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10 Reformed Disney Mean Girls (and Boys)

Let’s face it, we all have a little bit of a mean streak.

Just ask any kid who got called by their full name this weekend (“Winter Elena Clark! Those are not pants!” was definitely heard at my house more than once).

That being said, some Disney characters take that streak from throwing spitballs (cough, Sulley, cough) and stretch it into something a bit more sinister. Peter Pan’s mermaids anyone?

Toeing the line between negative and positive attention is always a struggle, but these 10 misunderstood baddies managed to turn themselves around, making us like them in the process.

After all, just because “you are bad guy… this does not mean you are bad guy.”

Zangief knows.

  • They’re bad… but not THAT bad. 1 of 11
    Reformed Disney Mean Girls and Boys
  • Anastasia Tremaine 2 of 11
    Anastasia

    She's definitely mean in the first movie, but I think we can all agree that Lady Tremaine's the ringleader of the group. By the second movie, Anastasia's had a change of heart, and actually stands up to her mother... wait for it... in defense of Cinderella. And by the third movie? She's in love and turns to Cinderella for how-to-be-nice advice. Well played!

  • Megara 3 of 11
    Megara

    If you think about it, she's kind of the Lois Lane of Disneyopolis. And sure, she's in cahoots with Hades, but we can forgive that. Especially once we find out she's fallen for her Wonderboy and his "innocent, farm boy routine."

  • Zangief 4 of 11
    Zangief

    Considering he's one of the most active members of Bad Guys Anonymous, at least he's making an effort. His best quote: "I relate to you, Ralph. When I hit bottom, I was crushing man's skull like sparrow's egg, between by thighs... and I think, why you have to be so bad, Zangief? Why can't you be more like good guy? Then I have moment of clarity... if Zangief is good guy, who will crush man's skull like sparrow's eggs between thighs? And I say, Zangief you are bad guy, but this does not mean you are bad guy." Come on, this is deep, people. Deep.

  • Sulley 5 of 11
    MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

    Ok, so Sulley was not very nice back in his Monsters University days. From taking credit for catching Archie the Scare Pig to gluing mirrored squares all over Mike, it wasn't good. Sure, it was your usual college prank-type stuff, but still. No one likes a bully. Good thing the Scare Games got that out of his system.

  • Oscar "Oz" Diggs 6 of 11
    Oz the Great and Powerful

    Oz's track record of womanizing and general schiestery doesn't exactly make him the nicest person in the world. At first. Finley knows. He also knows how Oz makes good too. So does China Girl. And all the other good people he ends up saving. Still blown away by how all that panned out.

  • Tinker Bell 7 of 11
    Tinker Bell

    Jealous, petty, mean-spirited - we know how Tinker Bell rolls. But once she realizes Peter Pan's in trouble, she'll stop at nothing to save him. And now I'm flashing back to the scene where Peter is searching for her in the rubble of Hangman's Tree... sob.

  • Vanellope Von Schweetz 8 of 11
    Vanellope Von Schweetz

    She's a mixed bag this one. Sweet one minute and sour the next, all she has to do is sling that homemade "Stinkbrain" medal around Wreck-It Ralph's neck and we melt into a puddle of forgiving, chocolatey goo.

  • King Triton 9 of 11
    King Triton

    All bark and no bite, you can't really blame the man for trying to keep a firm grip on his seven-strong school of fish. Er, mermaids. And though it's tough, Ariel gets him to realize that eventually, you have to let your children sink or swim on their own.

  • Wreck-It Ralph 10 of 11
    Wreck-It Ralph

    Poor, misunderstood ham hands himself. Who knew controlling your temper and not smashing everything like a pixelated Hulk could turn things around for the better? You go, boy!

  • Miss Piggy 11 of 11
    Miss Piggy

    Three words: Muppets Take Manhattan. Haven't seen it yet? Do. Just do.

Photo credits: Walt Disney Pictures, Disney-Pixar

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