Cartoons, more often than not, are intended as an escape from the real world. Most cartoons take place in fantastical settings that have peripheral resemblance to life as we know it, starring heightened versions of real people, with villains who encapsulate humanity’s worst fears — typically wrapped up in bright colors and funny voices.
The best cartoons, perhaps, are the ones that you can watch as an adult and still appreciate the story and characters. Of course, the world view of an adult is quite different from that of a child, so jokes or social commentary that the writers inserted into the cartoons specifically for adult minds are typically on the sly.
Over the years, there have been a number of iconic cartoon villains who have thrilled audiences in movies and on television. Such villains can have unexpected depth that you only notice once you’ve grown up a bit. Here are 14 villains who might appeal to kids, but their finer nuances are more suited towards mature viewers.