Fat Disney characters have been popular for a long time. Here is a list of popular Disney characters that will bring back childhood memories.
On the silver screen, Disney characters appear slim and fit. However, some notable exceptions include Fatso from “101 Dalmatians,” huggable Winnie the Pooh, and Gaston from “Beauty and the Beast.”
But why do these characters have a larger body size? Is it simply for comedic effect, or is there more to it?
Some argue that Fatso’s designation as a “bad guy” in his film reinforces negative stereotypes about overweight individuals being mean or evil. Similarly, Gaston’s villainous nature is contrasted with his muscular physique, suggesting that physical strength equates to moral fortitude.
However, critics also point out that both Fatso and Winnie the Pooh are depicted as lovable and endearing characters, challenging the notion that fatness is inherently bad.
Fat Disney Characters
Ultimately, Disney uses a mix of traits, including body size, to characterize their animated players. Fat or thin, good or bad, these characters make us laugh and cry – and isn’t that what matters?
So next time you watch a Disney flick, pay attention to the representation of body size – you might be surprised by what you find. You might even have a new appreciation for Fatso and his spot-stealing antics.
This list is in no order, as time goes by I’ll try to rank them.
47Winnie The Pooh
Date of birth: August 21, 1921
Creator: A. A. Milne
Winnie The Pooh may be a loveable bear with an insatiable appetite, but he’s also been the subject of body shaming and unhealthy eating habits. Despite his many flaws, Winnie The Pooh teaches us to accept ourselves and not let society dictate our self-image.
So grab that honey pot and indulge in some “Winnie The Pooh sized” portions – you’re worth it. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Winnie The Pooh might not have a six-pack or rock-hard abs, but who cares? His friendships and adventures are what truly matter.
Winnie The Pooh may be fat, but all love him, which really counts. So embrace those “Pooh-sized” curves and enjoy life to the fullest – just like Winnie.
46Ursula – The Little Mermaid
Creators: Walt Disney, John Musker, Ron Clements
The Little Mermaid’s main antagonist, Ursula (also known as the Sea Witch), appeared in Disney’s 1989 animated film.
The octopod Ursula is morbidly obese.
Her body is black, dotted with violet suckers, and she has lavender skin and short white hair from her waist down. Around her eyes, she has a darker shade than the rest of her face.
There is a mole on the right side of her mouth, and her eyes are gray. Her eye shadow is aqua blue, her lipstick is deep red, and her nails are red. She is always spotted wearing makeup. In addition to purple shell earrings, she wears a gold necklace made of nautilus shells.
The shirt on Russell doesn’t cover the whole of his stomach, which indicates that he is overweight. In addition to his Wilderness Explorer uniform, he always wears his merit badges.
Up, an animated film by Disney+Pixar features Russell as the title character. Carl Fredricksen accompanied him to Paradise Falls as a Junior Wilderness Explorer.
In addition to being extremely loud, hyperactive, and anxious, Russell is also very curious about everything he sees and is quite fun-loving.
The young boy’s behavior seems to annoy old Carl throughout the movie, but at the end of the film, he appears to be quite fond of him.
44Hades – Hercules
In Disney’s 1997 animated feature, Hercules, Hades ille Tettares (or simply Hades) is the God of the Dead, the fourth God of the grave, and the king of all spirits and demons in the Underworld.
Aside from being the antagonist in the film, Hades also starred in the animated series. In addition to having two older brothers, Zeus and Poseidon, he has a deep hatred for his nephew Hercules and continuously seeks ways to overthrow Olympus.
43Genie – Aladdin
Creator: John Musker
Genie was the protagonist of Disney’s 1992 animated film Aladdin. An obedient servant to whoever owns the magic lamp inside which he resides, he is a larger-than-life comical spirit.
In addition to granting wishes, the Genie can shape-shift and transcend space and time thanks to a phenomenal cosmic power.
Although he possesses such power, he must remain within his lamp for eternity until he is completely freed by his master (the owner of the magic lamp).
A loose comparison can be made between the Genie of the Lamp in One Thousand and One Nights folktale Aladdin and the Genie of the Lamp in Aladdin.
