From his beard to his boots, he was covered with ammo, Like a big fat drunk disgruntled Yuletide Rambo, And he smiled as he said with a twinkle in his eye "Merry Christmas to all - now you're all gonna die!"
You can't spell "Santa" without "Satan"... wait, what?
Sometimes, the Anthropomorphic Personification
of a beloved holiday just can't take the stress anymore. This may simply lead to shameful behavior, or it might end in a full-blown violent rampage. Alternately, there may be an impostor bringing shame to the red suit
. Or maybe an ordinary Mall Santa
is just a Jerkass
. Either way, we have a Bad Santa Claus
on our hands.
For children brought up with the 'commercialized' form of Christmas, Santa Claus can be seen as something of a symbol of divine judgment as well as a jolly child-friendly icon, making the Bad Santa almost like a combination between the Knight Templar
and the Monster Clown
. It isn't uncommon for the Bad Santa to herald his appearance with a twisted form of the 'naughty or nice' list - usually with severe penalties for whoever is judged 'naughty'.
See also The Krampus
, a Trope based on a concept often confused with this one.
An extreme form of Paranoia Fuel
. Named after the movie of the same name
. Usually ends up fighting the real deal, Badass Santa
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Anime and Manga
- In Majokko Tsukune Chan, Santa is first bombed, then sniped by Devil Santa, who wants to deliver the presents himself. Santa is then reincarnated as Mecha Santa, who proceeds to battle Devil Santa.
- In Hayate the Combat Butler, Hayate's work ethic is represented by an obnoxious, sarcastic Santa Claus.
- Who is revealed to be Mikado (Nagi's Grandfather). He also wouldn't give Hayate any presents.
- Santa Conan is also revealed to be a villain in one of the early chapters, as a parody gag, since Hayate and Detective Conan appear in the same publication.
- Laura of Mnemosyne dresses up as Santa in one episode then proceeds to blow stuff up and shoot people after saying "Ho ho ho."
- The "winter version" of the Shichinin Dougyou in Ga-Rei. They're a group of seven evil spirits...dressed like Santa Claus.
- The horror manga Presents portrays Santa Claus as being able to see how the future will be affected by giving what a child most wants on Christmas. The scenarios we see all involve the children growing up to be criminals, horribly negligent gold-diggers, or (in one case) instigators for nuclear holocaust. Santa responds to these cases by gruesomely killing the then-innocent children with their own presents to prevent those futures from happening. Unlike some other examples here, this Santa is sometimes doubtful if he did the right thing. It does nothing to lessen the horror.
- Mazinger Z: In episode 56, set during winter, Dr. Hell proved to be The Grinch when he unleashed a Mechanical Beast -Satan Claus P10- that resembled an evil Santa riding a jet-propelled sleigh, using a whip that fired missiles.
- In The Big O there is an episode with a crazed man in a Santa suit that unleashes a giant Christmas tree on the city.
- In Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu Guu goes her way to portray Santa like this to the jungle kids who only remember bits of the Santa's mythos. Her portrayal includes Jason Voorhees-hockey mask and a coffin instead of a sleigh, among other things.
- Nicholas the Renegade (that is, Saint Nick) appears as an annual optional boss in Sword Art Online on the night of December 24th. He leaps down from his sleigh to challenge players on the ground.
- In A Certain Magical Index, Fremea and her classmates argue over whether or not Santa is real. While looking through textbooks, they find a reference to a version of Santa who abducts children, scaring the daylights out of them. Later, Fremea becomes brave enough to declare that if this evil Santa ever shows up, she will protect them.
- The first volume of Alan Moore's Top 10 features a "Santa" who turns out to be a delusional class two psychokinetic - kidnapped reindeer from the zoo and everything. He also makes it snow in a subtropical climate in October. That's how powerful "class two psychokinetic" is.
- A Christmas issue of The Avengers had a disturbed, possibly Mad Scientist with a childhood Christmas fixation attempting to create a robotic Santa Claus to make the myth into reality. But she used an Ultron robot as the basis, and as all Marvel Comics fans know, Ultron is one of those genocidal kill-all-humans robots. Hilarity Ensues.
- For one, they wind up stopping him by giving him a Santa cookie with explosives inside.
Merry Christmas to all... EXCEPT FOR THE AVENGERS, THE AVENGERS MUST DIE!!
Merry Christmas. Neural disruption for all.
- Then there was the time the Illuminati let Santa use the Infinity Gauntlet...
- The classic Batman story "Wanted: Santa Claus — dead or alive!" Though the Bad Santa of the story (a mall Santa who was supposed to rob the store) does a Heel-Face Turn and Batman has to save him from the criminals he was working for.
- In fact, Batman has fought crooks dressed as Santa several times.
- Batman Black & White, "A Slaying Song Tonight": A hitman plans to get near his target by taking the place of a Mall Santa hired to put in an appearance for the target's daughter. Batman figures it out in the nick of time and stops the hitman just before he reaches the house — then puts the costume on and does the Santa appearance himself.
- The Tick brought us Multiple Santa - an evil Santa impersonator who can clone himself, parodying the way children react to hearing news that Santa Claus is making personal appearances in many different places all at once throughout December.
