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  • Adults Are Useless: In the novels, pretty much every animal designated with an "adult" personality is a Know-Nothing Know-It-All and often spend more time bickering among themselves who knows best. Especially prevalent in Return to the Hundred Acre Wood where they all take it upon themselves to teach the other animals, and quickly find themselves in over their head. This is played with in the Disney adaptations, since some of the "adult" animals, especially Eeyore and Kanga, aren't nearly as pompous and argumentative as they are in the books.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While the original books were already fairly light hearted, the characters could sometimes be rather sardonic or passive aggressive towards each other. The Disney works tend to soften the edges of the cast and make their innocent, well meaning qualities more prevalent, revolving the large bulk of humour more around their Innocently Insensitive habits. Eeyore is the most prominent example, though Kanga, Owl and even Pooh himself undergo this to some degree. Even Rabbit, the one character who retains his nastier side, has his softer redeeming qualities shown much more often.
  • Animal Stereotypes: Their personalities typically either play this straight or subvert it. For example, Pooh plays on the stereotype of bears not being very bright, whilst Owl subverts the stereotype of owls being wise and clever (though he thinks he plays it straight).
  • Black Bead Eyes: A good chunk of them have black dot eyes.
  • Book Dumb: Most of them are uneducated. However Christopher Robin is getting an education and is smarter and more knowledgeable than the others. Inverted for Owl, who is educated, but still "hasn't exactly got brain". Also, depending on the adaptation, Rabbit may also have some book smarts.
  • Chromosome Casting: Kanga is the only female of the main cast, and usually the least active character, thus the cast for many stories is often solely male. Spin-offs for both the novels and Disney adaptations tried to introduce some more female additions.
  • Character Focus: The original novels were already to some degree an Ensemble Cast work, though the Disney franchise takes it a step even further, with characters getting whole stories and character studies to themselves. Certain eras also tend to favour particular characters. The 1980/90s New Adventures series and specials for example gave more appearances to Gopher and Owl, with Kanga and Roo making only sporadic appearances, while the 2000s Disneytoon Studios cartoons by contrast slowly fazed out the former two, while Kanga and Roo got pushed more as major characters, almost becoming the main perspective characters over Pooh himself by the end of the run.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: They're not exactly the most conventionally clever of characters and sometimes they have wacky notions (like pots of honey can talk).
  • The Ditz: Zigzagged. Most of them are kind of naive and sometimes do dumb things, but they're not outright idiotic, Christopher Robin is quite scholarly and intelligent, though still has the mind of a young child, and Owl, as Piglet puts it, "hasn't exactly got brain, but he knows things."
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Most of them are named after their species. Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo (who each take half of their species names) are all obvious, whilst "Tigger" is a childish pronunciation of "tiger". Averted for Gopher, who goes by Samuel J. Gopher.
  • Ensemble Cast: Though Pooh is the title character, many stories focus primarily on the other animals. This is especially prevalent in the Disney franchise, where Tigger, Piglet and Rabbit get as much central focus as Pooh, though the Milne universe novels have several stories devoted to the rest of the cast as well.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pretty much all of them have a foible that keeps causing antics and misunderstandings; Pooh is gluttonous and thick-headed, Piglet is meek and cowardly, Tigger is hyperactive and an Attention Whore, Eeyore is perpetually miserable and insecure, Rabbit is a Control Freak, Owl is bombastic and prone to delusions of grandeur, Roo is impressionable and almost as reckless as Tigger and Gopher is a destructive Workaholic. Only Christopher Robin and Kanga tend to lack a clear foible, thus are often the Only Sane Man, though even for them odd stories sometimes try to give them a defect.
  • Funny Animal: Most of them are anthropomorphic animals, although they still have some animal traits and Eeyore walks on all fours.
  • Innocently Insensitive: A trademark source of plot for the entire cast; they all mean well and are rather friendly, but their childlike disposition and often scatterbrained perception of the things can make them pretty thoughtless or cause ceaseless panic and harm by accident. This trait is more pronounced in the Disney version, the novel counterparts could be knowingly antipathetic to each other more often.
  • Interspecies Friendship: A human boy and his animal friends, who are a bear, a pig, a tiger, a rabbit, a donkey, a pair of kangaroos, an owl, and a gopher.
  • Living Toys: Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo are based on the real Christopher Robin's stuffed toys. In the Disney franchise, the characters are sometimes reminded as stuffed toys but behave like living animals.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo are all living stuffed animals while Rabbit, Owl and Gopher are living, breathing anthropomorphic animals.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: The Disney interpretation especially tends to leave a lot of ambiguity to how much Pooh and the others are just products of Christopher Robin's imagination. The toys representing them in the Bookends segments sometimes come to life, and in cases such as New Adventures and Christopher Robin, they frequently interacted with the real world, at no point ceasing to be alive.
  • One of the Kids: They're Christopher Robin's playthings; naturally, they act more like kids than he does.
  • Poor Communication Kills: This is a generally negative trope that applies to all of the characters, it is their lack of proper communication in certain scenarios that kicks off several plots.
  • Simple-Minded Wisdom: A recurring trait in all of them. While they have a very childlike level of intellect and awareness of the world around them, they have rather meaningful displays of insight and wit in certain ways.
  • True Companions: All of the main clan do care for each other in spite of their misgivings and are very close. This sentiment is obviously displayed much more vividly in the Disney cartoons, though it's still quite apparent in the novels.
  • Vague Age: All of their ages are a bit ambiguous, with the exception of Christopher Robin, who's six years old. Piglet is mentioned to be perhaps three or four years old in the books.

    Winnie the Pooh 

Winnie the Pooh
Voiced by: Sterling Holloway (1966-1977); Hal Smith (1981-1986); Jim Cummings (1988 - present)

The title and main character. A naive and soft-spoken teddy bear who lives in the trunk of a tree under the name of 'Sanders' written over his door. He utterly loves "hunny" and his home is filled with "hunny" pots of all sizes.

  • Adaptation Name Change: His name is actually spelled with hyphens in the original books, as "Winnie-the-Pooh"; Disney avoids the hyphens and spaces the words.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: In the Gold Key comics, Pooh, while still rather absent-minded, sometimes shows himself to be more crafty and even a bit of a Deadpan Snarker.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Pooh's childlike insensitivity is Flanderized to extreme levels in the newspaper comics, where an enormous amount of strips revolve around him being rude, selfish and blunt to everyone around him.
    • A downplayed case in the Soviet Vinni Pukh adaptions, where he's still fairly jovial and has some kind moments, but still a bit more self absorbed than his original counterpart, being fairly bossy to Piglet and pathetically transparent in regarding Rabbit as anything more than someone who feeds him.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Zigzagged. While the Disney rendition has plenty of his own unique heroic moments, most adaptations of the original stories where Pooh holds the Smart Ball (eg. rescuing Piglet from the flood, or finding the "North Pole" to recover Roo) are altered so he is an Accidental Hero.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption: When he sings the tummy song, he says, "A Pooh has a knack for finding a snack unless all the honey is...", then sees he's out of honey and says, "Gone?".
  • The Bard: In the books, Pooh was very fond of poetry, or at least attempting poetry. This is seen less often with the Disney version, (most of his penchants for rhyming are expressed more via musical numbers), though this does appear at odd times such as A Day For Eeyore.
  • Beary Friendly: Benevolent, loyal friend, especially to Christopher Robin and Piglet.
  • Beary Funny: A Bear of Very Little Brain, his naivety and appetite is the source of much comedy.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Despite his rather clueless and docile demeanor, he cares a lot about Piglet.
  • Big Eater: Especially if honey's involved, though anything sweet will do.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The Big to Tigger's Thin and Piglet's Short.
  • Catchphrase: "Oh, bother!".
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The "moron" part is obvious — there's a reason he's consistently described as being a Bear of Very Little Brain. But, when he needs to, Pooh can be surprisingly clever in his own way, and often ends up resolving the various problems troubling the woods. For example, taming Wooster in The New Adventures when the rest of the animals are scared stiff of the giant woozel.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The comics have him make some beautiful comebacks. The 2011 movie to some extent, though its ambiguous whereas they're intentional or if its his ditziness making him seem like he's trash talking when he doesn't actually mean it.
  • Determinator: As the narrator notes in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Pooh Bear is "not the sort to give up easily. Once he put his mind to something, he stuck with it." This is especially evident when he's trying to get honey, or when he set out to find Christopher Robin.
  • The Ditz: Granted, most of the cast is a bit thick at times, but Pooh really takes the cake. note . There are times he can be the Only Sane Bear however.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Mentions not liking cheese at one point.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In 1924, one full year before the first Pooh story was written (and two years before the first full book was published), Pooh appeared in the book When We Were Very Young, as the main character in the poem Teddy Bear. Throughout most of the poem, he's simply referred to as "Teddy Bear" or "Teddy," but in the later stages of the poem, he's directly addressed as "Mr. Edward Bear," which of course is Pooh's original name.
  • Fat and Proud: He once sings that he's "short, fat and proud of that".
  • Fat Idiot: Downplayed; more "naive" than an "idiot" and more "cutely chubby" than outright "fat."
  • Furry Reminder: To stuffed animals, no less. Pooh's stitches will sometimes burst at the seams, and at other times his head will do a 270 degree turn before returning to its base position.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Defied. He's a boy, so you can't call him just Winnie, it's Winnie "the" Pooh.
  • Genius Ditz: He writes spur-of-the-moment songs and poetry for the fun of it, completely unaware that from a literary standpoint he would be considered quite skilled. None of the other characters have this talent, and Eeyore's attempt to emulate it inevitably falls flat.
  • Growling Gut: The iconic "Rumbly in his tumbly."
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: In the Disney films, Pooh wears only a red shirt. The books have Pooh wearing the shirt only in the winter, going au naturel otherwise.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: One story focuses on him getting stuck in Rabbit's front doornote .
  • The Hero: He's not only the clear series protagonist, but also a genuinely nice guy.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: His relationship with Piglet. They're almost always seen together and playing together, and they stand up for each other in their own way.
  • Hypocritical Humor: As often as he relentlessly leaches honey off of Rabbit and others, he is often rather reluctant to share his own. Return to Hundred Acre Wood has a Swapped Roles situation where a Heroic BSoD-ridden Rabbit crashes at Pooh's house, while Pooh is polite about it, he is quietly mournful after Rabbit snacks on most of his honey.
  • Idiot Houdini: While he's not rampantly destructive as many other examples, Pooh tends to get away with a lot of Innocently Insensitive behaviour, especially around Piglet and Rabbit.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Being a bear of very little brain Pooh is iconically sweet natured but thoughtless. A lot of his quotes from throughout the franchise could be interpreted as dry insults, if Pooh wasn't nearly always saying them with utter innocent sincerity.
  • In-Series Nickname: His real name is Edward, but he has a host of nicknames: "Winnie the Pooh", "Pooh", "Pooh Bear", "Bear", etc.
  • Jerkass Ball: Big time in the official 1980s comic strip from King Features Syndicate. See for yourself.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Most of the supporting cast aren't far off, but Pooh is the most noticable as being an equally brainless and sweet-natured character.
  • The Klutz: Pooh, being not very bright and rather rotund, has a tendency to trip, tumble, bump into things or get stuck.
  • Mellow Fellow: Generally a laid-back character who lets nothing get him down. He's never even gotten angry.
  • Never Learned to Read: Few of the animals in the Hundred Acre Wood are that grammar fluent but Pooh is consistently the worst. Even in Book Of Pooh which has many a "Reading Is Cool" Aesop tends often conveys Pooh as needing Owl's help understanding written word.
  • Nice Guy: The most sincerely sweet and friendly member of the woods.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Just by the end of the first page of the first story, we are introduced to Edward Bear, also known as Winnie-the-Pooh. When the narrator asks Christopher Robin about the name "Winnie", what with him being a boy bear, Christopher Robin explains that he's Winnie-ther-Pooh and asks the narrator if he knows what ther means. By page 2, the story proper has begun, and it begins by stating that Winnie-the-Pooh lived in the forest all by himself under the name of Sanders. (It's quickly revealed to mean he literally lives under it, as it's written in gold letters over the entrance to his home.) So he's Edward Bear, his house is the Sanders residence, and he's known as Winnie-ther-Pooh, frequently shortened to just Pooh.
  • Out of Focus: In the Disneytoon Studios films he tends to play a supporting role more often, due to numerous character orientated features and Tigger and Roo often taking the main character role more often.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Often completely clueless of the goings on around, other times however he is well aware of the stupidity of his friends.
  • The Pollyanna: Nothing really manages to keep Pooh down for long, and he's quick to both cheer up and to cheer others up.
  • Red Is Heroic: He wears a red shirt and is The Hero of the franchise.
  • Serious Business: "Hunny". He will go to great lengths to get it.
  • Sick Episode: In "Darby, Solo Sleuth" from My Friends Tigger and Pooh, he catches a cold, along with Tigger and Roo.
  • Simple-Minded Wisdom: Despite being a dimwitted character, he often has surprisingly clear thoughts and moments of brilliance.
  • Smart Ball: Of all the inhabitants of the Forest, Pooh is by far the most likely to get sudden flashes of brilliance. For someone who is so consistently portrayed as dull and slow-witted, he has surprisingly many good ideas when they're needed, to the point where he almost borders on Genius Ditz at times. This is mostly prevalent in the original novels, but the Disney version definitely has his moments as well.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: In The Book of Pooh, more than one episode shows that he can communicate with bees.
  • Species Surname: Apparently, his real name is Edward Bear.
  • Sweet Tooth: Mainly eats "hunny", but seems very keen on most sweet things.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: Zigzagged. He gets stuck in Rabbit's front door, then apparently gets thinner and comes out, but he never looks fatter or thinner.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Again, "Hunny." He's absolutely nuts for the stuff.
  • Vague Age: Christopher Robin states that Pooh will be 99 when he's a hundred. Christopher Robin is six now, making Pooh five. Except, while he is naive, Pooh does not seem like a child, and he lives alone.

