Monday, October 14, 2013

The Worst Of The Worst

I love villains. I love good villains: great villains: AWESOME villains. That's why I'll be posting villain related entries this month, it's a fitting subject for this scary season. That said, there are some villains I just dislike. As in, they really make me hate them not for being so good in their role as villains, but for being so DULL. I like bad guys to be as interesting, entertaining, and fleshed out characters as good guys. These are the antagonists I consider to be very weak, bland, boring, unenjoyable villains.

THESE FOUR DISNEY VILLAINS: Edgar from "The Aristocats", Madame Medusa from "The Rescuers", Rourke from "Atlantis: The Lost Empire", and Alimeda Slim from "Home On The Range." UsuallyDisney Villains, even the lamer ones like Prince John and Governer Ratcliffe, will have something about them that makes them entertaining. Not these four: they're total bores. Edgar's a greedy, bumbling, almost too polite and even sympathetic to be a bad guy Butler who never leaves a last impression at all. Medusa's a vain, temperamental, ugly witch whose "funny" moments are not at all funny and who is also motivated by petty greed. Speaking of, Rourke is also only in it for the money and his plan is particularly stupid because he wants to commit genocide against an entire lost civilization just so he can get richer off of the valuable relics than he already would be anyway for even freaking discovering the lost empire to begin with! His voice is well performed, but when he's revealed as the villain, his character becomes this smirking, sneering, joke cracking asshole who is just plain bland. And Slim is the worst. A stereotypical cartoon western outlaw with a talent for yodeling. Need I even elaborate? What a disgrace to Disney villains!

CARS VILLAINS: Of all the bad guys to appear in Pixar movies, these guys were the worst. Chick Hicks from the first "Cars" is basically a more jerkish version of the protagonist minus the character development. He's just some asshole who wants glory. Take away Michael Keaton as his voice and he's got nothing going for him at all. Even worse is Dr. Z and Miles Axelrod in the sequel. Z is a tired mad doctor cliche who lacks any threat or presence, and Miles is the equally cliched corrupt corporate executive who wants to extort money from others. LAME!

BLACKBEARD: It was a tough decision between him and Cutler Beckett, since neither of them are Barbossa or Davy Jones. But at least Beckett was well acted. Did Ian MacShane get bad direction or was he just not trying here? Either way, he gives a strangely dull performance as the most famed pirate who ever lived, and the character himself isn't very interesting or compelling at all. He's just every bad trait a pirate could have rolled into this one "character." And he doesn't even have any love for his own daughter, too! He's just a stale pure evil villain to the end.

YOUNG XEHANORT: Xehanort was a marvelous villain. And then this little shit came in and spoiled his image. He's Master Xehanort as a teenager from the Destiny Islands who's been corrupted by his Heartless who went back in time to corrupt him so that he could go back and forward in time to initiate the plan to form the "true Organization XIII" made up of 13 variants of Xehanort. Sound stupid to you? It is. This boy isn't even as evil and hammy as the other Xehanorts: he's just doing what he's been told to do by his future self. I can't say I completely despise him because it's clear he harbors disdain for the role he has to play just like I do, and Ben Diskin added a certain charm to him with his dub performance. But still, like a Nobody, he should not exist.

APOLLO: The acting boss of Neo Team Rocket in the second generation of Pokemon games. Unlike Giovanni, this guy has absolutely nothing going for him in the way of personality or charm. You confront him only once at the Radio Tower as the climax of Team Rocket's plot, where he abruptly introduces himself and reveals his pathetic motivation. After defeating him in battle, he wusses out and has Team Rocket disband once more. What a tool!

SIRD: Sird was introduced in the "Pokemon Special" manga as a Team Rocket executive, a creepy vampiric character who stood out amongst her colleagues. But then she survived something she shouldn't have and had the Kanto Dex Holders turned to stone somehow. That made no sense. Then she was revealed to have given Archie the Guile Hideout armor, which led to the death of Maxie. Boo! Then it was revealed she worked for Team Galactic this whole time, her Darkrai had been the one to paralyze the Dex Holders, that she somehow had a special mind control over one of the team's grunts, and has this strange fixation on the PokeDex. It's just so weird. She showcases no interesting personality beyond being evil, veers on straight-up Villain Sue territory with how much she's had a hand in, and seems to be trying to copy Yami Bakura's style of multi-arc villainy, but failing miserably to get me invested. There is only one way to make her worthwhile, but I doubt that will happen soon enough, if at all. So she remains a weak villain.

