Just because it's a comedy doesn't mean it's all sunshine and rainbows. These comedy movie villains sometimes make us laugh, but they also make us groan, scream, and maybe throw things at our TV. Some of these bad guys work their evil magic in style; for others, the journey isn't as smooth. Some are over the top, while others come across as more realistic.
And while most get their comeuppance in the end, we will still root against them on the next viewing. At times they might be almost too insufferable to watch, but we can't bring ourselves to look away. These films wouldn't be the same without their villains, making them truly necessary evils.
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Bill Lumbergh's (Gary Cole) villainy as the office boss is subtle, and thus all the more infuriating. His bland and banal voice alone is enough to push any cubicle worker into an embezzlement scheme.
Lumbergh probably resonates so well as a villain because a lot of us have experienced a Lumbergh-esque supervisor - a boss who lurks around corners and doles out irksome demands to employees as if they're pals. It's also unclear what he does on a day-to-day basis other than fire employees and walk around relaying memos he's already sent. He makes one yearn for the more outright villains who at least give it to you straight. While unfortunately we don't get to see any revenge taken against Lumbergh's person, Milton (Stephen Root) eventually burns down the building - and all the TPS reports with it.
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Apparently the golf course is a breeding ground for villains.
Shooter McGavin's (Christopher McDonald) beef with newcomer Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) is that he is threatened by the hockey player with amazing driving skills, but Happy's uncouth antics and his party crowd following don't help the matter.
Despite his willingness to play dirty by buying Happy Gilmore's grandmother's house or having Happy run over with a car, Shooter ends up losing in the end, much to the delight of us all.
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Why do so many adolescent-hating villains insist on careers in education?
The character of Agatha Trunchbull (Pam Ferris) is pretty dark for a family comedy. As a school principal, she locks students in a cabinet, force-feeds them chocolate cake, and hurls them impressive distances by their hair. She's absolutely terrifying. Trunchbull lacks any redeeming qualities, save for the fact that her punishments are creative, making her entertaining. Even the lovely Ms. Honey (Embeth Davidtz) is helpless against her, and the discovery that Ms. Honey is her niece and ward makes us hate Trunchbull all the more.
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White Goodman (Ben Stiller) might hate his dodgeball team's rival, the Average Joes, but deep down, he really just hates himself. Depriving himself of processed sugar over the years has made him a pretty grumpy human being. Goodman doesn't actually care about owning Peter's (Vince Vaughn) gym - he just wants to take down the misfit establishment that caters to everyone, as he's threatened by the rival gym.
Still, Goodman is never a boring villain. His white leather suits, inflatable codpiece, and odd relationship with food make him memorable, to say the least.