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Poll: Seminal Movie Villains

Stories are always as good as their villains, they create the conflict, they drive the hero's journey and their eventual demise is integral to the viewer's satisfaction. In other words, they make the story.

And these are the ones who made the earliest stories, if not the first, technically speaking, they made the first real impact on viewers, and forged the archetype that prevailed for years and years, in their respective genres.

So, which of these 'seminal' villains would you say was the most influential?

Discuss the list here

(discounting from the list, the "train" arriving at La Ciotat or the boy stepping on the hose in the "Sprinkled Sprinkler", as these shorts weren't meant as movies in our usual terms of references)

Make Your Choice

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    Justus D. Barnes in The Great Train Robbery (1903)

    'Broncho Billy' Anderson as The Bandit, the original outlaw.
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    "Little Caeser" Edward G. Robinson and George E. Stone. 1931 Warner

    Edward G. Robinson as Little Caesar, the original mobster.
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    Max Schreck in Nosferatu (1922)

    Max Schreck as Nosferatu, the original monster.
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    Peter Lorre in M (1931)

    Peter Lorre as Hans Beckhert aka M, the original serial killer.
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    Lon Chaney as The Phantom of the Opera, the original tragic villain.
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    Fay Wray and King Kong in King Kong (1933)

    King Kong, the original beast.
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    Margaret Livingston and George O'Brien in Sunrise (1927)

    Margaret Livingston as The Woman from the City, the original female villain.
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    Walt Disney in Steamboat Willie (1928)

    Pegleg Pete, the original animated villain.
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    Charles Chaplin and Eric Campbell in The Rink (1916)

    Eric Campbell as Chaplin's nemesis, the original comical antagonist.
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    Lucille La Verne in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

    Evil Queen, the original animated feature villain.
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    Alfred Abel and Rudolf Klein-Rogge in Metropolis (1927)

    Rudolg Klein-Rogge as the Inventor, the original mad scientist.

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