Villains are a lot of things.

They can be monstrous, [[SympathyForTheDevil sympathetic,]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist may mean well, but become villains because of their good intentions,]] and may be even [[JerkAssWoobie woobies!]]

And we ''[[LoveToHate love]]'' them for that...

So this page was created for the sole purpose of gushing about the baddies you love to hate!

Related to GushingAboutCharactersYouLike, GushingAboutShowsYouLike and the other gush pages.

'''NOTE: Please do NOT bash other people for liking a villain you hate! This page is for gushing, NOT starting [[FlameWar flame wars!]] Also, PLEASE put examples in alphabetical order of the name of the work to avoid duplicates and confusion!'''


* The Rogues (longtime ''Flash'' adversaries) are some of the coolest antagonists in comics. When written at their best, they are complex, even sympathetic bad guys. These days, they're encroaching on AntiVillain territory, especially with the recent ''Rogues' Rebellion'' miniseries.
* Lex Luthor not only puts up with someone biologically superior to his race in every way, but has in many cases guided the rest of villains, has an awesome suit, and an unbreakable will. He's probably one of the most powerful earth level villains there is.
* Darkseid is another great one. A God hellbent on destroying all free will, with Omega Beams and pretty much all Kryptonian powers. He's also got a planet of people who fear and worship him.
* TheJoker. Is there any more that really needs to be said here?


[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* Gush about [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney Villain]]s here:
** Chernabog from the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', for this troper at least, is the perfect personification of evil in the animated medium. He never utters a single line, yet has instilled fear into many tropers and is considered one of Disney's greatest villains. Torturing his own minions for his amusement, summoning the spirits of the dead to dance for him, and being driven back only by the ringing of holy bells and the approaching dawn (And even then, only temporarily), Chernabog was evil itself in its most frightening form.
** [[spoiler:Prince Hans]] from ''{{Disney/Frozen}}''. [[spoiler:His plan was diabolical, his actions were frightening, but the best part was that he not just fooled Anna, but ''all of us'' into thinking he was nice and charming. He puts on such a good charade and appeared so caring and sympathetic to the others that it comes off as a total shock to us the moment he outs himself, even upon repeat viewings. ''That'' was good villainy.]]
** Although most people gush over [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]], in this troper's opinion, the Evil Queen from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves'', is and always will be ''the'' best Disney Villain of all time. She always manages to terrify the audience, whether in her dark, [[ColdHam Coldly Hammy]] form as the Queen, or in her AxCrazy, LaughingMad form as the Witch. She pretty much set the standards for every Disney villain (including Maleficent), and possibly villains in general, to follow. Her movie was released all the way back in 1935 and she ''still'' leaves a huge impact on anyone who watches the movie. That, my friends, is evil done right.
* It's a shame that ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' [[BoxOfficeBomb didn't do so well in the box office]], because Dave is easily one of Dreamworks' best villains. He's just so funny and [[EvilIsHammy hammy]], it's impossible not to like him. Despite his insanity, he manages to be an extremely clever villain who spectacularly subverts PaperThinDisguise. It certainly helps his case that he has an ''[[TearJerker extremely]]'' tragic backstory. And besides, [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods octopuses are just plain awesome!]]

[[folder: Film - Live Action]]

* [[Franchise/StarWars Any villain from the Star Wars movies.]] They are epic, ruthless, cruel, and yet so effective. And let's not forget the fact that they have both Christopher Lee and James Earl Jones.
* [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] is most DEFINETLY one of the best horror villains out there! His monstorous, amusing, smart and DeadpanSnarker personality REALLY works well! I also like his glove! It's too bad he had to go through VillainDecay though...
* [[Film/JeepersCreepers THE CREEPER!!!]] Omigosh, where do I START with this guy?! He has an awesome truck, awesome humor, awesome wings, awesome attitude... he practically OOZES awesomeness!!!
* Jason Voorhees from ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' is also rather awesome, namely for his sympathetic backstory.
* Loki from Film/{{Thor}}. There's a good reason everyone says he has more fangirls than the hero, and not only that, but he is one of the best manipulative villains of all time, and his [[spoiler:twist ending in the second Thor movie left everyone waiting, wondering, and soon to be theorizing more than the Reinchenbach Fall]].