    Christopher Robin 

Christopher Robin

Portrayed by: Bruce Reitherman (1966); Jon Walmsley (1968); Timothy Turner (1974); Kim Christianson (1981 - 1983); Tim Hoskins (New Adventures); Edan Gross (Christmas Too); Brady Bluhm (1997–1999); Tom Attenborough (The Tigger Movie); Paul Tiesler (The Book of Pooh); William Green (A Very Merry Pooh Year); Tom Wheatley (Piglet's Big Movie); Struan Erlenborn (My Friends Tigger & Pooh); Jack Boutler (Winnie the Pooh (2011)); Oliver Bell (Doc McStuffins); Ewan McGregor (Christopher Robin, [adult]); Orton O'Brien (Christopher Robin, [child])

The only human character to appear in the books, Christopher Robin is the storybook allusion to the Real Life boy Milne wrote the stories for. He is a young boy who spends time with his stuffed animals in the distant Hundred Acre Wood and acts as a mentor and leader most of the time. Later in the series, he attends boarding school.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the books, his hair is blond, but in the cartoons, it's brown.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In New Adventures, it's implied that "Robin" is actually his last name, which is explicitly true in the live-action movie, instead of Milne like the real person he was based on and his counterpart in the original stories.
  • Adapted Out: Christopher Robin doesn't appear in the Russian cartoons at all, his role having been taken by Piglet. Some of Disney's adaptations of the novels also omit or at least heavily downplay his role in them. The Kingdom Hearts series in particular outright replaces his role in the stories with their protagonist, Sora.
  • Big Good: The inhabitants of the Forest certainly view him as one. He's the one they trust with their problems, the one to solve disputes and the one to act as the leader in times of need.
  • A Boy and His X: A boy and his teddy bear. The relationship between Christopher Robin and Pooh is the heart and soul of the original books. While the adaptations tend to feature it less prominently, they're still shown to be very close.
  • Catchphrase: He frequently says, "Silly old bear" to Pooh.
  • Cheerful Child: He's generally a very upbeat and happy sort of character, though he does have some melancholic moments, especially in the original books.
  • Children Are Innocent: Perhaps the defining trait of his character is that he's a sweet little boy.
  • Cultural Translation: Has an American accent in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. He used to have one in the first featurette as well (provided by Bruce Reitherman, who also voiced Mowgli), but after complaints from the fans, it was changed to an English accent from Blustery Day onward. When the three original Pooh featurettes were collected into the full-feature The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin was, for the sake of consistency, overdubbed with his later trademark English accent in the Honey Tree segment (though you can still clearly hear American Christopher when he sings along with Pooh in the Little Black Raincloud song).
  • A Day in the Limelight: Christopher Robin is generally a supporting character at best in Disney's Pooh stories. New Adventures however does make him the main protagonist in a handful of episodes, usually focusing on his chores in the real world with Pooh and the others "assisting".
  • Demoted to Extra: Christopher Robin was originally the star of the books; in the poetry books he appears often and has several poems dedicated to him (as opposed to Pooh, who only appears in one poem in When We Were Very Young and only appears occasionally in Now We Are Six), and while he was moved Out of Focus for the Pooh stories he remained a central character. In the first Disney featurettes he was also a major character, but in later productions he got smaller and smaller roles, quite often being left out entirely. This is sort of explained in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (and elaborated upon in Pooh's Most Grand Adventure): He's started school. While the Disney version doesn't seem to be attending boarding school the way his book counterpart is implied to be, it's still reasonable to presume that he isn't around as much because he's busy with schoolwork.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Before the 2011 Disney movie, Christopher Robin had Skintone Sclerae.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Downplayed. He more sees mathematics as unimportant than lousy; he describes the eleven times tables as not mattering and describes knights as being "not as grand as royalty but grander than factors". Given that he's the only one who brings arithmetic up and Pooh thinks Factors is a person, this trope as a whole is downplayed for the Winnie-the-Pooh franchise.
  • The Everyman: He's not particularly great in any one field, but he's got enough universal talents to cover where he's needed.
  • Full-Name Basis: At least if you go by New Adventures canon, where "Robin" is hinted to be his surname. Rarely, if ever, is he called just "Christopher".
  • Growing Up Sucks:
    • More implied than directly stated in the books, but the hints are definitely there in The House At Pooh Corner, where he's leaving to attend boarding school and won't be around in the Forest anymore. The hints are even stronger in Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, when he comes back to the Forest for his first summer holiday, but knows he's just there for the summer and there are several hints that he doesn't fit in quite as well with his beloved animal friends as he once did.
    • Downplayed by comparison in the Disney version. While he does begin school at the end of The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, there's less focus on how things are different when he leaves, and even if some subsequent productions (primarily Pooh's Most Grand Adventure) do touch upon the animals having to deal with seeing less of him, it's less melancholy than in the books.
    • The live-action movie has this in full-force. As an adult, he's distressed by the fact that his job forces him to spend time away from his wife and daughter and his boss is making him fire several employees despite him promising the workers good jobs... to say nothing of coming back from World War 2 emotionally scarred by three years of endless killing.
  • Lazy Bum: Downplayed. While he does say that "what he likes doing best is nothing" and he's often described as saying/doing things "carelessly", he doesn't seem to mind not doing nothing.
  • The Leader: Even though he's only six years old, he's seen as the leader of the group. Case in point, when Tigger arrives, one of the first things Pooh asks is if Christopher Robin knows who he is.
  • Minor Living Alone: He seems to live by himself in the woods.
  • Nice Guy: He is cheerful, compassionate and caring.
  • Not So Above It All: While generally the most level-headed of the bunch, he does occasionally say things that don't make sense, like "he's Winnie ther Pooh! Don't you know what 'ther' means?!".
  • The Smart Guy: The most intelligent character, bar none. Both Owl and Rabbit view themselves as being the brains of the Forest, while Kanga is Closer to Earth but still susceptible to childlike naiveté, but Christopher Robin is the only one who consistently sees through the follies and absurdities of their lives, and frequently the only one who knows what's really going on.
  • Token Human: He's the only human character in the group. Justified; the Hundred Acre Wood is created out of his backyard and his toys.
  • Younger Than They Look: His animated counterpart especially. Despite chronologically remaining six years old, Christopher Robin can definitely pass for a preteen a few years older.


