An investigation… so to speak

I saw the lion king last night and noticed the pure unoriginality in the villain’s name (scar) with respects to the other characters (mufasa, simba).
So, I decided to do a bit of an investigation into Disney villain’s names.

Now, many of the stories listed in the chart below are not Disney Originals, so really, disney shouldn’t be blamed for the dumb villain names. With this in mind, we will make the official title of this chart:

Animated Villains

stats for the geeks:
Average: 6.0
Standard Deviation: 3.1

a few curious notes:
-The Rescuers got such a low mark for Medusa because it was stolen outright from greek myth. Hercules got a high rating for Hades because it is Greek Myth, and was never stolen.
-I also find it interesting that one of the evil stepsisters was named Anastasia: a future animated Heroine.

My current hypothesis is that animated films, being for children, want to make it so that even viewers lacking any form of intelligence will know who the villain is.

It kind of makes you wonder how intelligent the director of austin powers must have thought his audience would be… what with a villain named Dr. Evil.

For more info on Disney villains, click Here.

5 thoughts on “An investigation… so to speak

  • 8/21/2004 at 5:43 pm

    dr.evil is just a parody of other villians… ergo his obvious name.
    he’s most closely modeled after from the first bond movie.

  • 8/21/2004 at 11:56 pm

    Dr. No you say? sadly, I’m afraid I didn’t see that particular bond movie. I’ll have to put it on my personal movies-to-see list.

    I enjoy your usage of the word: ergo.

  • 8/23/2004 at 2:00 pm

    I think Frollo is a really dumb villain name. It sounds like the name of a cuddly rabbit person. I give it a 1.0.

  • 8/26/2004 at 2:57 pm

    I’m afriad your analysis is wrought with error. First and most glaringly, heroin is a highly addictive narcotic. Perhaps you were searching for a heroine? Secondly, directors do not name characters, writers do. In this case Mike Meyers named Dr. Evil, and did not direct any Austin Powers movies. Thirdly, I resent that The Little Mermaid may be related in any way to Lil’ Kim. I won’t get into your other spelling errors and homonymous misgivings. Also, I think Cruella was jipped with a score of 6 because that score takes into account a full half of her name, the other being “DeVille” meaning “of the city,” and also making reference to the Cadillac which plays such a prominently evil role in the movie. I move for a change in score in light of these points.

  • 11/17/2005 at 11:21 am

    While my spelling and ‘homonymous misgivings’ may disgust you, I stand by my ratings and data. If you disagree, you are free to do so.


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