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The 10 Most Evil Disney Characters of All Time
There are so many factors that go into making a great Disney movie, but the most important is to have an excellent villain. Sure, the heroes and princesses make the audience drool, but what good are these saccharine sweethearts without someone to try to bring them down?
The score breaks down like this: Did they try to kill someone? Who was it? Why are they so evil? How evil was their sidekick? In addition, are there any interesting tidbits that give them any evil bonuses?
Here is my top ten list of those evildoers, those good-for-nothing bad guys and gals who tried their best to do their worst.
10. Lady Tremaine
Movie: Cinderella (1950)
Voiced by: Eleanor Audley
Personality traits: Cruel, cold, and jealous
Appearance: A gray-haired older woman with sharp features, green eyes, and fair skin
Sidekick(s): Her two daughters, Drizella and Anastasia
As Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Lady Tremaine is one of the mildest "villains" on the list. She didn’t kill or try to kill Cinderella; she was a social climber who used her two ugly daughters to try to nab a royal title. She wasn't a nice lady, but she wasn't the worst, either.
Cinderella’s evil step-sisters, Drizella and Anastasia, are two bumbling, vain nitwits who are minimally useful as sidekicks. Lady Tremaine gets some clever help from her wonderfully wickedly minded kitty, Lucifer, who tries to make Cinderella's rodent friends lunch. Who names their cat "Lucifer"?
In the end, Lady Tremaine is the brains and brawn of the operation and gets bonus points for taking the lady of the house, Cinderella, and turning her into her own personal servant.
Lady Tremaine's character is also known as "Evil Stepmother," "Wicked Stepmother," or just "Stepmother." She is based on the Wicked Stepmother from the original Cinderella tale, written by Charles Perrault, and by the Brothers Grimm in Grimms' Fairy Tales. However, the story has renditions from as far back as Ancient Greece, as well as Asian iterations and variants in One Thousand and One Nights from the Medieval Middle East.
Lady Tremaine is also featured in Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Mickey's House of Villains, Cinderella (2015), Descendants 2 (voice only), and Descendants 3.
Well, don't just stand there. Bring up the breakfast trays at once, and hurry!
— Lady Tremaine
9. The Queen of Hearts
Movie: Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Voiced by: Verna Felton
Personality traits: Obsessive, angry, and insane
Appearance: Large woman always seen wearing red, black, and gold
Sidekick(s): The White Rabbit, Card Soldiers, the King
Anyone whose main line is “Off with their head!” deserves a place on this list of villains. She wants to behead just about everyone when she loses her temper, which is more often than not. She's not interested in reason or kindness, nor is she interested in being fair. All she seems to care about is pushing people around and screaming orders to behead anyone who doesn't follow her always-changing rules.
The Queen of Hearts is based on a fictional character from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a book published in 1865 by Lewis Carroll. Some believe that her character is based on Queen Victoria (1819–1901).
There doesn’t seem to be any reason for the Queen of Hearts' murderous streak, only that in Alice’s world, queens are insane. I'm not sure of its social commentary of our time, but singers like Morrissey would be inclined to agree and then crack a faint smile because that's all they could bear.
Some go as far as to theorize that the Queen of Hearts' character, along with others in the film and novel the film is based on, are part of Lewis Carroll's commentary on those with mental illnesses as misunderstood rather than possessed by the Devil or other negative outlooks of his time. It's also thought to be a commentary on the "insanity" of giving narcissistic and self-centered individuals an undue amount of political power (thus, the parallels drawn to Queen Victoria).
As for the Queen of Hearts, being "insane" is definitely a bonus. She’d be higher on the list, but she comes across as comical, and all the evil she does is easily turned around by her sidekick, the gentle King.
The Queen of Hearts is also featured in Mickey's House of Villains, and Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse; as well as the television programs Walt Disney anthology series (cameo), Adventures in Wonderland, House of Mouse, Once Upon a Time, and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
I warn you, child... if I lose my temper, you lose your head! Understand?
— Queen of Hearts
Movie: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Voiced by: Richard White
Personality traits: Self-obsessed, rude, and ruthless
Appearance: Athletic and handsome with icy blue eyes
Gaston's a rude, vain, shallow hunter who doesn’t like taking "no" for an answer. So, how bad is he?
Gaston drinks, smokes, and gets into bar fights, which is a whole lot of "badness" in a Disney film. It's almost cause for a parental advisory. For a villain, it’s a nice little bonus. Worst of all is his jealous streak, which is when he goes for the jugular. He threatened to have Maurice, Belle’s father, committed to an insane asylum unless Belle married him—talk about being unable to take rejection well!
In the end, he rallied a mob of villagers to kill Beast, eventually stabbing Belle’s love in the back. He is a nasty one, indeed.
Gaston's character has received criticism for being portrayed as a caricature of a "manly-man" who is unsophisticated and whose character isn't quite "evil" enough to be considered a full-fledged villain.
