No matter how old you are, Disney always knows how to deliver. You might not even remember your first Disney movie because it’s always been there, bringing magic into people’s lives. You might even dislike Disney movies if you’re a crazy person, but you can’t deny their influence. For better or worse, today’s adults were raised on Disney songs, and now they all carry season passes to Disneyland and cosplay as gender-bent Disney princesses. Perhaps Disney filled your head with unrealistic expectations about love, and you’re used to finding all men unsatisfactory because they’re not Prince Eric.
Whether or not Disney changed you, the important thing is how magical the journey was, and how amazing those movies still are. They’ve got gorgeous young people finding love, adorable animal friends, and oblivious fathers, but even better than any of those characters are the villains.
The villains are what make or breaks a Disney movie. Each one is so interesting and memorable, and they steal whatever scene they’re in. Their morals range from “thinking of the greater good” to just being unapologetically bad, their motives can be as big as world domination or as small as stealing puppies for a coat, and they will definitely overreact if you don’t invite them to a party.
Though we might root against them, we adore Disney villains, so it’s no surprise that all the best fan-made Disney comics feature those beloved bad guys. We’ve gathered some of the funniest Disney comics on the internet to remind you why Disney villains are better than heroes.
20 The Fine Print
Think Ariel signed an unfair contract when she gambled her soul for a pair of legs? Well, you’re right! One lawyer on Twitter wrote a detailed legal analysis on why the contract would not hold up in sea-court. Assuming that magical, octopus-witch contracts are beyond the purview of Triton’s justice system, it’s clear that Ursula could have done far worse than she did.
Ariel clearly got off easy! Ursula could have given Ariel crab legs, like the comic above to really sabotage her chances at love. Also, if sending eels to interrupt a love song doesn’t break their contract, Ursula could have probably sabotaged Ariel in far worse ways. As naive as Ariel was not to bring the family lawyer to her meeting with Ursula, you have to give Ursula credit for giving the girl a fighting chance.
Comic by ElectricBunnyComics.
19 Halloween Sisters
I challenge you to name a better Halloween movie than Hocus Pocus. The Sanderson Sisters give you everything from fish-out-of-water comedy to musical numbers, and it still delivers 25 years later— and yes, Hocus Pocus is that old now! I was obsessed with this Hocus Pocus back in the 90s, and I still am.
Fabulous millennials know all the lyrics and choreography to "I Put a Spell on You," thanks to Bette Midler’s campy vocals. It’s not all Bette Midler, either: each Sanderson Sister is iconic.
Before Sarah Jessica Parker was making poor life decisions as a columnist in New York, she was making poor life decisions on a magic broomstick. Also, Kathy Najimy was flawless on her flying vacuum cleaner.
Comic by Adam Ellis.
Disney villains know how to commit to their brand: they cackle when bad things happen to good people, they wear purple, and they call everyone a fool. It’s like they all read the same manual on how to be a villain, but they’re not confident enough to go off-book yet. The word “fool” is so patently Disney that you hardly ever hear real people say it anymore.
It’s best to stick to other insults, because villains own the word fool now.
Obviously, Disney couldn’t have their villains being creative in children’s movies, so it’s good they have another word to toss around when they need to talk with their henchmen. For all their scheming, Disney villains are actually quite wholesome, teaching generations of ambitious children how to conquer the world without relying on bad language.
Comic from Buzzfeed.
17 Beast Is A Villain Too
It’s clear that Gaston is a "super nice guy", but Beast isn’t much of a prize himself. Sure, Gaston tries to blackmail Belle into marriage by bribing the owner of an asylum to lock up her father, but is that worse than what Beast does? He literally locks Belle up in his castle with every intention of keeping her there for the rest of her life, and he denies her everything when she displeases him.
He even tries to control her with implied promises of physical reprisals! What kind of message is Disney sending young girls with this love story: endure your boyfriend’s temper tantrums and stay in a bad relationship because you can change him?
Beast redeems himself in the end, but with Disney logic, Belle could have gotten similar results with Gaston had she been trapped with him the same way.
Comic by Dorkly.
16 Master Plan
You have to give it to Jafar: he knows how to control people, and that’s no easy feat when he’s practically got the word “villain” stamped on his forehead. How does anyone trust the advice of someone so clearly bad? Still, he expertly positions himself to become the Sultan (albeit briefly), not to mention becoming the world’s most powerful sorcerer.
Aladdin and Jasmine demonstrate the value of love and kindness, but if we’re being real, Jafar’s ambition and work ethic are more useful qualities to teach children.
Dude’s clearly got a 20 in charisma. You may not like him in Aladdin, but you’d probably love him in real life—and no Disney villain would conquer the modern corporate world like Jafar.
Comic by CollegeHumor.
15 The Ultimate Power Couple
Yes, Darth Vader is a Disney villain now that Disney owns Lucasfilm. Fans have been going overboard with Disney and Star Wars crossover art, so we get hilarious comics like this one.
