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Fox

The leader of the Farthing Wood animals.

Badger

Second in command, he takes charge when Fox is absent. Old but much loved by the other animals.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Badger is usually the nicest animal of the Farthing Wood group, but if you try to hurt or kidnap his friends, the results would get ugly.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Death by Adaptation: He dies of old age in the series but lives in the books.
  • Honorary Uncle: Is this to many animals, including the fox cubs.
  • Number Two: Although never stated, he is acknowledged to be Fox's deputy, and had led the party numerous times when Fox is unavailable or missing.
  • Team Dad

Toad

The guide on the journey to White Deer Park. He made the journey in reverse when trying to get back to his pond in Farthing Wood after being kidnapped by a human child and kept in a jam-jar.

Mole

Badger's best friend, who rides on Badger's back on the journey.
  • Big Eater: which often gets him into trouble.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Mole died off-screen from the cold weather.
  • Tunnel King: Is definitely the best tunneller of the group. This comes in handy when the animals need to escape from being trapped in a barn.
  • The Load: Beside being a literal load on Badger's back, he spends several episodes in Series 1 getting lost from his greediness for worms, is almost captured by humans and gets into enough trouble that Badger or some other animal has to rescue him.

Weasel

Adder

  • Gender Flip: Male in the books, female in the show.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Adder wants to be like any other snake, but according to Badger, "she can't, not anymore. This journey has changed all of us. Even her."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Adder is vicious, callous and unsympathetic, yet her later actions show that deep down she really is good-hearted. Over time her negative qualities subside a bit and she becomes more outwardly sentimental.
  • Sociopathic Hero
  • Sssssnaketalk

Owl

The night-time scout. Wise and intelligent, although not as much as thinks she is.

Kestrel

A quick flyer with excellent eyesight, who acts as the daylight scout for the party.
  • Accidental Murder: Accidentally kills and eats Mrs Fieldmouse when they get to White Deer Park, not realising who she is.
  • Army Scout: Scouts ahead for the animals during the day.
  • Brother Chuck: Disappears after Series 2.
  • Catchphrase: "Kee, kee!"
  • Gender Flip: Male in the books, female in the show. Interestingly remains the colours of a male kestrel.

The Rabbits

Mr and Mrs Rabbit, and their two baby rabbits.
  • Catchphrase: Mrs Rabbit's is "don't panic" - it's even her last words if you listen closely.
  • Hypochondria: Mr Rabbit. If can be something wrong with him, he'll claim to have it.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted. One of the baby rabbits is shot dead. The other makes it to White Deer Park.
  • Large Ham: Mr Rabbit in particular.
  • The Pollyanna: Despite Mrs Rabbit being a little panicky, she maintains a positive attitude.
  • You Can Panic Now: The rabbits are very jittery and will panic at any opportunity. Mrs Rabbit's catchphrase is "Don't panic!".

Mr and Mrs Hare

Although just two hares make the journey in the series, they are accompanied by two leverets (baby hares) in the book.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mr Hare.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mr. Hare can be a bit of a jerk but can care a great deal for the other animals, even those he is usually annoyed by like Mr. Rabbit.
  • Loophole Abuse: As they don't live on Farthing Wood territory in Season 2, Scarface targets them to antagonise Fox.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Mrs Hare is the one who gets fed up of Pheasant's moping and tells him to go and take a watch. When he's killed by the farmer, she feels very guilty.
  • Oop North: Mrs Hare has this type of accent, but her husband does not.
  • Out of Focus: They get on very well with the White Deer Park hares and live on their land, resulting in seeing very little of them in Season 2.
  • Super Speed: They *are* hares...

Mr and Mrs Squirrel

Mr and Mrs Hedgehog

  • Death by Adaptation: Both of them are killed on the motorway. In the books, there were many more hedgehogs, and only two were killed on the motorway with the rest surviving.
  • Fear Is the Appropriate Response: Mr Hedgehog, on the motorway.
  • Together in Death: Mrs Hedgehog has a chance to escape the oncoming lorry, but she refuses to leave her husband.

Mr and Mrs Fieldmouse

Mr and Mother Vole

Vole and his mother.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Mr Vole died off-screen from the cold weather.
  • Characterization Marches On: Mr Vole insisted that the smaller animals should stick together through out season 1, yet during a season 2 episode, he says that all the Farthing Wood animals should stick together.
  • The Napoleon: Mr Vole has elements of this.

