Entertainment August 16, 2018
It feels good to be bad.
Everyone loves a good villain. Through boisterous song numbers and suave performances, female villains never fail to scare and amaze. From the earliest days of television and film, these antagonists have been the shadow favorite of many.
We hate to see the main characters lose. At the same time, though, we kind of want to see the evil ones win. To commend some of these amazing anti-heroines, here’s ENTITY’s list of notable female villains.
And we’re not talking about the Angelina Jolie remake.
Who doesn’t love an uninvited guest? The Horned Queen brought terror to kids everywhere with her chilling curse in Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty.” Eleanor Audley’s voice, the green complexion and the red lipstick absolutely ooze evil.
Perhaps the coolest thing about Maleficent, though, is that she can turn into a dragon. Besides her quest to murder a kingdom, what’s not to like?
I pity the “Poor Unfortunate Soul” who doesn’t like Ursula. Ariel and Eric battling against the curvaceous sorceress is possibly the scariest Disney princess scene out there. With her tentacles and magic, she completely embodied any child’s worst nightmare.
Ursula’s ambition and ruthlessness are unparalleled. As a crafty saleswoman, powerful sorceress and wicked singer, she’s truly a Disney icon.
Princess Azula, fearless warrior and pride of the Fire Nation, stands as one of the best female villains of all time. She gains more power with each episode of “Avatar: the Last Airbender,” becoming near-invincible by the end of the series.
Azula is a particularly fantastic antagonist due to her misunderstood nature. Raised in a hostile environment, she absorbed the cutthroat qualities of those around her. This environment — along with her instability and lingering familial problems — added to her complicated, destructive temperament.
Not to mention, her complex character is admirable. Azula never fails to stretch audiences between sympathy, fear and frustration.
While technically three separate individuals, I’ll count them as one listing.
“Hocus Pocus” reigns as one of the greatest Halloween movies ever made. Arguably the best part of the movie was the Sanderson Sisters’ dynamic. Sarah, Mary and Winifred — funky wigs and hunger for children included — caught the hearts of audiences everywhere. Sure, eating kids is horrifying, but who can say no to a catchy rendition of “I Put a Spell on You?”
With their vastly different personalities and sisterly bonds, the three witches supply “Hocus Pocus” with a hearty amount of comic relief. Evil has never been easier to love.
It’s hard to pick just one Catwoman. Each rendition brought something new to the screen. Whether played by Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry or Anne Hathaway, we can’t help falling in love with the cool, swift antiheroine.
There’s also something enticing about a gray-area character. Is she a hero? Is she a villain? We may never know.
Either way, Catwoman always charms with her catlike reflexes, snippy one-liners and racy catsuit. We have to applaud this seductive, powerful icon for knowing what she wants and taking it.
Talk about a versatile X-Men antagonist. Mystique can shapeshift into anyone, which naturally causes mass confusion. In the comics, her alter ego Raven Darkholme climbed her way to a head position in the U.S. Department of Defense. In the “X-Men” movie franchise, Mystique earned her place as a top female villain due to her partnership with evildoer Magneto.
Like Catwoman, however, her morality gets a little complicated. We see her consistently questioning her actions and flipping sides. The audience never knows what to expect next, and she has flourished as an independent character.
She’s one of Quentin Tarantino’s best villains, and that’s saying something. O-Ren Ishii came to the screen in “Kill Bill Vol. 1,” starring Uma Thurman and Lucy Liu.
Her traumatic origin story shocks viewers. Affected by violence, O-Ren Ishii became a bloodthirsty Yakuza boss who tolerated nothing short of total respect. She trained as an assassin, claimed her spot in a male-heavy gang and ruled over hundreds. Her reign as champion came to a bloody end, but her determination to fight in a kimono is praiseworthy, to say the least.
We also can’t help but admire her leadership position in a male-dominated industry. Even if the industry was, you know, organized crime.
No one’s gone through the ringer like Cersei Lannister. She began as the undisputed worst villain of “Game of Thrones.” Slowly, her character grew into an evil champion that took down everyone in her path.
As she buckled down and plotted like none other, Cersei’s evolution blew fans away. Her schemes sometimes backfire, but at the end of the day, she reigns triumphant. Literally.
Sister to Thor and Loki, daughter of Odin, Goddess of Death. Cate Blanchett brought Hela to life in Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok”. She came forth with a ferociousness few Marvel villains ever had, and her limitless powers caused ultimate destruction. Hela’s the only opponent that Thor himself couldn’t beat.
With such a driven woman at the helm, you have to admire her energy. As the Goddess of Death, Hela brought a whole new meaning to girl power.
Or at least they try to. Countless female villains conquered, schemed and fought their way to the top. But we don’t judge! After all, we have a little bit of bad in all of us.
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