Prince Derek is the male protagonist in all of The Swan Princess movie series. He is the main love interest, boyfriend, and husband of Princess Odette. His elderly mother is Queen Uberta, while his father had died many years ago.
In the first movie, Derek appears as a young boy with his mother giving newborn Princess Odette a golden heart-shaped pendant with a swan on it. Watching the young children, his mother and Odette's father thought that their children should see each other every summer in hopes that they would fall in love and marry, thereby merging the two kingdoms.
During their first meeting at Queen Uberta's kingdom, Derek and Odette want no more than to run away from each other. They constantly fight and play pranks on each other. However, their parents take no notice and make plans for the future instead.After a few years, Odette begins to find excuses not to visit Derek, much to no avail. Derek, who is unhappy at Odette's imminent arrival, shoots an arrow at a drawing of her, much to Queen Uberta's displeasure. Bromley (Brom), who is Derek's friend, throws a tomato at Odette's face as she arrives, making her furious. She starts to follow them everywhere despite their many attempts to lose her. Up in their tree house, Derek and Bromely make fun of Odette and show her a paper with "No girls" written on it. Angrily, Odette kicks the tree house, not knowing that it would fall down with Derek and Bromley inside. They all get
hurt and bandaged up. As Odette and King William leave for their kingdom, Queen Uberta lectures Derek and Bromley.
As teenagers, Derek begins to develop some feelings towards Odette. He even gets jealous when she flirts with a castle guard. Brom tells Derek to confess, but he refuses to admit his feelings for Odette, saying he would "like her better if she'd lose at cards". Odette wins at every card game, much to Derek's disappointment. As Odette boards her ship to leave, she throws a tomato at Derek (like Bromley did to her last time) and flicks the slingshot into the water.By the time Derek and Odette reach adulthood, they are tired of their parents unending attempts at trying to matchmake them, but when they meet again they fall in love at first sight. They begin to dance and even share their first romantic kiss together. The moment after the romantic kiss, Derek expresses his wish to marry Odette immediately, mainly because she is beautiful. When Odette asks him, "Is beauty all that matters to you?", he fails to give a satisfactory reply, instead saying "What else is there?" This upsets her into rejecting him again.
She leaves the kingdom with her father, but they are intercepted en route by Rothbart who transforms into a Great Animal (a hybrid monster with the head of a wolf, the body of a bat, the feet of an eagle, and the tail of a lizard). He kidnaps Odette and fatally injures William. King William's captain returns to Queen Uberta's castle and informs everyone present that they were attacked by a Great Animal. Derek arrives on the scene where William tells him with his dying breath that they were attacked by a Great Animal that is "not what it seems". Odette is nowhere to be found, but Derek refuses to believe that she is gone for good and goes back to his kingdom, training in the hope to find Odette and save her from the Great Animal. Queen Uberta prepares a royal ball for Derek to find him a new bride, but he refuses to be king until he finds Odette. He and Bromley train for several days, practicing a technique called Catch and Fire. Odette's new-found friends Jean-Bob, Speed, and Puffin work together to find Derek and bring him to the lake. One day, Derek and Bromley ride off in search of the Great Animal. As Odette and Puffin find Derek, he mistakes her for the Great Animal and tries to kill her, but Puffin saves her. They both fly to Swan Lake, successfully leading Derek there.
Upon arriving at Swan Lake, Odette transforms back into a human. The happy couple embrace each other, but not for long, as Odette hears Rothbart calling out for her. After learning that Odette is under Rothbart's spell, Derek invites her to the ball the next night where he can break the spell by making a vow of everlasting love to Odette. Unfortunately, Rothbart finds Derek's bow (which Derek left behind) and points at the crescent moon, telling Odette that there will be no moon the next night to change her.
