Characters: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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Voiced by: Harry Stockwell
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.
- Flat Character: Really serves no importance to the plot other than to serve as Snow White's Love Interest.
- Knight in Shining Armor: For Snow White. It also helps that he is a handsome prince who is willing to always save the Damsel in Distress.
- Let's Duet: He first introduces himself to Snow White by joining in her song.
- Love at First Sight: He falls in love with Snow White as soon as he meets her.
- 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.
- Ornamental Weapon: He has a dagger at his side, but never uses it.
- 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.
- Serenade Your Lover: He introduces himself to Snow White this way.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: His singing voice is much richer and more operatic than his speaking voice.
- True Love's Kiss: His kiss wakes Snow White.
- Younger Than They Look: Barely looks old enough to be carrying a sword!
The Evil Queen
The Evil Queen (Grimhilde)
"...a special sort of death for one so fair."
Voiced by: Lucille LaVerne
- All There in the Script: Her name, Grimhilde, was given in early publicity materials, including a Comic Book Adaptation. The Disney Company tends to keep to the more well-known name.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: The Queen is cold, evil and icy.
- 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.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: Went from being an extremely beautiful and regal Queen to a hideous and ugly old peddler woman and Wicked Witch all because of her jealousy towards someone else.
- 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.
- Cool Chair: Her throne is shaped like a peacock. Subtle imagery there for ya.
- Cool Crown: The queen wears a crown with spikes evoking the rays of the sun.
- Costume Porn: Her royal clothing as the Queen definitely counts.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: "I'll be fairest in the land! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha... But wait! There may be an antidote! Nothing must be overlooked!"
- 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.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Snow White is the fairest in the land... so she wants to kill her.
- 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.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The Queen is very fair skinned and has ebony hair just like her stepdaughter, Snow White.
- Ermine Cape Effect: She is a Queen and as a result wears a fancy cape and wears a crown.
- Evil Counterpart: To Snow White. Although both the Queen and Snow White are very beautiful, Snow White is kind, good-hearted and selfless while the Queen is evil, jealous and vain.
- Evil Eyebrows: Although The Queen is beautiful, her eyebrows are highly arched, indicating an evil character.
- Evil Gloating: As the old beggar woman. After she successfully "kills" Snow White, she gloats "Now I'll be fairest in the land!"
- Evil Is Hammy: In her Wicked Witch form.
- Evil Is Petty: She wants to brutally murder a young girl (her stepdaughter, no less) for the "crime" of being prettier than her.
- Evil Laugh: Not as the Queen, but she displays this laugh as the old peddler woman.
- Evil Makeover: Went from a very regal and beautiful Queen to a very hideous and ugly old hag with the use of a spell.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: The Queen, who was once very beautiful and regal, uses a spell to disguise herself and transform herself into a very ugly and hideous old beggar woman.
- Evil Matriarch: The Queen wants to kill Snow White to remain the most beautiful woman in the land.
- Evil Old Folks: After she uses a spell to transform into an old peddler woman as a disguise.
- Evil Plan: To kill Snow White so that she can be the fairest in all of the land.
- Evil Sorceress: She practices Black Magic.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: Her voice changes into a raspy voice after she transforms into the ugly old peddler woman.
- Evil Wears Black: Her black cape.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Her eyeshadow is a very noticeable shade of blue.
- 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.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: The Queen aspires to kill Snow White all fore being the prettiest and the fairest in the land.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: The Queen wears a combination of black and purple, colours which are known to be represented for female characters that are evil villainesses.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: As the Queen, part of her wardrobe is purple.
- Green-Eyed Monster: The Queen is very envious and jealous of Snow White and her beauty, so much that she wants to kill her.
- Green Eyes: The Queen has green eyes, which indicates a very jealous and envious personality.
- High Collar of Doom: Wears a high collar along with her black robe.
- Hot Witch: At least before she turns ugly.
- Ice Queen: The Queen is cold, evil, icy and uncaring.
- Irrational Hatred: She hates Snow White because she is more beautiful than she is.
- 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.
- Magic Is Evil: The Queen is a sorceress and practices Black Magic.
- Makeup Is Evil: Wears a lot of makeup and it is overemphasized.
- Manipulative Bitch: Especially after she transforms into the old peddler woman and tries to seduce Snow White into biting a poisoned apple so she will fall into a deep sleep.
- Narcissist: She had a magic mirror specifically to tell her that she's the most beautiful in the land.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant
- 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.
- Purple Is Powerful: The Queen is a very powerful witch.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: The Queen fit that description; at least before she drank the potion.
- The Stoic: Highly emotionless. The only emotion that she displays are anger (and even when she is angry, she remains stoic and cool) and jealousy.
- Supernatural Is Purple: She is a highly powerful sorceress who practices Black Magic and who can transform herself into anything.
- Tranquil Fury: As the Queen. When she is the old peddler woman, she is much more open and expressive in her anger.
- 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.
- Vanity Is Feminine:
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: She takes her jealousy to dark extremes, treating it like an act of war. She is content with either having her heart torn out of her corpse as trophy or be buried alive when a poison apple turns out to be a deep sleep curse. She's also a potential sorceress as well as an implied torturer. This jarringly contrasts with the rest of the rather whimsical vibe of the film.
