Having fun with another meme as a break from my current projects...
My top 10 list of animated villains:
10. Aku (Samurai Jack
) - Shapeshifting demon wizard and a wonderfully over-the-top performance by Mako. I initially found him to quite annoying to watch, but he sort of grew on me after a while. Thoroughly liked the episode where he tries to tell fairy tale stories to children, and just doesn't quite get it right.
9. Mad Mod (Teen Titans
) - A 1960's - themed villain + Malcolm McDowall = Pure Win in my book. Throwing in a few in-jokes to The Beatles, The Prisoner, and Monty Python doesn't hurt as well.
8. Gargoyle (Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
) - Masked supreme commander of the Neo-Atlanteans. Perfect example of the master villain who never has to get his hands dirty until the final episode, thanks to a massive army of soldiers, ships, and weird science in the alternate-universe version of 1889.
7. Megamind (Megamind
) - Possibly the only Will Ferrell performance that made me forget it was Will Ferrell doing the voice.
6. Schwartzwald (The Big-O
) - One of Roger Smith's most memorable foes, and first pilot of the megadeus Big-Duo. His stand-out performance was in Episode 11 of Season 1, "The Enemy is Another Big"
. Pity that he doesn't really have much of a role in Season 2 until Roger's final battle against the insane Alan Gabriel.
5. Lord Shen (Kung Fu Panda 2
) - I only saw this as an in-flight movie this past Summer, so I was rather blown away by how wonderfully evil this character was! I originally mistook the voice to be that of Rowan Atkinson (well, Shen did come off to me as kinda "Blackadder-ish" in a way), but Gary Oldman really hit one out of the park with this role. The animation department also did a great job with bringing this character to life as well.
4. Grandis Granva (Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
) - "Miss Stormtrooper 1889". Was the villainess of the show, until the Neo-Atlanteans showed up, then did a heel turn and became an ally of the young protagonists of the series. Still, she and her fellow members of "The Grandis Gang" are a nice homage to the comedic villainous trios of Tatsunoko Productions Time Bokan
anime series of the 1970s (same as the LeBlanc Gang from Square-Enix's Final Fantasy X-2 game). Besides, a red-head in charge of a transformable battle tank... What's not to love? Her character design was also had a bit of an influence on my artstyle as well.
3. Lord Alberto, The Impact (Giant Robo: The Animation
) - Supervillainy never looked so cool in a suit and tie like this guy. Just watch Giant Robo
Vols. 1-7 to see him being a total badass (or the Ginrei
side-story videos 1-2 to see the silly version of him).
2. Hades, Lord of the Dead (Hercules
) - With James Woods handling the character as if he were some sleezy Hollywood agent, instead of the Olympian god of the Underworld, Hades moves into the No. 2 slot of my all time evil favs. At times, he quickly veers into the same contemporary in-joke territory as Robin Williams' Genie from Aladdin
, but there's enough of a "Daffy Duck-like" explosiveness to the Hades that I find enjoyable.
1. Leader Desslok of Gamilon (Star Blazers
) - One of the few times I actually liked the dubbed performance by actor Eddie Allen better than the original Space Battleship Yamato
voice by Masato Ibu. One of the biggest flaws of the live-action movie version of SBY was the redo of the Gamilus into a completely alien species, with only Masato Ibu's voice acting as "Desular" being the homage to the original character. Fortunately, it looks like the original Gamilus will be back for the upcoming Space Battleship Yamato 2199
anime TV series remake [link]
so there's hope we'll get a Fuhrer Desular that's not some blue crystal CGI effect.
EDIT: Hmmm... The new "Aberto Desslar" looks a bit... Bishi. [link]
EDIT: Redid the link to the official (Japanese) Yamato 2199 website.
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