Disney has been the king and queen of great animated villains for a long time. There are many Disney villains that have been iconic, such as Scar, Jafar, Scar and Scar. New villains are being created as more animation studios like DreamWorks, Sony and Illumination become potential contenders.
In 2010, there were many animated films, many of which featured great villains. Some are complex characters that we can sympathize and others are pure evil. These are the top 13 animated film villains for 2010.
Vector (Despicable Me).
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Gru (Steve Carell) could be referred to as a villain, considering he aspires to be the greatest one, he really isn’t a bad guy. He’s our protagonist and chooses goodness over evil. Vector, Vector’s opponent, is not our protagonist.Jason Segel). Vector clearly tries to be evil as much as possible and doesn’t care who is in his way. While he may not seem like the most intimidating foe, his technological prowess and wealth make him a formidable threat for Gru.
His design is rather simple; however, Vector’s orange jumpsuit, large glasses, and bowl haircut seem to have struck a chord with people as his look has become somewhat iconic within pop culture. Vector’s witty sense of humor, such as the way he shouts out his name in triumph, may be another reason why he is so popular. The Despicable Me franchise has plenty of villains to choose from, but Vector is still Gru’s best rival.
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Hans (Santino FontanaThis is the perfect example of why it’s a good idea to be cautious about entering into a committed relationship. In Frozen, Anna (Kristen Bell) becomes too trusting of this handsome jerk, blinded by her love and desire to get out of the house (or castle). He is very friendly until Anna needs him. Then he shows his true colors. Hans used her to control Arendelle.
Hans is the youngest child of thirteen. He wants to escape his family and become a king. His plan is foiled by his manipulative and murderous nature. He convinces Anna and Arendelle that he is a decent man by his charisma. It isn’t true. He tries to kill Elsa as well as Anna.Idina MenzelAnna saves Anna. Although he may be handsome, you shouldn’t trust anyone with a pretty face.
Drago Bludvist (How to Train Your Dragon 2 )
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The first How to train your dragon didn’t really have a villain, besides a giant boss dragon. The sequel introduces a terrifying foe who can harness power and control dragons using the alphas. Toothless puts Hiccup in a trance and even gets him to turn against him. Bludvist (Djimon HounsouWhen he was a child, he lost his village and family to a dragon attack. He decided to revenge and built an army made up of dragons, which he used to conquer the whole world. Hiccup (thankfully) and his bond with him (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless is so strong that it is able to break the alpha’s control and turn the army against Bludvist.
Bludvist is a marvellous designer. Bludvist, while only human, has a large, intimidating figure and strong metal arm. Hounsou’s gruff and coarse voice adds to this character’s brutality. The How To Train Your Dragon films have a charming side, but they also have terrifying foes.
Yokai (Big Hero 6)
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Yokai is a great villain. Big Hero 6. Yokai, the creepy antagonist, hides behind a black trenchcoat, and a Japanese Kabuki mask. The mask conceals a tragic tale about an angry man who is driven to vengeance. Robert Callaghan is Yokai (James Cromwell), a robotics professor at the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. Callaghan is obsessed with getting revenge on the people who caused his daughter’s death in an experiment that went wrong. Once Hiro Hamada (Ryan PotterCallaghan (the microbots are introduced to him by Hiro) blows up the school and steals the microbots. Hiro’s younger brother was killed in the blast, which shows how reckless the professor has become.
Yokai is a great villain because of his complexity. Although his motives are logical, Yokai’s methods of achieving them are not. His connection with Hiro gives the antagonist and hero an emotionally-investing dramatic connection. Even though the twist is obvious because Callaghan never actually does die, Yokai remains a villain we can relate with, even if our opinions differ with his actions.
Shen (Kung Fu Panda 2)
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Who knew that a peacock would speak? Gary OldmanCould it be so intimidating? Po is the perfect foe in ShenJack Black) in Kung Fu Panda 2. He is agile and quick, making it difficult to defend. On a mental level, his attachment to Po’s past gives Po an emotional challenge that he has to overcome as well. Oldman’s voice gives Shen a menacing tone while also being able to squeeze in some humor here and there. However, Shen’s desire to change his fate ultimately leads to it becoming true. His attempt to escape the prophecy of his defeat by destroying Po’s village is what leads to his destiny becoming inevitable. He is a greedy, devious peacock that leads to moral corruption. Po can, however, skadoosh into oblivion.
Joker (The Lego Batman Movie).
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Although not the most terrifying version of the classic, Batman villain, The Lego Batman Movie‘s version of the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) is actually a very accurate representation of the relationship between Batman (Will Arnett) and the Joker. Joker hates to be ignored but loves to be hated. Batman’Joker snaps because of his indifference. His desire for Gotham to be taken over is partly due both to his chaotic nature and his anger at Batman.
Joker then recruits Batman’s other villains along with other movie villains (owned Warner Bros.). The goal is defeat Batman and wipeout Gotham. Batman eventually admits to Joker that he is in need of him. They work together to fix Gotham. This Joker may not be as comic-book-accurate. Mark Hamill’s Joker, but this is an excellent interpretation of Batman and Joker’s need for one another.
