1990s 90's Angelica Apocalypse cartoons Chairface Chippendale Entertainment Features Joker Lex Luthor Megatron Mojo Jojo Mr Burns Skullmaster Technology

The 10 best 1990s cartoon series villains

The 10 best 1990s cartoon series villains
 

If anybody ever tells you that they had the best of some thing back in their day, it’s easy to debate them. Did people in the 1980s have the best social interactions prior to the 2010s introduced Twitter? Undeniably, because people are bastards. Did the 1970s have a much better picture layout before each video game recently published beat the neon design of the eighties into entry as though it were a poor horse joke? Probably!

Something I stay resolutely company over though is how the 1990s had the best villains spread across various animated series. From Batman to Mighty Max, ReBoot into X-Men, we had been swimming in a golden era of talent and characterisation that’s been unsurpassed since then. Do not believe me? Here are ten examples to get all nostalgic over.

Joker

Screw it, might as well kick off this list with the most important and best voice around, right? It’s tough to envision it, but the notion of Luke Skywalker flexing his vocal pipes and giving life to Batman’s biggest arch-nemesis was ludicrous at the time. This was an actor, an icon of a generation who had made a name for himself as a hero of the silver screen and was hired to help reestablish the caped crusader in the aftermath of his box office success.

It had been casting genius. Mark Hamill clearly threw himself into the role, had a blast and has been doing so decades later with a personality who was both hilarious and homicidal. Hamill’s Joker was not some playful prankster, he had been a real threat. A lunatic whose strategies made him an unpredictable madman with a body count that matched his black genius.

Whether it was the first clown prince of crime who menaced the Batman or a future incarnation whose genius made him a threat to the Tomorrow Knight, this Joker turned into a template for any incarnation at any other type of media for many years to come. Something worth smiling about, you can say.

Megatron

Sorry Frank Welker, but there is just one Megatron voice of my generation, and that is David Kaye. YEEEEEESSSS. The Beast Wars veteran who headed the Predacons in the war against the Maximals, Kaye’s Megatron was cool, calculating and so damn powerful as a nemesis he pretty much emerged victorious after the titanic war on ancient Earth.

Having successfully conquered Cybertron on his return, here was a threat that had done the impossible and managed to maintain the heroes as they always fought a war of attrition. Sure, great may have triumphed over bad eventually, but there is no denying just how successful this incarnation of Megatron was in the grand scheme of things.

And if you enjoyed Kaye’s take on the personality, there was lots more to appreciate when he returned to action from the Armada, Energon and Cybertron series. Bonus fact! Kaye also switched allegiances in Transformers: Animated when he uttered Optimus Prime. Bet you did not see that one coming, right?

MegaByte

ReBoot may seem quaint by today’s standards, but it was a revolution at the moment. Computer-generated animation on a weekly program endorsed not only by great stories but by even larger characters and a truly memorable villain in the arrangement of MegaByte. Tony Jay’s take on the character was magnificent, to say the least: Eloquent, calculating and harmful to the extreme.

That alone made MegaByte among those all-time greats, but his legend only grew from there. ReBoot would grow as a series, a grand war would wage across its system and MegaByte did the unthinkable for a villain in the time: He won. In the chaos of this internet War, it had been MegaByte who exiled Mainframe’s Guardian into the far reaches of the net.

It was MegaByte who conquered the city and transformed it into Megaframe. It was MegaByte who ruled with an iron fist until he was finally overthrown in a climactic battle. Memorable, iconic and much more, MegaByte was everything a villain should hope to be not even death could prevent this virus from fulfilling his format: To corrupt and conquer.

Apocalypse

Up until the 1990s, cartoon villains were…well..they were animations. They were frequently creating grand strategies, being foiled and the hero would laugh about their failure to conquer the world in the end of the day. And then came…Apocalypse. This was not your cookie-cutter Saturday morning cartoon villain. This was an extinction level event on two legs and clad in Celestial armour.

Apocalypse was danger personified, a nemesis whose doctrine of the survival of the fittest was delivered by John Colicos for the first four seasons of X-Men. Apocalypse could have easily been a two-dimensional villain, but rather there was a quality to the character that awakens out of his eloquence and was delivered using a Shakespearian signature that made the heavens tremble.

Just listen to Colicos deliver the line “I am as far removed from Mutants, as they are from you” and tell me that you do not get a shiver sent down your spine. Now that is the way you make an effective villain who raises the stakes.

Mojo Jojo

On the flip side, there is nothing wrong with a cartoon villain who lives up to the tropes and cliches. Require Mojo Jojo for example, a Powerpuff Girls nemesis whose chief schtick was that he was a speaking super-genius ape who desired to destroy the trio of women who blended the virtues of sugar, spice and everything nice with Some compound X.

Mojo’s full premise was that of revenge, a verbose antagonist who laid out his strategies like somebody on Twitter attempting to piggyback off of your own jokes. The real tragedy here is that Mojo is a casual generation whose true motive is to get back into Professor Utonium’s great books. That elevates the mad fighter into a sad figure, who despite all of his rage remains only a Smashing Pumpkin’s reference stuck in a cage.

Additionally, he’s got a cool name.

