In her opening scene she feeds her food directly into the open mouths of the townsfolk. Within the family she often cups her daughter’s cheek in her hand while kissing her, or else she holds someone’s hand for comfort (especially Camilo and Bruno).
  • The Caretaker: Her role in the family since she can heal people with her food. She also acts as the Team Mom of her family after Alma.
  • Character Tics: Julieta has a tendency to clasp her hands together.
  • Cool Aunt: Implied. She is the voice of reason in the house and prepares all the food for the family, of which Camilo in particular can’t get enough of. During Antonio’s Gift Ceremony Julieta holds Camilo’s hand and has her other arm lovingly around him. For once, Camilo’s face has a gentle smile instead of his trademark cocky grin.
  • Doting Parent: Julieta showers Mirabel with praises and compliments to the point it embarrasses her daughter. It’s implied she is compensating for Alma’s cold treatment, since Julieta also requests that her mother be nicer to Mirabel.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Of her siblings, Julieta inherited their father's Tareme Eyes.
  • Health Food: A rare non-video game-related example. Julieta's power is to cook food that can heal when eaten, as when she feeds her magical arepa con queso to Mirabel to heal a cut on her palm.
  • The Heart: She shares this role with her youngest daughter. Not for nothing, Agustín notes that Mirabel takes after Julieta, whose role it is to feed and heal the family. For bonus points her mural has heart symbols wafting from her arepas and embroidered on her dress.
  • Heart Symbol: Her mural and dress both have heart symbols, symbolizing her loving and nurturing nature.
  • Iconic Item: Her mortar and pestle, she is often holding it for grinding herbs, and has it woven on her dress. To a lesser extent, a dish of arepas, which represent her on Mirabel's dress.
  • Mama Bear: Julieta defends Mirabel from Alma's harsh treatment towards her. She was also willing to scale up a crumbling Casita to save Mirabel.
  • The Medic: Naturally, this is Julieta's role, not only among the Madrigals but towards the community as a whole. If anyone gets an injury, she uses her powers to heal them.
  • Only Sane Woman: The co-director Byron Howard says Julieta "got it the most together" out of all Madrigals.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Downplayed. Julieta wears her hair up in a bun as would be appropriate for a chef, though hers is not as tight as most examples; it indicates that she is put-together but not strict.
  • Proper Lady: She is by far the most sensible and patient member of the family and is dedicated to them and the community.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: This becomes most apparent during the proposal dinner. Every time a family member learns about Mirabel’s presence in Bruno’s vision, they are overcome with fear, shock, and panic…except for Julieta who does not lose her composure or jump to conclusions.
  • Stepford Smiler: Though not as overt as other examples, Julieta still must fake a smile. This becomes apparent when she comforts Mirabel after Antonio’s gift ceremony. First, she tries to make Mirabel laugh with her usual goofy Amazingly Embarrassing Parent routine, but when this fails her facade falters, and she admits that she greatly laments that Bruno lost his way and she fears that Mirabel will follow the same path. Given the taboo on Bruno’s name it’s particularly crushing that no matter how much she misses her brother, Julieta can’t express this sorrow and must keep silent.
  • Supreme Chef: Julieta's cooking is by all accounts magical. Camilo in particular can’t get enough of it.
  • Tareme Eyes: Compared to her feistier sister, Julieta's eyes noticeably droop downwards, befitting her calm and motherly personality. She gets this from her father.
  • Team Mom: She plays this role even more traditionally than her own mother. She provides nourishment and healing to her family (especially her accident-prone husband); she also provides a voice of reason and comfort to the more dramatic family members. She has a soft spot for family prankster Camilo and can be seen holding his hand during Antonio's gift ceremony. Along with Dolores, she speaks about Bruno in unambiguously sympathetic terms. And she stands up to Alma in defense of Mirabel without losing her temper.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her signature color is a lovely shade of teal. She is maternal, nurturing, and patient. Her role in the family is to feed and heal everyone.

Tropes that apply to Agustín

"Surrounded by the exceptional, it was easy to feel... "un-ceptional"."

  • Acting Unnatural: When he tells Mirabel to "act normally" after seeing Burno's vision of her, he can barely hold it together himself during dinner. Shown when he is almost robotically moving his arm to grab cream and is struggling to keep his smile on.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Mirabel calls him “Pá.”
  • Amusing Injuries: His accident-prone nature frequently leaves him with bee stings that comically swell-up his body parts.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Inverted. Agustín is the brother-in-law of Pepa and Bruno, and is younger than both of them, but also significantly taller. When Bruno returns to the family, he welcomes him with open arms and lifts the siblings in a huge hug, celebrating that the triplets have reunited.
  • Big Little Brother: An in-law version, Agustín is younger than both Félix and Bruno, but towers over them.
  • Bumbling Dad: Agustín is a poignant subversion. He has most of the associated ingredients for this trope: he is endearingly dorky, suffers from amusing injuries that his wife constantly has to treat, and is not as observant as her. However, under the surface, Agustin is a very attentive husband and father who demonstrates incredible maturity and humility at being normal in an exceptional family, and when push comes to shove is willing to stand up to Alma to protect Mirabel.
  • Endearingly Dorky: In contrast to the smooth and suave Felix, Agustin is dorky and clumsy, but Julieta is deeply in love with him. Mirabel also finds her dad’s ways amusing.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Agustin tries to chop a block of wood but instead disturbs a swarm of bees which sting him mercilessly. Agustin has no magic gift but is happy to be a service in a humble way, this doesn’t stop him from being the victim of freak accidents of nature.
    Mirabel: My dad, Agustín, well, he’s accident-prone but he means well.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: It's very difficult to see, but he wears mismatched socks, one to represent Luisa and the other to represent Mirabel. Coupled with one of Isabella's flowers on his vest, it represents the love for his daughters.
  • Jaw Drop: Does this when he sees Mirabel looking at Bruno's vision of her standing in front of a crumbling Casita.
  • The Klutz: Agustín is very accident-prone. It explains why he is such a good match for Julieta, since he constantly needs her healing powers.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Saint Augustine is one of the Fathers of the Church; among his many contributions to theology was the belief that pride causes a rupture in humanity's relationship with God. Agustín both practices humility in being unexceptional and encourages Mirabel the same way.
    • Folklore associates the name Agustín with "angustias" (anguish). He often suffers from injuries. It pairs well with both his brother-in-law Félix, whose name means lucky, and his niece Dolores, whose name means sorrows.
  • Megane: He’s a handsome and elegant man and the only Madrigal adult to wear glasses. Creator Jared Bush revealed that even if Julieta could cure vision issues she wouldn’t because she finds Agustín’s glasses cute.
  • Papa Wolf: Downplayed. Once he learns that Mirabel was part of Bruno's prophecy about the magic dying, he tries to keep it just between the two of them to protect her. Once Alma scolds him from keeping the prophecy from her, he angrily stands up to her with "I was thinking of my daughter!" He was also willing to scale up a crumbling Casita to save Mirabel from it as well, but Casita pushed him and the other family members out to safety.
  • Secret-Keeper: He was the first person to learn about Mirabel being part of Bruno's prophecy and decides to keep it a secret until after the proposal dinner. When called out by Alma for not "thinking of the family" and telling her immediately, he yells out that he was "thinking about his daughter" instead.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Agustín wears a suit in all his scenes, even while chopping wood.
  • The Unfavorite: There’s subtle implications that Alma prefers Felix over Agustin as a son-in-law. It’s implied that's due to Agustin's constant injuries that have to be healed by Julieta. Confirmed by Word of God that Alma was immediately charmed by Felix whereas she initially doubted Agustin was the right match for Julieta.
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    Isabela 

Isabela Madrigal

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"A little sisterly advice: if you weren't always trying too hard you wouldn't be in the way."

Voiced by: Diane Guerrero (English), Isabel Garces (Spanish), Diana Del Bufalo (Italian), Yvonne Greitzke (German), Aya Hirano (Japanese)

The oldest daughter of Julieta and Agustin. Her gift lets her psychically grow a wide variety of plants, mostly flowers.


