Villains are usually the evil characters in stories. They usually are motivated by something bad, like making lots of money, getting rid of people they don’t like, or taking over the world. A villain, or supervillain if part of a comic book universe, often appears as the nemesis of a hero or superhero in a book or a film. They represent the evil agency in a story and show how people can be swayed from good to evil, and from evil to good. Sometimes stories show that villains are only human, and become villains because they are the victims of unfortunate circumstances. Examples of villains include Voldemort in Harry Potter, Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes, and Cruella De Vil in 101 Dalmatians. All are pretty bad.

What are the qualities of a villain?

A villain adds contrast to a story and often battles the hero. The general qualities that a villain has are that they believe they’re the good guy, have likable qualities, and are an opponent that make the hero look good. Villains are typically clever, accomplished, respected by society, and have many of the same characteristics of the hero but are misdirected. They are also merciless, persuasive, proud, deceitful, vengeful, and are jealous of the hero.

What qualities make a great antagonist?

Qualities of a great antagonist are that they are driven by a goal, have relatable character flaws, are loyal to a cause, family, or ally, and adapt easily to obstacles. They also often have a secret information they are withholding from everyone, superior intelligence or strength, and create feelings of distrust. Antagonists are characters that stand in opposition to the protagonist of the story and share some of the same traits as the protagonist.

Are all villains evil?

Some villains are not entirely evil, but have good intentions. Some of these villains are Venom, Loki, and Magneto. They often save civilians, protect their families, or are victims. Villains also believe they are doing the best for society, as they are not truly evil and want to accomplish something that seems right to them. If a villain is evil or not depends on the perspective of the observer.

