February 23, 2024

The fantasy genre offers many creative possibilities for storytellers. An area of ​​almost limitless freedom is usually in the villains of the story. Whether it’s dragons, demons, or dark wizards, a good fantasy villain provides the hero with a solid obstacle and maybe even a caution.


Some fantasy stories have multiple villains within them, either as individual monsters or servants of the real villain. Although their screen time is limited, many of them manage to install as much or more horror than those they serve below.

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1 Monstro – ‘Pinocchio’ (1940)

Monstro angrily swims across the ocean.

When Pinocchio (Dick Jones) is tricked into letting him go to school, his father Gepetto (Christian Rub) sets out to find him. This quest takes him to the sea, where he has been swallowed by a giant sperm whale named Monstro (Thurl Ravenscroft). Eventually it swallows Pinocchio too, forcing father and son to come up with a plan to escape.

Related: 10 Animated Disney Villains Under 10 Minutes of Screen TimeAs the other villains enter Pinocchio are examples of human evil, Monstro represents a primal form of evil. All he cares about is food and is unhappy about anything that comes between him and his prey. Animator Wolfgang ReithermanOne of Disney’s Nine Old Men, he captures this perfectly with Monstro’s massive frame and the wild, sinister look in his eyes.

2 Medusa – ‘Clash of the Titans’ (1981)

Medusa is preparing to turn one of Perseus' men to stone

After Perseus (Harry Hamlin), cut off the hand of his son, Calibos (Neil McCarthy), to save Princess Andromeda (Judy Bowker), the goddess Thetis (Maggie Smith) decides that Andromeda must be sacrificed to the Kraken. Perseus is looking for the Stygian Witches, who tell him to kill the gorgon Medusa. If he removes his head, Perseus can use his petrifying gaze to kill the Kraken.

clash of the titans It was the last film to show the creations of the legendary stop-motion artist Ray Harryhausenand Medusa is one of his greatest creations. Its design looks like half a stone, and it stands out through rigid and deliberate movements. His showdown with Perseus is a suspenseful game of cat and mouse and a defining moment in 80s fantasy.

3 Dragon – “The NIMH Secret” (1982)

The dragon prepares to pounce on Mrs. Brisby and Jeremy

Any human who visits Fitzgibbons’ farm is greeted by his cat, Dragon (Frank Welker), appears to be nothing more than a half-blind cat. However, for the animals that live in the fields around the farm, he is a formidable and formidable hunter. His last victim was Johnathan Brisby, a brave mouse and friend of NIMH’s rats.

Related; From comedy to villain: 10 animated movie cat charactersAlthough he shows signs of age and illness, this has not stopped Dragon from ruthlessly pursuing his prey. When hunting, its expression often shows delight in the act of catching its prey, which turns to anger when fleeing. Mrs. Brisby (Mrs. Brisby) effectively sets up the perils of the worldElizabeth Hartman) he will have to overcome to save his family.

4 Meg Mucklebones – ‘Legend’ (1985)

Meg Mucklebones the swamp witch, preparing to eat Jack

After Servants of the Dark Lord (Tim Curry) kill a unicorn horse, the world is plunged into a magical winter. To protect the mare from the same fate, the green men Jack O’ the Green (Tom Cruise) joins his fellow fey to infiltrate Darkness’s castle. First, they must travel through the swamp claimed by Meg Mucklebones field (Robert Picard).

Legend it’s full of outstanding practical effects, and Mucklebone’s are the best. His grotesque features are highlighted by the swampy landscape and the water that constantly flows from his hair. It also fits into the fairy tale aesthetic of the film, being a creature that the hero cannot defeat by force, only by cunning.

5 Count Tyrone Rugen – ‘The Princess Bride’ (1987)

Count Rugen with cuts on his cheeks in The Princess Bride

In his youth, Tyrone Earl of Rugen (Christopher Guest) ordered him a special sword for his six-fingered hand. When the blacksmith refused to sell, after Rugen realized that he did not care about the craft, Rugen killed him and frightened his young son, Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin). Since then, Rugen became the vizier of the kingdom of Florin, and a personal friend of Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon).

