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Voiced by: Bobby Stewart (first film; baby), Donnie Dunagan (first film; young), Hardie Albright (first film; adolescent), John Sutherland (first film; adult), Alexander Gould (Bambi II)The central protagonist of both films and the first novel, Bambi is a deer destined to grow up to become the next Prince of the Forest.
- Absentee Actor: While he's predictably present in the majority of his series works, he's notably absent from the Disney Bunnies storybooks in order to put the focus on Thumper. He's likewise absent from a few of the older Dell comic books starring Thumper for similar reasons.
- Adaptational Badass: Much spin off media from the Disney film, including the midquel and some comics and books, amp up Bambi's altruism, and show his physical prowess when he was still a young fawn.
- Adaptation Species Change: He's a roe deer in the original books, but was changed to a white-tailed deer in the Disney adaptation due to the setting being moved to America.
- Adorkable: As a fawn, Bambi is bashful, clumsy, and incredibly sweet natured. This aspect of him doesn't exactly leave as an adult, either.
- Artistic License – Biology:
- Bambi's anatomy is mostly accurate to how a whitetailed deer looks even when taking cartoon exaggeration into account, but the midquel shows that he has upper front teeth to clench with, which is something real life white tailed deer do not have—they have teeth on the upper jaw around (but not at) that area, hence why they chew with their cuds side to side. Presumably, this liberty was taken to make it easier to get expressions out of him.
- While Bambi does subtly age throughout his first year (most obvious when you look at one of the original model sheets◊), his aging is notably slower than that of a real life wild deer, which grow very fast and can reach a size close to that of their mothers in only six months, while Bambi stays the size of a two month old fawn all the way from winter into a few months in his second spring, and apparently doesn't reach the full size of a yearling until he's at least two years old.note Bambi also keeps his spots during his first Winter and doesn't lose them until a few months into his second Spring—real deer fawns lose their spots by fall to blend into the environment for survival.
- In the midquel, his antlers start sprouting while he's still the size of a small fawn, even though antler growth usually starts when a deer is much older and bigger—however, his tweaked aging in the films muddles this. Also, Bambi's antlers when he's a yearling and adult are closer to the look of Mule Deer antlers than a white tails.
- While real life deer do in fact bleat to communicate, Bambi's bleating in the midquel sounds closer to that of a sheep or goats rhythmical, vibrating bleat than the honking bleat of a real life fawn. While a fawns bleat can occasionally sound similar to them, they don't do that kind of bleat nearly as frequently.
- Bambi gets "twitterpated" in the spring, but the mating season of white-tailed deer is in the autumn.
- Babies Ever After: As an adult, he and Faline have twin fawns.
- Badass Adorable: As an adult in the original film, and in the climax of the midquel (while he's a fawn). Not bad for a little fawn.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He has a long fuse for sure, but push his buttons and he will show his ugly side—such as taunting him about his father or trying to make a move on Faline.
- Break the Cutie: Three times:
- Happens in the first film when his mother dies and his father tells him what happened.
- Happens again in the midquel, once Bambi's hope of his mother being alive get dashed, as well as getting berated by his father for falling for the hunter's trick. A second time occurs when, after spending much time bonding with his father, he discovers he is to be adopted by another doe, leading him to furiously call out his father for sending him away.
- Bully Hunter: Does this in both films (despite his fear) against Ronno's possessiveness towards Faline.
- Characterization Marches On: In both interpretations, amusingly enough:
- The sequel novel Bambi's Children (along with the Dell comic adaptation) depicts Bambi with a more warm and direct relationship with his children, despite the end of the first novel implying he would repeat the Great Prince's more distant and aloof methods.
- The midquel for the Disney film depicts Bambi as much more talkative and precocious as a fawn. Also, as a result of his mother's death and his aloof father adopting him, he is shown to be more self deprecating and proactive in proving himself. He is also demonstrated to have affections towards Faline even prior to the Time Skip.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Some time during the two-year Time Skip, Bambi and Faline realize that they are more than just old playmates.
- Children Are Innocent: Bambi as a fawn, especially in the original film.
- Composite Character: The Disney midquel's take on Bambi seems to borrow lightly from his son Geno's more humanised character in Bambi's Children, particularly his The So-Called Coward arc against a rival.
- Cowardly Lion: Which is expanded on in the midquel. He is deadly scared of Man, and not without reason, but when someone else is in danger because of Man, Bambi won't run away or stand scared.
- Curtains Match the Window: Big brown eyes matched with brown fur.
- Death Glare: When those iconic doe eyes start to furrow, you know some ass-kicking is about to ensue from this cute young deer.
- Deer in the Headlights:
- Quite literally in the midquel. As a result of his traumatic experiences with Man, Bambi is left paralyzed with fear whenever he spots hunters or dogs closing in on him. He overcomes it in the climax.
- Amusingly enough, his one speaking role in House of Mouse is comparing this trope to a stage frightened Shelby the Turtle, before getting stunned himself by Benny the Cab's headlights.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In the second novel, he bucks and scares off a young hunter trying to shoot his family, making him the one animal in the series to ever directly defeat Man.
- Disappeared Dad: Implied. Bambi is last seen as an adult, looking over Faline giving birth to their children, in the same manner his father did with his mother, meaning that Bambi might become a distant father to his kids as well. The sequel book Bambi's Children and it's Disney comic adaptation implies he will similarly still gain a bond with them however.
- Dork Knight: Gradually becomes more capable and heroic under the Great Prince's upbringing. His shy, clumsy side still remains however, even as an adult. He is most blatantly such around Faline.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Bambi's first appearance in a Disney feature was in fact not the first Bambi film, but the Walt Disney Studios tour piece The Reluctant Dragon. The film made fake "clips" of both him and Casey Jr. for the film to represent the two projects in production.
- Generation Xerox: Takes over being the protector of the forest like his father as well possibly becoming an absent father to his own children. Again, like Bambi's own father was to him. In the last shot of the first film, adult Bambi look almost identical to his father save for his shorter antlers. This carries over into the Dell Comic adaptation of Bambi's Children, where he gets a mean set of giant antlers to match his dads, but his fur and eye colors are different. However, the comic of Bambi's Children shows him having a more warm and direct relationship with his kids than his aloof father (though the midquel would retroactively mirror this).
- Guile Hero: In the midquel, when trying to evade some hinting dogs. He is too young to fight them off directly like he does an adult in the original film, so lures them into the forest's harmful elements (eg. Deadly Dodging two while in the tall grass, or dislodging a small avalanche while climbing a cliff).
- The Hero: The story focuses on Bambi's life. From his birth to early childhood to taking on Man as an adult.
- Heroes' Frontier Step:
- In the original film, him rescuing Faline from Ronno and a pack of hunting dogs was to establish his evolution from a sweet but cowardly and oblivious kid to a selfless and bold young adult and future Prince of the Forest.
- The midquel, however, sets it even earlier in childhood when, despite being broken over being sent to live away from his father, he chooses to rescue his adoptive mother by distracting a hunter's dogs onto him.
- The book "Bambi: Friends of the Forest" had an even earlier one (set when Bambi is still very young and his mom is still alive) where Bambi uses himself to lure an evil fox away from eating Thumper (the Great Prince soon intervened and drove off the fox), showing that even as an infant, he was a selfless person who always puts his friends safety before his own.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Thumper, who had been wanting to play and interact with him since his birth.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Kingdom Hearts utilizes this as a plot point for the Disney version's role, and it isn't denied in the films, either. He suffers much in life, but still comes to act on selfless terms.
- Kissing Cousins: With Faline in the original novel. Bambi and Faline are still listed as cousins in some licensed books based off the Disney version. Whether or not it's canon in the movies is unknown but it is never mentioned.
