Worst Villain Cliches


The Top Ten

1 Wanting to rule over something

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

Even the villains in real life are doing it - Myuuu

2 Falling to their death

Disney 101 - Myuuu

3 Evil laugh

Eh... Villain laughs can be done well.

I think that a villain can't be complete without an evil laugh, but maybe that's just me. - RaccoonCartoon

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

4 Angering enemies to do something bad
5 Having an extremely deep voice

Believe it or not, villains with a high-pitched or medium-pitched voice can work. - RaccoonCartoon

6 Being crazy
7 They had a bad childhood or experience that made them evil

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 Having henchmen with low intelligence or with bad aim

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

Stormtroopers in a nutshell - Phillip873

9 They will give the heroes enough time to survive

Exactly! A good example of this is The Walking Dead, the zombies always walk too slow and the main characters could just walk around them if they wanted to... - RaccoonCartoon

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’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 - Gametheorysucks

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

Cough...Baby Driver... - Y2K

The Contenders

11 They believe what they're doing is right
12 They watch over the protagonists with a magic orb

If you look into 80's and 90's fantasy shows or books or movies, you'll start to see this is quite common. - RaccoonCartoon

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

13 The villain has an easy-to-escape death trap
14 Looking more effeminate or androgynous than the hero
15 Being bloodthirsty and killing worthy opponents
16 Being an animal that is commonly stereotyped as a villain

Good examples of these are vultures, hyenas, sharks, bats, spiders and panthers. I never understand why people stereotype certain animals as being evil. Some could say that it's because they often attack humans in the wild, but lions attack humans and they're always the good guys, so that argument is invalid. - RaccoonCartoon

17 Having a species of animal as henchmen
18 Has longer hair than the hero
19 Wears a longer coat than the hero
20 Wants to kill everyone or destroy the world
21 Wearing dark clothes
22 They smoke
23 They are a family member of the hero
24 They are very good at vocabulary
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