The "Beauty and the Beast" fairy tale was written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, but the story didn't originally include Gaston's character. The character was created specifically for the 1946 film adaptation by screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who based the character on an amalgamation of several of her ex-boyfriends. The studio believed the story lacked a strong villain, and thus, Gaston became the villain of the tale.
Gaston is also featured in Mickey's House of Villains, Once Upon a Halloween, and Beauty and the Beast (2017), as well as the television programs Sing Me a Story With Belle, House of Mouse, and Once Upon a Time.
No one plots like Gaston.
Movie: Hercules (1997)
Voiced by: James Woods
Personality traits: Quick-tempered and comedic
Appearance: Large and blue-haired with a massive chin
Sidekick(s): Pain and Panic
He is a killer, but considering he’s Hades, the ruler of the underworld, you shouldn’t expect anything less. So why is he so low on the list? It hurts to have Pain (voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait) and Panic (voiced by Matt Frewer) as your sidekicks. They are pretty inept, and that makes Hades look pretty bad, considering he doesn’t seem to know what the hell is going on half the time.
In the end, he uses Megara to do his dirty work. Why? He’s jealous of his big brother, Zeus, and wants to be in charge. Not a good sign for someone so powerful. But he is the ruler of the underworld, and that gives him bonus points.
In Greek mythology, Hades was the brother of Zeus and Poseidon, so he served as quite an important figure in the ancient mythological tales. Although frequently associated with death due to his position as ruler of the underworld, Hades was portrayed in a more neutral and altruistic manner in Greek mythology; he played an important role in maintaining the balance of life and death.
Hades' character is quite different from the original Hades. In fact, his character in Hercules was originally scripted quite differently until James Woods took on the role. He was originally intended to be a much more slow-paced, frightening character, but Woods' subsequent casting and reimagining of the role resulted in the quick-witted Hades audiences know and love today. The script was re-written after Woods was cast, but he continued to ad-lib many lines throughout filming and often cites Hades as one of his all-time favorite roles.
Hades is also featured in Hercules: Zero to Hero, Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Mickey's House of Villains, and Descendants 3, and the television programs Hercules, House of Mouse, Once Upon a Time, and Descendants: Wicked World.
Oh, you know what slipped my mind? You'll be dead before you can get to her. That's not a problem, is it?
Movie: Aladdin (1992)
Voiced by: Jonathan Freeman
Personality traits: Dry humor; narcissistic and psychopathic
Appearance: Tall, bony, and always extravagantly dressed
Like other villains before him, Jafar craves power and will do just about anything for it. He tried to marry Jasmine, hypnotize the sultan, and then use magic to become all-powerful. At least he's goal-oriented.
He does try to kill Aladdin and Jasmine, but like every Disney bad guy before and after, he fails. He did send a man into the Cave of Wonders, knowing full well the thief wasn’t the “Diamond in the Rough,” so he does kill someone. What was that thief's name? Yeah, I don’t know either, but at least the bad intentions were there.
Jafar has a pretty awesome sidekick in Iago (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried), who has a pretty bad attitude and nasty disposition for such a colorful bird.
Some sources indicate that the film's director based Jafar's character on former First Lady Nancy Reagan, and the character's designer used previous designs for Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent, including the bird henchman, staff, and ability to turn themselves into a reptile, to create the famous villain.
Aladdin is based on a story from One Thousand and One Nights, a famous, centuries-old tale about a woman who, after marrying a king known for murdering his wives the day after their wedding, evades death by telling him stories each night that end in cliffhangers. However, in the original tale, there were three villains—in fact, Disney took quite a few liberties in rewriting the original narrative.
Jafar is also featured in The Return of Jafar, Aladdin and the King of Thieves (cameo), Mickey's House of Villains, Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Descendants, and Aladdin (2019), as well as the television programs Hercules, House of Mouse, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Once Upon a Time, and Mickey Mouse (cameo).
You little fool. You thought you could defeat the most powerful being on Earth.
5. Cruella De Vil
Movie: One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
Voiced by: Betty Lou Gerson
Personality traits: Selfish, cruel, and obsessive
Appearance: Thin and bony with half-white, half-black hair; always stylishly dressed
Sidekick(s): Jasper and Horace
She’s a nasty piece of work throughout the movie and hunts down puppies like the predator she is. I guess when a woman loves fur that much, there’s not much she won’t do for it.
Her name is a combination of "cruel" (Cruella) and "devil" (De Vil), which suits her evil personality perfectly.
Her two sidekicks, Jasper and Horace Badun, are bumbling fools, but you don’t have to be smart to kidnap and skin puppies. In the end, she doesn’t get her puppy coat, but Cruella gets major bonus points for this line alone:
“Poison them. Drown them. Bash them in the head. You got any chloroform?”
Are you kidding me? Did she really say that? The woman has no heart at all. Of course, that’s why in the movie, Roger sings, “The world was such a wholesome place until Cruella… Cruella… De Vil.”
The film was based on a 1956 children's novel, The One Hundred and One Dalmatians, in which Cruella's character is a spoiled student who knows the Dalmatian puppies' owner from school.
