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    Officer Judith Laverne "Judy" Hopps 
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"You ready to make the world a better place?"
Voiced by: Ginnifer Goodwin, Della Saba (as a child)

A bunny who is the newest member of the Zootopia Police Department, this naive but well-intentioned idealist learns some hard truths about Zootopia—and herself—when she takes on the Emmitt Otterton case.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: After her comments about predators "reverting back to their savage ways" causes a Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure with Nick and increases the tension between Zootopia's predators and prey she quits the force and goes back to work on her parents' farm before returning to Zootopia after a Eureka Moment about the Night Howlers. The time span is not clearly indicated.
  • Action Girl: She is a cop who prefers to pursue the criminals instead of sitting back.
  • Adorkable: She thumps her foot very quickly when she's upset, and when she chases after Weaselton who has just robbed the florist she cheers at the chance of getting to apprehend a criminal.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Nobody at the ZPD actively shuns Judy, but apart from Clawhauser, nobody is particularly friendly to her either as she is a rookie bunny cop among the traditionally megafauna police force, so until she proves herself they don't consider her to be a real cop or help her out with the Otterton case. Chief Bogo also had no issue with saying to her face that he wasn't happy about Lionheart saddling him with her.
  • All There in the Manual: Judy is never referred to by the name Judith Laverne Hopps in the film. Her full name was revealed by Director Rich Moore.
  • Badass Adorable: As a bunny she's got adorable covered and during her Training Montage at the police academy it is shown that she developed the agility and skill to take down a rhino in the boxing ring. Her strength is also impressive as she is shown clinging to the Sky Tram platform with one paw and able to hold onto Nick's paw while swinging on a vine despite his larger size.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Downplayed compared to almost every other character.note  As the image above shows, she does have some sort of footwear when in her police uniform, but it leaves her toes exposed. Could also be a bit of a Genius Bonus since, due to hares being a digitigrade species (ones that walk primarily on their toes), her feet are technically uncovered since they would be her primary method of walking were she on all fours. However, when Judy is not wearing her police uniform, she is completely barefoot.
  • Berserk Button: She does not like to be underestimated and/or dismissed. When she petitions Chief Bogo about her parking duty assignment and he responds that he doesn't care that she was top of her class, this leads to an agitated foot stomping and self-imposed goal of 200 tickets by noon. When Nick dismisses her as a naive hick with dreams that will soon be crashing to the ground, she engages him in a heated verbal exchange that causes her to overlook that she's just walked into wet cement. When Mr. Big assumes she's just a performer in a police costume she responds by coming face-to-face with him saying that she will not be intimidated and will investigate no matter what. An action that leads to both her and Nick almost being iced.
  • Blackmail: She's not above doing this; first, she uses a health code violation in the ice cream shop to get the prejudiced elephant to sell Nick the Jumbo-pop he needed for his scheme. After she's given the Otterton case, she tricks Nick into boasting about how much money he makes while using her carrot pen recorder to tape it, then threatens to arrest him for felony tax evasion unless he helps her.
  • Blue Is Heroic: By the end of the film both Judy and Nick are police officers wearing the traditional blue police uniform.
  • Brains and Brawn: Judy is the Brawn while Nick is the Brains. While not unintelligent, Judy's much less savvy than Nick and is more prone to physical derring-do.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Judy is sweet, kind, and helps Nick acknowledge his hardships and face his troubles.
  • Bully Hunter: Her Establishing Character Moment comes at the begining of the film when, as a child, she stands up to Gideon who is bullying her friends. Later, she sticks up for Nick (who was a complete stranger at that point) against the blatantly prejudiced elephant at the ice cream shop.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: A rare Deconstruction. Judy is pretty much aware of this trope and actively works to avoid being called "cute". She even explains to Clawhauser that it's offensive to call a bunny "cute" if you aren't also one yourself.
  • Character Development: Judy learns Zootopia isn't the perfect place she thought it was as a kid, but is still committed to try and change the world, albeit in a more realistic manner. She confronts her own instilled Fantastic Racism and learns to stop thinking that way. This is most obvious in her interactions with Nick; They first meet because Judy had profiled him for being a fox. By the climax, she trusts Nick to the point where she knew that him fake-biting her throat as part of their Batman Gambit was going to be completely harmless.
  • Character Tics: When Gideon attacked her as a child, he made fun of how her nose twitches when she's scared. Her ears also droop when she's sad, as her mother points out later in the film. She also rapid-fire stomps her foot when irritated. As an adult her nose also twitches when she is puzzled or curious at a situation like when she is confused watching Nick/Finnick carrying out their Pawpsicle hustle or later as she watches Doug distilling the Nighthowler serum.
  • Chekhov's Armory: Judy's carrot pen recorder and the blueberries she brings from her hometown pay off in a big way during the climax.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Judy uses her hopping abilities early in the movie to make up for her small size and lack of strength and to complete her police training. She later uses them regularly in her job, from placing tickets on large cars to facing bigger opponents.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Deconstructed. Her tendency to personally step in and try to solve problems even when she doesn't have the authority to do so nearly gets her fired on her second day on the job.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: While she's mostly a conventional hero, her struggle with her own biases gives her elements of this.
  • Cool Aunt: Judy is greatly admired by her favorite niece, Cotton. Their affection for each other is shown by the fact that of the three photos Judy chose to bring with her to Zootopia (seen on her apartment desk) one is a picture of just her and Cotton. This picture also serves as the lock screen photo on her smartphone.
  • Cool Big Sis: Many of Judy's younger siblings look up to her as they are shown attending her graduation and seeing her off when she boards the train to Zootopia.
  • Country Mouse: She grew up in rural Bunnyburrow and is in awe (and a little overwhelmed) with life in the big city once she moves to Zootopia.
  • Cowboy Cop: Judy has little problem bending the rules in the pursuit of justice. Over the course of the film, she:
    • Abandons her post to chase after a suspect without being authorized. note 
    • Volunteers herself to the case of finding Mr. Otterton in front of the victim's wife without first seeking authorization. note 
    • Blackmails a witness (Nick)
    • Manufactures an excuse to enter private property without a warrant.
  • Cry Cute: During her apology to Nick, she breaks down in tears when she admits she was a horrible friend and hurt him and understands if he wants to hate her for it.
  • Cuddle Bug: Promotional material shows that Judy is very affectionate with her friends and family, giving them hugs. The wiki even addresses that she likes hugs in her personal data. Some promotional videos even have her giving Nick tackle hugs in an attempt to join his selfies.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's an adorable little bunny, but don't underestimate her. She was able to take down a rhino all by herself during her police academy training.
  • Cuteness Overload: Suffers from this when she falls for Finnick's act as Nick's elephant-loving son and later when she discovers that Fru Fru is pregnant and planning on naming her daughter after her.
  • Daddy's Girl: Implied by the fact that of the three pictures Judy chooses to bring with her to Zootopia (on her apartment desk) one is picture of just her and her father. Bonnie only appears in the group photo to the left of the Judy/Stu photo. Also Stu has his Affectionate Nickname for her of "Jude the Dude."
  • Detective Animal: Self-explanatory. She's very methodical in trying to uncover clues and potential leads to find Mr. Otterton.
  • Determinator: Fighting a bully who's twice her size? Training to become a cop despite everyone telling her it's impossible? Taking on a case even though she has only 48 hours and no resources? Whatever the goal, once Judy decides to take action, nothing can stand in her way. She means it when she says she doesn't know when to quit.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: When Nick confronts her about her prejudice toward predators, she responds with something that can easily be construed as You Are a Credit to Your Race, which only makes him angrier.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Downplayed example. When Nick reveals that he saved a briefcase full of evidence from the exploding subway car, she gets excited and gives him a playful jab in the arm. She wasn't trying to hurt him, but he flinched like it actually hurt quite a bit.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the A Minor Kidroduction, we see little Judy's passionate dream of being a cop, and she stands up to a bully in defense of her classmates, showing that she is a bunny who will risk her own safety in pursuit of justice for others. Also, the fact that she technically loses the fight but still successfully gets the stolen tickets back helps show that Judy is capable of thinking on her feet to accomplish her goals despite early setbacks.
  • Expressive Ears: Her ears goes down when she's depressed or annoyed while staying straight up when she's happy. Her mother makes note of this at one point.
    Judy: I'm fine.
    Bonnie: You are not fine, your ears are droopy.
  • Expy: A top cop, dreaming of the job since childhood, seemingly unnecessary bulletproof vest, plays Straight Man to a less professional partner; she's an adorable, less stoic, bunny Nicholas Angel.
  • Fair Cop: She's a cop and is quite pretty.
  • Fantastic Racism: She embraces the prey/predator life in Zootopia wholeheartedly, but due to her upbringing and the incident with Gideon, she has some ingrained preconceptions against predators, and foxes in particular. Although she initially protests her parents trying to give her fox repellent, she ultimately ends up carrying it around with her.
  • Fatal Flaw: Impulsiveness. It causes her to: endanger the residents of Little Rodentia; almost get herself fired by taking on a case without permission; stake her career on solving a case in 48 hours without resources; almost get iced by Mr. Big, and try and steal an entire train car full of evidence instead of sneaking away with a sample to show the ZPD.
  • Female Flatfoot and Snarky Guy: Judy is a naive and idealistic rookie cop trying to make a difference in a world full of prejudice. She's forced to work with the cynical and snarky Con Artist Nick because he's her only lead.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: At first Nick only helps Judy because she blackmails him with arrest for tax evasion, but after she saves him from a savage jaguar and plummeting to their deaths, Nick warms up to her and they start to become friends.
  • Flash Step:
    • Towards the end of the Little Rodentia scene, we see Fru Fru's point of view as the giant donut bounds towards her. Judy is nowhere to be seen. The next moment, Judy is next to Fru Fru, having caught the giant donut in the nick of time.
    • Judy boots Nick's stroller during a brief pause in their conversation.
    • At the limo service, Judy uses Fast Tunnelling to get on the other side of a fence while Nick is climbing it, again almost completely silently and without his noticing.
  • The Fool: Zig-Zagged. Some of her successes come from genuine competence, but other times she blunders into success by doing something very stupid/reckless and subsequently getting very lucky.
  • Fragile Speedster: As a rabbit, she is naturally very fast and agile, but not very durable.
  • Friend to All Children: Judy has a soft spot for kids. She quickly falls for Nick's scam at the ice cream shop when she sees his "son" (actually a disguised Finnick) and hears of his dream to become an elephant when he grows up. She not only buys the Jumbo-pop, but also gives him a ZPD sticker while encouraging him to pursue his dream. Later she spots Finnick again and excitedly goes over to greet him which causes her to discover she was hustled. Later in the film, she impulsively takes on the Otterton case when she sees the photo of Otterton, with his wife and two kids.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Downplayed. Judy's leg gets torn during the incident at the museum, robbing her of her mobility. That said, she and Nick incorporate the injury into their plan, and she's back in good health in the epilogue.
  • The Gardener: Judy comes from a family of farmers and proudly shows off her Plant Husbandry knowledge when she identifies Weaselton's stolen bulbs as being "Midnicampum Holicithias" and not just some moldy onions. As the story unfolds, plant items and plant knowledge end up playing a significant role in solving the case.
  • Genki Girl: A very energetic and feisty girl.
  • Go-Getter Girl: She was the valedictorian of her class at the police academy and even when she's relegated to parking duty on her first day of duty, she still gives her best to show what she's made of.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Upon meeting Nick for the second time, she makes it perfectly clear that despite the naivete she displayed during their first encounter, she is most definitely not just a "dumb bunny," and promptly uses her knowledge of the law and some quick calculations to force Nick into working with her. In general, her intelligence is one of her greatest weapons, which she uses to overcome what would otherwise be obstacles due to her size or due to police bureaucracy. It allowed her to figure out that Bellwether was the Big Bad when she wonders how Bellwether knew where to find them and to set up a Batman Gambit with Nick to capture Bellwether's evil gloating leading to her arrest.
  • Good with Numbers: As she points out to Nick when confronting him about his felony tax evasion.
    Judy: Yeahhhhh. $200 dollars a day, 365 days a year since you were 12. That's two decades, so times 20 which is $1,460,000 I think! I mean, I am just a dumb bunny but we are good at multiplying!
  • Guile Hero: Judy is skilled at using her wits to solve problems, like how she hustles Nick into helping her.
  • Handy Feet: During the montage where she's giving out parking tickets, she stretches her body between two cars to leave one ticket with her fingers and another with her toes.
  • Hartman Hips: She has a pear shaped figure, both making her more feminine and factoring into her species' hind leg strength and prodigious fecundity.
