Have you ever noticed that many of Disney's most terrible villains die in quite a similar way?
In fact, if you take a moment to think about it, you'll realize that many of them meet their end by plummeting into oblivion, off a rock, some castle battlements or simply into a fiery pit. At the end of the day, if you're a bit of a Disney a-hole, it's likely you will die falling from something very high.
In fact this happens so often in the famous animations that the "trope" for when a villain falls to their death is officially known as a "Disney Villain Death."
To prove this point, a fantastic little video has been uploaded by YouTuber ChiefBrodyRules which documents some of the most epic falls in Disney history. According to the video, here are the qualifications for villains who made the cut:
1.) The act of falling.
2.) They have to land the fall. (not be caught or saved)
3.) The falls used are at the point of the movie where the villain is "defeated" or looses.
4.) This not a video of every literal fall. It's to point out on how most Disney villains fall when they are "defeated."
5.) The Yzma fall parodies this so I counted it.
Take a look at some of my favorites below and then watch the oddly satisfying short clip in full at the bottom of the article:
1. Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
The evil witch deserved what she got.
Lucifer was such a badly behaved cat.
3. Peter Pan
Captain Hook tumbles right into the crocodile's gaping jaws and it's oh-so-satisfying.
4. Sleeping Beauty
Arguably the scariest Disney villain (she always terrified me!), the evil witch in her dragon-form in Sleeping Beauty gets stabbed by the Prince and falls into the ravine.
5. The Great Mouse Detective
The clock strikes and the villain falls. Twice in fact.
6. The Rescuers Down Under
Over the waterfall you go!
7. Beauty & the Beast
Gaston gets what he deserves when he falls from the castle ramparts.
8. The Lion King
Simba pushes Scar off the cliff to regain Pride Rock. He's then ambushed by his enraged hyena minions.
9. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Into the fiery pit you go, Frollo!
Hercules punches Hades off the cliff to the fate that he condemned many to.
Yep, that's a long way to fall.
Check out the rest of the epic villain falls in the full video below:
Which one is your favorite villain tumble?