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Top 50 Most Popular Cartoon Villains Of All Time

Bijesh NageshBijesh-Updated Sep 19, 2022


Cartoon Villains

 

This list is about the best cartoon villains. Here, we have picked popular villains from different animated series to witness their frightening, sinister plans and acts.

 

Characters in this list are not ranked and they are numbered for the sake of convenience.

 

So, without further delay let's dive into the list.

 

 

50. Shere Khan

 

Shere Khan (villain)

 

One of the greatest most frightening and imposing villains in cartoon history is not human.

 

The Bengal Tiger named Shere Khan certainly lives up to his name. Translated from Hindi, it means 'King of Fear'. This Tiger spells all shades of trouble for Mowgli whom he sees as a threat to the Jungle.

 

While that is deep wisdom indeed, Shere Khan also wants to kill the boy as revenge for all the problems humanity has laid upon him and the jungle that he considers his kingdom.

 

George Sanders lent his amazing voice talent to Shere Khan in "The Jungle Book" (1967) animated feature film.

 

This character can certainly be considered one of the most popular – infamous, in fact – names on the cartoon villains list.

 

He is as suave as he is convincing, as deadly as he is cunning, and as scary as he is powerful.

 

 

 

49. Shenzi, Banzai & Ed

 

Shenzi, Banzai & Ed (disney) (villain)

 

These three hyenas bring comic relief, sinister glee, and delightful performances to the "The Lion King" (1994) animated feature film.

 

Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed were voiced by Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings, respectively.

 

Each of them imbued their hyena characters with a distinct personality. They are instrumental in Scar's Pride-takeover plans.

 

Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed are as naïve about the long game as they are ferocious when assigned deadly duties by their nefarious future king.

 

These three are also the only most immediately recognizable hyenas in all of cartoon history.

 

 

 

48. Scar

 

Scar (disney) (villain)

 

The core villain in the "The Lion King" (1994) animated feature film is a devious, cunning, patient, and unforgettable lion named Scar.

 

He was voiced by Jeremy Irons. Scar's 'screen presence' is outshone only by that of his brother Mufasa.

 

Scar's ambition knows no limits, and he is willing to wait for the opportune moment to strike.

 

Scar's songs and schemes add to the one-of-a-kind villainous luster he brings to his performance in the movie.

 

 

 

47. Ra's al Ghul

 

Ra's al Ghul (villain)

 

A near-immortal force of darkness and power who is as politically well-connected as he is enigmatic and ruthless, Ra's al Ghul played a life-changing role in the 1992-1995 "Batman: The Animated Series".

 

He was voiced by David Warner. His daughter Talia gradually falls in love with Batman and the two even have a son, Damian.

 

Family connections aside, Ra's al Ghul's occult leanings and lust for power have more than defined Batman's heroic nature in the show, as well as in comics and movies.

 

This character's name and origins are just two of his many fan-favorite attributes.

 

 

 

46. Joker

 

Joker (villain)

 

A singularly captivating, uniquely diabolical, and simultaneously entertaining villain, the Joker brings many powerful and indelible elements to his role in the 1992-1995 "Batman: The Animated Series".

 

He was voiced by the multi-talented Mark Hamill. As bad guys go, the Joker's back story and intricate psychological layers have made him a fan favorite.

 

He is also one of Batman's most lingering and deadly 'rogues gallery' villains. There have been several significant moments in the series as well as comics when the Joker's actions led to jaw-dropping changes in Batman's life.

 

This character is capable of defining the Dark Knight's future, and he proves as much in not only movies and graphics novels but also in "Batman: The Animated Series".

 

 

 

45. Harley Quinn

 

Harley Quinn (villain)

 

Fulfilling the role of Joker's side-kick and romantic interest, Harley Quinn (real name, Dr. Harleen Quinzel) started her character arc as Joker's psychologist only to end up falling for him.

 

Her crime assistance and spree along with her 'puddin' serve up ruthless and bombastic entertainment value in "Batman: The Animated Series" (1992-1995).

 

She was voiced by Arleen Sorkin. Harley brings fun-funny elements to her role, and some surprisingly deep and emotional ones as well.

 

She is a villain with whom fans empathize. Harley is loved purely because she is so unashamedly herself.

