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    Snow White

The Disney Princess.

Considered the "fairest in all the land", she incites the jealousy of her vain stepmother, Queen Grimhilde when she spies her and a Prince serenading each other. With the help of her would-be murderer sent by the Queen, Snow White flees until she comes across the cottage of the Seven Dwarfs, whom she befriends.

Voiced by: Adriana Caselotti, Thelma Hubbard (Radio Programs), Ilene Woods (1949 read along book), June Foray (1954 read-along book), Mary Kay Bergman (1989-1999), Carolyn Gardner (1999-2010), Melissa Disney, Katherine Von Till (2011 - current), Pamela Ribon (Ralph Breaks the Internet), Tress MacNeille (The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse), Natalie Babbit Taylor (Once Upon a Studio);
Voiced in European French by: Christiane Tourneur (speaking), Béatrice Hagen (singing) (1938), Lucie Dolène (1962), Valérie Siclay (speaking), Rachel Pignot (singing) (2001)
Voiced in Polish by: Maria Modzelewska (1938), Edyta Krzemień (2009)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Thelma Hubbard (speaking), Diana Castillo (singing) (1938), Amparo Garrido (speaking), Lupita Pérez Arias (singing) (1964), Maggie Vera (speaking) (2001, House of Mouse, Ralph Breaks the Internet), Vikina Michel (2001 singing voice)
Voiced in Swedish by: Tatiana Angelini (1938), Anna-Lotta Larsson (1982), Lizette Pålsson (House of Mouse), Mikaela Tidermark Nelson (Ralph Breaks the Internet)
Voiced in Brazilian Portuguese by: Dalva de Oliveira (speaking), Maria Clara Tati Jacome (singing) (1938); Maria Alice Barreto (speaking), Cybele (singing) (1965)

Portrayed by: Rachel Zegler (live-action remake)

She's also a member and the first of the Disney Princess line.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Not in the final film—since Snow White has hair "as black as ebony" as described in most versions—surviving pre-production drawings showed character designs that had her as blonde or redheaded.
  • Age Lift: In the first edition of the fairy tale by the Grimm Brothers, Snow White was only seven years old when the Mirror declared her the fairest in the land and she remains that age for the entire story. Later editions of the Grimms (and eventually this Disney animated version) age her up to a teenagernote  to avoid the obvious squick factor of the Prince falling in love with a child.
  • All-Loving Hero: Snow White doesn't seem to hate anyone and she seems to like or love everyone whom she meets, to the point where she is disappointed with her woodland friends for turning away a frail (and extremely suspicious) old lady.
  • Animal Lover: Snow White makes friends with all the animals she sees and is seen returning an adolescent (just starting to fly) bird to its parents.
  • Animal Motifs: Birds, especially white doves and songbirds. This is in stark contrast to her stepmother.
  • Beautiful Singing Voice: Snow White has the iconic (and ripe-for-parody) scene where Snow White's singing attracts the birds and friendly Woodland Creatures, and drives home the point that she's a Princess Classic who's a Friend to All Living Things, if that hadn't already been made abundantly clear earlier.
  • Beautiful Slave Girl: Snow White is raised by her stepmother as a slave in an attempt to diminish her beauty but still grows up to be as beautiful as her stepmother had feared.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: While the villain is renowned for her beauty, it is Snow White whose beauty ends up being a feature that convinces the dwarfs to trust her, and the Evil Queen turns herself into a hideous old hag towards the end for further emphasis to the lovely Snow White. However, the filmmakers were trying to invert the trope through Snow White and instead emphasize the idea that Goodness Equals Beauty.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's very patient, but she's also very persistent about the dwarves' hygiene. In a deleted scene, she also resorts to emotional blackmail when the dwarves fight over whether or not she stays or leaves.
  • Break the Cutie: Averted. Despite being enslaved and abused by her only family member, nearly murdered by said family, and being forced to run through a terrifying forest, she picks herself up and doesn't complain or cry much.
  • Character Tics: Often fluffs her hair before meeting someone.
  • Chekhov's Skill: All her time as a Scullery Maid for the Queen leaves her capable of attending to the dwarfs cottage as payment for staying.
  • Children Are Innocent: Although she looks older, she is the youngest of the Disney princesses, at about 14 years old, and is really very innocent, pure of heart and naive.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Modelled on Janet Gaynor.
  • The Cutie: Snow White is very loveable and endearing, and her cuteness is purposefully emphasized nowadays in contrast to some of the more elegant or tough princesses.
  • Damsel in Distress: When the Huntsman tries to kill her, he spares her out of pity and shame.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Both her parents died. And her stepmother was abusive to her out of jealousy — making her dress and perform duties as a scullery maid.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just because she's a sweet-natured girl doesn't mean she can't be sassy, especially towards Grumpy.
    "What's the matter? Cat got your tongue?"
    "Oh, did you hurt yourself?"
  • Disney Death: Her moody death and funeral scenes were intended to make children and adults alike unfamiliar with the tale to believe she was truly dead. Nowadays, the ending is completely ubiquitous in culture.
  • Dub Name Change: As her name in the book was translated into other languages, her name would change depending on what dub you watch. (Blanche Neige in French, Lumikki in Finnish, etc.)
  • Expy: Walt intentionally sought out Betty Boop's designer, Grim Natwick, to help with Snow White's design and animation since she was meant to be a realistic human, a first for the studio at that time. Earlier concept sketches bore heavy resemblance to Betty Boop, but as Walt wanted a more believable character, the Betty Boop-esque art style was scrapped in favour of the one in the final release. Furthering the Betty Boop connection was a 1983 interview with Adriana Caselotti who admitted to have taken inspiration from Betty when voicing the character.
  • Fairest of Them All: The most famous example: the Evil Queen hates Snow White for being the most beautiful person in the land.
  • Fallen Princess: In this version, the Queen forced Snow White to dress in rags and perform menial labors in her family's own castle. Snow had all the right to live comfortably in there, but that was denied to her for no real reason other than to hide her beauty.
  • Fatal Flaw: Very nearly. Her naiveté and failure to see bad in anyone nearly ends her life twice over.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Is implied to be a Supreme Chef by way of her association with the pie she makes for Grumpy, though it's never tasted. And don't forget about SOUP!
  • Friend to All Children: Implied. Although we never see Snow White interact with children (aside from her interactions with Vanellope in Ralph Breaks the Internet), she initially assumes the dwarves cottage belongs to orphaned children. She’s more than happy to be their mother. She also gets along especially well with young animals.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Wild animals are attracted to her and want to help her in any way they can.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Snow White wears primary blue and yellow colors (by contrast, the Evil Queen wears black and purple).
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She completely trusts a creepy hag and thinks she's just a nice "poor old lady", which shows just how tragically good and pure she is—even her animal friends who immediately realize something is up can't convince her not to help.
  • Hotter and Sexier: On all promotional art and VHS/DVD covers, and the first posters, she has a svelte Barbie doll body, even though she was designed look normal.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Snow White is so kind, so sweet-natured, and so good-hearted to everything and everyone she wins over even the most shy and unruly of creatures.
  • Informed Attribute: "Skin white as snow." comes off more like hyperbole here. To clarify, it was considered beautiful back when the original tale was written, but nowadays, it's common to consider this unhealthy, so this Snow White doesn't have the same complextion. That said, her skintone is still somewhat lighter than other characters. She's got the black hair and red lips too, at least.
