List of Disney's Sleeping Beauty characters

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The following are fictional characters in Disney's 1959 film Sleeping Beauty.

Princess Aurora[edit]

Main article: Aurora (Disney)

Princess Aurora is the title role of the film. After Maleficent curses her when she is only a baby, Aurora is taken to the woods by Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, where her name is changed to Briar Rose to conceal her identity from Maleficent. Aurora is an official Disney Princess.

Later in the story the three good fairies are preparing for her birthday when they plan to surprise her with the news that she is a princess. But when Briar Rose returns with the news of meeting a handsome and enchanting man, the fairies must tell her she can never see him again, like Aurora not knowing who he really is. The three fairies tell her about the future that is set for her and that night they take her back to the castle. Aurora is saddened that she will never see the man from the forest and breaks into tears. The three fairies exit the room they secretly entered so as to let the princess have a few moments alone. Aurora suddenly sees a floating spark of light cast by Maleficent and, in a trance, follows the spark through the back of the fireplace and up a staircase to an abandoned empty room to a spinning wheel that was conjured up. The three good fairies try to stop her, but Aurora touches the spindle and falls to the floor, unconscious. She is put in a bed by the fairies where she can sleep peacefully within the highest tower.

Aurora was later awakened by Prince Philp's kiss of true love. During the movies final scenes, Aurora and Philip dance.

Maleficent[edit]

Main article: Maleficent

Maleficent is a wicked witch and the primary antagonist of the original film. She was animated by Marc Davis, and voiced by Eleanor Audley (the voice of Lady Tremaine, Cinderella's evil stepmother, from the Walt Disney's 1950 adaptation of Cinderella). She cursed the infant Aurora to "prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die" before the sun set on her sixteenth birthday after not being invited to the baby's christening.

Her pet raven (sometimes referenced in Disney sources as "Diablo"), and her goons, an army of dim-witted goblin henchmen, carried out most of her orders for her. She was killed by Prince Philip's Sword of Truth, a magical weapon created by the good fairy Flora. Nothing was left of Maleficent but her cloak with the sword still embedded in it.[1]

Angelina Jolie portrayed the character in Disney's live-action film Maleficent, an alternate retelling of Sleeping Beauty from Maleficent's point of view.

Flora, Fauna and Merryweather[edit]

Flora, Fauna and Merryweather
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From left to right: Fauna, Flora, and Merryweather
First appearance Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Voiced by Flora:
Verna Felton (Sleeping Beauty)
Tress MacNeille (House of Mouse)
Barbara Dirikson (Disney Princess Enchanted Tales)
Fauna:
Barbara Jo Allen (Sleeping Beauty)
Russi Taylor (other appearances)
Merryweather:
Barbara Luddy (Sleeping Beauty)
Tress MacNeille (other appearances)

Flora, Fauna and Merryweather are the good fairy godmothers and the protagonists of the original film. They are based on the good fairies appearing in the original French fairy tale and various retellings. Like their fairy tale counterparts, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather appear at baby Aurora's christening to present their gifts to the newborn princess. Their wings are very small. They use their magical powers to help both Princess Aurora and Prince Philip.

  • Flora, voiced by Verna Felton, is the tallest fairy, dressed in a red gown (although she is obsessed with pink as opposed to blue), red hat, and a red cape clipped with a yellow square. She is the oldest, as well as the strongest-willed and the leader of the group. She gave Aurora the gift of beauty. She created and possesses the powerful Sword of Truth and the invulnerable Shield of Virtue, and she can also conjure them whenever she sees fit.
  • Fauna, voiced by Barbara Jo Allen, is the middle fairy, almost the same height as Flora, and dressed in a green gown, green hat, and a green cape clipped with a green triangle. She is the fairy who is too good-natured towards Maleficent. She gave Aurora the gift of song.
  • Merryweather, voiced by Barbara Luddy, is the shortest and youngest fairy, dressed in a blue gown, blue hat, and a blue cape clipped with a blue circle. She is the fairy who is aggressive towards Maleficent, and is bolder than the other two. As Merryweather is about to give her gift, Maleficent makes her appearance and curses Aurora to die when she touches a spinning wheel's spindle before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday. Merryweather's gift is to weaken the curse so that instead of death, Aurora will fall into a deep sleep until she is awakened by true love's kiss.

