Lord Voldemort Number One Movie Villain According to Moviefone

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Jul 11, 2008

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Voldemort is the number one Movie Villain of All Time according to a new list online from AOL Moviefone. Portrayed by actor Ralph Fiennes, Lord Voldemort came in at the number one spot, hexing out his fellow villainous rivals, which include the characters of Hannibal Lecter from “Silence of the Lambs,” Darth Vader from “Star Wars,” and Cruella De Vil from the Disney classic “101 Dalmatians.” Alan Rickman also makes the their list, not for his portrayal of Severus Snape, but for his role in the the 1988 film “Die Hard” where he played Hans Gruber. Moviefone says this of the Dark Lord from the Harry Potter films:

He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is the most powerful dark wizard to ever wave a wand, and he schemes to enslave the whole muggle world. His slithering presence has been minimal in the films so far, but we’ve all read the books, so we know how much more evil he’ll become.

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78 Responses to Lord Voldemort Number One Movie Villain According to Moviefone

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  1. 1! Go Lord Voldemort!! It’s a pity how little exposure he gets at the movie version as compared to the books.
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Well deserved! I always get chills reading him, and watching a grown man, encircled by a bunch of other grown ups, torture and attempt to kill a 14 year old boy in GoF is one of the most vile, villainous things ever.

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Oh scary. I don’t know about him enslaving the muggle world though. But he is still very mean and frightening. I gets the chills whenever he comes on screen. They did well with the special effects on his character.

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I really don’t think that Voldemort is more evil than Hannibal Lecter, really. I mean, he’s just awful.

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To be honest, I wouldn’t agree.

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Come on, Voldemort is the ultimate incarnation of pure evil.

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I wonder if Bellatrix Lestrange made it too the list.

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im not sure that the film-voldemort is worse than hannibal lecter! i mean, he is barely in the movies! also, its hard to show his evil through films for some reason. it is better revealed through words written by a special someone! for example, i never feel the terror and the fear that i felt when voldy was chasing harry and hermione down in bathilda bagshot’s upstairs! the books make my heart beat a million miles per hour, and the movies can’t do that for me! the book-voldy could beat hannibal though!

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I agree with you, Lucy. The chill of Anthony Hopkins’ performance is not even closely matched by Fiennes. Voldemort might by more evil in theory and in his overall goals, but anyone can SAY what evil things someone does. The real effectiveness is in the quality of the writing/performance of the villain, and therefore I just cannot agree with this rating at all. As big of Harry Potter fans as well all are, I think some fans would agree that although Jo is an amazing storyteller, she is not necessarily an amazing writer.

For me, Voldemort becomes QUITE stereotypical over the course of the series. Funnily enough, he is scariest in Half-Blood Prince, in which he is not even physically present. He is fine until Deathly Hallows, and by the time he morphs into Megaphone-Voldy, it is even comical for me to read. (“Lord Voldemort values bravery…one hour…one hour…you are mine…yada yada.”). And the dialogue from the locket: “I have seen your heart and it is mine!” I mean…that’s laughable.

I also take issue with the depth of Voldemort’s character and how he conveniently doesn’t understand or refuses to understand everything that matters in the series. Just to be clear, I DO comprehend that this is supposed to serve as a statement of morality in the books, but I just think it’s too convenient and a little lazy when it comes to the depth of the villain. It’s great that Jo comments on the importance of children’s tales and how Voldemort doesn’t understand them, but everything about accepting death is overused, in my honest opinion. Again, I understand why it is written in this manner; I just don’t agree.

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I thought I’ll never say this but- WooT Voldemort!

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agreeing with other people. YAY VOLDY!(?)

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Darth Vader should have beaten Voldemort!!!!!!!! Wooooooo, GO STARWARS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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that’s soo cool. i think it is well deserved. soo glad and proud. XD

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I neverthought I’d cheer for Lord Voldemort but hey, he’s a JK Rowling character. Go Lord Voldemort!

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Go Voldemort. haha. Best bad guy ever.

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It’s true the evil of book Voldemort is difficult to convey on screen but Feinnes is a natural for this type of character (Schindlers List anyone!). I have to disagree with Corey about Hopkins’ Lector – fine actor (see Remains of the Day) but extremely hammy as Lector.Brian Cox was much creepy in the role in Manhunter.

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Fair enough, Scully. I have no problem with Fiennes…he’s good in the role; it’s the character itself I take issue with. It’s not as if Hopkins’ performance is one of the greatest of all time or anything; I was just comparing because Lecter was mentioned on the list as well.

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edit creepier

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Damn right he’s the no.1 villain!!

Anyone else annoyed they didn’t put a capital m for Muggle?

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It’s o.k Corey, I wasn’t criticising you for your opinion, just offering a different one.

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Oh, I know.

