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Tiana

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Click here for her frog form 

Voiced by: Anika Noni Rose
Appearances: The Princess and the Frog | Sofia the Firstnote 
Appearances in alternate continuities: Ralph Breaks the Internet

Born in New Orleans in an all-black neighborhood, she has had a talent for cooking since she was younger and aspires to own a restaurant. She meets the exiled Prince Naveen, turned into a frog by voodoo magic, who presumes a kiss from Tiana will break the spell upon him. However, she too is turned into a frog, and together the two then try to get out of the bayou and back to New Orleans.

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


  • '20s Bob Haircut: In the "Almost There" montage she sports this style.
  • The Ace: Tiana is a talented singer, cook, waitress, manager, carpenter, and mason, having worked her tail off to get the money for her restaurant and refurbished it by hand to create an instant sensation in New Orleans.
  • Action Girl: As a frog, she destroys Facilier's amulet and kicks the frog hunters' butts. The most active of any character in the movie save perhaps the alligator.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In The Frog Prince, the female lead is a princess whose worst worries are getting her ball out of a pond and having to deal with her promise to a frog. In this adaptation, Tiana is a workaholic bordering on a nervous collapse because she feels that if she doesn't achieve her dream of owning her own restaurant, she will let down her dead father (who shared the same dream and, in fact, inspired her). She also seems aware of what her friends, family, and the town in general thinks of her devotion to her dream and it gets to her.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Her best friend, Charlotte, calls her "Tia".
  • All Work vs. All Play: All work vs Naveen's all play. It's literally all work; she doesn't even sleep.
  • Almost Kiss: During "Ma Belle Evangeline" with Naveen.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a beautiful young lady with plenty of spunk, but she's more than capable of handling herself, and takes on an Action Girl role as the movie goes on.
  • Badass in Charge: Gets her dream to own her own restaurant and becomes more of a badass along the way.
  • Baleful Polymorph: She really doesn't like the idea of being a frog.
  • Battle Couple: She and Naveen fight the redneck frog hunters together.
  • Bewitched Amphibians: The premise of the movie is based on The Frog Prince.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's certainly more savvy and sensible than Naveen and Charlotte.
  • Break the Cutie: Goes through a lot in the film. First, her dreams of getting her restaurant are crushed and then she is led to believe Naveen betrayed her, leading her to the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Brutal Honesty:
    • Has no problem laying some hard truths on Naveen.
    • Winds up doing the same to Ray later on in the film, when she's devastated over thinking Naveen has betrayed her, and turned human to marry Charlotte while leaving her alone as a frog. Ray begins to tell him that he and Evangeline will make it right, prompting Tiana to angrily interrupt him and tell him Evangeline is nothing more than a star, not a firefly, and that he's being blind and foolish. Gets inverted when Ray thinks she's just lashing out from being brokenhearted, and he winds up as a star in the sky next to Evangeline after his death.
  • Butt-Monkey: She can't seem to catch a break. She's knocked into a table, transformed into a frog, literally tongue-tied to Naveen and caught by frog hunters, among other things.
  • Career Versus Man: Tiana is initially dedicated to ignoring the possibility of romance (and everything else) in favor of her pursuing dream of opening her own restaurant. When push comes to shove, she concludes that sacrificing her newfound love for Naveen in order to achieve her goal alone wouldn't be worth it — but that doesn't mean she gives up on her goal, simply that she expands it to include him:
    Tiana: My dream wouldn't be complete... without you in it.
  • Character Development: She loosens up and focuses on what other things she needs out of her life instead of just having a restaurant and doing right by her father's memory.
  • Character Tics: Tiana squints one eye when she cringes.
  • Childhood Friends: With Charlotte. The first scene in the movie is the two of them as children listening to a story.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Mama Odie tries to tell her to look at what she needs instead of what she wants during the "Dig A Little Deeper" song. Tiana, however, interprets it a little differently.
    Odie: Do you understand now, miss froggy?
    Tiana: Yes! I just need to dig a little deeper and work even harder to get my restaurant!
    Odie: Sigh. [Face Palm]
  • Cool Crown: She dons four during her movie, and went on to become one of the few princesses to always wear one in merchandise.
  • Daddy's Girl: Facilier tries to exploit this convincing her that working with him would fulfil her father's dream. It backfires on him when she realizes what her father would truly want.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Hits it hard after she thinks Naveen betrayed her and became human without her.
  • Determinator: In her quest for getting her restaurant she works herself to the bone.
  • Dish Dash: Her waitressing skills are impressive.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: A staunch believer of this: "I've worked hard for everything I've got" from one song and "I'm almost there" in another.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: By marrying Naveen and becoming a princess, their kiss turns them both back to humans.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress:
    • Perhaps the most on-the-nose example, since Tiana's one of the only Disney Princesses not from the "fairytale gown" era of fashion as we know it, but also one of the few who really got a decked-out wedding dress in her movie.
    • She's also one of two Disney Princesses to have more than one wedding dress: the green and white gown at Mama Odie's wedding ceremony, and another gown for the church wedding with their families.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Downplayed. She's a fantastic cook and while she's not a tomboy she's not interested in domestic pursuits or dancing.
  • The Final Temptation: In the climax, Facilier offers her a vision of what her restaurant could be like, if she gave him back his talisman. He sweet-talks her into it, adding how everyone shunned her for working hard and how nobody believed in her, but in the end she doesn't fall for it.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She and Naveen start to get along after they fight the redneck frog hunters together.
  • Foil:
    • To Naveen: he is lazy and purposeless, but also relaxed, where she is dedicated, hard-working and wound a little too tightly.
    • To Charlotte: where Charlotte is ditsy, rich, and spoiled, Tiana is level-headed but poor and hard-working.
    • To Dr. Facilier: they both want to be successful, but Facilier is motivated by greed and spite where Tiana is driven by hope and ambition. Also, Facilier depends heavily on others, while Tiana strives to be independent.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: When Naveen initially arrives to New Orleans, he tries to woo Tiana while she's cleaning tables, but she ignores him.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: With Naveen, as frogs. It's implied a little more time passed before their wedding as humans.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She wore them as a kid when she was more carefree.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Works herself to exhaustion in order to move up in the world and become a business owner.
