|“||I'll never be anything more than a wealthy queen of a fabulous faraway kingdom...it's my destiny.||„|
Tiabeanie Maribeanie De La Rochambeaux Grunkowitz, better known by her nickname Bean is the main protagonist and heroine of Matt Groening's adult animated fantasy comedy Disenchantment.
She is voiced by Abbi Jacobson(who also plays Katie Mitchell) in the English version of the cartoon, and by Rossa Caputo in the Italian version of the cartoon.
Like typical rebellious Princesses, Bean desires the freedom to make her own choices in life and believes that everyone should have that freedom as well. Unlike typical rebellious Princesses, Bean is an alcoholic and has been known to get drunk and gamble. She also is very irresponsible, disobedient, and even cynical at times and has had issues with her temper at times. Despite these flaws, Bean is a kind and brave Princess who tries to learn from her mistakes. She is very protective of her friends and while she is not the brightest member of the dreamland royal family, she is smart on the streets, and can defend herself. Though her alcohol addiction remains a problem.
Bean is the only daughter of King Zog and Queen Dagmar of Dreamland, a parody of dark fantasy/fairytale kingdoms.
One evening at the age of 5 years old, Bean was playing with her mother when Odval, the vizier brought in a tray of wine and grapes, while taking a grape while her parents backs were turned, Bean turned the tray around and the King and Queen drank from the goblets not intended for them.
However, the drink intended for Zog was poisoned and Dagmar was killed. (In truth, Dagmar had poisoned the drinks herself and did not really die, but had turned to stone).
Without her mother, Bean was primarily raised by her nursemaid Bunty, and by a group of drunks at local taverns.
Over the next 15 years, Bean grew into a rebellious and alchoholic but kind and caring girl.
Sometime after her mother's death, her father, Zog, remarried, his new wife was Oona, who gave to the king a son, Derek. Since Dreamland was a patriarchy, Derek would become the next King, while Bean would be married off for a political alliance. This caused Bean to become jealous of her brother as he got to do all the things she wanted, and dismiss him as annoying.
Bean was eventually put into an arranged marriage with the Prince of Bentwood, which did not make her happy. (the bride and groom topping on the wedding cake didn't even look like Bean and the Prince, it looked like Zog and the King of Bentwood kissing). While looking over the wedding presents, Bean found a small package containing a demon named Luci, who had been sent by the evil Emperor Cloyd and his Enchantress to turn Bean evil.
At the wedding, Bean said "no" during the vows, while an Elf named Elfo who had left the elf forest because he was tired of being happy all the time interrupted the wedding. Zog, knowing that Elf blood could create the Elixir of Life ordered Elfo to be seized, but during the ensuing chaos, Bean, Luci and Elfo escaped. During their first misadventure, the three formed a strong friendship and were able to call the wedding and alliance by tricking Bean's fiancée into drinking a potion that would turn him into a pig.
From then on, Bean and her friends went on comedic misadventures that often began with them getting into or starting trouble. But the three always tried to fix the trouble. Elfo meanwhile, agreed to be a test subject for creating the Elixir of Life.
Fall of Dreamland
Zog eventually grew impatient from the repeated failures to create the Elixir of Life from Elfo's blood and was surprised to learn that Elfo was not really an Elf. Bean, Elfo and Luci learned this as well and traveled to Elfwood where Elfo learned that he was only Half-Elf. At the same time, Zog's men arrived to kill the elves and steal their blood. Though Bean, Elfo and Luci were able to close the Elves drawbridge, saving them from an arrow volley, one of the arrows struck Elfo, who died in Bean's arms.
Heartbroken and furious at her father for murdering her friend and seeking the Elixir, Bean disowned Zog only to learn that Zog was not trying to create the Elixir of Life to become immortal, but to revive Dagmar, and that Dagmar's "memorial" was really the Queen after being turned to stone. Bean later created the Elixir using the Vial of Immortality(Which she had obtained in an earlier episode) and after some uncertainty about whether or not to resurrect Elfo or Dagmar, chose to revive her mother.
However, this proved to be a grave mistake as this made Oona more and more of an outcast, and Dagmar began to manipulate Bean to gain her daughter's trust. Dagmar then began framing Oona for turning people in Dreamland to stone, causing Oona to flee to her home Kingdom of Dankmire while Dagmar turned everyone in Dreamland to stone. While asking a crystal ball if Oona was still in the castle, magic bolts shot out of Bean's fingers much to her shock.