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He’s a great villain…but number one of ALL time? Both Cha He doesn’t deserve THAT. :/ Just an opinion.

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I was all set to disagree with this, but then after a little thought, Dr NoNose has absolutely no redeeming features! Darth Vader came back from the dark side, Hannibal Lecter was exploring avant garde cuisine and teaching us good manners, Cruella DeVille had a passion for fashion and she never hurt (m)any humans.

Voldemort is pure evil, he even corrupted his own soul! He’s definitely going to hell.

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As evil as Voldemort is, I still think there’s a character in the series who, in some ways is worse… Umbridge. And Imelda Staunton does a fantastic job, to the point that I can hardly stand to watch that film. Ick.

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way to go, Voldemort!

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woot!! so he should, Ralph Fiennes plays LV exceptionally well!! I was watching the fourth movie today and Fiennes as LV sent chills up my spine yet i couldnt take my eyes away from the screen!!

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.Voldemort the baby killer had absolutely no redeeming qualities. His line in the movie about wanting to see Harry die, to watch the light go out of his eyes just gives me cold chills every time I hear it. He mercilessly killed others to prolong his own life, to increase his power and in Cedric’s case, for no good reason at all. He set his death eaters on a school to torture and kill innocent kids. Voldemort was evil incarnate. IMHO, child killers are the worst.

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My 6 year old son has seen all the movies, but the only one he wants to watch again and again is the POA, just because Voldemort doesn’t appear on it. He is absolutely terrified of him! hehehehe I think Fiennes has nailed this character right on! (as he usually does) Loved it!

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I LOVE Voldie!!

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The sad thing is, the character could have been 10000000000 times more terrifying. If they gave Phinnes the read eyes with black slits for pupils, made him look a little taller with abnormally pale skin, and gave him more of the Phantom-Like presense that he had in the books, he WOULD be one of the most terrifying movie characters of all time. As it is, he just looks like a bald dude who got a shovel swiped across his face.

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In the GOF book he is intensely scary and I was actually convinced Harry was going to die when I first read it (Even if deep down I knew he had to survive). Also “baby” Voldemort is the nastiest image in my head.

But in the movies? No way. I must be in the minority but I really dislike Fiennes’ portrayal of Voldemort. It is way, way over-the-top. Voldemort in the books was scary to me because of his cold calmness as he’s torturing you. His indifference to your suffering and his blind ambition mixed with intelligence is what makes him threatening. I get no intelligence from the character in the films. He just plays him as giddy and psychotic, which is Bellatrix NOT Voldemort. He dances around too much and plays the character like some B-movie villain.

My 6-year-old little sister who’s terrified of thunder and is usually over-afraid of things actually finds him amusing in the films. She’s afraid of the troll in SS and the werewolf and dementors in POA, but not of Voldemort …. she thinks he’s funny. I also laugh at a lot of his performance, including the vogue-like posing he does in OOTP during the possession and the cheesy noise he makes after Dumbledore turns his glass into sand. I think his most over-the-top moment is when he touches Harry’s face in GOF, Voldemort doesn’t act insane like that. His worst line is after Harry leaves the graveyard and he says “Noooooooo!” That’s just classic cheesiness right there.

So Voldemort in the books…..creepy, but I don’t think he’s the best villain ever. Voldemort in the films….laughable and not scary.

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Come on People- something Harry Potter is first and all you can do is be practical. I have read many lists like these and its always the same people on the number one spot- Vader, Lecter….. mostly Vader takes the cake. So I have to say WOO HOO to LORD VOLDY. Bellas not on there but she would make the list of female baddies alone Im sure. OH and did we forget that Alan made the list as the terrible Hans Gruber- Go Alan , good job sweetheart!! Snapes still my fav though. But yes Vader is scarey – I actually have a crush on Vader- something about sinister men in black with sexy voices. And Anthony Hopkins still gives me the chills every time I watch Silence of the Lambs- ” I ate his liver with some flava beans and a nice chianti” then he slurrps! chills.

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Katherine! Darth Vader “repented” at the end…Not so, Mr V!!!!!!!! He’s creepy, and evil all at the same time! [snake-like face, compared to overly large, noise making mask] I do agree that Mr Hopkins is a wonderful actor, and ‘Hannibal Lector’ belonged on the list…but NOT above our “dear” Mr V! Jess, Mr V IS trying to “enslave the Muggle world!”...He thinks that Wizards should be the “ruling class”, remember? LOL! Go Voldemort! [never thought I’d be saying that,either, Riverwings!]

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Personally, I think that Bellatrix Lestrange and Dolores Umbridge are the foulest Villains, not Lord Voldemort….

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Voldemort is that evil thats why he’s #1

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yeah, voldemort was scarier when he was more enigmatic…

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Voldemort beat out Darth Vadar? And he trumped over a cannibalistic, sadistic mass murderer aka Hannibal Lecter? O.O

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In the books, perhaps, but I don’t know about in the movies.

