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    Ursula 
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Voiced by: Pat Carroll, and Jodi Benson while in disguise; Micheline Dax (European French dub)

Ursula is the main antagonist of The Little Mermaid and its 1992-94 spin-off television series in the saga.


  • Adaptational Badass: An interesting variant, as it's not Ursula herself who gets this in the Broadway version, but rather her necklace. In the film, it's exactly as Ursula describes it in the play—a simple, albeit magical trinket whose sole purpose is to keep Ariel's voice inside. Ursula is already plenty powerful without it and destroying it has no ill effects on her. In the Broadway version, it's basically the Evil Counterpart to Triton's trident—a sacred artifact that grants its user incredible power and is the source of all of Ursula's magic, just as the trident is the source of Triton's. It's mentioned that Ursula relies on it so much that destroying it would kill her, which she denies. The ending proves that it's true, as Ariel defeats Ursula by destroying the shell.
    • Ursula herself is this compared to the sea witch in the original fairytale. Unlike Ursula, the sea witch was not a magnificent schemer who succeeded at taking over the kingdom (albeit briefly).
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the fairy tale, the sea witch is a neutral character who, in addition to warning the mermaid of the transformation's consequences, doesn't go back on her deal with the mermaid until asked to, and never interferes directly. Likewise the Princess, the Vanessa analogue, is never cruel to the Little Mermaid, and genuinely loves the prince. In some versions she's even very fond of the Little Mermaid herself, unaware that she's acting as a romantic rival to her mute friend.
  • Adipose Rex: For a few minutes during her stint as Queen of Atlantica at the movie’s climax. This trope seems to be her ultimate life goal as well, due to her lament that she’s “wasting away to practically nothing” despite already being very, very fat and making herself even bigger once she gets the trident, combined with her desire for power and blatantly stating “the ocean will be mine!” during her Villain Song as Vanessa. While the fat part comes very easily to her, the power part takes much more effort on her part.
  • Always Someone Better: To her sister, Morgana.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Ursula was kicked out of Atlantica because she attacked King Triton and tried to seize the throne. During the TV Series, she tried to defeat Triton in the Sargasso Sea with her Octopid army.
  • Animals Hate Him: When she's disguised as Vanessa, the animals crash the wedding by attacking her.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the climax of the first film.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: How Eric finishes her off.
  • Ax-Crazy: Just check out some of her facial expressions.
  • Beauty Mark: She has one next to her lower lip, on the left side of her face.
  • Benevolent Boss: An unusual example for a Disney film; she loves Flotsam and Jetsam. Subverted in the TV series, though, but that was before.
  • Big Bad: Of both the first film and the TV series, and one of Disney's more notable examples.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Her human alias, "Vanessa".
    • Ursula is this in her regular form too. Her whole Villain Song is about helping “poor unfortunate merfolk”. Worth noting is that she is in fact responsible for getting Ariel to land, making her promise to help genuine to a degree, but after this she only tries to sabotage her making her fall into this trope.
  • Brainwashed: "Vanessa" does this to Eric.
  • Cain and Abel: In the stage version, she's Triton's sister. Unsurprisingly, she's the Cain to his Abel.
  • The Caligula: In the stage version, Ursula was Triton's sister and co-ruler. To put it bluntly, she wasn't much saner back then.
  • Composite Character: Of two characters from the original fairytale, the sea witch and (in her "Vanessa" form) the woman that the prince mistakes for his savior and marries instead of the mermaid.
  • The Conqueror: During the TV series, it's shown that sometime after her banishment she led her people, the Octopids, in a battle against the merpeople in a bid to conquer Atlantica, empowering one of her commanders with a trident more powerful than Triton's, but that failed. Ursula attempted to conquer Atlantica again by giving her Octopid army eight Dark Tridents, but that failed again.
  • Dark Is Evil: What with her Faustian overtones. A notable contrast to the original story's version of the character, who's an example of Dark Is Not Evil, even warning the mermaid of the deal's consequences.
  • Deal with the Devil: Her profession when she brings Ariel around, as the devil of course. Those "poor unfortunate souls" you see in her lair can attest to her track record.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Dark Is Evil aside, if her near-constant Psychotic Smirks, Slasher Smiles, and Evil Laughs don't tip you off, we don't know what will.
  • Drama Queen: Ursula has her moments. For example in her introduction she is lamenting that she's "wasting away" since her banishment, when she's anything but.
  • The Dreaded: Almost every creature of the sea is terrified of Ursula.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely seems to care for her eel henchmen. When they're accidentally killed by the trident, she's so horrified that she goes into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Evil Eyebrows: Let's face it, every Disney villain fits this trope, and Ursula here is certainly no exception.
  • Evil Is Hammy: "YOU POOR, UNFORTUNATE SOOOOOOUUULLLLLLLL!!!!!"
  • Evil Laugh: She does one about every five minutes.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has a deep voice, courtesy of Pat Carroll.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Just as she is about to fry Ariel alive with one huge blast of the trident, Eric stabs her with the ship's bowline, causing the trident's magic to backfire on Ursula and painfully electrocute her. She then sinks below the waters as she drags the ship with her and ultimately explodes into a gelatinous mass which then disintegrates into tiny fragments. Strangely enough, her death looks very similar to that of Jafar's.
