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Disney's Villains: Men Edition

Updated on March 10, 2015
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I have a B.A. in English with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. I've been a Goth since age fourteen, and a Pagan since age fifteen.

Socially, men are expected to fight for their power. In some situations, the etiquette calls for the appearance of civil behavior; yet, in the end, it often involves some form of intimidation or proving oneself in order to progress to the higher level. Some have been hard working members of the community who haven't been given much opportunity to move up in the world; however, in Disney, the male villains are not kind about their attempts to gain more power. They are dangerous; therefore, they resort to violence. In Disney, they are just plain cruel with no legitimate reason why they should be promoted.

VHS Cover of The Return of Jafar
VHS Cover of The Return of Jafar | Source


Jafar is loved by the Sultan, but is just after his power. He doesn't care for anyone, but himself. While he does possess power as a magician, he doesn't have the infinite power he longs for. Appearance-wise, Jafar wears darker colors: dark red and black. This goes along with the social belief that dark equals evil. It appears more evil because it completely contrasts with Jasmine's aqua and the Sultan's white, gold and aqua. It's a method to make him stand out as negative.

Jafar: Marry the shrew. I become sultan. The idea has merit.

Scar from The Lion King
Scar from The Lion King | Source


Scar is jealous of his brother Mufasa's power, so he kills him. When his nephew Simba is supposed to take over as king, he scares Simba enough for him to leave the kingdom; therefore, he is free to become king while Simba is believed to be dead. Physically, Scar is dark. Unlike Mufasa and Simba, he has a black mane. Similarly, his followers are dark. Many people have argued this to be symbolic of racism because the characters with the least amount of power are all dark.

Scar: *I* will be king. Stick with me, and you'll never go hungry again!


Gaston is a narcissist. He's possessive and abusive. He's also single, but the men envy him, and the ladies love him; except for Belle. Gaston creates his own power by using his personality and appearance to manipulate everyone around him. He obsesses about his muscles and perfection rather than being in tune with what Belle wants or needs. Gaston has black hair and harsh features. Due to his threatening appearance and lack of redeeming qualities as a person, he is a villain stereotype.

Gaston: [singing] Here in town there's only she, who is beautiful as me, so I'm making plans to woo and marry Belle.

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