This weekend, Disney releases one of its most iconic villains to the world in the Angelina Jolie powered “Maleficent.”
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Jolie looks absolutely perfect as the revenge-driven sorceress, and if she’s powerful enough to topple Fox’s X-Men at the box office, there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing more mouse-house wrongdoers as the focal point of future summer tent-poles.
So, in honor of the queen of malefactors, and simply because we can’t wait to see the film, we’ve come up with what we believe are the five most evil villains in Disney history.
Prince John ("Robin Hood")
One of the more complicated villains in the Disney library, Prince John’s vulnerability becomes the driving force behind his need to oppress the good people of Nottingham. Sure, it’s cute when we first see King Richard’s younger brother sucking his thumb, but when we witness how he compensates for his childlike insecurities, we realize there’s nothing lovable about this heartless tyrant.
An oft-overlooked villain, Prince John is a character so terrible that he imprisons women, children and God-fearing friars in order to get back at the one man, I mean fox, he hates the most — Robin Hood.
Pinocchio may have the longest list of horrible people of any Disney film, and really they all deserve a spot on this list. For the sake of order, however, we’ll make Stromboli the poster child for this terrifying animated adventure.
While Honest John and Gideon are pretty despicable, once you introduce Stromboli and the Coachman, you’ve entered a world possibly too scary and too bizarre for even Rod Serling.
Kidnapping, caging children, child labor, human or donkey trafficking — it’s all there, and all upsetting. By the time we get to Monstro the whale, we, the audience, are left wondering why anyone ever goes outside in that seemingly peaceful village … ever. Even with a well-intentioned cricket by your side, it might be the scariest place in the Disney universe.
Queen of Hearts ("Alice in Wonderland")