Disney characters can be bold, beautiful, brave, or any combination thereof. Through the years, Disney Studios have created so many characters that are beloved by generations of fans. Here are some of the best Disney characters that start with B!
The Disney Characters That Start with B
Bagheera (The Jungle Book, 1967)
Bagheera is a wise and respected black panther, who has taken on the responsibility of escorting the “man-cub” Mowgli, who was raised in the jungle by wolves, back to the human village. He cares about Mowgli, but the boy definitely tests Bagheera’s patience! This panther has no tolerance for the arguing and attitude that can come from a human boy.
In spite of being impatient and occasionally ill-tempered, Bagheera genuinely cares for Mowgli and is dedicated to keeping him safe. Even though Mowgli wants to stay in the jungle, and Bagheera would miss him, he knows that getting him to live with other humans is in Mowgli’s best interest.
His protective instincts are definitely put to the test when throughout the story he rescues Mowgli from the grip of the python Kaa, the anger of the elephant Colonel Hathi, a kidnapping by the orangutan King Louie, and and attack by the man-eating tiger Shere Khan.
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Baloo (The Jungle Book, 1967)
If Bagheera is the mature adult protector in Mowgli’s life, Baloo is the laid-back, fun grown-up who isn’t always the most responsible example. Nevertheless, he’s a good friend to Mowgli and is very fond of him.
Baloo is a giant sloth bear, with gray fur and large sharp claws. He could appear quite fearsome, but he’s always smiling and extremely easygoing. He has a carefree attitude and is naturally the life of any party.
Long before Timon and Pumbaa were teaching Simba about having “no worries” and singing Hakuna Matata, Baloo was showing Mowgli how to “forget about your worries and your strife” with just the Bear Necessities of life!
Baloo is loyal and brave, in spite of preferring a more leisurely lifestyle. He fights courageously against the tiger Shere Khan to save Mowgli. This act causes Bagheera to have a change of heart about Baloo, and the two become close friends when Mowgli leaves for his new life in the man-village.
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Bambi (Bambi, 1942)
The movie Bambi follows the life of a young white-tailed deer, Bambi, from his early life into adulthood. The young Bambi faces challenges early on when his Mother is killed by a group of hunters. (Admit it, that scene is the first time a movie made you cry!) His father, a buck known as “The Great Prince of the Forest, ” raises Bambi on his own.
As Bambi grows up he is joined by friends Thumper (a rabbit), Flower (a skunk), and Friend Owl (a wise and trusted adviser to Bambi’s father). Childhood adventures give way to adulthood as Bambi becomes hopelessly “twitterpated” over the doe Faline. He even battles a vicious rival buck, Rono, for Faline’s affection. At the end of the film, Faline gives birth to twins, and Bambi takes over the role of Prince of the Forest.
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Bashful (Snow White, 1937)
Bashful is one of the seven dwarfs who take in Snow White when she’s fleeing from her evil stepmother. He is, as his name implies, a shy, quiet dwarf. He has big hazel eyes, a long white beard, and long eyelashes. He doesn’t like to be the center of attention and has a “secret” crush on Snow White.
When the dwarfs come home from the mines and find Snow White sleeping in their cottage, Bashful proclaims she is “beautiful just like a angel”. He’s also prone to giggling, blushing, and fumbling over his words when he gets embarrassed.
Bashful is a romantic at heart. When Snow White asks the dwarfs what kind of story they’d like her to tell, Bashful immediately replies with “a love story”. Of course, Snow White also has a romantic heart and eagerly obliges.
When it appears Snow White has died from the Evil Queen’s cursed apple, Bashful is seen weeping silently beside her glass coffin. He is also the first dwarf to notice she is waking up after the Prince kisses her.
Baymax (Big Hero 6, 2014)
Baymax is a large, inflatable robot that is programmed to be a healthcare companion/nurse. He was created by Tadashi Mamada, then was inherited by Tadashi’s brother Hiro after Tadashi’s untimely death. Baymax’s programming not only contains a wealth of medical knowledge, but he also gives comfort and affection.
His original programming also prohibits him from committing any harm. He’s so good at giving care and comfort, that his “bedside manner” can be a little overwhelming. He’ll only stop caring for a patient once the patient specifically says “I am satisfied with my care”.
For all his sophisticated skills and medical knowledge, Baymax has a naive, almost child-like personality. As he spends time with Hiro, he learns a great deal about human emotions and interactions, eventually developing his own personality.
One thing that never changes about Baymax though is his commitment to Tadashi’s ideals of non-violence and compassion. He shows the power of these ideals when he comforts grieving Hiro with videos of Tadashi, and when he seemingly sacrifices himself to save others. In the end, he is restored when Hiro rebuilds him with the original computer chip created by Tadashi. It’s a lovely way for Hiro to move on from the loss of his brother, while still honoring Tadashi’s legacy.
