“A hero is a hero, but everybody loves a great villain.” — Ferb Fletcher
A while back, I did a post outlining some of my favorite characters from movies and TV. At the end of that post, I said that I might do a similar one in the future, like favorite side characters or favorite villains.
Today, I’m doing the latter!
Like last time, this is a list of ten characters, but it’s not technically a “Top Ten” list. It’s in no particular order, and I’m limiting myself to one character from each franchise. So, without further ado, my favorite screen villains!
Darth Vader (Star Wars saga)
“If only you knew the POWER of the dark side!”
What better way to start off the list than with one of the most iconic villains of all time? There’s really no explanation needed. The mask, the lightsaber, the mechanical breathing, the voice, the theme music, the story — everything about Darth Vader is just fantastic. And I hear he’s going to make an appearance in Rogue One, so that’s exciting!
Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (Phineas and Ferb)
Wait! Doof gets to be on both lists? You’d better believe it! No further explanation necessary.
Discord (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
This asymmetrical combination of several animals is the spirit of chaos. He loves toying with people (er, ponies), sowing the seeds of confusion and enmity while having a blast doing it. He’s also hilarious, even after he’s converted to the good side (spoiler alert for a show about cartoon horses, lol).
“You’re a wizard, Twilight!”
This guy has got to be my favorite Disney villain. Anyone who’s seen the movie knows that this fast-talking trickster is a blast to watch, especially when he goes on one of his rages. I crack up every time.
Gollum (The Lord of the Rings)
One of the most fascinating villains on this list. You’ve all seen the movies and/or read the books (or, at least, you’d better have), so I don’t need to explain. Have a GIF instead!
“Not listening. I’m not listening!”
Vizzini (The Princess Bride)
Another one that doesn’t really need any explanation.
Vector (Despicable Me)
This guy really isn’t all that threatening, and he’s such a dork. But that’s probably why I like him so much. How can you not like a guy who makes a piranha gun and a squid launcher?
Voldemort (Harry Potter)
Sure, maybe Voldy could have been done better overall in the films. But that doesn’t change the fact that he’s still one of the most interesting baddies I’ve ever found. He’s less bent on world domination and more focused on his fear of dying — heck, his name even roughly translates to “flight from death!” And no one gives better hugs, either. Kind of.
Lord Business (The LEGO Movie)
Sometimes a villain strikes a great balance between being threatening, hilarious, and even a bit sympathetic. This guy is a great example!
“The ‘S’ is silent.”
Bill Cipher (Gravity Falls)
This “all-seeing eye” lookalike is not only the best villain of any kids’ show I’ve seen, he’s one of the best villains I’ve ever seen ever. Sometimes he’s mysterious, sometimes he’s hilarious, and sometimes he’s downright terrifying. And show creator Alex Hirsch absolutely nails his voice. Pictures and GIFs can only do this guy partial justice — you need to see him in action to see why he’s one of my favorites.
And that’s it! What’d ya think? Did I forget any villains that you’re particularly fond of? Let me know in the comments!
See you next time!