  • The Hero: The movie shows her character development through her determination and growth while proving her worth as a cop of ZPD.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: After her disastrous press conference, she returns home to Bunnyburrough and wallows in depression and regret. The only thing that snaps her out of it is when she receives some new information that will allow her to fix the problem.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Subverted. Her first assignment is parking meter duty, and she catches a lot of hate from the public because nobody likes getting ticketed. Later after she and Nick discover the missing mammals, Bellwether and Chief Bogo want to make her the public face of the ZPD.
  • Hypocrite:
    • She chastises others for their Fantastic Racism, but doesn't realize her own prejudice. This leads to her Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure with Nick, followed by a Heel Realization and Character Development.
    • A subtle example is when Mr. Big tells her that Otterton went savage. Despite her own struggles with being taken seriously as a bunny, she had trouble seeing an otter as anything other than sweet and harmless.
      Mr. Big: No, he attacked.
      Judy: Otterton? [...] But he's a sweet little otter!
  • The Idealist: To the extreme. Judy wholeheartedly believes that anyone can be anything they want to be.
  • Innocent Bigot: She's consciously opposed to prejudice, but when she first comes to Zootopia she still retains some stereotypes about foxes. note  Her first encounter with Nick was the result of her initially Profiling him. She compliments Nick as "a real articulate fellow", then misses his sarcasm when he responds by calling her "non-patronizing".
  • Innocently Insensitive: Judy's comments at the press conference about predators "reverting back to their savage ways" ends up causing historical predator/prey tensions to rise to the surface causing civil unrest, and Nick is left feeling hurt and betrayed leading to their temporary Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Before they met each other, Judy and Nick had never thought that a bunny and a fox could become such good friends.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Judy has no problem with having Mr. Big threaten to "ice" Weaselton in order to force him to reveal his knowledge of the Night Howlers plot.
  • Kick Chick: She relies on her strong bunny legs for fighting.
  • Large Ham: As a child, her In-Universe acting was this. As an adult she was more convincing, though still couldn't resist the urge to ham it up when faking her own death.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Risking losing Weaselton by rescuing Fru Fru from certain death paid off big-time.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Judy and Nick's relationship ends up looking much like a nagging wife dealing with her irresponsible husband. They argue a lot and get on each other's nerves, but they've come to trust and care very deeply about one another.
  • Loophole Abuse: Knows the laws of Zootopia backwards and forwards, and she will use that knowledge to her advantage, like when she tricked Nick into the Tundratown Limo Service parking lot so she could cite probable cause and enter.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: From Nick's perspective, it's Judy's good-heartedness and enthusiasm to pursue her dreams that inspires him to believe in himself again and change his ways for the better.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: She has 275 brothers and sisters when she is nine, and, judging by the ages of the siblings shown waving goodbye to her, likely many more than that fifteen years later.
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name is Hopps and she has parkour level jumping skills.
  • Military Salute: Judy can frequently be seen giving a salute in one of her character photos released by Disney. She eventually gives one to Nick while presenting him with his officer's badge.
  • Morality Pet:
    • To Nick. His growing fondness of her brings out his good side under his Con Artist exterior and leads to him changing his ways for the better.
    • She also influences Finnick to a much lesser extent. He did keep the ZPD sticker that Judy gave him back when she thought that he was Nick's son with a dream of being an elephant when he grew up, implying that he was touched by her compassion. When she comes knocking at his van door, his initial assumption that somebody needs a whoopin' becomes concern when he recognizes her, and he readily gives her Nick's location.
  • Must Make Amends: After the disastrous press conference, she feels responsible for the dramatic upswing in racial tensions between predators and prey in the city. She desperately wants to make it better, and when she finds out a new piece of information that could possibly allow her to do so, she wastes no time in putting every fiber of her being towards setting things right.
    Judy: I was ignorant, irresponsible, and small-minded. But predators shouldn't suffer because of my mistakes. I have to fix this.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: At the press conference she carelessly passed on speculation that predators were apparently "reverting back to their primitive, savage ways". This causes Nick to get angry at her insensitivity and storms out leading to their Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure. It also inflames the historical tension between predator and prey. Clawhauser, the nicest animal at the precinct, ends up getting reassigned to records so as not to have a predator be the first animal seen at the ZPD. A bunny mother hastily pulls her child away from a tiger that sits next to them on the train. A Peace rally is marred by protest. Judy becomes distraught that she failed at her dream of making a world a better place by causing it to be more divided and resigns from the force.
    Judy: I came here to make the world a better place, but I think I broke it ... a good cop is supposed to serve and protect. Help the city. Not tear it apart. I don't deserve this badge.
  • Naïve Newcomer: She's a rookie cop with big dreams and ideals, but throughout the movie she realizes reality is much harsher than she thought and she still has a lot to learn and experience before becoming a proper cop. Nick even refers to her as a "naive little hick" during his Break Them by Talking speech.
  • Nerves of Steel: She keeps her wits about her under incredible stress.
    • Notably, when Manchas attacks, she keeps her cool, dodges every blow, barks orders at Nick to keep him safe, and calls in to dispatch, all while under assault by a savage jaguar. When an evasion move causes her to lose traction and slide off the Skytram platform she keeps focused even when hanging by one paw over a 1000 foot fall. She then pulls herself up in time to cuff Manchas to a lamppost saving Nick's life. Finally, when the two of them are knocked through a railing and off the platform, she has the presence of mind to instantly grab a vine and Nick's paw as he flies past her, saving them both.
    • In her childhood confrontation with Gideon Grey. Even though scared, beaten to the ground and having her face slashed, she still manages to snag the tickets out of his pocket without him noticing.
  • Nice Girl: Kind, polite and helpful. She wants nothing more than to make the world a better place.
  • Nice Hat: She wears one as part of her meter maid uniform. The sun hat she wears while working at the vegetable stand back in Bunnyburrow isn't too shabby either.
  • Noble Bigot with a Badge: Played for Drama in a few different ways. She tries to keep her misapprehensions about foxes out of her work, and is very clearly trying to overcome her prejudices... but she isn't perfect about it, her childhood experiences are rooted deeper in her mind than she realizes, and her subconsious bigotry nearly ruins her friendship with Nick in the third act.
  • Not So Above It All: Judy realizing this about herself is a major part of her Character Development. Over the course of the movie, she realizes that like everybody else, she has her own personal prejudices to work through and that she can be ignorant and small-minded if she doesn't watch out for it. Her admitting this to Nick during her tearful apology for what happened at the press conference is why he decided to forgive her.
  • Odd Friendship: Judy is an enthusiastic and idealistic police bunny, Nick is a cynical and snarky Con Artist fox. Once they get past their differences, they become surprisingly good friends.
  • One Head Shorter: She's this to Nick as the top of her head comes up to just about the top of his chest when she's standing at full height.
  • Opposites Attract: Judy is an optimistic idealist full of energy and good intentions who firmly believes she can be anything she wants to be, while her partner Nick is a cynical, sarcastic, and laid-back Con Artist who has given up on himself and his dreams until he meets Judy. Once they get past their differences, they make a surprisingly good combination.
  • Le Parkour: Judy shows off her skills while chasing down Duke Weaselton. She also semi-regularly uses impressive wall-jumping to reach high places, such as the windshield of a giraffe's car.
  • Pint Sized Power House: Judy is shown using her speed and leg strength to effectively knock out a rhino. Also when she and Nick are knocked off the Skytram platform by Manchas, she has the strength to be able to hold onto a vine and Nick's paw to prevent them from plummeting to their deaths.
  • Plucky Girl: Even she admits she doesn't know when to quit.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: For all her dislike of being discriminated against for being a bunny, she's got her own biases and prejudices. For example, her first encounter with Nick partially happens because she sees a fox and assumes he's up to no good, she initially disbelieved Mr. Big when he told her about Mr. Otterton going savage because "he's a sweet little otter", and until her My God, What Have I Done? moment she saw nothing wrong with announcing in a press conference that predators are naturally predisposed to going savage while assuming prey animals never would.
  • Prophetic Names: Judy is short for Judith, meaning "she will be praised." Judy is praised at her graduation ceremony for being valedictorian of her class and the first bunny cop. She is quietly praised by Chief Bogo as being the good cop that the broken world needs. She was also going to be praised as the public face of the ZPD but declines in light of her growing My God, What Have I Done? realizations.
  • Purple Eyes: Reportedly added because the animators thought her gray fur was too dull for a main character. Purple was chosen to represent her energetic and optimistic personality.
  • Race Name Basis: Before his "My God, What Have I Done?" moment, Nick calls her "Rabbit" a few times. Duke Weaselton and a ticketed mammal also call her "Rabbit".
  • Rascally Rabbit: She's a clever bunny who, when necessary, will trick others into doing what she wants. Notably, like many folkloric trickster rabbits, a few times she is able to get her way by outwitting a fox.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Judy is the energetic, impulsive Red Oni to Nick's calm, laid-back Blue Oni. With a shade of irony as Nick's fur is the one with the red hue.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Most notable when she was a young bunny. She still retains this image as a young adult. Unfortunately this also causes others to underestimate her being a cop. Notable during the scene where she first meets Clawhauser and he actually finds her very cute mainly since she's a bunny.
    Clawhauser: Oh em goodness, they really did hire a bunny. What I gotta tell, you're even cuter than I thought you'd be.
    Judy: Oh ah, you probably didn't know, but a bunny can call another bunny cute. But when other animals do it... it's a little...
    Clawhauser: (Gasps) I am so sorry.
  • Righteous Rabbit: She is a rabbit, and also an all-around nice person and the hero of the story. She's a police officer too!
  • Rules Lawyer: She exhibits a knowledge of the law that wouldn't be uncommon from an actual lawyer, even recalling specific statute numbers from memory, and uses its exact wording to overcome particularly troublesome roadblocks.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Judy is the idealistic, optimistic girl to Nick's cynical, snarky guy.
  • Skip of Innocence: During the A Minor Kidroduction, just after the play, Bonnie and Stu are walking down the fairgrounds trying to convince Judy that her dreams of being a police officer are unrealistic, and Judy is enthusiastically skipping the entire time.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Judy is not an imposing figure, but she graduated valedictorian from Zootopia's police academy and uses her speed and agility to take down opponents much larger than herself. Nick, on the other hand, is a shifty Con Artist who knows Zootopia and its citizens like the back of his hand and prefers to talk his way out the situation.
  • Survival Mantra: On her second day of parking duty, after being worn down by receiving steady verbal abuse from those she has ticketed, she returns to her three-wheeled jokemobile and bangs her head against the steering wheel, reminding herself desperately, "I am a real cop, I am real cop, I am a real cop..."
  • Token Minority: She's one for the police force In-Universe. At the police academy graduation ceremony, Mayor Lionheart cites her as successful example of his Mammal Inclusion Initiative. However, she's well aware of their intentions and refuses to accept the label.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She has an unwavering dream of being a real cop, wants to be involved in the action of catching bad guys, is strong-willed, and is comfortable as a leader, but she also shows an interest in fashion and cute things, wears a pink shirt during the third act, and shows her emotions readily.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Although Judy's cleverness and resourcefulness are some of her strongest assets, her Berserk Button is pressed by Mr. Big when he mistakes her for a performer in a police costume and she responds by threatening Mr. Big in his own study while surrounded by his polar bear goons which causes him to decide to ice her and Nick. It's subverted when they are saved from death when Fru Fru arrives just in time tell her father that Judy saved her life, leading him to spare her and Nick.
  • Took a Level in Badass: During her Training Montage at the police academy, Judy goes from struggling cadet to The Ace.
  • Trauma Button: Her reaction to Nick's ArmorPiercingQuestions by reaching for her fox repellent seems to have a lot more to do with her encounter with Gideon than she's willing to admit. Nick's threatening posture and attitude reawakened that childhood trauma (as evidenced by this scene comparison).
  • Underestimating Badassery: Everyone underestimates Judy's courage and cleverness, from Bogo to Nick to Bellwether.
  • Unusual Euphemism: When she finds out why Mr. Big is upset with Nick:
    Judy: Oh sweet cheese and crackers!
  • Unwitting Pawn: Judy was this to Bellwether for most of the movie before discovering that she's the mastermind behind the Night Howler plot.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Uses her wits and physical agility to succeed despite lacking the size and strength her fellow officers have.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Judy initially buys into the theory that predators might have savage, aggressive biological urges they are simply unable to control. But she assures Nick that she doesn't see him that way because, "You're not like them". The fallout is quick and painful for her. Her attitude was foreshadowed earlier with a more downplayed and comedic example, where she comments on how Nick is a "real articulate fella".

