The Bad Guys (film)

2022 film directed by Pierre Perifel

The Bad Guys is a 2022 American computer-animated crime comedy film, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is based on the children's book series of the same name. The film's plot follows a group of criminal animals who, upon being caught, pretend to attempt to reform themselves as model citizens as a new villain has his own plans.

Directed by Pierre Perifel. Written by Etan Cohen.
Good is no fun at all. (taglines)

Mr. WolfEdit

  • Hey, you, get over here. A little bit closer. Oh, I know what it is. You're afraid, because I'm the big bad wolf! Well, I'm not surprised. I am the villain of every story. Ain't that right, Mr. Snake? [Mr. Snake: [chuckles] Yep.] Say hello to Mr. Snake! Serpentine safecracking machine. Imagine Houdini but with no arms. The kind of guy who'd tell you the glass is half-empty then steal it from ya. He's also my best bud. Today's his birthday! [Mr.Snake: Not relevant.] He's a sweetheart. [to Mr. Snake] You're a sweetheart.
  • And over here is Ms. Tarantula. Our inhouse hacker, our pocket search engine, our travelling tech wizard. We call her "Webs".
  • And this is Mr. Shark, master of disguise. Apex predator of a thousand faces. His greatest trick: stealing the Mona Lisa disguised as the Mona Lisa. Dig that!
  • And rounding out the crew is Mr. Piranha. He's a loose cannon with a short fuse, willing to scrap with anyone or anything. He's brave, he's fearless... Aw, who am I kidding? He's crazy.
  • The Bad Guys become the Good Guys, so we can stay the Bad Guys. You know what I'm saying?
  • We're supposed to save them, not eat them!
  • Yeah, they're a bit eccentric, but when you're born us, you don't exactly win many popularity contests. Do I wish people didn't see us as monsters? Sure I do. But these are the cards we've been dealt, so we might as well play them.
  • We may be bad, but we're so good at it!
  • Do you ever wonder what it'd be like if the world wasn't scared of us?
  • They're the only friends I've ever had.

Mr. SnakeEdit

  • Relax, these doors are complicated.
  • Well, I'd say they've gone to a better place.
  • [Mr. Wolf: Maybe I don't wanna be a…] What, a bad guy?
  • We'll always be bad guys!
  • It's fantastic! Wolf, you're a genius!
  • Totally worth it!
  • I've made a lot of enemies in my time...I mean, a lot...but out of all the people in the world...I hate you guys the least.
  • You want to know why I hate birthdays, Wolf? Do you? When you grow up a snake, nobody shows up to your party. Birthdays are a constant reminder that out there, I'm just a scary, good-for-nothing monster...Yeah. But nothing compares to having the one guy...the one guy I thought I could trust, stab me in the back.

Mr. PiranhaEdit

  • Crazy! You're finally speaking my language, chico!
  • What happened? Did we blow up? Are we in heaven?
  • What's up, bubba?

Mr. SharkEdit

  • I'm having a baby! Is there a doctor, or perhaps several security guards that can leave their posts and help me?
  • That's it! I'll teach you to share!
  • Oh, stop, you're making me blush.

Ms. TarantulaEdit

  • Everyone copy.
  • It's crime time, baby. Shark, we need a distraction.
  • Well, there goes our street cred.


  • A wolf and a fox are not so different. Maybe they will believe you, maybe they won't. But it doesn't matter. Don't do it for them. Do it for you. This is a chance to write your own story. To find a better life for you and your friends. What have you got to lose?
  • Yeah, well, that ship has already sailed.
  • I gave you an opportunity, a chance to show the world that you're more that just a scary stereotype! But you're too proud or too gutless to take advantage of it!
  • I was the best thief in the world. Fast, fearless, inventive. I just had one thing left to steal. [Mr Wolf: The Golden Dolphin. So you went after it.] I didn't just go after it. I had it. And a clear escape route. But... all I saw in the end was the tricky fox that they always told me I was. It changed everything. So, now, instead of hurting people, I'm helping them. [sighs] I'm still me. [chuckles] I'm just me on the right side.

