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Top 100 Most Popular Disney Characters Of All Time

Bijesh NageshBijesh-Updated May 19, 2022


Disney Cartoon characters

 

This article is the continuation of the best cartoon characters, but here we have picked Disney cartoon characters only.

 

Characters mentioned in the list are not ranked on popularity or any other basis. Each of these characters has contributed to the success of their series or movie and hence they are equally important.

 

So, let's see some of the popular Disney characters in this list of 100.

 

 

100. John Smith

 

John Smith (disney)

 

Pocahontas's love interest in the 1995 animated feature film with her name on the title, John Smith starts out as an intrepid explorer looking to make his mark.

 

As time goes, love and a desire to do the right thing change his mind about exploiting the New World.

 

In this regard, Captain John Smith – voiced by Mel Gibson – became one of the most inspiring characters in and out of Disney.

 

 

 

99. Goofy

 

Goofy (disney)

 

The quite literally goofy dog who is as tall as he is sweet-natured, Goofy brings amazing comedic value in every scene he has been in over the years.

 

In the "Mickey Mouse" (2013-2019) animated TV series, he was voiced by Bill Farmer. Goofy brings his renowned energy and humorous vibe to bear on multiple episodes.

 

 

 

98. Donald Duck

 

Donald Duck (disney)

 

Yet another unforgettable character in the realm of cartoons, Donald is a literal duck known for being sassy, irritable, emotive, and funny.

 

He was voiced by Tony Anselmo in the "Mickey Mouse" (2013-2019) animated TV series.

 

 

 

97. Scrooge McDuck

 

Scrooge McDuck (disney)

 

This is yet another 'Mickey Mouse' alumni who cannot be forgotten even if we tried.

 

Rich, powerful, egotistic, but also supportive, Scrooge's unceasing love for money has made him a symbolic and humorous character in the "Mickey Mouse" (2013-2019) animated TV series.

 

He was voiced by John Kassir.

 

 

 

96. Taran

 

Taran (disney)

 

Playing the lead role in the 1985 animated feature film "The Black Cauldron", Taran became a favorite among cartoon lovers for myriad reasons.

 

He was voiced by Grant Bardsley for the screen. In addition to being a 'foundling', Taran is always hungry for adventure and the chance to learn new things.

 

Cheerful, courageous, headstrong, and at times foolhardy, Taran certainly feels like one of the most relatable cartoon characters around.

 

 

 

95. Gurgi

 

Gurgi (disney)

 

An adorable gopher-like creature with distorted speech patterns that is reminiscent of Donald Duck, Gurgi plays a significant part in "The Black Cauldron" (1985) where he starts out cowardly but helps Taran in crucial ways when the time comes.

 

He was voiced by John Byner. Gurgi's self-sacrifice is still considered one of the noblest among cartoon characters.

 

No wonder he has come to occupy a special place in the hearts of cartoon lovers all over the world.

 

 

 

94. Princess Odette

 

Princess Odette (disney)

 

Playing the titular character in the 1994 animated feature film "The Swan Princess", Odette is a princess cursed to live as a swan all day until she finds love, which alone can break the curse.

 

Odette's sweet nature and concern for the family have endeared her to plenty of cartoon lovers.

 

Her singing voice is also something to admire. She was voiced by Michelle Nicastro. Liz Callaway covered her singing portions in the film.

 

 

 

93. Arthur Pendragon

 

Arthur Pendragon

 

A sweet and innocent main character who went on to do the impossible, Arthur (aka Wart) fulfills a classic role in the 1963 animated feature film "The Sword in the Stone".

 

The film portrays the life of a boy who grows wise and self-confident, enough to draw the legendary Excalibur, aka the 'sword in the stone', and become ruler of England.

 

He was voiced by Rickie Sorensen. An orphan who became a king certainly makes for an unforgettable character trait.

 

 

 

92. Merlin

 

Merlin (disney)

 

A signature character whose name hails from history that definitely precedes the animated feature film "The Sword in the Stone" (1963), Merlin plays a crucial role as a powerful wizard who takes it upon himself to advise and educate the young King Arthur.

 

Merlin was voiced by Karl Swenson. The cartoon wizard proves rather absentminded at times, lending his character a humorous twist in the movie.

 

His irritable familiar Archimedes adds to the fun.

 

 

 

91. Crysta

 

Crysta (disney)

 

The beautiful fairy who featured as one of the main characters in the 1992 animated feature film "FernGully: The Last Rainforest", Crysta is one of the most familiar characters from the 90s era.

 

She was voiced by Samantha Mathis. Her passion to protect the rainforest, which is home to so many creatures including herself, resonates with plenty of modern-day environment-conscious 'rebels' and organizations.

 

 

 

90. Batty Koda

 

Batty Koda (disney)

 

One of the funniest animal characters in the cartoon realm is a fruit bat named Batty Koda, from the "FernGully: The Last Rainforest" (1992) animated feature film.

 

Voiced by Robin Williams, this character is a wacky and weird addition to the roster, and one of the movie's most memorable inclusions.

 

 

89. Woody

 

Woody (disney)

 

One of the core characters in the excellent 1995 animated feature film "Toy Story', Woody is a vintage cowboy doll who captured the love and sympathy of cartoon lovers all over the world.

 

He is Andy's favorite toy in the film and was voiced by the amazing Tom Hanks.

 

His rivalry with Buzz, romantic stirrings for Bo-Peep, and everlasting loyalty to his owner and friend Andy have made Woody a beloved well-balanced character.

 

 

88. Buzz Lightyear

 

Buzz Lightyear (disney)

 

Buzz is a toy astronaut, and Andy's latest toy to add to his collection in "Toy Story" (1995), the animated feature film that warmed as well as broke hearts the world over.

 

He was voiced by Tim Allen. Buzz Lightyear's 'space man' attitude redefined the way people saw such toys.

 

His gradually blossoming friendship with Woody adds to Buzz's lovability.

 

 

87. Jessie

 

Jessie (disney)

 

The yodeling cowgirl with some of the most empathetic arcs in the hit 1999 animated feature film "Toy Story 2", Jessie is a memorable cartoon character whose fear of being abandoned resonates with us all.

 

She was voiced by Joan Cusack. She takes over 'sheriff duties' from Woody when the time comes.

 

Jessie is an excitable, sarcastic, and friendly doll who grew to become a fan favorite.

 

 

86. Roger Rabbit

 

Roger Rabbit (disney)

 

This is a special entry on the list because Roger Rabbit is one of the few popular cartoon characters out there who appeared in a movie that is not technically a full-fledged cartoon.

 

However, the sheer excellence of its characters as they make their way in an all too real cinematically rendered world deserves special mention.

