Meaning of name: Maleficent is a portmanteau formed from the adjectives magnificent and malevolent. Her name means harmfully malicious.
Titles: Mistress of All Evil, Queen of Darkness, The Dragon Lady, Carabosse, & Wicked Fairy Godmother
Age: Old as dirt but she appears to be in her late thirties.
Species: Dark fairy, sorceress
Birthplace: Fae realm
Skin color: Pale green
Hair color: Ebony
Eye color: Yellow
Residence: The Forbidden Mountain
Weapon of choice: Magical staff
Languages spoken: She can speak any language.
Voiced by: Eleanor Audley
Unusual features: Incredibly sharp cheekbones, black horns, & pointed ears
Markings: One scar to the left of her heart & two vertical scars down her back where her wings once were.
Family: Son named Malphas b. 1666
Maleficent first appears in the film Sleeping Beauty in King Stefan's castle by means of supernatural teleportation during the christening of Stefan's daughter, Aurora. Her appearance is preceded by a gust of wind and accompanied by a streak of lightning and her signature green flames. She is outwardly courteous but implies she is offended that she did not receive an invitation to the ceremony like the other fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather.
When she asks the king and queen why she was not invited, Merryweather speaks up and tells Maleficent that she was "not wanted". Shocked (or more likely, pretending to be shocked), she turns to leave this "awkward situation", giving the king and queen one last chance to make up for not inviting her, but the queen simply asks her if she was offended by this. Maleficent denies it, and offers to give a "gift" to Aurora to prove she "bears no ill will". Maleficent then says that Aurora will grow in grace and beauty and be "beloved by all who know her" as well, but to punish the king and queen for their insolence, she places a curse on Aurora, so that before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday, Aurora will "prick her finger on a spindle of a spinning wheel and die!"
Merryweather, who still has a gift she can use, weakens the curse so that Aurora will fall into a deep sleep instead, with only a kiss from her true love to awaken her. The three fairies hide Aurora until her sixteenth birthday passes while an angry Maleficent realizes her instructions to her goblin minions were wasted for most of the sixteen years. The goblins focused on searching for a baby the whole time. Maleficent then blasts lightning at them in her fury and then instructs her raven, Diablo to hunt down the now adolescent Aurora.
Once he succeeds, Maleficent visits Aurora on the evening of her sixteenth birthday in a form of a small, green, glowing light, that hypnotizes Aurora before luring her into a remote tower, which is where she pricks her finger to fulfill the curse. To ensure Aurora would not be immediately awakened, Maleficent and her goons trap Prince Phillip, Aurora's true love, and take him to Maleficent's castle in the Forbidden Mountain. She taunts Phillip before she retreats to her own tower and leaves satisfied, saying, "For the first time in sixteen years, I shall sleep well."
Once Maleficent leaves, the fairies free Prince Phillip of his chains and they escape the dungeon, fending off repeated attacks from Maleficent's minions, which are thwarted by the fairies' magic. Merryweather turns Diablo into stone as well. Maleficent soon discovers that the Prince has escaped from her dungeon, and is even more furious to see Diablo's fate. She ascends to the top of her highest tower of the castle. She summons lightning bolts and spells to hinder Phillip, including a "forest of thorns", which Phillip is able to overcome.
After teleporting in front of him, she tells him that he shall have to fight her, and "all the powers of Hell" and transforms into a huge dark dragon. Though she overwhelms him, and it looks like Phillip is about to meet his death, the three fairies transfer some of their power to Phillip's sword as he throws the weapon into her heart, fatally wounding her. As she falls forward, she attempts to devour him, but misses. Her heavy weight collapses a cliff beneath her, and she falls to her death. All that's left is her shredded robe, with the sword still embedded in it as it blackens. Little is known about Maleficent's birth aside from the fact that she was born in the Fairylands. She was found by a group of fairies in the hollow of a tree surrounded by Fae ashes. Those who found her assumed the ashes belonged to the child's late mother. Due to her ghastly appearance, the other fairies feared her from the beginning and viewed the little girl as a monster. They decided to call her Maleficent; for that was what the fairies saw in her future, malice and devastation.
