Disney Villain Countdown: 4/40
**Spoiler Alert! Some villains are revealed in plot twists, so if you haven't seen all the movies...**
One of only two perfect scores in this category. Maleficent is powerful, malicious, and no one to be trifled with. She's clever, she's MEAN, and she can shut down a whole room of soldiers. She has magical powers that allow her to create almost anything and transform into just about anything. She weilds "all the powers of hell." Good. God. Why oh why did King Stefan decide to mess with this lady in the first place? Dumbass.
Maleficent is VERY close to visual perfection. Unlike many of the other female villains, she's beautiful and alluring without losing that evil edge. She may have a heavy hand with the eyeshadow and drag queen brows, but the b***h somehow still finds time for a manicure amid all her evildoings (seriously, check that, perfect red nails, every scene). She has horns, but whether they are actually a part of her body or just part of her ensemble is never explained. Her animation is endlessly elegant; every movement and gesture is hypnotic. While Cruella (same animator) is over-the-top in every scene, Maleficent is all subtlety and brooding. Until she unleashes hell and turns into a massive dragon for one of the most revered animated fight scenes of all time.
Wit & Quotability
While Maleficent has her share of memorable moments, she is not the queen of pithy one-liners. Maleficent gives an air of being above the need for witty banter, but she's still more than capable of making a few pokes at her lesser fairy brethren.
You guys... no seriously YOU GUYS... if this was an arbitrary ranking this lady would be number one. I kept rechecking the rubric, because #4?! It broke my heart a little. THIS WOMAN was the ruler of my childhood. I watched Sleeping Beauty on endless loop, but it was to mimic every mannerism this HBIC had. I wanted to sound like her, I wanted to speak like her, I wanted to master entering a room like her. There's something about Maleficent that's just... not quantifiable. She has PRESENCE. Sure, she's a horrible person that puts a curse on a baby for an apparently ludicrous reason, but... somehow you still wish you could hang out with her? She's a woman in charge of her own army (of, admittedly, mostly imbeciles); she answers to no one and has nothing better to do with her time than remind everybody of how badass she is. Fairy? Psssh. This woman is a goddess, and if it weren't for the next two categories she could probably have swept the countdown. The clip I've included below is the most stone cold thing I've ever seen in a Disney film: Maleficent taunts Prince Phillip with a vision of his future at her mercy. Followed up by her truly perfect villain laugh. God Bless you, Eleanor Audley.
Oh no! Maleficent doesn't have sidekicks, just idiot minions that have been looking for a baby for sixteen years! Sure, her raven is smart enough, but he's mostly just an extension of Maleficent without much personality of his own to contribute. Sorry, Diablo, I only knew your name, because I looked it up.
Sleeping Beauty is not overflowing with song, so it's no surprise that Maleficent is way above anything so.... pedestrian as a musical number.
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