10 Celebrated Movies Where The Villain Outshines the Hero

Movies often pit a compelling protagonist against an equally impressive antagonist. However, sometimes, the villain in a movie steals the show and outshines the hero. In a popular thread on the internet, movie buffs shared their thoughts on the film where they liked the bad guy more than the good guy. Here’s a list of some movies where the villain stole the viewers’ hearts.

1. The Dark Knight (2008)

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One of the most talked-about movies in the thread was Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. The late Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker was nothing short of brilliant. His take on the iconic villain was unpredictable, psychotic, and yet somehow still charismatic. The Joker’s dark humor and the way he challenged Batman’s moral code made him a more interesting character than the Caped Crusader.

2. Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has some memorable villains, but Thanos stands out as one of the most compelling. In Infinity War, Thanos is portrayed as a complex character with his motivations, even if they involve wiping out half the universe. Despite his evil actions, his conviction and single-mindedness made him an imposing and even likable villain.

3. Killmonger in Black Panther (2018)

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The villain in Black Panther, Erik Killmonger, was a fan-favorite among viewers. Michael B. Jordan’s portrayal of the character was both charismatic and intimidating. Killmonger’s motivation to take over Wakanda and his connection to T’Challa made him a layered and complex villain.

4. Magneto in X-Men: First Class (2011)

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Magneto is a villain who has been a fixture in the X-Men universe for years, and his portrayal in X-Men: First Class was no exception. Michael Fassbender’s Magneto was a compelling, sympathetic, and frightening character. His backstory and vendetta against humanity made him a villain viewers could not help but like.

5. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Hannibal Lecter, the cannibalistic psychiatrist, is a villain who has become an iconic figure in cinema. In The Silence of the Lambs, Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of the character was nothing short of mesmerizing. Despite his heinous crimes, viewers were drawn to the character’s intelligence, wit, and twisted humor.

6. Scar in The Lion King (1994)

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Scar, the villain in the classic Disney animated movie, is one of cinematic history’s most memorable and charismatic villains. Voiced by Jeremy Irons, Scar is cunning, manipulative, and has a sarcastic sense of humor. His desire for power and catchy musical number “Be Prepared” made him a fan-favorite, even though he was plotting to kill his brother and nephew.

7. The Joker in Batman (1989)

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Before Heath Ledger’s iconic performance in The Dark Knight, there was Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of the Joker in the 1989 Batman movie. Nicholson’s Joker blended creepy and campy, with his trademark laugh and over-the-top costumes. His chemistry with Michael Keaton’s Batman was electric, and many viewers couldn’t help but root for the Joker over the brooding Dark Knight.

8. Agent Smith in The Matrix (1999)

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Agent Smith, played by Hugo Weaving, was the main antagonist in the groundbreaking sci-fi movie The Matrix. His monotone voice and cold, calculated demeanor made him a chilling villain. However, his confrontation with Neo (Keanu Reeves) in the iconic lobby scene made him a fan favorite despite being the bad guy.

9. Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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Christoph Waltz won an Academy Award for portraying Hans Landa, the Nazi colonel in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Landa was charming, intelligent, and terrifying all at once. His skillful language and cat-and-mouse game with the main characters made him a captivating villain, even though his allegiance was with the Nazis.

10. Loki in Thor (2011)

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Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of Loki, the god of mischief, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a fan-favorite among viewers. In Thor, Loki’s motives for betraying his brother and his father were complicated and relatable. His charisma and wit made him a villain viewers loved to hate, and his redemption arc in later movies only added to his popularity.

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10 Awful Movies People Love and Savor


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12 Best Stephen King Adaptations Close to the Source Material

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