Can You Guess the Disney Villain by Their Last Words?
Memorable Disney-verse villains have a lot in common: grade-A grudge holding, diabolical plans for revenge or undeserved rewards, evil cackles, a flair for style, and ultimately, a doomed destiny.
I will get your son!
“This isn’t the end of it! I will get your son eventually. I will get your son… oh no!”
Syndrome, the no-good ginger who tries to take down a family of superheroes in Pixar’s The Incredibles, promises to get their powerful infant Jack-Jack. Unfortunately, he gets taken out by the turbine of his own plane—off-screen, of course—when his cape gets caught. (Extra satisfying because of an earlier discussion about the danger of capes.)
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A bunch of animals
“You call yourselves men? I have seen more intelligent pieces of carpet.”
The above burn is the last one Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close) pops off in the 1996 live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians. She uses them on her incompetent co-conspirators as they are all hauled away in a police wagon. Karma strikes again seconds later when she’s mistaken as one of her beloved fur accessories and is sprayed by a skunk. She was voted the 39th greatest villain of all time by the American Film Institute in 2003.
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No more ideas
“It looks like you are out of ideas.”
Shan-Yu, the leader of the invading Huns in 1998’s Mulan, erroneously thinks our titular heroine is out of moves. (Mind you, she foiled his plan to behead the emperor moments earlier.) But everyone’s mom has told them where assuming gets them, and Shan-Yu is no different. Mulan disarms him with her fan and her dragon sidekick Mushu sends him flying off the roof with a giant firework to an explosive end.
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“So much for true love.”
It’s a time-honoured tradition for evil masterminds to put their foot in their mouth by claiming victory moments before their plan comes crashing down. Case in point: Ursula, the splashy and sassy sea witch in The Little Mermaid. She believes she has outwitted the adorable aqua-girl, but her bubble is burst when the royal steers the bow of his ship into her and undoes her spells.
Play nice, kitty
“Nice kitty. Put me down. Please no. Stop. Stop.”
In Coco, Ernesto De La Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) went from chart-topping velvet-voiced hero to zero when it was revealed that he had killed his songwriter partner, Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal). That’s when a flying feline spirit animal (an alebrije) shows up to play soccer with his face and kick him out of the Day of the Dead concert in the afterlife.
Just a child
“Yes, just an imaginative child.”
A quiz on the studio’s Oh My Disney blog assigns this phrase as the parting thoughts of Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Lady Tremaine. When the 1950 animated film was being made, illustrator Frank Thomas used live-action footage of an in-costume Eleanor Audley, who was the voice of the cruel socialite, as a reference when drawing the frames.
“Well, what’s this? Another one of your little bird tricks? Are there a bunch of girls in this one, too? Hello, girls!”
Nature can be cruel—and that’s the lesson Hopper learned in A Bug’s Life. Well, that… and don’t mess with a smart ant named Flik who is trying to protect his loved ones and his colony. The ruthless grasshopper mistakenly thinks that Flik, who had tried to use a fake bird to scare the violent insect away earlier in the movie, is up to old tricks. At the film’s climax, Hopper meets his demise as dinner for hungry chicks.
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I’ll do anything
“Let me go. Let me go. Please, don’t hurt me. I’ll do anything. Anything!”
When Gaston made his appearance in Beauty and the Beast, he became Disney’s first-ever male villain. Belle’s hairy beau spares Gaston, but in typical bad boy fashion, Gaston stabs him when he isn’t looking. Unfortunately for Gaston, the cowardly act results in him falling off the balcony to his death.
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“I’ll fix ya. I’ll fix ya. I’ll crush your bones!”
Queen Grimhilde, better known as the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, wasn’t one to sugarcoat her terrifying intentions. And why should she? After all, according to Buzzfeed, she was the first Disney character to ever speak in a feature-length animated film. She was also partially modelled after actress Joan Crawford, another strong diva who didn’t mince words.
“Anybody listening? It’s like, what am I? An echo or something? Helllooooo? Am I talking to, what, hyperspace? Hello, it’s me.”
The closing statement of Hercules‘ immortal antagonist is often mistakenly reported as “Get your slimy souls off me. Oh, I don’t feel so good. I feel a little flushed,” which he says as he is being dragged into the underworld along the River Styx. But to hear Hades’ actual final thoughts, you needed to have stuck out the credits. A common practice now, but back in 1997, it was fairly abnormal for the storytelling to continue past the moment where the film faded to black.
Deal with me
“Now you shall deal with me, O prince, and all the powers of hell.”
Long before the world fell in love with Game Of Thrones, there was Maleficent. Instead of wishing dragons into existence, she turned herself into one in Sleeping Beauty. After promising to unleash hellfire, the royal prince manages to stick a sword in her. Interestingly, the same woman who voiced Maleficent also breathed life into the lungs of another unforgettable Disney villain, the evil step-mother from Cinderella, Buzzfeed reports.
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Go into the light
“You fools! Why are you going into the light? Oh… Oooh… No! Yes… Go into the light — AAAAHHHH!”
King Candy was never very nice in 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph. He didn’t get any better when it was revealed that he was also Turbo and part Cy-Bug. His final bit of dialogue represents his internal struggle. His human side doesn’t understand why his minions are stupidly flying straight to their doom. But he can’t control his program bug side and ultimately he is pulled into the light and is vapourized as well.
What have you done
“Look what you’ve done. My bugs, my bugs!”
The Nightmare Before Christmas‘ Oogie Boogie gets so preoccupied with monologuing that he fails to notice Jack Skellington has come to rescue his friends and save the holiday. With one tug of a loose string and the help of a spinning hook, his sack seams come apart and expose his creepy crawly insides, which then plummet into a fiery hot molten mass below him.
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I didn’t mean to call you that
“No, let me explain. No, you don’t understand. No, no, I didn’t mean for … no! No! Look, I’m sorry I called you! NOOOOOO!”
Like many untrustworthy scheming traitors, Scar doesn’t take responsibility for killing his brother—Simba’s dad—during the final confrontation in The Lion King. When Simba gains the upper hand, Scar blames the hyenas for Mufasa’s murder and begs to be spared. When the bigger man, err, lion agrees to let him live but casts him out of the pride, he attacks again but falls into the pack of hyenas he just called the true enemies and his lie comes back to bite him… literally!
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