The Greatest Movie Villains Of All Time

It seems every year, new iconic villains are coming out of the woodwork. 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, an over-the-top performance, or an intimidating disposition, some villains just stand out - and redefine the actors playing them. 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 that's to say nothing of their loyal, powerful henchmen - and you can now vote on the meanest villain ever to appear on film.

These are the greatest, most vile movie characters we love to hate (or even laugh at) ranked by the wisdom of the crowd, which makes this ranking an accurate, real-time reflection of the crowd's collective opinion.

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  • He's just a dad trying to get a little bit of writing done. Haven't we all been there?

  • What she did to Neville's parents was evil, but what she did to Sirius was truly unforgivable.

  • Only an evil mastermind could turn a cardboard box into a implement of misery.

  • If for no other reason than he set a new standard for the art of the contract negotiation. 

  • Centuries before Siskel & Ebert, Commodus employed history's most devastating thumbs down.

  • He'd rather burn with his precious than live as Smeagol.

  • The real question is who's scarier: Jigsaw or his puppet?

  • There's no better way to bounce back from a Batman beatdown than a spa day in a Lazarus Pit.

  • He's a psychopath with really, really good music taste.

  • Before Eminem heard from Stan, she was the true super fan.

  • Has there ever been a grand vizier that wasn't evil?

  • For all of the haters who think Boba Fett is lame, he made it out of the Sarlaac pit, and he knows what you said about him.

  • You know you're going to get a reputation if you go everywhere with knives attached to your hand.

  • Giving a curse as a baby shower gift is a truly epic move.

  • Smaug

    What does a dragon even do with that much gold?

  • A living embodiment of every student's greatest fear: standardized tests.

  • Norman paints a terrifyingly normal picture of a slasher villain.

  • He could have been a white night, but nobody can make it in Gotham without getting a few scars.


    Devils don't come from hell beneath us. No, they come from the sky.

  • Ivan Drago

    A walking, talking, and punching symbol of the USSR.

  • He was a big advocate for setting a daily skincare regimen and sticking to it.

  • For all the evil he did, Jabba did make sure his pets stayed fed.

  • They don't make toys more terrifying than this.