Not all villains manage to develop an Evil Laugh
. Some, for reasons known only to themselves, prefer to giggle. This can become highly disturbing, making the villain more evil or creepier than if they'd just done a straight-out "Muhahaha!" It's especially creepy when the villain is male
, but a giggle from that otherwise dark and grim lady is also a very bad sign, since it's generally amusement at the prospect of hurting you. Badly. And Your Little Dog Too
Oddly enough, it can work out for those bad guys who wouldn't be able to carry off a full-throated, maniacal laugh. Or even for those who can, as it provides some contrast between appearance and laugh. One suspects that these villains know exactly how unsettling it is... and derive much pleasure from creeping people out. See also Laughing Mad
and The Hyena
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Anime and Manga
- Kuroudo Akabane, the token Psycho for Hire from Get Backers sometimes pulls this off.
- Suigintou from Rozen Maiden.
- Nui Harime of Kill la Kill is this. Most of the time.
- Mad Scientist Jail Scaglietti of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Even when Fate was bearing down on him with her BFS, he was still giggling his mad little giggle.
- Naruto: Orochimaru. "Fufufufu" indeed.
- Kabuto's also been known to giggle on occasion.
- Mukuro Rokudo, from Katekyo Hitman Reborn! has an unsettling giggle similar to Orochimaru above.
- Recent chapters have shown that the First Mist Guardian Daemon Spade has a similar laugh to Mukuro.
- Belphegor's "Ushishishi" sounds like a giggle.
- Byakuran. He hardly even opens his mouth to laugh.
- Suzu giggles creepily in the Peacemaker Kurogane manga after going insane.
- Kogarashi from Kamen no Maid Guy, a Sociopathic Hero example. His chuckle, "kukuku", is normally used only by females, which only helps underline its wrongness.
- InuYasha: Naraku "kukuku"s with the best of them.
- Death Note: Light Yagami by both Mamoru Miyano and Brad Swaile. Creepy indeed.
- Being the only markedly Axe Crazy villain in Mahou Sensei Negima!, Tsukuyomi does this often when fighting Setsuna, starting with an inhibited giggle as the fight beings, to a straight-out cackle as she gets carried away with the fight.
- In the manga, Fate does this a few times.
- Yami Bakura from Yu-Gi-Oh!, at least in the Japanese version. Especially back when he had a female voice actor.
- Saiou/The Light from GX even more so.
- Higurashi: When They Cry's main villain Miyo Takano practices this in the beginning before going completely psychotic.
- Creepy Child Maria in Umineko: When They Cry. "Kihihihihihihi..."
- As well as Bernkastel. *giggle* *giggle*
- Let's not forget Ronove: "Pu ku ku ku..."
- And Beatrice too: "YAHAHAHAHA!"
- Kururu from Keroro Gunso, as befitting of his status as a Jerkass and a Mad Scientist, has a creepy high-pitched "KU KU KU KU KUUUU!"
- Ashley in Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru.
- Hansel and Gretel of Black Lagoon.
- Masane from the Witchblade anime, despite being the protagonist.
- For another protagonist, try Lelouch Lamperouge of Code Geass. Nevertheless, his laughter often starts as quiet chuckles until it evolves into full blown fits of laughter. In R2, Suzaku's laugh starts off as manic giggles when it finally clicks for him as to what he had done to the Tokyo Settlement.
- Izaya of Durarara!! (who incidentally has the same English voice actor as Lelouch) has a rather creepy, unhinged laugh/giggle he shows on a couple of occasions.
- Frieza from Dragon Ball Z does this occasionally with a distinct "Oh hohohoho" laugh in the Japanese version.
- However, the Cell Jr's are straight examples.
- DarkKnightmon from Digimon Xros Wars enjoys BOTH giggling and laughing.
- In the Japanese version of Our War Games, the only sound Diablomon makes is a creepy childish giggle.
- Zeus in King of Thorn, and comes across as Faux Affably Evil.
- Russia from Axis Powers Hetalia..."ufufufu~"
- Takasugi from Gintama, more often than not.
- Aboshi from The Hakkenden could outgiggle anybody.
- Diva of Blood+ is very prone to letting out a childish giggle, as shown in her first in-person appearance in episode 24.
