If we take the traditional Hollywood narrative, movie villains are often there for a specific purpose, depending on the genre of the flick. Whether it is comic relief or to add suspense, villains are often not on the winning end and unfortunately are more often than not very one dimensional characters. Once in a while though, movies provide us with some very interesting villainous characters. Some are charming and polite....until they show their true colors, others are frighteningly good at their objectives. To the dismay of some devoted fans some of these characters do not get the deserved attention their portrayal deserves. Often they are relegated to the fringes of villainy, becoming well......underrated. This article will explore the cinematic value of these forgotten rogues and highlight their status as integral parts of their respective films.
6 Wade: The River Wild(1994) Portrayed by: Kevin Bacon
5 Dr. Jonas: Conspiracy Theory(1997) Portrayed by: Patrick Stewart
4 Alonzo Harris: Training day(2001) Portrayed by: Denzel Washington
3 The Caller: Phone Booth(2003) Portrayed by: Kiefer Sutherland
2 Simon Gruber: Die Hard With a Vengeance Portrayed: by Jeremy Irons
1 Ra's Al-Ghul: Batman Begins(2005) Portrayed by: Liam Neeson
Now here is the ultimate villain. Not only does he want to destroy the entire world via deadly pathogens but he also trained Batman! That's right, the caped crusader got his training from arguably the biggest, baddest villains out there. I mean....come on, he's aiming for a world wide genocide. The name of this villain is none other than Ra's Al-Ghul, meaning Head of the Demon in Arabic....should give you hint what he's all about. Ra's is in fact a very interesting villain. He's not afflicted with the villain syndrome of one dimensionality. He's a complex character, unlike the Joker who wants to see the world burn, he wants to see it burn for a reason. To rebuild it again with mother nature given more respect and importance, basically he's an eco-terrorist. He sees the world as beyond redemption and thus requiring massive social and ecological engineering. What makes Ra's underrated is that he's seen as pure evil, when in fact he professes to have had a long lost love and does seem to be motivated by a mission for the greater good...unfortunately that involves wiping out most of humanity. On the plus side he's literally got his own little fiefdom somewhere in the Himalayas, complete with his own Dojo carved into a mountain!
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