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Voiced by: Keith Coogan (child, first movie); Mickey Rooney (adult, first movie); Jonah Bobo (child, midquel)Tod is a fox and one of the titular protagonists. He becomes best friends with Copper the hound dog, despite the two being natural enemies.
- Adorkable: Whenever he's around Vixey, he gets all goofy and tongue-tied.
- 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.
- Genre Blind: Doesn't heed Vixie's warning of going into a part of the forest that's "too quiet". Turns out Amos and Copper were waiting there in ambush.
- 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.
- Man Bites Man: When Copper is chasing him an Vixie, Tod goes on the offensive and bites Copper's neck, then chomps down on Copper's paw when he traps Tod and Vixie in their den.
- Missing Mom: He never does learn what happened to his mother when he was a kit.
- Nice Guy: Friendly, caring, kind, loyal, sweet, warm, and gentle.
- 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.
- Raised by Humans: Tod is raised by an old widow woman after his real mother is killed by hunters.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He's shown with red irises when snarling at Copper.
- Red Is Heroic: He's a red fox and is The Hero.
- Undying Loyalty: To Copper, and later to Vixey.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender-flipped. Tod 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.
Voiced by: Corey Feldman (child, first movie); Kurt Russell (adult, first movie); Harrison Fahn (child, midquel)Copper is a hound dog and one of the titular protagonists. He becomes best friends with Tod the fox, despite the two being natural enemies.
- 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 and prompts his Heel Realization. He's also one to Chief. In general, most of Chief's and Amos' Pet the Dog moments during the movie are linked to him.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- Outright blames himself for Chief's injuries due to his letting Tod escape.
- Immediately followed by Mood Whiplash as he 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.
- 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.
- You Killed My Father: He does blame Tod for nearly getting Chief killed.
Voiced by: Jeanette Nolan (first film); Russi Taylor (midquel)Widow Tweed is one of the main protagonists and is the caretaker of Tod.
- 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.
- Demoted to Extra: She's not in the midquel very much, although she fares better than some other characters.
- 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!"
- Nice Girl: Kind, gentle, motherly, considerate, and sentimental.
- Nice Hat: She wears a purple hat with a flower in it.
- Parental Substitute: To Tod, obviously.
- Shoo the Dog: The saddest scene in the film, and she provides the trope page quote.
Voiced by: Pearl Bailey (first film); Monnae Michaell (midquel)Big Mama is an owl that appears to live close to Widow Tweed's home. She appears to be close friends with Dinky and Boomer, as well as forest inhabitants like Vixey. She acts as a mentor to Tod.
- The Matchmaker: With Tod and Vixey.
- The Mentor: Acts as one to Tod as he grows up, often giving him advice.
- Nice Girl: Caring, motherly, pure, thoughtful, sweet, kind, warm, selfless, friendly, generous, loving, protective, and honest.
- Only Known by Their Nickname
- The Owl-Knowing One: A very wise owl who functions as a mentor figure to Tod.
- Shipper on Deck: For Tod and Vixey.
- Team Mom: Definitely a mother figure throughout the movie, especially towards Tod and as such, (along with Widow Tweed), another Parental Substitute to him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She doesn't appear in the midquel.
Dinky and Boomer
Voiced by: Richard Bakalyan (Dinky); Paul Winchell (Boomer)They are two friends — a sparrow (Dinky) and a woodpecker (Boomer)— who are seen either helping Big Mama act out a plan or trying to catch Squeaks, a caterpillar.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Dinky is the Little Guy to Boomer's Big Guy.
- Butt Monkey: Later copied by Tip and Dash in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.
- Determinators: Similar to a famous series of cartoons, they keep trying to catch Squeaks, no matter how many times they fail.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Although some feel the movie needs ever bit of comic relief it can get, making them a case proof that Tropes Are Not Bad.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Dinky seems smarter than Boomer.
- Sidekicks: Both are this to Big Mama.
- Super-Persistent Predator: When it comes to catching Squeaks.
- Those Two Guys: Always appear together and have little impact on the plot. Their only purpose in the story is comic relief.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: They aren't even mentioned in the midquel.
Voiced by: Sandy DuncanVixey is a vixen, and the tritagonist. She is Tod's main Love Interest.
- 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.
- Nice Girl: Friendly, caring, thoughtful, and romantic.
- 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 the film tells about her besides the fact she and Tod love each other.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Vixey quickly falls in love with Tod, and immediately starts planning how many kits she wants to have with him, to his confusion.
- 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. Though it's most likely that she kept running when Tod turned back to fight the bear.
Voiced by: Jack Albertson (first film); Jeff Bennett (midquel)Amos Slade is the primary antagonist and the owner of Copper and Chief.
- Anti-Villain: Amos Slade is a Jerkass but not a completely 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.
- 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, though not justified ones.
- Determinator: After Chief's accident, he is bent on killing Tod. Not even anti-hunting laws and Tod saving his life can discourage him.
- Egomaniac Hunter: He even has his short Villain Song named "A Huntin' Man".
- Evil Counterpart: Although more Jerkass than evil, he serves as this to Widow Tweed. Both are the human owners of the two main characters and they are very protective of their animals, but he's much more of an antagonistic Knight Templar.
- 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.
- Grumpy Old Man: Has a cranky disposition.
- 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 entirely 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.
- Never My Fault: Let's see he blames Todd for the near death of Chief, when it was accidental and even if it wasn't, Todd was in self-defense. And who sent Chief against Todd again?
- Nice Hat: Usually wears his green hat.
- Oh, Crap!: When Widow Tweed snatches his shotgun away from him and takes aim, he clearly thinks she's going to shoot him and recoils away from her, trying to shield himself.
- 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). One could argue that Chief's near death was more of a pretext for himself to hate the fox even more than he was already.
- 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. Though it is less for Chief and more for his personal hatred.
- 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".
Voiced by: Pat Buttram (first film); Rob Paulsen (midquel); Frank Welker (barking noises)Chief is an old Irish Wolfhound and a secondary antagonist and is the older dog of Amos'.
- 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.
- 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 sustains injuries by a train. This would have killed him, except that Disney decided he should live.
- Morality Pet: He and Copper are literally this to their owner Amos.
- Old Dog: He fits the "crabby old guy" category.
- Parental Substitute: To Copper.
- Punch Clock Villain: He's technically a villain, but one that the audience cares about.
Squeaks is a caterpillar who's constantly chased by Dinky and Boomer all throughout.
Voiced by: Clarence Nash; Candy Candido (growling noises)The Bear is the climax antagonist and is a giant black-furred bear with red eyes. He does not tolerate intruders or trespassers, and he will kill them if they do so. He is accidentally woken up by Amos Slade and Copper.
- Bears are Bad News: He's pictured on the trope page for a reason. The second the bear shows up, things get worse for everyone.
- Dark is Evil: He has black fur.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: Shows up out of nowhere and only serves as a resolving device between Tod and Copper.
- Disney Villain Death: Falls down a waterfall when attempting to kill Tod.
- Final Boss: Only shows up at the end of the final chase to change the whole game of it, and is the real final threat to Tod and Copper.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The bear falls to his death because he took a swing at Tod atop a log, breaking it to pieces, while forgetting that he himself was standing on the log as well.
- Knight of Cerebus: Takes things in the movie to a whole different level. He only shows up during the climax, and when he does, he outweighs any threat Big Bad Amos Slade might have played towards the heroes.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The red eyes make him look like a spawn from hell.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The film starts off as a cute dog/fox bonding story, and ends in a fight with an utterly terrifying bear.