Top Ten Movie Villains of all Time

Hannibalbarka
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 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

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.

The genuine acting touched us by the sacrifices of Heath Ladger

V 69 Comments
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.

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 - Julchen

Best villian ever. He is just to dope. No one comes close to him, he is original and classic - dragonfly99

Darth Vader will forever be remembered as the man/machine that created villains, starring in an epic series of movies that revaluationised the blockbuster universe eternally. Heath Ledger did an amazing job, and was creepy maniac and disturbing, but Darth Vader doesn't need it. All he has to do is walk into anything and the enemies will back away. He doesn't need to tell you what he's gonna do to you and kill people at random to scare, because people already know. He is just perfection

No, I am no. 1! -Darth Vader

If you do not get this then you are about as dumb as it gets.

V 47 Comments
3 Hannibal Lecter - The Silence of the Lambs Hannibal Lecter - The Silence of the Lambs

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.

Very sophisticated villian

V 5 Comments
4 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.

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!

LORD VOLDEMORT

V 10 Comments
5 Loki - Thor Loki - Thor Loki is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is the adoptive brother and archenemy of Thor.

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. - FieryKnightFloyd

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 and Tom Hiddleston make everything better Long live the Frost Giant King! - catlinelizabethlaufeyson

V 10 Comments
6 Anton Chigurh - No Country for Old Men 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. - zxm

Incredible movie. Incredible acting, namely by Bardem.

V 1 Comment
7 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

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

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.

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

V 2 Comments
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 has a great weapon and kills in painfull ways. He should be number 1

V 6 Comments
10 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

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

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

Chi chi chi ha ha ha cho cho cho

V 5 Comments

The Newcomers

? Elijah Price - Unbreakable

The Contenders

11 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.

V 2 Comments
12 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.

Strong points. I especially like the homage to Vader. But as I made my way a little farther down the list, I found Darth Maul, and while I almost just paged past him, I thought for a second and realized that he must be the ultimate bad ass. My reasoning, given this imaginative license, is argued under his heading. - Ned964

13 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.

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.

I don't know what it was, but Bane was just so intimidating. Of course, he gets overshadowed by the Joker in the previous film, but to be honest, the Joker didn't have as much fire power as Bane, Bane could actually go one on one with Batman, his plans were interesting, and I felt like he stole the show every single time.

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

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.

V 1 Comment
15 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

He is a very meaningful villain, he is amazing, I like him a lot.

V 1 Comment
16 Sauron - The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Sauron - The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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 guy is seriously under Mr. FREEZE! That's bull.

This should be in the top ten. I mean yeah

beast

V 2 Comments
17 Hans Gruber - Die Hard

The way he presents himself in a suit, no barbaric style, his educated choice of words, the cruel merciless head shot, amazing performance by Alan Rickman with a great character

A maniacal, psychopathic mastermind, yet he presents himself formally, with suave. He is evil, yet distinguished

The grubster

Blofeld

18 Agent Smith - The Matrix Agent Smith - The Matrix

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

Love the scene you referenced. And his analogy of humanity just prior to this, well, Smith is pretty bad ass. And how he keeps coming back is spooky as well. I was going to vote for him, but I scanned just a little farther down the list and found Darth Maul, and couldn't deny how unbeatable he was, so I went with him. - Ned964

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

Smith deserves a top ten spot. The idea behind him is so original. He can leap buildings, dodge every bullet fired at him, and deliver his cryptic, "matrixy" lives so beautifully! 100% of the quotes I cite regularly from this movie come from him in his silky articulate style. (Do you hear that, Mr. Anderson? That iss the shound of inevitability. Goodbye...) Hugo Weaving's best role. Ever.

V 2 Comments
19 Colonel Hans Landa - Inglourious Basterds

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.

20 Scar - The Lion King

Best of the disney villains. He has the best villain song ever. Succeeds in his goal. And has an amazing voice actor, Jeremy irons

Long live king scar

Killed Mufasa, has his own song, has an epic name to fit with his awesomeness, is so evil that he has a scar on his face, and is just plain awesome. What more could you ask for?

ALL HAIL KING SCAR!

He killed his brother and attempted to kill his nephew. You must be evil to hurt your own flesh and blood.

These are all some strong points. Scar is about the lowest villain I've seen so far, but I already used my vote on Darth Maul. - Ned964

V 2 Comments
PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Top Ten Scariest Movie Creatures and Villains of All Time Top Ten Fantasy/Sci-Fi Movie Villains of All Time Best Superhero Movie Villains of All Time Greatest Movie Couples Of All Time All Time Best Movie Quotes

List StatsUpdated 25 Sep 2017

2,000 votes
217 listings
9 years, 28 days old

Top Remixes (35)

1. The Joker - Dark Knight
2. Stansfield - The Professional
3. Loki - Thor
cheesebombs
1. The Joker - Dark Knight
2. The Emperor - Star Wars
3. Sauron - The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
romanempire249
1. The Joker - Dark Knight
2. Hannibal Lecter - The Silence of the Lambs
3. Nurse Mildred Ratched - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
TTaym

WRemix
View All 35

Posts

Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P