Top 50 Most Popular Cartoon Best Friends

top 50 most popular cartoon best friends


A best friend is a best friend, whether are real-life character or a cartoon character. They will always stand by their friend in good times and bad.


They will always support them in good deeds or in pranking others. Whether we are real people or an animation, only a best friend can understand our pain and joy without the use of words.


At the same time, it is only a best friend who can pull the best pranks on us without fear.


They are the only ones that can insult you to your face and still share hot cocoa on a cold day.


Our friends do what is best for us, not what is easy or convenient. That is why every good cartoon character has a great friend who has their back.


In this article, ENTOIN pays tribute to all the best friends in our favorite animated films and TV series.


They can be big or small shows, powerful or weak characters, but their heart is the purest thing we can find.


Let us start with the list of best cartoon friendships or most popular cartoon best friends.




1. Woody and Buzz (Toy Story)


Woody and Buzz (Toy Story)


The Toy Story franchise is the biggest animated film franchise from Pixar. It revolves around the central characters of Woody, the cowboy toy, and Buzz Lightyear, a shiny battery-operated toy.


The friendship between the both of them might be the stuff of legends, but it did not start that way.


They were rivals at one point and grew up to respect each other. Woody is a wooden cowboy toy who is the leader of Andy’s toy box.


Everybody looked up to Woody for advice and guidance until Buzz Lightyear came by. He slowly steals the limelight from Woody, and this makes him jealous.


Although Buzz does not do it intentionally, his innate sense of discipline and leadership qualities attract others to him.


However, through their misadventures in Andy’s room and outside it, they bond and realize that each of them has their own worth and place in the toy box and in Andy’s heart.




2. Timon and Pumbaa (The Lion King)


Timon and Pumbaa (The Lion King)


Timon and Pumbaa are the weirdest best friends from The Lion King. They are a duo who are determined to be happy, no matter what kind of circumstances they face.


Timon and Pumbaa live by the motto, Hakuna Matata, which means No Worries. Timon is a meerkat, and Pumbaa is a smelly Warthog.


They are ugly, smelly beasts that no one wants to befriend, yet they do not feel sad about it.


These vegetarians find Simba, a lion cub, who appears to be lonely and lost. Taking pity on Simba, they take him under their wings and teach Simba to lead a happy-go-lucky life devoid of any responsibility.


They share their motto of Hakuna Matata with him, but Nala reminds Simba of his responsibility to pride and brings him back.




3. Tom and Jerry


Tom and Jerry


Tom and Jerry is an animated TV series that needs no introduction. They are a staple of every childhood memory for many people around the world.


However, their friendship is not as straightforward as the other movies on this list. Most of the time, Tom and Jerry are chasing, and trying to kill each other.


Tom is a gray house cat, and Jerry is a mouse that lives in the same house. As per nature, Tom and Jerry are meant to be enemies.


All the long, Tom chases Jerry around the house, and they prank each other too. However, they cannot survive without each other either.


In an episode, Jerry is fed up with Tom and decides to go away. Tom searches for him and brings him back.


When either of them falls sick, the other readily take care. In the face of an outside threat, they both work together and oust the villain.




4. Shrek and Donkey (Shrek)


Shrek and Donkey (Shrek)


Shrek is an ugly green ogre who is accustomed to being alone in his solitary home in the middle of the swamp.


As soon as anyone sees him, they get scared and run away screaming. They never take time to get to know him before they judge him.


Even though Shrek appears to be used to this attitude, it still hurts in his heart. So he became cynical and pushed people away.


However, despite all his efforts, Donkey, a talking donkey, decides that he is going to be a friend of Shrek’s.


Donkey sticks by Shrek through all the troubles and adventures and refuses to abandon him even when they have to fight a dragon.


In fact, he helps to distract the dragon so that Shrek can rescue Fiona. Their friendship stands the test of time and brings out the softer and more loving ogre that Shrek can be.



5. Peter Pan and Tinker Bell (Peter Pan)


Peter Pan and Tinker Bell (Peter Pan)


In the animated film “Peter Pan,” the friendship between Tinker Bell and Peter Pan is portrayed as both playful and complex.


Tinker Bell, a spirited and sassy fairy, becomes enamored with Peter Pan’s carefree nature and adventurous spirit. Despite her initial jealousy towards Wendy, Tinker Bell’s loyalty to Peter Pan is unwavering.


She acts as his faithful sidekick, accompanying him on daring escapades and fiercely protecting him from danger. Their friendship is characterized by playful banter, mischief, and shared secrets.


