The Most Overqualified Kids Movie Villains

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Vote up the actors too talented for the movie they're in.

Kids' movies typically follow a standard format, and there's almost always a villain. Whether it's an elderly neighbor who seems mean or a corporate jerk intent on taking over the family's land, there will be someone the kid(s) goes up against. Typically, the actor playing the bad guy isn't well-known, but not always.

Occasionally, a casting director will do the impossible and cast someone into a role way below their pay grade. These actors are usually overqualified for the role they're given. When this happens, the movie villains often take center stage, making for an entertaining movie the whole family can enjoy.

The actors and actresses on this list are some of the best Hollywood has to offer, and despite being overqualified, they played some incredible movie villains. Take a look at them down below, and if you see a movie bad guy played by an exceptional actor you loved, be sure to give them an upvote to see which one rises to the top!


  • The Sandlot is one of those coming-of-age movies you can't help but love. It's about a group of baseball-loving kids in the summer of 1962 who go on various adventures and enjoy playing ball at the sandlot. When one of the kids borrows a ball signed by Babe Ruth from his stepfather, and it gets hit over a fence into Mr. Mertle's yard, they struggle to free it from “The Beast,” which is the name they gave to his dog.

    Mr. Mertle turns out to be a lovely man who played baseball and was a personal friend of Ruth's. He trades the children for one of his signed balls and asks them to visit him weekly to talk about baseball. The film features a lot of new actors, thanks to the large cast of children, but at the very top of the pile is James Earl Jones, playing Mr. Mertle. It's surprising to see such a high-profile actor in a random kids' movie, but he lent his gravitas to the film helping it achieve the status of a cult classic.

    48 votes
  • In The Witches, a boy travels with his grandmother to a lovely vacation along the coast. While there, the young man uncovers a large gathering of witches intent on turning the world's children into mice. He's discovered and is transformed, forcing him to fight against the witches with his grandmother's help. The witches are led by a terrifying Grand High Witch, played by Angelica Huston.

    While the film has notable stars, including Rowan Atkinson, Huston is easily the biggest name in the movie, and she won several awards for her performance. She is frightening and brilliant in her portrayal, which sees her transform into a grotesque mouse at the film's climax. While The Witches isn't the most popular adaptation of Roald Dahl's work, it's one of the best and deserves more attention due to its cast, effects, and story.

    39 votes
  • Holes is an interesting film in that it involves incarcerated children in a Texas work camp, where they have to dig holes. These aren't just any holes; they must be a specific diameter and depth. While the children don't know why they're digging throughout the day, it's later revealed they are being tasked to find a treasure thought to be in the area. The film's primary villain is the camp's overseer, Warden Louise Walker.

    Sigourney Weaver plays Walker, and she's joined by an exceptional cast that includes Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette, and Shia LaBeouf. While Weaver is known for playing many incredible roles, she's not often cast as the villain. Despite this, she is fantastic in the part, and you really want to push her into one of those holes and throw the dirt on top of her for how she handles the children. She's mean, bitter, and relentless – all the things a great villain should be.

    52 votes
  • In Big Fat Liar, Frankie Muniz stars as Jason Shepherd, a 14-year-old with a penchant for lying about anything and everything. He even tries to lie his way out of a creative writing assignment and is forced to churn out a paper in just a few hours. He puts together a story called “Big Fat Liar,” but he's hit by a limousine carrying a Hollywood writer/producer before he can turn in his work. The jerk who hit him, Marty Wolf, who is also a compulsive liar, steals Jason's script to produce it as his own story.

    Paul Giamatti plays Marty Wolf, and seeing as the film came out in 2002, the man was at the top of his game. At that point in his career, he'd already been in Saving Private Ryan, The Truman Show, My Best Friend's Wedding, and much more. It was odd for someone like Giamatti to play the role of a villain in a kids' movie, but he did it with ease… and even had his skin dyed blue for the part! Still, the film wasn't a massive hit, but many recall it for Giamatti's performance, which was masterfully well done.

    26 votes
  • Underdog is based on the animated series from the 1960s of the same name and is a spoof of Superman, but with a dog in place of a Kryptonian fellow. Underdog is a regular pup in the movie, so no anthropomorphic dogs are running around in this live-action adaptation. Still, Underdog is a superhero who fights wrongdoing while wearing a red sweater and blue cape.

    The film did not fare well with critics, and there are a number of reasons for that. It's primarily due to the generic plot and the lack of an interested audience. Regardless, the film's villain, Dr. Simon Barsinisiter, is played by the Emmy Award-winning Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones fame. Granted, this film came out a few years before the series, but Dinklage already had a plethora of high-profile films under his belt, including Elf.

    40 votes
  • The Borrowers is loosely based on a children's novel of the same name, and it centers around a family of tiny people – four inches high – as they work to save their home from an evil real estate developer who wants them taken out. The evil real estate developer is Ocious P. Potter, who is played by none other than John Goodman.

    While the film has plenty of talented actors, Goodman is the highest-profile on the cast. He plays his role to perfection and mixes comedy and action in ways only he can. The role somewhat hearkens back to his performance in Raising Arizona, though there weren't any tiny people in that movie! Still, Goodman brought a lot of star power to the film, which certainly helped boost its status.

    33 votes