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Character Gush: Animated Film
"Oh, my god! Belle is the greatest character I've ever seen in my life!" She's all into reading, when all the other girls are into fainting at the sight of muscular men. I fainted at the sight of a muscular man once! But that was after he punched me. So she has an adventure in this magic castle with talking clocks and dancing food. And the castle is ruled by this monster. I mean he's not only cursed to look like a monster, but he's also a big jerk..."

Characters from Animated Films that are so awesome!

Disney

  • The Genie. Best Ink-Suit Actor ever. And one of the best providers of Parental Bonus; he provided the right amount of bonus, but still was kid-friendly.
    • Everyone in Aladdin is awesome. Aladdin is awesome. Jafar is awesome. Jasmine is awesome. Iago is awesome. Abu is awesome. The Sultan is...well, okay, maybe not everyone in Aladdin is awesome.
    • Well, the Sultan can be awesome in the TV series...
    • This Troper seconds both Aladdin and Genie, but would also like to add Mozenrath- no, not for the obvious reason, but because he's one of the most capable villains on the show- and probably the most powerful- while being the youngest of the villains, a Knight of Cerebus, has fantastic lines, is funny as well... he's pretty much the best villain on the show, (Jafar is kind of awesome, too, but he's from the movies...) and he may not be a Magnificent Bastard but he comes pretty darn close. The episodes with him are some of the most fun ones. Especially when he's well-animated. (And as a bonus, he has Foe Yay, too.)
    • Even the freaking carpet is awesome!!
  • Don't forget Ratigan! The world's greatest criminal mind! He's funny, manipulative and over-the-top! He's also one of the best examples of Faux Affably Evil in history. That and he is also voiced by Vincent Price.
  • Beauty and the Beast's protagonists.
    • Belle, as badass a Bookworm as it's possible to be and still be a Disney Princess. Ariel may have done it first, but Belle truly pioneered the field in showing that Disney heroines are capable of stepping up and holding their own. She rode her horse through the castle gates during the film's climax!
      • Not only that, but she's one of the earliest Disney Princesses who stood up for herself but also didn't come across as a grumpy teenager in the process. Instead, she was a mature person who was able to hold her own.
    • The Beast, for some truly astounding Character Development. Sure, he starts off as an ass...but then a daring rescue, a surprise gift ("All right...now.") and a stunning ballroom waltz later, he became my favorite of all the Disney blokes. (Yes, even including Naveen.) His awesome voice and presence doesn't hurt, either.
    • On the subject of Beauty And The Beast, No one is worth gushing about like Gaston! Instead of being the predictable Prince Charming archetype, he's actually the main villain of the movie. That, and his over-the-top acting is just awesome!
  • Brave has the protagonist's dad, Fergus, who got his leg bitten off by a bear and has since declared war on all bears. And he's winning.
    • Merida. She takes the hollow "princess/rick kid wants more" plot and kicks it in the ovaries. She's badass but has her flaws and moments of vulnerability and her hair is a mass of curls she can barely tuck into a headpiece. Her archery skills match no other's. Hell yeah!
  • The Brave Little Toaster: Lampy is just too endearing to me. His habit of repeating isn't annoying, and he's a great singer, and oooh, his Heroic Sacrifice...mmm...now if only I would stop doodling him so often.
    • Seconded. The first time seeing The Brave Little Toaster he reminded me of Itchy for some reason and that immediately made him awesome.
    • I love Lampy too, but I'd like to add Radio. I just love the way he's the only main character without eyes or a mouth, but they still manage to make him so easy to read. I just like him.
    • Lampy's definitely the best character, but this troper also has a soft spot for Kirby. I still cheer when he jumps off the waterfall.
  • Anastasia, the not-so-ugly step sister from the Disney adaption of Cinderella. Sure, in the first movie, she was a bit of a bitch, but she softened up so much during the third movie, that you just can't help but love her. * Sigh*
    • This troper became rather fond of most of the cast of Cinderella in the third movie. We have Anastasia sweetly and naively just looking for love, Cinderella actually showing some pluck and initiative to help herself out, the King being very kind and accepting of Anastasia and assuring her that a person doesn't have to be a Princess Classic to be a queen, the Prince being fun and rather snarky, and Lady Tremaine being even more of a bitch.
  • Prince Hans of Frozen is one hell of a villain as well. He plays everyone like Talia with a rather brilliant plan to take the throne that he almost effortlessly adapts as the situation continues. As a villain he gets points for just so much realistic nastiness and pragmatism.
