The Greatest Comic Book Villains of All Time

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, so sorry it took so long to get this out. This is the fourth and final installment of villain month (well, month and a half now), and all that’s left to do is comic book villains!

And in case you missed it, here are the links to the other entries:

Top 10 Book Villains
Top 10 Movie Villains
Top 10 Video Game Villains

So, without further ado, let the games begin!

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Let the games begin!

10. Apocalypse

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The original Mutant, Apocalypse is over 5000 years old and extremely powerful. Over the ages he has been revered as a warlord as well as a god by a multitude of civilizations. And of course they would as he is immensely powerful! He can teleport, manipulate energy, absorb machines to enhance himself, enhance other people in the same way and make them into his servants, is a genius, and is, most of all, immortal. Power isn’t everything, though. This guy’s got vision. He doesn’t want to just rule the world, he wants to transform it into his own twisted empire of mutants!

9. Venom

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Goo. That’s all he is. Or parasitic alien goo, to be more precise. In fact, he’s not really even that evil. All he wants is to survive, and to do that, he needs a host body. Being the goo’s host isn’t all bad, though. The host gets enhanced strength, speed, sight, and Spiderman-like web-slinging abilities. The only downside is that whatever negative personality traits the host has are amplified as well, meaning that if you are a bad guy, you’ll become really bad. Even Spiderman, who wore the parasite for a while, became a pretty nasty person. After Spiderman ditched the goo, it bonded with a much more evil person and Venom was born. Venom is Spiderman’s antithesis. The same but evil, and that’s why he’s such great villain.

8. Thanos

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Thanos is one super baddy. He is fascinated with death, and is in love with its physical embodiment, Mistress Death, for whom he killed his own family. Already extremely powerful, thanos seeks the infinity gems, which together would make him omnipotent. Once he does actually gather them, he destroys half of all living things in the universe just to prove his love to Death. That’s one messed up super villain!

7. Green Goblin

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Probably Spiderman’s most successful villain in terms of pushing Spiderman to the brink, green Goblin, aka Norman Osborne, is another example of what happens to crooked people when they are given super strength. In Norman’s case, it made him insane. Equipped with a combat ready glider and an assortment of Halloween themed weapons and explosives, the Green Goblin is one lethal psychopath. I mean, how many villains can claim to have killed the hero’s girlfriend? Actually, let me rephrase that. How many villains can claim to have killed the hero’s girlfriend by the hero’s own hand?

6. Darkseid

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Essentially the equivalent of a dark space god, Darkseid is every bit as powerful as Superman, if not more so, and as evil as the devil himself. His ultimate goal is to eliminate all free will in the universe and reshape it in his image. The scary thing is that he nearly did it, almost destroying all of existence in the process. Perhaps one of his most terrifying traits is the fact that he can survive the destruction of his body. When his body is destroyed, he can transport his spirit into another body and continue his reign of terror.

5. Lex Luthor

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One of the smartest and most driven characters comic book history, Lex Luthor is the arch-enemy of Superman. The thing is, he has no super powers. Using only his brains and meticulous personality, he has brought the Man of Steel to his knees more than once. He is an industrialist and a corporate power, and has even been the President of the United States at one point. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t like to get his hands dirty, though. He also occasionally uses a robotic exoskeleton to fight superheroes.

4. Dr. Doom

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One of Marvel’s original baddies and one all around messed up guy. Dressed in a cloak and armor, Dr. Doom imitates the personification of Death. He is obsessed with his own superiority and wears an iron mask to hide a small scar on his cheek, as he believes that the scar proves that he is not as perfect as he’d like to be. He can manipulate electricity, is telepathic, is a sorcerer, and his armor grants him superhuman strength and flight. Like most good comic book villains, he wants to rule the world, and he’s got the resources to do it, too.

