Friday Night Think Tank: Naughty List Edition

Doc BrownIt’s the Friday before Christmas, Modern Philosophers.

We had a rough week in Maine as far as the weather goes.  Tonight, I had to drive home during an ice storm, which really put my stress levels to the test.  I stopped to do my grocery shopping, and when I got back in the car to drive to The House on the Hill, Stephen King’s radio station (WKIT) was playing Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s cover of the Snow Miser Song.  How fitting.

Right now, I’m watching “It’s A Wonderful Life”, and George is being reunited with his family after telling God he wanted his life back.  The end of this flick gets to me every time.  I’m sure I’ll be crying before I finish this post.

So don’t be alarmed when you see me in the Think Tank wiping tears on my Deep Thinking Toga.  Let’s head out now and have our weekly chat.  Make sure you wear your boots, though, because it’s icy out there.

Here come the tears as they sing “Hark the Herald Angles Sing”…

This week’s topic: George Bailey is one of the all-time greatest heroes of Christmas Specials.  Who tops your Naughty List as the worst villain?

I’ve been giving this one a lot of Deep Thought all night, especially since I rattled off a list of Christmas baddies in my previous post about President Obama’s Santa Tax.

Scrooge was a horrible man with a Bah Humbug so terrifying it could make a snowman cry, but he eventually saw the light.  The Grinch stole Christmas from an entire town, but even he came around and helped carved the Christmas beast.  Burgermeister Meisterburger banned toys, but the guy was German so that at least explains his behavior somewhat.

The bad guy that I hated most, however, was the one who never returned from the Dark Side.  He kept trying to destroy our hero right up to the very end.

PotterI’m talking about Mr. Potter, the heartless tight wad who only cared about money and crushing George Bailey’s dreams.

That crotchety curmudgeon never came around and wished George a Merry Christmas.  I’m sure he was plotting to steal all the money that George’s friends dumped on the table in the film’s final scene.

Mr. Potter was Scrooge, The Grinch, Burgermeister Meisterburger and Snow Miser all wrapped up into one horrible human.  There was no room inside a soul that dark for any kind of redemption.  He was evil to the core, and deserved every lump of coal Santa Claus brought him over the years.

What about you, Modern Philosophers?  Who’s your all-time worst Christmas villain?  Where does Mr. Potter rate on your evil scale?  Can you believe that Harry Potter’s great grandfather could be such a horrible Muggle?

Remember, there are no wrong answers in The Think Tank, so post whatever comes to mind.  I look forward to reading all of your responses, but first I have to run down the block, jump off the bridge, and rescue Clarence from the frigid waters of the Penobscot River.  Don’t forget…every time you like a blog post, a Modern Philosopher gets a Christmas Toga…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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10 Responses to Friday Night Think Tank: Naughty List Edition

  1. drishism says:

    Hans Gruber, the villain who tried to ruin Christmas for Los Angeles and the McClane family. I mean… granted, some villains have stolen toys and even tried to steal Christmas. But this guy killed lots of people, blew stuff up… all to make a few hundred million dollars.

    Yeah… among villains who brought Christmas jeer, Hans Gruber is among the tippy top!

  2. floridaborne says:

    I read the FNTT blog and said, “How fitting!” I watched “IT’s A Wonderful Life” on YouTube in the original black and white. I was reaching for the poor man’s Kleenex (TP) by the end of it and crying my eyes out, too. It’s almost prophetic because in real life Mr. Potter won and our entire country is Pottersville. I wasn’t just crying over happiness for George Bailey, I was crying over the loss of the George Bailey attitude not just in the USA but world wide. Most people seem to be more like Nick (Nick’s bar). The ones who give for others are being villified.

    With that in mind, Presidents Bush and Obama who gave out TARP money instead of paying off underwater mortgages forcing people out of their homes are right up there on the top of my villian list.

  3. Can I pick Pitch from Rise of the Guardians? He was pretty bad.

  4. cat9984 says:

    I think it’s the Snow Miser. The one who lives in your neighborhood. People have places to get over the holidays and it’s awful when we can’t see friends and relatives because the roads are too dangerous.

  5. elisapompili says:

    This is probably going to sound totally lame! But Lord Voldemort, haha. He is so evil and represents every pocket of darkness that exists in this universe. Great question, although when i saw the title I had a different topic in mind. Merry Christmas! 🙂

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