Villains Guides
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6’2” | 1.88 m
The Matrix (1999)
Agent Smith
188.000
1999.00
21000
3D
Agent Smith
5’9”–6’2” | 1.75-1.88 m
The Matrix (1999)
Agents
188.000
1999.00
950
3D
Agents
6’0” | 1.83 m
1999 (Episode I: The Phantom Menace)
Anakin Skywalker
183.000
1999.00
93000
3D
Anakin Skywalker
6’1” | 1.85 m
Goldfinger (1964)
Auric Goldfinger
185.000
1964.00
1600
3D
Auric Goldfinger
Bellatrix Lestrange
Guide-1-A
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-B
Guide-3-B
54000
5’2" | 1.57 m
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)
Bellatrix Lestrange
157.000
2000.00
54000
3D
Bellatrix Lestrange
7’2” | 2.18 m
Alien (1979)
Big Chap
218.000
1979.00
450
3D
Big Chap
Bill
1000
6’0” | 1.83 m
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Bill
183.000
2003.00
1000
3D
Bill
Boba Fett
128000
6’0” | 1.83 m
1980 (Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)
Boba Fett
183.000
1980.00
128000
3D
Boba Fett
Budd
500
6’2” | 1.88 m
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Budd
188.000
2003.00
500
3D
Budd
6’7” | 2.01 m
2015 (Episode VII: The Force Awakens)
Captain Phasma
201.000
2015.00
46000
3D
Captain Phasma
5’3” | 1.60 m
1974 (Novel), 1976 (Film)
Carrie White
160.000
1974.00
6600
3D
Carrie White
5’6” | 1.68 m
Cersei Lannister
168.000
91000
3D
Cersei Lannister
10” | 25.4 cm (Upright)
3’6” | 106.7 cm
Alien (1979)
Chestbursters
24.400
106.700
1979.00
5900
3D
Chestbursters
Chucky
120000
29” | .74 m
1988
Chucky
74.000
1988.00
120000
3D
Chucky
6’5” | 1.96 m
2002 (Episode II: Attack of the Clones)
Count Dooku
196.000
2002.00
42000
3D
Count Dooku
5’6”-7’ | 1.68-2.13 m
1966
Cybermen
213.000
1966.00
8800
3D
Cybermen
5’2” | 1.57 m
Daenerys Targaryen
157.000
186000
3D
Daenerys Targaryen
Daleks
33000
5’-6’6” | 1.52-1.98 m
1963
Daleks
198.000
1963.00
33000
3D
Daleks
5’10” | 1.78 m
1999 (Episode I: The Phantom Menace)
Darth Maul
178.000
1999.00
133000
3D
Darth Maul
6’8” | 2.03 m
1977 (Episode IV: A New Hope)
Darth Vader
203.000
1977.00
215000
3D
Darth Vader
8’–10’ | 2.44–3.05 m (Upright)
Prometheus (2012)
Deacons
305.000
2012.00
1500
3D
Deacons
Dementor
Guide-1-F
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-C
21000
9’10” | 3 m
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
Dementor
300.000
1999.00
21000
3D
Dementor
Draco Malfoy
Guide-1-A
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-E
Guide-3-B
77000
5'9" | 1.75 m
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)
Draco Malfoy
175.000
1997.00
77000
3D
Draco Malfoy
Dracula
122000
6’4” | 1.93 m
Dracula (novel, 1897), Dracula (film, 1931)
Dracula
193.000
1897.00
122000
3D
Dracula
Dudley Dursley
Guide-1-B
9700
5'9" | 1.75 m
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)
Dudley Dursley
175.000
1997.00
9700
3D
Dudley Dursley
5’10” | 1.78 m
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Elle Driver
178.000
2003.00
3100
3D
Elle Driver
5’10” | 1.78 m
1980 (Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)
Emperor Palpatine
178.000
1980.00
107000
3D
Emperor Palpatine
5’7” | 1.70 m
You Only Live Twice (1967)
Ernst Stavro Blofeld
170.000
1967.00
10600
3D
Ernst Stavro Blofeld
2’9” | 83.8 cm (Upright)
2’4” | 71.1 cm
4’11” | 149.8 cm
Alien (1979)
Facehuggers
83.800
71.100
149.800
1979.00
31000
3D
Facehuggers
8’ | 2.4 m (novel)
Frankenstein (novel, 1818), Frankenstein (film, 1931)
Frankenstein’s Monster
240.000
1818.00
211000
3D
Frankenstein’s Monster
5’9.5” | 1.77 m
1984
Freddy Krueger
177.000
1984.00
173000
3D
Freddy Krueger
Gellert Grindelwald
Guide-1-A
30000
5'10" | 1.78 m
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)
Gellert Grindelwald
178.000
2007.00
30000
3D
Gellert Grindelwald
6’1” | 1.85 m
2015 (Episode VII: The Force Awakens)
General Armitage Hux
185.000
2015.00
27000
3D
General Armitage Hux
7’1” | 2.16 m
2005 (Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)
General Grievous
216.000
2005.00
77000
3D
General Grievous
5’10” | 1.78 m
1996
Ghostface
178.000
1996.00
22000
3D
Ghostface
5’4” | 1.63 m
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Gogo Yubari
163.000
2003.00
5400
3D
Gogo Yubari
2’–3’ | 61–91.4 cm (Upright)
4’–5’ | 1.22–1.52 m
Prometheus (2012)
Hammerpedes
91.400
152.000
2012.00
350
3D
Hammerpedes
5’8” | 1.73 m
