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"He's an absolutely awful human being. The strange thing about comedy is that if an awful character makes people laugh, people feel affectionate towards him. It's insane because if they had to sit next to him for five minutes at a dinner, they would absolutely not be able to cope with him. They would loathe him. But because he makes them laugh, they think, deep down, he's alright."

Villains can be many things... magnificent, horrific, self-obsessed, philosophical and even sympathetic... but special attention goes to the villain that makes you laugh. It might be because they’re an idiot, it might be that you empathize with them, it might be because they’re quick with a quip, or it might be simply that their actions are so unexpected. In any case, some villains will always be funny.

Of course, funny does not always equal weak. Praise be to the villain who can cause a chuckle from the audience, right before viciously thwarting the hero's best efforts. In fact, if done correctly, the very things that make a villain qualify can make them downright disturbing once they begin crossing the Moral Event Horizon. Villain laughing at faking someone out with a gun with a "BANG!" flag coming out? Funny. Same villain doing the exact same laugh when shooting them for real a few seconds later? Creepy. A truly well written one can manage to pull off both at once. See the trope picture for an excellent example of this subtype. Just because a character qualifies, it does not prevent them from being completely evil and there are many villains that manage to be both (again, see the page image). In these cases, what makes them funny also makes them very unsettling because of how much fun they have committing the most horrific acts possible.


Often overlaps with the Harmless Villain (Harmless Villains are inherently funny, but funny villains are not inherently harmless), Affably Evil, Faux Affably Evil (who are often funny), Love to Hate, the Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain and Magnificent Bastard. And with Large Ham (playing a villain seems to be very fun). It's also a prerequisite for the Bumbling Henchmen Duo, the Terrible Trio and the Quirky Miniboss Squad. Interestingly, this either subverts or complements Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor, as does Too Funny to Be Evil, a closely related sister trope. Tends to be the sort who Crosses the Line Twice. See also Laugh with Me! and Beware the Silly Ones. A villain who is laughably evil need not have an Evil Laugh, though it can help. Alternatively, they may have an Un-Evil Laugh. A particularly Card-Carrying Villain with emphasis put on the comical aspects of their "Bad is Good and Good is Bad" morality can very easily turn into a Laughably Evil villain.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Jason Beck from The Big O. When he's not being an egotistical fop, he's actually frighteningly competent. Too bad this is overshadowed by his over the top hubris, which pushes him firmly into the "Laughably" part of this trope.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Most of the villains of early Dragon Ball are like this. Such villains include General Blue, who is utterly hilarious in personality (and also Camp Gay) but also a very deadly opponent, and Emperor Pilaf, who has no idea what he's doing.
    • The Ginyu Force from Dragon Ball Z are Frieza's top soldiers, and regularly lay waste to entire planets, and give the heroes the beating of their lives. They're also the definitive Quirky Miniboss Squad, who punctuate their beatdowns with well-rehearsed Super Sentai poses and play Rock–Paper–Scissors to decide who gets to fight when.
    • Majin Buu, especially in his Fat Buu form, where his antics and are so childish, goofy, and cartoonish that you almost forget that his "games" are killing millions of people, at least until the Establishing Shot of the barren wasteland where a thriving city used to be. Unlike others, he honestly doesn't know what he's doing is wrong (at least as Fat Buu), and Mr Satan manages to single-handedly convert him to good.
    • Beerus from Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, for a certain value of "evil". He's a goofy cat-god who loves gorging on food, and also happens to want to blow up Earth for petty reasons.
  • The Team Rocket trio from Pokémon are this, which is the reason why they are so popular. At least until Best Wishes, when their boss gives them an actual serious assignment.
  • Tobi from Naruto was this at first. Then he decided to stop fucking around.
  • Dedede in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. He's arguably more evil than his game counterpart, but also one of the most entertaining characters on the show.
  • A number of villains from One Piece are various shades of doof, such as Buggy the Clown, a Villainous Harlequin who's (violently) sensitive about his nose, Spandam, who alternately kicks the dog in new and horrible ways and makes himself look like an idiot, and Doflamingo, a vicious crime lord who likes wearing a pink feathery cape and is nicknamed "Doffy".
    • On the opposite side of the power spectrum is Kaku. The second most powerful member of Cipher Pol 9, he can transform into a giraffe. No, you didn't misread that. He can transform into an actual giraffe. Even better, he can transform into a half-man/half-giraffe. One that keeps his trademark square nose. He sincerely believes giraffes to be powerful creatures and during his fight with Zoro was prone to defending them by saying such things as "Witness the power of a giraffe!". Though that could be part-denial since everyone keeps mocking him for his powers. Oh, and he uses his nose as a weapon.
      • Believe it or not, out of all the animals characters can transform into so far, the giraffe appears to be one of the very best (in this form his storm kick attack was amplified like crazy, he can shorten his neck to lengthen his arms and legs, he can shoot out his head like a cannonball ...). The only one that seems to be superior is the rare phoenix.
      • Any animal that can kick a full-grown lion ass-over-appetite is powerful, even if their goofy build and lack of vocalizations in the range of human hearing obscures that fact.
      • What makes the fight even funnier is that Kaku has just eaten his Devil Fruit, and is figuring its powers out as he goes along (bear in mind that many Devil Fruit users have to spend years learning their powers; for example, flashbacks show that when Luffy ate the Gum Gum Fruit, he had to go through quite a bit of training before he could even throw a proper punch). The funny moment comes when he discovers the aforementioned "shorten neck to extend arms and legs" move, reasons that it works on the same principle as a pasta machine, then names the move "Pasta Machine." Also in his favor is that, despite being a government agent, he's a pretty chill guy, even giving a good-natured laugh to a post-battle quip from one of the heroes.
    • Blackbeard introduces himself getting into an eating contest with Luffy, before becoming one of the Four Emperors.
    • Big Mom is a real threat and most of her problems are played for drama, but the lengths her Sweet Tooth goes (she even named most of her children after various confections) often add levity to her arc.
    • The final emperor, Kaido, is mostly a Knight of Cerebus... but he's also The Alcoholic and a hilariously destructive drunk.
    • Kaido's subordinate Queen engineers biological weapons and is actively abusive to his underlings, but is also a round and hammy man who describes himself as "funky" and is introduced with a dance number.
  • Mara from Ah! My Goddess. She takes time out of her busy day tormenting goddesses and attempting world conquest in order to knock a child's ice cream cone out of his hands to fulfill a snide wish by his sister. A truly admirable commitment to evil on any scale. For those who are wondering this happens in the first season of the TV series — if not in Mara's first episode, then in her first or second appearance after that. The scene in question actually makes her seem oddly like a Disgaea character, laughing maniacally at her "evil deed" and resulting in both of the kids kicking her in the shin simultaneously and high-tailing it, to her angry surprise.
  • Baki and Minki from Hell Teacher Nube. They're (nominally) evil, powerful, hugely destructive Oni, but the former adores ice cream, toys, and riding around on the little kids' train in the park, and the latter has some bizarre notions of what a good big brother/little sister relationship should be like.
  • Gates of Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid is so over-the-top with his Chaotic Evil antics that everything he does is completely random. Despite the sadistic violence, this makes him even funnier.
  • Oda Nobunaga from the Sengoku Basara anime. It's not because he's dumb. Or incompetent. Or even snarky, for that matter. It's just that he's so mind-bogglingly, skull-stompingly, baby-eatingly evil that he becomes hilariously awesome just through his very existence.
  • The various teens of Ranma ½ could conceivably come off as this, as opposed to Comedic Sociopathy. Not one of them (except for Kasumi, and even she made mischief on some occasions in the early manga) has done something that doesn't make them look at least partially villainous, yet these same deeds (and the regulars who generally are villains) still manage to be funny because of their attempts at evil.
  • The Golden Witch Beatrice in Umineko: When They Cry is aware that she is the villain of the series, and is just adoring the role. She's a Large Ham and she loves to chew the scenery, just listen to it when she talks to Battler. However, this is only in the anime, since in the original sound novels she's later revealed to be a good deal more tragic, not to mention that she isn't even the main villain in the first place.
