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You humans are so predictable.
~ Eris' famous catchphrase.
Just look at them. I pull one tiny thread and their whole world unravels into chaos. Glorious chaos.
~ Eris

Eris is the main antagonist in DreamWorks' seventh full-length animated feature film Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, based on the folktales of Sinbad the Sailor. She is the beautiful yet wicked goddess of chaos who plans to make the world as chaotic as possible.

She was voiced by Michelle Pfeiffer, who also played Catwoman in Batman Returns, Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray, Lamia in Stardust, and Queen Ingrith in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

Biography

Eris is the archaic Greek goddess of chaos, and as such, she tries her best to make the world chaotic. She controls a savage army of huge monsters, including Cetus, Scorpio, Musca, Leo, Lacerta, and the Roc. Since she is a goddess, Eris has almost omnipotent-level powers (though by no means without limits).

Eris is first seen watching Prince Proteus sailing towards Syracuse with the Book of Peace aboard his ship, with the thief Sinbad, who has seen her image on the walls of her temples before during his travels, in hot pursuit.

Finding the chase fun for her purpose in glorious chaos, she sends Cetus to attack the ship, so that she can acquire the Book. However, Proteus and Sinbad work together to defeat the beast. However, Cetus drags Sinbad into the depths of the sea where he meets Eris, who quietly breathes a huge underwater bubble to allow him to breathe. Eris promises to give Sinbad anything he wants in exchange for stealing the Book of Peace for her, which he agrees to.

Sinbad and his crew travel to Syracuse to take the Book but he discards the idea after meeting Proteus' fiancée, Marina. However, Eris later disguises herself as Sinbad and knocks out and kill a guard before stealing the book herself. Syracuse is immediately plunges into darkness and Sinbad is arrested. When he states that he does not have the Book, he is sentenced to death until Proteus interferes, having believed Sinbad's earlier claim of Eris framing him. Sinbad is sent to steal the Book back from her and return it to Syracuse in ten days' time, or else Proteus will be executed in Sinbad's place.

Though initially reluctant, Sinbad agrees to confront Eris after Marina sneaks on board his ship and convinces him to save his friend. Meanwhile, Eris watches over him and sends many minions to intercept him, such as sirens and the Roc, but Sinbad manages to evade these threats with Marina's aid. Eventually, Sinbad and Marina enter Eris' realm of chaos where Eris reveals her plan to them. She had known that Proteus would take Sinbad's place and that Sinbad, being a selfish thief, would sail away to paradise once he was free and leave his friend to die; this would then leave Syracuse without the next rightful king and gradually crumble into chaos. Eris hadn't counted on Marina convincing Sinbad to actually confront her, but she again plays on his supposedly manipulative and selfish nature by asking him a question and promising to give him the Book of Peace if he answers it truthfully. The question is whether Sinbad would actually go back to Syracuse to die instead of Proteus if he did not obtain the Book, to which he says yes. Sensing he is lying, Eris sends Sinbad and Marina out of her realm with an evil laugh, keeping the Book of Peace for herself.

Knowing that he tried his best, Sinbad has a change of heart and decides to sail back to Syracuse to be executed. As the sword is about to fall, it shatters into hundreds of fragments and an enlarged and livid Eris appears before him and the people of Syracuse. Sinbad is confused until he realizes that he has now told the truth, and thus he has fulfilled his side of the deal with Eris. At first, Eris is about to retaliate in anger, but she eventually hands over the Book of Peace over to him as promised. Despite having been outwitted by a mere human thief, Eris quickly shrugs off her anger and tells the taunting Sinbad that she is off to create more chaos elsewhere, bidding farewell before vanishing in a puff of purple smoke.

Personality

Eris represents true malevolence and deviance. She is seen as devious, spiteful, vindictive, blasphemous and passionate when it comes to the prospect of the world potentially crumbling into chaos; which she refers to as being a glorious event. She is also shown to have a particular interest in the protagonist character of her film: Sinbad since at first, he is a black-hearted, mysterious and selfish thief who is determined on getting his way at the expense of everything else.

However, all that changes with the events she has set in place in the film and she is seen enraged at the fact that she has gotten her way which shows her to not be one who likes fair and square events. Eris also claims Sinbad is "cute but not that cute" when he gets cocky upon her defeat. She is also shown to be wicked, ruthless, intelligent and manipulative, deliberately posing as Sinbad while stealing the Book of Peace, knowing that his former best friend (and future prince of Syracuse) Proteus would take his place in a planned execution. She is also shown to take a dullness tone to happy endings.

Despite her wicked personality and infuriationwhen Sinbad had outwitted her, she is honorable enough to keep her promises when she returns the Book of Peace to Sinbad, though only because she couldn't break her promise to Sinbad.

Appearance

Eris is a slender feminine humanoid. She has gray skin, long black hair, and yellow eyes with red irises. She also wears a purple dress.

Quotes

Wake up, my beauties. Rise and shine. It’s a brand new day and the mortal world is at peace, but not for long. Just look at them. I pull one tiny thread and their whole world unravels into chaos. Glorious chaos. And what could be more perfect than this? A noble prince, a priceless treasure, and a black-hearted thief. Oh, this is going to be fun.
~ Eris at the opening of the film.
You're not thinking big enough, Sinbad. Steal the book for ransom and you'll be rich enough to lounge on an island beach. Steal the book for me, and you can buy the beach, and the island, and the world.
~ Eris to Sinbad.
When Goddess gives her word, she's bound for all eternity.
~ Eris
Now, now, my pets. Is this anyway to treat a guest? Bravo. No mortal has ever made it to Tartarus before. (chuckles) Alive, that is. Make yourself at home.
~ Eris greeting Sinbad at Tartarus.
Like it? I'm planning the whole world this way.
~ Eris bragging about her plan to destroy the world.
Sinbad: You thought I'd run. Then Proteus would die, and Syracuse would be...

Eris: Left without the next rightful king, and tumble into glorious chaos. You humans are so predictable. Proteus couldn't help being ever so noble, and you couldn't help betraying him.
Sinbad: But I didn't betray Proteus! I didn't run away.
Eris: Oh, but you did betray him. You stole his only love. Look at her, Sinbad. (pushes Marina) He's not even in his grave yet, and you're moving in on his girl. Face it: your heart is as black as mine.

~ Eris chastises Sinbad.
Don't push your luck, Sinbad. You're cute, but not that cute. And lucky for you, I've got places to go, things to destroy, stuff to steal... Ta!
~ Eris' last words before leaving.

Trivia

  • Eris's voice actress in the movie, Michelle Pfeiffer is the same actress who also voiced Tzipporah in DreamWorks' 1998 animated film The Prince of Egypt.
  • Eris is based on the real mythological goddess of chaos of the same name. But unlike the version of Eris seen in the film, the goddess of mythology was not always antagonistic.
  • Despite her omnipotent powers, she cannot go against her promise to someone whom she makes a deal with. As the result, there is a flaw in her power or this rule may be the case with all gods and goddesses as in Greek mythology, always keeping their word (especially to a mortal) was one of the few laws that the gods had to obey no matter what.
  • Eris is considered to be one of official villains of DreamWorks, but she never appeared in any other DreamWorks animation nor outside of the industry.
  • Although Eris is the main antagonist, she has only around 7 minutes of screen-time.
  • Eris is the second DreamWorks Animation character to be a female antagonist, the first is Mrs. Tweedy from Chicken Run, the third is the Fairy Godmother from Shrek 2, and the fourth is Dr. Zara from Abominable.
  • Even though it is stated up above that she is the Spirit of Chaos, this was never said in the film.

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