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06.17.2013by: Chris Bumbray

Top 10 Superhero Movie Villains!

A good superhero is only as good as his adversary. While we've had dozens and dozens of superhero movies over the last decade, the ones that stuck out are the ones with the really good villains. When you've got a great villain, the results are often classic (THE DARK KNIGHT). When the villain is a let down, you risk a major fan backlash, like what's happening now with IRON MAN 3 (although not being very aware of the comics, I enjoyed Ben Kingsley's jokey take on The Mandarin, although it seems like I'm in the extreme minority on this). The following is a list of what I consider the best superhero movie villains of all time, with some old favorites, a couple of new ones, and one of two really obscure choices. But don't worry. No Mandarin.

Honorable Mention: Timothy Dalton- Neville Sinclair- The Rocketeer

While THE ROCKETEER has picked up a cult-following in the twenty-two years since it opened (and quickly closed) in theaters, it remains an unfairly obscure superhero movie that I can't help but think would be a resounding smash hit if was released nowadays. Timothy Dalton, who was the current James Bond back in '91, plays the ultra-urbane, charismatic baddie Neville Sinclair. A swashbuckling movie star who's actually a Nazi spy, Sinclair was reportedly inspired by a libelous claim in a tabloid-esque biography of Errol Flynn that he was suspected of being a Nazi spy during WW2 on the count of a pre-war acquaintance, and the fact that he never served overseas. The reality was that Flynn had a bad heart, and was thoroughly anti-fascist (he covered the Republican side of the Spanish Civil War as a journalist), but clearly the story had legs and inspired Dalton's performance. He's damn perfect in the part.

10- Michael Shannon- Zod - Man of Steel

Obviously Michael Shannon's the newest addition to this list. While MAN OF STEEL is still a little too fresh in all of our memories to really decide where Shannon belongs in the pantheon of great super-villains, to me his performance as Zod was striking. Like Ledger following Nicholson, he doesn't try to imitate Terrence Stamp, and goes for something a little different, in that his Zod is not a narcissist, but rather a man who was bred to be exactly what he is. It doesn't hurt that Shannon's one of the few villains that seems like a physical match for the hero, and his final fight with Superman is one of the best superhero-villain mano-a-mano fights in awhile.

9- Brian Cox- Stryker- X-Men: United

While a much lower-key villain than anyone else on this list, Brian Cox perfectly encapsulates humanity's fear of the mutants, which is the plot point that drives along the entire X-MEN series. Cox is one of those character actors that's just perfect in any role. His Stryker is reserved, but frightening in his irrational belief that what he's doing to the mutants is just and necessary. He's a villain who doesn't think he's a villain. Danny Huston played a younger version of Stryker in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, and while he was one of the few good things about that movie, he doesn't hold a candle to Cox.

8. Danny DeVito- The Penguin- Batman Returns

Here's a controversial choice. Back in '92, people were likely expecting Danny DeVito (then one of the biggest comic stars in the world, thanks to TWINS) to play an overtly funny, scenery chewing Penguin similar to what Nicholson did for The Joker. What we got instead was a freakish, scary, almost pathetic villain who confused and put off the audiences that turned out in droves to see BATMAN RETURNS. Kids were terrified of him, and adults didn't know what to make of him. Twenty-one years later, upon revisiting the film it's clear that DeVito's giving one of his all-time best performances as the tragic Oswald Cobblepot, and while he may not be one of the most charismatic or entertaining villains, he's certainly one of the most unforgettable.

7. Alfred Molina- Doc Ock- Spider-Man 2

Willem Dafoe's portrayal of The Green Goblin was praised by critics, but they way the character was presented (he looks an awful lot like a Power Ranger) was not. For SPIDER-MAN 2, Sam Raimi wisely chose an accomplished actor- in this case Alfred Molina- to play Doctor Octopus over some buzz-worthy A-list movie star. The result was a superb, three-dimensional, tragic villain brilliantly played by Molina. And this time, the look was just right as well, with the CGI for Doc Ock's tentacles being cutting-edge for the time.

6. Terrence Stamp- General Zod- Superman II

KNEEL SON OF JOR-EL!!! KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!!! For me, Terrence Stamp's General Zod always dominated the old seventies/eighties Superman franchise. Right from his first appearance in SUPERMAN- THE MOVIE ("you will bow down before me!!!) Stamp became iconic (as did Sarah Douglas as his hench-woman Ursa). If Richard Donner hadn't been unceremoniously dumped by the Salkinds in favor of Richard Lester, who adopted a camp approach that makes me think he never picked up a comic book in his life, who knows how good SUPERMAN II would have been? The Donner Cut suggests that it would have been brilliant. Even in it's final compromised form, Stamp still shines. Zod is so evil, he even manages to somewhat redeem Gene Hackman's jokey Lex Luthor.

5. Tom Hiddleston- Loki- Thor & The Avengers

Marvel really lucked out when casting Thor/Loki, as they ended up choosing two mostly unknown actors (Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston) who both ended up becoming stars overnight thanks to their instantly iconic approaches to their respective characters. Although Hiddleston still isn't quite the household name Hemsworth has become, he's grown into an integral part of The Avengers franchise, and while most actors would have been overshadowed by the heroes, he held his own. I expect him to move up this list once THOR: THE DARK WORLD, and AVENGERS 2 hit theaters.

