Time to be biased and choose the characters I enjoy seeing their presence in movies as long as they're animated!
Seeing here though as this is the MOVIE characters list here are the ground rules!!
--> no characters from TV shows EVEN if they do actually have made for TV movies (Sorry KP, Peter Parker, Lance and Obi wan kenobi but know I still love you)
--> ANY characters is game, hero/heroine, villain, side characters ANYONE!!
20. Ballerina (Fantasia 2000)
She didn't say a word but conveyed kindness to the tinman and never belittled him even when he felt embarrassed she made him feel better, never gave in the awful jack in the box no matter how he persisted and was classy and graceful. Of course I really loved her.
19. Aladdin (Aladdin)
Aladdin was always that "cool" nice guy for me. He was adventurous and street smart and cared about how people felt. But he was also a liar and sometimes was so consumed in his worries that he forgot to be the nice guy he was. So seeing him make up for his faults by being that guy at the end of the day and accept himself always makes me happy.
18. Philip (Sleeping Beauty)
When I was younger and saw Sleeping beauty I was immediately determined to be Prince Philip when I grew up. I thought he was so confident and brave and strong and I wanted to be that too (well not pushy i mean i love him but he's a touch pushy too). I was (and still am) obsessed with fairy tale aspects like princes and princesses. He is the primary reason i developed "gentleman" habits like opening the doors, and holding the umbrella for ladies.
17. Snow white (Snow white and the seven dwarves)
I actually really love characters who are sugar incarnate sometimes due to actually being a sour puddleglum most of the time. Seeing Snow White always cheers me up, seeing her stay sweet and dreaming is despite living in horrible conditions and bringing that same cheer to the dwarves is great.
16. Toothiana (Rise of the guardians)
Toothiana really loves her job and I love that about her. She's just so hyped and happy to do her work as a tooth fairy she can't contain it. She's also very comfortable in her role as a guardian, able to fight without the movie trying to butch her up by removing any sweetness or kindness she has. It actually enlarges it and it works to make her happiness infectious.
15. Edward (Enchanted)
Edward is a loud singing parody of the prince archetype and I think he's a sweetheart. He works on fairy tale logic but doesn't run over other peoples feeling in the process of getting his happy ending. He cares a lot about Giselle's happiness and genuinely cares about all the people who come into his life.
14. Vidia (TInkerbell series
As much as I'm attached to sweethearts though sometimes I find myself happy to relate more to the bitter, sarcastic, narcissistic characters and Vidia is that for me. She's just so much snark embodied in a tiny fairy that i can't help but enjoy her antics even if they're not always the right thing to do. Even when she develops into a more "good friend" she's still a lot of fun to watch as she wrestles a bit with her conscious and refuses to do "nice"... at least not totally.
13. Tod (The fox and the hound)
A little fox who befriends a hound and intends for it to stay that way. A lot of fun to play with and absolutely crushed when the world seems to take away his chance to be with his friend and surrogate mama. And he trudges on. He's cute and accepting and he's my son so :P
12. Jane Porter (Tarzan)
A smart young lady with the ability to adapt to her surroundings with only a touch of panicking (ok a lot but that gang of baboon's was terrifying) in absolute awe of her surroundings and thrilled whenever Tarzan learns and loves something too. She also comes with great art skills (i like drawing too Jane!) yah I like her.
11. Esmeralda (Hunchback of Notre dame)
Esmeralda is a role model mostly. Don't accept injustice around you, don't allow your friends to belittle themselves, refuse advances of perverted old men. stuff like that. She lives with her head held high and her heart open. Can't help but admire her.
10. Proteus (Sinbad)
More prince role models for little Lanalamprouge! Yup when I was tiny I knew he was a good noodle. He trusted his friend was telling the truth (even if he didn't deserve it) wouldn't stand for the injustice of a mistrial, and is honest to a fault (no really he almost died for a crime he didn't commit because he refused to run away from the deal he made with the court). Treats Marina with the utmost respect (asks her if SHE actually wants to get married) and is still the best friend ever after it's clear she's not into him like that. And can beat up people XD
9. Cinderella (Cinderella)
There takes a lot of internal strength to not let yourself be broken in a world that seems against you and I have always admired Cinderella for that. I didn't see the Disney version until whoooo middle of my teens but Cinderella's story is one I've followed over the many versions of different countries to re-iimaginings in movies or full length novels. I may not know EVERY Cinderella under the sun but i do know my fair share and honestly Disney's Cinderella didn't disappoint. She has a little backbone in her that lets her stand tall, a kindness in her that appreciates the good things that do happen, and they really tried but her step family didn't break her.
