Top 10 Scariest Characters in Non-Horror Films

  • Something doesn't have to be scary to frighten the life out of you. For this list, we’ve picked out some of the freakiest, nightmare-inducing characters to appear in movies from genres other than horror. We’re talking about those characters that, for one reason or another, creep you out, but are not what most would traditionally class as scary. Oh, and just to be clear, a character just being intimidating isn’t enough here. So, Terence Fletcher from “Whiplash” and Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from “Full Metal Jacket” - haa, you can’t get us! At least, for now. Our countdown includes films such as “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003), “Batman Returns” (1992) & “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991). Did your favorite scary character from a non-horror film make the list? Let us know in the comments!
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Comments • 80

  •  2 months ago +132

    Which character from a non-horror movie gave you the chills?

    • Houston Harvey
      Houston Harvey 6 days ago

      I forgot to backspace

    • Houston Harvey
      Houston Harvey 6 days ago

      @Sans the Skeletonthe other mother

    • Barry Ross
      Barry Ross 8 days ago

      The zombie strippers in A Scout's Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse

    • sweetmissirish
      sweetmissirish 18 days ago

      Reavers from Serenity

    • Wolverine Potter
      Wolverine Potter Month ago

      Agent Smith from The Matrix (1999). Christ he was menacing. His possession thing in the sequels were creepy

  • Gojilion91 / Matt Entenman

    Why isn't Gmork from The NeverEnding Story on this list?

  • Houston Harvey
    Houston Harvey 6 days ago

    pans labrynth is a horror movie

  • UnNamed Bakchoder
    UnNamed Bakchoder 8 days ago +1


  • Study and Chill
    Study and Chill 16 days ago

    9:42 I used to be. Scared of him as a kid now I see him as a N O N C E

  • champions squad
    champions squad 17 days ago

    The emperor seriously🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Elie Hosfield
    Elie Hosfield 27 days ago

    Fricken judge doom man

  • Mackenzie Clarke
    Mackenzie Clarke 27 days ago

    I would have put the T-1000 at #1. So menacing

  • Mike Fox
    Mike Fox Month ago

    Judge Doom should be number 1! He TERRIFIED me when I was a kid!

  • Renata Criticou
    Renata Criticou Month ago

    Where is Voldemort???

  • Eric Cartman
    Eric Cartman Month ago

    You forgot about the red hair guy from shrek

  • zombie cat
    zombie cat Month ago

    Me: :) after watching, who framed Roger rabbit: T_T

  • Cain Nuke
    Cain Nuke Month ago +1

    Did anyone else notice the coincidence? n the honorable mentions Blue Velvet is followed by a character played by TOM NOONAN.

  • hoochiemoochie
    hoochiemoochie Month ago

    Judge Doom... played today by Adam Schiff. Though, Schiff doesn't have the presence, talent, or charm that Christopher Lloyd has.

  • codyfan1989 69
    codyfan1989 69 Month ago +1

    One of non horror characters is ernst starvo blofeld all entire james bond movies in 1963 till 2020 blofeld was not in 1962

  • Senor Sniper
    Senor Sniper Month ago

    Y’all just gonna make this list without acknowledging the other mother?

  • panagiotiskald
    panagiotiskald Month ago

    Where is Voldemort ??

  • Alexis Frohlich
    Alexis Frohlich Month ago

    Personally, Judge Doom scared me more with the shoe scene than the eye popping

  • Jem-Kimber-Aja-Shana

    Sith Lord

  • Saber Assassin257
    Saber Assassin257 Month ago

    What is the name of the music used in the back ground for the entire video

  • Damien E wheinzwood

    Terence fletcher is horrorfied only one....

  • Jipsi Lee
    Jipsi Lee Month ago

    Oogie-boogie (A nightmare before xmas); the witches from The Witches

  • Hurricane Katrina
    Hurricane Katrina Month ago

    That Child Catcher still creeps me out to this day. Why I refuse to watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to this day.

  • thedankens
    thedankens Month ago

    The end of the movie with Judge Doom scared the ever loving crap outta me as a kid.

  • Nico Zandvliet
    Nico Zandvliet Month ago

    the belly dolls from toy story 4

  • bbsy1
    bbsy1 Month ago +1

    Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka? Scarier than this whole list.

  • Milan Cabala
    Milan Cabala Month ago

    I watched Who Framed Roger Rabbit when I was a kid but that guy didn’t scared me that much.