The fairies decide to protect Aurora with the king and queen's consent. They disguise themselves as peasant women and sneak Aurora away with them to a woodland cottage until her sixteen birthday lapses, passing themselves off as her aunts and swearing off magic to conceal themselves. On the day of Aurora's sixteenth birthday, the Flora attempts to make the gown and Fauna attempts to bake a cake-activities they have no experience at, and so they fail, annoying Merryweather and prompting her to suggest that they decide to use their wands. Later a magical fight between Flora and Merryweather over the color of the gown—Flora insisting that it be pink and Merryweather insisting that it be blue—that catches Maleficent's pet raven Diablo's attention. When Aurora returns home from the forest, the fairies reveal the truth of her birth to her and take her to her parents' castle. In the castle, Maleficent uses her magic to lure Aurora away from her boudoir and up to a tower, where a spinning wheel awaits her. Fascinated by the wheel with Maleficent's will enforcing it, Aurora touches the spindle, pricking her finger and completing the curse.

The fairies place Aurora on a bed and place all in the kingdom in a deep ageless sleep until the spell is broken. While falling asleep, King Hubert tries to tell Stefan of his son being in love with a peasant girl, which makes Flora realize that Prince Phillip is the man Aurora has fallen in love with, and they fly back to the cottage for him. However, Phillip is already captured by Maleficent's goons by that time, so the fairies sneak into Maleficent's stronghold and free the prince. Flora conjures the Sword of Truth and the Shield of Virtue for Philip to wield, and they escape from the Forbidden Mountain whilst being attacked by Maleficent's minions, whose attacks are countered by the three good fairies. When Diablo tries to warn Maleficent, Merryweather chases him and eventually turns him into a stone statue. The fairies then assist Phillip in his escape, and battle against Maleficent, ultimately enhancing Phillip's sword as he throws it directly into Maleficent's heart, thus destroying Maleficent. The fairies are present as Aurora meets her parents and as she dances with Phillip, but Flora and Merryweather's argument over Aurora's gown is revived.

The three fairies also appear in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams during the "Keys to the Kingdom" segment. As King Stefan, Queen Leah, King Hubert and Prince Phillip leave the kingdom for a Royal Conference; Aurora is left in charge of the kingdom. The fairies offer to help her, but Aurora declines; however, Aurora later asks the fairies to deliver King Hubert his speech which he has forgotten at the castle. Merryweather still is worried about Aurora and, before leaving with Flora and Fauna, gives her wand to the princess in case she needs any assistance and warns her to be very careful with it. The fairies manage to deliver the speech in time, and are about to return when Merryweather reveals she had lent her wand to Aurora when she was not supposed to do so. The fairies appear at the end of the segment and take part of the welcome-back meal.

The three fairies also play a role in the Kingdom Hearts series of video games. They first appear in Kingdom Hearts II at Yen Sid's tower, giving Sora his new outfit after he wakes from his year-long sleep, as well as the Star Seeker Keyblade and the ability to use Drive, and later witnessing Maleficent's return to power. At first, they all argue over what colour Sora's new outfit should be, until agreeing to zap it all at the same time. The end result is a black outfit with colourful highlights all over. In Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, the fairies appear in their homeworld, the "Enchanted Dominion", talking with Ventus about Aurora and Phillip and later assisting him in his battle against Maleficent. They also appear at the end of Aqua and Phillip's battle against Maleficent in her dragon form, again blessing Phillip's sword as he throws it into Maleficent's heart; however, the attack does not kill her and just defeats her. During the credits, while Aurora and Phillip are dancing, Flora and Merryweather contmelyinue their old argument over what colour Aurora's dress should be.

The three fairies had appeared as guests in the TV series Disney's House of Mouse. They also appear at themed-parks and live events. They co-host the Magic, Music and Mayhem show with the Fairy Godmother from Cinderella. In the Disney Divas event at Disneyland, the fairies appeared at the climax of the show, comfronting Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Cruella de Vil, among others, and later introducing Cynthia Harriss, former president of Disneyland Resort.[2] As of 2013, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather appear as regular characters in Disney's Sofia the First animated television series.

They also appear in Disney's live action film Maleficent, as a trio of pixies named Knotgrass, Flittle and Thistlewit, respectively. The pixies are extremely different from their animated counterparts and have been reduced to comic relief, as they are shown to be unequal to their task of raising Aurora. The child's actual care was overseen by Maleficent in secret.

