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Voiced by: Mary Costa, Jennifer Hale, Kate Higgins, Erin Torpey (speaking); Cassidy Ladden (singing); Estrellita Díaz (speaking) and Lupita Pérez Arias (singing) (1959), Laura Ayala (speaking) and Brenda Ruiz (singing) (2001) (Latin American Spanish). From [[(Maleficent the 2014 live-action film: Elle Fanning, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt (child), Eleanor Worthington-Cox (pre-teen), Janet McTeer (older).

On the day of her christening, she was betrothed to Prince Phillip and given the gifts of beauty and song from the fairies Flora and Fauna, but the evil fairy Maleficent cursed her to die on contact with the spindle of a spinning wheel when she was slighted. The third fairy Merryweather mitigated the curse by changing its effect to an enchanted sleep that could be broken by True Love's Kiss. To prevent any further harm by Maleficent, the fairies took her away to live as a peasant in the forest.

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

  • Advertised Extra: Poor Aurora is actually in a coma for the second half of the film. And the first half? She's losing screen time to the fairies, Prince Phillip, and the two kings.
  • Artistic Age: Her appearance was modeled after actresses in their twenties, but she's sixteen years old.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Justified by Flora's gift of beauty she bestowed on her as an infant.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Prince Phillip — Both are kind-hearted royals with a romantic streak.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Averted with Prince Phillip. They technically met as children during the celebration of Aurora's birth, but fear of the princess's safety the fairies had taken her into another location and raised without knowing she was born of royalty. She and Phillip wouldn't meet again and start a romance with each other until they were both adults.
  • Color-Coded Multiplayer: In the Sleeping Beauty edition of the board game Pretty Pretty Princess, the player pieces are all Aurora in her bejeweled gown, but one is pink, one blue, one purple, and one gold.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Much of her appearance drew cues from Audrey Hepburn.
  • Cool Crown: Before Tiana, she became the only princess to never appear in clipart or merchandise without a tiara, and in the movie the fairies emphasize that it is symbolic of her right and duty as princess.
  • Damsel in Distress: Maybe one of the most intense and epic examples among the line, where Prince Phillip must battle a dragon with the powers of Hell to rescue the princess.
  • Dangerous 16th Birthday: While the curse in Disney's adaptation of Sleeping Beauty has a 16-year time period to be fulfilled instead of a certain day, the curse was fulfilled on Aurora's 16th birthday, just moments before its time was up.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The film is named after her, but it soon becomes apparent that the Good Fairies have most of the spotlight.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Aurora tells her animal friends that she dreams of finding love with a prince, and that she hopes the fact that she dreamed it more than once means it will come true. It does.
  • Earthy Barefoot Character: Provides the page image. Despite apparently having access to shoes, Aurora prefers to go barefoot when she ventures into the forest.
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: How she greets her parents after meeting them, emphasizing her suitability as royalty.
  • Fake Brit: Her American voice actress gives her a British accent despite being from France.
  • Flat Character: Aurora might have the least amount of character out of all the Disney princesses. She is even put to sleep in the second half of the movie until the very ending.
  • Flower Motifs: Roses. The fairies renamed her "Briar Rose" and the flower she has during her temporary death is a red rose.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Justified with Phillip. She was only a baby and he was about five when they met, of course they're not going to remember each other as grown ups.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Her princess dress really fits her torso well, which can be done by a skilled tailor, but in this case it's because of magic.
  • Friend to All Living Things: It seems the woodland creatures were her only companions outside of her "aunts", and they're very dedicated to her.
  • Girl in the Tower: Where the fairies put her to rest to await True Love's Kiss; it becomes more of a prison when Maleficent is there guarding it with minions, thorns, and her own Scaled Up self.
  • Hair Decorations: In her peasant attire, she wears a black hairband.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's a beautiful, young, romantic, innocent girl, and her gift of beauty even blesses her with "hair of sunshine gold".
  • Hollywood Costuming: Her princess dress would fit more with the fancy dresses in films like Roman Holiday than medieval times (even the Gorgeous Period Dress versions). Even her peasant dress fits the silhouettes of the 1950s instead of peasant attire of the past.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Maleficent hypnotizes her with a green ball of light, in order to make her prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. She attempts to resist and almost gets it, but ultimately can't stop herself.
  • The Ingenue: Somewhat, as she is as pure-hearted as any Disney Princess, but according to Word of God she was intended to be less innocent than her predecessor, Cinderella, and indeed does act more coy and flirtatious.
  • "I Want" Song: "I Wonder", where she sings about wanting a companion and love.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The only people she can remember knowing have been hiding a large secret from her for sixteen years.
  • Mistaken Nationality: Fans often mistake her for being British, German or Italian.
  • Modest Royalty: No Giant Poofy Sleeves, a minimum of the Ermine Cape Effect, an elegant but understated tiara... the most remarkable thing about her dress is the war the fairies fight over what color it's supposed to be. This makes her starkly elegant against some of the other (more period-accurate) nobility of the court.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The princess's name is different in many versions of the fairytale, most famously "Briar Rose" in the Brothers Grimm version and "Aurora" in Tchaikovsky's ballet, so Disney offered a compromise - Aurora is her true name while Briar Rose was her alias the fairies gave her while she was in hiding.
  • Near-Death Experience: Maleficent places a curse on her so when she turns sixteen, she'll prick her finger on a spindle and die. Luckily, Merryweather alters it so she doesn't die, but instead just fall into a deep sleep until awakened by true love's kiss.
  • Nice Girl: Aurora is kind, elegant, and sophisticated, as well as a hopeless romantic.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: She's clearly based off of Audrey Hepburn. Her face was initially meant to look like Hepburn's before being changed.
  • Official Couple: With Prince Phillip.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: They even met before they knew they were to be wed.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Her princess dress isn't an example, but the Costume Porn editions of it in the merchandise certainly are.
  • Pinball Protagonist: Despite being the titular character. The only thing she does of her own volition is run into Phillip; everything else she does is at someone else's order or suggestion.
  • Princess Classic: Aurora is the most traditional and fairy tale like of the princesses. Many modern examples of this trope are inspired directly by Aurora and her story, right down to a typical Prince Charming dressing like Phillip. As such, she's often represented in the merchandise as the most quintessential princess. For example, her name is always styled as "Princess Aurora" and she is always shown to be wearing her crown, which were both unique to the line before Tiana.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Between this and True Blue Femininity; Aurora herself never chooses the color of her dress; Flora and Merryweather get in a fight over the color of it - pink or blue. It's mostly blue throughout the movie. In the merchandise, it's usually pink, which is likely less about this trope and more that most of her fellow Disney Princesses also have blue dresses. Occasionally, Disney puts her in a violet dress as a compromise, and more and more modern merchandise has reversible dresses or alternate dolls with the blue dress.
  • Proper Lady: Aurora is elegant, quiet (with the fewest lines of any Disney Princess), dutiful, and obedient, including following her fairy godmothers' command that she can't marry the man she loves and must return to her life as a princess.
  • Purple Eyes: Aurora is probably the most magical of the princesses, having been enchanted to look beautiful, sing beautifully, and be beloved. This is reflected by her eyes; she is the only princess to have an abnormal eye color.
  • Rebellious Princess: To an extent. Once she finally learns that she is a princess and will be subject to an Arranged Marriage, she is not happy with the idea and tries to get out of it. On the flip side, Philip wasn't about to accept his end of the bargain, either.
  • Secondary Character Title: "Sleeping Beauty" refers to Aurora, but the actual protagonists are the three fairies. Aurora has a total of eighteen lines of dialogue in the entire movie.
  • Silence Is Golden: Becomes this throughout the movie's second half, even after being awakened from the spell.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Her dress, again fitting the high fashion standards of when the film was made in the 1950s.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Aurora falls for Knight In Shining Armour Prince Phillip.
  • Statuesque Stunner: The tallest Disney Princess after Pocahontas, and with enchanted beauty.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Aurora bears a strong resemblance to her mother—which possibly indicates the fairies may have enchanted her when she was a little girl, too.
  • The Tragic Rose: Her "peasant" name is Briar Rose (a nod to her name in The Brothers Grimm tale), and the fairies place a rose on her chest after her curse is fulfilled.
  • True Blue Femininity: Between this and Princesses Prefer Pink, as seen above. Aurora herself never chooses the color of her dress.
  • True Love's Kiss: The compromise for altering Maleficent's curse for Aurora to die was to change it into an everlasting sleep that could only be broken by this.
  • Younger Than They Look: She's 16 years old, but can pass for being in her twenties.


