There are a lot of incredible Scooby-Doo villains out there, but there are also a lot of terrible villains. If you enjoy the classic person-in-a-mask format, I suppose you could fill the list from purely Scrappy shorts, but I tried to limit the amount of ones I pulled from the Scrappy shorts. While I don't particularly enjoy villains like Nazrat of the Jungle or the Strongman, I feel there were some costumes in other episodes that were far worse.
We're going to switch it around this time and do the worst list first, and I will post the best list soon.
There are a lot of options that I debated putting here, and I hate to put such a cool-looking villain here. However, Rankor (from "Coast-to-Ghost") looks certainly do not match his behavior. He is one of the dumbest villains in the history of the franchise IMO. He inexplicably reports to some random monster club that couldn't have been too high-level given Weerd and Bogel are trying to get into it. Even worse, he goes into the Demon Chest by his own free will, and actually thanks the gang as they capture him by exclaiming "Thanks, you guys are real pals!" Given this is supposedly one of the 13 most horrible ghosts in the world, the bar for that title can't be too high lol.
I do have a soft spot for this one because it's so bad that it's kinda funny, but the Skeleton from "The Spooky Fog" is one of the most low-effort Scooby-Doo villains you'll find lol. Not only is it obvious that it's just a guy wearing a cheap suit with bones painted on it, the skeleton's movements are not scary or menacing in any way. In his first appearance in the gif above, it looks like he's just taking his evening stroll through the cemetery lol.
8. Ghost of Juan Carlos
I feel bad having this on here, because I do really like the episode, but I have always found the Ghost of Juan Carlos from "Don't Go Near the Fortress of Fear" to be really bad. He looks like just a normal guy in a general's outfit. In fact, I'd go as far as to argue there's nothing really ghostly about him at all.
7. Carnival Owner
This will be the first of five villains from the Scrappy shorts. A consistent problem you'll notice that I have with the Scrappy shorts is that I feel Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy sometimes act like jerks who do something really rude to somebody else, then take no responsibility. I don't like how the carnival owner was made to be the villain, when the guys were the ones that screwed up and ate all the profits, then ran rather than apologize or pay for what they ate.
I don't find the chef from "Scooby Gumbo" to be well-written in the slightest. He's not even really a villain, technically, he's just a guy with strict rules about animals that the guys antagonize.
5. Carl and Tony
Besides the fact that "Ransom of Scooby Chief" leads us into the Scrappy short era, which I didn't care for, I just feel like they're not great villains in general. Rather than menacing or forceful like I feel like would have been good with a kidnapper plot, they just come off kind of whiney and annoying to me.
I think we can all agree that the doctor from "Scrappy's Birthday" was just a flat-out bad villain lol. The idea of a doctor becoming so enraged that he chases visitors around the hospital is completely ridiculous.
3. Museum Guard
The reason the Museum Guard from "Scooby Dooby Guru" is here is due to the fact that his whole character is just one bad stereotype after another. I've gone into detail in my least favorite episodes/films list about how awful some of the stereotypes this character is written with are, notably the fact that he jumps on a random elephant and chases the gang around town, as well as the awful Indian voice impression that the voice actor does.
2. McGurk Brothers
Unless the McGurk Brothers from "Hoedown Showdown" are intended as a meta-reference to how stereotypes are bad, these are hands-down some of the worst Scooby-Doo villains I've ever seen. Basically their entire personalities are just bad stereotypes of hillbillies. The fact that their feud with Shaggy's family is that one of them wants to date Shaggy's cousin, but she's not interested because he doesn't take baths, is quite possibly the worst villain motive of the entire franchise lol.
1. Sheet Ghost
For me, the Sheet Ghost from "Haunted House Hang-Up" is hands down the worst Scooby-Doo villain we've ever had. The fact that the sheet he's wearing is so short that you can clearly see his human legs and arms is ridiculous and funny. It's clear he put very little effort into his costume lol.
3/7/2023 06:48:46 am
Most of them are from the Scrappy shorts and rightfully so
3/7/2023 10:48:27 am
3/7/2023 07:43:34 am
I'm amazed nothing from pup made the list but I guess many of them are at least funny.
3/7/2023 10:50:03 am
Yeah there are definitely some goofy ones in Pup, but the ones that are fall more into the “so bad it’s funny” category for me. It also helps that the show had a very silly tone where you weren’t supposed to take the villains quite as seriously.
