Here are my 13 Favorite Villains from Science Fiction/Fantasy Movies:
1. Darth Vader (from Star Wars)- Probably the most quoted and mimicked villain of all time. He’s a classic. And James Earl Jones’ voice made that character cool.
Best Quote: “No, I am your father.”
2. The Borg Queen (fromStar Trek: First Contact) – I could have included The Borg as a whole to this one. But the Borg Queen had more interaction, besides just the same lines, “We are the Borg. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.” She gave a little reasoning behind the ruthless hive mentality. Half-human/half-machine. All evil.
Best Quote: “Watch your future’s end.”
3. Romulans (from Star Trek) – The Romulans are almost complete opposites of their distant ancestors, the Vulcans. As violent, emotional, and honor-bound as the Klingon race, Romulans are more racist and militaristic than their savage-like, sworn enemies. Their main goal is conquest. And they even went so far as to enslave some of their own race for profit, as explained by their deformed Reman sub-caste (being forced to live in darkness and subjected to radiation in order to mine their sister planet) in Star Trek: Nemesis.
Romulan Greeting/Farewell: “Jolan Tru”
4. Mystique (from X-Men)- beautiful, brutal, and blue. Mystique (aka Raven Darkholme) is a mutant and can change shape to mimic virtually anyone or anything. She’s been a terrorist, double agent, and worked for the good guys. But no one can really trust her. She always has her own agenda.
Best Quote: “People like you are the reason I was afraid to go to school as a child.”
5. Lex Luthor (from Superman movies) – Superman’s arch nemesis is easily the most famous comic book villain. Driven by greed and a lust for power, the bald billionaire has fixated a vengeance on the Man of Steel. He is Superman’s opposite, devoid of morals and uses his exceptional mind to fight instead of brawn.
Best Quote: [to Zod and Company, at the half-wrecked White House] “Hi, everybody! The name’s Luthor, Lex Luthor. Possibly you’ve heard the name: the Greatest Criminal Mind Of All Time!”
6. Biff (from Back to the Future) – This bully is the villain for all 3 Back to the Future films, just in slightly different personas. He’s mean and strong, but quite dumb. So, when Marty (Michael J. Fox) out-smarts him, hilarity ensues.
Best Quote: “Why don’t you just make like a tree, and get outta here.”
7. Severus Snape (from Harry Potter) – Professor of potions, Snape definitely has it out for Harry. He has the classic appearance of a villain: the hooked-nose, greasy hair, and wan and peaked. Snape holds a grudge against Harry’s father, who used to pick on him as a youngster. Now, Snape takes out his spite on Harry and his friends. But he is probably the most complex of Rowling’s characters.
Best Quote: “Pity… Clearly, fame isn’t everything, is it, Mr. Potter?”
8. Baltar (from the original Battlestar Galactica movie) – The ultimate traitor, Baltar betrayed his entire race to the Cylons, whose main goal is to completely annihilate humanity. Acting as a liason between the Cylons and Colonials, Baltar agreed to lull the Colonials into a false sense of security so that the Cylons could stage a major attack. He thought he was making a deal to protect his own colony, while the Cylons would only attack the colonies. But the Cylons wiped out all 12 colonies, breaking their word to Baltar.
Best Quote: [When an approaching unidentified craft is spotted] “Possibly a Cylon welcoming committee?”
9. The Mice (from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) – It’s actually a spoiler for those who haven’t read the book or seen the movie, but the big reveal at the end was that the mice are the ones that insist on learning the question to the answer “42.” Earth, as it turns out, was the computer engineered to come up with the question. But since Earth was destroyed, and Arthur is the last remaining human, the mice want to dissect his brain to help reconstruct the question. The story and characters are zany and wacky, as only Douglas Adams can imagine.
Best Quote: “Still, the best laid plans of mice”
Arthur Dent: And men.
Frankie Mouse: What?
Arthur Dent: And men. The best laid plans of mice and men.
Frankie Mouse: What have men got to do with it?
10. Ra (from Stargate) – He’s a being with advanced technology who makes people worship him and kills those that won’t. I’d say that qualifies as a ruthless villain. With a sarcophagus that renews his youth and heals most injuries, Earth’s military decides the only way to take him out is with a nuclear bomb. Very cool.
Best Quote: (Not so hard, since he only had a few lines) “There can only be one Ra!”
11. Imhotep (from The Mummy) – He removes peoples, eyes, tongues, and other parts to restore his own body. This stomach-churning monster could give anyone nightmares. But like the best villains, there’s a reason behind his madness: love. Imhotep has an affair with Anck-su-namun the mistress of King Seti I. They kill him, but Anck-su-namun then kills herself, intending for Imhotep to resurrect her later. But before he can complete the ceremony, Imhotep is captured and mummified alive. When he’s wakened years later, he comes back in a vengence to get back his former lover.
Best Quote: “Death is only the beginning.”
12. The Reavers (from Firefly/Serenity) – You name an immoral act, the Reavers have done it: kill, torture, rape, cannibalize. They are actually the results of an experiment gone-bad. But there is no use trying reason with or rehabilitating them. They are now pure evil insanity. If someone is capture by them, they usually commit suicide before the Reavers can do anything to them.
Best Quote: None. They don’t speak, only growl.
13. Agent Smith (from The Matrix) – machines now control the real world and only use humans as “food,” allowing them to live in a dream world, “The Matrix.” Agent Smith is an artificial intelligence and has special abilities while in the artificial world. He is one of the Sentinels, or agents, programmed to keep order within the system. When Morpheus contacts Neo, the Sentinels begin following him to track down Morpheus and his group of rebels. His vendetta soon focuses on Neo instead of Morpheus, when people begin believing that Neo is “The One.” (The one to free humanity.)
Best Quote: “Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure.”