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Beauty and the Beast became a pop-culture staple since it was first released, and it has found its way into parodies, homages, and dialogue mentions across all media.

Anime and Manga
  • Beauty and the Beast of Paradise Lost is a darker take on the original fairy tale, and its two main characters have a noticeable Beast and Beauty dynamic. It draws some inspiration from other fairy tales as well.
  • Belle (2021) takes very clear influence from the Disney adaptation of Beauty and the Beast in its main characters and style (with Belle herself being designed by veteran Disney animator and character designer Jin Kim), including a recreation of the ballroom dance. It even includes a scene where the Dragon yells at Belle to get out of his castle before crying and covering his face with one hand, with the camera shot and character body language being almost exactly like the Beast's in the Disney film.
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  • Crayon Shin-chan has a Fractured Fairy Tale spoof based on the story, in which Shin-Chan and his andromorphic pig sidekick, Buriburizaemon, are recruited by the prince to rescue a princess from the dreaded beast, only to discover from the princess that they've been deceived. Their employer is actually an Evil Prince (foreshadowed earlier on when the prince tells them, "You can't judge a book by it's cover") who cursed the princess instead, and the beast is actually friendly. Shin-Chan managed to defeat the prince, and expects the beast to turn back to normal, but alas, instead the princess then turns into a she-beast, her true form, much to Shin Chan and Buriburizaemon's confusion.

Comic Books

  • A mid-'90s issue of Cracked about supposed Deleted Role Disney characters covered this film with a talking toilet brush who sang a toilet-themed version of "Be Our Guest".

Fan Works

  • In the Ma Fille chapter "Coming Out", Joe uses the story to explain being gay to Katrina, telling her that it's like the beast being a princess instead of a prince. Katrina then declares that she is going to marry a princess when she grows up.
  • In the Strong and Steady story "Queen Bee Tongus", Tongus names one of her roses after Belle.

Film - Animated

  • Aladdin: A figure of the Beast can be seen amongst the Sultan's collection of animal figures.
  • In a trailer for The Boss Baby which was specifically created to run before Beauty and the Beast (2017), the title character is seen playing with toys of Lumiere and Cogsworth. He then tosses them aside and tells the viewers that his movie doesn't have any talking candlesticks — but he'll try to squeeze one in if it's a deal-breaker.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Belle has a cameo as one of the townspeople in the "Out There" sequence. (The two films have, among many other things, the same directors.)
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  • The Lion King 1 ½: At the end of the movie, Belle, Beast, Mrs. Potts and Chip are among the many Disney characters who enter the theater to see it after Timon's mother rewinds it.
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet: Belle is one of the princesses that Vanellope meets in Oh My Disney.
  • Shrek: Fiona's permanent transformation into an ogre has visual similarities to the Beast changing back into his human form.
    • Shrek 2: When Shrek floods the Fairy Godmother's factory with a transformation potion, two workers become a clock and candelabra.
    • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: When Puss first sneaks into Jack Horner’s office full of magical artifacts, he briefly passes a glowing flower in a glass case.
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: The song "Mountain Town" has various visual and lyrical similarities to "Belle".
  • Tarzan: A teapot and cup resembling Mrs. Potts and Chip are seen in the Porters' camp.

Film - Live-Action

  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (2022): Lumiere is shown to be a FanCon celebrity guest and a friend of Dale's. In addition, one of Sweet Pete's bootleg movies is Beauty and the Cursed Dog Man.
  • The Lion King (2019): When Timon and Pumbaa bait the hyenas, they begin to sing "Be Our Guest".
  • Rigoletto: There is a plot point that is largely a cross between this film and The Phantom of the Opera. It even using the same track as the Disney film in a scene where Porter receives a Magic Mirror from Mr. Ribaldi.


  • In Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes, a companion novel to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Percy claims Beauty and the Beast was “totally based on” the myth of Cupid and Psyche. He then says to not expect any singing teapots, because “that ain’t going to happen.”
  • Too Bright to See: On Halloween when Bug was seven, Uncle Roderick dressed as Belle, and Bug dressed as the Beast.
  • In Rainbow Magic, one of the Fairytale Fairies, Gwen, protects Beauty, the Beast, and their story.

Live-Action TV

  • Full House: In "Yours, Mine, and Ours", Michelle complains that Stephanie turned off her VHS tape of Beauty and the Beast, and Stephanie says that she did that because she played it for the 100th time. Michelle tells her that she's "trying to learn the words!"
  • The Hero Yoshihiko and the Devil King's Castle gets their references a little crosswired in season 3 episode 10 - our heroes find an abandoned castle, but the manservant looks more like LeFou than Cogsworth.

