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Ariel (Character)
from The Little Mermaid (1989)

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The Little Mermaid (1989)
Scuttle: I haven't seen this in years, this is wonderful!
Ariel: What is it?
Scuttle: A banded, bulbous snarfblatt.
Ariel, Flounder: Oh.

Ariel: All right, I'm going inside. You can just stay here and watch for sharks.
Flounder: Okay. Yeah, you go. I'll just stay and What? Sharks? Ariel!

Triton: I just don't know what we're going to do with you, young lady.
Ariel: Daddy, I'm sorry, I just forgot, I.
Triton: As a result of your careless behavior.
Sebastian: Careless and reckless behavior!
Triton: The entire celebration was, er.
Sebastian: Well, it was ruined! That's all, completely destroyed! This concert was to be the pinnacle of my distinguished career. Now thanks to you, I am the laughingstock of the entire kingdom!
Flounder: But it wasn't her fault! Ah well first, ahh, this shark chased us yeah yeah! And we tried to but we couldn't and then grr and and we whoa! Ah, and then we were safe. But then this seagull came, and it was this is this, and that is that, and.
Triton: Seagull?
[Flounder gasps and hides in Ariel's hair as she gives him a dirty look]
Triton: What? Oh you went up to the surface again, didn't you? Didn't you?
Ariel: Nothing happened.
Triton: Ariel, How many times must we go through this? You could've been seen by one of those barbarians by by one of those humans!
Ariel: Daddy, they're not barbarians!
Triton: They're dangerous; do you think I would want to see my youngest daughter snared by some fish eater's hook?
Ariel: I'm sixteen years old. I'm not a child anymore.
Triton: Don't you take that tone of voice with me, young lady. As long as you live under my ocean, you'll obey my rules!
Ariel: But if you would just listen.
Triton: Not another word! And I am never, never to hear of you going to the surface again. Is that clear?
[Ariel leaves, crying]

Ariel: [regarding King Triton, as Sebastian watches, unobserved] If only I could make him understand. I just don't see things the way he does. I just don't see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad.
[She begins singing "Part of Your World."]
Ariel: Look at this stuff, isn't it neat? / Wouldn't ya think my collection's complete / Wouldn't you think I'm the girl / Girl who has everything / Look at this trove, treasures untold / How many wonders can one cavern hold? / Looking around you'd think / Sure, she's got everything / I've got gadgets and gizmos aplenty / I have whoozits and whatzis galore / You want thingamabobs? I've got twenty / But who cares? No big deal / I want more.

Triton: I consider myself a reasonable merman. I set certain rules, and I expect those rules to be obeyed.
Ariel: But Daddy!
Triton: Is it true you rescued a human from drowning?
Ariel: Daddy, I had to.
Triton: Contact between the human world and the mer world is strictly forbidden. Ariel, you know that! Everyone knows that.
Ariel: He would have died.
Triton: One less human to worry about!
Ariel: You don't even know him.
Triton: Know him? I don't have to know him, they're all the same! Spineless, savage, harpooning fish eaters, incapable of any feeling of.
Ariel: Daddy, I love him!
[gasps]
Triton: No! Have you lost your senses completely? He's a human, you're a mermaid!
Ariel: I don't care.
Triton: So help me, Ariel, I am going to get through to you; and if this is the only way, so be it!

Ursula: Well, angelfish, the solution to your problem is simple. The only way to get what you want is to become a human yourself.
Ariel: Can you do that?
Ursula: My dear, sweet child. That's what I do. It's what I live for, to help unfortunate merfolk, like yourself, poor souls with no one else to turn to.

Ursula: Oh, and there is one more thing. We haven't discussed the subject of payment. You can't get something for nothing, you know.
Ariel: But I don't have any.
Ursula: I'm not asking much. Just a token really, a trifle. You'll never even miss it. What I want from you is your voice.
Ariel: My voice?
Ursula: You got it, sweetcakes. No more talking, singing, zip.

Ariel: You're not getting cold fins now, are you?

