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Top 10 Underrated Disney Villains

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Disney has produced a number of fantastic and diabolic villains – Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Ursula, Jafar, Scar, Gaston, Pete, Hades, etc. The list goes on. But while there are many popular ones, some villains are often forgotten and are not as publicized as much as others. This list contains ten Disney villains who deserve some more attention and appreciation. Please note this list contains spoilers for the films that most of the villains are from.


The Phantom
The Phantom Manor

Phantom Phantom

The only character on this list to originate from a Disneyland attraction, the Phantom is the villain of Disneyland Paris’ version of the Haunted Mansion, Phantom Manor. A mysterious spirit of malicious intent, the Phantom turned the Ravenswood Manor into his own ghostly retreat, inviting nine hundred and ninety eight others ghosts to live with him. He even hung the fiancé of bribe-to-be Melanie Ravenswood, who wandered into the manor in search of her lover until she died. It is speculated that the Phantom is actually Melanie’s father who returned from the grave to prevent his daughter from getting married and leaving the family home. The Phantom’s most distinct feature is his chilling laugh, performed by Vincent Price, who was meant to narrate the Phantom Manor’s spiel, but it was replaced with a French-narrated one.


Oliver & Company

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Out of all of the Disney villains, Sykes is one you would find in real life. Sykes is a ruthless loan shark and only cares for money. He gave money to Fagin and his band of dogs, but coldly wants his cash back. Granted that is the purpose of a loan shark, but Sykes is pretty much willing to kill Fagin if it means getting his money back. He eventually learns of Oliver and his new owner Jenny, Sykes kidnapping her and holding her for ransom. Oliver, Fagin and the dogs manage to rescue Jenny, but then Sykes goes on a suicidal and frightfully startling rampage to get her back. He ends up killing his own guard dogs, wrecks his car, chases the heroes on electrified subway rails, and eventually meets his doom when he is pulverized by a train. He does not say a word during the climatic chase; his actions alone prove just how crazy and determined he was to get what he wanted.


Sid Phillips
Toy Story


Pixar’s first film Toy Story did not need an evil sorceress, pirate, sea witch or wicked stepmother to act as the antagonist, but rather a toy-destroying bully named Sid. One of the worst nightmares for a toy, Sid gets a thrill out of blowing up toys and turning those he has into mismatched mutants. Among his victims is a Combat Carl who is blown to smithereens by a stick of dynamite, and Buzz Lightyear is strapped to a miniature rocket. The most disturbing thing is that Sid’s mother does not really seem bothered that her son has got his hands on dynamite and an exploding rocket. Woody rallies the mutant toys to stand up to Sid and remind him what the purpose of a toy is – by terrifying him. Although Woody’s actions could have left Sid mentally scarred, it seemed he came out alright, since he cameos in Toy Story 3 as a garbageman. Who knows what might have happened if Woody had not scared Sid. He might have started harming animals, or even people.


The Incredibles


Starting off as another troubled kid thanks to his rejection by his idol Mr. Incredible, Syndrome grew to despise superheroes and became an ingenious supervillain himself. Creating numerous gadgets like a device able to fire zero-point energy and rocket boots, Syndrome used them for evil and murdered a dozen or so superheroes to test out his giant robot, even challenging Mr. Incredible. His ultimate goal was to remove the very meaning of a superhero by pretending to be one at first and then selling his gadgets to the public, so they can become superheroes themselves, to the point that everyone is the same and not “super” anymore. Syndrome is a very twisted villain, more than willing to blow up Mr. Incredible’s family and kidnap his youngest child just to see him suffer. Perhaps if Mr. Incredible has been kinder to Syndrome, he would have turned out all right and become a better person.


David Xanatos


One of the leading antagonists on Disney’s Gargoyles, David Xanatos is an eccentric billionaire who moves an ancient Scottish castle to the top of a skyscraper to awaken the slumbering Gargoyles. He really seeks immortality, and is an intelligent genius and a master of making gambles. He is ruthless and amoral, but is smart enough not to make mistakes, considering vengeance pointless and even tries to look on the brighter side of his defeats. Xanatos eventually falls in love, gets married and has a son, who is saved by his nemesis Goliath, causing Xanatos to drop his feud with the Gargoyles, becoming their ally, and allowing them back into their ancestral castle.