    • Elsa, also known as 'The introverted, morally conflicted, angsty- yet completely sympathetic- cryokinetic queen of Arendelle, who redefined what could be done with Disney princesses note .' Also, she gets the best song, and singlehandedly creates about 50% of the film's Scenery Porn. Detailed further here.
    We got a princess who was powerful. Like really powerful! Not "I could be so much more if the world would let me" ala "Brave" or "I have a totally socially acceptable nice little power" like "Little Mermaid" and "Tangled." Not even "I am pretty powerful, but someone's going to come along and whomp me flat."
    We didn't even stay stuck on "I wish I didn't have these powers and I could be normal" which is so damn default that I am beyond sick of it. After the initial concealment was off, she was like "Yes! Finally! I'm so relieved I don't have to hide that anymore! This is so much better! Let me make a ginormous ice castle and a snow golem servant and sing a really kickass song and you know, I think this place needs some more flying buttresses..."
    They never let you be glad to be powerful! You're supposed to hate it and wish you were normal! Girls aren't allowed to go "Hot damn, I am the shit! Look at my ice palace!" But they did! She got a musical number about it! Usually only villains get musical numbers where they do awesome magic!
    • Elsa has officially become my favorite Disney character, and it surprises me that I never had a real favorite Disney character until now. She's classy, elegant, kind, smart, one of Disney's biggest woobies and...well, I apologize in advance for my perviness but she's also easily the sexiest Disney Princess thus far, at least after her ice dress makeover (which I'm glad she kept). She's got a lot of gush-worthy qualities.
    • Let's not forget the utterly lovable protagonist, Anna. She's quirky, funny, innocent and the ultimate Adorkable Princess.
  • Claude Frollo for sure. He is one of the darkest villains in Disney history, and he's over the top. How is he not lovable at all? Great music theme for him too.
  • I am ashamed no one has mentioned Simba, Scar, Mufasa and any of the other characters from The Lion King.
    • Scar is the best Disney villain, hands down.
  • Just. One. Sentence. "And don't underestimate the importance of BODY LANGUAGE, HAH"
    • Eric gets like. . . no love. He's independent, sweet, fun-loving, but also insanely brave. He risks his life for his dog! (Speaking of which, his dog is pretty awesome too.)
    • And let's not forget the two stars of the show. On a technical level, there's Ariel: adventerous, fun, sweet, naive and adorable. And on the level of show-stealing, there's Sebastian. Just...Sebastian.
    • There's also Melody, Ariel and Eric's daughter from the sequel. Melody is just like her mother. She's brave, level-headed, spunky, and adventurous. She also belongs on the land and sea!
    • Undertow the Shark is an awesome sidekick for Morgana. Him being voiced by Clancy Brown also helps.
  • Tigger. I've always Ioved how confident, cheerful, hilarious, and just plain fun Tigger is. He's always so endearingly happy that I just want to hug him. And when he's not happy, I still want to hug him. Not to mention that his song is incredibly catchy.
    • I have not seen a single Winnie the Pooh movie, short, or TV show where I didn't love Eeyore. His constant depression (or else Flat Joy) makes him one of the funniest characters in the franchise. (The low voice helps too.) I'd also like to mention the ever-adorable Piglet.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain or not, Shan Yu is one of the most ferociously clever and [[Determinator ambitious]] Disney bad guys ever. He doesn't even need a Villain Song.
  • As a TV Troper, I couldn't resist the temptation to see The Princess and the Frog. Now that I have, I can safely say I love Tiana (should I clarify that I'm female and white, just in case it matters?). Why? It's been mentioned around here that most of the Disney princesses are pretty much expies of each other, who remind me of other Disney princesses before they remind me of anyone else. But the Disney character that Tiana instantly reminded me of was Scrooge McDuck, and I admire her for being Disney's female spokesperson for the Protestant work ethic. I mean, I can easily picture her vowing ver batim to achieve her dream by being smarter than the smarties and tougher than the toughies. All right, Disney, you win on this one.
    • Adding up to the Tiana love, she's just frigging awesome and I have the biggest girl crush on her, I've repeatedly stated that she is freaking adorable! She's also pretty different from some of Disney's other Princesses.
    • I loved Tiana as well (she reminded me of my cousin) but my personal favorite was Louis. I've had a soft spot for alligators since second grade and there was nothing he did that I didn't find funny.
