Top 10 Darkest Disney Animated Villain Deaths

I love Friday the 13th! Although, I guess I should’ve made this list on the day before Friday the 13th. But anyway, here are the darkest Disney animated villain deaths!

The Top Ten

Claude Frollo - Hunchback of Notre Dame

This guy is frickin evil. He kills Quasimodo’s mom, nearly kills him, locks him in a tower for all his life and fantasizes over a gypsy, ultimately declaring she will be his or burn. He deserves this death 100%

His death is not even that scary because along with frollo
Evil Queen
Charles Muntz
Mother Gothel
have all died the same way. About 90% of disney movie deaths happen this way so it's not that scary anymore. How is this death higher than Clayton?!

This death gives me chills every time! And it happens during my favorite Disney battle scene! Frollo is about to kill Quasimodo for saving Esmeralda. We then get this little awesome chase on the ledge of the bell tower. As someone who’s afraid of heights, this scene makes me nervous. Frollo is about to end the two once and for all and says “And he shall smite the wicked and plunge them into the fiery pit! ” So in this case, that would be him. Yeah. He had that coming. He ends up falling off of the tower and into fire. And it is the most dramatic death ever! I wish we still got dark scenes like this from Disney.

Clayton - Tarzan

This death absolutely traumatized me! It is so intense! Basically, while fighting Tarzan, Clayton gets tangled in vines. And as he tries to free himself, he fails to realize that a vine is wrapped around his neck. He falls down with the vine still around his neck and he ends up hanging himself. The idea of this death is already terrifying, but what is even more terrifying is that they actually show the shadow of his body hanging from the vine! It took me a couple of viewings to notice that. But wow! It is very dark! Very traumatizing!

I watched the movie quite a few times but recently I had noticed how he died. Before, I was confused why was everyone complaining about this and saying how brutal it was, I thought he just fell and died but it turns out he fell and he got his body hanging from the vine instead of falling to his death.

I don't watched the movie, but I know that the villain dies by getting LYNCHED! Wow that's pretty dark for a movie mostly aimed at kids!

As much as I love this movie, I gotta admit. Clayton’s death was too dark for the kids. - BlazingParasol

Scar - The Lion King Scar is the main antagonist of Disney's 1994 animated feature film, The Lion King. He was the second son of Ahadi and Uru — who were, at one time, King and Queen of the Pride Lands — the younger brother of Mufasa, and the uncle of Simba.

Scar wasn’t “prepared” for that. When Simba returns to Pride Rock, He and Scar get into an epic battle to see who will be the true king. It seemed like Scar had the upper hand as Simba is dangling from the cliff with fire underneath that was started by a convenient lightning strike, Scar decided to tell Simba that he was the one who killed his father. This triggers Simba and then he throws Scar off of the cliff. When I first saw this movie, I thought him falling off the cliff was gonna cause his death. But he actually survived that. Instead, the Hyenas turn on him and start eating him. I thought the scene was very cool because it doesn’t actually show him being eaten. His death happens off screen. And we see what’s left of him in Hercules. This isn’t just one of the darkest deaths, it’s one of the best deaths.

He gets eaten alive by his own hyena henchmen as large fires appear in the spot.

He got eaten by his henchmen

He deserves it.

Dr. Facilier - Princess and the Frog

It was a two-for-one death for sure. It was both an incarnation of Nightmare Fuel and Crowning Moment of Awesome all simultaneously. He was without a doubt a true wicked witch doctor given his manipulative nature and the dirty tricks he has up his sleeve that he'd use for his own gain. After having him turn Naveen into a frog and attempting to emotionally manipulate Tiana, it was nonetheless satisfying to see his own dark magic bite him back in the neck as you see voodoo juju drag him into the dark pits of hell via dark song by tiki statues and demonic faces. And to top it all off, his face visually showing him scared for dear life at his own demise was gloriously immortalized in good old marble tombstone.

