Top 10 Worst Twist Villains in Disney Movies

I haven’t made a list in a while because of college. I started making this one weeks ago. Disney has been using a trope in their recent movies that people have been getting tired of. The twist villain. A character that gets introduced in the film and is revealed as the villain later on. Remember when Disney used to make awesome villains? I miss those days. So let’s take a look at the worst twist villains in Disney movies.
The Top Ten
1 Evelyn Deavor - (Incredibles 2)

As much as I love this movie in general, I really dislike this villain twist. I'm going to put her pettiness into perspective. One: she mad because her mom and dad got capped. No wait, that's not why she mad. She mad because the superheroes they tried to call didn't answer their phones at that very specific time. Very petty reason to hate superheroes. Two: If the supers did happen to answer the phone, how the hell would they have been able to make it over to her parent's house in time before they got shot? They got shot literally during the moment the dad was trying to get them on the phone. This lets you know that Evelyn doesn't think rationally about things. She's just petty.

Here's the thing, the supers are not at fault here. She didn't take into consideration that her parents were at fault because they put too much trust in them, but instead of blaming her own parent's ignorance, she blames the people who do everything they can whenever they can to help. Even though they ...more

As soon as Evelyn makes her first appearance in the movie when she clumsily entered the room during Winston's meeting, I'm pretty sure 90% of the audience thought in their mind: "She's the villain." I know I did. That's a testament to Disney and Pixar's audience growing to expect these twist villains with each new movie. Her plan also doesn't make sense at all. She wants to make superheroes illegal forever despite them already being illegal for over 15 years. So what? She wants them to be even MORE illegal? Despite her plan being very convoluted and not well thought out, I still buy her motivations for her hating supers. If my parents died because they placed their trust in somebody who didn't come through to help them, I would be pissed about it too. At least her reveal occurred before the final 30 minutes, so we could actually get a sense of threat and danger by her presence. And she actually does have a pretty entertaining screen presence and has a few great lines. She's nowhere ...more

I watched Incredibles 2 again. I loved it even more. But I still didn't like the villain. Does anyone actually like her? Because personally I thought she was the weakest part about Incredibles 2. Both as a character and as a villain. She's the one who came up with the idea of the Screenslaver and she invented special goggles that can hypnotize whoever wears them. So she uses this to hypnotize the superheroes so that superheroes would remain illegal. Her plan makes no sense. Superheroes were already illegal. Yet she helped her brother make them legal again only to make them illegal again. She really didn't have to do anything. The reason Syndrome worked better as a villain is because he had a stronger motivation. Not only that, but he had a past that involved Mr. Incredible. Evelyn has no personal connection with any of the Incredibles. I was very disappointed with this villain.

I totally disagree with this along with many others! She's an awesome villain and played a great role as the mastermind behind Screenslaver! Her plan makes total sense. She's actually ranked 3rd on the list of popular and darkest Pixar main villains, making Ernesto De La Cruz 2nd, and Syndrome 1st! People can't just go and tell others to hate this villain also, it's not cool at all! She's popular because she's in Pixar's highest grossing film!

2 Dawn Bellwether (Zootopia)

Bellwether is the kind of character you would not expect to be a villain. Which SHOULD make her a good twist villain. The problem is they reveal her as a villain way too late in the film for us to really even care. They don't even give her a backstory and they don't go into more detail about why she's doing what she's doing. She's just racist. They should've given her a better motivation. This is literally the only thing I hated about the movie. She could've worked as a villain, but they completely messed it up.