  • Fat Bitch: In contrast to her sister in the sequel, who is Lean and Mean.
  • Fate Worse than Death: What she inflicts on the poor unfortunate souls who fail to meet the nigh-impossible terms of her contracts; turning them into miserable little polyps doomed to forever writhe helplessly in her personal garden. Thankfully, they're all set free after she's killed at the end of the film.
  • Faux Affably Evil: It's easy to forget that Ursula's crazy as they come.
  • Glamour Failure: When "Vanessa" looks in the mirror, her true identity is revealed.
  • The Hedonist: The stage version makes a case for her being this, most notably with her song "I Want the Good Times Back".
  • Humiliation Conga: As Vanessa, she gets beaten up by several land and sea animals, culminating in Eric’s dog Max biting her butt.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In the climax, when Eric stabs her with the bow of the ship.
  • Impossible Task: In true Fairy Tale Wicked Witch fashion (though, ironically, not the witch she's based on), Ursula deliberately makes the terms of her deals with mortals nearly impossible to fulfill, because she wants her clients to fail and turn into polyps. She's duly surprised and enraged when Ariel almost succeeds anyway.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Subversion; Ursula was actually based on the drag queen Divine, who was originally supposed to voice her, but died before he could even record the voice, so the role went to Pat Carroll instead. Ironically, in the Latin American Spanish dub, she's voiced by Serena Olvido, an actual drag queen.
  • Kaiju: Grows into the size of one at the final battle.
  • Kick the Dog: A literal example in her human form — she kicks Max with her shoe when the dog growls at her.
  • Large Ham: She's voiced by Pat Carroll, who takes her to levels of crazy madness that make us wonder if Pat Carroll is on something or just certifiably insane.
  • Laughably Evil: She's an over-the-top Large Ham, complains about "wasting away to practically nothing" in a direct inverse to Weight Woe, spends the majority of her Villain Song providing endless Fan Disservice by playing up her sexuality in a very Chewing the Scenery-style way. This is meant to encourage Ariel to take her deal and use those tactics herself (she doesn't). She later goes through a large number of Amusing Injuries when the heroes crash her wedding, including karma very literally biting her in the ass in the form of Max the dog. She also calls her pet eels her "poopsies". Ultimately subverted at the very end when she gets serious and goes One-Winged Angel, and tries to kill the protagonists.
  • Leitmotif: "Poor Unfortunate Souls".
  • Make My Monster Grow: In the climax, Ursula grows into a Godzilla-sized version of herself to murder Ariel.
  • Mama Bear: Ursula does not take kindly to Flotsam and Jetsam getting blasted by the trident.
  • Moment of Weakness: This cowardly and despicable tactic is Urusula's modus-operandi: What is clearly a dangerous Deal with the Devil that anyone in their right mind will reject becomes An Offer You Can't Refuse when it is warmly and enticingly handed out as the only ray of hope in your Darkest Hour of emotional despair...
  • Moving The Goal Posts: She gives Ariel three days to woo and kiss the prince. When she sees that Ariel might actually succeed, she turns herself into a beautiful young maiden and uses Ariel's own voice to hypnotize the prince into falling in love with her so Ariel won't have a chance at success.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Ursula was intending to use the trident to make a lethal blow on Eric, only for Ariel to foil her by pulling on Ursula's hair, causing the blast to accidentally hit Flotsam and Jetsam, killing them. Shocked by what has happened, Ursula mourns for her pet eels out of complete remorse, right before turning her rage towards Ariel for causing it.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Ursula throwing a monkey wrench into her deal with Ariel to usurp power is ultimately a catalyst for Eric killing her for trying to kill Ariel, which convinces Triton to overcome his hatred of humans and let Ariel stay with Eric and depart with him and the rest of his kingdom on good terms.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Most female Disney villains (and male ones too, in fact) have one of these, but few are more rich and booming than Ursula's.
  • Obviously Evil: She's a scary octopus woman who practices Black Magic and lives in the skeleton of a dead sea monster which is surrounded by many of her previous victims now turned into hapless polyps. Need we say more?
  • Oh, Crap!: "Vanessa" does one when she sees the whole flock of birds flying towards her. Ursula has one in her giant form when, as she's about to kill Ariel, she turns aside a bit only to see Eric charging at her in the ship and impaling her.
  • One-Winged Angel: Grows into a giant enemy monster version of herself at the film's climax using the trident's magic.
  • Organic Bra: Ursula's scales extend up to her bustline, though are missing from part of her back, giving the impression of a backless dress without actually wearing one.
  • Palette Swap: Vanessa's appearance is basically Ariel with the hair and eye colors changed.
  • Power Makes Your Voice Deep: Her already deep voice goes downright demonic after she uses the trident's magic to grow into a giant. This is most noticeable in the Latin American Spanish dub.
  • Rasputinian Death: First, she's impaled by Prince Eric with a ship's bow as she is about to kill Ariel with one last strike of the trident. This causes the trident to backfire on her and give her one nasty electrocution. She then sinks into the water grabbing Eric's ship with her tentacles and ultimately explodes into a gelatinous mass which then breaks into tiny fragments that restore the polyps in her garden to their former glory.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: While we never see them together, she's shown to be much more calm and collected than Morgana, suggesting that they may have had this dynamic.
