We all love a good villain! Let’s face it, there wouldn’t be a film without an antagonist for the good guys to fight against. In order to find out who the nation’s all-time favourite film villain is, Best Offers Bingo has just conducted a survey of 2,000 film lovers asking just that.
Below we have listed the top 5 film villains along with some nostalgic film moments to remind us why they are so popular. The rest of the results are at the bottom so you can see how your favourite film villain matched up!
5: Norman Bates in Psycho (1960) 171 votes
Norman Bates, played by Anthony Perkins, is a man with an unhealthy relationship with his mother. After he murders his mother, Bates develops dissociative identity disorder, assuming his mother’s personality, in order to repressing her death and escape the guilt of murdering her. Psycho follows the story of Marion Crane, played by Janet Leigh, who through a course of unfortunate events finds refuge at the Bates Motel but is soon killed by Bates who has assumed the persona of his mother. This chilling horror film has been cited as one of Hitchcock’s best works.
4: Terminator in The Terminator (1984) 244 votes
The Terminator is the perfect fusion of horror and Sci-Fi. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the unrelenting cyborg assassin known as the Terminator who has been sent back from 2029 to 1984 in order to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), the mother of the resistance leader John Connor. The reason that the character of the terminator is so effective is summed up perfectly by Kyle Reese played by Michael Biehn, ‘You still don’t get it, do you? He’ll find her! That’s what he does! That’s ALL he does! You can’t stop him!’ the terminators true form is finally revealed in the final chilling scene when all parts of its human disguise as he chases Sarah and Kyle through a deserted factory.
3: Darth Vader in Star Wars (1977) 248 votes
Before he became a full disciple of the dark side, Darth Vader (played by David Prowse and voiced by James Earl Jones) was Anakin Skywalker, a goodhearted Jedi and hero. While he was considered one of the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy, Anakin had broken the Order’s code by getting secretly married. This was the first step into a long process of turning into film’s most notorious villains. Darth Vader became synonymous with evil when he appeared on screen with the now infamous The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) composition by John Williams.
2: The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) 260 votes
Heath Ledger takes second place for his legendary performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Unlike other Joker’s, his portrayal was much more sinister and delusional. Ledger revealed how he prepared for the role to Empire Online. He sequestered himself in a London hotel room and worked on the fine details such as his voice, mannerisms and mind-set. This was ledgers last role and it cemented his place in film history. He portrayed the Joker’s psychological range in a undeniably unique and unforgettable way.
1: Hannibal Lecter in Silence of The Lambs (1991) 416 votes
And the winner is….Hannibal the cannibal. Dr. Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins, was once a brilliant forensic psychiatrist but he became one of the world’s most feared serial killers due to his predilection for cannibalism. His razor-sharp minds sets him apart as one of the most disturbing film villains of all time. Silence of The Lambs has some of the most chilling, well-constructed scenes of all time, we get to spend some quality time with Lecter when FBI cadet Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster, visits him in prison in order to get help on the Buffalo Bill murder case. The survey proves that Hopkins performance that has stuck in many film viewer’s minds.
The rest of the best villain survey results:
Nurse Ratched – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) 137 votes
Tommy Devito – Goodfellas (1990) 123 votes
Amon Goeth – Schindler’s List (1993) 105 votes
Jack Torrance – The Shining (1980) 70 votes
Lord Summerisle – The Wicker Man (1973) 68 votes
Frank – Once Upon a Time in The West (1968) 54 votes
Norman Stansfield – Leon: The Professional (1994) 54 votes
John Doe – Seven (1995) 43 votes
Little Bill Daggett – Unforgiven (1992) 42 votes
Woo-Jin Lee – Oldboy (2003) 42 votes
Noah Cross – Chinatown (1974) 38 votes
Phyllis Dietrichson – The Double Indemnity (1944) 23 votes
How do these votes match up to you? Does your favourite film villain feature in the results? Let us know by commenting below or getting in touch on Twitter at @Bck2TheMovies