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15 Best Disney Character Transformations

That Disney movies are more magical than a fistful of pixie dust is certainly no secret.

Moments filled with happily ever afters, hakuna matatas, bibbidis and bobbidis make for sheer enchantment, and if you think about it, said enchantment is always literal  – and life changing – for the characters involved.

From hand-me-downs to ball gowns and humans turning into animals and animals turning into humans, it’s enough to make your head spin while you hit rewind on the remote.

Check out the 15 most amazing character transformations that you want to watch again and again:

  • It’s magic! 1 of 31
    Disney Character Transformations

    Go ahead and wish you were a mermaid or a frog. We all have.

  • Ariel (Before) 2 of 31
    Ariel

    The seaweed is always greener...

  • Ariel (After) 3 of 31
    Ariel Little Mermaid

    All I can think of every time I see this is that Ariel is really lucky Flounder and Sebastian are nearby to rush her to the surface. How she escapes getting the bends however... ?

  • Queen Elinor (Before) 4 of 31
    Queen Elinor

    Overprotective and controlling, she is the epitome of "Mama Bear."

  • Queen Elinor (After) 5 of 31
    Brave

    See? When I first saw Brave, I never saw this coming by the way. To quote the queen, "What was in that cake?!"

  • Kenai (Before) 6 of 31
    Kenai

    He has no idea what's coming... though you'd think he'd realize the foreshadowing based on his spirit animal. Just saying.

  • Kenai (After) 7 of 31
    Brother Bear

    Oh, Kenai. See what happens when you kill for sport? Spirit animals judge you and turn you into a bear.

  • Cinderella (Before) 8 of 31
    Cinderella

    Best part of the entire movie. And no, it's not a transformation as drastic as the others in the slideshow, but it's arguably the most loved.

  • Cinderella (After) 9 of 31
    Cinderella Ball Gown

    Bibbidi, bobbidi, boo!

  • Evil Queen (Before) 10 of 31
    Evil Queen

    Reeeally wants to be the fairest of them all. So much so, she can practically taste it.

  • Evil Queen (After) 11 of 31
    Evil Queen

    Hell bent on destroying Snow White, you don't know what's going to happen when the Evil Queen downs that potion. Is she choking? Dying? Withering into a hump-backed old hag obviously takes a strong stomach.

  • Bruce Banner (Before) 12 of 31
    Mark Ruffalo

    Looks unassuming enough... until he gets mad.

  • Bruce Banner (After) 13 of 31
    Mark Ruffalo

    Hulk smash!

  • Jafar (Before) 14 of 31
    Jafar

    Creeps. Me. Out. And that's before he gets all hissy.

  • Jafar (After) 15 of 31
    Jafar

    That he pretty much looks the same freaks me out even more.

  • Maleficent (Before) 16 of 31
    Maleficent

    Bad things happen if you don't invite this gal to your party.

  • Maleficent (After) 17 of 31
    Maleficent

    See? "Evil Fairy" doesn't quite cut it in the description department, does it...

  • Theodora (Before) 18 of 31
    Theodora

    She's a lover and a fighter.

  • Theodora (After) 19 of 31
    Mila Kunis Oz the Great and Powerful

    Boom.

  • Mother Gothel (Before) 20 of 31
    Mother Gothel

    Someone forgot to tell her that age is just a number...

  • Mother Gothel (After) 21 of 31
    Mother Gothel

    Being eleventy mabillion years old would leave anyone looking like Skeletor. Still, Mother Gothel as a hag still scares me more than her raven-haired persona.

  • Pinocchio (Before) 22 of 31
    Pinocchio

    He's got no strings to hold him down.

  • Pinocchio (After) 23 of 31
    Pinocchio

    It was a toss up between the moment Pinocchio sprouts donkey ears and the one when the Blue Fairy turns him into a real boy. I went with the more positive of the two.

  • Beast (Before) 24 of 31
    Beast

    Equal parts Buffalo, Gorilla, Lion, Boar, Wolf and Bear, Beast is pretty accurate.

  • Prince Adam (After) 25 of 31
    Prince Adam

    Shooting sparks, spirit finger lightning, levitation - Prince Adam's transformation from Beast to man is definitely one of the most dramatic in the Disney vault.

  • Jaq (Before) 26 of 31
    Jaq

    Small but mighty. Just ask Cinderella.

  • Jaq (After) 27 of 31
    Sir Hugh

    In Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, Jaq feels useless and wishes he was human. The super helpful Fairy Godmother grants his wish, and boom. Sir Hugh. Good thing he soon realizes being a mouse is much better.

  • Tiana (Before) 28 of 31
    Tiana

    She's almost there.

  • Tiana (After) 29 of 31
    Tiana

    See what happens when you go around kissing strange, lippy frogs?

  • Ursula (Before) 30 of 31
    Ursula

    She's not one to lose at her own game.

  • Vanessa (After) 31 of 31
    Ursula

    Always trying to sing with a stolen set of pipes. Scuttle knows.

Photo credits: Walt Disney Studios, Marvel

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