"But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is I'm the only one!"

Voiced by: Paul Winchell (regularly 1968-1983, 1988-1989; occasionally 1990-1999); Sam Edwards (Disneyland Records); Will Ryan (Welcome to Pooh Corner); Jim Cummings (regularly 1990-1991, 2000-present; occasionally 1989, 1996-1999)

Hyperactive stuffed tiger with a fondness for bouncing. Known to grate on others' nerves (especially Rabbit) with his tendency to bounce head on into others as a form of welcome. Initially found somewhat intimidating or annoying by the other members of the Hundred Acre Wood upon his arrival, Pooh and the others eventually warmed up to him and consider him a close friend, especially Roo.

  • Age Lift: While it's hard to tell exactly how old the animals are in books or cartoons, Tigger at least is clearly a lot older in the Disney version. In the books he's more clearly a child who needs someone to look after him, and who ends up adopted by Kanga. (In Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, he's unable to say how old he is, but when Rabbit guesses that he's about twelve years old he's all on board with that — because having an age means he can have a birthday.) The Disney version, by contrast, lives on his own and speaks in a very adult baritone voice, even if his childlike personality remains largely the same.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In "Eeyore Gets Bounced", it's never revealed if he did intentionally "bounce" Eeyore into the river as a joke, or if he really did just accidentally push him into the river while coughing.
  • Ascended Extra: He didn't appear in the first book at all, and though he gets to play a prominent role in four of the ten chapters in the second book, it was the Disney version that really made him the major character he's known as today. Tie-in media following the novel canon still took this to heart and often use Tigger more prominently.
  • Attack Hello: Bouncing/Pouncing on anyone is his way of saying hello, and it can happen at any time and anywhere to anyone.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Sometimes comes across as having a severe case of this, especially in the Disney version.
  • Badass Adorable: He's a cute plush toy like the rest of his friends, but he's also the first of them to charge into danger or try to fight if it looks like it needs to happen.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To Roo, especially in later features.
  • Big Entrance: Expect him to literally bounce you the moment he first appears.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The Thin to Pooh's Big and Piglet's Short.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Sorta, Disney's Tigger is voiced with a vaguely Brooklyn-esque accent, and is slightly more obnoxious and rambunctious than most of the Hundred Acre Wood's other residents, though he's rather cheerful and harmless overall.
  • Breakout Character: Tigger wasn't really a major character in the books, appearing only in the second book, The House At Pooh Corner. In the Disney adaptations, he got bigger and bigger roles until he ended up as the franchise's main star apart from Pooh himself.
  • Break the Cutie: Even for Tigger this happens in agonising doses in the Disney canon:
    • In Tigger Too he becomes despondent after he is forbidden to bounce out of a promise. The others are so heartbroken by this sight that they take it back and want the old bouncy Tigger again (though Rabbit takes a little convincing).
    • In the New Adventures episode "Stripes" he suffers an identity crisis after his stripes are washed off and his friends can no longer recognise him. This is resolved when Eeyore points out he is still Tigger regardless and his stripes are restored.
    • The Tigger Movie does this brutally to Tigger, who becomes increasingly desperate and heartbroken when he can't find any Tigger family to speak of. It hits worse when his friends try to pose as Tiggers out of sympathy and he realises they were lying to him, hitting them with this trope in turn.
  • Cats Hate Water: Zigzagged. He hates baths, but claims he's a good swimmer. Then again, he doesn't like being pushed into the water, but hating being pushed into water is pretty normal. He's also the only cat, which makes it hard to tell if this trope applies.
  • Cartoony Tail: In the Disney version, which explains his bouncing is done by using his tail as a pogo stick.
  • Catchphrase: "Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo!" and "TTFN: Ta-Ta For Now!". Also his signature growl.
  • Character Signature Song: "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" is his his personal anthem and most well-known song.
  • Cheerful Child: He can be said to be this in the original novels, as he is clearly very young and inexperienced and needs someone to look after him. He was aged up for the Disney version (even if his demeanor is much the same).
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Very wacky, thinking all sorts of strange thoughts like he can fly or the tablecloth was a monster.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: The Book of Pooh has him making peanut butter sandwiches that include various other ingredients such as pickles, showing he has some odd taste in foodstuffs.
  • Cool Big Bro: He is this in Roo's eyes. It varies, though he definitely has his moments, especially the Disney rendition.
  • Does Not Like Spam: "Tiggers don't like honey!"
    • In the original books, notably his debut in The House at Pooh Corner, he doesn't like haycorns or thistles either. In fact, he's a downright Picky Eater who has huge problems finding something he actually likes to eat.
  • Fish out of Water: Initially, he doesn't really fit in with the rest of the residents of the Hundred Acres. He gets over this over time.
  • Flight: Subverted. He thinks Tiggers can fly, but finds out they can't.
  • The Glomp: His entire shtick is to "bounce" people, usually from out of nowhere, as his standard form of greeting.
  • Happily Adopted: By Kanga, in the original novels. In the Disney version, he lives on his own (but frequently hangs around Kanga and Roo).
  • Hates Baths: Was forcibly bathed twice in the first TV series and hated it both times. The first time, the bath resulted in his stripes being washed off, and he was seen coughing and sputtering throughout, but on the second occasion, he finally admitted that they weren't so bad, while adding that he'd wait until "maybe next year" for another one.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: As noted above under Breakout Character, he was completely absent from the original book, debuting in the second story of The House at Pooh Corner. He's actually the only book character to make his debut in the second book rather than the first.
  • Idiot Houdini: Similar to Pooh, a lot of Tigger's chaotic or foolish antics tend to avoid repercussions (as much as Rabbit tries to reel him in, he nearly always fails). He does sometimes get punishment when his actions risk leaning him into Jerkass territory however.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: Much like Eeyore, the white parts of Tigger's fur are colored yellow in merchandise and promo art.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He means well but his chaotic playfulness and oblivious attitude can sometimes make him seem very inconsiderate. He drives Rabbit crazy with this behaviour in particular.
  • Jerkass Ball: He's as nice as they come; but he does have moments where he's quite thoughtless and inconsiderate. The book version's jerkishness is usually limited to pouncing on people when they're not expecting it, but the Disney version can get surprisingly (though unintentionally) mean at times. This is most prominent in the New Adventures series, but is definitely there in the original featurettes too.
  • Keet: He's extremely hyperactive and never stops doing something.
  • The Lancer: Pooh may be the main protagonist, but Tigger follows closely behind him in terms of being the leader. With his hyperactivity, in fact, he tends to be the driver for many plots in follow-up media, given Pooh's own fairly placid and passive nature.
  • Last of His Kind: "But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is I'm the only one!" Only in The Tigger Movie does he show any true concern over this.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": His name is a misspelling of "Tiger".
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: "[X] is what Tiggers do best." X can be any activity relevant to the plot.
  • Malaproper: In some series, particularly the "Learning with Pooh" series, though some of them may have actually been intentional.
    "And time's fun when you're having flies!"
  • Manchild: Despite being one of the largest members of the gang, he is playful and irresponsible.
  • Miles Gloriosus: On occasion. Other times he's too oddball to really care about his own well being. His rather fickle nature can lead him to interchange between cowardly to suicidally fearless in a matter of seconds.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his Jerkass Ball moments and being Innocently Insensitive, Tigger is extremely cheerful and friendly.
  • The Nicknamer: In the Disney version, he's got a nickname for everyone, and loads of them for Rabbit. Examples include: Pooh - "Buddy Bear" / "Buddy Boy", Rabbit - "Long Ears" / "Ra-Ra" / "Bunny Boy", Piglet - "Piglet, Old Pal" / "Pigaletto", Eeyore - "Donkey Boy", Owl - "Buddy Bird", Roo/Lumpy - "Little Roo-ster / "Lumpster".
  • Nightmare Fetishist: In many of the Disney cartoons, he can't get enough scary stuff, and he even sings an awesome Disney Acid Sequence about his nightmare fetishism in the Halloween special.
  • Odd Friendship: Tigger and Eeyore couldn't be more opposite in terms of personality, but that doesn't stop Tigger from considering the old donkey one of his best buddies.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Tigger is very hard to bring down and an eternal Nice Guy. But when he discovers his friends' disguises as his family (long story) in The Tigger Movie, he vents an uncharacterstic moment of Tranquil Fury before heading out to find his "family", making it obvious they've hurt him pretty badly.
    • In fact, almost all of the climax of the movie relies on Tigger being out of character; during the blizzard scene, he actually talks back at Rabbit when the latter, who was leading his friends to rescue Tigger, was berating him for wandering out at such a time, when he would normally take Rabbit's rants in stride. It's a jarring scene that shows that even Tigger has his limits.
  • Picky Eater:
    • In the original novel, this is actually one of his defining traits, combined with his usual Miles Gloriosus over-enthusiasm. His introduction chapter has him and Pooh searching for something that Tiggers actually like to eat. Tigger cheerfully claims that Tiggers like everything, and whatever Pooh suggests, he'll say it's his very favorite... that is, until he actually tastes it, after which he'll say that Tiggers like everything in the world except what he just had. The list of exceptions to what Tiggers like keeps growing all through the chapter, until he finally comes across the one thing he does likes to eat: extract of malt, Roo's "strengthening medicine."
    • The Disney version does include a Shout-Out to this when establishing Tigger's dislike of honey (which comes and goes Depending on the Writer), but the desperate search for something he can actually eat doesn't happen and extract of malt is never mentioned.
  • The Pig-Pen: In addition to hating baths, Tigger likes bouncing around in the mud. At one point, he even rhetorically asks, "What's wrong with being dirty?"
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Rabbit's blue, being all impulse and enthusiasm in comparison to Rabbit's patient thoughtfulness.
  • Sad Clown: Tigger is usually hyperactive and infallibly cheerful. When he is truly brought down however, it is a rather tragic sight. Utilized in universe, all the others are insistant on "un-bouncing" Tigger, though are so heartbroken by the depressed shell remaining when they succeed they immediately go back on it.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: "Gasp!!"
  • Sick Episode: The episode "Darby, Solo Sleuth" of "My Friends Tigger and Pooh" has him catch a cold, along with Pooh and Roo.
  • Signature Laugh: In the cartoons, he has a "hoo hoo hoo" laugh.
  • Sixth Ranger: In the books. He is the only major character introduced in The House at Pooh Corner.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Bragging's what Tiggers do best.
  • Speech Impediment: Speaks with a lisp.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The Disney version, post- The Tigger Movie. While it's not too blatant, he does through a bit of Character Development in that movie, learning to be more considerate towards his non-Tigger friends. This development actually sticks, because in productions after that, his Jerkass Ball moments and Miles Gloriosus tendencies are toned down considerably — though his hyperactive enthusiasm hasn't dropped one bit, nor has he become any more inclined to think before he acts, so he remains the most chaotic element in the Hundred Acre Wood.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In the original novels, it's extract of malt, which is one of the few things he likes. The Book of Pooh gave him anything with peanut butter in it.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Rabbit in the Disney works. The vitriol is mostly on Rabbit's side, since Tigger's habit of knocking him over or trampling through Rabbit's garden irritates the bunny.
  • Vocal Evolution: Listen to Paul Winchell as Tigger in the Many Adventures shorts, then compare it to New Adventures. They hardly even sound like the same person, as Winchell's voice had gotten raspier, and his lisp is stronger too. This evolution is why Jim Cummings took over the role permanently from The Tigger Movie onwards, who himself has gotten much more gruff and better at mimicking Winchell's "mannerisisms" for the character compared to when he started filling in for him in New Adventures.
  • Would Hit a Girl: A minor example, but he has no qualms with bouncing on Kanga. Of course, as Tigger puts it, "You always bounce someone you love".



