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     Snow White

Considered the "fairest in all the land", she incites the jealousy of her vain stepmother, Queen Grimhilde when she spies her and a Prince serenading each other. With the help of her would-be murderer sent by the Queen, Snow White flees until she comes across the cottage of the Seven Dwarfs, whom she befriends.

Voiced by: Adriana Caselotti, Thelma Hubbard (Radio Programs), Ilene Woods (1949 read along book), June Forray (1954 read-along book), Mary Kay Bergman, Carolyn Gardner, Melissa Disney, Katherine Von Till

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Not in the final film—since Snow White has hair "as black as ebony" as described in most versions—surviving pre-production drawings showed potential blonde or redheaded Snow White's.
  • All Loving Heroine: Snow White doesn't seem to hate anyone and she seems to like or love everyone whom she meets, to the point where she is disappointed with her woodland friends for turning away a frail (and extremely suspicious) old lady.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: While the villain is renowned for her beauty, it is Snow White whose beauty ends up being a feature that convinces the dwarfs to trust her, and the Evil Queen turns herself into a hideous old hag towards the end for further emphasis to the lovely Snow White.
  • Break the Cutie: Averted. Despite being enslaved and abused by her only family member, nearly murdered by said family, and being forced to run through a terrifying forest, she picks herself up and doesn't complain or cry much.
  • Character Tics: Often fluffs her hair before meeting someone.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: Although it's never seen quite how the Queen behaved to seduce the king, the Evil Queen certainly follows through with the latter part of the trope, putting her husband's daughter to work, and dressing her in filthy rags to cover her beauty.
  • The Cutie: Snow White is very loveable and endearing, and her cuteness is purposefully emphasized nowadays in contrast to some of the most elegant or tough princesses.
  • Damsel in Distress: Poor Snow White ends up most frequently in mortal peril compared to the others. When the Huntsmen tries to kill her, he spares her out of pity and shame. In the forest scene, she seemed to be running out of terror of her surroundings, which she perceives to be attacking her. And, of course, when she was offered the poisoned apple.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Both her parents died. And her stepmother was abusive to her out of jealousy — making dress and perform duties as a scullery maid.
  • Disney Death: Her moody death and funeral scenes were intended to make children and adults alike unfamiliar with the tale to believe she was truly dead. Nowadays the ending is completely ubiquitous in culture.
  • Expy: Concept sketches of Snow White showed she was originally going to look much closer to Betty Boop. If you squint you can still see the resemblance. This was due to both of them being designed by the same person, Grim Natwick, as well as the style women were drawn in at the time.
  • Fairest of Them All: The most famous example: the Evil Queen hates Snow White for being the most beautiful person in the land.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Is implied to be a Supreme Chef by way of her association with the pie she makes for Grumpy, though it's never tasted. And don't forget about SOUP!
  • Foil: To the Queen. While the Queen is evil, selfish, and vain, Snow White is good, selfless, and caring.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Unlike the other princesses (save Tiana in frog form) the audience gets to watch her befriend the animals of the forest, who are naturally attracted to her.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Snow White wears primary colors (by contrast, the evil queen wears black and purple).
  • Hair Decorations: Her hairband with bow, which is blue in peasant clothes and red in princess clothes, and is one of the most iconic parts of her image.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She completely trusts a creepy hag and thinks she's just a nice "poor old lady", which shows just how good and pure she is—her animal friends who immediately realize something is up don't even convince her not to help.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Snow White is so kind, so sweet-natured, and so good-hearted to everything and everyone she wins over even the most shy and unruly of creatures.
  • The Ingenue: The most prominent example among the Disney Princesses. Since the movie came out in such early times, her innocence and naivete are meant to be very appealing, and provide a sufficient, sympathetic explanation for why she trusts the hag or is terrified of the forest.
  • "I Want" Song: "I'm Wishing", "Someday My Prince Will Come".
  • Nice Girl: Overly sweet and affectionate even by Disney Princess standards, though she can be stern to the dwarves when she wants to be, as part of her motherly nature.
  • Official Couple: With the Prince.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Like all of the princesses, she gets more fancy designs of her movie dress. Her merchandise particularly focuses on collar and skirt when it pimps her out.
  • The Pollyanna: At most, she breaks down briefly in fear, but she is quick to revive from attempted murder and maintains a very cheery, positive disposition.
  • Princess Classic: The sweet-singing, sweet-natured, and beautiful Snow White ends up with her prince in a castle in the clouds.
  • Proper Lady: Her feminine skills are emphasized more than any other princess, and thus she is perhaps the most quintessential example.
  • Protagonist Title: The movie is named after her.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: "Lips red as the rose. Hair black as ebony. Skin white as snow." Snow White is probably at least a contender for Trope Codifier.
  • Scullery Maid: Hoping to cover up her beauty, the Evil Queen assigns her to hard labor in rags as a scullery maid, but this doesn't stop the Prince from loving her.
  • Simple Yet Opulent: Snow's blue and yellow princess dress doesn't have much decorations other than the slashes on the sleeves and high-collar.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Snow White falls for The Prince, who is just as noble, kind, and romantic as she is.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: In regards to the Prince. When she first sees the Prince, she instantly and deeply falls in love with him.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Despite the Evil Queen's efforts to make her uglier by dressing her in rags and making her work, Snow White still becomes the fairest in the land by fourteen, so the Queen demands her death.
  • Supreme Chef: Suggested. She's iconically associated with the pie she makes for Grumpy, but it's never actually tasted. They seem to like her cooking according to the CDs and in the video game, Kinect: Disneyland Adventures.
  • Team Mom: To the dwarves. She even tells them, grown men, they'll get no supper till they wash up!
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Snow White "dies" after she bites a poisoned apple made by the Evil Queen.
  • True Love's Kiss: Notably, it's specifically "love's first kiss", which implies it only works on chaste women.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Snow White is a strong believer that one day, all of her dreams will come true.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: The Magic Mirror claims that Snow White is "the fairest of them all", deposing her stepmother from the title.
  • Younger than She Looks: Walt Disney was aiming to make her look to be around 14 years old, which was closer to her age in original versions of the story.