3. Loki

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Loki, foster brother to the mighty Thor, is the god of mischief and one of the most dangerous villains in the Marvel universe. Though he looks like an Asgardian, Loki is a Frost Giant, and he resents his adopted father, Odin, for treating him as if he were inferior to Thor. Loki was directly responsible for assembling the first team of Avengers when he plotted to take over Earth, and has caused more problems than just about any other supervillain. Though not as strong as Thor, he is incredibly powerful in other ways. He can fly, shape shift, teleport between dimensions, knows black magic, can shoot energy from his body, and can control people’s minds through hypnosis.

2. Magneto

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Magneto isn’t exactly the most powerful mutant. In fact, he’s not even close. But then again, he doesn’t need to be. That’s not to say he’s not powerful, but I’d be willing to bet that he wouldn’t need any power at all to be as formidable as he is. No, what makes him great is his vision. He can inspire people far more powerful than himself to follow him, amassing an army of super powered mutants. And the thing is, he really isn’t evil. All he wants is to make the world a better place for mutants to live in. The only problem with that is that he has no problem with eliminating all of the non-mutants to do it.

1. Joker

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How can you top the Joker? Sure, he’s not very strong or powerful, but he makes up for it in pure madness. In fact, what makes Joker great is that he can do enormous amounts of damage and bring even the greatest of heroes to their knees without powers. He is wholly unpredictable and often manipulates people through their darkest fears. And he doesn’t even do it for anything in return. He doesn’t want power or wealth or revenge. All he wants is chaos. He wants the world to be as crazy as he is. It also doesn’t hurt that he looks like a sadistic clown, which would honestly make him a great villain in itself.

That’s what I think, anyway. Be sure to cast your vote below!

The Top 10 Greatest Video Game Villains of All Time

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Alright! We’re halfway through our greatest villains lists. Movies are done. Books are done. Next up, if you couldn’t read the title, is video games!

In case you missed the other lists, here are the links.

Top 10 Movie Villains

Top 10 Book Villains

And just to recap, there is no overlap between lists, so you won’t find the Wicked Witch of the West on the movie list because she’s originally from a book.

And don’t forget to vote at the end. Remember, the villains with the most votes will move onto the overall greatest villains list at the end of the month!

Boring stuff aside, let’s got onto the list!

10. Giovanni – Pokemon

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Pokemon isn’t exactly a series known for it’s villains. They always tend to be a little boring. Giovanni is certainly the exception. He was the original Pokemon baddy. He’s greedy, power hungry, the leader of Team Rocket, and one of the last foes you face in the game. He also has a thing for cats (what good villain doesn’t?) and has a major superiority complex. Oh, and don’t forget, he’s the father of the player’s rival in the direct sequel. I guess being bad runs in the family.

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9. Shao Kahn – Mortal Kombat

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Also known as the Konqueror, Shao Kahn is the emperor of Outworld and is bent on taking over all of the realms (worlds) and enslaving their inhabitants. He is immensely powerful and has an insatiable bloodlust. He also has an odd sense of humor, laughing almost maniacally at times for little reason and making statements that would be a little less than eloquent for an emperor. After all, who can forget a line like “you suck!”

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8. Dr. Wily – Mega Man

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There’s something about being good with robotics that seems to make a person want to grow a massive mustache and try to conquer the world. Dr. Wily wasn’t always evil, though. He originally worked with his arch-nemesis, Dr. Light, but turned against him after Dr. Light got most of the credit for their work. Seeking recognition for his talent, he builds war machines and powerful humanoid robots to do his dark bidding. Despite all that, you can’t help but feel a little sorry for the guy. I mean, not getting any props for your hard work is kind of rough.

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7. GLaDOS – Portal

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What’s scarier than a corrupted AI bent on killing you. Not much, actually. GLaDOS isn’t like most other evil AI’s, though. She’s witty. She’s narcissistic. She has personality! And that’s what makes her so great. She’s cold, hard silicon, but if it weren’t for her robotic voice, you’d never know.

