Welcome to Round 2 of the Best Film Villains tournament! It was an exciting few days of voting for Round 1, where we saw a lot of surprising results, which makes us happy, as the last thing we wanted was for this month-long tournament to be too predictable. We had some blowouts, as every 1-seed predictably destroyed their competition, and some matchups go down to the wire. We had the obligatory 12-seed over a 5-seed as Shooter McGavin began what we predict will be a strong run deep into the tourney, and it was sad to see some of these villains go, though we knew it had to be done.
Now the competition begins to really heat up as the field begins to slim down! 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
Sweet 16: Monday, October 10 - Wednesday, October 12
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!
Joker decimated one Disney villain in Shere Khan, and now we see if he can keep up that pace against Aladdin's foil Jafar. Should the Joker continue his dominance, we might have to rethink whether he's truly a villain or not, as he's taking down our childhood sources of fear, one by one. Jafar is no slouch, however. He slimed his way past the Wicked Witch of the West in Round 1, and hopes to sneak into the Sweet 16 next week with a huge upset.
In one of the most shocking first round upsets, the killer clown from It, Pennywise, took down Ivan Drago. The fight went the full sixteen rounds, with huge swings of votes taking the matchup on a roller coaster ride over the 3 days, but Pennywise pulled it out in the end. If we allowed Round 1 to go on any longer, it could have gone the other way, but it is what it is, and Pennywise now must deal with Kylo Ren.
Though Jason Voorhees actually had a little difficulty with The Lion King's Claudius in Scar, a strict metallic beatdown from Magneto might not be in the cards. Scar was a hearts and minds vote if there ever was one, a villain that had stuck with millennial voters for as long as they can remember, so it's actually pretty remarkable a strict slasher like Jason ousted the little kitty. Now that he's facing a more similarly culturally aligned baddie, this matchup looks to actually be pretty interesting.
The all-seeing eye of Middle Earth taking on the little dick living next door to Andy in Toy Story. It seems silly when you look at it on paper, doesn't it? Sauron had a world to destroy, and Sid probably straightened himself out with a little child therapy. In fact, didn't he go on to be a mechanic? Mechanics aren't that evil.
For as fucked up as Buffalo Bill was in The Silence of the Lambs, it's going to be really tough for anyone in the Foul Fiends region to hold a candle to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. I mean, nobody is afraid to literally say the name of Buffalo Bill in that movie; they're just afraid to go into his house. Voldemort looks to be untouchable in this matchup, and he doesn't even have to tuck his dick to do damage. Yet.
Immortan Joe and Dr. Evil came down to the absolute wire, with us refreshing the tally nearly every hour and seeing a lead change, but Immortan Joe ultimately won out. Though the seeding had Dr. Evil as an underdog, it's actually very surprising that he lost out to the relative newcomer in Immortan Joe, and now Joe is incredibly outmatched by Predator. A Predator/Lord Voldemort Sweet 16 match seems inevitable.
This 3-6 matchup could be the final in another world where the seeding shook out differently. Two of the most straight-up iconic villains in all of film history. This one is basically a coin toss.
What an intriguing matchup on paper, and we hope it turns out to be a close one in the polls. While it's arguable that Jack Torrance and his Johnny Carson impersonation has a deeper-sewn iconography in culture, is he a greater villain than the Matrix's Agent Smith? The all-seeing, all-knowing, all-being Hugo Weaving paints the world of the Matrix with an inescapable horror that serves as a greater allegory in today's tech-driven culture, and Jack Torrance just kind of fucks up his family. It's tough to give the nod to such an isolated baddie, but the cultural impact is going to play a huge role here.
Oof. Tough draw, Loki. Someone actually voted against Vader in Round 1, however, so maybe something crazy could happen here.
Is there a closer matchup on paper than Cruella de Vil and Captain Hook? There is a lot to be said for a villain haunting what are essentially children's films, and by deduction their audiences, children, and Hook and de Vil are two of the best in this regard. We clutch our pets close as we watch Cruella attempt to slice and dice 101 (101!) pups, and clutch our fantasies close as we watch Hook attempt to slice and dice Peter Pan. Can you really vote against a puppy killer, though? Really, this whole tournament should have just been a picture of Cruella de Vil with a knife to the throat of a puppy with the word WINNER printed across, but that's why they play the game, as they say.
Whew, what a tough one. Calvin Candie is probably one of the most hateable baddies in cinema history, committing truly deplorable acts and loving every second of it, and the Terminator isn't even a human with morality to oppose with, so it's hard to truly label him a "villain." However, he's so much more of a recognizable, cool character in film that it's hard to imagine Candie even comes close. It'll take someone/something more cartoonish to take down the Terminator, and Candie's brand of evil is all too human.
Peace out, Leatherface. Take your chainsaw and a goody bag on your way out the door. Gruber is a buzzsaw deep into this tournament, we believe.
Hannibal Lecter didn't drop a vote in round 1, and Xenomorph is limping into Round 2 after a brutally close matchup against Keyser Soze, so this one is especially intriguing. Hannibal is one of the most complete villains in the entire tournament, with a super high evil index (eating people is not cool), terrific acting performances behind the character, great name, longevity, the works. On the other hand, look at how badass Xenomorph is.
Given the demographic of our typical listener, we had Shooter McGavin boldfaced as a surprise villain that could make a deep run in our Baddest Baddies tournament. Jigsaw is a demented little fucker, but the comedy factor is a huge one. We'll see.
The worst thing Biff Tannen ever did was throw his letter-jacketed weight around on Michael J. Fox, while Freddy Krueger has killed countless sleeping teens for decades. He has fucking knives for fingers.
Bellatrix is barely a step below Lord Voldemort himself in terms of evil, but she actually had a hard time with Thanos in Round 1, dealing with a much closer matchup than we anticipated. Hans Landa's is a much more earthly evil, however, which might put Miss Lestrange back on the right track to an Elite 8 berth.