Though most men may claim they want the girl next door, what they’re really after is a vampy vixen who’s a man-eater at heart.
This list compiles the 10 hottest villains who have manipulated their way onto comic book pages and bewitched us from the big screen. Ruthless and cruel, these femme fatales and sexy sirens will stop at nothing to get what they want, and will take down anyone who stands in their way.
10. Elle Driver – Darryl Hannah
There is nothing even remotely likeable about Elle Driver, member of The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad who appears in both volumes of Kill Bill – except that the badass femme fatale is played by blonde bombshell Daryl Hannah. She’s the most fashionable assassin in the films – whether she’s rocking a nurses uniform or decked out in a short white trench, no one but Hannah can make an eyepatch look this sexy.
9. Miho – Devon Aoki
As female assassin Miho in Frank Miller‘s Sin City graphic novel series, sultry supermodel/actress Devon Aoki doesn’t disappoint. She’s the deepest, darkest fantasy of every man – sexy, sadistic and doesn’t have a lot to say – did we also mention she’s mute? This Japanese beauty enforces her wrath on every man who crosses her path while wielding a katana and donning a pair of 70s-inspired roller skates and a series ofs x-rated kimonos to do the job.
8. Talia Al Ghul -Marion Cotillard
Another evil love interest for Batman, this time it’s Talia Al Ghul, a daddy’s girl who’s bent on destroying Gotham after her father’s demise. Played by exotic French actress, Marion Cotillard, she masquerades as business woman Miranda Tate by day and manipulates Bruce Wayne with her sinister charm. Like most men, director Christopher Nolan wanted Cotillard (for the part of Talia) so badly that he delayed the film until she could commit to the part (even turning down hotties that included Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts who were also up f0r the role).
7. Poison Ivy – Uma Thurman
“I probably should’ve mentioned this earlier. I’m…poison,” declares a crazed (but still hot) Poison Ivy in 1997s Batman & Robin, deemed one of the worst in the Batman series (and films of the 90s). But when you’ve got a villain this tantalizing, plot and dialogue don’t really matter. Played to perfection by a seductive Uma Thurman, Ivy torments her male victims using her deadliest weapon – her venom-filled lips and plants ‘poison kisses’ on her unsuspecting prey. The press compared her performance to “Mae West by way of Jessica Rabbit”and her appearance as alluring as “Botticelli’s Venus.”
6. Emma Frost – January Jones
One of the X-Men’s most dangerous foes, Emma Frost is capable of extraordinary feats including mind control, astral projection and inducing of mental pain via touch. But what makes this seductress most lethal is that she can transform into an indestructible living diamond form. A woman who has diamonds at her fingertips is the deadliest of them all. It’s no wonder that when X-Men:First Class was released, most of the promo shots depicted a scantily clad January Jones and that the movie went on to make $21 million on its first day. Way to go marketing!
5. Baroness – Sienna Miller
Icy and cold-hearted with a penchant for killing, The Baroness is one of the deadliest and most provocative villains to appear in G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra. Maybe it’s because this temptress is played by sexy Brit, Sienna Miller whose penchant for playing dress up is depicted on screen. Throughout the film, this ruthless beauty shows off her guns and a ripped bod decked out in skin tight black leather.
4. Viper – Svetlana Khodchenkova
2013’s Wolverine features a sexy Viper, a reptilian-tongued mutant who likes to play with toxins, which she uses to annihilate her victims – usually men who are left spellbound by Russian model turned movie star, Svetlana Khodchenkova. She steals the show as the serpentine villain with a razor-sharp bite who tantalizes in flashy, form-fitting costumes – a trouble making Bond femme fatale.
3. Mystique – Jennifer Lawrence
The word ‘shapeshifter’ just screams out sex toy with a mind of its own or just worn out (but, definitely, not of its own). Of course Mystique is a shapeshifer, with some reptilian blue skin thrown in, a pair of yellow eyes, and an ability to rapidly grow limbs in the blink of an eye. Kinky. Portrayed in three X-Men movies by Rebecca Romijn, the torch was recently passed to Hunger Games heroine Jennifer Lawrence in the 2011 prequel X-Men: First Class. Although the actress usually makes headlines for the designer duds she wears on the red carpet, for this role, its what she’s not wearing that’s garnered attention. For those of you who missed it, J-Law pretty much wears nothing but a coat of blue paint throughout the film. But before you run out and go ‘all demand’ you can still catch her on the big screen in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past set to hit theatres in May.
2. Xenia Onatopp – Famke Janssen
No list of female villains wouldn’t be complete without including a Bond femme fatale. Strong, seductive and deadly, Xenia Onatopp is a former air force pilot who takes on 007 in GoldenEye. Played by Dutch actress Famke Janssen, Xenia is a man-hating, sexual psychopath who takes a sadistic pleasure in killing (most often crushing her victims with her thighs). After her death, Bond slyly comments, “She always did enjoy a good squeeze.”
1. Catwoman – Michelle Pfeiffer
Selina Kyle (a.k.a. Catwoman) was first introduced as a lithe burglar and jewel thief and proved to be a memorable adversary for Batman; their love/hate relationship left us wanting more. Over the years the part of the seductress has been recreated for the big and small screen, most notably by Julie Newmar in the 1966 Batman television series and as recently as Anne Hathaway who dons the iconic suit in 2012s The Dark Knight Rises. But Michelle Pfeiffer, hands down takes the prize, as the ultimate feline fatale: in skin-tight latex, she is the epitome of dominatrix cool in Batman Returns. Director Tim Burton seemed to be smitten when he recollected: “I just have all these memories of her -letting a live bird fly out of her mouth and learning to use the whip and jumping around rooftop sets in high heels.”