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

The loveable snowman brought to life with a magic hat.

  • Adaptational Badass: Frosty Returns depict him with a greater deal of skill than before, including being able to teleport in and out using winter storms themselves!
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Frosty's corncob pipe tends to switch between whether it sits on the left or right corner of his mouth, depending on which way he's facing.
  • Art Evolution: Frosty's Winter Wonderland depicts him as a bit more plump, with a slightly taller hat and with a distinctive orange and yellow scarf. For Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas In July, he's depicted with this design in stop motion, albeit with his hat painted to match his scarf. When he appears in Frosty Returns he uses a more rotund design with a pink nose and a polka-dotted bowtie, but he no longer carried a broomstick, and his hat lacked a flower. For The Legend of Frosty the Snowman, he uses his original 1969 design, though he mostly discards the broomstick. Most modern merchandise uses his original design, but alternates between giving him a red scarf, one based on Frosty's Winter Wonderland, or just lacking a scarf overall (not to mention whether or not he has his corn cob pipe).
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Originally lifeless, he comes to life when the magic hat was placed on his head.
  • Badass Adorable: For such a friendly-looking guy, Frosty has undoubtedly earned the title of "Fastest Belly Whopper in the World." He can also lead a mean parade.
  • Balloon Belly: In The Legend of Frosty the Snowman, he gets this after rolling down a hill with Walter.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Frosty mentions to Karen that he had been "meaning to take off a little weight anyway" when he enters the greenhouse to warm her up. Thanks to Hinkle, he does lose weight...all of it, as he melts into a puddle.
  • Big Good: Being a jolly, happy soul, he has his moments.
  • 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.
  • Character Development: After coming to life, he knows little about how life works beyond being a snowman. As the sequels progress, Frosty not only has become a father and a husband, but he's developed a lot more knowledge in regards to the human world.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may not be the smartest guy around (what with him just coming to life and all), but he can belly whop across entire sets of hills effortlessly to get away from the bad guys if he has to.
  • Deal with the Devil: After Rudolph willingly allows his nose to remain extinguished to prevent Frosty and his family from melting, the snowman decides to make one with Winterbolt to give up his hat (well, after the wizard planted the idea in his head) in exchange for the restoration of his friend's nose. Winterbolt eagerly accepts the deal, knowing full well he doesn't have the power to restore the nose. Not that poor Frosty knew that, as Winterbolt gleefully lampshades.
  • Demoted to Extra: In contrast to the original three specials, he isn't around as much in either Frosty Returns or The Legend of Frosty the Snowman, which primarily focuses on the children in said specials. That's not to say he doesn't have a pretty big role, but he doesn't have nearly as many scenes as they do.
  • Determinator: He goes to great distances to get to the North Pole before he melts, but he'll go even further, even if it risks his own life, to prevent Karen from freezing first.
  • 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.
  • Dumbass No More: By the time of Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, he's managed to grow out of his inability to count, which he even lampshades. Frosty Returns even shows him as being a lot more streetwise compared to how he started out. The Legend of Frosty the Snowman puts him somewhere in the middle of those depictions, showing him as good natured and somewhat naive, but knowledgable enough to help the children of Evergreen through their personal problems.
    Frosty: Seventy six. Boy, I remember back when I could only count to four. Ah, those were the good old days.
  • Family Man: Frosty deeply values his wife and children, so much so that he initially refuses to let them go down to the seashore and help Rudolph save the circus, concerned that all of them will melt in "ten seconds flat." He spends nearly the entire time worried they'll melt when Santa fails to arrive on time, and when Winterbolt arrives, begs him to extend the amulets to keep them alive. When he even gives his hat to Winterbolt in the hopes the wizard will restore Rudolph's nose, he sings a goodbye song hoping his family will keep him in their hearts.
