97+ Best Villain Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational villain quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Villain Quotes

So, I’m thinking of a name for a villain that has a sense of humor. I thought of ‘The Joker’ as a name, and as soon as I thought that, I associate it with the playing card, as my family had a tradition of champion playing; my brother was a contract champion bridge player. There were always cards around the house. — Jerry Robinson

It is nice to have that. Donnie Nelson was saying he’s usually the villain so he thought this was great. — Vic Peters

I wanna be the villain. Villains have fun. — Donal Logue

I like villains because there’s something so attractive about a committed person – they have a plan, an ideology, no matter how twisted. They’re motivated. — Russell Crowe

I think all of us have a hero and a villain in us. — Anson Mount

Well, you know, in any novel you would hope that the hero has someone to push back against, and villains – I find the most interesting villains those who do the right things for the wrong reasons, or the wrong things for the right reasons. Either one is interesting. I love the gray area between right and wrong. — Dan Brown

I like not fair terms and a villain’s mind. — William Shakespeare

One murder makes a villain. Millions a hero. — Charlie Chaplin

After my wife and I were married, we obtained a rescue dog from a family that didn’t want her anymore. She was a beautiful Collie/Shepherd mix named ‘Precious.’ It then came to pass that our first marital ‘debate’ was whether we should change the dog’s name away from the same name used by the wacky villain in ‘Silence of the Lambs.’ — Bob Peterson

Villains fear me because I am unpredictable and broccoli. See what I mean? — Demetri Martin

Stitch was a villain who would get to be a hero. But after our first screening we knew there had to be a reason why this creature makes that change. There had to be something about Lilo that captures Stitch’s imagination. — Chris Sanders

A lot of people only see me as villains. — Terence Stamp

I’m not an actress, you know. I don’t know what’s going on. And I’m supposed to be the villain. — Gisele Bundchen

Ive always wanted to play the villain. But the young girl is never the villain. — Katherine Waterston

Lee was the villain today. The fox, the crocodile, all of that. We couldn’t have asked for a better game. — Chris Richards

I would love to play a villain someday in that I think that what I’ve done with my whole career is walk this tightrope between charming and creepy, and I always fall on the charming side. I’d like to fall on the creepy side and be like one of those scary old men, like really charming villains. — Jason Segel

I’m not handsome enough to be James Bond. Maybe a villain, though. — Matt Smith

Harvard was also a little bit of a villain in my first book, ‘The Dante Club.’ I guess there might be a way to make Harvard more of a sympathetic presence, but it’s such a powerful institution that it more naturally lends itself toward not necessarily a negative but an obstructionist element in a story. — Matthew Pearl

Being a villain is great, even though I’ve only gotten to do it a few times. — Shawn Ashmore

Jim had to go on the dole, but he didn’t wear the pain on his sleeve. He accepted it and kept trying to do the best he could for his family. The Great Depression is a character, and I think the villain in this piece is poverty. If there’s a single moment in Braddock’s life that I think makes him important in history, it’s the fact that he went to the Social Security Commission and repaid the money he’d taken when he was on the dole. That shows you more about his character than anything in his boxing career. — Russell Crowe

You’ve got to have a villain and they’ll always make me a villain. I’m used to it – it makes me work harder and it makes me fight harder. — Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Are doctors who make mistakes villains? No, because then we all are. — Atul Gawande

Everybody loves a villain – let’s face it. — Campbell Scott

I’m such an admirer, I am an admirer of villains, especially working with so many great ones. — Tom Felton

I’ve never really been serious about my villainy. I don’t have a master plan. I suppose my philosophy is: Every villain has a mother. For every cold-blooded killer on your screen, there’s a little old lady somewhere who calls him ‘sonny.’ — Anthony Zerbe

You have to love the guy that you play, even if you play the villain, you’ve got to love him. — Andy Garcia

With ‘Invincible’, I wanted to create my own version of the Marvel or DC universe, with my own heroes and villains. — Austin Grossman

I did it thirty-five minutes ago. — Alan Moore

Actors endow the villain in fiction with a warmth and quality that makes them memorable. I think we like fictional villains because they’re the Mr. Hyde of our own dreams. I’ve met a few real villains in my time, and they weren’t the least bit sympathetic. — John Rhys-Davies

