Worst Cliches in Disney Movies

RoseRedFlower
I know I normally make anime lists but I decided to change things up. So I made a list of the worst clichés of Disney. Now I'm not saying these movies are bad or that all the clichés they use are bad. I like most these movies and I like the song cliché personally. But they're some really annoying ones that just don't always work in my opinion. I'm going to add in ten, and the rest is up to you.

The Top Ten

1 Dead Parents Dead Parents

Stop thumbs-upping up that unfounded rumor! Here's why it's just a rumor: Lilo could have had a living but deadbeat dad and frustrated struggling single mom instead of both parents dead and a frustrated struggling much older sister. Walt was long dead before anyone even thought about making Lilo&Stitch. And why were both Mulan's parents alive when they could have given her a (physically) weak father and a dead mother (and again even if they had killed off her mom the move came about long after Walt had died)?

"Also a superhero movie/show cliche - 445956" And not all their creator's mothers died leaving said creators with survivor's guilt, either, thus putting the kibosh on the idea Flora Disney is why it keeps happening.

Hercules' parents WEREN'T DEAD! They're immortal!

Neither were his adoptive parents.

Okay, let's stop spreading that rumor that this has anything to do with the death of Walt Disney's mother. It's because most Disney films are adapted from traditional stories, fairy tales, legends, novels, etc. wherein the parents were dead anyway. Then Disney acquired Marvel and Star Wars, which even before Disney got their white-gloved hands on them were already swarming with dead parent stories. Again, the untimely death of Mrs. Disney had nothing to do with it.

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2 Obnoxious Side Characters Obnoxious Side Characters

Shank. Yes (with multiple s's). The Disney princesses in Forever w1 and acting like vapid Tumblrinas. We gave up Felix and Calhoun, not to mention the Sugar Rush kids, for THOSE?

If anyone mentions Felix or Calhoun in this page, I am going to wreck my computer screen.

I HATED those gargoyles from Hunchback of Notre Dame. They were so stupid and didn't make me laugh at all! - HoneyClover

The dwarfs from Snow White & the Seven Dwarves need a lot more credit than they usually get, but the only bad sidekick you have listed/did not make a big deal over is the Gargoyles. - The Ultimate Daredevil

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3 Underdeveloped Romance Underdeveloped Romance

Disney is full of romance but sometimes it just doesn't always make sense. Like with Aurora and Philip. Why is she just suddenly in love with him? They met once, they sung once and they're already dancing like a couple. This wouldn't have bothered me so much if she didn't wake up from her kiss because of 'true love'. Like I said, she only met him and it's true love? That's just so bizarre. I'm sure they're other examples but that one really bugs me. - RoseRedFlower

It was back in the olden day when arranged marriage was common. I guess seeing someone you wanted to was enough lol - BlueTopazIceVanilla

This in basically every Disney film involving princesses. There's more to a man than just his face, ya know! - TwilightKitsune

This is the main reason I don't like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty. - Elric-san

Disney is full of romance (kill me) and some are incredibly stupid and are used to murder goats before being raped by Tyga. - AlphaQ

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4 A Character that Doesn't Feel Like They Belong A Character that Doesn't Feel Like They Belong

Wreck-It Ralph: Vanellope feels like she doesn't belong, turns out she does.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Vanellope still feels like she doesn't belong; she "really " belongs in one of those stupid games only popular with teenage edgelords.

How many times have we've seen this? A bunch. I understand if someone like Tarzan felt like he didn't belong with his family. He's a human and they're gorillas. That would make sense why he felt left out. But it felt really hard for me to understand why Ariel felt like she didn't belong in the sea. She has amazing sisters, an overprotective but still loving father and an entire underwater kingdom. Yet she would abandon all of the people she loved, for a world she only knew for a few days? It just seemed so confusing and out of place. I didn't expect Disney to do the Hans Christian Anderson ending but it seemed very sporadic in my opinion. - RoseRedFlower

Jim Hawkins, Lilo, Quasimodo...

Simba in a strip club. - AlphaQ

5 Surprise Villains Surprise Villains

Why is there a picture of King Candy there? First of all, his wasn't even a surprise, it was just a reveal that he was Turbo. Second of all, it was actually a really good buildup and reveal, so can't you use a picture of Hans or some crap?

Change that picture to Bellweather!

That should be Bellweather in the picture. King Kandy wasn't so bad, but by the time Bellweather showed up this had become grating.

