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A list of the canon, and many many original, characters in Born to Be Wilde.

Due to the sheer number of plot twists and walking spoilers, ALL SPOILERS ARE UNMARKED. Read the dang story first.


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    Nick Wilde 
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The Dumb Fox

"I am sick and tired of being used as everyone's punching bag!"

The main character this time around. Nick’s idealic life as a ZPD Officer is thrown upside-down when he is forced to arrest his former best friend on the job, and things keep going downhill from there. Doesn’t make him any less of a smartass through.


  • A Day in the Limelight: The whole fic is one for him, after he was the Deuteragonist to Judy in the movie itself.
  • Anti-Hero: He's a bit less cynical than he was in the movie, but he also makes a fair share of less-than-heroic decisions, including lying to his teammates and going full rogue cop in his desperate attempts to keep the situation under control. It's only by trusting in his profession and taking responsibility that he starts to become more of an ideal hero.
  • Audience Surrogate: He's the main viewpoint character and the one who most of the story revolves around, making him the main focal point of the reader's attention. He also tends to be the one most likely to comment on the ridiculous circumstances he finds himself in.
  • The Atoner: He so badly wants to leave his old criminal life behind him and start fresh as an officer of the law, but circumstances keep making that harder and harder for him.
  • Character Development: Gradually learns to stop relying on his old criminal mindset and start trusting in his new friends and profession instead.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Lacking in the kind of martial ability that Judy has, Nick relies on his wit (and any number of nearby objects) to get the upper hand in a fight.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Him being torn between his new life and his old serves as the main premise.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: While Judy was explicitly the main character of the movie, this story shifts the focus more onto Nick and his personal struggles. Given that Nick leans to the opposite end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism, this is quite the change of perspective.
  • Cosmic Plaything: He really starts to feel like one as the story goes on, given the sheer amount of bad things that keep happening to him.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Nick still uses his street-smarts while fighting crime.
  • The Cynic: Much less so than he was before, but he still has doubts about his profession and some self-confidence issues, both of which repeatedly get him into trouble.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied in the movie, elaborated on more here. As he puts it, the Junior Ranger Scout incident was only the first act in the screwed-up story known as his former life.
  • Darkest Hour: Being suspended from the force, and subsequently going rogue. If not that, then the moment soon after in which he nearly murders his own father in a fit of rage. It's the latter that makes him realize just how far he's fallen, which is when he starts to turn things around.
  • Deadpan Snarker: With Nick, it's a given. No matter how much psychological trauma he goes through in the course of the story, he never seems to run out of snark.
  • Heroic BSoD: Right off the bat, he's thrown for a loop when forced to confront and arrest Finnick during a drug bust. This continues to influence him for the rest of the story, and gets significantly worse once he learns the Count's identity, until he finally comes to terms with it in Chapter 21.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Engages Reynard in a pun duel while they're trapped in an elevator at the Palms.
  • I Have No Son!: Inverted. He dutifully calls Reynard either "Dad" or "Father" up until the end of Chapter 21. When he finally rejects him for good, it's the first time he calls him Reynard.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has this reaction when him snapping at Jimmy for fanboying over him causes the younger fox to run away and get himself kidnapped.
  • Not Helping Your Case: After falling victim to a Frame-Up courtesy of his father, Nick is suspended from the ZPD, pending investigation. Instead of waiting for said investigation, which Reynard knew would clear him in no time, Nick goes rogue and attempts to bring him down vigilante-style, breaking all kinds of protocols in the process. Ultimately, he is cleared of the original charges, but still suspended because of all the new charges he accrued.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Due to extenuating circumstances and his father's influence, Nick gradually starts acting less and less like his usual calm, careful self as the story goes on. This reaches its peak during the Sanchez arc as he becomes increasingly unhinged, aggressive, and irrational, but he finally catches on to this and reverses it soon after.
  • Parental Issues: His father is a murderous psychopath and his mother is a social recluse because he ran away from home decades ago and is too ashamed to go back. Needless to say, he has a few hangups with his folks.
  • Pungeon Master: Frequently. The only one who drops more puns than him is his own father.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Has two of these back to back. The first time, he gets fed up with Reynard and his mind games leading him in circles and physically assaults a defenseless Harvey Montapue, demanding to know where his father is. The second time, he learns that Reynard indirectly got his mother shot and nearly strangles him to death in rage. Fortunately, he gets better right after.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: How Nick finally defeats his father in Chapter 21. Instead of continuing down an unlawful path by trying to bring him in by force, he takes responsibility for his actions and turns himself in to the ZPD.
  • Turn in Your Badge: At his lowest point, he is suspended and loses his badge after being framed for stolen evidence. He does get it back though. The physical badge, that is.

    Judy Hopps 
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The Sly Bunny

"Haven't you heard? I don't know when to quit."

Nick’s best friend, trusted partner, and actually not romantic interest in this one. (Maybe.) Judy’s commitment to both her friend and her job is repeatedly tested as she aims to put an end to the Crime Lord Killings.


  • Action Girl: Judy continues to kick a lot of bad guy butt and doesn't back down even from opponents way out of her league.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She may be polite and friendly, but she will not be pushed around.
  • The Chick: Is the heart and soul of the team and generally acts pretty feminine, though she's not afraid to get her paws dirty either.
  • Character Development: Continuing from the movie, she starts to shift away from her Black and White Morality and sympathizes with some of the criminals she would once arrest without a second thought.
  • Damsel in Distress: Is taken hostage by Simon during his plot against the ZPD.
  • Damsel out of Distress: She quickly finds a way out of Simon's grasp, engaging him in an actual fight, albeit one that's still very lopsided in his favor.
  • Determinator: She goes through a lot of punishment, both physically and emotionally, but refuses to give in for what she believes is right, especially where Nick is concerned. Even at the potential risk of losing her job or her life. "I don't know when to quit," indeed.
  • I Gave My Word: One of the reasons she insists on fighting Simon despite how badly he outclasses her is because she made a promise to Fru Fru that she would avenge her father. This is despite Fru Fru more or less forcing said promise on her.
  • Intoxication Ensues: Judy of all mammals ends up under the influence of a spiked drink, leading to her trying to chase down a perp while drunk out of her mind.
  • Kick Chick: Being a rabbit, she gets a lot of use out of her strong hind legs.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Her infamous "sweet cheese and crackers" line gets used repeatedly here, each time swapping in something else for "cheese and crackers."
  • Out of Focus: While still a main character, it's Nick who the story revolves around this time, so Judy's role isn't quite as prominent.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Downplayed. She ends up feeling some degree of sympathy for Simon once she learns more about his true motivations, but this doesn't stop her from opposing him as she feels that it still doesn't justify his actions.

    Jimmy Frost 
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The Not-So-Dumb-Just-Kinda-Naïve Fox

"Sometimes...Sometimes I wonder if I might've jumped into this too fast."

A new rookie police officer who ends up joining the main duo as a result of bureaucracy. He is a huge fanboy of Nick and an ace student at the academy, but has quite a lot to learn about the real world.


  • The Ace: According to himself, he was top of his class at the Police Academy. Subverted when he turns out to be reckless, klutzy, and a major oddball.
  • Adorkable: He is just soooooo excited to be a part of the ZPD, pal around with Nick, and go on all kinds of exciting adventures!
  • All-Loving Hero: Unless they’re criminals, Jimmy treats all mammals with heartfelt goodness and politeness.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Of Nick, having joined the force solely because of him. Though it's played less straight than it initially seems.
  • Badass Adorable: Don't let his endearing cuteness fool you; Jimmy can really dish out some pain when he's motivated enough.
  • Berserk Button: Don't you dare harm Wallace the Wallabeanie unless you want to see what he's like angry.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When Junior damages Wallace, the normally polite and kind Officer Frost goes into a furious rage,defeating him in the motorbike duel.
  • Character Development: Starts as an Ascended Fanboy of Nick, but soon drops this and starts trying to be his own mammal instead, which also involves learning how to stand up for himself and take responsibility.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Given how he does ventriloquism with Wallace in front of every police officer he interacts with, he comes across as a little… unhinged in demeanor.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Subverted; he turns out to be klutzy and short-sighted, even though he is fairly intelligent.
  • Ditzy Genius: He was the top of his class at the academy and has the procedural training of being an officer down pat, but real-life application proves much harder for him and he is often lacking in common sense.
  • Heroic BSoD: Jimmy plunges into a very traumatic one after figuring out that he inadvertently caused Lady Lang's death.
  • Nice Guy: Overwhelmingly polite, honest and sweet; it’s easy to assume that he’s incapable of bearing any ill will.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He accidentally reveals to the Count, who was posing as Nick via text message, where to find Lang with the address Junior just gave him. To twist the knife even further, this was right after Jimmy had promised to keep her out of danger.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Arctic foxes aren’t nearly as popular as their red-furred brethren.

    Carla Hyenandez 
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The Humorless Hyena

"Don't let appearances fool you. No matter how glamorous it may seem, some mammals just like to hide behind a mask."

Another rookie cop who hails from the subdistrict of New Mexicow. She is bold, hot-tempered, and seems to really have it out for Nick. Living proof that not all hyenas have a good sense of humor.


  • A Day in the Limelight: Drabble 3 is about her and her first date with Priscilla, back before she lost her sense of humor.
  • Anger Is Not Enough: After solving most of her problems through hot-tempered violence and intimidating others, Lucy of all mammals calls her out on this in her first Belfry challenge, where no amount of rage is going to help her take down the savage Fangs and Boomer.
  • Anti-Hero: She is, for the most part, morally right - most part pertaining to her actually making a deal with Reynard in order to get vengeance on Sanchez. Unfortunately, this also entailed stealing sensitive intelligence from the ZPD.
  • The Atoner: After fulfilling her duty as The Mole, she spends the following arc trapped in the Belfry, trying to escape so she can make amends.
  • Badass Gay: A Lesbian Cop who will gladly kick your culo six ways to Sunday, which isn't even getting into how she's also an ex-luchador.
  • Berserk Button: Do not question Carla's abilities as a cop.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Her Spanish dialogue is usually untranslated and often consists of colorful insults.
  • The Big Guy: Her role, despite being a girl. She is the physically strongest of the main quartet and the most likely to resort to brute force in any given situation.
  • Butch Lesbian: She is a gruff female hyena in a relationship with a female rat.
  • Character Development: Her time in the Belfry ironically does wonders for her in this regard, slowly becoming less selfish and more heroic as she goes through the challenges.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Sandcat Sanchez's part in crippling her wrestling (and romantic) partner, Priscilla Rodentriguez, followed by her accepting a Deal with the Devil and becoming The Mole, is what embittered her into her current mood.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually in regards to Nick or Jimmy.
  • Entendre Failure: She does not get innuendo. At all. This doesn't have anything to do with her losing her sense of humor either, since Drabble 3 shows she was like this long beforehand.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: She is extremely insecure about her abilities as an officer, since her diploma and badge are falsified.
  • Frame-Up: Steals evidence from the ZPD that forces them to release Finnick, framing Nick by association with him.
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: Is implied to be a frequent victim of this at the tiny claws of her family.
    • She experiences the not-so-friendly kind after being trapped in the Belfry, courtesy of Lucy and her "Hoot Boots".
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Ends up consulted by these when trying to decide if she should rescue Harvey or escape the Belfry herself. This being Carla, their argument soon devolves into a wrestling match that the angel wins.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: A Verbal Tic of hers, especially Spanish insults and swearing.
  • Happily Adopted: She is eternally grateful to the Rodentriguez family for adopting her, and cares about them and especially Priscilla more than anyone else. She only mentions her biological parents once as an afterthought.
  • Heinous Hyena: Downplayed; while she’s hardly villainous, she’s outwardly very gruff and unfriendly, and turns out to have been a mole for the Count.
  • Hot-Blooded: Is very passionate and often temperamental about her police work, to say nothing of her attitude in the ring.
  • The Hyena: Inverted; ironically, she has very little sense of humor, and a dour, grouchy disposition. La Mala Perra is an example though.
  • Jerkass: Easily comes across as one, being overall cynical and unpleasant, especially around Nick.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Occasionally, she shows a warm and sensitive side to her otherwise gruff exterior, and genuinely cares about her team’s safety when she’s working with them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: When it turns out that she has a more humane side to her, she’s soon after revealed to have been a mole for Count Reynard.
  • Knuckle Cracking: One of her default methods of showing off how tough she is.
  • Large Ham: As much as any other professional wrestler, she chews the scenery with abandon in the ring, dropping puns and Laughing Mad.
  • Laughing Mad: La Mala Perra is well-known for her manic laughter. Carla herself, not so much.
  • Lesbian Cop: Is revealed to be lesbian, or at least bi, once we meet her female mate. The same-sex aspect actually isn't the most unusual thing about this relationship, considering she's also a rat.
  • Masked Luchador: Used to be a regular before going to the ZPD, and bears the ring name "La Mala Perra".
  • The Mole: She has been Reynard's spy on the inside from day one, though she is played more sympathetically than most examples. Her presence assured that the Count would always be one step ahead of the cops, as it was she who let Simon get away on Outback, monitored Nick in the Rainforest District so Reynard could better impersonate him, and stole documents from the ZPD to frame Nick, the discovery of which led to Nick’s suspension from duty.
  • No Sense of Humor: Ironically, despite being a hyena. This is later explained by her tragic backstory, as she lost her sense of humor when her girlfriend Priscilla got crippled by Sandcat.
  • Pungeon Master: As La Mala Perra, she drops quite a few in the ring. Ironic, considering this aspect of Nick usually annoys her otherwise.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Red is her natural eye color, and while she isn't exactly evil, she is The Mole.
  • Restraining Bolt: She is fitted with a particularly humiliating example during her stay in the Belfry: a pair of "Hoot Boots" that Tickle Torture her into submission anytime she steps out of line. Or whenever Lucy feels like it.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Sure, she got her revenge on Sandcat Sanchez, but it came at the price of betraying and alienating her friends, almost losing her mate, and being imprisoned in the Belfry.
  • Split Personality: She treats La Mala Perra as one, and for good reason, as Carla is gruff and stoic while La Mala Perra is a Large Ham Pungeon Master.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Despite her desire for revenge, Carla finds herself unable to kill Sanchez when she has the chance. Nor can she kill a savage Fangs even when her own life is being threatened. Lucy set up her first challenge partially just to prove this.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Her parents are murdered at a young age, her adoptive family struggles for years under the grip of the local crime lord, her life partner is crippled by said crime lord, she fails to pass her courses at the police academy to take revenge, desperately makes a Deal with the Devil to become The Mole, is constantly tormented by guilt over it, is exposed as a traitor in front of her friends and family, gets beaten to a pulp and kidnapped in order to save them, and her time in the Belfry is just one physical and psychological beating after another.
  • Walking Spoiler: It becomes increasingly difficult to talk about her without bringing up her status as The Mole.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: She is very strong, highly skilled, difficult to keep down, and extremely ticklish.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: She used to be a regular luchador before joining the ZPD, and once performs a German suplex on an adversary in the Rainforest District.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Says exactly this in Spanish as she buys time for Jimmy to escape the ring with Priscilla.

