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15 Underappreciated Disney Characters In Need Of Recognition

For all the trouble these characters go through, they deserve a bit of recognition!

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1. Nigel from Finding Nemo

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If I were a fish with anxiety disorders, the last thing I would do is hitch a ride in a pelican’s mouth. Not only does Nigel spare his lunch, he reunites Marlin with Nemo. Awwww.

2. Roqufort from The Aristocats

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When Duchess and her kittens are kidnapped, this lil’ guy spends all night searching the streets of Paris for them. During his quest to save his feline family, he almost gets eaten alive by a whole gang of cats, but ends up taking charge and basically chasing them back to his house. Pretty bad ass. Plus, look at that little hat and coat! He looks like a teeny tiny Sherlock!

4. Nani from Lilo and Stitch

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Nani is 19 years old, works multiple jobs, is coping with the loss of both of her parents, is the sole guardian and caretaker of her annoying little sister, is trying to avoid social workers who want to take said sister away, and because of all her responsibilities, she has to reject a super hunky dude over and over again despite his cute butt and fancy hair. Oh, and then her entire home is blown up by aliens. Cool.

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5. Flower from Bambi

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This skunk is just really freaking cute. Seriously, look at him. Tell me that is not the most adorable little skunk you’ve ever seen. Plus, he lives in flowers, which as a skunk, is pretty considerate.

6. Sargent Tibbs from One Hundred and One Dalmatians

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This cat basically single-handedly saved not one, not five, but ONE HUNDRED AND ONE dalmatians, which is pretty ballsy considering at least one out of the one hundred-plus canines probably, instinctively, wanted to rip his cat-throat out.

7. Bagheera from The Jungle Book

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Poor Baggy. All he wants is to make sure his buddy Mowgli lives a happy and safe life with other Man Cubs, but this nanny-cat gets put through hell trying to make it happen. He looks like the anal-retentive, bad-cop parent when the whole time he only has Mowgli’s best intentions in mind. Also, can we talk about how legit it is that this wild panther found a human baby in the jungle and instead of devouring him immediately he instead thought “this kid needs nourishment!”??

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9. Timothy Q. Mouse from Dumbo

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When the world turns its back on Dumbo, Timothy stands up for the little guy and becomes his only friend. This tiny mouse teaches Dumbo to screw the haters and become an awesome flying elephant instead.

11. Georgette from Oliver and Company

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Quite possibly the biggest and most dramatic diva in Disney history, this prize-winning poodle princess deserves the recognition that she so clearly deserves. As if maintaining her beautiful look and fending off her many canine suitors wasn't difficult enough, her fabulousness is then overshadowed when a ragged street-cat is brought into her home. The pampered pooch hit the nail on the head with her song “perfect isn't easy.” Life is just so hard.

12. Evinrude from The Rescuers

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Besides acting as a speedboat engine while trying to relay a crucial message, this poor fella is attacked by bats, nearly eaten, chased to the point of exhaustion, and force fed moonshine. Bonus points for the little mosquito sweater.

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13. Zazu from The Lion King

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Serving as the King’s right hand man would be a lot simpler if he wasn’t constantly being tasked with following the reckless lion prince around. This poor bird already suffers from anxiety, and it sure doesn’t help that he has to save Simba’s butt way too frequently.

14. Sven from Frozen

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Don't get me wrong, I'm all for Frozen, but can we just touch on that one scene at the end where Sven almost drowns and then climbs onto a tiny floating bit of ice and Kristoff is basically all "okay Sven just chill there in mortal danger while I go kiss this chick that I met like 45 minutes ago"? It just seems to me that a literal lifetime of companionship with Sven would have trumped a few flirty exchanges with the princess...

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