As a fair warning, I am not the internet, I do not contain the details of every single entertainment piece known to man within the contents of my memory banks, so if I miss a really good baddie, feel free to let everybody know your favorite villains in the comments section! Without further monologuing, I present, my Top 10 Favorite General Entertainment Villains!
10. Dr. Evil (The Austin Powers Movies)
He may not have gotten his $100 million (*billion) or taken over the world, but even if he was competent enough to send you to a watery grave at the hands of his ill-tempered sea bass or sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads, at least you would die with a smile on your face while listening to a hilarious monologue from the nefarious Dr. Evil. He way not be nearly the most threatening on this list, but he certainly is one of the most likable mad men to ever awkwardly draw out a maniacal laugh.
9. Dark Helmet (Spaceballs)
While I am planning on having the heavy hitters coming up, I figured I couldn't talk about classic comedic villains without bringing up the infamous Dark Helmet. He is not only another hysterical villain, spouting out classic lines left and right, he also has surprisingly villainous wit, making up for his less than formidable stature with his use of cunning, deception, and also "that" (yes, THAT) to command his army of Spaceballs against the Druidians and the Winnebago gang and formulate occasionally successful schemes. Though, in the end evil does not always win because good is less dumb than it would seem, Lord Helmet puts in a far better and funnier run than many lesser villains who can't make or take a joke.
8. Hexxus (Fern Gully: The Last Rain Forrest)
For the animated entry on this list, I've chosen possibly one of the most under-appreciated villains ever to seep out of your tail pipe. Hexxus, the smog-based smiter from a surprisingly little known cartoon classic featuring excellent writing, soundtrack, animation, and voice acting from such greats as the sorely missed comedic and general entertainment genius Robin Williams and Dr. Frank-N-Furter/Nigel Thornberry himself, Mr. Tim Curry playing Hexxus. Hexxus is the kind of bad guy who will gross you out with his fantastically dark and creepy animation style, yet still have everyone singing along every time he feels like serenading the audience with a love ballad for all things pollutant, thanks to Curry's fantastic voice work. He's a slick villain you hate to toxic love who might just teach you a thing or two about protecting the planet to boot.
7. Syndrome (The Incredibles)
One of my all-time favorite super hero films just wouldn't be the same without the part-time funny, part-time sinister, inventive, genius villain played by none other than Earl Hickey, pro-skater Jason Lee. The regular Kevin Smith collaborator further solidifies his spot as one of the coolest dudes to grace the silver screen with an outstanding performance as most likely the best, darkest, and most complex of all Pixar villains, nailing both the dramatic and comedic elements of the character perfectly. When everyone's super, no one will be, but Syndrome will still be raking in the cash either way, that is, unless he goes with the cape.
6. Walter White/Heisenberg (Breaking Bad)
Degenerate sociopath, misguided antihero, whatever you want to call him there is no denying that Heisenberg has done some seriously villainous stuff indeed. Over the show's highly decorated, moderately short-lived, yet satisfying run-time, watching ailing chemistry teacher, Walter White, went from being like routing for a down on his luck dad, to feeling like watching how many people go down in the impending train wreck as Heisenberg hurtles off the tracks into infamy and he never lost my interest until the end of the tracks in the climactic finale.
5. Zachary Comstock (BioShock Infinite)
It was strangely difficult for me to think of a truly fantastic, original video game villain, most often in original games you either end up fighting against a conglomerative military force with an underdeveloped main antagonist. This is most likely because it is incredibly difficult to string a cohesive plot throughout any game that is not entirely linear or based on a pre-existing franchise, like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (yes, I've heard that similarity argument). However, the developers of the BioShock series are entirely in a league of their own because never before in a game franchise had a game absolutely mind-f****d me with such an emotionally impactful, Twilight Zone-esque villain reveal like Zachary Comstock in Bioshock Infinite. This is not a villain with an inflated health bar and a gang of minions, he is a villain who will leave you in a state of shock for quite some time after you his big reveal in an ending I will never forget. Regardless of what some know-it-alls say about how obvious the ending was just like they do at the Sixth Sense and every other film that ends with "What a twist" ending, and what a twist it was.
4. Hannibal Lector (Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon, etc.)
The lovable gent Anthony Hopkins created a slight bit of doubt in everyone's minds about the true civility behind an eloquent English accent. As a murderous, cannibalistic, serial killing, psychopathic genius he inspired fear in the hearts of millions while using his inside voice nearly the entirety of his mere 15 minutes and change of screen time in the Silence of the Lambs, and that is one impressive feat. He haunts the nightmares of Nazis and F.B.I. agents alike, an indescriminant brain baker, Hannibal earns a major spot on this article that he'd probably be reading while drinking his morning tea and making disturbing slurping noises with someone's liver.
3. Darth Vader (The Star Wars Saga)
We all know that the Emperor is the one calling the shots, but big bad V is the one who brings the boot down on any and all good in the galaxy that has the misfortune of catching his own eyes, but can he quell the struggle with the goodness within himself? That's right, the Dark Lord of the Sith needs no introduction and is nearly guaranteed to make it onto any greatest villains list. You may not want to leave your kid with the Emperor for fear he might give him a fork and ask him to clean out the outlets, but Vader's idea of a spanking is a severed hand. Sporting one of the coolest voices a cyborg, space wizard could ask for, thanks to the legendary James Earl Jones, he makes sure that when he walks in the room, you'd better be working or suffer employment termination via force choke for so much as playing Solitaire or Pong. He rightfully has and will continue to go down in history as one of the greatest and most memorable cinematic bad guys off all time.
2. James Moriarty (The Sherlock Holmes Series)
It's hard to be an intellectual equal to a guy who can read what you ate for breakfast last month after a quick, passing glance at you and that is exactly what James Moriarty is to Sherlock Holmes. Pushing Sherlock to both his mental and physical boundaries, Moriarty is a force to be reckoned with, and there isn't much that Mr. Holmes hasn't reckoned a few days before. For this, the classic Arthur Conan Doyle mastermind gets just short of an A on this list of the all time greatest villains in all categories from literature, to film, television, and video games. He's a timeless tyrant who perseveres in popularity over 120 years after his initial debut in 1893's "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem" for good reason.
1. The Joker (The Batman Series/Detective Comics Universe)
While Sherlock Holmes and Scotland Yard's Napoleon of Crime is cold, calculated, and precise in his planning to the very last detail, The Dark Knight and Gotham City's Clown Prince of Crime is all about the laughs and truly would love just watch the world burn so long as he could have the last laugh. Though the Joker is reaching his 75th Aniversary this year since his comic book debut, just a year after the after the Caped Crusader himself, in 1940's Batman #1, the Joker is still one of the most influential, well known, and beloved characters in all of entertainment. He is a character so perfectly crafted as Batman's arch nemesis with their at times almost too intertwined origin stories, as in his creation of Batman and Batman's subsequent creation of him in Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman. It can also be speculated that he single-handedly caused the dramatic shift in mood towards a darker and more serious tone in comic books, which resulted in the majority of the massive success of the entire modern comic book film industry, with the popularity of the fantastic 1988 "Batman: The Killing Joke" story written by Alan More. For his sheer charisma, unpredictability, and enjoyability to watch and read about, the Clown Prince claims his thrown at the top of my favorite general entertainment villains list.
Like I said at the beginning of the article, this is all my opinion created for your hopeful enjoyment, if you think you have a better list, post your favorite villains in the comments bellow, or you can always create your own list and link it for your fellow entertainment fans. Thanks for reading and have a bodacious day, internet!