- Let's Get Dangerous!:
- Right before engaging in combat with Ronno for trying to separate him from Faline. He repeats this shortly afterward when taking down a whole pack of hunting dogs chasing after her.
- Repeated in the midquel when Ronno presses Bambi's Berserk Button by taunting him because his father sent him off to live with another doe. Again furthered afterward when Mena gets caught in a snare and Bambi skilfully deals with the pursuing hunting dogs.
- Lightning Bruiser:
- Like his father before him, the adult Bambi is very big and strong for his speciesnote but also quick enough to react to Ronno's trick in their battle and turn the tables before Ronno can gain an advantage.
- Even as a fawn, he was no pushover at his best, as he's incredibly fast and, as the midquel attests, can certainly put up a tough fight if needed. (Which is certainly factually correct, as even infant fawns are very physically strong, much more than they appear, and it is no exaggeration that their hooves are as sharp as knives).
- Like Father, Like Son:
- The end of the first movie implies that, as in the novel, Bambi became regally aloof like his father when it shows him standing besides said father, observing Faline and their newborn children from a distance. Bambi's Children and the Disney midquel reverse this around, humanising both Bambi and his father respectively into more direct and compassionate parents.
- The Disney midquel reveals the Great Prince to be something of a Stepford Smiler trying to hide his inner pains in a regal facade, with his Sink-or-Swim Fatherhood risking turning Bambi into the same. The silent gestures as Bambi puts on a noble front for his new carer make clear his father is aware of this, his Character Development galvanised shortly after.
- Made of Iron:
- In the first film, he took a direct (albeit unseen—the Dell comic adaptation claims it was his shoulder that got shot) hit from a hunter's bullet as an adult, but after being briefly incapacitated, was able to shrug it off in order to outrun a forest fire (with the help of his father goading him) and survived it in the long run.
- In the midquel, he manages to survive a high fall with no long term injuries, even though it seemed like it should have killed him (and for a moment it seemed like it did).
- Momma's Boy: As a child, he was shy and reclusive, preferring to stay close to his ever gentle mother. In the books she attempts to distance him so he can mature, something he resists at first. The Disney interpretation, never being weaned from her in such a manner, is hit harder by her death at first, though, after bonding with his father through this tragedy, he recognises the need to become more independent.
- Nice Guy: Bambi is thoughtful, polite, and heroic, although this is more pronounced in the Disney adaptation (especially the midquel).
- Official Couple: With Faline.
- Pale Females, Dark Males: Much darker in color than Faline.
- Papa Wolf: In the second novel, he directly opposes Man to protect his children.
- Pinball Protagonist: He is this in the first half of both movies, which is justified by his young age. Halfway through both, he does learn to take the initiative to help others and fend for himself.
- Protagonist Title: His name is the title of the book and Disney film, so of course he's the main character.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: A Trope Codifier alongside Betty Boop, considering theirs were the bases for Osamu Tezuka's, and by extension anime as a genre's, large eye style.
- The Quiet One: In the original film, Bambi usually emotes more from facial expression. In the midquel, while still more reserved than Thumper, he is much more talkative.
- Rage Breaking Point: In the midquels climax, he's at his lowest point when he's emotionally crushed by his fathers decision to have him move away with a stepmother. And then Ronno shows up and rubs the situation in his face purely out of spite. Upon hearing Ronno smugly say his dad was so ashamed of him that he "(gave) him away.", Bambi silently and uncharacharacteristally snaps and begins fighting Ronno one on one.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The reserved and quiet Blue Oni to Thumper's mouthy and loud Red Oni.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something:
- In the second novel, Bambi is essentially the king of the roe deer. His duties, which include arbitrating disputes among the roe deer and monitoring human activity in the forest, keep him so busy that his children Geno and Gurri don't see him for the first time until they are several weeks old.
- Though the Disney version doesn't delve into it much besides inheriting his father's duties, the young Prince's Character Development in the midquel is signified by him protecting a doe from Man and his dogs.
- Shrinking Violet: To an extent, Bambi is portrayed as somewhat shy and insecure, especially as a fawn.
- Single Tear: In the first film after learning his mother's fate.
- The So-Called Coward: When pit against Ronno in the midquel, Mena gets caught in a trap and begs the two to save themselves. Ronno runs away screaming, while Bambi lures the approaching hunting dogs away from Mena.
- Stealth Pun: In the midquel, he's shown to have an upper pair of big, rabbit like teeth. In other words, he's buck-toothed.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Not while he's a fawn and yearling, but as an adult at the end of the first film, he's almost identical to his dad save for his shorter antlers. And in the Dell Comic adaptation of Bambi's Children, adult Bambi looks exactly like his father save for his different fur and eye colors. This carries over to his son Geno in the comic and storybook adaptation of Bambi's Children, who looks exactly like Bambi did as a fawn.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the novel and first film, Bambi shows his new-found badassery after the two-year Time Skip by defeating Ronno in battle and managing to evade the hunter and his dogs despite being wounded. The midquel shows the leveling-up process in a fair amount of detail.
- Underdogs Never Lose: In the Disney films, Ronno is older, bigger built, more aggressive, and has larger antlers (or in the case of the midquel, has any at all), yet he can never quite manage to outdo Bambi.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender-inverted. Bambi will always protect Faline from danger, either from Ronno or Man.
- Warrior Prince: Grows into this when he takes on Ronno and Man to protect Faline. And like his father, Bambi becomes the next Great Prince of the Forest.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In the midquel, his desire for his dad's good opinion is a large pivot. Played around with, since his father blatantly cares for Bambi, but favors a distant, unaffectionate relationship due to tradition.
Voiced by: Peter Behn (first film; young), Tim Davis (first film; adolescent), Sam Edwards (first film; adult), Brendon Baerg (Bambi II)Bambi's best friend, a peppy little rabbit.
- Artistic License – Biology:
- He has padded feet, which real life rabbits do not have. Also, his nose is drawn as looking like a cat's nose as opposed to the "V"-shaped noses actual rabbits have.
- "A Day With Papa" says that Thumper does not have claws, even though even real life infant rabbits do have claws.
- Babies Ever After: Has a number of bunny daughters with Miss Bunny.
- Big Brother Instinct: Thumper is older than Bambi, so he takes to helping him out as he grows into a Prince, even helping him talk as an infant. Less prominent with his own younger sisters, who chase and bug him to the point of annoyance.
- Bratty Half-Pint: A downplayed nice version, but he can be annoying or impatient at times.
- Breakout Character: He is by and far the most popular character from the film next to Bambi himself. He is the star of his own series of books; "Disney Bunnies", and he even got his own merchandise line. He was also intended to have his own spin-off feature film and TV series in the Disney Afternoon block, though these ideas were dropped. He also starred solo in a few of the vintage Dell Disney comic books.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: An adorable, friendly rabbit.
- Canon Foreigner: Although Thumper superficially resembles the novels' Friend Hare (called simply "the hare" in the second book), his personality and role are very different in keeping with the film's Lighter and Softer feel.
- Character Tics: Thumps his foot to get someone's attention or when excited.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: A very minor one, but the story "A Day With Papa" states that, unlike real baby rabbits, Thumper (at least as an infant) does not have claws, just so he can't simply climb back down a tree he got stuck on and has to rely on his father to help him back down.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Like some Elementary and Middle School girls, Thumper is hyper, excitable, goofy, and talkative. His voice and prominent buckteeth help with the "goofy girl" appearance.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: This was already heavily implied in the first film, but it's in full throttle in the midquel. Thumper does everything to help Bambi connect with his father and greatly prefers his company over his sisters.
- Keet: By far the most energetic in the trio of him, Bambi, and Flower.
- Meaningful Name: Thumps his foot to get someone's attention or when excited.
- Mouthy Kid: Far more talkative and blunt-speaking than Bambi.
- Official Couple: With Miss Bunny.