  • Fatal Flaw: Frosty doesn't have a mean bone in his body (well, at least until Pankley, and not that he even has bones mind you), and that can get him in serious trouble. He doesn't quite see a threat from either Hinkle, Jack Frost, or Winterbolt until they cross some sort of a line, and even then he still doesn't treat them with any sort of hostility. This has worked in his favor for most of them, as Hinkle, Jack Frost, and Mr. Twitchell all undergo a Heel–Face Turn thanks to his kind heart inspiring others to follow in his footsteps, but neither Winterbolt or Pankley are given such a turn, and he even bargains with the former to try and relight Rudolph's nose, thinking he could help his friend out in spite of the fact that Winterbolt caused the whole mess in the first place.
  • Friend to All Children: No matter where he goes, the children love Frosty and treat him as a dear friend. In fact, it was the children that suggested the idea of (and even helped build) him having a wife. Not only that, but it's through Frosty's kind heart that helps the children of Evergreen to finally let loose and have fun after spending years under the strict leadership they've spent their entire lives.
  • Friend to All Living Things: In addition to the humans he interacts with, the animals he encounters always act friendly around him, and he in turn treats them the same way.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Has four fingers, but somehow sprouts a fifth when attempting to count to ten.
  • Gallows Humor: When he steps into the greenhouse, the heat starts to melt him a bit faster than he expected.
    Frosty: Stay in here much longer, and I'll really make a splash in the world!
  • Glad I Thought of It: Stuck out in the woods and in desperate need to get himself to the North Pole and Karen back home, Frosty hears out Hocus Pocus' suggestion to find help, leading to this exchange:
    Frosty: Hocus. We've got to find someone get Karen home before she freezes. And me to the North Pole before I melt! But who?
    Hocus digs into the ground for snow, grabs a stick like a bayonet, and starts acting like a soldier.
    Frosty: No! Not the Marines!
    Hocus then starts acting regal.
    Frosty: No! Not the President of the United States! (Hocus starts to act annoyed.) Oh, they were both swell ideas, but we've got to find someone nearby.
    Hocus then uses the snow to make a beard, and starts acting jolly.
    Frosty: Yeah! Santa Claus! That's a great idea! Why didn't I think of that before?
  • Good Parents: To Milly and Chilly
  • Happily Married: To Crystal.
  • Has a Type: Justified since his wife was literally built to his exact specifications.
  • 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. Unfortunately, he continues to experience this for a time when Crystal fails to come to life. At least not until he gives her a gift of unconditional love, which brings her to life.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Frosty willingly goes inside a hot greenhouse to warm up Karen, knowing he might melt (though his initial plan to stay inside for a minute is thwarted when Hinkle traps him there and melts him for a time). Later, he gives up his hat to Winterbolt in the hopes the wizard will relight Rudolph's extinguished nose.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rudolph. He completely trusts the reindeer and is encouraging of his friend, and he in turn supports Frosty in a similar manner. They're so tight nit, that Rudolph is even willing to allow his nose to be extinguished forever and let his reputation get destroyed if it meant the Frosty family wouldn't melt. In spite of being helpless in the situation, the snowman can't help but feel touched at the gesture, even to the point he's willing to give up his hat to Winterbolt just to hopefully get his friends nose relit again.
    Frosty: What can I say, Rudolph? You're a true pal.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite Frosty knowing little about the human world upon being brought to life, he does at least known enough to be wary of the sun melting him into a puddle, even knowing exactly what a thermometer is.
    Frosty: Is there a thermometer around here?
    Karen: Over there on the window. Why?
    Frosty (upon seeing the thermometer go up): That's what I was afraid of. I hate red thermometers.
    Karen: Why is that, Frosty?
    Frosty: Because when the thermometer gets all reddish, the temperature goes up. And when the temperature goes up, I start to melt! And I when start to melt, I get all wishy-washy!
