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Best and Worst Villains in Fiction

Just a place to banter about some of the best written and most clever villains, and the supremely dumb ones. Fiction can include books/film/TV/music/games etc…

Not interested in ranking them, just BSing. I know some of you guys are more into comics than I am, so I thought it would be fun.

Well written villain: Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men. Guy is unapolagetec, unstoppable and does everything right. A good blend of malicious intent and competence. He shoots his boss for double booking the job FFS.

Poorly Written Villain: Voldemort. What a moron this guy is. If he leaves one hapless child alone, he gets world domination. Have one of your henchmen kill Harry with a rock, or stab him in his sleep. Why the focus on killing Harry with his own wand and that one exact spell.

Honorable mention: Harry and Marv from the Home Alone series.

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Clay from Sons of Anarchy. Character and actor were charming and cool. And two faced and duplicitous. I liked and hated him. For me, he totally made the whole show. Watching this villian made me want to see more stuff with this actor.

Ramsey Snow/Bolton from Game of Thrones. I hate this dude! Not really a great or well developed character, and I don’t really care much about the actor who played him. But I was so, so excited and thrilled to see him defeated. I felt like I personally won the fight.

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Cool thread idea! Some of my favourites:

Gary oldman in Leon

Alan Rickman in Robin Hood

The T1000

Predator

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Hero(?): I’m gonna go with James Spader as James Spader in Boston Legal and The Blacklist.

Villian: Max Cady in Cape Fear

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He was cool as Ultron too. Pretty much rescued that movie

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Kefka from Final Fantasy VI

Video game villains tend to be pretty awful and one dimensional. Kefka was mind blowing in '94. Zero motivations outside of nihilism and misanthropy, and a demonstration of the exact consequences of trading humanity for power.

I’m also upset that @Yogi1 picked out Gary Oldman from Leon, so I’ll throw in Joe Pesci in Casino.

EDIT: Oh yeah, Larry from Burn Notice as well for best villains. Greatly enjoyed his character. Completely off the rails, broke all the rules, lived in chaos, reveled in being a monster. Loved when he stabbed the one dude that prided himself on always being a step ahead of the other players.

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He’s the fucking Lizard King lol.

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Moriarty from BBC’s Sherlock comes to mind.

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My favorite villain is the Joker in Dark Knight. Brilliant performance.
Some other good villains-
Bill Lumbergh (The Office)
Lord Farquaad (Shreck)- Best meme villain.
T 800 Series Terminator - who doesnt love Arnold.
Loki (Thor-The Dark World)
General Zod (Man of Steel)

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Best Villain = Johnny Ringo (Tombstone)
Worst Villain = Bolo Yeung (Bloodsport)
Honorable mention goes to Darth Vader

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I forgot Dolph in Rocky IV

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“You smell that Bill? Smells like someone died.”

Coldblooded!

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Best villain: John Kreese of Cobra Kai dojos.

This dude will drop kick your grandma, sweep your aunt’s knees, and sucker punch your sister. Luckily, Danny LaRusso and his small-statured mentor from Okinawa were not afraid of his blunt threats and crass violence, defeating him and his team of violent disciples fair and square.

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Edit: Crikey, size of that bastard

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Gary Oldman in Leon is a top answer, he was also great in Bram Stokers Dracula
Joker (Heath Ledger)
Hannibal Lecter
Tommy DeVito ( Goodfellas )

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Codpiece
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(edit)-Who doesn’t want a super-weapon attached to their groin?

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Hmmmm

Adrien Veidt from Watchmen comes to mind, though I think that the comedian is the most interesting character in the book

Baron Harkonnen in Dune, interesting to me to see a villain who is politically savvy, who truly respects his enemy.

Long John Silver from Treasure Island has always been a favorite, but that is perhaps mainly because I always wanted to be a pirate as a child.

and then of course

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Was just about to type Jack Nickelson in a Few Good Men.

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Randall Flagg, aka The Man in Black, aka a few other names. He’s insidious. King is my absolute favourite author, (like, I went to Maine and toured Bangor like a fangirl), and I love how Flagg is just…everywhere. And he’s so charming, and dirty, and sneaky, he’s like the personification of all that’s wrong with humanity.

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Flagg is King’s personal demons manifested in his writing … it’s why he’s in a chunk of his works. Good call btw.