When you think of Disney movies, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not who all of the Disney sidekicks are. You are probably thinking about the princesses and villains.
However, there are a lot of awesome characters with great stories behind them who are, in fact, Disney sidekicks.
We have collected some for you and created this list so that you can learn more about your favorite movie heroes and heroine sidekicks!
Best Disney Sidekicks
1. Genie from Aladdin
Who is the Genie?
Genie is a magical, all-powerful genie, that is able to grant Aladdin (or whoever is the holder of his lamp) three wishes. He’s funny and larger than life but ultimately bound to an “itty bitty living space” (aka his lamp) forever. He’s one of our favorite Disney sidekicks!
Fun Facts about the Genie
The character of Genie is voiced by Robin Williams—who won an Academy Award for his work. The genie was one of the first characters created for Aladdin and had a big impact on the movie.
Another fun fact about Genie’s color – he was originally meant to be purple!
2. Sebastian from the Little Mermaid
Who is Sebastian?
Sebastian is a one of the classic sidekicks from the original Disney movies! In the movie, Sebastian is a Jamaican crab who works as an advisor to King Triton. Although he has no magical powers, Sebastian often proves that he’s pretty wise, quite trustworthy and a great sidekick!
Fun Facts about Sebastian
Sebastian was originally meant to be more like Grimsby (Prince Eric’s caretaker) with the name Clarence. Eventually lyricist and screenwriter Howard Ashman suggested changing him into the character he is today and the rest, as they say, is history. Samuel E Wright did the voice of Sebastian and gave him a Jamaican accent.
Samuel Wright also suggested Alan Menken to speed up the best song “Under The Sea” which was originally more of a ballad. Alan Menkin loved the suggestion and we have the song we know and love today!
3. Stitch from Lilo and Stitch
Who is Stitch?
Stitch is an alien type creature who lands on Earth in Hawaii. He meets Lilo and they become friends.
Fun Facts about Stitch
Stitch is unable to swim and has a fear of water. Stitch often refers to himself in the third person. He loves Elvis Presley and can play the guitar!
4. Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio
Who is Jiminy Cricket?
Jiminy Cricket is the conscience of Pinocchio (appointed by the Blue Fair). He acts as the voice in his head, trying to help Pinocchio do the right thing.
Fun Facts about Jiminy Cricket
Jiminy Cricket was originally supposed to be in Snow White but it ultimately didn’t make the cut. Although he once looked more like a real cricket, he eventually was changed to look a bit more cartoonish.
Jiminy Cricket was voiced by Cliff Edwards, who also played Dopey and Grumpy in Snow White . Jimmy Cricket sings the song “When You Wish Upon A Star” and “Always Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide.”
5. Pascal from Tangled
Who is Pascal?
Pascal is a chameleon who was a useful sidekick and friend to the main character, Rapunzel. He was very protective of Rapunzel but also very affectionate to those who showed kindness to her. He’s the one who triped Mother Gothel at the end of the movie
Fun Facts about Pascal
Pascal’s mother died from a snake bite. Pascal ran off, and he was chased and also bitten by the snake. Pascal was near Rapunzel who saw him and saved his life with her magical hair. From them on, he was by her side and very protective of her. Pascal wanted to keep Rapunzel safe from Mother Gothel and Flynn Ryder.
6. Abu from Aladdin
Who is Abu?
Abu is the cutest sidekick – a monkey who travels with Aladdin, Genie, and Magic Carpet on their adventures. He’s rather mischievous, but can be quite useful at the same time! He’s always been a good friend to Aladdin since Aladdin was a little kid.
Fun Facts about Abu
Abu was voiced by Frank Welker. His name means elephant which is fitting since he was turned into an elephant during the movie for a time!
7. Flounder from the Little Mermaid
Who is Flounder?
Flounder is Ariel’s best friend. He’s a supportive friend of Ariels and will defend her and all of her (wild!) ideas and adventures. He’s essentially the polar opposite of Ariel yet they’re incredibly close.
Fun Facts about Flounder
Flounder was voiced by Jason Marin. Flounder is very timid and scares easily. Flounder is the only character in The Little Mermaid who always supports Ariel’s fascination with the human world.
8. Olaf from Frozen
Who is Olaf?
Olaf is everyone’s favorite Disney sidekick! He’s the snowman that Anna and Elsa built together as children. He’s funny, smart…and he likes summer!
Fun Facts about Olaf:
The original design for Olaf was much more terrifying than he eventually turned out to be! Although we don’t know exactly what the creators imagined for him, this is his final design.
Olaf started out as a snow monster that Elsa created to scare Anna away from the castle. However, after people suggested to change it, they ended up with the lovable snowman that we know today! Olaf was originally going to be made from Elsa’s magic, but somebody then suggested that he should just be “ordinary snow.” And that is why his body is so small—it really is made of only one thing! Olaf is perhaps everyone’s favorite Disney sidekick!
9. Mushu from Mulan
Who is Mushu?
