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The Best Bad Girls

  • Dec 19, 2011
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Like any regular American boy growing up in the 1980's and early 1990's, I watched a lot of cartoons and TV shows that featured great villains that made my childhood very memorable.  I also read comics and went to movies that featured great villains as well.

This list is a collection of my favorite female villains from my childhood.  Some of them made the list for their wicked ways, but a few made the cut thanks to being quite easy on the eyes.  In any case, this is just one more silly list that I hope brings a few of you down memory lane and/or inspires you to make your own list.

Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Servalan was a brilliant combination of looks and lethal leanings.  She spent most of her time trying to crush the resistance against her beloved Terran Federation and eventually rose to power as the leader of the Federation.

I think what I loved most about this character was that when I started watching Blake's 7, I was around the age of starting to notice girls and the very lovely Jacqueline Pearce made Servalan so beautiful and deadly at the same time that I struggled as to why I should like her so much. 

In the end, I didn't care how evil she was.  Servalan was hot, British, and had a strangely arousing hairdo.  Who cared if she was power-hungry?  I could live with that!

All the boys in the yard chased Teela on Eternia, but fellas like me knew that Evil-Lyn was where it was at! She was Skeletor's right-hand "man" and was quite possibly more intelligent than him and all of his other minions combined. She used magic and deception to get her way, and didn't hesitate to do her own thing even if it contradicted ol' Skeletor's plans.

In addition to this, the very hot Meg Foster portrayed her in the live-action mess of a film, Masters of the Universe, and solidified Evil-Lyn as one of my favorite bad girls.

A skin-tight uniform, jet black hair, an accent, and black-rimmed glasses, coupled with a heart full of hate made G.I. Joe's Baroness one of the baddest ladies in the Cobra ranks.  Although she sometimes struggled with where her loyalties belonged (she respected Cobra Commander but loved Destro), the Baroness always knew that her one and only target in the world was every living and breathing member of G.I. Joe.

She was portrayed by Sienna Miller in the recent live action GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  While Miller did a brilliant job and looked wonderful in that suit of hers, I think I prefer my Baroness from the cartoon and comics.

Poison Ivy
She's that tree-hugging hippie girl I always wanted to meet.  Unfortunately I'd have had to watch my back every time I was with her because Poison Ivy's first love is Mother Nature and she'll stop at nothing to preserve her.

Combining her brilliant scientific knowledge of plants and their lethal properties with her seductive looks, Poison Ivy has proven to be one of Batman's toughest enemies.

Uma Thurman portrayed her in the terrible Batman & Robin, and provided one of the few bright spots in that dismal display of a film.

Ma Fratelli
In search of One-Eyed Willie's treasure in The Goonies, Sean Astin and the rest of the gang had to keep looking back to make sure that they had plenty of space between themselves and the Fratelli gang, headed up by #5 on my list, Ma Fratelli!

This lady was just straight up mean.  Not only did she abuse her own sons, she didn't hesitate to pull a gun or knife on anyone who got in her way.

Portrayed by the brilliant Anne Ramsey, Ma Fratelli makes this list as one of the baddest mommas I've ever known!

The Wicked Witch of the West
She scared me witless when I was a kid!  Poor Dorothy didn't mean to drop a house on the Wicked Witch's partner in crime, the Wicked Witch of the East, but that didn't matter to old green nose.  She was going to get Dorothy and her little dog, too!

As the years have gone on, I've become quite fond of the character so brilliantly portrayed by Margaret Hamiliton in the classic 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz.  She has managed to scare my own children as well!  Plus,  any time you hear someone mention a "witch," the first thought that pops into most people's heads is that of Hamilton's snarling, cackling, green lady.  That, my friends, means the the Wicked Witch of the West has staying power, and deserves to be on just about any list that mentions great villains.

Cruella De Vil
What's not to love about a woman who kills puppies for their skins so that she can make a fur coat?  Cruella made wicked villains cool.  She smoked, was a snappy dresser, looked like a walking skeleton, had a wicked hairdo and, most important of all, had her own theme music!  She's a walking icon of villainy and, dare I say it, might have scared as many children as Darth Vader did in his prime!

Looking and sounding like a drag queen from Hell, The Little Mermaid's Ursula made plenty of little girls and boys shudder with fear as she slinked her way across the big screen.  She tricked poor Ariel and plenty of other desperate souls in order to get what she wanted.  She almost got away with it too, if it hadn't been for that pesky foil to plenty of villains through the ages:  love.

While Ursula won't win any beauty contests, she'll definitely go down in history as one of the baddest ladies in the biz.

The Rani
A girl's gotta do her research, and if that means enslaving an entire planet to get results, so be it!  The Rani was a thorn in the sides of the sixth and seventh Doctors from Doctor Who.  While her intent wasn't always to specifically kill the Doctor, she had no problems doing so if he was trying to stop whatever devilish experiments and tests she was running.

The beautiful Kate O'Mara portrayed The Rani in the classic Doctor Who series.  The villainess has yet to pop up in the new series, but I have a feeling that she'll be around soon enough!

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June 13, 2012
Awesome list dude.
December 27, 2011
Yowza at half of this list! :P
December 26, 2011
Oh how I love a good bad girl! Thanks!
December 19, 2011
Awesome list! I made a Favorite Film Femme Fatales list but, I didn't have any of these ladies on there which just goes to show- plenty of bad ass ladies to go around for everyone.
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