Scar from "The Lion King." (Disney)
Disney is well stocked with villains -- Angelina Jolie will take her turn portraying one of them this week in "Maleficent." The Bay Area News Group writers have selected their five picks for greatest of all-time. Here are the other top contenders: Captain Hook, "Peter Pan" -- Perhaps the most sympathetic Disney villain, this one-handed pirate has devoted his life to exacting revenge on the beloved Peter Pan. His antics, along with bumbling first mate Mr. Smee, actually provide more humor than wickedness. Doctor Facilier, "The Princess and the Frog" -- The witch doctor is a master trickster with no morals and a charm that is rather sadistic. With his smooth-talking ways, he tricks Naveen into becoming a frog and goes to every possible length to broker a deal to advance his greed for power. Edgar Balthazar, "The Aristocrats" -- The greedy butler, his sights fixed on Madame's fortune, isn't all evil. He doesn't try to kill Duchess and her kittens to keep them from inheriting. Instead, he dumps them in the wild, and, when that fails, tries to pack them off to Timbuktu. Hans, "Frozen" -- Preying on a lonely Anna and pretending to love her makes Hans heartless. Leaving Anna to die and preparing to kill a heartbroken Elsa elevates him to ruthless. Honest John and Gideon, "Pinocchio" -- First, the pair sold off Pinocchio to the greedy puppeteer Stromboli (a villain in his own right). Then, they sold him to the Coachman bound for Pleasure Island, making these con men downright dastardly. Hunter, "Bambi" -- This faceless villain remains one of the most disliked figures in Disney lore because he killed Bambi's mother, bringing tears to movie watchers of all ages. Jafar, "Aladdin" -- The narcissistic psychopath makes the list right from the opening scene, when he coldly deems Gazeem "obviously less than worthy" and shows no remorse after sending him to his death at the Cave of Wonders. He's harsh with the Genie, manipulative with the Sultan and outright abusive with almost everyone he meets. Judge Claude Frollo, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" -- Masking his evil deeds as the will of God, he has no real moral compass, persecuting the gypsies and treating Quasimodo cruelly. He is all the more despicable for hiding Quasimodo away and then trying to use him for his own personal gain. Mother Gothel, "Tangled" -- Kidnapping and imprisoning Rapunzel in a tower to retain her own beauty and youth are just the beginning. Mother Gothel takes it to a whole new level as she manipulates and demeans Rapunzel to keep the princess under her control and then drives home her evilness by stabbing Flynn in the back. Prince John, "Robin Hood" -- In the animated classic, Prince John comes off more like an oversized baby (what's up with his thumb sucking?). But he sets up Robin Hood's heroics quite nicely by being a greedy dictator who leaves his people facing terrible poverty. Queen of Hearts, "Alice in Wonderland" -- In a land filled with insane characters, the Queen of Hearts is the most deranged of all with her bad-tempered tyrannical ways and frequent orders of "off with your head." Scar, "Lion King" -- First, the resentful lion kills his older brother Mufasa and then guilts nephew Simba into running away, leaving Scar to become King of the Pride Lands. He is quick with insults and harsh even in dealings with his crime partner hyenas. Shan Yu, "Mulan" -- Considered by some to be the most ruthless of Disney villains, Shan Yu not only kills in cold blood but jokes about it. He thinks nothing of destroying entire villages to prove his strength and further his desire for power. Si and Am, "Lady and the Tramp" -- When the pair of spoiled siamese cats, who just wreaked havoc on Jim Dear and Darling's house, suggest sampling the baby's milk, Lady valiantly intervenes and takes the fall for their misbehavior. They're pure wicked, times two. Ursula, "The Little Mermaid" -- The mean-spirited sea witch looks the part of sinister villain with her purple-hued skin and octopus legs. And she lives up to her image when she gives naive Ariel human legs in exchange for the mermaid's voice, then uses that voice to try to capture Prince Eric as her own husband. Yzma, "The Emperor's New Groove" -- Even though she is set on killing Kuzco and assuming power, Yzma hardly comes off as an intimidating villain. Instead, she is eccentric in a comical way and her exchanges with Kronk make for some of the most entertaining scenes. For that reason, it's impossible not to include her as a contender for favorite.