Professor MarmaladeEdit

  • That is an animal testing lab with helpless guinea pigs.
  • You're going to have to choose between your friends, and the good life.
  • [from the trailer only] If you want to stay out of jail, you need to go good.
  • You villains have an image problem. You need a makeover.
  • You see, I never cared about what's "good". Only what's good for me.

Chief LugginsEdit

  • [to Mr. Wolf and the rest of his gang after he abuses Marmalade] Now, you are done FOREVER, wolf!!


[first lines; Wolf and Snake are hanging out at a diner]
Snake: Stop!
Wolf: I'll stop if you just explain it to me, 'cause I don't...
Snake: Would you please just drop it?
Wolf: Alright, alright, fine. Consider it dropped. It's dropped. It's on the ground.
Snake: Good.
Wolf: But, I mean, come on! Everybody loves birthdays! [Snake groans] You got decorations. You got balloons. You got parties. And cake!
Snake: Look, I don't need presents, I don't want decorations, and I'm not a cake guy.
Wolf: Seriously though, you don't like cake? Name one food better than cake.
Snake: Guinea pig.
Wolf: Oh, again with the guinea pig. [chuckles] I bet if I blindfolded you, you wouldn't know be able to tell the difference between a skunk and a guinea pig.
Snake: Wrong! Snakes have impeccable taste buds. I can taste air.
Wolf: Air?
Snake: Yes! Air. [taste the air around him] Mmm, nice.
Wolf: I dunno. They're a little, uh... a little cute for my taste.
Snake: That's what makes them so delicious! You're not just eating food. You're eating pure goodness! It's not about the pig! It's about what it symbolizes on a deeper level!
[pause for a few seconds]
Wolf: So, you can taste air?
Snake: Ah.
Wolf: What else you got?
Snake: Forget about it.
Wolf: Well, can you also hear color? [chuckles]
Snake: [annoyed] Alright.
Wolf: Can you see sound?
Snake: Okay.
Wolf: 'Cause we should really be capitalizing on your skills.
Snake: Okay, alright, fine. Get it all out. Get it all out now!
Wolf: Okay, okay.
Snake: [spits out an alarm clock] Look at that! 4:00 pm! Now I know the exact moment our friendship died.
Wolf: [chuckles] Let's bounce.
Snake: Yup. [swallows the clock as he and wolf get ready to leave]
Wolf: Just like, uh... you're gonna stick me with the bill... again.
Snake: Well, it is my birthday.
Wolf: So, now you play the birthday card? That's interesting. [walks up to the counter] Can we get a check please? When you get a chance? Hello? Checkity-check-check? You know what? We're just gonna leave the money right here, okay? [places the money in the tip jar]
Snake: You know the one good thing about this place?
Wolf: What?
Snake: We never have to wait for a table.
[camera pans to see a group of customers cowering in a corner]
Wolf: Isn't that every place?
Snake: [to the group] Hey, man. How you been? I haven't seen you in... SNAKE ATTACK!!! [the group scream and hide behind a chair] Oh, mints. [swallows the whole bowl of mints]
Wolf: Sorry, folks, I'm switching him to decaf.
Snake: Alright.
Wolf and Snake: Let's do this.

Wolf: Hey look, it's a cat! Stuck in a tree! [cat hisses]
Marmalade: It doesn't get much simpler than that. Now, what in this scenario would give you that good tingle?
Snake: Eating it.[lifts up to reveal two bread slices] This is why I always carry two pieces of bread with me.
Marmalade: [with a strained smile] No. I want you to s…
[the gang tries to think]
Wolf: Smack it!
Snake: [still confused] Skin it?
Shark: Stab it!
Tarantula: [bluntly] Sauté it.
Piranha: [innocently] Sing to it?
Marmalade: [frustrated] Save it. I want you to save it was so obvious. I want you to save it!
Others: Oh! Right, right…
[the gang slowly looks up at the cat with grins, then…]
Others: [baring fangs and sporting feral looks] HERE, KITTY, KITTY, KITTY!!!
[the terrified cat rushes up further to the top of the tree]
Snake: Whoa! That cat is obviously defective.
Piranha: What is wrong with you guys? You're gonna give it a heart attack. I'll handle this. :[climbs up the tree and shouts in the cat's face] WHAT'S UP PAPA?! :[the cat yeowls in fear and falls out of the tree onto Wolf's head.]

