Villains are made for the viewers to hate, and that is what mostly happens. But sometimes the case is different. Certain bad guys are so well-written that we actually find ourselves rooting for them, sympathizing with, and even loving them. We agree with their thoughts – and feel that their actions are justified based on the trauma. It can sometimes be the fun element they have. Sometimes, these villains are really screwed up in the head but we still love them.
One of the most favorite and talked about villains ever has to be The Joker. He has been played by five different actors in live-action movies. One of the most popular is the performance of Heath Ledger in Dark Knight 2008. The Joker is the arch-nemesis of Batman and is a psychopath who kills for fun. But his ways and his words have really been popular among fans. The character has depth, and a lot of his story is revealed in Joker(2019) – a movie made on his character development. He is entertaining and also likable.
The villain of the Friday the 13th franchise, Jason Voorhees is one of the craziest killers out there. The masked killer has been portrayed by a number of actors throughout the franchise, most notable performances were by Kane Hodder and Kane Kirzinger. He has been a horror icon and for good reasons. Even though he has killed quite a few people but his traumatic past can somewhat justify his behavior. The bullying he went through, in a twisted way, makes us feel sorry for him.
One of the best MCU villains has to be Thanos. The super-strong alien first appeared in the mid-credits scene of The Avenger (2012). He was a murderous being who went from planet to planet, killing half the population there. Though his ways were terrible, we all somewhere agree that his thoughts weren’t completely wrong. His attitude and delusional behavior that his methods were right, showed how screwed up in the head he was. But his confidence was kind of endearing too.
Keeping the Star Wars prequel trilogy aside, where the pre-Darth Vader Anakin Skywalker is not portrayed that well, Darth Vader has to be one of the most iconic villains in the history of cinema. He first appears in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope in 1977 and its two sequels. Vader is the Sith Lord, with a lot of Force powers – which made him the biggest villain in all movies he appeared. His powers and general awesomeness make the fans love him as the best Star Wars villain.
When it comes to twisted villains we like, MCU’s Loki has to be one of them. Despite Loki’s wish to take over the world, annihilate humans, and kill his brother Thor are a little too much. But his devilish wit, cool nature, and his powers make him super likable. He is the God of Mischief after all. Though, Loki died a hero and has come back in a Disney+ series – Loki, he was originally a villain. And yet we loved him.
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