[Adoring a statue of Eric]
Ariel: It looks just like him. It even has his eyes. "Why, Eric, run away with you? This is all so so sudden."

Ariel: If I become human, I'll never be with my father or sisters again.
Ursula: That's right. But you'll have your man. Life's full of tough choices, isn't it?

Ariel: But without my voice, how can I.
Ursula: You'll have your looks. Your pretty face and don't underestimate the importance of "body language." Ha!
[singing]
Ursula: The men up there don't like a lot of blabber / They think a girl who gossips is a bore / Yes, on land it's much prefered / for ladies not to say a word / After all, dear, what is idle prattle for? / Come on, they're not all that impressed with conversation / True gentlemen avoid it when they can / But they dote and swoon and fawn / On a lady who's withdrawn / It's she who holds her tongue who gets her man.

Ariel: Flounder, don't be such a guppy.
Flounder: I'm not a guppy.

Ariel: [singing] Up where they walk / Up where they run / Up where they stay all day in the sun / Wanderin' free / Wish I could be / Part of that world.

Ariel: I've never seen a human this close before. Oh he's very handsome, isn't he?
[Scuttle looks at Max and scratches his neck]
Scuttle: I don't know, he looks kind of hairy and slobbery to me.
Ariel: No, not that one. The one playing the snarfblatt.

[last lines]
Ariel: I love you, Daddy.

Ariel: Flounder, hurry up!

Andrina: Ariel, dear, time to come out. You've been in there all morning.
[Ariel emerges, singing to herself]
Atina: What is with her lately?
[Ariel looks at herslf in the mirror, then picks a flower next to it and swims away, but stops short when she sees her father]
Ariel: Morning, Daddy.
[Ariel tucks the flower next to her father's ear and swims off, continuing to sing to herself]
Atina: Oh, she's got it bad.
Triton: What? What has she got?
Andrina: Isn't it obvious, Daddy? Ariel's in love.
Triton: Ariel?
[picks the flower from the side of his ear]
Triton: In love?

Flotsam & Jetsam: Poor child. Poor, sweet child. She has a very serious problem. If only there was something we could do. But there is something.
Ariel: Who who are you?
Flotsam & Jetsam: Don't be scared. We represent someone who can help you. Someone who can make all your dreams come true. Just imagine you and your prince together forever.
Ariel: I don't understand.
Flotsam & Jetsam: Ursula has great powers.
Ariel: The sea witch? Why, that's I couldn't possibly no! Get out of here! Leave me alone!
Flotsam & Jetsam: Suit yourself. It was only a suggestion.
[Jetsam flicks the broken statue's face towards Ariel]
Ariel: [looking at the face] Wait.
Flotsam & Jetsam: Yes?

Sebastian: Ariel, where are you going?
[He swims up to her and observes that she is swimming with Flotsam and Jetsam]
Sebastian: Ariel, what are you doing here with this riffraff?
Ariel: I'm going to see Ursula.
Sebastian: [gets a shocked look on his face and gasps] Ariel, no! No!
[He begins tugging on her tail fin, trying to pull her back]
Sebastian: She's a demon! She's a monster!
Ariel: Why don't you go tell my father? You're good at that!
[She shakes him off]

Ariel: [after Rescuing the Prince] Is he dead?
Scuttle: It's hard to say.
[Place's his ear to Eric's foot]
Scuttle: Oh I can't make out a heartbeat.
Ariel: No look, he's breathing. He's so beautiful.
Ariel: [singing] What would i give to live where you are/ What would I pay to stay here beside you/ what would I do to see you smiling at me/ Where would we walk/ where would we run/ If we could stay all day in the sun/ Just you and me/ and I could be/ part of your world
Grimsby: [Calling Out] Eric. Eric
[the approaching Grimsby and Max's barking send a startled Ariel Back into the Ocean]
Grimsby: [Helping Eric to his Feet] Oh, you really delight in these sadistic strain on my blood pressure don't you.
Prince Eric: A girl, rescued me. She was singing. She had the most beautiful voice.
Grimsby: Ah Eric, I think you swallowed a bit to much sea-water. Off we go. Come along Max.
Sebastian: [after watching the unfolding events] We just gonna forget the whole thing ever happened. The Sea-King will never know. You won't tell him.
Flounder: [Knods in agreement]
Sebastian: I won't tell him. I will stay in one peace
[Ariel has possitioned herself on top of a rock watching Eric longinly]
Ariel: [sung] I don't know when/ I don't know how/ But I know something's starting right now/ Watch and you'll see/ Someday I'll be/ Part of Your World

