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Masks have been popular in all forms of entertainment since... there's been entertainment. They were one of the first, if not the very first, tools used by humans for storytelling and spectacle. All across the world, nearly every culture uses some kind of masks to dramatize a situation, be it around a campfire, on a stage, or used in protest. In film, to add that extra element of mystery and evil, some of the baddest, meanest villains of all time have worn masks.

Villains wearing masks became commonplace (especially in horror movies), as it could make a character appear more intimidating, more powerful, or, at the very least, keeping them mysterious and anonymous. But who are the greatest masked villains ever?

Not all villains need a mask, but it certainly helps them keep up their air of mystery and evil. Cast your votes below for the greatest villains to have ever donned a mask.
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Darth Vader


Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Masked Villains
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Appears in: Star Wars franchise

The big bad villain of the Star Wars films had a mask that kept him intimidating enough to rule an empire, and anonymous for the big father reveal. Plus, Vader's mask looks like a jet black skull, which is awesomely terrifying.

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Jason Voorhees


Jason Voorhees is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Masked Villains
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Appears in: Friday the 13th Franchise

Hiding his deformed face behind a hockey mask was what started this iconic character's reign of terror. He was tortured as a kid (and presumably was a kid who liked hockey) and then swore to kill all those who came back to Camp Crystal Lake. He's essentially immortal, impossibly strong, and definitely scary. 

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Sauron


Sauron is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Masked Villains
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Appears in: The Lord of the Rings franchise

The ultimate antagonist of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy was unspeakably terrifying and made every moment of his somewhat limited screen time count. With a mask like that, we didn't need long to know this was a bad, bad guy.

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The Predator


The Predator is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Masked Villains
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Appears in: the Predator films and Alien vs. Predator

In the first movie, one predator almost single handedly took out a whole platoon of the best soldiers. Of course, he was wearing a mask, so viewers didn't even know what these buggers looked like underneath until well into the movie.

Spoiler alert: they just got uglier.