More than any other twist villain in Disney's history, the reveal of Bellwether just came off as pure lazy writing. The movie just randomly decides to have a villain in the last act for no real reason. It would be like if one of the mind-workers in Inside Out prevented Joy and Sadness from reaching HQ due to them being jealous that they don't have enough control of Riley. Or if one of the random crabs in Finding Nemo decided to kidnap Nemo because Dory threatened to feed him to the seagulls. Not exaggerating at all, Bellwether is only villainous for about 5 minutes of Zootopia's runtime. Her heel turn isn't even foreshadowed once during the entire movie. At least Hans had some shady undertones to his characterization before his true intentions were revealed so that him being the villain would actually make sense. He gave subtle hints such as the lyric "I've been searchin' my whole life for my own place" and the fact that he purposely aimed the bodyguard's arrow directly at the top of ...more

People are too harsh on her. It's one of those cases where a twist isn't super obvious, so everyone says there was no evidence. There was. Aside from Doug's phone number, she pulled Judy off the stage as soon as Judy had created an uproar against predators, didn't seem to be doing much about predator vs. prey, acts very nice to Judy, and you really just have to think, who benefits from predator vs. prey: the person whose only authoritive figure is a lion. It's mentioned and shown several times that she got to be mayor because Lionheart was arrested. And you can't say 'well, I had no way of knowin to look out for a villain' because it's obvious from the fact that Doug is on the phone with someone that there's another villain, and besides, you know she has lots of resources at her hands and is a sheep, like Doug. But the main thing is, you know there's a villain, and I believe there's 7 characters who could be right for that slot: That naturalist, chief Bogo, Judy's parents, Gideon ...more

I thought that the bad guy was the sheep dude that lived in that train! If you don't know what I mean go watch Zootopia and the. you will know what I mean. Bellwether was an awesome surprise villain and I have watched the movie a lot

3 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.

There's a lot of reasons this one doesn't work for me. Most of them have already been discussed extensively by others online- the fact Hans smiles when he's under the boat at the beginning, for instance- but my primary issue here is that there are no concrete hints at Hans' treachery before the reveal.
I know you're thinking, "what are you talking about? It *was* foreshadowed at least somewhat."
But I'd argue it really wasn't. The only instances of foreshadowing people tend to point out with Hans is his behavior during "Love is an Open Door" (a couple of his hand gestures, choice of pronouns, etc. All very, very minor details) and the fact that he's a bit too quick to agree with Anna when she calls herself "completely ordinary". It is hard to believe a casual viewer would catch onto those cues the first time around, or even on repeated viewings. Honestly, an astute viewer would assume the missed cues were meant to characterize Hans as slightly socially awkward. Socially awkward ...more

Now, it was never stated in the movie if Anna and Elsa have another relative, a cousin perhaps, that could've taken over the throne (I don't know how royalty works, I could be getting facts wrong), but it was also never stated that they don't. Basically, Hans' plan is very flawed. He wants to get married so he could take over the throne, but that's not how these kinds of things work. If he actually married Anna, he would still be a prince. There are actually quite a lot of reasons to hate him. Especially since you can easily tell that he wasn't originally planned to be the villain. That was originally gonna be Elsa. But of course the only reason people hate her is because he's from Frozen. It's all about bias.

I know a lot of people found Hans' reveal to be forced and unnecessary, but for me, it works just fine. There were enough hints throughout the movie that he was the bad guy, his motivation is very well-defined as he's tired of living in his brothers' shadows (which also connects to one of Frozen's central themes of sibling relationships), and he's actually pretty intimidating when he does become the villain. The line "If only there was someone out there that loved you" is ice cold. Pun intended. His reveal also teaches the lesson that you shouldn't immediately trust and love somebody that you just met, subverting many Disney films of the past. While they only spent a few days together, Anna and Kristoff actually got to know each other on a personal level before they started their romance and their similarly awkward personalities are very compatible with one another. Above all else, Hans' reveal is genuinely shocking and upsetting. The majority of people who saw Frozen for the first ...more

Fun fact: Elsa was originally going to be Frozen's antagonist. The movie probably would've turned out better that way.

