Short villains, they got no reason to live. Except, of course, for world domination, a pot of gold, or good old-fashioned chaos. Villains who don't stand up to average height have a lot of reasons for doing what they do, but they're not all out here trying to see the world burn because they can't dunk.
Many of the strong but short villains in cinema are doing what they do without letting their height factor into the equation. Characters like the Leprechaun and Nicky Santoro know they're small - but that's not their driving force.
So which one of these villains packs the biggest punch in the tiniest package? That's up to you to decide.
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Sure, Chucky is a doll possessed by the spirit of a serial killer (or the worst version of a Ring camera crossed with Siri) but that's what makes him so dangerous. No one expects a doll to do any real damage - not only because it's made of plastic, but because of its diminutive stature. The adults who populate the Child's Play films don't think that Chucky - standing at just over 3 feet tall - can do them any damage even when they realize he's pure evil.
Chucky's small size has nothing to do with why he's taking out adults and causing general mayhem, but it is why he's able to carve through half of Chicago before anyone figures out he's to blame for a series of violent crimes. It turns out that being short has its advantages, especially when you're a psychopath.3410Mini-evil?
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Krang has complexes within complexes. On one hand, he's a highly intelligent being who's managed to cut between dimensions - but he also feels the need to constantly prove his genius. He's a disembodied brain who never had a body, but rather than live his life as is, he built a giant robot body in order to tower over his enemies.
There are a lot of short villains who don't make hay of the fact that they're never going to play in the NBA, but Krang isn't one of them. He's obsessed with the likelihood that everyone is thinking he's a bulging brain thing who's less of a super-tall tough guy and more of a whiny little jerk. If he were just cool about the whole living brain thing, no one would care, but the more he complains about people thinking he's weird, the more attention he draws to himself. You don't see the Leprechaun acting like that.2510Mini-evil?
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Out of all the villains collected here, Lord Farquaad is the one whose height most regularly factors into the storyline. He's not driven to do evil by his height - those two things seem to operate separately from one another - but Shrek and the rest of the heroes in Far, Far, Away can't help but make fun of his stature. It's hard not to wonder if he were just a little nicer, everyone might be cool with him.
Shrek and the rest of his pals rip on him throughout the series. They wonder if he's overcompensating for his size, they do that thing where they hold him by the head so he can't get to them, and they're just mean to him - but that's what he gets for being such a jerk.
There's no doubt about the fact that Farquaad would be a total monster no matter his size; he's the kind of villain who looks for any excuse to be toxic.182Mini-evil?
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Is Mini-Me evil, or was he just cloned that way? Created in a lab to be the son that Dr. Evil never had, Mini-Me is the tiny embodiment of his creator, and no one in the Austin Powers series will let him forget about it. Throughout the films, he's dressed just like Dr. Evil only in miniaturized form, and he pops up in the strangest of places - so much so that even his own creator insists someone put a "frickin' bell" around the neck of the small clone.
Many of the small villains collected here pass through their films with few references to their height, but Mini-Me's whole deal is that he's small. It's not just that he's short - the series makes a point of insisting his slight stature means he's super weird. He humps a giant laser, he plays a small piano in a reference to The Island of Dr. Moreau, and when he goes hand-to-hand with Austin Powers in Goldmember, the whole joke is that he's pulling off moves that couldn't possibly be accomplished by someone so short.
The whole thing would be offensive if it weren't for the way Verne Troyer plays Mini-Me in each film. He's firmly in on the joke, which makes it fun when he full-on suplexes the international man of mystery.218Mini-evil?