PAUL: The biggest problem with Paul from the Sinnoh saga of the anime is that he is NOT a villain. He's just an antagonistic rival whom we're supposed to gradually see as an anti-hero even though he goes through next to no changes and does nothing to earn respect or forgiveness. And even putting that part aside, he's just a bland, boring, unenjoyable, uninteresting character. He's made from the same mold as Sasuke Uchiha: a stock Shonen rival character made from all the cliched traits. He has no real definable personality beyond being a cold, stoic, competitive dickhead who wants power, he has a terrible backstory and weak motives for being such a jerk, and he acts in a way that no kid would ever believably act like. It's like he's an inhuman robot made to serve his specific function, just like his rival Ash. And he's a Jerk Sue as well, getting all the blatant favoritism and special treatment from the head writer. A terrible antagonist, full stop.

MARCUS: He has got to be the blandest, most forgettable villain to ever be put in a Pokemon movie. Phantom was at least memorable and Zero was so bad, he was entertaining. This guy had a dull design, dull characterization, dull motivation, dull role in the plot, dull everything. It's almost like he represents everything that's dull about the Sinnoh saga and it's movies.

ZINZOLIN AND SHADOW TRIAD: Team Plasma is a great evil team, but they have these guys on board. I actually don't hate Zinzolin: he's an alright character on his own. I hate the way he was used in "Black and White 2." His role as the team's active leader could have been better played by Colress, with him as just the lackey. In fact, Colress did play that role in the anime and "Pokemon Special" manga, and worked much better in it! Not to mention him ripping off Saturn's motivations in the post-game does not work since Zinzolin is not a particularly interesting or morally gray character at all. The Triad, meanwhile, are interchangeable stoic ninjas who have this annoying life debt to Ghetsis, which means they serve him in his heinous agenda. Not only do they bore me, but they play a subservient role to Zinzolin in BW2. That's all wrong: they should serve just Ghetsis! Colress ought to have played the Zinzolin role, Zinzolin ought to have played the Shadow Triad role, and the Shadow Triad ought to have played a role that was actually interesting! Gah, this shows why Takao Unno's direction for this game's plot was such a mess!

CLAYFACE: A monstrous guy made out of clay. How captivating! There actually is a lot of potential in this guy, but rarely ever have I seen it realized. The only time I've enjoyed him has been in "Batman: The Animated Series", "The Batman", and "Young Justice."

KILLER CROC: A sewer dwelling, mutated crocodile man. How scary! Again, I've rarely ever seen this villain made interesting. Even some of the incarnations that are cool and/or amusing aren't very interesting as characters. One of the weakest rogues in the gallery.

BANE: A large, hulking masked luchidore who likes to break things. How awesome! It's not the character concept by Chuck Dixon that I dislike, it's the execution. Rather than a lethally strong and smart foe for Batman, all I see is a generic brute who artificially powers himself to make himself seem greater than he actually is, and has little to no motive for doing anything besides money and the sport of it. He's been fun in some animated series', but even then he's a one-trick pony. Tom Hardy's Bane from "The Dark Knight Rises" is easily better than any of the more traditional versions. Aside from the amusing voice, he's actually interesting and motivated!

BLACK MASK: As boring as a villain gets. I quite liked the original rendition of him, where he was as his name suggests: a mob boss in a black mask. But then he got reinvented into "Black Face Red Skull" and he wasn't the same. He's all about being pure evil, despicable, mean, scary, and threatening, which would be fine if he was compelling and interesting too, but he's NOT. The heinous things he does are done for shock value, and he's not enjoyable: he's just disgusting. He's a villain I would not mind seeing get shot and then staying down for good.

