I strongly disagree with anyone who says Maleficent isn’t the best Disney villain. No singing, no dancing, no long expositions about her plans, no tolerance for bumbling comedy sidekicks (she electrocutes a whole room full of minions when she finds out they’ve fucked up and spent the last few years searching for a baby), just outright malicious intent.
I mean let’s take a look at her motivations compared to other popular Disney villains:
SCAR - Wanted to become King.
URSULA - Wanted to rule the seas.
WICKED QUEEN - Wanted to rule as the most beautiful woman in the land.
JAFAR - Wanted to rule in the Sultan’s place and/or obtain ultimate power.
Maleficient, by contrast, didn’t want any of that. She didn’t want more power. She didn’t want fame. She didn’t want to rule. She just wanted to raise hell. This is the woman who decided that every newborn child in the kingdom should die and that the land should be covered in darkness for one reason - SHE WASN’T INVITED TO A MOTHERFUCKING PARTY.
That’s right, the evil bitch basically condemned an entire kingdom to die at her hands because she didn’t get invited to a christening.
This is not a woman with a motivation. She cannot be reasoned with. Her actions cannot be rationalized. She is evil for the fun of being evil, not because she wants something.
THAT, my friends, is the ultimate villain. One who knows they’re evil and LOVES it.
If one wrote more than a sentence about any of the others, they’d sound worse, too. Scar killed his fucking brother in cold blood and then tortured his son with guilt for his adolescence and part of his adult life. Jafar manipulated a kingdom with dark intentions from behind the scenes for what likely was decades before making his final move. The Wicked Queen was so utterly consumed with hatred and jealousy, she reduced herself to the opposite of what she wanted to be simply to destroy the life of another person.
If anything, evil to be evil is perhaps the least believable/most typical motive to be a villain.
I swear, it seems like everyone on Tumblr is in essence a lawyer for whatever their favorite things are. I don’t even have anything against Maleficient, I just don’t like when people write things about how they are this god damn genius who knows better than everyone else about what motivates a character.
I’d even be irritated with Susanne Collins or George R. R. Martin acting like that.