Beagle Boys (Debuted 1951, “Terror Of The Beagle Boys”)
The Beagle Boys first appeared in Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #134; the story was titled “Terror Of The Beagle Boys”. This family of bumbling criminals were constantly trying to rob banks, steal jewelry, or most frequently, try to break into Scrooge McDuck’s money vault. If not attempting heists on their own, the Beagle Boys were often depicted as hired henchmen for Scrooge McDuck’s enemies such as Magical De Spell and The Phantom Blot.
Long before we had Disney TV shows on cable and streaming services, adventure stories featuring Disney characters were enjoyed in a variety of comic book titles. In the 1980s and 1990s, some of these adventure stories were revamped into episodes of Disney shows like “Ducktales”. The Beagle Boys were favorite antagonists on the original Disney Channel series Ducktales, Darkwing Duck, and Goof Troop, as well as on the wildly popular 2017 Ducktales revival.
Their appearance hasn’t changed much over the years. They wear green caps, a red shirt with their prison number on it, and a black eye mask. In the comics, they were only known by their prisoner number. It wasn’t until the 2017 Ducktales series that they were given individual names; each one starting with the letter B.
Beast (Beauty And The Beast, 1991)
The Beast is actually a young handsome, albeit spoiled and arrogant, prince who was cursed to live in a beastly form as punishment for being rude and somewhat cruel. His appearance is a mixture of many animal characteristics. When he first appears in the story, his personality is as “monstrous” as his appearance. He is disheveled in appearance, wears tattered clothing, and frequently bellows and growls at those around him.
Once The Beast rescues Belle from a pack of wolves, he realizes he actually cares for her and he begins a transformation of sorts. He tries to be more kind and patient, and dresses in more refined clothing. It’s from this moment in the story that the true character development of The Beast becomes evident.
By the end of the tale, Beast is completely in love with Belle. He loves her so much, in fact, that he would prioritize her needs above his own. He shows his heroic side by battling against Gaston, but also offering mercy by refusing to kill him outright.
In the end, Gaston dies anyway by losing his balance and falling from the castle roof, while the Beast is embraced by Belle as he nearly perishes from his wounds himself. But it’s a Disney story, so Belle’s declaration of love in the nick of time breaks the beastly curse, and he is restored to his human form!
Of all Disney characters, Beast might be the one that best illustrates the concept that it is our actions and intentions that matter more than outward appearance. He is also a character that shows a remarkable amount of emotional and personal growth.
Belle (Beauty And The Beast, 1991)
Belle truly is a “beauty” in every sense of the word; both inside and out. She’s not only lovely in appearance with her wavy brown hair and big hazel eyes, but she’s also kind and compassionate. Ironically, just as The Beast is shunned as an outsider for his monstrous appearance, Belle is considered an outsider in her own village for being an avid reader, clever, and loyal to her eccentric inventor father, Maurice.
Other than her natural beauty and kind heart, Belle’s most outstanding feature might be her courage. She bravely agrees to move to the Beast’s castle, even though she is aware of the rumors that a “monster” lives there.
She also doesn’t hesitate to stand up for herself and argue with the Beast. She also demonstrates how brave she is by confronting Gaston when he tries to have her father locked away in an asylum.
It’s the combination of compassion and courage in Belle’s heart that allows her to fall in love with the cursed Beast, eventually breaking his curse.
Berlioz (The Aristocats, 1970)
Berlioz is the youngest of the three kittens belonging to the white cat, Duchess. He’s a small, round, gray kitten who wears a red ribbon around his neck. Like all kittens, he’s very playful and mischievous.
He’s an outspoken kitten who doesn’t hesitate to give his opinion regarding anything he doesn’t like. In spite of being the smallest of the three kittens, he’s quite fierce and is known to get into fights with his siblings.
Berlioz is learning to play the piano in the movie. His name is a reference to the French romantic composer, Hector Berlioz. Although his lessons involve repetitious scales and classical pieces, his favorite type of music is lively jazz.
He shows off his jazzy talent by jamming with Scat Cat and his group of feline musicians in an abandoned house. In fact, Berlioz resembles a miniature version of Scat Cat, who is a large gray cat who wears a red bow tie.
Bernard and Bianca (The Rescuers, 1977)
I’m lumping Bernard and Bianca together in this list, because they are such a perfect team it just doesn’t seem right to separate them. They are both members of the Rescue Aid Society, an International mouse organization dedicated to helping victims of kidnapping around the world. The society has members from many countries; so it bears a resemblance to the United Nations.
Bianca is the elegant, refined representative from Hungary, and Bernard is a slightly nervous but friendly janitor to the Rescue Aid Society. When a message in a bottle from an orphaned girl named Penny is found, the Society knows they need to send agents to the Devil’s Bayou to rescue her. Bianca asks for the assignment and chooses Bernard to accompany her.
In spite of Bernard’s protests that he is “only a janitor” while Bianca is a more worldly and experienced member of the Rescue Aid Society, these two brave mice work perfectly together throughout the mission. By the end of the movie, a stolen diamond has been recovered, Penny has been rescued and adopted, and Bernard is now a full member of the Rescue Aid Society.
