Top Ten Movie Villains of All Time

What villains in cinema have given you the feeling of them actualy being evil?

The Top Ten

1 The Joker - 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, ...read more.

Heath Ledger as The Joker joins a very small circle of actors who disappeared into their roles, and disturb you because they represent heartless, devious, and genius arch-villains. Hannibal Lecter is as close as I can get to this award-winning performance by comparison. The Joker is capable of ANYTHING.

I voted for this guy because he blew me away.. Such a maniacal twisted psychopath ten times better than Nicholson's joker.. The bit in the interview room where batman's threatening joker and joker laughs.. So BRILLIANT

He is the best in live action as joker
Well Mark Hamill takes on animated
But man did his laugh and the way he acted as Joker frightened and made me feel amazed by the performance

Man! Joker is the best of all villians... He is that nasty evil minded psycopath who was missing from all the past movies... He deserves to be at the top... Why don't they make a movie. THE JOKER depicting his life it would be awesome.

2 Darth Vader - Star Wars Darth Vader is a Star Wars character and the main antagonist of the first three original Star Wars films and the main protagonist of the Star Wars prequel trilogy under his original name Anakin Skywalker. He had been trained as a Jedi but defected to the Sith lord and Galactic Chancellor Palpatine. ...read more.

He is way better than the joker like come on the joker isn't even on the same level as Darth Vader! Has he blown up a planet? Can he use the force to kill his enemies? Listen lets look into Greek culture Darth Vader is like Achilles, he strikes fear in his enemies possibly even make them retreat because just the sight of Darth Vader would make his enemies paranoid. He is highly intimidating like Achilles in the iliad when the trojans were driving the greek soldiers back his friend dressed up like achilles because Achilles refused to fight, but when his friend died Achilles was enraged and when Achilles entered the battlefield the trojans started to fall back but to no use he slaughtered many of them. Personally I think Darth Vader was, is and always will be the best villain EVER

There are lots of reasons why Darth Vader is better than the joker
1. he is more intimidating
2. he is way more skilled in battle
3. he is smarter
4. he actually beats most of his enemies
5. he gets reformed at one point

Best villian ever. He is just to dope. No one comes close to him, he is original and classic

The only villain who actually is my favourite character. Vader really has build up my love of Star Wars. His thrill, his evilness really tick all of my boxes for what I expect in a villain.

3 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.

Heath Ledger's Joker may be at the top of this list, but he wouldn't be there without the inspiration from Sir Anthony Hopkins' character from 'The Silence of the Lambs'. Hopkins/Thomas Harris invented a new breed of psychopath in the genius-level intellect and charming personality of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In my opinion, as far as villains go... Lecter has never been equaled, and never will.

Hannibal lecter is not only murderous but highly intelligent as well. If it wasn't for him, Clarice Starling probably would have never caught Buffalo Bill. He also has an eerie way of speaking. And nobody fits the part better than Anthony Hopkins. Dr. Hannibal Lecter IS the best movie villain of all time.

This guy scared the crap out of me when I watched this movie.

"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. "

4 Loki - Thor 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.

Loki is just as interesting as all the heroes! He's a boss

Besides Joker being my favorite character, Loki is my second choice. He's funny and charming. He's one of the best movie villains easily and my favorite marvel character.

He's one of the best movie villains AND without him, Thor(1&2) would've been SO boring! The only reason Thor was quite successful us because of Loki!

Loki gets better every movie he is in

5 Lord Voldemort - Harry Potter Series 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.

If someone is a villain that everybody fears to speak his/her name, he/she will definitely be at the top of the list. Lord Voldemort achieved that. He deserves to be first

Voldemort is so awesome I even have two wands. He makes Harry Potter awesome amazing and possible

He who must not be named. So glad he made this list as Harry Potter wouldn't be possible without him

Come on! They dare not to speak even his name! He is the greatest villain of all time!

6 Thanos - Avengers: Infinity War Thanos is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Jim Starlin and Mike Friedrich. The character first appeared in Iron Man #55 and has been portrayed by actors Damion Poitier and Josh Brolin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Purple nut sack of a chin overweight bot, but still a good villain

Such a good character in the movies I haven’t read the comic books yet maybe never

He was the most interesting part of infinity war. Such a complex guy, evil enough that you cheer on the good guys but good enough to make you wonder whether the world would be better off if his plan succeeded. I personally found him to be a much more complex and interesting character than the Joker.

He is the definition of pure evil, but he has still good reasons for the evil he has comitted. He will kill his own daughter, just for genocide. He also has regrets for the evil he commits. Truly one of the best cinema villains next to the Joker.

7 Anton Chigurh - No Country for Old Men

Anton chigurh was an emotionless badass who had the best weapons like a shotgun and a captive bolt pistol I think he should at least be in the top 3 I am surprised Patrick Bateman isn't on here

Anton chigurh is the best villain I have ever seen. Javier bardem was outstanding in this character.

