Everyone knows the iconic villians, the anti-heroes everyone knows (listed randomly, in no order of preference):
Jack Nicholson’s Joker, Darth Vader, the Wicked Witch of the West, Lord Voldemort, Freddy Kruger, Hannibal Lecter, Jack Torrance from The Shining.
I’ve always been intrigued by the villians that were especially creepy and twisted because of a horrible backstory or other circumstance, where you can understand why they’ve become villians. The kind of characters where you almost root for them to win, or at the very least feel sad when they lose (or die). The ones that stick with you, and you can’t forget them even if you wanted to. That's what I'm truly excited for whenever I pick up a book or sit down to a movie. The right villain.
One of the best examples of this is Loki from Thor/Avengers, played by Tom Hiddleston.
Another example is Mr. Silva from James Bond Skyfall, played by Javier Bardem.
A final example is King Commodus from Gladiator, played by Joaquin Phoenix.
There are so many other villians that fit this description. That have stayed with me over the years. But I want to hear from you.
Who are some of your favorite villians, and why?