Masks have been popular in all forms of entertainment since... there's been entertainment. They were one of the first, if not the very first, tools used by humans for storytelling and spectacle. All across the world, nearly every culture uses some kind of masks to dramatize a situation, be it around a campfire, on a stage, or used in protest. In film, to add that extra element of mystery and evil, some of the baddest, meanest villains of all time have worn masks.
Villains wearing masks became commonplace (especially in horror movies), as it could make a character appear more intimidating, more powerful, or, at the very least, keeping them mysterious and anonymous. But who are the greatest masked villains ever?
Not all villains need a mask, but it certainly helps them keep up their air of mystery and evil. Cast your votes below for the greatest villains to have ever donned a mask.
Appears in: Star Wars franchiseThe guy just exudes awesome. Without that helmet (as we learned when Jango Fett took off his mask)... meh, not so much. If it's just some dude wearing tactical gear, he's far less intimidating than with the full get up. There's a reason Boba Fett's helmet is so iconic.629290Are they one of the best?
Appears in: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles FranchiseAssassin, samurai, leader of the foot clan. Shredder is the main antagonist of TMNT and with a mask like that, even turtle power can't stop him.514241Are they one of the best?
Appears in: The Lord of the Rings franchiseThe ultimate antagonist of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy was unspeakably terrifying and made every moment of his somewhat limited screen time count. With a mask like that, we didn't need long to know this was a bad, bad guy.537271Are they one of the best?
Appears in: Scream moviesTerrorizing teenagers over the course of multiple films (and an upcoming TV show), the only reason this character worked was the mask. With each new Scream movie, you have to ask, which one of these kids is capable of slaying all of their friends? Those blank dark eyes only make it all the more creepy.430243Are they one of the best?