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The Most Useless Henchmen In Movie History 

Erin Cody
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List Rules Vote up the henchmen who should have found a different career.

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?

Otis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Useless Henchmen In Movie History
Photo:  Warner Bros.

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

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Horace and Jasper ('One Hundred and One Dalmatians')
Horace and Jasper ('One ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Useless Henchmen In Movie History
Photo:  Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

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.

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Nathaniel ('Enchanted')
Nathaniel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Useless Henchmen In Movie History
Photo:  Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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

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Boris Grishenko is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Useless Henchmen In Movie History
Photo:  MGM/UA Distribution Co.

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

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