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The Greatest Villains Of All Time!

No movie plot is complete without a villain who needs to be stopped in his evil plan to destroy the world or hurt someone. Villains are the most important ingredient to make any movie a smashing success! Here is a list of few of the most iconic villains of all time!

Hannibal Lecter

Hannibal Lecter is the main antagonist of the Silence of the Lambs franchise. He is a skilled and deeply disturbed psychopathic killer.He was portrayed by veteran actor Anthony Hopkins, and by Brian Cox in the 1986 film Manhunter, and in the 2013 television series, he was played by Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen.

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Loki

Loki

Loki is an Asgardian prince, the God of Mischief and a major supervillain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A misshapen Frost Giant, he is the adopted brother and nemesis of Thor, the adopted son of Odin and Frigga, and the biological son of the Frost Giant Laufey and the enemy of The Avengers.

Lord Voldemort

Although he initially laid low, Voldemort was soon forced into the open, and began his bloody conquest of the wizarding world anew. After two years of constant warfare, Voldemort finally gained control of the Ministry of Magic, and ruled relatively unopposed, save for a few pockets of resistance. Despite his hold over the country, Voldemort was still unsatisfied, as he had yet to remove the danger the prophecy presented to him. After learning of Potter's location, Voldemort set out to destroy the boy once and for all launching his entire amassed force against Hogwarts.

Jim Moriarty

"Every fairytale needs a good old-fashioned villain. You need me, or you're nothing." ―Moriarty to Sherlock James "Jim" Moriarty was the world's only "consulting criminal"; a stark contrast to his nemesis', Sherlock Holmes' similarly unrivaled "consulting detective" occupation. In 1989, Moriarty murdered Carl Powers, whom he claimed "laughed at him", suggesting that he may have been unpopular.

The Joker

The Joker is a supervillain and the archenemy of Batman. He was first introduced in Batman #1 (Spring 1940) and has remained consistently popular. The Joker is a master criminal with a clown-like appearance. Initially portrayed as a violent sociopath who murders people for his own amusement, the Joker later in the 1940s began to be written as a goofy trickster-thief.

Magneto

Magneto is one of the most infamous and powerful mutants, possessing mastery over magnetism. He has played many roles in his long life: prisoner, survivor, terrorist, savior, conqueror, teacher, villain, and anti-hero. Magneto is the X-Men's oldest foe, and one of their greatest allies who has since lost a large portion of his power, he is currently part of Cyclops' mutant revolution.

Darth Vader

Anakin Skywalker was once a heroic Jedi Knight, but was seduced by the powers of the dark side and became the evil force known as Darth Vader in an attempt to save the life of his wife and unborn child. However, in spite of everything he has done, there was still some remnants of good in him.

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Sauron

Sauron

Sauron is the main antagonist of The Lord of the Rings franchise and one of the three main antagonists in the Peter Jackson films of the prequel trilogy of The Hobbit. During the first age, Sauron served under the Valar Morgoth, but after his master's "banishment" Sauron then took up the mantel and title of Dark Lord, creating the One Ring to use as a tool for enslaving the free people's of Middle Earth during the Second and Third Age.

Maleficent

Maleficent is the wicked dark fairy and main antagonist in Walt Disney's 1959 adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. She was animated by Marc Davis, and voiced by Eleanor Audley (who also voiced Lady Tremaine, the stepmother of Cinderella). She cursed the infant Aurora to "prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die" before the sun set on her sixteenth birthday after not being invited to the baby's christening.

Charles Montgomery Burns

Charles Montgomery Plantagenet Schicklgruber Burns[1] is the main antagonist in Springfield. He is an elderly, skinny man who is shown as being cruel, bitter, cynical, heartless and greedy. Burns owns and runs the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.