  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • While she and Mirabel may not be on the best of terms, she does sometimes refer to her as "Isa".
    • Félix calls her "our angel".
    • Mariano calls her "the most perfect flower."
  • Aloof Big Sister: At first, since the only time she seems to notice Mirabel is when she's in the way, whether it's her fault or not. It's a mask.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Isabela is tall with long dark hair and is renowned for her beauty. She's also rather aloof at first.
  • Alpha Bitch: Subverted. She is shown to have qualities of an Alpha Bitch at first, with her being a beautiful, talented, and arrogant Proper Lady who is adored within her family and throughout town, who acts cold and dismissive towards some of the younger family members, particularly Mirabel and Camilo. It's revealed that she only behaves this way to live up to the expectations of her family, and during her song she starts showing her true nature as a Perky Goth who is actually not that bad of a person.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Among her sisters, Isabela is the Beauty, famed for her good looks and seeming utterly perfect on the outside.
  • Beauty Mark: Isabela has the teardrop kind under her left eye. It's symbolic that she has resigned herself to an unhappy life married to a man she doesn't love for the sake of the family.
  • Big Sister Instinct:
    • While not as obvious as Luisa, Isabela is still rather protective of Mirabel, even though they are usually at odds with each other. This is mostly shown when she gets her sister away from a carnivorous plant, she grew during her big song number, and was shown to be visibly worried when she noticed Mirabel was still inside the crumbling Casita.
    • Subtle, but Isabela was shown to be concerned towards Luisa when she is crying during the proposal dinner and was upset with Mirabel on Luisa's behalf when the latter's Super Strength was fading.
    • Although she is not very affectionate with her family for most of the film, Isabela proves to be very affectionate with her cousin a few months younger than her, Dolores. During Antonio's gift ceremony, she is seen holding Dolores's hand while hugging her reassuringly for most of the ceremony.
  • Body Motifs: Hair. When she awakens her hair flourishes like in an angelic wave. Mirabel claims she's never had a bad hair day, and she often flips her hair and scatter petals from it. When she is nervous flowers sprout from it. Her swinging from vines recalls Rapunzel swinging from her own hair. And when she admits her true self, she dyes her hair different colors.
  • Born Lucky: Mirabel accuses Isabela of this, having a great life, being effortlessly perfect, and never having so much as a bad hair day. Most notably, Bruno, The Dreaded of Encanto, prophesized before the age of eleven that the life of her dreams would come to pass. Deconstructed since Isabela resents the circumstances of her life, which have severely damaged her relationship with her little sister and pushed her into marriage by default with the most handsome man in town, a marriage she doesn't want.
  • Broken Ace: She's attractive, beloved by her family and the townsfolk, and very skilled with her magical gift of growing plants. In the song "The Family Madrigal" Mirabel even describes her as the "golden child", though later on she derisively calls her "Señorita Perfecta"... But she doesn't particularly enjoy her status as the golden child of the family, feeling like she's under constant pressure to be the best and being unable to express herself in any other way.
  • Character Development: Isabela blossoms from a Grumpy Bear only sticking to the "perfect" ideal and being an Aloof Big Sister to Mirabel into a happier woman who is excitidetly willing to experiment with her powers as well as becoming a kinder sister to Mirabel.
  • Cold Ham: Isabela has a very calm and composed Proper Lady persona. Contrasting this serenity is the outlandish amounts of flowers she brings with her and the dramatic way she wields her power over flowers.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: After her makeover, she turns her mauve-colored clothes to black, breaking the Rainbow Motif of the family. This is positive, since it means she is being honest with herself which will be healthy for the family. This is interesting to note because she's one of the few Disney heroines to wear black, along with Anna. Beforehand, the color was mostly associated with villains.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Proper Lady. While the Madrigals are not nobility, they do enjoy a position of reverence and authority in the town. Isabela has otherworldly beauty, an angelic voice, power over flowers, even a skirt that stays down while she’s hanging upside down from a vine swing. Naturally, she will marry the nicest most handsome man in town and greatly benefit the family and the community. Except Isabela resents all this, she’s sick of being pretty and perfect, she wants to express herself in new and alternative ways, and most definitely doesn’t want to marry the man everyone expects her to marry by default.
  • Eccentric Artist: Isabela's gift is an art form in practice, and she has grown bored with simply creating the same pretty flowers over and over. After releasing her true feelings, she covers herself in splatters of colored pollen and shows her interest in new plants as strange, unbroken ground. In the closing scene, she celebrates the return of her gift by adding more eye-popping colors to her outfit.
  • Elemental Motifs: Botany. Throughout the film, she is primarily accompanied by flower petals, flowery-vines and a whole host of brightly colored flowers that decorate nearly every surface she comes across to the point where her room is wall-to-wall covered in flowers. While flowers are a conventional symbol for beauty, too many of them make them come across as tacky, reflecting that while she is conventionally beautiful and reflects the ideal Proper Lady, her attempts at covering up her more nuanced interests makes her seem shallow and vain. When she starts being honest with Mirabel, it ends up conjuring a cactus, an abrasive, "not perfect, but beautiful" plant. Soon she starts conjuring a diverse ecosystem of other forms of plants — including other cactuses, succulents, trees and carnivorous plants — as she starts opening up more and more.
  • Emotional Powers: Though she has much more control over her power than Pepa, it's shown a few times that strong emotions can trigger Isabela's gift, such as when flowers sprout on her head when Dolores tells her that Mariano wants five children with her. Her blowing up at Mirabel for ruining the proposal dinner causes her to grow a cactus and leads her to realize she can grow more than pretty blossoms.
  • Flowers of Femininity: She wears flowers in her hair, has floral patterns on her dress and is associated with flowers in general due to her power over plants, while generally being the most girly of the family. Later in the movie, she makes a point of growing less feminine plants like cacti to show how she's becoming more honest with herself.
  • Girlish Pigtails: It's a blink and you'll miss it moment, but an old picture frame of a young Isabela shows her having pigtails on the day she received her gift.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: This really comes to show once she realizes she doesn't have to be perfect all the time, as by the end of the film, she still dresses in a feminine manner, but her style has more of a punkish vibe with a black dress and multicolored streaks in her hair. She also uses her gift to grow other plants besides the Flowers of Femininity she's typically associated with.
  • Gorgeous Garment Generation: A variation. She doesn’t change her dress, but she enhances it by using pollen to dye it different colors. The end result represents her being embracing her true self.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her signature color is mauve (light purplish pink), mixing this trope with Pink Is Feminine.
  • Green Thumb: Her magical gift is that she can summon and grow plants. She mainly uses it to grow flowers to beautify her surroundings and summon vines to swing on. Later in the movie, she makes a point of creating less traditionally feminine plants like cacti when she becomes honest with herself.
  • Grumpy Bear: When not performing with her gift, Isabela appears to be in a permanent bad mood, sighing and rolling her eyes at Mirabel and Camilo. Noteworthy, given this should be the happiest time of her life given her upcoming betrothing to Mariano except not, Isabela has a very good reason for being in a bad mood since years of hiding her true self are about to culminate in a marriage to a man she doesn't love. Once she admits the truth to herself and Mirabel, she noticeably cheers up.
  • Hair Flip: Flips her hair at one point when decorating the stairs with flowers, but it ends up hitting Mirabel, so she gets a face full of flowers.
  • Important Haircut: Not a haircut per se, but when her hair goes from black to multicolored it serves a similar purpose, showing that she has stopped living only to satisfy her family's expectations and has started doing things for her own enjoyment.
  • Innocent Soprano: She has a light soprano voice both in speaking and singing, and acts the part of a very feminine, perfect older sister and dutiful wife-to-be.
  • Irony: She's a botanist who was never allowed to play in the dirt.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: When Mirabel thinks she has to hug her sister Isabela to save the family's magic, she goes to apologize, but her lingering resentment over Isabela's (seemingly) perfect life causes the apology to turn sarcastic, starting an argument. Mirabel even shouts at Isabela that the latter is a "selfish, entitled princess". Isabela gasps at the word "selfish" and goes into an angry rant about how she never actually wanted to marry Mariano, but Isabela doesn't react negatively to the "entitled" accusation, only the "selfish" part.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: For all her haughtiness, Isabela is right that Mirabel tries entirely too hard to stand out as special and be appreciated by her family, despite her parents constantly reminding her that she already is special and beloved.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Isabela is notably rude and haughty towards her youngest sister, Mirabel and can be quite the Grumpy Bear. But, she does have a genuine love for her family (including Mirabel) and becomes kinder by the end of the movie.
  • Magic Skirt: Her dress skirt always stays down, even as she's swinging upside down by her vines.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Isabela contains a homophone for beautiful, and her gift is used to bring beauty to Encanto. Isabela is the Latinized form of the biblical name Elizabeth, which means God is my vow. Isabela feels pressured to set aside her happiness for the vow she made to her family and the encanto.
    • Isabela shares a Marian theme with Mariano and Dolores. Mariano is a masculine derivative of Mary. In the Bible Mary and Elizabeth are cousins. It's a clue that Isabela and Mariano are not meant for each other romantically and they are better off as cousins-in-law.
    • Isabela is composed of over half the names of both her sisters, Luisa and Mirabel. The two have always lived in the shadow of their perfect sister.
    • Her original name, Inés, also has a theme associated with her character. Inés/Agnes often can mean "beautiful, pure, lamb of God", and it befits Isa wanting to portray an image of perfection of herself all the time. It also contrasts with Bruno, who is the Black Sheep of the family.
  • Multicolored Hair: To symbolize her being her true self, Isabela turns her hair from black to a mix of colors. Eagle-eyed viewers will notice the colors in question are yellow, green, and blue, the colors of the triplets, since by being true to herself, Isabela is facilitating stronger family unity.
  • Mutual Envy: She and Mirabel resented each other for years due to idealizing each other's lives and not seeing each other's problems. Mirabel, who always wanted acceptance and validation, was jealous of the praise and adoration Isabela received from everyone, while Mirabel felt she'd never made anyone proud of her for anything and is usually blamed when things in the family go wrong—lacking an understanding that Isabela's real personality and self-expression have been suffocating under the constant demands for perfection. Isabela, on the other hand, was often smug, rude, and dismissive of Mirabel because she assumed the latter had the easier life with freedom and no expectations. Both are too wrapped up in her own have-nots to see their family's high expectations are the real reason they're so miserable.
  • Not So Stoic: She tries to remain poised and graceful, but one of the few times this mask breaks is when Dolores reported that Mariano wants five babies with her. Her shocked expression is pretty understandable, especially when she never wanted to marry him in the first place.
  • Perky Goth: Her true self. To everyone else, she's a Girly Girl always dressed in mauve, associated with Flowers of Femininity. When she starts being honest with herself, she dyes her dress black and her hair with multicolored streaks with pollen, and switches to more exotic flora like cacti and carnivorous plants.
  • Petal Power: Played for Laughs when she flicks blossoms into Camilo’s open mouth when he makes kissy faces at her in Mariano’s form. Still funny, but more serious when the flowers she grows outright wallop the real Mariano in the face.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Her dress is made from layers of translucent fabric embroidered with a variety of intricate flowers. It contributes to her ethereal beauty and reputation as perfect.
  • Pink Means Feminine: As evocative of her Girly Girl persona, the color she's associated with is pink. She wears a pink dress, the flowers she often summons are pink, red and associated colors and she is the most conventionally feminine and beautiful woman in her family. When she embraces her true self, her dress is dyed black and her hair is dyed various other colors, abandoning her traditional femininity for a more independent sense of self.
  • Power Incontinence: Although not to her aunt Pepa's extent, Isabela's power is linked to her emotions. Flowers suddenly sprout on her head in surprise when told how many children Mariano wants to have with her, and when she hits a Rant-Inducing Slight in her argument with Mirabel, she sprouts blossoms that hit her sister in the face.
  • Proud Beauty: From what we see of her pre-Character Development, she fits this bill to a T.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her waist, and she often dramatically flips it around, flaunting its length.
  • Shipper on Deck: She is giddy (along with Mirabel) when Dolores and Mariano become an Official Couple.
  • Shrine to Self: Subverted. Her room is full of flower sculptures of herself, but they are not there for Isabela to celebrate her vanity but so that she can perfect her practiced poses. During her musical number she destroys one with immense glee.
  • Sliding Scale of Beauty: World Class Beauty or Divine Level. Being considered "perfect" is considered a very beautiful woman. Multiple characters comment on her beauty, even calling her perfect, most graceful, and "our angel," and the heroine is overtly jealous. According to Mirabel, she has never had a bad hair day. She even has the gift of being make the town more beautiful with magic flowers.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Isabela is almost unparalleled in beauty, but all everyone does is expect her to look pretty like her flowers. She does not like being treated as just a pretty face.
  • Stepford Smiler: She constantly has a smile on her face, but it's clear during times like Alma deciding she and Mariano should get married, she's clearly not okay with it as her smile looks more forced.
    Isabela: I make perfect, practiced poses, so much hides behind my smile.
  • Talk to the Hand: Used to great effect after she flicks flowers into Camilo’s open mouth. Since he looks like Mariano at the time, it’s a clue she doesn’t even want to look at her prospective fiancé’s face, let alone marry him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Isabela begins the movie seemingly only being able to grow perfectly shaped flowers. An argument with Mirabel reveals that Isabela can grow other types of flora that aren't just flowers.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Due to the high expectation and pressures Isabela faces from Alma, Isabela is a Grumpy Bear unsatisfied with her position. Discovering her new powers and reconciling with Mirabel, Isabela becomes a happier and cheerier person.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Isabela starts off as a smug, insulting Aloof Big Sister to Mirabel, but becomes a kinder, more supportive big sister to the latter when she embraces her true self during "What Else Can I Do".
  • The Tragic Rose: Subverted. Isabela has power over all beautiful flowers, and boasts she grows rows and rows of roses…the moment she realizes she doesn’t have to resign herself to an unhappy life in a loveless marriage and a perfect facade. Immediately after, though, Alma cows her and Luisa into submission and later she loses her powers completely. She gets her happy ending after all and becomes free to experiment with all kinds of flora.
  • The Unsmile: She is a world-class beauty, but the expression she makes when Mariano proposes to her is positively terrifying. At first it looks like she's embarrassed by the shenanigans occurring all around her on what is supposed to be one of the happiest days of her life, but in reality this is one of the saddest days of her life, since she doesn't want to marry Mariano, but she is sacrificing her happiness for the sake of the family.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Isabela is putting on a perfectly poised Proper Lady facade and forcing herself to go through with a marriage to a man she doesn't love, for the sake of making her grandmother happy.
  • Vine Swing: Isabela has quite a fondness for making a whole performance out of using vines to move around, in a manner reminiscent of aerial silks.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Isabela is very fearful of disappointing her grandmother and is even willing to marry someone she doesn't love just to make her proud.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: While she is definitely treated as such in the secluded town of Encanto, this trope is made explicit in the French and Spanish language dubs, which contrast her with the world’s strongest woman Luisa, and Mirabel calls the two beauty and muscle unmatched and perfected. Deconstructed since it leads everyone to expect her to marry Mariano, the most handsome man in town, and she feels pressured to do it even though she doesn't truly love him.

    Luisa 

Luisa Madrigal

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"I'm on it."

Voiced by: Jessica Darrow (English), Sugey Torres (Spanish), Alessia Amendola (Italian), Lo Rivera (German), Yumecchi (Japanese)

The middle daughter of Julieta and Agustin. Her gift gives her Super Strength.


  • Amazonian Beauty: Luisa has a very muscular build, and during her reggaeton music number she busts some seriously sensual dance moves with her donkey backup dancers. She also became an instant internet favourite after she was shown working out with a piano in each hand in the first trailer.
  • Animal Motif: Luisa is associated with donkeys, and, like a pack animal, people rely on her to do tireless, heavy work. Donkeys are also enormously hardy beasts of burdens, but also docile and gentle. In addition, the donkey is a biblical symbol for service, suffering, peace, and humility.
  • Big Little Sister: Luisa is younger than Isabela, but towers over her.
  • Big Sister Instinct: The Disney Acid Sequence during Luisa's song "Surface Pressure" shows her imagining various situations where she saves or protects Mirabel from danger, and she directly tells Mirabel to "give it to your sister, your sister's older".
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Among her sisters, Luisa is the Brawn. Her gift is super-strength, reflected in her highly muscled build, and she puts it to good work, lifting entire buildings with ease.
  • Body Motifs: Arms. While Luisa is muscular all over, the greatest emphasis is placed on her biceps and arm lifts high above her head. She often poses like Atlas, which symbolizes the huge weight she holds above her.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Luisa may be a musclebound woman capable of effortlessly breaking boulders, but she's also kind-hearted and always willing to lend a hand. She also carries a lot of self-worth issues, and when her gift starts to fail her it sends her running into her room in tears.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm on it!" or some variation thereof. This is her response to any chore given to her, befitting her diligence and reliability.
  • Contralto of Danger: She's the strong one, with Super Strength and gigantic biceps to match, and she has the lowest voice of all the women and girls in the movie.
  • Cool Big Sis: She is decently close to Mirabel, and most of her personal song has her protecting her little sister from various threats. It appears they are close enough that she at least admits that she is stressing out.
  • Cuddle Bug: Is an openly affectionate big sister to Mirabel, giving her hugs after she lets off her stress. Likely in part as an apology for unloading her feelings on her.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: She's seen lifting a wagon, several donkeys, and two pianos with ease, and even moving a stone bridge. She even nudges over a house by simply pushing it with her foot while carrying said donkeys.
  • Elemental Motifs: Earth. At the start of "Surface Pressure", she compares herself to the Earth's crust and how she "flattens" diamonds and platinum. Earth is the humblest of the elements, which befits Luisa’s quiet and serviceable personality, but she is also characterized by being unflinchingly strong and resilient, seeing herself as a sort of bedrock for the community as she uses her strength to uphold it. Unfortunately, she is proven to be very brittle as well, the pressure of being everyone's "rock" leaving her a Nervous Wreck hiding under a façade of stoicism. When her strength falters even for a little bit, her confidence shatters entirely and she spends most of the movie as a sobbing mess, even crumbling onto the floor.
  • Gentle Giant: She towers over her family members and can crush boulders without breaking a sweat, but is also docile, helpful and quick to apologize for so much as raising her voice. The contrast is perhaps best exemplified in her Disney Acid Sequence musical number, where after having smashed a huge iceberg in one punch, she takes a second to gently adjust Mirabel's glasses.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Luisa wears the same bun hairstyle she had at five.
  • Hidden Depths: She is introduced as the muscle of the Madrigals; then, her musical number shows her knowledge of history and Greek mythology.
  • Iconic Item: Dumbbells and barbells. She holds them in her mural and magic door, and they are emblematic of her strength.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: She's brought to a sobbing and undignified mess when she starts to lose her gift. Even implied later that it's not just from losing her gift, and that it's simply the way she expresses her sadness.
  • Meaningful Name: Luisa means 'fierce/renowned warrior', and she is a heroic character and "the strong one."
  • Middle Child Syndrome: A tweet by one of the directors says that Luisa is the middle child between oldest "golden child" Isabela and youngest child Mirabel and implies that this is part of why she feels so much pressure to be helpful. In her song, she asks little Mirabel to let her carry her burdens and says that she thinks her ability to carry those burdens are the only thing worthwhile about her.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Though her Super Strength is magically gifted and goes far beyond regular human strength, she still has noticeable biceps and arm muscles to emphasize just how strong she is (she's been described as having the biggest biceps of any Disney character, ever). At the end, as the depowered family rebuilds the Casita, she is still doing a lot of heavy lifting, now with the help of the others though.
  • Nervous Tics: When confronting Luisa about the magic being off, Mirabel points out she knows Luisa is nervous about something because her eye twitched. It apparently never twitches unless she's nervous, which Dolores had pointed out.
  • Nervous Wreck: Luisa's song "Surface Pressure" reveals she's becoming this, as she too is noticing things out of the ordinary around the house like Mirabel, amidst her constant responsibilities for the town.
  • Nice Girl: Luisa is a kind, helpful person who will even apologize for just raising her voice.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: During her musical number, she throws a boulder into the air and lets it fall right on top of her just to demonstrate how physically tough she is.
  • Power Incontinence: A notable aversion in the family, and with good reason. Pepa, Bruno, Isabela, Dolores, and Camilo all struggle to some degree containing and controlling their power. In contrast, there are no indications that Luisa cannot control her strength, and thus is able to give Mirabel a back-cracking hug without it turning into a backbreaking hug.
  • Power Loss Depression: Obviously, none of the Madrigal family is thrilled at the idea of losing their powers, but Luisa takes the prospect the worst. As someone who defines herself by helping others, the idea of not being as strong and therefore as useful makes her bawl.
  • Primary-Color Champion: She certainly looks the most like a superhero, the likes of Superman and Hercules. She wears a blue skirt and red ribbons.
  • The Reliable One: Always ready to help with whoever asks. That said, it's starting to drag on her, and she wonders whether at some point she'll collapse under all the strain. Her song "Surface Pressure" reflects that, constantly asking what will be the straw that will finally break the camel's back. She also admits that she wants to be helpful to everyone and while the strain is getting to her, she feels like she'll be nothing if she can't offer aid to anyone.
  • Samaritan Syndrome: Luisa feels obligated to prove her usefulness and constantly goes out of her way to help people with her super strength, even for more mundane tasks that the villagers could have done themselves. This makes the town more dependent on her services while Luisa herself refuses to rest, which only increases the insecurities she was trying to bury.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Luisa is the tallest of her family as well being an Amazonian Beauty.
  • Stepford Smiler: Luisa hides all the pressure she feels trying to be the strong one by being extra helpful and dutiful. The stress is such that it’s manifesting in her facial muscles through an eye twitch.
  • Suddenly Shouting: As Mirabel hounds Luisa to admit she knows something is wrong with the magic, she stressfully shouts that nothing is wrong, shocking Mirabel. She does quickly apologize for raising her voice.
  • Super Strength: Her magical gift. She carries various heavy objects such as a wagon and two pianos, in the second trailer, a stone bridge, and even a church. The uncanny way that objects don't realistically deform under such feats is very evident, with things not breaking unless she's trying to break them.
  • Tomboyish Voice: Her voice is rather deep to go with her traditionally masculine physique.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She has a powerfully muscular build and is proud of her strength and muscles. She also wears the same traditional women's garb as Mirabel and Dolores, including earrings and a hair ribbon. Is shown to be something of a crybaby when she gets upset and even fantasizes about relaxing with adorable unicorn donkeys.
  • Twitchy Eye: One that lasts all night and is loud enough for Dolores to hear. It’s the first real clue Mirabel obtains about her family’s dysfunction.
  • World's Strongest Man: Luisa is a rare female version. She compares herself explicitly to Trope Codifier Hercules, and eagle-eyed viewers will notice similarities in her design (particularly around the neck) with Disney's own version of Hercules. Deconstructed since Luisa has come to base her entire self-worth on her strength and her ability to use it to help others.
  • Younger Than They Look: Her muscular physique makes her look more mature and adult-like, but she's actually the middle sister and younger than Isabela. Official material reveals she's nineteen, two years Isabela's junior.

