I have seen one too many articles about how Gaston is alright and Belle is a bitch because she didn't reciprocate feelings for him, I got sick of it and now I am writing this.
In high school and college I knew plenty of Gastons. They are arrogant, extremely persistent, may have a if I can't have her no one can mindset, can't take no for an answer, etc. Think about it. In high school he is like the overconfident jock who bullies the nerds because they are different yet refuses to try and understand them.
When Gaston corners Belle into a surprise wedding, he's that guy at Applebee's trying to get your number even though you said no. When Gaston tells Belle that reading is stupid, he's that guy at your community college trying to chat you up while you're busy reading while everyone else is on their phones. When you are not invested into the conversation as much as he is, he gets pissed and walks away. When Gaston talks about how he must have Belle because of her distinct beauty, he's that guy that's "87 percent enemy" with you on OkCupid yet messages you saying you're gorgeous. He annoys you day after day, and finally after a week of no responses, calls you a bitch and states he "doesn't date _______ chicks anyway."
These are the Gastons of the world, they are very tangible entities. Gaston never wanted Belle to complete him, but he saw her as a trophy. And it is important for us to take a page from Belle and not tolerate any of that shit.
I say might because Disney has a lot of sadistic villains. Hans was a sociopathic murderer, Dr. Facilier was cold, calculating and never let his emotions get in the way, Gothel was abusive and manipulative and there are many others. Now at the end of the movie, Beast redeems himself, while Gaston solidifies his narcissistic personality. The final battle. Beast redeems himself by showing Gaston mercy. While Gaston, blinded by his ego and narcissism, wants to kill an animal that just showed him mercy.
Personally, I think he is one of the worst Disney villains because we all know one in real life. Let's be honest ladies we all know a guy that just makes us go, oh god not him again. I have a sudden urge to watch this movie especially since it has such a deeper meaning than "LOL Stockholm syndrome"