Worst Villain Cliches
The Top Ten
"I want to rule.. THe WORLD! "
Even the villains in real life are doing it - Myuuu
Eh... Villain laughs can be done well.
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.
If the laugh is good and/or memorable, I'm not complaining
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.
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
Remember Falsetto Jones from Kim Possible? - 445956
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
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
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
Cough...Baby Driver... - Y2K
This is almost exclusively for Fantasy stories, so its not too common overall. - CrimsonShark
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."
I’m gonna take over the world because I’m EVIL! Then Imma rob Legoland because I’m EVIL!