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The handsome prince that hears Snow White's song and falls in love with her.
Boy Meets Girl: The Prince meets Snow White, Snow White meets the Prince and they fall in love at first sight.
Distressed Dude: In the comic adaptation and an earlier screenplay treatment, he was to have been captured by the Queen and entertained by dancing skeletons. This was later used in Sleeping Beauty, where Prince Philip is held captive by Maleficent.
Love Interest: For Snow White. He is the one who breaks the evil Queen's spell when he kisses Snow White, breaking her out of the Queen's evil spell after Snow White bit a poisoned apple.
Nice Guy: The prince is pure, noble, and kind hearted and is the male version of Snow White.
Non-Action Guy: The Prince's purpose is to serve as a love interest for Snow White and he does not engage in action or battle scenes.
No Name Given: His name is never revealed. Alleged names for him are Frederick and Florian. In an earlier screenplay, he gave himself the name Prince Buckethead after he saw Snow White making a pretend prince with that name.
Non-Standard Character Design: Disney animators found it difficult to draw male characters at the time, which is why he had his screentime drastically reduced by the final cut of the film. He is noticeably (much like Snow White herself) rounder in appearance and non detailed compared to later Disney Princes.
One True Love: For Snow White. It was his kiss of true love that broke the spell and caused Snow White to awake from her deep sleep.
Prince Charming: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. The Prince serves as a Love Interest for Snow White. Snow White says that she dreams that her prince will come and almost immediately after, he comes. It should be noted that the prince does little more than show up and be royal and doesn't engage in action or battle like the other princes in Disney.
Satellite Love Interest: One of the video releases said that the original intent was for him to be captured by the Queen while looking for Snow White and have scenes involving his imprisonment and breakout. They were dropped in favour of the climax focusing on the dwarfs. Prince Phillip later gets to do all these things though.
Self-Deprecation: The reason he accepts the name Prince Buckethead, as it's more honest than flattering.
Ambition Is Evil: Her desire to kill Snow White all because the she wants to be the most beautiful in the land is purely evil.
Arch-Enemy: Snow White. The Queen has made it her mission to kill Snow White in attempts to hold the title of the fairest in the land.
Ax-Crazy: The fact that the Queen is wanting to kill an innocent girl all because she is more beautiful than she is is psychotic and crazy. The Queen becomes even more crazy and psychotic when she transforms into the old beggar woman.
Badass: The Queen is actually a very powerful sorceress who practices Black Magic.
Badass Cape: Wears one as both the Queen and wears a black cloak as the old beggar woman.
Badass Queen: On top of the fact that she is a Queen, she is also a highly powerful sorceress.
The Baroness: The Queen, who is domineering, cold, evil and icy, could be considered of the Sexpot variation since she is physically beautiful.
Beauty Is Bad: As the Queen, she is very beautiful although she is evil.
Big Bad: The Queen is the main villain of the movie.
Black Cloak: Wears one as both the Queen and as the old peddler woman.
Black Magic: What the Queen practices as an evil witch.
The Caligula: The Queen is evil, jealous and petty. Not only does she seek power, but she is also incredibly vain and is irrational in her hatred towards Snow White.
The Chessmaster: The Queen is very manipulative, scheming and cunning and she will do anything to accomplish her goal including disguising herself and turning herself into an ugly old peddler woman.
Classic Villain: The first Animated Canon villain — adapted from the Brothers Grimm story — personifies Pride in her status as Fairest of Them All, and Envy towards her stepdaughter Snow White, displays horrific Wrath, determined to see the girl dead. Her beauty and voice is cold and haughty compared to the warmth and sweetness of Snow White; when she transforms herself into a peddler, she becomes a wretched old hag who plays on the girl's kindness. She succeeds in poisoning Snow White with an apple, and a thunderstorm starts immediately afterwards. Snow White's friends - both the forest animals and the Seven Dwarfs - chase her to the top of a cliff. The Queen attempts to crush them with a boulder, but a bolt of lightning strikes the cliff, sending her over the edge...and the boulder falls after her.
