Characters: The Fox and the Hound

Tod

Voiced by: Keith Coogan (child, first movie); Mickey Rooney (adult, first movie); Jonah Bobo (child, midquel)

  • Adorkable: Whenever he's around Vixey.
  • Berserk Button: Do not threaten Vixey in any way. Or Copper, for that matter.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When he saves Copper and Amos from the bear.
  • Childhood Friends: With Copper.
  • Children Are Innocent: He and Copper have no idea that they're supposed to be enemies when they were children.
  • A Dog Named Dog: A Tod named Tod.
  • Fiery Redhead: When the situation calls for it.
  • The Hero: Tod is the main protagonist of the movie.
  • Made of Iron: Survives being swatted by a bear multiple times and the rather long fall that apparently killed said bear.
  • Missing Mom: In-Universe- He never does learn what happened to his mother when he was a kit.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: If he had listened to Big Mama during the "Lack of Education" song or had gone back home when Copper told him to, Chief wouldn't have gotten injured and his relationship with Copper probably wouldn't have become strained. Oh, and he'd probably still be living comfortably with Widow Tweed. He would've never met Vixey though.
  • Official Couple: With Vixey.
  • Papa Wolf: Todd would normally run from Copper and Amos when they were after him. However when they almost harm Vixey he fights them off with sheer ferocity. Even wounding his former friend.
  • Raised by Humans: Tod is raised by an old widow woman after his real mother is killed by hunters.
  • Red-Headed Hero: He's a red fox and is The Hero.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • For disregarding Big Mama's "Lack of Education" lesson, which was complete with animal skins and implements used to trap/kill wildlife.
    • He completely blows off Copper when he tries to tell him to go home. And later, he ignores Vixie's warning about the forest being too quiet, which results in him nearly getting trapped and both foxes being smoked out of their den. For a fox, Tod sure does have his fair share of these moments.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Copper, and later to Vixey.

Copper

Voiced by: Corey Feldman (child, first movie); Kurt Russell (adult, first movie); Harrison Fahn (child, midquel)

  • Childhood Friends: With Tod.
  • Children Are Innocent: He and Tod are BFFs as kids, unaware and uncaring that society expects them to hate each other. This changes after they grow up.
  • Deuteragonist: Tod is clearly the main focus character.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Until Tod saves him from a bear.
  • Go Through Me: He shields Tod from Amos' gun at the end and gives his master a Heel Realization.
  • Hero Antagonist: Becomes this after his Face-Heel Turn. He gets better, though.
  • Heroic Dog: He does his best to protect Amos from a bear. It then switches to Heroic Fox.
  • Made of Iron: Survives getting knocked around by a friggin' grizzly long enough for Tod to step in and save him.
  • Morality Pet: Literally to Amos, and he's the one who prevents him from shooting Tod at the end.
  • Parental Abandonment: We assume he was taken from both parents when Amos bought him. They are never seen or heard from in either movie.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: When standing up to Slade at the end Copper gives a defiant but earnest use of this trope.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Chief, Amos, and, ultimately, Tod.
  • What Have I Done:
    • Outright blames himself for Chief's injuries due to his letting Tod escape.
    • Immediately followed Mood Whiplash Goes from this to swearing Revenge in about three seconds flat.
    • At the climax Tod saves Copper from being killed by the bear, and barely survives falling down a waterfall with it, collapsing at the riverbank. As Copper approaches, he is amazed that Tod saved him, despite everything that happened, and now feels genuinely remorseful for what he's done to him. Then he steps in between Amos' gun & Tod refusing to move away, and Amos lowers his gun.
  • You Killed My Father: He does blame Tod for nearly getting Chief killed.

Widow Tweed

Voiced by: Jeanette Nolan (first film); Russi Taylor (midquel)

  • Apron Matron: Widow Tweed is kind and caring towards her animals, especially Tod, but if you mess with any of them, you will face the consequences.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She may be a nice old lady, but don't try to mess with her animals. Just ask Amos.
  • Cool Old Lady: She grabs Amos' gun from him and blows a hole in his car engine. Woman is badass.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Just look at the way she treats Tod. She also owns a cow and a few chickens.
  • Granny Classic: A kindly old lady who adopts the orphaned Tod.
  • Mama Bear: She is very protective of Tod.
  • Never Mess with Granny: "Amos Slade, you trigger-happy lunatic! Give me that gun!"
  • Parental Substitute: To Tod, obviously.
  • Shoo the Dog: The saddest scene in the film, and she provides the trope page quote.

