“We stop looking for monsters under the bed when we realize they are inside of us.” - Joker
Many stylish villains outwardly express themselves by bucking norms and wearing their hearts - or at least the way they wish them to be perceived - on their sleeves. Villainous characters know the ways they adorn themselves speak volumes, so they may as well crank it up to 11.
The past decade has graced us with a number of incredibly stylish villains. Thanks to these fiendish fashionistas, villainy may now conjure images of Emily Nelson in A Simple Favor, rocking the hell out of perfectly tailored menswear, or Cersei in Game of Thrones stalking the Red Keep in progressively fiercer frocks, or Killmonger in Black Panther, whose American militarism-meets-Wakandan futurism looks perfectly define his character - while making him all the more swoon-worthy.
Which epic styles of 2010s villains take the cake? Let’s take a peek at the contenders.
And then you can check out those on the opposite end of the spectrum.
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Sporting meticulous patterned suits paired with bold - but not audacious - patterned ties and pocket squares, Dr. Lecter is not to be ignored. His style expresses an understanding of society’s rules and expectations, but a willingness to intelligently break them.
The eerily brilliant psychiatrist with a knack for understanding the human psyche (and what wine one might pair best with) knows just what his appearance says to the world, and more than they will ever comprehend. His style perfectly reflects his self-assuredness.Is this a villain with style?
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Elizabeth Debicki As Victoria Vinciguerra ('The Man from U.N.C.L.E.')
A blonde amalgamation of all Audrey Hepburn's most memorable looks from the 1960s, Victoria is the Cold War-era pinnacle of stylish evil. As gorgeous as she is wicked, the vile, wealthy Third Reich sympathizer is set on acquiring a nuclear bomb.
She dresses in an incredibly upscale mod fashion - plenty of black and white with gold accents, color blocking, and statement earrings. Clad in the most up-to-date fashions of the period, a thoroughly blase Victoria oozes privilege and self-assurance.Is this a villain with style?
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Blake Lively As Emily Nelson ('A Simple Favor')
Emily brazenly lies, steals, and manipulates everyone in her orbit. Her impeccably tailored, classic menswear-inspired looks juxtaposed by long, flowing blonde hair and sky-high heels create a picture of a woman who's exquisitely put-together while maintaining a "not even trying" vibe.
This combination makes her irresistible to men and women alike - and she knows it. She is a magnetic enigma in a power suit.Is this a villain with style?
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Cottonmouth wears his expensive three-piece suits as armor. Conveying his status and how far he has come in the world, he wishes to portray a figure who is not to be crossed. Dapper style is a sign one has "made it" and deserves respect.
He wears it brilliantly, but one does not acquire a signature style by simply taking the traditional path. Bold moves like a vest in a different shade than his pants and jacket, and a prominent tie pin, make his outfit choices confident and unique.Is this a villain with style?