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     Officer Judith Laverne "Judy" Hopps
"You ready to make the world a better place?"
Voiced by: Ginnifer Goodwin (adult), Della Saba (child)

A bunny who is the newest member of the Zootopia Police Department, this naïve but well-intentioned idealist learns some hard truths about Zootopia — and herself — when she takes on the Emmitt Otterton case.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Nobody at the ZPD actively shuns Judy, but apart from Clawhauser, nobody is particularly friendly to her, either, as she is a rookie bunny cop among the traditionally megafauna police force, and because she was perceived as having only been hired in the first place because Mayor Lionheart pulled strings with the Mammal Inclusion Initiative to get her in simply to gain himself some good publicity. This means that until she proves herself by solving the Otterton case, they don't consider her to be a real cop or bother to help her out with her investigation. Chief Bogo also had no issue with saying to her face that he was not happy about Lionheart saddling him with her.
  • All There in the Script: Judy is never referred to by the name Judith Laverne Hopps in the film. Her full name was revealed by Director Rich Moore.
  • Badass Adorable: As a bunny, she's got adorable covered and during her Training Montage at the police academy it is shown that she developed the agility and skill to take down a rhino in the boxing ring. Her strength is also impressive as she is shown clinging to the Sky Tram platform with one paw and able to hold onto Nick's paw while swinging on a vine despite his larger size.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Downplayed compared to almost every other character.note  As the image above shows, she does have some sort of footwear when in her police uniform, but it leaves her toes exposed. Could also be a bit of a invoked Genius Bonus since, due to rabbits being a digitigrade species (ones that walk primarily on their toes), her feet are technically uncovered since they would be her primary method of walking were she on all fours. However, when Judy is not wearing her police uniform, she is completely barefoot.
  • Berserk Button: Judy does not like to be underestimated and/or dismissed. When she petitions Chief Bogo about her parking duty assignment and he responds that he doesn't care that she was top of her class, this leads to an agitated foot thumping and a self-imposed (but ultimately meaningless) goal of 200 tickets by noon. This becomes deconstructed as the story progresses, showing how Judy gets herself into deeper trouble when her button is pushed in different situations. For instance, when Nick dismisses her as a naïve hick with dreams that will soon be crashing to the ground, she engages him in a heated verbal exchange that causes her to overlook that she's just walked into wet cement. Later, when Mr. Big assumes she's just a performer in a police costume and Nick tries to insist she's just a mime, Judy responds by coming face-to-face with Mr. Big, saying that she will not be intimidated and will continue to investigate even if it's the last thing she does, which results in both her and Nick nearly being iced.
  • Blackmail: She's not above doing this; first, she uses a health code violation in the ice cream shop to get the prejudiced elephant to sell Nick a Jumbo-pop. Later, when she's given the Otterton case, she tricks an uncooperative Nick, her only lead, into boasting about how much money he makes while using her carrot pen recorder to tape it, then threatens to arrest him for felony tax evasion unless he helps her.
  • Blue Is Heroic: By the end of the film both Judy and Nick are police officers wearing the traditional blue police uniform.
  • Brains and Brawn: Judy is the Brawn while Nick is the Brains. While not unintelligent, Judy's much less savvy than Nick and is more prone to physical derring-do.
  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling: The first rabbit to become a Zootopia police officer.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Judy is sweet and kind, and she helps Nick acknowledge his hardships and face his troubles.
  • Bully Hunter: Her Establishing Character Moment comes at the beginning of the film when, as a child, she stands up to Gideon who is bullying her friends. Later, she sticks up for Nick (who was a complete stranger at that point) against the blatantly prejudiced elephant at the ice cream shop.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Her demanding Mr. Big to answer her questions regarding the evidence she finds in his car. Judy may be a cop, but Mr. Big is a feared crime boss that even Nick is scared shitless of, and they're deep inside his territory, surrounded by his towering polar bear goons. Her action almost got her and Nick iced.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: A rare deconstruction. Judy is aware of this trope and actively works to avoid being called "cute". She even explains to Clawhauser that it's offensive to call a bunny "cute" if you aren't one yourself.
  • Character Development: Judy learns Zootopia isn't the perfect place she thought it was as a kid, but is still committed to try and change the world, albeit in a more realistic manner. She confronts her own instilled Fantastic Racism and learns to stop thinking that way. This is most obvious in her interactions with Nick; They first meet because Judy had profiled him for being a fox. By the climax, she trusts Nick to the point where she knew that him fake-biting her throat as part of their Batman Gambit was going to be completely harmless.
  • Character Tics: When Gideon attacked her as a child, he made fun of how her nose twitches when she's scared; her nose also twitches when she is puzzled or curious about a situation like when she is confused watching Nick/Finnick carrying out their Pawpsicle hustle or later as she watches Doug distilling the Nighthowler serum, also while waiting for Mr. Manches to answer the door or, less obviously, when she sees Gideon following her friends. Her ears also droop when she's sad, as her mother points out later in the film. She also rapid-fire thumps her foot when irritated.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Deconstructed. Her tendency to personally step in and try to solve problems even when she doesn't have the authority to do so nearly gets her fired on her second day on the job.
  • The City vs. the Country: She grows up and moves from Bunnyburrow to the titular Zootopia to pursue her dream of joining the ZPD. Along the journey, Judy's unlikely origins are scrutinized in a critical light, but she doesn't lose her way despite having a Darkest Hour near the end. As it turns out, Judy's return to Bunnyburrow allows her to learn some crucial botany that factors into the case she's investigating.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: While she's mostly a conventional hero, her struggle with her own biases gives her elements of this.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: Her purple eye color was reportedly added because the animators thought her gray fur was too dull for a main character. Purple was chosen to represent her energetic and optimistic personality.
  • Cool Aunt: Judy is greatly admired by her favorite niece, Cotton. Their affection for each other is shown by the fact that of the three photos Judy chose to bring with her to Zootopia (seen on her apartment desk) one is a picture of just her and Cotton. This picture also serves as the lock screen photo on her smartphone.
  • Cool Big Sis: Many of Judy's younger siblings look up to her as they are shown attending her graduation and seeing her off when she boards the train to Zootopia.
  • Country Mouse: She grew up in rural Bunnyburrow and is in awe (and a little overwhelmed) with life in the big city once she moves to Zootopia.
  • Cowboy Cop: During the course of her investigation, we see that Judy is willing to bend the rules in ways aligned with this trope. However, since the investigation takes only a few days, it's unclear whether these behaviors are part of her ongoing character or were temporarily adopted because she was operating under a forced Race Against the Clock scenario. As she works to prove herself at the ZPD and find Mr. Otterton, we see that she:
  • Abandons her post to chase after a suspect without being authorized. note 
  • Volunteers herself to the case of finding Mr. Otterton in front of the victim's wife without first seeking authorization. note 
  • Blackmails Nick, her only lead in the investigation, into helping her find Mr. Otterton.
  • Manufactures an excuse to enter private property without a warrant.
  • Cuddle Bug: Promotional material shows that Judy is very physically affectionate with her friends and family. The wiki even addresses that she likes hugs in her personal data. Some promotional videos even have her giving Nick tackle hugs in an attempt to join his selfies.
  • Cuteness Overload: Suffers from this when she falls for Finnick's act as Nick's elephant-loving son and later when she discovers that Fru Fru is pregnant and planning on naming her daughter after her.
  • Daddy's Girl: Implied by the fact that of the three pictures Judy chooses to bring with her to Zootopia (on her apartment desk) one is picture of just her and her father. Bonnie only appears in the group photo to the left of the Judy/Stu photo. Also, Stu has his Affectionate Nickname for her of "Jude the Dude."
  • Demoted to Extra: After being the main character in the movie, only got a couple of brief appearances in Zootopia+.
  • Detective Animal: Self-explanatory. She's very methodical in trying to uncover clues and potential leads to find Mr. Otterton.
  • Determinator: Fighting a bully who's twice her size? Training to become a cop despite everyone telling her it's impossible? Taking on a case even though she has only 48 hours and no resources? Whatever the goal, once Judy decides to take action, nothing can stand in her way. She means it when she says she doesn't know when to quit.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: When Nick confronts her about her prejudice toward predators, she responds with something that can easily be construed as You Are a Credit to Your Race, which only makes him angrier.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Downplayed example. When Nick reveals that he saved a briefcase full of evidence from the exploding subway car, Judy gets excited and gives him a "way to go" jab in the arm. She wasn't trying to hurt him, but in her adrenaline-fueled state she obviously punches him harder than intended given his flinch and subsequent "Ow" as he rubs his arm.
  • Eager Rookie: She is an idealistic novice who is very excited to join the ZPD, though her enthusiasm and naïveté don't go over well with her workmates and her superior, Chief Bogo, who assigns her the job of a meter maid. It doesn't help that, on her second day, her reckless pursuit of Weaselton in Little Rodentia endangers the residents and almost costs her her job.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the A Minor Kidroduction, we see little Judy's passionate dream of being a cop, and she stands up to a bully in defense of her classmates, showing that she is a bunny who will risk her own safety in pursuit of justice for others. Also, the fact that she technically loses the fight but still successfully gets the stolen tickets back helps show that Judy is capable of thinking on her feet to accomplish her goals despite early setbacks.
  • Expressive Ears: Her ears go straight up when she's happy and droop downward when she's depressed or annoyed. Bonnie even makes note of this at one point in the movie:
    Judy: I'm fine.
    Bonnie: You are not fine, your ears are droopy.
  • Fair Cop: She's a cop and is quite pretty, though she tends more towards the "adorable" side. She even gets mistaken for "some kind of performer" by Mr. Big.
  • Fatal Flaw: Impulsiveness. Judy routinely leaps into action without thinking things through. It causes her to: endanger the residents of Little Rodentia; almost get herself fired by taking on a case without permission; stake her career on solving that case in 48 hours before learning that she has no resources; almost get iced by Mr. Big; and destroy an entire train car full of evidence, rather than taking just a briefcase with key evidence to the ZPD.
  • Female Flatfoot and Snarky Guy: Judy is a naive and idealistic rookie cop trying to make a difference in a world full of prejudice. She's forced to work with the cynical and snarky Con Artist Nick because he's her only lead.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: At first Nick only helps Judy because she blackmails him with arrest for tax evasion, but after she saves him from a savage jaguar and plummeting to their deaths, Nick warms up to her and they start to become friends.
  • The Fool: Zig-Zagged. Some of her successes come from genuine competence, but other times she blunders into success by doing something very stupid/reckless and subsequently getting very lucky.
  • Fragile Speedster: As a rabbit, she is naturally very fast and agile but not very durable.
  • Friend to All Children: Judy has a soft spot for kids. She quickly falls for Nick's scam at the ice cream shop when she sees his "son" (actually a disguised Finnick) and hears of his dream to become an elephant when he grows up. She not only buys the Jumbo-pop but also gives him a ZPD sticker while encouraging him to pursue his dream. Later she spots Finnick again and excitedly goes over to greet him which causes her to discover she was hustled. Later in the film, she impulsively takes on the Otterton case when she sees the photo of Otterton with his wife and two kids. Near the end of the film, she happily kicks a ball to two Zootopian children playing in a park.
  • Genki Girl: A very energetic and feisty girl.
  • Go-Getter Girl: She was the valedictorian of her class at the police academy, and even when she's relegated to parking duty on her first day of duty, she still gives her best to show what she's made of.
  • Goal in Life: Her overwhelming passion is to make the world a better place. To achieve that end, she decides to become a police officer, even if it means she is Zootopia's first rabbit police officer.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Upon meeting Nick for the second time, she makes it perfectly clear that despite the naïveté she displayed during their first encounter, she is most definitely not just a "dumb bunny," and promptly uses her knowledge of the law and some quick calculations to force Nick into working with her. In general, her intelligence is one of her greatest weapons, which she uses to overcome what would otherwise be obstacles due to her size or due to police bureaucracy. It allowed her to figure out that Bellwether was the Big Bad when she wonders how Bellwether knew where to find them and to set up a Batman Gambit with Nick to capture Bellwether's evil gloating leading to her arrest.
  • Good with Numbers: As she points out to Nick when confronting him about his felony tax evasion.
    Judy: Yeahhhhh. $200 dollars a day, 365 days a year since you were 12. That's two decades, so times 20 which is $1,460,000 I think! I mean, I am just a dumb bunny but we are good at multiplying!
  • Guile Hero: Judy is skilled at using her wits to solve problems, like how she hustles Nick into helping her.
  • Handy Feet: During the Hard-Work Montage where she's giving out parking tickets, she stretches her body between two cars to leave one ticket with her fingers and another with her toes.
  • Hartman Hips: She has a pear-shaped figure, both making her more feminine and factoring into her species' hind leg strength and prodigious fecundity.
  • The Hero: The movie shows her character development through her determination and growth while proving her worth as a cop of ZPD.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Subverted. Her first assignment is parking meter duty, and she catches a lot of hate from the public because nobody likes getting ticketed. Later, after she and Nick discover the missing mammals, Bellwether and Chief Bogo want to make her the public face of the ZPD.
  • Honorary Uncle: Due to having saved his daughters' life, Mr. Big accepts Judy Hopps into the family, and when Fru Fru became pregnant: Judy is the unborn daughters' Godmother.
    Fru Fru: I'm gonna name her Judy!
  • Hypocrite:
    • She chastises others for their Fantastic Racism but doesn't realize her own prejudice. This leads to her Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure with Nick, followed by a Heel Realization and Character Development.
    • A subtle example is when Mr. Big tells her that Otterton went savage. Despite her own struggles with being taken seriously as a bunny, she had trouble seeing an otter as anything other than sweet and harmless.
      Mr. Big: No, he attacked.
      Judy: Otterton? [...] But he's a sweet little otter!
  • The Idealist: To the extreme. Judy wholeheartedly believes that anyone can be anything they want to be.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Judy's comments at the press conference about predators "reverting back to their savage ways" ends up causing historical predator/prey tensions to rise to the surface causing civil unrest, and Nick is left feeling hurt and betrayed leading to their temporary Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Before they met each other, Judy and Nick had never thought that a rabbit and a fox could become such good friends.
  • Kick Chick: As part of her ZPD training, Judy is shown taking out a Rhino sparring partner by jumping fiercely into the ring ropes, bouncing off them into the Rhino's gloved fist, and using her strong legs to kick his fist into his face, knocking him out.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Because rabbits hop; currently provides the trope image.
  • Large Ham: As a child, her in-universe acting was this. As an adult, she was more convincing, though, she still couldn't resist the urge to ham it up when it becomes apparent that she was faking her own death in the climax.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Judy and Nick's relationship ends up looking much like a nagging wife dealing with her irresponsible husband. They argue a lot and get on each other's nerves, but they've come to trust and care very deeply about one another.
  • Little Professor Dialog: As a little girl, she was using words like "multitudinous" in her school play.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: From Nick's perspective, it's Judy's good-heartedness and enthusiasm to pursue her dreams that inspires him to believe in himself again and change his ways for the better.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: She has 275 brothers and sisters when she is nine, and, judging by the ages of the siblings shown waving goodbye to her, likely many more than that fifteen years later.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Her last name is Hopps and she has parkour level jumping skills.
    • Her middle name is 'Laverne' — a variant of 'Laverna', the Roman goddess of thieves, cheats, and the underworld. Being a police officer, her job involves catching these types of criminals. It is doubly meaningful given that she encounters Nick, Duke, and especially Mr. Big, all of whom are criminals and help her throughout the film.
  • Morality Pet: She has some positive influence on Finnick, as he did keep the ZPD sticker that Judy gave him back at the end of the pawpsicle hustle even when there was no reason to. When she comes knocking at his van door, his initial aggression at being disturbed is let go when he recognizes her, and he helps her to find Nick.
  • Naïve Newcomer: She's a rookie cop with big dreams and ideals, but throughout the movie, she realizes reality is much harsher than she thought, and she still has a lot to learn and experience before becoming a proper cop. Nick even refers to her as a "naïve little hick" during his Break Them by Talking speech.
  • Nervous Tics: Her nose sometimes twitches when she's anxious, just like real rabbits. Travis even teases her about it.
  • Nice Girl: Kind, polite, and helpful. She wants nothing more than to make the world a better place.
  • Not So Above It All: Judy realizing this about herself is a major part of her Character Development. Over the course of the movie, she realizes that like everybody else, she has her own personal prejudices to work through and that she can be ignorant and small-minded if she doesn't watch out for it. Her admitting this to Nick during her tearful apology for what happened at the press conference is why he decides to forgive her.
  • Odd Friendship: Judy is an enthusiastic and idealistic police bunny, Nick is a cynical and snarky Con Artist fox. Once they get past their differences, they become surprisingly good friends.
  • One Head Shorter: She's this to Nick as the top of her head comes up to just about the top of his chest when she's standing at full height.
  • Opposites Attract: Judy is an optimistic idealist full of energy and good intentions who firmly believes she can be anything she wants to be, while her partner Nick is a cynical, sarcastic, and laid-back Con Artist who has given up on himself and his dreams until he meets Judy. Once they get past their differences, they make a surprisingly good combination.
  • Le Parkour: Judy shows off her skills while chasing down Duke Weaselton. She also semi-regularly uses impressive wall-jumping to reach high places, such as the windshield of a giraffe's car.
  • Pint Sized Power House: Judy is shown using her speed and leg strength to effectively knock out a rhino. Also, when she and Nick are knocked off the Skytram platform by Manchas, she has the strength to be able to hold onto a vine and Nick's paw to prevent them from plummeting to their deaths.
  • Plucky Girl: Even she admits she doesn't know when to quit.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: For all her dislike of being discriminated against for being a bunny, she's got her own biases and prejudices. For example, her first encounter with Nick partially happens because she sees a fox and assumes he's up to no good, she initially disbelieved Mr. Big when he told her about Mr. Otterton going savage because "he's a sweet little otter" despite never having met him in person, and until her My God, What Have I Done? moment she saw nothing wrong with announcing in a press conference that predators are naturally predisposed to going savage while assuming prey animals never would.
  • Prophetic Names: 'Judy' is short for 'Judith', meaning "she will be praised". Judy is praised at her graduation ceremony for being valedictorian of her class and the first bunny cop. She is quietly praised by Chief Bogo as being the good cop that the broken world needs. She was also going to be praised as the public face of the ZPD but declines in light of her growing My God, What Have I Done? realizations.
  • Rascally Rabbit: She's a clever bunny who, when necessary, will trick others into doing what she wants. Notably, like many folkloric trickster rabbits, a few times she is able to get her way by outwitting a fox.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Judy is the energetic, impulsive Red Oni to Nick's calm, laid-back Blue Oni, with a shade of irony as Nick is the one with the red fur.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Most notable when she was a young bunny. She still retains this image as a young adult. Unfortunately, this also causes others to underestimate her being a cop. Notable during the scene where she first meets Clawhauser and he actually finds her very cute mainly since she's a bunny.
    Clawhauser: OM goodness, they really did hire a bunny. What! I gotta tell you, you're even cuter than I thought you'd be.
    Judy: Oh ah, you probably didn't know, but a bunny can call another bunny cute. But when other animals do it... it's a little...
    Clawhauser: (gasps) I am so sorry.
  • Righteous Rabbit: She is a rabbit, and also an all-around nice person and the hero of the story. She's a police officer too, and even provides the current page image!
  • Rules Lawyer: She exhibits a knowledge of the law that wouldn't be uncommon from an actual lawyer, even recalling specific statute numbers from memory, and uses its exact wording to overcome particularly troublesome roadblocks.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Judy is the idealistic, optimistic girl to Nick's cynical, snarky guy.
  • Shout-Out: Her middle name (mentioned only by the director), "Laverne", is the first name of Sgt. Laverne Hooks from Police Academy. Like Judy, Laverne is a female officer of small size with an otherwise friendly, mild temperament that leads many to believe she can be easily bullied, only for them to be proven wrong when her temper finally snaps. Much like Judy, Laverne's arc in the first move revolves around her earning the respect of her peers.
  • Skip of Innocence: During the A Minor Kidroduction, just after the play, Bonnie and Stu are walking down the fairgrounds trying to convince Judy that her dreams of being a police officer are unrealistic, and Judy is enthusiastically skipping the entire time.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Judy is not an imposing figure, but she graduated valedictorian from Zootopia's police academy and uses her speed and agility to take down opponents much larger than herself. Nick, on the other hand, is a shifty Con Artist who knows Zootopia and its citizens like the back of his hand and prefers to talk his way out of the situation.
  • Super-Hearing: As is par the course for a rabbit, she has very keen ears. This comes in handy very well during her parking enforcement assignment when she has to detect parking meters by sound.
  • Tears of Remorse: During her apology to Nick about what she said at the press conference.
  • Tender Tomboyishness, Foul Femininity: The assertive police officer Judy is the hero, while the meek dress-wearing "glorified secretary", Bellwether, is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She has an unwavering dream of being a real cop, wants to be involved in the action of catching bad guys, is strong-willed, and is comfortable as a leader, but she also shows an interest in fashion and cute things, wears a pink shirt during the third act, and shows her emotions readily.
  • Took a Level in Badass: During her Training Montage at the police academy, Judy goes from struggling cadet to The Ace.
  • Trauma Button: Her reaction to Nick's Armor Piercing Questions by reaching for her fox repellent seems to have a lot more to do with her encounter with Gideon than she's willing to admit. Nick's threatening posture and attitude reawakened that childhood trauma (as evidenced by this scene comparison).
  • Underestimating Badassery: Everyone underestimates Judy's courage and cleverness, from Bogo to Nick to Bellwether.
  • Unusual Euphemism: When she finds out why Mr. Big is upset with Nick:
    Judy: Oh, sweet cheese and crackers!
  • Waif-Fu: She's an adorable little bunny, but don't underestimate her. She is shown using her speed and agility to take down a rhino all by herself during her police academy training with a strategically timed drop kick.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Uses her wits and physical agility to succeed despite lacking the size and strength her fellow officers have.

