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The relationships of Mal throughout the Descendants franchise.

Relatives[]

Hades[]

(Father)
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Hades is Mal's estranged father. The first time they meet in the movies is when Hades is trying to escape the isle of the lost and attacks Mal with his ember. The second is when Mal needs Hades's ember to undo Audrey's curse. Mal at first is resentful of him because he abandoned her as a baby but Hades states that he didn't abandon her, he only left her mother. Mal and Hades debate the hardships they have suffered in life and Hades breaks into a song (Do What You Gotta Do). Throughout the song, Hades does seem to care about Mal like when he talks about her showing him the town and that his neglect made her a stronger person. Hades, in the end, does give Mal his ember, as Mal walks away he says to himself "that's my girl". On their way out Celia reveals that Hades constantly asks about her. Mal is quite aware that even though Hades left her as a baby he still cares about her as she figured that Hades would save Audrey if she requested it. Hades did come through and saved Audrey when he was being walked out by the guards Mal called out to him saying "I'm going to have to miss you all over again" Mal walks up to him and kisses him on the cheek. Hades hands Mal back the ember and gives her a wink. Mal breaks into tears at being seperated from her father yet again. When the barrier is taken down for good, Hades arrives and asks Mal and Ben if he is invited to their wedding. Mal happily hugs him and holds his arm. Hades gives them his blessing but when Mal isn't looking he gives Ben the I'm watching you gesture, showing his feeling of overprotectiveness for Mal. Hades lets himself be led by Mal into Auradon. Although Hades has been absent for most of Mal's life, he appears to care more for her than Maleficent does, willing to help Audrey and apparently give up villainy to be part of her life again and Mal finally gets a parent that loves her more than being evil.

Maleficent[]

(Mother)
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Mal has always wanted to make her mother proud though her mother's expectations were too high and her mother never thought she was evil enough, often lecturing about how evil she was in the past and often comparing Mal to herself and putting her down and putting severe pressure on her. Mal was the most determined of the VKs to follow her parent's footsteps especially since her mother was the most powerful. She tried looking to her mother and asking her what to do and believed correctly her mother would punish her should she fail. Lonnie also asked Mal if her mother ever made her cookies since she thought villains loved their kids too, causing Mal to become depressed while claiming her mother did love her but seemed reluctant in her words. However, Ben assured her that she doesn't have to follow her mother's path and that she had goodness in her and should follow her own heart. When her mother and the other parents talked to the VKs via computer chat, Maleficent pretended to care about Mal when really she just wanted to know if she founded the wand yet, leading to arguments among the parents and pressure and anxiety for the VKs. When Maleficent saw Mal had "tricked" Ben in order to get close to the wand she seemed proud. She was upset when Mal chose good and decided to punish her, but Mal had stood up for herself against her mother and turned her into a gecko (since she turned her into the size of the love in her heart). Despite this, she told the guards to be careful when escorting her away because she was still her mother and she still loved her and even told Hades that she doesn't hate her mother because she was always there for her.

Beast[]

(Father-in-Law)
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Belle[]

(Mother-in-Law)

Mal and Belle have a good and friendly relationship. Belle expressed how happy she was when she was getting Mal for a daughter. Even though they are In-laws, Belle and Mal have a better mother-daughter relationship than Mal did with her mother, Maleficent.

Ben[]

      Main article: Ben and Mal

(Husband/True Love)
"Ben, I never told you that I loved you because I thought that I wasn't good enough. And I thought that it was only a matter of time before you realized that yourself, but, Ben, that's me! I'm part Isle and part Auradon! And Ben, you've always known who we were and who we can be. Ben, I know what love feels like now. Ben, of course I love you. Ben, I always loved you."
―Mal tells Ben about her love for him.
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Ben and Mal are the main couple of the film series. They first meet each other at the beginning of Descendants and they later started dating and became a couple. In Wicked World, the two are shown to flirt, with Mal often complimenting on how cute Ben is and being impressed when he lied to Jay, while Ben encourages her to do her best and being a good person. The two had shared a romantic dance in Episode 16 and when he was kidnapped, she was extremely worried and happy upon learning he was safe. The two are still in a relationship in the novels Return to the Isle of the Lost and Rise of the Isle of the Lost. In Descendants 2, it is shown that they are each other's true loves, as revealed when Mal frees Ben from a spell using True Love's Kiss, and since then they have been madly in love with each other. In the beginning of Descendants 3, Ben publicly proposes to Mal and she happily accepts. They officially got married in Descendants: The Royal Wedding and are now living happily ever after. They are the current reigning King and Queen of the United States of Auradon and the Isle of the Lost. (See Bal)

Allies[]

Evie[]

(Best friend)

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When the two were younger, the two did not get along. Evie didn't invite her to her sixth birthday party, so Mal tried to get revenge on her. However, after saving Evie from being cursed as they, along with Carlos and Jay, went to get Maleficent's Staff from The Forbidden Fortress, and finding out that it was Evie's mother who didn't want her at the party, they became friends. Mal seemed to be in charge and bossed Evie around (similar to how Audrey treated her friends) the two still got along. She told Evie that having a boyfriend was stupid especially since her own "boyfriend", Chad, was making her do his homework for him. When Chad broke her heart after becoming Audrey's boyfriend, Mal comforted her by telling her how great she is and that she doesn't need a prince to be happy like Audrey did. When Mal needed help getting ready for her date with Ben, Evie volunteered to help her. When Mal decided to erase Ben's feelings, Evie gave her comfort. The two had both decided to be good, stayed at Auradon, and defeated Maleficent alongside Carlos and Jay. The two are best friends who stand by each other and often hang out with each other. In Descendants 2 they shared a sweet moment when they sang a duet entitled (Space Between).

