Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Top 5 Disney Villains

We all remember the Disney classics, right?  But do you remember how bad some of those bad guys (and gals) were?  Far worse than wanting to make coats out of puppies, these top 5 were the worst characters Disney has ever breathed (animated) life into.

Behold, my parrot!
5: Jafar (Aladdin) - Way into forced servitude (of Jasmine, his concubine in a movie by any studio other than Disney; and of the Genie, whom he referes to as "slave").  Also bent on obtaining phenominal cosmic power (which is his undoing, as it always comes with "itty bitty living space").

I too have a bird.
4: Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty) - The "Mistress of all Evil" is among the most powerful Disney villains.  She is adept at black magic, including teleportation and shape-shifting (including into a dragon!).  She also claims to summon "all the powers of Hell" while fighting Prince Phillip (the good guy).

How creepy is this guy.
3: Scar (The Lion King) - Weaves a web of deceit and lies, all for power.  Murders his brother to become king, tries to kill his nephew, rules with an iron fist.  His whole demeanor betrays his Hitler- and Stalin-esque character.

She wants this box to get filled with her rival's heart.  Nice.
2: Queen Grimhilde (Snow White) - Super vain, she gets jealous that Snow White is more beautiful than her and even more jealous that a handsome prince is singing a love song about Snow White, so she orders her hunter to take Snow White into the forest and kill her.  As proof of death, she orders her hunter to carve Snow White's heart out and present it to her in a box.  Did I mention that Snow White is her step-daughter?

One of the four horsemen?
1: Judge Claude Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) - Nobody knows this guy because the movie wasn't in the same class as the others on this list, but this guy is the worst.  He is the ultimate hypocrite--a religious man and a justice minister (sort of like an attorney general) who uses his position and warped morals to attempt genocide on the Gypsy peoples living in Paris.  He also murders a poor gypsy woman, believing her to hold stolen goods (which are not goods at all, but Quasimodo--the "hunchback" of the title).  He then tries to drown baby Quasimodo but is stopped.  As an adult he again tries to murder Quasimodo, dying in the process.  In case you missed it, yeah, I typed "genocide" up above.

There you have it.  I'll bet you had no idea about Frollo, right?  Well now you do.  But don't bother renting the movie, it's still not so great.  Anyhow, comment below (and share this on Facebook and Twitter by usning the links that follow).


  1. 5, 3 and 2 all came immediately to mind when I saw the title. Well done!

  2. Only other great villain I can think of is Ursula (The Little Mermaid)

  3. A few years ago no one knew who Frollo was, now days he is a very popular villain so nto fair to say no one knows him anymore. That and i thought your pics were very obvious and didnt actually tell of anything new. Why not go for others like the horned king, bill sykes, clayton or chernbog. REAL villains that need the lime light

  4. Yeah, Frollo is still largely unknown, though you're right, he's more known that he was.

    Chernobog didn't do anything other than summon spirits/demons in Fantasia.  He may be among the most powerful or evil villains, but we don't have any evidence of his actions.

    The Horned King (The Black Cauldron) looks evil and is definitely evil, but again, I don't think his actions warrant putting him ahead of any of my top 5. 

    John Clayton (Tarzan) doesn't belong in this discussion.

    Mr. Sykes (Oliver & Company) can have a legitimate case made for him, but since his worst offenses occur off-screen (we overhear him discussing some truly evil shit), he doesn't break the top 5.

    What might make an interesting top 5 list would be the top 5 underrated Disney villains--anyone interested in writing it as a guest blogger?