 

Its toon characters have, in fact, become legends over the years. The overly anxious, frantic, almost neurotic rabbit at the heart of this film, and its title, is one of the most immediately recognizable characters in the world.

 

Even his scream is familiar. A testament to animation during Hollywood's Golden Age, this bunny brings a world's worth of entertainment value to the genre.

 

He was voiced by Charles Fleischer.

 

 

85. Jessica Rabbit

 

Jessica Rabbit

 

Roger's wife Jessica puts the 'B' in 'Bombshell'. In addition to providing significant suspense value in this movie, she lays on sex appeal in ways that can only be termed sinfully delicious.

 

Over the years, this sensual cartoon character has attracted her fair share of scandal, making her one of the most talked-about cartoons in history.

 

Her performance model was Betsy Brantley, with Kathleen Turner lending the voice talent for her on-screen.

 

 

84. Dodger

 

Dodger (disney) (animal)

 

A charming and clever dog who knows more about New York City than some of the people who live there, almost everything about Dodger is worth appreciating.

 

The amazing Billy Joel himself voiced this street-wise Jack Russell Terrier. You can imagine how ecstatic fans get each time Dodger sings one of his catchy tunes because it's Billy Joel doing the singing, obviously.

 

No wonder this doggo's so famous. His role in the 1988 animated feature film "Oliver & Company" remains one of the most defining ones in the cartoon lexicon.

 

His character is based on the Artful Dodger, made famous in Charles Dickens's "Oliver Twist" classic novel.

 

 

83. Oliver

 

Oliver (disney) (animal)

 

The main character in the "Oliver & Company" (1988) animated feature film is an orange tabby kitten named Oliver who initially belonged to Fagin before he found a forever-home in Jenny Foxworth.

 

This deeply adorable and empathy-inspiring kitty is, in several ways, the heart of the story.

 

He was voiced by Joey Lawrence. Oliver's friendly nature wars with his need to fit in.

 

He is as brave as he is cute, and as caring as he is lovable.

 

Though prone to bouts of anger, he always has a good reason for it. Oliver's resourcefulness and determination have made him one of the most recognizable cartoon cats, and the most significant character in "Oliver & Company".

 

 

82. Georgette

 

Georgette (disney) (animal)

 

Of all the amazing dogs – each with their own personality and appeal – the 'diva' Georgette stands out purely because of how impossible she makes it for viewers to forget her part in the 1988 animated feature film "Oliver & Company".

 

She was voiced by the just-as-unforgettable Bette Midler. Georgette brings a sense of spoiled and pampered arrogance complemented by show-dog-worthy beauty and 'upper class' sophistication that makes her character at once annoying and gorgeous.

 

She owns her status in all the best ways. As the movie progresses, the pedigree poodle redeems her vain and self-obsessed image by helping Oliver and his friends accomplish their goals.

 

 

81. Milo Thatch

 

Milo Thatch (disney)

 

One of the core characters in the 2001 animated feature film "Atlantis: The Lost Empire", Milo is a cartography expert and linguist who accompanies other characters on an expedition that leads them to the legendary 'lost continent' of Atlantis.

 

He was voiced by Michael J. Fox. Milo proves to be a rather quirky and somewhat 'unheroic' sort of protagonist.

 

He captured the love of cartoon fans for his eccentric charm and passion for discovery.

 

 

80. Kida Nedakh

 

Kida Nedakh (disney)

 

One of the main characters from Atlantis in the animated feature film "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" (2001), Kidagakash "Kida" Nedakh is the Atlantean king's daughter and one of the most beloved cartoon characters ever illustrated.

 

Kida was voiced by Cree Summer. The character veers away from the 'princess trope' and brings a refreshing sense of confidence and empowerment to her role in the movie.

 

 

79. Audrey Ramirez

 

Audrey Ramirez (disney)

 

A tough and resourceful engineer, Audrey Ramirez made for a superb main character in the 2001 animated feature film "Atlantis: The Lost Empire".

 

She has a great backstory. Audrey's sarcasm and aggression balance out her love for family and work.

 

Deep down, she truly cares for her friends. She was voiced by Jacqueline Obradors. Audrey is an 'empowered woman' cartoon character, a trait that has earned her a place in the hearts of fans and sundry.

 

 

78. Thomas O'Malley

 

Thomas O'Malley (disney) (animal)

 

A confident and free-spirited cat who knows how to 'partay', Thomas O'Malley brings such unequivocal fun to the 1970 "The Aristocats" animated feature film.

 

He was voiced by Phil Harris. From his distinct tom-cat look and lifestyle to his smooth-talking nature, there's little wonder how Thomas became a fan favorite over the years.

 

When he falls for Duchess, he only adds to his charm quotient and memorability. He also becomes a sort of father figure to her kittens, which further endears him in the eyes of fans.

 

And when Thomas O'Malley starts to sing – especially with his alley cat buddies – there's every chance you will get up and dance to the tune of "Everybody Wants To Be A Cat".

 

 

77. Duchess

 

Duchess

 

Gracious, courteous, sophisticated, and refined, Duchess is definitely one of the most instantly recognizable cartoon cats in the world.

 

She was voiced by the lustrous Eva Gabor in "The Aristocats" (1970) animated feature film.

 

A protective mother and wise feline, she has become an instant hit with fans. Adding to her appeal is her love of music and manners.

 

Duchess genuinely redefines the elegance of French aristocracy. She apparently loves playing the piano and also singing.

 

There is literally nothing to dislike about this perfect and beautiful cat. She takes after her owner Madame Adelaide Bonfamille who lends the movie some distinct Carmen Dell'Orefice vibes.

 

 

76. The Alley Cats

 

The alley cats

 

Each one of these kitty-cats deserves a separate entry on this list, but for the sake of keeping them together as the music band they themselves have proven to be, here they are, the Alley Cats… Featuring in select portions of the 1970 "The Aristocats" animated feature film, these kitties certainly displayed the 'groove factor' when they showcased their musical talents.

As a jazz band, the Alley Cats bring a vibrant energy to the movie. We have Shun Gon (the Chinese Cat voiced by Paul Winchell) on the piano as well as the drums (which are actually clay pots).

 

Next, we have Hit Cat (the English Cat voiced by Lord Tim Hudson) on the acoustic guitar, and Peppo (the Italian Cat voiced by Vito Scotti) on the concertina.

 

Let's not forget Billy Boss (the Russian Cat voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft) whose mastery of the double bass is impressive. Finally, there's Scat Cat (voiced by Scatman Crothers) on the trumpet as well as vocals. 

