Sometimes the bad guys really do it better!  This weekend my husband and I went to see Thor: The Dark World, and the entire time I found myself rooting for Loki. It might be due in part to the fact that Tom Hiddleston is kind of perfection. But it got me to thinking, sometimes, no matter how hard I try not to, I end up liking the bad guy! And apparently I'm not alone. After chatting with other movie buffs, I've come up with the top 10 most likable movie villains!

(In random order):

DARTH VADOR-[STAR WARS FRANCHISE]:

Darth Vador is the ultimate tragic hero/villain. Sure, he kind of turned into a scary dictator of the galaxy, but he started out thinking he was doing the right thing. Plus, we know that deep down under his life support costume lives Hayden Christensen.

GIF via Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

 

THE JOKER-[THE DARK KNIGHT]:

Remember when people said Heath Ledger couldn't compete with Jack Nicholson's famous portrayal of the Joker? Obviously he proved the haters wrong. Ledger's performance was as haunting as it was entertaining, and gave the character real depth.

GIF via The Dark Knight

 

GASTON-[BEAUTY AND THE BEAST]:

When I was a kid (like 4 or 5) I couldn't understand why Belle didn't marry Gaston. He was handsome, strong, and could sing! Hopefully my taste in men matured over the years, but I still have a soft spot in my heart for G.

GIF via Beauty and the Beast

 

CAPTAIN HOOK-[HOOK]:

Sure he tried to steal Peter Pan's kids and kill Pan at the same time, but remember that epic baseball game he put on for Michael? I'm pretty sure that evens things out.

GIF via Hook

 

LOKI-[THOR/AVENGERS FRANCHISE]:

Um, first of all I want to be BFFs with Tom Hiddleston. Also, all Loki really wants is his father's approval! And he does help Thor and Jane in the newest Thor sequal! (kind of) Soooo can we please make sure he is in every Avengers movie from now on? Kay, Thanks!

GIF via The Avengers

 

THE RIDDLER-[BATMAN RETURNS]:

First of all, can we all agree that this is the best of the Tim Burton Batman movies? Jim Carrey as the Riddler is probably my favorite Batman villain ever, besides Heath as the Joker. And again, deep down he just wanted to be appreciated!

GIF via Batman Returns

 

THE PHANTOM-[PHANTOM OF THE OPERA]:

I will ALWAYS root for Gerard Butler, no matter what the movie is. Also, how can you not love the Phantom! He is just misunderstood because no one ever loved him!

GIF via Phantom of the Opera

 

HANNIBAL LECTER-[SILENCE OF THE LAMBS ETC]:

Okay, okay, he eats people. But he's so witty, and he usually only dines on the bad guys, right? (Too far?)

GIF via Silence of the Lambs

 

NORMAN BATES-[PYSCHO]:

The best thing about Alfred Hitchcock movies is that all the characters are so complex. It's not Norman's fault he is a complete pyscho, (see what I did there?). It's his crazy mom who did it to him!

GIF via Pyscho

 

THE T-REX-[JURASSIC PARK]:

Although she does try to eat everyone early in the movie, the T-REX ends up saving everyone at the end, when she destroys the velociraptors right before they kill everyone!

GIF via Jurassic Park

 

Who's your favorite movie villain? Tweet me, @DaniOnUS105!