 

 

 

44. Poison Ivy

 

Poison Ivy (villain)

 

One of Batman's most unpredictable and dangerous villains is 'doctor gone dark' Pamela Isley, aka Poison Ivy.

 

She was voiced by Diane Pershing in the 1992-1995 "Batman: The Animated Series". What Poison Ivy brings to her role can best be described as smooth, seductive, and sinister.

 

Her eco-conscious goals are wrapped in a dark and deadly cover of schemes and plans that make it hard for Batman to fully treat her like a villain.

 

But that only ends up serving Ivy's cause. She is also one of a handful of cartoon villains to come close to successfully ending Batman's life.

 

 

 

43. Two-Face

 

Two-Face (villain)

 

Another prominent addition to Batman's 'rogues gallery' is a man who used to be Bruce Wayne's friend, namely Harvey Dent.

 

Gotham District Attorney turned super-villain, Two-Face is as maniacal as he is methodical. He was voiced by Richard Moll.

 

Two-Face brings a sense of immediate danger to nearly all his scenes in "Batman: The Animated Series" (1992-1995) owing in large part to his unpredictability.

 

Once a symbol of change and justice, he now seeks justice for his change. His split personality adds to Batman's woes and guilt on more than a few occasions.

 

Guilt, because Batman feels he could've done something to save his friend from the acid attack that changed the man's core psyche.

 

 

 

42. Penguin

 

Penguin (villain)

 

A bizarre character whose back story has made most fans sympathize with him, Oswald Cobblepot (aka the Penguin) is a remarkable addition to the 1992-1995 "Batman: The Animated Series".

 

At once ambitious and cunning, he wants more money and power if only to prove that he can be more than his appearance indicates.

 

He has derided his looks since he was young. He was voiced by Paul Williams. A relatable and empathetic villain, it will have been difficult for fans not to add Penguin to their favorite lists.

 

But don't get us wrong, he is certainly a challenging figure in Batman's life. The Penguin's exploits and ambitions lead to some of the biggest troubles and prospects faced by Batman and Gotham alike.

 

 

 

41. Riddler

 

Riddler (villain)

 

Another ultra-popular villain in the Bat-verse, Riddler truly lives up to his name in "Batman: The Animated Series" (1992-1995).

 

From cruel schemes to riddle-perfect villainy, Edward Nigma (aka The Riddler) poses a major obstacle to Batman.

 

He was voiced by John Glover. A signature MO paints this character in his unique light in the show, as well as in the movies and comic books in which he is heavily featured.

 

There are times when Riddler's entry in the cartoon series spells game-changing trouble for the characters involved in that episode.

 

 

 

40. Scarecrow

 

Scarecrow (villain)

 

A truly frightening villain, Scarecrow has become both a horror and cartoon icon in the 1992-1995 "Batman: The Animated Series".

 

He was voiced by Henry Polic II. Dr. Jonathan Crane, aka Scarecrow, uses his scientific knowledge of toxins and chemicals to create 'fear gases' and other similar concoctions to strike fear in the heart of Gotham.

 

He comes quite close to destroying Batman himself, using his past fears against him. Scarecrow's name and look have come to define his presence in the realm of cartoons ten times over.

 

 

39. Bane

 

Bane (villain)

 

Bringing strength and unrelenting force to his role, Bane lives up to his name in "Batman: The Animated Series" (1992-1995).

 

He was voiced by Henry Silva. A deep voice and muscular body aren't the only things about Bane that set him apart.

 

His determination and focus make him a grave threat to Batman every time this villain goes up against him in the series.

 

His real name is Eduardo Dorrance. Thanks to his complex back-story, layered character arc, comic-book accomplishments, and antics, Bane has veritably earned his place on fan-favorite lists all over the world.

 

 

38. Lucifer

 

Lucifer (disney) (villain)

 

One of the evilest cats in the cartoon lexicon is the chonky, sinister, and sadistic Lucifer.

 

The black kitty – Lady Tremaine's pet companion – isn't just funny in the "Cinderella" (1950) animated feature film, he also reflects his mistress's ruthless streak in his feline ways.

 

He often poses a chubby and deadly obstacle to Cinderella's animal friends, especially Jaq and Gus.

 

He also tends to get Cinderella's bloodhound dog, Bruno, into trouble. Lucifer certainly lives up to his name by bringing a pampered and rather devilish slice of feline cunning to the story.

