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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.

Gaston LeGume (also known as Gaston) is the main antagonist of Disney's 30th full-length animated feature film, Beauty and the Beast, 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 is a treacherous, chauvinistic, egotistical, traitorous, deceptive, and arrogant hunter from Belle's village who was after Belle's hand in marriage by any means necessary.

In the original 1991 film, he was voiced by the legendary actor/opera singer, Richard White. In the 2017 live action film, he was portrayed by Luke Evans, who previously played Owen Shaw in the Fast & Furious franchise.

Personality

He's handsome, all right, and rude, and conceited. Oh, Papa, he's not for me.
~ Belle commenting to Maurice about Gaston's chavunistic nature.

Gaston initially happens to be a handsome and muscular hunter who likes to brag off his abilities toward others for pleasure. However, beneath his charming looks is an extremely rude, impatient, manipulative, self-centered, narcissistic, and egomaniacal person who is willing to appeal to his own ego by any means necessary. He is 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 women's sole purpose in life is to serve and obey men. Because of his charming looks, he is well-respected in the village as he was able to rouse up a mob to help him kill 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, lecherous, 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 want to be with Gaston (with LeFou pointing out that the other women in the village are quite fond of Gaston), the latter still wants to marry Belle to satisfy his own ego, proving to be quite regardless of her feelings or anyone else's. He even felt 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 argumentative towards LeFou and his 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 very intelligent 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 helping him kill the Beast in case his plan would fail. In spite of his intelligence, 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 cunning, reckless, and acquisitive, as shown during the climax when he took his chance to fatally attack the Beast without assessing any risks, which ultimately led to his own demise.

Appearances

Beauty and the Beast (1991 original)

Gaston is the local hero of a small French village at an unknown point in French history. He owns a large tavern where he and the villagers drink and talk. Inside, there is a large portrait of himself along with "trophies" from his hunt consisting mostly of animal antlers. He also says he eats five dozen eggs every morning to help make him "roughly the size of a barge".

He first appears in the film shooting down a waterfowl headed south with perfect accuracy (implying that he had just returned from a hunting trip) and declaring his intent to marry Belle after acknowledging from LeFou of his popularity with all of the women in the village. He then started pursuing Belle throughout the village as she returns home after buying a book from the local bookstore. Their meeting starts off well, but Gaston's remarks about women reading and thinking drive Belle away from him and she goes home, leaving him disappointed. In addition, after learning that Belle was going to aid her father Maurice, Gaston scolded LeFou for mocking Maurice (although it was implied that he mostly did that in an attempt to impress Belle rather than out of any genuine concern for Maurice).

The next day, Gaston organizes a wedding outside Belle's cottage in an attempt to "surprise" her, complete with various decorations, a priest, and a wedding cake. He forces his way into the cottage and attempts to strong-arm her into marrying him, again making sexist remarks about women and housewifery (he even envisions the home they would live in as a "rustic" hunting lodge, with his latest kill roasting over the fire and Belle massaging his feet while their children — six or seven boys — play on the floor with their dogs). While he attempts to corner Belle in an attempt to kiss her, she manages to open the door that he has pinned her against, rejecting his proposal. This causes him to lose his balance and fly headfirst into a large mud puddle (complete with cat-tail plants) in front of Belle's cottage. Furious and humiliated, Gaston storms off, but not before vowing to make Belle his wife regardless of her refusal and throwing LeFou into the mud out of frustration.

Later, during a snowstorm, Lefou leads the villagers in the tavern to sing a song about Gaston's greatness to cheer him up after his failed proposal. Maurice suddenly interrupts and warns the villagers about a "monstrous" Beast who has locked up Belle as a prisoner in the tower of his castle. Thinking that Maurice is talking nonsense, the villagers throw him out of the tavern, which made Gaston realize that he can use Maurice's outrageous claim to his advantage. In a surprising display of animalistic cunning, he bribes Monsieur D'Arque (the owner of the local asylum) to throw Maurice into the asylum in order to pressure Belle into marrying him. Though D'Arque states that Maurice's claims and his odd inventions do not make him dangerous, he is willing to accept the bribe because he liked the despicability of the plot. However, just before Gaston and LeFou barge into Belle and Maurice's cottage, Maurice left for the castle on his own. Gaston orders LeFou to stay outside the cottage and wait for their return.

