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Top 10 Worst Decisions by Disney Animated Characters

VO: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Joey Turner
Script written by Joey Turner Even in the magical world of Disney, good judgement and foresight are often overlooked. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down the Top 10 Worst Decisions ever made in Disney Animated Movies. For list we’ve included dumb decisions like giving away Aurora’s location in Sleeping Beauty, leaving the lamp behind in Aladdin, the nicelanders not appreciating Ralph, trusting Yzma and Kronk from The Emperor’s new groove, stealing the heart of Te Fiti in Moana and more!

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Top 10 Worst Decisions ever made in Disney Animated Movies.

Even in the magical world of Disney, good judgement and foresight are often overlooked. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Worst Decisions ever made in Disney Animated Movies.

For this list, we’re looking back at some of the most boneheaded moves made by some of our favorite Disney heroes and sidekicks… along with the consequences that followed. The villains have dug their own graves as well, but that could make for a list of its own. Also, if you haven’t seen any of these movies, we’re issuing a spoiler warning just in case.

#10: “Now What?”

“Finding Nemo” franchise (2003-)

The Tank Gang, Nemo’s new friends from the dentist’s fish tank, are desperate to escape their glass prison and return to the big blue. Their scheme is actually well thought out and works perfectly… except for one minor detail – they’re stuck in their bags with no follow-up plan. After a whole year of traveling across the ocean –their bags full of algae, they make it to California –only to be “rescued” by the Marine Life Institute. The Gang’s intent sounded foolproof on paper, but their lack of foresight only brought them back to square one… though to be fair, the Institute is bound to be better than the Dentist’s office… Sigourney Weaver says so.

#9: Giving Away Aurora’s Location

“Sleeping Beauty” (1959)

After being threatened by the malicious Maleficent, the three fairies – Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather – keep Princess Aurora hidden in a cottage until her 16th birthday. They prep the cottage for the party using a little magic –after taking precautions to avoid being seen. Unfortunately, Flora and Merryweather’s opposing tastes in color for Aurora’s new dress escalates into a full-on magic war that literally sends up a flare… giving their location away to Maleficent’s spy. Talk about embarrassing; after all their safety measures, they inadvertently doom their dear princess over petty creative differences. Fortunately, they get a chance to make amends for their laughable slip-up by helping to end the Mistress of Evil’s reign.

#8: Leaving the Lamp Behind

“Aladdin” (1992)

Aladdin’s little “Prince Ali” masquerade started out well, but he MAY have gotten in over his head. Fearing he can’t keep up his charade without Genie, he breaks his promise of wishing him free. When he DOES decide to confess, Iago tricks him into leaving so that he can steal the lamp for Jafar –enabling the wicked ex-Vizier to use Genie’s magic to dominate not only Agrabah, but also the world. It was bad enough that Aladdin’s lying got out of control, but if he had just freed Genie when given the chance, this wouldn’t have happened. Thankfully, the street rat has a few tricks of his own to set things right.

#7: The Nicelanders Treatment of Ralph

“Wreck-it Ralph” (2012)

Wreck-It Ralph’s idea to leave Fix-It Felix Jr. to prove he can be a hero WAS incredibly risky, but come on, all he really wanted was respect from the rest of the characters. Felix himself tries to avoid drama, but the Nicelanders are anything BUT nice – they don’t invite Ralph to the anniversary party despite how major a role he plays, and they constantly antagonize him like he’s still a villain even after hours. Without Ralph, there wouldn’t even be a game, and yet the Nicelanders want nothing to do with him. So, if you look at the big picture, it’s really THEIR fault he went Turbo on them to try and prove his point.

#6: Trusting Yzma & Kronk

“The Emperor’s New Groove” (2000)

It turns out that mistreating people can have serious consequences. If only Kuzco knew this when he fired Yzma and Kronk! He thinks they’ll just get over it, but they secretly plot to kill him –only to accidentally turn him into a llama. Pacha –the only one WILLING to help him- tries to warn Kuzco about the twosome when they’re looking for him, but the arrogant emperor blindly thinks the two are still loyal to him, and angrily pushes the kindly peasant away. By the time he overhears the truth, it’s too late – Kuzco is left hopeless and alone in the wilderness. A costly price to pay for mistreating your friends and enemies.

#5: Stealing the Heart of Te Fiti

“Moana” (2016)

If you go too far to please someone, you can actually end up making things worse. The shapeshifting, trickster demigod, Maui, wanted desperately to earn humanity’s approval; to do it, he stole the heart of the mother island, Te Fiti, hoping that its life-giving magic would benefit the mortals. Without the heart, however Te Fiti transformed into the monstrous Te Kā, and a plague of darkness was unleashed on the world, slowly killing the other islands. Given his tragic upbringing, Maui isn’t really a bad guy… he just made the mother of all mistakes and practically doomed the ocean. Luckily, one brave island girl can help the demigod make up for his blunder.

#4: Ignoring Buddy

“The Incredibles” (2004)

Back in his glory days, Mr. Incredible had a persistent number one fan – Buddy Pine. The delusional youngster tried to use his tech smarts to prove that he was worthy of being Mr. Incredible’s sidekick, “IncrediBoy”, but he only got in the way. For his fan’s safety, the aggravated hero rejected him... but it did more damage than he thought. Having lost his faith in superheroes, Buddy grew up to become the ultimate villain, Syndrome, who used his inventions and money to plan the ultimate revenge on the hero who shunned him. Dealing with problematic fans is risky business; if you’re too hard on them, they could end up becoming your arch nemesis.

#3: Separating Anna & Elsa

“Frozen” (2013)

Anna and Elsa were once thick as thieves… until Elsa accidentally hurt Anna with her ice powers. Their parents do damage control by wiping Anna’s memory of her sister’s magic, making Elsa conceal her powers rather than try to control them, and having both sisters shut out from the outside world… and each other. Unfortunately, this only made things worse – Anna can’t understand why Elsa is avoiding her, Elsa grew to fear her abilities with no way to properly control them, and worst of all, what was once a strong sisterhood faded away. If they had been there for each other, maybe Anna wouldn’t have fallen for a conniving pretty boy like Hans.

#2: Refusing to Help the Enchantress

“Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

The Beast’s temper is more ugly than his appearance, but his face wasn’t always this grisly. A long time ago, he was a spoiled prince surrounded by faithful servants. One night, an enchantress disguised as an ugly, elderly woman begged him for shelter in exchange for a magical rose, but he rejected her. As punishment, she cursed the castle – turning the Prince into a monstrous beast, and his servants into talking furniture. The only way to break the curse is if he can find and receive true love before the last rose petal falls, showing him how true beauty is found within… and what happens when you cross the wrong sorceress.

Before we unveil the worst call of all, here are a few dishonorable mentions:

Trusting ‘Honest’ John & Gideon

“Pinocchio” (1940)

Hiding the Past from Melody

“The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea” (2000)

#1: Eating the Poisoned Apple

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937)

Snow White is left in charge of the cottage for the day, and the Dwarfs inform her to keep an eye out for the Wicked Queen’s tricks. The Queen arrives disguised as an old hag with a “magic wishing apple”. Despite her friends’ warnings, the naïve princess lets her in, and bites the tainted fruit… falling into a cursed slumber. While it’s nice to treat people kindly, we should all be aware of possible stranger danger… something Snow White miserably failed at. Even though she gets her wish in the end, it feels rather bittersweet how she achieved it only after falling for such a dumb trick so easily.

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