- “I'll never be anything more than a wealthy queen of a fabulous faraway kingdom...it's my destiny.”
- — Bean
Queen Tiabeanie Mariabeanie de la Rochambeaux Grunkwitz, better known as Bean, is the main character of Disenchantment. She is the 19-year-old Queen of Dreamland and possible heir to the throne of Maru. She is the daughter of King Zøg and Queen Dagmar and the older half-sister of the King Derek.
After her father becomes mentally broken and Derek accompanies Oona in her pirate life, Bean is crowned Queen of Dreamland.
- 1 History
- 2 Appearance
- 3 Personality
- 4 Abilities
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Appearances
- 7 Development
- 8 Cultural References
- 9 Trivia
- 10 Quotes
- 11 Gallery
- 12 References
Bean is the first and only daughter of King Zøg of Dreamland and the then Princess Dagmar of Maru. Dagmar conceived Bean in order to make her fulfill a prophecy and pay off a debt Maru owes to Hell. Dagmar named Bean Tiabeanie Mariabeanie, the latter name after Dagmar's late grandmother. When Bean was born, Dagmar gave her a mantel and an enchanted music box with a small figurine of Dagmar holding an infant Bean. When Bean could not fall asleep, Dagmar ran her finger in circles on her forehead and right before Bean drifted off, Dagmar whispered in her ear You will be the greatest woman this goddamn kingdom has ever seen (referring to the kingdom of Maru).
When Bean was four years old, Dagmar decided that the time had come to get rid of Zøg so that she could return with Bean to Maru. She decided to turn Zøg into stone by poisoning his wine, but Bean accidentally switched Dagmar's and Zøg’s glasses when she was trying to reach for the grapes that were served along with the wine, which resulted in Dagmar drinking from Zøg’s glass and turning into stone instead.
Around one year later, Zøg married Oona, a princess from Dankmire, in an arranged marriage as part of a deal to have a canal built for Dreamland. Bean stated that she was so jealous of her stepmother that she placed a dead owl in their wedding cake and the guests ate it anyway. Bean's relationship with her stepmother was a weak one, although Oona claimed that she tried to love Bean and get along with her.
Bean's half-brother, Derek, was born when Bean was five years old, and he became the heir to the throne. Bean strongly resented Derek for this since he, being a boy and heir apparent, had more privileges than she did and he was able to do all the things she wanted to do, such as sword fighting or horse riding.
Bean's paternal grandmother, Bee-Baw, used to sit Bean on her lap and tell her stories until she passed away when Bean was still a child. Bean's handmaiden, Bunty, raised her and did her best to make Bean happy, such as allowing Bean to mount her like a horse so that she and Derek could have horse races.
Bean's relationship with her father was strained since Bean resented him for remarrying and starting a new family, while Zøg was distant and failed to provide his daughter with the attention she needed. According to Bean, she had another girl pretend to be her for a year to see if her father would notice (he did not).
Arranged Marriages and meeting Luci and Elfo
After Bean turned nineteen, King Zøg arranged for her to be married off to Prince Guysbert of Bentwood, a handsome but dim prince, in order to form an alliance between their kingdoms, and made her wear her mother's wedding dress for the wedding. Bean originally resigned herself to it, and reluctantly followed through with the wedding. Unbeknownst to Bean, her Uncle Cloyd and Aunt Becky had sent her a demon named Luci, who was tasked with turning Bean evil like the rest of her maternal family.
At the wedding, Bean changed her mind while at the altar and refused to marry the prince. Bean slapped the ring off Guysbert's hand and he ended up with his head stuck on a sword, part of a throne made of swords, while trying to find the ring. Strangely, this injury didn't kill him. Zog and Guysbert's parents then arranged for Bean to marry Guysbert's younger brother, Merkimer, instead. When Elfo walked into the church, Zøg offered a reward to whoever captured Elfo, and Bean took this opportunity to escape by breaking a window and jumping through it, followed by Elfo and Luci. As they run from Bean's father's knights and Merkimer, the trio bonds until they are captured by Merkimer and when they are forced back to the palace, Zøg decides to keep Elfo around so that he can use his blood to get the Elixir of Life while Luci follows Bean around as he was ordered to. Bean tries to device another plan to get rid of Merkimer by taking him to an island of Mermaids to be killed by their songs under the pretence of throwing him a bachelor party, although this doesn't work so the wedding plans continue, much to Bean's dismay.
