The job of the typical cartoon villain is to be a foil for the protagonist. Usually, they come across as intimidating, powerful, or scary in some form, setting traps, destroying cities, and doing the normal bad guy thing. These villains we’ve come to expect. However, every now and then, a cartoon villain is so bizarre, weird, and slightly terrifying, we question what in the world the creators were thinking. Sometimes their oddities are subtle, like their weird design, and others are right in your face, like a villain that lives in your belly button. (We’ll get to that one soon enough.) Either way, they certainly left an impression on our little child minds. Here are 25 Weirdest Cartoon Villains.
If you were a fan of Darkwing Duck as a kid in the 90’s, you probably know Megavolt. A rat with electrical plugs and a giant battery as his villain costume, he wasn’t exactly intimidating. In fact, he was kind of just a kooky and weird nerd that couldn’t do much right and was easily foiled by Darkwing Duck.
In the Inspector Gadget cartoon, this main villain’s face or body is never seen. All we get is a gloved hand with a gold spiked bracelet. Isn’t it just a little weird we never see this guy? Usually, keeping villains shrouded in mystery leads to an eventual reveal, but not so in this case. For an entire generation, this villain was a hand and a glove.
Infamous villain on The Smurfs cartoon show, Gargamel is a crotchety old man who hates everyone, including the Smurfs. Why does he hate the Smurfs so much? It all kind of depends on the episode, but usually he intends to eat them, destroy them, or turn them into gold. Of all the villains the Smurfs could have, it’s a little odd a crotchety old bald man is it.
While the later versions of Megatron transformed into jets and tanks, the original wasn’t nearly as cool. He transformed into a gun that could be used by his minions. Which, when you think about it, is really, really weird.
The younger brother of King Richard, Prince John is also the antagonistic lion to Robin Hood, helping steal from the poor to feed the rich. Though, for a lion, he sure is a cowardly baby. Case in point, he sucks his thumb and hides at the first sign of danger. Not really a worthy opponent to Robin Hood.