Bah Humbug! The 9 Greatest Christmas Movie Villains of All Time
Mr. Potter from It's a Wonderful Life
Not only is Henry F. Potter one of the greatest Christmas bad guys of all time, he's listed as #6 on the American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Villains in all of American film history.
The main antagonist of Frank Capra's 1946 classic It's a Wonderful Life, Potter is the rich, curmudgeonly old slumlord of the fictional town of Bedford Falls who refuses to give James Stewart's George Bailey a much needed holiday loan.
Potts was played by Lionel Barrymore, a relative of Drew Barrymore, and is credited as being part of the inspiration for The Simpson's character Mr. Burns.
Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas
This terrifying potato sack full of worms puts the nightmare in Tim Burton's 1993 classic The Nightmare Before Christmas.
A gambling-addicted bogeyman from Halloween Town, Oogie and his cronies kidnap Santa and hold him hostage in a casino-style underground lair while Jack Skeleton makes a mess of Christmas.
Jack eventually saves Santa and kills Oogie by unraveling his cloth, revealing nothing but a squirming pile of insects.
Scut Farkus from A Christmas Story
Along with his bully buddy Grover Dill, Farkus terrorizes young Ralphie and his friends in A Christmas Story. With his yellowy eyes, sadistic laugh and coonskin hat, Farkus looked every bit the villain in this childhood classic.
Of course, fans eventually get the satisfaction of watching Ralphie give Farkus taste of his own medicine – a fact the now-grownup actor who played the bully is never allowed to forget.
“So many people come up to me and are like, ‘You got your ass kicked by Ralphie,’ and it makes them so happy,” Farkus actor Zack Ward told Page Six. “I think they’re connecting to themselves as that little kid who had a bully and when they saw Scut Farkus get beaten up, they were just like, ‘Yeah!’ They greet me with a lot of love. It’s usually very kind.”
Comet and the Abominable Snow Monster from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The Abominable Snow Monster of the North, or Bumble as Yukon Cornelius calls him for short, is the most recognizable villain from the 1964 animated film. But even after having all of his teeth pulled out by Hermes, the socially awkward, wannabe-dentist Elf, Bumble becomes a good monster, and his height becomes an asset to the elves' Christmas tree decorating operations.
Comet the reindeer, on the other hand, never reforms his bullying ways. In the film, Comet is the coach of The Reindeer Games, and teaches all the young bucks how to leap like the pros. Once Comet catches a whiff of Rudolph's red nose, he ridicules him in front of his fellow reindeer and kicks him out of the games. When Rudolph ends up leading Santa's sleigh, Comet is noticeably absent from the group.
Hans Gruber from Die Hard
The ultimate Christmas action movie got the villain it deserved in Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber. In one of his most memorable roles, the late actor played a German master terrorist who takes a Los Angeles holiday office party hostage in a plot to steal $600 million.
Gruber meets his end at the hands of John McLane, a shoeless New York City detective who wipes out his entire squad of machinegun-toting terrorists, saving his estranged wife and her coworkers in the process.
Ted Maltin from Jingle All the Way
Played hilariously by the late Phil Hartman, Ted Maltin is something like a cuckolding Ned Flanders. He's the annoyingly friendly next-door neighbor of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Howard Langston, who, despite being beloved by the neighborhood community as a generous single dad, wants nothing more than to steal Langston's wife Liz.
Despite his constant overtures towards Liz as Langston fights to find his son the Turbo Man doll, she eventually turns him down with a very satisfying cup of eggnog to the face.
Harry and Marv from Home Alone
Harry Lime and Marv Merchants, a.k.a. The Wet Bandits, a.k.a. The Sticky Bandits, are the two dimwit criminals who get repeatedly outsmarted by 8-year-old Kevin McCallister in both Home Alone and its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
Played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern respectively, Harry and Marv get burned, bruised and generally brutalized by the pre-teen as they try (and fail) to rob his parent's house while they're away on vacation.
The Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This fuzzy green hermit has become synonymous with Christmas-hating curmudgeons and greedy holiday buzz-kills all over the world since Dr. Seuss introduced him in 1957.
Suffering from a chronic case of small heart, the Grinch and his pet dog Max conspire to steal all the presents from the citizens of Whoville. When the happy Whos celebrate Christmas morning anyway, the Grinch realizes there is more to Christmas than gifts, and his shriveled heart miraculously grows three full sizes.
Despite his literal change of heart, the Grinch continues to symbolize holiday party poopers everywhere.
Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol
The O.G. Christmas-hater, Ebenezer Scrooge's reign of holiday terror goes back nearly 200 years to Charles Dickens 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol.
His name has become the very definition of miserliness, and even his favorite anti-Christmas catch phrase, "Bah! Humbug!" has become infamous, despite it only appearing twice in his entire story.
Like some of the other holiday villains, Scrooge is eventually led to see the error of his ways and embraces Christmas by the end of his ordeal, but his reputation as a world class Christmas hater lives on.