Judith Laverne "Judy" Hopps (simply known as Judy Hopps, Officer Hopps, Hopps or Judy) is the main protagonist of Disney's 55th full length animated feature film Zootopia (or Zootropolis in European regions). She is an officer of the Zootopia Police Department and the partner of Nick Wilde.
What Makes Her Pure Good?
- Maintains a helpful, optimistic behavior and despite constantly being told that she'd never have a chance at becoming a cop, never gave up on her dream and succeeded in becoming a police officer working in Zootopia.
- When she was young, she helped two sheep get their tickets back from Gideon Grey.
- Despite her negative experience with a fox in the past and being raised in an environment that taught her to be prejudiced against predators, she mostly didn't inherit this prejudice and chose to view other animals as equals.
- When seeing Nick being refused service merely because he was a fox, helped him get a Jumbo Pop and paid for it herself.
- She saved the lives of multiple mice and shrews, including Fru Fru, the daughter of Mr. Big, and stopped Duke Weaselton from stealing Night Howlers.
- She volunteered to help Mrs Otterton find her missing husband and hugs her compassionately.
- While she did force Nick to cooperate with him by threatening to expose his felony tax evasion, this was only done after she tried asking for his help and because she only had 48 hours to find Emmet Otterton.
- Thanked Nick for standing up for her just when she was about to hand her badge over to Chief Bogo.
- She showed sympathy for Nick when she heard how he was bullied as a cub by prey kids and attempted to console him.
- Discovered all fourteen missing mammals that had been kidnapped by Mayor Lionheart and had them freed.
- Gave Nick back the pen that contained recorded evidence of his tax evasion and offered Nick to become a police officer alongside her, being the first person to believe him to be more than a shady fox.
- Though she made an insensitive statement that marginalized predators as savage creatures who were reverting to their primitive hunting instincts, after talking with Nick, she immediately saw how incorrect her behavior was and felt great regret over her statement along with the serious consequences it brought as a result.
- She felt remorse for revealing her canister of fox repellent and nearly using it when it looked as though Nick was about to threaten her, attempting to apologize to him before he walked out of the building. She only carries it because her parents had bugged her into taking it with her.
- She comforts Mrs. Otterton while sadly watching her feralized husband.
- When seeing that her words had helped to create a deeper rift between predators and prey, she took responsibility for her actions and resigned from the police force in her attempt to atone.
- Helped her parents overcome their prejudice against predators and foxes to the point that they worked with Gideon, the fox who'd bullied Judy in the past, as their business partner.
- Helped Chief Bogo to overcome his close-minded nature towards a number of mammals and accept both her and Nick as equals in the police force.
- She forgave Gideon for the way he bullied her in the past, as it was because he acknowledged that he secretly had self-doubt of his own potential.
- When she realizes that the real reason why the predators are going savage is because of the flowers called "Night Howlers" that someone is targeting them with, she immediately rushed back to the city to undo all the chaos.
- Tearfully apologized to Nick for her insensitive and unfair behavior towards him, only asking him to help for the sake of the predators of Zootopia, not for herself, and accepting that he wouldn't forgive her for her prejudiced statements. When he does forgive her, Judy is very grateful for his forgiveness.
- She threatens Weaselton to confess who was he selling the stolen night howlers to only for altruistic reasons.
- She volunteered to become Fru Fru's unborn child's godmother.
- She stole Doug Ramses's subway lab containing all the evidence why the predators are going savage, proving their innocence and bringing it straight to the ZPD, but failed due to it exploding. However, the brief case containing the serum was saved by Nick.
- While Bellwether tries to convince Judy to join her evil organized crime to help rid Zootopia of all the predators and make them savages as a whole, she ultimately rejects the offer.
- She exposed Dawn Bellwether's evil plan and true nature to the ZPD, having her arrested for all her lies and treachery on the city, and helping the predators who'd been targeted regain their sanity as well (including Mr. Otterton and Manchas). By extension, she also saved the city from its prey population turning against and oppressing the predator minority group.
- At the end of the film, she gave a public speech that everyone has the right be anything no matter what type of species they are, while officially making Nick Wilde her partner of the ZPD with a salute of honor.
- Judy can be considered as a foil to Dawn Bellwether as both are determined to become successful and achieve higher careers. However, while Judy is compassionate, kind-hearted and wanted to be a real cop to show equality, love and care for both predators and prey, Bellwether is selfish, arrogant, prejudiced and only wanted to be mayor to demonize predators for her own gain. Additionally, both have been mistreated in some form or another by predators; Judy was bullied by Gideon as a child and frequently told by others she could never become a cop, and Bellwether is frequently underappreciated, ignored, and having extra work delegated to her by Mayor Lionheart. Because of these parallels and contrasts, Bellwether represents what Judy could've potentially become if she allowed her prejudice against predators to actually affect her opinion of them and decided to use her ambition only for selfish gain rather than to make the world a better place.
Stanley Yelnats IV
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