Top 10 Best Disney Villains

The Top Ten
1 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.

He is the greatest villain, the weakest and strongest at the same time. He is weak physically compared to fully grown lions, but he knows how to get rid of enemies with his intelligence. He knows when to do or say something that, because of the situation, will work - at least for a while. And he has (well, had) an army of hyenas who outnumber the lions. Did I mention the greatest villain song ever?

It's a Disney song about murder. A Disney song about murder while Scar forms an army to accomplish that murder. Not to mention the Nazi hyenas.

Scar is one of only two Disney villains to intentionally reveal their true nature to the heroes. The other is Edgar from The Aristocats.

Jafar, Frollo, and Hades have their true colors revealed to other characters through their actions. Gothel is figured out because Rapunzel adds two and two together. Yzma didn't know that Kuzco would overhear her. Imagine if the other Disney villains openly admitted their evil intentions.

"Hey Herc. Name's Hades, Lord of the Dead. I'm the guy that made ya mortal."
Or, "Oh Rapunzel, this reminds me of the day I kidnapped you."
Or, "Quasimodo, did I ever tell you about the time I killed your mother?"

No other Disney villain, with the exception of Scar (and Edgar), just tells the characters they are evil. If anyone thinks Scar is flawless, then I have only one thing to say: "I'm surrounded by idiots."

2 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.

Maleficent is so unique because she doesn't deny that she's evil, and she isn't interested in wealth or power, but only in fulfilling her curse. And of course, turning into a fearsome dragon, that was awesome. She's so evil, she could put pretty much any villain in their place.

The true one, not to mention the greatest villain of all time. She's a dragon! And seriously, she has all of this elegant beauty that will make you smile. She's the best one.

She's awesome. Who can forget the best female Disney villain ever? I mean, if Chernabog was not involved in any plan, then Maleficent would definitely take over any evil plans with other Disney villains. Remember, they both have a lot in common. They are from Hell, they create dark magic, they are rulers of darkness, they have horns on their heads, and they are the most powerful and most evil Disney villains ever. I think both she and Chernabog should make a great couple, which they did in House of Villains. But I think Disney should do more stories about their relationship.

3 Judge Claude Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

Scar is way too over-the-top and bland compared to this guy. Don't get me wrong, Scar has a motivation, but everyone already knows he's evil, and he even outright brags about it. Frollo legitimately believes what he does is good, and that he is serving God. He does horrible things, but constantly finds justifications for why he did said things, while Scar knows he did bad things and just sticks with it.

I like what his voice actor, Tony Jay, said about his character: "What I like about Frollo, is that we, uh, tried to write him in a way, that all his actions, all the things he does... are understandable, but not excusable." You understand why he did the things he did, but you still hate him for it. And also, he's probably got the coolest villain song, "Hellfire". I mean, come on, guys. Come on.

Claude Frollo is super underrated, likely because of the movie he is in. However, the movie is really good, and one of the reasons why is Frollo himself. He is possibly the greatest and by far the most evil villain in Disney. Villains are all about evil, now let's see what he has done.

At the beginning of the movie, he kills a gypsy mother and attempts to drown her baby at the doorsteps of a church. He is then forced to raise the baby, names him Quasimodo (which means deformed), and makes him believe he's a monster, which makes him possibly the worst parental figure in Disney. Also, Frollo tried to commit genocide and ethnic cleansing on the gypsies. He also hit on one of the gypsy women, a race he apparently hated (which makes him hypocritical), and basically committed sexual assault. Oh yeah, at the end of the movie he tries to commit murder. Worst of all, Frollo thinks he is doing what is right and holy.

Additionally, his song Hellfire may be the best Disney villain song ever and certainly one of the scariest. Props to Tony Jay for voicing this character. He did a spectacular job.

4 Hades (Hercules)

Are you kidding me? Hades is the king of sarcasm and sass. Other villains come across as absolutely terrifying and menacing, while this guy is chill. He knows how to make an entrance, and he's so cute when he gets frustrated. The way he calms himself and his lovable personality, even though he's evil, is endearing. But, even so, his job is to rule the underworld, which is boring and, as he also says, "filled with dead people." He's got to make the best out of his job, and he does this beautifully.

It was his brother Zeus who sent him to this job in the first place. No wonder the guy wants revenge. It's the most reasonable revenge story in the history of Disney. Two thumbs way, way up for our leading bad guy. What a dish. What a guy. And I don't care what y'all say, but no one's gonna tell me that Hades isn't the best Disney villain because, obviously, you people are boring.

