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Knight Of Cerebus: Film
    Films — Animated 
  • Hopper from A Bug's Life. He contrasts any comedic trait, and his sociopathic behavior is played very seriously.
  • Dag from Barnyard. The movie completely loses its comedic tone whenever he appears on screen.
  • Rattlesnake Jake from Rango, whose appearance instantly stops the funnier bits of the movie.
    • Lampshaded when Rango starts to make another joke, but Jake cuts him off by showing his fangs.
  • In the first Jungle Book film, Shere Khan didn't come in until the final act of the movie which until then had only featured Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain Kaa. And when he did appear, things took a turn for the darker, particularly where Baloo was concerned.
  • Though already being hauntingly dark, Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, when The Nightmare King shows up, this trope is brought on home.
  • Toy Story 3 has Lotso Huggin' Bear, who is anything but what his name implies.
    • Lotso Huggin' Bear represents the first truly evil villain in a Toy Story film. Sid, depending on your view, was an Obliviously Evil kid who is implied to be growing up in a broken home and wasn't aware that the toys he tortured were sentient. Stinky Pete was a Well-Intentioned Extremist. Al... Well, he was a greedy jerk, but calling him evil outright is a bit of a stretch. Lotso is a downright monster with no redeeming traits or excuse for his actions.
  • Lord Shen from Kung Fu Panda 2. While the first film featured slapstick kung fu fighting, Bloodless Carnage, and a Big Bad more interested in a title than anything else, the sequel opens with Shen ordering a mass genocide, and then a few scenes later he rolls out his new invention, the cannon, and murders a legendary kung fu master.
  • The hunter from Bambi. And to make matters worse, we actually never get to see what he looks like.
  • In The Lion King, Scar himself qualifies. The film begins quite cheerful, but when Scar kills his own brother and takes the power, the film definitely becomes quite dark. He may be this to the whole franchise as he's the first Disney villain to successfully kill a main character.
    • Zira's no slouch either. Her appearances in the film are quite dark and her Villain Song is even more intense than the last.
  • The Coachman from Pinocchio, who turns children into donkeys for his own benefit. Granted, Stromboli is pretty mean too, and Monstro is scary, but they can't match the Coachman for pure evil.
  • Jugde Claude Frollo for the entire Disney Animated Canon. In the first 5 minutes of his movie he kills a woman begging in front of a church for sanctuary. Later he reveals his plan to wipe out all of Paris's gypsies. Then he begins to burn down all of Paris in order to find a gypsy he has the hots for and lets her choose between sleeping with him or being burned alive.
  • Although The Brave Little Toaster is a dark film, it starts getting much darker once the infamous Monster Clown makes his appearance.
  • Sykes from Oliver & Company is introduced rolling up a car window against a man's neck after he had difficulty paying off a loan.
  • While the villain of the first Cars film is an arrogant and obnoxious green racecar, the sequel's villains are an organization of evil, beaten-up cars led by a German microcar and a malfunctioning British SUV.
  • An example where the villain gets darker as the story does: most of Wreck-It Ralph is a comedy about a pair of misfits trying to find their place in life, and the antagonist King Candy's a whimsical Mad Hatter Expy. By the climax, when the Cy-bug apocalypse Ralph caused threatens to devour a whole game, King Candy becomes a giant insectoid monster that almost kills Ralph, and it's established he most definitely WOULD kill a child (and ruin their life for 15 years to suit his ego, to boot.)
  • Scroop from Treasure Planet is definitely the darkest character in the movie, with a threatening appearance and voice to boot. He heartlessly kills Mr. Arrow and is never played for laughs. His evilness stems from the fact that we need someone to root against when John Silver reforms, and it's done well.
  • Sharptooth from the original Land Before Time. Beyond simply being outright terrifying, causes the movie to get much darker after he appears when Littlefoot's mother dies from the injuries he inflicted on her.
  • Frozen gives us Hans. The film takes a darker turn when his true nature is revealed and he is the almost perfect example of a sociopath depicted in Disney. What makes him especially dark ? Unlike most Disney villains, the viewers don't see it coming.
  • Thrax from Osmosis Jones.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit had Judge Doom, whose first appearance had him dipping an innocent toon shoe into the dip and from then on, the film became much darker. Not only that, but his plans to destroy Toontown to build a freeway would probably be the most sadistic act committed in this film.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Fouchet from Bad Boys. There's absolutely nothing funny about him, and every time he appears, the film dramatically loses its comedic beats.
  • Calvin Candie and Stephen from Django Unchained. Once Calvin and Stephen are presented on screen, the plot of the film focuses much more on the drama than the Black Comedy.
  • Something Wild is a quirky comedy - til Ray Liotta makes his entrance.