    "Wallace" 

"I'm just your repressed subconscious speaking out to you in the form of an elaborate ventriloquism act. Or am I?"

A white Wallabeanie in a police uniform that Nick gifts to Jimmy after their adventures on Outback Island. It rarely leaves Jimmy’s side afterward, which has some unexpected consequences.


  • Ambiguous Situation: Is he just an elaborate ventriloquism act or actually somehow sentient? Word of God has gone on record that this is a question that will most likely never be answered.
  • Audience Participation: His name was decided through a reader vote. Ironically, the winning name wasn’t even intended to be a pun, but the authors liked it so much that they chose it anyway.
  • Brutally Honest: He has a habit of blurting out things that Jimmy is too nice or afraid to say, usually resulting in Jimmy hastily covering his mouth.
  • Companion Cube: He was just a normal Wallabeanie before Jimmy started embuing him with a personality. Maybe.
  • Meaningful Name: A portmanteau of “Wallabeanie” and “ice.”
  • Team Pet: One who probably isn't even alive, but don't tell Jimmy that.

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    Chief Bogo 
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The Bull-Headed Buffalo

"I hate criminals, Wilde. The thought of someone getting away with something like this sickens me to the core. I won't stand for it."

The chief of Precinct 1. He serves to uphold the law to its highest degree, and as a result, has some "communication issues" with Nick throughout the story.


  • Big Good: As the head of the ZPD, especially once he steps up to the plate himself.
  • Da Chief: A baron of authority who gets on Nick's case for many of his more questionable actions.
  • Fast Ball Special: Gets into a habit of literally throwing his officers at problems after joining the team.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Becomes this in Chapter 24, replacing the missing Carla.
  • Hero Antagonist: Causes quite a lot of problems for Nick, including an eventual suspension, but all of his actions are motivated by a desire to uphold the law, even if they are a bit influenced by personal bias.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After putting Nick through hell for a good chunk of the story, he finally softens up on him once he hears about his decision to stick with the force in Chapter 21, even apologizing for his actions and admitting that he wasn't so different himself once.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: After a whole movie’s worth of doing little more than office work, Chapter 24 sees Chief Bogo finally taking initiative and getting into some physical action himself.
  • Not So Different: He eventually tells Nick that he was a lot like him once. Nick is not amused.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In-universe, several characters make note of just how well he fits into the role of "New Carla."
  • This Explains So Much: Bogo casually mentions that he was a professional football coach before joining the force. This is Nick's reaction.

    Other Officers 

Clawhauser

The ZPD's front desk receptionist and radio dispatch. Likes: donuts. Dislikes: being yelled at for just doing his job.


  • Big Eater: Still has his love of donuts, and is rarely seen without them. .
  • Fat Comic Relief: He is typically only around to provide comedy or occasionally point other characters in the right direction.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Even he steps up to help rescue Judy during the hostage situation. Not that he gets the chance to actually do anything, but A for effort.
  • The Load: Compared to the rest of the ZPD, Clawhauser isn't much good in a fight. Lampshaded when the heroes bust in to rescue the officers from a hostage situation and Nick notes that Bogo is blatantly saving Clawhauser for last. He takes enough pity on the feline to help him out immediately.

Wolford

A wolf officer who is assigned to the Missing Prosecutor Case. He's a bit flighty, but his heart's in the right place.


  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Goes along with a pitiful excuse about his wife calling to get out of an awkward conversation with Judy. She's incredulous that he actually thought he could fool her ears.
  • Noble Wolves: A wolf officer who serves on the ZPD and is willing to have Nick's back when he needs it.
  • Shout-Out: Chapter 18 makes mention of him having a wife and Chapter 26 gives him the first name "Anthony." Both are subtle references to another Zootopia fic: In Darkness I Hide.
  • The Nose Knows: Along with Fangmeyer, he helps to sniff out Judy and Simon in Chapter 26.

McHorn

A rhino officer who is partnered with Wolford on the Missing Prosecutor Case. More than makes up for his partner's lack of muscle mass.


  • Rhino Rampage: Downplayed. Aside from a brief allusion to charging rhinos in Chapter 3, he's fairly smart and not all that brutish. He almost seems like the brains compared to Wolford at times.
  • The Stoic: He's pretty gruff and straight to the point.
  • The Worf Effect: Is one of the most physically imposing officers, but is taken down by Simon offscreen just like all the rest.

Trunkaby

Also known as Francine. A fellow female officer who forms a camaraderie with Judy because of it.


  • Honorable Elephant: Is a police officer, and a pretty genial one.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Puts together most of Mr. Big's murder before Judy even arrived on-scene. The one clue she really missed was a tiny splotch of blood on the carpet, and to be fair, Judy was a lot closer to the ground. To boot, elephants are notorious for having poor eyesight in real life.

Higgins

A hippo officer who joins Trunkaby in investigating Mr. Big's murder. And that's pretty much it.


  • Butt-Monkey: Downplayed. He ends up on the receiving end of Fru-Fru's purse while trying to talk to her, even though it most likely didn't hurt him.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite his impressive size, he's a big softie and is completely subdued by an angry Fru Fru.
  • Out of Focus: Compared to the rest of the secondary officers, he serves no real purpose to the plot, and isn't even among Simon's hostages later on.

Fangmeyer

A wolf who takes on the Mystery Arsonist Case. Is happy to trade barbs with Nick, but isn't quite as good at it.


  • Noble Wolves: Naturally, as the other main wolf officer in the ZPD.
  • The Nose Knows: Joins Wolford in tracking down Judy and Simon in Chapter 26.
  • Sensory Overload: Being a wolf with a hypersensitive nose isn't such an asset when your target is a Smelly Skunk. He's reduced to stuffing napkins up his nostrils to block out the smell and steers clear of Nick after he gets skunked.

Delgato

A tiger officer partnered with Fangmeyer. He also happens to be a former resident of New Mexicow, much like Carla.


  • Deus Exit Machina: He's a tiger police officer, and likely pretty tough because of it, but the Burger Alpha fire ends up putting him out of commission for the rest of the arc, so he's unable to help against the likes of Koslov or Felix.
  • Fanboy: Of Lucha Libre, and particularly certain wrestlers such as La Mala Perra. Carla, being La Mala Perra, is a bit uncomfortable.
  • Interspecies Romance: Defied. He attempts to ask Carla out while they're both in the hospital, but is shot down mid-sentence due to her already being taken.

Grizzoli

A polar bear officer who joins the foray into the Rainforest District, alongside Judy and Jimmy.


Swinton

A pig officer who guards the detention center. Isn't particularly good at her job.


  • Epic Fail: Nick slips past her and into the visiting room with very little effort. She doesn't have the keys on her either, so she can't even follow when he locks her out.

The Count's Court

    Count Reynard 
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The Crazy (Like A) Fox

"Nobody wrongs my son and gets away with it. Not Big, not Thornbrush, not any of you. On my honor, Nicholas Piberius Wilde is going to be the greatest criminal the world has ever seen."

The mastermind behind the Crime Lord Killings, a series of assassinations against Zootopia's most powerful criminals, with the aim of becoming the greatest of them all. His true identity and motivations remain a mystery for a while, but seem fairly clear-cut at first. Then he's revealed to be John Wilde, Nick's father, which...complicates the issue a bit.


