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Diablo
Background information
Feature films Sleeping Beauty
Mickey's House of Villains
Maleficent
Television programs House of Mouse
Video games Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Maleficent: Free Fall

Hidden Worlds (temporary scene)
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
Animators
Voice Dal McKennon
Frank Welker
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration The Raven in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Pet
Maleficent's Raven
Diaval (in Maleficent)
Pretty Bird (by Aurora)
Personality Evil, diligent, dignified, mysterious, pesky, loyal, intelligent, leaderish, smarth
Appearance Slender raven, black feathers, orange beak and claws, purple bags under his eyes
Nationality
Species Raven
Birthday
Occupation Maleficent's confidant
Alignment
Alignment Bad
Affiliation
Affiliations Maleficent, Aurora (in Maleficent)
Goal To serve Maleficent
Home The Forbidden Mountain
The Moors
Relatives
Pets
Allies Sleeping Beauty: Maleficent
Maleficent: Aurora, Fairies, Prince Phillip
Crossover Material: Disney Villains
Minions Goons, Tree Warriors
Enemies Sleeping Beauty: Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, Prince Phillip, King Stefan, Princess Aurora
Kingdom Hearts: Sora, Aqua
Crossover Material: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy
Likes When his mistress is pleased
Dislikes Failure, the Goons' incompetence, Maleficent's fury, Merryweather
Powers and abilities Sleeping Beauty: Flight, hunting instincts
Maleficent: Shapeshifting
Weapons Sharp beak and talons
Fate Gets turned to stone by Merryweather
Quote

Diablo is Maleficent's pet raven, and the secondary antagonist in Disney's 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty. His bird-like vocal effects were provided by Dal McKennon until his death in 2009. Currently, he is voiced by Frank Welker. He was portrayed by Sam Riley in the 2014 live-action film Maleficent, where he appears as the tritagonist and good-hearted bird who serves Maleficent.

Background

He appears to have a similar role to the Raven in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. However, he plays a larger role in the storyline and is in almost every scene that Maleficent appears in. In addition, unlike the raven in Snow White, he 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. He is also the only one Maleficent genuinely cares about, and is horrified when he is turned to stone. In return, he apparently cares a great deal for Maleficent, specifically seen when he fell into despair alongside her after her goons have been revealed to have been searching for a baby for sixteen years, as opposed to a teenager, which Aurora would have been at that point in time.

Unlike her goons, who Maleficent constantly abuses and treats as pathetic wastes, he serves as her confidante and assistant, more so than her lackey, joining her more often than not from scene to scene, and having complete knowledge of her devious plots. He's also second-in-command, having control over the goons, along with his mistress.

His backstory is also explored in the film Maleficent. According to his actor in it, Sam Riley, he was rescued by Maleficent after he found himself nearing death at the hands of a farmer. Out of gratitude, he offered to join her side as her minion, which she accepts. From that point on, he served as her stubborn and snappy, yet loyal, assistant.

Physical Appearance

In Sleeping Beauty, Diablo is a black raven with pink bags under his eyes. He has a sharp, long yellow beak and yellow claws. 

In Maleficent, Diablo's name changes to Diaval. Diaval is first seen with the remaining tufts of black feathers attached to his body. He is later given a cloak that exposes a large claw-shaped scar on his chest. He has two arch-like scars just above his eyebrows. His hair is black in appearal, his hair part is a "V" shape from the front. When Maleficent transforms him into said animals, he always has some raven resembling features; such as a sharper nose or claws. As a bird, Diaval is entirely black.

Appearances

Sleeping Beauty

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Diablo in Sleeping Beauty

Diablo is first seen with Maleficent, crashing Princess Aurora's christening. There, Maleficent casts a spell on her 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, her 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 hunt. Maleficent explodes in rage and sends Diablo to find her. He begins his search in the forest where he spots magic from wands being blasted out of a chimney. It is from Flora and Merryweather who have been hiding Aurora in their forest cottage to keep safe from Maleficent.

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Diablo's petrified curse

Diablo, knowing about where they live, quickly flies off and sends Maleficent the news to her great delight, and the villains capture Aurora's husband-to-be, Prince Phillip, instead. They hold him hostage in Maleficent's castle but Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather break him out. Diablo quickly rallies the goons to attack. However, they stand no chance against the fairies' magic, so Diablo heads for Maleficent's quarters. Merryweather gets mad at him and turns him into stone. Maleficent emerges, planning to silence the goons after hearing all the commotion, but she instead finds his stone body, gasping in shock before witnessing Phillip and the fairies making their escape, prompting her to take matters into her own hands.

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, he doesn't seem to like Hades and even tried to bite his finger. He also appears alongside the villains in Mickey's House of Villains.

Maleficent

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Diaval in his raven form

Diablo appears in the film under the name of Diaval, and actor Sam Riley plays his human form.

