FX's smart-as-a-whip animated comedy Archer is full of some of the zingiest one-liners, raunchiest sex scenes, and longest running jokes on television. But beneath all that is the skeleton of classic spy stories that rival the staples of the espionage genre. That's where the villains come in. No matter how complicated or unrealistic their schemes are, they provide the backbone for the comedy that ensues. They motivate the plot so that the jokes have context. Without villains, Lana, Sterling, Cyril, Pam, Cheryl, Malory, Ray, and Dr. Krieger are goofballs without a cause.
Good guys are attracted to bad girls, they sometimes do bad things, and in the case of Sterling Archer, come from bad parents, but the bad thing that good guys need most badly is bad guys.Zip up your turtleneck and watch your phrasing for this trip in to the Danger Zone with a ranking of Archer's greatest nemeses, villains, scoundrels, and downright bad guys.