Ranking the Top 10 Book/Movie Villains

This started off as a table discussion within my family. Now, after a few hours of thought, I want to actually do this, with a little bit of a pattern. Villains will receive from between 1-10 in People Killed, Darkness, and Power. This will give the villain a total between 1-30. Alright, let’s go.

10: Moriarty- Sherlock Holmes. I give him a 2 in People Killed, considering he basically only killed himself, along with a few others. Power gets a 2, bumped up from a 1 because of his ability to manipulate the people under his command. His Darkness gets a 5, owing to his intense hatred for Sherlock Holmes, and his ability to do anything to stop Sherlock. If you’ve seen Season 4, Episode 4…. brr… However, he is probably one of my favorite villain actors. You really can’t do better than that. Total score: 9


9: Loki- MCU. We’ve seen him on these lists before! People Killed: 6. Invaded New York, killed hundreds, was responsible for the death of Phil Coulson. Darkness: 4. Once again, he’s a murderer and appeared to have no qualms in stabbing poor Phil Coulson. Power: 4. Three words: He’s a god. All this evil and power, and yet he still has millions of fangirls. (As you can tell, I don’t like him a lot). Total score: 14


8: Joker- DCU. Was such an evil villain, I’m still not allowed to see Batman: The Dark Knight. However, I’ve read quite a bit about him, so here we go. People Killed: 5. Was a psychopath, serial killer. ‘Nuff said. Darkness: 7. Was EXTREMELY dark. He was so dark, he’s the second darkest villain here. Power: 3. Wasn’t very powerful, but had a lot of resources at his command. Total score: 15.


7: Palpatine- Star Wars. The second greatest villain in the Star Wars universe surpassed only by his own apprentice (see below). People Killed: 4. He would have gotten a 3, but I added one because of the murder of Mace Windu. Darkness: 7. Extremely dark looks as evil as a villain can get, and even wears the hood. There are few villains that surpass him in darkness. Power: 5. Was able to shoot lightning out of his fingers, use the force effectively, choke people, and fight with a lightsaber. Not a dude you want to mess with. Total score: 16


Savitar- DCU, The Flash. This was a tough one. It was either him, the Thinker, or Zoom. I’m inclined to chose Savitar, especially because of his insane speed, so here we go. People Killed: 4. Slaughtered anyone in his path, and almost killed Barry and Wally. Darkness: 7. Insanely dark, fought with absolutely no handholds, did anything to get his goals, and even looked dark. Power: 5. Was as fast as Barry, and could even walk on water. To be honest, he’s probably the coolest looking villain. Total score: 16


Sauron- The Lord of the Rings. People Killed: 7. Was responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of hobbits, dwarves, men, and elves, including Gil-galad and Isuldur. Darkness: 4. In the last movies, he took the shape of a flaming eye, glaring down at everything atop his tower, Barad-Dur. Power: 5. In his necromancy stage, he was able to fight and kill any living creature, save maybe Gandalf and Saruman. Total score: 16


Steppenwolf- DCU. Was the main villain in the popular movie Justice LeaguePeople Killed: 7. Was literally known as the “Destroyer of Worlds”. Darkness: 6. Has no qualms about killing anyone, in any way. He would have gladly destroyed Earth to find the Motherboxes. Power: 6. Was able to defeat the entire Justice League, minus Superman, who made a later appearance and wiped the floor with Steppenwolf. Total Score: 19


Darth Vader- Star Wars. Was the most powerful Jedi of his time, but he turned rogue and slaughtered everyone in the Jedi temple, including women and children. Bad boy, Ani. People Killed: 6. Darkness: 6. His theme song blaring in the background, cape flowing, respirator making that awesome hooo-caaahh sound. You can’t beat that. Power: 7. Force choke, insane lightsaber skills, insane piloting skills, was able to slaughter anyone who stood in the way of the Empire. Total score: 19


Voldemort- Harry Potter. Need I say more? This is going to be interesting. People Killed: 7. Killed absolutely anyone he wanted, including women, children, and babies. Killed his most loyal supporter (Snape), was responsible for the death of the greatest wizard of all time (Dumbledore), and tried to kill Harry more times than we can count. Darkness: 10. I’m going to get some flak for that, but you CANNOT get darker than Voldemort. He is the dictionary definition of darkness. Power: 7. Was the second most powerful wizard of his time, and was capable of casting spells most didn’t even KNOW about. Total score: 24


Thanos- MCU. I am sure some people will disagree, but that’s where I stand. He was easily the greatest villain of all time. People Killed: 10. He killed trillions. Nothing else needs saying. Darkness: 6. He wasn’t the darkest villain, but he was decently dark. Power: 10. Again, he had the power to kill half the people in the universe, was able to fight off ALL the Avengers with hardly a thought, and lived to tell the tale. Total score: 26.


All right, everybody, that’s all. Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a great day!

14 thoughts on “Ranking the Top 10 Book/Movie Villains

  1. Grampa Joe Nowosielski

    I really enjoyed that, Elisha. I forwarded it on to my 3 kids (ages 29-39). They will enjoy it too. I do have a suggestion: Think about adding “sense of humor” points. Villains don’t need to incorporate humor to make them memorable, but sometimes it adds to the theatre. You couldn’t give a full 10 point range because that would cloud things, but maybe a “4 max” bonus. One of my favorite villain portrayals was the Sherriff of Nottingham in Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood, played by Alan Rickman (talk about hamming up a role! He was wonderful!) He would get a 4 on that scale, but sadly would not score high enough in your original categories.

    I pray this finds you fully recovered from your malaria bout. Love, Joe Nowosielski

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    1. NoahJ

      But in saying what he said, it is not spoiled. Be nice on the comments, not critical to jab at the author. He doesn’t know that, so be kind. Basically, bug off. Thanks 😀

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  2. NoahJ

    This list was awesome! Thanos does still take the top though, because of his actions with the stones. Literally killed half of all living things, including animals and backteria, and of course, all humans and aliens. Cannot get more evil or insane then that 😀

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