- Outnumbered Sibling: All of his siblings are girls.
- Plucky Comic Relief: His main role in the original film.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The mouthy and loud Red Oni to Bambi's reserved and quiet Blue Oni.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: A cute little rabbit.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Disappears during all of Bambi's confrontations with Man and Ronno in the first film. Downplayed in the second film where he does briefly appear to help Bambi during the climax.
Voiced by: Stan Alexander (first film; young), Tim Davis (first film; adolescent), Sterling Holloway (first film; adult), Nicky Jones (Bambi II)A minor character in the films, he is friends with Bambi and Thumper.
- Adorkable: Even more shy and innocent than Bambi.
- Advertised Extra: Usually given billing on par with Bambi and Thumper, but gets a lot less focus than them in the films.
- Artistic License – Biology:
- Early in the midquel, he hopes the groundhog will see his shadow so he can have more time to hibernate. In real life, skunks do not hibernate, although they are generally inactive during wintertime.
- Also in the midquel, his smelly musk is presented as a foul smelling green mist typical of cartoon skunks, as opposed to the stinky liquid spray it would be in real life.
- Brick Joke: Flower's "Turtles are so scary" line midway through the midquel gets backed up at the end when Ronno winds up with a turtle clinging to his nose.
- Bootstrapped Theme: A small riff from the first film is arranged into Flower's Leitmotif in the midquel.
- Camp Straight: Despite whatever misconception you might have had, Flower is male, one who was even the first of the trio to have a girlfriend. When Friend Owl is discussing the "horrors" of springtime, he points to each male, saying "You! And you!" in turn. When he gets to Flower, he pauses for a moment before saying, "Yes... it could even happen to YOU!"
- Canon Foreigner: An original character for the Disney adaptation, created to help with the Lighter and Softer feel of the film similar to Thumper. Unlike Thumper or Friend Owl, he doesn't even have any loose counterpart in the novel, which takes place in Europe where there are no skunks.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Before he grows up. He has a very high, cute voice, and acts very demure and a bit shy, and would rather sit and smell the flowers than go on an adventure. After he grows up, his voice gets deeper, the first hint that he is actually a male, but he still looks effeminate. Mild size and colour differences are the only way to tell him apart from his love interest.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: They make him look even more sweet and innocent.
- Invisible Parents: We never see his parent(s) in the original film and its strongly implied that he lives alone, but the midquel has a parent skunk (implied to be his mother) make a very brief appearance early on, implying that Flower does have parents, but we just never get to see them.
- Ironic Name: A skunk named "Flower".
- Line-of-Sight Name: Sort of; see Only Known by Their Nickname below.
- Nice Guy: He's kind and friendly, if a bit shy. He's the only character in the main cast to show absolutely no malice towards any other character.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The infant Bambi, who has just learned the word "flower" but is still unclear on its meaning, calls the young skunk that, and the name sticks.
- Predators Are Mean: Averted. Flower is a skunknote , and is by far the nicest character in the series next to Bambi's mom.
- Pretty Boy: Anthropomorphic example; even as he grows older, he maintains his effeminate features.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Big time. For a cartoon skunk, Flower is adorable.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Disappears during all of Bambi's confrontations with Man and Ronno in the first film. Downplayed in the second film where he does briefly appear to help Bambi during the climax.
- Shrinking Violet: Very quiet and shy.
- Smelly Skunk: Averted in the first film, played straight in the midquel as part of a gag. It later becomes a Chekhov's Gag when Flower uses it to scare off one of the dogs that was chasing Bambi.
- Through a Face Full of Fur: Flower turns red when being kissed for the first time, the blush traveling from his nose all the way to the tip of his tail.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He has a fear of turtles in the midquel.
Voiced by: Paula Winslowe (first film), Carolyn Hennesy (Bambi II)Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Killed in the most famous moment of the original film, her death is the driving force of the midquel.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Downplayed. In the books, she was still a Nice Girl but applied some Tough Love to Bambi, mainly when she starts weaning him away from her. This was dropped in the Disney adaptation.
- Adult Fear: In both the novel and movie, she exercises extreme caution when going out into the meadow to make sure man isn't present to harm Bambi. In the movie, she becomes rightfully terrified when Bambi cheers out and impulsively tries to run into it without fear. And to say nothing of the parts where man does show up to threaten his life.
- Artistic License – Biology: The film purporsefully sacrifices a piece of the novels accurary for the purpose of making her character more empathetic and to make her death all that more devastating. Unlike the novel, which shows her actively weaning Bambi and leaving him to fend for himself when he's only a few months old (which is accurate to how real life does raise buck fawns), she keeps Bambi with her all the way from spring (the film implies its as early as April) to late winter, far longer than any real life doe would raise a buck before forcing them to become independent.
- Bootstrapped Theme: A choral instrumental of "Love Is A Song That Never Ends" plays when she appears in Bambi's dream the midquel, notably being the most significant (and final) use of the theme in that film.
- The Cameo:
- In the midquel, she makes a brief but plot critical, posthumous reappearance in a dream Bambi is having. However, Its left ambiguous as to whether it really is her or if its just a figment of Bambi's dreams.
- Along with a speaking cameo in the Donald Duck short "No Hunting", recycled footage of her grazing with Bambi right before she dies appears in The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, The Rescuers, and Beauty and the Beast. Ironically enough, as this blog points out, for having been one of their most infamous Character Deaths, Bambi's mother may be Disney's most frequent recurring character (across the films, at least).
- Childhood Friend Romance: In the midquel, the Great Prince recounts to Bambi of how she and him first met as fawns.
- Childhood Friends: Was friends with Mena since they were fawns.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Possibly the Ur-Example. Which was a result of her trying to get Bambi away from Man and to safety.
- Disney Death: One of, if not the most infamous aversion of this trope in Disney history.
- Dream Sequence: She briefly appears to Bambi by this in the midquel.
- Flat Character: She lacks a clear personality beyond being a generic good mother, and her only purpose in the story is to die to further Bambi's character development. They didn't even bother coming up with a name for her.
- Good Parents: In the both the book and the movie, she's shown to be a kind and caring mother to Bambi before she dies (even if she uses Tough Love a bit more in the novel).
- Heroic Sacrifice: She dies in order to get her son away from Man.
- Mama Bear: As stated under Heroic Sacrifice, she went as far to be killed by Man to give her son a chance to run to safety.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The dream sequence in the midquel where Bambi sees her again leaves it ambiguous as to whether or not it really is her coming back from the afterlife to see him one last time, or if its just a despair induced dream instead.
- Missing Mom: To Bambi after she is shot and killed by Man, leaving her son in the care of her mate, the Great Prince.
- Mood Whiplash: Bambi's mother's death scene is so memorable because the film had been much lighter and softer up until that point. Directly afterwards, there's a cut right into spring with joyful birds singing an upbeat song about the mating season.
- Nice Girl: In both the book and the movie, she is loving, kind, and patient.
- No Name Given: Her real name isn't given, everyone just refers to her as "Bambi's mother".
- Parental Neglect: In the novel, she gradually grows more distant to Bambi, eventually abandoning him for a time once mating season arrives. She does come back, however, only to vanish during the hunter's rounds in the following wintertime, where it's strongly implied, but never explicitly stated, that she was killed.
- Plot-Triggering Death: The midquel starts right after the Great Prince informs Bambi of his mother's death and her passing is one of the biggest subjects during the movie.
- Posthumous Character: In the midquel, where her death is the mainspring of its plot.
- Sacrificial Lion: She was a major character in the first part of the original novel and film, and her death is essentially the end of Act 1.
- Snow Means Death: A heavy snowfall begins as Bambi goes back out calling for her.
- Sound-Only Death: Originally, she was shown collapsing into the snow after jumping over a log, but it was scaled back to just having a gunshot sound right after a scene change.
