|films = Beauty and the Beast
The Enchanted Christmas
Belle's Magical World
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse |shows = Timon and Pumbaa (cameo)
House of Mouse |games = Beauty and the Beast
Disney's Beauty & The Beast: A Boardgame Adventure
Beauty & The Beast: Belle's Quest
Beauty & The Beast: Roar of the Beast
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Disney Princess Enchanting Storybooks
Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure |rides = Fantasmic!
Beauty and the Beast Musical Stage Show |animator = Will Finn
Tony Bancroft |voice = David Ogden Stiers |personality = Bossy, pompous, loyal, understanding, sweet, kind-hearted |appearance = Obese, clock face with hands for mustache, glass door chest (in his clock form), curly brown toupee, mustachioed (in his human form) |occupation = Beast's majordomo |alliance = Good |goal = To become human again |home = Beast's Castle in France |Allies = The Beast, Belle, Lumière, Mrs. Potts, Chip, Sultan, Maurice, Fifi, Angelique, Fife, Sora, Mickey and Friends.
|Likes = Traditions, singing, dancing, puntuality
|Dislikes = Speech interruptions, disobedience, being given rope because he is a clock
|powers = Chimes and the ability of move his clock hands |weapons = Scissors
Cogsworth naturally has a serious demeanor which is evident in his strict attitude in serving the Beast and ordering the other servants around constantly. However, Cogsworth does mean well and is as good-natured as Lumière is. He is Lumière's best friend and also a rival of sorts. Cogsworth's preference to abide by the Beast's rules often puts a severe strain on his friendship with Lumière, who opts for a more rebellious and care-free personality, but overall, he values his friendship with Lumière and sees him as a brother, demonstrated in the original film (when he saves Lumière from being melted by LeFou, Gaston's henchman) and the midquels.
On Christmas night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and asked for shelter. Because of her repulsive appearance, the master of the castle, Prince Adam, turned her away. She then revealed herself to be a beautiful Enchantress, and transformed Prince Adam into a hideous beast, because of his cruel ways. For further punishment, the castle servants were cursed as well, with Cogsworth specifically turning into a clock. If the Beast can't find anyone to love, and love him in return by the time the last petal of an enchanted rose falls, he and the servants will be cursed forever
A few years later, a man named Maurice lost his horse, and needed a place to stay during the brutal winter night. Cogsworth apposed the idea of inviting him in because of the master's rules, but Lumière went ahead and served Maurice anyway, with the other servants following along. Soon enough, the Beast arrives and imprisons Maurice. Cogsworth and Lumière bicker over the event, until they spot a girl, a young maiden named Belle, who is looking for her father, Maurice. She trades places with him as a prisoner, and Cogsworth joins the other servants in their attempt to help Belle and Beast fall in love to break the spell.
As time passed, Belle and the Beast have developed a close relationship. Cogsworth and the others decided to set up a ballroom dance to seal their relationship, but Beast frees her when Maurice becomes stranded in the woods looking for Belle. Cogsworth is the first to hear of Belle's release, and quickly informs the others. With no hope of becoming human, Cogsworth is fed up with the very idea of Belle being able to break the spell. Suddenly, an angry mob invades the castle to kill the Beast.
Cogsworth, and the other servants, battle heroically. Meanwhile, the Beast battled Gaston, the leader of the mob, and an admirer of Belle. He fatally stabs the Beast right before falling off the castle roof top, to his death. Cogsworth, Lumière, and Mrs. Potts, heads to the Beast's side. He dies, but Belle confesses her love before the last petal falls. Beast transforms into Adam once more, and Cogsworth regains his human form as well. He is last seen arguing with Lumière about who foretold the fact that Belle would break to spell first.
Though following the same general story as the film, one of the additions made to the musical would be a more elaborately detailed version of the spell with the object transformation being mostly gradual, as to make sense out of having human-sized versions of the enchanted objects. Over the course of the show, Cogsworth is starting to shift further into becoming more of a clock, developing a turnkey and driving further desires for the spell to be broken. A relationship with the Wardrobe would also be added, with Cogsworth having been an admirer of her opera performances.
