* Despite all the training he received, the title character from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' seemed absolutely no match for the enemy... until the decisive battle. And he does it ''again'' in the sequel.
* Princess Fiona from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', who dispatches the attackers in the middle of movie.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'':
** Rafiki definitely qualifies. After all, he's just a mystic adviser. Come the final battle, he's busting hurt on the hyenas like nobody's business.
** Pumbaa is generally a pretty laid-back guy, unless you happen to [[BerserkButton call him a pig]], at which point you'd better run.
---> "They call me ''Mister'' Pig!"
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'':
** The enchanted objects. They don't take kindly to an invasion of their home, and you see why so many of them can be used as blunt object weapons. And then there's Lumiere's flamethrower move.
** Beast himself when Belle returns and begs for Gaston to not kill him.
* Eric from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' spends a good portion of the film getting jerked around in one way or another, then the sea witch tries to kill Ariel, and he introduces Ursula to Mister Giant Pointy Stick.
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'', towards the end, [[spoiler:when Vector has captured the girls, and refuses to release them, even though Gru gave him the Moon. Gru, who up until this point was doing an OK job, decided to finally step up his game. Going so far as to dodge Vector's defenses, and [[OffhandBackhand punch out a shark.]]]] Succinctly described by this comment:
-->'''Agnes:''' ''(to Vector)'' He is gonna kick your butt.
* The scene in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', where the [[KidsAreCruel bratty kids]] who are TooDumbToLive are smacked around by [[MamaBear Mama Elephant]], Mrs. Jumbo. She even throws a bale of hay. Too bad the humans lock her up in a prison wagon.
* For most of Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'', Little John is a jovial sidekick who makes jokes about Prince John from afar and has to be coaxed into going along with Robin's plans. But when the Prince is about to execute Robin at the tournament, all Little John does is grab the Prince by the collar, point a dagger at his back, and growl: "Okay hotshot, now you tell your men to untie my buddy ''or I'll''..."
* In ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'', Bongo gets like this when he stops being afraid and puts his circus skills to the test to take down Lumpjaw.
* In ''{{Disney/Tarzan}}'' Jane becomes a little less useless while she's being rescued from the baboons by having the good idea to open her parasol to bowl them all out of the way. Later on in the movie she's able to swing across a vine to rescue Kala from the poachers. She also gets a few ActionGirl moments in the TV series, most notably when prison guards arrive to arrest Hugo and Hooft - she knocks one of the guards down by throwing a chair at him.
* Transformers: The Movie, Grimlock transforms ONCE in the beginnning, then is stuck in Dino mode for the rest of the show, for one simple purpose: to provide comic relief as a cute animal. Trouble is, he's a cute BIG DANGEROUS Tyranosaurus Rex, as he reminds us on the Quintesson planet
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