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Which villanous characters strike you as the best villains of all time, space, and media? I don't mean the most evil or most likely to do dastardly things, I mean the most interesting, most compelling, or just most viscerally repulsive bad guys as characters in some work of fiction.

Villains appear in books, movies, television, comics, games, and real life. I don't want to know about real evil people. There are plenty of them and they have no literary value. The other categories are all fair game. Real people who have been fictionalized are fine, but only if some fiction uses or portrays the character significantly differently from how the person appears in the history books.

If this leads to Professor Moriarty vs. Sauron vs. God vs. Cthulhu in a cage match, so be it. My money is on Richard White.

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EDIT: For the sake of those who live under a moss-covered rock:

1. Sauron from The Lord of the Rings
2. Darth vader from Star Wars
3. Khan from Star Trek
4. Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII
5. Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation
6. Jaws from James Bond

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I really like the Many from System Shock 2. Xerxes and Shodan from the same game also were very good.

In literature, Javert from Les Miserables is one of the best characters ever written, let alone villains.

In movies, I dunno. Maybe Agent Smith?

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I'll vote for:
- Thanos of Titan, particularly for his role in the Infinity Gauntlet saga.
- The woman whose name I forget (heh) in the last part of The Neverending Story.
- Glory, in season five of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Dr. Claw! How could I forget Dr. Claw.

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The bad guy in The Patriot is pretty damn evil.

EDIT: On second thought, my vote goes to the Emperor, for his sheer manipulative brilliance.

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Al Swearengen. Springer Bell. Roman Grant. And, of course, Tony Soprano.

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Some explanation of why you think your villain is notable and what you look for in a villain would be nice too, especially if it isn't someone who is instantly recognizable to everyone likely to reach Spiderweb. (Darth Vader and who else?)

I think vilain may be too restricting a term, too. There are antagonists who are perfectly nice people!

—Alorael, who will plug the Amnion from the Gap Cycle here. Their antagonist status is debatable, but they have all the requisite evil alien creepiness, a clearly villanous agenda, and manage to function perfectly as a legitimate and major element of a plot without overwhelming it. The moral is that sometimes conflict with bad guys should resemble man vs. nature more than man vs. man.
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The woman from The Neverending Story? You mean Xayide?
It. Hands down. The thing is is the embodiment of evil.
I think Raggidy Man comes in at second. Simply because the guy represents the evil inherent in the Pulse.
Hard on the heels of Raggidy Man is Tak. If you read Steven King you know who I'm talking about. Guy blocks off streets and kills everyone on them. Wipes out entire villages.

EDIT: Bonus if you know which book(s) Ragiddy Man and Tak are from.

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Ernesto Blofeld from Ian Fleming's James Bond series as evil going corperate. Forming SPECTRE to make crime a world wide business enterprise, he would be a perfect fit for now and he just wouldn't die.
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1. Another vote for Darth Vader
2. Ringwraiths, if only because Dikiyoba can do a fairly good job of imitating their shrieks.
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Originally written by The Sporangium in God's Eye:

If this leads to Professor Moriarty vs. Sauron vs. God vs. Cthulhu in a cage match, so be it. My money is on Richard White.
You see God as a villian? Hmmmm.... Richard White...

EDIT: The Greatest Villian is probably the spawn of hell that made the eternal nightmare that is Homeland.

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Sometimes pure ridiculity is the way to go.

Though my first vote really would go to Darth Vader.

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The Silent Assassin's favorite bad guy is the Jackal, from the namesake movie starring Bruce Willis.
I think it's because of either the Jackal's brilliant subterfuge tactics, or the fact that his weaponry makes the victim's skull splurge.
Probably the latter.

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I'll add a Steve King nod with the proprietor of Needful Things. (*nod*)

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Uncle Scrooge (McDuck)

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Originally written by Jumpin' Salmon:

I'll add a Steve King nod with the proprietor of Needful Things.
Ahhh. Good ol' soul sucker himself.

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Mr. Lahey from Trailer Park boys. When he isn't drunk he's insane, and when he's drunk there's only one thing on his mind, getting the boys behind bars.

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Lord Foul. His name says it all.

Darth Vader, because of the whole "I am your father" twist.

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Plus a few of the ones already mentioned.

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Galactus. Guy eats entire worlds.

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quote:
Originally written by Ash Lael:

In movies, I dunno. Maybe Agent Smith?
Seconded. Hugo Weaving is a magnificant actor.

I'd also vote for Iago, from Othello.

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Evil clowns. As soon as a clown becomes evil and starts laughing madly, I become very terrified.

Mhuhahahahaha.

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It is the ultimate evil clown. Evne though It doesn't always appear as a clown. Tou know, that's one of the reasons I like It so much. It combines your fear of clowns, spiders, amnesia, etc., etc.

EDIT: Is there no one besides me who know who Raggidy Man and Tak are?

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Hannibal Lecter. Definitely.

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Mmm.
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