As the release of the latest Star Trek sequel draws near, discussion and debate of the classic franchise’s pantheon of villains has reached an all-time high. This sudden enthusiasm for antagonists has no doubt been fuelled by the storm of speculation surrounding the identity of the vaguely teased but explicitly menacing villain portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch. Is he John Harrison? Possibly Gary Mitchell? The legendary fan fave Khan? Despite being a show that was usually more about philosophy than fisticuffs, Star Trek has no shortage of nefarious evil-doers keeping things interesting in the distant future. Below is a list of the best, arranged in order of ascending menace. Khan has been decidedly left out as he’s always at the top of these lists and everyone has already discussed him ad nauseam. I’ve also tried to refrain from labeling entire organizations or races as evil, in order to focus on particularly villainous individuals.
DiCaprio and Mulligan, meanwhile, don’t seem like star-crossed lovers so much as a delusional man in love with a bauble of a woman. Maybe that’s intentional?