10 Favorite Evil Characters in Disney MoviesTyler Vendetti

Walt Disney is known for turning sketches of furry animals and people into likable, animated protagonists but many people often overlook his other talent: his ability to create bad-to-the-bone villains. While watching Hercules or Simba save the day is heart-warming, it’s hard to resist a well-written antagonist, especially if their name is Spike and they are half-vampire. What? Sorry, I lost my train of thought. Oh right, evil characters. Some of Disney’s villains are so cunning, it would be a crime to let their crimes go unappreciated.

1) Cruella de Vil – 101 Dalmatians

I can get behind any villain that has her own theme song, especially one that’s so darn catchy. Yeah, maybe she did want to steal 101 Dalmatian puppies and skin them for her own benefit. Sure, she might have had a slight smoking problem that turned her skin an unhealthy shade of gray. And perhaps she did say “Dahling” too much to be sincere about it. But anyone that can rock black-and-white hair that’s split perfectly down the middle like that needs to be given some props. She wasn’t appreciated in her own time, that’s all.

2) Shere Khan – The Jungle Book

In this day and age, we should all really feel bad for Shere Khan. After all, Khan’s decision to pursue Mowgli stems from his desire to stay alive and help preserve the endangered tiger species. I mean, he never actually said that was his intention, but I thought his dedication to hunting the boy made it pretty clear. If Khan’s heroic defense of tigers isn’t enough to convince you that Khan is one of the best Disney characters, his perfectly evil British accent should help change your mind.

3) Gaston – Beauty and the Beast

He’s tall. He’s macho. And he’s… a hopeless romantic? Gaston may have been rejected by Miss Belle the Bookworm but his persistent attempts to seduce “the Beauty” should get some recognition at least. He organized a wedding ceremony outside her house, for God’s sake. Does that scream “dedication” to anyone else? Of course, I’m ignoring the man’s inflated ego and his imposing figure that makes him look more like some sinister bodybuilder than a strapping young gentleman, but still. I’m trying to be optimistic here.

4) Jafar - Aladdin

Everybody knows Aladdin was the cutest Disney character but nobody ever seems to remember how terrifically terrifying Jafar was. Not only was he one of the most magical Disney villains ever created (it’s hard to top a guy that can turn into a giant, fire-breathing snake) but he also had one of the most well-groomed.

Check out that beard.

With that golden staff in hand, Jafar was only a few steps away from royalty.

5) Scar – The Lion King

Mufasa: That hairball is my son, and your future king.

Scar: Aw, well I should practice my curtsey.

Best known for killing his brother Mufasa, Scar from the Lion King also possesses a sense of humor that distinguishes him from other Disney villains. His witty remarks and snarky attitude would make even the most sarcastic characters proud. Often overlooked, though, is his ability to micro-manage his three hyena minions, who swallowed Scar’s orders without question until the end of the movie. That takes some serious leadership skills.

6) Hades – Hercules

Hades is like the cool uncle that you always wished would show up at holiday parties, with just a touch of “sinister” thrown in. Though he may have stolen his teeth from a Great White Shark, Hades’ outgoing personality was something all its own. Plus, what could be more unique than a guy who is literally always on fire? I’ve got to give the guy some credit, because I wouldn’t be able to put up with a hairdo that changes based on my mood. Being a girl is already hard enough.

I can imagine this happening at least once a day.

7) Yzma – The Emperor’s New Groove

Yzma is the kind of woman who is never afraid to tell you what she wants. Though her evil musings can get a bit out of hand at times, she has the markings of an evil genius.

8) The Seagulls – Finding Nemo

Before you get all up in arms about this, let me point out that Walt Disney Studios purchased Pixar in 2006 so technically, I’m allowed to include at least one character from that branch. The honor goes to the seagulls from Finding Nemo. If you don’t think they’re evil, then you obviously don’t remember this scene:

9) Captain Hook – Peter Pan

I’m a sucker for a good pirate, and Captain Hook is no exception. With one missing hand, Hook was still a better swordsman than half of the animated characters I’ve seen. Captain Hook also gets a spot on this list because his pointy, gravity-defying mustache has always fascinated me.

10) Si and Am – Lady and the Tramp

Singing cats. That’s it. That’s my reason.

Featured image via LionKing.org.

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  1. You missed the two best and most terrifying.

    1) Mad Madam Mimm from Sword and the Stone. Bats**t crazy, out of control magic and lilac hair. She’s scary because her madness makes her unpredictable. After all she almost beats Merlin, the strongest wizard of all time (no disrespect, Harry) until he outwits her.

    2) Maleficent. Dark, brooding and hat game that rivals Kate Middleton. She’s scary because you don’t know how far she’ll go to prove a point. Don’t invite her to a party you say? Think again. You’ll regret that decision for the rest of your life. And your daughter’s life. Plus she’s got some great colour schemes going for her.

  2. No Prince John from Robin Hood? He’s the best!

  3. What about Ursula!! You include the singing cats but not Ursula!! Or Maleficent!! Insolent fools!!

  4. “Singing Cats”. Hah.