    Mirabel 

Mirabel Madrigal

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"Even in our darkest moments, there's light where you least expect it."

Voiced by: Stephanie Beatriz (teen) Noemi Josefina Flores (child) (English), Olga Lucía Vives (Spanish), Margherita De Risi (teen) Charlotte Infussi (child) (Italian), Magdalena Turba (German), Ruki Saito (Japanese)

The youngest daughter of Julieta and Agustin and the main heroine. For some unknown reason, she's the only Madrigal child who didn't get a gift. Despite her insecurities about her lack of magic, she still tries to contribute to her beloved family in any way she can.


  • Action Survivor: Mirabel isn't much of a fighter, but she is scrappy, and through her wits and agility, she's able to navigate rather treacherous areas of Casita when trying to learn what's causing the magic to fade, including going into Bruno's abandoned room, full of stairs and falling sand, with holes in the platform at the top and, towards the end, successfully getting the candle from the window in a quickly falling-apart Casita.
  • Adjusting Your Glasses: Mirabel is shown to adjust her glasses at times throughout the movie. This not only shows her everygirl nature but how she can change her perspective on people.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Julieta frequently calls Mirabel "Mira." She also calls her "corazón" (my heart) and "cosa linda" (pretty thing).
    • Agustín calls her "Miraboo".
    • Luisa calls her “Sis”.
    • Played for Drama with Alma who calls her "mi vida" (my life) moments before the botched gift ceremony. Afterwards, Alma would treat Mirabel coldly.
    • Bruno calls her "kid" as a compressed way of letting her know he loves her like a daughter.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Mirabel is already a Nice Girl, a friend to all children, and a devoted member of the Madrigal family, but throughout the film she proves the extent of her compassion. Most importantly, after Alma outright admits it was her fault the family and house are broken, Mirabel immediately forgives her.
  • Alliterative Name: Mirabel Madrigal.
  • Animal Motifs: Her outfit incorporates a number of butterfly designs. Butterflies are also a recurring theme in the plot.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Bruno's shifting "cracked casita" vision seems to imply this of Mirabel, and he left the family to prevent 5-year-old Mirabel from being branded as such. It's subverted because the story reveals that the strength of the miracle is based on the strength of the family which had been cracking under the weight of Alma's expectations for some time. Mirabel's argument with Alma was the final straw, but Mirabel herself was never the keeper of the power to destroy the miracle.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Mirabel is the youngest child on Julieta's side. And before Antonio was born, she was the youngest child of the Madrigal family.
  • Badass Adorable: Mirabel is a sweet, empathetic, and slightly awkward teenager, and she's a capable Action Survivor who's surprisingly athletic and can get through dangerous situations even without any magical powers.
  • Bad Bedroom, Bad Life: Played with. Because she never got a Gift, she never received a room like every other family member. She remains in the nursery, which is warm, spacious, secure, and comfortable. Despite it being a pleasant bedroom, it serves as a constant reminder of her giftless status and that she apparently isn't valued enough to have her own private, non-magical space in the Casita.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: With her sisters. Her mother says Mirabel is smart, and throughout the movie, Mirabel uses her wits to get to the bottom of why the house is breaking. Mirabel describes Isabela as the "beauty," and Isabela is considered to be beautiful by the town as well, while Luisa, who has Super Strength and regularly uses it to help the community with heavy loads, handles the "brawn" in the song "The Family Madrigal".
  • Big Sister Instinct:
    • Technically, they're cousins, but Mirabel helps soothe Antonio's nerves during his gift ceremony. She holds his hand the entire time despite hinting that Alma wouldn't be happy about it and despite she herself having terrible flashbacks of her own gift ceremony.
    • Inverted with Luisa and Isabela. Although the two are both older and noticeably taller than Mirabel, when they are cowed by Alma into submitting to her structure, it motivates Mirabel to confront Alma about the high standards she puts them both through to be perfect.
  • Big Sister Worship: "The Family Madrigal" shows her proudly singing about her sisters and the gifts they had.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Her fifth birthday. What should have been the most special day of her life became her greatest day of sorrow, as not only was she denied a gift, but she was also publicly humiliated about it.
  • Blind Without 'Em: During "Surface Pressure" when the tornado blows both her and Luisa into the air her glasses are knocked off, and when Miribel puts them back on the scene is blurry before her eyes refocus, showing that she's nearsighted.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Her skirt is made of various shades of blue and she is the hero of the story.
  • Butt-Monkey: This is especially evident during the musical numbers, especially Camilo's sequence in "We Don't Talk About Bruno" where she is terrorized by a boogie man version of Bruno, and Isabela's song where she takes slapstick from the blossoming flora. Outside of song sequences, she faces numerous amusing injuries and insensitive comments. She takes it all in stride.
  • Character Development: Mirabel starts off feeling like she isn't able to contribute anything to her family or make her abuela proud due to her own lack of a gift. As a result, she assumes she's the only one in her family struggling. Through the events of the movie, she learns to see past her other family members' perfect facades to learn that everyone is struggling under the great expectations put on them, and that their gifts, while seeming great, can be great burdens as well. By the end of the movie, Mirabel learns that she does have a place in her family despite her lack of a gift by being The Heart of it, helping her family express their problems and repair their strained relationships.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Mirabel has low self-esteem because she doesn't know where she fits in her magical family due to her lack of a magical gift. Over the course of the movie, she gradually gains the confidence to know she is part of her family.
  • The Confidant: Throughout the movie, Mirabel's family reveal to her their own anxieties, traumas, and fears of not meeting the expectations from others.
  • Cool Big Sis: Although they are actually cousins, she fulfills this role to Antonio, being the one to comfort and support him when he is feeling anxious.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: As the Butt-Monkey, Mirabel is also prone to clumsy moments. It helps that she's an All-Loving Hero Nice Girl.
  • Damsel in Distress: She plays this role in Luisa's fantasy, who defends her from monsters, perils, and natural disasters. She is also rescued at different points by Bruno and Casita.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Downplayed. Mirabel's family genuinely loves her, but she was humiliated and traumatized when her door disappeared when she was little. This moment has left her sometimes feeling unintentionally left out by her family and treated coldly by her grandmother.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Mirabel genuinely wants to be of service to her family and her community but has trouble in finding out how to be of service.
  • The Determinator: Once she realizes the magic is in danger, nothing will stop her from trying to find out how to fix it, neither going into forbidden rooms nor having to try and reconcile with her least favorite sibling.
  • Eccentric Artist: In addition to her unique and colorful work in sewing and embroidery, her bedroom wall is full of whimsical drawings, including a winged unicorn capybara. She shares this trait with Bruno and it’s one of the reasons she refers to both as family weirdos.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Mirabel is a sweet and loving person who can also be clumsy and pull off some dorky expressions.
  • Everygirl: Mirabel is the only non-magical child of the Madrigal family. And she has been shown to be a down-to-earth, sensible hero.
  • Extremely Protective Child: Mirabel loves her family and will do anything in her power to protect them.
  • Eye Motifs: Similar to her tío Bruno. Mirabel is the only blood Madrigal to wear glasses, which symbolize her unique perspective. She's constantly having to fidget with and adjust them in order to see properly, and even Luisa does it for her during one of her fantasy rescues. They are also a distinctive shade of green which resembles the color of Bruno's visions. Additionally, Mirabel is called Mira for short. "Mira" is Spanish for "look." And, while the phrase "Open your eyes" is used throughout the movie, it's most noticeable in Mirabel's "I Want" Song, where it's repeated three times in a row. Mirabel notices the cracks by sight and in Bruno's secret room her eyes peek through the Family tree in the dining room.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Unlike most of her family, Mirabel's outfit is heavily embellished with extra embroidery, primarily on her right side.
  • Friend to All Children: The village children all flock to Mirabel, and she is very close to her kid cousin Antonio. When Mirabel runs away out of shame for seemingly causing Casita to break down completely, the village kids are audibly worried about her whereabouts, and they even try to help find her.
  • Grew a Spine: She finally tells Alma in no uncertain terms that she's had enough of her domineering ways.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Mirabel has kept the same hairstyle from the time she was 5 years old. The only difference is that she no longer wears a pink bow in her hair.
  • The Heart: Mirabel's Character Development involves her growing into this role for the family. Through the movie, she learns about her family members' hidden struggles, helps them open up about their feelings, and when confronting Alma, she not only calls her out for never being happy with Mirabel, but also for how Alma's exacting standards have put so much pressure on the rest of the family.
  • The Hero: The main protagonist who sets out to save the miracle bestowed upon her family.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Casita completely crumbles, Mirabel runs away to the river in shame and breaks down in sobs because she thinks she caused the house to fracture.
  • Hidden Depths: When rebuilding the family home, Alma shows Mirabel a schematic, which means that the latter might have some knowledge in architecture.
  • Hope Bringer: A role Mirabel desperately tries to play for most of the plot both to atone for her lack of gift and to prevent the bad ending of Bruno’s last vision. The primary conflict in the film arises from Alma’s refusal to see Mirabel as this. She plays this role straight in “All of You.” When she inspires her family and the townsfolk to rebuild the house.
    Alma: I asked my Pedro for help. Mirabel, he sent me you.
  • Identical Granddaughter: Downplayed. Isabela has the strongest resemblance to Alma, but Mirabel comes to a close second. Especially with this comparison between a young Alma and Mirabel.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: "Waiting on a Miracle" is Mirabel's "I Want" Song to find her magical place within the family. When the family magical candle is waning and the Casita's foundation crumbling, Mirabel decides that solving why their magic is failing will finally make her special. By the end of the film, Mirabel has finally come to terms with the fact that neither she nor anyone else in the family needs a "gift" to be special, and that they all have a place in their family just by virtue of being themselves.
  • Innocently Insensitive: While pumping Dolores for information she refers to her as her favorite older cousin (again, only to pump her for any information she may have). Unfortunately, she was actually talking to a shapeshifted Camilo at the time, meaning she accidentally just implied to him that he was her least favorite of her three cousins (him and Dolores being Mirabel's older cousins and Antonio being her only younger one). Camilo seems unfazed by it, but Mirabel looks clearly embarrassed.
  • "I Want" Song: "Waiting on a Miracle" for Mirabel; the song is about her sadness about everyone in the family having magic powers but herself and wanting a chance to shine.
  • Kid Hero: At 15 she is the second youngest member of the family but takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of why the magic is fading.
  • Like Parent, Like Child:
    • Like her mother, Julieta, Mirabel acts as an emotional center to the family and has a skill in something traditionally feminine (cooking for Julieta, embroidery for Mirabel). Agustín even notes that Mirabel takes the most after her mother.
    • Like her father, Agustín, Mirabel has uncertainty of her place in a magical family, and both are prone to Amusing Injuries.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Played straight with Bruno despite a 35-year difference. Mirabel is The Hero, assertive, bold, and determined. Bruno is a Waif Prophet, cowardly, meek, and hesitant.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Mirabel" means "wondrous"; she winds up being just what her family needs, showing her lack of powers doesn't make her any less amazing.
    • "Mirabel" also means “miraculous,” and along with the names "Alma," "Félix," and "Camilo," plays into the religious theme naming of the family.
  • Meganekko: She's the first Disney Animated Canon female protagonist, and the fourth Disney protagonist overall (after Milo Thatch, Chicken Little, and Lewis Robinson) to have glasses, which emphasize her dorky and "imperfect" nature.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Even though she's the youngest of Julieta's kids, Mirabel gets hit with the downsides of this trope, especially since her extended family includes a younger child who gets more attention than her. In fact, it's Mirabel's main internal conflict. She feels like she's pushed aside and overlooked by the rest of her magical family due to her lack of a gift and is trying to figure out what her place in her family even is.
  • Modesty Shorts: Mirabel wears a pair of short bloomers under her dress, as seen in the opening sequence, "The Family Madrigal".
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Unlike the rest of Abuela's descendants, she has no magical gift, which greatly bothers her. People who married into the family (Agustín, Félix) have no magic either but are okay with it. They consider themselves to have steadying, supportive roles.
  • Mutual Envy: She and Isabela resented each other for years due to idealizing each other's lives and not seeing each other's problems. Mirabel, who always wanted acceptance and validation, was jealous of the praise and adoration Isabela received from everyone, while Mirabel felt she'd never made anyone proud of her for anything and is usually blamed when things in the family go wrong—lacking an understanding that Isabela's real personality and self-expression has been suffocating under the constant demands for perfection. Isabela, on the other hand, was often smug, rude, and dismissive of Mirabel because she assumed the latter had the easier life with freedom and no expectations. Both are too wrapped up in her own have-nots to see their family's high expectations are the real reason they're so miserable.
  • My Greatest Failure: No one knows why Mirabel did not receive a gift, and certainly no one blames her for it, but the bottom line is that for every ceremony Alma assures the children that through their gift they will make their family proud, and Mirabel struggles daily with her perceived inability to make her family proud, which all traces back to her failed ceremony. Her greatest wish is to get just one more chance to make it right, which directly leads to…
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Although she has Casita’s and her family’s best interests at heart, Mirabel is fully aware that by saving the miracle she can atone for her failure to receive a gift. Her resolve steels when she eavesdrops on Alma tearfully asking her late husband for help, the single person whose approval she most values. She succeeds with flying colors.
  • Nice Girl: Mirabel is a kind, deeply empathetic young girl with a deep love for her family.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Subverted in two ways:
    • When Mirabel thinks she has to hug her sister Isabela to save the family's magic, she goes to Isabela's room to "be a better sister", but when Isabela asks her to apologize, Mirabel's lingering resentment over Isabela's "golden child" status and seemingly great life causes the apology to turn sarcastic, which starts an argument. Mirabel even calls Isabela "selfish", which makes Isabela very angry, so it looks like Mirabel has only made things worse—but because Isabela got angry, Isabela discovers she can grow plants other than flowers, and she decides to embrace her true self. So, Mirabel and Isabela reconcile after all.
    • At the climax of the movie, Mirabel and Alma get into a huge argument where Alma accuses Mirabel of causing the house's destruction, which Mirabel counters by accusing Alma of causing the family's problems with her perfectionist mindset. This argument is what finally destroys the house completely, so at first it looks like Mirabel calling out Alma only made things worse. But when Alma later apologizes for her part in the family's conflict, and she and Mirabel reconcile, the house is rebuilt even better than before, without the family's previous perfectionism.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Mirabel has these toward Bruno at critical plot points.
    • When Bruno fears that proceeding with the vision will cause Mirabel to resent him, she assures him that they are both family weirdos with an undeserved bad rap.
    • When Mirabel realizes she and Bruno have both been treated unfairly by Alma she stands up to her grandmother for herself and for Bruno during the heated argument.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Mirabel has this expression so often it’s one of her trademarks, especially in promotional material. She pulls a memorable one when her father catches her with Bruno’s last vision.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: She feels this way about the rest of her superpowered family. She tries to feel okay with her lack of powers, but she feels like she is not able to contribute much to the family or to the town because of her lack of them.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: It’s more adorable than gorgeous, but her dress is technical wonder to behold, since all the embroidering and frills are handmade and boast a rainbow of colors. Played for Drama since her dress and textile skill in general are ways for Mirabel to assert her exceptionality when she fears herself to be the opposite.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her dress incorporates a variety of colors, but the frilliest accents are pink as are her shoes. As a child she wears a pink bow for her Gift ceremony.
  • The Pollyanna: Subverted. She tries to be optimistic at first, but after her youngest cousin gets a magic gift, making her the only Madrigal of her generation to not get one, she admits she's not happy.
  • Promotion to Parent: Downplayed. Mirabel lives in the same room as Antonio and is shown as the one to care for him and know his needs over his own mother Pepa.
  • Quirky Curls: She has chin-length curly hair, which is a different texture than the coiled curls of Félix and his children. She's also optimistic and spunky.
  • Riddle for the Ages: While theories abound, there is no one conclusive answer as to why specifically Mirabel did not receive a gift. On a related note, there's no hint as to what her gift would have been had her door not vanished.
  • Sad Clown: Mirabel cracks a lot of jokes and is very goofy, but this is to hide her unease with being the Team Normal and feeling like a misfit in her family.
  • The Scapegoat:
    • Her warning about the cracks is written off as trying to ruin Antonio's birthday celebration or lashing out because she couldn't emotionally handle the day. Initially this seems to be a case of Cassandra Truth—then we find out as Abuela Alma prays to her deceased husband that Alma believed Mirabel was telling the truth the whole time about the cracks but cast Mirabel as making up stories to avoid admitting it to anyone else.
    • She's blamed by a significant portion of her family for ruining Isabela's proposal dinner, despite the scene being caused by Dolores spilling secrets at the dinner table that she knew would cause chaos and upset and it's that very upset that causes the family's powers to go out of control and the house to start breaking again.
    • Alma ends up unfairly blaming Mirabel for the house falling apart and her sisters' problems.
  • Shipper on Deck: She is giddy (along with Isabela) when Dolores and Mariano become an Official Couple.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: Mirabel checks all the boxes, she’s the only child to wear glasses, is shorter than everyone other than five-year-old Antonio, and her glasses are even the requisite green. More importantly, she can adapt to anything, and excels at emotional intelligence, being able to persuade others to open up to her and give her the information she needs to solve the mystery of the vanishing magic.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Downplayed. Mirabel's official height is 5'2" and she's the second shortest of her family (after Antonio), and her family aren't dumb, but Mirabel has been described as smart by her mother and it is her emotional intelligence that ultimately saves her family and the miracle.
  • Silent Snarker: Mirabel is capable of witty commentary but when it comes to Isabela in particular, she often expresses her disbelief and annoyance with just a look.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Particularly in the musical fantasy sequence, Mirabel takes plenty of abuse played for laughs.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: She wears large round spectacles and is smart according to Julieta.
  • Specs of Awesome: Mirabel wears her glasses throughout all her trials, but this is most evident during the climactic race for the dying candle and her glasses remain put even as the house crumbles around her.
  • Stepford Smiler: She constantly says she's happy being who she is despite not having magic powers among like most of her magical family. However, it becomes clear that she's saying that to save face and stay positive, because she really does feel left out of her amazing family.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Mirabel sews regularly as a hobby. She's done her own personalized embroidery on her skirt, incorporating symbols to represent everyone in her family, and there's similar embroidery on her satchel. She also crochets a toy jaguar as a present for Antonio for his fifth birthday.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Almost literally, since Mirabel indeed sees her own image in a doomsday glass tablet and the plot of the film boils down to her defying this outcome. Subverted since it turns out Alma is the real tomato in the mirror.
  • True Blue Femininity: Downplayed. Mirabel is not as feminine as Isabela, Dolores, or her own mother. But as Agustin notes, she very much takes after Julieta and wears the shade of blue closest to her. Mirabel has maternal instincts towards her little cousin Antonio, to whom she gives comfort and cuddles. She’s also accomplished in textile work and is capable of finely detailed embroidering. Her dress is colorfully decorated with enough rainbows and butterflies to make Lisa Frank proud. She’s also well versed in a feminine style of dancing and plays a classic damsel in distress in Luisa’s fantasy.
  • The Unfavorite: She's the only child of the Madrigals expected to receive a gift who did not, and although she's said that she's just as special as anyone else in the family, it's hard to live in a superpowered family for a decade and keep feeling that's true. Unfortunately, not receiving a gift triggered Alma's fear that the family had not lived up to being worthy of the miracle. Even though she tries to carry on as the firm but loving matriarch, she harbors a sense of Why Couldn't You Be Different? toward Mirabel. It's not until Antonio receives his gift a decade later, that Alma is reassured that the miracle still finds the family worthy, but, by that point, a decade of Alma's anxious goal of "being worthy" has had a serious impact on the family's harmony which has led to a weakening of the candle and constant cracks in the Casita.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Granddaughter, that is. Deep down, Mirabel doesn't really want a gift but rather wants her Abuela to see her worth.
    Mirabel: (to Alma) I will never be enough for you, will I?
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: A bitter and prolonged one for Mirabel. She undergoes numerous trials to witness Bruno’s last vision fully and discover that embracing Isabela will save the magic, Isabela with whom Mirabel has the tensest relationship, after an explosive exchange of resentful accusations the sisters do reconcile and embrace so that the candle burns brighter than ever which doesn’t last since Alma cows the sisters into submission causing the magic to break for good. Mirabel risks her life to reach the candle with the help of Casita who protects Mirabel and the candle with its last breath. Then the candle dies anyway.
  • Youthful Freckles: Is one of the youngest members of the family and her nose and cheeks are dotted with light freckles. They can be hard to see, but they're there. She shares, this trait with Camilo.
  • You Were Trying Too Hard: Isabela is the first to note this, advising Mirabel that "trying too hard" makes her get "in the way". Subverted in that it's her stubbornness and Determinator attitude that leads her to be able to save her family's magic.

