I’d rather have a complicated evil than a simple hero any day, but especially on April 29, which is National evil Day.
The word “villain” comes from the medieval view, held by the aristocracy (and let’s be honest, those motherf—ers hold everything), that the less wealthy among them were “of uncouth mind and manners.”
Man, there have always been class battles.
Over time, the meaning of the word changed. Things that were once considered rude became illegal, and the word “villain” became a term for bad guys, lowlifes, enemies, and fiends.
Modern movies have given us some of the most memorable bad guys in our culture. Heroes can’t do anything without them, and plots can’t move forward without them. From subtle psychos to super hero foils, mouth-breathing maniacs to men who can’t get away from their overbearing mothers, cannibal head cases to corrupt kings, it takes all kinds.
If you’re having a bad day, take a look at our list of the most dangerous zodiac signs and the ones most likely to kill. After you’ve gotten a good laugh out of those happy stories, read on to see our list of the best bad guys in movies and find out which one fits your zodiac sign.
ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
Terminator, “The Terminator”
Renowned director James Cameron attributes the inception of the Terminator franchise to a vivid fever dream, a characteristic sleep experience often associated with the energetic nature of Aries.
Ruled by Mars, the planet of action, Aries embodies the warrior archetype, which resonates with the relentless determination and hunting prowess of the Terminator character.
With its impulsive “act now, ask questions later” mentality, Aries individuals share a similar energy with the formidable Hunter-Killer, who unhesitatingly eliminates anyone in their path.
Additionally, Aries individuals effortlessly exude an aura of confidence and nonchalance, effortlessly donning black leather attire, much like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the iconic original Terminator himself.
In a close second, but certainly taking the top spot in our collective nightmares, is the red-headed, scissor-wielding embodiment of the primal and uninhibited id—Chucky from the “Child’s Play” franchise.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
Gollum , “The Lord of the Rings”
Taurus, as the sign associated with tangibility and rulership of the Second House, is known for its appreciation of luxury and material possessions.
However, individuals born under this sign must be cautious not to fall into the trap of equating their self-worth with the accumulation of material goods.
At times, Taureans can exhibit possessive tendencies, viewing people as possessions and succumbing to fixed thinking patterns.
In their most primal form, these traits resemble the insatiable greed and hoarding tendencies seen in the bent-backed, gold-obsessed character Gollum, whispering his famous line, “my precious.”
GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)
Freddy Kruger, “Nightmare on Elm Street”
Gemini, symbolized by the twins, embodies a duality that naturally lends itself to characteristics such as donning stripes, engaging in double-talk, and leading double lives.
This makes Gemini a fitting archetype for the super creepy Freddy Krueger, who effortlessly managed to balance being a child killer and a father.
Unlike other 80s murder villains who preferred silence and stealth, Krueger, portrayed by real-life Gemini Robert Englund, is known for his incessant chatter and darkly humorous remarks that send shivers down our spines.
Geminis exist in the ambiguous realm, constantly grappling with the blurred lines between fantasy and reality. True to the mutable and mercurial nature of their sign, Krueger thrives in the ethereal realm of dreams, where he inflicts terror for his own twisted pleasure.
In a close second, we have Loki, a character who embodies the subversive and mischievous energy that is quintessential to Gemini.
Both Freddy Krueger and Loki exemplify the enigmatic traits of Gemini, showcasing their ability to navigate the gray areas of existence and revel in their mutable nature.
CANCER (June 21 – July 22)
Nurse Ratched , “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest”
Cancers, blessed with a deep connection to the divine feminine and an oceanic empathy, naturally assume the role of great caretakers within the zodiac.
Their profound understanding of emotional needs allows them to serve as conduits of healing and support.
However, when this nurturing instinct turns sour and the desire to be needed transforms into a dark obsession with control, a hardened exterior, and passive-aggressive power dynamics, we witness the emergence of characters like Nurse Ratched—stern, terrifying, and embodying a chilling archetype reminiscent of the “take your medicine” mentality.
In Ken Kesey’s book, which served as the inspiration for the film, Nurse Ratched is depicted as a figure with ample bust and an outdated hairstyle.
Interestingly, Cancer governs the chest and breasts, and it is renowned as the most nostalgic sign in the zodiac.
Portrayed by real-life Cancer Louise Fletcher in the film adaptation, Nurse Ratched becomes not only a symbol of corrupted motherhood but also an emblem of the abuse of institutional power.
The complex character of Nurse Ratched showcases the darker manifestations of a Cancer’s inherent qualities, revealing the potential for control and manipulation when their nurturing instincts go awry.
This serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of both personal and institutional corruption.
LEO (July 23 – August 22)
The Joker, “Batman”
The Joker, born on August 1, is a Leo sun, according to the DC universe. Leo rules the fifth house of pleasure, play, and decadence, often referred to as the “fun house.”
It is a realm associated with laughter, clowns, theatrics, and exuberance. The Joker, with his painted face and chaotic nature, represents the darker aspects of this sign and the distortion of playfulness.
In typical Leo fashion, he embraces grandiosity and thrives on an audience. His actions are never small-scale; they are bold, audacious, and designed to captivate.
The Joker personifies the underbelly of Leo’s traits, showcasing the corruption and perversion that can arise from the pursuit of pleasure.
He exemplifies the dramatic essence of Leo, taking pleasure in being a theatrical showman. However, his acts of mischief serve as a stark reminder of the consequences that unfold when the playful energy of Leo spirals into chaos and malevolence.
The Joker’s antics are always a spectacle to behold, embodying the larger-than-life nature that Leo is known for.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
Anton Chigurh , “No Country For Old Men”
Javier Bardem’s Oscar-winning role as Anton Chigurh in “No Country for Old Men” showcased a probable Virgo character.