Carlos De Vil[]

(Best friend)

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While the two don't have much interaction, they still got along. she often had to remind him to stay focused such as when he was distracted by video games when they were supposed to be discussing where the wand was located. She cheered for him when he and Jay won the Tourney competition and when she had to choose between good and evil she managed to convince Carlos to join the good side, telling him he didn't have to worry about being punished by their parents and that they would stick together as friends.

Jay[]

(Best friend)

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While the two don't have much interaction, they still got along. She often had to remind him to stay focused. She was annoyed by his impulsiveness in trying to get the wand and when he considered staying in Auradon since it was such a nice place. she cheered for him when he and Carlos won the Tourney competition and when she had to choose between good and evil she managed to convince Jay to join the good side. Jay and Mal were friends before they met Evie and Carlos. In the second film he shows a protective side over Mal and tends to act like an older brother figure.

Audrey[]

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The two were the children of Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty, so there was tension from their family history when the two first met. Audrey thought little of Mal, often belittling her in her presence and during family day Audrey told her grandmother to stay away from her. After the incident, she began publicly and loudly ridiculing Mal but became scared when Mal threatened to use magic on them. However at the end of the film the two bow to each other in respect. However, in Wicked World, Mal tends to get in trouble with Audrey because Audrey gets caught in the crossfire of Mal's magical antics, even if by accident. When CJ committed a series of acts and framed Mal and the VKs for it, she became suspicious of them and confronted Mal when Ben disappeared being the first to call her out but was proven wrong and admitted that she could never understand the VKs.

Jane[]

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Initially Jane was scared of the VKs but since she was the Fairy Godmother's daughter Mal tried to befriend her to get to the wand. She knew Jane lacked self esteem and used that to her advantage, changing her hair to be prettier and subtly telling her that her mother didn't care about her and that she should try to convince her mother to use the wand to make her prettier. Jane took the advice and befriended Mal. However, after the fiasco at Family Day between the VKs and Chad, Jane ridiculed Mal only for Mal to retaliate by changing her hair back to its ugly form, causing her to be ostracized. Jane was so upset she tried to take her mother's wand to make herself pretty but when she was going to get punished for her actions by her mother, Mal assured her mother it was her fault Jane did what she did since Mal was the one who put the ideas in her head and the two became friends. However, in Descendants: Wicked World, when bad things happened and Mal was framed by CJ, she blamed Mal and accused her of stealing her mascot uniform. Mal told her she didn't take it and that she's sure Jane will find it somewhere. Jane then decided that maybe she's right.

Lonnie[]

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Lonnie was acting nice toward Mal and asked for her to do her hair. Later she saw her, Evie, Carlos and Jay baking some cookies and offered to help giving them chocolate chips. She then asked if her parents made any since she figured the VKs' parents must love their children, with Mal despondently stating things were different for them. She immediately regretted her actions and cried apologetically. After the family day incident, while she was not mean to Mal, she did begin avoiding her especially since she was worried Mal might take away her spelled hair like she did with Jane. However, by the end of the film the two seemed to have became friends again. In episode 11, she and Evie helped design her outfit for the hip hop stage performance. When things went bad and Ben went missing, Lonnie was the only AK not to accuse her (though she was busy manning the DJ station).

Uma[]

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The two were best friends when they were younger. They enjoyed pulling pranks on the villains around the Isle of the Lost together. Their friendship ended after Mal dumped a bucketful of shrimps into Uma's head as an act of revenge, thus, Uma earned the nickname "Shrimpy".

Harry Hook[]

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According to the "backstory" actors, Dove and Thomas, and director Kenny Ortega jokingly made, Harry and Mal used to date. However, this directly contrasts Descendants where Mal says she doesn't know what love feels like and that they don't date on the isle. (It's more like a "fanfiction" than a "backstory" that Dove, Thomas, and Kenny jokingly made and should not be taken as being true). Despite what Dove Cameron says about Harry and Mal being exes, that never happened in the books and is not confirmed in the movies. This means Harry's not really her love interest, it was more just thought of because of Cameron and Doherty's relationship.

Enemies[]

CJ Hook[]

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It is implied that CJ and Mal knew each other before coming to Auradon. Mal dislikes CJ for holding her boyfriend captive. When it was revealed that CJ was behind all the bad things happening in Auradon, she also revealed that she framed Mal for stealing Jane's mascot costume.

Zevon[]

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Zevon had a one side crush on Mal while they were still on the Isle. When Mal was under the influence of her jewel, she assisted Zevon in taking Jafar's Snake Staff out of the Museum of Cultural History. Their first formal confrontation, however, was in Face to Face, where Zevon revealed that he had a crush on her. He admits that there was a time that he hung on to her every word.

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