Disney’s villains are among the most popular characters in their animated catalog. Brought to life through outstanding writing, voice acting and animation, they terrify audiences of all generations with their evil deeds. Her popularity has also led to her own brand and franchise, such as: progeny.
An example of the strength of Disney’s villains is how little screen time some of them get. Some of Disney’s most memorable villains don’t even appear for half the film’s runtime, but whenever they do appear, they steal the show.
1 Stromboli – “Pinocchio” (1940)
Discovered Pinocchio on the way to school (Dick Jones), running Honest John (Walter Katlett) and Gideon, who introduced him to the Roma puppeteer Stromboli (Karl Judel). He dazzles Pinocchio with show business ideas and travel around the world. However, when the doll tries to leave, Stromboli drops all kindness and imprisons his latest moneymaker.
Stromboli’s role in the story is small, but he works closely with the other villains to convey the film’s themes. His role is to teach children that some people just want to exploit others and that if he gets involved with these people, the victim remains trapped. This is captured by the abilities of perfect Bill Tytlawho animated other Disney villains like the giant Brave little Taylor and Chernabog Fantasy.
2 Lady Tremaine – “Cinderella” (1950)
After the death of her second husband, Lady Tremaine (Eleanor Audley) inherited his house and his young daughter Cinderella (Ilene Wald). Instead of embracing the child, Tremaine raises him as a slave to the whims of her and her true daughters (Rhoda Williams and Lucille Bliss). Even if she agrees to do something nice for Cinderella, she makes sure there’s a loophole she can exploit to back down without breaking her word.
Tremain is one of Disney’s best villains, which is saying something given her lack of magical powers or political authority. All she has is control over a woman’s life, but she makes the most of that power to achieve her own goals. Every word is chosen with the utmost care when she speaks, although she can also silence a room with a glance.
3 Queen of Hearts – “Alice in Wonderland” (1951)
As she tries to escape from Wonderland, Alice finds (Kathryn Beaumont) stumbles into the rose garden of the Queen of Hearts (Verna Felton). The Queen takes a liking to Alice and invites her to play croquet with flamingos and hedgehogs. Alice is forced to play along or risk losing her head.
The Queen of Hearts steals the show as soon as she arrives thanks to her uncontrollable temperament. She acts like a toddler with absolute power, which means she will go to absolute extremes if she doesn’t get her way. Velton’s performance captures the energy perfectly, while also feigning sweetness when she’s not raging.
4 Maleficent – “Sleeping Beauty” (1959)
After being denied attendance at Princess Aurora’s christening (Maria Costa), invites the evil fairy Maleficent (Eleanor Audley) and offers a gift. Before the end of the Princess’ sixteenth birthday, she will die by pricking her finger on a spinning wheel. Although the fairy godmother Merryweather (Barbara Luddy) turns it into a magical sleep, that’s all she can do to challenge Maleficent’s power.
Maleficent is often considered one of Disney’s best villains, and with good reason. She takes on herself with dignity and class as if she were above all, and delights in spreading as much misery as possible. Should she be angered, she will not hesitate to unleash her magic, which includes transforming into a dragon.
5 Cruella de Vil – “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” (1961)
When she finds out that her friend Anita (Lisa Davis) will soon have puppies, Cruella (Betty Lou Gerson) pays her a visit and shows interest in adoption. When she was approached by Anita’s husband Roger (Ben Wright), she hires two henchmen to steal the puppies. Your end goal is to have them killed and skinned for a new fur coat.
There are few Disney villains capable of evoking hatred quite like Cruella, especially with such a short screen time. She is a woman completely absorbed in her lust for fur and has no qualms about using selfish, destructive and inhumane methods to get her perfect fur. Gerson’s heinous performance and outstanding animation by Mark Davis brings everything together.
6 Shere Khan – “The Jungle Book” (1967)
Of all the dangers in the Indian jungle, the most feared is the tiger Shere Khan (George Sander). His hatred of humans’ weapons and fire is well known, as is his delight in hunting humans whenever the opportunity presents itself. When he learns that a cub named Mowgli (Bruce Reitherman) is lost nearby, he sets aside all other plans to track him down.
Shere Khan is one of the best examples of becoming a villain in a Disney film. Although he doesn’t appear until forty-seven minutes into the film, his presence can be felt in the way everyone else speaks of him in fear. When he shows up, Sanders sophisticated performance and animator Milt Kahls legendary head wag ensure he lives up to his reputation.
7 Fidget – “The Great Mouse Detective” (1986)
As henchman number one of Professor Rattigan (VincentPrice), fidgeting (candy candido) is tasked with handling burglaries or kidnappings for his boss’ plan. The latest is from a toy manufacturer called Flaversham (Alan Young). Unfortunately he didn’t catch Flaversham’s daughter visiting Basil from Baker Street (Barrie Ingham) to save her father.
Candido has voiced a number of characters for Disney, including the Chief in Peter Pan the alligator captain enters Robin Hood. What helps Fidget stand out more is how crazy he is, with his eccentric moves and clear, serious voice. This can make him look menacing and goofy depending on the scene.
8th Shan Yu – “Mulan” (1998)
Offended by the construction of the Great Wall of China, Shan Yu (Miguel Ferrer) launches an invasion with his Hun army. This forces China to recruit one man from each household to build an army large enough to stop him. Of course, that’s exactly what Shan Yu wants: a chance to break China’s morale before forcing its emperor to bow to him.
Though he’s not the most memorable villain of the Disney Renaissance compared to the likes of Jafar (Johnathan Freeman) and scar (Jeremy Eisen), Shan Yu is notable for his ruthlessness. He never misses an opportunity to show his superiority, whether by crushing armies in the field or sending two captives as messengers just to kill one. As long as there is breath in his body, Shan Yu will work toward his goal, killing anyone who stands in his way.
9 Dawn Bellwether – ‘Zootopia’ (2016)
In a world of anthropomorphic animals, the city of Zootopia stands as a beacon of unity for animals of all backgrounds. Unfortunately, Deputy Mayor Dawn Bellwether (Jenny Slate) doesn’t see it that way. Tired of being looked down upon by predatory species, she leads a conspiracy to foment conflict between predator and prey and place herself at the top of the social hierarchy.
Bellwether’s story mirrors that of the hero of ZootopiaJudy Hops (Ginnifer Goodwin). Both are small prey species that are mistreated by predators and larger prey due to prejudice. They differ in that Bellwether wants to get back at society by swinging the pendulum, while Judy wants to improve society through trust and kindness.
10 Tamatoa – ‘Moana’ (2016)
A resident of Lalotai, the realm of monsters, Tamatoa (Jemaine Clemens) is a gigantic crustacean trying to rise above its ground-feeding status. He does this by decorating his tank with as many shiny items as possible. Its heart is the hook of its rival Maui (Dwayne Johnson), who once ripped his leg off in battle.
Tamatoa is one of Disney’s more memorable examples of a minor antagonist. His button eyes and wide grin make for some beautifully over-the-top facial expressions that contrast well with the humanoid main characters. His song “Shiny” is a catchy glam rock ballet reminiscent of the style of David Bowie.
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