Tinker Bell’s unwavering belief in Peter Pan’s abilities and her unwavering support showcases the deep bond they share.


However, their friendship also faces challenges, highlighting Tinker Bell’s occasional bouts of jealousy and Peter Pan’s occasional disregard for her feelings.


Ultimately, their friendship endures, symbolizing the power of loyalty and the enduring bonds of childhood friendships.



6. Sully and Wazowski (Monsters, Inc.)


Sully and Wazowski (Monsters, Inc.)


Sully and Mike Wazowski are the best friends and top scarers of the animated film Monsters, Inc. They work together for the energy company, where they fight all kinds of work pressures, office politics, and mishaps by having each other’s back.


Sully and Wazowski have a mishap when a child accidentally enters from a door. This would have resulted in a major disaster, as children are considered dangerous for Monsters.


Yet, the duo bravely works together to hide the kid and return it to its own bedroom. They do not abandon or snitch on each other, despite the danger they land in.


They prove that a true friend is someone who stands by you in your hour of need.



7. Diego, Sid, and Manny (Ice Age)


Diego, Sid, and Manny (Ice Age)


Ice Age is an animated film series about prehistoric animals that lived during the Ice Age. The film starts by showing the main characters, Diego, Sid, and Manny, being abandoned by their herd in the midst of winter migration.


They would have faced a hard and lonely struggle if it were not for the companionship of this unlikely herd of a predator and prey.


Initially, they start to work together to return the human child to his family, but along the way, they develop a strong bond of friendship that goes against their true nature and yet perseveres.


They brave the snow storms, natural calamities, and predators together and decide to show the world that being different is okay.



8. Aladdin and Abu (Aladdin)


Aladdin and Abu (Aladdin)


The tale of Aladdin comes from the folktales of Arabian Nights. Aladdin is a street urchin who is forced to steal food and necessities after his mother dies and leaves him an orphan.


All his life, Abu has been his only friend who showed kindness to him. Despite being a monkey, Abu is the best friend of Aladdin and his partner-in-crime.


In the animated film, when Jafar threatens to kill Aladdin, and leaves him in the cave, Abu bravely chooses to stand by Aladdin.


They both explore the cave and find the magic carpet and the genie in the lamp. Using the genie and the carpet, they regain their freedom.


Abu also helps Aladdin woo Princess Jasmine and defeat Jafar in the end.



9. Lilo and Stitch (Lilo and Stitch)


Lilo and Stitch (Lilo and Stitch)


The friendship between Lilo and Stitch in the animated film “Lilo & Stitch” is heartwarming and unique. Lilo, a young Hawaiian girl, and Stitch, a mischievous and genetically engineered alien, form an unlikely bond.


Despite their differences, Lilo sees past Stitch’s destructive tendencies and recognizes the good within him. Lilo’s unconditional love and acceptance help transform Stitch from a troubled creature into a loyal companion.


Through their adventures, they learn important lessons about family, friendship, and embracing one’s true self.


Lilo teaches Stitch about Ohana, the Hawaiian concept of extended family, and they both discover the power of love and acceptance.


Their friendship showcases the transformative power of compassion and demonstrates that true friends accept and support each other no matter what.



10. Tod and Copper (Fox and The Hound)


Tod and Copper (Fox and The Hound)


Tod and Copper are the titular characters of the animated film Fox and The Hound. The film is about a friendship that goes against the nature of the animal, yet it perseveres against all hurdles.


The movie teaches that we do not need to be enemies because society says so. We can choose to be friends.


Copper is a young hound brought into his hunting pack as a pup. He aspires to be the best hunting hound that will lead the pack and win the praise of the hunter.


However, one day he finds a young fox called Tod and befriends him. They play all day and become friends.


As they grow up, the other hunting dogs tell him that hounds cannot be friends with foxes, which drives a wedge between them.


Yet, in the hour of need, Copper cannot abandon his friend, and Tod reciprocates in kind and saves them from a bear.



11. Hiccup and Toothless (How to Train Your Dragon franchise)


hiccup and toothless (how to train your dragon franchise)


The friendship between Hiccup and Toothless is one of the most heartwarming and enduring in animated film history. Hiccup, a scrawny and inventive Viking teenager, befriends Toothless, an injured Night Fury dragon. 


Despite their initial differences, they form an unbreakable bond based on mutual respect, trust, and understanding. Their friendship is a testament to the power of empathy and the ability to see beyond appearances. 


Hiccup recognizes Toothless’ intelligence and sensitivity, while Toothless appreciates Hiccup’s kindness and ingenuity. Together, they challenge the Vikings’ long-held fear of dragons and forge a new era of peace between humans and dragons.



