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Characters from the Disney Animated Canon film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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    Snow White

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 Forray (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)

She's also a member 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 potential blonde or redheaded Snow White's.
  • 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 14 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.
  • Beauty = 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. It should be noted, however, that 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.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: Although it's never seen quite how the Queen behaved to seduce the king, the Evil Queen certainly follows through with the latter part of the trope, putting her husband's daughter to work, and dressing her in filthy rags to cover her beauty.
  • 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 most elegant or tough princesses.
  • Damsel in Distress: Poor Snow White, a young Fallen Princess who is not suited for combat at all, ends up most frequently in mortal peril compared to the others. When the Huntsmen tries to kill her, he spares her out of pity and shame. In the forest scene, she seemed to be running out of terror of her surroundings, which she perceives to be attacking her. And, of course, when she was offered the poisoned apple.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Expy: Invoked. 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.
  • 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 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 colors (by contrast, the evil queen wears black and purple).
  • Hair Decorations: Her hairband with bow, which is blue in peasant clothes and red in princess clothes, and is one of the most iconic parts of her image.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "I Want" Song: "I'm Wishing" and "Someday My Prince Will Come".
  • 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.
  • Official Couple: With the Prince.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Like all of the princesses, she gets more fancy designs of her movie dress. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, and a fan-art depiction of her provides the page image.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 personalities 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.
  • Badass Beard: All the dwarves except Dopey have beards. In the climax their badassery is shown.
  • Bald of Awesome: All of the dwarves are bald.
  • 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.
  • Manchild: All of them are this to a certain extent, which is better exemplified by the fact that Snow White treats them like children.
  • Meaningful Name: Except for Doc, all of them have names describing their personalities.
  • 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 Hat: All of them have a hat.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: 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.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Subverted, each one is distinct enough to be identifiable, especially Dopey, who looks the youngest of the seven.
  • 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.
  • 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. Many fans consider the dwarfs to be biologically brothers and even Snow White herself seems to think so too. And Snow White herself becomes a member of their companionship too.
  • 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.


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)
  • 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: Wen he gets flustered, 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 one to the other dwarfs buffoonery and arguing.
  • 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.


Voiced by: Pinto Colvig, Stuart Buchannan (radio programs), Hal Smith (80's), Jack Wagner (Disneyland), Corey Burton (Currently), Maurice LaMarche (The 7D)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Grumpy Bear: Grumpy obviously has a Meaningful Name.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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."


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)
  • Heavy Sleeper: He is always weary, droopy-eyed, and is always eager to fall asleep.
  • Sleepyhead: Sleepy is an obvious example.


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)
  • 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 plumpest and of course the jolliest of the dwarfs.
  • 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)
  • Adorkable: His shyness shows how sincerely he loves people, such as how heavily he blushes when Snow White kisses him.
  • Shrinking Violet: True to his name, Bashful is very shy and nervous.


Voiced by: Billy Gilbert, Will Ryan (80's), Jack Wagner (Disneyland), Bob Joles (Currently), Scott Menville (The 7D)
  • Anti-Sneeze Finger: They do this to Sneezy several times. Sneezy himself provides the page image.
  • Sneeze of Doom: In fact, when Billy 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), Frank Welker (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train), Dee Bradley Baker (The 7D)

  • Adorkable: He was made to be cute. His namesake means he always has a grin on his face when he is acting silly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Dopey wears an example of the "cute" and "odd" types of oversized sleeves, helping to mark him out as the Plucky Comic Relief.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Silent Bob: Dopey can communicate with the other dwarfs, despite being mute.
  • 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).


    Prince Florian
Voiced by: Harry Stockwell, James Eagles (Radio Productions) Jerry Whitman (Disney On Ice), James Arnold Taylor (Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep)

The handsome prince that hears Snow White's song and falls in love with her.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice Hat: A blue cap with a white feather.
  • 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.
  • 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. It should be noted that 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 this way.
  • 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.
  • Younger Than They Look: Barely looks old enough to be carrying a sword! Production notes claim he was intended to be 18.

    The Huntsman (Humbert)
Voiced by: Stuart Buchannan, Pete Renaday (currently)

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice Hat: A brown hat with a red feather.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Solely works for the Queen and takes her orders of killing Snow White. However, the huntsmen cannot do it.
  • 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 alternate 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.



    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), 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)