Lex Luthor

Every hero is characterized by their villain, and sometimes opposites attract. You could not get more opposite than Lex Luthor and Superman then. On the side of justice, you had an altruistic visitor from another world who uttered American values in their best and lived to fight for justice and truth. On the other hand, you’d Lex Luthor: Amoral, greedy and representing the possible good and bad of humanity in a single super-genius package.

Actor Clancy Brown may have originally auditioned to play Superman, but casting him as Luthor was another stroke of genius from back in the golden day that Warner Bros.. Animation dominated. Brown’s acting chops lent Luthor an air of menace, elegance and despise that made him the iconic voice behind the character in much the same way that Mark Hamill had succeeded in defining the Joker.

Above all, this Lex Luthor was very very human: Flawed, selfish and capable of a lot more. A fact that was wasted and sidelined by his grudge against the man of steel.

Mr Burns

Where do we even start with Mr Burns? Crippling Milhouse so that he could inspire a sports team to win? Check. Attempted to murder two dozen dogs so that he could make a new suit? Check. Blocked out the freakin’ sun on Springfield so that he could gouge the people out of each and every cent that they had stored when they were made to conduct their lights 24/7? Holy crap, check and check.

While he is a lot more comedic and played for simple old guy laughs these days, there was a time when Mr Burns represented corporate greed at its worst. Unchecked power, too much cash and sycophants okaying his every movement led to an antagonist who was usually defeated, but whose stern presence cast a shadow over every action in The Simpsons.

Foiled, over and over, Mr Burns was just like a cockroach with billions in the bank accounts, a reminder that no matter what successes were attained in The Simpsons, C. Montgomery Burns would always emerge the real winner of life as a result of his endless wealth, influence and power. I am…I’m kinda sad now. That is not…excellent.

Chairface Chippendale

Yeah, that is right. A well-cultured super unlawful offense lord, who just so happens to have a seat for a face. While a few villains desired the planet, Chairface Chippendale had even grander aspirations fr life, which culminated with him half-succeeding at carving his name to the Moon. Unfortunately, he ran out of space, and the Tick got all up in his business.

The 1990s were a very bizarre time, but still! Chairface Chippendale! He’s got a chair! For a face!

Skullmaster

It might have been uncommon to find a villain triumph in the 90s, but to find a villain emerge victorious over the corpses of defeated heroes? Holy 1990s toy advertisements, Mighty Max was playing for keeps. With Tim Curry giving the grand villain the course he deserved, Skullmaster was a force to be reckoned with thanks to his proficiency at wielding spells or the sword.

More than a game for Max’s guardians Norman or Vergil, the true tragedy here is that the hero of the day was destined to lose. Skullmaster was an inevitability, a fate that couldn’t be stopped. Or he could have been, if Mighty Max had lived for a third season. Following the networks pulled the plugs, however, Skullmaster’s success was not just certain.

It was ceaseless.

Angelica

You little bastard.

You ask yourself wat could be worse than a madman with ideas for world domination, and I will tell you everything: A kid. Children are blank slates upon which we’ve carved in our ethics and values, since if they are left alone then you have got no one but yourself to blame for the Lord of the Flies situation which develops.

Angelica represents the worst that a youngster can be: Spoilt, loud and with a psychopathic streak a mile wide. Honestly, it is a miracle that Angelica did not turn into a serial killer from the time Rugrats finished, since she was a maniac wrapped up in the shell of childhood innocence. Heck, I am pretty positive that Rugrats might have been a backdoor pilot for an animated Children of the Corn TV series, as a result of her precocious shenanigans.

Last Updated: May 28, 2018

window. ___gcfg = lang: ‘en-US’;
(function(w, d, s)
function go()
var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], load = function(url, id)
if (d.getElementById(id)) return;
js = d.createElement(s); js.src = url; js.id = id;
fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);
;
Load (‘//connect.facebook.net/en/all.js#xfbml=1′,’fbjssdk’);
Load (‘https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js’,’gplus1js’);
Load (‘//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js’,’tweetjs’);

if (w.addEventListener) w.addEventListener(“load”, go, false);
else if (w.attachEvent) w.attachEvent(“onload”,go);
(window, record,’script’));

window. ___gcfg = lang: ‘en-US’;
(function(w, d, s)
function go()
var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], load = function(url, id)
if (d.getElementById(id)) return;
js = d.createElement(s); js.src = url; js.id = id;
fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);
;
Load (‘//connect.facebook.net/en/all.js#xfbml=1′,’fbjssdk’);
Load (‘https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js’,’gplus1js’);
Load (‘//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js’,’tweetjs’);

if (w.addEventListener) w.addEventListener(“load”, go, false);
else if (w.attachEvent) w.attachEvent(“onload”,go);
(window, record,’script’));

 

About the author

verifiedtasks

verifiedtasks

Sukhdev Singh is a Business management graduate, with superb managerial skills and leadership abilities. He always has an approach of “leading from the front” which keeps us all motivated and inspires us to work more efficiently. He has an incredible amount of experience in the blockchain field as he has worked with a Crypto start-up based on blockchain. His cheerful personality always lifts our spirits and always makes sure that the work at VerifiedTasks is top-notch.
Twitter
Facebook
Get in touch with him by clicking on the Social Media Icons above.