You might think the world would be a better place if villains didn’t exist, but without the stories of the heroes who fight against them, life would be downright boring. As much as we’ve rooted against them, villains are a vital component to every fairytale. Deep down, all they want is a bit of the same admiration the heroes receive. In honor of these underappreciated evildoers, here are the 25 most sinister childhood villains of all time.
The Grinch stole more than just Christmas – he captured the hearts of many a tyke in Dr. Seuss’ charming holiday tale. But once he learned the true meaning of family, friends, and the holiday spirit, this misunderstood rascal changed his thieving ways.
He huffed and he puffed and he blew their first two houses down. Fortunately for the three little pigs, the wolf wasn’t the brightest crayon in the box and they outsmarted him in the end.
He’s not necessarily the first person you might associate with the word villain, but thinking about all the pain and emotional trauma he caused children everywhere, I think he definitely fits the description.
Although The Road Runner did provoke him sometimes, Wile E. Coyote wasted his time chasing the little guy through the desert. Anytime he did almost catch him, an anvil to the head thwarted his efforts.
She may have been bossy, spoiled, and mean to the Rugrats, but she rushed to their defense if anyone else messed with them. Maybe Angelica had a soft spot in her heart for those “dumb babies” after all.
This miserly scoundrel only cared about his fortune until he realized money true value lies in sharing it with the ones you love.
Sloth looked like the scary one, but his brothers win the award for most malevolent. At least Chunk was able to free Sloth so they could catch up to the rest of the gang and stop the bad guys from pilfering the treasure.
Miss Hannigan’s obvious distaste for little girls combined with her passion for gin made her one disgruntled, hot mess of an orphanage matron.
Always carry man’s gun and be able to produce man’s fire if you ever go to the jungle. Those are the only two things this cunning antagonist fears.
She’s part human, part octopus, and part pure evil. As if stealing Ariel’s voice wasn’t enough, she had to try and steal her true love too.
Not even an evil stepmother like Lady Tremaine could get in the way of true love. Cinderella and Prince Charming found each other despite the numerous obstacles she put in their way, instilling unrealistic expectations and an unwavering hope in true love in little girls everywhere.
Whether you saw him in Disney’s Peter Pan, the1991 film Hook, or a live performance based on J.M. Barrie’s classic play, this pernicious pirate was determined to defeat Peter Pan once and for all. Despite his determination, he proved no match for Peter and the Lost Boys – or that hungry crocodile.
What kind of person would skin innocent puppies for their fur? Cruella De Vil, that’s who. Like the song says: If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will.
The evil queen’s desire to be “the fairest of them all” led her to demand Snow White’s death, demonstrating the dangers of extreme jealousy.
Andy’s evil neighbor exhibited the tendencies of a future serial killer and frightened tots (and their toys) in Pixar’s first feature film. If you look closely, some say he makes an appearance as a garbage man in Toy Story 3. Even 10 years later, he still wears his signature skull and crossbones shirt.