30 Responses to “50 Greatest Villains #20-11”

  1. Castor says:

    AMEN!!! Pennywise haunted my childhood like no other. To this day, I’m not sure I want to ever see that TV show (movie) ever again. John Doe is awesome because the entire movie, we know everything plays out on his own terms from start to finish and we are powerless to change anything. Finally Predator is simply deadly and that’s what makes it a great villain. It can kill you in so many ways and there is basically no way to escape it!

    Great list which is getting better and better (as it should)

    • Heather says:

      So many people have clown phobia just because of Pennywise. I’m still haunted by:

      “They all float down here!”


      And John Doe is one of my favorite characters of all time. I still think aside from Lester Burnham that JD is one of his greatest performances ever, even if so brief. The ending would have never felt so sinister if not for him.

  2. CMrok93 says:

    Mickey and Mallory!! So glad you put them on this list!!! Just keeps on getting better and better!!

  3. Heath Ledger… #1… period. I SAY FOUL!
    I love and get aggravated at these lists all at the same time. I haven’t felt so alive since my child was born… haha.
    Also, I knew Star Wars fell on this list and I said to myself Vader better be top 10 DANGIT… and I think he might be… hmmm???
    P.S. Please… no Hannibal Lecter in the Top 5.
    Great post!!!

  4. says:

    Great list Heather! That wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz used to absolutely terrify me!

  5. Univarn says:

    “Ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?” – there’s just something both poetic, and yet awesomely sinister about that original Joker quote. I kind of wish they had thrown in it in with Ledger’s because it is just that great.

    Terminator is an awesome villain, but T2 and T3 really calmed down his legend as a villain because he became such a sacrificial hero character.

    Eagerly awaiting the top 10 :)

    • Heather says:

      The original Arnie in the first Terminator is still the scariest for me. Robert Patrick still made the list, but I remember watching Arnie when I was a kid and just having Reeces voice play over and over in my head, “He absolutely will not stop UNTIL YOU ARE DEAD.” There is something lingering about that, even down to it’s last moment when she crushes him and the red in it’s eyes barely go out. It’s been repeated since, but deserves the credit where credit is due.

      And I thought people might get mad that I threw both Jokers together, but I love them equally, just for two entirely different reasons. And you’re right about that quote. Nicholson kills it when he says. Just utterly brilliant.

  6. Another list of 10 tremendous movie villains.

    NBK was one hell of a provocative movie, and a delirious trip down hell and back. And in Mickey & Mallory we had the totally deranged versions of Bonnie & Clyde.

    John Doe was also awesome, but benefited, I’d say, more from John Cusack’s eerie performance & that provocation of Brad Pitt’s character in the climax. A superb villain nonetheless.

    The Joker, ah, can’t really have enough of that deliciously twisted & maniacal sociopath. Heath Ledger’s Joker, as you observed, certainly was terrific. But somehow Nicholson’s over-the-top Joker takes the crown for me. Maybe because I’m a huge admirer of that guy.

    T2 might have been the bigger blockbuster and a better made movie, comprising, in my opinion, some of the most groundbreaking SFX ever seen on screen, but the 1st part was the scarier of the two – despite, and maybe because of, the lower budget. Its difficult to pick between T800 from the 1st part or T1000 from the 2nd, but I’ll go with your choice. That role made me, and I’m embarrassed to admit it today, a huge fan of Arnie when I was a kid.

    Wow, never guess you’d put Predator so high, and am quite delighted as well. I quite liked the film – the 1st part, that is, and I feel its a vastly underrated film cos it was a pretty good action flicks. As a kid I loved the film, though haven’t seen it for quite sometime now.

    • Heather says:

      Thank you for the very thought provoking input and taking the time to reflect on everything.

      I felt like once we had reached the top twenty, there aren’t going to be too many of the characters people were actually going to argue with, just perhaps the order that they are in.

      I always dug the T1000, but that original Arnie was the shit!

  7. Karl says:

    I am a little shocked that Darth Maul is so high up on the list. Dont get me wrong, I’m a die hard Star Wars nerd. But the fact is that he was over-hyped. I mean seriously Jar Jar got more screen time than Darth Maul. I think in order to be a serious contended for villian, there needs to be more involved in the characters story. I mean Darth Maul was introduced and killed in the same movie. Yeah he killed Qui-Gon, but thats it. One good fight and poof!! His double ended light-saber was pretty cool, but he played little more than another thug in the Cantina basically. I know there is only 10 more spots before you get to #1 but considering all the excellent Star Wars villians (Vader, The Emperor, Boba Fett) I cant wait to see the other seven!!!!!

    • Heather says:

      Darth Maul is the steamed cookies to me and always will be. I think he said two lines throughout Phantom Menace, and that meager battle scene where he kills Qui Gon is one of the best battles ever in the history of cinema. I wish he had been in more films, but then again lets think about how briefly Boba Fett was in ESB and ROTJ……….not exactly a huge role, and yet he’s one of the most epic bad guys ever? Same story, different dude. Plus I loved the controversy and discussion about whether or Greivous’s organs were remnants of Maul………….(they weren’t)………….and treading the land of nerdom, I’ve read both Darth Maul books and that mother fucker was one nasty dude, far more badass than the Emperor in my thoughts.

      Wait for the top ten and you might hate it, but I think you’ll feel redeemed.

  8. Fitz says:

    I thought for sure that The Joker would’ve been top 5. Disappointing, but can’t wait to see the next installment!

    • Heather says:

      Like I stated earlier, at this point I think all the choices are reasonable top twenties, but there will be personal grievances about where those top twenty belong on the list. Hope you dig the top ten.

  9. Peter says:

    The list keeps getting better and better. Nice job! I’m surprised no flack over pitting Nicholson and Ledger in the same slot here….I understand it’s the character and not the actor, but Nicholson’s was very cartoon-y. I’m not a Kevin Spacey fan, but John Doe is a great character and he was phenomenal here (before he became a star kind of)….nice inclusion. Looking forward to the end of this great, well-rounded list. I have never seen Predator…..should I?

    • Heather says:

      It was a Burton film though, I felt Nicholson’s was supposed to be cartoony, and posting both of them only furthers my argument that either joker was not better than the other, just different.

      Go. See. Predator. DO IT NOOOOOOOOOOW!

  10. Heath Ledger totally blew Jack Nicholson’s Joker outta the water — no contest for me.

    I could have lived the whole rest of my life without seeing that picture of Pennywise again. It haunted my dreams for a solid YEAR after I saw “It.”

    On an unrelated note, have you ever thought of adding the Beast of Auuuuugggggghhhhhh from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” to your Monster Madness?

  11. Red says:

    Like others have said, I probably would’ve had the Joker higher on my list, but when you’re talking all-time evil villains, the top 25 or so are going to be all in the same category.

  12. somebody221 says:

    This is list is Totally MESSED UP!!! Since you put Anton Chigurh, Norman Bates,and the T-1000 should not be lower than Darth Maul. Darth Maul had a cool double lightsaber and all but Come on Anton Chigurh was much more bad ass(he won an Oscar BTW and deserved it).

  13. r. fancher says:

    Where’s the other 40? Where’s the access button?