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Gaston is the main antagonist in Disney's 2017 Beauty and the Beast. He is portrayed by Luke Evans.

Gaston is strong and handsome, and is all too aware of this. He is hailed as a local hero, desired by many of the young women of his village (he is even described as “cute, dreamy and handsome”) but he is really boorish, uncultured and egotistical. However, despite these negative qualities, he is far from stupid or brainless as Belle claims.

In this version, Gaston is a perfect example of a sociopath. He acts civil and polite to Belle and never doubts her intelligence, and offered to help Maurice rescue Belle. However, all of these good deeds he does are done purely for his own benefit, and he sees Belle as nothing more than a prize to be won. Also he sees people as nothing more than tools in his plans and discards them when they have run out of use. Examples being, when Maurice refuses to give Gaston his blessing to marry Belle (which was Gaston's motivation in helping Maurice), Gaston leaves him to be eaten by wolves. And finally using LeFou as a human shield in the climax and leaving him to die once he served his purpose.

Gaston is the absolute anti-thesis of Beast. Although Gaston is physically handsome, he is very psychopathic, atrocious, shallow, completely self-centered, not very bright, and thrives on attention. However, when his ego is bruised he becomes a very dangerous foe for Beast, Belle and Maurice.

However, in this film, Gaston will be portrayed as a former soldier prior to his career as a hunter due to a portrait of him standing over fallen soldiers in the tavern.

Gaston is a war hero on top of having good looks and hunting/fighting skills, which goes further in explaining why someone so obnoxious is so beloved and trusted by the townsfolk.

Gaston undergoes this with regards to his villainy, possibly to avoid his animated counterpart gets. In this version Gaston has been harassing Belle for quite some time when the action proper begins, to the point that she avoids him whenever she can, and the villagers' admiration of him is partially out of obligation to his war heroics. He snatches an alms cup from a beggar just to check his reflection in it before his first on-screen conversation with Belle, and in his second conversation tells her that she's doomed to become a beggar herself if she doesn't get married. Later, before he tries to have Maurice institutionalized, he tries to kill Maurice by tying him to a tree in the cold woods and letting him die of exposure at best, the wolves at worst.

Gaston later convinces the villagers that the Beast is a man-eating monster. He locks up Belle alongside her father when he realizes she loves the Beast and subsequently rallies the villagers to join him in storming the castle. Gaston abandons LeFou during the battle. He shoots the Beast with his gun after finding him heartbroken. When Belle arrives at the castle, Gaston gloats, but soon the Beast subdues him after a harsh fight but eventually spares his life and orders him to leave. The Beast leaps across to join Belle, only to be fatally shot from behind by Gaston, mortally wounding him. Before Gaston can celebrate, the footbridge on which he is standing crumbles and falls to his death.

It is also implied that this incarnation of Gaston, he is far more 'damaged' than the original. In an interview, Luke Evans pointed out that Gaston struggles with PTSD symptoms. And in an era prior to proper psychological aide-- this makes him come across as far more violent and fury-prone than his animated counterpart. However, it should be noted that he's not as anti-literature as animated Gaston. Going so far as to mention (in the novel) that he's read several books, especially during the war.

Personality

Gaston's view of women is extremely sexist, and while he appears charming to all of the other women of the village, such as the Bimbettes (who, being products of an upbringing in the village, grew-up to see nothing wrong with Gaston's behavior, completely mesmerized by his handsome face), Belle is the only woman in the entire town to be able to see him for what he really is from the start of the film on. He believes that women should not be able to think for themselves or even get ideas, and even stamps Belle's book into the mud in an attempt to get her to focus on "more important things" (namely, himself). Because of this, Gaston's attempts to charm Belle always fall flat because of his chauvinistic and boorish behavior. His sexism is also shown by the fact that he does not seem to even consider the possibility of fathering any daughters, as he states he wants "six or seven strapping boys" like himself.

Gaston suffers from obsessive love which is shown by his intense infatuation with Belle. Indeed, he is so obsessed with her that he ignores all the other pretty women in the village who would be happy to be his "little wife", even ironically, those who technically matched Gaston's standards of how women should behave. When Gaston is singing about wanting to marry her in the opening song, he says "When I met her, saw her, I said she's gorgeous and I fell", implying that he fell in love for Belle at first sight. The Marvel Comics serial likewise strongly implied that he had feelings for Belle since they were children. These facts imply that another reason for his relentless pursuit of Belle is to satisfy his pride which may have have hurt by her resistance to him. Gaston is also adulterous (at least in the musical), as he states to Claudia and her sisters that his "rendezvouses" with the girls will continue after he marries Belle, which makes it clear that he does not know or care that marriage is a one-woman commitment or that is it supposed to be based on love and affection rather than ownership of property.

Notably, at the start of the film, Gaston did not seem truly evil. Rather, he was simply conceited, male-chauvinistic, boorish and rude than a true villain, but as time goes on his pride and obsession with Belle becomes so intense that it turns him into a twisted, sadistic and murderous monster. His speech to get the mob to kill the Beast in order to protect the village is nothing more than a ploy to get them to help him infiltrate the castle. Gaston does not care about the village very much, even if he genuinely does believe that the Beast is a threat. All he wants is to kill his rival so he can have Belle as his property. By the time of his death, Gaston feels that if he can't have Belle, nobody can.

