Villains are an important part of storytelling. Without someone to antagonize the hero, the plot will feel stale and boring. Stories need a compelling, motivated bad guy to push the hero to their limits. Some of the best villains not only make life unbearable for the hero but for the audience as well. If you really hate a certain villain, most likely they’re doing their job right. With all the movies and television shows out there, it was tough to decide on only twenty-five. However, we’re confident these are the 25 Most Evil Characters From Movies And TV.
Newman’s entire existence on the hit comedy Seinfeld was to be Jerry’s menacing foil. Jerry called Newman “pure evil,” and anytime he greeted Newman, it was with a sharp, disgusted tone. Funny enough, it’s never revealed where the feud came from, but it didn’t matter; we disliked Newman’s character as much as Jerry did.
J.R. Ewing (Dallas)
How could J.R. Ewing of the hit show Dallas not end up on this list? The guy was an egocentric, manipulative psychopath constantly plotting against his foes and coming up with schemes no normal person would plan. Of course, the greatest villains sometimes become the most beloved, and for some reason, people just loved his character.
Nina Myers (24)
Nina Myers character was like getting a stake in the heart. On Season 1 of the show 24, Nina was a close friend to Jack Bauer and a pretty awesome agent. You never saw her becoming a double-agent, killing Jack’s wife, and taking off. Things only got worse as Nina revealed her true character in Season 2 and 3, a cold-blooded killer who doesn’t believe in anything or anyone.
Hans Gruber (Die Hard)
Criminal mastermind Hans Gruber in the movie Die Hard is a ruthless murdering thief willing to do anything to achieve his goals. He kills Joseph Takagi in cold blood. Then, when Ellis tries to negotiate with him, Gruber kills him, too. He also sent a group of hostages to the top of Nakatomi Plaza in a failed attempt to blow up C4, hoping to kill them and the FBI agents come to save them. Fortunately, John McClane foiled his plan.
Saruman the White (Lord of the Rings)
Saruman the White is a classic definition of evil. His former shining example turned to darkness by the lure of Sauron. By allying with Sauron, he imprisoned Gandalf and built an orc and Uruk-hai army with the intent of taking over Middle-Earth, killing and pillaging in the process.
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