Hmmm. Pride demands that I come up with some uber villans that no one's named
yet, so here's my list. On the off chance you haven't met any of these guys
yet, there's spoilers, so consider yourself cautioned.
10. Raditz (DBZ) - First off, the guy's a Sayjin, so he's automatically a
planet buster. Second, he's probably the smartest person in the show because
he sees his goal _and does not get side tracked from it_! Every thing he does
is either directly related to his goal (get Goku/Kakkarot back on the True way
of the Sayjin) or killing time until he can continue with his goal. That's a
trick most good guys can't pull off. Third, anyone who can make Piccolo wet
himself and run crying to Goku, has coolness points to spare.
9. Kagato (Tenchi TV series) - There's three reasons this guy made the cut and
not the infinitely more powerful OAV version. First off is that the writers
gave him a reason, however cliched, for being a bad guy (he fell into the dark
side of the Jurai). The second is that he actually pulled off a big part of
the OAV version's goal (galactic domination) when he took over the Jurai
empire. And finally, the TV version actually looked like a warrior. The OAV
version looked like my school librarian.
8. Baron Dark (Skeleton Warriors) - He's on the list mostly because of a
personal theory of mine. I think that cool CGI skull that talks to the
audience at the begining and end of each show is an internal monologue running
through Dark's mind. But since it's only a theory, and I can't find anything
to back it up, he doesn't get the coveted one spot he deserves.
7. Toyo Harada (Valiant) - Toyo has an almost Magneto-esque view on humanity
and believes that his people (Harbingers, basically mutants) are the next step
in human evolution. But instead of conquering earth, he wants to conquer space
by sending out colony ships of teenage harbingers to some earthlike unnamed
planet. While he controls a vast corporate empire, his personal power is even
more formidable. Posessing roughly Tetsuo level Telepathy and telekinesis
(also called the omega power), and decades of experience, he scares people like
Solar (who, since he recreated the universe after he screwed up and destroyed
it, is basically god).
6. Gambit's Dopelganger (Marvel) - If you take Gambit, add a seriously
murderous and sadistic streak, you get Gambit's Dopelganger (or GD for short).
Good old GD made the list because of a particular piece of dialog between him
GD: "Only way to see the good in people, is to open them up and look."
N: "What's inside you gumbo?"
GD: "Same as you. Dark things."
Even though I really don't care for gambit anymore (he was much cooler before
he joined the X-men) that little exchange will stick in my mind for the rest of
5. Bester (Babylon 5) - The most powerful non-vorlon enhanced telepath in
known space, Bester is an manipulative, murderous, amoral, nazi-esque bastard
to anyone who wan't a telepath and therefor beneath him. But among his own
people (telepaths) he was a hero, role model, protector, and benefactor. But
then again, Napoleon liked horses.
4. Rezo (Slayers) - The blind red priest, one of the great sages, and the man
who housed one seventh of Dark Lord Shabrinigdo's power, probably the most
powerful wizard who ever lived, and the most soft-spoken bad guy you'll ever
meet. I like Rezo because he's like Raditz. He never lost sight (so to speak)
of his ultimate goal, curing his blindness. Even after centuries of failure he
finally found a way that might work, revive Ruby Eyed Shabrinigdo and command
him to restore his sight. Of course, once he did that, Shabrinigdo would be
free to continue on with his original plan, destroying the world, but don't
worry, Rezo had a plan to deal with that.
3. Master Darque (Valiant) - Even though he's a bit one dimensional in his
obsessive pursuit of necromantic power, the sheer scope and evil of some of his
plans warent his place on this list. Probably his two most impressive feats
were, mystically controlling Solar (the guy who recreated the universe,
remember?), and, after finding out he couldn't maintain his control, went and
created his slave and Solar's opposite number, Dr. Eclipse
2. Dorothy "Twig-brows" Catalonia (Gundam Wing) - Not really a villan per se,
but definately an antagonist in the story. no 1: She's a sixteen year old
(give or take) girl who seems to have the best grasp of the political situation
of anyone in the show, and knows how to use this knowledge. no 2: She shows a
bit of a setimental side when she fights back her tears after she learns that
her uncle (who she manipulated into going to that battlefield) dies. no 3: Even
though she never set's foot in a mobile suit (that we see anyway), she's got
enough willpower to hold off the mind-warping Zero system while remotely
controlling god knows how many mobile suits in battle against the gundam boys.
no 4: She fences well enough to take out Quatre in personal combat. Major
bonus points for that (my list. my rules.)
Only two things held her back from being number one. First she seems to have
swiped Ken's eyebrow style (hence the twig-brows reference). But that pales in
comparrison to her other major sin, that every other thing she says basically
amounts to "Relena's cool", thus showing she's the most mentally unbalanced
person in the series (and that's saying something).
1. Mr. Sinister (Marvel) - At least as powerful a telepath as Xavier, as strong
as spider man, has his own private clone army of mutants, makes long ranged
plans involving the Summers blood line that actually seem to be working, and
has the best fashion sense of anyone in the marvel universe, up to and
including Mary Jane Watson/Parker. This man is a force that even Doom,
Magneto, and Thanos would be reluctant to cross without some major _major_
Jar-Jar "Messa ruined Star Wars" Binks (Phantom Menace) - No redeaming features
what-so-ever! Quite possibly the greatest evil since barney. No villan list
should be without him.
Fight Card (Card Captor Sakura) - If you don't like Ryu because he only lives
for the fight, you'll hate her because she only exists for the fight. Near as
I can tell from this schedually-challenged show (can anyone explain to me why
the fuck they're showing the episodes out of order?) the fight card is
magically distilled fighting spirit that only exists to challenge worthy
opponents. Since she aparently has no personality out side of a Japanese
warrior etiquette, she's not really a villan, but I like her, so I put her
The Cigarette Smoking Man (X-Files) - You have to admire a guy who covertly
runs a nation, and yet is so incorruptable that he has to live in a flop house
because he refuses to use his power for personal gain. I mean, granted this
guy's probably indirectly killed more people than the black death, but still
wouldn't it be nice if our congressmen were just a bit more like him?
Magus (Crono Trigger) - The man with the plan (do you see a trend here? Good
Guys of the multiverse, watch and learn!) who summoned awakned lavos so that he
could kill him. Failing to do it on his own (and that's your fault, BTW. If
you hadn't interfeared, he probably could have pulled it off), he joins up with
Crono's team (assuming you don't kill him, the choice is yours) so that he gets
another crack at it.
"We don't expect kittens to fight wildcats and win
--we merely expect them to try."
-- Robert Heinlein
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