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10 Movie Villains That Are Very Hard To Hate

06 August 2013 | Features, Other Lists | by Rae Alexandra

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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.

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  • Iam_Sparticus

    For over fifty years the Frankenstein monster was looked at as a cold blooded killer because of one small segment of the scene with the little girl was censored. The missing segment had him throwing her in the water by mistake to see if she could float like the daisies and when she’s struggling in the water, the monster freaks out and runs away frightened of what he did making it an accident.
    Wasn’t until the early 80s when the footage was found in an old wharehouse that it was reinserted giving an entirely different outlook on the monster. Amazing what just a few seconds of footage can do to a film.