Wolf: You... It was all you.
Tarantula: What are you talking about, Wolf?
Wolf: The old lady, the Golden Dolphin, good training. It was all to get us here, so he could steal the meteorite and let us take the fall.
Snake: Whoa, whoa. What old lady, and-and why would a guinea pig want a meteorite anyway?
[Marmalade chuckles]
Shark: Uh, guys, he's creeping me out.
Piranha: Wait, what? What's going on? Someone turn me around.
Marmalade: Well, well. So you finally get it.
Tarantula: Wait...
Wolf, Snake, and Piranha: [shock] What?!
Shark: You stole the meteorite?
Marmalade: Oh, it's not just a meteorite.
Piranha: I told you guys it's a butt.
Marmalade: It's not a butt! It's the ultimate power source. You see. When it struck, scientists found that it emitted an electromagnetic frequency unlike anything else on Earth. I'm going to harness its power to pull off the greatest heist the world has ever seen!
Tarantula: [to Snake] You should've eaten him when you had the chance.
Snake: Yep.
Wolf: But, why us?
Marmalade: Because you're the perfect patsies. Come on, when people look up "bad" in dictionary, do they see a sweet adorable guinea pig? No, they see you, and they always will.
Snake: Okay, fine. But you set us up.
Marmalade: Oh, pish-pish. Let's be honest. Evolution set you up, but Wolfie here really clinched it. [to Wolf] You fell for every one of my traps, starting with saving a helpless little old lady.
Snake: Wolf, what's he talking about?
Marmalade: Whoops. Did I say too much? Anywho, looks like, yet again, the Big Bad Wolf got outsmarted by a little piggy.
Wolf: [enraged] You little pouchy-cheeked RAT!
[Marmalade quickly kicks the door open, adopting a terrified expression for the public as they see the Professor being "threatened" as Wolf pounces at him]
Marmalade: Help, help, help!
Marmalade: The Big Bad Wolf is attacking me.
Luggins: Oh, Now you are done forever, Wolf!

Piranha: Ah, but then you stole the purse.
Others: NO!
Snake: Y'know, I heard when the pig told you, about cutting us loose.
Shark: Wait. Like, "us" us?
Snake: But I'd never thought you'd actually do it, man.
Wolf: What?! No! I'd never… I was trying to get a better life for all of us!
Snake: Our life was perfect until you decided to ruin it!
Wolf: I didn't! C'mon, you guys felt it at the gala — the clapping, the cheering — we were more than just scary villains! THEY LOVED US!
Snake: Oh yeah?! If they "loved us" so much, then how come we're in prison for a crime we didn't commit? You know what? I'll give Marmalade this. At least he sees the world for what it is - a place where some people are scary, and some people are scared.
Wolf: OH, yeah? Well, I'm tired of being scary! I'm… I'm tired of being an outcast! Maybe I don't wanna be a—
Snake: What, a bad guy?! Don't wanna be a Bad Guy anymore, huh?! Say it, Wolf! [Mr. Wolf glares at him] Yeah, I thought so. And us… your lifelong friends… We're just holding you back?
[Snake looks at him, hurt and angry. He starts attacking him with his coils.]
Prison Guard 1: [breaks up Snake and Wolf] Hey, hey, hey! Prison is no place for fighting!
[one guard falls on the prison floor]
Prison Guard 2: [points up, weakened] Tell that to him.
Wolf: Huh?
[Snake and Wolf looks up to see The Crimson Paw on the rescue]