- Taking the Bullet: Kept herself directly behind Bambi as they ran off to ensure his safety, taking the poachers bullet to save her son's life.
- Unnamed Parent: She's only known as "Bambi's mother" in the book and film.
The Great Prince of the Forest
Voiced by: Fred Shields (first film), Patrick Stewart (Bambi II)The wise guardian of the forest, the oldest surviving deer in the forest, and the father of Bambi.
- Action Dad: Downplayed. He warns the other forest animals when there is danger most of the time, but when it comes to his son, he's not afraid of getting violent.
- Adaptational Badass: The Great Prince is called that only once in the novel, where he's usually called "The Old Prince" or later, "The old stag"note .
- Adaptational Nice Guy: While his cold and aloof personality in the first film is consistent with how he was portrayed in the novel, the midquel has him go through a character arc where he gradually mellows into a more warm and affectionate parent towards Bambi.
- Adult Fear: Implied in the first film where, in Bambi's first encounter with man, he rushes up alongside the fawn and his mother to protect them. There's also Bambi nearly getting mauled by a pack of hunting dogs after being tricked by a deer call in the midquel (and also nearly getting shot by the nearby hunter), to the extent that he initially forbids him from leaving their den to ensure his safety until Bambi impresses him with a spectacular leap. And then there's Bambi luring another round of hunting dogs away from his would be step mom and then nearly getting killed by falling off a very high cliff, with the latter happening right in front of him.
- Anger Born of Worry: In the midquel, Bambi's well-being is an enormous trigger; thus, he uncharacteristically stammers and snaps at him when he nearly gets himself killed by a pack of hunting dogs:"What if I hadn't gotten to you in time?! You could have been... When I tell you, "run", you run! NEVER freeze like that!"
- The Artifact: In the novel, the prince title wasn't an indication of royalty as much as it was a catch-all term for full grown roe deer stags. Tellingly, he is called the Great Prince and Old Prince exactly once each in the book. The movies, while never directly debunking this note , seem to liken this aspect of him to a more literal form of royalty.
- Artistic License – Biology:
- While he's a white tailed deer in the Disney movies, his oversized antlers and thickened neck, complete with ruff, make his appearance closer to that of an elk.
- He is shown with fully-grown antlers in spring, summer and winter, and in spring again the midquel, even though deer shed their antlers and grow new ones every year.
- The midquel shows him having the same den (a small grotto canopied by a large, fallen tree) over the course of a few months, even though deer never have a consistent home or sleep in the exact same place twice in real life to evade predators.
- Also, its implied in the midquel that Bambi's Mother was the Great Prince's only mate and that he had a genuine loving relationship with her, whereas real life bucks sire multiple does per season and never interact with them outside of mating season, being attracted to them out of instinct rather than by personality or affection. Also note that this is a change from the novel (concerning Bambi and Faline mating), which more accurately depicted how a buck and does relationship works.
- Ascended Extra: He barely talks in the first movie. In the midquel, he is the Deuteragonist.
- Badass Baritone: Both Fred Shields and Patrick Stewart give him a rich, deep and powerful theatrical voice.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- Saves Bambi from a pack of hunting dogs in the midquel.
- To a lesser degree, he appears before Bambi to motivate him to escape the forest fire in the first film.
- In "Bambi: Friends of the Forest", he saves Bambi from the wrath of a hungry fox.
- Big Good: Seen as the protector of the forest.
- Broken Ace: He has an air of dignity and is the Big Good. He becomes the "broken" part following his mate's death, which he spends the midquel struggling to come to terms with.
- Character Development: Bambi II has him start off as an aloof, authority figure to Bambi. Over the course of the film, the Prince grows closer to his son, and as a result, more warm and open.
- Childhood Friend Romance: In the midquel, he recounts to Bambi of how he and his mother first met as fawns.
- The Comically Serious: A few jabs at the Great Prince's humorless demeanor are made in the midquel, especially in his attempts to raise Bambi:The Great Prince: A prince does not "Woo-hoo".
- Composite Character: The Disney interpretation of the Great Prince (particularly his characterization in the midquel) has shades of both his original novel characterisation (a stern, aloof teacher of sorts to Bambi who, underneath his tough exterior genuinely cares about him) and that of Bambi's more direct and fatherly characterisation in Bambi's Children.
- Cruel to Be Kind: In the midquel, he insists that raising Bambi like his mother is not his place, and completely against tradition. As such he attempts to remain aloof towards his son and sets upon finding him a surrogate mother. Despite Bambi being extremely crushed by this decision, he believes it is for the best for his son's upbringing, though starts to regret it later on.
- Curtains Match The Windows: He has brown fur and brown eyes.
- Defrosting Ice King: In the midquel, he becomes more open and fatherly to Bambi as they bond.
- Deuteragonist: He became the second main focus in Bambi II.
- Disappeared Dad: Zigzagged. It's true that male deer leave their children to be raised by their mates, plus it is his job to protect the forest. But, he took on an active fatherly role for Bambi after the death of his mate.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Like all the films' parents, he has no known name, but he does have his title.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's all for keeping the animals safe from Man, but he's also a Disappeared Dad and can be rather harsh and distant. Justified in that traditionally the Prince looks after the forest as a whole while the does are the ones who usually care for the fawns, a case of Truth in Television, so he's not used to hands-on parenting at first.
- Heartbroken Badass: In the midquel, the loss of Bambi's mother hits him extremely hard. Discussing her is visibly painful for him, and he at times appears to view Bambi as the only thing he has left of her.
- Hero of Another Story: A couple remarks he makes in the midquel (that he didn't make an impressive jump like Bambi does at one point until he got his antlers, that he was a lot like Bambi when he was younger), along with his status as the protector of the forest and his advanced age (Bambi's Mother explicitly says he's older than any other deer in the forest) imply that he's had his fair share of offscreen adventures over the years.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Elements of this are present in both films, but it's more obvious in the midquel. He's intimidating and aloof, but does care for his son and takes his job as a protector for the other animals seriously. Plus, he softens up over the course of the film.
- Lightning Bruiser: Not shown in the first film, but the midquel upgrades him to this; when Bambi is endangered by a hunter, he shows up to his rescue in seconds, and he effortlessly fights an entire pack of hunting dogs on his own, literally sending them running off in fear.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: The Great Prince turns out to be Bambi's father midway through the first film. The midquel (which takes place immediately after the death of Bambi's mother) also states early on that he is his father.
- Mad Libs Catchphrase: "A prince does not (do X)." in the midquel.
- Manly Tears: The sign of his full defrosting when he believes Bambi is dead in the midquel.
- The Marvelous Deer: Bambi's father is the Great Prince of the forest who guards the woodland creatures from the dangers of hunters.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The Great Prince does everything in a ridiculously majestic manner but somehow seems to do it all with his eyes closed.
- The Obi-Wan: Raises Bambi into a prince after his mother's death. Some of his tutoring is shown in the midquel (and put to use by Bambi during the climax).
- Papa Wolf: Despite his aloof parenting, he genuinely loves Bambi. A few of Man's hunting dogs found that out the hard way.
- Parental Neglect: In keeping with the semi-realistic deer behavior of the first film, he doesn't seem to have much to do with his son until his mother's death. This comes back to haunt him in the midquel, where he is left to care for Bambi alone.
- Parents as People: In the midquel. His handling is sympathetic and he genuinely wants what is best for his son, but his favouring of natural tradition and stern distant upbringing leads to some contention between him and Bambi.
- The Quiet One: He really doesn't talk that much, having about five lines in the original film. Similar to Bambi, he has far more lines in the midquel, despite keeping his reserved personality for the large part.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Namely, raising and protecting his son and heir, as well as warning other deer whenever Man is nearby and protecting them from traps the latter sets.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the novel, the Great Prince is last depicted leaving Bambi to die, presumably of old age. A similar transition of him departing as Bambi takes his place appears in the film, but the Great Prince's death is not directly implied. note
- The Stoic: In the original film. He's initially this in the midquel, too, but softens.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: His stern and serious personality can make him seem aloof and uncaring, but he has a soft side for his family.
