Top 10 Most Memorable Disney Animated Villains

Remember when Disney made great villains? Those were the days. But at least we still remember them very well. So here are the most memorable Disney animated villains!

The Top Ten

1 Claude Frollo

He's my favorite. The most evil and the BEST Disney villain. Screw Scar.

This guy is pure evil. The first thing he does in the movie is kill Quasimodo's mother and then tried to drown him as a baby in a well. That's pretty damn dark, especially for a Disney movie, and its only 5 minutes in. The rest of the movie he essentially keeps Quasi prisoner in Notre Dame, claiming he is raising him and convinces him to never go outside because he is a monster. And this is before Esmeralda enters the picture, who Frollo disturbingly lusts over, including sniffing her hair (its as perverted as it sounds). And then there's Hellfire, without a doubt the darkest song Disney has ever produced, where he decides if he can't have Esmeralda, she will be burned at the stake for 'witchcraft.' And there's also his attempted genocide against the gypsies, the burning of innocent people because Esmeralda escaped, and the attempted murders of Esmeralda, Phoebes and Quasimodo. This guy is so much more evil than any other villain. And worst of all, he claims he is a good-hearted ...more

I can't stand him.

A lot of Disney villains are evil only in terms of their stories. A lot of their actions aren't "evil" per say. They just hurt the main characters. Frollo is a villain who's evil in real-world standards. He's a seriously demented person who is willing to do absolutely despicable things for his own gain. He's just a monster. So yeah, he's really memorable. - phillysports

2 Scar 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.

Claude frollo is only creepy, scar is downright terrifying. Claude frollo kills a mother and attempts to kill a baby, scar killed his own brother and almost kills his Nefew. Claude frollo lusts after someone, scar lusts for power and actually succeeds. Claude frollo fell into a pit of fire, scar was eaten alive AND burned at once! If you think about it, scar is way darker than Claude frollo.

You! Are nothing but a evil wicked idiotic backstabbing black yellow green orange brother!

Thank you for respecting my opinion. I'll respect yours if you respect mine. If you don't like what I say, then don't reply to my comments at all and just avoid. I have the right to my free speech.

I should at least be number 2 - LionLink

3 Maleficent

Is she the greatest? Well that's debatable, but is she the most memorable? I can confidently respond to that with a big yes. - Anonymousxcxc

Maleficent put the cool in evil. As cruel as she may be she actually stands as quite the powerful and independent role model. She is a hard worker, and has a creative mind. Specially with Disney's new "Descendats" "Descendants 2" and the maleficent movie starring Angelina Jolie. Her backstory does show all reasoning on poisoning Aurora. She has good intentions. She has reasons. Other Disney villains have been doing all this for beauty and selfishness. But maleficent has a broken heart. That shows her true colors, as evil as she was, we should always forgive broken hearts. She was the one who saved aurora, got her a prince, and took all the blame. Cause I don't know if y'all watched "Maleficent" (the movie) but it all gets explained there. Netherless, Maleficent rocks! -Anonymous

Yeah I think she is the most memorable because, even if you just see horns and even just a shadow of horns you immediately think its maleficent

She DESERVES to be number one. I didn't even know who Claude Frollo was until I saw this list. Maleficent is just more iconic. - VanessaAmezcua

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

That mole though

Is it wrong that I wanted Ursula to win in the end? You know you made your main character unlikeable when the villain doesn’t seem like the bad guy. I wonder how many lists I can make in which I bash Ariel. Anyway, Ursula really is that great of a villain! From her sinister look to her evil laugh to her determination, she’s just so awesome! Seriously! Why did Ariel think making a deal with her would be a good idea? The moment when Ursula really shows how frightening she can be is during the climax when she turns giant! She looks like a real threat and even speaks in a deeper more intimidating voice! Ursula may be evil, but she is a memorable and likeable character! Unlike Ariel! - MegaSoulhero

5 Jafar

Jafar because he's weird and EVIL!
He is probably 40-60 years old and threatens Jasmine 16-20 year old woman to marry him HAHA! He also tortures an old man that is very odd.

Hercules has a T.V. show, there is a crossover episode where Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, and Jafar come to Hades and Hercules. - WorldPuncher47592834

Only 4 months until I see the Aladdin Broadway musical! Jafar is one of my favorite Disney villains and a lot of people seem to agree! His overall appearance is enough to make us feel a little nervous whenever he appears on screen. It also makes me wonder why the Sultan ever trusted him. He acts serious through most of the movie, but can also be pretty psychotic. Like in the climax. His evil laugh is crazy! And when he turned into a snake, I kept thinking that Aladdin didn’t stand a chance against him! Truly a memorable villain! - MegaSoulhero

The sultan trusted him because one, he was hypnotized, and two, he was an ignorant idiot. - Anonymousxcxc

I love him he’s so funny!

6 The Evil Queen

Dude look at her - poopin

I completely agree with what MegaSoulhero commented. The Evil Queen was the first Disney villain, and is very memorable because of that. - TheFourthWorld

When I sleep...i can't stop thinking about this villain! she's my favorite one because she's really creepy at all

The Evil Queen was the very first Disney villain from the very first Disney movie! And she is very memorable mainly because of that. She wants to get rid of Snow White because she’s jealous of her looks. Kind of a weak motivation, but her determination alone is what makes her so great! She hires a huntsman to end her and she even transforms herself into Meryl Streep and feeds Snow White a poisonous apple. I also like how throughout most of the movie, the queen doesn’t smile. She always looks so serious in an intimidating way. And then when she turns into the old hag, she just becomes creepy. I always found that to be pretty cool. They made her frightening in two different ways. Which is why she is such an iconic villain. - MegaSoulhero

7 Hades

Him + Jafar - WorldPuncher47592834

He's hilarious, especially when he gets angry.

He is actually really good

Hades is one of the only good things about Hercules. I actually kind of found him funny at times. He’s the only character in the movie that actually made me laugh. He’s not just funny though. He can also be very frightening. Especially when he’s angry. He literally turns red with anger. I may not like the movie he’s in, but Hades was definitely the highlight. My only negative is that he believed Pain and Panic when they told him that Hercules was dead. But being the ruler of the underworld, couldn’t he have checked to see if Hercules’ soul was with the other souls? Other than that, he really stands out as a great villain. - MegaSoulhero

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

Best Villain ever! Scar sucks. - asantalo

Chernabog is my absolute favorite Disney villain! He is just so dark and has fun with it! He is quite possibly the scariest villain Disney has come up with. His whole scene in Fantasia has such a frightening and dark tone. It’s among one of the darkest scenes in Disney history. The design of him is very impressive! But the problem is not too many people seem to mention him when talking about great Disney villains. I guess I can kind of understand why. He doesn’t have a lot of screen time. He only appears for the one segment in the movie. But that segment really showed how dark Disney can get! I wish Chernabog got more recognition. - MegaSoulhero

9 Cruella De Vil 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.

CRUELla dE VIL. She has these two words in her name so she is really evil.

If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will. You know a character is evil when they have the word “cruel” in their name. I mean, she attempts to capture a bunch of puppies so she could turn them into accessories! That is so mean! As a puppy lover, this makes me very scared. Some of her facial expressions really show how terrifying of a person she is. I saw the live action film and even though Glen Close did a pretty good job, it didn’t come close to the genius of the animated version. I personally thought this version was a lot more evil. The live action version of her was more silly than evil. Cruella De Vil is one terrifying villain. - MegaSoulhero

10 Captain Hook 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.

He's definitely a favorite of mine. I'm glad he's never killed off. He's hilarious!

I was gonna make a very inappropriate joke involving the word “hook” but I’m gonna try to keep this list PG. Captain Hook is my favorite Disney pirate. Sorry Jack, but Hook is far better. Out of all the Disney villains, he is the funniest. He constantly tries to defeat Peter Pan, but it usually ends up backfiring in a very cartoonish and comedic way. It’s very entertaining to watch. And with his sidekick, Mr. Smee, we are guaranteed to get a lot of comedy from them. The comedic timing is absolutely perfect! I haven’t watched Peter Pan in a long time, but Captain Hook is the most memorable thing about it. - MegaSoulhero

The Contenders

11 Yzma 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.

You don't remember her for her evil deeds but with her failed schemes

She's so comical.

12 Gaston Gaston is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 30th animated feature film Beauty and the Beast.
13 Dr. Facilier

Dr. Faciler so ivellnes

O come on this bitch is the best

14 Lady Tremaine

Those eyes are the ones who made Cinderella obey her because it brings nightmares. - Ohno

Personally I don't consider her a villain character because she's nothing more than a total a**hole to Cinderella

15 Horned King

He's just terrifying!

I only put him on here cause he's the most memorable part of The Black Cauldron.

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

She wanted Rapunzel's hair to keep her young forever. Without it, she is old.

17 Hopper (A Bugs Life)
18 Sid Phillips

The way he flipped out when the toys came after him was definitely memorable. Funniest part in the movie, in my opinion.

19 The Coachman (Pinocchio)

He literally kidnapped little boys, imprisoned them in seclusion on a shady ASF island, gave them cigarettes that turned them into donkeys forever, and then sent them into the slave mines to be sadistically tortured. If that's not evil then I don't know what is. - Anonymousxcxc

He's pure evil. When I was young, he ALWAYS creeped me out. I even had insomnia and nightmares. He's still really scary now! - Ohno

20 Shere Khan

I love Tigers! They're so awesome!

One of the most deadliest enemy.
His acting was terriffing in the jungle book

21 Shan Yu Shan Yu is the main antagonist of Disney's 1998 animated feature film, Mulan. He is the evil leader of the Hun Army.

He is so memorable
he was so scary

This guy is just terrifying! And ruthless!

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

Redeemed - Bikerninja1997

24 Percival McLeach - The Rescuers Down Under
25 The Hunter (Bambi)

Sure you never see him, but that scene is easily the most memorable part of Bambi. - LarkwingFlight

26 Queen of Hearts The Queen of Hearts is a character from the book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by the writer and mathematician Lewis Carroll.

How could you forget any of the characters from this movie, actually? - LarkwingFlight


27 Madame Medusa

Evil, but hilarious!

28 Syndrome 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.
29 Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear

He's by far the most evil villain in the Toy Story series, displaying no redeeming qualities whatsoever in contrast to Sid and Stinky Pete, making him more evil than the two of them combined.

30 King Candy/Turbo
31 Lotso (Toy Story 3)

Why is he here twice

32 Ernesto de la Cruz (Coco)
33 Clayton (Tarzan)

His death was terrifying, though.

34 Monstro the Whale
35 Stromboli
36 Ratigan

He was voiced by VINCENT PRICE for crying out loud!

Well how is Stromboli and a whale outstrength him? ok

37 Zira
38 Helga Sinclair
39 Prince John
40 Madam Mim
41 Bill Sikes
42 Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke
43 Professor Callaghan
44 Robert Callaghan
45 Chief O’Hara

He is a Policeman. His name is Seamus O’Hara

46 Jackson Storm (Cars 3)
47 Chick Hicks
48 Sterling Cars 3
49 Randall Boggs Randall Boggs is a Pixar villain from both Monsters Inc and its prequel, Monsters University. He is voiced by Steve Buscemi, and has a reptilian appearance, with purple and blue scales and green eyes.
50 Cassandra (Tangled: The Series)
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