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The Worst Disney Villains – Despicable Characters We Despise

Your favorite Disney movies wouldn’t be as compelling without a good villain—here are the ones we despise the most!

This list of infamous Disney Villains is sure to send a chill down your spine! Plus, we’ll also share tips for finding them in the Disney parks.

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While the Disney Princesses and Disney Princes often steal the limelight, no Disney Princess movie would be complete without a creepy, deceitful, and manipulative villain!

These despicable characters are adversaries of our beloved characters, so the sad truth is, they’re nobody’s favorites.

Today we’re sharing some trivia and tidbits about the most ghastly of the Disney Villains!

We’ll also give you tips for finding them in Disney World–though this is always subject to change. Many of the villains have appeared in parades in the past, and many have appeared only during special events around Halloween.

We even have a list of Disney character heights so you can get an idea of how tall some of these villains are in their movies!

And for fun, we have some printable Disney Villains games. These are perfect for Halloween or to play while traveling to Disney World! Get yours by clicking the image below.

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Disney Villains that Make Your Skin Crawl

Without further ado, here’s our list of some of the top Disney Villains, including a few from Disney Pixar movies!

1. Evil Queen

The Evil Queen is the iconic villain from the 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, who was envious of Snow White being the fairest in the land.

She has been jealous of her stepdaughter’s beauty ever since Snow White was a young girl, so when the Magic Mirror tells her Snow White is fairer than she, the queen seeks to have her killed.

She poisoned an apple and visited Snow White in disguise, tricking her to take a bite of the apple.

Interestingly, the queen never appears with Snow White in the movie–it’s only when she is disguised that the two interact.

Where to find the Evil Queen at Disney World:

  • Magic Kingdom – The Evil Queen typically makes appearances during Disney Halloween events. She also used to make appearances in the Festival of Fantasy parade, which is currently suspended.
  • Wilderness Lodge – Guests enjoying Storybook Dining get to meet the Evil Queen.
  • Hollywood Studios – The Evil Queen sometimes makes appearances at the Disney Animation building. She also appears in Fantasmic.

2. Lady Tremaine

Also known as Cinderella’s stepmother, Lady Tremaine was known for her ulterior motives for her princess step-daughter.

Because Lady Tremaine’s goal is to have her own daughters marry well, she is jealous of Cinderella’s charm and beauty.

Lady Tremaine was less aggressive than some villains, but definitely more manipulative and oppressive, doing whatever she could to keep Cinderella from attending the royal ball.

Where to find Lady Tremaine at Disney World:

  • Grand Floridian Resort – “Happily Ever After” character dining at 1900 Park Fare will allow you to meet Lady Tremaine.

3. Mother Gothel

From the movie Tangled, Mother Gothel is the villain who kidnapped Rapunzel as a baby and harnessed the power of her hair to enjoy perpetual youth.

She is manipulative, vain, and quite dramatic.

She selfishly keeps Rapunzel locked inside a tower, under the guise of protecting the princess from the evils that lurk outside.

Where to find Mother Gothel at Disney World:

  • Magic Kingdom – Mother Gothel’s likeness has been seen during Halloween events in the past, but it is unknown if she will appear in the new events.
  • Disney Cruise Line – The Tangled Musical performance features Mother Gothel.

4. Jafar

Jafar is the powerful assistant to the Sultan in Aladdin, and will stop at nothing to gain possession of the lamp so he can become the most powerful in the world.

The royal vizier of Agrabah, he is second-in-command and often uses his staff to hypnotize the Sultan. He’s spent years searching for the Cave of Wonders in an attempt to become more powerful.

He frequently uses the powers of his cobra staff to deliver spells, perform trickery, and execute deceitful activities.

Iago the bird is his sidekick in evildoing.

Where to find Jafar in Disney World:

  • Jafar typically does not make appearances at Disney World, unless it is during Halloween events.

5. Ursula

From The Little Mermaid, Ursula is the boistrous half-octopus, half-woman villain who convinces Ariel to wager her voice in exchange for a pair of human legs.

Her eel sidekicks, Flotsam and Jetsam, assist her in working her evil plans, which include creating potions and casting spells in exchange for bargains her customers cannot live up to.

She is well-known for her song, “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” Interestingly, Ursula only has six tentacles.

Where to find Ursula at Disney World:

6. Captain Hook

Captain Hook is the dastardly pirate captain from Peter Pan. He commandeers a crew of pirates, along with his unwitting sidekick Mr. Smee.

Since losing his hand to a crocodile during a battle with Peter Pan, Captain Hook is out to seek revenge on Neverland’s favorite guy.

He is obsessed with finding Peter Pan and enacting revenge, and fears nothing but the hungry crocodile.

Where to find Captain Hook at Disney World:

  • You used to be able to meet Captain Hook at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, though that is temporarily suspended. He does not frequent the theme parks typically, but you can see his likeness in Peter Pan’s Flight at the Magic Kingdom.
Jafar and Maleficent, two villains in a parade at Disney World

7. Maleficent

From the 1958 film Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent was the evil fairy who cast a spell on Aurora. Diablo is her raven sidekick in the film.

Elegant but dark, Maleficent is also the villain who causes Aurora to prick her finger on a spindle at the age of 16.

The self-proclaimed mistress of all evil, her only companions are her raven and her henchmen.

She turns into an evil dragon in the film in an effort to keep Prince Phillip from finding Aurora.

Where to find Maleficent at Disney World:

  • Hollywood Studios – Maleficent is featured in Fantasmic.
  • Magic Kingdom – Around Halloween, you can often see Maleficent in Fantasyland.

8. Cruella de Vil

“If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will…” Cruella is the old schoolmate of Anita, one of the human caretakers of Pongo, Perdita, and their brood of puppies in 101 Dalmatians.

