It is a well known rule of cinema that villains are much more interesting than the heroes. The actors like to play them and the audience loves to see them get their come uppence while secretly rooting for them. Keyser Söze, Anton Chigurh, and the Joker won Oscars, Batman wasn't even considered and most people wouldn't recognize the names Llewelyn Moss and Dave Kujan even if they were tacked up on the bulletin board directly behind them. The bad guys are just cooler. For me, my favorite all-time (off the top of my head) bad dude is Agent Smith from the Matrix. Sure he got a little less awesome as the trilogy progress but then so did the entire trilogy. But the steely menace he exuded as he pursued the whiny/nancy Neo really drove the action of the movie. In fact while I am at it, here are my top ten movie and television bad guys. Again, this is completely off the top of my head so I expect to revisit this topic once I stop and expend a neuron or two on it. There are no criteria or metrics for the order and make up of this list other than my own personal whim.
- Agent Smith
- Keyser Soze/Verbal Kent
- The Thin Man
- Hans Gruber
- The Joker
- Ivan Drago
- Ben Linus
- Thomas Gabriel
- Russell Edgington (Russell earned his spot on the list with this exceptional scene)
With this said, is it really any surprise that this little girl bows down to one of the most iconic baddies in movie history (he didn't make my list because I am a Star Trek guy, not Star Wars - Yoda wants to bring balance to "the Force" when "the Force" was out of balance in his favor. Yeah that makes a lot of sense). I mean Darth Vader once slaughtered a whole school of little Jedi's in training. Is it really smart for an untrained tyke to stand up to him? I think Mace Windu is the real villain in the video below. Sending a child to certain death and then rudely escorting her off the stage when she won't be his willing sacrifice. The girl was just being prudent in joining up with the dark side.
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