- The Joker uses giggles when it suits him. Full on maniacal laughter when it doesn't.
- However, it's Frank Gorshin's take on the Riddler with his maniacal giggle on 1960s Batman series that is the real classic.
- Mark Hamill states that he uses these quite often to change up his version of Mr. J to keep it from getting stale. In an interview, he even admitted to practicing his giggles while driving on the freeway.
- Griffin in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. An already creepy characteristic is made worse by the fact that it seems to be coming from nowhere.
- Featured once in Dungeon Keeper Ami and played for both humor and Fridge Horror. Marda, a rebellious troll leader had insulted and defied Mercury on multiple occasions, had to be disciplined. Mercury sent her on what ammounted to a suicide mission, teleporting her off alone with no time at all to prepare, and with no backup (there was little on the island in question that could actually pose a threat to the powerful Marda, but most of her othe minions wouldn't realize that). Mercury then scrys on her to discover that she is already plastered with mud and drenched in a torrential downpour. When Mercury comes back to herself, one of her advisors informs her that 'the giggle was a nice touch'. Except, Mercury dosen't remember giggleing, and the nature of being a keeper makes this worrisome.
Films — Animated
- From The Road to El Dorado, Tzekel-Kan, the high priest. As he is already both comically hammy and scarily eager to perform human sacrifices and see the townspeople horribly killed, his giggling walks a fine line between creepy and hilarious.
- While Jafar from Aladdin has a full Evil Laugh once he becomes a sorcerer, his laughter shortly after discovering Aladdin has the lamp qualifies.
- Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective. Vincent Price even went on record saying Ratigan was his favorite role of all time, mainly because he got to play one of these.
- Alameda Slim from Disney's Home on the Range has a very annoying, yet somewhat still creepy-sounding giggle.
Films — Live-Action
- Peter Lorre belongs at the top of this list. Even his characters that were not villains were creepy, due in no small part to his distinctive voice and laugh.
- Next is Richard Widmark's Psycho for Hire Tommy Udo from Kiss of Death, who likes sending old women in wheelchairs on short but exciting trips down the stairs. So much so that he inspired Frank Gorshin's portrayal of the Riddler in Batman.
- James Cagney's Cody Jarrett becomes this at the climax of White Heat.
- From Kill Bill, we have Gogo Yubari, normally a blankfaced psychopath in schoolgirl attire. Upon being asked to walk away from battle with the Bride, she gives a giggle that would be cute, if we hadn't already seen her utter insanity...and commences trying to bludgeon the Bride to death with a meteor hammer.
- Dr. Giggles...as should be apparent. He giggles whenever he "operates" on his vitims or is hurt.
- German agent Major Arnold Ernst Toht in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The moment he says "We... h-huh... we are... heh-heh... not thirsty..." in that stuttering, breathy sex offender's voice, you know nothing's beneath him. He lets more giggles rip when Indy and Marion are sealed in a tomb.
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: Lao Che. "To the poison you just drank!" Cue chortles.
- Repo! The Genetic Opera has Pavi Largo. His giggle is so cute and effeminate, it's hard to believe he's actually something of a monster.
- The aptly-named "Giggler" from the Charles Bronson film Death Wish 3.
- Asami from Audition giggles like a schoolgirl as she's cutting off her lover's feet with Razor Floss.
- Renfield in Dracula (1931) has one of the goofiest laughs ever, and man is it ever creepy.
- In Live and Let Die, this is, unsurprisingly, the case with Kananga's henchman Tee Hee.
- In King Of New York, Laurence Fishburne plays The Dragon as a giggling villain. It seems to be something between a nervous tic and an occasional psychotic break.
- In the 2010 Clash of the Titans, Medusa laughs frequently as she battles Perseus' squad.
- Robert Englund's mercenary character in The Adventures of Ford Fairlane giggles maniacally every time he makes an appearance.
- The Toon Patrol in Who Framed Roger Rabbit fit this trope, particularly Psycho, who has a very distinct giggle compared to the other weasels.
- Esteban Rojo from A Fistful of Dollars whenever someone is being tortured.
