Characters / Bambi

The cast of both movies.
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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. He becomes this in the end of the first film 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 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 Faline.
  • 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: Which is expanded on in the sequel. While he is deadly scared of Man, it's not without reason. But when someone 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: 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).
  • Nice Guy: Bambi is thoughtful, polite, and heroic, although this is less pronounced in the original film.
  • 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 usually emotes 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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 favours a distant, unaffectionate relationship due to tradition.

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

Bambi's best friend, a peppy little rabbit.
  • 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.
  • Breakout Character: Was the star of his own series of books; "Disney Bunnies".
  • Bunnies for Cuteness:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Falls in love with a cream-colored rabbit.

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. Unlike Thumper or Friend Owl, he doesn't even have any loose counterpart in the book, as it 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. Even after he grows up, his voice gets deeper, the first hint that he is actually a male, but he still looks effeminate.

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

Bambi's love interest.

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

A mentor of sorts to the heroes.

Voiced by: Anthony Ghannam

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

    Bambi's Mother
Voiced by: Paula Winslowe, 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.
  • 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.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: This is literally how Bambi's mother dies; she is shot in the face by a hunter.
  • Mama Bear: She dies in order to get her son away from Man.
  • Missing Mom: Dead mom, to be specific.
  • 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
  • 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 mother" in the book and film.

    The Great Prince of the Forest
Voiced by: Fred Shields, Patrick Stewart (Bambi II)

The wise guardian of the forest, the oldest surviving deer in the forest, and 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, 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!
  • Big Good: Seen as the protector of the forest.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: In the midquel he insists 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.
  • 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, he becomes more open and fatherly to Bambi as they bond.
  • 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 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Elements of this are present in both films, but it's more obvious in the midquel. 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.
  • 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: As with other characters like the owl. 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: 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, having few lines in the original film. However, this is averted in the midquel.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Namely, raising and protecting his son, and warning other deer whenever Man is nearby.
  • 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. Initially is this in the midquel, but softens.

    Thumper's family

  • 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.
  • Bratty Half Pints: The sisters.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: His father does not appear at all in either films, 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.
  • No Name Given: None of his family members are given names.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The fifth sister is inexplicably gone from the midquel.
    • All of them aren't present during the ending of the first film.

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.

    The Hunter/Man
Voiced by: N/A

Unseen antagonist.
  • Big Bad: They are central antagonists to Bambi and the other animals. They even killed 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. 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.