- Unnamed Parent: As with many other characters. He is only known by epithets: The Great Prince in the films, and the Old Prince or simply "the old stag" in the novel.
Voiced by: Cammie King (first film; young), Ann Gillis (first film; adult), Andrea Bowen (Bambi II)Bambi's love interest.
- All Animals Are Dogs: She wags her tail and wiggles her rear like a dog during her first encounter with Bambi.
- Babies Ever After: As an adult, she and Bambi have twin fawns.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While she herself is pretty powerless against Ronno, she gets visibly angry with his bullying of Bambi in the midquel, and snaps at him to back off when he tries to make her leave.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She took a liking to Bambi practically from the first moment they met. In the original, he didn't reciprocate — or even encounter her again — until they were adults. The midquel makes it a point to flesh out their relationship.
- Damsel in Distress: Bambi has to rescue her twice as an adult, first from the unwanted attentions of Ronno and then from a pack of hunting dogs. A downplayed case as a fawn, where Bambi stood up for her as she was being bullied by Ronno.
- Dude Magnet: Both Bambi and Ronno have an interest in her.
- Genki Girl: As a kid, Faline was extremely hyper. Case in point, her reaction to Bambi saying a simple "Hello" to her for the first time is to squee in euphoria.
- Girl Next Door: Gives off this vibe, particularly in the midquel where her genkiness is substantially toned down from what it was in the first film.
- The Hyena: She was quite the giggly girl as a fawn. She gradually sheds this trope as she grows older.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Representing her friendly nature.
- Kissing Cousins: She was Bambi's cousin in the original novel. This is not true in the movie, obviously.
- Little Miss Snarker: A moderate playful example as a fawn, teasing Bambi when they first met and having a few unimpressed one-liners towards Ronno.
- Neutral Female: When Bambi and Ronno fight over her, she just stands against a rock wall and watches. Justified because female deer are perfectly fine with being battled over during the mating season.
- Nice Girl: Sweet, loving, caring, and likable.
- Official Couple: With Bambi.
- Off-Model: Her eyes are canonically blue, but they are brown in several scenes in the original film.
- Pale Females, Dark Males: Much lighter in color than Bambi. It's even more pronounced when you compare her to Ronno.
- Protectorate: Despite his timid streak, Bambi will always stick up for Faline.
- Related in the Adaptation: Inverted. The book has them as cousins, which is dropped from the Disney film.
- Satellite Love Interest: Especially in the original, she doesn't really have much personality (she appears to be a Genki Girl as a fawn but we don't know anything about her and loses even this trait as an adult), and sparsely interacts with anyone besides Bambi. The midquel fleshes her personality out a little more and gives her more screen time with the other characters, although she remains fixated around Bambi and is still often kept Out of Focus.
- She Is All Grown Up: She invokes this reaction in Bambi after they've both hit puberty.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Faline naturally prefers Bambi over Ronno.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Many fans misspell her name as "Feline".
- Stepford Smiler: Has traces of this in the novel, where she cheerfully and bluntly defines danger to Bambi and Gobo as "what you run away from" before going back to playing, unable to cope with the emotion of fear. The novel doesn't go deep enough to show whether or not she ever developed the repression problems that usually come with this trope.
- Weakness Turns Her On: Notably, Bambi never pursues her, romatically or otherwise; even as far back as their very first encounter (long before Bambi evolved into her Dork Knight), she's always the one pursuing him (or in the case of Ronno targeting her as adults, the one imploring him to intervene).
- Wise Beyond Their Years: In the midquel, she is more grounded and insightful, despite the ending also suggesting she is the youngest of the main cast.
Bambi's son and oldest child.
- Adapted Out: Due to Disney never making an Animated Adaptation of ''Bambi's Children, Geno only has a minor role as an infant at the end of the first film. Disney did produce a Comic-Book Adaptation which roughly follows his role in the novel.
- The So-Called Coward: After his cousin Boso starts antagonising him and challenging him to a fight, he initially refuses. After Boso goads him over, Geno reluctantly complies and defeats him in a secluded area (where he had hoped Boso would not get humiliated).
Bambi's daughter and youngest child.
- Adapted Out: Due to Disney never making an Animated Adaptation of ''Bambi's Children, Gurri only has a minor role as an infant at the end of the first film. Disney did produce a Comic-Book Adaptation which roughly follows her role in the novel.
- Damsel in Distress: Gurri is attacked by a fox at one point before a gamekeeper shoots it and takes the injured Gurri away. This is believed to be this trope in action as well, but the gamekeeper only kept her until she was healthy again.
Other Residents of the Forest
Voiced by: Will Wright (first film), Keith Ferguson (Bambi II)A mentor of sorts to the heroes.
- Ascended Extra: Appears a bit more in the sequel.
- Composite Character: Friend Owl draws traits from the second novel's characterizations of the screech owl and the captive horned owl, and has superficial similarities to the two owls present in the first novel.
- Cool Old Guy: If he's not in a grouchy mood, he's quite mellow and amiable.
- A Dog Named "Dog": He's an owl named "Owl". "Friend" might not actually be part of his proper named due to The Great Prince once referring to him as simply "Owl" in the midquel.
- Grumpy Old Man: Don't wake him up; at least, not during the mating season.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Friend Owl is something of a pompous crank, but seems to care about the youngsters of the forest.
- Jump Scare: Gets up close and personal with the camera twice in the first film.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Not very good at mentoring the heroes.
- No Name Given: Simply called "Friend Owl".
- The Obi-Wannabe: He attempts to act like a mentor, but he's not so good at it.
- The Owl-Knowing One: Played with. While something of a Know-Nothing Know-It-All, he seems genuinely knowledgeable in some areas. In the midquel, he is near instantly observant that Bambi would be in better care with his father.
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Voiced by: Margaret Lee (mother); Ariel Winter, McKenna Cowgill, Emma Rose Lima (sisters)Thumper's mother and five sisters (four in the midquel).
- All There in the Script: According to the Disney's Bunnies storybooks, four of Thumper's sisters are called Trixie, Daisy, Ria, and Tessie.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: All of Thumper's sisters in the midquel, who follow and cling to him perpetually. He is constantly trying to ditch them.
- Ascended Extra:
- Thumper's Sisters end up as supporting characters in the midquel complete with their own scenes, while they are mostly remembered for trying to help Bambi say "bird" in the first film.
- The whole family is in focus in the Disney's Bunnies storybooks. Papa Bunny even breaks from his role as The Ghost in "A Day With Papa Bunny".
- Big Brother Worship: All the sisters towards Thumper. They always want to play with him.
- Bratty Half-Pint: The sisters can act annoying to Thumper.
- The Dividual: Thumper's sisters all look and act identically to each other, to the point where both the midquel and Disney's Bunnies series drop the fifth sister with absolutely no change to the dynamic. They aren't even given individual names outside of the latter.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: His mother is Phlegmatic; his sisters are Sanguine.
- Genki Girl: The sisters are very playful and energetic.
- The Ghost: Thumper's father does not appear at all in either film, but is mentioned a few times, always by Thumper's mother when she reprimands him by making him repeat words of advice his father gave him. The Disney Bunnies storybook "A Day With Papa" averts this by having him appear in person.
- Good Parents: Thumper's mother is stern, but clearly a well meaning and caring parent. Thumper's father is implied to be this in the films, and its shown clearly in the Disney Bunnies storybook "A Day With Papa", wheres he's not only a very nice guy, but a very effective parent, not talking down to Thumper or even reprimending him when he disobeys him but instead telling him to never be afraid to ask him for help. And he clearly values his son's imagination and curious attitude.
