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Greatest movie villains/antiheroes

Here is a list of my favourite villains in movies. Now don’t look at me like I’m crazy and just admit that we all sometimes have a weaknes for bad guys, especially women like them because of the thrill, the feeling of danger, or because we pity them and have the urge to “fix” them by their love. The reasons for falling in love with those listed below despite their awful traits/crimes vary per character: good acting, sense of humor, charm, special abilities/powers (like intelligence) or an interesting philosophical point of view. Quite a few of them would fit perfectly in an institution for mentally ill, but craziness has always fascinated me, because those insane souls are often unique, in some cases brilliant and at least amusing. They think outside the box! (spoiler alert!)


Col. Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009), played by Christoph Waltz

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In my eyes Landa is the best and unbeatable villain ever. Both charming and twisted that you must love him and smile while he scares the crap out of you. You know – obviously – that he’s a monster and still all you want to do is to hug him. Charisma level: over 9000. xD Magnificent performance! The first time I saw Waltz acting, was in the Inglourious Basterds. I was imediatelly convinced he is born to shine on the screen. In acting at least as good as Landa in hunting Jews. :D (sorry if that was offensive) My compliments go to the writer/designer/choreograph – in fact everyone who made the character. I guess it is mainly the work of Tarantino.

Oh my god, I laughed so hard about this scene beneath. :’D How he pointed to his lap. xD And her reaction. Especially her last words when she asked ‘Was jetzt?’ (What now), with a fake, anxious, smile. Landa is in this scene an elegant gentleman, smiling, polite, and then suddenly he jumps and strangles her with his bare hands. Such an unpredictable freak! I always hate it when in movies during encounters between a heros and a villains, the bad guy has finaly the oportunity to kill the good guy, but instead of doing so he starts talking about how he’ll kill him blablabla… And meanwhile the good guy gets free or attacks first… There’s no need to announce it/show off! This is such a great scene, reminding me of the fairytale Cinderella. Only this time it’s not exactly a prince who comes looking for her.


I loved the ‘wait-for-the-cream-scene’


The opening was great too. Unfortunately this video is not showing the full scene.




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Erik Lensherr/Magneto in X-men: first class’, played by Michael Fassbender

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An amazing scene is when Magneto halts a missile barrage and directs it upon a fleet.

Professor Charles Xavier: “Erik, you said yourself we’re the better men. This is the time to prove it. There are thousands of men on those ships. Good, honest, innocent men! They’re just following orders.”
Erik Lehnsherr: “I’ve been at the mercy of men just following orders. Never again.”


Here’s another great line of him.

Professor Charles Xavier: “Listen to me very carefully, my friend: killing Shaw will not bring you peace.”
Erik Lensherr: “Peace was never an option.”


I think Magneto has a point about the nature of the human race and I can understand why a mutant would join him. However, if I was a mutant, I’d probably stay neutral or rather stick with Charles, because killing all no-mutants is not that different from what is done to Erik when he was a child. (the Jews were the victim) Excellent performance of Fassbender.



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Lestat de Lioncourt in Interview with the Vampire (1994) played by Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise as Lestat


Lestat: “I’m Gentleman Death in silk and lace, come to put out the candles. The canker in the rose.”

This is what I call a real vampire and not that pretty boy Edward Cullen played by expressionless actor Robert Pattinson. Lestat was in Anne Rices novel not that intriguing. In the movie, however, gorgeous! Pure evil. Tom Cruise should play more insane villains – this was a fascinating performance! The best vicious, irresistible vampire in a movie.

Lestat: “Evil is a point of view. God kills indiscriminately and so shall we. For no creatures under God are as we are, none so like him as ourselves.”

Lestat: [to Louis] “Feed on what you will. Rats, chickens, poodles, I’ll leave you to it and watch you come around. But just remember, life without me would be even more unbearable.” [laughs]


Lestat: “It’s your coffin, my love. Enjoy it. Most of us never get to know what it feels like.”
Louis: “Why do you do this?”
Lestat: “I like to do it. I enjoy it. Take your aesthete’s taste to purer things, kill them swiftly, if you will, but do it. For do not doubt: you are a killer, Louis.”



This is the most hilarious scene. Lestat dancing with that corpse of Claudia’s mother.
Lestat: “There’s still life in the old lady yet!” :’D


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The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008), played by Heath Ledger

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“Some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

Although he is completely insane, with his strangeness and sense of humor he definitely put a smile on my face! And that without using a knife – tadAAAAA! :D The Joker is an interesting character with an interesting point of view. Well played by Ledger. I was never a fan of batman or batman-movies, neither I am now and honestly, the Joker was the only reason I watched this movie. Although Oldman and Bale are great actors, in this movie they bored me to death, like almost every scene without this crazy m*****f*****. :D Heath Ledger was awarded a posthumous Oscar for his performance as The Joker.


Memorable scenes with the Joker:

– The Joker is in prison and teasing a guard (because the guard is not letting him make a phonecall) by telling him details about how he killed his friends. Sounds stupid? Well, he is getting the guard exactly where he wants him. Just watch the next scenes. :D


– The joker is playing with Batman a game that my brother and me sometimes call ‘Schisshase’ (a funny German word for coward). The game goes like this: two persons are moving towards each other until they crash or someone goes out of the way and gains the title of ‘Schisshase’. The Joker, in poor condition after a crash, is standing on the way while batman is driving a huge and fast bike with a very powerful weapon and wants to hit him. The Joker must be completely insane to play this game while no chance of surviving. But, it is the Joker, in the end, who wins the game, after daring batman to hit him. It makes clear who of them is more confident one and has less fear. The Joker simply does not care what will happen next and weather he will die or stay alive – even if he’s hanging on a building – he wants the thrill, the fun.