- 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.
- Wicked Stepmother: A rather dark example.
- Wicked Witch: Post Karmic Transformation.
- 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.
Voiced by: Stuart Buchannan
- All There in the Script: His name, Humbert, is shown◊ in a Comic Book Adaptation.
- 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.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Fails to follow the Queen's orders of killing Snow White.
- 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.
- Anti-Sneeze Finger: They do this to Sneezy.
- Audience Surrogate: Walt Disney commented that Grumpy was meant to be this for the people who found Snow White annoyingly cutesy.
- Bald of Awesome: All of the dwarves are bald and have no hair.
- Butt Monkey: Dopey is often the butt of the other dwarfs's jokes, usually for comical effect.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Dopey. Even though he doesn't say a single word in the film, he's clearly not all there.
- Cute Mute: Dopey is mute and also the cutest of the Seven Dwarfs.
- Deadpan Snarker: Grumpy can be very rude and sarcastic, especially towards Doc.
- Defrosting Ice King: Grumpy's Character Development. He finally completes it during the climax when he leads the dwarfs in a furious chase after the Queen.
- 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.
- Four-Fingered Hands: They have only four fingers; one thumb and three other digits.
- Gag Nose: Bashful, Grumpy and Sneezy, although Grumpy's nose is easily the largest out of all of them.
- Grumpy Bear: Grumpy, obviously has a Meaningful Name.
- Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Dopey wears an example of the "cute" and "odd" types of oversized sleeves, helping to mark him out as the Plucky Comic Relief.
- Heavy Sleeper: Sleepy, see Meaningful Name.
- Hiccup Hijinks: Dopey, after swallowing a bar of soap.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Dopey is the most innocent of the dwarfs.
- 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.
- Manly Tears: Grumpy when Snow White (apparently) dies.
- Meaningful Name: Except Doc, all of them have names describing their personalities.
- Nice Hat: All of them have a hat.
- Odd Name Out: Doc (whose name, unlike the others', isn't an adjective describing his personality). In many translations his name is altered to some variation of "Wise".
- Only Sane Man:
- Grumpy's response to Snow White suddenly becoming their disciplinarian is arguably the closest to reasonable.
- Doc, though a more befuddled case, is often one to the other dwarfs buffoonery and arguing.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Subverted, each one is distinct enough to be identifiable, especially Dopey who looks the youngest of the seven.
- The Runt at the End: Dopey, being the silliest, the smallest, the only one who doesn't talk and the only without a beard (though Doc is the one with the Odd Name Out).
- Sad Clown: All of the dwarfs are comical, however audiences were allegedly in tears at the sight of them mourning over Snow White, one of the very first scenes in animation Played for Drama.
- Shrinking Violet: True to his name, Bashful is very shy and nervous.
- Silent Bob: Dopey can communicate with the other dwarfs, despite being mute.
- Sleepyhead: Sleepy is an obvious example, see Meaningful Name.
- Sneeze of Doom: Courtesy of Sneezy.
- The Speechless: Dopey. Happy explains that they don't know if he can talk or not because he's never tried to (in real life, it was because they couldn't find a suitable voice actor for him).
- Spoonerism: Doc makes a few, the funniest being the aforementioned "what are you and who are you doing?"
- Team Dad: Doc definitely tries to play the father figure to the other six dwarfs, though Snow White is even more of a mother figure to all seven of them.
- Tsundere: Grumpy, whose demeanor toward Snow White (after he starts to warm up to her) is encompassed by the phrase "I'm not doing this because I like you."
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Mostly the dwarfs towards Grumpy. But Sneezy and Dopey get into trouble with the others, though it's usually innocent or unintentional
The Magic Mirror
Spirit In The Magic Mirror
Voiced by: Moroni Olsen
- Amazing Technicolor Population: The Magic Mirror's colouring is a combination of purple, yellow and orange and is in the shape of a mask.
- Ambiguously Evil: It's a terrifying spirit that serves the Queen, though despite its evil usage, it shows no motives of its own.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Believes in Brutal Honesty rather than trying to please his master. Not of amusement mostly, but due to its function.
- Cannot Tell a Lie: Because that's how it works
- Creepy Monotone: Has a villainous tone which increases the creepiness.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: Invokes the imagery of fire and smoke.
- Evil Sounds Deep: The Magic Mirror's voice is very deep and monotonous, giving it a creepy vibe.
- Face Framed in Shadow: The Magic Mirror's face is partly shadowed.
- Flat Character: Only there to fuel the Queen's Envy.
- Just Following Orders: Whatever the Queen asks, the Mirror will do.
- Living Lie Detector: Isn't fooled by the fake heart for a moment
- Magic Mirror: You don't say! The Mirror - exact and unflattering - epitomized the all-consuming vanity of the queen.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant
- Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: The Mirror constantly rhymes when he speaks.
- Punch Clock Villain: The Mirror doesn't have any ill will towards Snow White nor is he jealous of her being the most fairest in the land. His purpose is to serve the Queen and do what she asks.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Two serpents decorate its frame. Though to be fair, they could also symbolize knowledge.
- 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.