8. Thumbelina (Thumbelina)
Thumbelina is adorable. The most adorable pessimist to ever sing, dance, dream, and throw energy into everything she does. That is all.
7. Robber girl (Snow queen 1957)
Gah! she's so tiny and fierce. The robber girl is so rough and tough but the moment Gerda tells her she needs to go save Kai she freaking gives her a horse and lets her go, and when Gerda's gone she freaking cries because in that short time she grew attached to her and AAAAAHHHHHHH! ( i may have too many emotions for a character who was in the movie a short time)
6. Jim Hawkins (Treasure planet)
I've always wondered what Jim meant to me. It was never really a crush (no that whole "crush" thing wouldn't start until Lelouch) He was more of a brother figure to me or even someone I admired. He was cool and smart but also hurting from his father leaving the family. He loved his mom (like the little stems of kindness like the little cover he gave her after the fire burned it up, or the fact that he's a good listener even if he doesn't "listen") but ended up hurting her with his rebelliousness. He seemed irreverent to authority but also did end up listening to them at the end revealing he was a hard worker (all them shiny pots and even graduating with medals, MEDALS!!, also a point of admiration for me). I related to him (i too am actually a good listener but don't like looking people in the eyes). He was smart but insecure (that speech about rattling the stars always gets me) and in the end finally found his balance.
5. Loki (Tales of Asgard)
Tales of Asgard is one of the couple marvel animated movies i really like, I was amazed by how much i enjoyed but lo and behold it turns out Loki was my favorite character. I don't know, i just have a strong attachment to characters who value family ties and Loki is an amazing supportive brother in this movie to the point where the end is kind of sad and foreboding as it's this exact virtue that twists something inside him at the end. But throughout the movie I like seeing him be the best brother he can be.
4. Tiana (Princess and the frog)
I have an immense amount of admiration for Tiana. I personally have little ambition and a spotty work ethic so seeing Tiana with a clear goal and work through any and all obstacles in her way is really inspiring. I also love how family oriented she is, respect for her mama, respect for her papa, and at the end a strong rooted belief that life wasn't meant to be walked alone (value being carried on from her papa). She has so much energy and faith in her dream coming true that it always brings a smile to my face to see her sing "almost there".
3. Jack frost (Rise of the Guardians)
I have forever been fascinated with the idea of being young forever and media keeps telling me that it's not all it's cracked up to be (i'm a skeptic though so i tend to ignore them). Jack embodies that joy and fun of childhood (as he should since he is the guardian
of fun). He also show loneliness really well which i unfortunately relate to and I find comfort in how he carries it with a smile. I like seeing him find respect for the guardians while also keeping his fun side intact in a compromise that characters usually don't (some movies have a my way or the highway when it comes to fun> pride in tradition or whatever is not considered fun).
2. Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
For the longest time I have loved Belle. And as a kid the reasoning was simple. She loved reading, I loved reading, She was considered pretty without the advantage of other colored hair or eyes, and her voice was soothing to me. As a teenager I loved her because She was human; she cried, she stood her ground, she was proud of her papa, and while saying sorry didn't come too easy (or at all) a "thank you" was more her style when it came to mending bridges. Just a touch older but not quite an adult yet i was forced to consider Belle on a character level, on a writing level and on a "arc" level. Was her pride and love of life really not enough to make her fleshed out? But then it hit me. I didn't care. There's such a takeway from broiling her down to narrative function from seeing her on screen. How charming she is to me, how relatable I find her, how in love she is with living and sharing her love of books with the beast or just in love she is with seeing new things in the castle. Honestly every time I see her I think of the "i swear I lived" song. and every time i keep falling in love with her.
1. Eris (Sinbad)
Honestly the villains with so-so reason for messing with the heroes has never really bothered me since they made up for weak motivation by being some of the most entertaining parts of the movie. Eris has always taken the cake though in keeping my attention. She was deviously clever, devilishly charming, and had too much fun sending a kingdom to chaos for no other reason that why not? and not in the sense of hammy "BECAUSE I'M EVIL" but even as a kid i was interested by the lack of malice in how she operated, how natural doing this seemed to her and even the good grace she had when it was time to admit she lost and moved on to destroy new things. She managed to portray that her motive was mostly because as the goddess of chaos it was her role in the universe to start up a mess but not even in a "job" way but a "nature" way. So no hard feelings? :P and then she was constantly charming, smart, and a lot of fun to follow. Her animators did an A+ job, her voice actor did and A+ job and i just love her to bits.
And there you go! my top 20 who have my heart. I was unable to get ALL the characters I love and it might be that later someone breaks the 20 or it changes (well most likely not the top 10 because they've stayed the same) but for now here's my list.
Who are some of your favorites?