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I consider myself a reasonable merman... I set certain rules and I expect those rules to be obeyed!
~ King Triton to Ariel
Never again, will you or yours threaten my family! There will be no escape for you! EVER!!!
~ King Triton to Morgana as he imprisons her in a small iceberg.

King Triton is a major character from Disney's 28th full-length animated feature film, The Little Mermaid and a supporting character in its sequels. His character is somewhat similar to the Greek Mythology sea god, Poseidon.

He was voiced by the late Kenneth Mars in the first two films and by Jim Cummings in the third film.

Biograpghy

Triton is the king of the underwater Kingdom of Atlantica. He is a huge merman, husband later widower of Queen Athena, and the father of seven daughters: Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella, Alana and Ariel.

He is also the father-in-law of Prince Eric and the grandfather of Ariel and Eric's daughter Melody. As King of Atlantica, he has in his possession a powerful magical trident which appears to be made of gold. It emits a glowing light and typical sound when in use. Furthermore he has a crown and two arm bracelets, which also appear to be made out of gold.

His arch-enemy was Ursula, the old sea-witch who was once a senior member of the Court of King Triton. She has for many years been seeking a way to exact her revenge upon King Triton for banishing her from the kingdom and become queen of the ocean.

Trivia

  • The death of King Triton's wife, Queen Athena, may be the reason why he forbade Ariel and his other daughters from interacting with humans in the original film. Athena's death was a misunderstanding because the ship had unintentionally crushed her.
  • In The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, it seems that Triton's overprotectiveness came to Ariel, his daughter, as both of them forbade from their daughters (Ariel in Triton's case, and Melody in Ariel's case) to do something they wanted (Going up to the surface in Triton's case, and Going to the sea in Ariel's case). However, both Triton and Ariel did this to protect their daughters from a danger (Human who might kill Ariel in Triton's case, and Morgana in Ariel's case).
  • A theory among Disney fans is that King Triton, alongside his daughters (including Ariel) are related to Hercules.  King Triton confirms that Poseidon is his father in one of the episodes of the animated series, and if true, would make him cousins with Hercules, whose father is Zeus whose brother is Poseidon. However, it is not confirmed whether or not the disney incarnation of Poseidon is fact his father as Hercules is set roughly 3000 years before The Little Mermaid.  However this can also be countered by the fact that King Triton is technically a god and thus is immortal.

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