The thing that often makes or breaks a story is how interesting the villain is. Do his actions make sense? Can we understand him at a certain level? Or are his methods so screwed up they’re simply impossible to understand? While we all want to see the good guy succeed in the end, it’s often much more entertaining to watch how the villain stays one step ahead.
Whether it’s because the villain is highly three-dimensional and complex or the villain is just plain brutal and insane, some of the best movies and TV shows have featured iconic crazy bastards. They’re also often the guy that gets the best actor Oscar instead of the protagonist, so it might be worth your while to play a villain if you’re trying to get into acting. Don’t do it in real life though, be nice to people.
Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic bastards we’ve had the pleasure of seeing.
10. Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)
He axe-murders someone while dancing along to It’s Hip to be Square. He’s also a textbook narcissist. There’s pretty much no redeeming quality about this guy, apart from the apparent ease with which he can manipulate people. Wonderful portrayal by Christian Bale.
9. Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs)
This guy fed someone his own brain. Let me explain that more clearly: he cuts a part of someone’s brain out, then cooks it, then serves it on a nice plate and makes that person eat it. And that person enjoyed the f#%! out of that brain, since Hannibal Lecter is a top tier cook.