From "The Shining" to "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Pretty in Pink", the '80s produced some of the most memorable films in history. It was the time in entertainment when romantic comedies came to fruition, offering refreshing plotlines next to the darker, psychological thrillers that hit the big screen at the time. The '80s also brought the best versions of Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddie Krueger from the classic horror movies, many of which are still fan favorites today.
Along with beloved films like "Top Gun" and "The Breakfast Club" came huge fan bases for the actors whose careers took off in the '80s, like Tom Cruise, Michael J. Fox, Leah Thompson, Eddie Murphy and Molly Ringwald, many of whom are still thriving in the entertainment industry. In addition to some of the strongest original movies, the '80s offered movie buffs a chance to see some of their favorite characters in sequels, like "Star Wars" Episodes V and VI, "Halloween 2" and "Sleepaway Camp II."
Just as the '80s presented opportunities to become star-struck over some of the world's most unforgettable characters, it also made way for powerful and domineering villains to shine through. Take your best shot at naming all of these '80s movie villains!
Did you know, the reason Anakin went from living a life of heroism and integrity to accepting the Dark Side was actually to save his wife Padmé, who passes away from complications during childbirth? Chancellor Palpatine makes Anakin believe that going to the Dark Side will prevent the loss of his beloved wife.
In The Breakfast Club, Vice Principal Vernon is every high schoolers' worst nightmare. He's stuck in his ways and ridicules the students for being the downfall of society. However, to the viewers' surprise, Vernon starts to realize his actions will not get him anywhere with the students.
From childhood to adulthood, Biff lived to antagonize George. After George's son Marty travels back in time, Biff strikes up conflict with him, as well, locking Marty in a car while he attempts to make unwanted advances on Marty's mom, Lorraine.
It's not every day that a mother of three is the villain in the story. "The Goonies" showcases Mama Fratelli hiding out in an old restaurant with her kids, but it's not an innocent family affair. When the "Goonies" make their way into the building, Mama Fratelli terrifies them.
Depicted as an age-old, immortal being, Gozer plays the role of destructor in "Ghostbusters" with two goals. Gozer plans (and fails) to wipe humans off the face of the earth and eliminate the Ghostbusters with the help of the Keymaster and the Gatekeeper.
Hans Gruber, the main villain in "Die Hard," was a terrorist from Germany who set out to steal more than half a billion dollars from Nakatomi Plaza, and what better time to do the deed than a company holiday party? Gruber sent his dangerous gang into the building to follow through with the heist until John McLane got involved and saved the day.
Though we don't see his face, Jason is the lead character and the villain in the horror film, "Friday the 13th." Carrying an infamous machete, Jason starts his killing spree at Crystal Lake Camp.
The Kurgan was "Highlander's" most destructive villain. What makes him so powerful are his size, strength and savage lust for killing.
Michael Myers is a universally-known horror film figures, whose story continues throughout 11 Halloween movies. Michael's psychological health plays a major role in developing this narrative, which his therapist, journalists, his family, and the community all attempt to understand.
Freddy Krueger attempts to mask his burnt skin with his gloves and hat, an injury that happened after being set on fire by his victims' parents. He's not a normal horror film killer, however. Freddy Krueger visits his victims in their dreams.
Jack Torrance wasn't always a crazed murderer. He was attempting to finish a book he was writing while also looking after a Colorado hotel when took a turn and tried to kill his family.
Chucky is one of the popular "Good Guy" dolls that kids were in love with. However, the story takes a demented turn when criminal Charles Lee Ray is shot and ends up releasing his soul into one of the dolls before he passes away. Continuing Charles' legacy of evil, Chucky sets out to torture and kill the people in his path.
The Nome King obtained his authority when he took over Emerald City and turned everyone into stone with the help of Dorothy's slippers. In "Return to Oz," Dorothy and her gang visit the Nome King with the hopes of reversing what he's done.
In a high school drama, Mick is the typical jock with the pretty girlfriend; the only difference is that he's up against Scott, a less popular teen turned werewolf. In the end, Mick has his downfall when he loses his girlfriend, and Scott comes out on top, making the winning shot at the school's basketball game.
Scut Farkus plays the bully in "A Christmas Story," tormenting Ralphie and his friends. However, Ralphie ends up attacking Scut, which is the last we see of this villain in this classic holiday film.
Angela Baker, formerly known as Peter Baker, had a traumatic childhood, which is part of what led her to commit murder at Camp Arawak. The same cycle continued in the "Sleepaway Camp" sequels.
