Everybody loves a good villain. In order for a truly great fairy tale to unfold, the protagonist needs a charismatic antagonist to go up against. Disney is arguably one of the best studios out there when it comes to crafting a truly captivating villain.
The most important aspect of writing a villain is making their objectives clear. But just because a villain makes their objectives clear, that doesn’t mean they can’t hide one or two big secrets of their own.
SCAR IN THE LION KING
The Lion King is without a doubt one of Disney’s best remembered classics. It was the studio’s highest-grossing animated film for almost two decades eventually being eclipsed in 2010 by Toy Story 3. The main villain is none other than ‘scar’, the disgraced brother of Simba’s dad Mufasa. Who could forget the legendary ending with scar being surrounded by the hyenas?
JUDGE DOOM IN WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT
1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit holds an important position in Disney’s history. It was quite impressive technologically blending live-action and animation and some truly groundbreaking ways. It was also a critical and commercial success that led to the Disney Renaissance era of the next decade, during which Disney would produce some of its most enduring classics like, The Little Mermaid Aladdin and the Lion King. But this flicks villain judge doom is harboring a major secret that calls back to an earlier Disney classic Bambi in an early draft of the film script. It was revealed that judge doom was the same hunter that killed Bambi’s mother in the classic 1942 film.