He is a raven and Maleficent's confidant who can under her command take on not just the form of a human, but also a variety of other creatures such as a wolf, a horse as well including the dragon that Maleficent turned into in the original film. All his transformations appear very birdlike. In human form, he dresses in black and has a collection of huge visible scars all over his body.

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Diaval in his human form

Diaval first meets Maleficent when she saves him from a farmer's net by morphing him into a man. At first, Diaval is upset, quoting "What have you done to my be beautiful self?". Maleficent scolds, saying that it was barely an appriachable thank you. In gratitude, for her kindness he dedicates his life to serve her. Maleficent commands Diaval to be her eyes and spy on the kingdom. Diaval brings news that King Stefan has had a daughter and a chistening would be held the next day. Over time he helps Maleficent seek revenge against King Stefan for his treachery and finds where the Pixies are hiding the princess. Despite her dislike for the little "Beastie", she reluctantly has Diaval care for the princess since the Pixies are incapable as they struggle to adapt in their human forms.

As the years pass Diaval develops a friendship with Aurora and when she meets Phillip he believes he could be the key to save her. However, all that was in vain when Phillip's kiss failed to wake her, but Maleficent's motherly kiss was true enough love to wake Aurora.

When Stefan and his men capture Maleficent, she turns Diaval into a dragon and he fights off the guards while Maleficent battles Stefan.

In the last scene, he witnesses Maleficent crowning Aurora the new queen of both the human and fairy kingdoms and flies happily alongside the reformed fairy.

Printed media

Maleficent's Revenge

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Diablo's return in Maleficent's Revenge

On the night of a solar eclipse, fairy magic is drained away and spells are broken, resulting in Diabo's revival from the stone curse placed on him by Merryweather. The loyal raven immediately searches for the deceased Maleficent, and upon finding her staff and remains, he uses her magic to revive her from the dead, thus initiating another plot to torture Aurora and dominate the kingdom.

Kingdom Keepers

Diablo appears from "Shell Game" to "Dark Passage", acting as Maleficent's scout on the Dream. He sends The Overtakers' henchmen to attack the Keepers, making sure to always stay out of harm's way. He attacked Willa Angelo and Philby in the kitchen, getting captured. Because of the injuries he had inflicted upon him, Philby considered killing him by cooking him alive. However, he was luckily spared by Willa not wanting to stoop to the Overtakers' level, mercifuly trapping him 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 Whitman, only to be knocked aside into a wall. His defeat, only serves to let Maleficent's anger mislead her into turning into a dragon to kill Finn in revenge. However, he 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.

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 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. Later on, Pete travels to Hollow Bastion to see if the rumors of Maleficent being killed off was true. Just then, Diablo and the revived Maleficent arrives.

In Birth by Sleep, Diablo appears briefly as he watches Prince Phillip and Aqua trying to escape the Forbidden Mountain. He is the first to notice them escaping and quickly summons the goons to attack them.

In Dream Drop Distance, Maleficent gives the raven Queen Minnie's crown as well as a letter to be delivered to Mickey at Yen Sid's tower to lure him back to Disney Castle.

Disney Parks

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

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Trivia

  • 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.
    • However, unlike Jafar and Iago's relationship, Maleficent and Diablo seem to have a mutual respect for one another.
  • Diablo is the Spanish word for "devil or demon".
  • Diablo was not actually named in the film itself.
  • In Maleficent, the Diaval name is pronounced similarly to 'devil', and in Sleeping Beauty, the Diablo name meaning 'devil'). In Irish Lore crows are associated with the winged battle goddesses the Morrigan (they sound similar, as well, to Maleficent). In most all other lore crows are associated with death, the dead, and trickery. Thus, they can be "devilish" birds.
  • The scene where Maleficent reacts to Diablo's transformation into stone, 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.
  • Diablo is notably the first minion of a Disney villain to be killed in their respective film.


Sleeping Beauty
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Films and Shows: Sleeping Beauty | Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams | Maleficent/Soundtrack/Free Fall | Descendants | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time

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

Books: Little Golden Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | 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 | Sleepy Time with Aurora

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

Objects: Spinning Wheel | Shield of Virtue | Sword of Truth | Maleficent's Staff

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

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

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


Kingdom Keepers
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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 | Violet Parr Mulan | King Triton | Megara | | Stitch | Remy | Django | Rajah | Prince Phillip | Elsa | Rapunzel | Timon | Pumbaa | Chip 'n' Dale | Goofy | Tigger | Lilo | Winnie the Pooh | Piglet

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 | Shere Khan | Si and Am | Hopper | Flotsam and Jetsam | Judge Doom | Madam Leota | Sabor | The Headless Horseman | Stormtroopers | Scar | Zira

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 | The Haunted Mansion | Casey Jr. Circus Train |Toontown | Matterhorn | The Disney Gallery

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