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13 Major Fan Theories About Minor Disney Characters

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Enough has been said about Simba, Ariel, Aladdin, Elsa, Belle, Mulan, and the like. We're here to spotlight the unsung Disney characters - those that are lacking lines but not intrigue. Chip, Emily, Fa Zhou, Blenny, and Pudge may not be household names, but each has an amazing story that deserves to be told. Such stories exist in the subtext of Disney films or in the heads of obsessive Disney fans. But before you dismiss these as conjecture, just know that some of the crazier fan theories have actually been confirmed by Disney creators.

So keep your mind open for the following fan theories that reveal major details about minor Disney characters.  

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  • 1

    The Principal Knows The Incredibles' Secret 

    Photo: The Incredibles / Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

    From Redditor u/lukemoyerphotography:

    In the beginning of The Incredibles, Dash is in trouble because his teacher claims he put a tack on his chair, and he has video proof. Everyone acts like they don't believe the teacher even though there is clear movement in the video. Since the secret identities of supers are protected by the government, it would make sense if the principals knew who in their school was super. Since he can't blow their cover, the principal acts like he doesnt see Dash move in the video.

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  • 2

    The Merchant From The Beginning Of 'Aladdin' Is Genie In Disguise

    Photo: Aladdin / Buena Vista Pictures

    It's difficult to pinpoint a source for this theory, since it has been circulating for many years, but it was actually confirmed by Aladdin's directors! The movie was supposed to end with that reveal (check out the partially-animated scene) but it was ultimately cut. 

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  • 3

    Emily, Jessie's Original Owner, Is Andy's Mom

    Photo: daisycruiserz / Tumblr

    Originally from Tumblr user daisycruiserz, but further explained by Redditor u/wickywyld:

    I can see the mom being Emily. The "wouldn't Jessie recall her?" argument doesn't hold much weight for me. Why does Woody only recall Andy? Why when shown how popular he had been in the past did he not have any recollection of said event? He had to have been produced and given to somebody before Andy, right? There was mention of him being a family heirloom. I'm not sure I place much emphasis on the toy's memories.

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  • 4

    Fa Zhou Was Expected To Join The Army As A Mentor To The Young Captain; Mulan Taking Her Father's Place Messed Up The Whole Plan

    Photo: Mulan / Buena Vista Pictures

    From Redditor u/Wash_zoe_mal:

    In the movie Mulan, Fa Mulan takes her father's place in the army, pretending to be his son, Ping. When Mulan arrives at the encampment, it is stated that they did not know Fa Zhou had a son. Mulan was assigned to the same unit her father was in his place.

    The unit is full of misfits, and lead by a young inexperienced Captain. Mulan joins the ranks and together they defeat the Huns. But their unit was never supposed to see battle. They only reason they saw combat was because the main army had been wiped out. They were an auxiliary unit, and no one had expected them to see real combat.

    My theory is that they were hoping Fa Zhou, Mulan's father, showed up. They were well aware he was older and unable to fight along side the young men. When Mulan first arrives, they know of Fa Zhou by name and reputation. As a wise soldier of the last great war, he was supposed to help shape the misfit unit. He had rank so he would have been put in a leadership role with the unit, helping guide them into being proper soldiers. As a veteran he would have made a great ally for the young Captain on battle tactics and on how to guide young men. Something the Captain could have used.

    Mulan showing up in Fa Zhou's place took that mentor to the young and inexperienced soldiers away making the Captain's job harder. The army planned to give him an experienced soldier who could no longer fight to help him, instead he struggles with his soldiers and himself throughout the film.

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