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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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  • 1
    Star Wars universe
    32,442
    9,787

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

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  • 2
    Batman, The Dark Knight
    38,701
    10,493

    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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  • 3
    The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal
    17,363
    7,951

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

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  • 4
    Marvel Cinematic Universe
    13,206
    6,373

    What can we say, he's inevitable!

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  • 5
    The Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Doom
    13,701
    8,065

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

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  • 6
    The Lion King
    14,076
    8,339

    With a brother like Scar, who needs enemies?

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  • 7
    Star Wars universe
    15,404
    8,190

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

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  • 8

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

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  • 9
    The Lord of the Rings universe
    13,058
    6,921

    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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  • 10
    Marvel Cinematic Universe
    14,706
    8,361

    He's the trickster god with perfect hair.

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  • 11
    Inglourious Basterds
    10,648
    6,706

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

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  • 12
    Halloween universe
    9,630
    6,208

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

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  • 13
    Friday the 13th universe
    8,077
    5,374

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

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  • 14
    Star Wars universe
    8,214
    5,057

    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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  • 15
    Die Hard
    10,593
    6,839

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

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  • 16
    Alien universe
    8,703
    5,511

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

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  • 17
    Pirates of the Caribbean universe
    6,769
    4,528

    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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  • 18
    Predator universe
    7,931
    5,283

    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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  • 19
    The Lord of the Rings universe
    5,260
    3,255

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

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  • 20
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    8,035
    5,475

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

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  • 21
    Gladiator
    3,639
    2,418

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

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  • 22
    No Country for Old Men
    8,565
    5,970

    All it took was coin and a cattle tool to become the specter of doom.

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  • 23
    Harry Potter universe
    6,615
    4,149

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

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  • 24
    The Godfather Saga
    4,624
    3,227

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

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  • 25
    6,723
    4,575

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

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