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Old 08-22-05, 01:50 AM
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Who is the greatest movie bad guy?

In my opinion it has to be The Terminator. Arnold's only good role good guy or bad. This movie not only rejuvinated one liners for bad guys but Arnold is just incredibly vicious and cool. Now here is the part we can all argue about a close second in my book is Tom Cruise in Collateral for all the same reasons as above but the only thing different is the brutality factor. The reason I take Cruise second over Darth is that there are too few movies where the bad guy is so slick you just have too root for him and Tom Cruise did that for me in Collateral, there was not one second of the movie I did not want to see him take everyone out and I was bummed when he dies. Now Lets start the verbal bashing of one another.
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Old 08-22-05, 02:05 AM
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Old 08-22-05, 02:14 AM
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The main bad guy in Joss Whedon' s Serenity.
Best movie ever, yo.
Old 08-22-05, 02:24 AM
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The Terminator becoming a good guy in T2, and Vader's redemption at the end of ROTJ, count against them in their claims to the #1 spot.

I'm picking Hannibal Lecter.
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How about that one guy, in the movie "the patriot" he played the British Calvalry General. Not too sure on his name though. He did a good job of portraying an evil person.
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Hans Gruber.
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Hans Gruber.
D'oh. Beat me to it.

I'll thow out there something different. Scar and Jafar from Lion King and Aladdin respectively.
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Originally Posted by jmattver1
The reason I take Cruise second over Darth is that there are too few movies where the bad guy is so slick you just have too root for him and Tom Cruise did that for me in Collateral, there was not one second of the movie I did not want to see him take everyone out and I was bummed when he dies.
I have the opposite opinion. I think a great villain is someone that inspires you to root for his death. Hans Gruber is the best one I can think of off the top of my head. Belloq is another.
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Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. I'll choose to ignore his embarassing cameo at the end of ROTS so as to not diminish his presence in ESB.

I also love Ricardo Montalban's performance as Khan in Star Trek II.
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Originally Posted by jmattver1
In my opinion it has to be The Terminator. Arnold's only good role good guy or bad. This movie not only rejuvinated one liners for bad guys but Arnold is just incredibly vicious and cool. Now here is the part we can all argue about a close second in my book is Tom Cruise in Collateral for all the same reasons as above but the only thing different is the brutality factor. The reason I take Cruise second over Darth is that there are too few movies where the bad guy is so slick you just have too root for him and Tom Cruise did that for me in Collateral, there was not one second of the movie I did not want to see him take everyone out and I was bummed when he dies. Now Lets start the verbal bashing of one another.
Awesome. I look forward to finally seeing this movie now, what with knowing the ending and all.
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John Kreese was the better villain in the same film.
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How about . . .

. . . John Malkovich in Con Air?

. . . Kevin Spacey in Se7en?

. . . Alan Rickman in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves?
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In a previous thread where we posted our favorite villians, I listed:

Khan Noonian Singh
Lex Luthor
Goldfinger
Hans Gruber
Joshua (Lethal Weapon)
Darth Vader
The (original) Terminator
Clubber Lang
Hannibal Lecter
Annie Wilkes (Misery)


I'll stick with Khan at the top of the list.
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These are all pretty good candidates. I'd throw in Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) from Training Day and Malkovich again for "In the Line of Fire"
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Originally Posted by Fincher Fan
Hans Gruber.
Double D'oh ! Beat me to it too....*shakes fist*
Old 08-22-05, 12:19 PM
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Personally and just because I rewatched it last night:

Stephen Glass from Shattered Glass

Not the actual Glass (of whom I have no idea about besides being a liar), but Christensen's and the writer's fine and identifiable characterization. He was just a pitiful, whiny, passive-aggressive, ingratiating, lying, hypocritical twerp that I'd love to just smack some sense into over and over again.
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See also... http://www.afi.com/Docs/tvevents/pdf/handv100.pdf
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I ain’t gonna change my tune on this one. They’ll have to pull out the stops if they ever want a better bad guy than Clarence Boddicker.

Kurtwood Smith owned that role. No powers, just pure human evil. …”Bitches, leave!” Classic.
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I ain’t gonna change my tune on this one. They’ll have to pull out the stops if they ever want a better bad guy than Clarence Boddicker.

Kurtwood Smith owned that role. No powers, just pure human evil. …”Bitches, leave!” Classic.
Strongly agree. "Well give the man a hand". Clarence rules.
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sigh......Hans Gruber.
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#1 movie villain of all-time:



Runners-up:

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Gabbar Singh(Amjad Khan) in Sholay(bollywood movie from '70s).
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This has been done many, many times... but I'll still answer:

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