The most dangerous villain of all time is considered to be Darth Vader, the antagonist of the 'Star Wars franchise'.
It is not surprising that villains have lots of fans, they do have their reasons for choosing the path of crime. Many people sympathize with villains for the same reasons they hate them.
While creating a villain character, writers or directors take a lot of care to choose the right name for the villain. Since names become the identity of the villains, prime importance is given to ensure that the name is catchy and memorable. We think the top five villains are Darth Vader, Hela, Bellatrix Lestrange, The Joker and Cruella De Vil.
The best way to come up with a good villain name is to first focus on the character and backstory of that villain. It is important to first decide upon the factors from the backstory that has contributed to making the person a villain. After this has been done, the villain name can be decided which will then fit into the character of that person. If you are looking for more names related articles, check out Halloween names and superhero baby names.
Famous Names For Villains From Movies
Most of the movies have some kind of villain in the story to further the plot, but some antagonists are worse than others. Some villains characters are so very evil that you hate their very existence, even on just a movie screen. These movie villains names get stuck in our minds once we have witnessed them on screen. Here is a list of the most evil villain names in movie history curated for you.
1. Alex DeLarge (Greek origin), meaning "defender of the people", a dark criminal from 'A Clockwork Orange'.
2. Alex Forrest (Greek origin), meaning "defender", the main dark antagonist from 'Fatal Attraction'.
3. Alonzo Harris (Spanish origin), meaning "ready for battle", a corrupt detective from 'Training Day'.
4. Amon Goeth (French origin), meaning "faithful, true", an evil war criminal from 'Schindler's List'.
5. Annie Wilkes (English origin), meaning "merciful", a dark nurse from 'Misery'.
6. Anton Chigurh (Latin origin), meaning "priceless", a dark serial killer from 'No Country for Old Men'.
7. Bane (English origin), meaning "cause of distress", a perfect name for evil people from 'Batman series'.
8. Bellatrix Lestrange (Arabic origin), meaning "hand of Orion", an evil witch and new age villain from the 'Harry Potter' series.
9. Bonnie Parker (Scottish origin), meaning "attractive", a criminal robber from 'Bonnie and Clyde'.
10. Captain Bligh (English origin), meaning "bliss", a corrupt commanding officer from 'Mutiny on the Bounty'.
11. Clyde Barrow (Scottish origin), the perfect villain name of a real-life badass from 'Bonnie and Clyde'.
12. Ceaser Enrico Bandello (Roman origin), meaning "short hair", a small-time criminal from 'Little Ceaser'.
13. Cordy Jarett (Welsh origin), meaning "jewel of the sea", a psychotic criminal from 'White Heat'.
14. Cruella De Vil (English origin), meaning "cruel", a befitting villain name from '101 Dalmations'.
15. Danvers (Norman origin), meaning "green valley", a psychotic housemaid from 'Rebecca'. A great name for an unassuming villian.
16. Davy Jones (Hebrew origin), meaning "beloved", a dangerous pirate from 'Pirates of the Caribbean.'
17. Eleanor Iselin (English origin), meaning "sun star", a communist secret agent plotting against the government from 'The Manchurian Candidate'.
18. Eve Harrington (Hebrew origin), meaning "to breathe", a personal assistant plotting to take over her boss's career.
19. Frank Booth (German origin), meaning "free man", a violent drug dealer from 'Blue Velvet'.
20. Freddy Krueger (English origin), meaning "power", a serial killer from 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'.
21. Gordon Geeko (Welsh origin), meaning "spacious", a ruthless and corrupt investor from 'Wall Street'.
22. HAL 9000 (English origin), meaning "army ruler", the perfect villain name from '2001: A Space Odyssey'.
23. Hannibal Lector (Latin origin), meaning "gracious", a cannibalistic serial killer from 'The Silence of the Lambs'.
24. Hans Gruber (Greek origin), meaning "God has been gracious", a terrorist mastermind from 'Die Hard'.
25. Hanz Landa (French origin), meaning "gift from God", a government official who tracks and kills Jew from 'Inglorious Bastards'.
26. Harry Lime (German origin), meaning "home", a fictional villain from 'The Third Man'. A great name choice.
27. Harry Powell (German origin), meaning "home", a con artist and a serial killer from 'The Night of the Hunter'.
28. Jack Torrence (English origin), meaning "supplanter", a troubled writer from 'The Shining'.
29. Jane Hudson (Hebrew origin), meaning "Yahweh is merciful", an evil aunt from 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?'
