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Poll: Who is your favorite geek movie villain?

Geek movies have some great bad guys -- there's Darth Vader, HAL 9000, and The Terminator to name a few. Let us know which geek movie villain you like the most.

In the realm of geek movies, we often end of rooting for the bad guy. Sometimes we empathize with them, or perhaps they are merely caught up in the same problems we all face but take a different path to solving them. Others just live the way we wish we could live. And still others are coldly calculating, in control, and are more than happy to let you know it. So, out of the following list of geek movie villains, who do you like the most?

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185 comments
kentontator
kentontator

No one said him...lots of sweet gadgets and a bounty hunter

IPoverCONUS
IPoverCONUS

I think the best villain was the character Proteus in "The Demon Seed!"

Desert Rose
Desert Rose

The I, Robot villainess. Definitely had that feminine myst-sneak going on. On a lighter note...either Stan Gable or OGRE! OGRE! OGRE! OGRE! should make the list.

Montgomery Gator
Montgomery Gator

Great over the top villan in "Flash Gordon". Loved the command for all to make merry under penalty of death. :-)

twistedg
twistedg

But in a close second, Agent Smith from The Matrix. But horror/comedy horror: Nathaniel Demerest, the djinn in the first two Wishmaster movies. (Don't think that qualifies as geek movie though)

smvv1
smvv1

From the first Diehard movie, Hans Gruber. Dry humour, dapper dresser, fastidious, greedy and deadly.

trbarrett
trbarrett

Either Cohaagen who is evil cutting off all the air to those people or even Hauser ... you got to be quite twisted to wipe your memory just to help your boss

psingleton
psingleton

I've looked(though admittedly not through all) and I can't believe it, Daleks were mentioned, but The Master wasn't? Now that is one tough, smart, insane guy! I mean he was the only villain I ever saw best The Doctor, and he was a Timelord to boot! C'mon, he stole the TARDIS on multiple occasions, and before anyone says it...there were multiple Dr Who movies, not just the television series.

Jack-M
Jack-M

Without a 2nd thought my favorite is Boris Karloff. From his work as the early Frankenstein's monster to his work with the 3 Stooges. His keeping up with the tech of the times, from silents to color movies and TV shows he's the 'monster extrodianaire of the 20th century. JackM

Robert.Burke
Robert.Burke

Lex Luthor hands down. In the movies and on TV and in the comics he is the baddest of the bad!!!!!!!!!!

OH Smeg
OH Smeg

Has to be the unnamed android from Blake's 7 in the fourth Series Episode 6 [b]Headhunter.[/b] Where the unnamed Android removes it's makers head to effect it's escape and then it tries to unite with Orac to become the Super Power of the Universe. Makes the rest of this lot look as weak as they actually are. ;)

cbeez
cbeez

'He who must not be named" is the scariest. It's a fight to the death, period.

drednot57
drednot57

Talk about a Juggernaut of a villain, he was it. Absolutely indestructible. No other villains ever came close because they all eventually died.

BFilmFan
BFilmFan

Known for his amazing abilities to: Scare the living hell out of hard case prisoners, guards, former US Army Rangers Freak everyone out singing on crashing airplanes - note if I ever am in a nigh certain death plane is going down in flames situation, I am singing 'He's Got The Whole World In His Hands' as a tribute to Steve Buscemi Play nice with kids at trailer parks Have witty dialogue with the nominal shaggy hero types Play craps in Vegas at the end of the day and look really kewl doing it All make this guy a villan that ya just have to like...

linda
linda

Kirk Douglas as Cactus Jack Slade in the movie The Villain Arnold Vosloo as the High Priest Imhotep in The Mummy series directed by Stephen Sommers

quintasTiberius
quintasTiberius

Wars vs Trek. Khan was indeed a near perfect villain because he embodies the essence of the corrupted superior intellect. His mind is so fouled that he blames Kirk for something over which he had no power, despite the fact that Kirk tried to give him a sporting chance when others would have locked him away and vaporized the key. A true example of the evil side of human nature: finding a scapegoat to take out one's rage on. That said, there can be no more outstanding example of geek villainy than Darth Vader. A truly great bad guy instills fear from the moment he enters a room. And Vader makes the most menacing entrance of all time in ANH, a terrible black cloud despoiling the all-white surroundings. Even the stormtroopers are clad in white precisely to accentuate his appearance. And so my vote has to go to Vader, but with Khan as a strong runner-up, and everyone else far behind.

etimos
etimos

Sylar is the perfect villain. He has all the power he can get, and on spare time, de doubles as Spock on another movie. Fantastic.

RG Bargy
RG Bargy

Gotta be Darth Sidious/Sen. Palpatine OOOh he's so evil, he can't even speak right... (Ian McDairmid you should be ashamed of yourself - hope the 30 pieces of silver were worth it)

cellarat
cellarat

Colossus from the movie "Colossus: The Forbin Project"

K_Green
K_Green

Though I voted for Star Wars Ep. IV Darth Vader, here are some more contenders: * Damien (The Omen) ... doesn't get more evil than the Devil incarnate. * John Milton (The Devil's Advocate). Pacino as Satan ... the most nuanced portrayal I've ever seen. * Pinhead (the Hellraiser series) ... straight from Hell. * Morgana (Excalibur) ... Helen Mirren in armor & using dark magic. What's not to love? * Mr. Hand (Dark City)

throuble
throuble

OK, so mentioning Dr. Horrible reveals that I am a bit of a Joss Whedon groupie. I have to admit, I like the way he brings out the obvious in surprising ways. In the case of Dr. Horrible, we find out that he's not quite as horrible as the "hero" of the saga. For those not yet initiated, here is a link to scene 1 of this Internet/DVD saga: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apEZpYnN_1g -Thom

gbrownsword
gbrownsword

Sharon Stone as Douglas Quaid's wife in Total Recall and Mr. Cohagen.

