Special Report

50 Most Popular Villains Of All Time

Source: Courtesy of RKO Radio Pictures

Man
> Portrayed by: N/A
> Appears in: Bambi (1942)

OMG! HE KILLED BAMBI’S MOTHER. How many childhoods have been scarred by that scene?

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Captain Bligh
> Portrayed by: Charles Laughton
> Appears in: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Based on a historical figure, Captain Bligh (Laughton) so alienates his ship’s English crew with his cruel behavior they eventually overthrow him. He matches wits with the Bounty’s Lieutenant Fletcher Christian, who escapes Bligh by finding love and freedom on a South Seas island. Laughton received an Academy Award nomination for his performance.

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

The Shark
> Portrayed by: Bruce
> Appears in: Jaws (1975)

The Shark (nicknamed Bruce by the crew of the first summer blockbuster) terrorizes a small seacoast town. But, hey, a shark’s gonna do what a shark’s gonna do.

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Annie Wilkes
> Portrayed by: Kathy Bates
> Appears in: Misery (1990)

Annie Wilkes goes off the deep end when she learns the writer of her favorite novels, based on a woman named Misery, is about to be killed off by the author, Paul Sheldon (played by James Caan). She captures and nearly murders him, but he escapes. Kathy Bates won an Academy Award for her performance as the crazed fan.

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Noah Cross
> Portrayed by: John Huston
> Appears in: Chinatown (1974)

In this neo-Noir classic, private eye J.J. “Jake” Gittes (played by Jack Nicholson) noses around into the corrupt dealings of Los Angeles powerbroker, Noah Cross (Huston). Gittes learns Cross’s corruption goes beyond a shady land scheme.