You might think Heros and Heroines are the glue of stories.
But you’re wrong.
One word, people: VILLAINS.
Villains are intricate characters, hard to write or imagine or portray. In film and in books, they’re the real deal, the cake, the icing, even the heat of the oven. Sometimes you feel sad for them (Loki) and others you hate with such a passion (President Snow) you want to take the author aside and shake them very hard.
The best villains are the ones you feel for — whether it’s sadness or intense fury.
Okay, here I raise my hand and say (a little guiltily) I am an XMEN fan. Throw superpowers, the letter X, and blue skinned characters together and I will watch it.
Magneto is one of those villains you half hate, half feel sorry for. He does a lot of bad things and hurts a lot of people, but at the beginning (if you watch XMEN: First Class) you see he had a pretty rough childhood and once he was actually quite cool and buddies with Professor X. At the end of the third movie, I felt so sad for him. Until the chess piece…
Who doesn’t hate/love Smeagol? Considering he’s bipolar, I can say that I hate Gollum and think Smeagol had some bright spots. He deserved a chance! Thank you Frodo! (But honestly, Sam, you were right all along. He was too far taken by the Ring.)
3. Gru and Megamind
I know they’re not in the same movie, but they are the best! Megamind is a movie I can watch again and again and still laugh the same amount (mime finds me annoying at times). Megamind has puppy eyes and Gru is just a big softie. They are both proof the villains aren’t always the bad guys.
I hate him. I hate him a lot.
This is a total hats off to the author, because there are few villains I feel so strongly inclined to want to beat over the head with their own book. He is scary and cruel and terrifying and he totally ruined the concept of white roses for me. I hate him (in case you didn’t pick that up).
5. The Joker
Here is the epic climax of every child’s clown phobia. The Joker definitely rates as one of the creepiest, most sad, insane and terrifying villains ever to cross Batman’s path. Like Moriarty (wait for it, he’s coming), the insanity chills you. Of course he has an sad backstory, but I think (unlike Loki; also coming) the evilness of his deeds has no shred of redemption. He’s too far into his darkness to go back. He’s bonkers. And he knows it.
We all know where this one will go. It wasn’t Loki’s fault! His dad should never have lied to him! Thor should have been…less Thorish. They should have told Loki that being blue is okay! (Oops. Here we go with the blue people again.) I feel like Loki deserves a second chance and I’m so happy Thor will give it to him.
Of course, Loki kills lots of people and threatens to destroy the world (hey, he starts in the US, so no big deal, eh?). But he could change.
I really love the Sherlock Holme movies (starring Robert Downy, Jr, and Jude Law) and my mind boggled during the first one. The second one? Psh. I nearly destroyed a pillow. But Moriarty went down as a villain I completely and utterly loathed. He was insane! Really insane. And the depth of his insanity scared me — especially after the hook and Holmes and opera scene. I shudder to think of him. Quick! Moving on!
Misunderstood. What more can I say? He loved Christine. Sure, he went about professing his love in the wrong way (seriously, Phantom, that’s not the way to deal with girlfriend’s childhood sweetheart if you want her to like you).
9. Count Olaf
This one makes me mad. Maybe not as mad as Professor Snow, but still MAD. He is mean and annoying and self centered and cruel! And he’s a terrible actor. Why could only the Baudelaire orphans see that? Was Mr. Poe insane? (Probably.) Was Aunt Josephine that desperate? (Definitely.) Did Beatrice really die?! (Jury is out.)
10. Prince Humperdink
Big, conceited, and stupid, I don’t know anyone who wasn’t cheering when Westley described how he would like to cut off Humperdink’s nose. This man was bad. Very bad. The worst villain is always intent on taking some innocent, pretty girl down with him and bad for you, Mr Dink, because Westley was coming back for Buttercup. Ha!
Okay, nerdlings, it’s your turn! Rattle off a few villains that really float or sink your boats. And tell me, did you recognize everyone on the list??