  • tadweird 17
    tadweird 17 Month ago

    What about the dark figures in Ghost? Those were kinda scary considering where they were taking the ghosts of the criminals.

  • Melissa Cooper
    Melissa Cooper Month ago

    The ones that are scary to me are as follows: The Emperor from ROTJ. The scariest part was when he was trying to kill Luke Skywalker! Mombi from Return to Oz. I can't get the image of her headless body lunging after Dorothy out of my head! Voldermort from the Harry Potter series. Need I say more? Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His big reveal as a toon was scary! And finally Alex from A Clockwork Orange. What makes him scary is the fact that he is good looking but he has violent tendencies and the thought of being raped by him scares me!

  • Kako phonien
    Kako phonien Month ago

    wow, half oof this list is a straight up rip-off of the villains list the nostalgia critic did few years ago

  • Theresa Cherco
    Theresa Cherco Month ago

    The villain from who framed Roger rabbit scared me as a kid I would have nightmares And also the child catcher from chitty chitty Bang Bang

  • Alex the Gamer Dragon

    Joaquin Phoenix Joker. Period.

  • doge boi
    doge boi Month ago

    Phobe is the best

  • Bimsara Kumarajeewa

    Bill the butcher cutting that guy is so dammed creepy

  • MJ Pilot
    MJ Pilot Month ago

    The Child Catcher doesn't look scary, just acts scary, he just looks stupid

  • b b
    b b Month ago

    Blue Velvet was so fucking terrifying in such a skin crawling way, yes. Leave it to David Lynch to make surreal nightmares come true. But his short films are even more terrifying. The Grandma one... Oh my god.

  • SuperFanboy101
    SuperFanboy101 2 months ago

    Phoebe: Hands up! Who was scared of him as a kid?

    Me: *hands down* Funny enough, I first saw this film when I was four and Judge Doom never scared me for some reason.

  • Ralph V
    Ralph V 2 months ago

    Were is JOKER ???

  • skte2die
    skte2die 2 months ago

    No Large Marge?

  • Nee da swankie bee
    Nee da swankie bee 2 months ago

    I’m so glad Anton made the list. Bardem was absolutely terrifying in that movie.

  • Shondar Powless jr
    Shondar Powless jr 2 months ago

    Hills Have Eyes

  • Shondar Powless jr
    Shondar Powless jr 2 months ago


  • Hyperopiate
    Hyperopiate 2 months ago +1

    Pale Man = Pyramid Head when he gets old.

  • John Horton
    John Horton 2 months ago

    And i thought Darryl Van Horne from The Witches of Eastwick was Scary

  • Janskas Jack
    Janskas Jack 2 months ago +1

    Uh excuse me how was Voldemort not even mentioned?

  • Mishu Bakhtiar
    Mishu Bakhtiar 2 months ago +1

    Hannibal Lecter should be in that list.

  • one 1994
    one 1994 2 months ago +1

    voldemort????? i don't think harry potter is horror movie

    • Janskas Jack
      Janskas Jack 2 months ago

      @one 1994 Yeah I was the same as a kid. Even just looking at him did the trick.

    • one 1994
      one 1994 2 months ago +1

      @Janskas Jack yes me too. I remember me being really scared as child even though he isn't in real body in the first one.

    • Janskas Jack
      Janskas Jack 2 months ago +1

      Ikr I was expecting him to be number 1

  • CeeHoff
    CeeHoff 2 months ago

    Who thought it was a good idea to put cartoon eyes over a live action person?..... that's kind of brilliant.

  • Tucker Hagan
    Tucker Hagan 2 months ago

    how about the rabbit from donnie darko?

  • Peter Krug
    Peter Krug 2 months ago +2

    "Night Of The Hunter" IS a horror movie of sorts, so Harry Powell shouldn't even be on the honorable mentions for this list.

  • Thomas Daywalt
    Thomas Daywalt 2 months ago

    God who thought of them

  • Dream Guardian
    Dream Guardian 2 months ago

    I'm surprised that Judge Doom beat the Witch King and the Emperor on this list.

  • Jeremy Riley
    Jeremy Riley 2 months ago

    The Wicked Witch of The West from The Wizard of Oz was scary (heck she was the reason why an episode of Sesame Street was banned from air, it took an episode of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood to show kids the character was just make believe).
    Also, Vigo from Ghostbusters II (especially when he changes to his final form and possesses Ray).

