Is there really that much difference between Belle and Princess Peach? We may never know, because while we get one story from a point of view sympathetic to the captor, we get the other story from the side of the guy who’s murdering everyone who gets in his way. And then the story always seems to fade off right as Mario trounces King Koopa- only to pick up again later when Peach somehow has ended up in Koopa’s clutches again. I’m sure if Gaston had beaten the Beast, he would have cast himself as the hero, too.
I’m not saying who is in the right here. I’m just saying, maybe it’s not so clear-cut as we think.