Sunday, March 11, 2012

Favorite Forgotten Villains

This week I've decided to reminisce over my favorite forgotten villains. Heroes names go down in history, but the villains? They're forgotten. And some of best die if not included in a full feature length film. What are your favorite forgotten villains?

Baba Yaga & her home (not to scale)
Baba Yaga:  Most people believe Baba Yaga is Russian, but there are actually versions of her in many Slavic cultures... the Slovak version is called Jezibaba. She is one of the first cannibalistic villains with a taste for toddlers. But although a visit with Baba Yaga generally lands children in a frying pan, she also rewards intelligent children. The message here being that if you're smart enough to get yourself out of a mess, you've earned her respect. Sometimes she has vicious toads, and a flying mortar and pestal. But she is most well known for her distinctive house, that walks around on chicken legs; the original mobile home.

Borg on a good hair day.
The Borg: Losing your individuality... now that's scary.  Having all of your thoughts processed for you by a central computer. It reminds me a lot of Central Central Intelligence in, A Wrinkle In Time. Who knows, maybe that's where Star Trek got the inspiration. I know a lot of people will fault me here for mentioning a villain from Next Generation Star Trek and not the Original Series, but I am a child of the nineties. Plus, riding around the universe in a giant, metal rubriks cube? Now that is awesome.

Ventriloquist & Scarface ready for playtime
Ventriloquist and Scarface: First appearing in Detective Comics #583, Scarface was a gangster puppet nestled on the hand of a seemingly quiet spectacled man. The puppet gives the orders, leaving me wondering if this is some sort of anti-kermit, or perhaps his estranged cousin. They're hard to take seriously, yet deadly; my favorite kind of villain.  Ventriloquist and Scarface have yet to make it into one of the live action movies, but I'm still crossing my fingers. I can't help but wonder: was the ventriloquist a former kindergarden teacher driven mad by sticky fingers and tantrums of five year olds?

Captain Nemo pondering a new pet.
Captain Nemo: Possibly my favorite villain ever. He achieved a brief revival in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen a comic book series and a movie. But Captain Nemo first got his start in the classic work, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne. When the main characters first discover Captain Nemo and his ship, he seems like an eccentric but lovable scientist who's decided to foreswear mankind for his one true love: the ocean. But by the end of the novel, it's clear that Nemo doesn't just want to leave mankind....

So, I thought we'd put out a vote here for your favorite forgotten villain. Feel free to vote in the comments for your favorite villain, or write in a contender.


  1. Very interesting post! I'm going to have to think about this one ;)

  2. First guy to come to mind...the Pied Piper. He in the end is bad. But he was taken advantage of, so you kind of get why he got mad, but still leading the children to their watery death is unjustified. The motivation to do a bad thing gives him dimension.