Having absolute freedom from the shackles of the lamp is the ultimate dream of the Genie.
42Doc (Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs)
In Disney’s 1937 animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Doc was the self-proclaimed dwarf leader.
Along with the other six dwarfs, he is one of Disney’s most iconic characters (three of whom will appear next!).
While he appears pompous and panicky, he always looks out for his fellow dwarfs, ensuring they are well taken care of.
He’s absent-minded primarily and lost in his world, but he’s also highly lovable.
It is common for him to get tongue-tied and lose track of his thoughts during conversations. Grumpy, however, often objects to most things Doc says, even though the rest of the dwarfs follow him.
41Aunt Sarah – Lady And The Tramp
Lady and the Tramp was an animated feature film released in 1955 that starred Aunt Sarah as the main antagonist.
She is the aunt of Jim Dear and the great aunt of Jim Jr. She prefers cats to dogs and is highly antagonistic towards them, blaming them for any incidents.
She is shown to be highly remorseful in the novel and comic adaptation when she finds out Tramp is responsible for protecting the baby, and she drives her nephew to the pound to retrieve the animal.
At the movie’s end, she apologizes to Lady and Tramp, offering them dog biscuits as consolation gifts, suggesting that she has developed a liking for dogs.
40Baymax (Big Hero 6)
Big Hero 6 is a Disney animated feature that features Baymax as the deuteragonist. His purpose is to serve as a companion for personal healthcare and is a vast inflatable computerized robot created by Tadashi Hamada.
His patients expect him to be extremely caring, selfless, and devoted to them. To achieve his goal, he is willing to go to any lengths to help improve healthcare worldwide.
As a result of Tadashi’s death, Baymax finds a new owner in Hiro Hamada, with whom he becomes a member of the famous superhero team known as Big Her 6.
399. Hook Hand (Tangled)
Disney’s 2010 animated film Tangled features Hook Hand as a supporting character. The initial portrayal of him as someone evil and always looking to harm Rapunzel changes over time.
As well as having a hook for a hand, Hook Hand carries tons of armor around him.
When he confesses that he’d always dreamt of becoming a pianist and supports Rapunzel’s escape plan, he reveals he has a soft side to him.
His appearance is a complete contrast to his nature and behavior, which makes Hook Hand seem funny.
38Ralph (Wreck-It Ralph)
Ralph is the titular protagonist of Wreck-it Ralph, a 2012 animated feature from Disney and its 2018 sequel.
With a height of 9 feet and 643 pounds, Ralph considers himself a wrecker.
The 8-bit platform video game Fix-It Felix Jr starred Ralph as the villain.
He embarks on a game-jumping adventure to Litwak’s Arcade, aiming to earn a medal and become known as the ‘good guy’ after doing the same thing for 30 years straight with almost no recognition. After gaming hours, Ralph is seen as a friendly and warm man with a bad temper.
37Stinky Pete The Prospector (Toy Story 2)
A primary antagonist in Disney’s Toy Story 2 was Stinky Pete. Because he’s grumpy and means (mostly because he’s still hurting from not having experienced a child’s love), he’s not your typical villain.
Along with Jessie, Bullseye, and Sheriff Woody, he was a prospector doll from Woody’s Roundup.
Nevertheless, he can still be considered a villain since his main objective is to prevent Woody and Andy from reuniting.
36The Queen Of Hearts (Alice In Wonderland)
In Disney’s 1951 animated film Alice in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts was the main antagonist.
The character is portrayed as a psychotic tyrant with personality traits like mood swings, temper tantrums, impatience, and egotism.
Her character in the animated feature alternates between being fond of Alice one minute and demanding she is beheaded the next.
The Queen looks utterly different from Alice, with thick arms, ape-like features, untamed hair, and fat.
35Fairy Mary (Disney Fairies)
Fairy Mary leads Tinker fairies. As a stout, fussy Tinker, she takes extreme pride in her identity and is highly organized.
Despite her love of listening to stories, fairy Mary gets highly anxious in intense situations and prefers to count by herself to feel calm.
The woman is a motherly figure who guides others when necessary but is not afraid to be firm and harsh if necessary.