- Kiddie Kid: Thumper's sisters are older than Bambi and Faline. However, while the latter two act more like adolescents by the Interquel, Thumper's sisters act pretty exactly the same as they did when Bambi was born in the first film.
- Mythology Gag: The midquel's Annoying Younger Sibling dynamic between Thumper and his sisters is ripped from a Disney storybook "Thumper's Little Sisters". Curiously there are also less sisters there than in the original film as well.
- Nice Guy: Thumper's father is shown to be this in the Disney Bunnies book "A Day With Papa". He has a very nice attitude and never gets angry at his son.
- No Name Given: None of his family members are given names in the films. Four of Thumper's sisters are occasionally named in Disney storybooks, though his parents remain Mama and Papa Bunny.
- Strong Family Resemblance: In the Disney Bunnies books, Thumper's father looks exactly like his son, just significantly larger.
- Sequel Non-Entity: The fifth, unnamed sister is inexplicably gone from the midquel (and the Disney storybooks).
Voiced by: Thelma HubbardThumper's future mate.
- Age Lift: Interestingly, a lot of Disney merchandise ages her down to pair her with Thumper as a child, despite only meeting him as an adult in the film.
- All There in the Script: She is referred to as "Miss Bunny" in merchandise, though is unnamed in the film itself.
- Babies Ever After: Has a number of bunny daughters with Thumper.
- Breakout Character: Despite only appearing in one scene of the first film, she is popular in Disney merchandising, especially in Japan.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Though they prove very seductive.
- Love at First Sight: Thumper is assured he will never be "twitterpated"....then he sets eyes on her.
- No Name Given: If "Bunny" is indeed her last name, then her first name is not revealed.
- Official Couple: With Thumper.
- Species Surname: She's a rabbit named Miss Bunny.
Voiced by: Brian PimentalA territorial porcupine who Bambi and his friends cross paths with during the midquel.
- Canon Foreigner: He's a new character created for the midquel, although his persona loosely takes inspiration from accounts in the original Bambi novels where an ornery hedgehog recurrently pricks the fawns for bothering it. The Little Golden Book "Bambi: Friends of the Forest", which predates the midquel and is set during Bambi's infancy, had an almost identical looking porcupine appear in it, but his friendly demeanor makes it clear he's not the same character as this porcupine.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Ends up used as one during the climax. Bambi wakes him up and then catapults him at one of the hunting dogs chasing him.
- Creator Cameo: He's voiced by midquel director Brian Pimental.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: A downplayed one. After getting his revenge sting at the end of the film, he is shown rather contently waving Bambi goodbye.
- Grumpy Old Man: The resident one for Bambi's forest, even moreso than Friend Owl.
- Hypocritical Humor:Porcupine: That's the problem with these kids today: no respect. No respect at all! [The Great Prince comes by and stares at him] What're you looking at, you big moose?
- Karma Houdini Warranty: After stinging Bambi midway in the film, he appears much later during the climax where Bambi launches him onto the dogs, doubling as payback for earlier. See Chekhov's Gunman above.
- No Hero to His Valet: He doesn't seem to recognize the Great Prince despite him being the one who keeps the entire forest safe, and also doesn't seem to take Bambi's truthful claims of being the Young Prince seriously.
- Shipper on Deck: Though a little more violent than most, the Porcupine uses his quills to get Bambi to kiss Faline.
- Would Hurt a Child: Played for Laughs in this case, but he has no qualms or shame over shooting his quills at Bambi.
Voiced by: Brian PimentalA skittish groundhog that predicts the end of winter every year.
- Canon Foreigner: A minor new character created for the midquel.
- Creator Cameo: Like the Porcupine above, the director of the midquel provides his voice.
- Nervous Wreck: The stress that comes with having to potentially tell all of the forest that winter's not over year after year has not been kind to him.
Voiced by: Cree SummerA childhood friend of Bambi's mother who was intended to be Bambi's stepmother, but an encounter with a hunter's trap and his dogs, as well as Bambi bonding with his father, changes this. Only had a couple of minutes of screentime.
- Caught in a Snare: Ronno rams Bambi into her, causing her to lose her balance and trigger a hunting trap.
- Childhood Friends: With Bambi's mother, as said above.
- Damsel in Distress: Got her back leg stuck in a trap thanks to Ronno and had to be saved by both Bambi and his father.
- Expy: Of Nettla from the original novel, who took Bambi in after his mother died. Unlike Mena, however, Nettla was a Grumpy Old Doe.
- I Will Only Slow You Down: She urges both Bambi and Ronno to run after getting caught. Both do, but Bambi takes the time to catch the attention of the hunting dogs before fleeing.
- Meaningful Echo: When the above happens, she says the exact words Bambi's mother said to him before she died.
- Mythology Gag: Her name is one letter off of Aunt Ena, a minor character from the book who was Faline's mother.
- Nice Girl: In the short time she adopts Bambi, she displays a kind, motherly personality. Her first instinct after getting caught in a trap is to urge Bambi to run and save himself.
- Parental Substitute: After the death of Bambi's mother, the Great Prince selects Mena to raise Bambi in hope of avoiding Sink-or-Swim Fatherhood.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She only appears near the end of the midquel, but her role sows the seeds for Bambi's Heroes' Frontier Step and growth into a future prince.
A minor character who appears solely in the comic story "Horsing Around". He's a friendly little foal who lives with his mother at a ranch near the forest. One day, he got lost from his mother, and Bambi and Thumper helped him find his way back to her.
- Canon Foreigner: A oneoff character created solely for Disney magazine comic story starring Bambi.
- Cheerful Child: Despite getting lost from his mother, he has a pleasant demeanor and immediately hits it off with Bambi and Thumper.
- Flat Character: Isn't given much personality beyond being friendly and cheerful.
- Nice Guy: He's polite and courteous to his newfound friends, and stays friends with Bambi and Thumper after they return him to his mother.
- Punny Name: Lampshaded by Chestnut in-story, pointing out that he's named after the Horse Chestnut.
A minor villain who only appears in the storybook "Bambi: Friends of the Forest".
- Expy: Multiple fox characters appear in the novels, though this one's role bears resemblance to a similar plot line in Bambi's Children where Geno lured a wolf dog away from the other deer, with Bambi saving him during the chase.
- Flat Character: Isn't given any personality beyond being a vicious predator who tries to eat Thumper and Bambi.
- No Name Given: He isn't named and is just called a fox by the forest animals.
- Predators Are Mean: Unlike the docile predators we've seen in the films, the fox is a vicious carnivore who comes dangerously close to killing Thumper for food.
- Starter Villain: Since he appears in Bambi's life when he's still an infant, he's possibly the first foe Bambi has faced prior to his encounters with Man and Ronno.
- Villain of the Week: He only makes a brief, onetime appearance to cause Bambi and friends trouble, and is never seen again elsewhere.
- The Voiceless: He's given no dialogue at all.
- Would Hurt a Child: He came very close to eating Thumper and would've succeeded if not for Bambi luring him away.
Voiced by: Anthony GhannamBambi's rival, a bratty, dimwitted, smug bully.
- Abled in the Adaptation: In the novel, Ronno has a lame leg due to surviving a gunshot. In the movies, he lacks any disabilities in order to be more of a rival to Bambi.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the novel, he was actually Bambi's friend until the latter matured and became a rival for does. In both movies, he is explicitly portrayed as a rival and enemy of Bambi.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He has brown eyes in the original, but in the midquel he has green eyes, probably to help further distinguish him from Bambi.
- Age Lift: In the novel, he is implied to be several years older than Bambi. In the midquel film, he is only slighter older than Bambi.
