10 Disney animated villains, ranked by their evil laughs
A villain isn’t complete if he doesn’t have a manic, creepy laugh to complement his aesthetic. Not all villains pass the laughter test, like Hades from Hercules or Mother Gothel of Tangled. Many famous Disney animated villains are well known for their devious plans and even more devious laughs.
A good villainous laugh should come deep from within and have enough of a sinister tone that will thrill the audience. Looking at Disney’s most famous villains, some are recognizable for their laughter than others as Yzma’s sharper tone and mannerisms. Yzma is just one of many who made audiences back down for fear of their evil laughs.
ten Prince Jean (Robin Hood)
The Robin Hood story has been remade many times, from a Disney animated film to live action and even a parody. In all of the movies, the central villain is Prince John. In the animated version, Prince John imposes taxes on his people, even the poor. While in his car with his newly collected money, he lets out a laugh of joy.
Laughter is unique in itself, as it doesn’t have the same resonant feel as other wicked laughs. Looks like Prince John is laughing at everyone and saying: “Ah! Ha! Ha!
9 Cruella (One Hundred and One Dalmatians)
Cruella’s original laugh in the animated film is a bit inferior to that of Glenn Close’s live-action version, but the laugh still takes into account the ruthless villain that Cruella really is. When she discusses the purchase of the puppies, her laughter sounds like a mockery.
Unlike other villains, her laughter isn’t as high-pitched, possibly due to her smoking habit. This makes the laughter harsher and deeper which changes to be faster in sound and slightly higher as Cruella invests in it.
8 Yzma (The Emperor’s New Groove)
Yzma is known for her unique appearance with her large skin and thin bones, her slightly gray and purple skin, and her laughter. In The Emperor’s New Routine, there are examples of his laughter that really fit the character. When she hatches a plan to get rid of Kuzco, she laughs in a shrill tone that creates a gurgling sound at the end.
The evil pervert gets extra points when she accidentally turns into a cat. As a cute and fiery kitten, Yzms always colludes and so does her laugh. Laughter is still high-pitched, but since its voice becomes a little more “fluffy” like a kitten, it’s a little less threatening.
7 Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)
Angelina Jolie’s laugh as Maleficent has nothing to do with the original animated version. The Sleeping Beauty all the young fans feared Maleficent for its witch character, dark haunting ensemble, and evil plan to have Aura in a comatose state. In the movie, the villain really showed his devilish laugh even in the face of peril.
His henchmen fail to locate Aurora and Maleficent bursts into evil laughter. It comes from within and his pent-up frustration is unleashed. The tone of his laughter is manic and high-pitched enough to hurt anyone’s eardrums.
6 Dr Facilier (The Princess and the Frog)
Dr Facilier in The princess and the Frog did the job of instilling chills and fear in young audiences. One of Disney’s most underrated villains, Dr. Facilier was a voodoo mastermind who used different forms of manipulation to get what he wanted. Not only does this villain have a dark aura of evil wherever he goes, his laughter completes the character.
In all the scenes where Dr. Facilier takes over, he has a tendency to laugh hauntingly. His laughter comes from deep inside his chest and has an echo that resonates. Laughter is downright devious.
5 Queen Grimhilde (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Everyone knows the evil plan of Queen Grimhilde’s poisoned apple in White as snow. Besides her infamous plan, Grimhilde had a laugh that stuck with fans even years afterward. What really linked the laughter was the way the scene unfolds while she is doing it. After successfully completing his plan, the light strikes, creating a big booming sound.
In the midst of the storm, fans hear his shrill laughter. To make the scene even more spooky, that’s when Grimhilde turned into an old woman to cheat on Snow White. Her laugh goes from low to high as she smiles with her one-tooth smile.
4 Ursula (The Little Mermaid)
Ursula is often recognized as one of the Disney villains who could also be misunderstood, but her evil laugh is the definition of being downright sinister. After managing to take Ariel’s voice, Ursula’s eyes twinkle and her eyebrows rise as she laughs.
His laughter is a bit deeper and ends with a slight tone. Fans might notice that the laughter sounds as if her throat is contracting slightly, giving a gurgling sound. The laughter is complete with his crazy eyes, sharp teeth and arched back.
3 Claude Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a unique Disney movie that is superior to most of their animated productions. One aspect that fans often remember is the film’s central villain, Claude Frollo, and his laughter. Laughter is heard a few times in the film, and the most resounding occurs when it almost kills Quasimodo and Esméralda.
If he listens intently, as he stands up with a sword, he laughs maniacally. It’s scary and it gives a more deranged feeling because Frollo is at his wit’s end. Frollo’s chuckle sounds more phlegmatic and snotty than expected.
2 Jafar (Aladdin)
Jafar from Aladdin is downright evil, sinister and everything in between, and the animated version of Jafar has one of the most manic laughs ever made in movies. As he derails with his meanness, his laugh is only accentuated by the bright purple and red tone of the stage.
He climbs in height and sound as he invests in his laughter, and fans can see why the film devoted an entire scene to his undoubtedly evil laugh. The drama of the storm behind him makes it even more remarkable.
1 Scar (The Lion King)
The Lion King Scar has gone down in history as one of Disney’s most evil villains. He had it all: his unforgettable scar, his piercing green eyes, and his hatred for Mufasa. His laugh is not only memorable for his weird tone, but also for the overall scene he performs in.
At the top of a sharp cliff, as he bathes in the shades of greens, purples and blues of the night, he is surrounded by his supporters. After his song, Scar breaks into a manic laugh while arching his head back as everyone joins him. Fans can distinctly distinguish Scar’s laugh, as it has a deeper tone and has an overbearing quality.
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