Despite her high expectations, she gets highly disappointed when Tinker Bell does not like her talent.
34Fairy Godmother (Cinderella)
Disney’s 1950 classic featured Cinderella’s fairy godmother as a pivotal character, but she wasn’t one of the main characters.
The grandmother was the embodiment of Cinderella’s hopes (as confirmed by her), and she exemplified comfort, as expected from a loving grandmother.
For those who had pure hearts and noble minds, she devoted her life to making their dreams come true.
Using her magic wand, she chanted ‘bibbidi-bobbidi-boo’, a magical phrase.
33The Cheshire Cat – Alice In Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland (1951), Disney’s classic, features the charming and chubby Cheshire cat, who sings songs, grins, is goofy, creates magic, and teases the evil queens.
The Duchess owns him, and he’s incredibly cool. It is also the only character in Wonderland who listens to what Alice has to say, providing her with valuable insights into how things work in the land, and getting her familiar with the rules as she goes.
Different renditions of the cat have appeared in various mediums, but the chubby grinning cat from the 1951 version seems to have matched how Lewis Caroll envisioned him.
The animated film Up from Disney+ Pixar features another major character named Dug. The dog Dug communicated by wearing a unique collar that translated his thoughts into words.
As well as being extraordinarily playful and optimistic, he is friendly and lovable. The adorable Dug liked and liked everyone he met almost instantly.
Although he sometimes comes off as an airhead, he is obedient and follows every instruction.
Squirrels were also a major weakness for Dug, as he tends to get distracted quite easily.
A very social dog, he loves to spread love wherever he goes. Initially owned by Charles Muntz, Dug finds a new Carl owner.
31Professor Ratigan – The Great Mouse Detective
Based on the children’s book Basil of Baker Street, the Great Mouse Detective featured Professor Padraic Ratigan (better known as Professor Ratigan or simply Ratigan) as the main antagonist.
A vile criminal mastermind, he is the arch-nemesis of Baker Street’s famous mouse Detective Basil.
Sherlock Holmes’ arch nemesis James Moriarty is believed to have inspired Detective Basil’s character (since Detective Basil is believed to be based on Sherlock Holmes).
30The Matchmaker (Mulan)
A crucial scene in Disney’s 1998 movie Mulan depicted Mulan as an idealistic young woman unable to fit into society due to her good intentions. The Matchmaker makes a quick brief appearance.
Matchmakers are viewed as perfectionists who expect brides-to-be to be equally perfect.
Mulan is called a disgrace and unfit for a bride by this rude and unreasonable woman.
Despite not being the main villain, she was there to undermine Mulan’s self-confidence and existence.
29The Three Good Fairies – Sleeping Beauty
At the christening of Sleeping Beauty, Princess Aurora, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather appear as her fairy godmothers and guardian angels, as well as her fairy godmothers from Disney’s 1959 classic.
Flora is chubby, grey-haired, and motherly, with sweet, caring, and maternal characteristics.
In addition to being chubby, Fauna has a keen sense of wisdom and is also thoughtful. In contrast, Merryweather has a sweet, caring, and cheerful disposition and is adorably plump.
As a result of their combined power, the three of them were able to change Maleficent’s curse on Aurora from death to a deep sleep that the kiss of true love could awake.
28Rolly – 101 Dalmatians
Who doesn’t like a cute fat dog cartoon? He still has his baby rolls, that’s all.
Rolly from 101 Dalmatians was no exception to the rule that dogs and food go hand-in-hand.
Providing light comedy in times of grave peril, he was one of the most realistic portrayals of a pup in the litter.
Disney’s Rolly is a poster pup for food (and potential food shaming and kidnapping) unapologetically all about food.
27Baloo (The Jungle Book)
Disney’s 1967 cult classic, The Jungle Book, featured Baloo as the deuteragonist. This fun-loving, easy-going, goofy ol’ sloth beat is also portrayed as being extraordinarily good-natured and becoming Mowgli’s best friend.
In addition to spending time with Mowgli, he enjoys listening to jazz, swimming, and getting back scratches.
As with every lazy individual, he does not enjoy working and has a lot of obligations.