 

 

37. Lady Tremaine

 

Lady Tremaine (disney) (villain)

 

The main villainess in the "Cinderella" (1950) animated feature film, Tremaine plays the role of Cinderella's stepmother with subtle precision and ruthless flair.

 

She was voiced by Eleanor Audley. Aside from her world-wise smarts and penchant for cruelty, Lady Tremaine harbors royal ambitions.

 

Her suave cunning and sheer screen presence have made her quite the 'baddie favorite' among cartoon lovers. She is cruel and not a mother to Cinderella but that's what makes her a villainess. 

 

 

36. Captain Hook

 

Captain Hook (disney) (villain)

 

The main villain in the "Peter Pan" (1953) animated feature film, Captain Hook brings a good amount of ruthless scheming and comical charm to his role.

 

He was voiced by Hans Conreid. From his constant inability to capture Peter Pan to his conniving attitude when it comes to using Peter's friends against him, Hook certainly does not make it easy to like him.

 

His signature outfit and sheer terror at the mere mention of a certain 'ticking' crocodile balance out his character, and has made him a fan favorite over the years.

 

 

35. Claude Frollo

 

Claude Frollo (disney) (villain)

 

The main villain in the 1996 "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" animated feature film, Frollo is one of the most frightful 'baddies' in the cartoon lexicon owing to his selective blindness and unfair vengeance against so many people, especially Esmeralda.

 

He was voiced by Tony Jay. In addition to having one of the best villain songs in the genre ("Hellfire"), Judge Claude Frollo is so despicably human that his relatability has made him a genuine villain in more ways than one.

 

There is no doubt that Claude is a bad man, but the style and writing of this character make it a very notable and memorable villain in the history of Disney. 

 

 

34. Mr. Sinister

 

Mr. Sinister (villain)

 

A supervillain known for his sliced cape and bold outfit, Mr. Sinister (real name Nathaniel Essex) poses a huge threat and challenge to the do-gooders in the 1992-1997 "X-Men: The Animated Series".

 

He was voiced by Chris Britton. Mr. Sinister is known for his superhuman strength and shape-shifting abilities. 

 

Many 90s kids still remember him and all his evilness as he has a very significant role in the X-Men: Animated Series. His voice and his outfit are enough to make one aware that he is up to no good. 

 

 

33. Magneto

 

Magneto (villain)

 

Another popular super-villain to grace the franchise, Magneto brings a world of 'bad guy' influences to the "X-Men: The Animated Series" (1992-1997).

 

He was voiced by David Hemblen. Magneto's ability to wield anything metal has lent him an almost god-like presence in the series.

 

He has, on occasion, helped the X-Men, but only if their efforts aligned with his interests. He makes for quite the calculating and ruthless villain in the show, and the comics that inspired it.

 

He's also one of the most instantly recognizable villains, given his cape and cleverly designed anti-psychic helmet, which was originally made to keep Professor Charles (his former best friend) out of his head.

 

Magneto, in fact, originally helped Charles engineer Cerebro.

 

 

32. Mad Hatter

 

Mad Hatter (disney) (villain)

 

Before the name was associated with a major Batman villain, it belonged exclusively to the Mad Hatter from the 1951 animated feature film "Alice in Wonderland".

 

His famous tea parties that celebrate 'unbirthdays' and the sheer madness he brings to Alice's time in Wonderland hold much entertainment value.

 

He was voiced by Ed Wynn. There's even a strong scientific reason why he is called the Mad Hatter – it has to do with unhealthy hat-making processes prevalent in the early industrial era.

 

 

31. Queen of Hearts

 

Queen of Hearts

 

The villain at the 'heart' of the story in the "Alice in Wonderland" (1951) animated feature film grows into a force of cartoon nature that few fans will ever forget.

 

Her arrogant queenly attitude and the threat of decapitation she brings to Alice's time in Wonderland more than enhance her 'villain appeal'.

 

She was voiced by Verna Felton. Every time the Queen of Hearts yells "Off with their heads!" it is enough to send her courtiers into a state of panic, not to mention several viewers of the cartoon as well.

 

 

30. Pain & Panic

 

Pain & Panic (disney) (villain)

 

Two evil little peas in a dark little pod. This best describes the next two popular cartoon characters who, in their own right, have gained not just fame but also notoriety.

