Once upon a time, it was easy to spot a villain from a work of fiction. Was this person mysterious and mustachioed? Did he swivel in his chair while stroking a malicious-looking cat? Times were simpler back then. If it was some dude tying a damsel to a wooden train track, there -- you’ve got your villain.
But in 2018, the notion of an easily defined villain is as obsolete as those wooden train tracks. Walter White and Tony Soprano shepherded in the age of the anti-hero, while stories like Wicked and Maleficent had left us sympathizing with classic baddies. Now villains are too complex to summarize or fence in. You can’t say all villains are power-hungry, have an evil laugh, or wear black. (Think of Dolores Umbridge and how she rocked the color pink. You at least have to give her that.)
But here’s what we can definitively say about villains: They’re more popular than ever. Our Villains community has grown a whopping 55% in three years. With over 60 million page views, it’s FANDOM’s 33rd most-visited community of 2018 so far, beating out powerhouses like the Call of Duty, Walking Dead, and Arrowverse communities.
What’s also mystifying is how much more popular villains are to their hero counterparts. On any given day, the Villains community gets 4-5 times more page views than our Heroes community. Villains like Voldemort, Darth Vader, and Michael Meyers don’t just beat out their hero counterparts, they smoke them.
So, here are the most-visited villains from across FANDOM’s entire site in 2018. Hopefully, you’ll see just how varied the definition of villain has become. They span all genders, colors (looking at you, Thanos), and more. So lean back in your swivel chair, and take a good look at the biggest baddies of 2018.