Ultimate Disney Monologues: Top 10 Epic Villainous Performances

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Top 10 Disney villain monologues discussed, excluding songs, featuring Maleficent’s foreboding Sleeping Beauty speech.

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  • This video discusses the top 10 animated Disney villain monologues.
  • The monologues are chosen based on dramatic character or plot-driving speeches spoken by the villains.
  • The video excludes songs from the list.
  • The monologues mentioned include those from The Black Cauldron, 101 Dalmatians, Ratatouille, Up, Ratatouille, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Zootopia, A Bug's Life, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Incredibles, and Sleeping Beauty.
  • Maleficent's monologue in Sleeping Beauty is considered the most ominous speech in the entire Disney canon and solidifies her status as one of cinema's most iconic villains.

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These baddies are certainly charismatic. Welcome to Ms. Mojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 animated Disney villain monologues. Think you know Kingdom Hearts? Click below to sign in with your Google or Facebook account and take the new trivia quiz on WatchMojo.com. It’s pretty hard, but get it right and you could win a collectible box from CultureFly, loaded with exclusive toys, accessories, and apparel. Click here or follow the link in the description.

For this list, we’ll be looking at some of the greatest Disney and Pixar villain monologues and speeches ever delivered. We’ll be using the term monologue rather loosely, not focusing on big Shakespearean-type soliloquies, but instead considering dramatic character or plot-driving speeches spoken by the villains. We also won’t be including songs, so scars be prepared, or Dr. Facilier’s friends on the other side are out, despite their monologue-y nature.

I’m a royal myself on my mother’s side. The Black Cauldron is undoubtedly one of the darkest movies in the Disney canon. It was the first Disney movie to receive a PG rating, and its dark tone seemed to repel general moviegoers, resulting in it flopping at the box office and nearly bankrupting Disney. Taking one look and listen of The Horned King is enough to see why it was considered so unapproachable. Soon the Black Cauldron will be mine. His monologue is incredibly scary and upsetting, from the King’s eerie grating voice to the speech’s content, which includes speaking to skeletons and declaring himself a god among mortal men. Oh yes, then you will worship me! This monologue and its accompanying visuals are like something found in an 80s metal album, not a Disney film. How long I have thirsted to be a god among mortal men.

Cruella de Vil is often considered to be one of the vilest characters in Disney history, and her brief monologue is suitably detestable. Fifteen puppies! How marvelous! How marvelous! How perfectly! Oh! After Cruella attempts to buy the dogs, Roger puts his foot down and tells her that they are not for sale. No, no, no, no, I mean it. You’re not getting one. Not one. And that’s final. Bad idea. While we know Cruella to be a terrible person, this monologue drives home just how vain, unreasonable, and utterly selfish she really is. Keep the little beasts for all I care. Do what you like with them. Drown them. But I warn you, Anita, we’re through. She would rather they drown the dogs than keep them, and she calls them idiots for not wanting to sell the dogs. If we didn’t hate her already, we certainly did after this malicious outburst. I’ll get even! Just wait! You’ll be sorry! You fools! You… you idiots!

Isn’t it great when a villain turns around and utterly redeems themselves? Throughout much of the movie, the restaurant critic Anton Ego is portrayed as some sort of heartless, detestable, and snobbish man who is not pleased by anything or anyone. Tell your chef Linguini that I want whatever he dares to serve me. Tell him to hit me with his best shot. This all changes when he takes a bite of Remy’s ratatouille. What follows is a beautiful monologue about the nature of criticism, art, and acceptance. In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. It’s not only a brilliant development in the character of Anton, but also a touching speech about preconceived notions and the sometimes unexpected and life-changing feelings we experience after discovering a true piece of art. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core.