    Prince Phillip
Voiced by: Bill Shirley, Roger Craig Smith (2002-2007), Josh Robert Thompson (current); Alejandro Algata (1959) and Mario Filio (2001) (Latin American Spanish, speaking); Alejandro Algara again (1959), Manuel Acosta (2001) (Latin American Spanish, singing); Brenton Thwaites (2014 live action film).

The first pro-active Disney Prince and certainly the mold from which later Disney male protagonists would draw from, Prince Phillip has been a fan-favorite since he first appeared on screen.

  • Adaptational Badass: The King didn't do much in the original novel, but Prince Phillip takes down the Big Bad with only a sword and shield.
  • Badass Cape: Wears one when it's time to adventure—riding through the woods and fighting Maleficent, notably.
  • Badass in Distress: He's held captive by Maleficent after being captured by her minions. After the fairies find and rescue him, he gets to fight Maleficent in the climax.
  • Badass Normal: Fighting off a demonic horde and then killing their boss who has changed into a powerful dragon note  definitely counts.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: A Rare Male Example. Despite being bound, gagged, blasted, zapped, lapidated, thorned, burned, and clawed, the dude comes fresh as roses and ready for a ball!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: A nice guy through and through, but he won't back down from a fight.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Aurora — Both are kind-hearted royals with a romantic streak.
  • Bound and Gagged: When he goes to visit Briar Rose at her cottage, he is instead ambushed by Maleficent's goons, who promptly tie up and gag him and take him away to be thrown into her dungeon.
  • The Charmer: A friendly version. He is shown to be able to manipulate others to do things for him, such as when he goads his horse to find Aurora in the woods and when he is able to get King Hubert to agree to his desire to marry the peasant girl he met in the woods.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Averted with Aurora. They technically met as children during the celebration of Aurora's birth, but due to fearing for the princess's safety, the fairies took her to another location and raised her without letting her know she was born royalty. She and Phillip don't meet again and start a romance with each other until they're both adults.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Brown hair and eyes.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While his outfits consist mainly of dark colors, he's definitely a good guy.
  • Determinator: He doesn't falter in the face of boiling pitch, falling rocks, opening chasms, a forest of thorns, a volley of arrows, a legion of minions, and finally an all-powerful sorceress turned fire-breathing dragon standing in the way of him waking up his princess.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Justified with Aurora. She was only a baby and he was bout five when they met, of course they're not going to remember each other as grown ups.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Philip may be a kind and friendly young man, but he's not one to hold back against those who deserve it. He's one of the few Disney heroes to directly and deliberately kill the main villain.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Uses an enchanted sword to defeat Maleficent.
  • Heroic Mime: He has no dialogue whatsoever in the second half of the film, which focuses on him.
  • Knight In Shining Armour: The climax of the movie is a battle with Prince Phillip up against Maleficent to save Princess Aurora.
  • Marry for Love: Wants to marry for love as opposed to for station once he meets Briar Rose, as he tells his father King Hubert.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Just referred to as "The King" in the novels, but is given an actual name here.
  • Nice Guy: Prince Phillip is brave, heroic, and easy-going.
  • Nice Hat: He gets a sprightly cap to wear when he's riding and it evidently looks princely enough that the animals think it will suit their mock prince for Briar Rose.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: His horse, Samson. Phillip is also the first among the love interests in a Disney movie to have one of his own.
  • Official Couple: With Princess Aurora.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: He didn't think so at first, when he met his incognito fiancee, but things worked out perfectly when she was the very person he was supposed to marry anyway.
  • Prince Charming: From what the movie shows of him, he's certainly a nice guy.
  • Rebel Prince: Implied. In his interactions with his father, he persuades the latter to let him marry the girl he loves.
  • Red Is Heroic: His outfit, when fighting Maleficent, includes a red cape.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Slaying an evil sorceress-turned-dragon certainly counts.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: When Flora powers up Philip's sword, he throws it straight into Dragon Maleficent's heart, killing her.
  • True Love's Kiss: Invoked by all parties—Phillip was aware that his kiss would break the spell and Merryweather chose it as something powerful enough to change Maleficent's original curse.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Gender-inverted. The handsome son of chubby and short King Hubert.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Battles Maleficent in her dragon form in the climax.

    Flora, Fauna and Merryweather
From top to bottom: Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather.
Voiced by: Verna Felton, Barbara Dirickson (Flora), Barbara Jo Allen, Russi Taylor (Fauna), Barbara Luddy, Tress MacNeille (Merryweather); Fanny Schiller and Guadalupe Noel (Flora), Magdalena Ruvalcalba and Ada Morales (Fauna), Carlota Solares and Gabriela Michel (Merryweather) (1959 and 1995 respectively, Latin American Spanish); from the 2014 live action film: Imelda Staunton (Flora/Knotgrass), Juno Temple (Fauna/Thistlewit), Lesley Manville (Merryweather/Flittle).

Three good fairies who are also present at Aurora's birthday celebration. The three of them, following Maleficent's birthday curse, take it upon themselves to hide the princess from the evil fairy by raising her as their own.