Pepa's family tree branch

    Pepa and Félix 

Pepa Madrigal

Félix Madrigal

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Pepa: Are you telling the story, or am I?
Félix: I'm sorry mi vida, go on.

Pepa voiced by: Carolina Gaitán (English & Spanish), Renata Fusco (Italian), Cathlen Gawlich (German), Tomoko Fujita (Japanese)
Félix voiced by: Mauro Castillo (English & Spanish), Fabrizio Vidale (Italian), Tommy Morgenstern (German), Katsuya (Japanese)

Mirabel's respective maternal aunt and uncle by marriage. Pepa's gift lets her control the weather depending on her mood.


Tropes that apply to both
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gender Inverted. Félix is pleasant and jovial, Pepa is an erratic mood swinger.
  • Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Inverted. Félix is heavyset compared to his thinner wife Pepa, which serves to highlight how their personalities also contrast.
  • Good Parents: Both of them are shown to be loving, attentive parents to their children. They are supportive of Antonio during his gift ceremony, and Félix rushes to rescue him when Casita crumbles.
  • Happily Married: Despite marrying Pepa in a hurricane, Félix was still happy and still called their wedding a "joyous day". Later when Pepa unintentionally creates a snowstorm, Félix is quick to side with his wife when Alma tells Pepa to calm down.
  • One Head Taller: Pepa is noticeably taller than Félix. This is made more noticeable because she is thin and he has very broad shoulders, and he often holds an umbrella above her head.
  • Opposites Attract: They couldn't be more different, but they also couldn't be more in love. She is a tall, fair skinned woman, he is a stocky dark-skinned man; she is a Mood-Swinger and he is pleasant and jovial. It's implied they get along so well because Félix knows (and enjoys) how to calm her down.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Implied in "We Don't Talk about Bruno", as the two are very affectionate and touchy during their dance at points. As well as the way Pepa seems to light up in happiness when her husband calls her "mi vida". She seems the happiest around him, and he is clearly loving being around her no matter what, even if it meant being married in a literal hurricane.
  • Snow Means Love: Pepa and Félix celebrate the restoration of the magic with a dance under soft hail. It’s a lovely resolution to their wedding in hurricane.
  • Umbrella of Togetherness: Félix often holds an umbrella above her head, and apparently, they shared one on their own wedding day. It symbolizes how close they are and how much Félix supports her.
  • Unreliable Expositor: When they describe Pepa's wedding, they make Bruno out to be a lot more sinister than he really is.

Tropes that apply to Pepa

"We don't talk about Bruno."

  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Félix calls his wife Pepi, Pepita, "mi amor" ("my love"), and "mi vida" ("my life").
    • Camilo calls his mother "Mami" ("Mummy").
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Pepa deals with a lot of anxiety on any given day and has frequent mood swings.
  • Berserk Button: She's quick to lose her temper at any given moment, but she's especially prickly and short when there's a conversation about Bruno. She even refers to him as the "name we don't speak of".
  • Big Little Sister: Pepa is slightly younger than Julieta but noticeably taller which corresponds to her more assertive and boisterous personality.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Despite nursing a grudge for two decades, the moment Pepa sees Bruno return to the family, she rushes to embrace him.
  • Character Tics: When extremely stressed, Pepa will stroke her hair to try and calm herself down.
  • Comically Cross-Eyed: As her character image shows, she can cross into this territory, especially when she is about to lose her temper.
  • Cool Aunt: Although Pepa runs into some friction with Mirabel throughout the film, she is implied to play this trope for Isabela. When Pepa’s stress threatens to ruin the floral arrangements for Antonio’s gift ceremony she immediately calms down when Isabela makes her entrance. Felix calls her “our angel” with the implication that it’s his and Pepa’s. Most notably she celebrates the preparation of the table for the proposal as if it were for her own daughter, and Isabela and Pepa dance and hold hands with genuine smiles on their faces.
  • Death Glare: She can give some particularly terrifying ones, especially when someone insists on talking about Bruno. Not even her beloved husband is immune.
  • Drama Queen: Pepa reacts to even the possibility of something bad happening like it's the end of the world, which isn't helped by the fact her stress manifests as storms.
  • Elemental Motifs: Wind/lightning. Pepa’s powers give her access to all types of weather and her design is based on the sun, however, the plot occurs over a very stressful few days, so that Pepa is most often associated with dramatic wind and storms. Her first lines have her summon a twister that threatens to ruin the floral arrangements for Antonio’s ceremony. Her room as well as the ceiling above it have weathervanes constantly in motion. She also thunders when she is upset.
  • Emotional Powers: Pepa's powers are tied to her emotions, so if she ever gets stressed or scared, the weather reflects that. Unfortunately, this happens a lot, given how nervous Pepa is on a regular day.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Mirabel introduces Pepa dancing happily under sunshine until she suffers an embarrassing pratfall which sours her mood and summons a rainstorm. Pepa is an energetic and lively woman but also a drama queen who can blow things out of proportion.
  • Fiery Redhead: Pepa is the only Madrigal with auburn hair, and she's the most temperamental.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Pepa is not a patient woman. She starts thundering just because Mirabel takes the seat closer to the juice glasses at the breakfast table. Fortunately, her mood swings as easily the other way. Félix in particular can soothe her temper with a word or caress.
  • Hair Style Inertia: Pepa has worn a single hip length auburn braid since the age of five.
  • Hollywood Genetics: While it is possible for siblings, even triplets, to have different complexions and hair colors, Pepa is a fair-skinned, green-eyed redhead in a family where Latino Is (light) Brown is in action: both her siblings and both her parents have olive skin and dark brown hair. Though Bruno does have hazel eyes that appear green most of the time. Justified as this kind of extreme difference between siblings, including multiples, does happen, although it's uncommon.
  • It's All About Me: She's only willing to break the "Don't talk about Bruno" rule if she can tell the tragic tale of how he ruined her wedding. She also becomes visibly annoyed when Félix interjects that it was their wedding day.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed. Pepa has a capricious temper and has a similar to need for perfection and control like Alma. However, despite the similairity, Pepa doesn't have the exact high standards as her mother and has shown to be a loving, protective woman to her family.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Although Julieta most resembles her mother physically, out of triplets it’s Pepa who most takes after her mother in character. Like Alma, Pepa is strong-willed and assertive, but this can present a problem when her stubbornness stops her from listening. Like Alma, Pepa has a fixation on perfectionism, her anxiety that Antonio’s gift ceremony had to be perfect causing her to accidentally destroy the floral arrangements with a twister. Like Alma, she is so focused on Isabela’s upcoming proposal that she refuses to hear Mirabel’s concerns about Bruno’s vision.
  • Mama Bear: She is very protective of her children, as she was very nervous about Antonio's party being perfect and became upset when she can’t find him. This also extends to her nieces, since Pepa is very upset about Isabela’s proposal going down the drain and despite the friction the two have during the film, Pepa also tries to run into the crumbling house towards Mirabel alongside Julieta and Agustin.
  • Meaningful Name: A pepa can refer to a sunflower seed or a nugget of gold. Pepa is associated with sunlight, her neckline is shaped like a sunflower, and she wears golden earrings in the shape of the sun. Not least of all, she is the light of her husband’s eye.
  • Mood-Swinger: Pepa is remarkably capricious. Her changes in mood tend to be sudden and dramatic, often switching quickly between extremes, and it unfortunately shows in the weather. Of course, this makes sense for someone who has Weather Manipulation powers, given that the weather has a tendency to change minute to minute.
    Alma: Pepa, you have a cloud!
    Pepa: I know, Mama! But now I can't find Antonio! What do you want from me?! (storms off)
  • Nervous Tics: When she gets extremely nervous, like during Mariano and Isabela's proposal dinner, she rapidly strokes her braid as she repeatedly mutters "clear skies".
  • Nervous Wreck: One of Pepa's scenes shows her walking up a storm as she nervously paces in circles, worrying that her son's party is not perfect and about how many people will be coming to see him get his gift. Also, once she gets anxious about something, she has to repeatedly tell herself "clear skies" to calm herself down.
  • Never My Fault: Regardless of how poorly Bruno timed and worded his joke and how apologetic he is after, Pepa never addresses the fact that it was she who summoned a hurricane to her own wedding and instead treats the debacle as 100% Bruno’s fault. She gets this from her mother.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Implied, since "Pepa" is a short form for Josefina. It should be noted that her name is listed as Pepa in her door and the family tree.
  • Personal Raincloud: As a side effect of her powers, Pepa gets a personal storm-cloud that produces rain and wind when she's nervous or upset. When she gets really upset, it produces hail or snow. Her mood at her worst is apparently a hurricane.
  • Power Incontinence: Pepa's powers are linked to her emotions, and she has a track record of accidentally causing inclement weather whenever she becomes upset.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Pepa’s wears her hair in a ponytail that reaches past her waist, which is noteworthy given she is the tallest woman in the family after Luisa. Besides Isabela, all the other Madrigal women wear their hair up. Pepa’s long hair emphasizes her dance movements and the severity of the weather around her.
  • Shock and Awe: Along with Isabela, Pepa displays one of the few instances of offensive magic in the family. When Mirabel accidentally startles her, Pepa electrocutes Camilo with a loose lightning bolt.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Pepa has the lightest coloring of anyone in her family, as well as one of the more fearsome powers. So naturally, she has auburn hair and bright green eyes.
  • Stepford Smiler: Pepa is a subversion. She tries her hardest to play the trope straight but because of her Personality Powers, the weather always betrays her true feelings. Tragically, this causes her even more stress which worsens both her mood and the weather around her. The misunderstanding with Bruno on her wedding day arose precisely from her brother’s desire to get his sister to stop bottling her emotions and just let it go.
  • Survival Mantra: Pepa chants "clear skies, clear skies," when she's trying to get rid of her stress storm clouds.
  • Tsundere: She is the dere type towards Félix, especially during their tango in "We Don't Talk About Bruno", where she alternates between giving him annoyed looks and threatening to storm off because he won't let her tell the story to melt in his arms.
  • Tsurime Eyes: In contrast to her more serene sister, Pepa's eyes angle upwards, befitting her feisty and strong-willed personality. She gets this from her mother.
  • Vicious Cycle: When Pepa gets stressed out, her powers create bad weather, which makes her more stressed out, which makes the bad weather more intense.
  • Weather Manipulation: Pepa's emotions can control the weather. One scene shows her creating a miniature twister when she's stressing out over Antonio's ceremony.