Rothbart imprisons Odette in swan form within the castle dungeon, along with Bromley. He then plans to send his hag sidekick Bridget, disguised as Odette, to the ball instead. Odette's friends work to free her, but when she reaches the ball, she sees that she has been replaced. Trapped outside Derek's castle, Odette tries to warn him by flying into his line of sight but fails, due to Bridget's attempts to keep Derek from seeing her. Derek makes the vow to Bridget, much to Odette's dismay and heartbreak. Rothbart arrives and reveals that Derek's vow, given to the wrong woman, will cause his spell to kill Odette. She flies back to Swan Lake as Rothbart's spell drains her strength. Odette collapses by the lake, transforming back into her human form. Derek arrives just in time to hear Odette whisper "I love you Derek". She falls lifelessly to the ground. In rage, Derek desperately shouts that the vow was made for her.Derek confronts Rothbart, demanding that Rothbart cannot allow Odette to die. To Derek's horror, Rothbart transforms into the Great Animal. An intense battle ensues with Rothbart overpowering Derek and nearly killing him. Fortunately, Odette's animal friends return Derek's longbow to him, and Bromley, who has escaped the dungeon, provides Derek with a single arrow with the Catch and Fire technique. Derek fires the arrow straight into Rothbart, who explodes upon crashing into the lake. After Rothbart's death, Odette's animal friends begin to celebrate, but fall silent again because Odette has not come back to life. Derek takes Odette into his arms, saying that he loves her for her courage and kindness. He kisses her on the forehead and pulls her close. Odette comes back to life and the two share a kiss. Derek and Odette are married and become king and queen.
That night, Odette asks Derek if he will love her until the day she dies. He shakes his head and says, "No. Much longer than that, Odette. Much longer." And they live happily ever after.
The Swan Princess II: Escape from Castle Mountain Edit
In the second film, he seems so busy with his royal duties that he never had a time for Odette or even to care about his mothers birthday. He wants the best for his Kingdom. Odette wishes that he can be with her all the time.
Another villain arrives to the kingdom: It is Knuckles . A companion of Clavius and an old friend of Rothbart. Knuckles burns a camp of cereals and everybody is about to extinguished the fire. Odette helps her people. Derek feels so sorry because he didn't remember their 1st anniversary. He apologizes to Odette and he tries to do better and he says that she comes first and anything else has to wait.
The next day, Derek starts to look for the guilty who wanted to make a trap for him. He didn't want to Odette worried. But before he leaves, he recives a letter saying that his mother has been kidnap and he rides to rescue he mother. Clavius enters in the Kingdom to search for the Forbidden Arts.Odette transforms once again into a swan, flying to save Derek. Derek flees from all the traps that Knuckles had prepared. He even runs from a wolf ending up in a quicksand. Odette saves him just in time. Derek was horrified as he sees Odette transformed into a Swan. He was in shock and Odette says him that there's no time to explain and have to return back. Derek thanks Odette for saving his life. Odette smiles at him.
As they are on the way they see that Clavius has the Orb. As long he had the Orb Odette may be a Swan forever. They follow him along with Jean-bob, Puffin and Speed. As they arrived at the volcano, Derek tells Odette that she should fly to find out if his mother was okay. All of the sudden, he sees Knuckles in front of him. He nearly kills him again and Derek even saves him from the cliff. So he pushes Derek into cliff instead. Odette tries to distract Knuckles but soon she is at his hands. He ties her with his belt and tries to kill her also. Derek goes after them to rescue Odette. Knuckles was about to throw her from the Cable car. Derek jumps to the cable car. While Odette was about to get free, one wing was able to get out but Knuckles discovers that and throws her. Derek cuts the rope and catches in time. Arriving the volcano a huge fight is about to begin. Clavius almost kill Derek. Odette and her free Uberta. But before they leave. Jean-Bob was kill by Clavius. Derek takes the Orb to destroy it so Odette can be a Princess once again. Clavius tries to stop them, and during the struggle the orb is dropped, which shatters on the floor and causes a massive explosion which presumably kills Clavius and destroys the Forbidden Arts in the process.
Later, everyone is at Swan Lake, waiting for the moon to rise on Odette, who is waiting on the surface with Jean-Bob on her wing. When the moonlight touches Odette, she is transformed back to her human form and Jean-Bob revives. The gang celebrate their victory and Uberta's fiftieth birthday.
The next day, a guest (the king of Lincolnshire) arrives a day early, much to the surprise of Derek and Rogers. Derek asks Rogers to tell the king to wait as he plans on spending the day with Odette. The two then share a romantic kiss, happily enjoying their time together alone at last.
