Villains The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time  

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While some of us tend to despise movie villains, plenty of movie-goers favor some of these antagonists. Whether that's due to a cool accent or an intimidating disposition, some villains just stand out. For instance, who doesn't have some type of fondness for Hannibal Lecter? How about the evil Darth Vader for that matter? Who are the greatest villains of all time? These movie bad guys are the scourge of the movie universe and you can now vote on the meanest villain ever to appear on film. Rank your favorites or add whoever (or whatever) you think should be considered among the best villains.

These are the greatest, most vile movie characters we love to hate, ranked by the wisdom of the crowd. Anyone can contribute to this list of great villains, which makes this ranking an accurate, real-time reflection of the crowd's collective opinion.

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25,952 8,187
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Batman, The Dark Knight The Joker is a fictional supervillain who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger, and Bob Kane, and first appeared in ...more

2
25,276 4,852
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Star Wars universe Darth Vader is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. He appears in the original trilogy as a pivotal figure, as well as the prequel trilogy as a central figure. The character was ...more

3
13,208 5,715
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Silence of the Lambs Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a character in a series of suspense novels by Thomas Harris. Lecter was introduced in the 1981 thriller novel Red Dragon as a forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic ...more

4
10,596 8,668
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Harry Potter universe Lord Voldemort is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Voldemort first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which was released in 1997. Voldemort ...more

5
7,478 7,136
Freddy Krueger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
A Nightmare on Elm Street universe Fred "Freddy" Krueger is the main antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He first appeared in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street as a burnt serial killer who uses ...more

6
9,333 5,002
Palpatine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Star Wars universe Sheev Palpatine is a fictional character and the main antagonist of the Star Wars franchise, primarily portrayed by Ian McDiarmid. In the original trilogy, he is depicted as the aged, pale-faced ...more

7
8,378 6,238
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
X-Men universe Magneto is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly in association with the X-Men. He has been the primary villain in the X-Men comics, ...more

8
7,569 6,013
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Shining John Daniel "Jack" Torrance is a fictional character in the 1977 novel The Shining by Stephen King. He was portrayed by Jack Nicholson in the 1980 movie adaptation of the novel, and by ...more

9
7,751 5,498
Terminator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Terminator In the Terminator film series, a terminator is an autonomous robot, typically humanoid, originally conceived as a virtually indestructible soldier, infiltrator and assassin. James Cameron ...more

10
7,897 5,712
Agent Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Matrix universe Agent Smith is a fictional character in the The Matrix franchise. He is portrayed by Hugo Weaving in the films and voiced by Christopher Corey Smith in The Matrix: Path of Neo. In 2008, Agent ...more

11
8,124 4,223
Sauron is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring The Necromancer is a fictional character from the 2013 film The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

12
8,309 4,490
Scar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Lion King Scar (formerly Prince Taka) was the main antagonist of the Lion King franchise. He was Simba's uncle, Mufasa's younger brother, and Ahadi's second and youngest son. In a deleted scene from The ...more

13
6,831 4,645
Hans Gruber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Die Hard Hans Gruber is a fictional character from the 1988 film Die Hard.

14
5,267 4,657
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Psycho Norman Bates is a fictional character created by writer Robert Bloch as the main character in his novel Psycho, and portrayed by Anthony Perkins as the primary antagonist of the 1960 film of the ...more

15
6,609 4,316
Hans Landa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Inglourious Basterds Colonel Hans Landa is a fictional character in the 2009 Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds. He is portrayed by German-Austrian actor Christoph Waltz. For his performance, Waltz won the ...more

16
5,458 3,807
Michael Myers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Halloween II, Halloween 6, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Michael Myers is a fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films. He first appears in John Carpenter's Halloween as a young boy who goes takes his older sister's life, then ...more

17
5,727 4,169
Anton Chigurh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
No Country for Old Men Anton Chigurh is a fictional character in No Country for Old Men.

18
7,803 3,564
Loki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Thor, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers Loki is a fictional character that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is the adoptive brother and archenemy of Thor. He is based on the being of the same name from ...more

19
5,780 3,559
Xenomorph is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Alien universe   The "Alien" is a fictional endoparasitoid extraterrestrial species that is the eponymous antagonist of the Alien film series. The species made its debut in the film Alien, and ...more

20
5,488 3,905
T-1000 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Terminator 2: Judgment Day The T-1000, also known as a Series 1000 Terminator, is a fictional shapeshifting robot assassin and the primary antagonist in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Terminator Genisys, as well as a ...more

21
7,593 3,975
Bane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Doom Bane is a supervillain, often antihero who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The character's origin was in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1, and was created by Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, ...more

22
3,979 2,395
Yautja is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
AVP: Alien vs. Predator The Predator is a fictional character from the 1987 movie Predator.

23
6,070 2,815
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Krazy88 added It Pennywise the Dancing Clown is a fictional character from the 1990 film and TV series It.