  • Nathaniel Preston
    Nathaniel Preston 2 months ago

    What about the Green Goblin in Spiderman.

  • DaRendogxtreme
    DaRendogxtreme 2 months ago

    What about The Sniper From Phone Booth?

  • Francis Gibson
    Francis Gibson 2 months ago

    9:38 definitely a pedophile

  • Sp3cTrA2991
    Sp3cTrA2991 2 months ago

    Pale Man was definitely the worst imo, the eyes on the hands were just too creepy.
    Still a great movie though, one of the best horrific non-horror movies ever made.

    I do feel bad for the guy who played the centaur, that costume had to have been incredibly uncomfortable to perform in, though he did a fantastic job regardless.

  • Robert Miller
    Robert Miller 2 months ago

    I 💘 u Phoebe

  • paul mcgettigan
    paul mcgettigan 2 months ago

    Sorry but Princess mombi and the wheelers from return to oz are scarier than anything on this list

  • Leonardo Paolini
    Leonardo Paolini 2 months ago

    Pan's Labyrinth is a Non horror movie??? Seriously man? Good to know...

  • MrAdammassacre
    MrAdammassacre 2 months ago

    Bobby Peru got a mention! Yuss!

  • ShockCo Truth
    ShockCo Truth 2 months ago

    What about scorpio from dirty harry??

  • Medzy Kh
    Medzy Kh 2 months ago

    Let's not forget to mention the witch from Hansel and Gretel in thd 1987 adaptation.

  • BloodylocksBathory
    BloodylocksBathory 2 months ago

    Definitely would've put Frank Booth in the list directly and not as an honorable mention. It is nice to see mention of the Ripper from Last Action Hero though, it's surprisingly infrequent to hear any discussion of him as a creepy non-horror villain.

  • newgameaaaa
    newgameaaaa 2 months ago

    Ok good list. I agree. I also agree with some of the ones below. Maybe do another top 10. Also, does anyone remember the 80's Alice in Wonderland the white queen? She was pretty scary when I was little.

  • Matthew Guess
    Matthew Guess 2 months ago

    It was number one was not a pulse and it was an object

  • Alfred Studwell
    Alfred Studwell 2 months ago

    Good subject for a list!

  • skte2die
    skte2die 2 months ago +2

    I could’ve sworn you guys did this list like 6 years ago.

  • Skinny Ebert, Siskel with Hair

    Joaquin Phoenix is more sinister and frightening than Heath Ledger's one.

  • Skinny Ebert, Siskel with Hair

    These villains aren't so much scary as much as they are sinister. Real-life villains are more terrifying. Cpt. Vidal of EL LABERINTO DEL FAUNO (PAN'S LABYRINTH) is more frightening as he was modelled after Franco-era fascists and enforcers.

  • Jarvamon
    Jarvamon 2 months ago

    Ironic how the Wicked Witch of the West homage gets mentioned at number 5 but then the character is ABSENT from the list herself - am I the only one who found her terrifying at age 7? And how about Annie Ross turning into a scary robot in Superman 3? And where the HELL is Nurse Ratched???

  • hfhxgdytfyguyghf yfhrbt6gxchrf1topi

    Not a horror *movie,* but Joseph Seed/The Father from Far Cry 5 is terrifying.

  • Tom Milestone
    Tom Milestone 2 months ago

    Why do we need the cheesey-ass shots of the voiceover girl at the mic? RU-clip is overwhelmed by copycatshit.

  • Eric Kovach
    Eric Kovach 2 months ago

    The only thing scary on this list is the ads.

  • Gamesrob
    Gamesrob 2 months ago

    So many great scary characters, forgot about judge doom, great performance,
    roger rabbit was so far ahead of its time it still looks so good today 😁👍😁

  • jacob drolet
    jacob drolet 2 months ago

    Davy Jones from pirates of the Caribbean or the lizard from amazing Spider-Man

  • Marcel Zachary
    Marcel Zachary 2 months ago

    Wheres Alex from Clockwork Orange or Patrick Bateman from American Psycho..

  • Marcel Zachary
    Marcel Zachary 2 months ago

    Did The Dark Knight steal Anton Chiguh coin flip just saying.

  • Marcel Zachary
    Marcel Zachary 2 months ago

    I don't think Danny Devito Penguin that scary sure it's dark but it's fictional.People are emotionally sensitive.

  • e n
    e n 2 months ago

    This is sick