Top 10 Animated Christmas Villains
#10 - Ebenezer Scrooge (Mr. Magoo) in MISTER MAGOO'S CHRISTMAS CAROL [1962]
Ebenezer Scrooge (Mr. Magoo) in MISTER MAGOO'S CHRISTMAS CAROL [1962] Image

"Bah, Humbug!" The original animated holiday special starring the nearsighted curmudgeon, Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol is a musical version of Dickens' classic tale, A Christmas Carol, which features the voice talents of Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam and Jack Cassidy.

#09 - Professor Hinkle in FROSTY THE SNOWMAN [1969]
Professor Hinkle in FROSTY THE SNOWMAN [1969] Image

"I must get that hat back! Think nasty, think nasty, think nasty!" A failed magician's top hat is recovered by a couple of kids who bring Frosty the Snowman to life. The posse, which includes the professor's rabbit, Hocus Pocus, heads to the North Pole with Professor Hinkle in hot pursuit. Jimmy Durante narrates the tale. Skip the crappy "sequel," Frosty Returns [1992], which offers none of the original's charm.

#08 - Lucy van Pelt in A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS [1965]
Lucy van Pelt in A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS [1965] Image

"Look, Charlie, let's face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It's run by a big Eastern syndicate, you know." Lucy persuades Charlie Brown to become director of the Christmas play and then berates him for all of the bad decisions he makes such as picking out the most pathetic Christmas tree on the lot.

#07 - Ebenezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) in MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL [1983]
Ebenezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) in MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL [1983] Image

"What's this world coming to, Cratchit? You work all your life to get money . . . then people want you to give it away!" Scrooge McDuck is perfectly cast as Ebenezer Scrooge with Mickey Mouse as Bob Crachit in Disney's version of A Christmas Carol. Also features Donald Duck (voiced by Clarence Nash) as Fred the nephew, Goofy as Jacob Marley, Jiminy Cricket as The Ghost of Christmas Past and Peg-Leg Pete as The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Somehow they get through the action in just over 20 minutes, perhaps a record for any version of A Christmas Carol!

#06 - Burgermeister Meisterburger in SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [1970]
Burgermeister Meisterburger in SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [1970] Image

"I hate toys! And toys hate me! Either they are going or I am going and I definitely am not going!" Santa Claus is Comin' to Town features the voice talents of Paul Frees as Burgermeister Meisterburger, the befuddled mayor of Sombertown. This guy's a total asshole who declares all toys illegal. The stellar cast also boasts Fred Astaire as the narrator and Keenan Wynn as the Winter Warlock (see No. 4).

#05 - Snow Miser in THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS [1974]
Snow Miser in THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS [1974] Image

"I'm Mister White Christmas/I'm Mister Snow/I'm Mister Icicle/I'm Mister Ten Below/Friends call me Snow Miser/Whatever I touch/Turns to snow in my clutch/I'm too much!" One of the more surreal animated holiday classics, The Year Without a Santa Claus features two classic musical numbers that star Snow Miser and Heat Miser (see below). Snow Miser is voiced by Dick Shawn. Also stars Mickey Rooney as Santa Claus and Shirley Booth as Mrs. Claus. Don't know who wrote the script for this masterpiece but I would bet that drugs were somehow involved.

#04 - Winter Warlock in SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [1970]
Winter Warlock in SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [1970] Image

"You mustn't mind the tree monsters. Their bark is worse than their bite. Ha ha ha!" A truly evil and bitter creature, Winter Warlock (voiced by Keenan Wynn) receives a toy train from Kris Kringle - an act that melts his icy heart and enables him to join the group in their battle against Burgermeister Meisterburger (see No. 6).

#03 - Abominable Snowman (Bumble) in RUDOLPH, THE RED-NOSED REINDEER [1964]
Abominable Snowman (Bumble) in RUDOLPH, THE RED-NOSED REINDEER [1964] Image

"We'll have to outwit the fiend with our superior intelligence . . . Douse your nose and run like crazy!" More fearsome than the Winter Warlock (see No. 4), Bumble is finally "tamed" by Yukon Cornelius and Hermey the Misfit Elf. He later places the star atop the Christmas tree to complete his redemption.

