We here at Oh My Disney like to think of ourselves as equal opportunity appreciators. Yes, we love our heroes and princesses, but from time to time we like to shine a light on the work of villains and their sidekicks. Today, we’re examining why birds make the best evil sidekicks. Truly, these henchmen are for the birds!
Iago, Jafar’s parrot sidekick in Aladdin
Nothing says evil like an obnoxious talking parrot. Iago is brash, wicked, and devious–everything you should look for in an evil henchman. He also comes pre-loaded with seriously impressive impression skills. We see these skills in action when Iago tricks Aladdin into thinking Princess Jasmine was calling him, and uses this distraction to steal Genie’s lamp.
Raven, Maleficent’s raven sidekick in Sleeping Beauty
Maleficent’s loyal raven—named Raven— is awesomely evil! He completes Maleficent’s already-wicked look by perching atop her staff and looking super creepy. Raven also helps by being Maleficent’s eyes and ears to find where Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather are hiding Briar Rose. Useful and fashionable.
Hayabusa, Shan Yu’s falcon in Mulan
While Shan Yu’s menacing falcon Hayabusa may not have as much skill or usefulness as, say, Iago, he adds quite a lot of creepiness to the villain’s already eerie demeanor. In the film, Hayabusa is a warning to onlookers that Shan Yu and the mighty Hun army are on their way. Not a welcome sight! He also looks super cool, so there’s that.
The Wicked Queen’s Raven in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Okay, so maybe the briefly seen raven who accompanies the Wicked Queen during her transformation isn’t technically her sidekick, but it’s on the side and we get a kick out of it, so we’re going with it! Basically this bird just screeches in fright at the Wicked Queen’s transformation, but it helps to add to the overall creepiness of the scene.
Queen of Hearts’ Flamingos/Croquet Mallets in Alice in Wonderland
These handy croquet mallets are well-balanced and will definitely improve your croquet game (if you’re the Queen of Hearts). They’re also great for vexing your croquet rivals in a hilarious fashion.
What do you think of Disney birds as evil sidekicks? Tell us in the comments!