Top 10 Surprise Villains in Disney and Pixar Movies

The Top Ten
1 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

So it turns out that the sequel has a surprise villain as well, but he is in fact the best Pixar villain, and he wasn't bad at first! And Jason lee does a great job!

In my opinion, Syndrome is the second greatest superhero movie villain ever only after Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight.

The most dangerous Pixar villain. He's Pixar's answer to the likes of Scar, Maleficent, and a few other I don't feel like naming.

2 Lotso Huggin' Bear (Toy Story 3) Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear ("Lotso" for short) is the main antagonist of Toy Story 3. He takes over Sunny Side Day Care and makes all the other toys work for him.

What looks like a cute, pink, wise stuffed bear is actually the closest thing we will ever see to Toy Hitler (or at least a Toy Hitler that isn't controversial) He literally tried to put all the toys to death during incineration! This is one cold-hearted bear. And he's also voiced by Ned Beatty, and he does a great villain.

Honestly, I had the "gut" feeling that most of these guys were going to be villains before they were revealed. The only ones I didn't guess right were Syndrome, Turbo, Bellwether, and Yokai.

3 Stinky Pete the Prospector (Toy Story 2) Stinky Pete, also known as The Prospector, is a fictional character in the Toy Story universe. He serves as a primary antagonist in Toy Story 2 (1999) and is voiced by Kelsey Grammer.

Honestly, I could tell he was evil. Why? Because he's voiced by Sideshow Bob himself, Kelsey Grammer! He seemed good at first, but became bad only because he felt left out, so I kinda felt bad for him honestly.

4 Ernesto de la Cruz (Coco)

For sure that was one of the biggest plot twists I've ever seen in my life. Suprisingly the nice and beloved great great grandfather became such an evil villain. I can't tell who was more wronged by this monster. Hector used to be his best friend, he trusted him and was betrayed. That was very sad because of his little daughter waiting for her dad for so many years. But, on the other side, Miguel was just a kid with great dreams and Ernesto attempted to murder him twice, making him separated from his home forever and causing Hector to vanish permanently as well. We don't see child murderers so often in animated movies, so he's for sure one of the most evil villains ever. And what makes him even worse is the reason for all of that - just his infinite vanity, caring for nothing but just his reputation. That may place him even higher than Syndrome, whose reasoning we all did understand. Ernesto De La Cruz is able to do anything to sieze his moment. Whatever it takes.

5 Turbo (Wreck it Ralph)

You'll never make me call him King Candy. I refuse. Turbo disguised himself as King of a candy-infested racing game called Sugar Rush, only to reveal himself as an ugly, evil racer. Not to mention, he is one of the funniest Disney villains ever! And he's also voiced by Alan Tudyk in an impression of the legendary Ed Wynn!

King Candy was always the villain of the movie but I think the reveal of his true identity counts as a great twist villain.

6 Henry J. Waternoose lll (Monsters Inc.)

You know you have a good villain when you can plausibly understand the reasoning behind their actions. Waternoose needed to keep his company afloat by any means necessary, but he didn't care about the moral aspect of kidnapping and torturing children.

I really don't care if you think Randall was the main villain, I believe that Waternoose is the main villain of this movie. He didn't seem bad at first, but his appearance really suggested it. And he is voiced by a legendary actor, James Coburn.

My personal pick for one of the most evil villains in Disney/Pixar

7 Charles F. Muntz (Up)

It is really upsetting to see your childhood idol turn into an enemy. Up did this thing right, while Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 did it horribly. Muntz however, literally got into a sword fight with Carl! How cool is that? And Christopher Plummer did an amazing job.

One thing that's a bit of a plot hole in Up is that Muntz should probably have been dead by the time Carl traveled to Paradise Falls. He looked about 35 in the news reel at the beginning while Carl was a little boy. When they finally meet up, they look about the same age.

8 Yokai (Big Hero 6)

Why should I call him Robert Callaghan? I'll just call him Yokai. He was kinda forgettable, but he was pretty evil, and he was the villain from the start without the characters knowing he was Robert Callaghan. And James Cromwell does a great job.

9 Stromboli (Pinocchio)

I hate when people say that surprise villains are a new trend, they have existed for a very long time! Stromboli started out as a normal puppeteer with a bit of a temper, but eventually, he becomes evil and corrupt! He is voiced by Charles Judels, who also played the other villain of the film, the coachman.

10 Bellwether (Zootopia)

How is she considered a good twist villain? First off, a good twist villain has to be memorable, and whenever someone asks me what the villain is in zootopia, I honestly have to Google it myself. Secondly, villains have to either be scary, or have a good reason to be the villain. Bellwether is in no way scary, and saying that the reason behind your evil deeds is that you wanted prey to fear predator so you could stay in control, don't know about you, but that's a weak excuse for a crime. Not to mention she was revealed as the villain about ten minutes before the films end, so there was little time for her to make an impact on the film. It would have been better if they just made the villain to actually be the mayor.

The Contenders
11 Evelyn Deavor (The Incredibles 2)

She played such an important role as the mastermind behind Screenslaver. Her plans make total sense because she was working on hypnosis a month before Elastigirl got hired. So, for Screenslaver, he was created by Evelyn a few days before the supers started working for DevTech. Placing Screenslaver in his lair, which is also Evelyn's den, gave Evelyn a greater chance of avoiding detection. He was ordered by her to deal with Elastigirl, destroy the evidence, and everything else inside the apartment before escaping and then frame him for those crimes.

Elastigirl then discovered the hypno-goggles in Screenslaver's mask when she was battling him and realized that he was the fake Screenslaver. She was then brainwashed by Evelyn herself and tied to a chair in the chamber in the Everjust. After Evelyn revealed her true hero-despising self to Elastigirl, she was planning to keep them outlawed permanently. Elastigirl is later saved by her family and manages to stop Evelyn with Voyd's help.

Evelyn had been trying to stop Winston from bringing supers back since they lost their parents. When Incredibles 3 comes out, let's hope she has redeemed herself and happens to find out the truth of what really happened.

12 Prince Hans (Frozen) Prince Hans of the Southern Isles, also known as Hans Westergaard, is a fictional character from Walt Disney Animation Studios' 53rd animated film, Frozen.

I actually really support Jennifer Lee's decision to make Hans a surprise villain. Anna had not interacted with any outsiders for a LONG time, and with her social personality and Hans' charm, it makes sense that she would want to get with the first guy to notice her. By turning him into the villain, the film teaches the lesson to not be too trusting of people you don't know that well, and to get to know people before you make any rash judgments on them. That's my take at least. I could see how someone could find his heel turn a little rushed and forced.

13 Auto (Wall-E)
14 Chef Skinner (Ratatouille)
15 King Runeard (Frozen II)

He's essentially Ernesto de la Cruz had Coco only taken place in the mortal world. He's interesting and all, and it's nice to see a twist villain has a different impact on the story than than simply revealing in the last minutes and trying to ruin everything. But..., Ernesto was the better of the two anyways.

16 Rourke (Atlantis)
17 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 is awesome and incredible villain and is one of my favorites villains too

18 Clayton (Tarzan)
19 Chick Hicks (Cars)

Chick hicks is an awesome villain is one of my favorites villains too

20 Professor Z (Cars 2)
21 Jackson Storm (Cars 3)
22 Miles Axlerod (Cars 2)
23 Grem (Cars 2)
24 Acer (Cars 2)
25 The Underminer (The Incredibles)
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