Villainous Villains

DalekIn movies, I often think the villain is the most interesting character. This interest in movie villains started when I first saw Maleficent change into a dragon in Sleeping Beauty and, ever since then, I have been fascinated. I’m not trying to imply that I think all heroes are boring and one-dimensional, but there is just something about a well-written and well-acted villain. Villains invite audiences to dissect their motives, what drives them to do evil. Sometimes, as in Dexter, villains are surprisingly likeable and sympathetic characters. Other times, as in The Silence of the Lambs, the villain is simply deliciously evil. In either case, the villain is essential to the shaping of the hero.

In 2003, the American Film Institute unveiled a list of 100 Heroes & Villains. In it, they named the top 50 Heroes and the top 50 Villains. This installment focuses only on the villains, but stay tuned for a post discussing the heroes! Do you agree with the 50 villains AFI picked, or was your favorite left out?

Kimberly’s Movie Villain Picks from the AFI Heroes & Villains List:

Double IndemnityTerminatorNightmare on Elm StreetBatmanDark Knight

Flickr CC: Villain Photo by: stoneflower


seeing a Dalek as the main

seeing a Dalek as the main photo i was hoping there'd be some mention of Doctor Who. now it seems like to them it was just a meaningless attention getter. way to lead a fangirl on like that library.... i trusted you :( i should've remembered i'm in America, not the UK... no matter how much my mentality says otherwise...

I’m so sorry you found the

I’m so sorry you found the picture misleading. That wasn’t my intention when choosing that particular picture. The library is, in fact, a Doctor Who (classic and new) and Torchwood friendly zone, I promise!

If you’re interested, I did write a brief post last year about Doctor Who, just before Eleven’s series first aired. And, if you scroll down and read the comments on the Villainous Villains post, the relative scariness of both Daleks and the Weeping Angels was discussed.

This article from the Guardian might interest you.  Roy Skelton, the actor who voiced the Daleks and the Cybermen for a number of years, passed away this week.

Thanks for your comment. I hope you’re enjoying the new season of Doctor Who!

A picture of a Dalek without

A picture of a Dalek without mention of its origin?  But, of course, this is about the AFI list, which is fantastic.

I think my favorite villain in a movie is Henry F. Potter from It's a Wonderful Life.  He steals from George Bailey and then revels in tormenting the poor man.  Just evil.

But getting back the Daleks, I love Doctor Who and always wonder when the Daleks might show up -- and see how the Doctor might defeat them.  But, of course, the Doctor's real and scariest villain is his equal: The Master.

I think someone needs to compile the Best Villains of TV.

EX-TER-MIN-ATE! I do love the

EX-TER-MIN-ATE! I do love the Daleks. Perhaps not the scariest of villains (on Doctor Who or in general), but they are amusing. Personally, I think the Weeping Angels are the scariest Doctor Who villains. I may have actually shrieked a bit during those episodes.

A best villains of TV list would be fantastic! There are some fascinatingly ambiguous ones on TV now. It certainly makes the show more interesting when you can't decide how you feel about the bad guy!

Thanks for commenting!


I love, love, LOVE Double

I love, love, LOVE Double Indemnity!  I could watch that movie hundreds of times (and I practically have).  Great list!

That's a lot of love! I

That's a lot of love! I haven't seen Double Indeminity in years. I remember enjoying it when I first saw it, but it's been so long that I'm foggy on the plot details. I'll have to request a copy for myself.

My favorite movie on this list is probably The Wizard of Oz. When I was little, I wanted to be Dorothy - ruby slippers, Toto and all.

Thanks for commenting!