- All There in the Script: Even though his name is never given in the first film proper, he is still named in character design material for the first film, and he is likewise named dropped in the Dell Comic adaptation.
- Always Second Best: A partial reason for his growing hatred of Bambi in the midquel, growing rather competitive around him in terms of athleticism and skill.
- Ambiguously Evil: In the original film at least. The only reason him and Bambi come into conflict is because latter followed Faline into the former's territory, which is how battles between white-tailed bucks happen during the mating season.
- Anti-Villain: Initially, if you interpret him as being a villain in the first film and not take the midquel and other tie-ins into account. He's presented as a very agressive buck that Bambi unwittingly set off by wandering into his territory, prompting Ronno and Bambi to fight over Faline. This might seem evil to a normal person, but this is actually typical behaviour for real life deer (and is also accurate to how the other bucks treated Bambi in the novel as he got older). The Dell Comic adaptation (where, unlike the movie, he's given bits of dialogue) slightly humanizes these traits by explicitly presenting him as a villain who is out to claim Faline as his own, regardless of whether she wants to be his mate or not. The midquel follows this and retcons Ronno's behaviour in the first film by having him be an arrogant bully who treated Faline this way since he was a fawn, and also having his motive for fighting linked with his bitter childhood rivalry with Bambi.
- Ascended Extra: He was just a brief rival for Bambi in one scene of the original film and had miminal characterization and no dialogue. In the midquel, he's a fully fledged antagonist who appears in several scenes.
- Attempted Rape: Implied in the first film, when he forces Faline away from Bambi. Luckily for her, Bambi's quick to put a stop to it.
- Attention Whore: Implied in his first scene in the midquel.
- Ax-Crazy: As an adult. Ronno was willing to kill Bambi and rape Faline.
- Balance Between Good and Evil: The midquel fleshes out Ronno and Bambi's rivalry akin to this. Ronno's introduction and Start of Darkness coincides with (and usually pivots) much of Bambi's Heroes' Frontier Step and Character Development.
- Bratty Half-Pint: As a fawn, Ronno was a braggart, a bully, a liar, a coward, manipulative, and generally has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, seeming to mainly be brought about by his pride at having his antlers starting to come in and his spots having gone. He got worse as an adult.
- The Bully: He is presented as this, and is not shown to have any redeeming qualities at all.
- Butt-Monkey: Should Ronno's Jerkass antics ever get grating, just wait five seconds for him to fall victim to some Amusing Injury or other form of humiliation.
- Classic Villain: In the second film, he has the staple traits of pride, ambition, wrath, and lust (though that last one is not as explicit as the others).
- Cute Bruiser: The nearest to his fawn form's boasting being genuine is he can match Bambi in a fight.
- Demoted to Extra: And then re-ascended back to a role somewhat different than what he originally had. He had a larger role in the novel beyond simply being a rival to Bambi, being already grown and Bambi having already known him even before his mother died. The first film reduces him down to one scene, with no name, no dialogue and no real characterization. The midquel then expands his character back, but only really rebuilds his character on his rival status, portraying his rivalry with Bambi growing and building from childhood rather than having him become a rival only after Bambi grows up.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: He literally comes out of nowhere in the original film, and is gone practically as fast as he appears.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Similar to Bambi, Ronno in fawn form first appeared in House of Mouse prior to the midquel.
- Ear Notch: He's had one since childhood.
- Entitled to Have You: Has this opinion of Faline.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Zig Zagged. Ronno is even disrespectful to his own mother, but often goes crying to her whenever he is faced with danger.
- Evil Counterpart: To Bambi. The titular character is sweet, brave, humble, and respects Faline in spite of a shy crush; Ronno is callous, cowardly, arrogant, and tried to force himself onto Faline when they were adults. Even dynamically, pretty much everything that Ronno does as he becomes darker and more obsessive coerces Bambi into becoming more bold and altruistic.
- Flat Character: In the original film, he's just used as an antagonist to Bambi. The midquel fleshes out his character.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Abiding by the midquel's chronology, his increasing jealousy and hatred of Bambi embittered him from merely a childish, cowardly braggart to a sinister, terrifying beast.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Quite literally, in fact; he has green eyes and is driven by the fact that he's always playing second fiddle to Bambi. He fulfills the "monster" part moreso as an adult. It's hinted that his jealousy is partly because of Bambi's status as the son of The Great Prince.
- Hate Sink: Gets upgraded into this in the midquel. While he's not too bad at the start of the film (he already shows hints of being a bully and braggart, but you can at least slightly sympathise with him at that point since its shown he has no other friends), he progressively gets less and less sympathetic as it goes on as his ego and his rivalry with Bambi grows out of both petty jealousy and his arrogant sense of entitlement, escalating to the point where he uses the fact that the Great Prince sends Bambi off to live with a stepmom as ammo to take him down a notch and goad him into a fight. To say the least, you will feel catharsis when Bambi finally snaps and fights him.
- Irony: In the midquel, he makes almost certainly false boasts of taking on Man single-handed. Rather poetically, that's exactly what Bambi did in the second novel.
- Jerkass: Let's count the ways: Relentlessly bullies Bambi, thinks Faline should be with him, was going to rape her as an adult, and then tried to kill Bambi for putting a stop to his heinous action.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In the climax of the midquel, when Bambi is sent off to live off with Mena, Ronno shows up to see off Bambi, seemingly going to offer his condolences for moving...only to use the oppurtunity to kick him when he's down by mocking him."I feel for you. I really do. It must be hard to have a father that is so ashamed of you, he'd give you away."
- Jerk Jock: The deer equivalent, as he usually prefers intimidating others physically when they don't do as he wants.
- Karma Houdini: In the midquel, the closest thing he gets to comeuppance for goading Bambi into a fight and (accidentally) nearly getting Mena killed is a snapping turtle biting and clinging onto his nose.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: As yearlings, Bambi finally gives him what he deserves when he fights him to defend Faline, ending with Ronno being soundly defeated and forced to limp off in humiliation.
- Kick the Dog: By far the cruelest thing he does to Bambi in the midquel is rub it in his face that his father was sending him off to live with Mena, smugly wording it that his dad thought so little of him that he wanted to "give him away.", done purely to spite Bambi and goad him into a fight.
- Lightning Bruiser: As an adult in the first film, he is basically equal in speed and strength to Bambi. While he's Always Second Best in the midquel, he still puts up a vicious fight in their scuffle.
- Meet My Good Friends "Lefty" and "Righty": Calls his antlers "Stab" and "Jab". Or collectively, "the boys".
- Miles Gloriosus: In his child form at least. Despite his boasting, he is usually the first to run from even the slightest threat.Ronno: MOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMYYYYYY!!!!
- Momma's Boy: Though based on all his boasting and posturing, he doesn't want to admit it.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Throughout the midquel he was unintentionally the catalyst for a lot of Bambi's Character Development, as well as strengthening the bond between him and his father, and ultimately reuniting them during the climax.
- No Name Given: In the first film, Ronno has no name, no dialogue, vague characterization, and is essentially a Random Encounter. Averted in the Dell comic adaptation, where he's named on-panel and has a few lines of dialogue, and the midquel, where he's named on-screen.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: In the midquel, his fawn counterpart is mostly just an ineffectual bully and very buffoonish. After he gets aggravated by Bambi one too many times however, he confronts and cruelly goads him into a fight, taking on a far more vicious and sinister air that foreshadows his later years.
- Prince Charming Wannabe: Goes hand-in-hand with his constant placings in second and obnoxious attitude.
- Privileged Rival: Both played straight and inverted. On the one hand, he's older, stronger, and much more belligerent and go-getting than Bambi, which places him higher in the mating competition hierarchy. On the other hand, Bambi is the son of The Great Prince and makes an accidental habit of upstaging Ronno multiple times, something that fuels Ronno's jealous hatred of him.
