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Who's your favorite villain?

When I was a kid, my favorite bad guy was Dr. Zachary Smith from the TV show, Lost in Space.

I know, I know, he wasn’t exactly evil (though he did try to sabotage the original mission), but I always loved how he used Will Robinson as a human shield in times of danger and the way he argued with the Robinson family’s robot (except when he was hiding behind it).
I also like The Master, from Doctor Who (back in the days of the third (and my second) doctor, Jon Pertwee.

These days I enjoy the spiteful, sadistic Professor Snape, played by Alan Rickman – who was also excellent as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

Overall though, I’d have to say my favorite villains are The Dursleys from the Harry Potter books (though Rickman’s portrayal of Snape comes in a close second).  

There’s something delightfully mean about the way Harry’s step-parents forced him to sleep in the cupboard beneath the stairs for the first eleven years of his life. Especially when we later discover there was a perfectly good bedroom he could have used, but they’d given it to their spoiled brat of a son as a spare bedroom (in which to keep all his unused toys etc).
So far, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Potter movies (with the possible exception of the last one), but I think the producers made a huge mistake when they decided not to make use of so many of the great Dursley scenes from the books. 
How about you?
Who’s your favorite villain? 

ETA: 1:20pm  Ooh!  I forgot Spike 


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Feb. 1st, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
Atia (Octavian's mother) in the TV series (Rome)
Umbridge, (HP) Jamie (song of Ice and Fire) The Clown in It :)
Feb. 1st, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
I hate clowns. Especially ones played by Tim Curry :(
Feb. 1st, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Orson Welles as Harry Lime in The Third Man- he's so amused by what he's doing.
Feb. 1st, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Orson Welles was a good baddie, if you know what I mean :)
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Feb. 1st, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, goodness--I forgot my arch-villain from childhood! The creepy child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!!! That guy scared me to no end.
Feb. 1st, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
And let's not forget Cruella De-ville. Anyone who wants to skin puppies to make a fur coat has to be in anyone's top ten villain list, wouldn't you say?
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Feb. 1st, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)

Really, there isn't a need for any better villain/main character than that.
Feb. 1st, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
I never really thought of Darth as a villain. To me, he was always more of the villain's right hand man, but I agree, he is a bit of a meanie :)

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Feb. 1st, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
The Bishop of Aquila in Ladyhawke.
Arthur Burns from The Proposition.
Anton Chigur from No Country for Old Men
T-Bird from The Crow.
Darkness from Legend.
Thulsa Doom from Conan the Barbarian
Brother Justin from Carnivale
Willy Wonka
Feb. 1st, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen Ladyhawke in years. That Bishop was a good baddie :)

Why is Willy Wonka a villain?
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Feb. 1st, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Tough choices. I was a Snape-Watcher from way back. (Just after finishing Book 7, I sang to my sister a filk she herself had committed; "Snapewatchers in Paradise.") I'm going to side with the Snapes here. To quote cannon, "The world is not made up of good people and Death Eaters, Harry." Just because Snape dislikes Harry doesn't make him a villain. The fact that he works so hard to save Harry, time after time, despite Harry's obvious lack of appreciation...

But then, Spike, the Master, Dr. Smith...

I'd probably have to go with Spike.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
He's certainly the most fun :)
Feb. 1st, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
lol, definitely Spike...Snape is a really good one to...lets see if I can think of another....Dr. Horrible!!!!!!
Feb. 2nd, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
Lol, he's certainly the best singing villain :)
Feb. 1st, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
I've got lots of favorites...

As a kid, Gollum was my favorite. I remember how disturbed I felt discovering that he was actually (gasp) a hobbit.

Though I wouldn't exactly use the word "favorite" to describe them, some nonfiction personalities that fit the villain mold and who deeply disturbed me as a child included Perry Smith of In Cold Blood & Peter Kurten the Dusseldorf Vampire. The former perturbed me with his unexpected humanity, not that you'd ever ask him over to your isolated farmhouse for coffee; the latter with the way his sadism extended ultimately even to himself.