    Nicholas Piberius "Nick" Wilde 
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"You can't touch me, Carrots. I've been doing this since I was born."
Voiced by: Jason Bateman, Kath Soucie (as a child)

A red fox who is a small-time hustler. A childhood trauma followed by a lifetime of discrimination has left him cynical and disillusioned, but helping Judy rekindles his youthful idealism.
  • Adorkable: For how smug and suave he might be at first glance, Nick can be surprisingly goofy and childish at times, such as when he excitedly starts touching Bellwether's wool or when he gives the "victory toot-toot" after he and Judy have commandeered the Subway car.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Mr. Big orders his bear guards to "ice" him and Judy (that is, kill them by dunking them in freezing water) he panics and starts pleading for his life.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: As a child, he was mercilessly bullied for being a fox by prey animals.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: After the press conference where Judy repeats the theory she heard from the badger doctor that predators may be going savage due to their biology, Nick demands to know if she's afraid of him (as he is a predator) while snarling and reaching for her. Judy apparently instinctively reaches for her fox repellent, which Nick takes as a yes, to his disappointment and her shame.
  • Be as Unhelpful as Possible: When Judy first questions him for information regarding the Otterton case, he completely dismisses her and walks off. When he's later blackmailed into helping, he goes out of his way to waste Judy's time.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: His growing fondness of Judy comes from her being the first mammal to see past his species stereotype and to encourage him to try and be much more than a sly fox.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: To Finnick when they are partners. Nick is three times taller than Finnick (not counting his ears).
  • Big "OMG!": Shouts "Oh My God!" when he finds "The Velvety Pipes of Jerry Vole" CDs in Mr. Big's limo.
  • Blue Is Heroic: By the end of the film both Judy and Nick are police officers wearing the traditional blue police uniform.
  • Boxed Crook: Initially, he only helps Judy because she's blackmailing him with evidence of his tax evasion. Later on, however, he comes to sympathize with her and help her willingly.
  • Brains and Brawn: Judy is the Brawn while Nick is the Brains. While not unintelligent, Judy's much less savvy than Nick and is more prone to physical derring-do.
  • Break Them by Talking: Nick attempts this when he first meets Judy by playing on her fear that she'll fail to be accepted as a cop and have to return home in shame.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: During the Otterton case Nick reveals a keen and clever mind. His knowledge of the people and roadways of Zootopia allow them to follow clues and solve the case. His ability to quickly think on his feet allows him to save evidence from the subway car before it crashes and put together a Batman Gambit with Judy that catches Bellwether red-handed. Until he encounters Judy however, he is content to run well-planned but low-level hustles like his pawpsicle scam.
  • Broken Bird: A male example. As a child, he was an innocent dreamer like Judy until his dreams were broken when he was bullied and muzzled for being a fox by prey animals. This made him cynical and bitter, deciding that he was never going to let anyone see that they got to him and resign himself to be the shifty, untrustworthy fox he's expected to be.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Judy is sweet, kind, and helps Nick acknowledge his hardships and face his troubles.
  • Byronic Hero: Let's see; charismatic, charming, self-centered, cunning, and highly intelligent Con Artist with a dark past that made him cynical and bitter about life and his role in society. Yes, he fits the bill.
  • Class Clown: He starts annoying and back-sassing Chief Bogo when he becomes Judy's partner on the force, which prompts some laughter amongst his fellow officers.
  • Character Development:
    • Prolonged exposure to Judy's unbreakable will and unquenchable optimism causes him to re-examine his cynical worldview, and he ultimately learns that he shouldn't let the bigotry of others define what he can be.
    • When chased by Manchas, Nick reaches the Sky Tram first and holds the door for him and Judy to escape. Judy who has slipped off the landing tells him to just go. Nick hesitates, unsure what to do, and the Sky Tram slips away. Later when Nick and Judy are being pursued by Bellwether and her dirty cops. Judy, with her leg injured, tells Nick to take the evidence to the ZPD. This time, without even a pause, Nick straight up refuses.
      Nick: I'm not going to leave you behind. That's not happening!
    • Throughout most of the movie, Nick plays the Non-Action Guy letting Judy be the Action Girl of their partnership deferring to her police training and physical prowess. However, when they are commandeering the subway car and Jesse breaks through a window and starts grabbing at Judy. Nick steps forward to physically confront him yelling "Back Off".
    • At the end, when Nick graduates from the academy and receives his badge from Judy a noticeable shift occurs in Nick's face. For a brief moment when he salutes her back, he loses all trace of his half-lidded snarkiness to be replaced by the idealistic smile he had as a youth. In deciding to join the ZPD he finally becomes part of a pack and fulfills his oath to be brave, loyal, helpful and trustworthy.
  • Con Artist: Specifically a borderline Hustler; his cons are relatively small-time and often technically not even illegal, just dishonest. He uses Finnick to dress up as his elephant-loving infant son so that he can get an elephant-sized Jumbo-pop to split into smaller Pawpsicles and sell them to smaller animals. He makes a point to have permits for all of this, just in case some uppity rookie cop calls him out on it.
  • Cool Shades: Nick has a nice collection. From a pair of regular aviators that he wears during the police raid at Cliffside Asylum, to the Wayfarers he's wearing when Judy finds him under the bridge, to the mirrored aviators he wears at his police academy graduation ceremony and while on patrol with Judy at the end of the film.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: He makes a living as a Con Artist, and tricks Judy with a Look Behind You shtick. He clearly resents the stereotype, though, and would have preferred to live on the straight and narrow.
  • Cute Little Fangs: It's a bit hard to notice, but he is shown with these in certain shots. An example is while young Nick is checking out his Junior Ranger Scout uniform in the mirror, one little fang pops out during one of his smiles then pops back in. His little fangs are also visible when he later recites the oath on the words "brave" and "helpful"
  • Cuteness Overload: Normally fairly composed, but melts into a puddle of goo around Bellwether.
    Nick: [pawing Bellwether's head] Sooo fluffy! Sheep never let me get this close... it's like cotton candy.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Once applied toward helping Judy, Nick's street smarts, hustling skills and detailed knowledge of Zootopia were invaluable in solving the Otterton case and later setting up the Batman Gambit that catches Bellwether.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Being rejected and bullied by the prey Junior Ranger Scouts he wanted to join leads to him deciding to never let anyone see they got to him and to act like the shifty fox others expected him to be.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As a child, Nick was bullied by prey animals. Also, he implies in his backstory that he grew up poor.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually speaks in a calm voice, and never misses the chance to make a sassy comment. Reaches its apex when responding to Chief Bogo's indifference at his first day as a police officer:
    Nick: You should have your own line of inspirational greeting cards, sir!
  • Defrosting Ice King: He acts like an indifferent jerk to Judy at first, but he warms up to her as they work together and start to become friends.
  • Deuteragonist: Judy's constant companion, one of her Shadow Archetypes, and, later, her partner on the force.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Judy's comments at the press conference about the inherent savagery of predators and the images of muzzled predators behind her leaves Nick feeling hurt and betrayed by the first mammal that appeared to believe in him.
  • Exact Words:
    Judy: You told that mouse the Pawpsicle sticks were redwood.
    Nick: That's right. Red. Wood. With a space in the middle. Wood that is red. note 
  • Experienced Protagonist: In contrast to Naïve Newcomer Judy. He has been hustling since he was twelve by his own admission, about two decades by Judy's estimate.
  • Expressive Ears: His ears go completely flat when Mr. Big's henchmen pick him and Judy up. Perking up slightly when she asks what he did.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Subverted. Nick notices right away that Judy is carrying around fox repellent, he just doesn't comment on it. At least until the events of the press conference.
  • Fantastic Racism: He purposely invokes the fox stereotype as a defense mechanism for the bullying he suffered when he was little. Judy's influence encourages him to not let his species role define him, to the point where he gives up his hustling ways and becomes the first fox officer on the ZPD.
  • Female Flatfoot and Snarky Guy: Judy is a naive and idealistic rookie cop trying to make a difference in a world full of prejudice. She's forced to work with the cynical and snarky Con Artist Nick because he's her only lead.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: At first Nick only helps Judy because she blackmails him with arrest for tax evasion, but after she saves him from a savage jaguar and plummeting to their deaths, Nick warms up to her and they start to become friends.
  • Flash Step: When Nick distracts Judy by saying "I'm not the liar, he is". In the time Judy looks to where Nick is pointing and back again, he has traveled to the end of the city block and Judy barely catches sight of him turning the corner.
  • Foil: Judy defies her species role to become a By-the-Book Cop, but is willing to be a Cowboy Cop in pursuit of justice, while Nick is a Con Artist who deliberately lives up to the stereotypes about foxes while following the letter of the law as closely as possible for his Pawpsicle scheme. Both faced prejudice and bullying as kids, but while Judy became a determined optimist (who can also be manipulative), Nick became a manipulative cynic (who gradually becomes more of an optimist).
  • Guile Hero: Nick's street smarts and hustling skills prove to be very effective at helping her solve the missing mammals case and later capture Bellwether.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Nick seems to have knowledge in first aid as he was seen patching Judy's leg wound by using a neckerchief.
    • According to supplementary material, Nick was on the track team with Flash in high school.
  • Honest John's Dealership: His "hustles" primarily involved reselling cheap things at a massive profit using dishonest salesmanship tactics and massive corner-cutting. Such as the pawpsicle scam of buying the Jumbo-pop, melting it on a rooftop and catching it through a drain pipe, refreezing it into mini Pawpsicles by putting it on the ground in Tundratown, then selling them as "organic Pawpsicles" to rodents. Then reselling the Pawpsicle sticks to other rodents as lumber claiming it is "red wood". He's been able to avoid arrest and stay inside the law thanks to having the required permits to sell his products (though how someone preparing food in such an unsanitary manner could get and keep such permits is a mystery) and his Exact Words Loophole Abuse.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He acts arrogant and is very confident of his skills as a Con Artist, but deep down he's hiding many pains and insecurities from the rejection and stereotyping he has suffered from others through his life.
  • Insult of Endearment: He gives Judy the nickname "Carrots", with the intention to remind her she's only meant to be a carrot farmer. After they become friends, it becomes a casual pet name between them.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Before they met each other, Judy and Nick had never thought that a bunny and a fox could become such good friends.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: He once was an idealistic dreamer like Judy. A brutal bullying experience as a child because he was a fox led him to become the cynical con artist he is now.
  • Jaw Drop: After Mr. Big learns that Judy saved Fru Fru's life and decides to pay her kindness forward, Judy leans in to receive a double-cheek kiss from Mr. Big and Nick can be seen having this reaction in the background.
  • Jerkass Façade: He plays up the sly fox act because that's what those around him expect from his species, hiding a really nice and sensitive guy underneath.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a sly Con Artist and dismissive to Judy at first, but as he bonds with Judy, he reveals a very kind and noble side.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After he mocks Judy's attempt to arrest him by pointing out that she has no legal grounds to stand on and giving her a lengthy Break Them by Talking speech, the next day, Judy shows up again and he tries to avoid her with sarcastic remarks. She then proceeds to charge him with tax evasion after capturing his confession of daily income and hustles him into begrudgingly helping her investigation.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Judy and Nick's relationship ends up looking much like a nagging wife dealing with her irresponsible husband. They argue a lot and get on each other's nerves, but they've come to trust and care very deeply about one another.
  • Look Behind You: He pulls this on Judy when she confronts him about his Pawpsicle scheme. It's not entirely successful as Judy turns around in time to see him turning the corner and easily catches up with him.
    Judy: I stood up for you. And you lied to me! You liar!
    Nick: It's called a hustle, sweetheart. And I'm not a liar, he is. [points, walks away when Judy turns to look]
  • Lovable Coward: Downplayed, but definitely there. Mainly occurs while investigating Cliffside Asylum, where first he baulks at opening a door and makes Judy go through first, then shortly afterwards is startled by the sudden appearance of a savage tiger causing him to run behind her. This is all Played for Laughs in a way that is clearly meant to be endearing.
  • Lovable Rogue: He's a Con Artist, but he's so charming and endearing that's hard not to love him.
  • Master Actor: He's introduced putting on a father-and-son act with Finnick at Jerry Jumbeaux Jr's ice cream parlor; while Jerry doesn't buy it (due to his prejudice), Nick's performance successfully cons Judy into paying for the Jumbo-pop. Later, he puts on a pretty convincing display of going savage when Bellwether shoots him with what she thought was Night Howler serum.
  • Meaningful Name: The name "Nick" is often associated with the Devil (the Old Nick), which suits well his deceptive nature; Commonwealth English has "nick" as synonym for both "prison" and "police station", while the verb "to nick" can mean "to arrest" or "to snitch". Talking about a criminal turning cop!
  • The Medic: Downplayed example; Nick is called on to provide first aid on Judy after she injures her leg and he binds the wound with his old kerchief.
  • The Millstone: Nick deliberately tries to be this to Judy at first, purposefully delaying her after she conscripts him to help her track down Mr. Otterton. Thankfully, he cuts it out after she saves his life and he realizes what's at stake.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Judy is being dressed down by Chief Bogo after the Manchas attack, he realizes that his casual attitude and time wasting during her investigation nearly cost the bunny her career and he quickly works to undo the damage once he has his Heel Realization.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: After being bullied and muzzled by prey animals as a child, Nick decided that he was never again going to let anyone see that they got to him and developed a snarky, cynical attitude to protect himself.
  • Non-Action Guy: Despite being considerably larger than Judy and of a predator species, he lets her be the Action Girl of their partnership deferring to her police training and physical prowess while he's much less physical preferring to talk himself out of situations.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: During the climactic confrontation, an injured Judy tells Nick to leave her and get vital evidence to the ZPD. Without even a pause he flat out refuses... even though he knows the villains are certain to silence him.
  • Not So Different: When he and Judy are on the skytram, Nick reveals that, as a child, he was just as idealistic as her.
    Nick: I was small and emotionally unbalanced like you once.
  • Odd Friendship: Judy is an enthusiastic and idealistic police bunny, Nick is a cynical and snarky Con Artist fox. Once they get past their differences, they become surprisingly good friends.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • He gets one when he realizes Judy's figured out that the one legal loophole he can't fit through is the tax code.
    • He gets one when he realizes that the limo he and Judy are searching belongs to Mr. Big, who is not happy with him.
    • When he and Judy have commandeered the subway car, Woolter drops in from the roof but Nick traps him by locking the door on him. Nick's snarky grin quickly gives way to an Oh, Crap! when he realizes Woolter is rearing back to ram the door's window.
  • One Head Taller: Nick is a larger animal than Judy and tops her height by about this much. This is particularly noticeable when he comforts Judy under the bridge, and her face only comes up to his chest.
  • Opposites Attract: Judy is an optimistic idealist full of energy and good intentions who firmly believes she can be anything she wants to be, while her partner Nick is a cynical, sarcastic, and laid-back Con Artist who has given up on himself and his dreams until he meets Judy. Once they get past their differences, they make a surprisingly good combination.
  • Le Parkour: While Nick is primarily a Non-Action Guy, he does have some agility chops. When Judy comes across Nick and Finnick preparing for their pawpsicle hustle in Sahara Square, Nick is shown on the roof of a house attending to the last remnants of the Jumbo pop. He then tosses the stick off to the side and, in one fluid motion,surfs down the roof's stucco tiles, leaps into the air, executes a half-twist, grabs the rain spout pipe to slide down two stories and lands safely on the ground.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Pretty much makes fun of most of the characters for their species at one point and another during the film. For example, he makes constant remarks about Judy being a bunny, even at the end, he makes fun of Finnick for being short, he touches Bellwether's wool without her permission, and he complains about wolves howling. It's implied, he does this to make himself feel better about being pigeonholed into the fox stereotypes.
  • Punny Name: His middle name, according to director Byron P. Howard, is Piberius, a play on the middle name of one James Tiberius Kirk.
  • Redhead In Green: A red fox who wears a green shirt.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Judy is the energetic, impulsive Red Oni to Nick's calm, laid-back Blue Oni. With a shade of irony as Nick's fur is the one with the red hue.
  • Reformed Criminal: At the end of the movie, he leaves behind his life as a con artist to become a police officer.
  • Safety in Indifference: After being viciously bullied as a child for being a fox and having his dream of being part of a pack destroyed, Nick feels it is better to feign indifference to it all than to let anyone ever see they "get to him" again.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: To Judy, eventually. He still likes to make fun of her and annoy her, but there's no doubt Nick is the most loyal partner she could ask for.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Judy is the idealistic, optimistic girl to Nick's cynical, snarky guy.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: While operating as a hustler, he complements his orange fur with a green shirt.
  • Shadow Archetype: He had a dream to become a Jr Ranger Scout but found that species prejudices made it very hard to be accepted in that role facing the same struggles as Judy did to become a police officer. However whereas Judy pressed forward to achieve her dream, Nick decided "there's no point in trying to be anything else".
  • Sherlock Scan: Delivers a particularly brutal one to Judy where he assesses her as a "naive little hick with good grades and big ideas" and that, as a meter maid, she's fallen short of her dream to be a big city cop. He then predicts that her dreams will die and she'll return home to be a carrot farmer. His assessment is rather accurate, but his prediction ends up being Right for the Wrong Reasons. After a period of My God, What Have I Done? reflection, she does quit the force and return to Bunnyburrow but it's because her own actions and unconscious prejudice cause her to fail at her dream to make the world a better place. Also, although he doesn't mention it until later, he did notice that she was carrying fox repellent.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: A fox with red fur and green eyes. Plus, he's the deuteragonist.
  • Smug Smiler: One of the cheekiest foxes out there. The half-lidded smirk he sports in his profile picture is practically his default expression.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: He comes across as cynical, indifferent, mean and snarky, but he acts like that as a defense mechanism because his Dark and Troubled Past taught him to never let anyone see they got to him.
  • Stepford Snarker: He is clever and snarky, but deep down he is melancholy about the hardships he has faced in his life.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Judy is not an imposing figure, but she graduated valedictorian from Zootopia's police academy and uses her speed and agility to take down opponents much larger than herself. Nick, on the other hand, is a shifty Con Artist who knows Zootopia and its citizens like the back of his hand and prefers to talk his way out the situation.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: A non-villainous example: this is basically Nick's backstory. He initially wanted to be a good, honorable member of the Junior Ranger Scouts, but after he's was ostracized for being a predator and a fox, with everyone having a preconceived notion that all foxes are sneaky and cannot be trusted, he decided that he can't really fight it, and might as well make the most of it with it in order to survive.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: His Character Development is centered around him going from believing "you can only be what you are" to "anyone can be anything". He eventually joins the ZPD and becomes Judy's partner in the end.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Downplayed example. He is seen snacking on the 'Pawpsicles' twice in the movie. He is also a fan of blueberries, having snatched a pawful from a street merchant who wasn't paying attention, and later from the basket of blueberries he found in the truck Judy borrowed from her parents, even stashing some in his kerchief for future consumption (which play a critical role later on). This is even justified; Real Life red foxes love blueberries, apples, and plums.
  • Trauma Button: Seeing the muzzled predators at the press conference causes the traumatic memory of his own muzzling to resurface leaving him feeling hurt and betrayed by Judy.
  • The Trickster: Foxes are known to be this.
  • Trigger: Muzzles. They are a reminder of the cruel hazing and bullying a group of prey cubs did to him as a child that shattered his hopes of being more than a stereotypical fox.
  • Troll:
    • While he was being unwillingly blackmailed by Judy into helping, he took great pleasure in the immense frustration he's putting Judy through at the sloth-run DMV by intentionally sidetracking the already-slow sloths with pointless jokes. He also doesn't tell her that Mr. Otterton is a regular at a nudist club simply for the sheer enjoyment of her mortified reaction (Bending down to her eye level and cheekily asking "Does this make you uncomfortable?"). However, once he starts sympathizing with Judy, he stops trying to discourage/stall her with such tactics so that she can finish the case within the 48 hours.
    • When Judy comes back after the Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure, he's cooled off and is more than willing to forgive her. However rather than making this clear immediately (and still wanting an apology for what happened which Judy neglects to give at first), Nick, being Nick, hustles her into thinking he's still angry and can't resist pranking her by recording her apology.
  • Undying Loyalty: Nick develops this towards Judy (especially after their reconciliation), to the point where he refuses to abandon her when she insists he take the Night Howler evidence to the ZPD after she gets injured.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: If Nick going from an idealistic Junior Ranger Scout to a sneaky and snarky con artist when he grows up is any indication.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: Director Byron Howard has confirmed on Twitter that Nick Wilde does not eat meat. Foxes in Real Life are omnivores that primarily eat meat but will also eat fruit from time to time. As the creators of Zootopia took great care establishing a society that averts the usual tropes that lead to a Vegetarian Carnivore, Nick is an unusual example in that his vegetarianism is a voluntary choice.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Finnick. However, it's mostly one-sided because, as much as Finnick may threaten him or make fun of him, he more or less shakes off his threats and insults.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Nick calls out Chief Bogo on his mistreatment of Judy, that she was struggling under a deal that risks her entire career over her legitimate concern for a missing otter, and without the equipment and resources necessary to solve a difficult case in two days that the whole of ZPD hadn't cracked in two weeks.
    • During Judy's press conference on the missing mammals case, Nick gives her a serious calling out when she says that predators may be reverting back to their primitive, savage ways.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Nick tells her he can't be anything more than a shifty and untrustworthy fox, Judy tells him she can see he's much more than that.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: When Nick and Judy hit the water after escaping from Cliffside Asylum, Nick surfaces first, but panics when he doesn't see Judy nearby, and calls out for her with increasing alarm, starting with "Carrots", then "Hopps", and finally "Judy".
  • You Remind Me of X: He admits Judy and her current situation reminds him heavily of when he was an innocent kit with dreams of his own, but his hopes were crushed when prey animals shunned him because of his species stereotype.