ROLAND DAGGETT: The poor man's Norman Osborn voiced by Ed Asner. I love Ed, but he was wasted in this role. Daggett was the most frequently appearing gangster in "Batman: The Animated Series" next to Rupert Thorne. But with Thorne had presence and charisma, Daggett had none. All of the crimes he pulled in his episodes were all about how crooked, exploitative, and greedy he was. It wasn't that interesting the first time and it really got old.

MASTER SHEN: In a series like "Dragon Ball" that has so many memorable villains, this guy is the first one to be a total dud. You'd think he would be interesting since he's the evil counterpart to Master Roshi and the older brother of Tao Pi Pi. But his brother was a much better antagonist, and he's coming off of the saga that featured him. Tao did what he did out of love for violence and killing. Shen does bad things out of greed and ambition. There's no fascination with this character and he fails to leave an impact, even after his pupils turn to good. He just sucked.

NAPPA: The big, bald, muscular Saiyan warrior who was Vegeta's partner. What other characterization does he have but big, dumb, ugly, and violent? None at all. He's the epitome of the generic brute. There's a reason why Vegeta got credited with killing three allies even though Nappa's the one who actually did that. It's because Nappa is a tool: he's literally Vegeta's living weapon. Vegeta could have shot those guys with a firearm and there would be no difference. And like a gun out of ammo, Nappa was disposable too. And then he's never spoken of again. Despite being played for laughs, Nappa from "DBZ Abridged" is actually closer to what the character should have been because at least there he actually has his own personality and quirks.

DODORIA: The lumpy, horn-headed pink alien who served Freeza. He was built up as formidable and menacing at the saga's start, and also in the Bardock special. And yet...he really isn't. He gets outsmarted, outrun, outfought, and outmaneuvered by Krillin and Gohan, and then completely owned by Vegeta, who kills him. What a Faux-Badass villain!

ANDROID 19: A total robot who worked for Dr. Gero, fought with Goku until Goku fell ill and was unable to fight, and then got beaten and destroyed by Super Saiyan Vegeta. Was there anything interesting or unique about this character? Nope! Not at all.

SPOPAVITCH AND YAMU: A big, dumb, ugly, violent, bald-headed brute who works with a stronger, smarter, more rational comrade of the same race. Yes, they're boring copies of Nappa and Vegeta, only they're both just disposable pawns. Spopavitch does even less than Nappa: he just fights once to display that something's up with him, only to later be worfed and graphically killed by Babidi's magic. LAME! And Yamu gets destroyed by another weak disposable pawn. No one mourns them or speaks of them again. Good lord, these guys sucked!

SUPER BUU: Fat Majin Buu was fun and fascinating. Evil Buu was genuinely menacing while still keeping so comedic traits. And Kid Buu is a batshit insane monster. Between that second and third one, though, there was "Super Buu": Evil Buu swallows Piccolo and Gotenks to become this ugly-ass form with a long head-antenna and a nose. He then proceeds to completely murder the plot by beating and eating Gohan, taking his clothes and powers. All the while he's acting like this brutish blowhard who's more annoying than funny and more boring than threatening or compelling. I actually dozed off watching his antics. He never should have been!

BELUM: By far the most generic and forgettable villain in the entire "Legend Of Zelda" series. Just look at that design! Is that going to stand out in your memory?

CARNAGE: The even more evil and psychotic spawn of Venom who enjoys killing people for thrills and devouring their remains. It's a symbiote bonded with a crazy serial killer named Cletus Kassidy who is...well, just exactly that: a crazy serial killer. No history, no established background, no motivations or real personality. He's just an ax-crazy psycho who likes to kill. Does that sound like a boring character to you? Well he's got an awesome design and he works well...for one story. Or at least one story once every few years. But instead, the guy got massive overexposure. People really love this villain, and I have no idea why. He's not cool, he's not fun, he's not interesting, he's not developed: he's BORING! At least Venom had some substance to his character when he was a villain, and only really got bad when he became an anti-hero. There's absolutely nothing to suggest that Carnage would make a great recurring villain, and yet that's exactly what Marvel turned him into. And I just don't get that. Carnage is a one-trick pony in all mediums.