12. Bambi, Thumper, and Flower (Bambi)


Bambi, Thumper, and Flower (Bambi)


Bambi is the tale of a naive and cute fawn who grows up in a forest after being separated from his mother.


As a young fawn, he experiences life with his friends Thumper and Flower. However, he is separated from them.


Years later, they meet again, and their friendship comes back as if they never parted. Bambi being a naive fawn with no mother is unaware of many things.


Thumper, a young rabbit, takes Bambi under his wings and teaches him the good and the bad. When Bambi mistakes a skunk for a flower, he forgives Bambi for his naivete and wholeheartedly becomes his friend.


They enjoy a warm bond between the three of them which time cannot wipe away.



13. Phineas and Ferb (Phineas and Ferb)


phineas and ferb (phineas and ferb)


Phineas and Ferb are two stepbrothers who spend their summer days being mischievous. Their friendship is central to the show, and it is often the driving force behind their adventures. Despite their differences in personality, they work together seamlessly, their friendship a testament to the power of teamwork and cooperation.


Phineas is the creative genius of the duo, always coming up with new and outlandish ideas. Ferb, on the other hand, is the silent but supportive sidekick, always there to help Phineas bring his ideas to life.


Their friendship is also based on mutual respect and admiration. Phineas values Ferb’s loyalty and willingness to help, while Ferb appreciates Phineas’ creativity and boundless energy. They always have each other’s backs, no matter what the situation.



14. The Parrs and Edna Mode (The Incredibles)


The Parr and Edna Mode (The Incredibles)


The Incredibles is a film about a family of superheroes who have to go into hiding after heroes are outlawed.


The Parrs, Bob and Helen Parr, live in the suburbs with their three superhero children, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack.


Their lives are very different from that of the fashion designer Edna E. Mode. Yet, they are the best of friends.


Edna Mode is a fashion designer who designs costumes for the Parr family. She knows the entire family, their good and bad moments.


The Parrs also trust Edna implicitly despite her domineering attitude and intolerable frankness. They rush to her in their hour of need, during any personal crisis, and Edna, despite all her crabbiness, gives them the best advice.



15. Baloo and Bagheera (The Jungle Book)


Baloo and Bagheera (The Jungle Book)


The Jungle Book is a Disney film about a human child, Mowgli, who gets lost in the jungle, and the animals of the jungle come together to raise and protect him from the other vicious predators.


Baloo and Bagheera are the primary caregivers of Mowgli and an unlikely couple who come together out of love for the man-cub.


Baloo is a huge bear who is laid-back and fun-loving but sloppy and careless. Bagheera is his opposite; he is a panther who is alert, proper, responsible, and caring.


They are opposites in every issue except for their love for Mowgli. They also acknowledge the good qualities of the other, so they decide to work together.


Over time, they form a strong bond that is established on mutual respect, trust, and camaraderie.



16. Spongebob and Patrick (SpongeBob SquarePants)


Spongebob and Patrick (SpongeBob SquarePants)


SpongeBob SquarePants is an animated TV series on Nickelodeon that was created as an educational series that teaches marine life to children.


The show is set in Bikini Bottom, an underwater settlement in the Pacific ocean. The titular character SpongeBob SquarePants is a sea sponge, and his best friend and neighbor is Patrick Star, a starfish.


Spongebob and Patrick are naive, simple-minded sea creatures. They are good-natured and love to help their townsfolk, but every time they help, they end up adding to the problem.


Their usual victim is Squidward, who works with them at the Krusty Krab. Both these best friends were childhood friends, and their families have been friends since prehistoric days.


They indulge in all teenage behavior like partying, binge-watching TV, hanging out at popular locations, etc., while also being do-gooders.


With their limited intellect, they share and solve each other’s problems and live a carefree life.



17. Chhota Bheem and Chutki (Chhota Bheem)


Chhota Bheem and Chutki (Chhota Bheem)


Chhota Bheem is an Indian animated TV series that became very popular among both boys and girls. The show revolves around a young do-gooder Bheem, his best friends, Chutki, Raju, and his pet monkey Jaggu.


They live in the kingdom of Dholakpur and frequently help their king and princess solve crimes. Chhota Bheem is a good-natured young boy who likes to help his fellow villagers.


He is a crime-fighting hero who gets superhuman strength by eating laddoos. Helping Chhota Bheem is his best friend Chutki.


She is a clever, quick-thinking, and resourceful little girl from the same village. With the same attitude as Bheem, Chutki acts as his side-kick in his adventures.



