20 Best villains of all time in the Hollywood

For a hero to be great, he must have a great villain. In a story, a villain represents the antagonist who challenges your hero and drives the story’s action. As the antagonist of the hero, the villain functions as the opposing force, driving the plot forward with their intentions or malicious actions. As opposed to a hero, a villain generally commits immoral and cruel acts in order to gain power.

However, a villain is a typical human only in the final analysis. He too has the basic requirements of an individual. We have always been stunned by their presentation and have fantasised about their plot as well. Needless to mention, we all have the urge and are keen to flash light into their personal life and their endeavours. So, to know them better we have prepared a list comprising 20 superhit villains and villainess who are one’s worst nightmare. Read them out:

01. Lord Voldemort

According to some sources, Voldemort’s name is derived from Edgar Allan Poe’s decaying character M Valdemar. In truth, honestly, J.K. Rowling was keen about French, resulting in the name, which means “flight of death”. In a nutshell, these words describe the Death Eater Supreme well. He is exotic in appearance, as he is a bizarre combination of a man and a snake, with slit-nose and inhuman traits. As a result of his complete mastery of dark magic, he can fly without using a broomstick. Every shadow on the screen reflects his presence. Regardless of what his name means, nobody dares to mention it.

02. Sauron

Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth live-action film series revolves around Sauron, the main antagonist. The actor portraying him was Sala Baker. The Hobbit trilogy features him as the principle villain as well as in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, particularly in The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, as well as as the prime antagonist in The Return of the King.

03. The Wicked Witch of the West

The Wicked Witch of the West appears as the antagonist of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, the first novel in the renowned Oz series.

A family film such as The Wizard of Oz leaves observers wondering how children can watch it without missing their mothers. In this case, it is the Wicked Witch of the West, an evil version of Miss Almira Gulch, ordering the protagonist’s dog Toto to be captured after the dog bit Miss Gulch.

04. The Joker

No matter how he appears in comics, or how he appears on movie and television screens through the cartoonish version brought to life by Cesar Romero, Joker has always been an entertaining character.  Burton and Nicholson brought new depth to the character in their 1989 big-screen re-invention, but Chris Nolan and Heath Ledger captured the character most effectively in their 2008 film The Dark Knight. The Joker as played by Ledger is a thing of beauty despite its ugly, a man obsessed with achieving his ambitions and, to quote Michael Caine’s Alfred, whose only desire is to see the world in flames.

05. Mrs Coulter

A persistent antagonist in Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Material trilogy” is Mrs Coulter. The name Mrs Coulter is used repeatedly in the entire series. She first appears in Northern Lights, a novel that introduces her as an aggressive, ruthless villain. It is said that the villainess Mrs Coulter comes after Lord Voldermort and Sauron in terms of evil-work.

06. Lex Luthor

Known as the greatest criminal of all time, Gene Hackman has always stirred up fantasy society through his work as Lex Luthor. He appeared in Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Hackman’s arrogance made him a successful opponent for Superman’s tough style.

07. Count Olaf

In the earlier versions of the movie, Count Olaf was portrayed by Jim Carrey before Neil Patrick Harris. It is worth noting, however, that both of them do an excellent job of bringing alive the character of Count Olaf. The second one starred in several movies, among which “A Series of Unfortunate Events” got the recognition it deserved.

08. The Other Mother

Coraline’s super creepy villain is The Other Mother, also called the Beldam. Coraline, as well as the rest of the readers, can see from the very beginning that there is something very, very wrong about this woman, something that needs to be corrected. Although she has a great deal of fame and name, her ultimate fame and name is Coraline.

09. The White Witch

Movies like The Witch, The Wardrobe won’t be such marvellous movies without the presence of the White Witch, the evil doer. Her name is Jadis. Narnia was frozen in the Hundred Years’ Winter by this witch, for which she has gained notoriety. According to her, she is human and claims to be Narnia’s Queen, nevertheless, she is not. The witch is selfish and evil.

10. Artemis Fowl

The movie Artemis Fowl tells the story of twelve-year-old genius Artemis Fowl. Continuing a line of crime lords who have eluded capture for years, Artemis is a master at plotting evil plots by using his extraordinarily sharp intellect. Besides his parents and himself, he is not compassionate towards others.

