Top Ten Villains with the Best Backstories

Every good villain has a good backstory. This list will list villains with the best backstories. The items can range from many types of genres. Without further ado let's jump into it.

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.

Darth Vader was once one of the most mysterious characters in any movie, but in the prequels we are shown his tragic backstory. We are shown deaths of those he held dear and we saw him become manipulated by the Emperor. - 2storm

Best villain! - BorisRule

A backstory so good they had to make 3 movies for it


2 Gollum - 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.

I know that this will come as a surprise, but I really feel sorry for Gollum. He is a perfect example of how the Ring could destroy you. Plus throughout Lord of the Rings we see his inner self just battling between good and evil. - 2storm

He was so persuaded by the ring,it made him corrupted for 500 years like it was controlling him. - zeroclubsboii

"My Precious" - zeroclubsboii

3 Commodus - Gladiator

Commodus from the movie Gladiator has a very sad backstory. He trained most of his life to become emperor after his father died, but instead his father picked Maximus, who he treated more like a son than his true son Commodus. This causes him to fall into madness after a very emotional Commodus kills his father, in my opinion one of the greatest scenes in movie history. This all shown by the great acting performance of Joaquin Phoenix. - 2storm

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

Like Darth Vader from the beginning we see a guy that is pure evil until we see the prequels. In the prequels we learn of the deaths of his family and his time in the concentration camp. - 2storm

5 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.

Voldemort was shown as a character that was pure evil and their was no way he could have a good backstory. But over time we learn that Tom Riddle was shunned most of his life and he personally hated himself for not being a full blood. He also feared death. - 2storm

6 Hannibal Lecter - 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.

Like some the other guys we see Hannibal as pure evil, but in the prequels we see why. We learn Hannibal's tragic past. - 2storm

7 Maleficent - Sleeping Beauty

A character that before the movie Maleficent is supposed to be evil, but in this movie we really have to re think if she is evil. - 2storm

8 Kylo Ren - Star Wars Kyle Ren is a fictional Sith lord, who is strong with the Force. Kylo Ren commands the First Order with a temper as fiery as his unconventional lightsaber. His debut was in 2015's Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. Ren's real identity is Ben Solo, the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia. He was trained more.

While the series is not over yet I already feel sorry for Kylo. He had a sad early life being manipulated by Snoke, whose identity is not uncovered and you can feel inter turmoil with him. - 2storm

9 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.
10 Dr. Reginald Bushroot - Darkwing Duck

The Contenders

11 Mr. Glass - Glass
12 Flintheart Glomgold - DuckTales (2017)
13 Davy Jones - Pirates of the Caribbean Davy Jones is a fictional villain character in the Pirates of the Caribbean feature film series, who first appears in the second film, Dead Man's Chest and returns in the series' third installment, At World's End.

His one love in life forsook him. - 2storm

14 Doofenshmirtz - Phineas & Ferb

I like his backstories!

They're Funny!

15 Handsome Jack - Borderlands Handsome Jack is the main antagonist of both Borderlands 2 and Tales from the Borderlands and the deuteragonist of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
16 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.
17 Roy Batty - Blade Runner
18 Sauron - Lord of the Rings 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 more.

I know that he is literally the definition of evil, but I mean I kinda feel for him. He was banished for years and every time he tried to come back he was destroyed. Then again though he tried to take over Middle Earth so yeah. - 2storm

19 Claude Frollo - Hunchback of Notre Dame
20 Swiper - Dora Swiper is the main antagonist in Dora the Explorer, appearing in nearly every single episode. He is a sneaky orange fox. As his name implies, Swiper steals or attempts to steal key items that help Dora on her adventures. Clever as he is, Swiper never manages to take Dora completely by surprise; an ominous more.
21 Anck Su Namun - The Mummy
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