ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

What do you do when everything is going according to your terribly sinister plan? Cackle like a deranged lunatic, of course.

You can't deny that villains usually come hand in hand with a bout of ominous laughter and the following 9 bad guys certainly got their cackle on, and made movie history doing it! Take a look at the a selection of the most twisted guffaws ever:

1. Jafar from Aladdin (Jonathan Freeman)

Perhaps one of Disney's most notorious psychopaths, it's totally fitting that Jafar also has one of the most sinister cackles. The cool-headed schemer will stop at nothing to get what he wants, omitting bursts of deranged and hysterical laughter in the face of other people's suffering.

2. The Predator (Peter Cullen)

The alien hunter literally gets the last laugh at the end of this cinematic feat. When its self-destruct mechanism is activated right at the end of the movie, it omits a terrible cackle. Run for your life, Arnie!

3. Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz (Margaret Hamilton)

The Wicked Witch of the West is the archetype of wickedness within Emerald City, and her cackle is appropriately menacing.

4. Dr. Evil from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (Mike Myers)

Dr. Evil's over-the-top laugh is perhaps now one his character's essential trademarks. Check out the madman performing the villainous pastime like a pro:

5. Jack Torrance from The Shining (Jack Nicholson)

Jack Nicholson's Jack Torrance is regarded as perhaps one of the most unsettling villains in recent cinema. As he gradually slips into madness in The Shining, he transforms himself into a horrifying psychopath who laughs in the face of death.

6. Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians (Glen Close)

If someone were to tell you they were going to wear your dogs as their coat, you'd be terrified. If they accompanied this sentimental with a cackle like Cruella de Vil's, you'd probably run for the hills.

7. Agent Smith from The Matrix Revolutions (Hugo Weaving)

Only in the third and final film did Agent Smith finally get to indulge in an evil laugh. And it is as satisfyingly maniacal as one might expect.

8. Voldemort from Harry Potter (Ralph Fiennes)

Voldemort's gleeful cackle at Harry being dead is a terrifying, high-pitched hiccup. Although if you think about it, it's a pretty feeble attempt at an evil laugh, but it's still quite haunting regardless. Remind yourself here:

9. The Joker from Batman (Jack Nicholson)

Yep, Jack Nicholson has done it again. His maniacal cackle back in 1989 in Tim Burton's Batman is perhaps one of the most iconic evil guffaws ever omitted. And it paved the way for any future Joker's laughs, like Heath Ledger's equally commendable effort, for example.



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