Top 20 Pixar Villains of All Time



Top 20 Pixar Villains of All Time

VOICE OVER: Emily - WatchMojo WRITTEN BY: Tal Fox
These Disney villains are their own unique brand of bad. Our countdown includes "The Incredibles," "Toy Story 3," "WALL-E," and more!

Top 20 Pixar Villains

Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 20 Pixar Villains.

For this list, we’ll be looking at our favorite Pixar baddies and ranking them based on how iconic and diabolical they are. Did any of these villain reveals surprise you? Who’s your favorite? Let us know in the comments! Keep in mind, a spoiler alert is in effect.

#20: Professor Zündapp
“Cars 2” (2011)

Also known as “Professor Z”, this villainous vehicle will stop at nothing to turn the world against alternative energies. Initially, we’re led to believe that this evil inventor is the main mastermind behind this scheme, only for it to be revealed that he’s actually colluding with Miles Axlerod. Still, Professor Z ticks all the boxes of the archetypal villain trope - seriously, with his monocle, comb over-esque roof and thinly disguised license plate, he just *looks* like a prototypical bad guy! Though his knack for inventions and willingness to explode other cars *drives* the plot along, this scientist doesn’t succeed in thwarting our heroes.

#19: The Underminer
“The Incredibles” franchise (2004-18)

Considering we had to wait 14 years for a sequel, you might have forgotten that The Underminer makes a brief cameo at the end of the first movie. Picking up almost where we left off, we learn in “Incredibles 2” that this villain is a bank robber who aims to destroy the tranquility in Metroville. Using a drill and vacuum-like device, he’s successful in his mission - and manages to escape, leaving plenty of destruction in his wake, including the fates of the Parr family. After these events, we never see him again and his fate remains unknown… Third movie, anyone?

#18: Nature
“The Good Dinosaur” (2015)

This might sound a bit abstract, but stick with us. “The Good Dinosaur” depicts a world where the asteroid misses Earth and dinosaurs continue to roam. The central family of Apatosauruses farm and forage to survive, a natural evolution of being herbivores. However, though the asteroid didn’t do them in, nature still shows its might with ruthless, deadly, and unstoppable flash floods. As well as killing Arlo’s dad, this extreme weather propels the actions of the movie and serves as a traumatizing trigger for our protagonist. Also we can’t be the only ones who watch the moment Arlo saves Spot from the same fate as his father through our fingers.

#17: Johnny J. Worthington III
“Monsters University” (2013)

Roar Omega Roar is practically fraternity royalty at Monsters University, strutting around like they own the campus, and leading the pack is their President, Johnny J. Worthington III. Johnny is merciless when it comes to upholding the fraternity’s - and his family’s - prestigious reputation even when it makes him a massive jerk. He’s arrogant and cruel to anyone he doesn’t deem ROR material, and will backstab his frat brothers at the drop of a hat. Plus, he lures Oozma Kappa to a party only to publicly humiliate them. This only makes it all the more more satisfying when OK beats ROR in the Scare Games.

#16: Darla
“Finding Nemo” (2003)

Yes, we know she’s just a kid, but there’s no denying that she’s also a massive brat. Impatient and short-tempered, Darla is the culprit behind several fish going belly up. It’s no wonder that she’s referred to as “Fish Killer” and “Little Brat” among the tank fish. Her overzealous handling of pets, not to mention her carelessness, makes her a terror to the aquatic world, and she never seems to learn her lesson. Perhaps though, we should be pointing the finger at her uncle, a certain dentist by the name of P. Sherman, who kidnaps Nemo and gives him to his niece - despite her worrying history with pets.

#15: Al McWhiggin
“Toy Story 2” (1999)

Not exactly the fun-loving toy store owner one would hope for, Al or “Chicken Man” is greedy, deceitful and lazy. He straight up kidnaps Woody, despite being told that the toy is off limits and not for sale. Whenever we see him he’s normally yelling at someone or generally disgruntled. This is one chicken who even complains at having to cross the road… in his car. He comes across as a bit of a creep who’s willing to do anything for a “buck”. It doesn’t take much to “ruffle his feathers” and he doesn’t think twice about engaging in “fowl” play. Alright, we’re done, promise! Point being, though he’s not the main villain, Al is pretty darn detestable.

