And in Die Hard with a Vengeance - Jeremy Irons and Sam PhillipsSpinoff from the Harry Potter thread. What movie characters are your favorite villains?
Some of my thoughts off the top of my head. With time I could probably come up with some more. I'm not into slasher movies, so characters such as Freddie Kruger won't make my list.
- Robert Mitchum as Reverend Harry Powell in Night of the Hunter. (Hard to imagine a more chilling character.)
- Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber in Die Hard.
- Kathleen Turner as Matty Tyler Walker in Body Heat.
- Ricardo Montalban as Khan in Star Trek !!.
- Gian Maria Volanté as El Indio in For a Few Dollars More. (Thought about Lee van Cleeve as Angel Eyes in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, but I had to go with El Indio as the more despicable. The psychology of the musical watch is just more compelling.)
- Delores Umbridge from the Harry Potter movies. With Voldemort, there is some reason to understand his evil, and the evil that he does usually (but not always) has some purpose. Delores Umbridge is simply nasty because of the psychological pleasure she derives from being nasty.
Khan Noonien Singh was an interesting character. In The Space Seed, he was the product of a eugenics war. He was bred to be a leader. According to the backstory:What? Nobody mentioned Khan yet?
After he and his group was placed (or marooned) on Ceti Alpha V., he blamed Kirk for not checking back on them. I would say, that was a legitimate gripe.Wiki said:
Ricardo Montalban loved the role as Khan. For the sequel, they wanted to use makeup and prosthetics to give him his sculpted body. But he went in training and did most of the body sculpting himself.Khan Noonien Singh was an interesting character. In The Space Seed, he was the product of a eugenics war.