Cruella sets out on a devious plot to capture the puppies for the purposes of using their fur for a coat.

Her obsession with fur runs deep, as it’s both a source of livelihood and a means of setting herself apart with unique pieces. She’s reckless and impulsive, which ultimately leads to her demise.

Where to find Cruella at Disney World:

  • Disney Springs – For a limited time, the “Cruella-Mobile” is available for photo opportunities.
  • Cruella typically isn’t seen in the Disney World theme parks, unless during Halloween events.

9. Gaston

We’ve all probably met someone like Gaston in our lives—someone whose opinion of themselves is a bit too high.

Appearing in Beauty and the Beast, the big and brawny Gaston is convinced Belle is the only female who is “worthy” of his affection, and he sets out to win her over.

When she declines, his ego takes a hit, as he’s not used to being told “no.”

He sings his own praises in the song “Gaston,” and he convinces the villagers to attack the Beast in his song, “Kill the Beast.”

Where to find Gaston in Disney World:

  • Magic Kingdom – Gaston can be found in Fantasyland by Gaston’s Tavern.
  • Hollywood Studios – Gaston can be seen in Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage.
Disney Villain Gaston trying to pull Belle closer to him in the stage performance of Beauty and the Beast at Hollywood Studios in Disney World

10. Shere Khan

Shere Khan is the menacing bengal tiger from The Jungle Book.

The most feared animal for miles, he instills fear in the other animals in the jungle, who view him as a top predator.

He hates humans, as he’s afraid of their fire and guns.

Due to his vow to kill any human in the jungle, Shere Khan is on the hunt for Mowgli.

Where to find Shere Khan in Disney World:

  • Shere Khan is not currently featured in the theme parks.

11. Scar

Scar is the villain from The Lion King, serving as jealous adversary to Simba.

The evil brother of King Mufasa, Scar is a witty and seductive villain.

Along with his hyena sidekicks, Ed, Shenzi, and Banzai, he is the evil mastermind who convinces Simba to leave Pride Rock so he can be next in line for the throne.

He is well-known for his song, “Be Prepared.”

Where to find Scar at Disney World:

  • Scar isn’t typically seen in the theme parks, but there is a statue of him at the Art of Animation Resort.

12. Queen of Hearts

From the 1951 film Alice in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts is the tyrant leader of Wonderland.

She frequently punishes her adversaries with the command, “Off with their heads!” and is an iconic villain known for frequent mood swings and a raging temper.

Although she enjoys playing croquet (as long as she doesn’t lose!), her only soft spot is for her husband.

Where to find the Queen of Hearts at Disney World:

13. Yzma

Yzma is the evil sorceress from The Emperor’s New Groove, who commonly flies into fits of rage when things don’t go her way.

After being fired from her position as advisor to the Emperor, she seeks revenge by trying to kill the emperor.

Kronk is her henchman sidekick.

Where to find Yzma at Disney World:

  • At this time, Yzma does not visit the theme parks.

Bonus Bad Guys: Pixar Villains

Disney Pixar films aren’t without their fair share of villains, too! Here are a few that serve as foes of our favorite characters.

1. Syndrome

Also known as Buddy Pine, Syndrome is the villain from The Incredibles.

After Mr. Incredible rejects Buddy’s pleas to become a superhero, Buddy channels his bitterness when he becomes the supervillain Syndrome.

As a classic sociopath, he decided to wreak havoc on the world so he could “save” it, caring nothing about hwo gets hurt along the way.

2. Sid Phillips

Sid is Andy’s evil next-door neighbor in Toy Story.

Instead of treating his toys with care, Sid treated them terribly, blowing toys up or creating mutant toys with their parts.

Once he learned they are alive, he changed his ways and promised to never harm another toy again.

3. Stinky Pete

Also known as the Prospector, Stinky Pete is a vintage pull-string toy villain from Toy Story 2.

Initially, Woody believes the Prospector to be a kind ally, until Woody tries to escape. He learns the Prospector has grown bitter from having no child to love him.

Determined to make it to the museum, the Prospector is willing to go to any lengths to ensure it happens.

4. Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear

Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear, or “Lotso” for short, is the strawberry-scented bear who ruled Sunnyside Daycare in Toy Story 3.

Initially believed to be a friendly toy, Lotso later reveals his true nature.

Having been left behind accidentally by his owner years ago, his resentment grew into bitterness, which he takes out on the other toys.

5. Hopper

From A Bug’s Life, Hopper is the head grasshopper who is adversary to Flik the ant.

Ruthless and cunning, he seeks to keep the ants and his own gang under his control. He dislikes appearing weak, so he often hurts his own men to make himself appear stronger.

6. Ernesto de la Cruz

A famous singer and musician, Ernesto de la Cruz was a dazzling performer who experienced an untimely death.

Residing in the Land of the Dead, Ernesto meets Miguel, who discovers things aren’t always as they seem.

7. Randall Boggs

Randall is the sneaky sidekick of Mr. Waternoose in Monster’s Inc.

As the second-best scarer at Monster’s Inc., his jealousy of the beloved and successful Sully leads him to try to revolutionize the scaring industry and make a name for himself.

Disney Villains We Love to Hate

Now that you’ve learned a bit about the most infamous Disney Villains and have an idea of where you might find them at Disney World, it’s time to have some fun!

You can check out the villains on this list of Disney Perler bead patterns and on this list of free Disney crochet patterns for a fun craft idea!

You’ll love these printable Disney Villains games for kids–perfect for a Halloween party or for the drive to Orlando for your trip! You can get yours by clicking the image below.

Click the image to download your free Disney Villains printable games!

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