Ralph in Disney's "Wreck-It-Ralph" said it best.
"I am bad and that is good. I will never be good and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me."
The key to a great hero is an even greater villain.
While Ralph made the rare switch from a bad guy to a hero in his movie, the Disney universe is filled with plenty of villains that make being bad look good.
In honor of the release of Disney's "Maleficent," which tells the untold story of the antagonist from the 1959 Disney classic "Sleeping Beauty," the Daily Disney team has collaborated to come up with a list of the greatest (or most infamous) Disney-animated villains of all time.
It was a tall order, with so many great villains to choose from, and while our individual lists differ greatly in places, the same names kept appearing near the top of the lists.
There are many factors that make a great animated villain.
The pure evil and hate a character exudes goes a long way, as well as the crimes a character commits.
Scar murdered Mufasa in "The Lion King," so that adds to his credibility as a ruthless villain.
Others, like Doctor Facilier from "The Princes and the Frog" and Ursula from "The Little Mermaid" are just plain wicked.
Then there are villains that are as popular and loved as much (if not more so) than their protagonist counterparts.
Who doesn't love Gaston, Captain Hook or Hades?
All of these factors came into play in our rankings, including a list of honorable mention characters that are great at being bad in their own right, but are not as well known by the masses.
Characters like Bruce the great white shark from "Finding Nemo" were memorable, but not necessarily "great villain" status. You could even argue that Bruce isn't a villain at all and was just following his natural instincts.
And after all, he was taking steps to reform his "evil" ways.
So, as we all prepare to see Angelina Jolie portray one of the many memorable villains in Disney's animated-film history, take a look the gallery above (available here for our mobile users) for our collaborative list of the 30 greatest Disney villains of all time, along with eight honorable mentions.
We even added the crime or crimes committed by our top 10.
Enjoy, and remember, "it's good to be bad."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun