The title and main character. A naive and soft-spoken teddy bear who lives in the trunk of a tree under the name of 'Sanders' written over his door. He utterly loves "hunny" and his home is filled with "hunny" pots of all sizes.
Determinator: On occasion, most notably in Pooh's Grand Adventure.
Early-Bird Cameo: In 1924, one full year before the first Pooh story was written (and two years before the first full book was published), Pooh appeared in the book When We Were Very Young, as the main character in the poem Teddy Bear. Throughout most of the poem, he's simply referred to as "Teddy Bear" or "Teddy," but in the later stages of the poem, he's directly addressed as "Mr. Edward Bear," which of course is Pooh's original name.
Furry Reminder: To stuffed animals, no less. Pooh's stitches will sometimes burst at the seams, and at other times his head will do a 270 degree turn before returning to its base position.
Genius Ditz: He writes spur-of-the-moment songs and poetry for the fun of it, completely unaware that from a literary standpoint he would be considered quite skilled. None of the other characters have this talent, and Eeyore's attempt to emulate it inevitably falls flat.
Smart Ball: Of all the inhabitants of the Forest, Pooh is by far the most likely to get sudden flashes of brilliance. For someone who is so consistently portrayed as dull and slow-witted, he has surprisingly many good ideas when they're needed, to the point where he almost borders on Genius Ditz at times. This is mostly prevalent in the original novels, but the Disney version definitely has his moments as well.
The only human character to appear in the books, Christopher Robin is the storybook allusion to the Real Life boy Milne wrote the stories for. He is a young boy who spends time with his stuffed animals in the distant Hundred Acre Wood and acts as a mentor and leader most of the time. Later in the series, he attends boarding school.
He used to have one in the first featurette as well (provided by Bruce Reitherman, who also voicedMowgli), but after complaints from the fans it was changed to an English accent from Blustery Day onward. When the three original Pooh featurettes were collected into the full-feature The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin was, for the sake of consistency, overdubbed with his later trademark English accent in the Honey Tree segment (though you can still clearly hear American Christopher when he sings along with Pooh in the Little Black Raincloud song).
Demoted to Extra: Christopher Robin was originally the star of the books; in the poetry books he appears often and has several poems dedicated to him (as opposed to Pooh, who only appears in one poem in When We Were Very Young and only appears occasionally in Now We Are Six), and while he was moved Out of Focus for the Pooh stories he remained a central character. In the first Disney featurettes he was also a major character, but in later productions he got smaller and smaller roles, quite often being left out entirely.
This is sort of explained in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (and elaborated upon in ''Pooh's Most Grand Adventure"): He's started school. While the Disney version doesn't seem to be attending boarding school the way his book counterpart is implied to be, it's still reasonable to presume that he isn't around as much because he's busy with schoolwork.
Full-Name Basis: At least if you go by New Adventures canon, where "Robin" is hinted to be his surname. Rarely, if ever, is he called just "Christopher."
Bouncin's what Tiggers do best!
Hyperactive stuffed tiger with a fondness for bouncing. Known to grate on others' nerves (especially Rabbit) with his tendency to bounce head on into others as a form of welcome. Initially found somewhat intimidating or annoying by the other members of the Hundred Acre Wood upon his arrival, Pooh and the others eventually warmed up to him and consider him a close friend, especially Roo.
Breakout Character: Tigger wasn't really a major character in the books, appearing only in the second book, The House At Pooh Corner. In the Disney adaptations, he got bigger and bigger roles until he ended up as the franchise's main star apart from Pooh himself.
Cheerful Child: He can be said to be this in the original novels, as he is clearly very young and inexperienced and needs someone to look after him. He was aged up for the Disney version (even if his demeanor is much the same).
Happily Adopted: By Kanga, in the original novels. In the Disney version, he lives on his own (but frequently hangs around Kanga and Roo).
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A mild example - he's as nice as they come, but has had moments where he's quite thoughtless and inconsiderate. The book version's jerkishness is usually limited to pouncing on people when they're not expecting it, but the Disney version can get surprisingly (though unintentionally) mean at times. This is most prominent in the New Adventures series, but is definitely there in the original featurettes too.
The Nicknamer: In the Disney version, he's got a nickname for everyone, and loads of them for Rabbit.