- It was made into a Christmas Episode of the cartoon show. His ability to clone himself comes from electricity, leading the Tick to believe he killed him when he first gains his power. Worse, he keeps believing he's the real Santa until the actual Santa Claus (complete with elves) shows up. This has the side effect of restoring Arthur's faith on Christmas. At the end, since the Tick can't bring himself to fight even a villain who resembles Santa, he shakes him, which causes all his copies to disappear. Giving the Santas noogies makes them disappear.
- Lobo's Paramilitary Christmas Special featured Lobo being hired by the Easter Bunny to whack Santa Claus, and a Badass Santa getting into a machete fight with the alien bounty hunter. Santa is also portrayed as a merciless taskmaster who has a monstrous gorilla named Kong as a pet. (The canon of this story is questionable and has never been fully addressed, seeing as Santa isn't depicted this way in DC Comic stories that happened before or since; Lobo has spoken about it, but he can be an Unreliable Narrator at times.)
- In the Ultimate Warrior Xmas Special, it seems that Warrior dresses as "Warrior Santa" and starts delivering Destrucity to children as well as apparently raping the real Santa Claus.
- Apparently, the intent was for it to be a Saving Christmas scenario where Warrior dresses up as Santa after he passes out drunk on Christmas Eve. The picture really looks like the aftermath of him raping Santa instead, though.
- It's not so much Santa as his little helpers, but in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a Coca-Cola representative is torn to pieces for interrupting Santa while he's high on mushrooms sending his astral self across the world to spread good cheer.
- The context is never made clear, but one issue of the Deadpool comic started with Deadpool hunting down and killing a machine gun-wielding Santa Claus.
- The comic Fables features all the fairy-tales who are in exile on Earth. This includes Santa Claus. He gives poor amnesiac Flycatcher a gift - the restoration of his memories. Thus forcing Flycatcher to relive the horrific massacre of his entire family. Merry Christmas, eh?
- In Houppeland by Didier Tronchet, a totalitarian government imposes a state of perpetual Christmas; any unwillingness to be happy and participate in gift-giving and merriment is severely punished.
- Blade at one point had to fight a Santa possessed by a body-jumping demon. Thanks to his unusual heritage, he's immune to the possession, but ends up having to Shoot the Dog.
- Spider-Man once had to intervene when a burglar disguised as Santa broke into the apartment of his neighbor Bambi. Spidey prevents him from shooting her, then loses the burglar after he gets stopped by a someone completely off page except for his very Santa-like boots. The next day. the burglar had confessed to the police and was also distributing handmade toys.
- Daredevil: Born Again. Matt Murdock is stabbed by a thug dressed as Santa.
- The Question once fought a drunken, insane department store Santa.
- Comic writer Denny O'Neil seems to have some issues with Santa. (He's written several of these stories.)
- The Hitman Christmas Special involves the titular Hitman hunting down a radioactive murderer in a Santa suit on Christmas eve in Gotham, all with surreal narration meant to resemble "Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Narrator: 'Word', said his homie; 'I've got my nine. Now let's go bust a cap in that nuclear swine.'
- Santa The Barbarian. You will be unsurprised to hear that Rob Liefeld was the man responsible.
- In Hack/Slash: Entry Wound, one of the holiday-themed villains Cassie mentions she and Vlad had recently disposed of was "Rudolph" - a creepy-looking Santa-esque man with Black Eyes of Evil.
- The Rhino once tried to go straight by taking a job as a department-store Santa, but one too many bratty kids sent him over the edge and he went on a rampage. It took the Grey Hulk and one crying little girl to stop him.
- The Swedish comic Herman Hedning have perhaps one of the sickest subversions of this trope. In a Christmas edition featuring a parody of A Christmas Carol with Herman as Scrooge. In the end, Santa Claus gives him what he wished for. A giant meat-grinder that grinds in a truly sadistic fashion. Santa then proceeds to throw Herman in it giving everyone what they had been wishing for the last several years all while sporting the best murder face in the series.
Santa: "Marry Christmas everyone! Ho ho ho".
- The Doctor Who Magazine comic strip "Imaginary Enemies" features the Krampus, who rather than the goblin-like monster of legend, takes the form of a Palette Swap of Santa (black beard, white suit, red trim — his true form more demonic, though). In the Whoniverse he's a member of the Trickster's Brigade and exists in Santa's shadow.
- The Pocket God Christmas special has Red, though he's more crazy than bad. He's a fat man in a red and green grass skirt who kidnaps Nooby and clones him. He also talks to tiki statues.
- The Italian branch of Disney (already known for both Darker and Edgier stories and series like Paperinik New Adventures, Double Duck and W.I.T.C.H. and some of the craziest stories in Disney's history) gave this treatment to the actual Santa: when Santa decided that getting arrested by Casey and Rock Sassi was the last straw in centuries of receiving little to no respect for his job and decided to resign, chief O'Hara promptly pointed out he's guilty of breaking and entering, smuggling and resisting arrest and he has no documents on top of that and threw him in jail until he changed his mind. Then, as Santa's elves mistake O'Hara for Santa and kidnap him, Santa adds breaking out of prison with Pete...
- Gahan Wilson liked using Santa as subject matter, as in this creepy National Lampoon cover◊.
