The villains mentioned on our list have qualities that make them more likable. Our “Anti-Villains” are worthy of their title based on their witty comments or ability to blend among the “normal civilians” by exposing their human side. They might even intrigue us with their charms and cunning skills, which makes them dangerous and interesting. Let’s have a look at GeekShizzle’s list of 15 Likable Series and Movie Villains [Set 2].
1. Michael K Williams – Omar Devone Little –The Wire (series)
The modern interpretation of the wild west cowboy, Omar Little, is a favorite among the anti-villain fans . Omar is a character on the HBO drama “The Wire”, portrayed by Michael K. Williams. He is a renowned stick-up man who robs drug dealers. He lives by a strict moral code and never deviates from his rules, foremost among them that he never robs or menaces people who are not involved in “the game”. He is well known for the trench coat with the shotgun hanging from his shoulder.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done my share of dirt, but I ain’t never put my gun to anybody who wasn’t in the game.”
2. Denzel Washington – Alonzo Harris – Training Day (movie)
Alonzo Harris is the main villain of Training Day. He is a “bad” cop who has went far too deep into the criminal underworld, corrupting himself in the process. The L.A.P.D. detective Sergeant Harris has sunk so deep into the depths of his line of work that he has reached a point where his own life has become the target of a foolish debt to be repaid. Considered one of the best in his department, no one could have suspected how far of the radar his life has turned.
“Today’s a training day, Officer Hoyt. Show you around, give you a taste of the business. I got 38 cases pending trial, 63 in active investigations, another 250 on the log I can’t clear. I supervise five officers. That’s five different personalities. Five sets of problems. You can be number six if you act now. But I ain’t holding no hands, okay? I ain’t baby-sitting. You got today and today only to show me who and what you’re made of. You don’t like narcotics, get the fuck out of my car. Go get you a nice, pussy desk job, chasing bad checks or something, you hear me?”
3. Javier Bardem – Anton Chigurh – No Country For Old Men (movie)
Anton Chigurh is the main antagonist of the novel and film, No Country For Old Men. In the movie he is portrayed by Javier Bardem. He is best described as a ruthless hitman, cunning and methodical. Critics have praised Bardem’s portrayal of Chigurh, which won him an Oscar, a Golden globe and a BAFTA for his performance. The haircut however, may have left you with a smile whilst you enjoy your last moments before he killed you. The hippy haircut was rather ironic, considering Chigurh’s high profile killing status.
Javier Bardem jokingly said “he won’t be getting laid for weeks” after seeing for the first time his new haircut.
“What’s the most you ever lost in a coin toss?”
4. Ron Perlman – Clay Morrow – Sons of Anarchy (series)
Clarence “Clay” Morrow is a character in the FX television series Sons of Anarchy. He is played by Ron Perlman. He is the former President of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, but is also a vigilante as he does everything in his power to ensure that drug dealers and rapists stay out of his town. He is the youngest of the First 9 (original motorcycle club or MC). The MC has always been his first priority, however he is consumed by money and power. Clay is directly linked the embezzlement of the Club’s company savings and the murders of his own club members.
“ Anything happens to my grandson, anything, I promise you I’m gonna shove a gun barrel up that bony ass of yours and I’m gonna blow that black heart of yours out.”
5. Hayden Christensen – Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker/ Ani) – Star Wars (movies)
Anakin Skywalker served the Galactic Republic as a Jedi Knight and later served the Galactic Empire as the Sith Lord Darth Vader. Born to Shmi Skywalker, later in life he became the secret husband of Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo and the father of the Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker and Jedi Knight Leia Organa Solo.
Vadar is probably the most notorious anti-villain in “geek film” history. I still prefer the older Star Wars films however I have an appreciation for the new digitally enhanced versions. I will never forget the fight scene where Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi progressed on the structures of the massive facility that hovered over the deadly lava of Mustafar.
“Don’t lecture me, Obi-Wan! I see through the lies of the Jedi. I do not fear the dark side as you do. I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new Empire.”
6. Hugo Weaving – Agent Smith – The Matrix Trilogy (movies)
Agent Smith (“Smith”) is an Agent of the Matrix. After being initially destroyed by Neo, he became an Exile program and manifested as a computer virus. Smith is the central antagonist of The Matrix Trilogy, portrayed by Hugo Weaving. Smith is an Agent of the system. Like other Agents, Smith’s role is to police and maintain the Matrix by eliminating potential threats to the stability of the system such as redpills and defective programs.
Smith appears to function as the leader of the Agents, and has the authority to launch Sentinel attacks in the real world. I will never forget the manner in which Smith speaks, it is similar to that of the late Carl Sagan. The noticeable pauses at odd places in his sentences made Smith extremely entertaining to watch.
“You hear that Mr. Anderson?… That is the sound of inevitability… It is the sound of your death… Goodbye, Mr. Anderson…”
7. Joe Pesci – Tommy DeVito – Goodfellas (movie)
Tommy DeVito, portrayed by Joe Pesci, was based on real-life mobster Tommy DeSimone. Tommy can be best described as a short man who is known to be vicious, sociopathic and ruthless. His ‘Napoleon Complex’, on-screen antics made him a thrill to watch. He kills people for no reason at times, although he usually kills whenever he is provoked.
“Good shot. What do you want from me? Good shot. Fu#kin’ rat anyway. His family’s all rats. He’ll grow up to be a rat.”
