19 most dramatic and over-the-top Disney villains

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Madam Mim —The Sword in the Stone

Madam Mim is perhaps the Disney baddie lacking the most in fashion sense, making her a real rarity in villainy, especially the animated kind. But this is not the only thing that makes Madam Mim so special.

The Sword in the Stone is a movie of many villains (well, three), and yet Mim is the only one who appears on Disney’s official list of villains, because she’s so extra.

You could say she was the original emo (you’d be wrong, but you could say it). She wears a bright pink dress — close to neon, really, but Disney didn’t really do that in 1963 — and she, in her own words, finds “delight in the gruesome and grim.”

She hates “horrible, hateful sunshine” and her Disney Wiki entry describes her as possessing “an abhorrence for all things wholesome.” Frankly, she’d love MySpace.

Also, she’s true to herself. She proves in her song, “Mad Madam Mim” (truly owning the accusation of madness, there) that she can transform herself into anything she wants to, but still, she chooses to be herself. There’s something quite beautiful in that.

Her introduction is Madam Mim in a nutshell. Playing solitaire, gleefully declaring that someone sounds ill, and then telling a sparrow, confidently, that he must have heard of the “marvelous Madam Mim.”

One might say she is overconfident, but really, good for her. May we all approach our lives with such confidence. Like Madam Mim, people must have heard of us, even if for all intents and purposes we’re hermits. We’re still a big deal.