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Why am I such a misfit? I am not just a nitwit. Just because my nose glows... Why don't I fit in?
~ Rudolph's singing.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas reindeer and the titular protagonist in the classic 1964 Rankin/Bass holiday special of the same name. Originally a misfit reindeer, he originally thought that his namesake red nose was an embarrassment, but eventually, he finds a use for it and becomes proud of his unique feature.

He is voiced by the late Billie Mae Richards (who also voiced Tenderheart Bear and Bright Heart Raccoon) in Rudolph from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Rudolph's Shiny New Year in 1976 & Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July in 1979, and by Kathleen Barr (who also voiced Wheezie) in the 2001 CGI Film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph was born one spring day as the son of Santa's lead reindeer Donner and Mrs. Donner. Almost immediately after birth, his red nose became apparent to both of his parents when it began glowing brightly. Taking advice from Santa and fearing potential embarrassment and ridicule, Donner covered Rudolph's nose with mud, effectively disguising it as a normal nose.

A year later when Rudolph is now older, he begins participating in the Reindeer Games, where he befriends another young buck named Fireball. He also meets and develops a crush on a young doe named Clarice. However, while playing with Fireball, Rudolph's fake nose pops off, revealing his red nose, causing the other bucks to laugh and call him names. He is also banned from continuing to be in The Reindeer Games by the coach Comet. Clarice does not mind Rudolph's nose, but is sent home by her father, who does not want her to be seen with "a red-nosed reindeer".

Rudolph leaves and meets an elf named Hermey, who left Santa's workshop after being reprimanded by his superior for choosing to practice dentistry rather than making toys. The two quickly befriend each other and self-declare themselves as "misfits". They eventually meet Yukon Cornelius, a struggling prospector in search of silver and gold, but with no luck.

The three travel together and eventually reach The Island fo Misfit Toys, an island of unwanted toys with unusual properties. They get consent from King Moonracer, the head of the island to stay for one day, but Rudolph leaves without his friends, fearing that his nose will only cause further trouble for them.

Months go by, and Rudolph is now a young buck with a full set of antlers. He returns to his home, only to learn from Santa that his parents and Clarice have been searching for him for months and that they have been kidnapped by the Abominable Snow Monster. Rudolph travels to the monster's hideout and tries to save Clarice from being eaten, but is knocked out by a falling stalactite. Hermey and Yukon eventually arrive and lure the monster into a trap by knock him out and removing its teeth, but the plan backfires when Yukon tries driving the monster back, causing both of them to fall into the nearby ravine to their supposed deaths.

After mourning the loss of their friend, Rudolph, Hermey, and their friends return to Santa's Workshop where they reconcile with Santa Claus, who in turn promises to find the misfit toys homes.

A week passes and Rudolph becomes accepted by the other reindeers, but is also surprised when Yukon Cornelius returns with a now reformed Abominable Snow Monster, having survive the fall from the cliffside.

On Christmas Eve, a snowstorm hits the North Pole, forcing Santa to consider cancelling his annual trip around the world, but after being distracted by Rudolph's nose, he finds a use for it and asks him to guide his sled through the storm, to which Rudolph happily agrees.



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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph | Hermey | Yukon Cornelius | Clarice | Abominable Snow Monster

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Cricket Crocket | Caleb Plummer | Bertha Plummer | Edward Benton

The Little Drummer Boy
Aaron | Baba, Samson, and Joshua

Frosty the Snowman
Frosty the Snowman | Karen | Hocus Pocus

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
SD Kluger | Santa Claus | Miss Jessica | Winter Warlock | Topper | The Kringles

The Year Without a Santa Claus
Snow Miser | Heat Miser | Jingle and Jangle

Frosty's Winter Wonderland

Rudolph's Shiny New Year
Father Time | Baby New Year | O.M | Sir 1023 | 1776 | Big Ben

Nestor, the Long–Eared Christmas Donkey

Jack Frost
Jack Frost | Pardon-Me-Pete | Elisa | Snip | Holly | Sir Ravenal Rightfellow | Father Winter

Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
Milton | Laine Loraine | Lily Loraine | Lady Boreal

The Last Unicorn
Amalthea | Schmendrick | Molly Grue | Prince Lir

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
Santa Claus | Tingler | Shiegra | The Great Ak | Necile | Peter Knook