By Aaron Pruner
“Star Trek Into Darkness” hits theaters Friday, making it the 12th film in the “Star Trek” movie franchise. With Benedict Cumberbatch filling the “bad guy” shoes here, it seems only fair that we take a look back and rank all of the Star Trek movie villains that have graced the big screen over the past three decades. You’re welcome.
11. The Whale Probe From Space – “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986)
This is probably the weirdest villain on the list because, well, it’s a whale-loving space monster looking to reunite with its Humpback brethren by emptying all of Earth’s oceans.
10. Sybok – “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” (1989)
The half-brother of Spock, Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill) is pretty much a backwards Vulcan. Emotions are more important than logic to him. Here, he brainwashes everyone so he can get to the middle of space to meet God…who turns out to be an alien that crushes him to death.
9. Nero – “Star Trek” (2009)
Nero (Eric Bana) is an evil Romulan who travels back from the future seeking revenge on Spock for his wife’s death. He’s got this stuff called “Red Matter” that he likes to inject into planets to create black holes.
8. Ru’afo – “Star Trek: Insurrection” (1998)
Ru’afo (F. Murray Abraham) is an alien obsessed with maintaining his youth. So much so, that all the surgeries he’s had makes him into Stretch Face. Plus, he wants to harvest the radiation from his home planet’s rings to keep him young.
7. Shinzon – “Star Trek: Nemesis” (2002)
Praetor Shinzon (Tom Hardy) is Captain Picard’s evil clone. He suffers from a weird clone blood disease, so he hunts down Picard to steal his blood for a cure. He also wants to blow up Earth for some reason.
6. Dr. Soran – “Star Trek: Generations” (1994)
Dr. Soran (Malcolm McDowell) is obsessed the heavenly ribbon of space energy called The Nexus. He’s so obsessed, in fact, that he destroys solar systems just to get back inside of it.
5. The Borg Queen – “Star Trek: First Contact” (1996)
The Borg Queen (Alice Krige) is the creepy mouthpiece of the cybernetic collective known as Borg. The Enterprise travels back in time to stop her as she attempts to assimilate all of planet Earth.
4. V’Ger – “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (1979)
The V’Ger is a highly intelligent machine cloud that evolved from a century’s old space probe. It’s returning to Earth with the information it’s collected, destroying ships and planets in the process.
3. Kruge – “Star Trek III: The Search For Spock” (1984)
Kruge (Christopher Lloyd) is a Klingon captain out to steal the Genesis, originally introduced in “Star Trek II.” He’s the Klingon that killed Kirk’s son. They end up fighting on a volcanic planet, leaving Kruge hanging from a cliff. He refuses to be saved by Kirk. Klingons…
2. General Chang – “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” (1991)
General Chang (Christopher Plummer) is the Klingon commander who frames Kirk and McCoy in an attempt to start a war between the Klingons and Federation, leaving the two men to spend most of the movie in a Klingon prison. And just so there’s no confusion, Plummer plays one badass Klingon.
1. Khan – “Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan” (1982)
Khan Noonian Singh, aka Khan (Ricardo Montalban) is one badass mofo and the all-time best “Star Trek” villain ever. He’s out for revenge on Captain Kirk for exiling him to a desolate planet. He’s the one who steals the Genesis Wave that Kruge was out for in “Part III.”
Do you disagree with our ranking? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below or on Twitter!