In recent times, I’ve grown to like some villains, but I assume that’s natural with some of the likeable villains to appear in films, such as Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight Rises and Javier Bardem’s Silva in Skyfall. However, some villains, baddies, the antagonist in certain films left me wanting to be them. It’s odd, but hopefully you’ll understand in the sort of explanations given.
So, in no particular order:
Woo-jin Lee (Oldboy).
My God. This man oozes style. Woo-jin Lee played by Ji-Tae Yu, is such a fantastic villain, he is definitely one of my favourites, if not my actual favourite. His masterplan, the way he acts around Dae-Su and ultimately his composure throughout the film is outstanding and just is the essence of style. His explaining and the torturing mind tricks when he is facing off with Dae-Su is where his style is at it’s ultimate high, as he coolly walks around his awesome apartment getting ready and even when Dae-Su flings himself at him, he still stays composed. The essence of cool, and style in my opinion.
Chigurh (No County For Old Men).
If you’ve seen this film then you must know what I’m talking about here. The crazed look in his eyes, the odd, but really effective way of killing people, all in the name of some money and him barely speaking at all? What’s not to love. Javier Bardem plays this character to perfection, but not only this, being of Spanish origin, he has next to no experience of speaking English, which adds to this terrifying persona that is being put in place by Chigurh with his speech during this film.
White Goodman (Dodgeball).
Admittedly, this may be a cop out, but in the film he can be considered the villain as he is ultimately the bad guy in the film. He wants to buy Average Joe’s gym and turn it into a car park for his customers as Globo Gym. “Cause here at Globo Gym we’re better than you, and we know it”. White Goodman, played by Ben Stiller, is just that stupid, meat headed buffoon, but is brilliant at the same time. This may be because of Ben Stiller’s delivery of White, but it’s excellent all the same and White is probably my favourite Ben Stiller persona. (Maybe tied with Derek Zoolander) With his one liners and thought mechanism of being better than you is just brilliant, making a very likeable villain.
Le Chiffre (Casino Royale).
Again, this might be more a style one, but again in execution Le Chiffre, played by Mad Mikkelsen, is one of those awesome villains. I really did enjoy his character in Casino Royale and his style and composure at the poker table is incredible, however, he does lose his cool, but that’s key to the plot. He has a very odd style of interrogation, but is awesome in practice and sticks out in my mind. And what’s not cooler than bleeding from your eye whilst looking rather dapper in a kick ass suit? Nothing I tell you, nothing.
Honourable mentions: Unfortunately, these guys missed out, but I still admire these villains:
The trio of the villains from the Batman Trilogy, Joker, Bane and Scarecrow. And of course, the ever lovable Loki.
If there anyone you think I’ve left out then comment below and let me know!