When the latest trailer for “Maleficent” called its title character “Disney’s greatest villain,” we couldn’t help but scratch our un-horned heads. Maleficent is great and all. She’s got the whole “evil as other” archetype working in her favor and those horns are really so McQueen, but there are a TON of antagonists who could easily contest that title. Now, in celebration of all that is evil, we bring you a complete ranking of 25 classic Disney villains.
25. Edgar Balthazar, “The Aristocats”
Edgar Balthazar plots to eliminate Duchess and her aristo-kittens, when he learns that his boss Madame Adelaide de Bonne Famille will be leaving them her fortune. It’s unclear exactly why Edgar thinks he as Bonne Famille’s butler would logically or legally be next in line for the inheritance. Nonetheless, he sets off on attempting to ship the cats off to Timbuktu, and ends up getting shipped to Timbuktu himself (read: is defeated by a bunch of little cats).
24. Clayton, “Tarzan”
Intended as a statement on poachers and imperialism, Clayton mostly comes off as a lazy mix of Gaston and Cruella (bro-y bravado + animal cruelty). In an alternate universe, he later gave up hunting to be a sportswriter for ESPN.
23. Prince John, “Robin Hood”
As greedy as Prince John is, at the end of the day, he’s an anthropomorphic cat with mommy issues. Yeah, he could probably eat you alive, but the oversize coat and crown mostly make him look like a stuffed animal playing dress up. This is why someone wearing little tights can steal from you, Prince John. Do better.
22. Si and Am, “Lady and the Tramp”
Cats verses dogs is basically as iconic an archetype as good verses evil. In hopes of being manipulative and terrible, Si and Am are basically responsible for all of Lady’s troubles in the film, an effort best demonstrated by their slightly offensive song of cultural appropriation and mischief.
21. Madame Medusa, “The Rescuers”
At certain points in “The Rescuers,” Madame Medusa definitely comes off as a bumbling idiot. For a lady who has somehow managed to tame not one, but two crocodiles to be her pets while developing an impressively nimble affinity for water skiing, you might think Medusa would have a certain cleverness about her … although apparently not enough to avoid being tripped up by a couple of well-prepared mice.
20. Man, “Bambi”
Yeah, he’s an off-screen villain, but he kills Bambi’s mother, you guys! Runner Up: the Forest Fire.
19. Madam Mim, “Sword in the Stone”
Despite the fact that she is really only a tertiary character, Madam Mim makes a major impression in “Sword in the Stone.” She looks tiny enough to be punted across a soccer field, but her powers supposedly rival those of Merlin. Also, she easily transforms into a massive dragon.
18. Foulfellow & Gideon, “Pinocchio”
It’s really not very hard to trick a puppet into being an actor and / or going …read more
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