Best Film Villains: Sweet Sixteen 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.

Things are getting super crazy here in the Best Film Villains tournament. No sooner had we shot our flaming arrow into the boat carrying Dr. Evil's body away are we forced to launch the corpse of Shooter McGavin into the atmosphere as he was taken down by the sick and twisted Jigsaw. We're at the point where no victory is truly an upset, but that doesn't mean they can't be upsetting, and losing the likes of McGavin, Freddy Krueger, Magneto, and Jaws truly hurt. The show must go on, however, so we continue in the tournament with the (Bitter)Sweet Sixteen! Voting will last until Wednesday, so rock it out while you can on these matchups.

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 First Round Results
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!

#1 Joker (The Dark Knight)
#5 Kylo Ren (Star Wars)

Heath Ledger's iconic Joker squares off against the newest villain in the tournament, Kylo Ren. We have a hard time buying Kylo Ren's pouty-lipped run thus far, and estimate that the Joker should have no problem disposing of the unproven baddie in the sweet 16.

#2 Sauron (The Lord of the Rings)
#6 Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)

Jason Voorhees had one of the biggest upsets of the second round by taking down Magneto, and the matchup against Sauron actually looks like a pretty favorable one, all things considered. If there's anything this tournament has shown us thus far, it's that voters appreciate some good old tangible evil, and a flaming orange eyeball is about as abstract as it can get.

#1 Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter)
#5 Predator (Predator)

Predator deserves this deep of a run, but this is about as far as we expected him to get. Tom Riddle is too much of a force, and we fully expect him to make a run to the finals, at the very least. Crazier things have happened, though.

#3 Michael Myers (Halloween)
#10 Jack Torrance (The Shining)

Though Jack Torrance was a 10 seed going up against the 2-seeded Agent Smith, his victory doesn't feel like an upset at all. Michael Myers, on the other hand, is as iconic of a villain as there is in this tournament, so if Jack's run continues past this round, we'd be incredibly shocked.

#1 Darth Vader (Star Wars)
#5 Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmations)

Never underestimate the power of Cruella de Vil's puppy-killing ways, but Darth Vader is Darth Vader.

#2 Hans Gruber (Die Hard)
#6 The Terminator (The Terminator)

Hans Gruber has the hearts and minds of voters everywhere. We're already looking ahead to an Elite 8 matchup against Darth Vader, where the universe might turn in on itself.

#1 Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)
#4 Jigsaw (Saw)

At this point, the worst thing Jigsaw ever did isn't all the fucked up mind games he played in the Saw franchise; it's eliminating Shooter McGavin from this tournament. He'll never be forgiven, and Hannibal Lecter is about to chomp him up with a side of fava beans.

#2 Bellatrix Lestrange (Harry Potter)
#6 Biff Tannen (Back to the Future)

Biff! My god! How did you people let this happen, honestly? Freddy Krueger should be facing Bellatrix Lestrange, but here we are, and now Biff is looking down the barrel of a wand with a bright green Avada Kevadra in the chamber.