  • Adaptational Name Change: In the 2014 live action film, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather are respectively known as Knotgrass, Thistlewit, and Flittle.
  • All Up to You: The Three Good Fairies are an inversion, as they are constantly the heroines who do the saving, despite being treated as if they were sidekicks.
  • Ascended Extra: An interpretation of how the fairies are in this work. In the original fairy tale, the good fairies just serve to "build up" the princess, while the bad fairy is a Diabolus ex Machina.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Merryweather is as sweet and good as the others, but unlike them she has no qualms about turning someone to stone if she's pushed too far.
  • Big Entrance: A fanfare and an announcer declares "Their Most Honored and Exulted Excellencies, The Three Good Fairies!" as they arrive on a sunbeam with sparkles.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Flora (Big), Fauna (Thin), and Merryweather (Short), respectively (though Fauna is "thin" only compared to the other two).
  • Blue Is Heroic: Merryweather wears a blue medieval-styled dress and like her fellow fairies, she is on the side of good.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The red/pink Flora and blue Merryweather, as they decide to use magic to prepare for Aurora's birthday party, have an arguement where they keep magically changing Aurora's dress from Flora's preferred pink to Merryweather's preferred blue and back again, a commotion that leads to the raven finding out where they live. When Aurora and Phillip dance in the courtyard after they marry, Flora and Merryweather (watching with Fauna from a balcony) are still waving their wands and changing Aurora's dress colors alternately from Flora's pink to Merryweather's blue. The dress is still changing color in the ending as the camera pans out of the moving storybook pictures of the prince and princess dancing.
    • In an early scene, where Merryweather proposes turning Maleficent into a fat old hoptoad. The others chide her, reminding her that their magic can only bring joy and happiness. Merryweather snidely responds that it would make her happy. From this we're to take it for granted that the fairies can't use any offensive magic. Until one of the final scenes, where Merryweather turns the raven to stone, which she shouldn't have been able to do, except that she was quite satisfied with the result.
  • Butt-Monkey: Merryweather gets the more humiliating misfortunes, such as losing her wings mid-flight and landing in a cup and being the "dummy" for Flora when she tries to make the dress, which wouldn't fit Aurora at all.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: The red, green, and blue fairies.
  • Commander Contrarian: Merryweather is typically the one who voices the contrasting opinion.
    Flora: [after suggesting they turn Aurora into a flower] She'll (Aurora) be perfectly safe.
    Merryweather: Until Maleficent sends a frost.
  • Cool Old Lady: Three kind and motherly old fairies in contrast to younger and evil Maleficent.
  • The Ditz: Fauna doesn't focus as much on the drama at hand as her sisters; she also doesn't comprehend, after 16 years living with and as a human, that eggshells probably won't taste good in cake. Or that the candles shouldn't go on the cake until after it's been baked.
  • Fairy Companion: Not just companions, but parental figures.
  • Fairy Godmother: In several senses, due to them also raising Aurora.
  • Freudian Trio: Flora (Superego), Fauna (Ego), Merryweather (Id).
  • Good Is Not Soft: As probably the one time Merryweather is allowed to act on her temper, after Diablo hinders them one time too many, Merryweather turns the scheming crow to stone (while he's retreating no less) and is quite visibly satisfied by the lifeless statue remaining.
  • Hot-Blooded: Merryweather, who's quick enough to anger that she repeatedly tries to go after people when it won't end well. Like Maleficent.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Verna Felton as Flora, Disney's favorite lady for matronly comedic women.
  • In the Hood: All three wear hooded cloaks as they sneak out of the castle with little Aurora.
  • Lethal Chef: Fauna, who's never been on cooking duty before, even if she does eat their food. For one, she folds the eggs, unbroken, into the dough while making the cake for Aurora.
  • Let Me at Him!: Merryweather to Maleficent at the beginning of the movie and near the end when Maleficent turns into a dragon. Flora has to hold her back, though.
  • The Napoleon: Merryweather who is the shortest but also the most impulsive and short-tempered.
  • Never Mess with Granny: The fairies may be old, but they successfully hide Aurora and raise her as their own for sixteen years. They then take on an active role in the third act, single-handedly protecting Philip from all of Maleficent's traps, providing him with weapons, and then enchanting those weapons to allow him to destroy the evil fairy.
  • Nice Girl: While they all differ in temperament, all of them are kind and sweet.
  • Nice Hat: Their hats may have different colors, but all of them have the same style.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Assuming you don't think Maleficent just wanted to curse Aurora for kicks and giggles and was using her party snub as a pretense, Merryweather tells her she was not wanted at the christening at all, causing Maleficent to place the curse in retaliation. Turning Diablo to stone is also what really drove her over the edge in the final battle.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: Fauna (nice), Merryweather (mean), and Flora (inbetween).
  • Only Sane Woman: Merryweather in the scene where the fairies are preparing for Aurora's birthday.
    Merryweather: I think we've had enough of this nonsense! I think we ought to think of Rose, and what she'll think of this mess! I still think what I thought before: I'm going to get those wands!
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Shorter than the average human but larger than dwarves, all take the forms of sugary older women. They have wings but they can make those disappear. It appears they can't do magic without their wands, as Fauna and Merryweather are left on a table after Flora takes their wands and had to turn them back to normal size. Word of God claimed that Maleficent is also a fairy - one that takes the form of a green-skinned horned sorceress.
  • Parental Substitute: To Aurora, although they refer to themselves as her aunts.
  • Red Is Heroic: Flora wears a red medieval-styled dress and like her fellow fairies, she is on the side of good.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Inverted. The blue fairy Merryweather is the impulsive Red Oni and the red fairy Flora is the calm and wise Blue Oni.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: All three fairies deliver their gifts to Aurora in rhyme. Later, when preparing for Aurora's birthday, they do this again, which, coupled with the fact that Maleficent occasionally does the same, suggests that rhyming helps in the casting of spells.
  • Running Gag: Flora and Merryweather's bickering over Aurora's dress being pink or blue, which happens whenever Flora conjures up their peasant costume and she makes Merryweather's all pink, earning a distasteful grimace and leading Merryweather to make it blue. They keep bickering about this in the last two acts of the movie.
  • Shipper on Deck: They all gaze happily at Aurora and Phillip's Dance of Romance at the end.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: They have much more screentime (and dialogue) than Aurora, making them the protagonists.
  • Supporting Protagonist: They are the real stars of the film and basically do most of the stuff for both Aurora and Phillip, even if the story is technically about Aurora.
  • Team Chef: Possibly Merryweather, since she's the only one of the three who knows what tsp means (it means teaspoon).
  • Tuckerization: Flora is the name of Walt Disney's mother.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Fauna.
    Fauna: Perhaps if we reason with her...
    Flora: Reason?!
    Merryweather: With Maleficent?!
    Fauna: Well, she can't be all bad.
    Flora: Oh, yes, she can!

    King Stefan
Voiced by: Taylor Holmes (Sleeping Beauty), Corey Burton (Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams); ; Dagoberto de Cervantes (1959) and both Ricardo Lexama (speaking) and Luis miguel Marmolejo (singing) (2001) (Latin American Spanish); Sharlto Copley (2014).

