Movies have featured a tremendous number of henchmen who are truly terrible at their jobs. From overconfident techie Theo in Die Hard to Kronk’s oaf-with-a-conscience in The Emperor’s New Groove, or even the imposing but ineffective Darth Maul in Star Wars, the following stupid henchmen really take the cake.
You have to wonder why their villainous bosses took on such useless sidekicks in the first place. Which wannabe bad guy is the worst offender?
His Boss: Lex Luthor
His Specialty: Intense loyalty to his boss. That’s pretty much it.
Why He Should Be Fired: As Luthor’s assistant, Otis screws up everything he attempts to do and is eventually abandoned by his boss. He’s the hefty idiot henchman cliché through and through.
Played By: Ned Beatty
Their Boss: Cruella De Vil
Their Specialty: They are highly motivated by money, willing to do whatever will make them a buck.
Why They Should Be Fired: These bumbling crooks don’t trust each other’s plans enough to focus on the job at hand, and wrongly believe themselves to be too smart to be bested by a bunch of dogs. Only in it for the money, they have no true loyalty to Cruella.
His Boss: Queen Narissa
His Specialty: Due to his infatuation with the queen, he does anything she asks and accepts his role as her whipping boy.
Why He Should Be Fired: He is never particularly good at his job, and love is a fickle motivator. Once he realizes his infatuation stems from his insecurity, he turns on his boss and betrays her.
Played By: Timothy Spall
His Boss: Alec Trevelyan
His Specialty: Cyber-hacker for the Janus syndicate
Why He Should Be Fired: He’s the epitome of the dorky but overconfident hacker cliché. He isn’t as good at his job as he believes himself to be, and is way too openly pervy for any office setting. Boris’s hubris is his ultimate downfall.
Played By: Alan Cumming