KRAVEN THE HUNTER: Before Carnage took his place, Kraven was the blandest and lamest of Spider-Man's rogues' gallery. He's a stuck-up Soviet with a passion for African culture who likes to hunt people for sport, and is especially obsessed with hunting Spider-Man. That was really all he ever had to his character. He did us all a favor by blowing his brains out, but for some reason he got lionized as a villain for that! Why? He was never a cool villain. He's just dull!

NORMAN OSBORN: *Gasp!* Norman Osborn? But he's Spidey's greatest foe! How can you not like him? Let me explain: I DO like Norman a lot. He was a fascinating character and a great villain in his initial stories before he got killed off. I didn't like the explanation for his revival years later, but his part in the "Revelations" story itself was epic, keeping him the cruel, maniacal, awesome adversary he'd always been. He had a good run of stories after this...and then came stories called "Gathering Of Five" and "The Final Chapter." Not only was Norman reduced to a cackling, raving madman in his Norman persona, which defeats the purpose of his Jekyll-Hyde duality (Duality: NOT schizophrenia, folks!), but it was revealed that Aunt May was still alive and held captive by Norman, and that the "Aunt May" that had died was an actress paid by Norman to play the part and die in a way that would mess Peter up bad. This was the point where Norman's role as Peter's arch enemy was taken to ridiculous extremes, and the character was knocked into Villain Sue territory. And it didn't stop there! In many following stories, the man simply does not let up on tormenting this one guy and trying to ruin his life in any way possible. It reached the point where he seemed to be behind everything that went wrong in Peter's life! Dude, you're a major corporate executive and a criminal mastermind! Get a life already! And don't even get me started on the lame-ass Iron Patriot business, which just kills so much suspension of disbelief. So yeah, he's gotten boring in the comics. However, in a few stories like Paul Jenkin's "Revenge of the Green Goblin" and "Death In The Family" storylines, and Mark Millar's "Marvel Knights" story, I enjoyed him again. And thank goodness for Wilem Dafoe, Alan Rachins and Steve Blum for giving great interpretations!

THE LIZARD: In the comics, the Lizard is okay, but he's another one of those villains who is sort of a one-trick pony. There's basically only one Lizard story to ever tell: it has just been told in different ways. Sometimes repeatedly. The Lizard in "The Amazing Spider-Man" movie, however, was something else altogether. I love Rhys Ifans and he's a terrific actor for playing villains. His Curt Connors was pretty compelling and sympathetic. So of course most of his scenes establishing pathos and motivation for the character had to end up on the cutting room floor, and he had to turn into a complete fail of a Lizard. His CGI design looks like Godzilla with Voldemort's face, his evil plan is stupid, his character is generic and boring, and the performance doesn't really come through. And while Peter may feel responsible for what happened to Connors, I don't really feel any personal connection between the two, nor can I feel sorry for Connors at all. We've gone from the Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Harry Osborn, and Venom to THIS? And even Sandman at least had better CGI, and the actor sold the sympathy moments. This villain was just weak.

JUDAS TRAVELLER: Worst Spider-Man villain ever! 'Nuff said!

NOAH KAIBA: The rich little twit who stalled the Battle City finals in the anime just so we could go through a crappy filler arc in the Virtual World that seemed meant to show off more card game duels and explore the history of the favored character. Kaiba was right on the money when he called this ordeal a complete waste of time. All the while, Noah remained annoying, uninteresting, and unlikable. He also creates a huge plot hole: if Seto was Gozaburo Kaiba's adopted son while Noah was his biological son, than how come Noah resembles Seto so much? The design is completely wrong for the character: as wrong as Andrew Rannell's voice! Like Nappa, the Abridged (Cancelled) Series makes him a much better villain and enjoyable character.

ZHUQIAOMON: All the build up for the great and terrible Digimon Sovereign who was in charge of the Devas and their mission, and he ended up being a pompous windbag of a phoenix who gets confronted, fought, and dealt with in a very anti-climactic manner. What a letdown! Maybe that was the point, but he wasn't very interesting or engaging either.

THE ROYAL KNIGHTS: First two of them served Lucemon in what was the worst point in Digimon history until "Young Hunters" came around. Then the whole team served Yggdrasil in the disappointing final arc of "Data Squad." Both times, they were boring as shit.

