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13 Best Pixar Villains of All Time, Ranked


With the release of Toy Story In 1995, Pixar changed the face of animated films forever. Through groundbreaking computer technology and emotionally gripping stories, they rose as a challenger to Disney’s dominance in animated films. Many of their films have won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

While Disney is often the first thought when considering animated villains, Pixar has had its fair share of baddies. Many of them tend to have sympathetic motivation and backstories, especially compared to Disney’s baddies at the time, which helped them stand out.

Updated on May 31, 2023, by David Caballero:

pixar’s upcoming film, Elemental (premiering on June 16), debuted at the Cannes Film Festival to polarizing reviews. However, the studio remains the leading force in animation, thanks to its unique blend of character-driven stories that tug at the heartstrings while offering thought-provoking narratives. Pixar’s movies are also well-known for their memorable villains; Indeed, their acclaimed films have several of the 21st century’s most appalling and effective antagonists.

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13 Zurg – ‘Lightyear’ (2022)

Zurg aiming his canon in Lightyear.

Chris Evans Voices Buzz Lightyear in Pixar’s bizarre stand-alone movie Lightyear. The film tells the story of the human Buzz Lightyear, who becomes stranded on a foreign planet with his crew. Determined to return home, Buzz finds unexpected allies as he encounters a dangerous threat to the universe.

Lightyear was a notorious box office flop, mainly because of the conflicting nature of the plot and its relation to the plot Tim Allen version of the character. However, the film at least features a memorable villain in Zurg, although it adds an unexpected twist. Lightyear‘s take on Zurg was divisive among audiences, but it was a ballsy move by Pixar and the perfect way to give the film a much-needed kick. Love him or hate him, Zurg is among Pixar’s most memorable characters and a worthy antagonist for everyone’s favorite Space Ranger.

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12 Chef Skinner – Ratatouille (2007)

Chef Skinner berating an employee

After the passing of chef Auguste Gusteau (Brad Garrett), his sous-chef, Skinner (Ian Holm), inherits his restaurant. Lacking Gusteau’s artistic vision, Skinner intended to use his mentor’s image to promote frozen food. His plans hit a snag when Gusteau’s secret son and a rat who can cook team up and re-invigorate the restaurant in Ratatouille.

Skinner is a fun take on a greedy chef who still has some passion for his craft. He takes his job in the restaurant seriously and even defends Gusteau’s image, though admittedly, for marketing. Holm does a wonderful job, particularly when Skinner becomes frustrated and paranoid trying to expose and capture Remy (Patton Oswalt).

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11 Mor’Du – ‘Brave’ (2012)

Mor'du ready to attack

When their father died, four Scottish princes were given an equal share of his kingdom. His oldest thought this was cheating on his birthright and fought with his brothers. He cheated and used magic; he won but paid dearly for it by transforming into an immortal and feral black bear called Mor’Du.

While he doesn’t speak in BraveMor’Du is an effective villain for Merida (Kelly Macdonald) to overcome. In a physical sense, he is a force of nature that gives the princess a harsh lesson: not every problem can be solved with her bow. His backstory also parallels hers, providing a dark mirror into the consequences of her actions. Merida has one of the best character arcs in Disney, and Mor’Du is a crucial player in her journey.

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10 Evelyn Deavor – ‘The Incredibles 2’ (2018)

Evelyn Deavor in Incredibles 2

the long-awaited sequel to the 2004 classic, Incredibles 2 He sees Elastigirl returning to the superhero life to try and restore the public’s faith in superheroes. Meanwhile, Mr. Incredible assumes the stay-at-home role just as Metroville deals with a new villain capable of enslaving people.

Incredibles 2 It isn’t as great as its predecessor, but it succeeds in delivering an exciting adventure and a worthy villain. Voiced by two-time Oscar nominee Katherine Keener, Evelyn Deavor is a menacing antagonist who preys on Elastigirl’s vulnerabilities to manipulate her. Sneaky and cunning, Evelyn is a true mastermind, a modern villain on her way to becoming an icon.

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9 Hopper – ‘A Bug’s Life’ (1998)

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Beneath a lonely tree in A Bug’s Life, a colony of ants slaves away, collecting enough food for themselves and the grasshoppers that rule them. Their leader, Hopper, does everything he can to make the ants feel weak and helpless. Normally he does this through harsh implications, but he won’t hesitate to murder if he must.

Hopper is a good introduction for young audiences to bullies who try to make people feel much weaker than they truly are. Spacey’s voice sells Hopper as a confident threat, speaking every line with authority. However, he still has moments of comedy thanks to his brother, Molt (Richard Kind), and his bravado turns to cowardice when confronted by his fear of birds.

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8 Randal – ‘Monsters Inc.’ (2001)

Randall in Monsters Inc
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Ever since James P. Sullivan (John Goodman(upstaged him in university, Randall Boggs)Steve Buscemihas dreamed of taking him down. This jealousy is fanned further when they both get jobs at Monsters Inc., and Sully becomes the number one scarer. Thus, Randall develops a groundbreaking machine to forcefully extract screams from human children, making scarers like Sully obsolete.

While not as powerful as other monsters in Monsters, Inc.Randall compensates thanks to his speed and unique ability to blend in with his surroundings. Despite these gifts, he can’t stop seeing himself as second best and ultimately turn to a dark path just to be number one. Many villains are envious, but Randall takes this deadly sin to a new level.

