ByHeather Snowden, writer at
Lover of bad puns, nostalgic feels and all things Winona. Email: [email protected] Tweet: @heathbetweetin
Heather Snowden

If your childhood was anything like mine you would spend countless hours pouring over your favorite Disney characters. You'd endlessly wish you owned a lamp with a magical genie inside and for the life of you could not figure out why the shape of your knees would show through your skirts when Disney princess's didn't. Seriously, what was that about?

Anyway, annoyances of my youth aside, some of Disney's best characters are often overlooked because they're not necessarily typical favorites. Somewhat overshadowed by their best friends, these loyal, trustworthy, and often hilarious, sidekicks are underrated gems in the Disney-verse.

Here are 10 of the best:

1. Sebastian

Sidekick to: Ariel in The Little Mermaid

Reason: All that sass, obviously!

2. Thomas O'Malley

Sidekick to: Duchess in The Aristocats

Reason: Because everyone needs a smooth-talking, streetwise, alley cat in their lives.

3. Thumper

Sidekick to: Bambi in Bambi

Reason: Lot of wisdom in that tiny, adorable creature.

4. Jiminy Cricket

Sidekick to: Pinocchio in Pinocchio

Reason: Pocket-size, wise, magic...need I say more?

5. Gus & Jaq

Sidekick to: Cinderella in Cinderella

Reason: Very cute, despite the fact that 50% of the time we've got zero clue what they're saying.

6. Baloo

Sidekick to: Mowgli in The Jungle Book

Reason: Obviously Baloo can bust some pretty cool grooves too, but not only that, the bear can rhyme AND doubles up as an inflatable when drifting down stream. Score on every level.

7. Dory

Sidekick to: Marlin in Finding Nemo

Reason: She's ditzy as all hell but beyond cute and has a heart of cold. Plus she's got a very catchy catchphrase.

8. Bing Bong

Sidekick to: Riley in Inside Out

Reason: Ok, so he gets forgotten eventually and isn't an obvious choice, but one should never forget the importance of Bing Bong in restoring Riley to her true self.

9. Abu

Sidekick to: Aladdin in Aladdin

Reason: Hands down best sulking face, and everyone needs a best bud that can lift a melon for you in a time of need.

10. Timon & Pumbaa

Sidekick to: Simba in The Lion King

Reason: Hakuna Matata!


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