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Every Disneyesque story needs a villain. Not necessarily a good villain, but always an enjoyable one.

Rules of the Disney Rip-Off Villain

  • They can't be too evil. The worst thing they can do is kill exactly one major character on-screen.
  • They can't be serious. They must act like Team Rocket from the Pokémon anime, and any semblance of dark or serious that bleeds through must be undermined in some way.
  • Their motivation has to be vague. If they want to, say, take over the world (which is usually the case), it is never clearly explained why.

Types of Rip-Off Villains

The Overlord

He has all the pieces exactly where he wants them. He has everything he needs to accomplish his goal. All he has to do is keep the heroes from throwing a spanner in the works.

This type likely has its roots in the Evil Queen from Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Schemer

A diabolical mastermind (or as much of one as he's allowed to be), this guy has a grand plan to get what he wants through usually sinister means.

This type is likely based on Scar from Disney's The Lion King

The Petty Thief

Not only does this guy want to steal something, but (usually in an effort to discourage kids from stealing) he acts like it's the worst thing he could possibly do.

This type likely has its roots in Cruella De Vil from Disney's 101 Dalmatians

The Lover

He's in love with our female lead, and he doesn't care that she isn't particularly interested in him. He will go to great lengths to have the woman he wants, even if he has to kill her.

This type is likely based on Gaston from Disney's Beauty and the Beast

The Wizard

This fellow likes to sit in the shadows, and send his minions to do the hard work for him. Usually, the heroes aren't even aware of his existence until the final confrontation.

This type likely has its roots in Hades from Disney's Hercules

See Also

Villain's Sidekick

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