10 Movie Villains Who Were Far More Interesting Than The Heros
All villains need a hero, but all heros might not need a villain. Villains are written in a manner that they are hated, they are cunning, shrewd and evil but at times they are so well written or performed that we end up liking them more than the Hero. Villains are often more complex to write than the hero, because heros intentions are clear, to fight against the evil villain but villian malice intentions are a little complex to justify to make the villain loved by people but if written in a good way its almost impossible to hate the villain. Here are few villains that have made such an impact that the movie seems incomplete if we replace them with some other villain.
10. Alonzo Harris – Training Day
Training Day is one such movie where we get to see both Denzel Washington’s anti-hero(turned villain) and Ethan Hawke’s hero in almost every minute of the movie, which is quite uncommon but gives fair chance to judge who of the two is more interesting. Washington’s Alonzo Harris considers himself the law it’s impossible to resist him as the movie progresses. Hawke though is god but seems to be incomplete without Washington.
9. Col. Hans Landa – Inglourious Basterds
Though Brad Pitt gave a snarling and confident performance in 2009 as Aldo Raine, it was Col Hans Landa performed by Christoph Waltz who was remembered by people as the face of the movie. Quentin Tarantino’s war epic seemed flawed to many and had a mixed review, and the only positive in this mixed was the standout performance where he is on screen every minute and makes it impossible to look away. Sinister, funny and charismatic, all in the same scene, Waltz had put life in the unique creation Landa by an inspired performance. Although Brad Pitt, as Raine, did something he has not done before and managed to put together a great performance but Landa seemed to be Tarantino’s most detailed creation to date.
8. Emperor Commodus – Gladiator
Emperor Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix, is by far the the best thing about Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. He is coward, dangerous and slimy, capable of shockingly atrocious acts like and butchering a man’s family just because of jealousy and murdering his own father. He rules over Rome with an iron fist and is quite a sickening individual who squashes anyone who stands against him. Opposite him is Maximus(Russell Crowe) who is a very ordinary hero on a quest for revenge because of something horrible done to him. Though Crowe has performanced his part phenomenally with constant bravado, he stands nowhere in front of the sinister perfection of Phoenix.
7. The Terminator – The Terminator
Even after first two sequels, when Arnold Schwarzenegger could not be a part of the next terminator movie his face was digitally inserted in the fourth installment, reason he was the reason people watched the first movie over and over again. The deadly nature of Terminator with which he hunted Sarah Connor made him one of the most talked about creation. Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor were the heroes of the first terminator but at first most people believed Terminator was the hero of the movie and some refuse to agree that he is the villain in the movie, such is The Terminator’s charm
6. Alan Rickman – Die Hard
John McClaine, played by Bruce Willis, is one of the greatest action heroes character of all time but Hans Guber, a German cyber-terrorist is portrayed so well by Alan Rickman that he overshadows McClaine. Gruber is sophisticated, slick and completely unflappable. He is a genuine threat to McClain and his attacks on American culture are hilarious, something very rare in Hollywood action blockbusters.
Every time Gruber is on screen we forget to sip our sodas such is his charisma. Gruber changed the tone of villains and many tried to follow his steps. He is seen spouting evil from his calm actions and words rather than impulsive behaviour. No other villain in the follow ups of Die Hard could live up to Gruber.
5. Loki – Avengers
Loki is an egotistical, abusive, scrawny, pale God. As much as we know that he is a villain in the Marvel universe, there is something about his portrayal by Tom Hiddleston that makes us root for Loki at times We want Avenger’s to win for obvious reasons but we want more of Loki. Be it Avengers or Thor we can simply not stop loving him. As a matter of fact Joss Whedon originally wanted two villains in The Avengers to fight an army of superheroes, which seems justified, but after seeing Hiddleston in Thor he believed having another villain alongside Loki will be too much for The Avengers.
4. The Joker – The Dark Knight
Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of Joker in Tim Burton’s Batman was equally intriguing and could have made this list if only Heath Ledger’s portrayal of Gotham City’s nemesis had not been as psychotic as one can be. Ledger turned The Joker into a legend and no-one could have imagined a character being played that well. Batman, played by Christian Bale, is an imposing figure and defeating Ledger’s Joker made him look stronger. Joker is cruel, careless and sadistic . Christopher Nolan gave Joker a great entry scene, something that all great villains need. Here Joker is a man who wants to see the world burn but moves without a plan.
3. Darth Vader – Star Wars Trilogy
Darth Vader, one of the most iconic character in cinema, had to be part of any list talking about villains. Darth Vader was frightening and one of the most compelling cinematic creations. Luke Skywalker’s was not even half as interesting as the dictator of the galaxy.
Vader was so imposing, around 7 ft tall dressed completely in black with a mask that haunted both children and adults, it was impossible not to be spellbound by this monster. From the entrance to every scene and dialogue he had is worth a mention. Vader had been so interesting that if Luke stayed on screen for more than a minute it seemed boring.
2. Frank Booth – Blue Velvet
A compelling masterpiece David Lynch’s Blue Velvet is one of the most intoxicating and intense movies ever made. All thanks to psychotic presence of Frank Booth in one of the greatest performances of all time. Booth, portrayed by Dennis Hooper, is a sadistic and takes pleasure from inhaling an unknown gas and rape. Booth is one of the greatest characters film industry has ever seen and his rage often victimises Kyle MacLachlan’s poor Jeffrey. It is not possible to forget Frank Booth and he might visit you on nightmares.
1. Hannibal Lecter – The Silence of the Lambs
Hannibal Lecter is the first character you associate when there is a mention of The Silence of the Lambs, and why would you not. He is one of the most complex and the greatest on-screen villains we have ever seen. Jodie Foster gave the performance of his life as Clarice Starling only to be overshadowed by the enigma created by Anthony Hopkins’ iconic performance. Well thought by director Jonathan Demme, Lecter has less screen time and more power whenever he is on screen which makes people intrigued by him. Lecter is strikingly calm yet cunning and cruel and though Starling was such a great character against him He still stole the show in The Silence of the Lambs without a doubt.