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Disney villains tend to be very noteworthy, both for their personalities and their songs. However, some of them can also be horrible, ruthless, and despicable. As Disney is primarily about kid-friendly fare, please note that qualifying for this trope takes something pretty extraordinary.


Disney Animated Canon

  • Atlantis The Lost Empire: Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke is a tomb-robbing mercenary (or, as he insists, "adventure capitalist") solely in the Atlantis operation for profit. The leader of the expedition sent to find Atlantis, Rourke maintains a gruff, militaristic indifference to the lives of those lost to the Leviathan and upon seeing the Heart of Atlantis, plans to confiscate it and sell it for double the money he'd receive. Knowing full well this will kill every Atlantean, when he's confronted on this Rourke threatens to shoot Princess Kida and shortly thereafter murders her father, never dropping his friendly façade. Rourke was concerned for little else but himself and the potential profit he could reap from Atlantis, to the point where he tosses Helga off a blimp to her death for a minor benefit to his escape, and was greedy enough in the end to make his entire party turn against him.
  • The Black Cauldron: The Horned King is a dark, terrifying, power-hungry lich tyrant with a god complex and absolutely No Sense of Humor (a rare case for a Disney villain which makes him more creepy). He plans to obtain the powers of the eponymous Cauldron in order to raise an army of undead skeletons to rule the world and so destroy thousands of human lives. He stops at nothing to achieve his goal, even if it means kidnapping and/or killing an innocent girl or a harmless little pig, or harvesting his own perfectly loyal men to make more skeletal warriors. When the Cauldron seems to need another body he immediately decides to sacrifice his most sycophantic servant to it. He also has a bit of an ego to him since his motive behind conquering the world is forcing all of humanity to worship him as a god. Because the mindless Cauldron Born turn their enemies into more of themselves, he's planning to turn the world into a graveyard so he can be king of the dead if he can't be king of the living.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Judge Claude Frollo is the self-proclaimed Minister of Justice, but is in truth a deeply prejudiced corrupt official. Frollo holds the gypsies scattered around Paris in deep contempt, and seeks to eradicate them. Killing a young gypsy mother on the steps of Notre Dame, Frollo then attempted to drown her infant son for his deformities, only being stopped by the archdeacon. Solely for fear of being punished for his crimes, Frollo takes the boy in, naming him Quasimodo and raising him in isolation, teaching him to think of himself as a monster. Frollo lusts after the gypsy dancer Esmeralda, resolving to force her to be his, or kill her. Frollo terrorizes Paris while searching for her, imprisoning many gypsies and having a massive portion of the city burnt down. He finally besieges the gypsy hideout and captures them all, including Esmeralda. Accusing Esmeralda of witchcraft, Frollo attempts to publicly execute her when she rejects his advances before launching an attack upon the cathedral when Quasimodo rescues her. When Esmeralda seemingly dies, Frollo asks a mourning Quasimodo for forgiveness, only to try and stab him when he lets his guard down. He finally pursues Quasimodo and Esmeralda onto a balcony and attempts to murder them both. Perhaps Clopin puts it best, when he asks, "Who is the monster and who is the man?"
  • The Lion King: Scar is defined by his envy and hatred of his elder brother Mufasa. Hating that he isn't king, Scar hatches a scheme to remove Mufasa from the equation as well as Mufasa's young son Simba. When Scar's first attempt to murder Simba and his best friend Nala fails, Scar has his Hyena cohorts cause a stampede and personally throws Mufasa in to be trampled when he escapes it. He then convinces Simba the whole thing was his fault, convincing him to go into self imposed exile before ordering the hyenas to murder Simba anyways. Scar's incompetence as king leads to a famine, and when Simba returns, he sees Scar refuse to allow anyone to leave to go anywhere else, declaring, "so be it" when Mufasa's widow Sarabi says he's condemning everyone to death. He proceeds to backhand her when she compares him unfavorably to Mufasa, and when he confronts Simba, Scar tries to break him by bringing up Mufasa's death. He only pauses in his attempt at a public execution to mock Simba that Scar was Mufasa's true murderer. Later, in a desperate attempt to save his own skin, he tries to blame everything on his loyal hyena henchmen.
  • Mulan: Shan Yu views the Emperor of China having built the Great Wall as both an insult and a challenge. As a violent Blood Knight, Shan Yu leads his horde of Huns to invade, relishing when China knows he's there. After capturing two Imperial spies, Shan Yu releases them with a message for the Emperor- but has one of his archers kill one anyways as you only need one man to deliver a message. Shan Yu later ambushes the armies of General Li at a village, resulting in a mass slaughter, not only of the soldiers, but every civilian as well, with no children spared either. Even after his army's downfall, Shan Yu attacks the Imperial Palace with his remaining men and takes the Emperor hostage, furiously trying to kill him when he refuses to kneel to Shan Yu.
  • Pinocchio: The Coachman runs Pleasure Island, a too-good-to-be-true amusement park for troublesome children. Presenting a guise as a kindly old man, he laces the cigars and beer of the children with a substance that transforms the children into donkeys whenever they act like jerks. The Coachman then sells them as normal animals into harsh working environments and keeps the boys who can still talk within a pen with no indication of their fates afterwards. Even Honest John and Gideon, a pair of con artists, are visibly terrified by him and his actions.
  • The Rescuers Down Under: Percival C. McLeach is a sick and twisted poacher. He starts by kidnapping Cody, a child who confronts him about his poaching, and then tricks the authorities into thinking Cody is dead by throwing Cody's backpack to the crocodiles. From there he tosses knives at Cody, locks him in one of the cramped cages he keeps the animals he's captured in, and to top it all off, ties Cody to a crane and lowers him into another river filled with crocodiles, only to raise him back up, then almost does it again just to toy with him. When the power on his half-track goes out, stopping him from lowering Cody, McLeach takes out a gun and shoots the rope holding him above the river. Finally, he is seen abusing his "pet", Joanna the Goanna.