Later, Dagmar revealed that this power was connected to an unknown destiny Bean had. Dagmar then kidnaped Bean and brought her aboard a strange ship filled with monsters saying it will bring them to her homeland. Luci was also kidnapped but by an unidentified party, while Elfo's body was accidentally cast into the ocean where it was recovered by another unidentified party.
During the trip to Dagmar's homeland, Oona boarded the ship, but while she was unable to rescue Bean, she managed to steal the Vial of Immortality. Dagmar also continued to manipulate Bean into thinking that Oona was behind it all to keep her daughter's trust. Upon arriving in Dagmar's homeland, Maru, Bean was introduced to Cloyd, and his Enchantress Rebecca, who revealed themselves as her Aunt and Uncle. She also met Jerry, another maternal uncle, who was little more than a slave. Although her maternal family seemed welcoming at first, they warned her not to enter a certain room. Additionally, Maru's somewhat creepy nature, combined with growing uncertainty over her mother, and choosing to sacrifice Elfo, caused Bean to doubt her current situation.
As Dagmar continued to show Bean the wonders of Maru, she claimed that her own mother and father died in a "double murder suicide", and that Maru's royal family suffered from insanity to a small degree. That evening, Maru's elderly population began spewing mysterious claims about a "Tiabeanie" who would save Maru. That evening, Cloyd and Becky announced that Bean would take part in a ceremony to welcome her into the family. Before the ceremony could begin, Bean snuck into the forbidden room, and found a painting that looked exactly like her, along with severed arms. The sight was so shocking, Bean fainted.
When she came too, she told Dagmar what she had seen, only to find a different painting and the arms were missing from the room. Dagmar then claimed that Bean had inherited the family insanity curse, and that it was to blame. Bean confronted Jerry about the family curse, and he revealed that a number of Maru's royalty indeed had insanity, and that they were prone to murdering people and animals alike. Remembering all the people or animals she has harmed either through accident, self defense, or "justifiable homicide", Bean began to fear that she too was insane. But once Jerry realized one of the paintings from the royal gallery were missing, that of Queen Mariabeanie, which was the replacement painting Bean had seen when she entered the forbidden room with Dagmar.
Bean then found a secret passage in the forbidden room, leading to the basement which was filled with items of dark magic, where she found Dagmar's stone potion, as well as the painting of herself. Still believing her mother to be on her side, Bean took the painting, along with other evidence that pointed to Maru as the culprit behind the fall of Dreamland and warned Dagmar that they had to leave and that Becky and Cloyd were planning to murder her in the ceremony as a sacrifice. When Bean blamed her aunt and uncle for turning Dagmar and Dreamland to stone, Dagmar said they they could no have made the potion, as they don't know how to make fruit cocktails. Bean then realized the truth, her mother was evil, and that she had been behind it all from the start. Dagmar then ordered Bean to prepare for the ceremony, and locked her in the guest room.
Bean returned to the basement and rescued Luci. But Dagmar and her siblings caught up with the heroes, and revealed that Bean was meant to fulfill, she was to be sacrificed in order to pay off a debt Maru owed to Hell in order for the Kingdom to prosper again. As Bean escaped, the shelves were knocked over and Cloyd was crushed. Dagmar then revealed that she had murdered her own mother and father, but Bean said she was not, and will never be like her mother. Dagmar then asked if Elfo deserved to die. While opening the door, Luci accidentally knocked a candle Bean was holding into the now alchohol soaked basement floor, setting it ablaze. Bean and Luci raced to the temple, hoping to bring Jerry with them, only to find that Jerry had been murdered by Dagmar. Grief stricken at the loss of so many that evening, Bean hoped that Elfo would forgive her for her mistake, and aplogized. Just then, Elfo's voice seemed to be coming from the oracle fire.
Elfo revealed that after he died, his spirit ascended to Heaven. Luci then revealed that there was a way to resurrect Elfo, but Elfo's spirit must be in Hell for it to happen, as Luci could not enter Heaven. Despite the bad connection the oracle fire gave them, they were able to tell Elfo that he must find a way to get to Hell. Luci then revealed that the temple had a secret entrance to Hell. Before Bean could enter, Dagmar revealed she had not died in the basement and made one last attempt to kill Bean. However, Jerry was not dead yet, and used his remaining energy to knock Dagmar out, before finally dying. Bean then descended to Hell.
