Disney villains are a breed unto themselves. Each one is distinctive, with their own personal foibles and foibles and their own programs reign their small-time area of the universe. No wonder we desire them so- even as much as we cherish the heroes.
10. Shere Khan
An unsettling mix of class, sophistication and menace, Shere Khan is a villain whose very identify invigorates panic and fright. Considering himself the rightful sovereign of the jungle, he’ll do anything to keep humans out of it.
It’s a pity then, that his mistake allowed the human child Mowgli to grow up in the jungle. Shere Khan may be a vision of terror, but he makes a lot of slip ups, if you think about it.
That long, scowling face. That aristocratic snarl. That mustache. Jafar is one of “the worlds largest” distinctive criminals in the Disney canon- one view of his trademark red and black capes and you know it’s him.
There’s also his plans for world domination. Jafar doesn’t precisely want to take over Agrabah, he wants to rule the entire nature. Pity there’s a lowly thief and a genie in his way.
8. The Queen of Hearts
The yelliest villain of them all, the Queen of Hearts is one of the most peculiar and humorous villains to watch, strictly because she jam-pack so much better temperament in her short, rotund frame.
Here is a woman who literally scares her henchmen into coating the roses in her garden red, and introduces the fear of God in her tremulous husband.
Oh, and she has a thing about cutting off thoughts too.
7. Captain Hook
Ah, what can we say about Captain Hook? He’s definitely a stylish villain, but he’s also one of the most inept and dramatic in the Disney canon. But that’s what realises us adoration him so.
Watch with amusement as he dramatically lolls about his ship, bossing around his ever-present henchman Smee, while trying to escape the murderous attentions of a very hungry tick-tocking crocodile.
What Disney villain has a larger chest, chin or ego than Gaston? The gentleman is literally the walk-to prototype of the noxious male.
He detests learning, thinks he’s the best at everything, and is jealous and racist to the point of provoking villagers to storm the Beast’s castle.
Classy, this guy.
One of the most entertaining Disney villains ever, Hades is slick, fast-talking, and hellbent on world domination. Basically, he’s your average New Yorker.
With his inept henchmen Pain and Panic, Hades seeks to release the titans and hurricane Olympus so he can take the throne of the heavens for himself.
The Angelina Jolie-led movie may have humanized Maleficent, but she’s still obviously one of Disney’s biggest baddies ever.
Here is a wicked imp who, out of spite, applied an entire territory to sleep because she could, and then turned into a dragon when her contrives were thwarted.
A legend, this woman.
Those are the key words to know when facing Scar, the sumptuou, but backstabbing brother in The Lion King .
Scar is the type of villain who’ll smile in your face as he flings you off a cliff, and then he’ll feed your bones to the hyenas.
You know, just like any desiring family member should.
2. Cruella de Vil
With a call like that, of course Cruella de Vil is evil. And boy, does she revel in it. Here is a woman whose main objective in life is to drape herself in furs and luxury.
And she plans to do it by skinning a 101 puppies. Truly, an exceptional soul among villains.
And a exceedingly stylish one, too.
Is there any Disney villain that dazzles us as altogether as Ursula? The purple villainess totally revels in her dastardly sort. Ursula adores being a villain, and she does it so stylishly and with such ardor, we cherish watching her be one too.
That husky voice, that marvelous illustration, those nefarious schedules- there’s no Disney villain as fantastic as Ursula- none, which is why she’s solidly number one.