- Romero from Escape from New York, added with a heavy dollop of Ambiguously Gay.
- Calder from Prince of Darkness. A Scary Black Man with a Badass Baritone who makes high pitched giggles after being Touched by Vorlons makes for serious creepiness.
- What's Up, Tiger Lily? features a giggling black thug in the Japanese film's first fight scene. His creepy laughter is carried over into Woody Allen's Gag Dub.
- The title characters in Duumvirate can do the Evil Laugh, but far more often they just do some version of this.
- This trope is at least half the reason many fans of Harry Potter hate Dolores Umbridge more than the series Big Bad. It's even worse in the movie version, thanks to Imelda Staunton's magnificent performance. There's tales of viewers with the powerful urge to somehow find a way to leap through the screen and punch her, if not worse.
- In "Guilty Pleasures," the first novel in Laurel K. Hamilton's 'Anita Blake Vampire Hunter' book series, the character Nikolaos is both a cruel and considerably powerful one-thousand-year-old master vampire. Her character was noted several times to giggle as she tortured and tormented, not laugh.
- Zabulon, leader of the Day Watch's Dark Others in the Night Watch series, breaks into a giggle every so often. It serves as a warning sign that you've just screwed up in trying to counter his tactics, or that events have progressed into the category of utterly weird.
- Stephen King's Randall Flagg is fond of this, especially in his The Dark Tower incarnation. Coupled with his Slasher Smile and deathly pallor, he manages to creep the hell out of the poor bit-part villains in Wizard and Glass.
- Discworld: Mr. Teatime, especially in the movie.
- IIRC, in one of the Discworld books Mad Lord Snapcase is described as having a Psychopathic Manchildish snigger that was more terrifying than any booming Evil Laugh.
- Also used in Equal Rites, where the Things from the Dungeon Dimensions indulged in evil snickering during one of Esk's nightmares.
- Duke Felmet in Wyrd Sisters alternates between blank stares and manic giggling.
- At the end of The Pilo Family Circus, Kurt Pilo, undergoing a Villainous Breakdown and mutating due to badly-restrained anger starts chuckling and giggling to himself: "Oh hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo... Well now, well now, isn't this something? Someone's having a laugh... oh ho ho ha ha... There's, ha ha, traitors, and I'm..."
- Wilson Kemp from the Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of The Greek Interpreter". He terrifies the poor Greek interpreter far more than the threats of physical violence.
- In A Series of Unfortunate Events, Count Olaf and his girlfriend, Esme, become an extreme and ridiculous version of this in The Grim Grotto. Working on perfecting their evil laughs, they ended up with things like "Ha ha heepa heepa ho!" "Tee hee terrycloth!" "Giggle giggle glandular problems!
- From Robin McKinely's Sunshine: One of the vampires in Bo's gang giggles; it's how the titular character recognizes him in a later encounter.
- The men with no pain from the Inheritance Cycle madly giggle in battle.
- Shadowthrone from the Malazan Book of the Fallen is dramatic, partially insane (albeit Crazy Awesome) and prone to erupting into fits of the giggles at least once in most of his appearances. Though by the last book, while no one could ever really call him "good", he does prove rather less than villainous after it's revealed that he masterminded most of the plot's resolution in order to cement his place among the gods.
- Varys from A Song of Ice and Fire, who may very well not be a villain at all.
- In Ian Fleming's Live and Let Die, we see how Mr. Big's henchman Tee-Hee got his name, as he giggles while breaking James Bond's finger.
Live Action TV
- Doctor Who:
- The Master, a master of chuckling, chortling and guffawing. Anthony Ainley's Master was quietly chuckling to himself all through "Logopolis" and "Castrovalva". Seeing as how that's when Tom Baker left the series and Peter Davison came on as the fifth Doctor, it was especially disturbing to many a fan.
- An unnerving giggle is the only sound the baby Weeping Angels in "The Angels Take Manhattan" make.
- On Red Dwarf, the episode "Demons and Angels" had the crew meeting their "good" and "evil" selves; when playing Evil Lister, Craig Charles came up with an impressively scuzzy giggle.
- In the Firefly episode "Objects In Space" River Tam's maniacal giggling manages to freak out Jubal Early.