 

 

75. Pocahontas

 

Pocahontas (disney)

 

The main character in the sensational 1995 animated feature film "Pocahontas", brings inspiring bravery, warmth, love, and receptive elegance to the movie.

 

Pocahontas was voiced by Irene Bedard. The titular Pocahontas is one of the most recognizable Disney cartoon characters in the world.

 

Her unreserved passion for freedom, equality, and understanding has set Pocahontas in a motivational spotlight.

 

 

74. Mowgli

 

Mowgli

 

The titular character in the 1967 "The Jungle Book" animated feature film, Mowgli has become a household name for being the one cartoon boy to experience one of the most unforgettable jungle adventures in history.

 

He was voiced by Bruce Reitherman. After being abandoned as a baby, Mowgli has luck and fate to thank for being saved by a Black Panther.

 

He grows up among a pack of Wolves, goes on an adventure with an adult Bear who becomes his best friend, courts danger in an Orangutan with a human complex and the army of monkey-minions he commands, encounters a herd of elephants, and befriends their youngest, is almost swallowed whole by a gigantic and rather hypnotic Rock Python, and is hunted by a ferocious Bengal Tiger.

 

As if this isn't iconic enough, Mowgli lives to tell all about it. One may even call this cute, curious, and oft-naïve character the original 'Boy Who Lived'.

 

 

73. Baloo

 

Baloo

 

The Indian Bear with a tendency to appreciate 'the bare necessities of life', Baloo is a plot-perfect character in "The Jungle Book" (1967) animated feature film.

 

He was voiced by Phil Harris. From teaching valuable advice to Mowgli to protecting him when the time comes, this carefree bear is at once responsible for both Mowgli's safety and troubles.

 

But no matter, the boy loves him with all his heart. And what's not to love, Baloo's a singing and dancing 'live in the moment' bear who has definitely earned his popularity as one of the most famous characters in the realm of cartoons.

 

 

72. Bagheera

 

Bagheera

 

A Black Panther whose wisdom and jungle-smarts led him to the 'man-cub' Mowgli, Bagheera is single-paw-edly responsible for saving the boy's life.

 

He was voiced by Sebastian Cabot in the 1967 "The Jungle Book" animated feature film.

 

That he entrusted the child's care to a family of Wolves – India used to have them back in the day, including large pride of Asiatic Lions, which are now critically endangered – attests to Bagheera's wisdom in more ways than one.

 

His compassion, patience, and forward-thinking have made Bagheera a fan favorite over the years.

 

 

71. Aurora

 

Aurora (old) (disney)

 

The main character in the 1959 animated feature film "Sleeping Beauty", Aurora is known for her inimitable elegance and beauty.

 

The princess suffers great injustice at the hands of Maleficent who puts her in deep sleep after she's made to prick her finger on a spinning wheel needle.

 

She faces a life or death situation that she has no control over. Aurora's journey appeals to so many people who find themselves in situations in which they have no say.

 

She was voiced by Mary Costa. The gentle, patient and loving Aurora has come to occupy a fond place in the hearts of cartoon enthusiasts.

 

 

70. Flora, Fauna & Merryweather

 

Flora, Fauna & Merryweather (disney)

 

These three fairies, with permission from the king and queen, spirit Aurora away to be raised in secret, following the threat of Maleficent's curse in the "Sleeping Beauty" (1959) animated feature film.

 

They do everything to protect her, but fate has its way in the end. Even after that, Flora (voiced by Verna Felton), Fauna (voiced by Barbara Jo Allen), and Merryweather (voiced by Barbara Luddy) do not stop at doing whatever it takes to save Aurora's life and bring her back from the deep sleep in which the curse threw her.

 

They are as much the princess's parents as her actual royal mum and dad, and they are also her teachers, guardians, and friends.

 

 

69. Kuzco

 

Kuzco (disney)

 

The main character in the year-2000 animated feature film "The Emperor's New Groove", Kuzco brings both heroics and humor to his role.

 

He is sassy, self-obsessed, and arrogant, but learns later on the value of humility and friendship.

 

He was voiced by David Spade. Kuzco gets transformed into a talking llama in the film, adding to the magical entertainment and comedy value surrounding his character.

 

 

68. Pacha

 

Pacha (disney)

 

A wise village leader living in the countryside, Pacha's life is turned upside down when he finds himself striving to help Kuzco in the "The Emperor's New Groove" (2000) animated feature film.

 

He was voiced by John Goodman. The prince has been turned into a talking llama and his future does not bode well.

 

Pacha goes out of his way to help him regain the throne, but not before teaching him a lesson or two along the way.

 

Pacha proves to be as caring as he is family-minded, adding to the reasons he has become a popular cartoon character.

 

 

67. Pongo

 

Pongo (disney)

 

The actual '101' number is not part of the original 1961 cartoon classic, which is titled in full "One Hundred and One Dalmatians".

 

Pongo is one of the main dogs in the film. He was voiced by Rod Taylor.

 

Granted, the puppies are the real scene-stealers, but Pongo's bravery and fatherly love more than made him a beloved character.

 

He is Roger's pet companion in the movie. Pongo is playful, goofy, and loyal.

 

 

66. Perdita

 

Perdita (disney)

 

The female Dalmatian in the 1961 animated feature film "One Hundred and One Dalmatians", Perdita's grace and lovability gushes off the screen in ways that have made her one of the most adored cartoon characters dogs.

 

She was voiced by Cate Bauer. Her love for the puppies – her own and the rest of them – is quite special.

 

She's Anita's pet companion in the film. Perdita is disciplined, mannered, and elegant.

 

 

65. Roger Radcliffe

 

Roger Radcliffe (disney)

 

Anita's husband and Pongo's 'pet parent', Roger's role in the 1961 animated feature film "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" is as compelling as it is memorable.

 

He is a kind and caring man and puts in every effort to try and find the puppies after they are kidnapped.

 

He was voiced by Ben Wright. Roger is also a skilled pianist and songwriter.

 

 

64. Jasper and Horace

 

Jasper and Horace (disney)

 

Incompetent goons turned pathetic dognappers, Jasper and Horace serve the whims of Cruella de Vil in the 1961 animated feature film "One Hundred and One Dalmatians".

 

Jasper was voiced by J. Pat O'Malley, and Horace by Frederick Worlock. The men suffer the worst when they keep failing to reclaim the puppies they kidnapped on behalf of their 'cruel' boss.

 

As dastardly henchmen, these two have become highly recognizable cartoon characters over the years. Loud-mouthed and short-tempered Jasper is supposedly the 'brain' while the ever-hungry Horace is the 'muscle'.

 

 

63. The Gummi Bears

 

The Gummi Bears (disney)

 

We have to include all of them under one category because each of these bears is unique and brings something special to the "Adventures of the Gummi Bears" animated TV series that ran for six seasons from 1985-1991.