Aurora's father, a friend of king Hubert, and the king of the kingdom the film takes place in. Ever since his daughter is taken away to protect her until her sixteenth birthday, he worries over her constantly.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite being a nice guy, King Stefan can be an intimidating figure when pushed.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Matching black hair and eyes.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: To protect his daughter from Maleficent, he agreed to have the Fairies raise Aurora.
  • Fat and Skinny: The noodle-like Skinny to Hubert's rotund Fat.
  • Nice Guy: Stefan is portrayed as a humble figure and loving father, and a bit fun loving too, as shown during the dining room scene with Hubert.
  • Papa Wolf: Most of the scenes he's in he tries to protect his daughter fiercely—first by ordering his guards to seize Maleficent, then by burning all the spinning wheels in the kingdom, and finally by getting outraged (and almost declaring war) at Hubert for hinting that Aurora isn't good enough for Phillip.
  • Reality Ensues: As it gets closer to Aurora's 16th-birthday, Stefan brings up to Hubert on how Aurora was probably raised to be unaware of her status as a princess (and, by extension, her arranged marriage to Phillip) and how it will likely come as a bit of a shock to her once Flora, Fauna and Merryweather finally reveal it to her (and indeed it does).

    Queen Leah
Voiced by: Verna Felton (Sleeping Beauty), Barbara Dirikson (Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams); Fanny Schiller (1959) and Guadalupe Noel (2001) (Latin American Spanish)

Aurora's mother, the queen of the kingdom and King Stefan's wife.


    King Hubert
Voiced by: Bill Thompson; Alberto Gavira (1959), Emilio Guerrero (speaking) and Juan Jiménez (singing) (2001) (Latin American Spanish)

Prince Phillip's father and a good friend of King Stefan, who is looking forward to his son's marriage to his friend's daughter.

  • Adipose Rex: He's a good deal heavier than Stefan.
  • Big Eater: Shown particularly when King Stefan is worrying about Aurora's return and he's eating everything he can.
  • Expy: He greatly resembles the king from Cinderella. Both kings also wish to marry off their sons partly because they want grandchildren.
  • Fat and Skinny: The rotund Fat to Stefan's noodle-like Skinny.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Poor Stefan learns this the hard way as they make plans for Aurora's and Philip's Arranged Marriage. Apparently hinting that springing an arranged marriage onto Aurora just after telling her who she really is and introducing her to her birth parents after being away from each other for 16 years (read: her whole life) being "quite a shock" is a grave insult worthy of declaring war. Of course, he was half-drunk at the time, and he calls it off just a minute later after they share a laugh.
    "Shock?! My Phillip a shock?!"
  • I Want Grandkids: So much so that he already had a castle built for Phillip and Aurora so they could get busy the same night she arrived.


"You poor simple fools, thinking you could defeat me, me, the mistress of all evil!"
"Now shall you deal with me, o Prince! And all the powers of HELL!"

Voiced by: Eleanor Audley (Sleeping Beauty); Linda Gary (Fantasmic, Fantillusion); Lois Nettleton (House of Mouse); Susanne Blakeslee (Kingdom Hearts); Rosario Muñoz Ledo (1959) and Mayra Rojas (2001) (Latin American Spanish); Angelina Jolie (Maleficent, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil).

The evil fairy responsible for the curse on Aurora, Maleficent is one of the most feared and famous of Disney villains. After being snubbed an invitation to the infant Aurora's birthday, she appears unannounced and curses the princess to die on her sixteenth birthday after pricking her finger on a spindle—she then does everything she can to make sure this happens.