Picky Eater: In the original novel, this is actually one of his defining traits, combined with his usual Miles Gloriosus over-enthusiasm. His introduction chapter has him and Pooh searching for something that Tiggers actually like to eat. Tigger cheerfully claims that Tiggers like everything, and whatever Pooh suggests, he'll say it's his very favorite... that is, until he actually tastes it, after which he'll say that Tiggers like everything in the world except what he just had. The list of exceptions to what Tiggers like keeps growing all through the chapter, until he finally comes across the one thing he does likes to eat: extract of malt, Roo's "strengthening medicine."
The Disney version does include a Shout-Out to this when establishing Tigger's dislike of honey (which comes and goes Depending on the Writer), but the desperate search for something he can actually eat doesn't happen and extract of malt is never mentioned.
Sad Clown: Tigger is usually hyperactive and infallibly cheerful. When he is truly brought down however, it is a rather tragic sight. Utilized in universe, all the others are insistant on "un-bouncing" Tigger, though are so heartbroken by the depressed shell remaining when they succeed they immediately go back on it.
Took a Level in Kindness: The Disney version, post- The Tigger Movie. While it's not too blatant, he does through a bit of Character Development in that movie, learning to be more considerate towards his non-Tigger friends. This development actually sticks, because in productions after that, his Jerk with a Heart of Gold moments and Miles Gloriosus tendencies are toned down considerably — though his hyperactive enthusiasm hasn't dropped one bit, nor has he become any more inclined to think before he acts, so he remains the most chaotic element in the Hundred Acre Wood.
Extremely timid stuffed piglet. Being someone of such little size makes Piglet rather paranoid and fearful often needing the support of his friends, nevertheless he's very gentle and caring little guy all in all and will face his fears for the sake of others.
Art Evolution: A curious example, but take a look at Piglet's one-second appearance in the original intro song (the "there's Rabbit, and Piglet, and there's Owl" part). Someone at Disney must have done some heavy redesigning before Piglet made his "official" animated debut in the second featurette.
Character Development: Arguably, he's the only character in the original novels who goes through genuine Character Development. He starts out as a timid dreamer who, in his desperate attempts to appear big and brave, usually blows his chances when he gets them and is blind to the positive qualities he does possess. In the latter parts of the second novel, he learns to recognize and appreciate his own strengths, and in the end becomes the big hero of the book. You could say that he starts out as a Lovable Coward but turns into a Cowardly Lion. Averted with the Disney version, who is a Cowardly Lion from the get-go.
Cheerful Child: In the Soviet Vinni Pukh adaptions, Piglet is a much cheerier and less timid character.
Composite Character: Perhaps one reason for Piglet's cheerier attitude in the Soviet Vinni Pukh adaptions is that he's used as the stand-in character for Christopher Robin, who doesn't appear in the cartoons at all. Since the stories closely follow the book plots, Piglet is the one who says and does all the things that Christopher Robin did in the books, something which certainly alters his characterization a bit.
Cowardly Lion: Will perform impressive acts of bravery when a push becomes a shove, though he's more likely to do this in the Disney version than in the original novels.
Vague Age: In the Disney version at least, despite being a "piglet" his matured voice and arguably more sensible personality than many of the others leaves it ambiguous as to whether he is much younger than Pooh. Tigger referring him to both "kiddo" and "ol' pal" at times certainly doesn't help.
Thanks for noticin' me.
Stuffed donkey with a deeply cynical and borderline mentally depressed view of life. Often around to share a negative view of things, though is also rather philosophical and can give great wisdom at times.
Adaptation Dye-Job: A lot of modern Disney merchandise and promotional artwork saturates Eeyore's fur color into a dull blue, likely to give him a more florescent and noticable design compared to his grey scheme (granted however "blue" suits his character in a sense).
Grumpy Bear: Snarky and extremely cynical compared to the other more innocent residents of the Hundred Acre Wood. The Disney version represents this to an extent though is somewhat more recessive and "matter of fact" about it than in the original novels (an often implied character ethic is that he enjoys being depressed).
Jerkass: Definitely in the original novels, though occasionally he goes over into Jerkass Woobie territory. Both animated adaptions avert the trope, as Eeyore is far less nasty and sarcastic in either cartoons.
The Stoic: Ironically enough. Despite his trademark depressive personality, Eeyore is usually the least likely to become highly fearful or upset in a dire situation, his usual emotional range usually never straying past being somewhat glum and negative. Whatever makes his life is so miserable, he is at least accustomed to it.
Pooh: Are you alright, Eeyore?
Eeyore: Been better. Been worse too.