The day of her second wedding, a heartbroken Bean sits on her window with Luci and Elfo, lamenting that she won't get to have a happy marriage like her mother and reluctantly walks down the altar while a distraught Elfo runs back to his cage as he cannot bear to watch Bean’s despondency, with Luci following suit.
At Sorcerio's office, Merkimer (who is supposed to be at the wedding) shows up and Elfo encourages him to drink his blood that Bean mixed with pig's blood, letting Merkimer believe that it could help him on his wedding night, resulting in Merkimer turning into a pig and the pig who "donated" the blood turning into Merkimer. Bean then calls out her father for not caring about anything other than the alliance with Bentwood and convinces him to let her live her life the way she sees fit and to find out who she is. Zøg finally relents and realizes that his daughter is right, leading to him and the King of Bentwood getting into a fist fight while Bean drinks while watching everything in amusement, thanking Elfo and Luci for making that the happiest day of her life.
Bean's Free Life
After Bean convinced her father to let her live freely, Bean usually spends her time drinking, doing drugs and vandalism, always accompanied by Elfo and Luci, much to her father's chagrin. Zøg tries about anything to correct his daughter's behavior by trying things like exorcism or sending her a convent after she threw a party in the castle and tried to hide the corpses of the people kllled during the Vikings' rampage in the chimney although she ended up getting herself kicked out of the convent and Zøg told Bean to either behave or leave the castle, leaving Bean no choice but to stay at Bunty's home. She eventually managed to get a bit of respect from her father and to be allowed back home after she indirectly gets two serial killers murdered.
Princess Bean has white hair (like her mother), freckles, buck teeth and an overbite. She bears little resemblance to either of her parents, although her resemblance to Dagmar is more noticeable when Bean wears her clothes or hairstyles. She has muscular legs, a curvy body albeit with a wider waist than her mother's.
Bean usually wears a cyan tunic with white sleeves, brown leggings and tied dark brown boots. She is equipped with a belt with a silver buckle.
For her two almost marriages she wore her mother's wedding dress and her hair in the same updo as her mother’s on her wedding day.
Her formal attire consists of a gown with a black petticoat and a blue overcoat with puffy sleeves that go below her shoulders, although she still wears her boots underneath the dress.
Not a traditional princess, Bean is quite the opposite, actively rebelling against her father, Zøg, who has driven her to drink. She is frustrated by the limited life choices available to her as a princess who is second in line to the throne. She resents the stereotypical role of a trophy queen, which is to have heirs and forge alliances in a loveless union, and refuses to marry the eligible princes presented to her (Guysbert and Merkimer), which would force her to inhabit this role.
Bean shows a decent amount of fighting skills with various weapons and hand-to-hand combat. Her fighting skill are self-taught through various brawls at the taverns and throughout her misadventures. She seems to be physically strong since she was able to headbutt Pendergast without getting hurt, and able to wield a mallet to free P.T. McGee’s imprisoned circus displays after “hanging off a blimp for a while”.
Due to her Maruvian heritage, Bean possesses magic like Dagmar, as shown in Part 3 when she accidentally shoots out a dark lighting bolt that is strong enough to shut down the powerlines of Steamland.
Prior to being magically paired with Luci and finding the companionship of Elfo, Bean had no friends — not even bridesmaids for her wedding. Her companions were her drinking buddies from the pubs she frequented. As such, most of her relationships are familial. The trio of Bean, Elfo and Luci are the main focus of the misadventures in the show.
Dagmar is Bean's biological mother. She supposedly died 15 years ago but she was in fact turned to stone by a magic potion. Bean idolized her mother all her life, claiming that Dagmar was everything Bean wanted to be, and after Dagmar was revived, she quickly bonded with her mother over their mutual interests such as drinking.
However, things took a turn for the worse when Dagmar brought Bean back to Maru and showed her her true nature. Dagmar insulted Bean and attempted to force her to fullfil a prophecy by screwing a crown onto her head that would potentially leave Bean with permanent brain damage.