When Belle and Maurice eventually return to the cottage, LeFou immediately informs Gaston, and he sets his plan into motion. With the villagers gathered outside the house, D'Arque has his men drag Maurice towards their carriage, while Gaston makes Belle his offer - he will clear up the "misunderstanding" if she marries him. Horrified and disgusted, Belle refuses and instead proves her father's claims of the Beast's existence by using a magic mirror that the Beast had given her, causing all of the villagers (including Gaston) to realize that Maurice was telling the truth. Following Maurice's release, Gaston grows more frustrated and shocked that his plan has failed, and becomes increasingly jealous when Belle begins referring to the Beast as too kind and gentle (since he let her go to help Maurice and gave her the magic mirror to remember him by). Realizing that she prefers a "monster" over himself, Gaston refers to the Beast with this insult, to which a furious Belle retorts back by saying that Gaston is the real monster.

In his jealousy and pride, Gaston snaps out by snatching the mirror from Belle and then convinces the villagers that the Beast is a threat to the village and therefore must be brought down immediately by playing off their fear of monsters. Belle furiously tries to stop this, but Gaston has her and Maurice locked in the basement to keep them from warning the Beast. He then leads a lynch mob to attack the Beast's castle and leave no one alive while declaring that he himself is to take down the Beast. However, the castle servants formed a defensive attack, leaving the rioters to fight back. Rather than helping out his fellow rioters, Gaston instead betrays them to their fate, and the battle ends with the rioters fleeing away in defeat thanks to the castle servants' enchanted forms. Despite the loss of the villagers, Gaston confronts the Beast alone in the West Wing, where he fires an arrow into him, tosses him out of the window onto a lower section of the roof and taunts him. The Beast doesn't respond back as he lost his will to live since Belle's departure, so Gaston uses a castle statue as a makeshift club to try to kill the Beast. However, the Beast regains his will when he witnessed Belle returning to the castle with her father (as they had escaped from the basement with help from Chip, who stowed away with Belle). As such, the Beast defends himself by viciously fighting back against Gaston with all his strength and ferocity.

Though roughly even with his adversary, Gaston soon learns that he cannot rely on brute strength alone to kill the Beast, and instead begins taunting him over his ugly and grotesque exterior and love for Belle. Gaston even pushed the final button by claiming that Belle is his to take and no one else, but this immediately backfires as the Beast snaps out and head-butts Gaston in the chest. The furious Beast then gets Gaston at his mercy by holding him above the castle roof by the throat, threatening to drop him into the deep castle moat for the trouble he caused. With his life at stake, Gaston finally reveals his own cowardly nature when he pathetically begs the Beast not to hurt him; he claims that he will do anything for him. At first, the Beast initially attempts to ignore Gaston's pleas, but realizes that he ought to be better due to his genuine love for Belle. Seeing that Gaston is nothing more than a reflection of what he would've become as a cruel and aggressive monster, the Beast reluctantly spares Gaston by ordering him to leave the castle and never return. However, when Gaston sees the Beast embracing Belle on the castle balcony, his hatred and jealousy arises again. Rather than leaving the castle, Gaston instead climbs onto the balcony and stabs the Beast in the back with a knife. The Beast swings his arm backwards at Gaston as he roars in pain, which causes Gaston to gleefully dodge before intending to stab him again. Unfortunately, he loses his balance upon dodging and drops his knife below the castle. As both he and the Beast are on the verge of falling, Belle saves the Beast by grabbing onto his collar and helping him up to safety, whereas Gaston plunges into the deep moat below as he fearfully screams to his death.

Despite laying a fatal stab on the Beast, Gaston would permanently die alone that night; just as the Beast nearly succumbed to his wounds, Belle confessed her love for him just before the last petal of the enchanted rose that kept him bound to his beast form fell, breaking the spell and reviving the Beast. This also allows the Beast and the castle servants to transform back to their human forms, much to their delight.

Beauty and the Beast (2017 remake)

Gaston appeared in the 2017 remake, portrayed by Luke Evans. However, in this film, Gaston is portrayed as a former army captain prior to his career as a hunter due to a portrait of him standing over fallen soldiers in the tavern. It is also implied that this incarnation of Gaston is a much darker portrayal than in the original, as he is far more manipulative and sociopathic in nature.

