Villains come with many quirks; megalomania, sociopath, obsessive compulsiveness. You name it, there’s some villain with that attribute. One of the more fun type of villains is one that is a fancy dresser. Tuxes. Three piece suits. Battle armor. Ascot.
Yep, the ascot. The ascot tie has been a defining villainous characteristic for decades. And yes, it’s actually a tie. I thought it was a kerchief folded around the neck, but no, it’s actually a wide winged, thin necked tie. Who knew?
Anyway, the ascot is sort of ridiculous and over the top as an accessory and I love when villains use them. Here are seven of my favorite villains who wore an ascot.
Capt Stillman (Stripes) – As played by the great John Larroquette. We covered this guy on CFC in our most recent episode. Such a great, sniveling character. Extra points for the camouflage ascot.
Terry Silver (Karate Kid III) – As played with such maniacal relish by Thomas Ian Griffith. We covered this pony-tailed, toxic waste dumper in episode 8 of the podcast. I only wish we could cover him in EVERY episode.
Sebastian Shaw (X-Men: First Class) – Such a cool and calculating villain. Bacon essentially plays Shaw as a Bond villain. A GREAT Bond villain. It’s too bad we won’t see him in any more of the X-Men movies.
Lestat (Interview with the Vampire) – Tom Cruise really went to the walls with his portrayal of Lestat. I have a love-hate relationship with this movie and book, but Cruise was without a doubt giving it his all.
Michael Corleone (Godfather Part II) – The prototype gangster. With style. As played by the iconic Al Pacino. Michael and Fredo actually wear ascots in this movie. Stereoscopic Ascots. It’s like it was filmed in Ascot-Vision.
Dr Frankenstein (Curse of Frankenstein) – I’m a huge fan of Hammer Studios as well as Peter Cushing starring in Hammer Studios films. Cushing totally crushes it playing the iconic mad doctor. In an ascot.
Doc Holiday (Tombstone) – I’m toeing the line here calling Doc Holliday a villain. He’s more an anti-hero. But I love him so much I couldn’t leave him off this list.