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Characters from Disney's Sleeping Beauty.

For the Live-Action Adaptation, see Maleficent.

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    Princess Aurora

Voiced by: Mary Costa, Jennifer Hale, Kate Higgins (since 2010), Erin Torpey (speaking); Cassidy Ladden (singing)
Voiced in French by: Irène Valois (speaking), Huguette Boulangeot (singing) (1959), Jeanine Forney (speaking), Danielle Licari (singing) (1981)
Voiced in Polish by: Maria Broniewska (speaking), Bogna Sokorska (singing) (1962), Małgorzata Długosz (1995)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Estrellita Díaz (speaking) and Lupita Pérez Arias (singing) (1959), Laura Ayala (speaking) and Brenda Ruiz (singing) (2001, 2008)
Voiced in Hebrew by: Limor Shapira
Voiced in Swedish by: Liz-Beth Olsson (1959), Birgitta Larsson (1980)
Voiced in Bulgarian by: Vilma Kartalska
Voiced in Malay by: Zetgi Izzati
Voiced in Ukrainian by: Daryna Murashchenko

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 not only her fairy godmothers, but also to her love interest Prince Phillip and her arch nemesis, Maleficent.
  • Artistic Age: Her appearance was modeled after actresses in their twenties, but she's sixteen years old.
  • Ballet: She has the most connections to classical ballet out of any Disney Princess; not only was Helene Stanley her reference model, her film features numerous connections to, and cites as an adaptation, the ballet by Tchaikovsky, whose score is referenced in the ballet sequence set to "Once Upon a Dream".
  • The Beautiful Elite: Justified by Flora's gift of beauty she bestowed on her as an infant.
  • Beautiful Singing Voice: Like her beauty, Fauna had magically granted her with the gift of song. Her voice is so beautiful, Phillip, when first hearing it while riding through the forest, doesn't even believe it to be human.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Prince Phillip — Both are kind-hearted royals with a romantic streak.
  • Brainwashed: 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.
  • Break the Cutie: "Briar Rose" grows up in the woods with virtually no human contact because her "aunts" are terrified that Maleficent would find her. She doesn't seem to mind, as she has woodland friends for company and her dreams as Escapism. The day she finally meets another human being, it's Love at First Sight. They make arrangements to meet again and she eagerly rushes off to tell her aunts. When she returns home, she is given a series of life-shattering revelations: her name isn't really Briar Rose, but Aurora; she's actually the king's daughter; her "aunts" are actually fairies; they plan on returning her to the castle that night; she's been in an Arranged Marriage since birth; and she will never see her girlhood home or the boy she met ever again. Aurora doesn't say another word for the rest of the film, only sobbing when the fairies lead her to the palace and conjure a tiara. From there, Maleficent almost doesn't even need to hypnotize her, as the girl is so confused and miserable, she'll take any way out she can get.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 (and both of her parents, King Hubert, and everyone in the realm). She almost dies in the first 10 minutes until Merryweather tweaked the spell so she would be in a coma.
  • 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.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Downplayed. She was cursed as a child to die on her 16th birthday and had to be put into hiding. Even so, she was lovingly raised by her "aunts".
  • Decoy Protagonist: The film is named after her, but it soon becomes apparent that the Good Fairies have most of the spotlight.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Aurora bemoans the fact that her "aunts" treat her like a little child and never really allow her to meet anyone, unaware that it is for her own safety, as well as the fact that when she did meet a prince and fall in love with him, it was only just a dream. Aurora finally gets her wish after meeting Prince Phillip in the forest, and thus doesn't really take it well when the fairies reveal that she is a princess and was already betrothed, explaining that she can never see the young man again.
  • Drama Queen: Aurora slowly becomes distressed when the fairies tell her of her true identity, but it's when she's told that this means she can never see the cute guy she met in the forest, the cute guy she met earlier that very same day, that Aurora becomes overly dramatic about it and goes into her room to weep. Considering that she has had no human contact outside her "aunts" for 16 years and is clearly starting to mature and chafe under their rules, that she has begun to long for romantic companionship only for it to be yanked out of her grasp once she does have it, and that on top of that, she learns she must marry a complete stranger thanks to an arranged marriage she's been in since birth, it's not hard to see why.
  • 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.
  • Dub Name Change: Aurore is her name in France, the film’s presumed setting.
  • Earthy Barefoot Character: 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.
  • 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.
  • Forced Sleep: What Merryweather altered Maleficent's curse to. Should she prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel, she won't die, she'll just fall into a deep sleep until awakened by True Love's Kiss.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Innocent Soprano: While Aurora is coyer and more flirtatious than a traditional ingenue, she still draws heavily from the archetype, being a beautiful, sheltered, and pure-hearted young princess who falls in love with a prince almost at first sight. She is a classical soprano, singing almost exclusively in the head voice.
  • "I Want" Song: "I Wonder", where she sings about wanting a companion and love.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light Feminine (a pure-hearted princess with Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold) to Maleficent's Dark Feminine (manipulative and the embodiment of Dark Is Evil).
  • Like a Duck Takes to Water: Even though she just found out that she was a princess earlier that very same day, Aurora gracefully descends from a staircase and then dances with Prince Phillip in the ballroom as if she had been trained in court all her life.
  • 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: Despite being assumed to be French, some other fans often mistake her as 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.
  • 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, Phillip 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 only about eighteen minutes of screentime, as well as 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)
Voiced in French by: Guy Severyns (1959), Guy Chapelier (1981)
Voiced in Polish by: Józef Wojtan (singing) (1962), Jacek Borcuch (1995)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Alejandro Algara (1959), Mario Filio (speaking), Manuel Acosta (singing) (2001, 2008)
Voiced in Hebrew by: Momi Levy
Voiced in Swedish by: Jan Malmsjö (speaking), Lars Lönndal (singing) (1959), Jonas Bergström (speaking), Stefan Dahlberg (singing) (1980)
Voiced in Bulgarian by: Yavor Karaivanov (speaking), Orlin Pavlov (singing)
Voiced in German by: Rainer Brandt
Voiced in Malay by: Faizal Isa