Hades is definitely my favorite Disney villain. He is the funniest (with Yzma being number two) and sassiest Disney villain. I also feel bad for him because his life pretty much sucks, and then Zeus and every other god or goddess on Olympus laughs at him just because he lives in the Underworld. A lot of Disney villains love to be evil for no good reason (Frollo, Gaston, Cruella de Vil), so at least Hades had a good reason to be evil (even if Hera is really the villain according to actual mythology and not Disney). Without him, the movie would not ever be as good as it is now.

5 Jafar (Aladdin) 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.

Here are my reasons for absolutely loving Jafar:

1. He wears a cape.
2. The parrot. Oh, the parrot.
3. In the final battle scene with Aladdin, he makes so many puns.
4. He uses his Cobra staff to manipulate the Sultan.
5. His sarcastic personality (as well as Iago's) gives him some incredible jokes.

Though I do believe that there are better Disney villains than him, like Scar, I just don't see why he's one step below Hades. While Hades is very funny, Jafar's power and wardrobe seem to be no match for Hades. Plus, he has a WAY better sidekick. Please move Jafar up. Go Jafar!

Jafar is so funny and powerful. He talks sassy, funny, and he is very hilarious! He just has the best jokes! He goes like, How many times do I have to kill you, boy! How hilarious! The funniest joke of his is when Iago said, Hey Jafar, what if you were the chump husband? Then he says, What?! Lol, this guy just has the funniest jokes on the planet! Then he said, The rest of the treasure is yours, but the lamp is mine! Lol, then in the House of Mouse: House of Crime episode, he said, Return to me what is mine or face my wrath. He even said, Aladdin stole my bread! Then Aladdin said, Somebody stole my lamp! You just have to love Jafar. He is so funny!

6 Shere Khan (The Jungle Book)

He is not just my favorite Disney villain, but also in my top 5 villains of all time. Let me tell you why. Shere Khan was different from all the other Disney villains. He was calm, and at some points, seemed like an ASMR guy, but at the same time, he was frightening and cunning. I mean, he literally choked a snake while smiling.

Another thing is that his character development is priceless. The way he gets angered with rage in the sequel is thrilling to see. Shere Khan is also a tiger, and they are my favorite animal. So, it's nice to see a tiger villain, combining my two favorite things in the world. I hear how Hannibal Lecter relates to this, but I'm scared of watching horror movies, so I'll read the book very soon!

Few villains come close to the sheer level of sophistication, class, intimidation, and stage presence of Shere Khan in the 1967 Disney animated classic. A grand Bengal tiger, he is the most physically threatening animal in the jungle, as well as the most intelligent (matched perhaps only by Bagheera and Mowgli). He is well-spoken, articulate, and speaks with a deep and intelligent voice, complete with immaculate manners. Shere Khan is regal in his entire manner of communication, body language, and composure. He is the prince of the jungle.

Although we don't see a massive amount of Shere Khan in the film, whenever we do, all characters tremble in his presence while he remains intimidatingly calm and complacent. The only exception to this is Mowgli, who was oblivious at the time. Characters are seen lying, mostly out of fear, to Shere Khan whenever he interrogates them. Shere Khan sees right through this, but rather than argue against their lies or kill them, he prefers to simply toy with them and smugly asks further questions. He enjoys the hunt/chase. He is also too far above the other animals to be able to lose his cool in such situations. He instead mocks, condescends upon, and physically intimidates. He is a bully of immense sophistication and arrogance, perhaps a parallel of a 19th-century aristocratic British coloniser of India.

When he finally finds Mowgli, who he intends to kill, Mowgli is unafraid and rude. Shere Khan finds this amusing and decides to grant Mowgli a ten-second head start in running away from him as "such spirit is deserving of a sporting chance," and "it makes the chase more interesting... for me."

But what is yet very important are the motivations behind the villain. Shere Khan fears just two things: man and fire, which are actually very rational fears for a Bengal tiger in India to have. In fact, Shere Khan's desire to kill Mowgli can be seen as rational, seeing as Mowgli is a "man-cub" who may well one day grow up... more

7 Doctor Facilier (The Princess and the Frog)

Dr. Facilier should be ranked much, much higher due to his significant role that was implied in the movie, intelligence, and unique style. While all villains share one common quality: evilness, he just seems to possess character traits that nobody shares. That guy was a total genius, plans his own schemes before stepping into the game, and knows how to manipulate his victims. Another thing quite attractive in him, despite his role, is how unique his style is aside from the fact he's intellectual, knowledgeable, and excruciatingly vicious. He can sing, dance, play instruments all in such swag and entertainment.

