7 Best Super Villains on Motion Pictures

Friday, May 15, 2015

Every hero needs a villain. Some of them even need more than just one villain. There’s no Batman without Joker. There’s no Spiderman without Venom. There’s no Superman without Lex Luthor. There’s no Thor without Loki. And the list goes on, but to put it simply; there’s no hero without a villain. Imagine the world of superheroes without the supervillains. It would be empty. Meaningless. At worst, there won’t be any heroes. Therefore there won’t be any stories. A hero was born because the world needs someone to fight the villain. To put it simply, a hero is defined by their villain. Put the heroes aside, with all of their goodness and greatness, the villains have this kind of charms that always attract me. They are full of crazy and lunatic spirits, no one controls them but themselves, and they lose their mind in a devil-may-care attitude. Frequently I end up admiring the villain more than the hero himself. Well, people say that bad boys are attractive, indeed, perhaps I’m just a little girl trapped in 25-year-old body of a woman. Anyway, along with a great hero, there’s a great villain too. And they surely deserve recognition as much as the heroes. So here is my list of 7 Best Super Villains on Motion Pictures, for today’s Free Spirit.

7. Ultron
Opening up the list on number seven is Ultron. Yup, the so-popular-nowadays Ultron (thanks for the recently released “Avengers: Age of Ultron” film). Ultron is an artificial intelligence with robotic body that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. He’s most recognized as the supervillain and a foe of the Avengers. Honestly, among the supervillains that I’m about to mention on this list, Ultron is a new face for me. However, as a new face, he was successfully mesmerizing me! That’s why he’s on the list right now. It began when I watched the first teaser trailer of the second Avengers’ movie for Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Age of Ultron”. There was Ultron, with his terrifying giant-sized body and horrifying-yet-charismatic deep voice, saying: “There are no strings on me.” Okay, Ultron, you might just kill me right now (so breathtaking I’m gonna die!). The idea about making him (alert! It’s a spoiler territory. Stop reading this part now if you haven’t watched “Age of Ultron” yet) the ‘Pinocchio who lost his strings’ of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner is marvelous. He’s free now, and there are no strings to hold him down.

6. Loki
Loki is the evil adoptive brother of Thor, son of Odin, from the Marvel Comics universe. He was created by writer Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, and penciller Jack Kirby. In the live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe movie series, Loki is portrayed by actor Tom Hiddleston, and this, is what makes him up on this number six position. Loki isn’t strong (well, not as strong as his muscular brother), yet he’s very very very witty and sly. And Hiddleston lives up to the character very well. Loki is very self-centered. He may not have the muscle, but he definitely has the brain, and that’s his main power. He’s seductive and manipulative. So charming, isn’t he? Hiddleston’s Loki successfully grabbed the public’s love and attention with the release of “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012), where he became the synical yet comical archenemy of the Avengers. Hiddleston won Best Villain at the MTV Movie Awards for his portrayal. Yup, he is Loki of Asgard.

5. Khan Noonien Singh
Khan Noonien Singh, or just simply known as Khan, is one of the villains in the “Star Trek” science fiction franchise, and also the most famous one. In the second film of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” movie series reboot, “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013), Khan is portrayed by actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Oh yeah, I’m fangirling right now, and that’s one of the reasons why he’s on this number five position. Beside his super strength, super intelligent, and super everything, what I love of Khan is the idea of him; that a good villain doesn’t see himself as villainous. The villain may do villainous things, but he feels that he’s doing them for righteous reasons. No one is completely good or completely evil; while Khan has a rather distorted view of reality and therefore performs acts of evil, he still feels that his vengeance is a noble cause because he will do anything to save his family. Like what he said, “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