  • Knotgrass (Imelda Staunton) wears red and is the Flora equivalent: bossy and superior. She blesses Aurora with the gift of eternal beauty.
  • Flittle (Lesley Manville) wears blue like Merryweather but is really the Fauna equivalent: naive and absent-minded. She blesses Aurora with the gift of eternal happiness.
  • Thistlewit (Juno Temple) wears green like Fauna but is really the Merryweather equivalent: giddy, playful and childlike. She was interrupted by Maleficent before she could bless Aurora.

Prince Phillip[edit]

Prince Phillip
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First appearance Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Portrayed by Julian Morris (Once Upon a Time)
Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent)
Voiced by Bill Shirley (original film)
Roger Craig Smith (Disney Princess Enchanted Tales)
Josh Robert Thompson (Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep)

Prince Phillip is Aurora's true love, voiced by Bill Shirley. Phillip is based on the prince from the original French fairy tale that appears a hundred years after the princess is put to sleep by Maleficent's curse, having heard the story of the sleeping princess, and entered the castle. He trembled upon seeing the princess's beauty and fell on his knees before her. He kissed her, then she woke up, and then everyone lived happily ever after. Unlike The Prince from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Prince Charming from Cinderella, Phillip was the first prince in Disney theatrical animated features to be given a proper name and a full character.

At Aurora's birth, it was said that Philip would marry the princess, the daughter of his father's best friend. A young Phillip presents a gift to the infant Aurora at her christening, but ironically is less than impressed when he sees her. The event is interrupted by Maleficent, who appears and curses Aurora, causing the Three Good Fairies to take Aurora into the forest to raise her. Later, later Phillip is riding in the forest and hears Aurora, now known as Briar Rose, singing. He follows her voice and starts singing with her. She tries to run away, but he follows her. By the end of the song, they have fallen in love. However, Aurora realizes she is disobeying her "aunts" and leaves, but not before telling Phillip she will be celebrating her birthday at her cottage in the middle of the forest. After being captured by Maleficent and thrown into her dungeon after arriving at Briar Rose's home, the Three Good Fairies rescue him so that he in turn can save Aurora. Phillip leaves Maleficent's castle and is target of Maleficent's fury, who hurls lightning bolts (and later conjures a forest of thorns) at him. At the gates of the castle, Phillip faces a terrible battle with Maleficent, who has turned into a dragon. The battle ends with him killing Maleficent with the Sword of Truth. He kisses Aurora and she wakes up. They then go downstairs, arm in arm, and share a dance after Aurora meets her parents.

In Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, Phillip is one of the characters from Sleeping Beauty to make an appearance, now voiced by Roger Craig Smith. At the beginning of the "Keys to the Kingdom" segment, Phillip is set to leave the kingdom along with his father and Aurora's parents for two days for a Royal Conference, leaving Aurora to reign over it in their absence. Before departing, Phillip encourages Aurora to do a good job while in charge of the kingdom and tells her to look at the brightest star at night, as he will be doing the same. Phillip returns at the end of the segment and is part of the celebration for Aurora's duty.

Phillip also appears in Disney/Square's Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep in his homeworld, "Enchanted Dominion". He is voiced by Josh Robert Thompson. Phillip plays a very similar role to that of the original film, meeting Aurora at the forest and singing along with her. Later, Phillip fights along with Aqua, an original character from the video game, in the battle against Maleficent's goons, and Maleficent in her dragon form. Phillip defeats Maleficent with his sword; however, unlike the film, Maleficent is not killed, but merely weakened to the point that she reverts to her first form. Phillip goes on to kiss Aurora and break Maleficent's spell on her. In the original Kingdom Hearts, Enchanted Dominion has been swallowed by the Heartless, and Phillip himself has disappeared, but is presumably restored after Sora defeats "Ansem" at the end of the game.

Phillip is one of the many Disney characters that appear in the TV series Disney's House of Mouse. He also appears in theme-parks and live events. Phillip is featured in the "Disney Heroes" franchise, a toyline similar but much less successful than the Disney Princess franchise. Phillip and Maleficent in dragon form appear in stylized versions, somehow different from their regular appearance.[3]

On the TV series, Once Upon a Time, a live-action version of the character is played by Julian Morris.[4] Another live-action version of Prince Phillip appeared in Disney's live-action film Maleficent, portrayed by Brenton Thwaites. In this interpretation, Philip is sent by his father, King John of Ulstead, to King Stefan's castle on a business matter, but encounters Aurora along the way. Although they do not marry in the end, their relationship is left with the potential to become something deeper.