It’s generally more fun playing the villain — Charlie Hunnam

I am absolutely ecstatic about it, … To say you are one of the 50 favorite villains and one of the 50 favorite heroes in the history of American motion pictures, that is unbelievable, and I felt very honored. — Arnold Schwarzenegger

I think what’s exciting about playing a villain – particularly a villain who’s totally unapologetic about their evil intentions – is that it’s not anything remotely like what you get to do in real life. You’re never allowed to be evil and not feel bad about it afterwards, let alone be evil, period. — Bryce Dallas Howard

I’m incredibly grateful to be playing the villain in a world which, if I really thought to hard about what I was doing, I would get very nervous about the size and the magnitude of the importance and responsibility of being a villain in the world of ‘Batman.’ — Tom Hardy

If we didn’t have a great bad guy, we’ve got no movie. If we don’t have a villain that appears to be physically threatening, then we don’t have a film. — Russell Crowe

Live as a villain, die as a hero. — Banksy

But you see, I have played more good guys than I have played villains. — Gary Oldman

The Gospel of Judas is a real surprise. It pictures Judas ..not as the worst villain in the history of the world as he’s been thought of in Christian tradition..but as the one disciple whom Jesus entrusts with secret understanding. — Elaine Pagels

I couldn’t really understand the basic plot of The World Is Not Enough. What does Bond have to do with that? And to have M in Azerbaijan? For what purpose would M travel there?.And what was exactly the goal of the Villain in that one? So complicated. — Guy Hamilton

My favorite actor who played villains – who could play anything, really – was Jimmy Cagney. — Malcolm McDowell

I keep attacking the villains, the know-nothings, the people who want to take our freedoms away. — Al Goldstein

Nobody wants to be the villain in the story. — John Felmy

I thought I did play one villain, Hitler, [who is] like Lecter in some ways, but he’s a mythical figure, anyway. — Anthony Hopkins

Johnny ‘Fairplay’ Dalton manufactured a lie about his dear grandmother dying in order to win a challenge. This is one of the best villain moments of ‘Survivor’ ever! This lie was pre-planned, evil, and perfectly played out. — Jenna Morasca

I like being a villain. Villains are more exciting. — Judd Nelson

While I’m trying to be a villain, Tyler Posey’s just making me break character all the time. It’s hilarious. — Colton Haynes

It’s the first villain that I’ve played in a movie that has absolutely no vulnerability and no innocence, nothing whatsoever that is likeable about her other than she’s so bad. — Daryl Hannah

He veered from hero to villain — and both were untrue. — David Margolick

I prefer to play the villain or the antihero. — Scott Adkins

I guess I kinda lost control, because in the middle of the play I ran up and lit the evil puppet villain on fire. No, I didn’t. Just kidding. I just said that to help illustrate one of the human emotions, which is freaking out. Another emotion is greed, as when you kill someone for money, or something like that. Another emotion is generosity, as when you pay someone double what he paid for his stupid puppet. — Jack Handy

I’m not a villain, I’ve never hurt anyone. I’m just a tawdry character who explodes now and again. — Oliver Reed

What’s amazing is that you’ve got a situation where Schwarzenegger has become worse than Gray Davis. It’s almost like a Schwarzenegger movie where the hero kills the villain — and takes over his personality. — Doug Heller

I’m not interested in the heroes or the villains. I’m interested in playing people. — Anson Mount

I don’t feel I’m playing villains all the time. — Ralph Fiennes

I thought for a month or so along the lines of what I call Monsieur Beaucaire in modern clothes. By that, I mean a hero who is believed by all to be a villain but who, in the end, is introduced as a man of great honor with a long list of decorations. — Preston Sturges

I love playing bad. But my whole thing is usually villains that don’t know that they’re evil. — Danny Huston

To be a Bond villain, you only get to do that once in your life. You never get to come back. — Vincent Schiavelli

Having the Stitch character, the villain that becomes a hero, coming from outer space, it took a very difficult and complex story and put it into a simpler, kinder time. — Tia Carrere

You look at the greatest villains in human history, the fascists, the autocrats, they all wanted people to kneel before them because they don’t love themselves enough. — Tom Hiddleston

You either die a hero or live long enough to become the villain. — Aaron Eckhart

It seemed fun to play a villain on stage and I wanted my jokes to be so good that I could just calmly tell them on stage. — Anthony Jeselnik

