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Isabela Madrigal

Isabela Madrigal is a main character from Disney's feature film, Encanto. She is the eldest daughter of Agustin and Julieta and Alma and Pedro's oldest granddaughter, she is the golden child of the Madrigals and the older sister of Mirabel and Luisa Madrigal.


Being the first grandchild of the Madrigals, she's described as the "golden child" of the family and is presented with a perfect and elegant image. Also, Isabela was gifted with growing various flowers and plants. Unbeknownst to many, she is pressurized by always keeping that constant image of perfection but chooses to remain silent about it. Isabela was then betrothed to Mariano Guzman due to their correlating attributes (such as their looks).


Isabela is Mirabel’s older sister who is smart and brilliant. She is so perfect that flowers start to bloom with every footstep she takes. This leads to a complicated relationship with imperfect Mirabel as everything Isabela does seems to be a success.

Diane Guerrero, her voice actor, describes her character: “Isabela was sort of given the role of kind of being perfect, and her gift is to grow, make things grow, plants and beautiful flowers. And so, I guess with this gift sort of came the expectation that she just sort of had to be perfect, and just sew, and make beautiful, and sort of, she uses it kind of like a defense mechanism, something that has worked for her for so long. But I think she discovers that, you know, when you’re growing up, and you’re an actual, real human being, that perfection really isn’t sustainable.”

Physical Appearance

Isabela is a young adult with bright hazelnut eyes and long softly curled black hair. Her complexion consists of rosy pink lips as well as light blush. Isabela wears a lavender pink satin dress layered with frills and decorated with flowers. Around her neckline, there is an embroidery of orchids, representing the national flower of Colombia. Her dress has short frilly bell sleeves and she also wears pink ballet flats with ribbon laced on her ankle. She has a pink orchid clipped onto the side of her head and has light pink colored diamond earrings.

After realizing who she really is, her dress is primarily dark indigo and she is stained with various colors such as yellow, green, red and blue. Her hair is also messy and the pink flower hairpiece is replaced by an anthurium flower. Nearing the end of the movie, she changes up her dress to have orange splats and yellow designs all over. She also has a streak of her hair in a deep turquoise color.


Isabela is a pretty girl, who is granted the magic to make flowers bloom wherever she goes. She boasts about her ‘perfectness’ to Mirabel, and constantly shows off by flipping her hair in Mirabel’s face. She is born into an extraordinary family, but she is the most amazing one in the family. Everyone thinks that she is beautiful, amazing, kind, and perfect, while only Mirabel feels that she boasts too much. We know that Isabela does not like Mirabel because she rolls her eyes when she sees her sibling.


  • Mirabel Madrigal: They both have a rocky relationship between each other.


Mariano's Proposal

Shortly after Antonio's ceremony, where Isabela and Mariano first met, her and Abuela agreed privately that she and Mariano would be a perfect match, This was somewhat, later announced at breakfast in which Abuela specifies about Mariano's proposal which happens tonight, as confirmed by Dolores. She also adds that Mariano wants 5 babies which shocks Isabela but conceals her surprise by acting all flustered. Later, when discussing about Bruno, Isabela warns her younger sister to make make a single sound at the dinner table.

On the night of the proposal, everything steadily and rapidly becomes disastrous with the spread of Bruno's prophecy and the magic going haywire. In the rain, Isabela hurriedly at her younger sister that she hates her while running off.

Embracing imperfection

When Mirabel enters Isabela's room to talk things out between each other, Isabela lashes out at her sister about how she ruined her "perfect" life and demands, rightfully, to her to apologize. Her sister reluctantly does so, but worsens things up by calling Isabela out for her selfishness and her entitlement. Hearing those offensive words, Isabela to angrily confesses that she didn't want to marry Mariano in the first place, only doing it for the family, further expressing the pressure about being perfect. Out of her anger, Isabela accidentally creates a cactus which she is stunned at due to its imperfections. She then opens up about her desire to be imperfect (What Else Can I Do?), and somewhat reconciles with Mirabel, by creating more exotic and carnivorous plants all over the town and staining her dress from the colorful fumes that emit out of them.

Powers and Abilities

Isabela possess the magical gift of growing beautiful plants and flowers wherever she goes and anywhere. Her plants can range from vines and roses to even figs and carnivorous plants. Isabela is mostly seen swinging on a vine, with flowers blooming around her.


  • Like each member of the Madrigals, Isabela was based on the archetype of the "perfect sister".