There are so many terrifying Disney villains, and so many of them are women (and mothers at that!) that it was difficult for me to decide which one was worse than the next. So I compiled a list of 20 Disney villains and asked my 7-year-old daughter who she thought was scariest. Together we ranked the top 15 Disney villains for you from just plain awful to downright evil. Think of this list as a companion to BuzzFeed’s, um, charming Disney Prince Hotness Ranking.
Now here they are, the most horrible characters from the best Disney animated movies:
15. Every Supporting Character From Alice In Wonderland
The entire movie is like a bad acid trip. Yeah, the Cheshire Cat and the Caterpillar will give you the willies, the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter are bonkers and the Queen is just obnoxious and cray, but what about the flowers? Remember the bullying flowers? I just can’t with this movie. The bread and butterflies? Stop.
14. Shan Yu And The Huns From Mulan
As the “Wikedpedia” puts it, “Shan Yu is among the most ruthless, and merciless villains ever seen in the Disney universe. He proves that it is not below him to kill his enemies in cold blood to prove his strength.” Plus he commands a massive army of giants, so yeah.
13. Captain Hook From Peter Pan
Hook is definitely one of the best known villains in Disney lore, but he’s certainly not the scariest. Ooh, you’ve got a hook, wow, I’m so scared. I CAN FLY, dude.
12. Man/The Hunter From Bambi
HE KILLED BAMBI’S MOTHER OMGGGGGGG STOP I CAN’T STOP CRYING AHHHHHHH (seriously I watched two seconds of this clip yesterday and was bawling!).
11. The Ringmaster From Dumbo
According to the Disney Wiki, “The Ringmaster’s not really considered a villain; he’s just a rather strict and arrogant man. The true “villains” of the film could arguably be the female elephants who disown Dumbo and his mother.” However, The Ringmaster is the one who orders Dumbo’s mother to be separated from her son, which results in the SADDEST SONG EVER, “Baby Mine.” OMG don’t even click, you know you can’t handle it…
10. Gaston From Beauty And The Beast
Gaston is a male narcissist in love with his own sense of virility and obsessed with his desire to conquest Belle, which makes him unique in the world of Disney animated films. We know he’s a jerk because he’s willing to lock Belle’s father up in an asylum, but his truly villainous side doesn’t appear until the rousing anthem “Kill the Beast.”
9. Lady Tremaine From Cinderella
Better known as Cinderella’s step-mother, Lady Tremaine “doesn’t harm her stepdaughter physically, but seeks to destroy her psychologically, motivated by jealousy of Cinderella’s beauty, as it serves to accentuate the greediness and awkwardness of the stepmother’s own daughters, Anastasia and Drizella. Lady Tremaine is also a socialite, determined to gain higher status by marrying one of her daughters to Prince Charming or some bachelor of noble state,” as noted on the Disney Wiki.
8. The English From Pocahontas And Tarzan
Governor Ratcliffe wants to kill the natives in Pocahontas in order to steal the gold he thinks they have. In Tarzan, Clayton kills Tarzan’s gorilla father and tries to kill Tarzan. Those crazy colonizers!
7. Cruella De Vil From One Hundred And One Dalmations
What’s that saying? I’d rather go naked than skin puppies for their fur?
6. Scar From The Lion King
I mean, Uncle Scar is just the worst and errybody knows it. He’s the kind of cowardly villain who has his minions do most of the dirty work for him, which makes him half-scary/half-pathetic. His song, “Be Prepared,” is fraught with tension, though, and this scene where he’s trying to kill Simba at the end is a real nail-biter. Jeremy Irons’ voice – shudder!
5. Ursula From The Little Mermaid
She’s awful, yes, and her song “Poor Unfortunate Souls” is creepy and heartless, but there’s something a little bit lovable about Ursula, too, isn’t there? I don’t know if it’s the way she just goes for it with the red lipstick, white hair and wild gown even though she’s a big girl, or if it’s because she’s so darn clever, but somehow we all get how a funny fat girl could turn mean, no?
4. Queen Grimhilde From Snow White
A little trivia for you, according to Wikipedia: “The Queen is the villain in the 1937 Disney animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This version of the Queen was often referred to as Queen Grimhilde in Disney publications of the 1930s, and was voiced by Lucille La Verne.” Yeah, her shriveled old lady self is terrifying, but let’s not forget that her beautiful, narcissistic self wanted Snow White’s heart in a box. Gulp.
3. Mother Gothel From Tangled
Anyone who grew up with a crazy/overbearing/manipulative mother knows exactly why Gothel is so scary. Way too realistic, Disney! I had to watch Tangled with my therapist.
2. Dr. Facilier From The Princess And The Frog
Dr. Facilier’s big voodoo number in The Princess and the Frog is one of the scariest and most intense scenes in the entire Disney canon. Don’t believe me? Click here to watch “Friends on the Other Side,” when Facilier transforms Prince Naveen into a frog.
1. Maleficent From Sleeping Beauty
There is probably no single more frightening scene in a Disney movie than when the evil Maleficent turns into a fire-breathing dragon at the end of Sleeping Beauty and tries to destroy Prince Phillip. (Unless you’re willing to count the transformation of Maleficent’s live-action counterpart Queen Narissa into a dragon at the end of Enchanted.) Overall, though, Maleficient is still the most evil Disney villain, because who puts a death curse on a baby, y’all? The most evil person you can imagine, that’s who!