Giggling Villain


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.
  • Kururu from Sgt. Frog, as befitting of his status as a Jerkass and a Mad Scientist, has a creepy high-pitched "KU KU KU KU KUUUU!"
  • Ashley in Betrayal Knows My Name.
  • 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.
  • Eto from Tokyo Ghoul is a creepy little Ghoul girl prone to giggling at the expense of others. Made even more jarring by her Voice of the Legion, especially when that cute, girlish giggling is coming from her massive, barely humanoid Kakuja form.
  • Clementine in Overlord giggles a great deal, sometimes barely able to speak straight from the effort of holding them back and other times breaking off mid-word for a few giggles. The fact that the giggles are usually triggered by somebody else's suffering doesn't help.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.

    Fan Fiction 
  • 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.
    • And of course, there's always Mukrezar.

    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 

  • 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.

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    Professional Wrestling 
  • Mistress Glenda Lee, retainer of Monster Pain, and later, Los Rabiosos in the World Wrestling League. Relatively deep voice, very high pitched giggle.


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    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Spoony's Dr. Insano character laughs like this. It'd be terrifying if it wasn't so damn funny.
  • Pretty Pink Ponytails in Angel Of Death, which feeds into her Creepy Child persona.
  • This parody of Dr. Seuss DEFINITELY qualifies.
  • Invoked in one Evil FTW.
  • Dr. Horrible in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog actively practices his "evil laugh" (with a vocal coach, no less) to avert this and develop something manly-sounding that people will take seriously.
    Dr. Horrible: You think Bad Horse didn't work on his whinny? His terrible death whinny?
  • Roman Torchwick of RWBY lets out a number of maniacal cackles during his battle with Blake and Sun in Episode 16.
  • Lifty and Shifty of Happy Tree Friends. A pair of kleptomaniac raccoons who almost always lets out giggling evil laughs.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.