There’s nothing scarier than an evil version of yourself. In honor of Halloween, we rank the most evil twins to appear on the big screen.
When you think of evil twins in film, you might first look towards campy B-movie horror flicks. Indeed, such grotesque classics such as Basket Case, Sisters, The Dark Half, and Blood Rage all utilize the idea of a nefarious twin. But, if you think about it, the idea of an evil twin is not relegated to the horror genre. Indeed, some of the most disturbing and dangerous evil twins in film aren’t actually seen in horror movies. I admit most of them aren’t actually twins, but they are all nearly identical to the primary or secondary protagonists in their respective films. This is a look at the worst of the worst.
I decided to define the “evilness” of each of these twins by the size of their reign of destruction or otherwise potential to harm humanity. The more destruction/pain they cause or are likely to cause, the higher they rank on this list. Let’s begin!
#10 – Holland
Movie: The Other (1972)
Who They Are: A young boy, twin of Niles.
Why They Exist: Niles has the ability to project his mind into other people. When his brother Holland accidentally dies, Niles projects himself into Holland, who comes alive as the evil twin. Holland then goes on to carry out Niles’ worst thoughts.
What Makes Them So Evil: Holland kills his cousin after his cousin tattles on the twins, scares the neighbor lady into having a fatal heart attack, paralyzes his mother, and drowns his sister’s baby. Holland is representative of all those evil twins in campy horror B-movies, and happens to be one of the most frightening and memorable (probably because he is a creepy child).
#9 – The T-800
Movie: Terminator: Genisys (2015)
Who They Are: A deadly robot sent back in time to kill John Connor. Looks human, but isn’t.
Why They Exist: John Connor grows up to be the leader of a human resistance to Skynet, an evil AI system which takes over the planet with a network of machines who work together to kill off humanity. In the first Terminator film, the machines send one of their own back in time to try and kill John Connor before he is born by killing his mother Sarah Connor. In later films, the future humans are able to reprogram these killing machines and send them back in time to try and save John Connor. In Terminator: Genisys, an older T-800 sent back by the humans to save Sarah comes face to face with the T-800 sent back in the original Terminator film.
What Makes Them So Evil: The T-800 is a very strong, nearly unstoppable killing machine. They are an extension of Skynet, which nearly succeeds in wiping out mankind. Doesn’t rank higher on this list because is only really an “evil twin” because the original T-800 happens to fight a “good” T-800 in this film.
#8 – Evil Ash aka. Bad (Ass) Ash
Movie: Army of Darkness (1992)
Who They Are: The physical embodiment of Ash’s dark side.
Why They Exist: When Ash runs into a mirror in an old windmill in a haunted forest, the mirror shatters. Each fragment of the mirror has a reflection of Ash which comes alive and starts attacking him. He manages to kill most of them, but one jumps down his throat and starts attacking him from the inside. Ash drinks hot water to try and kill it, but it only makes the little Evil Ash start growing. Evil Ash grows out of the side of Ash and then separates. Ash kills him with his shotgun, and cuts him up into pieces and buries him. When Ash forgets the last few words of a spell, he accidentally raises the dead, including Evil Ash, who becomes the film’s main antagonist.
What Makes Them So Evil: Few evil twins on this list are of supernatural origin, and so I thought we needed a good one to include. Evil Ash raises an army of the dead to storm a castle in an attempt to secure the Necronomicon. With the Necronomicon, Evil Ash would be able to take over the world of the living. Evil Ash is also very difficult to kill because he is already dead.
#7 – Dr. Evil
Movies: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Who They Are: Main antagonist/super villain in the James-Bond-parody Austin Powers franchise
Why They Exist: Twin brother of series protagonist Austin Powers. Separated at a young age when the family car explodes. The parents thought Dougie (aka Dr. Evil) had been killed. Instead, he is found in the countryside and raised by a Dutch couple, which turns him evil.
What Makes Them So Evil: Its one thing to have an evil twin which goes on a killing spree for one reason or another. It is another thing to have an evil twin who is a supervillain, let alone your professional nemesis. So Dr. Evil may not be the most menacing supervillain (his plans rarely work out), but his selfish intent to cause death, destruction, and mayhem for his own benefit is clear. He kills people without hesitation, and has a nasty anger management problem.
