IGN Ranks 12 (5) Disney Villainesses

With Maleficent now in theaters and showing a different side of the Disney villainess we first saw in Sleeping Beauty, we decided it was an ideal time to look back at 12 villainesses from Disney's animated films.

These women have probably triggered more than a few nightmares – hey, Ursula is terrifying when you're a little kid. They've acted wickedly, committed horrible crimes, and some of them have done the worst of the worst.

We've ranked them from the mildest to the most horrible based on what they've planned and what they've actually done.


5. Evil Queen - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Evil Queen wants to be the fairest of them all. She's so vain she probably thinks this entry is about her. She wanted Snow White's heart in a box and tried to put an end to her more than once. She's cold and sinister, and the fact that she went after Snow White simply because she was envious of the girl's fair looks makes her worse than Maleficent.


4. Mother Gothel - Tangled

Mother doesn't know best in this case. The witch from Tangled has quite the rap sheet. Mother Gothel selfishly hid the magical flower when it could have helped countless others, she kidnapped Rapunzel at a young age and lied to her about her parentage, she passively aggressively abused Rapunzel and manipulated her, she had Flynn falsely imprisoned and nearly executed, and oh yeah, she tried to murder him. Whew. Again, all of this was motivated by a desire to stay young and beautiful and essentially be immortal.


3. Ursula - The Little Mermaid

Ursula might not agree, but she's a poor unfortunate soul. The sea witch craved power and control and swam all over others as she strived to earn the top place in the seas. She tricked countless innocent merfolk, set them up for failure, and tortured and imprisoned them. They were like her creepy little pets. After she stole Ariel's voice and tricked Eric, she tried to kill him, King Triton, and Ariel.


2. Cruella de Vil - 101 Dalmatians

It's hard to wrap your head around the idea that someone would want to kill dogs for the sake of fashion, but that's Cruella de Vil. Specifically, she planned to kill 99 puppies and have them skinned and turned into clothing. The rich and crazed villain owned countless fur coats made from heavens only knows what kind of animals. She's undoubtedly had a hand in killing helpless creatures before, and did I mention the part where she wanted to skin 99 puppies?!


1. Queen of Hearts - Alice in Wonderland

While others on our list have simply attempted murder, the Queen of Hearts has been directly responsible for it. She's unhinged, and she's a big fan of beheading people who make her angry. In the book, the Cheshire Cat says the Queen doesn't really have anyone beheaded, but that's not stated in the film. It seems like she was more than ready to have Alice executed, and it stands to reason she's sent others to their deaths.

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