With the release of Snow White and the Huntsman rapidly approaching, we wanted to come up with a comparison between some of the main characters across several different versions of the classic Snow White fairytale. Listed below, you will find this comparison, complete with visuals. Enjoy!
|Snow White and the Huntsman||Snow White is the princess of Tabor and is the main protagonist of Snow White and the Huntsman. Enchanting all with her defiance and innate purity, she is considered to be the bravest and the fairest one of them all in the land that is currently under Queen Ravenna's rule. This incarnation of the age-old fairytale begins with Snow White as that same naive young girl, but in time - and with the help of the Hunstman - she becomes a fierce warrior ready to take the fight right to the Evil Queen herself.|
|Mirror, Mirror|| ||As kind and generous as she is beautiful, Snow White was the apple of her late father’s eye and is beloved in the royal household by all but the Queen and her simpering minions. Surviving mistreatment and neglect to blossom into a spirited young woman gifted with her father’s courage, wisdom and love for his subjects, Snow transforms herself into a battle-ready people’s princess to win back the kingdom from the conniving Queen.|
|Once Upon a Time (TV)||In Fairy Tale Land she’s Snow White, the fairest of them all. Lips red as rose, hair black as coal, and skin as white as snow. Awakened from the Queen’s sleeping death by her Prince Charming, Snow is on her way to happily ever after when the Queen crashes her wedding and vows that she will yet enact her revenge on the couple. Not one to roll over without a fight, Snow stands up to the Queen and challenges her power. Strong, competent, and self-assured, our Snow White is a far cry from the demure damsel we might imagine.|
|Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)||Snow White is a young princess and the protagonist of the film. She is the daughter of a great king whose wife died when the daughter was very young. Her wicked stepmother has forced her to work as a scullery maid in the castle. Despite this, she retains a cheerful but naive demeanor.|
|The Brothers Grimm (original fairytale)||As a Queen sits sewing at her window, she pricks her finger on her needle and three drops of blood fall on the snow that had fallen on her ebony window frame. As she looks at the blood on the snow, she says to herself, "Oh, how I wish that I had a daughter that had skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony". Soon after that, the queen gives birth to a baby girl who has skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony. They name her Princess Snow White. As soon as the child is born, the queen dies. By the time Snow White reaches the age of seven, she has become as beautiful as the day, and from then on when the evil queen asks her mirror who is fairest, it answers with Snow White. This original version of Snow White seems to paint the girl as pure, but naive - as she is tricked by the evil queen 3 times. A true damsel in distress.|
The Evil Queen
|Snow White and the Huntsman||Ravenna, also known as the Evil Queen, is the selfish and tyrant ruler of tabor, who learns that her stepdaughter, Snow White, is destined to surpass her as the "Fairest One of All". However, upon learning that the only way to remain in power is by consuming Snow White's heart, Ravenna recruits a Huntsman to capture and kill the young princess in exchange for his freedom.|
|Mirror, Mirror|| ||A bewitching beauty with a towering temper, the scheming Queen is actually an enchantress who keeps herself alluring with extreme beauty treatments, from bee stings and snake venom to flesh-eating worms. After usurping the throne, she bankrupts the kingdom with her extravagant ways. When the wealthy Prince Alcott fortuitously comes her way, she uses every weapon in her arsenal to beguile him.|
|Once Upon a Time (TV)|| || In Fairy Tale Land our Evil Queen is a beautiful, terrifying woman who carries herself with awful menace. She is the mortal enemy of Snow White and Prince Charming. Determined to have her vengeance on all the inhabitants of Fairy Tale Land, the Evil Queen is willing to do whatever it takes to destroy their happy endings.
She uses her dark powers to enact a curse on the land, one that sends all of its inhabitants, “somewhere horrible. Absolutely horrible. A place where the only happy ending will be mine.” A place where nobody but the Evil Queen will have any recollection of who they are or how they arrived. A place void of hope. A place that sounds eerily similar to Storybrooke, Maine.
|Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)|| || At the film's opening, the Magic Mirror informs the Queen that Snow White is now the fairest in the land. The jealous Queen orders a reluctant huntsman to take Snow White into the woods and kill her. She further demands that the huntsman return with Snow White's heart in a jeweled box as proof of the deed. The huntsman encounters Snow White but decides not to harm her. He tearfully begs for her forgiveness, revealing the Queen wants her dead, and urges her to flee into the woods and never come back, bringing back a pig's heart instead.