YGGDRASIL: The God of the Digital World just...did not work as the antagonist for the final arc of "Data Squad." At all! This role should have been played by Lucemon and the Demon Lords! The build-up was already there! But no, we got this pretentious ripoff instead!

MAMMOTH MOGUL: He was a boring, unimpressive villain for the longest time. Just who or what is he supposed to be in this series? Is he an enemy to Sonic? Tail's enemy? Knuckles' enemy? What purpose did he serve? And being so aggravatingly pompous and boastful doesn't do anything for him, especially since he often failed to live up to his own hype. Only when he took a page from The Penguin and became a legit organized crime boss did he get cool.

THE IRON DOMINATION: Mammoth Mogul, you've been replaced. These ass-clowns are by far the blandest, most unengaging villains to ever appear in "Sonic." Their designs, characters, motives, plans, everything is just so bland. They're major Villain Sues as well!

DOOMSDAY: The trope confider for "Generic Doomsday Villain."He was the big, scary, evil monster who came out of nowhere, had no motivation but to wreck shit and kill things, had no characterization or dialogue at all, and was defined solely by the threat he posed as the villain who killed Superman. And that's really all he ever needed to be. But again they bring him back, even though he died along with Superman and he's clearly best as a one-shot villain. WTF, DC?

DARKSEID: Like Norman Osborn, I actually do like Darkseid when he's written interestingly and feels like a legitimate threat with a powerful presence. But not only does he come off as the most generic evil overlord ever in some incarnations, but DC has overexposed him like mad. Remember when he was a big deal? With putting him as the main villain of a story arc was considered special? Now he's appeared in just about every big DC story and crossover, including freaking "Countdown!" They messed up his role in the JLU finale too! How could they do that?

SUPERBOY PRIME: "I'll kill you! I'll kill you to death!" Yeah, this is not a menacing, compelling supervillain. This is a whiny little bitch made to be a strawman for old school comic book fans. Had his story ended at "Infinite Crisis", he'd have been much better remembered.

EMPEROR GESTAHL: A boring, generic evil emperor. What's even his personality besides being an evil, power-hungry jerk? Emperor Palpatine was at least distinctive in his hammy evilness and fixation on the dark side. This guy is just a cardboard cutout of a villain.

DR. HOLLANDER: The ugly, boring evil scientist behind Project G in the spin-off action game of "Final Fantasy VII". There was nothing interesting or enjoyable about this guy, his voice was incredibly flat and grating, and his role in the story was literally to be a poor man's Hojo. He commits scientific atrocities that could have very well just been committed by Hojo anyway, so what was the point of this character even existing? At least Genesis was amusing in how lame he was. Hollander is just so bland and forgettable! He really was a third rate hack scientist.

SHUYIN: He's an evil Tidus with a sob story for why he's been driven to madness and wants to wipe out all of Spira now. That's all he ever really amounted to for me.

AMONIA PINE: Annoying, unfunny agent of F.O.W.L who's obsessed with cleaning things up in her own strange way. Give me Steelbeak over her any day!

SAEGRUM: Does anybody honestly remember anything this guy contributed other than being Gaav's tool? Not really. He wasn't that interesting in the books too!

ALCUMACE: An evil alien overlord in "Slayers?" No thanks!

DON KREIG: He was nothing more than an overpowered, overglorified schoolyard bully and a coward. Nothing he did in his story arc stands out in my memory. When all's said and done, he's one of the least distinguished, least interesting villains in the series.

ADMIRAL AKAINU: I hate this guy and I hate what he represents. Bringing in him was the point where "One Piece" took a turn for the worse. The series has many absolutely despicable villains, but most of them are enjoyable and interesting in their own ways. Not this guy. He's a full-stop bad guy who uses the laws of the World Government to be bad and torture others. And his presence signifies the "Pirates VS The Government" angle that the series took, and I hate that. There's nothing really fun or interesting about Akainu. He's just a jackass, nothing more.

KAOLINITE: The blandest "Sailor Moon" villain, bar none. Moreso in the anime where she's just the magic using assistant of the far more interesting Dr. Tomoe, but even in the manga, she stands out least in my memory. She's just a generic bitch.

