Top Ten Movie Villains of all Time

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

The Top Ten

1 The Joker - Dark Knight 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. - Andherewego08

I believe that whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you... stranger.

You wanna know how I got these scars?

The Best Movie Villain of all time. We miss you Heath!

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2 Darth Vader - Star Wars 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 ...read more.

Just make him number 1...

I loved vader in rouge one in the last scenes

Lord of all villains

Basically,if aliens came to earth and asked who is the best villain here? the human race would answer - Darth Vader

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3 Hannibal Lecter - The Silence of the Lambs 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.

Great! - CedreticFomento

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.

Smartest villain everShould be 1

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.

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4 Loki - Thor 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.

THE BEST

LOVE HIM! He is my favorite mythical god ever!

Such a complex man with a painful past full of lies. And Tom Hiddleston

This character is amazing and well needed by his franchise.

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5 Lord Voldemort - Harry Potter Series 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.

Only problem; has no nose

8 movies 1 villain

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

I like him tons better than Harry himself.

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6 Anton Chigurh - No Country for Old Men Anton Chigurh - No Country for Old Men

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

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. - zxm

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7 Thanos - Avengers: Infinity War 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.

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.

Thanos is a masterpiece villain. Despite his evil doings, he is so well spoken and confident that I always find myself begrudgingly agreeing with what he says. Endgame only enhances his villainous personality

Best villain of all time. Now doubt about it. - Smash64

You feared Thanos within the first 5 minutes of infinity war. A villain that committed a horrible act of evil, but somehow, you still like him.. and almost find his actions merited. Amazing villain that belongs in the top 10.

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8 Jason Voorhees - Friday the 13th 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

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

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

I got a machete, what have you got? - codeman

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9 Freddy Krueger - A Nightmare on Elm Street 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. - codeman

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

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10 Pennywise the Clown - It

Tim Curry is the perfect Pennywise. - asantalo

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

The Contenders

11 Bane - The Dark Knight Rises 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.

"Do you feel in charge? "

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.

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12 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 - tawhabinnasir

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13 Norman Bates - Psycho 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! - Shourya51

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

14 Magneto - X-Men 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

Was inslaved by British.Killed ten men with a necklace.Dared to kill apocalypse.Gave birth to someone faster than time and someone able to Teleport and has sidekick abilities

Magneto should be 6th place

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

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15 The Emperor - Star Wars

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

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

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.

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

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16 The Joker - Batman (1989) 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.

Unlike Heath Ledger:
-Joker had a good backstory.
-He was played by a much better and menacing actor.
-Heath was serious, this one was funny and intimidating.
-He inspired Mark Hamill. Mark Hamill said that Heath was better than him, he wasn't being honest.
-Bob Kane, creator of Batman actually wanted Jack to portray Joker.
-"Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? "
This quotes means: Have you ever found yourself in a horrifying situation when no one is around to assist?
-Permanent smile. Heath's wounds would disappear by time.
-Trustful to the comic book version.
-He sounds much more evil, rather than crazy, that's already in its personality.
-The only thing that stands up for Ledger are his fans. And SERIOUSLY do they think Heath was a better villain than Darth Vader? That's insane and down-right stupid.

17 Annie Wilkes - Misery 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

18 Agent Smith - The Matrix 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 - maxican03

The scariest and most powerful villain of all time

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19 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!

20 Doc Ock - Spider-Man 2
21 Sauron - The Lord of the Rings Trilogy 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.

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.

He’s more powerful than most probably all on here and beautifuly written

I really don't think people like the Joker could possibly be above Lord Sauron. I mean, the Witch king of Angmar is easily above the Joker!

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!

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

Better than the joker

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! - SuperheroSith

Him and Hannibal Lector should be 1 and2.

23 Maleficent - Sleeping Beauty 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.

24 Hal 9000 - 2001: A Space Oddysey 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.
25 Colonel Hans Landa - Inglourious Basterds

This is ridiculous, I just watched Inglorious Bastards and Hans is easily on par with most of the higher up villains, especially voldemort and Bane. How the hell is Bane #9 and Landa is #27. I don't think he should be at the top of the list. But I voted for him because he deserves at least the top ten.

Yes Hans Landa was a great, well acted villain, but I believe the best Nazi Movie Villain was Amon Goath from Shindler's List. But I still love Landa GREAT VILLAIN.

26 Assistant Mayor Bellwether - Zootopia

I found her lame. She has no other evil plot aside from darting predators.

I thought the villain is Mr. Big.

27 Darth Maul - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Darth Maul -  Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Darth Maul is a fictional character in the science fiction franchise Star Wars. Trained as Darth Sidious's first apprentice, he serves as a Sith Lord and a master of wielding a double-bladed lightsaber. Darth Maul first appeared in Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace, and has also appeared in The ...read more.

One of the most dangerous and evil characters in Star Wars. Darth Maul is in amazing physical condition, likes to get up close and personal with his opponents and he probably is the best lightsaber duelist in Star Wars.

Raging, athletic, powerful. These are some of the main qualities of being a villain and that's what makes Darth Maul so unique and cool. He's everything in one except brains.