People are not born heroes or villains; they’re created by the people around them. — Chris Colfer

He will be remembered as a villain politician responsible for the suffering of thousands of people. He was the first head of state to be charged with genocide. — Sulejman Tihic

Villains are mostly just people villainized by circumstance — Chris Colfer

There has to be that feeling in a good villain – that he’s awesome, he has his own power; that he is, in several senses, unstoppable. — Peter Coyote

So I’m playing a villain for instance, who is supposed to be the bad guy of the story, then I like to try and find things that are good about him. — Beau Bridges

That’s not a villain, that’s a man whose a victim of being in love with the wrong one. — Rod Steiger

When you are a hero you are always running to save someone, sweating, worried and guilty. When you are a villain you are just lurking in the shadows waiting for the hero to pass by. Then you pop them in the head and go home… piece of cake. — James Marsters

I don’t personally believe that villains exist. Villains are just a way of saying that somebody has an opposing conviction. — Ryan Reynolds

The speculation over Ricky’s future as captain is ridiculous. He has gone from being the hero to the villain over the course of the series, — Allan Border

I’d love to play a villain in BBC drama ‘Sherlock’ – some sort of evil, slinky blonde would be right up my street. — Birgitte Hjort Sorensen

Nobody is a villain in their own story. We’re all the heroes of our own stories. — George R. R. Martin

It’s nice to be in a world where you’re not going to exhaust storylines with potential villains. — Donal Logue

The greatest villain of all time is The Joker – he always has been, and I don’t know anyone who’s not going to have Heath Ledger’s performance burnt into their brains for the rest of their lives. — Drew Goddard

Nobody’s ever challenged me and tapped into what I can do. I ain’t played a villain which I believe I can do and do real well. There hasn’t been any director who has been able to challenge me to go there. At this point in my life I’ve done a lot of things from stand-up to my own television show for five years to successful comedy shows, and concert films. — Martin Lawrence

A villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told. — Chris Colfer

I’m drawn to villains that are three-dimensional and raw and that I can kind of see in my own life. — Walton Goggins

He’s almost become a cartoon character. He’s viewed as the most evil villain in baseball history. — Dan Holmes

The villain is the person who knows the most but cares the least. — Chuck Klosterman

Sometimes there is more exploration in the character for a villain. — Chris Hemsworth

Are people raised to be villains or vilified like I have become? — Marilyn Manson

You know everyone loves to be the villain. — Hugh Grant

I would like to make it known, on this program, loud and clear, that I would absolutely embrace with all five of my arms being a Bond villain. — Ben Kingsley

I play a character in the WWE and everybody hates my character. I’m the evil villain bad guy. Whenever people meet me, they’re like, ‘Wow, you’re such a nice guy. We never expected that.’ — Chris Jericho

They migrated her from villain to victim and now they are trying to show you the softer side of Stewart. — Robert Passikoff

I like playing the villain. — Alex O’Loughlin

I liked getting the best villain award. I thought that was funny. — Stephen Dorff

I firmly believe that a story is only as good as the villain. — Clive Barker

We’re not interested to know the real heroes. We’re really more interested in the villains, actually, and they seem to thrive, and it continues to be business as usual. — Annie Lennox

I love to make even villains people you can relate to. When you find out who did it, I think you almost like the person, which is not easy to do. — Harlan Coben

You’re a hero one day, you’re a villain another day. They say that’s football. When a manager does well, they’re applauded, when they don’t do well, they get the sack. Football is a tough world. Those who watch enjoy it – for everybody else, there are a lot of challenges. — Vincent Tan

It’s not that fun to just play a villain, without any reasoning behind it. — Nicholas Lea

I have always been fascinated by the concept of the villain and the hero being in one person. — Alex Kapranos

Maybe you’re better to play a villain just straight out. — Sigourney Weaver

Who is to say who is the villain and who is the hero? Probably the dictionary. — Joss Whedon

He’s a villain who doesn’t need to be vilified. He does it himself, … He wanted to be a very good bad guy. — Philip Gourevitch

‘Villain’ is such a harsh word. — Ed Westwick

There is always something about the villains that I’m able to play, quote unquote, that isn’t villainous. — Ben Kingsley