 

As reclusive as they are ancient, the Gummi bears are not real to human beings many of whom only think of them as fairy tales and legends.

 

There was once a time, in the ancient past, when people and Gummi bears used to co-exist.

 

This is one of a handful of 'historical' elements that have rendered these characters beautiful, multi-layered, and nuanced.

 

The seven Gummi bears at the core of this unforgettable series are Gruffi, Zummi, Grammi, Tummi, Sunni, Cubbi, and Gusto.

 

 

62. Pinocchio

 

Pinocchio (disney)

 

In the 1940 animated feature film "Pinocchio", the titular character experiences a daring and incredible life-journey that sees him becoming a real boy from the wooden puppet that he originally was.

 

This symbolic story has resonated with multiple generations, veritably making Pinocchio one of the most amazing cartoon characters ever created.

 

He was voiced by Dickie Jones. At first, disobedient and stubborn, Pinocchio learns to be brave, honest, and caring, marking a wonderful character arc in the movie.

 

He's so adorably innocent and naïve that you can't help but want to see him find safety and happiness.

 

 

61. Jiminy Cricket

 

Jiminy Cricket (disney)

 

Playing the role of Pinocchio's conscience, this well-dressed bug brought a world of emotional value to the animated feature film "Pinocchio" (1940).

 

The wisecracking cricket is seen wearing a tailcoat and top hat, and with a tiny umbrella too.

 

The Blue Fairy appoints him as Pinocchio's conscience, and he certainly strives to do good by the boy.

 

Cliff Edwards voiced the character. Jiminy is as level-headed as he is realistic and wise.

 

 

60. Geppetto

 

Geppetto (disney)

 

One of the core human characters in the 1940 animated feature film "Pinocchio", Gepetto is a carpenter who is credited with creating the titular character and 'wished upon a star' to have his own son.

 

The puppet thus came to life, but only as a puppet. The part Geppetto plays in Pinocchio's life is heartwarming and inspiring.

 

He was voiced by Christian Rub. A humble and whimsical old man, Geppetto is also gleeful and sweet.

 

 

59. Blue Fairy

 

Blue Fairy (disney)

 

One of the main 'game-changer characters' in the animated feature film "Pinocchio" (1940), the beautiful Blue Fairy is the one who grants Gepetto's wish to have a son by making his child-puppet come to life.

 

She also disciplines Pinocchio by causing his nose to grow longer every time he lies.

 

The Blue Fairy also transforms Jiminy and gives him the responsibility of being the boy's conscience.

 

Evelyn Venable voiced the character for the movie. The Blue Fairy can take multiple shapes – a white dove, a wishing star.

 

Once Pinocchio proves his worth, it is she who transforms him at last into a real boy.

 

 

58. Snow White

 

Snow White (old) (disney)

 

The titular character in the ground-breaking 1937 animated feature film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", soon became one of the most recognizable names in cartoon history.

 

Snow White is a young princess naïve about the dark nature of people. Because she is oh-so-fair, her jealous stepmother decides to kill her.

 

Snow White was voiced by Adriana Caselotti. Her love of animals and the goodness in people's hearts set her apart in more ways than one.

 

Snow White's character arc from a girl coming to terms with her unfair (pun intended) situation to a woman who fully embraces it makes for symbolic and inspiring viewing.

 

 

57. The Seven Dwarfs

 

The Seven Dwarfs (old) (disney)

 

Instead of dedicating seven individual points for each of these memorable dwarfs from the 1937 animated feature film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", we decided to club them together.

 

They're always together in the film, anyways. Bashful, Dopey, Sneezy, Sleepy, Grumpy, Happy, and Doc comprise the Seven Dwarves who take Snow White into their home.

 

They were, respectively, voiced by Scotty Mattraw, Eddie Collins, Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, also Pinto Colvig, Otis Harlan, and Roy Atwell.

 

They support and protect the lost princess when she most needs it, adding to the compassionate and virtuous nature of these wonderful characters.

 

 

56. Magic Mirror

 

Magic Mirror (old) (disney)

 

This is a character in his own right. At once enigmatic and enchanting, the Magic Mirror is actually quite the game-changer in the "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) animated feature film.

 

If not for his declarative confession that Snow White is indeed the "fairest of them all", there won't have been any real plot to speak of.

 

His subservience to the Evil Queen portends dark symbolism. He was voiced by Moroni Olsen.

 

From his theatrical mask to his residence inside a mirror surrounded by fire and smoke, to that bone-chilling deep voice, there's little wonder how this character has become so iconic.

 

 

55. Belle

 

Belle (disney)

 

The titular character in the 1991 animated feature film "Beauty and the Beast", there are multiple reasons how Belle became a favorite among cartoon lovers.

 

Her self-taught and book-loving tendency for independent thinking and innate trait of finding the good in people, even a monstrous humanoid beast, are just a handful of those reasons.

 

She was voiced by Paige O'Hara. A bibliophile and lover of adventure, Belle is one of the most beautifully empowered characters in cartoon history.

 

 

54. Beast

 

Beast (disney)

 

Once a prince, now cursed to live in the skin of a man-monster, the Beast plays a powerful role in the "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) animated feature film.

 

He was voiced by Robby Benson. From his arrogant and irritable nature, the Beast gradually melts under the care and attention shown by Belle until he grows to understand his purpose and destiny.

 

As the enchantment wears off and he regains his human self, audiences everywhere understand the potent parallel, that a beast lives inside all of us, and love can help us find a way to our higher selves.

 

 

53. Lumiere

 

Lumiere (disney)

 

Yet another instantly recognizable character, Lumiere is a candelabrum with a French accent. He puts on quite the show in the 1991 animated feature film "Beauty and the Beast".

 

He is at once funny, witty, emotional, mischievous, charming, showy, and brave. He was voiced by Jerry Orbach.

 

Lumiere is part of several game-changing moments in the film. His deep wisdom is not always observable owing to his overt showmanship and penchant for humor.

 

 

52. Cogsworth

 

Cogsworth (disney)

 

The most popular clock in all of cartoon history is Cogsworth, a high-ranking palace staff member who has transformed like everyone else at the castle thanks to the Beast's selfishness and unwillingness to help a poor soul, who turned out to be a magnificent enchantress.

 

Cogsworth was voiced by David Ogden Stiers. The character is always cognizant of what caused their unfortunate situation in the first place.

 

His paternal love for the Beast and sympathy for his situation set a wonderful tone in the film.

 

Cogsworth is also known for his overly-cautious nature and awkward attitude.