  • Sanity Slippage: She becomes more and more deranged as her plan achieves more success. By the time she's got the trident in her hands and transforms into a giant monster, the little sanity she had is completely gone.
  • Satanic Archetype: Ursula was once a member of King Triton's court, but he banished her after she attempted to overthrow him.note  She made her home in a dark lair on the seafloor, where she routinely makes deals with merfolk, most of which end with her screwing her clients over, transforming them into immobile creatures, and keeping them trapped in her lair. The way she, Flotsam, and Jetsam, manipulate Ariel into signing her contract is quite reminiscent of how The Bible describes Satan tempting humans, along with the story of Satan tempting Jesus in the desert. While this is going on, she also plots to take Triton's domain. It's worth noting that Ursula looks drastically different from typical depictions of Satan, but her nemesis Triton very much looks like the typical Grandpa God.
  • Sea Monster: Wonder why she's The Dreaded?
  • Shout-Out: The climactic battle against her is heavily inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: As Vanessa sea animals crash her wedding with a slapstick routine played mostly for laughs. Particularly notable since this only happens to her in her generically pretty, feminine form.
  • Slasher Smile:
    • Near the conclusion of "Poor Unfortunate Souls" as she goads Ariel into signing, gets the cauldron boiling, and demands Ariel to "SIIIING". The Psychotic Smirk that accompanies her triumphantly clasping Ariel's voice probably should have tipped the little mermaid off to her true nature before Ursula started interfering with her own deal a few days later.
    • Vanessa, her disguise, has this when gloating about her inevitable victory (specifically, when she throws her hairpin at a mirror with enough force to knock the mirror back upon impact).
    • She does this quite a bit during the final battle.
  • Solitary Sorceress: She was banished from the Kingdom of Atlantica, but still gives magical help to "poor unfortunate souls"... with a hook in it.
  • Sore Loser: Her reaction to seeing Ariel nearly succeed in getting Eric to kiss her in the three day time limit (despite the odds) is to have Flotsam and Jetsam flip the boat over before their lips can meet, and Brainwash Eric into thinking he's in love with a disguised Ursula so Ariel can't meet the terms of their deal fairly.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the PC game Ariel's Story Studio, Ursula is still struck by Eric's ship, but she is changed into a polyp instead of being electrocuted and dying.
  • Stage Whisper: "Flotsam, Jetsam, now I've got her, boys."
  • Tentacled Terror: This cunning wicked sea witch is part octopus. Her first designs had lower bodies based on scorpion fishes and manta rays, but the designers decided to base her on an octopus instead since tentacles would add a "seductive yet scary aspect".
  • Third-Person Person: Not always, but here's a line:
    Ursula: Well, it's time Ursula took matters into her own tentacles!
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her shell is depicted as this in the Broadway version, given to her by her deceased father Poseidon. Subverted in some showings, as they occasionally portray him as simply giving it to her so that she'll leave him alone.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: As soon as she gets her hands on Triton's crown and trident, she wastes no time abusing her power.
    Ursula: NOW I AM THE RULER OF ALL THE OCEAN!! THE WAVES OBEY MY EVERY WHIM. THE SEA AND ALL ITS SPOILS BOW TO MY POWER!!!
  • Unscaled Merfolk: Being half octopus, or more accurately, an Octopid. Although, according to Classical Mythology, she could be a cecaelia.
  • Vague Age: She makes use of a Wise Old Folk Facade, suggesting she is of Triton's generation, but on the other hand she was modeled after actor Divine, who was supposed to voice her, who died at 42.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Near the end of the movie, the more Ursula's plan succeeds, the more her sanity seems to fade away. By the time she finally gets her hands on the trident and her beloved "poopsies" are disintegrated alive by a misfire from the trident, Ursula expands to monstrous proportions and pretty much loses whatever little sanity she had by that point, becoming a destructive, almost mindless rampaging beast blowing up everything in her sight.
  • Villainous Face Hold: Ursula holds Ariel's jaw with one of her tentacles and forces Ariel to look at her, whilst feigning concern for her fractured relationship with her father and her inability to be on land. She does this to better pressure Ariel to bargain with her.
  • Villainous Glutton: She even eats shrimps while they're alive.
  • Villain Song: "Poor Unfortunate Souls".
  • Wicked Witch: Also a Witch with a Capital B.
    I admit that in the past I've been a nasty
    They weren't kidding when they called me, well, a witch
  • Wise Old Folk Facade: She starts her plan to overthrow King Triton by inviting Ariel in her lair. Even though Ariel is aware of the sea witch's reputation as a traitor of the court, Ursula quickly claims in her Villain Song to have changed for the better and started helping the "poor, unfortunate souls" of the sea as if she were some kind of Fairy Godmother. Needless to say, Ursula doesn't actually care about Ariel at all, even calling her a "tramp" after the former almost keeps up the end of the bargain.
  • X-Ray Sparks: During her death scene.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Invoked. The way she transforms merfolk who can't uphold their ends of the deals and keeps them trapped in her lair. If you look closely at the contract she gives Ariel, it even explicitly mentions that she'll be giving up her soul. "Poor unfortunate souls" indeed.

