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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.

  • "They tell me your son squealed like a girl when they nailed him to the cross. And your wife moaned like a wh*re when they ravaged her... again, and again, and again."

    Years before he played a more realistic take on the Clown Prince of Crime, Joaquin Phoenix was probably best known for playing Commodus in box office smash Gladiator. This sniveling jerk straight up ruins Maximus's life - and he is not content with just letting Russell Crowe's character know he was the one who wiped out everything he loves. No, he decides to rub his foe's face in it. Let's make fun of the cries a child made when we crucified him! And let's make fun of the repeated violation of an innocent woman! What a delightful character.

    He gets his in the end, though. So there's that.

  • "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.

  • "You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well-scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition's given you some length of bone, but you're not more than one generation from poor white trash, are you, Agent Starling?"

    Hannibal Lecter's first meeting with Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs is not the most memorable or important one, but if you're looking for some coldblooded taunting, it has you covered. Hannibal is an evil genius and he's happy to toy with anyone in his vicinity, like a spider trolling its web for flies to pick on. There are many more famous lines from this film, but man, this one cuts the deepest. Calling someone a rube just feels especially mean for some reason. It's hard to put a finger on why... but it just is.

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    "He was the only man I ever killed worth remembering."

    Here's hoping someone can convince Daniel Day-Lewis to come out of acting retirement at some point in the future. Can you believe he has only appeared in six films since the turn of the century? It feels like more than that because every time he shows up in something, it's an event. He throws himself completely into his roles and Bill the Butcher was no different. And this scene, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, tells you everything you need to know about the Butcher. We feel like everyone you kill would be worth remembering, but not Bill. This dude is so sadistic, only one guy - unbeknownst to him, the father of the very man he's speaking to - ever made a true, human impression. Wowza.