Zootopia Residents

    Chief Bogo 
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"Life isn't some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and your insipid dreams magically come true. So, let it go."
Voiced by: Idris Elba

A Cape buffalo who is the chief of the Zootopia Police Department 1st Precinct. He's tough but fair, and he's willing to listen to reason and have his preconceptions challenged.
  • Always on Duty: Apparently he also works nights, as he is there to receive Judy and Nick after their escape from Manchas and at Cliffside Asylum where Judy found the 14 missing mammals, although given that the arrest involved Mayor Lionheart, odds are he wanted to deal with it personally.
  • Badass Baritone: A huge tough cape buffalo with the deep powerful voice of Idris Elba. In the Japanese dub, Kenta Miyake speaks with the same voice he used for the resident black guy Mohammed Avdol from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
  • Badass in Charge: One of the most physically imposing characters in the movie, and the chief of the ZPD.
  • Brutal Honesty: He doesn't care for niceties or even try to soften blows when criticizing Judy's actions. Though harsh, everything he says to her is, at least from his available knowledge, completely true.
  • By-the-Book Cop: A stickler for procedure? Check. Holds officers to a high standard of behavior? Check. Quick to chide a rookie cop for playing fast and loose out in the streets? CHECK.
  • Da Chief: He questions Judy's ability to be helpful to the megafauna-dominated police force. He gives Judy 48 hours to solve a case or turn in her badge.
  • Defeat Means Respect: When Judy manages to complete the Impossible Task he used to set her up to fail she earns his respect. He gives her full credit for solving the investigation and finding the missing mammals. Later, when Judy is feeling guilty over the part she played in causing civil unrest between predator and prey, he informs her that she's a good cop and that she shouldn't be putting all the blame on herself.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Much is shown in his first bullpen briefing. His men greet him with cheers and he snaps for them to quiet down: then he sincerely wishes Francine the elephant officer a happy birthday, showing that he does have a softer side if you win his esteem. Next he announces that he's not going to introduce the new recruits because he doesn't care, which shows that he's the type that Hates Small Talk. Then he hands out the missing mammal cases but assigns Judy to parking duty, which is appropriate given that they are high-priority cases and it would be inappropriate to assign one to a rookie cop on her first day.
  • Fan Boy: He turns out to be a Gazelle fan, just like Clawhauser. And by the end of the film, he and Clawhauser attend Gazelle's concert, and he joins in the festivities by dancing.
  • A Father to His Men: Downplayed. He can be quite mean to his subordinates - Judy in particular - but he does care for them, as shown when he wishes an elephant police officer a happy birthday (by her first name) and when he comforts Judy when she believes she has broken the city. He is also shown personally leading his officers into the field — when Judy calls in Manchas going savage, at Cliffside Asylum for the Lionheart arrest, and when Bellwether calls in a savage fox at the museum and "Officer Hopps is down".
  • Foil: He's a stark contrast to Clawhauser, given that he's much more serious and reserved, more brutal in his honesty and harder to please, and more masculine and tough. He's also an herbivore while Clawhauser is a carnivore.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's curt, cold, and stubborn, and has some prejudices rooted in general cynicism, but he's an honest character who cares deeply about the safety of the public and his subordinates.
  • Graceful Loser: When Judy manages to successfully complete his ultimatum designed to get rid of her, and even surpass it, he warms up to her without hesitation or shame.
  • Guilty Pleasure: He's a fan of Gazelle and is shown sneaking some enjoyment from playing with Gazelle's dancing app.
  • Hates Small Talk: He speaks in a very terse manner and openly expresses his apathy over introductions on two separate occasions.
  • Hidden Depths: On the surface, he seems like your typical tough guy chief, but he is quite the Gazelle fan, he has a caring side that shows up from time to time and his comments imply he's more familiar with the brokenness of the system than is readily apparent.
  • Hypocrite: He angrily asks Judy if she sees all angry predators as savage after Manchas's attack and disappearance, fully implying she has a bias. When Judy says Nick saw everything too, he quickly brushes him aside saying he wouldn't believe the words of a fox.
  • I Gave My Word: Despite setting her up to fail, he takes the terms of his deal with Judy very seriously. When Nick reminds him that Judy still has ten hours to solve the case, he doesn't try to get out of it.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He might come across as a jerk to Judy, but to give Bogo his due, Judy's not following police procedure at all. She abandoned her assigned post, leapt over the vehicle of the officially responding officer, chased a suspect with no weapon and no backup, then ran into Little Rodentia — an area the rest of the police force couldn't even enter — and nearly got some bystanders killed. He already isn't happy she's been forced down his throat, and her acting like a Cowboy Cop is not helping her case. If it weren't for Bellwether's intervention when she took a case without authorization, she would have been fired.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is a tough, hard-to-please, no-nonsense police chief but he cares deeply about the city and those who earned his respect, and is shown to be quite a Reasonable Authority Figure.
    • Judy gains his respect by solving the missing mammals case, he even tries to comfort her when she believes that she made Zootopia worse due to her comments on the savage predators, causing widespread discrimination. He even looks saddened when Judy willingly resigns from the ZPD due to her feelings of guilt.
      Judy: I came here to make the world a better place, but I think I broke it.
      Bogo: Don't give yourself so much credit, Hopps. The world has always been broken. That's why we need good cops... like you.
    • When he addresses the Elephant in the Room, he honestly wishes a happy birthday to elephant officer Francine addressing her by her first name.
    • At the end of the film, he seemingly assigns Nick and Judy to parking duty... only to reveal that he's just kidding, before giving them a more suitable mission of tracking down a street racer showing a playful side once he warms up to Nick and Judy.
    • He is respectful to Clawhauser, immediately forgives him for errors made in good faith, and allows him to be himself at work. He is even shown dancing with him as an equal at the end of the movie.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: If his response to Judy's Despair Event Horizon is any indication, he might have gone through one himself and emerged as this.
  • Large and in Charge: A huge, muscular cape buffalo who is the leader of the precinct.
  • Last Name Basis: Even he doesn't use his first name: he programmed his Gazelle app to refer to him as "Chief Bogo".
  • The Leader: To the Zootopia Police Department.
  • A Load of Bull: A large, musclebound anthropomorphic cape buffalo bull.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": His name is derived from the Swahili word "m'bogo" which means "cape buffalo". And lo and behold, Chief Bogo is in fact a cape buffalo.
  • Mean Boss: Towards Judy; he unfairly makes her taking on the Otterton case into a Race Against the Clock with no resources to force her to resign as he wants to be rid of her.
  • The Mean Brit: He speaks with a South African accent, he's unapologetically forthright, and Judy has to reach very high standards before he warms up to her.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Though generally a curt, no-nonsense guy you do not want to get on the bad side of, he wishes an elephant officer a happy birthday (even using her given name Francine to do so), gives Judy, whom he had originally intended to fire, all the credit for solving the missing mammals cases without hesitation or complaint, and gives Clawhauser significantly more respect, patience, and autonomy than Lionheart does with Bellwether.
  • No Badass to His Valet: Clawhauser finds him perfectly approachable and at one point openly squeals at something he's embarrassed to be caught doing. It helps that Bogo treats Clawhauser with relative courtesy irrespective of his oddball habits.
  • Not Even Bothering with an Excuse: "There are some new recruits with us I should introduce. But I'm not going to, because I don't care."
  • Not So Above It All: Despite his gruff appearance he's also a Fan Boy of Gazelle and he's quite embarrassed when Clawhauser opens the door and catches him playing with the Gazelle dancing app.
  • Odd Friendship: He gets along with Clawhauser surprisingly well considering that he's a By-the-Book Cop who Hates Small Talk and Clawhauser is a Big Fun Bunny-Ears Lawyer.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: A tough, no-nonsense, intimidating cop... who secretly enjoys imagining himself as a backup dancer to the universe's pop idol, later deigning to dance freely at her concert.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Contrary to what his foreboding appearance and treatment of Judy would tell you, his actions are completely justifiable for what he needs to put up with. Once Judy solves the missing persons case, he is more than willing for her to take the limelight for her accomplishment, and when she feels that she broke the city, he reminds her that society has always been broken which is why it needs good cops... like her.
  • Scary Black Man: A large, intimidating, black-furred cape buffalo with an African-sounding last name and the voice of Idris Elba.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's a muscular, tough, intimidating, no-nonsense, laconic, deep-voiced, tall, hard-featured mammal in contrast to the more sensitive Clawhauser.
  • Slave to PR: He clearly tries to keep up a courteous, nice-guy persona for civilians when he needs to interact with them directly. Just watch how his personality completely flips over when Mrs. Otterton barges into his office. He was being his usual gruff self with Judy just seconds before... and he goes back to it the moment he's alone with her again.
  • Speech Impediment: It's not exactly an impediment, but he shares his voice actor Idris Elba's slight rhotacism.note 
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: He is a tall and handsome figure, is respected by his officers, is am honorable and competent chief of police... and has no issue speaking his mind in blunt, snarky comments as needed.
  • Token Good Teammate: Amongst the city's major authority figures. He's the only one of them who's not doing anything shady, and the ones who are try their best to keep it hidden from him.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His upper body is quite a bit wider than his lower body.
  • Visual Pun: Both literally and figuratively bull-headed.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Subjected to this, courtesy of Nick, who tells him off for giving Judy only 48 hours and almost no resources to solve a case he and the rest of ZPD haven't been able to solve in weeks.
  • A World Half Full: Firmly believes in this world view, noting that society has always been broken, but that's why it needs good cops to make it better.

    Officer Benjamin Clawhauser 
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"That poor little bunny's gonna get eaten alive..."
Voiced by: Nate Torrence

A chubby cheetah front desk officer at the precinct whose heart is as big as his stomach.
  • Adorkable: A sweet, chubby, exuberant, campy fanboy, who also happens to be a feline, giving him an appealing face and expressive friendly tail behavior.
  • All-Loving Hero: He's compassionate and affable with every single animal he interacts with, which includes the protagonist almost everyone else at least initially dismisses, the Mean Boss, a persistent Otter, and an arrested criminal. He is quick to apologize for his one small, understandable misstep (a compliment with baggage he wasn't aware of). He also doesn't assign any blame when he's reassigned to records, which affects Judy as badly as it does because it's obvious he doesn't deserve to be feared.
  • Always on Duty: He is ready to greet Judy on her first morning, sends backup when Manchas attacks, and is still at the station ready to give Chief Bogo information when Judy finds the missing mammals in the evening.
  • Ambiguously Gay: He acts very effeminate at times. He is obsessed with Gazelle, a female pop star, with no apparent component of attraction. Some of his body language suggests it, and he has a soft lispy voice. He also has an exceptionally elated reaction to discovering Chief Bogo is also a Gazelle fan. It's made more ambiguous by the movie's tendency to play some stereotypes straight and invert, subvert, or defy others.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: He repeatedly gets distracted from the task at hand, mostly by new people to chat with, food, and anything relating to Gazelle. Judy has a hard time getting his attention when being pursued by the feral Manchas because he was already distracted.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Having the word claw in your name is neat, no?
  • Big Eater: Has a massive appetite for donuts, and has grown chubby because of this.
  • Big Fun: He's a rotund cheetah with a very sunny disposition, a flamboyant personality, and a passionate interest in Gazelle.
  • Break the Cutie: After the media conference increases Fantastic Racism towards predators, sweet and giddy Clawhauser is seen looking very upset and disappointed learning that he's no longer the front desk officer. To make matters worse, his eyes have a subtle but noticeable flush to them. The poor guy has definitely been crying.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's flamboyant, scatterbrained, and a huge fanboy, but he's also a dedicated, reliable, and helpful front desk officer. Chief Bogo, who values meritocracy in the workplace, considers him fully capable and keeps him on the force.
  • Cats Are Mean: Inverted. He's the only feline in the main cast and shown to be exceptionally earnest, polite, and compassionate.
  • Cuteness Overload: When he met Judy, his first reaction is to squeal excitedly at the sight of a cute bunny.
  • The Cutie: A rare adult male example. He's used mainly for comic relief and has a personality that is extremely sweet and innocent, cheerful, optimistic, and somewhat immature.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: He's a fat police officer with donuts as his favorite food. He is fully aware that he fits the stereotype.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first meeting with Judy establishes him as a Big Eater and a Nice Guy by showing him surrounded by sweets and having him immediately apologize for accidentally offending her, knowing how it is to be stereotyped, and then showing that he fits that stereotype after all by eating the misplaced donut she points out.
  • Fan Boy: He's a huge fan of Gazelle. He refers to her as "the greatest singer of our lifetime" and an "angel with horns", keeps an "I heart Gazelle" mug on his desk, loves to play with her app and is ecstatic to learn that Chief Bogo does too, and is glowing with excitement at her concert at the end of the movie.
  • Faster Than They Look: Although Clawhauser is quite portly, he actually demonstrates some impressive speed in the movie (albeit off-screen). After Judy rolls Weaselton to Clawhauser's desk, Chief Bogo appears on the third floor railing when he yells "Hopps" and points to his office. While Chief Bogo is dressing down Judy for her handling of the Weaselton chase, Clawhauser interrupts with a call saying Mrs. Otterton is trying to see him again. Chief Bogo angrily dismisses the call and returns to Judy's reprimand. Twenty seconds later, Mrs. Otterton barges into the room begging for an audience. Five seconds after that, Clawhauser catches up to her with apologies that she slipped past him. This indicates that Clawhauser sprinted after Mrs. Otterton up three flights of stairs and was only seconds behind her the entire way.
  • Fat Cat: A cheetah officer who has grown round due to his love of donuts.
  • Fat Comic Relief: While his weight and eating habits aren't the primary source of his humor, they do crop up from time to time, such as when he gets a donut stuck in his neck and eats it, and to a lesser extent when he gets distracted by his soda when Judy is looking at the Otterton case file.
  • Foil: He's very different from Chief Bogo. He's sillier and more social, more polite and accommodating, and more feminine and sensitive. He is also a carnivore while Bogo is a herbivore.
  • Gentle Giant: One of the few larger animals in the movie who doesn't even try to put on a façade of toughness.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: As a cheetah, his fur coat is mostly golden, and he is also a completely innocent, sweet, sensitive, non-aggressive guy.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: A minor example; when Clawhauser calls Judy "cute" and Judy explains that bunnies find this offensive if it's not coming from another bunny, Clawhauser apologizes not only for using the word, but for stereotyping Judy when he himself has been stereotyped as a donut-loving cop.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He has typically effeminate mannerisms such as face-cradling and squealing and a soft, expressive voice. He is also very emotionally open and conciliatory, fills a non-aggressive communications-based support role by choice, and is openly a huge Fan Boy of the pop idol, Gazelle.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He does have an unfortunate fortunate tendency to say the exact wrong thing at the exact wrong time, so some of his well-meant comments can come across as hurtful or insensitive. It's most notable when he first meets Judy, calling her "cute", which only other bunnies can use on bunnies without offense. When Judy explains this to him, though, he immediately apologizes and genuinely feels bad about it.
  • Irony: He's a big fan of Gazelle even though gazelles are the natural prey of cheetahs in the wild.
  • Keet: He's flamboyant, exuberant, and adorable, squeals and gushes regularly, and is quite small compared to most of his colleagues sans Judy and Nick.
  • Last Name Basis: He's referred to by his last name "Clawhauser" by Judy and Bogo.
  • Man Child: Clawhauser is a police officer, yet he loves eating sugary cereals and junk food, squeals like a little girl, and is whole-heartedly amazed by a very obvious face-swap app. His childish antics can annoy other characters such as Chief Bogo and the recently-arrested wolf.
  • Nice Guy: He's the only member of the police force who is not only polite but also helpful to Judy. He immediately apologizes for accidentally offending her by calling her cute. Furthermore, when he's unjustly stripped of his position as Front Desk Officer by the higher ups of Zootopia as a result of the prey vs. predator storm he refuses to blame Judy, Chief Bogo, or anybody else for what happened.
  • Non-Action Guy: He seems to solely do office work, with his main jobs being handling reception and radio dispatching, and temporarily being reassigned to records.
  • Odd Friendship: Chief Bogo gets along with him surprisingly well considering he's a Big Fun Bunny-Ears Lawyer and Bogo is a By-the-Book Cop who Hates Small Talk.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Through most of the movie, Clawhauser is a cheerful, energetic chatterbox, so when he is shown trying not to cry, moving slowly, and speaking quietly and briefly after being moved to records, Judy realizes just how badly she messed up.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: His exuberant and distractible personality makes him a great fit for adding some comedy to the story.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's a rotund, sweet, accommodating, emotional, flamboyant, high-voiced, moderate-height, soft-featured mammal in contrast with the manlier Chief Bogo.
  • Squee!: His reaction when he finds out Chief Bogo is a Gazelle fan too is to squeal delightedly with his tail curled, his face in his hands, and a huge smile.
  • Sweet Tooth: In addition to his love of donuts (one of which he removes and devours from out of his neck fat), he is introduced as gleefully munching on a bowl of "Lucky Chomps" cereal; he is finishing off a bottle of soda mid-conversation as he helps Judy with the case file; and has a large jar of candy on his desk. note 
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Donuts.
  • Your Favorite: At the end, after the conspirators have been brought to justice and peace in Zootopia is restored, two officers, a rhino and a hippo, each present him with a jumbo-sized box of donuts to welcome him back to the front desk.

    Major Friedkin 
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"You're dead! Dead, dead, dead!"
Voiced by: Fuchsia!