Crazy guy. Comes with his shotgun. Bang bang (silently). Human version of terminator.

Never was afraid of a character before watching this movie, surprised how likable the actor actually is.

8 The Emperor - Star Wars

He should be number one, actually. He caused the fall of the Jedi, manipulated the most powerful force user in the galaxy to be his minion, became the ultimate leader of the galaxy, and is extremely powerful force-wise.

This guy manipulated Darth Vader into being who he is, he is the real villain of Star Wars

He was designed after Hitler/Satan, manipulated galaxies created Darth Vader, formed the Galactic Empire and was responsible for billions of deaths, not to mention a creepy evil look as well

The true villain of Star Wars, Darth Vader is really his henchman.

9 Bane - The Dark Knight Rises Bane is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

A pretty good bad guy when it comes down to remembering him. Probably batman's second best villain by far

Bane was badass, broke the bat

I personally didn't like Tom Hardys Bane. He didn't live up to my expectations for the character. Heath Ledgers Joker is still king of the Nolans Batman series for me.

"Do you feel in charge? "

10 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.

Jason has the most kills the better weaponry and the brute strength you can't kill him no survivor not ash or Freddy kruger or even leatherface could kill him he is a genius and all the freddy fans think he stupid but he isn't

You're only 7. I can tell because there is no punctuation and I can't understand the sentence. - GodFlowey

The scariest serial killer out of them all and fun to watch!

I got a machete, what have you got?

Come on he should be so much higher on the list like number #4

The Contenders

11 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).

Freddy actually wore a red and green sweater and invades your dreams. He has a glove with knives on the tips and he is indeed a great fighter. Freddy forever.

Nightmare on elm street was a hell of a movie for it's time... But freddy was a hell of a character too then.

Has never shown even the slightest of sympathy to his victims. Nobody on this list is as heartless and ruthless as the Freddy. He should be #1.

He a killing freak and not a cool disfigured freak like deadpool

12 Agent Smith - The Matrix

"Humans are a Plague. A cancer of this planet. And we... Are the cure"

Says everything so...spine chillingly (if that's even a word). Deserves to be AT LEAST #3.

Although he isn't THE best villain, he still deserves to be at at LEAST #5

The scariest and most powerful villain of all time

13 Magneto - X-Men Magneto is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly in association with the X-Men.

While the psycopath can often be appealing Magneto is a great villain because of he is a goal-driven one, which is more appealing to me because if you ask me the is more appealing and interesting than some crazy guy (you know they are already going to do something insane). Instead of being crazy he is interesting because of his respect for Charles and rivalry with the X-men. He isn't as a Iconic as say the joker would but I would say he has a lot more influence every time he appears. He has tremendous power that beats out every villain listed above him. He's very charismatic and in every portrayal he is an easy favorite because he invokes power through his dialogue and mutant ability. When one is able to threaten squads of police with their own bullet with one hand you know that's a powerful ass villain. Not to mention he always looks bad ass as hell. The Master of Magnetism never fails to impress

The best kinds of villains are the ones who are convinced they're doing the right thing, and magneto is the epitome of that

"Are you sure you saw what you saw? " -Best comeback EVER by mah boi Magneto in the first film

Magneto is one of the best villains in the marvel universe.

14 Pennywise the Clown - It

He could be the reason that many people are afraid of clowns.

Tim Curry is the perfect Pennywise.

15 Sauron - The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Sauron is the title character and main antagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Originally a servant of the first Dark Lord, Morgoth. Morgoth was later defeated and Sauron fled. He later came back to Middle Earth and took over as the new Dark Lord by using a Ring of Power. He was later ...read more.

Literally, the reason for the entire Lord of the Rings/ Hobbit trilogies. Without him they wouldn't even exist. No Sauron= No Ring= No Movie/Book. Also, if you think about it he's the main character of both trilogies.

He should be at least 4th, he is powerful enough to take over the world's most powerful wizard in his bodiless form and the only way to destroy him is to somehow get hold of the Ring, sneak past 100,000 orcs and through his all-seeing eye into Morgoth, climb up a volcano (through the den of a massive spider and through the Ring into the volcano. Don't forget that the Ring maddens you and Gollum will probably be stalking you.

HOW IS MarioN (AKA SAURON) NOT NUMBER ONE? I didn't care much for Heath's Joker. But REALLY! I demand World War 3 over this! Where is the rage of us Lord of the Rings fans where it is need most? Marion was lotr's most influential character. Hail, Lord Sauron! Best villain ever.

