I’ve explored characters from one childhood story, but there are many more characters out there that struggle with disorders…
Scar; The Lion King
Disorder: Narcissistic personality disorder.
Scar's hostility towards his brother, Mufasa goes much deeper than simple sibling rivalry. Scar has complete disregard and violation of the rights of others. He doesn't think twice about luring his nephew into a trap that will kill him or throwing his brother off the cliff to his death. Scar is fiercely devoted to his own thirst for power.
Captain Hook; Peter Pan
Disorder: Post-traumatic stress disorder.
Most of Captain Hook’s issues can stem back to the horrific incident that occurred where Peter Pan chopped off his hand and fed it to a crocodile. It isn't just the crocodile that causes him to break; any ticking clock will inflict the trauma. It's a perpetual state of terror, fueling his PTSD as he relives that terrible event.
Ariel; The Little Mermaid
Disorder: Hoarding disorder.
A suggested definition of hoarding is “persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.” “Have you seen the stuff that Ariel collects? A fair amount of it can’t even be used underwater (a candlestick? A cork screw?) In addition to the distress of accumulating items, there is a remarkable amount of distress when having to part with the hoarded items. I can give her some slack, considering how ruthlessly her collection is destroyed, but isn’t running away from home and pretty much mutating your DNA to go live with some hunk an excessive reaction in some way?”
Anyone who asks a tree for advice is clearly facing some serious mental health issues, but for Pocahontas, a conversation with Grandmother Willow is far from the end of her delusions. This Native American princess also happens to shamanic powers, can communicate with animals and spirits, speak in unknown languages and has prophetic dreams. The sad truth is poor Pocahontas is a schizophrenic. Is it any surprise that 'Grandmother Willow' convinces her to follow her 'own path'?
Cruella De Ville; 101 Dalmatians
Cruella lusts for power, wealth and luxury and does not let the feelings of others get in her way. She has no empathy and no consideration; she wants and she takes. Above it all, she has bouts of rage and anger.