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  • Alpha and Omega has a few, but the most notable one is Lilly due to her cuteness and situation. She and Garth, another example in regards to his character development and terrible howl gag, are sometimes preferred over Kate and Humphrey, to the point of some fans becoming concerned that they'll disappear in the sequels. (Which they did.)
  • Anastasia has two, Bartok the Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain bat, who was popular enough to get his own spinoff where he's the hero, and Sophie, the Dowager Empress's lady-in-waiting who is especially beloved by older male fans for her generous assets.
  • Marie from Disney's The Aristocats has gotten a huge load of attention from Disney and cat lovers over the years. especially in Japan, she was exclusive to Tokyo Disneyland in the mid 2000's, until she started making appearances in Walt Disney World's Epcot and moved to the Magic Kingdom a few years later. Speaking of Japan, there was a spinoff manga called "Miyiya & Marie'' that was made in 2012 and released in Japan and Brazil where Marie is the main character. The manga later gained a US/Canada release on June 2018 under the "Disney Manga" brand. She's also featured the most in Disney merchandise and anything related to the film. In fact, there was going to be a sequel which starred Marie, but it got cancelled when Disney closed its animation studio.
    • Marie's even gotten her own Japanese music video which can also be found on the Japanese Disney Youtube channel.
    • Lafayette and Napoleon, the two country dogs, are also very popular for how funny they are.
  • Star from Balto who sadly didn't appear in the sequels is quite well-liked by the Balto fandom. "Circles are a good thing!"
  • Big Hero 6:
    • Mochi, the pet cat and "hairy baby" of the Hamada household.
    • Tadashi has become popular, even though he is only in the first act, due to being a very likable Nice Guy whose death is a huge Tear Jerker.
    • Aunt Cass was popular just on looks before the movie came out, after its release her adult Genki Girl personality and loving relationship with Hiro and Tadashi cemented her dark horse status.
    • Krei's secretary. Yes, really, likely due to her looks.
    • Technicians 1 and 2 due to them being voiced by two well-known YouTube users in the UK version of the film.
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  • Manolo's cousins, the skeleton bandita looking Adelita twins from The Book of Life, are popular for their design. Though their personalities also help.
  • The relatively minor character Morkubine Porcupine from Chicken Little has quite a fanbase despite his small screen time and only three lines of dialogue (They were "Yo", "No", and "Whoa"). He's also considered far nicer than most of the characters.
  • The Cinderella films have the two stepsisters, especially Anastasia. Her Heel–Face Turn in the third movie helps.
  • Cool World isn't a particularly well-liked movie, but even those that dislike it have dubbed Nails the Spider the best character. Professor Whiskers also has a few fans.
  • In the Coraline fandom, there are insanely-huge fan-followings for The Other Wybie.
  • After the three mains, Bonejangles can be said to be the most popular character in Corpse Bride, and is often the subject of an alternate ship with Emily. Apart from his big song "Remains of the Day," however, Bonejangles is pretty much just an amusing background character in the movie. He never even gets a name on-screen. Being voiced by Danny Elfman helps a lot.
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  • The Minions from Despicable Me, to the point of overtaking the main characters (Gru and his adoptive daughters — Margo, Agnes, and Edith). Needless to say, fans of the "mad scientist adopts cute orphan girls and learns to love them and consider them his family" plot were more than slightly irritated.
  • From The Emoji Movie we have Akiko Glitter from the Just Dance app. While the main characters are quite unliked, viewers liked Akiko and felt sorry for her when her app is deleted, essentially killing her.
    • Smiler also seems to be pretty well-liked, if the amount of people (including on this very website) believing that she's the real hero of the movie and supporting her antagonizing of Gene is any indication.
  • Although Kuzco and Pacha are decently funny in The Emperor's New Groove, it's Kronk who provides most of the gutbusting hilarity. He even got his own Direct-to-Video sequel and Love Interest. It kinda helps that he's voiced by beloved actor/voice actor Patrick Warburton.
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  • Chernabog and his sequence, Night on Bald Mountain, from Fantasia. Everyone remembers the beautiful pieces of music from the whole thing, but this was the one that stuck to everyone's memory. Everyone that ever watched this was in fear and awe of Chernabog, the sequence is regarded as both so amazing and frightening that it caused the Slavic Satan to haunt many's memories to this day, and it should come as no surprise that, of all the things from Fantasia to put into Kingdom Hearts, they chose Chernabog.
  • Finding Nemo
    • The uber wise, Totally Radical speaking, surfer turtle Crush. He manages to steal the show with what little time he gets on screen..