Tropes that apply to Félix

"She needs to know, Pepi, she needs to know."

  • Acrofatic: He’s broad and heavyset, but also a very graceful dancer. During the climax of the film, he snatches Antonio out of harm’s way from falling debris and runs with him out of the crumbling house.
  • Big Beautiful Man: Félix is a Rubenesque man with broad shoulders, a chiseled jawline, and 1000-watt smile. It's no wonder Pepa fell as hard for him as she did.
  • Big Fun: Félix is heavyset, jovial, and bombastic, and even takes Alma dancing during Antonio's party. Most importantly, his role in the family is to soothe Pepa's erratic moods, a role which by all accounts he enjoys fulfilling.
  • Born Lucky: And his name indeed does mean lucky! This is apparent in comparison to the other members of the family, particularly the men. Pedro is murdered in his youth, Bruno is exiled, Agustín often injures himself and must deal with Luisa losing her strength, Isabela's proposal sinking, and Mirabel being blamed for it, and even Camilo gets smacked around by the house and electrocuted by his mother. The worst that happens to Félix is his wife loses her temper with him, which doesn't last, since he more than anyone else can soothe her mood.
  • Carpet of Virility: Félix has a gloriously hairy chest though it's difficult to see given his dark complexion.
  • Character Tics: Félix tends to make sounds a lot when exaggerating or describing things. When Camilo makes fun of this trait, it irritates him a bit as he claims he doesn't sound like that.
    Félix: Okay, okay. Vamo, vamo, vamo.
    Camilo: Okay, okay. Vamo, vamo, vamo! (Félix grabs him) Alright, I'm done!
  • The Charmer: He's happily married, and two decades later can still put the moves on his wife, making her swoon by winking or running his fingers up her arm. He also persuades the strict Alma to dance with him during Antonio's party, and even gives Mirabel an avuncular twirl during his and Pepa's tango. He also gives Antonio a thumb-up and a nodding approval when he had his animal friends keep Alma's seat warm.
  • Cool Uncle: He's a friendly and funny guy who gets along great with his nieces. He calls Isabela "our angel," and he insists on telling Mirabel about Bruno when she is concerned about being in one of his visions, in spite of Pepa's protests.
  • Establishing Character Moment: During the introductory song we see Pepa lifting Félix off the ground by the lapels to kiss and he responds by snapping his fingers at her which makes her swoon. Pepa is the more dominant half of their marriage, but Félix doesn’t really mind since he knows how to make his wife melt for him.
  • Henpecked Husband: Downplayed. Félix and Pepa have a loving and stable marriage, but he still has moments of this, especially during their tango in "We Don't Talk About Bruno", where he struggles to get a word in while Pepa tells the story of their wedding. Notably, when Félix insists on talking to Mirabel about Bruno, Pepa separates them by placing one hand on Mirabel's shoulder and the other directly on Félix's mouth.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: He is a genial, patient, loving man who fulfills the role of Team Dad when needed and he has huge jawline to match.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Félix means "happy" and "lucky," and he indeed is a happy-go-lucky guy, who always knows how to put a smile on the temperamental Pepa's face. It also pairs well with both his brother-in-law's name, since Agustín sounds like "angustias" (anguish), and his daughter Dolores, whose name means sorrow.
    • Félix means "blessed" in the Christian sense, and along with Alma, Mirabel, and Camilo, fits the religious theme naming of the family.
  • Mellow Fellow: Félix is a laid-back, relaxed person.
  • Nice Guy: Is clearly one of the nicest of the Madrigal family. He's openly affectionate to his wife, loves his kids, is kind to Mirabel, and quickly accepted Bruno back into the family, even calling him "bro".
  • Papa Wolf: Félix saves Antonio from the falling debris of the house and carries him in his arms even after leaving the house. He also carefully checks on Camilo after the fall of the house and later looks for Mirabel after the latter goes missing.
  • Skunk Stripe: On his Afro curls, no less. It helps convey his age, since he is the oldest of the adults, but looks really good for his age.
  • Spit Take: Used to great effect after Camilo whispers Mirabel’s secret into his ear. It’s used to express his horror since he cannot react like his wife or his son, since he doesn’t have a magic gift. Since the spillage reaches all the way across the table onto Mariano’s caldo, it heralds that the proposal dinner is about to go From Bad to Worse.
  • Team Dad: Subtly and discreetly so, but he plays this role. He is the oldest adult after Alma and exerts a masculine presence in the household. He pacifies Pepa's moods, and reins in Camilo's mischief without losing his temper. He also insists that Mirabel deserves to know about Bruno when she is concerned about appearing in his vision. When the house collapses, he checks that everyone is okay.
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    Dolores 

Dolores Madrigal

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"And I hear you."

Voiced by: Adassa (English), Daniela Sierra (Spanish), Ilaria De Rosa (Italian), Anita Hopt (German), Ahiru Ohira (Japanese)

Pepa and Félix's eldest child and only daughter. Dolores's gift gives her an enhanced sense of hearing.


  • All Love Is Unrequited: Bruno apparently told her that the man of her dreams will be betrothed to another. This man turns out to be Mariano, who is in love with Isabela, who later admits that she never really loved Mariano and was only marrying him because it seemed to be what was best for the family. Subverted when Dolores and Mariano actually do get together at the end after Isabela makes her confession.
  • Big Sister Instinct: It’s a blink and you’ll miss it moment, but when the house begins to crumble Dolores instinctively puts her arm around Camilo. Her instinct proves right since Camilo rushes towards the candle and nearly suffers a lethal fall. She also later searches for Mirabel with Felix and is visibly saddened she can’t use her super hearing to find her.
  • Body Motifs: Ears. Her gift is super hearing. She wears her curls up to leave her ears, which noticeably stick out, completely uncovered. Her signature pose is to hold her ear out, and she wears heart-shaped earrings to symbolize her secret love.
  • Born Unlucky: Played With. Dolores has a number of telltale signs of this trope. Her name means sorrows, her gift is a potential liability that gives her the reputation of being a busybody and causes her discomfort since she has to cover her ears when fireworks blast, and most notably, before the age of eleven, Bruno prophesized that the man of her dreams would be betrothed to another. It gets even worse when the other turns out to be her own cousin, and the man of her dreams was to become her cousin-in-law. Subverted since in the end, Isabela conspires with Mirabel to get Dolores and Mariano together, and with her gift she showed Mariano she was the right match for him.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Downplayed. Dolores can be discreet with information she hears. She never revealed Mariano's insecurities. It’s implied that she can hear Bruno since she hears the rats in the walls and his room is on the other side of the dining room, but she never revealed any info about it to the family. Although she blabs Mirabel's secret, she does so out of a legitimate concern for the safety of the house.
  • Character Tics: As she listens in on something, she tends to cup her ears with her hand. When she hears something, she makes a toot sound with her lips and also tends to squeak.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Averted. Dolores did not harbor resentment against Isabela despite wishing to be with Mariano herself and did not attempt to obstruct her engagement.
  • Heart Symbol: Her earrings are in the shape of hearts. It's a clue that she is in love with hopeless romantic Mariano and is the right match for him.
  • Irony: She's The Quiet One, who can be a Motor Mouth when singing.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Bruno told her that the love of her life would be with someone else—her cousin Isabela. And despite her obvious misery about the subject, she never once tries to butt in-between Mariano and Isabela's relationship. Later subverted since she hooks up with Mariano anyway in the end, as Isabela never even loved the guy romantically.
  • Like Mother, Unlike Daughter: Unlike her mother Pepa, Dolores is rather quiet and generally calm.
  • Loose Lips: Downplayed Trope. She has a hard time keeping secrets, with all the juicy information she hears.
  • Love Confession: With a little help from Mirabel, she confesses not just her love to Mariano but the reason why she loves him.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Dolores is Spanish for "sorrows", and she has been prophesized to be an Unrequited Tragic Maiden. It also pairs well with both her father, whose name means lucky, and her uncle Agustin, whose name sounds like “angustias” (anguish).
    • Dolores shares a Marian theme with Isabela and Mariano. Mariano is a masculine derivative of Mary. Her name derives from Maria Dolores, aka Our Lady of Sorrows. It's a clue that Dolores and Mariano are meant to be together. Like sorrows are supposed to be, they understand each other. He sees her and she hears him.
  • Motor Mouth: Her parts in the movie's songs tend to be soft but fast-paced, especially her verse in "We Don't Talk About Bruno." She speaks even faster during her Love Confession to Mariano, to the point viewers might have to rely on subtitles to understand what she is saying. She even talks fast when she spills the beans on what Bruno's vision of Mirabel was during the engagement dinner.
  • Nice Girl: In "We Don't Talk About Bruno", she does seem genuinely sympathetic towards Bruno's powers and the negative image it gave him, even telling Mirabel it was a "heavy lift" with such a "humbling" power. Whatever the extent of her awareness of Bruno’s presence on the household, never betrayed his secret and only gave Mirabel cryptic clues about hearing the rats talk in the walls. Even during the song, her movements pull Mirabel away from noticing a shadowy figure of Bruno on the upper level of the house.
  • Older Than They Look: She doesn't look much older than her cousin Mirabel and younger brother Camilo, but she's actually the same age as Isabela (twenty-one) and is six years older than both Mirabel and Camilo (both being fifteen years old).
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The usually quiet and stoic Dolores is genuinely distressed when she shouts to Alma about Mirabel in Bruno's vision.
  • The Quiet One: Is described as "a little bit quiet". Even when she talks or sings, it almost sounds like a whisper.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: With the reveal that the rats she could hear talking in the walls live with Bruno, the secret entrance of his passage being next to her room, and his secret room being on the other side of the dining room, Dolores kept all awareness of this secret and only gave Mirabel cryptic clues about it for her to figure out on her own.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: She's in love with the village's favorite son, Mariano. At the end of the film, she clarifies the real reason she likes him is because her eavesdropping revealed he's a thoughtful, kind man.
  • Stepford Smiler: Like Julieta, Dolores is a downplayed example. However, her situation is not any less tragic. Dolores is fully prepared to keep her love of Mariano secret for the good of the family and to fulfill Alma’s wishes. Thus, Dolores will have to endure being in love with her own cousin-in-law.
  • The Stoic: Downplayed. Dolores isn't completely emotionless, but she emotes the least of her family.
  • Suddenly Shouting: She's normally very soft-spoken and quiet, but during the proposal dinner she quickly goes from whispering Mirabel's secret to Camilo to shouting at the top of her lungs how the family is DOOMED!
  • Super Hearing: She has this for her magical gift, which makes it hard to keep secrets around her like the family's magical powers waning.
  • Survival Mantra: Dolores has to constantly say to herself that she's fine with Isabela and Mariano's engagement.
  • Troll: Not to the same extent as her brother but the family resemblance is clear. Alma asks Dolores whether Mariano has a date for the proposal but the comment about wanting 5 children is a spontaneous contribution of Dolores. Jared Bush has implied that Mariano may not have said that at all, and that Dolores made it up to mess with Isabela. In a twist of the trope, Dolores’s dejected face and later revelation suggest the prank arises from a place of pain.
  • Verbal Tic: She has a habit of making a tiny squeak to indicates that she's heard something.

    Camilo 

Camilo Madrigal

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"Worth a shot."

Voiced by: Rhenzy Feliz (English), Juanse Diez (Spanish), Alvaro Soler (Italian), Alvaro Soler (German), Tasuku Hatanaka (Japanese)

Pepa's and Félix's middle child and older son (who is presumably older than Mirabel). His gift lets him shapeshift into whatever he wants.