#02 - The Grinch in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! [1966]
The Grinch in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! [1966] Image

"They're finding out now that no Christmas is coming. They're just waking up, I know just what they'll do. Their mouths will hang open a minute or two, then the Whos down in Whoville will all cry, 'Boo Hoo.'" Boris Karloff narrates Dr. Seuss' classic tale and also provides the voice of the Grinch. An uncredited Thurl Ravenscroft sings "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch," while legendary animator Chuck Jones directed this holiday classic.

#01 - Heat Miser in THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS [1974]
Heat Miser in THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS [1974] Image

"I'm Mister Green Christmas/I'm Mister Sun/I'm Mister Heat Blister/I'm Mister Hundred and One/They call me Heat Miser/Whatever I touch/Starts to melt in my clutch/I'm too much!" The ogre-like Heat Miser lives inside a volcano and battles with his half-brother, Snow Miser (see No. 5) for control of the weather. George S. Irving provided the voice for Heat Miser. An alternative rock band, Heatmiser, which included Elliott Smith, took its name from this legendary animated character, who was also turned into an action figure - believe it or not!

User Comments - Add a Comment
DedSysOp - 2008-02-07 13:38:44
No Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Xmas?
cpetersen - 2008-02-19 16:53:52
I agree, he belongs here.
Vexation - 2008-10-28 07:44:53

True, Oogie Boogie is one of the top Christmas villains of all time, but who would you replace with him on this list?

kira - 2008-12-10 21:40:02

i saw snow miser and was a little upset, thinking that you forgot about heat miser. but no, he's #1! i love those old claymation movies!

Gina - 2009-01-20 12:45:37

I Think The North Wind, Snow and Heat Miser's brother from "A Miser Brothers' Christmas" should be in the place of both Snow Miser and Heat Miser, besides they became Christmas heroes.

Bob - 2009-04-25 11:58:56

Most of them became heroes at some point. Doesn't mean that they weren't villains

villains fan - 2009-09-04 03:27:12

my favourite villain in christmas is Principal Pankley from The Legend of Frosty The Snowman

phred - 2009-12-09 10:44:24

Who was the guy on the steam powered, horse machine thing?

Woots - 2010-01-14 02:44:46

What happened to the Batman xmas special? Xmas with the Joker was great.

Korbl - 2010-03-17 01:36:02

I agree that Oogie should be on here, I'd probably replace one of the scrooges (probably Magoo) because in my opinion having the same character from two different animations of the same story is cheating a bit. Great list though.

Jean - 2010-11-17 11:15:14

phred- you are thinking about Kubla Khan from Jack Frost!

Croach - 2010-12-11 13:42:06

"Kubla Khan" is a poem, you're thinking of King Kubla Kraus

torz - 2011-02-22 18:36:21

i love snow miser more than heat miser because hes more handsom. i saw the film when i was about 7 now im 11. SNOW MISER ROCKS!!!

Bird of Paradise - 2011-10-06 23:47:42
The BurgoMaster Mister Burgo from SANTA CLUASE IN COMMING TO TOWN Mean and sour and never smiling always shouting and his antitoy fetish he never changed his ways and eventiualy he died off and the good citizens of slumbertown decided to just dump his laws and throw his portrait in the trash where it belongs
Spurwing Plover - 2012-01-21 11:17:13

Reformed monsters? How anout EON from RUDOLPHS SHINNY NEW YEAR he is a giant bird who will turn to lice and snow when he turns one eon old however when he luaghs at the sight of the baby news years over sized ears he save his own life when last seen he was still laughing

Ernie - 2013-09-22 22:35:59

How in the bluest of blue hells can you place Scrooge McDuck over the immortal Quincy Magoo as Scrooge? Most people place him second on the list of all-time greatest Scrooges (after only the truly legendary Alastair Sim, of course). Other than that, I have no problem at all with your choices. And it's acknowledgement of my age that asks if anyone else out there remembers Hest Miser's voice actor George S. Irving as the guy from the 1970s White Owl cigar ads (the "we gotcha!" guy). Also as one of the voice talents from "Tennessee Tuxedo" and "Underdog". God, I'm old . . .

A Year w/OUT a Santa Claus - 2014-12-09 21:10:09

The best Christmas toon ever with sibling rivalry .