– Another crazy scene: the Joker slides down a whole mountain of money like a child and sets everything on fire a few moments later after he explained he is not interested in money, but wants to send a message.


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Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), David Prowse

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Besides his dark, epic appearance and theme, he has some really great lines. Most of them are interesting because of their dose of sarcasm or irony. Examples include:

“The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.”
“Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them.”


“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”


“We would be honored if you would join us.”

A Sith yet so calm. Even after Han greets him with bullets, Vader gives him an absurd warm-hearted welcome. This courteousness and sarcasm I like about Darth Vader. He shows good manners while intimidating and is very cunning.


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Dracula in Dracula (1992) played by Gary Oldman

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Dracula: “I shall rise from my own death, to avenge hers with all the powers of darkness.”

It’s been a long time since I saw this movie, but I remember the role of Oldman as Count Dracula. He even played the old-aged Dracula, who looks pretty much scary and sick. A creepy old guy, a savage beast, a charming gentleman… it’s crazy how many different forms Dracula has in this film. Oldman mastered them all!



Dracula: “I have crossed oceans of time to find you.”


Dracula: “You will, I trust, excuse me if I do not join you. But, I have already dined, and I never drink… wine.”




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Erik Lehnsherr in X-Men (2000), Ian McKellen

Aka Magneto. :)

This is my favourite scene. Magnetos girlfriend Mystique seduced a guard and poured iron into his drink. Magneto draws a cloud of iron particles out through Laurio’s blood and squeezes them into a set of balls. Laurio collapses to the floor.

Magneto: “Mr. Laurio, never trust a beautiful woman. Especially one who’s interested in YOU. ;)”

His escape is so cool. :D


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Agent Smith in The Matrix (1999), Hugo Weaving

The greatest acting in the Matrix-movies is done by Weaving. I think that no other role will suit him like Agent Smith.

Best scene: 1:49 – 3:07



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Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter

And now I just remain silent… This is one of the most scary movie-character of all. Seriously, I tend to avoid eyecontact with him. :P This is because he has it all — brains, brawn and insanity. Anthony Hopkins earned an Oscar for his performance.

Best line: “I do wish we could chat longer but i’m having an old friend for dinner.”



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T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Robert Patrick

Run for your life! Another annoying crazy bastard who comes after you and you can not get rid off because he wont die. I must admit he looks very cool on the screen, but I have no need meeting him in RL. ^^



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Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler in Das Leben der Anderen (2006), Ulrich Mühe

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Another great performance, another good actor who died too young.

In 1984 East Berlin Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler, an agent of the Stasi conducting surveillance on a writer finds himself becoming absorbed by his life. Later at the Stasi Records Agency the writer discovers the files the Stasi kept while he was under surveillance. He is confused by the false information about his activities, but when he reaches the final report, he sees a red fingerprint and realizes that Stasi agent HGW XX/7 had concealed his illegal activities and removed the typewriter from its hidden location. Years later, Wiesler passes a bookstore window display promoting the Sonate vom Guten Menschen. He goes inside and opens a copy of the book, discovering it is dedicated ‘To HGW XX/7, with gratitude’. Deeply moved, he buys the book. When the sales clerk asks if he wants it gift-wrapped, he responds: “No. It’s for me.” :)




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Jean-Baptiste Grenouille in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), by Ben Whishaw

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His deeds cross the lines of humanity, yet he is also brilliant or even kind of divine because of his ‘supernatural’ ability that makes him almost all-powerful. You can’t really blame him for what he is considering his past. I’m not justyfying his crimes, but I’m not sure he can be accused for premeditated murder, for he’s not really intentionally causing the death of the girls. He is obsessed by their smell and has no concept of right and wrong. His first kill is an accident and that makes it hard to judge him. Intriguing story and murder, especially in the book. I was skeptical when I heard there was a movie of the novel about Grenouille, but I was not disappointed at all. The novel is much better though.



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Clyde Alexander Shelton in Law Abiding Citizen (2009), played by Gerard Butler

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I’m going to bring the whole f**king diseased corrupt temple down on your head. It’s going to be biblical.

Nick Rice: “You end this!”
Clyde Shelton: [smiles] “I’m just gettin’ warmed up.”

Nick Rice: “You think your wife and daughter would feel good about you killing in their name?”
Clyde Shelton: “My wife and daughter can’t feel anything. They’re dead.”


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Amon Leopold Göth in Schindler’s List (1993), played by Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes did a great job as an actor. He received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of this murderer and war criminal.

This scene is why very important. Goeth is battling with his own humanity the entire time. She says nothing. He debates her value, even her humanity. If he recognizes her as human, as a woman, he must also recognize the horror and abomination of what his job is and what his role is in this ethnic cleansing. So he denies her humanity and trades his decency and humanity for the safety of going along with orders and not questioning, thus allowing, the unspeakable.


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Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men (2007) played by Javier Bardem



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in Se7en played by Kevin Spacey

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Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest played by Louise Fletcher

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