Monday, June 15, 2009

Top 10 Best Villains

Hollywood has delivered more than its fair share of memorable, fascinating and terrifying movie villains throughout the years. And let’s face it; they just happen to be a great box-office draw. Movies just aren’t complete unless there is at least one person to root against. Now coming up with an all-time best list of bad-A villains isn’t that easy. You have to weed out the crazies (Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction), the inhuman monsters (Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th), and the misunderstood (Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner) and truly enter the heart of darkness. With that being said, I give you my top 10 list of the pure evil:

10. Dr. Evil (Mike Myers
) from Austin Powers series
Com’on, he’s got “evil” in his name! You’ve got to include Dr. Evil, even if he isn’t nearly as terrifying as he’d like you to think he is. Being that he has been partially frozen for 30 years, throw him a friggin’ bone, will ya?

Most Villainous Line:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to my underground Lair. I have gathered here before me the world's deadliest assassins, and yet, each of you has failed to kill Austin Powers. That makes me angry, and when Dr. Evil gets angry, Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset, and when Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset people DIE!”

9. Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) from Misery
While seemingly calm most of the time, this literary unhinged groupie was capable of going nuts in an instant. She kidnaps her favorite author where she ultimately keeps him captive. The scene where James Caan is “hobbled” remains a classic.

Most Villainous Line:
“Burn the novel or I’ll burn you.”

8. Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
She was so convincing as the evil head nurse of the Salem, Oregon Mental Hospital in the 1975 classic that she won an Oscar for Best Actress. A cold, cruel dictator, Nurse Ratched never has to raise her voice to threaten the all-male population. Instead, she controls their pills, their television and, ultimately, their minds. Her character’s name instantly became synonymous with creepy, scary, evil in a female uniform. Not many villains, guy or gal, can claim such an honor.

Most Villainous Line:
“If Mr. McMurphy doesn't want to take his medication orally, I'm sure we can arrange that he can have it some other way. But I don't think that he would like it.”

7. T-1000 (Robert Patrick) from Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The original Terminator gets all the glory, but it's Patrick's T-1000, a prototype model made of shape-shifting liquid metal, that truly terrorizes. This homicidal robot is the ultimate hit man who won't stop until his mission (to kill resistance leader John Connor) is completed or he ends up on the scrap heap - whichever comes first.

Most Villainous Line:
“Say, that’s a nice bike.”

6. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) from The Silence of the Lambs
Nothing can top Hopkins' Hannibal. OK, maybe a few villains can top him, but as far as cannibalistic serial killers are concerned, Lecter takes the cake. Bet you can’t say Chianti and fava beans the same way.

Most Villainous Line: “I do wish we could chat longer, but... I'm having an old friend for dinner.”

5. Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) from Harry Potter series
Fiennes has played a few evil men in his acting career, but it’s his He Who Should Not Be Named, the Dark Lord who really stands out as the best of the worst.

Most Villainous Line: “Astounding what a few drops of your blood will do, eh, Harry?”

4. Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) from The The Wizard of Oz"
[Cue the Witch’s theme music] Remember the first time you saw this film? It’s that image of the Wicked Witch’s green pointy face you can’t get out of your head - cackling at her crystal ball while her minion of flying monkeys stood by, waiting for her command. (the character’s redemption in the musical Wicked doesn’t count, by the way).

Most Villainous Line: “The last to go will see the first three go before her. And her little dog, too.”

3. Sauron (Sala Baker) from The Lord of the Rings series
Swaying the hearts and minds of the people in Middle Earth to his evil will in his quest for complete power. He crafted the One Ring in the volcano of Mount Doom in order to control all of the rings along with everyone else. The story revolves around the consequences of his malevolent actions and he is widely recognized to indeed be the evil Lord of the Rings. I get goose bumps when Sauron appears on the battlefield and starts to kick some A**. One blow so easily destroys 50 men.

Most Villainous Line: "You cannot hide! I see you! There is no life in the void, only death!"

2. The Joker (Heath Ledger
) from The Dark Knight
While Jack Nicholson played it for laughs and did great; it was Ledger who took the role to a whole new level. His incredibly creepy, absolutely mesmerizing performance as Batman’s nemesis The Joker, the ultimate anarchist, will forever go down in history as one of the best villains ever.

Most Villainous Line: “Do you wanna know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can't savor all the little emotions. And you see in their last moments...people show you who they really are. So, in a way, I know your friends better than you ever did. Would you like to know which one of them were cowards?”

