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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 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 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
Star Wars universe

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

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

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.

3
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon

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

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

With a brother like Scar, who needs enemies?

5
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
SMcM added Marvel Cinematic Universe

What can we say, he's inevitable!

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

He's the trickster god with perfect hair.

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

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

8
Sauron is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Lord of the Rings universe

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

9
Pennywise the Dancing Cl... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Krazy88 added It

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

10
Bane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Doom

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

11
Jason Voorhees is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Friday the 13th universe

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

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

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

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

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

14
Xenomorph is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Alien universe

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

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

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

16
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
SMcM added Harry Potter universe

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

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

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.

18
Saruman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
dgenega5764 added The Lord of the Rings universe

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

19
Davy Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Pirates of the Caribbean universe

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

20
Hans Gruber is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Die Hard

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

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

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

22
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Lord of the Rings universe

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

23
Anton Chigurh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
No Country for Old Men

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

24
Boba Fett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
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.

25
T-1000 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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