Stories of Studio Ghibli's demise were greatly exaggerated. When studio-head Hayao Miyazaki said last year that he was stepping down from making films, it led to fears that Ghibli was shutting down. Fortunately it turns out that the studio will remain open, with just Miyazaki taking a back seat. This is great news, as Ghibli have given the world some of the most inventive and beautiful animated films ever created - and hopefully will continue to do so! What sets Ghibli's work apart, its gorgeous simplicity aside, is its incredible array of characters. Some are fantastical beings that have the ability to make you feel like you're being transported to far away worlds. Others are inspiring people fighting against difficult situations. A few are truly terrifying. And some are just plain cute. All have been brought to life by the stunning animation skills of Ghibli's finest creators. This list highlights the 20 most fascinating characters and creatures from a wide range of Ghibli's films, with the self-imposed rule that no more than three characters from each can be included (there's a slight cheat with the multi-film Susuwatari though!). This gives a panoramic overview of the many masterpieces put out by a studio that has always followed the adage that "inspiration unlocks the future".