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"El Capitan" from Pan's Labyrinth.
Nurse Ratchet, Catwoman and Gollum are the ones that pop immediately into my head.
Darth VaderMichael CorleoneAmon GoethThe Wicked Witch of the WestHannibal Lecter
Noah Cross from Chinatown
AlienRosa KlebbAuric GoldfingerKhan Noonien SinghBridget GregoryLilly Dillon...I've got a serious villain fetish.
Maleficent! Or for sheer chill factor, a three-way tie between Pennywise ('It'), Hans Becert ('M') and Reverend Kane ('Poltergeist II'). They still scare the shit out of me!
HANS GRUBER as played by Alan Rickman in Die HardGenius!female...NURSE RACHET...a woman without a concious
Brick Top in Snatch
Robert Mitchum in either Night of the Hunter or Cape FearThe Bishop from Fanny and AlexanderJoseph Cotten as Uncle Charlie in Shadow of a DoubtA cool villain: Bill from Kill BillHottest (sort of a) Villain: Regina George
Aaron Sletzer and Jason Friedburg, those @$$holes are ruining film comedy (in Date, Epic and Disaster Movie) and dumbing down an entire generation of film-goers.Oh you mean fictional? Mrs. Iselin (as played by Angela Lansbury) in the Manchurian Candidate. Would Daniel Plainview (of There Will Be Blood fame) count as a villain?
Hannibal Lector - Silence of the LambsAmon Goeth - Schindler's ListThe Joker - The Dark KnightCatwoman - Batman ReturnsAlien/Alien Queen - Alien, AliensHas Gruber - Die HardDemon/Satan/Linda Blair - The ExorcistGollum - The Lord of the RingsDarth Vader - Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the JediJoe Pesci - Goodfellas, CasinoBruce - JawsFrank Costello - The Departedthe one ring - The Lord of the Rings
Bill the Butcher
The Warden from The Shawshank Redemption, the schoolteachers and parents in The 400 Blows (:P), and Scar in The Lion King.
Hannibal Lector (Silence of the Lambs)Darth Vader (Empire Strikes Back)The Joker (The Dark Knight)Amon Goeth (Schindler's List)Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
Harry Powell from Night of the Hunter, Batty from Blade Runner, and Aguirre from Aguirre, the Wrath of God, in addition to others mentioned here.
Eve from All about EveBeth Jarret from Ordinary PeopleJack Torrance from The shiningAlex from A clockwork orangeOtto from A fish called Wanda (if he counts as a villain)Frank Booth from Blue velvetMichael Corleone from The godfather part IITom Ripley from The talented mr. RipleyAnton Chigurh From No country for old menHannibal Lecter from The silence of the lambs
I'm kinda surprised (even if it's just overly expectant fanboyism) that no one has said Edvard Vergerus yet. He's gotta be important in the history of villains, right? Or at least with the "esp. fucked up beyond all belief" ones.
It's tricky thinking of someone who hasn't already been mentioned but for pure boo-hissableness how about The Baroness from The Sound of Music?Of course she does do the decent thing in the end, and dresses fabulously.
Nice job, El Gigante, with Angela Lansbury's Mrs. Iselin. She'd top my list, too.A couple more deliciously evil divas:- Regina Giddens (Bette Davis) in The Little Foxes- Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver) in Working Girl- Captain Lewis (Eileen Brennan) in Private Benjamin- Beth Jarrett (Mary Tyler Moore) in Ordinary People
Annie Wilcox in Misery.BTW Eve in all about eve and the baroness in sound of music are not really villains are they? Especially the latter.
Any woman played onscreen by Miranda Richardson I consider to have the hint of villainy immediately.
nurse ratcher - humanthe alien - non human
Nini Legs In The Air.
Tilda Swinton as the White Witch in the first Narnia movie.
Shit! Just as I hit submit, I remembered a better Swinton villian, which is my new top choice: Queen Isabella in Jarman's Edward II. The scene when she bites the dude in the neck wearing that fabulous dress was more, um, formative for me than perhaps it's wise to admit.
Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People. Her icy persona can be felt in EVERY scene. Amazing performance.
Robert Mitchum in Cape FearJavier Bardem in No Country for Old Men
Sandra Bullock.The creepiest screen presence by far.Iggy
Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus. "Dance, dance until you DIE!"
Harry Lime from The Third Man
Katherine Hepburn in Suddenly, Last Summer. But really, the lady could've played anything with perfection.Also, some lesser admired villains have stuck in my mind since the day I saw them:Selena (Faye Dunaway) - SupergirlPrincess Mombi - Return To OzJane Palmer (Lizabeth Scott) - Too Late For Tears (if you've never seen this film noir, seek it out. you must)
John Doe from Se7en...More recently, I would say Mrs Carmody from The Mist.
