The 12 Most Useless Disney Supporting Characters

Cuteness will only get you so far.

12. Mushu (Mulan)

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Mushu is supposed to protect Mulan, which he apparently does by wisecracking? In the end, he proves his worth, but there’s a lot of annoying banter before then. And for a dragon, he’s really not all that impressive.

11. Nala (The Lion King)

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I’m sorry, but she’s completely superfluous. Her only real purpose is to disrupt the homoerotic bonding between Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa. And what, was she just pacing around while Simba was gone?

10. Eeyore (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)

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Ugh, whine more. Eeyore drags everything down with his relentless depression — to be fair, they don’t make Prozac for donkeys. I will say this for Eeyore, though: at least he knows he’s useless.

9. The Archdeacon (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

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He’s supposed to be a force for good, the opposite of the evil Frollo. But aside from condemning the villain’s actions, he doesn’t do much to stop Frollo. And then he gets pushed down the stairs.

8. Nana (Peter Pan)

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Oh, sure, she’s cute but it’s hard to compete with mermaids and fairies. Besides, Nana’s one job was to protect the Darling children, and she let them get flown away. YOU HAD ONE JOB, NANA.

7. Iago (Aladdin)

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Pretty unfair that while Aladdin gets an awesome ape friend to hang out with, Jafar is stuck with Gilbert Gottfried as a parrot. The name “Iago” is totally wasted on the Disney character, whose most memorable trait is that he’s molting.

6. Terk (Tarzan)

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Ah, yes, Tarzan’s best friend, a tomboy gorilla voiced by Rosie O’Donnell. Honestly, outside of Tarzan’s gorilla parents, who cares? And let’s not even start with Tantor the elephant.

5. Flit (Pocahontas)

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Really, Flit is no more useless than Pocahontas’ other sidekick, the raccoon Meeko. But Meeko has the added advantage of being squishy and adorable. You can’t cuddle a hummingbird. Next.

4. Charlotte La Bouff (The Princess and the Frog)

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How dare this pink abomination steal attention away from Tiana, the real star of the show? The joke here is that Charlotte is frivolous and awful, but that doesn’t mean we should have to endure her inane chatter.

3. Wardrobe (Beauty and the Beast)

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Apparently she was an opera singer before she got turned into a wardrobe, but who really cares? She has none of the charisma the other household objects have, and if it weren’t for “Human Again,” no one would remember her at all.

2. Prince Ferdinand (Snow White)

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OK, yeah, he kisses Snow White awake, but that is the only worthwhile thing he does in the movie. Easily the dullest prince — it’s kind of shocking Snow White didn’t run off with one of the dwarfs instead.

1. Flounder (The Little Mermaid)

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As someone who’s scared all the time, it’s easy to relate to Flounder. But what is his purpose exactly? As irritating as Sebastian is, at least he fulfills a role in Ariel’s life. Flounder just swims around getting into trouble.

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