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.
Hans Landa (Inglorious Basterds)
Hans Landa is a Nazi, putting him pretty high up on the evil list. In the very first scene of Inglorious Basterds, his presence is terrifying, and his comparison of Jews to rats is deplorable. Known as The Jew Hunter, who knows how many people he’s had killed.
Pennywise the Clown (It)
Pennywise the Clown in both the TV mini-series and the recent movie relentlessly hunts down and murders children. While it dresses up like a clown, it really is an evil being from another dimension. When it arrives on Earth, it can’t help but feed on children, creating a huge body count in the town of Derry.
Joffrey Baratheon (Game of Thrones)
With his snotty, bratty, and cocky attitude, along with his ruthless and sadistic tendencies, Joffrey Baratheon is easily one of the most hated villains in all of television history. He ordered the execution of Eddard Stark, put his head on a stake, and then taunted Sansa about it. Though he boasts of being dangerous, he cowers at the first sight of danger. Despite his consistent evil, he stuck around on Game of Thrones for some time before being poisoned and killed. Sweet justice.
Negan (The Walking Dead)
The Walking Dead has had their fair share of evil guys, but Negan really takes the cake. After surrounding the many heroes of Alexandria, he ruthlessly bashed in Abraham’s head with his baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. Then, he turned his anger on Glenn, beating his brains out as well. To top it all off, he almost forced Rick to cut off Carl’s hand but decided against it at the last moment. Along with having multiple wives, many of whom he’s taken from other men, Negan manipulates, tortures, and brainwashes his followers into submission.
Walter White (Breaking Bad)
Who can save Walter White? Turns out, no one. Much like Darth Vader, Walter White stands on top of the hill as an evil, murderous villain adored by fans of the show Breaking Bad. His progression from small-time chemistry teacher to mastermind drug lord is renowned in television history. It can’t be denied that he sinks to new lows as his story progresses, lying, manipulating, murdering, and doing pretty much anything he can to keep his power and remain the one who knocks.
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