|“||Ruddy the Red-Nosed Reject ain't ever gonna be a Flyer.||„|
|~ Arrow mocking Rudolph's wish to join Santa Claus' sleigh team.|
Arrow is the son of Cupid and an unnamed doe, the nephew of Blitzen, Dasher, Comet and Mitzi, the cousin and former rival of Rudolph, the ex-boyfriend of Zoey and the (former) major antagonist-turned-anti-hero of the 1998 animated Christmas film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie.
He was voiced by Christopher Gray as a yearling, and Matt Hill of Ronin Warriors fame as an adolescent.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie
Arrow is first seen as a yearling buck at school with Rudolph and Zoey (whom Arrow is in a relationship with), where he says to their teacher Mrs. Prancer and the rest of the class that his father Cupid said that he was born to be a Flyer (the name given to the reindeer that pull Santa Claus's sleigh) just like him. When Rudolph expresses his wish to be a Flyer, Arrow tells him "not with that nose" then he and the rest of the class (with the exception of Zoey and Mrs. Prancer) laugh at him with Arrow calling him "Ruddy the Red-Nosed Reject" and saying that he ain't ever going to be a Flyer, causing Rudolph to leave the school in tears.
He is next seen on Christmas Eve with his mother watching his father, uncles, and the other Flyers guide Santa's sleigh into the sky to deliver the presents around the world where he catches Rudolph and Zoey about to kiss under a mistletoe and Zoey tells him that she and Rudolph were just talking though Arrow says it looked more like kissing to him. Zoey tells him there's no need to be jealous as she and Rudolph are just friends. Arrow denies being jealous of "Ruddy the Red-Nosed Reject" before having Zoey leave with him and then laughs at Rudolph and calls him a loser as he leaves. But when Arrow isn't looking, Zoey gives Rudolph a kind smile, causing Rudolph to realise she likes him.
A few years later, an adolescent Arrow along with Zoey and Rudolph, takes part in The Junior Reindeer Games where the winner sometimes gets picked by Santa to become a Flyer. Just before the start of The Sleigh Race, Arrow notices Rudolph wearing Zoey's pendant (which she gave to him for good luck) and reminds him that Zoey is "his doe" but Rudolph replies by saying that Zoey is not a trophy and shouldn't be treated like one. During the race Arrow, determined to be chosen to be a Flyer, cheats by knocking down the other racers, and when he is neck-neck with Rudolph, he starts to taunt him by saying that Zoey is only nice to Rudolph because feels sorry for him but Rudolph doesn't believe this but Arrow says Zoey told him so. Angry at these taunts Rudolph's nose lights up causing Arrow to crash with other racers.
Though Rudolph wins the race, he is disqualified because of what his nose did and Arrow is made winner instead and is joined by Cupid, his uncle Comet and several elves. When Zoey confronts him about the cheating in the games, an unrepentant Arrow says that the point is he won and Santa is going to notice him. Zoey tells him that he's no Flyer saying the Flyers are brave and they have character and true hearts like Rudolph. When Arrow points out that Rudolph has a red nose (which in his opinion makes Rudolph unworthy to be a Flyer), a disgusted Zoey calls him shallow. Arrow starts to answer back, but is cut off by Zoey, who says that she doesn't want to be his doefriend (reindeer name for girlfriend) anymore to which Arrow turns his back on her, perhaps angry that Zoey took Rudolph's side instead of his. He appears briefly in Rudolph's bad dream.
He is last seen briefly at the end of the film next to Zoey and her parents singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" as Rudolph returns with Santa and the other Flyers after using his nose to guide them through Stormella's storm. This shows that Arrow has ended his rivalry with his cousin and respects him now.
As a child, Arrow had light gold fur, black tipped ears, brown eyes with dark circles around them and spiky blonde hair.
Now as an adolescent, Arrow remains the same except his fur changes from light gold into light brown and now sprouts a pair of short antlers.
Arrow greatly resembles Cupid as they both have blonde hair and have dark circles around their eyes. Though unlike his father, Arrow's fur is lighter, his hair is longer at the front and he doesn't have a heart shaped marking on his forehead like Cupid.
As a child, Arrow was arrogant and conceited, believing that he had what it took to be a Flyer like his father Cupid, who said that Arrow was born to be a Flyer. He was also mean spirited and a bully towards his cousin Rudolph because of his red nose. It appears that he also had little to no respect for authority as he ignored Mrs. Prancer's orders to stop when he and his classmates (sans Zoey) bullied Rudolph. He also displayed anger and jealousy when seeing Rudolph and Zoey together, believing that only he is worthy of Zoey's love and attention.
