It should come as no surprise to even the most casual Star Trek fan that Khan Noonien Singh won Star Trek Magazine's "Best Star Trek Villain" poll. The Original Series character, brought to life by Ricardo Montalban, was introduced in the first season of Star Trek in the episode "Space Seed". A genetically-altered, violent revolutionary, Khan was eventually jettisoned into space along with his followers only to be accidentally awakened from cryo-sleep by the USS Enterprise centuries later.
Khan appeared again in the memorable sequel Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, where his own arrogance proved to be his undoing in a skirmish with James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise. Khan is such a great villain, he should almost be excluded from future polls. There's no way the runners-up--The Borg Queen, Gul Dukat, or General Chang--would ever even come close in such a popularity contest. Khan is sexy, sophisticated, ruthless, charming, and daring. Those qualities make him a fantastic foil opposite Captain Kirk, and the world of Trek has yet to produce a bad guy with even a fraction of the charisma of Khan.
The results of the poll appear in the latest issue of Star Trek Magazine which hit the stands on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009.