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Gordon Gekko, Clubber Lang, Ed Rooney: Name the top villains of the '80s



Gordon Gekko in Wall Street played by Michael DouglasGordon Gekko, defying all odds, is about return. In Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Gekko will set out to prove that not only is greed good, but sometimes a movie sequel can be good too. Whether that remains true or not, we have to wait to Sept. 24 to discover.

(Unrelated '80s point: Best sequel of any decade? Maybe Ethan Hawke in Before Sunset, answering most of the questions of Before Sunrise? Discuss.)

Back to the business at hand. The '80s were a villainous decade, and I'm not just talking about the movie screen. So for the purposes of this list, we actually get to include real-life villains along with the movie versions. Try to keep it clean politics-wise. Yes, Ronald Reagan would be on my personal list of villains, but not on everyone's. So we're looking for villains we can ALL generally agree on. Play nice.

I'll compile a ranking of the villains just in time for the premiere of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Does that mean Gordon Gekko gets an unfair advantage? We'll see. Leave your suggestions below.

Here are a half dozen fictional ones that would be on my personal list: 

Jamespader Movie: Pretty in Pink (1986)
Actor: James Spader
Also a villain in: Less Than Zero, Mannequin, Baby Boom.
Signature line: "The girl was, is and will always be nada."
Biggest crime: Trying to sabotage Blane's relationship with Andie; spitting blood in the school hallway.

Jeffreyjones Movie: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Actor: Jeffrey Jones
Also a villain in: Who's Harry Crumb?
Signature line: "So THAT's how it is in their family."
Biggest crime: Breaking into the Bueller household; feeding Ferris' flowers to the family dog.

Paulgleason Movie: The Breakfast Club (1985)
Actor: Paul Gleason
Also a villain in: Trading Places, Johnny Be Good.
Signature line: "You think he's funny? You think this is cute? You think he's "bitchin," is that it? Let me tell you something. Look at him - he's a bum. You want to see something funny? You go visit John Bender in five years. You'll see how goddamned funny he is."
Biggest crime: Sentencing Bender to endless detentions.

Billpaxton Movie: Weird Science (1985)
Actor: Bill Paxton
Also a villain in: The Lords of Discipline
Signature line: "How 'bout a nice greasy pork sandwich served in a dirty ashtray?"
Biggest crime: Blackmailing his little brother for his college money.

platoon.jpgMovie: Platoon (1986)
Actor: Tom Berenger
Also a villain in: Born on the Fourth of July
Signature line: "Shut up! Shut up and take the pain! Take the pain!"
Biggest crime: Trying to kill Sgt. Elias.

Sigourney Weaver in Working GirlMovie:
Working Girl (1988)
Actor: Sigourney Weaver
Signature line: "Why that little... slut! Bitch! Secretary! "
Biggest crime: Trying to steal Tess' work proposal.

[Last modified: Saturday, September 11, 2010 10:33am]


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