- The A Certain Magical Index fic A Certain Crazy Christmas Special by Franchise has an insane magician who impersonates Santa and has powerful Christmas-related magic. He goes on a rampage through town, wrecks stuff, steals presents and other belongings, and kidnaps several of the show's pretty girls. Naturally, Touma and Accelerator rescue the girls and defeat him.
- The One Piece fandub/parody series "Dub Piece" painted Wapol as this, and also feuding with his ex-wife (played by Dr. Kureha)
Films — Animated
- Jack Skellington of The Nightmare Before Christmas, although he genuinely wants to bring happiness, makes for a frightening Santa-impersonator. Since he comes from Halloween Town, his notions of merriment and cheer tend to be a bit... nightmarish.
Films — Live-Action
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: While not evil in the way of some of these examples, the Grinch started out as an ill-intentioned Santa-impersonator.
- Definitely not evil, but Death in the Discworld book Hogfather makes a pretty creepy stand-in for that universe's Santa equivalent, who was already kind of creepy to begin with (he has tusks, his sleigh is pulled by fierce, gigantic wild boars, and he hands out blood-stained bones to bad kids).
Parent: You can't give her that! It's not safe!
Death: It's a sword. They're not meant to be safe.
Mall Owner: She's a child!
Death: It's educational.
Mall Owner: What if she cuts herself?
Death: That will be an important lesson.
- The children's book Santa's Twin by Dean Koontz details the attempts of two girls to rescue Santa from his sadistic and mischievous twin brother Bob Claus and stop Bob's plot to ruin Christmas by handing out nasty presents. It was followed up by Robot Santa, which has Bob trying to make up for the trouble he caused last Christmas by building a robotic Santa Claus... who, unfortunately, quickly goes haywire.
- While explaining the concept of summoning fairies and trapping them in magic circles in the Dresden Files novel Storm Front, Harry Dresden makes a throwaway remark about not being suicidal enough to try summoning and entrapping Santa Claus that way: "nobody has stones that big." Given some of the things that people have tried and/or succeeded in summoning and entrapping in magic circles, this says something about the kindly old elf. There's probably a third list just for being that naughty.
- In the most recent book, Cold Days, Harry actually meets a character that looms over him (Harry is canonically somewhere around 6'6", or 195 cm tall), wears Mail armor (of something other than iron), with black boots, a large scarlet overcoat lined with white fur, and carries a large broadsword. This character introduces himself as "Kringle." and when Harry makes a comment about the character joining the Erlking's Hunt, Kringle replies along the lines of "what mortals know me as is not what I always was. Everything changes with time."
- Kringle is Santa. Kringle is also Odin.
- The books Father Christmas and Father Christmas Takes a Holiday by Raymond Briggs has a — well — disgruntled Santa who's understandably fed up with having to do so much work just to deliver presents. Catch Phrase: "Blooming Christmas!"
- Later made into a TV animation with the voice of Mel Smith.
- In Orson Scott Card's Enderverse novella War of Gifts, a fundamentalist preacher gives a sermon denouncing the commercialization of Christmas in which he declares that "SANTA is really SATAN!"
- Donald Westlake's story "Nackles" is about a cruel father who invents Santa's evil counterpart to keep his children in line. Nackles, he tells them, is a black-clad tunnel-dweller in a minecart drawn by goats, who every Christmas takes the naughty away in his sack to be eaten. The power of belief turns Nackles real, but the only person he takes is his creator.
- In F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack novel Legacies, Jack dresses up as Santa and beats up a thief that stole toys from a children's hospital. He then tied the thief to the front of the truck containing the toys, put antlers on him, and drove him through traffic. After the police found the abandoned truck in front of the hospital with the thief still tied to it, the only thing the thief could tell them was "Santa did it!"
- The title character in Ogden Nash's poem "The Boy Who Laughed At Santa Claus" finds out what happens when Santa turns the tables and declares he doesn't believe in him.
- Don't Put Mustard in the Custard, a book of children's poetry by Michael Rosen, includes the poem "Christmas Eve, Christmas Day":
I'm afraid of Father Christmas coming down the chimney
While I'm fast asleep, he might come and grab me!
- Tom Holt's Grailblazers, features Klaus and Radulf, actually Odin and Sleipnir. Both have become extremely vengeful, having been cursed to spend eternity providing gifts nobody wants.
- Charles Stross's Laundry short story Overtime turns Santa into an Eldritch Abomination, nicknamed by the snarky protagonist as "The Filler of Stockings, the Bringer of Gifts." The reason why a Cthuloid nasty is serving as Santa? The stars are starting to come right, which means people can reach out to the Great Old Ones by belief alone. And a billion children across the world will go to bed believing Santa will come down the chimney... and something else answers.
- Satirist S. J. Perelman's "Waiting For Santy" depicts Claus as a hard-ass old company boss in the tradition of men like JP Morgan.
- Not exactly bad, but in the Neil Gaiman (very) short story "Nicholas Was..." the titular character is an ancient man forced to perform his duties by strange dwarfish creatures from the Arctic who will never let him die.
