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The cast of the Rankin/Bass special and its sequels.

Titular Character

    Frosty the Snowman 
Voiced by: Jackie Vernon (1969-1979), John Goodman (1992), Bill Fagerbakke (2005)

The loveable snowman brought to life with a magic hat.

  • Animate Inanimate Object: Originally lifeless, he comes to life when the magic hat was placed on his head.
  • Born of Magic: The jolly, happy soul only came into existence after a vaguely humanoid-shaped lump of ice crystals was topped with an inexplicably magical top hat. (Though it's possible the consciousness already existed inside the hat, and only needed a sufficient vessel.)
  • Catchphrase: "Happy birthday!" Said every time he comes to life, for no apparent reason.
  • Disney Death: He can melt in hot weather, but he cannot die permanently; he is made from Christmas snow, and a nice, cold winter breeze can return him to as he was before.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Has four fingers, but somehow sprouts a fifth when attempting to count to ten.
  • Happily Married: To Crystal.
  • Heart Drive: Exaggerated. The magic hat brings Frosty to life when placed on his head; if it is taken off, he reverts to inanimate form, which is why he doesn't want Hinkle to get his hands on it. Though this is averted a few times, such as when Crystal kisses him.
  • Heroic BSoD: Experiences one in Winter Wonderland when he becomes lonely upon being alone outside for long and the children decide to make him a wife.
  • I'm Melting!: If he is exposed to hot conditions long enough, he suffers this.
  • Living Snowman: And like in his special, he's brought to life by his magic hat, but can't survive in warm weather without using an amulet Winterbolt gives him and his family.
  • Nice Guy: He's a very friendly snowman, and a "jolly, happy soul" indeed.
  • Nice Hat: "That old silk hat", which brought him to life.
  • One, Two, Skip a Few: His first attempt at counting to ten.
  • Snowlems: An architectural example of this.

Frosty's family

    Crystal 
Voiced by: Shelley Winters

Frosty's wife.

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    Chilly and Milly 

Frosty's twin children.

  • The Dividual: They're always seen together.
  • Odd Name Out: Milly is the only one of the snow family whose name is not based on winter phenomena.

Allies

    Karen 
Voiced by: June Foray (original airing, some vocal effects), Susanne Davidson (reruns)

The leader of a group of schoolchildren who helps Frosty get to the North Pole.

    Holly DeCarlo 
Voiced by: Elisabeth Moss

A lonely girl and aspiring magician who befriends Frosty and helps him stop Mr. Twichell's scheme to ruin winter.

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Antagonists

    Professor Hinkle 
Voiced by: Billy De Wolfe

A troublesome magician who pursues Frosty's hat.

    Jack Frost 
Voiced by: Paul Frees

The winter figure who is jealous of Frosty.

    Mr. Twitchell 
Voiced by: Brian Doyle-Murray

A mean businessman who plots to end winter for good.

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