During this week’s ‘Flashback’ podcast, we touched on the fun bit of storytelling that allowed Tom Cavanaugh, last season’s villainous big bad, to return in a support role for Season 2.  (By the by, if you grab a Major Spoilers VIP membership, you can join in the Flashback fun, as well as our other VIP bonuses!)  Given how effective he was as scene-stealing villain, it’s great to have him back, much as those rare cartoons where Marvin would show up to menace Bugs Bunny with Earth-shattering kabooms and such.  When you grow up reading comic books, you get used to villains suddenly reappearing to steal the day without any warning, leading us to today’s recurring query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) occasionally gets ‘Marvin The Martian’ confused with ‘Bruno Mars’, which is only a little bit mortifying, asking: Which antagonist character is the best scene-stealing villain?

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  1. DamienR
    May 20, 2016 at 11:38 am — Reply

    I’m torn between Hans Gruber in ‘Die Hard’ and the Sheriff of Nottingham in ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’.

  2. Hannah Jones
    May 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm — Reply

    Loki from the Cinematic Universe, for a series of films named “Thor” we sure never seem to quote Thor.

  3. May 20, 2016 at 3:13 pm — Reply

    One that came to my mind first was Jack Nicholson’s Joker from 1989 Batman.

  4. Jon Arvedon
    May 20, 2016 at 4:29 pm — Reply

    Very obvious, but Heath Ledger’s Joker.

    • May 20, 2016 at 5:26 pm — Reply

      Oh, that’s a good’n…

      • May 21, 2016 at 4:39 am — Reply

        Thanks! That’s the most prominent one that comes to mind, at least in terms of live action superhero media. To a lesser extent, both Killgrave and the Kingpin gave Jessica Jones and Daredevil a run for their money on their respective Netflix series.

        However, if we’re talking comics, for me, Doctor Doom tends to overshadow the heroes he shares the pages with in most iterations. Though unlike the other names I’ve mentioned, he has never been done justice in live action.

  5. Rob
    May 21, 2016 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    I can’t help thinking David Tennant’s Purple Man ran away with Jessica Jones to the point where he made the the heroes seem pretty ineffectual

  6. May 21, 2016 at 4:30 pm — Reply

    Brad Dourif as Grima Wormtongue, he of the poison words. Understated, subtle and calculated. His quiet speech to Eowyn – “Who knows what you have spoken to the darkness, alone, in the bitter watches of the night….” is chilling.

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