Voiced by: John Fiedler (1968-1983, 1988-2005); Phil Baron (Welcome to Pooh Corner); Travis Oates (2005-present); Nick Mohammed (Christopher Robin)

Extremely timid stuffed piglet. Being someone of such little size makes Piglet rather paranoid and fearful often needing the support of his friends, nevertheless he's very gentle and caring little guy all in all and will face his fears for the sake of others.

  • Adapted Out: Attempted but failed. Disney omitted Piglet from The Honey Tree, with Gopher intended to take his place in their take on the franchise. Fans of original stories complained however, leading Piglet to be introduced in A Blustery Day and become a central character from that point on.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: It's very downplayed, but there are sporadic occasions where Piglet's very long fuse will finally wear out. One key example is in the New Adventures episode "Piglet's Poohetry" where he initiates a Humiliation Conga onto an exceptionally inconsiderate Tigger in their Imagine Spot gone wild. He is also driven to an outburst a handful of times in The Book of Pooh. Even when still in his usual better moods, Piglet, when compelled enough, can be one of the most courageous and unflappable animals in the wood, as demonstrated in Piglet's Big Movie.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The Short to Pooh's Big and Tigger's Thin.
  • Butt-Monkey: Things just always seem to go wrong for Piglet, which is played for laughs.
  • Catchphrase: "Oh dear" (usually said with a stammer).
  • Character Development: Arguably, he's the only character in the original novels who goes through genuine Character Development. He starts out as a timid dreamer who, in his desperate attempts to appear big and brave, usually blows his chances when he gets them and is blind to the positive qualities he does possess. In the latter parts of the second novel, he learns to recognize and appreciate his own strengths, and in the end becomes the big hero of the book. You could say that he starts out as a Lovable Coward but turns into a Cowardly Lion. Averted with the Disney version, who is a Cowardly Lion from the get-go.
  • Character Exaggeration: Inverted in The Book of Pooh, where Piglet is still somewhat timid and naive, but more prone to stand up for himself or act as the voice of reason, and in a handful of cases even shows signs of a temper towards the others.
  • Cheerful Child: In the Soviet Vinni Pukh adaptions, Piglet is a much cheerier and less timid character.
  • The Chew Toy: If it can go wrong for Piglet, it probably will go wrong for Piglet.
  • The Chick: He's male, like all of the other main toys except Kanga, but he's still the most "feminine" of the lot, being gentle, sweet, caring and timid, not to mention wearing (and being) pink.
  • Composite Character: Perhaps one reason for Piglet's cheerier attitude in the Soviet Vinni Pukh adaptions is that he's used as the stand-in character for Christopher Robin, who doesn't appear in the cartoons at all. Since the stories closely follow the book plots, Piglet is the one who says and does all the things that Christopher Robin did in the books, something which certainly alters his characterization a bit.
  • Cowardly Lion: Will perform impressive acts of bravery when a push becomes a shove, though he's more likely to do this in the Disney version than in the original novels.
  • Demoted to Extra: Subverted. The Disney version occasionally tries to put him on sidelines, but it never seems to last; Piglet is simply too popular a character, even gaining his own movie at one point. This is even more notable considering Piglet wasn't even intended to appear in the Disney adaptions initially.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: A curious example, but take a look at Piglet's one-second appearance in the original intro song (the "there's Rabbit, and Piglet, and there's Owl" part). Someone at Disney must have done some heavy redesigning before Piglet made his "official" animated debut in the second featurette.
  • Extreme Doormat: Because he's so gentle and so timid, he's easily overawed or unwittingly bullied into doing whatever the others want.
  • Expressive Ears: His ears go downwards whenever nervous or sad.
  • Hates Baths: In one story in the book he replaces Roo and Kanga gives him a bath. The first thing he does when he drops the act is rolling in the dirt.
  • Height Angst: In the Disney version especially, Piglet frequently has low self esteem over being a very small animal:
    • A plot pivot in Piglet's Big Movie, where in spite of Piglet's Self-Deprecation, it's discovered he's recurrently managed to be vital to the gang's agendas.
    • The episode "Biglet" from The Book of Pooh features Piglet getting fed up with being short, and starts wearing stilts, giant gloves, and a amplifier in his mouth.
    • In A Perfect Little Piglet from the Disney picture book series Out and About With Pooh, he is upset about his height after knocking down some honey pots from Pooh's shelves from being too small to reach. Then later he gets Eeyore's tail from under a bush, admiring the view while doing so, and feels better after Eeyore comments on how wonderful it must be to be small.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Pooh, who eventually offers to share his home after Piglet gives his up to Owl.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: In one cartoon episode, he gets the hiccups and it takes all day to make them go. The suggested cures are water, standing upside down with someone on top of him, and scaring the hiccups away.
  • Lovable Coward: He may be a scaredy-cat of a character, but he's also one of the most lovable and likeable characters.
  • Messy Pig: Shows signs of this: when Kanga gives him a bath, he doesn't feel comfortable until he can roll in the dirt again. In a subversion, he's also a bit of a Neat Freak. The Disney version eliminates this altogether, though he retains his dislike for baths.
  • Minor Living Alone: Zigzagged. In the books, he starts out living alone, but ends up moving in with Pooh. Despite Blustery Day adapting this plot point, the later Disney cartoons keep Piglet in his original home. His age is unknown (although he thinks he might be three or four) but his name is "Piglet", so he's probably a kid.
  • Neat Freak: Mostly in the Disney cartoons, instead of being a Messy Pig like in the books. In his first scene, he's trying to sweep fallen leaves from his property and is bothered by the wind blowing in more. Curiously though, he still Hates Baths as much as his novel counterpart.
  • Nervous Wreck: He's afraid of just about everything new or potentially dangerous.
  • Nice Guy: Along with Pooh, Piglet is probably the most compassionate and caring member of the Hundred Acre Wood gang.
  • No Respect Guy: Being a very small animal (and an Extreme Doormat at that), Piglet commonly gets pushed around or ignored by the others, accidentally or not. The Disney version, of course, is more liable to get vindication of some sort (as exemplified in Piglet's Big Movie).
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Piglet gets pissed off, you know it's serious.
    • The same applies to when he's geueninely depressed, to the point Eeyore once lampshaded it in "Chez Piglet".
  • Second Episode Introduction: Since Disney originally intended to replace Piglet with the more "American" Gopher, Piglet's debut in the Disney franchise was delayed until The Blustery Day after fan outcry forced Walt's hand.
  • Shrinking Violet: Shy and timid, Piglet tends to withdraw into himself.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: In-Universe, Piglet, or rather what he's into, occasionally causes this reaction from Tigger in New Adventures. When Piglet attempts to read a poem in "Piglet's Poohetry" or tell a story in "The Monster Frankenpooh", Tigger is utterly sickened by how overly saccharine it is and decides to change it to suit his own tastes.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In the books, acorns, also called "haycorns" by Pooh.
  • Vague Age: In the Disney version at least, despite being a "piglet" his matured voice and arguably more sensible personality than many of the others leaves it ambiguous as to whether he is much younger than Pooh. Tigger referring him to both "kiddo" and "ol' pal" at times certainly doesn't help.
  • Vocal Evolution: John Fiedler's Piglet voice got breathier from New Adventures until his death in 2005.



Voiced by: Ralph Wright (1966-1983); Ron Feinberg (1981); Ron Gans (1983-1986); Peter Cullen (1988-2010, 2017-present); Brad Garrett (Disney's Animated Storybook, Christopher Robin, Ralph Breaks the Internet); Gregg Berger (video game appearances, Mini Adventures dubs); Bud Luckey (2011-2017); Thurl Ravenscroft (Disneyland Records)

Stuffed donkey with a deeply cynical and borderline mentally depressed view of life. Often around to share a negative view of things, though is also rather philosophical and can give great wisdom at times.

