Sunday, June 11, 2006

100 Greatest Villains of all Time

So Wizard Magazine printed their 100 greatest villains of all time, sparking much controversy/discussion/delight in my household.

Some highlights:

98. The Others (from Lost)
95. Stewie Griffin (Family Guy)
89. Bill Lumbert (Office Space)
79. Cancer Man (X Files)
76. The Socs (The Outsiders)
71. Walter Peck (Ghostbusters)
66. Sideshow Bob (The Simpsons)
62. Gollum (LOTR)
61. Johnny Lawrence (Karate Kid)
59. Bob (Twin Peaks)
57. Principal Rooney (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
56. John Doe (Seven)
49. Amanda Woodward (Melrose Pace)
42. Keyser Soze (Usual Suspects)
39. Michael Corleone (Godfather II)
33. Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)
28. Jabba The Hutt (Return of the Jedi)
24. Agent Smith (The Matrix)
15. Pennywise (It)
11. Darth Vader (Star Wars)

I'll give you the top ten intact:

10. The Shark (Jaws)
9. Pinhead (Hellraiser)
8. Lex Luthor (Superman)
7. The Borg (Star Trek: Next Generation)
6. Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs)
5. Zombies (Dawn of the Dead)
4. Dr. Doom (Marvel supervillain)
3. Palpatine (Star Wars)
2. Pazuzu (The Exorcist)
1. The Joker (Batman)

I mostly included anomalies or things I thought were funny in my highlights...the list itself was populated with movie/book/tv/comic villains and monsters like Godzilla, Freddie Krueger, Jason Voorhies, Catwoman, Dracula, etc, of course. But I'm sorry, in what world is Principal Rooney scarier or more villainous than Bob from Twin Peaks? And I continue to maintain that Tony Soprano is NOT A VILLAIN. How did Palpatine rank number 3 over Darth Vader's number 11? My husband and his friends from the store decided that this was because the new movies made Annakin so whiney that he is no longer feared or revered...How is Zool from Ghostbusters (best evil spirit name EVER) not on this list? And if we're going to include the mean kid from the Karate Kid, where's Ace Merrill from Stand by Me?


Kim said...

You know what would be great, is if Sideshow Bob and Twin Peaks Bob were forced into a faceoff of evil. Who would win? I think Sideshow Bob, because of his awesome singing prowess...

penelope said...

Johnny from Karate Kid was super-mean, but what about the guy who ran the dojo??? At least Johnny looked mildly remorseful by the end.

Zypher said...

No one deserves #1 more than Dr. Doom. The Joker is nothing in comparison.

Lewi$ said...

Me I think that Stewie must be first, the Joker is a little gently cat beside of him!

CidTheNinja said...

How the hell did Joker get #1? I can think of tons of villans more deserving than him. Besides Dr. Doom is way better, and so is Darth Vader.

Mudflap said...

What about Ra's al Ghul?

swishhogen said...

Anyone who questions The Joker being number 1. The Joker is basically the definition of evil. What makes a person a villain is the level of their evil. Everything about the Joker is evil. He poses things that leave something bad to happen no matter what. Darth Vader doesn't do that or Dr. Doom. He tricks and deceives and kills and laughs about it. The Joker's main component of his body is evil and therefore is the best villain.

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