Top 10 Worst Twist Villains in Disney Movies

MegaSoulhero
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) Evelyn Deavor - (Incredibles 2)

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 ...more - phillysports

The superhero turned villian would have made a lot more sense espically considering seeing it from a superheroes point of view, saving the world day in and day out an no matter how many times they save it it always manages to get back in jeopardy minutes later, you get no vacation time, no social life, you probably end up losing countless jobs cause you constantly have to drop everything to save the city and then the people of the very world you've sworn to protect turn their backs on you and force you underground, its like we save your lives and keep your city's safe and this is the thanks we get for it, not only that but the crime rate skyrockets and the very cops who are suppose to keep order are selling out to the criminals via bribe to allow them to continue with their iliigal activities, and so in their own mind the only way to restore order is to enforce the law through force saving the people of the city from themselves, Evelyn Deavor's plan makes no sense no matter how you ...more - egnomac

In my honest opinion the villain should have been a former super hero who is bitter about how the humans banned super heroes especially after all they did for them and allowed the world in their worlds into chaos and their plan to restore order is to use the googles to hypnotize other superheros and help them restore order by any means necessary with an iron fist it would kind of be like from the Darkwing Duck episode in which Darkwing Duck becomes Darkwarrior Duck and enforces the law with an iron fist turning the world into a darker place, though not great it still would have been a better villain then the one we got for Incredibles 2 - egnomac

Her design is also a rip-off on Roxanne Ritchy from Megamind - darthvadern

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2 Dawn Bellwether (Zootopia) Dawn Bellwether (Zootopia)

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 - phillysports

There is one hint. In her office, taped to her phone, there's a sticky note with a phone number on it labeled Doug, referencing the ram in the train lab. But yeah, she still felt like a lazy villain. - idontreallycare

The problem with these twist villains is there's not a whole lot of character development with them with villains like Ursula, Jafar and Maleficent they are already established as the villains which make them a lot more interesting to watch then the heroes. - egnomac

She's a pretty bad villain, like aren't villains supposed to be menacing and cunning? Well Bellwether ain't any of those. Even her name sounds stupid. - CharismaticKat

I'd put her as #1 rather than Evelyn from Incredibles 2. Whilst Evelyn did have a plan that made no sense, at least she was revealed as a villain only round about halfway and did actually pose a threat to the heroes' reputation. Not so much with Miss Sheepy here.

Then again, (my opinion will be unpopular here but I respect others' opinions as long as they respect mine) Zootopia wasn't all that great in my opinion, and I think it kinda sucks. - SailorSedna

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3 Miles Axlerod (Cars 2) Miles Axlerod (Cars 2)

I just don't care enough about Cars 2 to be upset about this... - phillysports

Quite confusing character - Jezz

Worse than TTG movie...?

I think he's a pretty clever villian, on top of his badass design, his motivations are extremly clever, he invented allinol and he is trying to kill other cars who uses it, that's his motivation, really awesomne villian in my opinion - darthvadern

Well, good point, but I think once many cars realized it was dangerous they would stop using it - darthvadern

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4 Lyle Tiberius Rourke (Atlantis: The Lost Empire) Lyle Tiberius Rourke (Atlantis: The Lost Empire)

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

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

I just hate that he looks almsot exactly like Percival McLeaf from The Rescuers Down, other than that he is quite badass - darthvadern

5 Prince Hans (Frozen) Prince Hans (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

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 - phillysports

They should have just made Elsa the villain instead. - egnomac

He is really good - darthvadern

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6 Ernesto de la Cruz (Coco) Ernesto de la Cruz (Coco)

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. - phillysports

Pretty bad/bland villain by Pixar once again - iliekpiez

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. - MegaSoulhero

I actually thought he was decent. But yeah it would be good without a villain. I mean, look at Inside Out. - MissRWBY202

7 Te Fiti (Moana) Te Fiti (Moana)

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. - phillysports

Does she even count as a villain? - CharismaticKat

Her design is awesomne! - darthvadern

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. - MegaSoulhero

8 Robert Callaghan (Big Hero 6)

Like Hans, he is extremly good, his motivation is pretty strong honestly - darthvadern

Drift stole his mask in fortnite - B1ueNew

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. - MegaSoulhero

9 AUTO (WALL-E) AUTO (WALL-E)

Boring, but has a decently cool design - darthvadern

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.

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. - MegaSoulhero

10 King Candy/Turbo (Wreck-it Ralph) King Candy/Turbo (Wreck-it Ralph)

The villain that started this whole trend. - Drawbox

Like many of these villians I really like him, his motivation in particular stands out - darthvadern

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. - MegaSoulhero

The Contenders

11 Lotso (Toy Story 3) Lotso (Toy Story 3)

Very overrated, I prefer Al, Zurg and Stinky Pete from Toy Story 2 - darthvadern

12 Charles Muntz (Up) Charles Muntz (Up)

Not bad - darthvadern

13 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.

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 villian in my opinion, not horrible, I mean he has motivations, but spoiled ones - darthvadern

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1. Dawn Bellwether (Zootopia)
2. Evelyn Deavor - (Incredibles 2)
3. Miles Axlerod (Cars 2)
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1. Dawn Bellwether (Zootopia)
2. Miles Axlerod (Cars 2)
3. Evelyn Deavor - (Incredibles 2)
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1. Evelyn Deavor - (Incredibles 2)
2. Ernesto de la Cruz (Coco)
3. Miles Axlerod (Cars 2)
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