10 Movie Villains That Are Hard To Hate
Since the dawn of history, lawless individuals have held an irresistible allure—it’s why Bonnie and Clyde are folk heroes, why Billy the Kid will never be forgotten, and it’s why John Dillinger remains a fascinating figure. No surprise then, that there are plenty of appealing movie bad guys out there—bad folk you just can’t hate, even when they’re doing their worst. Here are ten of them. If you haven’t seen these movies, we suggest that you run home, make some popcorn and turn on your television. Promise, you wont be disappointed.
10. The Joker, The Dark Knight (2008)
Heath Ledger won a well-deserved posthumous Oscar for his unhinged and all-consuming portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight. His evil schemes throughout the movie were unparalleled—but we couldn’t help but wonder what terrible things must’ve happened to this person to twist him into such a misshapen ball of malevolence. Joker’s genuine glee, paired with some awesome one-liners (“You see, I’m a guy of simple taste. I enjoy dynamite, and gunpowder, and gasoline”) turned this evil genius into a character that was somehow-likeable-on-a-disturbing-level.
9. Mr. Blonde, Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Michael Madsen’s portrayal of Vic Vega is chilling, terrifying and—sorry—ridiculously cool. We’re not advocating chopping off people’s ears or anything, but you have to admit that when Blonde starts talking into the severed appendage and laughing, after he’s danced around to “Stuck in the Middle with You,” it’s kind of funny. Definitely sick, but kind of funny.