Who Was Your Favorite Villain Of All Time?

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In movies. The most evil, ruthless, effective, great character etc.

Not just in superhero movies, all genres
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  • Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

    In movies. The most evil, ruthless, effective, great character etc.

    Not just in superhero movies, all genres
    Moriarty. To me, the most interesting villains are the ones who have a point of view, and follow it. Like the ones who believe they are saving humanity...by destroying.

    Evil for the sake of evil isn't interesting to me. Then you're just a broken rabid dog.
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    I rewatched the Fargo TV series over Christmas and was reminded what a great villain Lorne Malvo (played by Billy Bob Thornton) was, combining a detached, malevolent and menacing presence with some delightfully dry wit - despite the dodgy haircut.

    Sticking with matters Coen Brothers-related, Anton Chigurth, as played by Javier Bardem, in No Country For Old Men remains one of the more memorable villains of recent years.

    And, obviously, I always root for the shark in Jaws.
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    • Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

      I rewatched the Fargo TV series over Christmas and was reminded what a great villain Lorne Malvo (played by Billy Bob Thornton) was, combining a detached, malevolent and menacing presence with some delightfully dry wit - despite the dodgy haircut.
      To me, Malvo was a near perfect psychopath. The only time I thought he was evil for the sake of evil is when he got the hotel janitor kid in trouble. I didn't understand why he went to that trouble.

      But the speech he gave about "Some roads you don't want to go down" and "You think there are rules. There aren't"....struck me as particularly psychopathic.

      By the way, I once explained psychopathy to a friend like this "The world is made up of fish. Most fish are like guppies. They swim in schools, eat bits of plankton, and get along well with other fish.

      And a few are piranha. They look like guppies. they swim like guppies. And other guppies think they are just guppies. But piranha eat guppies. They don't group with other piranha. And they don't feel bad about eating guppies. And they survive because guppies just absolutely cannot believe that a guppy would eat another guppy."
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      • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
        Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        To me, Malvo was a near perfect psychopath. The only time I thought he was evil for the sake of evil is when he got the hotel janitor kid in trouble. I didn't understand why he went to that trouble.

        But the speech he gave about "Some roads you don't want to go down" and "You think there are rules. There aren't"....struck me as particularly psychopathic.

        By the way, I once explained psychopathy to a friend like this "The world is made up of fish. Most fish are like guppies. They swim in schools, eat bits of plankton, and get along well with other fish.

        And a few are piranha. They look like guppies. they swim like guppies. And other guppies think they are just guppies. But piranha eat guppies. They don't group with other piranha. And they don't feel bad about eating guppies. And they survive because guppies just absolutely cannot believe that a guppy would eat another guppy."
        That's the thing about guppies, they never suspect that something fishy is going on.
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          Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

          That's the thing about guppies, they never suspect that something fishy is going on.
          The are fine with the piranha eating certain guppies that the piranha make the case need to be eaten. Especially when the piranha convinces the guppies it can protect them from other piranha.

          Hollywood fails to create that kind of villain properly. Which is probably a good thing as it would probably create a model for people to follow. Instead of a warning
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      • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
        Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        To me, Malvo was a near perfect psychopath. The only time I thought he was evil for the sake of evil is when he got the hotel janitor kid in trouble. I didn't understand why he went to that trouble.
        I think it amused him to toy with people, whether it was that prank with the car, or in any number of disarming exchanges. "You see, I'm a student of institutions."
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    Fyi - Speaking of Villians, Joker 'Folie à Deux' is in the middle of filming currently. Starring Lady Gaga, and Joaquin Phoenix.

    Warner Bros announced that Joker: Folie à Deux will arrive Oct. 4, 2024

    "The New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission tells NJ Advance Media that some scenes will be filmed for the sequel locally in late March, though producers want to remain mum on specifically where. Production for the film has been underway in Los Angeles and New York."
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    Hannibal lecter in silence of the lambs didn't care for the follow up movies

    Neo in the original matrix movie can qualify as the villain not only was he willing to destroy everything his actions ultimately left humans and machines worse off
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      Mr. Potter in the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life"
      Played by Lionel Barrymore
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    I'm going off script and will say Max Cady from Cape Fear (either version). He was the perfect mix of intelligence and palpable inherent danger. I wouldn't want him spending years planning revenge against me.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      I'm going off script and will say Max Cady from Cape Fear (either version). He was the perfect mix of intelligence and palpable inherent danger. I wouldn't want him spending years planning revenge against me.
      Forgot all about that one ,Dan . Great one !!

      Damn Dan, you have been on top of it lately
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      • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
        Originally Posted by discrat View Post

        Forgot all about that one ,Dan . Great one !!

        Damn Dan, you have been on top of it lately
        Dan's on top of a lot of things.. soap boxes, step ladders, chairs...you name it.

        I never mentioned my favorite villain, but I can't think of one that fits the bill at the moment
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    Actually I'm going to add the borg from Star Trek. Only because it's the only advanced race in any sy fi that doesn't build aero dynamic space ships. Cubes and spheres. And the borg queen is a memorable villain in her own right.
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      ditto, pity the woman that played the borg queen died last year i think she played the character well.
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    Anton Chigurh has to be at the top. "No Country for Old Men".
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  • Inglorious *******s' Hans Landa, at least the first half of the movie...the perfect villain.

