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|“||I'll have Belle for my wife. Make no mistake about that.||„|
|~ Gaston vowing to marry Belle by force.|
|“||The Beast will make off with your children. He'll come after them in the night. We're not safe 'till his head is mounted on my wall. I say we KILL THE BEAST!||„|
|~ Gaston convincing the town to help him murder the Beast.|
|“||It’s over, Beast! BELLE IS MINE!||„|
|~ Gaston's most famous quote, stating his intent to marry Belle during his fight with the Beast.|
Gaston LeGume, also best known by his first name Gaston, is the main antagonist of Disney's 30th full-length animated feature film Beauty and the Beast (which is based on the 1756 French fairytale of the same name by the late Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont), and its 2017 live action adaptation of the same name. He is also one of the supporting antagonists in Mickey's House of Villains.
He’s a treacherous, chauvinistic, egotistical, deceptive and conceited hunter from Belle's village, who was after her hand in marriage by any means necessary (regardless what she thinks about his offer). He is Belle and the Beast's arch-nemesis.
In the original 1991 film, he was voiced by Richard White. In the musical, he was portrayed by Burke Moses. He was portrayed by Wes Brown in the episode “Her Handsome Hero” during the fifth season of Once Upon a Time. In the 2017 live action film, he was portrayed by Luke Evans, who previously played Owen Shaw in the Fast & Furious franchise, Driver in No One Lives, and Ben Hawkins in Ma.
|“||He's handsome, all right, and rude and conceited and...Oh, Papa, he's not for me.||„|
|~ Belle commenting to Maurice about Gaston's chauvinistic nature.|
Gaston happens to be a handsome and muscular hunter, and he certainly likes to brag of his abilities toward others for pleasure in the first place. However, beneath his charming looks is an extremely rude, impatient, manipulative and narcissistic person who is ready to appeal to his own ego by any means necessary.
He’s very conservative and narrow-minded to the extent that he disapproves intellectualism as he regards ideas as "dangerous pastimes"; he is also extremely misogynistic and lascivious, as he believes that ladies’ sole purpose in life is to serve and obey men. Because of his charming looks, he is well-respected in the village (in spite of rarely, if ever hiding his more unpleasant traits) as he was able to rouse up a mob to assist him with slaughtering the Beast, although it was clear that he cared nothing for the villagers in general as he was using them all as pawns to justify his own needs.
He is also shown to be completely lustful and provocative towards Belle, as he plans to marry her because of her beautiful looks as opposed to her nonconformist and unconventional personality. Even when Belle made it clear that she doesn’t feel like being with Gaston (with LeFou pointing out that the different ladies in the village are quite fond of Gaston), the latter still wants to marry Belle to satisfy his own ego, proving to be quite insenstive towards the feelings of her or anybody else. He even feels extremely possessive and jealous after learning that Belle has feelings for the Beast, which only incites him in hunting down the Beast so that he can have Belle for himself. He is also very abusive, insulting, vituperative, uncomplimentary and quarrelsome towards LeFou and his four buddies, as he would subject them to pain and suffering whenever things go wrong (even if it is not their fault).
Despite his anti-intellectualism, Gaston is also shown to be very rational and knowledgeable, as he can come up with clever plans to get what he wants, such as throwing Belle's father Maurice into the local asylum in order to blackmail Belle into marriage, as well as manipulating the villagers into assisting him with slaughtering the Beast in case his plan would fail. In spite of his brilliance, Gaston can also be quite spontaneous and impulsive, as shown when he tried to grope Belle by menacingly cornering her announcing "Say you'll marry me", before attempting to kiss her, which forced a disgusted Belle to throw him out of her house in retaliation. In addition, he is extremely devious, reckless and passionate, as shown during the climax when he took his chance to fatally ambush the Beast without assessing any perilous risks, which ultimately led to his own demise. That said, his peak-human strength along with his superior experience, resulted in him doing well against the Beast despite the latter's superior strength.
Gaston is considered one of Disney's most popular villains. He’s ranked #11 in an official poll, and the Nostalgia Critic placed him as the 5th best Disney villain, citing him as being different from most other Disney villains in that he was not evil from the start. Fans on the Internet often jokingly idolize him similar to how the townspeople do in the movie, giving birth to the "No one (X) like Gaston" meme, and the "Gaston" song is a very popular source for YouTube Poop in particular.