  • The Ingenue: The most prominent example among the Disney Princesses. Since the movie came out in such early times, her innocence and naïveté are meant to be very appealing, and provide a sufficient, sympathetic explanation for why she trusts the disguised Queen or is terrified of the forest.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Snow White has some resemblance to her voice actress Adriana Caselotti.
  • Innocent Soprano: Snow White is one of the younger princesses in her early- to mid-teens, and is a girl so lovely and innocent that the dwarfs and prince are instantly charmed by her. She's fittingly a soprano, and her songs have many high operatic runs and trills.
  • "I Want" Song: "I'm Wishing," a song about her wish to meet her One True Love, and "Someday My Prince Will Come," a song about her wish to be reunited with her prince.
  • Lady and Knight: The bright lady to the dwarfs collective white knight. invokedEarly drafts also have the Prince playing this role.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: She's the Light Feminine (sweet, innocent, and Obliviously Beautiful) to the Queen's Dark Feminine (a cold and ruthless Proud Beauty).
  • Little Miss Snarker: Although she is motherly and doesn't have a mean bone in her body, Snow White gets in a couple of light-hearted jabs at the dwarfs' expense when they first meet. She recognizes Grumpy last, and she announces it by folding her arms and saying "You must be Grumpy!" in a deep voice. She also sarcastically says "Oh, recently" when she sees through the dwarfs' lies they already washed up for supper, and comments that she is surprised when Doc shows his dirty hands. And after Grumpy accidentally walks into a wall, she asks him "Aw, did you hurt yourself?" while he recuperates.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Well, beautiful stepdaughter, but her stepmother the Queen has a secret laboratory and among her dark arts is alchemy.
  • Nice Girl: Overly sweet and affectionate even by Disney Princess standards, though she can be stern to the dwarves when she wants to be, as part of her motherly nature. The Queen, disguised as an old hag, even exploits this and succeeds in getting Snow White to eat the poisoned apple.
  • Oblivious to Hatred: Didn't notice how much her stepmother resented her as she had done nothing wrong apart from trying to be the best daughter she could be. It comes as a tragic and terrible shock that she would want her assassinated.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: Her habit to gussy up her hair and clothes despite being beautiful already. When the Prince first serenades her she does this to her rags! This doubly hilarious, first because of how pointless it is to make the rags looks good, second because she couldn’t look bad if she tried.
  • Official Couple: With the Prince, who breaks her curse with "Love's First Kiss" before riding off into the sunset with her.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Like all of the Disney princesses, she gets more fancy designs of her movie dress in merchandise and other spin-off material. Her merchandise particularly focuses on collar and skirt when it pimps her out.
  • The Pollyanna: At most, she breaks down briefly in fear, but she is quick to revive from attempted murder and maintains a very cheery, positive disposition.
  • The Power of Friendship: Her kindness, generosity, and amiability towards the dwarves indirectly resolves both the Queen's schemes and her own poisoning, as they both became angry on her behalf and put her in a position for the Prince to find and revive her.
  • Primary-Color Champion: A variant: Her dress is primarily yellow and blue with red accents, as opposed to the red and blue with yellow accents that is typical for this trope.
  • Princess Classic: The sweet-singing, sweet-natured, and beautiful Snow White ends up with her prince in a castle in the clouds.
  • Princess Protagonist: The long-lost princess Snow White is the heroine of the film. She's threatened by her Wicked Stepmother, but is saved by some dwarfs and a handsome prince.
  • Proper Lady: Her feminine skills are emphasized more than any other princess, and thus she is perhaps the most quintessential example.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: In the movie, at least, you can see her wearing flesh-colored tights under her outfits if you look closely enough. In any case, she's the only Disney Princess to be depicted wearing these.
  • Protagonist Title: The movie is named after her.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: "Lips red as the rose. Hair black as ebony. Skin white as snow." Snow White is probably at least a contender for Trope Codifier.
  • Riches to Rags: The vain Queen dresses her in ragged clothing and makes her pose as a servant. It is likely for this reason that the princess is quite willing to earn her keep at the Dwarfs' cottage and has the domestic skills to back it up.
  • Scullery Maid: Hoping to cover up her beauty, the Evil Queen assigns her to hard labor in rags as a scullery maid, but this doesn't stop the Prince from loving her, nor does it keep the Mirror from deeming her "fairest of them all".
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Her iconic blue and yellow dress is quite the upgrade from the maid rags she had to wear at the beginning.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She shows shades of this. In a deleted scene, when the dwarves get into a fight over whether or not she stays, she says with sarcasm, "Don't let me break up your happy home.", and declares that she's going. She then guilt-trips them, mentioning that she's not afraid of the dark woods at night "and the goblins".
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Snow's blue and yellow princess dress doesn't have much decorations other than the slashes on the sleeves and high-collar.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Snow White falls for The Prince, who is just as noble, kind, and romantic as she is. In the 2019 comic, Snow White falls for him because of his kindness.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: In regards to the Prince. When she first sees the Prince, she instantly and deeply falls in love with him. Considering that she was a Fallen Princess at that time and he introduced himself by being a gentleman to her, she can't be blamed.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Despite the Evil Queen's efforts to make her uglier by dressing her in rags and making her work, Snow White still becomes the fairest in the land by fourteen, so the Queen demands her death.
  • Supreme Chef: Suggested. She's iconically associated with the pie she makes for Grumpy, but it's never actually tasted. They seem to like her cooking according to the deleted scenes, tie-in CDs and in the video game, Kinect: Disneyland Adventures. Music in Your Soup makes it clear that the dwarfs (even Grumpy) indeed love her cooking, but the animation was never completed.
  • Team Mom: To the dwarves. She even tells them, grown men, they'll get no supper till they wash up!
  • Too Dumb to Live: She gets explicitly warned to not trust any strangers should one come by and not to let anyone in the house while the dwarves are away. Then the Queen shows up disguised as an old peddler woman and Snow White falls for the Queen's Wounded Gazelle Gambit and the whole story she spun about a "magic wishing apple".
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Snow White "dies" after she bites a poisoned apple made by the Evil Queen.
  • True Love's Kiss: Notably, it's specifically "love's first kiss", which implies it only works on chaste women.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Invoked and played straight. The Queen’s plan to dull Snow’s beauty through rags and hard work backfires.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Snow White is a strong believer that one day, all of her dreams will come true.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: The Magic Mirror claims that Snow White is "the fairest of them all", deposing her stepmother from the title.
  • Younger than She Looks: Walt Disney was aiming to make her look to be around 14 years old, but she looks closer to 16 or 17. This is still an Age Lift compared to the original story, where she's only 7 when the magic mirror declares her the fairest in the land.