Puppet Shows

Video Games

Web Comics

  • Questionable Content: The end page note for "Criminal Minds" is ~no one can box ro-bots like Gaston~
  • A Sunday strip during the Kevin & Kell storyline where Martha was turned into a human had her dressed as Belle and Ralph dressed as the Beast, with parody lyrics of for the movie's title song. (In story terms, however, it was the strange, instinctless version of Martha who was presented as a "beast".)

Web Video

  • The Angry Video Game Nerd:
    • In the Nerd's review of Ghostbusters, while going through his collection of Ghostbusters action figures, he comes across a figure of Belle, which he tosses aside when he realizes it isn't his.
    • In "How the Nerd Stole Christmas", the Nerd is seen playing the Licensed Game of the movie for the NES near the end.
    • In his review of Life of Black Tiger, the Nerd asks if one of the hunters in the game's opening cutscene is Belle, due to the hunter looking similar in appearance to her.
  • In an episode of Console Wars, Greg and Dan meet a talking Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis under a curse, wherein the only way to turn them back to normal is to beat the two licensed games based on the movie; Beauty and the Beast for the SNES and Beauty and the Beast: Roar of the Beast for the Genesis. Along the way, they try to see which console has the better licensed game. As this episode was created as a tie-in with the 2017 remake, the remake is, of course, brought up.
  • Dorkly Bits: In "If Bowser Was a Disney Fan", Bowser tells Peach that he kidnapped her so she'd eventually fall in love with him despite him being a hideous monster, like Belle did with Beast. When Peach tells Bowser she doubts that'll happen, Bowser reveals that he has some living furniture of sorts, namely a toilet possessed by a Boo (the Boo itself quits after people use him). Bowser also compares Mario to Gaston, due to both characters being burly guys with black hair and weird loser sidekicks (Mario also rage quits due to losing his Tanooki suit). When Bowser tells Peach that he's secretly a handsome prince with a heart of gold, Peach points out that he made his children command airships and get beaten by Mario. In the end, Bowser dresses himself as Beast and one of his Koopa Troopas as Mrs. Potts, only to find out that Peach has left. Just as Bowser considers dressing the Koopa Troopa in Belle's yellow ball gown, Peach defeats him, and she and the Koopa Troopa leave, with the latter complaining to the former that sometimes Bowser makes him wear Jasmine's red costume.
  • Honest Trailers covered this film as a tie-in to the remake; among other things a parody of "Be Our Guest" wonders how miserably tired the servants, especially those transformed into less-glamorous objects, are after so long.
  • How It Should Have Ended provides two alternate endings to the film. In the first, the Beast willingly lets Belle invite Maurice into his castle as a guest, and Belle agrees to it — seeing as the town thinks they're crazy, and how she sang a song about how she wants more than just it. In the second, the Beast's Disney Death is averted; he returns to a human form but dies from the stab wound Gaston gave him since the Enchantress's curse does not undo puncture wounds. During the closing credits, Lumiere sings a song to the tune of "Be Our Guest" about Stockholm Syndrome.
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • In his "Top 11 Disney Villains" video, Gaston is placed in the #5 spot.
    • In his review of Quest for Camelot, Critic says that Kaylee is Belle.
    • His review of The Wicker Man (2006), a snippet of "Belle" plays in response to Sister Honey's dress looking similar to Belle's.
    • In his review of The Swan Princess, Critic refers to Bromley as "Diet LeFou" due to the two characters looking similar in appearance.
    • The Critic has reviewed the 2017 live-action remake, as well as Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.
    • In his review of Tarzan, the Critic describes Clayton as "Gaston if he ate Boss Nass". Later in the film, in regards to seeing a teapot resembling Mrs. Potts, the Critic says that it looks so wrong without a face.
  • Phelous has become known for his reviews of (badly made) adaptations of "Beauty and the Beast," inevitably drawing comparisons to the Disney version. Beauty's father from the Golden Films adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" so enchanted Phelous and his followers with his stupidity that he wound up basically becoming Phelous's mascot.

