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The Top 10 Worst Disney Villains

10 Evil Villains that Missed the Mark

Audiences go to a Disney film to experience the story of the hero. The hero must have problems then he or she must overcome them. That’s where the villain comes in. A good villain does their best to do their worst and the more memorable the villain, the better the film.

There are some great villains in Disney that have made themselves icons throughout the world. The Evil Queen, Cruella deVille and Scar are just a few villains whose bad behavior has made their heroes look even better while lifting their films to iconic status.

It may seem like a simple job, but it isn’t easy to be evil. It takes a certain level of commitment and consistency that some are never able to achieve. There are criteria to consider when weighing out bad intentions and evil deeds.

The Breakdown

The score breaks down like this: Did they try to kill someone? If they did, who was it and what effect did it have on the movie? If they didn’t, why are they so evil? Or what qualifies them as the villain? Do they have a sidekick? Is the sidekick evil or a bumbling fool? How iconic is the villain? Are they memorable or are they often forgotten? Lastly, is there something that puts their evil villainy into question? Are they in actuality really nice?

All of these questions have been answered and I have ordered them accordingly. Which villain has dropped the ball and missed the mark when it comes to being bad?

Bruce
Bruce

10. Bruce (Finding Nemo, 2003)

Finding Nemo is an interesting film, because it strays from Disney’s normal main villain type. Instead, this film opts for a series of antagonists all which have varying impact on the movie. There’s Dr. Phillip Sherman, the Dr.'s nasty niece, the jellyfish, a fishing boat and Bruce. Since there’s only one that’s really memorable, can be seen in many Disneyworld attractions and graces the cover of the DVD, I’ll go with the Great White shark, Bruce. If you go Disneyworld, remember to take a picture inside Bruce’s mouth!

Bruce is a shark trying his hardest to curb his addiction to eating fish. His motto is, “Fish are friends, not food.” He’s really just a shark trying to cure his addiction of eating fish. He really wants to change his ways of fish-icide, but his natural predator instincts come back full force when Dory’s nose bleeds.

Bruce tries to kill Dory and Marlin, but his friends, Anchor, the Hammerhead shark and Chum, a Mako shark do an immediate intervention to stop him from eating Marlin and Dory. They’re great friends, but not for someone under the category of villain. But, Bruce is one of Disney's non-villain villains. The way his character is written, however separates him from the rest, because character type, narrative and his personal story arc works to make a memorable character.

Bruce’s biggest issue is that though he laspes, he’s not an evil shark, which is why he has such nice friends. He was a good foe to watch, but as a villain, he just doesn’t cut it.

Henry J. Waternoose
Henry J. Waternoose

9. Henry J. Waternoose (Monsters, Inc, 2001)

He’s Sulley’s boss and mentor at Monsters, Inc. Waternoose uses children’s screams to power Monstropolis, but what do you expect a monster to do? Where he takes his villainy to another level is by having his sidekick, the nasty chameleon-like monster Randall, kidnap a child. He wants to test out a secret scare machine to improve the amount of scream electricity he gets out of scared children. It’s so bad he has to hide his dastardly deeds, but the actual villainous activity lies with the kidnapping, not the scaring.

Scaring is OK in a land filled with monsters, so though this might seem like a really villainous thing, in their world it’s not. In fact, up until he does the whole kidnapping thing, he’s an awesome monster; one that Sulley looks up to. And the eyes, I love all those peepers.

So, why does Waternoose do all of this? He wants to save his company from going out of business and keep Monstropolis running. He does it the wrong way, but his intentions are actually pretty good. He’d be higher on the list, but he does betray Sulley when the big blue monster goes to him for help. That’s a low down dirty trick sending him to Siberia.

The issue with Waternoose, however, is that when you think of the bad guy in the movie, your first instinct is to remember Randall not him. That's not good for a villain.

Auto
Auto

8. Autopilot (WALL-E, 2008)

If you don’t remember Auto, he’s the HAL like autopilot device that’s keeping the human’s ship running. Though he has a presence in the movie, he’s not as fully realized a character as WALL-E and Eve. He does succeed in ‘killing’ Wall-E, but in a place where your hero and villain are machines and capable of being fixed, he doesn’t succeed for long.