    The Seven Dwarfs
From top to bottom: Dopey, Sneezy, Doc, Bashful, Sleepy, Happy and Grumpy

Seven dwarfs who work in a diamond mine. They take Snow White in and become her protectors and friends upon finding her asleep in their house. Each has their own distinctive personality and looks.

  • Ambiguously Human: It's uncertain whether they are the fey race or simply elderly, short humans. Surely the fact that the dwarfs have only four fingers on each hand, while Snow White and other characters are drawn with realistic five-fingered hands, is a strong clue in favor of them being dwarfs in the sense of a nonhuman fey race.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When they chase down the Queen after failing to get back home in time to save Snow White from her. With Happy being ever cheerful, Bashful being shy and Sleepy being somewhat passive, you wouldn't expect them to get angry, but all seven have furious looks on their faces when they're chasing her, and some including Grumpy are even armed with clubs which implies they would at most beat her to death (in her elderly form, no less) if they caught her. Happy fits this trope more than the other dwarfs though, as he too can get annoyed with Dopey if his antics cross the line.
  • Breakout Character: They were the main reason audiences went to see the film and loved it, which led to them having their own show The 7D in an alternate universe setting and being constantly used to promote Disney.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: They have only four fingers; one thumb and three other digits.
  • Gag Nose: Bashful, Grumpy and Sneezy, although Grumpy's nose is easily the largest out of all of them.
  • Hidden Depths: In addition to their work as miners, they are also accomplished lapidarists, carpenters, and musicians. Not only can they dance, sing, yodel, and play instruments, it’s implied they craft them themselves!
  • Lady and Knight: Collectively they play the white knight to Snow white’s bright lady.
  • Manchild: All of them are childish to a certain extent, which is better exemplified by the fact that Snow White treats them like children.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": During the scene where they put two and two together that the Evil Queen has found Snow White: Someone they know and care about very deeply is in trouble, and they're too far away to get to them in time to help her— For all they know they may already be too late to do anything. Doc gets hit doubly with this; as the leader of the dwarfs this is probably the first time he's been in a situation where he doesn't immediately know what to do, and he sounds more panicked than anyone else in that scene.
  • Meaningful Name: Except for Doc, all of them have names describing their personalities.
  • Men Can't Keep House: Downplayed. Their cottage is a rather nice place to live even before Snow White tidies it up, but the princess does point out where they've been lax from years of relaxed carelessness and seldom having company over.
  • Named by the Adaptation: This is lampshaded in a Saved by the Bell episode where one of the questions on a quiz is about the names of the dwarves. Lisa answers the Disney names, only for the other team to correct her saying that they had no names in the original fairytale.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: While they are seven, the three most emphasized dwarfs are Dopey (nice), Grumpy (mean), and Doc (in-between). Dopey is childishly naive, Grumpy's trust is hard to gain and he has a prickly demeanor, and Doc is the self-appointed leader of the Dwarfs and a bit pompous but well-intentioned.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Subverted, each one is distinct enough to be identifiable, especially Dopey, who looks the youngest of the seven.
  • The Pig-Pen: Apparently, they only wash (even their hands!) when they're going somewhere or on New Year's, and they consider washing more than a week ago as "recently".
  • Properly Paranoid: All seven dwarfs (but especially Grumpy) fear the Queen discovering them and warn Snow White to beware of her trickery and black magic at every turn. Rightfully so, as the first time they leave, the Queen easily finds the cottage and dupes Snow White in a magic disguise.
  • Sad Clown: All of the dwarfs are comical; however, audiences were allegedly in tears at the sight of them mourning over Snow White, one of the very first scenes in animation Played for Drama.
  • Shipper on Deck: Seemingly a tragic example. The dwarfs are well aware Snow White loves her Prince wishes for nothing more than to be reunited with him. In the end, all they can do is allow him to pay his respects to her corpse. Fortunately, it all works out in the end.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad:
    • Even Walt Disney acknowledged that the dwarfs were the main draw of the film rather than the title character.
    • Whenever the dwarfs appear in newer works or the theme parks, expect either Dopey or Grumpy to take center stage.
  • Sweet Tooth: They all cheer in unison when Snow White reveals she can make gooseberry pies.
  • True Companions: The dwarfs care for each other a lot and their relationship with each other can be described as this. The all live together in a single house and sleep in their own name carved beds and they all do a lot of things together. In the comics, the dwarfs are explicitly brothers, but even many fans who do not read them also consider the dwarfs to be biologically brothers and Snow White herself seems to think so too. And Snow White herself becomes a member of their companionship too.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Snow White. A literal example, since they keep eternal vigil next to her coffin.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: All the dwarfs have this relationship with Grumpy, especially Doc. Sneezy and Dopey also tend to get into trouble with the others, though in their cases, it's usually innocent or unintentional.

"Search every crook and nanny. Uh, nook and cranny."
Voiced by: Roy Atwell, Joe Twerp (Mickey Mouse Theatre of the Air), Pinto Colvig (Seven Wise Dwarfs), Stan Freberg (1954), Jack Wagner (Disneyland), Jim Cummings (DVD extras, 1994, Disney on Ice), David Ogden Stiers, Bill Farmer (The 7D); Jean-Claude Donda (European French dub)
Voiced in Swedish by: Rune Carlsten (1938), John Harryson (1982), Steve Kratz (The 7D)
Voiced in Brazilian Portuguese by: Almirante (1938), Magalhães Graça (1965)

  • Big Brother Instinct: He takes the role of this trope as he is considered to be the leader of the dwarfs. Grumpy temporarily took this role when he and the dwarfs chased after the evil queen after she poisons Snow White.
  • The Leader: Doc is the self-proclaimed leader of the seven dwarfs.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Doc and Grumpy tend to get into those bicker spats on occasion which is mostly seen when they discuss on what to do with Snow White and when Grumpy refused to wash himself for dinner.
  • Malaproper: When he gets flustered, he messes up his words, the funniest being, "What are you and who are you doing?" This was a specialty of comedian Roy Atwell, who voiced the character for the film.
  • Odd Name Out: His name, unlike the others, isn't an adjective describing his personality. In many translations, his name is altered to some variation of "Wise".
  • Only Sane Man: Though a more befuddled case, he is often the voice of reason to the other dwarfs buffoonery and arguing.
  • Spoonerism: Sometimes, he'll swap consonants around and say something like "Search every crook and nanny".
  • Team Dad: Doc definitely tries to play the father figure to the other six dwarfs, though Snow White is even more of a mother figure to all seven of them.

"Don't let nobody or nothin' in the house!"
Voiced by: Pinto Colvig, Stuart Buchannan (radio programs), Hal Smith (80's), Jack Wagner (Disneyland), Corey Burton (Currently), Maurice LaMarche (The 7D), Josh Robert Thompson (Once Upon a Studio); Gérard Rinaldi (European French dub),
Voiced in Swedish by: Stig Järrel (1938), Olof Thunberg (1982), Ole Ornered (The 7D)
Voiced in Brazilian Portuguese by: Aristóteles Penna (1938); Ênio Santos (speaking), João Alberto Persson (singing) (1965)
Portrayed by: Martin Klebba (live-action remake)

  • Audience Surrogate: Walt Disney commented that Grumpy was meant to be this for the people who found Snow White annoyingly cutesy.
  • Butt-Monkey: During the Washing Song, when the other dwarfs gang up on him to wash him, much to his chagrin.
  • Character Development: He's the character that changes the most over the course of the movie, so it's Grumpy that has a character arc. At first, it's clear that he does not like Snow White staying in the dwarfs' cottage, and while he does grow to like her, he doesn't want to admit it, but when the animals rush to tell everyone that she's in danger, it's Grumpy who leads them and unleashes everyone against the Queen, since Doc unable to do so due to excessive panic, and he can't help but cry for the girl that softened his heart. By the time of the final scene, Grumpy is more open to show how his true, positive feelings to the ones he cares about, especially Snow White and Doc: when the princess is revealed to be still alive, he celebrates hugging Doc after getting into disagreements with him for most of the movie and wishing Snow White luck when they have to say goodbye.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Grumpy can be very rude and sarcastic, especially towards Doc.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Grumpy's Character Development. He finally completes it during the climax when he leads the dwarfs in a furious chase after the Queen.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: He begrudges having Snow stay in the Dwarves' home and teases the others for giving in to her charms so easily. He softens up eventually, however, and when word comes that she might be in danger, he's the one who leads the charge.
    Grumpy: She's a female! And all females is poison! They're full of wicked wiles!
  • Jerkass Has a Point: One of Grumpy's main arguments against letting Snow White stay is that the Queen will eventually find her and wreak her vengeance on them. This proves to be a pretty reasonable concern.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Grumpy is initially opposed to having Snow White live with them, but he eventually warms up to her. When the dwarfs hear that Snow White is in trouble, Grumpy is the first to jump on a deer and yell, "C'mon!" and leads the way. And at Snow White's funeral, notice that he is the one who puts flowers on top of Snow White when they open the coffin to mourn her.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Doc and Grumpy tend to get into those bicker spats on occasion which is mostly seen when they discuss on what to do with Snow White and when Grumpy refused to wash himself for dinner.
  • Manly Tears: They all cry when Snow White (apparently) dies, even Grumpy, the manliest of the seven.
  • Not So Above It All: When the dwarfs are each receiving a kiss from Snow White on their way out of the cottage, there's a brief scene of Grumpy polishing up his head in anticipation of getting his kiss.
  • Only Sane Man: Grumpy's response to Snow White suddenly becoming their disciplinarian is arguably the closest to reasonable.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Grumpy is the biggest perpetual frowner of the Seven Dwarfs although he is seen smiling on a few occasions.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He's hostile to Snow White at first because he doesn't like having a woman in his home.
  • Tsundere: His demeanor toward Snow White (after he starts to warm up to her) is encompassed by the phrase "I'm not doing this because I like you." This is most clearly shown when Snow White kisses him on the forehead: he resists and tries to stop her, then walks away looking annoyed... but then quickly smiles and sighs in happiness. He then realizes that his "I don't like you" act is slipping, and puts it on once again.