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7 Henry J. Waternoose III – ‘Monsters Inc.’ (2001)

Henry J. Waternoose III with a cup of coffee

Randall got as far as he could in his schemes thanks to the aid of his boss, Henry J. Waternoose III (James Coburn). Fearing the ongoing scare crisis would ruin his company, Waternoose agreed to fund Randall’s machine, allowing him to steal a human child to test it. What he didn’t count on was for Sully and Mike (Billy Crystal) to get involved.

Waternoose succeeds because he is a villain audiences can, to an extent, empathize with. He doesn’t want to hurt Sully and Mike, especially since he views the former as a protégé, but he is determined to prevent the collapse of the monster world. Coburn perfectly captures this struggle in his voice, able to play Waternoose as an encouraging boss and a desperate man.

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6 Sid Phillips – ‘Toy Story’ (1995)

Sid Phillips using a magnifying glass in Toy Story

Toy Story It was a groundbreaking cinematic achievement, a leap forward in animation that changed the medium’s future. The plot centers on Woody, a popular cowboy toy whose place as owner Andy’s favorite is risked by the arrival of the cool Buzz Lightyear, an astronaut toy that might make him obsolete.

The film features a memorable antagonist in Sid Phillips, a cruel kid who enjoys destroying his toys and turning them into deformed versions of their former selves. A mad child scientist, Sid is a menace, a hooligan with no respect for boundaries and probably a criminal in the making. Still, Sid is just a kid, and future movies show he grew up to become a mostly functional adult. However, Sid is an incredible antagonist for Pixar’s first hit, a nightmarish child from hell.

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5 Ernesto de la Cruz – ‘Coco’ (2017)

Ernesto de la Cruz looking surprised at Coco
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In life, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) was one of Mexico’s greatest musicians, and his tragic death turned him into a legend. However, his success only came from killing his partner and friend, Hector (Gael García Bernal), and stealing his work. When Hector’s descendant, Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), learns the truth when he is trapped in the Land of the Dead, De La Cruz does everything he can to keep his secret from getting out.

De La Cruz is one of the best twisted villains in recent years. He presents himself as a suave and charismatic man in Coco, always happy to meet his fans, but also won’t hesitate to kill a child if it means keeping his image intact. This doesn’t contradict itself like in the case of other twists and serves as a cautionary tale of ruthlessly pursuing fame.

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4 Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear – ‘Toy Story 3’ (2010)

Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear welcoming Andy's toys to the daycare

After accidentally being abandoned by his owner, Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear (Ned Beattyled his friends Big BabyWoody Smith) and Chuckles (Bud Lucky) on a quest to return to her. Unfortunately, she had replaced Lots-o’, which hardened his heart and made him bitter. He then arrived at Sunnyside Daycare and took over, forcing disobedient toys to be played with by the youngest children, with a high chance of breaking.

Though Lots-o’ presents himself as a kind and warm authority figure in Toy Story 3, it’s a mask to hide his bitterness. He wallows in his misery to the point of inflicting it upon others through emotional manipulation. This includes telling toys that they are destined to be replaced and that the memories they formed with their owners are worthless.

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3 Charles F. Muntz – ‘Up’ (2009)

Charles F. Muntz with a gun

Once, Charles F. Muntz (Christopher Plummer) was a respected explorer and member of the scientific community. This ended when he discovered the bones of a large terrestrial bird species, for which he was ridiculed and stripped of his prestige. Muntz vowed to find a living specimen, a search that has taken him seventy years and left him paranoid and disturbed.

Muntz’s story is about obsession and how it can consume all parts of a person. His paranoia means that everyone is a potential threat, be they a surveyor making a map or a grieving man trying to move his house. Despite his advanced age, Muntz’s mind has not slowed, as evidenced by the collars he invented to allow his numerous attack dogs to speak. up is among the saddest animated movies, but it has one of the most ruthless villains in Pixar’s canon, making it a one-of-a-kind entry in Pixar’s vault.

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2 Stinky Pete – ‘Toy Story 2’ (1999)

Stinky Pete the Prospector in Toy Story 2

Despite appearing on the hit show, “Woody’s Roundup,” the prospector Stinky Pete (Kelsey Grammer) never got bought. He was eventually found by a toy collector named Al (Wayne Knight), who was gathering a full set to sell to a Japanese Toy Museum. Since this would guarantee he would always be wanted, Pete bid his time, befriending Jessie (Joan Cusack) and Woody and trying to convince Woody (Tom Hanks) to agree to the plan when Al stole him.

Pete’s situation is rooted in real-life toy sales, as side-kick toys don’t usually sell as well as other characters. To mask his selfish intentions, he acts as a mentor to Woody and Jessie, though always with the nefarious intention of having them cooperate with his plan. Grammer sells both sides of Pete: the kind grandfather and the rage-filled monster, giving the character a rich complexity that makes Toy Story 2 Such a great entry in the series.

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1 Syndrome – ‘The Incredibles’ (2004)

An animated man pointing his lazer finger at someone

During the golden age of superheroes, a fanboy named Buddy (Jason Lee) invented rocket boots to fight crime alongside his hero, Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson). When rejected, he renounced heroes and used his intelligence to make and sell weapons. Using his new fortune, Buddy renamed himself Syndrome and planned to wipe out all superheroes.

What makes Syndrome stand out is how far he’s willing to go to prove his superiority. His plan spans generations, with the endgame being giving his technology to others, making everyone on par with superheroes. Like all the best villains fueled by pride, it eventually leads to his downfall by blinding him to the obvious dangers in his costume.

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