7 Animated Disney Villains Who Represent the Seven Deadly Sins

7 Animated Disney Villains Who Represent the Seven Deadly Sins ...

The seven deadly sins are a collective term for the seven most evil sins condemned by Christianity. Individual sins have appeared in many stories as far back as the Greeks, and are seen in some of the greatest fairy tales warning against temptation or the dangers of hubris.

The flaws serve as perfect foundations when constructing a villain in the modern world. The best examples can be found at Disney, where the villains are often regarded by viewers as more important.

'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs', Envy: The Evil Queen, (1937)

Envy is the fear that a person feels about seeing someone who is more successful than they are, or who has items or abilities they wish they had. Often, villains seek to even the playing field either by taking items and abilities for themselves or destroying the person who has them by elimination.

The Evil Queen, who appears in Disney's animated canon every day, is the poster child for this sin: she asks her magical mirror every day who is the most fair of all. Unfortunately, one day the mirror says that Snow White, her stepdaughter, is unfair, so the queen plans to have her murdered. So powerful is the Queen's hatred for another's beauty that she is willing to temporarily transform herself into an old crone if it means getting close enough to poison Snow White herself.

'Alice in Wonderland: Wrath: The Queen of Hearts' (1951)

When anger becomes wrath, it becomes problematic. One can become consumed by their rage to the point that they either lose control of themselves or stop caring about others' well-being, as Homer's poem The Iliad illustrates this perfectly. Achilles is adamantly driven to forsake his fellow Acadians and abandon the Trojan War because he is their best soldier.

The Queen of Hearts, Disney's most vengeful villain, is the Queen of Hearts, who rules Wonderland with the stubbornness of a youngster. Everyone lives in fear of invoking her wrath, which often results in a loss of heads. Only her king can quell her temper, and only for a few seconds at a time.

'101 Dalmatians,' by Gluttony, (1961)

The sin of gluttony is a sin that is often equated to excess of life's pleasures, particularly items that represent wealth. Oftentimes, those consumed by gluttony consume food, drink, and resources to the point where those around them suffer. This is why Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians, one of the most universally hated Disney villains, fits this sin, although she trades food for expensive fur coats.

Cruella informs Anita that she loves and admires furs and asks if there is a woman on Earth who doesn't. The villainess's obsession with finding the finest fur coats goes so far as to try and buy Anita and Roger's newborn puppies, then steals them when they refuse. Even her slender frame is almost swallowed by the excessive coat she flaunts.

Greed: Madam Medusa, 'The Rescuers' (1977)

Greed is one of the more straightforward sins to understand: being obsessed with having and acquiring more material wealth to the detriment of others. Money is the usual pursuit for the greedy, but food, power, or status symbols can substitute as well. It is perhaps the most commonly-seen sin in children's media, as the greedy businessman who wants to destroy the environment for a profit was the villain in many Saturday morning cartoons and environmentally conscious films.

Madam Medusa, who isn't working in a pawn shop in New York City, is the most adept at capturing and releasing orphaned children to discover the Devil's Eye, the largest diamond in the world. It doesn't matter how many other treasures she collects in the hole.

Pride: Gaston, 'Beauty and the Beast' (1991)

Pride is a tricky sin because, at first glance, it appears to be harmless. Many times we are encouraged to be proud of our achievements, regardless of their importance or size. However, the dangers of this sin come when a person believes that their achievements are superior to others'.

Gaston, a handsome hunter who wants to marry Belle because the two of them are the finest-looking people in town, is unable to move on, because every other woman in town would gladly marry him on his request. This transforms him from a cocky himbo into a true villain who refuses to answer no.

Judge Claude Frollo, 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame,' (1996)

Lust is often associated with cardinal pleasure, but it may also refer to desire for something or someone to the point of obsession. Unlike passion, which drives someone to pursue a goal to better themselves or others, lust is self-interested. Those who desire the object of their desire desire want it because it makes them feel better, regardless of how many others are hurt in the process.

Judge Frollo was either obsessed with power, like Ursula from The Little Mermaid, or with revenge, as in Peter Pan's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and how he willingly sacrificed his life to protect her. His heart is exposed in the "Hellfire" sequence, which includes some of the most extreme religious and sexual depictions used in animation.

Sloth: Hans, 'Frozen' (2013)

Sloth is probably the most difficult of the sins to quantify. The general assumption is that sloth means lazy or non-working, although a character who embodies sloth can still strive towards a goal where they will never have to lift a finger again. This is the goal of prince Hans from Frozen, one of the finest Disney twist villains.

Hans, the youngest of 13 brothers, figured out that he would never be king of another nation unless he married into a different family. Anna, he pretends to be in love with Anna, and thanks to her naive and trusting nature, Hans is placed in charge of Arendelle while she goes to retrieve Elsa.