Dolores Was Secretly Encanto’s ‘Villain’ – Theory Explained – NBCNEWS

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Disney’s encanto, which tells the story of the magical Madrigals, has no villain, but one theory speculates that Dolores was always the secret villain. Mirabel Madrigal (Stephanie Beatriz) is the only Madrigal relative in encanto who doesn’t get a magical gift. Unfortunately, this puts a strain on her relationship with Abuela Alma (María Cecilia Botero). Alma is concerned about losing the miracle and abandoning her family and their village, so she doesn’t always treat Mirabel well. However, when the family’s magical home begins to crack, Mirabel’s lack of powers is what drives her to find the solution and make her family proud.

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Although Mirabel has no gift, the rest of her family gains different powers. For example, Mirabel’s perfect sister Isabela (Diane Guerrero) can make flowers and plants, which the village is happy with. In addition, Mirabel’s cousin Dolores (Adassa) has a superhuman hearing and knows all the gossip in town. Even Mirabel is mysterious Uncle Bruno (John Leguizamo) has the gift of predicting the future. However, Bruno’s visions are usually bad and cause a series of problems for the family. Pepa Madrigal (Carolina Gaitán), for example, can control the weather, and Bruno’s prediction of rain on her wedding day turns the day into a hurricane.

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although encanto doesn’t have a traditional villain, one theorizes that Dolores could be the film’s secret antagonist. According to the fan theory (via reddit), Dolores wants her family to lose their powers. After all, the gift of super hearing isn’t necessarily as useful as increased power or instant plant life. Like Mirabel, Dolores is also overlooked in her family. Plus, Dolores loves Mariano (Maluma), but he’s engaged to Isabela and overlooks Dolores whenever her perfect cousin is around. But if Isabela didn’t have her encanto forces, that could change things. This is why Dolores says nothing about Bruno’s current whereabouts within the walls of the house, and she immediately reveals that Mirabel shows up in a vision where Casita falls apart. She’s probably heard Bruno talk about his vision before, and she wants the family to lose the miracle. Ruining Isabela’s engagement to Mariano is just the icing on the cake.

Why Dolores Could Really Be Encanto’s Villain


Encanto Dolores covers ears with fireworks

There is a strong case that Dolores would not want the family to have any powers. Her brother Camilo (Rhenzy Feliz) is constantly changing appearances to play pranks, and her mother creates storms when she gets emotional. Plus, hearing superpowers means Dolores doesn’t handle loud noises well, and she’s probably heard a lot of difficult conversations that she’d rather have avoided. The film doesn’t portray Dolores as actively attempting to sabotage her family, but it makes sense why she would. Mirabel doesn’t get a present, and it would suit Dolores just fine if the rest of the family were in the same place.

But calling Dolores a villain doesn’t quite fit. Overlooked as Mirabel, Dolores secretly yearns for Mariano, but she doesn’t seem to do anything with malicious intent in the film. And while Dolores thinks she hears Bruno, she’s not sure. At the end of the film, she even seems justified in Bruno showing up, which at least is proof that she didn’t hear rats talking in the walls. So she’s not really a bad guy in encantobut that doesn’t mean she’d be devastated too if the family’s powers disappeared.

Why there’s no real Encanto villain makes it better


Encanto Mirabel and Abuela hugging

Not only is Dolores not really a secret villain in encantobut the fact that encanto has no villain is actually one of the best features of the film. in the end, encanto is not a simple story of good versus evil, but a nuanced tale of the challenges of uniting a multigenerational family and the importance of valuing everyone regardless of their unique contribution to the world. This type of story never needed an identifiable antagonist – instead, encanto‘s story is exalted by a series of complex and well-crafted characters who feel like they could be real people (other than being able to talk to animals). Abuela, Dolores and the rest of the Madrigals fit right into this description, as they have meaningful motivations, fears and flaws without being a single note or sacrificing the stakes of the story. encanto offers a heartwarming and relevant message for all ages, and by not having a real villain, it’s a stronger representation of real relationship dynamics that is effective, deceptively layered and relatable.

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