    Flotsam and Jetsam 
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Voiced by: Paddi Edwards; Marc Alfos (first film), Vincent Violette (series) (European French dub)

Flotsam and Jetsam were the moray eel minions of the sea witch Ursula. They appear as the secondary antagonists in the film The Little Mermaid and the prequel television series.


    Glut, The Shark 
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An antagonistic shark that tries to kill both Ariel and Flounder.


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Second Film Antagonists

    Morgana 
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Voiced by: Pat Carroll; Micheline Dax (European French dub)

Morgana is the main antagonist in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.


  • Agony of the Feet: Err...tentacle in this case. At the climax, Melody pricks Morgana in the tentacle with the trident! Cue Morgana holding her tentacle in pain.
  • And I Must Scream: Her fate at the end of the movie, courtesy of King Triton.
  • Avenging the Villain: Which is why she attempted to have baby Melody swallowed by Undertow, because her parents killed Ursula.
  • Beauty Mark: On the right side and under her lips.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the sequel.
  • Big "NO!": When Melody gives the trident back to her grandfather.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be a caring, mother-like figure to Melody, but is only manipulating the young girl for her own selfish desires.
  • Break Them by Talking: She tries this to Melody after the latter gives her King Triton's trident.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Morgana admits to Undertow that she hates criticism when the latter constantly criticizes her.
    Morgana: STOP CRITICIZING ME! That's all my mother ever did was criticize me! It was always "Ursula" this or "Ursula" that! Or "Morgana, why can't you be more like your sister, URSULA?!" (throws a starfish at a picture of Ursula)
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Ursula. In regards to body types, Ursula was obese while Morgana is quite skinny and almost skeletal. Morgana was The Unfavorite to their mother who doted on Ursula. Ursula was completely full of herself and had loyal henchmen who served her quite well, while Morgana is frequently bickering with Undertow and suffers from a major inferiority complex. Her magic is also not as strong as Ursula's. Ursula came across as more businesslike and ultimately pressured Ariel into signing her contract, while Morgana was more informal and managed to convince Melody she was truly sympathetic to her plight. Ursula indirectly used Ariel to get Triton's crown and trident, Morgana managed to trick Melody into stealing it for her.
  • The Dreaded: Morgana terrifies everyone (especially Sebastian) when she first shows up.
    Sebastian: (panicked) URSULA'S CRAZY SISTER!
  • Driven by Envy: Implied. She wanted to steal the trident not only for ultimate power, but also to prove she was a better conqueror than her sister.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted. In her first scene, she appeared generally upset about what happened to her sister. Then, it was revealed it was just a façade and she actually loathed her sister (due to being The Unfavorite).
  • Evil Counterpart: To Melody. Both have self-esteem problems, Mommy Issues making them into "well done daughter" girls, and are based on the previous protagonist (Ariel to Melody) and antagonist (Ursula to Morgana). However, Melody is a caring and kind person who is able to repair her relationship with her mother while Morgana is heartless and vindictive who was never able to get the reconciliation she needed.
  • Evil Is Petty: Everything she does is motivated by her Mommy Issues and desire to prove herself better than Ursula.
  • Fate Worse than Death: She gets trapped into a block of ice and falls into the oceans below.
  • Freudian Excuse: When she gets the trident:
    Morgana (to the sky): SEE THAT MA?! WHO'S YOUR FAVORITE NOW?!
  • An Ice Person: Doesn't use ice to attack, but she lives by a glacier and creates an icy throne. She's also imprisoned in ice.
  • Inept Mage: None of her own magic works correctly; she has to use Ursula's magic and the Trident to be a real threat.
