Admit it: Disney princesses and other heroes of Disney animated features can be... kinda bland. But the villains are always fascinating and alluring. Many are seductive and deceptive by nature, and most have much more flair and style than the protagonists who defeat them. Really, it's a wonder that it took so long for Disney to allow filmmakers to twist one of its stories to focus more on the villain than the heroine, as it has with Sleeping Beauty
's foe in "Maleficent" (opening May 30).
If the Angelina Jolie
live-action twist on the 1959 cartoon succeeds, there's a whole Hall of Infamy of Disney evildoers ready for their close-ups. Here are 30 of the worst -- er, best -- Disney animated villains ever.
Photos courtesy Disney, Pixar