Charles Muntz’s monologue is painfully short, but its brevity arguably makes it all the better. Muntz is an extremely paranoid and violent individual who is not afraid to commit murder if he thinks someone is after his precious bird. Here they come, these bandits, and think the bird is theirs to take. But they soon find that this mountain is a very dangerous place. In this delightfully creepy scene, Muntz shows off his murder victims to Carl and Russell while cryptically warning them of their impending deaths. You know, Carl, these people who pass through here, they all tell pretty good stories. This little speech is so menacing because it places a microscope over the human capacity for depravity. A botanist cataloging plants? An old man taking his house to Paradise Falls. Disney villains are usually cartoonish and their actions extravagant, but Muntz is nothing but a straight-up murderer. It’s incredibly dark for a children’s film, but that’s what makes Muntz and this speech all the more terrifying.

The Evil Queen is one of cinema’s greatest and most enduring villains, just as evil and iconic today as she was 80 years ago. And you don’t get to be one of the greatest villains in cinematic history without having a badass and utterly evil monologue. The Evil Queen’s monologue comes when she’s magically transforming herself into an ugly witch. The speech emphasizes the Queen’s ego and vanity and features some truly ominous incantations and sounds. Not to mention that creepy witch cackle. Lucille Laverne’s performance is also iconic, imbuing the speech and character with just the right amount of menace and hostility. One taste of the poisoned apple and the victim’s eyes will close forever in the sleeping den. The villain unveils their true plan and motivation speech is as old as time itself, but it can still be effective when told with this amount of passion, character and thematic depth.

After shooting Nick with what she believes to be the predatory serum, Bellwether begins an all-too-topical monologue about stereotypes, societal fracturing based on ignorance and prejudice, and fear-selling and controlling people’s beliefs. It’s not only painfully relevant in today’s political climate, but it also works perfectly within the narrative context. With this speech, Bellwether shows her true character, and it is loathsome.

Even if you’re pint-sized, it doesn’t mean you’re not creepy. After making his point with the grain, Hopper makes a great little speech about keeping the ants in line in order to prevent them from realizing their tactical advantage. It’s a hate-filled monologue that’s brilliantly and frighteningly delivered, and it proves Hopper’s intelligence and competency, two necessary ingredients in a great villain. The goon’s horrified response is not unwarranted. This is one scary grasshopper.

Number 3. Judge Claude Frollo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is among Disney’s darkest movies, and Claude Frollo is one of their darkest villains. Just go listen to Hellfire if you don’t believe us, or this incredibly sinister monologue. In this speech, Frollo expresses true hatred and contempt, calling Quasimodo an idiot, displaying his prejudices, and promising Quasimodo that he will kill Esmeralda, the one person to show him compassion and kindness. To drive the speech home, Frollo stabs and burns an Esmeralda doll, as if the simple declaration of murder wasn’t enough. What can we say? The man is truly psychotic.

Number 2. Syndrome, also known as Buddy Pine and Incrediboy, The Incredibles. Here is how to do the villain reveals their true plans to a captive hero cliche correctly. Syndrome’s speech about killing off superheroes, becoming a hero himself, and eventually selling superpowers to everyone, not only reveals his true plan to the Incredibles and the audience, but it allows us to understand Syndrome’s character. Here was a boy who only wanted to be a hero, yet was shunned by Mr. Incredible and the superhero community. You can’t blame him for being a little power hungry. Jason Lee’s vocal performance is also fantastic, as he nails the perfect combination of ego, jealousy, and frustration. And that evil laugh? What a beaut.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions. You were dumb enough to go after her. You don’t know what a delightful dilemma it was, trying to decide on the most appropriate method for your demise.

Number 1. Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty. People don’t get much worse than Maleficent, and her brief monologue at the party is probably the most ominous speech in the entire Disney canon. After not being invited to Princess Aurora’s christening, Maleficent appears at the palace supremely pissed off. She tells the terrorized audience to listen closely before she curses the child. When the guards try to seize her, she simply laughs and disappears in a giant burst of green fire. You know, it can’t get much worse than cursing a baby to death and laughing about it. Maleficent embodies pure evil, and this speech ensured her status as one of cinema’s most iconic villains.

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This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Top 10 Epic Disney Villain Monologues’ by MsMojo