     Nicholas Piberius "Nick" Wilde
"You can't touch me, Carrots. I've been doing this since I was born."
Voiced by: Jason Bateman (adult), Kath Soucie (child)

A red fox who is a small-time hustler. Childhood trauma followed by a lifetime of discrimination has left him cynical and disillusioned, but helping Judy rekindles his youthful idealism.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Mr. Big orders his bear guards to "ice" him and Judy (that is, kill them by dunking them in freezing water) he panics and starts pleading for his life.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: As a child, he was mercilessly bullied for being a fox by prey animals.
  • Be as Unhelpful as Possible: When Judy first questions him for information regarding the Otterton case, he completely dismisses her and walks off. When he's later blackmailed into helping, he goes out of his way to waste Judy's time.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: To Finnick when they are partners. Nick is three times taller than Finnick (not counting his ears).
  • Blue Is Heroic: By the end of the film both Judy and Nick are police officers wearing the traditional blue police uniform.
  • Boxed Crook: Initially, he only helps Judy because she's blackmailing him with evidence of his tax evasion. Later on, however, he comes to sympathize with her and help her willingly.
  • Brains and Brawn: Judy is the Brawn while Nick is the Brains. While not unintelligent, Judy's much less savvy than Nick and is more prone to physical derring-do.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: During the Otterton case, Nick reveals a keen and clever mind. His knowledge of the people and roadways of Zootopia allow them to follow clues and solve the case. His ability to quickly think on his feet allows him to save evidence from the subway car before it crashes and put together a Batman Gambit with Judy that catches Bellwether red-handed. Until he encounters Judy, however, he is content to run well-planned but low-level hustles like his pawpsicle scam.
  • Broken Bird: A male example. As a child, he was an innocent dreamer like Judy until his dreams were broken when he was bullied and muzzled for being a fox by prey animals. This made him cynical and bitter, deciding that he was never going to let anyone see that they got to him and resign himself to being the shifty, untrustworthy fox he's expected to be.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Judy is sweet and kind, and she helps Nick acknowledge his hardships and face his troubles.
  • Byronic Hero: Let's see; charismatic, charming, self-centered, cunning, and highly intelligent Con Artist with a dark past that made him cynical and bitter about life and his role in society. Yes, he fits the bill.
  • Class Clown: He starts annoying and back-sassing Chief Bogo when he becomes Judy's partner on the force, which prompts some laughter amongst his fellow officers.
  • Character Development:
    • Prolonged exposure to Judy's unbreakable will and unquenchable optimism causes him to re-examine his cynical worldview, and he ultimately learns that he shouldn't let the prejudice of others define what he can be.
    • When chased by Manchas, Nick reaches the Sky Tram first and holds the door for him and Judy to escape. Judy, who has slipped off the landing, tells him to just go. Nick hesitates, unsure of what to do, and the Sky Tram slips away. Later when Nick and Judy are being pursued by Bellwether and her dirty cops. Judy, with her leg injured, tells Nick to take the evidence to the ZPD. This time, without even a pause, Nick straight up refuses.
      Nick: I'm not going to leave you behind. That's not happening!
    • Throughout most of the movie, Nick plays the Non-Action Guy, letting Judy be the action part of their partnership by deferring to her police training and physical prowess. However, when they are commandeering the subway car and Jesse breaks through a window and starts grabbing at Judy, Nick steps forward to physically confront him, telling him to back off.
    • At the end, when Nick graduates from the academy and receives his badge from Judy a noticeable shift occurs on Nick's face. For a brief moment when he salutes her back, he loses all trace of his half-lidded snarkiness to be replaced by the idealistic smile he had as a youth. In deciding to join the ZPD, he finally becomes part of a pack and fulfills his oath to be brave, loyal, helpful and trustworthy.
  • Con Artist: Specifically, a borderline Hustler; his cons are relatively small-time and often technically not even illegal, just dishonest. He uses Finnick to dress up as his elephant-loving infant son so that he can get an elephant-sized Jumbo-pop to split into smaller Pawpsicles and sell them to smaller animals. He makes a point to have permits for all of this, just in case some uppity rookie cop calls him out on it.
  • Cool Shades: Nick has a nice collection. From a pair of regular aviators that he wears during the police raid at Cliffside Asylum, to the Wayfarers he's wearing when Judy finds him under the bridge, to the mirrored aviators he wears at his police academy graduation ceremony and while on patrol with Judy at the end of the film.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: He makes a living as a Con Artist, and tricks Judy with a Look Behind You schtick. He clearly resents the stereotype, though, and would have preferred to live on the straight and narrow.
  • Cute Little Fangs: It's a bit hard to notice, but he is shown with these in certain shots. An example is while young Nick is checking out his Junior Ranger Scout uniform in the mirror, one little fang pops out during one of his smiles and then pops back in. His little fangs are also visible when he later recites the oath on the words "brave" and "helpful".
  • Cuteness Overload: Normally fairly composed but becomes flustered when presented with Bellwether's woolly head.
    Nick: (pawing Bellwether's head) Sooo fluffy! Sheep never let me get this close... it's like cotton candy.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As a child, Nick was bullied by prey animals. Also, he implies in his backstory that he grew up poor.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually speaks in a calm voice and never misses the chance to make a sassy comment. Reaches its apex when responding to Chief Bogo's indifference on his first day as a police officer:
    Nick: You should have your own line of inspirational greeting cards, sir!
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Foul Fox. Nick is a con artist, but only because many Zootopians regard foxes as shifty, untrustworthy lowlifes, which makes him so cynical that he sees no point in being anything else. A flashback shows that he Used to Be a Sweet Kid until he was bullied just for being a fox. He’s even capable of being an honest citizen when given the chance.
  • Defrosting Ice King: He acts like an indifferent jerk to Judy at first, but he warms up to her as they work together and start to become friends.
  • Demoted to Extra: After being the deuteragonist in the movie itself, he only had a couple of brief appearances in Zootopia+.
  • Deuteragonist: Judy's constant companion, one of her Shadow Archetypes, and, later, her partner on the force.
  • Dreary Half-Lidded Eyes: Due to his Smug Smiler nature, his eyes are nearly always in this position, combined with the Fascinating Eyebrow.
  • Experienced Protagonist: In contrast to Naïve Newcomer Judy. He has been hustling since he was twelve by his own admission, about two decades by Judy's estimate.
  • Expressive Ears: His ears go completely flat when Mr. Big's henchmen pick him and Judy up. Perking up slightly when she asks what he did.
  • Fantastic Racism: He purposely invokes the fox stereotype as a defense mechanism for the bullying he suffered when he was little. Judy's influence encourages him to not let his species role define him to the point where he gives up his hustling ways and becomes the first fox officer on the ZPD.
  • Female Flatfoot and Snarky Guy: Judy is a naïve and idealistic rookie cop trying to make a difference in a world full of prejudice. She's forced to work with the cynical and snarky Con Artist Nick because he's her only lead.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: At first, Nick only helps Judy because she blackmails him with arrest for tax evasion, but after she saves him from a savage jaguar and from plummeting to their deaths, Nick warms up to her and they start to become friends.
  • Foil: Judy defies her species role to become a By-the-Book Cop, but is willing to be a Cowboy Cop in pursuit of justice, while Nick is a Con Artist who deliberately lives up to the stereotypes about foxes while following the letter of the law as closely as possible for his Pawpsicle scheme. Both faced prejudice and bullying as kids, but while Judy became a determined optimist (who can also be manipulative), Nick became a manipulative cynic (who gradually becomes more of an optimist).
  • Foul Fox: Deconstructs this archetype. Deep down, Nick is brave, loyal, helpful, and trustworthy. Unfortunately, everyone sees a fox as shifty and untrustworthy. Nick decides there's no trying to defeat the stereotype, until he meets Judy.
  • Guile Hero: Nick's street smarts and hustling skills prove to be very effective at helping her solve the missing mammals case and later capture Bellwether.
  • Honest John's Dealership: From what was shown of his "hustles", it appears he got much of his income by reselling cheap things at a massive profit using dishonest salesmanship tactics and massive corner-cutting. Such as the pawpsicle scam of buying the Jumbo-pop, melting it on a rooftop and catching it through a drain pipe, refreezing it into mini Pawpsicles by putting it on the ground in Tundratown, then selling them as "organic Pawpsicles" to rodents. Then, reselling the Pawpsicle sticks to other rodents as lumber claiming it is "red wood". He was able to avoid arrest and stay inside the law thanks to having the required permits to sell his productsnote  and his Exact Words Loophole Abuse.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Nick seems to have knowledge of first aid as he was seen patching Judy's leg wound by using a neckerchief.
    • According to supplementary material, Nick was on the track team with Flash in high school.
    • When he and Judy infiltrate Cliffside Asylum, his hand signals are based on American Sign Language.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He plays up the sly fox act because that's what society expects from his species. He is dismissive of Judy at first because her idealism and naiveté reminds him of his own younger idealistic self that was rejected for being an untrustworthy fox. However, as he gets to know Judy and comes to appreciate her genuineness, he reveals his hidden kind and noble side.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He acts arrogantly and is very confident of his skills as a Con Artist, but deep down he's hiding many pains and insecurities from the rejection and stereotyping he has suffered from others through his life.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Before they met each other, Judy and Nick had never thought that a bunny and a fox could become such good friends.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: He once was an idealistic dreamer like Judy. A brutal bullying experience as a child because he was a fox led him to become the cynical con artist he is now.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He starts off as cynical, bitter, and snarky, but deep down he has a good heart and just wants to be seen as more than what he is. He even opts to stick with Judy to the very end and beyond, and refuses to leave her behind when she's injured.
  • Karma Houdini: Although he isn't really a straight-up villain, he never faces any punishment for his 20 years of life as a con artist or felony tax evasion, since Judy is willing to give him a pass on all of that provided he help her with the case, and he's even accepted into the ZPD himself at the end of the film.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Judy and Nick's relationship ends up looking much like a nagging wife dealing with her irresponsible husband. They argue a lot and get on each other's nerves, but they've come to trust and care very deeply about one another.
  • Little Miss Con Artist: A Gender-Inverted example. He explicitly states he's been earning money through con artistry since he was 12.
  • Lovable Coward: Downplayed, but definitely there. Mainly occurs while investigating Cliffside Asylum, where first he balks at opening a door and makes Judy go through first, then shortly afterwards is startled by the sudden appearance of a savage tiger causing him to run behind her. This is all Played for Laughs in a way that is clearly meant to be endearing.
  • Lovable Rogue: He's a Con Artist, but he's so charming and endearing that it's hard not to love him.
  • Master Actor: He's introduced putting on a father-and-son act with Finnick at Jerry Jumbeaux Jr's ice cream parlor; while Jerry doesn't buy it (due to his prejudice), Nick's performance successfully cons Judy into paying for the Jumbo-pop. Later, he puts on a pretty convincing display of going savage when Bellwether shoots him with what she thought was Night Howler serum.
  • Meaningful Name: In British slang, "to nick" something is to steal it. Not only is this fitting for Nick's occupation as a con-fox, but we see that he nicks a handful of blueberries from a street vendor. In addition, his full first name honors Saint Nicholas who, among other things, is the patron saint of repentant thieves, which fits Nick's character arc at the end of the film.
  • The Medic: Downplayed example; Nick is called on to provide first aid on Judy after she injures her leg and he binds the wound with his old kerchief.
  • The Millstone: Nick deliberately tries to be this to Judy at first, purposefully delaying her after she conscripts him to help her track down Mr. Otterton. Thankfully, he cuts it out after she saves his life and he realizes what's at stake.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: After being bullied and muzzled by prey animals as a child, Nick decided that he was never again going to let anyone see that they got to him and developed a snarky, cynical attitude to protect himself.
  • Non-Action Guy: Despite being considerably larger than Judy and of a predator species, he lets her play the action roles of their partnership deferring to her police training and physical prowess while he's much less physical, preferring to talk himself out of situations.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: When he and Judy are on the Sky Tram, Nick reveals that, as a child, he was just as idealistic as her.
    Nick: I was small and emotionally unbalanced like you once.
  • Odd Friendship: Judy is an enthusiastic and idealistic police bunny, Nick is a cynical and snarky Con Artist fox. Once they get past their differences, they become surprisingly good friends.
  • One Head Taller: Nick is a larger animal than Judy and tops her height by about this much. This is particularly noticeable when he comforts Judy under the bridge, and her face only comes up to his chest.
  • Opposites Attract: Judy is an optimistic idealist full of energy and good intentions who firmly believes she can be anything she wants to be, while her partner Nick is a cynical, sarcastic, and laid-back Con Artist who has given up on himself and his dreams until he meets Judy. Once they get past their differences, they make a surprisingly good combination.
  • Le Parkour: While Nick is primarily a Non-Action Guy, he does have some agility chops. When Judy comes across Nick and Finnick preparing for their pawpsicle hustle in Sahara Square, Nick is shown on the roof of a house attending to the last remnants of the Jumbo pop. He then tosses the stick off to the side and, in one fluid motion, surfs down the roof's stucco tiles, leaps into the air, executes a half-twist, grabs the rain spout pipe to slide down two stories, and lands safely on the ground.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Pretty much makes fun of most of the characters for either their species and/or another aspect at one point and another during the film. For example, he makes constant remarks about Judy being a bunny, even at the end, he makes fun of Finnick for being short, he touches Bellwether's wool without her permission, and he complains about wolves howling. It's implied he does this to make himself feel better about being pigeonholed into the fox stereotypes.
  • Punny Name: His middle name, according to director Byron P. Howard, is Piberius, a play on the middle name of one James Tiberius Kirk.
  • Redhead In Green: A red fox who wears a green shirt.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Judy is the energetic, impulsive Red Oni to Nick's calm, laid-back Blue Oni, with a shade of irony as Nick is the one with the red fur.
  • Reformed Criminal: After watching Judy struggle against her species stereotypes and actually succeed, he is no longer able to feel satisfied with his lifestyle of willingly pigeonholing himself into the "shifty, dishonest fox" stereotype. Also, at multiple points throughout the movie, it's noted that the skills that Nick learned in his 20 years as a con artist actually lend themselves well to detective work. In the end, he leaves behind his life as a con artist to become a police officer.
  • Safety in Indifference: After being viciously bullied as a child for being a fox and having his dream of being part of a pack destroyed, Nick feels it is better to feign indifference to it all than to let anyone ever see they "get to him" again.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: To Judy, eventually. He still likes to make fun of her and annoy her, but there's no doubt Nick is the most loyal partner she could ask for.
    Nick: You know, if I wanted to avoid surveillance for doing something illegal, which I never have— (Judy making an amused Eye Take) —I would use the maintenance tunnel 6B.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Judy is the idealistic, optimistic girl to Nick's cynical, snarky guy.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: While less a nemesis and more of The Gadfly, when Nick is operating as a hustler, he complements his orange fur with a yellow shirt and then a green shirt.
  • Shadow Archetype: He had a dream to become a Junior Ranger Scout but found that species prejudices made it very hard to be accepted in that role facing the same struggles as Judy did to become a police officer. However, whereas Judy pressed forward to achieve her dream, Nick decided "there's no point in trying to be anything else".
  • Sherlock Scan: Delivers a particularly brutal one to Judy where he assesses her as a "naïve little hick with good grades and big ideas" and that, as a meter maid, she's fallen short of her dream to be a big city cop. He then predicts that her dreams will die and she'll return home to be a carrot farmer. His assessment is rather accurate, but his prediction ends up being Right for the Wrong Reasons. After a period of My God, What Have I Done? reflection, she does quit the force and return to Bunnyburrow, but it's because of her own actions and unconscious prejudice which cause her to fail at her dream to make the world a better place. Also, although he doesn't mention it until later, he did notice that she was carrying fox repellent, which clued him in that she did have anti-fox prejudice despite her trying to be open-minded.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: A fox with red fur and green eyes. Plus, he's the deuteragonist.
  • Smug Smiler: One of the cheekiest foxes out there. The smug grin he sports in his profile picture is practically his default expression.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: He comes across as cynical, indifferent, mean, and snarky, but he acts like that as a defense mechanism because his Dark and Troubled Past taught him to never let anyone see they got to him.
  • Stepford Snarker: He is clever and snarky, but deep down he is melancholy about the hardships he has faced in his life.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Judy is not an imposing figure, but she graduated valedictorian from Zootopia's police academy and uses her speed and agility to take down opponents much larger than herself. Nick, on the other hand, is a shifty Con Artist who knows Zootopia and its citizens like the back of his hand and prefers to talk his way out of the situation.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: A non-villainous example: this is basically Nick's backstory. He initially wanted to be a good, honorable member of the Junior Ranger Scouts, but after he's was ostracized for being a predator and a fox, with everyone having a preconceived notion that all foxes are sneaky and cannot be trusted, he decided that he can't really fight it, and might as well make the most of it with it in order to survive.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: His Character Development is centered around him going from believing "you can only be what you are" to "anyone can be anything". He eventually joins the ZPD and becomes Judy's partner in the end.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Downplayed. He is seen snacking on the 'Pawpsicles' twice in the movie. He is also a fan of blueberries, having snatched a pawful from a street merchant who wasn't paying attention, and later from the basket of blueberries he found in the truck Judy borrowed from her parents, even stashing some in his kerchief for future consumption (which play a critical role later on). This is even justified; Real Life red foxes love blueberries, apples, and plums.
  • Trauma Button: Muzzles. They are a reminder of the cruel hazing and bullying a group of prey cubs did to him as a child that shattered his hopes of being more than a stereotypical fox.
  • Troll:
    • While he was being unwillingly blackmailed by Judy into helping, he took great pleasure in the immense frustration he's putting Judy through at the sloth-run DMV by intentionally sidetracking the already-slow sloths with pointless jokes. He also doesn't tell her that Mr. Otterton is a regular at a nudist club simply for the sheer enjoyment of her mortified reaction once she found out, i.e. bending down to her eye level and cheekily asking, "Does this make you uncomfortable?" However, once he starts sympathizing with Judy, he stops trying to stall her with such tactics so that she can finish the case within 48 hours.
    • When Judy comes back after the Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure, he's cooled off and is more than willing to forgive her. However, rather than making this clear immediately (and still wanting an apology for what happened which Judy neglects to give at first), Nick, being Nick, hustles her into thinking he's still angry and can't resist pranking her by recording her apology.
  • Undying Loyalty: Nick develops this towards Judy (especially after their reconciliation), to the point where he refuses to abandon her when she insists he take the Night Howler evidence to the ZPD after she gets injured.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: If Nick going from an idealistic Junior Ranger Scout to a sneaky and snarky con artist when he grows up is any indication.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Finnick. However, it's mostly one-sided because, as much as Finnick may threaten him or make fun of him, he more or less shakes off his threats and insults.
  • When He Smiles: Nick's default expression is a smug grin. But when he smiles out of genuine happiness (such as the scene near the end of the movie when he becomes a cop), it's wonderful to see.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Nick tells her he can't be anything more than a shifty and untrustworthy fox, Judy tells him she can see he's much more than that.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: When Nick and Judy hit the water after escaping from Cliffside Asylum, Nick surfaces first, but panics when he doesn't see Judy nearby and calls out for her with increasing alarm, starting with "Carrots", then "Hopps", and finally "Judy".

