Best Film Villains: Finals 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.

Here we are, after a grueling month of baddie on baddie action: the finals of the Best Film Villains tournament. There were plenty of shockers along the way, plenty of blowouts, plenty of bloodshed. All but two have fallen, and regardless of whether you or we personally agree with the final matchup, there's not a ton of room for argument. Neither finalist's path was easy, and we don't expect this week full of voting to be easy either. It's pretty simple at this point. Pick your favorite movie villain of these two and the winner shall be the ultimate in movie villainy.

You have a full week to vote for your favorite villains as we take our final 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
View Elite Eight Results
Final Four: Monday, October 17 - Sunday, October 23
View Final Four Results
Finals: Monday, October 24 - Sunday, October 30

Read below to pick your champion, and make sure to enter your email address in the 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)
Baddies Beaten:
Shere Khan
Jafar
Kylo Ren
Jason Voorhees
Michael Myers
#1 Darth Vader (Star Wars)
Baddies Beaten:
Green Goblin
Jaws
Jack Torrance
Predator
Hannibal Lecter

Now that we're actually at this point, it all seems kind of like we should have just done this matchup from the beginning and saved ourselves a lot of work. While Vader wasn't our overall #2 seed, he was the overall #3 in this competition, so his making it to the final is wholly unsurprising, and we had Joker rightly pegged as the overall #1, so essentially these guys just took care of business rather than doing anything surprising or impressive. The unexpected winners have long since perished (by these two villains' hands, no less), and we're left with what now seems should have been pretty obvious from the start.

On paper, there probably couldn't be a closer matchup, either.

As for cultural relevance, they are both in the upper tier of villains that are both household names and immediately recognizable faces (or helmet, in Vader's case), so that aspect of the matchup is kind of a wash. It's the other areas where things actually get interesting.

On the one hand, you've got Vader, who is really the ultimate example in redemption for a villain. His tale over the course of six Star Wars films from innocence to corruption to forgiveness is a very neat package but leaves him on the wrong side of the evil coin. Where Vader excels is the sheer volume of evil he was able to pull off in his short stint on the Dark Side, destroying planets, donning all black badass gear, Force choking friends and foes alike, looking like a roasted marshmallow, the list goes on and on.

Inversely, Joker's story as told by Heath Ledger's portrayal in The Dark Knight is a story of pure, joyful evil. Never distilled, never watered-down by lame ass redemption or "good," just blissful destruction. Some people just want to watch the world burn and all that. It's important to note, however, that he just wanted to watch one world burn while Vader caused (and watched) many burn. We have to assume that Joker, had he the resources, would love to explode other planets too though, so we're really back at square one.

It's a tough choice, but one that must be made.

Best Film Villains: Final Four 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.

The Final Four is upon us. Not everything shook out the way we expected, but this goresome foursome is pretty formidable, if you ask us. Of course, the Foul Fiend region had no chance of seeing a 1-seed come out after the tremendous Jason Voorhees upset over Voldemort, and Hans Gruber gave Darth Vader one hell of a fight, but three of the final four are 1-seeds. This week will truly see some monumental clashes with Joker squaring off against Michael Myers -- pure evil pitted against pure evil -- and Darth Vader taking on Hannibal Lecter -- redemption story personified against one very hungry man with very specific tastes. Either of these duels can go either way, and we expect two very close polls.

You have a full week to vote for your favorite villains as we get one step 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
View Sweet Elite Eight
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)
Baddies Beaten:
Shere Khan
Jafar
Kylo Ren
Jason Voorhees
#3 Michael Myers (Halloween)
Baddies Beaten:
Green Goblin
Jaws
Jack Torrance
Predator

This honestly feels like Joker's first true test. He had a cakewalk to the Final Four, and he turns around from celebrating with his cut-up grin to the glean of Michael Myers' massive knife. As with each of these matchups, we don't blame you for whoever you pick here. These two villains are two of the very few almost pure iterations of evil, and each is represented on film very well, though in totally different ways. On the one hand, you've got Heath Ledger's powerhouse, Oscar-winning performance that of course went on to be surrounded by the type of mystique that only tragedy can bring about. On the other, Myers' silent, faceless, and unstoppable presence has been a mainstay for almost forty years across the Halloween franchise. Both iconic, both irreplaceable (sorry Leto).

