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The Greatest Movie Villains Of All Time

Updated May 7, 2021 1.2m votes 97.5k voters 1.4m views877 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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  • 1
    Star Wars universe
    33,216
    10,236

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

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  • 2
    Batman, The Dark Knight
    40,163
    10,548

    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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    SMcM addedMarvel Cinematic Universe
    13,591
    6,324

    What can we say, he's inevitable!

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    The Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Doom
    13,967
    8,180

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

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  • 5
    The Lion King
    14,465
    8,478

    With a brother like Scar, who needs enemies?

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    Star Wars universe
    15,757
    8,405

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

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  • 7
    The Lord of the Rings universe
    13,395
    7,059

    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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  • 8
    11,640
    5,721

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

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  • 9
    Marvel Cinematic Universe
    15,092
    8,488

    He's the trickster god with perfect hair.

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  • 10
    Inglourious Basterds
    10,877
    6,827

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

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  • 11
    Halloween universe
    9,911
    6,350

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

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  • 12
    Friday the 13th universe
    8,314
    5,454

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

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    Star Wars universe
    8,412
    5,147

    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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  • 14
    Alien universe
    8,942
    5,663

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

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  • 15
    Die Hard
    10,826
    7,060

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

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    dgenega5764 addedThe Lord of the Rings universe
    5,382
    3,321

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

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  • 17
    Pirates of the Caribbean universe
    6,918
    4,629

    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
    8,168
    5,395

    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
    SMcM addedHarry Potter universe
    6,771
    4,229

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

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  • 20
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    8,257
    5,613

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

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  • 21
    The Godfather Saga
    4,700
    3,261

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

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  • 22
    No Country for Old Men
    8,746
    6,148

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

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  • 23
    Batman Begins
    5,982
    3,869

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

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  • 24
    Harry Potter universe
    16,327
    11,621

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

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  • 25
    sebbzor addedGladiator
    3,666
    2,441

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

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