Dark Is Evil: Wears black as it represents her evil and jealous nature.
The Determinator: When the Queen wants something, she NEVER gives up. She even transformed herself into ugliness (something that she hates and something she is very against because of her vanity) all so that she could go through with her mission to kill Snow White.
Disney Villain Death: The Queen/Witch gets the ground she's standing on struck by lightning and falls off a cliff and the huge boulder she was trying to use to kill the Dwarfs instead falls down the cliff after her and she gets eaten by vultures off-screen.
Driven by Envy: Her desire to kill Snow White stems from the fact that she is very envious and jealous of Snow White and her beauty and wants her gone so that she, the Queen, can be the fairest and most beautiful in the land instead of Snow White.
Fairest of Them All: Out of jealousy towards Snow White, the Queen wants to kill her so that she would be the most beautiful and fairest in the land.
Foil: To Snow White. While both are very beautiful and both are royals with Snow White being a princess and the Queen being a queen, Snow White is kind, caring and good hearted while the Queen is unkind, evil, and vain.
Freudian Excuse: In Valentino's prequel novel "Fairest of All", it was explained that the reason for the Queen's obsessed desire for being the most beautiful of all was due to emotional abuse from her father, who refused to acknowledge her as beautiful at all prior to his death. In fact, when she married Snow White's father, the King, she actually did care for Snow White as if she were her own daughter. It wasn't until her father's witch cousins supplied her with the magic mirror (containing her father's spirit) as well as the King's death that she lost her sanity.
It's All About Me: The Queen is incredibly vain and selfish and is willing to commit immoral deeds in order to be known as the most beautiful in the land.
Karmic Death: The Queen fell off a cliff after being struck by lightning while trying to push a rock onto the Seven Dwarfs. Not only did she fall to her death, but the rock falls on her. And for good measure, vultures eat her body.
Karmic Transformation: The Queen gives us a rare case of a voluntarily self-inflicted version of this. A woman obsessed with beauty turns herself hideous as a disguise, but she spends the rest of the movie (and is most often remembered) that way.
Lack of Empathy: Shows zero guilt and remorse for wanting to harm an innocent girl.
Lady of Black Magic: Although she is a Queen, she is also a powerful sorceress who practices Black Magic.
Large Ham: Averted with the Queen, who is usually very controlled with her mannerisms, even when angry. But when she becomes The Witch, she throws all calmness right out the window, and begins right on hamming it up.
No Name Given: Averted. Her name in the fairy tale is actually Grimhilde although canon does not confirm it in the films.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: Despite taking the form of a frail old witch, she is stopped just short of crushing the dwarfs with a giant boulder. Adding to that she had already poisoned Snow White, her plan was a thread from succeeding had not a random and precise bolt of lightning not taken her out the final second.
Obviously Evil: The Queen in disguise isn't exactly the most subtle of all the beasts of the field.
Offstage Villainy: It's implied the Queen committed other horrendous crimes before trying to kill Snow White — there are a lot of skeletons in her dungeon...
Ominous Opera Cape: She's actually wearing two capes, in that her sleeves are one wide piece of fabric connected across her back, under her main cape.
Pimped-Out Dress: The Queen wears a black and purple dress with white ermine trimming (although the animation doesn't make that clear) and some gold decorations.
Proud Beauty: She has a Magic Mirror she would use everyday to confirm that she is the "the fairest in that land". When the mirror claims that Snow White is the fairest the queen tries to have her killed.
Proper Lady: As the Queen. As the old peddler woman, it's a different story.
Vain Sorceress: The ultimate example the Queen, whose character design was reputedly based on Katharine Hepburn. This example also illustrates the primary paradox intrinsic to this trope: Why would an intelligent, powerful woman like the Queen be so crazily obsessed over something as seemingly paltry as mere physical appearance? Sure, vanity might explain part of it, but to go so far as to seek the death of a rival (who is not even aware of her grudge), and undergo a painful transformation to disguise herself so that she could personally carry out a murder plot? Seems a bit over the top, but then again, that's the warping nature of evil for you.
