The Most Iconic Movie Villains in Film History

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John Doe
> Movie: “Se7en” (1995)
> Played by: Kevin Spacey

Every bit as elusive as his name would suggest, serial killer John Doe (Kevin Spacey) commits a series of heinous murders in an unnamed city. He emerges in the final act as part of a grim and meticulous plan and things only get darker from there. To reinforce an element of intrigue and surprise, actor Spacey isn’t listed in the film’s opening credits.

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Keyser Soze
> Movie: “The Usual Suspects” (1995)
> Played by: Kevin Spacey

The same year he played a serial killer in “Se7en,” Kevin Spacey starred as a criminal mastermind in this acclaimed thriller. Under the guise of a wimpy alter-ego, Keyser Soze manipulates the investigation of a mysterious massacre. And for anyone who hasn’t seen the film yet, we apologize for spoiling one of the greatest reveals in movie history.

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Agent Smith
> Movie: “The Matrix” (1999)
> Played by: Hugo Weaving

With his emotionless tone and delivery, Weaving perfectly captures the essence of a computer made flesh in this sci-fi masterpiece. His ability to replicate himself or appear at any time makes him quite the formidable foe, and a seminal fixture of the original trilogy.

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Emperor Commodus
> Movie: “Gladiator” (2000)
> Played by: Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix announced himself as one of the best actors of his generation with this Oscar-nominated performance. The devious son of an emperor, Commodus murders his own father and seizes power in ancient Rome.

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Eric Lensherr/Magneto
> Movie: “X-Men” (2000)
> Played by: Ian McKellen

Magneto finds enemies on all sides in this comic book adaptation, which pits him and his minions against both the X-men and the U.S. government. Actor Ian McKellen reprised the role in a blockbuster sequel, which expands upon the character’s backstory and continues his reign of terror.

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