  • Lean and Mean: In contrast to her sister's Fat Bitch.
  • Manipulative Bitch: To Melody. Morgana is able to effortlessly manipulate Melody into stealing the trident by giving her the answers she needed while making Ariel look like the bad guy.
  • Never My Fault: Even Undertow calls her out on this, by telling Morgana she should stop blaming Ursula for her issues.
  • Noodle People: Again, contrasting with Ursula's fatness.
  • Obviously Evil: Like her sister, she too is a malevolent octopus sorceress with terrible powers, but Morgana takes it further by being far more deranged and unhinged than Ursula.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Melody successfully hands over the trident back to Triton, and then when she is going to be trapped into a block of ice for eternity.
  • Organic Bra: Her scales cover herself up in a similar fashion to Ursula's.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: In contrast to the more calm and collected Ursula, Morgana is essentially a middle-aged Emo Teen.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: While we never see them together, she's shown to be much more erratic and emotional than Ursula, suggesting that they may have had this dynamic.
  • Remember the New Guy?: A rare case wherein it's kind of justified, seeing as it's implied that Morgana's hatred of her sister was mutual, thus giving an explanation as to why Ursula never mentioned her.
  • The Resenter: Towards her sister, Ursula. One thing Morgana hates is being compared to her. She even makes a Dartboard of Hate out of a photo of Ursula.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The deleted song, "Gonna Get My Wish", shows that Morgana looked the most like her and Ursula's mother.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Ursula.
  • The Unfavorite:
    Morgana: That's all my mother ever did was criticize me! It was jalways 'Ursula this' or 'Ursula that' or 'Morgana, why can't you be more like your sister URSULA!?!'
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • When Ariel tries to explain that Morgana is lying to Melody just to get the trident, Morgana retorts back that Ariel was the one who lied to her daughter all her life. True, Morgana was lying to Melody about certain details and was only trying to get the trident, but she's not wrong about how Ariel's lies, no matter how well-intentioned, were not a good thing to do.
    • After Melody impulsively gives Morgana the trident, the sea witch reveals her true colors. And when Melody angrily states that Morgana tricked her, the witch replied that Melody only has herself to blame. While Morgana did trick Melody, she wasn't wrong about Melody only having herself to blame since she did have a chance to give Ariel the trident and only gave it to Morgana out of spite and anger towards her mother.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: The main reason Morgana hated Ursula is because their mother always praised her sister while criticizing her.
  • Wise Old Folk Facade: She uses the same trick as Ursula's to gain the trust of Ariel's daughter, Melody. In particular, she uses the last remaining magic filter of Ursula to turn Melody into a mermaid and asks her to retrieve the trident from Atlantica, so that she could extend the duration of the spell. It doesn't help they both have Mommy Issues at the time of their meeting and Morgana already tried to kill Melody as an infant twelve years earlier, only to fail and promise King Triton to find him and his precious granddaughter again in the future.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Morgana has zero moral restraints over harming Kid Hero Melody.
    • In her first scene, she threatened to have Melody eaten by Undertow if Triton didn't give her his trident. Oh, and Melody was a newborn infant at this point.
    • After obtaining the trident, she trapped Melody (with Flounder) in an ice prison while gleefully telling Melody she only has few hours before her mermaid form wears off.
    • At the climax, she didn't hesitate to hurt Melody with or without the trident.
  • You Killed My Father: Subverted. Her first scene has her enraged over the good guys killing her sister. The next scene with her has her reveal she doesn't really care for Ursula.