I don't mind these actually. These actually are unexpected, and I like that! - FuffleyandPeetah

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6 Inanimate Objects Coming to Life Inanimate Objects Coming to Life

This one seems to be pretty big with Disney and it somewhat bothers me sometimes. I understand with stuff like Beauty & The Beast. The people were cursed into inanimate objects until the spell was broken. But then why are somethings like the Gargoyles from the Hunchback of Notre Dame coming to life? I know a lot of people thought the concept was that Quasimodo was imagining them and hey, that's a good reason. However, the gargoyles help defeat the guards through their shenanigans. How is this happening? Then there's the Grandmother Willow from Pocahontas that doesn't make much sense too. How is she alive? Is she a native American who trapped her soul in that willow tree? It doesn't say. Or the biggest one, the Cars and Planes movies. How are they created? Why do they have teeth and eyes? Why is it that sometimes they eat with their mouths? Do they need to eat? When Lightning McQueen said 'Thank the Manufacturer.' Is that like their version of God? Or is it someone who creates the ...more - RoseRedFlower

Disney movies don't have to be realistic! - FuffleyandPeetah

Even dora stole it - TeamRocket747

Toy Story's whole premise is this. - cjWriter1997

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7 The Fake Out Deaths The Fake Out Deaths

I don't mind it when children's movies kill off characters. I was really taken back that Ray from the Princess & The Frog actually died. It was even more touching when I understood this. I can't stand it however when we think a character is dead but they're not really. Like with Flynn dying and then being saved by Rapunzel. Did we really need that? Or how about Oliver from Oliver and Company? I think Chief from The Fox and The Hound should have died. There would have been more emotional weight on Copper and make a bigger gap in Tod and Copper's friendship. But Chief is just injured even though he was hit by a train and well off a bridge. - RoseRedFlower

This should be higher.

I think at least a few of these, specifically the ones in films made in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, were because Disney got a lot of flack from fans (or their parents) who had been traumatized over the not-so-fake death of Bambi's mother. Trusty and Baloo for instance would have actually died otherwise.

These are supposed to give audiences a moment of shock and drama, but they don't work. I would not mind them so much if they weren't used so much. Alas, they are and because of that they don't work like they're supposed to.

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8 The Greedy Villain The Greedy Villain

You know these villains, the ones that don't have any motivation other than being greedy and want something. Whether they want power to seize or more wealth than they could ever ask for. Like Commander Rourke from Atlantis or Shan Yu from Mulan. Now if there's a reason they're so greedy like Scar from the Lion King, I understand. However, I hate it when their only motivation is greed and nothing else. - RoseRedFlower

Not all villains are greedy, Disney. What's with all the damn stereotypes? - AlphaQ

BRUH.. THEY ARE IN EVERY MOVIE! SO ANNOYING AND OLD NOW

9 Princess Exclusion Princess Exclusion

Why isn't Meg considered a princess? She's married to Hercules, the prince of he gods, so she's technically supposed to be the princess of the gods.

This one is a nitpick, I understand that. Why is it that some Disney princesses are excluded from their lineup? Kiara from the Lion King 2 was (and still might be) a princess. She even came from one of the better Disney Sequels and her mother Nala is a queen. Shouldn't she be somewhere on the list? Or if we're excluding animals, what about Kida from Atlantis or Eilonwy from the Black Cauldron? They're both Princesses but they're never in the lineup. Most argue that they're from less successful movies so they're not shown as often as the other princesses. Which sadly is probably the reason why. - RoseRedFlower

Something I don't understand is why Mulan is a princess. She came from a normal family and married a high-ranking war general. In the second movie, she was about to marry a prince, but it never really happened. How come SHE is considered a princess, but the Emperor's daughters or the women RoseRedFlower mentioned are never shown in prominent Disney princess artwork? It makes no sense. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

Probably because she's the main character, and the Emperor's daughters are minor characters. It's still silly to consider Mulan a princess, though. - Treacle

Elsa's a queen, Mulan's not a princess, and Pocahontas is a chief's daughter. - phillysports

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10 Incompetent Villain Sidekicks Incompetent Villain Sidekicks

I like some villain sidekicks like Kronk from the Emperor's New Groove. But they're some sidekicks you look at and wonder why the villain even deals with them. Iago the parrot from Aladdin is one of them. Jafar seems annoyed with him a lot and wouldn't it be better if her had a better sidekick. The only thing Iago ever did was have that shrieking voice and complain. The most he ever did was come up with Jafar's plan of killing the Sultan and Jasmine after marrying her. Then there's some like Willie Brothers from Home on the Range. Alameda Slim is rich and can't be bothered to hire more competent goons. The only one he has is Rico but if he can get someone like that, then what's the point in having the Willie Brothers? I know they're his nephews but he's a villain. Scar killed his own brother for the sake of his ambition so what's stopping this guy from tossing these three away? They can't even recognize their own Uncle when he puts on a hat and glasses. It could be considered funny ...more - RoseRedFlower

Shenzi, Banzai and Ed are the worst. These three give their species a bad rap enough to get Disney sued by an animal biologist.