  • Blastmon from Digimon Fusion is said to be immensely powerful, but has the mind of a 5-year-old and calls the other generals by nicknames. Then he's defeated by the heroes and is reduced to a hopping head for the rest of the series. Before him, there was Etemon, an over the top rockstar monkey who's both silly, and far stronger then the last Big Bad.
  • Prince Eccentro of Mon Colle Knights. He's the comedian of the anime, often accompanied by a Fiery Redhead and a Cloud Cuckoo Lander as two of his followers, thus why he's so popular with fans of the show.
    • The aforementioned Batch and Gluko are also quite comedic. Quite often at the end of many episodes, Gluko often happily stands by and adores the scenery while Batch and Eccentro get rather embarrassing moments. They even get into rather comedic situations involving Ms. Loon.
  • Laharl in Makai Senki Disgaea has quite the reputation for having some rather funny moments. Also, in Episode 3, Vulcanus becomes this when he accidentally almost falls off a statue and causes it to fall, which leads to Flonne and Etna's clothing & personality swaps. When he finds Flonne sleeping with Laharl and Etna, he flips out and hits her with a This Is Unforgivable! and attempts to kill all three but accidentally falls into a clam exhibit and is unable to get out for the rest of the episode. Later, while he's still trying to get out, he knocks over the same statue again, causing clothing swaps again, this time for Laharl, Etna, Flonne, and one of the Prinnies.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Barry the Chopper is an unrepentant Serial Killer whose lunacy, hamminess, and total inability to understand normal human morality is Played for Laughs. He ends up becoming Laughably Anti-Heroic later on post Heel–Face Turn, becoming a Heroic Comedic Sociopath.
    • Before he went all One-Winged Angel, Father had a tendency to make small, sardonic quips while horrendous battle raged all around him - usually along the lines of "Why does everybody feel the need to demolish my home?"
    • Envy is a disgusting, malignant sadist to be certain. But they're so comically inept and mindlessly hateful that they're able to make you laugh at their absurd physical abuse and comically self-superior behavior before horrifying you by gloating about another unspeakable atrocity. Not to mention that Envy has godawful fashion sense and, according to Ed, looks like a palm tree with his hair.
  • In a similar case to Barry, Ladd Russo from Baccano! is a complete nutjob who loves killing just for the sake of killing. While it can be argued whether or not his actions are intentionally Played for Laughs, it's hard not to enjoy watching the guy have so much fun.
  • Macine Baron from Steam Detectives. A bumbling collector and inventor of steam-powered robots with a hilariously overblown Austrian accent; willing to steal the robots if he feels like it. Certain robots he's got his eye on are more-or-less Steampunk Roombas. Upon being defeated by Goriki, he develops a deep affection towards "him".
  • Sword Art Online: For a psychopathic player killer, Vassago Casals can be somewhat humorous when interacting with his allies. He has a tendency to make Gabriel uncomfortable by calling him "bro," constantly butts heads with Critter, shows childish glee in logging into the Underworld and joining the front lines, confuses his Underworld allies with MMO terminology, and frequently makes random tension-breaking comments. In a dark twist, his goofiness is just an act to hide his monstrous nature from his fellow Glowgen mercenaries. Once he logs into the Underworld as PoH and abandons the act, his physical and psychological violence against enemies and allies alike is played for horror.
  • Jan Valentine of the Valentine Brothers assassination team from Hellsing, he's very sadistic and cruel and he's also hilarious, he's very foulmouthed and loves to tell disgusting stories, he also treats the assignment like a game, and in the manga long after he's been killed he shows up from time to time to break the fourth wall.
  • Jake Martinez from Tiger & Bunny is basically the T&B universe's Joker. He's a Fantastically Racist terrorist, a serial killer, a kidnapper, a mercenary and an all around egotistical asshole who's threatening despite his... questionable wardrobe. And yet he somehow manages to say and do terrible things like murder an underling who failed him (& brag about it to people who had captured said underling), threaten to destroy a city if its heroes couldn't beat him, & force one of the heroes to help draw out his allies in ways that make them hilarious as they are horrid.
  • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle has Yoruka Kirihime, who attempts to convince Lux to join the Arc Villain of Volumes 3 to 5. However, she lacks any sense of personal space or tact, causing her to create all sorts of awkward situations. This includes interrupting his math class, helping him mow a lawn with a katana, and washing his back in the school's bathhouse. This gets inverted after her Heel–Face Turn, where her lack of social skills and her inability to connect with others are played for drama.
  • While Berserk has always been a dark and edgy series, there are a few villains that stand out who are kind of hard to take serious. The most shining example is Adon Corbolwitz, the big bragging leader of the Blue Whale Heavy Assault Knights of Chuder. While the other two villains of the Hundred-Year War Mini-Arc are not very funny (Governor Gennon is a Depraved Homosexual and a pederast wishing to make Griffith his lover, and General Boscone is a scary, no-nonsense military mastermind), Adon seems to go out of his way just to make the situation as laughably hammy as possible. Though he has nasty qualities as both a Dirty Coward and a Straw Misogynist who resents Casca a great deal, he's still just so over-the-top that you can't help but laugh. He brags about his great love for battle, as well as boasting about his family's secret techniques, passed down for over 1,000 years, and not to mention his dramatic entrances. It helps that Mike Pollock, the guy who voices Doctor Eggman, voices him, too.
    • While Griffith shaves all of this after becoming Femto, he still manages to be a pretty damn silly goof during the Golden Age, as seen during the water fighting scene and the scene were he shows Guts a pornographic book. While he’s not a villain at this point, he’s still rather evil, as shown when he smiles after Adonis is accidentally murdered.
  • Jujutsu Kaisen: Suguro Geto and the disaster curses are sadistic monsters trying to wipe out humanity and for most of them, there are no lows they wouldn't step down to in order to win. Still, their Villains Out Shopping antics and frequent bickering makes them quite enjoyable to watch, e.g. playing football with a severed curse head, lounging around in a restaurant or in their tropical beach-located base of operations. Special mentions goes to Mahito, the most sadistic of the group, with his cheerful behavior and occassional lapses in judgement that lead to even more satisfying moments of getting his ass kicked.
  • Project A-ko's villains, with the exception of Gail and his Co-Dragons, are all comedic or have funny moments.
    • B-ko Daitokuji and her Girl Posse are the antagonists for much of the series, but B-ko's attempts to claim C-ko Kotobuki for herself tend to utterly fail more often than they come close to succeeding, and her rivarly and bickering with A-ko Magami is the main sorce of comedy. Her Girl Posse are a bumbling Quirky Miniboss Squad who get easily beaten by A-ko, even Mari, a female Expy of Kenshiro who is herself played for much laughs.
    • Captain Napolipolia and Agent D are two members of the alien Lepton Kingdom who launch an Alien Invasion halfway through the first film. Despite this, D is pretty much a joke- the first film's Running Gag is D getting run over by A-ko while she is speeding off to school and carrying C-ko with her; and while the Captain is intially portrayed as a legitimate threat, this lessens once she and D are revealed as manly-looking women, with D wearing a Battle Bikini and the Captain having a massive drinking problem that manifests in anger if she is sober. From the second film onward, they are purely comedic characters and represent no threat.
    • Mr. Hikaru Daitokuji, B-ko's father, is a Corrupt Corporate Executive who wants to steal the Lepton ship for himself and get even richer with its technology, and tries to force Kei into an Arranged Marriage in Final. But his mannerisms are so goofy that it's no wonder where his daughter gets it from.
    • In Uncivil Wars/The VS, Lady Xena, unlike the others, is a legitimately dangerous and vile villain. But she gets some scenes of comedy, mainly the ones where she throws childish tantrums because Gail doesn't want to let her destroy planets (he would rather they stick to their plan to head to the Talho Sector), and when A-ko and B-ko start arguing with each other in the middle of the final battle, she stands there with an amusing look of "are you serious" on her face.