Voiced by: Pinto Colvig, Billy Gilbert (Mickey Mouse Theatre of the Air), Lou Merrill (Lux Radio Theatre), Hal Smith (80's), Jack Wagner (Disneyland), Bill Farmer (Currently), Stephen Stanton (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, The 7D); Patrick Dozier (European French dub),
Voiced in Swedish by: Ragnar Falck (1938), Stig Grybe (1982), Joakim Jennefors (The 7D)

  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's the dwarf who realizes that the animals are frantic because The Evil Queen is threatening Snow White's life, which gets Grumpy to rally everyone into action.
  • Dreary Half-Lidded Eyes: Provides the page image. He always has droopy half-closed eyes as if he's just awoken from a deep sleep.
  • Fly Crazy: Throughout the film, Sleepy is pestered by the loud buzzing of an agile fly. Whenever he is able to muster the energy to try and swat it, he misses and hurts himself instead.
  • Heavy Sleeper: He is always weary, droopy-eyed, and is always eager to fall asleep.
  • The Quiet One: Unlike Dopey who is the The Voiceless, Sleepy has some lines, although not so much like the others.
  • Sleepyhead: Sleepy is an obvious example; he falls asleep all the time.

"I'd like to dance and tap my feet, but they won't keep in rhythm. You see, I washed them both today and I can't do nothing with 'em!"
Voiced by: Otis Harlan, Rolfe Sedan (Lux Radio Theatre), Kevin Schon (House of Mouse, DVD Extras, Disney on Ice), Stephen Stanton (Currently), Kevin Michael Richardson (The 7D); Jean-Loup Horwitz (European French dub),
Voiced in Swedish by: Carl-Gunnar Wingård (1938), Hans Lindgren (1982), Anders Öjebo (The 7D)
Voiced in Brazilian Portuguese by: Delorges Caminha (1938), Luiz Motta (1965)

  • Acrofatic: Happy is the plumpest of the dwarfs, yet he can keep up with the rest of them when they're running up a mountain after the Wicked Queen.
  • Big Fun: Happy is the chubbiest and the jolliest of the dwarfs. Very kind and friendly, he's often seen chuckling heartily and loves eating and partying.
  • Character Tics: Happy's main gag is his chuckle.
  • The Heart: Happy can be described as this for the dwarfs. As his name says, he is the most cheerful and optimistic of the seven. He loves parties and won't esitate to share them with his loved ones.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: He does this for Dopey when the dwarfs are first meeting Snow White. When the princess inquires whether he's unable to speak, he replies, "We don't know! He's never tried!"

Voiced by: Scotty Mattraw, Jack Smart (Lux Radio Theatre), Stan Freberg (1954), Jack Wagner (Disneyland), Jeff Bennett (Currently), Paul Rudish (Mickey Mouse), Billy West (The 7D); Michel Mella (European French dub),
Voiced in Swedish by: Nils Hultgren (1938), Mille Schmidt (1982), Mattias Knave (The 7D)
Voiced in Brazilian Portuguese by: Baptista Junior (1938), Navarro de Andrade (1965)
  • Character Tics; Bashful's main gag is his tendency to blush when he's ashamed or embarassed.
  • The Cutie: His shyness and how sincerely he loves people make for some very cute moments, such as how heavily he blushes when Snow White kisses him.
  • Shrinking Violet: True to his name, Bashful is very shy and doesn't like being at the center of attention. When he's too embarassed, he gets all red and tends to cover his face with his beard.

Voiced by: Billy Gilbert, Will Ryan (80's), Jack Wagner (Disneyland), Bob Joles (Currently), Scott Menville (The 7D); Bernard Alane (European French dub),
Voiced in Swedish by: Ragnar Falck (1938), Bert-Åke Varg (1982), Magnus Rongedal (The 7D)
Voiced in Brazilian Portuguese by: Edmundo Maia (1938), Orlando Drummond (1965)

  • Anti-Sneeze Finger: The other dwarfs put their fingers under Sneezy's nose to prevent him from sneezing several times. Doesn't always work though. Sneezy himself provides the page image.
  • Character Tics: His main shtick is that he sneezes all the time. He often warns everyone when he's about to sneeze, but at times, not even he can predict that.
  • Flat Character: Compared to the other Dwarfs, he has the least distinct characterization. After all, sneezing is less a personality trait and more just a bodily function.
  • Plot Allergy: One of his many sneezes is due to an allergy to goldenrods.
  • Sneeze of Doom: His voice actor Billy Gilbert is a comedian known for how he exaggerates sneezes. In fact, when Gilbert found out about Sneezy, he called up Walt Disney and gave him his famous sneezing gag and got the part.

Voiced by: Jimmy MacDonald (snoring and crying) Pinto Colvig (hiccups), Eddie Collins (screaming), Russi Taylor (Disney On Ice) Frank Welker (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train), Dee Bradley Baker (The 7D)

  • The Baby of the Bunch: Dopey is this within the dwarf clan, being the youngest and the most childish.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is often the butt of the other dwarfs's jokes, usually for comical effect.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Even though he doesn't say a single word in the film, he's clearly not all there.
  • Cute Mute: Dopey is mute and also the cutest of the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Cute Oversized Sleeves: He has long sleeves that cover his hands, pegging him as the youngest, most naïve of the Dwarfs.
  • The Cutie: He was made to be cute. His namesake means he always has a grin on his face when he is acting silly.
  • Dumb and Drummer: During the Silly Song, Dopey is seen playing the drums. Subverted in that it makes him cross the line to Genius Ditz territory.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Dopey manages to swallow both a bar of soap and a spoon (in a deleted scene) with one gulp each. Granted, both times were by accident, and eating this kind of stuff often gives him the hiccups.
  • Genius Ditz: Disney didn't want him to be a complete idiot, so they let him do some pretty impressive drumming during the dance sequence.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: After swallowing a bar of soap.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Dopey has blue eyes and is the most innocent of the dwarfs.
  • Manchild: He tends to act like a toddler or a dog.
  • Never Learned to Talk: It's implied that this might be the reason for Dopey being mute.
    Snow White: And you're...
    Happy: Happy, ma'am, that's me! And this here's Dopey. He don't talk none.
    Snow White: You mean he can't talk?
    Happy: (laughing) We don't know! He's never tried!
  • Paste Eater: Dopey gulps down soap so fast he doesn't even notice he did it.
  • The Runt at the End: Being the silliest, the smallest, the only one who doesn't talk and the only one without a beard (though Doc is the one with the Odd Name Out). Accordingly, he walks last in line whenever the dwarves are marching together.
  • Silent Bob: Dopey can communicate with the other dwarfs, despite being mute.
  • Suddenly Speaking: During the finale of the musical performed at Radio City Music Hall in the late 70s and early 80s. Dopey yells "Goodbye, Snow White!" since he's the last of the Dwarfs to wish her farewell. He also yells "Ready!" after the dwarfs are chosen to ring the wedding bells to prepare Snow White and The Prince's wedding.
  • Vague Age: While Dopey is clearly the youngest of the dwarfs, it isn't clear if he's a child or not. His design is more akin to a child compared to his brothers, but he may as well be older than he looks.
  • The Voiceless: Happy explains that they don't know if he can talk or not because he's never tried to (in real life, it was because they couldn't find a suitable voice actor for him, though he does make several non-dialogue sounds throughout the film, some of which were provided by his live-action reference model, Eddie Collins).
  • Vocal Dissonance: His terrified yell when he sees the blanket-covered Snow White moving in her sleep is much deeper than we'd expect from such a childlike character. Averted with the other sounds he makes, though – i.e. hiccups, crying, and whimpering in his sleep – which are high-pitched, and averted in the Radio City Music Hall stage version, where his Suddenly Speaking line at the end (see above) is in a high, childlike voice.


