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Kate Beckett

Vital Statistics
Title Captain
Full Name Katherine Houghton Beckett (birth name)
Katherine Castle (married name)
AKA Kate
Katie (by Jim Beckett)
Lola Black [1]
Jean Harrington [2]
Kit Kat (by Rogan O'Leary)
Gender Female
Status Alive
Occupation NYPD Captain
NYPD Homicide Detective (promoted)
Former Federal Government Agent

Former Model

Spouse(s) Richard Castle (husband, 2014-)
Rogan O'Leary (1999-2014, ex-husband)
Josh Davidson (ex-boyfriend)
Tom Demming (dated)
Will Sorenson (dated)
Parents Jim Beckett (father)
Johanna Beckett † (mother)
Martha Rodgers (mother-in-law)
Jackson Hunt (father-in-law)
Rita (step-mother-in-law)
Children Alexis Castle (step-daughter)
Lily Castle (daughter)[3]
Reese & Jake Castle (twin sons) [4]
Other family Theresa (aunt)[5]
Sofia (cousin)[6]
Character Informatio jlzrgyuc. Пандора Райдоn
Appearances All except "Cool Boys" and "The G.D.S."
Portrayed by Stana Katic

Katherine Houghton "Kate" Beckett is an NYPD Captain in charge of the 12th Precinct, after being promoted from homicide detective, and a former Federal government agent. Beckett is now the wife of Richard Castle. She is portrayed by Stana Katic.


Katherine Houghton Beckett was born to Jim and Johanna Beckett on November 17, 1979. She was raised in Manhattan.

Her grandfather was an amateur magician and frequently brought her to the famous Drake's Magic Shop after school in her early teens, resulting in her fascination of the art. She is also a comic book fan, having bought her first when she was 14 and envisioning herself as Elektra if she had a choice of what character to be. She was also raised by her father to be a baseball fan.

Beckett went to Stuyvesant High School, a public school in New York City reserved for highly gifted students. She then studied pre-law at Stanford, dreaming of becoming the first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, before transferring to New York University after her mother's death to pursue a career in law enforcement. Between her junior and senior year of college, she spent a semester studying in Kiev, Ukraine.

She hints to Castle many times about having a wild past and according to an old friend, Madison Queller, she was "the biggest scofflaw" in high school and was in relationships with a variety of men. She spent one summer while in high school modeling as opposed to waitressing, eventually earning enough money to buy a 1994 Harley Softail Motorcycle, which she still rides, although her father strongly disapproves of it and once even threatened to send her to a nunnery for. She also had a beauty queen, Debbie Winaker, for a roommate during her freshman year.

More info on Johanna Beckett's death here

Jim and Johanna Beckett, Kate's parents

On January 9, 1999, when she was 19, her mother, Johanna, was stabbed to death while on her way to meet with Jim and Kate for dinner. The detective in charge of the investigation, Detective John Raglan, was apparently never able to find the killer and attributed her death to random gang violence. Kate, though, believes that there was more to her mother's murder than a random killing, thinking that the investigating detectives ignored every other evidence that could lead them to her mother's murderer.

Her father took Johanna's death hard and became an alcoholic. She was eventually able to help her father get through it, though. From then on, she has since worn her mother's wedding ring as a neck lace for "the life she lost" and her father's watch, an Omega Speedmaster Professional, a.k.a. "Moonwatch", for "the life she saved".

On the other hand, her mother's death inspired Beckett to become a cop: to be a detective that actually looks for justice for the sake of the victims' families for the right reasons without 'pigeon-holing' crimes the way Detective Raglan did on her mother's case. Other than that, she also wanted a position in the force where she could investigate her mother's death further.

Richard Castle's books and the fictional shows Nebula 9 and Temptation Lane also apparently had its share of helping Kate get through her mother's death.

Beckett's training officer after leaving the academy was Mike Royce, who according to Beckett was "the only one who understood the obsession that drove her." His stories and influence in her life later led to her falling in love with him.

Beckett then became a detective for the New York Police Department, specifically the Twelfth Precinct Homicide Squad, where she works with fellow detectives Javier Esposito and Kevin Ryan, and medical examiner Lanie Parish, under Captain Roy Montgomery.

After spending the first three years of her career as a cop drowning herself in studying her mother's file and coming up with nothing, she finally decided to put it behind her and just try to forget about it and avoid delving deeper into the case. According to Captain Montgomery, her main strength as a detective lies in her ability to empathise with the relatives of violent crimes, which she does better than anyone he knows.

At one point in her career, she teams up with FBI Agent Will Sorenson for a kidnapping case that did not end well. The two become romantically involved, but the relationship ends when Will pursues a career in Boston, a career move he chose over Kate.


In the pilot episode, Beckett leads the investigation into the murder of Allison Tisdale, which is staged in the style of a death scene described in the Richard Castle's novel Flowers For Your Grave, along with other murders based on Castle's fiction.

Beckett has Castle consult on the case, and though she tries to contain his access, he repeatedly violates police protocol. Although the killer is apparently caught when he leaves his fingerprints, on a note he allegedly sent to Castle, Castle convinces Beckett to continue the investigation based on a hunch. The two discover that the killer was actually Allison's brother, setting up a mentally ill client of his sister - a social worker - so that he could claim the majority of their father's estate, due to his father suffering from terminal cancer. By the end of the pilot, Castle uses his friendship with the Mayor to get partnered with Beckett, under the pretense of conducting research for a new series of novels, starring a detective based on Beckett. When Beckett's learns that her literary alter-ego will be named "Nikki Heat", she disapproves of the "stripper name" and asks Castle to change it, which he doesn't. and the title of his first book is also unveiled, 'Heat Wave', which has a sexual connotation to it.

In episode 9, Beckett's past is further revealed when a former love interest, FBI Agent Will Sorenson, returns to New York and requests Beckett's assistance on a kidnapping case. It is revealed in the episode by Sorenson that Beckett once waited in line for an hour just to get one of Castle's books signed, and also how his novels helped her through her mother's death. In the first season finale, Beckett angrily refuses Castle's help in reopening her mother's murder investigation - having concluded, after conducting her own investigations upon joining the force, that focusing on her mother's death would destroy her life - stating that if Castle interferes, it will end his police collaboration with her. Despite this, Castle confronts Beckett at the end of the episode with evidence that her mother was targeted for murder.

At the beginning of season 2 she forgives Castle for his indiscretion about her mother's murder after he delivers a heartfelt apology. During this period it was also revealed that Beckett speaks Russian after a semester in Kiev between her junior and senior year, as well as spending a brief period modeling when she was seventeen on the grounds that it seemed easier than waitressing (although the only shown photograph of her modeling period is her in sports gear). Her partnership with Castle is later extended after Castle receives a three-book publishing deal after the success of the debut Nikki Heat novel.

Beckett's mother's case is again brought up at Season 2 Episode 13 "Sucker Punch", when Lanie contacts Dr. Murray after realizing the wound similarities between the victim and Beckett's mother. Dr. Murray then reveals to Beckett that there is no doubt in his mind that the victim is killed by the same man that murdered her mother. At first, she is informed by a corrupt businessman, Dick Coonan, that it is a contract killer named "Rathborne" who killed her mother and the 3 other victims. They then set up an exchange - Castle actually donating $100,000 of his own money to cover the fee to fake a hit - so Beckett can finally catch the killer, but the killer never shows. After the exchange goes bust, she realizes that Coonan himself is the killer - given that he implied an awareness of her connection to 'Rathborne' without Beckett having made any reference to her mother's death - and as she goes to

Castle comforts Beckett after she shoots Dick Coonan, the only lead in her mother's case

arrest and confront him, he takes Castle hostage. Castle manages to free himself, but Coonan comes charging after him only to have Beckett shoot him in the chest, killing him instantly. Though she gains some closure on her mother's death, she must now figure out who ordered the hit on her mother. In the same episode, Castle states that he will stop shadowing her and feels guilty that Beckett had to kill in order to save his life. However, Beckett tells him to stay, admitting that she has grown accustomed to Castle "pulling on [her] pigtails," although she threatens to shoot him if he mentions that to anyone else, that he makes her hard job more fun, and that she wants him to be there when she finally finds whoever ordered her mother's murder.

Season 2 Kate finds her feelings pulled in two different directions with the introduction of Tom Demming (introduced in Den of Thieves)  who is a Robbery detective helping Esposito when the case crosses paths with their old precinct.  A thief is found murdered, and a key chain of the 54th is found.  Demming is thought to be a 'dirty cop', but his alibi proves him to be even more outstanding when they learn at the time of the murder he was coaching inner city kids. 

The attraction between Demming and Beckett is immediate and continues to grow in the next episode, Food to Die For.  After a prominent chef is found dead in his restaurant kitchen, the owner is an old friend of Kate's from high school, Madison.  Much to Kate's dismay Castle and Madison go on a date, which is broken up by Beckett's need to question her friend in the ongoing murder mystery.

Overkill opens with a Robbery Homicide which brings Demming into the fore front of the investigation splitting Kate between the two men and their theories on the investigation, ultimately both theories prove to be the right one. 

In a Deadly Game the season 2 Finale, Castle is being abandoned by Alexis and Martha for his annual memorial day plans in the Hamptons.  He extends the invitation to Kate, who at first is taken aback, but agrees to think about it.  Throughout the investigation Castle drops hints about the weekend and Kate put him off.  It isn't until Castle overhears Kates plans to spend the weekend at the Jersey shore with Demming that he realizes that Beckett has made her choice.  He decides that now would be a good time to end their partnership.  Using his writing or lack there of as an excuse he decides to spend the entire summer away in the Hamptons at the completion of the case.  Esposito and Ryan decide to have a going away dinner at the 12th for Castle.  Beckett realizes she wants Castle and ends her relationship with Demming telling him that he's just not what she's looking for.  Beckett decides she is going to tell Castle that she will join him for the weekend in the Hamptons, but before she can get what she needs out Castle's ex-wife/publisher shows up to join Castle in his trip to the Hamptons.  When Kate asks if its for the weekend, she says no, the summer.  Stunned Kate asks if she will see Castle in the fall...

In "A Deadly Affair", Beckett and her team find Castle at a crime scene, in the season three premiere, and arrest him for murder (which she gladly does because he didn't call her to inform that he was back in town, but after he is proven innocent, she sets him loose). Beckett "loses" a bet with Castle, which then results in him being reinstated as her partner.

In "He's Dead, She's Dead", Castle and Beckett have differences while investigate the murder of a prominent psychic. The daughter of the victim reveals a premonition to Kate, that the name Alexander is important and will influence her life. It is revealed that Beckett has looked at the biography page of Castle's official website, and thus knows his middle name is "Edgar". However, his real middle name is Alexander.

Mike Royce, Beckett's former training officer, in 3x03 "Under The Gun"

In "Under the Gun", Beckett tells Castle that she has a '94 Harley Softail motorcycle, which she worked through high school to pay for. When he asks why she will not show him a picture of the bike, she says it is because she does not think he could handle the sight of her "straddling it in tight black leather.In "Last Call", she displayed her singing talents with the rest of her team.

In "Anatomy of a Murder", Beckett said that she would break Castle out of prison if he got arrested. Prior to this, Martha told Castle that breaking someone out of prison is true love. In the episode, a male nurse smuggled his true love out of a jail.