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6. Albert Wesker – Resident Evil

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This guy is as selfish as they come. Even before he was given superhuman strength, thanks to a special virus, he was trying to gain as much power and influence as he could. After he gained his superhuman abilities, his ultimate goal became to transform the entire human race into superhumans like himself. That actually doesn’t sound so bad, unless, of course, you don’t much like the idea of having to worship Wesker as your god in exchange.

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5. Dr. Robotnik – Sonic the Hedgehog

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If the size of an evil scientist’s mustache is any indication of how diabolical he is, then Doctor Ivo “Eggman” Robitnik must be the worst! Like most supervillains, Dr. Robotnik desires nothing more than to rule the world, but his methods are especially ruthless. Sure, building a robot army doesn’t sound too original, but what about powering said robots with adorable little animals? That’s just messed up! And, unlike other evil scientists on this list, he doesn’t mind getting his hands a little dirty. Heck, not only is he the last boss in most Sonic games, he’s also the first (and the second, and the third, and the, well, you get the idea).

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4. Kefka – Final Fantasy VI

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There’s something about clown makeup that just makes some people go crazy. Or, maybe it’s the other way around, and crazy people are just simply attracted to the look. Either way, it’s hard to argue that Kefka is the worst of such, uh, colorful villains (there may be one exception, but he’s not a video game character, so…). What makes him so bad? A lot of villains want to rule the world, but they always fail. Kefka didn’t. Not only did he destroy the world as its inhabitants knew it, but also became, literally, a god in the process. He then proceeded to try to kill everyone that was left on the planet. That’s pretty dang evil!

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3. Bowser – The Super Mario Series

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Also known as King Koopa, Bowser doesn’t ask for much. All he wants is to Marry Princess Peach and rule the Mushroom Kingdom. Is that so much to ask? In fact, if it weren’t for the meddling plumber, Mario, he would have gotten his wish a long time ago. He’s a talented guy, too. He can golf, race go karts, play intricate party games, and a whole host of other things. All that talent isn’t enough to get him what he truly wants, though. Oh well, you can’t fault him for trying.

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2. Sephiroth – Final Fantasy VII

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A lot of people would argue that Kefka is a better Final Fantasy villain than Sephiroth. They would be wrong. Sure, Kefka is stronger (slightly), and yeah, he actually succeeded in destroying the world, whereas Sephiroth didn’t. Spephiroth, however, has something that Kefka doesn’t, and most villains for that matter: a really great back story. Sephiroth used to be a good guy. A revered hero, actually. Once he found out the source of his strength came from the corpse of an evil alien, however, he began to go insane with guilt and anger. Ultimately, he decided to finish what the alien had started and destroy the world. Oh yeah, and that’s another thing Sephiroth has over Kefka. His plan is way more twisted. Not only does Sephiroth want to destroy all life on the planet, he wants to, as he put it, “sail through the darkness of the cosmos with this planet as [his] vessel.” Villainous! Oh, and he also has a really badass theme song.

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1. Ganon – The Legend of Zelda Series

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This is an example of a villain that just won’t die. He’s been stabbed through the heart, stabbed through his head, turned to stone, and sealed in alternate dimensions multiple times. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! His survival is really not so surprising when you consider the fact that he is the reincarnation of the source of all evil, the Demon King, Demise. He has conquered Hyrule several times, and, according to the official Legend of Zelda timeline, has even killed Link, the hero of the series, at one point, leaving nothing but the gods themselves to stop him from plunging the world into darkness. If that doesn’t make a villain deserve the top spot, then I don’t know what could!

That’s just my opinion, though. What do you guys think? Vote below!

The Top 10 Book Villains of All Time

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Here we are in the second entry into my Villain Appreciation Month tribute. Last time I gave my list of the greatest movie villains of all time. If you haven’t seen it yet, here is a link to the article (https://ifihadanycentsatall.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/the-greatest-movie-villains-of-all-time/). This week, I’m giving my list of the greatest book villains of all time.

