10 Greatest Hollywood Villains
Heroes have an effect on all of us. It is difficult for one to imagine a story without a hero. Their noble and courageous acts show us the kind of person we all one day aspire to be.
Villains on the other hand make us feel the exact opposite. We despise them and at times even cheer their deaths. But every now and then, there comes a villain or an anti-hero, who eclipse our much-loved heroes. They have a profound mental and psychological impact on us. Here is a collection of those villains who affected me a lot and sometimes even made me wonder about the thin line that separates good and evil
10) Mewtwo- Mewtwo strikes back
“I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant; it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are”
Starting the list is a character right out of our childhood. Mewtwo featured in the first Pokemon movie as an experiment gone bad (how often does that happen? :P). Scientists try to create a supremely advanced Pokemon using the legendary Mew (Who is portrayed to be quite a softie) in a bid for supremacy. The new genetically advanced Mewtwo has an agenda of its own and goes about trying to establish a world where Pokemon are liberated from us men. The character is a beautiful example of anarchy and delivers dialogues about oppression and class differences that make us wonder if it’s a reference to our own world. Being the Pokemon that almost killed Ash always gives you free villain points
9) Darth Vader- Star Wars series
“I find your lack of faith disturbing”
Any list ever made about any thing in reference to movies, is incomplete without the Darth Vader. He is a man who redefined Sci-Fi villains. His voice resonates all around the world. The man is a legend. Offering the greatest plot twist ever (Anakin Skywalker being Darth Vader) he becomes an automatic entry in the list. This Villain is an example of order and chaos being a mix. His powers (The force) are amazing and the death star scenes are pure joy. He shows his grit when he chops of his own son’s hand. Evil embodied
8) Joker/Bane- Batman series
“If you’re good at something, never do it for free.”
The position of these characters might come as a shock to many, but seeing that there have been too many roles played by these characters, they land up here in average. Both these characters feature in the same series so its pointless giving two positions. From Cesar Romero to Jack Nicholson to Heath Ledger, this character has been pure legendary. As promised, The Joker shows a new class of criminals. His love for anarchy and turning people against each other just astounds the viewer how evil a character can possibly be.
“I am necessary evil”
As the above quote says, this man is necessary evil. The character has been portrayed in various ways ranging from mere henchman, a weakling with powerful venom, a brute who is a master economist. Bane had the most important role in comic book history. The scene of “Breaking the Bat” redefined lives of the readers/viewers.
7) Tyler Durden- Fight Club
“You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you’re satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.”
Born as an alter ego of the unnamed narrator( Edward Norton), Tyler Durden is a psychologically complex character. Edward Norton’s dull white collar job and insomnia gives birth to this maverick character. His role attacks our daily consumerist lives and shows the other side that we all have suppressed in our lives. An excellent example of how good and evil rise out of the same thing and both shades of the same color
6) Nurse Ratched- One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
“The best thing we can do is go on with our daily routine. “
A character etched in history, one of the “classics”. The character of Nurse Ratched deals with a nurse in a mental institution who has a tyrannical regime. The nurse maintains high levels of discipline because of which the higher official turns a blind eye to her methods. The character uses public humiliation and sanctions on basic necessities to control the patients. Jack Nicholson comes as the Yin to this Yang. In a small level the story portrays the battle between an evil dictator regime and a free thinker. Nurse Ratched shows the pathetic situation in several mental institutions.
5) Travis Bickle- Taxi Driver
“You talkin to me?”
The line between villain and hero, good and evil, protagonist and antagonist is a pretty thin one. As mentioned earlier, they all are different shades of the same color. Travis Bickle is an ex-serviceman turned Taxi Driver who takes it upon himself to beat the crime in the streets. It is probably his methods of ensuring this justice and the violence that follows that classifies him as a villain than a vigilante. Being one of the best roles played by Robert Di Nero, Travis Bickle shows the minds of fellow ex-servicemen who can no longer live in a worlds of “peace” after being discharged from their duties
4) V- V for Vendetta
“Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea… and ideas are bulletproof.”
From the Guy Fawkes mask that serves as a heading of this blog, you could get an idea on the impact this man has made on me. Yet again we see a character who isn’t a villain per se, but the development of the character and the methods used by the vigilante shifts his base from protagonist to antagonist. In a futuristic fascist regime, V is another agent of chaos who tries to free Britain. His methods are terrifying and claim several lives but he feels they are justified by the cause that they back. Brain washing the entire nation to overthrow the government and changing Evee from just another girl to a rebel shows the brilliance of this character. The class that he disperses that makes one wonder about the brilliance of the actor, director and, most importantly the script writer. The dialogues is a piece of art
3) Tommy DeVito- The Goodfellas
“What do you mean I’m funny? “
Joe Pesci shows his master class with this Academy Award winning role. Tommy DeVito is a psychopathic mobster or as the film calls them “Wise guys”. The role of this short tempered, happy go lucky thug is sure to make you hate him by the end of the movie. Except that’s when you realize how much you loved the character. Through the course of the story he strikes one as an annoying man who kept shooting people ruthlessly, but that’s exactly what made this character move so high in the list. The man did the job of being the villain. Joe Pesci took center stage in a movie filled with similar mobsters and a movie that had Robert Di Nero. This character is pure joy and a must watch
2) Hannibal Lecter- Silence of the Lambs
“Im having a old friend for dinner”
If a man can win an Oscar for playing a role that lasted 16 minutes, need I say more? That piece of fact shows both the brilliance of Sir Anthony Hopkins and this character. In those 16 minutes, Hannibal Lecter has such an effect that its probably you wont sleep for the next few days. Cannibalism by itself is a very scary concept; Hannibal Lecter uses that to produce this piece of art. It is easily the role that would affect you psychologically the most. The above-mentioned quote can now by itself deliver fear with the context of cannibalism. Easily the best piece of work ever. Not advised for the faint hearted
1) The Iceberg- Titanic
You didn’t expect that plot twist now did you? My argument is that if an inanimate object can make the entire world cry and destroy the greatest love story ever, its easily the most evil thing in the world. Also its power, Man that thing sunk the biggest ship ever.