As an adolescent, Arrow continued to act arrogant. He also continued to act possessive of Zoey as he acted annoyed when seeing that she had given her pedant to Rudolph. He also had no qualms to cheating in order to achieve his goal of being noticed by Santa and made a Flyer. When confronted, Arrow shows no remorse for his actions and believes that he is more worthy of being a Flyer than Rudolph, despite lacking bravery, character and a true heart (the three traits of Flyers). After Rudolph uses his nose's light to help Santa and the Flyers get through Stormella's storm, Arrow is shown smiling with the other villagers when they return, perhaps hinting that sometime prior to this, he may have regretted his behaviour and reformed realizing he was wrong about Rudolph.
- Good morning Mrs. Prancer
- My dad Cupid says I was born to be a Flyer just like him.
- Not with that nose. (Young Arrow after Rudolph says he wants to be a Flyer)
- Ruddy the Red-Nosed Reject ain't ever gonna be a Flyer.
- Hey what's going on?
- Looked more like kissing to me.
- Jealous? Of Rudy the Red-Nosed Reject?. Don't make me laugh.
- Whatever. Come on let's go
- (Laughs) Loser.
- Hey you're wearing Zoey's pendant. (Adolescent Arrow to Rudolph)
- She's my doe understand?
- Zoey's only nice to you because she feels sorry for you.
- Ha! Yes it is! She told me so.
- So what? The point is I won and Santa's gonna notice me. (Arrow after Zoey confronts him for cheating in the Sleigh Race)
- But he has a red nose.
- But Zoey.
- Arrow is similar to Ronno as both are deer and both started their rivalry with the main character at childhood (Arrow with Rudolph and Ronno with Bambi). Both are also in love with the main female character (Arrow with Zoey and Ronno with Faline) and want them to be with them instead of the main character but fail (Zoey breaks up with Arrow for cheating in the games and for his attitude towards Rudolph whilst Ronno loses to Bambi in a fight over Faline).
- Arrow is also similar to Steele as they are the rival of the protagonist (Rudolph and Balto) and bully them for a reason (Arrow bullied Rudolph because of his red nose whilst Steele bullied Balto because he was half wolf). Both are in love with the main female character (Zoey and Jenna), who reject them and start a relationship with the protagonist.
- Arrow is also similar to Scowler as both are related to the protagonist (Arrow is Rudolph's cousin whilst Scowler is Patchi's brother) and dislike them. Both also have a brief relationship with the main female character (Arrow with Zoey and Scowler with Juniper) who are more interested in the protagonist. Both also become friendlier to the protagonist at the end of the film.
- Arrow is also like Blitzen from the Robbie the Reindeer films. Both are reindeer and both are the rivals of the protagonist (Arrow with Rudolph and Blitzen with Robbie). Both also take part in The Reindeer Games and wear clothing with the number 1 on it. Both also cheat in order to win the games (Arrow knocked away other competitors and was made winner by default after Rudolph is disqualified whilst Blitzen used a drug to improve his performance and won the Steeplechase but he was disqualified after his drug taking was discovered and Robbie was made winner instead).
- Arrow is possibly based on Fireball from the 1964 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer film as both have blond hair and both oppose Rudolph as children before coming to respect him when they're older (though in Fireball's case, he was initially Rudolph's friend before finding out about his red nose). He may also be slightly based on Clarice's father as the scene in which he has Zoey leave with him is similar to the scene when Clarice's father orders Clarice to come home as he doesn't want her to be seen with "a red-nosed reindeer".
- His name is possibly a reference to the weapons used by his father's namesake, Cupid, the Roman god of love, who shot arrows.
- Though not explained or seen on screen, perhaps the reason Arrow is nicer to Rudolph is after Zoey breaks up with him, Cupid had a talk with him about his behaviour towards Rudolph and told that it was wrong to treat Rudolph like that and encouraged him to be kinder to him, or perhaps that he along with his father, his uncles, the other reindeer and elves probably felt guilty for they treated Rudolph. Also Arrow is seen happily next to Zoey at the end of the film despite breaking up on bad terms. This could mean that whilst Rudolph was away with the Flyers, the two reconciled and are now just friends.
- Arrow is a bit like Draco Malfoy as both have blonde hair and both are the rival of the protagonist (Arrow with Rudolph and Malfoy with Harry Potter). Both also dislike the protagonist for a reason (Arrow dislikes Rudolph because he has a red nose whilst Draco dislikes Harry because he is friendly with Muggle-borns and "Blood Traitors"). Both also have redeemed themselves (Arrow now likes Rudolph whilst it seems that Malfoy is on better terms with Harry but not enough to be his friend).
- Arrow is a bit similar to Dudley Dursley as both are the cousin of the protagonist (Rudolph and Harry) and both originally disliked them (Arrow disliked Rudolph because of his nose and Dudley disliked Harry because he was a wizard). However they are now on good terms with the protagonist.
- Arrow is also like Snotface Snotlout as both are the cousin of the protagonist (Arrow with Rudolph and Snotlout with Hiccup). Both also served as rivals to the protagonist, but later became nicer to them.