4. Jack Nicholson- The Joker- Batman

Back in 1989, people said that Tim Burton should have named BATMAN, “Joker” for the way Jack Nicholson dominated the film, and helped make it the super-mega hit that dominated the famous summer of 1989 (one of the biggest blockbuster summers of all-time). Looking back, I find that for all it's focus on The Joker, Michael Keaton still makes a really intriguing Caped Crusader. Still, it can't be denied Nicholson owned the part for decades to come, to the extent that many of us thought Christopher Nolan was insane for even considering recasting the part once The Joker's involvement in THE DARK KNIGHT was announced. Time would prove us wrong.

3. Samuel L. Jackson- Mr. Glass- Unbreakable

When I talk about superhero movies I always forget UNBREAKABLE. Maybe it's not a "superhero" film in the traditional sense, but Bruce Willis' indestructible hero is both super and a hero, so it fits. While nowadays he's become a bit of a joke, back when UNBREAKABLE came out in 2000, M. Night Shyamalan was red-hot. To me, UNBREAKABLE is an even better film than THE SIXTH SENSE, with it's devastating final revelation revealing Samuel L. Jackson's formerly warm and sympathetic Elijah Price to be a self-styled super-villain, called Mr. Glass. This is really one of Jackson's best performances, and it's a real shame that Shyamalan never gave UNBREAKABLE the follow-up it cried out for.

2. Ian McKellen- Magneto- The X-Men Series

It seems unimaginable now, but back in 2000 when the first X-MEN hit theatres, comic book movies were considered dead as a door nail. While X-MEN is not without it's flaws, Bryan Singer's serious approach to the material set the standard for the comic book movies to follow, and his casting of Ian McKellen, before LORD OF THE RINGS made him a household name, was especially prescient. A classically trained English actor, putting McKellen and Patrick Stewart in this was akin to getting Alec Guinness to be in STAR WARS. It made you take the movie seriously. His Magneto is a complicated, often sympathetic villain (with Michael Fassbender's initially heroic approach to the part in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS filling in a lot of the gaps in the character's on-screen history), and even in a movie as bad as X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, McKellen still shines.

1. Heath Ledger- The Joker- The Dark Knight

I've already written so much about Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker in THE DARK KNIGHT over the years that I really have no idea what else to add. All I can say is that when he was announced to be taking over the part, many of us assumed he'd be doing a lame Jack Nicholson impersonation. Once the bank-heist IMAX prologue hit theaters (it was attached to I AM LEGEND) we all knew Ledger and Christopher Nolan were cooking up something special. If anything, Ledger's tragic death gave the performance even more weight, and watching THE DARK KNIGHT now, it's hard to imagine any actor ever attempting the role again.

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11:30PM on 06/21/2013

The Crow

Solid list, but I think Michael Wincott from The Crow deserves to be on the list just for his voice alone.
Solid list, but I think Michael Wincott from The Crow deserves to be on the list just for his voice alone.
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12:50AM on 06/18/2013

No way.

"Thor" is just not a good film at all, and Loki is a lame villain. Credit though, he was better in "The Avengers", thank god.
"Thor" is just not a good film at all, and Loki is a lame villain. Credit though, he was better in "The Avengers", thank god.
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11:06PM on 06/17/2013

Ledger was great but

I read somewhere that while Ledger's Joker did everything to prove how flawed we all really were, Jack's just did it because it was funny. Isn't that the essence of the Joker?
I read somewhere that while Ledger's Joker did everything to prove how flawed we all really were, Jack's just did it because it was funny. Isn't that the essence of the Joker?
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2:54AM on 06/18/2013
The Joker was originally a psychotic killer like Ledger portrayed.
The Joker was originally a psychotic killer like Ledger portrayed.
11:05PM on 06/17/2013

One of the pleasant surprises of that movie

He stole the show.
He stole the show.
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11:04PM on 06/17/2013

Nah

I love Shannon but he was a throw away villain.
I love Shannon but he was a throw away villain.
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6:22PM on 06/17/2013

My list would go like this

1) Joker (Ledger)
2) Mr Glass
3) Ozymandias
4) Bane (Hardy)
5) Magneto (McKellen)
6) Two-Face (Eckhardt)
7) Loki
8) Joker (Nicholson)
9) Catwoman (Pfeiffer)
10) Zod (Stamp)
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HM2: Sandman
1) Joker (Ledger)
2) Mr Glass
3) Ozymandias
4) Bane (Hardy)
5) Magneto (McKellen)
6) Two-Face (Eckhardt)
7) Loki
8) Joker (Nicholson)
9) Catwoman (Pfeiffer)
10) Zod (Stamp)
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HM2: Sandman
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6:04PM on 06/17/2013
Loved the Penguin, but BANE WAS A HELL LOT BETTER..
Bane deserved to be in this list too.
Loved the Penguin, but BANE WAS A HELL LOT BETTER..
Bane deserved to be in this list too.
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5:34PM on 06/17/2013

Solid list

But two Zod's and then two Jokers? Bane deserves to be here somewhere.
But two Zod's and then two Jokers? Bane deserves to be here somewhere.
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3:06PM on 06/17/2013