#1 Darth Vader (Star Wars)
Baddies Beaten:
The Leprechaun
Loki
Cruella de Vil
Hans Gruber
#1 Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal)
Baddies Eaten:
Imhotep
Xenomorph
Jigsaw
Biff Tannen

Wheweeeee. The matchup we knew would happen but kind of hoped wouldn't. Each of these dudes are absolute legends of villainy. Vader and Hannibal are two sides of the cultural coin, with Vader inspiring millions of Halloween costumes, childhood love, an entire friggin' universe, and Hannibal almost taboo, too evil to even want to replicate or root for, but somehow you find yourself still loving him thanks to Anthony Hopkins' legendary performance. Either way, we have a hunch, despite Joker's overall 1-seeded standing, that the winner of this matchup is our overall winner.

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.

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.

Best Film Villains: Round 2 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.

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!

#1 Joker (The Dark Knight)
#8 Jafar (Aladdin)

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.

#5 Kylo Ren (Star Wars)
#13 Pennywise (It)

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.

#3 Magneto (X-Men)
#6 Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)

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.

#2 Sauron (The Lord of the Rings)
#10 Sid (Toy Story)

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.

#1 Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter)
#8 Buffalo Bill (The Silence of the Lambs)

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.

#4 Immortan Joe (Mad Max: Fury Road)
#5 Predator (Predator)

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.

#3 Michael Myers (Halloween)
#6 Jaws (Jaws)

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.

#2 Agent Smith (The Matrix)
#10 Jack Torrance (The Shining)

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.

#1 Darth Vader (Star Wars)
#8 Loki (Thor)

Oof. Tough draw, Loki. Someone actually voted against Vader in Round 1, however, so maybe something crazy could happen here.

#4 Captain Hook (Hook)
#5 Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmations)

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.

#3 Calvin Candie (Django Unchained)
#6 Terminator (The Terminator)

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.

#2 Hans Gruber (Die Hard)
#10 Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

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.

#1 Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)
#8 Xenomorph (Alien)

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.

#4 Jigsaw (Saw)
#12 Shooter McGavin (Happy Gilmore)

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.

#3 Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
#6 Biff Tannen (Back to the Future)

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.

#2 Bellatrix Lestrange (Harry Potter)
#7 Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds)

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.

Best Film Villains: Round 1 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.

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.

The seeding was meticulously discussed for about 30 minutes over a group text, formulated with care and precision based on many factors. A great villain is nuanced, and their value to film history is what ultimately determines their seeding. That value can be calculated from the villain's evil index, number of kills, mental instability, badass factor, costume, name, cultural impact, continued relevance, and many more factors that should all be considered carefully as you select the winners of each matchup.

The voting process will be laid out as follows:
Round 1: Monday, October 3 - Wednesday, October 5
Round 2: Thursday, October 6 - Sunday, October 9
Vote Now!
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!

Enjoy, and may the Baddest Baddie win!

#1 Joker (The Dark Knight)
#16 Shere Khan (The Jungle Book)

Well, this one just seems pretty cut and dry, doesn't it? There's a reason that Joker is the overall #1 seed, and though both Joker and Shere Khan, as will be the case with almost every one of these villains, are victims of circumstance, it's just much easier to sympathize with a kitty than a clown.

#8 Jafar (Aladdin)
#9 The Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz)

A terrific 8-9 matchup between the Aladdin tormentor and the Wicked Witch of the West. Sources say that Judy Garland was treated terribly by her male costars in The Wizard of Oz and that the only person she spent any time with on set was Margaret Hamilton, the actress who donned the green makeup and prosthetic nose to play the witch. And Jafar was a dick to Robin Williams. Do the right thing here.

#5 Kylo Ren (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
#12 Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)

While still relatively new to the villainous scene, so fresh-faced he hasn't even found a crew to sit with at lunch, Kylo Ren looks to be a pretty formidable asshole going forward. He's already destroyed multiple planets full of people and seems to just be a really angsty dude. Gaston is no slouch, however. Never trust anyone that good-looking.

#4 Ivan Drago (Rocky IV)
#13 Pennywise (It)

Ivan Drago killed Apollo Creed. Pennywise is a killer clown. A villainy showdown doesn't get much tighter than this.