Fregeus
Fregeus

Or Borg, not sure which to pick. TCB

plainoldme1
plainoldme1

What about the master he just has some minor ego problems!

C
C

... from the movie 'Fallen'

Geekstuff1
Geekstuff1

Khan, he should be on the list, yes Khan!

Phil Haney
Phil Haney

Almost went with Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, or Alan Rickman as Severus Snape, but I have to go with the nameless guys in "Firefly" with the blue gloves (and the gizmo that just makes you bleed.....)

darrell.jones
darrell.jones

Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming) in Spy Kids is awfully good (or bad), and Todd Spengo (Jon Lovitz) as well

Reboot XXXI
Reboot XXXI

The Joker by Heath Ledger* is for me the greatest villain ever... My favorite geek movie villain. * = RIP. My list: The Joker - Heath Ledger?s * - The Dark Knight Jigsaw - Saw. Agent Smith - The Matrix The Terminator - All series. Darth Vader - Original Star Wars trilogy

george.jenkins
george.jenkins

Gotta admit, a bunch of us geeks have probably seen Rocky Horror Picture Show at least once and Tim Curry does an excellent job playing villians in many movies and TV shows. Darkness (with big horns and hooves) from Legend, Gaal from Earth 2, the crazed clown from IT, and more.

dustman1995
dustman1995

Up-Grayde from Idiocracy, One of the best underrated movies out today.

markc
markc

Wow! So many great suggestions. Heath Ledger's Joker, Colossus, and Dr. Lizardo hadn't even occurred to me! However, I'm going to stick with my choice. I've never seen any other movie villain that was so ABSOLUTELY convinced of the righteousness of his actions. Misplaced "religious" fervor beats out greed, insanity, and bad programming every time in my book. :^)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Oh, you mean the the movie that shared little more than a title with the book.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

I feel ashamed that I forgot him on my earlier list! :(

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Saruman was never more than a diversion.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

...but really, Saruman doesn't do a whole lot in the film. Sure, the eye bugging around the top of the tower, and sending out minions....but I need some more direct interaction to be labeled a 'favorite villain'.

The Master2
The Master2

Cutting off the air was not evil at all he was just attempting to cure those peoples addiction to Oxygen. After all several hours without oxygen is good for the soul and is a starting point to fight that dreaded [b]Oxygen Addiction[/b] that so many suffer from.

The Master2
The Master2

And more importantly pay homage to people like me. :^0 :D :^0 :D :^0 :D But I'm not evil just single minded in what I want to do. ;)

erica.j.henson
erica.j.henson

Eeeeew. I just watched Fallen again when on the couch with the flu. I forgot how evil he was. Good choice!

dkoch
dkoch

Hadn't thought about him but you're right. Religious fanatics are the scariest thing in the universe.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

Towards the end of the series, he had just about befriended Picard (agreed to look after his love interest, did the 'Wonderful Life' thing for him, etc). But Q was my 2nd favorite character on TNG (after Worf), so maybe I'm just going easy on him? :) I do think his lack of appearances in any of the TNG films was a travesty. He would have been much more interesting than aliens from Hollywood (face stretchy guys) or Picard's Romulan twin. Oh well.

kentontator
kentontator

Caleb was one of my favorite villains in the series...also the actor was in fire fly..

jck
jck

I was waiting for Berman/Braga/Paramount to get smart and actually adapt one of the good TNG books from over the years into a movie, like Vendetta. Guess they went the easy route, got unknowns, did a throw-back alternative, and did a bunch of overpriced effects. Ah well...guess I have to move to Hollywood and take over before another ST film can get done right. ;)

jck
jck

It's a sad case. No consistency. Berman and Braga et al are ruining Gene's life work. Bastards. BTW, Vendetta (if you didn't know) was a TNG novel written by Peter David back in the 1990s that concerned TNG in the future (at that point when TNG was in Season 4 or 5), and was concerned with the TNG crew confronting the Borg. It would have made an incredible follow-up to the ST:TNG First Contact or even Nemesis, and a great final TNG film. But, well. Yeah. So, when are we gonna storm Paramount's gates again? lol P.S.- My favorite line ever comes from that book...when a Borg assaults Data after he tries to communicate with it, and Worf fires on him and disables him. Worf says: "Phasers are the universal communicators." I friggin love it. :^0

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

Asides from the Borg, the baddies in the TNG films have been really, really disappointing. With the 'reboot', I really didn't like the villain, either. A mining ship is really going to be able to do that much damage?? A MINING SHIP??? I can buy causing earthquakes and what not, but taking out an entire squadron (I think they mentioned something along the lines of 30ish) of Klingon ships is absurd. Modern civilian ships are routinely pirated by guys on a dinghy; I am not sure they'd go through 30 or so naval warships from the 1860s (unless they rammed through them all...maybe). Not to mention the plot of Romulus being destroyed completely ignored the season of DS-9 when the Romulans became de facto allies of the Federation. I'm sure there would have been more than just one tiny ship involved in saving/evacuating Romulus. BLAH...I could go on and on. But you're right, unless fans take over Paramount, we shouldn't hold our breath for a top-to-bottom solid film.