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There's flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep...
~ Cogsworth

Henry Cogsworth (better known as Cogsworth) is one of the supporting characters in Beauty and the Beast and its midquels. He is the Beast's extremely fussbudget but loyal majordomo who becomes a mantel clock when the Enchantress’ spell overtook the castle.

From 1991 to 2005, he was voiced by the late David Ogden Stiers, who also did the narration in the same film, portrayed Charles Emerson Winchester III in M.A.S.H, and later voiced voiced Governor Radcliffe and Wiggins in Pocahonatas, Archdeacon in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Jumbaa in Lilo and Stich, Mr. Jolly in Teacher's Pet, Nicky Flippers in Hoodwinked, and Mr. Maellard in Regular Show. In the 2017 live action remake of the same name, he was voiced and portrayed by Sir Ian McKellen, who also played Gandalf and Gus in Cats (2019). In the Japanese dub from the movie and the series, he was voiced by Kazuno Kumakura.

Personality

Cogsworth naturally has a serious demeanor, which is evident in his strict attitude in serving the Beast and ordering the other servants around constantly, taking his position as majordomo very seriously.

However, Cogsworth does mean well and is as good-natured like Lumiere, the maître d’/candelabra who is his off/on friend. Cogsworth's preference to abide by the Beast's rules often puts a severe strain on his friendship with Lumiere, who opts for a more rebellious and care-free personality; but overall, he values his friendship with Lumiere and sees him as a brother, demonstrated in the original film (when he rescues Lumiere from being melted by LeFou, Gaston's lackey) and the midquels.

Biography

Beauty and the Beast

Cogsworth served as a royal butler and majordomo to Prince Adam in a unnamed French kingdom. Despite the prince's spoiled, selfish behavior, Cogsworth remained loyal to his master. One day, during a cold winter night, Prince Adam was visited by an old beggar woman and refused to offer her shelter due to being disgusted by her ugly appearance. When the woman revealed herself to be a magical Enchantress, she cursed Prince Adam, turning him into a hideous beast as punishment for his cruelty. The Enchantress then turned Cogsworth and the rest of the royal stuff into household objects, with Cogsworth turning into a mantel clock. Cogsworth and the castle's inhabitants then learn the only way to break the spell was for the Beast to learn to love someone and her love in return by the time the last petal of an enchanted rose falls, but if he doesn't learn to love and earn someone's love back, he and the castle's servants, including Cogsworth, will be cursed forever.

Several years later, a man named Maurice gets lost in the forest after losing his horse and arrives at the castle to stay during the brutal winter night. Cogsworth opposes the idea of inviting him in because of the master's rules, but Lumiere goes ahead and serves Maurice anyway, with the other servants following along. Soon enough, the Beast arrives and despite Cogsworth's attempts to reason he tried to not have the other servants shelter the old man, imprisons Maurice.

Later, Cogsworth and Lumiere argue over what happened to Maurice until they hear a girl's voice and spot a young maiden named Belle, who is looking for Maurice, who is her father. Cogsworth and Lumiere secretly guide Belle to the tower where Maurice is in and makes a deal with the Beast where she takes Maurice's place as a prisoner. Believing Belle to be capable of Enchantress's spell, Cogsworth joins the other servants to help Belle and the Beast fall in love. However, things start off poorly because of the Beast's explosive temper and Belle refusing to eat dinner with him due to his selfish behavior.

Trivia

  • John Cleese was intended to voice Cogsworth until the late David Ogden Stiers was casted.
  • During the castle, Cogsworth is shown wearing a blue general hat that is an obvious reference to a French dictator, Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • An inanimate mantel clock that resembles Cogsworth, alongside a candelabra resembling Lumiere, can be seen in the episode of Once Upon A Time, Skin Deep.
  • His lines, 'Flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep." was improvised by the late David Ogden Stiers.

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