We all love Disney movies, don't we? We can all agree that Disney has given us magical movie moments that are hard to forget. With its long list of amazing fairy tales and iconic storylines that just seem to pile up, there is no question that Disney princesses and heroes take on the spotlight more often than not. Remember the phenomenon that is 'Frozen' as well as timeless classics like 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Snow White'? Who isn't even familiar with such flick's heroines? Behind every Disney story though is a Disney villain that adds depth in a story. Without these much-hated villains, would our iconic Disney princesses' triumphs get sweeter? Just imagine Ariel without Ursula, or Simba without Scar.
They may come in all forms and looks just like unforgiving stepmothers, underworld deities or even unassuming witches but all of them may just be as evil as the others. And yes, we all truly adore and appreciate the good heroes that teach us lessons but it might be due time to recognize the most iconic Disney villains that have done their part to torment our favorites. We may hate them all we want but they add flavor and spice to the best Disney movies ever created and without them, Disney princesses wouldn't be as iconic. Not all of them though are villains who can be loved like Maleficent but all of them have something to offer. Here are the best Disney villains who you might have really hated or you might not even have heard of.
Maleficent is the villain of Disney's 1959 film Sleeping Beauty. She was voiced by Eleanor Audley and played by Angelina Jolie in the 2014 remake. She is an evil fairy who curses King Stefan's daughter Aurora for not being invited to her christening.
Hades is the antagonist of the 1997 movie Hercules. He is based on the Greek god of the underworld and was voiced by James Woods. He is a wisecracking, constantly irritated diety who plots to overthrow the Olympian gods, especially his brother Zeus.
Judge Claude Frollo, simply known as Frollo, is a fictional character in the 1996 Disney animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He is a ruthless and bigoted judge who after a series of tragic events becomes the reluctant caretaker of the deformed Quasimodo. Moreover, he uses his position in favor of himself and persecutes those he thinks are inferior. This character was voiced by the late Tony Jay.
Scar (real name Taka) is the villain of Disney's 1994 film The Lion King and was voiced by Jeremy Irons. He is the younger brother of Mufasa, the king of the Pride Lands, but when Mufasa's son Simba was born, the embittered lion murdered him.
Ursula first came out in Disney's 1989 film The Little Mermaid. This sea witch was vanquished by King Triton and forced to live in a sea cave, where she lures and manipulates merpeople including Ariel, the little mermaid herself. She is bad and does everything by the book, and then she makes sure things go the way she wants them to even if it means turning into a human for a while, which she did.
Lady Tremaine, more famously known as the Wicked Stepmother, is the villain of the 1950 film Cinderella. She was voiced by Eleanor Audley and played by Cate Blanchett in the 2015 remake. She is selfish & cruel and psychologically abused Cinderella.
Cruella De Vil is completely selfish, materialistic and just plain mean. As the main antagonist of the 1961 film 101 Dalmatians, she was voiced by Betty Lou Gerson and played by Glenn Close in the 1996 remake. She is bad for so many reasons but this insane fashionista, at the back of her head, plots to skin 99 Dalmatian puppies to make a fur coat.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the baddest Disney villain of them all? Quite possibly, it would have to be Grimhilde, the original Evil Queen. With her ordering the murder of her own stepdaughter and eventually carrying the plan out herself, she is definitely made of evil. Transforming into an old woman all because her mirror says Snow White is fairer? This is proof of her vanity and cruelty that only a few can compare to.
Mother Gothel from 2010's Tangled will do anything to keep Rapunzel locked up in the tower. This alone makes her a bad villain. Gothel can keep all the power of her kidnapped prisoner’s golden hair to herself. Though she is intelligent, quite stylish and charming, she’s also extremely selfish and manipulative. So, mothers may not know best all the time after all.
We may not want to live under her rule, but we sure do enjoy watching this evil queen’s antics. The Queen of Hearts is the main antagonist of the 1951 animated film, Alice in Wonderland. She is one of the most overtly tyrannical Disney villains. Played by Helena Bonham Carter in 2010's remake, she has a certain charm to her evilness which makes her quite likable.
Gaston is the villain of the 1991 film Beauty and the Beast. He was voiced by Richard White and played by Luke Evans in the 2017 remake. He is a handsome but ridiculously conceited hunter who is determined to marry Belle, whatever it takes.
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