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.
Wilson Fisk (Daredevil)
Wilson Fisk, also known as Kingpin, in the hit television Netflix show Daredevil, is both an underworld mob boss and successful businessman. His troubled childhood involved murdering his father with a hammer. His crazed killings didn’t stop there, and he frequently kills those that don’t get in line.
Gus Fring (Breaking Bad)
Running a successful fast-food chain called Los Pollos Hermanos, Gus Fring in secret is a drug lord, cooking and selling meth. He’s a cold, calculating murderer who will slit your throat at the first sign of disobedience or disrespect. What makes him most evil is his unwavering resolve in killing anyone to get what he wants.
Annie Wilkes (Misery)
Annie Wilkes in the movie Misery is every author’s worst nightmare. A crazed fan who holds her favorite author hostage, Wilkes becomes obsessed with forcing him to “fix” his novel, and when he doesn’t, she resorts to horrific violence. In one scene, she takes a sledgehammer and performs “hobbling,” another way of saying she broke his ankles.
Darth Vader (Star Wars)
Darth Vader is a rare mass-murdering villain. While he’s done horrific things, he still has a lot of adoring fans. Maybe it’s the breathing, the dark suit, or the fact that he’s so crazy iconic, but none of that takes away the horrible things he’s done. Like, you know, strangling people to death, drugging his own daughter to pump information out of her, and committing horrific genocide by blowing up entire planets. At least, if anything, he found redemption in the end.
The Trinity Killer (Dexter)
Arthur Mitchell is a unique kind of evil sociopath on the television show Dexter. Known as the Trinity Killer, he was thought to have killed in patterns of three, though Dexter later discovered there were actually four killings. Mitchell pretends to be an upstanding citizen going to church, loving his family, and helping build homes for the homeless. But, when his cycle starts, he goes through a ritual which starts with killing a ten-year-old boy and ends with bludgeoning a man to death. He’s had at least 264 confirmed kills.