This villain is agreeably the most dangerous of all time. Not only did he take down millions in the form of a giant in armor, but he really presented danger as both a mouth and an eye separately. He created a ring that drives the bearer mad over it. He proved that only his eye could take down millions. He is also part of the most famous fantasy trilogy of all time, and that he can control other people through his eye alone. And, this villain helped Rowling create Voldemort. J.R.R. Tolkien really knows what he is doing, and Sauron is the most dangerous as villains come!

16 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.

Everyone goes a little mad sometimes.

Just looking at him smiling will give a grown man nightmares

Even if you haven't watched the movie just look at the pic here. He looks terryfying!

Nobody can say Hannibal sucked, Darth Vader is awesome, Anton was amazing and don't even get me started on the Joker, but I am dissapointed Norman isn't higher
On the list

17 The Jigsaw Killer - Saw

I know Heath Ledger died and all and suddenly The Dark Night the greatest movie ever, and that there are a lot of Star Wars nerds out there, but if we're getting serious about this list then as far a villains go it is definitely John Kramer from Saw.
John Kramer was definitely the most intelligent, the most methodical, most creative, most manipulative (and at times convincing) villain by far. It was very entertaining just to watch him talk! It was incredible how he convinced so many of his "projects" to side with him, and how every single person even remotely connected to him he ended up trapping. He finds a bad guy, he traps him, bad guys friends find him and they get trapped, people want revenge for friends they get trapped, cops come after John they get trapped, Feds come after cops they get trapped... And the whole time he was growing his army using them. But what is sick is he could argue convincingly that he never killed anyone. That they kill themselves. He even boldly ...more

Jigsaw (John Kramer) is downright brilliant! Watch the second saw and you will see, he messes with you by asking yourself if he is a good guy or a killer. He is a very twisted architect and tricks his victims, he puts things right under their nose but in ways that you can't figure them out, The saw franchise is my favorite franchise of all time! Vote and get jigsaw to the #1spot!

I really like Joker but... Jigsaw is so psycho like making the victims psychopath and learn a big lesson

I want to play a game

18 The Terminator (T-800) - The Terminator

He feels no pain, nor remorse, nor fear, and he's ' unstoppable!

19 Annie Wilkes - Misery Anne Marie Wilkes Dugan, usually known as Annie Wilkes, is a character in the 1987 novel Misery, by Stephen King.

She is truly scary but entertaining she should be number 1

20 Doc Ock - Spider-Man 2
21 Stansfield - The Professional

Gary Oldman is a phenomenal actor and was an outstanding villain in The Professional. Without him, the movie wouldn't have been so brilliant

Fantastic, Gary Oldman should have won oscar and been knighted for this roll alone.

Just watch the toilets scene with Matildha... Epic!

Was a tough decision between Hans Gruber and Norman Stansfield, but lets face it Stansfield is so evil he would kill a 12 year old and her family and he's supposed to be a cop! Also he has the BEST quotes ever "I haven't got TIME for this mickey mouse bulls***" "Everyone EVERRYONNEE" And his love for Mozart is so sinister, love it!

22 The Joker - Batman (1989) 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, ...read more.

I 've always enjoyed this version more than Heath Ledger's. Heath Ledger is an excellent actor in that movie, but Nicholson portrayed the Joker that everyone knows and loves while Ledger played more of a horror movie villain.

Not big difference with the one in the Dark Night

The Joker is part to Jack Nicholson, Joker is werry dangerous clown, of purple costeem fire deform to face and body Joker his opponent to Batman.

best comic book version the the clown prince of crime.

23 Jack Torrance - The Shining John Daniel Edward "Jack" Torrance is the main antagonist of Stephen King's horror novel The Shining.

He wasn't a bad guy, but he was tormented by unknown hallucinations which drove him mad and made him want to kill his wife and son.

Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hairs of your chinny-chin-chin? Then I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in. Here's Johnny!

Him and Hannibal Lector should be 1 and2.

Better than the joker

24 Hal 9000 - 2001: A Space Oddysey HAL 9000 is a fictional character in Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey series. First appearing in 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL is a sentient computer that controls the systems of the Discovery One spacecraft and interacts with the ship's astronaut crew.

HAL-9000, the smartest and most reliable computer there is. But, what happens when that AI of extraordinary intelligence and power goes paranoid. He loses chess matches, no big deal. He doesn't open the pod bay doors, that's concerning, but nothing too terrifying. Killing all of the crew members except one? Hmm...

25 Maleficent - Sleeping Beauty

Not my favorite villain but my favorite Disney villain. She was much better than Scar and cursed a baby because she didn't get invited to a party, that's cruel. I think she should at least be at 11,12, or 9. But I do agree that the Joker from the Dark Knight should be number. He was scary as hell. But Maleficent is truly the mistress of all evil in the Disney and the movie world. I think she claimed that title pretty with her pet Raven diablo and her dragon.

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