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10 of the Greatest Disney Henchmen

Disney franchises are beloved for a lot of things — their emotional songs, their inspiring messages, and their cruel villains. But you know who gets lost in the shuffle? The henchmen. And guys, there are some truly awe-inspiring henchmen! They cackle, sit behind their boss, and look filthy, but these number twos are always ready to land a punch on the jaw of a good-for-nothing hero! Here are our top 10 Disney Henchmen!

The Weasels from Who Framed Roger Rabbit

The Weasels in Roger Rabbit are tiny suit-wearing sadists— cackling at their own crimes and selling out their fellow toons. There’s Psycho, Stupid, Greasy, Smart Guy, and Sicko — their names functioning as dark versions of the seven dwarfs. Eventually the weasels laughed so maniacally they died! Now that’s a henchman!

Iago from Aladdin

The directors of Aladdin knew that if they were going to introduce a character as big as Robin Williams’ Genie in the middle of the movie, they needed someone just as broad to open it. Enter Gilbert Gottfried’s Iago — a neurotic smart aleck whose off-the-cuff bits rivaled those of the Genie. Improbably, Iago was the protagonist of the direct-to-video sequel to Aladdin, The Return of Jafar. From Henchman to Hero — not bad Iago!

The Beagle Boys from DuckTales

These young goons are the quintessential henchmen. Created by Carl Barks for his mid-century Donald Duck comics, the Beagle Boys are identical ex-cons with one goal — to rob Scrooge McDuck blind. They can be seen working for Glomgold, Magica DeSpell, and most impressively, themselves. How many henchmen do you see who are self-starters!? Good work Beagle Boys!

Honest John and Gideon from Pinocchio

Honest John and Gideon are henchmen-for-hire in Pinocchio, kidnapping the poor puppet boy twice — once for Stromboli and again for Pleasure Island. It’s odd that in a world where a cat and fox live as human beings, it’s a living puppet that’s the most shocking.

Shenzi, Banzai and Ed from The Lion King

Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, the Hyenas who do Scar’s dirty work, are unique henchmen. As much as the hyenas work for Scar, they do so believing he’s the best leader for them. These henchmen have their self-interest in mind, so when finally they realize Scar was a charlatan, they devour him.

Flotsam and Jetsam from The Little Mermaid

Less characters and more malevolent forces, the grinning faces of Ursula’s eels, Flotsam and Jetsam, spy for their master, relay messages to her in her own creaking voice, and stalk Ursula’s prey with a mindless cruelty. The Little Mermaid has a lot of talking fish, birds, and crabs, but Flotsam and Jetsam seem to be the only two who have decided to remains beasts.

LeFou from Beauty and the Beast

LeFou is a sad dork who wants to make the road safe for his preening… friend? Are he and Gaston friends? What’s the exact nature of LeFou’s relationship with Gaston? Does he work for him? In any case, LeFou is the kind of lowlife to write an entire song about how great his boss is, meaning he’s dedicated if nothing else.

Big Baby from Toy Story 3

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Big Baby was a giant baby doll accidentally left behind by his owner along with Lotso the Bear in the park. He now acts as Lotso’s muscle in the day care— a creepy silent figure with the temperament of a child. Amazingly enough, this silent figure has an arc all of his own. Does Big Baby become a Good Big Baby!? I won’t spoil it here!

Smee from Peter Pan

I’m not exactly sure how Smee made it so far up the pirate ladder to be Captain Hook’s right hand man. Compared to the other pirates, he’s out of shape, bumbling, and, in the end, unable to save his boss from a crocodile. But there’s something charming about his relationship with Hook — a slob befriending a prim and proper pirate? That’s sweet, and I’m glad Captain Hook has some actual friends. You’re a good man, Smee!

Lock, Stock and Barrel From The Nightmare Before Christmas

You have to admire a good mercenary, and Lock, Stock, and Barrel, the terrifying trick-or-treaters in The Nightmare Before Christmas, are just that. First, they capture Santa Claus for Jack Skellington, and then hand ol’ Saint Nick over to the villainous Oogie Boogie Man. And neither actor seems to even pay them. Lock, Stock, and Barrel do it for the joy of mischief! That’s a dedication to the craft you just can’t teach!

Have I missed any henchmen you love? Have I hit any henchmen you hate? Let me know on Twitter at @AlexFirer!

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