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 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

Actually, I think she wanted to make sure superheroes were never made legal because of the way she set things up. But the screen propaganda was indeed extremely confusing (albeit kinda depressing).

The superhero turned villain 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

Evelyn isn't that bad of a villain. Sure, it's another twist villain, and the design is just Roxanne Ritchy 2.0 from Megamind but you got to give her credit for being smart and clever! When the superheroes were around, everyone thought they could count on them only and people wouldn't really protect themselves, and when the supers got illegal the people still only counted on supers even though they couldn't help, Evelyn wanted to change that and make sure people could actually take care of themselves and not just hope the supers will come, and due to the fact that the superheroes were about to beacome legal agian she tried to make sure everything would change direction, I mean her father died because he just tried to call the superheroes when his house was broken into. That's some awesomne motivations, on top of that, she is incredibly intimidating, and scary, so in conclusion she is pretty awesomne I think. Bellwether is way worse but I respect your opinion

Probably the most illogical Disney twist villain. She wants to make superheroes illegal so that humans less dependent on them. But superheroes have been illegal for 15 years She makes superheroes legal again, and then decides to have them attack everyone. THIS MAKES NO SENSE! She's not the worst twist villain, but still pretty bad.

2 Dawn Bellwether (Zootopia)

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

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

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.

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'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

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

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.

I really did not see it coming, when I saw it I was yelled what?, I don't anyone saw it coming.

4 Miles Axlerod (Cars 2)

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.

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

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?

Percival McLeach, except dumber

6 Robert Callaghan (Big Hero 6)

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

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.

Nothing about his plan makes any sense.

Drift stole his mask in fortnite

7 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.

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.

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

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

Pretty bad/bland villain by Pixar once again

8 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.

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.

Her design is awesomne!

Te Fiti is not a villain, Te Kā however is a villain. Not Te fiti -Ginger22


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.

If AUTO is just following orders, does that mean that humanity is the villain?

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

Boring, but has a decently cool design

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

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

Least it is not the villain Giant Ralph in Wreck it Ralph 2.

The Contenders

11 Lotso (Toy Story 3)

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.

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

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?!...

He is already on the list

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

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!

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 more.

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 Dr. Faciller - Princess and the Frog

really no one saw he was a "bad" 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 Chick Hicks (Cars)
22 Jackson Storm (Cars 3)
23 Professor Z (Cars 2)
24 Jafar (Aladdin)
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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