1981 (Novel), 1986 (Film)
Hannibal Lecter
173.000
1981.00
100000
3D
Hannibal Lecter
5’9" | 1.75 m
12’9” | 3.9 m
1983 (Episode VI: Return of the Jedi)
Jabba the Hutt
175.000
390.000
1983.00
86000
3D
Jabba the Hutt
5’10” | 1.78 m
1977 (Novel), 1980 (Film)
Jack Torrance
178.000
1977.00
13000
3D
Jack Torrance
6’2” | 1.88 m
Jaime Lannister
188.000
92000
3D
Jaime Lannister
6’0” | 1.83 m
2002 (Episode II: Attack of the Clones)
Jango Fett
183.000
2002.00
41000
3D
Jango Fett
6’5” | 1.96 m
1980
Jason Voorhees
196.000
1980.00
136000
3D
Jason Voorhees
Jaws
5500
7’2” | 2.18 m
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Jaws
218.000
1977.00
5500
3D
Jaws
6’0” | 1.83 m
Star Trek: The Original Series (1967)
Khan Noonien Singh
183.000
1967.00
10000
3D
Khan Noonien Singh
Kylo Ren
223000
6’3” | 1.90 m
2015 (Episode VII: The Force Awakens)
Kylo Ren
190.000
2015.00
223000
3D
Kylo Ren
6’4” | 1.93 m
1974
Leatherface
193.000
1974.00
110000
3D
Leatherface
Lord Voldemort
Guide-1-A
Guide-1-D
Guide-2-B
Guide-3-B
164000
5’11” | 1.80 m
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)
Lord Voldemort
180.000
1997.00
164000
3D
Lord Voldemort
Lucius Malfoy
Guide-1-A
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-B
Guide-3-B
32000
5’11” | 1.80 m
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)
Lucius Malfoy
180.000
1997.00
32000
3D
Lucius Malfoy
6’0” | 1.83 m
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Marsellus Wallace
183.000
1994.00
10000
3D
Marsellus Wallace
6’7” | 2.01 m
1978
Michael Myers
201.000
1978.00
190000
3D
Michael Myers
7’–8' | 2.13–2.44 m (Upright)
8’-9’ | 2.44–2.74 m
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Neomorphs
244.000
2754.000
2017.00
8400
3D
Neomorphs
6’1” | 1.85 m
Night King
185.000
57000
3D
Night King
6’1” | 1.85 m
1960
Norman Bates
185.000
1960.00
60000
3D
Norman Bates
Nosferatu
153000
6’3” | 1.91 m
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)
Nosferatu
191.000
1922.00
153000
3D
Nosferatu
5’3” | 1.60 m
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
O-Ren Ishii
160.000
2003.00
2100
3D
O-Ren Ishii
Oddjob
8600
5’10” | 1.78 m
Goldfinger (1964)
Oddjob
178.000
1964.00
8600
3D
Oddjob
Ood
18000
6’-6’6” | 1.83-1.98 m
2006
Ood
198.000
2006.00
18000
3D
Ood
Pennywise
358000
6’3.5” | 1.92 m
1986 (Novel), 1990 (TV)
Pennywise
192.000
1986.00
358000
3D
Pennywise
Peter Pettigrew
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-A
Guide-2-B
Guide-3-A
26400
5’7" | 1.70 m
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
Peter Pettigrew
170.000
1999.00
26400
3D
Peter Pettigrew
Pinhead
57000
6’5” | 1.95 m
1986 (Novella), 1987 (Film)
Pinhead
195.000
1986.00
57000
3D
Pinhead
4’11” | 1.50 m
1971 (Novel), 1973 (Film)
Regan MacNeil
150.000
1971.00
3600
3D
Regan MacNeil
6’–7’2” | 1.83–2.18 m (Upright)
11’–12’ | 3.35–3.66 m
Alien 3 (1992)
Runners
218.000
366.000
1992.00
600
3D
Runners
4’4” | 1.32 m
1998 (Japan), 2002 (US)
Samara Morgan
132.000
1998.00
6600
3D
Samara Morgan
10’-15’ | 3.05-4.57 m (Estimated)
The Matrix (1999)
Sentinels
457.000
1999.00
1000
3D
Sentinels
5’11” | 1.80 m
1977 (Episode IV: A New Hope)
Stormtrooper
180.000
1977.00
65200
3D
Stormtrooper
7’ | 2.13 m
2015 (Episode VII: The Force Awakens)
Supreme Leader Snoke
213.000
2015.00
30000
3D
Supreme Leader Snoke
6’2” | 1.88 m
The Terminator (1984)
T-800 Terminator
188.000
1984.00
235000
3D
T-800 Terminator
6’9” | 2.06 m
The Mountain
206.000
42000
3D
The Mountain
5’11” | 1.8 m
The Mummy (1932)
The Mummy
180.000
1932.00
71000
3D
The Mummy
8’–10’ | 2.44–3.05 m
Prometheus (2012)
Trilobites
305.000
2012.00
400
3D
Trilobites
5’11” | 1.80 m
Fight Club (1999)
Tyler Durden
180.000
1999.00
44000
3D
Tyler Durden
5’7” | 1.70 m
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Vernita Green
170.000
2003.00
1100
3D
Vernita Green
5’-7’ | 1.52-2.13 m
2007
Weeping Angels
213.000
2007.00
17000
3D
Weeping Angels
6’0” | 1.83 m
GoldenEye (1995)
Xenia Onatopp
183.000
1995.00
5000
3D
Xenia Onatopp
14’9” | 4.5 m
Aliens (1986)
Xenomorph Queen
450.000
1986.00
1300
3D
Xenomorph Queen
7’–8’ | 2.13–2.44 m
14’–16’ | 4.27–4.88 m
Aliens (1986)
Xenomorphs (Drones)
244.000
488.000
1986.00
112000
3D
Xenomorphs (Drones)
Pinhead
Dimensioned height drawing of Pinhead from the Hellraiser horror series as seen from the front and side views