* Sol of ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is an amazing villain. He's always cool and composed, and is very snarky. He also has delightfully satisfying plans, and is mysterious enough to merit any number of crazy guesses. He's one of the most unique, and interesting antagonists in the series, and that's saying something.
* Theon Greyjoy from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Betrays his oldest friend, murders two innocent kids when said friend's brothers escape... But to be fair, he grew up in a gilded cage, being disrespected by everyone around him and just wanted his dad to like him. [[spoiler: Then he meets [[AxCrazy Ramsay]] [[TortureTechnician Bolton]] and all is forgiven.]]
* Every single major villain of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' is an absolute gem, but the best one is, without a doubt, the VillainProtagonist, Skitter... always doing the wrong things for the right reasons. She goes from being a bullied schoolgirl to a minor villain to a [[TheDreaded complete nightmare,]] [[FromNobodyToNightmare being mentioned in the same breath as the most prominent heroes and villains in the world.]]

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* ''DoctorWho:''
** Missy, the [[GenderBender female incarnation]] of [[spoiler: the Master,]] has got to be the best incarnation of him to date! Cruel, silly, evil, funny, manipulative, charming and INCREDIBLY well-acted by Michelle Gomez, this "Queen of Evil" has it all!
** Her [[TheDragon dragon]], Seb, was also a lot of fun. Even though he only appeared for three episodes, he was [[AffablyEvil funny and charming]] in his own way. He had plenty of funny moments, including his death, and I enjoyed how [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] he was.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' main villains/antagonists are ''awesome'':
** From Season 1:
*** Regina may be a [[KickTheDog frequent dog-kicker]], but there's something so touching in her unwavering faith in Daniel and her other father's memory, and in her love for them. She is also a loving, responsible mother, one of the funniest DeadpanSnarker on the show, and her determined but illogical frantic assaults against all obstacles are very inspiring. She also has an awesome theme: [[]]. She's the ''evil'' queen, so she definitely counts as a villain. And she simply revels in being such!
*** Then there is Mr Gold, the charmingly funny AffablyEvil MagnificentBastard who plays everyone like he would a fiddle. His name is actually Rumplestiltskin, and he does everything he does to find his son, but is also unwilling to compromise his power, the lust for which led him to abandon his son to begin with. And for all his self-loathing, he can't ever quite kick his nasty habits that lead to conflict between him and his loved ones.
** From Season 2:
*** Captain Hook is the ultimate deconstruction of HandsomeDevil. He is charming, polite, and does everything he does to get revenge after a horrible crime. He is lecherous, disrespectful, suffers from ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, and he subverts WouldNotHitAGirl twice in one episode. And yet through all this there is a definite tragic DeathSeeker vibe to him, as though even he's miserable at how far he's fallen.
*** Cora is a nice, beautiful, motherly woman who appears to be in her late fifties, early sixties. She's also a StageMom of hell who kills anyone if it can better her social standing, including children, is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, and is awfully cynical, but she is fairly sympathetic because she still loves her daughter in some way.
** From Season 3:
*** So we've got fairy tale villains like [[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves The Evil Queen]], Literature/{{Rumpelstiltskin}}, [[Literature/PeterPan Captain Hook]], and [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland the Queen of Hearts.]] Who is the worst of the worst? The ultimate in despicable yet awe-inspiring evilness? ''Peter Pan''.
* T-bag from ''Series/PrisonBreak''. He's a nasty piece of work: a sociopathic sexual predator and a paedophile. But when you find out his back story, you can't help but feel sorry for that poor little boy. Which makes you hate him more, because you feel sorry for him! Great acting on the part of Robert Knepper.
* While many a show can claim to have an intelligent antagonist, few work as well as [[Series/{{Farscape}} Farscape's]] Scorpius. No matter what the situation, he either has a plan or is able to come up with one on the fly. He's so good, he managed to convince the protagonists for nearly half a season that he was dead, and all the while he had gotten what he'd been after the previous season anyways. Not to mention the fact that he's a master manipulator, able to convince just about everyone but the Moya crew that he's on their side. He is one of the definitive [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]], and one of the most interesting antagonists ever filmed.
* The Governor from ''TheWalkingDead'' enjoys holding gladiator style death fights, keeps a host of walker heads in a display case, manipulates those around him, has his own torture chamber, stabs his best friend, mercilessly decapitates a defenceless old man, coldly shoots his deceased surrogate daughter in the head, and completely destroys everything Rick worked so hard to accomplish, simply out of spite. Yet he's also an intelligent, charming and attractive badass, with a cool EyepatchOfPower.
* [[TrueFinalBoss Hibachi]] in all the ''VideoGame/DonPachi'' series. It's a giant mechanical bee you fight at the end of each game and can only appear if certain conditions are met, such as beating the game without continues, finding all the bees, or using no bombs. It also has two forms, with the [[OneWingedAngel second form]] being a PintsizedPowerhouse that fires bullets and other projectiles all over the place. Also, in the latest installment, ''[=SaiDaiOuJou=]'', Hina takes the Hibachi mantle, and she's just as tough, especially when you fight her as Inbachi.

