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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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  • 1
    Star Wars universe
    32,736
    9,885

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

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  • 2

    Joker

    Batman, The Dark Knight
    39,129
    10,575

    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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  • 3

    Hannibal Lecter

    The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal
    17,541
    8,023

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

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  • 4
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    Thanos

    Marvel Cinematic Universe
    13,285
    6,396

    What can we say, he's inevitable!

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  • 5

    Bane

    The Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Doom
    13,823
    8,115

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

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  • 6

    Scar

    The Lion King
    14,186
    8,398

    With a brother like Scar, who needs enemies?

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  • 7

    Palpatine

    Star Wars universe
    15,522
    8,254

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

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  • 8

    Sauron

    The Lord of the Rings universe
    13,171
    6,967

    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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  • 9
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    Pennywise the Dancing Clown

    It
    11,366
    5,704

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

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  • 10

    Loki

    Marvel Cinematic Universe
    14,826
    8,424

    He's the trickster god with perfect hair.

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  • 11

    Hans Landa

    Inglourious Basterds
    10,755
    6,750

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

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  • 12

    Michael Myers

    Halloween universe
    9,714
    6,254

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

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  • 13

    Jason Voorhees

    Friday the 13th universe
    8,142
    5,412

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

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  • 14
    Star Wars universe
    8,277
    5,089

    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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  • 15

    Hans Gruber

    Die Hard
    10,665
    6,903

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

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  • 16

    Xenomorph (Alien)

    Alien universe
    8,782
    5,553

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

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  • 17
    Pirates of the Caribbean universe
    6,822
    4,563

    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

    Predator universe
    8,004
    5,320

    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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    Saruman

    The Lord of the Rings universe
    5,303
    3,272

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

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  • 20

    T-1000

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    8,114
    5,514

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

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  • 21
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    Commodus

    Gladiator
    3,660
    2,427

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

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  • 22

    Anton Chigurh

    No Country for Old Men
    8,645
    6,019

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

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  • 23
    SMcM addedHarry Potter universe
    6,672
    4,176

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

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  • 24

    Vito Corleone

    The Godfather Saga
    4,663
    3,245

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

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  • 25

    John Doe

    Seven
    6,783
    4,612

    Only an evil mastermind could turn a cardboard box into a implement of misery.

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