What We Want: The Bad Guys!

The coolest thing about collecting Funko’s Pop! Vinyls is how diverse the line can be. Your favorite characters from television, movies, and comics are interchangeable with a beloved musician, wrestler, or athlete. I know everyone must have a wishlist of figures they’d love to see happen. With the exclusives and Specialty Series, I don’t think anything is too much to wish for now.

I love a great villain. Often times they make the movie. Since all my selections last week centered on the heroes, let us now turn our attentions towards some of the bad guys. For this list I tried to keep away from horror movies (which I promise I will visit in the future) and focus on more human scoundrels.

5. Hans Gruber (Die Hard)Bad Guys: Hans Gruber

I know John McClane is on top of everyone’s Pops Most Wanted list (and maybe you’ll see him pop up in one of my future columns if Funko doesn’t beat me to it), but today I want to show some love to Die Hard’s other standout character, Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber. He is probably the best action movie villain ever. If that doesn’t make you deserving of your own Pop, I don’t know what does.

4. Frank Booth (Blue Velvet)

Bad Guys: Frank Booth

I hate to admit that Blue Velvet sat on my “must watch” list for far too long, but I finally crossed it off during the New Year. I’m glad I did. Dennis Hopper’s Frank Booth is a rollercoaster of gas-huffing, profanity-spewing crazy. Can you picture the Pop version, Frank sporting his usual black leather jacket, holding a gas mask to his face with one hand, a gun in the other? The David Lynch fans are already celebrating with their Twin Peaks release, so why not double down?

3. William Cutting (Gangs of New York)

Bad Guys: William Cutting

Daniel Day-Lewis is always a force onscreen, and that is no more evident than his turn as the Butcher himself, William Cutting. With his handlebar mustache and eagle-branded eye, he makes a very intimidating figure that dominates every scene. I am clearing a spot in my collection just dreaming about the Pop, featuring his tall hat and namesake knife.

2. Anton Chigurh (No Country For Old Men)

Bad Guys: Anton Chigurh

What’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss? Javier Bardem’s unstoppable hitman may sport one of the worst haircuts ever, but that doesn’t stop him from being one of the deadliest killers ever to grace the screen. With a silenced shotgun in one hand and his captive bolt pistol in the other, he would be one of the most danger Pops ever made

1.  Jack Torrance (The Shining)

Bad Guys: Jack Torrance

I know I said I’d stay away from horror movies, but The Shining is one of those films that genre truly cannot define. Jack Torrance has already made his Funko debut in the third series of the Horror Mystery Minis, and they proved they could capture his wide-eyed craze perfectly. This axe-wielding maniac could easily make the transition to full Pop, looking ready to hack his way through the plastic case and sneer Here’s Johnny. For a chase, make a frozen version from the ending, sporting fake frost and an icy glare.

So are these some bad guys you could root for? Hit me down below with your thoughts.

9 comments

  1. POP! Movies: Darkness from “Legend”, Max Shreck, Catwoman, Penguin from “Batman Returns”, Horned King from “The Black Cauldron”, Jafar as (Red Genie), The Creeper from “Jeepers Creepers”, Hades from “Hercules”, Riddick from “Pitch Black”, Lestat from “Interview with the Vampire”, Megatron from “Transformers”, Sharon Stone from “Basic Instinct”, White Queen from “The Chronicles of Narnia”.

  2. Marvel: (all comic book version)

    Gambit
    Rogue
    Nightcrawler
    Jean Grae
    Jubilee
    Apocalypse (jumbo)
    Silver Samurai
    Spiral
    Sentinel (jumbo)
    Omega Red
    Hawkeye (classic)
    Vision (classic)
    Thor (classic)
    Ms. Marvel (black suit w/red sash)
    Cloak & Dagger (combo set)
    Blackcat (Felicia Hardy)
    Mary Jane Watson
    Lizard (Doc Connors)
    Reed Richards
    Susan Storm
    Johnny Storm
    Ben Grimm (Thing re-mold)

    DC:

    Metallo
    Brainiac
    Lobo
    Lex Luthor (purple/green suit)
    Mr. Freeze
    Solomon Grundy
    Red Hood
    Red Robin
    Robin (Damian Wayne)
    Batwoman
    Batwing
    Black Canary
    Green Arrow (re-birth or re-mold of classic)
    Speedy (Roy Harper classic)
    Red Arrow / Arsenal
    GL John Stewart (without a damn mask)
    Vixen
    Sports Master (YJ series)
    Kid Flash (YJ series)
    Aqua Lad (YJ series)
    Ms. Martian (YJ series)

    Image Comics:

    Spawn
    Violator

    Video games:

    Dante (Original Devil May Cry)
    Dr. Light (Mega Man)
    Roll (Mega Man)
    Mega Man Robot Masters of any kind
    Mega Man X
    Zero (MMX)
    Chris Redfield (Resident Evil 1)
    Wesker (RE5)
    Street Fighter characters of any kind
    Mortal Kombat characters of any kind
    Super Mario Bros. characters of any kind

    1. I am an avid horror fan, yet I’m ashamed to say I’ve never seen Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. I’m going to have to rectify that shortly. You can’t go wrong with Michael Rooker however.

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