But these words people threw around – humans, monsters, heroes, villains – to Victor it was all just a matter of semantics. Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens. Someone else could be labeled a villain for trying to stop them. Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.
― V.E. Schwab,
Villains, in my humble opinion, are smarter than heroes. Solving a riddle is easy when compared to plotting one. The villain has to construct every path the hero can take and give birth to a plan that’s unwinnable. There are some great villains who got really successful in doing so. Here are 15 villains who won in the end and came out victorious.
1. Ma’am, played by Urmila Matondkar in Kaun
2. Definite, played by Zeishan Quadri in Gangs Of Wasseypur
3. Langda Tyagi, played by Saif Ali Khan in Omkara
4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
5. The Joker
6. Verbal Kint, played by Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects
7. Amy Dunne, played by Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
8. Hitler in Valkyrie
9. Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins in The Silence Of the Lambs
10. John Doe, played by Kevin Spacey in Se7en
11. Kayako, played by Takako Fuji in The Grudge
12. Damien Thorn, played by Harvey Stephens in The Omen
13. Lou Bloom, played by Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
14. Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men
15. The devil’s cult in Rosemary’s Baby
Everybody wants to be the hero of their own story. But not them.