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!
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.
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Anime and Manga
- In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Voldemort gloats over Harry's Disney Death with a bizarre "Eh-heh-heh-heh!".
- Evil Ed from Fright Night has a voice crackling with pre-puberty and a laugh like a donkey on inhalants. As a vampire, the laugh gets more reverb, but it's still the same goofy laugh.
- Intentionally done in Austin Powers, where Scott Evil's laugh in Goldmember sounds more like a mix between screaming and crying, is incredibly hilarious, and gets him reprimanded by Dr. Evil for doing it wrong. By the end, though, he's learned how to have an effective laugh.
- Dr. Flemyng, from The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. The Skeleton itself has a far more traditional Evil Laugh.
- From Prince of Space, we have the Phantom's drawn-out, twangy chortle, which sounds like an unholy merger of Burgess Meredith as The Penguin and a car with a bad starter motor. Haaaa-haaaa-haaaa-haaa-haaa-haaa-haaa-haa-haa-haa-haa-haaaa.
- Tex Richman in The Muppets and his "maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh!" (He's not laughing. He's literally saying that.)
- Lampshaded by one of his henchmen, who is proud of his own very Evil Laugh.
- Thurman in Dinner for Schmucks has a bizarre one which sounds more like a kettle whistling than laughter.
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.
Stand Up Comedy
- In Kingdom Hearts II, when the surviving members of Organization XIII first appear to the main character, one can clearly hear Demyx's rather uninspired titter among the collection of otherwise decent Evil Laughs.
- Alfred Ashford's interesting laugh in Resident Evil: Code: Veronica.
- Jak and Daxter parodies this in the outtakes with Gol. "SICKLY. Evil laugh."
- In No More Heroes, Destroyman's laugh is a pretty good example, and given the setting probably intentional.
- Brady Culture from the adventure game Sam & Max: Culture Shock has a few false starts with his evil laugh before getting it down pat.
- In Final Fantasy VII, Heidegger and Scarlet are nicknamed "Gyaha" and "Kyaha" by Cait Sith. Hard to be worried when they're around.
- Team Fortress 2, The Spy: "HON HON HON *snort* HON HON HON"
- Pretty much every class has a laugh that is either supremely annoying or lacking in the intimidation department. Examples include the Scout's fratboy-like chuckles, the Engie's coughing, the Soldier running completely out of breath laughing, and the Medic occasionally sounding like an old lady.
- Most of the Laughably Evil villains of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games, such as "Chaw-haw-haw!", "Whoa-ho-ho!", and "Heh heh heh!" The more sinister villains will have laughs like "Ooh hoo hoo hoo!", but the most terrifying laugh from those villains would be "MuhehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehahahahahahahahahahahahHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAA!!!"
- Scorn, the stage 1 boss from Knights of the Round has a hilariously girlish cackle that he can't resist letting fly every so often.
- "WUH HUH HUH HUH!!" Monster Clown he may be, but Final Fantasy VI's Kefka lacks something in the terrifying laugh department. That was intentional, however, to showcase Kefka as a Harmless Villain and a Dirty Coward. Then comes the second half of the game...
- Ditto for Ultros/Orthros from the same game. Even though it's only spelled out, there's something about his affected "Uwee hee hee!" that fails to inspire much in the way of fear.
- And then there's Borghen, who either has the least evil laugh in the series, or else he's packing one mean turkey call.
- Well, Kefka's case might have been Fair for Its Day. Evil laughs (along with all other voices) in games back in the day had to be rendered in MIDI, so a lot of them sound Un-Evil to modern gamers used to HD voice acting, e.g. Woh woh woh woh!
- Goldman in House of the Dead 2 may have the best worst evil laugh ever.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mandark in Dexter's Laboratory: HA haha! HA haha! HA haha haha!
- Kim Possible
- Seńor 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 spastic 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.
- 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!"