Background information
Feature films The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
Television programs The Little Mermaid
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by Michelle Lookadoo (Broadway Musical)
Voice Sherry Lynn (series)
Tara Strong (prequel film)
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Princess Adella
Personality Boy-crazy, sometimes vain and shallow
Appearance Beautiful, varies in weight, fair skin, dark brown hair, teal eyes, chartreuse green seashell bra, chartreuse yellow tail
Occupation Princess of Atlantica
Affiliations Good
Goal To live her life as royalty and have a boyfriend
Home Atlantica
Relatives King Triton (father)
Queen Athena (mother, deceased)
Attina, Andrina, Arista, Aquata, Alana, Ariel (sisters)
Prince Eric (brother-in-law)
Melody (niece)
Allies Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder, Eric, King Triton, Queen Athena, Melody, Urchin, her sisters, Evil Manta, Stevie (presumed boyfriend)
Enemies Ursula, Flotsam, Cloak and Dagger, Glut, Morgana, Marina Del Rey, Undertow, Evil Manta (formerly)
Likes Music, boys
Dislikes Not having a boyfriend
Powers and abilities Can remove her father's trident from the stand
Fate Kisses a merboy she first fell in love with and called "Frumbleboo"
Quote "Oh, I was dreaming about a boy."

Adella is a minor character from The Little Mermaid. She is one of Ariel's sisters and one of Melody's aunts. She was voiced by Sherry


Lynn in the related TV series and by Tara Strong in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning. In the broadway musical, she is portrayed by Michelle Lookadoo with mint green hair and a pink tail with a starfish bra.


Adella is the daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena. She has a chartreuse yellow tail and wears a chartreuse green seashell bra. Her dark brown hair is tied in a ponytail with a pearly hairband and headpiece that both match the color of her tail. Her appearance varies slightly in the TV series, where she wears a gray hairband and animated to be somewhat heavier than her sisters. However in both the original (aside from one brief moment in the Daughters of Triton song) and prequel films and the coloring pages, she has the exact same figure as her sisters. The prequel film establishes that Adella is boy-crazy, often dreaming about boys and flirting with them. In the books, she tends to be shallow and vain and she has many dates with merboys.

In extended media released from 1989 onward, she is the fifth daughter of King Triton. Bonus features from the DVD release of the prequel, however, state that Adella is the third of Triton's daughters.


The Little Mermaid

Adella appears at the beginning of the film, where she is performing the song "Daughters of Triton" alongside her other sisters. Afterwards, she only has cameo appearances alongside her other siblings.

The Little Mermaid (TV series)

Most of Adella's appearances are cameos alongside her other sisters. She is obviously chubby when sketched for the series. In the episode "Trident True", she is the victim of a practical joke courtesy of Urchin. When she tries to comb her hair, she ends up having a bad hair day. At the end of the episode, she presents Triton with a father's day present, and it is implied that she gives him the same thing every year.

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

Adella makes a small cameo appearance at the beginning of the film. She attends the christening of her niece, Melody, and is seen in a group shot with her other sisters.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning

Adella first appearance in the film is as a young girl. She is relaxing in a cove alongside her sisters and parents, but is forced to flee when pirates attack. Adella's mother, Athena, is killed in the attack, which devastates the family. As a result of his grief, Triton bans music (Athena was a noted lover of music), and has Adella and her sisters be strictly raised by their governess, Marina Del Rey.

As a teenager, Adella learns from Ariel about a secret underground club called The Catfish Club. She secretly attends alongside of them and start dancing with a fat male sea slug, but is caught by Marina and punished by Triton. At the end of the film, after music is restored to Atlantica, Adella is seen kissing a merboy.


  • Her name is a feminine form of "Adam".
  • Adella is a renaissance era name.
  • In Little Mermaid 2, there are actually two versions of Adella. One version has a hefty Adella, drawn similarly to how she was in the TV series, but at a later time, that model was scrapped to resemble the one in the third film.
  • Adella explicitly states that she is two years older than Ariel, making her 17 in the third film and 18 in the first film. It could be that Adella's birthday is before Ariel's, so when she turns 18, Ariel will still be 15.
  • Adella is obssessed with boys; hoping to find the perfect one.
  • In the original movie, Adella was the heftiest of all the sisters, and since then her size has varied. During the TV series, her weight was exaggerated to make her quite chubby. Since then however, Adella's body was greatly reduced to resemble Ariel's.
  • The voice of Adella is also the voice of Ariel's daughter, Melody.


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Media: The Little Mermaid | The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning | TV series | Sebastian and Dory meet Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch (crossover) | The Little Mermaid - An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack | NES game | The Little Mermaid (SEGA Genesis) | Ariel's Story Studio | House of Mouse | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II | Musical | Little Mermaid- Official Comic Adaptation

Attractions: Voyage of the Little Mermaid | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Mermaid Lagoon (Tokyo DisneySea) | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure | King Triton's Carousel of the Sea | Fantasmic! | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Characters: Ariel | Flounder | Sebastian | Scuttle | Prince Eric | King Triton | Max | Grimsby | Carlotta | Chef Louis | Melody | Tip & Dash | Urchin | Ursula/Vanessa | Flotsam & Jetsam | The Evil Manta | Little Evil | Ursula's Garden | Morgana | Cloak & Dagger | Dr. Vile | Daniel | Merpeople | Flounder's guppies | Glut | Undertow | Queen Athena | King Triton's Daughters | Attina | Alana | Adella | Aquata | Arista | Andrina | Marina Del Rey | Benjamin | Shelbow | Ink Spot | Cheeks | Ray-Ray | Gabriella | Pearl | Moray | Simon | Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp | The Sorceress | Glowfish | Ebb and Flo | Emperor Sharga

Objects: Prince Eric's statue | Trident | Ursula's cauldron | Ursula's Necklace | Melody's locket | Queen Athena's music box

Locations: Atlantica | Ariel's Secret Grotto | Ursula's fortress | Prince Eric's palace | Prince Eric's palace dining room | The Wedding Ship

Film Songs: Fathoms Below | Daughters of King Triton | Part of Your World | Part of Your World (Reprise) | Under the Sea | Poor Unfortunate Souls | Les Poissons | Kiss the Girl | Vanessa's Song | Down to the Sea | For A Moment | Tip and Dash (song) | Here On The Land and Sea | Just One Mistake | I Remember

T.V. Series Songs: In Harmony | You Got to be You | Just Give Me a Chance | Daring to Dance | The Lobster Mobster's Mob | Sing a New Song | The Sound of Laughter | You Wouldn't Want to Mess With Me | Evil Lullaby