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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60 Iconic Weapons from Fiction

When we think of our favorite fictional characters, we often associate them with an item, or talisman, that is every bit as iconic as the characters themselves. In many cases, this item is a weapon. Weapons come in many forms; there are guns, swords, and everything in between. They can be as amazing as Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber or as unique as the Fat Man from the Fallout video game franchise.

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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

Cool Character Cookies by Y&Csweets

Cool cartoon, anime, gaming, movies and television character icing cookies by Yohko of Y&Csweets. Super Mario Bros., Star Wars, Minions, Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, My Neighbor Totoro, Doraemon & Dr. Slump favourites lovingly created in icing atop a shaped cookie base that obviously look good enough to eat.

“Hi! I’m YOHKO. I’m icing cookie decorator, baker, blogger and mama from Japan, Chiba. Let’s have fun together sweets decorating!”

Super Mario Bros. icing cookies by Y&Csweets

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Minions icing cookies by Y&CsweetsShuriken Sentai Ninninger icing cookies by Y&Csweets
Doraemon icing cookies by Y&Csweets
Dr. Slump icing cookies by Y&Csweets
Super Mario Bros. icing cookies by Y&CsweetsStar Wars icing cookies by Y&Csweets
Doraemon icing cookies by Y&Csweets
My Neighbor Totoro icing cookies by Y&Csweets
My Neighbor Totoro icing cookies by Y&Csweets

Bounty Hunters by Brian Rood

The Star Wars galaxies most bas-ass bounty hunters (some of whom were short lived #hanshotfirst) brought vividly to life by the artist and illustrator Brian Rood. Boba Fett, Bossk, Dengar, 4-LOM, Zuckuss, IG-88, Greedo and Jango Fett.

Star Wars Boba Fett by Brian Rood

Brian Rood is a professional illustrator working in the entertainment, comic and commercial art fields. He is known for photo-realistic paintings of Hollywood’s stars and characters and has worked for Lucas Film Ltd., Disney, Paramount Pictures and on licences such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Transformers and Planet of the Apes.

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Star Wars Bossk by Brian Rood
Star Wars Dengar by Brian Rood
Star Wars 4-LOM by Brian Rood
Star Wars Zuckuss by Brian Rood
Star Wars IG-88 by Brian Rood
Star Wars Greedo by Brian Rood
Star Wars Boba Fett by Brian Rood
Star Wars Jango Fett by Brian Rood

Risqué Star Wars pin-up girls by Andrew Tarusov

Classic pin-up’s in a Star Wars style by the artist and illustrator Andrew Tarusov. I’ve seen a live action re-creation of the ‘Rey’ image causing a bit of a stir on Facebook recently and thought everyone might enjoy, or be slightly offended by, a bit of risqué sauce. Either way here’s Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, Yoda, Padmé Amidala, Darth Maul and Rey in various states of undress. These are the censored versions, you can buy NSFW content via Andrew Tarusov‘s website.  Shocking 😉

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Star Wars pin-up Darth Vader by Andrew Tarusov
Star Wars pin-up Stormtrooper by Andrew Tarusov
Star Wars pin-up Boba Fett by Andrew Tarusov
Star Wars pin-up Yoda by Andrew Tarusov
Star Wars pin-up Padmé Amidala by Andrew Tarusov
Star Wars pin-up Darth Maul by Andrew Tarusov
Star Wars pin-up Rey by Andrew Tarusov

Star Wars Ship Monsters by Jake Parker

Star Wars Ship Monsters by Jake Parker. The Millennium Falcon, AT-AT, X-Wing, TIE-Fighter and even the Death Star get the fangs, wings, claws and eyeballs treatment in this series of fun crazy organic mashups.

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Star Wars Ship Monsters - TIE-Fighter by Jake Parker
Star Wars Ship Monsters - X-Wing Fighter by Jake Parker
Star Wars Ship Monsters - Millennium Falcon by Jake Parker
Star Wars Ship Monsters - Y-Wing Fighter by Jake Parker
Star Wars Ship Monsters - B-Wing Fighter by Jake Parker
Star Wars Ship Monsters - Imperial Shuttle by Jake Parker
Star Wars Ship Monsters - Death Star by Jake Parker
Star Wars Ship Monsters - AT-ST by Jake Parker
Star Wars Ship Monsters - AT-AT by Jake Parker

Star Wars Cats by GrizandNorm

Star Wars characters with their favourite felines by Disney animators Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay and Normand Lemay aka GrizandNorm. Griz is as a visual development artist and character designer while Norm is a storyboard artist. Padme Amidala and her Black Cat, Princes Leia and Fluffy Kitty, R2-D2 and Cowcat, Rey with her Bengal and BB-8’s Calico Kitties. Meow the Force be with you.

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Star Wars Cats by GrizandNorm
Star Wars Cats by GrizandNorm
Star Wars Cats by GrizandNorm
Star Wars Cats by GrizandNorm
Star Wars Cats by GrizandNorm

Pimp My Star Wars Ride

Jaw-dropping Star Wars car, a one off custom paint job by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections. Filled with images from all eras of Star Wars, the Dark Side is well represented here with Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Kylo Ren and the forces of The Empire all beautifully re-created.

MyStarWarsCar” is available for conventions and charity functions in the UK, the owner had this to say – “I’m a lifelong Star Wars fan and car enthusiast, so I decided to do something a little different to my car. With the help of Sam Hubbard, an airbrushing specialist, I have had Sam airbrush the car with images of infamous characters from the [Star Wars] films. “

“My aim is to use MyStarWarsCar for good causes, whether it be attending events for charity or visiting hospital/hospices just to put a smile on peoples faces. The intention is to do as much ‘good’ as is reasonably possible.”

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Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections

You can contact MyStarWarsCar via the website and Facebook and Airbrush Perfections via their website.

Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections

Futurama Bender Chiminea

Custom geeky chimineas , wood burners and BBQs by Ben Cox of  BC Bespoked. This Bender Bending Rodriguez chiminea was fabricated from a 19kg bottle and a Co2 cylinder, you can also order Star Wars-esque original creations in the style of Darth Vader, Boba Fett and  TIE-Fighters. Hot stuff.

“That’s closest thing to ‘Bender is great’ that anyone other me has ever said.”

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Futurama Bender Chiminea by BC Bespoked
Star Wars Darth Vader burner by BC Bespoked
Star Wars Boba Fett burner by BC Bespoked
Star Wars TIE-Fighter burner by BC Bespoked
Star Wars Darth Vaders TIE-Fighter burner by BC Bespoked
Futurama Bender Chiminea by BC Bespoked