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Shut your clams!
―Ursula in Descendants 2

Ursula is the main antagonist of the 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, and one of the villains that has been imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost. She first appeared in the book The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel as the owner of Ursula's Fish and Chips. She appears once again in Rise of the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel, which reveals she has a daughter named Uma, who is the main antagonist in Descendants 2, where the villainous mother has a minor role. In Descendants: The Rise of Red, she has a sister named Uliana and was a student at Merlin Academy.

In Descendants 2, she is voiced by Whoopi Goldberg.

Background Information


As a Sea Witch, Ursula can practice Sea Magic and cast spells. Something she has been doing for quite some time according to "Poor Unfortunate Souls"


Before the formation of Auradon

      Further information: The Little Mermaid


Ursula as she appears originally in The Little Mermaid.

Frustrated by having been banished from Atlantica long ago, Ursula wishes to take possession of King Triton's trident to rule the seas herself. After seeing that Triton's daughter, the mermaid princess Ariel, has fallen in love with a human prince, Úrsula offers her the deal of turning her into a human in exchange for her voice, but if she does not kiss the prince in three days, the deal would be undone. and Ariel would become Ursula's property.

When the deadline was almost up, in order not to risk it, Ursula became human under the name "Vanessa", also using Ariel's voice to deceive Prince Eric, who was under a spell and had her married immediately. With the help of her friends, Ariel managed to stop the wedding and recover her voice, but it was too late, because the three-day period had ended and Ursula took Ariel with her to the sea.

At the bottom of the sea, they both met King Triton, who offered to take Ariel's place in exchange for her freeing his daughter. After that, Ursula took possession of the trident, and after turning Triton into a seaweed, she faced Ariel. Ursula used her new powers to gain gigantic size, and while Ariel and Eric tried to confront her, Eric's ship ended up impaling Ursula, with she and her powers being destroyed.

The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel

Ursula was introduced as one of the villains brought back to life to be imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost. She first appears when she chases Jay off her Fish and Chips store.[1]

Rise of the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel

Ursula is only mentioned in this novel as her daughter, Uma, is one of the main characters. When Uma was a child, Ursula gave her daughter a piece of her necklace, which Uma wore it inside a locket. Ursula still owns her shop, but she rarely shows up as she prefers to stay home and watch Auradon soap operas. She sees her own daughter as ungrateful and useless because of how often Uma has lost to Mal.

Descendants 2

Ursula makes a voice over cameo in Descendants 2. She unleashes one of her tentacles on the pirate gang and yells at them and her daughter Uma after the gang performed What's My Name, shouting at them to be quiet and tells Uma that the dishes are not gonna get themselves washed. She often likes to stay home and watch soap operas. Ursula is then mentioned by Uma and tells Ben that Ursula doesn't care for her unless she needs somebody for the night shift at Ursula's restaurant, Ursula's Fish and Chips.

Escape from the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel

Ursula appears when Mal is looking for Uma on the Isle. Ursula sees Mal at her doorstep at her cottage while she still watches TV, her soap operas. They have a pretty brief conversation alongside she's not happy to see Mal and tells her she hasn't seen Uma, but only saw her on TV when Uma and Mal were battling out during the Cotillion (at the climax of Descendants 2). Ursula tells Mal that she was very proud of Uma for that she put up a great fight against Mal. Mal ignores Ursula's cheering for Uma. Mal then seems nervous talking to Ursula as she backs away from the old sea witch, hoping she won't get hit by her tentacles. Ursula then slams the door at Mal. Then Mal continues her search for Uma.[2]

Descendants: The Rise of Red

Ursula was mentioned throughout the film as Uliana's older sister. Ella reveals to Red and Chloe that Ursula was a former student at Merlin Academy and the worst bully the school had ever seen, which causes Uliana to think she has to be even meaner to try and live up to Ursula's reputation. It is mentioned that Ursula once turned all the freshmen students into frogs.



  • Ursula's crimes were:
    • To overthrow King Triton
    • Attempted Murder (Ariel and Eric)
    • Manipulation (Ariel and Eric)
  • She was voiced by Pat Carroll in The Little Mermaid.
  • According to Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel, she had her seashell necklace stolen by Mal, Maleficent's daughter.
  • She is the first and so far only Disney villain to become a giant without transforming into another species.
  • She is the fourth Disney villain to be called a monster by the main protagonist. The first and second are Honest John and Gideon, the third is Lady Tremaine and the fifth is Gaston.
  • She is the third female Disney Villain to sing a song. The first was Queen of Hearts, the second was Madam Mim and the fourth was Mother Gothel.
  • Interestingly, Whoopi Goldberg who voices her in Descendants 2 also voiced Shenzi in The Lion King.
  • She is part of the groups of villains that had to be resurrected given that she was killed once she was struck with Triton's trident.
  • Interestingly, while in the Descendants franchise she has a sister, Uliana, in the animated sequel to The Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, set in an alternate timeline to the Descendants universe, she also has another sister named Morgana.
  • In the 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, Ursula was originally written to be Triton's younger sister and Ariel's paternal aunt but this idea was abandoned. Later this idea was used in some media like books, the musical and the 2023 live action remake.
  • According to Ella, Ursula was the worst bully at Merlin Academy. She once turned all the freshmen into frogs.


  1. The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel, Chapter 2, Page 29 – Ursula and her Fish and Chips store are mentioned.
  2. Escape from the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel, Chapter 22.


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