- There was a short story where the protagonist, a reporter, discovers that the red-suited burglar responsible for the increase in burglaries every December is none other than Santa Claus. Unfortunately for him, he is not remotely prepared to deal with a supernatural being.
Live Action TV
- Weird Al's song "The Night Santa Went Crazy."
- There's the philandering Santa from They Might Be Giants's song "Santa's Beard." The song also has the classic line "Thrilling Christmas, trembling fear."
- John Flansburgh's other band, Mono Puff, have a song called "Careless Santa" in which he's an incompetent bank robber.
- The song "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" chronicles what was probably just a tragic accident... (In the cartoon adaptation, it was actually a Frame-Up.)
- The Arrogant Worms, a Canadian comedy band, have subversive songs about the sucktacularity of the holiday season, including at least two about a Bad Santa: "Santa's Gonna Kick Your Ass" and "Santa Got Arrested."
- Ray Stevens also has "Santa Claus is Watching You," which does indeed declare that "he's the secret head of the CIA!" and that he's got Rudolph "on a stakeout at your house!", among other things.
- The Killers' Don't Shoot Me, Santa envisions St. Nick as a deranged serial killer, living in a trailer in the Mojave desert, who kidnaps and intends to murder singer Brandon Flowers.
- Jonathan Coulton's "Chiron Beta Prime" describes the holiday season as celebrated on an asteroid prison colony run by merciless robots. It includes the lyric:
On every corner there's a giant metal Santa Claus
Who watches over us with glowing red eyes.
They carry weapons and they know if you've been bad or good.
Not everybody's good but everyone tries.
- In a somewhat different example, Elf's Lament by the Barenaked Ladies is from the point of view of one of Santa's elves, who complains about terrible working conditions and ends up forming a union and drafting a labour agreement.
- Cheech And Chong's Santa Claus and His Old Lady depicts Santa as a bit of a stoner.
Chong: Hey, just a minute, man. Now, how'd he do that, man?
Cheech: Oh, well, man, he took da freeway. How else, man?
Chong: No, man. No, man, how'd he do all that other stuff, man? Like, how'd he make himself small, man. And, how'd he, like, how'd he get the reindeer off the ground, man?
Cheech: Oh, well, man, he had some magic dust, man.
Chong: Some magic dust?
Cheech: Yeah, magic dust, y'know? He used ta give a little bit to da reindeer, a little bit to Santa Claus, a little bit more for Santa Claus, a little bit more...
- "He sees you when you're sleeping, he KNOWS when you're awake...HE KNOWS if you've been bad or good, so BE GOOD..."
- Fishbone's "Slick Nick You Devil You" includes the lyrics "Painting a bad finger over the fireplace/Tattoos on his hands and knees/I never thought Santa Claus could be such a sleaze"
- In mothy's extensive Evillious Chronicles series, the Big Bad goes by the code name 'Santa' at one point and dresses appropriately.
- Some rather unsubtle critics (like CBS commentator Dave Ross) have actually viewed Santa as he was in the original "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" this way, pointing out that the other reindeer only stopped bullying Rudolph because "the boss liked him". (Maybe portraying the reindeer as Professional Butt Kissers in the process.
Mythology and Legend
- Related to the Supernatural example in the Live Action Television section above: In some parts of Europe, Saint Nicholas, the prototype of Santa Claus, was said to be accompanied by a little demon or dark elf known by several names, among them Black Peter or the Krampus. While St. Nick doled out the goodies to the good little tykes, his sidekick either put sticks/rocks/coal in the stockings of the ones on the naughty list, or in some cases, spanked them with a broom.
- Just watch it.
- In French-speaking regions, he is known as P? Fouettard (Father Whipper) and, as his name implies, gives whip lashes to the most unruly children. Sometimes he kidnaps the worst ones, who are never seen again (and implied to be taken straight to Hell or eaten).
- One of the tales goes that the children kidnapped by the Black Peters were taken away to become the next generation of Black Peters.
- Looking a little deeper, the "bad" kids are getting sticks and coal (and in some places, potatoes)? The "bad" kids are the poor kids. They're probably overjoyed to get all that fuel and food.
- In Sweden Santa Claus predecessor Julbocken (christmas buck) a creature in fur and with a goat-bucks head that gave presents to nice kids and butted naughty once with its horns.
- Related to the above version, in the Nordic countries there's a legend of the Knut Goat (with a variety of spellings and names) which precedes St. Nicholas and possibly even Christmas. He was represented by chosen people wearing a goat mask and a fur coat wrong way round, travelling from house to another after the midwinter festival, demanding remains of the feast foods as an offering, or risk bad luck the following year, and scare bad children with all sorts of dreadful punishments. As Santa Claus became introduced in the North, these two characters often intersected; a goat-headed scary Santa wasn't an uncommon sight, and later on Knut Goat was perceived more as his evil twin. The custom is struggling, but still not quite dead in some regions of Finland and Sweden.
- In some countries Santa's only the good half of the equation; the bad half is Krampus, who comes on Christmas to kidnap and/or beat bad children.
