12/16/2011

The theme of an evil twin is pretty common. Pretty much every sci-fi and superhero movie has done it, but some have done it with style.

Considering the title of our blog is "The Geek Twins", it's surprising that we've never featured a post on twins, so we now present the top 14 deliciously evil twins of science-fiction.


From mustaches, to goatees to cowboy hats, these are the evil twins we love to hate. I rated them by evilness and facial hair.


1. Mirror Universe Spock from Star Trek: The Original Series
Evil scale: 3
Facial hair: Yes
In one of the greatest Star Trek episodes ever, "Mirror, Mirror" Kirk has a transporter accident that sends him o an evil dimension of the Enterprise. The most evil of them all is the coldly logical Spock. He was even ordered to kill Captain Kirk! In the end, he turned to good, so we have to take points off. Still, Mirror-Spock set the standard for goatees everywhere and has been parodied by everyone from South Park to Futurama.

2. K.A.R.R. from Knight Rider

Evil scale: 4
Facial hair: No
Who knew a car could have an evil twin? In the 80's series Knight Rider K.I.T.T. had a prototype evil twin known as K.A.R.R. (Knight Automated Roving Robot). Voiced by the great Peter Cullen, Transformers Optimus Prime, he wrecked havoc on K.I.T.T. Can a car have facial hair? If it could he would have had a sweet goatee.

3. Black Kryptonite Superman from Superman III
Evil scale: 4
Facial hair: Yes
Imagine someone with the power of Superman, but who doesn't shave and lets his suit get dirty. In the movie Superman III, a computer genius (Richard Pryor) creates a synthetic black Kryptonite which turns Superman evil. He gets drunk, starts hitting on women and gets split in two. In a bizarrely Freudian scene he fights and almost kills Clark in a car crusher. Insanely evil. He didn't have a beard, but his five-o'clock shadow was evil enough.

4. Tomax and Xamot from G. I. Joe
Evil scale: 4
Facial hair: No
When my brother and I were in school the cartoon show G.I. Joe was popular. Of course, people began calling us the "Evil Twin Brothers" even though we were anything but. Ah, the joys of youth. Anyway, the para-military show G.I. Joe had a group of elite evil troopers known as "The Crimson Guard" headed by the evil twin brothers Tomax and Xamot. The most ridiculous palindrome I've ever seen. Is anyone in history ever given their child the name Tomax or Xamot? They could have just called them Bob, but I guess that's not evil enough. Not only were they evil terrorists, but they ran an evil corporation. They didn't have facial hair, but they did have a mirror part in their hair.

5. Lore from Star Trek: The Next Generation
Evil scale: 5
Facial hair: No
The android Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation was kind, sweet and emotionless. The exact opposite of his prototype brother Lore. At first, Lore seems like a good guy until they find out he was responsible for killing an entire colony. From torturing his brother with emotions to killing innocent people he was one of the worst. He even stole poor blind Geordi's VISOR. He became the leader of a group of Borg before Data was forced to shut him off.

6. Bizarro Clark Kent from Smallville
Evil scale: 3
Facial hair: No
In the Superman prequel series Smallville, an entity escapes from the Pantom Zone and  taking on several forms before taking on a body similar to Clark Kent (Tom Welling). The "Bizarro" Clark goes on to kill and kidnap people in an attempt to get enough Kryptonite to take over the world. He also tried to steal Superman's girlfriend. Pretty evil, but not too much.



7. "New" Dick Solomon from 3rd Rock from the Sun
Evil scale: 3
Facial hair: No
When the Big Giant Head, played hilariously by William Shatner, on the 90's comedy 3rd Rock from the Sun orders a replacement for Dick. They get a Dick that is more clueless than the original, which is hard to do. Not only is he evil, but clueless when his girlfriend says they should "do it." Now, that's evil.




8. "Low" Lister from Red Dwarf
Evil scale: 4
Facial hair: Yes
On the hilarious British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf the crew accidentally creates two duplicates of the ship and crew known as "high" (good) and "low" (evil). One is inhabited by philosophizing do-gooders, while the other is full of maniacal versions of the crew. Besides the cannibalistic Cat and the S&M Rimmer, the evil Lister is the best. He has the classic facial hair, but also an eye patch and a cowboy hat. How evil is that?!



9. Duplicate Tim from My Favorite Martian
Evil scale: 4
Facial Hair: No
In the 1960s series My Favorite Martian episode "Tim and Tim again" Tim (Bill Bixby) uses his duplicating machine to create a copy that he uses to get out of working. This, by the way, is the number one twin question that annoys me: Did you guys ever switch places at school or work?" Why would I want to do Nigel's work for him? Anyway, it all falls apart when the duplicate uses a personality switcher to turn himself into an evil Tim. He steals Tim's money, takes Tim's girl and wants to expose Uncle Martin's Martian identity to the world. Pretty evil. Or as evil as bill Bixby gets I guess. No facial hair, but given enough time, I'm sure he would have grown one.

10. Harry "Fingers" from Batman (1960s)
Evil Scale: 3
Facial Hair: No
When famous pop piano player Liberace did a guest appearance on the Adam West television show Batman he played, Chandell, surprisingly enough, a concert piano player. On the other hand, he has a twin brother who is a gangster known as "Fingers". Fingers started blackmailing Chandell into plotting to murder Bruce Wayne and marry Aunt Harriet. Actually, that's pretty bad. Maybe they were both evil. Anyway, just seeing Liberace play a bad guy makes him one of the greats.

11. Pollux From Flash
Evil scale: 2
Facial hair: No
In the television series The Flash an evil scientist tries to create a super-soldier by cloning Barry Allen using a clever knife-wielding toy robot. The clone is an exact duplicate of Barry except he's evil and stupid. The scientist sends him on a crime spree which is soon foiled by The Flash. Based loosely on the "Reverse Flash" from the comics this guy was a lightweight. While not technically a twin this guy was bad. No facial hair and only slight evilness puts him near the bottom.

12. Flexo from Futurama
Evil scale: 1
Facial hair: Yes
When the crew of the animated series Futurama encounter Bender's brother Flexo, Bending Unit 22 (serial #3370318), they are shocked to learn he has a beard. When a valuable crown is stolen, they go on the hunt for Flexo to uncover the truth. Turns out Bender is the evil twin after all. Still, Flexo has a beard. So, he's automatically more evil.




13. Garthe Knight from Knight Rider
Evil scale: 5
Facial hair: Yes
Another one that's not either a twin or a clone. In the television series Knight Rider, Michael Knight had plastic surgery to make him "the man that doesn't exist". Turns out he did exist. The founder of the "Foundation for Law And Government" modeled Michael's face after his evil son Garthe. Garthe caused all kind of trouble for Michael and even created an indestructible semi-truck known as Goliath. Evil and a cool goatee. Gotta love it.

14. Evil EMS Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager
Evil scale: 5
Facial hair: No
In the two-part episode "Equinox" of Star Trek: Voyager, the Doctor finds that a Emergency Medical Hologram on the USS Equinox had it's ethical subroutines removed. This makes him capable of some truly horrific acts including experimenting on aliens to use them as a source of power for the ship. This is one of the most evil twins, except he doesn't have a beard, so points off.





Who is your favorite evil twin?

2 comments:

AlexJCavanaugh said...

Lore and Data are my favorite.

Carmen Damocles said...

As for Superman, even he himself can act like a douche without needing a twin to do it for him.

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