A female polar bear drill instructor who trains Judy at the police academy.
  • All There in the Script: In the credits she's only listed as Drill Instructor, but the script reveals her name as Major Friedkin.
  • Bears are Bad News: Initially played straight as she is constantly haranguing Judy that's she's "dead, dead, dead". Becomes downplayed as she is shown smiling when Judy begins to excel at her training, indicating that while it's her job to be tough and demanding, she's not heartless.
  • Catch Phrase: "You're dead!"
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: She's as tough and mean as required by her job, and rides Judy during her training to get her to quit.
    Major Friedkin: Just quit and go home, fuzzy bunny!
  • Fantastic Slur: Many of the demeaning nicknames she calls Judy, such as "fluffbutt" and "fuzzy bunny", sound like slurs for rabbits.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Nasty as she is, she smiles with approval at Judy's success in her training.
  • Mr. Exposition: She introduces the concept of Zootopia's ecosystem-based districts and that ZPD officers train to master all of them.
  • Nice Hat: She wears a blue baseball cap.
  • No Indoor Voice: Friedkin shouts all of her lines.
  • So Proud of You: Implied in the training montage, when she smiles proudly after seeing Judy scale a massive ice wall.

    ZPD Officers 
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"All Right. All Right, enough! Shut It!"

Police officers working for the Zootopia Police Department.
  • Ass in a Lion Skin: Officer Wolford convincingly disguises himself as a sheep.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: They are shown to be loud and prone to roughhousing.
  • The Cavalry: After Bellwether gets completely Out-Gambitted by Judy and Nick, the officers (which she called!) led by Chief Bogo block off all means of escape and arrest her and her minions.
  • Literal Metaphor: Chief Bogo mentions that they need to address the "elephant in the room". He then turns to Francine, an elephant officer, and wishes her happy birthday.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Members include a hippo named Higgins, two rhinos named McHorn and Rhinowitz, two elephants named Francine Trunkaby and Bob Trumpet, a lion named Delgato ("gato" is Spanish for "cat"), a tiger named Fangmeyer, a bear named Snarlof and a wolf named Wolford. An officer named Grizzoli is mentioned by Word of God as a grizzly bear, but when his name is called in the movie, a white wolf stands up instead.
  • The Mole: When Judy arrives at the ZPD on her first day of work, we see four ram officers in the lobby as she makes her way over to Clawhauser. Two of them are revealed to be working for Bellwether.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Officer Snarlof and Officer Higgins, a polar bear and a hippo, go undercover by putting on a baseball cap and a fake mustache, respectively.
  • Visual Pun: Officer Wolford disguises himself as a ram, making him literally A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing.
  • The Voiceless: Apart from Officer Higgins who calls for attention when Chief Bogo enters the bullpen on Judy's first day, Officer McHorn who has two lines during the Weaselton chase, and Officer Francine Trunkaby who yells "Oh yeah!" as she gives a noogie to the tiger that had been punching her after her birthday announcement, none of the other officers speak a word in the movie.

    Mayor Leodore Lionheart 
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"As mayor of Zootopia, I am proud to announce that my Mammal Inclusion Initiative has produced its first police academy graduate."
Voiced by: J. K. Simmons

A lion who is the Mayor of Zootopia. Seemingly noble, he'll do anything to protect Zootopia — and his reputation.
  • Alliterative Name: Leodore Lionheart.
  • Awesome Mccoolname: Leodore is a very uncommon and cool-sounding given name (as well as a Meaningful Name, as it means "lion-gift"). "Lionheart", beside obviously also being a play on his species, is an expression for "brave, courageous", and was the title of King Richard I of England (who was portrayed as an anthropomorphic lion in Robin Hood).
  • Cassandra Truth: As he is being arrested by the ZPD, he tries to explain that he was only trying to protect the city and that not knowing why predators were going savage could destroy Zootopia. His warning is ignored and he is arrested for illegally imprisoning mammals. Later at the press conference when it's revealed that they don't know why only predators are going savage and Judy repeats the theory that it could be due to their biology, Zootopia erupts into prey vs. predator distrust that divides the city.
  • Cats Are Mean: Downplayed. He's by no means evil, but he is a Mean Boss who regularly insults his assistant mayor, and is a bit of a Sleazy Politician who decides against revealing to the public that only predators are going savage because of causing a panic and also being concerned about his career.
  • Cats Are Superior: Exhibits this attitude.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: He's very proud of his "Mammal Inclusion Initiative" that helps small prey animals like Judy Hopps reach their full potential, but he treats his own assistant mayor (a miniature sheep) very poorly. It's implied that he only started the Initiative and hired Bellwether for publicity.
  • Frame-Up: Played with as Lionheart becomes involved for his own reasons and Bellwether simply takes advantage of the legitimate evidence against him in order to rise to power. So even when Nick and Judy later expose Bellwether as the mastermind, Lionheart still has to serve jail time because he illegally imprisoned the first 15 Night Howler victims and withheld vital information about it from the police.
  • Graceful Loser: Unlike Bellwether, Leodore seems to take his imprisonment in jail a lot better at the end of the movie. Then again, he's probably going to be released a lot sooner than the Big Bad.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's an enormous male lion, while his Assistant Mayor is a tiny female sheep.
  • Inspiration Nod: To The Lion King himself, Mufasa, at least in appearance. The artists used him as a reference when designing Lionheart. Personality-wise not so much - Mufasa is The Good King and a Reasonable Authority Figure, and while Lionheart seems to be similar at first he's later revealed to be more of a Sleazy Politician.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While it was wrong of him to cover up and imprison the savage predators, he makes a good point as he's being hauled off to jail that openly exposing to the public that predators are going savage without knowing why would incite a panic and cause prey animals to turn on predators. Sure enough...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He treats his assistant, Dawn Bellwether, with little respect, openly calling her "Smellwether" and constantly overworking her. It's also implied that the actions he have made that are inherently good, such as allowing Judy to be the first bunny police officer, are mostly for the good publicity it'll earn him. Still, his concern for the savage animals seems genuine and he dedicated resources to try and help them, providing medical staff and new equipment and keeping them in a safe and remote location where potential casualties are minimized, so there is a glimmer of gold in there.
  • King of Beasts: The mayor of Zootopia who happens to be a lion, he is sort of a modernized version of this stereotype.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Like many characters in the movie, his name is a play on his species.
  • Malicious Misnaming: He calls his assistant Bellwether "Smellwether". She briefly mentions that she once returned the favor by calling him "Lionfart".
    Bellwether: That was not a good day for me, no...
  • Mean Boss: Lionheart is shown to be routinely curt and dismissive to Assistant Mayor Bellwether.
  • Nightmare Face: While he acts charming most of the time, he makes a scary, snarling face when he yells at Dr. Madge Honey Badger that if they tell the public that predators are going savage, they'll fear their own lion mayor.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Given the disdain Bellwether shows for predators during her Evil Gloating, it's implied that she doesn't have much respect for Lionheart. Given how badly he treats her, it's easy to understand why.
  • Nominal Hero: He rounded up the animals that went crazy and kept them in a safe and remote location where potential casualties would be minimized while providing medical staff and equipment to find a cure. However, when he learns that only predators are going savage, he allows his concern for his career to override informing the public and police.
  • Rugged Scar: Downplayed example as the scars are not very prominent and only noticeable from close-up, but he has multiple scars on his face.note 
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Well, lion actually, but he wears a nice suit.
  • Slave to PR: His concern about his public image as a lion mayor is the one of the reasons why he keeps the existence of the savage predators a secret until a cure can be found, because it would look bad if people thought that their own mayor was capable of going savage.
  • Sleazy Politician: Downplayed. His more progressive political decisions (the Mammal Inclusion Initiative and choosing a sheep as Assistant Mayor) are implied to be mainly for publicity ("I think Mayor Lionheart just wanted the sheep vote"), and he is shown to be a Mean Boss to Bellwether. Also, he decides not to reveal that only predators are going savage at least partially to avoid the public backlash that might impeach him. He's willing to admit he was wrong in his last speaking lines in the film, though seems to come from his wanting to distance himself from Bellwether's plot as much as possible.
  • Tempting Fate: Towards the end of the first half of the movie, he delivers the line "Chief Bogo doesn't know, and we are going to keep it that way." Cue Bogo finding out from Judy and Lionheart getting arrested for keeping the missing animals hidden.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His mistreatment of Bellwether was definitely a contributing factor in her anti-predator conspiracy.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His covert operation is the cause of all the missing mammals cases, including Emmitt Otterton, though it is because he was afraid of the public finding out that predators are reverting to a savage state and inciting a panic. His operation includes medical staff and equipment to investigate the cause and any potential cure. In his own words, "It was a classic doing-the-wrong-thing-for-the-right-reason kind of a deal."

    Assistant Mayor Dawn Bellwether 
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"Us little guys really need to stick together!"
Voiced by: Jenny Slate

A miniature sheep who is the Assistant Mayor of Zootopia. Seemingly a likable, long-suffering public servant, she is actually the mastermind behind a conspiracy to incite anti-predator sentiment amongst the prey population.
  • Adorkable: She comes across as lovably goofy and awkward for most of the movie... until she reveals her true nature near the end.
  • Ax-Crazy: She puts on a facade as a goofy and eccentric assistant to the mayor, but in actuality, is a self-interested sociopath who is the mastermind behind a massive conspiracy to put the prey animals on top and instigate a race war, no matter who gets hurt or killed.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: She describes herself as "a glorified secretary" who "never gets to do anything that's important", and Mayor Lionheart treats her disdainfully. This helps turn her into The Resenter and fuels her Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: As a result of Mayor Lionheart offloading most of his work onto her, she ends up with a workload much bigger than she can handle, as shown by a huge backlog of boxes marked "urgent" piling up outside her office.
  • Big Bad: The mastermind behind the conspiracy to cause predators to go savage so that prey will fear predators and unite against them.
  • Big Bad Friend: Bellwether presents herself as a supportive friend to Judy throughout the film — until the climax, when she reveals herself as the evil mastermind behind the criminal plot. She tries to win Judy to her side with a We Can Rule Together speech; when that fails, she shoots Nick with a Night Howler pellet to turn him savage so he will kill Judy.
    Bellwether: It really is too bad; I did like you.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Despite the pun, it's not Played for Laughs; she's purposely targeting predators with Night Howler serum as part of a conspiracy to unite prey animals against predators.
  • The Chessmaster: By the end of the movie, it becomes apparent that she's been stage-managing Judy's investigation behind the scenes.
  • Cop Killer: When Judy refuses to join Bellwether in her anti-predator conspiracy, her goons trap her and Nick in a museum exhibit and she shoots Nick with the Night Howler serum, intending on removing them as witnesses and using the death of a hero cop to further her plans. She would have succeeded if Nick and Judy hadn't anticipated this and planned out a few things in advance.
  • Corrupt Politician: She frames her boss and takes his position, and then continues to find targets for the Night Howler serum to secure even more political power for her and other prey animals.
  • Cute is Evil: The cute and fluffy little sheep turns out to be the mastermind behind the criminal plot.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After constantly being disrespected and mistreated by Lionheart all movie, she helps Judy so his illegal imprisonment of the savage predators will be exposed and he will be thrown in jail. She also seems to see her plan to incite a race war against predators as a large scale version of this, as her Motive Rant suggests that she sees all predators as "strong and loud" bullies, but she can unite all prey against them and become unstoppable.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Who would expect that a goofy, harmless little sheep would be responsible for such a huge and terrible conspiracy? But when Judy and Nick discover the truth about the cause of all the animals going savage at the end of the movie, they learn that Bellwether is the one behind everything.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Nick and Judy secretly record her Motive Rant, leading to her arrest.
  • Exact Words: A rather dark example when she has the main duo trapped in the pit during the climax:
    Judy: What are you gonna do? Kill me?
    Bellwether: (chuckles) Oh, no, of course not. (aims the Night Howler gun at Nick with a Slasher Smile) He is!
  • Evil All Along: She seems to be gentle and kind, but she's actually behind the plot Judy and Nick are investigating.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Judy. They're both small prey animals with reputations for being innocent and meek who are mistreated by their bosses and want to be appreciated for their efforts. However, Bellwether completely gives in to her hatred for predators and tries to turn prey against predators.
  • Evil Gloating: What eventually causes her undoing, as she's convinced that shooting Nick pretty much seals his and Judy's fate. Too bad for her it's just an act and the tape is running...
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Just look at her picture. She is a cute, innocent-looking sheep, and has a kind, helpful and somewhat goofy personality... on the surface. Deep down inside, she is a ruthless and scheming manipulator who has ordered her minions to turn innocent people savage just to further her plans, and she's willing to kill both Nick and Judy in order to prevent them from spilling the truth once they discover that she is the evil mastermind responsible for everything.
  • Fantastic Racism: Her entire scheme is based on inflaming the historical tension between predator and prey and using fear to propel her into full mayoral office and unite prey against predator. It's not clear to what extent this was motivated by a genuine hatred of predators and how much was just her using them as a scapegoat to maintain power.
  • Faux Affably Evil: All her friendliness towards Judy goes right out the window when her We Can Rule Together speech fails to woo Judy to her side. Then she tries to drug Nick into killing her.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: She is revealed to be behind the Night Howler plot and she wears huge glasses.
  • Freudian Excuse: Not really a good excuse for conspiring to take power by inciting fear and hatred against savage predators, but it's implied she's bitter due to the discrimination that small animals experience and the lack of respect she receives from her boss.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Bellwether is eventually defeated because, after shooting Nick with what she thinks is a Night Howler pellet, she calls the police directly to her location so that they will witness a hero cop killed by savage fox. When it turns out that her Night Howler pellets have been swapped out with harmless blueberries and that Nick and Judy are just acting, there is no time for her to adapt her plans or escape, before the cops show up.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Assistant Mayor Bellwether is a tiny female sheep while Mayor Lionheart is an enormous male lion.
  • Just Between You and Me: When she believes she has Nick and Judy cornered, she delves into a Motive Rant and explains her plan... which is subsequently recorded, and ultimately leads to her arrest when it turns out that Judy and Nick weren't quite as helpless as she thought.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Once she's revealed to be the mastermind behind all the events happening in the film, the comedy that was shown prior regarding her adorkable, bumbling nature disappears except for a quick bit of her characteristic comical skittering as she tries to escape.
  • Knight Templar: Her motive is to have fearful prey animals unite against the predators in Zootopia and keep her in power.
  • Last Name Basis: We only learn her first name in the news reel near the end of the movie; until then, everyone just calls her by her last name and her title.
  • Machiavelli Was Wrong: Inverted. Bellwether bases her entire plan on the belief that Machiavelli was right and "fear always works".
  • Manipulative Bitch: She uses her innocent demeanor and strategic timing of favors to manipulate others into trusting her and unwittingly aiding in her scheme.
  • Master Actor: Implied to be the case. She's very good at pretending to be a good-natured innocent.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • She wants to bring about the dawn of a new age: one where prey are dominant over predators.
    • Her last name "Bellwether" refers to the practice of placing a bell around the neck of the sheep that leads the herd (so the location of the flock can be determined by sound). It turns out that she is the ringleader of a number of Evil Minions (who are also sheep) working in secret to implement her plans and she wears a small bell necklace as part of her business outfit.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Already fed up with being pushed around and under-appreciated by her boss, she works behind the scenes to expose Lionheart's involvement in the missing mammals case allowing her take over as Mayor.
  • Motive Rant: Her speech to Judy combines this with We Can Rule Together and Evil Gloating.
    Bellwether: We're on the same team, Judy! Underestimated, unappreciated. Aren't you sick of it? Predators — they may be strong and loud, but prey outnumber predators ten to one. Think about it; 90% of the population, united against a common enemy. We'll be unstoppable.
  • The Napoleon: Not only is she very short, especially for a sheep, but on multiple occasions she makes remarks about being proud of Judy on behalf of "us little guys." She is also very power-hungry, and wants to take the city from the predators she perceives to be in charge.
  • Near Villain Victory: Bellwether has Nick and Judy trapped in a museum exhibit and darts Nick with the Night Howler serum to turn him savage. He hunts down Judy and with her back against the wall, he lunges forward to crush her throat while Bellwether looks on triumphantly... only to discover, whoopsie, it was all part of a Batman Gambit and Bellwether's gloating has been recorded leading to her arrest and collapse of her plans.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: She intervenes on Judy's behalf when Chief Bogo is about to fire her for taking on the Emmitt Otterton case, so she can stage-manage her into exposing Lionheart's actions involving the missing predators, thus furthering her own agenda. She does not count on how determined Judy will be to try and fix things after the race war escalates and how that will lead Judy to the Night Howler plot and foil her own plans.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Spends the vast majority of the film as a Hidden Villain and even after she's revealed as the culprit, continues to leave the fighting to her ram guards and Night Howler-controlled predators.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The animators chose to portray sheep characters with their natural, rectangular pupils. However, Bellwether is portrayed with Cartoony Eyes like all other major characters.
  • Not So Different: Bellwether invokes this trope between her and Judy when attempting to convince the bunny to join her conspiracy since they are both small mistreated prey mammals.
  • Not So Well-Intentioned Extremist: During her We Can Rule Together speech to Judy, she tries to pass herself off as a Well-Intentioned Extremist, believing that all predators are just strong and loud but because prey is 90% of the population, they can unite against a common enemy and come out on top. However, as Judy is facing seemingly certain death from a savage Nick, she cuts to the chase, asking "So That's it? Prey fears Predator and you stay in power?" To which Bellwether replies "Yeah, pretty much."
  • Number Two: As Assistant Mayor, she is essentially this to Lionheart, but Bellwether describes her role as a "glorified secretary."
  • Oh, Crap!: Happens to her thrice. First when it's revealed that Nick was just pretending to be savage and that he and Judy swapped the Night Howler pellets with blueberries. Second when they reveal that they captured her motive rant via Judy's recorder pen and finally when she tries to escape, she is quickly surrounded by Chief Bogo and his fellow officers who were responding to her call of an Officer down.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Bellwether gives a smirk of extreme satisfaction right after Nick has bitten Judy's throat and hears her (thankfully fake) scream.
  • Sadist: She takes blood-chilling pleasure and enjoyment from shooting Nick with the Night Howler serum (complete with Slasher Smile) and the idea of him killing and eating Judy, as evidenced by her choosing to stand there and watch it happen. Extra points for her smirking at the sound of Judy's (thankfully fake) scream.
    Bellwether: Bye bye, bunny.
  • Shadow Archetype: Like Judy, she's an unappreciated, small prey animal who is not appreciated by her larger boss, and has a bias against predator animals. However, whereas Judy rises above this, took responsibility for her actions at the press conference when she reveals her bias against predators, and works to make the world a better place, Bellwether incites anti-predator fear for the sake of revenge and power and doesn't care who she hurt with her biases.
  • Slasher Smile: She has one right as she shoots Nick with the Night Howler pellet. Her herbivore dentition showing in the smile somehow adds to the creepy factor.
  • The Sociopath: She's driven entirely by self-interest, shows no deeper kindness than favors and sociability to anyone, manipulates other characters by acting nice and likable when it's convenient, doesn't care how many mammals — predator or prey — get hurt in her pursuit of power, and appears to genuinely enjoy seeing Judy (apparently) get slaughtered.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: She has a soft, affable, unassuming voice, but is a ruthless villain.
  • Vice President Who?: As Assistant Mayor, she is a "glorified secretary" who receives very little respect for Mayor Lionheart. Her office is in a boiler room.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: Subverted. When she is informed by Judy that she has recorded her admitting her evil schemes, Bellwether realizes that the ZPD (which she had called earlier) are on their way and attempts to bolt... only to discover that Chief Bogo and the rest of the ZPD are standing right behind her.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As Nick and Judy unfold their Batman Gambit to Bellwether and she realizes that she's totally lost control of the situation, her face takes on panicked look and she gets ready to bolt. It's downplayed in that her loss of composure is rather mild compared to her Evil Gloating that took place moments before.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's very hard to talk about her in any depth without mentioning that she's the Big Bad.
  • We Can Rule Together: She attempts to win Judy for her cause, telling her that they can bring down the "strong and loud" predators together. When Judy refuses, Bellwether attempts to engineer her grisly death.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: A seemingly sweet Beleaguered Assistant with a Jerkass boss... which puts her on the path to inflame Zootopia's historical tension between predator and prey launching civil unrest so she can use the fear and chaos to rise to power.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Heavily implied; we see from the news report that after the public reveal Bellwether is purposely targeting predators in public places without regard for who gets hurt. We learn that an adult Caribou has been mauled but it could have easily been a cub and as the number of predators going savage is growing (15 to 27) such a tragedy is becoming more likely.