Long John Silver
Treasure Planet

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Long John Silver has appeared in several of Disney’s adaptations of Treasure Island, but appeared as a cyborg in Treasure Planet, the ambitious sci-fi take on the classic novel. Like other portrayals, Silver is the cook of the ship bound for Treasure Island with the goal of seizing Captain Flint’s treasure. However, this Silver forms a memorable and touching bond with Jim Hawkins, acting as a father figure to him after his distant father abandoned his family. Silver is really more of an anti-hero than a true villain, but he was added to the list for his development as a character, willing to throw his fortune away to save Jim, and was one of the most memorable characters created by Disney during the 2000s.


Davy Jones
Pirates of the Caribbean

Davy Jones

After Captain Jack Sparrow and Barbossa, Davy Jones is by far the most iconic character in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Sporting a beard of squirming tentacles, a lobster claw for an arm and walking on a “peg leg” made from a crab’s leg, Jones really leaves a lasting impression in Dead Man’s Chest. Carving his own heart out after being betrayed by his lover Calypso, Davy Jones became pretty much the Grim Reaper of the seas, turning his ship the Flying Dutchman and his crew into fish monsters and shanghaiing sailors into his crew for one hundred years of servitude. All those who defy Davy Jones were killed by his pet, the Kraken. Bill Nighy did a fantastical performance, and it was a surprise to many when it turned out Nighy’s “makeup” was actually computer-generated. Overall, Jones is a fantastic villain, but a tragic one at heart, and he knows how far he has fallen and cannot seek salvation.


Dr. Terminus
Pete’s Dragon


Pete’s Dragon, which seems to be a forgotten classic of Disney’s live action/animated films, has a number of memorable characters like the drunken, panicky Lampy and his daughter Nora who sang the lovely “Candle on the Water,” but the best character is Dr. Terminus. A charismatic, colorfully dressed quack doctor, Dr. Terminus and his assistant Hoagy come to the town of Passamaquoddy to give the townsfolk wacky health cures for money, a daunting challenge since they were chased out of town last time. Dr. Terminus is great fun, and his numerous cures are imaginative if not deadly. At first skeptical to the possibility of the dragon Elliot, Dr. Terminus decides to chop up Elliot and sell off his body parts to make amazing cures and become rich. Jim Dale gives a memorable and hilarious performance, not to mention he’s got one of the best entrances and exits of a Disney villain ever.


The Horned King
Black Cauldron


One of the scariest villains to come from the House of Mouse, I failed to put the Horned King in my Top 10 Terrifying Disney Monsters, so I added him to this list. A demonic skeleton king, the Horned King seeks to resurrect his undead army using the Black Cauldron. He is completely focused on his goal and has no time to banter with his minions or have a villain song. But he does need them because his mere presence makes him an awesome villain. John Hurt gives an eerie performance, and although The Black Cauldron is often criticized, the Horned King is definitively one of the highlights of the film.


Professor Ratigan
The Great Mouse Detective


This list started with Vincent Price, and it ends with him as well. Professor Ratigan is often left out of the most popular of the Disney villains and he really deserves to be in the inner circle. Based on Professor Moriarty, Ratigan is a magnificent villain. Intelligent, funny, suave and downright bonkers, Ratigan wants to take control of the British monarchy and outwit his arch enemy Basil of Baker Street. It is great fun watching Ratigan, but beneath his charismatic and funny exterior is a mad, raging beast wanting to get out and seeing him pretty much have a full blown meltdown every time he is called a rat is quite unnerving. Eventually when Basil foils his plans, Ratigan finally snaps and reveals his feral self, and seeing him charging his way through Big Ben to murder his nemesis is a truly nightmarish sight to behold. Professor Ratigan truly earns the title of “The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind.”

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  • shanapants238

    Cute List!

  • smeghead

    I remember Pete’s dragon!

  • Will Trame

    In an off-the-wall manner, Donald Duck could be considered an underrated villain…that is, he is often his own worst enemy. His hot temper is definitely a drawback, and it’s hard enough understanding what the hell he’s saying when he’s calm, but when he’s totally p***ed off, forget it…..

    • Notimpressed


      also too American

    • majaev

      and he wears no pants !!

  • Arsnl

    I feel that Toy Story and The Incredibles belong more to Pixar than to Disney. They were just doing distribution, while the creative work was done by Pixar (which was independent when bith movies were made).

    • RoMacdaddy

      You beat me to it!

    • Rob

      Not to mention that Syndrome is not a super. He has no powers, only gadgets.

      • Angie

        it doesn’t matter that he wasnt a super… He was a villain. Silly boy.

  • Salo Hes

    Enough With Disney Characters!!!

