6.) Darth Vader : He is possibly the most iconic villain of the last 40 years if not the most of all time! His story is simple and sad... He makes the wrong choice and literally turns into to something that was once a man. All of us can relate to this because we all have had a time in our life where we have known in our gut something was wrong, but did it anyway...forever changing the course of our life. Over time, if we are lucky, we make up for that one bad decision. This was the case for Vader who in the end chose to to help his son, redeem himself and bring balance to the force! A tragic but beautiful story.
7.) Doctor Doom : This guy is basically who he is because of jealousy, insecurity, greed and pure ego! He wants to prove he is the smartest, most powerful man in the world! And he is compensating for that man inside the suit of armor who is mangled, insecure and afraid of what people think of him! It's so easy to hate and relate to this guy because we all have our insecurities and fears. And even though we say we don't care what people think... we kind of do. I mean we all want to do right by the ones we care for and we all have had our feeling hurt at times by something that someone said or did to us. (which means we do care) But what do we do? We wear invisible suits of armor to hide whatever pain we have experienced in our lives. We smile and say everything is fine, but inside we may be in real pain. This is the genius of what Doctor Doom represents in my opinion. He is us at our worst! His suit is the Masks we hide behind.
8.) The Red Skull : Sure now he is the founder of Hydra, but lets not forget that he started out as a Nazi! Clearly Hitler and the Nazi's are some of the most evil people to ever walk the earth! Horrific stuff! Disgusting crimes against humanity! The Red Skull was a representation of the evil that the world was really fighting at the time he was created! If Captain America is the pinnacle of everything Good then the Red Skull is the dark abyss of everything that is evil! You can't even really relate to this guy and that is actually what makes him a great villain in this case.
9.) Brainiac: Similar to a character like Galactus, Brainiac destroys worlds... But before he destroys them he downloads all of the their information and records it. He basically puts everything a species and planet was on a flash drive. AND he does this over and over again until he has recorded all knowledge in the universe. He does this to complete his programming! And he can't really be destroyed, he just downloads into something else and reboots. So he is a villain that Superman will have to most likely fight forever! ( Least until Brainiac 5, I guess?) Brainiac also represents a very real fear of technology that many people share today. There are constantly films about AI becoming self aware and over taking us... even destroying us. The idea of Brainiac could become a real thing in the near future?
10.) Mr. Potter : No not Harry Potter kids. Mr. Potter from It's a Wonderful Life! This dude is the worst, man! He is a straight dollar sign and bottom line business man! He loves money, power, lives his life by greed and worst of all he takes joy in suppressing the little man. As my mom would say "He's just so mean." This dude steals the Bailey Building and Loan cash deposit and then calls the police simply to ruin them and completely take over the town! How could anyone do that and live w/ himself! He doesn't have evil super powers or murder people in cold blood... He makes it personal. He only wants to crush his enemies (and see them driven before you) to gain more money and more power. It's more of a game to him than anything else... The Building and Loan isn't ruining his business, at least not to wear he needs to destroy them! He is just an asshole! And aren't the villains in your everyday life just assholes!? You can't help but hate this guy! And the worst part is that he gets away w/ it! No one in the film knows Potter was behind the whole thing and that he pushed George over that edge! Keep those friends close George Bailey, but keep Potter closer!!!
A few honorable mentions... The Green Goblin, Magneto, King Pin, Ra's al Ghul, Thragg ( Invincible) Conquest (Invincible) Mr. Freeze, Sinestro, Baron Zemo, Mola Ram (Temple of Doom) Emperor Palpatine, Cobra Commander, Skeletor.... Just to name a few there are many others! If you have any to add please do so. I hope you enjoyed this list it was fun to write about bad guys! Do the opposite of all of these guys and be kind to each other!