Surrounded by Idiots: Milne's suggested reason for his depressed attitude in the original novels. In the Disney adaptions, he's a much friendlier guy, just very negative in the most simplistic of terms, though he does have bouts of this trope at times, especially being The Chew Toy.
Grouchy rabbit that is obsessed with getting order and peace in the Hundred Acre Wood. Often finds himself bothered by the antics of the other residents usually Pooh and Tigger, though granted he himself often takes wacky extremes to deal with problems.
And in the original novels, he's brown. At least according to E. H. Shepard's color illustrations.
Ambiguously Gay: Fitting to a T. Right down to the fact that it is played up for laughs (his pink robe and hair curlers, multiple frilly aprons, the aptitude for ballet dancing as seen in Pooh's Grand Adventure, etc), it is never addressed/confirmed, nor implied that he has any interest in the opposite sex. Or either sex, for that matter.
"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully. "Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever." "And he has Brain." "Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain." There was a long silence. "I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."
Super OCD: Rabbit is obsessed with order and tidiness and can turn almost any minor fun activity into a highly regimented work routine (usually resulting in a nervous breakdown when the others screw it up).
Rabbit: Have you all gone mad?!? You can't possibly do things...out of order!
Token Evil Teammate: To an extent. He is much more antagonistic than the other residents, however by normal standards, he's just a bit of Jerkass, redeeming himself rather frequently and even plays the Straight Man on occasion.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Merely wants to maintain order in the Hundred Acre Wood, but resorts to somewhat extreme measures such as kidnapping or traumatizing residents in order to do so (granted however, it hardly ever works).
Docile mother kangaroo. Often acts a gentle mother figure to the others.
Beware the Nice Ones: Usually rather docile and sweet in tone (to the point of being a borderline Extreme Doormat), though let's say she's rather sporting to the odd scheme or prank (Piglet found this out the hard way).
Closer to Earth: The Disney version at least. The book version is slightly more sensible too but shares the others' occasionally brainless demeanor.
Mama Bear: Much more gentle than usual examples, but obviously is rather protective of her son.
The trope is even pointed out by Piglet in the original novel:
"There's just one thing," said Piglet, fidgeting a bit. "I was talking to Christopher Robin, and he said that a Kanga was Generally Regarded as One of the Fiercer Animals. I am not frightened of Fierce Animals in the ordinary way, but it is well known that if One of the Fiercer Animals is Deprived of Its Young, it becomes as fierce as Two of the Fiercer Animals."
This is toned down in the Disney adaptation of their meeting, where Kanga knows full well how harmless the other residents are and ultimately shows mercy on Piglet (with "a cookie and a kiss"), at which point he realises Kanga isn't scary at all.
Positive Discrimination: The Disney version arguably. She does at least seem to be the one character lacking a personality-establishing flaw.
Hyperactive joey of Kanga. Shares Tigger's fondness for bouncing and looks up to him like a big brother. Later befriends heffalump Lumpy.
Ascended Extra: A side character in the original novels and Disney featurettes, almost as prominant as Pooh and Tigger in some of the newer features.
Badass Adorable: Being a protégé of sorts to Tigger, he's naturally one in training (especially in The Tigger Movie).
Big Brother Worship: Of the surrogate sorts. He views Tigger as a big brother (a sentiment that is returned in The Tigger Movie) and idolizes him for his feats (that most others find aggravating), even going as far as frequently imitating his every move and word (a running gag in the Disney features involved a character being bounced by Tigger, getting back up on their feet, only to be bounced by Roo in turn).
Keet: In the original novels, he's the only character who can match Tigger for hyperactive overenthusiasm. In fact, he occasionally surpasses Tigger, largely because Tigger has just enough sense to realize when he's in a bad situation, while Roo is a Fearless Fool through and through. The Disney version certainly has shades of this too, albeit more toned down and Depending on the Writer.
Motor Mouth: Again, in the original novels. The Disney adaptions use this for occasional gags.
Good, that will just give me time to tell you about my Uncle Clyde...
Scatterbrained elderly owl. Usually shares knowledge and wisdom to the other residents of the Hundred Acre Wood, oblivious to the fact he has as little idea of such aspects as they do. Also likes to share rather frequent (and long) amusing stories about his somewhat eccentric family.
Cool Old Guy: The other animals view him as this. While much more brainless in reality, he does have some shades of this.
Grumpy Old Man: Sometimes shows traces of this in the books; in one chapter it's revealed that his standard reply when someone knocks on his door is "Go away, I'm thinking — oh, it's you?", and he can get pretty high-and-mighty and impatient with the others when he thinks they're talking about things that are beneath his dignity.
