People love to hate villains. We have an innate need for a “bad guy” to be the foil in our hero's epic journey. However, some of these iconic characters can be so deliciously smarmy or undeniably strong-willed that we just can't help but admire them, even as they threaten everything we hold dear!
Today we're going to celebrate this silver lining by looking at the top 15 villains who you simply cannot bring yourselves to hate. From devilishly clever masterminds like Doctor Doom and Ra's al Ghul to devious monsters like Jaws and King Koopa, get ready to take a deep dive into the wonderfully sinister side of pop-culture entertainment with this countdown of classic antagonists who are impossible not to love (in your own way).
Yzma is the main antagonist of Disney's The Emperor's New Groove franchise. She is the major adversary in Disney's 40th full-length animated feature picture, The Emperor's New Groove.
One Redditor posted, “Yzma. For one, she's just so crazy that it's hard to be afraid of her, and you end up just [liking] her. She and Kronk have such great chemistry too.”
Another user added, “‘I never liked your spinach puffs.' A hurt Kronk gasps.”
“She also let her employees go home early because they were accidentally turned into animals, and I think that was fair and a good boss decision,” one user replied.
One user also responded, “Too entertaining for me to hate. Also, Kuzco was a spoiled brat in the beginning.”
“Gargamel. Let's be honest, some of those Smurfs were annoying,” one user shared.
Another user added, “They were smurfing annoying.”
Another user replied, “First of all, Papa Smurf didn't create Smurfette. Gargamel did. She was sent in as Gargamel's evil spy with the intention of destroying the Smurf village, but the overwhelming goodness of the Smurf way of life transformed her. And as for the whole gang-bang scenario, it just couldn't happen. Smurfs are asexual. They don't even have reproductive organs under those little white pants. That's what's so illogical, you know, about being a Smurf. What's the point of living if you [can't have s-x]?”
However, one user disagreed, “He didn't make her good… all the other smurfs gave a little bit of their essence to bring the lump of clay back to life as Smurfette. In short words, she is the result of the whole village life essence bukakke.”
One Redditor said, “Squidward. Say what you want; Spongebob is pretty annoying.”
Another user seconded, “SO annoying. The older I get, the more I relate to him vs Spongebob. It mimics life. SpongeBob is a child, lol.”
One user jokingly responded, “I relate to Patrick. It concerns me.”
One user posted, “Magneto.”
Another user confirmed and replied, “Yes, he hates humanity for treating the Mutants like the N-zis treated the Jews.”
One Redditor also asked, “Wasn't Magneto also a Polish Jew sent to Auschwitz?”
“I thought it was German Jewish, but yes, he's an Auschwitz survivor who encountered Josef Mengele himself,” another user answered.
One commenter added, “He's so sympathetic. He survived hell on earth, grew up as a pariah, and was vilified for his views. His conclusions are rock solid; it's demonstrable that many humans will not tolerate mutants. His solution is wrong, but how he arrived there is chillingly relatable.”
5. Wile E Coyote
“Wile E Coyote,” stated one user.
Another user exclaimed, “Dude's gotta eat.”
One user asked, “Have you seen the episode where he wins? It's fantastic.”
Another user commented, “Super Genius.”
“I always wanted him to get that effing bird.”, one Redditor exclaimed.
Another user answered with the video link, “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJJW7EF5aVk. You must have missed that episode.”
A user commented, “Megamind.”
Another user exclaimed, “But he's not a villain… he's a supervillain!”
One commenter asked, “What's the difference?”
Another user answered, “PRESENTATION!”
One Redditor quoted, “WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE”
Another user added, “Kind of hard to hate him when he's up against a roided out incel.”
7. The Pontiac Bandit
One Redditor shared, “The Pontiac Bandit.”
Another user quoted, “Jake Peralta: a friend of thieves and cannibals.”
“The thin blue line just got a whole lot thicker,” another user quoted.
One commenter replied, “Rosa, Rosa Rosa.”
If ever you have found someone extremely bald with an extremely pointy nose, then you might have looked at Gru. Gru is a fictional character from the Despicable Me franchise.
One user commented, “Gru.”
Another user added, “He's such a good dad!!”
