Jasper, a young Selkie, is the biological child of Ursula and King Zøg, making him the younger half-sibling of Queen Bean and Prince Derek.
His chaotic persona thrives on mystery, making him an enticing and intriguing presence that compels the audience to follow his narrative arc.
A gnome who only speaks in rhymes, his wit and linguistic skills bring an element of quirk and spice to the series. Often displaying a nonchalant disposition towards danger, Jasper serves as a reminder to us all: fear, after all, is a state of mind.
Jasper – Bear Boy
Jasper, a youthful male bear cub, boasts an unruly coat of deep red fur that beautifully mirrors the same vibrant shade as his father’s hair.
His large, expressive brown eyes, filled with innocence and curiosity, stand out prominently against his fiery mane. As a testament to his raw and untamed nature, his long, sharp claws and intimidating fangs serve as formidable tools of the wild.
- Ursula (mother)
- King Zøg (father)
- Queen Bean (half-sister)
- Prince Derek (half-brother)
- Bee-Baw (grandmother; deceased)
- King Xøg (grandfather; deceased)
- King Yøg (uncle; deceased)
Unraveling Jasper’s Linguistic Mastery
Jasper’s most striking characteristic is his penchant for speaking in rhymes. He employs an array of complicated rhyming patterns and puzzling riddles, infusing a distinct poetic flavor into the show’s dialogues.
It’s a unique quirk that adds to the charm of his character and underlines his idiosyncratic persona. His riddles are often puzzles within puzzles, necessitating the audience to lean in, listen closely, and decipher the cryptic messages hidden within his eloquent expressions.
Jasper’s Nonchalance: A Beacon of Calm Amidst Chaos
Amid the unpredictable chaos and adventures that define Disenchantment, Jasper remains a calm and composed. He often embraces danger with open arms, with a relaxed demeanor that contrasts sharply with the typical frantic response to peril.
This nonchalance, coupled with his playful riddles, adds a refreshing counterpoint to the fast-paced narrative of the series. His casual approach to danger, a curious combination of audacity and indifference, often catalyzes comic relief, reducing tense situations to bouts of laughter, thereby contributing to the overall light-hearted tone of the show.
During her time at Dreamland Castle, Ursula conceived Jasper. After her return, she secretively raised him as a normal bear cub in the forest. When a lonely Zøg sought her out, she revealed Jasper’s existence.
Though initially hesitant, Zøg ultimately brought Jasper to Dreamland after spending time together and Ursula’s disappearance. Jasper’s reception was mixed, welcomed by Bean, yet met with hostility by Derek, his half-brother. Their relationship improved when they found common joy in tossing Elfo down the stairs.
Despite their resistance, Jasper and Derek were sent to school with Bean’s Uncle Jerry. A mishap leading to the presumed death of an elf caused Jasper, Derek, and Freckles to flee to Steamland. There, Freckles betrayed them, selling Derek and Jasper to P.T. before getting caught himself.
Jasper displays a short temper and often reveals a jealous streak, particularly with Derek.
He displays a broad range of emotions, as shown when he believes Ursula had died. He takes pleasure in others’ pain, evident in his laughter when pelting Zøg’s head with pinecones and his amusement at hurling Elfo down the stairs.
He shares his philosophy with Derek: “If we work together, we can hurt people much more than we can by ourselves.” Yet, Jasper also has a shy side. He kept silent during his initial encounter with Zøg and hid from Bean when Zøg introduced him.
Jasper shares a strong bond with his mother, Ursula. His deep affection for her is evident in his distress when he believed she had passed away.
Despite their recent acquaintance, Jasper and his father, King Zøg, enjoy a fairly good relationship. Yet, moments of annoyance with Zøg surface occasionally. Jasper has expressed his exasperation, criticizing Zøg for his incessant chatter and bidding him a curt “so long fatso” during an exit.
The nature of the relationship between Jasper and Queen Bean remains a mystery. Their interaction has been limited, with Jasper’s only significant communication with Bean being an inquiry if she was “some kind of giant squirrel.”
Prince Derek, Jasper’s older paternal half-brother, had a rocky initial relationship with Jasper. The root cause was Derek’s resentment of sharing everything, including his bed, with Jasper. This sibling rivalry, however, eventually evolved into a bonding over shared interests like their mutual enjoyment of throwing Elfo downstairs.
- “Hey, Pig Spender” (background)
- “The Cabinet of Dr. Chazzzzz” (background)
- “The Unbearable Lightning of Bean” (introduced)
- “Spy Vs. Spy Vs. Spy”
- “The Goo-Bye Girl”
- “Bean Falls Apart”