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The Greatest Christmas Movie Villains of All Time

The Greatest Christmas Movie Villains of All Time

Christmas is a time for good cheer and glad tidings among people all around the world, except for a few who aren’t in the mood. These villains have popped in during a number of Christmas- and holiday-themed movies over the years. It’s amazing how much of a ruckus these characters have caused others. As viewers, we’ve gotten the somewhat good fortune to see them at work. Let’s take a journey and check some of these characters out.

We will start with the Grinch. Talk about a villain! Sheesh, he wants to shut down Christmas cheer in Whoville. Yet even the old stingy Grinch never thought his heart would grow in size. It did. Dr. Seuss’ book How the Grinch Stole Christmas introduced this nasty villain to the world. Director Chuck Jones would bring this book to life in animation form. Toss in Boris Karloff as narrator as well as the voice of the Grinch and you have a winning combination. Jim Carrey starred in a live-action movie on the book, bringing forth another version of the character.

Christmas Villians Almost Star With Potter

Then we have the case of Henry F. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life. As you know, old man Potter was not going to give George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart. any help when it comes to needing a loan for Christmas. Potter gets pleasure in seeing Bailey suffer. Lionel Barrymore splendidly plays Potter, searing a memory in moviegoers’ minds, People reports.

Let’s turn to the case of Scut Farkus from the 1983 movie A Christmas Story. Farkus, played by Zack Ward, totally haunts Ralphie Parker, played by Peter Billingsley. Farkus is joined in roughing up Ralphie by Grover Dill, played by Yano Anaya. But we all know that Ralphie gets even when he ends up kicking Scut’s butt.

“So many people come up to me and are like, ‘You got your a– kicked by Ralphie,’ and it makes them so happy,” Ward said back in 2017 when talking with 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.”

Oh man, we cannot leave out Hans Gruber of Die Hard fame. As you may remember, Gruber, played by Alan Rickman, was a German terrorist who takes an entire holiday office party hostage. Why? He’s trying to steal $640 million in bearer bonds. Then Hans squared off with John McClane, played by Bruce Willis. McClane is one of the holiday season’s great heroes. His shooting spree saved his wife and her office co-workers from Hans’ dastardly ways.

Of Course, Scrooge Takes Up His Own Place

Then we get down with Ebenezer Scrooge, one of the holiday’s most recognized baddies. Scrooge first appeared in the Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Story. People who have followed his story for some time know Scrooge is not a nice man. George C. Scott played him in a TV movie back in the 1980s. But Ebenezer can calm down a little bit. He can put a sock in his “Bah! Humbug,” too.

What about a case for a couple of bumbling fools? Marv and Harry try to get past Kevin in Home Alone and Home Alone 2. Marv, played by Daniel Stern, and Harry, played by Joe Pesci, caused that kid enough headaches. They do their best to get inside the house and rob the McCallisters. Unfortunately, Marv and Harry fall prey to Kevin’s indoor strategies.

Let’s take a spin to check in on Ted Maltin of Jingle All the Way, played by Phil Hartman. Maltin happens to be a next-door neighbor of Howard Langston, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ted has the hots for Howard’s wife Liz, played by Rita Wilson. It sometimes feels like Maltin is giving off “creep” vibes. Liz, though, has the final say in dealing with him. Eggnog anyone?