The Swan Princess III: The Mystery of the Enchanted TreasureEdit
In the third movie, Derek and Odette are celebrating the Festival Days. Jean-Bob is training to become a Prince for a day. But a Bird named Whizzer, a yakey-bird, was kidnapped by a Witch named Zelda, who was Rothbart's lover a long time ago, to know if the Forbbiden Arts are still in the Kingdom. Derek and Lord Rogers had found them but they did not destroy them because Derek will put them for a good use. Soon Odette finds out that Derek had been hiding the notes the whole time. He tries to explain it to Odette but she gets mad and she leaves him and she begins to work. Derek feels that Odette was right.
He sings a love song as he realizes how much he loves Odette and he would give anything for her. He can't live without her. He finally apologizes to Odette and she forgives him, saying she shouldn't get worry that he will destroy that after the Festival Days.
Zelda disguises herself to a Damsel in Distress to get the keys to find the Forbidden Arts and returns back to her secret lair. Lord Rogers was doomed as he called her Mean Muffin.
One night Whizzer steals the keys and Zelda get the box with the Notes and returns back to her lair. But as she get them she founds out that a piece of Paper is missing from the Power to Destroy. She writes a ransom letter to Derek which was written that she had kidnapped Odette in return from the piece of paper he had ripped. Soon within a green Fireball, Odette gets kidnapped along with Jean-Bob as a Stow-away. Odette says that Derek will come for her.
Zelda reveals her plan to a defenseless Odette. Whizzer leaves the letter and Derek read it and he he disovers his wife is in great danger. This time is goes about life and death. Derek rode to his Palace and he finds the piece of paper of the Power to Destroy. He says: "I fought the Forbbidden Arts before and I fight them again. But I am not going to lose Odette."
He rides to the place where Zelda is waiting. She transforms into the shape of Odette. Derek believes that she is the real Odette just like in the first movie. He gives the wrong Odette the missing paper and Zelda Transforms back into herself, and tells Derek that she will need Odette as an experiment to see if the Power to Destroy really work.
Derek and Odette's friends are coming to the rescue to save Odette. Derek arrives to the Lair and he sees that Odette has become a swan once again. With a huge stone, Derek and the Friends free Odette from the green Fireball that imprisoned her and Jean-Bob. Zelda was mad. She's got the Power. Soon a Huge fight is about to Start, and she let a red, destroying fireball to kill Odette. Odette tries to fly away with Puffin. But the fireball catches her.
Derek tries to break the wand in two while Whizzer imitates Rothbart. Zelda falls back at the green Fireball and she was killed. Sadly Puffin infoms Derek that Odette hadn't been able to escape and she was killed. Devastated by his dearly beloved wife's death, Derek breaks down and cries. He destroys the Forbidden Arts notes by setting them on fire. The flames take on the orange-and-yellow fiery shape of a swan, and Odette materializes, having been returned to life by the Forbidden Arts.
During the Festival Days, Jean-Bob wins the race, and is crowed to be a Prince for a day. The day was almost over when Uberta and Lord Rogers wins the first Prize from the talent show from the Tango dance. Although the dance ended in a disaster.
Derek and Odette watch from nearby, and Odette asks Derek to promise her that there is no more magic in the castle. Derek tells her "So long as you're here, Odette, there will always be magic," and the two romantically kiss, ending the movie.
The Swan Princess ChristmasEdit
In the fourth movie, he and Odette are celebrating they first Christmas together with all they friends and family. Odette loves all the decoration from Lord Rogers and Queen Uberta. Even the chimes when they played they song: Far longer than Forever. At the Castle, Odette looks at some of the preparations for Christmas Eve and Queen Uberta and Rogers gives Odette a list so she can prepare her own number for Christmas Eve which she agrees.
While worried of her number, Derek and his friend Brom are seeking for the Royal Christmas tree. They haven't notice that a black cat called Number 9 tries to lure Derek at the cellar where he should open the box so Rothart can come out to destroy Chistmas. The next is Ornament Day and everybody is putting all the decorations on the tree. One object is missing: The royal star. Derek goes to the cellar to find it, but when he sees the cat and sees also the box and he opens, at first it's nothing inside but than Rothbart begins to sing. Derek soon finds out that the cat had lured him here, and swears revenge to get Rothbart where he belongs.