Now, just as a reminder, this is only one of four categories of villain lists. There are movies (the last one), books (this one), comic books, and video games. There is no overlap of villains, so all villains will only appear in the lists covering the medium that they originally appeared in, so Joker, for instance, won’t be in the movie list because he’s from a comic book.

And don’t forget to vote on who you think is the best at the bottom. After all the lists have been made, I’ll compile a top ten out of the villains you all voted for from all the lists, giving us the overall greatest villain of all time!

Oh, and uh… I made a mistake in the last list. The number 1 (and of course, it had to be number 1 :/) in my movie list, Norman Bates, turns out to be from a book, so I have to retract him. Fortunately, he’s being moved to this list, because, ya know, he’s from a book. Now, I know it’s hard to believe, and I’m sorry, but people on the internet make mistakes, too.

Anyway, without further ado,

Shall we begin?

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Yeah, he’s from a movie. He’s not in the list, so get over it.

10. The Frankenstein Monster – Frankenstein

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There have been many incarnations of the Frankenstein monster over the years, but none has been more terrifying or iconic than the original. Mary Shelley’s version wasn’t just some grunting, slow-walking zombie, like later incarnations portray him. No, he was fast, he was strong, and above all, he was super smart. I’d even go as far as to say that he was even smarter than Victor Frankenstein, the man who created him. Couple that with the fact that he hates the world for being unable to see past his grotesque appearance, and you’ve got yourself a good villain. Sure, you can sympathize with him. After all, it’s not his fault he’s so ugly. But that doesn’t excuse him from being a murderer.

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9. Wicked Witch of the West – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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She’s mean, she’s green, and she’s got an army of flying monkeys. Despite all her power, the Wicked Witch of the West is a little peculiar as far as witches go. She is afraid of the dark (odd, no?), mostly only has power over wild animals, and can be killed by a bucket’s worth of water. There’s a reason for this, though. She, like everything else in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is a metaphor for the political world of the time it was written. That, though, is a story for a different post. And, metaphor or not, the Wicked Witch of the West is an awesome and brutal villain, certainly deserving this no. 9 spot on the list.

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8. Ersnt Stavro Blofeld – You Only Live Twice / On Her Majesty’s Secret Service / Thunderball

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This dude is the original super villain. Also known as Number 1, Blofeld is the head of an evil organization, has a fluffy white cat, is bald, has a big scary chair, and has plans for world domination. You can’t get much more evil than that! Arch enemy to James Bond, Blofeld and his organization, SPECTRE, has consistently been a major threat to the world. Oh, and if you noticed that he has a striking resemblance to Dr. Evil, it’s because Dr. Evil was modeled after him.

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7. The White Witch – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe / The Magician’s Nephew

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She’s as evil as she is beautiful, and that’s pretty dang evil. A lot of villains try to conquer things. It’s a pretty evil thing to do, after all. But the White Witch, or Jadis, actually does, successfully taking over the land of Narnia, and ruling with an iron (er, icy) fist for 100 years. She is extremely powerful and possesses eternal youth. In fact, the only one that can stop her is Aslan (Lion Jesus), which is fitting, as she is pretty much the equivalent of the Devil in The Chronicles of Narnia.

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6. Norman Bates – Psycho

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Yeah, I screwed up on the last list. But now Norman is on the book list, where he belongs. Too bad for him that the competition is a little tougher here. He went from being no. 1 to no. 6. Ouch! Still, it can’t be denied that he is a horrifying villain, and one of the most realistic of the bunch. He could be an actual person. That’s TERRIFYING! The guy kills his mom, leaves her corpse in his house, dresses up like her, thinks he is her, and kills people! That’s downright creepy. The scariest part is, for all you know, this guy could be your neighbor. He’s one of the greatest villains, for sure. To be honest, I’m getting scared just thinking about him.

