Snow WhiteSee Disney Princess
Voiced by: Harry Stockwell
The handsome prince that hears Snow White's song and falls in love with her.
- 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
- Knight in Shining Armor
- 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.
- Nice Guy
- 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.
- Ornamental Weapon: He has a dagger at his side, but never uses it.
- 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 (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.
- Big Bad
- 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.
- 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!"
- Disproportionate Retribution: Snow White is the fairest in the land... so she wants to kill her.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Evil Eyebrows
- 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 Matriarch
- Evil Sorceress
- Evil Wears Black: Her black cape.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow
- Fairest of Them All
- 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!
- High Collar of Doom
- Karmic Disney Villain Death
- 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.
- 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.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant
- No Name Given
- 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 others 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
- Proud Beauty: She has a Magic Mirror she would use everyday to confirm that she is the "the fairest in that land". When the mirrors claims that Snow White is the fairest the queen tries to have her killed.
- Purple Is Powerful
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: The Queen fit that description; at least before she drank the potion.
- Vain Sorceress
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: She takes her jealously 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 get 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
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
- Anti-Sneeze Finger: They do this to Sneezy.
- Bald of Awesome
- Butt Monkey: Mostly Dopey.
- Cute Mute: Dopey.
- Deadpan Snarker: Grumpy has his moments.
- Defrosting Ice King: Grumpy.
- 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
- Gag Nose: Bashful, Grumpy and Sneezy, although Grumpy's nose is easily the largest out of all of them.
- Grumpy Bear: Grumpy, obviously.
- 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...
- Hiccup Hijinks: Dopey, after swallowing a bar of soap.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Dopey.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Grumpy.
- The Leader: Doc.
- Malaproper: Doc.
- Man Child: Dopey.
- Manly Tears: Grumpy when Snow White (apparently) dies.
- Meaningful Name
- Nice 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.
- 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.
- Shrinking Violet: Bashful.
- Silent Bob: Dopey.
- Sleepyhead: Sleepy, obviously.
- Sneeze of Doom: Courtesy of Sneezy.
- The Speechless: Dopey.
- Spoonerism: Doc makes a few, the funniest being the aforementioned "what are you and who are you doing?"
- Team Dad: Doc.
- 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
Spirit In The Magic Mirror
Voiced by: Moroni Olsen