[[folder: Theatre]]
* [[Theatre/{{Othello}} Iago.]] The greatest ManipulativeBastard ''ever''. At the start of the play, he is passed over for a promotion (and, like all great villains, he knows his own worth). He responds by manipulating ''every other character in the play'' in order to destroy Othello. And succeeds.

[[folder: Video games]]
* [[VideoGames/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath 39th Slayer]]. He hunts you down relentlessly through the ''entire game'' (of [=JtRH=], the second game in the [[VideoGames/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath DROD]] franchise). He's indestructible (and even when the designers slipped and left in a way to kill him, he's right back in the next room!) His weapon of choice is a ''hook'', and he's so deadly with it that even Beethro, OneManArmy smitemaster, runs rather than fight him. And that voice... for anyone who's ever played [=JtRH=], it becomes the voice that haunts their nightmares... ''"Keep running, delver!"''
* I've got two words right here; [[KingdomHearts Master Xehanort]]. Good ''Lord'', Master Xehanort! He's been everything from (Presumably) TheAce to (Definitely) a BadassGrandpa. His actions have shaped the entire fate of the World(Read; universe) for over the last ten years, permenately reshaping it. His existence has split into [[TheHeartless several]] [[BetaTestBaddie others]], each one just as threatening and formidable as the last. The greatest bit of it all? Every event, every action taken by himself or his Heartless and/or Nobody is interconnected. It's all one giant plot, and it's ''working''. Xehanort and [[{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}} Xanatos]] should be tied for [[XanatosGambit the Tropes]] [[XanatosSpeedChess they live.]]
* Can anyone say [[Franchise/MassEffect "Sovereign?"]] It's one of the largest ships in the entire galaxy, and it has firepower to match; of course it just settles for ramming straight into enemy fleets, [[RammingAlwaysWorks WHICH WORKS.]] Even when it is defeated, it takes an ENTIRE FLEET and [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard's]] crew to put it down. And even then, it [[TakingYouWithMe brings down multiple Alliance Ships with it.]] [[ It even has ominous music to go with it.]]
* [[TheDragon Wild Dog]], from ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis''. He's probably one of the most [[ImplacableMan indestructible]] villains of all time. He has his battle against the VSSE in every game, and whenever he's defeated, he blows himself up. But that's also a hint that he'll be back right away. He also has a [[ very awesome]] {{Leitmotif}}.
* Albedo! From the video game ''Xenosaga'', this guy is insane... ''FREAKING'' insane!!! The fact that he can regenerate his limbs, that ''slithery'' voice of his [[note]] Provided by Creator/CrispinFreeman.[[/note]], his cool E.S named Simeon... Everything about this guy is just COOL!!!
* Handsome Jack from ''{{VideoGame/Borderlands 2}}'' provided about 30% of the awesomeness of the game. He's got a number of traits to him. For one, because of the game's brilliant ECHO system which allows the player to talk to [=NPCs=] anytime without disrupting the gameplay, Jack will [[EvilIsPetty randomly phone you up]] to have a conversation about how much you suck, and because of how much of a [[{{Jerkass}} colossal fucking asshole]] he is it's impossible to sit through his rambling without [[CrossesTheLineTwice laughing your ass off while being disgusted at the same time]]. He also a ridiculously competent villain who has a tendency to [[KnightOfCerebus change the atmosphere]], but despite those conflicting qualities they're both written and timed in a way where they're used appropriately at all times without either ultimately overshadowing the other. He's a truly complete villain and a prime example of LoveToHate.
