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"You got my card, I’m not in the book, you know"
—Gopher

Samuel J. Gopher is a hard-working rodent who lives underneath the Hundred Acre Wood in his tunnels and mine shafts. Mr. Gopher has a whistling sound in his speech. He is very good at building and digging tunnels and he often uses rather unusual tools, such as dynamite, to dig them.

Mr. Gopher is absent in the original Winnie-the-Pooh books. He debuted in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and also appeared as a recurring character in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh series. He was completely phased out in later movies and TV shows, most likely to make room for new characters, but possibly also due to his personality, which was not really fitting with the more lighthearted tones of The Book of Pooh or My Friends Tigger & Pooh, both of which were targeted specifically towards preschool audiences.

It is not known how Mr. Gopher got to the Hundred Acre Wood, as Gophers are not found in Britain and it can be assumed that is where the series takes place.

Personality

Gopher is based on a real animal instead of a stuffed toy. He is the third character to have done this, behind Owl and Rabbit. And similar to Owl and Rabbit, his possesses a level of intelligence, skill, and responsibility slightly higher than the characters that are based off of stuffed toys.

Gopher’s skills include architecture. As a result, he is an expert at math and art. He was able to devise a method to stop the unstoppable Pooh Bear (Pooh Bear was on roller skates) by creating a trap door in a bridge over the river. He was able to use math and was able to sketch Pooh Bear in his blueprints. Unfortunately, his trap door backfired.

Additional skills include building things such as things normally underground that are above the ground, including tunnels and cities. He has underground tunnels all over (actually under) the Hundred Acre Wood and can dig them quite rapidly. His sense of direction can sometimes be inaccurate, as he has often landed at the bottom of lakes which he ends up draining when he attempts to reach the surface.

Gopher can also build things, but he can only build things with the proper specifications. Without proper specifications, the construction isn't done right. He has built a very tall brick wall, but it wasn't very long. He tried again to protect Pooh Bear’s house by upgrading the siding to red brick. Nobody instructed him to build doors and windows, which meant that nobody could steal Pooh’s honey (not even Pooh.)

Even though his skill level is remarkable, his skills are equal to Owl’s but not as high as Rabbit’s. For example: While he is an expert at math, he is unfamiliar with the term "hypotanuse" and confuses it with "hippopotamoose". This is similar to Owl's exaggerated reading level, which is not as expert as it seems to be.

While Gopher isn't necessarily a funny character, a running gag is Gopher falling into his own holes. Other times everybody else stumbles into his holes.

Gopher also has a large amount of modern technology compared to the rest of the Hundred Acre Wood. He has numerous digging tools. Some tools are even power assisted. He also has a helmet which contains a flashlight.

Appearances

Books

TV series

TV specials

Films

CD-ROM

International Gopher

  • In Arabic, his name is حفار or Hafar in English letters, which means Digger. And he is voiced by Shehab Ibrahim
  • In Brazil, Mr. Gopher has had no less than three different names: Roque-Roque, Dentucinho and Toupeira, depending on the production he appeared in. The most well known of these names is Roque-Roque, as he was referred to by this name in most episodes of the Brazilian dub of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Mr. Gopher is voiced by Marco Antonio Costa in the Brazilian dubs.
  • In France, Mr. Gopher is known as Grignotin and was voiced by Guy Piérauld
  • In Italy, his name is De Castor and he's had at least three different voice actors: Sergio Tedesco, Massimo Lodolo and Edoardo Nevola
  • In Japan, Mr. Gopher is voiced by Mahito Tsujimura

It is interesting to note that gophers are very poorly known animals outside North America, resulting that viewers from other countries frequently have trouble identifying his species. In fact, one of Mr. Gopher's names in Brazil, "Toupeira", actually means "mole", and in the Italian dub he is consistently referred to as a "castoro" (which means "beaver").

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