Pinhead, also known as Hell Priest, is the main character in the Hellraiser series. Pinhead is the lead Cenobite, a group of formerly human creatures who reside in Hell and travel to Earth through Lament Configuration, which is a puzzle box. When the box is opened, Pinhead and his crew greet the solver and either rip their soul apart, or make them into a cenobite themselves. Pinhead receives his name from the pins nailed into his whole skull. Pinhead’s pins are believed to be the source of his power and his crowing adornment that makes him the Priest of Hell.

Pinhead, portrayed by Doug Bradley in Hellraiser (1987), is 6 foot 5 inches (1.96 m) tall.

Pair of front and back drawings of Pinhead from the Hellraiser series
Pinhead is the main villain in the Hellraiser series. Pinhead is the lead Cenobite, a group of formerly human creatures who reside in Hell and travel to Earth through a puzzle box. When the box is opened, Pinhead greets the solver and either rips their soul apart, or makes them into a cenobite.

Pinhead, portrayed by Doug Bradley in Hellraiser (1987), is 6 foot 5 inches (1.96 m) tall.

Pair of front and back drawings of Pinhead from the Hellraiser series
Pinhead
Height:
6’5” | 1.95 m
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Actor
Doug Bradley
First Appearance
1986 (Novella), 1987 (Film)

Drawings include:
Pinhead side (cube), front, front (cube), back

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Leatherface
Pair of dimensioned drawings of Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror film

Leatherface is the main antagonist of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, even though he commits his murders alongside his family. Leatherface wears a mask made of human skin, which is where he gets his name from. Leatherface was reportedly based off of Wisconsin killer Ed Gein, who also wore a mask made from skin. In the movies, Leatherface’s main weapons are a chainsaw and a sledgehammer and, as well as murdering his victims, Leatherface was a cannibal and would eat them too. Director Tobe Hooper has noted that Leatherface kills out of fear, rather than malice.

Leatherface, portrayed by Gunnar Hansen in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), is 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.

Illustrations of Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre seen from the front with a chainsaw
Leatherface is the main antagonist of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, even though he kills alongside his family. Leatherface wears a mask made of human skin, which is where he gets his name from. Leatherface was reportedly based off of Wisconsin killer Ed Gein, who also wore a mask made from skin.

Leatherface, portrayed by Gunnar Hansen in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), is 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.

