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Know Your Disney Villainesses

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Sharpen your knowledge of Disney’s Bad Girl Club

It’s hard being your own woman sometimes. You create your own stand-out style, make your mark on the world – and people still call you Brenda instead of Linda. The lady villains of Disney know your pain.

Constantly I see people making reference to Maleficent and they’re really talking about the Evil Queen. People say things like “That one chick…with the mermaid. Isn’t she a fish or something?” and Ursula is just sitting over there like “I’m half octopus! How is that forgettable?!” With the upcoming (highly anticipated) Maleficent II movie, one would think fans could get their ducks in a row. Right?

I understand that we all have our favorites (I want Maleficent to be my EFF – evil friend forever) but, do yourself a favor and expand your horizons. Know all of your Disney Villainesses.

Here is a breakdown so you can learn about the Disney Villainesses!


The Evil Queen

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Story: Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
Aliases: The Queen, Wicked Queen, Queen Grimhilde
Disney Villainesses Inspiration: Joan Crawford
Who She Is: Queen, stepmother to Snow White, narcissist
Powers: Dark Magic via magic mirror, cauldron and spells
Quote: “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”
Trademarks: Poison Apple, black hood, crown




Story: Sleeping Beauty
Aliases: Mistress of all Evil, Embodiment of Evil
Disney Villainesses Inspiration: original fairy tale
Who She Is: Evil Fairy, third wheel at parties
Powers: Magical Being, transformation, curses
Quote: “The princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty, beloved by all who know her. But… before the sun sets on her 16th birthday, she shall prick her finger, on the spindle of a spinning wheel – AND DIE! ”
Trademarks: Raven, horns


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Story: The Little Mermaid
Aliases: The Sea Witch
Disney Villainesses Inspiration: Divine (performer)
Who She Is: The Sea Witch, granter of wishes, King Triton’s sister. keeper of Ariel’s voice
Powers: Transformation, granting wishes, curses
Quote: “I’m not asking much. Just a token really, a trifle. You’ll never even miss it. What I want from you is your voice.”
Trademarks: tentacles, eels

 Cruella De Vil

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Story: 101 Dalmations
Aliases: None
Disney Villainesses Inspiration: 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
Who She Is: Wealthy fur addict, dog kidnapper (killer)
Powers: Money, henchmen
Quote: “My only true love, darling. I live for furs. I worship furs! After all, is there a woman in all this wretched world who doesn’t? ”
Trademark: black and white hair

 Madame Medusa

madame medusa

Story: The Rescuers
Aliases: Auntie Medusa
Disney Villainesses Inspiration: Animator’s ex-wife
Who She Is: Pawn shop owner, jewel thief, kidnapper
Powers: Henchmen
Quote: “I want that diamond. I’ve got to have the Devil’s Eye!”
Trademarks: alligators


The Queen of Hearts

queen of hearts

Story: Alice in Wonderland
Aliases: None
Disney Villainesses InspirationElizabeth de Mowbray, Duchess of Norfolk
Who She Is: Impatient ruler of Wonderland
Powers: henchmen (guards)
Quote: “Off with their heads!”
Trademark: Cards, painting roses

 Madame Mim

madame mim

Story: The Sword in the Stone
Aliases: Magnificent Marvelous Mad Madam Mim
Disney Villainesses Inspiration: unknown
Who She Is: Annoying little witch who challenged Merlin (and lost)
Powers: transformation
Quote: “Cause I’m the magnificent, marvellous, mad Madam Mim!”
Trademark: becoming a germ, purple hair


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Story: The Emperor’s New Groove
Aliases: none
Disney Villainesses Inspiration: Yma Sumac (speculated)
Who She Is: Emperor Kuzco’s  former right hand gal now bent on revenge
Powers: transfiguration potions
Quote:  “Pull the lever, Kronk!”…”WRONG LEVER!!!!”…”Why do we even have that lever?!”
Trademark: Kronk

 Lady Tremain

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Story: Cinderella
Aliases: Evil Stepmother, Wicked Stepmother
Disney Villainesses Inspiration: original fairy tale
Who She Is: Cinderella’s mean stepmother, social ladder climber
Powers: Affluence, evil daughters
Quote: “Oh. Pay no attention to her.”
Trademark: Dracula Hair, high collars

 Mother Gothel

mother gothel

Story: Tangled (Rapunzel)
Aliases: none
Disney Villainesses Inspiration: original story by the Brother’s Grimm
Who She Is:  Witch who kidnapped Rapunzel and pretended to be her mother
Powers: Witchcraft, the tower, cunning
Quote: “You want me to be the bad guy? Fine… Now, I’m the bad guy.”
Trademark: Think Meg from Hercules in 15 years


Do you have a favorite Disney Villainess?  I think that Maleficient, is actually not as bad of a villain like some of the others.  She, unlike some of the villians, had a change of heart for her  “Little Beastly”.

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  1. I love that Disney is putting the spotlight on the villains lately! Maleficent will probably always be my favorite, but I do love The Queen of Hearts almost just as much!

  2. I am not up on anything Disney… but doesn’t the Queen of Hearts look kind of like Fred Flintstone to you. LOL, maybe I am just seeing things.

  3. Okay, there were a couple of Disney Villainesses I didn’t know much about! It’s neat that some were inspired by people. I’m ready to see Maleficent!!

  4. I get the Evil Queen and Maleficent mixed up ALL the time! LOL Unless I’m really paying attention, I often mistake one for the other.

  5. I agree to have a villain named after you is not good. But it does make me laugh – what a way to get back at your EX! Very informative post! Thanks

  6. This is a great round-up. It’s interesting how many people get some of these mixed up. Of course, I’m of the opinion that some of these ladies are just misunderstood ;)

  7. This post was awesome. My family and I are a bunch of Disney nuts so it was cool to seeing all the info on the villianesses

  8. I think the Evil Queen from Snow White was the most wicked villain. I thought it was cool how she changed appearances.

  9. I’m actually bummed about this Maleficent movie coming out. I don’t even remember seeing Sleeping Beauty as a kid so I have no background on this character. I wish they would have pulled the movie out of the vault before creating this one.

  10. I love the villainesses! When I was about 4 my great aunt had a hair-do with a white stripe in it. The first time I met her I gasped, pointed and said “Mom! It’s Cruella De Vil!!”

  11. My kids are always calling the Villainesses by the wrong names! But they regularly call their cousins and aunts and uncles by the wrong names too. I guess they’re just bad with names! :)

  12. LOVE this post! It grates a nerve so much when people don’t get their Disney characters correct. I’m forever hearing people talking about “Simba’s uncle, what’s his name? Mufasa?” ZOMG get it right!!

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