Western Animation

  • American Dad!
    • In "Stan of Arabia, Part 1", Francine tells Stan that she can't plan Bullock's party because she's supposed to play Mrs. Potts in a local production of Beauty and the Beast. (Stan somehow forgot this even though he'd been helping run lines with her, "playing" Chip.)
    Francine: The teapot is everything! Without Mrs. Potts, the Beast would have killed himself years ago!
    • In "Family Affair", an exhausted Roger is wearing Belle's ballroom gown when the Smiths meet him at an amusement park's security room.
    • Several elements of "Minstrel Krampus" parody the film: Beyond Steve being kidnapped by the Krampus but realizing he's better than he seems, there are talking household objects (albeit tackier ones like toilets) in the monster's castle, and Jack dying and rising to become the new Krampus is an analogue to the Beast's transformation.
  • Animaniacs
    • In "Taming of the Screwy", the party guests rush the dance floor to dance to Wayne and Garth's music, kicking off expies of Belle and the Beast as they do. The Beast expy later appears in "The Big Wrap Party Tonight".
    • The double-length short "Cutie and the Beast" is a parody of the film featuring Taz in the role of the Beast.
    • In "Jokahontas", during the "Just the Same Old Heroine" song a Beauty and the Beast-esque scene is shown, with Dot as Belle and Ralph as Beast.
  • Big City Greens: In "Fast Foodie", the song Mr. Burger Clown sings for Cricket and Tilly is a parody of "Be Our Guest".
  • BoJack Horseman: In "What Time Is It Right Now", Diane tells Mr. Peanutbutter that she used to dream about owning a grand library just like the one Beast surprised Belle with. When Mr. Peanutbutter actually has such a library built in his new house and surprises Diane with it, she's actually disappointed that her personal fantasy is no longer hers, and that proves to be the final straw that ends their relationship.
  • The Critic spoofed the title song with Jay's fantasy sequence "Beauty and King Dork" in the pilot episode.
  • Family Guy
    • In "I Take Thee Quagmire", Quagmire imagines himself and Joan dancing together like Belle and the Beast, with Peter and Cleveland portraying Cogsworth and Lumiere.
    • In the Disney universe from "Road to the Multiverse", Joe appears as a talking teapot (A cup of Joe, get it?).
  • Mickey Mouse:
    • The short "The Adorable Couple" has Donald bumping into Belle and the Beast on a dance floor, which causes the Beast to get angry and rip him apart.
    • In "You, Me, and Fifi", Sultan (in his footrest form) is among the Disney dogs that Goofy plays poker with when Mickey calls him.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: In "Monster Party", the scene where Bernard, Enid's werewolf father, turns into a human under the full moon parodies the famous transformation scene from the film.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • The musical number in "Drusselsteinoween" during Monty and Vanessa's Dance of Romance calls it "a tale as old as time".
    • During "The Lady Song" in "My Fair Goalie", Eliza tries to teach Candace table manners in a way that brings to mind Belle and the Beast in "Something There".
    • Whenever the Ballgowninator is deployed in "Gaming the System", a suspiciously similar melody to "Beauty and the Beast" can be heard.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • A sketch from "Please Do Not Notify Our Contractors" takes place in a TV reality show titled Beast and the Beauties, a parody of The Bachelor featuring various women competing for the Beast's affection.
    • The episode "Some Like It Hitman" features a parody of the "Be Our Guest" number with Lumiere arguing over the presence of Defeccachi, a living chamber pot.
      Defeccachi: Ring a bell, sound a horn / Looks like someone's eaten corn...
      Belle: Does everything have to be a fucking song?!
    • In a sketch from "Botched Jewel Heist", Belle and the Beast appear with other Disney characters at Mickey Mouse's rally to ban interspecies relationships. Beast justifies his support on the grounds that he's a human under a curse.
    • A sketch from "Stone Cold Steve Cold Stone" features Belle alongside other Disney Princesses, and she joins the more "progressive" princesses in a war against the more "traditional" ones.
    • A sketch from "Fila Ogden in: Maggie's Got a Full Load" involves Belle ordering takeout and then calling the cops on the Beast when the latter confines her to her bedroom without dinner.
    • A sketch from "Garfield Stockman in: A Voice Like Wet Ham" features a parody of "Belle", where Belle sings about the poverty of Feudal France.
    • A sketch from "Never Forget" features Belle as a contestant on MTV's Date My Mom.
    • A sketch from "May Cause Internal Diarrhea" has Belle go to a doctor to get treated for a yeast infection she contracted as a result of engaging in intercourse with the Beast.
  • An episode of Rugrats (2021) is entitled "Betty and the Beast". In this episode, Angelica tricks the babies into thinking that the new expresso machine that Stu creates for the Betty's Beans coffee shop is Stu turned into a beast, and they have to reverse the curse before a timer Didi set turns green.
  • In the TUGS segment, "Otis the Movie Star" from the Salty's Lighthouse episode, "Sound Off", Mr. Boffo and Mr. Socco tell Captain Star about their past movies, one of which is entitled, Beauty and the Boat.
  • The Simpsons
    • In the Distant Finale of "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie", the titular movie is playing alongside Beauty and the Beast in the Aztec Theater's "Classics of Animation" program.
    • The episode "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds" has Mr. Burns singing the Suspiciously Similar Song "See My Vest" when describing his animal-made wardrobe.