 

Serving Hades as hench-demons in his many schemes to keep Hercules from tasting victory, Pain (voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait) and Panic (voiced by Matt Frewer) prove to be funny, weird, and determined to at least try and complete Hades' demands.

 

Their distinct appearances and hilarious aptitudes in the 1997 animated feature film "Hercules" have made these characters instantly recognizable.

 

 

29. Hades

 

Hades (disney) (villain)

 

One of the signature villains in cartoon history, Hades had a distinctive look and voice that makes him appear 'cool' for a bad guy.

 

He was voiced by James Woods. At once scheming, ruthless, conniving, ambitious, and most assuredly evil, Hades will not soon be forgotten as one of the best things to happen to the "Hercules" (1997) animated feature film.

 

He is a classic Disney villain and a favorite of many kids and adults. He has his way of handling things and his evil looks and his firey blue hair makes him iconic. 

 

 

28. Shan Yu

 

Shan Yu (disney) (villain)

 

The main villain of the "Mulan" (1998) animated feature film, Shan Yu brings a powerful screen presence and a supremely scheming mindset to his role.

 

One of the most recognizable villains simply by appearance, the cruel and unrelenting leader of the Hun Army also boasts dark ambition and drive.

 

He was voiced by Miguel Ferrer. Audiences often see Shan Yu as an unstoppable force, which only makes Mulan's victory over him (and his army of Huns) that much more heroic.

 

 

27. Yzma

 

Yzma (villain) (disney)

 

The real villain in "The Emperor's New Groove" (2000) animated feature film is Yzma, whose political ambitions know no end.

 

Voiced by the amazing Eartha Kitt, Yzma also brings an unforgettable screen presence. She is also quite funny, which has inspired several jokes and memes, making her one of the most genuinely popular villains in cartoon history.

 

Her appearance is something every kid remembers and she is a fashion inspiration for a lot of Disney fans. One can see this during Halloween as many kids and adults love to dress up as her. 

 

26. Kronk

 

Kronk (villain) (disney)

 

One of the villains in the year-2000 animated feature film "The Emperor's New Groove" is the rather imbecilic and narcissistic Kronk.

 

He was voiced by Patrick Warburton. Kronk brings great comedic value to the movie, and it has made him an instant favorite among cartoon enthusiasts.

 

His attempts to live up to his mistress Yzma's expectations only prove how bad a henchman he is.

 

Deep down, Kronk cannot technically be termed a 'villain', because he is remarkably friendly and good-hearted.

 

 

25. Maleficent

 

Maleficent (disney) (villain) (old)

 

One of the most intimidating villains in the realm of cartoons, Maleficent poses a grave threat to the kingdom when she executes a scheme that flings Aurora into a magical conundrum that threatens her very life.

 

Maleficent was voiced by Eleanor Audley. Her shape-shifting abilities prove quite diabolical in the 1959 animated feature film "Sleeping Beauty".

 

That Maleficent can transform herself into a fire-breathing dragon only adds to her power and nefarious popularity.

 

There's little surprise why this evil fairy is considered an incarnation of pure evil.

 

 

24. Iago

 

Iago (disney) (villain)

 

Sly, loud-talking, boisterous, vociferous, and scheming, Iago is Jafar's 'assistant', so to speak, in the "Aladdin" (1992) animated feature film.

 

As talking parrots go, Iago is one of the most memorable. He was voiced by Gilbert Gottfried.

 

As a cartoon character, this short-tempered and rather sarcastic health-obsessed parrot has a penchant for mimicry, is multi-lingual, is capable of flight, and has a remarkable understanding of magic.

 

He proves as invaluable to Jafar as Abu does to Aladdin.

 

 

23. Jafar

 

Jafar (disney) (villain)

 

The 'big bad' vizier of Agrabah with his serpentine staff of power and diabolical takeover ambitions, Jafar is no small fry in the "Aladdin" (1992) animated feature film.

 

From unique expressions to a distinct outfit, he has captured the dark admiration of fans all over the world.

 

Jonathan Freeman gave him an unforgettable voice. Suffice it to say, this movie will not have turned out half as good if it didn't have Jafar as a villain.

 

His greed for power knows no bounds, pushing him to send Aladdin into the Cave of Wonders to bring him back a magic lamp.

 

Jafar has sinister plans for the three wishes the lamp's Genie promises to bestow.

