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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
Short films
Television programs The Little Mermaid
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by Michelle Lookadoo (Broadway Musical)
Voice Sherry Lynn (series)
Tara Strong (prequel film)
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Princess Adella
Personality Boy-crazy, sometimes vain and shallow
Appearance varies in weight, fair skin, dark brown hair, teal eyes, chartreuse green seashell bra, chartreuse yellow tail
Occupation Princess of Atlantica
Alignment Good
Goal To live her life as royalty and have a boyfriend
Home Atlantica
Relatives King Triton (father)
Queen Athena (mother, deceased)
Attina, Andrina, Arista, Aquata, Alana, Ariel (sisters)
Prince Eric (brother-in-law)
Melody (niece)
Allies Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder, Eric, King Triton, Queen Athena, Melody, Urchin, her sisters, Evil Manta, Stevie (presumed boyfriend)
Enemies Ursula, Flotsam, Cloak and Dagger, Glut, Morgana, Marina Del Rey, Undertow, Evil Manta (formerly)
Likes Music, boys
Dislikes Not having a boyfriend
Powers and abilities Can remove her father's trident from the stand
Fate Kisses a merboy she first fell in love with and called "Frumbleboo"
Quote "Oh, I was dreaming about a boy."

Adella is a minor character from The Little Mermaid. She is one of Ariel's sisters and one of Melody's aunts. She was voiced by Sherry Lynn in the related TV series and by Tara Strong in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning. In the Broadway musical, she is portrayed by Michelle Lookadoo with mint green hair and a pink tail with a starfish bra.


Adella is the third daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena. She has a chartreuse yellow tail and wears a chartreuse green seashell bra. Her dark brown hair is tied in a ponytail with a pearly hairband and headpiece that both match the color of her tail. Her appearance varies slightly in the TV series, where she wears a gray hairband and animated to be somewhat heavier than her sisters. However in the prequel films and  coloring pages, she has the exact same figure as her sisters. In the original film, she has a more realistic heavy figure compared to the childish one in the TV series, but wider than the prequel. The prequel establishes that she is boy-crazy, often dreaming about and flirting with them. In the books, she tends to be shallow and vain and she has many dates with merboys.


The Little Mermaid

Adella appears at the beginning of the film, where she is performing the song "Daughters of Triton" alongside her other sisters. Afterwards, she only has cameo appearances alongside her other siblings.

The Little Mermaid (TV series)

Most of Adella's appearances are cameos alongside her other sisters. She is obviously chubby when sketched for the series. In the episode "Trident True", she is the victim of a practical joke courtesy of Urchin. When she tries to comb her hair, she ends up having a bad hair day. At the end of the episode, she presents Triton with a father's day present, and it is implied that she gives him the same thing every year.

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

Adella makes a small cameo appearance at the beginning of the film. She attends the christening of her niece, Melody, and is seen in a group shot with her other sisters.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning

Adella first appearance in the film is as a young girl. She is relaxing in a cove alongside her sisters and parents, but is forced to flee when pirates attack. Her mother, Athena, is killed in the attack, which devastates the family. As a result of his grief, Triton bans music (Athena was a noted lover of it), and has Adella and her sisters be strictly raised by their governess, Marina Del Rey.

As a teenager, Adella learns from Ariel about a secret underground club called The Catfish Club. She secretly attends alongside of them and start dancing with a fat male sea slug, but is caught by Marina and punished by Triton. At the end of the film, after music is restored to Atlantica, she is seen kissing a merboy.


  • Her name is a feminine form of "Adam".
  • Shea is a renaissance era name.
  • In Little Mermaid 2, there are actually two versions of her. One version has a hefty Adella, drawn similarly to how she was in the TV series, but at a later time, that model was scrapped to resemble the one in the third film.
  • She explicitly states that she is two years older than Ariel, making her 17 in the third film and 18 in the first. It could be that her birthday is before Ariel's, so when she turns 18, Ariel will still be 15.
  • She is obssessed with boys; hoping to find the perfect one.
  • In the first film, she was the heftiest of them all, and since then her size has varied. During the TV series, her weight was exaggerated to make her quite chubby. Since then however, her body was greatly reduced to resemble Ariel's.
  • Her voice actor is also the same of that of her niece, Melody.