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: He wears a bow on his tail in the cartoons and occasionally in the books.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: In addition to being more mellow and wholesome, the Disney take on Eeyore tends to have more spurts of sagely wisdom and observation, compared to the books Eeyore who was often as much of a Know-Nothing Know-It-All as Rabbit and Owl.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: His Disney incarnation is far nicer and more sympathetic than the snarky and grumpy Eeyore of the original books.
  • The Big Guy: One of the bigger members of the Hundred Acre Wood.
  • Birthday Episode: One story focuses on Piglet and Winnie-the-Pooh giving him birthday presents.
  • Catchphrase: "Thanks for noticing me."
  • The Chew Toy: He sometimes gets the short end of the stick, though not nearly as much as he views himself.
  • Civilized Animal: He walks on all fours and eats thistles, but he can talk and he lives in a house (albeit a makeshift house).
  • The Cynic: Eeyore's main personality is being a pessimistic and gloomy sad-sack.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Eeyore is good at this, much more so in the novels than in the Disney version (not that the latter doesn't have his moments however, especially in The Book of Pooh and the 2011 movie).
  • Demoted to Extra: During the 2000's, he was relegated to much smaller roles (especially as stories began to focus more on Tigger, Piglet or Roo). Especially evident during the Heffalump movies where he's only around for a handful of scenes each and in the first one, he's completely forgotten by the others. He bitterly lampshades it, for once, with some genuine poignancy.
  • The Eeyore: The Trope Namer. He's perpetually pessimistic and negative, and his most famous Catchphrase is "Thanks for noticing me". Ironically, during one episode of the cartoon series, the entire cast notices Eeyore, just sitting on a hill and staring and try to cheer him up. The episode ends with Piglet asking Eeyore why he was so sad while Eeyore is still sitting on the hilltop, watching a beautiful sunset, and Eeyore simply asks "What makes you think I'm sad?"
  • Flat Joy: The Disney version occasionally shows this, especially from New Adventures and onward. It's always Played for Laughs.
    • In the original books, he does this as well.
    "Ha-ha," said Eeyore bitterly. "Merriment and what-not. Don't apologize. It's just what would happen."
  • Grumpy Bear: Snarky and extremely cynical compared to the other more innocent residents of the Hundred Acre Wood. The Disney version represents this to an extent though is somewhat more recessive and "matter of fact" about it than in the original novels (an often implied character ethic is that he enjoys being depressed).
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Some stories in both works show Eeyore desiring to socialise despite his usual aloofness. A few episodes of New Adventures in particular shown Eeyore resenting his anti-social personality, and wanting to emulate Pooh or Tigger's happy personalities so he could fit in. Most of the time, the others were more off-put by the Stepford Smiler Eeyore and insisted he was fine his usual miserable self.
    • In Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, after an attempt at starting a school, pretty much everyone designated a teacher bails on the idea after the disastrous first day. Though surprisingly Eeyore seemed rather taken to being headmaster, and could sometimes still be seen wearing his cape.
  • Hypochondria: Not normally, but in one of the movies, when he thinks Owl has a cold, he says, "I'll probably catch it too" and later claims he has a cold when he clearly does not. He also thinks he has a cold in the My Friends Tigger and Pooh episode "Darby, Solo Sleuth".
  • Inconsistent Coloring: Most modern promotional artwork and merchandising depicts Eeyore with blue fur and a flesh-colored muzzle (including the image on the right), likely to give him a more florescent and noticeable design compared to his grey scheme, thus making him more appealing to young children (granted however "blue" suits his character in a sense).
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: He finds joy in taking a popped balloon in and out of an empty honeypot.
  • Jerkass: Definitely in the original novels, though occasionally you still can't help feeling sorry for him. Both animated adaptions avert the trope, as Eeyore is far less cranky and sarcastic in either cartoons.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the Disney version. While he may be snarky and aloof his heart's still in the right place. His novel counterpart does have odd Pet the Dog moments as well.
  • Jumping-to-Conclusions Diagnosis: When he thinks Owl has sneezed, he decides that Owl must have a cold and he will catch one too.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": He is named after the noise a donkey makes.
  • Odd Friendship: Stoic Grumpy Bear Eeyore and energetic Keet Tigger.
  • Only Sane Man: Often shows the most common sense over the others, such as the episode "Stripes" from New Adventures, where Eeyore's the only one to recognize Tigger after his were stripes washed off.
  • Punny Name: His name is meant to resemble the onomatopoeic sound of a donkey's braying (though it's a bit more obvious when pronounced with a British accent, as A. A. Milne would have said it).
  • Ret-Canon: Return To the Hundred Acre Wood makes him a bit less of a Jerkass and he shows more signs of a hidden jovial side, much like his Disney counterpart. Incidentally his Disney counterpart became more sarcastic and grouchy akin the original novels over the years, essentially meaning both takes on Eeyore almost met halfway and became identical.
  • The Stoic: Ironically enough. Despite his trademark depressive personality, Eeyore is usually the least likely to become highly fearful or upset in a dire situation, his usual emotional range usually never straying past being somewhat glum and negative. Whatever makes his life is so miserable, he is at least accustomed to it.
    Pooh: Are you alright, Eeyore?
    Eeyore: Been better. Been worse too.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Milne's suggested reason for his depressed attitude in the original novels. In the Disney adaptions, he's a much friendlier guy, just very negative in the most simplistic of terms, though he does have bouts of this trope at times, especially being The Chew Toy.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Thistles. This is mostly prominent in the original novels, but the Disney version has been known to chow down on a thistle or two as well.
  • Vocal Evolution: Peter Cullen's Eeyore voice has gone through several over the years. When he first started in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh the voice was a bit higher-pitched and less breathy. In the late 90's, it became breathier, and in his most recent appearances as Eeyore, it deepened and became near-identical to original Eeyore Ralph Wright.
  • When He Smiles: Every now and then, the others succeed in getting an earnest smile out of him. It nearly always makes for some of the most heartwarming moments in the franchise. It's since been toned down since almost all modern merchandise now conveys Eeyore with a smile (if a characteristically subtle and weary one).



Voiced by: Junius Matthews (1966-1977); Ray Erlenborn (1981); Will Ryan (1983-1986); Ken Sansom (1988-2010); Tom Kenny (2011-present), Peter Capaldi (Christopher Robin)