  • Animal Motifs: Chameleons, as they are on his ruana and door, Mirabel also has one embroidered in her dress to represent him. Like chameleons, he shapeshifts, but has a hidden shy and insecure side.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To his older cousin, Isabela. He tends to annoy her by shapeshifting into her prospective husband, Mariano.
    Camilo: Isabela, your boyfriend's here~!
  • Attention Whore: He has a natural love for the spotlight and often billows his ruana like an actor's cape. The lower border of his door is lined with theater seats. His pranks often involve exaggerating the quirks of those he impersonates, like his father and Mariano. In a positive example of this trope, Camilo uses the spotlight to make people smile, particularly children.
  • Blatant Lies: Camilo's verse of "We Don't Talk About Bruno" opens with the claim that Bruno is seven feet tall. His depiction in the town mural shows him to be of unremarkable height, as does Pepa’s and Félix’s memory, which occurs before Camilo’s verse. In reality, Bruno is actually shorter than both his sisters.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Despite his love of pranks, he clearly cares about Antonio and his slightly younger cousin, Mirabel.
    • Before Antonio's ceremony, he shapeshifts into their father to cheer him up. During a family photo, he has his arm lovingly around him. Then, when the family loses their powers, he's stressed over Antonio losing his powers.
    • As for Mirabel, he's clearly having the time of his life scaring her in "We Don't Talk About Bruno". Though he catches her when she falls and rocks her back and forth before putting her down. When she goes missing, he's genuinely worried and shapeshifts into a baby which happens when he's stressed.
  • Big Eater: He is shown impersonating Dolores so he can get seconds at breakfast. If his plate is any indication, he can’t get enough of Julieta’s arepas con queso, which form a pile almost as high as his head which is his second helping.
  • Body Motifs: The mouth. Along with main character Mirabel, Camilo has the most expressive mouth in the family. His door has an impressive Cheshire Cat Grin which stands out against the serene smiles of the rest of his family (even in the restored casita door!). Camilo is both a mouthy kid and a big eater. His impersonations often focalize the lips such as the kissy faces and broad laugh he makes as Mariano, while the real Mariano is rather shy and soft-spoken. It all adds to Camilo’s role as master actor and smooth talker.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': His pranks tend to be called out right away. While trying to sneak seconds in Dolores’s form Mirabel interrupts him, when he shapeshifts into a miniature version of his father to cheer up Antonio, Felix picks him up and carries him out of the room, when he teases Isabela by making kissy faces in the shape of Mariano, she takes the opportunity to flick blossoms into his open mouth, so he has to spit them out. Even when he is acting kindly and tries to calm his mother with tea, she accidentally let loose a lightning bolt that shocks him.
  • Cape Swish: It’s a ruana, but it has the same effect. Camilo often swishes his "cape" when he shapeshifts for dramatic effect.
  • Character Tics: He makes a dramatic sweeping gesture with his arms when showcasing his gift.
  • The Charmer: One in training. He's a saucy kid with a smart mouth who uses his gift to sneak extra food. He can also make babies stop crying with his cooing and people laugh with his impersonations. His job for Antonio's gift ceremony is to welcome guests into the house, kissing ladies on the cheek and high-fiving little girls. He gets this from his father.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Often sports this mischievous smile right before or while using his gift. His door displays a particularly impressive one, made even more impressive by the fact it conveys all the mischief WITHOUT flashing any teeth. It also contrasts with the serene smiles found in most other doors.
  • Cool Big Bro: Antonio’s admiration for his brother manifests when the latter cheers him up by impersonating their father. The boy is visibly nervous, but his face breaks into a wide smile at Camilo’s antics. It’s implied the children of Encanto share a similar opinion of him, since Camilo is basically the town babysitter, a job he very much enjoys.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He is high on the snarker. The deadpan is low when shapeshifting someone else, but as himself he can be very deadpan.
    Agustín: I'll be okay.
    Camilo: Uh, not if we don't have a house. [Félix elbows him] What? We don't have a house. I can't say we don't have a house. What is that? Not a house.
  • Dreary Half-Lidded Eyes: His eyes are often half closed. In combination with a cocky grin, it denotes his mischievous nature.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He offers a young mother a pillow so she can catch some sleep while he cares for her infant child. The mother immediately trusts him with the baby, and the baby stops crying as soon as Camilo takes it in his arms. He might be a saucy prankster with a smart mouth, but Camilo has a good heart and is a Friend to All Children.
  • Fish Eyes: Apparently this can happen if he gets stuck shapeshifting between people from shock. When Dolores whispers Mirabel's secret to him during the proposal dinner, he transforms quickly into Mirabel and Bruno, and his eyes end up bulging and looking away from each other. The effect is quite unnerving in-universe too, since Félix admonishes him to fix his face.
  • Flourish Cape in Front of Face: It’s a poncho, but Camilo uses it to the same effect. Notably he is depicted in this pose in the family tree, as befits his dramatic and mischievous personality.
  • Friend to All Children: Implied. One of his services to the community is to shapeshift into the parents of infant children so they can get some rest, and he appears to enjoy nursing and rocking them to sleep. He's also in charge of welcoming guests into the household and enjoys high-fiving children and entertaining them with his gift.
    Mirabel: My primo Camilo won't stop until he makes you smile today!
  • The Gadfly: He really enjoys poking fun of Isabela for her engagement to Mariano. She responds by flicking flowers in his mouth and to his credit he takes this in stride.
  • Hidden Depths: A trickster and prankster though he may be, he seems to like children, and babysitting is his main job in helping out the village by taking on the others' forms. Shown when he shifts into the form of a baby's mother while said mother is getting some much-needed rest on a bench nearby.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Bound to happen unintentionally given his power, but Mirabel tells Camilo to his face (while he's disguised as Dolores) that Dolores is her favorite older cousin, although this is just to butter her up so that she can pump Dolores for any information she has on the magic fading. To his credit, Camilo seems more interested in sneaking seconds on breakfast, and he himself is also on the other side of this trope…
  • Innocently Insensitive: Camilo's constant pranking of Isabela by shapeshifting into Mariano and making kissy faces or flexing his biceps is not nearly as funny after finding out that his sister Dolores, who is at the table when he does this, is secretly in love with Mariano, but had resigned herself be his cousin-in-law.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Highlighted by the way he uses his gift, but not limited to it. Camilo is equally comfortable assuming male and female forms, down to the gestures and mannerisms. He has a particular knack for playing mother to infant children, and in his own form, he has a penchant for twirls and flourishes. This comfort isn't surprising, since until Antonio was born, he was the only grandson and spent most of his life surrounded by women. For bonus points, the men in his family are notable for being sweet and affectionate. His door even has images of what look like women to represent his shapeshifting ability.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: When frightened, he will spaz out between different forms.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While it was bad timing and Félix has to elbow him, Camilo isn't wrong that the Madrigals won't be okay without a house to live in.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Camilo is a prankster who trolls his family (particularly his father and Isabela) but he's shown to have a caring and thoughtful heart.
  • Large Ham: Subverted. When he shapeshifts into someone, he also impersonates them bombastically, exaggerating their quirks and characteristics. When he impersonates someone quiet, like Dolores, he exaggerates this to the point of becoming silent since he doesn't say a word while Mirabel is talking to him. As himself he is actually rather quiet and shy. Especially when interacting with his mother.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Like his father, Camilo is a charming, sociable person who is also laid-back and loves to have fun.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Notably among his siblings, he is the only one who had no idea Bruno was still living in the house, Dolores knew it all along and the rats told Antonio everything.
  • Magic Pants: His clothes are able to transform with him to match whoever he had shapeshifted into.
  • Mama's Boy: Implied. He loves to troll and mock his father but is exceedingly tender with his mother. He serves her tea to help her calm down and puts up with being accidentally jolted by her without complaining.
  • Master Actor: One in training. His gift allows him to shapeshift into anyone's physical form right down to their clothes, but it's implied this does not include mannerisms and speech (since his Bruno is entirely his creation), but he delivers a pitch-perfect mimic of his father and a Dolores good enough to fool Mirabel. One of the ways he serves the community is to impersonate a young mother with a newborn so the actual mother can get some sleep while Camilo takes care of her baby. His door is even lined with rows of theater seats.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Camilo sounds like chameleon, befitting for a shapeshifter.
    • Camilo means altar-bearer, and along with Alma, Mirabel, and Félix, fits the religious theme naming of the family.
  • Mellow Fellow: Camilo is an easygoing and chill dude. When caught shapeshifting into Dolores to get second helpings on breakfast, his response is a good-natured "worth a shot". Casita responds by whacking him with a window screen, and even this doesn't seem to bother Camilo much. When Isabela flicks flowers into his open mouth for shapeshifting into Mariano, he merely spits them out with a sheepish look on his face and no further retaliation. He gets this from his father.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Downplayed. Nevertheless, Camilo gets the least screen time of the Madrigal children, he is also the least helpful to Mirabel's quest to save the magic, and can even be considered unhelpful, as impersonating Dolores delays Mirabel from getting her first real clue (Luisa's eye twitch), and during the "We Don't Talk About Bruno" number he provides Mirabel with downright misleading information (Bruno doesn't really feast on people's screams). Of all the Madrigal children he is the most mischievous, especially against his father and Isabela.
  • Mouthy Kid: Downplayed only because he gets so little screen time, but the times he does open his mouth, he always has something smart to say, like instantly proving Félix wrong about his mannerisms or reminding an overtly optimistic Agustín they are still homeless.
  • Mundane Utility: He shapeshifts into Dolores so he can get seconds of his aunt Julieta's food.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Camilo has better luck as a prankster, the one time he behaves gently and tries to soothe Pepa’s anxiety by serving her tea and guiding her in breathing exercises, Mirabel accidentally causes Pepa to electrocute Camilo with a loose lightning bolt.
  • Older Than They Look: Downplayed. He is the same age as Mirabel (fifteen years old) and it is obvious that he is in his teens. However, it is known that he is a few months older than Mirabel, but because of his somewhat slim complexion, one would think that she is the oldest.
  • Out of Focus: Of all the Madrigals, Camilo gets the worst of this, only having around six minutes of screentime. While the rest of his family develops or are important to the plot in some way, (i.e. Antonio's gift ceremony being a focal point in the story as well as aiding Bruno and Mirabel, Dolores knowing about her blood uncle's status and hooking up with Mariano in the end, Pepa being able to finally express herself with her weather powers as well as her and Félix giving accurate information about Bruno to their niece...) Camilo is just... kind of there.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Downplayed. Camilo has one sister and three female cousins, but they are all very close and live in the same house, and until Antonio was born ten years later, Camilo was the only boy in the family. It helps explain why he is so comfortable taking female form.
  • Power Incontinence: Not to the same degree as his mother, but shock or pain can make him involuntarily shapeshift into his family members or even get stuck with Fish Eyes.
  • Pretty Boy: He's a slender teenage boy, with full cheeks, a cocky grin, mischievous green eyes, bouncy curly hair, and a golden complexion that mixes the contrasting skin tones of both his parents.
  • Shapeshifting: His gift. During another foundation crack in the Encanto, Pepa zaps him with lightning, and he accidentally transforms into several family members in the chaos. When greeting guests, he even turns into the respective person he's greeting.
  • Sizeshifter: Due to his shapeshifting gift, Camilo can also change the size of the person he's impersonating.
  • Slasher Smile: For his characterization of Bruno, Camilo dons a nightmarish smile that could believably feast on people’s screams.
  • Troll: Camilo enjoys messing with people with his shapeshifting. The musical number "We Don't Talk About Bruno," is ostensibly about Mirabel gathering clues about Bruno from people who remember him before he disappeared, including Dolores and Isabela who were around 11 at the time. Camilo, who was only five, joins in just to terrorize Mirabel with a boogie man version of Bruno, and is having the time of his life. He also makes sure to make fun of Isabela’s engagement to Mariano for good measure.
  • Tuckerization: This post states Camilo's name comes from a tour guide that helped the Encanto crew during their time in Colombia.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Camilo says Bruno had a "seven-foot frame", while the real Bruno turns out to be shorter than both his sisters. To be fair, the last time he saw his uncle was when he was very young. Also, since he's implied to be a Momma's Boy, of course he wouldn't look favorably upon someone who supposedly ruined his mother's wedding day.
  • Youthful Freckles: He shares this trait with Mirabel, though his are easier to see, given his lighter complexion. They hint at his mischievous nature.

    Antonio 

Antonio Madrigal

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"Uh-huh, uh-huh, I understand you."

Voiced by: Ravi Cabot-Conyers (English), Lorenzo Gael (Spanish), Francesco Infussi (Italian), Artur Lacdao (German), Shinsuke Kimura (Japanese)

Pepa and Félix's youngest son, who is given the gift of speaking to and understanding animals.


  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Pepa and Alma call him "Toñito". Antonios are often called "Toño" in Latin America which makes "Toñito" doubly affectionate.
    • Pepa also calls him “My baby” and “Papito.”
    • Mirabel calls him “Hombrecito” (little man).
  • Animal Lover: Prior to receiving his gift, Antonio was noted by Mirabel as having a liking for animals.
  • Animal Motifs: He has a host of animal friends since he is an Animal Lover, but the two most associated with him are the jaguar and the toucan, especially in official artwork and on Mirabel's dress. Mirabel also gives him a stuffed jaguar toy for his birthday. Toucans are also symbolic of communication, and his gift is to speak to animals.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Antonio is the youngest child from Pepa's side, and the family in general.
  • The Beastmaster: As he is able to speak with animals, Antonio can also command them to do or not do something. For example, he reprimanded his jaguar friend against eating Bruno's rats, with which the jaguar reluctantly complied.
  • Big Sister Worship: Antonio greatly looks up to Mirabel like an older sister, and they are roommates until Antonio gets a magical room of his own. When Antonio is nervous about his gift-revealing day, Mirabel is able to calm his nerves while hiding under the bed with him and accompanies him to open his door when he asks. She even gifts him a stuffed jaguar to snuggle, now that he won't be snuggling with her anymore.
  • Childish Tooth Gap: He has a small gap on the left side of his mouth, which is natural since he has just turned five. It adds to his sweetness and innocence.
  • Cool Pet: After receiving his gift, Antonio has a number of exotic animals as companions. They include capybaras, toucans, a jaguar, tapirs, and coatimundis.
  • Cuddle Bug: Besides Mirabel, Antonio is frequently seen cuddling up to his animal friends.
  • The Cutie: Just look at him. He is a small, sweet child who looks adorable when with animals.
  • Friend to All Living Things: It becomes Antonio's magical gift, as animals become drawn to him, and he can speak to and understand them.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Antonio rides his jaguar friend like one would ride a horse.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: A jaguar but still fits. One of Antonio's frequent companions is an adult jaguar after receiving his gift and the young boy is a friendly person.
  • Meaningful Name: Although not as famous as Francis of Assisi, Anthony of Padua is also a patron saint of animals, with the bonus of being South American, which befits Antonio's gift.
  • Nice Guy: Antonio is a sweet, friendly child. The first way he employs his power is to ask his coati friends to warm up Alma's seat. It shows he is sincere in his vow to use his gift to serve others.
  • Not Good with People: In his official description, Antonio has been described as someone who prefers the company of animals over people, excluding his family.
  • Practically Different Generations: He's five years old but all of his siblings (Camilo, Dolores) and cousins (Mirabel, Luisa, Isabela) are at least 10-15 years older than him.
  • Shrinking Violet: Downplayed. Antonio isn't painfully shy, he's just Not Good with People (sans his family) and prefers the company of animals.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He has a gift to talk to animals.
    Antonio: Let me help you. The rats told me everything. [to the jaguar, about to eat the rats] Don't eat those.

Bruno's family tree branch

    Bruno (Unmarked Spoilers) 

Bruno Madrigal

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"My gift wasn’t helping the family... but uh... but I love my family."

Voiced by: John Leguizamo (English), Alejandro Riaño (Spanish), Luca Zingaretti (Italian), Nico Mamone (speaking) Leonhard Mahlich (singing) (German), Kazuya Nakai (Japanese)

Alma's only son, and Julieta and Pepa's brother. He mysteriously disappeared one day years ago, and the family never talks about him. Bruno's gift lets him see the future, which mostly appears on slabs of emerald glass.


