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
1 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!

2 Claude Frollo - Hunchback of Notre Dame

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.

3 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.

4 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... read 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.

5 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.

6 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.

7 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.

8 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.

9 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.

10 Turbo/King Candy - Wreck-It-Ralph

King Candy is an underrated Villain death.

The Contenders
11 The Oogie Boogie Man - The Nightmare Before Christmas
12 Maleficent - Sleeping Beauty Maleficent is the main antagonist of Disney's 1959 animated feature film Sleeping Beauty. An evil fairy, Maleficent is an incarnation of pure evil, and is responsible for all misfortune in King Stefan's kingdom.

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.

13 Charles Muntz - Up
14 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.

15 Lyle Tiberius Rourke - Atlantis: The Lost Empire
16 Mor’Du - Brave
17 The Evil Queen - Snow White

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.

18 Hopper - A Bug's Life
19 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.

20 Hades - Hercules

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.

21 Soto - Ice Age

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

22 McLeach - The Rescuers Down Under
23 Mother Gothel - Tangled Mother Gothel is the main antagonist of Disney's 2010 animated feature film, Tangled. She is a wicked crone who retained youth for hundreds of years through the healing properties of a magic, golden flower.

The fact that you see her body completely reduced to dust before it hits the ground is the absolute creepiest part.

24 Jafar - The Return of Jafar Jafar is the main antagonist of Disney's 31st full length animated feature film Aladdin. Jafar is introduced as the sinister Royal Vizier to Agrabah's Sultan who desires power over Agrabah.
25 Zira - The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride Zira was a female lion and the leader of the Outsiders. She was the mother of Kovu, Nuka, and Vitani. After Scar became the king of Pride Rock, he chose Zira's son, Kovu, to be his heir and protégé.
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