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Top Twelve Disney Villains

Updated on March 22, 2015

During a recent performance a discussion began backstage involving Disney villians. I don't remember how it started, but the debate grew intense. It got to the point where we drew up brackets, NCAA style. The following list doesn't reflect the group voting, but my personal views.


Note: These only include Walt Disney Feature-Length Animated films. No Pixar. That's for another time.

12. Gaston

So Gaston here represents all the other humans who have no real power, but are also eeeeeevil. Cruella DeVille, Lady Tremaine, Stromboli, and Hans are just people, and while they are cunning and vicious, they're useless in a fight. Gaston however is pretty fierce. He's a master hunter who uses antlers in all of his decorating, and consider that he is able to go toe to toe with the Beast and he nearly kills him, but alas since Gaston is only human, he is as prone to gravity as we all are.

11. Captain Hook

Captain James Hook is also human, but he has a very casual indifference to murder. He kills one of his own pirates for singing.

10. Mother Gothel

She has access to power, but it's only the power to regenerate herself, and it's not even her power, it's Rapunzel's. Gothel's real power is her very human power of manipulation.

9. Dr. Faciliter

Dr. Faciliter has access to power but no real power himself. He says he has friends on the other side, but that's all he has. He's essentially in debt to forces beyond his control.

8. Madame Mim

8. Madame Mim claims to be as powerful as Merlin, but in watching her duel, her only course of action is to change her shape. She turns into a dragon, a snake, an even a hotter version of herself, but that's it. It suggests either a limited level of power or a limited imagination.

7. Hades

Hades is a god. He's immortal, but the Greek Gods have limits. They have power over whatever they are the god of. Hades really has no power over the living that is why he has others do his work for him.

6. Horned King

It's implied that the Horned King has powerful magic, yet is seen performing very little. He can teleport, and can control an army of the dead, but his goal is to tap into the power of the Black Cauldron, which eventually destroys him.

5. Shere Khan

Shere Kahn is a tiger and a tiger can rip a man in half. Shere Kahn is the most feared creature in the jungle, but he's afraid of fire as well. He's the only animal I put on the list and I think I did because I saw the movie at such a young age.

4. Evil Queen

Snow white's evil stepmother has a name: Grimhilde. She pratices black magic down in her dank dungeon and possesses a magic mirror. All her power is from books. It is her level of evil, however, that puts her somewhat ahead of someone like Mother Gothel. Both are vain, but Gothel only wants to make herself stay young, whereas Grimhilde wants to murder a fourteen year-old girl because she's pretty.

3. Maleficent

In her humanesque form, Maleficent is a powerful being with a variety of magical powers. In her dragon form she is devastating. Prince Philip could only defeat her with an enchanted sword in just the right place.

2. Jafar

This one is a little tricky. Jafar is already a competent sorcerer before acquiring the lamp. His second wish was to become the most powerful sorcerer in the world. It was only Aladdin's trick that defeated Jafar, taking advantage of his ambition and shortsightedness.

1. Ursula

She already posseses a lot of magic. She is able to reduce merpeople to little slugs and create a spell powerful enough to transform Ariel in a human. She also has the power to hypnotize human. Once she acquired the power of Triton it look someone crashing a boat into her to stop her.

Well, there you have it. Don't agree? Take the poll!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      3 years ago

      Your thinking is sound and you give a good argument for Ursula, though I still give the edge to Maleficent because Ursula got much of her power through the bad choices of others. It would be interesting to see how the brackets went.

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