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Background information
Feature films Sleeping Beauty
Mickey's House of Villains
Television programs House of Mouse
Video games Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Park attractions Sleeping Beauty Castle
Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Portrayed by Sam Riley (Maleficent)
Portrayed by
Voice Dal McKennon
Frank Welker
Performance model
Inspiration The Raven in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Maleficent's Raven
Diaval Bows (Maleficent)
Personality Evil, diligent, dignified, mysterious, pesky, loyal
Appearance Slender raven, black feathers, orange beak and claws, and purple bags under his eyes
Occupation Maleficent's familiar
Alignment Bad
Goal To help Maleficent find Princess Aurora and kill her
Home The Forbidden Mountains
Allies Maleficent, Disney Villains
Minions Goons
Enemies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, Prince Phillip, King Stefan, Princess Aurora, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Sora, Aqua, Yen Sid
Likes When his mistress is pleased
Dislikes Failure, the Goons' incompetence, Maleficent's fury, Merryweather
Powers and abilities Flight, hunting instincts
Weapons Sharp beak and talons
Fate Turned to stone by Merryweather

Diablo is Maleficent's pet raven, and the secondary antagonist from Disney's 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty. His  bird-like vocal effects were provided by Dal McKennon until his death in 2009 and currently by Frank Welker.

He appears to have a similar role to The Queen's Raven in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. However, this raven plays a larger role in the storyline and he is in almost every scene that Maleficent appears in. In addition, unlike the raven in Snow White, Diablo is completely and genuinely loyal to Maleficent and, unlike the rest of her servants, he is competent and easily succeeds in his task to find Aurora. Diablo is also the only one Maleficent genuinely cares about, and is horrified when he is turned to stone.


Sleeping Beauty

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Diablo in Sleeping Beauty.
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Diablo is first seen with Maleficent, crashing Princess Aurora's christening. There, Maleficent casts a spell on the princess that schedules her death to come at her sixteenth birthday when she pricks her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. After the curse was set, Diablo and Maleficent departed. Oblivious to the villains, Maleficent's rivals Flora, Fauna and Merryweather changed the curse so that Aurora would only fall into a deep sleep when she pricks her finger. Meanwhile, back at the Forbidden Mountains, Maleficent sends her goons on a hunt for the princess but fail to find her after sixteen years. It is revealed that they were foolishly looking for a baby for the entire sixteen year hunt. Maleficent explodes in rage and sends Diablo to find her. Diablo begins his search in the forest where he spots magic from wands being blasted out of a chimney. The magic is from Flora and Merryweather who have been hiding Aurora in their forest cottage to keep safe from Maleficent. Diablo knowing about where they live, quickly flies off and sends Maleficent the news to her great delight, and the villains attack but capture Aurora's husband-to-be Prince Phillip instead. They hold him hostage in Maleficent's castle but the Three Good Fairies break him out. Diablo quickly rallies the goons to attack. However, the goons stand no chance against the fairies' magic, so Diablo heads for Maleficent's quarters. Merryweather gets mad at Diablo and turns him into stone. Maleficent emerges and does not notice Diablo has turned to stone when she orders silence.   

House of Mouse

Diablo made frequent cameos as one of the guests on House of Mouse. He is perched on Maleficent's shoulder in all of his appearances. In the episode, Halloween with Hades, Diablo doesn't seem to like Hades and even tried to bite his finger. Diablo also appears alongside the villains in Mickey's House of Villains.

Kingdom Keepers

Diablo appears from "Shell Game" to "Dark Passage", acting as Maleficent's scout on the Dream. He sends Ovetaker henchmen to attack the Keepers, making sure to always stay out of harm's way. He attacked Willa and Philby in the kitchen, getting captured. Because of the injuries Diablo had inflicted upon him, Philby considered killing the bird by cooking it alive. However, Diablo was luckily spated by Willa not wanting to stoop to the Overtakers' level, mercifuly trapping Diablo in a microwave until it had to be opened for cooking. He later catches Walt's journal on how to completely revive Chernabog, when the Keepers toss it overboard to keep Maleficent and the Queen from getting it.

When Maleficent and the Queen search for Chernabog in a maze, Diablo attacks Finn, only to be knocked aside into a wal. His defeat, only serves to let Maleficent's anger mislead her into turning into a dragon to kill Finn in revenge. However, Diablo was used as a shield, so Finn could rip out Maleficent's throat. His fate remains unknown, but he may have chosen to die from a lack of nutrition as his master had died.


Diaval Topshot
Diaval in Human form
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Diablo will appear in the film under the name of Diaval. He is Maleficent's grumpy right hand man and is actually a human who can take on not just the form of a raven but also a variety of other creatures as well including the dragon that Maleficent turned into in the original film. He will be played by Sam Riley.

