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.
The Joker (The Dark Knight)
The Joker, in the mega-blockbuster The Dark Knight, is the ultimate nihilist, killing and causing chaos at every turn. Just as Alfred said in the movie, “Some men just want to watch the world burn.” The Joker shoved a pencil through a guy’s forehead, tortured a guy on national television, murdered Rachel Dawes, blew up a hospital, and almost had dozens of people murdered on a boat. In his most twisted experiment, he turned Gotham’s white knight, Harvey Dent, into the madman villain Two-Face.
Jack Torrance (The Shining)
Jack Torrence, at this point, is almost as classic a villain as Count Dracula. A writer who loses his mind on a retreat at a secluded hotel, he discovers there’s more to the hotel than he knew. After going crazy, he terrorizes his wife and child with an axe. It’s really the slow progression of insanity and the terrifying ways he attacks his family that makes him so evil.
The Yellow King (True Detective)
The Yellow King was the satanic child killer and serial rapist on the hit show True Detective. His macabre and dark rituals he performed on children were horrifying and put him on a whole new level of evil.
The main villain of the Saw movie franchise, Jigsaw puts people through horrific and torturous tests to see how far they’ll go in order to survive. Often times, he gives them almost unthinkable choices and practically rigs the challenge against them. The twisted devices he creates to torture his victims set the bar for sadism.
Anton Chigurh (No Country for Old Men)
Anton Chigurh is a boogeyman, plain and simple. He kills without remorse and hunts people down with a scary level of proficiency and intelligence. Just when you thought you got rid of him, there he is waiting to kill you.