 

 

51. Robin Hood

 

Robin Hood (disney)

 

One of the earliest feature-length animation movies ever made, the 1973 "Robin Hood" film took a classic literary favorite and made it toony good fun.

 

Its titular character went on to inspire young kids all over the world. Over the years, he also became popular among adults.

 

The foxy Hood was voiced by Brian Bedford and remains to this day one of the most instantly recognizable cartoon characters.

 

Known for his valor and sharp sense of justice, the charming and agile Robin Hood will not soon be forgotten.

 

 

50. Mickey Mouse

 

Mickey Mouse (disney)

 

The mouse that started it all, Mickey certainly has numerous series and films to his name.

 

But the 2013-2019 "Mickey Mouse" animated TV series deserves special mention for being one of the most memorable cartoon shows to capture the life and milestones of the one and only Mickey Mouse, and friends.

 

He was voiced for the series by Chris Diamantopoulos. The show ran for five seasons.

 

Honorable mentions: Daisy Duck, Clarabelle Cow, Mortimer Mouse, Gubbles, Wadworth Thorndyke the Third, Aardvark Lady (Betty White herself voiced this one), and Boiler.

 

There's no introduction required for this ultra-popular character, a mouse whose kindness, lovability, and tendency to prioritize his near and dear ones has only made him a shining example of cartoon greatness.

 

 

49. Minnie Mouse

 

Minnie Mouse (disney)

 

The jam to Mickey's butter, Minnie and he have always been inseparable as characters and on-screen romantic partners.

 

Minnie in the "Mickey Mouse" (2013-2019) animated TV series was voiced by Russi Taylor. Minnie brings ample emotional value to the show.

 

 

48. Tramp

 

Tramp (disney) (old)

 

One of the main characters in the 1955 animated feature film "Lady and the Tramp", this dog has become one of the most popular cartoon characters for his bravery, suave charm, and daring pursuit of adventure.

 

He's essentially a scruffy mid-sized mutt breed, as his name suggests, with keen street smarts.

 

Larry Roberts was the voice behind this beloved cartoon dog. Tramp is known to be laid back and thirsty for adventure, always roaming and never desiring to settle.

 

Until he meets Lady, who turns his whole world upside down.

 

 

47. Lady

 

Lady (disney) (old)

 

The other core character in the "Lady and the Tramp" (1955) animated feature film, this cocker spaniel breed has become beloved among cartoon lovers for her grace, elegance, and willingness to protect the ones she loves even at great danger to herself.

 

The adventure that the initially naïve and timid Lady experiences – thanks in large part to Tramp – is a lesson in character development.

 

She comes out of it not rougher but certainly tougher. Barbara Luddy voiced her in the movie.

 

Lady's compassion complements her love of family, and she finds her own special love in Tramp.

 

 

46. Jock

 

Jock (disney) (old)

 

Another 'instant favorite' from the 1955 animated feature film "Lady and the Tramp", Jock is an easily irritated Scottish terrier who is close to Lady.

 

Their friendship defines many a moment in the movie. He was voiced by Bill Thompson.

 

Though gruff, Jock is a softie at heart. All he wants is to see Lady find happiness.

 

Jock is best friends with another dog named Trusty.

 

 

45. Trusty

 

Trusty (disney) (old)

 

The bloodhound with a heart of gold, Trusty plays a significant role in the "Lady and the Tramp" (1955) animated feature film.

 

His sharp sense of smell helps the others track down Tramp, thus sparking off a series of events that saves Lady's future.

 

He was voiced by Bill Baucom. At first clumsy and a tad absent-minded, Trusty redeems himself in more ways than one.

 

His charm and 'Southern gentleman' courtesy have added to the reasons why he has become a favorite among cartoon lovers.

 

 

44. Pound Dogs

 

Pound Dogs (disney) (old)

 

Toughy (a mutt), Peg (a Pekingese), Bull (a Bulldog), Boris (a Russian Wolfhound), Dachsie (a Dachshund), and Pedro (a Chihuahua) are some of the most beloved dogs in the realm of cartoons.

 

They were, respectively, voiced by Dallas McKennon, Peggy Lee (the one and only, whose rendition of "He's a Tramp" is still a catchy tune), Bill Thompson, Alan Reed, Bill Thompson again, and Dallas McKennon once more.

 

They are the dogs at the pound in the 1955 animated feature film "Lady and the Tramp".

 

Each one of them brings their own character quirks and singing skills to bear on the plot and helps Tramp and Lady in important ways going forward.

 

 

43. Si & Am

 

Si & Am (disney) (old)

 

These two Siamese cats introduce a particularly elegant style of collaborative mischief that has made them famous in cartoon lore.

 

They actually enjoy causing mayhem for Lady, adding to their antagonistic charm in the "Lady and the Tramp" (1955) animated feature film.

 

The inimitable Peggy Lee lent her voice to both Si and Am. The cats belong to Aunt Sarah, who is related to Lady's pet-family Jim and Darling.

 

The sinister vibe these two kitties bring to the movie is so smooth that it simply has to be seen to be appreciated.

 

 

42. Tony & Joe

 

Tony & Joe (disney) (old)

 

The two most famous restauranteurs in cartoon history are Tony and Joe, a waiter/owner and chef who play Italian culinary artists in the 1955 animated feature film "Lady and the Tramp".

 

Tony was voiced by George Givot, and Joe was voiced by Bill Thompson. More than their camaraderie and kindness to Tramp, their rendition of the original song "Bella Nolte" has set an unforgettable standard for romantic music in cartoon cinema.

 

Their singing accompanies one of the most iconic scenes in the film, the one where Lady and Tramp are eating a plate of spaghetti with meatballs, and they both end up kissing after slurping the same noodle strand.

 

 

41. Tarzan

 

Tarzan (disney)

 

The main character in the hit 1999 animated feature film "Tarzan" has become popular for multiple reasons.

 

From his heartbreaking childhood – when he lost his parents to Sabor the leopard – to his amazing sense of survival, love for his adoptive family, protective and curious nature, and desire to learn more about himself.

 

His blooming love for Jane further adds to his popularity. His older version was voiced by Tony Goldwyn and his younger version by Alex D.

 

Linz. Along with great music defining his journey, Tarzan goes through some of the most unforgettable moments in cartoon-character history.

 

 

40. Terk

 

Terk (disney)

 

Part of Tarzan's adoptive ape pack and family, Terk brings beautiful humor and friendship value to the animated feature film "Tarzan" (1999).

 

She was voiced by Rosie O'Donnell. Terk is at once sassy, witty, bossy, confident, and funny.

 

There's little wonder how she has become one of the most instantly recognizable characters among cartoon lovers.

