For those of you who haven't figured it out by now, I'm slightly obsessive when it comes to villains. Maybe it's because I was cast as one in almost every stage production I've been in for the past 15 years. But culture in general seems to share this love of villains. I mean, just look at Loki! The guy's manipulative and heartless, but he's got a fandom so big that people watch the Thor films just to see more of him! I know they say people can't resist the bad boy, but this is ridiculous.
See what I mean? How can you love a guy like that?! But whatever the reason, villain love seems to have become a permanent fixture of our culture, so I thought I'd share my list of favorite villains and the reasons I like them. Ready? Here we go!
10) Mr. Freeze (Batman)
I always liked Mister Freeze, even in the gimmicky 60's show where he literally looks like he's wearing a Mercury Program-era space suit, has two fire extinguishers strapped to his back, and carries a glue gun. The major reasons that Mister Freeze appeals to me is that he almost always has a futuristic-looking suit and loves ice puns. Plus, in Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero, Mister Freeze has two pet polar bears that he uses for attack dogs.
9) Captain Cold (The Flash)
I was never a huge fan of Captain Cold until I started watching the CW's Flash tv show. When that came on, I gained a new respect for the character. When I first saw photos of him, I assumed he was just a weirdo with an ice gun. Once the show started, I realized that beneath those goggles and that parka lurked an evil and strategic genius who's bent on doing whatever it takes to achieve his own agenda. The only gripe I have against this character is his name. What kind of evil villain name is Leonard Snart?! And yeah, Captain Cold's not much better. Sorry, Cisco. Not cool.
8) Bane (Batman)
I always had mixed feelings about Bane. I mean the guy is clearly a brutal and unemotional beast, but at the same time, he can throw cars around like toys, and that, in my book, makes him a pretty cool dude. Now if only he would become a good guy... which, in one storyline, he kinda did. He helped Batman take down a street gang that was distributing Venom (the super-steroid that gives Bane his strength) on the streets. But I mean how awesome is a dude that it takes a patrol car winch to move when he's unconscious? (Yes, that actually happened!)
7) The Winter Soldier (Captain America)
The Winter Soldier is probably my favorite mercenary-type character. He's not a mercenary, but whenever I write stories, I always try to have one character that's at least loosely based on him. He's got the whole rugged outdoorsy look going on, plus a metal arm, which is also really cool. Not to mention that he's practically a walking armory. I mean the guy carries a knife, a pistol, an AK-47, an Uzi, and an M16. Pretty hard to top that.
6) Evil Emperor Zurg (Toy Story 2/Buzz Lightyear of Star Command)
Zurg was okay in Toy Story 2, but where he really shone was in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. In that show, he's got an army of drones, a group of minions that are little green bug people, a science crew of disembodied brain pods, and some of the best one-liners ever. It's interesting to note that in this show, he often wavers between genius and total idiocy. The guy is brilliant, but he's also super gullible, which is why he is consistently defeated by the likes of everyone's favorite Space Ranger. But what I always liked the most about him is that from time to time, he would break the fourth wall by acknowledging the failures of other film villains and intentionally avoid making the same mistakes himself.
5) GLaDOS (Portal/Portal 2)
GLaDOS is one villain that is scary, funny, and interesting all at the same time. She is both sarcastic and sadistic. She has a somewhat likeable personality...when she's not trying to kill you, that is. If she'd put that electronic brain to some use besides taunting you, she wouldn't be a half-bad robotic companion. I suppose that if I want a snarky robotic companion, I will just have to rely on J.A.R.V.I.S. *cough* I mean Vision.
4) Gorm (Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension)
Gorm was another villain that I could never quite decide if he was truly evil or if he was only misguided and had a vicious streak. I mean a guy who tries to kill people clearly isn't going to win any Nobel Peace Prizes, but his ultimate goal isn't really mass destruction. He really just wants to become ruler of Galidor. And until he achieves that goal, he's willing to do whatever it takes, even if that means violating his morals, to do so. However, once he has succeeded, he seems to be somewhat willing to be benevolent. Perhaps not as much as Queen Riana, but still not completely ruthless.
FORGET IT. I LIED. HE'S A SADISTIC MONSTER BENT ON WORLD DOMINATION.
3) Lex Luthor (Superman)
Lex is just incredible in pretty much everything, especially when he's voiced by Clancy Brown. Whenever I see quotes from Lex, my brain automatically reads it in Clancy Brown's Lex voice. I admit that Lex might be a little bit obsessed with kryptonite, but how else is he supposed to defeat Superman? Just hope he doesn't get his hands on any red kryptonite. That stuff is deadly to Superman. I mean it's more deadly than the boring green rocks he normally uses. Lex is a pretty awesome character, and he even occasionally will throw out the odd joke. Probably my favorite scene with him though is in Lego Batman The Movie: DC Superheroes Unite when he is preparing to kill Superman and tells him, "When I'm president, I'll build a statue of you." Batman, who is also present, snaps, "You're not going to build him a statue!" Lex sneers and says dryly, "No. I'm not. But you won't be there to call me on it."
2) Warp Darkmatter (Buzz Lightyear of Star Command)
"Hi, there. I'm Warp Darkmatter. I'll be your hijacker tonight." What about that doesn't just scream class? This guy is slick, deliberate, calculating, and best of all: full of snappy one-liners. Plus, the guy has a rather unique sense of style. I mean two shades of red with purple and a robotic arm? Who does that?! Well, Warp does. And rocks it as well, I might add! He's another villain that has a robotic arm, which I thought was especially cool. But that German accent and the way he delivers all those quotable one-liners are what really clinched the deal for me on this guy.
1) The Decaffinator (Captain Cappuccino)
I know, it's totally unfair to give the number one spot to a character I created, but hey, he's my creation, so he's my favorite. The Decaffinator is great for far too many reasons to list here, so I'll just drop a link to his official Facebook page and let him do the explaining for himself!