In "3XK", Beckett breaks open the door of a motel room and cries Castle's name. After she sees that he is alive and bound to a chair, she releases him and whispers in his ear, "I'm so glad that you're okay." In the next scene, which is also the last scene of the episode, Castle sits sadly by the edge of the motel pool when Beckett arrives and brings him coffee. After talking about the killer and that Castle feels bad that he could not stop him, Beckett explains that she knows the feeling and puts her hand on his knee. Castle reacts similarly by placing his hand over hers.

In "Nikki Heat", Beckett allows Natalie Rhodes (Laura Prepon) to shadow her for inspiration.  Rhodes takes it one step further and  begins not only dressing like Kate, but acting exactly like her, scaring everyone at the 12th.  Rhodes takes her acting seriously and seduces Castle in the elevator engaging in a steamy kiss.  As the doors begin to close Kate sees the pair locked together and is obviously jealous.  It isn't until the following morning we find out Castle turned her down, to Kate's relief. (Castle is currently in a relationship with ex-wife Gina and Kate is with Josh)  Rhodes only wanted to sleep with Castle to gain insight on Jameson Rook, the male counterpart in the Nikki Heat series. Rhodes points out that Beckett and Castle are probably in love with each other but will not admit it, which lead to Castle using "verbal masturbation" (i.e. inventing a steamy, physical relationship between the characters he based on Beckett and himself, Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook).

In "Knockdown", Castle and Beckett finally kiss, although it is officially a ploy to distract a guard. Earlier in the episode she calls him "Rick." She first calls Castle "Rick" in the pilot of season 1. When Beckett thanks him for having her "back in there", Castle starts a rally that will last for the next season and a half, largely standing in for the word "love", with the simple "Always."

Castle and Beckett share their first kiss in 3x13 "Knockdown"

In "Setup", Castle and Beckett can be seen in a concealed Tarpaulin tarp together after being exposed to high levels of radiation. Castle asks Beckett about her recent trouble with Josh(her current boyfriend) and Kate responds by telling Castle about how Josh has been away a lot, and how she wants him to be there for her. Unfortunately, a man comes and interrupts before Castle can say something to Kate that could probably change their relationship, in a good way. Castle can be seen scowling at the man, who releases them from the tarp, and who informs them the radiation was from remnants of Cobalt-60.

In "Countdown", Castle and Beckett are trapped inside a giant freezer, where they huddle in an intimate position to keep warm. As Beckett becomes weaker, she turns to Castle and gently touches his face, saying "I want you to know how much I, l—". As she passes out from the cold, we can see the "l" forming on her lips. Castle begs her to wake up, before passing out himself. The first thing Castle calls for as he wakes up in the ambulance is "Beckett!".

Castle and Beckett trapped inside a giant freezer

He also looks extremely miserable when Beckett suggests she and Josh have a chance. They are both very coy with each other during the rest of the episode. As the timer gets lower and lower, they grasp hands and share "a look", and as Castle pulls his heroic feat, Beckett looks at him with a ludicrously happy expression, and jumps on him in happiness. All Beckett can do in the office "party" is sing Castle's praises. At the end of the episode, Castle says "I was thinking maybe... I should go home, get some rest.", quickly swerving away from the relationship-changing statement as he spots Josh coming towards them. As Castle walks to the elevator, Beckett and Josh embrace, however, Beckett's eyes follow Castle until she can no longer see him. In the elevator, Castle looks completely heartbroken; probably because considering the circumstances they had been in, and neither of them had managed to express their true feelings.

In "The Dead Pool", she is "courted" by another writer, Castle's protege, for information and characteristics. At the end of the episode, Castle admits openly to being jealous, and she turns the writer down, calling herself a "one writer girl". When Castle thanks her, she replies "always" and they share a charged moment before breaking away awkwardly.

In "To Love and Die in L.A.", Castle complimented Beckett on the night they should've gone home, having a charged moment. Beckett then moves to his bedroom while Castle is sitting on the couch, waiting for Beckett to come back and express her feelings. Then we see that she's very emotional, leaning against the door while her hands are on the door handle, thinking about whether open the bedroom's door, or not. When she finally decides to talk to him, Castle was already in his bedroom.

The cross-hairs line up on Beckett's chest as she delivers her eulogy at Captain Montgomery's funeral.

In "Knockout", Beckett tells Castle he and she are "over" after his unsuccessful attempt to dissuade her from continuing her obsessive pursuit of Hal Lockwood, an assassin connected to her mother's murder. While they fight Castle tells Beckett that he doesn't understand what their relationship is; that they "nearly die frozen in each others' arms", kiss, hold hands, and spend their free time together, but they never talk about any of it. He also accuses her of "hiding" in relationships with men she doesn't love. When she is delivering a eulogy at Roy Montgomery's funeral, she is shot, leading Castle to confess his love for her.

In "Rise", as the fourth season opens, Beckett is seen recovering from her surgery. When Castle comes to visit her, she tells him she doesn't recollect anything about being shot and, therefore, does not recall his confession of love for her. As the episode ends, she confesses to her psychiatrist, Dr. Carter Burke, that she remembers "everything".

In "Eye of the Beholder", Beckett and Castle work a case with Serena Kaye, an attractive insurance investigator who later becomes a suspect in the crime. Beckett instructs Castle to distract her while she and Esposito conduct a search of her room. Acting as requested, Castle takes her to dinner at the hotel restaurant. Upon leaving the restaurant, Castle texts Beckett to warn her to get out of the room. Not heeding his message, Castle has to distract Serena whilst Beckett exits the room and presses her into the wall and kisses her. Beckett is shown to be very jealous of this and her frustration is clear to the others on her team who point out how determined she is to pin Serena as the killer/thief of the crime. At the end of the episode, Serena tells Castle "I don't take things that belong to someone else", referring to Castle himself when she realizes Beckett's feelings for Castle. 

In "Cops & Robbers", Castle, along with Marta, is taken hostage in a bank robbery. Despite being a homicide detective, Beckett and her team go to the scene in the hope of saving Castle. Beckett pretends to be a Paramedic to get brief access to the Bank and tells Castle "I promise, I'm going to get you out of here." Whilst negotiating with the hostage takers, the leader of the heist becomes impatient and threatens to shoot Castle, telling Beckett he had the gun pressed against Castle's throat. Beckett then vows that if he "pulls that trigger" she will "walk straight through that door and personally put a bullet through [his] skull" and manages to convince him to not to shoot Castle. The end of the episode sees Beckett searching the rubble of the remains of the bank after the kidnappers blow it up, shouting Castle's name. When she finds him alive and well, it is clear that she has intense feelings for him and they 'connect', but they are interrupted by Castle's mother, Martha.

In "Cuffed", Beckett and Castle wake up together, handcuffed. After surviving a tiger and a few crazies, they are rescued by Ryan and Esposito. Back at the station, Castle says if he "ever has to be hitched to someone again, [he] wouldn't mind if it was [Beckett]". Beckett also says "If I had to be cuffed to someone again, I wouldn't mind if it was you [Castle], either...But next time, let's do it without the tiger."

In "Till Death Do Us Part", Castle and Beckett are each other's 'plus one' to Ryan's wedding, and each pretends that they are simply making a virtue out of necessity.

In "An Embarrassment of Bitches", Castle visits Beckett with the victim's dog, because they agreed to have a "shared costody". Before leaving, he says that the dog loved when he rubbed him between his eyes. After that, he takes Beckett's hand and starts to gently draw circles with his thumb on it, to present. While doing this for 7–8 seconds, there's obviously a moment of "connection". However, a few seconds later, she interrupts. After that, Castle says: "Yeah, there's... you get it.", then both of them become very distracted.

In "Pandora/Linchpin", the duo are involved in a CIA operation with Castle's previous muse, Sophia Turner. Beckett's jealousy is clear throughout and she even declares "Sleep with whomever you want, the more the merrier" in a moment of frustration. Castle and Beckett survive yet another attempt on their lives and are grateful for each other's company.

In "47 Seconds", Beckett and Castle are talking about how pressuring this case is. she says: "It makes you think about all those things in your own life that you don't want to put off anymore." Then she tries to say something, obviously something sensitive, judging from the sentence above, but Esposito steps into the room and interrupts. When Castle speaks with Martha, she tells him that he should tell Beckett how he feels, because "Nobody's tomorrow is guaranteed." When he tries to tell her how he feels, he gets interrupted. Some scenes later, she was trying to speak with Castle, probably about their conversation, but he wasn't there, and they got a location of their prime suspect. When Castle came back, Beckett was already in the interrogation room, so Castle goes beyond the one-way mirror. During the interrogation Beckett unknowingly confesses that she "was shot in the chest and remember[s] every second of it". Castle now knows that she heard him say "I love you" the day she was shot and has been pretending not to know. As a result of this, he begins to pull away from her, believing her lie about not remembering is her way of rejecting him and doesn't feel the same way.

In "The Limey", now that Castle has distanced himself from her and is casually seeing Jacinda, Beckett hits back and agrees to drinks with Colin Hunt, a Detective Inspector from England. At the end of the episode, when the Inspector is about to leave, he asks Beckett out for a drink, but she turns him down, while looking at Castle. After the Inspector left, she would've talked to Castle about something important, but he tells Kate that he needs to see his girlfriend because she double-parked with his car. When Beckett tells Castle that she thinks the girlfriend's not his type, he says: "She's fun, and she's uncomplicated. I think that's what my life needs now.", possibly referring to his previous statements about Beckett being a complicated person. After Castle leaves, she calls the Inspector back about she's changed her mind about the drink.

In "Headhunters", the divide between Castle and Beckett is getting greater. Despite this, Beckett still has Castle's back when he gets himself in trouble with a rogue gang cop, Detective Slaughter. She even risks her badge for him and declares "that's what partners are supposed to do", almost verbatim Castle's words on a similar occasion previously.

"Undead Again " sees a restoration in the Castle/Beckett relationship. Castle implies that he knows she remembers everything about the shooting. When the suspect says he doesn't remember about the killing, they leave the room. Later on, Castle says to Beckett in the hospital: "When a life-altering moment occurs, people remember." She responds: "Maybe it's too big to deal with, maybe he can't just face it just jet. But he maybe will, if he feels safe.", clearly talking about herself, judging from her former conversations with her psychologist.

Beckett also tells Castle that she is "almost where [she] wants to be. [She] can feel the wall coming down and [she'd] like [him] to be there when it does". Castle agrees to stick around until she is ready.

Castle and Beckett finally getting together.

In "Always", as season 4 concludes, a case sets Beckett on the trail of the man who shot her. Castle warns her that pursuing the man will lead to her death, and the only reason she is still alive is because he's made a deal with Montgomery's friend and the perpetrators. Reeling from his betrayal, and insisting that she will continue the case, Beckett causes Castle to declare he is 'done' as he can't watch her throw her life away, and they part ways. Later, Beckett ends up confronting her shooter, which culminates in her hanging from a rooftop by her finger tips. She shouts for Castle to rescue her, despite their separation.