Villainous Breakdown: The Queen suffers this, but initially a rare cold - blooded one once she realizes Snow White is still alive. Then after she transforms herself into an old witch she definitely loses all her temper and lets her emotions take hold.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The Queen/Queen Grimhilde/The Witch is perhaps one of the darkest interpretations of the trope: Evidence from the book "Fairest of All" suggests that it isn't so much that she's murderously jealous of her stepdaughter being more beautiful than her as it is that she is simply incapable of letting herself not be the fairest of all, her mind and integrity just being too far gone thanks to years of emotional abuse from her own father for apparently not being beautiful in her father's standards, and having said traumatic memories being forcibly reintroduced into her life by her father's witch cousins fusing his spirit into a magic mirror, and this combined with the death of her husband led her to believe that the only way she could ever amount to anything in terms of beauty is to kill Snow White.
Even Evil Has Standards: He is a well known hunter and expert killer, but he draws the line at killing Snow White. Not from lack of trying, but she so beautiful and innocent that he can't bring himself to do it. Instead he drops his knife, sobbingly begs for forgiveness, warns her of the Queen and tells her to run for it.
Punch Clock Villain: Solely works for the Queen and takes her orders of killing Snow White. However, the huntsmen cannot do it.
What Happened to the Mouse?: After telling Snow White to flee so she can hide from the Queen, the huntsman is never mentioned in the film again.
The Seven Dwarfs
The Seven Dwarfs
From top to bottom: Dopey, Sneezy, Doc, Bashful, Sleepy, Happy and Grumpy
Doc Voiced by: Roy Atwell, Joe Twerp (Mickey Mouse Theatre of the Air)
Grumpy Voiced by: Pinto Colvig, Stuart Buchannan (radio programs)
Happy Voiced by: Otis Harlan, Rolfe Sedan (Lux Radio Theatre)
Sleepy Voiced by: Pinto Colvig, Billy Gilbert (Mickey Mouse Theatre of the Air), Lou Merrill (Lux Radio Theatre)
Bashful Voiced by: Scotty Mattraw, Jack Smart (Lux Radio Theatre)
Sneezy Voiced by: Billy Gilbert
Dopey Voiced by: Jimmy MacDonald (hiccups and snoring), Eddie Collins (screaming)
Ambiguously Human: It's uncertain whether they are the fey race or simply elderly, short humans. Surely the fact that the dwarfs have only four fingers on each hand, while Snow White and other characters are drawn with realistic five-fingered hands, is a strong clue in favor of them being dwarfs in the sense of a nonhuman fey race.
Extreme Omnivore: Dopey manages to swallow both a bar of soap and a spoon (in a deleted scene) with one gulp each. Granted, both times were by accident, and eating this kind of stuff often gives him the hiccups.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Grumpy is initially opposed to having Snow White live with them, but he eventually warms up to her. When the dwarfs hear that Snow White is in trouble, Grumpy is the first to jump on a deer and yell "C'mon!" and leads the way. And at Snow White's funeral, notice that he is the one who puts flowers on top of Snow White's glass coffin.
The Leader: Doc is the self-proclaimed leader of the seven dwarfs.
Malaproper: Doc when he gets flustered. This was a specialty of comedian Roy Atwell, who voiced the character for the film.
Man Child: Dopey, who tends to act like a toddler or a dog.
Sickly Green Glow: Although the colour of the spirit's face appears to be a combination of purple and yellow, there is a light greenish tinge to it's face.
The Stoic: His only expression is total seriousness.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Disappears after the Queen decides to off Snow herself, and is never mentioned again. In the French novelization of the film, it's shown he was destroyed by the Queen before her transformation.