Disney films are loaded with brave characters and moments, but some stand out as being particularly inspiring. We especially like how bravery comes in all shapes and sizes, from tiny bugs and fish to big ferocious lions. Let’s take a look at some of the bravest Disney Characters.
Merida: The courage to change her fate
You know there is going to be some bravery in this film from the outset… it’s called “Brave” after all. Merida knows that she wants her freedom, and she’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen. But, it also takes a lot of bravery to admit when you’ve made a mistake, and even more to fix that mistake. Brave has a whole lot of brave going on.
Flounder: Not such a guppy after all
Flounder didn’t start out very brave. He had a healthy amount of fear of what the great big ocean had in store for a little fish like him. Cut to the end of The Little Mermaid, and Flounder is right in the thick of the action, helping Ariel like the great friend that he is. Flounder is a great example of what bravery really is: being scared but going for it anyway!
Marlin: Everything he does in Finding Nemo
A dad’s gotta do what a dad’s gotta do, and this dad had to swim all over the Great Barrier Reef to rescue his son. He encountered sharks, jellies, the EAC, seagulls, but he never once wavered in his mission. Marlin is pretty clutch.
Simba: Taking his place in the circle of life
Mufasa (probably one of the bravest characters we can think of. And that mane!) said it best when he told Simba that being brave isn’t about not being scared. Facing his past and returning to Pride Rock wasn’t going to be fun or easy, but Simba did it anyway and stepped up. That’s what being brave is all about.
Remy: Brave enough to be a rat who loves to cook
Sometimes the path your dream takes you on isn’t the easiest path to take. You have to be brave if your passion happens to be an unlikely choice. And you have to be particularly brave if this choice involves you being a rat working at a fancy restaurant.
Penny: Brave enough to keep the faith
Penny was in a pretty tough spot before The Rescuers did their thing. She was kidnapped by Madame Medusa, she had to try to find that diamond at the bottom of a water-filled cavern, and every time she tried to escape she was re-captured by a pair of crocodiles! But at every turn, she never gave up hope that she’d have a wonderful home of her own one day, and that type of faith takes a whole load of bravery.
Mulan: This one doesn’t need much of an explanation
She literally posed as a dude and went to war just to protect her father! Talk about breaking tradition. And she didn’t just become “a” soldier, she became “the” soldier and foiled the Huns’ plot against the Emperor, and all while everyone was telling her she couldn’t just because she was a girl. Bravery: Mulan has it.
Nemo: Going outside of his comfort zone
It all started when Nemo went rogue and touched the “butt,” mostly to prove to his dad that he could. That act of rebellion landed little fish in a heap of trouble, but out of that situation, he was able to earn his real bravery stripes by helping the Tank Gang enact the escape plan, even in the face of extreme danger. You gotta be brave to just keep swimming.
Rapunzel: She has a dream
Rapunzel had absolutely no idea what the world outside her tower had in store for her. She even had a “mom” who tried to scare her into never finding out. But despite the odds stacked against her, she was brave enough to take that first step to achieve her dream of watching the lanterns, and finally let her life begin.
Belle: Standing up for what’s right
We get that Belle’s dad was trespassing and all, but Beast was a little extreme to imprison him FOREVER. Belle didn’t even flinch when she said she’d take his place instead. Nerves of steel, daughter of the year award. She’s also never afraid to tell Beast that he’s being rude or losing his temper… even though he’s a scary beast. Belle makes the list because she’s never afraid to stand up for what’s right.
Flik: Brave enough to dare to be different
Flik has great ideas that are unconventional, so naturally, he’s a bit of an outcast. Even though the rest of the colony doesn’t always appreciate his unusual inventions, Flik does whatever he can to be the hero that they need. He’s brave for looking at a seed and seeing a tree, and he’s brave for always doing the right thing.