  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Said only once, but once is enough to convey how affectionate it is. When he and his mother reconcile, she calls him "Brunito" and kisses him on the cheek.
    • Felix calls him "Bro."
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Downplayed. People find Bruno creepy, and they refuse to talk about him, due to Bruno giving them prophecies that they didn't like, although no one appears to hate or mistreat him. However, Bruno has come to internalize this belief about himself, which has seriously affected his self-esteem and convinced him that he could never be an asset to his family. Even when Alma leads him back to the remains of the house, he is sheepish and visibly afraid of being rejected.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Bruno is very superstitious and strictly adheres to specific good luck rituals, to an extreme that we can see Mirabel's confusion over as she watches him do it. It could be said that this is compulsive behavior, similar to the experiences of those with obsessive compulsive disorder. The screenplay even suggests this with it's stage direction. note  Even his power of prophecy lends to this, as many people with this disorder feel that it lets them see the "worst possible futures". Due to his awkward social skills, among other things, some people have also theorized that he is autistic.
  • Animal Motifs: Is associated with rats. Like Bruno, they are quick and slight scavengers who suffer from a bad reputation.
  • Apologises a Lot: The man has been reduced to apologizing for his own existence.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Out of the triplets, he's the youngest (outright described as the baby by Jared Bush). It made the loss of him all the harder.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": His attempts at acting like a spooky seer fail miserably, and Mirabel sees right through them.
  • Bad Bedroom, Bad Life: Justified. His magic room was originally next to his sisters, but the more isolated and rejected he felt, the more his room changed to reflect that, up to the point that it outright moved away from the other magic rooms and settled on his tower, and it became as lonely and hard to reach as he was. Although he misses his family, he appears to be more comfortable in his hidden room and recalls his old room as being “a lot of stairs.”
  • The Beastmaster: A subdued version. Ten years of isolation with no one but rats for company have made him quite good at training them to follow his commands.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Inverted since he is both younger and shorter than both his sisters. But Bruno loves them deeply, the misunderstanding at Pepa’s wedding arose from his desire to help her relax and embrace her emotions.
    Bruno: And I wanted you to know that your bro loves you so, ♫ Let it in, let it out, let it rain, let it snow, let it gooooo! ♫.
  • Black Sheep: He was unable to make his gift be helpful to the community. By the time the film opens, Bruno has disappeared, and though he is still recognized as a Madrigal, there is a taboo against his name. "We Don't Talk About Bruno" has everyone insist that all he did was bring bad news and make things worse, despite him earnestly trying his best.
  • Blatant Lies: Everything he says to put up a brave front in front of Mirabel is easy to see through, but especially in front of his mother. "I don't care what you think of me!"
  • Brutal Honesty: What got him in trouble in the first place. It's implied he shared his prophecies without a filter, and thus earned the animosity of the entire town. When he meets Mirabel and saves her from falling, his first words aren't to ask if she was alright, but to note that her hands are really sweaty.
  • Butt-Monkey: Things rarely go right for poor Bruno. He gets pushed around, has what Mirabel calls the worst room in the house, takes a dramatic fall in place of Mirabel, gets the least dignified exit out of the crumbling house and during his climactic confrontation with his mother he can’t dismount his horse successfully. Oh, and there’s a town wide taboo on his name.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: He was preparing for one when he rushed in on a steed to take the blame for Mirabel a second time, yelling at Alma that all Mirabel wanted to do was help and that he doesn’t care what she thinks of him. Subverted since his speech was cut short by Alma embracing him.
  • Cassandra Truth: Hilariously, this happens the one time he doesn’t make a prophecy, just an observation from a lifetime of experience. In the end, Bruno was right that Mirabel would be unhappy with Bruno’s vision since she’s positively fuming at the thought of having to embrace Isabela to save the magic.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He was always a bit off, stumbling and muttering because of his prophetic abilities, and that was before years of living with rats. His cutout rat theater is the height of cloud cuckoo land.
  • Cool Uncle: While Luisa, Dolores and Isabela have no animosity towards him, he's specifically one to Mirabel. Upon having a vision that an older Mirabel would be involved in the cracking of the Casita in some way, he decided to spare the young Mirabel, who was still dealing with the trauma of not receiving a gift, from being even more ostracized by the family and shattered his final vision and went into hiding to prevent anyone else from learning about what he saw. Antonio takes to him rather quickly, thanks to the intervention of the rats, and creator Jared Bush has said on record that Antonio considers Bruno his pal. In a dark twist of this trope, Camilo is implied to have some admiration for him in an invokedEvil Is Cool kind of way, since he clearly had the time of his life impersonating him.
  • Cowardly Lion: He does his best to stay out of the action, but when it looks like Mirabel will be in trouble with Abuela Alma, he rushes on a mighty steed to take the blame for his niece. Luckily, grandmother and granddaughter had already worked things out.
  • Creepy Good: While he does come across as creepy and eccentric, he's a genuinely nice person who will do anything for his family.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He is second only to Alma in this regard. His past is full of fear because he kept seeing bad things from the future.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Spooky omen powers? Check. Muted palette? Check. Association with rats? Check. Black Sheep of the family? Check. Absolutely a good person? Also check.
  • Death Glare: Not his default expression but he is still capable of this. His door has this as a permanent expression.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: He is quick to accept hugs from his mother, sisters and brothers-in-law at the end of the film.
  • Doom Magnet: Downplayed. He tends to get a lot of negative visions of the future, which is one explanation for the communal taboo against his name after he leaves.
  • The Dreaded: At first he's presented as the missing uncle that the other characters don't like to talk about due to his reputation as a Harbinger of Impending Doom, and Camilo takes it even further by describing him as a seven-foot-tall bogeyman who "feasts on your screams". However, this is ultimately subverted. Not only does he gain more characterization when he turns out to be a kind but troubled individual who truly loves his family, his family's reaction when he returns home is delight.
  • Eccentric Artist: Bruno has found some…interesting ways to entertain himself during his decade of isolation. The most noteworthy is his rat theater, which has meticulous scenery with cutouts for the rat actors, and complex scripts including the forbidden romance between an amnesiac woman and her own nephew.
  • Elemental Motifs: Sand. His room has a giant waterfall of sand, and his gift conjures a localized sandstorm that solidifies into a green glass tile with an imprint of his prediction. Dolores even specifically says she "associate[s] him with the sound of falling sand."
  • Emerald Power: Although Camilo's overly dramatic segment during "We Don't Talk About Bruno" portrays Bruno with sickly green underlighting, when Bruno is actually using his gift, it produces a bright, glowing green especially in his eyes. When his vision is complete it is etched into an emerald, green slab of glass.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Upon first meeting him, Mirabel is noticeably concerned and put off by his antics, but the adults who know him well are visibly amused. Pepa and Félix, who happen to be very good dancers, are all smiles when Bruno does a very goofy dance for them, and even the strict Alma reacts to Bruno’s silly dismounting of the horse by calling him Brunito. He gets this from his father.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He does his best to elude Mirabel's pursuit, but when she loses her footing and is in danger of falling into a chasm, he immediately turns back and rescues her. Then falls in her place. This foreshadows the reveal that he actually took the (metaphorical) fall for her.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: He is normally soft spoken and morose but fills with light when he finds the butterfly. "Follow the butterfly!" It’s the first indication that the house isn’t doomed after all. He has these when he sees the visions in full.
  • Evil Uncle: Subverted. In "We Don't Talk About Bruno", it's implied that he's an insidious trickster who used his gift to cause disaster for the family. During the first act, Mirabel finds a shattered prophecy of herself when she's in Bruno's tower, which implies her uncle was somehow responsible for her not receiving a gift. Ultimately subverted, as Bruno turns out not to be evil at all, just bad at communicating and unfortunate in that his visions tend to be negative. He's even protective of Mirabel.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: The man really needs some restful sleep. It's implied this is symptomatic of his bad visions.
  • Eye Motifs: He has the largest and most expressive eyes in the family. In the town mural and his door, his eyes are represented differently from the rest of the Madrigals, being the only person to have their eyes open aside from Dolores. When he uses his gift, they turn an unnatural shade of green. In Mirabel's dress, Bruno is represented by a pair of eyes with glasses. He has a peephole so he can observe his family during mealtimes, and the screens for his rat theater have cutouts that line up perfectly with a person's eyes as if it were a mask. It all contributes to his role as a seer, and his ability to see (and imprint) visions.
  • Eye Take: Even for the art style, Bruno has large and expressive eyes that constantly arch in surprise. Up to Eleven when he is in the middle of a vision.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He shares this with his youngest nephew. Bruno loves his rat friends and shares his food with them. The rats return the favor by informing Antonio of his situation. When the house crumbles, Bruno takes the rats with him before making his escape. Bruno also takes quickly to Antonio’s animal friends, letting the Chispi join the vision and allowing the coatimundi to hang from his shoulder. He’s also very gentle with the horse that takes him to Alma and Mirabel.
  • Gag Nose: His nose is so bulbous it sticks out from under his hood. It helps balance his face, since he has the largest eyes in the family.
  • Glowing Eyes: His eyes (specifically his irises) glow bright green whenever he activates his power.
  • Graceful in Their Element: Although normally ungainly and awkward, Bruno’s knows the inside of the walls very well and is able to elude Mirabel’s grasp with a dexterity he doesn’t show elsewhere. It makes the revelation he is a softie all the more impressive.
  • Hair Style Inertia: Despite having no discernible access to a barber, he has the exact same hairstyle he had when he disappeared. He shares it with Mirabel, and it helps solidify their bond.
  • Harbinger of Impending Doom: His gift isn't inherently limited to doomsaying, but he has developed a bad reputation in town as the cause of misfortune because the fortunes he gives are predominantly negative in nature. The creators claim that he sees so many bad futures because of his own negative view of the world, a problem only made worse by the social burden his gift has put on him.
  • The Hermit: Downplayed. Bruno has isolated himself from his family for years to spare Mirabel from being ostracized over his vision of her and the cracks in the Casita. He doesn't really want to be alone, so he's chosen to hide in the walls of the Casita behind the Kitchen area ensuring that he can keep tabs on the daily activities of the family, and it seems that he "eats with" the family every chance he gets.
  • Hidden Depths: Bruno is a fan of Futbol, gameshows, telenovelas about forbidden love. Bruno’s rat theater is very complex, and his hidden room is covered with character sheets of rats as Vikings, kings, and even a version of Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man. He is also skilled in masonry since he has patched the cracks for years and lays out the foundations for the new house. His room also has a complex drainage and water pipe system made of wood.
  • Iconic Item: Hourglasses. He holds one in the mural and magic door, and stylized images of them are found throughout his tower and poncho. Appropriate for a seer, but also they resemble sideways butterflies, the animal totem for Pedro's love and the magic of the Madrigal family.
  • In the Hood: When Pepa recounts her memories of Bruno during "We Don't Talk About Bruno," his face is shrouded under a hood, making him seem mysterious, accompanied by a crooked grin.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He didn't mean any harm, but it really was not a good idea to joke with the anxious Pepa about rain on her wedding day.
  • Kubrick Stare: Sports a particularly terrifying one, accompanied by thunder and lightning when Mirabel first sees him. It's implied by the hood that he is in Hernando mode, his persona who is afraid of nothing.
  • Large Ham: When he lapses into his acting as different characters, and he has moments of being very manic and hyper especially at the end of the movie.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Bruno is like his father in that he is willing to sacrifice himself out of love for his family. For bonus points, his final attempt to scapegoat himself to spare Mirabel the blame of destroying the house occurs in the exact same spot where Pedro laid down his life to save his wife and children. It's worth noting that in both cases the family was mostly unaware of the length of their love, since Bruno told no one the reason for exiling himself, while its implied Alma's grief prevented her from revealing to her family the details of Pedro's death.
  • Lovable Coward: Repeatedly tries to avoid helping out Mirabel but ends up helping her all the same. He would much rather be walled in with his rats though, thank you very much.
  • Mad Woman In The Attic: Or in the walls in his case. A rare self-imposed example. He thinks his family is better off without him.
  • Maiden Aunt: Bruno is a rare male example of this trope. Of the triplets he is the only unmarried and childless one, despite being around fifty.
  • Mama's Boy: A tragic example. Bruno is Alma’s baby and the only boy, but they have a complicated relationship. It’s implied Bruno disliked performing his vision rituals both because they are taxing and garnered hostility from the townsfolk, but he performs his last vision specifically because Alma begs him to. Despite her cold treatment of him one of the rituals he performs is to avoid stepping on cracks, which according to superstition break a mother’s back. Though he helps Mirabel he stops short of risking being seen by his mother. For her part, although Alma accuses Bruno of not caring about the family in nearly the same breath, she also admits she resents Mirabel for being the reason Bruno left. Alma also gives him a pet name, "Brunito."
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Played straight with Mirabel despite a 35-year difference. Mirabel is The Hero, assertive, bold, and determined. Bruno is a Waif Prophet, cowardly, meek, and hesitant.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • An Enforced Trope. For the song "We don't talk about Bruno" to work, his name must end in the word "No". In other words, negation is part of his name.
    • Played straight with one meaning of his name being "armor, protection." Bruno will go to great lengths to protect his family. Ironically, he chooses to do so by removing himself from them.
    • Bruno can refer to a brown or a dark-haired person, which Bruno is indeed. It can also have a metaphorical meaning since Bruno is a case of Dark Is Not Evil.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: He has a bad reputation in town, and saying his name is taboo outside and inside the Madrigal home. In "We Don't Talk About Bruno", he's set up as a menacing figure during the fantasy sequences, portraying him having a "mischievous grin" and as a seven-foot-tall bogeyman with "rats along his back". When we finally see him, Bruno is a goodhearted — if awkward — man who's troubled by his visions, and who still loves his family despite his rocky history with them.
  • Mood-Swinger: Though not to the same degree as Pepa, Bruno changes mood rather abruptly. He can be serious and ominous one second and goofy and casual the next. Adding his personas Hernando (who fears nothing) and Jorge (who feels nothing) to the mix only complicated things further. It’s one of the aspects that most unnerves Mirabel when she first meets him.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Subverted. He’s geared himself up for a glorious moment of Calling the Old Woman Out, and though it starts with his usual Bad "Bad Acting" he does get a few good words in before Alma shuts him up…by embracing and kissing him on the cheek. The moment turns awesome in a heartwarming way.
  • Nervous Tics: Bruno rubs his arm when he's nervous.
  • Nervous Wreck: Much like his sister Pepa, Bruno does suffer from anxiety which makes sense because of the way he was treated.
  • Nice Guy: He's someone who clearly loves him family and apologizes for so much as raising his voice. When the house begins to crumble, he makes sure to pick up all the rats before fleeing.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • He wants to use his power to help his family, but several of his predictions did nothing but make them upset. His prediction for Dolores is implied to have made her think her feelings for Mariano would be unrequited and hide them, which made her sad and led to Isabela continuing to feel pressured to be in relationship with him to conform to everyone's expectations.
    • Tries to comfort his anxious sister on her wedding day by joking that "It looks like rain." This backfires horribly by actually making her more anxious, because now she's worried about rain whereas before she hadn't been, and not only that, but since she has Weather Manipulation power affected by her emotions, this leads to a hurricane.
  • Older Than They Look: Even more so than his sisters. Bruno is around fifty, but despite his haggard appearance could pass for Mirabel's older brother. His childish demeanor may have something to do with this.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: He has two sisters and is Alma’s only son, and for around 40 years he was the only Madrigal man with a magical gift.
  • Papa Wolf: Downplayed. While cowardly in nature, when he thinks Mirabel may be in trouble with her grandmother, Bruno rushes to verbally defend her.
  • Perma-Stubble: Even before his disappearance, he had scraggly facial hair, which enhances his aura of worry and poor sleep. This is even more apparent in official artwork.
  • Poor Communication Kills: When he told his sister Pepa about how it "looked like rain" during her wedding to Félix, he was actually referring to how nervous and sweaty Pepa was looking jokingly to try and comfort her. Unfortunately, this was all it took for Pepa to accidentally cause a hurricane with her powers, and she and the others believed he was making trouble intentionally. This incident also implies Bruno struggled with being able to clearly communicate why the bad things he'd predicted would happen, which only strengthened people's beliefs he was making trouble on purpose.
  • Psychic Powers: He not only can see into the future but can let other see into the future as well by letting them join in his visions. His power extends to thermography, since he can imprint his visions into emerald tablets. These tablets also show different futures if tilted in different directions.
  • Red Herring: For a while, it seems that Bruno will be the villain of the movie. The portrait on his door is foreboding, his room is creepy, and when Mirabel mentions him, he's built up as bad news. But, while he's often the bearer of them, he himself is a selfless person with his family's best interests at heart.
  • The Scottish Trope: His name is considered taboo among his family and the townsfolk.
  • Seers: His gift is to see into the future, unfortunately with an emphasis on unpleasant events.
  • Shoot the Messenger: Downplayed. People don't try to hurt him for delivering bad news, but he is often blamed for what happens in his visions. He'd show people a future, and if they didn't like it, they'd blame him for it. It's part of why he left.
    Bruno: Oh, Bruno makes bad things happen. He's creepy and his vision killed my goldfish!
  • Shrinking Violet: The man is very good at pretending he doesn't exist. After he meets Mirabel for the first time in ten years, he makes a quick getaway then later tries to fend her off with a broom when she pressures him into having another vision. Most tellingly, when he returns to the house and his sisters, he’s positively slouching in fear of being rejected and can only muster a meek wave of the hand. Pepa and Julieta of course lift him up in a huge embrace.
  • So Proud of You: The entirety of "All of You" is a collective one from the family to Mirabel, but Bruno (who sacrificed the most for her) gets the last and sweetest to Mirabel before she restores the magic.
    Bruno: You're the real gift, kid. Let us in.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Played for drama. He has a peephole for the dining room table where he can watch his family together and happy without him. When Mirabel discovers this, her expression is one of utmost compassion.
  • Stepford Smiler: Like Pepa, Bruno is a subversion since he tries to play the trope straight for Mirabel, but his conditions are so pitiful and his physical state so deteriorated that the facade doesn’t hold water. Bruno tries to distract Mirabel with his love for Julieta’s food, but Mirabel sees that he is a desperately broken man who misses his family.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: The audience is first introduced to Bruno in a mural of the Madrigal family. While the rest of the family has grins or serene smiles, Bruno alone sports a distant-yet-intense stare. This is his default expression when experiencing or remembering a powerful vision.
  • Troubled, but Cute: He is an adorable Loon with a Heart of Gold, but there's something definitely odd and dark about him.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Mirabel. The house he spent ten years patching is destroyed. The powers that made him a social pariah are gone. And his greatest fear is to face his mother. Yet he rushes without a thought to confront Alma and take full responsibility for Mirabel's actions to spare her from being blamed, even if it means foregoing any chance of reconciling with the family he loves so much.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Bruno really looks like he's been through it; nevertheless, his large eyes and bouncy curls are rather endearing, and he is generally soft spoken and pleasant, which adds to his charm. He also looks quite young despite pushing fifty. Alma's flashback shows that he takes after his father, Pedro, himself a very handsome man.
  • Un-person: Downplayed. Because he tended to upset people (albeit often unintentionally), the family and the rest of the town try not to talk about him. There's an entire song about it.
  • Waif Prophet: Aside from being a rare male example, Bruno checks all the boxes: he can see into the future, is deemed dangerous, has a sickly appearance, and a fragile mental state.
  • Walking Spoiler: He's built up as a mysterious and somewhat creepy character. The reveal that he's not the villain is a spoiler that hints at what the real problem in the film is.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He really wants to make his mother proud.