* There's one video game villain that caught my interest from the get-go and only went up from there. I'm talking about Bedman from the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' series. His character design is unique; he's a a young, sleeping teenager strapped to a giant, demonic, and mechanical bed capable of dragging people into a nightmarish dream world and obliterating them from there. The damn bed itself is pretty much indestructible. Most of the characters in ''Xrd -Sign-'' are flat-out curbstomped by this dude, showing that he's as powerful as he is a creative character. Oh, and he's quite the MotorMouth who says the most condescending but amusing things. That's quite the villain the people over at Arc System Works have brought to life.
* [[spoiler: Marx]] from ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' and [[VideoGameRemake Kirby Super Star Ultra]]. [[MonsterClown Clowns are scary.]] [[BatOutOfHell Bats are scary.]] So put them together, and you have a living reservoir of NightmareFuel! (And as if that wasn't enough, [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot he also becomes]] [[spoiler: a zombie.]] He has [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic great battle music]], a cool design (just look at those fantastic crystalline wings!), and a creepy EvilLaugh.
** Drawcia is easily the best thing about ''VideoGame/KirbyCanvasCurse''. A [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot living painting of a ghost witch]] with [[BadassCape a cloak that looks like a pair of bat wings]], a terrifyingly psychotic EvilLaugh, an [[AwesomeMusic epic]] [[OminousPipeOrgan battle theme]], and we're just scratching the surface. Drawcia rules!
** ''VideoGame/KirbysEpicYarn'' gives us another great villain in the form of Yin-Yarn! Not only does he have a BadassCape like Drawcia, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking HE ALSO HAS A]] [[BadassMustache MUSTACHE!!!]] No, but seriously, Yin-Yarn is a hilarious, AffablyEvil villain who actually ''[[TheBadGuyWins wins]]'', if only for a little while, but that's more than some of the more serious villains can say. He gets bonus points for [[spoiler: [[OneWingedAngel turning into a]] [[CrazyAwesome TANK!]]]]
* The Stranger from ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''. I'm so sorry about stealing your food, Stranger! He wasn't the monster I thought he was going to be, and he really could have been a good parent to Clementine if he wasn't out of his mind.
* GLaDOS from {{Portal}}. She may have pulled a stint as a hero for a while, but you can't help but love her hilarious dialogue. Even her evil moments are so despicably evil you can't help but be intrigued.
* [[spoiler:Hades of VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising!]] What other villain can rip the credits up just when you think the day is saved? Oh, and he can hold witty banter with the protagonist...while the protagonist is running around in his internal organs.
** To a lesser Extent, Pyhron and Viridi. The Former is the hammy sun god who is ultimately consumed by the power of the Aurum Brain; while the latter starts out wanting to destroy humanity due to how much we have destroyed the earth. She ultimately does do a heel face turn though.
* Fawful from ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory''. Who else can spawn such quotable lines, like "The Mustard of your doom" or the infamous "I have fury" while still keeping an aura of evilness to him?
* Ghirahim from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''. He still stays creepy and evil while still being crazy and funny.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Let's take a minute and talk about some ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' villains, shall we?
