*Spoilers for different comic books like the Killing Joke, Movies such as Harry Potter, and Shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead follow.*
A movie isn't a good movie unless there is some sort of foe to take on the hero or heroine. Almost every movie has both a hero and villain like princesses and witches, zombies and the living, or light vs. darkness... Below are 15 of the greatest villains of our time, and possibly of all time!
Why do you laugh in the face of your own destruction?
Most Evil Moment: In the 1999 crossover comic Superman/Fantastic Four, which was written and drawn by Dan Jurgens, Superman learns it was Galactus who destroyed Superman's home planet of Krypton. But, after getting the Fantastic Four to help him find the Devourer of Worlds, the Man of Steel turns around and becomes his new assistant (without the surfboard or shiny skin), thus potentially destroying the Earth in two different comic universes.
I never settle. What I cannot have, I destroy.
Most Evil Moment: Granny Goodness starts as one of Darkseid's Lowlies, but is later trained to become a "Hound," one of his best soldiers. As part of the training, Goodness is given a dog that she loves and names Mercy. As the final step or her initiation as a Hound, Goodness is ordered by her trainer to kill Mercy-but she kills her trainer instead, saying her pet is a valuable asset who will obey her orders. To test this theory, Darkseid commands Mercy to attack Goodness, who is then forced to kill the dog. Goodness advances with honors, and then must brainwash and torture other soldiers-many of which she finds in Armagetto's orphanages (drawing parallels with history's real-life Hitler Youth)-to kill and "die for Darkseid."
I am Fire, I am Death.
Most Evil Moment: When Bilbo called himself a "barrel-rider" while talking to Smaug in his lair, Smaug suspects that whoever this strange, invisible intruder is does not come alone, and that it has gotten there through help of the people of Lake-town. On this basis alone, Smaug flies in rage, unleashing his fiery anger in a wake of destruction.
12. Emperor Palpatine.
You have forgotten your place, Lord Vader. By taking this boy as your apprentice, you have betrayed me. Now, kill him, or I will be forced to kill you both.
Most Evil Moment: In a moment of heartbreaking defeat for the Jedi Order and the Republic, Emperor Palpatine orders the clone army to turn on its Jedi allies, effectively destroying the Jedi Order and ruining any chance the Republic had at resistance. Order 66 called for the termination of all Jedi, though, including those not on the battlefield-so Palpatine orders Anakin to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant to murder trainees and children there.
The universe will now be set right...Let Nihilism reign supreme!
Most Evil Moment: Jason Aaron's five issue-series Thanos Rising (2013) paints the darkest picture of the Mad Titan thus far. Thanos, who dissects various creatures as a teenager (deemed research in his quest for knowledge), quickly turns into a voracious murderer. But before leaving Titan, Thanos must carry out one final endeavor there: murdering and dissecting his own mother, Sui-San.
10. Dark Phoenix.
I am what was, what is, what will be-the black angel, Chaos-Bringer! I am power!
Most Evil Moment: Dark Phoenix is the most destructive of the Marvel villains. While Galactus eats planets, Dark Phoenix eats suns. This is exactly what happened in X-Men #135. After an interstellar trip, Dark Phoenix feels drained of energy. To recharge, she devours the energy of a nearby star, which inadvertently leads to the death of five billion aliens. Shortly thereafter, when confronted by an alien vessel intent on stopping her murderous rampage, Dark Phoenix easily destroys the vessel, killing all on board.
9. Doctor Doom.
After this day is ended, mankind shall grovel helplessly at my feet-and, as fate has obviously ordained-Doctor Doom shall be master of Earth!
Most Evil Moment: It's the end of the world, and Doom does what any other megalomaniacal villain would do-he becomes a god. That is the current story line that went on in Marvel's summer 2015 crossover Secret Wars. After learning that the multiverse was destroyed, Doom confronts the omnipotent beings responsible and steals their powers. Doom then, at the cost of countless lives, creates a Battleworld, a patchwork planet made up of several realities from Marvel's past, where Doom is worshiped as a god.
8. President Snow.
Her entire species has to be eliminated...because of her, they think they are invincible.
Most Evil Moment: President Snow's most malicious move toward Katniss is brainwashing Peeta, but the true extent of his evil is seen in his disregard for the lives of children. Not only do the Hunger Games pit children in a battle royale to the death, but, at the end of Mockingjay, Snow actually hides from the rebels in his mansion, protecting himself in a barricade of innocent children, lined up at the gates bordering his home fed via hovercrafts. When the rebels approach, they are blown to bits.