5. Professor James Moriarty – The Final Problem

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Moriarty is to Sherlock Holms what Blofeld is is to James Bond. The arch nemesis! He is the architect of a great deal of the seemingly random crime in London, and amasses a vast fortune because of it. He is a bonafide genius, and evil to his core. The only complaint I have about this villain is what he has become in the recent Sherlock Holmes TV show. The show is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but that is not Moriarty, or at least not if you want to go by the book.

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4. Hannibal Lector – Silence of the Lambs

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He’s a serial killer. He’s a cannibal. He’s a genius. He is just plain creepy! Like Norman Bates, Hannibal Lector could exist in our real world. That’s just a terrifying concept, if I do say so myself, so I think I’d prefer to move on to no. 3. There’s really noting else to be said about this monster that hasn’t been already, anyway.

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3. Voldemort – The Harry Potter series

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Anyone who thinks that Voldemort is rated too high on this list isn’t very well versed in the Harry Potter books. He is a genius (Hmm… Seems like a lot of geniuses end up being villains, doesn’t it?), he’s a power hungry sociopath, and he’s a no good, mud-blood hating bigot. He desires nothing more than to rule the world, both magical and non-magical, and purify the wizarding race from all half-breeds (wizards and witches with non-magical ancestors). All those things make him sound a bit like Adolf Hitler, actually. The main exception being that Hitler wasn’t able to resurrect himself from the dead.

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2. Sauron – The Lord of the Rings trilogy / The Silmarillian 

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Middle Earth’s version of the Antichrist, Sauron served the the Dark Lord, Morgoth (Middle Earth’s version of the Devil) before Morgoth was defeated and cast into the void until the end of days. After Morgoth’s defeat, Sauron took over the role of Dark Lord, forged the Rings of Power and attempted to conquer Middle Earth. And sorry if that quick synopsis sounds bit confusing. I did my best to explain it as simply as I could. The point is, this dude is one bad hombre, and is by far the most powerful villain on this list.

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1. Dracula – Dracula

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He’s not the scariest, nor is he the most powerful. He may not even be the most evil. But there is no denying that he is iconic. There have been countless adaptations of Count Dracula. Some might even argue that Bram Stoker’s original isn’t even the best. Regardless, Dracula, in one shape or another, has haunted the dreams and fascinated the minds of generations. If you think about it, he is kind of responsible for the Twilight series. After all, without him, vampires wouldn’t be cool. Now that is evil! He deserves to be no. 1. No doubt about it.

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Or at least that’s what I think. This is only just one opinion, after all. What about you?

Vote below for your favorite. Remember, the most popular choices will go up against villains from movies, video games, and comics for the title of the greatest overall villain of all time!

The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

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Villains. You gotta love ’em! They make life interesting. They make stories fun. Heck, without them, there technically wouldn’t even be heroes.

So, to celebrate Villain Appreciation Month (and yeah, I just made that up), I’m going to be making several top ten lists of the greatest villains ever. Each list will feature villains from a certain type of media – movies, books, video games, and comic books – and there will be no overlap. So, for example, if a villain originally appeared in a book or a comic book, he/she won’t be on the movie list.

At the end of each list will be a box where you can vote for your favorite villain. If the villain isn’t in the list, write it in the comments below. At the end of the month, I’ll compile a top 10 out of the most popular villains out of all the lists, and you all will vote on the the order they will be ranked in.

Then, we will finally know who the greatest villains of all time are!

Mwahahahahahaha!

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Got it? Good.

So to kick it off, here’s my list of the greatest movie villains!

10. Hal 9000 – 2001: A Space Odyssey

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I’d be willing to bet most of you don’t know who he is, or have even heard of the movie he’s from (it’s almost 50 years old, after all), but I’d be willing to bet you know the music from the movie. Google “Space Odyssey music” and tell me you don’t hear this song on a regular basis. Regardless, this guy, or computer, to be a little more accurate, is an absolute a-hole! I mean, imagine flying through space with a machine bent on killing you and everyone else aboard your ship – and mostly succeeding! Know him or not, he definitely deserves to be on this list.

