Rouge's Gallery Part 2: The 1990's
More Of Those Guys That We Fondly Remember Hating
We continue with our stroll down the dark side of memory lane, this time into my favorite decade (so far): the 1990's. Once again they are in no particular order.
From - The Nightmare Before Christmas
This gamblin' boogie man was once the scurge of Halloween town until it's ruler Jack Skellington put an end to Oogie's shenanigans by literally pulling him apart at the seams, revealing Oogie's insides to be made of pure insects and creepy crawlies. More of Jack and Oogie's history was revealed in The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King
(GBA) where we found out how they first met and Oogie was sent to his subterrainian prison chamber as seen in the movie. Then in The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge
(XBox & PS2) Jack had his final battle with Oogie (at least thus far) when he had to stop berlap boy from taking over all of the holidays and becoming the so called "Seven Holidays King". Oogie appears to be gone for good now but you never know, maybe some of his insects escaped the last battle to ressurrect him again later...
From - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Movie
and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret Of The Ooze
"You fight well...in the old style, but you have caused me enough trouble. Now you face...The Shredder" (always a chill enducing line). The Shredder, aka Oroku Saki, is a blade covered psychopath, and unfortunately a martial arts expert, who seems to have a perpetual taste for turtle soup. He also has an age old bitter rivalry with master Splinter. You would think getting dumped into the back of a garbage truck would be enough to make Shredder back off (it would work for me), but apparently the master of the Foot Clan let's nothing get in his way including the babyish bumbling of two butt ugly super mutants. Don't take this listing of Shredder the wrong way, by the way. The 1980's cartoon Shredder was cool and all but those who know me well by now also know that I like my villains dark and sinister. Now come face your doom!
From - Batman The Animated Series
and The New Adventures of Batman
Ha, ha, ha, ha, hoo, hoo, oh-oh, hee, hee, hee, ha, ha. And I thought my
jokes were bad. When it comes to comical crimes nobody pulls them off better than the clown prince of crime himself, The Joker. Sure the cartoon shows had their share of colorful villains, a rouges gallery all their own, but Joker will forever be Batman's arch nemesis, haunting us with his immortal, psychotic grin. Joker was voiced to perfection by Mark Hamill but had two different appearances on the show. His first appearance was more traditional while the second was more on the sleek, almost sharpened side. His eyes had also become inverted and he had lost his red lips. The comparison can be seen above. No matter what the incarnation, The Joker has been and will always be one of the most terrifying villains of all time. Smell the roses!
From - Sonic The Hedgehog
(Genesis series, 1991-1995)
Dr. Ivo Robotnik stands as one of the greatest video game villains of the 1990's and is still trying to squash Sonic to this very day. His goal is to take over planet Mobius and build his Eggman Empire but, of course, Sonic stops him at every turn. Robotnik has his own robot army which are powered by cute mobian animals and is also responsible for the E-Series robots, including two that grew consciences: E-102 Gamma and E-123 Omega, and of course his coolest robot Metal Sonic. You would think with an I.Q. of 300 that Robotnik would have learned his lesson about messing with Sonic a long time ago. But hey, at least we still get to have fun smashing his machines and reducing them to scrap metal.
From - Disney's Hercules
"And it looks like we've reached my favorite part of the game. Sudden death!" Hades became the god of the underworld, taking in the dark souls of criminals and ner do wells...but only because Zeus forced him to. Naturally, Hades now wants to get revenge on his big brother by overthrowing him and conquering Mount Olympus. But first he has to deal with that muscle bound punk Jerkules. Er, I mean Hercules. That is if Hades' henchmen Pain and Panic would stop waring the kid's merchandise. Crazily voiced (and ad-libbed) by the fast tongued James Woods, Hades has to be one of Disney's funniest and zaniest villains, esspecially for a god. "Two thumbs way, way
From - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Okay, so Phantom Menace was kind of a flop, but you have to admit it had the coolest Darth since Vader first graced the big screen with his dark presence way back in 1977. Darth Maul was apprentice to Sith Lord Darth Sideous (aka the Emperor) and he became a fan favorite almost over night. Infact I seem to remember Maul's action figures (he had two) being hard to find at first. He also had the coolest lightsaber so far as it was double ended and no one had ever seen one like it before. Strangely though he was also the quietest Sith to appear in the movies with only two lines in two hours worth of movie, although I liked the scenes at the final battle where he would pace from side to side like a caged tiger while waiting to strike at his hated Jedi nemeses. Maul was portraid to dark perfection by Ray Parks. Ironically enough I'm posting this article pretty timely as Episode 1 3D comes out this month (February 10th). "At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge".