Just like his animated counterpart, Gaston is authoritative, well-liked, and respected in the village—this time for his previous war heroics against the Portuguese. He still aims to have Belle as his wife. At first, he attempts to woo her to get her approval for marriage many times, but she respectfully turns him down due to his inappropriate and offensive behavior. Gaston then warns Belle that she will end up being in the streets as a beggar if she doesn't marry him, but she still refuses by saying that she's not that simple to hang out with, much to his dismay.

Eventually, in the tavern, Gaston gets cheered up by LeFou and the villagers following his failed attempts to woo Belle, right before Belle's father Maurice arrives and exclaims that Belle has been taken prisoner by the Beast (the son of a wicked king) in his castle. The villagers instantly laugh at this as they find Maurice to be downright insane (due to a spell cast by an enchantress that erases all of the townsfolk's memories of the castle), but Gaston decides to tag along, in hopes of getting Maurice's approval for Belle's hand in marriage. However, as they stroke into the woods with LeFou, Gaston tires himself of Maurice's story and reveals his true intentions, which incited a furious Maurice to refuse Gaston's proposal. In retaliation, Gaston ties Maurice up in a tree and leaves him to die of winter exposure and be fed by hungry wolves (despite LeFou's objections), though Maurice ends up being saved and nursed back to health by the local hermit named Agathe.

As Gaston returns to his tavern, he is shocked to see that Maurice has returned alive and is now accusing him for his attempted murder. However, Gaston uses his charisma to convince the villagers that Maurice is insane and must be locked up in the local asylum (even secretly silencing an uneasy LeFou from testifying against him and convincing everyone that Agathe is untrustworthy). To that end, Gaston gets the villagers to torment Maurice before having the local asylum owner Monsieur D'Arque to take Maurice away, in hopes of blackmailing Belle into marrying him. However, Belle arrives back to the village and foils this by revealing the Beast's existence with the magic mirror that he given to her, making the townsfolk realize that Maurice was telling the truth. Realizing now that he would be exposed of his true colors and that Belle has feelings for the Beast (as the latter saved her from the wolves and let her go to help Maurice), Gaston lashes out by stealing the magic mirror and then uses the villagers' fear of monsters and sorcery to manipulate them into helping him kill the Beast, much to Belle and Maurice's horror.

After having Monsieur D'Arque to lock up Belle and Maurice in the asylum carriage and keep them on watch, Gaston leads the villagers to assault the Beast's castle, which forced the castle servants to fight back against the villagers. During the battle, Maurice frees himself and Belle before allowing the latter to head to the castle while Gaston betrays the villagers by leaving them to their fates, even using LeFou as a human shield before leaving him for dead, which incited an outraged LeFou to side up with the servants. As the villagers flee away in humiliation and defeat, Gaston heads over to the West Wing, where he finally finds the Beast sulking (as the latter lost his will to live after letting Belle go). Taking the opportunity, Gaston shoots the Beast before he taunts him by claiming that Belle sent him over to kill him. However, Belle arrives to the rescue by breaking Gaston's arrows, throwing away his gun and briefly shoving him off the balcony into the roof, demanding him to stop. Undeterred by Belle's intervention, Gaston angrily swears to mount the Beast's head in his tavern wall and force Belle to marry him. However, the Beast regains his will after witnessing Belle's return, realizing that Gaston had deceived him. As such, the Beast proceeds to attack Gaston, instigating a hostile confrontation between the two.

After a brief fight, the Beast finally overpowers Gaston and grabs him by the neck, preparing to drop him into the castle floor for the trouble he caused. With his life at stake, Gaston abandons his pride and tries to placate the Beast long enough to grant him mercy. Initially ignoring his opponent, the Beast reluctantly obliges by coldly telling Gaston that he is not a scary monster. Shoving Gaston away from his sight, the Beast furiously orders him to leave the castle before climbing back on the castle balcony to reunite with Belle. In that moment, however, Gaston finds his gun and fatally shoots the Beast twice from a footbridge, much to Belle's distraught. However, Gaston's victory is short-lived when the footbridge breaks apart (due to the curse slowly crumbling the castle as the Beast succumbs to his wounds), leaving Gaston to fall screaming to his death in the castle floor below.

