Humanity has been fascinated by the notion of evil almost since the beginning. And evil takes many forms, from remorseless and sadistic serial killers to casually soulless relationship assassins. Those in the Evil Community make great movie characters, too, since their deplorable actions often make for entertaining viewing. With that in mind, here are nine of the most evil characters in film.

Amon Goeth, "Schindler's List" Like a lot of evil bastards, Amon Goeth was a Nazi. A real Nazi, too—an SS Officer portrayed on film by Ralph Fiennes. In the movie as in real life, Goeth is characterized by his cruelty toward victims of the Nazi holocaust, treating them as game in long-distance sniping sessions in addition to his official duties as sending millions of them to their deaths.

Sauron, "The Lord of the Rings" It's easy to demonstrate how evil most evil people are just by listing their evil actions. But with Sauron here, all you have to say is "the dude is the embodiment of evil." He created the magic Rings of the title, and he's responsible for all the death and destruction that happen in all the "Lord of the Rings" movies. But most of all, he's Evil, not just evil.


The Evil Dead, "The Evil Dead I & II" You know these flesh-eating zombies from Sam Raimi's pair of horror movies are evil from their name: "The Evil Dead." They're unleashed upon the world thanks to a recitation from the Necronomicon, and there's no mistaking them for polite missionaries.

Lo Pan, "Big Trouble in Little China" Sometimes evil is hiding right under our noses. Then, some other times, it's hiding right under Chinatown. That's how it is with Lo Pan, a thousand-year-old sorcerer who's involved in the kidnapping of pretty green-eyed women in order to become a mortal, or immortal, or something. The point is he's evil and he shoots lasers out of his eyes.

Reverend Harry Powell, "Night of the Hunter" Just because somebody's a reverend doesn't automatically make them evil, but don't use Harry to prove your point. As played by Robert Mitchum, he's a malevolent force of greed and violence, turning his seductive charms and violent outburts alike on helpless victims if he sees a profit in it. His MO is marrying rich widows and then killing them for their money, but he's willing to do much more than that if it suits him.

Dracula, Lots of "Dracula" Movies The King of Vampires has been portrayed by countless actors, but his evil deeds are always somewhat similar to each other. He drinks blood to survive, and commands the creatures of the night to help in his quest to procure more innocent blood. Sometimes he's a little more sympathetic or romantic, other times a hideous monster, but he's always incredibly evil.

Ginjirô Takeuchi, "High and Low" The kidnapper in "High and Low" might be motivated by something a little more complicated than pure greed, but no one can argue that his actions are anything other than evil. Other than the kidnapping for ransom thing, he kills a prostitute simply to test out his lethal "hot shot" heroin mixture (his preferred method of offing loose ends). His lanky, unassuming demeanor may not impress, but he's as evil as they come.

Mr. Hyde, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" Dr. Jekyll and his meaner, hairier alter-ego have been in a lot of movies, and one thing is always the same: Hyde is an evil murdering bastard. He might not have the high body counts that some other scoundrels have, but he scores points for the purity of his malevolence: He's 100 percent evil and chemically designed that way.

Attila Mellanchini, "1900" In this historical epic, Donald Sutherland's character is something of a metaphor for fascism. But he's quite literally an evil dude—his most memorable act of baddery being his coldblooded murder of a young child by swinging him by his feet into an iron bar.