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Dopey Dwarf

Dopey is one of the Seven Dwarfs from the Disney animated featured film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Dopey dwarf is the smallest and youngest of the seven dwarfs. Dopey gets his dwarf name from his foolishness and goofy behavior. 

Dopey dwarf sweeping up gems

Dopey’s Background

In the early stages of making the Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Dopey was known as only “The Seventh.” Dopey joined the seven dwarfs names, including Happy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sleepy, and Sneezy.

Dopey’s personality was created late in production and became the adorable dwarf we all know and love today!

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Dopey’s Personality & Character Traits 

Dopey is the only one of the seven dwarfs who does not speak. Instead of talking, Dopey communicates through pantomiming. Happy tells Snow White, “He don’t talk none!”

Even though he has no speech in the movies, he does make some vocal sounds. Mel Blanc, the legendary voice actor, known for voicing Bugs Bunny, provided these sounds. He gets his name from this, as well as his silly personality.

Dopey Dwarf green shirt and purple hat

Once he finally got his name from Walt Disney, the animators working on the project were against it because they felt like “dopey” was such a modern term, and it would be out of place in the classic fairy tale world of Snow White.

Walt Disney finally convinced his team to use the name by telling them that the word “dopey” was used by William Shakespeare, which was not true!

Dopey is the youngest dwarf in the family of seven, and he often becomes a joke to the others. He especially annoys the most serious dwarf, Doc, and the crankiest dwarf, Grumpy.

Dopey walking near the cottage

Dopey’s Physical Appearance 

Dopey is a short and skinny dwarf. He is the only dwarf who does not have a beard and is completely bald. Dopey has giant ears, a pink nose, and thick black eyebrows. 

Additionally, unlike the other dwarf from Snow White, who has dark eyes, Dopey has baby blue eyes that he likes to flash lovingly at Snow White.

Due to his small size, his green tunic is oversized and baggy. He also wears a purple hat and blue pants. 

Dopey finds gems in a mine

Dopey’s Moments in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

All seven dwarfs are introduced at the same time while they are working at the mine. Dopey is tasked with sweeping up the gems that Doc puts to the side with a dustpan. Dopey even jokes around, pretending two diamonds are his eyes.

Dopey is the last of the dwarfs to leave the mine. He locks the door, hangs the key on a nail in the door frame, and joins the end of the line of dwarfs as they walk home and sing, “Heigh-Ho.”

Back at their cottage, Dopey and Happy find something cooking in a pot, and they want to taste it, but Grumpy stops them. 

Dopey dwarf with diamonds in his eyes

The group realizes someone or something is upstairs, and they choose Dopey to investigate. Dopey goes upstairs, hears a noise, gets spooked, drops the candle, and crashes back down the stairs into the rest of the dwarfs. 

Later, when Snow White meets the dwarfs, Dopey is introduced to her by Happy, who explains that he doesn’t talk. 

When the dwarfs are cleaning up for dinner, Dopey walks the wrong way, bumps into a door, and even swallows the bar of soap and burbs up soap bubbles. 

In the evening, Dopey gets on top of Sneezy’s shoulders and dances with the princess. 

Dopey Dwarf getting a kiss on the head from Snow White

The next day Dopey tries multiple times to get a goodbye kiss from the princess. Snow White kisses him goodbye on the top of his bald head.

Dopey and his fellow dwarfs chase the evil queen to the edge of a cliff, where Snow White’s evil stepmother falls over the edge. 

When Snow White is presumed dead, Dopey is seen sobbing on Doc’s shoulder. Later, when the Prince rescues her, and she leaves, he gets a kiss from the princess and the other dwarfs.  

Dopey’s Film and Show Appearances

After stealing the show in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney Dopey appeared in a handful of other Disney projects, such as the short The Winged Scourge, the animated series The 7D, and a cameo in the movie The Lion King 1 1/2.

Dopey was even considered for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” portion of Fantasia before Mickey Mouse ultimately got the role!

Dopey dancing with Snow White

In the Disney amusement parks, Dopey is the dwarf that can most likely be found. Dopey will often be beside Snow White because he is the most popular of the dwarfs.

He can also be found as an animatronic in Walt Disney World’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Disneyland’s Snow White’s Scary Adventure.

He has also appeared in popular shows such as Fantasmic!, the Festival of Fantasy, One Man’s Dream II: The Magic Lives On!, and Mickey’s Storybook Express.

Dopey animatronic dwarf at Disney World

Besides the film Snow White, Dopey has also appeared in the following movies, shows, and games. 

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (cameo)
  • Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
  • 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
  • The Mouse Factory
  • House of Mouse 
  • Once Upon a Time (live-action)
  • A Poem Is…
  • The 7D
  • Mickey Mouse
  • The Wonderful Spring of Mickey Mouse
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (video game)
  • Disney Princess (video game)
  • Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey (video game)
  • Kingdom Hearts (video game)
  • Disney Magical World (video game)
  • Disney Sorcerer’s Arena
  • Disney Magic Kingdoms (video game)
  • Disney Emoji Blitz (video game)
Dopey dwarf making funny faces

Dopey’s Fun Facts

  • Dopey has a young child-like appearance; however, his low-pitched vocal noises cause the viewers to consider him an adult.
  • All the dwarfs get to keep a share of some of the jewels found while mining and Dopey gets to keep all the rejected gems for himself.  
  • Dopey is the only dwarf that is bald. He is also the only dwarf that doesn’t have a beard. 
  • In person at Walt Disney World, Dopey can be seen as an animatronic dwarf working in the mines at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction.
  • Dopey is the most famous fictional character from the Disney Snow White film, and the Walt Disney company was asked by fans many times to make a spin-off show for Dopey. 
  • Many Walt Disney productions fans believe that Dopey is the favorite of Snow White.
  • Eddie Collins originally produced dopey’s voice sounds. 
Dopey at the dinner table with the other dwarfs

To see a complete list of the seven dwarfs names, view our dwarfs list post and visit our cartoon characters page to find more of your favorite characters and Disney characters

Jump to Dopey’s fellow dwarf pages to learn more about Happy dwarf, Doc dwarf, Grumpy dwarf, Bashful dwarf, Sleepy dwarf, and Sneezy dwart. Read more about Dopey on Wikipedia.

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Brandon Crombar

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Brandon started FeaturedAnimation.com and has been writing about animation since 2006 to celebrate animated movies, characters, and songs. His favorite animated movies include Finding Nemo, Aladdin, and The Lion King. Find out more about us, about Brandon, and how to get in contact.