    Cliffside Wolves 
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"Gary, quit it! You're gonna start a howl."
Voiced by: David A. Thibodeau (Gary), Rich Moore (Larry)

The security guards at Cliffside Asylum.
  • Achilles' Heel: They're easily tricked into a mass howl, which allows Nick and Judy to sneak into the asylum.
  • Animal Stereotypes: Fitting for a pack of wolves, they operate as a tight knit group in a dangerous environment. Their team spirit has the downside of starting a group howl at the worst moment (for them).
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: They are not very efficient at guarding Cliffside Asylum, as they can get easily distracted by a howl.
  • Mooks: They are working for Mayor Lionheart.
  • No Name Given: Played straight with most of the wolf security team at Cliffside Asylum. Averted with Gary, the white wolf guard at the gate, who is named in-universe. Subverted with his companion, who was originally unnamed but later christened Larry by Byron Howard and seconded by Jared Bush in response to a tweet asking for his name. note 
  • Red Herring: While they are responsible for the disappearance of the missing mammals, they are not, as Judy initially concludes, the "Night Howlers" Emmitt Otterton was speaking of.
  • Reflexive Response: Hearing a howl incites an involuntary reaction in them to answer it.
  • Wolves Always Howl at the Moon: Averted. While it is a cloudy, moon-lit night at Cliffside Asylum, they instinctively respond to any howl, which Judy uses to her advantage.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what happened to them after Lionheart was arrested for illegal imprisonment of the savage predators.

    Mr. Big 
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"We may be evolved, but deep down, we are still animals."
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche

An Arctic shrew who has the reputation of being the most feared crime boss in Tundra Town despite his small size.
  • Affably Evil: He's cordial to his friends, and helps out Judy and Nick with the Weaselton interrogation. It also appears that he wishes to be friendly to non-underworld people like Otterton and Nick (considering the former "like family" and inviting the latter for a dinner) and contacts them depending on their specialty.
  • Anti-Villain: If you get on his bad side, he's a dangerous adversary, but if you get on his good side, he can be a friendly and valuable ally.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has thick, bushy eyebrows that completely cover his eyes. They double as Evil Eyebrows.
  • The Cynic: He considered Mr. Otterton going savage more distressing than shocking as he believes that as civilized as everyone tries to be, they're all still animals beneath the surface.
  • The Don: The most feared crime boss in Tundra Town.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Mr. Big is shown to have great love and respect for his Gram-mama. When she passed away, he had her buried in a "very expensive wool rug". At least, that's what he was told it was.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is very fond of his daughter. Just as he is about to "ice" Nick and Judy, his daughter arrives and informs him that Judy saved her life. He then spares the duo and tells them that he is in their debt, and even invites them to join in his daughter's wedding party.
  • Evil Eyebrows: They conceal his eyes too.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Judy is surprised when Mr. Big is revealed to be a small shrew when she and Nick get kidnapped by his henchmen.
  • Expy: He's essentially Don Vito Corleone as a shrew, and the sheer lack of subtlety about it is Played for Laughs.
  • Ironic Name: A tiny shrew named Mr. Big.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has a soft spot for his grandmother and daughter, and is a nice person to those he trusts.
  • Karma Houdini: He doesn't try to hide the fact that he's crime boss who is known to "ice" others, but he doesn't get any punishment for that. In fact, Judy and Nick end up going to him for help in interrogating Duke Weaselton.
  • Kill It with Ice: His preferred method of disposing people who displease him is to toss them into icy waters.
  • Mister Big: He's far from the first crime boss in fiction to hold this name, or relative stature.
  • Mumbling Brando: As part of the reference to The Godfather.
  • The Napoleon: Not so aggressive, but he intimidates everybody.
  • Neighborhood Friendly Gangsters: Implied, given the fact that he has a sincere friendship with Mr. Otterton and seems to be enough of a respected community leader that Otterton first tries to go to him, rather than the police, when he has suspicions about the Night Howlers.
  • Nice to the Waiter: He considers his florist a part of his family.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: A very obvious caricature of Marlon Brando's iconic turn in The Godfather.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: He banishes Nick from Tundratown because Nick disrespected him by selling him a "very expensive wool rug" that he buried his Gram-mama in which turned out to be a skunk-butt rug.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He rarely smiles and a frown is pretty much his default expression.
  • Red Herring: The trailers play him up as the Big Bad but he actually has no involvement with the Night Howler conspiracy.
  • Slasher Smile: Although he's pretty much a Perpetual Frowner, he gives a vicious grin before ordering his mooks to ice Nick and Judy.
    Mr. Big: Say hello to Gram-mama! Ice 'em!
  • When He Smiles: A blink and you'll miss it moment, but during the Dance Party Ending he cracks a smile while "dancing" with Fru Fru from his chair.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He was perfectly willing to "ice" Judy alongside Nick, at least until Fru Fru walked in and recognized Judy as the one who saved her from being crushed by the giant donut the previous day.

    Fru Fru 
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"What did we say? No icing anyone at my wedding!"
Voiced by: Leah Latham

Mr. Big's daughter.
  • Babies Ever After: She's expecting the very next time we see her following her wedding, and she plans on naming her kid after Judy. Then during the Dance Party Ending which is implied to be after Nick's graduation (and thus 9 months later), she's dancing next to her father and shown to be pregnant again.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She appears early in the movie as a citizen saved by Judy during the chase through Little Rodentia. She plays an important role later by preventing her father from "icing" Judy and Nick to thank Judy for saving her.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Implied and Played for Laughs. She walks into her father's office, and discovers him in the process of icing a couple of total strangers. She's indignant, not because there are animals about to suffer a horrible death, but because her father specifically agreed not to ice anybody on her wedding day.
  • Daddy's Girl: She and her father appear to be very close and she's clearly his soft spot.
  • Furry Female Mane: She has human-like hair. Judy even compliments her hairstyle.
  • I Owe You My Life: She's extremely grateful to Judy for saving her.
  • Joisey: Implied with her hair, makeup, accent, love of fashion, and her connection to the mafia crime boss Mr. Big who ends up helping Judy and Nick find Otterton.
    Fru Fru: [Shopping with her friends]: Oh my Gawd! Did you see those leopard-print jeggings?
  • Mafia Princess: The daughter of the most feared crime boss in Tundra Town.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name comes from the French word "frou-frou", meaning "frilly, fancy, highly ornamental". She is fond of pretty clothes.
  • Morality Pet: Appears to be one for Mr Big, seeing as how his kinder side usually emerges when she's around.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: A pretty obvious reference to a whole different kind of iconic Italian-American than her father, namely Snooki.
  • Nice Girl: Social, grateful, and nice.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Fru Fru is the pampered daughter of a mob boss, but she is sociable and sweet to everyone she meets.
  • Uniformity Exception: Compared to the other shrews. Most shrews (including Fru Fru's fiancée and the other wedding guests) have Black Bead Eyes, but Fru Fru has Cartoony Eyes like the other animals in the movie. This makes her stand out and look a lot more sympathetic. She shares this trait with her father Mr. Big, but his eyes are covered by his eyebrows all the time except when he raises them for a blink-and-miss moment.

    Raymond and Kevin 
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"Raymond! And is that Kevin? Long time, no see."

Two polar bear guards of Mr. Big. Upon discovering Nick and Judy in Tundra Town, they bring them to Mr. Big.
  • Bears are Bad News: Two large and terrifying polar bear thugs working for the most feared crime lord of Tundratown.
  • Giant Mook: They are two massive polar bears who work as Mr. Big's henchmen.
  • The Mafiya: They wear tracksuits and jewelry resembling Russian mobsters.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Both have normal names for being the bodyguards of an infamous mob boss.
  • The Voiceless: Neither speaks a word. The only sound they make are some angry growls and a deep-voiced chuckle.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Neither of them had an issue with physically manhandling Judy on the same level as they did with Nick. One even picked her up by the back of the shirt when they were going to throw her and Nick into the ice water.

    Renato Manchas 
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"Down... on all fours! He was a savage!"
Voiced by: Jesse Corti

A limo driver for Mr. Big, and the last mammal to see Mr. Otterton before he goes savage.
  • All There in the Script: His first name, Renato, was revealed via Twitter by director Rich Moore.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Combined with A Lizard Named "Liz" and Meaningful Name; Manchas is Spanish for blotches. Unlike most black panthers in animation, Manchas' jaguar markings are realistically still visible against his black fur.
  • Cartoony Eyes: Played Straight then Subverted. When first introduced, his eyes follow the trope. After turning savage, his pupils become slitted like a cat. This is Artistic License – Biology since jaguars actually have round pupils, but it allowed the animators to give a dramatic visual indication that a transformation has occurred.
  • Eye Scream: His eye was clawed at by a savage Mr. Otterton. Downplayed, as while he had nasty scratches on his eyelid, which was nearly swelled shut, the eye itself was not damaged.
  • Freak Out: Had one after Otterton went savage and attacked him. Has a worse one when the serum turns him savage.
  • Help Mistaken for Attack: Manchas was clawed severely enough on the right side of his face to cause his eye to swell shut. When he is hit with the Night Howler pellet and starts going savage, he ignores the swelling and opens his eye. At this point Nick and Judy open his front door asking if he's OK and see him writhing on the ground pawing at his right eye in pain. He then goes fully savage and he turns toward the sound seeing them as the only ones around who could have caused him pain. He growls and gives them a Death Glare causing Judy to yell "Run" just as Manchas launches after them.
  • Last Name Basis: Always called "Manchas" or "Mr. Manchas".
  • National Animal Stereotypes: His name and accent both suggest that he's Hispanic. Jaguars are from South and Central America.
  • Painful Transformation: After he is hit by the Nighthowler pellet, his descent into savagery does not look pleasant.
  • Properly Paranoid: Refuses to open his door more than a crack to talk to Nick and Judy. It turns out that Doug was trying to snipe him the whole time, and gets him through a barely-open window.
  • Running on All Fours: Reverts to four-legged running when he is shot by the Night Howler pellet and turns savage.
  • Tuckerization: Shares his name with animator Renato dos Anjos.

    Duke Weaselton 
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"Comin' through!"
Voiced by: Alan Tudyk

A small-time weasel crook.
  • Bare Your Midriff: He wears a shirt that's a few numbers too short for his long, slinky weasel body.
  • Bit-Part Badguys: He is set up as one of these, a petty thief whose only purpose in the story is that Judy abandons her post as a meter maid to capture him. However, in the finale of the movie he comes back as a Chekhov's Gunman - he's revealed to be Doug's supplier of Night Howlers.
  • Captain Obvious: He describes Doug as "the opposite of friendly. He's unfriendly."
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's introduced as a petty crook and thief who Judy tries to prove herself by arresting. Later on, the "moldy onions" he has attempted to steal turn out to be Night Howler bulbs, which he is supplying to Doug (and Bellwether by extension). Interrogating him is the first step after Judy realizes the truth about the flowers.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When pursued by Judy, Weaselton kicks a giant doughnut toward her that almost crushes Fru Fru.
  • Greed: He doesn't have great impulse control when faced with something he wants... money!
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Because the police weren't aware of the full ramifications of his theft, it seems that he didn't spend a lot of time in custody or jail for his robbery of the florist.
    • He never seems to suffer any consequences for kicking the donut that nearly crushed Fru Fru. Even when Nick and Judy bring him to Mr. Big to be "iced", once he provided information about Doug there appear to be no further repercussions as Duke is seen later at the Dance Party Ending alive and well.
  • Lean and Mean: A rail-thin thieving crook.
  • Mythology Gag: His name is a reference to the Running Gag from Frozen where characters mispronounce the name of the Duke of Weselton. This gag is inverted when Judy actually calls him Weselton, and he quickly corrects her by saying that its Weaselton. Added bonus in that both characters are performed by the same voice actor, Disney Animation regular Alan Tudyk.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Parodied. The offer he couldn't refuse was money.
  • Oral Fixation: Weaselton likes to chew on a toothpick.
  • Pint Sized Power House: When being pursued by Judy, he is able to toss his bag of stolen goods quite high over the fence surrounding Little Rodentia.
  • Wicked Weasel: A weasel both literally and metaphorically. He will do pretty much anything for money and quickly betrays his employer when threatened.