Even so, he would go to any length to ensure Mowgli’s safety and well-being.
26Mr. And Mrs. Potato Head (Toy Story)
In Disney’s Toy Story, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head were a couple of mushy, in-love toy potato heads (based on Playskool’s famous toy).
In addition to being body-positive characters, they had constantly changing body features (similar to real people).
Despite their consistent personalities, they are always beneficial, as evidenced by the little green men whose lives they save, which makes them forever indebted to them.
25Little Green Men (Toy Story)
Among the supporting characters in Toy Story were the adorable squeeze toy aliens (also known as Little Green Men or LGMs).
Despite playing minor roles in the first, second, and fourth films, they played a pivotal role in the third film.
Much attention is paid to the cute-looking aliens and their near-worship of ‘The Claw’ (from their game), which they believe will take them to an unknown new world, and their ability to speak simultaneously at all times.
As a result, they get into quite a bit of trouble and are mostly unaware of what is happening.
24Heimlich (A Bug’s Life)
An animated feature from Disney in 1998, A Bug’s Life, features Heimlich, the chubby old caterpillar. Even though he’s heartbroken about his appearance (because he can’t wait to become a butterfly), he’s an absolute bundle of joy.
Instead of emerging from the cocoon as a slender, beautiful moth, he surprises everyone by appearing just the same, only with wings added.
23Flounder (The Little Mermaid)
Disney’s 1989 animated feature, The Little Mermaid, featured Flounder as one of its main characters.
Despite his timidity and cowardice, he often embarks on crazy adventures with Ariel.
Although he is named after the Flounder fish, he is a tropical yellow fish with teal stripes.
Based on ‘The Evil Manta’ (episode 9 of The Little Mermaid animated series), he comes from a large family with multiple siblings.
In addition to being extremely loyal to Ariel, Flounder is highly protective of her and always stands up for her no matter what.
22Al McWhiggin (Toy Story 2)
In Disney’s Toy Story 2, Al McWhiggin, another antagonist, collects rare toys for money and is extremely greedy.
In addition to being extremely greedy, Al is also hilarious. Despite being obsessed with toys, he’s cautious and never breaks or mishandles them.
In reality, he builds collections that he sells for a great deal of money.
It doesn’t bother him at all to commit minor crimes to make things happen the way he wants.
21Bernard (The Rescuers)
In The Rescuers, a Disney animated feature from 1977, Bernard is the male protagonist. Pudgy-looking mouse whose first job was that of a janitor for Rescue Aid Society, the mouse equivalent of the United Nations.
In return, he is promoted to the American ambassador for the Society when he accompanies Miss Bianca on her first mission.
Fuschia and Mischa Roberts are born to Bernard and Miss Bianca, whom he eventually marries, and they both become parents.
In Disney’s 1950 animated film Cinderella, Gus was another adorable Disney rodent who was rescued by Cinderella and became her loyal sidekick.
He helps her steal the materials she needs to finish her ball gown. In addition to transforming himself into a horse for a short time, Gus also assists Cinderella’s carriage to the ball.
A climactic scene in the movie sees Gus and Jaq stealing keys to Cinderella’s locked room and helping her try on the shoe.
The final scene shows Gus accompanying Cinderella to the castle. He follows her everywhere.
19LeFou (Beauty And The Beast)
In Disney’s 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast, Le Fou was Gaston LeGume’s man-Friday.
Although he looks up to Gaston, he is mainly put down by him, even though LeFou always encourages and supports him.
Gaston mistreats him and asks him to follow him to the castle so he can remove the Beast.
As a result of the battle, LeFou ends up getting injured. However, LeFou is still alive and okay in the penultimate scene of the film.
18The Sultan – Aladdin
Aladdin’s 1992 protagonist, Sultan Hamed Bobolonius II of Agrabah, was known as The Sultan.
In addition to being the ruler of Agrabah, he was Princess Jasmine’s father. Throughout the kingdom, he invites princes to take his daughter’s hand and eventually his throne to find a suitable match for her.
However, his most trusted adviser, Jafar, almost takes over his throne after getting tricked by him.
