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    I picked the most memorable Disney Villains for me. And my personal pick will have to be Maleficent. What are your thoughts? And what villains do you think should’ve made the cut?

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    Miss Frost
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    Everybody knows who Cruela De Vil is.

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    Boidiva02
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    #539079

    Maleficent. Nobody was more evil than her…

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    babypook
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    The Evil Queen in Snow White. Powerful bitch.

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    Anthony
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    I actually had a hard time because I was not very passionate about any of them….but after closely debating Jafar I chose Maleficent.

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    tonorlo
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    I cast my vote for the
    Queen in “Snow White.” Let’s think about this… (SPOILERS GALORE)


     


    Cruella de Vil cuts an
    imposing figure, but she’s so far off the handle to begin with that she lacks
    the discipline for real villainy. In what is a recurrent problem for most of
    the great Disney villains, she has incompetent help in Horace and Jasper, who
    manage to lose 99 puppies through distraction and bickering. Though she clearly
    has the capacity for plotting (and she may be given a tiny bit of credit for
    trying to cover her tracks by feigning sympathy to Anita over the phone),
    Cruella never actually executes a legitimate act of evil on her own, aside from
    some wildly incautious driving (and what does she think she’s actually going to
    achieve by chasing the moving van in the first place?).


     


    The Queen of Hearts and
    Madam Mim are dangerous in that they wield incredible power and haven’t the
    vaguest idea how to use it. Both women threaten mortal danger to the
    heroine/hero of their respective films, but they also suffer from being easily
    distracted and a trifle dimwitted (though the Queen’s bombastic temper does
    cement a very definite “don’t screw with me” impression). Madam Mim is probably
    slightly more lethal in that she has magic at her disposal, but against a
    worthy adversary, she is fairly easily assimilated. (Granted: Merlin is
    probably Mim’s ONLY worthy adversary…)


     


    Jafar has access to
    magic, and he even has an assistant who, though often complaining, is a
    competent toady (Iago comes up with the idea of Jafar marrying Jasmine, and is
    later the one to snag the Genie’s lamp from Aladdin). Jafar is power-hungry,
    and he manages to achieve the greatest power he possibly can, but he is
    ultimately outsmarted by Aladdin in a brilliant about-face. So Jafar is brought
    down by being ambitious, but short-sighted.


     


    Hades is in almost the
    exact same boat as Jafar, although he is handicapped by having wildly
    incompetent help in Pain and Panic. He also errs in relying on a
    beautiful-but-too-vulnerable-for-her-own-good Delilah to succeed where his
    lackeys have failed. The fact is that despite his power, Hades actually causes
    very little of the destructive action in “Hercules” on his own, and even when
    he scores a great coup in rendering Hercules a weakling, the spell is broken so
    quickly that there isn’t much opportunity for real drama in Hades getting a
    temporary upper hand. Hades ultimately adds up to (no pun intended) a lot of
    hot air who doesn’t use the tricks at his disposal as effectively as he might.


     


    Scar doesn’t mind doing
    his dirty work himself, and he is a cunning manipulator of the circumstances to
    his own advantage. He suffers primarily from the fact that his help is not
    entirely reliable under all circumstances (yes, the hyenas get the wildebeest
    stampede going, but they fail to finish the job).


     


    Maleficent is probably a
    little bit overrated, when it comes right down to it. She’s an effective
    speechmaker, but she has the grossly incompetent goons to deal with (why she
    didn’t start chucking lightning bolts at these boobs sixteen years ago?).
    Maleficent does have powerful magic at her disposal, and yet she needs the
    raven to tell her where the girls is in the first place, and furthermore, the
    three Good Fairies manage to meet her with their own less substantial magic at
    each step on the way to the climax, besting her at every turn (forget Prince
    Phillip, who clearly needs all the help he can get; I’ve always felt there was
    a legitimate question as to whether Maleficent’s ultimate undoing is due to
    Flora’s final spell or Phillip’s physical prowess ).


