Christmas villains are the worst kind. They are out for themselves, to steal gifts and to cancel the winter holiday. I have been known once or twice as an Xmas villain, but I didn’t make this fearsome list as I am simply too nice of a guy. But like Ben Linus from the show Lost, most of these villains were redeemed by the end of the movie/show.
Let’s take a look at these characters.
10. Bumble aka Abominable Snowman – Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
Extremely scary for little ones as I just noticed this year. With a mouthful of teeth this Bumble was as ferocious as any beast. Without teeth, well that’s another story. The Bumble was redeemed by Yukon and helped top Santa’s tree with a glimmering star.
Bonus tidbit: The Bumble loves fresh venison but much prefers a pork dinner. “Oink, oink, oink”
9. Fulton – Elf
The book publisher who is very perturbed at Buddy the Elf’s father Walter Hobbs. Fulton makes the team pitch a new book late on Christmas Eve. This egomaniac nearly breaks up the Hobbs family. Miles Finch was a successful children’s author who was brought in to save the day, but he was mistaken by Buddy as an elf and went ballistic.
Best Holiday Diet: “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”
8. Harry Lyme (Joe Pesci) – Home Alone
Oh that menacing gold tooth. It did sparkle in the light but was extremely creepy. Pesci, along with Daniel Stern, played the villain the the McCauly Caulkin classic. Mac did a great job fending Harry off from looting his house. Harry should have taken heed when he heard the line from Angeles with Filthy Souls to leave the room before he was pumped with lead. One, two, ten.
Fun Fact: The Home Alone concept originated during the filming of a scene in Uncle Buck when Macaulay Culkin interrogated a would-be-babysitter through a letterbox.
7. Heat Miser – The Year Without a Santa Clause
Anyone who wants to melt Christmas snow must be an Xmas villain. The Heat Miser is way more fearful then his brother Snow Miser, who just looks like Jack Frost. Thank goodness Mother Nature stops this inbred fighting.
Best Movie Lyric: “Whatever I touch, Starts to melt in my clutch”
6. Scut Farkus – A Christmas Story
This bully and his little sidekick put the fear in every kid in the school yard. His bright hair and menacing brace-face were enough to frighten the fiercest alley cat. Everyone loved when Ralphie took Farkus to down and made him bleed his own blood.
Fun Fact: A Christmas Story inspired the TV show The Wonder Years
5. Professor Hinkle – Frosty the Snowman
That hat will never be magical for the Professor. But if that silly rabbit Hocus Pocus would have cooperated early in the show Hinkle could have been a great magician and Frosty a fun snowman. Anyway, the adventure to the North Pole was fun and we all got to learn how to do a belly whooper.
Expensive Ride: the cost for the train ticket to the North Pole was $3,000.04. Free if you’re a stowaway.
4. Scrooge – A Christmas Carol
Wants to bankrupt everyone and keep it all for him and working his employees into the ground. This meanie lost the love of his life and turned his depression into rage. Scrooge was eventually redeemed by the three ghosts that could have been just as freighting.
Best TV / Movie Scrooge: Mr. Magoo and yes I love “razzleberry dressing”
3. Burgermeister Meisterburger – Santa Clause is Coming to Town
I initially wasn’t a fan of this show until I began watching it with the kids and since then it has kind of grown on me. Perhaps it was the penguins in stop motion. It’s a difficult responsibility, but the Burgermeister wanted to destroy all the toys in the king’s land and almost succeed until good ole Kris Kringle jumped in to save the day.
Bonus tidbit: an old college friend was referred to as the Burgermesiter Meisterburger because of his last name. However I always thought of him more as the Heat Miser because of his hair. “No I don’t want to debate it!”
2. The Grinch – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
“All the Whos down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot. The Grinch who lived just north of Whoville did not.” The Grinch didn’t just not like Christmas he hated. And by stealing all the presents makes him one top baddy. But the Grinch is redeemed once he finds out Christmas means more than just presents. My belief is that the Grinch was grumpy because is eat too much roast beast. Have a salad once in a while my friend.
Fun Fact: the Grinch has no color in the Dr. Seuss book but is green in the TV show.
1. Lucy Van Pelt – A Charlie Brown Christmas
I know Peanuts characters are supposed to be kind and all but did you ever really take notice to how mean Lucy is? Charlie Brown may be a little slow but it’s simply villainous to continually call him a block head. This is one holiday character that is never redeemed. Good Grief.
Best Lucy Quote: “You’ve been dumb before, Charlie Brown, but this time, you really did it.”