Pixar

  • Toy Story 3: Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear is the ruler of Sunnyside Daycare, and oppresses the other toys through brute force and violence. Originally the favorite toy of a young girl named Daisy, Lotso was mistakenly lost and replaced, leading him to believe that all toys were worthless and unloved. Taking over Sunnyside, Lotso subjects the toys in the Caterpillar Room to horrid mistreatment from the younger children. When Andy's toys request that they be relocated to the Butterfly Room, Lotso resets Buzz Lightyear and has him beat down his friends, showing a cold satisfaction while doing so. When Woody frees the toys and they attempt to escape, Lotso has Chatter Telephone beaten in order to get him to explain Woody's escape plan before ordering the toys disposed of in the dumpster. When his minions turn on him and he is taken to the dump, along with Andy's toys, he abandons them to burn to death in the incinerator, ignoring that they had previously saved his life. While he has a tragic backstory, Woody himself calls him out on how weak it is, stating that Lotso had abandoned her, not the other way around. Sociopathic and misanthropic, Lotso may have appeared innocent, but was depraved to his core.

TV series

  • American Dragon: Jake Long: The Huntsman is the worst of the Huntsclan, seeing as he is their leader. He kidnapped Rose at birth and was quite possibly the one who personally brainwashed her into believing in the Huntsclan way of life. As Rose's abduction means that this is probably the way that all Huntsclan members are recruited, this possibly gives him somewhat of a Freudian Excuse. However, since his hatred has consumed him to the point where he has continued to kidnap infants from their parents despite knowing that he himself was kidnapped, he could be considered even more of a monster. The Huntsman has also killed a magical creature onscreen and when he found out about Rose's Heel–Face Turn, he threatened to kill her parents if she refused to help him acquire the means to kill every single magical creature on the face of the Earth.
  • Darkwing Duck: Taurus Bulba, Darkwing’s smartest and most-feared adversary, is introduced serving a ninety-nine year sentence at a high-security prison for several crimes, including the murder of Gosalyn's grandfather. Once he breaks out and destroys the prison he was contained in, Taurus schemes to activate the Waddlemeyer Ramrod in order to destroy buildings and rob banks. To gain the code, Taurus threatens to drop Gosalyn off a building if Darkwing didn't activate the Ramrod, remarking that she'd "make a nasty stain on the street." Once Darkwing activates the Ramrod in desperation, Taurus drops Gosalyn anyways for little reason at all, looking over it with a smug grin. After he was resurrected by F.O.W.L. as a cyborg, Taurus shows his gratitude by destroying their base and going to work on his own. With no comedic quirks and with no regard to who he hurt, Taurus Bulba was Darkwing's most feared adversary for a reason.
  • Gargoyles, for the most part, has a well-deserved reputation for sympathetic and three-dimensional villains - Xanatos pets at least as many dogs as he kicks, while Demona has an involved and tragic backstory that keeps her sympathetic despite the often extreme evil of her present appearances. There are, however, a few unrepentantly horrible ones:
    • Jackal is a sadistic and violent member of The Pack who gleefully participates in hunting the gargoyles for sport and abandons his humanity to become a cyborg killing machine, seeming only to take pleasure in violence and cruelty. While Jackal is often kept in check by his colleagues, season 2's "Grief" reveals what he is truly capable of. When the Egyptian God Anubis is captured by an Emir seeking to bring his dead son back to life, Jackal seizes power from the Jackal God and makes himself the god of death, torturing his enemies by aging them to the point they are almost too infirm to move and transforming his own teammates into children. Jackal proceeds to attempt to wipe out every living thing on the planet simply because he can, even destroying an entire city before he is stopped.
    • Thailog is the Evil Twin of Goliath. Created from the DNA of Goliath, with some more from Xanatos and Mad Scientist Anton Sevarius, Thailog ended up as an Evil Genius whose only drive was his ambition to dominate, enrich himself and control what he could. Thailog seduced Demona and attempted to trick her and Macbeth into killing one another to steal their fortunes and seize control of their assets. He later revealed he had cloned the Gargoyle clan in preparation for killing them...even Demona herself. When Demona stopped Thailog from killing her daughter, Thailog merely attempted to kill her as well, and later resurfaced to gut Goliath with a knife to collect his DNA and potentially kill his 'father.'
    • Proteus of the New Olympians is a shape-shifting Serial Killer who was imprisoned after murdering the previous captain of the guard. He consistently assumes the form of his victim to mock the man's son Taurus. When he tricks his way to freedom, Proteus delights in sowing the seeds of chaos all through the city, using people's emotions against them with his powers for a sick thrill and trying to destroy his city and commit genocide on his own people.
  • My Babysitter's a Vampire: "The Cloaked Man" from season two (actually Vice Principal Stern, is an arrogant and genocidal wizard out to wipe out all vampires, knowing that not all are evil, and that some are even his students. He starts his operations by summoning the breath of death, a mist to drive vampires to kill each other, before the human Ethan foils his plan. Upon finding out Ethan has seer powers, and after being exposed, The Cloaked Man casts a spell on Ethan to cause him to hallucinate everyone being dead, just to make sure Ethan doesn't cross him. The Cloaked Man also gets his hands on the Lucifactor, a energy draining weapon to kill vampires, and goes on a killing spree before planning on using the Caller beacon to wipe out vampires en masse. During the climax, he tries to distract Ethan by casting a spell that makes Ethan's friend Benny attack him.

