12 Times Disney Villains Actually Made A Valid Point
For the most part, Disney villains tend to be unequivically evil. Scar in The Lion King kills his brother to claim Pride Rock. Ursula steals Ariel's voice and sends her to land for no other reason than making King Tritan miserable in The Little Mermaid. There's nothing redeemable about either. There are, however, some Disney baddies that might actually have a decent point to make. Is Chef Skinner in Ratatouille wrong for trying to report a rat in his own kitchen? Do we really think Captain Hook is pure evil for seeking revenge on the forever-boy who left him with one hand? Even with Beauty and the Beast's Gaston-- easily one of the most unlikeable characters in Disney history-- we can ask this question: Is it a bad thing to want to rescue a young woman who has been taken prisoner by a monstrous loner?
If you're a fan of Disney, check out this list of villains who might not be as evil as we think. Don't forget to vote up your favorites!
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Chef Skinner Doesn't Want A Rat In The Kitchen And A Chef With No Experience Or Talent To Take Over
In Ratatouille, an ambitious rodent named Remy uses the human body of kitchen worker Linguini to realize his dream of becoming a chef. The head chef of Gusteau's, Chef Skinner, is a rude, demanding boss who seems determined to undermine the restaurant's rising star.
Why We Hate Him: There are few things more unlikeable than a bad boss. Chef Skinner is a cruel, snarling taskmaster who clearly has a "little man" complex, to boot. Once he discovers Remy's abilities, he plans to exploit them for personal gain.
Why He Is Probably Right: There's no excuse for Skinner's general demeanor, nor for his selfish plan to use Remy to launch a line of frozen food products (yuck), but he kind of does the right thing when he contacts the health inspector. We love Remy, but he is, after all, a rat in a kitchen. That's disgusting, and anyone would agree that a rodent-infested restaurant should be shut down immediately. Moreover, Skinner was Gusteau's sous chef for years. He has earned his place, and if Linguini (and a rat) were to take over the restaurant it would be both an insult to his years of hard work and the credibility of Gusteau's.
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Captain Gantu Just Wants To Return A Destructive Alien To His Home Planet
The galactically-banished alien Stitch inadvertently causes chaos while stranded on Earth. Captain Gantu, a militant bounty hunter, is hired to track down the little blue alien and return him to the Galactic Federation.
Why We Hate Him: Gantu is a hawkish brute with a singular focus on capturing the adorable Stich and taking him away from an equally adorable little girl. Not much to like.
Why He Is Probably Right: Captain Gantu, per his marching orders, does nothing he wasn't ordered to do in Lilo & Stitch. Yeah, he's big and scary and kind looks like a carp, but those things have no bearing on the mission he's been tasked to carry out. For most of the characters on this list, we've found a way to rationalize or justify their actions. In the case of Captain Gantu, the guy is just doing his job. Also, it's probably not a good idea to have a destructive alien species roaming around. Can't blame him for that.
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Yzma Didn’t Want An Egocentric Teenager Who Throws People Out Of Windows Ruling The Kingdom
Egotistical young emperor Kuzco plans to raise a village to build himself a summer home. Around the same time, he fires his fiendish advisor, Yzma, who then plots to kill him. Fortunately for Kuzco, the botched attempt merely turns him into a llama.
Why We Hate Her: Attempting to commit regicide is a one-way ticket into the bad graces of any kingdom, even when the leader is self-centered.
Why She Is Probably Right: Yzma is motivated by revenge, as well as a desire to take the throne from Kuzco. Not exactly admirable. However, getting Kuzco off the seat of power isn't necessarily a bad idea. He is selfish, garish, and holds little regard his citizens. The guy plans to completly destroy a small village to build a personal vacation spot, for crying out loud! If Yzma were to succeed in her plan, the Incans very well might herald her as the great empress-- the one who dethroned a tyrannical boy king!
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Hades Has A Terrible Job He Didn't Ask For And Is Banished To The Underworld While The Other Gods Party On Mount Olympus
Hades, the scorned brother of the all powerful Zeus, serves as the god of the underworld. He plots to overtake Olympus, but its stopped at every turn by the demigod Hercules.
Why We Hate Him: In short, Hades is essentially the devil. He is the gatekeeper for all things evil, including many monsters, and his initial plan is to kill baby Hercules.
Why He Is Probably Right: Bad behavior should never be excused by someone "being at the end of their rope," but by all accounts, Hades is dealt a cruddy hand. His brother Zeus (along with his literal goddess of a wife, Hera) are the toast of Mount Olympus, while Hades has to hang out by a river of fire with goobers like Pain and Panic. Of course he's mad, and of course he wants to take his shot at sitting on the throne. Killing baby Hercules might not be the right way to go about doing it, but his motivation makes sense.
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Captain Hook Lost His Hand To Peter PanPhoto: Peter Pan / RKO Radio Pictures
Peter Pan's greatest foe is Captain Hook, the swashbuckling, hook-handed pirate of Neverland. Pan must do battle with Hook in order to protect the lives of visiting children Wendy, John, and Michael.
Why We Hate Him: He's a pirate! And not the enigmatic, debonair Jack Sparrow type. Captain Hook hates children, and has a particular ire for our hero, Peter Pan.
Why He Is Probably Right: In theory, there was a time when Captain Hook went by Captain Hand. That is, of course, before he lost that surname and his literal hand by the sword of Peter Pan. Is it really so hard to grasp that Captain Hook hates the adolescent boy who made him an amputee? No, he has a right to be angry! On top of that, Peter Pan isn't exactly a model citizen of Neverland. He's unnervingly obsessed with youth, and he's actively convincing other children to leave their homes. Some might aruge that Captain Hook getting rid of Peter Pan would benefit public safety!
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Shere Khan Doesn't Want A Young Boy Living Alone In The JunglePhoto: The Jungle Book / Buena Vista Distribution
In The Jungle Book, the orphaned Mowgli is raised by wolves and other jungle animals. When the vicious tiger Shere Khan returns to the pack, it becomes clear that Mowgli must leave for his own safety.
Why We Hate Him: Sure, Mowgli is a feral jungle child, essentially making him part of the food chain, but we don't want to see him get eaten. Generally speaking, if someone in your life wants to make a meal out of you, they are probably the villain.
Why He Is Probably Right: Shere Khan is the only animal in the jungle with the good sense to get the young human out of there. For the first years of Mowgli's life, everyone embraces him as a "man-cub," giving little thought to the fact that he really doesn't belong. While it's true that Shere Khan definitely wants to murder and chow down on Mowgli, his instinct that the boy would be better suited in a man-village is spot on. Shere Khan is an interesting and rather rare example of bad intentions leading to positive consequences.