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    Comic Books 
  • The Joker is a sterling example of the trope. The trick in writing the Joker is to make his actions such that you can laugh one moment, and be horrified the next. Brilliantly brought out by many of the actors to portray him in other media, most prominently Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill, Heath Ledger and Brent Spiner. Whether it's electrocuting a gangster while singing showtunes, casually (and cheerfully) stalking an everyday accountant in the middle of rush-hour traffic, or doing a magic trick by making a pencil disappear, you can always find it either way with the Joker. Even Cesar Romero qualifies, although because the show was such high Camp, he focused more on the "laughable" than the "evil".
    Paul Dini on the Joker: Joker's that perfect combination of schoolyard bully and class clown. The kind of sicko who will make you laugh just before he sticks the knife in and twists it.
  • Speaking of the Joker, everyone's favorite Villainous Harlequin Canon Immigrant, Harley Quinn.
  • Marvel Comics' Madcap is a Chaotic Neutral who acts deliberately silly, and whose power is simply to make people act uninhibited.
  • The Green Goblin, who, just like the Joker, can make someone laugh one moment, and horrified the next.
  • Herr Starr from Preacher. Every time he shows up he has a smartass line, but he scares some poor old lady for blocking the moving walkway by yelling at her to step on it.
    "Moving walkway, Granny Fuck! Not moving fucking standway!!"
    • By this point in the series he's had to deal with "an angel, a whore, an eunuch, several dozen idiots, an unkillable mick, a one-man holocaust in a duster coat, the occasional twenty-course banquet for the mother of all fat fuckers, inbreeding, family feuds, bulimia, a retarded child (always good for a laugh), and the utter destruction of our most sacred shrine and secret retreat in the detonation of a fifty-ton bomb." Not to mention "having my head carved into a giant gleaming dong", so it's understandable that he'd be a mite testy.
  • Superboy-Prime, with his wonderful bits of dialogue such as "I'll kill you! I'll kill you to death!"
  • Larfleeze of the Green Lantern books can be accurately described as the Daffy Duck of the DCU. He's a greedy and short-tempered Psychopathic Manchild who constantly whines that everything he desires is his and is consistently shown to have a most unorthodox thought process.
  • Jameson is a power-hungry undead Mad Scientist and demonologist. He's also the Meta Guy of Creature Tech, and as such spends most of his time making awful puns, references to other media, Chewing the Scenery, and hanging lampshades anywhere they'll fit.
  • Deadpool, when he's the antagonist.
  • In the Teen Titans comic of the 1980s, the alien despot Lord Damyn (High of Highs and Best of Best) played a supporting role to recurring villain Blackfire for all of two issues... but in that time, he managed to be both a relentlessly brutish, murderous dictator and bizarrely funny in every other panel.
  • The Walking Dead: Negan is a wonderful example of this trope, with his constant one liners, non-sequiturs, and profanity-ridden speech.
  • Lobo might count Depending on the Author, especially if the ultraviolence gets cartoonish.
  • Big Head from The Mask, depending on the wearer (the mask itself travels from host to host). Stanley Ipkiss was this for sure, while Ray Tuttle from the "Hunt for Green October" arc had somewhat more heroic motivations. Most of the people affected by Big Head's actions are considerably less amused.
    Lt. Kellaway: Saving lives? With a chainsaw? You think that's funny?
    (Big Head just looks at him with an ashamed expression)
  • In Paperinik New Adventures, the average low-caste Evronian is a bureaucratic, uptight goon who is easy to confuse and fool without someone from the higher castes around to explain the situation, leading to some amusing misunderstandings and hijinks. But when they get their orders, they demonstrate just why they're Planet Looters feared around the universe.
  • Nnewts: Despite their murderous tendencies and wicked plans being taken seriously, both the Lizzarks and the Snake Lord have surprisingly frequent funny moments. For example, the Snake Lord spends most of Book 2 and part of Book 3 trapped in the form of a turnip.
  • Atomic Robo: Recurring villain Dr. Dinosaur manages to be funny in just about all of his appearances, being a sapient dinosaur who considers himself an evil genius when his grasp of science qualifies more as technobabble gibberish at best.
  • Hawkeye (2012) introduces the Tracksuit Mafia. If the name isn't enough indicative, they add "bro" to every sentence to drive their comedic nature home.

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  • The title devil from The Screwtape Letters, who has no sense of humor himself. Lampshaded at one point where he complains that the girl the Patient is falling in love with is "the sort who would find me funny."
  • The Ciaphas Cain series tends to draw from this trope for its humor, only instead of the source being an individual villain, it is the Darker and Edgier nature of the Warhammer 40,000 setting itself that provides the source.
  • The pigs from Animal Farm can be this, especially Squealer. A case in point would be the morning after the pigs get wasted on booze and it is mawkishly announced that Napoleon (now suffering a hangover) is dying. Then: Great news! Our dear leader is going to be making a complete recovery. Anyway, I'm off to procure some books on brewing. Oink!
  • Croup and Vandemar from Neverwhere. Croup is a Large Ham who likes words far too much and Vandemar is a Big Eater who's very literal-minded and at one point pins his own hand to wall with a knife. They're entertaining, but they're also ruthless murderers who kill the heroine's family, play mind games with the main characters, and torture people to death for fun.
  • A Magnificent Bastard Shadowthrone from Malazan Book of the Fallen might be, but his quirks also make him a pretty funny one. Like the fact that he has a very dry sense of humor concerning his mommy-issues and crippling fear of women.
  • Humbert Humbert in Lolita is a classic example. The book deals with topics that should by all rights be utterly horrifying, but the constant absurdity and pretentiousness of the narrative Humbert concocts in order to convince the reader that he's Not Evil, Just Misunderstood turns the whole thing into a Black Comedy instead.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire, features the utterly Ax-Crazy Vargo Hoat. He's known as "The Crippler" due to his tendency to dismember his victims. He leads the Brave Companions, a Sellsword Company that seemingly are hired specifically to terrorize the smallfolk, with their flagrant love of rape, torture, and murder. He also has a slobbery lisp caused by a swollen tongue, leading to any time he speaks being amusing. In-universe even, he's mocked for both his lisp and slobbering behind his back. As if to emphasize the "evil" part of this however, this swollen tongue is due to STD...that he got from raping someone.
  • Mammon in Magik Online is a far sillier foe than Shroud's previous villains with his Large Ham nature, Shameless Self-Promoter antics, along with his dynamic with his Girl Friday, Ace.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Big Bad of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, John Garrett, is actually pretty hysterical. He's an unrepentant monster with no redeeming qualities whatsoever, but he has a pretty spot-on sense of humor.
    Agents: How did they (Hydra) know you were coming?
    John Garrett: We told 'em!
    [Grant Ward shoots the two agents in the head]
  • The Comedian in The Amazing Extraordinary Friends is essentially a sane version of The Joker. Many of his jokes are actually pretty funny. It is a shame that he is also one of the most ruthless villains in the series, and doesn't care who gets hurt in his schemes, so long as the payoff is funny (to him).
  • Arrow: Damien Darhk is a Card-Carrying Villain and a highly dangerous Evil Sorcerer whose Evil Plan is to destroy the world, and his murder of Laurel makes him the first true Hero Killer of the show. He's also highly entertaining, largely due to the fact that he's visibly enjoying himself and various lines where he openly admits how evil he is.
  • All of the villains in the Adam West Batman show fit, but the best examples are all of the one-shot villains that are unique to the show. And the Riddler, whose infamous riddles would continuously be solved by a Boy Wonder who was otherwise only good for getting kidnapped.
  • Blackadder: The titular character Edmund Blackadder is a selfish, manipulative and Machiavellian figure, but his tendency to screw up, his Deadpan Snarker attitude, misadventures in the chaotic times he (or rather they) live(s) in and Magnificent Bastard moments make him one of the most iconic comedic characters in British television.
    • The Witchsmeller Persuivant from Season One is a Large Ham who is constantly twisting the words of others to incriminate them so he can burn them at the stake.
    • Elizabeth I from Season Two is a Psychopathic Manchild who has people executed for trivial reasons and can be a Mood-Swinger to hilarious degrees. Her girly crush on Blackadder also hypes up how she's essentially an inexperienced teen girl in a grown woman's body.
    • Many incarnations of Melchett are scheming and lying (or just flat out Lethally Stupid), but his Cloud Cuckoolander tendencies make him endlessly fun to watch.