King Stefan[edit]

King Stefan
First appearance Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Portrayed by Sharlto Copley (Maleficent)
Sebastian Roché (Once Upon a Time)
Voiced by Taylor Holmes (original film)
Corey Burton (Disney Princess Enchanted Tales)

King Stefan is Aurora's father, voiced by Taylor Holmes in his last role. The film begins with a description of his kingdom and his marriage, and how happy he and his wife, Queen Leah, were with the birth of their daughter. Stefan organizes a celebration to present Aurora to the kingdom, and invites his best friend, King Hubert, to have his daughter Aurora betrothed to Hubert's son, Prince Phillip. During the celebration, Maleficent makes her appearance without any invitation and curses Aurora to die before her sixteenth birthday by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning while, for not being invited. King Stefan decrees all spinning wheels in the kingdom burned, but Flora, Fauna and Merryweather know that this is not enough to stop Maleficent, so they ask for permission from King Stefan and his wife, the Queen Leah, to take Aurora with them and hide them until her sixteenth birthday. The narrator suggests that the following years were of sadness for Stefan and his kingdom due to Aurora's absence.

King Stefan next appears as the sixteen years have passed, preparing everything for the return of his daughter, and discussing with Hubert the future of their kingdoms and their children. King Stefan wishes for Aurora and Phillip to get to know each other before they get married, unlike King Hubert who already has their children's new castle made and ready for them to move in after the celebration of Aurora's return. King Stefan is next seen waiting with the whole kingdom for Aurora's arrival, unaware that she has already pricked her finger, until the fairies put everyone to sleep. King Stefan later wakes up at the end of the film, just in time to meet his daughter Aurora and watching her dancing with Prince Phillip.

In Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, King Stefan, now voiced by Corey Burton, departs with Queen Leah, King Hubert and Prince Phillip to a Royal Conference, leaving her daughter Aurora in charge of the kingdom. He is next seen just as he is about to enter the castle, warned by a duke warns him to not enter the hall as it is filled with animals, a situation that is solved by Aurora just before Stefan enters the hall. He attends the celebration organized by Aurora at the end.

In the Disney's live-action film Maleficent, King Stefan serves as the primary antagonist, portrayed by Sharlto Copley. Growing up as an orphaned farm boy, Stefan became Maleficent's childhood companion, but his desire to become king resulted in him betraying Maleficent's trust; ripping her wings off to win the dying King Henry's favour. Due in part to his daughter Aurora's curse and his vindictive drive to kill Maleficent at any cost, King Stefan is shown to be extremely ruthless and paranoid in general, as opposed to the character's wise and kind personality in the original film.

King Hubert[edit]

King Hubert
First appearance Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Voiced by Bill Thompson (original film)
Jeff Bennett (Disney Princess Enchanted Tales)

King Hubert is Phillip's father, voiced by Bill Thompson. King Hubert and his best friend, King Stefan, had betrothed their children to marry each other when the time comes, so that their kingdoms remain forever united. He is invited to Aurora's christening and witnesses Maleficent cursing Aurora. Though the baby princess Aurora is taken away by Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, the betrothal remains the same. Hubert is next seen as sixteen years have passed and Stefan is preparing the celebration for Aurora's return. King Hubert and King Stefan are talking about their children and their kingdoms when the conversation almost results in a fight until both kings realize they are about to fight for no reason. The scene is interrupted by Phillip's arrival. Prince Phillip tells his father that he has met a young woman in the forest and that he will marry her, against his father's will. Unbeknownst to Hubert, this young woman is Aurora under the disguise of "Briar Rose", the fake identity the fairies have given her to protect her from Maleficent. King Hubert is unsuccessful as he tries to change Phillip's mind about marrying a peasant instead of his fianceé, so he returns to the castle to talk with King Stefan and give him the news. During this events, Maleficent's curse has been fulfilled and Aurora has fallen into a deep sleep, so the fairies decide to put everyone else asleep. Just as he is falling asleep, King Hubert is telling an already sleeping King Stefan that Phillip is in love with a peasant girl, which makes Flora realize that it was Phillip whom Aurora met in the forest. King Hubert wakes up at the end of the film, resuming his conversation with King Stefan and is about to tell him that Phillip loves a peasant girl when Aurora and Phillip are seen coming down the hall staircase, which leaves Hubert confused but satisfied.

King Hubert is one of the characters from Sleeping Beauty that return in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, now voiced by Jeff Bennett. He attends a Royal Conference along with Prince Phillip, King Stefan and Queen Leah, in which King Hubert is due to give a speech. However, King Hubert realizes he has forgotten his speech at King Stefan's castle only when he is already at the Royal Conference. King Hubert tries to find it everywhere until the fairies arrive and deliver him his speech. Hubert is next seen at the end of the film, attending a meal organized by Aurora.