Despite putting fatal shots onto the Beast, Gaston's death proved to be in vain as Belle's expression of her love for the deceased Beast inspired an arriving Agathe (who is revealed to be the enchantress responsible for placing the curse) to revive the Beast before transforming him and his servants back to normal, much to their delight. This also allows the castle and the townsfolk's memories to be restored as several villagers recognize some of the servants as their long-lost relatives before reuniting with them.

Other Appearances

Beauty and the Beast (musical)

In the musical, Gaston's role remains the same as in the movie. Unlike in the movie however, Gaston is hinted to be extracurricular and adulterous in nature, as he states to the Bimbettes that his "rendezvouses" with them will continue after he marries Belle, implying that his belief of marriage is based on ownership rather than of love and affection. Gaston also gave Belle an unwanted kiss when she refuses his proposal again as her father is being taken away by D'Arque, resulting a furious Belle to slap him in the face before proving Maurice's sanity with the magic mirror. Also, during the fight against the Beast, Gaston arrogantly claimed that Belle sent him over to kill the Beast, but Belle's return to the castle made the Beast realize that what Gaston said is a lie.

House of Mouse

Much like most Disney villains, despite his death in the movie, Gaston gained a recurring role on House of Mouse as a guest character, once again voiced by Richard White. His most notable appearance, in the episode "Daisy's Debut", had a running gag in which he frequently injected himself into other people's conversations to announce, "No one [verbs] like Gaston!" This gag would later go through the entire series and would become a memorable catchphrase for Gaston, much to the annoyance of others. Instances of this catchphrase include, "No one sings like Gaston!" in response to Daisy's compliment on Ariel's singing, "No one makes faces in spoons like Gaston!" when Timon and Pumbaa are making faces in spoons (with an annoyed Timon answering back, "Actually, no one asked the opinion of Gaston!"), "No one breaks their leg like Gaston!" after a misunderstanding when he overheard Goofy deciding to pretend to break his leg to help Mickey perform before he goes off screen, literally breaking his own leg and "No one eats candied apples like Gaston!" before eating one of the Queen's apples and promptly collapsing, to which Daisy reacts to by snarking, "Now no one needs a wake-up kiss like Gaston!"

Gaston was one of the many villains to join the takeover orchestrated by Jafar, Captain Hook, Ursula, Cruella De Vil and Hades in Mickey's House of Villains.

Once Upon a Time

Gaston is featured in the ABC series in a very minor role played by Sage Brocklebank. Here, he was engaged to Belle through an arranged marriage, but just like the film, she did not love him because she found him quite "shallow". Unlike his Disney counterpart, he appears to be more noble, focused, and dependable, as shown when he expressed concern for Belle's agreement to go with Rumpelstiltskin and when she refused his marriage proposal. He attempted to reclaim her from Rumpelstiltskin regardless, but was transformed into a rose and given as a gift to Belle.

Descendants

Gaston was revived, and it was also revealed that he had two twin sons, who he named after himself (which is not surprising); their names are Gaston Jr. and Gaston the Third, but his two sons have not inherited his obsession with girls. He also has a third son named Gil, who appeared in Descendants 2 as a supporting antagonist.

Reception

Gaston is considered one of Disney's most popular villains. He is 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 wasn't 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 in particular is a very popular source for YouTube Poop.