They're for comic relief, but are really annoying - TwilightKitsune

Kronk is probably the only good villain sidekick, but the rest of them suck!

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The Contenders

11 Dark is Evil Dark is Evil

It's my element dammit

It's not racist. People of all colors have been afraid of the dark because humans can't see well in the dark. You never know what's in the dark. - Rambles

It's so racist

Racist. - AlphaQ

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12 True Love's Kiss True Love's Kiss

A really depressing Deus ex machina to an otherwise interesting storyline

13 Cheesy Songs Cheesy Songs

I Just Can't Wait To Be King is a horrible and very annoying earworm.

Cheesy songs are worse than Japanese water torture at least Japanese water torture doesn't actually harm you in any way

This is why bleach exists. - AlphaQ

14 Some Animals Talk and Some Don't Some Animals Talk and Some Don't

Why is it that some animals can talk yet other ones can't? Trees in Pocahontas can talk for some reasons but the animals can't. Why? Why can't the birds talk in Cinderella but the mice can? How about that caterpillar that turned into a butterfly from the Fox and the Hound? It's just really confusing and bizarre. - RoseRedFlower

Birds always talk but why birds and not Godzillas? - AlphaQ

15 Annoying Side Characters Annoying Side Characters

Shank and Yes spelled with, what, 5 s's.

*cough*Timon, Pumbaa and the hyenas*cough*

Zeni is a bad excuse for comic relief.

*cough*Mushu*cought*

16 Negative Portrayal of an Entire Animal Species Negative Portrayal of an Entire Animal Species

Very true. Disney even got sued by an animal biologist for the defamation of using the entire spotted hyena species as henchmen.

Hyenas in The Lion King. And it's unclear why they are not part of Circle of Life. - Tia-Harribel

Like sloths in that holy can-do-no-wrong movie of Disney's whose die-hard fanboy I don't want to deal with right now or ever.

Funny how you misspelled The Lion King as 'Lion Ding', would've been better if it was 'The Lion Dung' knowing how awful that movie is.

Seriously, how it portrayed hyenas was just wrong and over the top. This is why I don't like it when something stereotypes animals.

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17 Male Always Saves the Day Male Always Saves the Day

Mulan, Moana, Tangled, and Frozen don't share this. That's why those are my only favorites. Rapunzel does fall in love but she saves the man in the end, dammit.

What about Moana?

What about Mulan?

This should be at least number 3 - Iamcool

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18 Extreme Feminism

Good gravy, the last three years worth of Disney movies have been bad about this! First Zootopia, then Emma Watson Turns A Classic Into Her Feminist Power Trip, then Ralph Breaks the Internet with that Oh My Disney scene.

The only thing I can give Disney credit for as far as this given their output since 2013 is at least they didn't make Hiro or Baymax female.

Whoever put "anti feminism" on here, congratulations. Disney has now gone WAY too far in the opposite direction. Zootopia and Ralph Breaks the Internet are my needed citations.

19 Happy Ending Happy Ending

How could you not like happy endings? - FuffleyandPeetah

While some movies are ok with a happy ending the Disney movies are always getting one instead of having more sad and even unclear endings.
I think that if they will make a movie with a bad ending or an unclear ending it will be one of the best movies of all time, but sadly they will never do it. - IronMaidenFan666

20 Trying Way Too Hard to Appeal to Everyone with Pop Culture References and Heavy-Handed Contemporary Morals Trying Way Too Hard to Appeal to Everyone with Pop Culture References and Heavy-Handed Contemporary Morals

You picked the wrong "Ralph" movie as an image for this. "Breaks the Internet" was FAR worse about this than "Wreck-It Ralph".

Response to previous comment: Indeed the original "Wreck-It Ralph" wasn't too bad about that and "Zootopia" was practically all references and far-left moralizing, but "Wreck-It Ralph 2" is going to give "Zootopia" a run for its money in the reference overkill department especially since its very title is a reference to Kim Kardashian no one wants to remember.

Why is there an image from "Wreck-It Ralph" here? "Zootopia" is BY FAR the worst offender here.

