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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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  • Star Wars universe
    32,050
    9,804

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

  • Batman, The Dark Knight
    38,509
    10,373

    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.

  • The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal
    17,237
    7,935

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

  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    13,199
    6,440

    What can we say, he's inevitable!

  • The Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Doom
    13,663
    8,047

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

  • Star Wars universe
    15,265
    8,130

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

  • The Lion King
    13,998
    8,287

    With a brother like Scar, who needs enemies?

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

  • The Lord of the Rings universe
    13,000
    6,877

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

  • Inglourious Basterds
    10,601
    6,663

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

  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    14,624
    8,346

    He's the trickster god with perfect hair.

  • Halloween universe
    9,580
    6,158

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

  • Harry Potter universe
    15,694
    11,108

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

  • Die Hard
    10,528
    6,770

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

  • Friday the 13th universe
    8,026
    5,358

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

  • Alien universe
    8,628
    5,473

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

  • Star Wars universe
    8,149
    5,045

    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.

  • The Matrix universe
    11,005
    7,698

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

  • No Country for Old Men
    8,527
    5,898

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

  • X-Men universe
    11,922
    8,606

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

  • The Terminator
    10,821
    7,812

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

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    8,003
    5,419

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

  • Predator universe
    7,875
    5,245

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

  • Pirates of the Caribbean universe
    6,760
    4,508

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

  • The Shining
    10,527
    7,727

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