I was sat on a bus a few days listening to my iPod, when a Disney song came on and so I thought I would continue listening to it.
It then got me thinking.
There are a fair few characteristics that cross over the Disney villains, in particular the concept of vanity.
I had a look at some of the Disney villains are the so-called older films or ‘classics’ are full of vain characters and in particular females.
Ursula from The Little Mermaid is one big seawitch yet she says ‘here I am wasted away to practically nothing.’
Honestly there is nothing ‘wasted’ about her but when she transforms into a human form to steal Prince Eric’s heart and in turn the Kingdom of Atlantis, the seagull Scuttle sees her true form through her reflection in the mirror.
Mirrors are known to show the true side of any person and there is no doubt a witch like Ursula would know this… She is vain enough to show her true reflection even when in disguise.
In Cinderella there are three characters that are considered to uphold to the negative-connotations of vanity and they are the Ugly Stepsisters and the Evil Stepmother.
The Ugly Stepsisters might not be the most pleasant things to look out or even as a character, but they think they are so much to the extent that they rip Cinderella’s gown to shreds out of pure jealousy.
Cinderella is clearly the most beautiful in both looks and character but does not take it to the extreme. The Ugly Stepsisters are the complete opposite. They have the characteristics of people that would ruin a person who was ever so slightly better than them.
The Evil Stepmother is similar in character to her daughters. She locks Cinderella in an attic, she watches as the girls rip her dress yet she does nothing.
This film really shows the jealousy of vain people and how they will not stop until they have done what they can to ruin another person.
Similar to the previous point, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty can also be seen to be vain and uses this to create havoc across the land.
I am talking about Sleeping Beauty not the terribly dire and pathetic real-life adaptation Maleficent which was a total and utter disgrace.
Maleficent casts a spell on the baby princess who is supposed to grow up into a woman with beautifully long blonde hair and a voice like an angel.
Why would she put a curse on the child? Was it because she is pure evil? Or maybe something else?
Is she jealous that she does not and will not look like the princess?
The juxta-positioning between Maleficent, wearing long, black clothes with a horned head dress, to Aurora who wears blue (and occasionally pink) outfits and her long blonde hair, shows that there is a clear vanity issue.
Maleficent is supposed to be the Mistress of all Evil but I frankly think she is just a vain, jealous woman.
Another one on my list goes to the eccentric and fabulous Cruella De Vil who is obsessed with fur coats.
This desire leads her to steal 99 Dalmatian puppies in order to make a fur coat. No why would someone who wasn’t obsessed with the way they look do something like that?
Her image is reinforced through the dull and boring Anita. Cruella is once again not the best looking female in the entire world yet it seems she makes herself feel better through the way she dresses.
Now the next person mentioned here happens to be the only male character (although I will not be surprised to find more).
This is Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. Now vanity does not get any more than him. Here is town there’s only she, who is beautiful as me.. one of his lines in the opening song! If that doesn’t reinforce that he is without a doubt the vainest so far then it really isn’t working.
Not only that, he has a whole song about him and furthermore it is people singing about how great he is. Ego-boost right there.
As well, during the Gaston song, he joins in and starts talking about how great he is himself! No one can compare to the vanity of Gaston which evidentially leads to his death, funnily enough holding a mirror.
The title of this blog piece goes to my next member on the list of vain Disney villains. The Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
This character is so vain that she needs a magic mirror to tell her that she is the ‘fairest of them all’ and when she isn’t she simply gets them killed, or tries to anyhow.
The history of this character is not really shown so it is difficult to say how she came to be like this but it is without a doubt, she is vain. She eventually transforms herself into a hideous woman in order to poison Snow White.
As previously mentioned, there will no doubt but other characters that can be added to this list, it was just something I needed to get down!