When Bean was a toddler, Dagmar took good care of her and did maternal things like naming Bean after her grandmother, nursing Bean herself, treating her with gentleness, telling Bean that she "will be the greatest woman [Maru] has ever seen" as she drifted off to sleep, and even had a portrait painted of Bean that depicted her as the new queen of Maru before she even told Bean about the prophecy. This implies that Dagmar strongly believes that Bean will be successful in bearing the crown and becoming a great dark queen.
After Bean is sentenced to burn to death at the stake with Elfo and Luci, Dagmar saves her daughter and her friends, and asks in a teasing manner for a hug, although she may have saved them in order to capture Bean and force her to fulfill the prophecy rather than out of love for her child. When Bean figures out Dagmar is once again up to no good she tries to leave but Dagmar had her and her friends locked up and they insult each other as Dagmar leaves. When Bean hatches a plan to escape by dressing up like Dagmar so that the Trøgs won't stop her, Dagmar stops her. Bean tries to convince the Trøgs that she is the actual Queen Dagmar by saying to Dagmar, "If I wasn't the real Dagmar I wouldn't say this, I never loved you”, which leaves Dagmar speechless. This could imply that Dagmar may love, or used to love, her daughter. Unfortunately, she is far more focused on fulfilling the prophecy than fulfilling her role as Bean’s mother.
Zøg is Bean's father and King of Dreamland. Bean has a difficult relationship with him as he is scared of female emotions. He hates how Bean is always getting into trouble and how she refuses to behave like a proper princess. Meanwhile, Bean has little respect for him due to his selfish nature, but she still loves him and wants to make him proud. Despite their strained relationship, Zøg is very protective of Bean and doesn't like it when men flirt or look at her in an inappropriate way, such as having a man beheaded when he looked at Bean's bare chest and stopping Pendergast from flirting with Bean.
When Zøg sees Bean leave with her mother for Maru, Zøg is furious at Bean's supposed betrayal and attempts to kill her when she returns, but Bean maintains her innocence and manages to talk him out of it. Their relationship was repaired and even improved slightly after that.
After Bean accidentally shoots her own father with a pistol while struggling with Pendergast on who should keep the gun, she used her knowledge of medicine that she learned in Steamland to save him by taking the bullet out of his body before the wound became infected. After being scathingly told by the Arch-Druidess that his daughter was dead (unaware that she survived), Zøg was heartbroken at his loss and even asked Pendergast to behead him since he felt he had nothing to live for.
Derek is Bean's half-brother and heir to the throne of Dreamland. Bean finds Derek irritating and dislikes being with him. She bears a lot of resentment and jealousy towards Derek for being born and becoming the heir to the throne, and therefore being able to do the things she wanted to do as a child. Bean herself admitted that she knows it isn't his fault but still wishes he would die. However, she does show that she cares for him as she saved his life more than once but when Derek tries to reconnect, it's still shown that Bean is not interested. She still admits to hating him, but cheerfully says she both loves and hates him. Their strained relationship (along with Zøg’s neglecting him) makes Derek vulnerable to Odval's manipulation. However, it is shown that Derek still loves Bean and doesn't want any real harm to come to her.
Sometime after he "kills" his sister, Derek harbours regret on doing so and when he starts to make his own decisions as king, he demands that his subjects build a statue of Bean (and name a sandwich at a deli after Elfo and Luci). When Bean re-emerges alive, Derek is overjoyed and hugs his sister, who warns him not to mess with her. In the end, Derek decides to run away with his mother since he finds both Bean and their father emotionally draining.
Cloyd and Becky are Bean's maternal uncle and aunt. When Bean and Dagmar first arrived in Maru, Cloyd and Becky were civil towards their niece, such as giving her a blanket when she was cold and assigning something to shush her to sleep when Bean had to sleep on a couch due to Dagmar's snoring. However, it is later revealed that they were simply trying to gain her trust in order to have her fulfill a prophecy and they, like Dagmar, didn't seem worried about the fact that screwing a crown on Bean's head may leave her with brain damage. When Cloyd, Becky and Dagmar were searching for Bean, they brought knives with them to attack her, further implying that they don't care about their niece at all.
