Movie villains are known to make the plot more interesting. There is something about a well-thought-of villain that captures audience attention and make them remember the film even after the credits roll. So what is the formula needed in creating perfect villains? Well, their main motive is one very important factor to take note of. Another should be their complex and three-dimensional personality. This should transcend to more than just the superficial desire to cause harm.
So to celebrate the most insane yet captivating movie villains of all time, ExploreTalent has come up with a nondefinitive list of the best miscreants ever seen on the big screen.
5 of the Craziest Movie Villains of All Time
5. Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs)
Hannibal Lecter is the main reason people are terrified of Anthony Hopkins in real life. His portrayal of the dangerously intelligent forensic psychologist was so eerily realistic that it horrified individuals for many generations. Lecter also topped the American Film Institute’s Heroes and Villains list. If you aren’t convince, then do know that in one terrifying scene, he cuts another character’s brain out, then feeds it to him. Yikes.
4. Jigsaw (Saw Series)
Jigsaw is always up for playing games—sounds pretty mediocre, right? The problem is, he was never the one to play the friendliest games. Instead, this sadistic civil engineer crafted a number of deadly games that usually ended with his victims suffering heinous deaths.
3. The Joker (Batman)
It is tough to decide between Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, but considering that Nicholson’s Joker managed to kill fifty people throughout the movie (Ledger’s Joker was at 23), Nicholson wins. As the Clown Prince of Crime, Nicholson was relentless, homicidal, and almost comedic in his own insane ways.
2. Alex DeLarge (A Clockwork Orange)
In a terrifying dystopian version of London, Alex DeLarge stalks his next victim in the streets at night. His vile nature drives him to do a number of monstrous crimes such as rape and murder. His most terrifying scene was where he and his gang of “droogs” break into a house and viciously rape the woman to the tune of “Singing in the Rain.”
1. Norman Bates (Psycho)
Unlike the other people mentioned on this list, the main character of Alfred Hitchcock‘s horror classic isn’t over the top. Instead, Norman Bates is a quiet, boy-next-door type of character who looks like he wouldn’t hurt a fly. It is only until audiences get to the last act of the movie do they realize how truly terrible Bates is.