  • Gorgeous Garment Generation: When she's finally transformed back into a human, a wedding dress appears.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted. While she suffers a few disappointments over the movie, ultimately she refuses to take Facilier's offer of the easy, magical way out. In the end, even after she marries Naveen, and he reconciles with his filthy-rich family, it's still her money, the coffee cans full of the cash she scraped together from her tips from three jobs, that gets her that building. All it takes is a stare from her new alligator best friend to get those bankers to accept the original offer. It's possible the extra money is only used to help fix the place up, but even then Tiana and Naveen do all the physical labor by themselves.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: With Naveen initially, she very much has this attitude. The tongue wrapping thing gave the other impression.
  • Heroic BSoD: Briefly after she loses her restaurant, she becomes stoic and stale.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Charlotte. They have been best friends since childhood and they repeatedly show they care about each other as if they were sisters.
  • High Class Gloves: Her magical wedding dress comes with long gloves.
  • I Can't Dance: She never has before but she learns pretty quickly, especially considering she is a frog at the time.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Tiana bears more than a slight resemblance to Anika Noni Rose.
  • It Runs in the Family: Tiana apparently inherited her passion for cooking from her father, who passed his skills onto her when she was little.
  • "I Want" Song: "Almost There", though unlike many of the others, she wants something specific (a restaurant) and has already worked hard to get it by the time she bursts into song.
  • Lonely at the Top: In Facilier's vision, Tiana may have the restaurant she always wanted, but Naveen (nor anyone else she knows) isn't there to share it with her. Once Facilier shows her a memory of her father, she realizes he may not have realized his dream, but he was happy being with his family nonetheless. And in the end, when she does realize her dream, she does it together with Naveen, averting this trope.
  • Love Epiphany: During "Ma Belle Evangeline" with Naveen, but she immediately becomes awkward and distant and tries to repress it.
  • Modest Royalty: Post-royal marriage, she dresses in old work clothes and takes a hands-on approach to fixing the restaurant.
  • Nice Girl: One of the most cheerful and level-headed characters in the movie.
  • Odd Friendship: With Charlotte. Tiana is a down-to-earth waitress from a poor family who only thinks about working and Charlotte is a loud, over-dramatic, ditzy, Spoiled Sweet dreamer. Despite their differences, they are lifelong best friends. This is especially heartwarming and notable given the time period, when the racial schism was becoming prominent once more.
  • Official Couple: With Prince Naveen, who becomes her husband at the end.
  • Older Than They Look: It would initially seem that she's in her twenties, since she acts rather mature for a Disney princess and also works a fulltime job as a waitress. The "A Hidden Gem" book, which is about her twentieth birthday, indirectly reveals that she was nineteen during the events of the movie.
  • One of the Boys: During his Digging Yourself Deeper moment, Naveen refers to her as "one of the guys", clearly offending her.
  • Only Sane Woman: Unlike Naveen, she realizes that making a deal with Facilier is immensely stupid. She also doesn't believe in wishing on stars (unlike Charlotte), and the fact that she does so at one point is a sign of how desperate she is, emotionally.
  • Opposites Attract: With Naveen. She's a Workaholic, no-nonsense waitress who has worked hard all her life to get what she wants, while he's a fun-loving, lazy prince who has had everything he ever wanted given to him until his family cut him off.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Has the most dresses out of all the princesses in their main movies, despite being out-pimped by her best friend.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: As a frog she can still kick ass. See Action Girl.
  • Plucky Girl: Exhibit A is her impressive work ethic while remaining cheerful.
  • Poor Communication Kills: She has a habit of making erroneous assumptions (such as what Mama Odie meant with "dig a little deeper", or immediately deciding Naveen must have betrayed her when she sees his impostor marrying Charlotte).
  • Positive Discrimination: With all the controversy surrounding being the first black Disney Princess, and simply being a Disney Princess at that, Tiana was really pushed as a self-reliant and sufficient character. This ended up playing a role in her development throughout the movie.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: During the finale of the film:
    Tiana: I got news for you, Shadow Man. It's not slime! It's MUCUS!
  • Pretty in Mink: During "Almost There", and Facilier's eerie visualization of this dream in the climax, she wears a white fox fur boa as an accessory to her glamorous white dress (befitting an owner of an upper-class diner).
  • Prim and Proper Bun: The hairstyle she wears throughout the film (as a human, at least) because of her work ethic. No impractical fashion styles for her.
  • Rags to Royalty: Double Subverted. Tiana marries Naveen and officially becomes a princess by marriage, but she doesn't get the royal treatment and instead opens up her own restaurant with Naveen. She's still implied to be fabulously wealthy at the end; she's just the same humble, hardworking woman she's always been.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Charlotte (more passionate) and Naveen's (more fun-loving) red.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Her hands-on approach to creating her restaurant after her royal marriage showcases this.
  • Self-Made Woman: She is a business owner after the climax; the building was bought with her money and fixed up with her (and her husband's) labor.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Her formal green princess dress doesn't cover much of the back.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Her blue dress is simpler than Charlotte's big pink ones but still obviously high quality.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Tiana doesn't fall for Naveen at first because of his lazy and immature attitude. Things start to change after he saves her from a couple of frog hunters. After that, she starts to genuinely like him for his funny, innovative, and truly kind nature.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Tiana doesn't run into any slapstick at all... when she's human. As soon as she turns into a frog, she along with Naveen get tossed around for laughs, fall over, all kinds of the sort of goofy situations one could stick into a swamp setting.
  • The Southpaw: The voice actress specifically requested Tiana be left-handed, like herself.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: In the chapter book continuation of the film, The Stolen Jewel, it is revealed both Tiana (and Naveen) hold the ability of communicating with animals, having kept that ability from their time as frogs.
  • Straight Man: To Naveen and Louis.
  • Supreme Chef: Her parents said that Tiana had a gift for making things taste great ever since she was a toddler. By the time of the main story, she can create a dinner from scratch in mere seconds and manages to improve Mama Odie's... interesting-looking gumbo. It's also implied that she created the well-loved beignet recipe at the diner she works for, as Lottie pays Tiana rather than the chef, and her restaurant is an instant success once it opens.
  • Title Character: The "princess" in the movie's title refers to her.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Her favorite condiment is Tabasco sauce.
  • True Blue Femininity: The dress she wears at Charlotte's party, the elegant princess gown that contrasts her working-girl yellow peasant dress.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: She (a hardworking, workaholic Only Sane Woman) falls for Naveen (an immature prince who loves to party).
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: The critical half to the lazy Naveen.
  • Workaholic: Perhaps her Fatal Flaw as she got close to running herself into the ground, but with little regard for friends or fun.
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    Prince Naveen 

