Characters: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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     Snow White 

     The Prince 

The Prince

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 (aka Grimhilde)

"...a special sort of death for one so fair."
Voiced by: Lucille LaVerne

The first Disney Villain, Snow White's stepmother, and a very vain queen. Unsatisfied with the Magic Mirror's claims she is not the most fairest in the land, the Queen seeks to kill Snow in order to claim the title. Reserved and cold, the Queen goes to great lengths to ensure her goal is fulfilled — magically transforming herself into an old hag to curse Snow with a poisoned apple.
  • All There in the Script: Her name, Grimhilde, was given in early publicity materials, including the first Comic Book Adaptation. The Walt Disney Company tends to keep to the more well-known name, however.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: The Queen is cold, evil and icy.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Given that her ambition is to be the fairest of them all and she's willing to kill Snow White to achieve it...
  • Arch-Enemy: Poor Snow White.
  • Ax-Crazy: It's bad enough that she wants her stepdaughter dead, but once she's transformed herself into an old hag, the full extent of her ruthlessness becomes clear.
  • Badass: She's secretly a powerful Black Magic-wielding sorceress.
  • The Baroness: Domineering, cold, evil and icy, she could be considered of the Sexpot variation since she is physically beautiful.
  • Beauty Is Bad: As the Queen.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Transforms herself from an extremely beautiful and regal Queen to a hideous and ugly old peddler woman — all because of her jealousy towards someone else.
  • Big Bad: Initially she tries to dispose of Snow by having the Huntsman kill her, but takes matters into her own hands when that doesn't work.
  • Black Cloak: Wears one as both the Queen and as the old peddler woman.
  • Black Magic: What the Queen practices.
  • The Caligula: Not only does she have great power, she is also incredibly vain and irrational in her hatred of Snow White.
  • The Chessmaster: Manipulative, scheming and cunning, she will do anything to accomplish her goal. She's also quick-thinking as the old hag, turning the animals attacking her into a way to get inside the cottage and away from them.
  • 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, and a thunderstorm starts immediately afterwards. Snow'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!
  • Cool Crown: She 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 to represent her evil and jealous nature; initially it's only a cape and hood, but after her transformation she's swathed in the color.
  • The Determinator: She NEVER gives up and is willing to Become Their Own Antithesis to destroy Snow White.
  • Disney Villain Death: Just as she's about to crush the dwarfs with a boulder, the cliff edge she's standing on is struck by lightning. She falls, the boulder falls after her, and it's implied the vultures who have been observing all of this will feast on what's left of her.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Snow White is the fairest in the land... so she wants to kill her.
  • Driven by Envy: Her primary motivation.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The Queen is very fair skinned, and turns out to have ebony hair — just like her stepdaughter.
  • Ermine Cape Effect: Wears an enormous flowing cape and golden crown.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Snow White. Although both the Queen and Snow White are beautiful, Snow White is kind, good-hearted and selfless while the Queen is evil, jealous and vain.
  • Evil Eyebrows: Her eyebrows are highly arched as the Queen.
  • Evil Gloating: As the old hag. After she successfully "kills" Snow White, she gloats "Now I'll be fairest in the land!"
  • Evil Is Hammy: Albeit mostly 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 as the old peddler woman, suggesting that the disguise is actually revealing her most base nature.
  • Evil Makeover / Evil Makes You Ugly: Her transformation into the old hag.
  • Evil Matriarch: A queen determined to off her stepdaughter!
  • Evil Old Folks: Her old hag disguise.
  • Evil Plan: Initially, it's just having the Huntsman slay Snow in an isolated part of the forest. Later, she takes matters into her own hands.
  • Evil Sorceress: Initially; later she's a Wicked Witch.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Her transformation artificially ages her voice. (In real life, her voice actress simply removed her false teeth to accomplish the difference.)
  • Evil Wears Black: Her black cape as the Queen and all-encompassing hooded cloak as the old hag.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Her eyeshadow is noticeably blue.
  • Fairest of Them All: Out of jealousy, the Queen wants to kill Snow 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, Snow White is kind, caring and good-hearted while the Queen is unkind, evil, and vain.
