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You’ll remember that last time we talked about satisfying Disney villain deaths. Because death is totally fun, in fictional stuff. Maybe not so much in real life. But in books, it’s symbolic and fulfilling and super good. But do your villains need to die for a satisfying ending? No way!
Some of my favorite villains end up living—and at least for me, I love coming up with consequences for the villains that are worse than death. Not all of these live up to that claim, but they’re still appropriate for the villains and their stories!
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5. Lord RatcliffeWe don’t acknowledge the second movie, by the way. As it is, Ratcliffe spends the movie conquering Virginia so that he might one day be adored in court. Instead, he is returned with England to be tried and sentenced by the people he meant to impress. Way to go.
(Also, having done a project on John Smith previously, it seems as though in real life Ratcliffe and Smith didn’t have a problem with each other. We’re examining this as a work of art, not a historical document, okay?)
4. Lady TremaineLike Ratcliffe, Lady Tremaine had goals for a loftier position in society. Rather than achieving that through one of her own daughters, her disliked stepdaughter received the glory instead! Ultimately, she and her daughter remain common and separated from Cinderella (sort of—both of the sequels end up kind of contradictory) and so she is trapped exactly where she was at the beginning. I imagine this would be frustrating for a progressive kind of person.
3. YzmaYzma decides to turn herself into a creature of terrifying proportions and known evilness—a kitty cat. After all her deals with turning Kuzco into something he isn’t and plans to take over the kingdom, Yzma is victim to her own wiles, and is forced to live as something that is neither a human nor capable of taking over the kingdom. She’s also forced to live at the mercy of Kronk and their squirrel troop, which is even harder because she is a cat.
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2. HadesHades hates ghosts, more than anything. He thinks they’re dull and uncouth. He was as mean as he was ruthless, and that’s the gospel truth. When Hercules throws Hades into the Styx, Panic says, “If. If he gets out.” Hades is doomed to spend the rest of his time among the very people he hates, and he doesn’t even have the prospect of death to comfort him. He’s trapped! He always will be.
(It’s kind of a shame, because especially if you watched the TV series you’d know that Hades is even awesomer than the movies.)
1. JafarSticking to the first movie alone, Jafar wants one thing: more power. Aladdin, the trickster, knows this, and he manages Jafar to wish for the one thing that will give him more power than he can imagine. Just according to plan, Jafar wishes to become a genie—and is trapped in his lamp and by the servitude required by the position! Jafar lives on, but because he’s trapped, he suffers his own doom, knowing he has the power, he’s just unable to use it.
Ultimately, sometimes it’s good for your villain to die, but other times it’s more satisfying to give them a fate worse than death. It’s ironic that to become the most powerful genie, Jafar enslaves himself, and plain humorous that Yzma is trapped as a cat for a little while.
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I’m sorry, but no. One of the reasons that Hans’ beautiful villainy is kind of ruined is that he isn’t held accountable according to the magnitude of his crimes. Sure, nobody likes shoveling manure, but that’s a chore—it’s something some people have to do regardless of their behavior. A good death, or maybe a smart punishment where he does get his own land—a desert island with a bottle of rum and a pistol with a single bullet, maybe—would have been more appropriate. Maybe his lack of love, paralleling Elsa’s, could have caused the winter magic to turn upon him.
It would just be better. That’s all I’m saying.