9. Scar – Lion King

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Yeah, he’s from a Disney movie. So what? He’s a great villain! In fact, Disney is great at making memorable villains, which is why you’ll be seeing a couple more before you reach the bottom of this list. Connections with giant talking mice aside, Scar is an almost Shakespearian character. Take away him being a lion and all, and he’d fit right in with one of Shakespeare’s tragedies. And yeah, he’s evil, but you can’t help but sympathize with him a little bit. After all, who doesn’t want to be king?

8. Hans Gruber – Die Hard

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Who? The bad guy from the first Die Hard movie. Duh! Not everybody remembers his name, but he’s a hard character to forget. He’s greedy, sociopathic, and has no respect for human life. Oh, and he’s also German. Sounds like a good combination for a villain to me. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s played by Alan Rickman, the dude who played Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies.

7. Captain Hector Barbossa – Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

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Geoffrey Rush is such a great actor. He can go from being a handsome, mild mannered speech therapist in one movie (The King’s Speech), to a horrifically ugly zombie-pirate in the next. And boy does he make for a good horrifically ugly zombie-pirate. Originally the first mate on the Black Pearl under Captain Jack Sparrow, he led a mutiny against said captain, took command of his ship, and left him marooned on a forsaken desert island to die a slow and painful death. I guess it’s only fitting that shortly afterward he would be cursed by an Aztec spell that would make him die a slow and painful death, too, minus the death part (and plus the part where it turns him into a walking skeleton). Trouble is, the curse only served to make him even more evil.

6. Terminator – Terminator

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“I’ll be back.” “Hasta la vista, baby.” “Take my hand if you want to live.” These are only just a few one-liners uttered by the Terminator (a.k.a. Arnold Schwarzenegger) that have transcended the movies to become part of our pop culture. But quotes alone aren’t what make this cyborg a great villain. He rides a motorcycle, he can shoot a shotgun with one hand and hit his target, he’s from the future, he has a funny foreign accent for some reason, he’s a robot, he wears sunglasses, and he wears leather and can actually pull the look off. The list goes on and on. In a nutshell, he’s a badass, plain and simple.

5. Agent Smith – The Matrix

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Boy, it sure seems like there are a lot of robots on this list. Well, technically, Agent Smith is just a program. He has no real robot body. But dang, he really doesn’t need one, either. If Terminator was a badass, then this guy is a, well… whatever is badder than a badass. Not only does he dress impeccably (a perfectly fit black and white business suit with sunglasses), he can also dodge bullets, give the best sneer you’ve ever seen, and above all, knows Kung-Fu. Did I mention he has infinite lives? Whenever someone destroys his body, he just borrows someone else’s. After all, if you think about it, the Matrix is kinda like a video game. In fact, there really is only one guy that can take him on and win, and that’s Keanu Reeves, because, you know, he knows Kung-Fu, too.

4. Dr. Evil – Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

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Whoever made the rule that good villains couldn’t be hilarious obviously didn’t tell Dr. Evil. This dude is bent on conquering the world. Or is it destroying the world? Actually, I think he just wants to hold it for ransom. Whatever his goals are, he is set on carrying them out in the most elaborate way possible. And that, my friends, is why he’s a great villain. Sure, it makes it super easy for Austin Powers to foil his plans, but what does that matter? Dr. Evil is by far the most entertaining villain on this list, and that certainly makes him deserving of this spot.

3. Maleficent – Sleeping Beauty

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It’s true that Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was not originally a movie, but that doesn’t mean this villain came from a book. It’s hard to imagine a Sleeping Beauty without Maleficent, but believe it or not, she didn’t actually exist until the 1959 animated movie. That’s a shame, too, because the self proclaimed “mistress of evil” is one of the scariest and most iconic villains ever invented. She is powerful enough to put everyone in an entire kingdom in a state of endless slumber, and, if she’s pushed far enough, can transform into a fire breathing dragon! She’s even getting her own live-action movie, due to arrive in theaters this summer. If that doesn’t tell you she is a great villain, I don’t know what will.

