The significance of a worthy villain has always been an important trait for all genres, in particular the action and horror franchises. Our ability for an audience to invest in the stakes and get a real sense of threat is very much dependant on a worthy foe.
Hans Gruber made his villainy known early with his assassination of Mister Takagi, Scar proved his true nature in The Lion King by throwing Mufasa off a cliff, while many a Bond villain has shown their worth through an early execution. But while a death at the hand of the film's antagonist can most definitely help them leave their mark, it doesn't mean it is required for a villain to display their fearsome nature.
Be it through a frightening physical characteristic, a creepy aspect of their personality, an authoritative demeanour or some other disturbing trait, there have been many fearsome villains who have not killed. Some times it has been due to a lack of opportunity to do so, others have got henchmen to do their dirty work, while many just got their kicks from the psychological torture of others.
The fearsome villain is definitely not exclusive to the action and horror fields either, with our list covering a variety of genres including Animation. So sit back and be prepared to be chilled to the bone as we take a look at the most fearsome villains who never took a life.
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