15 of Disney’s most underrated characters

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13. Ray (The Princess and the Frog)

His name: Raymond…but everybody calls him Ray. And, in The Princess and the Frog, that’s exactly what he is. The little firefly is a ray of light, literally and figuratively, and brings a brightness to the entire movie.

Ray is instantly lovable, from the first time we hear his Cajun accent and get a taste of his wonderful spirit. It’s not surprising that Tiana and Naveen instantly take his directions over Louie’s. Ray just genuinely wants to help.

His methods may be a bit unorthodox, but they get results. He never tries to do anything other than good, making him both the wisest and most innocent character in the movie.

Both of those traits are especially on display when he talks about his true love: Evangeline. His love for her — even though she’s a star — is so true and devoted. After all, Naveen almost gets whooped when Ray thinks he’s trying to steal Evangeline.

Ray’s song “Ma Belle Evangeline” is one of Disney’s best ballads; it’s what truly starts to push Naveen and Tiana together. To his final moments, Ray is always working to help them.

His death is probably the most heartbreaking scene in the movie, but there’s a giant sigh (read: sob) of contentment when it’s revealed that he is united in the sky with his love.

Along with that loving innocence, Ray brings a distinct humor to The Princess and the Frog. Basically, he’s like a really tiny grandpa. He even outshines Louie, who’s meant to be the comic relief.