Characters: Bambi

The cast of both movies.

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    Bambi 

Bambi

Voiced by: Bobby Stewart (baby), Donnie Dunagan (young), Hardie Albright (adolescent), John Sutherland (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.

  • Badass: Considering that he's going to be the next Great Prince of the Forest, that's a requirement. The first film shows how Badass he's, since he's able to fight other deer in a Curb-Stomp Battle and able to evade hunters.
  • 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: Happens in the first film when his mother dies and his father tells him off about 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.
  • Bully Hunter: Does this in both films (despite his fear) against Ronno's possessiveness towards Feline.
  • 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.
  • Cowardly Lion
  • Curtains Match the Window: Big brown eyes matched with brown fur.
  • Death Glare: Actually gains one in the midquel, most notably before he buck-kicks a ferocious hunting dog off a cliff.
  • 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 but never mentioned is unknown.
  • Let's Get Dangerous:
    • Right before engaging in combat with Ronno for trying to separate him from Faline.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Made of Iron:
    • In the first film, He took a direct hit from a hunters 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).
  • Missing Mom: Dead mom, to be specific.
  • Nice Guy: Bambi is thoughtful, polite, and heroic.
  • Official Couple: With Faline.
  • Pinball Protagonist: He is this in the first half of both movies, due to him being so young. Halfway through both, he does learn to take the inituitive to help others and fend for himself.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes
  • The Quiet One: In the original film, Bambi has a rather limited number of lines, usually emoting more from facial expression. In the midquel, while still more reserved than Thumper, he is much more talkative.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Thumper's Red.
  • 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.
  • Shrinking Violet: To an extent, Bambi is portrayed as somewhat shy and insecure, especially 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 leveling up process in a fair amount of detail.
  • Warrior Prince: Grows into this.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Kind of wants his dad's good opinion.

    Thumper 

Thumper

Voiced by: Peter Behn (young), Tim Davis (adolescent), Sam Edwards (adult), Brendon Baerg (Bambi II)

Bambi's best friend, a peppy little rabbit.

    Flower 

Flower

Voiced by: Stan Alexander (young), Tim Davis (adolescent), Sterling Holloway (adult), Nicky Jones (Bambi II)

A minor character in the films, he is friends with Bambi and Thumper.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Even after he grows up, his voice gets deeper, the first hint that he is actually a male, but he still looks effeminate.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: They make him look even more sweet and innocent.
  • Ironic Name: A skunk named "flower".
  • 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.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Big time. For a cartoon skunk, Flower is adorable.
  • Shrinking Violet: Very quiet and shy.
  • Smelly Skunk: Averted in the first film, played straight in the midquel when it serves as a Chekhov's Gun 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.

    Faline 

Faline

Voiced by: Cammie King (young), Ann Gillis (adult), Andrea Bowen (Bambi II)

Bambi's love interest.

    Friend Owl 

Friend Owl

Voiced by: Will Wright, Keith Ferguson (Bambi II)

A mentor of sorts to our heroes.

    Ronno 

Ronno

Voiced by: Anthony Ghannam

Bambi's rival, a bratty, dim witted but smug bully.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Age Lift: Ronno is an inversion. In the novel, he is implied to be several years older than Bambi. In the midquel film, he is the same age as Bambi.
  • 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.
  • Ambition Is Evil
  • Ascended Extra: He only appeared in one scene in the original film, had no name, no dialogue and no real characterization. The midquel substantially expands his character.
  • 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.
  • Axe Crazy: As an adult.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: As a fawn.
  • 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 and wrath.
  • Cute Bruiser: The nearest to his fawn form's boasting being genuine is he can match Bambi in a fight.
  • Entitled to Have You: Has this opinion of Faline.
  • Flat Character: In the original film. The midquel fleshes out his character.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: He literally comes out of nowhere in the original film, and is gone practically as fast as he appears.
  • I Call Him Mr Happy: In a G-rated version, Ronno has apparently named his antler buds and refers to them as "the boys."
  • Lightning Bruiser: As an adult in the first film, he is basically equal in speed and strength to Bambi.
  • Miles Gloriosus: In his child form at least, despite his boasting he is usually the first to run in even the slightest threat.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He was unintentionally the cataclyst that led to Bambi reuniting with his father and friends in the end of the midquel.
  • No Name Given: In the first film, Ronno has no name, no dialogue, no characterization, and is essentially a Random Encounter.
  • The Rival: In the midquel film, Ronno in at odds with Bambi on a variety of matters.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Timeline wise, he grows from a cowardly dim witted 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.
  • Worthy Opponent: In the midquel, Bambi is initially little more than a bully 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.