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Films: The Little Mermaid | The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
Television: TV Series (Episode List) | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time
Video Games: NES game | Sega Genesis Game | Ariel's Story Studio | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II | The Little Mermaid 2: Pinball Frenzy | Disney's The Little Mermaid: Magic in Two Kingdoms
Books: Offical Comic Adaption | Marvel Comics | Disney Comics
Music: Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack | Disney Sing Along Songs: Under the Sea | The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid

Disney Parks: Voyage of the Little Mermaid | Mermaid Lagoon | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure | King Triton's Carousel of the Sea | Ariel's Grotto | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Fantasmic! | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | World of Color | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic | Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster | Scuttle's Scooters

Original: Ariel | Flounder | Sebastian | Scuttle | Prince Eric | King Triton | Ursula/Vanessa | Flotsam and Jetsam | Attina | Alana | Adella | Aquata | Arista | Andrina | Max | Grimsby | Carlotta | Chef Louis | Ursula's Garden | Glut | The Seahorse Herald | Harold | Merpeople
Sequel Characters: Melody | Tip and Dash | Morgana | Cloak and Dagger | Undertow | Flounder's guppies | Baby Penguin | Ursula and Morgana's mother
Prequel Characters: Queen Athena | Marina Del Rey | Benjamin | Shelbow | Ink Spot | Cheeks | Ray-Ray | Stevie | Electric Eels
TV Series Characters: Urchin | Gabriella | Ollie | Dudley | Pearl | Pearl's mother | The Evil Manta | Little Evil | Dr. Vile | Daniel | Moray | Simon | Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp | The Sorceress | Glowfish | Ebb and Flo | Empreror Sharga and the Sharkanians | Octopid | Brain Sponge | Zeus | Spot the Killer Whale | Crab Scouts | Hans Christian Andersen | Mr. and Mrs. Clambakersfield and their babies | Lucky | Thor | Kid Squid | Augustus | Stormy the Giant Seahorse | Sorcerer Blowfish | Penny the Cat | The Magical Wishing Starfish | Apollo | Archimedes | Seaclops
Comic Book Characters: Scallopa | Indigo | Aunt Crustacea | Sir Figmond | Flooglefish | Marlin the Magician | Snapper | Jason | Caliban | King Proteus | Ariadne | Pirania | Celia | Jenny | Scarface the Shark | Professor Thelonius Paxx | Shana | King Harold | Princess Penelope | Captain Cutlass | Aquarius | Abaloney Kid

Objects: Prince Eric's Statue | Trident | Ursula's Cauldron | Ursula's Necklace | Melody's locket | Queen Athena's music box | Dinglehopper | Royal Ship

Film & TV Locations: Atlantica | Ariel's Secret Grotto | Ursula's Lair | Prince Eric's Castle | The Wedding Ship | Morgana's Ice Cave
Comic Book Locations: Aquaria | Hatchet-Fish Alley | Stingray City | Blue Claw Chasm

Film Songs: Fathom's Below | Daughters of King Triton | Part of Your World/(Reprise)/(Finale) | Under the Sea | Poor Unfortunate Souls/(Reprise) | Les Poissons | Kiss the Girl | Down to the Sea | For a Moment | Tip and Dash (song) | Here On The Land and Sea | Just One Mistake | I Remember
TV Series Songs: Just a Little Love | You Got to be You | The Edge of the Edge of the Sea | The Lobster Mobster's Mob | The Beddy Bye Blues | Sing a New Song | In Harmony | This is the Life | You Know I Know | Never Give Up | You Wouldn't Want to Mess with Me | The Sound of Laughter | Daring to Dance | Just Give Me a Chance | Just Like Me | Evil Lullaby
Musical Songs: She's In Love | Human Stuff | Positoovity | I Want the Good Times Back | Her Voice | The World Above | The Contest | If Only | Beyond My Wildest Dreams | Sweet Child | One Step Closer

Other: Musical | The Disney Afternoon

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