 

 

39. Jane Porter

 

Jane Porter (disney)

 

British explorer, and later Tarzan's love interest, Jane plays one of the most life-changing roles in the life of the titular character from the hit 1999 animated feature film "Tarzan".

 

She was voiced by Minnie Driver. Classy, well-mannered, and highly intelligent, Jane comes to study gorillas with her father Archimedes Q.

 

Porter. Before long, she grows fascinated with Tarzan. Her attempts to guide and teach him something crucial about his origins gradually lead to Jane falling in love with Tarzan's innocence concerning the real world and his steadfast protectiveness of those he loves.

 

 

38. Tantor

 

Tantor (disney)

 

An enormously beloved elephant character from the realm of cartoons, Tantor (both his younger and older versions) have attained immense popularity following the release of the "Tarzan" (1999) animated feature film.

 

Tantor's easily unnerved nature complements his brave and selfless deeds later on in the movie.

 

The rust-hued pachyderm was voiced by Wayne Knight. The gentle elephant is one of Tarzan's besties in the movie and rises to the occasion when his friend needs him most.

 

 

37. Kerchak

 

Kerchak (disney)

 

The gruff and tough patriarch of the ape pack, Kerchak is the alpha-male Silverback Gorilla in the 1999 animated feature film "Tarzan" (1999).

 

He is as protective as he is strict, and not altogether accepting of Tarzan's place in his family.

 

But he grows to accept the boy as one of his own. Kerchak was voiced by Lance Henriksen.

 

His heroic efforts to keep his family safe from encroaching hunters, coupled with his sheer screen presence, more than add to Kerchak's popularity as a cartoon character.

 

 

36. Kala

 

Kala

 

The ape-mother who adopts Tarzan and makes sure he is accepted by the rest of the pack has certainly earned her place on cartoon lovers' favorite lists.

 

She originally saves the boy after finding him alone in a treehouse following Sabor's murder of the child's parents.

 

She goes all out to save baby Tarzan from the leopard at great risk to her own life.

 

Glenn Close voiced Kala for the 1999 animated feature film "Tarzan". Kala's calmness, gentility, and love are three core reasons why she has become one of the most beloved cartoon characters of all time.

 

 

35. Aladdin

 

Aladdin (disney)

 

Not only the character but his name too has become an instantly recognizable trademark in the realm of cartoons.

 

The 1992 animated feature film "Aladdin" features a memorable protagonist whose impoverished lifestyle leads him to accept a lucrative offer from the evil Jafar, who is in disguise at the time.

 

This takes Aladdin on the adventure of a lifetime. He makes friends he'd never have thought possible, like a magic carpet and an even more magical Genie.

 

He was voiced by Scott Weinger. Despite being a 'street urchin', Aladdin ends up saving the kingdom of Agrabah from the ruthless Jafar.

 

He also sincerely earns the hand of Princess Jasmine who chose him for his humility and focuses on all that is good in the world.

 

Aladdin's character was inspired by his original namesake in the "1001 Arabian Nights" book, a collection of short stories that were first published in 1885.

 

 

34. Jasmine

 

Jasmine (disney)

 

Princess Jasmine brought independent thinking and self-confidence to her role in the 1992 animated feature film "Aladdin".

 

She is clearly against the patriarchy and the law of the land that says a woman cannot rule.

 

Jasmine is more than capable of being Agrabah's 'Sultana', but her future is put in jeopardy by the court vizier Jafar.

 

She was voiced by Linda Larkin. The way she maneuvers such perils and shortcomings and still remains herself is a testament to her character.

 

Her love for Aladdin holds meaning and elevates Jasmine's sense of self in many regards.

 

 

33. Rajah

 

Rajah

 

The large adult Tiger in the 1992 animated feature film "Aladdin" is a character in his own right.

 

Powerful, beautiful, and intensely protective of his pet-owner Jasmine, Rajah is a superb addition to the film.

 

The big cat does not speak in the movie, but his 'reaction noises' are notable thanks to Frank Welker's voice talents.

 

Rajah also plays a role in helping Aladdin thwart Jafar's plans to take over the kingdom.

 

Besides, who doesn't love a Tiger?

 

 

32. Abu

 

Abu (disney) (animal)

 

A kleptomaniacal monkey prone to bouts of mischief, Abu is the titular character's pet in the 1992 "Aladdin" animated feature film.

 

As loyal as he is funny, this little monkey – and his adorable outfit – have both stood the test of time in the eyes of cartoon lovers.

 

In many ways, Abu is Aladdin's partner in crime, aiding and abetting the young man in his various schemes to survive.

 

While he does not use words, Abu conveys his mood and emotions with monkey noises – Frank Welker did good work in this regard.

 

He plays an important role in Aladdin's life, even accepting to being transformed into an elephant if it meant his friend could realize his goals.

 

 

31. Genie

 

Genie (disney)

 

One of the most unforgettable characters from the "Aladdin" (1992) animated feature film is Genie who, in keeping with Middle-Eastern lore, hails from within a magic lamp which has kept him imprisoned for ages beyond count – five thousand years, to hear him tell it.

 

Voiced by the late great Robin Williams, the blue Genie brings remarkable energy and outstanding humor to the movie, to say nothing of his superb magical and musical vibes.

 

 

30. Magic Carpet

 

Magic Carpet (disney)

 

It might as well be a major character in its own right because the enchanted magic carpet from the 1992 animated feature film "Aladdin" remains an instantly recognizable addition to the roster.

 

Its mime-ish body language is still captivating, and the way it aids Aladdin in numerous ways has only enhanced the evergreen popularity of "Carpet".

 

 

29. Cave of Wonders

 

Cave of Wonders (disney)

 

This one is admittedly not a character in any real sense of the word. But one glance at this cartoon cave designed to look like a large Tiger's head will set the record straight.

 

The Cave of Wonders can most certainly be classified as one of the most memorable and beautifully illustrated cartoon characters of all time.

 

Frank Welker lent his versatile voice to the living, breathing, talking Cave, which hides riches and wonders, most especially the Genie in the lamp.

 

 

28. Hercules

 

Hercules (disney)

 

The main character – originally derived from ancient Greek mythology – is also the titular character in the 1997 animated feature film "Hercules".

 

He is at once inspiring, innocent, brave, and determined. His will to do the right thing more than helps this character 'go the distance'.

 

The younger version was voiced by Josh Keaton and the older by Tate Donovan. Hercules' animation style and epic journey – especially going up against Hades – has certainly stood the test of time, even in the cartoon world.

 

 

27. Meg

 

Meg (disney)

 

The beautiful yet deceptive Meg plays a double-game in the "Hercules" (1997) animated feature film.

 

She is forced into it by none other than Hades and soon breaks her shackles with help from Hercules.

