Friendly and helpful, despite being the smallest creature in the movie, he has the biggest heart. His true love is the Evening Star he calls Evangeline. Some of Ray's loves include music, singing, and entertaining guests of all kind. The firefly was also shown to have no real fear; he helped fight off the frog hunters attacking Tiana and Naveen, as well as taking on Facilier's shadow demons all by himself. Ray is also extremely generous and agrees to help Tiana and Naveen without any reward expected (though he receives one unexpectedly nevertheless). Though undeniably sweet, he is rather eccentric, often shown to be very excitable, in spite of serious situations. Also, when angered, his golden light becomes a bright red color.
As mentioned above, he is in love with Evangeline, the Evening Star, seeing her as a goddess and proves to be quite attached to her. Though it appeared she was nothing more than a star, fireflies were revealed to become stars once they die, heavily implying that Evangeline was once an actual firefly who eventually passed away. Though, despite her death, Ray's love for her continues to shine brightly.
In spite of being rather eccentric, Ray proves to be quite intelligent and wise, also appearing to be quite older than the rest of the main cast (with the obvious exception of Mama Odie). With his wisdom, he acts as, not only a good friend, but a father figure to Tiana several times throughout the film, specifically through Tiana's more emotional moments as a frog.
In "The Princess and The Frog"Edit
One day in New Orleans, a handsome prince named Naveen was turned into a frog by a witch door named Doctor Facilier. Thinking she was a princess, Naveen kissed a girl named Tiana in an attempt to break the spell. However, all this does is turn Tiana into a frog as well. The two eventually end up in the bayou, meeting Louis the alligator who decides to assist the two frogs by taking them to Mama Odie to break the curse. When Tiana and Naveen's frog instincts kick in, they attempt to eat Ray. However, they embarrassingly fail, having their tongues end up tied together. Spotting this, Ray flies over to help. After they are free, Ray introduces himself. With everyone greeted, Tiana and Naveen explain to Ray that they're actually human and that they need to find Mama Odie to break the curse put upon them by the evil Facilier.
Ray realizes they're going in the wrong direction (as a result of Louis) and offers to lead the way, with the brief help of his firefly family. Soon enough, the friends are off. Eventually, Ray offers to take them the rest of the way, allowing his family to return home. As they continue on, Ray tells Tiana, Naveen, and Louis about his girlfriend, Evangeline. After the romantic description, the group is attacked by frog hunters. Ray tries to fend them off, but one of the hunters defeats the firefly, rendering him unconscious for the rest of the battle, which is fortunately won by Tiana and Naveen. The firefly is soon revived by Louis, who managed to injure himself during the battle, putting the journey on a stand still.
Whilst Ray tends to Louis' wounds, Tiana and Naveen fix up dinner for the group. Afterwards, Evangeline appears, having Ray starstruck as he sings a balled about his beloved. During said balled, Naveen and Tiana begin falling for one another, much to Ray's happiness. The firefly, as well as Louis, begins setting a mood for the two frogs, helping them realize their feelings. Unfortunately, the romantic moment is cut short when a hoard of demons sent by Doctor Faciler attack and capture the prince. The group is soon rescued by Mama Odie, however, who takes them to her home; a boat in a tree. Mama Odie informs Naveen and Tiana that the only way for them to become human again is for Naveen to be kissed by Charlotte La Bouff (Tiana's best friend), who has been made the Princess of Mardi Gras.
Ray accompanies the friends back to New Orleans, and in during which, Naveen finally reveals his feelings for Tiana to Ray, much to the latter's joy. Afterwards, Ray accidentally tells Tiana, though she only brightens up upon hearing the news, prompting her to go out and look for the prince to proclaim their love once they docked in New Orleans. However, unbeknownst to Ray, Louis, and Tiana, Naveen was kidnapped by Facilier's demons and imprisoned. It turns out, the evil doctor wants to steal the fortune of Charlotte La Bouff, making him the wealthiest man in New Orleans. To do so, he has his minion, Lawrence, disguise himself as Naveen via magic to marry Charlotte, thus inheriting her father's fortune.
Unfortunately, the master plan was near completion as Tiana and Ray come across Charlotte and what appeared to be Naveen on a parade float about to marry. Feeling Naveen's betrayed their love, a heartbroken Tiana leaves the scene. Ray tries to talk her through the moment, but she snaps, calling Evangeline nothing more than a star, telling Ray to open his eyes before he gets hurt. This drives the firefly to tears, but Ray refuses to believe her, and instead goes to reveal the truth. Ray discovers the Naveen about to marry Charlotte is actually a phony, and heroically finds the real Naveen, frees him, and puts a stop to Facilier's plot. However, it turns out Lawrence's disguise is activated by a voodoo talisman. Rays steals the trinket and rushes it to Tiana as Facilier summons his demons to stop him.
After handing it over to the woman, Ray fights off Faciler's demons, but the evil doctor soon arrives and
fights off the Shadow Demons.Unfortunately, Facilier catches Ray by surprise and swats him out of the air, stunning him and then crushes Ray, fatally wounding him. Ray's wounded body is recovered by Louis, who takes him to safety. After Faciler's demise through the heroism of Tiana, the latter reunites with Naveen, but the midnight deadline has already expired, leaving the two to remain frogs forever. Nevertheless, the couple decides it doesn't matter, so long as they could be together. Just then, Louis arrives with Ray in his palms. The tragic news is delivered and Ray gives his finally farewell before peacefully passing away.
A funeral is held for the firefly in the bayou with his family, Tiana, Naveen, and Louis. As they all mourn the death of their friend, a bright new star appears in the night sky right next to Evangeline, identified as Ray. The firefly family cheers ecstatically for their relative, and all's well, as Ray finally received his longing wish to be with his true love.