My top 10 villainous movie couples

Last week I was reading Ruth’s blog over at (as I do). She does a feature on the fifth of every month called five for the fifth where she poses five questions to her readers. This month one of the questions was “what is your favourite villainous onscreen couple?” I thought it was a great idea so here are my movie picks.


Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett
Played by: Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter
Film: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Signature crime: Murder, followed by cooking their victims into pies.
“Sweeney Todd: [sings] The history of the world, my love…
Mrs. Lovett: [sings] Save a lot of graves, does a lot of relatives favors.
Sweeney Todd: Is those below serving those up above.
Mrs. Lovett: Everybody shaves, so there should be plenty of flavors.
Sweeney Todd: How gratifying for once to know…
Sweeney Todd, Mrs. Lovett: That those above will serve those down below!”


Ringo (Pumpkin) and Yolanda (Honey Bunny)
Played by: Amanda Plummer and Tim Roth
Film: Pulp Fiction (1994)
Signature crime: Armed robbery
“Honey Bunny: [about to rob a diner] I love you, Pumpkin.
Pumpkin: I love you, Honey Bunny.
Pumpkin: [Standing up with a gun] All right, everybody be cool, this is a robbery!
Honey Bunny: Any of you fucking pricks move, and I’ll execute every motherfucking last one of ya!”


Erik Lensherr/Magneto and Raven Darkholme/Mystique
Played by: Michael Fassbender/Ian McKellan and Jennifer Lawrence/Rebecca Romijn
Films: X-Men (2000), X-Men 2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Signature crime: Trying to wipe out the human race
“Raven Darkholme: [in mutant form] Could you pass me my robe?
Erik Lehnsherr: You don’t have to hide.
[Erik moves and sits besides Raven on the bed]
Erik Lehnsherr: Have you ever looked at a tiger and thought you ought to cover it up?
Raven Darkholme: No, but…
Erik Lehnsherr: You are an exquisite creature, Raven. All your life the world has tried to tame you. It’s time for you to be free.”


Bellatrix Lestrage and Lord Voldemort
Played by: Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes
Films: Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010), Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
Signature crime: Genocide
“Bellatrix Lestrange: [Trying to help Voldemort up] My Lord? My Lord?
Lord Voldemort: [Throwing Bellatrix aside] I do not need your help.
Bellatrix Lestrange: My Lord!”

cruel-intentions-2_610Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont
Played by: Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillipe
Film: Cruel Intentions (1999)
Signature crime: Seducing and ruining innocents
“Kathryn: Oh, Sebastian? That little wager of yours? Count me in.
Sebastian: What are the terms?
Kathryn: If I win, then that hot little car of yours is mine.
Sebastian: And if I win?
Kathryn: [Takes off her jacket to reveal a skimpy-looking tank top] I’ll give you something you’ve been obsessing about ever since our parents got married.
Sebastian: Be more specific.
Kathryn: In English? I’ll fuck your brains out.
Sebastian: [a little shocked for a moment, recovers] What makes you think I’ll go for that bet? That is a 1956 Jaguar Roadster.
Kathryn: Because I’m the only person you can’t have, and it kills you.
Sebastian: No way.
[Starts to exit the room]
Kathryn: You can put it anywhere…
Sebastian: [Stops in his tracks, bites his lip]
 You’ve got yourself a bet, baby.
[they shake hands and Sebastian exits]
Kathryn: Happy hunting, Sebastian.”

c7af260740a42706f20aa564967eefa0.600x360x1Mickey and Mallory Knox
Played by: Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis
Film: Natural Born Killers (1994)
Signature crime: Murder and armed robbery
“Mickey: The whole world’s comin’ to an end, Mal!
Mallory: I see angels, Mickey. They’re comin’ down for us from heaven. And I see you ridin’ a big red horse, and you’re driving them horses, whippin’ ’em, and the’re spitting and frothing all ‘long the mouth, and the’re coming right at us. And I see the future, and there’s no death, ’cause you and I, we’re angels…
Mickey: I love you, Mal.
Mallory: I know you do baby, and I’ve loved you since the day we met.”

12years-theeppsMaster and Mistress Epps
Played by: Michael Fassbender and Sarah Paulson
Film: 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Signature crime: Torture
“Mistress Epps: You will remove that black bitch from this property, or I’ll take myself back to Cheneyville.
Edwin Epps: Back to the hogs’s trough where I found y”ou? Do not set yourself against Patsy, my dear. Cos I will rid myself of you well before I do away with her.”