Auto’s intentions are arguable. One side says he has no intentions and is just doing what he’s been programmed by continuing the ‘no return home’ directive. The other side says he’s just trying to keep humans dependant on him and technology, so he stays in charge. It’s this ambiguity that gets him on this list. He could be really evil or he could just be a computer with a program. One is scary; the other is like my anti-virus kicking on before I’ve saved my work. Why do I always forget to save my work?!?

The reason why he has his sidekick, GO-4, try to get rid of the plant was to keep the directive in tact. Or to stay in power. One is not so evil, the other is. Auto’s biggest problem is that he’s really not a huge part of the movie. WALL-E has its best moments when our hero meets and interacts with his love interest, Eve. If you want to watch a film where a computer goes bad and is directed in a way that effectively gives it a life of its own, watch Alien or 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Prince John and Sir Hiss
Prince John and Sir Hiss

7. Prince John (Robin Hood, 1973)

Let me start off by exclaiming how much I love the iconic Prince John. I also love Robin Hood and Little John, but I have a special place in my heart for Prince John…and his sidekick Sir Hiss. Sure, he sucks his thumb, tugs his ear and cries out for his mommy, but his evil intentions run through and through.

While his big brother, The King, is away at war, Prince John uses his power to tax the poor so he has enough gold to fill his vaults and adorn his room. When the poor can’t pay, his cold hearted demand is to stick them in jail and let them rot. In response, Robin Hood robs from the rich to feed the poor, so Prince John wants him hunted and killed.

Sir Hiss is often relegated to a ‘yes’ snake, but he is loyal and not as dimwitted as the Prince. In fact, he’s also smarter than Prince John’s other sidekick, the Sherriff of Nottingham, who has two vulture sidekicks of his own. The lion, the snake, the wolf and vultures are great bad guys in theory, but turn out to be bumbling buffoons who wouldn’t know a fox in drag if she slapped them on the wrist.

The Huns
The Huns

6. The Huns (Mulan, 1998)

It may seem a little odd that The Huns made it on the worst villains list. They are bad guys that do bad things. They kill, maim, destroy armies and burn down entire villages. It’s all in a day’s work when you’re trying to conquer China. So, how do these men with so many bad intentions make it on the list?

I’ll start off with the fact that The Huns are taken down by Mulan and a group of barely passable soldiers. Are these soldiers likable? Yes and pretty amusing. Are they a destructive force? No, yet they still win. Of course The Huns were never going win…they are the villains, but it just seems so banal.

What makes it worse is that this evil group is pretty soulless. That would seem like a good thing, but the best villains in Disney’s arsenal have souls, black souls, but souls nonetheless. Maleficent, Scar, Doctor Facilier all have a presence on film because their rottenness can be inferred by their approach, their mannerisms, their rapport with their adversary, the protagonist. This movie lacks that rapport.

Instead, the Huns are like an evil freight train, ramming through the storyline devoid of passengers or cargo. There’s no there, there, which is probably why they are often forgotten.

Shere Khan
Shere Khan

5. Shere Khan (The Jungle Book, 1967)

Shere Khan tried to kill Mowgli. In theory that’s a bad thing; but let’s take a look at this from another perspective. Mowgli lives in the world of animals, so I take the position of the world of animals. In the world of animals, humans hunted them for fur and food.

In this scenario, Shere Khan is trying to rid the jungle of a species that has hunted him. He’s not going around killing animals for power, he’s doing it for his own safety since humans had attacked him and his family once before.

There’s also one point in the movie where Kaa, the hypnotizing snake lures Mowgli to eat and Shere Khan actually interrupts the potential feast and allows Mowgli to escape. It’s in these circumstances Shere Khan could have used a good sidekick, but it was not to be.

Though Shere Khan is a cool character, he’s another villain that is often forgotten with the spotlight going to the over the top shenanigans of King Louie instead.

Aunt Sarah
Aunt Sarah
Si and Am
Si and Am

4. Aunt Sarah (Lady and the Tramp, 1955)

The best things about Aunt Sarah are her two Siamese cat sidekicks, Si and Am. This pair of un-politically correct felines are the real troublemakers of the movie. They get Lady into trouble on more than one occasion and seem pretty proud of the mischief they create. They do a really good job of stealing the evil show. How many of you remembered her name?