  • An Ice Person: The Legend of Frosty the Snowman shows he can make things out of snow and ice, such as skates and a skating pond. He can also shape things out of snow.
  • Iconic Outfit: His hat, of course.
  • I'm Melting!: If he is exposed to hot conditions long enough, he suffers this.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Gains these whenever he's brought to life, showing how good of a snowman he is.
  • Interspecies Friendship: He's a living snowman who's friends with several humans and a red-nosed reindeer.
  • Is This a Joke?: After coming to life, he thinks it's some joke since snowman don't normally come to life.
  • Literal-Minded: Initially. Justified at first since he did just come to life.
    Traffic Cop: Oh! You want a ticket, wise guy?
    Frosty: I'd like one, yes! To the North Pole, please!
  • 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.
  • Losing Your Head: The Legend of Frosty the Snowman has him literally taking his head off a few times.
  • Meaningful Name: His name, Frosty, stems from the fact he's made of a "frosty" substance.
  • Namedar: He somehow knows the names of whoever he spends time with, shown as when he already knew Karen's name even though she didn't introduce herself to him when bringing him to life. In Legend, he even knows the names of the Sklarew brothers, and can tell them apart as well.
  • 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.
  • Oblivious to Love: Evidently, he had no idea about romance until his friends suggested he get a wife to heal his lonely heart.
    Frosty: What a neat invention!
  • Odd Friendship: With Rudolph, a talking reindeer with a red nose. Both have bonded over how they've both experienced concerns about being misfits, and are as close friends as you can get.
  • One, Two, Skip a Few: His first attempt at counting to ten.
  • Papa Wolf: Frosty may be just a simple snowman, but he will not hesitate to help out those he cares for. He willingly puts himself at the risk of melting when he notices Karen is far too cold, and even attempts to stop Hinkle from extinguishing the fire out of concerns for her safety. He even goes inside a steaming hot greenhouse to warm Karen up, knowing full well it could melt him (well, at least for a few minutes, but Hinkle makes that almost permanent for him). He also acts in the best interests of his children when, much to their disappointment, he has to turn down helping Rudolph save a struggling circus simply because they'll melt in the summer heat.
  • Properly Paranoid: When he and his family travel down south with Rudolph to help a struggling circus, Frosty spends most of the trip fearing that they will melt by the time the fireworks show ends, as Santa never arrived to pick them up and whisk them home. Of course, he has plenty of reason to be this way, since the amulets Winterbolt gave them end at that exact time (though neither he or anyone else know that it's all part of Winterbolt's plan to take control of the North Pole). By the time everything's over, he's practically had enough and wants to head home first thing.
  • Protagonist Title: The series is primarily about him, of course.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: His fate in The Legend of Frosty the Snowman, thanks to Principal Pankley. When he comes back to Evergreen to visit his old friend Mayor Tinkerton, the young Pankley steals his hat and locks him in a chest out of jealousy over the attention Tinkerton was being given. He manages to escape after several years, if not longer.
  • Single Specimen Species: Played this straight to begin with, then averted it with the sequels. He was the only living snowman in existence until he gained a wife and two children (not to mention the snow parson who married him to his wife).
  • Snowlems: An architectural example of this.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: It's downplayed, but he is able to communicate with Hocus Pocus on some level.
  • Sudden Eye Color: Normally he is drawn with standard black eyes, but his stop motion appearance gives him blue eyes, as do the rest of his family.
  • Teleportation: Can teleport in and out of blizzards.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: It's downplayed, but by the time of Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, he's far more cautious when it comes to venturing outside the North Pole, and is initially forbidding of his family to go down to the seashore simply because they'll melt in the hot summer sun. Even with Winterbolt's amulets, he spends nearly the whole trip worrying about Santa not arriving to pick them up and rush them back home.
  • Unwitting Pawn: In Winterbolt's schemes to reclaim the North Pole.