  • The Ace: Maleficent is widely considered to among the coolest villains Disney has ever produced (if not the coolest), and indisputably one of the most formidable (if not the most formidable).
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Kind of; the evil fairy in the fairy tale is traditionally illustrated as being old and wrinkly, which Maleficent definitely isn't and can be considered an evil fairy variant of Hot Witch in earlier scenes. She gets less attractive in later ones, though not in any way ugly.
  • Adaptational Badass: The evil fairy, a minor villain in the original story, is here adapted into one of the most powerful Disney villains ever.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The Old Fairy is pretty evil in the original version, but she's pretty tame compared to Maleficent, who acts as the devil stand-in and takes a more active role in the plot.
  • Ascended Extra: In the fairy tale, the unnamed evil fairy disappears after cursing the baby princess (although some suspect she's the mysterious old woman whom the princess meets later).
  • Badass Boast: "Now shall you deal with me, o Prince, and all the powers of HELL!"
  • Badass Long Robe: It's more of an old kind of dress called a "houpelande", but still otherwise counts.
  • Bad Boss: To her minions (except for Diablo, see Even Evil Has Loved Ones). A very notable instance of this is when she electrocutes them with lightning after she learns that they spent sixteen years searching for a baby, not even being aware that Aurora would age.
    Maleficent: Fools! Idiots!! IMBECILES!!!
  • Big Bad: Her angry whims are the reason Aurora must be hidden and the basis of the movie. In Disney crossover material (such as Kingdom Hearts and quite a few attractions in the Disney Theme Parks), she's often portrayed as the Big Bad for the Disney multiverse as a whole (the other major contender, Chernabog, usually falls into the Greater-Scope Villain position).
  • Big Entrance: Hell yes. Flames, ominous light, Villain Teleportation...
  • Breakout Villain: Maleficent has become one of the go-to main villains for Disney whenever they do a serious crossover, such as in Kingdom Hearts, Disney Magic Kingdoms, and Fantasmic!. She even got her own movie.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Its even in her name. Maleficent. Every little thing that she does, every blow that she gets to her ego, and every choice that she makes to vindicate herself is based on the ideal of evil that she represents and identifies with.
  • Character Tics: Maleficent has a noticeable habit of lifting her hand up to her chest when speaking, a habit she shared with her original voice actress, Eleanor Audley.
  • Color Motifs: Black, purple, and yellow-green. Black is the main color of her robe, purple for the lining, and her flames are yellow-green, which is also present in the sphere at the head of her Magic Staff.
  • Contralto of Danger: Maleficent has a low voice and is the Big Bad and possibly the most powerful character in the story.
  • Cruel Mercy: She could easily kill Prince Phillip when she has him prisoner; this is her reason for letting him live.
  • Dark Action Girl: Maleficent is a powerful sorceress who can transform into a dragon while also proudly declaring herself as the mistress of all evil.
  • Dark Is Evil: She dresses in black and purple that look like flames.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her voice is dripping with sarcasm from every moment of her very first entrance UNTIL the curse, as she pretends at first to presume that her invitation was lost, second that she's shocked about not being wanted, and third that she has no hard feelings whatsoever.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: She curses the princess to die because she was not invited to the christening. She spends the next sixteen years obsessing over her revenge being enacted. Maleficent's behavior is quite fitting of an evil fairy, who is compelled to avenge all slights. Though given her personality, it's more likely she was just being smug and she would most likely find another excuse (and way) to hurt people even if she was invited.
  • Dragons Are Demonic: Maleficent proclaims to Prince Phillip prior to fighting her that he must now face her and "all the powers of Hell", before transforming into a giant black dragon with glowing green eyes and the ability to breathe green flames.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Whenever Maleficent gets angered, loud thunder crashes are always present. Her big entrance involves her teleporting via lightning strike.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Everyone during the christening scene is clearly terrified of what Maleficent might do, and when she finally forces the king's hand and he orders his troops to seize her, all it takes for her to hold them at bay is to conjure some fire and bellow "Stand back, you fools!" Clearly, she's perfectly aware of how much she's feared.
    • This extends to Disney crossovers. Even when other villains show up, the heroes are usually able to defeat them easily and they're not always taken seriously. But when Maleficent shows up, the mood shifts immediately and everyone is left terrified for their lives.
  • Dub Name Change: Her name was changed to Demona in the Hungarian dub.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Though Maleficent is cruel to her dim-witted subordinates, she appears to have a soft spot for her faithful winged companion Diablo and is never seen mistreating him. She also gasps in horror upon realizing that Diablo has been permanently turned to stone by the fairies.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    Merryweather: What won't [Maleficent] expect? She knows everything.