- In early drafts, he was known as Gaston LeGume; his original last name came from the French word "legume", which means "vegetable" in French.
- Gaston was created for the film and does not appear in the original fairytale Disney based the film on. In fact, Beauty's sisters (who were cut from the film) are the antagonists of the original fairytale.
- Gaston was instead directly inspired by an antagonist alongside Belle's siblings in Jean Cocteau's 1946 fantasy film adaptation of the original story, named "Avenant", who is a friend of Belle's brother. At the end of the film, he is punished by the Roman goddess Diana to take on the form of the Beast when Belle and the Beast profess their love for each other.
- Ironically, in a planned sequel for the 1991 film, Gaston would've had a younger brother, Avenant, who would've tried to avenge Gaston by attempting to ruin the lives of Belle and the Prince, and eventually kill them, before meeting his death at the hands of the Prince.
- He is ranked #11 in the Top 30 Disney Villains.
- Gaston was going to be voiced by Rupert Everett, the same actor who also played Doctor Claw in the 1999 live action film adaptation of Inspector Gadget by Walt Disney Pictures, and voiced Prince Charming in the two DreamWorks films Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third. However, Everett was turned down because he did not sound arrogant enough, something that he would later keep in mind when voicing Prince Charming.
- The animators researched high school and college jock stereotypes to create Gaston's menacing and arrogant mannerisms.
- Gaston acts as a foil to the Beast, as they are both egotistical men who want to have Belle for selfish reasons (the Beast wants Belle to help break his curse while Gaston wants her as his trophy wife). However, the Beast proves himself to be capable of change, compassion and courage as he is willing to ensure Belle's happiness and safety (such as saving her from a wolf pack, giving her a library, and letting her go to help her father), which allowed him to earn her love to break his curse. On the other hand, Gaston refuses to change his ways out of his own arrogance and prefers to use dirty tricks to get what he wants, making himself far more evil than the Beast. Gaston serves as an example of what the Beast would become if he had never met the Enchantress and Belle.
- Gaston was not present in Kingdom Hearts II, despite being the main antagonist of Beauty and the Beast. Xaldin, a member of Organization XIII, serves as this world's main antagonist and reprises the role of Forte.
- However, Gaston finally debuted in the Kingdom Hearts series in Kingdom Hearts chi.
- Originally, Gaston was going to say to The Beast: "It's over Beast! Time to die!". However, this was changed, because it was slightly out of character, as Gaston is attempting to kill the Beast so that he can have Belle for himself.
- When he says "Belle is mine!", Gaston instead syncs his lips to "Time to die!", implying that the filmmakers changed the line late in development.
- In two mockbusters of the Disney version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, namely the Golden Films version and The Secret of the Hunchback, the respective main villains are clearly based off of Gaston, especially the Golden Films version.
- Though Gaston persuaded the villagers to hunt the Beast by lying that he was a threat to the entire village (even though the Beast only left his castle twice to rescue Belle from a wolf pack and a lake of thin ice), Gaston ultimately decided to deal with the Beast himself, likely due to seeing him as a rival for Belle's affections and the villagers would potentially discover the Beast's peaceful nature if they discovered him before Gaston.
- During his fall off of the castle, skulls can briefly be seen in the pupils of his eyes, firmly implying that he did not survive the fall. This can only be seen in the Gallery page.
- During the production of the 1991 film, there were several alternative versions to Gaston's death:
- After wounding the Beast, Gaston fell from the castle into the woods, where he has survived with a broken leg. However, he is confronted by several wolves who previously pursued Maurice and Belle. Without hesitation, the wolves close in on Gaston and mauled him to death. This scene was removed for being too horrific, but was later reused for the death of Scar in The Lion King (the wolves were replaced by Shenzi, Banzai, Ed, and the Hyena Clan). Ironically, the original version of Scar's death, in which he defeated Simba, and thew him off of Pride Rock before being engulfed in flame was scrapped for the same reason.
