The Golden Mickeys Festival of Fantasy Parade Paint the Night Parade Mickey and the Magician Initially: Gruff, impatient, immature, pessimistic, aloof, grim, irascible, ill-mannered, mysterious, abusive, lonely, tortured, short-tempered, intimidating, frustrated, selfish, mean, spoiled, rude, argumentative, grouchy, aggressive, ferocious, bitter, suicidal Later: Kind, gentle, humble, polite, innocent, giving, compassionate, selfless, heroic, sensitive, romantic, insecure, astute, trustworthy, daring, protective, slightly shy, clumsy Blue eyes As the Beast: Strong, top-heavy, mixture of animals, gigantic, slender, thick brown fur, dark brown bull-like horns, sharp fangs and claws, huge paws, long bushy tail As the Prince: Slender, muscular, fair skin, medium-length light auburn hair The Beast is the male protagonist of Disney's 1991 film, Beauty and the Beast.
A prince by birth, he was cursed by a mysterious Enchantress as punishment for his selfish and cruel nature; only by loving another and earning their love in return can the Beast free himself and those affected by the spell before time runs out.
Despite appearing infuriated when this became an issue, it was indicated that he could feel guilty for his behavior afterwards; his first interactions with Belle left him feeling morose believing she would only see him as a monster, and later on when his temper got the better of him that he unintentionally scared away Belle, which only supported his doubts, so much so that he saves her life afterwards to make up for his earlier behavior.
Though the Beast is stubborn and lacks manners, he is not without a kind side; the Beast can care for others but has difficulty in overcoming his own flaws to express empathy.
If Belle had never arrived at the castle, he would have eventually stopped speaking, walking upright, wearing clothes altogether, and would have gone to live in the woods among the wild animals to fend for himself.
The film's commentary also implied during the wolf attack scene that he was suicidal, or at least did not value his life too strongly, due to the hopelessness of ever breaking the curse.
In addition, his temper belies the Beast's naivety with the world and how to display his feelings towards it.
He is best described by his animator Glen Keane as "a twenty-one-year-old guy who's insecure, wants to be loved, wants to love, but has this ugly exterior and has to overcome this".
As the film is based on the traditional fairy tale of the same name, the Beast is based on the corresponding character from that fairy tale.
Cursed by an enchantress because he has no love within his heart, a prince is transformed into a terrible beast.