    Fauna: Oh, but she doesn't, dear. Maleficent doesn't know anything about love, or kindness, or the joy of helping others... You know, sometimes I don't think she's really very happy.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the three good fairies, obviously. While she may have magic like them, she doesn't have any of their positive traits. And while they use their powers to bless Aurora, Maleficent uses her powers to curse her.
  • Evil Eyebrows: Thin ones that create a purple eye shadow.
  • Evil Gloating: During a particularly malicious scene in the second act, Maleficent taunts Phillip by telling him he may go free in a hundred years, when he is ancient and Aurora is still young and beautiful.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Maleficent's the Big Bad and the tallest character in the setting. Taken Up to Eleven when she transforms into a dragon.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Although she can be eerily subtle a lot of the time.
  • Evil Is Petty: The basis of the film and the next sixteen years of her life are because she was given a relatively minor slight. Fauna also mentions that Maleficent sends frosts to kill Flora's flowers (or that she may be the harbinger of winter, it's left ambiguous).
  • Evil Laugh: Maleficent engages in this fairly often, but the crowning example has to be when she transforms into a dragon.
  • Evil Overlord: She isn't known as "the Mistress of All Evil" for nothing.
  • Evil Sorceress: What sort of magic she wreaks on a day-to-day basis is never seen (she is said to be capable of sending frosts), but she uses her magic to punish her minions, curse an infant to die, and try to kill said (now grown-up) infant's fiancee who wants to rescue her.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: Maleficent's humble abode on the Forbidden Mountain (complete with dungeons and an army of goblin minions). How the castle came to be is unknown; based on its state of disrepair, it's either a long-abandoned castle Maleficent moved into to use as her base of operations, a castle Maleficent captured by force and never bothered fixing up, or (based on its location) a castle she constructed herself, with or without the help of her minions, and subsequently allowed to fall into decay. Since it's not clear where the mountain ends and the castle begins, it's possible that the castle's depths extend far deeper than the exterior would suggest (we already know it's got some impressive dungeons), which would make it double as an Elaborate Underground Base.
  • Evil Wears Black: Her robe is black, lined with dark purple.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Maleficent, although it could be simply the shadow of her brow, since it doesn't appear on her eyelids.
  • The Fair Folk: Played extremely straight — Maleficent is a classic Unseelie Court fairy, and one of Disney canon's more powerful, subtle, and intelligent villains. Her reaction to slights and love of cruelty seem out of place to audiences more familiar with traditional Disney fairies.
  • Fairy Devilmother: Practically the Trope Codifier. Maleficent curses her "godchild" (Aurora) in the same vein as how the three Good Fairies bless her.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Slips into this a few times. The first and probably best example is when she pretends she's not offended at being invited to Aurora's christening, only to curse the infant princess to die.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Merryweather informs us that Maleficent can "send a frost", she tries to strike Prince Philip with bolts of lightning when he escapes her castle, and she uses fire at various points during the movie (most prominently at the end of the movie when she Scales Up).
  • For the Evulz: Maleficent could just kill Phillip and by doing so ensure that Aurora's curse could never be broken, but she decides to go the extra mile by taunting him with the knowledge of just who Aurora is and what's become of her, then keeping him locked up in her dungeon until he's a withered and decrepit old man - at which point he's free to pursue Aurora, whose body and mind are still sixteen years old. One of the short stories in the Disney Scary Storybook Collection has a resurrected Maleficent turn everyone in the kingdom to stone. However, she leaves Aurora as a human, in hopes that she will perish from loneliness.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: She wears purple eyeshadow and her black robe is lined with purple, and she's an elegant and regal Lady of Black Magic.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: green, purple, and black.
  • High Collar of Doom: Three altogether—one on her cloak and two as spiked collars on her headdress.
  • Horned Humanoid: Although it's hard to tell if she has horns or merely wears them on her headdress. In either case they emphasise both her satanic nature and her noble status.
  • Hot Witch: Unlike the Good Fairies, who are all plump, cartoonish, and matronly, Maleficent appears younger and is quite elegant and beautiful.
  • Implacable Woman: None of the characters can harm Maleficent directly and it requires a team (Flora enchanting Phillip's sword) to take her down.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: She just turns into a dragon at the end. And yes, it is awesome.
  • Kick the Dog: Not just her plan to let Phillip free only once he's grown so old that the artificially-young Aurora would no longer want him, but explaining as much to the imprisoned Phillip in exquisite detail, closing her monologue with a deeply sarcastic "'true love' conquers all" before laughing in his face.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The film is whimsical and joyous in its opening scenes and in the castle. Then the wind kicks up, cue thunderbolt, and cue Maleficent, and the situation changes immediately; there is zero joking or smiles whenever she's onscreen.
