In 1987, Disney began to invest more in the production and promotion of its characters through merchandise and retail through their newly opened line of Disney Stores. During this time in films and television, the Walt Disney Company also started producing a fine collection of villains that became instant classics because of their cruel and sadistic personalities and character traits.
But recently Disney has turned down the heat in their portrayal of villains. Fans soon began relentlessly demanding to experience the old nostalgia of Disney’s earlier feared villains and to bring back classic characters like Scar and Hades.
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Fans Want the Old School Villains From Disney
Recently, Disney has been overdoing it with their morally grey villains and the redeemable ones – villains who don’t equate to the heroes despite having some tragic backstory. Well, the fans don’t have anything against those villains, but they are not the so-called pure evil with which Disney started.
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During the era of earlier Disney films, the villains were shunned by society, insulted, and wronged, purely with evil purpose and intention. The creation of their backstory had minimal sympathy, not like the ones in modern films that are more anti-heroic in nature rather than pure evil. Obsessed with revenge and armed with destruction as their only motive, these villains reveled in spreading hatred and chaos.
Disney please give us back villains who are evil and they know it no generational trauma or morally grey “villains” just pure evil pic.twitter.com/SJczGSIXTj
— Mari 💖 (@ComicLoverMari) January 9, 2023
I don’t think generational trauma or redeemable villains are bad but Disney has been doing it too much as of recently while some villains can be argued I meant in terms of villains who are just straight up assholes and don’t get a redemption arc despite having a tragic backstory pic.twitter.com/K3MieukT1P
— Mari 💖 (@ComicLoverMari) January 10, 2023
I just really miss the classic Disney villains they’re all iconic and memorable for a reason just being the villain that they are and embracing it which is why they’re one of the best parts of their own movies pic.twitter.com/1UE8PKGiux
— Mari 💖 (@ComicLoverMari) January 10, 2023
Agree. We need more villains.
No need for them to be traumatized to make them good. pic.twitter.com/uhvfxa8OPp
— THE FUSIONIST 🔞 (@h_natic) January 9, 2023
I agree Disney really needs to bring back pure evil villains in future animated films none of those stupid bland twist villains I mean real scary villains like Ursula, Jafar, Hades, Maleficent and the Evil Queen pic.twitter.com/lg6HdWjT3D
— Superguy (@superguy20368) January 9, 2023
None of these are “pure evil” though – they aspire to take power. Scar, Hades, and Ursula, suffered playing second fiddle and thought they could do better. The hero was just in their way or a pawn in their scheme. Ok, Malificient was evil, but she was motivated by pettiness.
— Olivier (@o_eMiller) January 10, 2023
The villains that Disney produced were powerful enough to destroy cities, cruel enough to manipulate the protagonist or his followers, and problematic enough to cause chaos in a peaceful world. The fans want these types of villains to return because nowadays the villains are mere stepping stones for the heroes.
Disney Villains Add Texture to the Movies
Disney villains are said to be overly ambitious in their goals. They have dreams and aspirations even if they are evil within, their thirst for power and desire to successfully overcome many. Unlike the princes and princesses we grew up watching and admiring, the villains with their flawed characters displayed real struggle.
The adult world harbors harsh reality and unrealistic dreams that the villains embrace during their journey. From our early childhood, we are taught to love the heroes through fairy tales and movies and to differentiate between good and evil. But it was due to the villains’ arcs and stories that the movies actually serve the hero’s purpose. It was for these villains that heroes would be born or would rise up to the occasion and save the world.
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Even Elsa from Frozen, one of Disney’s biggest productions, was intended to portray the role of a villain and gave her a completely different arc than a regular princess. They would have explored the dark side of Elsa, as was portrayed in the original tale by Hans Christian Anderson, but due to the film’s success, the character was later completely redesigned.