Jubal Early: You're somewhere on this boat. Somewhere with a com, playing games!
[Rivers deranged giggling filters over Serenity's com system]
Jubal Early: That's somewhat unsettling.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Warren Mears even giggles right before he shoots Buffy and kills Tara.
- The Mayor does this on occasion too.
- Gackt gives Mr. Brain's Takegami Teijirou a bizarre laugh that's a mix between Giggling Villain and Evil Laugh. The result is...creepy, to say the least.
- Jim Moriarty in Sherlock.
- Rumpelstiltskin does this a lot in Once Upon a Time. His Storybrooke counterpart Mr. Gold doesn't, though, even though he still remembers his true identity.
- Akumaro from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger
- Malshina from Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger
- Escape from Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters
- In the Supernatural episode "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21), the Acheri demon never speaks, but has a child-like laugh.
- Mistress Glenda Lee, retainer of Monster Pain in the World Wrestling League. Relatively deep voice, very high pitched giggle.
- Viktoria from Thief: The Dark Project qualifies. Her giggles can be heard echoing through the estates. Very creepy. She seems to have lost her mirth in the sequel, though.
- Final Fantasy VI: KEFKA! KEFKA! KEFKA! (signature laugh)
- Chrono Trigger shares the same library of sound effects as Final Fantasy VI, so you can also hear Kefka's laugh emanating from villains like Dalton. (Curiously, the NPC Norstein Bekkler, the guy who runs those mini-games at the fair from his tent, also has this laugh.)
- Even though whether or not he can actually be considered a villain is arguable, Joshua in The World Ends with You is the true antagonist of the game and spends a lot of his time giggling playfully.
- Konishi is a better fit. Uzuki too.
- Ramon Salazar, of Resident Evil 4
- Alfred Ashford from Resident Evil: Code: Veronica.
- His sister Alexia as well, though she tends to extend it into a full-blown Evil Noblewoman's Laugh as does Alfred himself when dressed as her. In Darkside Chronicles, she may even be a bigger one than Alfred.
- Larxene from Kingdom Hearts
- Seymour in Final Fantasy X giggles during the cutscene before you fight him on Gagazet. The effect has been described as fairly creepy.
- Especially when you consider what he was laughing to himself about: his decimation of most of the Ronso race, to Kimahri's face.
- Valtome from Fire Emblem 10 (Radiant Dawn), who lets out a 'Uwee hee hee' every chance he gets, just like Kefka.
- Achenar from the original Myst does a very psychotic-sounding version of this, and it's very unnerving when a big guy like him could easily pull off a full-blown maniacal laugh. Even more vaguely disturbing is the fact that it's his brother, Sirrus, who laughs maniacally.
- Vaati from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords series does this almost every freakin' time he shows up.
- Akechi Mitsuhide, the resident Combat Sadomasochist of Sengoku Basara, though he's also prone to break into a flat out Evil Laugh.
- Grandia II has it's fair share of laughing evils but evil brother Melfice will be giggling away throughout his fights with the heroes.
- Long since driven completely insane by his own powers, Nicholas Wrightson of Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy has a nasty habit of giggling madly- often through other people's lips.
- Hugh Bliss from the end of Sam & Max: Freelance Police Season One.
- Yggdra Union has Nessiah, whose soft chuckle only manifests as a sign that his mind can't take much more strain. It's both heart-wrenching and really, really freaky.
- Lumine from Mega Man X8 manages one as he gloats and destabilizes X, which mutates into a louder cackle before he's shot out of it and into Glowing Eyes of Doom territory instead.
- Marx from Kirby Super Star (Ultra) sounds like an evil Elmo when you're fighting him.
- Queen Sectonia in Kirby Triple Deluxe giggles before and/or during practically all of her attacks, though she's got a proper laugh she uses occasionally, as well.
- Abyss, the final boss of Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes. The boss' second form (after the titanic armored fiend but before the blood-red demon dog abomination) is an androgynous, humanoid puddle of green goo that giggles at you constantly while repeatedly juggling you with its energy cannon.
- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga: Fawful, provider of the page quote above, has a very distinctive giggle. Whenever he declares he has chortles, you can expect things are going well for him.