But how can we talk about him, without mentioning his song number: Friends on the Other Side? If you watch it, you would totally understand me.

How can somebody that epic be so disregarded? Facilier's appeal might not be deceptive, but his presence is definitely something spectacular. God, he's unequivocally one of Disney's most genuine characters ever created. He shares remarkable personality traits like viciousness, greed, and outrage with most of Disney's villains, but he's exceptional. He's the true epitome of a villain whose plans are truly diabolical and whose style is undeniably unique. He is technically the only dynamic character in that film, aside from Mama Odie, whose background is still ambiguous. Even his death scene was shocking! We've always perceived him as an obnoxiously assertive, confident, and bossy person, but I guess his conspicuous human fear whenever he encountered his "friends on the other side" is what kept him more realistic and kind of intensified his character.

He's a solid reminder of Disney's most beloved classic villains like Maleficent, Scar, and Frollo, and he surely belongs at the top as they do.


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

She is one of my favourite Disney villains, besides Maleficent and Dr. Facilier. Also, she literally told Ariel what would happen once she signed the scroll and showed her a little hologram-like thing about past 'clients' who didn't fulfill their end of the deal!

And yet, Ariel still signed it! Ursula doesn't hide the fact that she's evil. She doesn't lie to Ariel about the downside to accepting the deal, unlike some Disney villains like Facilier, who never mentioned that Naveen would turn into a frog, only that the cards had subtle details that only he notices!

Ursula is by far the best villain of all time. She is a realist, unlike King Triton. The trident guy just demands that his daughters obey him and do exactly what he says. She gives poor little Ariel a chance to do what she loves. But of course, like everything in life, it comes with a price. She can't just let Ariel go up to the surface and live happily ever after. What would that teach Ariel about life? People just can't handle the truth about life.

King Triton's message in life is always to copy and follow other people's views about how they think things should be. Ursula's message in life is that if you want something in this world, you will have to fight for it and dodge obstacles to get there.

9 Yzma (The Emperor's New Groove) Yzma is the royal adviser of Emperor Kuzco in 'The Emperor's New Groove'. She is also a mad potions master and after being fired by Kuzco, she tries to use her potions to get rid of him and instate herself as empress.

Yzma has plans of villainy from left and right, which blow up in her face. She does this to kill Kuzco and take over the throne as empress! But all of that is forgiven due to the fact she is incredibly entertaining.

People may not see her as an amazing Disney villain due to her being a total failure, but you have to admit she shares the title of comical villain with Hades! She may be a villain, but you would love to work with her as her sidekick. Kronk is one lucky S.O.B!

It was a tough one! It was a tie between Yzma or Hades for this one. They both were HILARIOUS in their movies, and without either of them, the movies wouldn't have been as good. Yzma was power-hungry and she did it in a way that made the audience love her. Her appearance made her unforgettable, and the kitten appearance was just plain adorable.

Yzma is a very cool villain! I bet the reason she is not in the top ten is that her movie is not as popular. The Emperor's New Groove would not be the same without Yzma.

Plus, the list should be:

1. Yzma, 2. Hades, 3. Ursula, 4. Shan Yu, and so on...

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

Who the hell is Yzma and why is she ahead of Gaston? He's funny, manipulative, and had one of the best songs. I particularly liked him in the live-action version, with Josh Gad.

Hilarious villain. He honestly makes me crack up! As much as he's a complete douche, he's kind of hot. Like, those muscles? Damn.

Gaston is so mean. He tried to take Maurice to the Lunatic Asylum, just so he could marry Belle.

The Contenders
11 Professor Ratigan (The Great Mouse Detective)

Why is this movie so underrated? It's my favorite Disney movie and by far has the BEST villain ever! Here are my reasons:

1. Vincent Price
2. Fidget was his henchman
3. He had the original villain song
4. He came the closest to winning
5. He has the best final battle scene
6. He's hilarious
7. He loves being evil
8. He keeps all of his anger inside until the very end, in which he snaps, and it's terrifying
9. He's smart and unpredictable

He just steals the whole movie!

This dude is PURE Evil! He is the mastermind of crime. He drowned widows and orphans, he nearly killed the queen, and based on a deleted scene of his villain song "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind," he took victims to the bridge and forced them to jump off into the river. And whoever tried to swim back to land, he would shoot them. This dude is a criminal genius you don't want to mess with. This rat deserves to be #1!

Come on, people! This guy is pure evil.