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.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: A Rare Male Example. Despite being bound, gagged, blasted, zapped, lapidated, thorned, burned, and clawed, (not to mention awake for approximately twenty-four hours), he shows up with Aurora in her father's court, fresh as roses and ready to dance.
  • 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, not knowing that the same peasant girl is the same betrothed until later when he saves her, their family, and everyone else from their eternal slumber.
  • 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 and don't know who each other are at first.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Phillip orders his horse to take him to a voice in the forest under the impression that he'll be given carrots, but the horse goes too fast and accidentally knocks Phillip into the water along the way, which leads to this little gem:
    Phillip (splashes water in his horse's face): No carrots.
  • Defiant Captive: When taken prisoner by Maleficent, he swings his fists at her when she mocks true love and promises that he and Aurora won't get a happy ending.
  • 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.
  • Early Personality Signs: The skeptical look young Phillip gives his future bride in her cradle in the opening scene foreshadows how he feels about marrying for politics when he's grown.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Using magical weapons to cut through a demonic horde and then kill their boss who has changed into a powerful dragon definitely counts.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Justified with Aurora. She was only a baby and he was about four when they met, so of course they're not going to recognize each other as grown-ups.
  • Glass Cannon: In terms of offensive power, he's capable of taking on an army of skeletons and a fire breathing dragon single-handedly. However, he's still an ordinary human, so the Fairy Godmothers spend the entire Final Battle protecting him from injury.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Phillip 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: He uses an enchanted sword to defeat Maleficent.
  • Heroic Mime: He doesn't say a single word in the second half of the movie, which focuses on him. There is no in-universe reason for this; he just stops talking.
  • Horseback Heroism: He rides on his horse Samson to Stefan's castle to save Aurora in the climax.
  • Knight In Shining Armour: The climax of the movie is a battle with Prince Phillip up against Maleficent in order to save Princess Aurora, King Stefan, King Hubert, Queen Leah and the rest of the kingdom residents from their eternal slumber.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: It's subtle, but when the fairies go to the dungeon where Phillip's been chained to the wall and free him, Phillip's about ready to go into battle bare-handed. Fortunately, Flora stops him and arms him with the magical Sword of Truth and Shield of Virtue before gets himself killed, which, considering that a kiss between Aurora and Phillip is the only thing that can awaken Aurora from her enchanted sleep, would've ended any chance at a good outcome.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: The Shield of Virtue is flameproof and must also be heat-resistant, since he uses it to block a lot of fire from Maleficent.
  • Marry for Love: Is willing to marry the "peasant" Briar Rose within minutes of meeting her, as he tells his father King Hubert.
  • Modest Royalty: He wears no Requisite Royal Regalia of any sort. Justified, since he was presumably going out for a ride in the forest when he met Aurora.
  • Named After Someone Famous: He's named after that other Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Just referred to as "The King" in the novels, but is given an actual name here.
  • Nerves of Steel: Shows remarkably little fear while fighting a firebreathing dragon with his back to a cliff.
  • Nice Guy: Prince Phillip is brave, heroic, and easy-going.
  • 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.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: To an extent. When he and Aurora first meet in the forest, he keeps grabbing her hand and pulling her closer to him, even as she attempts to get away.
  • Official Couple: With Princess Aurora.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: He didn't think so at first, when he met and fell in love with a peasant girl instead of the princess he was promised to, but things worked out perfectly in the end.
  • 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: He is a prince who slays an evil sorceress-turned-dragon.
  • Silence Is Golden: He doesn't say a single word in the second half of the movie.
  • 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: He doesn't hold back from Maleficent just because she's female. (In his defense, she doesn't hold back from him just because he's an ordinary man).

    Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather
From top to bottom: Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather.

Voiced by: Verna Felton, Barbara Dirickson (Flora), Barbara Jo Allen, Russi Taylor (2001-2019), Cindy Robinson (Fauna), Barbara Luddy, Colleen Collins ("Riddle Diddle", demo voice), Tress MacNeille (Merryweather)
Voiced in French by: Henriette Marion (Flora), Colette Adam (Fauna), Jacqueline Ferrière (Merryweather) (1959), Paule Emanuele (Flora), Maïk Darah (Fauna), Jeanine Freson (Merryweather) (1981)
Voiced in Polish by: Zofia Gładyszewska (Flora), Halina Chrobak (Fauna), Maria Homerska (Merryweather) (1995)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Fanny Schiller (Flora), Magdalena Ruvacalba (Fauna), Carlota Solares (Merryweather) (1959), Guadalupe Noel (Flora), Ada Morales (Fauna), Gabriela Michel (Merryweather) (2001, 2008)
Voiced in Russian by: Olga Golovanova (Fauna)
Voiced in Hebrew by: Shafraira Zakai (Flora), Sarit Sri (Fauna), Yael Perl (Merryweather)
Voiced in Swedish by: Sif Ruud (Flora), Margit Andelius (Fauna), Yvonne Lombard (Merryweather) (1959), Lill Lindfors (Flora), Agneta Prytz (Fauna), Maud Hansson (Merryweather) (1980)
Voiced in Bulgarian by: Adriana Andreeva (Merryweather)
Voiced in Malay by: Azizah Jais (Flora), Iqa Zawani (Fauna), Noriah Abd Rahman (Merryweather)
Voiced in Ukrainian by: Olena Uzlyuk (Merryweather)

Three good fairies who are also present at Aurora's birthday celebration and serve as supporting protagonists. Following Maleficent's birthday curse, the three of them take it upon themselves to hide the princess from their arch nemesis by raising Aurora as their own.