Quotes

1991 film

How can you read this? There's no pictures! (Belle: Well, someone has to use their own imagination.) Belle, it's about time you got your head out of those books and paid attention to more important things, like me! The whole town's talking about it. It's not right for a woman to read, first she starts getting ideas and thinking...
~ Gaston making a terrible attempt to woo Belle.
This is the day your dreams come true. (Belle: What do you know about my dreams, Gaston?) Plenty. Picture this: A rustic hunting lodge, my latest kill roasting on the fire, and my little wife massaging my feet, while the little ones play on the floor with the dogs. We'll have six or seven. (Belle: Dogs?) No, Belle Strapping boys like me. (Belle: Imagine that.) And do you know who that little wife will be? (Belle: Let me think...) You, Belle! (Belle: Gaston, I'm..... speechless. I really don't know what to say.) Say you'll marry me. (Belle: I'm very sorry, Gaston, but.... but..... I just don't deserve you!)
~ Gaston making his wedding proposal to Belle (to no avail).
Who does she think she is? That girl has tangled with the wrong man! No one says no to Gaston! (LeFou: Darn right.) Dismissed, rejected, publicly humiliated... why, it's more than I can bear!! (LeFou: More beer?) What for? Nothing helps. I'm disgraced! (LeFou: Who? YOU? Never! Gaston, you've got to pull yourself together!)
~ Gaston fuming over his failed wedding proposal to Belle.
It's like this: I got my heart set on marrying Belle. But she needs a little.... persuasion. (LeFou: Turned him down flat.) Everyone knows that her father's a lunatic. He was in here tonight raving about a beast in a castle. (D'Arque: Maurice is harmless.) The point is.... Belle would do anything to keep him from being locked up.
~ Gaston forming a plan to blackmail Belle into marrying him.
They have to come back sometime. And when they do, we'll be ready for them. LeFou, don't move from that spot until Belle and her father come home!
~ Gaston telling LeFou to stay at Belle's house to await for Belle and Maurice's return.
Poor Belle, it's a shame about your father. (Belle: You know he's not crazy, Gaston.) I think I may be able to clear up this little misunderstanding.... if..... (Belle: If what?) ..... if you marry me. (Belle: WHAT?!) One little world, Belle. That's all it takes. (Belle: NEVER!!) Have it your way.
~ Gaston trying to blackmail Belle into marrying him as Maurice is about to be taken away to the asylum.
If I didn't know better, I say you have feelings for this monster. (Belle: He's no monster, Gaston! YOU ARE!!) She's as crazy as the old man!
~ Gaston snapping at Belle after learning that she's in love with the Beast.
KILL THE BEAST! (Belle: No! I won't let you do this!) If you're not with us, you're against us! Bring the old man! We can't have them running off to warn the creature! (Belle: Let us out!) We'll rid the village of this beast! Who's with me?!
~ Gaston as he locks Belle and her father in their house.
We'll lay siege to the castle and BRING BACK HIS HEAD!!!
~ Gaston leading the townspeople to attack the Beast's castle.
Take whatever booty you can find, but remember... THE BEAST IS MINE!!!
~ Gaston encouraging the townspeople to raid the Beast's castle under the condition that he alone will kill the Beast
Get up! GET UP!! What's the matter, Beast? Too kind and gentle to fight back?
~ Gaston taunting the Beast.
Come on out and FIGHT!! Were you in love with her, Beast? Did you honestly think she'd want you, when she had someone like me?!
~ Gaston mocking the Beast.
It's over, Beast!! BELLE IS MINE!! (gets knock down by the Beast, who holds him up on the roof over the moat) Let me go! Let me go! Please... don't hurt me!! I'll do anything!! ANYTHING!!!
~ Gaston's last words before his death.

