It’s time we look at what might be perhaps one of the best animation companies of all time, Pixar. Pixar’s animation style is what rakes in the money for the company but what makes it uniquely special is their protagonists and antagonists in all of their films. Some of these characters are so well detailed that they manage to live forever. So let’s check them out today in the Top 10 Best Pixar Heroes And Villains. And more than ever, if you don’t like these heroes or villains that’s okay, we’re all entitled to our own opinions and I’m glad you can see the good in others that I’m not able too. For a heads up, I’m going to be doing a mix describing both the protagonist and antagonist perspectives and roles in their movies, Onto the countdown!
10. Riley Herself (Inside Out, 2015)
Riley herself is not only the protagonist of Pixar’s 2015 film Inside Out but she also poses as the antagonist. Now that sounds pretty ridiculous and lousy when you first hear it, but it turns out the magic of Pixar managed to make a great hero/villain all in the same main character. In reality, it’s Riley’s conscious mind that becomes the villain. This is due to the fact that Joy and Sadness leave her memory, and she slowly sinks into this despondent state of sadness and displeasure, and we watch her personality traits slowly fall apart without Joy or Sadness running in her mind. In the movie, we learn that we do need a mix of sadness, happiness, anger, fear, and disgust in our lives, we can’t live our best life without all of them.
9. Lightning McQueen and Chick Hicks (Cars, 2006)
As much as I despise the shameless marketing-merchandise tool that Pixar is, I can safely say that both Lightning McQueen and Chick Hicks are the two perfect main characters for the first film. At first, even as the main protagonist Lightning McQueen starts off as a self-centered jerk, often shunning those around him and hogging all the media to himself, he eventually cleans up his act and starts becoming a more respectable and likable character. As the antagonist, Chick Hicks is a self-centered jerk, who is unapologetic and only thinks about winning, often to the point of nearly getting others killed in the final race.
8. Wall-E and AUTO (Wall-E, 2008)
Wall-E takes the smallest of items, turning them into something useful. while being the only person living on current Earth while the humans gorge themselves silly out in outer space on a ship helmed by the Captain. AUTO, our villain, appears to be the Captain’s main computer who runs the show because the Captain has become so morbidly obese that he’s incapable of doing anything anymore.
7. Nemo And Darla (Finding Nemo, 2003)
This duo isn’t really that complicated. Nemo is a lively active fish that is kidnapped by a diver who learns that life without your Dad is rough. The diver intends to give Nemo as a last-minute birthday give to Darla, his niece, who taps on fish tank glass and shakes bags containing a fish while screaming at the top of her lungs. I don't believe Darla is a bad kid, I believe she is a bad pet owner.
6. Remy & Linguini And Chef Skinner (Ratatouille, 2007)
Ratatouille is about a rat who befriends a garbage boy who then gets promoted to being a chef and together, they become successful at making the restaurant 10 times better than it was. Remy, the rat, is able to control Linguini, the human, by helping him make delicious dishes. Ratatouille overall is the kind of movie that bumps up my spirit whenever I’m in a bad mood.
5. Flik And Hopper (A Bug’s Life, 1998)
A Bug’s Life tells us about Flik who is an inventor trying to inspire the rest of the towns folks to try out his new inventions. Flik's general cheerful personality was what I enjoyed about him the most. Flik simply tries to be that positive upbeat guy throughout the film, until he knocks over the grasshopper’s food after Flik’s invention backfires on him. And thus we meet our villain… Hopper. I think what was so unique about this movie that made me remember it was THE BIRD. Even though she was only given what seemed to be only 10 minutes of screen time, she managed to be the ONLY character I remembered watching this movie when I was 4. I think it was even better seeing Hopper get devoured in the end. I think generally this film has a great storyline about an aspiring inventor and crazed dictator all rolled together in one movie.
