Beast, also known as Prince Adam, is the male protagonist in the 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast. A young prince who once lived a pampered life, he was notoriously selfish and unkind in his youth. As punishment for his cruel behavior, the prince was cursed by a mysterious Enchantress and transformed into a hideous beast. Only by loving another and earning their love in return, would the spell be broken.
He is voiced by Robby Benson.
Why He Is the Beast We All Know and Love
- His design as the Beast is beautifully drawn.
- His chemistry with Belle is amazing.
- Robby Benson did an amazing job voicing him.
- His human form is perfectly well drawn and one of the very few characters of the castle that’s more detailed, along with Mrs. Potts and Chip.
- He saved Belle from the wolves and took them on by himself, while getting a few scratches on his arm.
- Sometimes, while still intimidating, he can be somewhat entertaining at the same time. This is shown during his interactions with his servants, the famous dinner request sequence, or the Blame Game with Belle after the wolves scene.
- He is also brave, cunning, and determined. The castle staff even state that he really isn't that bad once you get to know him, he's just angry and very, very depressed.
- He sets Belle free after they discover that her father Maurice is lost in the snowy forest and dying of hypothermia looking for her, even if it means him losing his best and only chance of breaking the curse.
- He faces Gaston during the final battle, and he gives a colder delivery to Gaston to get out of his castle after defeating him and revealing him as the coward he truly is.
- Character development: Specifically, the Beast originally appeared to be irritable, temperamental, and stubborn, and came off as very mean and serious. He had a very bitter and negative, extremely cynical outlook, and was quick to become frustrated and give up when things did not work his way, showing a spoiled side to his personality. Once he begins to care for Belle after rescuing her from a pack of wolves, he becomes more agreeable and gentle. He even attempts to become civilized again for Belle's sake, relearning table manners and feeding birds.
- When Belle ventures into the West Wing, he loses his cool and dramatically roars at her to get out, which was very mean-spirted of him. Thankfully, he does feel remorse for doing so.
- His Descendants counterpart lacks charm that the original 1991 did. He is against the idea of welcoming the children of villains and doesn't come to their aid later on either. It's like his character development when back to his pre-character development.
- Although he got his personality back eventually, he got flanderized horribly in three cases:
- In Belle’s Magical World, he became a bigger jerk. He appears to be far more rude, selfish, temperamental, aggressive, hostile, childish, and bossy than he was in the original movie, and even overreacts over small things like a baby bird. In fact, Beast is so despicable in this film that he could very well be the film's metaphorical antagonist who makes Gaston (the the main antagonist of the first film) look heroic in comparison. To add insult to injury, Beast for some reason appears to inconsistently switch back and forth from being a nice person to back to his old rude and stubborn self between the segments in this film.
- While not as much as in Belle’s Magical World or the 2017 remake, the Beast was dumbed down and acts more like an eighth grader who’s never held a girl’s hand before.
- In the 2017 remake of the original movie, he is flanderized into a bigger jerk and his romantic chemistry with Belle is weak, unlike in the original, they spend less time unlike in the original and their emotional moments such as the argument in the west wing and Belle tending to the Beast’s wounds are butchered.