 

 

22. Elmer Fudd

 

Elmer Fudd

 

The despondent hunter with his aim set on Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd brings an element of sad charm to his character in the "Merrie Melodies" (1990-1993) animated series.

 

He was voiced by Jeff Bergman. His old-fashioned hunting costume and dopey nature have made Elmer easily recognizable.

 

He also tends to mispronounce certain words, which only ends up making him appear even funnier.

 

Being one of Bugs Bunny's perennial villains has lent Elmer Fudd a humorous sort of notoriety.

 

 

21. Sabor

 

Sabor (disney) (villain)

 

The bestial villain who haunts several prominent scenes in the 1999 animated feature film "Tarzan", this ferocious leopard only does what's in her nature to do.

 

That said, as a frightening specter of death, her inclusion in the movie has made it so much better.

 

From her signature big-cat sounds to those sinuous stealth-attack movements, the vibrant image of Sabor has stuck in the minds and nightmares of cartoon lovers all over the world.

 

 

20. Clayton

 

Clayton (disney) (villain)

 

The main villain in the "Tarzan" (1999) animated feature film is a trigger-happy British hunter who sees animals and drools at the profits they will make him once he sells their fur (and other parts) on the black market.

 

As ruthless as he is single-minded, Clayton delivers a superbly 'dark' performance, one that still haunts plenty of cartoon lovers to this day.

 

He was voiced by Brian Blessed. Clayton also desires to call Jane his own, adding to his aggressive hate for Tarzan who wins her love and respect.

 

 

19. LeFou

 

LeFou (villain) (disney)

 

Playing second fiddle to Gaston's villainies in the "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) animated feature film is LeFou. As cowardly as he is snide and prone to accidents galore, LeFou brings good comic relief to the movie.

 

He was voiced by Jesse Corti. Often LeFou encourages, even exacerbates, Gaston's already swollen sense of self-worth and superiority.

 

This makes LeFou a remarkably dedicated supporting character. His bubbly personality and evil intentions make him a great character for entertainment and bring waves of laughter to the viewers. 

 

 

18. Gaston

 

Gaston (villain) (disney)

 

The main villain in the animated feature film "Beauty and the Beast" (1991), Gaston is one of the most recognizable bad guys in cartoon history.

 

The muscled bully has his eyes on the one girl he can never have, namely Belle.

 

His scheming to claim her hand proves quite disgusting, and credible in so many ways.

 

His character remains un-redeemed, all the way until he plunges to his death while attempting to kill the Beast whom he saw as standing in his way to winning Belle's heart.

 

Richard White lent his voice to the character. Gaston is as treacherous as he is ruthless and annoyingly self-centered and egotistic.

 

Boisterous presence and vociferous vocals have made the Ringmaster a super-popular character in the "Dumbo" animated feature film (1941).

 

Playing the head honcho of a major circus can prove stressful, but this ringmaster is certainly no pushover.

 

He is not unkind or villainous, just a man single-mindedly focused on keeping his circus running ship-shape.

 

He was voiced by Herman Bing. The ringmaster in this movie inspired a stereotype that still prevails to this day.

 

 

17. The Ringmaster

 

The Ringmaster (old) (villain)

 

Boisterous presence and vociferous vocals have made the Ringmaster a super-popular character in the "Dumbo" animated feature film (1941).

 

Playing the head honcho of a major circus can prove stressful, but this ringmaster is certainly no pushover.

 

He is not unkind or villainous, just a man single-mindedly focused on keeping his circus running ship-shape.

 

He was voiced by Herman Bing. The ringmaster in this movie inspired a stereotype that still prevails to this day.

 

 

16. Cruella De Vil

 

Cruella De Vil (disney) (villain)

 

One of the best villains to ever grace the cartoon screen, Cruella De Vil lives up to her name in several regards.

 

She is a fashion-obsessed heiress who harbors dark intentions for animals with attractive fur. As eccentric as she is infatuated with authentic fur, Cruella soon develops a thirst for Dalmatian spots.

 

This sets her on a diabolical path in the hit animated feature film "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" (1961).

 

She is not above kidnap and murder if it means getting what she wants. Betty Lou Gerson gave Cruella one of the most instantly recognizable voices in the realm of cartoons.

 

Cruella and Anita once went to school together – no surprise who was the 'mean girl'.

