Worst Villain Cliches

The Top Ten Worst Villain Cliches

1 Wanting to rule over something

Even the villains in real life are doing it - Myuuu

"I want to rule.. THe WORLD! " - EliHbk

2 Evil laugh

Gloom Meister's evil laugh is not his real life. His real laugh is nerdy. He's my favorite villain that Austin plays in The Backyardigans. - Ilovestephanie

I absolutely hated this cliche as a kid, and it definitely hasn't changed with age. The only time I've ever really enjoyed an evil laugh was when it was presented in an ironic way with a solid joke or punchline to back it up, like the self-aware, semi-absurdist humor of Emperor's New Groove.

Kinda tacky - blackflower

Eh... Villain laughs can be done well.

3 Falling to their death

Hades is a god. He can’t die. Hercules may have pushed him into the River Styx in the movie but he can revive himself.

Disney 101 - Myuuu

4 Extremely deep voice

Remember Falsetto Jones from Kim Possible? - 445956

5 Being crazy
6 Henchmen with low intelligence

Pain and Panic

If they want to succeed then they need good help. It’s just common sense - blackflower

Can't the villain hire better ones?!? Or are they like the antagonist's cousins or something - Myuuu

Stormtroopers in a nutshell - Phillip873

7 Bad childhood

Naruto ruined this cliche. Does almost every single antagonist, main or minor need a tragic past?

This honestly is a pretty good cliche and it provides a more three-dimensional personality and motive for a villain. But when its overdone, as in the case of Naruto, then there's a problem. - CrimsonShark

8 They give the heroes enough time to survive

I mean, movies like Saw, that's the point of it. But yeah it is kind of stupid when the villain purposely lets the protagonist get away for whatever reason. - Phillip873

This was pherhaps the worst thing about Despicable Me 3, when Bratt is about to laser Gru to death, they change scene with Dru and Bratt, and every time they change to Bratt, the laser is liker three meters further awway than it was the previous scene, I was like "WHY! " when I saw it. - darthvadern

I’ve always hated this cliché. They have the perfect chance to get rid of the heroes, but instead they decide to monologue or something and let the heroes defeat them. - MegaSoulhero

I’m pretty sure this is how like 60% of movie villains are defeated. I hate how they do this. It’s like they are trying to lose

9 The killer is thought to be dead but really isn't

Cough...Baby Driver... - Y2K

10 They believe what they're doing is right

The Contenders

11 Dark clothing
12 Looking more effeminate or androgynous than the hero
13 They watch over the protagonists with a magic orb

This is almost exclusively for Fantasy stories, so its not too common overall. - CrimsonShark

14 The villain has an easy-to-escape death trap
15 Killing their own henchmen
16 Being an animal that is commonly stereotyped as a villain

Just saying! Lions are not always evil! *cough* mowgli *cough*

17 Wears a longer coat than the hero
18 They smoke
19 They are a family member of the hero
20 They talk rather than kill
21 "You will die"

On par with the CDi Zelda games' dialogue, this is what happens when you're campy enough for a one-liner but not creative enough to come up with anything else."

22 Naturally evil

I’m gonna take over the world because I’m EVIL! Then Imma rob Legoland because I’m EVIL!

23 Associated with darkness
24 Hates the protagonist more than he hates anyone else
25 Being bloodthirsty
26 Having a species of animal as henchmen

*cough*Gargamel*cough* - 445956

27 Has longer hair than the hero
28 Wants to kill everyone or destroy the world
29 They are very good at vocabulary
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