  • Buffyverse:
    • Spike could be quite funny, such as when he passed out in Angel's backyard and woke up when the sun made his hand catch fire in the episode "Lovers' Walk". Also in the episode "In the Dark" where he watches from a roof-top while Angel saves a girl and provides sarcastic voice-over narration.
      As Victim: Oh, how can I thank you, you mysterious black-clad hunk of a night thing?
      As Angel: No need, little lady, your tears of gratitude are enough for me. You see I was once a badass vampire, but love and a pesky curse defanged me, and now I'm just a biiiiiig fluffy puppy with bad teeth. No, not the hair, never the hair.
      As Victim: But there must be some way I can... show my appreciation.
      As Angel: No! Helping those in need's my job, and working up a load of sexual tension and prancing away like a magnificent poof is truly thanks enough.
      As Victim: I understand. I have a nephew who's gay, so—
      As Angel: Say no more. Evil's still afoot. And I'm almost out of that nancy-boy hair-gel I like so much. Quickly, to the Angel-mobile! Away!
      • This little exchange was actually on the Buffy spin-off Angel and when we next see him on that show four seasons later, he's reformed his ways.
        Cordelia: Heard you weren't evil anymore. Which kinda makes the hair silly.
    • Angelus is even funny sometimes, in a sick sort of way. ("Othello and Desdemona! My favorite couple. Only Desdemona didn't love the other guy.")
    • Glory is the Alpha Bitch with apocalyptic plans.
    • The Trio start out as a mix between this and Harmless Villain. Then one of the subjects of their wacky hijinks points out that their Black Comedy Rape plan wasn't quite as funny or as hot to her, retroactively pointing out the Moral Event Horizon was crossed much earlier in the ostensibly funny episode. The Trio reacts differently: Warren goes monster, Andrew becomes an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, and Jonathan tries desperately to do a Heel–Face Turn but is prevented by the other two.
    • Before The Trio and Glory, there was the one and only chaos-worshipping Ethan Rayne. The guy is very cool and efficient in causing complete chaos, but his methods are downright hilarious. His grand entrance was in the episode "Halloween", where he opens up a costume shop. Anyone who puts on his costume actually becomes the thing that they were dressing up as. As Spike put it, was just plain neat. In "Band Candy", he spikes school band fund-raiser chocolate so that any adult that eats it turns into a stupid teenager. Best of all though, was turning Giles into a Fyarl demon. Ethan Rayne at best is a Deadpan Snarker, but his methods easily place him squarely into this territory.
    • Mayor Wilkins, due to how completely consistent he is in his affable evilness to the point where his last words when he realizes he's about to be blown up are "well gosh..."
  • Basically all the villains in El Chapulín Colorado are of this variety; even their names normally have puns or funny meanings. From the "Scooby-Doo" Hoax villains that dress as monsters to scare people away for some reason to the parodies of Gangsters, Pirates and Gunslingers. Also Kiko from sister series El Chavo del ocho.
  • Dexter combines social awkwardness and constantly overthinking everything with the decidedly less relatable flaws of sociopathy and serial murder to create a character as hilarious as he is horrifying.
  • Doctor Who: The Master has been like this since the '70s. A well-written Master has the exact same wit and charisma as the Doctor — while regularly killing people for fun.
  • Like Kefka and The Joker, Alpha from Dollhouse can make you laugh and cross the Moral Event Horizon at the same time.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Ramsay Snow/Bolton. In the books he's a humorless psychopath who flays people alive and is portrayed like a real-life Serial Killer in medieval times. The show version keeps all of the book character's nightmarish deeds, but adds a heaping dose of Faux Affably Evil and Black Comedy to them. During his season-long torture of Theon Greyjoy, he alternates between deeds like peeling the skin off his finger and blowing a horn to wake him up... which is actually a form of sleep deprivation torture, and bad enough it becomes a ptsd trigger for Theon. Another point has him castrating his victim then eating a suggestively shaped sausage in front of him.
    • Bronn being a colossal asshole only serves to make him that much more entertaining, per contrast to most other evil characters on the show. Bronn wholeheartedly enjoys being a dick, and the victims of his harsher abuse generally tend to be even worse people than he is.
    • Euron Greyjoy can come across as rather over-the-top when he's not trying to intimidate anyone, to the point of cracking macabre jokes and even bluntly asking Jaime for sex tips. It's eminent how Euron doesn't take anyone, including himself, too seriously.
  • Gotham: Jerome Valeska, unsurprisingly, considering who he is based on. Most of the things he finds funny are horrifying, like the time he doused cheerleaders in gasoline and then asked them if they had a lighter. Sometimes his sense of humor is (a little) more harmless, though, and he's also prone to making quips, even (rarely) self-deprecating ones. For example, he once characterized his identical twin brother, Jeremiah, as their mother's favorite because he cleaned his room, did his homework, and didn't try to kill everyone.
  • Graceland gives us Ari Adamian, a sociopathic Armenian gangster who does absolutely deplorable things while making hilarious deadpan quips.
  • Mason Verger in Hannibal is a truly monstrous human being who literally drinks the tears of children, but is incredibly entertaining to watch.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Gang are a loathsome and despicable bunch, but their crazy antics are always hilarious to watch.
  • Kamen Rider:
    • Kamen Rider Fourze has the Cancer Zodiarts, who was the head of the high school's Rakugo club when he was recruited by the villains, and it still shows in his tendency to make puns mid-battle. Sometimes Cancer gets into Crosses the Line Twice territory, as with his "Open Mic from Hell", where he challenges people to make him laugh or lose their souls. When the Lovable Alpha Bitch starts a long joke, he zaps her mid-sentence and says "I never liked her anyway"; when The Stoic challenges him to a funny face contest, he gives a flat "no" and zaps him.
    • Kamen Rider OOO: Dr. Maki truly is a dangerous villain, especially as the series goes on. His callous stoicism is underscored, however, by a bizarrely persistent Running Gag involving his protectiveness over his Creepy Doll. Anyone who touches, looks at, or so much as breathes near the doll has to endure Dr. Maki's hysterical, hammy freak-outs, which is a complete 180 from the emotionless bastard Maki usually is. Even as the doll is treated to a Cerebus Retcon, they keep getting comedy out of it and Dr. Maki in increasingly weirder ways.
  • Lord Fear in Knightmare was a hilariously snarky villain.
  • All of the villains on The League of Gentlemen. There are very few shows that could make a pair of incestuous Corrupt Hick Serial Killers hilarious.
  • Lost: Benjamin Linus is one ruthless, manipulative, and downright creepy motherfucker. He also has some of the best lines in the series.
  • El Ecoloco from Odisea Burbujas, his name means “Eco-Crazy” and he is basically like a homeless man made villain, his main goal is to pollute the world. He even has his own song, pretty catchy: Amo el ruido y el smog [I love nois and smog].
  • Only Fools and Horses has a number of villains who have funny moments, but oddly enough, many of them are treated with surprising seriousness. However, the robber who traps Del, Rodney and Uncle Albert in the supermarket overnight, who calls himself "the Shadow" aka Lennox Gilby from The Longest Night is the standout example. He's treated with the same respect as other villains (such as Roy Slater), but that doesn't stop him from being quite possibly the funniest one-shot character in the entire series. His debonair attitude, his jumbling over his words and flat out stupidity and incompetence make for an unforgettable villain. Justified, as it turns out he's not really evil and only did what he did out of desperation. Doesn't make him any less funny. The fact that this is his only appearance in the whole show makes him all the more memorable.
  • Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri from The Sopranos. A ridiculously rapacious and cheap bastard. Comically absurd like many of his shenanigans.
  • Supernatural:
    • The Trickster/Gabriel always manages to deliver some sick and twisted poetic justice in a way that will make you laugh—maybe because it's completely ridiculous, extremely clever, or just funny.
