Every hero needs a villain—and it’s even better when he’s a towering, seemingly hulk who can easily hold his own against good guy. Whether it’s a powered-up supervillain looking to take over the world, a final opponent armed with deadly kicks, punches, and cartoonish muscles, or a henchman looking to stop a hero in his tracks, a villain with a dominating physique can be the best part of the movie. That’s why we looked for the most dominating movie villains of all time.
Over the years, there have been some iconic villains in comic book movies and action movies, and we tried to put together the best of the best. From villains like Tom Hardy’s Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, to Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago in Rocky IV—and now Creed 2—and everyone in between, we found guys who simply were able to beef up and dominate, even if they ended up losing in the end.
For heroes like Batman and Spider-Man, having a good villain makes all the difference on the big screen and in the comic books. We kept it to movies this time around, but the idea still holds.
Here are the 25 most physically dominating, badass, and shredded movie villains of all time.