11. Magneto

Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, known as Magneto in the X-Men franchise, played the antagonist in the popular film series starring the X-Men. He is one of the most powerful and ruthless mutants in the world, able to manipulate all forms of magnetism with the power of his mind. In addition, he was a former enemy of the X-Men. In addition, he played a key antagonist in X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse and many more.

12. Professor Moriarity

A person of Professor Moriarty’s intellect was beyond compare. By the very nature of his mind, Holmes himself mentions that he possessed a mind of exceptional abilities. Distinguished academic reputation and exceptional maths and science abilities characterise him. He was prone to criminal activity because of his desire for power. Throughout The Final Problem, we are introduced to him as ruthless, cunning, and resolutely malign.  In spite of the fact that Moriarty appears in only two short stories, Holmes consistently finds him to be the most dangerous of all criminals he has ever encountered in his adventures. The character of Professor Moriarty appears on two occasions in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” The first time is in “Elementary, Dear Data” and then in “Ship in a Bottle”

13. Zaphod Beeblebrox

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy features Zaphod Beeblebrox as one of its triagonists. Almost a half-cousin of Ford Prefect, the previous galaxy’s president, and native to the planet Betelgeuse. Mark Wing-Davey played this character on radio and television. A distinguished actor, Sam Rockwell, played the role in 2005.

14. Captain Hook

In Disney’s 1953 animated feature film Peter Pan, Captain Hook plays the main antagonist role. Known as a vicious pirate, he commands The Jolly Roger, a brig moored on the shores of Neverland. There has been a long-overdue sacrifice made by Hook, who has long quit sailing the high seas to exact revenge on Peter Pan for chopping off his left hand and throwing it into the mouth of a crocodile, pursuing him ever since. Besides being a Disney Villain, Captain Hook plays part in the Disney Villains franchise.

15. Napoleon the Pig

Orwell’s Animal Farm and its 1945 adaptations depict Napoleon as the main antagonist. It is described that he is a vicious Berkshire boar of the Farm Manor whose participation in the rebellion kicks out the farmer Mr. Jones into his position as tyrannical leader after defeating Snowball, at the end of which the farm becomes worse off than when Mr. Jones was in charge. The late Maurice Denham voiced him in the 1954 animated film, along with all the other characters.

16. Heathcliff

Emily Bronte’s 1847 novel Wuthering Heights features Thrushcross Grange Healthcliff as the main antagonist. The author is often referred to as Heathcliff, as he is viewed as a dark personification of her own character. The first half of the book depicts Heathcliff as the hero, however after the death of his lover Cathy he becomes bitter and wants to exact revenge on Cathy’s widower Edgar Linton as well as her daughter Catherine who bears her name.

17. Miss Trunchbull

It is Agatha Trunchbull who serves as the antagonist of Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel Matilda, both in its 1996 film adaptation and its 2010 musical adaptation. She is an ex-headmistress at Crunchem Hall Elementary School, the aunt of Miss Jennifer Honey, and Matilda Wormwood’s greatest enemy.

18. Cruella de Vil

Animated feature film 101 Dalmatians, released in 1961, features Cruella De Vil playing the antagonist. Known for being unique and style-conscious, Cruella is an inheritor planning to make a spotted fur coat from the skins of 99 Dalmatian puppies. Cruella is portrayed in Dodie Smith’s Hundred and One Dalmatians. A fashion show featuring Minnie Mouse featured Cruella as one of the models.

19. The Grinch

Taking centre stage is the Grinch in the 9th animated feature film from Illumination, The Grinch, an adaptation of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” by Dr. Seuss. He is a grumpy, green outcast with a desire to steal and destroy Christmas in retaliation for all the hardship and pain that Christmas has caused him. The character was voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

20. Dracula

It is Count Dracula who is the main antagonist of Bram Stoker’s 1897 classic horror novel Dracula. As a fictional character and horror icon, he has been compared to many other characters throughout history. A great deal of his motivation comes from his desire to consume the blood of others, especially that of women in their early years. Aiming to expand his power beyond his Transylvanian castle, he intends to invade England and create more vampires.

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