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Favorite Villain?

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Marrkin
07.01.2013 , 05:02 PM | #31
This is definitely a difficult one.... so many choices!

Book: Jagang from the Sword of Truth series. Quite ruthless and unforgiving, and he invades dreams.
Movie: the ultimate villain?? Why, the Vacuum of space! Unbeatable more-or-less
Video game: Sephiroth, no question there. A singularly focused bundle of walking genocide due to Mommy issues.
T.V. Series: Joe Carroll of "The Following". Chilling, devious, and completely cold.
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07.01.2013 , 05:03 PM | #32
Hmm, let's see. My list would look something like this:

  1. Daytime TV: Lara Parker as the witch Angelique Bourcharde in the original Dark Shadows. They say Hell has no fury like a woman scorned and this character tormented her ex for 175+ years. First by turning him into a vampire and then showing back up repeatedly to make his unlife miserable during his trips through time and parallel dimensions.
  2. Nighttime TV: Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing in Dallas. He made being a smug, manipulative S.O.B. look fun with that smirk and ten-gallon hat of his.
  3. Movies: Khan Noonien Singh from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Ricardo Montalban quoting Shakespeare and Moby Dick at William Shatner throughout the course of the greatest Trek film ever was just breathtakingly epic.
  4. Video Games: Hmm. That's a tough one. I think I'll go with Lord Nemesis from City of Heroes. Three loading screen quotes come to mind here. "Everything is a Nemesis Plot." "Not everything is a Nemesis Plot." "If it's not a Nemesis Plot, you can make it one in the Mission Architect."
  5. Books: *gurgle* I've read so many books over the years that it's darned near impossible to pick just one. But if I really, really have to, then I'll pick Ishamael/Ba'alzamon as presented in the first couple Wheel of Time books. Someone who had been manipulating events since the downfall of the previous Age all in order to bring about the final downfall of the world in the current Age.
  6. Comic Books: I'm gonna pick two here. Firstly, the Reverse-Flash (Eobard Thawne) as presented when he
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    The other one would be the Anti-Monitor as seen in the original Crisis on Infinite Earths.
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07.01.2013 , 05:32 PM | #33
Principal Ed Rooney - Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Mostly because he is a hilarious bumbling fool, but at the same time you sympathize with him because he is only trying to do what is best and get the kids in school where they should be.

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momentDroid
07.01.2013 , 06:15 PM | #34
I'll have to go with Harbinger from the mass effect series
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chimex
07.01.2013 , 07:12 PM | #35
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Hey everyone,

Thought I would pop in here and contribute to the land of off-topicness. As some of you may or may not know, my major in college was "Villainy in literature, film, and other media." I spent four years reading/watching/playing different mediums and focusing on the villains in those mediums - everything from Iago to Voldemort.

So my question to you is do you have a favorite villain? If so, what do you think makes them a great villain?
Firstly, love the question. You villainous swine, you!

As for your quetion, I do have an answer.

Dr Hannibal Lecter!

Such a smooth talker. It's amazing how much damage he can cause while still being in a max security cell.

FYI, read the book, Hannibal to find the true ending. Self sacrifice of his hand, not likely!!!

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GOBGoat
07.01.2013 , 09:56 PM | #36
TV: Benjamin Linus, Number Six
Movies: Darth Vader
Games: Oscelot, Darth Malak, Kreia
Books: Grand Admiral Thrawn, Ozymandias, Jacen Solo

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venomlash
07.01.2013 , 10:02 PM | #37
Hmm...
Eric of Amber, from the Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny. He's a very conflicted character who has a complicated enmity with his brother Corwin (the protagonist).
Angellus, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He makes sadism an art form, really.
I know there are a few other villains I consider truly masterful...can't remember them off the top of my head.
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Callaron
07.01.2013 , 10:25 PM | #38
Hmm, not awake enough to take a full trip down memorylane - so I'll just go with some recent ones that I really liked (and a classic that immediately comes to mind).

Movies/Series: Malcolm Merlyn from Arrow comes to mind.
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My classic is of course Vader, the great hero that's fallen from grace - and yet in the end he still fulfils the "prophecy".
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Games: I also liked SWTOR's very own Hunter, from the Imperial Agent storyline.
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Loghain from Dragon Age: Origins, especially after reading the books - the why is very close to the above mentioned reasons, basically another fallen hero.
He also plays his villain role quite well, considering I always want to smack him.

Books: Artemis Entreri from RA Salvatore's Drizzt novels - he is basically the protagonist's mirror image, the "what could have been", provided the hero had made some choices differently (or had them made for him with no way to escape his fate).
Jaime Lannister, that poor misguided fool - he did it all in the name of love, and look where it got him.

And a classic that fits into both books and movies: Dr Frankenstein, his obsession with defeating death leads him to create a monster.
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Dedrayge
07.01.2013 , 11:29 PM | #39
Kefka from Final Fantasy VI (III on the Super NES)

No tragic background or any rationalization for why he wants to destroy everything. And not only is he manipulative but he's willing to get his own hands covered in blood. Plus he has an infectious laugh.

I have a preference to villains that aren't really humanized and whose motivations aren't really rationalized. They are just evil because that's the way they are. I also prefer the villains that just don't sit back and play puppet master but actually get their hands dirty.


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Books: Artemis Entreri from RA Salvatore's Drizzt novels - he is basically the protagonist's mirror image, the "what could have been", provided the hero had made some choices differently (or had them made for him with no way to escape his fate).
I'm also a fan of Artemis. His complex relationship with Drizzt is very intriguing.
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ChandM
07.02.2013 , 12:31 AM | #40
You know who surprised me was Darth Baras.

I hated him and based off general chat, seemed like everyone hated him. Now, I'm not saying he was written with some likeable qualities, but I wanted to share this:
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So, I suppose on that criteria, well done on Baras.