- The earliest version of Gaston's death had differences with the above mentioned version. In this version, Gaston and Beast fight in the woods, and Beast gets shot by Gaston. Having witnessed the event, a furious Belle kills Gaston by violently throwing a rock at his head, causing him to fall over a cliff to his death. Again, this has similarities with The Lion King in which the hero (Simba and Belle) throws the villain (Gaston and Scar) off a cliff where they meet their demise. However, this was rewritten as the filmmakers believed that the idea of Belle killing Gaston is too dark. Ironically, this type of scene was used in the series Once Upon A Time, where Lacey French (the Storybrooke counterpart of Belle) saved Mr. Gold (the Storybrooke counterpart of the Beast) by pushing Gaston to his death in the River Styx.
- Another alternative version of his death was for Gaston to lay multiple stabbings on the Beast and commit suicide by falling to his death laughing maniacally, as he feels that no one else would have Belle if he cannot have her for himself, but not before he lashes out at Belle for ruining his pride and preferring the Beast over him. However, this was edited out since it was too dark, rewritten to have Gaston lose his footing after stabbing the Beast and only requiring one stab to finish him off.
- Before Prince Hans from Frozen, who is confirmed to be 23 years old, Gaston was the youngest major Disney villain to date, as most believe him to be around 25 years old.
- In the 2011 Youtube comedy series called The Frollo Show, Gaston is the deuteragonist and is Frollo's best friend. Ironically, he is portrayed as a rather heroic character, though otherwise, he is similar to personality to his Disney counterpart.
- Gaston's supervising animator is Andreas Deja, famous for animating Jafar (who came out two years later), Scar, and Hercules.
- Gaston is set to appear Disney's Heroes: Battle Mode game, as a playable hero, despite being a villain, this trait follow by Emperor Zurg, Maleficent, Scar, Hades, and Ursula, who had already appear in the game.
- Gaston is the first Disney villain to have two completely different songs.
- Gaston is pictured on one of the 10 USA non-denominated commemorative postage stamps celebrating "Disney Villains", issued as a pane of 20 stamps on July 15, 2017. The set was issued in a single sheet of 20 stamps. The price of each stamp on day of issue was 49 cents. The other villains depicted in this issue are the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Honest John from Pinocchio, Lady Tremaine from Cinderella, the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Captain Hook from Peter Pan, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, and Scar from The Lion King.
- Thrughout the movie, Gaston commits the Seven Deadly Sins
- Pride: Possibly his most defining sin as he is utterly egotistical, does not apologize for any trangression he does, and whenever someone takes a blow at him, he does not let it go in the slightest. This is also a flaw of his that costs him his life as he tries to attack the Beast after the latter spares his life but falls off the castle, which could be seen as a representation of the biblical quote "Pride comes before the fall."
- Greed: Next to pride, this is the second sin that best describes him as he is hell-bent on making Belle his wife, but he considers her a trophy wife rather than a person to prove his worth to. It 's implied that his career as a hunter is a way to make as much cash as he can, though he has no monetary values.
- Sloth: A more trivial example as shown during his 'proposal' scene as he does not wipe his dirty boots before stepping into Belle's home. Beyond that, it's also implied that his buffy muscles came from eating a bunch of eggs rather than working out. He isn't a slouch when it comes to hunting however, meaning it is possible that he does work out or at the very least, keeps himself in decent shape.
- Lust: He is completely obsessed with Belle, though he wants her as a wife and not for sexual purposes. He is more concerned with her outer beauty rather than her personality and most likely wanted to marry her just for her looks. This vice is expanded on in the musical where he is revealed to be adulterous as he is willing to cheat on Belle ater he marries her with another woman.
- Envy: When he notices that Belle has feelings for the Beast, Gaston becomes determined to murder him in order to avoid any competition for Belle's affections, to the point where he hides his envy from the villagers by playing on their fear to help him kill the Beast.
- Wrath: When he gets rejected by Belle, he angrily doubles-down on his obsession with her and he unleashes all of his wrath on the Beast when trying to kill him. He also snaps at LeFou several times throughout the film.
- Gluttony: Quite possibly his least dangerous vice as he stated that he eats 5 dozen eggs (he ate 4 dozen eggs a lot when he was a kid), but this is more to increase his size than anything. Gluttony can also be interpreted as selfishness as Gaston is a very selfish person.