[[quoteright:350:[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/DiabolicalLaughter_8400.png]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Followed by diabolical acting.]]

-> [+ '''BLA HA HA HA HA!''' +] No, that doesn't sound right....How about....[+ '''KWE HE HE!''' +] No, that one makes me sound like a chocobo. I want [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil]] to fear me, not laugh at me. Maybe....[+ '''FUYA HA HA!''' +] *sigh* Golbez made all this look easy.
-->-- '''[[HarmlessVillain The Drab Lord,]]''' ''Webcomic/{{Captain SNES}}'' [[http://www.captainsnes.com/2002/06/26/153-the-drab-lord-appears/ episode 153]]

A [[EvilLaugh villainous laugh]] so remarkably stupid-sounding that, instead of striking fear into the hearts of those who hear it, it causes bouts of [[{{Narm}} uncontrollable sniggering]]. A NotSoHarmlessVillain may do this on purpose to deflect suspicion. A MinionWithAnFInEvil is likely to do it by accident. The most pitiful form of the Un-evil Laugh is ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud. In other cases, if there's no lampshade hanging, it may be hard to tell if the writers or actors meant for the laugh to be genuinely menacing and just missed the mark, but only examples that appear to be deliberate on the creators' part should be listed.

Contrast {{Giggling Villain}}s, whose seemingly unimpressive laughs only make them ''creepier''. Also contrast AnnoyingLaugh, which sometimes coincides. Compare LaughWithMe in which the villain demands that someone laugh as well.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Depending on the dub. Light Yagami of ''Manga/DeathNote''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7ijFmLcck0 Some are better than others]].
* The villain's laugh in the Creator/LeijiMatsumoto parody episode of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' is notably and consistently thick and forced-sounding. [[TooLongDidntDub At least, it is in the original Japanese]].
* The Japanese version of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' gives us Insector Haga (dubbed as Weevil Underwood). Given the character, its likely he was at least ''trying'' to be sinister.
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' tor..pedotorpedotorpedotorpedotorpedotorpedo!
* Considering how many funny laughs there are in ''Manga/OnePiece'', villainous examples are there.
* The almost dramatic end of episode 12 of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' is humorously undermined when Corset's EvilLaugh runs past the "to be continued" card and starts turning into a hacking cough.

* In an unintentional example of this trope, ComicBook/ChickTracts represent laughter in writing as '''HAW HAW HAW'''.

* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Part 2'', Voldemort gloats over Harry's DisneyDeath with a bizarre [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UjuYtgMDIg "Eh-heh-heh!"]] - since he's going through an extended VillainousBreakdown, it's likely totally intentional on the actor's part.
* Evil Ed from ''Film/FrightNight1985'' has a voice crackling with pre-puberty and a laugh like a donkey on inhalants. As a vampire, the laugh gets more reverb, but it's still the same goofy laugh.
* Intentionally done in ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember'', where Scott Evil's laugh sounds more like a mix between screaming and crying, is incredibly hilarious, and gets him reprimanded by Dr. Evil for doing it wrong. By the end, though, he's learned how to have an effective laugh.
* Hedley Lamarr in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' makes the mistake of starting an EvilLaugh while sucking on a candy, and almost chokes on it before spitting it out.
* Dr. Flemyng, from ''Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra''. The Skeleton itself has a far more traditional EvilLaugh.
* From ''Film/PrinceOfSpace'', we have the Phantom's drawn-out, twangy chortle, which sounds like an unholy merger of [[Series/{{Batman}} Burgess Meredith as The Penguin]] and a car with a bad starter motor. Haaaa-haaaa-haaaa-haaa-haaa-haaa-haaa-haa-haa-haa-haa-haaaa.
* Tex Richman in ''Film/TheMuppets'' and his "maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh!" ([[UnsoundEffect He's not laughing. He's literally saying that]]). Lampshaded by one of his henchmen, who is proud of his own very EvilLaugh.
* Thurman in ''Film/DinnerForSchmucks'' has a bizarre one which sounds more like a kettle whistling than laughter.

* In one of the ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' books, [[BigBad Count Olaf]] has begun practicing a bizarre evil laugh that involves interjecting random words that [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal start with the same letter]] as whatever onomatopoeia for laughter he happens to be using. He stops doing this in the next book in favor of a more conventional evil laugh, which is mentioned to be something of a relief to the Baudelaires.

