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The 12 best movie villains of all time!

Updated on March 27, 2015

Evil at it's best!

An intro and who almost made it.

The scoundrels that we movies goers love!

There will be some surprises as I do not write for or agree with the AFI. Nurse Rached did not make it!

Who almost made it?

The Terminator- The evil machine made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger, and battled by Christain Bale.

Alex from A Clockwork Orange- Malcolm Mcdowell at his best!

Commodus from Gladiator- This evil psycho was blood thirsty beyond belief and was mastered by Jaquin Phoenix..

Otis from the Texas Chainsaw massacres.

The Phantom of the Opera- The violin playing mad man, that enchanted millions.

Nicolae Carpathia from Left Behind- Another one who seemed to be the good guy, but wasn't! He was much like Palpatine. In a way, they appeared to be modeled after each other.

The worst of the worst.

Here they are-

12. Darth Maul- A fierce warrior with strange powers. What was much stranger and made him harder to kill was his identity. No one knew who he was, where he came from, or how powerful he was. He was quiet, vicious, and loved battle! What more can you ask for in a bad guy?

11. Clarence Bodicker from Robo Cop- He was the cold hearted cop killer that stopped at nothing to rule "Old Detroit". One of the most powerful man made heroes was his arch enemy, and Clarence was a normal man with no special powers!

10. Palpatine from Star Wars- He made it because he seemed to be a good guy and a strong proponent of peace, freedom and justice. In actuality, he was evil and was plotting the demise of many. He pulled the wool over many people's eyes when he had all of the Jedi but Obi wan and Yoda murdered, started a war, and wiped out any planet or person who opposed him. He was in most Star Wars, and was played by the same actor each time.

9. Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men. I didn't like the movie, but his character was relentless, and erie.

8. Jack Torrance from the Shining- "Here's Johnny" struck fear into movies buffs for decades!

7. King Edward Longshanks from Braveheart. This ruthless king didn't care who he had to kill to maintain control. No Scott or Irishman would be allowed to live free as long as he was alive.

6. Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street.-Freddy was a bad guy before he was murdered. This badly burned madman invaded and caused many nightmares.

The fierce five.

5. The Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin Hood- He was after the hand of Maid Marion and the head of Sir Robin.

4. The Wicked Witch of the West- The evilest, and nastiest hag to hit the silver screen. Yes she was even worse than Joan Crawford!

3. Hannibal Lector - He was in many movies, and though some would have placed him higher, I couldn't rank number one and two any lower. Now, sit back, relax and enjoy a nice chianti and some fava beans!

2. The Joker from Batman- Why so high? Easy, he was a fascinating unique bad guy that was relentless and all but unstoppable. I loved Ceasar Romero, and Jack Nicholson in this role, but Heath Ledger brought this character to a whole new level! I almost gave it the top spot. **************************************************************************************

Sometimes the worst villains, and darkest of people, were once good. This one had a heart of stone, and killed his best friend and almost killed his son and daughter. Then they saved him.

The one and only behind the mask, a respirator, and of course, the voice.

1. Darth Vader, from Star Wars- This evil, dark warrior would do anything to rule the universe, until the person who was most like him, sought him out. Why Vader, aka Anakin Skywalker? His presence, his anger, and his most famous line from the Empire Strikes Back made him a "force" to be reckoned with! Bent on ultimate power and revenge, he lashed out at those who were just and destroyed those he could.


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    • MikeSyrSutton profile image

      MikeSyrSutton 2 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Ok thanks for you input.

    • Thief12 profile image

      Thief12 2 years ago from Puerto Rico

      No Hans Gruber? Heresy!

      J/k! It's a pretty good list, and I would have lots of those on mine, if I ever made one. Others I would add would be:

      Col. Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds)

      Amon Goeth (Schindler's List)

      King Longshanks (Braveheart)

      Noah Cross (Chinatown) many evil characters to choose from.

    • MikeSyrSutton profile image

      MikeSyrSutton 2 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thank you! You definitely know your movies, my friend.

    • kotobukijake profile image

      kotobukijake 2 years ago

      Gamble: You think you can just steal from us and walk away?

      Joker: Yeah.

      The Joker definitely is one cold-blooded dude, especially the Heath Ledger version; that's easily my #1 pick, though Vader and Lecter are both top picks too. Other awesome villains/ anti-heroes: Sy Parrish from One Hour Photo, Amon Goethe from Schindler's List, Leo Bloom from Nightcrawler, and General Jack D. Ripper from Dr. Strangelove. Another good hub; it is fun to see a little dose of evil now and then.

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      TheOneWhoKnows 6 years ago from Croatia

      Awesome hub, my favourite are Hannibal Lecter and Freddy Krueger, more horror based. Voting for useful :-)

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Excellent list of villains, Mike. I would also add Javier Bardem who played the stone-faced killer, Anton Chigurh, in the Coen Brothers film, "No Country for Old Men." It's not easy to look menacing in a Prince Valliant black wig, but Bardem managed to do it, in spades!

    • MikeSyrSutton profile image

      MikeSyrSutton 6 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thanks for the input! Well you have a lot of villains there. I just remember the terror that Leatherface has cause over the decades, and let's face it, fans love him, or they wouldn't keep remaking the movie!

      You have some good ones on your list though.

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Nice list. I'm glad to see the wicked witch of the west getting her due. And Vader, of course, is one of the all-time classic villains. Anthony Hopkins gave an oscar winning performance as Hannibal Lechter. I'm not sure if Leatherface deserves a place of honor, but Freddy Krueger certainly does.

      I might also have included Belloq from "Raiders of the Lost Ark", Frank (Henry Fonda) from "Once Upon a Time in the West", the Evil Queen from "Snow White", Anton Suhgar from "No Country for Old Men", and Blofeld from the James Bond films.