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Another Top 10 Underrated Female Disney Characters

It’s time to give these animated ladies their due. Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Another Top 10 Underrated Female Disney Characters.

For this list, we’re taking a look at more endearing women in Disney films - Pixar and direct-to-video included - that don’t always get the credit they deserve. We’ve excluded all of the characters that make up the Disney Princess franchise, as well as those on our Top 10 Greatest Disney Princesses list, because they’re clearly already held in the highest regard.

#10: Sadness
“Inside Out” (2015)

Although she seems like a one-note killjoy at first, Sadness proves that feelings can have many different layers. After eleven-year-old Riley moves from Minnesota to San Francisco, Joy attempts to keep her spirits high while keeping Sadness at bay. However, it eventually becomes clear that Sadness is an essential part of being human. Everybody has to deal with disappointment, loss, and change on occasion. Sometimes we need to cry in order to move forward. When Sadness finally takes control of Riley’s console, it’s equally tear jerking and uplifting, amounting to a happy ending. Sadness thus emerges as an unsung hero in one of Pixar’s most emotional movies to date.

#9: Kiara
“The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride” (1998)

This direct-to-video sequel might not be able to compete with the original masterpiece, but it still managed to give us a compelling new protagonist. The film shifts focus from King Simba to his daughter and future Queen of the Pride Lands, Kiara. Like her father before her, this lioness is headstrong and rebellious, but brave and compassionate as well. She isn’t afraid to follow her heart either, falling in love with a banished lion named Kovu despite his connection to Scar. Most importantly, she exemplifies the making of a strong ruler, using peace and logic to bring two feuding families together. Since making her debut, Kiara’s circle of life has continued in the Disney animated series, “The Lion Guard.”

#8: Franny Robinson
“Meet the Robinsons” (2007)

Compared to some other members of the wacky Robinson family, Franny is fairly levelheaded and responsible. At the same time, though, she’s still colorful, creative, and crazy in all the right ways. With a passion for music, this pioneering woman conducts a choir of jazzy frogs. In addition to being an innovative musician and master of martial arts, she’s also a loving, nurturing parent. She’s not only affectionate towards her own son, Wilbur, but will welcome any child in need with open arms. A mother who knows best, Franny is always right… even when she’s wrong.

#7: Chicha
“The Emperor’s New Groove” (2000)

Pacha’s very pregnant wife, Chicha could have been a pretty straightforward, forgettable character. Yet, the film actually develops her into someone incredibly likable. The glue that holds her family together, Chicha is caring, supportive, and typically the smartest person in the room. She knows how to resolve almost any problem while still maintaining a calm demeanor and sense of humor. Even when the diabolical Yzma threatens to burn her house down, Chicha easily takes control of the situation with some help from her hyper children. And remember, she won’t think twice about smashing your face in with a frying pan.

#6: Grandmother Fa
“Mulan” (1998)

Who wouldn’t want this lively, outspoken grandma as a member of the family? With a lucky cricket by her side, Grandmother Fa lives her life without fear. She’ll walk across a busy street with her eyes closed and come out completely unharmed. Despite her smart-alecky nature, she genuinely cares about her family, particularly granddaughter Mulan. When Mulan disguises herself as a man and heads off to war, Grandmother Fa prays to the ancestors to look after her. Watching this spirited old lady, we can see where Mulan gets much of her independence.

#5: Alice
“Alice in Wonderland” (1951)

This treasured Disney classic is full of unforgettable characters, such as the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts. Ironically, the one character that usually gets overlooked is Alice herself. In a movie this zany and off-the-wall, though, the audience needs a sensible protagonist to bring them back to reality. Aside from being a relatable heroine, Alice is polite, smart, and spunky. Even if her curiosity can get her into trouble, she always stands up for herself and fights to keep her head. Being a daydreamer, Alice ultimately finds that Wonderland can be a nice place to visit, but she wouldn’t want to live there.

#4: Go Go
“Big Hero 6” (2014)

Baymax may steal the show, but “Big Hero 6” has no shortage of fun supporting characters. This adrenaline junkie particularly stands out with her engineering gifts, athletic skills, and need for speed. You wouldn’t want to get on Go Go’s bad side, or challenge her to a drag race for that matter. As fast as she is furious, she never fails to woman up in the face of danger. Although Go Go comes off as tough and sarcastic, she also possesses a strong sense of morality and a kind heart. She’ll loyally fight alongside any of her friends and is always there when somebody needs a hug. She might be a tech nerd, but that doesn’t make her any less badass.

#3: The Muses
“Hercules” (1997)

You wouldn’t think that a gospel choir and ancient Greece would go hand in hand. The Muses somehow pull it off though, narrating our hero’s journey in style. Often found within pieces of art, these five sassy goddesses move the story along with catchy music and great comedic timing. They additionally help the conflicted Megara to see the light and accept her feelings for “Hunkules.” Believe it or not, Disney was originally eyeing the Spice Girls to voice the Muses, but their plate was too full. Apparently they thought “Spice World” would be a better career move. Regardless, the Muses knew how to make Greek mythology fun and that’s the gospel truth.

#2: Princess Eilonwy
“The Black Cauldron” (1985)

Eilonwy holds the princess title, but she’s never been marketed alongside Snow White, Cinderella, or the Magic Kingdom’s other royal residents. This is largely because “The Black Cauldron” wasn’t a success upon release. Since the film has developed a devoted following over the years, though, Disney should really invite Eilonwy to their most exclusive club. Adventurous and plucky, Eilonwy demonstrated that princesses could be more than damsels in distress. When we first see her, she actually rescues Taran from the dreaded Horned King’s dungeon. An active heroine who takes charge, Eilonwy arguably paved the way for the likes of Ariel and Belle, marking a significant turning point for Disney princesses that shouldn’t be ignored.

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Sarah Hawkins
“Treasure Planet” (2002)

“The Aristocats” (1970)

“Monsters, Inc.” (2001)

#1: Jessie
“Toy Story” franchise (1995-)

Full of energy and joy, this yodeling cowgirl makes us all wish that toys could spring to life. Although Jessie is often cheerful, she’s not all fun and games. Behind her friendly exterior, she’s overcome with an overwhelming fear of abandonment. You can’t help but shed a tear after learning about Jessie’s falling out with her previous owner, Emily. Speaking of which, have you heard the theory that Emily might be Andy’s mom? Oh well, we digress. The point is that Jessie’s an incredibly empathetic character we come to truly care about. Through her friendship with Woody, she eventually finds a new home with Andy and later with young Bonnie. She even shares a charming romance with Buzz Lightyear.

Do you agree with our list? Who’s your favorite underrated female Disney character? For more entertaining Top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to MsMojo.

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