  • Freudian Excuse: Serena Valentino's Twice Told Tale novel "Fairest of All" gives her one: Due to emotional abuse from her father, who refused to acknowledge her as beautiful at all prior to his death, the Queen became obsessed with beauty but really wanted to be loved. In fact, when she married Snow White's father she actually cares for Snow White as if she were her own daughter. It isn't until her father's witch cousins supply her with the magic mirror (containing her father's spirit) that she begins to lose her sanity.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She currently provides the trope's page image!
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: The Queen wears a combination of black and purple.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple / Purple Is the New Black: As the Queen, part of her wardrobe is purple.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: As the Queen she has green eyes, appropriate given her envious nature.
  • High Collar of Doom: Wears a high white collar 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 only because she is more beautiful than she is.
  • It's All About Me: She's willing to commit immoral deeds in order to be known as the most beautiful in the land.
  • Karmic Death: See Disney Villain Death above.
  • Karmic Transformation: The Queen is a rare case of a voluntarily self-inflicted version of this: A woman obsessed with beauty turns herself hideous as a disguise, and she spends the rest of the movie (and is most often remembered) this way.
  • Lady of Black Magic: A regal sorceress of Black Magic. She loses all that grace and beauty once she turns herself into an old hag though.
  • Lack of Empathy: Shows zero guilt and remorse for wanting to harm an innocent girl.
  • Large Ham: Averted with the Queen, who is usually controlled with her mannerisms even when angry. But when she becomes the old hag, she throws all calmness right out the window, and begins right on hamming it up.
  • Magic Is Evil: The Queen is the only magic-user in the film.
  • Makeup Is Evil: She wears a lot of makeup as the Queen, and it is overemphasized.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Especially after she transforms into the old peddler woman and tries to seduce Snow into biting a poisoned apple so she will fall into a deep sleep.
  • Narcissist: She has a magic mirror specifically to tell her that she's the most beautiful in the land.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant
  • No Name Given: Technically averted in Expanded Universe material with Grimhilde, but most Disney media doesn't mention it at all.
  • 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! Since she'd 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; 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: So proud that 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: She fits this description before she drinks the potion.
  • The Stoic: As the Queen, she is almost emotionless. The only emotions that she displays are anger — and even when she is angry, she remains stoic and cool — and jealousy. When she takes the potion, however, it has something of a Psycho Serum effect on her personality and she becomes a Large Ham.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: She is a highly powerful sorceress who might be able to 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 archetypal example that 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: Goes without saying with all these surrounding tropes...
  • 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 rather whimsical vibe of the rest of the film.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The Queen suffers a rare cold-blooded one once she realizes Snow White is still alive. After she transforms herself into an old witch she lets her emotions take hold.
  • Wicked Stepmother: A rather dark example.
  • Wicked Witch: Post Karmic Transformation.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She becomes perhaps one of the darkest interpretations of the trope in the Twice Told Tale novel Fairest of All, which 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 are too far gone thanks to years of emotional abuse from her own father for apparently not being beautiful to him, and having said traumatic memories being forcibly reintroduced into her life by her husband's witch cousins fusing the father's spirit into a magic mirror, combined with the death of her husband, leads her to believe that the only way she can ever amount to anything in terms of beauty is to kill Snow White.

     The Huntsman 

The Huntsman

Voiced by: Stuart Buchannan

An infamous huntsman in the Queen's service, who is ordered to murder Snow White and bring back her heart. Unable to kill the child, he instead sends her away into the woods for safety and fakes her death.
  • 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)

Seven dwarves who work in a diamond mine. They take Snow White in and become her protectors and friends upon finding her asleep in their house. Each has their own distinctive personalities and looks.
  • 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.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Grumpy is the biggest perpetual frowner of the Seven Dwarfs although he is seen smiling on a few occasions.
  • 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. In fact, when Billy Gilbert found out about Sneezy, he called up Walt Disney and gave him his famous sneezing gag and got the part.
  • 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

The Queen's enigmatic servant who informs her who is the fairest in the land. He appears as a mask-like phantom within the Queen's mirror.