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* The Count from ''Series/SesameStreet''. "''Ah-ah-ah.''" He did have a more sinister one when he started out, though.
* Phoebe and Joey from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' attempted to laugh evilly after concocting a scheme to bring Ross and Rachel back together. Unfortunately, Joey kills it.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. The Nerd Trio do this to convince a demon that they're supervillains. As the script says, "It needs some work."
* Raj in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', when contemplating Sheldon's humiliation at the hands of Leslie Winkle, comes out with one of the most unconvincing "evil laughs" ever committed to sitcom.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' "Diabolical Laughter", as pictured above, rapidly followed by [[BadBadActing "Diabolical]] [[MilkingTheGiantCow Acting"]].

[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* [[Creator/JeffDunham Achmed, the Dead Terrorist]] has a less-than-menacing evil laugh, which is usually used to punctuate a [[CrossesTheLineTwice particularly offensive joke]]. By contrast, one of the other puppets, the mean, grouchy old man Walter, has a laugh that scares ''him''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', when the surviving members of Organization XIII first appear to the main character, one can clearly hear [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Demyx]]'s rather uninspired titter among the collection of otherwise decent {{Evil Laugh}}s.
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' (or at least the Japanese version), Vanitas' laugh is even more ridiculous.
* Alfred Ashford's [[GigglingVillain interesting]] laugh in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica''.
* ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' parodies this in the outtakes with Gol. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YacDrcwDsVo "SICKLY. Evil laugh."]]
* In ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', Destroyman's laugh is a pretty good example, and given the setting probably ''intentional.''
* Brady Culture from the adventure game ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max: Culture Shock]]'' has a few false starts with his evil laugh before getting it down pat.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Heidegger and Scarlet are nicknamed "Gyaha" and "Kyaha" by Cait Sith. Hard to be worried when they're around.
** "WUH HUH HUH HUH!!" MonsterClown he may be, but ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'''s Kefka lacks something in the terrifying laugh department. That was intentional, however, to showcase Kefka as a HarmlessVillain and a DirtyCoward. [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Then comes the second half of the game...]]
** Ultros/Orthros from ''VI''. Even though it's only spelled out, there's something about his affected "Uwee hee hee!" that fails to inspire much in the way of fear.
** Borghen from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' either has ''the'' least evil laugh in the series, or else he's packing one mean turkey call.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', The Spy: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvLj2deytB8 "HON HON HON *snort* HON HON HON"]]
** Pretty much every class has a laugh that is either supremely annoying or lacking in the intimidation department. Examples include the Scout's fratboy-like chuckles, the Engie's coughing, the Soldier running ''completely'' out of breath laughing, and the Medic occasionally sounding [[NoblewomansLaugh like an old lady]]. The Heavy generally has an impressively bellowing laugh, but it tends to devolve into a somewhat silly "''D'ohohoho!''"
*** [[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/w/images/9/9a/Demoman_laughlong01.wav?t=20110303112440 The Demoman]] [[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/w/images/c/c4/Demoman_laughlong02.wav?t=20110303112439 lives]] [[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/w/images/6/6a/Demoman_laughevil05.wav?t=20110303112438 this trope.]] Then again, he's [[DrunkenMaster drunk off his ass]], which would probably screw with ''anyone'''s EvilLaugh.
* Most of the LaughablyEvil villains of the ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' games, such as "Chaw-haw-haw!", "Whoa-ho-ho!", and "Heh heh heh!" The more sinister villains will have laughs like "Ooh hoo hoo hoo!", but the most terrifying laugh from those villains would be [[spoiler:"[=MuhehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehahahahahahahahahahahahHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAA!!!"=]]]
* Scorn, the stage 1 boss from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheRound'' has a hilariously girlish cackle that he can't resist letting fly every so often.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftc_Pbhb3IE Goldman]] in ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead 2'' may have the best worst evil laugh ever.
-->''"[[DullSurprise Hm, hm, hm]]."''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', Helen Beta Narbon has a proper evil laugh... which lasts for about three seconds before devolving into giggles, titters, and snorts.
