20. The Baltars: Count and Doctor [Battlestar Galactica Classic & New]. This is a twofer. John Colicos was indeed a vintage era 1970s villain for the classic original series of Battlestar Galactica and he was always terrific as Klingon Commander Kor in Star Trek: The Original Series and later Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Still, I have to tip my cap to the twitching, delicious wild card performance by James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar. Callis captured the screen with his work in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica.
19. The Xindi [Star Trek: Enterprise]. I enjoyed the much maligned Star Trek: Enterprise for many reasons. The fascinating race collective known as the Xindi made things very interesting in Star Trek: Enterprise Season Three.
18. The Zygons [Doctor Who]. I should say Doctor Who is filled with an endless supply of terrific villains and could easily make a Top 20 list of their own. The Cybermen, Davros, The Daleks. The list goes on. The alien race that was The Zygons made just one appearance which is something of a surprise given the genuinely hideous and remarkable work provided in the creation of those stunningly designed creature costumes. The Zygons are my one entry in a nod to the best of Doctor Who villainy across the big pond.
17. Smoke Monster [Lost]. The unpredictable Smoke Monster always had me on edge as survivors made their way across the island traipsing through the jungles of Lost. It was a truly nifty, simple and terrifying invention. It's one of the best CGI villains ever. I always prayed for the appearance of the Smonster! I suppose this is more a monster, but an intelligent one at that.
16. The Smiths: Doctor and Agent [Lost In Space & The Matrix]. This is another twofer although less fair than my entry on the Baltars. Jonathan Harris was brilliant in the iconic role of Dr. Smith for three seasons of Lost In Space. There's simply no denying it. Not to mention Harris provided that wonderful voice to Lucifer in the original Battlestar Galactica. Meanwhile, later, Agent Smith was a truly worthy adversary across The Matrix trilogy. The wonderful Hugo Weaving proved to be just as magnificent for three films ironically bringing the virtual, relentless character to life.
15. Aliens [Alien]. A sci-fi/ horror franchise villain to end all villains. Though I'm not sure how befitting of the word villain these instinctive monsters truly are.
14. The Reavers [Firefly]. A terrific ongoing villain within the Firefly universe the cannibalistic Reavers truly shined next to other antagonists like The Alliance and the mysterious faction known as the Hands of Blue or Blue Gloves. The Reavers really took center stage in the film Serenity with one of the most thrilling and suspenseful sequences in the middle and end of the film.
12. The Borg [Star Trek: The Next Generation]. One of the greatest Star Trek foes since the Klingons.
11. Zoltar. Berg Katse [Battle Of The Planets]. Man or woman? As a child I was never sure and despite Zoltar's wicked ways there was something completely unnerving about that aspect of the villain... or villainess.
10. The Shadows [Babylon 5]. As science fiction goes, J. Michael Straczynski's epic saga was at its best when it piled on the mythology surrounding the Shadows. The smiling Morden was the true face of evil as the herald for the Shadows. As the harbinger of doom, making deals with Morden was, in essence, making a deal with the devil himself. It was unsettling, terrifying stuff for science fiction.
9. Sleestaks [Land Of The Lost]. Was there a more frightening villain to dog the lost Marshall, Will and Holly back to their cave hideaway? They still look amazing today and once upon a time they were the face of horror to young, unshaped minds across the globe always preceded by that hair-raising hiss. Yikes! Time for more Captain Crunch!
6. The Replicants [Blade Runner]. Rutger Hauer, Daryl Hannah and company at their dark and misunderstood best.
5. The Angels [Neon Genesis Evangelion]. again, smart monsters, but a relentless and formidable nemesis.
4. The Wraith [Stargate Atlantis]. The malevolent race is a nasty and formidable opponent not just to the human race, but any creature with a heartbeat.
3. Scorpius [Farscape]. A delicious creation for the world of villainy as embodied by actor Wayne Pygram who plays the character with relish.
How on Earth do you miss Scorpius from any list? Please. Tell me. How? SciFiNow did in their list of classic villains for The 25 Greatest Sci-Fi Villains. It's certainly a nice alternative to this list. Farscape's contemplative Scorpius is a shining example of quiet, manipulating malevolence. I'm also good with Zombies [Resident Evil, The Walking Dead] and Satan or the devil [Millennium], but since those two villains cross so many amazing series I left them off the list. Additionally, I really wanted to include a few more options from the Star Trek universe like The Romulans, The Andorians, the Dominion or The Cardassians, but alas maybe this should have been a BIG 25. So there you have it, the vast quintessential BIG 21 from the mind of a sci-fi infected fanatic. That's it for now. Sorry to rush off, but I have a planet to destroy! Farewell. [Insert EVIL CACKLING LAUGHTER].