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Ringing Bell Chirin.png
Young Chirin
Ringing Bell Chirin adult.png
Older Chirin
Universe Ringing Bell
Japanese name チリン
Based on Sheep, possibly the phrase "wolf in sheep's clothing"
Gender Male

Chirin is the main character of the 1970/80s Sanrio film Ringing Bell and 1970s book Chirin no Suzu (Japanese: チリンの鈴, Chirin no Suzu) by Takashi Yanase.


Chirin is a young and an originally naive lamb brought up by his loving mother. Chirin's mother had told Chirin never to go beyond a fence surrounding the farm in which he lives. However, when Chirin's mother was killed by Woe the wolf he his heartbroken, angry and filled with feelings of revenge to kill the wolf.

After being with the wolf for a prolonged time Chirin began to see Woe as a father figure, and he would hunt together with him. As a ram he attacked the dogs at the farm in which he was born, but psychologically couldn't take himself to kill other sheep. When Woe didn't accept this, Chirin impaled him with his horns, killing him but regretted what he had done to Woe.

Woe commented that he was happy it was Chirin who killed him as he was proud of Chirin, but it left Chirin to wander alone in the mountains with no role model to turn to, as the other sheep rejected him.