Top 10 Scooby-Doo Villains
There have been so many amazing Scooby-Doo villains over the years that it was genuinely difficult to pick favorites when I came up with the idea for this article. Nonetheless, I narrowed it down to ten of my all-time favorites. We'll be starting off with an honorable mention that is probably an extremely unpopular opinion that will surprise everybody.
Honorable Mention: Banshee
Likely either you're shocked right now, or you're saying "what episode was this from?" The banshee is a very forgotten villain from The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Hour episode "Scooby's Luck of the Irish," and it only appears for a brief minute of the episode. This banshee's design is so terrifying that it's a huge shame that it was wasted on a one-minute appearance, in my opinion. The jagged teeth, huge mouth, skeletal hands, and soulless eyes make this one of the best Scooby-Doo villains of the franchise. I wish this would have been used in a full-length episode, because I imagine the tone of the episode would have been super dark.
10. The Mummy of Friar Sera
Perhaps this is another surprise, since I don't think the Mummy from "Theater of Doom" (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated) is a particularly popular villain. In the past, mummies had just been the same bandaged-looking prototype (with the exception of "Mummy Scares Best," but I thought the eerie green mist, his glowing yellow eyes, and his decomposing corpse was amazingly creepy. The raspy voice is also super creepy!
9. The Ghost of Uncle Beauregard
I have a huge soft spot for Boo Brothers and all the villains from in it in general, but Uncle Beauregard particularly stands out. His design is absolutely incredible, and I love the uncertainty around whether he is a real or a fake ghost throughout the movie. Even though the audience is kind of left unsure about the Skull Ghost at the end of the film too, Uncle Beauregard is the only villain in the film that we're left completely unsure about. The sheriff never admits to dressing up as Shaggy's uncle, but the ghost seems to have conflicting purposes throughout the film - sometimes he just wants to warn Shaggy away, and other times, it seems like he wants to kill Shaggy. The mystery surrounding if this ghost is real or not, as well as the amazing design, makes this a top-tier villain for me.
I think it's well established for those who know me that Zomba is my favorite 13th ghost, but she's also one of my favorite villains of the franchise. One of the features of villains that freaks me out the most is bugged-out eyes, so Zomba's huge looking eyes are super creepy looking to me. The raspiness of her voice is also incredibly sinister-sounding! In the one scene where she's mis-animated (pictured above), she looks absolutely terrifying!
7. The Ghost of Mother
It's safe to say that this villain is one scary mother lol. (That joke was perhaps more frightening than any of the villains that made this list haha) "Doo Not Disturb" is one of my favorite episodes from Be Cool, and a lot of that is how amazing this villain is. The concept of the villain just being somebody's mother is hilarious, but at the same time, it's executed in such a creepy way.
6. The Freak of Crystal Cove
This guy's design alone is what gets him ranked so high. He looks like something out of an R-rated horror movie, and the fact he only speaks in creepy riddles in "Pawn of Shadows" is so creepy. Not to mention the giant knife he holds! What brings him down just a little bit for me is that in "All Fear the Freak," there's a weird inconsistency where he starts speaking in broken English and no longer holds the knife. This makes him less creepy, but only a little bit. He's still one of the most incredible and terrifying villains of the franchise IMO.
5. The Ghost of Sarah Ravencroft
Although the fake ghost was very good too, I'm talking about the real ghost of Sarah Ravencroft here. She's arguably one of the most evil villains in the entirety of the franchise, as her plan is quite literally to destroy the entire world just for the fun of it lol. The twist at the end of Witch's Ghost where she's actually real is one of my favorite moments in the franchise.
4. Revolutionary Ghosts
It should come as no surprise to anyone that these guys from "The Loch Ness Mess" are here lol. I don't feel these are particularly terrifying like most of my other choices, but they just feel like such classic Scooby-Doo villains to me. The scene involving the ghost with the lantern disappearing into the night feels so inherently Scooby-ish to me. I wish we would have gotten to see the Redcoat Ghost more than just those two times, as he's my favorite of the three. He looks super creepy with his soulless and vacant eyes.
3. The Ghost of Dr. Coffin
"The Harum Scarum Sanitarium" is in general one of the spookiest Scooby episodes of all time, but a big part of that is the ghost of Dr. Coffin. His design is so creepy and he genuinely looks like he is insane. The creepy glow around his body really amplifies the spook-factor for me.
2. Gramps the Vamp
This vampire from "Vampire Bats and Scaredy Cats" is my favorite vampire villain in the franchise, but a lot of that is his behavior rather than his design. Him calling Lisa in the middle of the night from the pitch black room is one of the scariest scenes of the franchise in my opinion. However, he's not only here because of his menacing looks; he's also here for having one of the most despicable motives of any culprit in the franchise. (Spoilers ahead) The fact that Uncle Leon betrayed his niece like that is beyond cold and scarring, especially considering he literally traumatized an 18-year-old girl just so he could steal her money.
