I strongly disagree with anyone who says Maleficent isn’t the best Disney villain. No singing, no dancing, no long expositions about her plans, no tolerance for bumbling comedy sidekicks (she electrocutes a whole room full of minions when she finds out they’ve fucked up and spent the last few years searching for a baby), just outright malicious intent.
I mean let’s take a look at her motivations compared to other popular Disney villains:
SCAR - Wanted to become King.
URSULA - Wanted to rule the seas.
WICKED QUEEN - Wanted to rule as the most beautiful woman in the land.
JAFAR - Wanted to rule in the Sultan’s place and/or obtain ultimate power.
Maleficient, by contrast, didn’t want any of that. She didn’t want more power. She didn’t want fame. She didn’t want to rule. She just wanted to raise hell. This is the woman who decided that every newborn child in the kingdom should die and that the land should be covered in darkness for one reason - SHE WASN’T INVITED TO A MOTHERFUCKING PARTY.
That’s right, the evil bitch basically condemned an entire kingdom to die at her hands because she didn’t get invited to a christening.
This is not a woman with a motivation. She cannot be reasoned with. Her actions cannot be rationalized. She is evil for the fun of being evil, not because she wants something.
THAT, my friends, is the ultimate villain. One who knows they’re evil and LOVES it.
And worse, she makes everyone WAIT for that death. Aurora has to be 16. Can you imagine living with that hanging over your head? If her spell had gone right, that would be a kingdom full of the most unbalanced, freaked out people ever. People would throw themselves off cliffs.
And every bounty hunter (or not even that) would be after that baby. There’d be a new plot every week - kill Aurora, kill the curse, right? Maybe? The people of the kingdom would not only be fine with it, but would probably be the largest funders of bounty hunters, mercenaries, that asshole at the end of the road who likes his sword collection way too much.
All that time… Maleficent just sits back, smiles, and watches the chaos.
And THAT, my darlings, is why you never slight a faery.