As for Aunt Sarah, not only did she not have any truly evil intentions, it seems she simply doesn’t like dogs. She puts Lady in muzzle and sticks the dog outside in the doghouse. It makes you go, ‘Aw, poor Lady’, but it’s a far stretch from “Poison them. Drown them. Bash them in the head. You got any chloroform?”

Cruella DeVille would have made mittens from Lady’s ears in the time it takes Aunt Sarah to get to the store for a muzzle. And when Aunt Sarah got back to Darling and Jim Dear’s house (by the way where was the baby during all this) Cruella would have made a hat with Si and Am. That’s how evil villains roll. What they don’t do is give the heroes treats for Christmas. Man, Aunt Sarah really dropped the ball.

Chick Hicks
Chick Hicks

3. Chick Hicks (Cars, 2006)

Sure, Chick Hicks will do just about anything to win a race and he’s a real jerk, but not only isn’t he a killer, he’s pretty tame. He can be conniving and arrogant, but he isn’t that far in temperament from our hero, Lighting McQueen. In the land of Disney, he’s really a non-villain, villain.

Allow me to explain. Chick Hicks is in the movie so that Lighting has someone to focus on throughout the movie. The truth is, however, that the real person Lighting is fighting is himself and his own ego. Chick is only there to be that final test to prove that Lighting has grown as a car and has learned his valuable life lessons. It’s cool for Lighting, but makes Chick all the lamer as a Disney villain.

Chick is such a non entity that he wasn’t even written in the blockbuster sequel, Cars 2. Ouch.

Skinner
Skinner

2. Skinner (Ratatouille, 2007)

He’s the wee little chef who wants to use the name of a dead chef to market microwave dinners. Skinner is rude, abrasive and demanding and honestly doesn’t sound too unlike Gordon Ramsay or Marco Pierre White. In the land of Disney, however, this is bad. I just wanted once for him to scream, “You donkey!”

Skinner is annoying and pretentious, but there’s one bit I can’t argue with him about. He thinks having a rat in the kitchen is gross. Me too. In the end, Skinner is another one of Disney’s non-villain villain.

The real struggle lies with Remy, his love for food, his family’s acceptance and need of Linguini’s help along with Linguini’s self esteem, his love for Collette, his identity as a chef and need for Remy’s help. That’s a whole lot going on and doesn’t leave much for Skinner other than to be the last hurdle before the end of the movie.

Edgar
Edgar

1. Edgar (Aristocats, 1970)

Edgar is a butler in the service of a retired opera singer who loves her cat, Duchess and Duchess’ 3 kittens. When the opera singer discussed her will with her lawyer, Edgar eavesdrops and finds out that he will inherit the money only after Duchess and the kittens die.

So, Edgar puts sleeping pills in their food and drives the cats to the countryside. Edgar isn’t evil, just greedy. If he was evil, he would have put poison in their food, just ask the Evil Queen. He’s also pretty shortsighted. If the cats inherit, who gets to take care of the cats? He will; and who will deny him if he wants to buy this or that? No one, since he’s the cat’s butler. This is all a moot point, however, since the opera singer is still alive and no one inherits anything while that’s the case. He’s not smart at all.

To add injury to insult, he’s outsmarted by pets left and right. He can barely rid himself of dogs, but when the whole cavalry of animals come out of the woodwork, he’s outnumbered, outwitted and shipped to Timbuktu.

Edgar is a sad sort and in the land of Disney, he, along with the movie is hardly mentioned. It’s probably for the best since he’s one villain who is so inept that he’s outsmarted by a bunch of spoiled cats.

Who is the worst Disney Villain?

  • Bruce
  • Waternoose
  • Auto
  • Prince John
  • The Huns
  • Shere Khan
  • Aunt Sarah
  • Chick Hicks
  • Skinner
  • Edgar
  • No way! You're awesome, but you got it wrong! The worst villain is...
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A Final Word

These are the villains that had so much more potential for villainy. Disney has such a talent to really highlight a bad guy, that when they fail it sticks out like a sore thumb. As a result, they try for a non-villain villain and sometimes it works while other times it creates a void where marketing money should be.

Do you think I’m crazy? Did I miss someone who you thought was worse? Or did I mix up the order? I laid it out as I saw it, but that just might be the villain in me.

42 comments

Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

Frollo burned an entire city for lust... and tried to burn Esmeralda alive! He also killed a young mother for trying to run away from torture (tower of justice)...

