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Snow White

Played by: Kristen Stewart

  • Action Dress Rip: The Huntsman rips Snow White's dress so she can move through the forest easily.
  • Attempted Rape: Finn tries to do this to Snow White in prison while she's lying on her bed. However, she strikes his face with a nail.
  • Everything Is Better With Princesses: It's still a fairy tale after all.
  • Fairest of Them All: Of course!
  • Fallen Princess: Snow White, after Ravenna takes over.
  • Friend to All Living Things/All-Loving Hero: Snow White. As a child, Snow White nursed a baby magpie back to health from a broken wing; when she escapes, magpies guide her through the sewers and to a White Stallion.
  • Girl in the Tower: Once Ravenna usurps the kingdom, she locks Snow White away in a prison for several years instead of killing her immediately.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Her beauty is constantly commented upon, although much of it is allegedly in regards to her "inner beauty".
  • Informed Attribute: Snow White is supposed to be so loving, compassionate and full of life that people fall in love with her only by looking at her. However, she never displays a greater amount of emotion or caring than several other characters of the film - and indeed, often shows less.
  • Instant Expert: Snow White knows how to ride a horse and fight with sword and shield, despite never having had an opportunity to develop those skills, what with being locked in a tower for years.
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: Snow White is given the Joan of Arc treatment in many ways. She acts as a symbol of resistance to a foreign usurper, fights in plate armour, and is considered something of a living saint.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: The people at the Duke's castle kneel in awe before Snow White.
  • Lady of War: Snow White becomes one to take back her kingdom.
  • Like Brother and Sister: William and Snow White. They used to play with each other as kids and were constantly bickering.
  • Rousing Speech: Snow White gives one to the Resistance to inspire them to take back Ravenna's kingdom rather than continue hiding.
  • Something About a Rose: Snow White's mother is inspired by a rose blooming in winter, and hopes that her child will have the strength and courage of the flower.
  • Tomboy Princess: As a child, Snow White likes climbing trees and playing with boys.
  • True Beauty Is on the Inside: Whilst the film recognises Snow White as the Fairest of Them All, what defines her from Ravenna and what is ultimately more important is her inner beauty.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Played with in that the movie emphasizes that this a combination of both her inner and outer beauty.
  • Xenafication: In this version, Snow White goes Joan of Arc on her enemies.

The Huntsman

Played by: Chris Hemsworth

  • Adaptational Badass: Was in minor role in the tale.
  • The Alcoholic: The Huntsman takes a swig before doing anything, including teaching a young girl to use pointy objects, giving romantic advice, giving a heartfelt speech..
  • An Axe to Grind: A large axe is the Huntsman's weapon of choice.
  • Ascended Extra: The Huntsman's role is much larger and more important than in the original fairy tale.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: William and the Huntsman against an evil, magical flock of ravens.
  • Badass in Distress: The Huntsman during his battle with the troll.
  • Betty and Veronica: Though the Love Triangle is only hinted at, it's clear that devoted childhood friend William is the Betty while initially reluctantly helpful, alcoholic older man Eric is the Veronica to Snow White.
  • Held Gaze: At the end of the movie between Snow White and the Huntsman, who also do this a couple of other times throughout the movie.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: The Huntsman, before proceeding to knock out all of Finn's men and send Finn himself flying into a pit of hallucinogenic mushrooms.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Huntsman tries to leave Snow White, and is asked how he can possibly be that cold.

     Antagonists 

Queen Ravenna

Played by: Charlize Theron
  • Adaptational Badass: The original evil queen had magical powers too, but in this movie, she uses them to become a flock of crows and is also a physical fighter when required.
  • Animal Motifs: Ravens obviously.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She mops the floor with Snow White in the final battle.
  • Beauty Is Bad
  • Big Bad: In Snow White and the Huntsman. She needs the titular female protagonist dead so she can become immortal.
  • Black Widow: She married the King and usurped his throne after killing him.
  • Dark Action Girl: She kicks Snow White's ass for the most part in the movie's climax.
  • Does Not Like Men
    Ravenna: I was ruined by a king like you once. I replaced his queen, an old woman. And in time, I too would have been replaced. Men use women. They ruin us. And when they are finished with us, they toss us to the dogs like scraps.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For all her evilness, she does seem to care about her brother Finn, and breaks down in tears at his death. She loves her mother and her sister Freya too (not that it stops her from betraying the latter).
  • Evil Overlord
  • Evil Sorcerer
  • Fairest of Them All: At least until Snow White comes of age.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Ravenna is polite and courteous towards Snow White when they first meet. It doesn't last long.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her mother was murdered when she was just a child and she and her siblings were taken captive by an evil king, who is implied to have raped her. She and siblings also grew up in poverty. As a result, she hates men and believes that being beautiful and cruel is the only way to protect herself, and that the world deserves to be treated like crap.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Started out as a simple peasant girl; ended up an incredibly powerful sorceress and queen.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Her endgame is to "give this wretched world the queen it deserves" and she does a pretty good job of terrorizing and oppressing people.
  • Hot Witch: Played by Charlize Theron.
  • Immortality Immorality: She drains the beauty out of girls to maintain her own.
  • Lady of Black Magic: An elegant and powerful sorceress of dark magic.
  • Large Ham: Easily one of the hammiest characters in the films.
  • Magic Knight: Not only is she a powerful sorceress, she also has great skill in physical combat.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Ravenna has her breasts emphasized early on in the film in her wedding scene, and a couple of her dresses emphasize her back.
  • Sorcerous Overlord
  • Villainous Breakdown: She suffers a epic one early in the movie after Snow White escapes the castle. Behold.
  • Wicked Stepmother: To Snow White, of course.

Finn

Played by: Sam Spruell

Freya

Played by: Emily Blunt

  • An Ice Person: She manipulates cold and ice, being able to summon eternal winter over the Northern lands.
  • Anti-Villain: Due to her tragic background and her child's death.
  • Big Bad: In The Huntsman: Winter's War. Her search for the magical mirror to resurrect Ravenna drives the plot.
  • Expy: To The Snow Queen but a lot from Elsa.
  • Fisher King: After becoming the Snow Queen, she used her magic to convert the lands of the North into a frozen wasteland. After her death, the land is restored to its original state.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She is more sympathetic than her sister mind you, but she used her powers to keep her domain in perpetual winter and had young children captured to be trained as her warriors.
  • Icy Blue Eyes
  • Large Ham: Emily Blunt is clearly having fun chewing up the entire film.
  • Mama Bear: She turns on Ravenna the moment she harms her 'children'. It costs her her life.
  • Meaningful Name: She shares the same name as Freyja, the Norse goddess of love, beauty and sorcery.
  • Mystical White Hair: Comes with being An Ice Person.
  • Redemption Equals Death: She dies protecting her Huntsmen from Ravenna.
  • Tragic Villain: While her actions were indeed atrocious, they stemmed from heartbreak after the loss of her child, and wanting to keep her 'children' from suffering the same loss.
  • Winter Royal Lady: An ice-themed magical queen.
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