Saturday, October 5, 2019

Blogtober Day 5: Top 5 Disney Villains

I feel like Disney villains kind of run the gamut. They stretch all the way from villains that are pure evil, just for the sake of being evil and they love it, to misunderstood figures who aren't necessary good, but when looked at through a certain lens, viewers might not call them evil.
I love Disney villains. So many different types of villains, so many stories to be told. Here are my top five Disney villains and why I enjoy their villainy so much. I decided this list based on how much I enjoy the villain, not necessarily how evil they are.

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5) Yzma

I won't lie, a large part of the reason why I like Yzma, and The Emperor's New Groove in general so much, is because of Kronk. His dynamic with Yzma elevates the story and makes it much more enjoyable. On her own though, I do love Yzma. She's one of the few memorable female Disney villains who's motive isn't about finding/keeping the handsome prince to herself. She's got personality and knows exactly what she wants. Also, the whole "I'll turn Kuzco into a flea" scene cracks me up every time.

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4) Scar

If I had to guess what movie I've seen the most times, it would probably be The Lion King. My sister used to make us watch it all of the time when we were kids, not that I complained. I love Scar for his theatricality. The Shakespearean-ness (I don't know if that's a word, but I'm going to pretend it is) of his actions and his plans made me love this film as a child and I love it even more as an adult (except for the scene where Mufasa dies, which is much more traumatic than I remember)

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3) Maleficent

Yes, Sleeping Beauty is a very old Disney movie. It also has one of the best, pure evil characters ever (before Disney decided to give Maleficent her own movie and turned her into a misunderstood figure). While the film Maleficent has its own merits, I prefer the cartoon version. Why does she curse Aurora? Because she wasn't invited to a party. It was a petty reason, and sometimes, you need that in a villain.

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2) Jafar

Jafar is a great villain because he's pretty much unshakeable. He knows what his goal is, he knows what he wants and at no point in Aladdin does he consider changing his mind. Not only that, but the lengths he's willing to go to in order to get what he wants, the throne of Agrabah, take him pretty far. Not many villains are willing to take risks like that to achieve their endgame.

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1) Hades

Even though Hercules isn't my favorite Disney film, it has my favorite villain. Why is Hades my favorite? One word: sass. I like villains with sass and attitude. Hades is clearly a villain, but he's also a genuinely funny character. I enjoy that, even if the rest of the film doesn't live up to the same standard.

Those are my top 5 Disney villains, which Disney villain is your favorite?


  1. I have actually never seen Hercules. This is a great list though, I'd have to add ursula from the little mermaid though x

    1. I'm not going to lie, this list changes depending on my mood, as do the rankings. Ursula is a good one, and if I did a top 10, she'd definitely be on it. Poor Unfortunate Souls alone puts her on the list.