action movie would be complete without the iconic struggle between a hero and a villain. At times it may be blatantly obvious who the villain is and what their motivations are, but in some cases the villain and the villain’s plans are more obscure. Let’s quit lying here though, no one gives the slightest of a care to these obscure movie villains, so we’re going to stick to naming the most iconic, the worst of the bad.
Be advised: First two are probably personal bias, because I’m a huge nerd.
1. Emperor Palpatine (Darth Sidious)
I had long debated between Vader and Palpatine for the number one spot, but I decided that the fact that Palpatine obliterated an entire planet and reasons I dictate below secure The Emperor as number one baddie. If you thought Vader was that embodiment of evil, think again. This guy manipulates, kills, and schemes without mercy for the sole purpose of “ruling the galaxy” or whatever. I mean, what are you even going to do with that? It seems pointless. Whatever it’s his goal let’s let him have it. The path to his goal isn’t a glorious one though, it’s full of evils and atrocities only someone with the heart of pure evil could commit.
2. Darth Vader
The ultimate B.A, the first scene of Star Wars Episode IV begins with Darth Vader attacking a rebel star cruiser. This big ball of evil walks on camera and instantly owns the scene. The presence he carries captivated my young mind the first time I saw it. How could someone be that evil? When Vader isn’t slaughtering innocents on the former Republic homeworld of Coruscant, he likes to take long walks on the beach with the severed arms of his enemies. When it’s business time though, Vader knows how to control a crowd. Through intimidation of his subordinates and of his own son using the force, Vader cements himself as an evil force not to be reckoned with.
Side note here: One of the reasons I find Darth Vader so appealing is not just him as a villain, but his descent into villainy as well as his redemption. The ‘dreaded’ Star Wars prequels, I believe, solely exist to give meaning behind the character of Darth Vader. No longer was he this ultimate vision of evil, but was instead the victim of a long life of pain. The fleshing out of the character gave Vader’s redemption in Episode VI so much more meaning, but I believe Drastically reduced his villainy meter.
3. The Joker
If I wasn’t such a strong advocate for proper mental health treatment, this guy may have been up higher, but I just find the case of The Joker sad really. While we don’t get the whole origin story of The Joker we get that he was abused both mentally and physically by his father when he was younger, which essentially led to him growing up the way he did, pretty screwy. So now he preforms high stakes social experiments, steals just to steal, and provokes Batman. Granted The Joker is evil in his own right, just not a detriment to the galaxy like his predecessors. Sure he kills and steals, but I mean, in one city. He’s not much more than a glorified murderer with a background of mental illness, like, we have these in real life… Really DC?
These were just my top 3 bad villains. Sure most of them come from massively popular movies which makes them the most known, but hey, I think the motivations of the characters play a lot more into their evilness than just a guy who kills people because it’s a horror movie.