Mr and Mrs Shrew

The Newts/Lizards

Lizards in the books, newts in the show. They went with the animals for the first stage of the journey before deciding to stay in the Army land, as it had everything they needed.
  • Never Found the Body: After the fire sweeps through the Army land, the fates of the newts/lizards are never revealed, either to the wondering animals or to the audience.

Mr and Mrs Pheasant

  • It's All About Me: Mr Pheasant is very vain and thinks about nothing about himself.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Mr Pheasant's feelings in general when his wife is shot and roasted for dinner by the farmer, because she took up the sentry duty he lazily neglected.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Mr Pheasant's attitude to his wife. He expects her to do everything for him.

Vixen

Fox's mate, who joins the animals on their journey.

Whistler

A heron who joins the animals on their journey after meeting them at a disused quarry. His name comes from the fact that a hole in his wing (caused by a bullet) means it whistles.

    The White Deer Park Animals 

Great White Stag

Leader of the rare White Deer herd that gives White Deer Park its name, and the first to greet the Farthing Wood Animals on their arrival.

Scarface

A blue fox who becomes a rival to the Farthing Wood Fox.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Is a normal red fox in the books, becomes a blue fox in the series.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 2.
  • Driven by Envy: One of the reasons of his feud with Fox.
  • Dub Name Change: "Scarface" doesnt translate very well to Swedish, so the dub changes his name to "Enöga", which means "One-Eye".
  • Eye Scream: Has a long jagged scar on the left side of his face, rendering that eye blind.
  • Karmic Death: Towards the end of season 2, Scarface is killed by Adder, who had unfinished business with him, after he was spared by Fox in the final battle.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: His first threat towards Vixen:
    "I'm warning you. One...More...Step..."
  • Would Hit a Girl: Or rather, would kill them. Doubles with Would Hurt a Child in the books because he also kills Dreamer.

Lady Blue

Scarface's mate.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Is a normal red fox in the books, becomes a blue fox in the series.
  • Ascended Extra: In the books, she has no name, and is not involved with Scarface's vendetta against the Farthing Wood animals. In the series, she gleefully joins in.
  • I Am the Noun: Tells Vixen that "MY mate is the law around here."

Measly

Weasel's mate.

Speedy

Whistler's mate.
  • Ascended Extra: She is unnamed in the books, and plays a very minor part; in the series she is named and is a recurring character.
  • Motor Mouth: in the series.
  • Shrinking Violet: In the books, she is very shy and coy when introduced to the others.

Bold

Fox and Vixen's son. Leaves the Park to escape his father's shadow.

Friendly

Fox and Vixen's other son.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Whilst in the books he keeps Charmer's secret about Ranger, in the series he takes on the role of Bold (who has left the Park by this point) and is hostile to them.
  • Brother Chuck: Appears in one episode of Series 3 and is then never seen again.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the TV series. He's quite aggressive and not like what his name suggests, but he's still a loyal and caring family member and friend

Charmer

Fox and Vixen's daughter.

Dreamer

Fox and Vixen's other daughter.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted. She is killed by Scarface.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Only one line, and dies two episodes after her introduction, but it is her death that really kicks off the Red and Blue fox feud in full. Her death also begins a chain of events that leads to Bold leaving the park.

Ranger

Scarface's son, and Charmer's mate.

Whisper

Bold's mate.

Crow/Robber

  • Clever Crows
  • No Name Given: Whilst he has a name in the books ("Robber", given to him by Bold), he is just known as "Crow" in the series.

Rollo

Shadow

A badger who befriends Bold outside White Deer Park. She eventually moves to the Park in Series 3 and befriends Hurkel.

Hurkel

A kindly badger.

Mossy

Mole's son, who looks (and sounds) just like him.

Bully

Leader of the rats who try to take over White Deer Park.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: He is killed by Vixen in the books in revenge for him killing Toad (who is also Spared By The Adaptation in the series) but remains alive in the series and simply leaves White Deer Park after his tail is bitten off by Weasel's daughter Cleo.
  • Surrounded by Idiots

Spike

One of Bully's henchmen, who befriends Toad and switches sides.

Trey

The new leader of the deer herd after the White Stag's death.

Paddock

Toad's mate.

Plucky

Fox and Vixen's grandson (great-grandson in the books), son of Bold and Whisper. Best friends with Dash.

Dash

A hare, descended from the Farthing Wood hares. Best friends with Plucky the fox.

Sinuous

Adder's mate.

Hollow/Holly

Owl's mate.

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