The 50 Best Villains in Movie History

34. The Penguin

Played By: Danny Devito
Movie: Batman Returns (1992)

This is gonna sound mean, but is there a role more custom-made for Danny DeVito's body? He was born to play Oswald Cobblepot, one of Batman's most recognizable antagonists.

Because this is Tim Burton we're talking about, Batman Returns gives the Penguin a back story involving emo lonerism, in this case lonerism instilled during infancy. It's hard to make friends when your parents are so disgusted by you that they abandon you to the sewers.

Luckily, penguins raise you. You grow up to become a criminal mastermind who loves fish. As a damaged adult, you raise a penguin army and bite noses indiscriminately. Eventually, Danny Brown uses you as a punchline. Truly, you are a special villain. —RS

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