30. J.J Hunsaker (English origin), a common surname, the perfect villain from 'Sweet Smell of Success'.
31. Joan Crawford (Hebrew origin), meaning "God is grateful", an alcoholic woman from 'Mommie Dearest'.
32. John Doe (Hebrew origin), meaning 'gift from God', a psychotic serial killer from 'Seven'. Definitely one of the great name choices.
33. Keyser Soze (Dutch origin), meaning 'emperor', a dark conniving gangster from 'The Usual Suspects'.
34. Loki (German origin), meaning "the compassionate one", the evil and playful God from 'Thor'.
35. Max Cady (English origin), meaning "the greatest", the cold-blooded murderer from 'Cape Fear'.
36. Michael Corleone (Hebrew origin), meaning "who is like God", the godfather of all gangs from 'The Godfather'.
37. Mr. Potter (English origin), the evil banker from 'It's a Wonderful Life'.
38. Noah Cross (Hebrew origin), meaning "repose or rest", a ruthless and dark-minded land baron from 'Chinatown'.
39. Norman Bates (German origin), meaning "north", a serial killer from 'Psycho'. Surely a great name.
40. Nurse Ratched (English origin), the perfect villain name for a dark psychological horror, from 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'.
41. Palpatine (Greek origin), meaning "the emperor", a character who is dark to the core, from the 'Star Wars series'.
42. Phyllis Dietrichson (Greek origin), meaning "green leaf", the main antagonist from 'Double Indemnity'.
43. Regan McNeil (Greek origin), meaning "King", the dark and evil being from 'The Exorcist'.
44. Regina Giddens (Latin origin), meaning "Queen", the dark villain from 'The Little Foxes'.
45. Sauron (Latin origin), meaning "foul", a name befitting the main villain from 'The Lord Of The Rings' series.
46. Scar (Persian origin), meaning "decorations of the fabric", the dark brother of the King from 'The Lion King'.
47. Szell (Hungarian origin), meaning "wind", the dark head doctor of Auschwitz from 'Marathon Man'.
48. Tom Powers (Hebrew origin), meaning "innocence", a successful gangster from 'The Public Enemy'.
49. Tony Camonte (Italian origin), meaning "priceless one", name of the small-time gangster and enemy of the government from 'Scarface'.
50. Travis Bickle (French origin), meaning "to cross", a super cool villain name of the vigilante citizen from 'Taxi Driver'.
Female Names Of Villains
There are lots of fictional female characters in cinema who border on the dark side. These female villains are so badass that they are no less when compared to their male counterparts. They also have corresponding cool villain names to live up to their legends. Here is a list of cool female villain names curated for you.
51. Alex Forrest (Greek origin), meaning "defender of men", a villain name from 'Fatal Attraction'.
52. Amy Dunne (Latin origin), meaning "beloved", name of the psychotic anti-villain from 'Gone Girl'.
53. Catherine Tramell (Greek origin), meaning "each of the two", a highly intelligent and manipulative villain from 'Basic Instinct'.
54. Cersei Lannister (Greek origin), meaning "bird", the dangerous, double-faced new Queen from 'Game of Thrones'.
55. Dolores Jane Umbridge (Spanish origin), meaning "sorrows", a dark professor from the 'Harry Potter series'.
56. Harley Quinn (English origin), meaning "hare's meadow", name of Joker's love interest and crime accomplice from 'Suicide Squad'.
57. Hela (English origin), meaning "Goddess of the underworld", the Asgardian goddess of death, from 'Thor: Ragnarok'.
58. Helen Sharp (Greek origin), meaning "bright", a supernatural villain from 'Death Becomes Her'.
59. Jane (Hebrew origin), meaning "Yahweh is merciful", name of a villain with dark superpowers from 'Twilight series'.
60. Maleficent (Latin origin), meaning "wicked and dark", the perfect name for a villain from 'Sleeping Beauty'.
61. Mallory Knox (Norman origin), meaning "unhappy and unlucky", an attractive serial killer from 'Natural Born Killers'.
62. Miranda Priestly (Latin origin), meaning "worthy of admiration", the boss from 'The Devil Wears Prada'. Is she really a villain? We'll leave that up to you.
63. Mystique (Latin origin), meaning "a fascinating aura of mystery", a shape shifting villain befitting her name from the 'X-Men series'.
