Top 5 Villains
My top 5 villains from games and film.
Whilst the words to Quorum Treaty slowly come together, I thought I would pen my thoughts on what makes a good story. Plot is important, pacing…yes, great dialogue, and of course the hero of the saga. But, people tend to recall the antagonists more often than not.
The bad guys!
Yep, every great story has a memorable villain (or villains). Sure the hero gets all the glory, but you can’t tell me Darth Vader wasn’t the star of Star Wars, or Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight didn’t steal the show. So what influenced me? As a boy, I was a gamer. I loved video games and sci-fi movies. My list below is seriously random! On this list you won’t see the usual suspects like Lord Voldemort, Hannibal Lecter, Palpatine or Freddy Krueger. Instead, I want to celebrate the underdog bad guys who made their worlds rich and horrific or funny, but often missed out on the limelight.
These top 5 villains are a selection of my favourites across cinema and video games. Enjoy!
Pigcops (Duke Nukem)
Artwork by: Chris Pollitt
Pigcops, are pigs with guns! Yep, think muscular, anthropomorphic pigs. I mean, come on, how can you go past a cop, as a pig, holding a weapon. Not to disrespect law enforcement, but one has to smile at this video game character. I first laid eyes upon Pigcops as an impressionable young teen, playing Duke Nukem 3D, a video game from 1996. Pigcops grunted and snorted, and were great enemies. For the gamer, they needed no explanation – you just “got it” – here is a pig in a cop uniform, ah, “a Pigcop”. It was that simplicity that made Duke Nukem 3D a success. I strive for the same simplicity in my book characters.
Agent Smith (The Matrix)
“Hello Mr Anderson” – ah, the famous words of Agent Smith, a movie villain from The Matrix franchise, played by Hugo Weaving. Agent Smith was terrifying because he was eerily emotionless in his pursuit of his foe. He was a government man, an agent of the system, a symbol of corporate/government amenity, dressed in a black suit and tie. What I liked about this character was the perfectly written dialogue; always “on brand”.
Pyramid Head (Silent Hill)
If the movie did not scare the life out of you, the game did. I mean, what on Earth was that triangle-headed creature carrying a giant sword?! (above). The Pyramid Head, also known as “Red Pyramid Thing”, is simplistically terrifying. As humans we tend to fear the unknown more than certainty. So when we see a faceless or masked monster, our sub-conscience runs wild. Sometimes the best creator of fear is anticipation itself. That is what I liked about this character. Very memorable.
Jabba the Hut (Star Wars)
Number 2 on my Top 5 villains list, is Jabba. He needs little introduction or explanation. I like his iconic look and laugh. I like the fact he eats live animals and got his thrills from cage fights. His character has become an iconic part of our mainstream vernacular. Well done Star Wars, well done.
And YES…I had NO idea that this was a thing….
An inflatable Jabba The Hut Halloween Costume (WFT?)
Loki (Marvel Universe)
A totally wicked character. Loki appears in Marvel Comics and in Marvel movies. This incarnation of Loki (originally of Norse mythology) by Stan Lee, came to life through the brilliant acting of Tom Hiddleston. Tom plays the adopted brother and nemesis of Thor.
Loki is not a monster, nor a beast. He is not overly strong and is certainty not scary looking. Yet, he was a wicked villain. Actually, anti-hero is perhaps a better way to describe him. Cunning, ambition, and envy are his traits. Loki does what few villains can – evoke hostility and likability, at the same time.
Those are my top 5 villains from games and film. Got any suggestions? I look forward to your comments below.