Scar tried to murder his brother and his nephew. Then he was abusive to his minions and to Simba's mother.

Jafar tried to kill Aladdin a few times, he tortured Jasmine and her father, he also was a traitor and enjoyed stealing and hurting everyone around him.

Radcliff tried to kill the natives, was controlled by greed and tried to force racism down his sailors' throats. He also tried to shoot the chief when they said they wanted only peace.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England

An interesting list of animated villainy Vanessa. I voted for Chick Hicks mostly because it's from my least favourite film of the 10. Edgar the butler was a pathetic villain I agree, so was Skinner.

Shere Khan though is one of my favourite villains from one of my favourite Disney animations, it's the voice George Sanders silky villainy. I also enjoyed Prince John, again because of the voice work, Peter Ustinov was hilarious.

I would have added the actor voicing these characters to the hub, you'd be surprised how many people don't know there's a famous face behind the voice.

Voted Up and Awesome.


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

Pheobe, you do know your Disney. The villains on your list are all awesome villains who do their best to do their worst. I have a list of the best evil villains and 2 of the ones you have made it there. If I did a top 15, the other two would surely be there as well, along with Yzima from the Emperor's New Groove.

Steve, I'm glad that you agree with the last 3, even if not about the order. Of all the top 10 lists I've done for Disney, this one was the hardest, especially since I actually really adore a few of them...and Prince John. I luv, luv, luv him. :)

I'm really glad you brought up the voice characters, because I was just doing some research on Phil Harris who does some of my favorite voice acting: Baloo, Sheriff of Nottingham and Thomas O'Malley. I was just writing an outline about him when I checked it! Great minds think alike.

Thank you both for your input!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I haven't seen all of them but I voted on Skinner. He was irritating but also just chewing scenery. But this is a very awesome hub! Great job!


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

Fortunately, I had just watched a bunch of Disney films with my daughter so that I could remember the movies and write the other hubs. I had totally forgotten about Skinner and when I watched it again, thought how unimportant he was.

Thanks!


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Wow, quite an impressive list, as I can't say I disagree with any of your picks here. These really are some bad villains, but some of them like you said are entertaining like that Prince John guy. lol.

Anyway, great job as always. By the way, were you going to do any kind of hub on the Oscars soon? I only ask because I'm trying to put mine together, and I'd love to link yours if you had one. Unfortunately, mine won't be done for a good while though, as I have to review a lot of films before writing it.


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

Steven,

I do love my villains, though it was harder to pick them apart. I think in their own way they contribute to the film in one fashion or another. Sadly, many of these villains didn't contribute enough and that's why they're at the bottom.

I was planning on doing an overview of the Oscars, but then thought it might be better to do an overview of the final results. I'm not sure, quite yet. It's kinda bumming me out that I haven't seen most if not all, which I usually do. :(

If you want me to write on anythings specific, do a some topic as an addition to yours or you want me to dig deeper on one subject or another, just tell me and I'll do it! I'm sorta all over the place about the Academy Awards this year, so if you know what you're tackling, maybe I can do a proper supplement that will round it out or go deeper into film theory/whatever. lol


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

lol. Well it's up to you. I was just asking because normally once the Oscar nominations are announced, I always try to put together my own predictions beforehand, while linking other hubs to it. Since I know you write about movies, I was going to link yours to it. However, if you decide to just go with the overview of the final results this year, I'll be sure to still link it to the predictions once you publish it then.

Although it might be a while before I publish mine because I still have to review all the films nominated, along with every movie with a screenplay nomination, and films featuring the actors nominated. I know most critics wouldn't go through that much trouble, but I always thinks it's fairer that way. At least, that's kind of what I tell myself.

Anyway, if you do publish anything regarding this year's oscars, just be sure to e-mail the link through my profile, and I'll link it as soon as I can. :)


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

I'm make sure to let you know, thank you so much. I was checking out the documentaries and I might do a detailed one on that, but again, I'm trying to make some time. It's been a little difficult since I'm reviewing 2 TV shows instead of just one. Thank goodness Top Chef is wrapping up, that one takes a whole lot of time.

By the way, do you watch Face Off on SyFy? It's really amazing how they show the progression of special effects makeup and I really enjoy watching the process.

