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Background information
Feature films The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (cameo)
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
Short films
Television programs The Little Mermaid
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by Cathryn Basile (Broadway Musical)
Voice Kimmy Robertson (debut)
Mary Kay Bergman (TV series)
Grey DeLisle (prequel film)
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Princess Arista
Personality Known for borrowing without asking, passion for music, beautiful, excitable
Appearance Slender, fair skin, pale blonde hair in a sloppy ponytail, ice blue eyes, red seashell bra and tail
Occupation Princess of Atlantica
Alignment Good
Home Atlantica
Relatives King Triton (father)
Queen Athena (mother/deceased)
Ariel, Attina, Alana, Aquata, Adella, Andrina (sisters)
Prince Eric (brother-in-law)
Melody (niece)
Allies Ariel, Attina, Aquata, Andrina, Adella, Alana, King Triton, Queen Athena, Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle, Prince Eric, Melody
Enemies Ursula, Marina Del Rey, Morgana
Likes Music, using Aquata's things
Dislikes Ariel excluding her in adventures
Powers and abilities Can remove her father's trident from the stand
Fate Continues to live in Atlantica as Princess
Quote "This is the most exciting happen to me of my whole life!"

Arista is a mermaid who first appeared in the 1989 Disney film The Little Mermaid. She was voiced by a different voice actor in each of her appearances. She was voiced by Kimmy Robertson her debut, by Mary Kay Bergman in the television series, and by Grey DeLisle in the prequel film.


Arista has a red tail with a matching seashell bra, ice blue eyes and long, pale blonde hair tied in a sloppy ponytail, although the original doll had a blue tail and curly hair and was the only one of the sisters released in the original toy line. In extension media released from 1989 onwards, she is the fifth daughter of King Triton. She is given a distinct personality in the television series, where she is shown as having a conflict of ideals with the adventurous Ariel. In the prequel film, she is instead shown to often argue with Aquata. In the books, she loves to ride seahorses and has a wild ride similar to Ariel's ride with Stormy. In the prequel movie, she is portrayed as a ditzy kleptomaniac who has a talent for playing the saxophone.


The Little Mermaid

Arista appears during the "Daughters of Triton" sequence, singing with her sisters. Afterwards, she only appears in cameos alongside her other sisters. After Ursula dies from being impaled by the bowsprit, she watches with her father and other sisters as Ariel marries Prince Eric.

The Little Mermaid (TV series)

Arista's most important appearance is in the episode "Beached". This episode shows that she and Ariel are prone to fighting, such that Triton "beaches" (or grounds) them both from attending a carnival with the rest of the family. When two gators named Ebb and Flo attempt to steal the royal treasure, Arista and Ariel have to work together; despite their constant arguing, to protect the castle. Arista confesses that she always secretly envied Ariel's adventurous lifestyle.

In the episode "Trident True", when Arista tries to put on her lipstick, she gets upset by having too much of it. She is the only one who appears in the episode "Against The Tide", where she states that Ariel has brought bad luck to Atlantica by rescuing a "Bad Luck Creature."

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

In the sequel, Arista and her sisters are happy when Ariel and Prince Eric welcome their daughter, Melody to the family, before Morgana the sea witch arrives.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning

In the prequel film, Arista is introduced as one of the seven daughters of King Triton and Queen Athena. After her mother dies in an accident, She, like her sisters, is raised very strictly by their governess, Marina Del Rey. She is shown to have a difficult relationship with Aquata. They are prone to arguing, and Arista is known for borrowing Aquata's things without asking. She is the first of her sisters to ask Ariel if she can come along to the Catfish Club. She quickly discovers a passion for playing music, and towards the end of the film, she joins the band.

Other Appearances

In the Broadway musical, she is portrayed by Cathryn Basile with bright red hair with a big flower decorated on it, a teal tail, and a red seashell bra.


  • Her name is from Arista Records, which Alan Menken had a label with.
  • Her hair was a much darker blond in the first film.


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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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