You know what I just realized? Like, something I always knew but never put it into one cleaned-up thought?
I’ve always loved female villains because they not only had power (which is strange for women in stories), but because they were driven. They had ambition and weren’t weakened by flighty desires like other women were.
For instance, I love Ursula because she doesn’t give a crap about anything, she just wants to rule and be powerful because she knows she’s amazing. And technically, she never really did anyone wrong because they all willingly entered into their contracts though they knew she had a sinister reputation. Then later in the movie she becomes actually freaky and evil, but whatever. In the beginning she was the boss.