The 20 Greatest Quotes From Disney Villains
Although the wit and charm of Disney heroes are enough to win over any audience, don't let their friendly faces take home all of the credit. Villains in Disney films prove themselves to be just as dynamic, creative, and insightful as their protagonist counterparts. And with more than 500 movies (including all your favorite animated classics) available on Disney+, you can revisit these villains again and again.
From casual dialogue exchanges to famous Disney villain last words, the swindlers and crooksters and downright no-good-doers of Disney's animated sagas have a lot to say. While their words might not be as wholesome as some of our heroes' (villains have their own ways of saying what's on their mind, after all), they're just as memorable. These unforgettable phrases have probably been echoing in your head for ages.
- Photo: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs / RKO Radio Pictures
"Magic Mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?"
After summoning the talking mask inside of the Magic Mirror, the Evil Queen of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs likes to give herself a confidence boost. Asking it her famous question, she gets upset at the Magic Mirror's response. According to him, there's someone out there who rivals the Evil Queen's beauty, and that person is Snow White.
- 2209 VOTESPhoto: The Lion King / Buena Vista Pictures
"I killed Mufasa."
In The Lion King, Scar takes out his brother, Mufasa, and tries to dispatch his own nephew, Simba. Years later, Simba returns to his former home to kick Scar out and take his proper place as king of the Pride Lands. However, Scar has manipulated the situation to make Simba believe he took his own father's life, and that Scar is totally innocent.
When Simba works up the courage to intervene with the messy, food-barren situation that Scar has created at home, Scar guilt-trips him about Mufasa, pushing Simba back into a corner and sending him stumbling off the edge of a cliff. Simba is left clinging to the edge, mirroring how Scar eliminated Mufasa.
Scar takes the opportunity to finally confess that it was he who dispatched Mufasa, and not Simba at all.
- 3135 VOTESPhoto: Sleeping Beauty / Buena Vista Distribution
"You poor, simple fools. Thinking you could defeat me. Me, the mistress of all evil!"
From the very beginning of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent makes it clear that she's evil. Upset that she wasn't invited to the royal birth of Aurora, she curses the child and fates her to expire on her 16th birthday. The good fairies are able to diminish the curse to a deep sleep, but it's not enough to save her entirely.
As the good fairies continue trying to lift the spell, Maleficent finds their attempts to be both annoying and amusing. She unleashes an evil cackle as Aurora's 16th birthday strikes and the girl succumbs to her curse.
- 4155 VOTESPhoto: Alice in Wonderland / RKO Radio Pictures
"If I lose my temper, you lose your head."
Among all of the kooky characters in Alice in Wonderland, the very temperamental Queen of Hearts ends up being the main nemesis of Alice. She gives a very clear warning to Alice, telling her exactly how things run in her kingdom. The queen is a tyrant who seeks to remove the head of anyone who upsets her in any way.
- 5190 VOTESPhoto: The Little Mermaid / Buena Vista Pictures
"Don't understimate the importance of body language."
Ursula is a powerful sea witch in more ways than one. When Ariel from The Little Mermaid dreams of venturing outside of her oceanic realm, she goes to Ursula for help. Agreeing to an exchange proposed by Ursula, Ariel barters her voice for a shiny new pair of human legs.
Ursula convinces Ariel that it's not all that bad. After all, Ariel will still have all of her other redeeming features and, of course, other ways of communication.
- 6143 VOTESPhoto: Aladdin / Buena Vista Pictures
"You've heard of the golden rule, haven't you? Whoever has the gold makes the rules."
For both power and job security, Jafar schemes up a plan to marry the Sultan's daughter, Jasmine. Everything seems to be going his way until Aladdin steps in to court her instead. Throughout Aladdin, the street-dweller wins Jasmine's heart with his wit and charm.
Jafar won't just sit back and let Aladdin foil his plans. Still bent on obtaining absolute power over everything in the kingdom, Jafar uses tactics ranging from psychological manipulation to magical enchantments to charge his way to the top. In the guise of a begger, Jafar approaches Aladdin to give him a bit of insight on how his world works.