Whether it’s a film or a TV show, there’s nothing quite like a really great bad guy. It takes a truly talented actor to make a bad guy not only believable but relatable; all whilst making us hate them at the same time.
Often while good guys are easy to get behind (well, they are the good guys after all), it’s all too easy to make a bad guy too evil, or even too cheesy, thus making us hate them instantly. But when an actor gets a bad guy right, we can often prefer these characters to the good guys on screen.
There are some actors who were just born to play bad guys. Whether they use schemes to take over the world or subtle psychological manipulation to get what they want, these actors are some of the best to have worked in Hollywood during their time on screen.
Typically cast as the love interest or hero, Heath Ledger proved he was so much more than a pretty face when he took on the role of The Joker in The Dark Knight. The Australian actor was awarded posthumously for his role, as he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, alongside a range of other awards.
While The Joker might not be the most physically impressive villain, he is one of the most terrifying and manipulative as he manages to seduce his audience as well as his peers into his psychopathic plans.
The character of Walter White is perhaps unique – the writers have persuaded the audience to sympathise completely with Walt from the start of Breaking Bad, and have gradually turned him into one of the most evil characters seen on a TV show.
Bryan Cranston is perfect in this role, and is one of the manliest men on television at the moment. Never over the top and always able to give a reason to justify his wrong doings, Bryan has turned from a hapless dad on Malcolm in the Middle to a character which will never be forgotten.
This Irish actor might have cited a career as an academic as his ultimate goal, but he has become one of the most evil villains seen on TV as the character Joffrey Baratheon on the hit TV show Game of Thrones.
Able to make even the most hardened viewer cringe, Gleeson has the perfect blend of innocence and corruption to pass as the young King, who may otherwise come across as unbelievably evil.
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