Big Mama

Voiced by: Pearl Bailey (first film); Monnae Michaell (midquel)

Dinky and Boomer

Voiced by: Richard Bakalyan (Dinky); Paul Winchell (Boomer)

Vixey

Voiced by: Sandy Duncan

  • Falling in Love Montage: "Appreciate the Lady."
  • First Girl Wins: Is the first female fox that Tod meets (though she's also the only one he meets).
  • Genre Savvy: Knows something's up when the forest around them becomes unusually silent one morning. Tod, on the other hand...
  • A Lizard Named Liz: Her name is derived from "vixen" and she's, well, a vixen.
  • Official Couple: With Tod.
  • Satellite Love Interest: She has barely any personality, due to being introduced around the time Tod was put in the nature reserve, and meeting and immediately triggering Tod's affections within two minutes of her first appearance. She is implied to have known Big Mama for some time from the sound of her introduction, but that's pretty much all we know about her besides the fact she and Tod love each other.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Dixie, Vixey, Trixie, or Vixie?
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She completely vanishes during the bear fight scene, showing up again only in the very final scene with Tod. She kept running when Tod turned back to fight the bear.

Amos Slade

Voiced by: Jack Albertson (first film); Jeff Bennett (midquel)

  • Anti-Villain: Amos Slade is a Jerkass but not a bad guy, and he doesn't see his career of hunting as a bad thing. The only time he actually does anything illegal is when Chief almost dies thanks to Tod and he's determined to get Tod's pelt even though hunting isn't allowed in that area, but backs off when Copper shows Amos that Tod is his friend.
  • Bad Boss: Subverted. He's not a nice person within any stretch of the imagination, but he cares for his dogs. He lets Chief sleep inside the house after the dog is wounded and is willing to break the law to avenge Chief's near-death, which he blames on Tod.
  • Berserk Button: Do not mess with this man's dogs. You will regret it if you do.
  • Big Bad: Anti-villainy or not, he's a major threat to The Hero Tod throughout the movie, especially in the second half.
  • Corrupt Hick: He is willing to hunt foxes in a nature preserve. To be fair, he's only hunting this one fox and for personal reasons.
  • Determinator: After Chief's accident, he is bent on killing Tod. Not even anti-hunting laws and Tod saving his life can discourage him.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Has a cranky disposition.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: He even has his short Villain Song named "A Huntin' Man".
  • Evil Poacher: Averted, as Slade only poaches once in the film, but that is out of revenge.
  • Expy: Amos Slade's character is partially based on the following: Humbert, Man, and Jed Clampett from the Beverly Hillbillies, The Master from the original novel in 1967.
  • Heel Realization: When in the end, Copper defends Tod from him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Amos gets caught in his own bear trap. He survives.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Fortunately for Tod (and Vixey later on).
  • It's Personal: He is determined to avenge Chief after he is almost killed.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Probably the only time the Big Bad in a Disney movie is this trope. While he's a jerk and can be ruthless when it comes to Tod, he was never supposed to be evil and his devotion to both his dogs brings him closer to Anti-Villain territory. It helps that he has a Heel Realization at the end.
  • Knight Templar: He blames Tod for his dog's near death, and becomes obsessed with killing him by any means necessary.
  • Lean and Mean: Very skinny and very unpleasant.
  • Nice Hat: Usually wears his green hat.
  • Papa Wolf: He's actually protective of his dogs and is willing to risk federal prosecution just to avenge one of them.
  • Pet the Dog: Cranky old recluse that he might be, he treats both of his dogs quite well and his family-like devotion to them serves to make him Not So Different from Widow Tweed.
  • A Real Man Is a Killer
  • Revenge Before Reason: Determined to avenge Chief at any cost, even coming closer to the Moral Event Horizon because of this (see Ungrateful Bastard).
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Breaching the game preserve to hunt Tod was this for him, as it was a personal challenge after he blamed Tod for almost killing Chief.
  • Trigger Happy: Widow Tweed even called him "trigger-happy lunatic".
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He is even willing to kill Tod after the fox saves his life. Copper gets him to come to his senses, though.
  • Villain Song: "A Huntin' Man".

Chief

Voiced by: Pat Burtram (first film); Rob Paulsen (midquel); Frank Welker (barking noises)

  • Anti-Villain: He is supposed to chase Tod because he is a hunting dog.
  • Disney Death: He gets hit by a train and falls from a bridge, but walks away with only a broken leg. Rare case of this happening to an antagonistic character in a Disney movie.
  • The Dragon: He's Amos' top huntin' dog, although Copper is being trained to eventually take his place.
  • Heel-Face Turn: We can assume that he no longer hates Tod because he saved his master and his adopted son from a bear. Also because he got to live in a life of luxury indoors while recovering.
  • Hero Antagonist: He's technically a villain, but one that the audience cares about.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In his last scene, he says that Amos is "making a big fuss over a little old hurt leg", while Chief himself was doing the same thing early in the film.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shows the "heart of gold" part towards Copper.
  • Made of Iron: How he survived getting hit by a train and a long fall.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Played with - he's Copper's mentor/father figure and is seriously wounded by a train.
  • Morality Pet: He and Copper are literally this to their owner Amos.
  • The Obi-Wan: To Copper, particularly during the hunting trip.
  • Old Dog: He fits the "crabby old guy" category.
  • Parental Substitute: To Copper.

The Bear

Voiced by: Clarence Nash; Candy Candido (growling noises)