Top 10… Dagnasty Evil Villains

March 26, 2007 at 8:35 pm 22 comments

10. Agent SmithThe Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

“Mr. Aaaanderson.” Hugo Weaving’s calculated drawl made Smith the most evil computer programme since that shitey little paperclip from Word. Smith adds to the damning cinematic evidence that Artificial Intelligence is capable of nothing but pure, nasty evil.

9. The Wicked Witch of the WestThe Wizard of Oz (1939)

This hell-ho is often labelled the modern archetype for human wickedness. For the purposes of this post, we shall label her: dagnasty wicked. She’s SO evil she even gave confused monkeys the ability to fly. IT’S NOT NATURAL!

8. Jigsaw – Saw (2004), Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006)

He may have never killed anyone directly, but the things he forces them through are horrifically nasty. He considers himself more of a vigilante than a twisted psychotic; but if you really want people to appreciate life, inserting keys in their eyes and taunting them with a creepy puppet isn’t the nicest way to do it.

7. The Joker – Batman (1989)

Jack Nicholson’s superb take on this insane maniac was a welcome departure from the super-campness of Cesar Romero’s Joker. Sometimes amusing, sometimes terrifying, one thing was certain; he was pure evil.

6. Nurse Ratched – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

The most wicked, horrible bitch ever to grace the big-screen. Feeding off the immortal power of head nurse, she shocks, abuses and humiliates the patients into doing her bidding. And she has McMurphy lobotomised! I’m quivering with rage even just thinking about her.

5. Michael Myers – Halloween (1978), Halloween 2 (1981), Halloween 4 (1988), Halloween 5 (1989)… (sigh)… and all the rest

“I met him, fifteen years ago,” says Dr. Sam Loomis. “I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes… the *devil’s* eyes! I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… *evil*!” Enough said.

4. The T-1000 – Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

He may be an emotionless machine but he was programmed with evil intent and that makes him evil. And by Lucifer, he had the evil tools and intent for the job. Which made him scarier than the Austrian model. Being chased by the T-1000 would probably be the most opportune time to take up incontinence.

3. Norman Bates – Psycho (1960)

A psychologist’s dream,
Norman is utterly, utterly messed up in the head. Multiple personalities, Oedipus complexes and homicidal tendencies all attribute to a ridiculously warped and evil mind. He may be quite a tragic character, but it doesn’t detract from his nastiness.

2. Hannibal Lecter – Manhunter (1986), Silence of the Lambs (1991), Hannibal (2001), Red Dragon (2002), Hannibal Rising (2007)

“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” Cannibalism, murder and a keen nose for wine, Lecter is pure intellect and evil. The only villain who could remain terrifying behind three inches of reinforced glass, he kills for calm and calculated reasons. Utterly terrifying, utterly evil.

1. Darth Vader – Star Wars Episodes III (2005), IV (1977), V (1980), VI (1983)

The most evil villain of them all and the scariest boss in the galaxy. Disagree with most bosses, you might get a pay cut, disagree with Vader and you’ll be getting a fistful of Force down your throat. Vader destroyed entire planets without flinching, wiped out all the Jedis without batting an eyelid and even killed his beloved wife (through the medium of heartbreak). Forget the good that Luke sensed within him, that was merely the remnants of that pussy Anakin. Darth Vader was pure, 100% dagnasty evil. Even his breathing was evil.

And the worst… Mr. FreezeBatman and Robin (1997)

“Ice to see you.” No Arnie. No it wasn’t.

Not dagnasty enough for ya? Let us know below.

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  • 1. corkeryd  |  March 26, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    The list of villains was very long, but in the end there could be only ten. Here’s a few other worthy nominations that were just barely cut:

    Vincent – Collateral
    Khan – Star Trek II
    The Ringwraiths – Lord of the Rings
    Hans Gruber – Die Hard
    Annie Wilkes – Misery
    Blowfeld – prett much all the Bond movies
    Jack Torrance – The Shining
    Michael Corleone – Godfather Part II
    The T-800 – The Terminator
    Jason – Friday the 13th
    Freddy Kruger – Nightmare on Elm Street
    Yellow Bastard – Sin City

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  • 2. cathy  |  March 26, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    brilliant list!

    angela lansbury in THe Manchurian Candidate should have made it on though. scary!

