They're clever, cunning, and downright evil. Known for killing main characters, causing havoc, and generally just being nasty, villains are characters that everyone loves to hate.
And where better to bring these villains to life than the big or small screen?Sometimes, something strange happens. The powers that be cast a good looking villain, causing emotional turmoil. The audience is forced to ask themselves: how can you hate someone so damn pretty?
Here are 5 villains that broke hearts as well as bones:
1. Patrick Bateman
American Psycho follows antagonist Patrick Bateman. A frustrated Wall Street banker, he spends his days murdering his friends, and also strangers to relieve his frustration at the modern world.
After killing a homeless man and his dog, several women with a chainsaw, and also his colleague Paul Allen, it's clear to see ol' Pat is not a force to be reckoned with.
Here's where the confusion comes in: The audience is watching Christian Bale, who ranked 20th in Empire's The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars: The Men Edition. He's a sexy psycho.
Given Patrick Bateman's narcissistic nature, it was easy to see why someone as good looking as Bale was cast. With his dark hair, eyes, and the perfect smile, it's hard for audiences not to fall in love with the murderous man himself.
He's ruthless, cunning and clever, using riddles and mind games to get exactly what he wants. He will stop at nothing to gain the throne of Asgard, even if it means destroying his own family...
But look at that smile.
Here's where it gets confusing: Loki is of course played by Tom Hiddleston, who appears to be the nicest human being that has ever walked the earth. If you typed 'Tom Hiddleston being nice' into Google, you'd be bombarded with countless stories from people who have met Hiddleston and been much happier for the experience.
Hiddleston plays Loki well, and it's easy for audiences to hate him. But his general warmth and charisma off screen means that it's hard not to fall for Loki too. Look at how selflessly he hands over his jacket! Would Loki do that?!
3. The Joker
The Joker is a psychotic maniac, who in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy wreaks havoc for Batman. He destroys Gotham for the pure fun of it, not only creating problems for Batman, but also second-handedly creating more villains along the way such as Harvey Dent as Two Face.
The Joker is wildly unpredictable, and full of surprises, making Heath Ledger's portrayal of him one that stands out in pop culture today.
Here's where it gets confusing: Arguably, one of Ledger's most iconic roles is Patrick Verona in 10 Things I Hate About You. I mean, who can forget this moment?
If he'd sung that to Batman, it would have been an entirely different movie.
Heath Ledger was an attractive guy. There's no denying that. The Dark Knight gets around this problem with the heavy Joker makeup. But if a part of you can't help but watch and root for The Joker, Patrick Verona may be the inner cause you never thought about.
4. James March
James March is easily one of the scariest villains to ever exist in the world of American Horror Story. March owns the Hotel Cortez, which he has turned into a murder fun house especially for him.
Even a little thing like being dead doesn't stop March taking control of John to complete his work as the Ten Commandments Killer.
Here's where it gets confusing: If you're a fan of American Horror Story, you will know that the show uses the same actors for each season. So you may have seen actor Evan Peters in different roles on the show, such as Kit in Season 2, Asylum, or Kyle Spencer in Season 3, Coven. In both of these series, he looks very different:
He is often the blond heartthrob of the series, with a large fan base, especially on Tumblr. So there's no reason to feel ashamed for rooting for Mr March!
With The Walking Dead finale finally upon us, Negan has been getting a lot of press lately, and rightly so.
There has always been excitement for Negan's arrival to the zombie TV series, given his notoriety amongst fans. Season 6 finally saw Negan come to life for the first time, and audiences waited with bated breath at the reveal of The Walking Dead's most ferocious villain to date. And Negan's actions in the finale of The Walking Dead are easily some of the goriest to be seen on the show so far.
After Rick and the group refuse to fall in line, Negan brutally beats one member (in the comics, Glenn Rhee) to death with his baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, named Lucille. It's easy to hate him.
Here's where it gets confusing: After months of finally waiting, it was announced in November 2015 that Jeffrey Dean Morgan would be playing Negan. The man who melted hearts in P.S. I Love You as William, the softly spoken Irish folk singer.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan's portrayal of Negan so far is great, fitting with the comics perfectly, and leaving fans hungry for more. But also Morgan himself is an attractive man, dripping with charisma. It will be interesting to see how he holds up as a villain, or whether Daryl's fan girls will be replaced by Negan-girls.