We hate to see them go but love to watch them leave
We don’t need to tell you how great Disney animators are, but what we can say is they have done a fantastic job of giving us a multitude of villains over the years. One thing that comes from having a great villain is the relief moviegoers feel when that villain is defeated.
Well, Disney has a plethora of ways to rid the characters of their evildoers. Some more gruesome than others. While the character’s death is very rarely shown, our imaginations run wild with what might have actually happened.
We’re going over six Disney villain deaths and we want you to choose which one was the worst way to go.
Let’s dive in.
The Evil Queen
I guess we should say thank you to the Evil Queen. She became the prototype for Disney villains and started the trend of falling from great distances to meet their demise. you’ll notice that this is a popular way out. The Queen gets bonus points for her death because the same boulder she attempts to dislodge in order to smash the Seven Dwarfs follows her off the mountainside. We can assume the two met each other at the bottom of the cliff. Even if she was able to survive the fall – surely the boulder finished the job.
When Disney gave us The Little Mermaid, we were introduced to a villain that is not only deliciously evil but also likes to have a little fun. After she takes King Tritons’ power and becomes ruler of the sea, Ursula transforms herself into a massive creature, towering over ships rocking in the waves. Unfortunately, this just makes her a bigger target for Prince Eric, who is at the ship’s helm as it barrels toward her and impales her. Sadly, her run at being ruler cost her much more than her voice.
Judge Claude Frollo
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” has gone down in the books as Disney’s darkest film, and rightfully so. The movie revolves around a central character who is constantly bullied for his looks. Well, it’s safe to say Frollo received his just deserts as he chases Quasimodo and Esmerelda on top of the burning cathedral. As Frollo stands atop of a statue on the cathedral the fixture begins to crumble under his weight. As the statue breaks he falls headfirst from the cathedral towers into a pool of molten lead. Talk about a brutal death.
Sometimes it isn’t a great idea to have friends on the other side. Especially when you make them angry. After he loses control of the forces of magic that supplied him with all his voodoo power, he falls victim to them. The magical creatures take hold and drag him into their world, kicking and screaming. One can only assume things down there aren’t so pleasant.
Every character from “Tarzan” will be in our heart — that is except Clayton. Nothing makes the gun-toting fiend evil except for his urge to hunt and kill animals for no reason but his enjoyment. As with the trend Clayton appears to meet his end by falling from a great height while he and Tarzan are up against each other. One should know to never follow an ape-man into a tree. As Clayton finds himself hanging in a bunch of vines, he whips out his knife and begins chopping away at the foliage. As he hacks away at the chords some get tangled around his neck resulting in a makeshift noose. Tarzan yells for him to stop but it was too late. He would have kept falling if the vines hadn’t stopped him short of the ground. The most sinister part of this death? You can see his shadow hanging in the background.
It’s safe to say that Scar is the worst villain we have seen in a Disney animated flick. The guy kills his brother by throwing him into a stampede of wildebeests. Then convinces his nephew he is responsible for his father’s death. Then causes the downfall of Pride Rock, we think everyone would agree that his death was much appreciated. Simba throws his uncle off of Pride Rock, and while usually, this would be enough to end any Disney villain, Scar gets up and is greeted by a group of hyenas, thinking they are his friends. More hyenas begin to enter through the flames as Scar is backed into a corner. As the hyenas close in, we see the terror in his eyes as he realizes what’s about to happen to him. But what do you expect? It’s the circle of life.
Some may not know a whole lot about “Oliver and Company” but let us spoil the ending for you. Sykes is a man who resorts to kidnapping small children and asking for ransom as a way to make money. During a car chase, Sykes finds himself driving straight toward a damn train. The train slams into Sykes, creating a quick ball of flames and smoke. While most Disney villains would still have enough of their body leftover to give them a proper funeral, Sykes was most likely obliterated. Talk about a guy who gets what he deserves, but why should we worry?
Here are some of our other favorites that didn’t make it into the story.
Gaston, “Beauty and the Beast”: falls from the Beast’s castle into a jagged ravine.
Maleficent, “Sleeping Beauty”: impaled by a sword, then falls into a firey pit.
Shan Yu, “Mulan”: Explodes after being sent into a building housing fireworks.
Charles F. Muntz, “UP”: gets caught in balloons, falls from really, really, really high up.
Lyle T. Rourke, “Atlantis: The Lost Empire:” crystalized and presumably shatters into a million pieces.
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