Grouchy rabbit that is obsessed with getting order and peace in the Hundred Acre Wood. Often finds himself bothered by the antics of the other residents usually Pooh and Tigger, though granted he himself often takes wacky extremes to deal with problems.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Weirdly enough, he's a pale green color in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, as opposed to yellow in all the other Disney productionsnote . And in the original novels, he's brown. At least according to E. H. Shepard's color illustrations. He's also brown in Christopher Robin.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • Disney's Rabbit, while still a grouchy egomaniac, is far more prone to openly soft or humble moments than his novel's counterpart.
    • The Soviet Vinni Pukh Rabbit is portrayed as a fairly polite and mild tempered individual, and something of an Extreme Doormat about Pooh's scrounging.
  • Adaptational Sympathy:
    • Disney's Rabbit is still often a grumpy vindictive jerk, but much more of a Butt-Monkey as a result of the others' bungling, making his lashing out seem more justified. He also tends to repent a lot more often following his crueller moments.
    • Vinni Pukh's is similarly quite put upon and even lacks his temper from other interpretations to offset it. Also compared to the books and Disney Pooh's gluttonous but friendly personality around Rabbit, the Soviet Pooh couldn't make it more obvious he is only interested in Rabbit so long as he has honey.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Fitting to a T. Right down to the fact that it is played up for laughs (his high-pitched voice, his pink robe and hair curlers, multiple frilly aprons, the aptitude for ballet dancing as seen in Pooh's Grand Adventure, the latter of which he also called them "my dears" in, etc), it is never addressed/confirmed, nor implied that he has any interest in the opposite sex. Or either sex, for that matter. Averted in the 2011 film, in which he fantasizes himself as being surrounded by female rabbits.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: While the books' Rabbit was pretty much a normal if sapient rabbit, Vinni Pukh's Rabbit is on Funny Animal with a complete suit and spectacles. The Disney adaptation is also a downplayed cartoon Funny Animal.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: He doesn't look at all unattractive, we'll give you that.
  • Butt-Monkey: Just like with Piglet, bad things tend to happen to him. A lot. Perfectly capsulized by him in one line in Tigger Too:
    Rabbit: Why does it always have to be me? Why, oh, why, oh, why?
  • Camp Straight: He's pretty campy, but in the 2011 film, he's shown fantasizing about having a harem of lady rabbits.
  • Character Exaggeration: He became even more persnickety and grouchy in the Disney works. Also, his rivalry with Tigger only really lasted for one chapter in the books, with them usually only having sporadic, non-antagonistic interactions afterwards. Meanwhile, it's one of the most iconic dynamics of the Disney take.
  • The Chew Toy: The various mishaps and scrapes he gets into are always played for laughs.
  • The Chick: In the 1967-1975 German dubs.
  • The Comically Serious: The fact he's so strict, stern and serious is played for nothing but comedy.
  • Control Freak: His obsession with keeping everything quiet, peaceful and orderly is his most defining characteristic.
  • Depending on the Artist: In Tigger Too Rabbit was given a slightly more worn down look and gained a more prominent jaw and buck teeth. Later Disney works drift in and out between using this or his earlier younger, buck teeth-less look from the previous two shorts.
  • Depending on the Writer: Is he a real rabbit or a stuffed one? He's the former in the books, but the Disney version zig-zags this. He certainly looks like a real animal, having real fur and no stitching, but in the New Adventures episode "How Much Is The Rabbit In That Window", he's a Living Toy like the other animals. Possibly serves as a Mythology Gag, while a toy version of Rabbit appears in the live action framing devices, the real Christopher Robin didn't own a toy of Rabbit (or Owl, who is similarly organically designed).
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Hey, Tigger messed up his garden - that shit don't fly in the Hundred Acre Wood.
  • Ditzy Genius: He's one of the smarter members of the Hundred Acre Wood, but he still can have his silly moments.
  • Fantastic Racism: In the original book, he dislikes Kanga and Roo because they're foreign and conspires with Pooh and Piglet to kidnap the latter in order to get them to leave.
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: His temper and hostility marks him as the Choleric one.
  • The Finicky One: He's not easy to please, and that's a fact.
  • Green and Mean: He sports green fur in New Adventures and as usual, can be a jerk quite often.
  • Grumpy Bear: He's usually angry or easily angered, at least in part because he's a Control Freak and his friends don't understand or even pretend to humor him in it.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Loses his temper when it comes to someone messing up his garden and/or Tigger's shenanigans.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Some of the Disney works imply Rabbit, despite his pomposity, is actually rather insecure about how others feel about him. Not only does he often get extremely offended when he thinks he isn't appreciated, but the New Adventures episode "Rabbit Marks The Spot" has him convince himself that the others will hate his guts after he pulls a rather mean spirited prank.
    • The Book of Pooh reveals that most of the crops in his garden (that which he is vigorously protective of and constantly chastises Tigger and others for ruining) end up being given to the other inhabitants of the wood.
  • I Am Very British: Downplayed. Every Disney adaptation has him voiced with a slight British accent, and he certainly retains certain of his British quirks from the source material; Honey Tree in particular shows a stereotypically British top hat and scarf hanging by his front door.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Often cynical and hostile but will take steps to take care of his friends in the end.
  • Karma Houdini: The chapter "In Which Kanga and Roo Come to the Forest" is one of very few occasions Rabbit isn't punished for being a Jerkass. Paranoid about Kanga and Roo, he drafts Pooh and Piglet (somewhat unwillingly) in a scheme to kidnap Roo. However after finally running off with Roo, he starts to bond with him and forgets all about the plan, leaving Piglet alone to suffer Kanga's wrath. Naturally the Disney adaptation downplays this by making Rabbit a Badly Battered Babysitter and ending on a happier note for the whole group.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Perhaps best summed up by Pooh and Piglet in the original novel:
    "Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
    "Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
    "And he has Brain."
    "Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
    There was a long silence.
    "I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."
  • Large Ham: His neuroses and pompous grandstanding lean him into this half the time, especially in the 2011 movie.
  • Neat Freak: Loves to keep things neat and organized.
  • Nervous Wreck: Rabbit's a obessive and high-strung character who takes things TOO seriously.
  • Not So Above It All: He does have his fair share of harebrained schemes.
  • Only Sane Man: Though admittedly he himself has rather hare brained ideas at times. Also, see Sanity Slippage below.
  • The Perfectionist: Rabbit is very uptight and bossy and is infamous for his Type-A personality.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: His common sense and serious nature marks him as the blue to Tigger's red.
  • Ret-Canon: Though Return to the Hundred Acre Wood is a sequel to the original novels and not connected to the Disney canon, Rabbit's character in particular seems to seep in several Mythology Gags to his Disney counterpart, particularly his affinity for vegetable gardening and his more prominent Inferiority Superiority Complex.
  • Sanity Slippage: He has experienced this at various times in the Disney franchise, often having to do with Tigger. His thinking he has seven years bad luck because of a broken mirror in "Luck Amuck" from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is just one of many, many examples. Given that is other tropes include Butt-Monkey, The Chew Toy, The Finicky One, Super OCD and Well-Intentioned Extremist, this doesn't come as much of a surprise.
  • Schemer: Being the smartest of the main cast, if only in his own head, he tends to be the one most likely to cook up ideas, either for the group or for himself.
  • She's a Man in Japan: The 1967-1975 German dubs of the original shorts (Honey Tree, Blustery Day, etc.) made the character a female.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: When not just Vitriolic Best Buds, Rabbit is often warring with Tigger in the Disney adaptations. New Adventures also had recurrent packs of crows or bugs that he tried to fend his garden from.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He tends to think of himself as the smartest and the leader of the group, but really he's not that much better than them.
  • The Smart Guy: For all his faults, he is usually more on the ball than his friends. The climax of Pooh's Grand Adventure and The Tigger Movie particularly show him put his real smarts to use within the group.
  • Stock Animal Diet: Subverted. While Rabbit does grow carrots in his garden, he's rarely, if ever seen eating them, and has a variety of vegetables planted as well.
  • Super OCD: Rabbit is obsessed with order and tidiness and can turn almost any minor fun activity into a highly regimented work routine (usually resulting in a nervous breakdown when the others screw it up).
    Rabbit: Have you all gone mad?!? You can't possibly do things...out of order!
  • Supporting Leader: When Christopher Robin's not around, Rabbit usually takes charge, but the only work where he's The Protagonist is Springtime with Roo, which focuses on him alone instead with the group.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Carrots. Mostly restricted to the Disney version, though Return to the Hundred Acre Wood seeps in his carrot garden as a Mythology Gag.
  • Troll: Unexpectedly for his usual character, a lot of Rabbit's retaliations to feeling annoyed or at harm from another animal are to play sometimes mean-spirited pranks on them to keep them in line. He infamously tried to take Tigger down a peg by getting him lost in the wood (though it backfired on him horribly), while in Return to Hundred Acre Wood, after getting fed up with Owl's obsession with writing a monograph of his Uncle Robert (and the anti-social behaviour stemming from it), he pretends to be the ghost of his Uncle Robert ordering Owl not to write about him. New Adventures also has him recurrently play pranks on the other animals after they cross him, though they often backfire in some way.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tigger, mostly because Tigger insists on tackling him to say hi and is otherwise a hyperactive, chaotic individual. This is largely more evident in the Disney version, in the books Rabbit bickers more often with Owl.
  • Vocal Evolution: Ken Sansom's voice for Rabbit was initially closer to Junius Matthews' take and much more gruff and less effeminate sounding when he started in New Adventures.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Merely wants to maintain order in the Hundred Acre Wood, but resorts to somewhat extreme measures such as kidnapping or traumatizing residents in order to do so (granted however, it hardly ever works).
  • Zany Scheme: Despite everything, he's cooked up a few of these himself.



Do be careful, dear!

Voiced by: Barbara Luddy (1966-1977); Julie McWhirter (Day for Eeyore); Diana Hale (Welcome to Pooh Corner); Patricia Parris (New Adventures); Tress MacNeille (1994-1999, Kingdom Hearts); Russi Taylor (1994-1998); Kath Soucie (2000-2010); Kristen Anderson-Lopez (2011-present); Sophie Okonedo (Christopher Robin)

Docile mother kangaroo. Often acts a gentle mother figure to the others.

