One of the best things about the Internet is that anyone can put out a theory about anything much like these fan theories about Disney villains. While most of the time this results in some sort of crackpot diatribe nobody can understand other than the person who posts something on sites like Reddit, there are occasions where a theory about something in popular culture actually makes a good amount of sense.
Theories like the narrator at the beginning of Aladdin being the Genie in disguise were floated around the Internet for years before Disney finally confirmed it to be true. The theories out there that haven't been confirmed are many, but that doesn't mean they don't have some element of probability in them. So be sure to keep speculating while you're revisiting these movies on Disney+, because you never know which ones will turn out to be true.
Theories about Disney villains have been kicked around online since the beginning of the Internet, and there are more than a few containing some element of plausibility.
Of all the fan theories about Disney villains found online, these 15 are the ones that may, in fact, contain a nugget of truth, so find the ones you consider to be the most plausible and vote them up to see which one rises to the top!
Source: Redditor u/Iskahylock
Details: When the movie Cinderella began, the young girl's dad seemed perfectly healthy. Shortly after he married Lady Tremaine, he drops dead. This seems a bit too convenient for a single mother of two young girls, so it stands to reason the death wasn't as sudden and unexpected as it appeared.
This theory suggests that Lady Tremaine was a black widow, which is a woman who married wealthy men, kills them, and inherits their estate.
It makes more and more sense when you think about it. Where was Anastasia and Drizella's father? He must have died sometime in the past, but maybe... just maybe, he was the first victim of the villainous Lady Tremaine, and she probably had her sights set on young Cinderella as well.
Source: Redditor u/DiscipleofKek
Details: There's clearly a problem between the people in the palace and Maleficent when the sorceress appears at the celebration of Aurora's birth in Sleeping Beauty. It's apparent by the way everyone stares at her in horror... everyone except for Queen Leah.
The Queen had a more nervous expression, and this theory attempts to explain why she alone reacted that way. Maleficent may not have been invited, but she had a lot to do with the child's birth, and there are a few reasons why this is plausible.
It's stated in the movie's intro that the King and Queen had difficulty getting pregnant, so it stands to reason that the Queen might have turned to magic for help. She turned to Maleficent and promised to acknowledge her in the Court once the child was born, but in the end, she went back on her word. That's why Maleficent was so angry about not being invited, and why she cursed the child at the celebration she crashed.
Source: Redditor u/SupaBloo
Details: Typically, Hades is represented with hair made of blue flame, and he maintains this through most of the movie. Whenever his emotions change, so to does his hairstyle, which means that this theory about the nature of his hair has a lot of visual cues supporting it.
Whenever Hades is enraged, his hair gets red, yellow, and orange. The angrier he gets, the hotter and higher his hair extends atop his head. The theory goes on to suggest that the increase in hair height and intensity isn't a sign of his growing power, but of his power weakening.
He's more dangerous when he's calm, cool, and collected, and when he's like that, his hair is blue. Hades' hair essentially offers a moral to the story: if you lose your temper, you only make yourself weaker.
Source: Redditor u/CanadianShadow
Details: Everyone knows Gaston is a jerk -- that's made clear the minute he's introduced in Beauty and the Beast, but what if he's more than that? This theory suggests that Gaston is more than a village jerk; he's a representation of what the Beast would have become had he never been turned into a hairier version of himself.
Unfortunately, we have to call the Beast "the Beast," whether it's the human version or otherwise, as he has no other name in the movie. Despite this, he was once a man, and he was a callous jerk, much like Gaston.
The theory offers four points to this fact:
- They both have blue eyes.
- They can both afford as many eggs as they want.
- They are narcissists who are all about their physical appearance.
- When Gaston died, a part of the Beast died as well.