    • The main reason Cowley was around for as long as he was: He was always funny enough to pick up the same kind of Popularity Power Castiel had. He did lots of awful things, but he always managed to remain likable with his Deadpan Snarker attitude, the nicknames he gave everyone and unorthodox management methods like in "The Man Who Would Be King" which shows that after becoming King of Hell, he got rid of all the torture and turned it into an eternal DMV line. A lot of the people who were coming in were masochists who enjoyed being tormented, but nobody likes waiting in line. He also gets a great Even Evil Has Standards rant in the otherwise-godawful "Season 7, Time For a Wedding":
      This isn't Wall Street, this is Hell! We have a little something called integrity!
    • While Lucifer himself averts this, Sam's hallucination of Lucifer in S7 finds some rather amusing ways to torment Sam, like singing "Stairway to Heaven" 50 times in a row and yelling in his ear with a megaphone.
      Pay attention to me, Sam! I'm bored!
    • Soulless Sam's complete Lack of Empathy led to some pretty hilarious moments in Season 6. Take, for instance, "Clap Your Hands If You Believe", when an unnamed woman tells him it must have been horrible to have his brother abducted by aliens.
      Sam: No! I mean, I've had time to adjust.
      Unnamed woman: Did it happen when you were kids?
      Sam: No. Half an hour ago.
    • Meg also got some pretty dark laughs. See her taunting Jo in "Born Under A Bad Sign" My Daddy shot your daddy in the head~ Also, after she's exorcised, Dean tells Sam "Dude, you full-on had a girl inside you for a whole week. That's pretty dirty."
    • Madge and Edward Carrigan, the pagan gods from "A Very Supernatural Christmas", are another example.
      Dean: *as they're preparing him to be sacrificed* Aaah! You bitch!
      Madge: Oh my goodness me! Somebody owes a nickel to the swear jar! Oh, do you know what I say when I feel like swearing? Fudge.
      Dean: I'll try and remember that.
      *a few minutes later*
      Dean: You fudging touch me again and I'll fudging kill you!
      Madge Very good!
    • The shapeshifter in "Monster Movie" also gets some pretty great moments. Particularly the bit with the delivery guy.
      Shapeshifter/"Dracula": Is there... garlic on this pizza?
      Delivery Guy: I don't know. Did you order garlic?
      Shapeshifter/"Dracula": *horrified* No!
      Delivery Guy: *bored* Then no, there isn't any garlic on it.
    • Although his very presence on the screen was Nightmare Fuel, Alastair still had a bit of this.
      *after Uriel calls him a "pussing sore* Name-calling. That hurt my feelings, you sanctimonious, fanatical prick.
    • Zachariah at times due to being such an over-the-top asshole. This side of him shows most in "Dark Side of the Moon", from calling Mary a MILF to retorting to Dean's mocking his baldness with "in heaven I have six wings and four faces, one of which is a LION".
    • Balthazar was also often this. A good example in "My Heart Will Go On" when he explains to Sam and Dean that he changed history to stop the Titanic from sinking, which isn't supposed to be possible, just because he hated "that movie".. He was lying.
      Dean: What movie?
      Balthazar: Exactly!
    • The series' original Big Bad the Yellow-Eyed Demon/Azazel is often viewed as one of (if not the) most evil demons on the show. However, the fact that he never fails to mock the heroes also makes him highly entertaining.
      John: Hey. [aims the Colt at Azazel] How stupid do you think I am?
      Azazel: [grins] You really want an honest answer to that?
  • Super Sentai:
  • The Vampire Diaries: Even when he's balls-to-the-wall evil and murdering innocent people, Damon still makes you laugh.
  • WandaVision has Agnes a.k.a. Agatha Harkness, who gets lots of snarky one liners and, after the reveal, absolutely revels in how evil she is. She even hijacks the 'sitcom' of Westview to play her own Villain Song! She's absolutely awful, having steadily insinuated herself into Wanda's life while causing her more and more pain, all to get at Wanda's power... but she is great fun to watch.


  • Quite a few of the villains from The Adventure Zone: Balance, but especially Magic Brian, the villain of the Here There Be Gerblins arc, who has a ridiculous accent (similar to Taako's) and is ultimately disposed of when Magnus simply kicks him off of a ledge.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Chris Jericho was one of these in WCW and in his early days in WWE as a dumb blonde muscle headed prima donna who thought he was a lot better than he really was. He beat Goldberg...or rather, a pale imitation in "Gilberg", and he almost lost to that! He knew 1004 holds and they were almost all ARMBAR!
  • Rikishi during his "bad man" phase. Yes, he tried to run over "Stone Cold" Steve Austin with a motor vehicle but he was still the man whose most prominent feature was his ass. In fact, this little stretch of his WWF career is considered one of the worst heel runs ever because people weren't laughing in any way intended.
  • When the Knights of the UK were put on edge, bad things happened. In Britani's case though, it was almost adorable. She's tried to use unwilling wrestlers such as Cheerleader Melissa as ventriloquist dummies, for example.
  • Since no one has kicked out of Bryan Danielson's inside cradle all year, you may now refer to him as "Mr. Small Package!" Why are you laughing? What's so funny? You're all just jealous because you'll never rate on his manliness meter!
  • After Santino Marella failed to get over as the "Milan Miracle", he got over this way, typically throwing silly insults at his opponents. Usually he's a weak character who gets whipped on, to get the audience cheering for a big, strong hero.
  • "Broken Matt Hardy" is an amalgamation of insane rambling in fake accents, piano-playing, and flying drones (among other things, it's difficult to package his gimmick properly in a few words). The segments involving him have hit Memetic Mutation levels in the pro wrestling community due to their gloriously cheese execution that involves so many out-of-context moments.

  • Old Harry's Game: The main cast includes Thomas Crimp, a demented murder-rapist; Gary, a demon obsessed with torturing people; and Satan himself. It's a comedy.
  • The Whisperer, from the Adventures in Odyssey episode "Accidental Dilemma", is treated as if he were incompetent, but between the lines, he has formidable equipment, tricks, and overall villainous cunning on his side. However, he is so consistently played for laughs that it turns out to be one of the funniest episodes (of what was ostensibly a comedy-drama) in a while.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Orcs of Warhammer Fantasy and the Orks of Warhammer 40,000 are a race of Psychopathic Manchildren who fill in as the comic relief of the setting, in no small part due to crossing the line twice. Among other things, they're deliberately written as talking like Violent Glaswegian Football Hooligans. This is expecially the case in 40,000; most factions in will wage genocidal war on you because they hate you with the burning fire of a thousand suns just because you exist. The Orks will wage genocidal war on you because they want a larf! The Ogres of Fantasy play much of a similar role but with "evil" somewhat downplayed.
  • In Nomine features Kobal, the Demon Prince of Dark Humor. There is also his "blood brother" Haagenti, the Demon Prince of Gluttony, who also holds purview over torture and sight gags (which many consider to be a form of torture).
  • Pathfinder goblins, bless their psychopathic little hearts. Their culture honors pyromania, kleptomania, illiteracy, random slaughter and suicidal courage.
  • Goblins in any given Magic: The Gathering setting tend to be psychopathic, destructive, homicidal, genocidal, suicidal and absolutely hilarious.

  • William Shakespeare's villains tend toward this, since their extreme self-awareness and cynicism render them hilarious Deadpan Snarkers. Especially Iago in Othello and Edmund in King Lear.
  • The Thenardiers in the musical version of Les Misérables, like in the book, are pimps, cheats, swindlers, thieves, grave robbers, extortionists and Abusive Parents and spouses. They re also the only source of anything approaching comic relief in the entire musical, with "Master of the House" standing out as the only genuinely upbeat song. Yeah, this is that kind of work....
  • In Hamilton, King George III is hilariously malevolent every single time he appears. His sole functions in the story are to provide commentary for ongoing events in America at three points, each time to the exact same British music hall-style tune; witness America's devolution into partisanism under President John Adams (good luck!), and help pass out copies of the Reynolds pamphlet.

