Even though we’d all probably like to avoid meeting them in real life, there’s something inherently appealing about movie villains – something that, really, is incredibly hard to explain. Though we almost always root and cheer for the good guys when it comes to watching movies, we also take a strange pleasure observing villains go about their business, chewing the scenery, and killing people on a whim. There’s something glorious about villainous types: we just like watching bad people, I guess, presumably because can’t get that close to them in reality.
So whereas cinema has gifted us with all kinds of memorable villains, be they of comic book origin, as with the Joker in The Dark Knight, based on characters from a novel like Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, or plainly original creations, as with Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark, there have been a few occassions wherein the filmmakers tasked with bringing certain baddies to the screen failed to meet our expectations. It wasn’t that they were all terrible, but that special ingredient needed to make them wholly iconic seemed to be missing…
Here are the 10 most disappointing villains in movie history to date. And please note – before you unleash hell upon me in the comments section – I do mean disappointing, and not necessarily worst… some of these guys are still pretty good, despite the fact that they ultimately underwhelmed us.
This article was first posted on June 25, 2013