  • Abusive Parent: To both Nick and Vexey. He is willing to put them through heinous criminal practice without much care if they're interested in following through with it.
  • Affably Evil: The Count is quite a wisecracker, talking with both his minions and his victims in a friendly, joking manner.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To Nick Wilde.
  • The Assimilator: A mundane version of this; his plan revolves around assassinating Zootopia's most powerful crime lords and taking over their organizations, absorbing them into one giant syndicate.
  • The Atoner: He is guilt-stricken over leaving Nick to fend for himself all those years ago. Unfortunately, his plan to make up for that isn't exactly the kind of redemption Nick is looking for.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He's so frequently able to manipulate and outwit others partly because he's very good at reading them and figuring out exactly what buttons to push.
  • Ax-Crazy: Behaves this way when assaulting Judy in the hospital, flying into a fit of rage and letting out a maniacal Evil Laugh. It comes the most to prominence in a flashback where he casually mentions murdering the Junior Ranger Scouts that bullied Nick in childhood.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Him relieving Fangs and Boomer of duty involves them downing actual Night Howler pills and going savage, without any hope of being cured, as punishment for their failure to obey orders.
    • When he no longer has need of Harvey Montapue, he sells him off to the Belfry, to be part of Lucy Sang's dark web show where she puts folks through all sorts of death traps, just so that he could recoup profit.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Nick theorizes that, contrary to his earlier claim that he couldn't lie to himself, he's been successfully lying to himself so well for so long that he can easily justify anything he does without ever feeling sorry about it, no matter how horrible. Nick is appropriately terrified of the implications.
  • Berserk Button: Harming Nick, or his family in general, is a quick way to piss him off.
  • Big Bad: He's the one plotting to assimilate all of Zootopia's crime gangs, and the cause of most of the story's conflict.
  • Black Comedy: He shares a similar sense of humor with Nick, except much darker.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: He doesn't like calling what he's doing "murder." He prefers the term "permanent hustle," or "permahuss" for short.
  • Breaking Speech: Regularly employs these as a favored manipulation tactic. Most impressively, he gives one to the entire Lang Family, who were currently surrounding him and ready to rip him apart, and manages to talk them into submission in a matter of minutes.
  • Broken Pedestal: Nick used to greatly admire and respect his father before he was forced to leave him. Twenty years later, he's horrified at what he's become.
  • Cane Fu: A fox-headed cane is his Weapon of Choice. Normally, he uses the huge assortment of gizmos inside of it when forced into a fight, but it's shown to be a perfectly capable melee weapon as well.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He takes great pride in his own lawlessness and believes that all foxes should strive to be the same.
  • Catchphrase: Crazy like a fox. You'll be quick to hear it if you call him, or anything he does, crazy.
    • Subverted Catch Phrase: He comes up with different variations of the phrase as the story goes on, and other characters do as well.
  • Character Name Alias: "Count Reynard" is itself this, as he did indeed name himself after the (in)famous Reynard the Fox.
  • The Chessmaster: Partially. Although his plans are intelligent and well thought-out, most of them seem to rely on sheer chance and luck. One of his minions even comments on this, calling one of his plans "Just as crazy and convoluted as the rest." He himself acknowledges this as well, admitting that any good con requires a little risk.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He will freely use any dirty trick at his disposal to win a fight, many involving the use of his cane.
  • Cool Old Guy: For an elderly fox, Reynard is in remarkably good shape and shows off all kinds of flashy tricks with his cane.
  • The Corrupter: Aims to bring out the worst in his son, encouraging him towards his lawless lifestyle. He almost succeeds too.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He seems to have a plan for every possible outcome to any possible situation. Nick even describes him like this, saying that any plan they could come up with to beat him, "he'll have ten more to counter it, plus another two just for kicks." Subverted, however, because he didn't see Nick's ultimate rejection of him coming, and he has no idea what to do about it for a while.
  • Crocodile Tears: Uses this tactic to manipulate Harvey, pretending to emphasize with him a lot more than he actually does until he gets Harvey to confess to his own sins, after which he quickly flips the script on him.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: It's practically his MO, and very nearly his Catchphrase. Furthermore, this is what he believes all foxes should strive to be, which helps him become the most powerful crime lord in all of Zootopia.
  • The Cynic: To the extreme; he genuinely believes that the way of a cunning trickster is the only way a fox can live by, and is adamant in maintaining this view.
  • Deal with the Devil: How he gets several mammals and criminal gangs under his control. Best shown when he recruits Koslov and Carla.
  • Death by Irony: Invokes this, going out of his way to murder his enemies in the most dramatically-appropriate ways possible.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: In Chapter 21. While he IS the Big Bad and still remains so afterward, he gets away after his defeat while his plot to kill Sanchez goes off without a hitch despite losing his input. However, this defeat does rattle him quite a bit and changes his attitude from that point forward, making him no longer the same villain he was before.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Bully his son? Hope you like being burned alive.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Outside of family, no one gets to call him John anymore. He's Count Reynard now. And should he spontaneously change his alias again, Reynard doesn't fly either.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: In Drabble 10, Lady Lang goes off on him for being a lousy father. He agrees and resolves to become a better one...resulting in the monster he is today.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being a villainously ambitious criminal mastermind, he is shown to truly care for his son and ex-wife, though his methods of showing that care are often less than appreciated.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Or so he claims, soon after claiming the opposite. If anything, he does make it clear that he abhors laziness and cowardice among his ranks, if his opinion of Fast Tony is any indication.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He is genuinely confused as to why Nick even wants to be a cop when he is obviously so much more suited to being a criminal mastermind. He actually thought Nick would be pleased by his plan to merge all of Zootopia's syndicates together because he intended to give it all to him when he was done.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Nick, essentially the embodiment of Nick's criminal side Up to Eleven. He's also one to Jimmy Frost, who's the same for Nick's innocent/cop side.
    • And to Lady Lang, with him being a crime lord dad who wants his biological son back, and her being a crime lord mom who isn't blood-related to her children but is loved by them regardless. No wonder Reynard decides to murder her personally.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Is very exuberant about his villainy and prone to loud sweeping gestures of emotion.
  • Evil Old Folks: As Nick's father, he's definitely more than sixty years old. Not that it slows him down, physically or mentally.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Reader suggestions for an actor include Liam Neeson and Jack Nicholson.
  • Five Stages of Grief: Mentioned by name in Chapter 22, after Reynard starts showing them. He is in Denial for most of that scene, unable to get over the shock of Marian being shot and Nick rejecting him. He quickly transitions to Anger, blaming Felix for the turn of events and calling for assassins to sic on him before he calms down. Then he starts Bargaining, with himself, trying and failing to come up with a usable heir other than Nick. This causes him to collapse into Depression, and he's an utter wreck when he goes to visit Marian at the hospital. After an unexpected encounter with Judy though, he suddenly gains Acceptance...by deciding that it was never his fault at all, and blaming the ZPD for it.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Once a simple tailor and conmammal, now the most powerful and dangerous crime lord in Zootopian history. (Who is still a tailor and conmammal.)
  • Humiliation Conga: One of the factors that drove him to madness was a long string of personal indignities and his inability to do anything about it. The summary rejection by the crime lords and his realization of his own powerlessness finally pushed him over the edge.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Engages Nick in a pun duel while they're trapped in an elevator at the Palms.
  • Incoming Ham: Tends to make his entrances very noticeable, especially in Chapter 26.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Successfully pulls this on Judy when she holds him at gunpoint in the hospital. She knows she should just tranq him and be done with it, but her moral code doesn't allow her to shoot an unarmed criminal who seems to be complying with her demands, which Reynard exploits.
  • It's All About Me: Nominally, his interests are in protecting Nick from the hatred and bigotry of the outside world and ensuring that he has a bountiful existence and a steady business. However, said motives become far less altruistic when one realizes that all of that is honed towards one basic end - asserting that Reynard's cynical ways are right, and proving a point; his selfishness also shows in his adamant refusal to take advice from those he supposedly holds dear, and to own up to his mistakes.
  • Jerkass: As soon as his character started to appear more frequently, Reynard was quickly established as a Bad Boss and an Abusive Parent. Even though he never goes out of his way to act aggressively towards Marian or Nick, his self-righteousness and autocracy is what irreversibly tarnishes his relationship with both of them.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Do anything to hurt his Nicholas and he will take violent revenge. The Junior Ranger Scouts were not exempt from this.
  • Laughably Evil: The Big Bad of the fanfic, and hilarious to boot.
  • Laughing Mad: Laughs psychotically while attempting to beat Judy to death with his cane.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He is actually John Wilde, father of Nick Wilde. Count Reynard is merely a Character Name Alias.
  • The Man Behind the Man: At first, his hitmammal Simon, along with the koala crime lord Damian Thornbrush, seem strong contenders to be the biggest threats in the story, but they are eventually revealed to be but pawns in Reynard's game.
  • Mood-Swinger: Constantly pivots back and forth between Evil Is Hammy and Soft-Spoken Sadist, which is part of what makes him so unpredictable.
  • Moral Myopia: He outwardly voices the belief that the mainstream is corrupting foxes from what they truly are in essence, but takes great issue when somebody calls him out for pontificating about what foxes should be.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to seeing Marian in her comatose state, knowing that he is responsible. Sadly, it doesn't last.
  • Never My Fault: As soon as he spots Judy in Marian's hospital room, he is quick to blame her and the rest of the ZPD for "corrupting" his son away from him, no longer taking any responsibility.
  • Nightmare Face: The face he makes as he talks about his permahuss of the Junior Ranger Scouts is described as this, complete with a Slasher Smile and Scary Shiny Glasses.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: You can practically feel when he shifts his tone from delightful charmer to cold-hearted crime lord.
  • Overarching Villain: There are other Arc Villains here and there, but it is Reynard who is the source of the conflict and the one who must ultimately be stopped in the end.
  • Paint It Black: Seems to be his favorite color. All of his suits are black, most of his minions wear black even when not in the suits, and any vehicle he owns will indeed end up painted black.
  • Papa Wolf : Displays a strong defensiveness over his son. Anyone who harms Nick will meet his wrath.
  • Pungeon Master: The biggest in the story, not only nicknaming most other characters in this fashion, but regularly dropping puns (especially in inappropriate situations) just to get some kind of reaction. Several of his associates are annoyed by this trait, but especially Simon.
    • The first sign that something is seriously wrong with him in 22 is that he doesn't make a single joke, wisecrack, or snark about anything going on around him, including a partially-numb Koslov wrestling with Finnick.
  • Secretly Selfish: Even though it appears that he wants to make Nick a criminal for his own psychological betterment, the plan is centered primarily about seeking validation for his deeply-rooted view that a fox can only be a cunning trickster and nothing more.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Invoked in-universe, as he requires his henchmammals to wear snappy - but slightly uncomfortable - black suits.
  • Shout-Out: He is named after another Disney fox, specifically Honest John from Pinocchio. He even used that name himself in the past.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He has his moments, usually when threatening someone.
  • Stepford Smiler: Nick comes to realize that his goofy and affable demeanor is nothing but a mask, much like his own, that he uses to hide how monstrous he's really become, even from himself.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: His cane, a weapon as chaotic and unpredictable as its user. It has shown a huge variety of hidden mechanisms so far, much more than should be physically possible, and seems to practically run on plot convenience.
  • Talking Your Way Out: As a general rule, if you've got him cornered, do not let him start talking. The Lang Family did, and he summarily convinced all of them to not only spare his life, but to become his begrudging workers. Judy later attempts to avert this by not listening to anything he says while she holds him at gunpoint...which Reynard expected, so he triggered a voice command in his cane that caught her off-guard and let him escape.
  • Thememobile: The Countmobile, which is really just one of Mr. Big's old limousines painted black and tricked out a bit.
  • The Trickster: Comes from being Cunning Like a Fox incarnate, favoring complex manipulation tactics and cheap laughs in equal measure.
  • Vanity License Plate: CZYLKFX. Three guesses what it means.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Starts in Chapter 21, hits its peak in Chapter 24, where he shows up to visit Marian in the hospital a broken mess of a fox, disheveled and ranting. By the time he next appears in Chapter 26, he's inexplicably made a full recovery, which is implied to have something to do with meeting Judy there and concluding that it's Never My Fault.
  • Villainous BSoD: Falls hard into this after Nick turns his back on him in Chapter 21, to the point that Koslov has to physically carry him to safety. He doesn't get better until a few chapters later.
  • Walking Spoiler: Everything about him, from his name, to his identity, to his motivations, is a massive spoiler that has major ramifications for the entire fic.
  • The Wonka: Many of his underlings are quick to point out that he is completely off his rocker, but also note that he is highly competent and his unconventional tactics are almost always successful in spite of that.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He murdered the Junior Ranger Scout kids that teased Nick when he was a kit.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When he finds no need of employing Harvey, he sells him off to the Belfry for Lucy's "entertainment".

    Simon VanDal 
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The One-Legged Bandit

"I did what he asked and gave him what he wanted. If he has a problem with the way I do things, kindly remind him that I'm in this for my own reasons, not his petty revenge fantasy."

A raccoon mercenary and hitmammal who kicks off the entire plot by assassinating Mr. Big on behalf of the Count. Despite this, his sheer contempt for his employer is clear, which raises the question of why he even works for him in the first place.


  • The Ace: An elite mercenary who has decades of combat experience and is truly frightening in battle, tossing aside anyone in his way with little effort. He is given the codename "Ace of Spades" to highlight this.
  • Accidental Pun: Makes one when he says that Lucy "dropped the ball" during the Thornbrush murder...remembering too late that she did, in fact, drop a ball on him. And that he's talking to Reynard. He is horrified.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Drabble 4 focuses on him in his glory days as a Delta Fox operative. Drabble 8 shows his more domestic side.
  • Anti-Villain: Not apparent for a while, and his methods are a bit extreme, but in the end, he's just a desperate father looking for his son.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He lost his left leg sometime in the past and now walks around on a metal peg leg. Drabble 4 shows him with both legs, but doesn't explain how he lost one, despite maliciously teasing it. Teased even further in Drabble 8, which reveals that it wasn't even during the war at all.
  • Arc Villain: Of Chapters 24-26, a mini-arc surrounding his attempt to hold up Precinct 1 and steal their data.
  • Atrocious Alias: Karen saddles him with the codename Hot Fuzz in Drabble 4.
  • Bait-and-Switch: He is bitten in the left leg by Compact Cobra at the end of Drabble 4. With Cobra's venom threatening to spread to the rest of his body, Simon decides he has no choice but to amputate it and prepares to do so. Then Karen reminds him that she packed an antivenin.
  • Berserk Button: Being called during a meal. The Count manages to do this to him twice and he suspects that he's somehow doing it on purpose.
    • The Count's "Crazy like a fox" Catchphrase seems to rile him up more every time he hears it. Given that he's a former Delta Fox and that Reynard hired him almost solely for that reason, he most likely sees it as an insult to his unit.
  • The Coats Are Off: For most of the story, he wears a brown aviator jacket. The jacket comes off in Chapter 25, revealing the orange t-shirt and Delta Fox logo he sports in the above image. Fittingly, he does this right before throwing down with Judy.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He fights pretty dirty, despite, or perhaps because he's a war veteran.
  • The Comically Serious: Much of the humor that comes from him is the direct result of a hardened professional constantly having to put up with the Count and his antics.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is frequently the straight mammal to Reynard's shenanigans, though he tends to have a dry quip for just about everything.
  • Determinator: Nothing will stop him from finding his son, no matter who he has to kill to do it. This trait of his clashes with Judy's during their fight, but in the end, Simon's will is even stronger.
  • The Dragon: Serves as the Count's for a good while, until he is replaced by Finnick.
    • Dragon with an Agenda: Despite this, he makes it clear at several points that he hates Reynard's guts, but works for him anyway for some other, unspecified purpose. Later revealed to be the purpose of finding his own missing son.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Charles. Nick makes it his new favorite nickname for him as soon as he learns it.
  • Failed a Spot Check: He failed to notice a set of bloody footprints he left on the floor of Mr. Big's office, which is later used to identify him. It's implied that this is because he simply didn't care enough to do a thorough job cleaning up.
  • Groin Attack: Is fond of delivering these with his metal leg.
  • Grumpy Old Man: A textbook example, grumbling about modern technology, today's youth, and generally being a Deadpan Snarker.
  • Handicapped Badass: Has a peg leg and takes out two ZPD officers, one of whom was twice his size, in paw-to-paw combat.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: It becomes increasingly apparent that there's a lot more to him than the hardened criminal merc he makes himself out to be, especially once his true motivations are revealed.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Revealed only after the fact, but as proof that Simon really was holding back on Judy the whole time, Karen removes his peg leg and shows another leg underneath, a sharp and poisoned blade.
  • Jerkass: He's pretty unpleasant to be around, at least until you get on his good side.
  • Lethal Chef: Downplayed, as he actually does a pretty good job making brownies in Drabble 8, up until the kits start rushing him and he tries to double the baking speed by doubling the temperature. Needless to say, Don't Try This at Home.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: At the end of Chapter 26, he has defeated Judy and claims the flash drive of stolen data he'd been after this whole time. He is then immediately knocked out by Karen, who reveals that his entire scheme was pointless as the data wouldn't have told him what he wanted anyway, then destroys the drive just to add insult to injury.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: He comes off as more of a Consummate Professional than his cohorts, plus he doesn't even like his employer that much and has his own agenda.
  • Not So Above It All: Drabble 4 shows him being a bit cockier and more free-spirited than he would later become.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Fights and soundly defeats nearly every secondary officer that has played a part in the story thus far offscreen. He lampshades this, noting that the choreography was pretty impressive and it's a shame Judy couldn't see it.
  • Old Soldier: An elderly raccoon who fought in the army before he became an assassin. Despite his old age, he can still put up a tough fight. The way he manhandled Judy and Carla at Outback Island attests to this. His age does impact him during his second fight with Judy though, as he no longer has the kind of stamina that he did in his prime.
  • Stealth Pun: Simon has a peg leg, a subtle Shout-Out to Simon Pegg.
  • Villainous Rescue: Saves Nick from the feral Fangs and Boomer by shooting them off of him. Of course, he had ulterior motives, and used rubber bullets.

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    Lucy Sang 

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The Bloodthirsty Bat Thief

"Lucy Sang. Professional thief, mercenary, and all-around mischief-maker. Pleasure to screw you over."

A gleefully-sadistic professional thief with a literal thirst for blood. She seems to be going along with the Count's plan mostly for shits and giggles. And money.


