Best Film Villains: Elite Eight Baddest Baddies

To celebrate the Spooktacular month of October, the Bit Players have put together a tournament to honor those individuals that make the month leading up to Halloween such a special one: the movie villains. For the entire month, you can vote on each matchup as we lead up to Halloween, when we will crown the #1 film villain of all time. Whether they’re demented psychopaths, silent slashers, megalomaniac world-crushers, or just manipulative bullies, movie villains have long been a huge part of film history and serve just as vital of a role as the heroes they battle; they often become more revered than even the cape-donning protagonists that serve as their foils, perhaps because it’s easier to see a little humanity in the evildoers than strict do-gooders.

You people are legitimately crazy. We started this tournament off to determine the greatest villain in film, but we overlooked one of the most major factors we could have: we're apparently dealing with the greatest villains in life as our listener/voter base. Lord Voldemort was ousted by Predator. Our first 1-seed down. We have two 6-seeds in the Elite 8. It's pandemonium in the Bit Players HQ. We've got interns running around with their arms flailing. We don't even have interns. That's how nuts this is. Now we must collect ourselves and move on, and present to you the Elite 8 of the Baddest Baddies tournament. We've got only two single-film villains left in Hans Gruber and Joker (though he hardly counts), only one 2-seed left in Gruber, a matchup we completely didn't expect in Michael Myers taking on Predator. This is wild. Do your voting.

Vote for your favorite villains for the remainder of the week as we get closer to crowning the ultimate film baddie.

The voting process will be laid out as follows:
Round 1: Monday, October 3 - Wednesday, October 5
View First Round Results
Round 2: Thursday, October 6 - Sunday, October 9
View Second Round Results
Sweet 16: Monday, October 10 - Wednesday, October 12
View Sweet Sixteen Results
Elite 8: Thursday, October 13 - Sunday, October 16
Final Four: Monday, October 17 - Sunday, October 23
Finals: Monday, October 24 - Sunday, October 30

Read below to pick your champion, and make sure to enter your email address in the final matchup in order to be entered into a random drawing for a $50 Fandango gift card. You may vote as many times as you'd like, but your email will only be entered once per day. This means that over the course of the full tournament's 27 days, your email could be entered 27 times to win!

#1 Joker (The Dark Knight)
#6 Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)

Jason Voorhees has had probably the toughest road to the Elite 8, taking down the likes of Magneto and Sauron, and now he faces his, and potentially anyone's in this tournament, hardest battle yet in Heath Ledger's Joker. Joker has proven his overall 1-seed status all throughout the tournament, never even coming close to defeat, and he delivered his most dominant win yet in the Sweet Sixteen. Coming into this tournament if you had shown us this matchup, we would've said Joker will win, guaranteed. But we're apparently dealing with the George Mason of Villains in Jason, and a 1-seed upset just might be in the cards.

#3 Michael Myers (Halloween)
#5 Predator (Predator)

Put this one down for easily the most shocking Elite 8 matchup of the tournament, and the most shocking matchup of the tournament at large. Predator, despite simply being a creature acting upon its nature, took down the fucking Dark Lord earlier this week (this can't be confirmed, but we are fairly certain that no other villain in this tournament is called the Dark Lord), and Michael Myers took advantage of Jack Torrance upsetting Agent Smith in Round 2, making quick work of old Jacky boy in the Sweet 16. Anything could happen, here, but Michael Myers has the arguable icon factor going for him.

#1 Darth Vader (Star Wars)
#2 Hans Gruber (Die Hard)

When you set up a bracket like this, you always assume that the regional final is going to be a 1-2 matchup, and even though this is the only one that actually played out, it was always the most brutal one on paper. Darth Vader, one of the most iconic baddies of all time, against Hans F. Gruber (middle name: Fucking). There is probably not any more of a titanic actor in this tournament than the late, great Alan Rickman (who actually was the only actor represented twice in the bracket), and seeing him go would be a harsh pill to swallow. On the other hand, it's Darth Vader. We don't envy you.

#1 Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)
#6 Biff Tannen (Back to the Future)

Finally, we have Hannibal Lecter vs. Biff Tannen. Hannibal has had perhaps the most dominant run thus far, only dropping a handful of votes over the course of three rounds. This one seems pretty simple. Lecter is going to chomp through Biff like a Chrismtas ham.

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