These Disney Sidekicks Are Unforgettable

Timon & Pumba — The Lion King

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When you think of Disney sidekicks, these two are always the first to come to mind. Timon and Pumba were there just to show Simba what having a good time and having “no worries for the rest of your days” was all about.

These two might have seemed like a bad influence on Simba at the start of the film, but when they realized he was destined to return to lead his pride, they were 100% supportive of him. These two were the original ride or dies.

Mushu — Mulan

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Mushu, who is a dragon and NOT a lizard get it right or he’ll remind you of it, was the perfect combination of comedic relief and sass that Mulan needed. She was going through a full identity crisis and he was there just to help out and even help battle a hoard of Huns.

The best part about Mushu was that he grows in the movie too. After a series of embarrassing events, he puts his ego aside and becomes a caring, loving little dragon.

Thumper — Bambi

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Everyone remembers the shock and horror of watching Bambi for the first time. It’s actually a pretty heavy Disney film and was probably the first time your parents had to discuss death with you. Luckily, Thumper was there for comedic and cuteness relief.

The cute little rabbit taught Bambi everything he needed to know about surviving in the forest, and gave us with the Thumper Rule a.k.a. “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.”

Genie — Aladdin

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Genie was the comedic relief for the entire film and it actually worked thanks to being voiced by the late great Robin Williams. Genie also shows off his soft side and is willing to give up his freedom so that Aladdin can be with Jasmine.

It’s a toss-up between Abu and The Genie for which sidekick actually helped out Aladdin. In the end, Abu was just a kleptomaniac monkey who often got Aladdin in more trouble, while the Genie actually helped out. Abu never offered his freedom for Aladdin.

Lumiére & Cogsworth — Beauty And The Beast

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This pair of sidekicks were unexpected heroes with Belle and the Beast. The two work because they are complete opposites so they balance each other out. Lumiére is fun and impulsive, while Cogsworth is much more rational.

At the end of the day, they put aside their constant feuding to rally the troops and fight off the townspeople in one of the best battle scenes in Disney history (sorry, Mulan).

Flounder — The Little Mermaid

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Flounder is the best friend you could ever want. He might be timid, nervous, and a little clumsy, but he is always willing to accompany you on an adventure. Not only is he ready to explore and be adventurous but he’ll save your butt if it needs saving.

Flounder was willing to go against the Sea King Triton and fight the evil Sea Witch Ursula so that Ariel could be happy.

Baymax — Big Hero 6

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You know that Baymax was destined to be a top Disney sidekick because he was practically a main character. All the advertisements for Big Hero 6 were focused on Baymax. He’s a giant inflatable nurse that becomes absolutely hilarious when his batteries are low. Baymax had the strangest body shape that made for great physical comedy.

Baymax embodies the two things that every Disney sidekick needs to be: hysterical, but smart and protective.

Olaf — Frozen

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This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning one of the most popular Disney sidekicks in recent years, Olaf. There’s nothing to hate about this goofy looking snowman with a heart of gold.

Since he was just made of snow he made for hilarious commentary when he’d lose his head or become impaled with an icicle. Olaf was also willing to melt for Anna which is a line every adult secretly shed a tear to.

Pacha — The Emperor’s New Groove

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Pacha might be a sidekick, but his actions change the entire corse of the film. Before meeting Pacha after a series of unfortunate events, Kuzco was a spoiled brat who could care less about anyone other than himself.

Pacha was as down-to-earth and kind-hearted as you could imagine. Even after Kuzco constantly screwed him over, Pacha left room in his heart to forgive Kuzco and help him when he was in need.

Gus — Cinderella

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Technically, Gus and Jaq were equally important in making Cinderella’s dreams come true, but once you become an adult you realize that Gus is the sidekick you really want. Yes, Jaq was much more useful at fixing a dress in a few hours but Gus was the comedic relief needed.

All Gus cared about was making sure Cinderella was happy, and eating as much cheese as possible. He taught us all that when in doubt, cheese is always the answer.

Pascal — Tangled

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Pascal was Rapunzel’s only friend for the entire time she was imprisoned in Mother Gothel’s tower. Even though Rapunzel later connects with Maximus, Flynn’s horse, Pascal is her true confidant.

Pascal puts up with all of Rapunzel’s crazy antics in the tower to keep herself busy, but he’s also her coach and cheerleader. It was his influence, not Flynn’s, that got Rapunzel out of the tower in the first place. Plus, he’s cute as a button.

Pegasus — Hercules

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Considering the fact that Pegasus was a gift from Zeus to his son to protect him and be his literal ride or die, it’s hard to find a better sidekick. He may not have spoked any words but he was, dare I say it, the brains behind Hercules.

Herc was just a naive, buff God who only cared about his ego and getting the girl. Pegasus was always there to snap him back to reality and save the day.

Meeko & Flit — Pocahontas

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Just like Lumiére and Cogsworth, this pair of sidekicks work so well because they’re complete opposites. Meeko is a seemingly dim-witted raccoon who is playful but also mischievous. On the other hand, Flit is a stubborn, smart, and serious hummingbird whose main goal is to protect Pocahontas.

The two work together well because Flit will convince Meeko to use his mischievous ways to help out Pocahontas when needed. At the end of the day, they care more about her than the white men invading their land.

Jiminy Cricket — Pinocchio

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You can’t really get a more effective sidekick than a grasshopper wearing a top hat giving you some surprisingly good life advice. Even thought Jiminy Cricket spent most fo his time singing about wishing on stars and being cynical, he was still there to be Pinocchio’s conscious.

In real life, your best friend is there to be sure you make the right decisions, so Jiminy Cricket is as real as it gets.

Baloo — Jungle Book

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This laidback bear is cuddly and the ultimate bro to Mowgli. Yes, he uses Mowgli to his advantage in some situations but at the end of it all, he’s like Mowgli’s father figure.

Baloo might be about living with the bare necessities, but he is still willing to fight the jungle’s most terrifying predator, Shere Khan, just to keep Mowgli safe. If that doesn’t scream “ride or die” than I don’t know what does.

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