Many of us Millennials and Gen-Z’ers grew up watching Disney movies and dressing up like Ariel or Hercules. We all still sing along to “Be Our Guest” or “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You,” and Terk and Tantor have unique places in our hearts. But how do the villains affect us? Some of them are amusing, while others are tragic figures, and a couple are plain frightening.
There are also a few Disney villains and Disney films that are troublesome for a variety of reasons. However, this ranking will go beyond the characters’ much-discussed political incorrectness and go deep into their mind to determine why they are the way they are. Each villain’s position on the list will be determined by the depth of their character development and how they contribute to the progression of each of the stories.
10. Captain Hook (Peter Pan, 1953)
Since Captain Hook is the lone villainous pirate in the original Disney franchise, he has a significant edge over the other characters in terms of sticking out in this list. It is easy to see why Captain Hook would want revenge on Peter Pan, as the boy who could fly “forever” took his hand and played a practical joke by feeding it to a crocodile.
The comical and lighthearted back and forths that Captain Hook has with Peter Pan are a distinctive example of the protagonist/villain dynamic. And despite the fact that Captain Hook has homicidal intentions against the majority of his crew, his surprising soft spot for Smee displays some tenderness in him, even if it is only slight.
The crocodile appears to have a particular liking for Captain Hook, given that it has already consumed a portion of the captain in the past, and this makes Captain Hook the only villain who also has their own villainous counterpart. But despite all of Captain Hook’s one-of-a-kind qualities, his role in Peter Pan’s overarching narrative arc is not particularly significant, and as a result, he does not fare particularly well in our rating.
9. Jafar (Aladdin, 1992)
As the Sultan’s most trusted advisor, Jafar is in a unique position to quietly wield his villainy until he is able to attain his ultimate goals of ruling Agrabah and then the world. Jafar’s plans include first taking control of Agrabah and then the entire world. Just like Clayton, Jafar employs a strategy to win the confidence of those he intends to prey upon, which is, in the end, what enables him to carry out his objectives.
Because Jafar does not believe Aladdin to be a royal, the “street rat” always has to be on his toes when he is trying to persuade Jasmine that he is a prince. Additionally, Jafar’s cruel treatment of Jasmine as his future bride and slave gives him a profoundly ominous air. In addition to being the primary antagonist of the film, Jafar frequently relies on his comedic sidekick Iago to carry out his evil plans.
Because Jafar displays a psychotic disregard to all other forms of existence, Jafar’s friendship with Iago is likely the only redeeming attribute he possesses. However, there is nothing particularly intriguing about Jafar’s motivation for being evil, and his superior attitude is nothing out of the ordinary.
8. Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
The fact that Maleficent refers to herself as the “mistress of all evil” gives the impression that her persona does not have very many shades. Because we are never shown the events leading up to her transformation into an embodiment of pure evil, she has very little emotional depth. However, her intention to ensure that Aurora’s curse is carried out carries some very complex overtones.
This is due to the fact that her exclusion from the baptism would have been a significant slight to a woman of her standing in any medieval court at the time. And there would be no plot to the movie if Maleficent wasn’t there because the whole thing centers around trying to save Aurora from the curse she was given. In addition, Prince Phillip’s heroic “save the day” moment wouldn’t have happened if Maleficent hadn’t transformed into a dragon in the first place. Sleeping Beauty is hardly the most exciting Disney classic, and it would be considerably less fascinating if Maleficent were not to make such spectacular displays of evil throughout the film.
7. Claude Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996)
Although Claude Frollo is a fairly typical character type in terms of the real world, the Disney villain that he is has characteristics that are significantly more distinct and nuanced. Frollo considers himself to be a man of God, and he thinks that everything he does is done in the name of God. This is his primary and most important belief.
Therefore, when Frollo makes an effort to push the Roma people out of Paris, he does so with the firm conviction that what he is doing is the correct thing to do. In addition, the fact that he is ready to bring up Quasimodo, despite the fact that he is a pretty awful father figure, is a representation of his attempts at atonement and his acceptance of the sin that he committed (the murder of Quasimodo’s mother).
Frollo is without a doubt the primary force behind the progression of the story, like the fact that he mistreats Quasimodo and isolates him is the primary reason why the man is so enamored with the kindness that Esmeralda and Phoebus show him, which in turn causes him to be fiercely protective of them against Frollo.
6. Queen of Hearts (Alice In Wonderland, 1951)
A world known as Wonderland needs a ruler who is just as crazy as its inhabitants, and the Queen of Hearts is the ideal candidate for the role. The mind of the Queen of Hearts, in most cases, does not make any sense, just like all of the whimsical and perplexing plants, animals, and other creatures in the movie who cannot be explained.
Every person who makes their home in Wonderland is subject to her irrational whims and is in a state of perpetual peril of losing their heads as a result. Even if the Cheshire Cat brings his own unique brand of nefariousness to the table, it is nothing in comparison to the Queen’s potentially lethal outbursts of rage. Because she behaves like a kid and is unable to be predicted, the Queen of Hearts is an intriguing character. Everything is dictated by her whims and fancies. The Queen poses the greatest threat to Alice while she is in Wonderland because she has Alice sentenced to death and will not let her leave the kingdom until she has done it.
