Insult Your Enemies…Disney Style

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Some of the best insults, burns, and one-liners can be found in classic Walt Disney movies. As Disney fans, we know that many of the studio’s films contain terrific quotes. For this list of top Disney insults, we limited ourselves exclusively to animated films from the Disney vault. Although there will definitely be some new zingers to come out of films in the future, for now, these remain some of the classic comebacks that any hardcore Disney fan will appreciate. Let’s begin…

“It’s Not Every Day That You See a Horse with Two Rear-Ends!”

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This fantastic way to tell someone to buzz off is delivered by Aladdin after one of Princess Jasmine’s suitors knocks him to the ground. It’s just as good today as it was over 30 years ago.

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“If You Don’t Think, You Shouldn’t Talk!”

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This ironic line from Alice in Wonderland (1951) is both rude and funny since the March Hare says it during the mad tea party scene.

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“You Are a Sad, Strange Little Man…”

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This classic Toy Story line is delivered by Buzz to Woody just before Buzz turns his back to him and walks away. Why is this burn so good? Because telling someone you pity them is one of the coldest ways to sting them.

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“Oh, Scar, it’s Just You. We Were Afraid it Was Somebody Important.”

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This line from The Lion King (1994) is delivered by Shenzi, the hyena, after Scar surprises them. It’s so great because it subtly digs into Scar’s biggest insecurity. And what makes it even better is that Shenzi doesn’t even understand how mean it is.

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“Actually She’s Just Ugly.”

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This line from Lilo and Stitch (2002) was spoken by Jumba Jookiba about Pleakley’s appearance when in disguise. It’s a simple, stinging insult, especially for a Disney film.

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“You Know What I See? I See a Strong, Confident, Beautiful Young Lady … Oh Look, You’re Here Too!”

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This line is delivered by Mother Gothel in Tangled (2010). It’s one of the many digs she takes at Rapunzel throughout the film, and it’s as cold and cruel as the character is herself. It would be more entertaining if not for the emotional abuse, gaslighting, and manipulation she dishes out nonstop.

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“If Only There Were Someone Out There Who Loved You.”

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Spoken by Hans just before he leaves Anna to freeze in Frozen (2013). Cold.

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“The Word I’m Searching for, I Can’t Say, Because There’s Preschool Toys Present.”

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This second Toy Story (1995) entry is debatably better than the first. It’s a perfect insult that leaves the mystery of the ‘word’ up to the viewer’s imagination. Many words are inappropriate for a preschooler (or their toys).

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“You Are Positively Primeval.”


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This extraordinary line from Beauty and the Beast (1991) is so good because Gaston isn’t “in on it.” The fact that he interprets the insult as a compliment makes it much more entertaining to watch.

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“It Looks Awful…”

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“That’s Because It’s on You, Dear.”

When Flora and Merryweather argue over a dress they’re making for Aurora in Sleeping Beauty (1959), their frustrations get the better of them. Part of what makes this insult so unique is that it’s spoken between friends in a Disney movie made in the 1950s. You know the…“good ‘ol days” when life was simple, and everyone respected their elders.

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Many more Disney films are filled with several other burns and digs to use on your enemies (and even friends). So next time you snap back at an ex, tell off a frenemy, or get the last word in with a pesky co-worker, you needn’t look further than what’s on Disney Plus.

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)