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Top 10 Secondary Pixar Characters

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Pixar Animation Studios isn’t only known for its amazing computer-animated stories but also for crafting and developing some of the greatest characters ever put to screen. This applies to both the lead characters and those who aren’t protagonists. For this list, we’ve limited it to one memorable character per full-length movie, with sequels counting as separate films in their own right. We’re considering secondary characters as those who support the main ones. Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 secondary Pixar characters.

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They might not be the leads, but these Pixar characters sure are memorable. Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 secondary Pixar characters.

For this list, we've focused on characters in feature length Pixar films that aren't the protagonists or heroes of the story. Good and bad characters are fair game, regardless of how much screen time they have, as long as they're memorable.

#10: Aliens
“Toy Story 2” (1999)

Though we see them in the first “Toy Story” movie and they make a return in the third, it’s in “Toy Story 2” that these squeeze toy aliens actually become a part of Andy’s group of playthings. These cute little green men are a little bit one-dimensional, but it’s hard not to fall for their repeated expressions of eternal gratitude. They’re so adorable that Mrs. Potato Head wants to adopt them!

#9: Dean Abigail Hardscrabble
“Monsters University” (2013)

With a creepy-yet-elegant look inspired by a giant Amazonian centipede, Abigail Hardscrabble’s role as Dean makes her one of the most powerful monsters at Monsters University. With her legendary scaring skills and intimidating nature, she’s not someone you want to mess with. But some way, somehow, Mike and Sulley find a way to surprise her – and us – in the process.

#8: Tuck and Roll
“A Bug's Life” (1998)

Tuck and Roll may be two characters, but they’re virtually inseparable in the film. Both voiced by Mike McShane, these mischievous pill bugs amuse themselves (and moviegoers) by mimicking other insects and laughing at their misfortune. It doesn’t matter that they don’t say much we can actually understand, because their facial expressions and acrobatic antics alone are enough to make us laugh-out-loud!

#7: Anton Ego
“Ratatouille” (2007)

In “Ratatouille,” Anton Ego is the tough-as-nails restaurant critic who can make-or-break a chef’s business. After one of his reviews ruins a former star chef, Ego gives the restaurant – now under new management – another chance. From his childlike wonder at the first bite to his acceptance that the chef who won him over was a rat and his subsequent flattering review, we’re touched by Ego’s transformation and realize there’s so much more than meets the eye.

#6: Ken
“Toy Story 3” (2010)

Mixing comedy, drama and action, the third film in the “Toy Story” franchise contained several grown-up moments thanks to the heavily metrosexual Ken doll. In addition to the sexual innuendos with Barbie, the toys’ new tour guide also had us rolling on the floor while modeling his roomful of clothes in the Dream House. And thanks to Michael Keaton’s earnest-yet-hilarious voiceover, we’ll never forget him!

#5: Dug
“Up” (2009)

How can you resist this underdog who loves you after he just meets you? Though he’s one of several talking dogs, Dug is still the odd one odd when it comes to Muntz’s not-so-friendly pack. Instead, he enjoys the simple things, including chasing squirrels and so full of energy it’s infectious. He might not be too bright, but he’s loyal to the core and “Up” definitely wouldn’t be the same without him!

#4: Rex
“Toy Story” (1995)

Andy’s heaviest and probably biggest toy appears in all three “Toy Story” films, but it’s his introduction to us in the first film that’s got our vote. He’s sweet, slow-minded and oh-so-loyal. He also has a lot of feelings, especially when it comes to his little tiny arms and his own self-worth. And thanks to Wallace Shawn’s energetic vocals, we really get to see Rex come into his own.

#3: Roz
“Monsters Inc.” (2001)

This character is proof that Pixar can do a whole lot with very little. Roz the administrative clerk may not be in a lot of scenes, but her raspy voice, unfriendly appearance and grouchy temperament quickly make themselves known. Voiced by Pixar’s own Bob Peterson, Roz’s threats that she’s “always watching” take on even more meaning when she’s later revealed to be more important to Monsters Inc. than everyone initially believes.

#2: Edna Mode
“The Incredibles” (2004)

By mixing superheroes, comedy and computer animation, Pixar attained massive box office success and multiple accolades with “The Incredibles”. While the film’s been praised for its maturity, it also offers its share of laughs - with this over-the-top costume designer leading the charge. Edna Mode may be a woman, but thanks to director Brad Bird’s candid-yet-fabulous voiceover, she’s truly incredible.

Honorable Mentions

Frozone (The Incredibles)
Mr. Potato Head (Toy Story)
Crush (Finding Nemo)
Randall Boggs (Monsters, Inc.)

#1: Dory
“Finding Nemo” (2003)

Dory’s such a beloved character in the Pixar canon that she’s the focus of the “Finding Nemo” sequel. With her very short-term memory and heart-of-gold, she brings the biggest laughs to this tale of a father’s search for his son Add Ellen DeGeneres’ inimitable comedic timing and Dory’s role in reuniting Marlin with Nemo, and this Pacific regal blue tang is at the top of our list.

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