2017 film

Look at her, LeFou. My future wife..... Belle is the most beautiful girl in the village, and that makes her the best.
~ Gaston to LeFou about Belle
For your dinner table, shall I join you this evening?
~ Gaston presenting Belle with a bouquet of flowers and asking her out on a date which Belle turns down due to his inappropriate behavior
It's outrageously attractive, isn't it?
~ Gaston remarking to LeFou about how attractive Belle is
You are the wildest, most gorgeous thing I've ever seen. Nobody deserves you. But at least I know our children will be beautiful.
~ Gaston admiring himself through a mirror.
I'm not done with you yet.
~ Gaston to his reflection on the mirror.
Belle! I heard you had trouble with the headmaster. He never liked me either. Can I give you a little advice about the villagers, though? They are never going to trust the kind of change you're trying to bring.
~ Gaston telling Belle that the villagers will never trust Belle's change of teaching a child to read
The only children you should concern yourself with are... your own.
~ Gaston telling Belle that she should start concerning more with her own future children
Oh, Belle. Do you know what happens to spinsters in these village after their fathers die? (pointing at a beggar woman) They beg for scraps like poor Agatha.
~ Gaston warning Belle that she will end up as a beggar woman after her father eventually dies if she doesn't marry him
Picture it, LeFou. A rustic cabin, my latest kill roasting on the fire, adorable children running around, just as my love rubs my tired feet. And what does Belle say? "I will never marry you, Gaston".
~ Gaston rants about his unsuccessful marriage proposal to Belle
I'll help, Maurice. (Maurice: You will?) Everybody, stop making fun of this man at once.
~ Gaston offering to "help" Maurice to rescue Belle from the Beast
There are no such things as beasts, or talking teacups, or magic. But there are wolves, frostbite and starvation!
~ Gaston disbelieving Maurice's claim about the Beast
If you say "Beast" one more time, I WILL FEED YOU TO THE WOLVES!!!
~ Gaston threatening Maurice to leave him to the wolves if he says Beast one more time
If Maurice won't give me his blessing, then he is in my way. Once the wolves have finished with him, Belle will have no one to take care of her but me.
~ Gaston planning to murder Maurice by leaving him to be fed by the wolves
This is sorcery!
~ Gaston stealing the Magic Mirror after Belle reveals the Beast's existence to the villagers
The monster has her under a spell. If I didn't know better, I say she even care for him!
~ Gaston mocking Belle as she would prefer a "monster" over him before Belle tells Gaston that he is the real monster, not the Beast
We can't have them running off to warn the Beast, lock her up too.
~ Gaston before ordering Monsieur D' Arque to lock Belle in the wagon in order to prevent her from warning the Beast
This creature will curse us all if we don't stop him! WELL, I SAY WE KILL THE BEAST!!!
~ Gaston encouraging the villagers into helping him murder the Beast
Sorry, old friend. It's hero time.
~ Gaston after he betrays LeFou by using him as a human shield to defend himself from the Beast's servants.
Hello, Beast. I'm Gaston. Belle sent me. Were you in love with her? Did you honestly think she'd want you?
~ Gaston confronts a depressed Beast before shooting him with a pistol, yet not after taunting him into believing the Beast into telling him that Belle sent him there to kill him.
When we return to the village, you will marry me, and that Beast's head will hang on our wall!!
~ Gaston angrily vowing to force Belle to marry him after killing the Beast
I'm coming for you, Beast!
~ Gaston to the Beast before fighting with him.
Don't let me go. Please, I'll do anything. Don't hurt me, Beast!!
~ Gaston's last words moments before falling off the castle to his death as he attempts to kill the Beast one last time.

Trivia

  • Gaston's last name "LeGume" means "vegetable" in French.
  • He is ranked #11 in the Top 30 Disney Villains.
  • Gaston was going to be voiced by Rupert Everett, the same man who also played Doctor Claw in the live action film adaptation Inspector Gadget and voiced Prince Charming in Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third. Everett was denied because he did not sound arrogant enough, something 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 literal 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's 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. Gaston, on the other hand, refuses to change his ways out of his own arrogance and prefers to use dirty tricks to get what he wants, deeming himself far more worse than the Beast.
  • 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.
  • Gaston was created for the film and does not appear in the original fairytale Disney based the film on. Beauty's sisters (who were cut from the film) are the antagonists of the original fairy tale.
  • Originally, Gaston was going to say to The Beast: "It's over Beast! Time to die!". 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 Gaston says, "Belle is mine!" his lips instead synch 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 Gaston, specially 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 the castle, you can quickly see that some skulls appear in his eyes. This is likely to symbolize that Gaston did not survive the fall into the castle moat.
  • During 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, but was later reused for the death of Scar in The Lion King (the wolves were replaced by Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed, and the Hyena Clan).
    • An 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 can't 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 most believing him to be around 25.
  • In a Youtube series called The Frollo Show, Gaston is the deuteragonist and is Frollo's best friend. Ironically, he is portrayed as rather heroic, though otherwise he is similar to personality to his Disney counterpart.

