The 25 Best Supervillain Movie Costumes


20. Sandman - Spider-Man 3

Best Super Villain Movie Costumes - The Sandman (Spider-Man 3)

Ex-high school football star Flint Marko (a.k.a. William Baker) turned to a life of crime after being kicked off the football team for attempting to fix a game in order to help satisfy a mob debt owed by his friend. After escaping from prison on Ryker's Island, Marko winds up on a beach where the sand has been irradiated by a nuclear test. The sand bonds with his DNA, becoming part of him - hence, Sandman was born!

Aside from origin, the movie version of Marko/Sandman is identical to the comic version - though the end scene of the sand monster was unbelievably horrid. Still, we like it enough to put him on the list.


19. Skeletor - Masters of the Universe 

Best Super Villain Movie Costumes - Skeletor (Masters of the Universe)

Skeletor is a powerful sorcerer and the ruler of Snake Mountain in the realm of Eternia. He's also the main thorn in He-man's side - always trying to take control of Eternia with his army of minions. His real name was Keldor but his face was horribly and accidentally disfigured with acid, which prompted him to take on the persona of Skeletor.

Properly recreating the look of a skeleton face over Frank Langella's face with only makeup is no easy task, but Master of the Universe manages to pull off the feat quite nicely - especially for an older film. It’s a solid effort and deserves a spot on our list.


18. Azazel - X-Men: First Class

Best Super Villain Movie Costumes - Azazel (X-Men: First Class)

In the comics, Azazel is the leader of an ancient race of beings known as the Neyaphem and fathers a child with Mystique - who would later be known as Nightcrawler. He possesses the ability to teleport himself and anything he's touching, anywhere he wants, can heal himself from just about any wound and is a master swordsman.

In the movie X-Men: First Class he's a Russian assassin of sorts, and except for the mod-style suit, he is the spitting image of the comic - down to the red skin, goatee and battle scar under his left eye.


17. The Baroness - G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Best Super Villain Movie Costumes - The Baroness (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra)

Anastasia Cisarovna (a.k.a. The Baroness) grew up in European high society, but aligned herself with radical groups throughout college. She became an expert in cryptography, psychological and bio-chemical warfare and eventually joined the terrorist organization known as COBRA. She's as ruthless as she is beautiful, which makes her the perfect girlfriend for COBRA's second-in-command, Destro.

Her costume in the comics is simply a tight leather suit and black-rimmed glasses. It doesn't seem like something that Hollywood could screw up - but just look what they did to Catwoman with Halle Berry *shudder*. The movie version of the Baroness' outfit is exactly what it needs to be - sleek, sexy and badass.


16. Red Mist - Kick-Ass

Best Super Villain Movie Costumes - Red Mist (Kick-Ass)

Chris Genovese, son of mafia boss John Genovese, was just like any other teen - he loved comic books and was always desperately trying to impress his father. To that end, he befriended vigilante Kick-Ass, then betrayed him to capture Big Daddy and Hit-Girl. He has no super powers and can't really fight, but he's got a lot of money and a slick-looking ride - basically, an entitled super-jerk.

Red Mist's movie costume is a slight departure from the comic book version as the color black and a wig were added - but that wasn't enough to eliminate it from our list.


15. The Mandarin - Iron Man 3

Best Super Villain Movie Costumes - Mandarin (Iron Man 3)

Let's set the record straight up front - The Mandarin is on this list solely because of the costume. The movie version of the character is so far separated from the comic version that he shouldn't have even been called "The Mandarin."

All that aside, Iron Man 3 managed to capture the look and overall color scheme of The Mandarin fairly well - too bad they didn't do that with the rest of the character, too.


14. Yellow Bastard - Sin City

Best Super Villain Movie Costumes - Roark Jr. (Sin City)

Roark Jr. is the child-raping, murderous pedophile son of the powerful Senator Roark - a vile, disgusting human being who eventually gets his comeuppance from Detective John Hartigan. In the Sin City comic by Frank Miller the entire story is told in black and white - save the splash of yellow given to Roark Jr. as The Yellow Bastard.

The movie version of the character does a great job of recreating that yellow effect on Roark Jr. - especially the bulbous head and sunken eyes that make the character so creepy.


13. Prince Nuada - Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

Best Super Villain Movie Costumes - Prince Nuada (Hellboy 2: The Golden Army)

Prince Nuada Silverlance is the son of the one-armed elf king Balor, and hates all of humanity so much that he encourages his father to build an indestructible army of magical, mechanical robots called "The Golden Army" just to wipe humans from existence. If it wasn't for the actions of his twin sister, Princess Nuala, Nuada probably would have succeeded.

Prince Nuada is the only selection on our list where the comic was inspired by the movie, and not the other way around. However, we're still comfortable placing him on here because the costume is so well done.


12. Emma Frost - X-Men: First Class

Best Super Villain Movie Costumes - Emma Frost (X-Men: First Class)

Emma Frost is a beautiful and powerful mutant. She has the power of telepathy (which she used to cheat her way through school) and also has the ability to turn her skin as hard as diamonds. She eventually uses her powers to become the White Queen of the Hellfire Club and runs the Manhattan Academy - which, unlike Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, teaches young mutants how use their powers for less-than-noble purposes.

Like most female comic book superheroes/villains, Emma Frost is usually drawn very busty and scantily dressed (typically a midriff top or leather-style lingerie with thigh high boots). X-Men: First Class manages to nail that look in every aspect - but then that's not too hard to do when January Jones is cast in the role.


11. Catwoman - Batman Returns

Best Super Villain Movie Costumes - Catwoman (Batman Returns)

Catwoman, a.k.a. Selina Kyle, has been around the DC Comics world since 1940. She's more of an anti-heroine than an actual villain, with her loyalties typically falling more on the chaotic neutral side - doing what best suits her needs, lawful or unlawful. Six women have portrayed either Catwoman or Selina Kyle in a live-action setting, and the character's costume has changed many times over the years - from a green cat suit, to a skin-tight purple cat suit, to the black PVC/leather outfit she currently wears.

Anne Hathaway's costume in The Dark Knight Rises was pretty much a dead ringer for the comic version, but she was never referred to as "Catwoman" during the film, so we left her off. That leaves Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns in her tight, black spandex outfit, which may always be our favorite of the group.


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