    Christoph Waltz was a D list soap opera actor until Quinton Tarantino made him a star. Perfect casting. That first scene with him interrogating the farmer sent chills up my spine.
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    joker from batman
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      I was just thinking the other day about the original batman series, it would be funny to watch them again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    As this gets broadened from movies to all time I realize all my choices are from the 1990s as I pick favorite villain of all time as sepheroth from financial fantasy seven followed up by Athens menithal from the Warcraft games

    Once George Lucas used episode 1-3 to tell the story of how anakin became darth vader it kind of ruined villains afterwards to add a childhood background of trauma or abuse that led to someone becoming evil
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  • I would have to say George Lucas's emperor. for me.

    Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author Ali83@
    Some of the most popular and memorable villains include characters like Darth Vader from Star Wars, the Joker from Batman, Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs, Voldemort from Harry Potter, and many others. Each of these villains has their own unique qualities and motivations, making them compelling and unforgettable in their own right.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    Funny that this thread got revived. I was thinking about this a little the other day.

    I think the worst kind of villains are those who pass themselves off as heroes.

    There's a very popular movie from the 80's where the hero:

    Steals another boy's girlfriend;
    If that wasn't enough, rubs it in by playing a prank on the same boy at a school function;
    Convinces an adult to viciously attack a group of children;
    Cheats in a sporting event to steal the boy's title.

    Yet we all still root and cheer for Daniel LaRusso.
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    • Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      Funny that this thread got revived. I was thinking about this a little the other day.

      I think the worst kind of villains are those who pass themselves off as heroes.

      There's a very popular movie from the 80's where the hero:

      Steals another boy's girlfriend;
      If that wasn't enough, rubs it in by playing a prank on the same boy at a school function;
      Convinces an adult to viciously attack a group of children;
      Cheats in a sporting event to steal the boy's title;

      Yet we all still root and cheer for Daniel LaRusso.
      First of all, that caught me by surprise. Well done.

      But my favorite villains think they are the heroes. Magneto comes to mind. Noble, brilliant, a real leader. He believes he's saving his own kind from the evils of humanity.

      My favorite villain moment may be this one from A Tom Cruise movie.

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      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      Funny that this thread got revived. I was thinking about this a little the other day.

      I think the worst kind of villains are those who pass themselves off as heroes.

      There's a very popular movie from the 80's where the hero:

      Steals another boy's girlfriend;
      If that wasn't enough, rubs it in by playing a prank on the same boy at a school function;
      Convinces an adult to viciously attack a group of children;
      Cheats in a sporting event to steal the boy's title;

      Yet we all still root and cheer for Daniel LaRusso.
      This reminds me of "The Secret of My Success" with Micheal J Fox, where he lies on his resume, commits fraud by impersonating a Suit while working in the Postal area.

      Also reads personal documents, and identity fraud but we are all on his side???

      I have to admit that "Working Girl" same thing.

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    Catwoman, she's an interesting villain because she is always portrayed as having inner conflict where shes wrestling with her good and bad sides and the audience is trying to decide "is she a villain or a hero?" And she is forever something in between.
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    Wile E. Coyote

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    The witch from The Little Mermaid
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  • Profile picture of the author Nazeesh Khan
    One of my favorite villains of all time is Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker in "The Dark Knight." His chilling and unpredictable nature, combined with his chaotic philosophy, made him a captivating and memorable character that transcended genres and left a lasting impact on audiences.UVAdhesiveGlue
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    • Profile picture of the author Odahh
      Originally Posted by Nazeesh Khan View Post

      One of my favorite villains of all time is Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker in "The Dark Knight." His chilling and unpredictable nature, combined with his chaotic philosophy, made him a captivating and memorable character that transcended genres and left a lasting impact on audiences.
      The ceo of Bank of America during the great financial crisis had the look of a Hollywood or comic book villain . With Bank of America being big player in the bad acting the led to the gfc.
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    My personal most favorite villain is
    Walter White from "Breaking Bad
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    How could we forget Gru from 'Despicable Me' ??
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  • Profile picture of the author Princess Balestra
    Who Was Your Favorite Villain Of All Time?

    Yipes! The fkr GAHT ME?

    I dead in a poola blood now bcs the VILLAIN WON an' I lost?

    Hey, but anyways, gotta figure Hannibyool Rectum is kinda big on villain credentials.

    1) He ain't masked by design.

    2) Steada spittin' out his saliva inya face, he tongues his menace right where you nevah gonna forget it.

    3) The bars constrainin' him don't evah stahp him.

    Tellya, he is way more evil than the designah clothin' guy in that movie.

    We fool usselves sumtimes how evil is crazy or weird.

    Rectum reveals the brutal trooth in all its purity.

    An' yet it is all fiction.

    Real measured performance in that movie, yanno?

    Like it actschwlly happened an' the guy is an actschwl villain.

    Gotta love the heroine here also.

    Fostah fuses fear with prescience so you hope along with the gal.

    Likely in the AI-enhanced 2031 remake she gets a kinda buffoonish-yet-also-vaguely-practical accomplice whose side hussle crochet talents nail the flesh bodywear subplot guy.

    "That ain't Chianti, it like my granma's diarrhea."

    Yeah then the kid smacks Hopkins in the chahps, bcs she personally spookeder than Fostah in the rignl movie, an' he dies, an' she gets sentenced for sum kinda manslaughtah variant.

    Naht a huge winnah for pheromone-pumped teens pumpin more'n pheremones into one anothah in no cinema, but such is spectacyool.

    We bumbyool in a dream, always, till'n evil sucks the horizon outta our ass.

    My view?

    No big fan of Chianti anyways.

    Favorites are so personal that way.
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