Zootopia Residents

     Chief Bogo
"Life isn't some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and your insipid dreams magically come true. So, let it go."
Voiced by: Idris Elba

A Cape buffalo who is the chief of the Zootopia Police Department 1st Precinct. He's tough but fair, and he's willing to listen to reason and have his preconceptions challenged.

  • Always on Duty: Apparently, he also works nights, as he is there to receive Judy and Nick after their escape from Manchas and at Cliffside Asylum where Judy found the 14 missing mammals, although given that the arrest involved Mayor Lionheart, odds are he wanted to deal with it personally.
  • Baritone of Strength: A huge, tough cape buffalo with the deep, gruff voice of Idris Elba. In the Japanese dub, Kenta Miyake speaks with the same voice he used for Muhammad Avdol from Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders.
  • British Stuffiness: He speaks with a South African accent, he's unapologetically forthright, and Judy has to reach very high standards before he warms up to her.
  • Brutal Honesty: He doesn't care for niceties or even try to soften blows when criticizing Judy's actions. Though harsh, everything he says to her is, at least from his available knowledge, completely true.
  • Brutish Bulls: He isn't particularly evil by any metric, but he's blunt, short-tempered, abrasive, and cynical, very tough on his subordinates, and serves as an antagonist for the first part of Judy Hopp's character arc. This fits the theme of enforced Animal Stereotypes — people are expected to act according to the stereotypes associated with their species, so it follows that cape buffalo are expected to be aggressive and unpersonable and to get jobs such as police work that require regular confrontations against other people.
  • By-the-Book Cop: A stickler for procedure? Check. Holds officers to a high standard of behavior? Check. Quick to chide a rookie cop for playing fast and loose out in the streets? CHECK.
  • Da Chief: He questions Judy's ability to be helpful to the megafauna-dominated police force. He gives Judy 48 hours to solve a case or turn in her badge.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bogo has a penchant for making dry quips about things he finds unamusing or foolish.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Much is shown in his first bullpen briefing. His men greet him with cheers and he snaps for them to quiet down: then he sincerely wishes Francine the elephant officer a happy birthday, showing that he does have a softer side if you win his esteem. Next, he announces that he's not going to introduce the new recruits because he doesn't care, which shows that he's the type that Hates Small Talk. Then he hands out the missing mammal cases but assigns Judy to parking duty, which is appropriate given that they are high-priority cases and it would be inappropriate to assign one to a rookie cop on her first day.
  • Fan Boy: He turns out to be a Gazelle fan, just like Clawhauser. And by the end of the film, he and Clawhauser attend Gazelle's concert, and he joins in the festivities by dancing.
  • A Father to His Men: Downplayed. He can be quite mean to his subordinates — Judy in particular — but he does care for them, as shown when he wishes an elephant police officer a happy birthday (by her first name) and when he comforts Judy when she believes she has broken the city. He is also shown personally leading his officers into the field — when Judy calls in Manchas going savage, at Cliffside Asylum for the Lionheart arrest, and when Bellwether calls in a savage fox at the museum and "Officer Hopps is down".
  • Foil: He's a stark contrast to Clawhauser, given that he's much more serious and reserved, more brutal in his honesty and harder to please, and more masculine and tough. He's also an herbivore while Clawhauser is a carnivore.
  • Gleeful and Grumpy Pairing: The strict no-nonsense boss of limited patience and his sweet and exuberant front desk officer, Clawhauser, are both fans of Gazelle.
  • Good is Not Nice: He's curt, cold, and stubborn, and has some prejudices rooted in general cynicism, but he's an honest character who cares deeply about the safety of the public and his subordinates.
  • Graceful Loser: When Judy manages to successfully complete his ultimatum designed to get rid of her and even surpass it, he warms up to her without hesitation or shame.
  • Guilty Pleasure: He's a fan of Gazelle and is shown sneaking some enjoyment from playing with Gazelle's dancing app.
  • Hates Small Talk: He speaks in a very terse manner and openly expresses his apathy over introductions on two separate occasions.
  • Hero Antagonist: In the first half of the movie, he plays an antagonistic role by being mean and dismissive towards Judy, and threatening to fire her from the force unless she cracks the Otterton case in 48 hours. Yet, he's firmly on the side of good, protecting the city of Zootopia and its citizens, and Judy eventually earns his respect.
  • Hidden Depths: On the surface, he seems like your typical tough guy chief, but he is quite the Gazelle fan, he has a caring side that shows up from time to time, and his comments imply he's more familiar with the brokenness of the system than is readily apparent.
  • Hunk: Designed with broad shoulders and very powerful arms to emphasize his imposing personality.
  • Hypocrite: He angrily asks Judy if she sees all angry predators as savage after Manchas's attack and disappearance, fully implying she has a bias. When Judy says Nick saw everything too, he quickly brushes him aside, saying he wouldn't believe the words of a fox.
  • I Gave My Word: Despite setting her up to fail, he takes the terms of his deal with Judy very seriously. When Nick reminds him that Judy still has ten hours to solve the case, he doesn't try to get out of it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • He is a tough, hard-to-please, no-nonsense police chief, but he cares deeply about the city and those who earned his respect, and he is shown to be quite a Reasonable Authority Figure.
    • When Judy gains Bogo's respect by solving the missing mammals case, Bogo tries to comfort her when she believes that she made Zootopia worse due to her comments on the savage predators causing widespread discrimination. He even pointed out that there has always been discrimination among animals in Zootopia even way before Judy joined the ZPD, and that they need good cops to counter them. However, this doesn't make Judy any better; Bogo even looks saddened when Judy willingly resigns from the ZPD due to her feelings of guilt.
      Judy: I came here to make the world a better place, but I think I broke it.
      Bogo: Don't give yourself so much credit, Hopps. The world has always been broken. That's why we need good cops... like you.
      Judy: With all due respect, a good cop is supposed to serve and protect... help the city... not tear it apart. I don't deserve this badge. (unpins her badge)
      Bogo: (saddened) Hopps...
    • When he addresses the Elephant in the Room, he honestly wishes a happy birthday to elephant officer Francine addressing her by her first name.
    • At the end of the film, he seemingly assigns Nick and Judy to parking duty... only to reveal that he's just kidding, before giving them a more suitable mission of tracking down a street racer, showing a playful side once he warms up to Nick and Judy.
    • He is respectful to Clawhauser, immediately forgives him for errors made in good faith, and allows him to be himself at work. He is even shown dancing with him as an equal at the end of the movie.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: If his response to Judy's Despair Event Horizon is any indication, he might have gone through one himself and emerged as this.
  • Large and in Charge: A huge, muscular cape buffalo who is the chief of police.
  • Last-Name Basis: Even he doesn't use his first name: he programmed his Gazelle app to refer to him as "Chief Bogo". He also addresses all of his subordinates by their last name, except when he wishes a happy birthday to Francine the elephant officer.
  • The Leader: To the Zootopia Police Department.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": His name is derived from the Swahili word m'bogo which means "cape buffalo". And lo and behold, Chief Bogo is in fact a cape buffalo.
  • Mean Boss: Towards Judy; he unfairly alters the conditions of her volunteering to take on the Otterton case into a Race Against the Clock with no resources to force her to resign as he wants to be rid of her.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Though generally a curt, no-nonsense guy you do not want to get on the bad side of, he wishes an elephant officer a happy birthday (even using her given name Francine to do so), gives Judy, whom he had originally intended to fire, all the credit for solving the missing mammals case without hesitation or complaint, and gives Clawhauser significantly more respect, patience, and autonomy than Lionheart does with Bellwether.
  • No Badass to His Valet: Clawhauser finds him perfectly approachable and, at one point, openly squeals at something he's embarrassed to be caught doing. It helps that Bogo treats Clawhauser with relative courtesy irrespective of his oddball habits.
  • Not Even Bothering with an Excuse: "There are some new recruits with us I should introduce. But I'm not going to, because I don't care."
  • Not So Above It All: Despite his gruff appearance he's also a Fan Boy of Gazelle and he's quite embarrassed when Clawhauser opens the door and catches him playing with the Gazelle dancing app.
  • Odd Friendship: He gets along with Clawhauser surprisingly well, considering that he's a By-the-Book Cop who Hates Small Talk and Clawhauser is a Big Fun Bunny-Ears Lawyer.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: A tough, no-nonsense, intimidating cop... who secretly enjoys imagining himself as a backup dancer to the universe's pop idol, later deigning to dance freely at her concert.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Contrary to what his foreboding appearance and treatment of Judy would tell you, his actions are completely justifiable for what he needs to put up with. Once Judy solves the missing mammals case, he is more than willing for her to take the limelight for her accomplishment, and when she feels that she broke the city, he reminds her that society has always been broken which is why it needs good cops... like her.
  • Scary Black Man: A large, intimidating, black-furred cape buffalo with an African-sounding last name and the voice of Idris Elba.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's a muscular, tough, intimidating, no-nonsense, laconic, deep-voiced, tall, hard-featured mammal in contrast to the more sensitive Clawhauser.
  • Slave to PR: He clearly tries to keep up a courteous, nice-guy persona for civilians when he needs to interact with them directly. Just watch how his personality completely flips over when Mrs. Otterton barges into his office. He was being his usual gruff self with Judy just seconds before... and he goes back to it the moment he's alone with her again.
  • Speech Impediment: It's not exactly an impediment, but he shares his voice actor Idris Elba's slight rhotacism.note 
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He is a tall and handsome figure, is respected by his officers, is an honorable and competent chief of police... and has no issue speaking his mind in blunt, snarky comments as needed.
  • Token Good Teammate: Amongst the city's major authority figures. He's the only one of them who's not doing anything shady, and the ones who are try their best to keep it hidden from him.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His upper body is quite a bit wider than his lower body.
  • Visual Pun: Both literally and figuratively bull-headed.
  • A World Half Full: Firmly believes in this worldview, noting that society has always been broken, but that's why it needs good cops to make it better.

     Officer Benjamin Clawhauser
"That poor little bunny's gonna get eaten alive..."
Voiced by: Nate Torrence

A chubby cheetah front desk officer at the precinct whose heart is as big as his stomach.

