Fans try and do the impossible by naming the best movie villain

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Twitter is abuzz with users trying to name the greatest movie villain of all time.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences fueled the debate asking, “Who is the greatest villain in movie history?” “. Initial options were Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader from the star wars franchise, Heath Ledger as the Joker from The black Knightand Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter from Thesilenceofthelambsafter Hannibaland prequel Red Dragon.

Right off the bat, users weren’t too happy with the Academy naming Hayden Christensen Vader at the expense of James Earl Jones and David Prowse.

Luckily, plenty of other people ignored Vader’s feud to vote.

As for villains not on the Academy’s shortlist, users named (among many others) Joaquin Phoenix’s sneering Commodus from Gladiator, Harry Potter couple Lord Voldemort and Dolores Umbridge, the blue-eyed devil by Henry Fonda Frank de Once upon a Time in the West, There is no country for old peopleAnton Chigurh’s bowl lover, Christoph Waltz’s Oscar winner Inglourious Basterds the villainous Hans Landa, The Patriot‘s Col. William Tavington (tastefully played by Jason Isaacs), Ezra Miller’s titular terror of We need to talk about KevinAngela Lansbury’s malevolent turn in the 1962 classic The Manchu Candidateand the sadist by Louise Fletcher Flight over a cuckoo’s nest antagonist Nurse Ratched.

Antoine Starr from The boys the celeb even weighed in by declaring the debate “impossible,” which only encouraged fans to single out the actor’s unsettling turn as Homelander, even though the original tweet specified “cinema.”

It’s an argument that’s been raging for decades already, and one that certainly won’t be resolved by Twitter devotees. If Homelander matters, however, Will Smith’s performance on the 94th Oscars broadcast should also be considered.

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