15 Best Disney Characters of All Time Ranked

20 Best Disney Characters of All Time Ranked (2023 Updated)

As an avid Disney enthusiast and collector of magical Disney merchandise, I've been fortunate to dive into the captivating world of Disney characters.

Let nostalgia give you butterflies in the stomach as we take a trip down memory lane to find out who are the best Disney characters of all time.  

Top 20 Characters in Disney History 

1. Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse

Character Impact: 10

As an avid Disney enthusiast and collector, my personal connection with Mickey Mouse runs deep.

Created in the 1920s, Mickey Mouse is a cartoon character that also serves as the endearing mascot of the Walt Disney Company.

Mickey Mouse is the world’s most notable fictional character, with his famous red shorts, white gloves, and huge yellow shoes.

In the film Steamboat Willie, Minnie Mouse appeared alongside Mickey as his love interest. 

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2. Genie (Robin Williams) of Aladdin


 Character Impact: 9

Yep, you’ve never had a friend like Aladdin’s Genie. Despite his outrageously funny antics, this fast-talking blue fellow has a heart of gold, treating Aladdin more like a friend than a master. 

Genie is not just a magical being who can grant your wish, he’s also the ultimate icon of selflessness, even after Aladdin freed him from Jafar.

He’s a massive element in every childhood and something that reminds us of one of the most-loved performances from Robin Williams.

3. Donald Duck

Donald Duck

Character Impact: 9

Growing up, I surrounded myself with Walt Disney memorabilia, and my collection wouldn't be complete without Donald Duck merchandise. 

Together with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and the rest of the gang, Donald goes off on different adventures wearing his recognizable sailor shirt, cap, and bow tie.

Donald is a fiery anthropomorphic duck who always falls victim to bad luck, but we love him, anyway. And so does Daisy Duck. 

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4. Goofy


Character Impact: 9

Well, Goofy is exceptionally goofy as his character.

Walt Disney Productions created Goofy in the 1930s and is tagged as a tall, black dog that talks with a Southern accent we’re all familiar with.

You’ll find him donning his favorite turtle neck and vest, and a tall fedora hat.

Goofy is described as clumsy, intuitive, and eccentric, making him unique in his own way. 

5. Sebastian of The Little Mermaid

Sebastian of The Little Mermaid

Character Impact: 8

If you’re looking for a friend who’s willing to break the rules for your happiness, there’s Sebastian from The Little Mermaid, King Triton’s spirited advisor slash entertainer.

Despite his loyalty to the King, he gave his “reluctant” support to Princess Ariel on her quest to find true love and be part of this world.

With Sebastian’s memorable songs and infectious personality, life is indeed better under the sea. 

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6. Simba, the Lion King

Simba, the Lion King

Character Impact: 9

As the pride of the Pride Lands, we watched how Simba grew from an insecure cub into a fine, strong lion full of love for family and friends.

We all cried when Simba lost his father, and we loathed Scar and his minions for luring little Simba into leaving his family.

But like they say, all’s well that end’s well, as evidenced by the sequels. It's one of my favorite animated Disney characters from Walt Disney. 

7. Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians

Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians

Character Impact: 8

She’s cruel. She’s vile. Just look at her name, folks! But she made it to the list, anyway.

With Cruella de Vil, you know instantly that it’s bad news.

She's one of the Disney villains I hate the most because why does she hurt those poor little puppies, right?! It’s her ruthlessness, however, that’s made her into an iconic villain.

Those scary snarls and the catchy theme song have got us hooked, though.  

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8. Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King

Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King

Character Impact: 8

“Hakuna Matata” is a wonderful phrase as a matter of fact. Coming from a meerkat and a pig - a warthog, rather - this catchphrase gave us a boost when the going gets tough.

Overall, the Lion King is one of the most well-loved Disney movies of all time

Timon and Pumbaa were carefree (and funny) jungle dwellers who took in Simba after he was driven out of Pride Lands by his own uncle.

The presence of this duo made heavy scenes in The Lion King bearable if we might add.  

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9. Olaf


Character Impact: 7

Olaf is the reason why we all want to build a snowman! He’s the only character we know who likes warm hugs and particularly loves summer even if he is a snowman.

