Ariel Character Bio

Once Upon a Time...

Adventurous young mermaid Ariel, fascinated by humans, longs to explore their world out of the sea. After rescuing and falling in love with the handsome human prince, Eric, she strikes a deal with the sea witch Ursula to trade in her fins for legs in the hope of winning his heart.

Quick Facts
Movie appearances: The Little Mermaid; Mickey's Magical Christmas; Return to the Sea; Ariel's Beginning; Ralph Breaks the Internet
TV appearances: The Little Mermaid (1992); House of Mouse; Sofia the First
Parents: King Triton and Queen Athena
Best friends: Flounder and Sebastian
Birthplace: Atlantica
Age: 16 (The Little Mermaid)
Occupation: Princess (one of 13 Official Disney Princesses)
Hobbies/Interests: Exploring, collecting human objects

Did you know?

Ariel is based on the main character from "The Little Mermaid" by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, first published in 1837 as part of a collection of fairy tales for children. In this story, she is never given a name. Hard to imagine the red-haired princess going by any name other than Ariel today.

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