Prince Naveen

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Voiced by: Bruno Campos
Appearances in alternate continuities: Ralph Breaks the Internet

"The only thing I know, is that one minute I am a prince, charming and handsome, cutting-a-rug, and the next thing I know...I am tripping over these."

The prince of Maldonia. Naveen is a ne'er-do-well and playboy who has been cut off from his family's riches until he learns the value of responsibility.


  • Adorkable: Oh, yes. For his The Casanova front, Naveen's lack of experience in the real world and his growing devotion to Tiana are heartwarming of their own.
  • All Work vs. All Play: All Play to Tiana's All Work. He's never had to work in his life.
  • Almost Kiss: During "Ma Belle Evangeline" with Tiana.
  • Ambiguously Bi: In Ralph Breaks the Internet, he has no problem giving a True Love's Kiss to a comatose Ralph to wake him up. After kissing him, he gives him one of his signature flirtatious smiles.
  • Ambiguously Brown: While "Naveen" is popular as a masculine Indian name, his accent and the overall flavor of the Maldonian language somehow lands on both the west and east of the Atlantic. Let's keep it short and say that "ambiguous" is the right word.
  • Amusing Injuries: "I am Prince Naveen!" *smack* "...Of Maldonia."
  • Angel Face, Demon Face: He starts off the movie as a smarmy pretty boy. By the end of the movie, there is that subtle change to the artwork to indicate that he has grown from the experience into a better person than he started out.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Surprisingly for a kids' film, Naveen expresses a worldview among these lines during the song "When We're Human".
    Naveen: Life is short, when you're done, you're done! We're on this earth to have some fun!
  • Aroused by Their Voice: One of the reasons why his voice actor was chosen was because the female staff at the Disney studio found his voice sexy.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Unwillingly transformed but he has less of a problem with it than Tiana does. He doesn't mind the mucus.
  • Battle Couple: With Tiana, since they fight the redneck frog hunters together.
  • Break the Haughty: Cutting him off was supposed to do this to him, but the true kicker is the admission that he "doesn't know how to do anything." Even turning into a frog doesn't bother him unduly.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's a polyglot, decently educated in science (frog biology at the minimum), and can adapt impressively well to being a frog for a guy that has spent his life being waited on hand and foot. The real reason his parents disowned him was his laziness.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gets hurt a lot over the course of the movie. It's all done in the name of humor, of course.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: After falling for Tiana he becomes awkward whenever he tries to say anything.
  • The Casanova: Introduced charming the locals, and Faciler's song includes partying with ladies.
  • Catchphrase: Naveen exclaims "Achidanza" when surprised or impressed, a Maldonian word meaning "cool" according to some of the Disney tie-in books.
  • Character Development: He becomes much more of a hard worker and gets a better understanding of normal people. He also becomes more self-sufficient.
  • Chick Magnet: Has a lot of girls swooning over him.
    • In his first scene, Naveen is able to win the affections of a couple of girls he meets when he arrives in New Orleans.
    • Charlotte has the obvious hots for him.
    • Even in frog form, he manages to effortlessly charm a couple of butterflies during "When We're Human".
    • Tiana is initially turned off of him because of his bratty, spoiled personality. It's not until he shows his more humble and sensitive side that she reciprocates.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He may be a womanizing charmer, but he is also a gentleman. As examples for both, his first interaction with Tiana is trying to woo her as he's partying, but she isn't interested in the slightest. He simply respects her decision and moves on.
  • Cultured Badass: Coming from a royal upbringing, Naveen is used to things such as high-quality cuisine and other luxuries, while also having quite the taste for music, especially jazz. Over the course of the movie, he starts getting more experience under his belt, to the point where he and Tiana manage to take out the frogcatchers and he puts up a fight against Dr. Facilier.
  • Deal with the Devil: Shaking Faciler's hand was supposed to solve his money problems. Instead it got him turned into a frog.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: As shown when he tries to tell Tiana his feelings.
    Naveen: You have had quite an influence on me, which is amazing because I have dated thousands of women and- [Tiana looks annoyed] uh, no, like, two, three- er, just other woman! And anyway, listen, you could not be more different, you know, you are- you are practically, aheh, one of the guys! [Tiana looks affronted] Nonono, you are not a guy! Let me begin again. Uh- [stumbles and falls to the floor along with the food] I... am not myself tonight.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Naveen explains the joke he makes after he accidentally causes Lawrence to get his head stuck into a giant tuba.
    Naveen: It's perfect. You're finally getting into the music! Do you get my joke? Because your head is, it is in the tuba!
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Tiana after they fight the redneck frog hunters together.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: When Naveen initially arrives, he tries to woo Tiana while she's cleaning tables, but she ignores him. He fails to recognize her when they meet again at the party.
  • Gold Digger: He only wants to marry Charlotte so he can become rich again. That is, of course, before he develops true feelings for Tiana.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Maldonia is Achidanza.
  • Handsome Lech: The reason Tiana can't stand him at first. "Chasing chamber maids in your... ivory tower!"
  • The Hedonist: This is the reason his parents disowned him; "Your lifestyle's high" as Faciler puts it.
  • Heroic Build: In human form, which is one reason girls fall over him. One wonders how he developed it while being lazy.
  • Hidden Depths: He displays resourcefulness, adaptability, scientific knowledge, and multilingual knowledge, plus a willingness to learn. To say nothing of his musical talents, which mainly enhance his image as a himbo at first. Combine this with the fact that a lot of his behavior is used as a mask to hide deep insecurities about not knowing how to do anything for himself due to his parents spoiling him most of his life and then kicking him out, and he almost goes straight into woobie territory.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: To both his valet and Dr. Facilier.
    Naveen: He was very charismatic!
  • Impoverished Patrician: His parents are still wealthy but they disowned him, thus making him a poor prince.
  • Innocently Insensitive: This is mostly shown with his treatment of Lawrence, who he had no idea feels so much resentment towards him.
  • It Was with You All Along: The kiss of a princess breaks the curse, and technically, any woman he marries becomes a princess.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Near the end he makes a deal with Charlotte to marry her in exchange for the money for the sugar factory for Tiana.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Starts off as a womanizing jerk and then matures later in the film. And even before his Character Development, he's still a decent person given his earlier scene with dancing and befriending a boy despite mistreating Lawrence. He also saves Tiana from frog hunters later.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Towards Tiana; the first woman out of "thousands" that he's serious about.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: At first no, his jaw does not reflect any heroism, but he grows into it.
  • Large Ham: Check out his Big Entrance; all that press and starting a banjo concert.
  • Love Epiphany: During "Ma Belle Evangeline" he realizes he loves Tiana.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Guy: He's a carefree fun guy who helps Tiana loosen up and enjoy life. Conversely, she helps him become serious.
  • Millionaire Playboy: The reason his parents cut him off is not just that he wasted their money on meaningless dates and parties, but that he has learned pretty much nothing when it comes to doing things on his own.
  • Mock Millionaire: His parents cut him off because of his spending habits, yet he still pretends to be well-off in order to marry a rich woman.
  • Modest Royalty: Initially no, but his parents cutting him off and his relationship with Tiana humble him.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's on top of being suave and flirtatious, he's very good-looking, and he knows it. According to commentary on the film, his voice actor was determined by the amount of positive female feedback he got from his voice.
  • Nice Hat: As a human, he wears a cream-colored hat.
  • Official Couple: With Tiana, who becomes his wife.
  • Opposites Attract: With Tiana. He's a fun-loving, lazy prince who has had everything he ever wanted given to him until his family cut him off, while she's a Workaholic, no-nonsense waitress who has worked hard all her life to get what she wants.
  • Pretty Freeloader: Best summed up in a line that was understandably cut from the film:
    Naveen: I do not take advantage of women... I only give them pleasure.
  • Prince Charmless: Downplayed example. He's certainly good-looking and charming (at least on the surface), but he's also pretty irresponsible, lazy, and a womanizer who at first only intends to marry Charlotte to be rich again. However, he is still pretty decent and sheds his worse qualities through Character Development.
  • Really Gets Around: He may be exaggerating when he says "thousands", but it's safe to say he was very popular back home and initially has no problem with flirting with various women and breaking their hearts before settling down with Charlotte.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Tiana's blue; he's much more impulsive and outgoing about his passions than Tiana.
  • Reformed Rakes: A former lazy womanizer becoming a devoted husband.
  • Rich Bastard: Before he's turned into a frog and subjected to Break the Haughty, he's a hedonistic, irresponsible womanizer who uses his charms just to have fun.
  • Royal Blood: "You come from two long lines of royalty..."
  • Royal Brat: Brat is a strong word, but he was pretty spoiled as a child and became a rather self-indulgent adult.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: At the very beginning, he's not at all shy about performing. It's taken further through his Character Development, as he's shown to be resourceful when turned into a frog and is also surprisingly quick to utilize the abilities his frog form grants. After the climax, he helps Tiana renovate the sugar factory and waits tables during the grand opening.
  • Secondary Character Title: Naveen is the "Frog".
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: He doesn't know how to take care of himself because others have always done that for him. Around the middle of the movie, he becomes pretty bummed when he acknowledges this. Tiana feels for him and helps teach him how to cook (well, as best as they can since they are in frog form).
  • Shrinking Violet: When he falls for Tiana, he becomes shy and awkward.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Adapts much faster to frog form than Tiana, despite his sheltered upbringing.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: In the chapter book continuation of the film, The Stolen Jewel, it is revealed that both Naveen and Tiana hold the ability of communicating with animals, having kept that ability from their time as frogs.
  • Talented Princess, Regular Guy: Gender Flipped; Prince Naveen speaks more than one language and can play jazz music while Tiana is the snarking commoner, but she's quite talented herself.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Is a tall, black-haired, and very handsome man.
  • Title Character: The "frog" in the movie's title refers to him.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: By the end of the film, Naveen knows the value of hard work.
  • Uptown Guy: For Tiana: Prince and Waitress.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Implied in a scene (when they are frogs and they are inside a tree) when you can hear Tiana hitting him, and you don't hear him strike back.

Allies

    Charlotte "Lottie" LaBouff 
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Voiced by: Jennifer Cody, Breanna Brooks (as a child)

"Oh, Tia, honey, did you see the way he danced with me? A marriage proposal can't be far behind. Thank you, Evening Star!"