"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. Unsatisfied with the Magic Mirror's claims she is not the most fairest in the land, the Queen seeks to kill Snow in order to (re)claim 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. According to Fairest of All, she was also a victim of these herself, and in a way still is, with the spirit in the Magic Mirror being that of her emotionally abusive father.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: There's no mention of the Queen from the original story forcing her stepdaughter to work as a Scullery Maid.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The Evil Queen from the original story 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.
  • Arch-Enemy: Poor Snow White.
  • Asshole Victim: It's hard to feel sorry for her, even though her death was caused by a lightning strike that sent her plummeting to the bottom of a ravine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Subtle imagery there!
  • Cool Crown: She wears a crown with spikes evoking the rays of the sun.
  • Costume Porn: Her royal clothing as the Queen definitely counts.
  • 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.
  • Dark Reprise: Her recitation of the effects the poison apple has on Snow White was already dark enough before Snow White took that fateful bite, but right after... hoo boy.
    Her breath will still... her blood congeal...
    [as Snow White falls to the floor, victim of the sleeping death, the apple, with a single bite in it, falls out of her hand]
  • Death Glare: Seems to be her default expression as the Queen.
  • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Snow White is the fairest in the land... so she wants to kill 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.
  • Driven by Envy: Her primary motivation.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The Queen is very fair skinned, and turns out to have ebony hair — just like her stepdaughter.
  • 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, good hearted, and selfless while the Queen is evil, jealous, and vain.
  • 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 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.
  • 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: Her transformation into the 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.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In her natural form, her voice is a formidable contralto.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Her transformation artificially ages her voice. 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.
  • 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.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: The Queen wears a combination of black and purple.
  • Good Stepmother: In Fairest of All, she did care for Snow White when they first met at the king's wedding. Suddenly, after the king's death and the Magic Mirror's abuse, she started to lose her sanity and her respect for Snow White with it.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple/Purple Is the New Black: As the Queen, part of her wardrobe is purple.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: As the Queen she has green eyes, appropriate given her envious nature.
  • The Grim Reaper: Plays a similar role in "An Adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol, Performed by The Walt Disney Players", where she appears as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, in a move that would later foreshadow the 2004 production with Kelsey Grammer as Scrooge.
  • High Collar of Doom: Provides this trope's page image, too. She wears a high white collar with her black robe.
  • Hot Witch: At least 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 immoral deeds in order to be known as the most beautiful in the land.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: After she 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.
  • 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.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While there are multiple light moments in the film, none of them involve her; anytime she is onscreen, there are zero laughs. Bonus points for the Queen being the first person to appear in the film.
  • Lack of Empathy: Shows zero guilt and remorse for wanting to harm an innocent girl.
  • 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.
  • 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 entire 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, and she dies in the chase.
  • No Name Given: Technically averted in Expanded Universe material with "Grimhilde", but most Disney media doesn't mention it at all.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: 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.
  • 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.
  • Proud Beauty: So proud that when the mirror claims that Snow White is the fairest, the Queen tries to have her killed.
  • Proper Lady: As the Queen. As the old peddler woman, it's a different story.
  • Purple Is Powerful: The Queen is a very powerful witch.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She fits this description before she drinks the potion, another way she's an Evil Counterpart to her stepdaughter.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Squashed Flat: If her Disney Villain Death didn't kill her, getting crushed by the boulder that fell behind her likely did.
  • The Stoic: As the Queen, she is almost emotionless. The only emotions that she displays are anger — and even 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.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: She is a highly powerful sorceress who might be able to transform herself into anything.
  • 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 her. Though presumably she has a potion to turn herself back.
  • Tranquil Fury: As the Queen. When she is the old peddler woman, she is much more open and expressive in her anger.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In the novel Fairest of All, she was the kind daughter of a Maker of Mirrors who wanted love from her father, but only got abuse from him after his wife's death.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 Stepmother: A rather dark example, and the first of two Wicked Stepmothers in the Disney Animated Canon and the first of several abusive "guardians" in the canon. The Queen would be followed by Lady Tremaine in Cinderella. Unlike her, The Queen actually does try to have her stepdaughter killed; it's only implied in supplementary material for Cinderella. Other abusive "guardians" down the line would include Judge Claude Frollo and Mother Gothel.
  • 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.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She becomes perhaps one of the darkest interpretations of the trope in the Twice-Told Tale novel Fairest of All, which suggests that it isn't so much that she's murderously jealous of her stepdaughter being more beautiful than she is as it's that she is simply incapable of letting herself not be the fairest of all. Her mind and integrity are too far gone thanks to years of emotional abuse from her own father for apparently not being beautiful to him. Having said traumatic memories being forcibly reintroduced into her life by her husband's witch cousins fusing the father's spirit into a magic mirror, combined with the death of her husband, leads her to believe that the only way she can ever amount to anything in terms of beauty is to kill Snow White.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: In her old peddler disguise, she fakes a heart attack to get Snow White into the cottage.

    The Magic Mirror
Voiced by: Moroni Olsen, Hans Conreid (Wonderful World of Disney), Jeffrey Jones (DTV Monster Hits), Tony Jay (1992 - 2006), Corey Burton (Currently)

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.

  • Abusive Parents: If you count Fairest of All as canon, the Magic Mirror is actually the spirit of the Queen's emotionally abusive father, which means he is, in a way, still abusing her despite not (or at least no longer) having any motivation to do so.
  • 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.
  • Animal Motifs: Snakes. Two decorate his frame.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Believes in Brutal Honesty rather than trying to please his master. Not of amusement mostly, but due to its function.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: Because that's how it works.
  • Creepy Monotone: Has a villainous tone which increases the creepiness.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: Invokes the imagery of fire and smoke.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The Magic Mirror's voice is very deep and monotonous, giving it a creepy vibe.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: The Magic Mirror's face is partly shadowed.
  • Flat Character: Only there to fuel the Queen's envy.
  • Just Following Orders: Whatever the Queen asks, the Mirror will do.
  • Living Lie Detector: Isn't fooled by the fake heart for a moment.
  • Magic Mirror: The Mirror has magic powers, it can detect people that meet the vague and subjective criterion of "fairest of them all". Exact and unflattering, the mirror epitomized the all-consuming vanity of the queen.


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