The Top 50 Fictional Villains, Day Five-Part Two

The last post introduced readers to the first half of the Top 10 Fictional Villains of All Time.    Dolores Umbridge, Magneto, the Evil Queen, Maleficent and Count Dracula are in excellent company with these ultimate villains.    Together, these top five villains have been a part of pop culture for decades and they are the most recognizable villains in the history of villainy.

Ladies and Gentleman: proudly presents to you the Top Five Fictional Villains of All Time.

5. Doctor Doom (Created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby; Voiced by Simon Templeman; Portrayed by Julian McMahon)

Marvel’s ultimate villain is simply known best as Victor Von Doom a.k.a. Doctor Doom.   Since his debut in July 1962’s Fantastic Four, Doom has menaced every major Marvel Universe hero from his archrival Reed Richards to Spider-Man and Wolverine to the Scarlet Witch.   Some of his major crimes include stealing the powers of godlike beings including the Silver Surfer and the Beyonder, sending Reed’s son Franklin to hell and releasing a bomb that transported fictional New Yorkers into Venom-like creatures.

Like the Fantastic Four, Doom has been featured in numerous cartoon series outside of comics and has been voiced by various actors.   One voice actor that stood outside of the rest was British actor Simon Templeman, who voiced the Latverian Monarch in both Fantastic Four Season Two and the Incredible Hulk cartoon series.   Templeman was impeccable in his performances.    When Doom appeared in both Fantastic Four & Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, actor Julian McMahon portrayed the villain in both featured films.

Here are clips that feature the best of both actors’ portrayals of Doctor Doom.



4. Lex Luthor (Created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Schuster; Portrayed by Gene Hackman, Michael Rosenbaum and Kevin Spacey; Voiced by Clancy Brown)

Superman’s ultimate nemesis is Lex Luthor.  Since his debut in April 1940’s Action Comics, this mad scientist-turned-businessman-turned President of the United States arch-villain has made a huge impact on both the Man of Steel’s life but on the DC Universe’s other heroes.  From co-leading a coalition of DC’s greatest villains for a bid of world domination in Crisis on Infinite Earths and Grant Morrison’s JLA to framing Bruce Wayne for murder in the “Bruce Wayne: Murderer/Fugitive” story arc, Luthor proves that he will not stop at nothing until his enemies are dead or if he gets what he wants.

Numerous actors have played Luthor over the years, but there are three that stand out to fans.  Gene Hackman brought a humorous side to the villain in three out of four Christopher Reeve Superman films, while both Michael Rosenbaum and Kevin Spacey brought darker and sadistically versions of Lex Luthor in Smallville and Superman Returns respectively.   Meanwhile, Clancy Brown voiced Luthor for 12 years that started in the Superman: the Animated Series and has continued to voice the villain in the two Justice League series and the direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Public Enemies DVD.

I have attached links to view the best scenes of these actors’ portrayals of Lex Luthor:





3. Darkseid (Created by Jack Kirby; Voiced by Frank Welker & Michael Ironside)

After Lex Luthor, there is a debate who is the second best Superman villain.  Some fans argue that it is Brainiac, Doomsday or General Zod.  While other fans (including the author) feel strongly about Darkseid, DC Comics’ God of Evil, is Superman’s second best opponent.   When Darkseid made his full debut in February 1971’s Forever People, no one knew how popular this villain would become in later years.  From menacing the Legion of Super-Heroes in the classic The Great Darkness Saga to conquering Earth and “killing” Batman in Final Crisis, Darkseid is a force to be reckoned with in the DC Universe.

Like every big DC Universe villain, Darkseid has been featured in several big cartoon series.  The God of Evil was the main antagonist in final 1984-1986 Superfriends seasons.  Veteran voice actor Frank Welker gave fans chills as he voiced the Evil God.  Another voice actor who made Darkseid his own was Michael Ironside, who voiced him in the DC Animated Universe cartoons Superman: the Animated Series and both Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.

To hear both voice actors in action, follow the links:



2. Emperor Palpatine (Portrayed by Ian McDiarmid)

Many fans believe that Darth Vader is Star Wars’ ultimate villain but many over look the puppet master.   The mastermind behind the whole Star Wars saga, Emperor Palpatine, is the ultimate evil overlord.   From scheming to become Chancellor in the first prequel The Phantom Menace to this final appearance as a wicked old man in Return of the Jedi, Palpatine has moved the characters in Star Wars like they were his pawns.   The Emperor is a great villain because he embodies a satanic presence in the Saga.  It was he who sewn the seeds of deceit and the vague promise to save Padme from certain death that caused Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader and gave the order to wipe out the Jedi from existence.

I have attached two best moments that highlight the Emperor at his best:

-His fight with Yoda in Revenge of the Sith

-Luke vs. Vader and the Emperor in Return of the Jedi

1.    The Joker (Created by Jerry Robertson, Bob Kane and Bill Finger; Portrayed by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger; Voiced by Mark Hamill)

The top villain in our countdown is the Dark Knight’s arch foe and most recognizable villain. His nicknames include The Ace of Knaves and The Clown Prince of Crime but readers and Batman fans know him as The Joker! Since his first appearance in the very first issue of Batman, Joker has evolved as one-note villain to a nightmare that Batman and his crime-fighting family had to deal with.  Joker’s crimes include the crippling of Barbara Gordon, the second Batgirl and the “death” of Jason Todd, second Robin. (Both characters got better-see recent DC Comics’ Relaunch for the details.)    One time, Joker even had magical powers and shaped the DC world in his nightmarish image (this story happened in Superman: Emperor Joker).

Just like his good counterpart, the Joker has been featured in numerous movies and cartoons.    Out of all of the actors that have played this homicidal antagonist, only three performers stand out to fans: Jack Nicholson, the late Heath Ledger and Mark Hamill.    When Nicholson played the Joker in the 1989 Batman film, he fused seriousness with dark comedy to impress moviegoers.   However, the late Heath Ledger stole The Dark Knight through his nightmarish portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime and won a posthumous  Academy Award.     While both Nicholson and Ledger drew attention for their Silver Screen portrayals of the Joker,  Mark Hamill finished an incredible 19-year run voicing the character.  Hamill made the Joker his own and it is his line delivering and signature Joker laugh from Batman: the Animated Series to latest video game Batman: Arkham City.

Here are clips that show the best performances of all of Joker’s actors:




I do not own all of these clips.  These film clips are properties of Marvel Entertainment, 20th Century Fox,  Warner Bros., Warner Brothers Animation and Lucasfilm Ltd.


  1. That is a nice list and some interesting choices. The Joker is a very scary villain as he’s completely unpredictable and is willing to risk everything just because he feels like it.

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