This guy is one of my favorite Disney villains! He is just so awesome! He even has one of my favorite villain deaths! When Tiana confronts Facilier, she smashes the necklace or whatever it is, he gets worried because he’s not gonna be able to pay back his debt, we get a little reprise of his song, and he joins his friends on the other side. This scene is dark and fun at the same time. It is such an over the top death. I love how his own song turns on him. He certainly wasn’t ready for that. Such an underrated movie.

Can you imagine being dragged into limbo, where you are eternally tortured in a realm of chaos? Dark magic never pays.

I don't know if this guy actually died or not...

The Horned King - The Black Cauldron

The death of the Horned King was so underrated yet so brutal. Disney went too far with the insane detail.

Maleficent - Sleeping Beauty

Have any of you watched Fantasmic! at Disneyland? Well, Maleficent’s death in that show is pretty awesome, but it was toned down to be put in the show. The one in the movie is just downright violent! Maleficent turns herself into a dragon and attempts to stop Phillip from saving Aurora. Luckily, Phillip defeats Maleficent by stabbing her with a sword. We actually see the sword in her body and we even see blood coming out of her. This is part makes me cringe. But in a good way. I actually can kind of feel her pain when this happens. It looks very painful. It’s not as great as watching Mickey defeat Maleficent, but it’s still pretty enjoyable.

Ursula - The Little Mermaid Ursula is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 28th animated feature film The Little Mermaid.

Ursula is such a poor unfortunate soul. After making a deal with Ariel, she disguises herself as a human and steals Eric from Ariel, but after Ariel manages to get her voice back, Ursula steals her soul because time was up. Triton takes his daughter’s place and Ursula steals Triton’s power and becomes giant. But unfortunately for her, Eric uses his ship and impales her! I think this is the first Disney villain to actually be impaled. And this is probably the only time Ursula has ever been penetrated by anything. I feel like Ariel was more deserving of meeting this fate.

very very scary sea witch demon thing.

Gaston - Beauty and the Beast (1991) Gaston is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 30th animated feature film Beauty and the Beast.

No one dies like Gaston, no one cries like Gaston, or has crossbones appear in his eyes like Gaston. After Belle refuses to marry Gaston, he decides to go to the castle and get rid of the Beast. He appears to be winning at first because the Beast is heartbroken. But Belle comes back which gives Beast the motivation to fight back. Gaston stabs the Beast but then he falls off the tower and for a couple of frames, you can see skulls in his eyes. That kind of freaked me out when I first noticed. It’s a great death. The live action movie kind of ruined it though.

No one does like Gaston! No one cries like Gaston! No one manipulates his best friend like Gaston! No one screams like Gaston! No one dreams like Gaston! Nobody else is rejected like Gaston! No one will be less manly! Than the horrid, nasty, Gasbag! Looking all down in the dumps! Cheekbones come from plastic surgery! His skin is made of dry ham! He eats way too many big beans! So his farts all go kablam!

No one has a horrible grip like Gaston!
My what a fall!

Gaston deserved to fall off the roof the same way he deserved to go down the toilet 🚽

Ratigan - The Great Mouse Detective

First of all, this movie needs more recognition and second of all his death was psycho.

The scene was one of the darkest in Disney Animation. He and Basil ("The Great Mouse Detective" and protagonist) get into a fight on Big Ben, in which both parties are seriously hurt (I mean LOOK at the state Basil is in when it's all over! ).

And then to finish it off, The clock strikes 12 AM and Ratigan falls, bringing the protagonist down with him (though Basil still lives at the end of the day).

The fact that Ratigan was a great villain it was kind of sad to see him go.

One of the best disney movies.

Syndrome - The Incredibles Syndrome (born as Buddy Pine) is the primary antagonist in The Incredibles. He wanted to be super like the others, even though he had no powers. He was Mr. Incredible's #1 fan, and dubbed himself "Incrediboy," but he was rejected by Mr. Incredible. Angered after being refused, he developed an evil plan more.