  • Ax-Crazy: A psychotic and literally bloodthirsty thief who relishes in the prospect of inflicting violence upon others.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Drabble 6 shows her in her element as a thief, and reveals how she got recruited by Reynard. To say nothing of the whole spin-off story she got dedicated to her.
  • The Baroness: She's a snarky, playful, and psychotic female minion of the Big Bad. Fittingly, she chooses the wrestling moniker "La Sangrienta Baronesa", i.e. "The Bloody Baroness".
  • Bat Out of Hell: Played very horrifically straight.
  • Bloodsucking Bats: Will gladly take the opportunity to drink someone's blood when it presents itself, even if she's not particularly hungry. Rodents are her favorite prey.
  • Breakout Character: She is the protagonist of her own co-authored story named Bloodlines.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Freely introduces herself as one. See the above quote.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A much more devious example than Jimmy - she is completely off the rails about her evil.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Yet another dirty fighter in the Count's employ. Given her relative fragility, she seems to favor the "use anything around to her advantage" kind of style.
  • Crush Blush: Experiences one when thinking about Vladzotz Fangpyre, another vampire bat.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied to have one in the main story, elaborated on in Bloodlines.
  • The Dark Chick: The most prominent female antagonist, and serving under the Count.
  • Death from Above: How she kills Damien Thornbrush. Being a flying mammal means that this is a favored tactic of hers in general.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Boy, is she ever? She really enjoys herself as she goes into long-winded speeches riddled with Insane Troll Logic.
  • Evil Is Petty: Makes no qualms about how unashamedly evil she is, prone to acts of petty cruelty for no other reason than her own amusement.
  • For the Evulz: She goes out of her way to psychologically torment her victims even when she's already gotten what she wanted. Perhaps the best example is her taking the time to spell out to Jimmy that Carla is The Mole just to see how both of them react.
  • The Gadfly: She is prone to just saying or doing whatever comes to mind, either because she knows it will get under someone's skin, or because she just doesn't care if it does.
  • Handy Feet: Being a bat, she can use her feet to hang upside-down or manipulate objects. It's shown to be a useful trait in her profession.
  • The Hedonist: In Chapter 27, she reveals this to be her prime motivation, the reason she created the Belfry, and why she does most of the shit she does.
  • Hemo Erotic: Has way too much fun drinking mammals dry, even moaning sensually.
  • Hidden Depths: Not only is she a talented artist in her downtime, she's also a lot more evil than her regular job as a thief would imply, also being a rodent Serial Killer and running her own dark web show about making mammals run through Death Traps for entertainment. All of which she refers to as her "hobbies."
  • Incoming Ham: Her entrance into the world of Lucha Libre gets all the fanfare one would expect, complete with a Randy Savage impression that is sadly cut short.
  • Lack of Empathy: She kills without a shred of remorse, and acts as though nothing significant happens when she does.
  • Oh, Crap!: Says this word-for-word more than once. Technically.
    "Oh guano."
  • Only in It for the Money: What she claims to be her sole motivation in Chapter 13. Naturally, it's not quite as clear-cut as that.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: For a "professional thief", she isn't shown doing a whole lot of thieving. Subverted and lampshaded in Drabble 6, which shows her actually committing a major heist, but acknowledges that it's far from the only thing she does for a living.
  • Made of Iron: For a frail little vampire bat, she can sure take a lot of punishment. Even being hit into a light with a metal bat and electrocuted isn't enough to keep her down for more than a moment or two.
  • Masked Luchador: Becomes one solely to fight in Sanchez's ring, taking on the name of "La Sangrienta Baronesa".
  • Meaningful Name: A less obvious one than most, but "Sang" is latin for "blood."
  • Psycho for Hire: A vampire bat burglar with sadistic tendencies.
  • Serial Killer: More of a hobby for her, but she makes a habit out of feeding on rodents, specifically because they're small enough that it will kill them. Her body count may well be higher than Reynard's as a result.
  • The Sociopath: Remorseless, egotistic, hedonistic and sadistic to the core, without any redeeming qualities whatsoever. The Belfry also helps show how unhinged she is.
  • Sore Loser: She does not take kindly to her challenges being waylaid by Carla, Kyle, and Harvey.
  • Spy Catsuit: Sports a black one like any good female thief.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: She drains a few of Carla and Priscilla's siblings, then "accidentally" drops their bloodless bodies in front of them, which quickly changes their minds about not wanting to fight her.

    Harvey Montapue 
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The Tinkerer Stinkerer

"I burn things real good!"

A deeply-unhinged, but relatively innocent skunk whose pyromaniac tendencies are put to good use by the Count.


  • A Day in the Limelight: Drabble 9 is about how he ended up in the nuthouse and how Reynard got him back out again.
  • Ambiguously Evil: He clearly does the Count's bidding, but goes out of his way not to actually hurt anyone and seems to be involved just because he happens to like burning things.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Is mentioned a few times early on as the "mystery arsonist" before he turns out to be working for the Count and is officially introduced.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Seems to live in his own little world most of the time. A world full of fire and burning things with fire.
  • Covered with Scars: A variation; he is covered with bald patches as a result of inadvertently burning off chunks of his own fur.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He's been in an asylum for eleven years over setting fire to Castle Fangpyre as a kit and accidentally wiping out the Fangpyre family in the process. Needless to say, this is why he's so screwed up.
  • Gas Mask Mook: Wears a gas mask when on the job. Justified by both his powerful stench and the smoke created by his fires.
  • Handy Feet: Implied when he uses his foot to shake Reynard's paw due to being in a straitjacket, which is Truth in Television for people who have worn them for a significant amount of time.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: While never entirely good or evil to begin with, him being thrown into the Belfry more or less forces him to break off any allegiance he had to Reynard and join up with Carla.
  • Hidden Depths: Becomes apparent as more of his backstory is revealed, painting him as more than just an insane pyromaniac.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: In Drabble 9, he's recruited when he puts his trust in both Reynard and Lucy, perhaps the two least trustworthy mammals in the entire story. Sure enough, they screw him over royally as soon as he stops being useful to them.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Is reduced to uncontrollable sobbing after one punch to the face from Nick. Reynard is not impressed, and this is part of what gets him sent to the Belfry.
    • He also does this in Drabble 9 when recounting the incident that got him put away.
  • Psycho for Hire Downplayed as he torches buildings, but makes sure to drive the occupants out first, and is more of a Cloud Cuckoolander when not on the job.
  • Put on a Bus: Hasn't been seen at all since he fled Reynard's hotel suite at the beginning of Chapter 20. Finnick even lampshades his long absence.
    • He finally returns in Chapter 28 as one of the prisoners in the Belfry.
  • Pyro Maniac: A downplayed and somewhat more realistic example as he only seems to get pleasure out of burning empty buildings. He freaks out when he realizes one of his targets was still occupied.
  • Red Herring: When Nick’s dilapidated house in the Rainforest District is burned to the ground, Harvey is the most obvious suspect. Turns out he had nothing to do with it as the actual culprit was Felix.
  • Shock Collar: Wears a tame collar, which is supposed to forcefully calm him down through electric shocks, but he's so loony that he actually gets more stimulated by the shocks and has refused offers to remove it.
  • Smelly Skunk: He bottles up his own spray and uses it to drive civilians out of a building before he torches it. Nick ends up skunked by him at the end of Chapter 11 and stinks to high heaven for the entire rest of the arc, though eventually learns to weaponize it himself.
  • Spanner in the Works: Vladzotz Fangpyre, the crime lord of the Nocturnal District and one of the most powerful and dangerous mammals around, was killed by a seven-year-old pyromaniac who didn't even do it on purpose.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Despite being a member of Reynard's criminal gang, he clearly dislikes killing as he tries to drive any occupants out of a building he's targeting before he lights it up. Turns out this is because he's already killed before, albeit by accident.
  • Token Good Teammate: Compared to the rest of the cold-blooded killers in Reynard's gang, his lack of malice is very noticeable. The worst he ever does is burn down a few (empty) buildings, and is horrified when one of them wasn't.
  • Verbal Tic: Has a habit of repeating words three times times times in succession. Even his own doctors have no idea why, but it's implied to be related to his emotional state. Being distressed or near fire increases it, and being reminded of his Big Sis briefly stops it entirely.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Reynard runs out of any real use for a serial arsonist once Lady Lang is dealt with, and this, combined with his general demeanor, leads him to decide he doesn't need Harvey anymore, tossing him into the Belfry.
  • Younger Than They Look: As revealed in Drabble 9, he's eighteen.

    "RJ" 

"Welp. I had a good time."

A Wallabeanie dressed as a suited version of Nick that is given to Reynard as a gift by Drummond Rane. When his string is pulled, he says a quote and stabs someone.


  • Companion Cube: Reynard takes to him very quickly, ferrying him around on his belt, talking to him, and even petting him affectionately. This is despite RJ only being able to speak in prerecorded messages, unlike Wallace.
  • Cool Shades: Sports these as a part of his design.
  • My Little Panzer: He carries a toy pen sharp enough to use as a knife and attempts to stab someone with it after saying a quote. Let's hope nothing like this was ever sold with the other Wallabeanies.
  • Shout-Out: In an odd case, he is one to RJ, a fanfiction also written by Berserker88 that technically isn't canon to BtBW, but is heavily influenced by it. The plushie's design is based on RJ from that story and he spouts quotes from that RJ when his string is pulled, with no real explanation as to how.
  • Transplant: In a very loose sense, he is the closest thing BtBW is getting to Reynard Junior.

Other Crime Lords & Their Gangs

    Mr. Big 
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The Short-Lived Shorty

"I am a mogul of transportation. I get mammals and goods where they need to go, make sure everything is in order and that all debts are paid. Otherwise, mammals don't like where they go so much."

The crime lord of Tundratown. His role is even smaller than it was in the movie, but his death marks the beginning of the Crime Lord Killings.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: When Judy learns that he was killed, she is genuinely distraught and has a hard time hiding it from her fellow officers.
  • Death by Irony: He is "iced" by Simon, the very same fate he delivered unto his victims.
  • Demoted to Extra: He had a small, but significant role in the movie. Here, he doesn't even get any lines before his untimely death.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: For all of his traditional mob boss antics, he found the Vixens a bit too provocative for his organization.
  • Killed Offscreen: He is the only permahussed crime lord whose death is not shown. We only see the aftermath.
  • Mister Big: The original.
  • Posthumous Character: His body is found at the end of the second chapter, kicking off the main plot. He isn't even seen alive at all until Drabble 10.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Eventually accepts John Wilde's favor to watch over his son after seeing how desperate he is...in exchange for all of his assets and fully expecting the young Nick to pull his own weight. And he reneges on that deal as soon as Nick pulls the skunk butt rug stunt.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Literally. He's killed offscreen in Chapter 2, but it's his death that sets the entire plot in motion.
  • Villainous Legacy: While Mr. Big himself doesn't get much of a showing, his former bodyguard Koslov becomes one of the Count's most prominent lieutenants.

Koslov

"I miss the simple days. I tell mammal to listen, he listen."

The former bodyguard and head of security for Mr. Big. After the Count manipulates him into his service, he is complicit in Big's murder and goes on to serve as one of Reynard's most loyal supporters.


  • A Day in the Limelight: Drabble 1 is all about him and how he came to work for Reynard.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the original movie, he worked for Mr. Big. Here, he betrays Mr. Big and joins the Count.
  • Bears Are Bad News: A hulking polar bear with mafia connections. He initially worked for Mr. Big, then betrayed his master and joined Reynard as one of his most dangerous followers.
  • Bits of Me Keep Passing Out: He gets tranqed to high hell saving Reynard from the ZPD. They were using tranqs appropriate for a fox, but he still got hit with so many of them that he ends up feeling their effects soon after. This leads to him getting into a minor brawl with Finnick while half of his body is going numb, and only passing out completely when he's just steps away from their escape helicopter.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: Any loyalty he once had for Mr. Big goes out the window as soon as Reynard gets into his head and convinces him that he actually hates the shrew. He then allows Big to be killed and becomes Reynard's chief enforcer instead.
  • The Brute: The most physically intimidating member of Mr. Big's, and later Reynard's, gang. This is actually how Reynard recruited him in the first place, appealing to his strength and pointing out how little he gets to make use of it as a mere bodyguard.
  • Dramatic Irony: Is referred to as Mr. Big's "eternally faithful bodyguard" in Drabble 10. Needless to say, he isn't. In that same drabble, he openly dislikes John Wilde and is more than willing to get rough with him before Mr. Big tells him to stand down. (Which is implied to be how the future Reynard figured out his insecurities.)
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Is implied to have a deeper voice than most other bad guys.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He was already a gangster, but Mr. Big, the boss he betrayed to work for the Big Bad, was a cordial mafia boss who became an ally to Judy and Nick in the original movie.
  • Genius Bruiser: Despite being recruited for his strength, Koslov is fairly intelligent.
  • Made of Iron: Takes a few dozen tranq darts from the ZPD and still has the strength to carry Reynard all the way to the roof of the Palms Hotel, barricade the door, and hold a casual conversation for a while before finally passing out.
  • National Animal Stereotypes: Has a Russian name and accent, and even owns a borscht restaurant.
  • Secret Test of Character: Reynard uses one on him, challenging him to a shell game that he naturally cheats at. Once Koslov discovers this, he physically assaults Reynard, proving that he never backs down from a challenge, values his physical strength to assert himself, and refuses to be made a fool of, all traits that conflict with his current job as a passive bodyguard. Reynard pointing this out is what finally convinces Koslov to join him.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Reynard. Ironic, considering how quickly he sold out Mr. Big.

The Vixens

Pearl, Opal, and Crystal, a trio of skilled and highly flirtatious arctic assassins/masseuses. Mr. Big fired them for their provocative nature and they later joined the Discards. Based on the three arctic vixens from the movie's original script.


  • Berserk Button: If they want to cuddle you, let them.
  • Covered in Kisses: They leave Jimmy like this after their first encounter with him.
  • Cuteness Proximity: They go into squealing, cuddling fits over anything they deem "adorbs". Unfortunately for Finnick and Jimmy, this includes them.
  • Cute and Psycho: Usually cute, but quick to turn psycho with the right provocation.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: They first appeared in RJ, another of Berserker's Zootopia fics that is heavily-inspired by BtBW, but not canon to it.
  • Establishing Character Moment: As soon as they show up, most of the other mammals present fawn over their looks. They then squee over how cute Finnick is and cuddle him, responding to his protests by pulling knives.
  • Even The Girls Want Them: It's specifically mentioned that their arrival attracts the attention of every male, and some females, in Reynard's gang.
  • Fanservice: Very blatantly so. But to be fair, they use nearly the exact same designs from the original concept art.
  • Foxy Vixen: Sexy, flirty arctic vixens dressed in skimpy outfits.
  • Happy Ending Massage: Referenced when Reynard orders his troops to give Felix a "happy ending" and Pearl reacts with disgust. Presumably, this is just because it's Felix and not because they have any actual problem with the idea.
  • Identical Triplet ID Tag: Their distinct Verbal Tics are about the only way to tell them apart.
  • Knife Nut: They each carry small, deadly knives that they use as their weapons of choice.
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: Crystal's Verbal Tic.
  • Mood-Swinger: They act incredibly girly and flirtatious up until you make the mistake of insulting them (which includes not letting them cuddle you), after which they'll be happy to remind you that they're assassins.
  • The Paralyzers: They can easily immobilize most targets if they get close enough. Not through any kind of nerve-blocking ability, but just because their massages are that relaxing.
  • Professional Killer: Their job when not giving sensual massages. Or sometimes while.
  • Theme Naming: They are named after white gemstones.
  • Verbal Tic: They each possess a unique one based on obnoxious Valley Girl stereotypes. Pearl frequently emphasizes "so", Crystal overuses "like", and Opal misuses "literally".