4 Miles Axlerod (Cars 2)

There are people who hate Cars 2, and then there are people who like fart jokes. Other studios should take notes here if they want to learn how NOT to do a twist villain! Early on in the movie, we find out there is someone behind the racers getting blown up to make Allinol look bad, but we literally don't find out who it is until THE LAST FEW MINUTES! I don't even remember exactly what his plan was since I haven't watched this movie in a long time and it should be banned from existence because of how atrocious it is. Axlerod invented Allinol, yet he's trying to get other cars to stop using Allinol. That's the best way I could sum it up. It's so stupid. This entire movie is garbage. Cars and Cars 3 had more focus. This one is just a mess with some pretty cool action scenes. Terrible movie. It's worse than Batman v Superman! It's worse than A Wrinkle in Time! It's worse than the Teen Titans Go movie! Absolute trash!

He's actually a clever villain. He didn't want people to use any alternative energy, because his company owned the largest oil reserves in the world so he created Allinol to make to make it seem bad. So if cars only used gasoline, they'd gain profit. This makes him one of the most interesting twist villians. Although I'll admit the way he was revealed was pretty lackluster

I was lost on if he was a hero or not, considering that LIGHTNING MCQUEEN the (once was till Mater) HERO, used Allinol in the middle of him being a laughing stock.

His plan is confusing just like the rest of the movie. He creates Allinol but then tries to stop others from using it. What's the point of creating it then?

5 Lyle Tiberius Rourke (Atlantis: The Lost Empire)

Very forgettable character. It was obvious he was gonna become the villain. This movie sucks. Moving on.

His motivation is too get money. If you travel to Atlantis, won't you already get tons of money?

6 Robert Callaghan (Big Hero 6)

The movie tries its hardest to convince us that Krei is the villain. This is pretty much their way of saying that Krei is definitely NOT the villain. I'm not saying the actual villain reveal wouldn't have been obvious if they hadn't tried to make us believe it was someone else, but it would've actually showed they were trying to make an attempt to fool us. Anyway, the actually villain is Robert Callaghan and his motivation is extremely weak. He's attempting to destroy everyone just because his daughter is supposedly dead. Even though it was an accident. Considering Big Hero 6 is technically a Marvel movie, I'm not surprised that the villain is very weak given their history.

He does know he can have another child, right?

Nothing about his plan makes any sense.

7 Ernesto de la Cruz (Coco)

The villain was my biggest problem with Coco. It seems like they couldn't come up with a climax for the movie, so they decided to make Ernesto the antagonist. They clearly only did it to build up to the reveal of Ernesto NOT being Miguel's great great grandfather and that Hector is. This just seemed lazy to me. People say that Hans seemed like a last minute villain (which he literally was) but why does Ernesto get a pass? It comes right out of nowhere with no build up whatsoever. I would've preferred if he was just a jerk, but he actually caused Hector's death and almost killed Miguel. In my opinion, this movie didn't need a villain.

De la Cruz's reveal was very well-done and well-executed. Not much debate about that. Little by little, we learn more about Hector and Ernesto's past until we finally get the twist that led to Coco's entire plot. I just thought that this was extremely clever and poignant storytelling on Pixar's part. It's definitely the best moment of a movie that I find to only be good-not-great.

He was a good twist villain! Respect mine, and I will respect yours

8 Te Fiti (Moana)

Te Ka isn't THAT bad of a villain. She is pretty awesome looking and has a reason for being a villain. Unfortunately, I wish they hadn't treated her reveal like it was some big twist. Literally from the start you can easily tell that Te Ka is Te Fiti. We had to wait until the end of the movie for them to reveal it even though it was very obvious. When they finally revealed it, I literally shouted "duh! " Moana uses a bunch of tropes that I've grown tired of, but they couldn't even do a simple villain reveal right.

I never really saw Moana as having a villain. You know, other than the crab, the myth, the legend, Tamaota. Te Ka was much more of an obstacle that Moana and Maui needed to get by other than an actual bad guy. Besides, the reveal that Te Ka was actually Te Fiti is more of a straight-up twist than a "twist villain". A twist that I find to be very clever. Great movie.

