|“||The Muppets. They think they're so funny. Well, it looks like the joke's about to be on them.||„|
|~ Tex Richman|
|“||Maniacal laugh. Maniacal laugh. Maniacal laugh.||„|
|~ Tex Richman (due to his inability to laugh)|
Tex Richman is the main antagonist of the 2011 live action Disney film The Muppets.
He is an oil baron and his goal is to destroy the Muppet Theater so he can drill for the oil which, in the film, has been recently discovered. He personally hates the Muppets and, according to his description on the film's website, he blames them for an unfortunate event at his tenth birthday party.
He also has an inability to laugh and has vowed to destroy them. He is assisted by Uncle Deadly, Bobo the Bear, Statler and Waldorf, and eventually, The Moopets.
In his play Let's Talk About Me, he reveals that during the 1970s, they performed during his birthday party (either they were on TV or were physically there). However, when the guests laughed, Tex himself found out that he couldn't laugh. Therefore the guests laughed at him. This would haunt Tex into adulthood as his inability to laugh. Tex would grow up to be an oil tycoon with revenge against the Muppets in his mind.
In the film, he first appears in Kermit's old office, where Statler and Waldorf show him the deed to the Muppet Theatre. He buys it from Kermit, telling him it will be turned into a Muppet Museum, when he actually plans to drill under it for oil. Walter, the Greatest Muppet fan, overhears this, and after much screaming tells his brother Gary, and his girlfriend, Mary about the villainous plot.
They decide to help them, and go looking for Kermit to warn him of this danger. But Kermit accepts the fact, due to the Muppets splitting up years ago. But after a song later Kermit and Walter cook up a plan to save the theatre by raising money with a telephone at the Muppet Theater.
At first, Richman believe this to not be a treat, and since no one now knows who the Muppets are, which leads them to ask Richman for their Theater back. But he refuses and reveals that he not only owns the Muppet Theater but the Muppets name as well, and will use it to make money off of a edger Muppets, called the Moopets.
But to his surprise, they succeed and make the telephone work, and Tex cannot let this happen. So he drives to the Theater and then plans to cut the power off to the Theater, and almost succeeded if Mary wasn't a good mechanic. But Uncle Deadly stops him, admitting he hates being a stereotypically villain, and deep in his heart he's a Muppet, and then he pushed Richman off the roof.
He soon wakes up. Disgruntled, he steels Kermit's car and destroys the power, then taunts the Muppets on their defeat. But, like most villains, his plan back fires, and the Muppets return to stardom. In the end, he redeems himself and gives back the Muppets Theater as well finally being able to laugh, though Gonzo's bowling ball hitting him in the head may have something to do with it. Though his minions The Moopets were not happy, as they started demanding money from him over their "deal".
- In the film, he is given his own musical number Let's Talk About Me.