A wealthy Southern débutante and Tiana's best friend since childhood.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Her best friend, Tiana, calls her "Lottie".
  • Beauty Mark: Deliberately invoked when she puts on a false one with a pen in her debut scene.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: She's basically an animated Marilyn Monroe.
  • Childhood Friends: With Tiana. They have been best friends since they were children.
  • Daddy's Girl: A great relationship with Daddy LaBouff.
  • Dumb Blonde: None too bright and easy to fool; when hiring Tiana, she hands her a wad of cash.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Look at her closet; she's a full-hearted believer.
  • Expy:
    • John Lasseter worked on this movie, and he continuously slipped in references to Hayao Miyazaki. In Howl's Moving Castle (and the book it was inspired by) there's a pretty, airheaded blonde who's a good friend to the female lead: her name is Lettie.
    • Lottie was also partially inspired by Betty Boop.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Almost goes through with this with Lawrence disguised as Naveen, whom she almost marries after a couple of days of talking.
  • Gainaxing: When she readjusts her dress, something bounces.
  • Genki Girl: In most of her scenes she's energetic and excited.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She may be a Dumb Blonde with oodles of cash and a father who'll give her absolutely anything she wants, but her heart is definitely in the right place — after Tiana's outfit gets soaked, Charlotte gives her one of her own dresses to wear instead. At the end, she wholeheartedly agrees to kiss frog Naveen so he and Tiana can return to human form, even if it means Naveen will be with Tiana rather than her.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tiana since childhood. Tiana means so much to her that Charlotte won't hesitate to give up her chance to make her own dreams come true so that Tiana can be happy.
  • Hidden Depths: You might think she's a standard Spoiled Brat... however, she turns out to be a lot more sweet.
  • Honorary Princess: Every time Big Daddy Labouff is elected king of the Mardi-Gras in New Orleans, his daughter Charlotte is a princess over the course of this day. It counts, much to the surprise of Tiana and Naveen, and that's why Charlotte has the power to give them back their human form with a kiss.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: When she thinks Prince Naveen won't attend her party, she breaks down in unattractive tears that cause her make-up to run.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Is blue-eyed and pretty naive as to how the world works due to how spoiled she is in addition to being Locked Out of the Loop for much of the movie.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Her original deal with Naveen was to marry him and pay for the sugar factory, but after seeing how happy Naveen and Tiana are together, she decides to help them without reward.
  • The Jail Bait Wait: She makes a joke about this during the climax while dancing with Naveen's brother, Ralphie.
    Charlotte: Who'd have thought the prince had a younger brother. How old did you say were again?
    Ralphie: I'm six and a half.
    Charlotte: [rolls eyes] Well, I waited this long!
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: She may be a fool, but she's always kind and generous. The only one she bosses around is Big Daddy.
  • Large Ham: For her princess mode, she brings her own sparkles to create that enchanted atmosphere.
  • Meal Ticket: Naveen and Lawrence only intend to marry her because of her money.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother isn't in the story.
  • Ms. Fanservice: We always see Lottie wearing dresses that show her shape.
  • Naïve Everygirl: She's extremely romantic and naive and has the personality of a fairy tale heroine.
  • Nice Girl: She's selfless and kind, willing to sacrifice her own happiness for Tiana's.
  • Odd Friendship: With Tiana. Charlotte is a loud, over-dramatic, ditzy, Spoiled Sweet dreamer and Tiana is a down-to-earth waitress from a poor family who only thinks about working. Despite their differences, they are lifelong best friends.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: She has a closet full of them; Tiana's mom was hired to make them for her.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Her primary role is to be Tiana's funny best friend who will keep the audience laughing with her over-the-top antics.
  • Princess Phase: Charlotte is firmly in this stage when we see her and Tiana as young girls in the opening—her room filled to the brim with pink frilly dresses, tiaras, and fairytale accessories while she moons over a fairytale read by Tiana's mother. Flash forward fifteen or so years...and nothing's changed.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: All her outfits, except the blue dress she lends Tiana, are in pink (although pink for a girl's color wasn't that common before World War II).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Tiana's blue. Where Tiana is level-headed and serious, Charlotte is energetic and outgoing.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: She is Tiana's foil in this regard — extremely rich, but little work ethic.
  • Settle for Sibling: After she gives up on Naveen so he can be with Tiana, she (at least jokingly) toys with the idea of marrying Naveen's brother instead. He's six and a half.
  • Shipper on Deck: Lottie willingly passes on her dream to marry a prince when she realizes how much Tiana and Naveen love each other. Given how she's rather clueless for most of the movie, this is saying quite a lot.
  • Sleep Mask: Showing her high "class".
  • Southern Belle: She has the accent and dress style.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Aside from a couple of rude moments from frustration, she's otherwise very nice. When Tiana spills food during a hectic moment, Charlotte immediately recognizes that it was an accident, goes upstairs with Tiana to help her wash up, and even lends Tiana one of her own princess dresses to cheer her up. There is a reason that she's the image on the page. She's the Proclaimed Princess of the Spoiled Sweet.
  • Squee!: She has this reaction over a newspaper report that Prince Naveen is coming to town, complete with clutching the newspaper to her chest and leg-flailing.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: She has wanted to fall in love with a prince and become a princess since she was a little girl.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She looks lovely, but her dad is not that ugly enough.
  • Vocal Dissonance: She has a mostly squeaky voice that drops when whenever she gets too excited or is trying to be seductive.
  • Womanchild: The princess fantasies she's had from childhood look odd on someone her age, especially with her other habits of crying and throwing tantrums to her father when she doesn't get her way.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: When she cries after the prince didn't show up, but she clears it up in seconds.

    Louis 
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Voiced by: Michael-Leon Wooley

"Louis would give anything to play jazz with the big boys!"

A friendly, neurotic, trumpet-playing alligator whose dream is to become human so he can join a jazz band.


  • Acrofatic: He's a 300-pound alligator, but can be surprisingly graceful, as shown during the "When We're Human" scene. This is Truth in Television to an extent, as gators and crocs are much more agile than most people would be inclined to believe, considering their impressive size.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Nice and goofy he may be, but don't forget he's an alligator.
  • Big Eater: When Tiana tells him about the restaurant be begins listing off various dishes he wishes to try, and if Naveen didn't interrupt him, he would have kept going.
  • Big Fun: Very big and loves music.
  • The Big Guy: In a group of fireflies and frogs, he's the most imposing.
  • Carnivore Confusion: Despite being an alligator, he doesn't seem to like eating frogs.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may be goofy and sweet-natured, but when push comes to shove, he's still a freaking alligator, something he uses to his advantage a few times throughout the movie.
  • Fat Idiot: He's big and none too bright, and he gets lost easily.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic. Though kind and generally polite, he becomes the most wound-up in the face of danger, and almost doesn't join the adventure for fear of going into the deeper parts of the bayou.
  • Gentle Giant: For being so big and strong he's a Nice Guy.
  • Large Ham: Hardly is there a sentence that comes out of his mouth that isn't dripping with over-the-top enthusiasm
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He'd much rather be friendly and be part of the band, but when one of his True Companions is on the line, he will literally drop everything and be the big scary 'gator that his friends need him to be.
  • Mighty Roar: When he's trying to be intimidating, he lets off an impressive crocodylian bellow.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: He's way more distraught over getting spines from a sticker bush caught in him than you'd expect an alligator to be.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He doesn't like hunting and eating frogs; he'd rather play the trumpet.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Louis Armstrong, and lampshaded when he mentions Louis Armstrong at one point.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Averted due to being a very friendly alligator. It should be noted alligators are not as aggressive as crocodiles nor look as menacing, hence gators getting more positive portrayals in media than crocs.
  • Nice Guy: Unlike his fellows alligators, he's friendly and dreams of being a great musician. He also bonds immediately with Tiana and Naveen, especially with the latter.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: For Tiana and Naveen who use him to scare the bank into keeping their word.
  • No Sense of Direction: As Ray says, "Never take directions from a gator."
  • Reluctant Monster: An alligator that doesn't like the alligator lifestyle. In the original draft, he was a human who was transformed into a gator by a curse. He'll drop the "reluctant" part if his friends are in danger.
  • Shipper on Deck: He aids Ray’s serenade that brings Tiana and Naveen together by playing his trumpet.
  • Static Character: He's the only main character who goes through no notable changes and makes no major sacrifices. Worth noting is, Louis realizes in the same vein as Tiana and Naveen that what he wants - to become human in order to play jazz music - doesn't necessarily correlate to what he needs. Unlike the other two, however, he sticks with this to the end, in that he eventually gets to join a band and play at Tiana's restaurant even while still being an alligator.
  • Talking Animal: Averted. He can't talk to humans.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: Somewhat implied. He never eats an animal onscreen, but it's never really made clear exactly what he does eat. He mentions wanting to eat some human foods, but that is in context with him wanting to become a human entirely.
  • You Need a Breath Mint: According to Ray, who remarks that his breath is toxic.

