The 10 most famous movie villains include some of the most memorable characters of all time. Good drama requires good personification of evil, and most of these people easily fall into that category. In some cases, the villains listed here are even better remembered than the good guys they attempted to foil.

  1. Darth Vader. The mysterious, masked, deep-voiced badass from the “Star Wars” movies not only was physically imposing, but also was a master of the Force, giving him powers above and beyond all others, making him definitely one of the most famous movie villains ever.

  2. The Wicked Witch of the West. This character, one of the most famous movie villains to ever appear on film, was Dorothy’s foil in “The Wizard of Oz.” She’s armed with fire, flying monkeys, and the ability to make herself disappear, making her a seemingly invincible foe for the little girl and her band of misfits.

  3. Hannibal Lecter. One of the most famous movie villains of all time—and certainly one of the most creepy—this cannibal stars in “Silence of the Lambs.” He is consulted by an FBI agent to aid in tracking a serial killer. Once he starts to manipulate people, he does some killing of his own.

  4. Norman Bates. A cross-dressing creepy owner of a spooky inn, Bates became one of the most famous movie villains in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” He perpetrates one of the most famous cinematic murders—in a shower—and leaves indelible images of his completely insane manner.

  5. Freddy Krueger. Freddy is from the slasher “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise and is particularly frightening because he haunts characters in their dreams, making it virtually impossible to escape him. Oh, and also there’s the issue of the knived gloves he wears on his hands.

  6. Voldemort. He-who-must-not-be-named is in the “Harry Potter” films and is definitely one of the most famous movie villains ever. A dark wizard who has broken his soul into pieces, making it very difficult to kill him, Voldermort is out to get Harry, and after Dumbledore is dispatched, it’s not clear anyone will get in his way.

  7. Mr. Potter. This miserable old bastard, called “the meanest man in town” in a major understatement early in the film, is the clod in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” A bit of a Scrooge, not only is he a major ass, but he steals the Bailey’s bank deposit money, nearly ruining them.

  8. Annie Wilkes. Kathy Bates perfectly portrays this character in the Stephen King horror “Misery,” who embodies the more-than-slightly off-centered crazy lady perfectly. She takes in an author who has been in accident, of whom she is a number-one fan. Over a matter of days, he realizes what a dangerous situation he is in.

  9. The Terminator. Arnold Schwarzenegger played this nearl unstoppable machine from the future in the movie of the same name. Sent to kill a woman who would later give birth to a man who would lead an uprising against machines, he is violent without remorse, and did we mention he is a killing robot??  

  10. The Joker. The early 1990’s “Batman” movie, which ushered in the era of dark and complex big-budget comic book movies, had the Joker as its bad guy, played by Jack Nicholson in a bizarre and creepy over-the-top way that only Nicholson could do.