My current favorite villain, though, is from the recent Bollywood movie, "3 Idiots." I love the super-efficient Virus, a villain who doesn't see himself that way--and his hilarious 7 1/2 minute power-naps. Great character...

Feb. 2nd, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
I should have thought of Gollum, though I suppose it could be argued that he's more of a victim really.

I've not heard of Virus, but he sounds like a fun villain :)

Thanks for sharing, whoever you are ;)
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Feb. 2nd, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Gul Dukat was always good to watch. He reminds me a little of Dick Dastardly, in that his elaborate schemes never quite came off :)

In my opinion, DS9 was an excellent series. Almost as good as Star Trek (TNG) and much better than the two which came after.
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(no subject) - jongibbs - Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 2nd, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
I'd have to go with Kroenen from the first Hellboy flick, at least as far as a villain goes who has caught my eye in the last ten years or so. Very Darth Maul-ish - doesn't say too much but looks way too cool for anyone's good. And also does a lot of butt-kicking.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
Kroenen? Was he the clockwork ninja character?
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Feb. 2nd, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
Dr Smith! Yes! I loved that show.

Also, Catwoman. Yeow. I mean, vile villain! Hee hee
Feb. 2nd, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
Lol :)
Feb. 2nd, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Ditto Gary Oldman in THE FIFTH ELEMENT. Also, Sarris in GALAXY QUEST ("they will rip through your ship like it was tissue paper.") He actually said "tis-you paper" Gotta love a villain whose mother must have been a giant lobster.

I should also mention that one thing I loved about the Newbery-winning WHEN YOU REACH ME was that the characters you thought were villains weren't.

Feb. 2nd, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Gary Oldman looked like he was having loads of fun in The Fifth Element, mind you, they all did :)
Feb. 2nd, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
Professor Snape wasn't really a bad guy, you know. Sort of ultra-secret-double-agentish. The Dursleys? Yea, I must agree. XD Although at the series' end, Dudley actually did a bit of a turnaround, attitudinal-wise.

That particular incarnation of The Master, yes! Of course, Jon Pertwee was the first incarnation of the Doctor I'd seen. That was when Doctor Who was showing on a PBS channel on one of the UHF in the suburban Boston area. Went without, when I ended up back in New York State, but about a year or so after moving back down, saw that Doctor Who would be starting. Did obligatory happy dance. Kbew nothing about the regeneration plot thing, so when I saw that it was Tom Baker, and not Jon Pertwee as the Doctor (missed the first few minutes of Robot),you can guess my reaction, as I'd been looking forward to seeing the Pertwee Doctor. Still, Tom Baker did grow on me. Had to get a trim. XD

Doctor Zachary Taylor Smith, yes!. I didn't much care for the movie remake of the series, but I have fond memories of Doctor Smith, who was as much crewmember and ally as antagonist. Also comic relief, but that's beside the point.

Sometimes, and I mainly keep this to myself, I've wondered how Voldemort would have turned out, had his mother lived. I also tend to wonder what, if anything, would have saved her from her self-destructive cycle of behavior. It's all a vast "Riddle" to me.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Full marks for a great comment, plus bonus points for the pun at the end :)
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Feb. 2nd, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
Favourite villain is Hugh Grant playing the Wickham part in the Bridget Jones movie version of P&P.

So sue me!
Feb. 2nd, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
I'll grant you he was good (no pun intended), but I'd have said he was more of a cad than a villain. I liked him in Notting Hill too, though of course his character in that was neither villain nor cad :)
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
Ernst Stavros Bloefeld from 3 James Bond novels. He was the opposite of Bond and his toughest foe. He even killed the one woman Bond married.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
Good one, Jim! As I recall, he was a much more sinister character in the books - they made him into bit of a pantomime bad-guy in the movies.

Thanks for sharing ;)
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