The Eagle is a major antagonist in Disney's 1987 drama film Benji the Hunted. He is a ferocious bird of prey who wants to kill every cougar cub in the forest. He is the Timber Wolf's henchman.
His vocal sound effects were provided by Corey Burton.
Though the Eagle is a dangerous and aggressive predator who is just trying to survive like realistic predators, he is also regarded as a villainous character due to the fact that his antagonism and villainy are motivated by his odds with Benji and the cubs. However, the Eagle seemed to focus more on the cubs than Benji, which is seemingly obvious due to the fact that he was denied the opportunity to eat the cubs. The Eagle seemed to be a close companion to the Wolf as he signals him to chase Benji for the first time.
The Eagle is first seen watching Benji protect the cubs from above.
As the Mother Cougar and her cub are walking through the forest, the Eagle signals the Wolf to ambush Benji, but Benji manages to elude him.
After Frank Inn leaves, the Eagle swoops down, grabs one of the cubs in his talons, killing him, and flies off. One of cougar cubs (the most dark) escapes and hides under rocks, whereas the two other cubs hide in tall grass. Benji finds the third cub but goes back when he hears the Eagle returns. The Eagle flies towards the two other cubs for another success chance of grabbing a cub, Fortunately, Benji barks at the eagle and scares it away in time.
It is unknown what happened to the Eagle afterwards, but he was likely killed by the Wolf after he failed to kill all the cubs. Or most likely still alive devouring the cougar cub that he killed him.
- The Eagle is the only antagonist to succeed to kill one cougar cub.
- The Eagle is one of two antagonist to kill a cougar, (adult or cub), the other is the Hunter.