They may be “neat” “sweet” and “petite”, but that doesn’t mean they’re always nice! Here are the meanest things these characters have done.

The Addams Family is one of the most beloved clans in American pop culture. Their eccentric brand of horror and jocularity has brought delight to fans since Charles Addams first drew them for the New Yorker in 1938. Despite their alternative appearance and gallows humor, they have managed to come off as positive role models and even wholesome, with their more “normal” neighbors appearing consumed by greed and materialism.

That being said, the Addams Family has done some pretty wicked things over their decades-long influence in television, cartoons, and live-action films. Pugsley has stolen traffic signs to incite collision, Wednesday has attempted to electrocute him, and Uncle Fester forgot his whole family entirely. But if you want to know the really worst things each main character has ever done, read on!

GOMEZ: GAVE UP ON LIFE

The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done
The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done

For Gomez Addams, the debonair dueling patriarch of the Addams Family, life is worth living only if its with guts and gusto. Whether he’s excitedly making his model trains get into catastrophic collisions, sword fighting Thing with his rapier, or maniacally riding a tricycle around his house smoking his ever-present cigar, he’s all in every time.

That’s why when he completely gave up on life in The Addams Family live-action film it was so devastating. He didn’t wear his signature pin-striped suits, switched out cigars for cheese puffs, and watched Gilligan’s Island marathons. All because his brother Fester might be an impostor. Morticia had to do what was best for her husband and her family and go back to work while Gomez wasted away, not even caring if he lived or died.

MORTICIA: TRUSTED DEBBIE WITH HER CHILDREN

The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done
The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done

Calm, cool, and collected, it’s hard to imagine that anything gets by Morticia Addams. She’s astute in ways her husband Gomez often isn’t, simply because his passion for life gets the better of his common sense much of the time. It’s therefore up to Morticia to make sure that Pugsley is still stealing “stop” signs at four-way stops and that Wednesday keeps track of her spider collection.

Given Morticia’s sultry sagacity, it was surprising that she entrusted Debbie Jellinksy with her children’s welfare in Addams Family Values. Having just had a bouncing baby boy, you’d think she’d be extremely discerning and overprotective. Especially since Debbie so clearly wanted something bad to befall the children.

UNCLE FESTER: TRIED TO KILL HIS OWN BROTHER

The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done
The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done

Addams Family fans know from watching the ’60s television series that Gomez and Fester Addams share a penchant for causing each other bodily harm. As brothers, they took rough-housing to a whole new level, from blowing each other out of cannons to jousting to the death.

In The Addams Family live action film, however, they actually engaged in a fight to death as Uncle Fester tried to murder his brother. Fester didn’t remember who he was, had been taken in by a woman after the Addams Family fortune, and only wanted to see Gomez dead. Luckily the family was able to help him remember his true heritage in time!

WEDNESDAY: ATTEMPTED TO FIT IN

The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done
The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done

Wednesday, doleful daughter to Gomez and Morticia Addams has attempted to roast her brother Pugsley over an open flame in the cartoon series, exposed him to Chinese water torture in the ’60s television show, and tried to kill him with an electric chair in the live-action films. None of those grievances compare with her malevolent actions in The Addams Family animated film.

Wednesday, doleful daughter to Gomez and Morticia Addams has attempted to roast her brother Pugsley over an open flame in the cartoon series, exposed him to Chinese water torture in the ’60s television show, and tried to kill him with an electric chair in the live-action films. None of those grievances compare with her malevolent actions in The Addams Family animated film.

PUGSLEY: TRIED TO KILL HIS OWN FATHER

The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done
The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done

Most of Pugsley’s malicious qualities have been directed at his sister Wednesday. When they aren’t actively trying to hurt one another, he’s stealing traffic signs from the streets near the Addams manor in the hopes of witnessing a few bloody collisions.

In the new Addams Family animated film, his love of dynamite is explored, a throwback to the ’60s television series when there was nothing more precious than a boy and his explosives. The only problem is that all of his bombs, missiles, nukes, and grenades seemed to be directed at his father for making him practice his Mazurka ceremony, an Addams tradition that he wasn’t looking forward to.

LURCH: TRIED TO BE A TEEN IDOL

The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done
The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done

Lurch is undoubtedly one of the coolest members of the Addams household in an understated way, making up in talented piano-playing what he may lack in an enthusiastic personality. Music is one of the best ways for Lurch to communicate his feelings, whether listeners like it or not.

In the ’60s television series, he delighted the family and guests with songs on a harpsichord. In one notable episode, Gomez decided that Lurch should be a teen idol (“You’ll be as famous as the Beagles!”), despite the fact that Lurch couldn’t sing. The entire episode includes nothing but Lurch groaning to a beat, to the amazement of teen audiences.

GRANDMAMA: TRIED TO CHEAT RENEWING HER WITCHCRAFT LICENSE

The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever DoneThe Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done
The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done

After the three Addams Family live-action films, a Canadian-American series called The New Addams Family attempted to revive the humor and horror of the original ’60s television series. It took several of the original episodes and re-imagined them for a ’90s audience.

In one episode, Grandmama Addams realizes that her witchcraft license has expired. Her magic is suffering, and two representatives from the witch’s organization will be coming to the manor to test her abilities. With her future as a witch on the line, she tries to cheat them, but luckily Wednesday saves the day with the magic of ingenuity.

THING: TERRIFIED HOUSE GUESTS

The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done
The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done

According to the ’60s television series, Thing has been with Gomez since he was a child. Resembling something unspeakably evil and disgusting, the only portion of Thing we saw was his human hand and forearm. In the live-action films, advancements in technology allowed Thing to be independent of his usual box.

In both the television series and the movies, Thing liked nothing more than to terrify house guests. Whether it was randomly dropping onto their shoulders when they least expected it, or giving someone an extra fright during a family seance, Thing was more than happy to lend a hand in entertaining the Addams Family and causing guests to scream bloody murder.

COUSIN ITT: STOLE ANOTHER MAN’S WIFE

The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done
The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done

For being a giant walking pile of hair, Cousin Itt had a lot of lofty ambitions. In the ’60s television series, he tried for all sorts of vocations – a pilot, a doctor, an actor, etc. He could wear the appropriate outfit, but he was never taken seriously while living with the Addams.

In The Addams Family live-action film, he no longer lives with the Addams, and has apparently done well for himself. He dazzles Margaret Alford, who’s had it with her husband, a crooked lawyer who only ever wanted to steal the Addams Family fortune. By the second film, Cousin Itt and Margaret have married, and she’s even got a bouncing bundle of dander to take care of.

DEBBIE: TRIED TO KILL THE ADDAMS FAMILY

The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done
The Addams Family: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Ever Done

Debbie Jellinsky only became a member of the Addams Family by marriage, and while she was only in one film, she left a significant impression. Wrapped in pastels, pearls, and pumps, she stood for everything the Addams Family abhorred, and her only redeeming quality was that she wanted them dead.

Debbie married Uncle Fester to get a hold of his family fortune by pretending to be a nanny to Pubert Addams in Addams Family Values. When his family intervened, she had to resort to attaching them all to electric chairs and killing them. Luckily she didn’t succeed, but the Addams family never held it against her.

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