  • The Boondock Saints is a series with lots of laughs along with the kickass action. But when Il Duce gets called in, things get serious very quickly.
  • The first half of A Fistful of Dynamite is a Black Comedy, as we watch bandito Juan Miranda try to convince Bomb Throwing Anarchist Sean Mallory to join his bank robbery attempt, whilst getting into a lot of trouble in the process. Then Colonel Gunther Reza arrives, murders Juan's children, and turns the entire film into a serious drama.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean became significantly darker in its second film with the introduction of Lord Cutler Beckett.
  • This Is England started off as a edgy but nice enough movie about a twelve year-old befriending some affable skinheads who protect him from bullies. Then racist thug Combo crashes the party (literally) and the film immediately takes a dark turn.
  • The Big Bad of Galaxy Quest, Roth'h'ar Sarris, is actually pretty disturbing for a sci-fi comedy movie villain. He even guns down most of the main characters at one point, beheads his second-in-command, and has a rather scary design.
  • After Daniel Craig took over as James Bond, we had the menacing Le Chiffre in Casino Royale and the cunning Dominic Greene in Quantum of Solace. But the drama didn't really kick off until Raoul Silva made his entrance in Skyfall (though he's a Large Ham in true Bond tradition and is funny along with being threatening), winning, elevating the body count significantly and killing off M.
  • In Licence to Kill we meet the overly ruthless drug lord Franz Sanchez who beats his girlfriend with a whip and has her secret lover's heart ripped out, and after being captured by Bond and Felix in the opening, later escapes from jail and maims Felix and murders his wife, setting up Bond's Roaring Rampage of Revenge. Throughout the movie, as Bond starts getting under Sanchez' skin, the villain starts killing his own henchmen in some rather gory methods like making one explode in a decompression chamber and impaling another on a forklift. Even compared to the Daniel Craig movies, Licence is arguably the darkest Bond flick of all.
  • Brick Top from Snatch. While he has a lot of funny moments {Albiet in a rather dark way} and is generally Laughably Evil, he's also responsible for the more intense situations in the film, and not all of his cruelty is played for laughs either. Special mention goes to him ordering his men to burn down the Caravan that belongs to Mickey's mother, while she's still sleeping inside it.
  • Frank D'Amico of Kick-Ass; is responsible for the serious shifts in tone throughout the movie. He is also responsible for the origin of Big Daddy and Hit Girl. If thats not enough he has Kick Ass and Big Daddy tortured live on TV and has Big Daddy burned alive, and killed.
  • Hancock starts out as a spoof of the superhero genre, showing us a drunken jerk who can't stop a crime without destroying a city block. And then we quit hearing about Kenneth "Red" Parker Jr. and we actually get to meet him. After that first appearance, he seems defeated, until we see him hatching a revenge plan. Cue the movie mutating into a deconstruction instead of a spoof. Bonus points for Red causing the Cerebus Syndrome on accident: it was Hancock's reaction to taking him down that changed the tone of the movie, not Red's revenge plot.
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is particularly dark, but things become extremely bleak once our heroes arrive at the titular temple and face Mola Ram, who may well be the most evil villain throughout the whole Indiana Jones franchise, which is quite the accomplishment in a franchise that features Nazis and Adolf Hitler himself. It's pretty telling that he's the only villain who dies by Indy's direct doing, instead of having a Karmic Death like the others.
  • While Die Hard 2 was a serious movie to begin with, Col. Stewart causes a planeful of people and children to crash and burn and he even manages to deliver a brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Mc Clane in the climax.
  • The Winter Soldier is a Knight of Cerebus for the entire MCU. While various other villains had their Plucky Comic Relief moments and the occasional silly costume, both the Winter Soldier and the man behind him were played entirely seriously, and without any of the previous films' entertaining Ham and Cheese. Between Alexander Pierce's fairly accurate depiction of a paranoid and xenophobic (sort of) intelligence agency spying on citizens and performing preemptive strikes against individuals who could potentially be threats in the future, and the backstory behind Bucky's decades of torture and brainwashing leaving him both a deadly efficient assassin and completely submissive to his handlers, the result is pretty horrifying. The end result? Even with the day saved, nearly thousands are dead, and several named heroes nearly end up being brutally murdered.
  • Green Goblin is this in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The film is essentially a romantic comedy/teen drama with a superhero backdrop, up 'til the ending. The Goblin is the first villain that Spidey takes seriously and does not make fun of. He kills Gwen in the final battle. This causes Peter to give up being Spider-Man for 5 months. Later, we see that he is setting up the Sinister Six from prison. He is easily the darkest villain in any of the Spider-Man films.

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