As a group

  • 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 thought to be 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.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Flora is the commander and the leader, Fauna is the joy and the laughter, Merryweather is the toughest fighter.
  • Big Entrance: A fanfare and Lord Duke, the herald and majordomo, declares "Their Most Honored and Exalted 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).
  • Brick Joke:
    • The red/pink Flora and blue Merryweather, as they decide to use magic to prepare for Aurora's birthday party, have an argument 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 Maleficent's raven Diablo to stone, which she shouldn't have been able to do, except that she--and by extension, Philip and Aurora--was quite satisfied with the result.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Invoked by Flora when the three hatch their plain to raise Aurora themselves to keep her safe from Maleficent. Flora points out that Maleficent will doubtlessly be looking for them, so she insists on removing their wings and wands to complete the illusion that they're human peasants.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: The red, green, and blue fairies.
  • Cool Old Lady: Three kind and motherly old fairies in contrast to younger and evil Maleficent.
  • 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), and Merryweather (Id).
  • The Hecate Sisters: Merryweather as the headstrong Maiden, Fauna as the gentle Mother, and Flora as the stern but wise Crone.
  • Honorary Aunt: Since the fairies' cover story is that Aurora is a foundling child they're raising as peasant women, the princess refers to them as her aunts rather than mothers.
  • In the Hood: All three wear hooded cloaks as they sneak out of the castle with little Aurora.
  • Leitmotif: They have a cheerful flute melody that can be heard in "The Gifts of Beauty and Song" and "Magical House Cleaning".
  • Mundane Utility: They use magic for everything. They use their magic wands for everything, even to stir their tea.
  • 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 Phillip 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 Mean And In Between: Sweet and naive Fauna (nice), impulsive and short-tempered Merryweather (mean), and calm and wise but occasionally bossy Flora (in-between).
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Shorter than the average human but larger than dwarves, all take the forms of sugary old ladies. They have wings but they can make those disappear. It appears they can't do magic without their wands, as Merryweather and Fauna 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 she calls them all her aunts.
  • 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 rhyme and magic work together.
  • 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.
  • Semantic Superpower: Their powers are specifically stated to only be able to "do good" and "bring joy and happiness," so they're somewhat limited in their offensive capabilities. During the climax of the film, though, they're able to use their magic to free Philip from Maleficent's castle, defend him from her goons, and even turn her raven Diablo into stone—because all of those things make Philip, Aurora, and the rest of the kingdom happy.
  • Shipper on Deck: They all gaze happily at Aurora and Phillip's Dance of Romance at the end. Fauna even starts shedding happy tears.
  • Sizeshifter: They can shrink to the size of a teacup, and grow to the size of a human just as easily.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: They have much more screen time (and dialogue) than Aurora, making some people believe that they're the protagonists.
  • Supporting Protagonist: They are the real stars of the film and basically do most of the stuff for both Aurora and to some extent, Prince Phillip, even if the story is technically about Aurora.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Flora and Merryweather specifically. After successfully hiding Aurora for sixteen years—and with only a few hours before sunset, when the timeline of Maleficent's curse will end—Merryweather suggests using magic to clean up their disastrous attempts at a birthday surprise for the princess. Though the fairies do their best to seal up the entire cottage to keep anyone from knowing they're casting spells, they forget the chimney; Flora and Merryweather then get into a silly, magic-flinging argument over what color to make Aurora's dress, which alerts Diablo the raven to their presence. Had the two simply agreed on the color and not gotten into such a petty argument, Aurora would have been safe.
  • The Weird Sisters: An unusually benevolent example, but they are a trio of magical women who meddle with human affairs.


  • Ink-Suit Actor: Her character design is modeled after her voice actress Verna Felton, Disney's favorite lady for matronly comedic women.
  • The Leader: She is the leader and strategist of the three fairies.
  • Never My Fault: When Flora and Merryweather are shooting their wands at the dress trying to turn it pink and blue, their magic hits the dress at the same time, turning half-blue and half-pink. Flora angrily exclaims, "Oh...! Now look what you've done!"
  • Not So Above It All: She acts as the leader and most mature of them, but she's not above petty arguments with Merryweather.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Though Flora herself wears more red than pink, she's the one who insists on Aurora's dress being pink. Her actress at the Disney theme parks also wears pink rather than red.
  • Red Is Heroic: She wears a red medieval-styled dress and like her fellow fairies and she is on the side of good.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: She tries sewing a beautiful dress for Aurora's sixteenth birthday, although it doesn't come out very well until she uses magic to do it.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Subtly; she pulls Merryweather back when Maleficent goes Scaled Up, and the three of them give Phillip only indirect assistance while he faces off with a dragon to save his true love.
  • Transflormation: It's suggested she has this ability, since she volunteers to turn the infant Aurora into a flower for her own protection. Merryweather is the one to point out that she'd then be vulnerable to anything that could kill a plant, like a sudden frost.
  • Tuckerization: Flora is the name of Walt Disney's mother.


  • The Ditz: She 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.
  • Emerald Power: Her main outfits are green, and she is a fairy with magical power.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: She is a bit silly, but very sweet.
  • Lethal Chef: She's clearly never been on cooking duty before. For one, she doesn't realize that eggs need to be removed from their shells before one 'folds' them into a bowl of dough.
  • Playing with Fire: She uses her wand to light the candles on Aurora's birthday cake.
  • Simple-Minded Wisdom: When the fairies are debating as to how to protect Aurora, Flora and Merryweather lament that Maleficent "knows everything" and can thus anticipate any plan they cook up. Fauna reminds them that there are a few things Maleficent doesn't know: love, compassion, and kindness. This gives Flora the insight that Maleficent would never expect them to give up magic and raise Aurora themselves, like mortal women, in peasant anonymity.
  • Team Mom: Fauna is the most excited about mothering Aurora and eagerly volunteers to take care of her as a baby. During their trip to the cottage, Fauna is the one who carries the infant and takes the time to wrap her bundle carefully.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Fauna is willing to believe that even Maleficent might have some good in her. She's wrong, but it's the thought that counts.
    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!