    Undertow, The Tiger Shark 
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Voiced by: Clancy Brown; Jacques Frantz (European French dub)

Undertow is the secondary antagonist of The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. He is Morgana's gigantic tiger shark who loves intimidating others with his size.


  • Butt-Monkey: Being magically shrunk and then many failures at having him return to his original size. Even after he succeeds in his goal, he still winds up knocked out and with all his teeth broken.
  • The Dragon: To Morgana. Of her three minions, Undertow is her main muscle and the one who will call her out on her plans.
  • Dub Name Change: In the Finnish dub, Undertow's name became Viemäri ('sewer, drainage').
  • Evil Sounds Deep: It helps that he's voiced by Clancy Brown.
  • Jerkass: Cruel, mean, and bullying.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: A small shark (thanks to the Trident's effects) who constantly argues with Morgana.
  • Threatening Shark: A tiger shark who loves intimidating others with his size.
  • Uncertain Doom: He's last seen knocked out and left behind in Morgana's lair, which later collapsed and sank. Whether he escaped or not beforehand is unknown.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • Undertow is right that Morgana can't keep blaming Ursula for her own failures.
    • When he scares off Tip and Dash, Melody wants to get them because they're friends. Undertow laughs at the idea she would consider them friends, but given that the duo ran away and left another friend to uncertain doom, he's not wrong.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Has no problem with eating Melody.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He wanted to eat baby Melody at the beginning of the sequel.

    Cloak and Dagger 
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Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker; Emmanuel Curtil (European French dub)

Cloak and Dagger are the tertiary antagonists in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. They are dark manta rays and Morgana's pets and minions.


  • Those Two Bad Guys: Like the minions they are based off of, Cloak and Dagger always work together.

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Third Film Antagonists

    Marina del Ray 
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Voiced by: Sally Field; Brigitte Virtudes (European French dub)

Marina Del Rey is the main antagonist in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning. Marina is the governess of Ariel and her sisters.


  • Ambition Is Evil: A rather unusual case in that she has no interest in replacing the figurehead, just being the attaché.
  • Ax-Crazy: Marina is definitely unhinged underneath her mask of immaturity.
  • Bald Woman: Uses a wig to cover her bald head.
  • Big Bad: Of the prequel.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Marina contrasts Ursula and Morgana in numerous ways — A mermaid who started off as a servant to King Triton, had no plans for controlling the trident only getting a promotion, was implied to be genuinely sympathetic to Ariel's plight, no magical abilities, and is still alive after her defeat.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Implied to sympathize with Ariel and her sisters on Triton's harsh measures. This doesn't prevent her from exploiting Ariel's musical desires, though.
  • Laughably Evil: She's evil, but sure is immature.
  • Meaningful Name: "Marina" is Latin for "of the sea".
  • Psychopathic Woman Child: Still an immature woman when she makes her Ax-Crazy Face–Heel Turn.
  • Punny Name: Los Angeles residents get a chuckle out of a villain named after Marina del Rey, a tiny coastal neighborhood immediately to the south of Venice Beach.
  • Villain Song: "Just One Mistake".
  • Womanchild: Marina is fairly immature despite being a grown woman. Crosses into Psychopathic Woman Child when she unleashes her electric eels.

    Benjamin, The Manatee 
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Voiced by: Jeff Bennett; Thierry Ragueneau (European French dub)

Benjamin is Marina Del Ray's sidekick, but he is much nicer than Marina.


