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Belle's suitors were three characters who were deleted from the 1988 screenplay of Beauty and the Beast, and would have had an antagonistic role, along with Belle's sisters. They were cut, alongside the overall screenplay, due to then-Disney Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg feeling it wasn't what the Walt Disney Company had in mind.

Physical appearances

The suitors all have varying appearances:

  • The first suitor was extremely tall and lanky, with shoulder-long dark hair, and often wore a flat feather cap, and also primarily dressed in green.
  • The second suitor was, at least during his presentation, somewhat copulent, wearing a red coat, green trousers, yellow boots, and a black flat feather cap, as well as holding glasses. During his attack on the Beast's castle, however, he was seen wearing yellow under-armor, some striped pants, as well as breast armor and a curved helmet with a red feather.

Role in the film

The suitors constantly hit on Belle and competed to be her husband, much to Belle's sisters' chagrin, as they were apparently disinterested in them. One of the suitors presented Belle with a gift: a magnificent white horse. They later are involved in the plot to kill the Beast hatched by Belle's sisters to get his wealth and then attract the suitors. They then manage to discover the wealth, however, they are caught and are forced to flee from the Beast, although not before one of the suitors proceeds to mortally wound him. Belle's suitors, alongside her. Belle's sisters are later turned into animals by the Enchantress as punishment for their misdeeds shortly after the Beast's curse was lifted, with each animal representing their particular vices (i.e. a pig for greed, a peacock for vanity, etc.)


  • When the film was rewritten by Richard Purdum in 1989, the suitors were condensed into a single character, Gaston, who like in the 1988 draft would have acted as co-antagonist with one of Belle's relatives, specifically her Aunt Marguerite. The only difference is that Belle's sisters didn't want any of the suitors to marry Belle out of jealousy, while with Gaston, Marguerite attempted to force Belle to marry him via an arranged marriage. This was ultimately retained in the final film with Gaston being an unwanted suitor of Belle, although in this case, he was made the main antagonist, as well as made into the local hero and hunter instead of a nobleman.
  • The suitors' occupations are indicated by their concept art:
    • A piece of concept art that shows the 1st suitor on stage in a theater indicates that he is an actor.
    • Another piece of concept art that depicts the 2nd suitor standing among a group of soldiers indicates that he is an army general.
    • The 3rd suitor is obviously a nobleman because he is constantly depicted with a powdered wig on.


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Films: Beauty and the Beast | The Enchanted Christmas | Belle's Magical World | Beauty and the Beast (2017 film) | Video
Television: Sing Me a Story with Belle | Belle's Tales of Friendship | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | A Poem Is...
Books: The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince | The New Adventures of Beauty and the Beast | Winter Wonderland | Time Flies! | Sittin' Pretty! | Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Look-Look Book | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book
Marvel Comics: A Chance For Romance | Wardrobe's Big Surprise | The Wishful Walk | Almost Amour! | Lyrical Love Part 1 and 2 | Dove Tales Part 1 and 2 | A Masterpiece for the Master | Deck the Halls for Belle with Holly | Belle, Book and Castle | Bound to Surprise | The Dessert Disaster
Video Games: Beauty and the Beast (video game) | Belle's Quest | Roar of the Beast | A Board Game Adventure | Disney Infinity | Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition | Kingdom Hearts II | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts χ | Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ | Disney Enchanted Tales
Music: Beauty and the Beast (Original Soundtrack)

Disney Parks

Animated film: Art of Animation | Disney Animation Building | Fairy Tale Forest | Le Pays des Contes de Fées | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Voyage to the Crystal Grotto
Live action: Disney Illuminations
Entertainment: Animazment - The Musical | A Table is Waiting | Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage | Cinderella's Surprise Celebration | Disney's Believe | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Disney Dreams! | Disney in the Stars | Enchanted Tales with Belle | Fantasmic! | Feel the Magic | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey and the Magician | Once Upon a Time | Royal Theatre | The Golden Mickeys | World of Color
Restaurants: Be Our Guest Restaurant | Gaston's Tavern | Maurice’s Treats Snack Cart
Shops: Bonjour! Village Gifts
Parade: Disney's Magical Moments Parade | Paint The Night Parade | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights | Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Halloween: Disney's Not-So-Scary Halloween Show | It's Good to Bad with the Disney Villains | The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime


Original: Belle | Beast | Lumière | Cogsworth | Mrs. Potts | Chip Potts | Chip's Sibling | Chef Bouche | Villagers | Maurice | Philippe | Gaston | LeFou | Bimbettes | Sultan | Wardrobe | Fifi | Enchantress | Monsieur D'Arque | Wolves | Music Box | Gaston's buddies | Pierre | Palanquin
Enchanted Christmas: Angelique | Forte | Fife
Belle's Magical World: Webster | Crane | Le Plume | Witherspoon | Chandeleria
Deleted Characters: Clarice | Marguerite | Belle's sisters | Belle's suitors | Belle's mother
Comic and Storybook Characters: Countess de la Perle | Thunder


Original: Prologue: Beauty and the Beast | Belle | Gaston | Be Our Guest | Something There | Human Again | Beauty and the Beast | The Mob Song
Broadway: No Matter What | Me | Home | How Long Must This Go On? | If I Can't Love Her | Maison Des Lunes | A Change in Me
Enchanted Christmas: Stories | As Long As There's Christmas | Don't Fall in Love | A Cut Above the Rest
Belle's Magical World: A Little Thought | Listen With Our Hearts


Beast's Castle | Library | Belle's Cottage | Village | Ballroom | The Black Forest | Tavern | The West Wing | Belle's Room


The Enchanted Rose | Enchanted Mirror | Maurice's Machine

See Also

Beauty and the Beast (musical) | Disney Renaissance

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