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Maleficent as she appears in Disney's Sleeping Beauty
First appearance Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Created by Marc Davis
Voiced by Eleanor Audley (Sleeping Beauty)
Lois Nettleton (House of Mouse)
Susan Blakeslee (Kingdom Hearts series, Platinum Edition Trailer)
Toshiko Sawada (Japanese)

Maleficent is a fictional character and the main antagonist in Walt Disney's 1959 adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. Maleficent is the self-proclaimed "Mistress of All Evil" who curses the infant Princess Aurora to "prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die" before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday after not being invited to the baby's christening. She is often viewed as the most powerful and sinister of the Disney Villains, frequently acting as their leader in many crossovers, and her scenes in the climax of the film are among the darkest and most intense produced by Disney.[1] Maleficent is Disney's adaptation of the wicked fairy godmother from the original fairy tale.



The character was animated by Marc Davis. The wicked fairy godmother was aptly named "Maleficent" (which means "Evil-doer"). In determining Maleficent's design, standard depictions of witches and hags were dismissed as Davis opted for a more elegant look centered around the appearance of flames, ultimately crowning the villain with "the horns of the devil." In the event the individual character of the three good fairies and the elegant villain proved to be among the film's strongest points.

She was voiced by Eleanor Audley, who had previously performed Lady Tremaine, the wicked stepmother in Cinderella. Audley also provided some live-action recording for both of these characters, to inspire the animators. Dancer Jane Fowler also performed some live-action reference for Maleficent.[2] Animators Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas, in their book The Disney Villain, describe animating Audley's voice as "a difficult assignment but a thrilling one, working to that voice track with so much innuendo mixed in with the fierce power".[3]

Sound effects man Jim Macdonald searched for the sound of a dragon's fiery breath by asking the U.S. Army to send him some training films on flame throwing. These films provided just the right sound for him.[2]


Maleficent appears in the form of a tall, slender, pale green skinned woman with a narrow face and a prominent chin. She also has yellow eyes and a horned headdress, which is symbolic of her dark magic. She is clad in a black and purple robe with bat wing-like edges, and wears a gold ring with a large mysterious circular black stone in it. Maleficent is an evil fairy, unlike the other three fairy godmothers in the movie, and her evil enables her to perform many magical and powerful spells. She carries a staff with a glowing green orb at the tip through which she casts her spells, which include an ability to teleport herself, or send bolts of lightning at enemies. She is also capable of shape shifting at will into numerous forms, including a floating hypnotic light resembling a will-o'-the-wisp and a massive, monstrous black and purple dragon. She is not at all comical or goofy like some of the other Disney villains, although she does at times display something of a dark sense of humor. Her minions are a legion of goblins and troll-like creatures.[2] She is also frequently accompanied by her pet raven, called Diablo.

Role in Sleeping Beauty

Maleficent's dragon incarnation as it appears in the climax of the film.

Maleficent first appears in the film Sleeping Beauty in King Stefan's castle by means of supernatural teleportation during the christening of Stefan's daughter, Aurora. Her appearance is preceded by a gust of wind and accompanied by her signature green flames. She is outwardly courteous but implies she is offended that she did not receive an invitation to the ceremony like the other fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. When she asks the king and queen why she was not invited, Merryweather speaks up and tells Maleficent that she is "not wanted." Shocked (or more likely, pretending to be shocked), she turns to leave this "awkward situation", giving the king and queen one last chance to make up for not inviting her, but the queen asks her if she was offended by this. Maleficent denies it, and offers to give a gift to Aurora to prove she bears no ill will. Maleficent then casts a spell that enhances the first two gifts and grants Aurora to be "beloved by all who know her" as well, but to punish the king and queen for their insolence, places a curse on Aurora, so that before the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Aurora will "prick her finger on a spindle of a spinning wheel and die." Merryweather, who still has a gift she can use, weakens the curse so that Aurora will fall into a deep sleep instead, with only a kiss from her true love to awaken her.

The three fairies hide Aurora until her sixteenth birthday passes while an angry Maleficent realizes her instructions to her goblin minions were wasted for the entire sixteen years as the goblins focused on searching for "a baby" the whole time. A furious Maleficent instructs her raven familiar Diablo to hunt down the teenaged Aurora. Once he succeeds, Maleficent visits Aurora on the evening of her sixteenth birthday in a form of a will-o-the-wisp, hypnotizing Aurora before luring her to a spinning wheel where she pricks her finger to fulfil the curse.