Once rescued by Ryan and co operatives, she realizes what she wants. Since Castle is still not answering or returning her calls, she turns up at his loft in the middle of the night and when Castle asks her, "Beckett, what do you want?", she responds by saying "You", before taking Castle in her arms and kissing him. She tells him, "I almost died and all I could think about was you". After he looks at her for a moment, he pushes her up against the wall and they share several passionate kisses before Beckett leads Castle to his bedroom by the hand. 

Although the team are able to identify the man behind Johanna Beckett's murder as Senator William Bracken, the lack of evidence against him after the destruction of Montgomery's old files forces Beckett to resort to bluffing him into leaving them alone by claiming that another copy of the files still existed.

At the start of "Valkyrie", Beckett accepts both the new job in the Department of Justice and Castle's proposal, resulting in Castle spending some time alternating between New York and Washington due to Beckett moving for the new job. However, although Beckett made a positive impression on her colleagues for her investigative skills, she soon found herself unable to make the necessary moral compromises for her new role, jeopardizing a plan to infiltrate a major crime syndicate to protect a young woman who would have been forced to act as the mole.

As a result, Beckett was fired from the Department of Justice in "Need To Know", leaving her briefly unemployed due to station budget cuts preventing Gates from simply re-hiring her. Despite this, Castle was able to get her job back after he helped to reunite a prominent politician with his long-lost daughter in "Number One Fan", the city official wanting to thank the team for their role in bringing his family together.

Subsequent episodes feature various scenes of Kate and Rick planning their wedding, such as Kate receiving a dress from Matilda King, who mentored Kate during her brief modelling career. Bracken's crimes are eventually exposed when Kate discovers a long-hidden cassette recording of him ordering Johanna Beckett's death in "Veritas".



I'm not an 'if at first you don't succeed' kind of a girl, Castle. When it comes to marriage, I'm more of a 'one and done' type.

–Kate Beckett, Nanny McDead

Richard Castle

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Beckett's initial relationship with Castle was strained, in part due to her viewing him as immature and reckless. However, she did see that he was important in solving difficult cases. After "Sucker Punch", however - which featured Castle willingly using $100,000 of his own money simply to fake a contract to catch the man who killed her mother, followed by him volunteering to terminate their partnership after his presence forced her to kill her mother's murderer, without learning who hired him - her relationship with him has shown great improvement, as she can be seen getting burgers with him after a case. Castle also has come to talk with her more about Alexis, including her wanting to buy a motorized scooter and her falling in love with a boy named Ashley.

In "A Rose for Everafter", Beckett struggles with her burgeoning feelings for Castle when he turns out to have a very attractive ex, Kyra Blaine (Alyssa Milano). As well as her looks, she's real and, as Beckett observes to Castle, "I didn't think you went for real." Kyra likewise points out to Beckett that "he only dedicates books to people he really cares about, and, as she heads off on her delayed honeymoon, her last words to an uncertain Kate are, "He's all yours." Even Lanie comes right out and asks her how she feels about Castle's "one that got away" and ends up shouting after her, "Honey, just because you can't see what's going on, doesn't mean everybody else can't see what's going on."

In "Tick, Tick, Tick…", she is shown to be jealous of Castle's attention to Agent Shaw and her high-tech equipment. In the same episode, he is seen to be worried about her, even staying in her apartment to protect her from a murderer. He even made her pancakes in the morning, which she was teased about by Ryan and Esposito. During the aftermath of her apartment being blown up, Beckett stays at Castle's apartment, where she makes him breakfast.

Her relationship with Castle is further demonstrated by her closeness to Alexis Castle, his daughter. Alexis looks up to Beckett and sees her as a friend and surrogate mother at times, even asking her advice on a foreign exchange program to France; Castle once even asked Beckett to help look after Alexis if he died, when he believed that he had been cursed after looking at a Mayan mummy. Beckett also dispenses parenting advice, telling Castle that Alexis is entering her "wild-child phase." In "A Deadly Game", Beckett was on the brink of telling Castle about her feelings for him when his ex-wife (Gina) showed up to go to the Hamptons with him, saying he'll "see [Beckett] in the fall." They do not share any communication whatsoever during the summer.

In the season three premiere, "Deadly Affair", Beckett and her team find Castle at a crime scene and arrest him for murder (which she is shown to almost gladly do since he never called her once during the summer or upon his arrival back in town), but after he is proved innocent she lets him leave. Beckett "loses" a bet with Castle regarding who would discover evidence leading to the next stage of their investigation first - although they both received the evidence simultaneously-, which then results in him being reinstated as her partner. In "He's Dead, She's Dead", it is revealed that Beckett has looked at the biography page of Castle's official website, and thus knows his middle name is "Edgar". However, his real middle name is Alexander, Castle having legally changed his name from Richard Alexander Rodgers to Richard Edgar Castle (in tribute to Edgar Allan Poe) when he began writing. In "Nikki Heat", Beckett becomes jealous of the actress Natalie Rhodes when she sees her kissing Castle in the elevator. Unbeknownst to Beckett, Castle turned Rhodes down, because he felt that she was only acting out a fantasy he created (noting later to Beckett that sleeping with a woman posing as a fictional version of her would be too "meta").

In "Knockdown", Castle and Beckett kiss as a way to distract a guard, but afterwards, it's clearly seen by both their faces that they felt something more. In "Setup", Castle and Beckett can be seen in a concealed tarp together after being exposed to high levels of radiation. Castle asks Beckett about her recent trouble with her current boyfriend Josh and she says that Josh has been away a lot, and how she wants him to be there for her. Unfortunately, a man comes and interrupts before Castle can say something to Kate that could probably change their relationship. In "Countdown", Castle and Beckett are locked inside a giant freezer after raiding the location where a bomb is believed to be held. Fearing that they are both going to die as no one knows where they are, they eventually huddle together to keep warm, but are both very weak from the cold. Beckett thanks Castle for being there with her and Castle replies that he always will be. Beckett touches his face and says "I just want you to know that I...." but passes out before she can finish. Castle tries to wake her up, but he soon passes out as well. However, they are soon rescued by Esposito and Ryan. After finding the bomb later on, Castle and Beckett realize that it's too late for a bomb squad. Holding hands, they look into each other's eyes and then with only a second left, Castle yanks all the wires out, defusing the bomb as the timer hits 0:00. Relieved, he and Beckett hug. At the end of the day, Castle walks to the elevator, leaving Beckett and Josh to themselves. As Beckett is hugging Josh, she looks on at Castle until he's in the elevator. Castle looks completely heartbroken at the fact that they faced certain death twice and yet, neither one of them expressed their true feelings. In "The Dead Pool", she is "courted" by another writer, Castle's protégé, for information and characteristics. At the end of the episode, Castle openly admits to being jealous, causing her to turn down the writer calling herself a "one writer girl". When Castle thanks her, she replies "always". 

In "Knockout", Beckett tells Castle he and she are "over" after his unsuccessful attempt to dissuade her from continuing her obsessive pursuit of Hal Lockwood, an assassin connected to her mother's murder. While they fight Castle tells Beckett that he doesn't understand what their relationship is since they have "nearly died frozen in each other's arms, kissed each other, held hands, and spend their free time together, but they never talk about any of it". He also accuses her of "hiding" in relationships with men she doesn't love. While delivering a eulogy at Montgomery's funeral, Castle sees in the distance the sun reflecting off what he realizes to be a sniper rifle that is aimed at Beckett. Before he can tackle her out of the way, Beckett is shot in the chest. As she's laying on the ground, Castle begs her to stay with him and confesses his love for her, telling her "I love you, Kate" before she passes out with tears in her eyes.  

Beckett survives her injury after undergoing extensive surgery and even flatlining. When Castle visits her, she claims to have lost all memory of what happened and asks him to give her some time to process everything. However, a "couple of days" turns into three months and she still doesn't call Castle during that time (thus putting this in a mirror situation to that of the previous year when Castle didn't call Beckett for the whole summer, exactly three months as well and having the same result with Castle near furious with Kate for never contacting him). When she comes back to work, she meets her new boss, former Internal Affairs member Victoria Gates, with whom she immediately has a confrontation after she learns that the investigation into the attack on her, as well as Montgomery's death, has been closed. She also learns that, while she was away, Ryan, Esposito and Castle got some information, and that a storage facility possibly holding important information burned down, apparently in an accident. She meets with Castle - who has left the precinct since Beckett isn't there - and tells him that she broke up with Josh during the summer, and that she feels that she can't have an actual relationship while the people that had her mother killed are still free. She attempts to continue the investigation of her mother's death, but Castle convinces her to try and give it some time, so that things may become clearer. 

Beckett later confesses to her psychologist that she remembers everything upon getting shot, including Castle confessing his feelings for her, but does not admit this to anyone else. She refuses to pursue any relationship (including with Castle), until the man behind her mother and Roy Montgomery's deaths has been caught. In "Eye of the Beholder", Beckett is upset and becomes jealous when Castle becomes interested in another woman, Serena Kaye, but refuses to acknowledge her feelings towards Castle, leading her psychologist to question whether she's worried that he won't wait...or that he will. Castle becomes worried about Beckett when they are working on a sniper case and realizes that she is suffering from PTSD from her shooting. He asks Esposito, who also once suffered from PTSD, to help her overcome it. To do so, Esposito has her hold the type of gun she was shot with and tells her that she has to make what happened a strength instead of a weakness. Later on, knowing that Castle was the one who talked Esposito into helping her, she thanks him. 

In "47 Seconds", Martha encourages her son to tell Beckett how he feels; however, while Beckett is interrogating a suspect, she says "I was shot in the chest and I remember every second of it", not knowing that Castle is the observation room and overheard it. Castle is stunned and obviously hurt that Beckett has been lying to him the entire time about not remembering anything. He tells Martha that since she never said anything, he believes that it must mean that she doesn't feel the same way. Although Martha believes that he should end his partnership now that he knows the truth, Castle decides to stay on the grounds that he wants to continue, as he wishes to feel he is doing something that matters. In "The Limey", Beckett and Lanie talk about Castle, leading Beckett to admit her feelings for him. Her attempt to tell him about this (encouraged by Lanie) fails, though, as he appears with a flight attendant at the crime scene. Beckett is hurt, but still refuses to talk to him about this. In "Headhunters", Castle teams up with Detective Ethan Slaughter, clearly avoiding Beckett. She talks to her therapist about this and he suggests that maybe Castle is not ready to wait for her anymore. Beckett is devastated to hear this and is therefore happy when Castle ends his brief partnership with Slaughter. In "Undead Again", the case Beckett and Castle are working on partly mirrors their own problems such as one witness claiming not to remember anything of a murder. In the end, Beckett tells Castle that she is seeing a therapist and is working on herself which causes the wall inside her to slowly come down. To this revelation, Castle says "I'd like to be there when it does" to which Beckett replies "Yeah, I'd like you to be there, too".  

In the Season 4 finale, "Always", Beckett and Castle are forced to deal with their relationship when a murder they are investigating turns out to be linked to Beckett's shooting almost a year before. Castle, trying to get Beckett off the case, tells her he loves her and admits that he heard her saying she remembered everything. She is, however, angry that he hid important facts from her in order to protect her and refuses to back off from the case, causing Castle to end their partnership, refusing to see her throw her life away. Beckett is unable to resolve the case this time, though, and, in a near-death experience, realizes how much Castle truly means to her. After she resigns from her job, Beckett visits Castle that night and, while telling him she is sorry, shares a passionate kiss with him before they go to his bedroom hand in hand.  

In the Season 5 premiere, "After the Storm", it is implied that Beckett and Castle have consummated their relationship when Castle wakes up into his bed to find a shirt-clad Beckett walking in his bedroom with morning coffee. They speak about their night, with Beckett asks Castle if he liked it, to which Castle replies with a yes. They both agree that it was not a one time thing and want to have a serious relationship, but their conversation is interrupted when Castle's mother comes home, causing Beckett to sneak out of Castle's loft, so that Martha or Alexis don't see her. They must keep their relationship a secret since, due to Precint rules, coworkers are not allowed to become romantically or sexually involved or one of them must become re-assigned to a new partner or department. But, even though Castle is not technically a police officer, they both fear Captain Gates will go by the rule anyway and may re-assign Beckett or possibly kick Castle out for good. So the two decide that, for the time being, they will keep their relationship a secret.

In the episode "Still", Beckett and Castle arrive at an apartment of a suspected bomber, who escapes out the window into an alley, where he's immediately cornered by Ryan and Esposito.  As he's ordered to lay on the ground, he holds out a remote that he sets to arm what is believed to be a bomb.  When Esposito radios Beckett to clear out of the apartment, Beckett steps on a floor plate, setting the trigger of the bomb.  To keep Beckett's mind off the predicament she's in, Castle distracts her with the argument of who was into who first.  The majority of the episode is a series of flashbacks proving each other's point.  As it's discovered the bomb also has a timer and will detonate soon, Beckett asks Castle to leave.  As he's leaving, Becket calls out and tells him that she loves him, and he tells her that he loves her too.  This is the first time we hear Beckett say out loud that she loves Castle.  Castle shortly returns, and with the help of Ryan & Esposito he and Beckett figure out what the disarm code is for the bomb, and Beckett is saved.  As Castle and Beckett exit the apartment to the street, the two embarce, and just as they're about to kiss, a car pulls up with Ryan, Esposito and Captain Gates, who rush up to them to show they're happy they made it out alive.  As Esposito hugs Beckett, she quietly asks him if Gates saw her and Castle about to kiss, and before he can answer, Gates says she's glad that they're both ok, and she "didn't know too many men that would have done what he (Castle) did" to stay with Beckett.  As Beckett agrees, Gates tells Beckett, "Oh for heaven's sake detective, just kiss the man."  In shock, Beckett replies, "Sir, you know?", and Gates says, "What, do you think I'm an idiot?  I needed to maintain plausible deniability, which I can continue, as long as you two both act professionally at the precinct."  Castle says he has no problem with that, but claims Beckett has a long history of coming on to him at work, to which Beckett interupts him, and tells Gates, "I don't think it'll be a problem sir."  So their relationship is now out in the open.


Tom Demming In "Den of Thieves", Beckett meets robbery detective Tom Demming, whom she instantly takes a liking. It is later revealed that the two have started dating, eating together at work, and even "sharing a cab." At the end of "Overkill," she shares a kiss with him, confirming that they are now in a relationship. However, in the season 2 finale, Beckett realises she has feelings for Castle, and decides to accept his invitation to the Hamptons even though she'd previously declined it. Beckett breaks off the relationship with Demming, claiming that it "isn't what she's looking for right now". Demming asks her what she is looking for, and she merely looks away.

Will Sorenson

Beckett once dated FBI Agent Will Sorenson for 6 months after they met and worked together on a kidnapping case of a 6-year-old boy. In this case, they found the kidnapper, but the boy was already dead when they got to him. When Sorenson got a career opportunity in Boston, he chose to took it, although he seemed to have asked Kate to come with him. She declined because coming with him would have meant moving away with him again if more opportunities rise in other places. Will missed Beckett, though, and meant to call several times but, never got around to it.

Beckett and Sorenson sharing a kiss

In "Little Girl Lost", Agent Will requests for Kate's assistance in another kidnapping case, promising that they will find this child in time, which, eventually, they do.

Obviously, Will used the case as an excuse to get close to her again, although he was not expecting the presence of a shadowing novelist. This becomes evident when Will kisses Beckett when he gets her alone, although their moment is disrupted when Castle walks in on them to pop a theory.

Later, he asks her for another chance. When Beckett asks him what they will do if he has to leave again, Sorenson says that she should come with him then. When Beckett does not respond, Sorenson simply asks Beckett to think about it. Richard tells her that he could see why their relationship wouldn't work, saying that they are too alike, like "yin-yin".

In "A Death in the Family", Sorenson is in the car driving former mobster Jimmy Moran back to the safe house, when the killer pulls up next to them and shoots both Moran and Sorenson. Beckett later looks genuinely concerned at the news of his injury, and waits at the hospital with Sorenson until she has to leave for work purposes. She returns after closing the case, laughing and enjoying her conversation with her ex-boyfriend.

It is presumed that he was dispatched to another location because he was never again seen since, although in "Murder, He Wrote", Esposito finds out that he has been stationed in Europe six months prior.

Josh Davidson

In the last scene of season 3's fourth episode, "Punked", Josh (Victor Webster) comes to the precinct and picks Beckett up to go motorbike riding (shown by her going to get her helmet). Prior to this, Beckett had not told anyone that she had a new boyfriend. In the next episode, it is revealed that Josh is a biker and a cardiac surgeon.

In "Last Call", Beckett tells Castle that she and Josh had just been tucked up in bed with her laptop when his call came through to meet him at "The Old Haunt".

In "Knockdown", Castle arrived at Beckett's apartment and asked for Josh before he handed her flowers, indicating that the relationship with Josh is no longer casual.

In "Countdown", Josh stays in Manhattan, as opposed to going to Haiti, causing Beckett to think they "have a chance." Josh saves both her and Castle from hypothermia. They embrace at the end of the episode, however, Beckett seems distracted and longingly stares after Castle as he leaves.

At the end of "Rise", in which the couple are seen together several times, Beckett reveals that she broke up with Josh during her recovery.

Rogan O'Leary In "For Better or Worse", it is revealed that Kate went to a wedding chapel with her then boyfriend Rogan O'Leary during her first year at Stanford, getting married there. She didn't think it was real at the time, but it emerges years later that the marriage was valid. She has to go to Willow Creek, NY to locate him and get him to sign the divorce papers so she can marry Castle.


Jim Beckett

Jim is Kate's father who suffered after his wife died. He became an alcoholic, but Kate was able to help him get sober. He gave her his watch as a reminder.

Johanna Beckett

Johanna is Kate's mother who got killed by Dick Coonan while investigating a case. Kate was close to her mother when she was young and she apparently looks like her mother. Her death was the reason she became a cop and is what drives her to seek justice.


Esposito & Ryan

Kate works with Javier and Kevin at the 12th and gets along very well with them. When on the job, she acts as the boss in the team and mostly instructs the two for their next moves, although they do help each other a lot. Even though they are often out to annoy Beckett and tease her with Castle, they all seem to care about each other very much.

Lanie Parish

Lanie is a colleague and a very good friend to Kate. Kate feels that she can tell Lanie most anything, so she finds herself often opening up to her about Castle. Kate asked her to be her maid of honor in Law & Boarder.

Jenny Ryan

Beckett first met Jenny when Ryan brought her 12th Precinct to met the team. Jenny stated that Kate look much more pretty than her picture in Cosmopoliton. They often talk a lot and become very close when Jenny ask Beckett about Ryan.

Martha & Alexis

Beckett met Rick's mother, Martha, and his daughter, Alexis, a while after she and Castle began working together. She gets along with them quite well and seems to care for them as they care for her. Rick would sometimes open up to Kate about his problems with his mother and daughter, and Rick would often talk to them about his issues with Kate, so they all seem connected through Castle.

Roy Montgomery

Roy Montgomery is Kate's first captain at the 12th Precinct. Although he is directly involved with her mother's death, when she still did not know this they were very close. Feeling guilty and somehow responsible for her mother's death, he looks out for Kate and often tries to keep Kate away from the case and out from danger. He gave his life to protect Beckett from the man who wanted her dead. Before he died, she realized that she had forgiven him and they all decided to keep his past actions a secret from everybody so that Roy could die a hero.

Victoria Gates

Months after she was shot at Montgomery's funeral, she returned and met the new captain of the precinct, Victoria Gates. She was partnered with Castle again though Gates was against it, believing Kate was better as a detective without the distractions Castle give. She gets along professionally with Gates, although she occasionally shows her soft side to Kate.

Mike Royce

Mike was Beckett's first training officer after leaving the academy. Because of his stories, she found herself falling in love with him, a feeling that was only shared by the other platonically.

When she and Royce, now a bounty hunter, encounter each other again during a case they both happen to be working on, she later realizes that he used her, leaving her feeling betrayed. She later arrests him despite their past and separate on bad terms. Later, when Beckett finds out that Royce has been murdered, she decides to investigate his death, bringing her and Castle to LA. She then receives a letter from Royce, apologizing for his mistakes and encouraging her to pursue the relationship with Castle.

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  • "Cool Boys" and "The G.D.S." are the only episodes in which Kate is absent, attributed to her being away at a conference in "Cool Boys" and Castle tackling a case in Los Angeles in "G.D.S.".

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Background information

Feature films

The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
A Goofy Movie (cameo)
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
Mickey's House of Villains
The Return of Jafar (cameo)
Aladdin and the King of Thieves (cameo)
Tangled (picture cameo)
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (upcoming)

Television programs

The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid's Island
101 Dalmatians: The Series
House of Mouse
A Poem Is...
Once Upon a Time
Sofia the First

Video games

The Little Mermaid
Ariel the Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
The Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy
Disney Princess games
Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Kingdom Hearts II
Disney Universe
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
Hidden Worlds
Disney INFINITY series (townsperson)
Disney Magical World 2
Disney Emoji Blitz
Disney Tsum Tsum
Disney Magical Dice

Park attractions

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure
Mickey's Soundsational Parade
World of Color
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
The Golden Mickeys
Disney Stars and Motorcars Parade
Celebrate a Dreams Come True Parade
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
A Christmas Fantasy Parade
Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Festival of Fantasy Parade
Ariel's Seaside Treasures
Greeting Show Be Magical!
Mermaid Lagoon Theater
Parade of the Stars
Paint the Night Parade
Voyage to the Crystal Grotto
Golden Fairytale Fanfare
Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light

Portrayed by

Marietta DePrima ( Little Mermaid's Island )
Sierra Boggess (musical; debut)
Chelsea Morgan Stock (musical; finale)
Joanna García ( Once Upon a Time )


Glen Keane
Mark Henn
James Baxter
Tom Sito
Stéphane Sainte-Foi
Sandro Cleuzo
Nik Ranieri
Philo Barnhart


Jodi Benson

Performance model

Sherri Stoner
Julianne Moore (in Disney Dream Portrait Series )


Glen Keane


The Little Mermaid in the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen
Alyssa Milano
Sally Ride
Linda Hesselroth

Character information

Other names

Princess Ariel
Sweetie (by Scuttle)
Young lady
Angelfish (by Ursula)
Red (by The Catfish Club Band)


