Top 10 Most Memorable Movie Villains of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Darth Vader - Star Wars Darth Vader was the original dark lord for Star Wars. Darth Vader ruled with both fear and aggression. Originally Anakin Skywalker a young Jedi who was then seduced by the dark side of the force by Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. Vader had his limbs cut off by his jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi leaving more.

An icon in film. He's a perfectly developed villain in the original trilogy of Star Wars. Darth Vader is a very quotable and instantly-recognizable character, he has lots of memorable moments especially the "I Am Your Father" scene in The Empire Strikes Back. There's nothing to hate about him! Well except his appearance in the prequels, but lets not talk about that, we're talking about original trilogy Vader! - PeeledBanana

Before even watching the Star Wars movie series, I've always heard of the name Darth Vader. He should definitely be number one. - TheFourthWorld

So memorable that even people who aren't fans of Star Wars are familiar with him. - Randomator

Besides Vader, Norman, Anton, and Hannibal this list is weak.

2 The Joker - The Dark Knight The Joker is a fictional super villain created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson who first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940) published by DC Comics. Credit for the Joker's creation is disputed; Kane and Robinson claimed responsibility for the Joker's design, more.

This has got to be one of the best acting performances I've ever seen in any film. People doubted Heath Ledger as first, but then he soon completely blew them all away with this performances from that face to that maniacal laugh. He has some of his best quotes in this film like "Why so serious? " and "Let's put a smile on that face! ". - PeeledBanana

When I watch the Joker in The Dark Knight, I don't see an actor anywhere. Heath Ledger just disappears into the role and just becomes the Joker. Definitely one of the greatest acting performances ever. - phillysports

And an even better cartoon villain - 445956

O for overrated - RandomGuy1234

3 Pennywise the Dancing Clown - It It (sometimes capitalized as IT), more commonly known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, is the titular main antagonist of the novel, its 2017 film adaptation and the 1990 TV adaptation. It was portrayed to be a shapeshifting and malevolent entity millions (possibly billions) of years old, and with no more.

The most recent movie villain on this list unless you count him from the 1990 film but we're talking about the newer version of Pennywise or should I say, IT. IT was one of the best horror films we got this year! The most memorable thing about IT was Pennywise, he is a very VERY interesting character if you look into his origins online, turns out that the clown is not it's true form and Pennywise isn't IT's name, IT is simply IT. - PeeledBanana

The new one was better,and he was the best as a book villain - 445956

The dancing clown
bet he would trip over - RandomGuy1234

Hiya Georgie

4 Scar - The Lion King Scar is the main antagonist of Disney's 1994 animated feature film, The Lion King. He was the second son of Ahadi and Uru — who were, at one time, King and Queen of the Pride Lands — the younger brother of Mufasa, and the uncle of Simba.

Best Disney villain for sure! He is one evil bastard. He killed his own BROTHER and attempted to kill his nephew... TWICE! One of his most memorable lines from the movie was "Long live the king" which was when he was about to throw Mufasa off the cliff. - PeeledBanana

No, he is not the best.

We knew you'd come, TLK hater - 445956

TLK and all of it's characters are trash.

No, I would never have ***. Stop saying lies like that.

Also, stop baaawwwing over TLK haters expressing their opinions. They don't ruin any lists. If anything, TLK fans ruin every list by adding TLK to every positive list ever, whereas TLK haters are the ones who tell the truth.

TLK's characters are not good characters, stop adding them to positive lists.
TLK is not a good movie, stop adding it to every positive list you see.
Stop treating TLK like it's the best animated movie, the best this, the best that, etc. It is FAR from being the best, so hush.

Why the movie is so awful, if you ask? Well...

TLK is a lame ripoff of an earlier work and not original at all.
It portrays various wildlife the wrong way. Even if fictional.
The character designs are terrible.
It is full of cliches.
It is fascist propaganda. It is a bad thing.
It glorifies murder of a family member. Not acceptable. Even if ...more

They're biased. They never acknowledge the other side of an argument. We'd accept it if it was an unbiased and reasonable argument. - Cyri

5 Dr. Hannibal Lecter - The Silence of the Lambs Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a character in a series of suspense novels by Thomas Harris. Lecter was introduced in the 1981 thriller novel Red Dragon as a forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer.

A very disturbing character. His name says it, he's a cannibal. - PeeledBanana

He looks so full of himself - RandomGuy1234

Pretty scary guy - 445956

6 Lord Voldemort - Harry Potter Lord Voldemort is a fictional character and the central main antagonist in J. K. Rowling's series of Harry Potter novels. Voldemort first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which was released in 1997.

The books are better!