In human form it is revealed that he dresses in black and has a collection of huge scars all over his body. In raven form he looks like an average looking raven.

Video Games

Kingdom Hearts series

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Diablo appears as a minor antagonist in the Kingdom Hearts series, mostly seen on Maleficent's shoulder on certain occasions. He is known for announcing the presence of Maleficent many times throughout the series, but enacts this more importantly within Kingdom Hearts II when he is not only appears before Maleficent but helps resurrect his mistress from her previous demise by bringing Maleficent's empty robe to Yen Sid's tower, from there the memories of Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather bring her back to life. Afterwards, he accompanies the revived fairy on her shoulder.

Disney Parks

Diablo has made a few appearances in the Disney theme parks around the world, always seen alongside Maleficent. He appeared on Maleficent's staff in the Magic Kingdom parade Celebrate A Dreams Come True Parade. Diablo would sometimes appear on Maleficent's shoulder in some Disneyland Paris shows. Diablo also appeared in a few attractions including Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through and Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. A statue of Diablo can also be seen near Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant.


  • Diablo is, without a doubt, Maleficent's only competent henchman.
  • Like Jafar does with Iago, Maleficent treats Diablo more like an assistant than a pet. 
  • Diablo is the Spanish word for "devil".
  • Diablo was not actually named in the film itself.
  • The scene where Maleficent reacts to Diablo's transformation into a statue, prompting her to attack the heroes at end of Sleeping Beauty may have inspired a similar scene near the end of The Little Mermaid where Ursula attacks Ariel and Eric after accidentally killing her pet eels.


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Sleeping Beauty
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Films: Sleeping Beauty | Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams | Maleficent | Descendants

Television: House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time

Video Games: Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

Books: Sleeping Beauty (Little Golden Book) | Sleeping Beauty (Disney's Wonderful World of Reading) | Sleeping Beauty (Classic Storybook) | My Side of the Story: Sleeping Beauty/Maleficent | The Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of a Sleeping Beauty | Once Upon a Dream: From Perrault's Sleeping Beauty to Disney's Maleficent

Charaters: Princess Aurora | Prince Phillip | Flora, Fauna and Merryweather | Maleficent/Dragon Maleficent | Diablo | King Stefan | Queen Leah | King Hubert | Forest Animals | Samson | Maleficent's Goons

Objects: Spinning Wheel | Shield of Virtue | Sword of Truth

Locations: King Stefan's Castle | Forbidden Mountain | Aurora's Cottage | Forest

Songs: Hail to the Princess Aurora | The Gifts of Beauty and Song | I Wonder | Once Upon a Dream | Skumps | Sleeping Beauty | Poor Aurora

Disney Parks: Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant | Sleeping Beauty Castle

Kingdom Keepers
Kingdom Keepers I Disney After Dark
Books: Kingdom Keepers | Kingdom Keepers I: Disney After Dark | Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn | Kingdom Keepers III: Disney In Shadow | Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play | Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game | Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage

Original Characters: Finn Whitman | Charlene Turner | Terrence Maybeck | Dell Philby | Isabella Angelo | Wayne Kresky | Amanda Lockhart | Jessica Lockhart | Mrs. Whitman | Wanda Alcott | Greg Luowski | Storey Ming | Bess Maybeck | Gladis Philby | Sally Ringwald | Dillard Cole | Hugo Montcliff | Mattie Weaver

Disney Characters: Mickey Mouse | Minnie Mouse | Pluto | Ariel | Mulan | King Triton | Megara | Goofy | Stitch | Lilo | Winnie the Pooh | Piglet | Tigger | Chip 'n' Dale

Overtakers: Maleficent | Chernabog | The Queen | Cruella De Vil | Claude Frollo | Ursula | Jafar | Shan Yu | Jack Sparrow | Tia Dalma | Gaston | Prince John | Horned King | Big Bad Wolf | J. Worthington Foulfellow | Gideon | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Diablo | Magic Brooms | Green Army Men | Blackbeard

Locations: Magic Kingdom | Epcot | Disney's Hollywood Studios | Disney's Animal Kingdom | Typhoon Lagoon | DisneyQuest | Cinderella Castle | Escher's Keep | It's a Small World | Splash Mountain | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Expedition Everest | Fantasmic! | Voyage of the Little Mermaid | Disney Dream | Walt Disney: One Man's Dream | Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge | Soarin' | Mission: SPACE | Test Track | Wonders of Life | Morocco Pavilion | China Pavilion | France Pavilion | Norway Pavilion | Mexico Pavilion | Disneyland | Jungle Cruise | Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye | Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

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