18. Vanellope and Ralph ( Wreck-It Ralph)


Vanellope and Ralph ( Wreck-It Ralph)


Wreck-It Ralph is an animated film about the characters of different video and arcade games. At the end of the day, after the game is over, they all live together in the video game world.


Although the characters are created equal and play their part in the game, over time, these characters started to look down on underdogs and villain characters.


This attitude led to the revolt of Wreck-It Ralph, and helping him in his adventure is Vanellope. Ralph is fed up with losing and all the hate he gets.


He only wants to be the winner for once in his life. Similarly, Vsnellope is tired of being the glitch that is looked down upon.


She wants to have a winning car and get a fighting chance to win. The both of them bond over their shared misery and decide to help each other get their chance in the spotlight.



19. Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!)


Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!)


Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is a Hanna-Barbera animated series. The show is about a group of crime-fighting teenagers who solve fake ghostly encounters.


This intrepid group of teens is made up of Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo. Fred is a boy scout who acts as the leader of the gang.


Daphne is a rich, beauty-conscious, fashion-totting redhead who joins the gang to capture Fred’s attention. Velma is the geeky smartypants who is the brains of the gang.


Shaggy is the sloppy, scaredy cat, who cannot think of anything but food. Scooby-Doo is the Great Dane who is the gang’s mascot.


His nature is a replica of Shaggy. Each of them is a typical character that might not work together in the normal teenage environment.


Yet, in the show, they can all get along well and solve any issue.



20. Lumiere and Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast)


Lumiere and Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast)


Beauty and The Beast is a fairy tale where the prince and his entire castle staff are punished by a witch who has turned away during a stormy night.


As a punishment, everyone turns into something that represents their most prominent character trait. This can be seen most obviously in the matter of the best friends Cogsworth and Lumiere.


While Cogsworth is the majordomo and butler, responsible for the smooth running of the castle, he is a stickler for rules and discipline.


He turns into a clock. At the same time, Lumiere, the maître d’ and the second in command to Cogsworth.


He can enliven every room with his personality and charm. He lights up a room, so he becomes a candelabra.


Together, these friends balance and manage to run the beast’s castle perfectly.



21. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy


Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy


Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy are the best friends from the oldest Walt Disney cartoon series. From early short films to feature-length animated films and Disney TV series, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy have constantly remained friends, loyal to each other.


There were many additional characters added over the years like Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Pluto, etc. Yet, none of them has replaced either of these friends.


Mickey is an honest, loyal, hardworking mouse with limitless ideas. Donald is an impulsive, naive, but loyal duck. Goofy is the biggest goofball in the group, ready to make everyone laugh with his clumsy actions.


We can hardly find a more popular cartoon character that Disney has ever created that could upstage these three friends.



22. Marlin and Dory (Finding Nemo)


Marlin and Dory (Finding Nemo)


Finding Nemo is a tale of a little clownfish named Nemo that is caught by Divers and sent into an aquarium in the dentist clinic in Sydney.


Nemo’s father Marlin is distraught and beside himself, looking for Nemo. He begs for help from everyone, but no one steps forward to help except for Dory.


The friendship between Dory and Marlin begins at the start of the film, and we see it develop through all the combined hardships and adventures that Marlin and Dory go through.


It should be pointed out here that Marlin is a nervous wreck who is struck by a doom and gloom attitude with the loss of his only family member.


At the same time, Dory has short-term memory loss and an excessively cheerful nature. Yet, they persevere as friends and succeed in finding Nemo.



23. Sven and Kristoff (Frozen)


Sven and Kristoff (Frozen)


Kristoff is an orphan boy, who is adopted by the trolls in the Disney animated film Frozen. As he is an orphan, he had no one to keep him company, and he befriended a baby reindeer as an eight-year-old boy.


Even after the troll family adopts him, Kristoff, and the reindeer. Sven continues to be friends. Although Sven cannot speak, he clearly understands Kristoff, and Kristoff understands Sven.


That is the beauty of their friendship; it does not need words. When Kristoff decides to help Anna, Sven dutifully follows them and helps Kristoff express his affection for Anna.


Sven and Kristoff help and support each other in the frozen wasteland that Elsa creates in Arrendell overcoming each other’s loneliness.



24. Merida and Elinor (Brave)


Merida and Elinor (Brave)


Elinor and Merida are technically a mother-daughter duo. However, as mother and daughter, they disagree on everything and buttheads constantly.


Elinor wants Merida to be a traditional, prim, proper, and elegant queen of the Highlands. She wants her to marry a prince from one of the tribes and have children.


