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The Most Cold-Blooded Lines From Movie Villains

List RulesVote up the most coldblooded lines ever uttered by movie villains.

Some movie villains go over the top. Some go with silence. Others still are emotional wrecks. But for the majority, the most memorable movie villains are the truly cold-blooded ones. These are the antagonists who can make you quake in your boots without breaking eye contact. Something is broken in their brain that makes them truly evil people. You don't know what it is... you don't know how to define it. But it is always obvious when you see it.

The Departed's Frank Costello. The Third Man's Harry Lime. The Silence of the Lambs's Hannibal Lecter. Some of the most celebrated actors in the history of Hollywood filmmaking have earned their stripes in roles that let them play into pure evil. These are the kind of characters who would shoot their own mother and not lose a solitary moment of sleep that night.

Vote up the villain lines that chilled you to your bones.

  • "You see, in their last moments, people show you who they really are. So in a way... I know your friends better than you ever did. Would you like to know which of them were cowards?"

    This is nowhere near the top of the most-quoted Joker moments from The Dark Knight. It's likely you don't even remember who he is talking to in this scene. And if you do remember, you can't quite remember the guy's name (Detective Gerard Stephens). But is there a more cold-blooded moment in the entirety of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy? Quite possibly not. It is quite the successful taunt as well, seeing as he goads Stephens into attacking him in order to escape from custody.

  • "I will tell you something, to take with you. Your wife was far sweeter forced than many are willing."

    Tim Roth is probably one of the most underappreciated actors of his generation. What is he even best known for? Lie to MeReservoir DogsThe Incredible Hulk? When he is on his game, in a project he deeply cares about, he is up there with the most talented actors of the past half-century. And his role in Rob Roy proves this to a T. Don't let his erudite exterior fool you: This dandy is one mean SOB. And by the time Liam Neeson's character does away with him during the climax, you're ecstatic that Roth's Cunningham got his comeuppance.

  • "You must be that little Spanish brat I taught a lesson to all those years ago. Simply incredible. You've been chasing me your whole life only to fail now? I think that's about the worst thing I've ever heard."

    Rugen is a heartless man. This is shown throughout the film as he tortures Westley. And this taunt is a pretty harsh one. Could you imagine if Inigo ended up dying here, as Rugen is being a smug prick right to his face? Thankfully, this doesn't happen and we're given one of the most memorable moments in all of 1980s filmmaking. You know the phrase... it's the most famous thing from The Princess Bride! "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." And countless T-shirts were made.

  • "You’re worth more dead than alive."

    Is there a more everlasting holiday feature film than It's a Wonderful Life? The answer is no. And in the style of classic American filmmaking, the audience is given a man to despise - Mr. Potter. This rich, crotchety older adult revels in the financial troubles of George Bailey and has no problem making this clear. He laughs in Bailey's face and tells him he is worth more in death than he is in life. Is that the most inhumane thing you can say to someone? Can you stoop any lower than telling a person that their corpse is worth more than their soul? Yeesh.