    Damien Thornbrush 
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The Koala Kingpin, er, the Drop Bear Don

"Now, I don't judge you for choosing to wear clothes, Nicky, but I must express concern over your choice of color. Blue doesn't suit you, I'm afraid."

The crime lord of Outback Island. Thornbrush is the mastermind behind the Feral Dream operation, as well as a fervent naturalist.


  • Arc Villain: Of the Thornbrush arc.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He initially seems like he could be a major antagonist, as the head of the Feral Dream operation that has dominated the story up to this point, but he is ultimately killed off by the minions of the real Big Bad in the very same chapter he's introduced.
  • Cigar Chomper: A cigar made of eucalyptus.
  • Death by Irony: The supposed drop bear has his own decoration dropped on him.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: How he meets his end - Lucy cuts the supports of a disco ball, which falls right onto Damien and crushes him like a bug.
  • Insistent Terminology: He insists that he is a drop bear, not a koala.
  • Mister Big: Guarded by the much larger Fangs and Boomer.
  • Villainous Legacy: Even with Thornbrush gone, Feral Dream lives on, and Reynard immediately orders the drug reproduced for his own purposes. Fangs and Boomer also become a prominent (if short-lived) part of his gang.
  • Yowies and Bunyips and Drop Bears, Oh My: Claims to be a drop bear, even wearing a pair of fake fangs.

Fangs & Boomer

A dingo and kangaroo duo who work as drug runners for Thornbrush. Their level of effectiveness, at anything they do, varies greatly.


  • Avenging the Villain: They are quick to blame Nick for Thornbrush’s death and take Feral Dream to kill him in revenge. They come scarily close to succeeding too.
  • Berserk Button: Do not imply that Boomer has a pouch. He's a male kangaroo.
  • Boxing Kangaroo: Boomer isn't, but Nick makes the connection anyway and "challenges" him to an impromptu boxing match. As Boomer has turned himself feral at the time, Nick gets pummeled.
  • Butt-Monkey: When not feral/savage, they tend to be played more often as a joke than a serious threat. And sometimes even when they are feral/savage.
  • Dual Boss: Whenever they fight, it's always as a duo. Played to its logical extreme when they're fought as Carla's first Belfry challenge.
  • Meaningful Name: Male kangaroos are commonly called boomers.
  • Nice Hat: Boomer wears a prominent bowler hat. Being a naturalist, it's the only piece of clothing he wears by choice.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Zigzagged. They start out as a typical bumbling duo, but become a lot more dangerous once exposed to Feral Dream, nearly killing Nick and hospitalizing him for a week. After that, they go back to being a typical bumbling duo. Reynard then decides they're more useful when drugged and turns them both savage, where they once again prove themselves dangerous against Carla.
  • Psycho Serum: They both become feral/savage not once, but twice throughout the story due to consuming Feral Dream/Night Howlers.
  • Pun On A Van: Are completely absent from the story for over ten chapters, thanks to Reynard drugging and imprisoning them.
    • The Bus Came Back: They finally return in Chapter 27 as Carla's first challenge in the Belfry.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Serve this role under Thornbrush, and later Reynard.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Are forcibly turned savage by the Count for disobeying orders.

Tractor

A tattooed hippo and torturer for the Outback gang. He ends up on the bad side of Carla and becomes the source of an infamous string of innuendoes.


  • The Brute: Seems to serve this role under Thornbrush, threatening Jimmy and Carla with his physical strength.
  • Giant Mook: The largest at Thornbrush's disposal.
  • Groin Attack: How he finally goes down, courtesy of a broken chair leg to the crotch.
  • Pipe Pain: His weapon of choice is a steel pipe.
  • Tattooed Crook: Is covered with tattoos, including one of Thornbrush with fangs and an early hint to the existence of sapient reptiles.
  • The Bus Came Back: Makes an appearance in Drabble 10, having not been seen at all since the Thornbrush arc.

Drummond Rane

The CEO of Wallabeanie Inc. and a former business partner of Thornbrush. After Thornbrush attempts to con him, he leaves his organization, only to join up with the Discards after Reynard gets rid of him.


  • Awesome Aussie: Not surprising, since he's based on the page image.
  • Badass Boast: Several. His most prominent is taken straight from his inspiration.
    "The name's Drummond Rane! Outbacker, CEO of Wallabeanie Inc, and the mammal who's gonna burn this place to the ground!"
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Wallabeanie Inc. was mentioned during the Thornbrush arc, as was Damien's plan to con it. Drummond is its CEO, and it turns out he was none too pleased by that.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Felix invokes this by taking him out immediately when he attacks the Discards, successfully keeping him out of a fight that would've been much harder for him otherwise.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He shares Reynard's hatred of naturalists, who are probably the equivalent to hippies in this verse.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Wallabies aren't particularly big, yet he may be the physically strongest character in the entire story.
  • Professional Killer: Not as overt about it as the other Discards, but he is referred to as an assassin nonetheless. Presumably, it's one of his hobbies when not running a toy company.
  • Serious Business: He may be a grown mammal, but he takes his stuffed wallaby business very seriously. As in he will literally kill over it.
  • Shout-Out: He's a very unsubtle parody of Saxton Hale, right down to the name, design, and even dialogue.

    Lady Lang 
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The Moonlit Matriarch

"The moon will be up soon. I wonder...how many more times will I be able to see it?"

The crime lord of the Rainforest District. Annamarie Luna, better known as Lady Lang, is the alpha and "mother" of the Lang Family, a huge pack of biker wolves who specialize in mechanics, extortion, and wanton destruction of property.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Though only when her children are threatened.
  • Alliterative Name: Subverted; Lady Lang is merely an alias, while Annemarie Luna is her true name.
  • Anti-Villain: Is arguably the most sympathetic of all the crime lords, with her scenes mainly focusing on her love for her children and the depths she'll go through for them, as opposed to the shadier actions that made her a crime lord in the first place.
  • Berserk Button: Child abuse. She gunned down the Dires' biological parents and their bystander friends over it, and also snaps at a younger John Wilde for trying to get one of the crime lords to watch his son instead of returning him to his own loving mother.
  • Combat Stilettos: Averted. Sandcat Serena implies that if she wants to kick your ass, she'll take them off first.
  • Death by Irony: Inadvertently sold out by one of her own beloved sons, then kicked through the window of her own office under the light of a full moon.
  • Defiant to the End: Even though she submits to Reynard's demands, she taunts and belittles him all the way through. Even her last words are another insult, one that visibly rattles him.
  • Destination Defenestration: Reynard kicks her through a window and she falls to her death.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Inspires this attitude from her children, who are clearly devoted to her despite being a hardened gang of biker thugs.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She may be a ruthless extortionist, but she takes issues of family very seriously, rejecting John Wilde's favor to watch over Nick purely on moral grounds.
  • Evil Old Folks: She's certainly past sixty by the time of Born To Be Wilde.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Guns down four wolves with four bullets without even looking at them.
  • Noble Wolf: Despite being a crime lord, she has a sense of honor and a genuine love for her pack. Her final moments are dedicated to keeping them safe however she can.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: She doesn't oppose any of the heroes directly, and once he locates her, Reynard kills off Lady Lang fairly easily. However, multiple drabbles imply that she was a lot more dangerous than she seemed and things could have gone much worse for Reynard had he not been able to hold her children hostage.
  • Not So Stoic: She is normally very softspoken, but will still go off on someone if incensed enough.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Sports a pair of high heels. She does sometimes go barefoot though, as Drabble 2 mentions her ditching the shoes for her cop disguise.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives John Wilde a furious tirade about how shitty of a father he is in Drabble 10. He listens. Sort of.

Felix Dire Junior

One of the lower rungs of the Lang Family, particularly the "wanton destruction" part. He commands a gang of biker goons who enjoy weaponizing their rides with various junk and then smashing them together in their local derby.


  • A Day in the Limelight: Drabble 2 explains how he and his brother were adopted by Lady Lang, with particular attention given to him.
  • Arc Villain: Of the Lang Family arc. Lady Lang herself isn't really against the heroes, and never even meets any of them personally, but Junior is their single biggest obstacle to gaining an audience with her and serves as the Climax Boss.
  • Badass Biker: True of most of the Lang Family, but especially him. To boot, one of his bikes is armed with twin chainsaws and another with flamethrowers.
  • Chainsaw Good: One of his main bikes has two chainsaws attached to each side.
  • Dumb Muscle: He isn't very bright. Felix outright says that Junior got his parents' brains (the same parents who named them both Felix).
  • Graceful Loser: Even though he's incredibly brash and short-tempered, he honors the terms of his duel with Jimmy once he's defeated and doesn't make much of a fuss over it.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's very easy to set him off.
  • I Gave My Word: He owns up to the conditions of his honor duel with Jimmy, telling him where to find Lady Lang after he's beaten. Given the result though, it might have been better if he hadn't.
  • Jerkass: He's pretty loud and obnoxious, quick to pick on those he considers weaker.
  • No-Sell: He and his gang are completely immune to the cops' attempts to start a howl. Lady Lang trained that impulse out of them long ago.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Because their drunk and uncreative parents gave both him and his brother the name Felix, he is called Junior to differentiate them.
  • Savage Wolf: Seems to be a much more straight example of this than his older brother.
  • Shout-Out: His outfit and choice of weapons are based on Leon Bell from Dead Rising 2.
  • Talks Like a Simile: Given his prominent southern drawl, it comes with the territory.
    "Dang! She's scarier than a momma bear with six cubs in a pizza place parking lot!"
  • Verbal Tic: Aside from his frequent similes, he also has a growl that sounds like a revving engine, and even sputters like one when he's surprised.

Felix Dire Senior

Junior's older brother, as well as Lady's Lang's personal bodyguard and second-in-command. After Lang's death, he sets out on a personal vendetta against the Wilde family.


  • The Ace: By far the most threatening of the wolves, physically imposing, mechanically gifted, and a master of several lupine martial arts. The rest of the Lang Family respects and fears him in equal measure and he is able to go toe to toe with the likes of Koslov and Simon.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Reynard hired the Discards specifically to kill him. They failed spectacularly. Unfortunately for him, he couldn't stand up quite so well against an outright Zerg Rush.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: It's implied that he is targeting Reynard's ex-wife and child for the purpose of hurting the fox himself through his loved ones. Given how Reynard takes the news of Marian's shooting, he probably had the right idea.
  • Badass Biker: Less pronounced than his brother. As in, he's more a "badass who also happens to be a biker".
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His battle with the Discards. They manage a few minor injuries, but Felix more or less tears right through them to get to Reynard.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Him wanting to kill Reynard is understandable. Wanting to kill his entire family, including his completely innocent ex-wife, not so much.
  • The Dreaded: His arrival in Chapter 12 causes the rest of the wolves, who had been right in the middle of trying to run down the cops, to immediately stop what they're doing and go dead silent. Even his own brother is a bit intimidated by him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Reynard telling him the story of how he burned five children alive without a shred of remorse is enough to convince him that the fox needs to die, regardless of his current dire circumstances. Though the fact that Reynard followed this up by immediately insulting his late mother probably helped too.
  • Genius Bruiser: An enormous, muscular, and very eloquent wolf.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Uses Opal as a club to batter Piper with during their fight.
  • Made of Iron: As Junior points out, he was shot in the chest, thrown out a window several stories high, carried Lady Lang's body for miles, buried her, and only then decided to deal with the bullet wound. No wonder Reynard assumed No One Could Survive That!.
    • He later takes several more shots as he flees from Reynard and his forces in 29. He is said to be heavily injured, but still well enough to escape.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: Is this for the Lang Family, who are mostly loud, crass thugs by comparison.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: When he attacks Reynard and the Discards, the first thing he does is immediately and decisively remove Drummond Rane from play, recognizing him as the biggest threat.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Reynard assumed the fall from Lang's compound killed him. He was very wrong. So the next time they clash, he sends several of his thugs after the retreating and critically injured Felix just to make sure.
  • No-Sell: The Vixens' paralyzing massages have no effect on him.
    "I don't believe in relaxation."
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on one against not just Reynard, but the entire Wilde family.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Compared to his younger brother, he has a rather extensive vocabulary, to say the least.
  • Taking the Bullet: Does so for Lady Lang. Not that it saves her.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Dutifully refers to Lady Lang as just "Miss Lang", despite her requests for him to call her "Mother." He finally does so...when Taking the Bullet for her.

Timber

One of Junior's gang members who ends up hanging around with the cops after inadvertently being left behind.


  • Guest-Star Party Member: To Judy's team during the Lang Family arc.
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed. He's the only member of the Lang Family who cooperates at all with the ZPD's investigation, but even this takes some convincing and he doesn't seem interested in actually changing his ways once all is said and done.

Fast Tony

One of the Lang Family's lesser-liked sons. Fast Tony is a "messenger" for the family who is obnoxious, cowardly, and makes it no secret that he would much rather be alpha himself.