  • The Baby of the Bunch: Implied; she is the shortest fairy, and has black hair while the others have grey. She's the most rash and impulsive of the fairies, and Flora also treats her as if she's younger.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Merryweather is as sweet and good as the others, but she's also ruthlessly pragmatic and willing to get her hands dirty.
  • Blue Is Heroic: She wears a blue medieval-styled dress and like her fellow fairies, she is on the side of good.
  • Butt-Monkey: She 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 by hand, which means it wouldn't fit Aurora even if it were made well.
  • 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.
  • Dub Name Change: In the Latin American dub, her name is changed to "Primavera," which means "spring."
  • Good Is Not Soft: As probably the one time she is allowed to act on her temper, after Diablo hinders them one time too many, she turns the scheming crow to stone (while he's retreating no less) and is quite visibly satisfied by the lifeless statue remaining.
  • Hot-Blooded: Quick enough to anger that she repeatedly tries to go after people when it won't end well. Like Maleficent.
  • Let Me at Him!: 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: She is the shortest but also the most impulsive and short-tempered.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Her impulsiveness leads to quite a few dire situations, to the point of it being a Fatal Flaw. For starters, she really should have known better than to tell an obvious member of The Fair Folk they weren't wanted at the christening, especially since Maleficent at least acts like she wants to give them a chance to set the record straight.
  • Only Sane Woman: 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!
  • Team Chef: Possibly, since she's the only one of the three who knows that "tsp" means "teaspoon." She also mentions that "she's never baked a fancy cake" during the birthday preparation scene, hinting that she's been doing the cooking for the family for sixteen years.

    King Stefan

Voiced by: Hans Conried ("It Happens I Have a Picture", demo voice), Taylor Holmes (final cut), Corey Burton (Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams);
Voiced in French by: Jacques Berlioz (1959), René Bériard (1981)
Voiced in Polish by: Ryszard Nawrocki (1995)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Dagoberto de Cervantes (1959), Ricardo Lezama (speaking, 2001), Francisco Colmenero (speaking, 2008), Luis Miguel Marmolejo (singing, 2001 and 2008)
Voiced in Hebrew by: Shmulik Tana
Voiced in Swedish by: Ingvar Kjellson (1959), Åke Lagergren (1980)
Voiced in Finnish by: Veikko Honkanen
Voiced in Malay by: Zahisham Ujang
Voiced in Ukrainian by: Andriy Al'okhin

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

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite being a nice and debonair bloke, Stefan can be an intimidating figure when being pushed.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Matching black hair/facial 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.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: His character design is modeled after his performance model and original intended voice actor, Hans Conried.
  • Nice Guy: Stefan May be portrayed as a humble figure and loving father, but he’s also a bit hypocritical, temperamental, and overprotective, yet 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 for no good reason.

    Queen Leah

Voiced by: Verna Felton (Sleeping Beauty, possibly), Barbara Dirikson (Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams)
Voiced in French by: Jacqueline Porel (1981)
Voiced in Polish by: Maria Ciesielska (1962)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish: Rebeca Patiño (2001 and 2008)
Voiced in Hebrew by: Lilian Berto
Voiced in Swedish by: Gun Hellberg-Kjellin (1959), Gunilla Norling (1980)
Voiced in Malay by: Iqa Zawani

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

  • Advertised Extra: Just like her daughter Aurora, poor Leah doesn’t appear too much in the film either, as she does not have an active role, other than being a supporter for King Stefan and the kingdom. Not only that, she has only two lines of dialogue and ended up losing her amount of screen time to Maleficent, the fairies, and even her son-in-law, Prince Phillip.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Gender Inverted. As explained in Stefan's section, Aurora was raised by the fairies to protect her from Maleficent.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: She's a noble, fair queen, and she wears a purple gown.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Like Aurora, the Queen is gracious and kind and has hair the color of sunshine.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: 16-year-old Aurora looks only slightly shorter and slightly finer-featured than she.
  • Nice Girl: She is shown to be motherly and a kind ruler over her subjects and an overprotective mother of Aurora.
  • No Name Given: She is only ever referred to as "the Queen." In some periphery material, she is given various names, and the fandom took a shine to Leah.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To Aurora—Leah looks young enough to pass for Aurora's sister instead of her mother (see Mum Looks Like a Sister).