Frosty's family

    Crystal 
Voiced by: Shelley Winters

Frosty's wife.

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    Chilly and Milly 
Voiced by: Eric Hines (Chilly), Steffi Calli (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 
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"We saw Frosty come to life, didn't we?"
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.

    Hocus Pocus 

Professor Hinkle's rabbit.

  • Bunnies for Cuteness: He's often featured alongside Frosty in advertising, helping to cement the snowman's status as a Friend to All Living Things.
  • Hidden Depths: In spite of being a simple rabbit, he's a skilled communicator with other animals and Santa, can understand Frosty perfectly, and can come up with some pretty clever strategies.
  • Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat: He is the rabbit that lives in Professor Hinkle's hat, but he isn't the most cooperative when it comes to pulling off that trick.
  • Rascally Rabbit: When it comes to being Professor Hinkle's assistant, he's not all that helpful. However:
    • Righteous Rabbit: Once Frosty comes to life, Hocus Pocus dedicates his life towards helping the snowman get home, ensuring his former master doesn't steal the hat.
  • Stock Animal Diet: He only eats carrots apparently, as Hinkle threatens not to give him any if he doesn't stay in the hat.

    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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    Charles 
Voiced by: Michael Patrick Carter

Holly's best friend and assistant for her magic acts.

  • Only Friend: The only friend of Holly, though they argue sometimes.

    Tommy Tinkerton 
Voiced by: Kath Soucie (as a child), Burt Reynolds (as an adult)

The son of Mayor Tinkerton who joins forces with Frosty to show his father the magic of winter.

  • Character Narrator: He narrates the events of the story as a mature adult.
  • The Unfavorite: Mayor Tinkerton starts out favoring Tommy's brother Charlie, until Charlie gets into a fight, and Tommy becomes his dad's favorite.

    Sara Simple 
Voiced by: Tara Strong

A classmate and Tommy's love interest.

    Walter Wader 
Voiced by: Kenn Michael

Tommy's next door neighbor.

  • Character Development: Thanks to Frosty, Walter helps to overcome his anxiety and conquer his fears.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When he first meets Frosty who shouts his signature "Happy birthday!" phrase after bringing him back to life, his response is, "But it's not my birthday."
  • Nervous Wreck: Tends to be scared of almost anything, even his own mother.

    Charlie Tinkerton 
Voiced by: Jeannie Elias

Tommy's stuck-up older brother.

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    Sonny, Sully, and Simon Sklarow 
Voiced by: Tara Strong (Sonny), Grey DeLisle (Sully and Simon)

A trio of brothers who are always upbeat.

Antagonists

    Professor Hinkle 
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"I must get that hat! Think nasty, think nasty, think nasty!"
Voiced by: Billy De Wolfe

Described as "The Worst Magician in the World," Hinkle goes out of his way to steal Frosty's hat in the hopes of using it to make himself rich off of its magical properties.

