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No hero can ever emerge a remarkable hero without a formidable foe. So many have been brought to life on the silver screen and in great literature. The most entertaining, dastardly and downright fun to watch are the ones who can actually draw empathy out of us, and possibly a bit of sympathy. Each character is fueled by their pain and who can't relate to that? Half the time you may find yourself routing for them!

Redditor u/SadCicada wanted to discuss the MOST wicked of them all by asking.... Who is the best fictional villain and why?


Percy for the Win! 

Percy from The Green Mile. He's such a pure evil, sniveling little sociopath, son of a governor; but he's not cartoonishly evil. Percy is hate-able because he could exist. Ghostleeee

Percy is an entitled ignorant little snot that doesn't have the kind of empathy you'd appreciate from someone in that position, but I wouldn't call him pure evil when you have Sam Rockwell's "Wild Bill" Wharton to compare him to in the same movie. PirateDaveZOMG

Silence The Vorgons! 

The Vorgons, I hear their poetry is quite an experience. PM_ME_UR_BUNS_PLZ

I dunno about Vorgon poetry but man, you definitely want to stay away from Vogon poetry. trident042

How about a nice Chianti? 

Hannibal Lecter. He's utterly unfathomable. He may genuinely love you and still be willing to kill you.

A compassionate psychopath, something that shouldn't exist.

The horrors he commits are made worse for knowing he is capable of deep empathy. blobbybag

We Love Magneto! 

Magneto. He just wants to protect them fellow mutants,family and friends. I like villains who have a cause and you can understand his motives behind his actions. JPJP_

My favorite thing about him is how the entire human race consistently proves him right over and over with the constant oppression, racism, enslavement, and attempted genocide of his people. hopecanon

Oh Umbridge! 

Umbridge from Harry Potter. I don't think I've ever disliked a character more, she made my blood boil. (Best because she got an actual reaction out of me). TinyHachets

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Seriously I can't agree more. She was the epitome of an irritating, annoying, and hateful villain. I honestly groaned whenever that noise came up in the book. I just wanted to climb into the pages and punch her. Thagyr

Middle Earth's Darkest! 

Morgoth makes Sauron look like the little toady that he his. Sauron had a tiny run of being top dog of Middle Earth's bad dads in comparison to the deeds of Morgoth in The Silmarillion. Sauron was the Wormtongue to Morgoth's Saruman. It's kind of hard to see Sauron as a threat after reading The Silmarillion. debtRiot

I love the moment in the Hobbit film when Galadriel calls Sauron Morgoth's lackey. It's a deeply flawed movie but that burn makes me so happy. MarlaWolfblade

Underage Evil! 

In A song of Ice and fire. King Joffrey until his death you just want to kill him his death somehow is satisfying. Although contending for the title is Walder Frey who is basically just as evil but hides it under his age. And the last is the b***ard of Bolton. Smooth_Detective

The Moor's Foe....

Iago. He just wants to watch the world burn. possegalore

He's motivated by envy, but less in the sense that he actively wants love, acclaim, or popularity for himself, and more that he doesn't want anyone else to have them either (including his own wife).

Then there's the gay reading. QuestionAccount411

Evil lurks amongst the Innocent...

The Lich, from adventure time. You're in a world of childish wonder, and all of a sudden, there's a skeletal monster, undying evil incarnate, seeking nothing other than to destroy life. Idk man, always freaked me out. DerangedBeaver

That scene is terrifying and awesome.

"Stop. I have learned much from you, my teachers. Thank you. And now, it is time for your education." jpterodactyl

For Eternia! 

Skeletor.

He keeps trying, no matter how many times he is unsuccessful. And then laughs.

As a kid, I used to wonder whether he is laughing at himself, his earlier efforts or just laughing the cliche villain laughter. Alu4Gobi

Is he really the villain? He's just trying to get his home back. ZombieJesus1987

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