Villains are almost as important as heroes in movies. They’re usually the source of the conflict, so if they fall flat, the entire movie can fall flat. Above all else, the villains should not have you question if they were even necessary in the movie. The following are the worst movie villains of the 1990s.
5. Bowser, “Super Mario Brothers” (1993)
There are very few that would argue that “Super Mario Brothers” was a good movie. It was a horrible adaptation of the video game. Part of the problem, however, is the less than memorable villain, Bowser. He wanted power, and he wanted to make himself part dinosaur, and one would have to assume from video game history that he wanted the princess, but other than that, it’s hard to remember what exactly his motives were.
4. Ivan Ooze, “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie” (1995)
Instead of having a villain that children who were already fans of the franchise already knew, “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie” introduced one-shot villain Ivan Ooze, who’s soul plan was to steal the parents of Earth. There may have been a why, but it’s hard to remember. Considering the other villains from the TV series at that time managed to stick around for about five or six years, the fact that Ivan Ooze only lasted one movie makes him completely weak, not to mention an odd fit for the franchise.
3. The Riddler, “Batman Forever” (1995)
The Riddler might have been awesome in “Batman Forever” if he even remotely resembled The Riddler, or if they even called him the villain from the Batman universe he actually resembled – The Mad Hatter. All we ended up with was a wannabe Riddler who liked asking some cute riddles, but fell flat in the dangerously clever plots territory.
2. Chuck De Nomolos, “Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey” (1991)
It’s easy to remember that Chuck De Nomolos wanted Bill and Ted to lose in San Dimas’ Battle of the Bands and sent evil robot clones of Bill and Ted back in time to kill them in “Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.” It’s harder to remember why he did it. The second movie never made as much sense as the first one, and probably because the villain’s motives aren’t easy to remember.
1. Dr. Zachary Smith, “Lost in Space” (1998)
“Lost in Space” was not the best movie, but Dr. Zachary Smith definitely did not help. At first, he was the Dr. Smith fans of the TV show love and know – his goal was to sabotage the Jupiter 2 and he also got stuck on board. However, the part where he turned into a giant spider deviated a lot from the source material, and just made Smith completely lame.
Villains should have clear motives and be something more than a plot device. Villains should also feel like they’re an important part of the plot. That’s where these villains failed, and that is why they are the worst movie villains of the 1990s.