Free-spirited, naive, confident, curious, kind, adventurous, bright, artistic, idealistic, rebellious, intrigued, headstrong, compassionate, mischievous, charismatic, witty, bubbly, romantic, impulsive, perceptive, sensitive, selfless, feisty, protective, loyal, pacifist, fun-loving, childlike, polite, perky, determined, heroic


Slender, fair skin, red lips, long red hair, aqua blue eyes, lavender seashell bra, sea green fish-like tail


Princess of Atlantica (7th in line for being Queen of Atlantica; formerly)
Queen consort of her and her husband's kingdom




Disney Princess


To restore music and happiness to the Kingdom of Atlantica (succeeded)
To become human and live a different life on land with Eric (succeeded)
To protect her daughter Melody from Morgana (succeeded)


Atlantica (formerly)
Eric's castle


Prince Eric (husband)
Melody (daughter)
King Triton (father)
Queen Athena (mother; deceased)
Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella and Alana (older sisters)
Poseidon (paternal grandfather)
Neptune (paternal great-grandfather)
Crustacea (paternal great-aunt)


Spot (killer whale)
Stormy (seahorse)
Beau (horse)


Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle, Sandy, Max, Urchin, Gabriella, Grimsby, Carlotta, Chef Louis, Manta, Little Evil, the Catfish Club Band, Lucky, Tip and Dash, Benjamin


Ursula, Flotsam and Jetsam, Glut, Morgana, Marina Del Rey, Undertow, Cloak and Dagger, Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp, Moray, Manta (formerly), Little Evil (formerly)


Humans, human objects, adventure, freedom, music, singing, dancing, Prince Eric, chasing her dreams, having fun with Flounder, her family


Her father's stubbornness and hatred of humans, being without music or fun, rules, chores, pirates, evil, violence, Sebastian's nagging, her friends and family in danger, Melody's disobedience, being separated from Eric

Powers and abilities

Speed swimming
Underwater breathing


Pink shoulder bag


Becomes a human, marries Prince Eric, and gives birth to a daughter


"I don't see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad."
"I was a regular fish out of water." Source “ A girl rescued me. She was singing. She had the most beautiful voice. ” ―Prince Eric talking about Ariel

Ariel is the protagonist of Disney's classic 1989 animated feature film, The Little Mermaid . She is the seventh and youngest daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena, rulers of the undersea kingdom of Atlantica. She lived through much of her young life with a longstanding - yet forbidden - admiration of the human world, and longed to someday experience life on the surface.

Ariel is loosely based on the nameless protagonist of Hans Christian Andersen's Danish fairy tale " The Little Mermaid ". However, unlike Andersen's fairy tale in which the nameless protagonist dies, the Disney animated feature film has a happy ending.

Ariel is the fourth official member of the Disney Princess line-up.




    Official Description

    Ariel is an independent, headstrong and determined young mermaid. She is the youngest and prettiest princess of the sea but spends most of her time outside the palace walls of Atlantica singing, daydreaming, and adventuring with her best friend Flounder the guppy fish, and sometimes Sebastian the crab who is also the royal advisor to Ariel's father. At the age of 16, she unexpectedly becomes deeply infatuated with a young and handsome human prince named Eric and sacrifices all things dear to her for the chance of being with her one true love.



    Walt Disney himself and artist Kay Nielsen began work on the story of The Little Mermaid in the 1930's and early 40's. The feature was to be a very faithful adaption to Hans Christian Andersen's tale with the Mermaid dying and turning into sea foam in the end. However, after writing the script and illustrating the storyboard the project was shelved to focus on other projects also in the works such as Dumbo , Bambi and Fantasia . There have been alternate statements, however, that indicated that Disney may have intended to go for the happy ending route.

    In the mid-1980's the project was finally reopened, yet Disney decided to disregard the dark and grimy aspects of Andersen's story and make the film a more child-friendly version with a much happier ending which worked better for the company's brand. During development, the studio officially gave their Little Mermaid the aquatic-like name of "Ariel". The development team, however, indicated that the changes given for the film coincidentally matched up with the changes Walt Disney made during his attempted take on the film.

    Ariel's original design was developed by animator Glen Keane, who had reportedly said in an animation lecture that she was based on his own wife. Her appearance was also based on model Sherri Stoner, who provided live-action references for the animators during the development of the film and also inspired the look for Belle. A challenge in animating her for the film was the color required to show her in the changing environments, both under the sea and on land, for which the animators required 32-color models, not including costume changes. The sea-green color of her fin was a hue specially mixed by the Disney paint lab; the color was named "Ariel" after the character. She has been compared to past Disney Heroines, but is more physically similar to Alice from Alice in Wonderland , and Belle from Beauty and the Beast , as they all have big eyes, a broad forehead and a small mouth and chin.


    Jodi Benson, who was predominantly a stage actress when she was cast, was chosen to voice Ariel because the directors felt "it was really important to have the same person doing the singing and speaking voice." Co-director Ron Clements remarked that her voice had "sweetness" and "youthfulness" that was unique. When recording the vocals for Ariel's theme song "Part of Your World", she consented to Howard Ashman's suggestion that the lights in the studio be dimmed, so as to "feel a little bit more enclosed" and create the feeling of being deep under the sea. She was also encouraged to soften her singing voice almost to the point of speaking so that the song would feel more intimate.

    Voice actress Melissa Fahn auditioned for the role and was called back many times, but was turned down because she sounded a little too young.


    Ariel is a bright, spirited and headstrong mermaid with a strong passion for adventure and exploration. Her tendency to explore the more mysterious depths of the ocean (or more importantly, the world beyond the ocean) can lead to an array of problems to both herself, her friends, and in the confines of her personal life - as seen through her constant confrontations with her protective father, King Triton. Despite this, Ariel's selflessness, compassion and intuitive way of thinking often resolve such problems, as she always takes full responsibility for her actions.

    At the start of the original film, Ariel is shown to have a burning obsession with the human world, and a desire to learn more about their culture. Unlike her father at first, she views humans as aspiring creatures, astonished by their ability to constantly create, and heavily goes against the idea of them being "barbaric" and selfish as a result of this. This passion is revealed to have been prominent throughout Ariel's life years before the events of the film, as seen in the television series. By the point of the film, as shown through her lament, "Part of Your World", Ariel's obsession with the human world has reached unimaginable heights, as she spends most of her time focusing on finding, observing, and collecting various human objects that have sunk into the sea. Her obsession has also taken a toll on her emotionally, as the song begins with a sense of wonder and enchantment, ultimately climaxing in a soft end, filled with hopelessness and despair, representing Ariel's dying hopes of ever experiencing life upon the surface. These factors of desperation and despair are the prime motive behind Ariel's eventual deal with the sea witch, Ursula, to become human and experience the world above the surface.

    Ariel is also shown to be extremely compassionate and loving towards almost all living things; more so platonically than romantically. This is most notably seen through her friendship with her closest companion, Flounder, and even her father's court composer, Sebastian who, despite being against Ariel's recklessness and overly adventurous nature, is given a considerably large amount of love and respect from the princess, which is often reciprocated. With Flounder, she is comforting and patient, as well as protective, with the tendency to risk her own life for the guppies on various occasions. Her ability to befriend all various creatures, be they an abandoned killer whale, an irrationally feared sea creature and even the son of one of her nemesis is displayed throughout the franchise. Before she met Eric, she was rarely interested in romantic relationships, not even with any of the merman princes that Triton tried to get her to marry. The only known exception was Prince Waverly of the Pacifica Kingdom, with whom she was infatuated. However, after meeting Eric, Ariel is revealed to be a romantic, willing to make daring sacrifices for the sake of true love. Her love for him is validated by Eric's returned selflessness and sacrificial actions for the sake of love; notably seen during the climax of the film.

    Like her father, Ariel has a bad temper if she ever is provoked, although hers is not as bad as his. Although spirited, even she has had some degree of self-doubts about herself, as she actually at one point considered her father might have been correct and that she may have been a freak for having any fascination for humanity. She also had a degree of seeing the good in things, as she also doubted that humans could have been pure evil from their tools and artworks.

    Also, despite her usual naivety and impulsiveness, Ariel has shown on many occasions to be serious, careful, and very intelligent and intuitive.

    In The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea , Ariel matures after becoming a mother. Due to the threat of Morgana at the time, she becomes very overprotective of Melody in a similar manner to how she was treated by Triton in the first film. She is shown to long for the sea, but keeps this hidden from Melody for the latter's own safety; even though it would've been easier if she had explained everything to her, she even points this out in a later scene and at the film's climax. At one point, however, she does subtly allude to her true heritage as she mentioned to Melody when sympathizing with her about not fitting in that she was "a fish out of water", with Melody not quite believing her. Regardless of her few flaws, Ariel is very much selfless, sweet-natured and inspirational. However, her most notable trait, was her deep love and fascination for humans, having desired to become human during the events of the first film, even prior to meeting her future husband, Eric. However, she did not always have this trait; until she was 15 years of age, she expressed a deep fear of humans similar to Triton's prejudiced of humans, although her witnessing some humans saving a beached dolphin changed her views on the matter. Ironically, one of the people responsible for saving the dolphin was Eric, although she never knew it.

    Physical Appearance

    Ariel is a young mermaid teenager with a slim figure, fair skin, and large, deep aqua blue eyes. From childhood to her teenage years, she wore a lavender seashell bra. As a child, her lips were the same color as her skin and as a teenager, they are bright red. Ariel's most defining feature is her long, thick red hair. From the waist down, she has a green horizontal fish-like tail with sea green scales and light green fins. She most likely has the reproductive organs of a tropical fish. In Little Mermaid's Island , her seashell bra looks more like a strapless top that covers her belly.

    When Ariel becomes a human, the only article of clothing she wore was her seashell bra, but wears an old sail from a shipwreck with some rope to keep it closed, fashioned by her friend, Scuttle. Being prepared for dinner, she wears a pink and white gown, silver barrettes in her hair, and pearl white earrings. Getting ready for bedtime, she wears a pink nightgown. After being taken in by Prince Eric, she wears a dress with long light blue sleeves, a dark blue bodice, and a blue shirt (sometimes white), along with black heels. She wears a big royal blue bow in her hair. After she's turned into a human once again, she wears a light blue glittering dress. After she kisses Eric, during their wedding, she wears a white wedding dress with a sparkling golden tiara on her veil. During and after her daughter Melody's christening, she wears a gold and white dress, and a low ponytail decorated with a white bow. She also wears a periwinkle gown with an up-do decorated with a golden tiara with green and white gems on her necklace and earrings during Melody's 12th birthday party with her hair being a bit shorter due to it being adjusted. She still wears the same up-do with a green peasant dress when she's on Eric's ship and a blue and white dress with light blue earrings in the song "Here on the Land and Sea" in the second movie. In one of the video games, she wears an aqua-colored gown with a matching flower on the side of her hair.