#6 Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)
#11 Scar (The Lion King)

Jason Voorhees has been terrorizing teenagers for upwards of 30 years by this point, and his hockey mask has become an icon for horror. He has single-handedly made summer camp a completely unappealing prospect for spending one's time between school years, undoing all of the work done by Meatballs, Heavyweights and Wet Hot American Summer, but Scar is a formidable opponent for the horror film mainstay, especially for younger viewers who had to witness the trauma of Mufasa's death.

#3 Magneto (X-Men)
#14 Davy Jones (Pirates of the Caribbean)

Magneto has racked up one of the highest kill counts of any villain in this tournament, probably save the planet destroyers who dwell in outer space. Despite his terribly understandable catalyst for evil in the Holocaust, his deadly deeds are inexcusable. Not to mention the metal-wielder takes viewers on emotional roller coasters each and every film, never fully committed to either good or bad. On the other side of the bracket is Geoffrey Rush's Davy Jones from the Pirates of the Caribbean films, whose most evil accomplishment is having an octopus for a face.

#7 Mr. Glass (Unbreakable)
#10 Sid (Toy Story)

Mr. Glass, played brilliantly by Samuel L. Jackson, could have been a real contender with the right resources. Think of him as an indie villain, making low-budget evil magic with what little means he has, but the depths of his evil could flow as deeply as the likes of Vader and Ren: he would totally destroy a planet if he just had the resources. However, Sid from Toy Story was a raging little psychopath and a much more recognizable threat. We all knew a Sid in elementary school, the kid who somehow always smelled like graham crackers and super glue and had that not-quite-there look, so perhaps his proximity to our everyday lives, our neighborhoods, makes him a much more devastating villain.

#2 Sauron (The Lord of the Rings)
#15 Regina George (Mean Girls)

In many ways, Sauron and Regina George are one in the same. When the eye of Sauron shines from the fearsome black skies of Mordor, his will is done by all those in its gaze. Similarly, when the bright blue eyes of Rachel McAdams shine from the fearsome popular girl lunch table of North Shore High, her will too is done. She can manipulate with the best of them, but something tells us that the sheer power and breadth of influence of Sauron is going to be an easy ticket to the Elite 8 against the Joker.

#1 Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter)
#16 Pinhead (Hellraiser)

While Pinhead has the look that makes for a horror villain icon, we just don't see him touching Lord Voldemort in this matchup. The dude was insanely frightening in the books, but once Ralph Fiennes beautifully gave him on-screen life as a magical man-snake, he was cemented as one of the all-time great baddies. We're pretty sure he's the only villain in the competition that literally split his soul apart to achieve immortality, which is like the craziest thing someone could do to themselves. His self-mutilation reached outwardly as well, as he has one of the higher death tolls in the tourney.

#8 Buffalo Bill (The Silence of the Lambs)
#9 Khan (Star Trek)

Khan might have the gift of star-destroying on his side, but almost no one can touch Buffalo Bill's creepiness. He's one of the tournament's few (if only) true serial killers, and the fear he has instilled in viewers for decades is a deep-rooted and American one; the reality of getting snatched up and put into a van to live one's last days inside of a psychopath's basement well is probably always somewhere in the backs of American girls' minds, lodged however deeply.

#5 Predator (Predator)
#12 The Grinch (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)

Even before he became the Skittles-loving running back of the Seattle Seahawks, Predator was always one of the coolest villains in terms of looks, and the multi-film franchise life has seriously elevated his worth as a villain, but we actually see the Grinch as a pretty formidable opponent. Thanks to early exposure through Theodor Seuss Giesel, M.D., The Grinch's villainy is widespread in terms of renown, and Jim Carrey plays the green ghoul perfectly. We're keeping a close eye on this matchup.

#4 Immortan Joe (Mad Max)
#13 Dr. Evil (Austin Powers)

Immortan Joe's villainy is somewhat watered-down by the fact that the dude is high out of his gourd on silver spray paint for the entirety of Mad Max: Fury Road. We're pretty sure anyone would go fucking nuts under those circumstances, and the fact that there's no water probably isn't helping matters. He probably just has cottonmouth like a motherfucker. Dr. Evil, on the other hand. Evil is in his name, people.

#6 Jaws (Jaws)
#11 Bane (The Dark Knight Rises)

Yes, we know the shark's name is not Jaws. But let's be real. The shark's name is Jaws. And Jaws's type of evil is a methodical one, hellbent on rage and destruction that completely runs counter to any true shark-like psychology, which makes it a particularly dangerous foe. Its rage is a supernatural occurrence in a purely biological environment, while Bane is kind of the opposite. He's had many incarnations, but perhaps the most famous version is Tom Hardy's in Christopher Nolan's third installment of his Dark Knight trilogy. The main thing going against Bane is the fact that you can't understand a damn thing he says, while Jaws lets his chomping do the talking.

