#1 The Joker (The Dark Knight)

The reason I love The Dark Knight is because it is the most perfect rendition I have ever seen of good vs. evil and that evil that I’m talking about is my #1 favorite character of all time, and I don’t see any character surpassing The Joker, because what you have is an evil so psychotic, so sadistic, and with zero empathy for the world he’s destroying in his path that nothing he does next would surprise you unless it was something good. He’s genius in all he wrong ways because he faces his enemies with impossible choices and enjoys watching them scrirm. He’s not even able to kill the one person who stands in his way because he enjoys the thrill of having a nemesis, because he understands that like the Devil needs god, evil needs good, and The Joker needs Batman or life would just be so boring. From the many ways Joker got his scars to The Joker’s twisted logic of what’s right and wrong, the Joker is the greatest character in film history in my opinion and I dare you to argue that fact.

  • Actor: Heath Ledger
  • Quote: “You, you just couldn’t let me go, could you? This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You truly are, incorruptable aren’t you? You won’t kill me out of some miplaced sense of self-righteousness and I won’t kill you because you’re just too much fun. I get the feeling you and I are destined to do this, forever.”
  • Action: Burns an incredibly large amount of money just so he can “watch the world burn”.
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#2 Jack Torrence (The Shining)

Here he is, Jack Torrence, known for his axing down of doors and and referances to late night TV shows. He is one of the greatest characters in film history and it was hard for me to make him number two because he’s so dang memorable. From his extremely repetitive novel to his discussions with imaginary Bartenders, this character is one of the many reasons why Jack Nicholson is my favorite actor. Mr. Torrence is spectacular character and Jack Nicholson is a spectacle to watch as him. 

 

  • Actor: Jack Nicholson 
  • Quote: “Wendy, darling, light of my life, I’m not gonna hurt you, you didn’t let me finish my sentence. I’m not gonna hurt ya, I’m just gonna bash your brains in, ha, I’m just gonna bash them righ the fuck in!! HA ha”
  • Action: Writes what everyone thinks to be a novel for a month and a half, but it turns out to be the same sentence over and over, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
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#3 Daniel Plainview (There Will Be Blood)

He’s a wise and kind man, but only until he shows his true colors as a man of unlimited hatred and greed. He’s smart, ruthless, and full of himself. He will stop at nothing to get exactly what he wants and that is to be alone, away from the disgusting waste of space that is man-kind. He’s bitter, cruel, greedy, and determined.

 

  • Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Quote: I drink your milkshake! (sluuuurrrrppp) I DRINK IT UP!!!
  • Action: Finally kills his rival with a bowling pin.
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#4 Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)

He is one of the smartest villains ever. With a PhD in psychiatry and murder. He is a serial killer who kills and eats his victims, he’s a cannibal. You only know as much as he wants you to know and will bring you to the darkest corners of your own mind without a moments hesitation. He’s only as calm or mad as he wants himself to be. He’ll eat the skin off your face without racing a heartbeat. He is Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter.

  • Actor: Anthony Hopkins
  • Quote: “People will say we’re in love”
  • Action: Beats a cop, while blood is all over his mouth, as if he’s painting a picture.
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#5 Anton Chigurh (No Country For Old Men)

He’s silent, deadly, smart and creative. He’ll get the job done no matter what the cost. He enjoys sporting a cattle gun and a shotgun with a foot long silencer. He never says more than he needs to and he’s a genius at his trade, which is unfortunately crime. He is symbolic for pure evil in a way no body else could be. You still fear him even with his funny hair cut.

 

  • Actor: Javier Bardem
  • Quote: “If the road you followed brought you to this, of what use was the road.”
  • Action: Flips a coin to decide the fate of a woman, to keep his word to her dead husband.
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#6 Stan (The Professional)

This dirty cop can strike fear into any one of his many enemies with his outrageous antics and trigger happy index finger. This over the top villain is evil in every way you can think of, but he’s intelligent, willing, and a bundle of laughs. There are only five characters in my book who are better than this guy and you’ll find out who they are soon enough.

 

  • Actor: Gary Oldman
  • Quote: “Everyone!”
  • Action: Shoots at a grandma for trying to tell him what to do. 
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