    Ray 
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Voiced by: Jim Cummings

A Cajun firefly who knows Mama Odie and is in love with the Evening Star, which he believes is another firefly named "Evangeline".


  • Almost Dead Guy: After being stepped on, he has time for a few words before going out.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: When he dies, a star next to Evangeline shines into existence. This makes him "The Second Star to the Right."
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Just ask the Friends on the Other Side that he zapped.
  • Bloodless Carnage: After the Shadow Man steps on him, with an audible crunch, he's still pretty much whole, and even manages to deliver a Final Speech before he passes on.
  • Character Death: Poor ol' Ray was the first Disney hero since Mufasa to suffer this fate at the hands of a villain. It's bittersweet since he turned into a star after dying.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: He is stepped on by Dr. Facilier, complete with audible squish.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Phlegmatic. Perceptive and generally just plain sweet, he's always willing to give a helping hand, but at the risk that he can be a bit naive at times.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He's happy when his light goes out. Did he know about the ascension?
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Acts like this when he accuses Prince Naveen of being in love with Evangeline.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He wipes out the shadows to buy time for Tiana. Then Facilier wipes him out.
  • He's Dead, Jim: Declared so after Facilier steps on him.
  • Hidden Depths: Ray appears at first to be a stereotypical hillbilly-type, but he turns out to be one of the most insightful, caring, and helpful people in the group. He's also competent, which goes a long way when the first two things he does are untying Naveen and Tiana (after Louis's well-meaning attempt made things much worse), and pointing out that Louis had been leading them in the wrong direction.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: He gives great directions, has a great singing voice, and has the power to zap shadow demons.
  • Love Informant: Naveen intends to confess his feelings for Tiana and propose, but gets cold feet due to a combination of I Want My Beloved to Be Happy and Poor Communication Kills. Ray has to fill her in instead.
  • Meaningful Name: Name is Ray, and he gives off light.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest guys in the movie.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Averted. When helping Naveen and Tiana, both of them are frogs.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Watch him zap the shadows with his tail light! Sure, he's exploiting a Weaksauce Weakness, but it's still impressive.
  • Ragin' Cajun: Most of the time this Cajun firefly is pretty laid-back and goofy, but he gives the Friends on the Other Side a hard time in the third act.
  • Shipper on Deck: While he is officially singing "Ma Belle Evangeline" to his star love, he spends the song setting the mood for Naveen and Tiana to have a moment.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He looks like a stereotypical hillbilly but he's both smart and insightful.
  • Spanner in the Works: In the third act, where Tiana is too distraught over Naveen apparently marrying Charlotte (actually Lawrence in disguise), Naveen trapped in a box and Louis too busy playing music at the parade, Ray is the one that starts Facilier's downfall by freeing the prince.
  • Tragic Dream: He wishes to be with his beloved Evangeline: too bad she's a star. Subverted when after his death he got reunited with her
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Keeps the shadows from advancing to Naveen's location. It almost works, but he gets swatted by one and squished by Faciller's foot.
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    Mama Odie 
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Voiced by: Jenifer Lewis

A blind voodoo priestess who claims to 197-years-old. Tiana and Naveen search for her in hopes that she can help them turn back to humans.


  • Barefoot Sage: The wise old voodoo priestess of the Buyou doesn't wear shoes, and is shown to be connected to all the animals that live there. She's also quite quirky.
  • Big Good: She is known as Queen of the Bayou and is the most powerful voodoo practioner on the heroic side.
  • Cool Old Lady: She's the page image; a witty old mentor figure that zaps demons.
  • Cool Shades: Justified in that she's blind. Her eyes are apparently kept in a jar, and move to follow Tiana and Naveen.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She doesn't wear shoes since she is blind and possibly needs her feet bare.
  • Dope Slap:
    Mama Odie: (to Tiana and Naveen) Now, y'all figure out what you need?
    Tiana: It's just like you said, Mama Odie. We need to be human.
    Mama Odie: HA! Y'all ain't got the sense you was born with! Y'all want to be human, but you're blind to what you need.
    Naveen: What we want, what we need. It's all the same thing, yes?
    Mama Odie: (smacks Naveen over the head with her staff) It's the same thing, NO!
  • Dynamic Entry: She makes her first appearance rescuing Tiana and friends from the Friends on the Other Side.
  • Eccentric Mentor: She likes playing pranks and being mystic while dispensing wisdom.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Her style of dress is white, gold, and makes her look like a wise old sage.
  • Good Counterpart: To Doctor Facilier. Both are users of voodoo magic. They are both associated with snakes - Mama has a cute and helpful snake pet while Facilier's shadow occasionally takes a sinister rattlesnake's shape. Facilier's so-called "friends" are all dead spirits and demons, while Mama Odie has actual friends in living animals. Mama Odie is the (grand)motherly Big Good and Doctor Facilier is the Faux Affably Evil Big Bad.
  • Handicapped Badass: After zapping the shadows she says, "Not too bad for 197-year-old blind lady!"
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Like Faciler, her past and powers are not touched on.
  • Light 'em Up: Her staff can blast light rays. It is used as a weapon against the Friends On The Other Side.
  • Light Is Good: The polar opposite of Facilier, she wears gold and white, fends off the Friends on the Other Side with blasts of light from her staff, and ends her musical number with a sunshine-filled sky. "Blue skies and sunshine, guaranteed!"
  • Magical Barefooter: She's a voodoo priestess who goes around barefoot. This is partly because her powers are related to nature, and partly practicality since she lives in a swamp.
  • Nice Girl: Mama Odie is a kind, (grand)motherly and wise figure in the movie.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her character's appearance and voice were inspired by and patterned after famed New Orleans storyteller Colleen Salley, who consulted with the director, but never lived to see the finished movie. She gets special mention in the credits.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She's nearly two hundred years old and is quite spry for her age (though magic probably has something to do with that).
  • Senior Sleep Cycle: She can sometimes fall asleep rather unexpectedly.
  • Shipper on Deck: She gives advice to Naveen about his growing romantic feelings for Tiana.
  • Solitary Sorceress: Lives by herself out in the bayou. The "solitary" aspect is played with in that she has plenty of company in animal familiars.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Can freely converse with Frog!Tiana, Frog!Naveen, Ray the firefly, and Louis the alligator.
  • Trickster Mentor: She was fully aware that the spell would break if Naveen and Tiana married as frogs, then kissed - since that would make Tiana a princess. But she prefers to let them find that out on their own.
  • Wizards Live Longer: She's a voodoo priestess who claims to be 197-years-old.
  • Woman in White: She wears a white dress to emphasize her nature as a mistress of light magic and Good Counterpart to Facilier.

    Juju 
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Mama Odie's pet snake and her loyal assistant.


  • Animorphism: Mama Odie changes him into a dog, a pig, a cow and a goat during one verse of "Dig A Little Deeper".
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: He's a familiar: it goes with the territory.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: It's not easy working for Odie when you have to be her walking stick and demonstration of her shapeshifting magic.
  • Butt-Monkey: "Dig A Little Deeper" has him swiftly changed into many different creatures.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Enough to serve as a cane for her when she needs it. Apparently he's been with Odie for a long time, though since it's not her story we only have her word on this.
  • Meaningful Name: "Juju" means magic, karma or spiritual power.
  • Morphic Resonance: He still looks rather snake-like through his transformations.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Thoroughly inverted—he might be the cutest snake ever put to paper.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Completely averted. He's very friendly and helpful. Quite refreshing too, considering Disney has a track record of this trope.
  • The Voiceless: Although he seems to possess the same level of sapience as Mama Odie's spoonbills, he does not talk.

