10 Unintentionally Hilarious 80’s Action Movie Villains


As if 80s action movies aren’t funny enough.  When you actually break them down piece by piece you can appreciate how truly humorous they are.  From the ridiculous plots (one man taking on an entire army is the plot of at least 5 of these types of films) to amazingly cheezy one liners, to sex scenes that are just stupid, 80s action movies rule.

Another great element from these flicks?  Clearly it’s the villain.  And as funny as the plots are, the villains give these movies that extra spice needed to put it over the unintentional humor top.

Here are 10  unintentionally hilarious 80s action movie villians

Ice Man in Top Gun


The sheer unintentional gayness in this movie puts Val Kilmer way up there.  The biting of the teeth.  The classic “playing with the boys” volleyball scene.  The list goes on.  Ice Man is THE man. “I heard that about you, you like to work alone.”

Lt. Col Podovsky in Rambo: First Blood Part II


“Yushin!”  This guy was awesome.  Mr. Badass Russian essentially trying to act badass the entire film even though he’s a complete wuss.

Bennett in Commando


I’ve never seen a villain dress that much like Freddy Mercury and not play a homosexual in a movie.  Bennett is the epitome of unintentional humor.  Not to mention this is the same guy who played “Lord” in Weird Science.  The faces he makes during the fight scene are incredible.  And come on!  Like this guy could take Schwarzenegger?

Clarence Boddicker in Robocop


Played by That 70s Show’s Kurtwood Smith, Boddicker was the classic insensitive “I don’t care about anything” villain.  Maybe the torture scene was intended to be serious but I thought it was hilarious.  Not to mention when he kills Robert Morton.  Boddicker was awesome.

Hans Gruber in Die Hard


Seriously, what’s NOT awesome about Hans Gruber?  His accent.  The scene when he uses an American accent.  And of course his seen with Harry Ellis, although Ellis clearly steals the show there.

Chong Li in Bloodsport

Chong Li

“You are next!”  If this picture isn’t funny enough then I got nothing for ya.

General Zod in Superman II


“Planet Hooston.”  Terrence Stamp is the man.  I’m pretty sure a lot of his humor was intentional.  However, even when he’s serious it’s funny as hell.

Captain Freedom in Running Man


Jesse Ventura!  Need I say more?

Dae Han in Best of the Best

Dae Han

Well, he was funny until Tommy knocks his eye patch off.

And of course – THIS GUY


Wow.  Double wow.

*Honorable mention to Tong Po but I couldn’t mention two Jean Claude Van Damme movies in one shot.

  • Dave

    I love that scene in Robocop…


  • Nattyb

    Disturbing but great.

  • ComfortableMadness

    Awesome list. All of the movies on here are classics!

  • Nattyb

    Damned right they are.

  • Madison

    Chong Li is the greatest. He’s like a cartoon – definitely not a real human being.

  • Nattyb

    My buddy saw Chong Li at a club in Los Angeles and said that he was extremely ugly and trying to pick up young chicks.

  • Madison

    Ha! Gotta give the man credit for trying.

  • illeaturfamily

    Haha! I just watched Bloodsport last night and was laughing with my roommate about his giant man ta-tas and how he jiggles and flexes them. There is just so much to love about that movie!!!

  • Mumu

    80’s action movies = Awesome

  • Bryan

    Great list.

    Chong Li- “You break my record. I break you’re friend.” Ha!

  • MacGyver1138

    Bolo Yeoung is awesome! I wish I had big man boobies that were located right on top of my ribs!

  • Lt. Col. Podovsky

    Lt. Col. Podovsky was a great character, you dont deserve to live for calling him a wuss. You can scream… There is no shame.

  • LowDesertPunk

    ok.ok.ok.that was awesome.but please.i pretty beg you please. whats the name of the last movie. i need to find out. it was the best scene ever actually.

  • MacGyver1138


    I’m pretty sure it’s a movie called Undefeatable.

  • kevchar

    This is an awesome list, but I keep thinking Sho’ Nuff needs to be added from Last Dragon. That guy was ridiculous.

  • Fun list. Thanks for sharing.

  • tassie devil

    One-armed towel girl will be in my dreams tonight.

  • Surly Canadian

    Undefeatable has the bast fight scene ever. Unfortunately it’s from 1993, so it’s disqualified from this list of 80’s villains.

  • mike

    Seen? SEEN??

  • d.r

    Joe Pilato in ”day of the dead”,has to be up there.But my vote goes for Berenger in ”Platoon”.Mainly because this guy was actually nominated for an oscar.Yet,someone like ermey in ”full metal jacket,nothing?Yeah,well that just tells you how pathetic the academy awards are huh?Incredibly people lauded stone’s simple and maudlin vietnam tale,and it swept the oscars!If ever a film benefitted from timing,it was this corny war film.”howard the duck” was even better then this sappy dreck.Berenger’s overly dramatic serious glares,horridly bad southern accent,are funny for all the wrong reasons.