    Doug Ramses 
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"What's the mark?"
Voiced by: Rich Moore

A sheep sharpshooter who operates a secret chemical processing lab in a disused subway car.
  • The Ace: Is both a skilled chemist and a talented marksman, making him Bellwether's most valuable henchman by far.
  • All There in the Script: His last name was revealed via Twitter by co-director Rich Moore.
  • Animal Stereotype: In an ironic twist he's shown to be intelligent, strong-headed, and cold. While he does work for a sheep, he could hardly be called a subordinate, mindless follower.
  • Beard of Evil: The wool around his head gives the appearance of a beard, and he's certainly not a nice guy.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His first appearance is at the very beginning of the movie, when he almost runs over Nick with his truck. He isn't seen again until much much later. Bonus points for being a literal gunman.
  • Cartoony Eyes: Averted. Doug along with his assistants, Jesse and Woolter, have vertical, rectangular pupils found in real sheep. This helps making them look far more menacing.
  • Cold Sniper: He's the main delivery vehicle of the Night Howler serum and is an extremely good shot. He also has a disturbingly casual attitude towards his job.
  • Creator Cameo: Voiced by the film's co-director, Rich Moore.
  • Drink Order: A latte with extra foam. However, after getting kicked out of the subway car, he lands on Jesse and Woolter spilling all the coffees. He is last seen sitting on the railway looking forlorn at his empty latte cup while his buddies chase after Judy and Nick.
  • Fat Bastard: Downplayed. He looks overweight but it's quite possible that his girth is mostly wool. Definitely has the bastardry, though.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He was able to shoot Mr. Otterton through an open window in a moving vehicle at night, and was able to shoot Manchas (a black jaguar, in a darkened room, through an open window, and again at night) before Judy and Nick could enter his home. He's hit 14 other previous targets, and seems (rightly) offended when his boss questions his ability to hit a cheetah.
  • Jerkass: Weaselton describes Doug as "the opposite of friendly. He's unfriendly."
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": A ram with the last name Ramses.
  • The Mole: Word of God revealed that Doug infiltrates Judy's press conference and is the sheep reporter who asks her the leading question "So, predators are the only ones going savage?"
  • Punch Clock Villain: Apparently. He has a disturbingly casual and businesslike attitude towards his job, and also doesn't bother to pursue Judy and Nick with his two associates when they steal the train car.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only has a couple minutes of screen-time, but he is partly responsible for the major events happening in the movie.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: The scarily competent chemist and marksman who's been going around turning innocent predators into savages and causing general chaos and panic? His name is Doug.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He is last seen sitting on the railway after Judy and Nick escape with the subway car containing his lab and the Night Howler plants.

    Finnick 
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"You kiss me tomorrow, I'll bite your face off!"
Voiced by: Tommy "Tiny" Lister

Nick's partner in crime, a tiny fennec fox who uses his tiny size to pretend he is an infant.
  • Advertised Extra: He only has a few lines and is in the movie for less than 5 minutes but has his own toy commercial. Also, he can frequently be seen on posters and other advertisements for the movie.
  • Ascended Extra: Though he's barely in the movie, he has a supporting role in one of the cases in Zootopia: Crime Files.
  • Badass Baritone: Despite being a small, cute little animal, he has the deep voice of Tommy "Tiny" Lister. Almost makes him seem dangerous when he threatens to bite your face off...
  • Berserk Button: Treat him like a kid or infant when he's pretending to be one for a scam and he'll let it go. Treat him like a kid or infant when he's not pretending to be one, however? Then he'll threaten you. Seems to be fond of that pacifier even when he's not scamming, though.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Finnick is a third the size of Nick, his hustling partner. This enables him to play the role of Nick's son in their pawpsicle hustle.
  • Compressed Hair: A variant. His hood from his elephant costume is somehow able to accommodate his enormous ears and fit snugly over his head without any visible bulges.
  • Con Artist: Nick Wilde's partner in crime. His primary role is pretending to be Nick's son who has childish aspirations of growing up to be an elephant.
  • Cute Critters Act Childlike: Exploited. Even though he's a cynical adult, he pretends to be a cute little fox cub as part of Nick's scam.
  • Cuteness Overload: Exploits this as part of his scams with Nick.
  • The Fake Cutie: He uses his cute size and looks as part of his and Nick's scam.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He starts out as a jerk, even once you get past the fact that he's a con artist. But despite having no reason to help Judy (especially in light of what her thoughtless words have caused), he tells her how to find Nick, as the guidebook points out.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Finnick the fennec fox.
  • Master Actor: Presumably, working with Nick has given him plenty of opportunity to perfect his "little kid" act.
  • The Napoleon: He's a small but pretty grumpy (and possibly violent) guy (e.g., he threatens to bite Nick's face off at one point and shouts "who is it?!!" at the top of his lungs while holding a baseball bat when Judy knocks on his van).
  • Older Than They Look: Being a fennec fox, he can pass himself as a baby, even though he's actually an adult. Word of God confirms that he's older than Nick, who's 32 years old according to Judy's calculations.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: According to writer Jared Bush, "'Finnick' is a nickname. His real name is something that's way less cool that he doesn't tell anyone."
  • Pet the Dog: He does help Judy find Nick after their fallout in spite of not getting anything out of helping her out. Finnick has also hung onto the badge sticker Judy gave him when she fell for the whole child bit, showing that he was pretty touched by Judy's compassion in the ice cream shop.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He is able to carry the elephant-sized Jumbo Pop, which is about five times bigger than he is.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: A cute fennec fox.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Nick. Despite being his partner in crime, he doesn't seem to care for Nick too much, as one crack about him is enough to make him threaten Nick to bite his face off. Also, when Nick is forced to solve the case, he pretty much laughs in his face and ditches him (although he does know where Nick is later on in the movie so they don't completely cut off ties).
  • Vocal Dissonance: A tiny fennec fox with a big booming gangster voice.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After telling Judy where Nick is, he is never seen or heard from again. We don't see what happens to him when Nick gives up a life of being a con artist for being a cop and he's not even seen in the end credits dancing with everyone else. However, Nick is eating a Pawsicle when he and Judy are tracking down the street racer, which hints that Finnick is still a pawpsicle hustler and that they keep in touch. The creators have said they're interested in bringing him back for the sequel, if one gets made.

    Emmitt Otterton 
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Voiced by: N/A

The missing otter that Judy and eventually Nick try to find. Revealed to have been a target for the Night Howlers.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His wife mentions he's a florist in her plea to get Chief Bogo to look for him. What's making all the predators go crazy? Toxic flowers.
  • Happily Married: Implied by the fact that his wife is the one to come to the station to look for him, by how relieved she is after he gets cured from the Night Howler serum, and his romantic, joyous dance with her during the end credits.
  • He Knows Too Much: He was on his way to talk to Mr. Big and was "silenced" when Doug shot him with a serum pellet while he was on route. According to Manchas, Otterton wailed about "Night Howlers" before fully succumbing to savage madness.
  • Hidden Depths: He is a family man and a florist by trade. He also apparently takes yoga classes at a naturist (a.k.a. nudist) spa, is the go-to florist to the biggest crime boss in Tundra Town, and somehow learned about Night Howlers and wanted to talk with Mr. Big about "something important" until he was silenced by Doug via making him savage with Night Howler serum pellets.
  • Hiss Before Fleeing: During the flashback sequence of him in a car with Manchas, he hisses at Manchas just before running away.
  • Jump Scare: He startles Manchas (and the audience) in the limo when he turns feral.
  • Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Well, not killed, but he was hit with the Night Howler extract to keep him from telling Mr. Big about it.
  • Playful Otter: Has been implied to be playful and kind by his wife.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: When Judy sees him after falling victim to the Night Howlers, he gives these at the mention of his wife before going savage.
  • Running on All Fours: Moves around on all four legs after getting shot by the Night Howler pellet.
  • Shout-Out: Named after Emmet Otter from Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas .
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Even though he only has a few minutes of screen time and never says a word, it's Judy's involvement in investigating his disappearance that drives much of the story. Since he was last seen buying a pawpsicle this leads to Nick becoming involved in the case which in turn leads to Nick and Judy locating all the missing mammals.
  • The Voiceless: He is savage for most of his screen time and limited to growling and snarling, but even when cured and hugging his wife he never says a word. Although Manchas does mention he was "yelling about the Night Howlers", confirming that he can speak.

    Mrs. Otterton 
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"Find my Emmitt! Bring him back to me and my babies, please!"
Voiced by: Octavia Spencer

Mrs. Otterton is a desperate otter who begs the ZPD for help in finding her missing husband.
  • Happily Married: Implied by the fact that she is the one to come to the station to look for her missing husband, by how relieved she is after he gets cured from the Night Howler serum, and their romantic, joyous dancing during the end credits.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": An otter named Otterton.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Notable in that she has even bigger eyes than her already adorable husband, upping her cute factor. Mrs. Otterton is basically Rapunzel as an otter!
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She only appears in a few scenes, but it's her insistence of trying to find her husband, that gets Judy to take the case and find out about the predators going savage.

    Yax 
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"We're a naturalist club."
Voiced by: Tommy Chong

A yak who works at a nudist resort.
  • Advertised Extra: He only appears in two consecutive scenes and the credits, but he is prominent in the promotional material due to his well-known voice actor.
  • Blinding Bangs: His huge yak hair tends to obscure most of his face usually when he's meditating.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Slow-minded and acts like he's perpetually stoned.
  • Genius Ditz: Acts like he's perpetually stoned and slow-minded, but he has an incredible ability to remember minute details from past events. He's completely unaware that he can even do that.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He rapidly subverts the initial impression that he doesn't have a clue what's going on around him. His highly detailed knowledge of Otterton's choices in mens' fashion is particularly ironic considering... well, you know.
      Yax: He was wearing a green cable knit sweater-vest and a new pair of corduroy slacks. And a paisley tie - sweet Windsor knot, real tight.
    • He notes the limo Otterton left in needed a tune-up, presumably just based on the sound the car was making. This indicates he has at least moderate knowledge about automobiles.
      Yax: Needed a tune-up. The third cylinder wasn't firing.
  • Irony: He claims that Mr. Otterton's yoga instructor can help Judy and Nick because "Nangi's an elephant so she'll totally remember everything." Yet when they arrive to question her, she doesn't even remember Otterton and it's actually Yax who inadvertently aids the duo when he casually mentions every detail of Otterton's last visit, from when he showed up, to what he was wearing, to getting in a fancy looking white limousine when he left, and even tells Judy the limo's plate number. Made funnier in the end when he says that he wishes he had good memory just like her.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Yax the yak.
  • Malaproper: He refers to himself and his fellow nudist club members as a "Naturalists" which is defined as someone who studies nature; the synonym for nudist is "Naturist".
  • Naked People Are Funny: Yax is a "naturalist" who refuses to wear clothing, making Judy feel very uncomfortable.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: Has long and messy hair, talks like a stereotypical hippie, is laid-back, "enlightened" and not the least bit prudish (walking around naked and all).
  • Nice Guy: He is very friendly and helpful. He also didn't seem to mind (or notice) Judy's discomfort with him and everybody else in his club being naked.
  • Photographic Memory: He can remember every detail of the last time Mr. Otterton visited their naturist club, right down to the license plate number of the car he used. He's completely unaware of this ability.
  • The Pig Pen: He is surrounded by flies and during his appearance in the Dance Party Ending you can see a pig in the audience behind him cough and wave the air due to his odor.
  • The Stoner: The way he acts makes him look like one. Being voiced by Tommy Chong doesn't hurt either.
  • Stoners Are Funny: As are naked people. Ergo, naked stoners must be funnier.

    Nangi 
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"I have no memory of this beaver."
Voiced by: Gita Reddy

An elephant yoga instructor working at the nudist club.

    Gazelle 
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"We cannot let fear divide us. Please... give me back the Zootopia I love."
Voiced by: Shakira

A gazelle who is a famous pop star and peace activist.
  • Advertised Extra: Gazelle was heavily prominent in the trailers and marketing campaign leading up to the movie. Her role is actually quite minor and her concert doesn't happen until the credits.
  • All-Loving Hero: As discrimination against predators takes hold in Zootopia for fear of them going savage, Gazelle holds a peace rally and publicly asks for the harmonious Zootopia she loves and cherishes to be restored.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: She has long horns that are more typical of a male gazelle; in most gazelle species, females have shorter horns.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit is based on what her voice actress, Shakira, usually wears during her concerts, bare midriff included.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": She's a gazelle named Gazelle. It's even been confirmed to be her real name, and not just a stage handle (though it might be an example of Only One Name like Shakiranote ).
  • Furry Female Mane: She has blonde, curly locks (not unlike those of Shakira in Real Life).
  • Gratuitous Spanish: "Put your paws in the air, come on! Con las pezuñas arriba, vamos! Esos!"
  • Hartman Hips: One trait she shares with Shakira is that her hips don't lie. (Especially after Shakira asked the animators to emphasize them more.)
  • Hidden Depths: She may be a celebrity, but when panic sets in on Zootopia, she uses her star power to make an impassioned public plea for interspecies cooperation. And given that her backup dancers are tigers, she clearly has no fear of predators.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Her profession, appearance, and wardrobe of choice are all inspired by her voice actress Shakira.
  • Ms. Fanservice: As it could be expected of an Ink-Suit Actor version of the Ms. Fanservice, Shakira. Who'd have thought an anthropomorphic gazelle could be so hot?
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: In both Mexican and European dubs, Shakira retains her Colombian accent, albeit this is not very notable in the Mexican dub, but obviously so in the European one.note 
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Despite all the other characters being Barefoot Cartoon Animals, she wears high heels. Ironically, Shakira Does Not Like Shoes in Real Life (at least for when she's performing).
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her blonde curls always cover one of her eyes, giving her a sultry appearance.
  • Stealth Pun: The animators had some fun with her, given her voice actress.

    Tiger Dancers 
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"Try Everything!"
Four tiger backup dancers at Gazelle's concert.
  • A Friend in Need: Two of her backup dancers are shown standing beside Gazelle offering support during the peace rally.
  • Family-Friendly Stripper: Their character design is as risque as it can get in a PG-rated movie.
  • Heroic Build: They are all tall and muscular.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The tigers tower over Gazelle's petite frame. She performs on a raised pedestal during the Dance Party Ending to even out the height difference.
  • Mr. Fanservice: There is a good reason they are popular in the Furry Fandom.
  • Shout-Out: The original Spanish version of Shakira's song "Loca" has lines in the chorus which translate to "I'm crazy about my tiger". Here she voices a character who surrounds herself with literal tigers.
  • Stripperiffic: Serving as backup dancers for Gazelle, they are shirtless, wearing only skimpy shorts and glitter reminiscent of Chippendales Dancers.
  • The Voiceless: They only have brief appearances and never speak a line of dialogue.

    The Oryx-Antlersons 
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Bucky: "Yeah? Well, we're loud."
Pronk: "Don't expect us to apologize for it."
Voiced by: Byron Howard (Bucky Oryx-Antlerson), Jared Bush (Pronk Oryx-Antlerson)

Judy's neighbors. Always seem to be arguing. Bucky is a kudu with the curved horns, Pronk is a gemsbok/oryx with the straight horns. Confirmed to be married in a tweet by writer/director/voice actor Jared Bush.
  • All There in the Script: Their names "Bucky and Pronk Oryx-Antlerson" are only seen in the credits. A zig-zagged example in that their names in the official script are given as "Kudu and Oryx Pootosser".
  • Creator Cameo: They're voiced by the film's director and story/screenplay writers, Byron Howard (Bucky) and Jared Bush (Pronk).
  • Like an Old Married Couple: A lot of their screen time features them arguing and saying "shut up / No you shut up" to each other. Word of God eventually confirms that they are an old married couple.
  • Jerkass: Both of them are quite loud mouthed and impolite.
    Judy: Oh, hi! I'm Judy, your new neighbor!
    Bucky: [not even bothering to look at her] Yeah, well, we're loud.
    Pronk: Don't expect us to apologize for it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When Judy's playing "depressing music," Pronk actually defends her when Bucky demands that she shut it off — right after blandly revealing that both of them have been eavesdropping. Of course, it may just have been an excuse to yell at Bucky.
    Pronk: Leave the meter maid alone! Didn't you hear her conversation? She feels like a failure!
  • Meaningful Name: "Pronk(ing)" is the term for the real life antelope behaviour of leaping vertically in the air.note 
  • No Indoor Voice: As Bucky puts it, "We're loud."
  • Species Surname: Presumably, Pronk is the one where the "Oryx" surname comes from.
  • Straight Gay: Word of God has confirmed them to be a married gay couple but neither of them display any of the stereotypes associated with this.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: They both love being very loud as their arguments could be heard through the walls of other people's rooms and cause some of the paintings on the walls to shake.
  • Those Two Guys: They're always together. They even talk together as well.