” I wanna see the light leave your eyes…”

When he talks I’m always like, ok, shut up, either kill him or not. Stop talking and do it then…hehehehe.

And in GoF, when he run towards the camera after Harr y portkeys himself and Cedric out, I laugh. (Not the right reaction.)

And in OotP, when he raises his arms over his head and cups his hands and shakes his fists, I think think about chicken wings. (Again, not the right reaction.)

I’m terrible….

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As much as I love Voldie, he’s almost too easy a choice (as is Darth Vader, another favorite of mine) because he is pure evil. I did look through Moviephone’s list and thought it was pretty good overall, but I would’ve liked to see more complicated villains on the list, people who weren’t on there just because they were an archetype. One suggestion – the Marquise from “Dangerous Liaisons”, a real nasty piece of work even if she wasn’t out committing murder. Glenn Close’s performance in that movie (John Malkovich’s as well) is superb. Also, “The Usual Suspect”’s Keyser Soze. He makes all the other criminals shake with fear and, like the shark in Jaws, that fear is magnified because he remains unseen/ unidentified until the end of the movie. He’s another killer without a conscience.

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He definetly deserves it, I mean can any other villain kill you with two words? And WTG Alan Rickman!!

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I think Ralph Fiennes is fantastic he’s so chilling, I was never much a fan of movie GOF but no can deny the last 30 mins is superb and its all down to Fiennes performance, they couldn’t have found a better Voldemort

Katherine, I never really seen Darth Vader as a villian, not like the emperor, in my eyes he’s always been a tragic character, I mean c’mon he was Anakin Skywalker

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HELL YEAHHH. :) Good job , Voldy. You’d make Merope proud. :D …. More like Morfin or something. I guess. Lol.

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Oh, btw, Ralph Fiennes is like so perfect, it’s almost impossible. &+, he’s really hot as Voldemort. :P Weird, but true. =)

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Darth Vadar looks like kid stuff next to Voldemort! I’m glad he topped the list.

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I agree with you Kiwi, Vader isnt the true villian of the Star Wars Sidious is – Vader was conned and tricked into the dark side of the force. He is kind of like Sweeney Todd, he was turned evil.

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Hell yeah, movie Voldy is my favorite villain ever. I love how he has mood swings all the time!

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BellaSnape: Did somebody say Sweeney Todd?! :)

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i mean its nice to see Potter in number one, but it’s lists like this that make people hate the series, and veiw as nothing more than commercial hype.

movie Voldy beating Vader and Lector? the fact that he doesn’t have any redeeming qualitys doesn’t make him a better villian, it makes him one dimentional- see disney villians for a hundred others painted in the same mold.

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Great job Fiennes!!!.....You do gr8 acting for Voldemort!!!!

Yuppie, about being number 1!

Harry Potter rules X)

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The appeal of HP aside, this is a bit absurd & clearly neglects to take into account the history of cinematic villainy. Vader & Lecter both put him to shame & that barely scratches the surface.

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i think i agree with the list….but definatly think the book is more frightening then the movie. they did a great job with the special effects on voldy…. you lose alot of the background info that you get from the books….just like bellatrix in the book she is posotively horrifyingly evil… not so on screen she ’s portrayed more mad than evil. lector is evil but in a more unhinged sort of way eating people yuk!!!!!

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Agreed. 1. Voldy 2. Darth Vader.

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Huh. I guess Voldemort is pretty scary now that I really think about it.

I guess he’s an interesting villain because he and Harry (the hero) have so many connections and similarities; but then again so did Anakin and Luke Skywalker. And also because of the mind-controlling and the havoc he’s wreaked in the books. lol Lots of reasons why he’s creepy. The end of the book GoF always creeps me out; Fiennes does a great job of portraying him to the tee. But it could be looked at as really ridiculous because I don’t think the movie-Voldemort has ever been too terrifying; just looks like a flat-faced white dude in black silk. What’s really scary is that he is intelligent, then again so is any great villain.

It’s really hard to capture the scariness of Voldemort in the films; in the books we have Harry’s scar always hurting (and I don’t think there’s been enough emphasis on Harry’s scar hurting in the latest films, especially considering that is Harry’s Voldemort-Radar…or Voldy-Dar if I may call it that…).

But I guess it’s appropriate considering the books finished up last summer, and with three more movies on the way might as well put Voldemort up top.

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Vader should have won. Voldy and Vader would be a great duel, anyhow.

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Awsome!!! Gor voldie!!! that would have been cool if bellatrix made it too. I sometimes think that she is worse than him. Plus she is awsome!!