And my #1 villain is?...

1. Darth Vader (James Earl Jones/David Prowse) from Star Wars series
[Cue the Darth Vader theme music] Yes, it’s Lord Vader. The greatest villain in the history of cinema. Vader remains tragic despite his fondness for evil. He personifies all that is dark and evil in The Force. When you see how he gets to be the way he is, you have to empathize, just a little, and of course, his salvation at the end is sweet. But honestly, folks, it’s hard to forgive all the other horrific and menacing acts he did.

Most Villainous Line:
“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”

Honorable Mentions
Here are some other favorite villains and even though they are pretty bad-A, unfortunately they didn't quite make the cut:

Olivia Foxworth 'Grandmother' from
Flowers in the Attic

Well there you have it folks, my top 10 best villains of all time. Now I'd like to know which evil doer tops your list...


Demon said...

Doctor Evil shouldnt be there. Hes funny, not evil. What about Jason, Pinhead or Freddy? I don't like those movies but the have to be better than Dr Evil. What about the guy from Saw 1-5? And have you EVER seen "No Country for Old Men"? Anquion Sigur is an AWESOME villian!

I do like your top 1 and 2 spots. Very nicely done there. If Hayden Christianson(or whatever) didn't wreck Darth Vadors' earlier life experiences he would kick even more ass. Sadly it was an abortion that took 3 movies to complete. God damn you George Lucas. But Darth Vador kicks ass! Easily the top villian of all time!

Kristen said...


Well like I said he's Dr. Evil. He's pretty bad-A evil though he's in a comedy. lol
Did you check out my Honorable Mentions? No Country for Old Men is definitely there.

Melain said...

Oh honey. This list is divine. I would change the order in my own list, but most all of yours make my top ten fo SHO. I think my list goes a little somethin like this:

10. Mr. Potter (Merry Christmas to you! In JAIL!)

9. Captain Hook (The REAL, not Diseny one)

8. Wicked Witch of the West (Well, my little pretty. I can cause accidents too.)

7. Agent Smith (Miisster Andersonnn)

6. Sheriff of Nottingham (I'm gonna cut your heart out with a spoon!)

5. Captain Barbosa (People are easy to search when they're DEAD.)

4. The Joker (Madness... is like gravity. All it takes is a little push!)

3. Senator Palpatine/ The Emperor (And now, young Skywalker... you will die.)
I know Vader gets all the Badazz credit, but he's really just a puppet! The real EVIL lies with The Emperor!

2. Sauron

1. Voldemort

(Those two names stand on their own! No quotes necessary. :)

Fun topic!!! I heart your blog.

The Danimal said...

I like you pics. Maleficent use to give me nightmares as a kid. I think Hannibal should be number 3. he's my favorite-- most scary one. I also always loved Macully Culkin (spelling?) in the Good Son as a villain. He was scary.

The Danimal said...

whoops. Picks not pics. I like who you picked....

Troy said...

You totally forgot Kid Rock as "Robby" in Joe Dirt! I don't know how you could have overlooked that!

Kristen said...

Troy -

Well when I make a top 10 list of the lamest villains ever, "Robby" will for sure be on it. lol

Surf Goddess said...

love this topic! hanibal and the joker top my list. i will never forget the nightmares hanibal gave me the first time (and ONLY time) i saw that movie. FREEEEEE KEY!

JFun said...

I would definitely have added David Carradine as Bill, in the Kill Bill movies and Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects.

Fun list, though!

TheTVObserver said...

That Nurse Ratched line was awesome..... PERIOD!

But my fav would be Hannibal Lecter. A man who will invite you over for dinner and feed you your own brain and some human liver in a wonderfully prepared English-like dinner. That is twisted. But I don't think he is that evil he just prefers Human Red Meat as opposed to Beef or Chicken.

What makes me sick is that he gets off by feeding it to unsuspecting people. How is the meat Kristen..."Simply Delicious"...LOL. Thats creepy.

Oh and Darth Vader....excellent choice. Atleast he does not eat humans. But that musk thing and the breathing gave me nightmares. Love him thou.

By the way "Bet you can’t say Chianti and fava beans the same way" That's part of the reason I can't watch anything with Hopkins coz am always waiting for him to whisper Chianti and beans. Can you blame Martha Stewards for breaking it off. How do you sleep with the dude?.

Great post. LOVED IT!

What about Freddy Krueger?....I could not sleep for weeks after watching his movie for the first time.

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