10 Funniest Sitcom Villains, Ranked

Summary

  • Sitcom villains are an important element that can make or break a series, and the funniest prove memorable additions to their shows.
  • Hilarious sitcom villains can come in many forms, from obvious threats to subtler antagonists who bring chaos.
  • The best sitcom villains are both terrible and hilarious, adding comedic value and obstacles for a show’s characters.

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Every show features an antagonistic force that gets in the way of a character’s ultimate goal, but in a sitcom, villains need to be just as funny as the main characters. Sitcom villains are not usually as evil or dark as they would be in other genres, but being the bad guys doesn’t mean that they can’t add humor to the show. With so many sitcoms available to watch, a hilarious villain can even help make or break a series.

Memorable sitcom villains can come in many forms. Whether they’re an obvious threat, actively trying to harm the main characters, or a subtler antagonist who simply brings chaos, villains can land among the best elements of a sitcom. From animation to live-action, there are plenty of sitcom antagonists who remain in viewers’ hearts for being both terrible and hilarious.

10 The Captain From How I Met Your Mother

Played By Kyle MacLachlan

Jason Segel as Marshall Eriksen holding a large creepy picture of Kyle MacLachlan's The Captain in How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother

Release Date
September 19, 2005

Cast
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Bob Saget

Genres
Comedy, Drama

The Captain is first introduced in How I Met Your Mother season 6, and he’s often remembered for his stern demeanor. Some of his funniest moments come from his inability to depict his feelings through facial expressions, especially during his interactions with Ted (Josh Radnor) in “The Mermaid Theory.” The Captain often freaks out Ted and Marshall (Jason Segel), leading to hilarity throughout the original series. The Captain ends up being tamer than expected, and he has some sweet moments with Lily (Alyson Hannigan), making him slightly easier to take seriously than some of the other popular sitcom villains.

9 Fenton From That ’70s Show

Played By Jim Rash

Wilmer Valderrama as Fez, Mila Kunis as Jackie, and Jim Rash as Fenton standing in the house in That '70s Show

That ’70s Show

Release Date
August 23, 1998

Cast
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Wilmer Valderrama, Debra Jo Rupp, Kurtwood Smith, Danny Masterson

Genres
Comedy, Sitcom

Sitcom legend Jim Rash appeared as the hilarious and argumentative Fenton in That ’70s Show years before playing Dean Pelton in Community. Fenton crosses paths with the gang on several occasions, including when he sells Eric (Topher Grace) Donna’s (Laura Prepon) engagement ring, as well as when he rents an apartment to Fez (Wilmer Valderrama) and Kelso (Ashton Kutcher). Every interaction between Fenton and the male members of the gang results in a spiteful but childish argument, and Fenton’s pettiness is one of the reasons the character is so funny. Unfortunately, while his antics make his scenes hilarious, Fenton does prove too unlikable to rank higher.

8 Mr. Nimbus From Rick and Morty

Voiced By Dan Harmon

Mr Nimbus confronts Rick in Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty

Release Date
December 2, 2013

Cast
Spencer Grammer, Justin Roiland, Kari Wahlgren, Chris Parnell, Sarah Chalke

Genres
Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Mr Nimbus, voiced by Dan Harmon, is first introduced in Rick and Morty season 5 as Rick’s archnemesis. The sexually provocative King of the Ocean is best remembered for his camp dialogue and taunting Rick. He even ends up having a threesome with Beth and Jerry. Although he tries to patch things up with Rick, offering to form a friendship, he instead ends the episode by violently attacking Rick, then taking control of a human police officer to arrest the mad scientist. Mr. Nimbus is as comical as he is clever, but his villainous ways don’t get enough attention over the course of Rick and Morty to rank higher.

7 The Shame Wizard From Big Mouth

Voiced By David Thewlis

Big Mouth

Release Date
September 29, 2017

Cast
Fred Armisen, Jessi Klein, Nick Kroll, Ayo Edebiri, Jenny Slate, Andrew Rannells, Jordan Peele, John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas

Genres
Romance, Animation, Comedy

The Shame Wizard is one of the funniest characters in Human Resources and Big Mouth, as his main motivation is to cause as much embarrassment and regret as possible. Although he generally has a strained relationship with the characters, the Shame Wizard does spark up a rather sweet friendship with Coach Steve, who seems unaffected by his shaming powers. Despite this, the Shame Wizard has some of the best jokes in Big Mouth, and his sarcastic commentary makes him one of sitcoms’ funniest villains. He’s not as iconic as more well-known sitcom villains, but he deserves recognition.

