15 of Disney’s most underrated characters

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4. The Captain (Cinderella 2015)

Disney has created so many brave heroes and hilarious sidekicks. They even have a knack for creating compelling secondary characters — people who aren’t necessarily sidekicks, but have a memorable impact all the same.

That was the role that befell the Captain in Disney’s 2015 remake of Cinderella. And it’s time he gets some credit for it.

Remaking a classic is always a slippery slope. When it was announced Disney would be revamping its own Cinderella — one of, if not the most iconic of its princesses — fans were understandably apprehensive.

Fortunately, Disney pulled it off. It managed to make Cinderella even more inspiring and relatable, create a well-rounded Prince, and give us a truly wicked stepmother.

So why then, would I pick out the Captain in all this? Well, he’s kind of a stealth hero in the movie.

The Captain supports the Prince, also known as Kit, in his endeavor to find Cinderella. He knows that Kit doesn’t want to be forced to marry. When the Grand Duke, Captain and royal guard finally end up at Lady Tremaine’s house, it’s the Captain who steps up.

He knows that Lady Tremaine is lying about Cinderella’s presence. He calls her out when she tries to forbid Cinderella from trying on the slipper. He reminds Lady Tremaine, “Who are you to stop an officer of the King?”

Without the Captain, Lady Tremaine and the Grand Duke might’ve succeeded in keeping Cinderella and Kit apart. His devotion to his king and his friend, along with his low-key sass, makes the Captain a winning character who deserves more recognition.