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The Greatest Movie Villains Of All Time

Updated October 2, 2020 1.3m votes 89.8k voters 1.3m views878 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 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
    Darth Vader
    36,635
    10,744

    Darth Vader

    Star Wars universe

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

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  • 2
    Joker
    42,962
    10,962

    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.

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  • 3
    Hannibal Lecter
    20,612
    9,388

    Hannibal Lecter

    The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal

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

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  • 4
    Thanos
    13,347
    4,011

    Thanos

    Marvel Cinematic Universe

    What can we say, he's inevitable!

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  • 5
    Bane
    13,441
    6,930

    Bane

    The Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Doom

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

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  • 6
    Scar
    14,744
    8,047

    Scar

    The Lion King

    With a brother like Scar, who needs enemies?

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  • 7
    Pennywise the Dancing Clown

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

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  • 8
    Loki
    15,387
    7,436

    Loki

    Marvel Cinematic Universe

    He's the trickster god with perfect hair.

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  • 9
    Palpatine
    15,807
    8,533

    Palpatine

    Star Wars universe

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

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  • 10
    Sauron
    13,410
    6,942

    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.

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  • 11
    Jason Voorhees
    8,329
    5,048

    Jason Voorhees

    Friday the 13th universe

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

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  • 12
    Michael Myers
    10,076
    6,291

    Michael Myers

    Halloween universe

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

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  • 13
    Yautja
    8,214
    5,021

    Yautja

    Predator universe

    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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  • 14
    Hans Landa
    10,723
    6,835

    Hans Landa

    Inglourious Basterds

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

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  • 15
    Davy Jones
    6,721
    4,254

    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.

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  • 16
    Bellatrix Lestrange
    6,456
    3,688

    Bellatrix Lestrange

    Harry Potter universe

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

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  • 17
    Xenomorph (Alien)
    8,999
    5,599

    Xenomorph (Alien)

    Alien universe

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

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  • 18
    Darth Maul
    8,290
    4,889

    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.

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  • 19
    Vito Corleone
    4,388
    2,895

    Vito Corleone

    The Godfather Saga

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

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  • 20
    Saruman
    4,920
    2,827

    Saruman

    The Lord of the Rings universe

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

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  • 21
    Commodus
    3,222
    2,074

    Commodus

    Gladiator

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

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  • 22
    Hans Gruber
    11,022
    7,499

    Hans Gruber

    Die Hard

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

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  • 23
    Smaug
    3,491
    2,123

    Smaug

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    What does a dragon even do with that much gold?

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  • 24
    Jafar
    3,978
    2,726

    Jafar

    Aladdin, The Return of Jafar

    Has there ever been a grand vizier that wasn't evil?

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  • 25
    Dolores Umbridge
    4,263
    2,866

    Dolores Umbridge

    Harry Potter universe

    A living embodiment of every student's greatest fear: standardized tests.

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