Un-Evil Laugh

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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 Cecil to fear me, not laugh at me. Maybe.... FUYA HA HA! *sigh* Golbez made all this look easy.

A villainous laugh so remarkably stupid-sounding that, instead of striking fear into the hearts of those who hear it, it causes bouts of uncontrollable sniggering. A Not-So-Harmless Villain may do this on purpose to deflect suspicion. A Minion with an F in Evil is likely to do it by accident. The most pitiful form of the Un-evil Laugh is Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud. 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 Villains, whose seemingly unimpressive laughs only make them creepier. Also contrast Annoying Laugh, which sometimes coincides. Compare Laugh with Me! in which the villain demands that someone laugh as well.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 

    Comics 
  • In an unintentional example of this trope, Chick Tracts represent laughter in writing as HAW HAW HAW.

    Film 

    Literature 
  • In one of the A Series of Unfortunate Events books, Count Olaf has begun practicing a bizarre evil laugh that involves interjecting random words that 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.

    Live Action Television 
  • The Count from Sesame Street. "Ah-ah-ah." He did have a more sinister one when he started out, though.
  • Phoebe and Joey from Friends attempted to laugh evilly after concocting a scheme to bring Ross and Rachel back together. Unfortunately, Joey kills it.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Nerd Trio do this to convince a demon that they're supervillains. As the script says, "It needs some work."
  • Raj in The Big Bang Theory, 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.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus "Diabolical Laughter", as pictured above, rapidly followed by "Diabolical Acting".

    Stand Up Comedy 

    Video Games 

    Web Comics 
  • In 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 The Order of the Stick. Since his transformation into an undead lich robbed him of his lungs, he hasn't been able to do a decent Evil Laugh.
  • Spinnerette's Doctor Universe commented that he often wished his laugh was more maniacal.

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    Western Animation 
  • Prince John from Robin Hood. "Ah-HA! Ah-HA!"
  • Beautiful Gorgeous from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 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.
  • Mandark in Dexter's Laboratory: HA haha! HA haha! HA haha haha!
  • Kim Possible
    • Señor Senior, Junior's laugh (despite his father's best efforts to teach him a proper Evil Laugh).
    • 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 quite dangerous and competent in all other evil areas.
  • Dave the Barbarian.
    • 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 lampshaded.
  • In one episode of Bob's Burgers 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 American Dad!.
  • In Xiaolin Showdown, Jack Spicer's "evil" laugh starts out decent, but ends up being rather pitiful, as he tries too hard.
  • Played with in The Backyardigans episode "Flower Power". Austin, playing the villain The Gloommeister, performs his Evil Laugh. 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 Steve Urkel proud.
  • During his stint as a car salesman in The Simpsons episode "Diatribe of a Mad Housewife," Homer attempted to do his own 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 King of the Hill, 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 Total Drama when Max attempts and fails at evil laughs for a few episodes, but he manages to do a real one later on.
  • Doc McStuffins
    • In "Boo-Hoo to You!," when Doc McStuffins's dad tries for an Evil Laugh, 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 Steven Universe 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 Tripping the Rift 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".

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