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  • 3. Bethany  |  March 26, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    what happened to the shark from Jaws? lol j/k

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  • 4. corkeryd  |  March 27, 2007 at 12:04 am

    … They blew him up, Bethany. They blew him up.

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  • 5. Michael  |  March 27, 2007 at 8:05 am

    Hey i love this movie :).. one of the best ever produced..

    but i didn’t like the ending though.. didn’t have a nice meaning 😛

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  • 6. graemepowell  |  March 27, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    The Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman, natch)
    Magua (Wes Studi in Last of the Mohicans)
    Archibald Cunningham (Tim Roth in Rob Roy)

    Strangely enough, I think all of these villains are killed off with some manner of sword.

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  • 7. iancarey  |  March 28, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    What about the Ma from ‘the adventures of Darren’

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  • 8. Essa  |  March 28, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Lol, that paperclip from word sure is annoying. Great Site, keep up the good work.

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  • 9. lynmac  |  March 28, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    Alex from A Clockwork Orange is pretty badass. But perhaps not enough for the list.
    You could probably make an entire list of cartoon super villains.
    Scar from The Lion King (he did kill Simba’s dad)
    Lex Luthor from Superman (never trust a guy that bald)
    The Queen from Snow White (purely for that fact that she was so evil she was willing to take on seven midgets, a feat in itself)

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  • 10. billchristian  |  March 28, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Dagnasty? Villians are so diverse it’s hard to give a single unified list of antagonists. You have the mentally challenged (Patrick Bateman, American Psycho), the narcissists (Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil, Dangerous Liaisons), and the religious fanatics (Thulsa Doom, Conan the Barbarian) all competing with each other. A more descriptive criteria may focus the top 10.

    If I had to pick one baddy though, my pick would be Rebecca Taylor in Nine Months. She brain washed Sam into believing his life was utterly worthless without a baby – bone chilling. The dream of a prey mantis was foreshadowing of her diabolical intentions. I have similar nightmares and sympathize with poor Sam.

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  • 11. corkeryd  |  March 28, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Ya, they’re all relevant categories, but it takes something really special to be Dagnasty Evil!

    And the real villain in Nine Months was whoever was responsible for creating it. (shudder)

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  • 12. a44paco  |  March 29, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    this a very good top 10, but I would have went with some very different choices. you guys/gals have a really interesting blog.

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  • 13. ash wednesday  |  March 29, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Pinhead from Hellraiser. ’nuff said.

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  • 14. Brent  |  March 29, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Sutter Cane from John Carpenter’s In The Mouth of Madness –one of the most underrated films of all time. It’s definitely on my favorites list.

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  • 15. mattgunn  |  March 29, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    You got to it just before I did! I was gonna write a similar post, although my listing would be quite different. Great job, though.

    -Matt
    http://www.mattgunn.ca

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  • 16. jihadjoe  |  March 30, 2007 at 1:42 am

    I’m glad Darth vadar was #1. I could accept no other.

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  • 17. scottshouse  |  March 30, 2007 at 5:43 am

    Wow, what a great list. Both your top 10 and the comments. What about Damon Killan (Richard Dawson) in Running Man?

    Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs? You can’t listen to ‘Stuck in the Middle’ and not think of that scene.

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  • 18. amiripz  |  March 30, 2007 at 7:35 am

    Nice list I must say.

    the Agent Smith of Matrix I surely would even make it to Top-3 easily. He played a terric role.

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  • 20. Incorrigible Introvert  |  March 30, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Yeah, Agent Smith should have been placed higher.

    And you missed Kevin Spacey from Se7en. One of his shortest screen appearances, and one of his most memorable.

    Remember the part where Morgan Freeman reads out one of his journals… it was fascinating.

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  • 21. corkeryd  |  March 30, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    John Doe was very close to making it into the top 10, but just missed the boat.

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  • 22. arkansassongbird  |  March 30, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    I’m so glad that Norman Bates, Nurse Ratched and the Wicked Witch of the West made your list. Classic villains!!

    Reply

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