Content warning: The following article contains spoilers for all films mentioned.Villains are such an integral part of any movie. They can be charismatic, suggestive, or downright evil – the villain can make or break a movie. Darth Vader can be considered the greatest villain of all time for a variety of reasons, namely his looks, iconic voice, immense strength and unrelenting anger.
However, the Emperor was the driving force behind Vader’s actions, in addition to ruling with an iron fist. So who in the grand pantheon of villains came up with the most evil, screwed up, and cruelest plan? From the Emperor’s galactic rule to a more localized evil like John Doe (Kevin Spacey) in Se7engood thing these villains only exist on the big screen.
Amy Dunne – Gone Girl (2014)
On her fifth wedding anniversary, Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) suddenly disappears, leaving her husband Nick (Ben Affleck) as the prime suspect in Ex girlfriend. Their marriage had fallen apart, they both lost their jobs in the recession and then moved from New York City to Missouri to support Nick’s mother. Amy leaves evidence of a fight, leading the police to believe Nick murdered her.
Not only that, Amy falsifies some things in her life, she makes up entries in her diary, she becomes friends with her neighbor and lies 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 and winning Amy’s heart. When she finally comes back, she tricks him into staying in marriage by impregnating himself with Nick’s sperm from a fertility clinic.
John Doe – ‘Se7en’ (1995)
in the Se7enDetective Somerset (Morgan Freeman) will soon be retiring until he becomes partner of newly moved Detective Mills (Brad Pitt) as they unravel an increasingly complicated murder case. A hunt for a serial killer soon develops. The crimes they encounter in the film are all related to the seven deadly sins. You will find gluttony, sloth, greed, lust and pride. Investigators find evidence that these crimes were planned well in advance.
After a failed attempt to apprehend the suspect, John Doe (Kevin Spacey) shows up at the precinct, turns himself in and tells Mills and Somerset that he will show them the remaining two murders. Doe had a box delivered to the site that Tracy’s (Gwyneth Paltrow), Mills wife, head, and declared envious of their marriage. Mills kills Doe, gets angry and Doe’s plan is complete.
Ra’s al Ghul & Scarecrow – Batman Begins (2005)
Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson) is Batman’s (Christian Balle) equal in intellect and combat, and he is also immortal due to the effects of the Lazarus Pit. Ra’s, who trained Bruce in the League of Shadows under the name Henri Ducard, reappears to tell him his true plan: destroy Gotham and rebuild the city, a task the League completes throughout the story Has.
in the Batman beginsHe plans to Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) fear Toxin and spread it throughout the city, effectively destroying it from within while the citizens attack and destroy each other. This is Ra’s way of resetting a city he believes is beyond saving. He also reveals that he was behind Gotham’s economic recession, which incidentally caused Bruce’s parents’ murder.
The Joker – “The Dark Knight” (2008)
The Joker (Heath Ledger) keeps saying that he has no plan The dark knight, but he actually does, and it’s pretty extensive. At its core, though, he wants to rephrase what Batman tells him at the end just to have everyone fall to his level and prove that basically everyone is just as messed up as he is.
He partially succeeds, although the civilians and prisoners both choose not to blow each other up on the ferry, he gets Gotham’s “White Knight,” DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) to become the villain he was once sworn to fight in Gotham by blowing up half his face and also killing his fiancé Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal). He turned the city upside down and against Batman in the process.
Skynet – “Terminator” Franchise (1984)
Skynet is a villain that first manifests itself in the movies Terminator Redemption (2009), although it is the main antagonist in the series and is responsible for all of the events that unfold. The artificial intelligence, becoming self-aware, ignites humanity after trying to shut it down, causing “Judgment Day” 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 (Linda Hamilton) and later John Connor to try to avoid his defeat at his hands. MattSmith finally plays his physical manifestation Terminator Genisys (2015).
Richmond Valentine – “Kingsman: Secret Service” (2014)
in the Kingsman: The Secret ServiceValentine (Samuel L Jackson) is the founder and namesake of the infamous Valentine Corporation, a tech company that capitalizes on the promises of free internet, cellular, and WiFi absolutely free by giving away their phones.
In reality, Valentine plans to use his free technology, mainly the SIM cards in the phone, now in the hands of a large population, to turn humans into barbaric, rabid animals. He sends people back to the Dark Ages and, ideally for him, wipes them out completely to start a new world.
Auric Goldfinger – “Goldfinger” (1964)
Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) is one of the most memorable Bond villains of all time. His plan in there golden finger As part of that legacy, it’s downright devilish. He’s been working for 15 years on his master plan, which involves detonating a nuclear bomb located at Fort Knox, home of America’s gold reserves.
With gold radioactive for decades, its 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 with nerve gas.
Lex Luthor – “Superman” (1978)
Luthor (Gene Hackman) is Superman’s (Christopher Reeves) greatest nemesis. His plan in the original superman Film is not supposed to conquer the world, but to start an evil real estate company. He plans to detonate a bomb in the infamous San Andreas Fault and sink the entire west coast in the ocean.
Thus, Luthor could control the “new” West Coast. His plan would and has resulted in the deaths of millions of people. Not total world domination, but it’s the nonchalance with which he goes about it that makes it so evil.
Ozymandias – “Guardians” (2009)
Adrian Veidt (Matthew Goode) is the smartest man in the world, and his idol is Alexander the Great. Veidt joins a superhero group in the 1950s and calls themselves Ozymandias Guardian. In the comics, his plan is to create a giant squid-like creature and drop it off in NYC and kill millions. This storyline is continued in the HBO miniseries of the same name.
In the 2009 superhero film by Zack Snyder, he bombs NYC, ending the Cold War and uniting the world. Though the plan is evil, other heroes like Silk Specter (Malina Ackerman), Night owl (Patrick Wilson) and even the almighty Doctor Manhattan (Billy Crudup), realizing that revealing Veidt’s plan will destroy world peace, so they remain silent. 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, worked his way up as a humble Senator, infiltrated and deceived the Jedi, and became the all-powerful Sith Lord Darth Sidious.
In the end, he not only controls the Senate and the courts, but is also the key figure in destroying the Jedi, using the clone trooper army they used to win the clone wars. He rules with an iron fist and sends his apprentice Darth Vader to keep the galaxy in check. He is the embodiment of pure evil.
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