Buddy the Elf, Ebenezer Scrooge and Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer are all holiday mainstays, but some of the lesser-known characters in their famous Christmas films are just as pivotal. We channeled our festive sides and found seven merry costars who could use a little extra love this season.
1. Max in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Though he has no lines, Max steals the show with his unwavering loyalty to the Grinch. If you didn’t dissolve into a pile of feels upon the seeing the Grinch’s change of heart, then you definitely melted when you saw Cindy Lou Who give Max a plate of roast beast.
2. The Octopus in Love Actually
The next time you think your love life is awkward, just remember that you could be in the midst of a relationship-defining conversation while a child dressed as an octopus separates you and your boo. It’s worth noting that all of the kids in Love Actually are freakin’ fantastic, but the sheer face-palm quality of this scene gives the edge to the octopus.
3. Mr. Narwhal in Elf
Mr. Narwhal makes the briefest of appearances in Elf, but his one line — “Bye, Buddy. I hope you find your dad.” — is iconic.
4. The Vegetables in The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Muppet Christmas Carol is a visual feast of festiveness. The kooky cast of Muppets adds a dimension to this classic tale and while mainstays like Kermit, Miss Piggy and Gonzo shine in major roles, it’s the veggies who bring that extra something. We’ll give an honorable mention to Rizzo the Rat, who helps Gonzo-as-Dickens bring the story to life.
5. Abominable Snowman in Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Never has a monstrously tall villain been so charmingly cute. The Abominable Snowman was much feared — until aspiring dentist Hermey removed his teeth. Oh, hey, perennial favorite.
6. Kieran Culkin as Fuller in Home Alone
Although they play cousins in Home Alone, brothers Macaulay and Kieran Culkin give us serious sibling vibes. Mostly because Kieran’s small, but memorable, role reminds us of all of our little sibs.
7. The Whos’ Hair in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Okay, so not technically a character, but we need to give a shoutout to the masterful hair in this movie. Not only does it defy gravity, but it speaks volumes about the culture of Whoville.