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Titular Character

    Jumbo Jr. "Dumbo" 
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Voiced by: Frank Welker (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Katie Leigh (Dumbo's Circus)

The titular protagonist with huge ears.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: All the other elephants ostracize Dumbo on the account of his large ears.
  • Bully Magnet: First Disney example. Dumbo is bullied and made fun of for his big ears by most people he meets, including a big-eared kid.
  • Butt-Monkey: One of the most notable examples from Disney and the whole point of the movie. This was clearly portrayed in a sad, cruel way.
  • Children Are Innocent: To the extreme, since he's so young. He doesn't even understand when others are laughing at him.
  • Cute Giant: As he's a baby elephant. He's small next to the adults but is still a very large animal.
  • Cute Mute: He can make an adorable trumpeting sound when he's happy, but he never says a word in the entire film; he just looks mournful or cheerful when appropriate.
  • Disappeared Dad:
    • Dumbo is named after him, and his mother sounds wistful when she reveals this, but that's the extent we know of him. If his father truly was the same Jumbo that was struck by a train in 1885 then Dumbo himself is technically a Dead Guy Junior as well as a hybrid elephant which might explain the big ears.
    • The cancelled Dumbo II confirms that Jumbo Sr. is dead and the early concept art depicts him as an African elephant meaning Dumbo is indeed a hybrid. However, the time gap between Jumbo's death in 1885 and Dumbo's birth in 1941 is too massive so it is more likely that Jumbo Sr. was an Expy of the real life Jumbo.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Near the end there's a scene where he finally takes revenge on his tormentors, including the clowns, the Ringmaster, and the mean elephants.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Through no fault of his own he is constantly mocked and ridiculed for his especially large ears, and deprived of his mother's company when she shields him from his tormentors. It isn't until the intervention of Timothy that Dumbo finally rises above the cruel treatment he is subjected to and finally earns the respect of the masses.
  • Ears as Hair: Before he tries to participate in the pachyderm pyramid trick, Dumbo's ears are tied above his head so he won't stumble on them. Guess what happens while he's running out to the spring board.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Dumbo. The other elephants call him this to mock him but it sticks and everyone ends up calling him that.
  • Flight: His ears which have been the source of jeers throughout the movie also allow him to fly when he flaps them. With this extraordinary power, Dumbo reaches stardom.
  • Hidden Depths: Besides the whole "ears as wings" deal, he's also pretty adept at exploiting Toon Physics in blowing bubbles. Given that he was doing it while drunk, though, this instance may edge into Idiot Savant territory.
  • Honorable Elephant: Dumbo is playful but never malicious.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: He has big baby-blue eyes.
  • Leitmotif: A whimsical little waltzy phrase, perhaps most easily heard during the bath scene.
  • Meaningful Name: The mute main character is nicknamed Dumbo. Dumb used to mean "unable to speak."
  • Nice Hat: His yellow clown hat.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His name is actually Jumbo Jr.
  • Protagonist Title: He's the main character and the movie is named after him.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: A cute little elephant with Innocent Blue Eyes.
  • The Speechless: An example of a mute protagonist, which is justified because he's a baby. It helps that he's particularly expressive and has a talkative friend.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In Dumbo's Circus.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His incident on the springboard during the formation of the pachyderm pyramid. It proves to be a harrowing accident for all the elephants involved and leads to the destruction of the circus tent, and poor Dumbo never meant for any of it to happen.
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Allies

    Timothy Q. Mouse 
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Voiced by: Edward Brophy, Corey Burton (House of Mouse), Chris Edgerly (Disneyland, DVD)

A mouse that becomes Dumbo's constant and only friend.


