animated movies since the 1930s, and they've had live-action hits to boot, and almost every film features a memorable and lovable protagonist. Disney loves their good guys, because they've got merchandise to think about, after all! But not every hero has been pure good. Oh sure, they want us to like them, but we're no fools. A cursory glance at their behavior and true motives sometimes reveals some not-so-good stuff. The six heroes on this list are definitely not as good as they seemed at first blush!
Okay, this one's a little obvious. After all, the guy is a pirate. Those types aren't exactly known for the altruistic deeds and daring heroic deeds. Still, audiences world-wide love Captain Jack, and many people would gladly choose him as the hero of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies over Orlando Bloom (pubescent girls aside). But Jack's no hero. He loves his rum, loves his deception, and loves his wenches. He lies to everyone at some point during the films, and only through a fortunate series of events is he able to right his wrongs.
Donald's generally been a good guy, and he's even a loving uncle to his nephews Hewey, Dewey, and Louie. But just watch Donald for five minutes. He's a total rage-aholic, with a genuine mean streak in him. Why, when he, Mickey, and Goofy were hungry in "Mickey and the Beanstalk" Donald was ready to chop up the family cow without a second thought. That's a not a good guy, and he's not someone you should leave in charge of your children.
Talk about an egomaniac. This race car thinks he's the greatest thing since sliced bread, and maybe even before that! Oh sure, he learns his lesson at the end of "Cars" and seems to have reformed a bit, but should that really erase all those years of showboating and hogging the spotlight? Not to mention the fact the destroyed the only road in a sleepy mid-western town and then complained when he had to fix it. Some hero he is.
"The Little Mermaid" is a beloved classic, and for good reason. Great songs and great animation combine for a memorable Disney movie. But the protagonist, Ariel, is hardly a hero. She's just a headstrong sixteen year old girl who gets into trouble. And when she gets into trouble, does she do the right thing and try to reform a little? No! She gets into more trouble by signing her voice over to the sea-witch. She's lucky she found such a patient guy with Eric, because her reckless ways almost doomed her forever.
He may be made out of wood, but that doesn't diminish Pinocchio's bad behavior. Just because he's not necessarily real doesn't absolve him, okay? Despite good guidance and warnings from Geppetto and Jimminy Cricket, Pinocchio screws up and gets into trouble, ending up on Paradise Island with other wayward boys. After doing all the bad stuff that his Dad warned him about, Pinocchio starts to turn into a jackass (metaphor time, kids!), and then he gets his whole family swallowed by a whale. That's hardly heroic.
Her movie may just be a dream, but that's no reason to ignore her own good advice. Alice claims that she knows what she should be doing, but she rarely does the right thing. She cries, talks to strangers, follows a white rabbit, and digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble. To top it all off, she spends plenty of time tripping on mushrooms and the like when she should be worried about getting out of Wonderland. Where's the heroism in that?