- In relation to the Swedish Santa traditions, in Sweden Santa Claus is referred to as Jultomten, literally the Yule Tomte. A tomte (or a Nisse) is a Scandinavian spirit dating back to pre-Christian times which was perceived as the guardian spirit or personification of a farm, the word is derived from the word tomt which means real property. It was said to punish lazy farmers and people who where cruel to the farm animals and demanded sacrifices in forms of porridge. In Sweden, porridge is often put outside as a gift to the Yule Tomte. The tomte where known to inflict terrible vengeance on those who offended him.
- Offerings to the tomte was forbidden by the church due to its pagan origin. That did not kill the legend.
- The Dutch newspaper comic Dirkjan features a series of World War I themed comics. The protagonists Dirkjan and Bert are flying in their plane when they suddenly encounter a red plane. They fear it is the Red Baron, but it appears to be Santa Claus in his sledge. Then Santa suddenly pulls out a minigun and downs their plane...
- In addition to questioning whether Santa was more "kindly old elf, or CIA spook", Calvin once wondered about an "evil Santa" who brings you dangerous and annoying toys if you're bad, and socks and underwear if you're good. Similarly, another time he had a dream that Santa had reversed his moralities and was bringing all the presents to naughty children.
- Besides Huey Freeman's conspiracy theories relating Santa Clause to Satan and belief that modern Christmas is a disgrace, his brother has a feud going with Santa Claus and at one point receives a letter from threatening to shoot up their street during a flyby.
- In one The Far Side cartoon, Santa is scolding the reindeer, saying, "I have one thing to say about all the complaints I've been hearing about lately: Venison!"
- Zigzagged in this The Wizard of Id strip. Santa is actually pretty decent here, but he steals from a museum to get Henry's gift.
- WWE RAW parodied this on the December 19 (taped December 9), 2005 "Holiday with the Troops" show, with a "Bad Santa" dressed in a desert-camo version of the traditional suit coming out and chewing out the troops, only to be confronted by a "Good Santa" wearing the regular red uniform. The two ended up having an impromptu No-Holds-Barred match, with Good Santa (Mick Foley) defeating Bad Santa (who turned out to be JBL, then a Smackdown!Superstar).
- In the 2013 Christmas Edition of WWE Raw, Damien Sandow took on the role of "Bad Santa" in a match against Mark Henry, who played the role of "Good Santa." Mark Henry won.
- A Christmas campaign in a Radio Station from Costa Rica stars the Christmas Superheroes (representing Costarrican Christmas traditions) fighting to protect our Christmas from the evil Legion of the North, composed by the terrible Santa Claus, and his gang of Elves and Ninja Reindeers.
- One supplement for the original Little Fears documented a Bad Santa called Santa Claws.
- The sample campaign in Nobilis 2nd edition features Grommet Claus, the creation of the Power of Holidays in a duel with the Power of Strife in the PC's Chancel. His gifts for the good children are all "monkey's paw" type mixed blessings, and he feeds the naughty children to giant wasps.
"He wears a white-trimmed red, does Grommet Claus. A leather hood shields his face. One hand holds a wicked awl. The other holds the bag of toys slung over his back. He rids a sled drawn by twelve coal-black wasps. He knows the heart of every mortal. He can turn himself sideways to fit down the smallest chimney or through the smallest crack. The love of children sustains him — he cannot die while nearby children hold to Christmas in their hearts."
- Santa Claws in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Game. Though he has a fiendish appearance, he has the LIGHT attribute. (Note the Scores of this monster, 1,200 ATK and 2,500 DEF. A reference to December 25th, the date of Christmas.)
- One of the bosses in the Carn Evil Arcade Game is Krampus, a warped, horned, green-clad version of Santa, who attacks by clawing the player or pelting them with presents and flaming coal while taunting you with phrases such as "Have a nice lump a' coal!" and "I'll stuff your stocking!"
- It's worth noting that Krampus exists in Alpine tradition as one of Santa's companions who punishes naughty children. Krampus was also mentioned in this Something Positive strip.
- The Krampus also appears in The Venture Bros. episode "A Very Venture Christmas"— and ends up punishing Dr. Venture by dry-humping him, among other indignities.
- He also appeared as a Take That to those who believe in the existence of the War On Christmas on The Colbert Report.
- One of the villains in the third and final Clayfighter game was Sumo Santa, an evil sumo Santa Claus who attacked by throwing his belly at his opponent.
- In Secret of Mana, the heroes have to battle Santa Claus after he becomes Brainwashed and Crazy and turns into the Frost Gigas. After they win, he returns to normal.
- The little-remembered videogame Daze Before Christmas, which featured Santa Claus rescuing toys and elves from an evil snowman. By drinking a cup of coffee, Santa would turn into his Superpowered Evil Side, Anti-Claus, who was a blue-suit wearing demonic, horned, devil Santa with super strength.
- Santa Claus in the roguelike game Z Angband is only one of many monsters trying to kill you in the game, though he drops better presents than most. Like other unique monsters, he can be wanted for crimes.
- The first episode of Sam and Max: Season 2, "Ice Station Santa," has the Freelance Police trying to subdue a deranged Santa Claus.
- But he was just possessed by a demon who was supposed to go to Satan, but was mixed in mail.
- Even when not possessed by a demon, he's shown as being far from jolly.
