Oh My! Disney’s Most Frightening Character Creations

With Halloween right around the corner, we’re coming up with our favorite bad guys! Disney has a bunch of spooky characters, but there are some that are just downright terrifying. Check out our picks:


1. Chernabog

Chernabog doesn’t get a ton of credit, but man, is he scary. He is the main villain in the film Fantasia, and often comes up when a Disney special is in need of a bad guy. He’s beyond creepy. We even read that the name “Chernabog” means “black god” or “devil.” He’s a massive black, winged, horned demon looking thing with scary eyes and teeth. Basically, we want nothing to do with Chernabog ever, thank you.

2. Hades Angry

We’re not going to lie: Hades is our favorite Disney villain ever. We think he’s hysterical. However….there is one scene in Hercules that absolutely terrifies us. When Pain is caught wearing Hercules shoes, Hades goes ballistic. When he notices Panic drinking Herculade, he completely loses it. He screams in a fiery blaze and that one shot of him is completely horrifying.

3. The Hydra

Speaking of Hercules, we think the Hydra scene is particularly frightening. What starts out as an annoying guy for Herc to defeat, turns into a multi-headed monster that can grow more heads. It looks pretty bleak for a bit there, especially when Hydra swallows Hercules…yeesh. By the end there are hundreds of heads and tongues and teeth. Luckily Hercules figures it out, but it’s scary!

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4. Black Cauldron Anything

Admittedly, the Black Cauldron is the black sheep of the Disney family. But it still exists and it’s still terrifying. The entire movie is dark and creepy. But the Horned King takes the scary cake. His plotline and little demon minion people are the stuff of nightmares. We don’t watch this one much, and that’s probably why…

5. The Krakken

While the Krakken itself is animated, the movie it is from is very much not. Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is the second installment in the Pirates franchise. The Krakken is a giant sea squid monster thing that has like a million teeth. It is the thing that defeats Captain Jack Sparrow at the end of the movie. It haunts our favorite pirate throughout the movie, but when we finally see him with his mouth baring down, we are truly terrified. 

6. Frollo

We put Claude Frollo from the Hunchback of Notre Dame on this list not because he looks the most terrifying (although…yikes) but because he is a horrifying individual. He is one of, if not the most evil Disney villain. He is incredibly scary with his actions. He has so much power that he regularly abuses and takes advantage of the most wonderful people, like Quasimodo and Esmerelda. We do not like Frollo – we even try to avoid him in the parks!

7. Headless Horseman

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a Halloween favorite for so many hardcore Disney fans. But the main villain in this story is the Headless Horseman, a popular bad guy type. While he isn’t in much of the movie, he’s super scary! He’s a guy with no head, for crying out loud! And he just rides around holding a pumpkin?! So creepy. He is a cool addition to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party though…

8. Madame Leota

Last on this list comes a Disney fan favorite. Madame Leota is a main character in the Haunted Mansion attraction. Her floating head rests in a crystal ball and actually talks to you as you go through her room on the ride. It’s sort of scary on principle. Plus, it begs some crucial questions like: where’s the rest of her body?

Who else would you add to this Most Frightening list?

About Molly Elias

Molly Elias has been a dedicated Disney fan since she was 18-months old. She has grown up with and learned from Disney her whole life. As her family's main vacation spot, Disney World is a place of love and laughter and magic for her. Her family also prides themselves on their Disney Cruise Line knowledge and would rather be on the high seas with Mickey than anywhere else in the world. Molly plans to keep Disney in her life forever, while also pursuing a writing career. She recently completed a master's program in creative writing in the hopes that someday she will be able to be a writer for the Happiest Company on Earth. Molly keeps Walt's famous quote at the forefront of her life: "Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."