Gaston was the main antagonist of Beauty and the Beast. Like many villains, Gaston embodies the Deadly Sin of Pride. He was voiced by Richard White. Gaston is one of the very few villains who does not initially appear to be evil but gradually shows his villainy over the course of the film. He is looking for a "little wife" and seems to find one in Belle, but she isn't interested and refuses his every advance. The Bimbettes are his greatest fans.
Gaston was strong and handsome and he was all too aware of this. He is hailed as a local hero and the greatest hunter, desired by many of the young women of his village (he is even described as "cute, dreamy and handsome" by the Bimbettes in the first opening number), but he is boorish, uncultured, and egotistical (the townsfolk don't seem to notice or care, however). Given his narcissistic nature, he loves to boast about this at every opportunity, especially when the villagers begin singing a song about him to cheer him up after Belle's rejection of him. When it comes to women, he is extremely vain and rude, demonstrated by his interest in Belle being solely physical. As a result all his attempts to spend time with Belle end in disaster due to his sexist and chauvinistic behavior. This chauvinism also makes him believe that women are only good for being (unintelligent) housewives and mothers (especially of handsome sons in the latter), something that Belle is disgusted at becoming. On the matter of children, he doesn't seem to acknowledge the possibility of having daughters with Belle despite claiming to like Belle for her good looks, as he tells her that they will have "six or seven strapping boys" like himself as soon as she marries him. His chauvinistic attitude even leads him to condescendingly refer to Belle as his "little wife", and this sexist attitude ultimately leads to him being rejected by Belle and kicked out of her house. ("Little" could also refer to Belle's height, as she is much shorter than Gaston.)
At the start of the film, Gaston did not seem truly evil, but simply mean-spirited and rude. However, Gaston's lust for Belle, combined with the harm to his narcissistic self-image her rejection of him did, caused him to evolve into a sadistic, murderous monster. This develops throughout the film as he shows his true intelligence, revealing he is quite smart and cunning, rather than stupid or brainless as Belle claims. He also reveals his true nature as cruel, violent, and insane. This is first shown when he formulates a plan to blackmail Belle into marrying him by bribing Monsieur D'Arque, the owner of the local madhouse, to threaten to lock Maurice up. When this fails, Gaston again uses his intelligence to instill fear into the villagers by fueling their paranoia about the Beast's "monstrous" nature, and easily gathers a lynch mob to attack Beast's castle and leave none alive. In the ending, his cruel nature is the very foil to Beast himself; by killing a true monster like Gaston, Beast is no better, and his act to spare him was Beast's humanity to what Gaston lacks almost any form of.
Personality with BelleEdit
Right from the moment when I met her, saw her,
I said, "She's Gorgeous" and I fell.
Here in town, there's only she
Who is beautiful as me.
So, I'm making plans to woo and marry Belle!
What the Bimbettes thinkEdit
Look! There he goes!
Isn't he dreamy?
Oh, he's so cute!
Be still, my heart!
I'm hardly breathing!
He's such a tall, dark, strong and handsome brute!
Role in the filmEdit
Gaston is the local hero of a small French village. He owns a large tavern where him and the villagers drink and talk. Inside there is a large portrait of him along with "trophies" from his hunt of mostly animal antlers. He starts off in the film, pursuing Belle through the village as she borrows a book from the local bookstore. Their meeting starts off well, but Gaston's remarks about women drive Belle away from him and she goes home, leaving him disappointed. The next day, however, Gaston organizes a wedding outside Belle's cottage in an attempt to "surprise" her, complete with modern-era decorations and wedding cake. He forces his way into the cottage and attempts to strong-arm her into marrying him, again making sexist remarks about women and housewifery (he even envisions their home they'd live in as a "rustic" hunting lodge, with his latest kill becoming dinner over the fire and Belle massaging his feet while their children—six or seven boys—play on the floor with their dogs). While he attempts to corner Belle, she manages to open the door that he has pinned her against. This causes him to lose his balance and fly headfirst into a giant mud pond that lies in front of Belle's cottage, leaving himself a mess. Furious and humiliated, Gaston storms off and away from Belle's home, but not before vowing to make Belle his wife regardless of her refusals. Later, during the winter, the villagers in Gaston's Tavern, along with LeFou, sing a song about Gaston's greatness to cheer him up after being rejected by Belle, when Maurice storms in and warns the villagers about a monstrous Beast who has locked Belle as a prisoner in the tower of his castle. Thinking he is talking nonsense, Gaston has the villagers throw him out of the tavern, but then realizes that he can use what Maurice has said to his advantage. In a surprising display of animalistic cunning, he bribes the owner of the local asylum, Monsieur D'Arque, to threaten to throw Maurice into the asylum in order to pressure Belle into marrying him. While D'Arque realizes that even Maurice's nonsense about a beast and his odd inventions do not make him insane or dangerous, he is willing to accept the bribe. Considering the management of asylums of the 18th century (the time that the film takes place), this is an extremely harsh threat. However, just before their arrival, Maurice has left for the castle on his own. LeFou is ordered to stay there and wait for their return.