One user also replied, “He isn't even the villain of despicable me, even if Vector was still enjoyable.”
“Agreed, but the movies were clearly meant to portray it that way,” added one.
9. Dr. Otto Octavius
Another user shared, “Dr otto Octavius from Spiderman 2.”
One user replied, “Most Spiderman villains except Green Goblin.”
“The sandman had me conflicted and had me question what is good and bad when I was a kid. He was robbing a bank to support his daughter's treatment, which really made an impression on me,” another added.
One user then gave a breakdown and shared, “Been watching the Spiderman movies on Netflix (the ‘old' ones, I guess they'd be called now). So far, all the villains have been less ‘evil' and more unfortunate.
“Green Goblin: Used a questionable chemical to make himself stronger so he could sell it to the military, with the unfortunate side-effect of making him insane.
“Doc Ock: Those mechanical arm thingies on his back took control and convinced him to do what he did. Did he have the opportunity to fight back? Yes, but in his grieving state after his wife died, which was kind of his fault due to his pride, it's understandable he would be vulnerable.
“Sandman: He didn't ask for powers and just wanted to help his daughter.
“Harry Osbourne: Yeah, he's just after revenge, so kinda evil, but I'd want revenge on the person I was thoroughly convinced killed my dad, so, relatable.
“Only Venom is evil, and I don't really remember how all that goes; I'm not that far into movie 3, and it's been ages since I saw it.”
10. Team Rocket
One user commented, “Team Rocket. They're so cute!”
Another user replied, “I love them so much. They are so stupidly talented at basically everything except villainy—sales, fashion design, tailoring, set decoration, music, engineering, life coaching, navigation, like… everything they do. Hell, they got Koffing and Ekans to evolve purely because they loved them. If they would just go straight, they'd be rich in about six months and never have to worry about getting electrocuted by that [jerk] rat ever again! They would kill it running a drag revue or something.”
“I opened this post to mention them, but you got there first! Who could hate such adorkable goofballs? (I assume you're referring to Jessie and James and Meowth, not the overall organization),” another user added.
“Kronk. Not even a villain, just an A+ dude who got wrapped up in a sh-tty job,” posted one Redditor.
Another user added, “One of my favorite moments from that movie is when Kronk rushes out of the room for his spinach puffs, and Kuzco and Yzma are left alone and start having awkward small talk about Kronk since apparently he's new-ish (‘this year's model').
“‘So he seems…nice.'
“‘Oh, he is.'
“‘What is he in, like (shrugs) his late twenties?'
“‘I-I'm not sure.'
“Then Kronk comes back, and they are audibly relieved that they don't have to keep making small talk.”
Another exclaimed, “Kronk is the best Disney sidekick ever.”
One redditor shared, “Doofensmerts. Such a good heart but bad intentions.”
Another user quoted, “Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated!”
“He was the best dad ever,” another user replied.
One commenter replied, “Dude spent 10 years looking for a doll for his daughter's birthday. He never forgot. He never stopped looking. The doll was discontinued, and it took him 10 years to find one.”
One user shared, “Loki. I, too, am burdened with glorious purpose.”
Another user replied, “His show is awesome. Can't wait for the next season.”
“Him turning into Captain America for a quick joke still slays me!” one commenter added.
Another user concluded, “I don't think Loki is evil except maybe in The Avengers. He is our mischievous wayward boy, but at the end of the day, he would help the right side in his own way, ofc.”
14. Ice King
“Ice king,” one online user posted.
Another R.edditor added, “It's honestly wonderful with Ice King; he started as a jerk just kidnapping princesses, and then from Holly Jolly Secrets onwards, you get more and more of his backstory and how much of a sad, broken man Simon became due to the Crown.”
15. Robbie Rotten
A Redditor shared, “Robbie Rotten.'
“‘What do I owe you?'
“‘Nothing, it's for free.'
“‘FREE?!” a second user quoted.
Another replied, “He and Stingy are my favorites on the show, lol; sometimes, it felt like Stingy was a secondary villain of the show; he was easily the most antagonistic of the kids and displayed the most ‘negative' traits out of them, like being selfish, uncaring, and ungenerous.”
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