Worst Villain Cliches

The Top Ten
1 Wanting to rule over something

Even the villains in real life are doing it

"I want to rule.. THe WORLD! "

2 Evil laugh

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.

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.

If the laugh is good and/or memorable, I'm not complaining

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.

4 Extremely deep voice

Remember Falsetto Jones from Kim Possible?

5 Being crazy
6 Henchmen with low intelligence

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

Stormtroopers in a nutshell

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

Pain and Panic

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

10 They believe what they're doing is right
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11 Dark clothing

Makes things too obvious.

12 Calling people "fools"
13 Looking more effeminate or androgynous than the hero
14 The villain has an easy-to-escape death trap
15 Killing their own henchmen
16 "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."

17 Being an animal that is commonly stereotyped as a villain
18 They watch over the protagonists with a magic orb

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

19 They smoke
20 Wears a longer coat than the hero
21 They are a family member of the hero
22 They talk rather than kill
23 Naturally evil

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

24 Associated with darkness
25 Hates the protagonist more than he hates anyone else
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