    • Some of the few other characters who contest him for that popularity are the Shark trio (averting Everything's Even Worse With Sharks) and the seagulls. All three showed up when Walt Disney World's EPCOT park decided to add the Finding Nemo characters to its The Seas aquarium— the gulls appear in animatronic form outside, Bruce educates kids in a section dedicated just to sharks (despite not having the space for any actual sharks), and Crush hosts "Turtle Time With Crush".
  • Frozen: Even though he was originally thought to be The Scrappy before the film's release, Olaf the Snowman has been praised as the best Disney sidekick since Timon and Pumbaa.
  • Mambo from Happily N'Ever After. A cute, purple, awesome, wisecracking, sarcastic cat from a rather mediocre animated movie. Even people who hate the movie love him.
  • Twitchy from Hoodwinked.
  • She appears for less than two minutes in the film and has only one line (apart from loudly inhaling), yet still manages to upstage Carol Burnett, Jim Carrey, and Steve Carell. Katie from the CGI Horton Hears a Who! is a perfect example of this trope. As well as The Mayor's son, JoJo.
  • Ruffnut from How to Train Your Dragon, despite having only a few lines and sharing all of her scenes with the other secondary characters. She's aroused by insanity, that's always hot! Being voiced by Kristen Wiig certainly helps.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: A lot of people also seem to have a fondness for Clopin, the All-Knowing Singing Narrator of the film.
  • Ice Age has a few examples. Most notably Scrat the squirrel from the whole series, Buck the weasel from the third (being voiced by Simon Pegg helps), and Gutt and his crew from the fourth (being voiced by Peter Dinklage helps).
  • Scamper the suicidal monster-bunny from Igor is arguably the most popular character in the entire movie.
  • The Incredibles gave us the crazed, meddling, indignant, and all around badass fashion goddess, Edna Mode. Also, Femme Fatale Mirage. Mr. Huph is pretty hilarious too.
  • Kung Fu Panda: Mei Ling from Secrets of the Furious Five has gained quite a following, as have the Wu Sisters (A trio of Lynx assassins) from the video game.
  • The hyenas of The Lion King.
  • The trio of Humming-Fish from The Lorax are this, as well as Cy, the O'Hare delivery guy. The latter in particular, as he only appeared on screen for less than three minutes of the movie's entirety!
  • The penguins from Madagascar, to the extent that they earned their own spin off The Penguins of Madagascar, and that spin off got a movie of its own! Be honest - did you see Madagascar as a film about friends moved from a zoo to the jungle with a few scenes based around penguins, or did you see it as a film about penguins that kept being hijacked by that idiot zebra and his friends? On a similar note, the zoosters get severely upstaged in the third film by the circus trio- or more specifically Vitaly.
  • Tamatoa, the giant crab from Disney's Moana. He only appears in one scene, but his catchy yet creepy Villain Song, "Shiny", makes him quite memorable.
  • Buddy the porcupine from Open Season.
  • The Princess and the Frog has Charlotte who is utterly beloved despite her supporting role. Not only does she help Tiana achieve her dreams by paying her a lot of money to cater a party, but when an accident happens and Tiana ruins a plate of food, Charlotte accepts it as an accident, takes Tiana upstairs, and gives her some of her own clothes to wear since hers were ruined. She subvert everything you'd expect from a beautiful rich girl.
  • The Secret Life of Pets: Snowball is really the show-stealer even though he is a supporting character. Though being voiced by Kevin Hart could have some effect on it.
  • Shrek: The Gingerbread man, a.k.a. Gingy.
  • Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas has Eris who, despite being the villain, has very little screen time. Through Evil Is Sexy and her gorgeous character design, alongside her interesting personality and powers, she is very popular in fandom, to a point that many only watch this movie for her.
  • Sleeping Beauty:
    • An interesting case occurred during production; the three fairies were originally intended to be minor supporting characters, with no names and no differences between them other than the colors of their clothes. The filmmakers became such fans of the characters as they developed that they wound up taking over the film. They even go on to become supporting characters in Sofia the First.
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  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Toon Patrol fanbase makes up an astonishingly high amount of fans, right after Jessica Rabbit then Roger Rabbit. They don't even get named on screen. They don't even survive the movie and they still get the Draco in Leather Pants treatment in fairly equal quantities.
  • From Wreck-It Ralph, Sour Bill is very well liked, but even more impressively is Turbo, aka King Candy's original identity. In fact, he got his own t-shirt on ThinkGeek (which is unfortunately no longer available) before the site sold any other merchandise from the movie, even of the main characters. Something has to be said for that. Being voiced by a graduate of Joss Whedon productions Dollhouse and Firefly probably helped with the geek cred.


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