The dark fairy was born with an unusual set of horns and large black wings unlike any of the other fairies. Her features were pointy and her skin possessed a milky green pallor. Her abnormalities made her an outcast in the magical community and she spent the majority of her days alone reading spell-books and practicing various forms of magic. Although the fairies avoided Maleficent she managed to find comfort in her solitude. She also developed a fondness for ravens. It was not long before the other fairies realized that Maleficent was an extraordinarily gifted sorceress. By the time she was in her teens the young sorceress was already able to conjure spells far beyond what others were capable of. Her talents did not go unnoticed but when it came time to fill a seat on the Fae council Maleficent was denied the opportunity.
Maleficent's anger and frustration towards the other fairies festered within her until one day she snapped. The villainess managed to incinerate nearly half of the realm before she was eventually restrained. As punishment for her crime, the horned sorceress was exiled from the Fairylands. There are a couple versions of the story regarding how Maleficent lost her wings. Some believe her wings were taken as part of her exile from the Fae community while others believe a human is responsible. After her exile Maleficent spent centuries perfecting her spells and creating new enchantments to make those around her suffer. She developed an intense hatred for humanity along with nearly all living things and her malicious acts eventually earned her the title
Mistress of All Evil.
To put it plainly Maleficent does not possess a love life and she has no interest in having one. Her lack of desire for affection and love in general prevents her from getting close to others. The wicked fairy does not believe in true love and deems those who do as foolish individuals. Fauna comments at one point that Maleficent does not know anything about love or kindness or the joy of helping others. This is actually not the case. Maleficent knows about the emotion but she does not value it what so ever.
Most would describe the villainess as being asexual due to her lack of interest when it comes to intimate behavior. She has had a few lovers over the years but being the elegant woman that she is, Maleficent keeps this portion of her life hidden from others. The villainess uses others for her own personal gain, at times faking genuine care in an effort to get what she wants. It is unclear if The Mistress of All Evil has ever felt love simply because she refuses to allow herself to do so.
Maleficent is nothing short of malicious and she is known for being Disney's incarnation of pure evil. She is a sadistic piece of work and her only enjoyment in life comes from making others experience pain and suffering. She lacks any sympathy and is known for her dastardly plans that often involve completely destroying the lives of others. While there are times when she can seem reasonable, Maleficent uses her wicked charm to manipulate others into doing what she wants. She is also incredibly spiteful which is evident by the fact that she curses an innocent child to die after not being invited to a celebration.
|Making others suffer; she always delivers physical and emotional pain with a smile|
|A good cup of tea or glass of red wine|
|She is fond of dragons and developed a spell enabling her to turn into one.|
|Proper behavior and manners|
|The villainess enjoys the piano and is a talented pianist.|
|Maleficent loves to read. She is particularly fond of stories that do not have happy endings.|
|Winning; she can be a sore loser if things do not go her way|
|Birds, ravens are her favorite.|
|Not being invited or thought of tends to put Maleficent in a sour mood.|
|Failure; she does not believe in second chances|
|Almost all living things get on her nerves. Naturally, there are a few exceptions to this.|
|There are few things in this world Maleficent hates more than love and romance.|
|Rude and impolite behavior|
|Being disrespected; disrespect Maleficent and she will make you suffer dearly for it.|
|Public displays of affection are vile in her opinion.|
|Being touched without her permission|
Maleficent appears in the form of a tall, slender, beautiful, pale green skinned woman with a narrow face and a prominent chin. Her cheekbones are abnormally strong and her ears are pointed making them appear elvish. The dark fairy's bright yellow eyes are one of her most distinctive features. She wears a horned headdress that conceals her black hair and showcases her horns. The villainess also carries a long staff with a green orb at the top and dresses in a black and purple robe with a high collar and bat wing-like edges. On her right hand she wears a gold ring with a large black oval shaped stone in the center. She usually wears red lipstick and her sharp nails are always painted a crimson shade of red.
When she was young Maleficent had large reptilian wings, but they were taken from her. She now has two vertical scars down her back where they once were along with a scar across her chest that came as a result of an enchanted blade. The villainess possesses the ability to shape shift herself along with others into what ever creature she desires. Her most common form of transfiguration is a dragon. The dragon Maleficent transforms into is a massive black beast with a purple underbelly and bright yellow eyes. Her teeth are as black as the scales on her back and the horns she possesses in her natural form are also present in this form.