10 Best Noseless Villains, Ranked
A creator sits down to design a new villain, what features does he start with? How can you strip or distort human anatomy to make it look menacing? No nose! What makes not having a nose so scary? From the skeletal approach, to complete removal, the absence of a nose is often a mark of evil.
Sorry Gorr Fans, The MCU’s Newest Villain Doesn’t Make The Cut, Because Christian Bale interpretation of the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) lacked the characteristic missing nose of comic book characters. But alas, movies and TV are full of fearsome noseless villains, with many of the greatest villains exhibiting this distorted or absent facial structure.
A member of Thanos’ Black Order, Ebony Maw (Tom Vaughn Lawlor) is a true believer in Thanos. Maw first appeared in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) just after wiping out half of the Asgardian population. In flashbacks, we see Maw announce yet more casualties, preaching that his masters’ genocidal acts are for the greater good. It is unknown how many beings this ruthless right hand ordered to death, sure that it would lead to salvation.
Maw was then sent to Earth to find the Infinity Stones, only to come face to face with the Avengers. In a funny shot, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) refers to Maw as the Squidward of Sponge Bob SquarePants (1999), ironic, since Squidward has a gigantic cartoon nose. However, Maw quickly exerts her telekinetic powers, shaking the Avengers, before stopping Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) with ease and inflicting complex torture on the helpless wizard.
The Pale Man
Attracting poor children with a wholesome banquet, The Pale Man, as seen in the visionary director Guillermo del Toroit is Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), has more than just a disfigured nose. The spooky figure slumbers patiently until an unlucky child stumbles across his dining table, waking up to stare into the sockets in his palms. Draping his thumbs over his flattened nose, the Pale Man reveals his wide-awake eyes, trying to locate his prey.
To the terror of Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) The Pale Man (Doug Jones) attempts to eat her as she seeks to retrieve a dagger from her lair. The sight of empty children’s clothes on the floor hinting at his many previous meals. Ofelia manages to escape, but a few fairies are not so lucky, with the pale man dining on his head for a snack. This horrible child-eater is what nightmares are made of.
The villainous artificial intelligence known as Ultron (James Spader) was featured in the second MCU team-up film Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Created by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Marc Ruffalo) in order to bolster a global defense program, they unwittingly create a murderous robot. As many AI plots unfold, the newly born robot plugs into the World Wide Web and witnesses the vast horrors of mankind and is motivated to cause fire and brimstone.
Capable of accessing countless servers, banks, governments, and presumably nuclear launch codes, the disgusted AI could wipe out humanity in any number of ways. This time, Ultron seeks to bring it back to basics, tossing a chunk of Earth into the air to send the huge rock crashing back, causing a global extinction. In no time, and using Ultron Vision’s antithesis robot (Paul Bettany), Ultron’s doomsday plot is thwarted.
Considered the best bounty hunter of his time, Cad Bane (Corey Burton), is even known as a Jedi Slayer. Compete against people like Obi-Wan Kenobi in the animated series The clone wars (2008). Bane was so efficient that when Darth Sidious needed a job, he turned to the proven gunslinger. On one occasion, Bane managed to infiltrate the Jedi Temple, one of the best-guarded places in the galaxy.
Recently, the villain was featured in Boba Fett’s Book (2021), where fans got to see the blue-skinned, red-eyed, noseless antagonist of the Duros species. The series provides more backstory between Bane and Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), suggesting that Bane taught Boba everything he knew about bounty hunting. In a vast saga of teachers and students, Boba attributes his own reputation to that of legendary bounty hunter Cad Bane.
General Grievous (Matthew Wood) was the feared leader of the Separatist Droid Army during the Clone Wars, first appearing in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2003). The cyborg Kaleesh barks his orders through the coughs and gargles of his cybernetic body. Known for his aggressive military tactics, Grievous was a warrior from birth and long before his body was maimed. Catching the attention of the Sith Lords, Grievous’ ship was sabotaged, crashing and subjecting him to a life of agony with only his vital organs, brain, and eyes.
