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Who’s the Most Evil Disney Villain?

March 1, 2010
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I forget what the precise phrasing of the topic was, but I think we decided on “Who’s the Most Evil Disney Villain?”

Sara maintains Maleficent. As does this list she sent me:

“Those horns on her head, and the combination of black and purple in her costume (and as a dragon) are simply wonderful!”

“Maleficent is evil in every source of the word. From her lavishly gothic costume to her deadly powers, there is nothing to hate about her – except well, she tries to kill a princess.”

“Now, I call Maleficent a true Disney villain. She gets both Aurora and Phillip and could have won if she just killed Phillip but villains never win. Maleficent does everything in her power to stop Phillip from reaching Aurora. Maleficent last battle was the best Disney fight ever.”

“A powerful presence, Maleficent inspires fear and demands respect. She puts a curse on Princess Aurora merely for not getting an invite. That’s wicked.”

But I’m not convinced. For one, the comments on the link say nothing for the villains’ evil-ity–looks and powers are not indicators of evil, actions are–specifically actions that aggress against others. So where does Maleficent fall? She puts Sleeping Beauty into a coma and tries to kill Prince Dude. Okay, that’s pretty evil, but what about some of the other choices?

Kaa: Assault

Shere Kahn: Assault

The Queen of Hearts: Voluntary manslaughter

Claude Frollo–I have no idea who that is

Lady Tremaine: Involuntary servitude

The Wicked Queen: Murder

Cruell De Vil: Grand theft puppies

Ursula: Fraud

Scar: Murder; assault; involuntary servitude

Jafar: Fraud; aggravated assault

King John: Does he actually do anything bad?

Madame Medusa: Kidnapping; who cares? The Rescuers sucked

Out of all those, I guess Scar has the most impressive rap sheet, which includes fratricide, regicide, attempted…uh…filial-fratricide (the best term I can devise for trying to kill your nephew)? installing himself as tyrant, and enslaving Rowan Atkinson. Utilitarianally–and barring unforeseen externalities–I think Scar takes it. Plus I have a soft spot for it because The Lion King is based on Hamlet, and who doesn’t love Shakespeare?

I reposted the question on Facebook and received

The most evil Disney villain is Dori. She’s constantly getting marlin in trouble. She is the most vile because she’s smiles and pretends to help but is secretly plotting to kill him. That’s why there isn’t a FInding Nemo 2 (lost again). Because she eats hiim. YEP!

I like Ursula just b/c she sounds evil…but stealing souls and being an all around bitch…sounds like a good candidate. Second choice is Walt Disney himself for always making his characters lose a parent! The big Meany!

I vote for Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. That guy was a total ass hole.

I agree, Gaston was a pretty big jerk. Scar from The Lion King was quite evil, too.

You know, if Something Wicked This Way Comes was a Disney feature, I would put Professor Dark right up there.

After viewing Sleeping Beauty last night, I maintain my stance on Malelificent and all of her glorious evil wickedness.

Fair enough, but Scar still gets it. And while the voodoo guy from The Princess and the Frog may have the best song of any Disney villain, he doesn’t do much that’s outrightly evil. In fact, very few of the Disney villains are guilty of anything more than petty felonies or maybe high misdemeanors–more than a few commit no crimes at all.  As bad as they appear on the screen, if you dragged them into the courtroom, their antics would seem pretty tame. Still, I think there’s a viciously brutal psychopathic baddy that Disney is waiting to unleash on the world, and I can only hope that it’d be voiced by Gordon Ramsay.

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2 Responses to “ Who’s the Most Evil Disney Villain? ”

  1. hazzMatt on March 1, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I think the most evil Disney villain would be Michael Eisner, who after all introduced us to Britney Spears, and the idea of hard-selling crazy no talent mouseketeers.

  2. Sara on March 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    What the Hell is a ‘Dori’? If that’s something out of that fish movie, shouldn’t it automatically be disqualified immediately?

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