     


    Ursula is a thoroughly  professional villain, with plenty of ambition
    and the street-smarts to get what she wants. She even manages to have competent
    help in Flotsam and Jetsam, who provide her with the opportunity to get back at
    Triton through his daughter. She is able to manipulate Ariel easily, and she
    doesn’t play fair once the bargain is in place. She manages to sway Eric away
    from Ariel via hypnosis (and a killer new body), and were it not for her one
    unthinking moment of looking in the mirror, Scuttle would have never had the
    crucial information he needed in order to thwart the prince’s wedding (and also
    legitimize his standing as a substantial character in one fell swoop). Ursula
    suffers mostly in that in the final analysis, perhaps she’s too caught up in being
    evil for evil’s sake (had she not been so focused on teasing Ariel with the lightning
    bolts, she should have had ample time to notice Eric steering the prow of the
    ship that SHE inadvertently caused to surface). Slightly careless, yes?


     


    Lady Tremaine is one of
    the most underrated villains in the Disney canon. Not only does she manage to
    throw great obstacles at the heroine without the use of magic, but as veteran
    Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston so aptly point out, Lady
    Tremaine “does most of her dirty work while Cinderella is watching. She was the
    only villain to live beside her victim day by day… from a theatrical
    standpoint, they were good for each other.” Lady Tremaine is also exceptionally
    intelligent in that she realizes from Day One that she has lousy help (her
    daughters are useless twerps), but given an on-the-spot opportunity, she
    brilliantly orchestrates a judicious moment to use those twerps to create a
    vivid moment of humiliation for Cinderella. The storytelling of “Cinderella” is
    so well executed that from a strictly logical standpoint, Lady Tremaine ought
    to win out over Cinderella at every turn. By most reckonings, a pair of mice
    shouldn’t be able to spirit the key out of her pocket and get it up to
    Cinderella, and even with that proviso in mind, Lady Tremaine still remains
    undefeated, and again, in an on-the-spot moment of quick thinking, she destroys
    the crucial piece of evidence that Cinderella is counting on to prove her
    identity. (This is, frankly, the one thread of the original “Cinderella” story
    that is better not to think too much about- why does everything else vanish at
    midnight EXCEPT the glass slippers?)


     


    But to the Queen in “Snow
    White.”


     


    The Queen is the most powerful
    woman in her kingdom. She has a reputation for not suffering fools gladly (“She’ll
    swoop down and wreak her vengeance on us!”). She also, with the help of the
    Magic Mirror, achieves a superhuman omniscience that makes her all the more dangerous.
    The Queen is able to take matters into her own hands when her incompetent help
    lets her down, and from there on out, she does all her dirty work entirely by
    herself; her own pet raven is reduced to a quivering bystander (strike one,
    Maleficent). She is able to use not only magic but her wits to manipulate
    circumstances to her advantage. WITHOUT the use of hypnosis (strike two for
    Maleficent), she is able to wheedle Snow White into ignoring a crucial warning
    from the animals not to trust the sweet little old lady with the apple.


     


    Of all these potential
    candidates, the Queen is the only one who isn’t foiled by an unthinking error
    in the execution of her plan (Ursula looking into the mirror), being outsmarted
    or physically overcome by the hero or their surrogates (Madam Mim, Maleficent, Lady
    Tremaine, Jafar, Ursula, Madam Mim, Scar, Jafar) or by having incompetent help
    in carrying out their plan (Maleficent, Scar, Hades). Indeed, it takes what is
    usually euphemistically termed “an act of God” to put the Queen in her place.
    With another few seconds’ time, she could have easily sent that boulder
    crashing down on the dwarves and the animals…


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    psychadelicboy33
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    Evil Queen for sure, that girl is my homie LOL I love her, she is the Fairest of them all.

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    I’d say Maleficent, but I voted for Cruella De Vil, just because she’s downright evil and so over-the-top.

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    alicecullen
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    i love Crulellia de ville

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    Jake
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    Ursula from “The Little Mermaid”. She’s among the greatest villains of all time!

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