  • All-Loving Hero: He's compassionate and affable with every single animal he interacts with, which includes the protagonist almost everyone else at least initially dismisses, the Mean Boss, a persistent Otter, and an arrested criminal. He is quick to apologize for his one small, understandable misstep (a compliment with baggage he wasn't aware of). He also doesn't assign any blame when he's reassigned to records, which affects Judy as badly as it does him because it's obvious he doesn't deserve to be feared.
  • Always on Duty: He is ready to greet Judy on her first morning, sends backup when Manchas attacks, and is still at the station ready to give Chief Bogo information when Judy finds the missing mammals in the evening.
  • Ambiguously Gay: He acts very effeminate at times. He is obsessed with Gazelle, a female pop star, with no apparent component of attraction, which is a common gay stereotype. Some of his body language suggests it, and his voice is a breathy tenor. He also has an exceptionally elated reaction to discovering Chief Bogo is also a Gazelle fan. It's made more ambiguous by the movie's tendency to play some stereotypes straight and invert, subvert, or defy others. In Zootopia+, he dreams of himself and Chief Bogo performing a very flamboyant dance in flashy, revealing costumes at an audition to become Gazelle's backup dancers.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: He repeatedly gets distracted from the task at hand, mostly by new people to chat with, food, and anything relating to Gazelle. Judy has a hard time getting his attention when being pursued by the feral Manchas because he was already distracted.
  • Big Eater: Has a massive appetite for donuts, and has grown chubby because of this.
  • Big Fun: He's a rotund cheetah with a very sunny disposition, a flamboyant personality, and a passionate interest in Gazelle.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's flamboyant, scatterbrained, and a huge fanboy, but he's also a dedicated, reliable, and helpful front desk officer. Chief Bogo, who values meritocracy in the workplace, considers him fully capable and keeps him on the force.
  • Cats Are Mean: Inverted. He's the only feline in the main cast and is shown to be exceptionally earnest, polite, and compassionate.
  • Cuteness Overload: When he met Judy, his first reaction is to squeal excitedly at the sight of a cute bunny.
  • The Cutie: A rare adult male example. He's used mainly for comic relief and has a personality that is extremely sweet and innocent, cheerful, optimistic, and somewhat immature.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: He's a fat police officer with donuts as his favorite food. He is fully aware that he fits the stereotype.
  • Effeminate Voice: He's a gazelle Fan Boy who speaks with an appropriately campy tenor.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first meeting with Judy establishes him as a Big Eater and a Nice Guy by showing him surrounded by sweets and having him immediately apologize for accidentally offending her, knowing how it is to be stereotyped, and then showing that he fits that stereotype after all by eating the misplaced donut she points out.
  • Fan Boy: He's a huge fan of Gazelle. He refers to her as "the greatest singer of our lifetime" and an "angel with horns", keeps an "I ❤️ Gazelle" mug on his desk, loves to play with her app and is ecstatic to learn that Chief Bogo does too, and is glowing with excitement at her concert at the end of the movie.
  • Faster Than They Look: Although Clawhauser is quite portly, he actually demonstrates some impressive speed in the movie (albeit off-screen). After Judy rolls Weaselton to Clawhauser's desk, Chief Bogo appears on the third-floor railing when he yells "Hopps" and points to his office. While Chief Bogo is dressing down Judy for her handling of the Weaselton chase, Clawhauser interrupts with a call saying Mrs. Otterton is trying to see him again. Chief Bogo angrily dismisses the call and returns to Judy's reprimand. Twenty seconds later, Mrs. Otterton barges into the room begging for an audience. Five seconds after that, Clawhauser catches up to her with apologies that she slipped past him. This implies that Clawhauser sprinted after Mrs. Otterton up three flights of stairs and was only seconds behind her the entire way.
    • Made even more impressive by a Genius Bonus: The time from Clawhauser's intercom call to the arrival at Bogo's office is approximately 30 seconds, the maximum time a real cheetah can maintain top speed.
  • Fat Comic Relief: While his weight and eating habits aren't the primary source of his humor, they do crop up from time to time, such as when he gets a donut stuck in his neck and eats it, and to a lesser extent when he gets distracted by his soda when Judy is looking at the Otterton case file.
  • Foil: He's very different from Chief Bogo. He's sillier and more social, more polite and accommodating, and more feminine and sensitive. He is also a carnivore while Bogo is a herbivore.
  • Gentle Giant: One of the few larger animals in the movie who doesn't even try to put on a façade of toughness.
  • Gleeful and Grumpy Pairing: The sweet and exuberant front desk officer and his strict and no-nonsense boss of limited patience, Bogo, are both fans of Gazelle.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: As a cheetah, his fur coat is mostly golden, and he is also a completely innocent, sweet, sensitive, non-aggressive guy.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: A minor example; when Clawhauser calls Judy "cute" and Judy explains that bunnies find this offensive if it's not coming from another bunny, Clawhauser apologizes not only for using the word but for stereotyping Judy when he himself has been stereotyped as a donut-loving cop.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He has the tendency to say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Some of his well-intentioned comments come across as insensitive like when he calls Judy "cute" on their first meeting, which leads him to sincerely apologize once he learns it can be offensive or his offhand remark "Oh, I hope you didn't stake your career on cracking this one!" which was intended to be playful but comes off as non-supportive since Judy has indeed done just that.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He has typically effeminate mannerisms such as face-cradling and squealing and a soft, expressive voice. He is also very emotionally open and conciliatory, fills a non-aggressive communications-based support role by choice, and is openly a huge Fan Boy of the pop idol, Gazelle.
  • Keet: He's flamboyant, exuberant, and adorable, squeals and gushes regularly, and is quite small compared to most of his colleagues sans Judy and Nick.
  • Last-Name Basis: He's referred to by his last name "Clawhauser" by Judy and Bogo.
  • Manchild: Clawhauser is a police officer, yet he loves eating sugary cereals and junk food, squeals like a little girl, and is whole-heartedly amazed by a very obvious face-swap app. His childish antics can annoy other characters such as Chief Bogo and the recently-arrested wolf.
  • Nice Guy: He's the only member of the police force who is not only polite but also helpful to Judy. He immediately apologizes for accidentally offending her by calling her cute. Furthermore, when he's unjustly stripped of his position as Front Desk Officer by the higher-ups of Zootopia as a result of the prey vs. predator storm he refuses to blame Judy, Chief Bogo, or anybody else for what happened.
  • Non-Action Guy: He seems to solely do office work, with his main jobs being handling reception and radio dispatching, and temporarily being reassigned to records.
  • Odd Friendship: Chief Bogo gets along with him surprisingly well considering he's a Big Fun Bunny-Ears Lawyer and Bogo is a By-the-Book Cop who Hates Small Talk.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: His exuberant and distractible personality makes him a great fit for adding some comedy to the story.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's a rotund, sweet, accommodating, emotional, flamboyant, high-voiced, moderate-height, soft-featured mammal in contrast with the manlier Chief Bogo.
  • Ship Tease: In the Zootopia+ episode "So You Think You Can Prance", he and Chief Bogo perform an extremely flamboyant dance on stage and act in an endearing manner with one another. The episode reveals that it was just Clawhauser dreaming it.
  • Squee: His reaction when he finds out Chief Bogo is a Gazelle fan too is to squeal delightedly with his tail curled, his face in his hands, and a huge smile.
  • Sweet Tooth: In addition to his love of donuts (one of which he removes and devours from out of his neck fur), he is introduced as gleefully munching on a bowl of "Lucky Chomps" cereal; he is finishing off a bottle of soda mid-conversation as he helps Judy with the case file; and has a large jar of candy on his desk.note 
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Donuts.
  • Your Favorite: At the end, after the conspirators have been brought to justice and peace in Zootopia is restored, two officers, a rhino and a hippo, each present him with a jumbo-sized box of donuts to welcome him back to the front desk.

     Major Friedkin
"You're dead! Dead, dead, dead!"
Voiced by: Fuschia!

A female polar bear drill instructor who trains Judy at the police academy.

  • All There in the Script: In the credits she's only listed as Drill Instructor, but the script reveals her name as Major Friedkin.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Initially played straight as she is constantly haranguing Judy that's she's "dead, dead, dead". Becomes downplayed as she is shown smiling when Judy begins to excel at her training, indicating that while it's her job to be tough and demanding, she's not heartless.
  • Catchphrase: "You're dead!"
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: She's as tough and mean as required by her job, and rides Judy during her training to get her to quit.
    Major Friedkin: Just quit and go home, fuzzy bunny!
  • Fantastic Slur: Many of the demeaning nicknames she calls Judy, such as "fluffbutt" and "fuzzy bunny", sound like slurs for rabbits.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Nasty as she is, she smiles with approval at Judy's success in her training.
  • Mrs. Exposition: She introduces the concept of Zootopia's ecosystem-based districts and that ZPD officers train to master all of them.
  • No Indoor Voice: Friedkin shouts all of her lines.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Only in voice, courtesy of the voice actress.note 
  • So Proud of You: Implied in the training montage, when she smiles proudly after seeing Judy scale a massive ice wall.

     ZPD Officers
"All Right. All Right, enough! Shut It!"
Voiced by: Mark "Rhino" Smith (Officer McHorn), Raymond S. Persi (Officer Higgins)

Police officers working for the Zootopia Police Department.

  • Ass in a Lion Skin: Officer Wolfard convincingly disguises himself as a sheep.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: They are shown to be loud and prone to roughhousing.
  • The Cavalry: After Bellwether gets completely Out-Gambitted by Judy and Nick, the officers (which she called!) led by Chief Bogo block off all means of escape from the museum and arrest her and her minions.
  • Dirty Cop: Some ram officers are shown helping Bellwether in the museum. It’s unclear how she was able to coerce them into helping her or what became of them.
  • Full-Body Disguise: Officer Wolfard's sheep costume.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Members include a hippo named Higgins, two rhinos named McHorn and Rhinowitz, two elephants named Francine Trunkaby and Bob Trumpet, a lion named Delgato (gato is Spanish for "cat"), a tiger named Fangmeyer, a bear named Snarlof and a wolf named Wolfard. An officer named Grizzoli is mentioned by Word Of God as a grizzly bear, but when his name is called in the movie, a white wolf stands up instead.
  • Literal Metaphor: Two of them, at least.
    • At the start of the film, when Chief Bogo acknowledges "the elephant in the room", he means Francine, the elephant police officer sitting in the room.
    • At the end of the film, when Officer Wolfard puts on a sheep costume, he becomes a literal "wolf in sheep's clothing".
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Officer Snarlov and Officer Higgins, a polar bear and a hippo, go undercover by putting on a baseball cap and a fake mustache, respectively.
  • Token Evil Teammate: The two corrupt ram cops who help Bellwether in the museum are the only cops in the movie who are shown to be actively villainous.

     Mayor Leodore Lionheart
"As mayor of Zootopia, I am proud to announce that my Mammal Inclusion Initiative has produced its first police academy graduate."
Voiced by: J. K. Simmons

A lion who is the Mayor of Zootopia. Seemingly noble, he'll do anything to protect Zootopia — and his reputation.

  • Alliterative Name: Leodore Lionheart.
  • Baritone of Strength: With the voice of J. K. Simmons, this is a given.
  • Cats Are Mean: Downplayed. He's by no means evil, but he is a Mean Boss who regularly insults his assistant mayor, and he is a bit of a Sleazy Politician who decides against revealing to the public that only predators are going savage because of causing a panic and also being concerned about his career.
  • Cats Are Superior: Exhibits this attitude, belittlingly looking down on his sheep assistant mayor.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: He's quite proud of his "Mammal Inclusion Initiative" that helps animals like Judy Hopps reach their full potential, but he treats his own assistant mayor very poorly. Bellwether says that she feels she's the assistant mayor because he "just wanted the sheep vote."
  • Graceful Loser: Unlike Bellwether, Leodore seems to take his imprisonment in jail a lot better at the end of the movie. Then again, he's probably going to be released a lot sooner than the Big Bad.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's an enormous male lion while his Assistant Mayor is a tiny female sheep.
  • Hypocrite: He's fine with giving insulting nicknames to Bellwether such as "Smellwether", but made life unpleasant for her when she once called hin "Lion-Fart".
  • Inspiration Nod: To The Lion King himself, Mufasa, at least in appearance. The artists used him as a reference when designing Lionheart. Personality-wise not so much — Mufasa is The Good King and a Reasonable Authority Figure, and while Lionheart seems to be similar at first, he's later revealed to be more of a Sleazy Politician primarily concerned with his own career and public image.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He treats his assistant, Dawn Bellwether, with little respect, openly calling her "Smellwether" and constantly overworking her. It's also implied that the actions he has made that are inherently good, such as allowing Judy to be the first bunny police officer, are mostly for the good publicity it'll earn him. Still, his concern for the savage animals seems genuine and he dedicated resources to try and help them, providing medical staff and new equipment and keeping them in a safe and remote location where potential casualties are minimized, so there is a glimmer of gold in there.
  • King of Beasts: The mayor of Zootopia who happens to be a lion, he is sort of a modernized version of this stereotype.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Like many characters in the movie, his name is a play on his species.
  • Malicious Misnaming: He calls his assistant Bellwether "Smellwether". She briefly mentions that she once returned the favor by calling him "Lionfart".
    Bellwether: That was not a good day for me, no...
  • Mean Boss: Lionheart is shown to be routinely curt and dismissive to Assistant Mayor Bellwether, shoving her out of the way, calling her "Smellwether", and giving her a tiny office in a dark, cramped boiler room.
  • Nightmare Face: While he acts charming most of the time, he makes a scary, snarling face when he yells at Dr. Badger that if they tell the public that predators are going savage, they'll fear their own lion mayor.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Given the disdain Bellwether shows for predators during her Evil Gloating, it's implied that she doesn't have much respect for Lionheart. Given how badly he treats her, it's easy to understand why.
  • Nominal Hero: He rounded up the animals that went crazy and kept them in a safe and remote location where potential casualties would be minimized while providing medical staff and equipment to find a cure. However, when he learns that only predators are going savage, he allows his concern for his career to override informing the public and police.
  • Pet the Dog: When telling Bellwether to take care of important documents, he quickly says "please". He also got Bellwether a mug as a present titled "World's Greatest Dad", but scribbled the "Dad" with a red marker and replaced it with "Assistant Mayor". Even if it was a rather lousy gift, the fact that he got her anything at all shows he can still display a sense of gratitude.
  • Put on a Prison Bus: He's still in jail by the end of the film. Even if he had nothing to do with Bellwether's plot, he still committed false imprisonment and must serve out his sentence. Of course, it’s highly likely that he’ll be released long before Bellwether.
  • Rugged Scar: Downplayed example as the scars are not very prominent and only noticeable from close-up, but he has multiple scars on his face.note 
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Well, lion actually, but he wears a nice suit.
  • Slave to PR: His concern about his public image as a lion mayor is one of the reasons why he keeps the existence of the savage predators a secret until a cure can be found because it would look bad if people thought that their own mayor was capable of going savage.
  • Sleazy Politician: Downplayed. His more progressive political decisions (the Mammal Inclusion Initiative and choosing a sheep as Assistant Mayor) are implied to be mainly for publicity ("I think Mayor Lionheart just wanted the sheep vote"), and he is shown to be a Mean Boss to Bellwether. Also, he decides not to reveal that only predators are going savage at least partially to avoid the public backlash that might impeach him. He's willing to admit he was wrong in his last speaking lines in the film, though seems to come from his wanting to distance himself from Bellwether's plot as much as possible.
  • Suddenly Shouting: When his doctor suggests that they go public with what they know about predators going savage, Mayor Lionheart starts small as if considering it before roaring about how that would damage his career.
    Lionheart: Hm. Great idea. Tell the public. And how do you think they're gonna feel about their mayor... WHO IS A LION?! I'LL BE RUINED!!
  • Tempting Fate: Towards the end of the first half of the movie, he delivers the line "Chief Bogo doesn't know, and we are going to keep it that way." Cue Bogo finding out from Judy and Lionheart getting arrested for keeping the missing animals hidden.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Lionheart follows the trope straight as his upper body is quite a bit wider than his lower body.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His poor treatment of Bellwether was the last straw for her and led her to mastermind the entire Night Howler serum epidemic to turn prey against predators. To punctuate it, Lionheart's bad attitude was just from being a simple egotistical Jerkass rather than prejudiced to Bellweather.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His covert operation is the cause of all the missing mammals cases, including Emmitt Otterton, though it is because he was afraid of the public finding out that predators are reverting to a savage state and inciting a panic. His operation includes medical staff and equipment to investigate the cause and any potential cure. In his own words, "It was a classic doing-the-wrong-thing-for-the-right-reason kind of a deal."

     Assistant Mayor Dawn Bellwether
"Us little guys really need to stick together!"
Voiced by: Jenny Slate

A miniature sheep who is the Assistant Mayor of Zootopia. Seemingly a likable, long-suffering public servant, she is actually the evil mastermind behind a conspiracy to incite anti-predator sentiment amongst the prey population.