#3 Michael Myers (Halloween)
#14 Green Goblin (Spider-Man)

The Tobey McGuire Spider-Man depiction of Green Goblin is hardly distinguishable from Jingle All the Way's Dementor, in terms of both looks and demeanor, so that's not really doing him any favors. This matchup is pretty much just a formality, and we see Halloween's Michael Myers making a deep run, slicing up opponents with a large knife of victory.

#7 Lex Luthor (Superman)
#10 Jack Torrance (The Shining)

The original film version of Lex Luthor, played by Gene Hackman, is almost too comically evil to be taken seriously, and the masterful way that Jack Nicholson portrays Jack Torrance's coming completely unhinged is impossible to ignore, which makes this a particularly paradoxical matchup. You've got pure, globally-aspiring evil portrayed terribly, and an intimate, singular evil portrayed amazingly. Tough choice.

#2 Agent Smith (The Matrix)
#15 Megatron (The Transformers)

It doesn't help Megatron's case that the films through which he ran roughshod were utter pieces of shit, but maybe there's people out there that are huge Transformers fans and throw him a solidarity vote over Agent Smith, the actual, obvious choice here. Few villains are as innovative and compelling as the Hugo Weaving-played program, and Agent Smith's ubiquity and limitless nature in the Matrix franchise is somehow terrifying within that universe.

#1 Darth Vader (Star Wars)
#16 The Leprechaun (Leprechaun)

Nothing we could ever say will convince you that the Leprechaun is the smart vote here, let's be real. Darth Vader has destroyed planets. Planets.

#8 Loki (Thor)
#9 Count Dracula (Dracula)

Tom Hiddleston squares off against Bela Lugosi as Loki takes on the original filmic depiction of Count Dracula. Loki is the master of the heel turn, which is always going to boost his worth in a tournament like this, constantly keeping viewers on their toes. He's also in color, which helps a lot.

#5 Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmations)
#12 Ursula (The Little Mermaid)

Two of the baddest bitches in Disney World somehow got slated against one another, and we couldn't be happier. Cruella de Vil gets the obvious edge because, well, she kills puppies for a living, and that's obviously a super not-okay thing to do, but Ursula is part octopus, which, if Davy Jones showed us anything about villainy, is also not a good thing. Puppies, though. Think of the puppies.

#4 Captain Hook (Hook)
#13 Sheriff of Nottingham (Robin Hood)

Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) and Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) is one of the most even matchups in the first round. Both villains present master classes in acting and pure, theatrical villainy, which makes this one an incredibly difficult decision to make.

#6 Terminator (The Terminator)
#11 Cyrus the Virus (Con Air)

"Put the bunny back in the box!" What's more evil than holding a stuffed bunny hostage while commandeering a plane full of convicts on the way to paradise? Well, maybe the Terminator, but probably not. In the vacuum of The Terminator, Arnold is menacing and an incredibly relentless villain, but given the fact that time has changed so many things about the robot badass, it's hard to consider him a true, classic villain. On the other hand, Cyrus said the words, "if you say a word about this over the radio, the next wings you see will belong to the flies buzzing over your rotting corpse," which is an incredible thing to say. Your choice.

#3 Calvin Candie (Django Unchained)
#14 Chucky (Child's Play)

There is actually a lot of Chucky in Leonardo DiCaprio's Calvin Candie. Endlessly smiling, even more endlessly evil, most endlessly entertaining despite it all. The only difference is the overt racism, but we're pretty sure that Chucky would have slaves if he were capable, so this one might be a wash.

#7 Shredder (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
#10 Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

Is Shredder just a dude? It just occurs to me that I really don't remember much about his mythology other that he was super scary as a kid. Leatherface, on the other hand, is very much just a dude who has an insatiable urge to chop human beings to little bits with a chainsaw and possibly eat them with his family afterwards. I'm not even sure Shredder could pull a trigger with his eyes closed and head turned, but I guess he really dislikes turtles, which is pretty fucked if you think about it.