- Tira from the Soul Series fighting games (one half of the time). It can be cute or annoying, depending on your bias.
- Arakune from BlazBlue, though sort of difficult to call a flat-out "villain" due to being so insane he can barely function beyond basic survival instincts, is prone to giggling like the loony he is, and especially so after blocking your blows.
- Hazama is also rather prone to giggling when his Terumi persona slips through.
- Albedo from Xenosaga. He can Maniacal Laugh with the best of them, but his giggles are even more chilling for how happy he sounds.
- Although you can't actually hear it (even in the voice-acted version), Admiral ZEX's "Hee! Hee! Hee!" still counts. His voice actor for the Japanese 3DO dub replaces it with a perverted cackle.
- Chortlebot in Wario Land: Shake It giggles before the Boss Battle, and before a good deal of his attacks.
- In the Diablo II expansion Lord of Destruction, Baal has a cutscene intro where he giggles just before casting a spell that blows Cessuron's guardian to bits. From there, it scales up into full-blown maniacal laughter.
- Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth has Calisto Yew, who spends most of the time laughing at Edgeworth's seriousness, even when he's accusing her of murder.
- King Watinga, the giant boss fly from the "Gnat Attack" game within Mario Paint, giggles if you die while he is on the screen.
- The Infected from Survival Crisis Z have several sound effects dedicated to them, but for whatever reason females only use a distinct giggle that they repeat over and over, and several female infected can layer the sound over one another. While it seems a case of Most Annoying Sound at first, playing the game for an extended period of time quickly takes it over to Hell Is That Noise territory.
- Team Fortress 2: This Pyro. (Oh God it's contagious!)
- The "Schadenfreude" taunt features some pretty villainous laughing/giggling.
- Space Channel 5: Purge has a pretty impressive laugh in the Japanese version. And it's done by Akira Ishida, no less.
- Evil from Dark Blue in Custom Robo fits this perfectly. That creepy, high-pitched laugh that he makes every time you see him...
- In Enchanted Arms, the man who always follows the leader of the London Resistance. It's even Lampshaded by the party in that 'the Giggling Man' is the only thing they refer to him as. Oh, and no surprise, he and the Resistance Leader are evil.
- Done to great effect by the cunning Plexor in the third installment of Star Control.
- Lady Melodia from Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean giggles girlishly whenever things are going well for her, which is often.
- Touhou 11: Subterranean Animism has Parsee's little smile and music-note emote when she tells Reimu that it's Nothing Personal, she just wants to kill everybody who can travel freely across her bridge.
- Knuckles from Sonic 3 & Knuckles used to set up traps for Sonic and Tails in Angel Island, laughing at them when he succeeded.
- The aptly named Hyena from Unreal Championship 2 is a nasty, vicious piece of work with an unsettling habit of giggling.
- Hermes, the villain of Sheep Happens, does a little "hehehehehe!" at the start of the race and occasionally throughout.
- Monobear from Danganronpa's "upupu~!" Is rather inappropriate regarding the circumstances.
- Professor Princess from Transformers Animated. All the time.
- From Beast Wars, Tarantulas is rarely heard without his creepy little chuckle.
- Waspinator qualifies as well, just not nearly as often.
- Marceline from Adventure Time.
- The Clown in the animated adaptation of Spawn
- While the Changeling Queen In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic can certainly pull off a full blown Evil Laugh, she does giggle creepily when she is amused.
- Chef Hatchet from Total Drama is normally a chuckling villain; however, he has pulled off impressive evil laughs from time to time.
- The Troublesome Trucks from Thomas the Tank Engine would always giggle and laugh like chipmunks whenever they've caused an engine pulling them to fall into an accident and teasing them for their misfortunes. The engines would more than often tell the trucks to be quiet.
- The Witch in Bubble Guppies' fairy tale episode.
- In Wakfu, after Qilby the Traitor reveals himself as the Big Bad of season two he becomes very prone to fits of giggling, Slasher Smiles, and mad laughter.
- The villain Smilzo from Buzzatto's "West and Soda" giggles a lot.
- Robin in Young Justice plays with this trope. He's a hero, but he unnerves the villains by giggling from the shadows.