It’s a debate as old as time: Is Gaston TRULY a Disney Villain? Okay, so he almost kills Belle’s Beast, and nearly makes the greatest love story ever told completely non-existant. In the end, though, Gaston is just a guy who doesn’t understand why the pretty girl in town won’t give him a chance.
Let’s be honest – If you ate five-dozen eggs (and were large as a barge), wouldn’t you be wondering the same thing?
Hades, King of the Underworld, really should be higher on this list if you look at the grand scheme of things, however… He’s just too funny to hate. His inexcusable actions are always followed with a witty punchline, and always gives his audience one of those “Wait. Why am I rooting against this guy again?” moments.
Then you remember, “Oh yeah. It’s because he’s using a beautiful girl, a three-headed dog, and a lazy river filled with dead people to try to kill his nephew.”
8. Evil Queen
For most of us, if somebody tried luring us into a lifelong sleep, and an apple was there weapon of choice, we’d probably laugh them right into their end-of-the-movie demise pretty prematurely. But, hey! It worked for the Evil Queen. Come to think of it, if somebody was offering naps for extended periods of time, many would just hop into bed voluntarily.
Again, it worked for the Evil Queen, but between poisoning the apple and turning herself into the second-ugliest Disney villain of all-time just seems like a lot of unnecessary work.
7. Queen of Hearts
“Off with their heads!” Those are four mindless words that are said often without anybody really considering the emotion behind them. Think about it for a second. “Off. With. Their. Heads.” Pretty violent, right? That’s why the Queen of Hearts ranks seventh on our list.
She’s the most maniacal character in a movie that consists of a hyper-anxious rabbit, a disappearing cat, a high-all-the-time caterpillar and a guy who wears top hats and is formally referred to as “Mad.” She’s qualified.
Much like Gaston, Jafar is the guy who wants the attention of the girl. Unlike Gaston, he’s much more malicious in his intentions. Not only does he father a pet parrot (Seriously, could you find a more annoying pet?), but his entire role in Aladdin is basically finding new ways to trick the people that trust him into putting him into power.
Think about it: He’s literally introduced by the Sultan as “Jafar, my most-trusted adviser.” At the end of the day, he deserves his itty, bitty living space.
Had you asked the team at Fright Catalog to rank Maleficent on the list of Disney villains before the release of her self-titled blockbuster movie, she for sure would have been at the top. Her nickname has forever been The Mistress of All Evil. Can you get much more evil than all evil? Probably not.
Whether you loved or hated her feature film, there’s no denying that it softened the character. It made you like Maleficent, and maybe even feel bad for her. True villains don’t need defending.
4. Captain Hook
Captain James Hook has the look of a classic villain, Disney or not. His stingy features and pencil-thin mustache combine for a face that only a mother could love. His bright red suit surely exudes the power and dominance he holds over the members of his crew. He turned his one crutch into his most-deadly weapon, and his only fear comes in the form of a crocodile.
Unfortunately for him, the youthful exuberance of his nemesis led him directly to it.
Scar being ranked so prominently on this list has less to do with what he did to the characters in his respective movie, and more to do with what he did to us, the viewers. For the primary audience of The Lion King, he provided us with the death of a loved one for the first time. Scar lured a child into a dangerous situation in an effort to murder two family members, and alienated an entire race of female lions in favor of his hyena friends.
Plus, he gets points for being the voice of the second-most terrifying Disney song.
2. Cruella DeVille
She kills puppies and wears them.
Let’s move along.
Previously in this post, we’ve mentioned the second-ugliest Disney villain, and the singer of the second-most terrifying Disney song of all time. If you haven’t already guessed, Ursula takes the cake in both of those categories. She’s got tentacles in lieu of legs and is all caked-up with gaudy makeup. “Pour, Unfortunate Souls” is absolutely chill-inducing. As if living underwater wasn’t scary enough, the thought that someone down there might take your voice and turn your loved ones into limbless worm-looking minions makes it even worse.
The seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake, unless that lake has purple lighting and houses the Disney villain most likely to haunt your dreams.