  • Bad Samaritan: Bellwether continually presents a false persona of being a clumsy, shy, passive Beleaguered Assistant who "bonds" with Judy over being "little guys" and specifically tells her, "Just call me if you ever need anything, okay?" She even gives Judy access to the city's surveillance cameras while offering encouragement on her investigation. However, once you know she's actually behind it all and why, certain early events that seemed innocent on first viewing take on more sinister and premeditated tones. Her happening by at just the right time to force Chief Bogo into putting Judy on the Otterton case, and her setting up the surveillance system to exactly the time that Manchas is being captured, no longer seem like Contrived Coincidences in retrospect. It culminates when Bellwether needs to silence Judy and she is perfectly willing to use Judy's painful death by a savage Nick to further her own plans.
    Bellwether: Gosh. Think of the headline! "Hero Cop killed by savage fox."
  • Beleaguered Assistant: She describes herself as "a glorified secretary" who "never gets to do anything that's important", and Mayor Lionheart treats her disdainfully. This helps turn her into The Resenter and fuels her Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: As a result of Mayor Lionheart offloading most of his work onto her, she ends up with a workload much bigger than she can handle, as shown by a huge backlog of boxes marked "urgent" piling up outside her office.
  • Big Bad: The mastermind behind the conspiracy to cause predators to go savage so that prey will fear predators and unite against them.
  • Big Bad Friend: Bellwether presents herself as a supportive friend to Judy throughout the film — until the climax, when she reveals herself as the evil mastermind behind the criminal plot. She tries to win Judy to her side with a We Can Rule Together speech, but when that fails, she shoots Nick with (what she thinks is) a Night Howler pellet to turn him savage so he will kill Judy.
    Bellwether: It really is too bad; I did like you.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Despite the pun, it's not Played for Laughs; she's purposely targeting predators with Night Howler serum as part of a conspiracy to unite prey animals against predators.
  • The Chessmaster: By the end of the movie, it becomes apparent that she's been stage-managing Judy's investigation behind the scenes, stirring up strife between predators and prey, and keeping Mayor Lionheart in the dark about her activities.
  • Comical Coffee Cup: Mayor Lionheart gave her one with "World's Best Dad", only with "Dad" scratched out and replaced with "Assistant Mayor". She calls it a sign of his appreciation for her, despite what a shoddy gift it is.
  • Cop Killer: When Judy refuses to join Bellwether in her anti-predator conspiracy, her goons trap her and Nick in a museum exhibit and she shoots Nick with the Night Howler serum, intending on removing them as witnesses and using the death of a hero cop to further her plans. She would have succeeded if Nick and Judy hadn't anticipated this and planned out a few things in advance.
  • Corrupt Politician: She frames her boss and takes his position, and then continues to find targets for the Night Howler serum to secure even more political power for her and other prey animals.
  • Cute Is Evil: The cute and fluffy little sheep turns out to be the mastermind behind the criminal plot.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: While Fantastic Racism was one element of her plan, her behaviour after The Reveal has shades of this too.
    Judy: So that's it?! Prey fear predators and you stay in power?!
    Bellwether: Yeah. Pretty much.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After constantly being disrespected and mistreated by Lionheart all movie, she helps Judy so his illegal imprisonment of the savage predators will be exposed and he will be thrown in jail. She also seems to see her plan to use fear to turn prey against predators as a large-scale version of this, as her Motive Rant suggests that she sees all predators as "strong and loud" bullies, but she can unite all prey against them and become unstoppable.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: After all the hard effort she has put in under Mayor Lionheart, she finds herself the frequent target of insults, as well as enduring the mistreatment and underestimation of her skills, even receiving a hand-me-down coffee mug which has been scribbled over with a magic marker.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Her boss Mayor Lionheart calls her "Smellwether".
  • Endearingly Dorky: She comes across as lovably goofy and awkward for most of the movie, and Judy likes her and finds her helpful... until she reveals her true nature near the end, revealing it was all a deliberate act. Her awkwardness and sweetness were just a ploy to be Beneath Suspicion, when she's actually masterminding the whole plot.
  • Evil All Along: She seems to be gentle and kind, but she's actually behind the plot Judy and Nick are investigating.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: After usurping Lionheart as Mayor of Zootopia, she becomes completely baffled by Judy's decision to resign from the police force out of guilt of stirring up tensions within the city.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Judy. They're both small prey animals with reputations for being innocent and meek who are mistreated by their bosses, want to be appreciated for their efforts, and they have a bias against predators. However, Judy eventually recognizes her biases and starts to work past them, while Bellwether tries to inspire hatred for predators and plans to use fear to gain political power.
  • Evil Genius: Bellwether has enough foresight to keep her operation one step ahead of the Nighthowler investigation and make it seem like predators are reverting to their feral instincts. However, Judy and her allies are able to figuratively catch up with her so that Nick and Judy can lure her into gloating about her schemes in the presence of Judy's audio recorder.
  • Evil Gloating: What eventually causes her undoing, as she's convinced that shooting Nick pretty much seals his and Judy's fate. Too bad for her it's just an act and the tape is running...
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Downplayed, as she's perpetually hoarse.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Just look at her picture. She is a cute, innocent-looking sheep, and has a kind, helpful and somewhat goofy personality... on the surface. Deep down inside, she is a ruthless and scheming manipulator who has ordered her minions to turn innocent people savage just to further her plans, and she's willing to kill both Nick and Judy in order to prevent them from spilling the truth once they discover that she is the evil mastermind responsible for everything.
  • Fantastic Racism: Her entire scheme is based on inflaming the historical tension between predator and prey and using fear to propel her into full mayoral office and unite prey against predator. It's not clear to what extent this was motivated by a genuine hatred of predators and how much she was just using it to justify her pursuit of power.
  • Faux Affably Evil: All her friendliness towards Judy goes right out the window when her We Can Rule Together speech fails to woo Judy to her side. Then she tries to drug Nick into killing her.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: She is revealed to be behind the Night Howler plot and she wears huge glasses.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's implied she's bitter due to the discrimination that small animals experience and the lack of respect she receives from her boss.
    Bellwether: Us little guys really need to stick together.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Bellwether is eventually defeated because, after shooting Nick with what she thinks is a Night Howler pellet, she calls the police directly to her location so that they will witness a hero cop killed by a savage fox. By the time she realizes that her Night Howler pellets have been swapped out with harmless blueberries and that Nick and Judy are just acting, it's too late for her to adapt her plans or escape before the cops show up.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Assistant Mayor Bellwether is a tiny female sheep while Mayor Lionheart is an enormous male lion.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Bellwether did consider Judy to be a close friend against their Unappreciated bosses and that “we little guys gotta stick together”, but that all goes out the window when she no longer needs Judy to succeed in her goals for political power and to create the Zootopia she wants it to be in complete chaos.
  • Just Between You and Me: When she believes she has Nick and Judy cornered, she delves into a Motive Rant and explains her plan... which is subsequently recorded, and ultimately leads to her arrest when it turns out that Judy and Nick weren't quite as helpless as she thought.
  • Last-Name Basis: We only learn her first name in the news reel near the end of the movie; until then, everyone just calls her by her last name and her title.
  • Light Is Not Good: A tiny little white sheep is not an animal that's expected to be evil at first glance.
  • Machiavelli Was Wrong: Inverted. Bellwether bases her entire plan on the belief that Machiavelli was right and "fear always works".
  • Manipulative Bitch: She uses her innocent demeanor and strategic timing of favors to manipulate others into trusting her and unwittingly aiding in her scheme.
  • Master Actor: Implied to be the case. She's very good at pretending to be a good-natured innocent.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • She wants to bring about the dawn of a new age: one where prey are dominant over predators.
    • Her last name 'Bellwether' refers to the practice of placing a bell around the neck of the sheep that leads the herd, so the location of the flock can be determined by sound. It turns out that she is the ringleader of a number of Evil Minions (who are also sheep) working in secret to implement her plans and she wears a small bell necklace as part of her business outfit.
    • 'Bellwether' can also refer to one that takes the lead or initiative, which happens after Lionheart's arrest and removal from the position of mayor, which enables her to become mayor of Zootopia.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Already fed up with being pushed around and under-appreciated by her boss, she works behind the scenes to expose Lionheart's involvement in the missing mammals case allowing her takeover as Mayor.
  • Moral Myopia: Exploiting the Predators Are Mean stereotype, and while the film doesn't address it directly, Bellwether clearly did not realize (or care) that on the flip side, she would be reinforcing the Herbivores Are Friendly stereotype, which is just another form of positive or reverse discrimination.
  • Motive Rant: Her speech to Judy combines this with We Can Rule Together and Evil Gloating.
    Bellwether: We're on the same team, Judy! Underestimated, unappreciated. Aren't you sick of it? Predators — they may be strong and loud, but prey outnumber predators ten to one. Think about it; 90% of the population, united against a common enemy. We'll be unstoppable.
  • The Napoleon: Not only is she very short, especially for a sheep, but on multiple occasions she makes remarks about being proud of Judy on behalf of "us little guys." She is also very power-hungry, and wants to take the city from the predators she perceives to be in charge.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Subverted. What it looks like: Bellwether has Nick and Judy trapped in a museum exhibit and darts Nick with the Night Howler serum to turn him savage. He hunts down Judy and with her back against the wall, he lunges forward to crush her throat while Bellwether looks on triumphantly thinking her plans will be successful... only to discover what actually happened: Whoopsie, it was all part of a Batman Gambit. Nick and Judy were just acting, and Bellwether's gloating has been recorded leading to her arrest, the collapse of her plans, and an end to the civil unrest that had been plaguing the city.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: She intervenes on Judy's behalf when Chief Bogo is about to fire her for taking on the Emmitt Otterton case, so she can stage-manage her into exposing Lionheart's actions involving the missing predators, thus furthering her own agenda. She does not count on how determined Judy will be to try and fix things after the predator/prey tension escalates and how that will lead Judy to the Night Howler plot and foil her own plans.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Spends the vast majority of the film as a Hidden Villain and even after she's revealed as the culprit, continues to leave the fighting to her ram guards and Night Howler-controlled predators.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite most of her Endearingly Dorky persona being a facade for her ruthless Smug Snake real persona, she does reduce to a comically meek state for real when she realises her whole plan has been exposed and the police are right behind her, suggesting not all her awkward inflections were fake.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Bellwether invokes this trope between her and Judy when attempting to convince the bunny to join the conspiracy since they are both small prey mammals who are constantly underestimated and mistreated by their larger bosses.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: During her We Can Rule Together speech to Judy, she tries to pass herself off as a Well-Intentioned Extremist, believing that all predators are just strong and loud but because prey is 90% of the population, they can unite against a common enemy and come out on top. However, as Judy is facing seemingly certain death from a savage Nick, she cuts to the chase, asking "So that's it? Prey fears predator and you stay in power?" To which Bellwether replies "Yeah, pretty much."
  • Number Two: As Assistant Mayor, she is essentially this to Lionheart, but Bellwether describes her role as a "glorified secretary".
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Her entire motive is to instigate tension between different animal species and she herself expresses very bigoted views towards predators, though certainly to an extent as a propaganda tool.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Bellwether gives a smirk of extreme satisfaction right after Nick has bitten Judy's throat and hears her (thankfully fake) scream.
  • Sadist: She takes blood-chilling pleasure and enjoyment from shooting Nick with the Night Howler serum (complete with Slasher Smile) and the idea of him killing and eating Judy, as evidenced by her choosing to stand there and watch it happen. Extra points for her smirking at the sound of Judy's (thankfully fake) scream.
    Bellwether: Bye bye, bunny.
  • Shadow Archetype: Like Judy, she's an unappreciated, small prey animal who is not appreciated by her larger boss, and has a bias against predator animals. However, whereas Judy rises above this, takes responsibility for her anti-predator statements at the press conference, and works to make the world a better place, Bellwether incites anti-predator fear for the sake of revenge and power, and doesn't care who she hurts with her biases.
  • Slasher Smile: She has one right as she shoots Nick with the Night Howler pellet. Her herbivore dentition showing in the smile somehow adds to the creepy factor.
  • Smug Snake: Her conspiracy was well executed and successful for a short while. However, once discovered, she reveals an arrogant and sociopathic persona far different from what she presents to the public. Even after her plan to have Nick kill Judy is thwarted by their Batman Gambit, she remains confident she can discredit them, until they reveal her Engineered Public Confession. She then quickly falls into a panicking, stammering wreck, looking for a way to escape.
  • The Sociopath: She's driven entirely by self-interest, shows no deeper kindness than favors and sociability to anyone, manipulates other characters by acting nice and likable when it's convenient, doesn't care how many mammals — predator or prey — get hurt in her pursuit of power, and seems to genuinely enjoy seeing Judy (apparently) get slaughtered.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: She has a soft, affable, unassuming voice, but is a ruthless villain.
  • Stepford Smiler: Her apparent friendliness towards Judy is a façade to hide the deep-rooted bitterness resulting from the mistreatment and insults she suffers under Mayor Lionheart.
  • Sweet Sheep: She looks and acts the stereotype. However, her true personality is anything but sweet.
  • Tender Tomboyishness, Foul Femininity: The meek dress-wearing "glorified secretary", Bellwether, is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, while the assertive police officer, Judy, is the hero.
  • Uniformity Exception: The animators chose to portray most of the sheep characters with their natural, rectangular pupils. However, Bellwether is portrayed with Cartoony Eyes like all other major characters.
  • Vice President Who?: As Assistant Mayor, she is a "glorified secretary" who receives very little respect from Mayor Lionheart. Her office is in a boiler room. This changes when she becomes mayor after Lionheart's arrest.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Subverted. When she is informed by Judy that she has recorded her admitting her evil schemes, Bellwether realizes that the ZPD (which she had called earlier) are on their way and attempts to bolt... only to discover that Chief Bogo and several ZPD officers have already arrived and are standing right behind her.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As Nick and Judy unfold their Batman Gambit to Bellwether and she realizes that she's totally lost control of the situation, her face takes on a panicked look and she gets ready to bolt. It's downplayed in that her loss of composure is rather mild compared to her Evil Gloating that took place moments before.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's very hard to talk about her in any depth without mentioning that she's the Big Bad.
  • We Can Rule Together: Played With. When she tells Judy that they are on the same team because they've both been underappreciated by the "strong and loud" predators, it's unclear if she's actually making Judy an offer to join with her or is trying to keep her distracted so her mooks can find her and get the evidence. When Judy refuses, Bellwether attempts to engineer her grisly death.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Heavily implied; we see from the news report that after the public reveal Bellwether started purposely targeting predators in public places without regard for who gets hurt. We learn that an adult Caribou has been mauled, but the victim could have easily been a kid, and as the number of predators going savage is growing (15 to 27), such a tragedy is becoming more likely and Bellwether doesn't seem to care.

     Dr. Madge Honey Badger
"The only animals going savage are predators. We cannot keep it a secret, we need to come forward!"
Voiced by: Katie Lowes

A Honey Badger Doctor chosen by Mayor Lionheart to investigate the cause of 15 mammals suddenly reverting to a savage state.

  • All There in the Manual: Lionheart only ever refers to her as "Doctor", and even the end credits only refer to her as "Badger Doctor". Her name is only given in supplemental materials such as The Official Zootopia Handbook.
  • Irony: Animal Stereotypes say that honey badgers are the crazed berserkers of the animal world. Madge is a scientist trying to figure out why other animals are acting like that.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Her style of dress leaves little doubt about her occupation.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She only appears in two scenes, and only has a speaking role in one of them. However, it was her conjecture about the savage affliction possibly being connected to predators' "biology" that, interacting with Judy's pre-established biases, led to Judy saying predators were reverting to their "primitive, savage ways" at the ensuing press conference causing a Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure with Nick and leading to mass civil unrest.
  • Species Surname: It's ambiguous whether her last name is 'Badger' or 'Honey Badger', but both of those indicate her species.

     Cliffside Wolves
"Gary, quit it! You're gonna start a howl."
Voiced by: David A. Thibodeau (Gary), Rich Moore (Larry)

The security guards at Cliffside Asylum.

  • Achilles' Heel: They're easily tricked into a mass howl, which allows Nick and Judy to sneak into the asylum.
  • Animal Stereotypes: Fitting for a pack of wolves, they operate as a tight knit group in a dangerous environment. Their team spirit has the downside of starting a group howl at the worst moment (for them).
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: They are not very efficient at guarding Cliffside Asylum, as they can get easily distracted by a howl.
  • No Name Given: Most of them, except for Gary, the white wolf guard at the gate, who is called by name in the movie, and his companion, who was originally unnamed but later christened Larry by Byron Howard and seconded by Jared Bush in response to a tweet asking for his name.note 
  • Red Herring: While they are responsible for the disappearance of the missing mammals, they are not, as Judy initially concludes, the "Night Howlers" Emmitt Otterton was speaking of.
  • Reflexive Response: Hearing a howl incites an involuntary reaction in them to answer it.
  • Wolves Always Howl at the Moon: Averted. While it is a cloudy, moon-lit night at Cliffside Asylum, they instinctively respond to any howl, which Judy uses to her advantage.

     Mr. Big
"We may be evolved, but deep down, we are still animals."
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche

An Arctic shrew who has the reputation of being the most feared crime boss in Tundra Town despite his small size.