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Animated Features
Queen Grimhilde | Magic Mirror | Honest John & Gideon | Stromboli | Coachman | Coachman's Minions | Monstro | T-Rex | Chernabog | Ringmaster | Clowns | Pink Elephants | Man | Ronno | Tetti-Tatti | Lumpjaw | Willie | Mr. Winkie | Rustlers | Headless Horseman | Brom Bones | Lady Tremaine | Ugly Stepsisters (Drizella Tremaine) | Lucifer | Queen of Hearts | Card Soldiers | The Walrus & the Carpenter | James Hook | Mr. Smee | Neverland Pirates | Si & Am | Rat | Maleficent | Diablo | Maleficent's Goons | Cruella De Vil | Jasper & Horace | Madam Mim | Shere Khan | Kaa | King Louie | Bandar Log | Edgar Balthazar | Prince John | Sheriff of Nottingham | Sir Hiss | Captain Crocodile | Rhino Guards | Wolf Arrowmen | Trigger & Nutsy | Heffalumps & Woozles | Madame Medusa | Mr. Snoops | Brutus & Nero | Amos Slade | Chief | Horned King | Arawn | Creeper | Cauldron Born | Horned King's Army | Gwythaints | Orddu, Orwen & Orgoch | Padraic Ratigan | Fidget | Felicia | Thugs | Bartholomew | Bill Sykes | Roscoe & DeSoto | Ursula | Flotsam & Jetsam | Glut | Percival C. McLeach | Joanna | Gaston LeGume | LeFou | Monsieur D'Arque | Gaston's Buddies | Jafar | Iago | Razoul | Gazeem | The Cave of Wonders | Oogie Boogie | Lock, Shock & Barrel | Scar | Hyena Clan (Shenzi, Banzai & Ed) | John Ratcliffe | Claude Frollo | Brutish & Oafish Guards | Frollo's Soldiers | Hades | Pain & Panic | The Fates | Cerberus | Hydra | Titans (Lythos, Hydros, Pyros, Stratos & Cyclops) | Nessus | Nemean Lion | Shan Yu | Hayabusa | Elite Hun Soldiers | Cecil Clayton | Sabor | Clayton's Pirates | Jack-in-the-Box | Snooty Flamingos | Firebird | Kron | Bruton | Kuzco | Yzma | Kronk | Lyle Tiberius Rourke | Helga Katrina Sinclair | Rourke's Mercenaries | Leviathan | Gantu | John Silver | Scroop | Onus | Hands | Turnbuckle | Longbourne | Fayvoon | Grewnge | Krailoni | Hedley | Torrance | Mertock | Verne | Crex | Nathaniel Flint | Nathaniel Flint's Pirates | Alameda Slim | Rico | The Willies | Mr. Wesley | DOR-15 | Mike Yagoobian | Dr. Calico | Dr. Facilier | Lawrence | Facilier's Shadow | Friends on the Other Side | Mother Gothel | Stabbington Brothers | Turbo | Cy-Bugs | Sour Bill | Wynnchel & Duncan | Prince Hans | Duke of Weselton | Duke of Weselton's Bodyguards | Robert Callaghan | Mr. Yama | Dawn Bellwether | Doug Ramses | Woolter & Jesse | Ram Thug | Duke Weaselton | Te Kā | Tamatoa | Kakamora