  • Adaptational Dumbass:
    • Reconstructed. The Disney version drops her usual Adaptational Intelligence in the 2011 film, which conveys her as just as childish and clueless as the other animals, even sharing an Adults Are Useless moment with Owl and Rabbit where they think they've caught the Backson.
    • The Gold Key comic book also tended to involve Kanga in the misadventures more often (albeit often against her will), with her often panicking over the same superstitions as everyone else.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: While Kanga was relatively smarter in the novels, she still often joined in on the others' foolish antics. The Disney version of Kanga however is a genuinely lucid and sensible character, with only isolated moments of silly behaviour.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Whatever lingering fussy or argumentative traits the novels' Kanga had, the Disney version near abolishes. Also while it's left on a rather ambiguous note in the books, the Disney adaptation makes it perfectly clear that Kanga became close friends with Piglet after their vitriolic first meeting. In the 2011 movie, however, she comes across as vain, naive and impatient, if still mostly well meaning, making her little better than the other Innocently Insensitive characters, though is still less gruff than her novel counterpart sometimes is.
  • Ascended Extra: The 70s/80s Gold Key comic book is among the few Disney works where Kanga isn't Out of Focus and is regularly with the main group and even supplies a lot of the front cover gags. Naturally this often came at the expense of her Adaptational Intelligence.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Usually rather docile and sweet in tone (to the point of being a borderline Extreme Doormat), though let's say she's rather sporting to the odd scheme or prank (Piglet found this out the hard way).
  • Break the Cutie: In the New Adventures episode "Babysitter Blues", she spends a whole night searching frantically for Roo before breaking down sobbing (unaware he is just playing Hide and Seek in their house).
  • Character Exaggeration: In the books, Kanga was the Team Mom, as best examplified by adopting Tigger, but often liked to be beside herself and Roo, and could be rather blunt or disinterested when socialising with others. The Disney version by comparison is extremely serene and motherly as her main characteristic. She's straight up The Pollyanna in the 2011 movie, with things like sleeping babies and warm hugs ever on her mind.
  • Closer to Earth: The Disney version at least. The book version is slightly more sensible too but shares the others' occasionally brainless demeanor. Not so much in the 2011 movie, where she's definitely not above the others in terms of responsibility, sanity and intelligence, she eats up the story of the Backson as readily as the rest of the cast and offers as equal a share of goofy, silly moments.
  • Creator Cameo: In the 2011 film, Kristen Anderson-Lopez (who co-wrote the 2011 film's songs with her husband Robert Lopez) voices Kanga. Ironic when Kanga stops the song and asks for silence when she wins the honey pot (temporarily).
  • Demoted to Extra: Kanga made only scant appearances in the New Adventures TV series and featurettes throughout the 90s.
  • Depending on the Artist: In her first Disney appearances in the Honey Tree and Blustery Day, she's proportioned almost exactly like her book counterpart and even had visible sclerae in some shots (albeit Skintone Sclerae apposed to her usual Black Bead Eyes). She was anthropomorphised slightly Tigger Too onwards. She reverts back to a more angular take of her first design in the 2011 movie.
  • Flawless Token: The Disney version to some level. She is at least the only female of the main group and the one often lacking a personality-establishing flaw. This is more prevalent in the Disneytoon Studios era, where she was nearly always the Only Sane Man and seldom ever joined in the group shenanigans, some other works like the 2011 film do try to give her some quirks and silly qualities. Her novel counterpart is relatively more stable, but can at times still be as clueless and standoffish as Rabbit and Owl.
  • Friend to All Children: Especially in the Disney interpretation, where she acts as Team Mom. In the Gold Key comics she actually runs a nursery in the wood. Her novel counterpart is usually this trope as well, but a bit more gruff, and quickly decided the teacher role was a bit too much for her liking in Return to the Hundred Acre Wood.
  • Good Parents: Regardless of depiction, she is a competent and ever gentle mother towards Roo.
  • Hates Small Talk: In her first appearance in the books, Pooh and Rabbit try to distract her so they can swap Roo with Piglet. This proves harder than they expected since an irritated Kanga quickly tries to bail with Roo.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • In the 2011 film, the cast list down all the potential horrible things the Backson can do to them (most of them being rather in-character phobias and superstitions). Kanga mostly lists down expected fears like waking up babies, but also fears the Backson stealing her youth, her Imagine Spot self even screaming terrified when her beauty vanishes and shrivels before a mirror.
    • In The Book of Pooh episode, "Do The Roo" she is revealed to have been a prize-winning dancer.
  • Hysterical Woman: Usually averted, as Kanga is more prone to keep a level head than the others. Played more straight in the Gold Key comics however, where Kanga is as superstitious as everyone else and actually starts several group-wide panics after seeing something that kinda looks like a monster.
  • Kangaroos Represent Australia: A few times. The books make no specific mention of Kanga being Australian, though some audiobooks utilise this trope, and Return to the Hundred Acre Wood notes she has Australian relatives. In the Disney adaptation she is consistently given an American accent, though her house sometimes has Australian memorabilia for background humour. Furthermore, in Sing A Song With Pooh Bear, one suggestion Roo makes to do their song and dance number "The Kanga-Roo Hop" well is "pretend you're in Australia."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's a mild case in the books, where she's usually still pleasant and motherly, but can be a bit anti-social and blunt, particularly when someone comes between her and Roo. Piglet and Owl both met Kanga's more prickly side. This is downplayed heavily in the Disney canon, where Kanga is Beware the Nice Ones at worst.
  • Jerkass Ball:
    • Normally very genial in the novels, although she is quite rude to Piglet in her first appearance and scolds Roo for accidentally falling in the water in the North Pole story. She also criticised Owl's housekeeping after his house fell down, leading them to exchange insults. Naturally the Disney adaptations downplay these moments if not omit them altogether.
    • In the Disney book "Tigger Bounces Into Fall", she's among the animals that angrily shoos Tigger away for bouncing recklessly (in this case with Roo). Granted this was from her own account after a long period of Tigger being worryingly absent.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Her name is part of the word "kangaroo".
  • Mama Bear: Much more gentle than usual examples, but is obviously rather protective of her son, and the few times she gets ratty with the others often concern Roo's well-being. She also almost instantly decides she must care for Tigger upon their first meeting in the novels.
    • The trope is even pointed out by Piglet in the original novel:
    "There's just one thing," said Piglet, fidgeting a bit. "I was talking to Christopher Robin, and he said that a Kanga was Generally Regarded as One of the Fiercer Animals. I am not frightened of Fierce Animals in the ordinary way, but it is well known that if One of the Fiercer Animals is Deprived of Its Young, it becomes as fierce as Two of the Fiercer Animals."
  • Nice Girl: Very motherly and caring.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • She takes part in the others' Too Dumb to Live antics more than usual in the 2011 movie, being just as paranoid of the Backson as everyone else and generally acting a lot goofier than usual.
    • The Book of Pooh episode, "Hare and Share Alike" marks one of very few times where Kanga actually pivots the usual Comically Missing the Point plot line, thinking all of Rabbit's crops had failed to grow after he had just harvested all of them from his garden and spearheading everyone to help him. She also willingly takes part in many of the group's antics and music numbers in the show more often than in other interpretations.
    • The Gold Key comics also had a more superstitious and accident-prone Kanga. In "Giant At Large" for example, she similarly starts the plot misunderstanding about a giant attacking the wood and, after finding out it was Piglet's doing, is among the mob of angry animals chasing after him.
    • Even Kanga gets her moment of Insane Troll Logic in Return to the Hundred Acre Wood. When the gang play cricket, she puts Roo in her pouch while playing and tries to claim double points. After a few turns, Owl decides it is likely against the rules and disqualifies Roo, with Kanga also getting disqualified for arguing with the umpire over it.
  • One of the Kids: In the novel canon, while being the Team Mom and a literal Mom to Roo, she still shared the others' naive outlook at times. Downplayed for the Disney canon, where she's more mature and more often keeps out of the others' shenanigans, though some works like The Book of Pooh, the 2011 movie and the Gold Key comic series still play this straight.
  • Only Sane Man: What many of her other tropes amount to her being at times. Justified, since she's the "motherly one" and the rest are essentially children. Some stories imply she's Only Sane by Comparison however, especially in the books.
  • Out of Focus: Out of the regular cast, Kanga seldom gets A Day in the Limelight in either interpretation besides her introductory story, usually playing Team Mom or The Straight Man at best. This hits worse in the Disney interpretation, as a key part of her role in the later novels (adopting Tigger) is cut due to the latter's Age Lift. This reached such a point that she completely vanished from the franchise midway through New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, not appearing again until Seasons of Giving a decade after, though Roo's elevated screentime ensured she stayed a key supporting character from that point on.
  • The Pollyanna: In the 2011 movie, she's more ditzy and eccentric, but still the affectionate and high spirited Heart of the group, suggesting things like "a warm hug" for their prize over Eeyore's tail (much to Roo's disgust).
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Not seen a whole lot, but Tigger bounces everyone, including her. She also falls victim to some group disasters like the Rock Remover accident in The Tigger Movie or everyone falling down the Backson pit in the 2011 movie.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female member of the cast at all, except in certain spin-off media.
  • Team Mom: Because she's Roo's mother, she naturally applies the same maternal attitudes and instincts to the rest of the group.
  • Vague Age: Her age is even harder to decipher than the others since she is actually Roo's mother, while interpretations like The Book of Pooh and the 2011 movie make her One of the Kids.
  • Vanity Is Feminine: One of her concerns about the Backson in the 2011 movie is that it will drain her youth. She's the only character besides Tigger to show any concern for her image.
  • Women Are Wiser: Though this simply may be because she's older and a mother, and thus is naturally more mature and, individually at least, stacks up far less antics and misunderstandings than the more childlike male characters throughout the franchise.
  • Your Size May Vary: She ranges anywhere from just barely Owl's height to being the tallest animal in the Hundred Acre Wood. In Piglet's Big Movie she's made huge to emphasise Piglet's small stature.



Voiced by: Clint Howard (1966-1977); Dori Whitaker (1974-1977); Dick Billingsley (A Day for Eeyore); Kim Christianson (Welcome to Pooh Corner); Nicholas Melody (New Adventures); Nikita Hopkins (1999–2005); Jimmy Bennett (Springtime with Roo, Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie, Kingdom Hearts); Max Burkholder (2007–2009); Wyatt Dean Hall (Winnie the Pooh); Sara Sheen (Christopher Robin)

Hyperactive joey of Kanga. Shares Tigger's fondness for bouncing and looks up to him like a big brother. Later befriends heffalump Lumpy.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Despite his young age, Roo is capable of expressing thoughts and feelings that make him seem wiser than his years. In fact, on occasion Roo seems even wiser than many of the older characters.
  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: We have no idea where his dad is.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • A side character in the original novels and Disney featurettes, almost as prominent as Pooh and Tigger in some of the 2000s Disney works.
    • Similar to Kanga, he tended to also appear more often in the Gold Key comics.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He was promoted to Supporting Protagonist in The Tigger Movie, and then got larger and larger roles in most of the Disneytoon Studios Pooh features afterward.
  • Badass Adorable: Being a protégé of sorts to Tigger, he's naturally one in training (especially in The Tigger Movie).
  • Big Brother Worship: Of the surrogate sorts, especially in the Disney cartoons. He views Tigger as a big brother (a sentiment that is returned in The Tigger Movie) and idolizes him for his feats (that most others find aggravating), even going as far as frequently imitating his every move and word.
  • Blue Is Heroic: He wears a blue shirt, and is cheerful.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Imitates a lot of Tigger's tics and catchphrases. A running gag in the Disney features also involves a character being bounced by Tigger, getting back up on their feet, only to be bounced by Roo in turn.
  • Breakout Character: In the Disneytoon Studios Pooh animations, he goes from being just Kanga's little baby who shows up as a bit-part character in some stories to a recurring character, almost a secondary member of the cast. In Springtime for Roo and Pooh's Heffalump Movie he is the lead protagonist.
    • And much like fellow Breakout Character Tigger, he's a "newcomer" that isn't there from the start of the first book, though unlike Tigger he and Kanga arrive in the first book (Chapter 7 out of 10).
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Roo is left in tears when Tigger angrily leaves the Hundred Acre Wood in The Tigger Movie.
  • Character Development: Initially a mindless infant similar to his novel counterpart, his upgraded role in the Disney adaptions has led to stories being played a lot more from his perspective, his idolization of Tigger being expanded upon and even gaining a surrogate "little brother" of his own through Lumpy. He has also became more emotional and aware of the surrounding issues, even acting as a Cowardly Lion on occasion.
  • Cheerful Child: The physically and mentally youngest member of the group, and cheerful to the point of foolishness, especially in the novels.
  • Demoted to Extra: Roo only appeared slightly more often than Kanga in New Adventures and the specials spun off from it. From The Tigger Movie onwards however, Disney made up for lost time.
  • Disappeared Dad: Kanga is a single mother, we don't know about his father.
  • Expressive Ears: Pooh's Heffalump Movie is a good film to see him demonstrating this quite a few times.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Wears only a shirt.
  • Hates Baths: A whole episode of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, "The Old Switcheroo", revolves around Roo trying to avoid bath time with Tigger. At the end of the episode, he finally takes a bath, and realizes that it's fun after all.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: the reason for his ascended role in the Disney canon.
  • Keet: In the original novels, he's the only character who can match Tigger for hyperactive overenthusiasm. In fact, he occasionally surpasses Tigger, largely because Tigger has just enough sense to realize when he's in a bad situation, while Roo is a Fearless Fool through and through. The Disney version certainly has shades of this too, albeit more toned down and Depending on the Writer.
  • Momma's Boy: Most incarnations show him and Kanga being really close.
  • Morality Pet: To Tigger. Starting from The Tigger Movie, we see more cases of Tigger actually feeling inclined to act halfway responsible if Roo is around, aware he looks up to him. Especially apparent in Springtime With Roo and The Book of Pooh.
  • Motor Mouth: Again, in the original novels. The Disney adaptions use this for occasional gags.
  • Out of Focus: In the New Adventures cartoon, he and Kanga only appear in the occasional episode, and were mostly absent from any featurettes and merchandise until Seasons of Giving. He got a very healthy amount of screentime from that point onwards however.
  • Sixth Ranger: Promoted to such in the Disneytoon Studios cartoons, where he nearly always joins in on the main gang's antics.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: By the end of the Disneytoon Studios run of Pooh cartoons, Roo began to eclipse even Tigger and Pooh himself as the central character, so much so that its new addition, Lumpy, was crafted to work as Roo's foil more than anyone else.
  • Tagalong Kid: Being the youngest of the group, he naturally fills this role to them.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Tigger plays a light example. While he genuinely tries to look out for Roo (and has saved his life at least once) the other residents show awareness that he is not the most ideal role model for him at times.
    Tigger: Taught him everything he knows.
    Rabbit: That explains a lot.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even when the other animals lose patience with Tigger's antics, Roo will always look up him.
  • Vague Age: He's definitely not a baby, but he does take a nap. Then again, he's allowed to play unattended with Tigger, but we don't know how old Tigger is either.


