13 Of The Best Cartoon Villains We Grew Up With – Who Did You Love To Hate?

We all loved a good cartoon growing up, and we all had our favourite heroes, whether it was He-Man, Lion-O, Optimus Prime or Dogtanian. But what did they all have in common? They all had evil enemies who had just as much, if not more, character and were just as lovable, even if it was in a love-to-hate-them way. Let’s take a look at some of the best – who was your favourite cartoon villain growing up?

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1. Skeletor

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Can we really start anywhere else? Skeletor was He-Man’s nemesis, and he was pure evil, but would always be ready with a killer quip or insult, often aimed at his own stooges. One of the best villains of the time!

2. Megatron

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Optimus Prime’s true opposite, Megatron was the leader of the evil Decepticons, and he wanted nothing more than to reduce the Autobots to scrap and take over Cybertron for himself!

3. Baron Greenback

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Danger Mouse was the greatest secret agent in the World (officially because the theme tune tells us so!), and he had a great villain that he was always up against, Baron Greenback, who used everything, including custard, to try and take over the World!

4. Cyril Sneer

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The Raccoons just wanted a peaceful life in their forest, but Cyril Sneer had other ideas as he wanted to rip the forest down and build factories, basically being an evil businessman who will stop at nothing to get some extra money!

5. Gargamel

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The evil Wizard who is always chasing and trying to capture the poor Smurfs, Gargamel and his cat were always near by and always causing trouble for the little blue characters!

6. Hordak

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She-Ra’s own version of Skeletor, Hordak had technology rather than evil magic, and could change form, too. Hordak, much like Skeletor, had a legion of vicious henchmen who would often be sent out on missions to kill She-Ra and her friends.

7. Cardinal Richelieu

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The evil Prime Minister of France who was trying to gain ultimate power over the country, Dogtanian and the Muskehounds had to work hard to thwart his evil plans and keep him away from the throne!

8. Mumm Ra

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The evil being, inspired by Egyptian lore and mummies, Mumm Ra, The Ever-Living was the evil that was housed in the giant pyramid and would always be there trying to vanquish the Thundercats and sending his evil mutants on errands to try and kill them!

9. Magica De Spell

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The evil sorceress who was always after Scrooge McDuck’s money in Duck Takes (Woo-oo), sorry, can’t even say Duck Tales (Woo-oo) without getting that damned tune in my head!

10. Dr. Von Goosewing

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The evil nemesis of Count Duckula, he is a vampire hunter and a mad scientist, and he wants nothing more than to rid the World of its vegetarian vampire duck!

11. General Blight

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The evil villain and genius criminal mastermind that would try and take over the World on a regular basis, but would never get away with it thanks to the amazing Bananaman who was always on hand to save the day!

12. Texas Pete

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The evil outlaw space cowboy type character who had a few minions he always took around with him and was always up to some dastardly deed. Luckily, Superted was always there in the nick of time to save the day!

13. Shredder

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The vicious Shredder was the main bad guy who would be there to fight against the Teenage Mutant Ninja (Hero) Turtles every week, with Beebop and Rocksteady at his side for support. A classic villain and one of the best from the time!

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Who was your favourite cartoon villain and why? Are they on this list or have we dared to miss them off? Let us know all of your thoughts in the comments as always!