  • Affably Evil: He may refer to himself as an evil magician and attempted to both freeze Karen and melt Frosty, but prior to Frosty being brought to life, there was nothing to indicate that he'd be so malicious. This line in particular sells how much of a commoner he really is in spite of his sins.
    "I mean, we evil magicians have to make a living, too!"
  • Agent Scully: In the original special, he feigns this to the children, wanting them to no longer bother with thoughts about Frosty coming to life so he can take the magic hat for himself. In The Legend of Frosty the Snowman, he genuinely believes this, as he tells his son that magic doesn't actually exist when he tries to tell his father about Frosty's existence.
  • Big Bad: Of the original show.
  • Butt-Monkey: And how. For starters, he's absolutely terrible at his job, to the point he gets trampled by the school children he was supposed to entertain the moment the school bell rings, then his hat (which has been shown to have magical properties) gets stolen not once, but twice, by his rabbit. He tries to get it back, but ends up jumping off a train, tumbling down onto a tree head first and getting buried in ice and snow, virtually exhausts himself trying to catch up to a belly-whopping Frosty, then Santa practically threatens to never bring him any more Christmas presents as long as he lives if he lays so much as a finger on Frosty's hat.
  • The Cameo: Appears in The Legend of Frosty the Snowman in a flashback sequence, showing him once more as the previous owner of Frosty's hat.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Takes pride in referring to himself as evil, even to Santa of all people.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After having spent most of the film trying so hard to get Frosty's hat back, only for Santa to have to threaten to never bring him any more Christmas presents to get him to back off, Hinkle is able to get a new hat - albeit after he writes "I'm very sorry for what I did to Frosty" 100 million times as proof of his repentance. He's seen happily marching along with the rest of the town when Frosty joins them in the Christmas parade.
  • Epic Fail: Hinkle is described as just about "The worst magician in the world," and it shows. The moment he appears to show the children his magic act, he almost immediately bungles it and makes quite a mess.
  • Failed a Spot Check: While walking down the street shortly after reclaiming his hat, Hocus Pocus runs off with his prize and leaves a wreath on his head. He doesn't notice it until sometime later, at which point he frantically darts for the train station and boards an outbound freight to get his hat back from Frosty.
  • Greed: Arguably his main form of motivation. When he discovers the hat has magical powers, he goes to any lengths to get it back from Frosty, as he thinks it will "Make [him] a millionaire magician."
  • Glory Seeker: Part of his motivation to get his hat back is so he can become famous.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Makes one of these at the end of the special (though Santa has to threaten him with no more Christmas presents to make this happen).
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It's implied that his lack of belief in magic ultimately did this to all of Evergreen, as his doubts that magic was real sunk in hard on his son when his friend Frosty disappeared and never came back. This caused the poor boy to leave little room for fun in his life, thus, when he became Mayor of the town, it was a relatively neat, but otherwise boring and mundane place to live.
    • He almost ended up doing this to the ENTIRE Rankin-Bass universe. When he lost his hat and it ended up on Frosty, the snowman was brought to life, discovering that his hat possessed great magic. The subsequent journey for Frosty to get to the North Pole led him to being taken there by Santa Claus, whom, unbeknownst to anyone, was being targeted by the villainous King Winterbolt, who sought to get rid of Santa so he could "reclaim" his place as ruler of the North Pole. As such an attempt was thwarted by the Lady Aurora Borealis giving a certain reindeer a glowing red nose to help guide Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve, both he and Frosty would end up in the wizard's crosshairs. All of this nearly results in Winterbolt getting his hands on Frosty's hat and almost creating an army of snowman he would have undoubtedly used to conquer everything, all because Hinkle was such a lousy magician.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Hinkle's desperation to reclaim Frosty's hat led him to willingly extinguish a fire that was keeping Karen warm, just hours after Frosty had narrowly kept her from freezing to death.

    Jack Frost 
Voiced by: Paul Frees

The one who helps bring the winter's wonders to the world each season, Jack becomes extremely jealous of all the attention Frosty is getting from the children, leading him to try and destroy the snowman.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Most versions of Jack Frost, including the one that Rankin Bass themselves would make, are depicted as a good natured figure with a kind heart and a gentle soul. This Jack is a jealous being who would happily end a sentient snowman's life if it meant he would get more attention from the children. It becomes subverted when he reforms, making him closer to other depictions.
  • Attention Whore: Once Frosty returns to town, Jack becomes jealous of the attention being paid to Frosty, scheming to take Frosty's magic hat back and regain his status as the favorite.
  • Big Bad: Of Frosty's Winter Wonderland. At least at first.
  • The Bus Came Back: He returned in Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July to help revive Frosty and his family when they melted in the heat.
  • Defrosting Ice King: When Jack attempts to disrupt the wedding, Frosty and Crystal ask if he would be the best man, to which he eagerly replies that he's always been the best man. He helps to extend the winter, until Parson Brown reminds him that spring is one of nature's promises, and he takes a vacation , preparing to return the following winter.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: And boy how. He's so jealous that Frosty is love and adored by the children that he goes out of his way to try and get rid of him for good.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Frosty and Crystal get him to invoke one when they ask him to be the best man at their wedding. He's so touched by the gesture that he happily accepts. He even later returns the gesture when he revives Frosty and his family after they melted following the death of Winterbolt.
  • It's All About Me: Jack thinks he's far better than Frosty simply because he's the one who brings winter every year. However, his ego ends up putting off the children, who prefer the nicer and more humble Frosty. All this does is make him even madder.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: After his Heel–Face Turn, he makes the winter last longer so Frosty and Crystal could stay with the children longer. While he didn't mean any harm by it, his actions nearly stuck the town in an eternal winter until Parson Brown pointed out that he was upsetting the delicate balance of nature. Jack realized his mistake and left with Frosty back to the North Pole.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Assuming this Jack Frost is the same one from his own special, then he would definitely qualify. The Jack from that special was a kind man and an overall hero, while this Jack was an egoistical jerk that wanted attention for himself. However...