4. Magneto
Magneto, born as Erik Lehnsherr, has been the primary villain in the “X-Men” franchise of Marvel Comics, although, he has been an occasional ally and even a member of the X-Men at times. Well oh well, interesting, isn’t it? But that’s not the reason why he’s up on this number four position. As a powerful mutant with the ability to generate and control magnetic fields, Magneto desires mutants to eventually dominate the human race as he viewed humans as an outdated species that no longer deserves its continual domination over the world. He’s a visionary, and his vision comes from a rough childhood, in order to make the Earth a better place to live for his kind, the mutants. And that’s, that makes him something more! Sir Ian McKellen portrayed Magneto in four films of the “X-Men” film series. Yup, he might be a wise and powerful wizard Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” film series, but he was the ruthless badass in “X-Men”. Meanwhile, actor Michael Fassbender portrayed a younger version of Magneto in the prequel, “X-Men: First Class” (2011). As it wasn’t enough, both actors reprised the role in the film “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014), set in two different eras (yes, it was really happening!).

3. Darth Vader
Who doesn’t know Darth Vader? Come on, I think everyone who loves science fiction, from any generation, they must know him. Darth Vader, born as Anakin Skywalker, is a character in “Star Wars” universe. He was created by George Lucas and has been portrayed by numerous actors. His appearances span all six “Star Wars” films (as a pivotal figure in the original trilogy, and as a central figure in the prequel trilogy), and he is an important character in the expanded universe of television series, video games, novels, literature and comic books. Despite the gorgeous Hayden Christensen’s portrayal as Anakin Skywalker in the prequel trilogy, Vader is on this number three position because of one thing: he’s scary! Especially in the original trilogy, seriously, I first watched them when I was a little child, and this Vader scared the hell out of me! Vader’s iconic status has made the character a synonym for evil in popular culture; psychiatrists have even considered him as a useful example to explain Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) to medical students. Well oh well, in case you meet Vader anywhere, may the force be with you.

2. The Joker
On the runner-up position, here’s the one and only the Joker, a supervillain who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. He was created by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger, and Bob Kane, and widely known as the greatest archenemy of a DC Comics’ superhero, Batman. The Joker possesses no superhuman abilities, instead using his chemical and engineering genius, to develop poisonous or lethal concoctions and thematic weaponry. Those are just a few of his charms though. He’s a criminal mastermind, and this where everything about him becomes so much more interesting. The Joker is a psychopath with a warped, a goofy prankster with sadistic sense of dark humor. In the Christopher Nolan’s second installment of “Batman” trilogy reboot, “The Dark Knight” (2008), the Joker was portrayed by my favorite actor, the late Heath Ledger (he’s gone too soon, really). His version of the Joker was the absolute mad genius with extraordinary evil mind –he lacks empathy, a conscience, and concern over right and wrong; the avatar of anarchy and chaos– such a perfect portrayal of the Joker after all these years, which earning him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the first acting Oscar ever won for a superhero film. Breathtaking, isn’t it? Ah, for further plus point, the Joker will be portrayed by (also) (one of) my favorite actor(s), Jared Leto, for the upcoming films of DC Cinematic Universe. Yay, can’t wait! And while waiting why don’t we throwback to the almighty Ledger’s the Joker; why so serious?

1. Megatron
Lastly, on the number one position, here I have the villain from the “Transformers” franchise, Megatron! Created by Hasbro and based on a toy design by Takara, he’s a sentient robotic lifeform from the planet Cybertron and the leader of the villainous Decepticons. Megatron is infamous as the archenemy of the Autobots leader, Optimus Prime. He has the ability to transform between his robot shape and various weapons or vehicles, but these ‘alternate-modes’, his origins and even personality, can vary depending on which ‘universe’ he’s seen in. In the live action “Transformers” films, which was first introduced in “Transformers” (2007), (oh, this is the coolest part!) Megatron’s alternate mode is a Cybertronian jet. Yup, this is the flying Megatron, everybody! Thank you so much Michael Bay! And guess what, it was actor Hugo Weaving who provided the voice of Megatron in the films. Anyway, enough for the fangirling thing. One thing about Megatron that really thrills me is; he’s a survivor. No matter how many times he’s defeated, how hard he’s broken or ripped into pieces or torn apart, he can always survive. Such a badass, isn’t he? Plus, I love the Decepticons’ symbol much more than the Autobots’. Yeah, all hail Megatron!

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