    The Prince
Voiced by: Harry Stockwell, James Eagles (Radio Productions) Jerry Whitman (Disney On Ice), James Arnold Taylor (Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep)
Voiced in French by: ? (1938), Jean Cussac (1962), Pierre Tessier (speaking), Olivier Cantore (singing) (2001)
Voiced in Polish by: Aleksander Żabczyński (1938), Damian Aleksander (2009)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jorge Katz (1938), Jorge Lapuente (speaking), Jorge Lagunes (singing) (1964), Mauricio Arróniz (2001)
Voiced in Swedish by: Gösta Kjellertz (1938), Bruno Wintzell (1982)
Voiced in Brazilian Portuguese by: Carlos Galhardo (1938), João Alberto Persson (1965)
The handsome prince that hears Snow White's song and falls in love with her.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The 2019 Darkhorse comic book adaptation has the Prince and Snow White meet each other earlier when the former was paying a visit to the Queen's castle. Without knowing each other's true identities, the two of them quickly bond and spend the whole day playing with each other where they end up falling in love.
  • Boy Meets Girl: The Prince meets Snow White, Snow White meets the Prince and they fall in love at first sight.
  • Distressed Dude: In the comic adaptation and an earlier screenplay treatment, he was to have been captured by the Queen and entertained by dancing skeletons. This was later used in Sleeping Beauty, where Prince Philip is held captive by Maleficent.
  • Flat Character: Really serves no importance to the plot other than to serve as Snow White's Love Interest. He was originally intended to have a larger role, but the animators found drawing realistic male characters too hard at that time and their skills in drawing realistic female characters were already being taxed with animating Snow White and The Evil Queen.
  • King Incognito: In the 2019 comic, when Snow meets him for the first time, the Prince hides his status and pretends that he is merely a servant.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: For Snow White. It also helps that he is a handsome prince who is willing to always save the Damsel in Distress.
  • Let's Duet: He first introduces himself to Snow White by joining in her song.
  • Love at First Note: He falls in love with Snow White as soon as he hears her singing.
  • Love Interest: For Snow White. He is the one who breaks the evil Queen's spell when he kisses Snow White.
  • Nice Guy: The prince is pure, noble, and kind-hearted and is the male version of Snow White.
  • Non-Action Guy: The Prince's purpose is to serve as a love interest for Snow White and he does not engage in action or battle scenes.
  • No Name Given: His name is never revealed in the film, though promotional material released over 70 years later dubbed him Florian. He's also sometimes been dubbed "Ferdinand," due to Walt Disney's reference to Ferdinand the Bull in his Oscar acceptance speech being misunderstood as referring to the prince. In an earlier screenplay and later comic book adaptation, he gave himself the name Prince Buckethead after he saw Snow White making a pretend prince with that name.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Disney animators found it difficult to draw male characters at the time, which is why he had his screentime drastically reduced by the final cut of the film. He is noticeably (much like Snow White herself) rounder in appearance and non detailed compared to later Disney Princes.
  • One True Love: For Snow White. It's his kiss of true love that breaks the spell and causes Snow White to awake from her deep sleep.
  • Ornamental Weapon: He has a dagger at his side, but is never seen using it.
  • Primary-Color Champion: His clothing consists of blue, red, white, and some yellow.
  • Prince Charming: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. The Prince serves as a Love Interest for Snow White. Snow White says that she dreams that her prince will come and almost immediately after, he comes. The prince does little more than show up and be royal and doesn't engage in action or battle like the other princes in Disney.
  • Satellite Love Interest: One of the video releases says that the original intent was for him to be captured by the Queen while looking for Snow White and have scenes involving his imprisonment and breakout. They were dropped in favor of the climax focusing on the dwarfs. Prince Phillip later gets to do all these things, though.
  • Self-Deprecation: The reason he accepts the name Prince Buckethead in the comic book adaptation, as it's more honest than flattering.
  • Serenade Your Lover: He introduces himself to Snow White by singing about his love for her.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: His singing voice is much richer and more operatic than his speaking voice.
  • True Love's Kiss: His kiss wakes Snow White.
  • Older Than They Look: Barely looks old enough to be carrying a sword! But production notes claim he was intended to be 18.

    The Huntsman (Humbert)
Voiced by: Stuart Buchannan, Pete Renaday (currently)
Voiced in French by: Marc Alfos (2001)
Voiced in Polish by: Stefan Jaracz (1938), Andrzej Blumenfeld (2009)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: J. Gandero (1938), Francisco Larrué (1964), Emilio Guerrero (2001)
Voiced in Swedish by: Tord Stål (1938), Jan Nygren (1982)
Voiced in Brazilian Portuguese by: Túlio de Lemos (1938), Domício Costa (1965)

"Now, quick, child, run! Run away! Hide! In the woods, anywhere! Never come back! Now, go! Go! Go! Run! Run, hide!"

An infamous huntsman in the Queen's service, who is ordered to murder Snow White and bring back her heart. Unable to kill the child, he instead sends her away into the woods for safety and fakes her death.

  • Ambiguously Brown: His complexion is more tanned than that of the other characters.
  • Anti-Villain: He only agrees to kill Snow White because the Queen gives him an ultimatum, and would likely be executed if he refuses. In the end, Snow White is too beautiful and innocent for him to go through with it anyway.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is a well known hunter and expert killer, but he draws the line at killing Snow White. Not from lack of trying, but she is so beautiful and innocent that he can't bring himself to do it. Instead, he drops his knife, sobbingly begs for forgiveness, warns her of the Queen and tells her to run for it.
  • Foil: To the Queen. While the Huntsman only agrees to kill Snow because the Queen gives him an ultimatum (and would likely execute him if he refuses) and ultimately can't bring himself to go through with it, the Queen has no qualms about killing her if it means reclaiming the "fairest of them all" title.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: He is horrified when the Queen gives the order to execute Snow White, only accepting his job when the Queen gives him an ultimatum. He still ultimately refuses.
  • Honor Before Reason: Is unable to bring himself to end Snow White because of her beauty and innocence, and instead warns her to run for her life.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Fails to follow the Queen's orders of killing Snow White.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Solely works for the Queen and takes her orders of killing Snow White. However, the huntsman cannot do it.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's part of the main reason Snow White ends up at the titular dwarfs' house and meet up with said dwarfs, yet he receives very little screentime.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After telling Snow White to flee so she can hide from the Queen, the huntsman is never mentioned in the film again after the Queen is told by the Magic Mirror that he brought her a pig's heart instead of Snow's heart, at which point the Queen decides to try to kill Snow White herself. An invokedalternate sequence of events in which the Queen successfully makes it back to the castle had him rallying a party to burn it down to put an end to her reign, while the stage show has him warning the King of the Queen's treachery.


    The Evil Queen (Grimhilde) 

The Evil Queen (Grimhilde)
The "fairest" of them all, as the Queen (top) and as the old hag (bottom).
Voiced by: Lucille LaVerne, Paula Winslowe (Lux Radio Theatre), Gloria Gordon (Lux Radio Theatre, Witch), Ginny Tyler (1965-1983), Eleanor Audley (Read Along Book), June Foray (Disney on Parade), Janet Waldo (Christmas Carol record), Eda Reiss Merin (Disneyland), Louise Chamis (1992-2001), Susan Blakeslee (Currently), Tress MacNeille (The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse)
Voiced in French by: Adrienne d'Ambricourt (1938), Claude Gensac (Queen), Marie Francey (Witch) (1962), Sylvie Genty (Queen), Katy Vail (Witch) (2001)
Voiced in Polish by: Leokadia Pancewiczowa (Queen), Seweryna Broniszówna (Witch) (1938), Danuta Stenka (2009)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Blanca de Castejón (Queen), Cristina Montt (Witch) (1938), Rosario Muñoz Ledo (Queen), Carmen Donna-Dío (Witch) (1964), Liza Willert (Queen), Rosanelda Aguirre (Witch) (2001)
Voiced in Swedish by: Hjördis Petterson (1938), Lil Terselius (Queen), Helena Brodin (Witch) (1982)
Voiced in Brazilian Portuguese by: Cordélia Ferreira (1938), Lourdes Mayer (1965)

Portrayed by: Gal Gadot (live-action remake)

"And now, a special sort of death for one so fair."

The first Disney Animated Canon villain, Snow White's stepmother, and a very vain queen. Displeased with the Magic Mirror's claims she is no longer the most fairest in the land, the Queen seeks to kill Snow in order to reclaim the title. Reserved and cold, the Queen goes to great lengths to ensure her goal is fulfilled, magically transforming herself into an old hag to curse Snow with a poisoned apple.