Yeah, This List Sucks

No Harvey Dent? Jack should be at least number 2. Sam Jackson over Jack Nicholson's Joker, are you fucking mad? Um... Road To Perdition's Jude Law hitman character? Kind of obscure, but should be there if Sam Jackson is there. Bane should have been on here, definitely! Gene Hackman's Luthor? I thought Scarecrow was pretty awesome. Brian Cox should not be on this list, nor should Sam Jackson, or Shannon's Zod. I thought Liev Schreiber's Sabretooth was really awesome! This just lists the villains
No Harvey Dent? Jack should be at least number 2. Sam Jackson over Jack Nicholson's Joker, are you fucking mad? Um... Road To Perdition's Jude Law hitman character? Kind of obscure, but should be there if Sam Jackson is there. Bane should have been on here, definitely! Gene Hackman's Luthor? I thought Scarecrow was pretty awesome. Brian Cox should not be on this list, nor should Sam Jackson, or Shannon's Zod. I thought Liev Schreiber's Sabretooth was really awesome! This just lists the villains from good comic book movies, but not the best villians from all of the movies, Wolverine may not have been good, but that movie's Sabretooth was awesome. Sin City's Yellow Bastard?
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3:20PM on 06/17/2013
So you're saying that his opinion should be the same as yours, and that everyone's should be??? smh
So you're saying that his opinion should be the same as yours, and that everyone's should be??? smh
1:17PM on 06/17/2013
Nice list, but I was hoping Bane would have at least taken out Penguin or Mr. Glass. Solid though.
Nice list, but I was hoping Bane would have at least taken out Penguin or Mr. Glass. Solid though.
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1:08PM on 06/17/2013
From my area, it seems that the minority of people are the ones that flat out hated the Mandarin. I have encountered far more, 'that was dumb' then utter hate for it.

Personally, I thought it was awesome.
From my area, it seems that the minority of people are the ones that flat out hated the Mandarin. I have encountered far more, 'that was dumb' then utter hate for it.

Personally, I thought it was awesome.
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1:18PM on 06/17/2013
I didn't mind it. It was a funny scene.
I didn't mind it. It was a funny scene.
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12:51PM on 06/17/2013
I don't understand why we cannot maturely discuss the merits of both Ledger and Nicholson. Ledger gave a better performance, Nicholson gave a better Joker, in that he was actually playing the Joker. Not some serial killer philosophy teacher dressed like the Joker. To people saying he was playing himself, thanks for the line you've read someone else say, but really watch the movie and tell me that there is no difference between the Joker and Nicholson. An exaggerated version of himself, maybe,
I don't understand why we cannot maturely discuss the merits of both Ledger and Nicholson. Ledger gave a better performance, Nicholson gave a better Joker, in that he was actually playing the Joker. Not some serial killer philosophy teacher dressed like the Joker. To people saying he was playing himself, thanks for the line you've read someone else say, but really watch the movie and tell me that there is no difference between the Joker and Nicholson. An exaggerated version of himself, maybe, but Nicholson doesn't have half the energy, mania, or one liner jokes Joker has. And, Joker doesn't wear sunglasses indoors.
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2:41PM on 06/17/2013
"To people saying he was playing himself, thanks for the line you've read someone else say..."

Or you know, we're saying it because we actually believe it, because we've seen Nicholson in other films and its true. You watch that film and he's just Jack Napier the whole time, there's no real transformation, nothing to distinguish him pre and post accident. He's just a one dimensional villain running around doing craaaaaaazy stuff because he's a craaaaaaaaazy comic book villain and that's how
"To people saying he was playing himself, thanks for the line you've read someone else say..."

Or you know, we're saying it because we actually believe it, because we've seen Nicholson in other films and its true. You watch that film and he's just Jack Napier the whole time, there's no real transformation, nothing to distinguish him pre and post accident. He's just a one dimensional villain running around doing craaaaaaazy stuff because he's a craaaaaaaaazy comic book villain and that's how they act in these silly little comic book movies, right?
2:22PM on 06/17/2013
Dude, in the comics The Joker started out like Ledger played him.
Dude, in the comics The Joker started out like Ledger played him.
12:49PM on 06/17/2013

Fuck this list.

How is Mr. Glass on here, he should have been the honorable mention, not Dalton. He isn't even a CB villain, this is so out of place.
How is Mr. Glass on here, he should have been the honorable mention, not Dalton. He isn't even a CB villain, this is so out of place.
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6:54PM on 06/17/2013
its superhero movie villains not comic book villains
its superhero movie villains not comic book villains
12:48PM on 06/17/2013

Try top 3

This was the first real CB villain in a super hero movie. I mean come on, he actually did stuff and was a real opponent to Peter/Spidey.
This was the first real CB villain in a super hero movie. I mean come on, he actually did stuff and was a real opponent to Peter/Spidey.
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12:47PM on 06/17/2013
McKellen was great, but I agree that Fassbender really deserves to be on the list too.
McKellen was great, but I agree that Fassbender really deserves to be on the list too.
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12:46PM on 06/17/2013
If you like performances that sound like the actors are reading from cue cards only just slightly better than a bad hosting gig on SNL and intimidating lines being repeated 5 times too many ("I will find him...I WILL find him....I will FIND him...), then yes, I guess he could get the #10 villain spot OF ALL TIME.