#14: Sid Phillips
“Toy Story” (1995)

Before Al tried to ship Woody off to Japan, there was Sid trying to burn him to a crisp. Sid’s hobbies include tormenting his sister, destroying toys and performing Dr. Frankenstein-like experiments on them. Sure, he didn’t know they were alive, but his sadistic handling of them is still quite alarming, especially for a kid. However, we have to sympathize with Sid a little bit; the only thing he’s guilty of is having a very active, vivid imagination. After the toys get their revenge, Sid clearly is a changed kid after learning the truth of their sentience. It’s kind of nice to know that even antagonists have the ability to learn from their mistakes - and even end up finding joy as a garbage man.

#13: AUTO
“WALL·E” (2008)

In a world where humans succumbed to consumerism and completely trashed the planet, Earth is no longer habitable and the robots are now in charge. Inspired by HAL 9000 from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” AUTO is programmed to prevent humans from returning to Earth until it's safe. However, it has interpreted this order to mean that humans must never be allowed to return. Though robots in “WALL·E” are shown as complex feeling beings, AUTO is cold, calculating, and ruthless in ensuring orders are followed. Unlike other villains this one isn’t aware of its malice or cruelty, which makes it one of Pixar’s more frightening bad guys.

#12: Chick Hicks
“Cars” (2006)

Though the “Cars” franchise did try to throw in more plot, ultimately we just want to see some good old-fashioned motor sport. While Jackson Storm from “Cars 3” was racing towards the future - and wanted Lightning out of the way - Chick Hicks was the first opponent we met who wasn’t opposed to dirty maneuvers to get his way. Fed up with living in Strip “The King” Weathers’ - and later Lightning McQueen’s - shadow, Hicks resorts to cheating his way to the finish line, even if he has to take out other cars in the process. Both he and McQueen have a certain ego, which just goes to show what Lightning could have become without learning compassion. Judging by his appearance in “Cars 3,” Chick hasn’t changed one bit.

#11: Chef Skinner
“Ratatouille” (2007)

Though this film’s cast is largely composed of rats, Chef Skinner is the biggest rat of them all. Ever since Auguste Gusteau’s death, former sous chef Skinner has driven the Gusteau name into the mud by marketing cheesy - and not the fun kind - frozen dinners, and taking ownership of the restaurant so that he can keep raking in the money. But as his plans are foiled after the reveal that Gusteau had a son, Alfredo Linguini, who would inherit, Skinner stoops to very low deeds to get back at Linguini, Remy, and friends. While Skinner sees some success in closing down Gusteau’s, his win is only temporary.

#10: Mor’du
“Brave” (2012)

“Brave” doesn’t waste any time in introducing action, and the main villain, the beastly bear Mor’du. But the audience gradually finds out that Mor’du wasn’t always a bear. Before being transformed, Mor’du was a prince who let his arrogance and hunger for power overtake his humanity. After being granted the strength of ten men by the witch, he slaughtered his family for sole reign of their kingdom. Perhaps the most nightmarish of Pixar villains, not only does he stand at around 13 foot tall, but his massive claws, sharp teeth and the weapons sticking out of his fur make him petrifying. When Merida and Queen Elinor manage to kill him, they release his tormented spirit whilst also freeing their people from his reign of terror.

#9: Gabby Gabby
“Toy Story 4” (2019)

Don’t be fooled by her soft spokenness or gentle manner; Gabby Gabby is conniving and manipulative. Due to her malfunctioning voice box, this doll has lived out her life in an antique store, with her heart set on capturing the attention of the owner’s granddaughter, Harmony. Unlike other “Toy Story” villains, she isn’t violent or vengeful, but she does hold Forky hostage in exchange for Woody’s voice box - and has some of the creepiest henchmen ever. Gabby Gabby has real depth as a character though - it’s heart-wrenching to watch her get what she’s always wanted, only for Harmony to toss her aside. It’s not often we’re glad to see the antagonist get a happy ending, but Gabby Gabby deserves a new chapter.

#8: Evelyn Deavor / Screenslaver
“Incredibles 2” (2018)

A tech-savvy genius with a knack for problem-solving, Evelyn masterminds a plan to keep Supers permanently illegal. Due to a past tragedy resulting in the death of her parents, she wants the world rid of superheros, believing that they keep people weak. While at first she tricks everyone into believing she’s a “Super” fan just like her brother Winston, she drops the masquerade just as our heroes have started to trust her. Throughout “Incredibles 2,” Screenslaver has been wreaking havoc with mind-control, but once Evelyn equips Elastigirl with a pair of the hypnosis goggles, we find out the two are one and the same. To be honest, we should have known - her name *is* a play on “Evil endeavor”? Even when Elastigirl saves her life, her hatred of superheroes remains unchanged.

