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Top 10 Funniest Animated Villains in Movies

VO: TT WRITTEN BY: Hannah Collins
Written by Hannah Collins We know they're supposed to be evil, but we can't help it if these villains have us laughing all throughout these movies! WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Most Hilarious Animated Villains from Movies! But what will take the top spot on our list? Yzma from "The Emperor's New Groove", Saddam Hussein from “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut”, or Hades from Disney's "Hercules"? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: Big thanks to Claire Dolge for suggesting this idea, and to see how WatchMojo users voted, check out the suggest page here: WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Funniest+Villains+in+Animated+Movies

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Funny but deadly, these big screen cartoon baddies aren’t afraid to crack a joke while also trying to crack a hero’s spirit. Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 funniest animated movie villains.

For this list, we’re looking at animated film antagonists that make us laugh till our sides hurt.

#10: Russ Cargill
“The Simpsons Movie” (2007)

As the ‘Supreme Commander’ of the EPA, Russ Cargill may be the most successful man in America, but he’s also heading the least successful government agency – at least according to him. But that’s the root of what makes him funny, as he takes his job description in a benign part of government to comical extremes. Cargill is voiced by Albert Brooks, who Simpsons fans know as the voice of another memorably funny Simpsons villain: Hank Scorpio. Coincidentally, they originally planned to reuse Scorpio for the movie, and you can certainly hear shades of the benevolent supervillain in some of Cargill’s most quotable lines: “You ever tried going mad without power? It’s boring! No one listens to you!”

#9: Victor ‘Vector’ Perkins
“Despicable Me” (2015)

In a movie franchise built around the comedic side of villainy, you need an antagonist that can really make ‘em laugh. Thankfully, Despicable Me’s Vector really delivers. As the son of the owner of the ‘Bank of Evil’, Vector fits into the spoiled, bored, rich-kid archetype perfectly, becoming a thorn in the side of the hardworking and empathetic Gru right from their first encounter. He’s flashy and annoyingly talkative, but as irritating as Vector is, he’s also a fantastic slapstick character. It’s hard not to crack up whenever he fires his trademark ‘squid launcher’ or uses his butt instead of his fingers on his keyboard.

#8: Captain Hook
“Peter Pan” (1953)

One of Disney’s most recognizable and cruelest villains, Captain J. Hook is as fun to laugh at, as he is to fear. Though he’s presented as a fearsome and murderous pirate consumed by his hatred for Peter Pan, Disney also deliberately softened his dark edges with more humorous qualities that make him surprisingly endearing. Hook’s obsessive vanity gives him an air of pomp and campness that’s easy for his enemies to mock; his temper tantrums are constant fuel for slapstick gags, and his crippling fear of the tick-tocking crocodile with a taste for his flesh leads to some hilarious chase scenes.

#7: Randall Boggs
“Monsters, Inc.” (2001)

Considered by fans to be one of Pixar’s most memorable villains, Randall Boggs is a slimy and conniving ‘Scarer.’ His intense rivalry with top scaring team, Mike and Sully, at Monsters Inc. pushes him to stop at nothing to be the best. A lot of his humor comes from his physicality. As a long, chameleon-like creature with big, googly eyes and a crooked grin, Boggs’ scuttling movement and hunched standing-pose make you laugh even before he opens his mouth. His skin’s ability to replicate its surroundings creates visual jokes too, often cartoonishly changing as an involuntary response to his feelings - like a blush from embarrassment.

#6: Buddy Pine / Syndrome
“The Incredibles” (2004)

Syndrome is a classic example of a hero gone bad. After he’s brushed aside by his idol Mister Incredible when he attempts to become the ‘Robin’ to his ‘Batman’ as “Incrediboy”, Buddy Pine embarks on a vengeance-fuelled mission to make all superheroes obsolete. Syndrome’s humor is thanks to the over-the-top comedic stylings of Jason Lee, who plays up the stereotype of an obsessive fanboy with way too many toys to play with. The Incredibles is Pixar’s homage to the superhero genre, and Syndrome is a suitably hilarious take on seethingly jealous supervillains who just love the sound of their own voices too much.

#5: Lord Farquaad
“Shrek” (2001)

Half-human, half-dwarf and 100% villain, Lord Farquaad is DreamWorks’ witty, gender-swapped take on Snow White’s evil queen - right down to the Magic Mirror in his castle. Farquaad’s diminutive stature is a constant source of humor throughout the film, including the perspective trick used when we first meet him, as well as Shrek’s comment that the excessive height of his tower might be to, um, “compensate” for something. His pursuit of perfection in Duloc and his desire to become King push him to levels of manic absurdity, helped by brilliant voice acting from comedy legend, John Lithgow. And as if that weren’t enough, his name is secretly an explicit insult - if you say it fast enough.

#4: Lord Business
“The LEGO Movie” (2014)

Lord Business is the villainous counterpart to President Business. And from sitcoms to voting machines, Business keeps tight control over LEGO citizens without their knowledge as the charismatic President of Octan. But as soon as he puts on his hilariously over-sized crown and stilted shoes, he transforms into the mean and ruthless Lord. He also mistakes objects from our world as mystical items, leading to some amusing re-naming of household products. Voiced by Will Ferrell, Business is a caricature of a cold-hearted businessman through the eyes of a child. The movie also paved the way for LEGO’s funny take on another comic book villain, The Joker, in The Lego Batman Movie.

#3: Saddam Hussein
“South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” (1999)

After kidnapping Celine Dion and nearly conquering Canada in the South Park TV show, the former Iraqi President is killed and winds up a permanent resident of Hell. This is far from the end of Saddam’s story though. In the South Park movie, we discover that Saddam and Satan are ruling Hell as an evil power couple. Saddam is unexpectedly and hilariously even more wicked and domineering than the Devil himself, as he attempts to manipulate Satan into using his powers to take over Earth. Matt Stone’s high-pitched, whiny voice for Saddam also defies what you’d expect, making him all the more hysterical no matter what he’s saying.

#2: Hades
“Hercules” (1997)

Considered to be one of the most popular and beloved Disney villains, Hades is a unique and highly comical take on the Greek God of the Underworld. The casting of James Woods was instrumental to Hades’ humor, as prior to that, he was originally written as a darker and more serious bad guy, similar to The Little Mermaid’s Ursula. In fact, Woods’ inspired characterization of the hot-tempered deity as a fast-talking, salesman-like character, cloaking his dark aspirations in sarcasm and misdirection, draws most of the laughter throughout the film…so much so that you almost wish things would go his way in the end.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
- Prince John
“Robin Hood” (1973)

- Snowball
“The Secret Life of Pets” (2016)

- Scarlet Overkill
“Minions” (2015)

#1: Yzma
“The Emperor’s New Groove” (2000)

Everything about Yzma screams “classic Disney villain,” from her head-to-toe black and purple aesthetic to her Cruella De Vil-inspired design. She’s also a send-up of other iconic Disney villainesses like Ursula and the Evil Queen from Snow White, who yearn to be young and beautiful again. But unlike them, Yzma’s vanity and old age are played for laughs rather than scares, with Emperor Kuzco zooming in on all her ‘worst’ features in his inner monologue when firing her as is his power-hungry advisor. Yzma is voiced by Eartha Kitt, whose sultry gravitas and scenery chewing completely sell the character. Alongside her pretty but dumb henchman, Kronk, Yzma is as side-splittingly funny as she is malicious.

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