NARUTO AND BLEACH VILLAINS: Not ALL villains from these series', but most of them. Especially their Big Bads, Madara Uchiha in "Naruto" and Sosuke Aizen in "Bleach", the latter being the textbook definition of a Villain Sue. They're mostly so...unengaging.

PRISCILLA: Is up there with Aizen as the definitive Villain Sue.

BRITTANIA: Damn near all villains from the nation of Brittania in "Code Geass" were just awfully written. The first season had Clovis, Cornelia, Viletta, Jeremiah, Schneizel, and even most of the generic mooks as racist, fascist, homicidal monsters who terrorized and killed Japanese civilians for fun. The Emperor was a straw Social Darwinist who wanted nothing more or less than ultimate power over all weaker beings. These villains were made to look so heinous and reprehensible as means of making it easier to side with our malicious terrorist protagonist. If he's opposing these guys and trying to dethrone them of power and rid the world of their kind, then surely everything he does must be necessary, right, and cool! Such black-and-white characterization of the major Britannian characters bored me. It was as bad as the Slytherin house! Then R2 tried to add more moral grayness. Cornelia, Viletta, and Jeremiah all turned good for no reason, Schniezel was outed as an anti-villain, and even the Emperor felt he had good intentions of trying to assimilate everyone's souls into a perfect world "without lies." Funny, seeing as he lies to everyone in order for this plan to work! It just...didn't add up. Had the Britannians been portrayed with more nuance from the beginning, I would have been fine with them. But as they are, they're shallow antagonists.

TRUTH: This self-absorbed, effeminate looking guy who turns into a downright silly looking psycho monster in battle is the successor to Dewey Novak? NO.

GUNDAM VILLAINS: There are some great villains in the Gundam franchise, but it seems those are few and far between next to villains that are either simplistically characterized dickheads, or super serious extremists with the pretense of being deep who are instead just bland and obnoxious. Pictured is Ribbons Almark from "Gundam 00", whom I feel is a prime offender in demonstrating how Gundam should NOT handle a villain, yet did anyway.

KOJI MUJO: The smug snake antagonist of "Scry-Ed" second season. Considering that we had a cool antagonist in Martin Zigmar, this guy was a big step down.

CHAKA: A small-time gangster from "Black Lagoon" who epitomizes the Stupid Evil psychopath. He had no layers and just as much entertainment value.

NARAKU: I've spoken of the Big Bad of "Inu-Yasha" before a few entries back. He's a creepy, nefarious, menacing villain who started off showing tons of potential. But then he just refused to die and stay down. Not only that, but he kept on pulling new powers and abilities out of his ass in order to explain how he could stay alive. And his character got so stale and one-note that by the end I felt absolutely nothing for him, not even hatred in the good way. I only felt contempt over what a plot tumor and a Villain Sue he had become. Such a waste of a bad guy.

HARDNER: He and his forces were the most boring and pointless villains in the "Rave Master" series. Hardner himself was not well designed, not well written, and not engaging in the slightest. I found him to be sort of laughable, especially when he went down. I couldn't even bring myself to feel sorry for him when he expressed guilt: I just wanted him out of there ASAP!

THE UNKNOWN MAN: The "Elfen Lied" manga is better than it's anime for the most part...except for this guy. This character just makes me think "what was the writer thinking?" He's called "the Unknown Man", but that's not even his name in-story. He literally has no name given, he has no real purpose, he's just there to be a Complete Monster who does the most despicable and horrific things. If the worst of humanity had to be represented, I thought the story did a bang-up job with that anyway with some of the other characters. We did not need this guy. He's not interesting, he's not entertaining, he's horrible, boring, pointless, and hard to stomach. My only great pleasure that comes from this dude is how he dies like the insignificant punk that he is. Hooray!

HULK-GRISOR: The main mamodo antagonist of the first filler arc in "Zatch Bell", Grisor, started off as interesting, entertaining, and even kind of likable. Then the magic mirror's power turned him into this thing, and suddenly all he can talk about is how great this new power is, how power is all that matters, how he will crush his foes and become king with his newfound power, and all these incredibly generic big villain stuff that's just so tired and dull, not to mention annoying! I ended up hating his guts and wishing for his demise not for anything he did, but because I wanted him to shut up! Thank goodness he didn't last too long. Such an irritating bore.

