We give ten ignored and overlooked movie badmen their time in the spotlight.
What if, for once, instead of putting together a compendium of villains from dated 80s slasher films (Freddy, Michael Myers) or gave the standard nods to huge franchises (Voldemort, Darth Vader), we pushed the boat out a little further? It’s about time we listed those malefactors who have been overlooked for a number of unacceptable reasons; not blowing up due to the beer goggles of nostalgia, not gotten a free pass because of fan favouritism, or merely, due to franchise association, will NEVER make it into one of those lists.
You may never connect with some of the great characters of cinema if you’re always comparing them to Heath Ledger’s Joker or Javier Bardem’s Anton Chigurh. Everybody and their grandmother knows how great they are. It is up to us to go out and find, or look past a film’s surface and come to the realisation that there are equally juicy examples of villainous scourge than what’s commonly presented to us as the be-all and end-all.
Here are the top ten (in no particular order) villains that you probably missed.
Mewtwo – Pokemon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)
“We dreamed of creating the world’s strongest pokemon, and we, succeeded…..” *KABLOOOOOOM!!!* Everyone’s dead! That’s if they weren’t slaughtered by Mewtwo already. Within the bubbly confines of the Pokemon universe, we have a murderer on our hands. The first scene alone should have been enough, along with the Ed Gein trick he pulls later on (using the very bones of his makers to build machines), to warrant him a place on any villain list. He’s Frankenstein’s monster with super powers. He’s a straight-up beast, driven by uncertainty of purpose and revenge. Pokemon or not, Mewtwo’s unexpected complexities are fabulous.
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