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.
He's a Sith Lord and a real nightmare to anyone with daddy issues.
- 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.
- The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal
This is the man who ruined chianti and fava beans for generations.
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What can we say, he's inevitable!
- The Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Doom
He broke the Bat, and the worst part is he never apologized for it.
- The Lion King
With a brother like Scar, who needs enemies?
- Star Wars universe
His hobbies are overthrowing galactic governments, building planet-destroying space stations, and watching fathers and sons fight.
- 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.
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Pennywise the Dancing Clown
It's scariest form and the bane of real, hard-working clowns all across the world.
- Marvel Cinematic Universe
He's the trickster god with perfect hair.
- Inglourious Basterds
Charming, despicable, dogged, heartless, conniving – he's everything you want from a villain.
- Halloween universe
After ten movies and at least three reboots, Michael Myers still has people looking over their shoulders.
- Friday the 13th universe
Likes include: the woods, his mom. Dislikes include: camp counselors, promiscuity.
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.
- Die Hard
He can seem pretty charming, but things really turn if you call him "bubby".
- Alien universe
In space, no one can hear you scream, which thankfully means no one can hear you pee your pants either.
He's a bit more tragic than evil, but you've got to respect whoever came up with the idea of a tentacle beard.
- Predator universe
The ultimate big game hunter and the only creature in the universe who could give peak Schwarzenegger a run for his money.
- dgenega5764 addedThe Lord of the Rings universe
Middle-Earth trusted him, and it only brought desolation.
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day
It's so ruthless, it even made running scary.
- sebbzor addedGladiator
Centuries before Siskel & Ebert, Commodus employed history's most devastating thumbs down.
- No Country for Old Men
All it took was coin and a cattle tool to become the specter of doom.
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What she did to Neville's parents was evil, but what she did to Sirius was truly unforgivable.
- The Godfather Saga
If for no other reason than he set a new standard for the art of the contract negotiation.
Only an evil mastermind could turn a cardboard box into a implement of misery.