I just...I don't know what to say about this one. I think there should be a 3 year rule. You can't put anything about a movie in any "Top 10 ___" list until it's been out 3 years
If you like performances that sound like the actors are reading from cue cards only just slightly better than a bad hosting gig on SNL and intimidating lines being repeated 5 times too many ("I will find him...I WILL find him....I will FIND him...), then yes, I guess he could get the #10 villain spot OF ALL TIME.

I just...I don't know what to say about this one. I think there should be a 3 year rule. You can't put anything about a movie in any "Top 10 ___" list until it's been out 3 years and the dust has settled. You think MoS Zod was good after you saw it like 3 days ago? Let's let that marinade for 3 years first, shall we?
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12:46PM on 06/17/2013

Wtf.

Not even close to top 10. Hell, Dalton was a better villain and should be 10, not this assclown.
Not even close to top 10. Hell, Dalton was a better villain and should be 10, not this assclown.
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12:46PM on 06/17/2013
McKellen was great, but I agree that Fassbender really deserves to be on the list too.
McKellen was great, but I agree that Fassbender really deserves to be on the list too.
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12:45PM on 06/17/2013
Personally, based on the title of the list I would've kept it to comic book based movies, but in the broader context this is by no means a bad call.
Personally, based on the title of the list I would've kept it to comic book based movies, but in the broader context this is by no means a bad call.
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12:41PM on 06/17/2013
Also, one of the nice added benefits of Ledger's performance was that it totally overshadowed this overrated one forever. See, that shows you what can happen when an actor actually applies himself in the role rather than a screen legend just doing as by the numbers performance for the paycheck.
Also, one of the nice added benefits of Ledger's performance was that it totally overshadowed this overrated one forever. See, that shows you what can happen when an actor actually applies himself in the role rather than a screen legend just doing as by the numbers performance for the paycheck.
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12:40PM on 06/17/2013
I think that Nicholson is one of the greatest screen actors of all-time, but he didn't push himself at all for the role. He plays him as a one-dimensional cartoon villain because its "a comic book movie" and that's what you did back then. If you had a lesser known actor, they could have plaid the role the exact same way and wouldn't have gotten a fraction of the praise.
I think that Nicholson is one of the greatest screen actors of all-time, but he didn't push himself at all for the role. He plays him as a one-dimensional cartoon villain because its "a comic book movie" and that's what you did back then. If you had a lesser known actor, they could have plaid the role the exact same way and wouldn't have gotten a fraction of the praise.
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3:59PM on 06/17/2013
True dat! ;-)
True dat! ;-)
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12:37PM on 06/17/2013
I honestly wasn't a huge fan of Hiddleston or Hemsworth in Thor. I felt that Loki was just a sniveling, whiny non-threat and Thor was a bumbling buffoon, but holy cow did they up their game for The Avengers. They were both wonderful in that one, but especially Hiddleston. The guy has massive screen charisma if nothing else and I can virtually guarantee he will play a Bond villain one day.
I honestly wasn't a huge fan of Hiddleston or Hemsworth in Thor. I felt that Loki was just a sniveling, whiny non-threat and Thor was a bumbling buffoon, but holy cow did they up their game for The Avengers. They were both wonderful in that one, but especially Hiddleston. The guy has massive screen charisma if nothing else and I can virtually guarantee he will play a Bond villain one day.
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12:34PM on 06/17/2013

I would put this in the top 3 for sure

For me this was the high watermark of cinematic comic book villain portrayals until Ledger's Joker. Raimi, Sargent and Molina all nailed this one.
For me this was the high watermark of cinematic comic book villain portrayals until Ledger's Joker. Raimi, Sargent and Molina all nailed this one.
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12:31PM on 06/17/2013
Both Penguin and Catwoman are portrayed as hammy caricatures with little to no depth to them. Now obviously they were played be very talented actors, so this had more to do with the direction Burton chose to take the movie rather than any shortcomings of theirs, but still, their portrayals, just honestly didn't take any amazing acting skills to pull off. They're just as campy and one-dimensional as their Adam West counterparts.
Both Penguin and Catwoman are portrayed as hammy caricatures with little to no depth to them. Now obviously they were played be very talented actors, so this had more to do with the direction Burton chose to take the movie rather than any shortcomings of theirs, but still, their portrayals, just honestly didn't take any amazing acting skills to pull off. They're just as campy and one-dimensional as their Adam West counterparts.
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12:26PM on 06/17/2013

Well this seems out of place...

I love Michael Shannon as an actor, and I was super stoked when I heard he was cast, but he turned out to be the most disappointing part of the the movie for me. I'm sure a lot of it is how the character was written, but he was the definition of flat, one-dimensional villain.
I love Michael Shannon as an actor, and I was super stoked when I heard he was cast, but he turned out to be the most disappointing part of the the movie for me. I'm sure a lot of it is how the character was written, but he was the definition of flat, one-dimensional villain.
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12:12PM on 06/17/2013
Pretty decent list, obviously Stamp's Zod destroys Shannon's in just about every possible way, not even sure Shannon should have made this list, Brian Cox either.
Pretty decent list, obviously Stamp's Zod destroys Shannon's in just about every possible way, not even sure Shannon should have made this list, Brian Cox either.
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11:09AM on 06/17/2013