  • Affably Evil: He's cordial to his friends, and helps out Judy and Nick with the Weaselton interrogation. It also appears that he wishes to be friendly to non-underworld people like Otterton and Nick (considering the former "like family" and inviting the latter for a dinner) and contacts them depending on their specialty. However, make no mistake, he's still a mob boss who doesn't think twice about 'icing' his enemies.
  • Anti-Villain: If you get on his bad side, he's a dangerous adversary, but if you get on his good side, he can be a friendly and valuable ally.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has thick, bushy eyebrows that completely cover his eyes. They double as Evil Eyebrows.
  • Catchphrase: "Ice 'em!"
  • Childhood Friends: The polar bear who carries him around? That's not his bodyguard, that's the Underboss. As Zootopia+ shows early living conditions in 1900s Zootopia were abysmal for various animals, the polar bears were suffering under the heat. Big gave a bear cub an ice cream to cool down, and the two became inseparable ever since.
  • The Cynic: He considered Mr. Otterton going savage more distressing than shocking as he believes that as civilized as everyone tries to be, they're all still animals beneath the surface.
  • The Don: The most feared crime boss in Tundra Town.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Mr. Big is shown to have great love and respect for his Gram-mama. When she passed away, he had her buried in a "very expensive wool rug". At least, that's what he was told it was.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Dearly loved his Gram-mama, who tried to lead him down a more honest life, but the young Big found that was impossible in the early 1900s of Zootopia where racial inequalities was thrife. To survive he'd have to fight fire with fire (or ice). This makes what con artist Nick did on her funeral even Harsher in Hindsight.
    • He is very fond of his daughter. Just as he is about to "ice" Nick and Judy, his daughter arrives and informs him that Judy saved her life. He then spares the duo and tells them that he is in their debt, and even invites them to join in his daughter's wedding party.
  • Evil Eyebrows: They conceal his eyes too.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Judy is surprised when Mr. Big is revealed to be a small shrew when she and Nick get kidnapped by his henchmen.
  • Expy: He's essentially Don Vito Corleone as portrayed by Academy Award Winner Marlon Brando as a shrew, and the sheer lack of subtlety about it is Played for Laughs.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: They're usually hidden by his Big Ol' Eyebrows, but he has the same Cartoony Eyes as his daughter, as opposed to all other shrews in the film, who have Black Bead Eyes.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: As briefly seen in Zootopia+. Appropriately he is threatening Fru Fru's new husband with being iced at the time.
  • Ironic Name: A tiny shrew named Mr. Big. Judy even believed that his servants were Mr. Big before she saw otherwise.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has a soft spot for his grandmother and daughter, and is a nice person to those he trusts.
  • Kill It with Ice: His preferred method of disposing of people who displease him is to toss them into icy waters.
  • Mister Big: He's far from the first crime boss in fiction to hold this name, or relative stature.
  • Mumbling Brando: As part of the reference to The Godfather.
  • The Napoleon: Not so aggressive, but he intimidates everybody.
  • Neighborhood-Friendly Gangsters:
    • Implied, given the fact that he has a sincere friendship with Mr. Otterton and seems to be enough of a respected community leader that Otterton first tries to go to him, rather than the police, when he has suspicions about the Night Howlers.
    • Zootopia+ reveals he actually is this. He grew up as a delivery boy for his Gram Ma-ma's bakery and helped improve the living conditions for the residents of Zootopia. He also helped build Rodentia for the smaller mammals.
  • Nice to the Waiter: He considers his florist a part of his family.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: A very obvious caricature of Marlon Brando's iconic turn in The Godfather.
  • Our Founder: He basically took part in creating Little Rodentia as shown in Zootopia+.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: He banishes Nick from Tundratown because Nick disrespected him by selling him a "very expensive wool rug" that he buried his Gram-mama in which turned out to be a skunk-butt rug.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He rarely smiles and a frown is pretty much his default expression.
  • Red Herring: The trailers play him up as the Big Bad but he actually has no involvement with the Night Howler conspiracy.
  • Slasher Smile: Although he's pretty much a Perpetual Frowner, he gives a vicious grin before ordering his thugs to ice Nick and Judy.
    Mr. Big: Say hello to Gram-mama! Ice 'em!
  • Uniformity Exception: As more than a background character, Mr. Big has Cartoony Eyes which is an exception to the other shrews (except Fru Fru) who have Black Bead Eyes. As his eyes are covered by his Evil Eyebrows most of the time, they are only visible when he raises them for a few blink-and-miss moments.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As "Godfather of the Bride" reveals, he was a wide-eyed, kind-hearted child who tried his best to support his grandmother and help those in need. After clashing with the gangsters terrorizing Zootopia, he became a ruthless mob boss, though he still often uses his power and influence for good.
  • Villain of Another Story: He's Affably Evil and on good terms with the main characters, but he's still a mob boss and presumably continues his shady business offscreen even at the end of the movie.
  • Weak Boss, Strong Underlings: Being a tiny shrew, he is not very powerful compared to all the other larger mammals he is seen interacting with. He does however have several polar bears, who are very big and very strong, to do the physical business for him.
  • When He Smiles: He gives a genuinely warm smile three times during the film. One is when he expresses his gratitude towards Judy and offers to help her find Otterton. The second time is when his daughter Fru Fru says she's going to name her daughter after Judy, whom he names as the godmother of Fru Fru's daughter. The third time is during the Dance Party Ending where he "dances" with Fru Fru from his chair.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He was perfectly willing to "ice" Judy alongside Nick, at least until Fru Fru walked in and recognized Judy as the one who saved her from being crushed by the giant donut the previous day.

     Fru Fru
"What did we say? No icing anyone at my wedding!"
Voiced by: Leah Latham

Mr. Big's daughter.

  • Babies Ever After: She's expecting the very next time we see her following her wedding, and she plans on naming her kid after Judy. Then during the Dance Party Ending which is implied to be after Nick's graduation (and thus 9 months later), she's dancing next to her father and shown to be pregnant again.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Implied and Played for Laughs. She walks into her father's office, and discovers him in the process of icing a couple of total strangers. She's indignant, not because there are animals about to suffer a horrible death, but because her father specifically agreed not to ice anybody on her wedding day.
  • Daddy's Girl: She and her father appear to be very close and she's clearly his soft spot.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: She and her father have similar Cartoony Eyes, as opposed to all other shrews in the film, who have Black Bead Eyes.
  • Furry Female Mane: She has human-like hair. Judy even compliments her hairstyle.
  • Homage: Just as her father is an expy of Don Vito Corleone, Fru Fru is an homage to Vito's daughter Connie Corleone. The similarities are primarily physical, especially her wedding-day hairstyle and dress. Thankfully, she has none of Connie's mean, loud, spoiled-rotten and hysterical attributes and is instead one of the sweetest, kindest characters in the film.
  • I Owe You My Life: She's extremely grateful to Judy for saving her.
  • Joisey: Implied with her hair, makeup, accent, love of fashion, and her connection to the mafia crime boss Mr. Big who ends up helping Judy and Nick find Otterton.
    Fru Fru: [Shopping with her friends]: Oh my Gawd! Did you see those leopard-print jeggings?
  • Mafia Princess: The daughter of the most feared crime boss in Tundra Town, and yet one of the sweetest, kindest characters in the entire film.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name comes from the French word "frou-frou", meaning "frilly, fancy, highly ornamental". She is fond of pretty clothes.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother is absent, and in Zootopia+, is confirmed to be deceased, and it's revealed that the wedding dress Fru Fru's wearing in the film belonged to her mother.
  • Morality Pet: Appears to be one for Mr. Big, seeing as how his kinder side usually emerges when she's around.
  • "Near and Dear" Baby Naming: She plans to name her daughter after Judy in gratitude for the rabbit saving her life.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: A pretty obvious reference to a whole different kind of iconic Italian-American than her father, namely Snooki.
  • Nice Girl: Social, grateful, and nice.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Fru Fru is the pampered daughter of a mob boss, but she is sociable and sweet to everyone she meets.
  • Uniformity Exception: Compared to the other shrews. Most shrews (such as Fru Fru's husband and the other wedding guests) have Black Bead Eyes, but Fru Fru has Cartoony Eyes like the other animals in the movie who are minor characters. This makes her stand out and look a lot more sympathetic.


A giant polar bear who is Mr. Big’s personal bodyguard. He mostly carries him around in his paws.

  • Actually, That's My Assistant: Judy believes Koslov is Mr. Big when she first sees him thanks to being a very tall and intimidating bear. It then turns out Mr. Big is the tiny shrew concealed in the bear’s massive paws.
  • All There in the Manual: His name is only revealed in supplementary material.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has thick dark eyebrows.
  • Childhood Friends: With Mr. Big according to Zootopia+. They were actually from two struggling communities who ended up helping each other.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For being a mafia thug, Koslov seemed to be close to Mr. Big's grandmother. When Mr. Big brings her up, Koslov makes the sign of the cross and looks up with misty eyes while thinking about her.
  • Number Two: He seems to be Mr. Big's second-in-command and personal bodyguard.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He is always seen with a frown on his face. Even in the Dance Party Ending, he bobs his head to the music with a frown!
  • The Quiet One: He has no dialogue in the film.
  • Russian Bear: He is a tall polar bear with a Russian name.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As an adult, he's a gruff gangster working as a bodyguard for the most powerful crime lord of the city. As a child, he was an adorable little cub with a kind and helpful personality who became best friends with the young Mr. Big.

     Raymond and Kevin
"Raymond! And is that Kevin? Long time, no see."

Two polar bear guards of Mr. Big. Upon discovering Nick and Judy in Tundra Town, they bring them to Mr. Big.

  • Bears Are Bad News: Two large and terrifying polar bear thugs working for the most feared crime lord of Tundratown.
  • Giant Mook: They are two of the several massive polar bears who work as Mr. Big's henchmen.
  • The Mafiya: They wear tracksuits and jewelry resembling Russian mobsters.
  • Russian Bear: They are coded as Russian.
  • Silent Antagonist: Although it's implied that Raymond and Kevin can speak, for the duration of their time with Nick and Judy, neither says a word, coming across as overbearing and intimidating. The only sound they make are some angry growls and a deep-voiced chuckle.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Both have normal names for being the bodyguards of an infamous mob boss.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Neither of them had an issue with physically manhandling Judy on the same level as they did with Nick. One even picked her up by the back of the shirt when they were going to throw her and Nick into the ice water.

    Renato Manchas
"Down... on all fours! He was a savage!"
Voiced by: Jesse Corti

A limo driver for Mr. Big, and the last mammal to see Mr. Otterton before he goes savage.

  • All There in the Script: His first name, Renato, was revealed via Twitter by director Rich Moore.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Combined with A Lizard Named "Liz" and Meaningful Name; Manchas is Spanish for blotches. Unlike most black panthers in animation, Manchas's jaguar markings are realistically still visible against his black fur.
  • Cartoony Eyes: Played Straight then Subverted. When first introduced, his eyes follow the trope. After turning savage, his pupils become slit like a cat. This is Artistic License – Biology since jaguars actually have round pupils, but it allowed the animators to give a dramatic visual indication that a transformation has occurred.
  • Eye Scream: His eye was clawed at by a savage Mr. Otterton. Downplayed, as while he had nasty scratches on his eyelid, which was nearly swelled shut, the eye itself was not damaged.
  • Freak Out: Had one after Otterton went savage and attacked him. Has a worse one when the serum turns him savage.
  • Help Mistaken for Attack: Manchas was clawed severely enough on the right side of his face to cause his eye to swell shut. When he is hit with the Night Howler pellet and starts going savage, he ignores the swelling and opens his eye. At this point, Nick and Judy open his front door asking if he's OK and see him writhing on the ground pawing at his right eye in pain. He then goes fully savage and he turns toward the sound seeing them as the only ones around who could have caused him pain. He growls and gives them a Death Glare causing Judy to yell "Run" just as Manchas launches after them.
  • Last-Name Basis: Always called "Manchas" or "Mr. Manchas".
  • National Animal Stereotypes: His name and accent both suggest that he's Hispanic. Jaguars are from South and Central America.
  • Painful Transformation: After he is hit by the Nighthowler pellet, his descent into savagery does not look pleasant.
  • Running on All Fours: Reverts to four-legged running when he is shot by the Night Howler pellet and turns savage.
  • Tuckerization: Shares his name with animator Renato dos Anjos.

     Duke Weaselton
"Comin' through!"
Voiced by: Alan Tudyk

A small-time weasel crook.

  • Captain Obvious: He describes Doug as "the opposite of friendly. He's unfriendly."
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He is set up as a Bit Part Bad Guy, a petty thief whose only purpose in the story is that Judy abandons her post as a meter maid to capture him. However, in the finale of the movie he turns out to be more significant than that, as he's revealed to be Doug's supplier of Night Howlers.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When pursued by Judy, Weaselton kicks a giant doughnut toward her that almost crushes Fru Fru.
  • Greed: He doesn't have great impulse control when faced with something he wants... money!
  • Honest John's Dealership: In addition to being a petty thief, he also runs a bootleg DVD stand called "Duke Weaselton's Officially Licensed Movies".
  • Lean and Mean: A rail-thin thieving crook.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Parodied. The offer he couldn't refuse was money.
  • Oral Fixation: Weaselton likes to chew on a toothpick.
  • The Pig-Pen: Is rather dirty and scruffy-looking.
  • Pint Sized Power House: When being pursued by Judy, he is able to toss his bag of stolen goods quite high over the fence surrounding Little Rodentia.
  • Wicked Weasel: A weasel both literally and metaphorically. He will do pretty much anything for money and quickly betrays his employer when threatened.

     Doug Ramses
"What's the mark?"
Voiced by: Rich Moore

A sheep sharpshooter who operates a secret chemical processing lab in a disused subway car.

  • All There in the Script: His last name was revealed via Twitter by co-director Rich Moore.
  • Animal Stereotype: In an ironic twist he's shown to be intelligent, strong-headed, and cold. While he is a sheep, he could hardly be called a subordinate, mindless follower.
  • Beard of Evil: The wool around his head gives the appearance of a beard, and he's certainly not a nice guy.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His first appearance is at the very beginning of the movie, when he almost runs over Nick with his truck. He isn't seen again until much much later. Bonus points for being a literal gunman.
  • Cartoony Eyes: Averted. Doug has horizontal, rectangular pupils found in real sheep. This helps making him look far more menacing.
  • Cold Sniper: He's the main delivery vehicle of the Night Howler serum and is an extremely good shot. He also has a disturbingly casual attitude towards his job.
  • Creator Cameo: Voiced by the film's co-director, Rich Moore.
  • The Dreaded: When Duke reveals that he was selling the Night Howlers to Doug, his demeanor, body language and tone of voice as he warns "Just watch it! Doug is the opposite of friendly" all tend to imply that Doug is a scary, dangerous criminal that you don't want to mess with. It turns out to mean nothing more than he literally has an unfriendly personality; he actually has a strangely casual attitude towards his job and doesn't even seem willing to fight to stop anyone who would disrupt it. Unlike his associates Woolter and Jesse, he doesn't bother giving chase when Nick and Judy steal his train car.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Way before he's identified as a part of Bellwether's operation, he's the driver of the delivery truck that almost hits Nick outside of the ice cream shop and also shows up at Judy's press conference pretending to be a reporter who asks Judy a leading question to get her to confirm that only predators are going savage.
  • Elite Mook: He's the one entrusted with the Night Howler serum and darting predatory citizens on Bellwether's behalf.
  • Fat Bastard: Downplayed. He looks overweight but it's quite possible that his girth is mostly wool. Definitely has the bastardry, though.
  • Gruesome Goat: An unsympathetic Cold Sniper who happens to be a ram, at that.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He was able to shoot Mr. Otterton through an open window in a moving vehicle at night, and was able to shoot Manchas (a black jaguar, in a darkened room, through an open window, and again at night) before Judy and Nick could enter his home. He's hit 14 other previous targets, and seems (rightly) offended when his boss questions his ability to hit a cheetah.
  • Jerkass: Weaselton describes Doug as "the opposite of friendly. He's unfriendly."
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": A ram with the last name Ramses.
  • The Mole: Word Of God revealed that Doug infiltrates Judy's press conference and is the sheep reporter who asks her the leading question "So, predators are the only ones going savage?"
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Implied Trope. He has a disturbingly casual and businesslike attitude towards his job, and also doesn't bother to pursue Judy and Nick with his two associates when they steal the train car. He is last seen simply sitting on the railway looking forlorn at his spilled latte.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only has a couple minutes of screen-time, but he is partly responsible for the major events happening in the movie.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: The scarily competent chemist and marksman who's been going around turning innocent predators into savages and causing general chaos and panic? His name is Doug.

     Jesse and Woolter
"We kinda got a situation at the lab...
Oh! It just got worse."

Voiced by: John DiMaggio (Jesse and Woolter)

Two horned rams that work with Doug. Jesse has an eyepatch and wears a ram's skull t-shirt. Woolter wears a white t-shirt with red suspenders.

  • Cartoony Eyes: Averted. Jesse and Woolter have horizontal, rectangular pupils found in real sheep. This helps make them look far more menacing.
  • Close-Call Haircut: Jesse is thrown off the train and only just manages to throw himself against the tunnel wall to avoid being run over. The passing train car rips off his shirt and shears off the wool from his belly.
  • Dark Is Evil: Woolter has dark gray fleece.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: In his few lines, Woolter reveals a very coarse, snarling voice.
  • Eye Patch Of Power: Jesse is shown wearing an eyepatch over his right eye.
  • Gruesome Goat: They are large, scary-looking anthropomorphic rams with horns and realistic eyes. Jesse also has an eyepatch, making him look even more menacing.
  • Horns of Villainy: Both are horned rams and Woolter's horns are particularly large and threatening.
  • A Pig Named "Porkchop": Woolter is a sheep, an animal known for its wool.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Their names reference the characters Jesse Pinkman and Walter White from Breaking Bad. Fittingly, they work in an illegal drug laboratory where a blue substance is produced.
  • Skeleton Motif: Jesse has a ram's skull motif on his t-shirt.
  • Use Your Head: When Nick locks Woolter in the rear compartment of the subway car, he rams both the window and the door to try and gain entrance to the driver's compartment. Justified in that he's a ram.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Woolter's raspy voice complements his menacing appearance. Jesse, however, despite his gruff appearance, eyepatch and ram's skull shirt actually has a soft, tenor-ish voice that would sound more at home in an office comedy.

"You kiss me tomorrow, I'll bite your face off!"

Nick's partner in crime, a tiny fennec fox who uses his tiny size to pretend he is an infant.