6 The Janitor From Scrubs

Played By Neil Flynn

Scrubs

Release Date
October 1, 2001

Cast
John C. McGinley, Robert Maschio, Donald Faison, Christa Miller, Neil Flynn, Judy Reyes, Aloma Wright, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Sam Lloyd, Ken Jenkins

Genres
Comedy, Drama

The Janitor’s constant pranks throughout Scrubs — which sometimes tip over into harassment and violence — provide some of the show’s funniest moments. Later seasons of Scrubs do see J.D. (Zach Braff) and the Janitor seemingly burying the hatchet, but it doesn’t stop the Janitor from messing with other members of the Sacred Heart Hospital staff. Despite his varying relationships with other characters, the Janitor ultimately causes more grief than anything else. It’s the serious nature of some of his pranks that prevents him from breaking into the top five funniest sitcom villains, even if most of his tricks are hilarious for viewers.

5 The Vulture From Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Played By Dean Winters

Dean Winters as The Vulture sitting at Amy's desk in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Release Date
September 17, 2013

Cast
Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Joel McKinnon Miller, Dirk Blocker, Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti, Joe Lo Truglio

Genres
Comedy, Crime

Dean Winters has played several villains in various sitcoms, but his portrayal of the Vulture in Brooklyn Nine-Nine is by far his best. The Vulture’s constant meddling with the 99th Precinct causes massive frustration for the characters, especially during his brief stint as their captain. This tension proves hilarious for viewers though, as the character’s comedy matches the rest of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s cast. The Vulture also got worse and worse with each season, making him a great antagonistic force that’s worthy of the top five — even if his antics aren’t outrageous enough to make him the best of the best sitcom villains.

4 Mr. Fischoeder From Bob’s Burgers

Voiced By Kevin Kline

Mr. Fischoeder standing on the steps of his home in Bob's Burgers

Bob’s Burgers

Release Date
January 9, 2011

Cast
H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal

Genres
Animation, Comedy

Mr. Fischoeder is one of Bob’s Burgers‘ best supporting characters, and because of his constantly unhinged behavior, he’s definitely one of sitcoms’ funniest villains. Some of Mr. Fischoeder’s best Bob’s Burgers episodes see him interacting with the Belcher children, who he treats like adults during his many morally questionable schemes. Mr. Fischoeder emits an ethically ambiguous energy rather than being straight-up evil. It’s part of what makes him a likable villain, and that adds to his bizarre charm.

3 Mr. Heckles From Friends

Played By Larry Hankin

Larry Hankin as Mr. Heckles Looking Tired in the Hallway in Friends

Friends

Release Date
September 22, 1994

Cast
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer

Genres
Comedy, Drama, Sitcom

Monica (Courteney Cox) and Rachel’s (Jennifer Aniston) downstairs neighbor, Mr. Heckles (Larry Hankin), causes a lot of frustration for the Friends gang. Constantly complaining about the noise coming from the group is not the only thing Mr. Heckles is known for; he also steals from the gang and leaves items in unusual places. Mr. Heckles sparks some humorous interactions with the other characters whenever he’s around, and his weird behavior has led to some great Friends memes. He’s certainly among sitcoms’ top three comedic villains, but he’s not disruptive enough to land among the top two.

2 Devon Banks From 30 Rock

Played By Will Arnett

Will Arnett as Devon Banks sitting in Jack's office in 30 Rock

Friends

Release Date
September 22, 1994

Cast
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer

Genres
Comedy, Drama, Sitcom

Devon Banks is one of 30 Rock‘s weirdest characters, often reappearing to try to stop Jack (Alec Baldwin) from achieving further success. Some of Banks’ funniest moments come from his interactions with Kenneth (Jack McBrayer), who Jack frequently uses to deter Banks from causing further chaos. Unlike other sitcom villains, Devon actively tries to stop the characters of 30 Rock from achieving their goals, a true trait of an antagonist. He balances comic relief and bad behavior perfectly, making him a memorable sitcom antagonist — and one of the very best.

1 Tammy II From Parks and Recreation

Played By Megan Mullally

Parks and Recreation

Release Date
April 9, 2009

Cast
Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, ​Chris Pratt2, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Retta, Jim O’Heir, Aziz Ansari, Rob Lowe

Genres
Sitcom, Comedy, Mockumentary

Tammy II is easily the funniest sitcom villain of all time — and possibly the funniest character from Parks and Recreation overall. The inappropriate moments between Tammy II and Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) provide some of the wildest moments in the show. Tammy’s determination to mess with Ron becomes so obsessive that impacts the other characters, especially Leslie (Amy Poehler), who occasionally has to get violent in order to protect her friend from Tammy II’s meddling. That speaks volumes about Tammy II’s nature as a villain, and she strikes the ideal balance between being a legitimate threat and a comedic presence.

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