Science Fiction Villains

BernheimerConfessionsOfDListSupervillainSo today I came across this post from Two Dudes in an Attic that talks about SF villains. I just couldn’t resist making a list of my own and playing along. You should pop over to Two Dudes and see who made their list.

The Meliorare Society from Alan Dean Foster’s Flinx & Pip series – I started reading this series as a kid, probably 10 or 12. And the Meliorare Society scared me silent. They do gene splicing, experimenting on humans, etc. And when one of their pet projects gets away, they won’t stop at much in order to get their specially spliced and baked human back.

The Cylons from the 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot – In the reboot, they look human. Not only that, they get more and more human as the series progresses, making for a complicated storyline. Still, you think you’re sleeping with a regular human, and suddenly he or she can simply give your head a good squeeze and get brain jelly for their efforts.

FahyFragmentBrain bugs from Jim Bernheimer’s Confessions of a D-List Supervillain – OK, from this title you might think the Supervillain is the one I worried about. Nope, it was the brain bugs. They fly around, attach to your neck, and then make you very susceptible to orders from whoever controls the bugs. I would hate for it to be that easy for someone to take over my life.

The Old Man of Phoenix Island, by John Dixon – He believes, truly, with the depths of his heart that he is doing the right thing. He experiments on kids who are court-ordered to his island, splicing and modifying, adding drugs, a few electronics. His certainty that he is doing it for the better of mankind left me chilled.

The Reavers from the TV series Firefly – They don’t simply kill. No, they torture, they eat, then they kill. It’s messed up.

Nearly all of the life forms found on Hender’s Isle in Warren Fahy’s Fragment – While fascinating, they all evolved to kill and eat. Yep. The island has been isolated for hundreds of thousands of years, or more. The creatures who evolved on this little speck of land have no respect for humans and their tech. Nope, they just want to paralyze, dissolve, or eat them. This was a great, chilling romp through island monsters.

MunteanuOuterDiverseThe Taurans from Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War – We never really see the Taurans, just their effects on humans. Humans have had to throw everything they have into this war for survival – mech suits, space travel, etc. The Taurans have this huge impact on human society (everything from politics to science to industry to what is for dinner) and that strikes me as a little scary.

The Vos from Nina Munteanu’s Outer Diverse – Here we have another alien race, rarely seen, that threatens genocide to the entire human race. And they have nearly accomplished it. Indeed, the few humans that are still around are spread through out a galaxy that is run by other aliens. Humans aren’t in force, they don’t rule worlds, they aren’t main contenders for anything. In fact, they are kind of the bottom of the barrel.

The Gitai from Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s All You Need Is Kill – This alien race closely resemble frogs, and they want all humans dead. While it isn’t in the book, I kept on picturing how frogs eat, essentially swallowing their meals whole. Blech! I don’t want to be defeated in battle to be swallowed, possibly still alive, by a frog.

So, what are some of your favorite villains of science fiction? Do they make you tremble? Do they make you avoid certain movies on dark and stormy nights?


9 thoughts on “Science Fiction Villains”

  1. Great choices and the frog video is epic. I have to give a shoutout to Star Trek’s Borg and Dr. Who’s Cybermen. To me there’s something very creepy about villains that capture you, replace bits and pieces and make you fight for their side. I always thought Star Trek missed a a great storytelling opportunity by not having more episodes with Captain Riker matching wits against Locutus of Borg.

    1. Excellent point about Locutus. I bet there is plenty of fan fiction that explores a storyline of Locutus going on to have a lengthy and destructive (if highly organized) life.

    1. It was such a fun list you came up with so I had to join in. Foster is a prolific writer. I think one of his best books, if not THE best, is The Man Who Used the Universe.

  2. This is great – I’m going to totally take part – because I love lists!! I’m not sure how good I’ll be with sci-fi because I’m definitely not very well read but I’ll give it a shot!
    Ta v. much!
    Lynn 😀

    1. Yeah, it was too fun to pass up on when I saw it over at Two Dudes. Made me think about bad guys in SF and how so often it seems the bad guys are some large invading force and not necessarily 1 or 2 individuals.

  3. Thanks for including the VOS from The Splintered Universe Trilogy in your selection… they are, I admit, rather cool, nasty and mysterious at the same time… And glad you included the CYLONS, one of my personal favourites… Great post!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Been meaning to check out the rest of the series. I should see if Iambik Audio has them recorded. They do such a good job.

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