    • My personal favorite was Charlotte. Super funny and super sweet. Yeah, she's spoiled and a serious ditz, but you can count on her to be there for you when it really counts. I'm such a sucker for Spoiled Sweet characters.
    • This troper has only heard the song, and has already concluded that Doctor Facilier is made of epic win.
    • Facilier is Disney most awesome villain ever, no seriously he is. He's voiced by Keith Fuckin'David for gods sake. Excellent character, charismatic as hell, great singing and speaking voice and dance skills as well.
    • Wholehearted agreement on all of the above. But we can't forget Prince Naveen - likeable from start to finish with some truly sweet character development along the way. And Ray, too: one of the best Disney sidekicks ever, with what is quite possibly the best song in the movie (well, after the mentioned Villain Song, anyway): "Ma Belle Evangeline."
  • This tropette would like to add her childhood hero: Miss Bianca
    • Of course, we shouldn't forget Bernard. Bernard is the most Badass Adorable character in history, and I really love the little guy.
  • Prince Philip is too often overlooked. The man killed a dragon BY THROWING A SWORD ACROSS A CHASM.
  • Flynn freaking Rider. Best (and sexiest) Disney male lead ever (and that is not a point to be argued with). Rapunzel is one lucky girl.
    • Rapunzel is also the single most Badass Adorable Disney Princess ever.
    • This troper adores Rapunzel, to the point of getting her hair cut in the exact same style. She brought in a picture and everything. She's cute, funny, adorable, badass, has a great voice, and saves Flynn more often than he saves her. And she actually works to get her goal, instead of sitting around and whining, which makes her all the more admirable.
    • There's also Maximus, who has got to be both the funniest and most badass horse ever.
    • Gothel is one of my favourite Disney villains ever. Why? Her weapon of choice isn't any conventional weapon - it's her manipulation of Rapunzel that she uses, making her believe in lies for her own selfish gain. Rapunzel angsting about being a bad daughter after escaping the tower shows just how effective her manipulation was.
  • I know the movie hasn't come out yet, but I really find Vanellope Von Schweetz from Wreck-It Ralph to be adorable, and her backstory that has been revealed so far seems really sad.
    • SECONDED. Vanellope's story is heart-wrenching, and what makes it worse is how brave she is about it all. It's incredible. Most people would have a mental breakdown from half the shit that poor kid is put through. Also, this troper is heads over heels in love with Ralph. Just...everything about Ralph.
    • Now that I've seen the movie, Vanellope is still my favorite character, but Felix has also grown on me by being such a nice guy, also Sour Bill: The juxtaposition of apathetic pessimism and a character design that looks like he wandered off from a Kirby game makes him all the more hilarious. It is a marvel when even the villain's lackey is likable.
    • Seconded in regards to Felix. Ralph's the sort of character I tend to like, and some of Vanellope's lines in the trailer alone won me over, but Felix? I was pleasantly surprised to learn that he is an awesome, equally well written, character. For once we've got a "Villain Protagonist" story where the good guy is actually a genuinely good guy. Plus he's absolutely Adorkable.
    • You know what? Zangief was right. Ralph may be a "bad guy", but he's definitely not a bad guy.

Other Animated Films

  • All Dogs Go to Heaven: Charlie. From the first film. That is all.
  • Coraline. She went to a world controlled by an eye-mutilating batshit crazy witch to near-single-handedly rescue her parents. In case that didn't sound impressive to you, she did all this as an anorexic 11-years old.
    • One of the best things about the character is simply how real the character feels while still being awesome. She most often behaves exactly how a real kid would behave (how many other movies would show a preteen finding a burlesque show hilarious?), but when the situation calls for it, evolves into the Badass Adorable described above. It's simply awesome.
  • Victor Van Dort from Corpse Bride. Adorably shy and sweet, very intelligent, and extremely brave when it comes down to the wire. Plus, those Victorian clothes help a lot.
    • Emily: How many people, after years of waiting for love after your lover murdered and abandoned you, would then give up the chance to marry your beloved so as not to condemn your beloved's beloved to the same fate? Hell, if this isn't in the Crowning Moment Of Awesome page, it needs to be! Also, Bonejangles. His song is frikkin' awesome!
  • Batty Koda. Poor little guy, even though he's the comic relief, he's got a tragic back story, which makes this troper just want to hug him. Oh, and he's got the best song in the movie, IMHO.