 

To realize her dreams of a black-and-white spotted coat, Cruella arranges to have one hundred Dalmatians kidnapped and ready to serve her interests.

 

Along the way, all fifteen of Pongo-Roger and Perdita-Anita's pups get bagged, adding a total of one hundred and one.

 

 

15. Anita Dearly

 

Anita Dearly (disney) (villain)

 

Roger's wife and Perdita's 'pet parent', Anita Dearly, and her dog Perdita enter Roger and Pongo's life after the two humans wed.

 

Anita once attended school with the movie's main villain, Cruella. In the animated feature film "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" (1961), Anita brings charm and radiance, grace and poise, to her role.

 

She was voiced by Lisa Davis. Anita's known for her devotion, intelligence, and compassion.

 

 

14. Chernabog

 

Chernabog (disney) (villain)

 

Of all the wonderful characters you'll find in the hit 1999 animated feature film "Fantasia 2000", its villain stands apart in his light – or rather, in a cloud of dark intent.

 

Chernabog is a gigantic winged demon. He featureS in the film's "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria" segment.

 

The animation style captures Disney's 40s-era excellence. The musical scoring for this segment further enhances Chernabog's presence in the minds of fans.

 

His character was based on the God of the Night in Slavic mythology. The segment sees him summoning his demonic minions, who sacrifice themselves to him after a vigorous dance tribute.

 

 

13. Ursula

 

Ursula (villain)

 

One of the most supremely memorable villains in cartoon history is a 'sea witch' by the name of Ursula.

 

From a portly form to a proud attitude, Ursula is as amusing as she is unnerving in the 1989 "The Little Mermaid" animated feature film.

 

She was given one of the most unique character voices too, thanks to the brilliant Pat Carroll.

 

From unrestrained guffaws and a 'body language' that speaks volumes to her signature rendition of "Poor Unfortunate Souls" (song), Ursula establishes her repute as a 'mean diva' who won't take no for an answer when it comes to claiming power.

 

 

12. Rothbart

 

Rothbart (disney) (villain)

 

One of the most recognizable villains in the cartoon realm is Rothbart, a dark sorcerer made infamous for his cruel deeds against Princess Odette in "The Swan Princess" (1994).

 

His ambitions to take over the kingdom force him to choose the unthinkable, including the idea of the wedding to Odette. He proves a rather treacherous soul in the film, in which he was voiced by Jack Palance.

 

Rothbart is not a good human overall. He is selfish and never cared about anyone or anything. He just wanted the Kingdom and to get it he has done all the evil things he had to do to achieve his goals. 

 

 

11. Prince John

 

Prince John (disney) (villain)

 

Playing the villain in the classic animated feature film "Robin Hood" (1973), the leonine Prince John is as uncompassionate as he is greedy.

 

He is one of the most popular lion cartoons – the famous "Lion King" came only much later. Prince John was voiced by Peter Ustinov. The character has become something of a 'cartoon celebrity' in his own right.

 

He is also funny, in an imbecilic way, in this timeless cartoon. Prince John is not a good king and does not intend to be one. He just wants to rule over everyone and wanted everything that did not belong to him.

 

 

10. Ruber

 

Ruber (villain)

 

A dastardly and aggression-fuelled villain, Ruber plays quite the 'big bad' in the animated feature film "Quest for Camelot" (1998).

 

His political ambitions are as dark as they are deadly. A skilled swordsman and alchemist aside, Ruber is also known to wield dark magic.

 

He was voiced by Gary Oldman. He has a pet griffin who fulfills the role of an enforcer. Ruber is big and strong but his heart is dark and evil. His mind is very twisted and he is just power hungry. 

 

 

9. Ratcliffe

 

Ratcliffe (disney) (villain)

 

The main villain in the animated feature film "Pocahontas" (1995), this colonial-minded character can certainly be termed a 'bad guy'.

 

Voiced by David Ogden Stiers, Governor Ratcliffe is as ruthless as he is greedy. A pompous attitude and unrelenting love of gold are two of his many defining attributes.

 

Ratcliffe has a goofy appearance but he is not kind at all. He just wants power and gold and does not care about anyone in the community. 

 

 

8. Bartok

 

Bartok (villain)

 

Rasputin's pet companion, or rather his slave, the albino bat called Bartok brings adorability and humor to the 1997 animated feature film "Anastasia".

