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Disney Villains vs the 7 Deadly Sins

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Originally I was going to write a blog about the various villains of Disney’s animated classics, however after reading an article about the 7 Deadly Sins, this inspired me into thinking about what Disney villains are guilty of said sins. Thus resulting in a new idea for this blog.

The seven deadly sins is a classification of the following vices;

  • Envy
  • Gluttony
  • Greed
  • Lust
  • Pride
  • Sloth
  • Wrath

The villains in question are taken from Disney’s animated classics. So which of these villains are guilty of these sins?

Envy

The dictionary describes envy as “a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions, etc.”

This trait can be seen in many villains in Disney’s animated classic.

The Queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)

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The Evil Queen is the main antagonist of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and the first Disney animated canon villain. There is no denying the Evil Queen is guilty of envy. When she discovers Snow White has overtaken her to becoming ‘the fairest of them all’ the Queen becomes completely envious of Snow White, and wastes no time in hatching an evil plan to kill Snow White so she can once again reclaim her title.

Lady Tremaine (Cinderella, 1950)

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It comes as no surprise that Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s wicked step-mother also holds a place under the ‘envy’ category. Jealous of Cinderella’s beauty, she treats her as a slave her in our home after her father’s death.

Ursula (The Little Mermaid, 1989)

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Once again, no surprise to see Ursula’s name here. Jealous of Ariel’s beautiful voice, she uses Ariel’s longing to be part of the human world to her advantage by striking a deal (which she also goes on to sabotage). She is also jealous of King Triton’s position of power and also manipulates the naive Ariel in order for her to usurp the throne.

Scar (The Lion King, 1994)

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Another Disney villain jealous of the King’s position of power, Scar is so envious of his brother, Mufasa’s, role as King, that he hatches a plan to kill Mufasa and, in a classic villainous move, leads Simba to believe he is responsible for his own father’s death. Poor Simba.

Hades (Hercules, 1997)

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Last on my list of envious Disney Villains (although you could argue there is many more) is Hades. Now I’m sensing a pattern here, because just like Ursula and Scar, Hades is envious of Zeus’ position of power as King of Gods, and plans to usurp his brother and kill his nephew Hercules.

Gluttony

It was surprisingly difficult to think of a villain who portrayed gluttony, and then I remember, Kaa.

Kaa (The Jungle Book, 1967)

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Kaa is a sly snake from Disney’s The Jungle Book, who is almost constantly hungry. He is seen on many occasions trying to devour Mowgli (however obviously failing).

Greed

Stromboli (Pinocchio, 1940)

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Stromboli’s only concern is making money. Therefore he falls under the greedy category after using Pinocchio in his puppet show to earn even more money.

Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians, 1961)

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One of the most iconic Disney Villains of all time, Cruella De Vil’s greed involves her stealing puppies and skinning them to make herself a fur coat.

Governor Ratcliffe (Pocahontas, 1995)

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Governor Ratcliffe is perhaps one of the most (if not the most) greediest Disney villains there is. The entire film see’s his longing for gold, gold, and more gold, in order to become obscenely wealthy.

Mother Gothel (Tangled, 2010)

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In the opening scenes of Tangled, Mother Gothel’s greed is immediately highlighted. She is determined to keep the magical healing flower hidden (even though it can save the life of those who are ill) in order to keep herself looking youthful. Once the flower is taken by the King and Queen, she then steals their child and hides her in a castle, again just to maintain her youth.

Lust

Jafar (Aladdin, 1992)

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Although Jafar is pretty much guilty of all the 7 Deadly Sins (apart from gluttony perhaps), lust is probably his most predominant characteristic. Not only does Jafar lust after Jasmine, he also lusts after the title of Sultan which sees him desperately try to kill Aladdin (so that Aladdin will not marry Jasmine thus resulting in Aladdin becoming Sultan).

Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996)

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Throughout the entire film, (even though he spends most of it insulting her also), Claude Frollo lusts after the gypsy girl Esmerelda. In fact, he even sings a song about it! In ‘Hellfire’ he sings “be mine or you will burn”. Also once she is captured Frollo gives her two options, Frollo, or death. She wisely chose death, which infuriates Frollo.

Pride

Maleficient (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)

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Maleficent is the ultimate face of pride. In an attempt to get revenge on the King and Queen, Maleficent curses Princess Aurora. She is very malicious, spiteful and ruthless. She is determined to kill Princess Aurora, but why? Oh yeah, because she wasn’t invited to the christening…yikes! Definitely a proud villain not to be messed with.

Gaston (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)

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When Belle, the most beautiful girl in all the village, rejects the highly narcissistic Gaston, his pride (and ego) are hurt. Therefore he seeks revenge by plotting to kill the Beast who has stolen Belle’s affections.

Sloth

Bill Sykes (Oliver & Company, 1988)

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Skyes is the ultimate villain to represent sloth. Not only is he a brutal murderer, he doesn’t do any of the work himself. Instead he gets people to do his dirty work for him. Evidently highlighting the reason he is categorised under sloth.

 

Wrath

Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)

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If anyone has a problem with rage, it’s this lady. The Queen of Hearts is notoriously known for wanting to cut of people’s heads. Although she is one of the more comical Disney villains, there is no doubt that she conveys wrath to perfection.

Captain Hook (Peter Pan, 1953)

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If there was ever a reason to be full of rage, Captain Hook has the best excuse. Although he portrays a character full of wrath, he does have a very good reason, after all Peter Pan fed his hand to a crocodile (wouldn’t you be angry?)

 

That concludes my list of Disney Villains that represent the 7 Deadly Sins.

I hope this was an interesting read!

– Bee

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6 responses »

  1. Loved the article and extremely interesting! What does sloth mean though?

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  2. Very Nice article!

    BTW, if you’re looking for a Disney villain that represents Gluttony, you could consider Monstro. Every time you see him, he’s eating something. He even ate Geppetto’s boat!!

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  3. This was great! I would only add Lady Tremaine as Sloth as well. She does nothing!

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  4. I love the Disney villains represented by the 7 deadly sins. One I always thought of for wrath was Yzma. She spends the entire film trying to kill Kuzco because she’s mad at him for firing her. Plus she loses her temper rather easily. You’re right that gluttony is a tough one to peg. I guess technically it is overindulgence in anything, but that crosses over into greed’s territory more often than not.

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