I'll email you when I get something! You're awesome! :D


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Ok, I don't even know how to reply ;) sometimes the worst villains are the best villains. From your list I'd have to say Aunt Sarah as she's not really a villain, just not too bright about animals. As for Autopilot I think it's unfair to judge a computer by its programmers instructions :) Really good hub. As you can see, I'm a fan of Disney Villains too! Voted up.


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

tillsontitan,

I agree. This one was the most difficult to put together. It was much easier doing the worst heroes. What I ended up doing was trying to figure out the antagonist and taking it from there. For some movies it wasn't really that easy, but I did my best. :)

Thanks!


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Robwrite 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

I vote for 'Auto' just because I love "WALL-E". Great film. As for Shere Khan, I thought he was a great villain. He's the Magneto of the Disney universe.

Most of the Disney villains are sort of one-dimensional, bad guys. I actually prefer the Miyazaki/Ghibli anime studios way of creating villains with more shades of grey.


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

Robwrite

I very much agree with complex villain and I actually really like Shere Khan for that reason. But, for this top ten, I have dipped into the land of Disney where everything is a little closer to black and white...although it seems they're starting to trend away from that.

Thanks for the comment.


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

I haven't seen all of these films. Shere Kahn is just being natural to his species.

I would have put Bruce from Finding Nemo a bit closer to to number one because his intentions were honourable.

The films I have seen listed her are, in the order you put them:

Finding Nemo

Robin Hood

The Jungle Book

Lady and The Tramp (sadly for this cat lover, the cats were the real villains. :( )

Cars

The Aristocats


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

I agree, Flora, that in the Lady and the Tramp, the cats were also villains. I put Aunt Sarah, since she's the main antagonist, as the villain but she isn't much without Si and Am. Every part with them in it is equally cringe worthy and awesome.

Of those movies listed, you watched all the really good ones, minus WALL-E. It is an underrated film, but really worth the watch if you get a chance. It's not the typical Disney movie, but is very moving.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

sadly, i haven't watched to be honest with you. I've heard about the series, but i haven't gotten a chance to see it yet. I'll probably check it out sometime after the Oscars, since I still have a lot of movies to see and review before then. However, I appreciate the recommendation though, as it sounds like a very interesting series. :)


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YadiraE 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

Love this!!! Great minds think alike!! I was planning on doing a Hub just like this!!! (don't worry... It won't be exactly the same) I like the way you think!! :D


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

Tell me when you do so I can give it a look see. I'm always interested in different perspectives! Thank you so much and make sure to send me a link!


not impressed 4 years ago

You clearly don't know your Disney, most of your villans are from pixar movies, pixar tries to steer away from regular plot lines and


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

@not impressed

And you clearly don't know anything about Pixar, as they're owned by Disney; hence why you see the Disney logo in those films as well.


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

Thank you for beating me to the punch Steven!


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UnsungRhapsody 4 years ago from Houston, TX

Hahaha. Great list, but I feel argumentative right now. The case could be made that Edgar was actually being smart by drugging and kidnapping the cats instead of poisoning them. The cats' sudden deaths might trigger an investigation, and if poison was discovered, then Edgar would immediately be suspected (he handles the cats' food, after all). Of course, that doesn't excuse his stupidity about the will, but I'd say that Skinner was actually more incompetent against animals. Edgar lost to cats, a horse, and a mouse; Skinner lost to a single rat . . . multiple times.


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

UnsungRhapsody, I can't disagree about Skinner, but at least we both know that they both suck as competent villains. The biggest downfall for Skinner is that although the movie was well received, it hasn't really stuck culturally. I will say that Aristocats is a smidgen above in that respects, but Marie has found her spot in Disney fandom. It's pretty odd, but her merchandise is right there for millions of little girls to have and covet and that, for a movie of its age, is pretty amazing, especially for a movie that didn't do very well overall.

Thanks for the comments!


nolan 4 years ago

i will judge pixar villains since some were good or bad. this list is pretty good well thought, i thought bruce and waternoose weren't bad villains, bruce was a fun character but wasent good as a villain(i thought any villain in finding nemo was unmerorable), waternoose thought he was doing the right thing, auto well hes ok, chick hicks was a punk who just wants to win.(the villain after him in cars 2 was more of a villain.) skinner was ok as well but was just a annoying.