    Powers and Abilities

    • Superhuman Strength: Ariel is known to have at least a very certain degree of superhuman strength, as she was able to move away from an underwater boulder blocking her grotto with relative ease in the original film. When discovering Eric's ship due to the fireworks, she is shown effortlessly climbing up the side of the ship with just her arms. When saving him, she effortlessly pulls him towards the surface and manages to keep them both afloat while holding him with one arm. In The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning , she seemed to be able to break the lock on a door to free her friends (albeit using a rock, but this is still especially telling as Sebastian stated immediately prior that she was "a weak helpless girl"). It is very likely that she retains her superhuman strength even in her human form.
    • Superhuman Durability: Ariel has superhuman durability, as, during the final battle with Ursula in the film, she was at one point knocked into a whirlpool that is several miles deep and survived with barely any injuries. Such a feat would kill a normal human if not completely destroy the body of that said human. She retains her superhuman durability even in her human form; evidenced by the fact that when Ariel was transformed into a human for the first time, her body was not being crushed while trying to swim for air.
    • Superhuman Stamina: Ariel has superhuman stamina, as demonstrated in the first film, the TV series, and it's sequel The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea , she can swim in the water for long periods of time. It is very likely that she retains her superhuman stamina even in her human form.
    • Superhuman Leaping: Ariel has superhuman leaping, she is capable of leaping out of water at great heights; similar to dolphins.
    • Underwater Breathing: As a mermaid, Ariel is able to metabolize oxygen from the water, which negates the need to surface, though she is certainly more than capable of breathing on land. She does not retain the ability to breathe underwater while in human form.
    • Speed Swimming: As a mermaid, Ariel is capable of swimming at a much faster rate than normal humans and even certain marine creatures in terms of undersea travel, or sea travel as a whole due to her half-marine status. For example, she was able to get to King Triton's palace from Prince Eric's kingdom in less than a day, as well as getting from Atlantica to Norway in the episode "Metal Fish" in a similar time fashion.
    • Aquapathy: As a mermaid, Ariel is capable of speaking with aquatic fauna. She retains this ability even in her human form.
    • Aquakinesis: As a mermaid, Ariel possesses the power of aquakinesis, as demonstrated in the first film, and it's sequel The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea , she caused a wave to form behind her from a nearby rock from which she was watching Eric at a distance (shortly after Ariel had saved him from drowning and he had regained consciousness). She retains this ability even in her human form; as Ariel and Melody both were able to cause unusual wave-forms.
    • Rapid Adaptability: As a mermaid, Ariel is capable of rapid adaptability. This is especially evident in terms of her becoming human, where she learned how to stand in a few minutes, and move in the same timespan, as well as quickly learning about the true human customs and abandoning her original beliefs about how human artifacts work, or at the very least not doing it in public.
    • Thermoendurance: As a mermaid, Ariel has demonstrated the ability to endure temperatures far more extreme than would be survivable for a normal human (especially one of her build). This is shown in the films and the TV series, where she went to the arctic with minimal ill effects other than feeling a bit cold, as well as in Return to the Sea , where she traveled to Morgana's lair, which was located inside an iceberg, and when visiting Ursula's, which was located in a volcanic region.
    Former powers
    • Magic: In the episode "T'ank You For Dat, Ariel", Ariel briefly became a sea witch and learned how to use magic; she used her new-found talents to grant Sebastian's wish of being bigger but unfortunately, it continuously worked, making him continue to grow to the point where he surfaced while standing, and it was fueled by the light of the full moon. She lost her magic and status as a sea witch when she wished the whole entire mess never happened, and her magic did just that, erasing the entire event and influencing her so it wouldn't happen in the reset timeline.
    • Singing: As demonstrated in the first film, the TV series and the prequel film The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning , Ariel is an excellent singer; a talent that she inherited from her mother, the late Athena. According to Sebastian, she has the most beautiful voice in all of Atlantica; her voice is so beautiful, that even Eric had fallen in love with Ariel, after only hearing her sing to him once when she drew him to consciousness with her incredible voice after rescuing him from drowning at sea.
    • Dancing: As demonstrated in the first film, the TV series and the prequel film The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning , Ariel is an excellent dancer; a talent inherent in most merpeople. After Ariel became human and when Eric took her out on a tour of his kingdom, during which she capably danced with him - as if she had been a human for many years (this is partly due to her rapid adaptability). In her mermaid form with her stunning emrald green tail, Ariel is capable of dancing in a similar fashion.
    • Expert Swimmer: As demonstrated in the first film, Ariel as a human (initially) was not very good at swimming. When Ariel became human (due to her inability to breathe under water or swim without her tail that she was accustomed to) Flounder and Sebastian were forced to help her get to the surface, otherwise she would have drowned. After Scuttle the seagull had informed her that Vanessa was truly Ursula in disguise, and Eric was compelled to marry Ursula while entranced by her, Ariel realized the sea witch's dark intentions and dove into the water (in order to get to the wedding-ship so that she could save Eric from Ursula) however, she was barely able to stay above the water, as she had to grab onto one of the barrels released by Sebastian to stay afloat, and Flounder helps her to the wedding-ship by pulling it with a rope. However, by the time of the events of The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea , Ariel has become an excellent swimmer, as seen in the ending of the second film.
    • Swordswoman: By the time of the events of The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea , Ariel has gained at least some knowledge of swordsmanship, which is evident by the fact when she used Eric's sword to cut the rope off a mast to save Melody from Morgana.


    • Oxygen: As demonstrated in the first film, Ariel cannot breathe underwater while in human form; if she remains underwater for too long, she will lose consciousness and eventually drown.


    The Little Mermaid

    As depicted in the film, Ariel is the youngest of Triton's seven daughters and is 16 years old. She has a vast fascination with the world of humans, despite such contact being forbidden by Triton, who is xenophobic and forbids contact between humans and her species.

    Ariel and Flounder exploring a shipwreck at the beginning of the film.

    At the beginning of the film, Ariel, and her fish friend, Flounder, swim through a shipwreck where they salvage human items. During their adventure, they are attacked by a shark, but Ariel manages to outwit him. After escaping him, Ariel and Flounder swim up to the surface, where they speak to Scuttle to identify human objects. He misidentifies a fork as a "dinglehopper" used to straighten their hair and a pipe as a "snarfblatt" used to make music. The identification of the latter reminds her about the concert she was initially supposed to a part of. After she is watched by two eels, Flotsam and Jetsam, Ursula watches from her crystal ball bubble and wants them to keep an extra close watch on her.

    Ariel hurries home to Triton and Sebastian, who both rebuke her for missing the concert. Hearing from Flounder about her encounter with a seagull, Triton reprimands her for swimming up to the surface, telling her how she could have been spotted by what he calls "barbarians" who could have snared her with a fishhook. After being demanded by him to obey his every rule and not do that again, she tearfully swims off to her secret grotto, where her collection of human objects, from books to other regular objects such as globes, mugs, and chests of jewels, is kept. She feels that collecting them isn't enough and gets more curious about the human world, even expressing her desire to actually live in it.

    Ariel singing the reprise of "Part of Your World".

    Later, Ariel spots a ship passing above. Excited, she quickly swims up to the surface and toward it, where she watches the party on board. She then spots a male human named Eric, and remarks to Scuttle how she has never seen a human this close before. Just then, a storm moves in and destroys the ship. She looks around for Eric and finds him floating unconscious in the sea. She carries him to the shore, where she sings to him about how she longs to be with him in his world but is forced to leave when a search team looking for Eric approach. She falls in love with him and becomes even more determined to accomplish her dreams of living alongside humanity.

    Ariel with Sebastian during "Under the Sea".

    Back at Atlantica, Ariel's other sisters notice her humming dreamily, giving them a notion that she is in love. She comes up with a plan to somehow see Eric again, but Sebastian tries to talk her out of it, telling her how life under the sea is better than the world up above through the song "Under the Sea". While he tries to entertain her with a band of crustaceans producing music, Flounder comes over to her, whispers something in her ear, and they both swim off.

    Flounder takes Ariel to her grotto, where he surprises her with a statue of Eric that he has somehow salvaged from the destroyed ship and added into her collection. She thanks him, but then faces the stern Triton, who is very upset to learn from Sebastian that she has rescued a human being from drowning. Shocked and enraged that she is in love with that human, he loses his temper and, in a blind rage, proceeds to destroy all the human objects in her grotto with his trident, including the statue of Eric. She tries pleading for him to stop, but to no avail. Devastated, she breaks down in tears, and an ashamed Triton leaves regretting what he has done. Sebastian, who has accompanied him, tries to console her, only for her to tell him to leave. After he and Flounder exit, Flotsam and Jetsam appear to convince her to see their mistress, Ursula, who may have the power to make her dream come true. She, after initially attempting to refuse, reluctantly follows them to Ursula's fortress after the eels subtly flicked what remained of Eric's statue toward her while taking their leave.

    Ariel's voice being taken away by Ursula the Sea Witch.

    While Sebastian and Flounder followed, Ariel nervously and fearfully enters the fortress, and Ursula calls for her. Ursula, who knows that she is in love with a human through spying on her via Flotsam and Jetsam, tells her that she must become a human herself to be with Eric. Ursula explains the deal to her: she will become a human for three days, during which she must get a kiss of true love from him before the sun sets on the third day in order to stay human; otherwise, she will turn back into a mermaid and will belong to Ursula forever. Ursula further states that as part of the deal, she must give up her voice in order to become a human. (Unbeknownst to her, the deal is simply a part of Ursula's sinister plot to take Triton's throne.) She, thinking that is her only chance to be with Prince Eric, accepts the deal as she signs a contract conjured by Ursula, then orders Ariel to sing for her and summons magical hands to take her voice (represented by a glowing ball of golden light), which is then sealed into a seashell on Ursula's necklace. Ariel is then turned into a human and is helped to the surface by Flounder and Sebastian due to her now having the inability to swim and breathe in water.

    Ariel reunites with Eric.

    At the shore, Scuttle arrives and witnesses Ariel's new legs for the first time. However, Sebastian is beyond furious, going into a nervous panic at what would happen if she failed to kiss Eric, as well as if King Triton were to find out about the entire event. Frustrated, he begins trotting home, only to have her convince him to stay and help, knowing if they reversed the curse and went back home, she would be miserable once again. Now that the mission is set in motion, Scuttle provides some "clothing" for her in the meantime, just as they are found by Eric's dog, Max, who leads his master to her. When he sees her, he finds her familiar, but when he sees that she is unable to talk, he gets the feeling that she can't be the girl he is looking for. Nevertheless, he takes her to his castle, where she takes a bath and gets dressed for dinner. As he, his manservant, Grimsby, and maid Carlotta, join her, she notices a fork and uses it to comb her hair, making them dumbfounded, which makes her embarrassed. Noticing Grimsby's pipe, she takes it and, thinking it as a musical instrument, blows the contents into his face, and Eric laughs at him covered with ashes. After he wipes it off and dinner is served, he suggests that Eric takes her out on a tour of his kingdom, which she accepts.

    The first kiss attempt.

    The next day, Eric takes Ariel out to show her his kingdom, while Sebastian, Flounder, and Scuttle watch on, anxiously awaiting the moment they finally share the kiss of true love. During the tour, he teaches her to dance and ride a carriage. For her, finally exploring the human world freely, it was the best day of her life, with a constant smile beaming on her face as she curiously experiences the sights and sounds of the kingdom. That evening, they spend time in a lagoon, riding in a rowboat rowed by him. In order to get them to kiss, Scuttle tries to provide some romantic stimulation. However, his terrible squawking (mistaken for singing) prompts Sebastian to lead some animals in the lagoon to create the mood with music and his song "Kiss the Girl". Ariel and Eric enjoy the sights and draw closer to a kiss, but before they can, Flotsam and Jetsam purposely tip the boat over by order of the scheming Ursula (who's been watching their development from her fortress), prompting him to help her out of the water, and thus ruining the kiss.

