Cennamology Chief Editor
The side characters are one of the best things about Disney movies, but some of the best side characters are the villain's sidekicks. Sometimes they're comic relief, other times they're just doing what they do to get paid, and other times they can be just as evil as their boss. It's time to give some of these sidekicks some love and honor the top 10 Disney villain sidekicks.
Just some ground rules for the list: animated Disney movies only. Also, to be eligible for the list it must be a sidekick, not simply a secondary antagonist. In other words, the sidekick has to work for (or in some cases on this list, owned) by the main villain. So Kaa from "The Jungle Book," and the Duke of Weasel Town from "Frozen," are ineligible for this list. Also, Pixar villain sidekicks are not eligible for this list either, because that could be its own list.
How evil do you have to be to name your cat after the devil? Well, Lady Tremaine from "Cinderella" is. Throughout the whole movie Lucifer tries to cause more problems for Cinderella than she already has by getting mud on the floors she's just cleaned and trying to eat her mice friends. Despite all of this, Cinderella, bless her heart, is still very kind to Lucifer. She even tries to keep the dog away from him a few times in the movie. I would've let the dog eat the furry bastard. But, like any cat, Lucifer couldn't care less about the kindness Cinderella shows him. Cinderella and Lady Tremaine both love him more than he loves either of them.
Ok, this movie kind of sucks. It bombed both critically and financially and was the first of a string of three animated Disney sci-fi movies (and only "Lilo and Stitch" got it right). I was probably one of the few people to see "Atlantis" in theaters and I was totally confused throughout. The only thing I did remember about the movie was the second-in-command to Lyle Tiberius Rourke (I had to look up what his name was) Helga Sinclair. Why is she on this list? Well, she is undoubtedly the best character in the movie and she's a total badass. She's a master in the art of combat and is arguably more threatening than her boss.
She's much more than just a badass though. She is arguably one of the few characters on this list that is truly three dimensional. While the role of a Disney villain sidekick is not one where a character needs to be three dimensional in order to be a strong one, it is certainly a reason why people who have seen this movie remember Helga the most. To see what I mean, see the movie. I know it's not great but I'd recommend it just because of her, and if I explain her character development here it would involve major spoilers.
The assistant to Governor Ratcliffe makes it on this list simply for one perfect line from the movie. This line, undoubtedly is the most historically accurate thing about Disney's adaptation of Pocahontas.
When Governor Ratcliffe asks Wiggins why the Indians attacked them, Wiggins retorts: "Because we invaded their land, and cut down their trees, and dug up their earth." Right on the money, Wiggins. Also, he likes gruel and believes the English should have greeted the Native Americans by handing out gift baskets.
While King Candy's donut bodyguards Wynchel and Duncan deserve an honorable mention because of their awesome names, his limbless jawbreaker assistant is the one who deserves a spot on this list. Put in charge of the castle while King Candy was out, Bill is the second-most politically powerful character in Sugar Rush and the only emotions he needs to show are boredom and annoyance. He has one major weakness - try to eat him and he will crack. Obviously made with Eeyore and the depressed robot from "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" in mind, Sour Bill is clearly unhappy with living in a place that is sickeningly sweet and cutesy. He's also competent - not a trait that is all too common in some of the upcoming entries.
These two are probably the dumbest souls in the underworld, yet Hades still picked them as his top henchmen. He probably likes them for the same reason we do - they're hilarious, because he certainly didn't pick them for their competence. However, their shapeshifting abilities still make them useful, as they are able to disguise themselves as human children in order to lull Hercules into a fight with a nearly invincible dragon conjured by Hades. And props to them for being able to put up with James Woods, cause God knows the rest of us sure can't.
Calling these two bumbling idiots is an understatement, but they still make the list because they proved to be influential years after their debut. It's clear that John Hughes had them in mind while directing "Home Alone," because the incompetent robbers from the first two movies are near-carbon copies of Horace and Jasper. Seriously, Disney should sue something.
Here's a list of similarities between Horace and Jasper and the robbers from "Home Alone":
-one is short and fat while the other is tall and skinny
-both enter the house after disguising themselves as something (H&J as repairmen from the electric company, with one of the HA robbers disguised as a cop)
-they're among the world's most incompetent criminals
-both groups suffer several accidents that would be deadly in real life
-both groups get arrested after being outwitted by people or creatures smaller than them
-they even dress similarly
But, in all honesty, Horace and Jasper are not as dumb as we all think they are, and they are a lot smarter than the "Home Alone" robbers. They clearly did not care whether or not Cruella De Vil was successful in her goals, they just wanted to get their paychecks. Shallow, yes, but when the market is down you have to get whatever job you can.
Talk about a kiss ass, Gaston clearly needed this guy around just to boost his already inflated ego. Unlike other villains on this list, LeFou's help was not needed to assist in any diabolical plans, just to sing about how no one fights like Gaston or can drink like Gaston. LeFou is a professional kiss ass, plain and simple. The only thing that puzzles me is why did Gaston keep this guy around to keep him from feeling insecure. He should have followed the example of Gary Oak from Pokemon and just hired a whole cheerleading squad to follow him everywhere. Maybe then he wouldn't have been so enamored with Belle.
I actually have not seen Peter Pan in a very long time. However, a list like this would be incomplete without Smee. The filmmakers specifically wanted to make Smee the first Disney villain sidekick to have an integral part in a movie, so we would not have this list today if it wasn't for him.
Smee is also proof that opposites attract. As Captain Hook's only real friend, the two could not be more different. While Hook is cruel and hot-headed, Smee is kind, sweet, and mild-mannered. While Hook is terrified of crocodiles, Smee is terrified of, well Hook. Why is he hanging around with a villain again? A common trait of many Disney villain sidekicks is that, unlike their bosses, they are not evil and do not share the same goals, but stick around for God knows why. Smee is no exception.
Aflac certainly agrees with this entry, as Iago started the trend of Gilbert Gottfried playing annoying birds. Some of his funniest moment involve the sultan trying to feed Iago crackers, and Iago unable to tell him that he hates them because he has to pretend that he does not have full speech ability around him. That must get very frustrating. After Jafar's fall, Iago became a good guy and was one of Aladdin's sidekicks in the Disney Afternoon TV series based on the movie.
Before we get to the top of the list here are some honorable mentions: Floatsam and Jetsam from "The Little Mermaid," the King of Hearts from "Alice in Wonderland," Joanna from "The Rescuers Down Under," Banzai, Shenzi, and Ed from "The Lion King" (they missed out because I never really liked how they implied that one of them was mentally handicapped), and Sir Hiss from "Robin Hood."
Patrick Warburton, easily one of the best casting choices in Disney history. Like Smee, Kronk is completely different from his boss, but the chemistry between him and his boss Yzma is absolutely perfect. Like Horace, Jasper, Pain, Panic, and most other Disney villain sidekicks, Kronk is dumb as a rock. But the only one who is annoyed by it is Yzma. Kronk, despite his loyalty to his revenge-seeking boss, has a heart of gold. Every moment he is on screen is memorable and will have you laughing. He also becomes Kuzco's friend by the end, and joins the good guys. But you have to wonder whether he was ever on the side of the bad guys to start with. Kronk is everything we want in a Disney sidekick. He just wanted to make his boss happy, even though he was never able to pull the right lever.
Kronk is also the only Disney villain sidekick to get his own movie, with the direct-to-video spinoff "Kronk's New Groove." While it is pretty wretched, it's not that bad for Disney direct-to-video standards. Kronk still makes it tolerable.