  • Anti-Villain: Quite possibly one of the least villainous antagonists Disney ever conceived, as all he does is follow Marina around like the cute manatee he is.
  • Morality Chain: He even keeps the key to the Marina's dangerous pet eels, just in case she goes crazy.
  • Nice Guy: Benjamin is kind, merciful, and sweet.
  • Only Friend: He is Marina's constant companion.

TV Series Antagonists

    The Evil Manta 
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Voiced by: Tim Curry; Igor De Savitch (European French dub)

The Evil Manta, or just Manta, is a major antagonist who appears in the television series of The Little Mermaid franchise. Although it is unknown how old he is, he is believed to be ageless. He has the form of a giant black and purple manta ray, giving a foul presence to wherever he dwells.


  • Badass Cape: His manta wings double as an effective one.
  • Big Bad: He's set up as the main villain of the series, at least until Ursula eventually shows up.
  • The Corrupter: His first plot involves turning all the denizens of Atlantica against one another.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Implied to be heading in this direction in the last episode of the TV series after Ariel saves him from getting his brain drained.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Almost gets his own brain sucked out by his pet brain sponge.

    Little Evil 
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Little Evil is a minor character in the television series The Little Mermaid. He is the son of Evil Manta, who is a recurring villain in the series.


  • Character Development: Little Evil eventually learns to be true to himself and not be the brat his father wants him to be.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Early on, Little Evil expressed a desire to be like his evil father. After encountering Ariel, however, Little Evil ultimately proved to be good at heart with a natural sense of curiosity.
  • Hidden Depths: He develops a love of art and a desire to attend school with other Atlanticans.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: His motivation for befriending Ariel.
  • Morality Pet: To Evil Manta. Despite his evil ways, he appears to be a good father to his son.

    Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp 
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Voiced by: Joe Alaskey (Lobster Mobster); David Lander (Da Shrimp)

Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp are recurring antagonists from The Little Mermaid television series. They are bumbling con-artists and constantly antagonize Ariel and her friends. They are modeled after 1920s gangster stereotypes.


  • Brooklyn Rage: If Mobster's accent is anything to go by.
  • Jerkass: Both are mean and cruel.
  • The Mafia: They are modeled after 1920s gangster stereotypes.
  • Nice Hat: Both wear coral styled hats.

    Howling Hairfish 
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Howling Hairfish are monstrous fish that when a normal fish becomes cursed in The Little Mermaid TV series. A school of silver fish will turn a Howling Hairfish back into a normal fish. The only Howling Hairfish that speaks is Flounder who turned into a Howling Hairfish.


Comic Book Antagonists

    The Morays 
A race of moray-merpeople who appeared in the comic book story "Serpent Teen." They are led by King Cornelius, Queen Aemelia, and Princess Celia. A race of vicious hunters, their first king was defeated by Triton's father, leading to legends of the merpeople being just as vicious.

King Cornelius

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  • Evil Counterpart: To King Triton.
  • Fed to the Beast: He tries to feed Aquata to a sea monster.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: Zapping Triton and daring him to destroy his kingdom caused him to do just that.
  • Shock and Awe: He can electrify anything with his tail.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Ursula convinced him to wage war against Triton, knowing he'd fail, and claimed the body of his people's serpentine monster as her new home.

Queen Aemelia

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  • Neutral Female: While she sympathizes with Ariel and tries to persuade her family to release her, she doesn't directly help until the end.
  • Only Sane Woman: She's the only one in her family who wants to release Ariel.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Aemelia, as contrasted with her tyrant husband and bratty daughter.

Princess Celia

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  • And Call Him "George"!: Celia treats Ariel like some exotic pet with no rights.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: She's tortured with Scuttle's awful singing.
  • Evil Counterpart: Celia represents Ariel at her worst. She's hostile and rude to her parents, self-centered and cruel, and persists in getting whatever she wants.
  • Royal Brat: She's rude and controlling to both her parents, but mostly to her mother.
  • Shadow Archetype: She's what Ariel would be if she only did what she wanted.
  • Shock and Awe: She can electrify anything with her tail.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Figuratively and literally. Celia reveled in watching Ariel's sister, Aquata, swimming for her life in a caged maze from a sea monster trying to eat her, all for public amusement and to blackmail Ariel.
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