Today is a list of my top nine favorite villains. I don’t know about you, but I like a good villain in my fiction. They come in all shapes and sizes; there’s epic, there’s psycho, there’s cursed, there’s misunderstood, there’s even just plain scary. Each of these can add all sorts of interesting factors to a story. You need villains for there to be heroes, so I consider the villain to be very essential to a good story.
I had a little debate with myself on how I wanted to rank the villains and who should be first. I finally decided that the first villain would be the greatest villain in my opinion and the rest of them would be ranked by who are my favorites.
1. Darth Vader from Star Wars. Probably the greatest fictional villain to ever exist–or will exist– in the cinematic world. Darth Vader is the perfect package for a great and intimidating villain–the ‘mask’, the voice, his outfit and cape, his stride, his use of the Force, his agenda and lack of mercy. I don’t know if it can get anymore epic, but he really adds a lot to The Original Trilogy and he was the first villain that I ever really liked.
2. Loki Laufeyson from Thor and The Avengers.He’s that menacing villain with a tragic back story. I didn’t know Loki was going to turn bad when I first watched Thor so I got attached to him rather quickly because, admit it, Thor was a jerk for most of his movie. I was sad to see him turn evil but at the same time he was perfect for it, being the god of mischief. Loki was also the perfect bad guy for The Avengers’ first villain and he was pure evil that was just such fun to watch. I’m really excited to see where Loki’s character will go in The Dark World in regards to villainy and being Thor’s brother.
3. The Joker from The Dark Knight. I’m not really sure what keeps Loki just a little ahead of The Joker in this list because I really really really really really love Heath Ledger’s Joker. I could care less about everything else that happens in The Dark Knight, The Joker completely stole and made The Dark Knight a success in my book. He’s completely scary yet funny in a dark sense, his outfit is freaking awesome, and what makes him tick is terrifying because he doesn’t do things for the normal ‘villain-y’ reasons. The Joker could easily be second or first on this list but he shall have to be happy at third.
4. Jim Moriarty from Sherlock. He’s here at number four because he’s just absolutely slimy, smart and revolting. Since I first read some of the Sherlock stories, I’ve always liked him because he was that mastermind who was Sherlock’s equal with the mind games. Jim Moriarty from Sherlock is easily my favorite adaption of the character I’ve seen and I love to hate him!
5. Walkers/Zombies/The Living Dead. They’re no one specific but they scare the hell out of me so I decided they needed to be on here. They come in different versions, some move fast, some move slow, some go for the brain and other just try to bite down wherever. Either way, they’re disgusting; they’re a force of unnaturalness that make the characters–even us, at least me–to question our very cores of inner strength. And they’re freaking terrifying.
6. The Daleks from Doctor Who. I haven’t yet gotten tired of seeing The Doctor face down his old foes; they’re classic Doctor Who villains; little creatures with no feelings and no loyalties except to each other. Their classic voice and robotic way of talking adds to the feeling-less beings. And who gets tired of hearing, “EX-TER-MIN-ATE.”
7. Cruella De Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians and 101 Dalmatians. Cruella has been one of my favorite villains since I was little. She’s scary, she’s in your face, she’s a demon-like driver, her car is the neatest thing ever, she’s ridiculous and outrageous. If I was psychotic with a huge wallet I’d probably be a lot like her. 😛
8. Rumpelstiltskin from Once Upon A Time. Rumpelstiltskin is a lot of things, both a villain and a hero, but he fits the villain category very well. Rumpelstiltskin is one of those happy type villains; full of magic, he’s constantly striking deals with our favorite fairy tale characters, often not telling them certain downsides that will follow their deal. He’ll do a deal with anyone, from the pure evils to the fairest of them all and back again. He has a giddy laugh that’s funny to hear, too. He’s a sympathetic villain in many respects and he’s one of my favorites.
9. Ursula from The Little Mermaid. I’ve only seen The Little Mermaid once and I didn’t really care for it. Ursula was the best part of the whole movie for me and she’s one of my most favorite Disney villains. She was downright scary and evil–she also is purple and that’s my favorite color. So. 😛
I have several other favorites which could go on to make a top twenty list but picking nine was hard enough, so these I’ll call honorable mentions. Among them include Emperor Palpatine, Boba Fett, Bettlejuice, The Terminator, weeping angels, Kahn, and Red Skull.
I know September is over, but I have two more lists planned out, so this is going to spill into October, but that’s okay. Hopefully you guys are enjoying these as much as I am. 🙂