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Just a proposition, bonny lads. If you'll hunt an' kill with me, I'll keep you right and you'll get your meat. You'll run through the night and follow me feet.
~ The Tod.

The Tod is the deuteragonist of Richard Adams' 1977 book The Plague Dogs, and its 1982 animated film adaptation. He is a Geordie-accented fox who befriends the two protagonists, Rowf and Snitter, and becomes their guide to survive in the wild.

He was voiced by James Bolam.

Personality

The Tod is a crafty and wily fox who loves to hunt livestock. Being a wild animal, he can come across as very selfish and manipulative. When he meets Rowf and Snitter, he agrees to help them survive in the wild in return for food. Despite his greedy behavior, he is shown to actually care for the dogs, even risking his life to save them from the humans trying to kill them and sacrificing himself to the hunters to give the dogs more time to escape.

Biography

He is a fox who encounters Rowf and Snitter after escaping from a cosmetic research facility and becomes their guide. While his relationship with Snitter becomes stronger, Rowf despises him, thinking that he's purely using them to hunt for food. The trio survive reasonably comfortably, the dogs killing sheep and fowls under the Tod's guidance, but eventually the dogs' indiscreet ways drive him away, which together with the onset of winter marks the start of a much tougher phase of the dogs' fight for survival. In the book, when Rowf drives him away, the Tod meets Snitter whilst being pursued by a local foxhunt. As the pack of foxhounds closes in on the Tod, he tells Snitter to run, giving him a final positive message for Rowf. The Tod is overtaken and killed by the hounds. The Tod's death is not explicitly depicted, although one of the huntsmen is described as holding up his body and tossing it to the hounds. However, in the film, he was chased by a pack of army dogs when the humans set out to kill Rowf and Snitter for the risk of carrying the bubonic plague. The Tod tries to distract the dogs while the two dogs make a run for the train, but one of the hunting dogs manages to wound him and he eventually gets killed. Fortunately though, the fox's distraction was long enough for the two dogs to escape to the sea onto a train.

Trivia

  • He is unrelated to Tod from The Fox and the Hound.
  • "Tod" is a Scottish term for "fox". It is also an English term for male foxes.
  • In the book, he introduces himself as "Tod" rather than "The Tod". Yet, he's still refered to as "The Tod" by the author.
  • His gender was never revealed in the book.
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