What was the thing that Edna said in the film? Oh right! NO CAPES! In the climax of the film, Syndrome steals Jack Jack but then Jack Jack uses his powers to protect himself. Powers that his family members still don’t know that he has and they won’t find out until Incredibles 2. Syndrome then gets his cape caught in a jet engine that sucks him in. And then it explodes. At least died an epic death. But maybe if he had taken Edna’s advice, this wouldn’t have happened!

No wonder the incredibles don't wear capes.

He gets grinded alive by the engine

syndrome is pure evil.

The Contenders

Shere Khan - The Jungle Book
Shan-Yu - Mulan

Literally the only thing I can remember about this guy is his death. Mulan, showing how tough females can be, goes against Shan-Yu face to face. And how does he die? Fireworks! It may not seem dark considering fireworks are meant to be fun, but they are actually pretty painful if you get too close to them. He pretty much blew up. If you think about, that’s pretty intense.

To be Honest It was actually Mushu who destroyed him.

The Evil Queen - Snow White

Actually, in the original script. The Evil Queen was killed much later, but in a far more gruesome matter. During Snow White's wedding, The Evil Queen discovers that a young queen was married to a prince and was revealed to be Snow. And to play for her cruel behavior and attempt for child murdering, she was punished by having guards forcing her to wearing hot iron red shoes and danced with them infront of Snow until she drops dead. I mean GOD! Brothers Grimm are really making something that's too much brutal. Disney was suppose to add that. But for some reason, they cut that scene and make her death a little better than the original story. Not saying much, cause her death in Disney's version is dark enough.

You know, a major plot point in this movie is that Snow White is more beautiful than the Queen. I find that to be false. Because the Queen is WAY more beautiful! The Queen, while disguised as an old lady, poisons Snow White by making her eat a poisonous apple. She then gets chased up a cliff by the dwarfs and attempts to stop them with a boulder. But then lightning strikes, which causes the cliff to break, and sends her falling to her death while also getting crushed by the boulder. The atmosphere of the scene itself is pretty dark. There’s dark music and it’s a pretty dark setting. We don’t physically see her die, but her scream makes it feel pretty intense. This was the very first Disney death and a pretty dark one.

The line is "Who's the fairest in the land," not most beautiful. Snow White is DEFINITELY the fairest.

Turbo/King Candy - Wreck-It-Ralph

Soon after king candy/Turbo flys into a beacon and he exploded & glitched & ralph says..."I LIKE CHOCOLATE!

Lyle Tiberius Rourke - Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Hopper - A Bug's Life

no recognition rlly?

Sykes - Oliver & Company

The scene where Sykes literary gets obliterated after a head on collision by a train is even more gruesome than the part where Roscoe and Desoto get electrocuted to death on a third rail. Many years later and that scene still gives me goosebumps.

This movie is So Underrated and boy he gets ran over by a train.

Jafar - The Return of Jafar
Hades - Hercules

The literal god of death.

Shoudn’t be on here...he’s a god. Even though he fell into the River Styx, it’s impossible for him to actually die.

Captain Hook - Peter Pan Captain James Hook is a fictional character, the antagonist of J. M. Barrie's play Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up and its various adaptations, in which he is Peter Pan's archenemy.

Wonder why he wasnt so evil in jake and the neverland pirates

He dose not dies

Charles Muntz - Up

scary scary dude

Soto - Ice Age

This death is dark I mean he gets Stabbed by Ice.

This Should be At least Number 5

Cruella de Vil - 101 Dalmatians Cruella de Vil is a fictional character who appeared in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Disney's animated film adaptations 101 Dalmatians and 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure, and Disney's live-action film adaptations 101 Dalmatians and 102 Dalmatians as the main more.

She Doesn't die.

Chester V - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Not Disney and the Movie Flopped.

Mother Gothel - Tangled Mother Gothel is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 50th animated feature film Tangled.
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