10 Heart-Stealing Disney Sidekicks That Fans Keep Begging For Their Own Shows
While the leads are often praised for their bravery, beauty, and wit, the sidekicks are the real scene-stealers. Who can forget the adorable Meeko from Pocahontas? Genie from Aladdin was so loud, fun and relatable. And we all love the hilarious Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King. These sidekicks have so much personality that they often outshine their lead counterparts. In fact, many fans argue that the sidekicks are the real stars of the show.
Let's face it, without these sidekicks, the Disney movies just wouldn't be the same. They bring humor, heart, and a level of relatability that the leads sometimes lack. They might not be in the center of movie posters, but they’re loud, proud, and impossible to ignore.
#1 Grogu (The Mandalorian)
Source: Walt Disney PicturesEven though he barely speaks and only pops up on screen for a few minutes, Grogu has taken the Star Wars universe by storm. With those big, adorable eyes and even bigger ears, he's become the ultimate icon of The Mandalorian.
When Grogu appears, it's like he casts a spell on everyone, drawing their attention like a magnet. It's only a matter of time before he takes over the galaxy with his own movie franchise.
#2 Vanellope Von Schweetz (Wreck-It Ralph)
Source: Walt Disney PicturesMove over, Ralph, because Vanellope is the real star of Wreck-It Ralph. This spunky and energetic character takes Ralph by the hand and leads him through the sugary world of "Sugar Rush". Vanellope's quick wit and sarcastic humor make her the perfect sidekick, and she quickly becomes the scene-stealer of the movie.
In fact, by the end of the film, Vanellope is revealed to be a princess and Ralph fades into the background. It's clear that Vanellope doesn't need a leading man to shine – she's a star all on her own.
#3 The Genie (Aladdin)
Source: Walt Disney PicturesLet's be real – when it comes to Aladdin, the Genie is the real MVP. With a personality bigger than his physique, this big blue ball of energy steals the show every time he pops up on screen.
He's the life of the party, the soul of the film, and the reason why everyone comes back for more. With his impeccable comedic timing and undeniable charm, the Genie is the friend you always wanted.
#4 Olaf (Frozen)
Source: Walt Disney PicturesWhether you love Frozen or think it's a bit overrated, there's one thing we can all agree on – Olaf is a treasure. This huggable snowman is so lovable, he could make a Scrooge smile.
In fact, he's so popular that he could probably have his own spin-off movie where he just explains the plots of other Disney films. But Olaf isn't just a one-trick snowman – he's got some of the best lines in the whole movie and is more recognizable than Elsa and Anna combined. Move over, princesses – Olaf's taking the spotlight.
#5 Jiminy Cricket (Pinocchio)
Source: Walt Disney PicturesWhile he may have been tasked with keeping Pinocchio on the straight and narrow, Jiminy Cricket has had a fascinating career outside of the 1940 animated classic. Not content with just being a sidekick and mentor, Jiminy has appeared as a host, narrator, and master of ceremonies across the Disney universe.
Along with belting out the iconic tune "When You Wish Upon a Star," Jiminy has also played a leading role in Fun and Fancy Free. He also has popped up in various TV shows, short films, and even specials featuring the man himself, Walt Disney. For a character billed as a supporting act, he's certainly had his time in the spotlight.
#6 Maui (Moana)
Source: Walt Disney PicturesWhile technically playing second fiddle to Moana on her quest to restore the heart of Te Fiti, Maui is the engine that drives the film's action and its mystical energy. With his wit, charm, and muscular prowess, it's easy to forget that the movie is supposed to be about the title character.
If it wasn't for the fact that the film's name is "Moana," one could be forgiven for thinking that Maui was the main attraction. But then again, it's hard not to get caught up in the charismatic demigod's gravitational pull.
#7 Edna Mode
Source: Walt Disney PicturesBehind every superhero is a great designer, and Edna Mode is the greatest of them all. With her sharp tongue, impeccable fashion sense, and no-nonsense attitude, she's the secret weapon that keeps heroes looking good and safe from any wardrobe malfunctions.
Despite her petite frame, Edna commands respect and admiration from all those around her, including the likes of Mr. Incredible. Her confidence and sharp wit make her an unforgettable character.
#8 Abby (Turning Red)
Source: Walt Disney PicturesMei may be the giant red panda stealing the spotlight in Turning Red, but her friend Abby is not one to be underestimated. With her boundless energy and exaggerated expressions, Abby is a force to be reckoned with and one of Disney's most captivating characters.
Whether she's cheering on Mei or stealing the show with her over-the-top antics, Abby's presence is impossible to ignore. Despite her small size, she's a big part of what makes Turning Red so enjoyable.
#9 Meeko (Pocahontas)
Source: Walt Disney PicturesMeeko may not have a single line in the whole movie, but he sure knows how to steal the show. Even with the problematic elements of Disney's Pocahontas aside, audiences can't help but adore the furry critter and his gang of woodland friends.
When paired with Flit or Percy, Meeko's comedic timing is perfection. He's always able to get himself into and out of trouble with a combination of quick thinking and sheer luck. Let's be real, the animal antics in the movie are often more entertaining than the human drama.
#10 Mushu (Mulan)
Source: Walt Disney PicturesWho wouldn't want a pocket-sized dragon with a sassy attitude as their guardian? While he's technically Mulan's sidekick, Mushu sees himself as the real hero of the story. In his mind, he's on a mission to regain his status as a respected guardian spirit.
Few Disney sidekicks can rival Mushu's screen presence and charm. He's so lovable that we're just as invested in his story arc as we are in Mulan's. And who can forget the joy we feel when he finally gets his own happy ending?