The Terminator's purpose is just like it sounds: to terminate the life of this movie's protagonist, Sarah Connor. The mission to kill Sarah is in place because she's pregnant with the boy who will eventually save the world.
As the bully in "Karate Kid," Johnny Lawrence got his confidence from being the best at Cobra Kai. While his character shows improvement toward the end, he remains an antagonist throughout the movie, getting in fights with all the main characters.
After losing one of his eyes, Sharptooth has a grudge against Littlefoot. This giant Tyrannosaurus Rex is on the prowl to kill whoever comes his way, including Littlefoot and his friends.
Beetlejuice is the main antagonist in the movie, making everyone he comes into contact with feel uncomfortable or unsafe. This ghost gets his name from his eating habits. He chows down on beetles, or basically any type of insect.
With a judgmental, elitist attitude, Judge Smails rubs everyone the wrong way. His lifestyle says it all: He runs a country club and is a fan of white pants and narcissism.
Sergeant Bob Barnes was the obvious villain in "Platoon." Unlike Sergeant Elias, Sergeant Barnes was OK with torturing innocent Vietnamese, nor did he care what his troops did. To make matters worse, Barnes ends up killing Sergeant Elias.
Prince Humperdink married Princess Buttercup, but with ill intentions. However, she was never truly in love with him; she was in love with Westley. Prince Humperdink hired Vizzini to kidnap Princess Buttercup in order to start a war.
This vampire is the leader of the group. He's a villain who is easier to like than most, but his true character shines through his manipulative and coercive behaviors with the other characters.
Dark Helmet and President Skooba were scheming to kidnap Princess Vesba. They were looking to go against Princess Vesba's dad, King Roland, and ultimately win over the code to the atmosphere.
Chet Donnelly is Wyatt's older brother and "caretaker" for the weekend when their parents go away. However, he spends more time tormenting Wyatt and his friends both physically and mentally.
After Ferris calls off school to enjoy a day on the town, Principal Ed Rooney knows something is up. He set out to catch Ferris and get him in trouble for ditching class.
In a fictional World War III, Colonel Strelnikov is a Soviet fighting against the Americans. While he has right-minded qualities, he's part of the invasion, so it makes him a natural antagonist.
Steff's character is the stereotypical rich boy. Everyone can't stand him but wishes they had even a fraction of the wealth he has.
Brad Wesley runs a small town, doing whatever he pleases. When James Dalton comes into town and tries to switch things up, Wesley attempts him to set him straight, which involves an iconic shooting scene at the end.
Darryl was involved with Lisa McDowell, but his bad qualities got in the way. He threatens Prince Akeem, who is also fond of Lisa, to win her back.
The Toxic Avenger, formally known as Melvin, wasn't always a scary sight. After suffering from burn damage and experiencing a dramatic change in growth, the once twig-like boy turned into a terrifying monster and killer.
When a group of nerds decides they want to start a fraternity, Stan Gable and the Alpha Betas do everything they can to stop them. Abusing their power, the fraternity men also sabotage the nerds in a talent show.
Queen Bavmorda uses her power for no good. Desperate to claim the throne, she kills several family members and people of Tir Asleen. However, she runs into another threat to her royal power, an unborn successor to the throne, whom she sets out to find and kill, as well.
Frank Nitti works in close contact with Al Capone. He's in charge of killing those Capone wants to be eliminated, as well as support his other criminal endeavors like tax evasion.
Albert is an abusive husband to Celie. He takes advantage of her to help with is familial responsibilities and underappreciates her. However, after some time with Shug, Albert's mindset and actions begin to turn around.
Victor Maitland is in the drug business. When he crosses paths with a cop, Axel Foley, Victor gets tangled in a web he can't get out of. With plans to kill Axel, Victor ends up being shot and killed by the cop, instead.
Gordan Gekko is a powerful, wealthy businessman with more power than he knows what to do with. He ends up getting in trouble with the law for insider trading and spends time in prison.
Mr. Perry brings to life a well-known stereotype: the father who pressures his son, Neil into accomplishing something the son has no desire to do. To the dismay of Mr. Perry, Neil doesn't live up to the academic standards his dad set for him.
Ursula is a power-hungry villain who wants to take Ariel's dad, King Trident's place. She manipulates Ariel in the process by enticing her to leave her mermaid tail behind in search of love with a human, Prince Eric.