Prince Nuada

Prince Nuada Hell Boy 2....
Prince Nuada Hell Boy 2....
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10:28AM on 06/17/2013
He WAS perfect in this role! I have oft wondered why we don't see him show up in films more often. I know he did Hot Fuzz, but that's was a short-lived British B-movie. Does he just not do much work that gets released in the US?
He WAS perfect in this role! I have oft wondered why we don't see him show up in films more often. I know he did Hot Fuzz, but that's was a short-lived British B-movie. Does he just not do much work that gets released in the US?
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10:25AM on 06/17/2013
I remember the large waves of fans who were so fixated on Nolan's choice to give the Joker a glasgow smile and ditch the permanent white skin with make up that they completed Ledger's ability to capture the role. Fortunately, both showed every skeptic that Ledger was right for the role all along and this is when the Nolan fandom developed. I can only imagine the other great performances that would have followed if Ledger hadn't died, but as you mentioned, his death, in a way, solidified the
I remember the large waves of fans who were so fixated on Nolan's choice to give the Joker a glasgow smile and ditch the permanent white skin with make up that they completed Ledger's ability to capture the role. Fortunately, both showed every skeptic that Ledger was right for the role all along and this is when the Nolan fandom developed. I can only imagine the other great performances that would have followed if Ledger hadn't died, but as you mentioned, his death, in a way, solidified the role and put a permanent dark cloud over the entire Batman series.
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10:21AM on 06/17/2013
Such a great film, made in large part by Molina's performance
Such a great film, made in large part by Molina's performance
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10:19AM on 06/17/2013
I agree, Unbreakable is M. Night's best film and definitely one of the greatest superhero films of all-time. Likewise with being one of Jackson's best performances. I really did not expect the twist and it suited the tone so well that it really, in essence, made the film the classic it is now. I really hope when M.Night gets around to making a sequel that he doesn't abandon the elements that made the first so good.
I agree, Unbreakable is M. Night's best film and definitely one of the greatest superhero films of all-time. Likewise with being one of Jackson's best performances. I really did not expect the twist and it suited the tone so well that it really, in essence, made the film the classic it is now. I really hope when M.Night gets around to making a sequel that he doesn't abandon the elements that made the first so good.
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10:17AM on 06/17/2013
Love Nicholson in this! It was a nice combination of Jack Torrence from The Shining and a bit of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Love Nicholson in this! It was a nice combination of Jack Torrence from The Shining and a bit of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
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10:12AM on 06/17/2013
Loki, according to Whedon, isn't expected to be in The Avengers 2 which is a bit upsetting, but I guess we'll see what his fate is in Thor 2.
Loki, according to Whedon, isn't expected to be in The Avengers 2 which is a bit upsetting, but I guess we'll see what his fate is in Thor 2.
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8:48AM on 06/17/2013
Number three box office star in America!
Number three box office star in America!
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7:31AM on 06/17/2013
Fassbender is Magneto! McKellan is good, but Fassbender really showed raw emotion and is a much better Magneto.
Fassbender is Magneto! McKellan is good, but Fassbender really showed raw emotion and is a much better Magneto.
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10:21AM on 06/17/2013
Both Fassbender and McKellan are great as Magento during the different segments of his life. However, McKellan is a much more versatile actor because he's had time to show his vitality whereas Fassbender is still fairly new in the game.
Both Fassbender and McKellan are great as Magento during the different segments of his life. However, McKellan is a much more versatile actor because he's had time to show his vitality whereas Fassbender is still fairly new in the game.
8:57AM on 06/17/2013
Fassbender's Magneto wasn't a villain yet.
Fassbender's Magneto wasn't a villain yet.
7:09AM on 06/17/2013
Just like in The Departed, he was playing himself.
Just like in The Departed, he was playing himself.
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7:05AM on 06/17/2013
He was awesome in this.
He was awesome in this.
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7:04AM on 06/17/2013
Now that I've seen Superman, I can still safely say that the Spidey vs Dock Ock train fight is the best superhero fight scene.
Now that I've seen Superman, I can still safely say that the Spidey vs Dock Ock train fight is the best superhero fight scene.
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7:49AM on 06/17/2013
Suspension of disbelief
Suspension of disbelief
7:27AM on 06/17/2013
Please! That fight was ridiculous! Even in the world of comics, no way in hell Spidey stops that train the way they have him during that scene.
Please! That fight was ridiculous! Even in the world of comics, no way in hell Spidey stops that train the way they have him during that scene.
7:02AM on 06/17/2013
I don't know about top 10 but I like the way he chose to portray Zod - just a general who wants the best for Krypton. He's not driven by vengeance like Terrence Stamp was.
I don't know about top 10 but I like the way he chose to portray Zod - just a general who wants the best for Krypton. He's not driven by vengeance like Terrence Stamp was.
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5:57AM on 06/17/2013