Live-action films
  • The Lone Ranger: Butch Cavendish is one of the darkest villains to ever appear in a Disney film. Rumored to be a Wendigo for his unusual habits, Butch shows why when after gunning down the hero, Reid's brother, Butch cuts out his heart and eats it. Butch uses fear to oppress any hint of rebellion and will kill at any hint of complaint At one point, he even kills a laborer for nothing more than saying the entrance of a cave he wanted entry to was blocked. Butch conspires to start a war with, and wipe out the Comanche people for the silver in the mines by leading attacks on innocent people in settlements, framing the Comanche. In the past, when the Comanche saved Butch's life, he repaid them by slaughtering them, earning Tonto's undying hatred. With his evil and his dark habits, it's easy to see why Tonto sees Butch as a flesh-eating monster of myth.
  • 1998's Mighty Joe Young: Evil Poacher Andrei Strasser begins the film by killing the titular ape’s mother while also mortally wounding a doctor trying to stop him. Years later, Strasser runs a supposed animal preserve that is secretly a way for him to lure in and kill endangered species for his own profit. When enlisted to help "save" Joe, Strasser also attempts to kill Joe's human friends, causing his right-hand-man, Garth, to turn against him. He demonstrates zero remorse when a missed shot accidentally starts a deadly fire at a carnival, and simply stalks the heroine to murder her and finish the job he began with her mother.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • Dead Man's Chest and At World's End: Lord Cutler Beckett of the East India Trading Company is the Big Bad of the second and third films. Upon his arrival at Port Royale, Beckett assumes illegal control and has the governor's messenger to the king murdered. Beckett later enslaves Davy Jones, forcing him to kill his pet Kraken and making Jones his personal attack dog of the seas. Governor Swann himself is later murdered when Beckett decides he's of no further use. It is made abundantly clear Beckett's prime control is power and control and piracy is a threat to that, particularly when he initiates a purge of anyone even vaguely associated with piracy with all legal proceedings suspended. The result is a massive line of people, many of whom aren't even pirates, taken to the gallows to be hanged. Not even children are safe as a little boy is shown being hanged as Beckett looks on without remorse or emotion. His only emotion is a satisfied "finally" when the prisoners indicate the pirate Brethren Court is going to be called.
    • On Stranger Tides: Blackbeard enjoys torturing his prisoners, locks them in cages and burns them alive, punishes anyone who tries to disagree with him, his horrible treatment of Syrena, and in the end, he is ready to sacrifice his own daughter to save his own life. His disregard for his own daughter's life was even implied when he was ready to force Jack Sparrow to jump the gorge under the threat of her death, and ordered a mook to load two guns with a bullet each, and keep even himself in the dark as to which guns are loaded, and later lied to his daughter about knowing which ones are loaded.
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: Nizam, the uncle of the hero Dastan chafed at being in the shadow of his elder brother, the King. To remove himself from under the King's shadow, Nizam set his sights on the Dagger of Time and the Sands of Time, not caring of the horrors and chaos he could unleash on the world. Nizam brought about a battle with an innocent city, not remotely caring of the deaths of innocents, and arranged the death of his own brother while attempting to have his sons murdered. Revealing an utter contempt for the adopted low-born Dastan, Nizam revealed his true goal was to rewind time so he could undo this greatest error: once saving his brother's life when they were children.
