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The Greatest Movie Villains Of All Time

Updated February 5, 2021 1.2m votes 93.7k voters 1.4m views876 items

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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  • 26
    16,671
    12,238

    Lord Voldemort

    Harry Potter universe

    If people won't even say your name, then you know you're a bad dude.

  • 27
    7,212
    5,073

    Gollum

    The Lord of the Rings universe

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

  • 28
    4,023
    2,887

    Jafar

    Aladdin, The Return of Jafar

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

  • 29
    2,933
    1,864

    Lex Luthor

    The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest, All-Star Superman
  • 30
    11,761
    8,509

    Agent Smith

    The Matrix universe

    He's the villain that turned anti-virus software into a terrifying proposition.

  • 31
    6,917
    4,805

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

  • 32
    12,873
    9,516

    Magneto

    X-Men universe

    You don't cross a mutant who can pull all of the iron out of body at will.

  • 33
    3,560
    2,322

    Smaug

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    What does a dragon even do with that much gold?

  • 34
    4,499
    2,976

    Two-Face

    The Dark Knight, Batman Forever

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

  • 35
    11,580
    8,660

    Terminator

    The Terminator

    Sequels may have rehabilitated his image, but the original T-100 is still the unstoppable force that put James Cameron on the map.

  • 36
    4,669
    3,241

    Boba Fett

    Star Wars universe

    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.

  • 37
    5,274
    3,660

    Patrick Bateman

    American Psycho

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

  • 38
    2,354
    1,623

    Hades

    Hercules
  • 39
    4,673
    3,331

    Maleficent

    Sleeping Beauty

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

  • 40
    5,158
    3,801

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

  • 41
    2,226
    1,351

    Red Skull

    Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America
  • 42
    11,229
    8,600

    Jack Torrance

    The Shining

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

  • 43
    3,084
    2,263

    Ivan Drago

    Rocky V

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

  • 44
    3,436
    2,348

    Scarecrow

    Batman Begins

    With a burlap mask that scary, specially designed fear toxins are just excessive.

  • 45
    2,992
    2,237

    Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Turning a city into a manmade meteor is a pretty innovative doomsday plan.

  • 46
    1,761
    1,175

    Witch-king of Angmar

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • 47
    1,312
    930

    Talia al Ghul

    The Dark Knight Rises
  • 48
    4,624
    3,175

    Buffalo Bill

    The Silence of the Lambs

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

  • 49
    3,754
    2,790

    Jabba the Hutt

    Star Wars universe

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

  • 50
    2,650
    2,054

    Doctor Octopus

    Spider-Man 2