    Video Games 
  • The Lich Palawa Joko in Guild Wars: Nightfall once terrorised the entirety of the continent of Elona, whose forces were the greatest threat said continent faced until the Charr invasion many centuries later. Being unable to die or be killed, he had to be sealed away at the location of his defeat, and there he would have remained... if the plot hadn't required that you release him from his imprisonment for several very good reasons. But that's okay, all Joko wants is to reform his undead Army Of Darkness, which you've got to help him with as well. Astoundingly, he fails to be a threat for the remainder of the game, and while you're dealing with the Big Bad he's spending the rest of the time hilariously failing to get any sort of organisation from his mindless minions. What a guy. By the second game, he has gotten his act together, and how.
    • Mad King Thorn is generally loved by players and seen as wacky and amusing. The fact that he and his minions will happily recall the horrors they inflicted on their subjects, such as once having an entire village flayed alive, makes this somewhat inexcusable.
  • King Bohan and Flying Fox from Heavenly Sword. King Bohan is voiced by Andy Serkis and is funny even when being a total bastard. Flying Fox has a very shrill voice and is even hammier than Bohan.
  • Deconstructed in Injustice 2. While he's capable of cracking jokes, it's also shown that The Joker's evil side far exceeds it, given that he's responsible for Superman's Face–Heel Turn by tricking Big Blue into murdering his own family and nuking Metropolis just For the Evulz, and that it's entirely possible for one aspect of this trope to be so horrific to cancel the other out. His attempts at Black Comedy are used to call attention on why tormenting people would be funny. His belief that life is just a "joke" also reveals how insane he is.
  • Hades from Kid Icarus: Uprising. The few times when they get dead serious, however, it's actually pretty terrifying.
  • Several members of Organization XIII from Kingdom Hearts are this, especially Xigbar. Xigbar is there, casually tossing out surfer slang, wearing an eye patch, explaining (badly) what love is to Roxas, and is a lot of fun to watch. Until you play Birth By Sleep and Kingdom Hearts 3D. Where it's revealed that he caused a lot of the problems in Birth By Sleep and KH3D because he willingly let himself become "Half Xehanort" and it's implied that -unlike several other members of the New Organization who were either forced, brainwashed, or a part of the original Xehanort (It Makes Sense in Context)- knew what would happen if Master Xehanort succeeds and went along with it anyway. Demyx is funnier, but he isn't evil enough to completely pull this off.
  • Lucas Baker from Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a sociopathic Jigsaw-style Serial Killer... with a cheerful, chatty, and showmanly Faux Affably Evil streak and tendency to tease and lethally "prank" his victims as they navigate his trap-filled stomping grounds and deadly rigged games in a manner that comes off as equal parts horror bastardry and pitch-dark Black Comedy. He's as much the comic relief character as a major villain, outside of the Not a Hero DLC chapter, in which he's the Big Bad of the scenario and has dropped most of the antics in a fit of pique after being outwitted in the main game.
  • Dokurubo from Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love is a perfect example of this. When the New York Combat Revue challenge him the second time after comforting Rikaritta Aries, he responds to their appearance with "You guys!". But then, he ask who they are, much to the frustration of the team. Sagitta calls him out for stupidity as Rikaritta just announced who they are. In the boss battle, Dokurobu will also try to trick the team into doing a Victory Pose. Despite being dumbfounded at first, Shinjiro see though it and insults him for it. When Shinjiro also insulted Dokurobu's armour, he get angry and gives it a different name: "The Star Division is Stupid!" armour.
  • Kaos, the Big Bad of Skylanders. He's got the personality and voice of Invader Zim, Large Ham and all. Though it should be noted he's actually far more competent than his personality would imply. Doesn't make him any less fun to watch, however.
    Kaos: My head is awesome, I tell you! Fear it! Fear my GIANT FLOATING HEAD!
  • Sonic the Hedgehog has Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, though this varied depending on who's writing him. Over the years, his schemes have ranged from legitimate acts of terrorism (attempting to nuke a whole city, breaking into a government facility, rigging a military-controlled island with explosives) to outlandish Mad Scientist Take Over the World plots (building a giant mind-control ray disguised as an amusement park, trying to summon an all-powerful genie by holding a racing tournament), and his demeanor usually changes to match. Just compare how Mike Pollock voices him in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) and Shadow the Hedgehog with how he voices him in Sonic Colors and Sonic Free Riders!
    • That being said, the classic incarnation of Eggman is consistently this with some of his contraptions' design to defeat Sonic are rather... questionable, if not, outright ineffective.
  • Many, if not all, of the main enemies in the Super Mario Bros. series. From Bowser's kidnapping of the princess turning out to be lovesickness, Wart being the tyrant of a dream world while critically weak to vegetables (he hates the taste), to even the names of many of the stage bosses (King Caliente's Spicy Return!). Not to mention anyone who's an antagonist in an RPG or spinoff (*Chunks Awaaaay!* ) (I HAVE FURY!).
    • Special mention also goes to Dimentio, who often has rather quirky behaviors that count as somewhat comical, and yet commits genuinely horrific actions while cracking jokes.
    • However, Bowser is portrayed in a more serious manner in the main series platform games. Especially Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy. He's a more serious threat in terms of malice in said games, but is still a comical ham of the highest order personality wise, so fits this trope to a tee.
      Bowser: I'm HUUUUUUUUGE!!!!
    • Let's not get started on Bowser in Mario Party. Especially in 7, where he'll take a picture of the characters and make you pay for it.
  • Many of the player character's evil options in the Knights of the Old Republic games are hilarious. And then there's a certain over-eager assassin droid.
    "Definition: Love is making a shot to the knees of a target 120 kilometres away using an Aratech sniper rifle with a tri-light scope."
    • HK-47's creator, Darth Revan, who programmed him to refer to all organic lifeforms as meatbags because he thought the robotic Psychopathy was hilarious and it annoyed one of his allies when HK called him that.
  • The dark sided Sith Inquisitor from Star Wars: The Old Republic is quite a comedian. They seem to get the most opportunities to either crack jokes or outright mock their enemies (especially the Jedi) in the funniest way possible. This extends to photo-bombing victory speeches on the Holonet, wagging fingers at Jedi Knights for losing their cool during a battle, and even impersonating Republic officers.
    Inquisitor: "Master Ramos needs to brush up on his Jedi teachings. <3"
  • Hasta in Tales of Innocence, though more so in the Vita remake. His strange speech pattern and laid-back manner make it hard to take him seriously, even after he murders some innocents for the sake of getting the party's attention and stabs Luca after getting him to let his guard down.
  • Pretty much every evil deed done by the Mercs in Team Fortress 2 counts. They're the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits of hired killers.
  • Uncle Jack of We Happy Few is just meant to be a Non-Ironic Clown, but his tendency towards Black Comedy (especially jokes involving murdering Downers) means that he comes across more as this.
  • Sho Minamimoto from The World Ends with You, if only for how bizarre he is. Even when he's planning genocide and planning to Kill the God, he's somehow hilarious. A language or math certainly helps in that.
  • World of Warcraft has Fandral Staghelm. While many bosses have some funny lines (often puns or pop culture references) Staghelm is such a Large Ham that it's nearly impossible to take him seriously. When you fight him, you've interrupted him at the end of a ritual which will grant him a very powerful firey form. He turns into a flaming cat, and does indeed proceed to almost murderize your raid: but his attacks have inherently silly names (because they are just standard druid abilities with the word "fire" added to the front), and he keeps yelling out the names as he casts. The firey cat form also looks kind of stupid (because of how low-rez the cat models are). He's a well-intentioned extremist with a bit of a Messiah Complex trying to get back the immortality for the Night Elves. But by the time the players go to kill him, they know he's been screwed over by Ragnaros the Firelord already: except he doesn't seem to realize that. Although very powerful, Staghelm is generally regarded as a joke by the players.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney is a series known for having eccentric and hilarious characters. Given that it revolves around murder cases, the zaniness also extends to most of the culprits, especially for the ones who either maintain or exaggerate their quirks after being exposed. A good example is the phantom, a sociopathic master-of-disguise who is capable of doing darkly amusing impressions of other characters, to the point of imitating Phoenix in order to screw with the latter.
