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The 10 Greatest Villains In Comedy Movies

In comedies, villains can vary from someone who wants to take over the world to a guy who just happens to see the world differently than the protagonist. Here are the greatest villains who somehow pull off being menacing in movies meant to make you laugh.

 

The Wet Bandits – Home Alone

Like Wile E. Coyote or Daffy Duck, the Wet Bandits from Home Alone are there to take a metric ton of abuse. And they do deserve it — threatening a child in his home seems like the kind of thing to justify getting smacked in the head with a paint can. And yet, Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci’s unbelievable chemistry makes them amazing comedy villains.

 

Inspector Kemp – Young Frankenstein

Kenneth Mars was one of Mel Brooks’ most underrated collaborators, playing both the original Franz Liebkind and Inspector Kemp. His work as a cartoon played to the hilt in any role he took on paid off in wonders in Young Frankenstein, and the weirdly mechanical Inspector Kemp is one to be remembered.

 

Kim Jong Un – The Interview

The Interview was a film that was sort of all over the place, but one thing that kept the entire thing anchored was Randall Park’s absurdly charming performance as the dictator of North Korea. He created a character much different than the actual dictator — someone smoother, more charming, and subtly sinister. It was a fantastic performance that resulted in a fantastic character.

 

Edgar – Men in Black

In Men in Black, Will Smith battles Edgar, a creature who wouldn’t look out of place in a Guillermo Del Toro film. With his tight-fitting rubber flesh and disgusting voice, Edgar is a walking nightmare.

 

Danny McBride – This is The End

When it comes to modern comedies, the villains tend to be smaller — an authority figure here, a cruel boss there. So how fun is it to see a comedy that lets its villain be filthy and weird to really give its heroes something to fear? Enter Danny McBride playing a Mad Max version of himself. The role contains all the loathsomeness of Kenny Powers with a little more glee and some post apocalyptic fervor involved.

 

Zuul/Slimer/The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man – Ghostbusters (1985)

It’s hard to choose just one villain from the original Ghostbusters, since each one is fantastic in their own way. There’s the disgusting goon Slimer, the mindless Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and the terrifying Bowie-inspired Zuul. So we decided to list all three of them. What a fantastic film with a lot of fantastic monsters.

 

Rowan – Ghostbusters (2016)

While the Ghostbusters reboot didn’t have as many great monsters, it did have one fantastic villain in Rowan, played expertly by Neil Casey, who ends up transforming himself in a sharp-toothed version of the original Ghostbusters logo. Plus, Casey’s portrayal of the villain as a dangerously entitled and socially inept nerd ended up foreshadowing the fanboy crying that went on when this movie was released.

 

Dr. Evil – the Austin Powers Series

Mike Meyers played both Dr. Evil and Austin Powers, and while the titular spy was always gleeful about being alive, Dr. Evil was sour, annoyed, and anxious. Seemingly a villain only because it was his job, Dr. Evil didn’t seem to love his responsibilities. One other quick shout-out to an Austin Powers villain — Mindy Sterling is incredibly underrated as Frau Fabrissina.

 

Derek – Step Brothers

As Step-Brothers‘ stuck-up prep Derek, Adam Scott is a terrible husband and brother who puts down everyone around him. It sounds awful to watch, but Adam Scott plays it with a bizarre cartoonish focus that it feels less like a human being and more like a robot bio-engineered to make Will Ferrell’s character feel like garbage. A weird character in a weird film who is a delight to witness.

 

Frances – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Frances is an entitled rich kid who took Pee Wee’s bike because he couldn’t buy it with money. It feels like Frances represents a very zeitgeist-y villain in a way he didn’t a few months back. Frances is a dick.

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