    Flash Slothmore 
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"What... can I... do... for you... today?"
Voiced by: Raymond S. Persi

The "fastest" sloth working at the DMV (Department of Mammal Vehicles).
  • Advertised Extra: He's pretty heavily advertised in the trailers and other promotional materials for the movie, but the scene at the DMV is his only scene in the movie, plus one gag at the very end.
  • All There in the Script: His last name was revealed via Twitter by writer Jared Bush.
  • Delayed Reaction: As expected from being a sloth.
  • Drives Like Crazy: At the end of the movie he's revealed to be a street racer. Despite working at the DMV.
  • Exact Words: Nick didn't specify the context for being faster than other sloths.
  • Ironic Name: Despite his name, he is ridiculously slow on foot. At the end of the film, he is shown to enjoy street racing.
  • Nice Guy: Seems amiable and friendly in general. Also, despite the fact that Nick has faced a lot of prejudice, he seems to legitimately like and not be wary of him.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Not intentionally, but being so slow and prone to Nick's interruption, he puts Judy through hell when she wants him to quickly run a plate number.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: He's the fastest sloth, but that only means he's just slightly less slow than the others. And not even in his reaction time, he's a street racer.

    Jerry Jumbeaux Jr. 
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"I don't know what you're doing skulking around during daylight hours but I don't want any trouble in here. So, hit the road."
Voiced by: John DiMaggio

A prejudiced elephant ice cream vendor who provides the Jumbo-pop for Nick's pawpsicle hustle.
  • Alliterative Name: Jerry Jumbeaux Jr.
  • Fantastic Racism: He is heavily prejudiced against foxes. He is also dismissive towards Judy when she comes forward to stand up for Nick, suggesting that he might hold a bias against smaller animals in general.
  • Honorable Elephant: Inverted, as he's a prejudiced jerk who refused to do business with Nick and his "son" simply because they were foxes.
  • Jerkass: He refuses to serve a Nick, who appears to be a loving father and has been exceedingly polite, just because he is a fox. Then when Jerry plays the "right to refuse" card, he begins by openly insulting Nick with the line "Look, you probably can't read, fox..."
  • Punny Name: His name is a play on "Jumbo Jr", the given name of Dumbo before his huge ears were revealed.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: He refuses to sell Nick a Jumbo-pop because he automatically assumes that, as he is a fox, he's up to no good. While his prejudice against foxes is wrong, he is right in that Nick is up to no good, planning to use the the Jumbo-pop in a hustle.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only shows up for one scene, but his actions set up Judy's first interaction with Nick.

    Junior Ranger Scouts 
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"Okay, Nick. Ready for Initiation?"
Voiced by: Jackson Stein (Woodchuck Boy)

The members of troop 914 that Nick wanted to join as a cub.
  • Death Glare: They all are glaring at Nick as they muzzle him.
  • Fantastic Racism: They are prejudiced towards foxes.
  • Fat Bastard: The woodchuck and hippo are fat and they muzzle Nick.
  • Kids Are Cruel: As a group, they bullied, muzzled, and humiliated Nick over the fact that he's a fox.
  • Nightmare Face: After the room is darkened and Nick is knocked to the ground, the faces of the troop members as they muzzle Nick become disturbingly menacing and sinister.
  • No Name Given: Their names were not mentioned during Nick's flashback.
  • Scout Out: They go by the name Junior Ranger Scouts.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Their leader is a woodchuck, and their troop includes a wildebeest.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: They appear in a single flashback scene, but their bullying is the Cynicism Catalyst that caused Nick to decide to embrace fox stereotypes and become a cynical con artist.
  • The Voiceless: Of the five members of the troup, only the woodchuck is clearly identified as speaking. When Nick bolts out the door after being muzzled, other taunting voices can be heard saying "Cry baby" and "Aw, is he gonna cry?" but it is unknown who was speaking.

Bunnyburrow Residents

    Bonnie and Stu Hopps 
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Bonnie: "It's great to have dreams."
Stu: "As long as you don't believe in them too much."
Voiced by: Bonnie Hunt (Bonnie Hopps) and Don Lake (Stu Hopps)

Judy's mother and father.
  • Character Development: Thanks to Judy's influence, both of them are beginning to let go of their prejudiced ways and are now business partners with Gideon Grey, Judy's childhood bully and a fox, who has become a pastry chef.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Stu's care package for Judy is an exercise in overkill. Fox deterrent, fox repellent, and a fox taser. Judy agrees to take the fox repellent just to get him to stop talking.
    Stu: Oh, please, when is there not a need for a fox taser?
  • Explosive Breeder: They have at least 276 children.
  • Fantastic Racism: Judy's parents shows signs of this regarding predators, albeit at different levels. While Bonnie's prejudice is limited to foxes, Stu thinks all predators are bad. Fortunately, they change their opinions for the better, to the point of having formed a partnership with the matured Gideon Grey.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Actually, Fantasy Forbidding Parents. They don't like the idea of Judy becoming a police officer; they'd rather she be a carrot farmer like them. A Downplayed example though, as they don't so much forbid it as merely try their best to talk her out of it, and when she insists on going through with it despite their objections, they try their best to be supportive.
  • The Gardener: Bonnie and Stu are successful mundane gardeners who run the "Hopps Family Farm".
  • Good Parents: Even though they'd prefer their daughter to become a carrot farmer rather than a police officer, they still love and support her.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Seems so at first, as Bonnie chastises Stu for telling Judy to not trust predator animals... only for her to then agree when he mentions not trusting foxes. Subverted in that while Stu's distrust stems from his general prejudice and fear of predators, a fox had actually hurt their nine year old daughter explaining Bonnie's reaction.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Played With; while Judy and her mother have several similarities, they also have noticeable differences.
    • Similarities: Judy inherited her fur and eye colors from Bonnie. They both hold prejudices towards foxes (and like Judy it's heavily implied that Bonnie's bias was also influenced by the Gideon Grey incident during the A Minor Kidroduction), but at the same time they both believed Stu's anti-fox stuff packed in the care package was overkill. Both Bonnie and Judy also learn to work past their prejudices and by the end of the film they have formed a trustworthy partnership with a fox in their respective jobs.
    • Differences: Judy doesn't know when to quit in her pursuit of becoming a bunny cop in Zootopia whereas Bonnie has settled to be a farmer's wife in Bunnyburrow. Also Judy's impulsiveness that repeatedly gets her into trouble throughout the movie is a sharp contrast to her mother's calm level-headedness.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Stu always wears overalls, a t-shirt, a long-sleeved button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up and a green baseball cap with a carrot label. Bonnie always wears a blue/gray knee-length skirt with a shirt that exposes her arms (it swaps between a pull-over V-neck or a button-down with a collar). Overlaps with Palette Swap as their clothes change color and pattern (between solid color or gingham) in each of their scenes.
  • Nice Hat: Stu wears a green and white cap with a carrot on the front.
  • Nice Person: They both are kind bunnies.
  • Overprotective Dad: Before Judy leaves on the train for Zootopia, he tries to load her up with fox repellent, fox deterrent and even a fox taser. Judy opts to take only the fox repellent just to assure her worried dad.
  • Parents as People: While they do love their daughter, Judy, they also advise her (as a child) to not follow her dreams of being a police officer because it wasn't something "expected" of a bunny. When they find out that their daughter is relegated to meter maid duty, they are ecstatic because they think it's the safest job in the ZPD.
  • Punny Name: Overlapping with Stealth Pun. Judy's parents are "Bonnie" rabbit and rabbit "Stu"; Bonnie Hopps = "Bunny Hop".
  • Women Are Wiser: Bonnie is clearly the more level-headed out of the two. Stu is more likely to give an emotional reaction, such as bursting into tears, while Bonnie is the one trying to calm him down, and even has a few snarky moments.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Ordinarily Judy deeply appreciates her parents' supportive attitude, but when she's relegated to parking patrol, their joy that she's 'just' a meter maid really irritates her.

    Cotton 
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"Bye, Judy, I love you...bye...bye!"
Voiced by: Unknown

Judy's favorite niece who appears at Judy's graduation, the train station goodbye, and in many of Judy's photographs. Besides Bonnie and Stu, she is the only other member of the Hopps clan who speaks.
  • All There in the Script: Her name is only given in the script.
  • Cheerful Child: Is always seen with smile on her face. During Judy's graduation scene when she is posted to Precinct One, Cotton can be seen breaking into a joyous little shimmy dance with her tongue sticking out before resuming her excited clapping.
  • Limited Wardrobe: She is always shown wearing a knee-length skirt and a shirt with a star on it.
  • Train-Station Goodbye: Parodied. Although clearly not "lovers", Cotton fulfills other aspects of the trope from saying "Bye, Judy, I love you...bye...bye!" as the train doors shut and running alongside the train as it pulls away with Judy pressed against the train window looking at her and her family.
  • Uniformity Exception: Her ears are noticeably shorter than the other rabbits of the Hopps clan.

    Gideon Grey 
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"But watch out, because I'm a fox! And like you said in your dumb little stage play, us predators used to eat prey."
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"I had a lot of self-doubt and it manifested itself in the form of unchecked rage and aggression. [Beat] I was a major jerk."
Voiced by: Phil Johnston note 

A red fox who viciously bullied Judy and other children back in his childhood. As an adult, he grew out of his mean personality to become a good-natured pastry chef and business partner of Bonnie and Stu Hopps.


  • Adorkable: As an adult, he is very meek and humble around Judy, and also stutters a bit. He also wears a charming pink apron while delivering his baked goods.
  • Alliterative Name: Gideon Grey.
  • American Accents: He talks with a Southern drawl, fitting for someone who lives in a farming region.
  • The Bully: Gideon was a violent local bully back in Judy's childhood and mocked her dreams of becoming a police officer. He reappears as an adult who's had a Heel–Face Turn and become a Reformed Bully.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Gideon appeared as a bully in Judy's childhood years but has reformed and is now a business partner with Judy's parents. He identifies the Night Howlers, giving Judy a Eureka Moment that the howlers were not a pack of wolves but a type of plant.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Inverted. He's portrayed as being... a bit slow. note 
  • Dumb Muscle: He's pretty big and portly for a fox, and his language skills are underdeveloped so he uses small words. As a kid he was very good at throwing his weight around to bully smaller prey animals.
  • Freudian Excuse: Subverted. A podcast with the director and writers of Zootopia confirmed Gideon's childhood issues stem from coming from a broken home explaining his bullying behavior. However, this excuse does not not keep him from having a Heel–Face Turn and becoming a Reformed Bully as an adult.
  • Full-Name Basis: Is almost exclusively referred to as "Gideon Grey" except for one time when Stu refers to him as "Gid".
  • Genius Ditz: As an adult male example of The Ditz, he has a slow-wit, an oafish but adorkable demeanor, and an obvious weakness in language skills. Yet, Word of God revealed that he found solace from his past in baking and has excelled to become one of the "top pastry chefs in the tri-burrows".
  • The Heckler: As a child, he shouts "Bunny cop? That's the most stupidest thing I've ever heard" during the children's play when Judy says she's going to be a police officer. Judy responds by Breaking the Fourth Wall in-universe saying "It may seem impossible to small minds. I'm looking at you, Gideon Grey", and then proceeding with her speech.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Off-screen, but he goes from a vicious bully to a kind adult.
  • Hidden Depths: Who would have thought that Judy's former violent bully would grow up to be an amazing pastry chef. Not just a baker, mind you, but a chef.
  • Jerkass Façade: He admits to Judy as grown ups that he acted the way he did was because he had his own insecurities and took it out on others to make himself feel better.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Averted; he's a red fox like Nick instead of a grey fox like his surname would imply.
  • Meaningful Name: Gideon means "he that bruises or breaks; a destroyer; one who cuts down" - a very fitting name for a violent bully.
  • Nice Guy: Becomes a kind mammal when he grows up.
  • Reformed Bully: As a child, he bullied Judy and her classmates. As an adult, Judy discovers that Gideon has reformed and now does business with her parents. He even apologizes to her, saying that he had a lot of problems back then and it was wrong for him to take them out on her. She forgives him.
  • Simpleton Voice: He speaks in a low tone with a thick drawl and is portrayed as being a bit simple-minded.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears twice in the film but his actions during the prologue are the reason why Judy has subconsious prejudices against foxes, and as a much kinder adult in the third act, Gideon indirectly gives Judy an Eureka Moment about the Night Howlers snapping her out of her Heroic B.S.O.D. and leading her and Nick to end Bellwether's conspiracy. He also becomes a business partner with Bonnie and Stu giving them the opportunity to grow beyond their prejudices.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: His apology to Judy as an adult.
    Gideon: Hey Judy, I-I'd just like to say I'm sorry for how I behaved in my youth. I had a lot of self-doubt and it manifested itself in the form of unchecked rage and aggression. [Beat] I was a major jerk.
  • Supreme Chef: As an adult, he becomes one of the "top pastry chefs in the tri-burrows".
  • There Are No Therapists: Inverted. In a 2016 podcast, Screenwriter Phil Johnston (and voice of Gideon) confirmed that Gideon's spiel about "unchecked rage and aggression" were lines he recited from therapy indicating that he attended counselling to facilitate his growth into a Reformed Bully.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As an adult, he has become a lot nicer and even apologizes to Judy for bullying her and her friends when they were kids.
  • Would Hit a Girl: As a child, he had no problem with clawing Judy in the face.

    Travis 
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"Look at her nose twitch! She IS scared!"
Voiced by: Byron Howard

A ferret who acts as Gideon's sidekick during his playground bully days.
  • Creator Cameo: Voiced by director Byron Howard.
  • Dirty Coward: He helped in bullying their schoolmates so long as Grey had the upper hand. The moment someone dared to challenge Grey he hid behind him, even when it was just a small bunny, and only regained his composure when Gideon seemed to have an advantage and even then he only watched from a safe distance. Also he never backtalked to Gideon despite his rudeness to him.
  • Jerkass: He is shown to be a sycophant and a toady to Gideon, supporting his bullying behavior.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: He's shorter and scrawnier than Gideon, but he actually knows how to pronounce "DNA".
  • Wicked Weasel: A ferret (a close relative of weasels) and a bully.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He never landed a paw on Judy himself, but he laughed as Gideon beat her up, and high-fived him as they turn to leave.

    Woodlands Elementary School students 
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"Thank you and good night!"
Voiced by: Madeleine Curry (Sharla and Gareth), Jackson Stein (Jaguar)

A group of children who present the story in Judy's school play.
  • All There in the Script: Their names are not mentioned in the movie, but the sound effects cougar is named Bobby Catmull, the astronaut sheep is named Sharla, and the actuary jaguar is named Jaguar. The boy sheep (seen after the play) is named Gareth, and is Sharla's brother.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Jaguar's parents weren't particularly creative when naming their son.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": A sheep named Sharla.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Played for Laughs with little Jaguar. After "attacking" Judy, he is unable to stay in character throughout her overacted and excessively gory death sequence, instead just staring at her, wide-eyed in mild horror. He hops back into character to do his 'predator hiss'... then waves at someone in the audience.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: According to Byron Howard, Jaguar's name uses the Spanish pronunciation of the word (i.e., "hog-u-are").
  • Non-Indicative Name: Bobby Catmull. That'd be a pretty unimaginative name for a bobcat... but he is a cougar. Byron explained that the role was originally going to be a bobcat, but was made into a cougar because they didn't have the time to create a unique character model for a bobcat.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The animators chose to portray most sheep characters with their natural, rectangular pupils. However, Sharla and Gareth are portrayed with Cartoony Eyes.
  • One-Man Band: Bobby alone provides the whole soundtrack for the play.
  • Punny Name: Bobby Catmull. Even though he's actually a cougar.
  • Tuckerization: Bobby Catmull was named after the president of Walt Disney Animation Studios (the crew's "fearless leader"), Edwin "Ed" Catmull.

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