The Top 50 Fictional Villains, Day Five-Part 1

Warning: This blog entry is full of spoilers so if you have not seen any of these characters in action…. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

October 31…Halloween; This date is a time for children to go trick-or-treating and dress-up as their favorite characters, future jobs or scary monsters.  But many pop culture buffs believe that Halloween is a tribute to anything evil ranging from a Flash Gordon villain to a certain evil overlord of vampires.   The Top 50 Fictional Villains of All Time Countdown was a way to celebrate the villains that defined movies, television, comics and anime.

As the Top 50 Fictional Villains of All Time Countdown began, the villains we started with were more hysterical than frightening.  But as the series continued, the villains became less comical and more horrifying.

Many readers have wondered who was in the Top 10 of this list.  However, today readers will learn the first half of the top 10 and on Halloween, readers will learn the final half of the Top 10.

So let’s kick things off and reveal the first half of the Top 1o villains…

10. Dolores Umbridge (Created by J.K. Rowling; Portrayed by Imelda Staunton)

Now Potter fans, I know what you are thinking….”Where’s He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named?”  While the Dark Lord is a great villain we had too many types like him in this countdown so he got the short straw.   Voldemort’s failure to be on this list is Dolores Umbridge’s gain.   This dictatorial witch was introduced in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and from her introduction…she made Harry’s life a living hell.   From ordering Dementors to attack Potter to forcing the main protagonist (and later other Hogwarts students) to write in their own blood.   For these reasons and more, Stephen King named Umbridge “the greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter…”[1]

Imelda Staunton brilliantly played Umbridge in both Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1-film adaptations.   The scene I have attached on this blog shows Staunton’s incredible work as the vile professor from hell.

9. Magneto (Created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby; Portrayed by Sir Ian McKellen & Michael Fassbender)

Magneto, the Master of Magnetism, is one of Marvel Comics’ greatest villains because he shows numerous layers.   After surviving the perils of the Holocaust, the Master of Magnetism began to see the world as bigoted and vowed that one day, he would take over the world and make humankind slaves to mutantkind.   His views put him against his old friend Charles Xavier and the X-Men.   Over the years, Magneto flip-flopped from being an enemy of the X-Men to being one of their most powerful members.   Currently, Magneto is a member of the X-Men but most likely return to his roots as a villain.

While Magneto has been featured in every single animation adaptation of the X-Men, the character was brought to life in the silver screen twice by Sir Ian McKellen in the X-Men trilogy and Michael Fassbender in X-Men: First Class.  While fans thought Fassbender was okay as Magneto, many fans still think McKellen was a terrific Magneto.   Here’s a clip to see Sir Ian McKellen’s Magneto in action.;

8. The Evil Queen (Created by Walt Disney Pictures; Voiced by Lucille La Verne)

Disney’s second most popular female villain was Walt Disney Pictures first motion picture villain.   The Mouse House’s version of the main antagonist for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs made her debut in 1937.    Beautiful and vain, the Evil Queen lusted to be “The Fairest in the Land” but her Magic Mirror told the Queen that Snow White was the fairest in the land that made her furious and wanted her rival dead.  After a botched attempt by her Huntsman, the Queen took matters in her own hands and transformed herself into the ugly Old Hag and sought the death of her own step-daughter.   While the Queen was killed off at the end of Snow White, the villainess made appearances in other forms of Disney media including Disney park show Fantasmic, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Kingdom Hearts video game franchise.

Veteran character actress Lucille La Verne originally voiced both the Queen and the Witch and made an impact on both the animators and fans.  After La Verne died in 1945, other actresses took on the role but none of them were as highly successful as the original.  Here’s a clip of the Evil Queen in action.

7. Maleficent (Created by Marc Davis; Voiced by Eleanor Audley & Susan Blakeslee)

If the Evil Queen was one of Disney’s second most popular villainess, then Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent must be the first.  When Maleficent debut in 1959, she made quite an impression on both moviegoers and Disney fans.  After not being invited to Baby Aurora’s christening, the evil sorceress crashes the party and places a curse on the baby.   16 years later, Maleficent hypnotised the heroine and makes her poke her finger on a spinning wheel.   She almost claimed victory until Aurora’s future husband destroys Maleficent in her dragon form to save the kingdom.

After the movie and Audley’s death in 1991, Susan Blakeslee took over the role for Disney’s successful video game series Kingdom Hearts, where Maleficent is one of the main antagonists of the series.    Here’s a clip of Maleficent in 1959’s Sleeping Beauty.

6.  Count Dracula  (Created by Bram Stoker; Portrayed by Bela Lugosi)

Before vampires became popular in pop culture through the Twilight series and True Blood, Irish author Bram Stoker created the ultimate creature of the night, the villainous Count Dracula.   This vampire has been featured in numerous plays, movies and television shows and portrayed by numerous men including acting greats: Christopher Lee and Gary Oldman.  But none of these actors brought the same intensity to the role as horror icon Bela Lugosi who originated the role in the 1931 Universal film.    Moviegoers may not know this but Lugosi returned as Dracula one final time in the 1948 classic comedy horror film Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

In this attached clip features the encounter between longtime archrivals Dracula and Van Helsing (played by Edward Van Sloan).  This scene shows Lugosi’s incredible range as the monstrous Count.

I do not own these attached YouTube clips.  All of the following clips belong to Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, the Walt Disney Company and NBCUniversal.

[1] “Potter Gold,” Entertainment Weekly 2003. (Article removed from


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