- Father Crimbo (the game's version of Santa Claus) of Kingdom of Loathing had a heart attack one year and was replaced by his no-good alcoholic brother. However, Crimbo 2007 had the Borg bringing Father Crimbo Back from the Dead; and getting assimilated by him in turn, becoming the Crimborg.
- And in 2008, Uncle Crimbo accidentally unleashed a horde of mutant elves after an ill-advised attempt to use radioactive materials in toys. He was replaced with Don Pygoscelis, head of the (penguin) Mafia.
- Don Pygoscelis was eventually beaten in 2009, replaced by the seemingly-reformed Crimbomination... then in 2010, the Crimbomination became a Corrupt Corporate Executive who turned Crimbo Town into the headquarters of a soulless corporation, CRIMBCO.
- There's a chain of missions in Bully: Scholarship Edition where the main character must help a drunken, down-on-his-luck Santa run the good one out of town and get revenge on the kids who tease him.
- The fangame Ragnarok Battle Offline has a stage where you're helping a good Santa, who later reveals himself as one scraggly-bearded, eyepatch-wearing, hook-handed Bad Santa who sends his pet reindeer to fight you (actually the stage boss Stormy Knight) and when you beat it, he storms off uttering "Fuck you!" many times, whereupon the actual Santa shows up to thank you.
- The original Ragnarok Online has this Bad Santa as well, though you don't fight him directly either. It also reveals his actual name's Antonio.
- One of the monsters in Monster Rancher 2 is a Demonic Doll monster dressed as Santa. Appropriately enough, it's called "Satan Claus."
- In one of the levels of Hitman: Blood Money, you get the opportunity to be a Bad Santa yourself, by dressing up as him in a Christmas party to carry out your latest hits.
- Crude Buster featured a creepy Kringle who would shout "Psycho Santa! Ho ho ho!" as he attacked the steroid-popping heroes.
- In Gex: Deep Cover Gecko, one of the goals of the Xmas-themed mission is to defeat an evil Santa by hitting back the presents he's throwing at Gex.
- In the Data East shooter Boogie Wings one of the bosses is a giant robotic Santa who turns evil and is called "Satan Claus."
- There's a Japanese mod for Doom which, after 20-something maps filled with enemies from every 2.5D shooter in existence, suddenly jumps to the frozen north, puts on some Christmas music, and pits you against a rocket-launching Santa.
- One level in Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ is Santa's toy factory. At the end you fight the man himself, turned into a zombie, riding a flying mechanical sleigh and shooting presents.
- Embodied by Satan Claws in Death Smiles II.
- Killing Floor had the Christmas event which had several Bad Santas. The bloats and the patriarch were both re-skinned into evil santas trying to kill your group. There was also the heroic "Baddest Santa Ever" unlockable player skin.
- Team Fortress 2 supplementary material features Old Nick, the "Santa" analogue of Australian Christmas. He is an ancient Humanoid Abomination who kidnaps children from across the world, brings them back to his workshop in the South Pole, and forces them to make gifts year-round, which they then give to him. In the comic "A Smissmas Story", the Spy gets a little boy to stab him to death with an icicle.
- Interestingly enough, "Auld Nick" is used in Scots as another name for The Devil. Which may be coincidental, but would certainly explain a lot.
- The bank robbers in PAYDAY 2 can be this when they wear the Santa Claus masks.
- Fallen London has Mr Sacks, who appears every December. He may take your nightmares. He may take your reputation. He may take you...
- In Akatsuki No Goei both Tsuki and Kaito hate Santa for some reason, so they decide to make a Santa horror story puppet show in which he takes away unwanted children and butchers them.
- The Guild's second Christmas Special featured the Knights of Good singing a parody of The Night Before Christmas, about their encounter with a Bad Santa enemy in the MMORPG they're playing.
- In The Dr. Steel Christmas Special, the Jolly Old Elf gives a little girl a Polly Pukes-A-Lot™ doll from World Domination Toys. To be fair, it's what she wanted...
- He didn't have to sit on it...
- In Edds World: Zanta Claws is coming to town.
- Parodied in the Tobuscus video, Paranormal Nativity.
- Terry Gilliam posted this drawing of a scary-looking Santa◊ as a Christmas card on his Facebook page.
- From his frozen throne of shattered swords and bones, the Frost Lich watches his icy empire.
- SCP-1993 of the SCP Foundation might not be aware of his anomalous effects, but that doesn't make them any less deadly.
- In the Dragon Ball Z Abridged Christmas Special, "Christmas Tree of Might", Amond of the Turles Crusher Corps was reinterpreted as Slay of the Misfit Minions, who is pretty proud of his track record as a bad mall Santa, and crosses this with Jackass Genie. A kid wants a fire truck for Christmas? He drops a real fire truck on the kid's head. Another kid wants his cancer gone? He blows the kid up - no more cancer!
God, you are one of the worst mall Santas ever! Right behind those ones that molest kids. Slay:
) So I’m the worst mall Santa
Oh, come on!
- Futurama gave us an iconic example where Santa Claus is a recurring homicidal robot villain with nigh-unachievable standards for "nice". For example, mafia thugs beating up a shopkeeper for protection money? That's naughty. But a shopkeeper refusing to pay mobsters protection money? Equally naughty. Scruffy the Janitor apparently gets on the "naughty" list simply by picking his nose.
