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Ariel's Sisters

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Attina has an orange tail with a matching seashell bra and brown hair, and wears a crown-like tiara similar to her father's. She is described by her sisters as being bossy but has often displayed being the most responsible. According to Ariel’s Beginning, Attina is the eldest (and is likely the next-in-line to the Atlantican throne). This was determined by her unique crown, robust voice, as well as speculation that her name is a Jamaican pronunciation of her mother’s name, Athena. Although her name was most likey taken from Alan Menken's rock opera "Atina, Evil Queen of the Galaxy."

Aquata has a blue tail with a matching seashell bra and brown hair that is worn in a ponytail tied up in a band of white pearls. In extension media released from 1989 onwards, she is the eldest daughter of King Triton. However, in Ariel's Beginning, she is not the eldest sister, but at the middle age, and her main characteristic seems to be a slight aggressiveness towards Arista, who borrows her stuff without asking, and a lack of grace. Her name is a variant of the Latin base Aqua meaning 'WATER' and is also a shade of blue.


Andrina has a lavender tail with a matching seashell bra and blonde hair worn in a high ponytail bun with a pink decoration. In extension media released from 1989 onwards, she is the second daughter of King Triton. In the prequel film, she is one year older than Ariel, and is most notable for her dry wit, slightly sarcastic one-liners. Her name comes from Italian origins meaning 'HAPPINESS'. Some argue it means 'SWORD'.


Arista has a red tail with a matching seashell bra and long, blonde hair tied in a sloppy ponytail. She is given a distinct personality in the television series, where she is shown as having a conflict of ideals with the adventurous Ariel. Arista confesses that she always secretly envied Ariel's adventurous lifestyle. In the prequel film, she doesn’t have such a difficult relationship with Ariel but with Aquata, whose belongings she keeps borrowing. Her name comes from the Greek word meaning 'BEST' as in ARISTocracy.


Adella has a goldenrod tail with a chartreuse green seashell bra and blackish brown hair tied in a ponytail in bands of yellow pearls. In the TV series and second film, she is shown to be slightly heavier than her sisters, however in both the original and prequel films, she has the exact same figure as her sisters. In the prequel film, Adella is "boy-crazy", and is by two years the elder to Ariel. Short for Adelaide, her name is German meaning 'NOBLE'.


Alana has a pink tail with a violet seashell bra and black hair in curls with a tiara on her head. In the prequel film, she has blue eyes. According to the DVD game, Alana is seen as "glamorous", and makes her own beauty products. The least is known about Alana but according to rumor her look was loosely based off of both of Cinderella’s stepsisters with Drizella’s hair and Anastasia’s color scheme. Her name is the femanine version of Alan Menken's first name.

Sources:
Ariel's Sisters
Animated Lust (Rated PG)
Wikipedia: Characters from Disney's The Little Mermaid
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cool! i forgot Ariel had sisters
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wow this was all so clever. Alana being femanine for Alan Menken. that show's a great display of respect.
Although, I do wish disney studios would have been a tad bit more careful when it came to displaying the sisters and their personalities in the T.V series and prequels. I always believed the age order was the order of how their names were presented in the song "Daughters of Triton" in the origional. Also, I have heard of a children's book, where Aquata, being the eldest and heir to the throne, comforts Ariel with her nuturing personality.
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I already knew a lot about the sisters but this was very informational...thank you. Oh, and Adella was shown as being slightly heavier in the original film...you had it backwards. I know because I just watched "The little Mermaid" and "Ariel's beginning" today and specifically noticed Adella's weight difference.
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DisneyLover101. Adella is particularly overweight in the television series. I only took the films into account.
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sannah123 said:
awwww dats my fav movie
i cryed wen queen athena died
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faya27 said:
I feel like I'm the only one that likes the sisters' personalities in the prequel better than in the tv series. Both the original and the prequel suggest that they do love Ariel but have trouble understanding her. In the tv series, the sisters (especially Arista) seem to hate Ariel.
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If you don't mind me asking, where did it say Andrina was a year older than Ariel? I don't remember that... http://images.fanpop.com/images/emoticoons­/pl­ain­.jp­g
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this is great! I'd like to add that according to the chapter books, Arista falls in love with a stable boy named Dylan
Attina falls in love with a librarian named Tedrick
Aquata falls in love with Nexar (unknown occupation)
Andrina falls in love with Neptany (in same class)
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i love Arista, she's my fave
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worried
Dane ariel has 6 sister's that's Alot but all pretty
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wow ariel has twice as many sisters as i do
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Poor king Triton never got a boy. I guess Ariel can be boyish sometimes. :)
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