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The 15 best cinema villains

When you think back to movies, the first thing that comes to mind is the heroes' opponents. Regardless of whether it is a comic adaptation or a classic: Without the dark side, the light side can only shine half as dazzlingly. On August 18th, this theory will be expanded when in "Suicide Squad" a commando of really bad antiheroes wants to hunt down even bad characters - without a hero at all. We picked out 15 more or less diabolical villains from movies that we love and without whom the heroes on screen might just be mere mortals.

15. Bane, "The Dark Knight Rises"

In the last really official Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises" with Christian Bale as the bat fighter, there was a really bad villain: Bane. The nasty felon, who first wants to kill Batman with all other like-minded people and then want to take over all of Gotham and the world, threatens the city with a fusion reactor and blows up bridges and the sewer system in advance. All of this was mumbled over because Bane had severe facial injuries and only had a mask in front of his mouth and gas against the pain. Nice guy who describes himself like this: "Speak of the devil and he shall appear."

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14. Biff Tannen, "Back to the Future"

Now it's almost nostalgic. Biff Tannen should know everyone who likes to move around on a hoverboard: Biff is the opponent of Marty McFly from the "Back to the Future" series. In the first part he is mean, in the second part he is a complete idiot on a hoverboard and in the third part he is finally no longer so nasty to Marty McFly - instead he hands this villain role to his grandson.

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13. Commodus, "Gladiator"

If an actor has ever portrayed a latently crazy, but above all thoroughly evil ruler, it is Joaquin Phoenix. In his role as Roman Emperor Commodus he made life a hell or a gladiator arena in "Gladiator" Russell Crowe alias Maximus. And who wins in the Collosseum? As always, never the badly smiling bad guy who actually likes his own sister, but the thoroughly good Spaniard.

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12. Loki, "Thor"

Chris Hemsworth is the blond, good and optimistic son of Odin in "Thor", Loki his constantly lousy, evil stepbrother who has nothing in common with the warm-hearted hero. Ultimately, Loki lets the ice people into the legendary world of Asgard and puts the lives of all his fellow men and gods at risk. Loki is just as stylish and chic as he is evil.

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11. Darth Vader, "Star Wars"

Naturally! The dark side of power should not be missing from this list. Unlike many others in Star Wars, Lord Vader had a choice. And he decided against Yoda and the Jedi, but for the Empire and the Emperor. Padme couldn't save him, Obi-Wan couldn't save him, he couldn't save himself: He fights with a whole army of stormtroopers and tie-fighters - beware of spoilers! - his own son.

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10. The shark, "the great white shark"

Since the film “Jaws”, the sea predator has perhaps wrongly stuck to a bad image: Always hungry and threatening, he swims through the lagoons of the fictional seaside resort of Amity, eating small children from air mattresses and naked women bathing from the surface of the water. Due to its natural feeding behavior, incompetent local politicians, a boat that was too small and a wildly thrown hunter troop, the shark from Steven Spielberg's masterpiece was able to develop into exactly what it is famous for today: the ultimate villain in the animal kingdom.

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9. Raoul Silva, "Skyfall"

Javier Bardem was pretty bad as a contract killer with a nail gun in "No Country For Old Men", but still tops it all as a psychopathic ex-agent in "Skyfall" in the James Bond series he nonchalantly not only brings James Bond to his knees, but also M and the entire British secret service. “Skyfall” is supposedly the best Bond of all time with probably the best Bond villain of all time.

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8. Voldemort, "Harry Potter"

You may or may not like Harry Potter, but if you want to kill small children and all of humanity, you are right here in the top 10 cinema villains. Ralph Fiennes, as Voldemort used to hours of make-up sessions, had the most perfidious of all laughs in this role and thus followed Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione in the films for the book series for over nineteen and a half hours.

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7. Jack Torrance, "The Shining"

Here comes Johnny! Jack Nicholson is almost unbeatable in his role as Jack Torrence in the literary adaptation of "The Shining". As a crazy author, he and his family run a hotel in the Colorado mountains and is, well, getting crazier and crazier. The ax scene has never been forgotten. Allegedly director Stanley Kubrick was particularly crazy on the set, who almost really drove the actors crazy with his manic nature.

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6. Hannibal Lecter, "The Silence of the Lambs"

Above average intelligent and cannibal? The best conditions for one of the best villains in film history. Anthony Hopkins gives the psychotherapist / cannibal / prisoner with bite mask par excellence in the "Silence of the Lambs". Jodie Foster gets involved with him as FBI newcomer Clarice Starling - and, whoosh, some colleagues had bite marks on their necks and heads.

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5. Patrick Bateman, "American Psycho"

Madness and lust for murder are individual horror components in films. But if there is also an ax, acid and music from Genesis, then you are obviously dealing with Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho". The wacky investment banker, who first treats his lawyer with an ax for a more visually appealing business card and then goes completely crazy in an orgy, may just be dreaming. Still: nice raincoat!

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4. Hans Landa, "Inglourious Basterds"

Be careful if someone in an SS uniform comes by your farm in France without asking for a glass of milk. In case of doubt, it could be Hans Landa, the sadistic standard leader from Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds". For the role as a cruel villain, Waltz won an Oscar for best supporting actor. That's a bingo!

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3. Pennywise, "It"

This villain doesn't actually exist. The shapeless "It" from Steven King's film adaptation of the same name is the ultimate evil that, like good, has always lingered on earth. In “It”, however, evil can create various illusions, such as those of the clown Pennywise. It is characterized by the fact that it attracts children with colorful balloons, tortures them and then eats them. Pretty nasty!

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2. John Doe, "Seven"

You don't know what his real name is. John Doe, the American Max Mustermann, murders in David Fincher's dark neo-noir film "Seven" after the seven deadly sins, as defined by the Catholic Church. Examples of gluttony, greed, indolence, lust, pride and envy are set in drug addicts and obese people, among others. Only the last deadly sin, anger, is left to someone else by Kevin Spacey, who incidentally can be seen in the film for less than five minutes, and thus pulls this role right into the evil.

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1. The Joker, "The Dark Knight"

The undisputed best cinema villain is the guy who disguised as a nurse and impatiently blows up a hospital by pressing the radio trigger - and then laughs. We are talking about the Joker from "Batman". And of course each of the four Jokers has its own qualities, but none was crazier, more evil and therefore better than Heath Ledger in this role. In his last great acting performance, the Australian shone with his portrayal of a mass murderer , schiziophrenic clown who wants to bring anarchy and chaos to the world.

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We are curious to see if Jared Leto can keep up with Heath Ledger's portrayal as the new joker in "Suicide Squad" and whether he will make it into our list of our favorite villains.