Learning from his master Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), Grievous’ bloodlust was unquenchable. Beneath his trench coat he carried his trophies, the lightsabers taken from the Jedi he had slain. Using them for his own, Grievous would use his cyborg body to reveal multiple arms, being one of the few fighters in the galaxy to wield four sabers at once.
“You’re an ugly mother f–” Removing the sleek mask reveals a terrifying humanoid alien outfitted with flared-tipped jowls and razor-sharp teeth, and no nose to be found! A member of the Yautja species, these trophy hunters seek out the most fearsome prey, with a dignified kill granting the winner a rite of passage. Pray that you don’t end up as one of their victims flayed and mounted on a wall as a trophy.
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With the strength to crush skulls, the agility to leap through trees, and the hunting prowess to stalk any prey with his heat vision, this skilled hunter first appeared in the opening of the franchise, Predator (1987). In order to physically surpass the bodybuilding actor’s tastes Arnold Schwarzenegger the first Predator was performed by 7’2″, Kevin Pierre Hall. Hidden for most of the film due to his cloaking technology, this skilled hunter is a vicious threat with or without his technology, wiping out nearly the entire team of battle-hardened soldiers.
Red Skull, or Johann Schmidt, was HYDRA’s first leader during World War II, and his lust for power surpassed even his mustachioed dictator. Fascinated by mythology and ancient relics, Schmidt researched the Tesseract and, with genius-level intellect, transformed it into advanced weapons of war, as seen in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
Attempting to become a higher being, Schmidt used a volatile version of the Super Soldier Serum which disfigured him into a Red Skull. Along with increased strength, speed, stamina, and intelligence, Schmidt’s quest for power grew even more diabolical as his ambition led to him being banished to the Soul Realm.
Captain of the Flying Dutchman, Master of the Seven Seas, Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), was one of the most ruthless and powerful pirates to sail the seas. Anyone who fell to his sea beast, the Kraken, would be swallowed whole and sent to Davy Jones Locker, a barren wasteland where his victims go mad in purgatory. Jones thrives on striking fear into the hearts of the bravest sailors, even his own crew.
Introduced in the second part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Man’s Chest (2006), the big bad was perfectly portrayed by Nighy with impressive special effects to give him his iconic look. Inspired by an octopus, the trademark pirate beard is instead incorporated as tentacles, each twisting with a mind of their own. The film pits the villain against the slippery Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in a race to find the beating heart of Davy Jones.
stranger things (2016) came back with a bang, delving deeper into Upsidedown lore and introducing a new villain. In Season 4, the Hawkins Children begin to investigate a series of inexplicable murders, which pits them against a new horror-fueled enemy, Vecna. A name inspired by their latest Dungeons and Dragons quest, Vecna emerges from the shadows as a slimy, grotesque figure from your nightmares.
Designed to be a full on-set prosthetic makeup, the character of Vecna, portrayed by Jamie Campbell Bower, feels inspired by the spooky imagery of Swamp Thing, with just a shallow bridge and exposed nostrils. The big bad turns out to be an incredible villain, given his patience, pulling strings from the shadows for years, finally revealing his hand in the events that span four seasons of Strange things. The Upsidedown just got extremely personal, which raises the stakes for Season 5 immeasurably.
Flight of death
The Harry Potter is well known all over the world and everyone knows “the one who must not be named”. The titular character’s nemesis, Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) the venomous personality is physically realized when brought back to form with snake-like features. Like Slytherin house where he finds his followers, the creepy villain returns without the typical nose, but smoothed out, with only slits for his nostrils, as he moves further away from his humanity.
Quick to cast the Killing Curse, the intimidating villain doesn’t hesitate to crush opponents and crush the spirits of his foes beneath his pale bare feet. The most powerful Dark Lord to ever rule the wizarding world, Voldemort leaves nothing but death in his wake as he embarks on his vicious quest for immortality.
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