  • Zair

    Well not as heated as yesterdays list and I kinda agree with salo hes enough with lists about disney :)

  • Exactly why are these “underrated”? Some of them I can see due to people never hearing of them, low box office returns, etc., but quite a few of them are well-known, well-loved, and from moderate-to-big box office hits.

    Seriously… Davy Jones? Underrated? Syndrome? Sid?

    Ratigan, while the box office returns weren’t high, is considered by many Disney fans to be one of the best villains in the animated canon. Vincent Price played him with aplomb and gave him one of the best voice performances that isn’t Robin Williams.

  • Ni99a

    Ya know, I don’t really like what Pixar did with Sid in Toy Story 3.

    He is just a kid in Toy Story 1. He is a very creative child albeit a destructive one. See how he modified his toys? I’d say he is a curious boy. As for his attitude, it could be because of his broken family.

    In Toy Story 3, he was assumed(because he wears the same shirt in Toy Story 1) to be the garbage man. I have a feeling that Pixar is trying to show that he deserved what he get but in my opinion, they should not have done that. It is like they are punishing the boy for being creative. Besides that, how should he know those toys have feeling?

    His story in Toy Story 3 should have been like he is not a failure but is in a phase of his life.

    For example:

    You know the scene where Woody is trying to find the other toys before the garbage truck arrives? While Woody is trying to find the toys, in the background, Pixar could have made Sid and Andy have a conversation(they ARE neighbours after all). The content of the conversation could have been about where Andy asking Sid what he is pursuing his career in? Sid could answer that he is pursuing what he loved most, music or mechanical engineering(since he loves tinkering) and he is currently working as a garbage man to collect money.

    See? Simple isn’t it? I cried every time I watched Toy Story 3 but if it shows Sid in a better light in the ending, I would cry more because everyone, no matter what you did, deserves a salvation.

    tl;dr Sid ROCKS!!!!

    • Jason W

      You. Are. Sid.

    • Paintballer

      Andy moved at the end of the first toy story so they wouldnt have been neighbors after that

      • Ni99a

        Simple, they could still be in contact.

        • Sam

          That’s bullshit why would a kid like Andy want to stay in contact with a dick like Sid?

          • Ni99a

            Cuz Andy is not a judgmental prick?

    • mom424

      Creative? Creative like Jeffrey Dahmer maybe. And we all know how that turned out.

  • Jobrag

    My enjoyment of Toy Story was marred by the fact that Sid is the only character with bad teeth; in Pixar’s world does a lack of dental insurance make you a bad person?

    • S

      …I don’t think that’s what they were hinting at, the mouth full of metal was just used to make him look a bit more evil, to great effect. I don’t think Pixar are tooth Nazis.

    • GrizzyT

      Sid was a Brit….(answer for bad teeth)

  • great list!

    i think The child Catcher from chitty chitty bang bang should definitely be on here too! What a creep!

    • Arsnl

      How is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang a Disney movie?

  • S

    I usually ignore Pixar entries as I see them as a completely separate entity. The one that really got me was Davy Jones though, often forget that he was a Disney creation and I see him as one of the best villains they’ve ever produced. Like all the other Disney villains he has a history that allows us to understand his point of view, in fact towards the end of the original trilogy I found myself feeling sorry for him.

  • oouchan

    I love all of these villains! Ratigan has been an all-time favorite…just because the voice is Vincent Price. :)

    Nice list.

    • True Story

      Vincent Price did the voice for Michael Jackson’s Thriller song, and Jackson refused to pay him any money for doing it. There was no contract signed.

      • oouchan

        One more reason why MJ is evil.

  • Martin

    Good list! I especially like the inclusion of the Phantom from Phantom Manor, it is amazing how much work the designers put in the design and storyline for Disneyland attractions, some of which are as iconic as the movies (so the inclusion is certainly fitting!).
    Also a nice connection with Vincent Price, a great voice actor, really too bad it wasn’t used in the Disneyland Paris version, but it is still a great ride.

  • lawn

    #7: What is the point of a device that shoots rocket boots?

  • Adam S

    Who are these “oh too American” people? Stop crying and just take in some knowledge. You might learn something if you put your nationalism aside.

  • Reggae

    Too American

    • GrizzyT

      aka TOO AWESOME

    • FlatEric

      Your comment is too Jamaican.

  • Tenorspaz

    Jim Dale gave an amazing performance in Pete’s Dragon. One of my all-time Disney favorites and my children’s as well.
    Nice list…never enough Disney, in my opinion.