1. He is voiced by Vincent Price, the ultimate horror star.
2. In his song "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind," there is a part where it says, "Even meaner, you mean it, worse than the widows and orphans you've drowned!" That oozes pure evil!
3. He is probably one of the funniest Disney villains because he hides his anger with giddiness and joy.
4. His song "Goodbye So Soon" is incredibly catchy!
5. He is probably the Disney villain you would love to know a lot about because he is so interesting!

12 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.

Captain Hook somehow manages to be hilarious and terrifying at the same time. I mean, he shoots one of his crew members - with the most apathetic expression on his face, mind you - just because he's annoyed by that guy's off-key singing! Comedic from an audience member's point of view? You bet (at least if they're into dark humor)! But would you like to be that pirate? Probably not. If you'd like another example, just listen to "The Elegant Captain Hook." It perfectly showcases his humorous, charismatic, and frightening sides all at once. He's also smarter than he lets on, as shown by how he successfully kidnaps Tinkerbell, uses her to find Peter's hideout, and plants a bomb in the hideout as a conniving way of keeping his promise not to lay a hand or hook on him. And how can we overlook his amazing wardrobe?

Also, he's a pirate. I've always had a fascination with pirates.

He at least deserves to be in the top 5s. He is my favorite Disney villain of all time, but at least have him be in the top 5s. He is not exactly the most threatening villain, but he did kill someone in the first film, and he is actually a lot smarter than people think. Seeing how he was able to manipulate Jane and Tinkerbell into trusting him, only to backstab them later, is impressive. He is also kind of funny to watch when he meets his fate with the Crocodile and the Octopus.

13 Chernabog (Fantasia) Chernabog is a Disney villain from the 1940s film Fantasia, and in his segment, "A Night on Bald Mountain".

Chernabog is, without a doubt, the best Disney villain in the entire franchise. He's the most powerful and most evil of all. Forget Scar or Frollo! Sure, they're great and have evil in them, but they're not as successful as the almighty Chernabog. He is like the true god or king of all Disney villains. Maleficent is his queen, and that's why they should work together if there's going to be a Disney Villains series with all of them together. The rulers are him and Maleficent. No one can top these two.

And think about it, he has given no reason to act evil. He commits evil for fun. Plus, he's the devil! Devils are more evil than anything else. So, I suggest that he should be number one.

Chernabog is probably one of the lesser-known types of villains, but he is possibly the most scary and intimidating thing to ever be put in a Disney movie. And if you don't know, Chernabog is a giant demon from the movie Fantasia. He is seen in the last segment of the movie. The big reason why I put him as number 1 is because 1) he is the devil, 2) he is the devil, and 3) he is the friggin' devil! Nothing is more evil or scary than him.

14 Cruella de Vil (One Hundred and One 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 antagonist.

She's messed up. She wants to skin a lot of innocent puppies just for their fur! I mean, sure, many other villains would kill people to reach their goal (anthropomorphic animals included), but she would kill puppies just for fashion! She is an evil, wicked woman!

I hate her! She kills them, and for what? Just to make clothing? It only matters if they need food to survive and eat the whole thing, and I'm an animal lover too.

Her song is so catchy. She definitely needs to be a lot higher. I even love the live-action version played by Glenn Close.

15 The Wicked Queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)

The Wicked Queen is the best-looking Disney villain (before her transformation), so I pick her. I don't know why she let jealousy ruin her looks. Jealousy is truly an evil trait to have. I think that's one of the lessons you learn in that movie, considering what happens to her.

Yeah, most villains would just want to see the main protagonist die. She wants to kill her daughter, cut out her heart, and lock it in a box, all because she is jealous of her appearance. She would poison her own daughter if that plan fails. Yeesh. She makes Mother Gothel and Lady Tremaine look like Toriels to me!

When she breaks the tender peel,
To taste the apple in my hand,
Her breath will still, her lungs congeal,
And then I shall be the Fairest in the Land!

16 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.

I think Gothel is an amazing villain because not only is she extremely deceptive and probably has one of the most thought-out and relatable backstories, but she also has the most depth. Right down to the part where, for a moment, one shining moment, Gothel felt actual concern for Rapunzel. The entire song 'Mother Knows Best' isn't just about Gothel wanting Rapunzel for herself, but also her concern for Rapunzel. Why else would she point out that Rapunzel was getting chubby when there were clearly much more evil, deceptive things she could've said? And she also had a look of true motherly concern when she found out Rapunzel was missing.

Gothel is also very relatable in two ways. One, mankind's desire for eternal life. That is all Gothel wants, eternal life. Everyone has dreamed of it at some point. Gothel just tried to make her dreams come true. And two, people like Gothel actually exist. There are parents who treat their children like that. Sad, but true. Gothel was by far the best villain.

