Hey everyone. Since villians are a popular topic on the site, I might as well do a list of movie villians. I know tbondrage99 got to this topic first, but I'm not going to try to top his list. Anyway, here's the list. (NOTE: If you've never seen the movies that feature some of the listed villians, there may be some spoilers)
15. Mr. Winkie (The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad)
"Well guv'nor, you tried to sell me a stolen motorcar"
Here's an rather obscure yet good villian to start things off. In the Mr. Toad segment, he is a tavern keeper and crime boss who agrees to witness the trading of Toad Hall for a motor car. When he is chosen by Toad to be his witness during his trial, he gives a prejured testimony and has Toad thrown in jail (Talk about the ultimate backstabber). When Toad and his friends raid Toad Hall to get the deed back, Winkie turns into kind of a bad ass during the fight. Though some people see him as kind of an average villian, one thing is for sure, compared to the villian in Hanna Montana the Movie, Winkie is way more threatening
14. Bonnie and Clyde (Bonnie and Clyde)
"We rob banks"
The only movie villian based of real life villians to make the list. During the Great Depression, the husband-and-wife team of bank robbers were considered to be public enemy number one. When they are finally caught by the Texas police, the way they ambush the duo is possibly one of the most graphic scenes in film history.
13. Adenoid Hynkel (The Great Dictator)
"Schultz, why have you forsaken me?"
Charlie Chaplin as a villian?!! Well guess what, he did it in a hilarious way. Hynkel is pretty much the original Doctor Evil. The character also appears in many of the film's most memorable sequences. It's a shame Chaplin didn't get his Oscar for his (half) role.
12. Judge Doom (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
"Remember me, Eddie? When I killed your brother, I talked... just... like... THIS!"
Three years after his brilliant peoformance of Doc Brown, Christopher Lloyd surpassed it with his excellent performance of the toon killing villian. Like any other RetroJunkie, I was kind of freaked out by Doom's real toon self.
11. Lex Luthor (Superman the Movie)
"LEX LUTHOR! Greatest criminal mind of our time!"
Yep, the first comic book villain to make the list. Though at the time of the film's release, one would wonder why a serious actor like Gene Hackman would take on a role like this? Fortunately, his career was spared, and in the process, he played Luthor in a good and pretty funny way.
10. The Headless Horseman (The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad)
Though he may not be the best Disney villian, the Headless Horseman takes the cake as the Disney's most badass villain. Maybe he isn't the real Headless Horseman, maybe he might just be Brom Bones in disguise, but still, his chase with Ichabod is one of cinema's greatest chases.
9. Jack Torrance (The Shining)
What "greatest villains list" doesn't include this guy? As a result of he and his family living alone in a hotel for months, he loses sanity and tries to kill his wife and son. Jack was pretty much a scary and unpredictable villian, but not as much as the other horror movie villian I have on this list.
8. Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmations)
"My only true love, darling. I live for furs. I worship furs! After all, is there a woman in all this wretched world who doesn't?"
This woman pretty much represents all fur coat loving people. Watching this movie, I kept wishing that somebody would take Cruella, skin her, and make a coat out of her. Then again, it would be a pretty crappy coat.
7. Sheriff of Nottingham (Robin Hood: Prince of Theives)
"Now I have heard that Robin Hood may still be alive. Either tell me where he may be hiding, or you will all hanged and we will catch him anyway and do the same thing to him"
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was radically different from the "The Adventures of Robin Hood". One of the changes that was done for this movie was making the Sheriff of Nottingham more griddy than the 1938 film. As well as making more dark, he was also given a good share of humorous dialogue. Overall, great villian for an underrated film.
6. Alex DeLarge (A Clockwork Orange)
"It has been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van"
This villian is pretty much the true psychopathic villian and is Stanley Kubrick's best villian. Out of every villian on this list, this one seems to be the most interesting of them all. When he caught and placed in rehab, the treatments they give him are as weird and freaky as the acts of violence and rape he commited in dystopian London.
5. Michael Myers (Halloween)
Possibly the best serial killer in all of Hollywood. The main reason he is better than Jack Torrance and Alex DeLarge is because Myers is a pantomimic killer (meaning he also does all with killings without uttering a single word). It's also amazing how he manages to survive at the end of each Halloween movie (the third one being excluded). Though he is the main character for most of the series, the original movie will always have him at his finest.
4. Scar (The Lion King)
"Life's not fair, is it? You see, I shall never be king"
Possibly the greatest Disney villian of all time. Aside from the excellent voice-over by Jeremy Irons, his chemestry between him and his brother Mufasa is sibling rivalry at it's ultimatum. Other than those things, there's nothing more to say about this classic Disney antagonist.
3. Darth Vader (Star Wars Original Trilogy)
"Luke, I am your father"
Now this is a character who needs absolutely no introduction or any description at all. What is any villians list without ranking this guy very high.
2. The Joker (Batman (1989 film), The Dark Knight)
"Wait 'til they get a load of me"
"Why so serious"
Though Heath Ledger's performance is very recent, the character he and Jack Nicholson potrayed is from the same comic series, so we might as well give it the benefit of the doubt. Though the character is the Joker, it is the Joker in name only. Nicholson and Ledger potray the character in their own excellent way (For the more details on the differences, read Achille's excellent "Ultimate Joker Article"). That's all there really is to say about this ultimate comic book/film villian.
Before we get to number one, here's my picks for the three worst movie villians
1. Nuclear Man (Superman IV: The Quest for Peace)
'Doesn't feel like repeating the same thoughts we all have for this pathetic villain'
2. Bane (Batman & Robin)
Mr. Freeze and Poisen Ivy always have the bashing gun pointed to them, but this guy is always ignored. Might as well give him justice (sort of). While the comics and animated series potrayed Bane as the Caped Crusader's most powerful foes: both intellectual and strength wise, this movie potrays Bane as a mindless thug who serves no purpose other than being Poisen Ivy's body guard. Personally, I think this villian is even worse than Nuclear Man.
3. Edgar (The Aristocats)
What could have been an original Disney villian, turned out to be a pure Cruella De Vil rip off.
Now the number one film villian is...
1. Little Bill Daggett (Unforgiven)
"All right, gentlemen. He's got one barrel left. When he fires that, take out your pistols, and shoot him down like the mangy scoundrel he is!"
Yep, Gene Hackman tops this list. His character in this movie is the brutal sheriff of Big Whiskey. When people who enter the town don't turn in their guns, he preceeds to brutally kick the living (explenative deleted) out of them. Though he is a really venomous character, Daggett also has a few humorous lines of dialogue (like Hackman's earlier performance of Lex Luthor). Overall, excellent performance and Hackman deserved the "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar that he won for this movie.
I hope you enjoy this list as much as I enjoyed creating it.