However, Merida disagrees with every one of her requests. Merida is a free spirit who likes to hunt and fight like her father and brothers.


She is more comfortable with a bow and arrow than with a sewing needle. They saw eye-to-eye as mother and daughter.


Yet, when they decide to bond ass friends, Merida discovers all the hidden talents of Queen Elinor. They both enjoy bear hunting, horse riding, and the wind in their hair.


They come closer together as friends and repair their bond of family through trust, friendship, and affection.



25. Remy and Linguini (Ratatouille)


Remy and Linguini (Ratatouille)


Ratatouille is the story of a master chef stuck in the body of a rat and a kitchen assistant with no sense of culinary arts.


Remy is a rat who is different, and he enjoys gourmet food. Not only that, but he can also create gourmet dishes.


His friendship with Linguini is one that is created by need but survives the test of time. Linguini is a clumsy kitchen assistant who cannot cook to save his life.


However, he lucked out when he met Remy, a rat that has a talent. They both work together to create fine dining cuisine based on trust in each other’s advice despite appearances.


Although they have a momentary falling out, Remy and Linguini realize the importance of the other in their life and soon get back together.



26. WALL-E and EVE (WALL-E)




WALL-E is a film about a romance between two robots. WALL-E stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifter-Earth. He is the last functioning robot on earth.


He is lonely with only a cockroach for company, and he watches old videos of the film Hello! Dolly on repeat.


When he sees EVE for the first time, he is enamored by her and does everything to get her attention.


Initially, EVE is unimpressed with an old and outdated, rickety robot. But WALL-E proves his worth when he produces a sapling that is proof of life and protects it at the cost of its life.


Although WALL-E does not realize its value, he is ready to protect it as EVE says it’s important.



27. Miguel and Hector (Coco)


Miguel and Hector (Coco)


Coco is about the journey of a young boy, Miguel, who takes on the daunting task of going to the land of the dead to find his great-grandmother Coco who banned music in the family.


When Miguel enters the land of the dead, Hector is the first soul he meets, and they instantly form a strong bond of friendship.


Despite his young age, Miguel understands Hector’s yearning to learn about his darling daughter, whom he has not seen since he was a child.


Hector strikes a deal to help Miguel find Coco and patch up his issues in exchange for helping him meet his daughter.


Through this deal, they both go on an adventure and realize that they are both related only in the end.



28. Jock and Trusty (Lady and the Tramp)


Jock and Trusty (Lady and the Tramp)


Lady and the Tramp is a story about a house pet, Lady, who falls in love with a street dog, Tramp.


Later, Lady misunderstands the entry of a baby into the family and falls prey to the machinations of the Siamese cats.


She is almost kicked out of the house before everyone is saved by Tramp, Jock, and Trusty. In this story, Jock and Trusty are the senior neighborhood dogs who guide and advise Lady and Tramp through their difficult times.


Although they seem old and wise, both Jock and Trusty spring into action the second they see the danger.


Jock and Trusty are like-minded and understand each other. This leads to the best partnership.



29. Pooh and Christopher (Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree)


Pooh and Christopher (Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree)


Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree is the movie that introduced us all to Christopher Robin and his best friend Winnie the Pooh.


The story was a creation of A. A. Milne to entertain his son, Christopher Robin, who was enamored by a bear called Winnipeg on their visit to the zoo.


While Christopher Robin was an intelligent boy, he was adventurous and loved to explore the Hundred Acre Forest. In the forest, his best friend Pooh would accompany him in his explorations.


At the same time, Pooh was an innocent, naive, and inquisitive bear who got himself into all kinds of trouble.


This left Christopher Robin to come to their rescue.



30. Aang, Katara, and Sokka (Avatar: The Last Airbender)


Aang, Katara, and Sokka (Avatar: The Last Airbender)


Avatar: The Last Airbender is a Nickelodeon show about an imaginary world where different tribes existed that had the power to bend and control the different elements to do their bidding.


The concept of show was based on an Asian concept. The different powers were supposed to live harmoniously together but they are constantly at war.


In this world of unrest, Aang, the legendary Avatar, is released from suspended animation. He is the last remaining member of the Airbender tribe.


He is rescued by Katara and Sokka. This brother-sister duo is from the water-bending tribe, and they journey along with Aang, helping him learn all the skills so that he can defeat the evil fire lord Ozai and bring peace.



31. Adora, Bow, and Glimmer (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power)


Adora, Bow, and Glimmer (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power)


She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of He-Man’s sister Adora and her fight for justice against the Horde.


Initially, Adora was a soldier in the army of the Horde and was unaware of her identity and power.