- The Rival: In the midquel, Ronno is at odds with Bambi on a variety of matters.
- Took a Level in Badass: Timeline wise, he grows from a cowardly, dimwitted bully to a rather sinister, hulking deer.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Ronno starts off a mere childish bully towards Bambi when they first meet. The midquel shows him embitter into a more personal rival, obsessed with besting and diminutizing Bambi. Taking this as Character Development into the original film adds to his sinister form as an adult, who even seems to provide an animal example of Attempted Rape when he tries forcing Faline apart from Bambi.
- Villainous Crush: In both movies, he wants Faline for himself and tries to drive her away from Bambi.
- The Voiceless: In the original film, he has absolutely no spoken dialogue (the Dell Comic adaptation of the movie does give him several lines and names him on-panel). Averted in the midquel, where he talks regularly.
- Worthy Opponent: In the midquel, Bambi is initially little more than a bullying victim to Ronno. As events pass, however, Ronno becomes more competitive toward's Bambi's feats, culminating in him intentionally angering him into fighting him.
The Hunter(s) / "Man"
The unseen antagonist of the film, an unknown deer-hunter (or several) responsible for the death of Bambi's mother.
- A Day in the Limelight: The novel Bambi's Children can be considered such, since it is the only interpretation that humanises them individually over playing them a mostly ambiguous force of nature to the forest animals. Disney's Comic-Book Adaptation even breaks the film's lore to maintain this, showing humans in person and giving them characterisation.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the movie, its left completely ambiguous what their feelings of the animals are, but per word of the original animators below, they're completely unaware of how cruel their actions are. In the novel, the hunter who kills Bambi's mother (and a lot of other animals too) makes his intentions perfectly clear by sadistically laughing the whole time as he remorselessly slaughters them one by one.
- Anti-Villain: According to animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston in their book The Disney Villain, Man is this, simply because he had no comprehension of the pain and terror he was inflicting on what he simply thought were mindless animals."The biggest threat, of course, is from the predator, man, and his gun. As victims, the deer have no way of combating this foe and must suffer the consequences. Man, for his part, has no thought or understanding of the pain he has inflicted on the wild animals by pursing his own personal desires. There is no villainy in his heart when he kills Bambi's mother, yet to the audience, this is an event that stays with them for the rest of their lives."
- Big Damn Heroes: In the second novel Bambi's Children and Disney's comic adaptation, a gamekeeper more than once saves Bambi's family from hostile forces.
- Big Bad: They are central antagonists to Bambi and the other animals. They even kill Bambi's mother at one point.
- The Dreaded: All the forest animals are terrified of him. All other hazards of forest life pale in comparison to His ability to kill from a distance and seemingly at will. In the novel, animals who encounter His scent for the first time barely have enough presence of mind to run away.
- Eldritch Abomination: From the animals perspective, at least. The original novel goes to great lengths to hammer home just how alien and terrifying the mere presence of a human, much less their unusual appearance and actions, are to a normal animal, to the extent that some believe they have a fire burning inside of them and that a hunters gun is a "third hand" that can kill without touching. Even early on in the book and the first film, the fear of encountering one of them is so great that Bambi's mother exercises extreme caution when she steps out into the meadow to make absolutely sure that there is no threat to her or Bambi present. This is averted in the sequel novel and its comic adaptation, which humanizes them considerably.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": In the novel the hunters are known by the animals simply as "He" or "Him", plural "Hes", always in proper case, while the films refer to them solely as "Man".
- Evil Laugh: In the novel, the unseen hunter in the wintertime lets out a very chilling series of "Ho ho! Ha ha!"s as he ruthlessly shoots down the animals in his line of sight.
- Evil Poacher: He (or at least the one who kills Bambi's mom and the other animals) is unambiguously evil in the novel. The films do not present mans actions in a positive light either, but muddle it as to whether man is being intentionally manevolent or not (though Frank and Ollie stated it was the latter). Bambi's Children downplays this further by presenting man in a more positive light, showing they can be either good or bad to the animals.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: In an early draft for the film, there was a scene planned in which Bambi's dad showed Bambi the charred corpse of a mannote , so Bambi would learn that not even Man could escape death's clutches. Walt Disney found the scene too graphic and cut it.
- The Ghosts:
- The Disney interpretation. At one point in the first film's production process, a hunter's shadow was to appear the first time Bambi and family were fleeing, but even that brief appearance was cut. The closest thing he gets to an on-screen appearance is the glint of a distant rifle scope in the interquel. The Dell comic adaptation does show a few men in the far distance when Bambi and the Great Prince are watching their camp, but they're so far away that their facial features are completely indecipherable, and we get a one panel glimpse of the rifle used to shoot Bambi in the shoulder. Note that this is not the case in the novel, where Bambi sees man on a few occasions, and some copies of the novel come with illustrations of them.
- However, Disney's Comic-Book Adaptation of Bambi's Children pulled The Reveal to match the novel, showing humans in person to develop on the story's more sympathetic light on them.
- Humans Are Cthulhu: More so in the first novel than in the second or the films. The first novel has a darker tone that extends to the portrayal of the hunters as well. In the films, he is more of an occasional hazard; but in the novel he always comes with a foreboding atmosphere and is viewed as all powerful, ultimately inescapable and so terrifying that deer can barely bring themselves to run away. The second novel downplays the trope greatly, with the animals understanding that humans somehow use an object (the "thunder-stick") to kill, although the operation of firearms remains beyond their ken. It also delves into sympathetic humans such as the gamekeeper that nurses Bambi's daughter Gurri, with the animals understanding man can kill or help them.
- Humans Kill Wantonly: Though not intentional in the film (he was not shown as an attempt to strike a balance between not vilifying hunters while also averting No Antagonist, which kids would not understand), it, like the first novel, nevertheless tends to send this message. The second novel tones it down by introducing, among other things, the concept of "open" and "closed" seasons.
- Leitmotif: A chilling ostinato of three chromatically ascending notes: B♭-B-C. The story goes that John Williams was inspired by this theme for his famous Jaws leitmotif.
- Not So Different: In the novel, the Great Prince brings Bambi to His dead body for the purpose of teaching him one last lesson. Bambi learns man is not all powerful, he has needs like animals do and dies like animals do, and there is something greater than Him. The Great Prince then calls Bambi "my son" for the last and only the second time, before going off to die, presumably of old age.
- Nothing Is Scarier: He is never seen (except for the glint of a rifle in the interquel) nor heard (except for gunshots and an artificial deer call) in either of the films, and is all the scarier for it.
- Obliviously Evil: In spite of his ranking in the twentieth rank in the AFI's 100 Years. . .100 Heroes and Villains list, He's still implied to be nothing more than a normal hunter. Animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston also confirmed that (in the movie) his actions are born out of obliviousness towards the animals true nature instead of cruelty for its own sake. However, since the story is told from the perspective of the animals, he becomes some kind of inapprehensible threat.
- Ultimate Evil: Disney's decision to not show Man to avoid vilifying hunters appears to have backfired on Disney as it just made him scarier in peoples minds, so much so that he ranked 20 in AFI's 100 Years. . .100 Heroes and Villains list, also being the only character on that entire list who is never shown. Subverted in the second novel and its comic book adaptation, which shows at length that the humans around the forest aren't all bad people.
- Villain Decay: Following on from the end of the first novel, Bambi's Children goes out of it's way to humanise mankind, thus abolishing a lot of their all powerful nightmarish image to the animals. A hunter does appear, but an ineffectual one that Bambi manages to shoo away by bucking. The Disney comic book of the novel even extends on this by subverting their usual role as The Ghost.
- The Voice: In the midquel you hear him using deer calls. The deer hear it as "I'm here", "It's me", or "Hello." In the novel, Bambi hears it as Faline's voice saying, "Come!"