Some Heroes Don’t Wear Capes: An Appreciation of Judy Hopps

There are many reasons to love Judy Hopps—Zootopia’s first rabbit police officer and all-around boss bunny. Here are six reasons why we admire her:

1. She doesn’t quit.

Judy Hopps doesn't know when to quit in Zootopia

From a young age Judy gets told by pretty much everyone that she should give up on her dream of becoming a police officer. It’s one thing for Judy to be told by bully Gideon Grey that she’ll never amount to anything more than “a stupid, carrot-farming dumb bunny,” but even Judy’s well-meaning parents warn her against setting her lofty aspirations. “It’s great to have dreams,” Judy’s mother Bonnie says, to which her father Stu adds, “Just as long as you don’t believe in them too much.” Thankfully, at this point Judy has already tuned out her parents, and has set her sights on helping her friends get their tickets back, which brings us to our next point:


2. She stands up for her friends. 

Judy Hopps standing up against Gideon Grey in Zootopia

“When someone has your back, you’ve found a true friend.” That is a quote we just made up, but it sounds like someone famous and semi-intelligent could have said it, right? Anyway, throughout Zootopia we bare witness to Judy’s courage to stand up for what she believes in, as well as the animals she cares about, whether they’re predator or prey.


3. She has flaws.

Judy Hopps reaching for her Fox repellent in Zootopia

Simply put, Judy is not a perfect bunny, and that’s good because it makes her relatable and real.


4. She admits that she has flaws, and she does her best to correct them.

Judy Hopps apologizing to Nick Wilde in Zootopia

Not only does our heroine have very real flaws, but she also recognizes them, and tries to correct the harm they’ve caused. Judy’s admission of her ignorance shows that she knows she was wrong, and that she’s trying to correct her past actions. “I know you’ll never forgive me, and I don’t blame you,” she tells Nick. “I was ignorant, and irresponsible and small-minded. But predators shouldn’t suffer because of my mistakes.” It takes a pretty self-aware, big person—er, we mean bunny, mammal—to admit that.


5. She isn’t afraid to let people know when they’re wrong.

Judy Hopps meeting Officer Clawhauser

When someone does or says something wrong, it’s important to correct them, otherwise they’ll continue to live with their ignorance, and thus never learn how hurtful their misguided opinions are. That being said, there are very few things more uncomfortable than the awkward task of correcting others when they’re wrong. So when Benjamin Clawhauser calls Judy “cute,” she does the right thing, and corrects him in a manner that is both informative and kind.


6. She believes in herself.

Judy Hopps boxing in Zootopia

One of the great things about Judy is her self-confidence and positive attitude. She doesn’t wait around for someone else to believe in her, or validate her dreams. Talk about a strong female character.

Why do you love Judy Hopps? Let us know in the comments!

Posted 4 years Ago
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