20 Awesome Villains We Can’t Help Rooting For

No matter what we’re told, no matter what the characters want us to think, there are some films in which only the bad guy will do the trick. Gone are the days of rooting for the characters who do the most good; if a person on screen isn’t interesting, we don’t want to hear about it. Whilst they get a bad rep within the film world, outside of it, baddies are the most complex and captivating characters. Playing by the rules is all well and good but if you want people to like you, you have to draw a little outside of the lines.

Aladdin – Jafar and Iago

The sickly Aladdin/Jasmine relationship gets a little trying at times and there is no sweeter relief that a little plotting with Jafar and Iago. Whilst the parrot more than steals the show, there’s something about Jafar’s chin which seems to captivate audiences everywhere. Here’s to their next world domination plan and the hopes that it finally works out.

The Usual Suspects – Keyser Soze

In The Usual Suspects, we bank on the fact that the ever-elusive Keyser Soze will get away with it and fool the cops. Played out in the stifling police office, the game of cat and mouse is remarkably one sided and when the cops finally realize what has happened, it’s far too late. Raise your glasses to Keyser Soze, the true villain.