 

She was voiced by Susan Egan. As a romantic love interest, she proves to be as sinuous as she is seductive.

 

Meg fulfills a game-changing role by helping Hercules transcend his limitations and earn his place among the pantheon of gods and goddesses as the rightful son of Zeus.

 

 

26. Zeus

 

Zeus (disney)

 

The 'king of the gods' and original father of Hercules, Zeus brings his own 'lightning' personality and presence to bear in the 1997 animated feature film "Hercules".

 

As patriarchal as he is wise, Zeus understands the importance of a demi-god like his son Hercules earning his place among the deities on Mt. Olympus.

 

He was voiced by Rip Torn. Zeus's power is displayed unreservedly during the back-flash sequences when he battled and contained the Titans.

 

 

25. Phil

 

Phil (disney)

 

Phil is the satyr, i.e., half-man half-goat, who trains and guides the titular hero in the 1997 animated feature film "Hercules".

 

He was voiced by the amazing Danny DeVito. Phil brings superb humor and sass to his role in the film.

 

Much of what Hercules proves capable of accomplishing won't have been possible without this little satyr who, in truth, is incredibly old.

 

 

24. Alice

 

Alice (disney) (old)

 

The titular character in the 1951 animated feature film "Alice in Wonderland", she is one of the most popular and well-known characters anywhere in the world.

 

The deeply symbolic story contained in the original book by Lewis Carroll has breathed life on the cartoon screen.

 

Alice led a game-changing revolution in animated storytelling. She was voiced by Kathryn Beaumont. From her blue dress to the many bizarre adventures she has in Wonderland, Alice stands apart as one of the most unforgettable cartoon characters in history.

 

 

23. White Rabbit

 

White Rabbit (disney) (animal)

 

The bunny that always finds himself late, and who initially draws Alice's attention, the White Rabbit is responsible for unwittingly dragging Alice into a world of strange sights and even stranger experiences in the "Alice in Wonderland" (1951) animated feature film.

 

He was voiced by Bill Thompson. His sophisticated outfit contrasts with his panicky voice in the film.

 

The White Rabbit also helps Alice on occasion.

 

 

22. Cheshire Cat

 

Cheshire Cat (disney) (animal)

 

From his mysterious voice to the smile that remains a while after he himself has disappeared, there is certainly much to the Cheshire Cat in the animated feature film "Alice in Wonderland" (1951) than meets the eye.

 

He was voiced by Sterling Holloway. Providing enigmatic guidance to Alice and also proving a tad funny at times, the Cheshire Cat has become one of the most instantly recognizable cartoon characters, and for all the best reasons.

 

His most famous line still resonates with the book- and cartoon-lovers, "We're all mad here."

 

 

21. Caterpillar

 

Caterpillar (dinsey) (animal)

 

A smoking caterpillar who prides himself on enunciating letters certainly does make for a strange sight.

 

The vibrant Caterpillar in Wonderland helps Alice along with her journey in the "Alice in Wonderland" (1951) animated feature film, but not before confusing her as to what he's really trying to convey.

 

He was voiced by Richard Haydn. Anytime someone sees the mere sight of a caterpillar smoking out letters, they can’t help but remember this weird feller.

 

 

20. Quasimodo

 

Quasimodo (disney)

 

The titular character in the 1996 animated feature film "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", Quasimodo is a hunchback who keeps to himself and tends to the bells of Notre Dame Church.

 

He was voiced by Tom Hulce. Quasimodo is often thought of as a monster for his looks, but the young man is known for his compassionate nature and desire to see more of the world.

 

He is romantically drawn to Esmeralda. His three best friends are living gargoyles named Hugo, Victor, and Laverne.

 

Quasimodo's desire for peace, love for the little things in life, and sheer bravery near the end of the film have all made him a genuine cartoon hero.

 

 

19. Esmeralda

 

Esmeralda (disney)

 

A beautiful, confident, and self-dependent gypsy girl, Esmeralda plays a powerful role in the "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1996) animated feature film.

 

She goes up against Frollo and fights his sinister schemes against her. She is drawn to Phoebus but sees truth and hope in Quasimodo.

 

Her singing and dancing abilities are a delight. Demi Moore voiced Esmeralda for the movie.

 

Not only has this female cartoon character become one of the most popular, but she is also lauded for being a symbol of empowerment and a woman's right to consent.

 

 

18. Victor, Hugo & Laverne

 

Victor, Hugo & Laverne (disney)

 

The gargoyles who come to life and become Quasimodo's best friends, Victor (voiced by Charles Kimbrough), Hugo (voiced by Jason Alexander), and Laverne (voiced by Mary Wickes) are three of the most recognizable characters in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1996) animated feature film.

 

The two gents and a lady bring plenty of comic relief as well. When the time comes to be there for Quasimodo and Esmeralda, they risk great self-damage to help them.

 

 

17. Peter Pan

 

Peter Pan (disney)

 

One of the most evergreen cartoon icons in the world, Peter Pan has both a look and name that have come to be synonymous with carefree attitudes, mischief, and rebellion.

 

He was voiced by Bobby Driscoll. Peter Pan is a fairy who never quite gets old.

 

He lures Wendy and her family to Neverland where they experience the most magical and hair-raising adventure of their lives.

 

Along with the Lost Boys and his tiny pixie friend Tinkerbell, the 1953 "Peter Pan" animated feature film has given the genre plenty of unforgettable moments.

 

 

16. Wendy Darling

 

Wendy Darling (disney)

 

The oldest of three children, Wendy and her younger brothers John (voiced by Paul Collins) and Michael (voiced by Tommy Luske) are at the heart of the story in 1953 the "Peter Pan" animated feature film.

 

She was voiced by Kathryn Beaumont. Wendy captures Peter Pan's heart, but she is more interested in keeping her brothers safe through their many adventures in Neverland.

 

She, in her own sweet ways, does not prefer a 'forever young' life. Her maturity, wisdom, kindness, and friendship – especially to the Lost Boys, and Tinkerbell on occasion – have made her a favorite among cartoon lovers.

 

 

15. Tinkerbell

 

Tinkerbell (disney)

 

The sweetest yet sourest little pixie in the realm of cartoons, Tinkerbell is an instantly recognizable fan favorite.

 

She never utters a word, but her expressions and body language define her character more than anything else.

 

She is at once mischievous, cute, empathetic, jealous (of Peter Pan's fondness for Wendy), and loyal to a fault.

 

She has helped Peter and the Lost Boys in numerous ways.

 

 

14. Cinderella

 

Cinderella (disney)

 

The titular character in the 1950 "Cinderella" animated feature film has become a cult-classic icon who has inspired an entire pop-culture fandom.