When Belle and Maurice eventually return to the cottage, LeFou immediately informs Gaston, and he sets his plan into motion. With the villagers gathered outside the house, D'Arque has his men drag Maurice towards their carriage, while Gaston makes Belle his offer - he will clear up the misunderstanding...if she marries him. Shocked and disgusted, Belle refuses, and Gaston allows Maurice to be dragged away. Belle, however, manages to prove her father's apparently insane claims about a Beast inhabiting the huge castle in the woods to be true by using a magic mirror that the Beast had given her. Gaston grows even more frustrated after his plan fails and shocked that Maurice was indeed telling the truth, but becomes increasingly jealous when Belle begins referring to the Beast as "kind and gentle", realizing that she prefers a "monster" over himself. He refers to the Beast as a "monster" and Belle angrily retorts with the same insult which makes him angrily bare his teeth and is the final straw. Gaston's final stand. Added by In his jealousy and pride, Gaston snatches the mirror from Belle and successfully convinces the villagers that the Beast is a man-eating monster that has to be brought down immediately. Locking Belle and Maurice in the basement to keep them from warning the Beast, Gaston leads a lynch mob to attack the Beast's castle and leave no one alive. In the ensuing battle between the rioters and castle servants, Gaston confronts the Beast alone. He fires an arrow into him, tosses him onto a lower section of the roof and teases him. When Beast doesn't respond, having lost his will to live since Belle's departure (to rescue her lost father, who was searching for her), Gaston uses a makeshift club to try and kill the Beast. But the Beast regains his strength when he sees Belle return (she had escaped from the basement), and viciously fights back.Though roughly even with his adversary, Gaston soon learns that he cannot rely on brute strength to kill the Beast, and instead begins teasing him in order to infuriate him enough to let his guard down, pushing the final button by claiming that Belle can never love a monster. The plan works, but immediately backfires: The Beast lunges forth, snapping viciously at him, and then holds the terrified hunter at his mercy by holding him above a chasm by the throat. With his life at stake, Gaston abandons his pride and begs for his life, and the Beast accepts, ordering Gaston to leave immediately and never return. In spite of this, when Gaston sees Beast embracing Belle, his great hatred and jealousy arises again which leads to his ultimate downfall. Determined to kill the Beast once and for all, Gaston stabs Beast in the side with a knife while dangling precariously from the balcony. The Beast swings his arm backwards in pain, making Gaston lose his balance and plunge into the chasmic moat 300 feet below, where he most likely drowns.
- Gaston appears frequently in Disney's House of Mouse. He is liable to boast "Nobody [specific action inserted] like Gaston". This recurring joke frequently gets on Hades' nerves.
- Strangely, Gaston was and is the only villain who wasn't in the Kingdom Hearts series with his world featured as a playable level.
- Some people think he is the Hunter in the 1942 film Bambi.
- On an interesting note, most of Gaston's actions were edited out of the final cut of the film: during his battle with the Beast, Gaston was originally intended to shout "Time to die!", but it was changed to "Belle is MINE!"(but his lips still mouth Time to die!) in order to edit violence and get the main point of his rage straight.
- Moments prior to his plunge from the castle to his unseen death, Gaston was supposed to stab the Beast in the back, and later in the leg, but the second injury was cut from the final script to edit violence; it was also originally intended for Gaston to commit suicide after stabbing the Beast in the back and laugh madly as he fell from the tower, believing that if he could not win Belle, nobody else would (which might explain why Gaston chose such a dangerous position to stab the Beast from behind, despite knowing that he would never win Belle's heart).
