Every good protagonist is only as good as the antagonist. The bigger the villain the better the hero. All great hero stories need great villains or the story just doesn’t pop eg The Amazing Spider man 2 ( I thought Jamie Foxx made a terrible villain). For me that was a big strike against the movie and one of the reasons for it’s not so great performance at the box office. But that’s another story entirely so back to our villains. While we may love, hate or don’t know either of which to do with our villains and I think the last category makes for the best villains (when you don’t know if to smother with kisses or strangle them). The fact still remains that the story is never complete without a true villain to pose obstacles in the path of our heroes or they might has well curl up on a deserted island with a straw hat, drinking margaritas and singing kumbaya.
Even though there isn’t a set mold for creating a great villain, it’s usually the subtleties and quirks brought forward by individual actors that make the character special. There’s just something about an actor channeling evil that makes the villains turn out to be the outstanding characters in the story. So I want to share with you my list of five most fabulous villains that has made TV an interesting watch from bottom to top.
No 5. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in Silence of the Lamb. Hopkins put the creep in creepy in that movie for me and won an Academy Award for Best Actor to show for it.
No 4. Raymond Reddington (James Spader) in the Blacklist TV series. Spader is known for playing eccentric and controversial roles and does it beautifully too. He definitely falls into the category of villains you don’t know whether to love or hate.
No 3. Nicklaus Mikaelson or Klaus as fondly called by peers from The Originals, the spin off series from Vampire Diaries. From the moment Klaus (Joseph Morgan) waltzed into the Mystic Falls, I knew this was one antagonist that mustn’t be killed. So it definitely wasn’t a surprise that he was given his own series. Badass Klaus is the V in Villain.
No 2. My second fab villain would be Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) The Vampire Diaries. Ian is the quirky, dark, humorous, mercurial and lovable Damon Salvatore. There’s just no Vampire Diaries without him. That would be like having winter without summer. Producers take note.
Now for the No 1 spot. Are we ready? Wait for it… it goes to Loki, Thor’s adopted brother from the movies, Thor 1&2 and Avengers 1 played by Tom Hiddleston. Gist has it that his contract was actually for one Thor movie but the audience loved him so much that he was renegotiated for Avengers 1 and a Thor sequel. I won’t deny I watched the movie Avengers again and again because of his character, Loki. Just something about his dark and twisted logic that cracks you up even though he’s trying to destroy the world. I thought he did a better job of an antagonist in Avengers 1 compared to the antagonist in Avengers 2, not offense to James Spader and his robotic voice villain. And with an Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer in 2011 and a nomination for BAFTA rising star award for his role in Thor combined with MTV Movie Award for the best fight and best villain in for his role in Avengers 1 in 2013. It’s clear I’m not the only one who thinks Loki is a fab villain.
Well folks that’s my list of top five fab villains. Love to hear what you think and see your list. Until then, remember don’t stop watching the movies. Ciao.