Tigger is a fictional tiger character originally introduced in A. A. Milne’s book The House at Pooh Corner. Like other Pooh characters, Tigger is based on one of Christopher Robin Milne’s stuffed toy animals. Tigger appears in the Disney cartoon versions of Winnie the Pooh and has also appeared in his own film.
He is known for his distinctive orange and black stripes, large eyes, a long chin, a springy tail, and his love of bouncing. As he says himself, “Bouncing is what Tiggers do best.” Tigger never refers to himself as a tiger, but as a “Tigger”.
Tigger is introduced in Chapter II of House at Pooh Corner, when he arrives at Winnie-the-Pooh’s doorstep in the middle of the night, announcing himself with a stylised roar. Most of the rest of that chapter is taken up with the characters’ search for a food that Tigger can eat for breakfast — despite Tigger’s claims to like “everything”, it is quickly proven he does not like honey, acorns, thistles, or most of the contents of Kanga’s larder. In a happy coincidence, however, he discovers what Tiggers really like best is extract of malt, which Kanga has on hand because she gives it to her baby, Roo, as “strengthening medicine”.
Subsequently, Tigger resides with Kanga and Roo in their house in the part of the Hundred Acre Wood near the Sandy Pit. He becomes great friends with Roo (to whom he becomes a sort of older sibling figure), and Kanga treats him in much the same way she does her own son. Tigger also interacts enthusiastically with all the other characters — sometimes too enthusiastically for the likes of Rabbit, who is sometimes exasperated by Tigger’s constant bouncing, Eeyore, who is once bounced into the river by Tigger, and Piglet, who always seems a little nervous about the new, large, bouncy animal in the Forest. Nonetheless, the animals are all shown to be friends.