17 Bill Cipher (Gravity Falls) Bill Cipher is a triangular dream demon formerly existent only in the mindscape who wished to gain access to the real world. He has been running amok in Gravity Falls, Oregon since being summoned by Stanford Pines over thirty years ago. He is known for his mysterious demeanor and sadistic humor. He is the main antagonist of Gravity Falls, although he doesn't play a central role in the series until... read more

Unlike the rest of the villains, Bill is truly unpredictable and absolutely crazy.

You can easily deduce the intentions, future actions, and ultimate fate of Scar, Jafar, Frollo, Hades, Ursula, etc., just by looking at them and hearing them speak for 30 seconds.

Bill is nothing like that. He's truly an enigma, and it's impossible to truly understand what's going on in his head (if he has one).

Good luck guessing Bill's course of action. I've seen all of Gravity Falls, and honestly, I have no idea what Bill will do in the Finale (other than him ultimately losing). This is completely unlike the rest of the top 30 villains, who are so predictable that any teenager can guess the villain's course of action (and by extension, the entire plot) the moment the conflict starts.

Bill Cipher is the evilest and the cleverest in Disney. Yes, he is in a T.V. show, but how many Disney villains have actually wanted to destroy the universe? How many can do basically everything they want? Even in the material world, in the new episodes of Gravity Falls, he can flip the universe, physics, logic, etc., upside down. He can use telepathy and mind control, and he can trick even the wisest in the world. Bill can beat any other Disney villain in minutes.

18 Mad Madam Mim (The Sword in the Stone)

She is so funny! Her and Yzma are so cool.

19 Bellwether (Zootopia)

How come she was acting so nice, but Mayor Lionheart was acting like he was the villain?

She was a villain for like the last 2 minutes of the movie.

I honestly did not expect her to be the bad one.

20 Davy Jones (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End) Davy Jones is a fictional villain character in the Pirates of the Caribbean feature film series, who first appears in the second film, Dead Man's Chest and returns in the series' third installment, At World's End.

I love him. He is my FAVORITE Disney villain, but my second is Ursula. Davy Jones kills the ones that try to kill him. He also has a bad life too.

The best of Disney, bad, cruel, and sad at the same time.

He's invincible! Can't go wrong there.

21 Oogie Boogie (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

Very evil... this guy should be at the top. He's evil because of his scary look, and he's made of bugs. He kills everything alive that comes down to his layer. His sidekicks are skeletons, spiders, and bats. He could have killed Santa Claus and Sally. Oogie's layer is filled with death weapons such as saws and guns. He gambles with dice, depending on death. You would admit it if you were thrown in his layer. After all, he is the meanest guy in town.

He doesn't just kill his enemies. He kills random people, and he has fun whilst doing it. All the residents of Halloween Town fear him, and for good reason. He is the shadow on the moon at night, filling your dreams to the brim with fright.

Even though he has around 10 minutes of screen time, he does leave an impression with how energetic and funny he can be. He loves singing and gambling. He really is one of my favorite movie villains ever.

22 Dr. Doofenshmirtz (Phineas and Ferb) Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz is a fictional character and the primary antagonist of the animated series Phineas and Ferb.

Why has no one ever mentioned this guy? He is the most hilarious of them all! He is so funny and so original. Oh, and I really dig his songs. He should be at the top of this list, by the way. Nothing can be compared to Doof.

Doofenshmirtz is amazing! I love everything about him: his inators, him trapping Perry and explaining his evil plan, his little Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated song, his tragic backstories, and oh, of course, his accent. You can't forget his accent. This is probably one of the funniest villains ever, and I love him so much.

Are you kidding me? This guy's head is a nose with eyes, hair, a mouth, and another nose!

23 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 for revenge. Despite not having any super powers, he is extremely intelligent and creates state-of-the-art... read more
24 Kaa (The Jungle Book)

I love the shape of his head, his gentle persona, and the good work of the movement and structure of his coils. They look comfy on the surface of the skin and thick deeper in flesh, like a river in a bug who wraps gently and slowly around you, providing a great massage for the muscles.

He is my favorite behind Boba Fett.

25 Lady Tremaine (Cinderella)

She doesn't have any magical powers or minions. She only has control over one person's life. And she manages to squeeze every drop of joy out of it! Amazing!

Lady Tremaine is a bully. She torments and mentally abuses poor, innocent Cinderella. I always found this kind of like child abuse.

She turns poor Cinderella into a servant in Cinderella's own home, too.

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