Top 10 Supervillains in Movie History – Ranked By Kiwis

We’ve partnered up with Hoyts Cinemas to poll cinema-loving Kiwis on the big questions that define our country’s tastes in movies. Last month’s poll was: Who is the best supervillain in movies? (i.e. who is the best antagonist in a superhero film?)

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The resulting Top 10 is as follows, along with quotes from fellow Flicksters about why they voted for that film.


10. Ozymandis – Watchmen (2009)

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“A supervillain whose plan succeeds.” – Steve B.


9. Dr. Octavius – Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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“Heavily sympathetic villain that is fun to watch. His character helped create one of the greatest superhero movie of all time.” – Jeremiah N.


8. Lex Luthor – Superman (1978)

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“Lex Luthor is a complex character, his pragmatic approach to business undermined by an eccentric fascination with Superman. Gene Hackman captures that split, without bordering into over-acting.” – Theodore M.


7. Penguin – Batman Returns (1992)

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“He looks so scary and still gives me chills.” – Stephanie H.


6. Magneto – The X-Men series (2000 – 2016)

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“This really was a really hard choice, but what swayed me in the end was the fact that its the same character, played brilliantly by two different actors.” – Chris B.


5. Bane – The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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“McBane from The Simpsons didn’t feature in the list, but Bane’s name is similar enough so I went with that.” – Chris P.


4. Syndrome – The Incredibles (2004)

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“The fact that he was Mr incredible’s biggest fan then ended up turning evil makes him the best super villain.” – Jo-Maree L.


3. Loki – Thor / The Avengers (2011/2012)

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“Loki is powerful but does not need to resort to brute force and instead plays the longer term intellectual game.” – Sian T.


2. The Joker – Batman (1989)

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“This is one villian that I thought about for years. He made a real impression on me.” – Joanne G.


1. The Joker – The Dark Knight (2008)

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“Heath Ledger personified the exact canon psyche of The Joker and his performance still withstands later reiterations of the character and puts most villains to shame.” – Rajeev P.


Other nominations from the nation:

General Zod – Superman 2
The Mother Fucker – Kick-Ass 2
Prince Nuada – Hellboy 2
Film critic Liam Maguren – Flicks.co.nz