This weekend sees the release of 'Despicable Me,' the new animated family comedy where the proud papa is a very bad man. Steve Carell voices Gru, a bald-headed tyrant armed to the teeth with rockets, tanks, and rays of the shrink-and-freeze variety. With an army of yellow jellybean-resembling minions ready to carry out his nefarious plots, Gru concocts his biggest crime yet -- stealing the moon.

Everything is going according to plan, until Gru unwittingly finds himself the new caretaker of three orphaned girls who need a father to raise them. Feeding the girls dinner, playtime in the the park, and reading them bedtime stories gives Gru a chance to display his softer side. Even if he wants to mess with our solar system, you can't help but like the guy.

It's easy to hate a world-class movie villain, because his or her job is to be hated. But a villain that's funny, charming, and has the rare ability to steal the show from its heroic counterparts is a special breed of maniacal. Moviefone salutes those unique with our list of the most lovable movie villains ever.

This weekend sees the release of 'Despicable Me,' the new animated family comedy where the proud papa is a very bad man. Steve Carell voices Gru, a bald-headed tyrant armed to the teeth with rockets, tanks, and rays of the shrink-and-freeze variety. With an army of yellow jellybean-resembling minions ready to carry out his nefarious plots, Gru concocts his biggest crime yet -- stealing the moon.

Everything is going according to plan, until Gru unwittingly finds himself the new caretaker of three orphaned girls who need a father to raise them. Feeding the girls dinner, playtime in the the park, and reading them bedtime stories gives Gru a chance to display his softer side. Even if he wants to mess with our solar system, you can't help but like the guy.

It's easy to hate a world-class movie villain, because his or her job is to be hated. But a villain that's funny, charming, and has the rare ability to steal the show from its heroic counterparts is a special breed of maniacal. Moviefone salutes those unique with our list of the most lovable movie villains ever.

Dr. Evil
Played by: Mike Myers
Featured in:
'Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery' (1997), 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me' (1999), 'Austin Powers in Goldmember' (2002)
Villainous Traits: Attempts to erupt all volcanoes on Earth simultaneously, holds the world ransom for 1 million 100 billion dollars, randomly kills henchmen that fail him, is ultimately responsible for unleashing Verne Troyer on the world
Why We Love Him: We are just as confused by the rate of inflation in the United States, and can also relate to desperate attempts to stay hip with pop culture.



Orin Scrivello, DDS
Played by: Steve Martin
Featured in:
'Little Shop of Horrors' (1986)
Villainous Traits: Abusive towards his girlfriend Audrey, reckless nitrous oxide huffer, inflicts unnecessary pain on all his dental patients
Why We Love Him: The man is a sadist, but his rock-and-roll good looks are quite charming. And he has one heck of a catchy theme song.



Nicky Holiday
Played by: Charles Grodin
Featured in:
'The Great Muppet Caper' (1981)
Villainous Traits: Is a notorious jewel thief aided by a squad of petty supermodels, frames Miss Piggy after attempting to seduce her, holds Kermit the Frog hostage
Why We Love Him: He only commits crimes because he knows he's a villain, pure and simple. Even when he frames her, he still loves Miss Piggy.



Hades
Voiced by: James Woods
Featured in: Disney's
'Hercules' (1997)
Villainous Traits: Attempts to overthrow Zeus and rule Mt. Olympus, tries to strip Hercules of his godly powers, enslaves the beautiful Megara, has a short temper
Why We Love Him: Knows how to make a deal with his smooth-talking approach.



The Brewster Family
Played by: Jean Adair, John Alexander, Josephine Hull & Raymond Massey
Featured in:
'Arsenic & Old Lace' (1944)
Villainous Traits: Aunts Abby and Martha poison lonely, old bachelors, while crazy uncle Teddy buries them in the basement thinking he is working on the Panama Canal. Jonathan, the meanest relative -- and victim of drunken plastic surgery -- runs from the cops and wants to kill his brother (Cary Grant).
Why We Love Them: Abby and Martha know it's a bad habit, but are doing it out of charity. And Teddy may be insane, but modeling himself after our 26th president displays a lot of integrity. Brother Jonathan is just nasty, but he does get annoyed if you say he looks like Boris Karloff.



Vizzini
Played by: Wallace Shawn
Featured in:
'The Princes Bride' (1987)
Villainous Traits: Kidnaps Princess Buttercup, verbally abuses his henchmen Fezzik and Inigo Montoya, tries to poison the Dread Pirate Roberts, thinks many plausible things are "inconceivable"
Why We Love Him: Possesses a dizzying intellect that serves him well in a game of wits. He's also very good at bluffing.



Lord Dark Helmet
Played by: Rick Moranis
Featured in:
'Spaceballs' (1987)
Villainous Traits: Plans to steal all the air from the Planet Druidia, kidnaps Princess Vespa, kills a 'Spaceballs' crew member and blames it on the heroic Lone Starr, hates strawberry yogurt and raspberry jam
Why We Love Him: Master of the Schwartz. Loves playing with his action figures.



The Gremlins
Played by: Themselves
Featured in:
'Gremlins' (1984) & 'Gremlins 2: The New Batch' (1990)
Villainous Traits: Attack the town of Kingsford Falls on Christmas, kill Mrs. Deagle on her motorized wheel chair, take over the Clamp Tower and try to overrun Manhattan
Why We Love Them: They want what everyone wants: civilization.