2. Darth Vader – Star Wars

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He’s big, he’s dressed all in black, he’s got a creepy helmet, and he can choke you with his mind. He’s the quintessential villain. No doubt about it. And honestly, what is there to say about this guy that most people don’t already know? The only thing holding him back from being on top is his younger days as the whiny Anakin Skywalker.

1. Norman Bates – Psycho

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All the other villains on this list have been larger than life. In fact, there really is no way that any of them could be what they are or do what they do in our real world. But this guy, he’s a different story. And that’s precisely why he’s number one. He could be an actual person. That’s TERRIFYING! The guy kills his mom, leaves her corpse in his house, dresses up like her, thinks he is her, and kills people! That’s downright creepy. The scariest part is, for all you know, this guy could be your neighbor. He’s one of the greatest villains, for sure. To be honest, I’m getting scared just thinking about him.

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Okay, so it turns out that Norman Bates is actually from a book (of course he is…). So he has been disqualified and moved over to the book list. That means Darth Vader is numero uno for the movie villains! So far, based on the poll, that’s where he belongs anyway.

All the other villains move up a spot as well, and Gordon Gekko, from Wall Street, is the new no. 10! I’d give him a picture and a caption, but I have a feeling not many people will vote for him anyway. Then again, you guys could prove me wrong.

What do you guys think? Be sure to vote below!

The Top-10 Greatest Live-Action Disney Movies of All Time

Valentine’s Day is only a week away, and what better way to celebrate it than to read a top-10 list about a movie studio that makes films for kids. Okay, maybe I’m just trying to find an excuse to tie the holiday to my post so I can get more views. What’s so wrong with that? Absolutely nothing, I say. Then again, maybe family oriented movies really are your thing on Valentine’s Day. Either way, this post is about Disney, or more specifically, what I think are the top-10 live-action Disney movies.

Now, to be honest, I really wanted to make this list on the top-10 animated Disney movies, because, you know, that’s what Disney does best. But, unfortunately, I have yet to see Frozen, and after hearing over and over again about how good it is, I feel like I can’t make it a very fair list without seeing it first. Fortunately, the movie is coming out in a few weeks on Blu-Ray, so I’ll pick it up then. In the meantime, though, you’ll have to make do with the top-10 live-action Disney movies. Heck, it might even give you a few ideas for what to watch with your date on Valentine’s Day, after all.

In order to be on this list, the movies must first feature real actors moving in front of a real camera. Second, be in some way related to Disney, whether it’s through production or distribution. And third, be the best movies ever that meet the above criteria.

So, without further ado, let’s get on to the list!

#10 – Holes

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Holes is a great book, it was written by a great children’s author, and it was a pretty good movie. In a nutshell, it is the story of a boy, played by a young Shia LaBeouf, who is framed for stealing a pair of valuable sneakers. He is then sent to a camp where he is forced to dig holes every day for an entire year as punishment. The story features cowboys, bandits, forbidden love, and curses, and at the end of it all, Shia’s character is proven innocent. His celebration is short lived, however, as he ends up getting caught in a war between giant transforming robots (I wish).

#9 – Cool Runnings

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The ‘90s was a time when Disney seemed to be a little obsessed with sports movies. Not to say that they were bad movies, though. In fact, many of them were great movies. Cool Runnings was definitely one of the better ones. The movie’s premise is the same as most sports movies. In this one, a ragtag group of unruly Jamaicans decide to compete in the Winter Olympics. As you would expect with a synopsis like that, the movie is hilarious. And, as it just so happens, the Winter Olympics in Sochi just started. Coincidence? I think yes. In any case, it’s a good excuse to give it a watch.

