With the new Man of Steel trailer out with Zod’s voice over, you can’t help but think that right after the showing of Man of Steel, there will be a discussion on who is better at being a villain, Khan or Zod. And before that takes over the internet nerd forums, I’d like to post first my top 10 movie villains for future comparisons.
10. Biff (Back to the Future) – He’s a typical a-hole but with a brain. You just can’t help but feel anger towards him when he’s trying to screw everyone over. He almost raped Marty’s mom, turned the future into a disaster but the unique thing about him as a villain is that he has no superpowers. He’s just a street smart kid who’s out for himself and nobody else.
9. Norman Bates (Psycho) – Who can ever forget that smile at the end with the fly? Still gives me goosebumps every time I think about it. A classic movie villain who’s the perfect poster child for still waters run deep. We may say that the killer is his mother (spoilers for those who haven’t seen it), but he is technically responsible for killing people at his motel.
8. Bane (The Dark Knight Rises) – I know he’s a too recent and too altered from the original version of the Panamanian comic book villain but I think Nolan’s Bane is a great villain. He’s sophisticated, intelligent and extremely physical. I mean when he beat the crap out of Batman, you want to weep because he was so overpowering that if you see him in person, you’ll probably run away.
7. Buffalo Bill (Silence of the Lambs) – She puts the lotion on her skin and puts it back in the basket. Put the lotion in the basket! I think he is a good villain because he is a real person (crazy, but real). What I mean is that he is pushed to his means because of what he feels and he did what he did because he is isolated by society. I think he is a reflection of non-inclusiveness and the general disdain of people towards people who are different.
6. Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal Series) – Cannibal – Hannibal, see the connection? Although this name has ruined one of the best generals in history (search Hannibal crossing the Alps), he’s become an icon of villains. But the thing about him is that he was so ruthless that he ordered the death of Will’s family but he was soft enough to find love in Agent Starling.
5. Anton Chigurh (No Country For Old Men) – This is what you call an unstoppable force. With barely any lines, Bardem portrayed this killer with conviction that will make you pee your pants. I mean all throughout the movie, you knew that Josh Brolin stood no chance against him once he caught up with him. He even killed Woody with no struggle and survived a car crash with only a sling, how unstoppable can he get?
4. Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds) – This is the reason why we love Tarantino and Waltz, because they brought this character to life. A person who gets the job done, no matter what it is. He is theatrical in his ways and always knows everything. He is smart and patient, he’s the kind of predator who stalks the prey and tortures it until he wants it dead.
3. Magneto (X-Men) – He may not be a villain in my book but he is technically a villain. I don’t know if it’s Ian McKellen or the movies (with Bryan Singer) but Magneto is just a bad-ass. And with the current reboot in X-Men: 1st Class, Fassbender really did the origin background for Magneto justice. A broken person who lived through the Holocaust, you just can’t argue with his reasons ,either you’re with him or you’re against him.
2. The Joker (The Dark Knight) – You want to see a magic trick? I will make this pencil, disappear… Tadah! It’s… magic. That’s one of the most awesome things I’ve ever seen a villain do. Subtle but powerful, the Joker (well, Ledger’s joker) has carved itself in our minds as the person who turned every ones world around, not only in the movie but in our real lives. And of course, he will forever be quoted.
1. Darth Vader (Star Wars) – And of course, Darth Vader takes the top spot. Why? Because he can kill you without even touching you, there’s scary music when he’s approaching and he’s got a black suit that defines villain. Although you can say that he turned good at the end, he is still the main antagonist of Star Wars and he will just kill you without even thinking about it.
Before ending this list, I really have to mention Kevin Spacey in Se7en. Why? Because I can never ever forget what’s in the box! Someone who is methodical but crazy at the same time. He was just a master in what he did (albeit bad) and was always (ALWAYS!) one step ahead. Also, T-1000 and Sauron has to get a nod but didn’t make it on the list because although iconic, they don’t make you want to kill yourself before they kill you.
Did you like this list? Please comment on who your top 10 movies villains are and let the discussion start! Please do note though that my list only includes villains from movies that I have seen. So if you’re wondering my Gruber, Hal or Freddie Kruger is not on this list, it’s because I have not seen their movies and cannot compare them.