Live-Action Movies
Long John Silver | Captain Nemo | Giant Squid | Pony Sugrue | Prince John (1952) | Jacques Lebeau | Barnaby | Comanche | Peter Thorndyke | A.J. Arno | Colonel Pierson | Colonel Heller | King Leonidas | Bookman | Cookie | Krinkle | Dr. Terminus | Gogans | Charles Olympus | The Watcher | Bluto | Vermithrax Pejorative | Master Control Program | Sark | Ed Dillinger Sr. | Mr. Dark | Nome King | Princess Mombi | Connie | Hunter | Judge Doom | Toon Patrol (Smarty, Greasy, Psycho, Wheezy & Stupid) | Abdullah | Mr. Patel | Nigel | Beauty Smith | Neville Sinclair | Lothar | Jack Reilly | Nigel Snyder | Joseph Pulitzer | Delancey Brothers | Charles Hendrickson | Winifred Sanderson | Mary Sanderson | Sarah Sanderson | John Ricketts | The King and the Duke | Pap Finn | Cardinal Richelieu | Captain Rochefort | Milady de Winter | Reverend Leland Drury | William Boone | Buldeo | John Wilkins | Tabaqui the Guide | Sergeant Harley | Juice (Blank Check) | Ranch Wilder | Injun Joe | Tony Perkis | Agent Woods | Jack & Ralph | Ashcan & Pete | Aunt Sponge & Aunt Spiker | Rhino | Skeleton Pirates | Shark | Cruella De Vil (1996) | Jasper & Horace (1996) | Alonzo | Mr. Skinner | Jean-Pierre Le Pelt | Norman Snively | Ricky King | Charlotte | Lyle Van de Groot | Max & Thor | Lion | Beatrice Stanhope | Wilson Croft | Luanne LeSeur | Meredith Blake | Shere Khan (1998) | Tabaqui the Hyena | Eddie Taffet | Andrei Strasser | Elliot Coleye | Dr. Claw | Kramer | RoboGadget | Lana Thomas | Elliot T. Jindraike | Toy Santa | Louise Walker | Mr. Sir | Charles “Trout” Walker | Kissin' Kate Barlow | Linda Walker | Sheriff | Ramsley | Stacey Hinkhouse | Carla Santini | Lord Kelvin | General Fang | Inspector Fix | Black Scorpions | Viscount Mabrey | Ian Howe | Royal Pain | Stitches | Jadis the White Witch | Jadis' Secret Police (Maugrim & Vardan) | Ginarrbrik | General Otmin | Dr. Kozak | Jack Frost | Janice Avery | Gary Fulcher | Queen Narissa | Mitch Wilkinson | Simon Bar Sinister | El Diablo | Henry Burke | Miraz | Glozelle | Lord Sopespian | Nikabrik | Hag & Werewolf | Kendall Duncan | Tess Tyler | Speckles | Lucinda | Oswald Granger | Red Queen | Knave of Hearts | Hamish Ascot | Jabberwock | Jubjub Bird | Morgana le Fay | Morganians (Maxim Horvath, Abigail Williams, Sun Lok, Drake Stone & Marrok) | Nizam | Ms. Stout | CLU 2 | Rinzler | Sab Than | Matai Shang | Tal Hajus | Jenny | Latham Cole | Butch Cavendish | Jay Fuller | Evanora | Theodora | Maleficent (2014) | Diaval | King Stefan (2014) | King Henry | Taylor Dean | The Giantess | The Witch | The Wolf | Lady Tremaine (2015) | Grand Duke (2015) | Ugly Stepsisters (2015) | Lucifer (2015) | David Nix | Shere Khan (2016) | King Louie (2016) | Kaa (2016) | Bandar Log (2016) | Fleshlumpeater | Bloodbottler | Giants | Gaston LeGume (2017) | LeFou (2017) | Monsieur D'Arque (2017) | Gaston's Buddies (2017) | The King (2017)

Other Animated Movies
Br'er Fox & Br'er Bear | Elmo St. Peters | Giant Magnet | Evil Clown | Merlock | Dijon | Guy Graham | Phillium Benedict | Fenwick | Kojak | Ivan Krank | Von Talon | Cufflingk & Underlingk | Kazar | Vidia | Supervisor | Mr. Whiskers | Were-Rat | Shelley | Colossus | Nassor | Toshiaki | Mr. Burgermeister | Ripslinger | Cad Spinner | Zarina | Bog King | Roland

Sequels
Abis Mal | Sa'Luk | Forty Thieves | Forte | Jesters | Zira | Outsiders (Nuka & Vitani) | Mack McCro | Morgana | Undertow | Cloak & Dagger | Bradley Uppercrust III | Tank | The Gammas | Buster | Reggie | Sarousch | Pom-Pom | Jacques von Hämsterviel | Reuben | Sparky | Leroy | Erik Hellstrom | Lil' Lightning | Lord Qin | Bandits | Atka | Mama Gunda | Uto & Kago | Marina Del Rey

Shorts and Comics
Peg Leg Pete | Kat Nipp | Phantom Blot | Mad Doctor | Gustav | Lonesome Ghosts | H. U. Hennessy | Big Bad Wolf | Captain Katt | Mortimer Mouse | Ajax | Witch Hazel | El Capitan | Beagle Boys | Flintheart Glomgold | Magica De Spell | Millionara Vanderbucks | Beagle Babes | Grandpa Beagle | Julius | Frankenollie | Grace Goodwin

Disney Parks
Alien | Bartholomew Gore | Black Prince | Constance Hatchaway | Daisy de la Cruz | Hatbox Ghost | Hitchhiking Ghosts | Madame Leota | Master Gracey | Phantom | Pirates | S.I.R. | Werecat Lady

           Descendants Villains

Villain Kids


Mal | Evie | Carlos De Vil | Jay | Freddie Facilier | CJ Hook | Zevon | Uma | Harry Hook | Gil


Disney Villains


Maleficent | Evil Queen | Cruella De Vil | Jafar | Captain James Hook | Yzma | Madam Mim | Dr. Facilier | Hades | Ursula | Gaston LeGume |


Auaradon Kids


Chad Charming | Audrey


Other


Puppet Army | Uma's Pirate Crew