You’ll note that these are also the same traits that make our hero so alluring. The dividing line is whether the character leans more toward the dark side or the light. And now, let’s get to the Top Ten list.
10. HANS GRUBER, played by Alan Rickman in Die Hard. Don’t laugh at me. I know this is an old movie, but Rickman wields power, cunning, and charisma with a slamming punch. In my humble opinion, he is way sexier than Bruce Willis in this oldie but goodie.
9. ANAKIN SKYWALKER, played by Hayden Christensen in the Star Wars series. Anakin’s overwhelming love for Padmé is so intense, he sets fire to the room when he focuses that piercing gaze on her. Too bad he was seduced by the dark side. The cool thing is that we see him go full circle in the very end, saving his son Luke and turning back toward good. Awesome villain-turned-hero!
8. VICOMTE DE VALMONT, played by Collin Firth in Valmont and John Malkovich in Dangerous Liaisons—same character, two different versions. And in both of them, Valmont is devilishly delicious. This tragedy also proves something I’ve always believed, which is that Hubris is the most fatal flaw of all.
6. SWEENEY TODD, played by Johnny Depp in the film version of the Broadway hit, Sweeney Todd. The hero turned villain seems to be one I keep coming back to, but Todd takes his vengeance to a whole new level. I suppose one might call him an anti-hero rather than a villain. The fact that he slips into the dark because of his lost love gives him heroic qualities. However, his bloody vengeance on even innocents makes him more villain than hero.
5. LOKI, played by Tom Hiddleston in Thor. Hiddleston can make any character hot. He does it well as the black-clad, tormented brother of Thor in this film series.
3. PRINCE NUADA, by Luke Goss in Hellboy. Oh, man. Prince Nuada is so full of passion for his people and his cause, it just bleeds off the screen. I’m not even a fan of blonds, especially pasty white blonds, but Nuada had me wanting to soothe his pain, while rooting for him right to the end. Now, THAT is a hot villain.
2. THE PHANTOM, played by Gerard Butler in The Phantom of the Opera. Um, he’s played by Gerard Butler. That should be enough, but let me try to focus on the character. This story of forbidden love, where the heroine doesn’t end up with the scarred, heartbroken, love-forsaken villain hurts me the most. All he ever wanted was to be loved, but fate ruled otherwise, cursing him with ugliness as well as making him a musical genius to attract the lovely songbird Christine who he can never have. *sigh*
1. COUNT DRACULA, played by Luke Evans in Dracula Untold. We all know vamps are sexy just by the sheer power of their immortality and seductive predatory ways. However, this retelling of Dracula as the hero transforming himself into a monster to save his family and his people rightfully deserves slot number one. Evans does not disappoint as the ultimate brooding, dark, soulful hero-villain, breaking our hearts while drawing us closer, making us want the monster as much as we want the man.