Top 10 Surprise Villains in Disney and Pixar Movies

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The Top Ten

1 Syndrome (The Incredibles) 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! - 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

He’s not really a “surprise” villain though. - MegaSoulhero

I think he is. It's certainly unexpected that Buddy would become a superhero-killing criminal mastermind. - phillysports

2 Lotso Huggin' Bear (Toy Story 3) Lotso Huggin' Bear (Toy Story 3)

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

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) 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.

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

Forget him! He is a murderer who kills for fame! - fanofmusicals

SAW THIS TWO DAYS AGO AND I FEEL LIKE FLIPPING STABBING THIS GUY TO DEATH GOD DAMMIT I ACTUALLY LOVED THIS GUY 😡😡😡😡 ok I need to stop raging lol 😂 - DijaUnicorn

4 Turbo (Wreck it Ralph) 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

5 Stinky Pete the Prospector (Toy Story 2) 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

6 Henry J. Waternoose lll (Monsters Inc.) 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) 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. - 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) 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) 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) Bellwether (Zootopia)

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

I think she should be number one - BoyGenius234

My fave Disney villain

The Contenders

11 Evelyn Deavor (The Incredibles 2)

Stop using these plot twists disney - B1ueNew

12 Prince Hans (Frozen) Prince Hans (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. - phillysports

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1. Syndrome (The Incredibles)
2. Stinky Pete the Prospector (Toy Story 2)
3. Yokai (Big Hero 6)
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1. Syndrome (The Incredibles)
2. Lotso Huggin' Bear (Toy Story 3)
3. Turbo (Wreck it Ralph)
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1. Bellwether (Zootopia)
2. Lotso Huggin' Bear (Toy Story 3)
3. Ernesto de la Cruz (Coco)
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