    King Hubert

Voiced by: Bill Thompson, Jeff Bennett
Voiced in French by: Raymond Rognoni (1959), Roger Carel (1981)
Voiced in Polish by: Stanisław Brudny (1995)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Alberto Gavira (1959), Emilio Guerrero (speaking), Juan Jiménez (singing) (2001, 2008)
Voiced in Hebrew by: Ariel Furman
Voiced in Swedish by: Bengt Eklund (1959), John Harryson (1980)
Voiced in Malay by: Zainy Sahit

Prince Phillip's jolly father who is also the king of his neighboring kingdom and is looking forward to his son's marriage to his friend's daughter in order to unite their kingdoms.

  • Adipose Rex: He's a good deal heavier than Stefan.
  • Berserk Button: Philip is his pride and joy, and apparently Hubert takes any perceived insult against his son very personally. Poor Stefan learns this the hard way as they make plans for Aurora's and Philip's Arranged Marriage. Stefan says 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". However, Hubert takes it the wrong way, mistaking Stefan’s aforementioned concern for him having a problem with Philip, leading the two kings into a tense argument to the point that Hubert tries to draw his sword on Stefan. Of course, Hubert was half-drunk at the time, and he calls it off just a minute later, after realizing what he was doing, and they share a laugh.
    "Shock?! My Phillip a shock?!"
  • Big Eater: Shown particularly when 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.
  • 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.
  • Papa Wolf: Towards his son Phillip. See the above for the shock example when he felt Stefan was disparaging him. Crosses over with Good Parents as while he is initially resistant to the idea of Phillip marrying a commoner he seems to accept pretty quickly that it's Phillip's decision and within the hour is trying to broach the idea with Stefan rather than force Phillip to marry Aurora.

    Lord Duke

Voiced by: Bill Scott ("It Happens I Have a Picture", demo voice, possibly), Hans Conried (final cut, possibly), Jeff Bennett (2007)
Voiced in French by: Maurice Nasil (1959), Marc Francois (1981)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Luis Alfonso Padilla (2001)
Voiced in Swedish by: Alf Kjellin (1959), Sture Ström (1980)

The stuffy, but loyal head messenger and majordomo of King Stefan's royal court.
  • Advertised Extra: In the original, he is only seen in the beginning when he makes the announcement of King Hubert and Prince Phillip. After this, only his voice can be heard.
  • British Stuffiness: He speaks in an uptight English accent and is very stuffy when things go wrong.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is an accident-prone servant who is shown to get involved in several mishapes like ripping his tunkhose, falling down from a bookshelf and moat, and getting headbutted by a cow.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The unnamed herald that kinda resembles him (same black hair and almost similar facial appearance) is never named or credited for a reason. Also in the credits for his official appearance of Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, even though he is technically a majordomo and a Lord, he is referred to as "The Duke". But in the segment, however, he is just referred to as "Duke".
  • Expy: He greatly resembles the Grand Duke from Cinderella. Both of these characters serve as head servants and assist their masters of their roles in politics and arrangements of the castle’s household.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: When he bends down, he accidentally rips his tunkhose, thus exposing his heart—covered boxers.
  • No Name Given: In his official appearance for Disney Princess Enchanted Tales Follow Your Dreams, he is either called "the Duke" in the credits or "Duke" in the film.
  • The So-Called Coward: He complains to Aurora that they'll never get through the forms and always worried about work not getting done. Later, due to Aurora's inexperience of magic, he is too scared to see green pigs, giant chickens and cows, and is worried about how his master and mistress would react.
  • Unexplained Accent: Despite being set in Medieval France, he speaks in a British accent, like some of the characters such as Aurora, Maleficent, and even his master, King Stefan.
    Sir Minstrel 

The court composer and maitre d' of King Stefan's royal court.

  • Advertised Extra: In the original, he has just one scene where he serves wine to the Kings and accompanying their toasts with a few lute strums. After that, he is only seen for a moment in the sequence when the Good Fairies put every single inhabitant of the castle to sleep.
  • The Alcoholic: He is shown to love wine very much, enough so that he continually sneaks sips of the 16-year-old vintage King Hubert has been saving for the day of Aurora's return while the two kings are still drinking. He even uses starts pouring the wine into his lute like a flagon while the kings are distracted by their toast.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: He is obviously the castle's court composer.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He is either called "The Minstrel" or just "Minstrel".
  • Large Ham: His alcoholism certainly brings out this aspect of his personality.
  • No Name Given: He is only ever referred to as either "The Minstrel", "The Lackey" or "The Jester".

Prince Phillip's horse.