Slowly, she comes to realize the need to resist the Horde and becomes best friends with Bow and Glimmer.


On the other hand, Bow and Glimmer grew up together and fought in the resistance army against the Horde.


Bow is the first one to welcome Adora to the resistance, Glimmer was suspicious of Adora’s intentions. However, over the course of time, they all grow closer and fight against evil and learn to care for each other more.



32. Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda (The Fairly OddParents)


Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda (The Fairly OddParents)


The Fairly OddParents is a Nickelodeon show about a miserable, neglected, bullied, and lonely child, Timmy Turner. He is visited by his fairy godparents, Cosmo and Wanda.


They befriend him and provide him with care, affection, and friendship to help him deal with all the problems in his life.


It would seem like Cosmo and Wanda could be considered adopted parents of Timmy, but they behave more like his friends.


They share in Timmy’s joys, grant all his small wishes, offer advice and counsel like a friend, and help him fight off his bullies.


In turn, Timmy loves and cares for Cosmo and Wanda, whom he considers his first true friends and family.



33. Arlo and Spot (The Good Dinosaur)


Arlo and Spot (The Good Dinosaur)


The Good Dinosaur is an animated series about an imaginary world where an asteroid did not kill all the dinosaurs, and humans and dinosaurs exist together.


They each live in their own communities and fear each other, so they are strangers to each other. Arlo is a young Apatosaurus who has lost his father due to a thief who tried to steal their corn.


Being a farming dinosaur, he is a herbivore and lives a sheltered and timid life, fearing everything. Spot, on the other hand, is an orphan human who fearlessly fights, hunts, and eats anything he can.


Both of them help and support each other after a storm washes Arlo away from his home, and Spot is his only friend and comfort.


They each teach one another the skills they know and survive till they find a home.



34. Carl and Russell (Up)


Carl and Russell (Up)


Up is an adventure movie that has the unlikeliest of friendships in the animated world. On one hand, we have Carl, a widower who is quite the square.


He is fixed in his attitude, preferences, daily schedule, and life, whereas Russell is a ball of energy that keeps rolling on.


He is a child who wants to earn his last remaining wilderness badge, ‘help the elderly’. Both of them take off on a journey to fulfill his late wife’s wish to visit Paradise Falls.


They begin the journey together unwillingly, but Carl soon warms up to Russell’s enthusiasm. At the start, Russell only thinks of his badge, but slowly he sees his sadness and loneliness of Carl and wholeheartedly becomes his friend.



35. Joy and Bing-Bong (Inside Out)


Joy and Bing-Bong (Inside Out)


Inside Out is a tale of the importance of all emotions in the life of a person and what happens when anyone is ignored.


Riley is a tween whose family is preparing to move cities, and in her mind, all her emotions are fighting to keep her away from sadness.


They believe that if Sadness was kicked out, Riley would be happy forever, yet Riley spirals into depression due to all the unresolved emotions of the past.


This situation prompts Joy to search for everything that can make Riley happy, and she locates the long-forgotten imaginary friend Bing-Bong.


Joy and Bing-Bong bond over their mutual love for Riley and their wish to see Riley happy and healthy.


While trying to bring Bing-Bong out of the memory dump, they lose momentum, prompting Bing-Bong to sacrifice himself to save Joy as she is more needed.



36. Sully and Boo (Monsters, Inc)


Sully and Boo (Monsters, Inc)


Monsters, Inc. is a film that depicts life in a monster city where the monsters are scared of humans.


The main job is to harvest power from the screams of scared kids. We follow the life and work of two scarers, Sully and Wazowski, who have to hide a human child that escaped into the monster world.


Initially, they are both scared out of their wits, and they try to get rid of the child but slowly, things change.


Sully, a big furry monster realizes that children are not scary. In fact, they are cute, lovable, and friendly beings.


Sully names the child Boo and gets protective of her. In turn, she helps them discover that children’s laughter is a more potent source of power than fear.


Despite seeing Sully’s scary side, Boo remains his friend till the end.



37. Timothy Q. Mouse and Dumbo (Dumbo)


Timothy Q. Mouse and Dumbo (Dumbo)


Dumbo is one of the sweetest animated characters from the early animated films that Disney created. The film was fraught with racial stereotyping and had a simple story.


Yet, it captured the heart of its audience with its sad but hopeful story. The highlight of the story of Dumbo is the friendship between him and Timothy Q. Mouse.


Dumbo is a baby elephant with huge ears, expressive eyes, and the sweetest nature. Due to his simplicity and innocence, he is rudely called Dumbo and is constantly bullied by other elephants.


