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.

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.

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! - 445956

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

Heeell yeah, featured list, Sam! - NightmareCinema

2 Lotso Huggin' Bear (Toy Story 3)

Hey, there is no foreshadowing in the film of his true nature. He should be no. 1

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. - 445956

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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. - Mcgillacuddy

3 Ernesto de la Cruz (Coco)

Something that a lot of twist villains need is to gain trust. Ernesto de la cruz has trust from the start of the flim, hundreds of people worship him, and because of that he could kill someone without anyone suspecting that it was him. Heck, he pretends to have written every one of 'his' songs himself and nobody bats an eye or suggests that someone else could have written them! He only gets revealed to the world because he didn't think to kill Miguel as soon as he found out Ernesto's dark secret. This is definitely the best twist villain in my opinion

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.

This villains effectiveness comes from the fact that he nearly got away with what he did. To say he wasn't even a slight bit scary is a lie. Best twist villain in pixars history

Yeah, he was kind of a Mexican Charles Muntz, but he's even more evil. He's an actual murderer and thief who is not really the greatest musician ever. Forget You Ernesto! However, Benjamin Bratt's performance is not something to forget. - 445956

4 Stinky Pete the Prospector (Toy Story 2)

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. - 445956

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! - 445956

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

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. - phillysports

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. - 445956

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

I agree - RevolverOcelot

7 Charles F. Muntz (Up)

I like him because you can tell something is up with him.

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. - 445956

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. - phillysports

8 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. - 445956

Ravoli Ravioli I want to be the lover of Stromboli - DapperPickle

9 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. - 445956

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.

My fave Disney villain

She wasn't threatening enough and her reveal was left far too late in the film to have any real impact. - TheStormBolt

Eh, they could have used a better villain, but I couldn't think of anything else. She is voiced by Jenny Slate. - 445956

The Newcomers

? Miles Axlerod (Cars 2)
? King Runeard (Frozen II)

he had everybody fooled so much that I think he deserved to fall off that cliff

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.

The Contenders

11 Evelyn Deavor (The Incredibles 2)

She’s ranked 3rd on the top 10 of best and darkest villains of Pixar. Her plan makes total sense! She was the right villain for Elastigirl to challenge!

It’s kinda confusing that she shares her villain title with Screenslaver. If you’re talking about Screenslaver, who are you really talking about, Evelyn or Screenslaver?

Stop using these plot twists disney - B1ueNew

She played such an important role as the mastermind behind Screenslaver. Her plans make total scene because she was working on hypnosis a month before Elastigirl got hired. So for the 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 and also destroy the evidence and everything else inside the apartment before escaping and then got framed for those crimes. Elastigirl then discovered the hypno-goggles in the Screenslaver’s mask when she was battling him and realized that he was the fake Screenslaver. She then is brainwashed by Evelyn herself and is 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 ...more

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.

what no he sucks

13 Jeff Kaplan (Overwatch)

Wrestle with Jeff, prepare for death!

3 to the 1 to the 1 to the 3 whats up this is jeff from the overwatch team making changes that you wont (i'm broedddedede)

14 Auto (Wall-E)
15 Chef Skinner (Ratatouille)
16 Rourke (Atlantis)

So underrated

17 Clayton (Tarzan)

God I hate this guy.

18 Grem (Cars 2)
19 Acer (Cars 2)
20 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.
21 The Underminer (The Incredibles)
22 Chick Hicks (Cars)
23 Professor Z (Cars 2)
24 Jackson Storm (Cars 3)
25 Ripslinger (Planes)
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