Scuttle: You see the snarfblatt dates back to pre-hysterical times when humans would sit around and stare at each other all day.
[long pause]
Scuttle: got very boring. So they invented this snarfblatt to make fine music, allow me!
[Attempts to blow the pipe and seaweed crops out of it]
Ariel: [realizing] Music?
Scuttle: It's stuck!
[coughs and gags]
Ariel: Oh, the concert! Oh my gosh my father's gonna kill me!
Flounder: The concert was today?

Ariel: Flounder, you really are a guppy.
Flounder: I am not!

Ariel: [singing] I wanna be where the people are, I wanna see, wanna see 'em dancing, walking around on those...
[turns to Flounder]
Ariel: What do you call 'em? Oh... feet!
[Ariel playfully tugs on Flounder's fins]
Ariel: [continues singing] Flippin' your fins, you don't get too far, legs are required for jumping, dancing! Strolling along down a...
[pause]
Ariel: What's that word again? Street! Up where they walk, up where they run, up where they stay all day in the sun, wandering free, wish I could be part of that world!

Ariel: [singing] What would I give if I could live out of the water. What would I pay to spend a day warm on the sand. Bet'cha on land they understand that they don't reprimand their daughters. Bright young woman, sick of swimmin', ready to stand! And ready to know what the people know, ask 'em my questions and get some answers! What's a fire and why does it... what's the word? Burn! When's it my turn? Wouldn't I love, love to explore that shore up above? Out of the sea, wish I could be part of that world!


The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (2000) (V)
Ariel: Where did you get this?
[holding a locket given to Melody by King Triton]
Melody: I I found it.
Ariel: You went over the wall, didn't you?
Melody: Actually, I went under it. I hate that stupid wall!
Ariel: Melody, you know you're not allowed in the sea.
Melody: But why? And why does that necklace have my name on it?
Ariel: Melody, listen to me.
Melody: You're hiding something from me!
Ariel: You deliberately disobeyed me! I never want you going out there again! Do you hear me? It's dangerous in the sea!
Melody: How would you know? You've never even been in it!

Melody: I'm sorry, Mother.
Ariel: Oh no, sweetie, we're sorry. We should've told you the truth.
Melody: I just wanted to be a better mermaid than a girl.
Ariel: Oh, Melody, sweetie, it doesn't matter if you have fins or feet. We love you for who you are on the inside, our very brave little girl.

Ariel: We'll be right down. Just give us two minutes.
Eric: Right, two minutes.
[mumbles to himself after closing the door]
Eric: Now, where have I heard that line before?

Ariel: We have to keep Melody away from her. Until Morgana is found Melody can't go in the sea.
Flounder: But Ariel.
Ariel: I'm sorry Flounder, but if Morgana is anything like Ursula, she will never give up. This is the only way. Melody can't know about merpeople or Atlantica or even about you, Daddy.
King Triton: Very well, Ariel, you're right.

Ariel: Oh Daddy, I'm so worried.
King Triton: Everything's going to be all right Ariel.


"Once Upon a Time: Dark Hollow (#3.7)" (2013)
Belle: It's Pandora's box. Legend says it contains the world's darkest evil.
Ariel: Shouldn't you be wearing gloves or something?

Ariel: I'm not afraid of you or your gun-and not just because I don't know what it is.

Ariel: I don't understand. Why do we keep doing what he tells us?
Belle: Because he has a gun.
Ariel: What's a gun?

