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Top 20 Famous Disney Parents, Who Is The Best?

We all know that parent-child relationships are a common theme in Disney films. Whether it’s a movie about a child trying to find themselves again, or a story of the growth process after the death of their parents, the power of family and independence is always highlighted throughout Disney movies.

Though parent characters rarely get a lot of screen time in Disney films, they often play significant roles in the development of the storyline. For example, if Belle’s father hadn’t strayed into The Beast’s castle would the love story between Belle and The Beast happen? Or if Mother Gothel was kind to Rapunzel, would Rapunzel defeat her?

So, from the Evil Queen in “Snow White” to Mufasa in “The Lion King”, we have listed and ranked 20 famous Disney parents from absolute worst to absolute best. What do you think of these parents? Share your opinions in the comments below!

#20 The Evil Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who, now, is the worst parent of all? Congrats, Evil Queen, it’s you! And how could it not be? She has her stepdaughter wear rags and serves her because she is disturbingly jealous of Snow White. Then, she sends a huntsman to kill Snow White many times! That is a bad parent, my friends.

#19 Claude Frollo from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

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This guy is a badass. First of all, he only agrees to raise Quasimodo as his son because he killed Quasimodo’s mother. However, he named the infant Quasimodo (Latin for “half-formed”) and locked it up in Notre Dame. There, he ruthlessly prevents Quasimodo from enjoying himself in any way and even humiliates his lonely son for “befriending” the gargoyles. In the end, he attempts to kill Quasimodo (after bragging about having killed his mother). Ugh!

#18 Mother Gothel from “Tangled”

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Mother Gothel kidnapped Rapunzel and then secretly raised her in seclusion. Mother Gothel is a total villain, she makes Rapunzel think she can’t survive outside the tower. In addition, she tries to kill Rapunzel’s boyfriend, Flynn after he saves Rapunzel from the tower.

#17 Lady Tremaine from “Cinderella”

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Wow, this lady is a real piece of work. She psychologically tortures Cinderella and treats her like a servant in her own home. She is also not good with her biological daughters, only seeing them as representations of herself and a way for her to move forward. And she does it while maintaining a composure that makes her even more intimidating.

#16 King Agnarr and Queen Iduna from “Frozen”

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Even though they are facing a really difficult situation, they have made a… bad choice in isolating Elsa from the outside world. Yes, it could have helped her hide her powers, but it also made her incapable of connecting with people. They also told Elsa to “conceal, don’t feel” an innate part of herself. Moreover, separating Elsa from the outside world also means excluding Anna, which slows down the development of both.

#15 Geppetto from “Pinocchio”

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Even if there is something strange about a man making a puppet and pretending it’s his child, Geppetto is a kind person. But after all, Pinocchio saves his dad more than the other way around. So, Geppetto cannot be considered the best candidate to be a parent.

#14 Maurice from “Beauty and the Beast”

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Maurice is eccentric and scattered, but that says a lot that Belle loves him so much that she’s willing to spend the rest of her life with Beast to save him. But after being released, he made NO effort to save her. And, he doesn’t do well in the “Would you let this guy babysit your kids?” test.

#13 Luisa and Enrique Rivera from “Coco”

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We understand that their family’s traumatic past has shaped who they are, but they still don’t support their son. They also let Abuelita decide Miguel’s livelihood. In fact, Abuelita felt so responsible for his life, that she broke his guitar! Luisa and Enrique aren’t bad parents – they love Miguel – but they’ve earned this place on the list.

#12 Queen Elinor from “Brave”

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Elinor is a stubborn, hard-ass mother who doesn’t always listen. When Merida doesn’t do as she says, she tosses her bow into the flames because she wants everything done her way. Elinor still LOVES her children and will do anything for them. Without a doubt, she improved as a mother and ended well.

#11 Marlin from “Finding Nemo”

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Marlin has witnessed some bad things: he lost his wife and 399 children. An experience like that will change a man, so it’s understandable that he’s an overprotective worrywart. But Marlin loves Nemo to every fiber of his being and is willing to go to the ends of the Earth, the ocean, to save him. He may be an imperfect parent, but he is a good dad.

#10 Bambi’s Mother in “Bambi’

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Although we don’t know much about Bambi’s mother, it is obvious that she is a devoted mother who raises her baby in the jungle and teaches him how to live. Tragically, she essentially sacrifices her life for her kid.

#9 Pongo and Perdita from “101 Dalmatians”

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In addition to risking their lives to save their children, they also decide to adopt the 84 more dalmatians that Cruella may kill. Gotta admit that any parents that are willing to raise 99 kids are great!

#8 Helen Parr from “The Incredibles”

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Helen had to give up her superhero dream to support her family and do the things that needed to be done. And while she is a bit strict, she’s a great mother and a perfect wife. Her family is lucky to have her!

#7 Poppa Henry from “The Good Dinosaur”

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He knows full well that Arlo needs to toughen up to survive, and he works endlessly to ready him for the world. Additionally, even when teaching Arlo is difficult, he never loses up. He even sacrifices his life to save his son! And, later, he gives his son guidance in spirit form!

#6 Eudora from “Princess and the Frog”

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Eudora is a kind person who raised a wonderful child like Tiana. Although she can be a slight nag, telling Tiana not to work so hard and doing the whole “When am I getting grandkids?” routine, she deserves a prominent place on our list.

#5 Momma Ida from “The Good Dinosaur”

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Ida is parenting in a very dangerous world, and if that’s not enough, her children are a bit over the top. Buck and Libby like to tease and prank, and Arlo needs more attention. And when her husband dies tragically, she continues to give love to her kids to ensure her family endures.

#4 Mrs. Jumbo from “Dumbo”

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She shows she has enough strength – and heart – to be a great mom. When Dumbo is picked on she says, “Not on my watch!” and fights back — and lands in chains because of it. Even so, she manages to comfort her son from solitary confinement by stroking him while singing the tearful song, “Baby Mine”. She and Dumbo are finally together again, and thank goodness for that!

#3 Kala from “Tarzan”

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Kala is a great mom. In the midst of despair over the loss of her son, she put her life in danger to save Tarzan and then raised him as her own. This wasn’t an easy choice, and she has to constantly defend Tarzan against everyone, even her own husband. In the end, Tarzan stays in the jungle near mom.

#2 Mufasa from “The Lion King”

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You knew he’d be near the top, didn’t you? And why not? He is Simba’s first example of strength, and teaches his son about his place in the world and the importance of every creature that lives in it (“from crawling ants to jumping antelope”). Truly, he was an inexhaustible source of great fatherly advice (“I’m only brave when I have to be. Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.”) Later, he dies saving his son.

#1 Mrs. Davis from the “Toy Story” franchise

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We don’t know much about her life other than that she is a single mother struggling to raise two children. We watch her throw Andy’s birthday party, grieve through trips to Pizza Planet, take the kids camping, and do the mundane parenting chores, like holding Molly or cuddling Andy clean your room. At the end of “Toy Story 3”, we see the climax of the toy franchise: Andy sends his toys to live with a new kid, Bonnie. But the moment was also a climax for Mrs. Davis: Andy, kindly and graciously giving away his beloved toys before college, proved the fruit of her dedication. We may never know her private struggles, but that’s okay. What we know is that, like so many real-life parents, she sacrificed herself, year after year, to be a good human being.