Every time a Disney villain falls in defeat: ChiefBrodyRules makes a supercut of baddies plunging to their death (VIDEO).

Every Time a Disney Villain Falls in Defeat

Every Time a Disney Villain Falls in Defeat

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April 18 2015 11:47 AM

Every Time a Disney Villain Falls in Defeat

Maleficent takes a bit of a tumble.

Still from YouTube

Given the sheer number of Disney villains, it’s strange to realize that many meet defeat in the exact same way: by falling, slipping, or otherwise plunging to their death. YouTube user ChiefBrodyRules has compiled every single instance of this trope, creating a funny, informative video that also—if you’re into watching Scar being circled by hyenas or Hades descending into a pool of dead souls—highlights the most cathartic movie moments of your childhood.

Of course, it’s not just the villains of Disney who tumble to their death—moment of silence for Mufasa, please—but the trope does make particular sense as a way of dispatching the bad guy: It spares impressionable kids the gore of a more visceral demise, and allows the hero to emerge triumphant yet unscathed by a messy murder. Also worth noting: Waterfalls seem to be the precipice of choice for Disney artists.


Sharan Shetty is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker. You can follow him on Twitter