  • All There in the Manual: The Casey Jr. Circus Train and a read along LP told from his perspective suggests that he has been in the circus for quite a while. He even knows Casey Jr. personally.
  • Berserk Button: He doesn't react well when Jim Crow calls him "Brother Rat".
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Dumbo. Of course, being a mouse, Timothy is smaller, but Dumbo is just a baby and Timothy is very protective of him.
  • Bully Hunter: He will give a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to whoever tries to bully Dumbo (at least the animal characters, he never directly talks to humans).
  • Canon Foreigner: In the original book, Timothy's precursor was a robin named Red.
  • Floating in a Bubble: When he and Dumbo get drunk from water spiked with champagne, Dumbo blows some bubbles that Timothy happily plays with.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When he first talks to Dumbo he says "it ain't nobody's fault you've got them big ears" causing Dumbo to hide behind them in shame. Timothy realizes he "stepped in it" and quickly tells Dumbo he didn't mean it like that, and calls his ears beautiful.
  • Large Ham: "All we gotta do is build an act! Make ya a star! A headliner! Dumbo the great!" It's a miracle he doesn't wake the Ringmaster up during his description of Dumbo's Elephant Pyramid climax.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: We never learn what the "Q." in Timothy's name stands for.
  • Nice Guy: Timothy is very friendly, caring, protective, and brotherly towards Dumbo and is a very lovable character.
  • Nice Hat: A red hat, which is part of his circus uniform.
  • Nice Mice: The only nice character in the film, besides Dumbo, his mother, and Mr. Stork (and eventually, the crows).
  • Odd Friendship: Elephants and mice don't usually get along in fiction, but Timothy and Dumbo are like two peas in a pod.
  • Only Friend: To Dumbo in between his mother being incarcerated and their meeting the Crows.
  • Papa Wolf: Timothy sticks up for Dumbo by scaring the elephants tormenting him and yelling at the crows for constantly laughing at him.
  • Species Surname: Like Jiminy Cricket before him, the hero's sidekick has his species name as his surname, in this case "Mouse".
  • Voice for the Voiceless: Whereas Dumbo can't talk, he seems to do most of the talking for him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: No pun intended. We see him during the ending montage where he signs the contract on Dumbo's behalf, but he's oddly absent in the final scene with Dumbo and his mother riding off into the hills bidding farewell to their crow friends.

    Mrs. Jumbo 
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Voiced by: Verna Felton (speaking), Betty Noyes (singing), Tress MacNeille (Villain's Revenge)

Dumbo's mother.


    The Crows 
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Clockwise from upper left: Preacher Crow, Jim Crow, Fat Crow, Straw Hat Crow, and Glasses Crow.
Jim Crow Voiced by: Cliff Edwards
Preacher Crow Voiced by: Hall Johnson
Fat Crow Voiced by: James Baskett
Straw Hat Crow and Glasses Crow Voiced by: Jim Carmichael

A group of crows that Dumbo and Timothy meet after their drunken escapade.


  • All There in the Script: The crows are never referred to by name in the film. According to the model sheets, they are named Jim Crow (the leader with the cigar), Dopey (the one with the broken straw hat, not to be confused with the dwarf of the same name), Deacon (the preacher crow), Specks (the one with the glasses), and Fats (the fat crow).
  • Clever Crows: They have some inspired wordplay and are the ones to come up with the Magic Feather idea.
  • Creepy Crows: Averted. At first they appear to be jerks but still very cheerful and fun-loving. And after they befriend Dumbo, they also become very helpful, unlike many other unpleasant characters in the movie.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: They are black crows, and grow into true friends for Dumbo.
  • Hurricane of Puns: "When I See an Elephant Fly."
  • The Hyena: When they are laughing at Dumbo.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Initially, they are not too sympathetic to Dumbo like everyone else, until they learn his sad story. It should be noted that even before that, they are making fun of Timothy's idea of an elephant flying more than Dumbo himself as everyone else had been doing.
  • Magic Feather: Trope Namer.
  • Magical Negro: They are portrayed as stereotypically "black" and led by a crow named Jim. They are also very clever, and glad to take a fellow outcast under their wing and help him to get back at his oppressors.
  • Nice Hat: All of them wear hats.
  • Odd Name Out: Jim is the only crow that actually has a proper name. All the others are actually named after their distinguishable outfits.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: The smallest crow fits this trope.
  • Species Surname: Jim Crow, who is... a crow.
  • Stealth Pun: A crow named "Jim".
  • True Companions: With each other, and eventually with Dumbo and Timothy, too.

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Antagonists

    Circus Elephants 
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Left to right: Catty, Giddy, Prissy, and the Matriarch.
Matriarch Voiced by: Verna Felton
Catty Voiced by: Sarah Sebley
Prissy Voiced by: Dorothy Scott
Giddy Voiced by: Noreen Gammill

A group of snobby elephants who reside in the same circus as Dumbo and his mother.


  • All There in the Script: The names of the other elephants in the Matriarch's close circle are not revealed in the movie, only on their model sheets.
  • Alpha Bitch: The ringleader of the elephant clique that picks on Mrs. Jumbo and her baby.
  • Cruel Elephant: The Matriarch clearly considers herself an Honorable Elephant ("We elephants have always walked with dignity"), but is actually quite shallow and cruel toward Dumbo.
  • Death Glare: The Matriarch is fond of giving these, whether it's called for or not.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: Those "over-stuffed hay-bags" can be mean to a little elephant with super-huge ears, but facing Timothy? They're scared to near-stampeding!
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Matriarch.
  • Evil Matriarch: The oldest cow elephant that constantly pesters the titular character is named "The Matriarch".
  • Fantastic Racist: It is arguable how canon it is but scrapped concept art depicts Jumbo Sr. as an African elephant which has the Asian circus elephants discriminate against him and his hybird son.
  • Fat Bitch: While elephants are naturally large animals, the matriarch is noticeably fatter than the other elephants.
  • Genki Girl: What else would you expect from an elephant named "Giddy"?
  • Gossipy Hens: All of them, though Catty most of all.
    "Girls, have I got a trunkful of dirt..."
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the last scene, it's implied that they have finally accepted Dumbo.
  • Hypocrite: They pride themselves on being an honorable and dignified species while considering Dumbo a disgrace, but spend their entire day gossiping and are quickly sent into hysterical panic at the sight of a mouse.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Giddy seems to be the least actively malevolent of the four, as she actually expresses worry that she might have crossed a line after giggling at Dumbo's ears.
  • Jerkass: They spend most of the movie badmouthing Dumbo and they are unsympathetic towards him from the beginning.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: They are bullies and their intense dislike of Dumbo is most arbitrary, but they are right to rant when he accidentally makes the circus tent collapse and injure them all quite severely.
  • Nice Hats: Well, not hats exactly, but each of them wear a differently styled and colored headpiece. The Matriarch's is notable for its large feather.
  • No True Scotsman: After learning that Dumbo was made part of the clown act:
    Matriarch: From now on, he is no longer an elephant.
  • Odd Name Out: The Matriarch is the only one whose name isn't an adjective (the others are named "Catty", "Prissy" and "Giddy"; see All There in the Manual).
  • Pet the Dog: Prissy gets a brief one, saying she doesn't blame Mrs. Jumbo for flipping out the way she did after learning that she was put in solitary confinement.
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: They pick on and torment Dumbo, who is only a baby.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Catty and Prissy, unless the elephants are Only Known by Their Nicknames.

    Ringmaster 
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Voiced by: Herman Bing, Ray Templin (Disneyland), Corey Burton (Villain's Revenge)

The leader of Dumbo's circus.


  • Adaptational Villainy: In the movie, he wasn't necessarily an outright villain so much as just yet another human jerkass. But he's upgraded to main antagonist for Dumbo in Disney's Villains' Revenge.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Only known as "The Ringmaster".
  • Expy: In terms of design, he's a cleaner, slightly leaner Stromboli.
  • Fat Bastard: As a Villainy-Free Villain, he's overweight and somewhat arrogant.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Implied at the end. After Dumbo triumphs at the end, the Ringmaster finally makes Dumbo the main star of his circus and lets Mrs. Jumbo out of solitary confinement.
  • Humans Are Bastards: For putting Dumbo and other elephants in such dangerous acts, though he at least is implied to have gotten better by the film's end.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He honors Dumbo's attempts to get his mother free. After he succeeded, he kept his word and gave Dumbo and his Mother a well-deserved luxury.
  • Large Ham: Another loud and hammy character, besides Timothy. Given his status as an Expy of Stromboli, this is to be expected.
  • Nice Hat: His top hat.
  • Repulsive Ringmaster: Not exactly evil, but still kind of a Jerkass.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: Almost everrrry time he talks.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: The Ringmaster is sometimes touted as the film's main antagonist, but in all fairness, most of his controversial acts like locking up Mrs. Jumbo and sending Dumbo to the clowns were all to maintain and protect his circus and every other animal there. He also would try to honor Dumbo's attempts to get his mother free, but Dumbo screwed up the first one, and after he spectacularly succeeded, he kept his word and gave Dumbo and his mother a well-deserved luxury.