Pffft

No no no. Nuclear man would be better placed here.
No no no. Nuclear man would be better placed here.
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5:34AM on 06/17/2013
You've got to be kidding. McKellen's Magneto is as camp as they come.
You've got to be kidding. McKellen's Magneto is as camp as they come.
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5:31AM on 06/17/2013
Shannon's Zod, with his funny little speech impediment? No.
Shannon's Zod, with his funny little speech impediment? No.
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5:14AM on 06/17/2013
I kinda figured this Joker would end up being number one. Like i said in the strike back for NIcholson's own Joker, out of respect I cannot compare one to the other. Ledger acted his ass of though in this role & made The Joker about as creepy & menacing as any other villain portrayed. This performance should be shown in acting schools on how to do a villain right.
I kinda figured this Joker would end up being number one. Like i said in the strike back for NIcholson's own Joker, out of respect I cannot compare one to the other. Ledger acted his ass of though in this role & made The Joker about as creepy & menacing as any other villain portrayed. This performance should be shown in acting schools on how to do a villain right.
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5:12AM on 06/17/2013
While he is not the most menacing or evil of villains, I do like the way he is portrayed in the movies by McKellen.
While he is not the most menacing or evil of villains, I do like the way he is portrayed in the movies by McKellen.
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5:10AM on 06/17/2013
WOW surprising to see him on this list, but very much deserved. This movie is great in every way possible & nice to see people appreciate it just as much as I have. Really hope Shyamalan hgets to make the sequels even though his career has gone down since.
WOW surprising to see him on this list, but very much deserved. This movie is great in every way possible & nice to see people appreciate it just as much as I have. Really hope Shyamalan hgets to make the sequels even though his career has gone down since.
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5:08AM on 06/17/2013
I always liked this version of Batman, although it was darker than expected, it still had a slight campiness to it thanks to how the Joker was portrayed. Out of respect for Ledger, I cannot compare one to the other, both are great in there own retrospects.
I always liked this version of Batman, although it was darker than expected, it still had a slight campiness to it thanks to how the Joker was portrayed. Out of respect for Ledger, I cannot compare one to the other, both are great in there own retrospects.
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3:23AM on 06/17/2013
I'd like to throw in Sebastian Shaw in "X-Men First Class" as honorable mention as well. It would have been obvious to go to Magneto, but he was more anti-hero than villain in the movie (not a knock against Fassbender's excellent portrayal). But Shaw was a great blend of Bond villain + super-villain, plus it's Kevin Bacon, man!
I'd like to throw in Sebastian Shaw in "X-Men First Class" as honorable mention as well. It would have been obvious to go to Magneto, but he was more anti-hero than villain in the movie (not a knock against Fassbender's excellent portrayal). But Shaw was a great blend of Bond villain + super-villain, plus it's Kevin Bacon, man!
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8:02AM on 06/17/2013
Gotta love Bacon hamming it up! (Ba dum tish and all that)
Gotta love Bacon hamming it up! (Ba dum tish and all that)
7:13AM on 06/17/2013
Kevin Bacon is so far my favourite X-Men villain. They needed someone pure evil.
Kevin Bacon is so far my favourite X-Men villain. They needed someone pure evil.
2:37AM on 06/17/2013
You can't fault spot on casting like this. I love this version of the Joker. He is insane, he has no logic, and he is constantly randomly killing people. The Joker killing a museum full of people and then throwing a party over top of their twisted corpses is an image that will never leave my mind.
You can't fault spot on casting like this. I love this version of the Joker. He is insane, he has no logic, and he is constantly randomly killing people. The Joker killing a museum full of people and then throwing a party over top of their twisted corpses is an image that will never leave my mind.
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2:31AM on 06/17/2013
His greatest performance.
His greatest performance.
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2:30AM on 06/17/2013
This version of Penguin is weird for me. It is a complete reinvention of the character, strays FAR from the comic, but I'd be lying if I said that I didn't enjoy the hell out of this disturbingly disgusting character.
This version of Penguin is weird for me. It is a complete reinvention of the character, strays FAR from the comic, but I'd be lying if I said that I didn't enjoy the hell out of this disturbingly disgusting character.
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2:30AM on 06/17/2013
Ian McKellen IS Magneto.
Ian McKellen IS Magneto.
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2:29AM on 06/17/2013
