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Odile

Odile is the black swan maiden and the secondary antagonist in Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Her opposite is Odette, the white swan maiden, who is the heroine of the ballet while Odile is the antagonist.

Odile is the daughter of Von Rothbart, who is willing to follow in her father's footsteps.

She only appears in the 3rd act, dressed in black and magically disguised as Odette in order to help her father trick Prince Siegfried into breaking his vow of love to Odette.

In some productions, Odile is known as "The Black Swan" and rather than magically disguised as her, is Odette's evil twin or double, an example of this type of portrayal is seen in the production by The Bolshoi Ballet. There are also some productions where Odette and Odile are danced by two different ballerinas.

Adaptations

  • The Swan Princess is a Nest Entertainment film based on the Swan Lake story. It stays fairly close to the original story, but does contain many differences. The character Odile is replaced by an old hag, who is unnamed in the first film, but known as Bridget in the sequels, as Rothbart's sidekick until the end. Also, this version contains a happy ending, allowing both Odette and Derek to survive as humans once Rothbart is defeated.
  • Odile is the secondary antagonist of Barbie Of Swan Lake.
  • Darren Aronofsky's 2010 film, Black Swan focuses on 2 characters from Swan Lake, The Swan Princess, Odette sometimes called The White Swan, and her evil duplicate, The Black Swan and takes it's inspiration from the ballet's story, although it does not literally follow it. In this version, the role of The Black Swan is taken by Lily (played by Mila Kunis).
  • Odile appears in Barbie In The Pink Shoes as the magical counterpart of Tara Pennington.
  • The former protagonist of Once Upon A Time and the main villain of it's 5th season, Emma Swan, who had now become The Dark One, seems to be partly based on or inspired by The Black Swan.
  • In the anime series Kaleido Star, the Kaleido Stage performs a more child-friendly version of Swan Lake. Odile is played by the protagonist Sora Naegino's old rival May Wong and is given a sympathetic portrayal, showing her as more misguided and lonely than as actually antagonistic; she ultimately survives and is redeemed.
  • In the Russian-Japanese movie Sekai Meisaku Dowa: Hakuchou no Mizuumi, Odile has a larger role. She's a secondary antagonist who appears rather early and wants Siegfried for herself, just like her father Rothbart desires to have Odette as his bride; due to this, the capricious and cunning Odile conspires with him to separate the lovers. The movie has a happy ending for Siegfried and Odette, and both Rothbart and Odile die.
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