Voiced By: Harry Shearer
You can make an argument for Gordon Gecko (Wall Street) or Smaug (the J.R.R. Tolkien universe), but C. Montgomery Burns is our preferred fictional embodiment of greed.
He's one of the wealthiest men in fake history, appearing regularly on Forbes' "Fictional 15" list, and he didn't exactly amass his fortune through hard work and honesty in business. From assisting the Nazis to the wholesale killing of marine life in the name of recycling, Burns has done just about every dirty deed you can think of in order to expand his vast fortune. Just when you think he's showing a sliver of humanity, you realize that apparent vulnerability is actually a tactical step in a larger plan to add gold to his coffers.
Harry Shearer, the voice of Burns, had this to say when reflecting on the nuclear mogul: "I like Mr. Burns because he is pure evil. A lot of evil people make the mistake of diluting it. Never adulterate your evil."