The Most Shocking Villain Moments Of 2022

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Vote up the villain moments that made 2022 more evil.

The year 2022 gave us a slew of memorable villains in movies and on TV shows, from larger-than-life comic book foes like Namor from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, to the delightfully unhinged Pearl from Pearl, to the reality-jumping Jobu Tupaki from Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Many of them are memorable because of one shocking moment in their stories. Often, these are horrific acts of violence that show exactly what they're capable of. Other times, the moment is shocking because it completely upends what the audience thought about the character. Either way, these are some of the most shocking villain moments from 2022 that we'll be thinking about for years to come. 

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    150 VOTES

    Vecna Rampaging Through The Hawkins Lab In 'Stranger Things'

    Vecna Rampaging Through The Hawkins Lab In 'Stranger Things'
    Photo: Netflix

    Stranger Things Season 4 starts with a sequence in which Dr. Brenner wakes up in Hawkins Lab to discover that while he was unconscious, a bloody massacre took place. The massacre itself is gruesome enough, but a plot twist makes it especially gut-wrenching. All along, it's implied that Brenner's favorite test subject, Eleven, was the perpetrator - which would explain why Eleven is still so haunted today.

    In fact, as Season 4 progresses, it turns out the culprit is actually One, AKA Henry, AKA Eleven's friend and protector at the lab. Of course, One then turns out to be Vecna, the Mind Flayer's top lieutenant and Season 4's Big Bad. 

    150 votes
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    132 VOTES

    Seeing Darth Vader's True Face In 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'

    Seeing Darth Vader's True Face In 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'
    Photo: Disney+

    The Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi filled in the gap between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, explaining what Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader got up to in the time between. The entire first season builds to a confrontation between Obi-Wan and Vader. It doesn't quite have life-or-death stakes since we know both characters will survive to A New Hope, but it's still a major moment. 

    Throughout the series, Obi-Wan has been consumed by guilt that he failed to stop his one-time protege Anakin Skywalker from becoming Darth Vader. But when Obi-Wan slashes Vader's helmet and sees Anakin's true face, Anakin tells him the truth: it was his decision to turn to the dark side all along. Obi-Wan has already lost his best friend. This makes him question if he ever really knew his best friend at all. 

    132 votes
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    128 VOTES

    Riddler Blowing Up Gil Colson In 'The Batman'

    In The Batman, the Caped Crusader squares off against an ultra-violent version of the Riddler, who's obsessed with exposing Gotham's dark secrets. Early in the film, the Riddler abducts DA Gil Colson, who's secretly working with the mob, then straps a time bomb around his neck and forces him to answer three riddles. When Colson refuses to answer the third, which would identify the Penguin as an informant, the Riddler literally blows up his head. 

    It's a shockingly brutal killing for a Batman film. Even more intense, it resembles the real-life killing of Brian Wells, the pizza delivery driver who was forced to rob a bank with a bomb around his neck.

    128 votes
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    116 VOTES

    Scarlet Witch Annihilating Kamar-Taj In 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness'

    In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Doctor Strange and the Masters of the Mystic Arts find themselves protecting a young woman named America Chavez, who has the ability to jump between multiple realities. They're protecting her from Scarlet Witch, who's determined to jump into an alternate reality where she can live with her husband and children.

    Midway through the film, Scarlet Witch tracks them to their stronghold of Kamar-Taj, and when they refuse to give up America, she obliterates it. It's definitely surprising to see how far Scarlet Witch is willing to go. It's even more surprising to see Kamar-Taj fall, especially after it's appeared in so many other Marvel films. 

    116 votes
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    68 VOTES

    The Butterflies Swarming The Police Station In 'Peacemaker'

    The Butterflies Swarming The Police Station In 'Peacemaker'
    Photo: HBO Max

    In the HBO Max series Peacemaker, the black-ops project A.R.G.U.S. recruits John Cena's eponymous superhero to protect Earth from an invasion of the Butterflies, an alien species that can take over people's bodies and control them. This brings them to the attention of the local Evergreen police force, who begins investigating them.

    In Episode 6 of Season 1, the Butterflies attack the Evergreen police station and take over the bodies of dozens of cops, killing them in the process - and making Peacemaker's investigation even more complicated. The police station attack is a brutal reminder of just how dangerous Peacemaker's new enemy is. 

    68 votes
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    62 VOTES

    Richie Stabbing Sam In 'Scream'

    The Scream franchise is all about the rules and tropes of horror films. By the time the 2022 reboot came out, it had been 26 years since the original - time enough for the original Scream's story beats to be considered tropes themselves. In the original, Sidney's boyfriend Billy and friend Stu turn out to be Ghostface.

    The reboot trots out its own murderous betrayal when Sam's boyfriend Richie stabs her, revealing himself to be the revived Ghostface. It was shocking the first time around, and still shocking the second.  

    62 votes