#2 Hans Gruber (Die Hard)
#15 Ebenezer Scrooge (The Muppet Christmas Carol)

Hans Gruber better win this, but there is certainly a case to be made for Ebenezer Scrooge, particularly Michael Caine's portrayal for the fact that his evil is done to Muppets. How could anyone ever be evil to Muppets? God, now we just want to see The Muppets Die Hard.

#1 Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)
#16 Imhotep (The Mummy)

Imhotep doesn't stand a chance, no matter how many times Brian chooses to vote. Hannibal Lecter is film villains.

#8 Xenomorph (Alien)
#9 Keyser Soze (The Usual Suspects)

As far as the coolness factor and looks, Xenomorph is one of the top dogs in this 32-villain fight. It just so happens that the deeply mythological creature from the Alien franchise is facing off against perhaps the king of cool in terms of movie villains, Keyser Soze. The Usual Suspects is built around the mystique of Soze, but an entire film universe is built around the mystique of the Xenomorph species, a constantly developing history and evolutionary background that is constantly surprising and constantly fearsome. You can't go wrong here.

#5 Ghostface (Scream)
#12 Shooter McGavin (Happy Gilmore)

There might not be a matchup more compelling on paper. On the one hand, you've got one of the most recognizable villains in the Scream films' Ghostface, inhabited by many characters across the five films, wielding giant kitchen knifes and carving up highschoolers like turkeys on Thanksgiving, and on the other you've got Shooter McGavin, the hot-shot pro golfer from Happy Gilmore whose evil is too hilarious to get too mad about. In fact, the comedy factor here is what makes Ghostface vs. McGavin the eyebrow-raising matchup that it is; it's one of the few pairings that defines a clear difference between how you see film villainy. Ghostface is commentary on the film villain itself, attempting to satirize the concept we're unpacking throughout this whole tourney, but Shooter is the most cartoonish and ultimately benign force we have here, perhaps the real definition of a film villain throughout history. We want to both fear these figures and know we're completely safe from their grasp.

#4 Jigsaw (Saw)
#13 Dr. No (Dr. No)

Pound for pound, Jigsaw might be the most terrifying villain on this page. The original Saw was so terrifying and surprising, and really displayed the sadism of Jigsaw in a nice way, but it wasn't until the remaining like 7 or 8 movies that the full depth of his evil unspooled itself. There's something incredibly creepy about the fact that Jigsaw does what he does for fun, as opposed to Dr. No's somewhat practical (as far as practicality can go for essentially a super villain scheme) approach to destruction.

#6 Biff Tannen (Back to the Future)
#11 Castor Troy (Face/Off)

Biff Tannen is the film representation of every douchebag bully you've ever met in life, but there is something almost untouchable about Castor Troy's craziness and Nicolas Cage's (and then John Travolta's) unhinged performance. Face/Off is one of the greatest movies of all-time, too. Just wanted to get that statement in, in case Troy gets ousted here and we don't have the chance later.

#3 Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
#14 Ultron (Avengers: The Age of Ultron)

Whereas Ultron tormented Sokovian citizens for about 30 minutes despite his limitless promise as a villain, Freddy Krueger has been terrorizing dreamers for 30-plus years. This is the fundamental difference between A Nightmare on Elm Street's villain and Ultron: longevity. A killer crazed robot is cool and all, but he didn't last very long, did he? Freddy Krueger slashes people up in their fucking dreams with real-life consequences, and has been doing so for as long as any of the Bit Players have been alive. He also doesn't seem to be slowing down.

#7 Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds)
#10 HAL9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey)

Hans Landa would be a delightful person to hang out with if it wasn't for the whole Nazism thing, which makes him one of the more interesting villains in the tournament, but does it make him one of the better ones? HAL9000, on the other hand, is something especially terrifying in a completely artificial intelligence that decides to go rogue and cause some mayhem. Totally not cool to hang out with.

#2 Bellatrix Lestrange (Harry Potter)
#15 Thanos (Guardians of the Galaxy)

Bellatrix Lestrange has a long-standing reign of terror throughout the eight Harry Potter films, in a lot of ways more terrible even than Lord Voldemort himself in that her evil has a human face, and Thanos is blue and in space, which is pretty scary too. If this were five years from now, Thanos's seeding might be much more favorable (and his tournament life), but given that we've only seen the tip of that evil iceberg on Guardians of the Galaxy, we don't see him standing much of a chance against the Dark Lord's number one girl.