9Sauron - The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Ideally, a good villain should answer to nothing but Armageddon and be more than capable of overshadowing an entire world with their evil ways. In The Lord of the Rings, Sauron ticks all of those boxes and so much more.
If there’s one name which will
strike horror into the heart of a hobbit, drive despair into the dreams of a dwarf, and curdle the blood of an elf, it’s Sauron. When the bull daddy of Middle Earth rants on about "One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them,” he’s talking about bending a world and everything in it to his dark diabolical will.
Sauron’s only weakness is his weakness for designer bling, which eventually becomes his undoing, but before he is cast into the fire as punishment for his avarice and materialistic ways, Sauron, whose very name sounds like some sort of viral disease, terrorizes the little folk with big feet in a big way.
Like a perpetual plague, Sauron’s presence is all-pervasive in Lord of the Rings and this superhuman, shape-shifting fiery eye is rendered all the more powerful for not having a truly identifiable physical appearance. He’s quite simply the darkness in everybody’s souls.