Hedge von Rothbart is a powerful sorcerer and the main villain in the 1994 animated film The Swan Princess. An early player in the Disney vs. Non-Disney Villains War, he was one of Ruber's most trusted generals, often teamed with fellow sorcerer Rasputin.
Disney Vs Non-Disney Villains War
The man who would one day become the legendary sorcerer began his life as a servant to a wealthy land baron. During this time, the young Rothbart learned the great secrets of the Forbidden Arts. As the baron rewarded Rothbart's service with knowledge of the magics, Rothbart's powers grew amazingly quick. Eventually, Rothbart slew his former teacher, and set off on his own. He eventually ran into his future ally, Clavious. Together, the two dominated the land with their magics. Clavios and Rothbart quickly disposed of King William, who sought to end the two sorcerer's reign of terror. After this, Rothbart set his sights on William's daughter, and attempted to make her his queen. She refused, and an enraged Rothbart slew both her and her lover, Prince Derek.
As Rothbart and Clavious continued to create chaos, they were approached by a sorceress known as Zelda. Rothbart, impressed by her powers, invited Zelda to join their alliance, and the three created a powerful triad. Zelda and Rothbart quickly became lovers, much to Clavious' jealousy. However, the three continued to have their way with the land, until amazingly, it seemed that all that was considered good in the world quickly vanished, leaving only those of evil heart walking the planet.
Rothbart quickly decided to have his group set off to deal with Judge Claude Frollo, who had sworn a bloody vendetta against all with knowledge of the black arts....
Practicing sorcery in northern Europe, Rothbart was targeted quickly by Judge Claude Frollo of France, as was Rothbart's plan. Rothbart and his minion Bridget were captured by Frollo's soldiers and taken back to Paris for execution, but the cunning sorcerer used his magic to escape. Transforming himself into a beast form called "the Great Animal", Rothbart attacked Frollo and threw him from the top of Notre Dame Cathedral, although the Judge somehow survived, unknown to Rothbart.
Death of an Old Friend
Although successful in his fight with Frollo, Rothbart was concerned that a more powerful enemy might try to kill him. Contacting his former ally Clavious, Rothbart ordered him to seek out the Forbidden Arts, an orb of incredible magic power. Clavious planned to betray his estranged partner, but was ultimately killed when Jafar also tried to claim the Forbidden Arts, which was destroyed in the battle.
Joining Forces With Rasputin
Distressed after this, and fearing the power of Chernabog as he laid waste to much of Europe, Rothbart contacted his fellow sorcerer Rasputin, proposing an alliance. Both men set out to battle Chernabog, and their combined talents destroyed much of Chernabog's demon army. However, the Black God himself proved too powerful, and the sorcerers were forced to retreat back to Rasputin's base. Here, the Magic Mirror once belonging to Queen Grimhilde revealed the existence of another demon, the Emperor of the Night, who might be able to stand a chance against Chernabog. Summoning the Emperor, Rothbart and Rasputin watched as the demon banished Chernabog from the mortal plane.
Loss and SuccessNot long after this victory, Rasputin, impressed with his new ally, introduced Rothbart into Ruber's alliance. Here, Rothbart volunteered the services of his lover Zelda to acquire a mysterious potion crucial to Ruber's plans, only to lose Zelda when she fell in battle with the potion's current owner, Yzma. Later participating in Ruber's campaign against the Horned King, Rothbart teamed with another sorcerer, Zigzag, to defeat the King's barbarians. After the Horned King fell, Zigzag defeated Yzma and claimed the potion for Ruber, avenging Zelda's death.
The Battle of Egypt
Although eager to finish what he started upon learning Frollo was still alive, Rothbart was sent to Egypt instead while Ruber's alliance launched an assault on Paris. Here, he provided important magical backup for Pharaoh Rameses and the free Egyptian army, countering the spells of Maleficent and Lady Tremaine. During the siege of Thebes, Rothbart used his powers to transform the weapons of Maleficent's goons into harmless bubbles, and turned Maleficent's raven Diablo to stone. Maleficent fled as her forces crumbled before the Egyptians, and Rothbart decided to pursue her.
