32. Jack Lint (Michael Palin)
“I think the scariest evil people are also the nicest,” says director Terry Gilliam of Jack Lint, Brazil’s immaculately suited career torturer. “I thought Mike was perfect because he’s the nicest person I know.”
Too true – Palin twinkles with malice as the ever-beaming Lint, his effusive friendliness never quite masking a propensity for ambitious spine-shivving.
Prime Act Of Bastardy: Smilingly ditching his lifelong chum, Sam (Johnathan Pryce) during his hour of direst need...
“We’ve always been good friends, haven’t we, Sam?” he smiles. “Well, until this whole thing blows over, just stay away from me…”
31. Frank TJ Mackey (Tom Cruise)
Misogynism personified, Mackey is a pumped –up, preening sex guru who teaches his disciples to “Respect the cock and tame the cunt.”
His bastardy isn’t just limited to women, though. Visiting the home of his dying dad, he reels from nurse Philip Seymour Hoffman's pets, proclaiming, “I will drop-kick those fuckin’ dogs if they come near me!”
Prime Act Of Bastardy: Sweating mid-seminar, TJ explains to a blubbering audience member that his best friend Denise is to be laid, not trusted:
“Do you think she’ll be there when things go bad? Huh? When things go wrong? You think again. Fucking Denise. Denise the piece. Oh, you’re gonna give me that cherry pie, sweet mama baby!"
30. Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson)
Back To The Future (1985)
Biff is a moron from a long line of morons, whose history of bullying is as integral to his Hill Valley home as the lightning-scorched clock tower.
The ultimate dumb jock with a pack of giggling loons to back him up, his twin passions are constant misquoting (“Make like a tree and get outta here!”) and torturing George McFly (Crispin Glover).
Prime Act Of Bastardy: Forcing his idea of ‘romance’ on George-crush Lorraine (Lea Thompson)... before a sucker-punch from the lanky McFly floors him.
29. Sam Stone (Danny DeVito)
Ruthless People (1986)
Seized by passionate loathing for the rich harridan he’s married to (Bette Midler), Spandex mini-skirt king Sam Stone plots evil murder schemes with his busty mistress Carol (Anita Morris)
The mercenary vulgarian can’t believe his luck when Mrs Stone is kidnapped by a pair of bumbling idiots.
Prime Act Of Bastardy: Refusing to cough up the ransom, Stone gleefully challenges the kidnappers to silence the wife forever. But when the dwarfish slime-merchant finds himself accused of faking her kidnapping, he tries to ransom her back – at a discount.