  • In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc we have Monokuma, the self-proclaimed headmaster of the Despair Academy. His funny antics and quirks never quite manage to make up for the way he gleefully sets up the murders, watches everyone with cameras and his ability to violently self-destruct. Played with, since he is a robot that is controlled by the real mastermind the same presumably goes for them. And oh boy it does. Junko Enoshima is an Ax-Crazy psychopath who experiences mood swings so violently that they might as well be different personalities. Her shifting her behaviour from a high and mighty Evil Overlord, to a Kawaiiko complete with Art Shift might seem amusing, if she didn't talk about how she randomly killed her sister out of boredom and her part in causing the collapse of human society at the same time.
  • Being a Monster Clown, this pretty much defines the title character of Gore Screaming Show. He will commit all kinds of atrocities while cracking all manner of jokes and sarcastic quips while engaging in pitch black comedy skits mixed in with his already pun laden dialogue. He is eventually revealed to be an embodiment of the series Arc Words "I wanna be happy", he is her desire for happiness twisted with her desire for revenge on those that wronged her. He exists solely to, in his own warped way, make the Cute Ghost Girl Yuka happy again. And in the true route she finally lets go of her bitterness and Gore cracks one final joke that is genuinly heartfelt before disappearing, his purpose fulfilled.


    Web Original 
  • Tez On Toast in later episodes of KateModern, in a decidedly un-harmless way.
  • There will be blood / It might be yours / So go kill someone / Signed Bad Horse

    Western Animation 
  • Bob's Burgers has Louise, who takes Comedic Sociopathy to its logical extreme by actually being a sociopath. She's described on The Other Wiki as being "manipulative and aggressive...more than willing to exploit people", not exactly terms usually used to describe a protagonist. Her actions aren't always even harmless to the other protagonists of the show, and she very seldom expresses anything approaching remorse, although ultimately she is shown to love her family. However, that doesn't keep her from being absolutely hilarious.
  • As a black comedy show, The Boondocks has more than its fair share of funny villains:
  • Mother Brain from Captain N: The Game Master. Her over-the-top personality and her voice make her impossible to take seriously.
  • The Red Guy from Cow and Chicken may be Satan by another name, but his flamboyant personality, psychotic tendencies, and Large Ham also make him one of the show's funniest characters.
  • Dan in Dan Vs. is a criminal lunatic obsessed with revenge, but it's very amusing watching his flimsy attempts to justify his every immoral act, and his plans tend to derail hilariously.
  • All the villains in Darkwing Duck, with the possible exception of Knight of Cerebus Taurus Bulba. Negaduck is a good example of a villain who pulls off the neat trick of being both hilarious and dangerous at the same time.
    Negaduck: "When I throw... THE SWITCH!!!!!"
    • Heck, even Bulba has his moments:
      Darkwing (taken by surprise after already doing his dramatic intro): Er... I am the terror that flaps in the night. I am... the sur-surprise in your... cereal box...
      Bulba: Yes, yes, I know. I heard.
    • The villains in the Duck shows in general tend to be like this; Flintheart Glomgold, Magica de Spell, and the Beagle Boys in DuckTales (1987) for example, not to mention Count Duckula villains Dr. Von Goosewing and The Egg.
  • Dave the Barbarian's Dark Lord Chuckles, The Silly Piggy. It's in the name. For bonus points, this is how he actually announces himself.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • Timmy Turner's cruel babysitter Vicky frequently comes off as funny because she is portrayed as cartoonishly evil, showing absolutely no restraint when gloating to Timmy how much she intends to make him suffer.
    • Timmy's teacher Mr. Crocker provides a lot of the show's humor because of his deranged obsession with hunting fairies and proving they exist, helped immensely by his habit of going into wild seizures while yelling "fairy godparents!"
    • Dark Laser is a Darth Vader Expy who frequently attempts to obliterate the Earth, but is kept from being too scary because of the hilarious detail that his best friend is a toy dog named Flipsy.
  • Stewie Griffin from Family Guy, starting with the very fact that he's a one-year-old baby who is an evil mastermind.
  • Prime Evil, from Filmation's Ghostbusters, was absolutely hilarious, thanks to a) the writing and b) Alan Oppenheimer's Large Ham acting.
  • Like everything else in Freakazoid!, the villains were hilarious.
  • Futurama:
    • Bender. Only Futurama could take a sleazy, amoral, egotistical, and vice-ridden criminal robot, and make him one of the funniest characters in Western Animation.
    • Zapp Brannigan is more of the Nominal Hero variety as he's technically on the side of good. However, he's also a smug, manipulative, crude, incompetent, deluded and self-absorbed jackass who's constantly hogging the glory and giving Kif a hard time. Yet when an episode makes him the focal point, you KNOW it'll make for some of the most hysterical moments in the show.
    • Mom may be a Corrupt Corporate Executive and Abusive Parent With Good Publicity, but her foul temper and mouth has lent itself to a great deal of comedy gold.
    • Richard Nixon's Head. He may exist largely to be a gigantic Take That! to the real Nixon, but damn if he isn't a hilariously over-the-top one. "AROOOO!"
  • Generator Rex: Recurring villain Gatlock is completely out of his gourd and frequently says something extremely ludicrous whenever he appears.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • Bill Cipher is a powerful (and weirdly adorable) "dream demon" who combines bone-chilling sociopathy with a jovial, irreverent demeanor and a twisted sense of humor.
      Bill: Deer teeth, for you kid! A ha ha ha!
      Gideon: AAAH! You're insane!
      Bill: Sure I am, what's your point?
    • Gideon himself often qualifies. Screaming "I CAN BUY AND SELL YOU, OLD MAN!" at his own father is a bit dark, for example, but the sheer hamminess of the line—and the fact that it's a response to being told to clean his room—makes it hard not to laugh.
  • Skeletor from Masters of the Universe became this in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) —in the original minicomics he was a fairly serious villain, but since censors were constantly breathing down Filmation's neck about what they perceived to be a horribly violent cartoon about a sword-swinging barbarian, they decided to make the scary man with a Skull for a Head less scary by playing him for laughs. Though still an evil schemer, the cartoon Skeletor was turned into a Laughing Mad Deadpan Snarker who kept cracking one-liners in which he insulted the world in general and lamented how he was Surrounded by Idiots, with a ridiculous, non-menacing voice to boot. The 2002 remake of the show turned him a little more menacing and threatening, but kept his sarcasms and general tendency to get all the best lines in the show.
  • The titular protagonist of Invader Zim. Or just the Irkens in general, really. Who knew planet-scale genocide could be such a riot?
  • Doc Seismic in Invincible (2021), an over-the-top Large Ham Mad Scientist who in his first appearance is shouting Straw Feminist talking points and cheesy one-liners. Even his abilities are Played for Laughs, as he lacks the Required Secondary Powers to use his earthquake gauntlets without giving himself brain damage and he's a Dance Battler despite being a short, portly old man.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes:
    • Heloise is an Ax-Crazy Enfant Terrible known for her yandere attraction to Jimmy, her dangerous and immoral inventions and experiments, and her love of injury, torture, and destruction. As you might guess, she's quite hilarious.
    • Lucius is a ruthless, sadistic, narcissistic, megalomaniacal, and tyrannical expy of Satan whose favourite thing is making everyone as miserable as possible. He's also a bumbling, moronic, and ineffectual Large Ham who is constantly injured, humiliated, and given the short end of the stick in the show. As a result, many fans find him hilarious.