Lord Business (The Lego Movie).
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Let’s move on to the other Lego villain on this list. Lord Business (Will Ferrell) is a creativity-hating businessman whose sole purpose is to turn the Lego world into an authoritarian world where no one is allowed to move or build anything new. Ferrell does a great job portraying a clever and funny villain. Lord Business is more than just a bad guy. Finn sees him as a villainous figure.Jadon SandEmmet is the human kid who is playing around with these toys.Chris PrattThe story is titled ( Lord Business is his father. He has the same desire for creativity and to glue everything together. The Lego MovieThis story requires imagination and Lord Business is more complex than the human version.
Raiden (Kubo, the Two Strings)
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Raiden (Ralph Fiennes), the moon king, doesn’t appear until the climax of the film, but his presence is felt throughout. Since he is the ruler of the night, it’s impossible to know where he is, which is why his daughters are always on the trail of our heroes. He is a violent, wicked character who doesn’t care about his grandchildren or daughters. He does not just try to blind Kubo.Art Parkinson) but to kill his own daughter.
Fiennes always does a great job with villains and it’s no different here. Plus, Raiden’s Dragon-like appearance in the climax is truly haunting. It’s amazing that he’s created through stop-motion animation, and the animators should be commemorated for the brilliant work they do throughout Kubo and The Two Strings.
King Candy (Wreck It Ralph).
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King Candy (Alan Tudyk) in Wreck it RalphThis is a quirky, silly villain that is difficult to judge until the end. King Candy was secretly Turbo, and jumped to Sugar Rush to achieve greatness. However, Vanellope (Sarah SilvermanHe transforms her into a glitch, who is not allowed to race.
Tudyk is a master of voice work and sounds almost like the Mad Hatter.Ed Wynn) from Alice in WonderlandBut he is still capable of causing some danger. King Candy’s merging with CyBug makes him even more sinister. The twist of him being Turbo is surprising and amps up the stakes in the third act; he may seem innocent at first, but he’s more powerful than he seems.
Ernesto de la Cruz (Coco)
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Ernesto (Benjamin Bratt) from CocoPixar’s most vicious villains. Hector was not the only one he killed.Gael García BernalMiguel tried to kill him (Anthony Gonzalez)It’s also possible to die. Ernesto set his sights on becoming a successful man, but he lost all of that integrity. Ernesto is a great musician, but all his songs come from another source. He took all the credit.
Ernesto is charismatic and was capable of convincing the public that he was talented musician. His version of “Remember Me” was basically an ode to his greatness, despite that not being the song’s intentions. Ernesto made it a song based on vanity, and Hector wrote the song for his daughter. This film ends Ernesto’s life, and his legacy is destroyed just as an iron bell crushed him.
Kingpin (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse).
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Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) is much more than just a crime lord in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Kingpin is filled with guilt at the loss of his family members and is determined to get them back. However, through accessing the multiverse, he almost destroys everything, including this universe’s version of Peter Parker (Chris Pine), an accomplishment no other film Spider-ManWhat a villain did. His family began to fear him when they learned the truth about his evil actions. He continues to follow this dark path.
The animators made him look almost like a head-on-a-black-blob. Although it may seem silly at times, it gives Miles Morales an almost life-like stature.Shameik Moore) an incredibly difficult challenge. Prowler is one of the other great villains in the film.Mahershala Ali) and Olivia Octavius (Kathryn HahnKingpin is the most complex and intimidating.
Mother Gothel (Tangled).
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In TangledMother Gothel (Donna Murphy) is a witch who discovered Rapunzel’s (Mandy Moore) hair had a magical power that could keep her young. Gothel, obsessed with Rapunzel’s youth and beauty, kidnapped her and kept the tower for as long she could. Gothel manages to convince Rapunzel that everyone on the outside is evil and she only wants to keep her safe; however, Rapunzel’s curiosity gets the better of her and leads to her finally escaping. Gothel is unpredictable and can be intimidating. One second, she’s a loving figure towards Rapunzel; the next, she becomes incredibly wicked and cruel. Murphy does an excellent job portraying Gothel. She is a character that changes her tones often. Gothel is beautiful and warm from the outside, but she is cold, ruthless and miserable inside. She has a great singing voice.
Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear (Toy Story 3)
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The second time we meet Lotso, it’s the first.Ned Beatty) in Toy Story 3, it seems like something’s off. Yes, he likes to give hugs, has a charming southern accent, and smells like strawberries, but he’s a little bit too nice. Turns out, he’s a total dictator who has full control over the toys at Sunnyside Daycare. If you comply with the rules, then he’s perfectly nice. If you rebel against him and his little henchman, you will be locked up.
Lotso is a great villain because it’s easy to see why he’d be so harsh. He was replaced by his owner, and believed toys were not meant to love; they should be used and thrown out. This conflicted with Woody (Tom HanksAndy’s loyal gang members. Lotso even has a chance to go back to his roots and refuses to use the incinerator stopper. Now, Lotso has to be strapped in a truck so he can travel to unknown places.
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