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Iconic Fantasy Evils

Hey folks…for those seeking to quench some more thirst for the fantasy evils, we bring you some more. Like any fiction, everyone has a unique view on what is and is not fantasy, but we condense the definition considerably in order to prevent the list growing too large. As embodied by a well-chosen cast, the evil in fantasy is given all the depth (and sometimes even more than the original source), and their quest to grab the world with absolutely corrupting power take on a greater urgency as the films progress. Well, check this list out:

Jareth the Goblin King
Labyrinth (1986)

Jareth, the Goblin King, is a tempting Suitor, and malicious villain, and is the main antagonist of the 1986 dark fantasy movie, Labyrinth. He can transform into an owl at will, and uses this form to travel to the human world to spy on Sarah. He can manipulate crystal balls with his hands easily and also he’s got the power to defy gravity. David Bowie is marvelous as Jareth and gives the seductive yet cruel character the same otherworldly intensity that he had used for the various personae he had adopted during his music career.

Jafar
Aladdin (1992)

This plot takes its full pace when the evil vizier, Jafar attempts to gain possession of a magical lamp in an attempt to rise to power in the movie. Jafar betrays Aladdin after hiring him to do a job, tries to kill him later on, hypnotizes the sultan, tries to kill Aladdin again and then uses his power to usurp the title of sultan and force Jasmine and the real sultan to do his bidding. Jonathan Freeman gives a delightfully evil twist to Jafar, making you hate him, but also leaving you wanting to see his character more.

Thulsa Doom
Conan the Barbarian (1982)

A 1000 year old sorcerer, and founder and leader of the snake-worshipping Cult of Doom, Thulsa is a Stygian and a powerful and strong wizard who imposes a single culture on his followers. After providing the most sinister voice in the galaxy as Darth Vader, classically trained theatrical actor James Earl Jones came to the ancient world of Conan as the enigmatic cult leader and sinister mystic, Thulsa Doom in the 1982 film, Conan the Barbarian. This sadistic, manipulative, shape-shifting sorcerer who kills Conan’s lover as well as his parents is the main target of Conan’s vengeance.

Captain Hook
Hook (1991)

Dustin Hoffman’s deliciously evil Captain Hook is indeed one of the most ruthless villains in film history. Hook’s “indefatiguable good form” is his most telling attribute, while most view him despicable. He is a pirate captain who wants to kill Peter Pan and take over Neverland. He’s a charismatic, intelligent villain and skilled swordsman. Remember his evil laugh when he comes up with a plan to force Peter’s kids to hate their dad?

Grendel’s mother
Beowulf (2007)

Grendel is the least of Beowulf’s worries when his demon mother finds out and strings Beowulf’s men up, leaving him no choice but to encounter her. Grendel’s Mother has always been associated with the water and may well of been based on an ancient Slavic water-goddess or spirit; Grendel’s mother emerges from the slime as the delicately gold-drenched Angelina Jolie, her feet are cloven stilettos and her long ponytail curves behind like a dragon’s tail. After destroying the overpowering demon Grendel, Beowulf incurs the undying wrath of the beast’s ruthlessly seductive mother, who will use any means possible to ensure revenge.

Fantasy villains may reside in worlds inspired by mythology, fairy tales, or folklore, although some fantasy does fuse the “fantasy world” and “real world.” In general, such franchises as Harry Potter are not traditional fantasy in the strictest sense of the word. From the lands of dragons, princesses, and magic, here are villains who happen to exist in fantasy settings in the style of Lord of the Rings, Dungeons & Dragons, or The Legend of Zelda.

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