Towns Folk

    Mariano 

Mariano Guzmán

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"I just have so much love inside."

Voiced by: Maluma (English & Spanish), Gianfranco Miranda (Italian), Shunsuke Takeuchi (Japanese)

The hottest young man in town, and Isabela's prospective husband.


  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Mariano's always shown with his grandmother, yet his parents are nowhere to be seen. It's not explained if they are dead, out of the picture or simply just off-screen.
  • Brainless Beauty: Certainly, this is Mirabel’s opinion of him, as a big dumb hunk. He receives much praise for being sexy, fine, and nice, but no one comments on his smarts.
  • Butt-Monkey: The proposal dinner quickly turns into a humiliation conga for him. Even during Isabela's song "What Else Can I Do?" he gets punched in the face by one of the succulents, she grows.
  • Disposable Fiancé: Isabela ultimately breaks off their engagement after revealing that she doesn't truly love him (and just wants to break away from everyone's expectations). However, they still care about each other as friends, and do become family (in that Mariano hooks up with Isabela's cousin Dolores, the woman who truly loves him).
  • Hunk: Tall and all muscle under his guayabera.
  • In Love with Love: He has a lot of love in his heart and writes poetry every night. He moves on from Isabela to Dolores so quickly that he proposes to her the minute she declares her feelings for him.
  • Informed Flaw: Mirabel calls him a big, dumb hunk. He’s certainly big and hunky, but there’s nothing that indicates that he is of below average intelligence. He does have an interest in poetry and a rather naive view of love.
  • Mama's Boy: He is very close and attentive to his grandmother. She does most of the talking during the proposal dinner. Turns out making her proud is a great cause of concern for him.
  • Meaningful Name: Mariano shares a Marian theme with Isabela and Dolores. Mariano is a masculine derivative of Mary. In the Bible, Mary and Elizabeth are cousins, which hints that he and Isabela are not meant to be together romantically but are better off as cousins-in-law. Dolores's name derives from Maria Dolores, aka Our Lady of Sorrows. She and Mariano are meant for each other.
  • Nice Guy: Aside from being the most handsome man in town, he is charming and unfailingly polite. During the proposal dinner, he takes the time to ask the panicking Mirabel if she's okay. He also takes Isabela's rejection in stride. This is what draws Dolores to him, since she could hear that he was actually a nice person.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Let's see. Towers over Isabela and Dolores? Check. Shiny black hair and a sunkissed complexion? Check. Explicitly called the most handsome young man in town? Yup, he fits the bill to a tee.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Why he thinks he and Isabela will be a great match. The guy really has a lot of love in his heart and immediately asks Dolores to marry him when she confesses her love. She gives him a more levelheaded response to "Slow down."
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After things go wrong for him throughout the movie, he does get together with Dolores, the woman who truly loves him, at the very end.

    Señora Guzmán 

Señora Guzmán

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"Well, then, let’s hope tonight is not a horrible disaster."

Voiced by: Rose Portillo (English)

Mariano's grandmother.


  • Doting Grandparent: Her defining characteristic. She can’t look at her grandson without an adoring look on her face.
  • Grande Dame: Certainly, gives off this vibe, since she wears flashy jewelry, is the grandmother of town favorite Mariano, and Alma defers to her and calls her Señora. It’s also worth noting that prankster Camilo shapeshifts into her in a goofy pose to amuse children.
  • Nice Girl: She’s rather prim but much like her grandson always unfailingly polite. Despite the humiliation she and her son endure at the Madrigals, they gladly lead the townsfolk to help rebuild their house.
  • No Full Name Given: Her first name is never given, and she is only referred to as "Señora Guzmán" in the end credits.
  • Proper Lady: She has an air of dignity about her which she maintains even as the proposal dinner spirals out of control.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: A gravity-defying one. It helps denote her high status in the community.
  • Shipper on Deck: She is very supportive and encouraging of Mariano’s courtship of Isabela, to the point that it’s she and Alma who do most of the talking during the proposal dinner. To her credit, it’s implied she is motivated by how infatuated Mariano is with Isabela.
  • Tempting Fate: She jokingly hopes that the proposal dinner is not a horrible disaster. Well...

    Town Kids 

Alejandra (Brunette girl), "Pumped" Juancho (coffee kid), Cecilia (blonde girl)

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"It is physically impossible to relax!"
"Tell us everything! What are your powers?"
"JUST TELL US WHAT EVERYONE CAN DO!"

Voiced by: Alyssa Bella Candiani (English), Noemi Josefina Flores (English), Paisley Day Herrera (English), Brooklyn Skylar Rodriguez (English) and Ezra Rudolph (English)

A group of children from town who admire the Madrigal family. The three most prominent are Cecilia (blonde pigtails), Alejandra (dark hair in a ponytail), and "Pumped" Juancho who loves coffee.


  • Audience Surrogate: Their main purpose is to provide a reason for Mirabel to give the exposition that introduces her family and their gifts to the audience with the "La Familia Madrigal" song. Afterwards, they serve as a Greek Chorus sharing their thoughts and feelings about the story so far.
  • Author Avatar: Add a mustache, and Juancho is a dead ringer for Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda is a noted coffee aficionado and even has a coffee cup tattooed on his leg. He's on record that Juancho is his "everything".
  • Fangirl: And boy for the Madrigals. Their first scene has them excitedly asking Mirabel about Antonio's gift, and they are ecstatic to see the rest of the family members.
  • Genki Girl: And boy. They are a friendly and energetic trio, though they can be pushy. Especially noticeable when they celebrate Mirabel’s return to Encanto.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Cecilia has pigtails, reminiscent of young Alma and Isabela. She's also energetic and innocent.
  • Greek Chorus: They serve this purpose after Mirabel introduces her family, commenting on the house and later Mirabel’s disappearance.
  • Iconic Item: Juancho is almost always holding the same cute ceramic coffee cup.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Their constant badgering for Mirabel to reveal her gift and their obvious disappointment clearly embarrassed Mirabel.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Goes without saying, since Juancho is always holding a cup of coffee. While it's normal in Colombia for children to drink coffee with milk in the mornings, Juancho is clearly overdoing it.
  • Nice Girl: And guy. They genuinely worry about Mirabel’s disappearance, though they are too young to search outside the town. They also help rebuild the house.
  • No Name Given: Parodied. When Mirabel asks their identity, their response is "us". The credits identify them as "Town Kids". Averted with the girl with blonde pigtails, whom Camilo calls Cecilia. Creator Jared Bush revealed the other two are named Alejandra and Pumped Juancho.
  • No Indoor Voice: Juancho’s voice doesn’t really have a low setting.
  • Suddenly Shouting: They are all very energetic, but coffee kid shouts when Mirabel takes away his cup.
  • Twitchy Eye: Juancho appears to be permanently stuck with one, which seems to be an effect of all the coffee he drinks.

    Osvaldo 

Osvaldo Orozco Ortiz

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"Mirabel! Delivery! I gave you the special since you're the only Madrigal kid with no gift."

Voiced by: Juan Castano (English)

A local member of the town.


  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Jared Bush has revealed his middle and last names also begin with the letter O.
  • Bit Character: Not much characterization is given to him other than not thinking about what he says and being insecure of his weight.
  • Innocently Insensitive: It wasn't his intention to offend Mirabel by pointing out her lack of gift, but it's shown that she was still hurt by it anyway.
  • Meaningful Name: Meaningful initials in this case. The letter O inevitably invokes both his big mouth and his big gut.
  • Never My Fault: Blames his gut entirely on Bruno’s prophecy despite gleefully enjoying eating a jar of candy by himself.
  • Nice Guy: He may be insensitive but is a decent fellow.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Osvaldo is a not a bad person, but he clearly just doesn't know when to shut up, as shown during his interaction with Mirabel.
  • Sweet Tooth: A blink and you’ll miss it moment, but during Isabela’s musical number he is about to have an entire jar of candy by himself. Noteworthy since it explains the cause of the growth of his big gut mentioned in Bruno's prophecy.
  • Weight Woe: He's not particularly happy of having a gut as shown in "We Don't Talk About Bruno".

    Señora Pezmuerto 

Señora Pezmuerto

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"He told me my fish would die. The next day? DEAD!"

A local member of the town.


  • Bit Character: To the point her name and defining characteristic are one and the same. She only has a couple of lines.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is literally Mrs. Deadfish.
  • No Name Given: Her name is never said during the film or listed in the credits. Creator Jared Bush released the information separately.

    The Priest 

The Priest

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"He said that all my hair would disappear now look at my head!"

The priest of Encanto.


  • Baldness Angst: Bruno prophesied that he would lose all his hair which he does indeed.
  • Nice Guy: He blesses Luisa after she relocates the church and despite the status of his office comes along with the townsfolk to rebuild the Madrigal house. He supervises Bruno delineating foundations with a genuine smile that betrays no resentment over his lost hair.
  • No Name Given: His name is never given nor is he listed in the credits. He is only known by his title.
  • Older Than They Look: It’s implied he was the priest who performed the wedding ceremony for Pepa and Felix over two decades ago yet hardly looks past 30.

Other

    The Faceless Horsemen 

The Faceless Horsemen

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The mysterious armed men who sacked Pedro’s and Alma’s hometown and drove them into exile. Their murder of Pedro set the plot of Encanto in motion.


  • Dark Is Evil: In contrast to the warm light which always illuminates Alma and Pedro, the Horsemen are always shrouded in uniform darkness. The screenplay explicitly calls them evil.
  • The Dreaded: Pedro knows as soon as he sees them that he must flee town immediately with his wife and children, as do many others. When the exiles realize the horsemen are in pursuit, they run in terror.
  • Evil Is Not Pacifist: Pedro begs them to spare his wife and children and they do hear his pleas but choose to ignore them.
  • The Faceless: We never get a good look at their faces.
  • Four Is Death: Four horsemen who bring death and destruction.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: They have about 30 seconds of screen time and little characterization but are directly responsible for the circumstances and conflicts in the film. Their threatening of Alma and the triplets and their cold-blooded murder of Pedro led to birth of the miracle and the seclusion of Encanto. More importantly the trauma this caused Alma turned her from sweet and carefree woman to hardened single mother who developed a perfectionist personality and lived with an ever-present fear of being exiled again. This caused her to instill in her children and grandchildren the burden to dedicate their lives to serving the community. The trauma was so great that whenever Alma tells the sanitized story of Pedro’s loss, she characterizes the murderers as nebulous dangers, and it is only when she tells Mirabel the story in full that her granddaughter can finally understand and reconcile with her grandmother.
  • Lack of Empathy: They kill without compunction or remorse. The pleas and screams of their helpless victims mean nothing to them.
  • Machete Mayhem: When they charge toward Pedro, one of the horsemen draws a machete and it is implied that he uses it to cut Pedro down.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Pedro is completely defenseless when he confronts the men on horseback. They hear his plea for mercy and ignore it. One draws a machete with a cut to Alma's anguished reaction as he is killed off-screen.
  • Near-Villain Victory: The horsemen successfully raid the town and set its center on fire. Pedro, Alma, their children, and other survivors manage to escape the town on foot, but the horsemen quickly catch up to them and send them running in a panic. Pedro is struck down and the horsemen close in on Alma and the infant triplets. Had it not been for the intervention of the candle she and the triplets would have been next. The candle however blasts the horsemen away and protects all the refugees with mountains. It’s no wonder Alma calls this a miracle.
  • No Name Given: We know nothing about who they are or where they come from. Even their given title on this page arises purely for descriptive convenience.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Only appear briefly but were it not for their evil there would be no Encanto, and Pedro, Alma, and their children would have lived a quiet, peaceful life.
  • The Voiceless: None of them have a speaking line, which only serves to highlight their terror.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Pedro attempts to confront the faceless horsemen because he knows his wife and children won’t be safe if they continue their pursuit.

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