    Ariel transforms back into a mermaid.

    The next day (which is the third and last of Ariel's human days), Scuttle wakes her up and delivers the news that Eric is getting hitched. She excitedly runs downstairs, only to see him with a dark-haired girl named Vanessa, whom he intends to marry. She breaks down in tears and runs off, devastated that he is not marrying her. Later that afternoon, the wedding ship departs with him, Vanessa, and the wedding guests on board, leaving a heartbroken Ariel to mourn the loss of him. Just then, Scuttle comes over to tell her shocking news: Vanessa is Ursula in disguise, and Eric is marrying Ursula while entranced by her. Recalling Ursula's deal, she jumps into the sea, but has to grab onto one of the barrels released by Sebastian to stay afloat, and Flounder helps her to the wedding ship by pulling it. Just as she reaches the ship and climbs aboard, the seashell on Ursula's necklace that Vanessa has been wearing shatters in front of her, freeing her voice, which is then restored to her. Eric, who has come out of a spell placed on him by Vanessa, realizes that she is the girl he is looking for. He dumps Vanessa and runs over to her. But just as they are about to kiss, the sun sets and Ariel turns back into a mermaid and collapses.

    Ariel witnessing her father after Ursula's spell was cast.

    Vanessa transforms back into Ursula, takes Ariel as her prisoner, and dives back into the sea with her. As Ursula thinks of her next move, Triton, having been alerted by Sebastian, confronts and orders her to release Ariel, to which she refuses. Ariel apologizes to Triton as he attempts to destroy the contract, to no avail. Ursula proceeds to wither the princess and turn her into a polyp like all her other victims, proclaiming the contract to be legally unbreakable, but offers her freedom should Triton be willing to take her place. Triton accepts, and though Ariel is released, she is forced to watch as her father is withered and transformed into a polyp faster than when Ursula tried to do it to her. Ursula then takes his crown and trident, becoming queen of the seas, moments before an enraged Ariel tries to fight her off, though she is quickly restrained. Eric arrives to help her, striking Ursula with a harpoon. She prepares to destroy him with the trident, but Ariel pulls on her hair just as it shoots, causing the shot to miss Eric and hit Flotsam and Jetsam instead, killing them.

    Ariel and Eric facing Ursula.

    After Ursula shortly mourns her pets' loss, she enlarges herself as an even more evil, nastier, monstrous version. Ariel and Eric try to escape, but then face a towering, gigantic Ursula. She declares herself as ruler of the ocean who has the power to control the waves and creates a rainstorm and whirlpool. Ariel is separated from Eric, and Ursula causes her to become trapped at the bottom of the whirlpool. She aims the trident at Ariel and fires bolts of pure destruction, who barely manages to avoid her painful destruction each time. Just as Ursula prepares to use the trident to vaporize her with an unavoidable blast and taunting that she will never kiss Eric, he plunges the splintered bow of one of the shipwrecks (that have surfaced as a result of the whirlpool) through her abdomen, killing her and saving Ariel in the nick of time.

    Ariel and Eric marry on their wedding day.

    With Ursula defeated, her spells upon the unfortunate merpeople are broken, including the spell cast upon Triton, who transforms back into a merman. At the surface, Eric manages to swim to shore, breaking down out of exhaustion as a saddened Ariel watches on from a nearby rock. Triton and Sebastian look on from a distance; the former finally softening up toward humans upon realizing Eric risked his own life to save Ariel. Knowing the love between them is pure and true, despite their differences as species, Triton uses the power of the trident to permanently transform Ariel into a human, allowing her to be with the one she loves, at long last. After the transformation, she walks up to the shore, where she is happily reunited with Eric as he embraces her, and they share their first kiss. Soon, they have their wedding on the wedding ship attended by his loyal subjects on-board and her family and friends in the sea around the ship. She silently bids farewell to Scuttle and Flounder and gives Triton a heartwarming hug before happily sailing away with Eric. Triton then casts a beautiful rainbow over the sky to wish the couple well as they start their new future together. Thanks to Ariel's courage, Triton understands that humans weren't bad and accepts Eric, her new husband, as his new son-in-law.

    The Little Mermaid: The Series

    Ariel as she appears in The Little Mermaid series.

    The prequel series, which first debuted in 1992, takes place during an indeterminate time chronologically before the 1989 film and revolves around Ariel's adventures as a 15 to 16-year old mermaid living under the sea. Most of her adventures involve her meeting various creatures, getting into trouble and usually getting out of it successfully. Her friends, Flounder and Sebastian, are also featured prominently. She is also shown to have a friend named Urchin, an orphaned merboy. It also has her meeting Hans Christian Andersen, which also hints at both her possible birth year (ie. during his lifetime, yet at least 16 years before the writing of The Little Mermaid ) and the possible chronological events of the series, due to her being a direct influence on the creation of the story. She also gets along well with Sebastian's young Crab Scouts, as she is shown cradling one of them when they're tired in "Tail of Two Crabs".

    Ariel continues to be fascinated with human objects in the series and is shown collecting them for her grotto; she gives them strange names such as calling an ordinary telescope a "thingamabob." Many episodes show her working to foil enemies who would do harm to Atlantica. Eric is sometimes shown, but she always just misses seeing him, preserving the continuity that she sees him first in the 1989 film.

    The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

    Ariel in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea .

    In this 2000 direct-to-video sequel, Ariel serves as the deuteragonist. It is shown that she has given birth to a daughter named Melody (the new protagonist) prior to the start of the film. When we first see her playing with the beautiful newborn Melody, many toys of Flounder, Sebastian, and other fish can be seen in the room, showing that she misses her old friends and family. When Melody's safety is threatened by a sea witch named Morgana (sister of Ursula, who died in the first film), Ariel, and her husband Eric, decide they must keep Melody away from the sea, and to this effect, they build a large wall separating the castle from it. As a consequence, this also meant Ariel could not visit her ancestral home. Melody's love of the sea proves too strong, however, and when she falls into Morgana's clutches, Ariel is forced to temporarily resume her mermaid form in order to rescue and save Melody from Morgana's scheme.

    In this time, she briefly returns to her grotto as seen in the first film, and studies the objects, (which we are left to presume survived Triton's anger in the first film) and keeps looking for Melody. This features Ariel becoming an over-protective parent for Melody, effectively taking over the role of Triton in the first film. She is the first and only mother of the Disney Princesses.

    House of Mouse

    Ariel in House of Mouse .

    Ariel appears as a regular guest in the animated television series House of Mouse and its specials, usually sitting with Sebastian and Scuttle. Her appearance alternates irregularly between her human form and mermaid form, depending on what the situation requires. Daisy Duck seems to be a big fan of her and her films, as shown in "Daisy's Debut" and "House of Genius". In the show's opening song, she is seen combing her hair with a fork, like in the original film.

    In the episode "Jiminy Cricket", while Jiminy Cricket is sharing his wisdom, he states, "Never sell your voice to a giant sea witch just because you have a crush on some guy, it's just not worth it." Ariel sits there looking embarrassed and ashamed, and upon hearing this, she snatches the necklace containing her voice away from Ursula, much to her anger.

    Also in "Everybody Loves Mickey", Ariel wishes that Mickey could live under the sea with her.

    In "House of Scrooge", she was one of many Disney characters shoved at one table as Scrooge was trying to save money.

    In "Mickey and Minnie's Big Vacation", she is seen in the crowd when the Pink Elephants invade the house.

    In "Salute to Sports", she is sitting next to Triton when he creates a literal wave after Mickey told the crowd to do the "wave".

    In "The Mouse Who Came to Dinner", she is sitting next to Sebastian before Goofy takes him to cook for Mortimer, who was pretending to be a critic. She is later seen laughing with the rest of the audience after the crew call him out and insult him.

    In "Pluto vs. Figaro", she tried to sing on stage, although the set ended up falling on top of her due to Pluto and Figaro's antics.

    In "Suddenly Hades", Pete attempted to flood the club to run out the customers, as he could shut down the club if there were no guests. Though he succeeded in flooding the club, he was stopped from closing the club as Ariel was still present.

    Ariel was also briefly seen in "Pete's House of Villains" where she held up a sign that read "Somebody stole my voice again" since she lost her voice.

    In "Ask Von Drake", Ariel is seen in Professor Von Drake's song, sitting next to a giant seashell where Ursula is hiding.

    Ariel also appears in Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse . In the film, Ariel, along with Eric and other characters, are snowed in and trapped inside the club. Ariel is the first to openly have faith in Mickey Mouse, who she believes will have a plan.

    The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning

    Ariel in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning .

    Years before the events of the original film, Ariel, and her sisters enjoy a music-filled life in Atlantica, with Triton and their mother, Queen Athena. The merpeople are shown relaxing in a lagoon above water, and Triton gives Athena a music box. Suddenly, a big pirate ship approaches. Everyone escapes except Athena, who is crushed by it when she tries to save the music box and the pirates lose control and run it aground. Devastated by her death, Triton throws it into the ocean and bans music from the kingdom.

    Ten years later, Ariel and her sisters live under a strict routine maintained by their governess Marina Del Rey and her assistant Benjamin. Marina hates being the girls' governess and longs to be Triton's attaché, a job currently filled by Sebastian. Ariel is frustrated by their current lifestyle, which brings her into conflict with her father. One day, Ariel encounters Flounder, whom she later follows to an underground music club. She is overjoyed by the presence of music and is shocked when she sees Sebastian performing there. When her presence is revealed, the entire band stops playing and hides, believing Ariel will tell her father about them. Ariel sings a song explaining her love of music and the remembrance of her mother and she joins the club with an oath.

    Ariel returns to the palace, and sisters confront her over her disappearance. She explains where she was, and the following night all seven girls go to the club to have fun. Marina secretly finds them, and she later reports their activities to Triton. Sebastian, Flounder, and the band are sent to jail, while Marina gets the job she wants.

    Triton confines his daughters to the palace, which results in Ariel asking him why music isn't allowed. Triton refuses to answer and shouts that he won't have music in his kingdom. Distraught, Ariel confronts Triton and says that Athena wouldn't have wanted music to be forbidden and angrily swims to the girls' bedroom, her saddened sisters soon following, while Marina, who is not the girls' governess anymore, is now Triton's new attaché. That night, she decides to leave Atlantica and frees the jailbirds. Sebastian leads them to a deserted place far from the palace where Ariel finds Athena's music box, as Sebastian hoped. Ariel and Sebastian decide to return to Atlantica to bring the music box to Triton, hoping that it will change his mind, as he has forgotten how to be happy after Athena's death.

    On the way back, Marina and her electric eels confront Ariel, Flounder, and Sebastian. Before music is restored back into the kingdom, the final battle begins when Marina bans Ariel from going back to Atlantica. Marina wants to stop them so she will retain her position of "power", and a struggle ensues. It ends when Marina barrels towards Sebastian, but Ariel pushes her away, getting hit in the process. Triton arrives in time to witness this, and he is remorseful for his actions. He sings the lyrics of "Athena's Song", and Ariel wakes up. The film ends with Triton restoring music to Atlantica and appointing Sebastian as the new court composer, much to everyone's glee with Ariel and Flounder. Everyone, including Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder, and six older sisters, rejoices except Marina, who has been sent to prison.