Snake: You came back.
Wolf: Snake. I should've been honest with you. I was afraid that if you knew I-I wanted to be good that you'd…
Snake: Act like a jerk, and never talk to you again?
Wolf: [laughing] Yeah. Point is I… I-I-I, you know…
Snake: Yeah. I love you, too, Buddy.
[Mr. Wolf and Mr. Snake hug each other]
Shark: This-this is so beautiful. Do you know how beautiful this is, you guys?
Piranha: Now… Now you're gonna make me cry.
Tarantula: I know! So pathetic, right?
Wolf: Come on, guys. Who said it was the end?

Luggins: [chuckles] That is it.
Piranha: Hey!
Luggins: There is absolutely no way you’re getting away this time.
Diane: Wait, Chief.
Luggins: Governor Foxington?
Diane: Don't do this.
Wolf: Ow!
Diane: They didn't steal the meteorite, they were bringing it back.
Luggins: Ha! How do you know that unless... unless you were conspiring with a bunch of known criminals.
Diane: Well… [clears throat] as a matter of fact, it’s time I came clean about something.
[ Wolf, Snake, Shark, Piranha, and Tarantula realizes Diane Gonna tell Her about her secret identity]
Diane: The truth is I’m really… [clears throat] r-really…
Wolf: Really a big fan of redemption arcs. Yeah, we know.
[ Snake, Shark, Piranha, and Tarantula understand Wolf's intention, protecting Diane's secret identity.]
Wolf: We're done running away.
Piranha: Yeah
Shark: Mm-hmm.
Tarantula: Yeah
Snake: Yep
Wolf: Chief, Do what you need to do.
Luggins: What? Y-You're turning yourself in?
Wolf: We might not have stolen the meteorite, but we did steal a lot of other things. It’s time we took some responsibility. Start a clean state. Take us in, Chief.
Luggins: Wow, Really?
Wolf: You finally did it. This is your moment, Chief. Drink it in.
Luggins: [gasp] Wow. You know, I should… I should give a speech. I… Well, I-I should, shouldn't I?
Wolf: Uh… [mutters]
Luggins: [clears throat] When I was six years old, I decided that I wanted to play the piccolo, only to find that my fingers were just too powerful for that fragile little instrument. And that’s when I discovered law enforcement.
Wolf: [chuckles]
[Luggins continues indistinctly]
Diane: I’m proud of you, Wolf.
Wolf: You know, a fox and a wolf are not that different. You got a good thing going here, Governor.

Chief Misty Luggins: Wait a second. This isn't the meteorite, it's a lamp!
Everyone: Huh?
Snake: Heheheh.
Everyone: What?!
Tarantula: [in flashback] Snake, what did you just do?
Snake: [in flashback] What? My friend was sad, and I was just cheering him up.
Tarantula: [in flashback] I think Wolf was right. Maybe we could be more than just scary villains.
Snake: [in flashback] I'm bad. You're bad. Let's be bad together.
Marmalade: [in flashback] You've got yourself a deal.
Snake: [in flashback] Can I try it on?
Marmalade: [in flashback] Of course, partner.
Wolf: [in flashback] Don't mind us. Just robbing this place.
Marmalade: But if that's a lamp, where is the…?
Snake: Heheh. The old switcheroo.

Luggins: Hold on. (What's this?) This is the Zumpango diamond, but this was stolen by the... [gasps] By the Crimson Paw!
Marmalade: Me? Oh, oh, no, no, no.
Tiffany: OMG.
Marmalade: No, no, no. No, you've got it wrong.
Tiffany: And a shocking twist.
Marmalade: You're making a huge mistake!
Tiffany: The notorious bandit known as the Crimson Paw has been revealed to be...
Marmalade: No! No!
Tiffany: ...None other than Professor Marmalade.
Marmalade: I'm not the Crimson Paw. Sh-She's the Crimson Paw. Sh-She's the Paw! I'm a flower of goodness. NO!


  • Good is no fun at all.


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