Hey guys, Sara Romey is back and ready for another battle! In this episode of Fresh Baked Battles, Sara and I will be discussing our favorite Disney villain names. We’re talking names only here, not favorite villains. And while I expect that this battle will be a little less serious than our first encounter over Starbucks on Main Street, it will be no less spirited.
Part of the fun of writing fantasy is the opportunity to create some really cool sounding names for your heroes and villains. But it’s the villain names that are the most ripe for creativity. As we explore these villain names, I think you’ll find yourself nodding along thinking “why Fresh Baked, you’re right! Those are cool!” So off we go!
Round 1 | What’s in a name?
David: I think I’m going to lead off this discussion one that may not make some lists, and that’s J. Worthington Foulfellow. I’m choosing him this one because it meets two very important rules for me in having a really cool villain name. First, it should either be very descriptive of the person (ironic works too).
J. Worthington Foulfellow is definitely foul. He’s a swindler and a schemer and feels no guilt. A pretty foul dude all in all. His name also works on an ironic level too, as he’s also known as “honest John”, which he very clearly is not.
Secondly, the name must be long. This works for heroes too, or really anyone for that matter. I just love long names. The longer the better. Throw a “the third” in there and it’s all over. I especially like long names that sound distinguished or historical in some way. That initial “J.” in front certainly does add to that effect. J. Worthington Foulfellow….it has a nice ring to it!
Sara: Ahh yes, J.Worthington Foulfellow. What a name indeed. I’m not impressed. In fact, ironically enough, I think it’s too long. I like the pun, but I want something better. For instance, my first favorite villain name is Cruella DeVil. Her name takes punny to a new level, I mean the words “cruel” and “devil” are twisted to sound like some fantastic French woman… Fur coat, long fingers, cigarette holder and all.
Cruella DeVil most certainly lives up to her name too. Cruel doesn’t even begin to describe her nasty, spoiled attitude. And I believe the lyrics to her song simply state “At first you think Cruella is the Devil… This Vampire bat, this inhuman beast.” What else more can you say about a woman, if she’s even considered a woman.
Her name is short, sleek & just plain evil. I absolutely love the images that come up in your head just by saying the name Cruella DeVille. She is one of the most recognized and loved/hated villains in pop culture & I think she deserves every nasty award she’s got.
Round 2 | Put some base in it
David: Well played. She’s on my list too, so calm down and stuff.
So let’s get a little more contemporary. My next nomination is Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I love this name because there again is simply no mistaking who he is, what he does, and how you should feel about it. He’s a judge, he judges you, and if he does, it’s probably going to be very doom like. With all the toon hate, and love for dip in that man, it’s no wonder they don’t call him Judge Rosy Kittens.
Sara: I will agree with you in the fact that Judge Doom is said with a BOOMING voice in my head, so he’s got that going for him. But when it comes to sounds in my head taking over just by the name of a villain, I have to give my award to The Kraken. You know how Shenzi gets the chills by hearing Mufasa’s name? I get the chills hearing The Kraken.
Not only the chills, but a little composer you may know- Hans Zimmer- yea, he composed an entire symphony for The Kraken. How much more villainous could you get when you have a whole orchestra ominously playing behind you in one’s head just by the mere reference of their name.
The Kraken. It’s been said that the English word is taken from Norwegian roots but the origins are otherwise unknown… It’s a word parallel to something twisted, an unhealthy animal… In modern German, Krake means octopus and if you’ve seen depicted images of The Kraken you know that octopus is definitely involved somewhere. Either way- it’s big, it’s tentacle-y, it’s massive, and it can tear an entire Pirate ship in half with one move. The beast does its name justice.
Round 3 | Evil to the core
David: I’ll admit, I didn’t see the Kraken coming. But you’ve clearly done your homework and the Kraken does seem worthy.
But allow me to retort. I offer you the Chernabog! As featured in the Bald Mountain portion of Fantasia, The Chernabog is basically Satan, as described by Walt Disney himself. I hear the word Chernabog and I’m intimidated. I don’t need to see any pictures or descriptions to know that there is very likely going be things burning and smoking around it.
If the Chernabog weren’t a mythical deity, but a real thing, I might be inclined to use it to stoke a fire perhaps. ”Give me that chernabog, the fire is going out!” Or maybe you tell your children “Don’t go in there, it’s full of chernabog!” Or your best friends gets dumped by his girlfriend, and you try to console him by saying “It’s for the best, she was nothing but a chernabog.”
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go curl up next to my chernabog and read a book.
Sara: Funny that you say The Chernabog could be used as an everyday term, because I’ve already been using the ultra-fierce Maleficent as a household name. When our little cousin Madison begins to act up we like to call her Maleficent instead. If her sister begins to act up we’ll say that she’s turning Maleficent! I suppose you may have had more examples… but still. I think everyone knows what I mean when I say “You should really stop being so Maleficent!”
She’s the self-proclaimed “Mistress of ALL Evil” Her name itself is an adjective for “doing evil or harm.” Pretty harsh for such a beautiful and majestic villain. But she most certainly lives up to it. I mean, the chick cursed a poor infant because her invitation to the baby shower got lost in the mail?! Harsh- no? But that’s what you get when you’re dealing with such a malicious, malevolent, and magnificent beast! Maleficent, Maleficent, Maleficent!
Round 4 | Lady and the Doofenshmirtz
David: Excellent choice Maleficent. She was on my list as well. And since you’ve now used 2 from my list, I’ll have to go to some of my reserve choices.
Now, I fancy myself a bit of a silly guy. I am capable of whimsy you see. So I think it behooves me to choose Heinz Doofenshmirtz as my next favorite villain name. The name isn’t exactly terrifying, but he is most definitely a villain. And as villain names go, his is probably the most whimsical.
And just to be clear to everyone, this is because “Doof” is in his name. ”Doof” is hilarious. And Doofenshmirtz is even better (I dare anyone reading this right now NOT to sing the Doofenshmirtz evil incorporated jingle). And better still, the name satisfies two of my other criteria. One, it is long. And two, it has a cadence to it that makes it fun to say. Say it with me now, Heinz Doofenshmirtz. Heinz, you’re a bit of a Doof, and a poor villain, but you’re still one of my favorites!
Sara: I guess I can understand the love in the goofy yet satisfying name like Heinz Doofenshmirtz. However, as silly as I may be myself, I like my villains with a bit more class.
“O most pernicious woman! O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!… That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.“ I think Shakespeare had the right inspiration for the oh-so-famous wicked stepmother, good ol’ Lady Tremaine.
This gracefully aging witchy woman is towering and self-controlled. (That is, unless her damned stepdaughter Cinderella comes interrupting a music lesson) She teaches her daughters to bite their tongues, and her glare could easily send daggers through your soul. She’s one of the only villains who has to live by her nemesis every single day. And yet she still manages to remain a Lady.
Lady Tremaine just sounds powerful and possessive, and I can just picture that spooky house up on the hill having residents just like Lady Tremaine herself. I don’t know about you, but considering even her cat is named Lucifer, I’ll be keeping my distance from this woman- cartoon or not.
Round 5 | King Stinky!
David: Lady Tremaine is a b… I don’t like her very much. But I do love seeing her daughters in the park
So you can have your Shakespearean villains, I’ll stick with my silly. My fifth and final favorite villain name is Stinky Pete from Toy Story. Similar to my favoring those long, rhythmic names, I also prefer a simple name that says it all and says it plainly. Stinky Pete fills that need. You see, his name is Pete, and he stinks. And boy does he. At first he comes off as a nice old man who wants to help Woody. But really, he’s a selfish jerk face who has no soul! He’s just so full of hate and jealousy of Woody that it’s toxic. And he nearly spoiled Jesse too! Pete…you stink. You stink bad.
Sara: You’re right, I think I will stick with my classy and powerful villainous names. With that being said my final villain is the sophisticated and deadly, Shere Khan. Now, if you know anything about Shere Khan, you know he isn’t one to joke. He’s a vicious predator and he has no time to mess around with silly jerk faces like Stinky Pete. Vultures refer to him as “Your highness” and word in the trees is this guy goes by “Lord of the Jungle.”
Those are big shoes… er, paws, to fill. Of course, he was destined to be a powerful tiger leader. Shere translates to “tiger” in Hindu/Panjabi while Khan is a multi-purpose word with translations such as “sovereign” “king” and even “Military leader.” Not bad. This villain is large, powerful, arrogant and still manages to whip out a polite side. I can’t think of a better combo.
Our Favorite Disney Villain Names
And those are the best villain names according to Fresh Baked Disney. I know it’s an awesome list, but we’d love to know what some of your favorite villain names are. Who did we leave off? Leave a comment and let us know! Until then, stay frosty everyone!