When his mother tries to fight for him, she is imprisoned as a mad elephant. At this sad time, Timothy Q. Mouse steps in and defends Dumbo. He scares away all his bullies and plots a scheme to earn Dumbo and his mother’s freedom. He is the epitome of ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed.’



38. Quasimodo, Laverne, Victor, and Hugo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)


Quasimodo, Laverne, Victor, and Hugo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)


Quasimodo is one of the saddest Disney cartoon characters from the literary work of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame.


Quasimodo was born with birth defects and deformities that made him appear unseemly. Claude Frollo had him imprisoned in the dark bell tower, away from the lively Parisian life.


Quasi would be considered a lonely existence if not for the friendship, care, and affection of the stone Gargoyles, Victor, Hugo, and Laverne.


They live in the church of Notre Dame and console Quasi during his sad days, support him when he is scared and advise him when he is conflicted.


They are the true epitomes of a rock-solid bond of friendship.



39. Robin Hood and Little John (Disney’s Robin Hood)


Robin Hood and Little John (Disney's Robin Hood)


The story of Robin Hood, the prince of thieves is a popular and legendary tale of a thief with a golden heart.


The original story was penned in 1880, but Disney created the animated film of the story in 1973 using animals as the character.


The main plot remained the same, with Robin Hood and Little John working together as gentleman robbers. In the tale of Robin Hood, the friendship between Robin Hood and Little John is famous.


They both share the same zeal and goal of helping the poor, saving and protecting the innocents, and fighting against the tyranny of the Sheriff of Nottingham.


John and Robin make all the hurdles seem adventurous with their constant ribbing of each other. Their light-hearted banter shows the camaraderie and respect they share.



40. Anne and Sprig (Amphibia)


Anne and Sprig (Amphibia)


Anne and Sprig are best friends from the animated series Amphibia. Their friendship is inspirational as they are both willing to risk everything to save each other.


They are also the secret keepers of each other, and they are ready to risk life and limb to save the family of the other.


Anne Boonchuy is a thirteen-year-old girl who finds a calamity box and opens it with her friends. They all get sucked into a fantasy world of Amphibia where frog people exist.


Their world is under the threat of King Andrias, yet Sprig, a frog boy, helps Anne and shelters her.


In return, Anne becomes the hero that saves their town.



41. Alya and Marinette (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir)


Alya and Marinette (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir)


Alya Césaire and Marinette Dupain-Cheng are best friends and students at Françoise Dupont High School. Marinetta is the superhero Ladybug, and she fights evil in Paris using this identity.


At one point in time, Alya also attains the Fox Miraculous to transform into Rena Rouge. However, Alya is unaware of Marinetta’s identity as LadyBug.


For the most part of the series, Alya is a strong supporter of Marinetta, and she encourages her to speak to Adrien.


Marinetta is a shy, clumsy, and joyful girl who gets tongue-tied in front of Adrien. So, Alya is there to push her forward and encourage her to be more confident.


Alya aspires to be a journalist and closely follows and admires Ladybug for all her exploits.



42. Mordecai and Rigby (Regular Show)


Mordecai and Rigby (Regular Show)


Regular Show was an animated sitcom that aired between 2010 and 2017 on Cartoon Network. The plot revolves around two best friends Mordecai and Rigby, who work in a park as groundskeepers.


They are a lazy duo who shirk their job and spend their time with weird, idle banter. Mordecai is a bluejay, and Rigby is a raccoon, and they hate work.


They spend time playfully insulting each other, calling each other names, and getting into all kinds of absurd trouble.


They appear to be unlikeable but they also share a special bond that stems from their inane and mindless banter.


Despite all their insults, they care for each other and have each other’s backs.



43. Ben and Gwen (Ben 10)


Ben and Gwen (Ben 10)


Ben Tennyson and Gwen Tennyson are best friends from the cartoon series Ben 10. The show followed the exploits of Ben, who discovers the superpowers hidden in the Omnitrix.


This alien technology offers him superpowers, and he uses this to fight bad guys. Helping him in his fight is his cousin and best friend, Gwen Tennyson.


Ben is a childish, immature, and arrogant kid who uses his wit to cover up his fears, shortcomings, etc.


Once he discovers the superpowers, he becomes a hero fighting to save the good guys. Gwen, on the other hand, is a smart mouth who is always ready with a comeback for Ben.


She is intelligent and mature and often becomes the voice of reason to rein in Ben’s brashness. Together they make a great crime fighter with the right mix of bravery, kindness, maturity, etc.



