12. The Evil Queen – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Self-obsessed ruler who will stop at nothing to ensure she is the fairest of them all.
Lucille La Verne’s vocal versatility is truly impressive, voicing as she does both the glamorous Queen and the terrifying witch she becomes to deceive Snow White. She is the pettiest of Disney villains, prepared to hire assassins and poison a child simply because she is getting older and gradually losing some of her beauty.
Demise by: Chased up the side of a mountain in a storm by vengeful dwarfs, she falls to her death when the cliff side collapses.
11. Professor Ratigan – The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
Rodent criminal mastermind scheming to outsmart Basil of Baker Street and overthrow the monarchy.
Who better to voice a theatrical monologuing megalomaniac than Vincent Price? His parody of Professor Moriarty is a hulking schemer, always entertaining, physically and vocally the opposite of arch-nemesis detective Basil of Baker Street, and always keeping his ferocious rage buried just below the surface.
“World’s Greatest Criminal Mind” is a real humdinger of a catchy musical number and predates the very similar henchmen-bigging-up-their-narcissistic-boss “Gaston” in Beauty and the Beast five years later.
Demise by: Falling from Big Ben.
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10. Shere Khan – The Jungle Book (1967)
Apex predator in the jungle who wants to eat the man-cub Mowgli.
Shere Khan is only doing what a big cat instinctively does: hunting. But the sheer pleasure he seems to get out of terrifying every denizen in the jungle smaller and more vulnerable than he is makes him a badder baddie, George Sanders’ silky smooth vocals gifting this striped killer real class.
Demise by: Seemingly survives, last seen running in panic back into the jungle with a flaming branch tied to his tail.