28 Megatron - Transformers Megatron - Transformers Megatron is a character from the Transformers franchise, created by Hasbro in 1984, based on a toy design by Takara.

Meh...He was ok. Hugo Weaving was great in the first 3. I mean I was happy to see Frank Welker reprise his role, the sequels just looks terrible. Plus, I like Starscream more, because I grew up with his character more. - asantalo

Megatron has the most evil motive of all of these guys, and he would kill all of the above. Why is he not number one?!?

Megatron is not on top because he is not memorable

29 The Terminator (T-800) - The Terminator

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

30 Lex Luthor - Superman Lex Luthor - Superman Alexander "Lex" Luthor is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

Now who has got no powers, but is stinky rich enough to mess around with the man of steel? GUESS... - codeman

Not the greatest character in DC but still deserves something like this position.

Good god no, he was one of the WORST parts of BvS, and that's saying something.

Just because the picture's there, doesn't mean they're talking about the one from Batman vs. Superman.

I believe they are referring to the one from the original Richard Donner Superman film.

31 Nurse Mildred Ratched - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One of the most evil/wicked people in film history in my opinion

She causes Billy Bibbit to kill himself. She's a witch!

32 Smeagol/Gollum - The Lord of the Rings Smeagol/Gollum - The Lord of the Rings Gollum is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He was introduced in the 1937 children's fantasy novel The Hobbit, and became an important supporting character in its sequel, The Lord of the Rings.

Wow! The most complex character ever and he's so far down. Gollum is awesome!

He's like norman bates + a zombie

33 Bellatrix Lestrange - Harry Potter Series Bellatrix Lestrange - Harry Potter Series A psychotic death eater who escaped from Azkaban, and is fiercely loyal to Voldemort. Murderer of many people such as Sirius Black, and also a sadist who drove the Longbottoms mad.
34 Shere Khan - The Jungle Book (2016)

Scared me a few times in the film - TheStormBolt

35 Venom - Spiderman

He has the ability to bond with someone and grant them badass powers while taking over their mind.

Venom is the best make him 1

36 King Ghidorah - The Godzilla Franchise King Ghidorah - The Godzilla Franchise King Ghidorah is Godzilla's Greatest Enemy of all times since 1964's Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster.

Long live the King!

PUT HIM ON NUMBER 1! - asantalo

I can't wait to see him in 2019 - asantalo

37 The Predator - Predator

Predator is no beautiful face, werry big and strong creature of magic planet. Predator is have big four teeth. He is like mask.

38 Cheng - The Karate Kid
39 T1000 - Terminator 2

Now who says he wasn't impressed? Hit me... - codeman

You can't stop him, you can't reason with him and all he wants to do is kill you, now that's a scary villain

Scary but is sucks compared to agent Smith

T-1000 is deadly machine. T-1000 Mechanic body of fluit metal his grey colour. His body is programe to fatality and werry speed and flexible, T-1000 is like infiltrace to dead police man and fiv his body.

40 Michael Myers - Halloween Michael Myers - Halloween Michael Myers is a character from the Halloween series of slasher films. He first appears in John Carpenter's Halloween as a young boy who murders his older sister, then fifteen years later returns home to murder more teenagers. ...read more.

Come on everyone knows that he's number one - Frf

Michael Myers is the best

Mikey you are the best - DENISAE

41 The Penguin - Batman Returns The Penguin - Batman Returns The Penguin is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

Penguin should be higher on the list.

Pinguin is worst baby push up to ice water, like in mutant of animals handstand. The Penguin is Batman opponent and enemi. Pinguin is werry big nose and small fet body. His weapon to umbrella.

42 Baroness - G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra Baroness - G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra The Baroness is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline by Hasbro, originally appearing in the first issue of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic series by Marvel Comics in June, 1982.
43 The Joker - Batman: Mask of the Phantasm The Joker - Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 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.

Mark Hamill is a perfect Joker than Heath Ledger. #MarkHamill4TheWin - asantalo

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

Best Disney Villain ever! BETTER THAN SCAR! - asantalo

He is the devil. Toys wills the dead just for fun.

45 Catwoman - The Dark Knight Rises
46 Ultron - Avengers: Age of Ultron Ultron - Avengers: Age of Ultron Ultron is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is most recognized as a foe of the Avengers, and has a quasi-familial relationship with several of their members, especially his creator Hank Pym.

Ultron is the coolest. He has an army of robots. He took over the internent. If anyone detored one of the leader robots it he the next leader has more power.

I like this villain.

I don't like him.

47 Two Face - The Dark Knight Two Face - The Dark Knight

He's looks scarier than the ghost of The Exorcist. - FieryKnightFloyd

Not two face, Harvey Dent, and he's the weakest villain of all time.

48 Harley Quinn - Batman Harley Quinn - Batman Harley Quinn is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as a sidekick of the Joker.
49 Alex DeLarge - A Clockwork Orange Alex DeLarge - A Clockwork Orange

He wasn't really a villain.

50 Balthazar Bratt - Despicable Me 3
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