Jerry was Bean's maternal uncle. Out of all of her maternal relatives, Jerry was the only one who had genuine interest and affection for Bean and was always nice to her. When Bean felt lonely due to having no friends in Maru and her family not giving her any attention, Jerry was the only one who kept her company, and even taught her about the history of their family and their family curse. At first, Bean was not fond of the idea of calling Jerry her friend even though he cared about his niece from the very start, possibly because he didn't show any sympthoms of possessing the family curse — most likely due to the brain damage incurred after his siblings screwed the crown meant for Bean on his head — and didn't see her as a tool, but Bean soon grew to care about him as well. Jerry eventually helped Bean escape their abusive relatives before they could screw the crown in her head and give her brain damage, or worse. Bean wanted to take Jerry with her but he ended up being killed by Dagmar, much to Bean's horror. He died pleased after hearing Bean call him a friend, and later appears in Heaven.
Luci is Bean's personal demon (or dæmon). Taking the form of a shadowy being who is often mistaken for a talking cat, he is a curse cast on Bean by the mysterious Maruvian couple, Emperor Cloyd and the Enchantress (Bean is as yet unaware of their existence and role in her life). Luci often talks Bean into doing bad things like stealing, drinking or taking drugs but he cares about her as he showed concern for Bean when she was mourning Elfo's death and attempted to help Bean escape Dagmar at the end of Part 3, but was killed in doing so.
Elfo is one of Bean’s closest friends (along with Luci). He is very loyal to Bean and would do anything for her. Elfo met Bean when he left Elfwood in search of an adventure and they were inseparable until his death. Elfo has a crush on Bean, but it is not reciprocated — even though Bean cares for him deeply and was heartbroken when he died. When Luci told her that there was still hope for Elfo to come back, she literally went to Hell and back to get her friend back. Elfo eventually forgave Bean for choosing to revive Dagmar over him and they became best friends once again.
Bunty is Bean's nanny and Lady-in-Waiting. She raised Bean in place of her ostensibly deceased mother and seemingly uninterested stepmother. Bean seems to be fond of her, while Bunty is always there for Bean when she needs help. When Bean was growing up, Bunty did anything to make Bean happy, including letting Bean mount her as if she was a horse. When Bean was falsely accused of trying to murder Zøg, Bunty was convinced of Bean’s innocence and apparently persuaded her husband to help Bean escape. According to Stan, there is nobody in the world Bunty loves more than him and Bean.
Oona is the mother of Bean's half-brother Derek and was her stepmother until Oona and Zøg divorced. The two had very little one-on/one interaction, although Oona claims that she tried to love Bean but her stepdaughter pushed her away, unwilling to accept Oona as her family. Oona also tried to give Bean the talk when Bean was going to be married off to Prince Guysbert, and smiled when she and Zøg found out Bean was returning to Dreamland after going away on a mission, but Bean never showed any interest in her stepmother.
Their relationship took a turn for the worse when Dagmar was revived and Oona vows to get revenge on both Zøg and Bean for ignoring disrespecting her. However, Oona only said that out of anger since she later forgave Bean for everything (except for stealing her drugs) after her stepdaughter apologizes. When Oona leaves with the pirates, she offers Bean to come with her but Bean politely declines and the two part on good terms. When Zøg descends into madness, she stays on land for a few weeks to take care of her ex-husband while Bean chases the Arch-Druidess to Steamland. Oona bonds with Bean during this period, sharing snakeroot with her to allow Bean to come to terms with her traumas and teaming up with her to thwart a seemingly murderous plot against Zøg. She also kisses Bean goodbye when she leaves to return to sea.