#7: Hopper
“A Bug’s Life” (1998)

Hopper is an evil, tyrannical dictator who forces the ant colony to work endlessly for his own gain. Afraid of being perceived as weak and fully aware that the ants could outnumber him, he uses intimidation and violence as a form of control. He’s not any nicer to his allies, including his brother, Molt, who he only keeps around because he swore to their mother. He will do anything to keep the arrangement with the ants the way he likes it, but does suspect there’s some dissension. When the ants finally revolt, he’s completely powerless and exposed as a coward. His death is a bit gruesome, but... he did get a bit cocky.

#6: Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear
“Toy Story 3” (2010)

Who would have thought a cuddly teddy bear who smells of strawberries could be so evil? At first the gang are lured into a false sense of security by the warm and welcoming bear, but we soon discover he runs Sunnyside Daycare like a prison. This teddy got his dark edge after discovering his previous owner replaced her lost teddy bear. Ever since, he’s had a perpetual grudge, even extending his resentment towards all other toys. Even if we pity him, we can never forgive him for being responsible for one of the most distressing scenes in the Pixar universe.

#5: Randall Boggs
“Monsters, Inc.” (2001)

As we learned in “Monsters University,” Randall wasn’t always a cold-hearted, vengeful monster. But his mistreatment at the hands of Roar Omega Roar caused him to literally change his colors. Now working alongside Sulley and Mike at Monsters, Incorporated, he’s in cahoots with the equally evil CEO, Mr. Waternoose to “revolutionize” the scare industry. Neither one has any qualms about kidnapping children or using Randall’s terrifying and torturous scream extractor. Randall is determined to be the number one scarer at Monsters, Inc., and nothing is off limits to achieve this goal.

#4: Charles F. Muntz
“Up” (2009)

They say “Never meet your heroes.” A once-celebrated explorer, Charles Muntz became a laughing stock when the science community accused him of fabricating his findings of a rare bird. His humiliation turned into obsession, leading him to relentlessly hunt down the bird to restore his former glory. Now a maniacal villain, Muntz is willing to murder anyone who poses as a potential threat, and has sent a few dogs to their death too. Like Carl, Muntz struggles to deal with letting go of the past, but unlike Carl, he lets it consume him - which ultimately leads him to his demise.

#3: Stinky Pete the Prospector
“Toy Story 2” (1999)

The “Toy Story” franchise seems to love a good villain reveal, but before Lotso, there was the betrayal of all betrayals with Stinky Pete in “Toy Story 2.” For the bulk of the movie, we - and the other members of the roundup - just think he’s the kind grandfatherly figure to the gang. That is, until his plans to live out his days as part of a museum collection is threatened. When his true colors are revealed, we learn that he will do anything to get his own way, even re-tearing Woody’s arm. Another toy driven to vengeance out of rejection, the Prospector became bitter and cold-hearted as he plotted to avoid facing that heartbreak ever again.

#2: Ernesto de la Cruz
“Coco” (2017)

Ernesto de la Cruz is a celebrated musical legend both in life and in death - and Miguel might just be his biggest fan. When Miguel pays a visit to the Land of the Dead, he goes searching for de la Cruz - who he believes to be his great-great-grandfather - to get his blessing to come back to life and be a musician. During Miguel’s journey, he meets Hector, who has a history with Ernesto, and not-so-kind things to say. Soon, the truth comes out that Ernesto isn’t anything he’s said he is. He poisoned Hector - Miguel’s actual ancestor - and stole credit for his music, while allowing the world to forget his former friend. Now, Ernesto will do anything to protect his legacy, even going as far as attempting to kill Miguel and ensuring Hector faces the final death.

#1: Emperor Zurg
“Toy Story 2” (1999)
Before Disney owned “Star Wars”, Emperor Zurg was basically their answer to Darth Vader. But to our - and Buzz’s - surprise, he turned out to be a pretty decent dad. Sorry, Zurg, today isn’t your day to be #1.

#1: Buddy Pine / IncrediBoy / Syndrome
“The Incredibles” (2004)

Syndrome is everything that’s great about Pixar; spectacular performance, ambitious plans, and that relatability factor. The scariest thing about him is we could be him. When Buddy Pine was little, all he wanted was for Mr. Incredible to notice him. However, after one dismissal too many, IncrediBoy developed a mean streak. He vows to rid the world of Supers and prove that you don’t need special powers to be a hero - why would he want heroes if they cast him aside? Now going by “Syndrome”, he develops destructive technology which he tests on superheroes - and his kill count is pretty high. He ultimately plans to be the only one who’s special, and eventually give the technology to everyone to even the playing field. Pretty good plan. Too bad he never got the memo about capes though.