    In the original concept for Ariel's Beginning , then known as The Little Mermaid III , Ariel, alongside Sebastian, were supposed to accompany Eric in locating a white whale.

    Sofia the First

    Ariel as seen in Sofia the First: The Floating Palace .

    Ariel appeared in the special Sofia the First: The Floating Palace . She was the first princess to be seen twice in an episode, and the fourth princess to appear in the series, overall.

    She is summoned to help Sofia with her trouble of saving her mermaid friend and her family's ship in danger and sings "The Love We Share" to encourage Sofia to enlist Cora to help her save Oona. She is later seen at the end of the special by the floating palace jumping into the water.

    Other appearances

    "Ariel" made a cameo during in The Return of Jafar . Genie makes himself look like Ariel and appears on the top of the treasure ship of Coeur du Mer to take Jafar's Lamp and hide it from Abis Mal and Jafar.

    In A Goofy Movie , Ariel is seen twice. Once as a lamp in Goofy and Max's hotel room with her iconic colors and also as a prop in Max's school auditorium.

    In Aladdin and the King of Thieves , Ariel made a cameo on a poster (before Jessica Rabbit and Minnie Mouse) when the Genie tried to make Jasmine happy, because she was sad from Aladdin's absence.

    In the 101 Dalmatians: The Series episode "Home is Where the Bark Is", Ariel's silhouette can be seen as one of the passengers of a subway train the Dalmatians ride on.

    In a special trailer promoting the film Lilo & Stitch , Ariel was seen performing the reprise of "Part of Your World", when Stitch surfs a giant wave towards her, ruining the song. In anger, Ariel throws a starfish at Stitch, exclaiming "I was singing here!". Jodi Benson reprises her role in this teaser and some new animation is used.

    Ariel appears on the cover of a Little Mermaid book in the village scene in Tangled .

    Ariel was also set to appear in the canceled short, Princess Academy , alongside various other Disney heroines. In one piece of concept art, Ariel can be seen in the form of a silhouette, dancing alongside Hyacinth Hippo and Cinderella.

    Live-action appearances

    Once Upon a Time

    Ariel in Once Upon a Time .

    Ariel is a recurring character on the hit show Once Upon a Time . She is portrayed by Joanna García.

    In her debut episode, she saves Snow White from drowning after Snow jumps off a cliff to avoid the Evil Queen Regina's guards. Ariel tells Snow that once a year a mermaid can walk on land, though only for the twelve hours between high tides. She then tells Snow she saved Eric (played by Gil McKinney) a year before and has been in love with him ever since. Snow, knowing what love at first sight is like, understands the mermaid and convinces her to go to Eric's ball. At the ball, he is immediately drawn to Ariel and he asks her to dance with him. While they dance he tells Ariel that he will be leaving the next morning on an adventure to see the world and asks Ariel to go with him. Ariel relays this information back to Snow, who tells Ariel to be honest with the prince. However, Ariel is reluctant as she does not want to be rejected by the prince by telling him she is a mermaid. Ariel is later seen at the sea shore asking the Sea Goddess Ursula for guidance. After she seems to have given up, Ursula appears in front of Ariel.

    However, this is not the true Ursula; this is Queen Regina in disguise. Regina gives Ariel a magical bracelet that will trade her tail to whomever she gives it to. Ariel gives the bracelet to Snow White, thinking that if Snow is a mermaid, she could escape into the sea and be free from the Queen. Regina then appears and reveals her deception. The Queen gives Ariel an ultimatum: either go and find her prince and let the Queen kill Snow White, or die along with her. Ariel, not willing to let her friend die, attacks the Queen with a fork, distracting her long enough for Ariel and Snow to get away. After Ariel and Snow have escaped to a nearby beach, Snow tells Ariel to go back to the Prince and tell him the truth. Ariel happily listens to Snow and returns to the dock by Eric's palace as she is about to yell Eric's name her voice vanishes. Regina appears on the dock and reveals that she took Ariel's voice so that she could never tell Eric how she felt, as vengeance for the mermaid's siding with Snow White against her. In tears, a muted Ariel heads back to the sea.

    Ariel with Snow White.

    Twenty-eight years later in Neverland, Regina, working with Rumplestiltskin, returns Ariel's voice in exchange for her help. Ariel agrees to return to Storybrooke and retrieve a weapon from Rumplestiltskin's shop that will be strong enough to stop Peter Pan. If the mission succeeds, the Queen promises to make Ariel human permanently and be with Eric.

    Ariel's next appearance in Once Upon a Time is titled "Dark Hollow". This episode immediately picks up after the events of "Ariel." Gold shows Ariel how to get to Storybrooke and tells her to find Belle and give her a sand dollar with a message from him. Though Regina chooses not to tell Ariel where to find Eric, she does warn her that she only has one hour. When Ariel arrives in Storybrooke, she meets who Grumpy, who takes her to Belle.

    Ariel in Gold's shop.

    After learning that Ariel was sent by Rumplestiltskin, Belle takes her to Gold's shop, where Belle deciphers Gold's coded message and retrieves the item of which he requires: Pandora's Box. However, before they can do anything, they are ambushed by John and Michael Darling, who are now working for Peter Pan. John and Michael the two of them up and take the item to destroy it. In order to get out of the ropes, Belle removes Ariel's bracelet, which allows Ariel to wiggle free from the ropes and undo Belle's bindings. Ariel then puts the bracelet back on and goes after John and Michael.

    Belle and Ariel find John and Michael just before they destroy the box. Belle is able to stop them by activating a mine cart on the tracks, which throws Michael and John off their feet. Using the time to her advantage, she grabs the box and kicks their gun away. John and Michael reveal that the only reason they are working for Pan is because he has been holding their sister Wendy hostage. Belle manages to convince them, however, that if they help her, the ones in Neverland will be able to use Pandora's box to defeat Pan.

    Ariel returns to Neverland and gives Pandora's box to Gold. As a reward, Regina enchants the bracelet, so that Ariel can become a human whenever she wishes. Before Ariel departs, she tells Regina and Gold about Wendy's situation. Regina exhibits no concern about Wendy, since she only cares about Henry. However, Ariel manages to convince her and Gold to do what they can to help Wendy. Upon returning to Storybrooke, Ariel finds Eric working as a fisherman. The two of them are then reunited and reconcile.

    Emma, Regina and Hook learn of Ariel's reunion with Eric.

    After the fairy-tale characters are sent back to the Enchanted Forest, Eric is captured by the pirate Blackbeard. Ariel, however, believes that Captain Hook was responsible and tracks him down. Upon learning that Blackbeard also has his ship, Ariel and Hook agree to work together. In order to take his ship back, Hook throws Blackbeard over the edge without learning where Eric is. Ariel is forced to rescue Blackbeard so that she can rescue Eric. She eventually relocates with Eric to Hangman's Island.

    The guilt Hook still feels for his nearly sacrificing any attempt to rescue Eric is later exploited by the Wicked Witch of the West. She impersonates Ariel, so that she can get Hook to admit he loves Emma Swan in a "plea for redemption." Using this, she is able to curse his lips. She also reveals that Ariel and Eric are alive on Hangman's Island.

    It is later revealed that after Hook sold the Jolly Roger back to Blackbeard, he used it to terrorize people, including Princess Anna and her fiancé Kristoff, of Arendelle. After her return to Arendelle, Queen Elsa trapped it in a bottle and Ariel accidentally becomes trapped inside as well. She is freed after Hook restores his ship in Storybrooke. After Ursula throws Hook overboard, Ariel saves his life and helps him discover a new plan to help restore Ursula's happy ending. She later helps contact Ursula's father, Poseidon, and bring him to Storybrooke so he can reconcile with his daughter.

    Aladdin, Jasmine, Ariel and Hook meet Jafar.

    After this, Ariel returns to Hangman's Island. Awhile later, she enters her hut to discover Hook, Jasmine and Aladdin have broken in and triggered a trap. She is pleased to see Hook and Jasmine again and soon also becomes acquainted with Aladdin. After learning of their plight and that they were led to her hut while tracking Jafar, she brings out a lamp which she believes to be Agrabahn. Jasmine takes the lamp and, assured by the presence of Ariel, Hook and Aladdin, who she believes to be heroes, prepares to face her fears and Jafar. However, when Jafar emerges, he is easily able to break the genie curse, much to Ariel's surprise, and proceeds to freeze Ariel, Aladdin and Hook in place, before he faces Jasmine alone. After Jasmine has used magical dust to transform Jafar into a staff, the trio are freed from the sorcerer's magic and regain mobility. Jamine then reveals that Agrabah is inside the ring she has been wearing and she now knows how to bring it back with true love's kiss, and proceeds to kiss Aladdin, magically transporting Agrabah back to its proper place and the four heroes with it. Now that the ring no longer contains the kingdom, Ariel asks for permission to keep it as a trinket. Afterward, Hook asks Ariel if she can get back home and she states that she will be able to use her mermaid powers by swimming in the nearby Agrabah Gulf. Realizing that she can help with Hook's problem of being separated from Emma, Ariel offers a magic conch shell that Hook can use to communicate into as long as there's someone on the other end. Hook begins to speak into it, telling Emma the truth of what happened, though he is unsure if she is on the other end.

    Other roles

    Live versions of Ariel also appear in Sebastian's Caribbean Jamboree , Sebastian's Party Gras , Beach Party at Walt Disney World (played by Jodi Benson), and Let's Go to Disneyland Paris .

    Printed material

    The Little Mermaid Disney Comics serial

    Ariel was the main character in a few of the comic stories in the four-issue serial. The timeframe takes place at least a year prior to the film, due to Ariel being referred to as 15. The first and second issues had her disposing of a creature called the Serpentine in a failed negotiation with the Moray people. She also ended up abducted by a metallic fish in the final issue.

    The Little Mermaid Marvel serial comics

    She was the main character in the 12-issue Marvel serial comics that, like the TV series, took place prior to the events of the first film. One of the issues also had her acting as a knight. She also saved Flounder from petrification in the penultimate issue. In the final issue, after a fight with Triton, she managed to learn the history of Atlantica and Atlantis from a wizard fish. She eventually told Triton this, but when she tried to find the wizard fish, he disappeared, although not before leaving a note.

    Besides the main storyline, Ariel also featured in the 12th Issue of the anthology series Disney Comic Hits!, which had been a previously unpublished story.


    Ariel also appeared in several novelizations, both in human form and in mermaid form:

    In Reflections of Arsulu , Ariel was suspicious of the newcomer mermaid named Arsulu, and eventually uncovered that the latter was actually Ursula in disguise. She proceeded to expose Arsulu's true identity with a flock of reflecting scaled fish.

    In Ariel and the Aquamarine Jewel , she, after becoming human, was requested by Triton to find several of Atlantica's treasures after a storm cast them out to sea, also necessitating that she return to mermaid form. She managed to retrieve them all, and Triton rewarded her by letting her keep one of the treasures and aquamarine necklace. It's implied in this story that she became much more well-versed in the knowledge of human behaviors and items, as she managed to politely correct Scuttle about what a human item was with some amusement.

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