The Queen discovers that Snow White is still alive when the mirror again answers that Snow White is the fairest in the land. Using magic to disguise herself as an old hag, the Queen concocts a potion named "Sleeping Death" and dips an ordinary apple into the brew. The Evil Queen explains that Snow White would collapse into a magical sleep if she were to take even a single bite of the apple. The sleep can only be cured by the power of "love's first kiss". The Queen reasons that this is no danger to her plans, as the dwarfs would not be able to awaken Snow White, and would think she was dead, thus resulting in Snow White being "buried alive". The Queen goes to the cottage while the dwarfs are away and tricks Snow White into biting into the poisoned apple. As Snow White falls asleep the Queen exclaims "Now I'll be fairest in the land!" The vengeful dwarfs, alerted by the woodland animals who recognize her, chase the Queen up a cliff and trap her. She tries to roll a boulder over them but lightning strikes the cliff she is standing on, causing it to collapse. The Queen falls to her death, and her body is crushed by the boulder.
|The Brothers Grimm (original fairytale)|| || The evil queen possesses a magical mirror, an animate object that answers any question, to whom she often asks: "Magic mirror on the wall / Who is the fairest of them all?" To which the mirror always replies "You, my queen, are fairest of all." But when Snow White reaches the age of seven, she becomes as beautiful as the day, and when the queen asks her mirror, it responds: "Queen, you are full fair, 'tis true, but Snow White is fairer than you." Though in another version, the mirror simply replies: "Snow White is the fairest of them all."
The queen becomes jealous, and orders a huntsman to take Snow White into the woods to be killed. She demands that the huntsman, as proof of killing Snow White, return with her heart. Thinking the deed is done, the Queen asks her mirror once again "Who's the fairest of them all?", and is horrified to learn that Snow White is not only alive and well and living with the dwarfs, but is still the fairest of them all.
Three times the Queen disguises herself and visits the dwarfs' cottage while they are away during the day, trying to kill Snow White. First, disguised as a peddler, the Queen offers colorful stay-laces and laces Snow White up so tight that she faints, causing the Queen to leave her dead on the floor. However, Snow White is revived by the dwarfs when they loosen the laces. Next, the Queen dresses as a different old woman and brushes Snow White's hair with a poisoned comb. Snow White again collapses, but again is saved by the dwarfs. Finally, the Queen makes a poisoned apple, and in the disguise of a farmer's wife, offers it to Snow White. When she is hesitant to accept it, the Queen cuts the apple in half, eats the white part and gives the poisoned red part to Snow White. She eats the apple eagerly and immediately falls into a deep stupor.
|Snow White and the Huntsman|| Eric is the Huntsman and the deuteragonist of Snow White and the Huntsman. He was once married to a young woman named Sara, but she died tragically many years ago. Ever since his wife's death, Eric's life has sadly fallen a part and her death may even be one of the reasons why he became a Huntsman. He is said to be one of the very few who is brave enough to venture into and withstand the horrors lurking within the Dark Forest. He has apparently spent many long years in the Evil Queen's imprisonment until she requires his assistance.
Eric is freed from his imprisonment and is brought to the Queen by two of her Guards. She informs him that Tabor's princess, Snow White, has escaped from her own prison that Ravenna confined her to and has fled into the Dark Forest. Eric immediately believes that Snow White is dead, but the Queen nonetheless orders him to track down and kill the young princess. When Eric asks why she is of such value, Ravenna says that it is none of his concern and if he shall refuse, he will most likely be imprisoned again or killed.
Eventually, he becomes her protector and defends her against the soldiers and later a troll as well. Some time before the troll, he cuts Snow White's dress to make it short. He also becomes her ally and her mentor, training her in the art of war so that she can become strong enough to face Ravenna and overthrow the Evil Queen. Along with Snow White, Eric leads a full-scale assault against the Evil Queen in the hopes of restoring Tabor to its former glory.
|Mirror, Mirror||There is no Huntsman/Hunter character in this version of the tale.|
|Once Upon a Time (TV)||There is no Huntsman/Hunter character in this version of the tale.|
|Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)|| || Despite his status as the Queen's assassin, the Huntsman cannot bear to kill Snow White, even when the Queen orders him to take the princess's heart.
