Upcoming Tragic Villain Backstories!
was bullied by Mufassa as a cub, and also he was in love with Sarabi. But when he confessed his love, she Snape-Zoned him and said he was like a brother to her, and that she loved Mufassa. The jilted Scar empathized with the second-class hyenas, and sought only to introduce democracy to the Pride Lands.
...is herself daughter of an emperor, but born out of wedlock, was ineligible for the throne, and instead saw her shallow and incompetent half-sibling wreck the kingdom's economy. And his son, and his son, and so forth. Yzma is Kuzco's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great ("ARE YOU FINISHED?!!")....great-great aunt. She raised Kuzco to the best of her abilities, but his evil parents left their bad influence on their son before drunkenly driving their chariot off a cliff. Yzma was also only using tough love to each the starving peasants a work ethic.
...was the sweetest little puppy in Alaska, until a pack of hungry wolves ate his human owners, instilling his sympathetic prejudices against Balto's kind.
was an honest witch doctor, and partner of Mama Odie, until Mama Odie double-crossed him and took credit for the transformation potion he invented. She also spread evil rumors about him being a conning villain dabbing in evil magic. Really though, the shadow people and stitch dolls are benevolent spirits that took him under their wing after his parents were eaten by frogs.
....actually would make a legitimately interesting villain story, if done right.
...in our very slight artistic twist on history, was a poor boy who worked day and night to raise money for his little brother's much-needed operation, and just when he seemed about to finally get enough money to save Percy's life, he lost it all at an Indian casino. To keep Percy from dying, Dr. Facilier transplanted Percy Ratcliffe's soul into the body of a pug, just before his human body expired. Governor Ratcliffe is only seeking gold and the destruction of the Powhattans to save and avenge his little brother.
was an innocent young child, and the apple of his parents' eye, until the day his parents were brutally murdered by a band of mugger street-rats, and then eaten by literal street-rats, and a starving Jafar was forced to eat his last family member--his pet snake Ziggy--to survive. The orphaned Jafar was then raised by parrots, who taught him dark magic. He entombed Ziggy's serpentine skeleton in a golden sarcophagus, and used his new magic to summon Ziggy's soul back to do his bidding through his new snake staff.
wasn't always blind. He used to be a prodigy of a painter, until his left eye was scratched out by a swallow's talons, and his right eye was wrecked by an insect's stinger. Unable to maintain his job as a painter, the crippled Mole could find work only as an indentured servant to fairies. He vowed to regain his wealth, at which time he would kill and mutilate swallows and bugs, and dominate a fairy as the fairies once dominated him.
truly was Mr. Nice Guy, until the love of his life left him for a man with better facial hair.
Judge Claude Frollo's father,
who had children at an old age, was hardcore party animal and proverbial Dirty Old Man, who had the sexual apatite of an Incubus and was King of Fools for decades on end. But one dark Festival Eve, a young innocent Frollo witnessed his elderly father finally push himself too far; a flirtatious barmaid--who happened to be a "Gypsy" (Romani)--accidently gave Frollo Sr. the boner that cost him his life. The old man clearly died happy, but his son was left in shambles.
Shortly thereafter, unattended decorative lanterns for the Festival caused a fire that burned the house down. Young Claude Frollo peed his pants, and everyone laughed. Thus he grew up to develop an intense hatred for sexuality, Gypsies, Festivals, and especially sexy Gypsies at festivals, as well as an obsession with fire and an preference for long dresses over pants.
The Coachman from "Pinocchio"
is really a kindly old man, who just got so sick of little hoodlums tromping through his front lawn. He's just using tough love to teach the donkey-boys a work ethic.
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