 

The ageless story of love, hope, and forbearance that she portrays still holds relevance. Cinderella was originally voiced by Ilene Woods.

 

She has become a strong symbol of empowerment for little girls and women over the years.

 

Her beauty, patience, and unrelenting belief that something good is waiting for her have made Cinderella a beacon of inspiration for millions all over the world.

 

 

13. Fairy Godmother

 

Fairy Godmother

 

A name-combo that has come to signify magical possibility, it originally sources from a fairy entity who comes into Cinderella's life to help her realize her dreams in the 1950 "Cinderella" animated feature film.

 

She was voiced by Verna Felton. There have been numerous discussions and debates on what the Fairy Godmother actually symbolizes, but one fact remains strong.

 

She is the physical manifestation of Cinderella's hopes, beliefs, dreams, and desires. She is 'cartoon proof' that if you believe in something strongly enough, the universe will help you achieve it.

 

As enigmatic as she is multi-layered, the Fairy Godmother is one of the most instantly recognizable cartoons in history.

 

Her legacy began in earnest when she uttered the life-changing words, "Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo."

 

 

12. Jaq & Gus

 

Jaq & Gus

 

The two mice who have always supported and admired Cinderella are skinny Jaq and portly Gus.

 

Both were voiced by James MacDonald. They provide outstanding comic relief and thrill value to the story contained in the "Cinderella" (1950) animated feature film.

 

The mice help Cinderella in significant ways. Their efforts pave part of the way for her to go on and achieve her dreams.

 

Along with their voices and outfits, the two mice have become a supremely popular duo in the realm of cartoons.

 

 

11. Anastasia & Drizella

 

Anastasia & Drizella

 

Cinderella's step-sisters are as imbecilic as they are cruel. Anastasia (voiced by Lucille Bliss) and Drizella (voiced by Rhoda Williams) bring a bucket-load of comic capers, awkward moments, and 'I'm with mom on this' support-character elements to their roles in the 1950 "Cinderella" animated feature film.

 

They have redefined certain stereotypes based on very real human traits. The moment these two prances onto the screen, audiences immediately realize that some mischief is afoot – pun intended.

 

 

10. Eeyore

 

Eeyore (disney) (animal)

 

The most recognizable donkey – even before the one in "Shrek" – is a sad and depressed little one who found joy and meaning in his friends.

 

He was originally voiced by Ralph Wright. Eeyore has not only inspired but educated entire generations of kids and adults alike about depression.

 

He did it so subtly and memorably that he can't be refused entry onto a list like this.

 

His journey began in the 1977 "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" animated short stories.

 

 

9. Piglet

 

Piglet (disney) (animal)

 

Yet another unforgettable character from the animated short story "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" (1977), Piglet is a cute little, um, piglet who is a clever and loyal friend to Pooh, Robin, and the others.

 

He was voiced by John Fiedler. Piglet brings such fun and warmth to each short story, and his distinctive character design remains memorable.

 

 

8. Tigger

 

Tigger (disney) (animal)

 

A tiger named Tigger. It can't get more recognizable than that. Tigger made his way into people's hearts and memories when he 'tail bounced' into "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" (1977) animated short stories.

 

He was voiced by Paul Winchell. Tigger is at once sweet, adorable, naïve, loyal, friendly, and funny – none of the things you usually attribute to a ferocious tiger.

 

This contrast is what makes him own a distinct spotlight among Winnie and friends.

 

 

7. Christopher Robin

 

Christopher Robin (disney)

 

The only human of the lot in the 1977 "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" animated short stories, Christopher Robin is best friends with Winnie the Pooh.

 

He later gets close to and befriends the others, going on adventures with them or simply spending quality time together.

 

Bruce Reitherman, Jon Walksley, and Timothy Turner took turns lending Chris Robin his voice. Cartoon enthusiasts can't help but love and admire this compassionate and optimistic young boy who sees the world through magical eyes.

 

 

6. Winnie the Pooh

 

Winnie the Pooh (disney)

 

The star of the show in the 1977 "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" animated short stories, Winnie is a 'Pooh' bear, apparently.

 

Obsessed with honey and drawn to good company, Winnie earned his place in the hearts of fans and cartoon lovers for being just the most adorable bear you'll ever meet in the world of animation.

 

His calm voice and caring nature add to his quality traits. His love of friendship and camaraderie complement his cute character design, including his 'chonky' walk.

 

 

5. Fa Mulan

 

Fa Mulan (disney)

 

The titular character in the 1998 animated feature film "Mulan" has captured hearts for multiple reasons.

 

Her bravery, love of family, loyalty to her country, and the desire to make her own path in life without being held down and back by what others expect of her.

 

Such profound character traits have made Mulan an immensely popular cartoon character. She was voiced by Ming-Na Wen.

 

Everyone has at some point wanted to put their traditions aside and find their inner truth.

 

Mulan does that in such an unabashed manner, making her one of the most relatable and inspiring characters in cartoon history.

 

 

4. Mushu

 

Mushu (disney)

 

A tiny red 'ancestral dragon', Mushu brings incomparable comedic value to his role in the "Mulan" (1998) animated feature film.

 

Voiced by the amazing Eddie Murphy, he has become a fast favorite for his quick-talking nature.

 

At first self-absorbed but always looking out for Mulan's best interests, Mushu more than rises to the occasion when it comes to helping her, thus earning his role as the family's guardian spirit.

 

 

3. Nala

 

Nala (disney)

 

An empowered female lioness with her own idea of the world, Nala later finds and falls for Simba.

 

She plays a crucial role in bringing him back to the Pridelands, to reclaim his rightful place in the "The Lion King" (1994) animated feature film.

 

Her younger version was voiced by Niketa Calame-Harris, and her older by Moira Kelly. Nala's romantic angle with Simba and her powerful support of his cause both ensure his eventual victory in the film.

 

 

2. Mufasa

 

Mufasa (disney)

 

Simba's father and one of the most imposing figures in cartoon history, this lion has his own fan club.

 

He was voiced by James Earl Jones, who lent him an air of unmatched majesty in the 1994 "The Lion King" animated feature film.

 

Mufasa's nobility, morality, and unflinching decision to protect his son all add to his already golden list of attributes.

 

 

1. Simba

 

Simba (disney) (animal)

 

The sheer celebrity this character has enjoyed over the years is nothing short of spectacular.

 

Simba is at the heart of the story in the 1994 "The Lion King" animated feature film.

 

His younger version was voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and his older one by Matthew Broderick.

 

Thanks to his unique character arc and outstanding leonine attributes as well as shortcomings, Simba has come to occupy a near-permanent place in the hearts of fans all over the world.

 

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