Pixar movies have always been known for their happy, hilarious, heroic characters – and sometimes all three. From the iconic duo Woody and Buzz to an endearing underdog like Nemo, to the five adorable emotions of Upside down, Pixar’s main characters always have that spark that makes audiences fall in love at first sight.
But in general disneyfashion, Pixar Animation Studios follows suit with his acolytes. Like how Forky was the unexpected star of Toy Sory 4, or Sox became the fan favorite of Light year, or in Dory’s case, her humor and charm landed her a starring role in her own film.
Fork (“Toy Story 4”)
When the toy story 4 the trailer dropped and it featured a talking spork, fans were wondering exactly how this would all tie into what was called the final episode of the toy story saga. But Forky eventually took the world by storm, becoming an instant favorite for his self-deprecating sense of humor and his desire not to be alive like the rest of his toy friends.
It was during Bonnie’s introduction to kindergarten that she put a unique twist on a craft project when she glued googly eyes and wrapped pipe cleaners around a spoon. Bonnie’s love brought Forky to life and allowed him to act as Woody’s sidekick throughout the film with random jokes and lots of questions.
Dory (“Finding Dory”)
Although Nemo is the titular character and his father Marlin remains in the lead, Dory essentially stole the show in The world of Nemo. Voiced by World Favorite Ellen Degeneres, Dory’s dry wit, kind heart, and endearing forgetfulness ultimately landed her in the film’s sequel. Find Doris.
During his search for his missing son, Nemo’s overprotective father, Marlin, encounters Dory, who tells him she can show his son the way only moments later forgetting that she interacted with him. Dory’s short-term memory loss has become a running joke in the movie, but it’s her mantra, “Keep swimming,” that makes her a memorable and beloved sidekick.
Frozone (“The Incredibles”)
Although this secondary character’s name is Frozone, he is just as amazing. Mr. Incredible’s best friend and superhero partner, Frozone remains calm, cool, and collected throughout. The Incredibles. That is, until his wife refuses to help him find his awesome costume.
Frozone acts as a likable secondary character, whether he helps save the world with his superhero powers or remains his seductive Helen and goes on watch with Bob. It’s his laid-back personality and commitment to his wife and crime-fighting that makes him a fan favorite in the films.
Dot (“A Bug’s Life”)
The life of an insect is definitely one of Pixar’s most underrated films, debuting right between toy story and toy story 2 in 1998, and its characters are just as forgotten. But there’s one bug in particular that’s universally beloved for its courage, helping hand, and lovable personality.
Dot, Atta’s little sister, was voiced by a young Hayden Panetterre and became an inspiration to little girls everywhere for her determination to succeed in the Blueberry Scouts, learn to fly, and help her best friend Flik save the ant colony.
After getting lost in Radiator Springs, Mater is the first car to befriend famed race car Lightning McQueen in Cars. Despite being a rusty old tow truck, Mater is shown to be kind and caring to everyone in town, including arrogant newcomer Lightning.
Gullible but kind, Mater becomes Lightning’s best friend and a fan-favorite supporting character not for his looks, but for his lovable personality and his moments of comic relief throughout the series. Cars franchise.
Lucas may center on two young boys who turn into best friends after bonding over wanting to give up their lives as sea monsters for life on land, but one of the film’s most memorable characters is their unexpected friend and member of the triathlon team in their race to win the Portorosso Cup.
Giulia Marcovaldo befriends the two strangers and is the first to accept them as sea monsters while the rest of Portorosso wishes to avoid them. But it’s Giulia’s confidence in who she is and what she does best that makes her an admirable sidekick.
At the top is packed with goofy characters – from Wilderness Explorer Russell to Kevin the Bird to eccentric explorer Charles Muntz – but everyone’s favorite since the film premiered in 2009 is talking dog Dug.
When not distracted by squirrels and on the lookout for exotic birds, this golden retriever acts as comic relief and one of the most positive characters in a film filled with negative vibes from main characters like Carl and Muntz.
Sox ended up being the unexpected star of Light year for his witty remarks and ability to help save the day whenever Buzz needed him most. As Buzz’s emotional support animatronic cat, Sox became a major part of Buzz’s mission as a hilarious sidekick.
Whether he’s shooting confetti, chasing lasers, or solving the equation that helps Buzz complete his mission, Sox is definitely everyone’s favorite character. Light year, and most likely also a must-have toy in Andy’s universe.
Bing Bong (“Upside Down”)
Upside down is full of lovable characters – even angry or gross – but none of them compare to Bing Bong. Acting as Riley’s imaginary friend when she was little, Bing Bong resided in Imagination Land in Riley’s mind long after Riley stopped believing in him.
But aside from smelling deliciously like cotton candy and taking rocket rides with Riley, Bing Bong’s cutest attribute was the way he sacrificed himself to help both Joy and Riley, even though it meant being forgotten forever by his favorite person.
Slinky Dog (“Toy Story”)
toy story has always been full of toys that Andy and viewers love. And while Rex and Hamm and Bullseye are notable finalists, they don’t compare to Woody’s original sidekick, Slinky Dog. As one of Andy’s oldest toys, Slinky always stood by Woody, even when the other toys turned against him.
When Woody was framed for Buzz’s murder, Slinky was the only one to give him the benefit of the doubt. He was always up for a game of checkers and joined the search for Woody when he was robbed by Al McWhiggin, making him one of the franchise’s most loyal sidekicks.
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