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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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mtlawson
Feb. 1st, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Given that I pulled out that Shakespeare bloke a few times in previous postings of yours, I guess it'd be a natural that I'd say Iago from Othello. Talk about your diabolical evil characters. I remember hearing in my high school Shakespeare class about how in the old days that the actor playing Iago had to keep one eye on the crowd while reciting his lines, because the crowd would get so riled up that they might just grab him off the stage.

You want something more recent? Hmm...

There was John Fain (played by Richard Boone) in the John Wayne film Big Jake. Another John Wayne movie, Rio Lobo, had Sheriff Hendricks (played by Mike Henry). There's also Sir Guy of Gisbourne (played by Basil Rathbone) in The Adventures of Robin Hood.

However, I'd have to give the award to Alan Rickman's portrayal of Hans Gruber in Die Hard.
bogwitch64
Feb. 1st, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Ah! How about Don John from Much Ado About Nothing? Tibault from Romeo and Juliet? Malvolio from 12th Night? And (IMO, of course) Petruchio from Taming of the Shrew?

Iago is the most evil, I give you that--though MacBeth is up there among the baddest of the bad.
mtlawson
Feb. 1st, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know. Picking one would be hard. I was also thinking of Angelo from Measuure for Measure, which could give Iago a run for his money.

Turning heads onto a movie that had another character named Iago in it -although admittedly a parrot- Jafar from Aladdin is good. As is Scar from The Lion King. Interesting that the latter mixes a lot of Shakespeare into the story.

Now MacBeth, he was not only the villan but the protagonist. That's cruel.
bogwitch64
Feb. 1st, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Angelo! Holy crap--he WAS a baddie. What a jerk. Actually, a lot of the men in Shakespear are kinda assholes. Just sayin'...

The thing that makes MacBeth SUCH a villain is that he has no delusions about what he's doing. He knows it's wrong. He knows, he knows, he knows! And yet he does it anyway. THAT is evil!
mtlawson
Feb. 1st, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Hey now, don't go hating the Y chromosome. There's Brutus who does what he thinks is right and expected of him as a Roman citizen, only to fall prey to the plotters. MacDuff, whose family suffers at the hand of MacBeth and eventually overthrows His Evilness. Prospero, who plots revenge yet eventually decides to forego it for the sake of his daughter and her love.

Ooo. Another baddie that I forgot: Richard III. That's right, the Big Dick is here! (3 Points to whomever recognizes that quote.) Sir Laurence Olivier played him to perfection on the screen.
bogwitch64
Feb. 1st, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
Well, not ALL of the Bard's menfolk are bad, of course; but I'd say the scales are kinda, unequally tipped. ;)

Me? I love men. Even the bad ones.

Ah, yes--Richard. Ian McKellen did a pretty good job of playing him too in his Nazi-version of Richard. Did you see that one? I hadn't realized that McKellen wrote it as well.
mtlawson
Feb. 1st, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
(Note to self, Terri likes bad men.)

No, I can't say I've seen it. Is it available from a library, do you think?
bogwitch64
Feb. 1st, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
I'd say so. It was released in 1995, so it should have found its way to a library by now.

I do like bad men. I like good men. I like short men and tall men and all manner of men.

As long as they do as I tell them. ;)
mtlawson
Feb. 1st, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
Well, then they can't be all bad, right?
bogwitch64
Feb. 1st, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
Ah, a smart one.
jongibbs
Feb. 1st, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Iago was pretty bad, but he came through for the good guys in the second Aladdin movie.
mtlawson
Feb. 1st, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
I try very hard to not think about the sequels that Disney puts out.
jongibbs
Feb. 1st, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
I liked the second and third Lion Kings, but you're right, as a general rule, Disney sequels aren't too good.
bogwitch64
Feb. 1st, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Heh-heh...true.
jongibbs
Feb. 1st, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
He wasn't a villain, but I love Rickman's portrayal of Alexander Dane (aka Dr. Lazarus) in Galaxy Quest :)

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