EmmaTheHomicidalSquid 4 years ago

Now, see, the Non-villain/villain thing is what I LOVE about most of these characters. See, there are no true "villains" in the world. There are just those folks like me, who will do anything to get what they want or, in certain cases (Waternoose and Randall) NEED. That's what kids need to know; real villains aren't evil douchebags who wanna fuck everything up. They could be anywhere or anyone, your best friend, your mentor, ANYONE. No one is truly evil (unless, of course, they're unfortunate enough to be born without a conscience, in which case it IS possible for them to become "evil", as they wouldn't see anything wrong with what they were doing), just determined to gain money or power.


Joy2daWorld617 4 years ago

I agree that these are pretty ridiculous villians, but you also have to consider how the movies and plots would change if there were anymore involvement with them. In some cases, such as Finding Nemo, the 'villian' is just a milestone to pass on his way through the movie. The way the story is set up is that there are many challenges and villians that Marlin needs to defeat in order to reach his final goal; his son.

In other movies, such as Mulan, the villain needs to be soulless and almost soundless because giving them personality and motives to kill would convelute the plot more that it needs to be. These are Disney movies oriented towards kids, and their purpose are meant to (like you said in the beginning) make the hero look better. In Finding Nemo, there's already a dilemma that does not involve a villain like Bruce. And in Mulan there's a dilemma that does not involve the Huns (that's to be a woman and serve in the army and survive)

Now, villians like Hades are meant to have personality. He's not only comic relief, but nothing would happen without him. Hercules is too lame and boring without a villain constantly nagging at him.

These may be the worst villians ever, but I believe there's a purpose for that. It doesn't take away the focus, and I often like the bumbling idiot villians because it gives me hope that they will be defeated!


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

Thank you nolan, emmathehomicalsquid and joy2daworld617 for your thoughtful comments.

Nolan, I agree that both Bruce and Waternoose are more complex when you consider their environment and how a character like them should act. However, I will say that in the world of Disney, and they have created a series of worlds in which they exist, there aren't as many shades of grey.

Emma, I do love Bruce. In fact, he's my favorite part of Finding Nemo. I do agree that kids need to know that evil isn't as clear as some movies portray them to be. On that same note, this is Disney we're talking about. Historically Disney has made a clear distinction between good and bad. There have been some variations and some head scratchers in both the good side and evil, but it is something that one can easily see...so I decided to make a list. In fact, I made many lists and it was easier to pick out the most evil villains than it was the worst. It really is subjective.

Joy, I agree that some of the villains on the list was really a way to put a bump in the road for the protagonist. Bruce is the perfect example of this. Bruce is a great antagonist, but falls short of being a villain. It was interesting to see a different take on the typical good guy/bad guy scenario that Disney likes to stick with and I'm glad they are continuing to grow in that respect.

I get your point about why they made the Huns soulless and an afterthought. The biggest problem with that is a lack of connection with the viewer. I would say Bruce in Finding Nemo had about as much screen time as the Huns, yet was a larger presence and more memorable. The only reason he didn't beat them was simple: they got a few more points for their actions such as killing, destroying cities and whatnot.

I will say there should be no reason why a character however big or small shouldn't have a distinct personality that shines for good or bad. Look at Lefou in Beauty and the Beast. Small character, but a huge personality. The same can be said of the Mirror in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Diablo in Sleeping Beauty and Chernabog in Fantasia. Charnabog never speaks a word, yet is a memorable force and iconic figure. In short, there is a way to make every character stand out in a cartoon. In Disney movies, the hero always wins, so the bigger the adversity, the eviller the villain the more the hero has accomplished in the end. Makes for a better movie.

I appreciate everyone's insights! Very considerate with thoughtful insights on cartoons I love...even the not so great ones.!


TheDisneyFreak1901 4 years ago

I disagree that Edgar is the worst Disney villain. It should have been either Chernabog, Maleficent, or Frollo!


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

Worst as in really bad villains? Maleficent is one of my favorite villains and I could never put her on my worst and instead did put her on my Best Evil Villains List.

Chernabog isn't really a villain, imo. He is the king of darkness, the bringer of night and all that goes bump in the night. But, he is a part of an avant guard short and doesn't have much of a narrative.

I've had many argue that Frollo should be put on the list for Best Evil Villains and I actually think I may reconsider my pecking order on that one.


StarSkull 4 years ago

Chick Hicks' teal name is Douchebag!


