You...you BASTARD!

Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight inspired this minimeme. He was absolutely amazing. He was so good he made Michael freaking CAINE forget his lines.

Ledger's Joker was the quite possibly the best supervillain I've ever seen, but having said that, there are at least 19 who come really close. (I've added a couple since I first posted this! (o:) I've left out horror villains, as well as most of the supervillains and sci fi villains intentionally for brevity's sake:

Henry Fonda as "Frank" in Once Upon A Time in the West

Aaron Eckhart as "Chad" in In The Company of Men

Lawrence Olivier as "Dr. Szell" in Marathon Man

Tim Roth as "Archibald Cunningham" in Rob Roy

Gary Oldman as "Rep. Sheldon Runyon" in The Contender; and as "Stanson" in The Professional

Jeff Bridges as "Obadiah Stone" in Iron Man

Simon Callow as "Count Fosco" in The Woman in White

Christopher Walken as "Gabriel" in The Prophecy

Strother Martin as the prison warden in Cool Hand Luke

Kevin Spacey as "John Doe" in Se7en, and as Roger "Verbal" Kint in The Usual Suspects

Piper Laurie as "Margaret White" in Carrie

Willem Dafoe as "Max Schrek" in Shadow of the Vampire

Glen Close as the "Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil" in Dangerous Liaisons, and as Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction

Orson Welles as "Police Captain Hank Quinlan" in Touch of Evil

(per Shannon) Javier Bardem as "Anton Chigurh" in No Country for Old Men

Sergi Lopez as "Captain Vidal" in Pan's Labyrinth

I realize I've left out a LOT of villains. Feel free to add your favorites!


Shannon said...

Not a bad list. I'd add what's-his-name from No Country for Old Men

Rev Transit said...

Yeah, I can't wait to see what Heath Ledger does to top himself in the sequel.

OrangeMoJoJo said...

If Heath Ledger shows up for the sequel, that would be crossing into the "horror" category. He OD'd in January just after they finished filming Dark Knight.