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Maleficent is Better As a Villain Than a Heroine

By Julia Emmanuele, Hollywood Staff

Captain Hook might be funnier and Cruella De Vil might be better dressed, but no Disney villain is more terrifyingly iconic than Maleficent. Since she stormed into a party she wasn't invited to in a wave of green fire, she's been the inspiration for television shows, cosmetic lines and of course, countless children's nightmares. Now, like the evil diva she is, Maleficent is finally getting a feature film of her own, starring the equally stunning and powerful Angelina Jolie. The film, which is currently in theaters, will look back at the origins and inner life of the mistress of evil and make her the hero of her own story.

And while we're excited to learn more about what turned Maleficent from a normal, happy fairy into one of the scariest cartoon characters of all time, we're much more interested in her as a villain than as a heroine. In the process of adding some backstory to the character, Disney took away several of the key characteristics that made Maleficent so amazing and intimidating, and frankly, the dark side just seems to suit her better. Don't believe us? Let's take a look at old-school Maleficent: