Let’s face it, whether you’re top dog or just starting out in the workforce, you’ve probably dealt with a difficult boss (or three). But what if your boss were a Disney Villain? We’ve observed how some of our favorite Disney heroes dealt with them and imagined what it would look like if they were in charge at your place of work:
Lady Tremaine, Cinderella
Ah, Lady Tremaine. She’s pretty much Cinderella’s boss, so it doesn’t take too much work to imagine how she’d act if you were hired by her. Remember that time she told Cinderella she could go to the ball if she finished all of her chores, and found something suitable to wear? Yeah, she’d definitely be the type of boss to give you a last minute list of things to do right before a deadline, knowing full well you can’t complete it in time.
Sure, Hades tells a ton of jokes, but he also has a tendency to fly off the handle when things don’t go his way–like the kind of off the handle where he literally turns red and flames erupt in every direction. If you worked for a guy like Hades, it’d probably be best to keep your distance during one of his explosive tirades.
Scar, The Lion King
One of the things we love about Scar is how sarcastic he is. But, don’t let that fool you—he’s got a ton of bite behind that roar. If he were your boss, he’d be the type of guy that wouldn’t stand for anything less than perfection. Late to work? Out sick? He’ll respond to your excuses with a sarcastic answer and make the deadline for your project even sooner.
Cruella de Vil, 101 Dalmatians
Cruella is as determined as they come, but she’s also really impatient. She spends most of the time in One Hundred and One Dalmatians demanding to know where the puppies are, telling Jasper and Horace to hurry up, and racing around town. We certainly wouldn’t want her as a boss. She would probably force you to present your work right away, no matter how many corners you had to cut to get there.
Judge Frollo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Let’s face it, Judge Frollo is the absolute worst. He isn’t funny like some of the other villains, which probably means he’d be a nightmare to work for. There would be absolutely no nonsense allowed if he were your boss. He’d be the type to stick you with a solitary task you didn’t want to do (like ringing the bells of Notre Dame).
Despite his cool composure and ability to manipulate others, Jafar isn’t exactly what you’d call stable. It doesn’t help that he has access to some seriously sinister magic that allows him to transform into a snake and possess other people. Would you want him as your boss? No? Neither would we. If you worked for him, he’d probably use his sneaky mind-control powers to make you fetch him a cup of coffee.
Ursula, The Little Mermaid
Speaking of magic, Ursula’s got a ton of it and isn’t afraid to use it to get what she wants. She’s also pretty gifted at convincing others to give up something they really love in order to achieve their deepest desire. With her as your boss, there will always be a trade-off. Want to go on that fabulous, all-expenses-paid business trip? Say goodbye to your weekends for the rest of the month!
There’s not much to say about Shan-Yu, which probably has a lot to do with the fact that he doesn’t speak a lot throughout his journey in Mulan. But, just because he’s a man of few words, doesn’t mean he doesn’t exude confidence and know how to get his way. As the top dog at a company, he’d probably be able to convince you to finish your work (or else) just by creepily gazing in your direction.
Yzma, The Emperor’s New Groove
When she wasn’t in that adorable kitten form we really love, Yzma spent the majority of The Emperor’s New Groove telling Kronk what to do. From making him pull levers, to transforming Kuzco into a llama, she was always up to something. As a boss IRL? She’d probably be the type to make you drive her to ALL her appointments.
Gaston, Beauty and the Beast
Then there’s Gaston. What is there to say about Gaston that he hasn’t already said himself? He’s (supposedly) a jack of all trades, and is worshipped by many of the folks in Belle’s hometown. But, beneath that confidence is an insecure villain who needs constant validation that he’s actually as cool as he thinks he is. If he were your boss, he’d probably require you to compliment him whenever he was having a rough day.