* Implied with Xykon in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Since his transformation into an undead {{lich}} robbed him of his lungs, he hasn't been able to do a decent EvilLaugh.
* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'''s [[MadScientist Doctor Universe]] commented that he often wished his laugh was more maniacal.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', Dr. Horrible's laugh is like this at first, practicing in front of his webcam with little success (he has a vocal coach). Later on, [[NotSoHarmlessVillain after he decides to take things up a notch]], he finally pulls it off, striking fear into everyone present.
* Wayne the goblin in ''Creator/LegendaryFrog'''s "One Ring to Rule them All" series had this when applying for the evil henchman position.
* LetsPlay/ChuggaaConroy's take on evil laughter in Pokemon Emerald? "U. F U F U F U F U F U."
* Creator/DougWalker's impersonation of Dr. Smith from ''Series/LostInSpace'' has a distinctly non-threatening laugh.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Prince John from ''Disney/RobinHood''. "Ah-HA! Ah-HA!"
* Beautiful Gorgeous from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' has a giggling, chortling, horrible laughter.
-->'''Sheen''': That laugh could get annoying.
** Spoiled rich kid Eustace Stritch also comes to mind. His laughter consists of snorting snootily and shifting his eyes in an extremely weird and disturbing manner.
* {{Ma|dScientist}}n[[ChildProdigy dark]] in ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bjqbaybF3A HA haha! HA haha! HA haha haha!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''
** Señor Senior, Junior's laugh (despite his father's best efforts to teach him a proper EvilLaugh).
** Ron Stoppable gets turned evil in one episode and Shego is noticeably in pain from hearing his "evil laugh" because it's so terrible. Oddly enough, though, he's actually [[SuperpoweredEvilSide quite dangerous and competent]] in all other evil areas.
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian''.
** The haphazard chortling of Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy.
** Dave's evil ex-girlfriend, Princess Irmaplotz, also botched the evil laugh. '''''BWO HO HO HO HO!!!''''' Never goes without being {{lampshade|Hanging}}d.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' Tina attempted to do an evil laugh. Anyone who knows Tina can imagine how this went
-->'''Louise''': Do you have something caught in your throat.
-->'''Tina''': That was my evil laugh, I also have something caught in my throat.
* The Antichrist in the Rapture episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad.''
* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', Jack Spicer's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZF8ucW90MI "evil" laugh starts out decent, but ends up being rather pitiful]], as he tries too hard.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'' episode "Flower Power". Austin, playing the villain [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Gloommeister]], performs his EvilLaugh. When asked why he laughs like that, he says that it sounds better than his normal one, and then demonstrates--with a giggle-snort that would have made [[Series/FamilyMatters Steve Urkel]] proud.
* During his stint as a car salesman in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Diatribe of a Mad Housewife," Homer attempted to do his own [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMchOpvbUbI evil laugh]] on what he thought were some unsuspecting customers. He didn't exactly miss any notes, but without any dramatic echo, music, or shadows, it came across as more awkward and silly than outright menacing.
* In an early Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Hank tries to get Bobby into character with his new devil costume by teaching him the proper evil laugh. Hank's own laugh is pathetic enough, but Bobby's bizarre, huffing chuckle is even worse. Hank's response when asked if it sounds evil enough? "Uh, it was...disturbing!"
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' when Max attempts and fails at evil laughs for a few episodes, but he manages to do a real one later on.
* ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins''
** In "Boo-Hoo to You!," when Doc [=McStuffins's=] dad tries for an EvilLaugh, it comes out really weak and Doc tells him that he might want to keep trying on it.
** In "Toy Hospital: Welcome to [=McStuffinsville=]," the half-lion/half-bunny toy Stanley gives a sort of weird barking/coughing laugh when trying for an evil laugh.
-->'''Tiggley''': What was that?
-->'''Stanley''': It's my laugh of evil.
-->'''Tiggley''': Yeah, needs some work.
* Peridot in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has a laugh that's more of a dorky giggle than anything else. It fits in rather nicely with her rather nonthreatening... everything else.
-->'''Peridot:''' I could call [Garnet]... Lots of things. I could call her ''(snrk)'' two things! ''Two'' clods! Ahahahaha! Walking around like she's... ''One'' clod! Nyeheheheheh!
* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift'' where Darph Bobo is aware of his unevil laugh and has been practicing. One episode he actually ''asks Chode and the crew how it's coming along'', and they tell him it "needs work and sounds forced".