Donning a demon costume in order to disguise herself, Bean, along with Luci arrived in Hell. Elfo arrived in Hell as well, as he called Jerry, who had ascended as well, a "dumb-dumb", much to God's fury. Bean also learned that Luci was a low ranking demon, who had not "earned his wings" yet. Luci lead Bean to the infernal stronghold, where all damned souls are recorded. On the way, she encountered Hansel and Gretel again.
Upon arrival at the stronghold, Bean looked into the Book of the Dead, but was caught by Asmodeus himself. Luci then removed Bean's disguise, and offered her to Asmodeus, along with Elfo. The Prince of Darkness promoted Luci to a level 2 demon, and gave him demonic wings, who had a horrified and betrayed Bean taken away. Bean was imprisoned next to Elfo, who was forced to watch a vison of Bean choosing to resurrect Dagmar over him. Elfo felt betrayed, and accused Bean of not caring about him, and refusing to resurrect him, when she could have. Bean freely admitted that resurrecting her mother was a mistake, and revealed that Luci had betrayed them... only to see that Luci had unlocked their cage.
Luci revealed that he needed to earn his wings so that he could help his friends escape from Hell, but he had to betray them in order to gain those wings. Still not fully trusting the demon, Bean and her friends escaped the prison. As they flew to safety, Luci revealed that Elfo's spirit would lead them to his body, but once he let Elfo's spirit out of a bottle he had placed him in earlier, he would have only 30 seconds to reclaim his body.
However Asmodeus confronted them, and revealed that a level 2 demon can never escape. Luci then betrayed his friends again, thus tricking Asmodeus to promote him to an Uber Demon. Luci then betrayed his master for the final time, and slammed him into the ground. Asmodeus warned Luci that if he left, he would not only lose his wings and status, but also his immortality, power, parking space, everything. But Luci revealed that during his time with Bean and Elfo, he gained a true friendship with them, and would rather live a short life with them, then an eternal one without them. Luci then rescued his beloved friends, and they escaped from Hell, and Luci lost his wings, power, and immortality.
Bean and her friends arrived on a tropical island, where they found Elfo's body. Bean placed Elfo's spirit back in his body, and her friend returned to life, much to Bean and Luci's joy. The three friends were reunited.
Return to Dreamland
After spending a luxorious night on the tropical island, being massaged by Mermaids, Bean and her friends returned to Dreamland, only to find Zøg trying to kill them by shoving boulders into the ocean, as he blamed Bean for everything. Fortunately, Zøg fell of the cliff and onto a rock, knocking him out, allowing his daughter and her friends to return to shore. Bean was guilt stricken when she saw her people trapped in stone, but was chased into the church by her now recovered father. Zøg accused Bean of being like her mother, but she responded with that she is 50% her father, and her own person. Zøg was still hesitant to trust his daughter, but after Bean saved him from accidentally falling of the church tower, father and daughter reconciled.
Soon after that, a pirate ship arrived, captained by Leavo, the only other Elf to have left Elfwood, along with his new first mate, Oona, who had joined the pirates after escaping from the ocean. Oona revealed she still had the eternity pendent, and Leavo demanded treasure in exchange for Dreamland's restoration. However, while Bean was away, Bozaks had stolen most of Dreamland's treasures. While Elfo tried to trick Leavo into getting knocked out in the dungeons, Bean made up with her stepmother. Leavo survived Elfo's trick, but was then tricked by Bean into thinking Dreamlands people were a great people.
Hoping to strike a new deal, Bean and the others traveled to Elfwood with Zøg in chains to apologize to the elves, and have all of them supply the blood needed to make the elixir to free Dreamland. After some difficulties, Leavo was able to convince the Elf King and the others to travel to Dreamland, as it had something the elves had been searching for. With all the Elves of Elfwood, Dreamland's people were freed, while Zøg and Oona divorced on good terms with eachother. Leavo decided to retire from piracy, while Oona took over the ship, while promising to see Derek whenever she could.
Return of Dagmar
Life returned to normal in Dreamland, but Bean pondered why her mother would betray her. Dagmar, meanwhile was not dead, and began to haunt Bean in her nightmares, with a music box she gave to Bean, as a baby, which played a haunting tune. In one nightmare, Dagmar claimed that Bean’s power was closer than she thought. Bean initially assumed this was just leftover trauma. Hoping to make his daughter feel better, Zøg burned Dagmar’a portrait, only for Bean to find a hidden message written behind the portrait, and a Marvian symbol. It revealed that something was hiding in the castle.