7. King Joffrey Baratheon.
I'll tell you what: I'm going to give you a present. After I raise my armies and kill your traitor brother, I'll give you his head as well.
Most Evil Moment: From ordering Marillion's tongue to be cut out after singing a song about his parents to humiliating hi own uncle Tyrion Lannister during his wedding, by far the most evil moment during King Joffrey's reign is when he orders Ned Stark's beheading. Ned, an honorable man, once says, "The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword." But rather than commit the act himself, the young king orders his late father's right-hand man to be beheaded-even after he is advised not to-with all of King's Landing and Ned's family there to watch. To add insult to injury, Joffrey makes Sanas Stark stare at her father's chopped-off head on the end of a wooden post.
6. The Governor.
In this life now, you kill or you die. Or you die and you kill.
Most Evil Moment: From purposefully letting dying people turn into zombie weapons to slaughter his own people, to faking friendship only to murder and steal, the Governor has committed countless heinous acts. But perhaps his most horrible moment comes when he kills Hershel Greene, on of The Walking Dead's most beloved characters, and a compassionate father and mentor. Not only does the Governor strike him a deadly blow with a katana sword, but he also follows Hershel as he crawls away, hacking at his neck until it rolls off.
If you don't know who I am, then maybe your best course would be to tread lightly.
Most Evil Moment: Heisenberg's ongoing betrayal of his supposed friend and business partner, Jesse Pinkman, heightens throughout the course of the show. Some of his worst offenses against Jesse include ruining two of his romantic relationships, forcing Jesse to murder the innocent Gale Boetticher and-arguably the nastiest act-poison Brock, a little boy, to get Jesse back on his side during the ongoing war with sophisticated drug tycoon Gustavo Fring. Walt uses Lily of the Valley berries to poison Brock, making it plausible to the doctors that Brock naturally came across and ate them. When Walt returns home after killing Gus, he destroys evidence of the Lily plant in his backyard.
There are no heroes or villain. There's just what I want and how I'll get it.
Most Evil Moment: For years, magneto has no desire to hurt his fellow mutants. But, this changes in the Fatal Attraction crossover story line. Not only does Magneto release an EMP that knocks out the power for much of Earth, killing hundreds of thousands of humans in the process, but he then uses his power to rip the indestructible metal Adamantium from Wolverine's bones. In response, Xavier shuts down Magneto's brain-an event that leads to the creation of Onslaught, an evil sentient entity created from the darkest parts of Magneto's mind, mixed with Xavier's subconscious.
3. Lord Voldemort.
I can make bad things happen to people who are mean to me. I can make them hurt, if I want to...
Most Evil Moment: Voldemort claims his followers are his "true family." But when his most loyal follower, Severus Snape, possesses a wand that Voldemort believes will ensue his victory, he does not hesitate to murder him. Although he could instantly, painlessly kill Snape, Voldemort commands his pet snake, Nagini, to repeatedly bite Snape, a double agent, risks his life out of devotion for his unrequited love: Lily Potter.
2. Darth Vader.
The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the force.
Most Evil Moment: Darth Vader murders countless "rebel scum" during his leadership, and he seems to have almost no conscience at all about the wake of dead bodies in his path. But one of his most evil moments occurs in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, when he fights his son, Luke Skywalker. When Luke refuses to fight and turn to the Dark Side, Vader reads Luke's mind and realizes that he has a twin sister. In a chilling moment, Vader says, "Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me. If you will not turn to the Dark Side, then perhaps she will." This moment tells us that Vader is not only capable of killing defiant rebels, but he will even destroy his own children to fulfill his duty to the Emperor.
1. The Joker.
Here's the cold, hard truth, Bats... I don't hate you 'cause I'm crazy...I'm crazy 'cause I hate you.
Most Evil Moment: In Alan Moore's classic tale The Killing Joke (1988), the Joker sets out to prove that one bad day can drive a good man insane. his spree leaves Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) brutally assaulted and paralyzed, while her father, police Commissioner Jim Gordon, is tortured-both physically and mentally, as the Joker taunts him with lurid photos of his battered daughter in different states of undress. While the narrative's ending is wholly ambiguos, famed Batman writer Grant Morrison has suggested in recent years that Batman kills his nemesis, thus proving the Joker's initial theory.