I would have thought Jack Nicholson's The Joker would be at number 1 spot. However, he really nailed the role.
I would have thought Jack Nicholson's The Joker would be at number 1 spot. However, he really nailed the role.
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12:44PM on 06/17/2013
Or you know, not even on the list. Because as many others have said, he's just playing himself, and we all know what amazing acting it takes to do that.
Or you know, not even on the list. Because as many others have said, he's just playing himself, and we all know what amazing acting it takes to do that.
7:28AM on 06/17/2013
Or maybe a tie with Ledger.
Or maybe a tie with Ledger.
5:01AM on 06/17/2013
#1 over Ledger???
#1 over Ledger???
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2:27AM on 06/17/2013
Love Danny DeVito as the Penguin.
Love Danny DeVito as the Penguin.
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2:26AM on 06/17/2013
Glad he's mentioned in this article.
Glad he's mentioned in this article.
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2:23AM on 06/17/2013
With the exception of Shanon's Zod, good list. Though I would have stuck Pfeiffer's Catwoman in there somewhere, I've always loved her performance in that. The scene where she has the emotional breakdown and breaks the 'Hello There' sign to read 'Hell Here' was awesome.
With the exception of Shanon's Zod, good list. Though I would have stuck Pfeiffer's Catwoman in there somewhere, I've always loved her performance in that. The scene where she has the emotional breakdown and breaks the 'Hello There' sign to read 'Hell Here' was awesome.
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6:09AM on 06/17/2013
I almost put Pfeiffer's Catwoman on the list, but in the end I don't really consider her a villain. More of an anti-hero.
I almost put Pfeiffer's Catwoman on the list, but in the end I don't really consider her a villain. More of an anti-hero.
2:16AM on 06/17/2013
Are you kidding with this? Zod was the worst part about this movie. His henchwoman, what's her face, was far better than him, and I would never put her on a list like this.
Comicbook movie villains better deserving of this list than Zod: Top Dollar from The Crow, Two Face from The Dark Knight, Prince Nuada from Hellboy II (in fact he was very similar to Zod & portrayed that kind of character much better), Ma-Ma from Dredd 3D, Catwoman from Batman Returns, Deacon Frost from Blade, Yellow
Are you kidding with this? Zod was the worst part about this movie. His henchwoman, what's her face, was far better than him, and I would never put her on a list like this.
Comicbook movie villains better deserving of this list than Zod: Top Dollar from The Crow, Two Face from The Dark Knight, Prince Nuada from Hellboy II (in fact he was very similar to Zod & portrayed that kind of character much better), Ma-Ma from Dredd 3D, Catwoman from Batman Returns, Deacon Frost from Blade, Yellow Bastard from Sin City, Kevin from Sin City, etc.
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2:14AM on 06/17/2013
Interesting list!
Interesting list!
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2:13AM on 06/17/2013
Those pantaloons make it hard to take him seriously, but it was a very entertaining performance and one that deserves its iconic status. Robot Chicken's spoof had me in stitches: [link]
Those pantaloons make it hard to take him seriously, but it was a very entertaining performance and one that deserves its iconic status. Robot Chicken's spoof had me in stitches: [link]
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2:12AM on 06/17/2013
well, cant say i disagree, he was full fledge the joker, I fully believe this was a real person
well, cant say i disagree, he was full fledge the joker, I fully believe this was a real person
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2:12AM on 06/17/2013
Great choice again, NO ONE ELSE AS MAGNETO! and Ian is the polar opposite with Gandalf, haha, fantastic actor
Great choice again, NO ONE ELSE AS MAGNETO! and Ian is the polar opposite with Gandalf, haha, fantastic actor
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2:11AM on 06/17/2013
wow, so glad you have him on the list!
wow, so glad you have him on the list!
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2:10AM on 06/17/2013
he fits the part, but someone else might be a better fit tbh
he fits the part, but someone else might be a better fit tbh
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2:09AM on 06/17/2013
meh, re-watch and you'll see a over dramatic actor flailing for attention
meh, re-watch and you'll see a over dramatic actor flailing for attention
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2:09AM on 06/17/2013
Great Villian, superbly subdued however aggressive when necessary, made for a fantastic film.
Great Villian, superbly subdued however aggressive when necessary, made for a fantastic film.
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2:08AM on 06/17/2013
... love dude... but costume 10/10, the penguin though? 3/10
... love dude... but costume 10/10, the penguin though? 3/10
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2:07AM on 06/17/2013
Overall. a pretty solid list. I personally wouldn't have included The Penguin or Shannon's Zod, though, and I feel that Nicholson's Joker is ridiculously overrated. My List:

Honorable Mention: Michael Wincott - Top Dollar (The Crow)
10. Tom Hardy - Bane (The Dark Knight Rises)
9. Tom Hiddleston - Loki (Thor / The Avengers)
8. Liam Neeson - Ra's al Ghul (Batman Begins)
7. Brian Cox - Stryker (X-Men 2)
6. Michael Fassbender - Magneto (X-Men: First Class)
5. Stephen Dorff - Deacon Frost
Overall. a pretty solid list. I personally wouldn't have included The Penguin or Shannon's Zod, though, and I feel that Nicholson's Joker is ridiculously overrated. My List:

Honorable Mention: Michael Wincott - Top Dollar (The Crow)
10. Tom Hardy - Bane (The Dark Knight Rises)
9. Tom Hiddleston - Loki (Thor / The Avengers)
8. Liam Neeson - Ra's al Ghul (Batman Begins)
7. Brian Cox - Stryker (X-Men 2)
6. Michael Fassbender - Magneto (X-Men: First Class)
5. Stephen Dorff - Deacon Frost (Blade)
4. Terence Stamp - General Zod (Superman II)
3. Ian McKellen - Magneto (X-Men series)
2. Alfred Molina - Doc Ock (Spider-Man 2)
1. Heath Ledger - The Joker (The Dark Knight)
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12:47PM on 06/17/2013
Yeah, I loved Jackson in Unbreakable, but I personally would've stuck to comic book based movies for my list.
Yeah, I loved Jackson in Unbreakable, but I personally would've stuck to comic book based movies for my list.
2:13AM on 06/17/2013
great list! I'd throw sam jackson for unbreakable as #4 though
great list! I'd throw sam jackson for unbreakable as #4 though
1:45AM on 06/17/2013
No argument here. Ledger's portrayal of the Joker is not overrated, not one bit. I found it all the scarier that we weren't given any backstory on this guy and that no, it wasn't a tumble into a vat of chemical waste that turned him into the monster he is - it made it feel like a character this twisted and this deranged could actually exist in real life.
No argument here. Ledger's portrayal of the Joker is not overrated, not one bit. I found it all the scarier that we weren't given any backstory on this guy and that no, it wasn't a tumble into a vat of chemical waste that turned him into the monster he is - it made it feel like a character this twisted and this deranged could actually exist in real life.
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1:43AM on 06/17/2013
The pairing of Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart as Professor X and Magneto was practically perfect. I can't imagine them casting anyone else at the time - though James McAvoy and especially Michael Fassbender do make for great younger versions of the character. It's also interesting that Ian McKellen played a former Nazi in Bryan Singer's Apt Pupil, and then played a Holocaust survivor in the X-Men movies.
The pairing of Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart as Professor X and Magneto was practically perfect. I can't imagine them casting anyone else at the time - though James McAvoy and especially Michael Fassbender do make for great younger versions of the character. It's also interesting that Ian McKellen played a former Nazi in Bryan Singer's Apt Pupil, and then played a Holocaust survivor in the X-Men movies.
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1:42AM on 06/17/2013
I think it would've been interesting to see Nicholson push the character further, go "the full Shining", as it were.
I think it would've been interesting to see Nicholson push the character further, go "the full Shining", as it were.
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1:35AM on 06/17/2013
He made such an impression with the weight he gave the character. In his hands (heh), Doc Ock didn't come off as a cartoon character but as a truly compelling tragic villain. And I totally agree about how incredible the robotic arms (great mix of puppetry and CGI work) looked.
He made such an impression with the weight he gave the character. In his hands (heh), Doc Ock didn't come off as a cartoon character but as a truly compelling tragic villain. And I totally agree about how incredible the robotic arms (great mix of puppetry and CGI work) looked.
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1:33AM on 06/17/2013
Didn't like how they handled The Penguin in this film - or Catwoman, for that matter. Now, that's not a knock on Danny DeVito or Michelle Pfeiffer, who were both very committed to the parts and did great work with the versions of the characters as written - but if you think about it, Catwoman and the Penguin are, traditionally, two of the very few Batman rogues who aren't actually insane, and don't end up imprisoned in Arkham but in Blackgate. At Tim Burton's hands, they were just about the
Didn't like how they handled The Penguin in this film - or Catwoman, for that matter. Now, that's not a knock on Danny DeVito or Michelle Pfeiffer, who were both very committed to the parts and did great work with the versions of the characters as written - but if you think about it, Catwoman and the Penguin are, traditionally, two of the very few Batman rogues who aren't actually insane, and don't end up imprisoned in Arkham but in Blackgate. At Tim Burton's hands, they were just about the most psychotic villains of that series.
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1:31AM on 06/17/2013
I really liked how they handled the relationship between him and his son. I know some felt X2 had a "weak villain" because Stryker wasn't superpowered, but I didn't feel that way at all.
I really liked how they handled the relationship between him and his son. I know some felt X2 had a "weak villain" because Stryker wasn't superpowered, but I didn't feel that way at all.
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1:30AM on 06/17/2013
I know there's a swathe of moviegoers who were let down by Michael Shannon's Zod (including my brother, who thought he came off as too whiny) but I liked it. My favourite Zod moment is during the "dream" when he lays out his plan to Kal-El, and then there's the bit with the "skull quicksand".
I know there's a swathe of moviegoers who were let down by Michael Shannon's Zod (including my brother, who thought he came off as too whiny) but I liked it. My favourite Zod moment is during the "dream" when he lays out his plan to Kal-El, and then there's the bit with the "skull quicksand".
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1:29AM on 06/17/2013
He had so much fun with this role. He was literally a moustache-twirling villain (and had a great villain death to boot, if marred a little by some iffy blue screen work).
He had so much fun with this role. He was literally a moustache-twirling villain (and had a great villain death to boot, if marred a little by some iffy blue screen work).
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1:20AM on 06/17/2013
Great list, nicely done man. Props for giving love to The Rocketeer, loved that movie as a kid.
Great list, nicely done man. Props for giving love to The Rocketeer, loved that movie as a kid.
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12:54AM on 06/17/2013

Fantastic list!

I'm thrilled DeVito's Penguin and Jackson's Mr. Glass were included - very boss!
I'm thrilled DeVito's Penguin and Jackson's Mr. Glass were included - very boss!
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12:53AM on 06/17/2013
Overall a good list however Danny Devito should not be on that list. Overall good actor however they trashed the source material on that one. The Penguin is not suppose to be an actual Penguin.
Overall a good list however Danny Devito should not be on that list. Overall good actor however they trashed the source material on that one. The Penguin is not suppose to be an actual Penguin.
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10:45AM on 06/17/2013
Um... he wasn't.
Um... he wasn't.
12:49AM on 06/17/2013
I would have been pissed if Ledger wasn't #1.
I would have been pissed if Ledger wasn't #1.
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8:07PM on 06/17/2013
Um, yes, of course everyone should agree with me.
Um, yes, of course everyone should agree with me.
12:49AM on 06/17/2013
I would for sure put Nicholson's Joker as #2 and add Bane to the list ahead of MoS's Zod. Cool list though.
I would for sure put Nicholson's Joker as #2 and add Bane to the list ahead of MoS's Zod. Cool list though.
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12:47AM on 06/17/2013

I knew he would be added and it sucked knowing that.

Dude, Nicholson just played himself with a stupid laugh. His Joker was awful and so was the movie.
Dude, Nicholson just played himself with a stupid laugh. His Joker was awful and so was the movie.
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2:10AM on 06/17/2013
AGREE with ya
AGREE with ya
1:51AM on 06/17/2013
Yep, read my comment and you'll see I totally agree on this one.
Yep, read my comment and you'll see I totally agree on this one.

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