1. Morgan Moonscar
You could call me basic for making this my pick, but Morgan Moonscar is easily the creepiest villain of the franchise. Even though he's not seen more than a couple times in Zombie Island, his introduction of literally being a bag of bones crawling out of his own grave is absolutely terrifying. His design is so creepy looking, particularly his dried-out face and the huge scar around his eye.
That about does it for my rankings, but if you'd like to share, I'd love to see your top 10 list of favorite villains in the comments! I hope you enjoyed reading my list!
3/14/2023 09:05:53 am
Very surprising list, the fact that no SDWAY monsters were here is baffling to me as I think I'd have at least 3 in my top 10 list, they're just that good.
3/14/2023 10:23:17 am
It was super tough for me to choose and there were a lot of villains I wanted to put on here, but none of the SDWAY ones made it. Maybe it's because they have been reused so many times with all the Easter Eggs recently.
3/14/2023 10:17:46 am
think it should be divide up either as top 10 monster from shows than from movies, or before revival (all monsters from series before zombie island) and after (zombie island to present)
3/14/2023 10:42:48 am
I can post my top 10 list for movies and shows individually here:
3/14/2023 11:35:50 am
Oh boy here we go… I’ve actually never made a list like this before. I am going to do movies now because it is easier for me and come up with an episode list after because I am not sure yet
3/14/2023 12:22:41 pm
Great list! I really like the Spectre of Shadow Canyon as well and considered putting her on my list. It's funny, I thought about putting Dracula as #10 on my movies list, but I ended up not. I think he's a really interesting villain personality-wise. He's more of a narcissist and a pest than an actual menacing villain out there doing evil, which is an interesting contrast to most Scooby-Doo villains.
3/14/2023 11:50:36 am
I will do my top 10
3/14/2023 11:55:01 am
I mean Daisy Mayhem. Mixing up names.
3/14/2023 12:20:46 pm
It's really cool to see the Banshee on your list as well! I love Agent 2 as well, he definitely delivers a lot of funny lines throughout the show. That "I have a whistle!" bit when Phibes asks who the whistleblower is in the last episode always gets me. I like Sylvester too! He's definitely an underrated villain.
3/14/2023 04:21:38 pm
Prepare for the most basic white person list 😈
3/14/2023 04:22:29 pm
I misspelt essentially*
3/14/2023 08:07:44 pm
I really like your list! Completely agree with your thoughts on The Creepy Heap from the Deep, it's definitely one of the most unique villains of that series. The Shark Men, Fireball McFain, the Lady Vampire, Slime Mutant and Captain Moody's Ghost are also all amazing villains that are definitely underrated!
3/14/2023 05:28:04 pm
Despite checking this website every day, I haven’t been able to leave comments as much lately and I am sorry about that! I love this top ten list, it’s a great mix of some fan favorites as well as personal flourishes! Like Zomba is such a cool pick, and so is the Mummy of Friar Sera! I don’t have a top ten sadly, but Gramps the Vamp, Dr Coffin, and the Freak would be on there for certain!
3/14/2023 08:08:59 pm
No worries, that's so nice that you check the blog every day! :) Thank you so much, I'm glad you liked my list!
3/15/2023 03:05:21 am
Surprised no one's said Pericles
3/15/2023 09:04:29 am
I'm a bit surprised others haven't said it either. For me, he's an amazing villain but doesn't beat any of my top 10.
3/15/2023 09:33:14 am
Pericles is easily top 5 for me. He doesn't even compare to 1-minute Banshee. Friar Sera and The Freak were chilling and fascinating, don't get me wrong, but Pericles has everything a great villain needs, all in the span of 2 seasons. Despite not being a person in a costume, he's the best villain of SDMI.
3/15/2023 09:49:41 am
"1-Minute Banshee" lmao. I agree Pericles is one of the best villains of SDMI and a top-tier villain of the franchise, but I gravitated a bit more towards people in costumes for my top 10. Pericles is easily in my top 20 in terms of series, though. Absolutely agreed that the scene with Morgan Moonscar in the pit is one of the most frightening scenes in the entire franchise.
3/15/2023 11:20:30 am
This one is an interesting discussion point. Personally, I would say objectively, Pericles has to be one of the best villains in the franchise. After all, he is one of the most intricate and developed villains the franchise has ever seen
3/15/2023 12:08:43 pm
If the list was about "Top 10 Monsters", then Pericles wouldn't make mine, because he doesn't fit the monster concept (well, except for Come Undone I guess, lol). But since this post was specifically phrased as "Top 10 Villains", then he does fit the bill perfectly. Pericles is a straight-up villain in more ways than normal people in costumes personally.
