Someone once said that James Bond is only as good as the bad guy. James is always James, but if he’s up against a good bad guy, you get a decent movie.

Throughout movies, there is usually a good guy and a bad guy. The good guys always get the girl and win, but what about the poor bad guy, no one ever remembers them. Well, we do remember them and sometimes, we even love them!

Who do you think has been the best bad guy in a movie or TV show? The focus is movies, but there have been plenty of good bad guys on TV as well, so we’re going to include them.

I’m sure lots of names spring to mind, Darth Vader, Thanos, Jaws – both the shark and Richard Kiel. Well, we’re going to name the best bad guy of all time, according to you, the Outposters. There’s no real stipulation, apart from they have to be in a movie or TV show and you can’t vote for anyone who works at Disney.

The best bad guy has to be a good all-rounder. Someone evil, completely mad, a twisted sense of humor, well-acted, perfect casting.

There is an issue with some movies having a so-called ‘anti-hero’, for example, Suicide Squad. They are all technically villains so they can be included. There may be some names that we might have to make a judgment call on, but most of them will be obviously ‘the bad guy’. You get the idea.

Also, I know there is a difference between being the best and being your favorite. Hopefully, they will overlap. Or if they are such a good villain, maybe it makes you hate them?

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • HAL-9000 – 2001
  • Freddy Krueger – Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Auric Goldfinger – Goldfinger
  • Dracula, name the best actor – Lots of movies
  • Mr Potter – It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Hans Gruber – Die Hard
  • Gus Fring – Breaking Bad
  • John Doe – Se7en
  • Biff – Back to the Future movies
  • Anton Chigurh – No Country for old Men
  • Hans Landa – Inglorious Basterds
  • Lord Voldemort – The Harry Potter Movies
  • Tommy DeVito – Goodfellas

I know there are a lot more names to pick out, so, who are they? Who did you love to hate? Who’s death did you enjoy seeing the most at the end of the movie? Was there someone so evil that you grew to hate the actor playing them?

We will collate the information and see who comes out as the best guy in movie history, according to Outposters!

If you would like to vote, please email me: [email protected] and let me know your top 10. You must have them ranked 1, most popular – 10, the lowest. Simply put the character and the name of the actor and what movie/TV show they are from. If 10 is stretching it, do a top 5.

You can also post your list in the talkback below and they will be counted, but there will be a total count, including emails for the final tally.

The ballots will be open until midnight on Sunday 22nd Aug (UK time), so you have plenty of time to have a think and then vote.

We will aim for a top 50, but may go higher if more people vote. We will reveal the results in September.

Who will be number 1? Well, that’s up to you.

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