Content Warning: The following article contains spoilers for all of the movies mentioned.Villains are such an essential part of any movie. They can be charismatic, ambiguous, or downright evil – the villain can make or break a movie. Darth Vader can be considered the greatest villain of all time for a myriad of reasons, namely his looks, his iconic voice, his immense strength and his relentless anger.
However, The Emperor was the driving force behind Vader’s actions, as well as ruling with an iron fist. So, in the great pantheon of villains, who had the most evil, messy and cruel plan? From the Emperor’s galactic domination to more localized evil, like John Doe (Kevin Spacey) in se7enIt’s a good thing these villains only exist on the big screen.
Amy Dunne – ‘The Lost Girl’ (2014)
On her fifth wedding anniversary, Amy Dunne (rosamund pike) suddenly disappears, leaving her husband Nick (ben affleck) as the main suspect of girl is gone. Their marriage had been in turmoil, both losing their jobs in the recession, then moving from New York City to Missouri to support Nick’s mother. Amy leaves behind evidence of a fight, leading the police to believe that Nick murdered her.
Not only that, but Amy falsifies various things in her life, fabricating entries in her diary, befriending her neighbor, and lying to her about Nick’s temper, among other things. Nick deduces her plan and is able to convince her to come home by pleading on live television, winning Amy’s heart. When she finally returns, she blames him for staying in the marriage by impregnating herself with Nick’s sperm from a fertility clinic.
John Doe – ‘Se7en’ (1995)
In se7enDetective Somerset (Morgan Freeman) is soon to retire, until he partners with Detective Mills (Brad Pitt) as they unravel an increasingly intricate murder case. It soon turns into the search for a serial killer. The crimes they stumble upon in the all movies are related to the seven deadly sins. They find gluttony, laziness, greed, lust and pride. Detectives find evidence that these crimes have been planned well in advance.
After a failed attempt to capture the suspect, John Doe (Kevin Spacey) shows up at the police station and turns himself in, telling Mills and Somerset that he will show them the two remaining murders. Doe had a box shipped to the site, which contained Tracy’s (Gwyneth Paltrow), wife of Mills, boss, and declaring himself envious of their marriage. Mills kills Doe, turning to anger, and Doe’s plan is complete.
Ra’s al Ghul & Scarecrow – ‘Batman Begins’ (2005)
From Ra al Ghul (Liam Neeson) is from Batman (Christian bale) equal in intellect and combat, and is also immortal due to the effects of the Lazarus Pit. Ra’s, who had trained Bruce in the League of Shadows under the name Henri Ducard, reappears to tell him of his true plan: to destroy Gotham and restore the City, a task the League has accomplished throughout history.
In Batman BeginsPlan to use Scarecrow (cillian murphy) are afraid of the toxin and spread it throughout the city and effectively destroy it from within, as the citizens attack and destroy each other. This is Ra’s way of restoring a city that he believes is beyond redemption. He also reveals that he was behind Gotham’s economic downturn, which incidentally led to the murder of Bruce’s parents.
The Joker – ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
the Joker (health ledger) goes on and on about how he doesn’t have a plan in The dark knight, but it actually does, and it’s quite extensive. Deep down though, to paraphrase what Batman tells him at the end, he just wants everyone to get down to his level and show that deep down everyone is just as screwed up as he is.
He partially succeeds, despite both civilians and prisoners choosing not to blow each other up on the ferry, gains Gotham’s “White Knight”, DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), to become the villain he once swore to fight in Gotham, blowing up half of his face and also killing his fiancée, Rachel Dawes (maggie gyllenhaal). He turned the city upside down and also against Batman in the process.
Skynet – ‘Terminator’ Franchise (1984)
Skynet is a villain who doesn’t actually manifest in the movies until Terminator Salvation (2009), although he is the main antagonist of the series and responsible for all the events that unfold. Artificial Intelligence becoming self-aware destroys humanity after they attempt to shut it down, causing ‘Doomsday’ and leading to John Connor and the formation of The Resistance.
Skynet is also responsible for sending Terminators back in time to kill Sarah Connor (cute hamilton), and later John Connor, to try to prevent his defeat at their hands. matt smith ends up playing his physical manifestation in terminator genesis (2015).
Richmond Valentine – ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ (2014)
In Kingsman: The Secret ServiceValentine (samuel l jackson) is the founder and namesake of the infamous Valentine Corporation, which is a technology company that uses the promises of free internet, cell service, and Wi-Fi for absolutely free when handing over their phones.
In reality, Valentine plans to use his free technology, primarily the SIM cards in the phone, now in the hands of a large population of the public, to turn humans into rabid, barbaric animals. He’s sending the humans back to the Dark Ages and, ideally for him, completely annihilating them to start a new world.
Auric Goldfinger – ‘Goldfinger’ (1964)
Auric Gold Finger (Gert Fröbe) is one of the most memorable Bond villains of all time. The plan of him in gold finger It’s part of that legacy, it’s downright devilish. He has spent 15 years on his master plan, which involves detonating an atomic bomb located at Fort Knox, which is also home to America’s gold reserve.
With gold radioactive for decades, your gold will rise in value and send America into an economic spiral. In addition to his long-term plan, he also intends to use nerve gas to kill the thousands of troops stationed in Knox using nerve gas.
Lex Luthor – ‘Superman’ (1978)
Luthor (gene hackman) is from Superman (christopher reeves) greatest nemesis. His plan in the original. Superman The movie is not about conquering the world, but about starting an evil real estate adventure. He plans to detonate a bomb on the infamous San Andreas fault, thus plunging the entire West Coast into the ocean.
Thus, Luthor could control the “new” west coast. His plan would, and did, result in the deaths of millions of people. Not totally taking over the world, but it’s the ease with which he plans to do it that makes him so evil.
Ozymandias – ‘Watchmen’ (2009)
Adrian Veidt (matthew goode) is the smartest man in the world, and his idol is Alexander the Great. Veidt joins a group of superheroes in the 1950s and calls himself Ozymandias in watchmen. In the comics, his plan is to create a giant squid-like creature and drop it on New York City, killing millions. This story continues in the HBO miniseries of the same name.
In the 2009 superhero movie zack snyder, destroys New York City, thus ending the Cold War and uniting the world. Although the plan is evil, other heroes like Silk Specter (Malina Ackerman), Night Owl (patrick wilson), and even the all-powerful Doctor Manhattan (billy crudup), realize that revealing Veidt’s plan will undo world peace, so they remain silent. However, Rorschach (jackie earl haley) refuses and is killed by Doctor Manhattan, but not before sending evidence to a newspaper.
Emperor Palpatine – ‘Star Wars’ Franchise (1977)
Is there anything more evil than total galactic domination? Sheev Palpatine (ian mcdiarmid) planned this conquest for decades, working his way up as a lowly senator, infiltrating and deceiving the Jedi, and becoming the all-powerful Sith Lord, Darth Sidious.
Not only does he end up controlling the Senate and the courts, but he is the key figure in the destruction of the Jedi, using the army of Clone Troopers they used to win the Clone Wars. He rules with an iron fist, sending his apprentice Darth Vader to keep the galaxy in check. He is the embodiment of pure evil.