With news today that 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' is being rebooted yet again, it seems like a perfect time to explore some of the best cartoon villains of yesteryear.
Like so many villains from the era, it was all so over-the-top and clearly aimed at childlike sensibilities. You had Skeletor with his raspy voice, Mumm-Ra with his weird shapeshifting, and even latter examples like Mojo Jojo and Plankton were playing up the trope of cartoon villain.
Here's our pick of ten of the best.
10. Dr. Blight from 'Captain Planet & The Planeteers'
Ice-queen blonde? Check. Super-smart and takes no crap off of anyone? Check. Dr. Blight from 'Captain Planet' was the hallmark when it comes to villainous ladies in cartoons. She also had that fringe that covered half her face and the scar underneath. Random trivia - the character was originally voiced by Meg Ryan. Can you imagine Meg Ryan being a villain? GASP.
9. Cyril Sneer from 'The Raccoons'
It never once dawned on us that Cyril Sneer's nose looked like a penis with a lot of foreskin. Now it's all we can see. Soon it will be all you can see. Look. Look with your eyes. Look with the knowledge that the animators probably saw it too.
8. Megatron from 'Transformers'
Seriously, how terrifying was Megatron's voice in the original Transformers? And the way he used to always beat the crap out of Starscream? Horrifying. Just horrifying. EXTINCTION TO ALL TRAITORS!
7. Mr. Burns from 'The Simpsons'
Mr. Burns has typified the idea of evil corporate overlord for the past three decades. That's really all there is to it. You think of a billionaire tyrant and your mind goes to either Rupert Murdoch or Monty Burns in an instant. Harry Shearer famously based the voice of Lionel Barrymore and Ronald Reagan, whilst Conan O'Brien found him to be his favourite character to write for. After so many years, he's still one of the most easily identifiable characters not just in 'The Simpsons' but in pop culture as a whole.
6. Gargamel from 'The Smurfs'
Looking back, there was so much WRONG in 'The Smurfs' that we didn't even realise it at the time. First off, the gender disparity amongst the Smurfs themselves was just wrong. One Smurfette to an entire town? Disgraceful. The fact that Gargamel wanted to turn the Smurfs into gold tells us that the show was actually a socialist-leaning tract about workers and the ruling classes' attempt to subvert their power. Or are we reading into this way too much? Maybe.
5. Plankton from 'Spongebob Squarepants'
Plankton was a responsible business owner who just trying to level the playing field with his competitor. Also, fair play to Karen, his computer wife, for sticking by him and his failing business. Sure, he was unhinged and prone to outbursts of anger, but it was only because he just wanted a customer.
4. Krang from 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'
He was a talking brain. A TALKING BRAIN WITH TENTACLES. THAT LIVED IN A HUGE ROBOT'S STOMACH.
3. Mojo Jojo from 'Powerpuff Girls'
2. Mumm-Ra from 'Thundercats'
The fact that Mumm-Ra could always change into someone else freaked us the hell out. Also, those weird red eyes had a lot to do with it as well.
1. Skeletor from 'He-Man: Masters of the Universe'
For someone that had the head of a skeleton, Skeletor was seriously built. It's weird that his voice didn't necessarily match either, but Skeletor was still pretty damn scary.