At the film's opening, the Magic Mirror informs the Queen that Snow White is now the fairest in the land. The jealous Queen orders a reluctant huntsman to take Snow White into the woods and kill her. She further demands that the huntsman return with Snow White's heart in a jeweled box as proof of the deed. The huntsman encounters Snow White but decides not to harm her. He tearfully begs for her forgiveness, revealing the Queen wants her dead, and urges her to flee into the woods and never come back, bringing back a pig's heart instead.
|The Brothers Grimm (original fairytale)|| ||The queen becomes jealous of Snow White's beauty, and orders a huntsman to take Snow White into the woods to be killed. She demands that the huntsman, as proof of killing Snow White, return with her heart. The huntsman takes Snow White into the forest, but after raising his knife to stab her, he finds himself unable to kill her as he has fallen deeply in love with her. Instead, he lets her go, telling her to flee and hide from the Queen. He then brings the queen the heart of a boar, which is prepared by the cook and eaten by the queen.|
|Snow White and the Huntsman|| The Dwarves are highly emotional creatures who often display extremes of both happiness and anger. According to legend, God had created the Dwarves to uncover all of the riches he had left hidden on Earth. This included the beauty in people's hearts.
When the Enchanted Forest was vast and covered the whole of the Earth their numbers were very large. Soon after the Humans inhabited the forest their numbers began to diminish and declined drastically. The eight dwarves are the last of their kind.
They are associated with Snow White and believe that she is life itself and will heal the land. The dwarves will follow her wherever she goes.
|Mirror, Mirror|| || Grimm
The de facto leader of an unruly gang of bandits, Teach still enforces the rules and regulations that made him a tyrant in the classroom.
Butcher Don’t cross the Dwarfs’ resident wild man – Butcher’s fuse is even shorter than he is!
Wolf A nerd in coke bottle glasses, Julius is more comfortable keeping the accounts than committing highway robbery.
Napoleon Peppering his chatter with a soupçon of his native French, Cha Cha is always on call to answer any question a girl has about hair, fashion or romance.
Half Pint The tiniest dwarf bears a grudge against tall people since he lost the pub he ran in better days.
Grub Call this lovable slacker chubby, obese or full-figured, but just don’t call Grub late for dinner!
Chuckles Anyone who comes within arm’s length of perpetually grimy Stench immediately understands how he earned his name.
|Once Upon a Time (TV)||There are no dwarves in this version of the tale.|
|Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)|| || Lost and frightened, the princess is befriended by woodland creatures who lead her to a cottage deep in the woods. Finding seven small chairs in the cottage's dining room, Snow White assumes the cottage is the untidy home of seven orphaned children. It soon becomes apparent that the cottage belongs instead to seven adult dwarfs, Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey, who work in a nearby mine. Returning home, they are alarmed to find their cottage clean and surmise that an intruder has invaded their home. The dwarfs find Snow White upstairs, asleep across three of their beds. Snow White awakes to find the Dwarfs at her bedside and introduces herself, and all of the dwarfs eventually welcome her into their home after they learn she can cook and clean beautifully. Snow White begins a new life cooking, cleaning, and keeping house for the dwarfs while they mine for jewels and at night sing, play music and dance.
Upon returning from an outing one day, the dwarfs enter their cottage and find Snow White seemingly dead, being kept in a death-like slumber by the potion. Unwilling to bury her out of sight in the ground, they instead place her in a glass coffin trimmed with gold in a clearing in the forest. Together with the woodland creatures, they keep watch over her in an "eternal vigil". After some time, a prince, who had previously met and fallen in love with Snow White, learns of her eternal sleep and visits her coffin. Captivated by her beauty, he kisses her, which breaks the spell and awakens her. The dwarfs and animals all rejoice as the prince takes Snow White to his castle, which glows in the presence of Snow White.
|The Brothers Grimm (original fairytale)|| || In the forest, Snow White discovers a tiny cottage belonging to a group of seven dwarfs, where she rests. There, the dwarfs take pity on her, saying "If you will keep house for us, and cook, make beds, wash, sew, and knit, and keep everything clean and orderly, then you can stay with us, and you shall have everything that you want." They warn her to take care and let no one in when they are away delving in the mountains.
Three times the Queen disguises herself and visits the dwarfs' cottage while they are away during the day, trying to kill Snow White. First, disguised as a peddler, the Queen offers colorful stay-laces and laces Snow White up so tight that she faints, causing the Queen to leave her dead on the floor. However, Snow White is revived by the dwarfs when they loosen the laces. Next, the Queen dresses as a different old woman and brushes Snow White's hair with a poisoned comb. Snow White again collapses, but again is saved by the dwarfs. Finally, the Queen makes a poisoned apple, and in the disguise of a farmer's wife, offers it to Snow White. When she is hesitant to accept it, the Queen cuts the apple in half, eats the white part and gives the poisoned red part to Snow White. She eats the apple eagerly and immediately falls into a deep stupor. When the dwarfs find her, they cannot revive her, and they place her in a glass coffin, assuming that she is dead.