24
4,790 3,084
Jason Voorhees is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Friday the 13th, Freddy vs. Jason, Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees is a fictional character from the Friday the 13th series. He first appeared in Friday the 13th as the young son of camp cook-turned-murderer, Mrs. Voorhees, in which he was ...more

25
4,984 3,503
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Jaws

26
4,632 3,308
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Seven John Doe is a fictional character from the 1995 film Seven.

27
3,178 2,532
Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
but chickens double d added Scarface Antonio Raimundo "Tony" Montana is a fictional character and the protagonist of the 1983 film Scarface. He is portrayed by Al Pacino in the movie, and is voiced by André ...more

28
3,925 3,490
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Azkadellia is a fictional character from the 2007 TV miniseries Tin Man.

29
4,552 3,170
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Return of the King, The Hobbit Gollum is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He was introduced in the 1937 children's fantasy novel The Hobbit, and became an important supporting character in its ...more

30
4,640 2,757
Darth Maul is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II, Once Upon a Jedi Darth Maul is a fictional character in the science fiction franchise Star Wars. Trained as Darth Sidious's first apprentice, he serves as a Sith Lord and a master of wielding a double-bladed ...more

31
3,072 3,225
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Nurse Ratched is a fictional character and the main antagonist of Ken Kesey's 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, as well as the 1975 film. A cold, heartless tyrant, Nurse Ratched has ...more

32
3,487 2,861
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Misery Anne Marie Wilkes Dugan, usually known as Annie Wilkes, is a character in the 1987 novel Misery, by Stephen King. In the 1990 film adaptation of the novel, Annie Wilkes was portrayed by Kathy ...more

33
3,359 2,801
Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Gangs of New York Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting is a fictional character in the 2002 crime drama history film Gangs of New York.

34
2,491 762
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
SMcM added Marvel Cinematic Universe Thanos is a fictional supervillain that has appeared in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Iron Man #55 and was created by writer-artist Jim Starlin. ...more

35
3,525 2,620
Patrick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
American Psycho Patrick Bateman is a fictional character, the antihero and narrator of the novel American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, and its film adaptation. He is a high-achieving Wall Street investment ...more

36
3,414 2,402
Jigsaw is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Murat Karsli added Saw, Saw IV, Saw III John Kramer is a fictional character from the Saw franchise. Jigsaw made his debut in the first film of the series, Saw, and he later appeared in Saw II, III, IV, V, VI, and 3D. He is portrayed ...more

37
3,222 2,766
HAL 9000 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact HAL 9000 is a fictional character in Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey series. The primary antagonist of 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL is a sentient computer that controls the systems of the ...more

38
4,001 2,610
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Batman: Under the Red Hood, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins Ra's al Ghul is a fictional supervillain who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Besides being considered to be one of Batman's greatest enemies, given his high status as a ...more

39
3,430 2,128
Davy Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Davy Jones is a character in the Pirates of the Caribbean feature film series, who first appears in the second film, Dead Man's Chest and returns in the series' third installment, At World's ...more

40
3,052 1,547
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
SMcM added Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Bellatrix "Bella" Lestrange (nᅢᄅe Black) is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling.

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2,624 2,255
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Sleeping Cardinal, Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother Professor James Moriarty is a fictional character in some of the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Moriarty is a criminal mastermind whom Holmes describes as the ...more

42
3,104 2,352
Buffalo Bill is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Silence of the Lambs Jame Gumb is a fictional character and the primary antagonist of Thomas Harris's 1988 novel The Silence of the Lambs and its 1991 film adaptation, in which he is played by Ted Levine. In the ...more

43
2,515 2,670
Count Dracula is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Dracula, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Count Dracula Count Dracula is a film character from the 2008 comedy thriller film Her Morbid Desires.

44
3,058 2,401
Michael Corleone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Godfather, The Godfather Part III, The Godfather Part II Michael Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's novels, The Godfather and The Sicilian. He is also the main character of the Godfather film trilogy that was directed by Francis Ford ...more

45
2,501 2,127
Alex is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
A Clockwork Orange, Agent trouble, Transamerica Alex is a fictional character in Anthony Burgess' novel A Clockwork Orange and Stanley Kubrick's film A Clockwork Orange, in which he is played by Malcolm McDowell. In the film, his surname is ...more

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2,454 2,137
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SMcM added Star Trek Into Darkness Khan Noonien Singh is a fictional character in the Star Trek media franchise.

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3,121 2,357
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Sleeping Beauty Maleficent is the antagonist of Walt Disney's 1959 film Sleeping Beauty. She is characterized as the "Mistress of All Evil" who, after not being invited to a christening, curses the ...more

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2,202 1,120
Saruman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
dgenega5764 added The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Saruman the White is a fictional character and a major antagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. He is leader of the Istari, wizards sent to Middle-earth in human ...more

49
2,813 2,098
Tyler Durden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Fight Club Tyler Durden is a fictional character from Fight Club.

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2,344 2,140
Amon Goeth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
EllenMarianBrayer added Schindler's List Amon Goeth is a fictional character from the 1993 film Schindler's List.