I disagree. The twist was shocking and the kind of firepower Disney needs to hone, not just in their choice villains. Modern Disney should have more of the story-relevant plot twists their predecessors did if they want to keep the spirit of animation alive.

9 AUTO (WALL-E)

If you love this movie, that's fine. But I highly doubt anyone actually remembers the villain. I've heard tons of people praise Wall-E as an amazing film and one of the best Pixar movies ever, but I rarely ever hear anyone mention AUTO. I'll give it this. It was at least following orders. Unfortunately, this is just a very forgettable villain.

Reminds me of Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not quite the same, but it's still good seeing that articifical intelligence is highly debatable even in Disney movies.

How is he a twist villain? He is a robot, he doesn't talk much.

10 King Candy/Turbo (Wreck-it Ralph)

Anyone watching the film already knew that King Candy would be the villain of the movie. Disney wasn't trying to keep it a secret. They made it clear that he was the antagonist. But then they decided to throw in the twist of King Candy actually being Turbo. Which was honestly obvious to begin with. They spent an entire scene talking about his backstory. Obviously it would have some sort of purpose. Also, his game was about racing and Sugar Rush is about racing. Honestly, I find it hard to believe people didn't see this coming. His reveal was pretty cool though. Basically, his game got unplugged, so he designed Sugar Rush. I feel like Turbo being a villain overall didn't fit well.

I can easily tell he's the villain of the story, but what I didn't expect is that he's turbo. I didn't see that twist.

He's a good villain, but I wouldn't call it a twist. He was pretty much evil from the beginning.

I really did look like he was trying to help the little girl, I don't want any of his candy.

The Contenders
11 Lotso (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.

Poorly written and shouldn't have been given a tragic backstory if they really wanted him to be extremely depraved it also doesn't help that sites like T.V. Tropes and Villains Wiki have a huge obsession with the character and include him in many places on their sites as much as possible

I really hate him, he is such an idiot and had no right of being a villain.

I was shocked.

12 Stinky Pete (Toy Story 2)

I kinda like this guy, he does have a backstory that explains why he's evil. As a little kid, I couldn't believe that he is a bad guy.

13 Charles Muntz (Up)
14 Yokai (Big Hero 6)

Professor Callaghan is Yokai. Betcha didn't see that one coming right?!...

15 Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker and the Four Realms)

Mother Ginger and Mouse King should be villains in this movie. Sugar Plum Fairy nicely welcomed Clara but the problem is making her a villain unnecessarily! I've also expected Mother Ginger being a main antagonist in this movie and it would be better if Mother Ginger stayed as a villain and Sugar Plum Fairy as a heroine.

I hate how Sugar Plum Fairy being a villain instead of Mouse King. In the ballet, the Mouse King destroying all the realms in Nutcracker, while in Disney, Sugar Plum Fairy does that. How dumb is that! She should be in top 5 least, horrid!

Good movie, bad twist.

16 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.

It was obvious that he was a villain, but it had good proof that he was incrediboy, creating enough chemistry, but it was easy to predict it overall.

Syndrome is actually a very complex villain, having his hero totally diss him in the first 15 minutes of the movie, I'm not surprised that he became a villain. He has believable motivations, unlike some people... *scrolls back to Callahan*

No, I disagree with this one. I thought Syndrome had some good reasons to turn evil (I'd be pissed if someone I looked up to treated me like trash and), and was a good, slightly sympathetic villain. - SailorSedna

Butthurt villain in my opinion, not horrible, I mean he has motivations, but spoiled ones

17 Grem (Cars 2)
18 Acer (Cars 2)
19 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.
20 Chick Hicks (Cars)
21 Jackson Storm (Cars 3)
22 Professor Z (Cars 2)
23 Dr. Faciller - Princess and the Frog
24 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.
25 Ursula (The Little Mermaid) Ursula is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 28th animated feature film The Little Mermaid.
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