Gabriella is a deaf-mute Latina mermaid who dreams of becoming a singer in Disney's 1992-93 television series The Little Mermaid, which is set between both its prequel and 1989 film. Gabriella's sign language is translated by her octopus friend Ollie. This character is based on a real person who was a fan of the show and died during its first season.
Gabriella is a beautiful young mermaid who is curious, inquisitive, brave, and kind, and she desires to be able to sing like Ariel but she is mute and deaf (though she can probably hear somewhat). She shares a close friendship with her interpreter, Ollie, who follows her through thick & thin, and comes to have a close friendship with Ariel, Flounder, and even Sebastian. Similar to Ariel, Gabriella has an adventurous spirit and even an interest in human artifacts and antiques.