Created by Elsa and Anna when they were young, Olaf then became a fragment of their imagination up until he magically formed while Queen Elsa was fleeing in the woods.

He can be a bit naive at times, but this innocent and good-natured character made him a trusted friend to the sisters.

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10. Stitch


Character Impact: 8

Stitch is a short-tempered yet charming blue alien in the Lilo & Stitch by Walt Disney Studios.

He’s a genetically-engineered extraterrestrial that started off as a seemingly crazy character designed to create chaos wherever he may go.

Until he was befriended by Lilo Pelekai and became “ohana” in the end. Stitch resembles a koala and acts quite mischievously all the time. 

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11. Tinker Bell from Peter Pan

Tinker Bell from Peter Pan

Character Impact: 9

Tinker Bell is a feisty and hot-tempered fairy best remembered as Peter Pan’s trusted sidekick.

Tink doesn’t like humans, though, and we certainly saw that after she acted quite murderously towards Wendy during one of her intense fits of jealousy. 

Despite her rough character, she is a devoted friend to everyone she loves, eventually accepting Wendy and her brothers as members of the team.

Since her creation in the 1950s, Tinker Bell became a spokes-character alongside Jiminy Cricket and Mickey Mouse.

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12. Woody


Character Impact: 9

Sheriff Woody Pride is the main fictional character in the Toy Story franchise by Pixar.

He is a stuffed cowboy rag doll tagged as one of the toy leaders in the movies.

Woody is old-fashioned and skeptical most of the time, but this changed when he became friends with Buzz Lightyear. 

Their adventures together with the other toys were mostly out-of-this-world yet very heart-warming.

Since his debut in Toy Story (one of the best animated films I watched), Woody remained one of the most beloved Disney heroes today.

13. Baloo from The Jungle Book

Baloo from The Jungle Book

Character Impact: 8

If you’re an orphaned boy raised by wolves in the jungle and on the run from a cunning Bengal tiger, how will you cope with life? By looking for the “bare necessities”, of course.

At least that’s what we learned from Baloo, the bear who took Mowgli in after the poor boy lost everyone he loved. 

Baloo stuck with Mowgli and accompanied him in his misadventures right until he found the right home.

He may not be the best tour guide and life coach, but he’s definitely a reminder that we should enjoy life and let loose once in a while. 

14. Dory


Character Impact: 8

Dory is a regal blue tang, a major character in Disney/Pixar Film’s Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.

She is characterized as ditzy, which may be attributed to her short-term memory loss.

Aside from the amazing Disney animation, Dory's forgetfulness is what drove us to pity and love her at the same time, though.

Despite her condition, Dory was loyal and kindhearted. In the end, Marlin and Nemo considered her family. 

15. Jiminy Cricket

Jiminy Cricket

Character Impact: 8

In The Adventures of Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket serves as the wooden boy’s conscience right after being brought to life by the Blue Fairy.

If you’ve watched the Disney film, you’ll see that most of Pinocchio’s misfortunes were consequences of ignoring Jiminy’s advice.

As one of the best characters, Jiminy teaches us to listen to the voice of reason as we journey towards achieving our dreams. 

16. Baymax 

Character Impact: 7

Baymax is from Big Hero 6 of Walt Di is a lovable inflatable healthcare robot with a gentle and caring nature. 

He is always ready to help others and provides comfort and support to those in need, using his advanced medical capabilities and endearing personality.

As a long time plush collector, I find Funko Baymax Plush a great addition to any Big Hero 6 collection. 

17. Mulan

Character Impact: 9

Mulan is one of the best animated films from Disney and this courageous and determined young woman disguised herself as a man to join the Chinese army in place of her father.

This Disney Princess is skilled in combat and displays great strength and resilience as she fights to protect her family and bring honor to her name.

If you love collecting Mulan merch, this Scented Tea Tin Candle Mulan can be a great addition to collection of any Disney fans. 

18. Jack Skellington

Character Impact: 8

I'll never forget the Halloween party at Disneyland where I came face-to-face with Jack Skellington. His charisma was magnetic, drawing everyone into his whimsical world.