StarSkull 4 years ago

Real*


Death-carioca 3 years ago

The greatest asian predator aka tiger,is one of the worst,if it was the first impression to inspirate the great Scar from Lion King,not to mention it's the first animal villain in Disney, and number 12 in the official Disney Villains list,over the incredible Chernabog.

The book's Khan was really weak with only three legs going nice,and it was easily defeated by a Cows Stampede(Stampede...Lion King past reference again)

But he needs a Villain Song...

That's all.


steve 3 years ago

@death-carioca

Shere Khan DID have a villain song originally- it was changed after the character Buldeo was scrapped from the movie. Originally Khan was to be much more violent and kill Buldeo before being himself taken out by Mowgli.

I absolutely love Shere Khan, being a big fan of Kipling's novel AND the animated version of the tiger, who is just a delight to watch even if he doesn´t actually do much and is only present in the last third of the film.

The movie itself is not very complex or serious tho, so he and Kaa were perfect for it anyway. A more badass version of Khan is that from Stephen Sommer's version of the Jungle Book (live action) in which the tiger is portrayed as a sort of guardian or keeper of the jungle, hunting down only those humans who break the law of the jungle (and, SPOILER AHEAD, eventually recognizing Mowgli as an ally instead of an enemy.

And no offense, just a comment- I never understood people's love for Chernabog... he's not even a villain in an actual story, and he's really not that interesting IMO... he just stands there being creepy until the sun comes out and that's about it...


Death-carioca 3 years ago

I never heard about a villain song with Shere Khan...

And about Chernabog,is the devil,the evil himself and very terrifying for some childs.In terms of evil,Chernabog is always the Top one,the devil will never have good feelings.


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vmartinezwilson 3 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

I actually love Chernabog. For that character, it's all about presence. However, there's just nothing particularly evil about his time on screen. He comes, looks badass, brings out the night and things that go bump in the night, but in the end, he leaves with little fanfare when daylight breaks.

For the movie, it works out well, since it allows for a beautiful transition, but for the character, it makes him limited as the personification of evil as well as a villain.

I do still love him though.

Thank you Death-carioca and steve.


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Kevin Peter 3 years ago from Global Citizen

It's a very cute hub. Though my kids know all these villains very well, I didn't have much idea about each and every one of them. I read your hub and came to know a lot of each characters. Some of the villains included in the hub look so innocent. For example: Aunt Sarah.


Syrah 3 years ago

As an actress, playing a villain is definitely difficult because if you do poorly then the plot line falls apart but it is in my opinion the most fun to play! To find motive and your inner evil is though painful at times a rewarding thing (though i drive my friends and family mad!) my point being that it takes a lot to be a good villain and i respect those who tried


Katniss Everdeen 3 years ago

scar, the worst villain is scar, he killed his own brother just for revenge and told samba to run away and lied to the pride that samba was dead making them believe he was king, he turned the savannah into a living wasteland, when it was once a beautiful place, the pride starved hunting for him and the hyeana's while he did not let them hunt for their own food, he locked Zazu in a cage! poor zazu!, he killed mufasa by pulling him over a cliffe, and made simba witness the whole thing, he also came up with his own sicko murderer plan while singing about it all for jealousy, I mean really would you murderer your own brother, just for blood or ruling, other than that Ursula from the little mermaid, she scared the living crap out of me man, a Disney character! Or cheranbog from fantasia he also scared the living crap and gave me nightmares at night thinking about him, a Disney character seriously freaking Disney!


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Vitallani 2 years ago from UK

Edgar was absolutely hopeless at pulling off a crime; he left too many clues behind.


Hurhurhurhurhur 2 years ago

Frollo is my top evil villain, also he has one of the best villain songs. He has murdered countless gypsies, destroyed his city because of an obsession he had to a gypsy and tried burning Esmeralda alive. He also declared war on the church, which back then was a very bad thing to do.


Greg 2 years ago

I think there are much worse villains than this list provides:

1. Frollo - Hunchback of Notre Dame

2. Chernabog - Fantasia

3. The Coachman - Pinocchio

4. Maleficent - Sleeping Beauty

Put those four in a room to take over the world and they'd probably win.


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Larry Rankin 16 months ago from Oklahoma

Disney has had its fair share of hits and misses over the years.

Great overview.

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