Disney, one of the world's most wildly successful entertainment franchises, has created some of the most memorable characters of all time.
While we may never know their secret, we do know their characters like they're our real life friends. We even bring them into our homes and declare them part of our personality! It doesn't matter if you have an Elsa poster, a Moana doll, the key to Davy Jones' chest or some Mickey Mouse ears; the point is that you know the main characters better than you know practically any other cultural phenomenon.
But we aren't focusing on them today. Today, we want to discuss the other, smaller roles that make the big ones so great. Do you think you could you answer a question about Hei Hei (Moana's chicken) if we gave you one? Could you tell us the name of Mufasa's advisor and closest friend? And could you tell us the name of the gorgeous gypsy that Quasimodo fell for in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame?"
While it's great to know the names of the characters that really shine in the movie, you can't call yourself a true Disney fan if you don't know the names of the minor characters, as well. So let's find out if you deserve that title or not!
Mufasa is Simba's father. Sarabi is Simba's mother. When Mufasa dies, Simba must muster his courage to be the new king.
The genie in "Aladdin" is, in fact, named Genie. He is a type of Jinn, which is an Arabian mythical figure. He's also referred to as the "Genie of the Lamp" and "Blue Genie."
Remember cute little Flounder? What a sweetheart! Flounder is not actually a flounder though, but rather a tropical fish of undisclosed species.
Lumiere is the talking candlestick. He wanted Belle to be his guest! Before that, when he was human, he was the Beast's valet.
She had black and white hair. That's the evilest hair style there is, especially when you kidnap a bunch of puppies to use their fur for a coat. Betty Lou Gerson did the original voice of the evil heiress in 1961.
Not only was she a fox, but she was a red fox, to be specific. Maid Marian was voiced by Monica Evans in her last ever film role.
In "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," Esmeralda is the Romani dancer that Quasimodo falls in love with. Her goat's name is Djali.
Christopher Robin is actually based on "Winnie the Pooh" writer, A.A. Milne's, son. His name? Christopher Robin Milne. He grew up to become a bookseller.
Jiminy Cricket, of course! Who can forget him? The name is a play on the actual oath and exclamation, "Jiminy Cricket," which was used to keep people from saying "Jesus Christ" while swearing.
Pegasus is the name of the flying horse. That's also the name of a constellation.
Daisy Duck is Donald's beloved girlfriend. She was created in 1940 for the short, "Mr. Duck Steps Out," and then became a semi-regular fixture in the Disney canon.
In the film, she goes by Evil Queen, although she technically has a name: Queen Grimhilde.
Zazu, one of Mustafa's evil helpers, was a red-billed hornbill. Rowan Atkinson, known for his role as "Mr. Bean," voiced the character.
Jaq's full name is actually Jacques, and Gus's name is Octavius. Cinderella rescues them, and they help her out in return.
Anastasia and Drizella were Cinderella's stepsisters. They are the daughters of Cinderella's stepmother, Lady Tremaine.
Geppetto is essentially Pinocchio's father. Geppetto carved Pinocchio out of wood into a puppet, but it's the blue fairy that actually brings him to life.
Chief Powhatan loved his daughter, but he was insistent she should marry Kocoum. The historically accurate Chief Powhatan's name is Wahunsenacawh.
John Smith was her love interest in the film. In real life, he was one of the founders of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement on the continent.
Do you remember them in red, green and blue? They are Aurora's fairy godmothers, and Merryweather is the one who keeps her from dying on her sixteenth birthday.
Remember sweet little Meeko? He really enjoyed eating anything he could get his little paws on.
Merida had some serious red hair, and she wielded a bow and arrow! Yet, even though she is a main Disney character, she's not talked about as much as other leading Disney ladies.
Malificent, from the Disney movies, was based on the evil fairy godmother in the French version of the classic folktale.
Michael, John and their sister, Wendy, are transported to Never Land by Peter Pan. Michael is about four years old, John is about eight years old and Wendy is almost thirteen years old.
Remember Baloo? He was a sloth bear and Mowgli's teacher. His most famous song in the 1967 Disney film is "The Bare Necessities." The story was originally by Rudyard Kipling.
Sir Hiss was the adviser and assistant to Sir John. He was voiced by Terry-Thomas.
Pongo was the lovable dalmatian in the movie and Roger's pet. Perdita was his female companion. Together, they had 15 puppies.
Kanga and Roo are the lovable kangaroos! Kanga is Roo's mother. Roo is a joey, and based on an actual stuffed animal that belonged to Christopher Robin Milne.
LeFou is Gaston's loyal sidekick, despite the fact that he's not treated very well by Gaston.
Chip is the beloved teacup from "Beauty and the Beast," and Chip is the chipmunk partner to Dale.
Prince Eric is supposed to be 18-years-old in the 1989 film. Fun fact: He doesn't ever sing in the movie!
Nala eventually becomes the Queen of the Pride Lands when she marries Simba. Four different actresses voiced the character in the original animated film: two speaking actresses and two sing actresses to portray both young and adult Nala.
Tinkerbell has seven fairy friends: Silvermist, Fawn, Periwinkle, Iridessa, Rosetta, Vidia and Zarina.
Remember Scuttle? He was the seagull that introduced her to the dinglehopper and the snarfblatt!
She was called the Blue Fairy because she was modeled after the fairy in the original story: The Fairy with Turquoise Hair.
Do you know the song "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah?" That's from "Song of the South," but you might not have ever seen this particular Disney film, because it's never been released in a home video format in the United States due to its stereotypical depiction of Reconstruction Era black Americans.