It’s that time of year. People all over are paying gobs of money so people can try and scare the pee out of them. Meanwhile, in Sunshine-Rainbows-LaLaLand where I live, I’m avoiding all movie trailers and watching fall themed movies and Hocus Pocus and calling it awesome. To get in the Halloween spirit, I’ve compiled a list of what I think are the scariest Disney villains.
Now of course these photos don’t belong to me, but they truly depict the horror with which these Disney villains reign. So here they are!
10. Shan-Yu, Mulan
Anyone who smiles while thinking about murdering children makes the list. We see illusions to his brutality, like having his men kill all of the Emperor’s army, and we see him battle Mulan. His defeat is quite enjoyable, as he didn’t expect a woman to best him. HA!
9. Mother Gothel, Tangled
Mother Gothel is a special kind of evil. Her vanity leads to her insanity, but its how she treats Rapunzel that is truly evil. Instead of treating her as a prisoner, she pretends to be her mother and manipulates her with fear. That’s truly terrifying.
8. Cruella DeVil, 101 Dalmatians
You might be a psycho if you want to wear a coat made of puppy fur. Just sayin’.
7. Ursula, The Little Mermaid
“Here, let me trick you into signing a contract that will doom your father, your family, the entire populace of Sebastien’s undersea medley, and imply strongly that since you’re a PYT (pretty young thing) you don’t need your voice, because men only care how you look.” Yep, definitely evil.
6. Scar, The Lion King
The lengths that Scar will go to to be king of Pride Rock are truly terrifying. Killing your brother? Severe. Killing you nephew, a mere child? Extremely severe. Killing your brother in front of your nephew, convincing the nephew it was his fault, and then ordering his execution? Deeply disturbing.
5. Judge Frollo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Speaking of disturbing, here’s a villain from one of my least preferred Disney movies. It’s strongly implied he intends to rape Esmerelda, he murders Quasimodo’s mother, and keeps Quasimodo hidden away. He is the personification of destruction.
4. Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty
Oh, just a woman who can become a fire-breathing dragon at the drop of a hat and curses an entire kingdom because she wasn’t invited to something she probably didn’t want to go to anyway.
3. Dr. Facilier, The Princess and the Frog
Now we’re getting into the big scary ones. Dr. Facilier is frightening because 1)voodoo is a real practice (eek). 2) His ‘friends from the other side’? Shadow demons. He’s obsessed with money and power and literally sells his soul to try and get them.
2. Chernabog, Fantasia
Ugh. Chernabog. Walt himself referred to this character as the devil. He’s a combination of the minotaur and a Mayan demon. He may only be a small part of Fantasia, but he’s certainly memorable. In an evil, terror inducing way.
1. The Horned King, The Black Cauldron
I’m not sure he needs an introduction, because you can see that picture, yes? Just a cloaked skeleton with hot-coal eyes trying to summon an army of zombies. No big deal. I won’t have nightmares just thinking about him or anything.
What do you think? Did I miss any scary villains?