3/7/2023 11:55:53 am
I'm curious what the top 10 would be without the Scrappy shorts villains
3/7/2023 09:51:58 pm
6. Jewel Thieves from "Dooby Dooby Doo Ado"
3/7/2023 11:17:31 pm
I certainly will not argue with 6 or obviously 7, really, really bad, though the ridiculousness of the 30 foot mouse is rather charming to me in the same way the ridiculousness of villains like “Giant bees” or “Mad sea lion” in thats series are, just absolutely bonkers villains, that series probably ranks second in that regard behind A Pup. No, my last pick would have to be Paula Picasso, who I might even put worse than McMuttMauler and Waitro, just a very disturbed individual, who they try and convince us wasn’t at the end?
3/8/2023 09:49:14 am
The Mad Sea Lion and the Giant Bees are at least funny, whereas I just thought the mouse was kinda dumb lol. I didn't mind Paula P. Casso but I did think it was dumb how the episode framed her to be this terrifying villain and then was like "nah, she's innocent" at the end lol.
3/8/2023 10:18:47 am
Well, I would say personally I would have different answers for most ridiculous and least scary guy in a costume, but at the same time, that’s just me lol
3/8/2023 05:25:59 pm
I feel like it would overlap a bit for me. A villain like Juan Carlos isn't ridiculous but also is not scary at all, whereas the Sheet Ghost and the Skeleton are ridiculous because they are not scary. Same goes with the Mad Sea Lion and the Giant Mouse. Another one that comes to mind is the witch's Flying Monkey in "Scooby's Trip to Ahz," he's honestly more cute than he is scary haha. I'd say it could go either way with the Giant Bees; seeing bees that giant in real life would likely be frightening, but in the episode they're played up to be more goofy IMO.
3/7/2023 01:51:23 pm
I cannot argue much, besides maybe switching the doctor and sheet ghost to make the doctor number one
3/7/2023 09:45:26 pm
The Jungle Guy would be close for me, but doesn't quite make my list with some of the others. I agree his design is incredibly bad and he talks just like a normal guy.
3/7/2023 05:52:26 pm
Unpopular opinion, but i like so much the sheet ghost. I always thought that, even when the disguise it's really bad, the plot twist of the existence of other villain it's really unexpected, also, the animation of the sheet ghost it's very fluid (and the use of fluid animation is a technique that is widely used to make something more scary). Unlike the rest of the villains, to me, the sheet ghost gives me feeling of real danger, maybe because it's a normal person
3/7/2023 09:46:17 pm
That's a really cool way of thinking of it! I'm personally still not a huge fan of the Sheet Ghost, but I can definitely see how it could be thought of as it being more dangerous because it's less fantastical and just a real guy brandishing an axe.
3/8/2023 03:51:20 pm
I definitely agree with the positive perspective on the sheet ghost. Tbh he would not crack my top 10 Best villains list but he would definitely be an honourable mention.
3/8/2023 12:27:32 am
3/8/2023 09:50:18 am
Omg I can't believe there's another leak just a couple days after the first! Thank you so much for sharing this with me! <3 I just made a post about it: https://scoobysnax1.weebly.com/blog/mystery-pups-storyboards-and-song-posted-online
3/8/2023 11:51:03 am
I am not including Pup because that would make the whole list all by itself. Also, I can not think of 10 truly worst villains so I'll just do a top 5
3/8/2023 01:53:21 pm
Interesting list! I also found it hard to think of really bad villains outside of some of the Scrappy episodes, which just goes to show that the Scooby franchise has a lot of great villains! The Bandit is definitely a bad one. I am really surprised by Ben Ravencroft, would not have expected to see him on anyone's list. I liked Crybaby Clown and Marcella; I'd say the latter was more of an issue with the episode's writing than the villain herself being bad. Lol I definitely agree with you on #1, and that's a big reason why I am not a fan of that episode.
3/8/2023 05:20:33 pm
Great list. I would put most of them to my own list for sure
3/8/2023 05:28:13 pm
Thanks! As much as I like the show, I agree that some of the monsters in The New Scooby-Doo Movies are a bit weaker. Some are just goofy like the Walking Cactus, and others are so-so like the Vulture, the Gunslinger, the Hooded Man, the Masked Guys in "A Good Medium Is Rare," and the Viking and Davy Crockett in "The Phantom of the Country Music Hall." I don't find the masked men in "Weird Winds of Winona" to be all that great either even if I do love that episode otherwise.
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