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I can't. I can't do it.
~ "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," when he failed his attempt to kill Snow White

Humbert the Huntsman or simply just The Huntsman is a minor character in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. He is sent by Queen Grimhilde to assassinate Snow White but cannot go through with it. He warns her about her stepmother's envy and tells her to run away into the forest.

He was voiced by the late Stuart Buchanan.

Role

After being told by the Magic Mirror that Snow White is the fairest of all, the vain queen summons Humbert to her castle and orders him to take the princess to a secluded area deep in the forest, and kill her. The huntsman objects, but says he will obey when the queen silences Humbert and reminds him of the penalty for failure. He’s given a box in which to put Snow White's heart, as proof to the queen that her stepdaughter is deceased.

Humbert takes the princess to a secluded glade in the forest, where she picks wild flowers. As she notices a baby bird and helps it to find its parents, the huntsman, after checking that the two of them are alone, begins to advance on her, wielding his dagger. Just as the baby bird flies away, Snow White sees a shadow on the rock in front of her and, turning around to see the advancing, dagger-wielding huntsman, lets out a cry. Humbert hesitates, and eventually drops the dagger from his trembling hand, realizing he can’t slaughter somebody as pure as Snow White.

Kneeling before the princess (and awkwardly wiping his tears of shame on the yellow skirt of Snow White's dress), he warns her of the queen’s envy, and tells her to run away, to which she flees into a deeper part of the forest, eventually coming to the residence of the seven dwarfs. Then Humbert the Huntsman slaughters a pig and takes its heart to the Queen.

Later, Queen Grimhilde is seen with the heart box returned. She consults the Magic Mirror one more time, who informs her that Snow White still lives, and that the heart in the box in the Queen's hands is that of a pig. Realizing that she has been tricked, the Queen descends into her laboratory and resolves to do away with her stepdaughter herself. As for Humbert, he got away from the queen alive. It can be assumed that the penalty for Humbert's evident failure to complete his task would have been demise; however, the Queen was so fixated on eliminating Snow White and was killed herself while trying to do so that she never ordered (or carried out) his execution. It can also be assumed that the Huntsman most likely fled before the execution could be carried out.

It may even be possible that he would find sanctuary in the Prince's kingdom, since he and Snow White were shown to "live happily ever after" following Queen Grimhilde's demise and Snow White would likely provide the Huntsman safe abode as thanks for his mercy (as would the Prince).

Trivia

  • He is sometimes thought to be an antagonist, as he tried to kill Snow White in the first place, but he actually did it out of fear of Queen Grimhilde, who threatened to execute him if he would fail. So he may be called a false antagonist.

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