  • Dirty Coward: Completely sits out of the bar fight in Chapter 13, making excuses not to participate, refusing to come to the aid of his superior, Felix, and in fact rooting for his demise. Becomes all the more blatant once he's added to the Discards.
  • Fauxdian Slip: Makes a few of these during his first appearance, immediately making clear his stance on the rest of the pack.
    "Go get 'em, Dumbass-I mean, Felix!"
  • Miles Gloriosus: A fast-talking, boastful member of the Lang Family that, contrary to the rest, is all bark and no bite. It comes of no surprise, as he was all too eager to join the Count, and become his top enforcer among the Langs.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Technically the second among the Lang Family to wear them, but he wears a pair of track sneakers to match the rest of his outfit. Even when he puts on one of the Count's suits, he keeps his shoes and headband.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: He doesn't exactly get the respect he wanted from selling out the Lang Family to become their new alpha. Now the pack has gone from merely hating him to actively wanting him dead, and Reynard himself quickly gets sick of him to the point of sending him on a blatant Suicide Mission.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempted repeatedly after he gets conscripted to the Discards. He eventually succeeds, only to run right into Felix.
  • The Starscream: Is not-at-all subtle about his desire to be the new alpha. He actually succeeds too, albeit through no merit of his own.
  • Suicide Mission: Reynard makes very little effort to hide that putting him on the Discards is mainly just to get rid of him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He is last seen running into Felix at the end of Chapter 28. In 29, Felix appears again, but Tony doesn't. No one asks what happened to him, but given their relationship, it likely wasn't anything pretty.

Danger Dan

The host of "Danger Dan's Destruction Derby of Danger!" who commentates the biker duels that take place there.


    Sandcat Sanchez 
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The Tone-Deaf Tabby

"I must sing for you a song of troping."

The crime lord of Sahara Square. Sanchez is a casino owner and fight promoter who runs an underground Lucha Libre ring. He is indirectly responsible for Carla becoming a cop and the less-than-moral actions she had to take to get there.


  • Alliterative Name: Sandcat Sanchez.
  • Arc Villain: Of the Sanchez arc, being perhaps the most actively villainous crime lord in the story outside of Reynard himself.
  • Asshole Victim: Of all the newly introduced crime lords, he's the one you’re least likely to shed a tear over when he kicks the bucket. His role in crippling Carla's partner and his clear lack of remorse over it makes it pretty hard to feel bad for him.
  • Berserk Button: Insulting his music, or even worse, breaking his violin.
  • Catchphrase: "I must sing for you a song of X."
  • Cats Are Mean: A sleazy, malevolent sand cat.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Sanchez has a penchant for making dry quips about things he finds to be foolish.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He is mentioned briefly in Chapter 2 long before his introduction.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: As a kitten. This translated into his horrid singing as an adult.
  • Death by Irony: Killed with his own weapon in an illegal wrestling match rigged against him. It was almost with his own instrument too, but Carla let him off easy.
  • Enemy Mine: Attempts to get ahead of Reynard's plans to kill him by allying himself with the ZPD for protection. Doesn't exactly help when one of the very officers assigned to do so is The Mole.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His love of singing is implied to have come from his mother, who sang to him as a kitten to calm him down.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He's a mariachi-themed crime lord who constantly, and loudly, sings about his feelings.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He tries to put on a veneer of a polite, romanticizing gentlemammal, but shows his true colors as soon as someone gets in his way.
  • Freudian Excuse: Defied. He implies that he became a crime lord due to critics constantly disparaging his singing, but when Jimmy guesses this, he is confused and says that he became a crime lord because he's cruel, greedy, and selfish.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Only his own gang thinks he's a talented singer. Everyone else finds his singing annoying at best and grating at worst. Notably, he broke up with Piper because she actually is a good singer.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "Life is not a comic book! Now sit back and watch my masked friend in tights save the day."
  • Iconic Item: His violin. He is very displeased when Carla breaks it, but he does have a backup.
  • Mister Big: He's a diminutive feline usually flanked by much larger minions.
  • Nice Hat: The sombrero in his portrait shown above.
  • Running Gag: Announcing that he's going to sing a song about something, and then doing so. This usually comes completely out of nowhere.
  • Villainous Breakdown: "I must sing for you a song of unyielding rage." Followed by a long string of caterwauling at the top of his lungs.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's a screaming infant in Drabble 10, which would put him in his early 20's in the main story.

El Orgullo

Sanchez's personal bodyguard and champion luchador. He is the one responsible for crippling Priscilla in the ring on Sanchez's orders, which gives both her and Carla a major beef to pick with him. Plays the trumpet in Sanchez's band.


  • Badass Boast: Gives one before his wrestling match against Carla.
    "I AM THE PRIDE OF THE PRIDELANDS! I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA AND I'M NOT EVEN A WOLF! I... AM EL ORGULLO... AND I...AM GOING...TO MAUL! YOUR! FAAAAAAAAACE!"
  • Boisterous Weakling: For all of his boasting and impressive showmanship, Carla and Priscilla both whup him pretty easily in the ring, despite the latter being crippled. Lampshaded as the commentators point out that his name is "The Pride" not "The Talent."
  • Evil Is Hammy: If his incessant bellowing in the ring is of any indication. Made more jarring by the fact that he was The Voiceless until that point.
  • Masked Luchador: One of the Sanchez's most prominent.
  • Meaningful Name: "The Pride," on two levels.
  • No Indoor Voice: Fitting for a lion wrestler, he roars his sentences.
  • The Voiceless: Played with. Serves as a strong, silent bodyguard to Sanchez up until the moment he steps into the ring. Then it's completely thrown out the window.
  • Third-Person Person: His wrestler persona talks entirely in third person about himself, with the exception of his Badass Boast where he briefly uses first person.
  • The Worf Effect: Drummond Rane literally turns him into a crater when he makes the mistake of badmouthing him.

Gomez

Sanchez's head of security, who makes a valiant (failed) effort to stop Nick and Reynard at the Palms Hotel. Plays the maracas in Sanchez's band.


Piper Piedmont

Sanchez's girlfriend, until he dumped her for being more musically-talented than him. She also happens to be a skilled assassin and later a member of the Discards.


  • Brown Note: Not as extreme as other examples, but her flute can produce notes so high-pitched that they instantly cripple any canine in the vicinity.
  • Contrived Coincidence: She is a musically-themed assassin who just so happens to have a spot pattern made up of musical notes. The narrative itself calls it "impossibly-contrived" when describing her.
  • Blow Gun: Can use her recorder as one.
  • Evil Is Hammy: She speaks in a flamboyant, posh manner, and treats contract killing as if it were a concert recital.
  • Instrument of Murder: She uses a variety of musical instruments containing deadly, built-in weapons.
  • Panthera Awesome: A cheetah assassin with an assortment of musical weapons.
  • Poisoned Weapons: Par for the course from an assassin. Her darts are poisonous enough to melt through wood.
  • Professional Killer: Her main occupation.
  • Red Baron: When on the job, she goes by the alias "Melodía."
  • Super Speed: Exaggerated with her being a cheetah. Judy notes that she's actually faster than her.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: Lampshades this when Judy complains that her corrosive darts are overkill.
    "Then it's a good thing my managers only care about underkill."
  • Villainous Breakdown: Quickly loses her cool as Felix keeps destroying her Instruments of Murder one after another.
    "STOP BREAKING MY SHIT!"
  • Woman Scorned: She is clearly not over Sanchez dumping her. It's probably in his best interest that he's already dead by the time she shows up.

    Piers Narwhalter 
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The Conspiracy-Cracking Cetacean

"(narwhal noises)"

The crime lord of the Docks. Narwhalter is an information broker who runs a vast underwater network of spies.


  • Animal Talk: Speaks in actual narwhal vocalizations, which is only understood by his followers and requires an interpreter to translate for others.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Among other things, he believes that predators are secretly plotting to cannibalize marine mammals just because they happen to like seafood. Yes, really.
  • Death Seeker: Implied by his brief appearance at the end of 27.
  • Fantastic Racism: He despises predators - believing that their appetite for seafood means they would eat marine mammals.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: His fellow crime lords don't much care for him, which probably has something to do with his abrasive attitude and the whole "thinks they all want to eat him" thing.
  • Hypocrite: Chastises terrestrial predatory mammals, despite being a predatory mammal himself.
  • The Paranoiac: A Conspiracy Theorist who lives underwater in solitude, generally distrusts everyone except his inner circle, acts like a complete Jerkass to those he distrusts, and it's implied that he would have no problem silencing his own allies to protect himself.

Dolphonics

Mr. Narwhalter's personal interpreter, translating his marine tongue for others to understand. Perhaps too well at times.


  • Devious Dolphins: A villainous dolphin that works for Narwhalter.
  • The Dragon: Narwhalter's, more or less by necessity given his job.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Is stated to wear spectacles and is Narwhalter's right-fin mammal.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Goes out of his way to translate Narwhalter's tone as well as his words, making sure listeners understand, for instance, how much he hates talking to them.

Captain Sam Smokey

An old and mischievous sea captain working as an associate of Narwhalter's.


  • The Alleged Car: A nautical version with his tugboat: the S.S. Blowhole. It is noted by the cops to be in extremely poor condition, to the point of wondering how it's still moving. Turns out the answer is a giant whale ferrying it from underneath.
  • The Atoner: As a result of guilt over his past crimes, he seeks to help others and dials down his former violence to harmless pranks.
  • Banana Peel: Trips Chief Bogo with one.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's an odd combination of a jaded sea captain and a playful prankster.
  • Fantastic Racism: Seems to share Narwhalter's paranoid beliefs about predators, at least in part, and outright states that he hates foxes. He lightens up pretty quickly once Nick earns his favor.
  • Father Neptune: He is a stereotypical old sea captain with a pipe and a Seadog Beard (which may be fake).
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Attempted with a hidden joy buzzer, but Nick catches him before he can use it on Jimmy.
  • Karma Houdini: Chief Bogo considers him one for turning over a new leaf without actually facing justice for his crimes.
  • Mad Bomber: His former job under Narwhalter.
  • The Prankster: He engages in several juvenile pranks as means of defense, including pantsing, banana peels, and a joy buzzer.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Seems to have quite a few urban legends surrounding him, as even Nick isn't sure he actually exists until they find him.
  • Sweet Seal: Very much inverted at first, but he soon shows that he isn't such a bad guy after helping out the officers instead of using the chance to escape.

Bella Bleu

Smokey's best friend and means of transport.


  • Alliterative Name: Bella Bleu.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Emphasis on big. She wakes up in the nick of time to save the cops and Smokey from Reynard.
  • Crash-Into Hello: She met Smokey when he crashed his tugboat into her back. Played somewhat more seriously than most examples as this greatly injured her and required days of treatment to heal. On the bright side, they've been inseparable ever since.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Has a bad habit of falling asleep at really inopportune times, which prevents her from bailing the cops out against Reynard's forces until Smokey wakes her up. Later lampshaded when the cops are forced to leave her behind and expect to be immediately ambushed, which they thankfully aren't.
  • Giant Woman: As a blue whale, she is by far the largest character in the story.
  • Gratuitous French: Speaks in a high-pitched French accent and phrases. Her surname is also French for "blue."
  • Making a Splash: A literal and mundane version. Being as large as she is, she can effectively weaponize water, making massive waves with a splash of her tail powerful enough to bowl over Reynard and the Discards.
  • Swallowed Whole: When the Sea Train is no longer an option, the cops are forced to get to Narwhalter's sanctum by letting Bella carry them there...in her mouth.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Implied to have a high-register voice, despite her sheer enormity; this is partly Truth in Television, given how high-pitched whale sounds can get.

     Vladzotz Fangpyre 
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The Barbaric Bat Baron

"I thank you all for welcoming me into the fold with this conference of the Zootopian crime lords. I may not have been a part of this for very long, but if I didn't know any better, I'd almost feel as if my inclusion were planned from the very beginning. Almost."

The crime lord of the Nocturnal District. He once ran a vast criminal empire literally beneath the surface of Zootopia, until it went up in flames along with him.


  • Bat Out of Hell: He was a crime lord, and if anything like his original version, a definite example.
  • The Cameo: From fellow Zootopia fic When Instinct Falls, which makes extensive use of Lucy Sang as Vlad’s crime partner and mate.
  • Classical Movie Vampire: Dark, mysterious, and lives in an equally dark and mysterious mansion. Also very well-dressed.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: His apparent demise at the height of his power caused the entire Nocturnal District to get sucked into one. As Lucy describes it, the place is less of a crime haven and more of a crime clusterfuck now. Such chaos speaks for the amount of power he had.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Despite appearing charming and polite on the surface, he harbors a deep cruelty that he expresses through his power as a mob boss.
  • Horror Hunger: Aside from draining the blood of his enemies as a method of execution, he also demands weekly payments of blood from his own henchmammals.
  • Lack of Empathy: Views killing as just another part of the job. He even bottles and sells the blood of his victims.
  • Laughably Evil: Despite being as sinister as he is, he has quite a sense of humor, as evidenced by the beginning of the crime lord meeting.
  • Posthumous Character: Unlike the rest of the crime lords, he is presumed dead before the story even began, and was never replaced either, which is why Reynard doesn't even bother mentioning him until late. He makes his first living appearance in Drabble 10.
  • Remember the New Guy?: There was no indication of Vlad being in this story or there being more than five crime lords until Lucy and Reynard separately bring it up in Chapter 27. Then he shows up in Drabble 10 right alongside the rest, twenty years prior. His above quote lampshades this.
  • Transplant: He was one of the main crime lords of Zootopia in When Instinct Falls, and he's one of the main crime lords of Zootopia in Born to Be Wilde, the only one (besides Mr. Big) shared between the two stories.
  • Wicked Cultured: Enjoys music and art, and treats his guests to wine. His sophistication does little to hide his cruelty though.

Other Characters

    Mr. Big Arc 

Finnick

Nick's former partner in crime. He joined up with the Outback mob to make ends meet after Nick left him behind. Nick being forced to arrest him for this put a serious strain on their relationship, and after his immediate failure to get him out, he joins Reynard instead.


  • Boxed Crook: How Reynard got to him. With Nick continuously getting side-tracked on helping him out of jail, Finnick finally agreed to join up with the Count in order to escape.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He eventually gets so desperate and fed up with waiting for help from Nick that he too chooses to join the Count. His heart isn't fully in it though.
  • Sixth Ranger: Joins Reynard's gang after it's already been well-established and isn't quite as committed to the cause as the rest.
    • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Implied to be this starting in Chapter 25, taking steps to manipulate and get close to Koslov.
  • Unfortunate Name: His real name is revealed to be Finnegan Chamberlain. It's no surprise he hates being called that.

