Even though Disney Villains are often scheming, plotting, and generally being super evil most of the time, we still appreciate them–especially as Halloween approaches. What would we do without these sinister foes as the counterparts to our heroes? And if we really think about it, if there were no Disney Villains, the stories we know and love would be a lot different. Sometimes we can even find ourselves relating to their predicaments. This realization frightens us more than images of the Evil Queen as the old hag holding an apple. Stay with us. Here are some times we could kind of understand the viewpoints of our favorite dastardly Disney Villains:
1. Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty
Want: To be invited to the party.
And don’t we all want to be invited to parties? We know that feeling when we hear about a party that we weren’t invited to. Granted, we probably wouldn’t go to that party and put a curse on everyone, but we still understand the sentiment behind it.
2. Ursula, The Little Mermaid
Want: To help poor, unfortunate souls.
We can totally relate to wanting to help our friends and family when they need it. Ursula takes this to an extreme, but if she had toned it back a little more and not trapped the souls she helped for all eternity, it would have been an understandable goal.
3. Hades, Hercules
Want: To triumph over a rival.
This brings to mind our favorite frenemies, who we often find ourselves competing with. Sometimes you just want to be the one to win, and we can relate to that. Everyone deserves a win. Except maybe Hades when he takes it too far and tries to take over the world.
4. Jafar, Aladdin
Want: To be an all-powerful genie
Itty-bitty living space aside, we would totally want to be an all-powerful genie! It would be so awesome to grant all of our friends wishes whenever they wanted. However, Jafar wanted to be an all-powerful genie so that he could rule Agrabah and the world, so we can’t totally get on board with that.
5. The Evil Queen, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Want: To be the best.
If you have a hobby, job, or niche that you’re really great at, there will probably come a time when you encounter others who are great at it too. And sometimes that can make you feel like you need to compete with that person to be the best. We can understand this. But, we definitely learned a lesson from the Evil Queen and realized it’s better not to compare ourselves to others. It will only end in jealousy, evil potions, and unnecessary drama.
6. Scar, The Lion King
Want: To be prepared.
It would be really great if we were always prepared for everything life threw at us, so we can relate to Scar on this one. However, as Scar found out, you can’t always be prepared for everything.
7. Gaston, Beauty and the Beast
Want: To stay fit.
We aren’t saying we’re going to eat five dozen eggs every day like Gaston does, but we definitely want to stay healthy and fit. If you think about it, Gaston is pretty ahead of his time as far as healthy living and daily exercise go.
8. Mother Gothel, Tangled
Want: To not age.
We can totally relate to being afraid of getting older. We sometimes wish we could stay kids forever. But then we realize that we’re Disney fans, so we will always be kids at heart.
9. Yzma, The Emperor’s New Groove
Want: To be heard.
Yzma spends a lot of time telling Kronk what to do and it mostly goes wrong. We can relate to the frustration when it feels like no one is listening to us. However, we probably wouldn’t accidentally turn someone into a llama in the course of trying to be heard.
10. Hans, Frozen
Want: To forge a unique path.
Yes, Hans is the worst, but we can relate to his desire to make his own mark on the world. He has a ton of siblings and feels like he needs to break out on his own. We definitely want to be unique and control our own destiny, so in this way we can relate to our pal Hans. But we’re still not cool with him.
Even though we are pretty horrified that we relate to these Disney Villains, it does prove that sometimes we all want the same things. Minus trying to take over the world, because that’s rude.
How do you relate to Disney Villains? Tell us in the comments!