The 50 Best Villains in Movie History

33. HAL 9000

Played By: Douglas Rain (voice)
Movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Some antagonists disturb for their closeness to your friends and neighbors—you recognize something in their quiet exteriors, and thus the revelation that inside they're dangerous and inhuman is all the more powerful. But HAL 9000, the artificial intelligence system controlling the spacecraft Discovery 1 in 2001: A Spacey Odyssey, makes the skin crawl for the lack of humanity.

In the computer's voice, you recognize nothing beyond the language. "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that," delivered in a dead tone. How do you convince something without feelings to spare you? You don't. You can't. —RS

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