On February 15, 1925, a character that would become Disney's first major animated villain was introduced in the short Alice Solves the Puzzle. Beginning on February 16, 2014 The Cartoon Character Hall of Fame celebrates with 365 of Disney's animated "rascals, scoundrels, villains, and knaves" ending on February 15, 2015, the 90th anniversary of one of Disney's earliest and most prolific ne'er-do-wells.
A Note for the Nit-Pickers
A note for the nit-pickers: it may be argued that I've stretched the definitions of both "Disney" and "villain" in certain cases here, and I call blogger's privilege. Some purists may object to the inclusion of Pixar characters, but I think far more will be disappointed by their omission. There are no Marvel (with the possible exception of Big Hero 6), Star Wars, or Muppet characters. That would be stretching things too far. Also, yes, some may say that some of the characters are too nice to be here, for example: Mr. Smee may seem like an okay guy on the surface, but he's still made some questionable decisions when it comes to the company he keeps, so for the purposes of this blog, he, and others like him, do not get a pass. Neither do villains who redeem themselves or reform. If you still feel like picking at my nits, I advise you to step back, relax, and check back tomorrow. Remember that, first and foremost, this is for fun. Enjoy.