JAMES: The eeeevil vampire from "Twilight." Need I even go on after that? Aro and the Volturi are at least sort of entertaining, and motivated. This guy was just evil for evil's sake and was the most generic psychopathic vampire imaginable. Spike or Angelus he ain't.

GREGOR CLEGGAINE AND RAMSAY SNOW: The antagonists in "Game Of Thrones" vary, but these are the only two I find myself not caring for. Whereas I enjoy hating King Joffrey, I just hate these two. Gregor is a one-note pure evil monster, and Ramsay is the most standard, uninteresting, and unenjoyable sadist ever. The sooner they're offed, the better.

BUFFALO BILL: This lunatic serial killer is strange, scary, completely deranged, pure evil, and uncomfortable to watch. This wouldn't be a real problem itself since he's supposed to invoke horror, but he also commits the unpardonable crime of not being interesting. People like Hannibal Lecter and Francis Dolarhyde scare me, but they also intrigue me. Their madness is fascinating and I like seeing more of them because of it. Bill doesn't really have a fascinating sort of insane psyche and doesn't display any interesting or humanizing qualities. I find myself wishing the film to cut away from his scenes and go back to the good stuff. He's boring!

PROFESSOR MORIARTY: As in the Moriarty played by Jared Harris in the film "Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows." A different Moriarty played by a different guy with a completely different plan was built up in the first movie. And yet in the sequel, THIS is who we got. Harris looks scruffy and generic in the role, exudes no presence whatsoever, and his character is written completely wrong. Rather than be Holmes' intellectual equal, he seems to just be a depraved super-criminal who's bent on large scale domination. It was such a total botching of this character!

SYLAR: He's practically the live action Naraku! Just die already!

ALBERT WESKER: I've never been a fan of the "Resident Evil" games, and thisdude is just another reason why that is. He's a bland antagonist who just gets more ridiculous with each passing games. And there are zombies in this! Why should I be scared of him?

LUCA BLIGHT: How is anyone a fan of this villain? He is the most boring, simplistic, over-the-top Complete Monster ever! He may be hateable and a threat, but he's not interesting and he's not fun. No, Luca, you are not the face of evil: you're just a dumbass!

APOCALYPSE: Several X-Men villains can be pretty damn boring and uninspired depending on how they get interpreted, but the one who seems to consistently bore me is Apocalypse. He's touted as a "big villain" yet never does anything that big or long-lasting. His Darwinist agenda makes no sense. He's a Generic Doomsday Villain of the highest degree, his blue-lipped Sentinel design looks ridiculous, and he roped Mr. Sinister, a potentially interesting villain, into being an extension of him! I never care to see this guy in anything X-Men, he's just so lame and stale.

THE RED SKULL: The original Red Skull can be an effective villain, but he's never really interested me as a character. When a villain is just a total sociopath who is full of hate for everyone and everything in life, there's not much room for analyzing or investment. Ultimate Red Skull is even worse. He just goes all out in being an over-the-top Complete Monster.

VILGAX: He's got a cool name, design, voice, and role, and yet Vilgax never interested me in "Ben 10." I actually thought he was the least interesting of the major villains. He's nothing more than a generic evil galactic warlord and a one-note baddie. But he played that one note pretty well, all things considered. Then the sequel series' came along and completely ruined him. In "Ultimate Alien Force" is an idiot blowhard and a Darkseid rip-off who tries to defeat Ben in the most inane ways possible, and in "Omniverse" he's been made the butt of several dense and wacky jokes. He was never the best villain, but damn, he didn't deserve that sort of treatment!

ULTIMATE AGGREGOR: When Aggregor first showed up on the scene, he seemed more interesting, menacing, and competent than any of the "Alien Force" Big Bads. But then, after spelling out the true nature of Ozmosyans, he absorbed several alien's life energy in order to become Ultimate Aggregor. In this form, he was just a brute who took care of all his obstacles with his immense new power, and didn't even show much competence any more since instead he relied on the heroes doing all the work for him before he took the prize. To top it all off, his design is hideous. Derrick Wyatt hated the open shirt look, but that was way preferable to this!