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Egotistical nature.

He relishes power and wields it without fear, patience, or mercy. Gaston is the perfect personification of evil and cruelty in town -- a satanic and monstrous man. He is a self-interested sociopath who is the corrupt mastermind behind a massive lucrative blackmailing business. Gaston had a crazy reputation in Villeneuve. He was a vicious man, and put on a facade to everybody and his evil vibe will travel with everyone as the movie progressed. He will go to any length to get what he wants, even if it involves bribing or murdering others. He is very conservative, narrow-minded, and misogynistic to the extent that he disapproves of women reading because he regards ideas as dangerous to them, and believes that women's only purpose in life is to serve men.

Gaston is a well-loved man. That makes him extremely dangerous -- he has the entire town on his side. Gaston has excellent hunting skill, which makes him popular (especially the butchers). Gaston combines two common Disney villain characteristics -- foppishness and hunting. Because Gaston is very handsome and muscular, he is also well-respected in the village as he was able to rouse a mob to help him kill Beast. This shows that he is also vengeful, since he suspected that Belle (whom he wanted to marry) had feelings for Beast. Despite Belle calling him "brainless", he is not stupid, as he can come up with clever plans to get what he wants.

Physical Appearance

Gaston possessed an extremely athletic build, a double square chin, and possessed a handsome appearance. His black hair was long and tied with a red band into a ponytail. He possessed icy blue eyes. He generally wore yellow hunting gloves, although he discarded them by the midpoint but wore them again towards the end of the film. He also wore a red tunic and black tights, alongside boots. He mainly carried a quiver of arrows on his back and wore a cape during cold evenings and his final battle with the Beast. He also had a lot of hair on his chest.

During the failed wedding attempt, Gaston wore a red tailcoat trimmed with gold fabric, a waistcoat, black ribbon tie, breeches and even black boots, and also had white tights.

As a child, his hair was slightly disheveled with its ends standing on top, although he retained the ponytail. In addition, he possessed freckles, and his outfit consisted of a shirt, pants, and elf-shoes.


Role in Film

Gaston first appears riding on a horse on a hill with LeFou in "Belle". Gaston explains how he declares his love for Belle and about his time during the war. He says it felt like he was missing something and that Belle was the only one who understood him.

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Trivia

  • During his first appearance in the song 'Belle', Gaston is wearing a military uniform. Through historical facts and timeline speculation, many fans agree that Gaston fought for France in the Seven Year's War (1756-1763). The events of the film take place twelve years after 'the war'. Placing the date as early as 1768, but more than likely in the range of 1775 -- just one year before the American Revolution, and fourteen prior to the French Revolution.
  • In the novelization, Gaston is referred to as a former Captain. This was his rank in the French Army.
  • Given the actor's age during filming, Gaston is presumed to have been in his thirties.
  • Gaston first defended the village against Portuguese Marauders when he was only sixteen-years-old. Shortly after, he enlisted in the Army and went off to war.
  • He's one of the few Disney villains who doesn't start as a villain, but rather becomes one during the film. He starts out as a rude, narcissistic buffoon, but seemingly harmless. It's when Belle rejects him that Gaston begins to do truly villainous things.
  • Considered the most attractive man in the village, and he's a narcissistic jerk.
  • Even though he is shown to be a high-grade jerk in the village, and makes no effort to hide it going by his song ('Gaston'), the villagers genuinely love him and don't follow him out of fear. This is part of the movie's message about not relying too much on outward appearances; Gaston's an oafish thug, but he's a handsome oafish thug, and the villagers end focusing so much on the latter that they miss the former.
  • Gaston goes through a darker version; he starts out as an oafish buffoon, becomes kind of a jerk, and then finally turns into an all-out, terrifying villain.
  • Gaston seems to expect Belle to just fall into his arms because... well, he's Gaston.
  • In reality however, Gaston is cunning and can be pretty good at manipulation when he really wants to. After all, he is the best hunter in the village and being a good hunter requires a great deal of smarts to track down your prey, predict its actions, etc. He does do some really stupid things, but it seems to be less because of him being dumb in general and more due to his massive ego overshadowing his common sense.
  • He's a sexist, controlling egomaniac, but he's not evil until Belle refuses him.
  • He's a controlling and arrogant egomaniac, but he's so charismatic that the people love him enough that in his Villain Song his vices are spun into virtues: "In a wrestling match nobody bites like Gaston." They unhesitatingly rally behind him to storm the castle and kill the Beast.
  • Public rejection makes him so angry that not even alcohol can make him feel better.
  • He appears to be a dumb meathead, and yet he easily managed to manipulate an entire town at the last minute. He also seems to know a bit of Shakespeare if the "sticking place" quote is of any indication, and has a large enough vocabulary to use words like "expectorating" correctly in a sentence. One gets the impression that Gaston has a good deal of natural intelligence, but he just happens to place no value in books and learning.