** First of all, there's SelfDemonstrating/{{Katz}}. A {{Badass}}, intimidating villain with a great {{Leitmotif}}. Easily one of the scariest characters in the show, and in a much more subtle way than, say, [[FanNickname the Blue Thing.]]
** He may be far sillier than most of the other characters, but Cajun Fox still manages to be awesome. Not only is he completely hilarious, he too is scary in subtle ways. He also has an awesome voice, courtesy of [[CreatorCameo John Dilworth himself]]. He also has one heck of an EarWorm for a {{Leitmotif}} and some pretty CoolShades.
** Another epic villain: The Great Fusilli! First of all, he's voiced by Creator/JimCummings, who is no stranger to voicing scary villains. Also, he has some really awesome CreepyCircusMusic as his {{Leitmotif}}. His design is really cool, from his [[HellishPupils reptilian eyes]] to his BadassCape, complete with HighCollarOfDoom. [[spoiler: And he technically [[TheBadGuyWins wins]]]], which not even Katz can say. Speaking of Katz, Fusilli is every bit as sadistic as him, if not more so.
** The Stitch Sisters are [[ConjoinedTwins one]] of the creepiest, most underrated characters in the show. ''Everything'' about them is scary. Their bulging eyes, their [[EvilSoundsRaspy raspy voices]], their {{Leitmotif}}, which makes excellent use of [[OminousPipeOrgan an organ]], their EvilLaugh, and the fact that they [[spoiler: stitch people's souls into a magic quilt, where their victims [[AndIMustScream are trapped FOR ETERNITY.]]]] Fun fact: They're voiced by Fran Brill, who also does voices on ''Series/SesameStreet'' of all shows!
* Bushroot from ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''. An amazing villian with amazing powers and an amazing woobie backstory. And he's cool.
* Nobody knows EvilIsSexy better than [[WesternAnimation/GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer Cousin Mel]]. Her FieryRedhead status combined with all her recycled villainous tropes, beauty mark, and seductive voice would make the men fall for her even if she didn't have an [[HourglassHottie impossible not-to-lust after body]].
* World from the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' movie Destination Imagination. [[spoiler: [[IJustWantToHaveFriends Sure he wasn't really evil]].]] But he was an all-around awesome antagonist. He was also cute with a backstory that will break your heart. [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding indeed!]]
* Bill Cipher from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is an intriguingly amoral and genuinely ''alien'' bastard. And I love him.
* The Boogeyman and Jack o-Lantern from ''TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. The first was [[HarmlessVillain hilarious]] yet totally [[LoveToHate despicable]] and the second was one of the funniest yet frightening characters with a personality that makes his episode one of the most exiting to watch.
* Both villains from ''{{WesternAnimation/Wakfu}}''.
** Nox in Season 1. He can slow down time and teleport, he made robots that can suck out the life force out of pretty much anything, and damn he is a jerk to the Universe. His actions are [[spoiler:[[VillainHasAPoint pretty much justified:]] he collects [[LifeEnergy wakfu]] so that he may travel back in time to save his family from ''dying''. Not only he'd save them, but all his deeds would be undone.]] [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he only managed to travel back 20 minutes in time, instead of the intended 200 years. Cue the breakdown, and what looks [[SelfDisposingVillain suspiciously like a suicide.]]]]
** Qilby in Season 2. He has an arm and a scythe made out of wakfu, he has a spaceship, he has portals, and he captures ''two'' dragons.[[note]]Yes, okay, they were hatchlings.[[/note]] Not to mention he perfectly faked a wise man before, and [[spoiler:he betrayed the people he's supposed to be leading]]. Now tell me he isn't awesome.
* Peridot from WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse! Despite the fact that she's shown no redeeming qualities thus far, the fandom idolizes her as an adorkable computer nerd--and for good reason. She's got some great one-liners and a super unique design.