  • Advertised Extra: He only has a few lines and is in the movie for less than 5 minutes but has his own toy commercial. Also, he can frequently be seen on posters and other advertisements for the movie.
  • Ascended Extra: Though he's barely in the movie, he has a supporting role in one of the cases in Zootopia: Crime Files and is one of the characters from Zootopia featured in Disney Heroes: Battle Mode. There was also a comic that came out in Japan that explained the origins of his and Nick's partnership.
  • Baritone of Strength: Despite being a small, cute little animal, he has the deep voice of Tom Lister, Jr. Almost makes him seem dangerous when he threatens to bite your face off...
  • Berserk Button: Treat him like a kid or infant when he's pretending to be one for a scam and he'll let it go. Treat him like a kid or infant when he's not pretending to be one, however? Then he'll threaten you. Seems to be fond of that pacifier even when he's not scamming, though.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Finnick is a third the size of Nick, his hustling partner. This enables him to play the role of Nick's son in their pawpsicle hustle.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Finnick brandishes a bat when someone comes knocking on his door.
  • Compressed Hair: A variant. His hood from his elephant costume is somehow able to accommodate his enormous ears and fit snugly over his head without any visible bulges.
  • Con Artist: Nick's partner in crime. His primary role is pretending to be Nick's son who has childish aspirations of growing up to be an elephant.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: In the "pawpsicle hustle", Finnick is able to act quite convincingly as Nick's "son" to help persuade the owner of the ice cream shop to sell them a jumbo-pop, allowing them to make a bunch of smaller pawpsicles which are sold for a profit.
  • Cute Critters Act Childlike: Exploited. Even though he's a cynical adult, he pretends to be a cute little fox cub as part of Nick's scam.
  • Cuteness Overload: Exploits this as part of his scams with Nick.
  • Demoted to Extra: After having a bigger role in most of the Zootopia spin-off material he appeared in, he was demoted back to extra status in Zootopia+, only appearing in one scene with Nick, where he didn't even get one line.note 
  • The Fake Cutie: He uses his cute size and looks as part of his and Nick's scam.
  • Foul Fox: Downplayed, as he's a grumpy Con Artist, but he's not fully evil, and he even tells Judy where Nick is when she needs his help.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He starts out as a jerk, even once you get past the fact that he's a con artist. But despite having no reason to help Judy (especially in light of what her thoughtless words have caused), he tells her how to find Nick, as the guidebook points out.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Finnick the fennec fox.
  • Master Actor: Presumably, working with Nick has given him plenty of opportunity to perfect his "little kid" act.
  • The Napoleon: He's a small but pretty grumpy (and possibly violent) guy (e.g., he threatens to bite Nick's face off at one point and shouts "who is it?!!" at the top of his lungs while holding a baseball bat when Judy knocks on his van).
  • Older Than They Look: Being a fennec fox, he can pass himself as a baby, even though he's actually an adult. Word Of God confirms that he's older than Nick, who's 32 years old according to Judy's calculations.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: According to writer Jared Bush, "'Finnick' is a nickname. His real name is something that's way less cool that he doesn't tell anyone."
  • Pet the Dog: He does help Judy find Nick after their fallout in spite of not getting anything out of helping her out. Finnick has also hung onto the badge sticker Judy gave him when she fell for the whole child bit, showing that he was pretty touched by Judy's compassion in the ice cream shop.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He is able to carry the elephant-sized Jumbo Pop, which is about five times bigger than he is.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: A cute fennec fox; subverted when Nick teasingly asks him for a goodbye kiss and Finnick threatens to bite Nick's face off if he does.
  • Satellite Character: He only interacts with Nick and Judy throughout the whole movie. Even when other characters are in the scene, it's Nick who interacts with them while he stays off to the side and pretends to be a cute toddler dressed as an elephant.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Nick. Despite being his partner in crime, he doesn't seem to care for Nick too much, as one crack about him is enough to make him threaten to bite Nick's face off. Also, when Nick is forced to solve the case, he pretty much laughs in his face and ditches him (although he does know where Nick is later on in the movie so they don't completely cut off ties).
  • Vocal Dissonance: A tiny fennec fox with a big booming gangster voice. Presumably for this reason, he doesn't talk when pretending to be a kid as part of his and Nick's scam, as his voice would instantly give it away.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite being Nick's partner in crime, and despite the fact that he seemed legitimately concerned for Judy when she asked him where Nick is, we don't see what happens to him after Nick gives up their "business" for being a cop. He's also nowhere to be found at Gazelle's concert.

     Emmitt Otterton
Voiced by: N/A

The missing otter that Judy and eventually Nick try to find. Revealed to have been a target for the Night Howlers.

  • Chekhov's Skill: His wife mentions he's a florist in her plea to get Chief Bogo to look for him. What's making all the predators go crazy? Toxic flowers.
  • Dying Clue: A non-fatal example, but he manages to yell about the Night Howlers right before losing his mind. Manchas passes this information to Judy, who uses it to figure out what is making predators go savage.
  • Happily Married: Implied by the fact that his wife is the one to come to the station to look for him, by how relieved she is after he gets cured from the Night Howler serum, and his romantic, joyous dance with her during the end credits.
  • He Knows Too Much: Strongly implied to be why he went missing. Ironic, since his disappearance is actually what causes Judy to investigate and later solve the case.
  • Hidden Depths: He is a family man and a florist by trade. He also apparently takes yoga classes at a naturist (a.k.a. nudist) spa, is the go-to florist to the biggest crime boss in Tundra Town, and somehow learned about Night Howlers and wanted to talk with Mr. Big about "something important" until he was silenced by Doug via making him savage with Night Howler serum pellets.
  • Playful Otter: Has been implied to be playful and kind by his wife.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: When Judy sees him after falling victim to the Night Howlers, he gives these at the mention of his wife before going savage.
  • Running on All Fours: Moves around on all four legs after getting shot by the Night Howler pellet.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Even though he only has a few minutes of screen time and never says a word, it's Judy's involvement in investigating his disappearance that drives much of the story. Since he was last seen buying a pawpsicle, this leads to Nick becoming involved in the case which in turn leads to Nick and Judy locating all the missing mammals.
  • The Voiceless: The audience never hears him speaking at any point during the film. However, Manchas reports that he was yelling about Nighthowlers before he went savage which leads Judy to the incorrect conclusion that he was referring to the wolves that captured him and Manchas.

     Mrs. Otterton
"Find my Emmitt! Bring him back to me and my babies, please!"
Voiced by: Octavia Spencer

Mrs. Otterton is a desperate otter who begs the ZPD for help in finding her missing husband.

  • Happily Married: Implied by the fact that she is the one to come to the station to look for her missing husband, by how relieved she is after he gets cured from the Night Howler serum, and their romantic, joyous dancing during the end credits.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": An otter named Otterton.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Notable in that she has even bigger eyes than her already adorable husband, upping her cute factor. Mrs. Otterton is basically Rapunzel as an otter!
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She only appears in a few scenes, but it's her insistence of trying to find her husband, that gets Judy to take the case and find out about the predators going savage.

"We're a naturalist club."
Voiced by: Tommy Chong

A yak who works at a nudist resort.

  • Advertised Extra: He only appears in two consecutive scenes and the credits, but he is prominent in the promotional material due to his well-known voice actor.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Yax the yak.
  • Characterizing Sitting Pose: He is first seen at the reception desk in a Lotus Position sitting pose, humming the "ommm" mantra, which hints at his spirituality and quirky personality.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Slow-minded and acts like he's perpetually stoned.
  • Genius Ditz: Acts like he's perpetually stoned and slow-minded, but he has an incredible ability to remember minute details from past events. He's completely unaware that he can even do that.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He rapidly subverts the initial impression that he doesn't have a clue what's going on around him. His highly detailed knowledge of Otterton's choices in mens' fashion is particularly ironic considering... well, you know.
      Yax: He was wearing a green cable knit sweater-vest and a new pair of corduroy slacks. And a paisley tie — sweet Windsor knot, real tight.
    • He notes the limo Otterton left in needed a tune-up, presumably just based on the sound the car was making. This indicates he has at least moderate knowledge about automobiles.
      Yax: Needed a tune-up. The third cylinder wasn't firing.
  • Irony: He claims that Mr. Otterton's yoga instructor can help Judy and Nick because "Nangi's an elephant so she'll totally remember everything." Yet when they arrive to question her, she doesn't even remember Otterton and it's actually Yax who inadvertently aids the duo when he casually mentions every detail of Otterton's last visit, from when he showed up, to what he was wearing, to getting in a fancy looking white limousine when he left, and even tells Judy the limo's plate number. Made funnier in the end when he says that he wishes he had good memory just like her.
  • Lotus Position: He is first seen at the reception desk in this pose, humming the "ommm" mantra.
  • Malaproper: He refers to himself and his fellow nudist club members as a "Naturalists" which is defined as someone who studies nature; the synonym for nudist is "Naturist".
  • Naked People Are Funny: Yax is a "naturalist" who refuses to wear clothing, making Judy feel very uncomfortable.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: Has long and messy hair, talks like a stereotypical hippie, is laid-back, "enlightened" and not the least bit prudish (walking around naked and all).
  • Nice Guy: He is very friendly and helpful. He also didn't seem to mind (or notice) Judy's discomfort with him and everybody else in his club being naked.
  • Photographic Memory: He can remember every detail of the last time Mr. Otterton visited their naturist club, right down to the license plate number of the car he used. He's completely unaware of this ability.
  • The Pig-Pen: He is surrounded by flies and during his appearance in the Dance Party Ending you can see a pig in the audience behind him cough and wave the air due to his odor.
  • The Stoner: The way he acts makes him look like one. Being voiced by Tommy Chong doesn't hurt either.
  • Stoners Are Funny: As are naked people. Ergo, naked stoners must be funnier.

"I have no memory of this beaver."
Voiced by: Gita Reddy

An elephant yoga instructor working at the nudist club.

  • Acrofatic: As an elephant, she's rather bulky, but she also demonstrates extreme flexibility with various yoga poses.
  • Elephants Never Forget: Invoked and subverted. To aid their investigation, Yax suggests Nick and Judy talk with Emmitt's yoga instructor. As they approach Nangi, he points out that, as an elephant, "she'll totally remember everything". However, it turns out that despite coming to her class for six years, she cannot remember a single detail about Emmitt Otterton.
  • Fan Disservice: We are treated to several shots of her with open legs, focusing on her crotch. Downplayed, as Animals Lack Attributes.
  • Forgetful Jones: As an elephant, she is expected to have an excellent memory. In fact she can't remember a single detail about Mr. Otterton, who's been coming to her yoga class for six years.
  • Meaningful Name: "Nangi" is Hindi for "naked".
  • Naked People Are Funny: As with Yax, her nudity and Judy's awkward reaction to it is Played for Laughs.
  • National Animal Stereotypes: She's an Indian Elephant, with a Hindi name and accent, who works as a yoga instructor and has henna-like Indian tattoos on her trunk and stomach.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: The elaborate henna-like tattoos on her trunk and belly help establish her Indian culture.

"♪ Oh-oh-oh-oh-ohhh — try everything! ♫"
Voiced by: Shakira

A gazelle who is a famous pop star and peace activist.

  • Advertised Extra: Gazelle was heavily prominent in the trailers and marketing campaign leading up to the movie. Her role is actually quite minor and her concert doesn't happen until the credits.
  • All-Loving Hero: As discrimination against predators takes hold in Zootopia for fear of them going savage, Gazelle holds a peace rally and publicly asks for the harmonious Zootopia she loves and cherishes to be restored.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: She has long horns that are more typical of a male gazelle; in most gazelle species, females have shorter horns.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": She's a gazelle named Gazelle. It's even been confirmed to be her real name, and not just a stage handle (though it might be an example of Only One Name like Shakiranote ).
  • Furry Female Mane: She has blonde, curly locks (not unlike those of Shakira in Real Life).
  • Gratuitous Spanish: "Put your paws in the air, come on! Con las pezuñas arriba, vamos! Esos!"
  • Hartman Hips: One trait she shares with Shakira is that her hips don't lie. (Especially after Shakira asked the animators to emphasize them more.)
  • Hidden Depths: She may be a celebrity, but when panic sets in on Zootopia, she uses her star power to make an impassioned public plea for interspecies cooperation. And given that her backup dancers are tigers, she clearly has no fear of predators.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Her profession, appearance, and wardrobe of choice are all inspired by her voice actress Shakira.
  • Ms. Fanservice: As it could be expected of an Ink-Suit Actor version of the Ms. Fanservice, Shakira. Who'd have thought an anthropomorphic gazelle could be so hot?
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: In both Mexican and European dubs, Shakira retains her Colombian accent, albeit this is not very notable in the Mexican dub, but obviously so in the European one.note 
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Despite all the other characters being Barefoot Cartoon Animals, she wears high heels. Ironically, Shakira prefers to go barefoot in Real Life (at least for when she's performing).
  • Stealth Pun: The animators had some fun with her, given her voice actress.

    Tiger Dancers
Four tiger backup dancers at Gazelle's concert.
  • Family-Friendly Stripper: Their character design is as risque as it can get in a PG-rated movie.
  • A Friend in Need: Two of her backup dancers are shown standing beside Gazelle offering support during the peace rally.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The tigers tower over Gazelle's petite frame. She performs on a raised pedestal during the Dance Party Ending to even out the height difference.
  • Mr. Fanservice: There is a good reason they are popular in the Furry Fandom.
  • Panthera Awesome: For muscular, virile-looking tigers, this is an absolute given.
  • Shout-Out: The original Spanish version of Shakira's song "Loca" has lines in the chorus which translate to "I'm crazy about my tiger". Here she voices a character who surrounds herself with literal tigers.
  • Stripperiffic: Serving as backup dancers for Gazelle, they are shirtless, wearing only skimpy shorts and glitter reminiscent of Chippendales Dancers.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Like most other big cats, their lower body is disproportionately smaller than their upper body.

    The Oryx-Antlersons
Bucky: "Yeah? Well, we're loud."
Pronk: "Don't expect us to apologize for it."
Voiced by: Byron Howard (Bucky Oryx-Antlerson), Jared Bush (Pronk Oryx-Antlerson)

Judy's neighbors. Always seem to be arguing. Bucky is a kudu, Pronk is a gemsbok/oryx. Confirmed to be married in a tweet by writer/director/voice actor Jared Bush.

  • All There in the Script: Their names "Bucky and Pronk Oryx-Antlerson" are only seen in the credits. A zig-zagged example in that their names in the production script are given as "Kudu and Oryx Pootosser".
  • Creator Cameo: They're voiced by the film's director and story/screenplay writers, Byron Howard (Bucky) and Jared Bush (Pronk).
  • Interspecies Romance: Downplayed; they are different species but both are antelopes (of two different subfamilies within the family Bovidae) so they are not as diverse a pairing as other examples of this trope.
  • Jerkass: Both of them are quite loud mouthed and impolite.
    Judy: Oh, hi! I'm Judy, your new neighbor!
    Bucky: [not even bothering to look at her] Yeah, well, we're loud.
    Pronk: Don't expect us to apologize for it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • When Judy's playing "depressing music," Pronk actually defends her when Bucky demands that she shut it off — right after blandly revealing that both of them have been eavesdropping.
      Pronk: Leave the meter maid alone! Didn't you hear her conversation? She feels like a failure!
    • In their appearance in Zootopia+, Pronk also takes a quick break from his argument with Bucky to compliment Sam for the water.
    • Also in Zootopia+, both of them are among the crowd cheering for Flash and Priscilla when they get engaged. This is after they were complaining about their waitress not serving them due to her taking care of Flash and Priscilla.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: A lot of their screen time features them arguing and saying "Shut up!" "No, you shut up!" to each other. It was eventually confirmed that they are, in fact, an old married couple.
  • Meaningful Name: "Pronk(ing)" is the term for the real life antelope behaviour of leaping vertically in the air.note 
  • No Indoor Voice: As Bucky puts it, "We're loud."
  • Species Surname: Presumably, Pronk is the one where the "Oryx" surname comes from.
  • Suddenly Shouting: They both love being very loud as their arguments could be heard through the walls of other people's rooms and cause some of the paintings on the walls to shake.
  • Those Two Guys: They're always together. They even talk together as well.

    Flash Slothmore
"What... can I... do... for you... today?"
Voiced by: Raymond S. Persi

The "fastest" sloth working at the DMV (Department of Mammal Vehicles).

  • Advertised Extra: He's pretty heavily advertised in the trailers and other promotional materials for the movie, but the scene at the DMV is his only scene in the movie, plus one gag at the very end.
  • All There in the Script: His last name was revealed via Twitter by writer Jared Bush.
  • Character Tic: His sentences tend to be unusually verbose. It's Played for Laughs as people losing patience with his slow talking will often try to finish his sentence for him, only for him to continue on with a different but equally viable wording.
  • Comical Coffee Cup: Has one marked with "You want it when?"
  • Drives Like Crazy: At the end of the movie he's revealed to be a street racer. Despite working at the DMV.
  • Dreary Half-Lidded Eyes: His drooping eyelids give him (and by extension, all the other sloths) a very tired looking face.
  • Exact Words: Nick didn't specify the context for being faster than other sloths.
  • Ironic Name: Despite his name, he is ridiculously slow in his movements, being a sloth. At the end of the film, he is shown to enjoy street racing.
  • Nice Guy: Seems amiable and friendly in general. Also, despite the fact that Nick has faced a lot of prejudice, he seems to legitimately like and not be wary of him. Additionally, in Zootopia+, he and Priscilla offer to drive Sam to the Gazelle concert.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Not intentionally, but being so slow and prone to Nick's interruption, he puts Judy through hell when she wants him to quickly run a plate number.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: He's the fastest sloth, but that only means he's just slightly less slow than the others. And not even in his reaction time, he's a street racer.
  • Sluggish Sloths: Played With. Despite Nick's insistence that he's the fastest guy at the DMV, Flash's manner of slowly speaking and moving drives Judy crazy as she tries to quickly get information on a license plate. However, it's eventually revealed that he's shown to enjoy the fast-paced world of street racing.
  • Ship Tease: With his co-worker Priscilla, as they were dancing together in Gazelle's concert. And in Zootopia+, he proposes to Priscilla in a restaurant, thus becoming engaged before going together to the concert.

    Jerry Jumbeaux Jr.
"I don't know what you're doing skulking around during daylight hours but I don't want any trouble in here. So, hit the road."
Voiced by: John DiMaggio

A prejudiced elephant ice cream vendor who provides the Jumbo-pop for Nick's pawpsicle hustle.