He tells Odette all about what he had seen and heard. Odette notices that Queen Uberta and Lord Rogers are suddenly fighting for the Christmas Eve Party. Derek put in every place at the castle all the chimes, so that Rothbart wouldn't harm her because the Chimes makes him visible. Odette had another idea to break the spell. She takes Lord Rogers and Queen Uberta to the wood village to gave them food and gifts. This time the spell is broken and everybody wishes Merry Christmas and Odette says: Christmas Uberta is back and so is the Christmas Spirit.
Brom and Derek had made a trap for Rothbart so he can't escape. Rothart had another plan: Rothbart's last chance to ruin Christmas spirit is to sabotage the royal Christmas tree. He sends Number 9 to steal one of the Christmas lights, and Rothbart casts a spell on it that will destroy the tree. Derek learns of this plan thanks to Bridget, who has double-crossed Rothbart, and traps him inside a giant chime.
Derek rushes back to the Christmas Eve party to stop the tree from being lit, but they are too late. The enchanted light bulb bursts the tree and its ornaments into flames. Rothbart becomes fully physical, takes Uberta's crown and kidnaps Odette, taking her back to Swan Lake.
At Swan Lake, Rothbart turns Odette into a white swan once again and traps her inside a cage made of roots. He then casts a spell on the moonlight, so that when it touches Odette's wings, she will turn into a golden, swan-shaped Christmas ornament forever. Derek arrives to rescue Odette, and battles Rothbart, who has assumed the form of the Great Animal again. At first Derek is overpowered, but then Odette starts singing "The Season of Love" which weakens Rothbart until he eventually bursts into flames. With Rothbart defeated, Odette changes back into a human. Derek dies in her arms due to his injuries, which leaves Odette heartbroken. She sings again, and the mighty spirit of Christmas magically returns him to life and restores the royal Christmas Tree.
The Swan Princess: A Royal Family TaleEdit
In this movie Derek and Odette ran to castle to his mother. As Derek sees that his mother is playing dying and wants to have grandchildren to win another queen who also doesn't have any grandchildren and Uberta wants to have grandchildren before she's got one. Derek knows that what Odette was trying to say. Outside Odette hears the conversations and she laughs. But she also wants that Uberta has grandchildren too. So Derek asked to have picking with Odette but she had to promise to help the woodcutter. Meanwhile a group of Scullions Prepare a trap for the Swan Princess according to the legend. So they flew to find her. Odette and Derek were about to finish they work. So Jojo and Cutter the flying scullions trough some nuts on Odette's horse and it goes out of control and began to run away. Odette tries to get the reins but she was unable to catch it. She fall on the backside of her carrige and tries to clim back on her place but she sees a curves and she notice that she'll fall . But Derek who was following her came to safe her. As he safed her the ride of to return home. One night an Evil force( Also Called the Fobbiden Arts who lives in a cryistall in the forest cave.), want to burn Odette alive but he burn a house nearby and kills the father of a young girl named Alise. Derek and Odette recused Alise and her father but Alise father dies slowly but before he dies, he said to Derek that he should take care of Alise. Derek makes the promise and he dies. After, Alise's father was intered she goes with Odette and Derek to the caslte.
The Next morning Odette takes care of Alise and sympathies with her because she remembers how she loses her father also. Alise refuses to speak while everybody tires to cheer her up. One night Alise had a nightmare and Odette sings her a lullaby to make her feel sure that everything's all right, and she and Derek leaves her room.
So the next day, Derek and Odette decided to adopt her as they know that Alise has no living relatives. Derek is so happy and Queen Uberta is too.
But after a short while Alise is kidnapped by a group of scullions and is bought into the forest. Odette ride after the scullions and Derek follows her. At the forest there a lot of tramps. Mangler another flying squirrels hits Derek and suddenly a friendly scullions named Scully( called by Odette) helps Odette and Derek and they go to his secret cave where Scully explains to Odette about the legend and the Forbidden Arts. Derek soon recovers and they were making a plan to how to get Alise back: Derek drinks a sleeping potion the scullions believe his dead and they can the Glowing Stone safety. So Derek drinks the sleeping potion and the scullions take him away. But Derek Awakes too soon. The scullions were about to kill him. But when Odette appears she explain that she'll never harm them. She only has the power to love the girl and she only wanted to live to love her. Mangler hit Scully as he were about to expalin what he had seen in the cave. Cutter believe what Scully had told and the Other Scullions do the same. Mangler is ready to kill Odette but instead killing Odette he kills Jojo but he recovers soon by an antidote that Odette had it in case she would be killed. Puffin frees Derek and all the scullions believe in Odette and the legend began to change.
