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) 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

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). - Synchronocity

It was pretty predictable. She had already seemed suspicious to me ever since she made her first appearance in the movie. - Misfire

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. - Vancedapurpleguy

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2 Dawn Bellwether (Zootopia) Dawn Bellwether (Zootopia)

I didn't have to hesitate picking her. It was a total ass-pull, you could have easily replaced her with any other character and it would have made no difference, and considering how quick she was defeated, the reveal made me raise my eye-brow, but not more. - AndWhy93

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.

She was a stain on Zootopia. At least give hints that she's going to be the villain! - RoseWeasley

Not only could you see it coming, but her way of being evil is so generic and flat and not complicated that she is an absolute horrible villain.

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

4 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

Fun fact: Elsa was originally going to be Frozen's antagonist. The movie probably would've turned out better that way. - Synchronocity

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

5 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

6 Robert Callaghan (Big Hero 6)

He NEEDS to be Number 1! This one guy made a video called "Why Disney's Twist Villains Don't Work" and it PERFECTLY describes why he sucks! - Vancedapurpleguy

Nothing about his plan makes any sense.

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

Drift stole his mask in fortnite - B1ueNew

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7 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

He was a good twist villain! Respect mine, and I will respect yours - Maddox121

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.

8 Te Fiti (Moana) Te Fiti (Moana)

Doesn't count

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. - Synchronocity

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

Her design is awesomne! - darthvadern

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

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

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

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)

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 - darthvadern

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 - Mario8

12 Charles Muntz (Up) Charles Muntz (Up)

Not bad - darthvadern

13 Yokai (Big Hero 6) Yokai (Big Hero 6)

He is already on the list

Professor Callaghan is Yokai. Betcha didn't see that one coming right?!...

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

15 Stinky Pete (Toy Story 2) 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.

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1. Dawn Bellwether (Zootopia)
2. Evelyn Deavor - (Incredibles 2)
3. Miles Axlerod (Cars 2)
1. Dawn Bellwether (Zootopia)
2. Miles Axlerod (Cars 2)
3. Evelyn Deavor - (Incredibles 2)
1. Evelyn Deavor - (Incredibles 2)
2. Lyle Tiberius Rourke (Atlantis: The Lost Empire)
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