Known as a bear of very little brain, Winnie-the-Pooh is nonetheless creative and often ingenious. Although not literate, Pooh composes many rhymes and hums to accompany his activities, much like a small child might do. He is a loyal friend and as in the case of Eeyore's tail, Piglet's rescue, and Roo's kidnapping, Pooh goes out of his way to help others, never losing his optimism, good nature, or sense of adventure. He is the favorite of Christopher Robin.
In reality Christopher Robin is the son of A.A. Milne and is both a character in and the audience for the stories in Winnie-the-Pooh. Just learning to read and write, Christopher Robin must attend school when he isn't going on adventures with his beloved toy animal friends. As a human character, wise for his years and certainly the wisest of all in the Hundred Acre Wood, he is the figure to whom the animals look for comfort, advice, and love.
Piglet can muster his courage when with Pooh or Christopher Robin but often wishes he were braver. As a very small animal, he can fit into Christopher Robin's pocket when he goes to school and is thus receiving an education, perhaps learning to read and write along with Christopher Robin. Piglet is probably Winnie-the-Pooh's best friend, with the exception of Christopher Robin. He is often the audience for Pooh's songs and poems.
Eeyore is the down to Pooh's up. He often uses adult phrases that, coming from him, sound depressing. An inveterate pessimist, Eeyore sees the world as out to get him, but his pessimism is countered by Pooh's optimism, which usually wins the day. Things generally happen to Eeyore; he doesn't act on his own behalf; Pooh finds his tail and gets him a birthday present. Eeyore typically stays in his corner of the forest, always expecting doom.
Rabbit likes to be in charge. According to Piglet, Rabbit can always think of a clever plan. He likes to be in on things from the top, conferring with Christopher Robin about getting Pooh out of his bind or about the expedition to the North Pole. He believes in himself as a leader. His friends and relations are defined only in relation to him.