The Worst Villains of 2020
Top 10 Worst Movie Villains of 2020
Welcome to our end of 2020! Now normally we wrap up the year in film with a whole bunch of Best and Worst lists! Honestly, we are just to happy to be at the end that we only have a few for you guys. Nevertheless, we intend to be as needlessly ruthless and questionably generous as usual! (Honestly though, these bad guys deserve to get dragged through the mud with the rest of their awful movies.) These are our picks for the Top 10 Worst Movie Villains of 2020!
A quick note before we begin! Remember that this is totally subjective, so if we missed one or we were just too mean, be sure to leave a comment and give us your thoughts below! (We also did not see every single movie released this year…) Now let’s start out with a few Dishonorable Mentions!
Dishonorable Mention – Artemis Fowl
Wait did this movie even have a villain? Was is the kid? It’s the kid in the books. Was it Judi Dench? Some random guy? Josh Gad? Gosh the fact that we don’t know is NOT a good thing.
Dishonorable Mention – Let Him Go
A cautionary tale about keeping your performances in check…
Dishonorable Mention – Iron Mask
For their weird riff on steampunk Big Trouble in Little China, a hilariously over-the-top government guy, and a face changing girl who wants dragon eyelashes. Or, something.
Dishonorable Mention – Project Power
For Rodrigo Santoro and his painfully cliché bad guy.
Dishonorable Mention – Bloodshot
For Guy Pearce and HIS painfully cliché bad guy.
Dishonorable Mention – Hubie Halloween
And the true villain of this film: the Academy Awards for not nominating Sandler last year and causing this movie to exist.
#10 – Dick Dastardly – Scoob!
Look I know that this was an effort to either pay homage to or simply bring back the Hanna-Barbera cartoon multi-verse (or something?), but did we really need a supervillain trying to wake an ancient evil in our Scooby-Doo movie? Like, whatever happened to Old Man Jenkins in a mask? Hey at least there was a hilarious reveal at the end that it was actually a jealous Simon Cowell the whole time. What’s that? It was Dick as Simon as Dick? Oh well…
#9 – Hal and Mercedes – Call of the Wild
Deviating from the book? Check. Hilarious and confusing overacting? Check. The only thing missing was a total lack of motivation and a sudden return for revenge after Harrison Ford tries to save him. Oh yeah that’s there too. Honestly why bother including these idiots if they are going to add so little to the story?
#8 – Grand High Witch and every terrifying monstrosity in Robert Zemeckis lifeless remake – The Witches
I mean, come on. Look at that. What the heck were they thinking? And the weird fingers and toes? What’s the goal? Look I don’t even like the Witches in the old movie! There goal is to take all the sudden and inexplicable gold and- open candy shops to turn kids into mice and step on them? Look do are candy shops even popular outside malls? Plus if a room full of Witches can’t stop one mouse-child, how do they expect to kill like, billions? And are all mice children or are they also going to have to kill all mice?
#7 – Dr. Reyes – The New Mutants
Look I didn’t hate New Mutants, and Alice Braga actually does a pretty fine job. But like, what was her plan here? I get that some of it is a secret for experiments from Logan (2017) or whatever, but she seemed to have very little to no control over these very powerful and emotional kids, and no contingency plan in the event of, well, anything that happens in the movie!
#6 – Generic Bad Buy and some CGI Lions – Rogue
Look, I question any villain who can take dozens of casualties and still chase the good guys. But worse than that was the missed opportunity of having this terrifying lion (terrifying cause she look terrible) basically not bad by the end. She saves Megan Fox because girl power and then she was just doing it to protect her cubs which were like, nowhere to be found before. But gosh just go for some strong anti-poaching themes and be done with it! We don’t need to feel THAT bad for the killer in this thriller.
#5 – Definitely NOT the Predator – Jiu Jitsu
While we could have picked the awkward looking alien from Shortcut (2020), we went with the SOMEHOW higher profile film of the two! He’s a knock-off Predator who cheats but also has Stormtrooper aim when it comes to the protagonists. Worse than that, what’s his motivation? Nope don’t get one of those? Well how has he been doing this every six years? Supposedly if you don’t beat him he keeps on killing, but since he’s alive…. has nobody beat him? I don’t understand.
#4 – Dr. Blair Müdfly and Lord Thomas Badgley – Dolittle
“Let me twirl my mustache and sit back while I announce my super evil plans… Muahaha for the Glory of the British Empire that certainly cannot have a Queen!” Give me a break! Why the heck this this movie need villains again? It’s already got King Rassouli, who by default is the most interesting character in the movie. But like, their entire plan was just to keep Dolittle from saving the Queen right? And they fail. JUST DON’T HAVE THEM IN THE MOVIE IT’S THE SAME WITHOUT THEM! Except with less of the movie to endure. Maybe it just hurts to see such a terrible performance from Michael Sheen.
#3 – All Muslims Ever – Infidel
I mean this one kinda speaks for itself right?
#2 – Melanie Cole – Fantasy Island
Fantasy Island was weak to begin with, but the sudden twist that participant Melanie was- interesting. Sure it could have made for a solid third act twist, but instead it makes the plot just confusing! Like, totally nonsensically baffling. What’s worse is that when you get to her motivations, they are just- so shallow. Maybe that’s the point, but this was a good idea done in just the wrong way.
#1 – Böri Khan and Bird Lady – Mulan
Guys, the original Mulan has easily one of the WORST animated Disney villains! Like, he’s a big scary Hun with fangs and no personality. How did this go so wrong? Well first, they gave him a little bit of motivation, no personality, and screentime more than generously shared with a witch who- is helping him? But not? Cause she turns on him to save Mulan for- reasons? Like, because woman? And Evil Khan is man in woman’s world? There’s subtle ways to do this, end even less subtle ways. (See Captain Marvel, 2019 for an example.) Then there’s this, which tries to hard it feels lazy. Or it’s lazy. Look no villain should go down to easily.
And yeah that’s our list! Obviously we didn’t see every movie this year, so let us know if there’s any you think we missed! And be sure to check out our picks for the Top 10 Best Villains of 2020 below!