A hero is only really as good as the villain he or she is going up against. Sure, it’s great to see death-defying antics involving guns, cars, explosions, and our protagonist saving countless lives, but if our hero is doing that up against a flatulent squid, then it doesn’t really have the same effect on you as a viewer.

Despite the fact that this summer has produced some scintillating slices of blockbuster cinema, no villain really stood out. In fact, too many of them were forgettable. This wasn’t always because of the actors. In fact, most of the time, it was because their characters had been woefully under-written or were undone by absurd script choices and an abundance of CGI.

For whatever reasons, the worrying trend of forgettable villains has been an ever-present trend this year, and here are 5 particular foes from 2015 films that were just plain disappointing. Tell us who we might have missed in the comments section below:

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was one of the strongest action films of the summer. Not only did it include an array of fantastically shot and thrilling set-pieces that repeatedly became more and more impressive, but it confirmed that even at the tender age of 53, Tom Cruise is still the best action star out there.

Unfortunately, its villain Solomon Lane, played by Sean Harris, who possesses an omnipotent quality that means he is constantly one step ahead of Tom Cruise and his gang, is merely competent in his role. Rather than being a brute who would beat you to death with his bare hands, he’s the sort of villain that would cunningly emerge from the shadows to stab you in the back. He’s reminiscent of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s villain in MI:3, just lacking the magnetism, dominance, and charisma. And because of that, he failed to really add to the film at all.

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