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King Stefan
Background information
Feature films Sleeping Beauty
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams
Short films
Television programs Once Upon a Time
Video games Hidden Worlds (temporary scene)
Park attractions
Portrayed by Sharlto Copley (Maleficent)
Sebastian Roche (Once Upon a Time)
Portrayed by
Voice Taylor Holmes (Sleeping Beauty)
Corey Burton (Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams)
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Wise, protective, a worthy ruler, kind, caring, loving, fatherly
Appearance Slender, fair skin, black hair, mustache and beard, black-and-yellow clothes, red collar, crown
Occupation King
Alignment Good
Goal To make sure his daughter is safe
Home King Stefan's Castle
Relatives Queen Leah (wife)
Princess Aurora (daughter)
Prince Phillip (son-in-law)
Allies King Hurbert, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather
Minions Guards and servants
Enemies Maleficent, Diablo
Likes His daughter's safety
Dislikes His daughter in danger, Maleficent
Powers and abilities
Fate Watches his daughter and son-in-law dance
Quote "Seize that creature!
"I warned you Hubert. This means war!"

King Stefan is a supporting character in Disney's 1959 animated feature film Sleeping Beauty.

He is the father of Princess Aurora.


Sleeping Beauty

In the original film, Stefan is portrayed as a humble figure, living father, and the more forceful side of the kingdom's monarchy consisting of himself and his queen, Leah. When confronted by Maleficent, he remained silent, mostly, but with a stern, and fairly intimidating expression. Aside from that scene, Stefan is mostly seen as a soft-spoken man; specifically during his scenes with the more boastful King Hurbert (Stefan's closest friend).


This version of Stefan is very hateful, tyrannical, power-hungry, paranoid, obsessed with hunting and killing Maleficent, to the point where he did not care of seeing his dying queen.

At a young age, Stefan has always been ambitious. He hesitated at killing Maleficent at first because of their past friendship. But his desire for the throne, has led him to betray her anyway. The consequence of this betrayal was severe; he cut off and stole Maleficent's wings, which ultimately turned her to evil, as she retaliates by cursing Aurora as the baby out of rage once she learn this.

His hatred was spawned from his guilt for stealing her wings, in fear that she would take her revenge upon him. As seen when Maleficent curses Aurora while he helplessly watch this, Stefan indeed shows his remorse over his past betrayal and begs Maleficent not to kill Aurora, in which Maleficent responded by having Aurora having death-like sleep instead of actual death. Unfortunately, due to his paranoia and guilt for his crime against his old friend, combined with Maleficent's act of revenge by cursing Aurora, Stefan's sheer hatred for Maleficent proved too great, even greater than Maleficent's own hatred against him. This was shown at the climax where he sadistically taunts and torture Maleficent as soon as she enter his castle and undo Aurora's curse (though he may never learn this). Therefore, whatever friendship and love that he had with Maleficent, ultimately dies as he tries to stab her from behind, leading to his own death.


Sleeping Beauty

King Stefan and Queen Leah are the monarchs of a Kingdom. He is overjoyed when his wife gives birth to a baby girl whom they named Aurora. The whole kingdom was invited by Stefan to celebrate her birth. But his and his queen's happiness is short lived, as the evil fairy Maleficent, the only person not invited to Aurora's celebration, enters his castle and curses the baby. She then prophecizes that on Aurora's 16th birthday, she will die from touching the spindle of a spinning wheel although after she leaves, one of the Three Good Fairies weakens the curse so their daughter will sleep instead of death. The King and Queen make the hardest decision of their lives: their daughter must be raised by the Three Good Fairies away in the forest in order to protect her. King Stefan ordered all spinning wheels in the kingdom to be burned in an attempt to prevent the curse from happening. The narrator reveals that sixteen sad and lonely years passed for Stefan and his dear queen.

Sixteen years later, he is waiting his now teenaged daughter's return to the Castle. While in the dining room drinking, he and Hubert quarrel over their children until Hubert mistakenly grabs a fish instead of his sword and they burst out laughing. When Aurora touches the spindle, the Good Fairies put everyone in the Kingdom to sleep. When Maleficent is defeated by Prince Phillip, he awakens and finally meets his daughter.

Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams

In the short segment, Stefan, Leah, Hubert, and Phillip all go off on a royal ceremony where Hubert is due to give a speech. Trusting their daughter, Stefan and Leah give Aurora the "keys to the kingdom" while they're away.

Live-action appearances



King Stefan in Maleficent.

King Stefan appears in the feature film Maleficent portrayed by Sharlto Copley. In contrast to the character seen in Sleeping Beauty, this version of Stefan is the main antagonist of the film and has quite a history with Maleficent.

As a child, he was an orphan and often stole things. He first met Maleficent when he escaped to the Moors after stealing a gem. The two became the best of friends and one Maleficent's sixteenth birthday, Stefan showed her true love's kiss; as their close friendship gradually blossomed into romance. However, one night, Stefan stole Maleficent's wings so he could lie that he killed her and become the new king. He married King Henry's daughter Princess Lelia and together they had a child of their own, a baby girl they named Aurora.

However, his treacherous actions would cost him dearly as Maleficent placed a dark curse of eternal slumber upon his daughter Aurora as revenge for what he did to her. Over the next sixteen years, Stefan became extremely paranoid and obsessed with hunting Maleficent down, so obsessed that he couldn't care less for his dying queen.

When Aurora returns on the day before her sixteenth birthday, he has her locked up, but when the curse starts, she finds her way to the dungeons where the spinning wheels were burnt and pricks her finger, putting her into her deep slumber.

Stefan and his guards capture Maleficent and Diaval. Stefan brutally tortures Maleficent and taunts her. However, just when he's about to kill her with his sword, Maleficent's wings return to her, thanks to the help of Aurora. He is quickly overpowered by Maleficent and is carried onto a tower by the fairy. Maleficent nearly chokes Stefan, but decides to spare him. However, Stefan refuses defeat and attacks her again. The two fall from the tower, but Maleficent manages to remain airborne, while Stefan plummets to his death, ending his venomous wrath forever.

Once Upon a Time


King Stefan in Once Upon a Time.

After Maleficent curses Briar Rose into an eternal sleep, her victory falls short when King Stefan awakens the cursed maiden with true love's kiss. He and Briar Rose later marry, presiding over their kingdom in a palace, and have a daughter named Aurora. Maleficent, on the other hand, becomes dejected since her revenge is spoiled and loses her ability to turn into a dragon. Years later, Aurora is set to marry Prince Phillip, and in a bid to restore Maleficent to her former glory, Regina tries motivating her into getting vengeance on Briar Rose's daughter. Fearing the former dragon will harm Aurora, King Stefan and his soldiers arrive at the ruined portion of land that Maleficent once scorched with her flames decades ago. When they begin arresting her, Maleficent attempts to transform, but it fails, leaving both her and Regina to be captured for execution. As the women are tied and forced to walk, Regina burns her own binds and hurls a fireball at the men before her magic dries out. Luckily, Maleficent morphs into a dragon, and as she swoops down from the air, King Stefan shouts for his guards to retreat. With a well-aimed breath of fire, she shoots it at the king, who manages to block with his shield. Later, when Maleficent confronts Aurora, she reveals she did not killed King Stefan in order to make him suffer and see his precious daughter be cursed as her mother was.


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  • He is one of only two characters in Disney history who is good in his original appearance but is made into a major villain in a subsequent production made years later, the other being Peter Pan in Once Upon a Time.
  • Though King Stefan and Queen Leah don't appear in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, the thrones on which they sit are present in the hall of the castle where Terra faces the Wheel Master Unversed.
  • King Stefan is the first Disney King to not have grey hair.
  • King Stefan's role in Maleficent is similar to Hans from Frozen, as both betray the protagonist to trick them into falling in love with them, and both try to kill the "monster" as well.
  • His role in Maleficent is also similar to that of The Wizard of Oz as portrayed in Wicked, as both characters are normally good, wise figures of authority who are portrayed as villains in the retelling while the evil witches from either original story are conversely portrayed heroically.

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Films: Sleeping Beauty | Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams | Maleficent | Descendants | Maleficent 2
Television: House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Sofia the First
Video Games: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep | Disney INFINITY | Maleficent Free Fall | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition
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 | Big Golden Book | Sleepy Time with Aurora
Music: The Legacy Collection: Sleeping Beauty | Maleficent (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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