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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, an over-the-top performance, 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 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 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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Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

He's a Sith Lord and a real nightmare to anyone with daddy issues.

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Joker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

Whether blasting Prince from a boombox, telling stories about his scars, or dancing down stairs, the Clown Prince is always a chilling agent of chaos.

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Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

This is the man who ruined chianti and fava beans for generations.

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Scar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Jeremy Irons in The Lion King

With a brother like Scar, who needs enemies?

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Thanos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
SMcM added Josh Brolin in Guardians of the Galaxy

What can we say, he's inevitable!

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Loki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Tom Hiddleston in Marvel Universe

He's the trickster god with perfect hair.

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Palpatine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

His hobbies are overthrowing galactic governments, building planet-destroying space stations, and watching fathers and sons fight.

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Sauron is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Sala Baker in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

With his all-seeing eye, Sauron is like Santa Claus if Santa was also the source of all evil in the world.

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Bane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

He broke the Bat, and the worst part is he never apologized for it.

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Pennywise the Dancing Cl... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Krazy88 added Tim Curry in It

It's scariest form and the bane of real, hard-working clowns all across the world.

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Jason Voorhees is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

Likes include: the woods, his mom. Dislikes include: camp counselors, promiscuity.

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Michael Myers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

After ten movies and at least three reboots, Michael Myers still has people looking over their shoulders.

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Xenomorph is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

In space, no one can hear you scream, which thankfully means no one can hear you pee your pants either.

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Ian Whyte in AVP: Alien vs. Predator

The ultimate big game hunter and the only creature in the universe who could give peak Schwarzenegger a run for his money.

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Hans Landa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds

Charming, despicable, dogged, heartless, conniving – he's everything you want from a villain.

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Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
SMcM added Helena Bonham Carter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

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

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Darth Maul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

If you only saw him in Phantom Menace, you may think he's all sizzle and no steak, but if you've seen Clone Wars and Rebels, then you know Darth Maul is the real deal.

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Hans Gruber is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Alan Rickman in Die Hard

He can seem pretty charming, but things really turn if you call him "bubby".

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Saruman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
dgenega5764 added

Middle-Earth trusted him, and it only brought desolation.

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Davy Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Bill Nighy in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

He's a bit more tragic than evil, but you've got to respect whoever came up with the idea of a tentacle beard.

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Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

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

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Boba Fett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

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.

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Gollum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

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

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T-1000 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Robert Patrick in Terminator 2: Judgment Day

It's so ruthless, it even made running scary.

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Agent Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Hugo Weaving in The Matrix

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