Jack Skellington is known for his tall and slender frame, skeletal appearance, and longing for something more. With a mix of charm and eerie charm, he embarks on a whimsical journey to understand the meaning of Christmas.

If you're planning to dress up as Jack Skellington on a Halloween Party, you can check out this Jack Skellington Ski Mask. 

19. Maleficent

Character Impact: 9

Maleficent is a powerful sorceress and the iconic Disney villain from "Sleeping Beauty." 

She is known for her striking appearance, with her black horned headdress and flowing robes. With a dark and vengeful nature, she casts a spell on Princess Aurora, but later discovers a capacity for love and redemption.

If you collect Funko Pop figures, show your love for Maleficent with this Disney Maleficent Pop Figure

20. Peter Pan

Character Impact: 9

I love going to Disney Parks and one of the characters I love to take pictures with is Peter Pan.

Peter Pan, the mischievous and eternal boy who refuses to grow up, is a symbol of youthful adventure and imagination.

With his infectious energy, mischievous grin, and iconic green outfit, Peter takes us to Neverland, where dreams become reality.

He reminds us to embrace the magic of childhood and cherish our sense of wonder.

If you need of a show-stopping costume for your next cosplay event or Disney-themed party, check out the classic Peter Pan costume from Toynk!


Who is the cutest Disney character?

Chip from the Beauty and the Beast film [1] is the cutest Walt Disney character.

With those big sparkling eyes, teeny voice, and chipped edge, there’s no teacup as adorable as Chip. No wonder Belle got smitten with him as soon as they met. 

Who is Walt Disney’s favorite character?

Goofy is considered Walt Disney’s favorite character. He is a clumsy and gangly dog that first appeared in the 1932 film, Mickey’s Revue.

Goofy is known for his slapstick comedy style, and you’ll almost always find him alongside his friends, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

When it comes to Disney princesses, Princess Cinderella was Walt’s favorite. 

Who was the first character to fart?

Pumbaa, the warthog from The Lion King hold the honor of being the first-ever character to fart in a Disney film.

His weird diet of bugs and worms might have something to do with it. 

Who was Disney’s first villain character?

The Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was the first Disney villain character.

She was so envious of Princess Snow White’s beauty that she resorted to doing every ruthless thing she can come up with, like those poison apples.

Snow White lived, of course. Thanks to the equally iconic true love’s kiss. 

Who is the most beautiful Disney character?

Princess Jasmine is thought to be the most beautiful character in the Disney world.

The Disney princess has warm brown skin, strikingly beautiful eyes, and a vaguely exotic aura that captured not just Aladdin’s heart, but of the entire Disney fandom.

We consider Mulan, Princess Ariel and Princess Belle as runners-up in this category.

Who is Disney's most iconic character?

Disney's most iconic character is undoubtedly Mickey Mouse.

With his endearing personality, timeless appeal, and status as Disney's official mascot, Mickey has captured the hearts of millions worldwide, symbolizing the magic and legacy of Disney.

Winnie the Pooh is also an iconic character beloved by people of all ages. Winnie the Pooh has become a symbol of friendship, innocence, and the joy of simple pleasures.

Who is the least known Disney character?

One of the least known Disney character would be José Carioca. 

This Brazilian parrot made his debut in the Disney movie "The Three Caballeros" but has had limited exposure compared to more prominent Disney characters.

Nonetheless, José Carioca holds a special place for those familiar with his unique charm.

Wrapping Up The Best Characters in Disney Fandom Today  

While there are quite a few Disney animated characters that made the top spots, we’re pretty sure the list of the best Disney World characters [2] in history will go on.

These characters from Disney television and Disney films never cease to make people smile, whether they’re seven years old or seventy-seven. 

Over time, new characters will surface and capture your heart the way these iconic and classic characters did.

Ariel taught us that true love exists. Belle showed us that it’s okay to dream big. 

From Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Mad Hatter to the most recent Mulan, Princess Anna and Wreck-It Ralph, people will always find somebody new to take an interest in.

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1. https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Beauty_and_the_Beast_(2017_film)

2. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/

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