7. Hades - “Hercules”
More “sassy gay friend” than evil villain, Disney scrubbed most of the scary right of the god of the underworld.
6. The Red Guy - “Cow and Chicken”
A scam-artist shapeshifter who walks on his butt? Disturbing, but not because he’s scary.
5. Aku - “Samurai Jack”
An immortal dark god with superhuman strength, the power of interstellar travel, laser-beam eyes, and control of the elements who dabbles in necromancy? That is how you do scary shapeshifting.
4. Katz - “Courage The Cowardly Dog”
There’s just something about his calm cruelty that lingers with you well after the show is over.
3. Him - “Powerpuff Girls”
For a falsetto cross-dresser with fabulous taste in boots, HIM radiates a malevolence that unsettles even grown adults.
2. Hunson Abadeer - “Adventure Time”
It take true evil to trap your daughter in your all-powerful demon suit so you can drink beer and watch football on Sundays.
1. Chernabog - “Fantasia”
Disney continues to traumatize generations of children by sneaking in a Satanic ritual into the end of a movie about dancing mushrooms and frolicking centaurs.
Honorable Mention: Robot Devil - “Futurama”
Not for kids, but a delightful singing voice.
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