    Eli "Big Daddy" LaBouff 
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Voiced by: John Goodman

A wealthy Southern sugar mill owner and Charlotte's father, Eli LaBouff is the easily the richest and most powerful (or at least influential) man in New Orleans, as well as being the most popular.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: Given how he's been elected King of the Mardi Gras parade for five years running, he's certainly got a good reputation. Given how charitable he is, it's easy to see why.
  • Adipose Rex: He's overweight and one of the most powerful individuals in New Orleans on account of his sugar plantation.
  • Big Eater: He frequently orders large quantities of pastries from Tiana.
  • Big Fun: A tall and fat guy with a jovial attitude and apparently very popular in New Orleans.
  • Doting Parent: He's the one that spoiled Charlotte. Yet despite apparently spoiling his daughter and not being good on disciplining her, he does show some ability to control her, even if slightly (Ex. stuffing a beignet in her mouth to stop her from continually interrupting him).
  • Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit: A positive example as he is polite, affable and perfectly happy at the prospect of his daughter marrying a man with dark skin.
  • Formerly Fit: His gut was far less noticeable when Tiana and Charlotte were little kids.
  • Good Parents: Though more through luck than skill—he spoils Charlotte dreadfully, but it seems to have worked out for the best.
  • Meaningful Name: "La Bouffe" in French means "The Grub" as in "food." Appropriate for a Big Eater...
  • Nice Guy: Is one of the kindest people in New Orleans, a kind-hearted and doting parent, a charitable man, and is well loved by his community.
  • Nice to the Waiter: He handsomely pays Tiana and her mother for the services they provide and a Freeze-Frame Bonus allows to see that he gave a huge tip to the boy who sold him his newspaper. The fact that this is a rich white man in 1920s New Orleans who treats black people with decency and respect (doubly so given how the Fenner Brothers treat Tiana on account of her race and gender) makes it even more noticeable.
  • Parental Substitute: He acts kind of as like a fatherly figure to Tiana, especially since Tiana's own father has passed away (presumably in World War I). In one of the storybooks, it's revealed that Mr. La Bouff walked Tiana down the aisle during her and Naveen's (second) wedding.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Beignets, to the point that Tiana has a fresh batch ready just for him when he arrives at Duke's.
  • Uncle Pennybags: He is a doting parent and hosts excellent parties, not to mention he's an excellent tipper.

    Stella the Basset Hound 
Voiced by: Kelly Hoover, Frank Welker (dog vocal effects)

Charlotte's dog.


  • Suddenly Voiced: The first sign that Tiana and Naveen can understand other animals is when Stella speaks to them.

    James and Eudora 
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Voiced by: Terrence Howard (James), Oprah Winfrey (Eudora)

Tiana's parents.


  • Disappeared Dad: James died (or went missing in action) during World War I.
  • Good Parents: James taught Tiana how to cook and how good cooking "brings people together" while Eudora is supportive of Tiana's dream of opening a restaurant.
  • I Want Grandkids: Eudora says so—much like Prince Charming's father in Cinderella, Eudora really wants her daughter to get married and have children of her own.
  • Ink-Suit Actress: Eudora's physical appearance is based on her voice actress, Oprah Winfrey.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: A closeup of James's portrait shows that he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, awarded for extraordinary heroism while in direct combat with an enemy force. May also count as Dying Moment of Awesome.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Inverted. James died before he could realize his dream of opening a restaurant, but, as Tiana comes to realize during her final confrontation with Dr. Facilier that it didn't matter in the end, because he had what he needed most of all: a family and a community who loved him.
  • Supreme Chef: James taught Tiana everything she knows.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: James points out how good cooking brings people together.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Eudora is a seamstress and is seen making Charlotte's princess dresses at the beginning. Big Daddy LaBouff even calls her "the finest seamstress in New Orleans".
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    King and Queen of Maldonia 
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Voiced by: N/A

Naveen's parents.


  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: The King has thick, grey eyebrows.
  • Good Parents: Zigzagged. They're at least partially responsible for Naveen turning into a lazy flirt but they recognize that they made a mistake and want him to grow into a mature and self-sufficient adult. Their solution is shipping him to another country with no one but a valet so he can marry a Meal Ticket. Then they appear at his wedding to Tianna and are happy to see him marry a commoner he's in love with.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: The King doesn't look much like Haile Selassie, but he sure dresses like him.
  • No Name Given: Probably because they don't appear until the end, they are not named.

    Prince Ralphie 
Voiced by: Seth R. Williamson

Naveen's kid brother.


  • All There in the Manual: His name is never given in the movie, but is given in the book, "Tiana Is My Babysitter".
  • The Jail Bait Wait: An exasperated Charlotte makes a joke about this.
    Charlotte: Who'd have thought the prince had a younger brother. How old did you say were again?
    Ralphie: I'm six and a half.
    Charlotte: *rolls eyes* Well, I waited this long!

    Evangeline 
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A star seen throughout the story.


  • Companion Cube: Unless this is an Interspecies Romance, Ray is romancing a ball of flaming gas.
  • Expy: The Wishing Star from Pinocchio. Similarly, Ray becomes the Second Star To The Right from Peter Pan once he dies and becomes a star along side her.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Evangeline is the name of a parish in Louisiana.
    • "Evangeline" is from a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem. In this poem an Acadian woman looking for her lost husband after they were separated in the ethnic cleansing of Acadians from their homeland that started in 1755. Some Acadians migrated to Louisiana after this and over time became known as Cajuns. Ray is a Cajun firefly, so the name of his true love is ethnically significant.
  • Shrinking Violet: According to Ray anyway, it's why she's so quiet.

Antagonists

    Dr. Facilier/The Shadow Man 
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Voiced by: Keith David

"I've got friends on the other side..."

A voodoo witch doctor, and the film's main antagonist. He's known throughout the bayou as "the Shadow Man."


