An insane amount of time and effort goes into making a great Disney movie, but the most important is to have an excellent villain. Animation specialists work extremely hard to create memorable on-screen characters. The heroes and princesses make the audience drool, but what good are these saccharine sweethearts without someone to try to bring them down and bring harm to them? Do they try to kill someone? Why are they so evil? How evil was their sidekick? Let’s take a look at the top 5 evil and most sinister Disney villains:
1) Jafar (Aladdin)
Jafar craves power and will do just about anything for it. He tried to marry Jasmine, hypnotize the sultan, and then use magic to become all-powerful. At least he’s goal-oriented. He does try to kill Aladdin and Jasmine, but like every Disney bad guy before and after, he fails. He did send a man into the Cave of Wonders, knowing full well the thief wasn’t the “Diamond in the Rough,” so he does kill someone. Jafar has a pretty awesome sidekick in Iago who has a pretty bad attitude and nasty disposition for such a colourful bird. Some sources indicate that the film’s director based Jafar’s character on former First Lady Nancy Reagan, and the character’s designer used previous designs for Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent, including the bird henchman, staff, and ability to turn themselves into a reptile, to create the famous villain.
2) Ursula (The Little Mermaid)
While Ursula tries to disguise her taking Ariel’s voice as something that will benefit her bid to become a human, the fact is that the sea witch knows exactly what she’s doing. Ursula is looking to entrap Ariel to then take further control under the sea. Ursula is pure evil with all of her intentions, and the amount of people she has trapped throughout her life is clear from her cave. She’s one of Disney’s scariest and most cruel and dominant villains, especially when she grows in size.
3) Scar (The Lion King)
Everything about this lion is dastardly and wicked. He wants to be the king, and nothing, not his older brother or his nephew, will stop him from doing that. Being the big thinker that he is, killing two birds with one stone, was the way to go. He was successful in killing his older brother, the great Mufasa and sent his sidekicks Shenzi, Banzai and Ed to kill the only remaining heir. The crazy hyenas failed to kill Simba, but they gave it an honest effort. In fact, they are so nasty and vicious, that they eventually kill him. You reap what you sow right?
4) Cruella De Vil (One Hundred and One Dalmatians)
Throughout the movie, she’s a nasty piece of work and hunts down puppies like the predator she is. When a woman loves fur that much, there’s not much she won’t do for it. Her name is a combination of “cruel” (Cruella) and “devil” (De Vil), which suits her evil personality perfectly. Her two sidekicks, Jasper and Horace Badun, are bumbling fools, but you don’t have to be smart to kidnap and skin puppies. In the end, she doesn’t get her puppy coat, but Cruella gets major bonus points for this sinister line alone:
“Poison them. Drown them. Bash them in the head. You got any chloroform?”
5) Captain Hook (Peter Pan)
Captain Hook is one of the most fearsome villains around. He’s a bumbling and fearful man, but he doesn’t want his crew to notice. He’s also completely single-minded in his hunt for Peter Pan and pursuit of revenge and has a temper almost as volatile as the Queen of Hearts’ own. All of this adds up to an antagonist who is far more dangerous than he might seem. From Hook’s perspective, Peter Pan is the villain here: he did see to it that Hook’s hand was eaten by that persistent crocodile, after all. As a result, the Captain will stop at nothing to get back at Pan and his friends. Kidnapping, laying traps with time bombs, and coercing Tinker Bell into revealing her secrets are just some of the lows Hook stoops to in his endless quest.
Which of the above most sinister Disney villains do you hate the most? we are waiting for your answers in the comments section.