    Mr. Twitchell 
Voiced by: Brian Doyle-Murray

A crooked businessman who just invented a new instant-snow remover called "Summer Wheeze," who's determined to be crowned the king of Beansborough's annual winter carnival.

  • Bad Boss: It's not really shown too much, but he does send one of his board members down a trap door when they warn him of the potential environmental damage Summer Wheeze could cause.
  • Bald of Evil: Aside from a few hairs, he's practically this trope in spades.
  • Big Bad: Of Frosty Returns.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: His company manufactures a spray capable of eliminating snow instantaneously, but he's largely doing it to bolster his own ego and profits, regardless of whatever environmental damage it may incur. He even drops board members who disagree with him down a trap door! At least until the end, when he reforms and starts making sleds.
  • Heel–Face Turn: According to the narrator, he permanently shut down production on Summer Wheeze and instead made sleds.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He tries to ram a truck full of Summer Wheeze into the path of a parade in Frosty's honor, only to drive into a frozen lake.
  • Tempting Fate: He openly dares Mother Nature to try and stop him from eliminating snow using Summer Wheeze, which he nearly succeeds at until Holly convinces the town they need to keep the snow around. The narrator even lampshades it by pointing out he was no match for Mother Nature.

    Principal Pankley 
Voiced by: Larry Miller

The Principal of Evergreen's elementary school and a strict disciplinarian, who believes that the rules must be followed and enforced down to the letter. When Frosty the Snowman comes to town and starts encouraging the children to stray away from these rules, he becomes so incensed at the chaos, until he sees an opportunity to seize power and run things his way...

  • Bald of Evil: Continuing the trend of Frosty's villains lacking hair, Hinkle is shown as balding.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Break so much as one minor rule and he'll throw the book at you.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He was the one who locked up Frosty's hat because he couldn't stand of all the attention that Mayor Tinkerton was getting from the snowman.
  • Hate Sink: Unlike with Hinkle, Jack Frost, or Mr. Twitchell, all of whom were silly villains who were shown to at least be redeemable, Pankley has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He acts with such strict demeanor that he can't stand anyone breaking even the slightest of rules, schemes to take the position of his "friend" as Mayor, and essentially tricks poor Walter into murdering Frosty so he can finally be rid of the snowman once and for all (not to mention that he was the one who initially sealed Frosty up all those years ago, simply out of jealousy.) He's not as bad as, say, Winterbolt, but he's definitely the worst of Frosty's villains.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He resembles his actor Larry Miller quite a bit.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he's clearly in it for the power, and wants every rule followed to the letter, Evergreen's citizens do acknowledge his point that, ever since Frosty came around, Mayor Tinkerton has failed to reign in some of the more rowdy behavior that was far too disruptive.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After the children successfully rescue Frosty, the snowman reveals why he took so long to come back to visit. Cue the citizens of Evergreen piling snowballs on Pankley as he tries to dart out of there.
  • The Starscream: After days worth of the children acting unruly, Pankley takes the opportunity to convince the town to let him take over as mayor of Evergreen, as Mayor Tinkerton had failed to reign in the kids. He even takes Tinkerton's beloved clipboard from him!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Once Frosty and the others pelt him with snowballs, he isn't seen again for the rest of the movie, implying he was driven out of town.

Adult characters

    The Traffic Cop 
Voiced by: Paul Frees

The local police officer in charge of maintaining traffic in the town.