Cogsworth and the others try their best to change the subject to no avail. Lumière and the others decide to go with it, but Cogsworth does not. While Lumière, Belle and the rest of the castle wishes to do a Christmas celebration without the Beast, Cogsworth out of fear wishes not to join the rest of the group in order to keep the Beast on his good side. He eventually chooses to join them in celebrating Christmas, but warns them to keep quiet so that Beast won't find out.
In the end, Beast finally realizes Christmas is a time to spend with the ones he cares about, and Cogsworth is very happy for him.
Cogsworth feels he is losing control over his staff, and demands their respect with harsh treatment. In the meantime, Belle convinces Beast to free the recently-captured bird, and he releases it once its wing is cured, but the bird, still too weak, begins to fall, and Beast rushes to rescue it. In the process, Cogsworth falls from the West Wing balcony and into the garden, but is unhurt, and learns that you cannot demand respect, but you can earn it by giving it.
Cogsworth makes a cameo appearance in the Timon and Pumbaa episode "Serengeti Western".
Cogsworth made numerous cameo appearances in the animated series House of Mouse. In "The Stolen Cartoons," after hearing a joke, Lumière gave Cogsworth a rough pat on the back while laughing, having Cogsworth's head dumped in his soup. In "Thanks to Minnie," he, Lumière and Potts watched Minnie run off in tears, leaving them wondering what happened. Later on, they saw everything was fine.
Cogsworth appears in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days alongside Lumière. Both Lumière and Cogsworth serve as watch guards of Beast's Castle, forcing Roxas and Xion to evade their sight.
On the first visit to Beast's Castle, Belle tells Sora to rescue Cogsworth and company from the castle dungeon. Upon doing so, he tells Sora about the Beast's curse and how they were imprisoned by the Beast. Then he and the others show Sora a secret passageway to the West Wing and the Beast's room - Cogsworth's job is to lower the lamps for Sora and company to light them. Cogswoth also moves the knights blocking the entrances to help movement for Sora and the others. When Sora, Donald, and Goofy fight the Beast to turn him back to normal, Cogsworth assists by making loud noises to wake the Beast up, with help from Sora's Keyblade.
After he is himself they go off to see Belle so that the Beast may apologize to her. Instead they learn that she is being attacked by a heartless. A battle takes place in the ballroom and the heartless is soon defeated. Belle and Beast reunite putting aside their differences.
Sora and company visit a second time while Cogsworth and the others welcome them to witness Beast and Belle's ballroom dance. Out of nowhere nobodies appear and a battle takes place. Oblivious to Cogsworth and the others, Organization XII member Xaldin has stolen the rose. Soon enough Sora and Beast regained the rose and peace is restored.
Cogsworth is shown at the Disney parks in parades and shows along with many other characters in the film. Cogsworth has his own topiary in Epcot during the Flower and Garden Festival in Spring.
He is seen in Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage at Disney's Hollywood Studios in the Walt Disney World Resort. Like the film, Cogsworth was very upset having someone in the castle but nearly had a change in heart when realizing a the girl, Belle has the ability to break the spell.
Parade of DreamsEdit
Cogsowrth appears as apart of the decor on the Beauty and the Beast themed float apart of the parade in Disneyland.
- The costume that Cogsworth dons during the battle to defend the castle is an obvious reference to Napoleon Bonaparte, a famous French general.
- He is visually referenced in the Shrek 2 film, when Shrek, Donkey and Puss try to escape the Fairy Godmother's factory, they accidentally leak a potion, two of the Godmother's henchmen are turned into Lumière and Cogsworth.
- An inanimate clock resembling Cogsworth can be seen on a table alongside a candelabra resembling Lumière in the ABC series Once Upon a Time episode "Skin Deep".
- Cogsworth's line, "Hearts, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep," was improvised by his voice actor, David Ogden Stiers.