Disney He has more villains known all over the world, perhaps more than any other studio. It was first cemented by many anime classics, such as the king lion And beauty and the beast, and then reintroduced to new audiences via a series of modern live-action remakes, Disney villains are staples of cinema. From Gaston to Scar and Cinderella’s Stepmother and Jafar, many characters come to mind when you think of Disney animated villains.

However, there are some classic villains who haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve, not necessarily because they were bad beind bad, but because the competition is, frankly, tough. As Disney celebrates its 100th anniversary, let’s take a look at the top 10 Disney villains in classic animated movies.

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10 Claude Frollo – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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the movie Hunchback of Notre Dame The film is about a young man named Quasimodo who was born with physical deformities in a very unacceptable society. If that wasn’t hard enough, Quasimodo’s only “friend” is Claude Frollo, voiced by Tony Jay. Frollo is the worst when it comes to making Quasimodo feel more self-doubt than he already has by tearing him apart and telling him people will hate him. Not only does he then go on a witch hunt for the only true friend Quasimodo makes, Esmeralda, but he’s also responsible for killing Quasimodo’s mother! The guy has some serious problems when it comes to self-control and manipulation.

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9 Professor Rattigan – The Great Mouse Detective

Vincent Price, Professor Rattigan, the great mouse detective

The Great Mouse Detective It is part of the Children’s Books series Basil Baker Street, Written by Eve Titus and Paul Galdon. In this thriller adventure, the villain is none other than Professor Ratigan. When it comes to evil genius and terrifying temperament, Ratigan has it all. Not only does this dude kidnap an inventor so he can use his inventions to overthrow the queen, he also has an evil bat kidnap the inventor’s daughter to use as a hostage.

Ratigan keeps his cool with slight flares throughout the movie, until the very end when we realize the real reason he’s so evil. It’s a rat with an identity crisis: Ratigan wants to be a rat! Unfortunately, that’s not reason enough to be such a vicious bastard.

8 Madame Medusa – Rescuers

Bernard and Bianca with two other mice
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In the 1977 animated comedy, rescuersWe are watching a movie about two mice, Bernard and Bianca, who are on a mission to rescue a little orphan girl named Penny. Who are they saving? The infamous Madame Medusa! This lady means business when it comes to her obsession with gemstones. How do we know this? Well, she kidnapped a child around the age of six in order to get her hands on the world’s largest diamond, the Devil’s Eye.

It might not sound so horrible, but when you see her put Penny in a bucket and go down to a cave full of pirate skeletons, it’s pretty terrifying. Not only does she make this kid look for that diamond, but he’s holding her teddy bear hostage until she finds it! This is just wrong on so many levels.

7 The Horned King – The Black Cauldron

The horned king
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in The black cauldron, you have everything you’d expect in an adventure-driven fantasy movie: an unexpected hero, a princess, a damsel in distress (who also happens to be a pig), and one of the scariest villains a children’s movie has ever seen – The Horned King. We don’t know who he is or where he came from, but quite frankly, he’s terrifying. With mighty horns and red eyes, this king is the worst when it comes to ruling his kingdom.

Perhaps this is why he steals an innocent pig for its magical abilities, so he can find the infamous Black Cauldron and use it to create an army of the undead. While it’s not clear why he would want such an army, you have to admit he keeps his busy hands when it comes to doing evil. Can you even imagine this character as a live-action remake? Now, that would be terrifying!

6 YZMA – The Emperor’s New Groove

The Emperor's New Groove Yzma and Kuzco.  The new groove of Emperor Yzma and Cuzco
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The Emperor’s New Life is one of the biggest hits when it comes to animated Disney movies of the 2000s, and the reason for that is because the characters are a great and humorous bunch, as is the villain, Yzma. This woman is the real deal when it comes to working to get what she wants, which is to get rid of Emperor Kuzco.

Interestingly enough, the plot to do so does not revolve around his being kidnapped or overthrown. No, she directly planned to poison him and have her client dispose of his body. However, unfortunately for her, her client, Kronk, isn’t quite the smartest, and ends up turning Kuzco into a llama instead. However, this does not stop Yzma, as she pursues him through the bushes to enact her original plan. While she may be funny, she is definitely sinister.

5 Percival C McCleach – Rescuers Down

Rescuers fall under McLeach's death
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in Rescuers are belowWe’ve got this great sequel where our original little heroes, Bernard and Bianca, appear again! This time in Australia, however, they’re rescuing a young corpse, Cody, from the villainous McCleach, a poacher who appears to have a baby nap. Although he lets the little boy go at first, he then changes his mind when he realizes that Cody has knowledge of a huge golden eagle hunting him.

Not only did he put the kid in a cage surrounded by other poor animals who had fallen victim to his poaching, but he also dangled that kid on a bunch of crocodiles. This also wasn’t an “I’m torturing you for information” attitude, because he already had information on the eagle. He just wanted to torture this kid. If that doesn’t make you a dangerous villain, we don’t know what does.

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4 Auntie Spacker and Auntie Sponge – James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl
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When you think of your aunt(s), they are usually filled with love, joy, and warmth. Unfortunately for James, that’s not the case James and the Giant Peach. While he has his aunts to take care of him, James may also be on his own as they do nothing but abuse him. Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge are the furthest thing from aunt-like love you’ll ever experience. The audience is left amazed at how he starved the boy and made him work, even though he is actually their nephew. Not only that, but they also made fun of him about his parents’ disturbing deaths. They sure are a worthy group of villains.

3 Governor John Ratcliffe – Pocahontas

Irene Bedard as Pocahontas
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while Pocahontas It may not be entirely accurate when it comes to portraying the story of Pocahontas, but the only thing Disney really got right is the evil villain, Governor John Ratcliffe. While these colonists roamed the land looking for gold, Ratcliffe worked his men like dogs and was the most greedy of them all. He was determined not to believe Pocahontas when she tried to tell them they had no gold. Instead, it alludes to strife and dissension between the Indians and the settlers, which eventually resulted in the near death of John Smith.

2 Prince John – Robin Hood

Robin Hood with Little John
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In this animated modification of Robin HoodWe get to know the story’s villain pretty quickly in the movie: Prince John. While he is already inherently evil because he usurped his brother’s legitimate claim to the throne, he is also known to be evil due to the vile treatment of his subjects, specifically the poor. Since they can’t defend themselves, why not steal from them? This is exactly what he does as he treats them like dirt and the sheriff’s jerk scares them off over the gold scraps they can barely store away. If that wasn’t enough, Prince John constantly teases his niece, Maid Marian. Can’t he leave the people alone and let his brother return to power?

1 Hades – Hercules

Hades and Hercules in the 1997 Disney animated film Hercules
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Hercules It is again one of the classic Disney movies that all audiences love. Interestingly, they also love this movie’s villain, Hades. While Hades is the evil deity of the underworld, he’s also hilariously linked in this movie. However, we can’t condone his actions just because he’s funny. Not only does he try to kill Hercules multiple times, but he also unleashes titans on Earth and tries to destroy Olympus, which ultimately leads to Megara’s death.

He then bargains her life for Hercules’ sake, believing it will end with them both dead – however, unfortunately for him, Hercules becomes a self-sacrificing god, which means not only can he not die, but he also spares Meg. . This is definitely a solid list of villains, even if he does have his humorous moments.


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