Illustrations of Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre seen from the front with a chainsaw
Leatherface
Height:
6’4” | 1.93 m
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Actor
Gunnar Hansen
First Appearance
1974

Drawings include:
Leatherface front, side, front (attack), front (raised)

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Big Chap (The Alien)
Size comparison drawings of Big Chap comparing the heights of other related characters from the Alien franchise

Big Chap is one of the names given to the adult stage of the Xenomorph, the terrifying extraterrestrial in Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise. Big Chap evolves from the egg laid by a Facehugger in a host organism, which then bursts out of the host’s chest, ripping them apart. Their development depends on its host, but they are typically over seven feet tall, with a muscular shell-like body, and a long, curving tail. They have elongated domed heads, dark grey skin, and two sets of mouths. The Xenomorphs possess superior intelligence, strength and speed and as a result, are deadly predators.

Big Chap has a height of 7’2” (2.18 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Big Chap with height measurements
Big Chap is one of the names given to the adult stage of the Xenomorph, the terrifying extraterrestrial in Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise. Big Chap evolves from the egg laid by a Facehugger in a host organism, which then bursts out of the host’s chest, ripping them apart.

Big Chap has a height of 7’2” (2.18 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Big Chap with height measurements
Big Chap (The Alien)
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7’2” | 2.18 m
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Species: Xenomorph XX121

Stage: 3

Actor
First Appearance
Alien (1979)

Drawings include:
Big Chap elevations (assorted)

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Norman Bates
Pair of dimensioned drawings of Norman Bates in his 'mother' identity from Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' film

Norman Bates is the star of the well-known horror movie, Psycho, its prequels and sequels, and television series Bates Motel. Norman Bates is the motel keeper of the Bates Motel in California. Norman Bates developed a close relationship with his controlling, abusive, and domineering mother who he would later kill. After killing his mother Norman Bates developed dissociative identity disorder and psychosis, where he would have audible and visual hallucinations and imagine his dead mother telling him to commit acts of violence, usually against women. Norman Bates would dress as his mother during these murders and perform the murders under his “Mother” identity.

Norman Bates, portrayed by Anthony Perkins in Psycho (1960), is 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Illustrations of Norman Bates in casual attire as seen in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Pyscho'
Norman Bates is the star of the well-known horror movie, Psycho,. Norman Bates is the motel keeper of the Bates Motel in California. Norman Bates developed a close relationship with his controlling, abusive, and domineering mother who he would later kill and impersonate under his “Mother” identity.

Norman Bates, portrayed by Anthony Perkins in Psycho (1960), is 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Illustrations of Norman Bates in casual attire as seen in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Pyscho'
Norman Bates
Height:
6’1” | 1.85 m
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Actor
Anthony Perkins
First Appearance
1960

Drawings include:
Norman Bates front (mother, attack), front (mother), front (knife), front (leaning)

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Jack Torrance
Measured front elevation drawings of Jack Torrance from Stephen King's The Shining with height labeled

Jack Torrance is the main villain of the novel by Stephan King, The Shining, as while as the movie by the same name, and the television miniseries, Dr. Sleep. Jack Torrance is the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado, but goes insane due to spirits inhabiting the hotel. It is due to these spirits that Jack goes insane and attempts to murder his family. However, his son, Danny, has psychic abilities known as “the shining” and uses them to foil his father’s plans and protect his mother. It is from this movie that one of the most iconic lines in film history hails: “here’s Johnny,” as yelled by Jack Torrance as he attempts to attack his wife who is hiding behind a door.

Jack Torrance, portrayed by Jack Nicholson in The Shining (1980), is 5 foot 10 inches (1.78 m) tall.

Pair of illustrations of the front and back of Jack Torrance from The Shining
Jack Torrance is the main villain of the novel by Stephan King, The Shining. Jack Torrance is the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado, but goes insane due to spirits inhabiting the hotel. It is due to these spirits that Jack goes insane and attempts to murder his family.

Jack Torrance, portrayed by Jack Nicholson in The Shining (1980), is 5 foot 10 inches (1.78 m) tall.

Pair of illustrations of the front and back of Jack Torrance from The Shining
Jack Torrance
Height:
5’10” | 1.78 m
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Actor
Jack Nicholson
First Appearance
1977 (Novel), 1980 (Film)

Drawings include:
Jack Torrance side, front (walking), front, back

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