Kristy Elkwood

A hapless young lady who has the unfortunate distinction of being the one to find Mr. Big's body...and that's about it.


  • The Everyman: Being an "average citizen" is pretty much her sole character trait. It suits her well for her very limited role.
  • Flat Character: Is outright stated to have no other purpose than to be the one who finds the body in a crime drama.

Fru Fru

Mr. Big's daughter, who takes the news of his passing very...aggressively.


  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Fittingly for the daughter of a mob boss, she more or less forces Judy to catch the mammal responsible for Mr. Big's murder.
  • Avenging the Villain: While Mr. Big was pretty cordial in the movie, he was still very much a criminal, and Fru Fru demands that Judy avenge his death.
  • Call-Back: While Fru Fru herself doesn't return, her promise from Judy comes back in a big way over twenty chapters after the fact.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Averted. Fru Fru makes it clear to Judy that she has no intention of taking over Big's empire, content to retire to Little Rodentia with her family.

    Thornbrush Arc 

Officer Baggins & Officer Barnum

A pair of none-too-bright officers from Precinct 5. They interrogate the gang after their arrest in Dream Time.


  • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: As representatives of Precinct 5 as a whole, they don't make a good first impression, blatantly twisting and misinterpreting the statements of their prisoners to make them all sound like lunatics.
  • Police are Useless: Not only do they show up too late into the arc to actually help at all, they become a direct hindrance to the group's attempts to leave Outback Island.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A bilby and a numbat, two marsupials hardly ever seen in media.
  • Shout-Out: Baggins the bilby is a reference to Bilbo Baggins.

Chief Devlin Bushfire

The chief of Precinct 5. He has a major bone to pick with the Precinct 1 "outsiders" under his custody.


  • Da Chief: A particularly hard-headed example. He is outright antagonistic towards other cops just for not being his cops.
  • Dirty Cop: He plays hard and loose with detainment protocols, keeping the gang locked up for little reason except to make a point
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: He's pretty adamant about keeping Precinct 1 locked up for as long as he can, but all it takes is one phone call from Reynard to change his mind.

    Lang Family Arc 

Major Ursula Friedkin

The main instructor at the Zootopia Police Academy. She has only appeared in flashbacks, giving advice to Jimmy and Carla.


  • Catchphrase: Still has "You're dead!" from the movie.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Her first name, Ursula, means she-bear.
  • Tough Love: She genuinely cares about the students under her guidance and her very aggressive teaching style is meant to weed out those who aren't ready for the force. She shows this softer side to Jimmy, encouraging him to find a real purpose to fight for, and to Carla, terminating her application because she feels that she is too temperamental and focused on revenge to be a stable officer.

Steven Stinkman & Billy Silva

A skunk reporter and a silver fox tour guide who later becomes his cameramammal. There is more to them than meets the eye.


  • Author Avatar: The zoosonas of Berserker88 and Mind Jack respectively.
  • Creator Cameo: They make a cameo appearance at the end of Chapter 15, reporting on the events of the story and Leaning on the Fourth Wall a bit in the process. They make a second appearance in Chapter 24.
  • Filler: What their first appearance boils down to. Subverted with their second appearance.
  • Large Ham: Both of them. Hardly surprising considering who they're based on.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: They constantly say things that make sense in-universe, but are clearly references to the story itself.
  • Pungeon Master: Steven habitually talks in scent-related puns.
  • Smelly Skunk: Steven, even accidentally skunking out his old cameramammal.

    Sanchez Arc 

"Inner Reynard"

The other side of Nick's inner voice, taking on Reynard's form to tempt and taunt him during the Sanchez arc.


  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Purely a verbal battle, but Nick gets into quite the heated argument with him at the end of 21.
  • The Bus Came Back: Nick kicked him out of his mind in Chapter 21, but calls upon him again in 27 to interrogate him on what the real Reynard is planning. It's just as trippy as it sounds.
  • Enemy Within: As if the real Reynard wasn't enough to deal with, a part of him lurks inside of Nick's mind too.
  • Shadow Archetype: Represents the part of Nick that's afraid of what his father is capable of, and is tempted by his offers of power and camaraderie.
  • Split Personality: Is one to Nick's usual Inner Monologue.

Samuel D. Burmowitz

A feline lawyer that Finnick hires to represent him in court. He shows up to visit him in jail at the worst possible time.


  • The Cameo: He comes from BvB: Butting Heads, another Zootopia fanfic created by President Stalkeyes. This is also where Finnick's real name, Finnegan Chamberlain, comes from.
  • Noodle Incident: Nick is implied to have encountered him in the past, but this isn't elaborated on. Not in this fic anyway.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A Siamese cat. Domestic species are rarely seen in Zootopia fanon at all and debated to even exist in some circles.

Mayor Renato Manchas

A former limo driver for Mr. Big, who has moved quite a bit up in the world since then, revealed to be the new mayor of Zootopia.


  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He is nothing but open and honest to Judy when she needs his help, offering her advice and fair warning about Happytown, but trusting that she can handle it and sending her on her way.
  • Vote Early, Vote Often: It's implied that his election may not have been entirely legitimate, given his known mob connections. But no one seems to take much issue with it either. It helps that, by all rights, he seems to be much less corrupt than Lionheart.

Sunny “Lucky” Lapinson

The new assistant mayor under Manchas, and a plucky bunny who may or may not have a thing for Judy.


Priscilla Rodentriguez

Carla's best friend in the Rodentriguez household, who later became her wrestling partner and life partner.


  • A Day in the Limelight: Drabble 3 features her as one of the main characters along with Carla, showing how they came to be together.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She has known Carla since she was first taken in by the Rodentriguez family as a cub, and they gradually fell in love as they bonded over their shared interests.
  • Handicapped Badass: Is incredibly strong for a wheelchair-bound rat. Being a former luchador helps.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Yes, her relationship with Carla is implied to be sexual. No, it isn't explained exactly how this works, and that's probably for the best.
  • Masked Luchador: Formerly a regular in the ring until her crippling, going by the name "La Niñita."
  • One Steve Limit: Averted as she shares her first name with a sloth from the original film.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She may be a rat, but she easily beats up an arctic fox several times her size and later wins a wrestling match against an enormous lion.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Almost literally. Carla really should've been more clear when introducing Jimmy to her as her "partner."
  • Yandere: Shows shades of this, beating up and nearly castrating Jimmy Frost when she believes he's Carla's new romantic partner.
    "DIE, HOMEWRECKER!"

Elizabeth Rodentriguez

The matriarch of the Rodentriguez household. She is as tough as someone raising a few dozen rats and Carla would have to be.


  • Almighty Mom: She doesn't take shit from anyone, be it Carla, Priscilla, or even Sandcat Sanchez.
  • Apron Matron: She rules the household with an iron ladle, commanding the rats like a general would a very tiny army.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Let's just say it's easy to see where Priscilla gets it from.
  • Tough Love: Has no problem smacking around her children with a ladle to get her point across, including the much larger Carla.

Marian Wilde

Nick's biological mother. This old vixen has lived alone in Happytown for many years ever since losing both her husband and son. It's only when Judy comes literally knocking on her door that she begins to feel hope again. And she still does, despite...consequences.


  • Ascended Extra: She got all of one voiceless appearance in the movie itself. This fic greatly expands her role, though not to the extent of her ex-husband.
  • Ms. Exposition: Her main role when she first appears is to help provide all the backstory about Nick's childhood and her relationship with John that Judy (and the reader) really needs to know. As soon as she's done, she is shot by Felix, but unlike most examples, actually pulls through and recovers.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Subverted. She is mortally wounded almost immediately after her introduction to show the consequences of Reynard's actions and how high the stakes have become. But despite a few close calls, she ultimaely survives.
  • Shipper on Deck: She is very unsubtly a WildeHopps shipper, making repeated comments about how perfect they are for each other that sail right over Judy's head.
  • Shout-Out: She shares her name with another Disney fox, Maid Marian. To drive the reference home, she lives in "Sherwood Apartments".
  • The Shut-In: Is implied to have become this after losing the rest of her family.

Mrs. Pong

An old panda and owner of "Mrs. Pong's Noodles," a Pandese restaurant on the 9th floor of the Grand Palms Hotel.


  • Acrofatic: Comes with being a panda. Despite her girth, she easily overpowers both Wildes and sends them fleeing in terror.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: A wok actually, but it fits the bill.
  • National Animal Stereotypes: A Chinese ("Pandese") panda owning a noodle shop.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Her reaction to someone starting a kung fu battle in her restaurant, as well as her waitress's reaction to someone asking her to play Kung Fu Fighting.
  • Shout-Out: She and her restaurant are one to the Kung Fu Panda franchise, which both authors have written for as well.
  • Wok Fu: Her restaurant is just asking for it, and it has apparently happened more than once. Bonus points for playing Kung Fu Fighting and her actually wielding a wok.

Kyle VanDal

A talented prosecutor from Savannah Central who mysteriously goes missing prior to the events of the story. He ends up becoming the main motivator for his father, Simon, to get very involved in trying to find him.


  • Action Survivor: He's managed to survive the Belfry for over a week using nothing but his wits and his snark.
  • Adorkable: His child self at least is a geeky, cute kit who pokes fun at his father and likes to pretend he's already a hotshot prosecutor. His adult self is more serious, but still shows some of that dorky side from time to time.
  • Born Unlucky: His life has been a long chain of misfortune, but he's mostly shrugged it off.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He constantly antagonizes Lucy, despite knowing that she can literally kill him with the press of a button. He explains that he does this because if she did kill him, she would be admitting to her audience that she couldn't beat him.
  • Cutting the Knot: Completely cheeses the military wing challenge by skipping the actual puzzle and determining which gun to fire based purely on narrative likelihood. He tries to pull a similar stunt in the next wing, but Lucy is having none of it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He is more than prone to making dry quips. It's hardly a surprise, given who his parents are.
  • Distressed Dude: He's thus far spent the entirety of the main story kidnapped.
  • Handicapped Badass: To a much lesser degree than his father, but he walks with a noticeable limp and needs a cane.
  • Insufferable Genius: Occasionally comes off as one, but mainly to Lucy, so Carla is okay with it.
  • Madeof Iron: He has been through a lot, from being run over multiple times, to breaking his arms and legs, to being stuck by a meteorite, but has somehow survived it all with little more than a persistent limp.
  • Morality Pet: Simon's. He makes it clear in his fight with Judy that while he considers himself a monster, everything he does is to ensure that Kyle grows up into someone better.
  • Nerd Glasses: Sports a spiffy pair of gold-rimmed glasses. Surprisingly, they got through the Belfry mostly-unscathed.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: It takes a while for him to even make a physical appearance in the main story, yet it's because of his abduction that Reynard is able to recruit Simon and get him to kill Mr. Big, thus setting everything in motion.
  • Tomato Surprise: The missing prosecutor who's been mentioned since the very first chapter is a raccoon named Kyle VanDal. Pretty much all of the main characters knew this from the beginning, being cops and all, but never bothered to mention it because it wasn't relevant to their current case up until it was.

Karen VanDal

An IA agent who grills Nick about his involvement with Count Reynard, but in reality, has a much more personal agenda. She is Simon's wife, Kyle's father, and a former Delta Fox.


  • A Day in the Limelight: Like Simon, Drabble 4 also fleshes out her personality a bit and shows the beginnings of their serious relationship.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: She is often abrasive and ill-tempered towards her husband (not always without reason, mind you), but does occasionally show genuine loving affection towards him that he gladly reciprocates.
  • Batman Gambit: She deliberately acts suspicious during her interrogation of Nick so that he and Bogo would be inclined to investigate her, discover her connection to Simon, discover information on Simon, and use that information to catch him. She didn't anticipate Simon deciding to hold up the ZPD shortly thereafter, but she managed to make it work.
  • Catchphrase: "Shut up." She even refers to it as such.
  • The Chessmaster: As Judy comes to realize, Karen played the ZPD and Simon for the purpose of capturing the latter.
  • In the Back: Shoots Simon like this with a tranq to finally take him down.
  • Mission Control: Serves as this for Simon in Drabble 4.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: She plays up a paranoid and irrational demeanor while interrogating Nick to make him more suspicious of her.
  • Same Surname Means Related: A raccoon IA officer who shares a surname with the Count's hitmammal, Simon VanDal. Naturally, they turn out to be married.
  • Tsundere: Tsun to basically everyone who isn't Simon, Tsun mostly to Simon as well, but when he's in serious trouble or showing vulnerability, you can expect her to show her Dere side.

Danny

A "professional actor and body double" who is hired to impersonate Sandcat Sanchez on the real Sanchez's behalf.


  • Everyone Has Standards: He's fine with impersonating Sanchez's lousy singing, saying it doesn't take much effort, but he draws the line at putting on his smelly cologne. Unfortunately, this is what gives himself away to Reynard.
  • Master Actor: As per his profession.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is a reference to the famous tanuki, Danzaburo.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a baseball cap adorned with a leaf symbol, another reference to mythical tanuki.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: As soon as he gets his payment, he books it, not wanting to get involved with the shitstorm going on above.
  • Spotting the Thread: His Sanchez disguise is almost flawless, and even fooled Reynard for a bit. He was exposed only because Reynard noticed he wasn't wearing the cologne he heard Carla complain about earlier.
  • Tanuki: He disguises himself as other animals for money, in reference to the shapeshifting ability of the tanuki in Japanese mythology.

Irwin “The Devil” Devin & Michael Vole

A pair of commentators who are brought in to oversee Carla's challenge of El Orgullo.


  • Combat Commentator: Their profession, commentating on the two-on-two lucha match in Chapter 23.
  • Distressed Dudes: Upon returning to the abandoned ring in Chapter 25, they are swarmed en masse by the Rodentriguez family and dragged under the ring, their current fate unknown.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: As soon as things start going south after the match, they both take off. For their sake, they really should've stayed gone.

    Narwhalter Arc 

Eric Badge & Delilah O'Possum

A pair of budding defense attorneys hired by Karen to help Simon out of legal trouble. Their connection to the VanDal family goes back significantly further however.


