15 Of The Ugliest Characters Of All Time

Monday, December 19 by Joseph Gibson

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Ugly people are a dime a dozen, but ugly movie characters only happen occasionally. Here are fifteen of the ugliest.

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Most screen versions of Dracula go for the suave, attractive version of the character. But the first dude to play the role went in another direction, with rat ears, a completely bald head, fangs, and a generally ratlike appearance.

Quasimodo, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

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Many actors have slathered on the makeup to portray this famous literary example of inner beauty. But he was crowned King of the Fools, so that's a feather in his cap, right?

Erik, "The Phantom of the Opera"

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Here's another character that's been played by many different actors, but the ugliest version is also the most famous: Lon Chaney's original snarling beast of a Phantom. His mask removal scene is still one of the most famous shocks in movie history.

Gwynplaine, "The Man Who Laughs"

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Sliced from ear to ear while only a baby, Gwyn here is now most famous as the inspiration for the creation of the Batman villain The Joker. But his look is plenty disturbing without the famous grins he inspired.

Dr. Jack Griffin, "The Invisible Man"

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You wouldn't think somebody who can't be seen could be ugly, but there's something downright disconcerting about the image of a man completely cloaked in bandages that could reasonably be described as "ugliness." Plus, he's a psycho, which almost never makes a man more attractive.

The Freaks, "Freaks"


The pinheads, human torsos, and bearded ladies in this movie could qualify as "ugly" if you're feeling mean, but the normal people prove to be much uglier. And that goes both ways for one unlucky girl, who gets carved into a duck by the freaks. Gobble gobble.

Charlotte Vale, "Now, Voyager"

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Bette Davis plays this classic version of the ugly duckling who turns into a beautiful swan with characteristic commitment to the role. One word: Unibrow. Let's see Joan Crawford top that.

Henry Jarrod, "House of Wax"

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One good way to cope with ugliness is to have a hobby. But if that hobby is killing young women and turning them into wax sculptures, maybe take up tennis or something instead.

Mr. Sardonicus, "Mr. Sardonicus"

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	<span data-scayt_word=Horrormeister William Castle set out to one-up previous horror makeup jobs like "The Man Who Laughs" or "The Phantom of the Opera" in this movie, and he succeeded perfectly. Sardonicus' paralyzed grin is unforgettable once you've seen it.

Igor, "Young Frankenstein"

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Don't let anybody say that Marty Feldman's famous bulging eyes were ugly – but when you combine them with a giant (and apparently mobile) hump on his back and a lopsided gait, the effect in ugliness is remarkable. Seems like a nice guy though.

Freddy Krueger, "A Nightmare on Elm Street"

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Getting burned by a lynch mob for being a child-killer is bad for the complexion, as is getting sent to Hell and back to haunt the children of the people that did it to you. And that sweater, ugh! Somebody call the fashion police! Also, the actual police.

Joseph Merrick, "The Elephant Man"

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Another one for the "beauty is on the inside" file, all Merrick wanted was a normal life. Unfortunately, his extreme disfigurement made him an outcast, and worse, the subject of exploitation.

Emperor Palpatine, "The Return of the Jedi"

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Some men age gracefully, but Palpatine here, thanks to the dark side of the Force, has been disfigured into an ugly old bastard. He won't be running for office any time soon, but he seems to be pulling a lot of strings anyway.

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She's only seen in the movie for a few seconds, but this masseuse (played by Andy Dick) has a bizarre appearance that sticks in the mind. She's no model, that's for sure.

The Red Skull, "Captain America"

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The name says it all—his head is a gleaming red skull, which is probably the two ugliest things a head can be. No wonder the guy's so angry.

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