4. Carl And Charles Muntz (Up, 2009)
Up has been the most heartfelt Pixar movie I’ve ever seen, I have never seen Pixar go to so much detail in the first few moments of a movie. After Ellie’s death, Carl sinks into depression and despondency, becoming grouchy and longing for his adventure to Paradise Falls. From Carl’s perspective, he’s mostly viewed as the antagonist in the beginning, but eventually he has a change of heart during his adventure and learns to stop being sad over Ellie’s death. As for Muntz, I found out that he was the villain all along, after he was unable to find the most legendary creature he promised the media. I thought it was obvious from that point that he was going to be the villain, along with the fact that he had a talking dog army at his disposal.
3. Sulley, Mike, Waternoose And Randall (Monsters INC, 2001)
There’s something special about Monsters INC. Is it that Billy Crystal was Mike Wazowski? Or was it the fact that it was just the perfect film for all ages to enjoy? Monsters INC. begins as this big powerhouse corporation that Waternoose inherited from his family. Randall gives the plot away when he leaves Boo's door behind. In the end, Waternoose's crimes is exposed and the bad guys loose their jobs. Sully saves the franchise, turning children from having screams to having laughs. And let’s face it, laughs are better than screams.
2. All The Toy Story Heroes And Villains: Woody, Buzz, Sid And Scud (Toy Story, 1995); Al McWiggin and Stinky Pete (Toy Story 2, 1999); Lotso (Toy Story 3, 2010)
This one is a bit of a hard decision because just like all three films being contenders for the Top 10 Best Disney Movies blog, I had to put all of them on my list. Each character has their own speciality of evil, from the toy torturers Sid and Scud, to the greedy and uncaring fiends of Al McWiggin and Stinky Pete, and to the ruthless dictator Lotso. Woody And Buzz start the saga off despising each other, but then go on to become the best friends they are now. From the first Toy Story it was evident that Woody was starting to become the villain after he’d been replaced by Buzz, but then we are introduced the real villains, Sid and Scud. When we get to the third film, we meet one of the most darkest villains of the series. Lotso. Lotso may look plush and cuddly, but in reality he’s a toy’s worst nightmare. Lotso became the ruthless dictator of Sunnyside Daycare, turning a once promising place for abandoned toys into a prison camp. You'll have to watch the movie to see how it ends!
1. Mr. Incredible and Syndrome (The Incredibles, 2004)
The Incredibles was groundbreaking for Pixar. In the past, Pixar had been used to relying on happy-go-lucky movies like Monsters INC. and Finding Nemo, each having a good story and not-so-dark spirits behind it. The Incredibles managed to be Pixar’s first ever PG movie, notably for its violence and cruelty. In the beginning, the Supers have a pretty easy life, stopping crime, and being idolized for their acts. One fan in particular, Buddy Pine worships Mr. Incredible. Only Mr. Incredible rejects him. After this, an endless barrage of unnecessary lawsuits filed by ungrateful citizens results in Supers having to conceal their identities and adapt to a normal life. Mr. Incredible cannot tolerate this as he once was the most powerful superhero the city had and he began desperately longing for his glory years. After he takes on the Omnidroid, he learns that his former biggest fan, Buddy Pine, has become Syndrome (the villain) in his attempt to get revenge. It’s a pretty clever story of the Incredibles and how action packed the movie turns out to be. And, we're getting a sequel. I’m hoping that we get the same action-filled experience. I consider Mr. Incredible and Syndrome to be the best Pixar Hero/Villain.
Throughout Pixar’s 31-year existence, they’ve given us some of the most iconic Disney movies we’ve seen. We live with them, we die for them, and hold high expectations for the next upcoming film. Pixar has been giving us a strong lineup of heroes and villains, making the villain as equal or somewhat different than the original villain of its predecessor. But I know that Pixar needs to have boundaries because it’s meant to be a family-friendly movie studio. Pixar is both perfect for all children while giving parents the thumbs up to let them know their child is capable of being old enough to watch the movie of their choice. Do you think I missed a particular Pixar Hero/Villain despite the ones I’ve listed? If you think there’s a hero or villain you’d like me to know about, let me know in the comments. And as always thanks for reading, I’ll be writing soon…