In Snow White and the Huntsman, the royal stepmother Queen Ravenna is so evil that she drains the youth from her brother as he’s dying (although she does ask for his forgiveness). As wicked as fratricide might be, there are other evil queens who could give Queen Ravenna a run for her money when it comes to cruel deeds, and some of them even top her in terms of sheer evil. Be warned – these aren’t the evil queens that you remember from your bedtime stories!

1. The Red Queen (Alice in Wonderland)

Helena Bonham Carter is the Queen of Hearts in "Alice in Wonderland." (Vogue)

Helena Bonham Carter is the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. Credit: Vogue

The Red Queen is the epitome of the rich spoilt brat – irritate her, and she’ll order your beheading! If you think about it, this means that she’s never been punished for her actions, and she’s never acted on any feedback to curb any of her vices, since her knee-jerk reaction is to behead annoyances. Her warped mentality is reflected in her warped body, which sees an oversized head on a regular body. In fact, her proportions are kind of like those of a child, which is a subtle jibe at her childishness.

And come on, she’s played by Helena Bonham Carter, who’s great at playing psychotic characters. The Red Queen’s sadistic traits would be amplified by her performances.

2. Maleficent (Maleficent)

Angelina Jolie plays the evil Maleficent in Maleficent. (E! Online)

Angelina Jolie plays the evil Maleficent in Maleficent. Credit: E! Online

Maleficent is arguably the protagonist in Maleficent, but when she gets spurned and betrayed by her former lover, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. The once-mild fairy transforms herself into the feared Queen of the Moors with a predominantly black wardrobe. On the day of the christening of her ex’s baby, she turns up uninvited and curses the infant Aurora to 1) prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and 2) fall into an eternal sleep on her 16th birthday. But she offers an antidote: The curse can be broken with true love’s kiss.

You might think that Maleficent is somewhat kind by not smiting her ex’s sprog, even offering an antidote, but she’s really smart in doing so – she’s really damning Aurora’s parents to a lifetime of mental torture. First, they gotta worry about protecting Aurora from every bloody spinning wheel in the kingdom. Second, what if the girl doesn’t find her true love by age 16? It’s like every Chinese parent’s nightmare prematurely amplified. Thirdly and lastly, the parents would be emotionally blackmailed into letting/inviting/begging her boyfriend to KISS their comatose teenage daughter. I mean, can you imagine your girlfriend’s father’s face even if he so much as just caught you holding his daughter’s hand?

She’s not benevolent, this Maleficent.

3. The Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz)

The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) in The Wizard of Oz. Credit: monologuedb

The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) in The Wizard of Oz. Credit: monologuedb

The Wicked Witch of the West is, well, wicked. It’s right there in her title! But what she does in human form, as Miss Gulch, is even more heartless. She’s fixated on killing Toto, Dorothy’s dog. Now, killing humans is one thing, but when you go down to the level of wanting to hurt helpless animals, it just shows that you’re out to destroy all life. And that’s only as the human Miss Gulch! Imagine the atrocities she must have committed in Oz as the Wicked Witch of the West.

Also, the first thing she does when her sister, the Wicked Witch of the East, dies, is to go after her footwear. Couldn’t she have buried her sibling first?

4. Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent (Ever After)

Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent (Anjelica Huston) in Ever After. Credit: The Film Experience

Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent (Anjelica Huston) in Ever After. Credit: The Film Experience

Ever After is a retelling of the Cinderella story, where Baroness Rodmilla is Cinderella’s stepmother and amusingly, Leonardo da Vinci plays an important role in the story. Besides ill-treating Cinderella for ten long years, Baroness Rodmilla also steals Cinderella’s prized book (left behind by her deceased father) in exchange for Cinderella’s dead mother’s slippers. After getting the slippers, she goes back on her word and burns the book anyway. So not only does she steal the possessions of the dead, she also destroys them without a second thought.

She does get her comeuppance, though, by being forced to become a maid. But that’s still not enough for a liar and an arsonist.

5. Grand Witch Muriel (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters)

Grand Witch Muriel (Famke Janssen) in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Credit: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Wikia

Grand Witch Muriel (Famke Janssen) in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Credit: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Wikia

She’s technically not a queen, but since she’s the Grand Witch of all witches, that sort of makes her the queen of the witches, right? Anyway, the important thing to know about Muriel is that she eats and sacrifices children, basically treating them like walking chicken chops. If they were adults it wouldn’t be as bad, since adults can defend themselves.

But helpless children? That crosses a line.

6. Ice Queen Freya (The Huntsman: Winter’s War)

Ice Queen Freya (Emily Blunt) and Evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) in The Huntsman: Winter's War. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Ice Queen Freya (Emily Blunt) and Evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) in The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

But then the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and nowhere is that more evident than in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, where we meet Ice Queen Freya, the sister of Evil Queen Ravenna. She plunges an entire kingdom into an eternal winter and plucks children from their parents to raise in her army. And this is just to people she doesn’t even know!

Imagine what she’d do to the ones who really cross her path.

Poster for The Huntsman: Winter's War. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Poster for The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

So which sister is more evil – Queen Ravenna or Queen Freya? You’ll have to watch The Huntsman: Winter’s War to find out!

 

Credits: Vogue, E! Online, monologuedb, The Film Experience, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Wikia, Golden Village Cinemas