64. Nina Sayers (Arabic origin), meaning "friend", name of a dancer with a dark side to her from 'Black Swan'.
65. Norma Desmond (Latin origin), meaning "precept", the villain deuteragonist from 'Sunset Boulevard'.
66. O-Ren Ishii (Japanese origin), meaning "lotus", a deadly assassin from 'Kill Bill'.
67. Regina George (Latin origin), meaning "Queen", leader of the mean girl gang from 'Mean Girls'.
68. Vernita Green (Latin origin), meaning "springtime", name of an evil assassin from the 'Kill Bill series'.
69. Velma Kelly (Greek origin), meaning "gilded helmet", the main character from 'Chicago'.
70. Villanelle (Latin origin), meaning "farmhand", a dark assassin from 'Killing Eve'.
Famous Scary Names Of Super Villains
If you think normal villains are scary, then you need to reconsider your opinion, because super villains are scarier. Super villains are the characters who keep superhero movies interesting. With their dark minds, psychotic behavior, and superpowers, these villains sometimes seem invincible! Here is a list of good villain names and evil names from movies and comics curated for you.
71. Col. Stryker (German origin), meaning "tester", a fictional super villain with a strong hatred for mutants from 'X-Men series'. One of the well-known super villain names.
72. Erik Killmonger (Germania origin), meaning "sole ruler", the super villain enemy of Black Panther from 'Black Panther'. A cool villain name we think you'll like.
73. General Zod (Spanish origin), meaning "weapon", the perfect villain name that is fitting from 'Superman series'.
74. Gwen Grayson (Welsh origin), meaning "holy", a double-faced villain from 'Sky High'. A female super villain.
75. Henri Ducard (French origin), meaning "ruler", the main antagonist from 'Batman series'. Definitely one of the good villain names. This a great dark name you are sure to like.
76. Hydra (Greek origin), the main antagonists of the 'Captain America' franchise.
77. Lex Luthor (Greek origin), meaning "man's defender or warrior", the super villain from 'Batman series'.
78. Magneto (English origin), meaning "magnetism", name of the fictional super villain from 'Marvel Comics'. Known to be one of the most villainous characters.
79. Norman Osborn (German origin), meaning "north", the villain who becomes green goblin from 'Spiderman series'.
80. Obadiah Stone (Hebrew origin), meaning "slave of God", the villain who found the ironmonger suit from the 'Iron Man series'. One of the cool baddie names.
81. Octopus (Greek origin), meaning "having eight feet", the supervillain against spiderman from 'Spiderman series'.
83. Poison Ivy (English origin), meaning "climbing vine", a female villain from 'DC Comics'. Surely a name you will like.
84. The Vulture (English origin), meaning "bird", a dark electronics engineer from 'Marvel Comics'. Among the well-known baddies names.
85. Ulysses Klaue (Latin origin), meaning "wounded in the thigh", name of a dark physicist from 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'. This is surely one of the good villain names.
Famous Literary Villain Names
Bad guy names aren't just limited to popular movies or comics. If you're looking to find a dark villain name, why not pick a name from a book?
86. Agatha Trunchbull (Greek origin), meaning "honorable", the despicable headmistress from Roald Dahl's 'Matilda'.
87. Alec D'Urberville (Greek origin), meaning "defender of men". The name of the villain from Thomas Hardy's book, 'Tess Of The D'Urbervilles'.
88. Bill Sykes (English origin), meaning "determined protector", the dark antagonist from Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist'.
89. Blofeld (English origin), meaning "open country", from Ian Fleming's 'Thunderball'.
90. Captain Hook (English origin), the villain from 'Peter Pan And Wendy' by JM Barrie.
91. Cathy Ames (Latin origin), meaning "pure", the villain from the novel, 'East of Eden' by John Steinbeck.
92. Humbert Humbert (German origin), meaning "warrior", the bad guy from Vladimir Nabokov's 'Lolita'.
93. Iago (Spanish origin), meaning "supplanter", the sinister villain in William Shakespeare's 'Othello'.
94. Kevin (Irish origin), meaning "gentle" or "kind", name of the remorseless villain from 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'.
95. Long John Silver (Hebrew origin), meaning "God has been gracious". This is the name of the villain pirate leader of the mutiny in Robert Louis Stevenson's book, 'Treasure Island'.
96. Nils Bjurman (Greek origin), meaning "triumph of the people", name of the modern villain from Stieg Larsson's book, 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'.
97. Randall Flagg (English origin), meaning "protected", the villain from 'The Stand' by Stephen King.
98. Richard III (German origin), meaning "brave ruler", from Shakespeare's 'Richard III'.
99. Simon Legree (Hebrew origin), meaning "listening", name of the cruel villain from 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', a book by Harriet Beacher Stowe.
100. Svidrigailov (Russian origin), meaning "extraordinary man", a dark villain name from the book, 'Crime and Punishment' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
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