Salutations, Destructoid! Ace of knaves, at your service. I've been a member of this place since around June of 2008, and I never cease loving all the Dtoid community has to offer.
If you'd like to know the mildly interesting tale of my gaming history, well, when I was a young boy I wasn't that focused on video games. I dabbled in PC games and handhelds, like most kids do, but I was too intimidated to plunge all the way in. As far as I could tell I didn't have much of a knack for gaming, and I was perfectly content to watch others play while remaining strictly an observer. Besides, I was perfectly happy with books, TV, and movies, so I figured really, what was I missing? I found out one magical day when I went over to the house of an older neighbor. He wanted to play Super Smash Brothers, and while I preferred to just watch him from the couch he insisted that I join in. Over the next few hours I discovered an amazing truth: video games are really fun. From that day forward gaming became a much bigger part of my life, and over the years I absorbed the culture and the history while trying to play as much as I could.
As for my tastes, Sports games are pretty much the only genre I'll write off completely, but besides that I'm not too fond of racing games that adhere to realism and there are very few RPGs I like that don't have Mario in them. Otherwise I'm pretty much willing to give anything a chance, as long as it's good and, unless it's a fighting game, I prefer more of a focus on single player. In this generation I own a DS, a Wii, and a PS3, and I love them very much.
When it comes to this place, well, after being linked to Destructoid a few times I realized how great this site was, then after a few months of lurking realized how great I could be by joining the community, so here I am. I'm mostly found commenting on the front page and the cblogs, and I'll do a blog of my own here and there, but probably not as often as I should. From February to August of '09 I was involuntary absent from the site, and I hope nothing like that happens again. This is one of the best communities out there, gaming or otherwise, and if you're reading this you're already awesome.
Today we've had not one but two lists of the top ten Disney villains ever, the first by Chad and the second by stevenxonward claiming Chad had missed a few key ones. Great job guys. But you both made one little mistake. You left off the most underrated villain in Disney history. Now join me as we discuss the glorious, despicable villainy of Judge Claude Frollo.
In the also underrated 1996 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the titular hunchback Quasimodo must overcome his ugliness to win the acceptance of the people of Paris and the heart of the gypsy Esmeralda. He succeeds at one of these. But we're not here to talk about Quasimodo, we're here for his master Frollo, truly one of the most vile, despicable antagonists Disney has ever whipped up.
He's a Judge and a minister on a mission: the dude wants to eradicate the gypsies. Seriously, just weed out and slaughter every last one. He likes power, sure, but really more than anything else he just wants to cleanse Paris of those that he perceives as sinners, doing what he thinks is God's will. As if having the most loathsome, fucked up motive of any Disney villain wasn't enough, he's also got a bit of a problem.
See, this is Esmeralda:
As I mentioned, she's a gypsy, and she's not too bad looking either. Frollo would disagree, as lust is an immortal sin, which he is well above. Or at least he'd like to disagree, but then Esmeralda did this sexy dance of hers at the Feast of Fools, and, well:
He's completely infatuated, and he really can't do a damn thing about it. This makes him possibly the only sexually frustrated villain that's ever been animated, at least by Disney that is. So yes, Frollo's fantastic. He's cruel, perverted, actually believable in his motives, and he gets one of the best, most karmic deaths of any Disney villain. Really the only area he's lacking is the song. If only he had some kickass tune that dealt with all of his complex desires, disturbingly great lyrics, and appropriate religious overtones that oh wait here it is:
Now tell me that isn't the greatest Disney villain song ever? So for all those reasons and more (just watch the movie!), I declare Frollo not only criminally underrated, but very possibly the greatest villain in Disney history. The best male one anyway. Maleficent fucking rocks.