  • Abusive Parents: She forces her own stepdaughter to work as a scullery maid because she's jealous of said stepdaughter's beauty.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: There's no mention of the Queen from the original story forcing Snow White to work as a Scullery Maid.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Her Disney theme parks counterpart is a bit friendlier, but still snobby.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The Evil Queen from the Grimm story that inspired the movie was a Master of Disguise who managed to trick a progressively suspicious Snow White three times, even going as far as to poison only half of the apple and eating the non-poisoned half right in front of the girl in order to convince her to eat the poisoned one.
  • All There in the Script: Her name, Grimhilde, was given in early publicity materials, including the first Comic-Book Adaptation. The Walt Disney Company tends to keep to the more well-known name, however.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: The Queen is cold, evil and icy.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Given that her ambition is to be the fairest of them all and she's willing to kill Snow White to achieve it...
  • Animal Motifs: Her throne is shaped like a peacock, showing off her vanity and Pride.
  • Animals Hate Her: The minute that the animals around Snow White’s cottage see her, they attack her.
  • Arch-Enemy: Poor Snow White.
  • Ax-Crazy: It's bad enough that she wants her stepdaughter dead, but once she's transformed herself into an old hag, the full extent of her ruthlessness becomes clear. Her dungeon is full of skeletons and torture/execution equipment if there was still any remaining doubt that she's completely insane.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: While not physically hurting him, she makes fun of his raven by scaring him badly.
  • Badass Cape: As the Queen. As the old hag, she wears a cloak with a cowl.
  • The Baroness: Domineering, cold, evil, and icy, she could be considered of the Sexpot variation since she is physically beautiful.
  • Beauty Is Bad: As the Queen. She is the second fairest in the land, and rotten to the core.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Transforms herself from an extremely beautiful and regal Queen to a hideous and ugly old peddler woman — all because of her jealousy towards someone else.
  • Beneath the Mask: The prim and proper Queen and old peddling hag are such different personalities that it's easy to forget they're the same character. She's probably getting into character as how a snob like herself imagines all peasants act.
  • Berserk Button: In her mind, being more beautiful than she is is a crime punishable by death, even if you are related to her.
  • Big Bad: Initially, she tries to dispose of Snow by having the Huntsman kill her, but takes matters into her own hands when that doesn't work.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When she's in her hag disguise she acts like a gentle and sweet old lady but it's only a trick to earn Snow White's trust and she's actually trying to poison her.
  • Black Cloak: Wears one as both the Queen and as the old peddler woman.
  • Black Magic: What the Queen practices.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Relishing the idea of Snow White being Buried Alive, she willingly brushes off the Sleeping Death's antidote, not counting that the Dwarfs would elect to keep her above ground, allowing the Prince to eventually find her and deliver the kiss to wake her up.
  • The Caligula: Not only does she have great power, she is also incredibly vain and irrational in her hatred of Snow White.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Averted as the Queen, but played straight when she transforms herself into the old peddler woman. After the transformation, she forgoes all restraint and revels in her murderous intent, with evil laughter galore.
  • The Chessmaster: Manipulative, scheming, and cunning, she will do anything to accomplish her goal. She's also quick-thinking as the old hag, turning the animals attacking her into a way to get inside the cottage and away from them.
  • Classic Villain: The first Animated Canon villain — adapted from the Brothers Grimm story — personifies Pride in her status as Fairest of Them All, feels Envy towards her stepdaughter Snow White, and displays horrific Wrath, determined to see the girl dead. Her beauty and voice is cold and haughty compared to the warmth and sweetness of Snow White; when she transforms herself into a peddler, she becomes a wretched old hag who plays on the girl's kindness. She succeeds in poisoning Snow, and a thunderstorm starts immediately afterwards. Snow's friends - both the forest animals and the seven dwarfs - chase her to the top of a cliff. The Queen attempts to crush them with a boulder, but a bolt of lightning strikes the cliff, sending her over the edge... and the boulder falls after her.
  • Cold Ham: As the Queen, she is usually controlled with her mannerisms even when angry.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Modelled on the likes of Joan Crawford and Helen Gahagan (specifically the latter's role in She (1935)).
  • Cool Chair: Her throne is shaped like a peacock. Fitting for someone who is so proud of her looks!
  • Cool Crown: She wears a crown with spikes evoking the rays of the sun.
  • Costume Porn: Her royal clothing as the Queen definitely counts.
  • Creepy Souvenir: It seems like she loves to collect the bones or the body parts of the people she has murdered as she demands the Huntsman to bring her Snow White's heart after having killed her and we later see that his pet raven is perched on a human skull which probably belonged to a previous victim.
  • Dark Is Evil: Wears black to represent her evil and jealous nature; initially it's only a cape and hood, but after her transformation she's swathed in the color.
  • Death Glare: Seems to be her default expression as the Queen.
  • Demoted to Extra: The Disneyland and Walt Disney World versions of Snow White's Scary Adventures gave her more appearances than any other Snow White character, mostly scaring the riders as the Witch. Walt Disney World's second Snow White ride, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, reduced her role to a cameo before the unloading area. When Disney updated the Disneyland ride into Snow White's Enchanted Wish, they removed two instances of the Witch offering poison apples to the riders, and moved her defeat to an earlier spot; this finally provided room to show Snow White reuniting with the Prince.
  • Determinator: She never gives up and is willing to become her own antithesis to destroy Snow White.
  • Disney Villain Death: Just as she's about to crush the dwarfs with a boulder, the cliff edge she's standing on is struck by lightning. She falls, the boulder falls after her, and it's implied the vultures who have been observing all of this will feast on what's left of her.
  • The Dreaded: Implied. It's hard to tell since we know very few characters, but the way the seven dwarfs talk about her heavily suggests that everyone in the kingdom is terrified of her. Hearing this was enough for Grumpy to change his tune about taking her in immediately. Even her pet raven, even before she turns herself into the hag, seems to be quite unnerved around her.
  • Driven by Envy: Her primary motivation for trying to hurt Snow White is envy of Snow White being "the fairest of them all."
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The Queen is very fair skinned, and turns out to have ebony hair — just like her stepdaughter.
  • Enemy to All Living Things: In contrast to Snow White, the Queen draws revulsion and fear from all critters in the forest, to the point they even attack her when she tries to get Snow White to eat the poison apple. The only creatures drawn to her presence are the vultures.
  • Entitled Bitch: She believes that only she is worthy of being the "fairest one of all", and will resort to murder if it means reclaiming the title that was "stolen" from her.
  • Ermine Cape Effect: Wears an enormous flowing cape and golden crown.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Snow White. Although both the Queen and Snow White are beautiful, Snow White is kind and tries to take care of others while the Queen is spiteful and tries to kill her stepdaughter just out of envy.
  • Evil Eyebrows: Her eyebrows are highly arched as the Queen.
  • Evil Gloating: As the old hag. After she successfully "kills" Snow White, she gloats "Now I'll be fairest in the land!"note 
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Twice, even!
    • After finishing her preparation of the poison apple, she jokingly offers her pet raven a bite.
    • While on her way out of the castle to deliver the apple, she happens across a dead prisoner still reaching for a bucket of water. She stops to kick the bucket at him while cracking a joke at his expense.
      "Thirsty?! Hee heh heh! HAVE A DRINK!!"
  • Evil Is Hammy: In both the large and cold senses, no less, depending on whether she's in her Wicked Witch form or her Queen form.
  • Evil is Petty: She wants to brutally murder a young girl (her stepdaughter, no less) for the "crime" of being prettier than she. She also seems to enjoy a lot scaring her pet raven when she's in her crone form like revealing her ugly face to him once the transformation is complete and jokingly offering him a bite from the poisoned apple.
  • Evil Laugh: Not as the Queen, but as the old peddler woman, suggesting that the disguise is actually revealing her most base nature.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: When she magically disguises herself as an old lady to trick Snow White and hurt her, her transformation does more than make her look older, it turns her into an old hag.
  • Evil Matriarch: A queen determined to off her stepdaughter!
  • Evil Old Folks: Her old hag disguise.
  • Evil Plan: Initially, it's just having the Huntsman slay Snow in an isolated part of the forest. Later, she takes matters into her own hands.
  • Evil Sorceress: Initially; later, she's a Wicked Witch. The Queen can change into a hag, and that's apparently not the only thing she can do, either—she does it in a chamber full of spellbooks and a lot of equipment necessary for making spells, and she's also seen making a tempting poisoned apple in a cauldron full of a mysterious concoction which apparently seeps into the apple to make it inedible (which would be putting it lightly, considering the end result of one bite is the "sleeping death").
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In her original form as the Queen, she has a formidable er contralto, fitting her dark beauty and cold personality.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Her transformation artificially ages her voice, which she briefly laments. In real life, her voice actress, Lucille LaVerne, simply removed her false teeth to accomplish the difference, which completely stunned the animators, who had previously told LaVerne that they needed an older, raspier version of the character and were not aware that she had removed her false teeth.
  • Evil Wears Black: Her black cape as the Queen and all-encompassing hooded cloak as the old hag, the latter of which provides the page image.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Her eyeshadow is noticeably blue.
  • Fairest of Them All: Out of jealousy, the Queen wants to kill Snow so that she would be the most beautiful and fairest in the land.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts like a Cool Old Lady to Snow White when she's invited into the dwarfs' cottage, even as the forest animals realize she's bad news and run off to get help, and as the Queen is getting ready to poison Snow White.
  • Foil: To the Huntsman. While the Queen has no qualms about killing Snow if it means reclaiming the "fairest of them all" title, the Huntsman only agrees to do so because the Queen gives him an ultimatum (and would likely execute him if he refuses), and ultimately can't bring himself to kill her.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Downplayed. As the Witch, she often stares and speaks directly into the camera, which effectively makes her creepier.
  • Freudian Excuse: Serena Valentino's Twice-Told Tale novel Fairest of All gives her one: Due to emotional abuse from her father, who refused to acknowledge her as beautiful at all prior to his death, the Queen became obsessed with beauty but really wanted to be loved. In fact, when she married Snow White's father she actually cared for Snow White as if she were her own daughter. It isn't until her father's witch cousins supply her with the magic mirror (containing her father's spirit) that she begins to lose her sanity.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She has no qualms attempting to murder a 14-year-old girl for the crime of being "fairer" than she. In addition, the skeletal remains in her dungeons would imply that she's not a benevolent ruler towards her subjects.
  • Gonk: She becomes downright hideous after transforming into her hag disguise, with wide, leering eyes, only one tooth, and a beak-like nose with a large wart on it. Ironic for someone desiring to become the "fairest in the land".....
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: The Queen wears a combination of black and purple, contrasting Snow White's primary colors.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: As the Queen, part of her wardrobe is purple.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: As the Queen, she has green eyes. Appropriate, given her envious nature.
  • High Collar of Doom: Provides this trope's page image, too. She wears a high white collar with her black robe.
  • Hot Witch: Practices magic and is very good-looking before she turns ugly...
  • Ice Queen: The Queen is cold, evil, icy, and uncaring.
  • Irrational Hatred: She hates Snow only because she is more beautiful than she is.
  • It's All About Me: She's willing to commit any deed in order to be known as the most beautiful in the land no matter who it hurts or how badly.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: A beautiful queen who turns into an old hag.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: As the Queen, she is calm and composed, while still extremely coldblooded, and does look rather fair. Then she takes a potion she created to physically transform herself into the Witch. Not only does this make her an unrecognizably hideous-looking old hag, but she loses all of her restraint, cackling all the way.
  • Jerkass: She has no qualms about murdering her own stepdaughter just for being prettier than she is, and she threatens to have her huntsman executed if he refuses. Even before Snow White surpassed her in beauty, she treated her less like family and more like a servant. She's also heavily implied to be a tyrant given the number of skeletons in her dungeon. Her jerk side becomes more openly apparent after her transformation, as she shows glee at the idea of Snow White being Buried Alive and makes fun of the skeleton of one of her prisoners who had died of thirst in her dungeon. Before that she loves to scare her pet raven with his now hideous appareance and offering him the poison apple.
  • Karmic Death: As she died in her witch form, she ultimately died an ugly old woman, when her plot was started by her goal to remain "fairest in the land".
  • Karmic Transformation: The Queen is a rare case of a voluntarily self-inflicted version of this: A woman obsessed with beauty turns herself hideous as a disguise, and she spends the rest of the movie and dies (and is most often remembered) this way.
  • Kick the Dog: While on her way to the Dwarves' cottage to kill Snow White, she stops to make fun of the skeleton of a former prisoner in her dungeon who had died of thirst, for no good reason.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While there are multiple light moments in the film, none of them involve the Queen; anytime she is onscreen, there are zero laughs. Bonus points for the Queen being the first person to appear in the film. In her old hag form she is more Laughably Evil, but still via iconically terrifying Black Comedy.
  • Lack of Empathy: Shows zero guilt and remorse for wanting to harm an innocent girl, even if it's her own stepdaughter.
  • Lady of Black Magic: A regal sorceress of Black Magic. She loses all that grace and beauty once she turns herself into an old hag, though.
  • Large Ham: She starts out as a Cold Ham, but when she becomes the old hag, she throws all calmness right out the window and begins right on hamming it up. Her main "as an old hag" animator, Norm Ferguson, was a lover of theater and heavily incorporated vaudeville qualities into the character.
  • Laughably Evil: After becoming the hag, her hamminess paves the way for some Black Comedy moments, chief among them her kicking the out-of-reach water pitcher at the lying skeleton and jokingly offering the poisoned apple to her own raven.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: She is the Dark Feminine (a cold and ruthless Proud Beauty) to Snow White's Light Feminine (sweet, innocent, and Obliviously Beautiful)
  • Magic Is Evil: The Queen is the only magic-user in the film.
  • Makeup Is Evil: She wears a lot of makeup as the Queen, and it is overemphasized.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Especially after she transforms into the old peddler woman and takes advantage of Prince Florian courting Snow by tricking her into biting a poisoned apple so she will fall into a deep sleep, telling her that it's a "magic wishing apple".
  • Meaningful Name: While Grimhilde's name overall seems more befitting of her appearance as the hag, it could be a play off of The Brothers Grimm, who wrote the original tale.
  • Narcissist: She has a magic mirror specifically to tell her that she's the most beautiful in the land. The minute he tells her she's not, her plot against Snow White and the plot of the film is kicked off.
  • Near-Villain Victory: She is successful at poisoning Snow White, but the dwarfs come back and chase her. Despite taking the form of a frail old witch, she is stopped just short of crushing the dwarfs with a giant boulder! Since she'd already poisoned Snow White, her plan was a thread from succeeding had not a random and precise bolt of lightning taken her out at the final second.
  • No Name Given: Technically averted in Expanded Universe material with "Grimhilde", but most Disney media doesn't mention it at all.
  • Not So Stoic: Exaggerated; she goes from Wicked Cultured to Card-Carrying Villain after she transforms herself into the old peddler hag.
  • Obviously Evil: The Queen in disguise isn't exactly the most subtle of all the beasts of the field. With a name like Grimhilde, even her name falls into this category.
  • Offing the Offspring: The Queen is the first Disney villain to try and kill a relative. And she would have succeeded had it not been for the Prince.
  • Offstage Villainy: It's implied that the Queen committed other horrendous crimes before trying to kill Snow White — there are a lot of skeletons in her dungeon...
  • Ominous Opera Cape: She's actually wearing two capes; her sleeves are one wide piece of fabric connected across her back, under her main cape.
  • Painful Transformation: During her terrifying transformation she holds her throat and grasps for air implying that it mustn't be a pleasant experience.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Played With; the Queen spends most screen time either admiring herself in her Magic Mirror or plotting evil. She isn't shown governing her realm day to day. However since there are skeletons in her dungeon, this implies she is NOT a benevolent monarch.
  • Proud Beauty: So proud that when the mirror claims that Snow White is the fairest, the Queen tries to have her killed.
  • Purple Is the New Black: There are instances of black in her queenly outfit but it's predominantly purple.
  • Purple Is Powerful: The Queen is a very powerful witch and her queen outfit features purple prominently.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She fits this description before she drinks the potion, another way she's an Evil Counterpart to her stepdaughter.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Talks like this a lot in her old peddler disguise:
    Queen: When she breaks the tender peel
    To taste the apple in my hand
    Her breath will still
    Her blood congeal
  • Sadist: The Queen gets scarily excited about the idea that, after she's been put in the "Sleeping Death", Snow White would be Buried Alive by the dwarfs who would unwittingly think she was dead outright (those who have seen Kill Bill Vol. 2 and/or MythBusters would know how scary and unpleasant being buried alive is). She laughs gleefully at the thought of Snow suffering. Plus, she makes fun of a dead skeleton in her dungeon who had died of thirst.
  • Secret-Identity Identity: Her old peddler form comes across as less of a disguise and more of her true beauty unmasked. It's not helped by the fact that she seems more lively as an evil witch than the stiff, vain Queen at the beginning of the film.
  • Serial Killer: Judging by the skeletons in her dungeons she killed a lot of innocents before targeting Snow White.
  • Serious Business: Being the "fairest of them all" is the most important thing to her, to the point that she has zero qualms about murdering her own stepdaughter for "stealing" the title from her.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: The Queen wears a black and purple dress with white ermine trimming (although the animation doesn't make that clear) and some gold decorations.
  • The Sociopath: You don't get much more sociopathic than trying to murder an innocent woman for being prettier than you. And let's not forget about her previous victims whose only things are left of'em are their bones...
  • Squashed Flat: If her Disney Villain Death didn't kill her, getting crushed by the boulder that fell behind her likely did.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Is a very tall, imposing, and beautiful woman. She becomes MUCH shorter and uglier after her transformation, though.
  • The Stoic: As the Queen, she is almost emotionless. The only emotions that she displays are anger — when she is angry, she remains stoic and cool — and jealousy. When she takes the potion, however, it has something of a Psycho Serum effect on her personality and she becomes a Large Ham. Unless she's just trying to get into character as how she imagines a peasant would act.
  • Tarnishing Their Own Beauty: She is willing to turn herself into an ugly hag just for the chance to kill off Snow White for being prettier than she is. Though presumably she has a potion to turn herself back.
  • Torture Technician: Her castle's dungeons are filled with deadly instruments along with human remains. That suggests that her previous victims has been tortured before dying. Or worse they have been tortured to death.
  • Tranquil Fury: As the Queen. When she is the old peddler woman, she is much more open and expressive in her anger.
  • Unknown Rival: Her obsession with becoming the fairest in the land by killing Snow White is contrasted by Snow White not even knowing there’s a competition for the title in the first place.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: In the original story the Queen was even worse as she was actually the biological mother of Snow White. As bad as she is in this version, at least she's still only her stepmother.
  • Vain Sorceress: The archetypal example that also illustrates the primary paradox intrinsic to this trope: Why would an intelligent, powerful woman like the Queen be so crazily obsessed over something as seemingly paltry as mere physical appearance? Sure, vanity might explain part of it, but to go so far as to seek the death of a rival (who is not even aware of her grudge), and undergo a painful transformation to disguise herself so that she could personally carry out a murder plot? Seems a bit over the top, but then again, that's the warping nature of evil for you.
  • Vanity Is Feminine: What do you expect? She's the queen of a kingdom and yet most of her time admiring herself before the mirror instead of actually ruling said kingdom.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: She takes her jealousy to dark extremes, treating it like an act of war. She is content with either having Snow White's heart torn out of her corpse as a trophy or having her buried alive when a poison apple turns out to be a deep sleep curse. She's also a potential sorceress as well as an implied torturer. This jarringly contrasts with the rather whimsical vibe of the rest of the film.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The Queen suffers a rare coldblooded one once she realizes that Snow White is still alive. After she transforms herself into an old witch, she lets her emotions take hold.
  • Wicked Cultured: The Queen is cold and stoic, has good control over her emotions even when angry, and has several books on magic. Her peddler disguise... not so much.
  • Wicked Stepmother: The first of several abusive guardians in the canon, and a step above most as she doesn't hesitate to have her stepdaughter killed by her own hand.
  • Wicked Witch: Trope Maker post-Karmic Transformation. She ironically predates one of the main Trope Codifiers by two years, and that film was greenlit on the back of Snow White's success.
  • Wizard Workshop: She keeps a laboratory in the dungeons stocked with tomes on alchemy and the dark arts on a shelf covered in cobwebs, glassware and test tubes filled with bubbling liquids, and a raven familiar perched on a human skull.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Her main objective is kill Snow White, a 14–15-year-old girl. She has no qualms about the ways she chooses to do this.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: In her old peddler disguise, she fakes a heart attack to get Snow White to let her into the cottage.