5. Shere Khan (The Jungle Book, 1967)
Shere Khan, being the most dangerous animal in the forest, emanates an air of superiority and haughtiness. Because he believes that no other animal can compete with him save for man (because man can wield fire), he is eager to kill Mowgli when the two of them finally come face to face. Because Shere Khan is still alive, Mowgli cannot remain in the jungle for the rest of his life because he will never be secure there as long as Shere Khan is around.
Shere Khan is towards the top of our list not just due to his magnetic personality and his significance to the development of the plot, but also because of what he stands for philosophically. Shere Khan has a healthy respect for animals, but he is terrified of man and fire due to the fact that he is aware of how devastating they can be and how little regard people have for them. And despite the fact that other creatures in the jungle cower in fear of Shere Khan, it appears that the sole reason he kills is to feed himself. He wants to kill Mowgli because he is afraid that Mowgli would one day behave like the men who torch the jungle, and, to be honest, you can’t really blame him for wanting to do this.
4. Yzma (The Emperor’s New Groove, 2000)
In the movie “The Emperor’s New Groove,” Yzma is transformed into a villain after Kuzco dismisses her from her position as his advisor because she was plotting to take control of the country without his knowledge. Yzma is also unique among Disney villains in that she is a crazed scientist who has a laboratory concealed beneath the castle.
Even though it is abundantly evident that Yzma is the movie’s primary foe, Kuzco also begins the movie as a somewhat unlikeable character. Kuzco’s transformation into a more compassionate monarch wouldn’t have been possible if he hadn’t first experienced life as a llama and traveled throughout the world. The sardonic and comedic natures of both of them, combined with their obvious ease in each other’s company, make for exchanges that are one of a kind.
The fact that Yzma intends to dethrone Kuzco and take the throne for herself is not particularly creative; but, the fact that she accidentally messes up the potion and transforms Kuzco into a llama is. Because Kronk is shown to be so inept on multiple occasions, Yzma is forced to do a much greater share of the dirty labor than any of the other villains.
3. Scar (The Lion King, 1994)
The scar is a villain with a significant inferiority issue since he has spent his entire life living in the shadow of his older brother. This helps us to understand some of his actions because we can relate to it. The scar is also a sarcastic narcissist who is so insecure in his authority as a monarch that (after Mufasa’s death) the mere mention of Mufasa’s name drives him mad.
The scar is also a sarcastic narcissist. Scar is a more developed character than the others on this list of villains, and the reason for this is that we are given an explanation as to why he is so resentful, as well as the fact that sibling rivalry is often the cause of heated arguments. It is also not a secret that Simba would have been slain if he had stayed with the pride, as he represented the final threat to Scar having the throne for good.
If Simba had stayed with the pride, he would have been the last threat to Scar having the throne. If Simba hadn’t been coerced into going off on his own, he never would have had the opportunity to meet Timon and Pumba, and he probably never would have worked up the guts to reclaim the crown that was rightfully his. In this respect, the antagonistic role that Scar plays in “The Lion King” is absolutely necessary.
2. Ursula (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
Ursula is an essential part of the plot of “The Little Mermaid” since she is the catalyst that paves the way for Ariel to meet and win the heart of Prince Eric. Ariel would have never been able to exchange her tail for legs and flee her father’s dominion in order to spend time with Prince Eric if Ursula had not been there to help her. And despite the fact that Ursula runs a company in which she defrauds merfolk in order to damn their souls for all of eternity, the situation is extremely personal for Ariel because King Triton exiled her from Atlantica.
Ursula’s motivations are exposed when she is cast out of the kingdom because she has revealed that she intends to use Ariel to steal the trident that King Triton uses to rule the seas for herself. Ursula is a cunning and cunningly cunning villain because to the fact that she has been in the trade for a long time before Ariel shows up, and is widely known throughout the seas as someone who should be avoided at all costs. Ursula is possibly the most well-liked antagonist, despite the fact that she is somewhat simpler and has less of an impact on the movie overall than our number one choice.
1. Hades (Hercules, 1997)
The animosity that Hades feels toward Zeus stems from the fact that Zeus appointed him Lord of the Underworld, a position that Hades abhors and which is the source of his villainous actions throughout Hercules. Because of his obsession with deposing Zeus as ruler of Olympus, he decides to kidnap Hercules in order to forestall the coming to pass of the prophecy according to which the infant is prophesied to stand in his way and prevent him from achieving his goals. Hercules’ journey to finding himself is what kicks everything off, and the monsters that Hades sends after Hercules propel events ahead.
These two facts alone demonstrate that Hades is very crucial to the plot of the movie, as neither of these facts could exist without the other. On top of it, though, Hades possesses a highly vibrant personality. He is often funny and nonchalant, but because of his exceedingly short temper, he is also very easy to provoke. Despite his eagerness to let the Titans loose on the rest of humanity, he has a peculiar soft place for Meg. This is despite the fact that he is willing to let the Titans do so. He is at the very top of our list not only due to the fact that the character of Hades is so complex but also due to the fact that he is the antagonist who plays the most significant role in the narrative of his movie.