Characters / Bambi

The cast of both movies.
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Titular Character

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.
  • 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 in America.
  • 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: 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 midquel. He is deadly scared of Man, and 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.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
  • The Hero: The story focuses on Bambi's life. From his birth to early childhood to taking on Man as an adult.
  • 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, 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The reserved and quiet Blue to Thumper's mouthy and loud 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 he 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.

Bambi's Friends

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.

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.

Bambi's Family

    Bambi's Mother
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 .
  • 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.
  • Broken Ace: Following his mate's death, which he spends the midquel struggling to come to terms with.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
  • 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.
  • 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 many 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.
  • 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 mother's 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 about five 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. He's initially this in the midquel, too, but softens.

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

Bambi's love interest.

Other Residents of the Forest

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

A mentor of sorts to the heroes.

    Thumper's family
Voiced by: Margaret Lee (mother); Ariel Winter, McKenna Cowgill, Emma Rose Lima (sisters)

Thumper's mother and five sisters (four in the midquel).
  • 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.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: His mother is Phlegmatic; his sisters are Sanguine.
  • The Ghost: 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, and none of them are present during the ending of the first film.

    The Porcupine
Voiced by: Brian Pimental

A territorial porcupine who Bambi and his friends cross paths with during the midquel.
  • Creator Cameo: He's voiced by midquel director Brian Pimental.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
  • 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?
  • 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, 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.

    The Groundhog
Voiced by: Brian Pimental

A skittish groundhog that predicts the end of winter every year.
  • Creator Cameo: Like the Porcupine above, the director of the midquel provides his voice.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
  • 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 Summer

A 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.


Voiced by: Anthony Ghannam

Bambi's rival, a bratty, dimwitted, smug bully.

    The Hunter/Man

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. In the novel, 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 that not even Man could escape death's clutches. Walt Disney found the scene too graphic and cut it.
  • The Ghosts: 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 midquel.
  • 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 (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.
  • 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, and is all the scarier for it.
  • The Voice: In the sequel 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!"
  • 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 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.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: 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. However, since the story is told from the perspective of the animals, he becomes some kind of inapprehensible threat.