It’s time for my first list, and what would be a better subject for a list during Halloween than villains? You love to hate them, hate to love them, and especially as a kid, you loved to be scared by them. So join me as I count down my top ten favorite (and scariest) villains. And just as a warning, there will be spoilers:
10.) Judge Claude Frollo (Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
*Holds up shield* Now I know a lot of you are wondering why I put this guy at the bottom of the list. After all, he’s probably one of the darkest villains of our childhoods. He was racist towards Gypsies to the point of wanting to commit genocide, he was a pervert, he killed a woman, tried to drown her baby, and when he has to raise the baby, he spends over a decade emotionally abusing the kid. He’s a really horrible person. But, here’s the thing…He never scared me. Even on my first viewing of this movie, I found Frollo fascinating and always looked forward to seeing him. So, he’s a great villain, but on this list, it’s the scary ones who win.
9.) DOR-15 (Disney’s Meet the Robinsons)
Yes, I put a robotic hat on my list of favorite villains, and yes, I think she’s scarier than Frollo. Why? Just watch the climax of the movie! She creates what is essentially a Hell of Hats by doing nothing more than manipulating a man-child who wanted revenge for sleep deprivation. Oh, and it’s implied she had said man-child killed once more robots like her were mass-produced. Also, she can produce a miniature version of herself, that can be used as a mind-control device. So, not only can she manipulate you, but if that doesn’t work…she can just force you to do what she wants.
8.) Myotismon (Digimon Adventure)
Now, for this entry, I’m only counting his original form, since that’s the one that scared me the most. Myotismon makes the list not so much for design (honestly, most of the villains on this list wouldn’t be here if I was going for the most frightening-looking), but for his motives. And what are his motives, you may ask, if you haven’t seen the series? He wants to murder a small child. Well, okay, he actually wants to conquer/destroy the Digital and Real worlds, but in order to do that, he has to kill a child who is likely under the age of fourteen. He’s also a vampire and more than once actually sucks women’s blood.
7.) Him (The Powerpuff Girls)
I’ll admit, this guy is on the list mainly for two specific episodes in the series he’s from: “Speed Demon”, and “Tough Love”, both of which are very horrible concepts. In the first, the girls go fifty years into the future by accident, to find that the world has been taken over by Him, and the setting is predictably apocalyptic. Worse is that in that future, Him is unstoppable. And Him makes sure the girls know that this horrible future is their fault. These girls are five. In “Tough Love”, Him turns all the love the people of Townsville have for the girls into hate. This even includes their father, Professor Utonium. He does this with no effort.
6.) Syndrome (The Incredibles)
How could I not have this guy on the list? He’s the main antagonist of one of my favorite movies of all time. And even without that little bit of bias, I just think he’s a great villain with an even better backstory. In fact, it’s his backstory that really puts him on the list, because it’s not like something similar couldn’t happen in real life. Syndrome was once an enthusiastic kid named Buddy Pine who, after being turned down by his idol, Mr. Incredible, basically allowed his anger to fester and boil for years, resulting in the deaths of at least a dozen people. And in case that doesn’t making him creepy enough, keep in mind that at the end of the movie, after his plan to use his robot to make himself look like a hero (by using a remote to control the robot while he pretends to fight it) is foiled by the Incredibles and Frozone, he tries to kidnap baby Jack-Jack. Though his original incarnation from a deleted scene was possibly worse, with it kind of being implied that he was going to kill the infant Violet (he has a line to the captured Bob and Helen that “Supers aren’t supposed to breed”). So, yeah, Syndrome may be a somewhat goofy villain, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a threat, and he brings new meaning to the phrase “From Nobody to Nightmare”.
5.) John Harrison/Kahn (Star Trek Into Darkness)
You really should have let him sleep, Admiral Marcus. If you had, then I would have been able to sleep the night after I first saw this movie. Yeah, this guy is just creepy in general, though there’s one particular moment near the end of the movie that makes him especially terrifying to me. That being when he crushes Admiral Marcus’s head…with his bare hands, while screaming that Marcus should have let him sleep.
4.) Simone, Lena, and Jacques (Scooby Doo on Zombie Island)
If any of you have read my review of the movie these three are from, then you already know why I find them so terrifying, so I won’t go into too much detail here. Basically, they’re all immortal monsters who turn into horrible cat-human hybrid monsters and have to suck the life force out of living humans in order to stay alive. Jacques is the worst of the three, since when Simone and Lena asked their cat god for the ability to get revenge on the pirates who killed their friends and family, they didn’t know what the actual deal would entail, Jacques knew what he’d have to do to stay immortal. And he happily accepted. Oh, and their victims include not only (nearly) Scooby Doo and Shaggy, but also a pregnant woman. I am not even kidding. Watch the movie for yourself and you’ll see that one of the zombies is a woman who obviously had been pregnant when she was alive. Thanks TVTropes for pointing that out to me, and thank you haunted VHS for making me rewatch the scenes with these three over and over again as a kid.
3.) Mother Gothel (Tangled)
This spot was particularly difficult to decide, as it was originally being fought over by three different villains: The Other Mother from the movie version of Coraline, Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog and the person who I ultimately chose, Mother Gothel. The reason I picked her is because out of the three, she’s the one who scares me the most, and she’s probably the least frightening when it comes to looks. No, she’s scary on a psychological level. I mean, think about it: she has basically total control over Rupunzel’s life, and she doesn’t have to lift a finger to do it until the end of the movie…which was eighteen years after she first kidnapped Rupenzel as a baby. If being able to control someone for that long with nothing but words isn’t frightening, then I don’t know what is.
2.) The Empty Child (Doctor Who "The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances")
Now, this character isn’t so much a villain as he is a monster (and a rather sympathetic one at that), but that doesn’t make him any less terrifying. He’s essentially a little boy (about four or five years old) named Jamie who was killed when a medical spaceship crashed to earth in World World II era London and was brought back to life by medical nanobots called nanogenes that were stored inside the ship. You’d think this would be a happy event, right? Wrong. Because these nanogenes have never seen a human being before, they don’t actually repair the injuries Jamie sustained (head injury, rips collapsed, cut on his hand), but rather, they just bring him back to life, fusing the gas mask he’d been wearing to his skull. To make it worse, the nanogenes now see the revived Jamie (The Empty Child) as the correct template for what a human should be like, and any person who touches Jamie is slowly and painfully mutated to have the traits of the Empty Child, the same injuries and the gas mask fused to their skull. But the Empty Child isn’t just scary…he’s also the most heart-wrenching entry on this list, for one main reason: he’s literally just a little boy who wants his Mummy.
1.) Love Machine (Summer Wars)
You may think this guy has a funny name, but trust me, he’s not even close to being a comedic villain. Love Machine is an AI program that was created by a man in Japan called Wabisuke and bought by the United States government, who decided to test the program by unleashing it on Oz, an online world that basically helps control the real world. And what does Love Machine do when it’s in Oz? Not much…besides literally devour other people’s avatars (what they use to interact when using Oz), set a satellite on a crash course with any of over a hundred nuclear power plants around the globe, tried to make the satellite crash onto the home of the family that stopped the plan involving the nuclear power plants, and actually killed people. That’s right. A computer program basically committed murder, by making it so that the doctors of people with health problems wouldn’t know when their patients were having a life threatening attack or episode of some sort.