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Castle maids during Be Our Guest.

The Castle maids were a group of characters in the 1991 film Beauty and the Beast. As their group name implies, they act as the maids for Beast's Castle. Thanks to the curse by the Enchantress on their master, all of them were transformed into featherdusters. There were at least nine in total. Although most of them were just background characters with little role in the plot, there was one in particular that was a slightly more major character, acting as the sometimes-girlfriend of Lumiere.

Physical appearance

Due to the curse at the castle, the maids became feather dusters. Their appearance was that of a feather duster, including a wooden body alongside brown and white goosefeathers done in a manner similar to a dress. They also possessed a white cap-like device at the top right below a handheld cord. They also for some reason have a mole on their right cheeks.

With the exception of Lumiere's girlfriend, none of the feather dusters human forms are actually seen in the ending of the film.

Appearances

Beauty and the Beast

Not counting Fifi, their only appearance in the original film was during the musical number Be Our Guest, where they proceeded to "dance" by dusting their feathers on the table top. Cogsworth, to no avail attempted to tell them to tone down their song (obviously out of fear of invoking the Beast's wrath due to their disobeying the stipulation of not feeding Belle after she refused to dine with him), with their dancing closer to him eventually forcing him to flee. They then proceeded to do the finale of the song. There were nine featherdusters sighted during this time, although ten were seen when Lumiere shoves Cogsworth out of the way.

In the DVD special edition, they make one more appearance during the song Human Again, where they were involved in cleaning up Belle's bedroom, including opening up the window shades. Six of them were seen during this time.

Marvel Comics serial

The featherduster maids briefly appeared in Issue 2 of the series, where they were proceeding to rehearse for a ballet as part of the Wardrobe's surprise party. There were six doing dance routines when Cogsworth was proceeding to check up on them, with two of them getting into a minor argument about who was the prima ballerina, while a third simply tells one of them that one of them was a "prima donna." In the ending of the issue, they also proceeded to do a dance number for the Wardrobe and everyone in the ballroom for the ballet, although while dancing two of them argued in hushed tones for one to stop upstaging the other, and the other claiming she's the better "feather." There were seven seen (one being obscured by the edge of the panel) in this portion.

In Issue 7, two featherdusters were seen with Lumiere as Chip tried to ask whether Lumiere would play in the snow with him, only to be told off by him.

In Issue 12, two of the featherdusters were dusting Belle's bed, and then decided to join the Wardrobe in partaking in an opera she wrote that was based on something Belle told her earlier, wanting to show off their singing voices. These two, in addition to two more featherdusters, were later seen participating in the actual opera in the Library, also inadvertently nearly ruining Beast's attempt to reveal he had rebound her favorite book after it got ruined in the storm.

Beauty and the Beast musical

Although none of the Featherdusters besides Babette were actually seen, they were indirectly alluded to during an argument between Lumiere and Babette, where she points out some women Lumiere romanced behind her back.

Trivia

  • Although the maids (aside from Fifi) are never actually given names, various sources such as the musical imply their names, namely Veronique (who was implied to be a bad date as Lumiere literally lights up when Babette mentioned her)
    • In addition, the number of of the featherdusters Lumiere was seen with may carry the implication that the names "Fifi", "Babette", and "Marie" were actually given to three different maids than to the same one.


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Media
Films: Beauty and the BeastThe Enchanted ChristmasBelle's Magical WorldBeauty and the Beast (2017 film)Video

Television: Sing Me a Story with BelleBelle's Tales of FriendshipHouse of MouseOnce Upon a TimeA Poem Is...
Books: The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's PrinceThe New Adventures of Beauty and the BeastWinter WonderlandTime Flies!Sittin' Pretty!Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the BeastClassic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingGolden Look-Look BookGolden Sight 'n' Sound BookLittle Golden BookDisney Princess Beginnings
Marvel Comics: A Chance For RomanceWardrobe's Big SurpriseThe Wishful WalkAlmost Amour!Lyrical Love Part 1 and 2Dove Tales Part 1 and 2A Masterpiece for the MasterDeck the Halls for Belle with HollyBelle, Book and CastleBound to SurpriseThe Dessert Disaster
Video Games: Beauty and the Beast (video game)Belle's QuestRoar of the BeastA Board Game AdventureDisney InfinityDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Kingdom Hearts χ Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Disney Enchanted Tales
Music: Beauty and the Beast (Original Soundtrack)Beauty and the Beast (2017 soundtrack)

Disney Parks
Animated film: Art of AnimationBeauty and the Beast RideDisney Animation BuildingFairy Tale ForestLe Pays des Contes de FéesMickey's PhilharMagicVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Live action: Disney Illuminations
Entertainment: Animazment - The MusicalA Table is WaitingBeauty and the Beast Live on StageCinderella's Surprise CelebrationDisney's BelieveDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicEnchanted Tales with BelleFantasmic!Feel the MagicMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the MagicianRoyal TheatreThe Golden Mickeys
Restaurants: Be Our Guest RestaurantGaston's TavernMaurice’s Treats Snack CartRed Rose Taverne
Shops: Bonjour! Village Gifts
Parade: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Magical Moments ParadeFestival of Fantasy ParadeJubilation!Mickey's Rainy Day ExpressPaint The Night ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLightsWalt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Firework: Disney Dreams!Disney in the StarsOnce Upon a TimeWishesWorld of Color
Halloween: Disney's Not-So-Scary Halloween ShowIt's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsThe Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

Characters
Original: BelleBeastLumièreCogsworthMrs. PottsChipChip's siblingsChef BoucheVillagersMauricePhilippeGastonLeFouBimbettesSultanWardrobeFifiEnchantressMonsieur D'ArqueWolvesMusic BoxCoat RackGaston's buddiesThe BooksellerPierrePalanquin

Enchanted Christmas: AngeliqueForteFife
Belle's Magical World: WebsterCraneLe PlumeWitherspoonChandeleria
Deleted Characters: ClariceMargueriteBelle's sistersBelle's suitorsBelle's mother
Comic and Storybook Characters: Countess de la PerleThunder
Remake: CadenzaJean Potts

Songs
Original: PrologueBelleGastonBe Our GuestSomething ThereHuman AgainBeauty and the BeastThe Mob Song

Broadway: No Matter WhatMeHomeHow Long Must This Go On?If I Can't Love HerMaison Des LunesA Change in Me
Enchanted Christmas: StoriesAs Long As There's ChristmasDon't Fall in LoveA Cut Above the Rest
Belle's Magical World: A Little ThoughtListen With Our Hearts
Live-Action Film: AriaHow Does A Moment Last ForeverDays in the SunEvermore

Locations
Beast's CastleLibraryBelle's CottageVillageBallroomThe Black ForestTavernThe West WingBelle's Room
Objects
The Enchanted RoseEnchanted MirrorMaurice's Machine
See Also
Beauty and the Beast (musical)Beauty and the Beast Jr.Disney RenaissanceOriginal Screenplay