Top 10 Characters Who Are Definitely Gryffindors
Top 10 Characters Who Are Definitely Gryffindors

Top 10 Characters Who Are Definitely Gryffindors

VOICE OVER: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Garrett Alden
These film and TV characters are brave at heart and definitely Gryffindors! For this list, we'll be going over the characters from films and television whose personalities and traits exemplify the ideals of Gryffindor House from the “Harry Potter” franchise. These include courage, chivalry, and determination, among others, so characters like Dean Winchester from “Supernatural” and Fa Mulan from “Mulan” made our list, among others. Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Characters Who Are Definitely Gryffindors!

Top 10 Film & TV Characters Who Are Definitely Gryffindors

These characters are brave at heart. Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Movie and TV Gryffindors.

For this list, we’ll be going over the characters from films and television whose personalities and traits exemplify the ideals of Gryffindor House from the “Harry Potter” franchise. These include courage, chivalry, and determination, among others.

#10: Merida

“Brave” (2012)

Her movie is called “Brave!” of course, she’s a Gryffindor! A Scottish princess, Merida defies both the expectations of society and the stereotypes of princesses with her adventurous and bold personality; preferring to explore and even fighting for her own hand in marriage. However, while Merida has many of the commendable traits of a Gryffindor, she also represents the house’s negative characteristics as well. Her impetuousness means she doesn’t always think through the ramifications of her actions, such as when she accidentally turns her mother into a bear; leading to much of the film’s conflict.

#9: Lily Aldrin

“How I Met Your Mother” (2005-14)

One of the 5 friends that make up the main cast of this sitcom, Lily Aldrin is an artistic teacher, Marshall’s wife, and the glue that holds the group together. A fiery redhead (most of the time), Lily has a quick temper and can be quite spontaneous. This also means that she doesn’t always consider the effect her actions have on others or their feelings - if her meddling with Ted’s love life is anything to go by. She has a strong sense of right and wrong, which sometimes gets her in trouble. Still, Lily’s fierce, motherly loyalty to her friends is admirable and she’s still an exemplary Gryffindor. Apart from the stealing that is...

#8: Diana Prince / Wonder Woman

“Wonder Woman” (2017)

An Amazon warrior princess of Themyscira, Diana, also known as Wonder Woman, may be a literal goddess, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t need to be brave. After all, superheroine or not, you have to be brave to charge into enemy gunfire and face the other horrors of the Great War without flinching. Diana is impulsive, but her hastiness is driven by her desire to help those in need and she never hesitates to rush into danger if it’s to protect someone. Honest, honorable, and on a whole other level of badass, Wonder Woman is a lioness worthy of the red and gold.

#7: Dean Winchester

“Supernatural” (2005-)

One half of a duo of brothers who hunt supernatural creatures, Dean Winchester is the more Gryffindor-like of the pair. His chosen profession requires that he run straight into danger, and he isn’t above taking on, or at least mouthing off to, extremely powerful beings. While his cockiness can get him into trouble, his confidence isn’t without merit, since he has managed to overcome some formidable hurdles, including death itself (and themselves). But at the end of the day, Dean always tries to do what’s right, or at least to protect his family, and those are qualities any Gryffindor should have.

#6: Pocahontas

“Pocahontas” (1995)

The daughter of the chief of the Powhatan tribe, Pocahontas is a free spirit whose curiosity and adventurousness are as boundless as the colors of the wind. While her thirst for new experiences could earn her a spot in Ravenclaw, it’s her bold and courageous attitude that we believe makes her better suited as a Gryffindor. Pocahontas falls for European settler John Smith, and risks her life to stop her father from executing him. It takes tremendous bravery to risk your life, and even more to do so while standing up to one’s family.

#5: Éowyn

“The Lord of the Rings” franchise (2001-03)

The niece of the king of Rohan, Eowyn may be royalty, but she’s also skilled with the sword and she strains against the expectations that her kingdom has on women. When the time comes for Rohan to ride to Gondor’s aid, the shieldmaiden disguises herself as a man to ride to war. While this thirst to prove herself is reminiscent of Slytherin traits, and her desire to help her friends is evocative of Hufflepuff, ultimately, for Eowyn, it comes down to the fact that she’s able to do something to help, and doing anything less than her best to help others is no longer acceptable for her. And it’s a good thing too – who else could have beaten the Witch-King?

#4: Elizabeth Bennet

“Pride and Prejudice” (Various)

Elizabeth Bennet is witty and sharp tongued, but is often hasty to make snap judgments about people. It’s her bad first impression of Fitzwilliam Darcy that leads to so much friction between the two of them, despite their chemistry. Nevertheless, Elizabeth is brave enough to stand by her convictions that marriage solely for financial security is wrong, and she’s also unafraid to stand up to those higher on the social ladder than she. Bold, brash, and determined - though still polite - Elizabeth Bennet is a character that Gryffindor would be proud to count among its members.

#3: Captain America

Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008-)

While a Super-Soldier serum may have granted this superhero his extraordinary strength and speed, Steve Rogers has been standing up for the little guy ever since he was the little guy himself. As Captain America, Steve battles against hatred and villainy during World War II, but he also isn’t afraid of battle against his own government when he feels they’re in the wrong - or even against his own friends. Plus, he’s a natural leader. And determination? Cap has it in spades! In fact, you might call that his true superpower. After all, he can do this all day. “I can do this all day.”

#2: Fa Mulan

“Mulan” (1998)

The eponymous heroine of this Disney film, Mulan is another young woman who goes to war disguised as a man. In her case, she does so for the sake of her ill father; taking his place to save him from probable death. While learning to become a soldier, Mulan demonstrates that traits like her outspoken and independent nature, which are contrary to ancient China’s expectations for the role of women, actually help her achieve more. She is persistent and creative, which prove a great asset to the army, the emperor, and her own growth as a person. The Sorting Hat needs to “get down to business” with sorting her into Gryffindor.

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:


“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996)

Princess Ariel

“The Little Mermaid” (1989)


“Hercules” (1997)

Imperator Furiosa

“Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015)


“The Lion King” (1994)

#1: Leslie Knope

“Parks and Recreation” (2009-15)

A bureaucrat-turned-politician who fights for the people... whaaaaat?! Leslie Knope is a relentlessly enthusiastic and compassionate woman, who puts her all into her work in the government, as she believes it should REALLY serve the people. Even when she isn’t working, she’s always helping her friends and community out with the passion of a true lioness, or maybe a goddess; taking no guff from critics and not letting a battle lost be the end of her war. Plus, who are we to disagree with Leslie herself? If she says she’s a Gryffindor, we believe her. You catch that Golden Snitch!