by Alicia Glass, contributing writer
Disney has been a mainstay for fairy tales and legends come to life as cartoons on the big screen, and giving us some of the most memorable villains ever! Krypton Radio’s Days of Darkness gives you the Baddest Ladies of Disney: the ones who rocked the black eyeliner and the strutting villain songs right into our hearts!
For good old-fashioned biblical death-plague kind of Evil, the award goes to the one Disney lady villain who actually has evil in her very title – the Evil Queen of Snow White, also less commonly known as Queen Grimhilde. This woman calmly commands her huntsman to take the life of her prettier stepdaughter and bring back her heart in a box. If that weren’t enough, when that failed, the Evil Queen used magic to poison Snow White with that damned apple. This is the kind of jealous raving mad evil that can destroy whole planes of existence in darker stories.
It was almost a toss-up, because Cruella de Ville has an unhealthy obsession with dog coats, but the award goes to the Queen of Hearts, of Alice in Wonderland. She has an entire army at her command though she mistreats them, a sham court and a husband to totally dominate and is Queen of that wacky world of Wonderland, yet she still goes insane when a purple cat shows up on her head. Of course, anyone who plays croquet with hedgehogs and flamingos and beheads her soldiers for misjudged paint, should be considered quite mad, but then, we’re all a bit mad here.
Ursula the Sea-Witch doesn’t think small, and you only have to look at her nasty garden to tell that. Those poor wormy guys are actually souls, collected as payment for deals that mislead mer-folk made with her, then couldn’t pay off in life, so their suffering serves her forever. Ursula lures Ariel in with promises of legs, knowing full well who she is, and does all she can to prevent Ariel from fulfilling her end of the deal they made. Ursula wants to lure in King Triton (did you know, Disney lore rumors that Triton is Ursula’s brother) to execute him in a big final battle, and take over his kingdom. Ursula is indeed quite powerful, but only underwater which means she doesn’t win for worst witch.
Her name actually means something malevolent, dark, evil, she calls herself the Mistress of All Evil, you love her no matter who plays her: Maleficent. She curses an infant, an entire kingdom, sneers at the good fairies, tortures her soldiers and subjects, and has the far-sight (and patience) to think a hundred years into the future. Oh, and don’t forget powerful magic and the ability to transform into an entire fire-breathing dragon. She is a walking, breathing Mistress of the Outer Dark and she revels in it.
One would think this would be Maleficent, but surprisingly, no. Everyone’s favorite mad Madam Mim takes the cake here. And before you throw popcorn at me, hear me out. Mim is a witch and a very, very good one. She’s powerful enough to shape-shift and go toe-to-toe with Merlin, who was, arguably, the most powerful wizard who ever was. Merlin was powerful enough to time-travel and shape-shift into everything from a bird to a virus, and thus he out-thinks his foes. Mim went at least three rounds with him and, though she cheated, she came within a hairs-breath of winning. That is one admittedly crazy, but totally badass Lady!
Honorable mention goes to Izma, of The Emperor’s New Groove, for trying to take over the empire and all by turning that arrogant little snot into a llama, but, hey, her magic never worked quite the way she wanted it to. Note how most of them are witches – they must know something we don’t! Did I forget your favorite badass Disney Lady Villain? Sound off in the comments below – every Halloween needs at least one femme fatale!