  • Kaeloo:
  • The Mask: In "Shrink Rap": Dr Neuman was given the mask by Stanley who wanted to get rid of it so he agrees to keep it but however while inside his house he saw that the mask glows so he gets curious and puts it close which causes it to get attached to his face which turns him into a psychotic and insane madman who believes that there is a disorder called Ipkissa Maskosis so genuinely insane he goes out to cure the world from it but the way he does it is by putting people in wedgie straitjackets including a gorilla as well which he gets diapers out to do that, he uses a child bicycle, a flying book then finally a bouncy stick after his appointment alarm goes off on his watch, he meets with Pretorius who tells him about his plan which while Masked Dr Neuman agrees that Pretorius is insane decides to help him to do that, while with Pretorius Masked Dr Neuman begs him to tell him more of his plan but he refuses so Masked Dr Neuman reminds him he is in his care so Pretorius tricks him by telling him the cosmos are within reach and that Masked Dr Neuman can see them which when Masked Dr Neuman turns around to look for them he tells Pretorius that he does not see them but after being hit on the head by Pretorius, his head pops comes with his eyes rolling around, tongue sticking out and he is convinced that he can see them, after finally searching for Pretorius he shows himself to have childlike traits such as going on the ground and begging Pretorius to tell him what his plan is which he finally agrees to tell him and later on while chasing Stanley Masked Dr Neuman decides to put him in a bath partly to put him off guard but mostly because he decides to mess around with Stanley which shows Masked Dr Neuman to have a sense of humor like The Mask and the other benevolent mask personas which also shows that Masked Dr Neuman is terrifiying but can be funny at times with his insanity and his wackniess.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes has this with Lord Boxman and his robots Darrel, Shannon, and Raymond. Boxman has a comically petty hatred of Lakewood Plaza Turbo and tends to act like an ineffectual bully, while his robots often behave childishly and have a misfortune of constantly being beaten effortlessly by the heroes in spite of their best efforts.
  • Phineas and Ferb has Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. Yes, he wants to take over the entire Tri-State area, and has created everything from Killer Robots and mind-control helmets... but he's so bad at it, it's hilarious! Compared to his alternate universe self, Doof-2 from Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, he's a pretty decent guy. Doof-2 was willing to kill complete innocents and his alternate-self, just for the sake of it. Though he still fills this trope by, among other things, announcing their doom with a sock-puppet. The other members of L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N count as well. Each spends their days building devices with distinctive suffixes (inator, izer, ator, ect.) and having their plans foiled by an animal agent.
  • Nearly every villain on The Powerpuff Girls is this except for Femme Fatal, Dick Hardly, and the Gnome. Mostly Mojo Jojo and to a slight lesser extent HIM.
  • Samurai Jack:
  • The Simpsons:
    • Sideshow Bob has all the dry wit of a character voiced by Kelsey Grammer and the overriding goal of killing Bart Simpson.
    • Mr. Burns is one of the most famous Corrupt Corporate Executives in cartoon history, as well as an unrepentant Card-Carrying Villain. Doesn't stop him from being very capable of being very funny.
  • South Park:
    • Cartman. An individual whose antics can sometimes backfire and lead to his humiliation, but he shows that he's capable of this, for example being able to team up with Cthulhu.
    • Saddam Hussein as well, particularly in the movie.
  • Empress Geela from SpacePOP is a cruel dictator who took over the princesses' planets and kidnapped their parents, but she spends most of her time on vapid, self-promoting TV shows and reveling in her own evilness.
  • In The Spectacular Spider-Man the Green Goblin doesn't get annoyed by the Web-Head's quipping and mocking and still has the original version's wacky personality, manipulative planning, and amazing acrobatism. He is shown to crack sadistic jokes.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Plankton, the Big Bad of the show and the Arch-Enemy to both SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs, is a Diabolical Mastermind who is constantly plotting to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula, but he's usually ineffective and constantly set back by his own arrogance, lack of foresight and Genre Blind nature. Doesn't stop him from being one of the funniest characters in the show, especially in the earlier seasons.
    • The adversaries of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy all qualify, though Man Ray and the Dirty Bubble are the standout examples. Man Ray in particular is a Large Ham to incalculable levels who can be almost childishly evil in his antics, while the Dirty Bubble has some odd quirks (like making his enemies eat dirt) or likes to randomly have a lovely chat about the good old days just after a defeat. They even have a Cool Car with a license plate that reads "Mean 2 U".
  • Peridot in Steven Universe was callous to the extreme, even towards members of her own species, and talked about nightmarishly cruel experiments in Gem fusion like she's recording the heights of soybeans, but at the same time her dorkiness, constant frustration, ridiculous facial expressions, and one particular scene where she soared away on a helicopter made from her own techno-fingers while giggling like a loon made her a source of constant amusement. She got even funnier following her Heel–Face Turn.
  • TaleSpin:
    • Don Carnage. Let's see: Funny accent? Check. Eccentric and flamboyant? Check. Incompetent Minions? Check. Ruthless pirate who thinks nothing of dropping a child twenty thousand feet to his death or setting a town on fire with a Lightning Gun? Erm... check.
    • Colonel Ivanod Spigot is too; among other things suffers from Napoleonic complex and a speech impediment, and is always worry that is going to be executed. Though that's justified as he works for a totalitarian government.
  • Tangled: The Series shows us Andrew, a guy so Pretty Boy Even the Guys Want Him who is from a separatist faction of the Kingdom of Corona called Saporia, who leads a band of Saporians who could be described as a New Age thugs. His real Embarrassing First Name is Hubert, and any mention that they could conquer Corona is meet with derisive laughter... until they do. He is also the first villain who tried to impale In the Back Cassandra, who let Varian, a teenage boy, drop to his death as punishment for betraying the Saporian cause, and who tried to reduce the whole Kingdom to ashes with all the population.
  • Total Drama Pahkitew Island plays this up with ineffectual self-declared supervillain Max. He attempts to be evil and can actually produce things like a helmet that turns animals evil, but his lack of common sense and For the Evulz attitude makes him completely comical.
    • For some viewers, series host Chris McLean is this. His rampant ego, shameless immorality, and general sleaziness combined with his casual attitude and chill Surfer Dude demeanour makes him one of the most beloved and most hateable characters on the show. He's been compared with the likes of Eric Cartman from South Park and Bill Cipher from Gravity Falls.
  • In Transformers: Animated, Blitzwing by himself is funny, particularly when his "random" personality is in control ("Ooh, I wanna see him turn into a fire truck, can I, can I, can I?"), but him and Lugnut sniping at each other is hilarious.
    • Extra points for being a pretty competent and evil villain - one notable appearance includes tearing off Ratchet's hand (and making a reference to eating it some episodes later. Hilariously.)
    • Other villains have their moments, too, some more than others. Swindle, for example, is an Arms Dealer who acts like nothing so much as an overly-excited infomercial host. (In fact, his mannerisms were based partly on Ron Popeil.) And, because this show is so Merchandise-Driven, you can have your own little plastic Swindle for just $10.99! But Wait, There's More!
  • Transformers: Prime Knock Out who has the most hilarious lines in the show, and is so vain about his appearance that he borders on being a parodic metrosexual.
  • Skybite of Transformers: Robots in Disguise is the Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain version.
  • Simon from Trollz is a 3000-year-old gremlin who destroyed Trollzopolis once and wields powerful magic, but he looks and acts like a 9-year-old boy and has no aptitude for modern technology. He's also quite proud of being evil, as is his sidekick Snarf.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy has several humorous villains.
    • The main villain Verminious Snaptrap is a Psychopathic Manchild whose schemes are often ridiculously childish, frequently has to be reminded by his henchman Ollie of his more serious plots and is prone to abusing his brother-in-law Larry in all sorts of comical and petty ways.
    • The Chameleon often comes off as silly due to his disguises prioritizing looking like the person he is impersonating and rarely making an effort to copy the voice, instead feeling that randomly spouting out phrases that are remotely related to his disguise will suffice. He also has great difficulty finding glasses that can fit his eyes.
    • Bird Brain is an Evil Genius who is always frustrated by his henchmen misunderstanding his exclamations (not helped by several of them having names that are either homonyms of common exclamations, like Holey Cow, or are all too easy to interpret as a command to do a specific action, like Duck!).
    • F.L.O.P.P. is a band of Harmless Villains who are more concerned with harmless pranks than actually being threatening, though they sometimes get their hands on one of Snaptrap's devices and formulate effective plans to use the contraption to cause trouble for Petropolis.
  • Many villains from Wander over Yonder:
    • Despite trying to act serious and tough, Lord Hater is pretty comical at times.
    • Lord Hater's villainous rival, Emperor Awesome, is an Agent Peacock shark-man who lives to party and who will flirt with anything vaguely female, from Wander's partner/steed Sylvia to a possessed sandwich.
    • Dr. Screwball Jones from "The Boy Wander" is a goofy-looking super-villain devoted to making people laugh, whether they like it or not.

Alternative Title(s): Evil Is Funny