These are the villains that I love the most. They may not be your favorite and they certainly may not be the most evil or the most popular, but they’re my favorite. These are villains from movies and TV series, so there may be spoilers so consider yourself warned.
Morgana Pendragon – (Merlin 2008)
Different versions of this story portray a very different personality of Morgana Pendragon. In the movie Merlin (1998) Morgana is very different to the character I’m talking about. The character that I am talking about is from the 2008 series Merlin, played by Katie Mcgrath.
I did say there might be potential spoilers, but read on at your own risk. Morgana is the ward (and daughter) of Uther Pendragon (the king of Camelot, who has outlawed sorcery with a penalty of death). Initially Morgana is a very empathic and kind woman who hates the punishments bestowed on loyal subjects because they either participated in some form of sorcery or were accused as such. In Merlin, being accused of magic could automatically lead to a death sentence regardless of the lack of proof. Morgana was still a good person at this point, but she ended up down a path that turns her into a person full of hate and rage, Morgana has always had magic, but it was covered with potions (she had foresight in her dreams). Morgana ends up leaving and learning more sorcery and becoming a high priestess, who is seeking revenge on Camelot and the now King Arthur.
What made Morgana initially start down this evil path is because when she realised she had magic, her life became fear, and fear can turn into hate so easily, because that’s what happened to Uther. The reason I chose Morgana Pendragon from this series as one of my top 5 villains is because the further into the series you go, the worse she gets. She is one of the most evil forces I’ve ever seen on screen. She doesn’t have a shred of empathy or kindness or even a shadow of who she was before. When you watch the start of the series and the end of the series you don’t even recognise her anymore. I really like the evil Morgana, I like her more than the good version because I thought she played a better villain than the hero. Morgana’s life mission becomes destroying Arthur, and killing everyone who does not embrace the old religion (sorcery).
Dolores Umbridge – (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
The evil cat loving psychopath from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I wrote about her in my previous post. She turns up at Hogwarts in Harry Potter’s 5th year. Initially she seems so sweet, but still a bit off. It wasn’t too long before everyone realised that she was completely nuts, and although she didn’t do a full killing cycle like most other villains, she had something really scary about her, possibly her composure while she dabbled with the idea of using the Cruciatus curse on children, and made them carve lines into their flesh, and created an entire wall of outrageous rules. At the start she just seemed like the teacher we all had at school that was a little stricter than the rest, except this one was a Voldemort supporting, child abusing psycho.
Rumplestiltskin (Once Upon A Time – Tv series)
Rumplestiltskin from Once upon a time. If you haven’t seen it, Once upon a time is full of childhood fairy-tales, the evil queen from Snow White casts a curse to send all the fairy-tale characters to our world calling it “somewhere horrible” (storybrooke) I’d have to agree with that, especially considering where they’re coming from. I almost wanted to write about the evil queen, but I just don’t have enough interest. I love the evil queen, but I love Rumple more.
So Rumplestiltskin is from that childhood story of that guy who can spin gold, but always makes deals (you can keep your firstborn if you guess my name, but you only get three guesses) I think I got that right. He’s just like that in the series. He looks different in the flashbacks to the enchanted forest and the here and now in Storybrooke. In the enchanted forest, his skins all bumpy and a sort of green colour.
Rumplestiltskin makes deals with people in need, he gives them something and they give him something (comes at a price, deary), he’s pretty creepy too. Most of the time, when he makes a deal, you’re getting the worst end of it. Rumplestiltskin is self-serving and generally lives at the expense of others. He’s addicted and in-love with power.
I personally think Rumplestiltskin would be nothing special if not for the actor who plays him. Rumplestiltskin has no regard for life, only power. He chooses power over everyone and everything, including his son Baelfire.
The Red Queen (Alice in Wonderland)
‘Down with the bloody Red Queen’
I’m talking about Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Once Alice falls through the rabbit hole she ends up in Wonderland which happens to be the home of the red queen, the one who likes pig belly’s under her feet, and decides to eat a frogs children (tadpoles) for dinner because he ate her blue berry pie (I think it was a pie). This villain always makes me laugh, like she had an entire court of people wearing fake disguises to make them appear disfigured so they would be accepted by her (she wasn’t aware they were disguises). The Red Queen has an abnormally large head and the way she deals with it is anyone with a normal size head has a ‘pimple of a head’.
The creation of the red queen is marvelous I think just because of the things she does. Like playing golf with a hedgehog as the ball and a flamingo as the golf club, she’s also really gullible for a villain too, like most of them at least have an inkling that something is up but she really just doesn’t, everything is fine and dandy and she’s living the high life and reveling in regular animal cruelty. As much as I liked the red queen, I was happy to see her exiled, and even more happier to see her second hand man beg to be killed rather than stay at her side.
Frieza (Dragon Ball Z)
I don’t know how many people are going to recognize this villain. He is really well-known. When I talk about Frieza I’m talking about the Namek saga to the Frieza saga from Dragon ball Z. I first watched this saga when I was a child, and I thought Frieza was a girl because of his voice, but nope, not a girl. Friezas goal in life is to be the most powerful force in the Universe and immortal. Frieza doesn’t kill individuals, he eradicates races and their home planets. When we first meet Frieza, he’s killed a huge chunk of planet Nameks population in search of their dragon balls (once all 7 are together they can be used to make a wish), then he can wish to be immortal. I was 9 when Frieza was battling the Saiyan Goku, and at school it was all anyone cared about, it was the biggest thing to ever happen. Frieza probably tops this list of villains because I think he’s the worst of them all (if I’ve said this about any other one, I take it back). We were all rooting for this guy to die, he was so malicious. He made Vegeta cry! The tough, no emotions Prince of Saiyan’s that Frieza took from his father when he was a child just before he destroyed them and their planet. Frieza was actually the most terrifying villain in Dragon Ball Z, terrorizing the most peaceful and friendliest race you could think of.