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The Greatest Movie Villains Of All Time

Updated May 7, 2021 1.2m votes 96.6k 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
    33,566
    10,207

    Darth Vader

    Star Wars universe

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

  • 2
    40,529
    10,676

    Joker

    Batman, The Dark Knight

    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
    13,705
    6,121

    Thanos

    Marvel Cinematic Universe

    What can we say, he's inevitable!

  • 4
    14,014
    8,050

    Bane

    The Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Doom

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

  • 5
    14,562
    8,474

    Scar

    The Lion King

    With a brother like Scar, who needs enemies?

  • 6
    15,823
    8,452

    Palpatine

    Star Wars universe

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

  • 7
    13,455
    7,068

    Sauron

    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.

  • 8

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

  • 9
    15,227
    8,454

    Loki

    Marvel Cinematic Universe

    He's the trickster god with perfect hair.

  • 10
    10,907
    6,854

    Hans Landa

    Inglourious Basterds

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

  • 11
    8,347
    5,421

    Jason Voorhees

    Friday the 13th universe

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

  • 12
    9,967
    6,356

    Michael Myers

    Halloween universe

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

  • 13
    8,986
    5,655

    Xenomorph (Alien)

    Alien universe

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

  • 14
    8,439
    5,111

    Darth Maul

    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.

  • 15
    6,769
    4,174

    Bellatrix Lestrange

    Harry Potter universe

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

  • 16
    10,893
    7,136

    Hans Gruber

    Die Hard

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

  • 17
    8,206
    5,406

    Predator

    Predator universe

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

  • 18
    6,880
    4,620

    Davy Jones

    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.

  • 19
    5,363
    3,268

    Saruman

    The Lord of the Rings universe

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

  • 20
    8,298
    5,647

    T-1000

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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

  • 21
    4,682
    3,235

    Vito Corleone

    The Godfather Saga

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

  • 22
    8,814
    6,205

    Anton Chigurh

    No Country for Old Men

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

  • 23
    16,519
    11,858

    Lord Voldemort

    Harry Potter universe

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

  • 24
    6,025
    3,842

    Ra's al Ghul

    Batman Begins

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

  • 25
    5,834
    3,896

    Jigsaw

    Saw universe

    The real question is who's scarier: Jigsaw or his puppet?