Cruella's character was said to be based on that of the early-20th-century actress Tallulah Brockman Bankhead, who was known for her catchphrase "hello, dahling," as well as actresses Bette Davis and Rosalind Russell. Her look was based on the style of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was known for wearing large coats. In the original novel, Cruella's style wasn't quite as outlandish as in the animated film or later, live-action renditions.
Cruella De Vil is also featured in 102 Dalmatians, Mickey's House of Villains, 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure, Once Upon a Halloween, Descendants, and Cruella (2021), as well as the television programs 101 Dalmatians: The Series
House of Mouse, Once Upon a Time, and 101 Dalmatian Street (voice only).
I don't care how you kill the little beasts, but do it, and do it now!
— Cruella De Vil
Movie: Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Voiced by: Eleanor Audley
Personality traits: Ruthless, evil, and devious
Appearance: Tall and thin with pale, green skin
Sidekick(s): Diablo (raven) and Goons
She’s a fairy with an ax to grind. Maleficent gives Aurora the gift of death on her 16th birthday. Nice present, huh? Her gift is thwarted by Merryweather, one of the three good fairies.
Why? Maybe the king and queen should have been more considerate and invited her to their daughter’s christening. That or she’s evil to the bone and not afraid to show it.
She also has the best sidekick of all time: Diablo, her Raven familiar, but gets brought down a little bit by having bumbling goons who search for an infant when the princess is already a teen. She gets bonus points for mind-screwing the king and queen. They get to spend 16 years tormented about Aurora’s downfall while she waits around and goths up her castle. She’s my personal favorite, but there are other Disney villains that top the scale.
Maleficent's look is inspired by Vampira, a 1950s character created by actress Maila Nurmi who was based on Morticia Addams as well as the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The tale itself, however, is thought to have been originally published in the 16th century and later adapted and published by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm.
Maleficent is also featured in Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Mickey's House of Villains, Once Upon a Halloween, Maleficent, Descendants, Descendants 2, Descendants 3 (flashback), and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and the television programs Walt Disney anthology series, The Little Mermaid (dragon form), Timon & Pumbaa (dragon form cameo), House of Mouse, Once Upon a Time, and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (voice only).
A forest of thorns shall be his tomb! Borne through the skies on a fog of doom! Now go with the curse, and serve me well! 'Round Stefan's castle, CAST MY SPELL!
3. Dr. Facilier aka the Shadow Man
Movie: The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Voiced by: Keith David
Personality traits: Scheming, greedy, and suave
Appearance: Tall and skinny with purple eyes and a gap between his two front teeth
Sidekick(s): His shadow; Lawrence
He’s a voodoo man, and he’s only too happy to use black magic to get his way. Anyone who’s known as The Shadow Man is one to be feared.
He gets major kudos for being one of only two villains who actually succeed at killing a major character (the loveable Cajun firefly, Ray), a rare feat in the world of Disney.
He gets bonus points for using voodoo, tapping into demonic forces, and controlling shadows. Now that’s a bad guy doing his best to be the worst.
Dr. Facilier's character has physical relations to the Voodoo god of magic and death, Baron Samedi, who is often depicted with a top hat and black tailcoat with a face painted as a skull. His animator, Bruce W. Smith, referred to him as "the love child of Peter Pan's Captain Hook and One Hundred and One Dalmatians's Cruella De Vil."
Dr. Facilier is also featured in Descendants 3 and the television program Once Upon a Time.
Y'all should have taken my deal. Now you'll spend the rest of your life being a slimy little frog!
— Dr. Facilier
2. The Evil Queen
Movie: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Voiced by: Lucille La Verne
Personality traits: Jealous, determined, and evil
Appearance: Beautiful but cold with thin eyebrows and red lips
Sidekick(s): The Huntsman, Raven, and Magic Mirror
She sends her servant to kill Snow White, then bring the girl’s heart back in a box. There’s a whole lot of ugliness behind that beautiful exterior.
Her only companion is Magic Mirror, who is actually a slave and only able to answer questions when asked. This makes him the perfect sidekick since his lack of humor and honest approach make him pretty darn creepy. If you've ever put on the DVD, he eerily talks until you start the movie. That alone is worth the price of having to listen to Snow White's shrill voice throughout the movie.
But the Evil Queen is only interested in one thing: how beautiful she is. In the true traditions of a pageant queen, when you’re the "fairest in the land," you will do whatever it takes to keep that title. This includes tricking the newest pretty girl into eating a poisonous apple to kill her.
So what does the Evil Queen do when she figures out Snow White will not die but only go into a deep sleep? She cackles, “The dwarfs will think she's dead. She'll be buried alive!” She’s not called the Evil Queen for nothing.
In designing the Evil Queen's character, Walt Disney stated he wanted her to be a combination of Lady Macbeth and the Big Bad Wolf. When voicing the role, actress Lucille La Verne took her false teeth out to create a raspier, more menacing voice for the character.
The Evil Queen is also featured in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (cameo), Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Mickey's House of Villains, Once Upon a Halloween, and Descendants, as well as the television programs Walt Disney anthology series, House of Mouse, Once Upon a Time, and Mickey Mouse (cameo).