    The Clowns 
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Voiced by: Billy Bletcher

One of the acts at Dumbo's circus.


  • The Faceless: We never see them without their makeup and costumes, and when they are talking in their tent, we only see their shadows.
  • Humans Are Bastards: All they want is to use Dumbo to make more money and they (save for one) don't care at all about him being possibly hurt in very dangerous acts.
  • No Name Given: Mostly; one of them is named Joey.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: They may not be very friendly, but they do take their jobs of making the audience laugh seriously. Comedy is Serious Business, after all.
  • Token Good Teammate: One of the clowns does seem to show genuine concern for Dumbo's well-being, admonishing the others that their ideas for future performances might harm him.

    Bratty Kids 

A group of bratty jerkass children who make fun of Dumbo.


  • Bratty Half-Pint: They mock Dumbo, pull on his ears and taunt him repeatedly even as he tries to hide under his mother. Had this been real life, Dumbo's mother probably would have killed them for even getting close to Dumbo.
  • Gang of Bullies: In their only scene, they are seen teasing Dumbo and laughing at him.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The kids that make fun of Dumbo surely fall under this.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Most people use them as a prime example of Humans Are the Real Monsters.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: They quickly push things too far with their mockery of Dumbo and for this, Mrs. Jumbo goes on the attack, sending all of them running in a panic.
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    Smitty 
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Voiced by: Malcolm Hutton

The tall, lean, dim witted, insensitive, red haired boy who is the main bully in the group of bratty children who make fun of Dumbo.


Others

    Mr. Stork 
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Voiced by: Sterling Holloway (movie); Jim Cummings (currently)

Dumbo's carrier stork seen at the beginning of the film.


    Casey Jr. 
Voiced by: Margaret Wright

The "train with a personality".


  • All There in the Manual: A deleted scene, some merchandise, read-along books, and the Casey Jr. Circus Train at Disneyland state that he knows Timothy very well.
  • Ascended Extra: Despite appearing in about four scenes throughout the entire movie, he has gone on to become one of the most iconic characters in Dumbo to the point where he even got a book based on how he was purchased by the circus (aptly titled The Story of Casey Jr. by Walt Disney) and a place in Disneyland as one of the original attractions.
  • Cool Train: One of the coolest ever.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appeared in The Reluctant Dragon.
  • Flat Character: He doesn't interact much with the main characters, unless you count a storyboard for a deleted scene where he meets Dumbo and Timothy.
  • Shout-Out: Quotes The Little Engine That Could as he climbs up the mountain.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: One of the storybooks accidentally names him as "Casey Jones," a real life railroad worker who died in a head-on collision in Mississippi.
  • Synthetic Voice Actor: Meant to sound like a whistle.

    Pink Elephants 

A grouping of terrifying beings that Dumbo hallucinates.


  • Adaptational Villainy: An odd example. The Spanish dub of "Pink Elephants On Parade" makes them even more scary and the lyrics refer to the pink elephants as "Satan's relatives" and "Souls of Terror". The original song is nothing like that.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: And despite the name, they can be any number of different colors.
  • Ambiguously Evil: They aren't even real to begin with (and thank God for that) but in their brief presence, they waffle between being mischeivous and sinister interchangeably.
  • Animalistic Abomination: Don't even try to deny it.
  • Eyeless Face: Most of them have no eyes at all, though initially it appears to be a case of Black Eyes of Evil until their "eyes" are seen from a certain angle.
  • Imaginary Enemy: They're all just a collective hallucination for Timothy and Dumbo when they get drunk (don't ask), and aren't very pleasant at that.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: They're terrifying.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: Their eponymous song is apparently regarded as such (though it would almost certainly be a Villain Song if sung from their point of view), seeing as it was included on the "Simply Sinister" CD. Not without reason, mind you.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: All of them can take on various different forms.
  • Visual Pun: "Seeing pink elephants" expressed literally, though the phrase ironically refers to an alcoholic abstaining from drinking.
  • The Worm That Walks: One of them is nothing but a whole bunch of elephant heads forming a humanoid shape. It's as terrifying as it sounds.

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