Belle: Eric is...
Ariel: He's a prince. The kind with legs.


"Once Upon a Time: Ariel (#3.6)" (2013)
Ariel: You tricked me?
Evil Queen: You went to a long-dead octopus for advice and you blame me for your problems?

Snow White: Remember what I taught you. What's this?
[holds up a fork]
Ariel: Mini-Trident. Salad-Trident.
Snow White: Fork. Salad fork.

Ariel: You really know nothing of your mermaid mythology, do you?
Snow White: Probably about as much as you know about people mythology, I think!


"Saturday Night Live: Reese Witherspoon/Alicia Keys (#27.1)" (2001)
The Little Mermaid: Yep, the legs turn human, but believe you me, baby, the hoohah's all mackeral!


"The Little Mermaid: Charmed (#1.7)" (1992)
Flounder: We can't just stay out here late, Ariel. It's getting cold
Ariel: Oh, Flounder, you're a fish! You're always the same temperature!
[Ariel tries to pull out the bracelet but can't. She uses a root of pink seaweed on it, which breaks. She throws it away and looks at it closely]
Ariel: I need the other piece! The one that's stuck down the abyss!
Flounder: Bad idea, Ariel. Ariel!


"The Little Mermaid: Urchin (#1.4)" (1992)
Flounder: [Ariel and Flounder are playing tag around the king's treasure vault. Ariel swims off sneakily thinking Flounder won't get her; and he sneaks up behind her] Ha, tag! You're it!
Ariel: Pretty sneaky, Flounder!
[she swims off and they continue playing, until she is stopped by Sebastian, and she runs him over]
Sebastian: Ariel! You're going to be late for de Neptune Ball! De food is laid out, de guests are arriving, and you're out here playing tag around de King's treasure vault!
Ariel: [sighs] Alright, Sebastian. Just one more tag.
[giggles and taps him on the head]
Ariel: You're it!
Sebastian: I am most certainly *not* it! And no such foolishness at de Neptune Ball!


"The Little Mermaid: Beached (#1.12)" (1992)
Ariel: [Arista yanks the hair comb out of Ariel's hair] OWWW! Why'd you do that?
Arista: This is *my* hair comb!
Ariel: I just found it!
Arista: I just lost it!
Sebastian: [trying to break up the fight between the girls] Wait a second. Ladies, ladies! It don't matter who's comb it is; what's important is leaving!
Arista: She's always taking my things!
Ariel: Huh, who'd want them?
Arista: What's *that* supposed to mean?
Ariel: You figure it out!
Arista: [5 minutes later, after the Gator robbers hide] Why do you need a hair comb? You'd probably lose it on one of your silly adventures!
Ariel: My adventures are not silly!
Arista: Yes, they are! And this hair comb is mine! Mine, mine, mine, mine, MINE!
[sees King Triton show up unexpectedly]
Arista: Oh, Father.
Sebastian: [nervously] Ah, Your Majesty. Ready to go to the Carnival of Tides?
Ariel: Hi, Daddy.
Arista: Ariel took my...
Ariel: I did not!
Arista: You did too!
Ariel: Did not!
Arista: Did too!
Triton: ENOUGH! Is this any way for mer-princesses to behave?
Sebastian: It most certainly is not!
Triton: I warned you the last time! One more argument and you two would be beached!
Ariel: You mean we can't go to the carnival?
[Arista gasps]
Sebastian: Oh, no, Your Majesty, don't do that!
Triton: It's done!


"Once Upon a Time: The Jolly Roger (#3.17)" (2014)
Captain Hook: She's more beautiful than I remembered...
Ariel: You do realise you're talking about a boat right?
Captain Hook: You have your love I have mine


The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008) (V)
Sebastian: What about Ariel? You just gonna abandon her, leave her to deal wit all dat we tangled her up in? You tink that small, weak, helpless little girl can do anything by herself?
Sebastian: [Ariel smashes open door] Ariel?
Ariel: Come on Sebastian, let's go.