We worship our heroes with everything that we have. Media, reality shows and ads are governed by the faces of these heroes. It’s true: who doesn’t love a good protagonist in a film? However, in some cases, as we have seen several times in the history of cinema, the antagonist has left us with a more prominent memory than the protagonist. Sure, the world might have been saved by the latter but the acting, the problems created by the villain in the movie and that high urge of ours to kill the former is what made us enjoy the movie more. Some might even have a debate that “heroes” would not exist without the “villains”. Agree otherwise? Get mean down in the comments.
Villains have arisen at different times, in different genres and some have etched their ways into our heart. Even after seeing Thanos die, some might have felt a tinge of sadness. While for others, it was a relief that the world was finally bereaved of their destroyer. While some loathed the presence of T-1000 in Terminator 2, others were more engrossed with Michael Myers of the Halloween series. Here are the 7 most ranked villains of all time, according to the tastes of the audience across the world. Check to see if you got your favourite villain in here.
A fictitious character of the Star Wars universe, this villain has made it to the greatest and topmost villains’ list made by the American Film Institute. Once a heroic Jedi Knight, Darth Vader was seduced by the dark side of the Force, became a Sith Lord, and led the Empire’s eradication of the Jedi Order. All the Star Wars fans out there, rejoice, as your villain is the oldest and the meanest of ‘em all.
A psychopathic, homicidal, anarchic, cynical, unhinged, chaotic, sinister, catastrophic, destructive, genocidal, terroristic and Machiavellian criminal mastermind and mass murderer with a warped, sadistic sense of humour, the Joker is a character that appears on Christopher Nolan’s 2008 superhero film, The Dark Knight. This character has ruled social media, magazines, articles and whatnot for a very long period of time and will continue to do so, judging the criminal intellect that he is.
One of the greatest antagonists of all times, Hannibal Lecter is a fictional character, first introduced in the 1981 thriller Red Dragon. He played the role of an antagonist in The Silence of the Lambs. His antihero roles have made him one of the greatest villains in the last 20 years and possibly continuing on. He is a Baltimore forensic psychiatrist as well as a cannibalistic serial killer. After he is imprisoned for his crimes, he relates his story and helps in finding other criminals. He is your perfect brutal story served on a platter. Horror lovers, let’s check your love for this.
An agent with a superpower: kinda like amalgamating Mission Impossible and Avengers together. You get all of it in Agent Smith. He is the main antagonist in The Matrix film series and multimedia franchise. All those who have seen this movie series would undoubtedly be a great fan of the antagonist and also of Hugo Weaving who portrayed the role with such ease. It really would have been a great loss to the audience if he would have turned down the script in the first place like he wanted to(shhh, that’s a secret).
Yes I know ladies, you are already drooling all over by the mere mention. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his immense masculinity proved to be the serum to turn him into the Terminator or “Model 101” in the first of all the Terminator movies. Focussing on a sole villain, the concept revolved around the simple theory of a cybernetic organism consisting of living tissue over a robotic endoskeleton. The role became famous enough to turn the Terminator into a franchise in place of a single movie and it is still one of the greatest villains of all times.
Oh, our dear Voldie!! Of course, he is one of the top ones. And this Harry Potter nemesis has actually made a place in our hearts throughout these years. Harry Potter is obviously the saviour, “The Boy Who Lived” but “He Who Must Not Be Named” is an equally important character. He is the perfect nemesis we look for and also if we think from a perspective Harry wouldn’t have been such a great wizard had Voldie been not there. (Harry fans, please don’t kill me) Jokes apart Voldemort is easily the impeccable adversary one could search for.
Remember Joey, Chandler and Ross fanboying over Die Hard? It was probably because of the presence of Alan Rickman as the antagonist, Hans Gruber, the antagonist in Die Hard and the posthumous antagonist in Die Hard with a Vengeance. A lot of people are of the opinion that it is Bruce Willis who is the heart of the film but there is a reason why Alan Rickman has the won the best voice award right? He is the criminal mastermind who has captivated the audience and is still doing so for 30 years and counting. The movie runs on this personality and it is absolutely unparalleled with the other adversaries out there. Guess Snape isn’t going to be the only favourite out there, right Rickman fans?
The list is indeed long and these are nothing but the beginning of several other names which has brought new dimensions to the stories of the industry as well as our minds. They have presented us with new levels of antagonism, making us hate them like pineapple on pizza. However, the more we hate them, the more their success rates shoot up. We might get a lot of other villains but none compared to these, undoubtedly. Do comment down your favourite villain in the comments section below.