#6 – Adenoid Hynkel
Movie: The Great Dictator (1940)
Who They Are: A satirical version of Adolph Hitler who happens to look a lot like a well-intentioned Jewish barber.
Why They Exist: Militaristic and fascist leader of Tomainia, who rises to power as a dictator after the country is defeated in WW1.
What Makes Them So Evil: He is essentially Adolph Hitler. When a Jewish banker refuses to loan him money for his army, Hynkel creates concentration camps. The barber is taken to a concentration camp, where he escapes in a stolen uniform. He is mistaken for Hynkel, and makes the best out of a bad situation by leading the country away from its dangerous course of action and works to undo all of the damage done by Hynkel.
#5 – Gabriel Yulaw
Movie: The One (2001)
Who They Are: An inter-dimensional serial killer.
Why They Exist: In this film there are 124 alternate universes, each with a unique version of every person. Yulaw is one of the alternate versions of the main character, Gabriel Law.
What Makes Them So Evil: When one of these 124 versions of yourself dies, the rest get stronger. Yulaw seeks this power for himself, and ends up killing all of the other versions of himself except for Gabriel “Gabe” Law. Yulaw becomes a super-powered killer who can only be stopped by his doppelganger, Gabriel.
#4 – Evil Bill and Ted
Movie: Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Who They Are: Robotic versions of Bill and Ted
Why They Exist: Chuck De Nomolos is from a future utopian society which owes its creation to Bill and Ted. Dr Nomolos doesn’t like this society, and so he creates two robots to go back in time and kill Bill and Ted and replace them and prevent the creation of the utopian society.
What Makes Them So Evil: These two robots not only manage to kill our beloved heroes, but they nearly succeed in ruining a peaceful future for humanity. They are created for the sole purpose of killing Bill and Ted, and their motivation is one of hatred and frustration.
#3 – The Tethered
Movie: Us (2019)
Who They Are: Creepy evil “shadow” versions of ourselves who can’t speak.
Why They Exist: The Tethered represent the dark half of the soul of every living person. When we are born, a “shadow” version of ourselves is created underground where they only experience pain and suffering.
What Makes Them So Evil: Each of us has one, and they want to kill us. By killing us, they sever the bond of suffering and are free to live our lives instead of their own. The Tethered also represent all of the disenfranchised or otherwise overlooked/ignored people who suffer when we prosper.
#2 – Corrupted Superman
Movie: Superman III (1983)
Who They Are: The immoral version of Superman.
Why They Exist: When Superman interferes in a wealthy financier’s plan to take over the world’s economy, he is sabotaged with kryptonite. The kryptonite causes Superman to behave in a more and more reckless manner. Eventually, he splits into two – one good Superman and one bad.
What Makes Them So Evil: Its bad enough to have an evil twin in the first place. It is even worse when you happen to be one of the most powerful superheroes ever created. Corrupted Superman has all of the strength and capability of Superman, but none of the restraint and concern for humanity. That makes him very very dangerous.
#1 – Mechagodzilla
Movies: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993), Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003), Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017), Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (2018)
Who They Are: A mechanical version of Godzilla.
Why They Exist: In Mechagodzilla’s first appearance, he is created by a race of aliens who want to invade planet Earth. Initially, Mechagodzilla has an appearance very similar to Godzilla. But Godzilla appears to defend Tokyo and rips off Mechagodzilla’s “skin” revealing the robot underneath.
What Makes Them So Evil: Whether fighting for or against humanity, Godzilla has incredible strength, resilience, and destructive powers. Arguably, Godzilla is one of the most destructive characters ever created in film, and becomes one of Godzilla’s most frequent enemies. Mechagodzilla is everything that Godzilla is (perhaps even more powerful because it is a machine, which can be upgraded), but evil and built for the sole purpose of wiping out humanity. Mechagodzilla’s only weakness is brute strength, more than even Godzilla can provide. Mechagodzilla is only able to be defeated in the first film when Godzilla double teams him with King Caesar, which really demonstrates the machine’s near-invincibility.