OT: Hey Nathaniel, I recently got the script for Changeling. It's a really well written role that is entirely subtle. If you want a copy please reply with an email I can send it to you. Thanks!
catherine ---hear hearruns like --love it. i think maybe she deserves an appreciation post somewhere.Iggy --hee!everyone --a lot of great choices here and some that I'd forgotten about.
John Malkovich in "Dangerous Liasons"Tim Curry in "The Three Musketeers"What's His Name in "True Lies"but the ultimate evil villain is definitely Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight"
Scar - Lion KingThe Joker - TDKChigurgh - No CountryThe Beast/Hercules - The SandlotPatrick Bateman (is he a villain?)Wes Studi - that one Native American actor who is a bad guy in every movie involving Native Americans since the late 1980s most notably Magua in Last of the Mohicans
Nobody has mentioned Katharine Hepburn as Mary Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night.Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty (who is my favorite villain) and Chernabog from the segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria" from Fantasia (a little bias for animated films).
My Favorite Cinematic Villains:Hannibal Lecter- “Silence of the Lambs”Alex Forrest- “Fatal Attraction”Norman Bates- “Psycho”Nurse Ratched- “One Flew Over Cuckoo’s”Maleficent- “Sleeping Beauty”Annie Wilkes- “Misery” Frollo- “Hunchback of Notre Dame” (96)Regan/ The demon- “The Exorcist”The Joker- “The Dark Knight”The alien- “Alien”RU: Tom Ripley- “Talented Mr. Ripley”, Darth Vader- “Star Wars”, Anton Chigurh- “No Country”, Michael Myers- “Halloween”, Ms. Minchin- “A Little Princess”
Oh, and I so second the Sandra Bullock comment; a cinematic villian indeed!
Cruelle Deville in 101 Dalmations(who else has a cool song?!) Bella Lagosi as DraculaRalph Fiennes as Lord VoldemortJack Nicholson in the ShiningAlan Rickman in RobinhoodAngelica Housten in the WitchesBette Davis as Baby Jane Hudson
I'm gonna go ahead and suggest a potentially unpopular name with Mandy Moore as Hilary Faye in Saved!Don't knock it till you see it.My other favorite is Madam Mim in Sword in the Stone. She's also possibly my favorite Disney character.Also major major major major agreement with Billy D re Bette in Hocus Pocus. Absolute thespian genius.
Nicodemus in 'The Secret of NIMH' is one for the all-time list.Michelle Pfeiffer as Ingrid in 'White Oleander' is also fab -- very much in the vein of Mrs. Iselin.
Hannibal LecterAnnie WilkesNorma DesmondBaby Jane HudsonAlex Forrest
arnold in batman and robin...just kidding
Judge Frollo from Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame. I still think this film is criminally underrated - it's probably my all time favorite Disney movie. Some amazingly complex/mature villainry for an animated family film.Also:Amon GoethEdvard VergerusAnton ChigurhFrank BoothHans GruberBlair Witch/Zodiac Killer (I figure they have to share ;) )
JawsGoldfingerOdd JobAnnie WilkesAnton ChigurhThe Wicked Queen from Snow White
I just wanna add:The Nuns : The Magdelene Sisters
Sorry I'm late...Angela Lansbury retires the cup with the perfect villian in "The Manchurian Candidate" - it goes right to the pit of the soul like a hot needle in a cold nerve to see a mother betray her own for something so crass as power. One not metioned so far (?) - Jaws from "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Moonraker". Indestructably over-the top. Such good fun.
Gotta add:Mrs. Danvers - RebeccaTom Ripley - Plein Soleil (1960)Lady Asaji - Throne of Blood - scariest Lady Macbeth ever. Just the sound of her kimono sends chills.
Ivan Drago from Rocky IV."I must break you."Who comes up with these lines?
Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes in Misery
Commodus from Gladiator... nobody can top that! The White Witch from Narina!The entire town in Dogville (children are included)
Noah Cross, from Chinatown Harry Lime, from The Third Man Roman & Minnie Castevet, Rosemary's Baby Frank Booth, Blue Velvet Anton Chigurh, No Country For Old Men Harry Powell, from THe NIght of the Hunter Karen Crowder, from Michael ClaytonI'm sure there's more, but I can't think of them right now
Alan Arkin as Rote in Wait Until Dark.Martin Sheen in the Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane.You've hit most of the other ones.
Bette Davis in The Anniversary
Me too, Agent69 ;)Though I think he becomes increasingly sympathetic over the course of the series, I must crown Hannibal Lecter as the best villain =)
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