  • Audience Surrogate: Acts as one in a couple of scenes. He scoffs and refuses to get involved when Phillip wants to investigate a mysterious voice in the woods. Then when Phillip is lured into the cottage by Maleficent, Samson winks with a lovey-dovey expression.
  • Big Eater: Implied. Phillip promises an extra helping of oats if Samson does his bidding. He also throws in carrots which he takes back after Samson throws him off.
  • Cool Horse: Gets to prove himself during the climax by carrying Phillip to Stefan's castle, all the while racing under falling boulders, over long gaps, through thorns, and even charging toward a dragon!
  • Horseback Heroism: He carries Phillip on his back to Stefan's castle to save Aurora in the climax.
  • Horsing Around: While a trusty steed, Samson is a Silent Snarker providing comic relief until the climax.
  • Nearly Normal Animal: He acts and moves like a real horse and can't talk, but appears to understand humans perfectly and is capable of responding to them through body language, such as shaking his head "no" when King Hubert asks him a question or nodding in approval when Phillip gets ready to meet Aurora.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: He serves as one to Phillip.
  • White Stallion: Samson's coat is white.


"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, Currently); Tress MacNeille (The Simpsons in Plusaversary)
Voiced in French by: Jeanne Dorival (1959), Sylvie Moreau (1981)
Voiced in Polish by: Zofia Mrozowska (1962), Ewa Smolińska (1995)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Rosario Muñoz Ledo (1959), Mayra Rojas (2001, 2008)
Voiced in Hebrew by: Yael Amit
Voiced in Swedish by: Birgitta Valberg (1959), Fillie Lyckow (1980)
Voiced in Malay by: Zairaini Sarbini
Voiced in Ukrainian by: Lidiya Murashchenko

The Mistress of All Evil.

The evil witch responsible for the curse on Aurora, Maleficent is one of the most feared and the famous of all 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 be among the coolest villains Disney has ever produced (if not the coolest), and indisputably one of the most formidable (if not the most formidable).
    • This is acknowledged by Disney itself in other media, where during Villain team-ups Maleficent often takes on a leading role (if not the leading role).
      • The most memorable of these instances is the Kingdom Hearts franchise. In the first game and second games, the Heartless (creatures of pure darkness) are commanded by her and she is the de-facto leader of the villain conspiracy seeking to rule all worlds.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The evil fairy in the fairy tale is traditionally illustrated as being old and wrinkly, which Maleficent definitely isn't and while she isn’t a Ms. Fanservice, she is an evil fairy variant of Hot Witch.
  • 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 takes a more active role in the plot and whose powers come from Hell itself. Also, in many versions of the story, the spindle/bit of flax that dooms the princess is courtesy of some harmless old woman who didn't know better while in the movie Maleficent directly intervenes in her own prophecy by hypnotizing Aurora into touching a cursed spinning wheel.
  • All-Encompassing Mantle: She wears a dramatic black and purple one.
  • 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:
    • "You poor, simple fools, thinking you can defeat me? Me, the Mistress of All Evil!"
    • "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, save Diablo. 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. In fairness to her, they're idiots.
    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: It's 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.
  • 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. After she finds out Phillip escapes the dungeon, she takes matters into her own hands and attempts to zap him with lightning, impede him by swarming the castle with thorns, and transforms into a fire breathing dragon to fight Phillip and nearly kills him. If it weren’t for the magic of the three fairies aiding Phillip, she would’ve won.
  • Dark Is Evil: She dresses in black and purple that look like flames, and is indisputably EVIL.
  • 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.
    Maleficent: (after capturing Prince Phillip): Well, this is a pleasant surprise. I set my trap for a peasant, and, lo, I catch a prince...
  • Disney Villain Death: Played with. We see her dragon form graphically impaled with Philip's sword, but she does topple off a cliff afterwards off-screen. However, we are shown the empty cloak left behind.
  • 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.
  • Deuteragonist: Is both the main antagonist and the character who gets the most screen-time other than the Three Fairies, as much of the film is devoted to her enacting her plan and the conflicts that arise from it.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: She is quite angered when her Goons inform her that they've searched every cradle in the kingdom, not knowing that Aurora would grow up. Her response is to zap them with her staff.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Diablo, her pet raven, seems to be the only creature she truly cares about, treating him as affectionately as one would expect from a pet owner. She even seems to be genuinely shocked at the sight of him being Taken for Granite.
  • 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. And she transforms into a huge 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 Sounds Deep: Maleficent has a low voice and is the Big Bad and possibly the most powerful character in the story.
  • 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.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Philip hurls the fairies' magic sword directly into her dragon form's heart, complete with (red) blood from the wound.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her inability to understand good. As pointed out by Fauna, Maleficent doesn't understand the concepts of kindness, altruism, and empathy. The Three Fairies exploit this weakness to hide Aurora away by posing as peasant women rather than using magic. As expected, Maleficent is blindsided by this and is unable to find Aurora for 16 years (though it's mostly in part due to her minions being absolute idiots and looking for a baby for 16 years). If Diablo hadn't seen Flora and Merriweather's magic fight, Maleficent's prophecy never would've been fulfilled.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She will sometimes act polite, even gracious... but it's only to soften her target up a bit before she strikes. The first and probably best example is when she pretends she's not offended at not being invited to Aurora's christening, only to curse the infant princess with death seconds later.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Horns of Villainy: She sports an impressive pair, although it's never revealed if her horns are real or simply a part of her headdress. During the climactic battle, she turns into a horned dragon.
  • Hot Witch: Unlike the Good Fairies, who are all plump, cartoonish, and matronly, Maleficent appears younger and is quite elegant and beautiful in a sinister way.
  • Implacable Woman: None of the characters can harm Maleficent directly and it requires a team (Flora enchanting Phillip's sword) to take her down.
  • 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, thunder booms, and cue Maleficent; 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 have 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.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark Feminine (manipulative and the embodiment of Dark Is Evil) to Aurora's Light Feminine (a pure-hearted princess with Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold).
  • 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 its 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 (whom 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.
  • No Body Left Behind: When she dies, which has led to certain possibilities.
    • In Kingdom Hearts this is played straight; if her remains are brought before those who have forgotten her, their returning memories can somehow restore her to life.
  • 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.
  • Weredragon: She just turns into a dragon at the end. And yes, it is awesome.
  • 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, especially right after she's cursed Aurora and when she's taunting Prince Phillip.
  • 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.
  • RevengeSVP: She wasn't invited to Aurora's christening, so she decides to ruin her life out of spite.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Sometimes does this while wielding magic, though not as often as the Good Fairies.
    Maleficent: A forest of thorns shall be his tomb;
    Bourne through the skies on a cloud of doom!
    Now go with a curse, and serve me well;
    Round Stefan's castle, CAST THY SPELL!
  • 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". Oh, and turns into a giant dragon.
  • 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.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Beside black, her color scheme is green and purple, befitting her villainous nature.
  • Shock Stick: Her Magic Staff can fire lightning bolts. She uses this power to punish her minions for failure.
  • 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.
  • Slouch of Villainy: She does this while on her imposing stone throne, tormenting her minions.
  • The Sociopath: Malfiecent is a is a textbook sociopath. She has no remorse or any concern for anyone's feelings, why else does she have no problems cursing Aurora?
  • 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: Like most Disney villains, Maleficent is burdened with an army of creatures who lack her intelligence. 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.
  • Villain Protagonist: The second most important character, behind the fairies.
  • 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)

