While negotiating the country's bailout package with the European Central Bank, IMF and EU, he's become a bit of a bogeyman for neoliberal politicians continent-wide - and particularly those in Germany.
Now, satirical late-night German show Neo Magazine Royale has created a song praising (or perhaps ridiculing) defining features.
This is V for Varoufakis and it is glorious...
From off in the distance there comes a man... Crazed seeking vengeance against our peaceful land!
Jacket collar raised, on a black motorbike... he puts the hell in Hellenic and wants to take our pride!
Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Awesome! >He doesn't negotiate, he simply kicks ass.