Now, a formula to transform my beauty into ugliness. Change my queenly raiment to a peddler's cloak. Mummy dust, to make me old. To shroud my clothes, the black of night. To age my voice, an old hag's cackle. To whiten my hair, a scream of fright. A blast of wind to fan my hate. A thunderbolt to mix it well. Now, begin thy magic spell.
— The Evil Queen
Movie: The Lion King (1994)
Voiced by: Jeremy Irons
Personality traits: Sarcastic, resentful, and egotistical
Appearance: Elegant but wild (a lion) with a scar over his left eye
Sidekick(s): Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed
Everything about this lion is dastardly and wicked. He wants to be the king, and nothing, not his older brother or his nephew, will stop him from doing that.
Being the big thinker that he is, killing two birds (or lions as the case may be) with one stone (or herd of wildebeest) was the way to go. He was successful in killing his older brother, the great Mustafa, and sent his sidekicks, Shenzi (voiced by Whoopi Goldberg), Banzai (voiced by Cheech Marin), and Ed to kill the only remaining heir.
The crazy hyenas failed to kill Simba, but they gave it an honest effort. In fact, they are so nasty and vicious, they eventually kill him. You are the company you keep.
Dirty and deadly. Be prepared indeed.
Similarities have been drawn to The Lion King and Shakespeare's Hamlet, which would make Scar analogous to Claudius, Hamlet's uncle who, in the beginning of Hamlet, becomes king by killing his brother.
Scar is also featured in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The Lion King 1½, Hercules (cameo), The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, and The Lion King (2019), as well as the television programs Timon & Pumbaa (cameos), House of Mouse, A Poem Is..., and The Lion Guard.
Life's not fair, is it? You see, I... well, I shall never be king. And you... shall never see the light of another day. Hmm-hmm-hmm, adieu.
Other Deadly, Dastardly Disney Villains
Sure there are some other memorable villains not on this list. Like Ursula from The Little Mermaid, but she actually gave Ariel what she wanted even though it was for nefarious reasons. She would have been equally contented to have Ariel completely on land and out of the way. There’s also Captain Hook from Peter Pan. He’s a dastardly pirate who also came across as a buffoon more often than not, and poor, sweet Mr. Smee doesn’t help any.
Love them or love to hate them; a good villain can’t help but steal the show. Did I miss any? Do you think one should rate higher than another? Evil, like art, is subjective, or so these villains would like us to think.
Of course, not all Disney villains terrified audiences the way the scoundrels in this article did; for a taste of the flip side, take a look at some of the worst and least terrifying Disney villains.
Disney Villains: Honorable Mentions
Big Bad Wolf (Three Little Pigs)
Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Governor Ratcliffe (Pocahontas)
Captain Hook (Peter Pan)
Hopper (A Bug's Life)
Ratigan (The Great Mouse Detective)
Madam Mim (The Sword in the Stone)
Shan Yu (Mulan)
Edgar Balthazar (The Aristocats)
Mother Gothel (Tangled)
Ursula (The Little Mermaid)
AkM16 55 0.9d trex rexy king on August 27, 2020:
Guys for your kind information this is about the evilest villians and not the strongest or scary or brave Scar is definetely number 1 and killed the most beloved disney character ever:mufasa and managed to exile the prince simba from his own land and rule for many years and just think what would have happened if timon and pumba were so scared of him being a lion that they did not save him from teh vultures hovering abve or if pumba had ever said to take care of him to the boastful timon then lion king would have definetly been a bad ending
Smartboy 2 on July 24, 2020:
I think the evilest is nor or chernabog nor is the creator of all the items of the Disney villains and chernabog is the god of darkness
Smartboy on July 24, 2020:
I think the best villain is chernabog from the Fantasia sequence night on bald mountain Because he didn’t die he got defeated and will come back when it is night time
Rahel on July 18, 2020:
They are pretty evil i like it when their is villains in every movie specialy disneys
Ariana on July 10, 2020:
It's Judge Frollo by far.
Emmy on July 02, 2020:
Has anybody mentioned Hans yet? I wouldn't rank him as the MOST evil... But he should have beat gaston at least. In my opinion... Shan Yu or Frollo should be at the top of this list. Frollo is the creepiest for sure, but I think Shan Yu is the most brutal. Tough choice between them.
LewisTheSlytherin25 on July 02, 2020:
Oh come on, Judge Frollo is obviously the most evil
Coltyn on July 02, 2020:
Oogie bogie is the evilist cause he kills anyone he wants by ripping there skin off and he coud get bigger by sewing himself and if he dies jis henchman lock shock and barrel could sew him back to life
Mitchell on June 30, 2020:
I changed my mind. Chernabog is Disney’s most evil character. So how can there be another Disney Villain more evil, when he’s the most evil Disney Character?
