Ever get the feeling the villains in your favorite TV shows and movies deserved to win? Did it hurt the experience for you if they didn’t, or did you breathe a sigh of relief? Today we’re going to look at 5 movie and TV villains who completely deserved the upper hand. See if you agree. (SPOILERS ahead.)
5. Silence Of The Lambs, Hannibal Lecter
Mentioning SOTL specifically here, because it’s really the only movie where Lecter has a meaty enough role where he does deserve to win. Hannibal, Manhunter, Red Dragon, the TV show — no thanks. The good guys are too likable to revel in a cannibal’s victories. But in this Academy Award-winner, he has a genuine nemesis in Chilton who is worthy of his trade.
4. Friday The 13th Series, Jason Voorhees
Jason first appeared in Friday the 13th Part 2, thus beginning a string of movies where gory murders and eviscerations were the norm. Not only did he give us 10 films where we could enjoy his handiwork in — 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, Jason Goes To Hell, Jason X, Freddy vs. Jason, and the 2009 remake — he also picked the most obnoxious victims this side of a high school cafeteria as his targets. DEFINITELY deserved to win.
3. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Khan Noonien Singh
Khan did get the short end of the stick after his dealings with Kirk and Company in “Space Seed,” though it was accidental. The man — or superman, I should say — deserved to win because he seized opportunity when it presented itself, he outsmarted Kirk for most of the film, and he even caused the death of one of the main characters. Pretty impressive.
2. Breaking Bad, Gus Fring
Put Gus Fring in anything other than Breaking Bad, and I’d be pulling for him. In season four of the hit TV show, however, he brought a genuine sense of dread for our main characters. Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) had a tragic backstory that shaped him into the cold, calculating killer he would become, and in parts of that season, you actually want to see him succeed. He also proves to be smarter than Heisenberg himself and thus deserving of the victory. The ending is a bit unearned for Jesse Pinkman and Walter White, but it’s such an awesome moment that I’ll concede they made the right decision.
1. Law Abiding Citizen, Clyde Shelton
Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) appears to be a good-natured family man at the beginning of Law Abiding Citizen, and he might have stayed that way had thugs not broken in and killed his family. After the justice system fails him allowing one of the killers to walk free, he takes the law into his own hands, and then declares war on the system itself. Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), the prosecutor who made the deal that loosed his family’s killer, is a clueless, aloof good guy who is nevertheless given a “happy ending” he doesn’t deserve. Up until that point, this was one heck of a movie.
Those are our picks for the villains who deserved to win. What are yours? Share in the comments section.
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