  • Alliterative Name: Jerry Jumbeaux Jr.
  • Cruel Elephant: He's a prejudiced jerk who refused to do business with Nick and his "son" simply because they were foxes.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Not exactly evil, but he is a Jerkass, and John DiMaggio brings him to life with a fairly deep, imposing voice, complete with a New-York-like accent.
  • Fantastic Racism: He is heavily prejudiced against foxes. He is also dismissive towards Judy when she comes forward to stand up for Nick, suggesting that he might hold a bias against smaller animals in general.
  • Hey, You!: He rudely addresses Nick as "fox" and Judy as "meter maid".
  • Jerkass: He refuses to serve Nick, who appears to be a loving father and has been exceedingly polite, just because he is a fox. Then, when Jerry plays the "right to refuse" card, he begins by openly insulting Nick with the line "Look, you probably can't read, fox..."
  • Punny Name: His name is a play on "Jumbo Jr.", the given name of Dumbo before his huge ears were revealed.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only shows up for one scene, but his prejudiced actions set up Judy's first interaction with Nick.
  • Stupid Evil: Downplayed. He's willing to screw himself out of a potential $15 profit just so he won't have to sell a popsicle to a fox.

    Junior Ranger Scouts
"Okay, Nick. Ready for Initiation?"
Voiced by: Jackson Stein (Woodchuck Boy)

The members of troop 914 that Nick wanted to join as a cub.

  • Angry, Angry Hippos: One of them is a hippo, and he's perfectly happy to stuff a muzzle on Nick's face.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: All of them pretend to be friendly and welcoming towards a young Nick before they reveal their prejudice against him for being a fox and muzzling him.
  • Death Glare: They all are glaring at Nick as they muzzle him.
  • Fantastic Racism: They are prejudiced towards foxes.
  • Fat Bastard: The woodchuck and hippo are fat and they muzzle Nick.
  • Girl Scouts Are Evil: A rare male example as they are patterned after the boy scouts. However, it's downplayed as their bullying and humiliation of Nick was intended to show that the predator/prey bias is present in all levels of society, including children, rather than showing that the Junior Ranger Scout organization itself is blatantly evil across the board.

    ZNN Newscasters
"More bad news in this city gripped by fear."
Voiced by: Fabienne Rawley (Fabienne Growley); Peter Mansbridge (Peter Moosebridge)

The news anchors of the Zootopia News Network: a female snow leopard and a male animal (moose in the original version, replaced by a raccoon dog (tanuki), koala, panda, or jaguar in localized versions).

  • Creator Cameo: A downplayed version in that Fabienne Rawley, one of the film editors of Zootopia, is the voice actress for the female Snow Leopard ZNN newscaster, Fabienne Growley.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Peter Moosebridge is deliberately designed and named after Peter Mansbridge.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": A moose named Moosebridge in the original version, a tanuki named Tanuyama or a koala named Koalabell in the localized versions.
  • Mr. Exposition: They report first about the savage outbreak in the city and the following social unrest, and then about the resolution of the case and Bellwether's arrest.
  • National Animal Stereotypes: The male news anchor is this in all versions. The variants are: a Canadian moose (present in most English-language versions), a Japanese raccoon dog (tanuki), an Australian koala, a Chinese panda, or a Brazilian jaguar.
  • News Broadcast: They provide news about the important events in Zootopia.
  • Newscaster Cameo: The male newscaster is voiced by a Real Life newscaster in every version.
  • No Name Given: The female snow leopard anchor was not originally named in the film. However, Rich Moore has "unofficially-officially" accepted a fan's suggestion to name her Fabienne Growley after her voice actress complete with animal pun. The panda newscaster, however, still remains unnamed.
  • Tanuki: Michael Tanuyama, the male newscaster in the Japanese version. He is a Japanese raccoon dog who wears a leaf on his head and a large straw hat on his back, resembling the typical depiction of a mythical Tanuki from Japanese folklore.

"Just finishing up all my orders, 'cause I gotta be out the door by 6:00 for the Gazelle concert."
Voiced by: Charlotte Nicdao
A young otter waitress who appears in the Zootopia+ episode "Dinner Rush''.
  • The Ace: She's very good at her job, managing to juggle her whole section's various wants and needs without even needing to be asked. This is unfortunately put to the test when Flash and Priscilla's slowness throws her off her game and inadvertently causes her to neglect her other tables due to having to wait so long for them to react to things and talk to her.
  • Awesome Aussie: Charlotte Nicdao is Australian, which lends Sam an extra helping of adorable along with her skill at waiting tables.
  • Bespectacled Cutie: A cute little otter who dons a disproportionately large pair of glasses.
  • Butt-Monkey: The whole point of the short is her trying to deal with serving Flash and Priscilla while under pressure to finish her shift. Even when Flash offers to drive her to the Gazelle concert, she finds out the hard way that it wasn't the wisest choice.
  • Determinator: She's more than willing to risk her job for the sake of getting to the Gazelle concert on time. Actually subverted. After riding with Flash and Pricilla a bit, she decides she'd rather walk there than end up wrapped around a light pole.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Appears in the last short of Zootopia+, and is the only protagonist of the shorts to have not appeared in any prior Zootopia media.

Bunnyburrow Residents

    Bonnie and Stuart "Stu" Hopps
Bonnie: "It's great to have dreams."
Stu: "As long as you don't believe in them too much."
Voiced by: Bonnie Hunt (Bonnie Hopps) and Don Lake (Stu Hopps)

Judy's mother and father.

  • Character Development: Thanks to Judy's influence, both of them are beginning to let go of their prejudiced ways and are now business partners with Gideon Grey, Judy's childhood bully and a fox, who has become a pastry chef.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Stu's care package for Judy is an exercise in overkill. Fox deterrent, fox repellent, and a fox taser. Judy agrees to take the fox repellent just to get him to stop talking.
    Stu: Oh, please, when is there not a need for a fox taser?
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite sharing her husband's bigoted views on foxes, Bonnie agrees with Judy that Stu's anti-fox equipment as a care package for Judy is overkill.
  • Explosive Breeder: They have at least 276 children.
  • Fantastic Racism: Judy's parents shows signs of this regarding predators, albeit at different levels. While Bonnie's prejudice is limited to foxes, Stu thinks all predators are bad. Fortunately, they change their opinions for the better, to the point of having formed a partnership with the matured Gideon Grey.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Actually, Fantasy Forbidding Parents. They don't like the idea of Judy becoming a police officer; they'd rather she be a carrot farmer like them. A downplayed example though, as they don't so much forbid it as merely try their best to talk her out of it, and when she insists on going through with it despite their objections, they try their best to be supportive.
  • Good Parents: Even though they'd prefer their daughter to become a carrot farmer rather than a police officer, they still love and support her.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Seems so at first, as Bonnie chastises Stu for telling Judy to not trust predator animals... only for her to then agree when he mentions not trusting foxes. Subverted in that while Stu's distrust stems from his general prejudice and fear of predators, a fox had actually hurt their nine year old daughter explaining Bonnie's reaction.
  • Innocently Insensitive: They're overjoyed when they see that Judy is a meter maid because they want her to be safe but they don't realize she's not happy with her position because it shows that she's not being taken seriously as a "real cop". It doesn't help that they mention this very fact while expressing their delight.
    Bonnie: It's the safest job on the force!
    Stu: She's not a real cop! Our prayers have been answered! Meter Maid, Meter Maid, Meter Maid...
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Played With; while Judy and her mother have several similarities, they also have noticeable differences.
    • Similarities: Judy inherited her fur and eye colors from Bonnie. They both hold prejudices towards foxes (and like Judy it's heavily implied that Bonnie's bias was also influenced by the Gideon Grey incident during the A Minor Kidroduction), but at the same time they both believed Stu's anti-fox stuff packed in the care package was overkill. Both Bonnie and Judy also learn to work past their prejudices and by the end of the film they have formed a trustworthy partnership with a fox in their respective jobs.
    • Differences: Judy doesn't know when to quit in her pursuit of becoming a bunny cop in Zootopia whereas Bonnie has settled to be a farmer's wife in Bunnyburrow. Also Judy's impulsiveness that repeatedly gets her into trouble throughout the movie is a sharp contrast to her mother's calm level-headedness.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Stu always wears overalls, a t-shirt, a long-sleeved button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up and a green baseball cap with a carrot label. Bonnie always wears a blue/gray knee-length skirt with a shirt that exposes her arms (it swaps between a pull-over V-neck or a button-down with a collar). Overlaps with Palette Swap as their clothes change color and pattern (between solid color or gingham) in each of their scenes.
  • Nice Guy: They are both kind-hearted, cordial and endearing rabbits who genuinely love Judy.
  • No Sympathy: They make no secret to their joyous relief when Judy tells them that her first day of work was as a meter maid and not as a "real" cop.
  • Parents as People: While they do love their daughter, Judy, they also advise her (as a child) to not follow her dreams of being a police officer because it wasn't something "expected" of a bunny. When they find out that their daughter is relegated to meter maid duty, they are ecstatic because they think it's the safest job in the ZPD.
  • Punny Name: Overlapping with Stealth Pun. Judy's parents are "Bonnie" rabbit and rabbit "Stu"; Bonnie Hopps = "Bunny Hop".
  • Women Are Wiser: Bonnie is clearly the more level-headed out of the two. Stu is more likely to give an emotional reaction, such as bursting into tears, while Bonnie is the one trying to calm him down, and even has a few snarky moments.

"Bye, Judy, I love you...bye...bye!"
Voiced by: Unknown

Judy's favorite niece who appears at Judy's graduation, the train station goodbye, and in many of Judy's photographs. Besides Bonnie and Stu, she is the only other member of the Hopps clan who speaks.

  • All There in the Script: Her name is only given in the script.
  • Cheerful Child: Is always seen with smile on her face. During Judy's graduation scene when she is posted to Precinct One, Cotton can be seen breaking into a joyous little shimmy dance with her tongue sticking out before resuming her excited clapping.
  • Limited Wardrobe: She is always shown wearing a knee-length skirt and a shirt with a star on it.
  • Train-Station Goodbye: Parodied. Although clearly not "lovers", Cotton fulfills other aspects of the trope from saying "Bye, Judy, I love you...bye...bye!" as the train doors shut and running alongside the train as it pulls away with Judy pressed against the train window looking at her and her family.
  • Uniformity Exception: Her ears are noticeably shorter than the other rabbits of the Hopps clan.

    Gideon Grey
"But watch out, because I'm a fox! And like you said in your dumb little stage play, us predators used to eat prey."
"I had a lot of self-doubt and it manifested itself in the form of unchecked rage and aggression. I was a major jerk."
Voiced by: Phil Johnston note 

A red fox who viciously bullied Judy and other children back in his childhood. As an adult, he grew out of his mean personality to become a good-natured pastry chef and business partner of Bonnie and Stu Hopps.

  • Alliterative Name: Gideon Grey.
  • The Bully: Gideon was a violent local bully back in Judy's childhood and mocked her dreams of becoming a police officer. He reappears as an adult who's turned his life around and become a Reformed Bully.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Inverted. He's portrayed as being... a bit slow.note 
  • Dumb Muscle: He's pretty big and portly for a fox, and his language skills are underdeveloped so he uses small words. As a kid he was very good at throwing his weight around to bully smaller prey animals.
  • Expressive Ears: His ears flop downwards when he says "I was a major jerk."
  • Fiery Redhead: He has red fur due to being a red fox, and at least as a child he was an aggressive bully.
  • Foul Fox: Bullied Judy when they were children, is a fox (though a red one, not a grey one like his surname suggests). However, he's abandoned his bullying ways by the time he grows up, even apologizing to Judy when they meet again for his behavior.
  • Full-Name Basis: Is almost exclusively referred to as "Gideon Grey" except for one time when Stu refers to him as "Gid".
  • Genius Ditz: He has always had a poor grasp of language and gives the impression of being generally slow-witted. Yet, after overcoming his childhood issues he manages to become one of the "top pastry chefs in the tri-burrows". He now runs a business named "Gideon Grey's Real Good Baked Stuff".
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Keeps the same hairstyle from his childhood into adulthood.
  • The Heckler: As a child, he shouts, "Bunny cop? That's the most stupidest thing I've ever heard!" during the children's play when Judy says she's going to be a police officer. Judy responds by Breaking the Fourth Wall in-universe, saying, "It may seem impossible to small minds. I'm looking at you, Gideon Grey," and then proceeding with her speech.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Off-screen, but he goes from a vicious bully to a kind adult.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He admits that is why he bullied Judy when they were younger, and that he was taking out his anger at himself on others.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Averted; he's a red fox like Nick instead of a grey fox like his surname would imply.
  • Meaningful Name: Gideon means "he that bruises or breaks; a destroyer; one who cuts down" — a very fitting name for a violent bully.
  • Nice Guy: Becomes a kind mammal when he grows up.
  • Non-Indicative Name: His last name is Grey, but he's a red fox, not a grey fox.
  • Reformed Bully: As a child, he bullied Judy and her classmates. As an adult, Judy discovers that Gideon has reformed and now does business with her parents. He even apologizes to her, saying that he had a lot of problems back then and it was wrong for him to take them out on her. She forgives him.
  • Simpleton Voice: He speaks in a low tone with a thick drawl and is portrayed as being a bit simple-minded.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears twice in the film but his actions during the prologue are the reason why Judy has subconsious prejudices against foxes, and as a much kinder adult in the third act, Gideon indirectly gives Judy an "Eureka!" Moment about the Night Howlers snapping her out of her Heroic BSoD and leading her and Nick to end Bellwether's conspiracy. He also becomes a business partner with Bonnie and Stu giving them the opportunity to grow beyond their prejudices.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: His apology to Judy as an adult included some terms far above Gideon's usual vocabulary level, as evidenced by saying that Judy's dad using a plant's proper name was a "four-dollar word". The implication is that Gideon was repeating something he had heard from a psychiatrist or a therapist.note 
    Gideon: Hey Judy... I'd just like to say I'm sorry for how I behaved in my youth. I had a lot of self-doubt, and it manifested itself in the form of unchecked rage and aggression. I was a major jerk.
  • Sweet Baker: As an adult, he's a sweet-natured bakery owner.
  • Supreme Chef: As an adult, he becomes one of the "top pastry chefs in the tri-burrows".
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As an adult, he has become a lot nicer and even apologizes to Judy for bullying her and her friends when they were kids.
  • Would Hit a Girl: As a child, he had no problem with clawing Judy in the face.

"Look at her nose twitch! She IS scared!"
Voiced by: Byron Howard

Gideon's toady during his playground bully days.

  • Creator Cameo: Voiced by director Byron Howard.
  • Dirty Coward: He helped in bullying their schoolmates so long as Grey had the upper hand. The moment someone dared to challenge Grey he hid behind him, even when it was just a small bunny, and only regained his composure when Gideon seemed to have an advantage and even then he only watched from a safe distance. Also he never backtalked to Gideon despite his rudeness to him.
  • Jerkass: He is shown to be a sycophant and a toady to Gideon, supporting his bullying behavior.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: He's shorter and scrawnier than Gideon, but he actually knows how to pronounce "DNA".
  • Wicked Weasel: Downplayed Example. He appears to be some sort of polecat,note  and is the cowardly yet malicious toady of a playground bully.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Implied. He never landed a paw on Judy himself, but he laughed as Gideon beat her up, and high-fived him as they turn to leave.

    Judy's childhood friends
"Thank you and good night!"
Voiced by: Madeleine Curry (Sharla and Gareth), Jackson Stein (Jaguar)

A group of children who put on a play along with Judy.

  • All There in the Script: Their names are not mentioned in the movie, but the sound effects cougar is named Bobby Catmull, the astronaut sheep is named Sharla, and the actuary jaguar is named Jaguar. The boy sheep (seen after the play) is named Gareth, and is Sharla's brother.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Jaguar's parents weren't particularly creative when naming their son.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": A sheep named Sharla.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Played for Laughs with little Jaguar. After "attacking" Judy, he is unable to stay in character throughout her overacted and excessively gory death sequence, instead just staring at her, wide-eyed in mild horror. He hops back into character to do his 'predator hiss'... then waves at someone in the audience.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Bobby Catmull. That'd be a pretty unimaginative name for a bobcat... but he is a cougar. note 
  • One-Man Band: Bobby alone provides the whole soundtrack for the play.
  • Punny Name: Bobby Catmull. Even though he's actually a cougar.
  • Sweet Sheep: Sharla and Gareth are kindhearted lambs, which makes Sharla an easy target for Gideon Grey to pick on. One of his bullying tactics is to mockingly bleat at her.
  • Tuckerization: Bobby Catmull was named after the president of Walt Disney Animation Studios (the crew's "fearless leader"), Edwin "Ed" Catmull.
  • Uniformity Exception: The animators chose to portray most sheep characters with their natural, rectangular pupils. However, Sharla and Gareth are portrayed with Cartoony Eyes.

    Molly Hopps 
Judy's youngest sister who accidentally gets on the train heading to Zootopia in the episode "Hopp on Board"
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Is Stu and Bonnie's youngest child.
  • Big Sister Worship: She has this for Judy, as she gets on board on the train heading to Zootopia to reach her sister.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Molly is an adorable baby bunny, so much that when she accidentally falls over a adult ram, he and the other passengers smile kindly at her instead of being upset.
  • Cheerful Child: Is an energic and a happy bunny.

Alternative Title(s): Zootopia Crime Files, Zootopia Plus