The Horned King on June 26, 2020:
I’m The Horned King! I am so scary!!!!!!!!!!!! The Black Cauldron may be a flop,
But Me, The Horned King am not only the best and worst thing about The Black Cauldron, but I am one of thee favorite Disney Villains!!!!!
Mitchell on June 26, 2020:
I like your list, but Frollo was extremely evil. He murders a innocent
Gypsy woman and almost killed her baby! That is, until he is caught by
The Archdeacon. Instead he is forced to raise the child and he even
Claims to kill another gypsy girl. Think about it.
Kerryn Carey on June 21, 2020:
I love maleficent
LEILA MONTANA on June 10, 2020:
I LOVE SCAR
Olivia Daley on June 06, 2020:
No it’s corona virus people
Bennett on June 05, 2020:
When was Mufasa’s Worn
Bennett on June 04, 2020:
I love scar
mhb playzz on June 03, 2020:
Where is Claude following
Ruby Ricord on May 28, 2020:
MOTHER GOTHEL kidnaps a princess in order to stay and then tries to hold her hostage , murders her true love , never lets her out into the world. WHY ISN"T SHE ON THE LIST?
Queen Bee on May 26, 2020:
What about all the others?????
Unknown on May 14, 2020:
Oogie Boogie from Tim Burtons The Nightmare Before Christmas (same with Lock Shock and Barrel) 'Kidnap the Sany Claws.'
Wild_Cake on May 06, 2020:
FROLLO DUH I'm pretty sure that the person who made this list didn't watch the movie because I'm positive that anyone with half any common sense who would have watched The hunch back of NotreDam would have chosen Frollo as Top if you don't believe me here is a list of all his crime assault (Archdeacon)
Attempted murder (Phoebus, Esmeralda, Quasimodo, a family of four people)
Murder (Quasimodo's mother)
Torture (His previous Captain of the Guard and Quasimodo, although he had legal rights to do so)
Pyromania (Burn the stake,
so yah go watch the movie the best part is him because of evil Frollo is and yet they make him so believable as a character so it's like watching a real-life monster run Paris and Notre-Dame
sans on May 05, 2020:
most evil villain is chara from the game undertale
cmp08 on May 04, 2020:
Frollo is obviously the most bloodthirsty villain in disney history. I don't know if anyone here has seen the hunchback of notre dame, but the movie literally starts with him chasing down a babies mother, then kills her in front of a church, and then attempts to drown the baby in a well (also in front of a church) and he wasn't even mentioned on the list!
Maleficent on May 02, 2020:
Baddies (villains) rule!
Goodie-goodie princesses suck
(by Maleficent) HAHAHAHAHAHA I AM SO EVIL XDXD
FazBear JoKeR87 on April 28, 2020:
Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Why wasn't he on the list? He burns down cities, tried to commit genocide on all gypsies, lusts on younger women, and more. He is basically the Disney version of Adolf Hitler.
yeeters on April 27, 2020:
S on April 24, 2020:
WHAT ABOUT CHERNABOG?!
Armaan on April 14, 2020:
duh... its bill cipher
Dana on March 29, 2020:
Can anyone be more evil than one who wants to kill puppies? And make a coat out of their fur? Cruella De Vil is the ultimate sociopath
Ayaan.S.2723907 on March 15, 2020:
Why does everyone vote for Frollo I mean how is he so evil I do not even know the movie he is in,well Scar is just too much of a psycopath and killer I really hate it when he kills mufasa I mean why would mufasa die he has a manly strong voice and is like the most bulky and strongest lion ever.How could such a scrawny lion with a scar(Scar) kill the strongest and the wisest king in pride lands who he himself says in brute strength he cannot beat him(Mufasa)
I am voting scar dude he is a complete maniac I wonder why people are choosing other villians when certainly in any way this guy is the most dirty minded and killing pshycopath villian,
Frollo,Ursula,Evil queen and etc will tremble in fea in front of this raging lion and will have not even a single drop of evil to match Scar.
Scar would shred them in terms of evil and insantiy and murdering and all the characteristics of a villian
TB on March 14, 2020:
I like to break down their story. For example. The Queen in Snow White is basically like.... She's prettier than me? Hell no! She must die! She puts a hit out on a teenage girl, and wants her heart cut out and put in a box for proof. That's pretty bad. However, I vote for Frollo from Hunchback. He runs down and kills a gypsy woman. He is then prepared to drown a baby because he is deformed and only stopped when a arch deacon guilts him into not killing him sort of raising him. He hunts down gypsies because they are different. Then he seen one that turns him on (esmerelda), and he is prepared to kill her unless she agrees to be with him. She hides in a church, and when she escapes he starts punishing and killing random french people until he finds her. When he catches her and is prepared to kill her Quasimodo rescues her and hides in the church again. Frollo catches then and is prepared to stab Quasimodo in the back. In the end he falls to his death.
m5672 Ayaan.S. on March 14, 2020:
Scar is basically the most evil villian and how he almost kills his own nephew and his own older brother,yeah that is basically brutal murdering and plus lying about it and taking the hands of the pride lands,I am voting him to be the most deadly villian.He may not have magic.But he is surely the most dirty minded and killing machine,
by the way scar and mufasa are not brothers seriously
Michael S on March 14, 2020:
I'm surprised that Shan Yu from Mulan isn't on this list.