"Yes, I am known for my inspiring rhetoric."
Voiced by: Hal Smith (1966-1991); Andre Stojka (1997-2006); Craig Ferguson (2011-present), Toby Jones (Christopher Robin)

A scatterbrained old owl. Usually shares knowledge and wisdom with the other residents of the Hundred Acre Wood, oblivious to the fact he has as little idea of such aspects as they do. Also likes to share rather frequent (and long) amusing stories about his somewhat eccentric family.

  • Adaptational Intelligence: The Disney interpretation, while still a Talkative Loon, has moments of being much more lucid and genuinely insightful, Depending on the Writer. Especially apparent in The Book of Pooh and the edutainment films where his studious personality is quite real, so much that he encourages literacy he was hopeless at in the books.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the Disney version, he is an altogether more jovial and cheerful fellow instead of being a Grumpy Old Man. Although in the 2011 movie adaptation, he became frustrated with the simple-minded residents, and starts the main conflict in the film unknowingly.
  • Adaptation Species Change: From a tawny owl in the books to a great horned owl in the cartoons to a Eurasian eagle-owl in the Christopher Robin movie.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Tutors Kessie how to fly in New Adventures and Book of Pooh. Also plays this role to the other animals in the edutainment films.
  • Book Smart: Owl has an education and is relatively knowledgeable, but as far as actual intelligence goes, he's actually pretty dumb.
  • British Stuffiness: He's rather stuffy about things, particularly when tradition's involved, and he's the only regular character who consistently speaks with even a slight British accent (only Christopher Robin comes close, sporting his own British accent in the movies and all the featurettes except Honey Tree).
  • Cool Old Guy: The other animals view him as this. While much more brainless in reality, he does have some shades of this.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • Owl's level of literacy fluctuates. In Many Adventures and A Day For Eeyore his spelling is utterly mangled. In The Tigger Movie and Winnie the Pooh: ABCs he seems perfectly fluent in spelling. The 2011 film takes the middle road, he can "de-code" most of Christopher Robin's crude letter except for one crucial detail.
    • Similar to Rabbit, Owl is designed to represent a realistic animal, though some of the framing devices still show Owl in toy form.
  • Ditzy Genius: Depending somewhat on the incarnation; whether he is smart or not, he's certainly a ditzy fellow.
  • Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: In Return to the Hundred Acre Wood he develops an obsession with writing a novel. Despite the other animals' failed attempts to get him to drop it, he eventually loses interest in favour of stamp collecting and denies any interest in writing.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Sometimes shows traces of this in the books; in one chapter it's revealed that his standard reply when someone knocks on his door is "Go away, I'm thinking — oh, it's you?", and he can get pretty high-and-mighty and impatient with the others when he thinks they're talking about things that are beneath his dignity.
  • In the Blood: His family is often implied to be as scatterbrained as he is. Confirmed in New Adventures when we finally meet some family members and they all join Owl in some lengthy anecdotes.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the books, he's a Grumpy Old Man and pretty stuffy, but when one of his friends needs his help, he's there for them. He's more softened and jovial in most of the Disney cartoons, although in the 2011 movie, he's a bit more self-absorbed and egotistical (not to mention having a slightly shorter fuse), but at his core, he's still a well-meaning fellow.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Switches back and forth between this and The Smart Guy depending on the story's needs. More likely to be the smart guy in The Book of Pooh and the Disneytoon Studios endutainment films.
  • Literal-Minded: Certainly so in Piglet's Big Movie, having taken the questions "Have you seen Piglet?" and "Have you seen him this morning?" literally.
  • Motor Mouth: Once he starts talking, good luck shutting him up.
    • This can sometimes overlap with Character Filibuster, as he likes talking about his family.
    • How bad can this get? In Blustery Day...
    Narrator: Owl talked from page 41 to page 62!
  • Mr. Exposition: Zig-zagged in the cartoons Depending on the Writer. He seems to consider himself this in all versions, but what he has to say isn't always very informative. He plays it straighter in The Book of Pooh and the edutainment cartoons.
  • Old Windbag: He just loves the sound of his own voice and will seize any opportunity to talk about whatever strikes his fancy.
  • Ominous Owl: Subverted somewhat. Though his clueless and sometimes deranged demeanour causes problems at times, Owl is a thoroughly high spirited and kindly individual (if sometimes grouchy). The other residents even frequently referring to him as "their good friend".
  • Out of Focus: Disappeared for a while in the Disney version from about the mid-2000s up until the 2011 film, where he had a large role.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: Parodied. Everyone (including Owl himself) views Owl as the wisest and most intelligent of the animals, but in reality he's pretty clueless.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Based on his appearance in the illustrations and the fact that he was based on a real animal in Ashdown Forest, he's probably a tawny owl in the books. In the 2018 live-action film, he is specifically based on a Eurasian eagle-owl. Neither species is very common in fiction. In the cartoons, though, he looks more like the commonly seen great horned owl, which would have been more familiar to American audiences.
  • She's a Man in Japan:
    • In the Soviet Vinni Pukh adaptions, Owl is female.
    • The original Norwegian translations of the books also turned Owl female. The books were re-translated (and drastically shortened, several plot points and jokes left out) later on, still with a female Owl. It wasn't until the third translation, which was far more faithful to the original text that Owl became male. (He was always male in the Norwegian dub of the Disney cartoons, which just made the entire thing even more confusing.)
    • Owl is also female in the Polish translation of the books.
  • Team Dad: He trades this role with Rabbit on many occasions. Especially apparent in The Book of Pooh due to his Adaptational Intelligence, meaning he regularly sorts out arguments and confusions between the others.
  • Token Minority: The only non-mammal of the main cast.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He is this in The Search for Christopher Robin, misinterpreting Christopher Robin's message to Pooh as one suggesting he had run away, and thus sends the entire gang on what proves to be a harrowing journey to find him. Even lampshaded at the end by Rabbit, who is rather miffed to find out that Christopher Robin was at school all day, and not lost as Owl had said.


Samuel J. Gopher
Voiced by: Howard Morris (1966-1977); Michael J. Gough (1988-present); Frank Welker (Goof Troop)

He usually litters the Hundred Acre Wood with his endless burrows, often for someone (usually himself) to fall into. Exclusive to the Disney adaptions.

  • Ascended Extra: He was a fairly minor character in the original Many Adventures film, though became a regular in the New Adventures series and even got several limelight episodes. Subverted in the Disneytoon movies however, where Roo took his place as the Sixth Ranger.
  • Canon Immigrant: Or Canon Foreigner, depending on how you look at it. The Milne autobiography The Enchanted Places reveals Gopher was in fact based on an unused character for the novels that got omitted due to Executive Meddling.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm not in the book, you know!" in the first featurette; a Double Meaning that neatly lampshades his Canon Immigrant status.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He disappeared for a long interval after Blustery Day, not appearing again until New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh two decades after. Despite becoming a regular in afterwards, Gopher slipped Out of Focus again in the Disneytoons produced works.note  He was absent from the 2011 film, which saw the return of Owl, who disappeared from the Poohniverse around the same time. He doesn't appear in Christopher Robin either, which makes sense, as gophers aren't native to England.
  • Expy:
    • His appearance and personality is based very largely on the beaver character in Lady and the Tramp In fact, this character made a cameo appearance in My Friends Tigger and Pooh, and Tigger lampshades the similarity by saying "I miss Gopher".
    • Ironically, Gopher himself replaced the beaver in the comic strip adaptation of Lady and the Tramp.
  • Funny Animal: Zigzagged. The New Adventures TV series gave him a miner's helmet, making him alternate between this trope and a less anthropomorphic animal. The same show has one camping episode where states that he implies that he has stuffing.
  • Motor Mouth: When engrossed in his work anyway.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: One episode had him get squished by a tree he was chopping, only for him to lift and carry it off while it was still upright seconds later.
  • Prospector: His overall mannerisms and duties very much resemble a stereotypical rendition of the trope, however, being a gopher, his motives for burrowing around are never really explained.
  • Signature Sound Effect: The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh tends to use race-car noises for when his tunneling is seen above-ground.
  • Sixth Ranger: Due to being added in post-novel canon, he tends to fill this role in the group's dynamics, especially in New Adventures.
  • Speech Impediment: He whistles out his sibilant consonants.
    Pooh: Could you sssspare a sssssmall sssssmackerel?
    Gopher: Sssssay, you oughta do ssssssomethin' about that sssssspeech impediment, ssssssonny.
  • Species Surname: His full name is Samuel J. Gopher.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Has a strong fondness for dynamite and uses it for his tunneling work.
  • When All You Have is a Hammer…: In New Adventures, he's got lots of other equipment at his disposal, but explosives are often his go-to solution to a problem, even if an explosion caused the problem in the first place ("What gets blown up must get blown down").


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