Chrismas; a time for giving, laughter, joy, and togetherness. It’s the season of the year where people come together and experience peace on earth and goodwill toward men. That would be true if it weren’t for a certain few individuals always trying to dim our tree lights and crunch our carols.
Whether they’re a miserly boss who doesn’t get the message of Christmas or a literal monster mangling the celebrations, Christmas has a strange amount of villains for such a wonderful time of year. But which Christmas criminals and curmudgeons stand out in our minds? Have a look at our ten most evil Christmas villains.
10 Skud Farkus
“So help me God, he had yellow eyes!” It’s the cackling creep of a bully in Ralphie Parker’s class from A Christmas Story that makes the first entry on our list. His offenses might be juvenile and obnoxious in their delivery and scale, but it’s his relatability that earns him our first slot.
Hundreds of thousands of people have dealt with a bully back in their school days, and many of us wish we could have gotten half the vengeance that Ralphie did. Farkus gets the ever-loving snot beat out of him and we can’t help but root for Ralphie when he lays season’s beatings down upon him.
9 The Grinch
Of course, we had to give a spot to arguably the first villain we’re ever introduced to as kids, The Grinch. He might not be as violent as Farkus, but when you’re a bitter old curmudgeon with a fiendish reputation who steals Christmas and a voice by Frankenstein’s monster, people talk.
He’s got termites in his smile, spiders in his soul, and a heart that’s two sizes too small. The Grinch is the antithesis of Christmas in nearly every way. He earns his spot by the eccentric lengths he goes to in stealing an entire holiday. But he does bring it back, hence his low placement.
8 The Wet Bandits
Okay, we’re giving these guys a break simply for how well they’re known more than how evil they are. Though they’re about as dangerous as your garden variety burglars, they don’t stand a chance against Kevin McAllister and his arsenal of booby traps. Hard to believe these guys tried tangoing with him a second time.
Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern give a great pair of performances to sell these roles and make the movie all the more hilarious as they get thrown through Kevin’s traps and pranks. Not the evilest but some of the most famous.
7 Burgermeister Meisterburger
The Grinch tried to steal Christmas, but Burgermeister Meisterburger used his position of power to have gift-giving outlawed. He even goes as far as to declare toys illegal, immoral, unlawful, and anyone found with a toy in his possession to be placed under arrest and thrown in the dungeon. Talk about harsh.
We can understand his attitude as a toy duck did almost cripple the guy for life. Still, the image of him setting fire to a pile of toys is down-right chilling. Thankfully, Kris Kringle comes to save the day. We’ll still give Meisterburger his due.
While we’re in the realm of the Rankin/Bass specials, take a look at Winterbolt. If you were to grant Saruman the power over ice, snow, and blizzards, you’d get Winterbolt. With his sleigh pulled by snakes, pet dragons, and his ice-cold demeanor, he’s easily one of the biggest villains the stop-motion filmmakers could have devised.
Winterbolt not only steals Frosty the Snowman’s hat, and tries to steal Santa’s job, but he frames Rudolf for theft! He’s one sinister spellcaster that gives us the shivers in more ways than one. He’s also one of the few Rankin/Bass characters to be killed on screen, and it’s pretty eerie too.
5 Oogie Boogie
Well, well, well, what have we here? It’s our favorite bag of bugs himself, Oogie Boogie. Though this jazz-singing creep is Halloween Town’s resident troublemaker, he gets a spot on our list for attempting to torture Santa Claus while Jack Skellington goes on his holiday spree.
It’s not a wide scale of evil, but the fact that he has Santa tied up, placed on a roulette wheel, then attempts to dunk him and Sally in a vat of boiling acid is more than enough to earn him a spot on our list. Attempted murder of Santa will get you on the top of the naughty list for sure.
4 Ebeneezer Scrooge
Definitely the most famous Christmas villain of all time but probably not the most powerful, Ebeneezer Scrooge is easily one of the evilest on our list, depending who portrays him. While most play him as a cold and indifferent old miser, there are a few versions that make Scrooge the proud villain of A Christmas Carol.
Alastair Sim made him bitter and heartless, George C. Scott made him cruel, and Sir Patrick Stewart made him snarky and sinister, but all made him a wicked soul in need of saving. Perhaps that’s what makes his redemption at the end all the more meaningful.
3 Mr. Potter
Taking a page from Ebeneezer Scrooge’s business plan, our next spot belongs to mean old Mr. Potter from It’s a Wonderful Life. Where Scrooge was driven by greed, Potter is driven by power, namely the power to control the town of Bedford Falls. It’s on his quest to snuff out the Baliey Savings and Loan company that his actions drive George Baliey to a suicide attempt.
He doesn’t try to steal Christmas, but he does try to take an entire town and force its population into poverty. He gets on the list simply because of his lack of empathy and compassion make him exceptionally evil.
2 Santa Claus
If you weren’t expecting a version of Santa to appear on this list, you haven’t seen Santa’s Slay. Santa’s Slay, though a cheesy horror flick, features a mad, murdering, demonic version of Santa Claus played by professional wrestler Bill Goldberg. The plot is bogged down, but the stunts by the famous WWE star are worth the watch.
In this twisted tale, Santa is actually a demon tricked by an angel into a millennium of good deeds. But when that millennium is up, he goes right back to wrecking the halls. Not a side of Kris Kringle we’re used to seeing.
Some call him “The Shadow of Saint Nicholas” but we prefer to think of him as the Anti-Claus. Just as Santa comes to give Christmas cheer, Krampus comes to take and spread holiday fear. Assisted by his army of festive friends, he sets out to punish naughty non-believers in Michale Dougherty’s 2015 film
Krampus and his gang of nasties get the top spot for being the antithesis of everything the holiday stands for. The demon of Christmas is what happens when hope dies, taking away our happy holidays and replacing it with his own brand of “cheer.”
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