  • Return to Oz: Princess Mombi somehow manages to outdo the Wicked Witch of the West in sheer unpleasantness: let's start with the asking price for helping the Nome King- the heads of several beautiful women. Mombi keeps these heads, still alive and still conscious, in a hall of cabinets; every so often, she'll "slip into something more comfortable" by swapping heads. And when Dorothy arrived in the Emerald City, Mombi had her imprisoned, fully intending to keep her there until she reached adulthood just so she could have a fully mature head to add to her "collection."
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Judge Doom is the sadistic and merciless high judge of Toontown, and a staunch anti-toon bigot. Since toons can't be killed in any way, Doom invented a solution called the Dip and is introduced demostrating its effects by melting an innocent toon-shoe. When Roger Rabbit is accused of murder Doom starts a ruthless hunt, reveling in the thought of melting him in the Dip regardless if he's guilty or not and showing full willingless to harm or kill anyone who stands in his way, either himself or by letting his brutal weasel henchmen do it. Doom himself was the mind behind the murder, along with RK Maroon's who tried to report him. His Evil Plan is to commit a massive toon genocide by spraying Dip over Toontown in order to build a freeway and owning all the profits. The worst part, however, is that Doon is a toon himself and the responsible of Private Detective Eddie Valiant's hate towards the toons since he's the one who killed his brother long ago by smashing him with a piano. During the final battle Doom attemps to kill Eddie, along with Roger and his wife Jessica, by cutting him in half with a buzzsaw grinning evilly all the time. Despite the lighthearted nature of the movie, Doom is a shockingly dark and frightening villain.

Video Games

  • The Haunted Mansion: Atticus Thorn is an Evil Sorcerer who seeks to use the power of the six soul gems to destroy both the afterlife and the living world. Thorn has lived for hundreds of years by devouring souls to extend his life, keeping them trapped in his body to drain them for energy. Just before the Final Boss fight, Thorn devours the soul gems along with 999 souls, stating that with his new powers there will no longer be either the land of the living or the afterlife, just "death, death, and more death."
  • Kingdom Hearts: Master Xehanort is responsible, both indirectly and directly, for all the hardships the main characters suffer and the creation of the three main villains that are destroying the worlds. The secret reports in Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep paint him as a well-meaning person ready to resort to extreme solutions of unleashing the Heartless and the Unversed in order to flood the universe with darkness and thus bring about perfect balance between light and darkness, but as of the game, he's clearly run so far beyond the line of inexcusable acts that any good intentions he once had are long gone. He takes Ven, an eleven-year-old child, in as an apprentice with the sole intention of training him to use the darkness and stealing his body. When Ven proves himself not to be up to the task, he forcibly extracts Ven's darkness, leaving him comatose, then drops his apprentice's failing body off in his own much-hated homeworld to die. After realizing Ven isn't going to die, he gives him to his fellow Keyblade Master Eraqus, a man whom he considers to be a brother, to train until Ven's light grows strong enough that he can be forcibly reunited with his darkness and become a weapon that will allow its wielder to reshape the entire world. While he's there, he notices Eraqus's student, Terra, and immediately decides that he wants Terra's body. Through a complex series of manipulations, Xehanort arranges Terra to fight Eraqus to the death, and finishes off Eraqus himself after Eraqus is weakened. He is even willing to risk an apocalypse out of sheer curiosity. Eventually Xehanort willingly splits himself into two beings: his Heartless, "Ansem", which possesses Riku and manipulates a cartel of Disney villains from behind the scenes, and his Nobody, "Xenmas", which formed Organization XIII, manipulated its members to stop them from growing Hearts for themselves, and planned on using all of them as vessels to store pieces of his own Heart in, to turn them into clones of himself.