Stockholm syndrome. The bad ones that we like the best.
“Temporary psychological disorder that appears in the person who has been kidnapped and that consists of being understanding and benevolent with the behavior of the kidnappers and progressively identifying with their ideas, either during the kidnapping or after being released.”
That’s what the definition says. However, in the seriemaniac world we go further, we go towards that special affection that the villains awaken in the viewer. For whatever reason or reason, there are some very bad bad guys that generate contradictory and attractive sensations in us.
Also, if you ask the actors and actresses, most of them will confess to feeling more satisfied having played the role of villain in a series or movie. The bad guys have something special, they are full of nuances, of depth and they are the perpetrators of almost all the plots of a work.
the time of the good children is over
In this article, in addition to showing you our vilest preferences, we invite you to discover -if you haven’t already done so- these series through their iconic evil protagonists.
The five villains of Víctor Mirete
Actress: Robin Wright
Series: House of Cards
It is the Femme Fatale par excellence of politics. Although many think that Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is the great protagonist of house of cards, she is the one who really wears the pants in the White House. It is she who from the shadow marks the path of all until she finally sits down in the armchair of the oval office. Claire has a devilish subtlety that acts as a magnet for the viewer and a wicked elegance that makes her irresistible. The seductive interpretation of Robin Wright converts to Claire Underwood in the best political villain of all time as far as fiction series are concerned.
Actor: James Gandolfini
Series: The Sopranos
Little can we say about the 21st century. The trigger for the third golden age of the series and one of the greatest bastions of HBO. Tony is a mobster but also a family man, a capo but also a father. Tony Soprano He is the boss of the fictional DiMeo crime family, and the key player in the entire series. The Sopranos would not be understood without Tony, without James Gandolfini. It’s hard not to like someone like that. You always want him on your team, you want him on your side, you want to work for him. He’s a leader who doesn’t need to brag, but what brings you closer to him is his personal existential crisis, where we discover his strength through his vulnerability and his greatness through his fears. He is a mobster, yes, but like everyone else, he has the codes for him.
Actor: Michael Rosenbaum
He is one of the great villains of the DC comics, and probably the most iconic of the Superman saga. Despite being human, no one has made things so difficult for the red-cloaked Kryptonian hero. However, the famous series Smallville Y Michael Rosenbaum gave another vision lex luthor. They brought him closer not only to younger people, but to humanity that seemed to not have that character. In this series Lex was a mystical young millionaire who was looking for his place in the world, always under the yoke of his father and the world in which he had grown up. But what most united us with him was his friendship with Clark Kent. It was the true love story of Smallville.
Actor: Jeremy Strong
The traumatized and unpredictable son of Logan Roy in Succession it is the cornerstone of a huge cast of actors and characters in which shining alone makes the whole shine even more. Kendall Roy masterfully performed by Jeremy Strong, he likes her for her innocent and calculating wickedness. He is a man with a heart and without scruples, something that can be extremely contradictory, but that is who he is and that is how we want him. Kendall gives us the greatest emotions and twists of the series and, together with his father, they keep alive the greatest tension and adrenaline in the world of finance in a television series.
Actor: Robin Lord Taylor
Or what is the same, The Penguin in the series Gotham. He is as endearing as he is psycho. Behind those complexes and traumas that his past and environment have attributed to him, there is a small hint of poetic justice in his actions that make him loved almost more than hated. He is one of the most iconic villains of the saga Batman and probably the most versatile and enriching of the Gotham series. Robin Lord Taylor is in charge of giving all the charisma and attractiveness to this character, with an eccentric and cartoonish interpretation that undoubtedly improves that of all his antagonists.
Bonus: the one I like the worst.
Actor: Anthony Starr
Look there are ruthless bad guys, but this one takes the cake. He has no trace of humanity in his actions or in his soul. It’s all perversion, perhaps the product of many things outside of him, but his idiosyncrasy is so fearsome and terrifying that it’s hard to see him dressed in blue and with a red cape. The patriot it is as indestructible as it is destructive. He is the worst of all the villains by far, in a series, TheBoys, in which everything is disgustingly dangerous. Antony Starr does probably some of the best acting work ever when it comes to TV villains, but he does it so extremely well, you can’t help but hate that character.
What are your favorite villains?