Harry and Zinnia Wormwood
Played by: Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman
Film: Matilda (1996)
Signature crime: Fraud and child neglect
“Zinnia Wormwood: You don’t let me talk to people! I live in a cage, Harry! I need to talk to SOMEBODY besides our stupid kids!
Harry Wormwood: Oh, yeah? Well, a man is entitled to come home and find dinner on the table, without having to wait for a convention of male strippers!”


Narcissa and Lucius Malfoy
Played by: Helen McCrory and Jason Isaacs
Films: Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010), Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
Signature crime: Genocide
“Lord Voldemort: Harry Potter is dead!
Ginny Weasley: No! No!
Lord Voldemort: [Flicking his wand] Silence! Stupid girl. Harry Potter is dead, from this day forth… you put your faith in me. Harry Potter is dead!
Bellatrix Lestrange: Ha ha ha!
Lord Voldemort: Ye-he-he. And now is the time to declare yourself. Come forward and join us… or die.
Lucius Malfoy: [Extending his hand] Draco… Draco.
Narcissa Malfoy: Draco, come.”

the crowTop Dollar and Myca
Played by: Michael Wincott and Bai Ling
Film: The Crow (1994)
Signature crime: Murder, mayhem, enucleation
“Myca: [studying the crow’s feather] He has power. But it is power you can take from him.
Top Dollar: I like him already.
Myca: The crow is his link between the land of the living, and the realm of the dead.”

I’m thinking of doing a TV version as well. I don’t normally do TV. Is this something people would be interested in?


  1. Definitely interested in a TV version. Love your top 10 lists. 🙂

    1. Abbi

      Thanks! Stay tuned for next Monday 🙂

  2. Great choices, looking forward to a TV version. Spike and Drusilla from Buffy would be one of my picks.

    1. Abbi

      Spike and Drusilla are definitely on the list. They were deliciously wicked together!

  3. Loving the list Madam Champion! Very cool!

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you! Working on TV ones for next week.

      1. Looking forward to it 🙂

  4. Excellent choices here! Master and Mistress Epps are phenomenal!

    1. Abbi

      I felt weird putting them in a top anything because they’re genuine real life evil. They really do bring out the absolute worst in each other though.

  5. Great post and choices, Abbi. I’m glad you picked Top Dollar and Myca. Evil through and through.

    1. Abbi

      They’re so creepy and both Bai Ling and Michael Wincott are great at playing bad guys!

  6. Hi Abbi! That was Fernando’s guest question and I agree it was a good one, thanks for linking it to my post. LOVE your choices, wow I didn’t think of many of these, totally agree w/ Lestrage and Voldemort and the two Fassbender roles. I’d include Bane & Thalia Al Ghul though they’re not exactly a couple 😉

    1. Abbi

      Go on Fernando! I had to think quite hard for this one and some of them are tenuously couples but it was such a fun list to do. I think you could totally use Bane and Thalia Al Ghul.

  7. Mickey and Mallory Knox were the first couple I thought of.

    1. Abbi

      I love the two of them.

  8. Great list! Definitely would like to see a TV version. Love seeing Mickey & Mallory on here, as well as the Epps, Pumpkin and Honey Bunny and Matilda’s parents!

    1. Abbi

      TV version is definitely coming. Thank-you so much for the inspiration.

  9. jennypugh

    Love this list! I’m a bit grossed out by the definition of enucleation, I had to Google it! I’d love a TV version 🙂

    1. Abbi

      I’m definitely going to do a TV version. Enucleation is not for the faint of heart.

  10. Excellent, so glad you included the parents from Matilda! Truly awful people. I would love to see a TV version!

    1. Abbi

      They are utterly dreadful but so funny! TV version is coming soon!

  11. […] the success of my  top 10 Villainous Movie couples, there was a call for a TV version. I have to say this was a bit of a challenge. Firstly, I […]

  12. Another awesome list, but… what the heck is enucleation?? :-p

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you! It means the removal of one or both eyes.

  13. Another excellent list. : ) I love Cruel Intentions and THE CROW! That bitch was evil.

    1. Abbi

      Thanks. She really was!

  14. Love, love, LOVE it. Particularly the Wormwoods. Never would have thought of them, but they’re perfect for this! 🙂

    1. Abbi

      They had so many good quotes to choose from.

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