#8 – Alice in Wonderland

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Disney has been in a bit of a remake frenzy lately, and Alice in Wonderland, which grossed over $1 Billion worldwide, is probably the reason for that. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp took some twisted liberties with an already twisted tale, and people couldn’t get enough of it. That’s not to say that it is a spectacular movie. It’s not. But it is a lot of fun, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re seriously doing yourself a disservice.

#7 – National Treasure

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Oh, Nicholas Cage, whatever happened to you? When he made this movie, he was on top of the world, and now, well, let’s just say he’s not. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t take away from the fact that he was great in this. Seriously, how do you beat a movie that features a map on the back of the Declaration of Independence? Answer: you can’t!

#6 – Tron/Tron Legacy

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Number six is definitely a twofer (that’s an actual word, believe it or not). Both movies are about equal in my mind, overall, but I have to give kudos to the original because, for 1982, it was seriously innovative. CGI was a brand new thing at that time, and that movie used a ton of it. The sequel, made nearly 30 years later, didn’t have the same cool factor, but it was a fun watch, nonetheless. That, and Daft Punk wrote the musical score for the whole movie. If you don’t know what these movies are about, basically, they center around Kevin Flynn, who accidentally discovers a way to transport himself into a video game that he created. If you’re a fan of massive amounts of CGI and, in the second movie’s case, electronic music, then you’ll enjoy Tron.

#5 – Remember the Titans

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We’ve made it to the top five, woot, woot! This is where the movies start getting good. Remember the Titans was an excellent movie, and happened to be one of the last big sports movies Disney had a hand in. And, it was also their best. At its heart, it’s a movie about friendship, trust, and, of course, football! It’s definitely worth watching if you haven’t seen it.

#4 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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A lot of people think that this isn’t a Disney movie. In a way, they’re right. They’re also wrong. Several big studios were involved in this one, and by the criteria noted above this list, it counts as a Disney movie. And good thing, too, because it’s actually a really good flick, and it would be a shame not to be able to list it. I seriously can’t imagine who thought combining a live action, noir style detective story with cartoons would be a good idea, but they were geniuses (especially the one who came up with Jessica Rabbit).

#3 – Mary Poppins

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This is by far the oldest movie on this list, being made in 1964, so it’s all the more amazing that it’s ranked so high. Mary Poppins is a classic in every sense of the word, and if you didn’t see this growing up, then you were seriously deprived as a child (just kidding). This film features some of the most memorable Disney songs ever made, a great plot, and of course, a magical nanny who travels around via an inconspicuous black umbrella. It’s definitely hard to top a combination like that.

#2 – The Avengers

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This is the first Marvel movie to carry the Disney stamp after the comic book company was purchased by the Mouse House in 2009. This is the highest grossing Disney movie of all time, and the third highest grossing film, in general. If you haven’t seen it (and with the above stats, I’d be seriously shocked if you haven’t), the movie is about a team of superheroes, including Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, and the Hulk, who have to save the world from an alien invasion. It’s a simple premise, but it was executed brilliantly! This is one of the few movies you can leave on repeat and not get bored with. It’s that good!

#1 – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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Does Pirates deserve to be number one? The short answer: duh! It’s my list. I can put it wherever I want. The long answer: see short answer.

Seriously, this movie “has got to be the best pirate (movie) I’ve ever heard of.” In fact, it’s one of my favorite movies ever. It’s quotable, it’s funny, it’s serious, it’s a love story, it’s an adventure story, it has pirates in it, it has undead pirates in it, it’s shot in one of the most beautiful locales in the world, it’s incredibly original, and above all, it spawned Jack Sparrow. Er, I mean, Captain Jack Sparrow. He most definitely ranks up there with the most memorable movie characters of all time, right alongside Darth Vader. The only thing that disappointed me about this movie was its sequels.

 
So, what did you think? Did I leave anything out? Should these be in a different order? Make your voice heard. Comment below!