Without a dastardly villain, our sci-fi heroes would have very little to do. Moreover, a science fiction movie is only as good as its nastiest bad guy. Here are five of the worst villains in sci-fi movies, or maybe five of the best.
Jabba the Hutt
This evil crime lord was able to acquire a carbonite frozen Han Solo and display him in his throne room. Jabba embodies several deadly sins including gluttony, greed and lust. He loves scantily-clad women and forced Princess Leia to wear a teeny tiny gold bikini much to the delight of nerds everywhere. Jabba the Hutt exemplifies villainy in every way possible and we cheered when he is killed in “Return of the Jedi.”
The Borg Queen from Star Trek
“I am the beginning, the end, the one who is many. I am the Borg.” The Queen seems to be in charge of the Borg, but she may just be the collective’s figure head. Filmmakers created a creepy moment involving the Queen when her upper torso is lifted up with her steel spine hanging down and set into the rest of her body. The evil Borg Queen attempted to force Data into releasing access to the Enterprise’s computer, but she was stopped when Data destroyed her organic body with Warp core plasma coolant. Captain Picard finished her off by breaking her spinal cord.
T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day
All Terminators are known for their lack of emotion and incredible killing ability. It appears as if the T-1000’s human targets will fail to keep their lives until they locate liquid nitrogen, but freezing him only works temporarily, and when he thaws, he is able to regenerate. Luckily, the Terminator chases his victims into a plant that has dangerous chemicals and they are able to destroy the T-1000 in a vat of molten steel.
Agent Smith from The Matrix Trilogy
Smith is an employee of the Matrix computer program and when Neo eliminated him in the first film, Smith turned into an Exile program developing into a computer virus. His job is to secure the Matrix and remove possible threats. Smith’s personality is serious, severe and indestructible. He has the ability to copy over the other Matrix Agents and redpills. He can also take over their bodies when he appears out of the Matrix. Smith is one nasty dude.
The much quoted line “I am your father” has been repeated by most everyone who has seen the “Star Wars” franchise, so basically everyone on earth. After telling Luke about his parentage, Darth Vader coldheartedly cuts off Luke’s hand and then attempts to sway Luke to join him.
For his part, Darth Vader was originally a hope for the force and instead left it to join the dark side.
Bad guys are a much needed element in any sci-fi movie, and nasty villains make movies more memorable.