    • For that matter, Hexxus. Tim Curry, guys, come on. This guy is the embodiment of pollution and he still is the most likeable character in the movie, except perhaps for Batty. His song is litterally made of love, comments on Youtube include such examples: "I think this song took my virginity." He makes pollution seem like the sexiest thing ever. Then, he doesn't exactly "drive" but still controls a juggernaut of a machine armed with claws and chainsaws and all other kinds of razor blades and even wickedly spiked tracks! His final form doesn't get to do much, but looks-wise, it's still one of the most badass desperation forms ever.
  • This troper needs to add some more Pixar love for DORY!!! Oh so much. Just so friggin hilarious, and also heartwarming. IMHO she was the best thing about Finding Nemo.
  • We all know why we really watched Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. For the antagonist, Cousin Mel. She may exhibit a plethora of tropes and cliches, but damn is she sexy! Her luscious lips, beauty mark, and seductive voice almost distract you from the fact that her impossibly attractive body would give Jessica Rabbit a run for her money.
  • Would Kung Fu Panda have even been half as interesting if not for Tai Lung?
    • No friggin' way.
    • Jack Black doesn't get enough support. I, for one, still root for him. In every role he's ever played, he's just been himself-an overactive metalhead kid in an adult's body. And damned if I don't like him for it. No matter what movie he's in.
    • Tigress! She might come off as mean to Po in the first movie, but that's only because she feels like she let down Shifu. By the second movie it's easy to see what she's really like. She's tough, genuinely loves her True Companions, never complains, and she's a cat! And it's all summed up in one line in the second movie:
      Tigress: The hardcore do understand. But I can't watch my friend be killed.
    • Lord Shen is kung-fu-performing-peacock CGI-porn in action. Especially in 3D.
    • Master Shifu: Total badass, despite what a Jerkass he was at the beginning of the first movie.
  • No love for the Madagascar trilogy? First off you've got the penguins- a veritable icon of the series with their own cartoon resulting from their popularity. For a lot of people, these guys were what made them watch the movie at all, and they pretty much steal the show. But you've also got the actual zoosters themselves who are all pretty likeable, but a lot of the heart and comedy come from Alex and Marty- main characters, I know, but it works because they both have very vivid personalities that play off each other very well. then in the third film we get introduced to the circus trio and they're all very cool, seeming to have a genuine camaraderie that almost overshadows that of the zoosters. Stefano was cast perfectly, and I thought he was a really fun character, I actually really liked the romance arc with Gia and liked how energetic and whatnot she was instead of just being a tough girl. And oh my gosh Vitaly is freaking coolest in the series. This blogger sums it up rather nicely.
  • Two words: Jack Skellington. Despite the fact that Hot Topic and Spencer's are making him into a cash whore, he remains an interesting character. He's charismatic, kind-hearted while still being scary, and a great singer to boot (Thanks, Danny Elfman!). Plus, how many characters are both cute and scary, without the former being the cause of the latter?
  • Two from 9. As said on the movie's page, he's basically a walking Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. He's so sweet! And he's a genius and inventor, and a Cool Old Guy, he has a sort of pureheartedness and innocence that doesn't equal naivete (obviously, as he's basically an apocalypse survivor), and he seems a bit eccentric.
  • Really? No-one's going to talk about the characters from ParaNorman? Euggh, fine I'll do it.
    • Norman. Just... Norman. How many of us were this kid at that age? The kid that's always bullied but never really let's it get to him and is always ready with a snarky comeback? It's like watching my childhood! Y'know... minus the undead zombies.
  • what? Nothing about Rio? What about our favorite bird couple Blu and Jewel?
    • Blu I liked the most out of all of them. He is probably the smartest, nicest, funniest, most Adorkable bird you'll ever see, and how he develops as a character from a flightless Cowardly Lion to a Badass Bookworm, with his newfound ability to fly to add to his colorful collection of abilities.
  • Buzz. Friggin'. Lighyear.
    • Woody is more human than most humans I know.
    • Rex "Dinosaur overboard!"
  • WALL•E
    • EVE truly impressed me. A strong feminine character with appreciable depth, and she's not even human.
    • Seconded. When someone says "well-done character development", I instantly think of her.
    • WALL•E himself isn't half bad, is he?
    • 'Course not! Cutest thing on treads.
    • They're both incredibly likable characters. It's amazing how much depth they have with their limited design and vocabulary.
    • M-O is the Robot Lord of Awesome. Seriously, try not to smile whenever he's onscreen.


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