 

He was voiced by Hank Azaria. Bartok is known for his memorable 'cartoon performance' on screen as a reluctant assistant to one of the biggest badass villains to ever grace the realm of cartoons.

 

He might look cute and cuddly but he is as evil as his master. But one cannot deny the fun he brings to the film. He is quite talkative with a great sense of humor. 

 

 

7. Rasputin

 

Rasputin (villain)

 

The main villain in the animated feature film "Anastasia" (1997), Rasputin or the 'Mad Monk' is one of the most popular 'big bads' in cartoon history.

 

He was certainly up to no good in real life – this character was based on the actual Rasputin.

 

He is up to his usual schemes and tricks in the movie. Voiced by Christopher Lloyd, Rasputin practically gushes evil from every necrotic pore and earns his place in the pantheon of cartoon villains.

 

 

6. Lex Luthor

 

Lex Luthor (villain)

 

One of the biggest villains in the realm of cartoons and comics, Lex is no stranger to filling the enormous shoes of a full-fledged villain.

 

From his name to his look, he exudes power, cunning, and corruption in equal measure. He is buff and huge. He is an intimidating character with evil intentions. 

 

For a human being with no superpowers, he poses quite the hassle for the near-immortal Superman. Lex was voiced by Clancy Brown.

 

 

5. Madam Mim

 

Madam Mim (disney)

 

Rival to Merlin and one of the villains in the 1963 animated feature film "The Sword in the Stone", Madam Mim is as quirky as she is creepy.

 

She was voiced by Martha Wentworth. Playing the role of a wicked witch, she desires to attain power and become the best magic-wielder of all, Merlin included.

 

Her obscure past and morbid mindset have made her a 'love to hate' character. She can shape-shift into a dragon, adding to her worth as a spell-user, and has a penchant to break the rules.

 

 

4. Shredder

 

Shredder

 

The villain at the heart of the 1987-1996 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" animated TV series is a lean mean man intent on grabbing as much power as he can find.

 

Oroku Saki, aka Shredder, is just one of several villains in the show, but he is certainly the most unforgettable.

 

He was voiced by James Avery – other voice talents did come on board when needed to enliven Shredder.

 

This character is associated with the disembodied alien king named Krang and does not shy from scheming to take over Earth.

 

His HQ is an armored fortress called Technodrome, which adds to his established power in the series.

 

Shredder also has one of the most instantly recognizable outfits in cartoon history. Aside from a cape and a suit covered in metal blades, he wears a menpō mask that he rarely takes off and a metal kabuto helmet.

 

 

3. Skeletor

 

Skeletor

 

One of the most instantly recognizable villains in all of cartoon history, Skeletor brings a rare blend of maniacal ruthlessness, casual cruelty, and comic relief to his role in the 1983-1985 animated series "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe".

 

He was voiced by Alan Oppenheimer. From his signature look to an even more distinct voice and 'evil cackle', Skeletor certainly puts the 'S' in both 'Scheming' and 'Sinister'.

 

Many people now know him because of several memes of him floating around on the internet. But he is one of the most iconic villains with a classic scary skull appearance. 

 

 

2. Gargamel

 

Gargamel (villain)

 

The villain at the heart of the 1981-1989 "The Smurfs" animated series, Gargamel has become an instant favorite purely for his overdramatic, almost Shakesperean, attitude when it comes to cooking up various schemes that will help him gain power or riches, or both.

 

He was voiced by Paul Winchell. Though Gargamel is hollow and vain, he makes Smurf-fans grin and laugh at his various antics and assorted failures in connection to them.

 

His looks and facial expressions are not necessarily eye-catching, but Gargamel has become one of the most memorable cartoon characters regardless.

 

 

1. The Evil Queen

 

The Evil Queen (old) (disney)

 

Another enormously popular cartoon character is the Evil Queen, who inspired countless tropes based on her ever since she came on the scene in the animated feature film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937).

 

She was voiced by Lucille La Verne. The Evil Queen – especially in connection with the Magic Mirror – has come to define an entire stereotype.

 

For a cartoon character created in the late 30s, she proved extraordinarily cruel and heartless. Ironic – and rather symbolic, some would argue – that the one thing she tasked the Huntsman to do was to bring back Snow White's heart as proof of the kill.

 

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