A Comically Evil EW Ranks The 20 All-Time Vilest Villains


Are you as sick of lists as we are?  Before you answer, please note that it’s a trick question of sorts.  We at FSR are not in any way sick of lists.  Lists are our bread and butter.  They’re reason we get up in the morning.  They’re the sex in our sandwiches.  They’re an excuse to write non-sensical phrases like “sex in our sandwiches.”  In short, we love ’em.  They’re just one person’s opinion anyway.  Or in this case, one conglomerate.

Welcome to Entertainment Weekly’s 20 All-Time Vilest Villains In Pop Culture!  As with their 20 Heroes list from several minutes ago, there’s no real definition as to what criteria was used.  What constitutes villainy?  And isn’t vile villainy slightly redundant?  Regardless, it’s not our place to judge the title of the list… but the list itself is fair game…

1. Wicked Witch of the West
2. Darth Vader
3. Hannibal Lector
4. The Joker
5. Alex Delarge
6. Montgomery Burns
7. Catherine Tramell
8. Voldemort
9. Dracula
10. Nurse Ratched
11. JR Ewing
12. Norman Bates
13. Frank Booth
14. Annie Wilkes
15. Snow White’s Queen
16. Hans Gruber
17. Michael Myers
18. Gordon Gekko
19. Alex Forrest
20. Jack Torrance

Before I jump in with questions and criticisms, I’d like to give praise to the inclusion of Montgomery Burns.  Awesome.  Now on to giving shit to EW… Wicked Witch at #1?  Have you not read or seen Wicked?  She was misunderstood people!  And even if she wasn’t, the only person she ever killed was that poor midget she hung in the background of the forest scene.  Darth Vader at least blew up an entire planet.  Basic Instinct‘s Catherine Tramell, Fatal Attraction‘s Alex Forrest, and JR from “Dallas” have no business on the list.  Those spots could have gone to Se7en‘s John Doe, God from any of the films he’s been in but mostly the Old Testament ones, and… who?

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Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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