To ensure Aurora would not be immediately awakened, Maleficent and her goons trap Prince Phillip, Aurora's true love, and take him to Maleficent's castle in the Forbidden Mountains. She taunts Phillip before she retreats to her own tower, saying, "For the first time in sixteen years, I shall sleep well." Her intentions, as she explains to Phillip, are to leave him in her dungeon until he is an old man, and then free him on his way to awaken his true love after he has aged and she has not. After Maleficent leaves the fairies then free Prince Phillip of his chains and they manage to escape the dungeon, fending off repeated attacks from Maleficent's minions; although all of them thwarted by the fairies' magic. Maleficent soon discovers that the Prince has escaped from her dungeon and ascends to the top of her highest tower of the castle. She summons lightning bolts and spells at Phillip to hinder him, including a "forest of thorns", which Phillip is able to overcome, before personally dealing with him herself, transporting herself in front of King Stephan’s' castle, blocking his entry. She then tells him that he shall have to fight her, and "all the powers of Hell" and transforms into a huge dark dragon. Though she overwhelms him, and it looks like Phillip is about to meet his death, the three fairies transfer some of their power to Phillip's sword as he throws the weapon into her heart, mortally wounding her. As she falls forward, she attempts to devour him, but fails, and her heavy weight causes a cliff to collapse on top of her to her death. All that is left of her is her robe, with the sword still in it as it blackens.

Kingdom Hearts series

Maleficent (マレフィセント Marefisento?) appears as a major character and antagonist in the Kingdom Hearts video game series. She is voiced by Susan Blakeslee in the English versions and Toshiko Sawada in the Japanese versions. So far, she has appeared in every game in the series except for Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, during which she is deceased.

Kingdom Hearts

By the start of the original Kingdom Hearts, Maleficent has gained control of the Heartless, dark creatures born that steal the hearts of others, and used them to bring about the destruction of countless worlds, including her own world. Leading a group of other Disney villains and using the ruins of Hollow Bastion as a base of operations, Maleficent seeks out the seven Princesses of Heart to open the door to Kingdom Hearts, having already captured Princess Aurora. Until the appearance of Xehanort, she is built up to be the main antagonist, recruiting Riku to her side by offering him the means to save Kairi after she lost her heart while also manipulating him into believing that, since gaining the Keyblade, Sora stopped caring for him and Kairi and replaced them with Donald Duck and Goofy. After Maleficent is defeated by Sora, Riku, possessed by Xehanort's Heartless, unlocks the darkness in Maleficent's heart, turning her into her dragon form. She was very powerful however, Maleficent is defeated again and fades to darkness, leaving nothing but her robe, Xehanort's Heartless commenting at how she failed to notice the darkness eating away at her own heart.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

Despite her death, Maleficent reappears in the midquel Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories as a figment of the memories of Sora and Riku in Castle Oblivion, appearing before the two of them in their own storylines. In Sora's story, Maleficent kidnaps Belle and uses her as bait for the Beast, hoping their romance will let Belle's pure heart flourish so that she may use it for her own evil purposes, though her plans are foiled by Sora and she is destroyed. In Riku's story, she serves as a token of the darkness in his heart and goads him into succumbing to the darkness again, but Riku also destroys her in his attempt to rid himself of the darkness.

Kingdom Hearts II

Maleficent is resurrected a year later in Kingdom Hearts II when her raven, Diablo, takes the remains of her robe to Yen Sid's tower in Twilight Town to use the memories of the three fairies. She is later reunited with her lackey, Pete, who was absent from the first game due to his traveling worlds in order to create a powerful Heartless army for her. Putting her plans to obtain Kingdom Hearts on hold, Maleficent seeks a new base of operations so she can resume her intent, along with getting her revenge on Sora, Donald, and Goofy. Her plans in the game include attempting to take over the Disney Castle of the past, bribing the Kingdom Hearts versions of Yuna, Rikku, and Paine into spying on Leon's group (though the trio ultimately switch sides after being abandoned by Maleficent and told of Sora's cause), sending Pete to different worlds so he would recruit old and new allies such as Hades, Jafar, Hector Barbossa, Scar, and Oogie Boogie. Eventually, she reluctantly joins forces with Sora, so they can stop Organization XIII before they can get Kingdom Hearts' power instead of her. During the battle of Hollow Bastion, she saves Sora from Saïx by teleporting him to the Gummi ship. Last seen, Maleficent and Pete hold the Heartless at bay so Sora can make his way to Xemnas, with Maleficent intending to take the Organization's castle as payment, although the castle is destroyed before they can claim it.

