Poppy is the author of A Bard's Lament and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.
Disney has produced countless animated productions, many of which are unforgettable classics. Sometimes the villain that appears in the movie is particularly memorable, and quite often people's favourite characters.
This article lists some of the best Disney villains, including lines from the movies that make them so great, and video clips of their best moments.
1. Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)
Disney changed up the somewhat controversial "Ugly equals evil, beautiful equals good" theme, and made a dashingly handsome villain in the 1991 animation Beauty and the Beast. The only problem is that he knows it, and thinks he can get any girl he likes. And the girl he likes is Belle, our herione.
Gaston has some hilarious lines and such a funny personality that although he goes crazy-evil near the end of the film, he's likable. When he proposes to Belle, he not only tells her she's lucky and refers to her as "my little wife", but organises the wedding before she even knows anything about it!
Gaston was just as funny in the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast (2017) where Luke Evans played this hilariously spoiled and evil character.
2. Jafar (Aladdin)
Jafar is a sarcastic server of the Sultan who wants to overthrow Jasmine's father and become ruler of Agrabah himself. He plans to do this by gaining control of the magic lamp and using the Genie's power to get what he wants.
Jafar has some amazing lines that had viewers rolling in their chairs with laughter when this animated gem was released in 1992. "You're speechless, I see. A fine quality in a wife," being his personal best. And let's not forget the countless sarcasm.
3. Governor Ratcliffe | Pocahontas
Governor Ratcliffe travels to the "New World" with his fleet in his desperate search for gold and wealth. He hates the native Americans and later orders an attack on Pocahontas' people. There are some hilarious parts in his dialogue too, especially when he is paired with his faithful assistant, Wiggins.
He is a classic example of a greedy explorer of the 1600s who cares about nothing but recognition and wealth. He even has a posh little pet pug!
4. Scar | The Lion King
Scar is one of the best Disney villains of all time. He continually insults his minions, the hyenas, he doesn't bother to hide his lack of enthusiasm for Simba's birth, and most of his replies are sarcastic.
He later goes on to organise the death of his brother, Mufasa, as well as Simba to take over the throne of Pride Rock. Almost all of Scar's dialogue is a comedy goldmine and people are often quick to say that he's their favourite villain.
Jeremy Irons was an excellent choice for this likeable and deliciously evil character.
5. Hades | Hercules
Hades is the God of the Underworld who comes along with his minions, Pain and Panic. He's everything that makes a Disney baddie qualify for this list - sarcastic, hilarious, and deliciously evil.
His plans to kill Hercules as a baby are foiled when the poison he'd made just turns Hercules into a mortal, and panics when our hero comes back as an adult to finish him off.
6. Ursula | The Little Mermaid
Ursula is a sea witch who was banished from the mer-people's palace. She uses her magic to entice "poor, unfortunate souls" by letting them think she's helping them, but she's actually tricking them so that she can add their shrivelled remains to her "little garden." She does the same to Ariel, who swaps her voice to become a human.
Ursula is a funny character who's insanely popular with many viewers and cosplayers.
What do you think?
The villain can have a huge effect on the quality of a movie, and Disney continues to bring sassy and likable characters that we love to hate! Which do you like the most?
© 2014 Poppy
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on July 07, 2020:
He is super cool but he isn't funny! He's terrifying!
Mitchell on July 07, 2020:
The horned king is awesome I agree. The Horned King is kind of scary,
But he is my favorite Disney Villain. He gets my vote on this one.
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on May 26, 2020:
The Horned King is terrifying! He gave me nightmares as a kid!
Mitchell on May 25, 2020:
Hades is my favorite Disney Villain I also like the Horned King
And Chernabog and Judge Claude Frollo and Maleficent and Medusa from Greek Mythology.
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on March 28, 2017:
Based on "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare :)
Spurwing Plover on March 15, 2017:
Skar was a traitor and sibling ravalry carried to the extrem
tom on July 31, 2015:
Amazing article. I've always thought of Gaston as one of the more heroic Disney villains. Yeah he's aysoginist, and a tool, and a horrible person really. But when he sees a monster that he thinks is threatening the town and threatening (from his perspective) the woman he...well to be honest lusts for, his first instinct is to act. Horrible person, yes, but if this was another movie he could easily be the hero.
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on November 29, 2014:
Thank you so much Randall for your kind words :)
Randall Guinn from Pinellas Park, Florida on November 29, 2014:
A well written hub Poppy! Of course I expected no less. Voted up and shared.