There’s something so right about this comic. If any woman can keep up with Darth Vader’s villainy, it’s Maleficent, the fairy who was petty enough to take out her feelings of rejection on a young princess. Clearly, these two would make an impressive duo.
Cursing anyone is a Sith-level power move, so Maleficent pairs perfectly with Darth Vader. Also, Darth Vader needs to move on from Padmé! Maleficent will love him no matter how many planets he goes after. We'd love to see this movie!
Comic by Israel Espinoza.
14 Villainous Princes
Disney princes have come a long way. Early princes used to want nothing more than to find and rescue their true love. Their only purpose is to be the ultimate reward for Disney princesses. Little more than plot devices, Disney princes usually exhibited no personality beyond being charming. In Cinderella’s case, “Charming” is literally the prince’s name.
Gradually, Disney incorporated more feminist themes in their films, giving us stronger female protagonists, and deconstructing misogynistic tropes that they built in the first place. After Hans shows his true colors in Frozen, you know Disney princes will never be the same again.
Handsome, charming, and generally too good to be true, Hans is the surprise villain we needed to undo the damage of problematic messages in older Disney films. Charming doesn’t mean good, love at first sight isn’t a thing, and women don’t need men to save them.
Comic by Morgaer.
13 Mean Princesses
Mean Girls references will never get old, but there’s something unsettling about how much more powerful Disney princesses become when thrust into the roles of the Plastics. Which Aurora is better: the feared queen bee who controls the whole school (not to mention her own parents)? Or is it the girl who pricks her finger, falls asleep, and needs some guy to wake her up?
As a princess, Aurora doesn’t wield any royal power, but you know she’d rule a high school with her magical, color-changing wardrobe.
All four of the princesses in this comic are just begging for a chance to play the villain in a film that passes the Bechdel test. Think women need a prince to save them? I don’t think Belle’s father, the inventor of the wood chopper, would be too happy to hear about this.
Comic Mashup from Gurl.
12 Darth Villain
Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, artists have been putting him in every Disney story imaginable, with hilarious results. The panel with Hercules is especially appropriate because that iconic “I am your father” scene happens in both universes. Darth Vader is such an iconic villain that it’s easy to forget how common a trope it is for a powerful man to reveal himself as the protagonist’s father.
The final panel with Simba is even more amazing because James Earl Jones voiced both Darth Vader and Mufasa. Just imagine how The Lion King would have ended if Simba’s cloud-dad had advised him to turn to the Dark Side. I think we can all agree that Darth Vader improves the Disney universe.
Comic by Patbird and Galesaur.
11 Keeping Egos In Check
This comic makes it look like a bad thing to knock people down when they’re happy (and it usually is), but there is such a thing as loving yourself too much. When someone won’t stop bragging about their perfect life, you need someone like Hades to bring them down—especially in our selfie-driven culture.
Hercules was getting pretty full of himself before Hades arrived on the scene.
It’s clear when Hercules is signing autographs that the fame is going to his head. He needed his uncle to set his priorities straight. In a similar vein, Hades did Hercules a favor by making him mortal. Remember when Zeus tells a bad joke and Olympus erupts with fake laughter? That total lack of self-awareness would have passed on to Hercules, had he never known what it feels like to be unpopular.
Comic by CollegeHumor.
10 Long Live The King
Disney villains get all the best lines. “Long live the king” is one of the most memorable lines in Disney history. Scar packs so much venom into those words when he betrays his brother, just reading that phrase is enough to bring back all the emotions. It makes sense that most iconic Disney moments star villains like Scar —they’re the driving force behind the plot. It takes a villain to get the ball rolling with epic moments like these.
Like with Jafar, you have to wonder how anyone fell for Scar’s act because he’s so obviously a bad guy. He’s even got a black mane to match his heart. That he pulls off his betrayal in spite of being universally mistrusted is impressive. Considering how gullible Mufasa is, it’s hard to believe he held onto power as long as he did. The lines from this are taken from another Disney classic: The Emperor's New Groove.
Comic by corizon9.
9 Yzma Continues To Inspire
As Darth Vader has shown us, one universe is not enough to contain the awesomeness of a Disney villain, and it doesn’t get more awesome than Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove. Yzma gave us too many hilarious moments to mention them all, but “You should have thought of that before you became peasants!” is one of the greatest lines ever spoken in human history.
Glamour, comedy, and a cute kitten form. Yzma is everything you could ever want in a villain.
The comic on the left re-imagines a classic Yzma moment with Overwatch characters, and the thought of Reaper being Moira’s bumbling manservant tickles me to no end. Moira needs a Yzma skin this instant.
Comic by Valpur.
8 They Know How To Party!
This explains why Cruella wanted that fur coat so badly: she took dressing up as your foe a little too seriously. There is a lot going on in this comic, and what makes it all work is that you know this is a party the Disney villains would all be down for. Hades would bring the house down at karaoke, and Gaston would absolutely wear Belle’s gown with confidence in his masculinity—he knows he looks good in it. There’s no way people are lining up like this to get into the heroes party.
