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.
categories Features, Summer Movies