Worst Villain Cliches

The Top Ten
1 Wanting to rule over something
2 Evil laugh

I absolutely hated this cliche as a kid, and it definitely hasn't changed with age. The only time I've ever really enjoyed an evil laugh was when it was presented in an ironic way with a solid joke or punchline to back it up, like the self-aware, semi-absurdist humor of Emperor's New Groove.

Gloom Meister's evil laugh is not his real life. His real laugh is nerdy. He's my favorite villain that Austin plays in The Backyardigans.

Eh... Villain laughs can be done well.

3 Falling to their death

Hades is a god. He can't die. Hercules may have pushed him into the River Styx in the movie but he can revive himself.

4 Extremely deep voice
5 Being crazy
6 Henchmen with low intelligence

Can't the villain hire better ones?!? Or are they like the antagonist's cousins or something

If they want to succeed then they need good help. It's just common sense

7 Bad childhood

This one is way too common. Especially the whole thing about the villain being bullied as a kid and wanting revenge on humanity for treating them that way. Even as a kid, I noticed this and hated it.

Naruto ruined this cliche. Does almost every single antagonist, main or minor need a tragic past?

This honestly is a pretty good cliche and it provides a more three-dimensional personality and motive for a villain. But when its overdone, as in the case of Naruto, then there's a problem.

8 They give the heroes enough time to survive

As a kid I always hated this cliche because I wondered why they wouldn't annihilate the protagonist quickly if they has tried so hard to get it.

I mean, movies like Saw, that's the point of it. But yeah it is kind of stupid when the villain purposely lets the protagonist get away for whatever reason.

This was pherhaps the worst thing about Despicable Me 3, when Bratt is about to laser Gru to death, they change scene with Dru and Bratt, and every time they change to Bratt, the laser is liker three meters further awway than it was the previous scene, I was like "WHY! " when I saw it.

I'm pretty sure this is how like 60% of movie villains are defeated. I hate how they do this. It's like they are trying to lose

9 The killer is thought to be dead but really isn't
10 They believe what they're doing is right
The Contenders
11 Dark clothing

Makes things too obvious.

12 The villain has an easy-to-escape death trap
13 Killing their own henchmen

This is ridiculous

14 Calling people "fools"
15 "You will die"

On par with the CDi Zelda games' dialogue, this is what happens when you're campy enough for a one-liner but not creative enough to come up with anything else."

16 Naturally evil
17 Hates the protagonist more than he hates anyone else

Even cartoon villains must learn the hardest way possible.

18 Looking more effeminate or androgynous than the hero
19 Being an animal that is commonly stereotyped as a villain
20 Wants to kill everyone or destroy the world

Never really understood this one. In realistic terms, nobody would ever try to destroy the world. Another cliche that's similar to this one is the villain wanting to rule over the world. That is also an unrealistic goal and anyone with a brain can understand that.

21 They watch over the protagonists with a magic orb

This is almost exclusively for Fantasy stories, so its not too common overall.

22 They smoke
23 They talk rather than kill
24 They are a family member of the hero
25 Associated with darkness
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