    The Magic Mirror
Voiced by: Moroni Olsen, John Hiestand (Lux Radio Theater, Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air), Hans Conreid (Wonderful World of Disney), Charles Hall (Radio City musical), Jeffrey Jones (DTV Monster Hits), Patrick Stewart (Snow White: An Enchanted Musical), Tony Jay (1992 - 2006), Corey Burton (Currently), Chris Diamantopoulos (The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse)
Voiced in Japanese by: Fuyuki Murakami (1958 dub), Tamio Ōki (1980 dub, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep), Hidekatsu Shibata (Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour)
Voiced in French by: Serge Nadaud (1962), Jean-Claude Balard
Voiced in Polish by: Janusz Strachocki (1938), Aleksander Bednarz (2009)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Rafael Navarro (1938), Alberto Gavira (1964), Eduardo Borja (2001)
Voiced in Swedish by: Tord Stål (1938), Georg Rydeberg (1982)
Voiced in Brazilian Portuguese by: Almirante (1938), Luiz Motta (1965)

The Queen's enigmatic servant who informs her who is the fairest in the land. He appears as a mask-like phantom within the Queen's mirror.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: The Magic Mirror's coloring is a combination of purple, yellow and orange and is in the shape of a mask.
  • Ambiguously Evil: It's a terrifying spirit that serves the Queen, though despite its evil usage, it shows no motivation of its own.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Believes in Brutal Honesty rather than trying to please his master. Not of amusement mostly, but due to its function.
  • Brutal Honesty: This is why the Queen blames Snow White instead of the Mirror. The Mirror cannot lie to appease her vanity. It can only tell the truth, even if the truth is horrible to her.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: The Magic Mirror always tells the truth, no matter how harsh it is. Even when the Queen doubts his omnipotence regarding Snow White being alive, the Mirror simply tells her that the Huntsman lied to her and gave her a heart of a pig instead of Snow White's.
  • Creepy Monotone: Has a villainous tone which increases the creepiness.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being techincally a minion of the evil Queen and having a very scary-looking appareance he's actually not evil per se. He's just doing his job which consists of saying whatever the Queen wants to know.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Most notably in his appearances on The Wonderful World of Disney, DTV Monster Hits, and on recent home media releases.
Monster Hits: (Part of the mirror breaks) Who did that?! Who cracked my mirror?!? Curses; don't you know that's seven years of bad luck... for you?!
House of Mouse: Save it, Queenie. Everyone here's fairer than you.
2001 DVD release: I don't have all eternity... oh wait, I do!

Deleted characters

     The King 

The King

Snow White’s beloved father.

  • The Good King: To the point where he was willing to remarry for his daughter’s sake.
  • Unnamed Parent: He is just referred to as the King. Subverted in the Twisted Tale books, which call him “King Georg”.

     The First Queen 

The First Queen

Snow White’s late mother.

  • Related in the Adaptation: In the Twisted Tale books, she and the Evil Queen are sisters, making the Evil Queen also Snow White’s Evil Aunt.
  • Unnamed Parent: She’s just known as “The First Queen”. Although, she is given the name Katherine in the Twisted Tale books and is named Queen Rose in the Disney Villain books.