Completely averted with the Disney version, who is an altogether more jovial and cheerful fellow.
Ominous Owl: Subverted somewhat. Though his clueless and sometimes deranged demeanor causes problems at times, Owl is a thoroughly high spirited and kindly individual, the other residents even frequently referring to him as "their good friend".
The Owl-Knowing One: Parodied. Everyone (including Owl himself) views Owl as the wisest and most intelligent of the animals, but in reality he's pretty clueless.
The original Norwegian translations of the books also turned Owl female. The books were re-translated (and drastically shortened, several plot points and jokes left out) later on, still with a female Owl. It wasn't until the third translation, which was far more faithful to the original text that Owl became male. (He was always male in the Norwegian dub of the Disney cartoons, which just made the entire thing even more confusing.)
I'm *whistle* not in the book, y'know.
Full name Samuel J. Gopher, usually littering the Hundred Acre Wood with his endless burrows, often for someone (usually himself) to fall into. Exclusive to the Disney adaptions.
In the episode "Sham Pooh," Piglet interprets it as Snake Talk.
Heffridge Trumpler Brompet Heffalump IV.
Roo's new best friend, possibly the only character in the franchise who's younger than him, and one of the elusive Heffalumps — though unlike previous depictions of these largely unseen monsters he's not the least bit menacing. Another Disney adaptation exclusive, though a much more recent addition than Gopher.
A female otter, and the single new character to appear in David Benedictus's Return to the Hundred Acre Wood. Slightly snobbish and haughty, and so scatterbrained that she makes Tigger look sensible, but ultimately kind and helpful.
Closer to Earth: Perhaps the one female character in all depictions to subvert this trope.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's second only to Eeyore when it comes to think up insults, but when it comes down to it she's really quite friendly.
Motor Mouth: Not quite as extreme as Owl, but still able to talk rings around Rabbit.
Playful Otter: A curious mix of this and wannabe Grande Dame; she'll berate the others for not acting dignified enough in one moment and run around, playing tag and shouting "can't catch me!" the next.
A baby bird rescued and for a while cared for by Rabbit, whom she calls "Rabbee." A Disney-only character, she appeared only in a couple of episodes of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, but was brought back as a major recurring character for The Book Of Pooh.
A trio of rodents in New Adventures who compulsively steal anything that isn't nailed down. The gray one is the leader, the orange one is an overweight dimwit and the brown one has a slight attitude problem.
Calling Card: They leave walnuts in place of whatever they take.
A monster that Pooh and friends imagine when they mistake a letter Christopher Robin wrote to them as ending in "Backson" instead of "back soon", and, fearing the worst, they plan to capture it and rescue Christopher Robin. From the original books. Made its animated debut in the 2011 Winnie the Pooh film.
Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Everything that Owl claims the Backson does is worthy only of Poke the Poodle, except for "Stealing your youth", which is pretty dangerous, and "Chipping your tooth", which obviously, would be pretty painful.
Felony Misdemeanor: Everything the characters blame the Backson to be committing during its musical sequence are rather unfantastical and mundane, such as "scribbling in all your books", getting you to sleep in, spilling your tea, interrupting your train of thought, and never saying "pardon" when it bumps into you. It's also averted, as they also claim that it chips your tooth and steals your youth!
Real After All: The Backson makes an appearance in the post-credits stinger of the movie, but he seems to be a rather cheerful fellow.
The Stinger: The Backson stomps along through the woods, looking menacing, and then comes across the objects trail that Pooh and friends left, and cheerfully proclaims about how you can find so many interesting things in the woods. He sees the picture of himself, thinks everything must belong to the guy in the picture, and proceeds to pick up the items, leading right into the pit and falling into it.
A "character" who appears in the 2011 movie, B'loon is introduced as Christopher Robin's red toy balloon, which is treated by all the other characters as a living, sentient being. He mainly just floats around, drifting in and out of the story at various points and never really does anything a normal balloon wouldn't... then again, some fans have speculated that he is sentient, just unable to talk.
Big Damn Heroes: Sort of, in that B'loon is the one to "fetch" Christopher Robin at the end and is consequently treated as the hero of the day.
Companion Cube: A rare example of one that, due do being a balloon, can and does actually move around, though despite what the other characters think, there's no real evidence that he's anything but a normal, inanimate balloon.
Jerk Ass: If he is sentient, he's definitely this, judging by his actions in the movie.