Santa: Your mistletoe is no match for my TOW missile!
- The only person shown judged "Nice" was Dr. Zoidberg.
"A pogo stick! Hurray!"
- Epitomized in the song at the end of that episode:
Amy: He knows when you are sleeping,
Farnsworth: He knows when you're on the can,
Leela: He'll hunt you down and blow you up, from here to Pakistan!
Hermes: You better not breathe, you better not move
Bender: You're better off dead, I'm telling you dude
Fry: Santa Claus is gunning you down!
- In The Simpsons episode "Homer's Phobia", John has a "creepy-cool robot Santa" (as Bart describes it) from Japan, that he later uses to scare off the reindeer beating up Homer. John says that he figured "reindeer would naturally be afraid of their cruel master, Santa Claus. I mean, wouldn't you be?"
- Subverted by League of Super Evil with Kinder Kreep, the gift giver of an Anti-Christmas for villains, Chaos-mas, where you receive gifts for being naughty.
- Mrs. Claus in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy is a vampire, and turns her husband every twenty years or so.
- She does it because it's the only way she can get a couple of days off. Santa spends all his time checking his list, while she spends 364 days doing all the other work.
- In this animated sketch on MADtv parodying Cops and the Rankin-Bass Christmas specials, Santa Claus is revealed to be drug dealer using his toys to smuggle cocaine into Cuba and ends up beaten and put in the backseat of a police car. His rant to the cops:
"You BASTARDS! You rat bast—oooh! You're not getting anything in your stocking! I know you! I know where you live! I will take you out! And I don't mean on a date, you [*bleep*][*bleep*]! You bastards! Lemme outta here! Gemme outta here! Call my elf!"
- Robot Chicken, meanwhile, had "A Very Dangerous Dragon Ball Z Christmas," where Goku and Gohan fight a Mrs. Claus who turns into a hideous giant tentacle monster a la Tetsuo from AKIRA.
- There was also Composite Santa Claus, who's one-half Santa Claus and one-half Frosty the Snowman. When questioned as to CSC's powers, Goku replies, "I don't know, but he freaks me right the f** k out."
- Santa's Drug Operation doesn't feature a bad Santa, because the starting point is Santa being murdered... but he was apparently bad before that (being a neglectful husband, running a drug peddling operation, using lawnmowers to punish disloyal employees...).
- The title character of Invader Zim ends up turning Santa into a hideous mutant cyborg in "The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever."
- "Bow down, bow down before the power of Santa or be crushed, be crushed byyyyyyyyyy his jolly boots of doom!"
- In Shrek the Halls, Gingy tells of his encounter with a Godzilla-like Santa who eats his girlfriend.
- While not evil per se, the Santa in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a pretty serious Jerk Ass, with elements of Fantastic Racism as well. He does apologize. Eventually.
- "Because I'm not the Santa you know!"
- Not necessarily evil, but antagonistic from the point of view of the heroes, one of the users in ReBoot was a Santa Claus.
- Robotnikclaus from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Discussed, but not actually used, in Rugrats, when Chuckie Finster explains why he's afraid of Santa Claus (voiced by the late Tony Jay in this special):
Chuckie: He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake...
- While the real Santa is portrayed as the traditional, jolly version, the episode actually features two Bad Santas. First, Angelica has a nightmare in which a faceless Santa with a booming, sinister voice tauntingly gifts her with coal—and then buries her with it. Later in the episode, Drew hires a Santa impersonator who is revealed to be a lazy schlub, canceling his appearance at the last minute (claiming he has car trouble) so he can stay home and eat junk food in front of the TV.
- The Santa in The Powerpuff Girls Christmas special is bad not in the sense that he's evil or mean, but in the sense that he's a total moron, just like everyone else. He actually believed Princess was the only nice kid in the world after she changed the naughty and nice lists, but then, the Princess just HAD to push Santa to his limits of tolerance, insulting and demeaning him after the girls tried to prove Santa what Princess did, to make Santa decide he doesn't need a list of naughty and nice, and then proceeded to put her into the Permanent Naughty plaque, so Santa can remember she's naughty. Naturally Santa rectifies this mistake, with some help of the PPG, of course.
- In the Rocky and Bullwinkle "New North Pole" arc, Boris Badenov tried weighing down the North Pole with extra ice, in order to tip the world over to turn a tropical island he had taken over into the New North Pole. He then planned to use his new power-base to replace Santa Claus, so he could drop down people's chimneys on Christmas Eve and clean out their homes.
- ¡Mucha Lucha! - In "A Mucha Mucha Christmas," Santa Claus's evil brother, Rudo Claus, and his team of chubacabras try to take over Christmas by giving only those who have been bad gifts.
- When Flapjack finds out that a mysterious figure leaves combs in a small bowl near the port every time its filled with candy during the night, he dreams of a Santa Claus-like figure whose helpers distribute combs across the world. His dream becomes a nightmare when comb-Santa tells Flapjack he needs the comb he gave him to get the bugs out of his hair in a deep, hellish voice, revealing numerous insects crawling on Flapjack's head. Flapjack vainly tries to comb out the bugs in his hair while comb-santa laughs maniacally with visible sharpened teeth. This shocks Flapjack out of his nightmare.