  • renofgrace

    I enjoyed this list some great under rated ones here. Here are a few more to consider: Prince John (Robin Hood), Lady Tremaine (the wicked stepmother in Cinderella), and the Coachman in Pinocchio

    And if you are gonna allow the Pixar card to be played, let us not forget Otto the ships auto-pilot in Wall-E.

  • Cubone

    This is the first time I’ve ever commented this way in years, but I have to say:
    This is a dull list and the comments are as dull. Being that this is listverse, what if someone made a list of ALL Disney bad guys? (I’m not a good writer.) I don’t understand the “underrated’ thing.

  • majaev

    I can’t believe you left out Captain Pete from “Steamboat Willie”!! A major oversight, he is the most underrated Disney villian ever !! FAIL.

  • MadMonkey572

    Dynamite and exploding rockets, otherwise known as “fireworks”. You’re right, his mom should panic….

  • Pauly

    Where’s the MCP, or CLU (from the Tron movies)? Or, The Black Hole’s Maxmillian?

  • Zzzzzzzzz

    Lame list. It could have been worse I guess. It could have been another list about the flow arts.

  • ashleysweet

    the Black Calderon is one of my favorite movies. I got it when i got my tonsils removed at the age of 4, my grandma bought it for me…heh, boy did i have nightmares!! lasted like a week. even now he scares me. I was wondering if he was going to be on this list and i saw it and got very excited…no one EVER notices him!!! great list!

    • The Black Cauldron is one of my favourite movies. My grandmother bought it for me at the age of four, after I had my tonsils removed and, boy, did I have nightmares! They lasted about a week and even now the villain scares me. I wondered whether he’d be on this list and when I saw that he was I got very excited. No one ever mentions him! A great list!

      • Wtf

        wow. you’re cool.

      • ashleysweet

        thank you for correcting my grammar. It is great to know someone has some form of brain and the time to pick through random comments and correct their grammar and spelling. get a life.

  • Listverse readers are worthless

    Hahaha I loved seeing the debate on the last religion list. What a waste of time for people to comment. Did anyone change? So funny how people think comments on here are meaningful. Today is a new day and you move on to something else to comment on, what a bunch of brain dead zombies. How does your intelligent debates feel the next day? That’s right you forgot about them, unless you’re one of the loser regulars who’s life is this site(you know who I’m talking about). It’s really sad to see human knowledge come to a standstill. Everyone likes to flap their big mouths with the only truth they think exists. No one takes in any new truth if it proves them wrong.

  • Just So.

    These villains are all either psychopaths or malignant narcissists, thank goodness they are fictional. As for Listverse readers are worthless Haha! Projecting your own mouth flapping, brain dead zombieness onto other commenters. So obvious to everyone, except yourself! Accusing others of that which you are guilty of, Duh!

  • The_Snowdog

    Missing from the list: former Disney CEO Michael Eisner

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  • Folkesmith

    I do not like to watch a disney Villains.

  • Jake

    Professor Ratigan made me cry as a child, I lived in an old farm house with lots of mice and had nightmares for weeks after watching The Great Mouse Detective.

  • Name

    RATIGAN DEF DESERVED THE NUMBER 1 SPOT! I’m glad the incredibles guy got a mention too (and should have been way higher) because the incredibles was an awesome movie.

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  • JohnKingston

    What about scar in lion King?
    He is not much talked about..

  • RBom

    Where’s Rasputin from Anastasia? He sold his soul to kill off his enemies!

    • Emma

      Anastasia isn’t Disney.

      • ashleysweet

        anastasia is often referred to as disney when it is infact dreamworks (i think) does anyone know why that is?? its always confused me.

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  • Emma

    Where the hell is Frollo? He’s more evil than all of them, forget Syndrome and Sid.

  • Tya

    And what about Mad Madam Mim from Sword and the Stone?

  • What about Pinocchio? The villians who rounded up little boys to take to ‘Pleasure Island’ – pedophile anyone?

  • Ronningsmith

    Good and Impressive List for the Disney Villains.

  • Leah

    Sid reminds me of my crazy cousin. Ugh, gives me shivers how much they are alike/

  • Name

    what about Chernabog from Fantasia. the guy makes everyone here look like a school bully and he was also d*** in kingdom hearts.

  • mmm

    Just wanna say… number 4 on your list originated from an attraction at disneyland too… the pirates of the carribean was a ride before it was a film :) CORRECT IT.

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  • RamsesII

    Sid is by far the coolest villan in Disney