1980s Movie Villains

It’s been a weird and wonderful month so here is my weird and wonderful 80s League 80s Movie Villains (late entry) post for March 2017.  There are so many amazing 1980s evil doers to pick from so I went for the first villains to spring to mind and had to reel myself in as the list got longer and longer. I’ve listed my choices in alphabetical order.

The 80s League are a bunch of like minded and creative types who enjoy writing and chatting about all things 1980s including movies, TV, music, fashion and so much more. You can check out all the other related 80s Movie Villains posts and podcasts via the links here – Real Weegie MidgetRediscover the 80sReturn to the 80s post and podcastStuck in the 80s podcast and postOld School Evil and 80s Reboot Overdrive.

Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet from Spaceballs (1987)

Starting with an inept, yet tyrannical, villain. Dark Helmet didn’t know an asshole from his elbow but managed to, somehow, command a starship and was feared by his crew. Mostly becasue he enjoyed using his ring to dole out corporal punishment to the privates, literally. Played to perfection by Rick Moranis, Dark Helmet’s prowess using Schwartz was only matched by his stupidity and love of dolls. “They’re not dolls! They’re action figures!”

1980s Villains - Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet from Spaceballs (1987)

Dave Prowse and James Earl Jones as Darth Vader from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

1980s Villains - Dave Prowse and James Earl Jones as Darth Vader from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The flip side of Dark Helmet, a skilled warrior, leader and downright evil dude. Darth Vader is a bad-ass. Yes, he doesn’t always win but in the final duel of this movie he methodically rips Luke Skywalker apart, made even more evil by his final revelation, after slicing off Luke’s hand. Willing to overthrow his own master, freeze folk, break deals and take massive risks involving asteroid fields in a bid to rule the galaxy, Vader is an outstanding 1980s villain.

Jack Nicholson as The Joker in Batman (1989)

1980s Villains - Jack Nicholson as The Joker in Batman (1989)

The Joker as I like to picture him, a crazy villain with a lust for power and money who will happily kill his own men, and thousands more to get what he wants. Utilising gadgets, weapons, trickery and subversion, Nicholson’s Joker is a triumph of comic book evil. “Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? I ask that of all my prey. I just like the sound of it.”

Grace Jones as May Day from A View to a Kill (1985)

1980s Villains - Grace Jones as May Day from A View to a Kill (1985)

May Day is a fictional bodyguard and enforcer employed by Max Zorin and acts as the secondary antagonist of the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill. An original character, created specifically for the film, she was portrayed by actress Grace Jones. A strong and deadly opponent that bests Bond and several other agents throughout the movie, May Day has a change of heart after being abandoned by Zorin and helps Bond foil his plot.

Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon (1980)

1980s Villains - Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon (1980)

No beating about the bush, Ming is one evil dude. From his fist appearances in the 1930s he has been the long standing enemy of Flash Gordon. Ming is a ruthless tyrant who rules the planet Mongo and all it’s people. He is infatuated with Dale Arden, whom he plans to marry, and has little regard for life, willing to have his own daughter tortured and enslave entire planets. Possibly the best maniacal laugh of the 1980s, Ming pulls no punches in this wonderfully camp movie, produced by Dino De Laurentiis.

Last, but not least… Frank Langella as Skeletor in Masters of the Universe (1987)

1980s Villains - Frank Langella as Skeletor in Masters of the Universe (1987)

Skeletor was the primary villain in the 1987 live-action Masters of the Universe film, portrayed by Frank Langella. As this was a motion picture, Skeletor was allowed to be far more menacing than the cartoon version. During the course of the movie, Skeletor captures Castle Grayskull and imprisons the Sorceress. Later, he absorbs the power of the Great Eye and transforms into a golden-armored warrior god, but is ultimately defeated by He-Man. Rather than dark purple, he wears all black, and his costume is less scant, covering his entire body with a robe and a flowing cape. Langella’s performance is highly regarded by fans and critics alike.

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Famous Oldies by Alex Solis

Pop culture characters as old timers by Alex Solis. Will Ash still be choosing Pikachu? Will Finn and Jake still be going on adventures? Will the Ninja Turtles still be radical? Will Darth Vader be able to keep his saber up? Will the Flash still be flashing? Let’s find out! You can view more of Alex Solis artwork on Instagram.

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Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Pokémon Ash and Pikachu
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Adventure Time - Finn and Jake
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - The Joker
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Darth Vader
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - The Flash
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Batman
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - The Incredible Hulk
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Minions
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - He-Man Vs Skeletor

Custom action figures by Stolf

Custom, re-painted and re-purposed action figures by Stolf including Fallout-Man, Mick-He-Mouse, Kung Fury, The Toxic Avenger, Solid Snake G.I. Joe, Transformers and He-Man. Some of these customs are for sale, you can contact Stolf and see more of his work via customstolf on Instagram.

Please don’t forget to like Killer Kitsch on Facebook and follow me on Twitter @killer_kitsch for the latest geeky updates on current and retro movies, television, toys, games, art, anime and pop culture!

Custom action figures by Stolf - Fallout He-Man
Custom action figures by Stolf - Fallout He-Man
Custom action figures by Stolf - Bamse BebopBamse Bebop based on a design by Grim Nyberg
Custom action figures by Stolf - The Toxic Avenger
Custom action figures by Stolf - Mick-He-Mouse
Custom action figures by Stolf - Solid Snake G.I. Joe
Custom action figures by Stolf - Transformers Hot Rod
Custom action figures by Stolf - The Real Ghostbusters Janine's Genie
Custom action figures by Stolf - Skeletor
Custom action figures by Stolf - Merman
Custom action figures by Stolf - Teela
Custom action figures by Stolf - King Randor
Custom action figures by Stolf - Hordak
Custom action figures by Stolf - Kung Fury

He-Can and Skelecan: The pop culture art of Grim Nyberg

Graffiti and mural artist Grim Nyberg has taken a couple of broken Masters of the Universe figures and created He-Can and Skelecan. Custom figures taken to a whole new level of awesome, they have the power!

His work also includes huge bespoke murals inspired by Ghostbusters, Star Wars, RoboCop, Mario and other Pop Culture Icons. I’m sure he would be happy with more commission work so drop him a line via the website.

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He-Can and Skelecan by Grim Nyberg (He-Man and Skeletor)
Robocop by Grim Nyberg
Ghostbusters Slimer by Grim Nyberg
Mario by Grim Nyberg
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Grim Nyberg
Star Wars Darth Vader by Grim Nyberg
Mars Attacks by Grim NybergReturn of of the Living Dead by Grim Nyberg

Turtle Movie by Grim Nyberg
“Here’s a piece I did last summer to show the community that graffiti can be beautiful if it finds a legal place to exist.”

Grim Nyberg

Skeletor and Evil Lyn Masters Of The Universe Cosplay

By OrangeSwine on Deviant Art.

Looks like the cartoon characters just stepped out of the animation and into real life, great job.


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