Lily's UNIVERSE on February 04, 2020:
This is the only comment section where I have seen the ACTUAL evilest and the best villain ever, Bill Cipher.
Bernhard Brodowsky on January 06, 2020:
Horned King. No question.
e on December 09, 2019:
judge claude frollo the hunchback of notre dame
E on December 04, 2019:
This made me realize how much more evil The Bros Grimm villains were.......... Hansel and Gretal witch was eatin kids!!
Ala'a on December 03, 2019:
I think Maleficent is the evilest villain
Muhammad Yousaf on November 19, 2019:
I think it was lady Termaine cause she was a normal human with so much jealousy and evil minded that an ordinary human won't have
And I also think that the Evil queen is equal to lady termain
unknown on October 22, 2019:
no , no , no Ursula should be on this list she is cunning back stabbing manipulative and all around despicable she should be number one on any villain list and in my eyes she will always be the queen of the sea to me
Unknown2 on October 16, 2019:
No the most evil villen is the hunter from bambi
Unknown on October 13, 2019:
Come on, Cruella De Vil litterally made fur coats with pupoys fur. How evil is that??????
Cipher on October 09, 2019:
Hail Bill Cipher, the most evil disney villain of them all!
Constantine Jameson on October 08, 2019:
sss on October 04, 2019:
the most evilest disney villain is the firebid from fantasia hw can attack like a lot of people
Disney on September 30, 2019:
How could Scar be the most powerful,he’ Just a lion
I say that the Evil Queen is the most powerful.
Juicy melon on September 30, 2019:
I would have to say cruella de vil I mean look... WHO WANTS TO SKIN PUPPIES THEY ARE SMALL AND ADORABLE!
tieskedh on September 19, 2019:
shadowsdontsleep17 on August 25, 2019:
whos mustafa..... its MUFASA
shazz1991xoxo on August 22, 2019:
Frollo is definitely the most evil villain. People like him have and still exist. Very realistic. Scar is my second. Killing a brother...
N00ne on August 15, 2019:
As others have mentioned, Frollo should be number one. Also, why is McLeach not on here?? This dude absolutely has no moral compass; got his kicks on poaching and trafficking animals, killing if he wanted to. The guy was a psychopath.
Alex on August 15, 2019:
The coach man from Pinocchio is the worst of all time. Turns all them boys into donkeys to sell for profit. He's a child slaver, kidnapper even if the boys were behaving bad.
SomeOneInThisWorld on August 09, 2019:
I think Cruella de Vil and Frollo should be on here but other than that I agree with this list
joshua on August 06, 2019:
Scar's intentions are to rule the Pride Lands but he has to kill his brother to it. Standard stuff. Dr. Facilier wanted to steal the souls of all Louisiana. Scar didn't want to kill the Pride Lands, Dr. Facilier was wanted to sacrifice the life of everybody in Louisiana. I'll let you decide who is eviler. Oh, and ya, skinning puppies is no joke!
Naelyn on July 22, 2019:
I can't believe villainns in disney movieswho wants yo kill in real life
Alex on June 29, 2019:
How is Cruella De Vil not the most evil Disney villian?! Her mission is to find puppies and skin them to make coats!!!!
Adam on June 19, 2019:
Claude Frollo thought that he was doing the right thing by (implied) tortured 3 men because why not? Kills a woman trying to protect her baby, ON THE STEPS OF A CHURCH. Attempts to drown a baby because the baby was deformed. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. HE BURNS DOWN A CITY IN A IN HIS SEARCH FOR GYPSIES. That is just the beginning. (He raises a child to hate himself, I just remembered).
Adam on June 19, 2019:
Claude Frollo thinks he is good and just, FOR KILLING A WOMAN, (implied) TORTURED 3 MEN, AND TRIED TO DROWN A BABY. Why isn't he #1?
M on June 18, 2019:
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ryansjones from Snohomish, WA on June 07, 2019:
One bonus for Scar as a villain: not only does he kill Mufasa (Simba's dad), he also tries to frame Simba for the murder, even had Simba thinking that he "accidently" had his father killed. Definitely takes a special kind of evil to frame someone for a crime they didn't commit. It is one thing for the truly guilty to pay for crimes they commit, but for an innocent person to pay for someone else's crimes (especially the death penalty), that is messed up. As for Malificent, another bonus for her as a villain: she used the powers of hell (demonic power?) to transform into an evil dragon as she tried to kill the prince. That's messed up too in my opinion, and I am sure that scene might have been a little too much for younger audiences too.