  • Lady of Black Magic: She has a gothically elegant design, a beautiful woman wearing flowing black and purple robes. Even when acting sinister she maintains a proper and graceful demeanor. As the "Mistress of All Evil" she wields dark magic that lets her cast powerful spells.
  • Large Ham: She mixes both subtle and bombastic hamminess, often shifting between them suddenly.
  • Lean and Mean: Compared to the more stout and kind fairies. Even more so after the Time Skip. Sixteen years of frustration has left her looking more skeletal and exhausted than before.
  • Leitmotif: It is an ominous, forbidding, and eerie piece played on an oboe and trumpet heard almost every time she is present.
  • Made of Evil: It's implied Maleficent is this, particularly by her death.
  • Meaningful Name: Maleficent (adj) working or productive of harm or evil: baleful
  • Moral Myopia: Murdering a baby for not being invited to it's christening is pretty extreme, to say the least, but especially so when you go around calling yourself the "Mistress of All Evil", explicitly use black magic from Hell itself, actively cultivate an image of pure evilness, and generally act like a total Jerkass to everyone but your loyal (and still evil) pet bird (who you even named Diablo). Inviting her at all would have been utterly insane, and in all likelihood she would have cursed Aurora or done some other evil act even if she had been.
  • Mystical High Collar: Shaped like draconic frills.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Her name is never given in the original story.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Malefic": productive of evil; malign; doing harm; baneful. "-ent" (suffix): characterized in serving of.
    • She named her pet bird Diablo, which is Spanish for Devil.
  • Nice Hat: Her headdress, assuming it is a headdress and not real horns.
  • No Body Left Behind: When she dies, which has led to certain possibilities.
  • Obviously Evil: Her creepy black cloak is cut as in the shape of flames, she has giant horns on her head, she lives in an Evil Tower of Ominousness, her name is Maleficent, and so on.
  • One-Winged Angel: When she becomes a dragon. It's even that page's trope image, just because the moment is so iconic.
    Maleficent: Now shall you deal with me, O Prince, and all the powers of HELL!
  • Our Fairies Are Different: She's referred to as a "witch" sometimes, but is actually an evil fairy.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: She can destroy landscapes with extremely powerful lightning strikes and fire. Her forest of thorns are powerful enough to sprout out of the earth, through solid stone. Finally, she can create frosts and thunderstorms on a whim.
  • Psychotic Smirk: It's a bit subtle, but can be seen a lot of the time.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her black robe is lined with purple, and she is certainly a powerful magic being.
  • Purple Is the New Black: One of the major color schemes of Maleficent is purple; she has purple linings to her robe, and as a dragon, she's got a purple underside.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Her initial concept art had red in place of purple to evoke the image of flames.
  • Red Baron: Her "Mistress of All Evil" title appears to be entirely self-proclaimed. But no one questions it, including the audience.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Sometimes does this while wielding magic, though not as often as the Good Fairies.
  • Sarcasm Mode:
    Maleficent: The years roll by, but a hundred years to a steadfast heart are but a day.
    And now, the gates of a dungeon part, and our prince is free to go his way!
    Off he rides, on his noble steed, a valiant figure, straight and tall!
    To wake his love with "love's first kiss", and prove that "true love" conquers all!
  • Satanic Archetype: A female version - a horned, Lean and Mean "Misteress of All Evil" who wields "all the powers of Hell".
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Beside black, her color scheme is green and purple, befitting her villainous nature.
  • Scaled Up: Her status as one of the most memorable Disney villains is only helped by being the first one to manifest herself as a real, highly dangerous threat, in the form of a black dragon.
  • Sickly Green Glow: Maleficent has green eyes and a green orb atop her staff. Her flames are also green. Her skin appears as if it's green in much of the film, and consequently is colored that way at the theme parks and in merchandise, but in reality it was meant to be an inhuman white and appeared green as an oversight in coloring.
  • Slasher Smile: In her dragon form.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: Her castle, the appearance of the landscape around it, and her army of mooks suggests that Maleficent uses her dark powers to maintain rule over a wide expanse of territory.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the Kingdom Hearts prequel game Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, she survives her dragon battle since she was still around in the earlier games.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Her plan goes nowhere because her minions don't understand that Aurora would have aged over the years, causing them to search exclusively for a baby for over a decade (although it's also clear that they had never visited the cottage prior).
  • Taking You with Me: Implied. Shortly after Phillip plunges a sword into her chest, she lunges at him with her mouth open wide, implying that she intended to devour him before her death.
  • Thin Chin of Sin: Her chin is long and pointy, similarly to a Wicked Witch.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: She has very sharp cheekbones.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She did place a future death curse on an infant Aurora.