DR. PHIBES: Not a good villain. Not even a good Scooby Doo villain!

THE FALLEN: I made the mistake of sitting through this movie, and anytime the villain was on-screen, the one thought running through my head was "Oh God, this guy is SO BORING!"The third "Transformers" movie is just as bad as this one, but at least that had Sentinel Prime voiced by Leonard Nimoy as the main antagonist, instead of this Sith Lord Wannabe.

THE TRICERATONS: I prefer the Foot Clan, the Utroms, and just about anyone else to these guys. They were completely dull and their conflict was not engaging.

ED WUNCELER SR.: Again, why waste Ed Asner on a generic crooked corporate bad guy? And he performs the role very well too. Yet the character is still so dull.

GENERAL MODULA: Nothing about him stood out to me at all.

SCOTT: Or "Scott the dick" as I like to think of him as. He's basically like Alejandro, minus the charisma and skill. Heck, I'd even take Justin back over this putz.

ALOYSUS O'HARE: When I first heard of him, I was under the false impression that'd he be a villain with ties to the Once-ler's backstory. The name also made me assume he was Irish. An elderly Irish man would have made a much more enjoyable and charismatic villain than this guy. He's got a weak design, a stock "greedy amoral businessman" villain archetype for a personality, has zero bearing on the actual story of The Lorax, and Robert Riggle as his voice was all wrong! He didn't sound funny: just grating and obnoxious. Such a lame villain. Why'd they even bother with him when Once-ler as the rightful antagonist could have used more screentime?

JASON VOORHES: Slasher villains are often a dime-a-dozen, but Jason is by far the weakest and most boring. Bad childhood experiences at camp and nearly dying due to counselorsbeing distracted with sex causes this guy to take it out by killing? Weak! He also wears a hockey mask, hides in the bushes, stalks teenagers to kill, and just breathes and grunts, never uttering a single syllable. What a badass. His theme sound is catchy, but that's about it.

JOHN DOE: It's Kevin Spacey! He's gotta be a cool villain, right? But he's not. All he ends up doing is rambling on and on about his self-important insanity and desire to create a murderous masterpiece that is so nonsensical that I can't bring myself to care, and then lead the film to it's absolutely wretched conclusion. I give the actor props, but this was bad material.

POWER RANGERS VILLAINS: Some villains in this franchise have entertainment value, like Lord Zed, Astronoma, Ransik, and Master Org. Others are just lame, dumb, boring, unamusing, and the epitome of generic evilness. They have next to no substance and no soul.

THE RUNNER UPS: (Villains who don't interest me as characters but have some merits as villains)

Darth Maul, Jango Fett, and others (Star Wars), Bellatrix and Fenrir (Harry Potter), Teams Aqua and Magma, Hunter J, Phantom, Zero, and Ghetsis (Pokemon), Fire Lord Ozai (Avatar), Yakone and Unalaq (Legend of Korra), Commander Red (Dragon Ball), Hydro Man, Tinkerer, Shocker, Silvermane, and Morbius (Spider-Man), Dartz and Siegfried (Yu-Gi-Oh!), Machinedramon, BlackWarGreymon, Cherubimon, Quartzmon, and Milleniumon (Digimon), Exdeath, Genesis, Seifer, Ultimecia, and Dysley (Final Fantasy), Keel Lorenz (Neon Genesis Evangelion), Gonzou Tarkune (Yu Yu Hakusho), Higuchi and Kiyomi Takada (Death Note), Hao Asakura (Shaman King), Clear Note (Zatch Bell), Dante, Father, and others (Full Metal Alchemist), the Beast Men and the Anti Spiral (Gurren Lagann), Incognito (Hellsing), Akito Sohma and Ren Sohma (Fruits Basket), Nero (Star Trek), Adam and the First Evil (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer), Greg and Tamara (Once Upon A Time), Lord Ari and all villains afterwards (W.I.T.C.H), the Light (Young Justice), King Zarkon (Voltron), and various villains in film.
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