  • Ambiguous Situation: A very brief but thought provoking example—in his Villain Song, it's implied that he keeps a Shrunken Head of his mother. It's not clear if this is meant to imply that he killed her and shrunk her head himself or if it's just a very twisted invocation of the Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas trope or if it's a fake and he shows it just for the show.
  • Animal Motif: The film repeatedly associates him with snakes. It's most visible during "Friends on The Other Side".
  • Badass Longcoat: A tuxedo jacket, complete with coattails.
  • Bad Samaritan: His business is based on helping others and his card says "dreams made real", but no one is better off for his help.
  • Bare Your Midriff: A rare male example of this trope. As the picture on the right shows, his shirt doesn't cover his midriff.
  • The Barnum: A showman and a conartist is he.
  • Berserk Button: Being called a charlatan. He drops his polite exterior to snap at Lawrence for whispering it to Naveen.
  • Big Bad: He's the main villain, and it is his Evil Plan that drives the plot.
  • Borrowin' Samedi: He's one of the images on the trope page for a reason.
  • Breakout Character/Breakout Villain: On both respects he ended up being this: his appearance, behavior, song and death has made him (as well as Tiana to a lesser extent, being a Disney princess and all) the most well-known and popular character from the film and one of the most (if not the most) memorable villains that the company offered in the 2000s. The fact that he is one of the primary forces in the Disney Villain spin-off franchise is quite impressive.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's a master manipulator, but he uses these skills to cut corners and take the easy way out. Hence why his name is "Facilier"
  • But Not Too Black: His skin is lighter than that of Tiana, her family, Mama Odie or even Naveen. Word of God says he was supposed to be of Creole descent.
  • Casting a Shadow: His main power, with help from evil voodoo spirits, is the ability to manipulate shadows as if they were the physical object that's casting that shadow. It's turned against him when he's pulled by his shadow down into the Other Side.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He is a literal example of the trope. It has a skull on it.
  • Classic Villain: Mainly Greed, though his con-artist status mixed with his constant corner cutting puts him in the Sloth category as well.
  • Con Man: He charms and manipulates people with that have certain goals and ends up tricking them in the end.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: It is implied that he is poor and has been so for quite a while in one scene, and that his plan to take over New Orleans may very well be based on the whole rags-to-riches idea.
    Facilier: Fun fact about voodoo, Larry: can't conjure a thing for myself.
  • Deal with the Devil: He is notable for being on both sides of the deal simultaneously; he has a deal with the Friends on the Other Side for his powers, and then he makes deals with muggles to get his "Friends" the wayward souls that they want.
  • Death by Irony: After his amulet (on loan from his "friends") is shattered, he asks for more time to pay off his debt, after which they drag him off to their world. He got what he wanted, but he lost what he had. On top of that, he constantly scammed people and was the devil in any deal. The original deal he made for his powers is what does him in when he cannot pay off his debt.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: When his amulet is destroyed, he loses the means by which he can pay back his debt, and as such, his soul is claimed by the demons as payment and he is dragged, screaming, into their world.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He first appears as a simple voodoo practitioner offering his street service to help a balding man regain his hair. His powder works all too well as the balding man becomes a hairy freak frightening all the ladies, while Dr. Facilier laughs with the coin he got from the sucker. But when he sees Big Daddy LaBouff causally giving a big stack of dollars to a young paperboy for giving him a newspaper, his shadow suddenly comes alive and pulls the coin out of Facilier's pocket in disgust. This establishes Dr. Facilier as a voodoo Snake Oil Salesman who is envious of rich people like the LaBouffs, and his Living Shadow is the first hint that this small-time hustler has real supernatural magic.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: This is what in part brings him down. When trying to convince Tiana to take his deal, he brings up her father - showing James beat down from work and cooking for the neighborhood while dreaming of their restaurant. But while he sees it as James working himself to death for nothing and dying before he could get what he wanted, Tiana realizes the truth: that it shows James was a man noble enough to sacrifice for the people he loved and kind enough to share his dreams with the world (both things Facilier are not). Which is exactly why Tiana rejects Facilier's offer.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Mama Odie. He dressed in black (instead of white), he's insightful but uses it to manipulate instead of teach, and offers to 'help' when he's only helping himself.
  • Evil Laugh: During his villain song, he ends with a very loud one. He also has a minor Verbal Tic of a very dark chuckle when he's trying to talk someone into accepting one of his deals.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Selfish and sinister voodoo sorcerer.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: This comes naturally to any villain voiced by Keith David.
  • Evil Plan: The visible one is using Lawrence as a pawn to marry Charlotte and get her father's money and 'own this town'. The one beneath that is to use this money/power to provide his 'friends' with the souls of others so they won't take his.
  • Expy:
    • His dancing and movement style was also based upon Cab Calloway and Michael Jackson.
    • In-Universe, his mannerisms and choice of clothing seem to be an attempt at imitating the actual Loa Baron Samedi. Tellingly this hints that one of his "friends", perhaps even the lead "friend", may in fact be Baron Samedi himself due to the belief in Voodoo that looking like the Loa one serves makes that person stronger through a stronger connection to said Loa.
  • Everybody Calls Him "Barkeep": In the movie we only learn of his name from himself; everyone else calls him "The Shadow Man".
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Unlike most Disney villains, Facilier gets Dragged Off to Hell by Eldritch Abominations. Not exactly family friendly.
  • Famous Last Words: "I promise I'll pay y'all back! I promise!"
  • Fatal Flaw: His greed and manipulative nature ends up doing him in when Tiana destroys the talisman.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Naveen says he's 'very charismatic' at the beginning, but Facilier explodes when Lawrence gives Naveen the opportunity to escape.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's implied that he grew up poor, and that the reason he hates those Fat Cats is that while they could've helped him, they instead chose to ignore his suffering while also showing off their fabulous wealth.
  • The Heavy: He's the main villain that has to be defeated, but from the get-go the audience knows that he's working for his creditors, i.e. the Friends on the Other Side.
  • Hero Killer: He steps on Ray, the cute animal sidekick.
  • Hidden Depths: All of his evil is motivated by a hatred towards the rich, and especially toward those who were born rich and do nothing, like Naveen.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His bound living shadow that he's been making use of the entire movie to help him with his schemes, gets grabbed by his 'friends' who, due being physically bound to Facilier, allow them to pull him into their world.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: How he first contacted his 'friends', got that moving shadow, and how he pulled off his Villain Song theatrics is unknown.
  • Jackass Genie: He'll make an offer that sounds like what his customers want, when it's the farthest thing from it. He's skilled at saying literally what he'll do, but make it sound like slang and metaphor. When Faciler says he sees green in Naveen's future, Faciler neglects to mention that it's because he'll be turned into a frog.
  • Kick the Dog: There was a guy in the intro song that wanted a cure for his male-pattern baldness. Facilier's cure made him grow hair everywhere, and likely knew this would happen. It has nothing to do with his Evil Plan; just a quick buck. It is also an Establishing Character Moment for Facilier - this is the first time the audience sees him and it describes him perfectly.
  • Large Ham: This guy knows his showmanship. Naveen fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Even in private moments he likes talking dramatically and gesturing with his cane.
  • Lean and Mean: Even Tiana, who works herself to the bone, is not as lean the villain.
  • Living Shadow: His can push his chair in and grab things for him. He later gets several more, but they turn on him when he can't repay his debt.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He finds his mark's motivation and uses it to make money.
  • Master of Illusion: When confronting Tiana, he creates a vision of her dream restaurant to sway her to his side.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • 'Facilier' as in 'to facilitate' or 'assist'.
    • 'Facile' as in 'having a superficial or simplistic approach' — on the surface he seems like he's offering quick and effective solutions, but in practice...
    • facile, the French for easy - since he offers the easy path out of problems.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: It's unknown what he's a 'doctor' of. A witch doctor, perhaps?
  • Mr. Fanservice: Being voiced by Keith David an all. He also is based on Baron Samedi, whose domain includes sexuality...
  • My Card: "Tarot, potions, charms: Dreams made real." It has a skull on it.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The residents of New Orleans refer to him as "The Shadow Man".
  • Nice Hat: A top hat. With a skull on it!
  • Nightmare Face: When seen through the green mist his "friends" conjure during his Villain Song, it looks like a technicolor skull.
  • Noodle People: He has this design, in contrast to all the other human characters, who are more realistically proportioned.
  • No-Self Buffs: When Larry asks him why he doesn't use the amulet himself, Facilier puts it around his own neck. Nothing happens. Turns out voodoo doesn't work that way.
    Doctor Facilier: Fun fact about voodoo, Larry... [puts on the amulet; nothing happens, he shrugs] Can't conjure a thing for myself.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: In public, Doctor Facilier seems to be nothing more than a voodoo charlatan scamming people out of their money. It's an image that Faciler encourages by visibly showing a newspaper in his pocket when he pretends to identify Naveen by his palm, and casually dismissing the voices within his shop as nothing more than an echo parlor trick. But don't be fooled, he has real voodoo magic granted by the Friends on the Other Side.
  • Obviously Evil: His card has a skull on it. It's baffling that Naveen trusted this guy, but, to quote: "He was very charismatic!"
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: He does this variant when his "friends" show up and drag him into the underworld.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The Bayou only knows him as "The Shadow Man".
  • Properly Paranoid: He doesn't like relying on his 'friends' because he knows they only want his soul.
  • Purple Eyes: He claims to be royalty (on his mother's side) and certainly wants to be king of New Orleans.
  • Red Baron: Most of New Orleans knows him as "the Shadow Man," due his use of dark magic and his shady deals.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: His shadow turns into a snake multiple times.
  • Royal Blood: He says he has it on his mother's side.
  • Scary Black Man: Averted. Dr. Facilier's menace does not come from him being physically imposing... but don't think, even for a minute, that he isn't menacing.
  • The Scream: He screams when the demons take him to the underworld at the end of the film.
  • The Shadow Knows: Would you trust a man whose shadow turns into a rattlesnake occasionally?
  • The Sociopath: As much as he claims to be willing to help people, he cares nothing about anyone but himself. He's willing to send everyone in New Orleans to the Friends on the Other Side if it means a little more for himself.
  • Shout-Out: His name, voodoo powers and lust for power are reminiscent of Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier.
  • Smug Snake: He's so sure of himself and his plans and this makes his villainous breakdown all the more effective because he is reduced to speed talking and begging.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: His services may seem helpful at first glance, but they are designed to screw over the customers in the end. They technically work, but only if it suits his agenda.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: He is a voodoo sorcerer, after all.
  • Undying Loyalty: His own shadow is the only one that doesn't turn on him at the end (and it can even be seen hiding behind him when he's backed into a corner).
  • Villain Song: "Friends on the Other Side" shows his charlatan showmanship and describes his evil plan while hinting at his own motivations.
  • Villainous Breakdown: If you were about to be dragged into Hell by voodoo monsters, you would be freaking out, too.
  • Villainous Friendship: Dr. Facilier and his shadow act quite friendly with each other, although how much it counts depends on if the shadow is sentient or not.
  • Villains Want Mercy: When Tiana destroys his amulet and his "friends" show up to claim his soul, Facilier spends his final moments desperately begging them for mercy and more time to pay off his debt. None of it works, and he's ultimately dragged off to their world, screaming all the while.
  • White Mask of Doom: He peels the skull off his hat and transfers it to his face when he changes Naveen and retrieves the amulet of his blood.
  • Witch Doctor: While never referred to as a Witch Doctor, only as a Shadow Man, and isn't a leader of any sort, he's still a practitioner of Hollywood Voodoo bearing the Doctor title.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: He is really good at thinking of plans on the spot, as shown when he thinks of a plan to force Tiana into giving back his amulet in less than three seconds. It almost works, too.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He instructions to his shadowy minions "Bring him to me alive! I need his heart pumpin’... for now." strongly imply that he does indeed plan to kill Naveen once he's no longer of use to him.

