The Bumblers, Fools and Failures:
the Ten worst Disney Villains of All Time
These Villains are the ones who make you tilt your head and ask…did they really think that would work? They may not be the most hated villains, and some of them are still among my favorites, but their existence made it all too easy for our heroes to overcome
Number 10. My choice for number 10 isn’t going to be everyone’s choice for a worst villains list, but while I love him and think he is hilarious I have to say that Boog, or The Bowler Hat Dude, is one of the worst Villains of all time. He was manipulated into revenge by a hat and he was so focused on it that he forgot to take the time to live his life. His plans were hilarious but poorly thought out and manipulated resulting in moments of pure hilarity. However it was his redemption that lands him on my list of worst villains of all time. I love the Bowler Hat Dude as a character, but lets face it, he was never really meant to be a villain.
Number 9. Long John Silver may be one of the most famous literary villains of all time, (and also the name sake of a fast food chain), but Captain Silver of ‘Treasure Planet’ was far too likable to be a true villain. We all knew he was a pirate and that his goal was the treasure, but along the way he adopted Jim Hawkins and when push came to shove Silver chose to save the boy rather than his own skin. He’s still a villain, but he has too much potential for good to really be considered bad.
Number 8. Madame Mim made this list simple because of her lack of storytelling merit. There really wasn’t any need for her in the film other than to add a bit of excitement and show off Merlin’s magic skills (as if we hadn’t already gotten that from the magical shrinking items and the form changing spells). I’m not saying that I dislike the film in any way, just saying that Madame Mim is a bit useless as far as villains go.
Number 7. Horace and Jasper. Now these two aren’t really villains per se, more like minions. But they are pretty aweful ones at that. First of all they make their living by beating up old women and kidnapping puppies, which one might think may rank them a bit higher on the list. However, considering that they they are outsmarted by the very canines they capture, they make pretty poor villains in my eyes.
Number 6. Prince John was opportunistic and vengeful. But between the thumb-sucking, his mommy issues and the fact that he was too scrawny to even wear the crown the lion was more of a buffoon than a villain. So A Pox upon the phony king of England and a place at number 6 on Disney Kate’s worst Villains list.
Number 5. Edgar from the Aristocats made it onto my list at number five. While being a catnapper makes him despicable beyond belief, his jealousy, horrible math, and general lack of skills as a crook make him too idiotic to be anything but one of the worst villains of all time.
Number 4. Captain Gantu was an officer in the Galactic Federation, and yet he was outsmarted by a newborn genetic experiment and a five-year-old girl. I’m not saying that Lilo and Stitch aren’t brilliant in their own right, but their success really wrecks Gantu’s credibility as a baddie.
Number 3. Mr. Winkie, nemesis of Mr. Toad made my list at number four. His plan involved framing Mr. Toad for grand-theft-auto and testifying in court that Mr. Toad never sold him Toad Hall as payment for the car. But we later see him throwing a party in Toad Hall while waving the deed around like a trophy. That’s just begging to get caught. The plan was mean spirited but doomed to failure mostly because of Winkie’s own idiocy.
Number 2. ‘The Emporer’s New Groove’ has never been on my favorite movie list mostly because it felt more like a Saturday morning cartoon than a true Disney masterpiece. Part of that was due the absolutely laughable Ysma. Her plot was simple and perfectly villainous, but Ysma herself wasn’t even remotely frightening (regardless of how much Kuzco complained about her ‘terrifying’ looks). Add in the gigantic plot hole that had her wasting a perfectly good opportunity to make sure Kuzco was out of the way and you have Disney Kate’s 2nd worst Disney villain of all time.
Number 1. I’ve left this spot open for a villain who really never should have been on the big screen. Alameda Slim is the yodeling cow rustler capable of steeling 500 cows in one night through his hypnotic singing. Yes, for those of you fortunate enough to have missed the wonderfully aweful “Home on the Range” I did in fact say that he was a yodeling cow rustler…who sparkled. Cow rustling isn’t funny, but Slim is laughable at best. He was given a super power, but being able to hypnotize poor unsuspecting bovine isn’t something to write home about. I saw this movie with a group of first and second graders. He bored them. Enough said.