So all the scullions want help they new friends and to keep the Glowing Stone. But Soon the The Evil Force comes out of his cave and finally has the Glowing Stone and he destoys the Swan Princess. While Odette and Scully are on they way to free Alise Mangler were about to kill Odette but she soon get's saved by her friend. Odette was unable to break the prison where Alise had been imprion. At last Alise finaly speak and she tells Odette to break the crytall. But she couldn't do it. and the Forbbiden Arts appears to kill her. But Scully Sacafice himself. Afte a huge explotion The Evil Force was death and Odette and Alise were unharmed but Odette search for her by calling her name. A familiar voice was heard: "Mommy?" Odette hears it and she sees Alise unharmed and mother and daughter lovingly hug for a long time.
The movie ended as Derek and Odette represented Alise as their new daughter and princess.
Personality and Characteristics Edit
When he and Odette were little, they couldn't stand each other at all. When they got older, Derek fell in love with Odette. In some movies, such as the first, and the last two films, Derek appears as a person to have learned humility, honor, and courage to fight for the
swan woman he loves. Derek is also very gullible, which usually leads to more disasters, leaving him to fix what he caused.
In the films, he is voiced by Howard McGillan and Brian Nissen. In The Swan Princess Christmas, he is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal.
He wears the same outfit (a blue/indigo vest with white long sleeves and long boots), in every film showing a casual look, then a more majestic look when he battled Rothbart, and on a special occasion such as Uberta's ball, and at the end of every sequel movie, and finally a golden Swan like look at their wedding!
There is no doubt that Derek loves his mother. He even made a Birthday present for his mother in the Second Movie for her 50th birthday.
He made friends of them when they help him to return his long bow to defeat Rothart. He helps Puffin to get up injuries sustained from the Second Movie. And all work together to help each other.
His loyal friend who always gives him opinions like in the Third Movie that Derek should apologize to Odette for hiding the Forbidden Arts.
Is his new daughter along with Odette. He'll do anything to get her back and Odette too. He promised Alise's dad that he would take care of her .
Is Derek's Best friend, and a brother to him, and is very much as he says " If it weren't for me, The Great Animal would still be alive!". His childhood and companion was is along side. He had such fun with him. He often is seeing begin a coward sometimes. But in the end he he helps Derek to defeat Rothbart and watches his friend marry Odette.
Songs he's involved inEdit
- This Is My Idea
- Practice, Practice, Practice
- Far Longer Than Forever
- No Fear
- No More Mr. Nice Guy
- Princesses on Parade
- Far longer than For ever ( end Credits.)
- The Magic of Love
- Because I Love Her
- It Doesn't Get Better Than This
- We Wanna Hear from You
Hello Princess Odette. It's a pleasure to meet you (First Meeting.)
What have I done to you? Forgive me Odette (and he takes her lifeless body to his arms.) Forgive me. ( Odette: Derek?) And Derek apart her to see her. Yes Odette I'm here (Odette: OH Derek, I... I.. Feel so weak I think I'm... ( Derek interrups her not allowing her to finish her thoughts) No you'll live Odette. The vow I made was for you.( Odette looks up weakly to him and smiles to him and she says the most beautiful words to him before she dies in his arms by reaching her hand on his cheek: I love you Derek.)
What else is there?
C'mon Guys there're harmless.
Don't lose hope, Odette. Wherever you are, I'm gonna find you.
Yeah, that's not an excuse. I..I.. Do you hate me?( Odette: I don't hate you, but Derek I...) I'll do better Odette. I promise. From now on you come first.( I can see why I married you. You're good at saying your wrong) And Derek smiles at her.
(after Odette has died) I made the vow for her. Do you hear? THE VOW I MADE WAS FOR HER!
- Derek's hair has similarities to Questar from Dino-Riders.
- He has a similarity to Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid in case of falling for the Trap that Rothbart had set for him in the royal ball.
- Yuri Lowenthal also voices Ben Tennyson which makes Derek also similar to his childish behaviors as seen at the beginning of the first Swan Princess.
- He is also similar to Hawkeye and Green Arrow because both are skilled archers, and both go out with strong willed blonde girls.