    Lawrence 
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Voiced by: Peter Bartlett

Prince Naveen's valet, whom Dr. Facilier recruits as a partner in his Evil Plan by transforming him to look like Naveen using a blood charm.


  • Beleaguered Assistant: He carries all of Naveen's luggage but receives no gratitude. Also ends up this while working for Facilier, bullied and scammed ("sixty-forty like I said") without realizing it.
  • Butt-Monkey: "You've been pushed around all your life...by your mother and your sister and your brother."
  • Dirty Coward: Doesn't like the voodoo and would have backed out if Facilier didn't threaten him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Sure Naveen (unintentionally) put him through shit by mistreating him, but that doesn't excuse Lawrence attempting to not only to steal Naveen's life by impersonating him, but also swindling an innocent girl out of her money (and even attempting to kill her father).
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He manages to ruin the plan due to his concern for Naveen gasping for air when imprisoned in a glass jar, though whether that was genuine concern or just needing to keep him alive is debatable.
  • Evil Brit: Despite his voice actor Peter Bartlett being pure American, Larry's accent says Brit and his compliance with the Evil Plan is the evil.
  • Extreme Doormat: He's been pushed around all his life—by his mother, sister, brother, and Naveen.
  • Fat Bastard: For all that he works for Naveen, he has a well-fed belly.
  • Fat Flex: The blood charm transforms him to appear as Naveen. When the effects start to disappear, or if its taken off, his body reverts back to his old, flabby self.
  • Freudian Excuse: He's been pushed around all his life by his whole family and doesn't get much respect from Naveen either.
  • Gold Digger: He tries to marry Charlotte as Naveen because of her money.
  • Henpecked Husband: Or he would be. He's not actually married, but Facilier suggests that if he was, he would be pushed around by his wife.
  • The Jeeves: Naveen's British-sounding servant.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Being pushed around by Naveen is the primary reason why he doesn't hesitate for a moment to accept Dr. Facilier's deal and do a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Revenge: His motivation for teaming up with Facilier is retribution for Naveen living the high life while he himself works without receiving any gratitude.
  • The Unfavorite: Implied, by the fact that his mother pushed him around and allowed her other children to do so as well.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He likely doesn't even know that Facilier's endgame is to sacrifice a good part of the city to voodoo demons. On top if that it's implied Facilier was not going to hold up his own end of their deal and take all the fortune for himself.

    The Friends on the Other Side 
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A group of sinister Loa who Facilier is contracted to. They enable the plot of the film through granting Facilier his powers, but seem interested in little more than claiming souls.

  • Berserk Button: Defaulting on their debt to humans will cause you to get dragged into the other side. Facilier learned this the hard way.
  • Color Motif: Sickly green, midnight black, and supernatural purple.
  • Creepy Doll: Some of them manifest as voodoo dolls instead of Living Shadows.
  • Dark Is Evil: They often appear as living shadows, and they are very evil.
  • Deal with the Devil: They grant power to humans in exchange for various things, including the option for that human's soul. Defaulting on this debt is a very bad thing.
  • Eldritch Abomination: All of them are merciless creatures from another world that does not obey the physical laws governing this one.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: They're more powerful than Facilier and they're the reason he put his plan into action, but they're not directly involved with it. It's like they're investors watching from the sidelines. They only directly intervene once it's clear Facilier can't pay them back.
  • Hell Gate: Their "leader" can open its mouth to open a portal to their realm.
  • Leitmotif: An ominous chant accompanied by a thumping drumbeat. Bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum...
  • Living Shadow: One of the forms they take, and perhaps the most dangerous as they can now directly (yet indirectly) affect the physical world.
  • Loan Shark: What they essentially are, behind all their abilities and otherworldly nature. They do offer magic and other assistance to humans, but never for free; they want souls, and if someone keeps asking for services, they'll ask for more souls. And if a client can't pay back what they owe, their own soul is forfeit.
  • Non-Indicative Name: They are certainly NOT your friends. This name is likely similar to the treatment of the Fair Folk. It's a polite name because you don't want to offend them.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Averted. The Baleful Polymorph done by invoking their powers doesn't disappear simply because Facilier's been defeated, you need the Curse Escape Clause to get out of it. Either this means they're still around in the background or just shows the sheer scale of their otherworldly power is left unanswered.
  • Not So Above It All: For all the terror they induce, they also seem to like singing a capella, whether as backup for someone else or when they come to collect.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Who are they? Where do they come from? Why do they want so many souls? The lack of explanation only makes them more terrifying. The only thing we can know for sure is that they're Loa, but we don't know which ones.
  • Shadow Pin: Their signature ability. They don't need to touch your physical body, just your shadow.
  • Sickly Green Glow: Their home realm has this color, and their eyes at times glow menacingly with the same color.
  • Slasher Smile: The only kind of smile they can make. They give a set of particularly "into it" smiles when they come to take Facilier for failing them one too many times.
  • Weakened by the Light: Mama Odie can zap their shadows. Ray's firefly illumination is weaker and lacks Odie's supernatural power, but even he can hurt them.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Due to being Loa, we never see them in their true forms. All we see are shadows, voodoo dolls, or living masks.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: They make a deal with Facilier to gain the souls of every person in New Orleans. Once it's clear he can't follow through with his end of the bargain, they turn on him and take his soul as payment.

    The Fenner Brothers 
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Voiced by: Corey Burton and Jerry Kernion

The real estate agents who currently hold Tiana's long-coveted sugar mill. Before the big LaBouff ball, they make arrangements to provide Tiana with the papers to sign the sugar mill over to her on a down payment, but during the festivities they inform her that she was unfortunately outbid by another gentleman and the sugar mill will go to him if she can't match the full amount in a few days.


  • All There in the Script: The names of the Fenner bros are confirmed in end credits: Henry (tall skinny one) and Harvey (fat short one)
  • Fat and Skinny: Each brother is one or the other to better tell them apart.
  • Hate Sink: They are racist and sexist. They don't have any redeeming qualities, and they exist for the viewers to hate them.
  • Jerkass: They're openly racist, sexist, and utterly unsympathetic. The tall skinny one does seem more polite than the shorter one, though.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: They're threatened by a snarling Louis into keeping their word to Tiana.

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