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Darla Sherman is the secondary antagonist of the 2003 Disney/Pixar animated film Finding Nemo.

Appearances

Finding Nemo

Darla is the niece of Philip Sherman, a dentist. She is not antagonistic through evil or malicious intent but rather through rambunctiousness and the overexcitement of having pet fish, which ironically has frequently resulted in her killing them by accident.

Gill and the other fishes in Sherman's fish tank describe Darla as a fish killer and that Nemo is supposed to be her new pet fish. The last fish she received, Chuckles, was killed by her because she wouldn't stop shaking the bag Chuckles was in. In the scene where Darla is about to take Nemo from her uncle, Nemo plays dead, but Darla thinks he is just sleeping and starts shaking the bag. Gill then fires himself out of the tank and lands in her hair, causing her to drop Nemo bursting his bag. After Gill catapults Nemo into the air, Darla tries to grab him, but he lands in the sink and is swallowed into the drain leading to the ocean. Darla then looks down the drain and screams, "FISHY!" The drain squirts water in her face as she breaks it. It is unknown what happens to Darla afterward.

Toy Story 3

Darla Sherman was seen in the magazine that Molly Davis read after organize her donations to Sunnyside Daycare in Toy Story 3.

Finding Dory

Darla's photo that his uncle Philip Sherman have in his consulting office, appear in the Marine Life Institute in Finding Dory.

Disney Parks

Darla appears in some Finding Nemo related attractions such as the Finding Nemo: The Musical show at Disney's Animal Kingdom playing the same part she did in the film, and in the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage attraction in the lagoon diving with her uncle.

Trivia

  • Darla is the first female Pixar villain.
  • According to one of the Finding Nemo books, the shirt Darla was wearing in the film was given to her by her uncle after her pet fish Chuckles died.
  • Darla was named after Darla K. Anderson, a Pixar employee.
  • Darla, in a way, is very similar to Sid Phillips, as they are both naughty human children who serve as antagonists towards the main character's races (toys and fish, respectively), although while Sid is a genuinely nasty child (in the first Toy Story) who relishes in his sick experiments, Darla appears to be much more innocent and seemingly did not mean Chuckles and Nemo any real harm, and apparently genuinely caring for Nemo (evidenced by her calling out to Nemo when he went down the drain).
  • During Darla's visit, the patients sitting in the waiting room who hear the commotion between Dr. Sherman, Darla, and Nigel are a young boy (reading an Incredibles comic) and his mother, a brunette-haired woman, and a balding man.
  • The music that plays when Darla appears at her uncle's office is the theme from Pyscho (1960).
  • Even though she is the main antagonist in the film, she is mostly seen in her picture rather than in person.

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