Voiced by: Dal McKennon (1959, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep); Sam Riley (2014)

Maleficent's pet raven.

  • All There in the Manual: Diablo isn't named anywhere in the movie.
  • Butt-Monkey: In what might be his only funny moment, he finds Aurora's cottage while Flora and Merryweather are warring over the color of her dress and gets shot in the ass a couple of times by the shots escaping out the chimney.
  • Clever Crows: He succeeded at finding Aurora when the goons failed.
  • Creepy Crows: Diablo is a raven and the sidekick of the main villain, Maleficent. He's chillingly good (better than Maleficent's human helpers) at trying to kill Aurora, so he's bad news.
  • Dark Is Evil: As a raven, he's colored black and he's an agent of evil by helping the evil Maleficent in her plan to kill the good-natured protagonist.
  • The Dragon: Even though Diablo is never shown to be able to talk, he directs the minions on their plan of attack and personally attempts to warn Maleficent that Phillip is escaping. Maleficent even tells Diablo to quiet her mooks before realizing he's been turned to stone.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He looks a bit shocked when Maleficent zaps her minions.
  • Feathered Fiend: He's a bird (a raven), and he's the most serious danger to Aurora's after Maleficent.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Of the mook-kind type. Except the scene where he gets repeatedly hit by the fairies' shots he has no comedic moments at all. On the contrary he's shown to be more clever and malevolent than other evil Disney minions cases.
  • Morality Pet: While Maleficent is a Bad Boss to the Goons, she appears to have a soft spot for Diablo and is never seen mistreating him. She's also quite horrified and saddened when he's Taken for Granite.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: A raven.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Diablo shows one when he realizes he just found Aurora.
  • Smug Snake: Though more competent than most examples.
  • Stock Sound Effect: Not in the films, but rather in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. Here, his caws are taken from The Haunted Mansion, conveniently provided by the original vocalist for Diablo who also did the effects for the Mansion's Raven.
  • Taken for Granite: Courtesy of Merryweather.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Maleficent.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: One of the rare aversions in the Disney Animated Canon, as Diablo has little to no comedic moments, and proves to be by far her most capable minion.

    Maleficent's Goons
Voiced by: Candy Candido, Pinto Colvig, Bill Amsbery; Kevin Michael Richardson, Randy Crenshaw, Dennis Kyle (Legacy Collection); Dee Baker, Jim Cummings (Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom); Ciro Calderón (1959) and Enrique Mederos, Luis Alfonso Padilla and Ismael Castro (2001) (Latin American Spanish)

The servants of Maleficent.

  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The Goons may not even be smart enough to understand babies grow up, but they can ambush and capture Prince Phillip. And later prove to a legitimate threat in blocking Phillip's path.
  • Dark Is Evil: All of them have a black and green color scheme and serve under the Big Bad.
  • The Ditz: The Goons apparently don't understand that babies grow up, especially after sixteen years of not figuring this out. They also searched the whole forest at least once, and the Fairies and Aurora were hiding out there.
  • Dumb Muscle: Until Maleficent snapped and screamed at them, they didn't even get that her laugh was a mixture of sarcastic and hysterical and that she wasn't pleased at all as they laughed along with her. Only when they executed orders under the coordination of either her or Diablo did they manage to pose any serious threat.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The lead Goon has the deepest voice in the film.
  • The Horde: Towards Maleficent.
  • Made of Iron: They actually survive and flee from a vicious smiting from a royally pissed Maleficent, and these lightning strikes are powerful enough to destroy large rock formations. But being electrocuted is still pretty painful to them.
  • Mook Lieutenant: The Goon with a pig-like snout appears to be the leader, since he's giving Maleficent a report and the other Goons take a cue from him to start laughing (and then to stop when Maleficent gets angry).
  • Non-Human Sidekick: All of them are Mix-and-Match Critters.
  • Our Goblins Are Different: The Goons are goblin-like. Some have pig-like snouts and beaks.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: While not exactly the brightest minions, they are very capable warriors, and most of them barely come up to Maleficent's knees. Phillip couldn't really subdue them, and had to flee.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Maleficent is considered one of the most (if not the most) dangerous villains in all of Disney Animated Canon. Her lackeys however don't even understand that babies grow up — even after sixteen years they are looking for a baby.

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