  • Childhood Friends: Of Kyle.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Delilah is a bit out there, especially as a kit.
  • Drama Queen: Young Eric is explicitly described as one, bursting into tears at the smallest slight.
  • Playing Possum: Delilah, as an actual possum, does this when shocked.
  • Shout-Out: Both to the Ace Attorney franchise in general, and to the authors' upcoming crossover fic, Badge & Delilah: Ace Attorneys. Their appearance in Drabble 8 even has them undertaking a mock trial in the style of the games.

Grunt

Lucy Sang's main minion and chief enforcer in the Belfry.


  • The Brute: Very much seems to be the brawn to Lucy's brains.
  • Cruel Elephant: An elephant who works for Lucy can't be anything but.
  • The Dragon: Appears to be Lucy's.
  • Gas Mask Mook: Prominently wears one, but it hasn't served much purpose thus far. To be fair, Harvey and a skunked Carla were in the same room during his first appearance.
  • Giant Mook: The biggest land-dwelling servant Lucy could ask for.
  • The Voiceless: Does not speak a word, presumably the origin of his name.

Dave

A mechanical shark Lucy sics on Carla and Harvey during the second challenge.


Jack Savage

A Delta Fox spy who also happens to play a spy on the big screen.


  • Becoming the Mask: Karen accuses him of perhaps enjoying his cover as a famous actor a little too much. He doesn't deny it.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Is mentioned a few times as an in-universe action hero long before he is revealed to be an actual Delta Fox operative.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: No would expect a famous actor who plays a spy to actually be a spy.
  • Mythology Gag: One of the old premises for Zootopia starred Jack as a secret agent. He also mentions his wife, who is implied to be Skye (aka "White Fox") from Drabble 4.
  • Spy Speak: Insists on using this to verify Karen's identity, to her annoyance.

The Junior Ranger Scouts

Nick's old bullies from his childhood days. That didn't end well for them.


  • Death by Irony: Reynard kills them in one of their own scout buses, and muzzles them just like they did to Nick.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Unfortunately for them, Reynard was crueler.
  • Kill It with Fire: Reynard's method of dealing with them.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Their petty act of childhood cruelty ended up causing serious problems for both the Wilde family and Zootopia at large.

Drabble Characters

    Frederich & Ariana Dire 

The biological parents of the Dire brothers. Not winning Mother or Father of the Year anytime soon.


  • Abusive Parents: To the point of beating their own children - in stark contrast to their adoptive mother, Lady Lang. Fittingly, Lang herself is the one who offed them.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: They are reduced to sniveling for mercy when Lady Lang comes knocking at their door.
  • Dirty Coward: They take out their rage on their inferior children, yet they're reduced to sniveling heaps when the Lang Family arrives.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Their presence makes Drabble 2 quite a lot darker than the usual tone of the other drabbles, or the main story for that matter.
  • Skull Cups: Their final fate, mere decorations on their sons' bikes. Not that they didn't deserve it.

    Compact Cobra 

An elite mercenary of the Sauriat Union. He has crossed blades with Simon several times in the past.


  • Alliterative Name: Compact Cobra.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: He can attach both a knife and a gun to the end of his tail to attack with.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Simon finishes him.
  • Final Speech: Attempted, but Simon is having none of it.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Unsurprisingly, Simon first discovers him hiding inside a cardboard box. He sees through it instantly, which isn't so bad until Cobra starts arguing with him about how effective his disguise is while still insisting that he's hidden.
  • Red Herring: He bites Simon in his left leg at the end of their fight, making it look like he's the culprit behind his missing limb. But then Simon uses his antivenom.
  • The Rival: Is implied to have been Simon's for most of the Cold-Blooded War. Simon finally ends that rivalry in Drabble 4.
  • Shout-Out: He is basically Solid Snake as an actual snake. His design, mannerisms, and name all make it abundantly clear.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He is fatally, and ironically, weak against obnoxious text formatting. Simon defeats him by being bold.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Simon one. Simon actually seems to return the sentiment somewhat, bringing him back to fight again and again in his dreams. Albeit without the ability to speak.

    Gideon Grey 

Yes, the same humble bully-turned-baker from the movie. His new business is prospering and he is getting along with everyone in town, until he meets a strange vixen.


  • A Day in the Limelight: After not appearing in the main fic at all outside of a few mentions, he is one of the main characters of Drabble 5.
  • Alliterative Name: Gideon Grey.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Calls his shop "Gideon Grey's Real Good Baked Stuff".
  • Nice Guy: One of the most polite and passive characters in both the movie and story, even though he used to be a bully.
  • Simpleton Voice: Speaks with a thick drawl and stutters a lot.
  • Supreme Chef: Described as one of the top pastry chefs in the Tri-Burrows. He's so good that other counties want him, even if it's for nefarious purposes.

    Vexey Wilde 
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The Forgotten Fox Femme

"It's not a phase, Dad! You just don't understand me!"

The disgruntled adopted daughter of Count Reynard, which also makes her Nick's adopted sister. Vexey was a bit of a failed experiment in finding an heir for Reynard, a fact she is well aware of and deeply resents.


  • Berserk Button: She flips out at the mere mention of blueberries, which just so happen to be Nick's Trademark Favorite Food.
    • She also doesn't like talking about her father, especially in terms of what he would do instead of her.
  • Big Bad: Is confirmed to be this for her own arc that spans across Born to Be Drabbles, essentially making her this to Drabbles itself.
  • Character Name Alias: Is occasionally referred to as "Lady Reynard", in a similar vein to her father.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: She...isn't. Any attempt she makes at being sly and cunning is embarrassing at best and a detriment at worst. In particular, her attempt at coercing Gideon into relocating to Foxden only gets as far as it does because Gideon is just that polite.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: She is Count Reynard's daughter, but while she very much seems to want this role, she knows that she'll always be overshadowed by Nick.
  • The Dark Chick: Quite literally considering her attitude and choice of clothing, along with being a major female antagonist.
  • Failed a Spot Check: She leaves Gideon a $100 bill (for a free pie) that she thought was only $10.
  • Goth: Her main style of dress, though she generally doesn't match most of the stereotypes aside from being a bit (understandably) angtsy about her father's neglect.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: She really is a complete screw-up when it comes to being Cunning Like a Fox, which makes it hard not to feel sorry for her when she keeps trying and failing at it anyway.
  • Overarching Villain: Of Born to Be Drabbles.
  • Parental Issues: Saying she has a dysfunctional family is putting it lightly.
  • Spoiled Brat: Expects Up and Down to do pretty much everything for her, including rubbing her feet. Not that this is any surprise considering who her father is.
  • The Starscream: Is quick to start plotting against her father as soon as Up and Down give her the idea.
  • Throwing the Distraction: She falls for this, telling Up & Down to immediately investigate the strange noise despite their warnings that it's probably someone trying to distract them, then leaves her own post while complaining about their lack of vigilance.
  • The Unfavorite: Reynard makes it pretty clear which of his children is the priority when he ditches Vexey in Foxden in order to go make Nick his heir instead. She doesn't take it well.

    Up & Down 

A pair of corsac fox brothers who serve as Vexey's main stooges.


  • Cool Shades: They each sport a pair.
  • Dual Boss: They both fight Lucy at once, knowing each other's movements well enough to effectively double-team her without slicing each other.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Their Weapon of Choice.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Vexey doesn't remember their actual names, so she just calls them Up and Down, based on the way their ears are pointed.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Corsac foxes are relatively obscure to mainstream media.
  • The Starscream: They're actually the ones who gave the idea to Vexey, as they're sick of living under Reynard's rule and feel that they can relate to her more.
  • Sunglasses at Night: They are never seen without their shades, not even in Drabble 6, which takes place entirely at night.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Serve as a pair of these under Vexey.

     Monty Gosland 

A mongoose butler working part-time for Lucy.


  • Ambiguously Evil: On the one hand, nothing about him seems outwardly malicious. On the other hand, he casually brings Lucy a captive rat to drain and thinks nothing of it.
  • High-Class Glass: Prominently wears a monocle.

     Sideways 

A third brother to Up & Down, appearing in Drabble 6.


  • Cool Shades: Has a pair just like his brothers.
  • Electrified Bathtub: An electrified sink actually. Lucy kills him with a toaster inconveniently plugged in there, and Reynard later notes that he only put it there just to see if something like that would happen.
  • Overly Long Name: His real name is the ridiculous and vaguely Greek-sounding "Stylianmichalocolos." If his brothers follow the same convention, it's no wonder Vexey just goes with ear directions.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Also like his brothers, he has no problem wearing them at nighttime.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He is introduced as a third brother to Up & Down, but dies before getting to do much of anything.

     Ivar Obdenberg 

A muscular walrus from the Docks that ends up hanging out with Carla after beating her in an exhibition match.


  • Big Fun: Has a very loud and joyful personality, on top of being a huge guy in general.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Is described as having very bushy eyebrows and an equally bushy mustache, too.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He is very boastful, but considering he beat Carla in a wrestling match, it's well-deserved.
  • The Cameo: Another from When Instinct Falls.
  • Large Ham: He yells half of his words and seems to treat everything like some sort of honor duel.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: He continues to ask Carla about her past and treat her like a great hero, oblivious to how much this is hurting her, given that she's still The Mole at the time and very guilt-ridden over it.
  • Third-Person Person: Consistently refers to himself as "Ivar" when speaking.
  • Warm-Hearted Walrus: As a member of the species who is primarily shown as a jolly, affable guy, he definitely qualifies.

     Reina Quillivia 

The VanDals' hedgehog housekeeper.


  • Furry Reminder: Uses her quills as a personal shelf to carry rags around.
  • Kindly Housekeeper: Keeps the VanDal household neat and tidy, and seems rather friendly to boot.

     White Fox 

A Delta Fox agent captured by the Sauriat Union while investigating Metal Shell.


  • Badass in Distress: Is implied to have been a fairly accomplished agent before her capture. Karen disagrees.
  • Ms. Exposition: Her purpose is to fill Simon and Karen in on everything they need to know to destroy Metal Shell, which Simon completely glosses over in his retelling thanks to the impatient kits, and then she takes off.
  • Mythology Gag: Is all but outright stated to be Skye from the original script.
  • Noodle Incident: Karen really dislikes her for a completely unspecified reason.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never do find out if she actually escaped Outer Heatin'.

     Big Boa 

The commander of Outer Heatin' and the mastermind behind Metal Shell.


  • Alliterative Name: Big Boa.
  • Dropped A Giant Metal Tortoise On Him: Even the kits Simon is telling the story to think his defeat was anticlimactic.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He really hams up the one scene he's in.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He wouldn't be a Big Boss parody without one.
  • General Failure: He doesn't even get to use the impressive super weapon he's built before Simon destroys it. Lampshaded.
    Simon: It's not my fault the commander was an idiot too!
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Unlike the character he's based on, Big Boa doesn't seem to have much motive other than "destroy Zootopia". Then again, this is based on the original Metal Gear, where the actual Big Boss was much the same way.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Does just that before he's crushed to death by Metal Shell.
  • Shout-Out: Like Cobra before him, he is an obvious one to Metal Gear.

     Dr. Sigmund Stripeveil 

The head doctor of Muskam Asylum, a mental hospital specializing in patients with highly-developed scent glands and the issues those cause them.


  • Alliterative Name: Sigmund Stripeveil.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He willingly lets Reynard in to see Harvey. Somewhat justified as it's implied that he had faked legitimate credentials and Stripeveil has his suspicions about him even before the fox outright blackmails him.
  • Smelly Skunk: Averted, though they are among his clientele. "Dr. Foxgood" almost goads him into spraying, but stops him just as quickly by pointing out that it would go against the message of his practice.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The last we see of him, he's left fuming outside of Harvey's cell while Reynard goes inside. When he comes back out again, Stripeveil is gone and Lucy has taken his place. It isn't explained what happened to him, but also not hard to guess.

     Preston Thornbrush 

The former crime lord of Outback Island and Damien's father.


  • Child Hater: Complains repeatedly about Serena bringing her infant son to the crime lord meeting and also turns down John favor mainly because he doesn't want to have to put up with "a little fox brat" getting into his stash.
  • Cigar Chomper: Smokes a eucalyptus cigar just like his son.
  • Dramatic Irony: He's a Sharp-Dressed Man. His son and eventual successor is a naturalist.
  • Jerkass: Is generally unpleasant to be around, but his fellow crime lords seem to be mostly used to it.
  • Predecessor Villain: To Damien. Given his age, it's implied he kicked the bucket of natural causes sometime between Drabble 10 and the main story.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Is specifically described as "the cantankerous sort of elderly."
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Was a regular customer at Suitopia before it went under and was the one who gave John his loan for it in the first place.

     Sandcat Serena 

The former crime lord of Sahara Square and Sanchez's mother.


  • Cats Are Mean: Inverted. Unlike her son, she is easily the nicest crime lord in Drabble 10, to the point that she almost accepts John's favor right away until Sanchez's crying forces her to abandon the whole meeting altogether.
  • Dramatic Irony: Her soothing singing is implied to be where Sanchez picked up the habit, but his singing is...not so pleasant.
  • Masquerade Ball: Dresses in this fashion, complete with a partial sun mask.
  • Music Soothes the Savage Beast: The beast being her own infant son in this case. Sanchez's wailing resisting her singing becomes cause for panic.
  • Predecessor Villain: To Sanchez. She seems fairly young though, which does raise some question about what happened to her before the main story.

     Russ & Sprock 

A badger and raccoon duo that serve as Vlad's enforcers and bodyguards.


  • The Cameo: They followed their boss here from When Instinct Falls.
  • The Gadfly: Sprock. He plays a mean-spirited prank on all of the assembled crime lords by making them think they're drinking blood. It's implied that he's done this more than once.
  • The Quiet One: Russ. His only line in Drabble 10 is telling Sprock to shut up.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Serve this role under Vlad.
  • Worth It: Sprock, after being told to clean up the result of his aforementioned prank.


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