Mr. Digger is a very old, grumpy badger. He seems to enjoy his privacy as he doesn't like it when Tod repeatedly enters his den. He is also quite unsympathetic, as even after the Porcupine explains that Tod is new to the reserve, he instead orders Tod to go back where he came from.
Mr. Digger is first seen when Tod is looking for a den in the forest. Tod goes into a den that he thinks is empty until Mr. Digger comes out and starts yelling at him. Tod tries to explain that he thought the den was empty, but Mr. Digger isn’t willing to listen, and orders Tod to leave.
Mr. Digger is seen again when Tod accidentally lands on his den when he is poked by the porcupine. The badger starts yelling at him more than before. Upon learning that Tod is new to the forest, the badger rudely orders Tod to go back where he came from, and Tod leaves, now more depressed than ever.
Mr. Digger is next seen watching in anger as Tod and Vixey confirm their love for each other. Mr. Digger is not seen throughout the rest of the film after this.
Mr. Digger might seem like an antagonist, but is shown to behave like a typical grumpy recluse (namely, the kind that doesn't like others - in their words - trespassing into their territory, whether intentional or not).
- John McIntire, the voice of the grumpy badger, was married to actress Jeanette Nolan, the voice of Mrs. Tweed, from 1935 til his death in 1991. They also voiced characters together in The Rescuers, in which he was Rufus the Cat and she was Ellie Mae the Swamp Mouse.
- Mr. Digger was animated by Glen Keane and John Pomeroy.