44. Big Dog & Little Dog (2 Stupid Dogs)


Big Dog & Little Dog (2 Stupid Dogs)


2 Stupid Dogs is a cartoon series from the 90s that was telecast on TBS before it was added to broadcast syndication.


The series was about two dogs called The Big Dog and The Little Dog. Big Dog is an English sheepdog with gray fur and a purple nose, whereas Little Dog is a tawny dachshund.


They were often portrayed as stupid dogs that got mixed up in misadventures all day long. However, Big Dog was a more aloof and lazy dog who could not be bothered to react.


He displayed bouts of philosophical intelligence. Little Dog was scared of cats, but he was an energetic and friendly dog.


He was the antithesis of Big Dog. They each helped and protected the other through all their mishaps and adventures.



45. Blossom, Bubbles, & Buttercup (The Powerpuff Girls)


Blossom, Bubbles, & Buttercup (The Powerpuff Girls)


The Powerpuff Girls are a trio of superhumans that were created in a lab with sugar, spice, and everything nice.


However, a mystery chemical, X, was added accidentally, creating little girls with superpowers. These little girls are as different as chalk and cheese, but they are united in their fight against evil to save Townsville.


Blossom is the undeclared leader of the group, and she has reddish-pink hair, pink eyes, and a pink dress.


She is controlling and likes to command people. Bubbles is the joyful sweetheart with blond hair, blue eyes, and a blue dress.


She likes playing with colors and is a kind and caring child. Buttercup is a strong fighter with black hair, green eyes, and a green dress.


She is a tomboy who likes to pick fights and beat up people.



46. Huey, Dewey, and Louie (DuckTales)


Huey, Dewey, and Louie (DuckTales)


Huey, Dewey, and Louie are technically not friends; they are triplets. However, they are like a group of best friends who work together to prank their uncle Donald Duck.


The three ducklings are consummate pranksters who will go to any extent to prank the opposite person. However, it is only fun when we are not the targets.


Huey is the duckling in red, Dewey is the one in blue, and Louie is in green. They have some distinct characteristics, like Huey being the more responsible of the three, Dewey being the most individualistic, and Louie being the laziest.


Yet, they are also similar in their attitude toward mischief.



47. Fry & Bender (Futurama)


Fry & Bender (Futurama)


Philip J. Fry and Bender Bending Rodriguez could be called best friends, and I say ‘could be’ because some of their fights are borderline disturbing.


On one occasion, when Fry was asleep, Bender secretly had his kidney removed to be sold for money. Fry decided to become roommates with Bender as soon as he woke up from his cryostasis, and they have been friends ever since.


As much as they fight, both have a similar sense of humor and like to mock enlightened or pseudo-enlightened people.


Fry once broke into a monastery to steam their telescope to search for Bender when he was kidnapped.



48. Chip & Dale (Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers)


Chip & Dale (Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers)


Chip and Dale are two chipmunks from the animated show Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers. They were introduced for the first time as a short in the Mickey mouse animated series, but soon with their popularity, they were given their own show in which they played detectives.


Chip is the more serious logical-brained chipmunk in the duo. He is very work-minded and rational and has no funny bones.


To counter Chip, we have Dale, who is the goofy one. He is the party animal who likes to flirt and play pranks all day.


His casual attitude gets on Chip’s last nerve, but it is needed to ensure Chip does not turn into a machine.



49. Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble (The Flintstones)


Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble (The Flintstones)


Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble are friends from the Hanna-Barbera animated show The Flintstones. They are both neighbors in the pre-historic town of Bedrock.


Their families are best friends too and handle all the issues, joys, and sorrows together. Fred and Barney work at the same place and live in the same neighborhood.


But the similarity ends here as Fred Flintstone is an impulsive, hot-headed, fun-loving, party animal, and Barney Rubble is a soft-spoken, cautious, patient, understanding, and non-confrontational person.


They both balance each other and cover up the other’s shortcomings.



50. Elroy & Astro (The Jetsons)


Elroy & Astro (Jetsons)


Elroy Jetson and Astro are not your typical best friends as Astro is the pet dog of the family, and Elroy is the youngest child.


Yet, I have included this pair in the list as Astro, the dog, behaves like a pet with George Jetson and showers him with all the doggy antics.


However, between the two of them, Elroy and Astro are like friends or brothers-in-arms. They prank their sister Judy, steal treats from Jane Jetson, hide each other’s mischiefs, etc.


When either of them wants an extra allowance or toy, they both beg on behalf of the other in front of George.


Astro also helps Elroy take revenge on his school bullies.



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