Upon further investigation, Bean found more Maruvian symbols in the castle, and followed them to a hidden cavern, under the castle. A gust of wind and a louder version of the music box’s music sent the Princess running back to the castle where she destroyed the music box. But that night, the box returned in her nightmares. Later, after another nightmare, Bean consulted Zøg, who revealed that the reason the Kingdom is called Dreamland, is because dreams had in the castle.
One evening, a dragon attacked Elf Ally. Bean pursued it out of the city, and shot it down, only to learn that the dragon was really a flying machine, piloted by a man named Sky Gunderson, who was immediately arrested by Dreamlands knights. While being interrogated, Sky claimed that magic paled in comparison to science, which really made the world go round.
Bean visited Sky in the dungeon and asked to be taught about science, as magic brought her nothing but unhappiness. After bringing him some supplies, Sky used the, to create a radio to contact his home, much to Bean’s surprise and confusion. Sky credited her for making the radio, revealing science. As Sky prepared to escape with the supplies, Bean begged him to take her with him, as she yearned to see where Sky’s technology came from. Sky agreed to bring her along, and that evening, they left Dreamland in a submarine, and traveled to Sky’s home, Steamland.
Upon arrival in Sky’s house, Bean grew more and more fascinated by technology, but was warned by Sky to not leave the garage. But quickly driven boredom from being alone, Bean set out to explore Steamland. After some amazement, she traveled to Sky’s lab, where she learned that Sky had been sent to Dreamland to deliver a weapon to an assassin, to kill Zøg. When Bean asked about this, Sky revealed his true nature and attempted to kill the Princess with a gun.
Bean escaped in a zeppelin, but Sky followed and broke into the zeppelin, and after a brief fight, fell out of the zeppelin to his death. After returning to Dreamland, Bean warned Zøg about the assassin, and that a Steamland gun was the weapon. However, Odval did not believe her and ordered Sir Pendergast to take the gun. In the ensuing struggle, the gun went off, and hit Zøg.
Zøg was greatly wounded, but incapacitated. Odval accused Bean of being the assassin, and placed the Princess under house arrest. With Zøg unable to rule, Derek was crowned King, and became Odval’s puppet. The High Druidess then began to spread lies that Bean was really a witch who tried to kill the King. Soon all of Dreamland was against Bean, who would be tried as a witch. Under interrogation, Bean still claimed her innocence and Elfo and Luci offered to aid her in the trail as her lawyers.
The trail was a kangaroo case, and under Odval’s influence, combined with bad memories of mistreatment from his sister, Derek began abusing his power. The witnesses were either people who had bad experiences with her, or were coerced into putting false blame on her. Upon Elfo’s take of the stand, he revealed that both he and Bean were in hell, and that Luci had duped Asmodeus in order to escape. But this made Dreamland fear Bean even more, and even fear Elfo and Luci, as accomplices.
While in the dungeon, the three friends feared for their lives, even Luci, who had lost his immortality to save his friends. But while in the dungeon, they overheard Odval, Sorcerio,the Arch Druidess and a group of cultists were planning to kill Zøg, as he advises Derek to spare his half-sister. As this happened, the royal executioner, and Bunti’s husband helped the friends escape into the catacombs. However, Bean refused to leave and chose instead to stay and save her father.
Upon warning Zøg, Bean attempted to surgically remove the bullet to save him. Though the bullet was removed, Odval, Sorcerio, and Derek entered the room, and saw Bean with a knife. Derek immediately declared Bean and her friends guilty and the three were prepared to be burned at the stake.
Before the fire could be lit, Bean thanked Elfo and Luci for all the time they had, and for being her friends. Odval handed Derek the torch and ordered the puppet king to kill Bean. But Derek, re-thinking his father’s advice, refused, but accidentally dropped the torch on the wood. As the flames grew closer, Luci revealed that he was no longer immortal, and that he gave it up for them. Bean and Elfo thanked Luci and prepared for their deaths, only for the a hole in the ground to open, causing the three to fall underground… where they were greeted by Dagmar, and group of strange creatures.
- Bean's English voice actress, Abbi Jacobson, is known for creating Broad City.
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