Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Best of the Worst

Treasure Island (Oxford World's Classics)I was reading Treasure Island recently and got to thinking about the best bad guys in fiction or film. Here's a list of who I quickly thought of.

1. Long John Silver
2. Darth Vader
3. Tuco (The Ugly in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly)
4. Emilio Largo (Thunderball baddie)
5. Tom Riddle
6. Two Face
7. The Joker
8. Frank (Henry Fonda in Once Upon a Time in the West)
9. Dr. Hannibal Lecter
10. Gaston (Disney's Beauty and the Beast)

I'd be curious to know who you think is the best bad guy.


  1. OK, here's who I'm going with:

    1. The Joker
    2. Professor Moriarty
    3. Lord Voldemort
    4. Auric Goldfinger
    5. Richard III
    6. Mrs. Marcus (Ethel Merman's character in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World")
    7. Phillip Van Damm (James Mason's character in "North by Northwest")
    8. "Verbal" Kint (Kevin Spacey's character in "The Usual Suspects")
    9. Dr. Hannibal Lecter
    10. Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck's character in "Double Indemnity")

  2. The energy traders in the Worldcom documentary.

  3. The safety inspector in Ghostbusters (that same actor was great in a great Goldie Hawn movie that Stephen Spielberg directed, about a low-speed car chase in Texas).

  4. Ben Stiller's character in that movie with Ethan Hawke and Wynona Rider and Judd Nelson's in Saint Elmo's Fire.

    The one sheriff's deputy in Harlan County USA.

  5. Mr. Potter came this close to making my list.

    Good catch on Ben Stiller's character.

  6. George C. Scott in Dr. Strangelove.

    Two very scary characters: Robert Blake in In Cold Blood and Tommy Lee Jones in Executioner's Song.