We all love to be bad. Songs have been written about it, movies have been made around it, stories have come to life because of it. Anyone can be a hero these days. But to be a villain, to be truly evil, and have fun doing it, that is an art. Few bad guys have leapt from the screen and entered into our subconsciousness. These are the guys who really enjoy being bad. Here is a list of them and the moments they made their impression:
1) Loki from Thor: The Dark World:
Oh boy, this is one bad mother- shut your mouth. Yes sir, the adopted brother of Thor, god of mischief and magic. Played to the hilt by Tom Hiddleston, Loki is someone who’d get his hands on the world-ending button and then hold the world to ransom, just for kicks. Because in his words: He was born to rule.
2) Snidely Whiplash from Dudley Do-Right :
Alfred Molina brought this comic book and cartoon villain to life along with the top hat, cape and the evil mustache. Whiplash has been foiled at every turn by Dudley Do-Right. But that doesn’t stop him, he still is a villain with panache and flair.
3) Vincent from Collateral:
With the salt and pepper hair, evil smile and a hitlist, this bad guy is epic, as Tom Cruise roams the streets in Jamie Foxx’s taxi. Along the way, he gets to expound on his theories and he questions the morality of his work.
4) Archie from RocknRolla:
He isn’t really a bad guy, he is just a guy who knows how to get by. He also knows how to get his point across with the characteristic Archie slap. Dressed to the nines, and with an accent to kill for, Mark Strong makes you smile every time he shows up on screen.
5) Dracula from Dracula: Dead and Loving it:
Played by the inimitable Leslie Neilsen, this Dracula will make you laugh till your sides hurt. Humor and the world’s most pronounced bad Transylvanian accent instantly endears you to him.
6) Colonel Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds:
Admit it, Col. Handa from Inglourious Basterds has made shivers run up your spine. His clinical approach to hunting Jews and executing his orders with glee makes him one of the most charming villains out there. He respects the Americans for they, too, are doing their duty, but he doesn’t let that come in the way of his job.
7) Crime Master Gogo from Andaz Apna Apna:
Mogambo ka bhatija, the evil that roams the land. The one-man army of destruction, scooter stealing and brilliant one-liners. He made us smile with his ineffectual attempts at theft. But hey, who doesn’t want a ghagra?
8) Dr. Strangelove from Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb:
Peter Sellers does his best as the evil Nazi scientist who has a tendency to say heil at the most inopportune moments. With the world coming to an end around him, he reminds us not to fight in the War room, and also that he gets miraculously cured.
9) Leon from Leon: The Professional:
He isn’t exactly the villain here, but as the anti-hero whose past is filled with dead bodies, he is quite a surprise. A soft heart and a steady eye coupled with a killer instinct, and you don’t need to wonder why he is known as the Professional.
10) The Joker from The Dark Knight:
Why so serious? Murder, mayhem and manic laughter, combined with his twisted wit, Heath Ledger left us with a movie villain that we enjoyed watching. It was a lot of fun watching someone reach into the dark side and bring out the chaos that we all have within us. Remember boys and girls, if you are good at something, you should be paid for it.
11) Darth Vader from the Star Wars series:
With the dark side, the voice, the red lightsaber and the most iconic lines in the whole Star Wars series, Darth Vader made wearing a black pot on your head and having wheezy breath cool. Besides everyone should head to Dark side at least once in their lives. They have cupcakes, I think. Evil looks good in a black cape.
That’s the list. If there are any particular villains that have crept into your psyche, let us know. Who knows, we all need to be a little bad sometimes.