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1. Most Disney villains wear red, black, purple, or some combination of the three.

2. The Disney Channel has a live-action movie called Descendants in production that focuses on the children of Maleficent, Jafar, the Evil Queen, and Cruella de Vil.

3. The Evil Queen from Snow White actually has a real name: Queen Grimhilde. It just SOUNDS terrifying.

4. Queen Grimhilde sits on a peacock throne to symbolize her extreme vanity.

5. The Queen was the first Disney character to ever speak in a feature-length animated movie.

6. Lucille LaVerne voiced both the Queen and the Evil Witch she transforms into. She achieved the change in voice by removing her false teeth, then recording her lines.

7. The Queen’s design was based off of multiple sources, but one was legendary Hollywood actress Joan Crawford.

8. The Queen was ranked #10 on AFI’s list of 50 greatest cinematic villains of all time, just ahead of Michael Corleone from The Godfather.

9. Eleanor Audley not only voiced Maleficent, but also Lady Tremaine (the evil stepmother in Cinderella) and Madame Leota in Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride.

10. Maleficent’s design was based off of the devil (her horns), bats (her collar), and medieval Czech designs illustrator Marc Davis found in his house (her flame-like robes).

11. Maleficent’s name in Sleeping Beauty the movie (she isn’t named in the fairytale) comes from the Latin word maleficenta, which means “evil-doing.”

12. Tim Burton was originally supposed to direct the live-action Maleficent movie.

13. Artisans who specialize in fetishware crafted Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent horns for the movie.

14. And Jolie’s children Pax, Zahara, and Vivienne all make cameos in the movie.

15. Cate Blanchett is slated to portray the evil stepmother in 2015’s live-action version of Cinderella.

16. And one of the evil stepsisters (Drizella) is slated to be played by Sophie McShera, who you may know better as Daisy from Downton Abbey.

17. Lady Tremaine is drawn as more realistic than the other villains in Cinderella (Lucifer the cat, her two stepdaughters) to give her a chilling effect.

18. Captain Hook was designed to be a comical villain and a foil for Peter Pan.

19. Walt Disney himself insisted Captain Hook not be killed at the end of Peter Pan because he knew the audience would take a liking to the wily character.

20. Tom Hiddleston (yes, LOKI) voiced Captain Hook in the Disney animated movie Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy.

21. Gaston from Beauty and the Beast is the first male villain to appear in a Disney Princess film.

22. Gaston wasn’t supposed to be the primary villain in the original version of Beauty and the Beast. That honor would have gone to a character named Marguerite, who was Belle’s evil aunt. She didn’t make the cut.

23. Additionally, the character Gaston does not exist in the original Beauty and the Beast fairytale.

24. In his climactic battle with the Beast, Gaston originally was supposed to yell “Time to die!” but this was deemed too graphic, and was changed to “Belle is mine!” However, you can still see him mouth the original line in the film version.

25. And depending on which version of Beauty and the Beast you see (theatrical, VHS, DVD) you might be able to see skulls in Gaston’s eyes for two frames while he falls to his death. Ah!



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