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Top 10 Lovable Disney Misfits

VO: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Joey Turner
These are the misfits we know and love! For this list, we’re paying tribute to the Disney protagonists and supporting characters who simply don’t quite fit in with their peers/environment, or who get looked down on by others until given the chance to prove themselves. Also, if you don’t already know much about these ostracized souls, there WILL be spoilers. We’ve included characters like The circus bugs from “A Bug’s Life”, Fa Mulan from “Mulan”, Nick Wildefrom “Zootopia” and many more!

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Top 10 Disney Misfits

Some of the most timeless characters tend to stick out like a sore thumb. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Disney Misfits.

For this list, we’re paying tribute to the Disney protagonists and supporting characters who simply don’t quite fit in with their peers/environment, or who get looked down on by others until given the chance to prove themselves. Also, if you don’t already know much about these ostracized souls, there WILL be spoilers.

#10: The Circus Bugs

“A Bug’s Life” (1998)

Ringmaster P.T. Flea has bugs of many shapes and sizes in his circus act… and almost none of them are the best at what they do. The magicians aren’t very mystifying, the “ferocious beast” is a lovable lug, and the clowns aren’t particularly funny. They can’t seem to draw in a crowd… unless they set their boss on fire. It gets even MORE awkward when they’re mistaken for warrior bugs hired to help protect an ant colony from grasshoppers, and well… they’re neither top-notch performers nor capable combatants. However, with Flik acting as their guide, they just might be the unexpected heroes the colony needs.

#9: Fa Mulan

“Mulan” (1998)

All Mulan really wants is to do the right thing for her family; however, her untamed spirit and awkwardness hinder her ability to uphold the strict rules and traditions of Chinese society. So instead, she tries taking her father’s place in the Chinese army by impersonating a man –with a little guidance from her disgraced guardian, Mushu. It takes her a while to get the hang of it, but Mulan eventually wins the respect of her fellow recruits. Unfortunately, her masquerade also backs her into a corner – if her real gender is discovered, the punishment includes dishonor to her family… and death – unless the general feels merciful.

#8: Nick Wilde

“Zootopia” (2016)

Unfortunately, even in a city as great as Zootopia, no one can fully escape the hurtful stereotypes of their species –something Nick learnt the hard way as a child. He was excited to be a part of the Junior Ranger Scouts –the first predator in his troop. Unfortunately, during his initiation, he was bullied and muzzled by the other scouts –all because of the hackneyed idea that foxes are untrustworthy. Since that day, Nick has kept himself guarded and lived up to their expectations –until he gets an opportunity to show his true colors, that is. Nick’s journey is truly an inspiring one.

#7: Lilo Pelekai

“Lilo & Stitch” (2002)

Lilo’s an eccentric little girl who engages in rather peculiar hobbies, and has difficulty getting along with her classmates –mostly because they shun her for being a weirdo. It’s hard for anyone –even her own sister- to understand Lilo; but from what we DO understand, this all comes from the trauma of losing her parents at a young age, making her feel all alone in a broken family. Despite her eccentricities, she’s really a sweet little girl who just needs a friend as strange -if not stranger- than her –like maybe an intergalactic experiment hiding out on earth who knows what it’s like to be rejected by society.

#6: Jumbo ‘Dumbo’, Jr.

“Dumbo” (1941)

Dumbo is a gentle pachyderm with a loving mother… and really big ears. Unfortunately, his oversized ears make him the laughingstock of the circus – teased by everyone, humiliated by the clowns, and disowned by the other uptight elephants. Worst of all, when his mother tries to protect her only son, she’s locked up for being a “mad elephant”, leaving the young misfit sad and alone. Fortunately, Dumbo still has one friend: a small mouse named Timothy who hopes to show the heartbroken calf his full potential. Everyone who belittled Dumbo is soon made to eat their words when the “freak” literally soars to the top as the world famous flying elephant.

#5: Hercules

“Hercules” (1997)

When he was a baby, Hercules was an all-powerful god -like his father. Unfortunately, thanks to Hades, he was made mortal, which means he couldn’t return to his true family on Mount Olympus. However, Wonderboy still retained his god-like strength, making him disastrously accident-prone; needless to say, the locals weren’t fond of his destructive clumsiness. Stuck in limbo, belonging neither among mortals or immortals, Hercules might still have a chance to return to his true godhood if he can prove himself a true hero in the eyes of both. However, there’s still the chance that something –or SOMEONE- might come along that’ll make him WANT to stay mortal.

#4: Remy

“Ratatouille” (2007)

Rats have the tasteless reputation for being germ-ridden thieves of food and garbage… but you wouldn’t know that if you met Remy. For one, Remy has a sensitive sense of smell, and an acquired taste for fresh, QUALITY foods –which makes him seem picky when compared to his fellow rodents. He wants to be a chef; but while his cooking skills are amazing… he’s still a rat using a human to disguise himself. Poor Remy can’t truly fit in with humans or rats, but he can do so much more: he reminds us that anyone can do great things regardless of their appearance or origin story.

#3: Belle

“Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

To us, Belle is a beautiful, intelligent girl; to the villagers, however, she’s a little odd. Her love of books and her independent attitude make her come off as strange to the rest of them, so she doesn’t have anyone she can really call a friend in town –aside from her eccentric father who the townsfolk consider an old crackpot. Unfortunately, her beauty catches the eye of Gaston and… he’s a sleazeball that the “normal” people all look up to. Belle may be the odd one out in her little town, but she’s also the only one who can break the spell over someone as different as her – the Beast.

#2: Wreck-It Ralph

“Wreck-It Ralph” (2012)

Some video game villains are content with being the nefarious scoundrels we paint them to be… but Wreck-It Ralph is not one of those villains. After hours, Ralph’s actually a nice guy who just wants to be appreciated. Unfortunately, the not-so-nice Nicelanders want nothing to do with him because of his villainous title – an issue not helped by his clumsiness. He tries to prove himself a hero, but he’s doing it for the wrong reason –just to prove a point. He can’t change his assigned villainous title, but he can be a hero to someone who needs it the most – a glitch character who knows too well what it’s like to be ostracized.

Before we unveil our number one odd one out, here are a few honorable mentions.

Pub Thugs

“Tangled” (2010)

Mike Wazowski

“Monsters University” (2013)


“The Jungle Book” (1967)

#1: Aladdin

“Aladdin” (1992)

Taking the top spot is a true diamond in the rough. Having lived most of his life homeless, Aladdin got by using his street smarts. Unfortunately, he was also looked down on as a “worthless street rat” that won’t amount to anything. While chasing the girl of his dreams, he tried to masquerade as a prince… a deception that ended in near-catastrophe.. What Aladdin – and ALL of our listed misfits- taught us, is that you’re always better off being yourself. People might not appreciate you at first, but someday, your true worth will shine from within. At the end of the day, what makes us odd is also what makes us special!

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