  • Delayed Reaction: He gets this when he stops Frosty the first time, then again in Frosty's Winter Wonderland, when he realizes Frosty has a wife now.
  • Failed a Spot Check: He fails to recognize that Frosty is a living snowman, and then again when he doesn't realize that he got married.
  • Flat Character: There's not too much personality to him, aside from him being stern with whoever he stopped, and getting surprised when he realizes whom he was talking to.
  • iSophagus: Arguably the Trope Codifier, he swallows his whistle when he realizes that he was talking to a living snowman. Then, in Frosty's Winter Wonderland, he does this again when he realizes Frosty has a wife.
  • Officer O'Hara: He speaks with an Irish Accent.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When Karen tells him that Frosty just came to life, he lets them go without any trouble.
  • Seen It All: Attempts to invoke this trope when he encounters Frosty for the second time, claiming that nothing else surprises him anymore. It ends up being subverted when he realizes Frosty has a snow wife.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: When Frosty encounters him again, he's not quite as stern as he was the last time, and even is touched to see the snowman got married...until he realizes he got married and promptly swallows his whistle again.

    Parson Brown 
Voiced by: Dennis Day

The town's local preacher.

  • Glasses Pull: He has a nice pair of glasses, and does this when he first spots the people (or rather, snow people) he's been asked to marry.
  • Loophole Abuse: When he's brought to marry Frosty and Crystal, he refuses, since he's only allowed to marry humans. Ergo, he invokes this trope to create a Snow Parson, who can legally marry them.
  • Musical Theme Naming: He's named after the "Parson Brown" heard in the song "Winter Wonderland".
  • Nice Guy: Befitting of his position, he's a gentle and soft spoken fellow.
  • Preacher Man: He is "Parson" Brown after all.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He's a bit more gentle about it than this trope usually plays out, but he does criticize the children for allowing winter to continue on for months, as it upsets the delicate balance of nature.

    Lil DeCarlo 
Voiced by: Jan Hooks

Holly's mother.

    Ms. Carbunkle 
Voiced by: Andrea Martin

An elementary school teacher in Beansborough, who's not particularly fond of the constant snows the town experiences.

  • Apathetic Teacher: Downplayed, but her interest in teaching is clearly starting to wain a bit, since she falls flat asleep during Charles' presentation.
  • Grumpy Old Woman: She's not the meanest person in the world, but she certainly isn't too pleasant to deal with inside or outside of the classroom.
  • Stern Teacher: Even outside of the classroom, she's not the most personable woman in the world. When the class starts ranting on about not wanting to have any snow days, she has to maintain order quickly.
Ms. Carbunkle: Where do you think you are, MTV?
  • Vague Age: It's not clear how old she really is, but she's clearly old enough to be worried about all the snow shoveling she's doing will affect her health.

    Mayor Tinkerton 
Voiced by: Tom Kenny

  • Actor Allusion: As with a certain cartoon, a character played by Tom Kenny ends up as friends with a big, lovable, excitable guy played by Bill Fagerbakke.
  • Companion Cube: His clipboard.
  • Heel Realization: The events of Legend ultimately cause him to realize how neglectful he has been towards Tommy, and that he let his lack of faith in magic make things a lot worse for everyone. He seems to have learned his lesson, as the town is a lot happier by the time spring roles around.
  • Lawful Stupid: Not to a lethal extent, but his desire to ensure that the rules are followed down to the letter have turned Evergreen into a very beautiful, but rather dull and unexciting, place to live.
  • Mourning an Object: A non-lethal example, but when Pankley takes his beloved clipboard, Tinkerton slumps into a deep depression.
  • Parental Neglect: While he's not doing so intentionally, he heavily favors his son Charlie over Tommy, often ignoring the latter until Charlie gets into a fight at school, at which point Tommy becomes more heavily favored in his eyes. It's implied this is the result of having Professor Hinkle as a father.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the original special, there was a young boy with a blue sweater and dirty blonde hair who attended the same school as Karen, both of whom bore witness to the embarrassment of Professor Hinkle's poor magic. Legend reveals that this boy was Hinkle's son (although it should be noted that the original special didn't make it clear if there was any relation).
  • Ultimate Authority Mayor: Of Evergreen.

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