Jafar is defeated at the film’s end, and the Sultan regains his rightful control over the kingdom of Agrabah.
17Officer Clawhauser – Zootopia
Throughout Zootopia, Officer Benjamin Clawhauser played the role of a male cheetah.
In addition to being their secretary, he was their radio dispatcher for the highly esteemed Zootopia Police Department.
Gazelle has a charming and bubbly personality, and Clawhauser adores her. Furthermore, he has a friendly disposition and is highly social.
As his job does not require a lot of physical activity, he’s mostly seen munching on food.
16Mrs. Potts (Beauty And The Beast)
OK. OK, I know what you’re going to say, but I’m putting them on the list anyway.
Disney’s 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast features Mrs. Potts as a supporting character.
Like Cinderella’s fairy godmother, she protects Belle when she’s held captive inside the Beast’s castle, just as Cinderella’s fairy godmother did.
After being cursed by the Enchantress, she had been transformed into an enchanted teapot, the castle’s head housekeeper.
Despite being a teapot, she remains charming, regardless of her shape or form (before she was cursed to be one).
15Maui – Moana
In Disney’s 2016 animated feature Moana, Maui plays a pivotal role. The way he goes about his business is seen as boisterous and mischievous.
Although the film initially portrayed him as an antagonist, he is also highly responsible.
Throughout the movie, Maui guides Moana every step of the way and proves to be an invaluable asset.
Although he is a shape-shifting demigod, his childhood tragedy gives him a somewhat human quality that makes him famous. His solo song “You’re Welcome” continues to be one of Disney’s most popular songs.
14Eeyore – Winnie The Pooh
In Disney’s 1966 theatrical, Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore was Christopher Robin’s adorable and pessimistic old stuffed donkey.
Although he is extraordinarily grumpy and has a gloomy outlook on life, that is what makes the audience love him.
All love him because even though he is pessimistic and gloomy, he embraces it and doesn’t mind staying under his rain cloud.
With his trademark sad voice and willingness to help his friends whenever needed, he has become a favorite among his friends.
13Pumba – The Lion King
Among the main characters in Disney’s 1994 animated film, The Lion King is Pumba.
The Lion King 112 also features him as the deuteragonist. His unlikely best friend is a meerkat named Timon, who’s a sizeable gluttonous warthog.
In the beginning, Pumba considered himself alone in the world and was mostly treated as an outcast in his community.
Even though most animals dislike Pumba due to his pungent smell, he remains optimistic and happy-go-lucky and lives by the philosophy of ‘Hakuna Matata.’
12Lilo Pelekai – Lilo And Stitch
As well as Lilo and Stitch series, Lilo Pelekai, better known as simply Lilo, is the human protagonist of Disney’s Lilo and Stitch franchise.
She is an orphaned Hawaiian girl living on the island of Kauai with her older sister Nani, as well as an extended family of aliens who have come to visit our planet and cannot return.
Lilo has a somewhat eccentric personality and is highly spirited. Although she considers them friends, she is hated by her classmates.
She had initially mistaken Stitch for a dog, but he turns out to be an alien with extraordinary abilities!
11Stromboli – Pinocchio
Stromboli is the second antagonist in Disney’s 1940 animated feature, Pinocchio. As a puppeteer and showman, he has a crazy ambition of making a lot of money at the expense of others.
Despite his jovial appearance, he has a terrible temper, which causes him to curse when agitated.
Pinocchio stumbles down the stairs on stage, as Stromboli is also highly opposed to humiliation.
Occasionally, he displays a soft, humane, and patient side, which turns out to be a facade he puts up to hide his true criminal nature.
10Madam Mim – The Sword In The Stone
In The Sword in the Stone, Disney’s 1963 animated feature, Madam Mim (also known as Mad Madam Mim) is the main antagonist.
Due to their non-cordial terms, she happens to be Merlin’s biggest rival.
The only thing known about her is that she managed to harness all her magical powers at some point in the past and used them for malign and evil purposes as she was convinced and well aware of her ability.
9Governor Ratcliffe (Pocahontas)
In Disney’s 1995 animated Pocahontas, Governor Ratcliffe is the main villain. Despite his insatiable appetite for gold, he is highly power-hungry, pompous, and greedy because he believes that gold will enable him to become extremely wealthy.