Queen Leah[edit]

Queen Leah
First appearance Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Portrayed by Hannah New (Maleficent)
Voiced by Verna Felton (original film)
Barbara Dirikson (Disney Princess Enchanted Tales)

Queen Leah is King Stefan's beautiful wife and Princess Aurora's mother. She appears alongside her husband and newborn daughter as the entire kingdom gathers at the castle to celebrate Princess Aurora's birth. The wicked fairy Maleficent then appears and in retaliation for not having been invited to the celebration, Maleficent curses the baby Princess to die before the sunset of her sixteenth birthday. The three Good Fairies (Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather) are allowed by the Queen Leah and King Stefan to take Aurora into hiding and raise her until the time of the curse has passed. The Queen Leah is next seen as she is waiting for Aurora's return, but Aurora is placed under the curse before she can be returned to her parents. Therefore, the three Good Fairies put the entire kingdom (including the King and Queen) under a sleeping spell until Aurora's curse is lifted. The Queen Leah reappears at the end of the film, just in time to meet Aurora. The Queen Leah only has two lines in the whole film and her name is never given or spoken.

The Queen Leah also appears in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, voiced by Barbara Dirikson. She attends a Royal Conference with King Stefan, King Hubert and Prince Phillip, leaving her daughter Aurora in charge of the kingdom. She returns at the end of the segment to a celebration organized by her daughter Aurora.

Portrayed by Hannah New, Queen Leila plays a minor role in Disney's live action film Maleficent. She is King Stefan's wife and the daughter of his predecessor, King Henry. Their marriage appears to be loveless. Fifteen years after her daughter is cursed by Maleficent and sent to live in the safety of the forest, Queen Leila becomes gravelly ill and dies, but the paranoid Stephan shows no grief over her death. He later notes his daughter Aurora's resemblance to his late wife when Aurora returns to the castle.

Diablo[edit]

Diablo is Maleficent's pet raven. The source of his name is not clear as he is never named in the film. Diablo is present at Aurora's christening, during which Maleficent curses the baby. When Maleficent's goons inform their mistress that they have spent sixteen years looking for a baby, she sends Diablo to look for Aurora. Diablo flies over the forest looking for any sign of the princess until he discovers the cottage where she is living with the fairies due to some magic caused by Flora and Merryweather. After informing his mistress, Diablo joins Maleficent as she and the goons capture Phillip in the cottage, and notices the fairies' presence in the Forbidden Mountain while Maleficent is unaware of it. Diablo later discovers that Phillip has escaped with the fairies' aid, and commands the goons to stop them from leaving the mountain. Merryweather returns and chases Diablo round Maleficent's tower until she turns him into a stone raven. He was voiced by Dal McKennon in the original film and is currently voiced by Frank Welker.

Diablo plays small but vital roles in the Kingdom Hearts series: First in Kingdom Hearts II where he carried Maleficent's cloak into Yen Sid's tower to ensure her revival, and then Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance to deliver a message to Mickey.

Portrayed by Sam Riley in the live-action film Maleficent, Diaval is introduced as a crow whom Maleficent saved to be her servant and confidant. Throughout the film, Maleficent and Diaval's relationship develops from that of a servant and mistress and blossoms into a deep friendship, with hints of a romantic relationship by the end of the film. Using her magic,Diaval can be turned into a human or any other animal Maleficent wishes, for example mostly a man, raven but also, wolf and horse.

Samson[edit]

Samson is Prince Phillip's pet horse. He appears in the two films. He is very fond of Aurora, but can become jealous when Phillip shows affection towards her. He is voiced by Frank Welker in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams.

Maleficent's Goons[edit]

Maleficent's army is made up of goblin-type creatures that resemble boars, hawks, alligators, goats, bats, vultures, and other creatures. Though loyal, the goons have low intelligence as, due to unclear orders from Maleficent who is infuriated with their stupidity, they spent 16 years searching for an infant Aurora rather than a girl of proper age. The goons later appear to capture Prince Phillip in the cottage where the three fairies were hiding Aurora, and again attempting to thwart his escape by pushing boulders (Flora turns them into bubbles), shooting arrows (Flora turns them into flowers), and pouring boiling oil (Flora turns it into a rainbow).

The goons make cameo appearances in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep.

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