Fun! Adorable! Family friendly! As sweet as can be! These are terms that people use to describe Pixar characters, ’cause that’s what they are supposed to be. The cartoons are made for parents to enjoy alongside their children instead of having to pick one over the other. They are all brightly colored and cheery, but each movie holds a dark side. Every good story needs a good villain, but most villains in kids’ movies are nincompoops who can be defeated with the power of heart, or courage, or some other cliché.
Pixar has not only succeeded in creating amazing villains, they’ve also given depth to all our beloved characters, painting them in shades of grey for those who want to see it. Many of the characters are not all perfect, and some of the bad guys aren’t that bad. When analyzing Pixar characters you start to see some trends pop up that show more than you thought about the cuddly cartoons that we loved so much. Here are the 10 most horrifying Pixar characters of all time.
Sid is not horrifying because of the gruesome experiments he does on his toys. In fact many would argue that his engineering and mechanical skills are extremely developed for a young kid, and he experiments in a safe way using toys instead of, let’s say, his sister or dog. The horror story of Sid comes after the end of Toy Story. After all the toys that he played with attacked him, Sid will have no one to turn to. For the rest of his life he will grow up thinking that toys can come to life and, even though he’s right, he will be treated as insane because of it. If every army man you melted, and every Barbie that you accidentally broke came back to attack you, you’d probably suffer a tragic meltdown too. Sid was a lonely kid, and what happened to him was unfair. It’s horrifying to think what this poor kid must have gone through.
Anger isn’t a bad guy in Inside Out; he’s actually a pretty decent friend and looks out for those he cares about – sometimes. The problem is that he can get extremely out of control, and once he blows, there is no stopping him. He is rash and impulsive, which would be fine if we didn’t see that he controls 1 out of 3 people. While Joy may be the one who controls Riley, Anger is seen controlling her dad when we get to see his subconscious. The fact that Anger controls people is not the issue, it’s that Anger is the only character with destructive capabilities. When the littlest thing stresses him out, fire literally erupts from his head, incinerating anything in his way.
Lotso Huggin’ Bear in Toy Story 3 plays the tragic villain. Abandoned by the one he loved the most, he went on a journey miles long to get back home, only to find he was replaced. Does that give Lotso an excuse to be the most dangerous criminal in the Pixar universe? Hell no! Here is a list of some of Lotso’s crimes; false imprisonment, kidnapping, robbery, blackmail, and attempted murder (by incineration). Unlike most villains in kids movies, Lotso never redeems himself at all. He tries to kill almost everyone we came to love in the Toy Story franchise; he is a true monster.
7. Henry Waternoose
As far as monsters go in the Pixar universe, most aren’t all that bad. Henry J. Waternoose III on the other hand is the worst of the worst. Sure Randall is overly competitive, and Sully is the scariest guy on the block, but Waternoose is evil for seemingly no reason. He may not know at first that by making children laugh instead of scream they could produce the most energy by far (cause that’s how this universe works). However, he definitely learns this in the movie, but decides to keep his flawed business plan for no tangible reason. He even goes as far as banishing his top workers when they get too close to the truth. Instead of solving the energy crisis, becoming a hero, and making billions of monster dollars, Waternoose refuses to change his old ways and wants to continue to scare children, knowing full well that it doesn’t work. Honestly, what is wrong with him?
6. Remy the Rat
We need to make this very clear; Remy is a rat having hallucinations that a dead chef is talking to him about being a chef, all while controlling a dorky man who somehow achieves celebrity chef status. None of that is ok. If Remy were to teach his brothers and sisters how they can control a human body (and don’t think they won’t ask him), there is more than enough of them on earth to take control of each of us. It might start slowly with the rats controlling people in positions of influence (like celebrities) or in positions to poison a lot of people (like chefs). Considering the amount of rats that we as humans have killed over the years, it’s not hard to understand why they may want some revenge. We are all lucky that Remy is too insane and preoccupied with cooking to communicate with his family and give them the means to end human civilization for good.
Jack-Jack is the baby in The Incredibles. You know, the one who is able to catch fire, turn to stone, turn into a devil-like creature, and shoot lasers from his eyes. Jack-Jack is so ridiculously overpowered, yet his parents place him under the care of their daughter’s 13-year-old classmate. This is a horrifying situation. We’re not sold that the Incredibles family would be able to handle Jack-Jack at his worst, and they are some of the most powerful super heroes, ever. It’s going to be a long life for Jack-Jack as he is an uncontrollable force with powers that would strike fear into the heart of even Superman himself.
Any full-grown-man who regularly wears a giant chicken outfit is terrifying in our book. Now add “steals Woody from a child” to the list and you have a downright horrifying guy. We can get past his nostalgia obsession, but when you look at his master plan it kinda feels… icky. The chicken-man has stolen toys from kids and intends to sell them to a museum in Japan. Dude owns his own toy store that is stocked with every toy imaginable. How much money could a museum (most of which are run on donations) provide? Al is a very sad man and could really use some human interaction. He spends most of his time alone, eating Cheetos and watching cartoons. He never mentions friends, and he never seems to go anywhere besides his toyshop, home, and random garage sales. This is the kind of guy who should stay 500 feet away from the nearest elementary school. Just an overall creep.
Hopper is the ruthless dictator in A Bugs Life. How exactly did he come to power you may ask? Well he killed everyone in his path. Think of Hopper as the Godfather of the Pixar universe. He only allows those in his family (no matter how incompetent they are) to be a part of his gang, and has no qualms about killing anyone who back talks him. And think about the way he kills. It’s not from far away with a gun, he has them looks him in the eye as he steps on their heads until they are squished. It’s the most brutal way to murder your foes, no wonder everyone is terrified of him.
It’s been said that if you don’t love Dory, you may not have a soul. (Don’t know who said it first, but it’s been said now.) She is good-natured, hilarious, adorable, and eager to help her friends out of any situation, though she is often responsible for said situation. The problem is that Dory is a danger to everyone. Lacking a short-term memory, Dory constantly gets herself and anyone she loves into horrible trouble. She mentions that her entire family left her because they couldn’t deal with her memory problems. The audience is led to believe that she will get the help she needs from Marlin and Nemo, and while they may do their best, they just aren’t cut out to be the ever-vigilant baby sitters that she requires. And what happens when Dory forgets them? She forgot her family; you think she’ll always remember the random clown fish she palled around with and his son? Eventually she’ll wander off. The clown fishes may get her back (Finding Dory, 2016), but then she’ll end up wandering off again. Dory is extremely unstable and needs serious help, help that her friends just can’t provide
Yeah he’s cute. Yeah he befriends everything he meets. Yeah he even falls in love. Wall-E proves throughout his self-titled movie that he is just the sweetest piece of sentient artificial intelligence that we have ever seen. Except he isn’t. As moviegoers have learned repeatedly, sentient robots will kill us all. It happens in Terminator, Ultron tries to do it in The Avengers, and don’t get us started on 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s a classic sci-fi movie trope, and Wall-E is no exception. The cute little robot only looks out for himself. Even though he is sentient and able to show friendship and love, he doesn’t seem to care that all his fellow robots on Earth have been destroyed, in fact that’s how he stays alive. By utilizing the working parts of his dead comrades, Wall-E is able to stay alive longer and work harder. But how did these robots die? The only good explanation is that Wall-E (knowing sooner or later his parts would break) slowly killed them all. He needed the additional parts to stay alive, so he thought, “what’s the harm in committing murder on a genocidal level?” Long story short, do not trust Wall-E, he kills his friends and uses their body parts as he sees fit.