21 Hero Always Must Have a Love Interest Hero Always Must Have a Love Interest

Why is it that the hero must always fall in love? Some of them are nice, like Mulan and Shang Yu. Some of them are an important part of the plot, like Cinderella. But I don't understand why movies like lion king need a love interest. Don't get me wrong, I like nala, but I think that she could have just stayed friends with simba

*cough*Simba and Nala*cough*

22 Nobody Dies Nobody Dies

Except the parents of the main character or the antagonist. - MrCoolC

Hiro for big hero 6's brother died - BoyGenius234

Ok, I know it sounds cruel, and Disney is for little kids and stuff. However, it would be 15x more realistic if you killed off some characters at some point. I'm not saying with big gory deaths. Just you know, even it out. It's not there aren't enough cheesy things.

At least Mufasa died. :) Good riddance, I hated that character so much. What a bully to some of the other characters/animals.

23 Disney Princesses Disney Princesses

Treacle, you actually had a Disney president for about six years. Too bad Disney made her a princess again, and that so she could get the actual princesses into those awful outfits.

Disney should not have made a franchise around them

I didn't mind them, until that awful scene in Ralph Breaks the Internet and those awful new "comfortable" outfits fan artists and cosplayers of course just HAD to latch on to

Didn't mind them in their own movies, but when Disney used them to boost their awful meme-ridden feminazi movie last year, they crossed a line.

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24 Villains are Usually Girls and Heroes are Guys Villains are Usually Girls and Heroes are Guys

Hades is a male villain

This is sexist! - IceFoxPlayz

Scar is a male villain, not female. (And he's easily the worst Disney villain, for obvious reasons.)

I mean really?!
Maleficeint
Mother Gothel
Evil queen
Cruella Deville
Ursula
need I say more?

25 Disturbing Sexual References

WAY too many! please stop! - EliHbk

26 A Villain Song A Villain Song

Don't really have a problem with this one, villian songs are usually the best songs most of the time.

27 Bad Guy Has a Wide Chance to Kill the Hero but Doesn't Bad Guy Has a Wide Chance to Kill the Hero but Doesn't
28 The Heroes Lose

Hercules won. He didn’t lose

29 Animal Sidekick Animal Sidekick

Some are okay...some suck.

30 Anti-Feminism Anti-Feminism

What does Anime have to do with Disney? - FuffleyandPeetah

Take for instance, the teenage girl being the best friend/arch-rival of the other. - The Ultimate Daredevil

Example; The girl is a scardey-cat, and then in the scary situation, The boy saves her. and there's usually a love at first sight moment after that. - Iamcool

31 Villain Has a Big Chance to Kill Hero Waits So the Hero Has Time to Escape Villain Has a Big Chance to Kill Hero Waits So the Hero Has Time to Escape
32 Baby Gets Kidnapped

For example, Rapunzel and Hercules

33 Light is Good Light is Good

Simply because "everything the light touches. Is our kingdom."

34 Somebody Unimportant Dies Somebody Unimportant Dies

This is so annoying, and yet this makes me sad. - wrests

Really? - AlphaQ

Hate it -_-

35 The Plight of the Orphan Plot Line The Plight of the Orphan Plot Line

The kind where the main character is a young soul, abandoned or orphaned who is surrounded by extreme forces and having to overcome many obstacles to find their identity. Pinocchio, Bambi, the 2016 Pete's Dragon to name a few.

36 Wisecracking Male Hero Wisecracking Male Hero

Hey, girls can be funny, too, and not just in a non-threatening dorky way. There are some welcome exceptions, such as with both the female characters in 'Wreck-it Ralph'.
I think it wouldn't hurt to have gender dynamics be a little more diverse. - SourNote2014

37 Overprotective Parents Overprotective Parents

Mufasa being the worst of them all. Glad he's dead.

38 The Love Song The Love Song
39 A Song About the Protagonist's Hopes and Desires A Song About the Protagonist's Hopes and Desires

Especially when said hopes and desires are living in a crummy violent edgelord game with a blatant Mary Sue.

40 Comic Relief Comic Relief

I hate it - Roguy

41 Marriage at the End And/or Villains Dead or in Jail Marriage at the End And/or Villains Dead or in Jail

Hades can't die...he's a god. He's immortal.

42 Romantic Plot Tumor
43 Bad Sequel to Good Movie or Good Sequel to Bad Movie?
44 When You Wish Upon a Star
45 Tear-Jerking Scene

I don’t think that there’s any Disney movie that doesn’t have a scene that makes you want to cry...

46 Royal Characters Wanting More

Like your rich, you live in a castle or palace and you have dozens of servants how can you want more?

47 Making fun of itself

This may seem great, but Disney's been making fun of itself an awful lot lately.

48 Characters Pandering to Children to Get Them to Buy Toys

Although Disney has made some pretty good characters, the majority are clearly just meant for merchandise.

49 Villains Dying in a Gruesome/Violent Way
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