Bashful dwarf is one of the most underrated seven dwarfs from the animated Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He is considered the romantic of the seven and easily gets embarrassed and hides behind his long beard.
Bashful is exciting and endearing in a way that separates him from the other dwarfs, and he has several scene-stealing moments that are impossible to forget.
As his name implies, the character Bashful Dwarf was intended to be shy, but he’s coy about his shyness in a way that makes him endearing.
He starts the film with a slight crush on Snow White, blushing each time this is revealed, which gives him a bright red face and shows the dwarfs have a much softer side.
His shyness also leads to some opportunities for humorous interactions between the dwarfs. Bashful Dwarf’s personality is the opposite of Grumpy’s, which is revealed during “The Silly Song,” which highlights the dwarfs in a memorable musical segment.
Bashful’s Personality and Character Traits
But there’s more to Bashful’s personality than just his shyness. He’s quickly revealed to be the romantic among the group and swoons at the concept of true love.
When Snow White reads a story to the dwarfs, it’s Bashful who suggests it be a love story, which helps move the plot’s romance forward in a pretty telling way.
Bashful Dwarf’s appearance is somewhat of a softer look with a slender build and a long white beard. Bashful Dwarf isn’t completely bald, but his forehead and other features are also soft.
These include long black eyelashes that are almost feminine in appearance and hazel eyes. His skin is pale, but his nose is pink, highlighted every time he blushes.
His outfit is both scruffy and elegant. Bashful Dwarf wears a brown coat of sorts, and his tunic is light yellowish-brown in color. Bashful’s coat has a single button on the chest and a black belt.
The belt has a gold buckle that goes well with his leggings, which are copper-colored, and his shoes are fashioned in the medieval style that is relatively consistent among the dwarfs. His stocking cap is teal-colored and completes the outfit.
Bashful’s Moments in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Bashful Dwarf has several vital moments early in the film as well. He first appears in the mine where the dwarfs are mining diamonds and gems. Bashful’s job is to dig up the diamonds, and then Sleepy takes them to Doc for inspection.
When the alarm sounds at work, the dwarfs walk home in a single file line singing, “Heigh-Ho,” and Bashful is fifth in line behind Sneezy.
When the dwarfs get home, they know something is wrong. Bashful is sad to find his sugar missing from his cup, but he sees fresh-picked flowers that make him happy again.
Bashful shows Sneezy the flowers in the room, and of course, Sneezy explodes in a sneeze that scatters the dwarfs throughout the room.
Upstairs, they all find Snow White, and Bashful says she is “as beautiful as an angel.” Snow White wakes up and names the dwarfs one by one, calling Bashful second in line without hesitation.
After the monster issue is resolved and Snow White makes her first appearance in the film, Bashful gets to sing a verse in “The Silly Song,” and he plays the accordion. Bashful also has another delightful moment when it’s revealed that he sleeps in a drawer.
Bashful shows the most emotion when the dwarfs believe Snow White is dead. He’s also the first to react when the handsome Prince comes to awaken her, and he gets the first kiss on the forehead just before she leaves with the Prince.
That’s followed by the memorable scene in which she kisses him on the head, and the inevitable blush follows, leading to the chase scene, one of the film’s pivotal dramatic moments.
Interestingly enough, Bashful Dwarf also had a history beyond the original movie. He appeared along with the rest of the dwarfs in an educational short called The Winged Scourge, a film about malaria in 1943.
He also played a pivotal role in “The 7D,” an animated series, and he appeared in a Mickey Mouse episode entitled “Wish Upon a Coin.” Bashful Dwarf continues to live on in the hearts of Disney fans everywhere as one of the most beloved characters ever created.
Film and Show Appearances
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit (cameo)
- Flubber (cameo)
- Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
- Teacher’s Pet (cameo)
- The Lion King 1 1/2 (cameo)
- Mickey’s House of Villains
- The Standard Parade
- Seven Wise Dwarves
- All Together
- The Winged Scourge
- Walt Disney anthology series
- House of Mouse
- Once Upon a Time (live-action)
- The 7D
- Mickey Mouse
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (video game)
- Disney Princess Enchanted Storybooks (video game)
- Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (video game)
- Kingdom Hearts X (video game)
- Kingdom Hearts Unchained X (video game)
- Disney Magical World (video game)
- Disney Magic Kingdoms (video game)
- Disney Emoji Blitz (video game)
- Disney Sorcerer’s Arena
“My cup’s been washed. Sugar’s gone!”
“She’s beautiful, just like an angel.”
Bashful Fun Facts
- Scotty Mattraw voices Bashful.
- Bashful is the only dwarf who appreciates romance and delicate parts of life, such as flowers.
Brandon CrombarEditor In Chief / Founder
Brandon is an animation enthusiast and animated film critic. He has been writing about animation since 2013 to celebrate animated movies, characters, and songs. His favorite animated movies include Finding Nemo, Aladdin, and The Lion King.