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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mimsey's Top 11 Disney Villains: Brought to you by the Defiance blog tour

Hello Gentle Readers, 

I was asked to participate in a blog tour, and was assigned "Something Wicked This Way Comes", which of course immediately made me think of a great conversation I had recently about my favorite villains. Because I'm an animation nerd and a Disney-kid at heart, in no particular order, here are my 11 favorite villains. Why 11? Because I'm a giver. 

And a ferocious cuddler. 

11) Scar

One of the only villains to actually murder someone on-screen, Scar had that great mix of genuine motivation and lovable evil. Granted, he killed James Earl Jones, totally lied to a kid, and wrecked the land...but, you can't deny he is an awesome villain! I mean seriously, he's got style, class, a cool scar and one of the best villain songs EVER!


10) Ursula

It's kind of hard to like a woman who just straight up manipulates a 16 year old girl into selling her soul for a boy, but you have to hand it to her, Ursula keeps it real, yo! This lovely lady actually is one of two villains (the next coming up) who are both evil AND honest! She keeps her contract with Ariel, seduces Prince Eric for what I can only assume is kicks and giggles, and is also the only Disney villain (that I know of) based on a drag queen. That....that's not a joke. Google "Ursula Divine". Just leave safe search on there. 

This lady defines FABULOUS!
9) Hades

Hercules probably isn't my favorite Disney movie, though it has two of my favorite characters (Meg being the other), and this guy is definitely one of my favorite villains EVER! Hades was fun, sarcastic, and like Ursula always kept his contracts. No, seriously, watch the movie again. He keeps it TO THE LETTER! This dude was upfront in his evil, and to be honest, I kind of liked that. These first three, part of what makes them so special, is they are so post-modernly evil. They are true to themselves, and just don't give a crap. 

Seriously, this dude has no time for your nonsense.

8) Cruella De Vil

I'm not sure what makes me love this lady more: The fact that she is willing to purchase/steal 99 Dalmatians just to get a spotted coat or that she looks so much like my grandmother. Maybe both?

Remember kids: Fur is murder. And fabulous.

7) Judge Doom

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is one of my favorite movies, but no lie folks, I still have nightmares starring Judge Doom. Granted, I also have disturbing dreams about Jessica Rabbit, but that's a post for another time. Christopher Lloyd wouldn't be this creepy again until Dennis the Menace, and I would argue that this flick is one of the most perfect stories ever told. That being said, HOLY CRAP IS JUDGE DOOM CREEPY!

And this traumatized more kids then Old Yeller!

6) Chernobog

While I realize it's not everyone's cup of tea, I really enjoyed Fantasia. I like Mickey, I like the dancing hippos, and there's something enjoyable about bringing classic music to life. Then there's "Night on Bald Mountain". I don't know what they were smoking when they thought of this, but I hope afterwards they were able to lie in a quiet room. Chernobog is so awesomely evil, I can't even do him justice. Check the video out!

5) Jafar 

Aladdin is actually my favorite Disney film of all time, and Jafar is a big reason why. I mean, look at that dude! He's got the cape, and the goatee, and Gilbert Godfreid sitting on his shoulder! What more do you need? There's also the fact that, had it not been for his ego, Jafar would have totally won! Multiple times! I loved this guy, I love the terrible sequel, and I especially love the TV show that he wasn't ever in. Though he did make an awesome appearance in the tragically underrated Hercules TV series. 

Seriously dude! You WON!

4) Shere Khan

This is one of those villains I only grew to appreciate as I got older. Sure he's a giant tiger, but he's also a giant tiger WITH A BRITISH ACCENT! He sings, he makes smarmy comments, and he is literally king of the jungle! LONG LIVE THE KING!

And his fashion sense is IMPECCABLE!

3) Wicked Stepmother

This lady puts the classy in evil. She not only rules her household with an iron fist, but she also is one of the few villains to get BETTER with sequels. Seriously, check out Cinderella 3 sometime. This lady doesn't play! 

And yes, she has a name: Lady Tremaine. And she will beat you seven ways to 
Sunday if she finds a speck of dust on her mantle.

2) The Queen

Here's another great villain who I didn't even know had a name (Grimhilde). This was the lady who inspired this entire list, because seriously look at that photo. She has a box JUST FOR SNOW WHITE'S HEART! There can't possibly be any other purpose. After all, just because you're evil doesn't mean you're unprepared!

And I don't care how trusting a soul you are DON'T TAKE AN APPLE FROM THIS WOMAN!

1) Maleficient

Let's start with the fact that this lady's entire beef with Sleeping Beauty (Aurora for all you nerds out there!) is that she got snubbed for a party. A child's birthday party! This is like me declaring revenge because they forgot to invite me over for a cookout! Not only that, she succeeds! The fairies change the curse from death to sleeping, but Maleficient actually sees that AS AN IMPROVEMENT! She straight up captures the Prince and tells him she'll only let him go when he's old and near dead. So he can wake up his perfectly beautiful bride AND BE TOO OLD TO DO ANYTHING! Because that, folks, is evil. 

She's actually scarier here then as a dragon. Scary and sexy.
Don't act like you wouldn't jump at the chance.

Jay Mims is currently shopping for a cape, and is taking applications for a wacky sidekick. He lives with a passive-aggressive Dalek named Steve, a lizard named Bob, feeds a cat he calls Eartha Kitty and recently rescued a kitten named Meowleficient. He writes books and is far funnier on Facebook then in real life. He is terrible at Twitter. His next book "The Gray Ghost Inn" is due out October 15, 2013. Feel free to email him here.

 And for a taste of awesome check out Defiance by Melissa Sasina!

Defiance (The Priestess Trilogy #1)

Shiovra has been named High Priestess of the village Tara, but she quickly finds herself hunted by the Milidh, a clan born of war and vengeance. With the safety of Tara at stake, it is decided she is to seek aid from her betrothed, one she considers the enemy.

At her side is Odhrán, a Milidh warrior sworn to protect her and determined to gain her trust. But their journey is fraught with peril and Shiovra learns that darkness lurks in the hearts of her own kin.

Steeped in ancient Irish myth, this tale is spun of love, war, and DEFIANCE.

Born in 1982 in Cleveland, Ohio, Melissa has always been an avid lover of fantasy. In her youth she would write short stories and add artwork to them. While in high school, she decided to change her career path from graphic art to writing, though she still enjoys drawing up a random picture or two, usually of her characters. During her younger school years, she won a Young Authors Honorable Mention for a short story she had written. Melissa has also won a few Visual Arts awards during her school years and upon graduation from High School, she was given a President’s award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

The first book she began to write seriously for publication was The Priestess. Began in 2004, the story was completed in 2008 and separated into a trilogy upon publication in 2010 (Twilight, Destiny, and Eclipse). When Melissa switched publishers, she revised the story and changed two of the titles (Defiance, Betrayal, and Eclipse).

Her current book series is The Chronicles of Midgard, which will be a five book collection once completed.


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