There have been a lot of great villains in the annals of action movies: Jack Nicholson’s cackling Joker.  Kurt Russell’s ruggedly handsome Ego, who owns his nom de guerre.  Gene Hackman’s hairpiece.  Heck, it doesn’t even have to be a superhero movie to have a great super-villain, as Hans Gruber from ‘Die Hard’ proves…  But for my money, the most terrifying movie super-villain has to be Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn in the first Sam Raimi Spider-Man movie.  Note that my vote is for Norman, not for the Goblin, as the strange sculpted helmet they gave his character is actually less disturbing than Dafoe’s performance.  Of course, Willem is also the man who sat across the table from a mass murdering sociopath in ‘American Psycho’ and was somehow the more disturbing character, leading us to today’s antagonistic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is thrilled that, thanks to the inexplicable “multiple villains in every sequel movie” approach, there are many candidates from which to choose, asking: Which ne’er-do-well makes for the most terrifying movie super-villain?


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  1. Malone_hasco on

    I don’y usually find any super villains that terrifying, I’m more of a psychological horror guy and super hero genre doesn’t play in that field that too much. I’m going to say Lady Deathstrike. There’s something very disturbing about those sharp, long fingers. I might have some sort of phobia, because I get same vibes from Edward Scissorhands and unusually long fingernails.

  2. Mordant from the 90’s Power Rangers movie. He’s a weird bumbling pig monster thing, apparently a stand-in for characters like Squatt and Baboo from the TV series, but the costume they made for the character is really freaky looking.

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