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. 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.
- 1Star Wars universe
He's a Sith Lord and a real nightmare to anyone with daddy issues.
- 2Batman, 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.
- 3The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal
This is the man who ruined chianti and fava beans for generations.
- 4Marvel Cinematic Universe
What can we say, he's inevitable!
- 5The Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Doom
He broke the Bat, and the worst part is he never apologized for it.
- 6The Lion King
With a brother like Scar, who needs enemies?
It's scariest form and the bane of real, hard-working clowns all across the world.
- 8Marvel Cinematic Universe
He's the trickster god with perfect hair.
- 9Star Wars universe
His hobbies are overthrowing galactic governments, building planet-destroying space stations, and watching fathers and sons fight.
- 10The 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.
- 11Friday the 13th universe
Likes include: the woods, his mom. Dislikes include: camp counselors, promiscuity.
- 12Halloween universe
After ten movies and at least three reboots, Michael Myers still has people looking over their shoulders.
- 13Predator universe
The ultimate big game hunter and the only creature in the universe who could give peak Schwarzenegger a run for his money.
- 14Inglourious Basterds
Charming, despicable, dogged, heartless, conniving – he's everything you want from a villain.
- 15Pirates 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.
- 16Harry Potter universe
What she did to Neville's parents was evil, but what she did to Sirius was truly unforgivable.
- 17Alien universe
In space, no one can hear you scream, which thankfully means no one can hear you pee your pants either.
- 18Star 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.
- 19The Godfather Saga
If for no other reason than he set a new standard for the art of the contract negotiation.
- 20The Lord of the Rings universe
Middle-Earth trusted him, and it only brought desolation.
SmaugThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
What does a dragon even do with that much gold?
- 22Die Hard
He can seem pretty charming, but things really turn if you call him "bubby".
- 23Aladdin, The Return of Jafar
Has there ever been a grand vizier that wasn't evil?
Centuries before Siskel & Ebert, Commodus employed history's most devastating thumbs down.
- 25The Lord of the Rings universe
He'd rather burn with his precious than live as Smeagol.