Kingdom Hearts coded

Following the events of Kingdom Hearts II, Maleficent is summoned by Pete to the data world made by Jiminy Cricket's journal, and begins scheming to take it over. She first appears in the data Agrabah, where she destroys the data Sora's Keyblade and summons a group of Shadows to attack him. The data Sora later confronts and defeats her in the data Hollow Bastion in her Dragon Form, but she flees the scene. She is last seen in the final episode, battling a Darkside alongside Pete as the data world is being erased. The data Sora attempts to save them, but they are erased before he can do so. Though she appears to have finally perished in the game, her death remains questionable.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

In the series prequel, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Maleficent encounters Terra and his group when they come to her home world, Enchanted Dominion.[4] Much like in the movie, Maleficent cursed Aurora when she was infant and works to bring it to fruitation. The first one to encounter Maleficent is Terra, whom she informs of Master Xehanort's goals and recruits to help put Aurora into a deep sleep. The plan works, and Maleficent hypnotises Terra into extracting Aurora's heart from her body with his keyblade, an act that would haunt Terra for the rest of his life. Maleficent also sets up an ambush for Aurora's love, Prince Phillip, to ensure that Aurora never awakens. Maleficent later informs Aqua and Ventus that Terra is becoming dangerously close to the darkness, but while Ventus appears to have his doubts, Aqua staunchly denies it.

Later, Aqua and Ventus break Phillip out of prison. Maleficent gives chase and assumes her dragon form to battle Aqua and Phillip. The fight rages on until Phillip throws his sword straight into Maleficent's chest, narrowly missing her heart. Unlike in the movie where she dies, the sword merely injures her, and she reverts to her original form. Before escaping, she goads to Aqua that no amount of light will ever be able to counter the darkness. She later frees Pete who was imprisoned in another dimension, beginning their alliance. Soon after she began joining forces with many disney villians with her ultimate goal of taking over Kingdom Hearts.

Other appearances

Cast Member as Maleficent in Disneyland Paris

Maleficent is the final boss on the North American version of the video game Mickey Mousecapade created in 1987 for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Maleficent's theme (Pas de caractère – Le Chat botté et la Chatte blanche) is heard during the intro of World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. At the end of the intro, the villainous cloaked sorcerer is shown.

Disney's House of Mouse

Maleficent is a recurring character on the TV series House of Mouse. In "Max's Embarrassing Date" (Episode 21), Maleficent sits across from Jafar in human form, and it was stated by Mickey that the two villains were on a date, after which Maleficent zapped Jafar. In "Halloween with Hades" (Episode 54) Mickey had to help Hades win Maleficent's heart after she turns him down. She also appeared in the spin-off movie, Mickey's House of Villains where she was constantly shown hanging around with Chernabog in her dragon form, hinting another possible relationship. During the Villain's song, "Our House Now", Chernabog wrapped an arm around her dragon form and remarked clearly, "Love your work!"


In the night time show Fantasmic!, performed at the Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios theme parks, Maleficent is one of the Disney Villains portrayed in the shows. In the shows, the Evil Queen decides it is time to finish off Mickey Mouse once and for all, and invokes Disney villains to help her. They strike Mickey through his dreams and imagination, and Maleficent is the final villain to attack Mickey - the battle between Maleficent's European dragon incarnation and Mickey serves as the climax to the show. It is to be noted that Maleficent cries out before becoming the dragon: "Now you will deal with me, and all the powers of my imagination!", whereas, in the original film, she proclaimed "Now shall you deal with me, O Prince, and all the powers of Hell!"

Kingdom Keepers

In the book series by Ridley Pearson, Kingdom Keepers, Maleficent appears as one of the first Overtakers the protagonists encounter as she intends to leave the confines of Disney World to take over the world. She recruits Jez with a spell due to the girl's abilities as a fairlie (almost like a fairy) could reveal her plans. Despite her power and reputation, Maleficent is one of more powerful Overtakers when she breaks the seal to revive Chernabog as they escape in an ice truck to Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Dream Along With Mickey

In the Dream Along With Mickey stage show at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Maleficent is one of the villains who appear onstage to threaten Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. Maleficent states that since people no longer believe in dreams, it's the perfect time for her to return to power and make the Magic Kingdom "the Place Where Nightmares Come True" - a play on the Disney parks' slogan of "the Place Where Dreams Come True." But Mickey leads the crowd in a chant of "Dreams Come True!" and scares away Maleficent's minions, Captain Hook and Smee, as well as defeating Maleficent herself.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Maleficent also makes appearances during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Walt Disney World Resort. She makes an appearance through her voice in HalloWishes, a Halloween-themed fireworks show along with Ursula, Jafar, and Oogie Boogie. Susan Blakeslee provides Maleficent's voice in those cases.