Bean and Mora meet in the episode Last Splash, where Bean frees Mora from the freak show to allow her to return home. Later as Bean and Elfo are escaping Steamland on a boat, Bean pulls Mora aboard to give her a ride to Mermaid Island as they go to Dreamland. On the boat ride as Elfo drives, Bean and Mora spend time together on the deck. They discuss their lives, romance and previous relationships (or lack thereof), and later in the evening they discuss Mermaid history, science and beliefs. They fall asleep next to one another, and when Bean wakes in the morning Mora is gone. Elfo crashes the ship on a beach, and Bean falls and hits her head on a rock. When she wakes up, Mora is in the water and invites her to swim. Mora then leads Bean underwater to Mermaid Island. They meet up with the Mermaids in the island and attend Mora's welcome back party together. In the evening they go to a private beach, where Mora gifts Bean a necklace, sings her a song, and they kiss.
Bean wakes up again in the morning, but on the beach where she originally hit her head. She is unsure if what occured with Mora was real or a dream. The gifted necklace washes ashore as Bean and Elfo leave, confirming that it was real even though Bean is unaware. Upon her return to Dreamland, Bean is heartbroken, stating that what occured was "the greatest thing that ever maybe didn't happen to me". and that she is "stuck with this sad, empty feeling of heartbreak without ever getting the fun relationship part". Oona helps her to come to terms with the heartbreak.
Prince Guysbert of Bentwood was Bean's groom in her first arranged marriage. Bean didn't want to marry him and didn't care about him but Guysbert seemed to like her since he didn't seem to have a problem with marrying her, although the marriage was called off after Guysbert accidentaly stabbed his own head against a throne made of swords. They eventually met again when Zøg had him try to Elixir of Life to see if he could be saved in order to revive Dagmar. Guysbert was happy to see Bean again and professed his love for her, although Bean brushed him off and wasn't bothered at all when he finally died.
Prince Merkimer of Bentwood was Bean's groom in her second arranged marriage after Guysbert was injured. Unlike his older brother, Merkimer wasn't nice at all. He is ridiculously narcissistic, is a chauvinist — outwardly proclaiming that he does not listen to women (including Bean) — cheated on his bride-to-be and invited several women to sleep with him on his wedding night. When he turned into a pig through magic, he became unable to marry Bean.
After becoming a pig, Merkimer became nicer as time passed, and he and Bean were mostly civil towards each other. However, in In Her Own Write, he steals the script Bean had written about her life and presented it as his own, much to Bean's anger. In Hey, Pig Spender, he goes against his word to help Bean obtain weapons and financial support from his kingdom, Bentwood. He also did not care when the pig who occupies his human body sentenced Bean, Elfo and Luci to torture. However, Merkimer eventually freed the trio and escaped with them back to Dreamland after hearing Bean still regarding him as a friend.
Pendergast was one of Zøg's knights. He seemed to have an interest in courting Bean, or at least he was attracted to her. He sometimes flirted with her, once agreeing to go on a double date with Bean (to support Elfo, who told Bean he was dating a giantess), leading him to believe that they were courting until Bean made it clear that that wasn't the case. However, he still followed Zøg's orders of locking up Bean when she talked back to Zøg, regardless of Bean's feelings and his feelings towards her.
In The Electric Princess, Pendergast called Bean out for releasing Skybert and tried to confiscate a revolver that Bean had brought with her from Steamland despite her protests, resulting in the revolver going off during the struggle and accidentally shooting Zøg. Pendergast let Bean get blamed for everything, and was complicit in locking her in her room as per Odval’s orders.
Pendergast was killed by the pistol and later beheaded by the Arch-Druidess in Subterranean Homesick Blues, presumably after she discovers his involvement in helping Zøg to escape the castle that is now run by the people who are trying to kill him. Seeing Pendergast’s decapitated head on a stick while being locked in a coffin is a harrowing experience for Zøg, who descends into madness soon after. Bean discovers his body after Zøg obsessively mistakes everyone for him, and searches to uncover his murderer.
- 1. "A Princess, an Elf, and a Demon Walk Into a Bar"
- 2. "For Whom the Pig Oinks"
- 3. "The Princess of Darkness"
- 4. "Castle Party Massacre"
- 5. "Faster, Princess! Kill! Kill!"
