Okay, so I just finished season 2 of Sherlock, and have been thinking about it all day. I have had somewhat of a realization. So, i’ll begin my little rant.
James Moriarty is without a doubt, the most amazing villain ever portrayed in film. I think the Joker is the only other character that even comes close.
This isn’t just some shallow fangirling (boying?) statement. Here is why:
Moriarty’s plans were beyond brilliant and twisted, and planned out with such care and attention that nearly every possible factor, fluke and chance possible was accounted for. Of course, this is incredibly impressive to say the least, but this is not the reason he is the greatest mastermind in televised history.
No, that award is made clear in the final episode of season two. Sherlock is completely beaten, so it would seem, and is preparing to make the jump. However, he realizes that as long as Moriarty is alive, he can still use him to save John, Ms. Hudson, and LeStroud. Of course you all know this, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this.
When Moriarty realizes this, the true dedication and pure, raw evil of his character is shown.
He kills himself, to ensure that Sherlock’s fate is sealed.
Not in a dramatic way. Not drawn out and regretful. He puts a gun in his mouth with the same amount of hesitation and thought as would be present if he were simply answering his mobile phone.
That. That is true, genius, evil.
Sure, the Terminator shot random people with no remorse. Loki played the avengers and humans like they were toys. Nosferatu fed on the blood of innocent people.
But Moriarty, used a global web of resources and people, not just to kill one man, but to remove every shred of dignity and respect that man had , AND force that man (without the use of brute force at all) to perish in a coward’s death (from the viewpoint of most of society). And when Moriarty realized that he himself was standing in the way of the result he wanted, he simply removed himself without any hesitation.
He did all of this with intelligence, not with fear or force.
Take a moment to realize just how heavy that is.
James Moriarty without a doubt trumps every other criminal, villain, and mastermind thought up. Even Crowley, the King of Hell (in his time anyways),and Pinhead look like common goons compared to him.
With that, I declare this rant over. Please feel free to comment if you think there is a character who tops this, I would be very interested.