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Subj: Re: Companion to Grey Gargoyle's cool thread - Best villain created in the 80s?
Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 at 08:52:20 pm EST (Viewed 547 times)
Reply Subj: Companion to Grey Gargoyle's cool thread - Best villain created in the 80s?
Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 at 08:04:49 am EST (Viewed 695 times)
Just comics or movies too? Most of these movie villains eventually made it to comics, maybe all of them. Just some favorites of mine.
1980's Empire Strikes Back gave us Emperor Palpatine. He may not have done too much in Empire and Jedi except a lot of scowling at the end, but the much-maligned prequels, crappy as they were, really cemented him as the MVP of the Star Wars hexology. As Sidious he commands the Trade Federation, Droid factory and Sith to create a threat against the Republic. As Palpatine he uses that threat as an excuse to get elected to higher and higher ranks of power, curtails personal freedoms in the name of security, and names himself galactic Emperor. Sidious commands a droid army, Palpatine commands a clone army, they go to war and in the melee he assassinates the entire Jedi order, the only real threat against him. The trilogy closes with the villain winning and ruling the galaxy for the next 15 years! I don't normally praise anything from the prequels but he had a great arc. or should I say plan.
1980 - Pamela and Jason Voorhees
1981 - Hannibal Lecter (Red Dragon novel)
1982 - MCP (Tron)
1984 - The Terminator and SkyNet. Gremlins (and Stripe). Freddy Krueger. Emilio Lizardo/Lord John Whorfin (Buckaroo Banzai).
1986 - The Kurgan (Highlander), Chop Top (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2)
1987 - Predator, Q (Star Trek TNG), Pinhead (Hellraiser)
1988 - Chucky (Child's Play)
1989 - Borg (Star Trek TNG)