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They Might Be Bad, But You Still Love'em!

  • Nov 30, 2010
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Science Fiction and Fantasy books and films are loaded with wonderful characters. Some of those characters, despite being villains, have followings just as big as the heroes of sci-fi and fantasy do. In fact, a few of them are more popular than their golden boy adversaries. Here's a list of just a few of the greatest bad guys in the universe. I hope you enjoy it.
Darth Vader
Technically he dies as a good guy, but before Anakin went all father figurely on the Emperor, he was the most feared Sith in the galaxy.  Darth Vader is quite possibly the most famous fictional villain in all of film and literature.

Without the Daleks, Doctor Who would just be the tale of a guy bouncing around in a blue box doing good deeds.  The Daleks want total domination of time and space, and will stop at nothing to get it.  They are the Doctor's greatest enemy and have struck fear into the hearts of many people despite looking like bloated pepper pots!

Jadis, The White Witch
Let's see, she tricks children with Turkish delight, freezes anyone who goes against her, manages to kill the one unifying being in all of Narnia, and, despite said being's return from death, still picks another fight with him!  I'd say that ranks Jadis as one bad mamma-jamma!
He's the ever-living embodiment of evil and he can't stand the Thundercats!  Mumm-ra was always one step behind Lion-O and company, but that never stopped him from trying to defeat them!

The Cybermen
They've received plenty of upgrades and have been stopped by the Doctor dozens of times over the years, but one thing is for sure:  The Cybermen always come back!  They are my all-time favorite Doctor Who enemies. 
Khan Noonien Singh
While the Star Trek franchise has had its fair amount of bad guys, none of them come even close to Khan.  He is without a doubt the single baddest dude in the Star Trek universe. 
Lord Voldemort
You've all heard the story before.  A creepy kid with amazing abilities has delusions of grandeur and soon enough, he's hiding bits of his soul in horcruxes and running a gang of baddies that call themselves Deatheaters.  He dubs himself a lord although there is no apparent need to and then decides to take out the one kid who somehow manages to survive what should have been a fatal attack.  Who's the creep kid this time around?  Tom Riddle, also known as Lord Voldemort!

The Wicked Witch of the West
When I was a youngster and The Wizard of Oz came on television, I was scared to death of the Wicked Witch of the West.  While her name suggests a penchant for alliteration, it seems the Wicked Witch was interested in nothing more than avenging her sister's untimely death by the time Dorothy literally drops into the merry ol' land of Oz! 
Few bad guys have scared the living daylights out of me as did Calibos from the original 1981 version of Clash of the Titans.  Punished for basically ticking off Zeus and being an all around bad guy, Calibos goes after Perseus for revenge.

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August 10, 2011
Among villains, Mumm-Ra's persona is unique, wholly defined by perpetual nervous breakdown.
December 04, 2010
Nice idea for a list. I LOVE the Wicked Witch. She and the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion are my favorite characters. And don't forget that the Wicked Witch wasn't just interested in revenge, she was all about those ruby slippers too!
December 03, 2010
A fun read and I agree with them all. I do believe a 2nd list is in order as well! And a third. And a fourth... ;)
December 02, 2010
Yes the baddies are often the most fun part of the movies, what would Rocky Horror be without Frank N. Furter. I love the Daleks, even though they are the bad guys I find them so funny, most of the time they have reduced their entire vocbulary to one word - EXTERMINATE !!!!
December 01, 2010
Ooooh, I love me some bad guys! And of course, Darth Vadar had to be at the top! Awesome list, K :)
December 01, 2010
Great list! The WWW scared me too and Jabba the Hut was a little scary when I first saw poor Leia chained to him.
December 01, 2010
Awesome, awesome list. You've got some sci-fi, some fantasy, and some truly memorable characters. Where's Gollum though?
December 01, 2010
I debated on whether or not to put Gollum on this list. I finally decided that he was just too pitiful of a little guy to add him to a list of great bad guys. Maybe I'll make another list featuring good guys who make bad decisions!
December 01, 2010
Or 3D creatures that deserve pity and then the list could include Jar-Jar Binks and Dobby the House Elf too. ; )
December 01, 2010
Jar-Jar worthy of pity? I'm not sure about that! ;)
December 01, 2010
Sure, I pity the most loathsome creature ever rendered by 3D graphics in a film. Not an enviable plight.
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Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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