From - Tiny Toon Adventures
Montana Max, or "Monty", was a rich little punk who terrorized Acme Acres and particularly hated rabbits (gee, I wonder why). Monty would use his rich status to get what he wanted, which is easy when your weekly allowance is over one million dollars, and constantly tried to out do Buster at everything. Surprisingly, Monty also developed a slow but blooming possible relationship with Elmyra. Monty was voiced by Danny Cooksey who also appeared in two Nickelodeon productions: Salute Your Shorts
(Robert "Bobby" Budnick) and Hey Arnold!
From - Suburban Commando
Hulk Hogan's comedies (the other one being Mr. Nanny
) were kind of cheap since they worked on low budgets but at least they tried, and the story lines weren't to bad. Suburban Commando had the cooler of the two villains though. Not only was the blood thirsty General Suitor a destroyer of worlds but upon injury he would mutate into a powerful reptilian creature which made him a match even for the Hulkster's protaganist character Shep Ramsey. Any villain who turns into a hideous lizard man after getting his coconuts crushed is okay in my book.
Harry and Marv
From - Home Alone
and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
Sometimes villains come in pairs and Harry and Marv (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern respectively) are no ecception. These pea brained crooks, sometimes known as the "Wet/Stickey Bandits" make their living by ripping off honest families while they are away for the holidays, although in the second movie they had decided to hang out in Manhatten for a while. Given their apparently low IQ's it's no surprise that eight/nine-year-old Keven Mc Callistor (Macaulay Culkin) is the one thing that stands in their way. It's always fun to watch Harry and Marv set off Keven's traps which smack them around and maime them in all kinds of crazy and hilarious ways. "Do you guys give up, or are you thirsty for more?"
From - Terminator 2: Judgement Day
The T-1000 was a liquid metal terminator that was sent to the year 1991 to seek out and destroy the future human resistance leader John Connor as a young boy (13 to be exact). A T-800 was sent back to be John's protector but as an obsolete model it had a hard time fighting the far more advanced T-1000. The T-1000 was eventually destroyed when it was melted in a vat of multen steel but sadly the T-800 had to sacrifice itself to prevent Judgement Day. It was revealed in T-3 however that Judgement Day is inevitable and was merely postponed as someone else had somehow picked a copy of the plans for our future enemy, the super computer Skynet, the source of all this madness. T-1000 was played by Robert Patrick.
Lewis Dodgeson and Dennis Nedry
From - Jurassic Park
Lewis Dodgeson (the guy in the pic above with the hat) and Dennis Nedry made the perfect team of dirt balls. Dodgeson was the director of BioSyn, the rival laboratory corperation to John Hammond's InGen and Nedry was the inside man. When Dodgeson learned of Hammond's island park full of living dinosaurs he wanted in on the gold mine and hired Nedry to get a job at Jurassic Park as a computer programmer so that he could steal some embryos for his greedy boss. Nedry does this by shutting down the park's security system, followed shortly after by the power all together, leading to the freedom of the animals and making Nedry directly responsible for the park's ultimate failure. The embryos never made it off the island however as Nedry was killed and devoured by a Dilophosaurus, or "Spitter", while trying to escape. At least their parts of the story from the book remained accurate in the movie.
From - Ernest Scared Stupid
(1991)From the innocence of five an evil army shall arise. When the dark blossoms shower down like rain, my dark kingdom will come again. There is one who can stop me if he will dare. With the heart of a child, and a mother's care.
This grotesque troll had followed Ernest's ancestor Rev. Phineas Worrell and his people from England to the "New World" where he caused mayhem by taking the souls of children to raise his evil army of trolls in an attempt to take over the world. Fortunately the village sent out some of their strongest men to capture him and Reverend Worrell had him imprisoned beneath an oak tree, it's roots acting as the trolls cell bars. Unfortunately Ernest accidently released Trantor a century later thus fullfilling the troll's prophesy to the reverend and forcing the two age old enemies into a final show down. I added Trantor for want of an Ernest villain on the list (also I had thought of adding Sherman Krader to my list of 80's villains but he didn't make the cut). I also like villains that give me the creeps and Trantor was definately one of the 90's creepiest villains. I guess we can vouch that he's not from Keebler, knowhutimean?
Well that about wraps this one up, I hope everyone enjoyed it. Stay tuned though because I have another surprise coming up that I think everyone will like. Hope to see you there. Nightwatcher out.