    Bambi's Mother 

Bambi's Mother

Voiced by: Paula Winslowe, Carolyn Hennesy

Bambi's mother. Sadly killed off in the most famous moment of the original film, but her death is the driving force of the midquel.

  • Death by Newbery Medal
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: After her death.
  • Dream Sequence: She briefly appears to Bambi by this in the midquel.
  • Good Parents: In the movie, she's shown to be a kind and caring mother to Bambi before she dies.
  • Mood Whiplash: Bambie's mom'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.
  • 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 during the wintertime, where it's strongly implicated, but never explicitly stated, that she was killed.
  • 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: There's a heavy snowfall after she dies.
  • Unnamed Parent: She's only known as "Bambi's mom".

    The Great Prince of the Forest 

The Great Prince of the Forest

Voiced by: Fred Shields, Patrick Stewart (Bambi II)

The wise guardian of the forest, and the oldest surviving deer in the forest. Also the father of Bambi.

  • 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 .
  • Badass: In the novel, the Great Prince's reputation is so fearsome that no other Prince has fought him in living memory.
  • Berserk Button: In the midquel, after he saves Bambi from the hunter and his 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!
  • Big Good
  • Death by Adaptation: There actually is a pro-hurting educational book out there called Little Jake And The Three Bears that has the titular Little Jake off him and one of said bears, as if this will make kids want to be ethical responsible hunters. As if kids weren't traumatized enough by Bambi's mother's death.
  • Defrosting Ice King: In the midquel.
  • Good Is Not Nice
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Elements of this are present in both films, but it's most obvious in the midquel.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • No Name Given: He is only known by epithets: The Great Prince in the films, and the Old Prince or simply "the old stag" in the novel.
  • The Obi-Wan: The Great Prince. This is averted more than halfway through Bambi II, however, when the Prince finally starts to open up and care more for Bambi as a father.
  • Papa Wolf: Took on hunting dogs to protect his son.
  • 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 mothers death. This comes back to haunt him in the midquel, where he is left to care for Bambi alone.
  • The Quiet One: He really doesn't talk that much.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • 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 
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Great Prince of the Forest, Bambi's father.
  • The Stoic: In the original film. Initially is this in the midquel, but softens.

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Thumper's family

    Mena 

Mena

Voiced by: Cree Summer

Was intended to be the stepmother of Bambi, but an encounter with a hunter's trap and his dogs, as well as Bambi bonding with his father, changes this. She was childhood friends with Bambi's mother. Only had a couple minutes of screentime.

  • Damsel in Distress: Got her back foot stuck in a trap thanks to Ronno and had to be saved by both Bambi and his father.
  • Meaningful Echo: When the above happens, she says the exact words Bambi's mother said to him before she died.
  • 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.

    The Hunter/Man 

The Hunter/Man

Unseen antagonist.

  • Big Bad
  • 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. Animals who encounter His scent for the first time barely have enough presence of mind to run away.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: In the novel he's known by the animals simply as "He" or "Him", plural "Hes", always in proper case.
  • 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 man note , so Bambi would learn not even Man could escape death's clutches. Walt Disney found the scene too graphic, and cut it.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: 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. He's not seen in the midquel film either.
  • Humans Kill Wantonly: Though not intentional in the film (the reason he was not shown was because Walt didn't want to make him a villain and kids wouldn't understand if he wasn't) the film, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 nor heard in either of the films.
  • The Voice: In the sequel you hear him using deer calls. The deer hear it as "I'm here" or "Hello." In the novel, Bambi hears it as Faline's voice saying, "Come!"
  • Ultimate Evil: Disney's decision to not show Him to avoid vilifying hunters appears to have backfired on Disney as it just made Him scarier in peoples minds, so much so he ranked 20 in AFI's 100 Years. . .100 Heroes and Villains list, making him the only character on that who that is never shown.