His xenophobia, cruelty, racism, and heartlessness are also extreme. He knows he hasn’t been popular with people due to his self-awareness.
There is no way you can love him or feel fond of him. He is the worst kind of villain there is.
8Tanana (Brother Bear)
Featured in Disney’s 2003 animated film Brother Bear, Tanana is a tribal shaman and a member of the Kenai tribe.
As a member of her tribe, she is highly respected and loved for her warmth and wisdom. The women in her tribe and village look up to her as a grandmotherly figure due to her excellent sense of humor, her keen sense of curiosity, and her understanding of life and totems.
Her tribe’s children never question the totems the Great Spirits choose for them when they come of age.
7Mama Odie (The Princess And The Frog)
The Princess and the Frog’s Mama Odie was a supporting character in the 2009 animated feature.
This blinded voodoo priestess lives deep inside Louisiana’s swamps. She is 197 years old. Although she is a highly eccentric, sunny, wise, and powerful woman, she doesn’t use any of her strengths to grant wishes.
Mama Odie is quite well-known in the bayou, and Louise the Alligator refers to her simply as the ‘Voodoo Queen of the Bayou.’ Despite her sweet and motherly nature, she is feared by many.
Juju the snake, is her closest companion, assisting her with various household tasks.
6 Shan Yu (Mulan)
Mulan is Disney’s 1998 animated feature that features Shan Yu as the primary antagonist. As the hated Hun Army leader, he was responsible for the mass genocide that ravaged China for centuries.
As the Emperor of China commissions the building of the Great Wall of China to deter the Huns, Shan Yu sees it as a challenge and declares war on him, intent on taking over the throne.
Despite showing similar arrogant and megalomaniacal traits to his predecessors and successors, he was a complete contrast to them.
After killing his enemies in cold blood or at random, he is often seen joking and making fun of death after killing even the most defenseless individuals.
The kind of villain you wish didn’t exist simply because he is so evil.
5Bashful – Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
In the iconic 1937 classic, Bashful is another of the seven white dwarfs. He is timid and is often seen blushing unnecessarily.
Whenever Bashful feels embarrassed, he hides behind his beard.
Despite his shy nature, Bashful harbors a deep crush on Snow White, which is noticeable when Snow White plans on sharing a story with the dwarfs, and Bashful wants it to be about love!
4Happy (Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs)
Happy is the ever-smiling, joyous dwarf from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Come what may, he always has a smile and an extremely positive outlook.
In addition to being extraordinarily optimistic and cheerful, Happy loves parties, eating, and making merry. Snow White’s social and extroverted nature was evident from the dwarf’s first introduction to her.
As well as being the chubbiest dwarf, Happy is the sweetest and bubbliest.
3Sneezy (Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs)
We named Sneezy after his characteristic sneeze because Walt Disney suggested his hay fever caused his characteristic sneeze.
His somewhat similar tone is because he always has a stuffy nose. At any given moment, Sneezy erupts into uncountable bouts of sneezing.
To control his sneezes, all six dwarfs assist him. Although he suffers from an allergy and sneezes constantly, he is one of the nicest and friendliest dwarfs, enjoying a particularly close bond with Dopey.
2Grandmother Fa (Mulan)
Mulan, Disney’s 1998 animated feature, featured Grandmother Fa as a supporting character. Considering her name, it is likely that she is Fa Mulan’s paternal grandmother (her father’s mother, Fa Zhou’s mother).
With crisp white hair, she is an elderly lady. She’s seen as extraordinarily hep and spunky despite the cliched notion one might have due to her age.
As the oldest living member of the Fa family, Grandma Fa is also quite acquainted with Chinese traditions, which explains her close relationship with the ancestors (despite a dismissive attitude she harbors towards them for ‘being dead’!)
Bambi’s primary character, Thumper, appears in Disney’s 1942 animated feature of the same name. An adorable-looking chubby rabbit, he is named for his habit of consistently thumping his left hind foot.
The other forest residents know Thumper as a comical young rabbit.