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|“||Long ago, when my three babies had just been born, your Abuelo Pedro and I were forced to flee our home. And though many joined us, hoping to find a new home, we could not escape the dangers, and your abuelo was lost...||„|
|~ Alma Madrigal telling her granddaughter Mirabel how the soldiers killed her husband.|
The Soldiers are the posthumous overarching antagonists of Disney's 60th full-length animated feature film Encanto. They were a group of corrupt Colombian soldiers responsible for the death of Pedro Madrigal, the husband of Alma Madrigal and the grandfather of Mirabel Madrigal.
Before the events of the film, Pedro and his wife Alma were living in peace in a Colombian village with three children named Julieta, Pepa, and Bruno. However, tragedy struck when the soldiers attacked the village with torches, resulting several houses being burned down and several people supposedly being murdered, an act witnessed by a horrified Pedro and Alma from a distance.
Pedro and Alma are then forced to evacuate from the village with several survivors, but they see the soldiers charging up towards them in the river they're crossing. To ensure the safety of his family and the survivors, Pedro sacrifices himself to the wrath of the soldiers, much to Alma's complete grief. Following Pedro's death, a candle that Alma held onto became enchanted with magic, creating a new sentient house called Casa Madrigal for the Madrigal family to live in for decades, and allowing a new village to be created in the presence of the Casita to protect them from the soldiers.
The soldiers are last seen being overwhelmed by the explosion of the candle's magic, which presumably kills them, since they're never seen again. However, their actions have left a traumatized Alma unable to cope with her grief over Pedro's death, leading her to become a perfectionist by relying solely on the magic to protect her family. Also, due to her unwillingness to explain to the family of what happened to Pedro, Alma made it her business to ensure that the family remain useful and appreciated by the community by putting pressure on them, which led to the collapse of Casa Madrigal and for the Madrigal family to lose their gifts. However, after a brief talk with Mirabel, Alma finally explains the events before reconciling with Mirabel and the rest of the Madrigal family, restoring the Casa and the family members' gifts for good.
- The soldiers' attack on the village serves as an allegory for Colombia's real-life history of armed conflicts and political violence that the country suffered ever since the 1960s.
- Despite being the only villains in Encanto, the soldiers play no active role in the present-day plot of the film. However, the soldiers' actions are what led the well-meaning Alma to develop her sense of perfectionism that caused the film's events in the first place.