Tomorrow'sJoe on June 04, 2019:
Number 1 should be Claude Frollo. Yeah scar is bad, and he has that iconically evil moment, but in terms of sheer death toll, Frollo all the way. The horned king should also be here, he is literally a Lich king in a disney movie, Coachman, the devil hisself. And in my opinion, the one who doesn't belong in this list is Gaston, in any other story he would be the hero, he isn't hated by the village, In everyone's eyes Belle's dad is crazy, when he learned that Belle has been taken by the beast, of course he's gonna rally the village to hunt the beast down. The beast ain't a saint either, he forces her to love him which she eventually does, *cough2x* stockholm syndrome, Gaston is a jerk, but he isn't evil incarnate, just a guy with a mean streak. And if you were living in their world, you wouldn't be one of the people turned into furniture in the castle, or belle and the beast, you'd be a frickin villager, either scared by the beast or got hyped up to kill him by Gaston. Speaking of furniture, didn't the Beast destroy some furniture in his castle? Does that mean he killed some of his servants cause he threw a fit?
Wakazene on June 03, 2019:
Gothel, she kidnaps a baby, but not just any baby but the goddam princess. She locks her up for eighteen years! has an amazing song must say. tries and almost kills Flynn
Jake on May 23, 2019:
*AHEM* Claude Frollo? Chernabog? Heck, at least he's got Gothel- NOPE. Sorry I just don't agree with this list at all XD
Disney fan on May 19, 2019:
Gaston eats five Thomson eggs he is most evil
Luna on May 11, 2019:
Your WRONG. The evilest villain is the hunter from Bambi
Sara on May 04, 2019:
Who tf is Mustafa? Is that a Mufasa knock off?
Unknown on April 27, 2019:
Ursula is snubbed
J. R. Spotswood on December 20, 2018:
Really? No Bishop Claude Frollo? Blasphemy! Like, I understand maybe why you would not put him as number one (although he should be for obvious reasons), but to leave him off ENTIRELY?
He is literally the only villain who thinks he is doing good, plus he's genocidal, and his entire motivation throughout the movie is predicated on his sexual frustration.
E.T. on December 20, 2018:
Judge Claude Frollo is the most evil Disney villain there is. This website is lies. Judge Frollo is the best villain there is.
Pablo on December 12, 2018:
Technically only one disney villain actually killed someone ...yes I know scar took credit but let’s be honest all he did was let go, even didn’t do he act itself.the stampede killed Mufasa. The hunter from Bambi killed his mom
Brian Schonour on September 24, 2018:
No villains in Pinocchio are on here. Pinocchio has four villains: Foulfellow, Gideon, Stromboli, and the Coachman. None of these villains got punished. The Coachman is the worst off all these guys. He looks like a devil when he says, "They never come back as boys."
Aoife on April 02, 2018:
I mean, I have no idea why Judge Claude Frollo and the horned king didn’t even make it onto this list? I mean Frollo literally killed a woman and tried to drown an infant within the first 10 minutes of the film and the horned king is just terrifying in general, he’s literally a demon with glowing red eyes who’s one objective is to obtain a cauldron so he can basically take over the world, not to mention he’ll probably kill whoever gets in his way. Also, madam Mim could’ve made it on this list too, considering she tried to kill Merlin and Arthur just for kicks.
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Anthony on February 15, 2018:
Shan-Yu is the most evilest from Mulan. This guy literally toyed with peoples lives, murdered and burned down an entire village, killed and entire army battalion. Straight sadistic.
Gavin on February 12, 2018:
Scar literally killed his brother for power and tried to kill his nephew all for power! he in my opinion is the worst by far or maleficent.
molly on February 02, 2018:
i believe the horned king and judge claude frollo are the evilest disney villains ever. first of all the horned king is terrifying he looks like the lich but with glowing red eyes and seeks for the black cauldron to have an army of the undead to kill everyone and rule the world. Jdge claude frollo is totally creepy not because he has magical powers or stuff but because he is incredibly realistic and could actually exist in our world. in the firt minutes he traps some people and then pursues a woman, then he causes her death on the steps in front of notre dame then tries to drown a fricking baby. he then treats quasimodo like garbage, (kinda like mother gothel but worse) he hates gypsies wants to kill them all, tortures people (his foormer captain), lets people ridicule and torture quasimodo then creepily falls in love but more obsessively and lustfully over esmeralda. then he sings about his unholy desires for esmeralda...Yikes! he then burns down all of paris burns a house with a family inside and tries to murder everybody at the end.
molly on February 02, 2018:
judge claude frollo is the evilest
ERMAL on January 25, 2018:
JUGDE CLAUDE FROLLO IS THE MOST EVIL DISNEY CHARACHTER
Hallie on January 17, 2018:
Hades is definitely the most evil of them all. I mean he’s the god of the underworld. Either him, maleficent, or the evil queen
Mya on November 24, 2017:
The evil queen is the best villain to me.
Gaara on November 19, 2017:
Frollo? 1. He killed an innocent women and attempted to kill her newborn child ( Hades , Maleficent and Scar ).
2. locked away that child , called him names and treated him horribly ( Lady Tremaine and Gothel ).
3. Attemted to rape Esmeralda , then he tried to burn Paris to get her. ( no one did this awful thing).
Emma on October 02, 2017:
I still say that Maleficent is the most evil because she basically condemned a baby to death.
