Fans Are Sharing Why These Disney Villains WEREN'T At Fault

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Vote up the defenses for the Disney villains that have a ring of truth to them.

We've always known Disney villains as evil. We grew up rooting against them (while secretly loving their songs the most) - BUT, lawyers on Reddit are describing what their defense would be for the Disney villains, and why they're not actually at fault. 

Can these villains be saved from the judgment of fans? Vote up the defenses that you think have solid footing!

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  • Shere Khan From 'The Jungle Book'
    Photo: The Jungle Book / Buena Vista Distribution

    From former Redditor u/[deleted]:

    While the violent intruder "Mowgli" endangered the security and peace of the entire jungle by bringing a weapon of mass destruction known as "fire," into the sovereign territory of the jungle, Shere Khan was one of the few citizens to realize the potential threat caused by the unlawful human.

    He selflessly fought the creature, while others were too lazy or driven by foolish and egotistic attempts to attain power through the human. 

    1,874 votes
  • Captain Hook From 'Peter Pan'
    Photo: Peter Pan / RKO Radio Pictures

    From former Redditor u/[deleted]:

    Captain Hook was provoked by Peter Pan. His hand being fed to a crocodile and forever haunted by the ticking of said crocodile who proceeded to stalk him for years caused an understandable hole in the Captain's reasoning. Peter Pan and his "lost boys" victimized him for years before he finally lashed out in self defense. 

    1,580 votes
  • Yzma From 'The Emperor's New Groove'
    Photo: The Emperors New Groove / Buena Vista Pictures

    From Redditor u/falconfetus8:

    Kuzco was a tyrannical emperor and was oppressing his citizens. He threw an elderly man out of a window - likely with the intent to kill - for interrupting a musical performance. He gave an order to destroy a village and displace its citizens so he could buy a luxury home. The empire was suffering under his rule. 

    The empire needed a new ruler and Yzma was that ruler. Had she been given more time to prove her ability as an empress, I'm sure the empire would've recovered from the chaos that Kuzco put it through. 

    1,772 votes
  • Maleficent From 'Sleeping Beauty'
    Photo: Sleeping Beauty / Buena Vista Distribution

    From Redditor u/OhGarraty:

    Maleficent is well within her rights of free speech and religious practice. 

    1,536 votes
  • Shan Yu From 'Mulan'
    Photo: Mulan / Buena Vista Pictures

    From Reddtor u/aeisenst:

    In a legally declared war between two nations, Shan Yu took the capital with a minimal loss of life and tried to force the Emperor to abdicate, rather than just start slaughtering civilians. 

    1,487 votes
  • Ursula From 'The Little Mermaid'
    Photo: The Little Mermaid / Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

    From former Redditor u/[deleted]

    Ursula's contract with Ariel had no clause saying that she was not allowed to interfere. The contract stated that she had to get Eric to fall in love with her without her voice, she failed, and has to pay the price of her failure. 

    1,535 votes