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. His name even means "devil" in Spanish.
  • 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 safety 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.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: A raven.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Diablo shows one when he realizes he just found Aurora.
  • Sadist: He caws happily watching Meleficent's goons capturing Prince Phillip during an ambush.
  • 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.
  • Token Competent Minion: It takes Diablo a few days to locate the cottage the Fairies are hiding Aurora in. By contrast, Maleficent's soldiers never even considered that Aurora would no longer be a baby after 16 years.
  • 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, Bob Amsberry; Hans Conried (demo voice), Bill Thompson (demo voice); Jeff Gunn, Randy Crenshaw, Dennis Kyle (Legacy Collection); Dee Bradley 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 henchmen of Maleficent.

  • Beware the Silly Ones: Unlike Diablo, Maleficent's goons are quite dimwitted and absent-minded. Then again they capture Prince Phillip with no visible hard effort and when the latter tries to escape they're shown to be effectively dangerous in blocking his path. The only reason why Phillip menaged to escape is because the fairies helped him.
  • 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 be 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 of any character in the film, courtesy of Candido.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: As the image shows, all of them have this. They are the only characters in the movie who have these. Justified since they are not humans.
  • 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: What the Goons appear to be. They are all short humanoids with greenish-gray skin resembling traditional goblins. Some have pig-like snouts, others have beaks or crocodilian jaws, and some also have horns.
  • Pig Man: Maleficent's Mook Lieutenant is an humanoid pig-like monster. Another one is seen snoring when the fairies sneaks into Maleficent's castle.
  • 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 Vulture: Some of'em appears to be anthropomorphic vultures.
  • 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.