8. James Purefoy – Mark Antony – Rome (series)
Mark Antony is a historical figure who features as a character in the HBO/BBC2 original television series Rome, played by James Purefoy. Like the real Mark Antony he was a Roman general and politician and a close supporter of Julius Caesar. The “Tribune of the People” depicter played the character extremely well by bringing to life the sneaky, backstabbing and ruthless nature of Mark Anthony.
“If I ever again hear your name connected with murmurs of treachery, I will cut off these soft, pink hands and nail them to the senate door.”
9. Michael Rosenbaum – Lex-Luthor – Smallville (series)
Lex Luthor has been Superman’s archenemy for most of the superhero’s existence. He has been envisioned as Superman’s dual opposite; morally depraved and relying on intellect over strength. Rather than harnessing his genius for good, Luthor seizes power for his own benefit and is a threat at large. I enjoyed Rosenbaum’s portrayal of Luthor, he was more ruthless and evil than the others actors that depicted the character. It is a very debatable subject as to who portrayed Lex Luthor best. We have seen good actors tacking a crack at the character; John Shea, Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey had an opportunity.
” You know, in ancient Persia, the kings would kill a messenger who brought them news they didn’t like. In modern times, a sword in the chest might seem a little extreme. Something more subtle would be in order. Enjoying your drink?”
10. Al Pacino – Tony Montana – Scarface – (movie)
Tony Montana is a refugee who came from the poverty ridden Cuba and rose from the ashes to become one of Miami’s wealthiest drug lords. He comes from communist Cuba where everyone is poor and mistreated by the government. When he came to America his key focus was money and power. Tony’s main problem was greed; the money and power did not satisfy him. This eventually led to his dead when an agreement with a powerful drug syndicate went horribly wrong.
“I never f#cked anybody over in my life didn’t have it coming to them. You got that? All I have in this world is my balls and my word and I don’ break them for no one.”
11. Tom Cruise – Vincent – Collateral – (movie)
Vincent, portrayed by Tom Cruise, is a hitman in Michael Mann’s film Collateral. Max Durocher, portrayed by Jamie Fox, is a taxi driver who witnessed Vincent killing a man and then became the hostage and driver to unwillingly assist Vincent to carry out his killing duties. Vincent is a charismatic character and a calculated, cold hearted killer. His little life lessons when speaking to Max was entertaining. He was the “unannounced backseat motivational speaker”, encouraging Max to seize life and pursue his dream of opening a limousine company, “Island Limo”.
“Okay, look, here’s the deal. Man, you were gonna drive me around tonight, never be the wiser, but El Gordo got in front of a window, did his high dive, we’re into Plan B. Still breathing? Now we gotta make the best of it, improvise, adapt to the environment, Darwin, shit happens, I Ching, whatever man, we gotta roll with it.”
12. Christian Camargo – Brian Moser (Rudy Cooper) – Ice truck killer – Dexter (series)
Rudy Cooper the prosthologist was an alias that Brian (depited by Christian Camargo) used in order to secure a new life for himself without the past history of a mental patient. Brian’s fascination for prosthetics and limbs stem from watching his mother get brutally dismembered in a cargo container with his brother Dexter. I was sad to see Brian making a swift exit by his own brother’s hand, he was one of the few character that understood Dexter’s dark side. The witty to-and-fro discussions, unraveling the demented state of their psychotic minds was brilliant.
“Because you don’t turn the other cheek, you slice it. Brother Sam doesn’t know you like brother Brian does.”
13. Michael Fassbender – Magneto – X-Men: First Class (movie)
Magneto is a powerful mutant from the Marvel series X-Men and is the archenemy of the X-Men. Despite once being close friends with Professor Xavier, the two became enemies when Xavier championed the co-existence of mutant and human kind working together. In addition to his traditional role as the adversary of the X-Men, Magneto has fought against several other heroes and villains in the Marvel universe, often being depicted as a man capable of switching roles between villain and antihero depending on the situation.
Michael Fassbender has in many ways upstaged his co-stars as the depicter of Magneto. His performance was epic and a true ground breaker as a serious comic villain to be reckoned with in future installments of the franchise.
“Erik Lehnsherr to Sebastian Shaw: Everything you did, made me stronger. Made me the weapon I am today. It’s the truth. I’ve known it all along. You are my creator.”
14. Billy Zane – The Collector – Tales from the crypt (movie)
The Collector is one of a long series of demons charged with the special task of finding and collecting the seven keys to open the gate to the apocalypse. Billy Zane portrayed “The Collector”, a charming gentleman in a trench coat and cowboy hat. His comedic and sharp-witted remarks was carried throughout the “Tales from the crypt” classic.
“F#ck this cowboy sh!t! You f#cking ho-dunk, po-dunk, well then there motherf#ckers!”
15. Mark Sheppard – Crowley – Supernatural (series)
Crowley, depicted by Mark Sheppard, is a red-eyed crossroads demon, who is the self-titled king of the crossroads demons and the underworld. Crowley is suave, but he loves to use insults and banter. He uses sexual innuendos in an effort to make people uncomfortable and therefore give himself an advantage. In Season 5, after the death of Lylith and Lucifer’s release and re-capture, Crowley appointed himself the new ruler of Hell to protect him from the wrath of his fellow demons.
“Don’t worry about–What, like Lucifer didn’t worry? Or Michael? Or Lilith or Alastair or Azazel didn’t worry?! Am I the only game piece on the board who doesn’t underestimate those denim-wrapped nightmares?!”
If you missed it, here’s Set 1 of our 15 Likable Villains