Tracking the "Mistress of All Evil" back to Forbidden Mountain, Rothbart fearlessly strode into the castle. Maleficent sent her goons against him but, Rothbart easily defeated them with ease, only for Maleficent to take on her dragon form. To counter this, Rothbart once more turned himself into the Great Animal, but this time, he was severely outmatched. Avoiding the dragon's flames, he took to the skies in an attempt to attack the dragon's long neck, but Maleficent mauled her attacker, who plunged from the sky and exploded as his magic backfired.
Disney Vs Non-Disney Villains War - Part Two
However, Rothbart is not assumed dead. Even though, his fight with the Mistress of All Evil, costs his dear life, his last remnants manage to escape from her wrath, eventually being locked in a treasure box. During the events of the second war, the box is retrieved by the warlock, Hordak. Since Hordak doesn't have a concern about the box's usefulness, he sends his ally, Lady Tremaine, to the CGI Universe, to deliver the box to Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, as a token of his good appreciation. The box is kept, under the eye of the Seeker of Darkness, for the rest of the war.
Disney Vs Non-Disney Villains War - Part Three
No More Mr. Nice GuyRothbart makes his enact full appearance in the third war, by being released in the CGI Universe, though only in his ghost form. After the box switches hands to Kadaj and his teams of Remants, after Demyx, the disciple of Ansem, falls to the team, it is eventualy brough before Kadaj's master, Malthazar. Curious of the box's precious value, Malthazar opens the box, releasing the Ghost of Rothbart, from it's eternity prison. Rothbart is back again in the game.
Disney Villains War 3
Rothbart is one of the fewer Non-Disney Villains, who break the barrage of the tournament rules, as he enters the conflict of the Disney Villains War. After he learns of the Horned King's dominance on Europe, Rothbart travels to the King's domain and declare his loyalties to the lich king. He also attents the execution of Princess Azula, also a Non-Disney Villain, the only left royal member of the East's tribe. He does not make another appearance in the tournament, afterwards.
Non-Disney Villains Tournament
Patience is a Virtue
Rothbart forms an alliance with Saruman and Lord Maliss at the beginning of the tournament. When Maliss demands justice for the deaths of Clavious and Zelda, killed earlier in the war, Rothbart suggests that the alliance wait it out and investigate rather than act hastily. As Rothbart
investigates, he finds that Nightmare Moon is a promising suspect. He sends Maliss after her; negotiations break down and Maliss kills the pony.
When Saruman stops coming to meetings, both Rothbart and Maliss grow suspicous of him. To avoid the problems and get his allies back, Maliss decides to gather the secrets of time travel from a being called Nox. But Maliss dies in the attempt. In order to replenish the ranks, Rothbart adds the Wicked Witch of the West to his group. The two new allies prove to be the only ones left, as Saruman turns traitor.
Rothbart adds Hex, Charmcaster, and Zigzag to his number, so to create a wizard faction anew. Hearing of an attempt to free the Four Eastern Demons, Rothbart heads out to destroy their most prominent apprentices, the Foot Mystics. During the battle, Rothbart knocks the Fire Mystic into a pool of water, extinguishing him so that Zigzag can kill him.
New Dimension, New Enemies
Suspicious that a great evil is rising, Rothbart travels to the CGI dimension in order to combat the threat. He realizes that much of the chaos in this realm is the result of Pitch Black's scheming. Wandering around so to find Pitch, Rothbart soon comes across Mandrágora, one of Pitch Black's acolytes. Knowing he must destroy her, Rothbart transforms into the Great Animal and kicks the insectoid fairy to the ground. Mandrágora recovers, binding the Great Animal down to the earth. Rothbart transforms back into his regular body, casting many curses at Mandrágora. These have little effect. Realizing what he must do, Rothbart overloads Mandrágora, blowing the fairy up.
Knowing he'll need help to win the war, Rothbart joins forces with Prince Charming, a CGI player already devoted to stopping Pitch Black. He breaks into Pitch Black's prison and frees Charming's mother, the Fairy Godmother, to help him win the war. The two grow fearful, as they sense an evil far more powerful than Pitch.