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Finally, a number one spot

I’m tired of Harry Potter characters and books being upstaged by other stupid novels

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Uhh.. well done, Voldy! runs away, before he kills me

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@ siryean just because Voldy had no redeeming qualities doesnt mean he is not multidimensional. In fact he is far from one dimensional. My opinion is his past makes him multidimensional. He was one dimensional until the 6th book. The fact that he has no redeeming qualities shows just how evil he is.

I agree with this list, if you take into account what happens in the books. He is one of the best villians ever in my opinion. He’s creepy in the movies, but not as creepy as the books.

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Go Voldie! We love you! (Well, at least I do)

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what can i say? Cheers Voldemort! High Five! Now shake it, o yeah! JK, i dont want to die!!

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Im so proud of you all you have such support for Bellatrix- yes shes mad wacko, psycho, insane, bonkers, sadistic, evil, pretty, but she still deserves support. I think Helena does a great job as her she just didnt get enought time to flex her skills and really show off. I think she will be given the chance in the movies too come. They really kept some her better lines out of the movie though- that was disappointing. I still love Darth Vader( literally) and Hannibal Lecter. I would say I love Voldy but he belongs to Bella. They’re in Hell together sharing a grave. Voldys saying” Dang Potter” and Bellatrix is consoling him ” I know darling.” excuse me I have a wild imagination.

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I’m sorry, but … no.

Hannibal Lecter wins any day, followed immediately by Darth Vader, and then Annie Wilkes. Voldemort is definitely in the top 10, though.

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Way to go Voldie!

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How does Voldemort’s past make his multidimensional? There is nothing in him beside evil and arrogance. Just because it is explained why he is evil (which is also iffy), it doesn’t give him “depth”. This is about as silly as someone in the forums who said that Dumbledore is one of the most complex characters in history.

And this whole issue is pretty pointless to discuss, because (aside from some people) most are biased toward anything in the series. No offense.

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my vote goes to the marketing crew of WB vivexe

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I think that Voldemort is a good villan Nr One.

I kept on looking at this page and there are also “best daddies” and Mr. Weasley is Nr. Nine in the list (he should be getting a better nummer)

Why isn`t this mentioned ? He looks great in the telefon box going to the Ministry.

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Voldemort is #1? That’s very surprising, especially considering this is the list of greatest movie villians. I never thought he was too chilling because he always monologued like a comic book villian, espicially toward the end of Deathly Hallows. He was chilling sometimes, but I always wished he was a bit more original like Umbridge.

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Yeah, he is so much more worse then Vader in the movies… whatever. Shows who was voting.

I like Volde in the books, I think he is horrible in the movies… he could be a better bad guy if the director could direct. He doesn’t give me any chills or make me want to run out of the room crying or anything. Its just blah boring…

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like i said the books made voldy really evil because of the background info that the movies couldn’t bring to life. as for bellatrix , they should have stuck with the way she acted in the books. that cool aristocratic haughtyness made her absolutly sinister, the movies portrayed her as just mad not nearly as scarey. the snape and lucious charactors match the books which is much better sinister with just a look….

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I definately think lord voldemort should be the number one villian just by looking at him you can tell he’s pure evil!!

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Can anyone believe that is Alan- I love the movie Die Hard. In that pic he looks like Snape with groomed short hair, a business suit , and a small beard. Yippie Ky- yay- peoples.

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I ahve to say that Voldemort in OotP was especially derranged and freay! The face that Ray Fienes made when he licked the fire was unbelievablly evil. You could tell this monster had trully lost his mind! I lovedd when Ray Fienes had Voldemort go from an insane/ power monger to immediatly calm and cunning when Dumbeldore turned the glass shard into sand. That was my top moment in HP movies, ever! Good pick people.

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I think the book Voldemort was scarier than the Movie Voldy. Emperor from Star Wars should be number two.

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I personally think that Voldemort isn’t so scary as others say. There has been other characters scarier than him.

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I would have put Darth Vader at number one. He’s so iconic. I don’t even know if I would put Voldy on the list – as a movie villain, he leaves a lot to be desired. Feines did a great job in my opinion, but we really haven’t seen enough of him to judge him against the 24 others in the list.

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I truely believe that the number one villain of all time has to be based on how much fear that villain puts into you and much you mind is fixed on that villain afterwards. With all due respect to Lord Voldemort, I think Heath Ledgers JOKER had an overwhelming impression on me. Twice already in one week after seeing ‘The Dark Night” I have had nightnares about him and this coming from a 27-Year-Old guy. Plus, Voldemorts appearance is much more passive compared to the JOKER’s. When looking at the two villains physically, which one scares me more. THE JOKER of acourse HE! HE! HE!

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OK You know what i think their both creepy in their own evil-psychotic way. Trying to kill an infant is really sad and evil. And eating humans is even creepier. OMG thinking bout it gives me the hee-bee gee-bees.

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I wouldnt mind reading books about lord Voldemort’s transformation and how he learned all his secret magic. reading that would probably boost the characters street cred even more as a villain

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