The terror that Rugen inspires comes from his composure in doing terrible things. His favorite pastime is working on a machine that can shave years off a person’s life, then asking them to explain the experience to posterity. Even in his fight with Montoya, Rugen uses every dirty trick he can to extract pain from his opponent.

6 The Eborsisk – ‘Willow’ (1988)

It is named after film critics Eborsisk, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert

Elora Dan’s princess on a quest to defend her from Bavmorda (), Willow () and Mad Martigan (Mad Martigan).Val Kilmer) arrive at the ruins of Tir Asleen. There, they are attacked not only by Bavmorna’s minions, but vicious monkey-like trolls. Willow tries to use magic to defeat a troll, but accidentally turns it into a two-headed dragon named Eborsisk.

Related: From ‘Willow’ to the Harry Potter Franchise, Warwick Davis’ Best PerformancesEvery good fantasy needs a dragon, and Eborsisk is certainly a creative addition. Its design is definitely unique and accepted Phil Tippett to spread the techniques he developed during Star Wars the trilogy Finally, Eborsisk’s name is a nod to the most famous pair of film critics, Gene Siskeland Roger Ebert.

7 The Witch-king of Angmar – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003)

The Witch King of Angmar in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

When Sauron created the rings of power, he gave nine to human kings. In time, they became the Nazgul: servants of Sauron caught between life and death. The greatest of them was known as the Witch-king of Angmar (Lawrence Makoare and Andy Serkis), led the Nazgul of the One Ring and Sauron’s army against the city of Minas Tirith.

As a human being, the Witch King knows how to break humans body and soul. His main weapon is fear, spread by the size of his army or magically his presence. With opponents huddled in front of him, the Sorcerer King is free to throw them at his leisure, or even become enraged.

8 Barty Crouch Jr. – ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ (2005)

Barty Crouch Jr.  standing in the middle of a camp

After the First Witch War, Barty Crouch Jr. (David Tennant) was sent to Azkaban prison for following Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Years later, Jr. faked his death and escaped to help his master regain power. This involved impersonating Hogwarts’ newest teacher, Alistor Moody (Brendan Gleeson), and Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) would participate in the upcoming Triwizard Tournament.

Related: From Draco Malfoy to Dolores Umbridge: All the Major ‘Harry Potter’ Villains, Ranked by VoldemortWhat makes Crouch the most feared of Voldemort’s followers is his ability and talent for subterfuge. He was able to capture Moody, who was a skilled fighter against dark wizards and combined his mannerisms perfectly to trick some of the greatest wizards alive for nearly a year. Although Tennant only has a few minutes of screen time, he makes sure they’re memorable with a wild look in his eyes and a snaky tongue.

9 William Corvinus – ‘Underworld: Evolution’ (2006)

William Corvinus, the first werewolf of the Underworld universe

The son of the first immortal, Alexander Corvinus (Derek Jacobi), William (Brian Steele) and his twin brother, Marcus (Tony Curran), were bitten by a wolf and a bat respectively. This turned them into the first werewolves and vampires respectively, although William went wild and spread his condition throughout Europe. Marcus created an army of vampires to stop him, but was betrayed by his lieutenant Victor (Bill Nighy), who imprisoned William.

As the first werewolf, William is a fearsome force. Despite being imprisoned for centuries, he is still strong enough to hold his own against specialized humans and vampires. His bite is also able to turn the dead into permanent werewolves who will never become human.

10 The Pale Man – ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ (2006)

Pale man with raised eyes in 'Pan's Labyrinth'.

For the second of the three tasks, Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) have been sent to retrieve a dagger from the pale man’s stash (Doug Jones). Inside, he finds the monster sleeping on a table prepared with the finest food. Hungry, Ofelia eats two grapes, which awakens the monster, which is hungry for its meal.

Related: ‘Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio’ and 9 More Dark Fairy Tales for KidsDirector Guillermo del Toro He described the pale man as an institutional evil that feeds on the disabled. His design certainly leans towards this theme: he waits for hungry and desperate children to rush into his lair, to be devoured without remorse or mercy. The skin in the palm of your hand and wrinkled eyes make it feel right at home with some classic fairy tale monsters.

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