At the heroes' party, King Triton glares at anyone who dances with Ariel, Simba chases Meeko, and Cinderella keeps shattering her slippers on the dance floor. Villains know how to party.
Comic by Morloth88.
7 Miraculous Maleficent
We’ve only seen her use magic for ill, but you have to wonder what Maleficent could have done with all that power if the other women at court hadn’t treated her so poorly. She demonstrates an outrageous amount of power: she surrounds an entire castle with thorns, transforms into a dragon, and places a curse so powerful that the combined power of three other fairies can’t undo it.
It’s understandable that people in her kingdom keep their distance because Maleficent is bad and wields intense power, but when someone can perform literal miracles, wouldn’t you bend over backwards to make them feel valued? If Maleficent can conjure a massive, thorny thicket, she could probably summon enough crops to end world hunger.
Comic by CollegeHumor.
6 Who Isn’t A Villain?
The enchantress from Beauty and the Beast’s prologue changed a whole lot of lives just to teach a lesson to a young prince. The worst part is that punishing your servants to teach you empathy doesn’t even make sense! Cursing innocent bystanders for being inhospitable is sending a bit of a mixed message. Before you think about cutting the Beast some slack for his issues, just remember that he imprisoned the first woman to walk through his door.
Privilege is no excuse to act like a bad person.
Rescuing Belle from a clear issue with a monster isn’t such a bad motivation. Not that Gaston isn’t a complete problem, but it’s weird how Disney paints this picture like he’s the only guilty party. The privileged white guy with his own castle comes out of it looking pretty good, for some reason.
Comic by David Willis.
5 Cruella Intentions
Most Disney villains can trace their misdeeds to a bad past or insecurity, but Cruella is just the odd one out. As relatable as the other Disney villains may be, there’s something authentic about Cruella. Sometimes people really are that cold, and a part of you can’t help admiring how much further they’ll go crossing lines the rest of us wouldn’t dare.
It’s a reach to say Scar, Jafar, and Ursula wanted anything but power for themselves, but they could at least justify their ambition by saying they believe they could do more good from a position of power. What sets Cruella apart is that she needs no justification! She’s okay with being a bad person in the name of fashion.
She’s simultaneously more two-dimensional and more believable than other Disney villains because everyone knows someone like Cruella.
Comic by Dotsweare.
4 They Played Fair!
It’s surprising how many plots from Disney classics would fall apart had the villains taken the easy path. Even though they fought pretty low at times, Disney villains always left gaping holes in their schemes or depended on predictably incompetent henchmen. What if Ursula decided to just add something to Prince Eric’s food, before Ariel could steal a kiss? It would guarantee a win for the sea witch, but it makes for a a less interesting movie.
Thanks to Disney villains never taking the easy option, we don’t have to watch Cruella De Vil filling out paperwork at a rescue shelter. Instead, she opts to steal over 100 puppies—a tad excessive, but a true villain has ambition! Her plan is so outrageous that it gets foiled by a few animals, and that’s a much better ending than we’d have gotten from 12 Rescue Dogs.
Comic by CollegeHumor.
3 The “Good” Guys
Most of the Disney heroes aren’t all that heroic. Though a few do redeem themselves in the end, it’s common for Disney’s good guys to get their happy ending without learning anything. Aladdin spends the entire movie lying to Jasmine about his identity, and the only reason he ever comes clean is because Jafar forces the issue. Meanwhile, Mulan hides her identity for legitimately heroic reasons, and Shang won’t forgive her until she saves his life a second time.
This comic makes some hilarious logical leaps, and I particularly love the comparison between Pegasus and a nice car. John Smith got off easy in this comic, though! His blatantly bad remarks don’t even come close to the bad stuff he was prepared to commit before meeting Pocahontas.
Comic by KnowYourMeme.
2 Lovable Henchmen
One might expect something sillier from fan art that plays on romantic feelings between Disney villains and their underlings, but LeFou cleans up nicely in this comic. In an alternate timeline, Gaston admits that his ostentatious masculinity is just how he overcompensates for his secret feelings.
Hey, LeFou deserves a happy ending too!
Henchmen are more than just comic relief, they’re a part of the Disney villain identity. They serve as foils for villains, acting incompetent, emotional, and weak, compared to the cold, calculated strength of their bosses. You can’t help but love the Disney henchmen with their upbeat attitudes and unwavering loyalty. Perhaps henchmen reflect their boss’s poor hiring practices and leadership skills, but you have to love the Disney villains who keep them around in spite of their shortcomings.
Comic by nupao.
1 Deep Down, You Wanted This
Admit it, you were rooting for the bad guy. After a few Disney movies, we all know the drill: the villains try to ruin everything for selfish reasons, then the heroes save the day when it seems all hope is lost. Right from the start, you know the bad guy loses in the end no matter how powerful Disney paints them.
Everyone loves to root for the underdog, and there’s no underdog like a Disney villain.
This panel makes you wish you could see alternate timelines where the villains win in the end. What would that kingdom look like if Maleficent just took over? That’s the beginning of a dystopian fantasy trilogy I want to see.
Comic from Buzzfeed.