- In the early concept art (revealed on the diamond edition of Beauty and the Beast) Gaston was a wealthy marquess.
- In one of the earliest scripts, Gaston's death would have been different, as the battle against Beast would have taken place in the forest. In this early version of the script, Gaston would wound the Beast and prepare to kill him with his blunderbuss, when Belle strikes him from behind with a rock. This would have prompted him to fall off a cliff and breaking one of his legs. Upon trying to stand up, he notices that the wolves who attacked Maurice and Belle earlier are looking at him, and then attack him. This idea was scrapped because the writers thought that it was too gruesome and horrible (even for someone like Gaston), although this idea was later used in The Lion King, more specifically in the sequence of Scar's death at the hands of the hyenas.
- Despite his death, Gaston has recently been enjoying a considerable degree of fan popularity on the internet, with the character himself becoming a minor internet meme. In recent months, for example he has shown an obsession with Taco Bell, and has been the subject of Chuck Norris-style jokes.
- He was ranked 11th in a poll by UltimateDisney.com on the top 30 Disney villains of all time
- Spike.com ranked him the #9 spot in their "The Top 10 Hollywood "Villains" Who Got Totally Screwed" below Rambo villain Will Teasle.
Gaston is the youngest Disney villain to date, apparently being in his mid-20s at the oldest.
- Gaston is based on the Avenant character from the 1946 Beauty and the Beast film, played by Jean Marais. A character named Avenant was originally intended to serve as the villain of a proposed sequel to the Disney film, as Gaston's younger brother, but the idea was scrapped. Unlike the Avenant character from the 1946 film, Gaston doesn't outright confess to Belle that he loves her, which leads to his demise.
- Richard White stated in an interview that while he himself doesn't know whether Gaston survived, he does mention that the viewers never saw the body, implying that he might have survived. However, the 2002 DVD commentary confirmed his death, and mentioned that the skull and crossbones seen in his pupils as he falls, which were either speculated to be some sort of demonic subliminal message or that he had seen death himself, were intended to confirm his death.
- The amount of arrows in Gaston's pouch often changes from three to two and sometimes even four.
- The horse that Gaston rides to Beast's Castle is actually the horse from The Headless Horseman, the main antagonist from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the second half of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
- In the movie's continuity, Gaston is the first Disney character of the Disney Renaissance era to have negative attitudes and opinions towards females, the second is Chi-Fu from Mulan.
- Interestingly enough, as mentioned in one of the above Trivia facts, Disney made absolutely certain to remove to skull and cross bones from Gaston's pupils as he fell to his death in the theatrical and VHS version, yet made no attempt to do so in the later releases on DVD and Blu Ray.
- On the 2011 Cartoon Voices Comic Con, Bill Farmer said that he had done Gaston, during Gaston's song in the bar. Bill did the sound of Gaston eating the eggs.
- Gaston is the first villian to have an obsessive crush on the female lead, Belle. Although in Aladdin, Jafar was a bit affectionate with Jasmine in the scene where she kissed him. Claude Frollo was the second villain to have an obsessive crush on the female protagonist, Esmeralda.
- Notably, Gaston is the only main antagonist who did not appear in the Kingdom Hearts series despite his homeworld, Beast's Castle, appearing in Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. As Beast is shown to have transformed back into Prince Adam during the credits of Kingdom Hearts II, it is possible that Gaston's fight against the Beast and subsequent death occurred while Sora, Donald, and Goofy were absent from the world.
- Xaldin (An antagonist from Organization XIII and the nobody of Dilan) played the role as the antagonist of Beast's Castle in Kingdom Hearts II in substitute to Gaston (despite the fact that it isn't his home world). Although, his intentions were entirely different to Gaston's (being closer to that of Forte, in fact) as Xaldin used the Rose and the Beast's anger to create a Heartless and a Nobody of the Beast to serve Xaldin and only ever used Belle to further pursue his intentions of manipulating the prince by using Belle as bait.
- Gaston also does not appear in Kinect Disneyland Adventures, although he is mentioned by Belle explaining that he hasn't been to Disneyland yet, probably due to the fact that there were no antlers.