     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), Pinto Colvig (Seven Wise Dwarfs), Stan Freberg (1954), Jack Wagner (Disneyland), Jim Cummings (DVD extras, 1994), David Ogden Stiers (Currently)
Grumpy Voiced by: Pinto Colvig, Stuart Buchannan (radio programs), Hal Smith (80's), Jack Wagner (Disneyland), Corey Burton (Currently)
Happy Voiced by: Otis Harlan, Rolfe Sedan (Lux Radio Theatre), Kevin Schon (House of Mouse, DVD Extras), Stephen Stanton (Currently)
Sleepy Voiced by: Pinto Colvig, Billy Gilbert (Mickey Mouse Theatre of the Air), Lou Merrill (Lux Radio Theatre), Hal Smith (80's), Jack Wagner (Disneyland), Bill Farmer (Currently)
Bashful Voiced by: Scotty Mattraw, Jack Smart (Lux Radio Theatre), Stan Freberg (1954), Jack Wagner (Disneyland), Jeff Bennett (Currently), Paul Rudish (Mickey Mouse)
Sneezy Voiced by: Billy Gilbert, Will Ryan (80's), Jack Wagner (Disneyland), Bob Joles (Currently)
Dopey Voiced by: Jimmy MacDonald (snoring and crying) Pinto Colvig (hiccups), Eddie Collins (screaming), Frank Welker (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train)

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.
  • Acrofatic: Happy is the plumpest of the dwarfs, yet he can keep up with the rest of them when they're running up a mountain after the Wicked Queen.
  • 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.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Dopey is this within the dwarf clan, being the youngest and the most childish.
  • Bald of Awesome: All of the dwarves are bald and have no hair.
  • Big Fun: Happy is the plumpest and of course the jolliest of the dwarfs.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Doc takes the role of this trope as he is considered to be the leader of the dwarfs. Grump temporarily took this role when he and the dwarfs chased after the evil queen after she poisons Snow White
  • 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.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: The dwarfs care for each other a lot and their relationship with each other can be described as this. The all live together in a single house and sleep in their own name carved beds and they all do a lot of things together. Many fans consider the dwarfs to be biologically brothers and even Snow White herself seems to think so too.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: Dopey, after swallowing a bar of soap.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Dopey has blue eyes and 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 when they open the coffin to mourn her.
  • The Leader: Doc is the self-proclaimed leader of the seven dwarfs.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Doc and Grumpy tend to get into those bicker spats on occasion which is mostly seen when they discuss on what to do with Snow White and when Grumpy refused to wash himself for dinner
  • 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 one 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.
  • 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 Voiceless: 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).


    The Prince
Voiced by: Harry Stockwell, James Eagles (Radio Productions) Jerry Whitman (Disney On Ice), Michael Gough (Villain's Revenge), James Arnold Taylor (Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep)

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.
  • Nice Guy: The prince is pure, noble, and kind hearted and is the male version of Snow White.
  • Nice Hat: A blue cap with a white feather.
  • 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 Huntsman
Voiced by: Stuart Buchannan, Pete Renaday

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.
  • Nice Hat: A brown hat with a red feather.
  • 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 Evil Queen (aka Grimhilde)
"...a special sort of death for one so fair."
Voiced by: Lucille LaVerne, Paula Winslowe (Lux Radio Theatre), Gloria Gordon (Lux Radio Theatre, Witch), Eleanor Audley (Read Along Book), June Foray (Disney on Parade), Janet Waldo (1974), Eda Reiss Marin (Disneyland), Louise Chamis (1992-2001), Susan Blakeslee (Currently)

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 Cape: As the Queen (as the old hag, she wears a cloak with a cowl).
  • 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. She is the second fairest in the land, and rotten to the core.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Determinator: She never gives up and is willing to become her 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 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.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Downplayed. As the Witch, she often stares and speaks directly into the camera, which effectively makes her creepier.
  • 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.
  • Genre Blind: she takes it as a given that Snow White would be buried at all (she's ultimately kept above ground, letting the Prince kiss her back to life), and with countless lethal poisons she could have used, she went for the one that was a sleeping potion (though the latter case may be due to the fact that she had already finished preparing the apple before learning about the antidote, and may not have thought it worth the time and effort to prep a second. That or she really liked the idea of burying Snow White alive.).
  • 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: 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.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: As the Queen, she is calm and composed, while still extremely cold blooded, and does look rather fair. Then she takes a potion she created to physically transform herself into the Witch. Not only does this make her an unrecognizably hideous looking old hag, but she loses all of her restraint, cackling all the way.
  • 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.
  • 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! With a name like Grimhilde, even her name falls into this category.
  • 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 Sociopath: You don't get more sociopathic than trying to murder an innocent woman for being prettier than you.
  • 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 Magic Mirror
Voiced by: Moroni Olsen, Hans Conreid (Wonderful World of Disney), Tony Jay (1992 - 2006), Corey Burton (Currently)

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.
  • 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 its face.
  • The Stoic: His only expression is total seriousness.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His answers to The Queen's question of who is the most beautiful always causes her to take more and more drastic actions.
  • 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.