Disney Villainesses, Ranked: Who is the Most Wicked of Them All?

With "Cruella's" reign now in theaters, it's time to make a ranked list of Disney villainesses that have also poisoned the big screen.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Disney Villainesses Ranked

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We've seen so many of Disney's majestic princesses highlighted in the past, but what about their iconic and dark counterparts? Here, we're happy to provide some long-overdue recongition to Disney's other memorable do-badders. This rag-tag group of poison-makers, witches, and just plain wicked women will remind you to always be wary of those strangers with the wide grins and the mischievous twinkles in their eyes. So without further ado, here is our list of Disney villainesses ranked from the least cruel to the most sinister.

#12 - Madame Medusa ('The Rescuers')
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© Walt Disney/courtesy Everett Collection

Proprietor of a seedy pawn shop, and even seedier plans for our animated heroes.

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The Rescuers

Animated / 1977 / G

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#11 - Queen Narissa ('Enchanted')
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© Buena Vista Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

Able to transform into all kinds of vindictive beings (dragon, hag, evil overlord), Narissa is beastly and unforgettable in all of her forms.

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Enchanted

Children / 2007 / PG

#10 - Madam Mim ('The Sword in the Stone')
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© Walt Disney Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

Don't let her old maid's cast-off appearance deceive you. Mim's a witch with powers on the level of Merlin himself.

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The Sword in the Stone

Animated / 1963 / G

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#9 - Lady Tremaine ('Cinderella')
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© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

The original wicked stepmother is still a baddie to behold, who's definitely not going to let any of her enemies relax for a night out on the town.

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Cinderella (2015)

Children / 2015 / PG

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#8 - Mother Gothel ('Tangled')
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© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

Taking her designed look from singer Cher, the villainess from "Tangled" is a whirlwind diva of the dark arts.

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Tangled

Animated / 2010 / PG

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#7 - Mary, Winnie, & Sarah Sanderson ('Hocus Pocus')

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© Buena Vista Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

They're crafty villainesses, and also quite hilarious: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, the all-star witch trio for the ages.

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Hocus Pocus

Comedy / 1993 / PG

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#6 - Yzma ('The Emperor's New Groove')

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© Buena Vista Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

What she lacks in weight she makes up for in an overabundance of power-hungry tendencies, and a knack for major trouble.

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The Emperor's New Groove

Animated / 2000 / G

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#5 - Cruella de Vil ('One Hundred and One Dalmatians')

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© Buena Vista Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

Cruel and devilish combine in this villainess who's popular enough to have appeared in multiple animated and live-action projects, including the newest film "Cruella", and even her own book.

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One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Animated / 1961 / G

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#4 - The Queen of Hearts ('Alice in Wonderland')

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© Walt Disney Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

Easily offended, and quick to dispense the death sentence, the Queen of Hearts is recognized for her large appetite for cruel and undeserved punishments.

#3 - The Evil Queen ('Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs')

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© Walt Disney Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

Aka the Wicked Queen, or just the Queen, the baddie with the given name Queen Grimhilde actually looks like she might make a good-natured beauty queen if given the right makeover.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Animated / 1937 / G

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#2 - Maleficent ('Sleeping Beauty')

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© Buena Vista Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

While audiences nowadays may be more familiar with the Angelina Jolie version, the original's still a worthy go-to villainess, with the cartoon looks and appeal to wreak all sorts of havoc, and the self-proclaimed title of "Mistress of All Evil."

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Sleeping Beauty

Animated / 1959 / G

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#1 - Ursula ('The Little Mermaid')

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© Walt Disney Co. / Courtesy: Everett Collection

While she may have seemed like a good Samaritan by allowing Ariel a chance to become human and seek out true love...eh, it's all just a ruse to become the ruler of the deep, which earns Ursula our top spot on our ranked list of Disney villainesses.

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The Little Mermaid

Animated / 1989 / G

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Jesse Conner

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Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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