Bernard and Bianca team up for another daring rescue in the successful 1990 sequel film, “Rescuers Down Under”. This time, the brave little mice rescue a boy named Cody who is being held by poachers. After another successful mission, Bernard proposes to Bianca, who happily accepts!
Bing Bong (Inside Out, 2015)
Bing Bong is the imaginary friend of Riley Andersen. He resembles a large pink elephant with a cotton candy body, who can cry tears made of candy. Since Riley first imagined him when she was a toddler, Bing Bong is a bit naive and doesn’t know how to read.
As Riley grew older and played with him less, Bing Bong grew increasingly lonely and spent time hiding in the area of “long-term memory” of Riley’s mind, hoping not to be forgotten.
When he meets Joy and Sadness, he agrees to help them return to HQ by riding the Train of Thought, but a series of mishaps derail the train. Instead, they attempt to ride Bing Bong’s rocket wagon. Bing Bong realizes at some point that Riley is inevitably forgetting him, and he ends up sacrificing himself into the “Memory Dump” (essentially being permanently forgotten), so the wagon will be light enough to take off.
Bing Bong never stopped loving Riley, and his last thoughts are of her when he disappears into the Memory Dump.
Boo (Monsters, Inc., 2001)
Boo is an adorable two-year-old little girl, who befriends monsters Sully and Mike Wozowski when she wanders through her closet door into the realm of monsters. Since she is only two years old, she has a limited vocabulary but still manages to communicate.
She’s filled with curiosity, and seems to enjoy wandering around the Scare Factory disguised as a child monster for a good part of the story. In spite of being targeted for kidnapping by Randall Boggs (a truly monstrous monster!), Boo spends a lot of time in the movie enjoying herself.
Boo has a very sweet personality, but she’s also got a lot of courage for a toddler. In fact, the only monster she seems truly afraid of (and rightfully so!) Is Randall Boggs. When Randall ambushes Sully and nearly lets him fall from a great height, Boo overcomes her fear and attacks him with a baseball bat, while roaring like an adorable little monster.
Boo has a confirmed cameo in Pixar’s movie “Toy Story 4”. She appears as one of the children in Bonnie’s kindergarten class, and is also in a scene at the carnival.
Bo Peep (Toy Story)
Bo Peep is a china shepherdess who was originally part of a lamp, but Andy includes her in playtime with all of his toys. In the first of the Toy Story movies, she’s Woody’s girlfriend. Although she doesn’t participate in all the adventures with the toys because she’s quite fragile, she seems to be a regular part of Andy’s imaginative playtime.
Eventually, Bo and her sheep are given away by Andy’s Mom in a donation box. In Toy Story 4, Woody and Bo are reunited when she is discovered at a playground where she and other “lost toys” enjoy playing with visiting children.
By this time, Bo has changed and redefined how she feels about being a toy. She still loves playtime but also enjoys being free and able to do as she pleases. She also is much more adventurous and has a few cracks in her porcelain to show for it.
At the end of Toy Story 4, Woody sees the appeal of Bo Peep’s new life as a “lost toy” and decides to stay with her. In a final bonus scene, it is shown that Woody, Bo Peep, and the other “lost” toys travel with a carnival to help toys find new homes with children.
Bruno Madrigal (Encanto, 2021)
Bruno is part of the magical Madrigal family. He is the youngest triplet, and only son, of Alma and Pedro Madrigal. His magical gift is the ability to see glimpses of the future. Because Bruno’s predictions were not always pleasant, and sometimes were slightly cryptic, he became something of a “black sheep” around the village.
When he had a vision that included Mirabel and the destruction of their magical house, he becomes upset and disappears. He loves his family and doesn’t really leave them, though. Instead, he chooses to live in the walls of the house with his pet rats.
Bruno is terribly misunderstood by his family as well as by the people of the village. He only sees visions; doesn’t cause them to come true. Since so many of his predictions aren’t pleasant though, he gets blamed for some of their outcomes. In spite of being seen as a pariah, Bruno never becomes bitter or resentful towards his family. In the end, he is received back into the family with love and forgiveness, and a newfound acceptance of his magical ability.
Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story)
Buzz Lightyear is a spaceman action figure, based on a “real-life” space explorer of the same name. He’s a Space Ranger working under the authority of Star Command and is equipped with wings and a red “laser” weapon.
When Buzz first meets the rest of the toys in Andy’s room, it becomes apparent he truly believes he is the real Buzz Lightyear. It takes a while for him to realize he is actually a toy modeled after a real person. He goes through a bit of an existential crisis before accepting the fact that he is “just” a toy. However, Woody shows him that being a toy is wonderful, as toys bring happiness and joy to their owners.
Buzz has truly become a pop culture icon. His signature catch phrase “To Infinity and Beyond” was referenced in the song “Single Ladies” by Beyonce. Also, Buzz Lightyear was mentioned in the lyrics of Justin Bieber’s song, “Boyfriend.
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This article was written by Kimberly and edited by Michael.