He's a good villain in the movies too. - Cyri

A dark wizard. You know you're an evil bastard if you it's horrible to even have your name spoken. - PeeledBanana

He who must not be named - MegaSoulhero

A teenage girl - RandomGuy1234

7 Anton Chigurh - No Country for Old Men

The scariest non-horror movie villain, he's an assassin, deadly murderer. From the picture, he just looks like some random middle-aged guy, but watch the movie, he's crazy. - PeeledBanana

Why is he depressed? - RandomGuy1234

Yup, the scariest non-horro movie villain - 445956

8 Norman Bates - Psycho Norman Bates is a character created by writer Robert Bloch as the main character in his novel Psycho, and portrayed by Anthony Perkins as the primary antagonist of the 1960 film of the same name directed by Alfred Hitchcock and its sequels.

A psychopath. That one shower scene shows you his evilness. - PeeledBanana

Yes he was a truly brilliant psychopath
I probably am to to be fair - RandomGuy1234

9 Jason Voorhees - Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees is a character from the Friday the 13th series. He first appeared in Friday the 13th as the young son of camp cook-turned-murderer, Mrs. Voorhees.

October was a perfect month for a friday the 13th this year. - PeeledBanana

10 Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear - Toy Story 3

I like him, but I don't think he is top ten material. - TheFourthWorld

THis guy is the reason that Toy Story 3 is as good as it is, that and the incinerator scene - kempokid

Is this really top 10 material? - 445956

The best Pixar villain, he runs that sweet little daycare like Alcatraz prison. - PeeledBanana

Very true. Also that monkey he has running the cameras freaked me out as a kid. - GreninjaGuy

The Contenders

11 Loki - Marvel Cinematic Universe Loki Laufeyson, or Loki Odinson, is a fictional character appearing in the American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is the adoptive brother and archenemy of Thor, and is known as the "God of Mischief". In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character has been portrayed by Tom Hiddleston.

Puny god. - Cyri

He's my favorite movie villain! - TheFourthWorld

12 John Doe - Seven
13 T-1000 - Terminator 2: Judgement Day

He seemed unstoppable. He was a real threat, even to the T-800. - Cyri

14 Hans Gruber - Die Hard Hans Gruber is a fictional character and the main antagonist of the 1988 action film Die Hard portrayed by Alan Rickman.

He was the best part of this movie. - Sop

15 Chernabog - Fantasia Chernabog is a Disney villain from the 1940s film Fantasia, and in his segment, "A Night on Bald Mountain".

screw scar

16 Queen Grimhilde - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
17 Boba Fett - Star Wars Boba Fett is a fictional character in the Star Wars series. In The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, he is a bounty hunter hired by Darth Vader and also employed by Jabba the Hutt.

But he barely DID anything! - Cyri

18 Jaws - Jaws
19 Rene Belloq - Raiders of the Lost Ark
20 Mola Ram - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
21 Agent Smith - The Matrix
22 Biff - Back to the Future

Manure! I HATE Manure! - TheFourthWorld

23 Xenomorph Queen - Aliens
24 Gunnery Sergeant Hartman - Full Metal Jacket
25 Vito Corleone - Godfather Vito Andolini Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather and in Francis Ford Coppola's film series based on the novel, where he was portrayed by Marlon Brando in The Godfather and, as a young man, by Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part II.
26 Hal - 2001: A Space Odyssey
27 Maleficent - Sleeping Beauty

I think she should be higher. - TheFourthWorld

28 Freddy Krueger - A Nightmare on Elm Street Fred "Freddy" Krueger is the main antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He first appeared in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

Probably the scariest concept in a horror movie. - Cyri

29 Lord Shen - Kung Fu Panda 2

Lord Shen is one of the best film villains of all time. His character design is flawless, his dialogue is incredibly well-written, and his character arc is one of the best "slowly going insane" arcs I've ever seen. And in case you're a really picky film fan, he's voiced to cunning perfection by Oscar winner Gary Oldman. Everything about Shen is perfect. Just...standing ovation to you, DreamWorks. I hope you make more villains like this in future films.

Lord Shen is the main antagonist in the DreamWorks film Kung Fu Panda 2. He is voiced by Gary Oldman.

30 Frankenstein's Monster - Frankenstein

A great monster from a great movie, specifically the Universal version. (And don't say he doesn't count because he's from a book. If Joker and Loki count, then the monster counts.)

31 Ivan Drago - Rocky IV Ivan Drago is a fictional character in the 1985 film Rocky IV, in which he is Rocky Balboa's rival and the main antagonist.
32 Dr. Evil - Austin Powers Dr. Evil is a fictional character, played by Mike Myers in the Austin Powers film series. He is the antagonist of the movies, and Austin Powers' nemesis.

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