- King of the Hill - Bill dresses up like Santa and turns his yard into an open-to-the-public North Pole play land. At Christmastime it's sweet and endearing; by mid-February it's pretty damn creepy.
- Bill Plympton did a short called Santa: The Fascist Years. Exactly what is sounds like, complete with Santa making deals with Hitler.
- The Tick animated series had a Christmas episode in which the Tick and Arthur first tangle with a bank robber disguised as Santa (which he got by mugging a street Santa), and accidentally knock him into a neon sigh in the process — but instead of killing him, the electricity CLONES him. The real Santa shows up to help the Tick stop the clones from reaching the local hydroelectric plant, where they can get enough juice to make unlimited clones and take over the world. The episode contains one glorious pun, when the Tick sees the growing mass of Santa clones and exclaims, "It's a Yule TIDE!"
- In an episode of Family Guy ("Road to the North Pole"), there are two. A mall Santa who gives Stewie the brush-off when he finally gets to the front of the line because his shift is over, and the real Santa (who he goes to kill), who is worn out by the overload of Christmas commercialization and wants to be put out of his misery.
- When Stewie first learns of Santa, he has a nightmare of him catching lasers à la Darth Vader, after which Stewie is lobotomized and put to work in Santa's workshop.
- Seth Mac Farlane must love this trope. A Christmas Episode of American Dad! has the Smiths accidentally kill Santa, only for him to be resurrected by his elves to carry out a Roaring Rampage of Revenge on the family. Stan and the family hole up with a Mountain Man and slaughter wave after wave of elf assassins. Santa returns to the North Pole, vowing to finish the job next year. When he next appears Santa reveals that he's got stock in the toy companies, and gives toys to all children because it will make him rich. He kills the Krampus because punishing children instead of rewarding them for bad behavior cuts in on his business. He doesn't care if children are naughty or nice, as long as he gets paid.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and the titular character who dresses as Santa to steal the Whos' Christmas.
- In one of the original The Fairly OddParents Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts, Santa was depicted as an Affably Evil slave driver. The Santa in the main series is nice.
- However, in the next live action movie of FOP, Santa apparently has put Timmy on the naughty list for being too generous with people through his fairies, thus giving Santa nothing to do. Maybe not a bad Santa, per se, but a Broken Aesop Santa possibly.
- One Villain of the Week in Axe Cop:
Axe Cop: Why are you going to heaven?
Bad Santa: To kill God and become Jesus, obviously.
- Tex Avery did "One Ham's Family", a sort-of sequel to "The Three Little Pigs" where the wolf disguised himself as Santa to sneak into the practical pig's brick house. Unfortunately for him, as he meets up with the pig's sack-o-hell son.
- "How Murray Saved Christmas" has a fairly mild example, with a Santa Claus who runs the North Pole with an iron fist. The elves even have a The Villain Sucks Song about what a bad boss he is.
- On Christmas 2008, there was Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, who came to a house dressed as Santa to shoot people down before setting it on fire with a homemade flamethrower hidden in a present and committing suicide.
- And now there's his successor, Aziz Yazdanpanah, who shot several of his relatives to death as they were opening presents under the tree, then killed himself.
- Robber Dressed as Santa Robs Bank. And here's another real life fake Santa criminal example, this time robbing a bank while saying the money was 'to pay for his elves'.
- He sees you when you're sleeping/ He knows when you're awake/ He knows if you've been bad or good... Think about it. Fred Rogers used to say he would like to remove that song from the Christmas playlist because the idea that Santa spies on you is an invasion of privacy which scares the heck out of little kids.
- Father Christmas can be a pretty scary figure in some places in Europe. Traditionally, he appears at Christmas Eve parties and tells bitsy kids he can see their souls. He has actual naughty and nice lists (actually provided by the mothers) and reads these off in front of everybody. So a stranger is telling the whole world things you didn't think anybody knew. Often the kids end up so scared they can't participate in the rest of the ceremony. This is supposed to be a cute, funny event.
- In Germany and other areas in Central/Eastern Europe, Saint Nicholas would often show up alongside a creature called Krampus, who is described as a devilish creature who would visit particularity naughty children and takes them away in a sack back to his lair.
- This general depiction of Santa is the basis of David Sedaris's story "Six to Eight Black Men," about the Dutch version (who is accompanied by a number of "friends" in blackface, hence the title). He was surprised to learn from a Dutch friend that Santa, at least traditionally, would beat naughty children and/or stuff them into sacks and take them away. Some of these traits did also make it into the American version of Santa, although they're mostly Forgotten Tropes now; some older books like Little House on the Prairie mention the threat of finding a switch in your stocking instead of presents.
- A Mall Santa in Lake Forest Park, WA, ironically named Ronald McDonald, was convicted of child rape in 1997; his crimes went back nearly 26 years.
- On Christmas Eve, 2013, four men dressed as Santa Claus conducted an armed robbery of a jewelry shop in a mall in Tirana.
- This is an Alternate Character Interpretation of the 'normal' Santa as this. It may or may not be a real child's letter (it probably isn't), but it's an interesting point regardless.