From Movies and TV to Video Games, These Are The 40 Best Villains of All Time

Some villains are more recognizable than others. There's—of course—the apparent villains, which are usually the ones found in blockbuster movies or classic comics: The Green Goblin, Thanos, and Darth Vader, to name a few. But then there's also the sleeper villains, ones who come off lighthearted in an effort to disguise their villainous ways, like Tom Nook, Annie Wilkes, and Megan Parker. In no particular order, the next 40 characters are some of the greatest of all time, with the more obvious, classic ones as well as the underrated, quieter villains.

1. The Green Goblin ("Spider-Man")

2. Smaug ("The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug")

3. Annie Wilkes ("Misery")

4. Bowser ("Super Mario")

5. General Grievous ("Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith")

6. Meredith Blake ("The Parent Trap")

7. Michael Myers ("Halloween" Franchise)

8. Megan Parker ("Drake and Josh")

9. Venom ("Venom")

10. Tom Nook ("Animal Crossing")

11. Pennywise ("It")

12. Regina George ("Mean Girls")

13. Master Hand ("Super Smash Bros.")

14. Darth Maul ("Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace")

15. Plankton ("SpongeBob SquarePants")

16. Taylor Doose ("Gilmore Girls")

17. Vicky ("The Fairly OddParents")

18. Owen Davian ("Mission: Impossible 3")

19. Team Rocket ("Pokémon")

20. Syndrome ("The Incredibles")

21. Darth Vader ("Star Wars")

22. Palpatine ("Star Wars")

23. Thanos ("The Marvel Cinematic Universe")

24. The Joker ("The Dark Knight/DC Comics")

25. Hans Gruber ("Die Hard")

26. Hans Landa ("Inglorious Basterds")

27. Hannibal Lecter ("The Silence of the Lambs")

28. Norman Bates ("Psycho")

29. Biff Tannen ("Back to the Future")

30. Alonzo Harris ("Training Day")

31. Walter White ("Breaking Bad")

32. Gus Fring ("Breaking Bad")

33. Tony Soprano ("The Sopranos")

34. Marlo Stanfield ("The Wire")

35. Joffrey Baratheon ("Game of Thrones")

36. Newman ("Seinfeld")

37. Calvin Candie ("Django Unchained")

38. Anton Chigurh ("No Country for Old Men")

39. Amy Dunne ("Gone Girl")

40. Andrew Ryan ("Bioshock")

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