Ruled by Mercury, the sign associated with the mind, and representing the sixth house of work and daily efforts, Virgo aligns with Anton’s exceptional intelligence and proficiency as a hitman.
Despite his ruthlessness, Anton approaches his tasks with calculated strategy and adaptability, reflecting the mutable nature of his sign.
His tendency to leave life and death to chance through a coin toss embodies the mercurial essence of Mercury.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)
Darth Vader, “Star Wars”
The sign of Libra, symbolized by the scales, embodies the pursuit of balance and equilibrium. In a parallel fashion, the infamous Darth Vader was prophesied to be the chosen Jedi who would restore balance to the Force.
However, destiny took a different turn, leading us to a sharply dressed, heavy-breathing, and death-dealing style icon who became one of the most beloved villains in cinematic history.
Another notable contender for a Libra villain is the Green Goblin, born on October 11, while the masked mouth-breather Michael Myers also shares similar traits.
For further insights into Myers’ astrological inclinations, read more about his stars here.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)
Eric Killmonger, “Black Panther”
Michael B. Jordan’s portrayal of Killmonger exemplifies the characteristic traits of the Scorpio archetype. Manipulative and deeply mistrustful, Killmonger emanates a seductive yet tormented aura, driven by a relentless thirst for revenge.
Scorpio, associated with the eighth house of sex, death, and transformation, is notorious for its single-mindedness and ruthlessness in the pursuit of desires.
Killmonger’s journey is fueled by a profound loss—his father’s untimely death, which initiated him into the harsh reality of mortality. This experience profoundly shapes his every decision thereafter.
Emotionally complex, Killmonger candidly confesses to his cousin, T’Challa, “I lived my entire life waitin’ for this moment.
I trained, I lied, I killed… just to get here… And all this death… just so I could kill you.” This unwavering pursuit of vengeance, at the cost of countless lives, resonates with the intense energy often associated with Scorpio.
Killmonger’s character exudes the unmistakable essence of Scorpio, embodying its dark allure, unyielding determination, and the profound impact of his actions on his own destiny and the world around him.
Sagittarius individuals, eternal optimists at heart, approach life as a grand gamble, determined to make the most of any hand they are dealt or setback they encounter.
From lemons to lemonade, challenges to opportunities, even a terminal cancer diagnosis can spur our galvanizing and gravel-voiced Jigsaw to inspire a YOLO revolution, embracing life to its fullest.
Confronting his own mortality, he seeks to impart to others the importance of being fully present and protective of their one, wild, and precious life.
People of this sign possess a genuine joie de vivre, and it’s evident how the wasted lives of others would deeply trouble them.
As Sagittarius rules the ninth house of philosophy, higher learning, and universal truths, this live-for-today guru employs extreme methods to guide humanity toward a deeper connection with themselves and the lives they are destined to lead.
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
Lord Voldemort, “Harry Potter”
Born on December 31, 1926, Tom Marvolo Riddle, widely known as the Dark Lord, is a true-blue Capricorn. Capricorns often face challenging childhoods, forced into adult roles or burdened with a seriousness beyond their years.
Voldemort’s story follows this pattern, disowned by his Muggle father and orphaned by the death of his magical mother, leading him to grow up in the gloomy confines of an orphanage.
Driven by ambition, Capricorns are determined to be the best and climb to the pinnacle of success, regardless of the cost.
Setbacks, underestimation, and revenge fantasies fuel their drive for achievement and advancement. In Voldemort’s case, this trait is clearly evident.
As a cardinal earth sign, Capricorns have a strong attachment to material possessions.
True to this characteristic, Voldemort resorted to stealing from his fellow orphans, hoarding their belongings as trophies.
Later on, this materialism took a more sinister form as he fragmented his soul into seven tangible Horcruxes.
Overall, Voldemort’s journey aligns with the traits of a Capricorn, showcasing their relentless pursuit of power, resilience in the face of adversity, and inclination toward material wealth.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
Hannibal Lecter, “The Silence of the Lambs”
Hannibal Lecter, as portrayed in the books that inspired the films, celebrates his birthday on January 20, 1933, which places him as an Aquarius sun with a Scorpio moon.
It comes as no surprise. Aquarians resonate with the archetype of the outsider, the loner/genius with their face pressed against the glass (or prison walls).
Skilled in emotional detachment, exuding an eerie stillness, and possessing a penchant for big-picture thinking, Aquarians hold high hopes for humanity and harbor wild theories on how to propel our species forward. For Lecter, this translates to a twisted belief in eradicating evil by consuming it.
Lecter embodies multiple facets—a brilliant manipulator, a linguist, a cannibal, and a master of delivering unforgettable one-liners. However, akin to most water bearers, Lecter adamantly refuses to be ordinary.
Thanos, “Avengers: Infinity War”
The complex nature of Pisces individuals oscillates between being bleeding hearts and broken nihilists, a duality personified in the sensitive yet formidable super-villain and foster father, Thanos, with his striking jawline and golden hands.
While his methods are undeniably problematic, bearing the mark of a genocidal maniac, one could argue that his underlying objective—to save the planet’s resources and preserve life itself—is rooted in an almost pure intention.
Thanos operates from a place of deep pain, as his mission to eradicate half of the universe’s population stems from witnessing the devastation caused by uncontrolled overpopulation on his home planet.
Pisces individuals have a penchant for escapism, and as Thanos asserts, “Reality is often disappointing. Now, reality can be whatever I want,” exemplifying the mindset of a true and undeniably unhinged Pisces.
In summary, Thanos encapsulates the intricate duality of Pisces, embodying their empathy, idealism, and capacity for both compassion and darkness.