20 Movie Villains We Loved More Than We Should Have

Hans Gruber in ‘Die Hard’ is a perfect villain
20 Movie Villains We Loved More Than We Should Have

One of the inherent problems of fiction is that a good villain has to be a good leader. In most cases, it’s pretty hard to antagonize without a team, so you’ve gotta be likable enough to convince at least some stupid henchmen to rally to your cause. But if you’re too good, the audience ends up liking you, too, maybe even more than the good guys, and then you have to deal with a bunch of nerds like us whining, “You know he’s the villain, right?”

For Redditor kaboomrico, it’s Hans Linda in Inglourious Basterds. “Christoph Waltz is absolutely incredible as him, and even though he’s a piece of shit, he’s still so entertaining to watch on screen,” they argued, before asking r/Movies, “What movie villain is a horrible person but an absolute joy to watch on screen?” 

The amount of scenery chewed in the responses could feed an entire orphanage, though its eaters would rather blow one up.

The Three Musketeers

A Nightmare on Elm Street

The Green Mile

Die Hard

The Dark Knight

Gangs of New York


American Psycho

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The Patriot

The Fifth Element

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Last Action Hero


The Great Mouse Detective



No Country For Old Men

Falling Down


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