Gaston has a reputation for being a great hunter who loves to kill things, because he enjoys the immense physicality of it – he is hot-blooded and takes immediate advantage of situations. When Belle refuses to marry him on the afternoon he asks her to, Gaston storms off to the pub, where he drowns his sorrows in drink, singing, and being with his friends, and then immediately devises a nefarious, cunning scheme to blackmail her into marrying him, by calling her father a coot and paying the man who manages the local mental asylum to come and take him away. Gaston, when he learns about the Beast, rouses a torch-bearing mob and leads them to the castle, where he intends to kill the Beast and ‘bring back his head to mount on my wall!’ His tactics are all self-serving and logical, but underhanded; using blackmail against Belle, by setting her and her father up to fall into a situation where he will have to get them out of it. Gaston also is patronizing and disinterested in anything intellectual (how can she read a book without any pictures in it? And why would any man want a woman to start ‘thinking’? UGH!). He assumes that his bravado, boasting, and charm will make every woman fall at his feet, and is angry when it doesn’t work with Belle. Because she’s the only girl not interested in him, of course she’s the one that he wants (because, as he admits, she’s the only other person in town as “beautiful as me!”). Gaston has no interest in anything other than what’s obvious, and no long-term plans or capacity to see how his actions are going to backfire (you can’t treat a woman like dirt and patronize her, and expect her to like you).

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Gaston is the embodiment of narcissism, a man so full of himself, he sets up a wedding to Belle and invites the guests before he has even asked her to marry him, because who wouldn’t want to be his wife, attend to his kids, and massage his feet after he brings home his latest kill? Rather than taking no for an answer, he looks for manipulative, diabolical ways to get what he wants (pursuing his goal) by going after Belle aggressively. He has everyone in town catering to his ego, he admires himself in mirrors, and sings a song about how wonderful he is to cheer himself up after a failure (which he doesn’t see as one, it’s a mere setback… Belle can be convinced to change her mind!). He has a strong sense of being amazing both from his 3 and his prideful 2 wing.

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