disturbingly admirable villains...

  • 1. Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) - Die Hard
  • 2. Keyser Soze (Kevin Spacey) - Usual Suspects
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again...i originally thought i'd be coming up with much more for this one...please feel free to add...

I just wanted to say that I think this is a great idea for a list. Also, when I read the title, before I even read the list, the first person that came to mind for me was Hans Gruber(Alan Rickman) as well!

How about Michael Douglas in Falling Down? In the beginning at least? Mind you, I think that's the whole point of the movie...

This is a great idea for a list!
All I can think of right now is Khan from Star Trek and Sydney Greenstreet in anything..he was always such a great villain, while being really suave and polite. (ex. The Maltese Falcon)
I will try to think of more, and sign in later..

Another Alan Rickman - from Leon.

Also Christopher Walken in practically everything...

Possibly...the villain played by John Lithgow in Cliffhanger...or Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins)...Batty (Rutger Hauer) in Blade Runner...Colonel Jessep (Jack Nicholson) in A Few Good Men...Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman) in Unforgiven...?

This is a tough one, because "admirable" could mean any number of things. It could mean you are sympathetic to their cause, or that they are likable, or that they are so over the top you can't help but root for them. That said...

How 'bout Jack Nicholson as the devil in The Witches of Eastwick? Or Christopher Walken in The Suicide Kings? Or Wesley Snipes as Simon Phoenix in Demolition Man? Or Nicholas Cage/John Travolta as Castor Troy in Face/Off? Or the family-man/mastermind behind the terrorist plot in The Peacemaker?

I figure there's a little something for every interpretation of "admirable" in there somewhere.

I think a disturbingly admirable villain is someone who has definite personal qualities that, were it not for the fact that their character has been corrupted by evil, would be admirable; you are tempted to admire those qualities, and are disturbed by the temptation to admire a villain.