Emma on September 10, 2017:
Frollo is the best villain
Louis on August 24, 2017:
Jeremy Collins on August 19, 2017:
Another villain that also should be high on the list is Judge Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Samantha Marchetta on August 10, 2017:
Hey, I think we are missing a really important Disney character that should be on this list.
Judge Claude Frollo (from Hunchback of Notre Dame), has to be the more black hearted villain I've ever seen.
-he kills a women on church steps as she was screaming "sanctuary."
-after seeing baby Quasimodo, almost throws him down a well.
-hates gypsies, the equivalent to Hitler hating Jews. Tortures them in a dungeon until they are dead or is given the location of the Court of Miracles.
-due to Esmeralda's uprising during the Feast of Fools (and many other things), Frollo is obsessed on killing her but in the search for her, he burns all those who get in his way.
There is probably more to this but I think we need to add him to this list.
Layla loo on June 08, 2017:
What about Ursula she is so evil and Ariel is my fav princess
Scott G. on May 10, 2017:
I think that Judge Claud Frollo is the most evil villain because in the first five minutes of The hunchback of Notre Dame he kills one woman by kicking her in the head and crushing her skull on stone steps and then trying to throw her baby down a well because it was ugly. Later in the movie, it is revealed that he tortures his old captain because he had failed in the past and also burns down a family's Mill with that Family inside. He also attempts to burn Esmeralda to death for not being with him, not to mention that he had already burned down half of Paris and had probably ordered the execution of several more people.
Disney fan 118 on April 27, 2017:
The queen of hearts is bad but why is jugde Frollo not on the list (serieus)
HMS on February 05, 2017:
Wait wait, you are mentioning the most evil disney villian, and you don't even mention Frollo from Hunchback of Notre Dame? That dude was WAY more evil than all others. Frollo, unlike the others, had conscience and the whole concept of good and evil. And he knew his actions were indeed evil, which is not what he wanted to do. Despite that, he chose to commit great evil, and blamed all the victims for his own sins, claiming that he is innocent. All in the name of God and his own holyness. Yikes.
Agustin on January 24, 2017:
Frollo is the best villain. He is the most despicably evil. No contest.
Anonymous on September 05, 2016:
You left Judge Frollo out...
He killed the protagonist's mother on the steps of a church.
(if not for the archdeacon's warning)almost drowned a baby(protagonist).
Committed genocide and burned down Paris...
All that while thinking he was holier than thou and just...
He is an old human man with no magical powers, only political and religious power, yet he caused as much, if not more destruction and death than any of the other Disney villains. He has never been in anyone's shadow and he never had to fight for power.
Scar doesn't hold a candle to Frollo in terms of evilness.
Emsgarr on June 03, 2015:
Mother Gothel seems pretty evil to me. I mean, she's ridiculously vain, she's a kidnapper, she manipulates a young girl (pretending to be her mother...come on...that's just wrong), and she (sort of) murders Flynn. She's all kinds of nasty rolled up into one. She doesn't even have a sad backstory to justify her actions.
Jelly on April 18, 2015:
Claude frollo should be added as he wanted Esmeralda for inappropriate things, killed Quasimodos mom, even after she asked for sanctuary and almost killed baby Quasimodo and was so friggin mean to him. He told himself and believed he was a holy man and also believed Esmeralda could only be his. Scar is evil but he had no choice. I am a younger sibling and I feel that Scar is a typical sibling except waaaaaaay evil. People just think he is evil because he killed mufasa but frollo did worse.
Anonymous on March 29, 2015:
Madam Mim is kind of overlooked for this list. She is not the evilest villain, but could've made it into the top 10.
She takes delight into being evil, tries to kill Arthur only because he said his magic was more focused (she literraly tried to eat him, as he was transformed earlier into a bird by Merlim, she transformed herself into a cat to hunt Arthur), and when duelling with Merlim for Arthur's life, she made rules to trick Merlim into following them while she didn't. As a bonus, she tried to kill Merlim several time through the duel and showed more powerful magic than Merlim (he won by outsmarting her and using a real loophole in the rules), and that's all within twenty minutes of screen time
valeria on February 21, 2015:
Frollo is the most evil and complex disney villain, he deserves the 1st place.
Tiger on January 01, 2015:
Posts like this breghtin up my day. Thanks for taking the time.
ron on October 04, 2014:
Scar, i don't find frollo evil as scar.
Willem on September 29, 2014:
I know this is quite late but it seems EVERYONE overlooked the most evil villain of all Disney villains, the one who was never caught or in any way hindered.. the coachman from Pinnochio.
Think about it. He seems to be a somewhat demonic figure who turns misbehaving boys into donkeys and sells them into slavery. That seems very severe for kids who simply do not know any better and often have their parents to blame for setting a bad example.
And he is never stopped. Personly I never cared about Pinnochio becoming a real boy as a kid.. I was more concerned about all those kids that turned into donkeys. It was a straight up horror movie.
All the villains on this list combined don't even seem that evil.