This is a list of all characters in The Land Before Time. It consists of characters from the film series and the television series.
Main Article: Littlefoot
Littlefoot is the central character in the series, although he is not always necessarily the largest role. He is a Brown Apatosaurus, which is one of many species the characters refer to as a "Longneck". He is contemplative and quiet, though he enjoys playing, and often becomes the leader in the adventures the main characters may take on. Littlefoot lives in a vast Utopian-like paradise called the "Great Valley", where he is raised by his grandparents after his mother died and plays with his friends. He also has a father named Bron, who leads a longneck herd in a neighbouring valley inside a crater, an adopted brother named Shorty.
Main Article: Cera
Cera is often listed as the second main character in-line after Littlefoot. She is an Orange Triceratops, which is called a "Threehorn" in the series. She is bossy, often competing with Littlefoot to lead the others on their adventures, and tries to appear bold and brave in front of others in keeping with the way of threehorns. However, she usually runs away when danger is abroad. Deep down she is shown to be very sweet and caring, but she sometimes masks that side of her personality with her gruff exterior. Cera lives in the Great Valley, where she is raised by her father, Topps, and her stepmother, Tria, together with her half-sister Tricia.
Main Article: Ducky
Ducky is a Green Saurolophus, which is called a "Swimmer" in the series. She tends to say "Yep yep yep","No no no" and Yes yes yes a lot; both of these phrases are frequently quoted today in popular culture. Ducky rarely speaks in contractions, except when singing, and is almost never heard to utter a generalization.
Main Article: Petrie
Petrie is a Brown Pteranodon, also called a "Flyer". He is talkative, but (uniquely to himself) speaks in a form of broken English (ex. "Me no look!"). He also tends to panic easily and fears doing anything new or dangerous. But despite this, he always pulls through whenever his friends are in trouble. He is also known to be a very friendly, loyal and trustful character.
Main Article: Spike
Spike is, as his name implies, a Green Stegosaurus, also called a "Spiketail". He is one of the youngest members of the group, Chomper being the only major character younger than himself. Ducky witnessed his hatching. Ducky's mother adopted him upon their reaching the Great Valley, as his family has yet to be seen. A spiketail family did offer to take him with them, although he decided to stay with Ducky. Spike rarely speaks, though he has been known to vocalize in songs. The one notable occasion of Spike's use of speech appeared in The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists.
Main Article: Chomper
Chomper is a friendly Purple Tyrannosaurus, which is known as a "Sharptooth" in the Land Before Time movies. He is bilingual, being able to speak both the herbivore language of Littlefoot and his friends (heard as English to the viewer), and the carnivore language, which seems to consist of grunts, roars, and clicks. He is the youngest of the seven main characters.
Main Article: Ruby
Ruby is a new friend of Littlefoot and his friends and only appears in the television series. She is a Pink Oviraptor, also called a "Fast Runner" in the Land Before Time series. Ruby is known to be quite compassionate and she (uniquely to herself) also has a strange habit of repeating something in a "backwards" way (ex. "Hello my friends, my friends hello!").
Main Article: List of The Land Before Time families
The most common recurring characters in The Land Before Time are the relatives of the main characters. Some of the most well-known family members include Topps, Grandma and Grandpa Longneck, Mama Flyer and Mama Swimmer.
Residents of the Great Valley
Main Article: List of residents in the Great Valley
The other residents of the Great Valley range from Guido, the Microraptor Gui from The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers to the Tinysauruses from The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses, to the gluttoness clubtail, Kosh, among others.
Far Walkers of the Great Valley
Main Article: List of far-walkers of the Great Valley.
Characters outside of the Great Valley
Main Article: List of characters outside the Great Valley
Main Article: List of Antagonists from The Land Before Time
Main Article: List of villains in The Land Before Time