During the Disney Villains Mix and Mingle Halloween Dance Party at that same event, Maleficent hosts the party and summons up all the villains that attend, including her co-host Captain Hook and other villains, such as Cruella De Vil, Judge Claude Frollo, The Queen of Hearts, Jafar, Gaston, and Queen.

Disney on Ice

Maleficent appears in the Japanese version of the play Disneyland Adventure (replacing The Incredibles villain Syndrome). When she terrorizes the resort, she puts the entire kingdom to sleep, and puts Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck into Sleeping Beauty Syndrome. She later took over it's a small world and Pirates of the Caribbean, but The Incredibles managed to defeat her, though she vowed for revenge.

Disney Divas

Maleficent is part of the "Disney Divas" line-up, a sub-franchise of the main Disney Villains franchise. Maleficent is the last "diva" to appear in the event at Disneyland, just as the Evil Queen and Cruella de Vil are complaining on Madam Mim's behavior. Next, Maleficent sings "That Old Black Magic" alone and later "We're Divas" along with the whole cast of the show.[5]

International voice casting

International dubs of the animated films feature other actors in the role of Maleficent. These include:

Country Language Dubbed name Speaking voice
Brazil Brazil Brazilian Portuguese Malévola Heloísa Helena
Bulgaria Bulgaria Bulgarian Злобен Ella Shpahovsky
Denmark Denmark Danish Malavia Kirsten Rolffes
Finland Finland Finnish Pahatar Hannele Lauri
Canada Canada (French)
France France
French Maléfique Jeanne Dorival 1959 original dub
Sylvie Moreau (1981 re-dub)
Germany Germany German Malefiz Gisela Reißmann
Greece Greece Greek Μαγγούφισσα Anna Makraki
Hungary Hungary Hungarian Démona Éva Tímár (1995 re-dub)
Israel Israel Hebrew מלפיסנט - Romanization: Mlapisnt Yael Amit
Italy Italy Italian Malefica Tina Lattanzi
Japan Japan Japanese マレフィセント – Romaji: Marefisento Toshiko Sawada
Mexico Mexico Latin American Spanish Maléfica Rosario Muñoz Ledo (1959 original dub)
Mayra Rojas (2001 re-dub)
Netherlands Netherlands Dutch Mefistola (1959 original dub), Malafide (1996 re-dub) Jasperina de Jong
Poland Poland Polish Czarownica Zofia Mrozowska (original dub)
Ewa Smolińska (re-dub)
Portugal Portugal Portuguese Maléfica Rita Alagão
United States USA
Canada Canada (English)
United Kingdom UK
Australia Australia
New Zealand New Zealand
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
English Maleficent Eleanor Audley
Lois Nettleton (House of Mouse)
Susan Blakeslee (Kingdom Hearts series)
Russia Russia Russian Малефисент - Romanization: Malefisent Lubov Kazarnovskaya
Sweden Sweden Swedish Den Onda Fén Birgitta Valberg (1959 original dub)
Fillie Lyckow (1980 re-dub)


Guillermo del Toro has stated that along with Vermithrax in Dragonslayer, Maleficent is his favorite cinematic dragon.[6]

In popular culture

Maleficent is mentioned in the Nightwish song "FantasMic" from their 2000 album Wishmaster, in the lyrics Maleficent's fury / The spindle so luring. A British industrial metal band is named Maleficent.[7]

Elyzia Grimes from the Whateley Academy series attends a Halloween dance dressed as Maleficent, in the story "Insanity Prerequisite - Reincarnation".[8] In The Worst Witch episode "The Uninvited" Maleficent appears as the villain conjured up to try and save Mildred Hubble from expulsion. Her being conjured from the Mythiocopia was an accident, since they meant to summon a unicorn but there was a missing page. She claims she "was not invited" to the christening of a princess called Beauty as well as mistaking Miss Hardbroom for one of the good fairies. She also mistakes Mildred for the princess and telling her to prick her finger as well as a prince's kiss waking the victims up from her sleep. The episode gave The Uninvited a wodden, gun-like wand that she used to spray victims with cobwebs and put them into an eternal sleep.


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