Another Top 10 Movie Terrorists

Script written by Elliot Baker You can't help but be blown away by these guys. Welcome to, and today we're counting down our picks for another top 10 movie terrorists. For this list, we're looking at big screen characters that use fear, intimidation and extreme threats to promote their values or for personal gain. Special Thanks to our users Mattyhull1, Alexander David Bourns, Brad Steedman, Andrew A. Dennison and ninou78 for suggesting this idea on our Suggestion Tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Another Top 10 Movie Terrorists

You can’t help but be blown away by these guys. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for another top 10 movie terrorists.

For this list, we’re looking at big screen characters that use fear, intimidation and extreme threats to promote their values or for personal gain. If there’s a character you think should be on the list, don’t forget to check out our first video of the Top 10 Movie Terrorists. Also, there may be spoilers, so here’s your SPOILER ALERT.

#10: Magneto
“X-Men” franchise (2000-)

Not every terrorist can say they’ve been blessed with superpowers, but it certainly comes in handy for this mutant supremacist. Dismayed with the mistreatment of his super-powered brethren, the Holocaust survivor has turned to extreme measures to let his message about mutant rights be known loud and clear. And while many terrorists aspire to destroy cultural landmarks, Magneto uses his powers to manipulate world leaders and even the occasional bridge. Possessing the ability to control magnetic fields, this is one supervillain who’s out to attract a lot of attention.

#9: Khan
“Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013)

After being placed into a cryogenic sleep, Khan was revived in the 23rd century after 300 years to design and prepare ships for war against the Klingon Empire. But after being led to believe his crew has been killed, the Starfleet commander takes on a more ruthless outlook on life. Famously attacking Starfleet HQ out of revenge, his terror is felt across the galaxy. Interestingly, the character, whose full name is Khan Noonien Singh, was named after an old friend of Gene Roddenberry’s called Kim Noonien Singh, in the hopes that the World War II pilot would recognize the name and get back in contact with the “Star Trek” creator.

#8: Emil Stenz
“White House Down” (2013)

This political action thriller sees a once proud American and former operative of the CIA turn into a psychotic, vengeful mind swearing a vicious end to the U.S. government. Isn’t it amazing what being captured by the Taliban can do to you? Living the dream of every anti-American terrorist, Emil Stenz takes the entire White House hostage with his own band of mercenaries. Like any great psychopath, Stenz is unforgiving and not willing to negotiate his plans to destroy the country he once loved. As his broken soul is rebuilt as a vicious killer, he’s obviously someone who isn’t to be taken lightly.

#7: Dr. Peters
“12 Monkeys” (1995)

You can’t beat a bit of biological terrorism, especially when it’s featured in a time travel movie. Actor David Morse is callous and collected as the menacing Dr. Peters in “12 Monkeys,” as he plays a man planning on plunging humanity into near extinction in a few decades. Using a devastating virus, Peters is set to board a flight bringing him to the world’s major cities to release a briefcase of hell upon the planet. His quiet, unassuming yet twisted expressions tell the story of his plans, but what we really want to know is how on Earth did he manage to get through customs?

#6: Charles Rane
“Passenger 57” (1992)

This famous British aristocrat certainly made a name for himself after he planned and executed several bombings across England and Northern Ireland. Commonly known as ‘The Rane of Terror’, this terrorist leader evokes his horrors all the way to the end after he hijacks the carrier plane meant to bring him to his trial. While on board, the vicious killer enjoys tormenting his new passengers and killing anyone just to get his way. Hatefully abused by his father, the sharp-eyed convict takes his evil tendencies out on everyone who opposes him and is the main antagonist of this early ‘90s action flick.

#5: Simon Phoenix
“Demolition Man” (1993)

He may have played the hero of “Passenger 57,” but in this sci-fi flick, Wesley Snipes shows he can also aptly play a character with terrorist tendencies. Simon Phoenix is described as the craziest homicidal maniac of the 20th century, and you’d certainly have to be to be dressed like that! After taking a slew of hostages for his own amusement, Simon Phoenix is held in cryo-prison for thirty-six years before being set free in his new favorite place: a peace-loving utopian playground. His sadistic nature in this new world is unmatched, and he even goes so far as to gouge out a man’s eyeball just to access restricted areas - now that’s unsettling.

#4: Kurt Hendricks
“Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol” (2011)

The Cold War was such a fun time; wouldn’t it be fantastic if someone were to aspire to strike up the bands again? Better known as Cobalt, this intelligence-driven terrorist masterminded the destruction of The Kremlin in Moscow in order to set off World War III. Next, Kurt Hendricks plans on eliminating most of the population to usher in a new era of peace across the world… but that obviously isn’t a well thought out plan. Using the alias of Cobalt to prevent the discovery of his real identity, this Swedish-born-Russian nuclear strategist and terrorist was extremely resourceful but his idea for attaining peace wasn’t exactly ideal.

#3: Castor Troy
“Face/Off” (1997)

You know you have a real maniac on your hands when both John Travolta and Nicolas Cage can play him this well. As only he and his brother Pollux know the true nature of his Los Angeles plot, Castor Troy is perhaps the most secretive of all the international terrorists. In this sci-fi action thriller, his psychopathic nature is felt across the cinematic landscape with a series of outlandish expressions that only Travolta and Cage can really pull off. It’s hard not to have fun watching Castor Troy and his bomb threat that’s fit for Hollywood in “Face/Off.”

#2: Raoul Silva
“Skyfall” (2012)

What is it with all those highly trained ex-agents out for revenge? During his time as a British agent working under MI6 in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Raoul Silva was tortured by the Chinese, though he refused to give up the secrets of his outfit. Upon learning it was his mentor ‘M’ that gave him up though, he had a bad run-in with hydrogen cyanide implants that left him horribly disfigured. After surviving a suicide attempt, Silva sought revenge and began selling the secrets of his former spies to the highest bidder and setting the world on fire. Not so brilliant now, is he, M?

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honourable mentions:
- Kang Yeonsak
“Olympus Has Fallen” (2013)
- Omar, Waj, Barry, Faisal & Hassan
“Four Lions” (2010)
- Clyde Shelton
“Law Abiding Citizen” (2009)
- Ryan Gaerity
“Blown Away” (1994)

#1: The Joker
“The Dark Knight” (2008)

There was no question that Gotham City’s greatest terror would make this list and here he is at the top of the pile. Though the Bat’s mentor, Ra’s al Ghul, is a fine contender, The Joker wins out because he simply wants to watch the world burn. The nihilistic clown only sees the fun in anarchy and chooses to manipulate the criminals of Gotham into introducing chaos in the city purely for the joy of doing so. He has no want for money or personal gain, and just wants to see the destruction of the world - and that surely marks the insanity of one of the greatest movie terrorists and cements his place on our list.

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