Mushu is a little dragon who helps Mulan in her adventures and fights the Huns! Originally, he was only supposed to be comic relief…but Disney ended up making him an important character!
Fun Facts about Mushu:
Mushu was voiced by Eddie Murphy. He was originally supposed to be a larger two headed dragon but eventually ended up with one head and a much smaller size than originally planned!
10. Chip Potts from Beauty and the Beast
Who is Chip?
Chip is the teacup that lives in the castle with The Beast in the movie Beauty and the Beast. He is the son of Mrs. Potts.
Fun Facts about Chip:
Chip is seven years old and is cheerful and happy. He works in the kitchen with his mom. Chip is one of the most memorable sidekicks because of his young age and he way he interacts with Belle’s father and Belle.
11. Meeko from Pocahontas
Who is Meeko?
Meeko is Pocahontas’ raccoon companion who loves food (especially John Smith’s biscuits!).
Fun Facts about Meeko:
Meeko almost didn’t happen! Pocahontas started out having 3 sidekicks (Flit, Meeko and a turkey named Redfeather). They planned on only having Flit and Redfeather until the voice of Redfather, John Candy, passed away. They swapped Redfeather for Meeko and eventually had those two as Pocahontas’ two sidekicks.
12. Timon and Pumbaa from the Lion King
Who Are Timon and Pumbaa?
Timon and Pumbaa are the sidekick duo, a warthog and meerkat that take Simba in after he is banished from Pride Rock. They help him realize what his real priorities are in life, and they become very close friends!
Fun Facts about Timon and Pumbaa:
The song Hakuna Matata was originally supposed to be a different song! The original song was called “He’s Got it All Worked Out” and was meant to be a song that Timon and Pumbaa sang to convince Simba to eat bugs.
13. Thumper from Bambi
Who is Thumper?
Thumper is one of Bambi’s friends. He appears to have a bit of a temper, and he doesn’t mind using his big, strong feet to get his point across!
Fun Facts about Thumper:
Peter Behn, the actor who voiced Thumper, was just four years old! Thumper’s role in the movie was supposed to be much smaller, but Ollie Johnson and Frank Thomas wanted a larger role once they realized how cute the voice was!
14. Baloo from the Jungle Book
Who is Baloo?
Baloo is the bear who takes Mowgli into his care after he’s been abandoned. He teaches him about life in the jungle, and he becomes a very close friend!
Fun facts about Baloo:
The song “Bare Necessities” almost didn’t make the cut!
15. Tinker Bell from Peter Pan
Who is Tinker Bell?
Tinker Bell is a fairy who is Peter Pan’s sidekick throughout the movie. She helps rescue Peter Pan from Captain Hook.
Fun Facts About Tinker Bell:
Tinker Bell has pixie dust which she uses to help people fly. She has become one of Disney’s most loved characters – she is featured in every film where you see her her flying towards the Disney logo and “sprinkling” it with pixie dust! Tinker Bell has never sung a song in any films. You can meet her at Walt Disney World!
16. Seven Dwarfs from Snow White
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Who are the Seven Dwarfs?
These classic Disney Characters are the ones who help Snow White in her time of need! They own a diamond mine, and they are all very different from one another.
Fun facts about the Seven Dwarfs:
The names of the Seven Dwarfs as you know them weren’t their original names! Head to this post about the Seven Dwarfs to learn what they were!
17. Little John from Robin Hood
Who is Little Joh ?
Who is Little John? Little John is a close friend of Robin Hood. He’s a bear who helps Robin and his Merry Men steal from the rich noblemen and give to the poor peasants!
Fun facts about Little John:
Little John was voiced by Phil Harris, who also did the voice of Baloo! You may notice many similarities between the two characters. Little John is extremely loyal to Robin Hood. He can’t stand Prince John…and he is very good at disguises!
18. Gus & Jaq from Cinderella
Who are Gus & Jaq?
Gus and Jaq are Cinderella’s mice friends. Jaq is the leader of the mice friends. Gus has a big appetite and is quite plump compared to his best friend Jaq. They can speak to Cinderella calling her Cinderelly! Cinderella saved Gus and Jaq from a cat so they return the favor by helping her out throughout the movie.
Fun facts about Gus and Jaq:
Gus’ full name is Octavius! He also goes by Gus-Gus.
19. Hei Hei from Moana
Who is Hei Hei?
Hei Hei is a rooster that lives on the island of Motunui. He ends up hiding on Moana’s boat and joins her on her adventure to save her people and find the heart of te Fiti.
Fun facts about Hei-hei:
While most sidekicks in the Disney movies are very smart (think of Pascual or Abu), Heihei is incredibly dumb – giving us some great comic relief!
I think we can all agree that Disney sidekicks are some of our absolute favorite characters! Without these fun characters we probably would not have the same reaction to our favorite movies.
Can you imagine Aladdin without the Genie? Or The Little Mermaid without Flounder? Of course not! And now that you know who some of the best sidekicks are, be sure to check out all our favorite Disney villains – the characters we love to hate!