3/15/2023 12:22:57 pm
I feel exactly the same way about how I chose my favorite villains for the series. Pericles is an awesome villain, but I also tend to lean more towards the classics or unique/scary monsters for my top 10. Pericles is awesome and is easily one of the evilest villains in franchise history, but design-wise, there are better villains than him IMO. My mind tends to default to the actual monsters, which Pericles was not. And yeah, I also look at different things for movie villains. Design tends to be the first element I look at when determining my favorite villains, so that gave the 1-Minute Banshee an edge in my mind haha.
3/15/2023 05:43:06 pm
Alright, I suppose it is time
3/15/2023 08:54:10 pm
I love your list! You have a great combo of classics and some unique ones here. I was happy to see the Headless Horseman, the Headless Spectre, Chickenstein and Gramps the Vamp on your list! :)
3/16/2023 04:33:13 am
3/16/2023 08:53:28 am
Great list! I'm a little surprised how low a few of them are, like "Haunted House Hang Up," What the Hex Is Going On?" and "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf."
3/16/2023 09:34:17 am
Haunted House Hang-Up is fun, but it has one of the worst monsters in all of scooby doo at the end. But the setting and episode itself is really good. It might be higher honestly, haven't watched it in a while. What the Hex is going on kind of bored me to be honest. I don't know how your numbers 23,21,18 and 15 are so low! Especially 15, very iconic.
3/16/2023 11:18:38 am
That's fair haha. "Spooky Space Kook" is great, I just like the other 14 episodes ahead of it a bit better. Really tough to make a list because there are so many classics here!
3/16/2023 11:04:37 am
My list is pretty different, but hey, that’s not a bad thing
3/16/2023 11:19:24 am
Great list! I wouldn't say there are any surprises IMO, our lists are similar in quite a few ways.
3/16/2023 11:33:51 am
Yeah I would say our lists are much more similar than mine is with Jayden’s lol, if only for the placements of What the Hex Going On and Nowhere to Hyde lmao
3/16/2023 02:12:53 pm
I will rank the WAY episodes as well
3/16/2023 02:32:52 pm
Very unique list! I think you are missing "Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too!" though, and you have "Don't Fool with a Phantom" twice at both #11 and #14.
3/16/2023 02:39:11 pm
I didn't realize that! I forgot about Mummy Too. Mummy too would be between Which Witch is Witch and Mine Your Own Business
3/17/2023 05:02:12 am
I love seeing other people's lists. Mainly because I find it too hard to do - if I wrote one today it would likely be completely different net week.
3/17/2023 10:55:34 am
Yeah, I feel that. My lists can change a lot over time too. Mother has always been a standout to me. Despite it being a very silly series, they balance the goofiness of the show's formula with a dark, ominous tone so well in the episode, and Mother is a big part of that. She's such a terrifying villain, especially with the creepy clock ticking right before she shows up. While he wouldn't be close to my top 10, Crazy Karl from Guess Who is a great villain! It is super creepy how he shows up in the hotel room in the middle of the night.
3/17/2023 09:39:17 am
Seems like noone else likes the reuse of WAY monsters, however to me that just shows how iconic they are, I love their returns.
3/17/2023 10:56:31 am
Great list! I wouldn't have expected to see Mayor Jones or Coco Diablo on anybody's list, but they are great picks. Mayor Jones is certainly one of the most despicable villains the franchise, since he quite literally kidnapped a baby and tricked Fred for 18 years.
3/17/2023 01:27:27 pm
I guess technically you included Mayor Jones too, at least in his Freak identity.
3/17/2023 02:29:04 pm
I also loved that he helped the gang hide the Planispheric Disk from the Original Mystery Incorporated in season 2. That was a great redeeming moment for him and kinda felt like him learning from his villainy, as his whole motive for dressing up as The Freak was to steal the disk.
3/19/2023 08:51:31 am
To be honest there have been so many Great Villains over the years, I'm unsure I'd be able to do a top ten list, so instead here's my top villain from each series list.
3/19/2023 06:23:03 pm
All great picks! Yeah, the Wax Phantom nearly killing Shaggy and Scooby is really terrifying!
3/20/2023 05:34:44 am
Some awesome picks there!
3/20/2023 06:58:46 am
3/20/2023 07:31:13 pm
Great list. Numbers 10, 6, 5, 3, 2, 1 gave me so many nightmares as a kid and early teen. Now i appreciate it when i see monsters spookier than averege
3/21/2023 06:39:41 am
Thank you! Zomba was the only one on this list that scared me when I was a kid.
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