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January 23, 2013

10 of the Best: Van Damme Villains

Everyone knows a good hero is only as good as his adversary and JCVD has had some great villains. Here are my personal 10 favourite JCVD antagonists, however I should point out that Jean Vilain isn’t on the list because JCVD doesn’t fight him… he is him… so that would be kinda funny. “Why you keep hitting yourself? etc…”








Karp (Scott Adkins): The Shepherd: Border Patrol. A movie that doesn’t get enough love, but it’s actually kinda awesome and here’s why: Scott Adkins as a bad guy. He has a fantastic fight scene with JCVD at the end and was the first time where we got to see these two action titans trading blows. Adkins has become very adept at playing a villain these days, but despite this film’s flaws he kicks plenty of ass… before getting his ass kicked.






Edward Garrotte (JCVD): Repilcant. Sometimes your greatest enemy is yourself as Van Damme discovers in this sci-fi actioner. Garrotte is a particularly nasty serial killer with a penchant for killing mommies. Van Damme was fantastic in the role and really showed how convincing he could be as a villain. He has a great fight with himself at the end which was really nicely executed.






Fender Tremolo (Vincent Klyn): Cyborg. Fender is a real piece of work; he’s a born killer in a post apocalyptic world; he gets his jollies by forcing people to rub their hands along barbed wire and genuinely enjoys inflicting pain. He even says “I like the death. I like the misery. I like this world!” Probably not good company around Christmas…oh and he also says “Argh!” a lot.






Senator McComb (Ron Silver): Timecop. One of JCVD’s more cerebral villains; he’s not a martial artist, he’s an evil political mastermind who can travel through time and adjust it to his own fiendish needs. This also involves murdering Max Walker’s (JCVD) wife. Senator McComb will discover that wasn’t a very wise idea.






Emil Fouchon (Lance Henriksen): Hard Target. Fouchon and his henchman Pick are two world class turds; they hunt the homeless for sport and leave no witnesses. Like McComb in Timceop, Fouchon is not a martial artist but prefers to use guns… lots of guns. The explosive finale between hero and villain is one of the best of any JCVD film.






The Sandman (Patrik Kilpatrick): Death Warrant. The Sandman only has a small role in the movie at the beginning and at the end, but Kilpatrick gives such a great performance as the seemingly invincible killer that he manages to creep you right out. For the role he shaved parts of his head and eyebrows to give him a more fierce countenance. It worked. The fight between Burke (JCVD) and The Sandman is legendary and has an awesome climax next to a furnace… it doesn’t end well for the Sandman.






Joshua Foss (Powers Boothe): Sudden Death. This man is pure evil and I frankly wanted to put him at number 1 because he’s a merciless psychopath. Ex-CIA, kidnaps the Vice-President, kidnaps little girls and kills innocent civilians like it’s a fashion statement. His death is incredibly satisfying.






Tong Po (Michel Qissi): Kickboxer. Tong Po scared the hell out of me when I was a kid and frankly he still does; he is the kind of dirty fighter that will do whatever it takes to win including raping and kidnapping. Every moment he’s on screen he is threatening and imposing with great martial arts skills. His final fight with Kurt (JCVD) is one of Van Damme’s all time greatest.






Chong Li (Bolo Yeung): Bloodsport. It was almost a tie between Chong Li and Tong Po as they are both pretty nasty pieces of work, but Bolo is another guy who just comes across as utterly terrifying; he’s bloody huge and intimidating, can do amazing martial arts and will happily paralyse his opponents. When he has the climactic fight with Frank (JCVD) he is not only defeated but utterly humiliated, which is even more satisfying.






Sgt. Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren): Universal Soldier Series. I know it’s kinda predictable that he’s at number 1, but few can compare to Dolph when it comes to villainy. He has played the character 3 times (so far) and the role is different in every installment. In the first Uni Sol he has the greatest bad guy death of all time…. say it with me everyone: “You’re discharged… Sarge!” Classic!

So there you have it, my personal favourite Van Damme villains. Who are your favourites?



About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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