- 6. "Swamp and Circumstance"
- 7. "Love's Tender Rampage"
- 8. "The Limits of Immortality"
- 9. "To Thine Own Elf Be True"
- 10. "Dreamland Falls"
- 1. "The Disenchantress"
- 2. "Stairway to Hell"
- 3. "The Very Thing"
- 4. "The Lonely Heart is a Hunter"
- 5. "Our Bodies, Our Elves"
- 6. "The Dreamland Job"
- 7. "Love's Slimy Embrace"
- 8. "In Her Own Write"
- 9. "The Electric Princess"
- 10. "Tiabeanie Falls"
- 1. "Subterranean Homesick Blues"
- 2. "You're the Bean"
- 3. "Beanie Get Your Gun"
- 4. "Steamland Confidential"
- 5. "Freak Out!"
- 6. "Last Splash"
- 7. "Bad Moon Rising"
- 8. "Hey, Pig Spender"
- 9. "The Madness of King Zøg"
- 10. "Bean Falls Down"
Bean is the central protagonist of the series. Matt Groening designed her to look unlike any cartoon princess you've ever seen before. He has further stated she is unconventionally beautiful, but I think audiences will fall in love with her. The character came about after a decade of Groening researching old classic fairy tales, where it was the women and children who were strong characters while the men were weak willed. Bean is designed to represent the genre's original paradigm.
Abbi Jacobson improvised a number of Bean's lines.
- Game of Thrones (2011-2019): Bean's platinum-blonde hair is likely a reference to the white hair of Daenerys I Targaryen. Furthermore, Dagmar family back in Maru has a curse of madness in which also can be based on the Targaryen Madness in the bloodline of the House Targaryen.
- Cinderella (1950): Bean's wedding dress greatly resembles Cinderella's ballgown in the Walt Disney film of the same name.
- Johan and Peewit (1952): Bean's clothes are very similar to Sir Johan's clothes, a character created by Belgian cartoonist Peyo.
- Her full name is Princess (later Queen) Tiabeanie Mariabeanie De La Rochambeaux Grunkwitz. However, she mispronounced her last name as Drunkowitz while heavily drunk on schnapps in Swamp and Circumstance.
- According to Luci, Bean has blue eyes.
- In the first episode, Bean said that if she got three wishes, she would wish to be in charge of her own destiny (which happened to her delight), to have her mother back (which happened but she now regrets) and to find a boyfriend who is a great listener.
- Bean stated that she was raised by Bunty and drunkards in the tavern, who taught her the art of stabbing.
- Bean fears she might succumb to the curse of madness and paranoia that is hereditary from her maternal family.
- Like her mother, her favorite food is beer and she loves the smell of wet grass.
- Bean likes to party, and consumes the recreational drugs snakeroot, bread mold and a hallucinogen called Bliss.
- Given this reference to hallucinogens, the bread mold reference is likely to be connected with ergotised rye. Albert Hoffman synthesised LSD from this fungus.
- Her name Tiabeanie sounds similarly to the narcotic called thebaine.
- Dagmar gave Bean her great-grandmother Mariabeanie's name as her middle name. It's also possible that Bean was named Tiabeanie so that her name would rhyme with the name Mariabeanie as well. This could imply that Dagmar feels some love for both her grandmother and her daughter, or she measures Bean to have the same greatness as her grandmother did.
- It is implied that Bean could have a hatred towards pigs because she called them dumb.
- Bean was confirmed as bisexual in a tweet from Netflix, which was also liked by the Disenchantment twitter account.
- Bean dislikes braids as they "hurt her brain".
- Bean: All this wedding hassle for a stupid political alliance! I thought that I'd get married for true love, or because I was wasted..." - S01E01
- Bean: Somehow, we've ended in this stupid world together. (...) See you in Hell, boys! - S02E10
- Bean: This crown can suck it! - S03E10
- Season 1, episode 12: Stairway to Hell
- "Bean's full name is Princess Tiabeanie Mariabeanie de la Rochambeau Grunkwitz, not Drunkowitz - she just called herself that while drunk. Grunkwitz is Zøg's family name from the House of Grunkwitz (like House of Windsor or House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg)" - Twitter post of Josh Weinstein's verified account
- Burke, Justin. Back to the Drawing Board. The Weekend Australian Review August 11-12. 2018. Pages 8-9. Print
- Matt Groening on why he didn't want to reference GOT mashable.com